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  1. Statistical thermodynamics of non-stoichiometric ceria and ceria zirconia solid solutions.

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    Bulfin, B; Hoffmann, L; de Oliveira, L; Knoblauch, N; Call, F; Roeb, M; Sattler, C; Schmücker, M

    2016-08-17

    The thermodynamic redox properties of ceria and ceria zirconia solid solutions are analysed with a new methodology for modelling such systems based on the statistical mechanics of lattice configurations. Experimental thermogravimetric equilibrium data obtained for small non-stoichiometry measurements are combined with literature data to cover a large range of non-stoichiometry (CeO2-δ, δ = 0.001-0.32), temperature (1073-1773 K) and oxygen partial pressure (1-10(-13) bar). A dilute species model of defect clusters , obeying the law of mass action, was sufficient to describe the system over the whole range of conditions, leading to a simple analytical equation of state for the system. This offers new physical insight into the redox properties of ceria based materials, and the theoretical methods developed should also be of great interest for other materials which exhibit continuous oxygen non-stoichiometry similar to ceria, such as perovskite oxides. PMID:27494765

  2. General and facile synthesis of ceria-based solid solution nanocrystals and their catalytic properties

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    Zhou Huanping; Si Rui; Song Weiguo; Yan Chunhua

    2009-09-15

    Uniform Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (x=0.2-0.8) nanocrystals with ultra-small size were synthesized through a thermolysis process, facilitated by the initial formation of precursor (hydrated (Ce,Zr)-hydroxides) at low temperature. TEM, XRD, EDAX, and Raman spectra were employed to study the formation of the solid solutions with various Ce/Zr ratios. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra showed that the ratios of Ce{sup 3+} to Ce{sup 4+} in both surface and bulk for the as-prepared Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} nanocrystals increased with the zirconium content x. The well-distributed Zr and Ce in the hydrated (Ce,Zr)-hydroxides before their thermolysis became the crucial factor for the structural homogeneity of the products. In addition, this strategy was extended to the synthesis of Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 1-x/2}, Ce{sub 1-x}Sm{sub x}O{sub 1-x/2}, and Ce{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 2} solid solutions. Catalytic measurements indicated that the ceria-based catalysts were active for CO oxidation at temperatures beyond 250 deg. C and the sequence of catalytic activity was Ce{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2}>Ce{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 2}>Ce{sub 0.2}Zr{sub 0.8}O{sub 2}>Ce{sub 0.5}Sm{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75}. - Abstract: Uniform ultra-small nanostructured Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2}, Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 1-x/2}, Ce{sub 1-x}Sm{sub x}O{sub 1-x/2}, and Ce{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 2} solid solutions with homogeneous textures were synthesized through a thermolysis process, facilitated by the initial formation of precursors (hydrated (Ce,M)-hydroxides). Display Omitted

  3. Aluminum-doped ceria-zirconia solid solutions with enhanced thermal stability and high oxygen storage capacity

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    2012-01-01

    A facile solvothermal method to synthesize aluminum-doped ceria-zirconia (Ce0.5Zr0.5-xAlxO2-x/2, x = 0.1 to 0.4) solid solutions was carried out using Ce(NH4)2(NO3)6, Zr(NO3)3·2H2O Al(NO3)3·9H2O, and NH4OH as the starting materials at 200°C for 24 h. The obtained solid solutions from the solvothermal reaction were calcined at 1,000°C for 20 h in air atmosphere to evaluate the thermal stability. The synthesized Ce0.5Zr0.3Al0.2O1.9 particle was characterized for the oxygen storage capacity (OSC) in automotive catalysis. For the characterization, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and the Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) technique were employed. The OSC values of all samples were measured at 600°C using thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis. Ce0.5Zr0.3Al0.2O1.9 solid solutions calcined at 1,000°C for 20 h with a BET surface area of 18 m2 g−1 exhibited a considerably high OSC of 427 μmol-O g−1 and good OSC performance stability. The same synthesis route was employed for the preparation of the CeO2 and Ce0.5Zr0.5O2. The incorporation of aluminum ion in the lattice of ceria-based catalyst greatly enhanced the thermal stability and OSC. PMID:23025588

  4. The effect of Nd on the properties of ceria-zirconia solid solution and the catalytic performance of its supported Pd-only three-way catalyst for gasoline engine exhaust reduction.

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    Wang, Qiuyan; Li, Guangfeng; Zhao, Bo; Zhou, Renxian

    2011-05-15

    A series of ceria-zirconia-neodymia mixed oxides with different contents of neodymia and the supported Pd-only three-way catalysts before and after aging have been prepared and characterized. The influence of Nd doping on the structural/textural properties of ceria-zirconia (CZ) and the effect on the three-way catalytic performance are also investigated. The results demonstrate that the addition of neodymia results in the formation of ceria-zirconia-neodymia ternary solid solution (CZN) with better textural and structural properties as well as improved reducibility and redox behavior, leading to the promoted three-way catalytic activity and enlarged air/fuel operation window. The modified solid solution with 5 wt.% neodymia shows the preferable textural/structural properties considering that the capacity of foreign cation is limited in the crystal lattice of ceria-zirconia solid solution, and Pd/CZN5 shows the optimum three-way catalytic performance and wider air/fuel operation window, especially for the corresponding aged one.

  5. Electrochemically Deposited Ceria Structures for Advanced Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Brown, Evan C.

    As the pursuit towards emissions reduction intensifies with growing interest and nascent technologies, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) remain an illustrious candidate for achieving our goals. Despite myriad advantages, SOFCs are still too costly for widespread deployment, even as unprecedented materials developments have recently emerged. This suggests that, in addition to informed materials selection, the necessary power output--and, thereby, cost-savings--gains must come from the fuel cell architecture. The work presented in this manuscript primarily investigates cathodic electrochemical deposition (CELD) as a scalable micro-/nanoscale fabrication tool for engineering ceria-based components in a SOFC assembly. Also, polymer sphere lithography was utilized to deposit fully connected, yet fully porous anti-dot metal films on yttira-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) with specific and knowable geometries, useful for mechanistic studies. Particular attention was given to anode structures, for which anti-dot metal films on YSZ served as composite substrates for subsequent CELD of doped ceria. By tuning the applied potential, a wide range of microstructures from high surface area coatings to planar, thin films was possible. In addition, definitive deposition was shown to occur on the electronically insulating YSZ surfaces, producing quality YSZ|ceria interfaces. These CELD ceria deposits exhibited promising electrochemical activity, as probed by A.C. Impedance Spectroscopy. In an effort to extend its usefulness as a SOFC fabrication tool, the CELD of ceria directly onto common SOFC cathode materials without a metallic phase was developed, as well as templated deposition schemes producing ceria nanowires and inverse opals.

  6. Higher ionic conductive ceria-based electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Omar, Shobit; Wachsman, Eric D.; Nino, Juan C.

    2007-10-01

    Codoping is used to enhance the ionic conductivity of ceria-based electrolytes. Sm3+ and Nd3+ were selected as codopants to promote low migration energy paths for oxygen vacancy diffusion, thereby increasing the ionic conductivity. Moreover, the use of codopants also increases the pre-exponential factor in the Arrhenius relationship, thus further improving the ionic conductivity. The ionic conductivity of SmxNdxCe1-2xO2-δ solid solutions is measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was observed that for Sm0.075Nd0.075Ce0.85O2-δ, the grain ionic conductivity was 14.0×10-3Scm-1 at 550°C, which makes it one of the most promising ceria-based electrolytes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  7. Nanostructured gadolinium-doped ceria microsphere synthesis from ion exchange resin: Multi-scale in-situ studies of solid solution formation

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    Caisso, Marie; Lebreton, Florent; Horlait, Denis; Neuville, Daniel R.; Dardenne, Kathy; Rothe, Jörg; Delahaye, Thibaud

    2014-10-15

    In the current nano-sized material revolution, the main limitations to a large-scale deployment of nanomaterials involve health concerns related to nano-dissemination via air. Developing new chemical routes benefiting from nano-size advantages while avoiding their hazards could overcome these limitations. Addressing this need, a chemical route leading to soft nano-particle agglomerates, i.e., macroscopic precursors presenting the ability to be decomposed into nano-sized materials, was developed and applied to Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2−δ}. Using cerium/gadolinium-loaded ion exchange resin, the Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2−δ} solid solution formation as a function of temperature was studied in-situ through X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Temperatures corresponding to the organic skeleton decomposition and to the mixed oxide crystallization were identified. An optimal heat treatment, leading to nanostructured soft agglomerates, was established. Microsphere processing capabilities were evaluated and particle size distribution measurements were recorded. A very low fracture strength was calculated, and a nanometric particle size distribution (170 nm) was determined. - Graphical abstract: The elaboration of micro-spherical precursors leading to the formation of nano-oxide soft agglomerates was studied and approved through the use of ion exchange resin loaded with cerium and gadolinium. The formation of the solid solution was followed through in-situ measurements such as XAS, XRD, Raman, TGA and DSC. Key temperatures were identified for the formation of the mixed-oxide. Following this study, the microstructure and particle size of oxide microspheres formed highlight the formation of soft nano-arrangments. - Highlights: • Soft microspherical agglomerates able to be decomposed into nano-sized materials. • In situ study of cerium/gadolinium-loaded ion exchange resin conversion in oxide. • In situ multi-scale study

  8. Ceria-based solid catalysts for organic chemistry.

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    Vivier, Laurence; Duprez, Daniel

    2010-06-21

    Ceria has been the subject of thorough investigations, mainly because of its use as an active component of catalytic converters for the treatment of exhaust gases. However, ceria-based catalysts have also been developed for different applications in organic chemistry. The redox and acid-base properties of ceria, either alone or in the presence of transition metals, are important parameters that allow to activate complex organic molecules and to selectively orient their transformation. Pure ceria is used in several organic reactions, such as the dehydration of alcohols, the alkylation of aromatic compounds, ketone formation, and aldolization, and in redox reactions. Ceria-supported metal catalysts allow the hydrogenation of many unsaturated compounds. They can also be used for coupling or ring-opening reactions. Cerium atoms can be added as dopants to catalytic system or impregnated onto zeolites and mesoporous catalyst materials to improve their performances. This Review demonstrates that the exceptional surface (and sometimes bulk) properties of ceria make cerium-based catalysts very effective for a broad range of organic reactions.

  9. Facile synthesis and unique physicochemical properties of three-dimensionally ordered macroporous magnesium oxide, gamma-alumina, and ceria-zirconia solid solutions with crystalline mesoporous walls.

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    Li, Huining; Zhang, Lei; Dai, Hongxing; He, Hong

    2009-05-18

    Three-dimensionally (3D) ordered macroporous (3DOM) MgO, gamma-Al(2)O(3), Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2), and Ce(0.7)Zr(0.3)O(2) with polycrystalline mesoporous walls have been successfully fabricated with the triblock copolymer EO(106)PO(70)EO(106) (Pluronic F127) and regularly packed monodispersive polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres as the template and magnesium, aluminum, cerium and zirconium nitrate(s), or aluminum isopropoxide as the metal source. The as-synthesized metal oxides were characterized by means of techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry (TGA/DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy/selected area electron diffraction (HRTEM/SAED), BET, carbon dioxide temperature-programmed desorption (CO(2)-TPD), and hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H(2)-TPR). It is shown that the as-fabricated MgO, gamma-Al(2)O(3), Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2), and Ce(0.7)Zr(0.3)O(2) samples possessed single-phase polycrystalline structures and displayed a 3DOM architecture; the MgO, Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2), and Ce(0.7)Zr(0.3)O(2) samples exhibited worm-hole-like mesoporous walls, whereas the gamma-Al(2)O(3) samples exhibited 3D ordered mesoporous walls. The solvent (ethanol or water) nature and concentration, metal precursor, surfactant, and drying condition have an important impact on the pore structure and surface area of the final product. The introduction of surfactant F127 to the synthesis system could significantly enhance the surface areas of the 3DOM metal oxides. With PMMA and F127 in a 40% ethanol solution, one can generate well-arrayed 3DOM MgO with a surface area of 243 m(2)/g and 3DOM Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2) with a surface area of 100 m(2)/g; with PMMA and F127 in an ethanol-HNO(3) solution, one can obtain 3DOM gamma-Al(2)O(3)with a surface area of 145 m(2)/g. The 3DOM MgO and 3DOM gamma-Al(2)O(3) samples showed

  10. Synthesis and atomic level in situ redox characterization in ceria and ceria zirconia

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    Wang, Ruigang

    2007-12-01

    Nanocrystalline ceria-based oxides are widely used in automotive three-way catalytic converters to reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and unburned hydrocarbons. The primary function of ceria-based oxides in the catalytic process is to adjust the local oxygen partial pressure and maintain an air-to-fuel ratio near the stoichiometric value (˜14.5) required for the optimal catalyst performance for carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon oxidation, and nitrogen oxides reduction. In this dissertation, a study of the relationship between the nanoscale structure, chemistry, and the redox behavior on high surface area ceria and ceria zirconia is presented. Precipitation and spray freezing methods were used to synthesize nanocrystalline ceria and ceria zirconia solid solution powders respectively. The effect of thermal treatments in oxidizing and reducing atmospheres on the reducibility of the materials has been systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis were used to characterize the average structure and reducibility. In situ environmental transmission electron microscope was exploited to visualize the dynamic changes during redox processes at the atomic level. This resulted in the identification of the nanoscale structure and chemistry for the most active nanoparticles in these oxides. The correlation between ex situ macroscopic redox properties and in situ redox behavior of individual nanoparticles is demonstrated. The addition of zirconia to ceria clearly enhances the reducibility and thermal stability of ceria. A fundamental difference between ceria and ceria zirconia during in situ redox processes is related to oxygen vacancy ordering. Ceria showed oxygen vacancy ordering during reduction, whereas ceria zirconia did not. It is suggested that the absence of oxygen vacancy ordering might be a fundamental factor for improved redox properties of ceria zirconia compared with pure ceria. The 50% ceria-50% zirconia solid

  11. Nanocrystalline ceria coatings on solid oxide fuel cell anodes: the role of organic surfactant pretreatments on coating microstructures and sulfur tolerance.

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    Wu, Chieh-Chun; Tang, Ling; De Guire, Mark R

    2014-01-01

    Treatments with organic surfactants, followed by the deposition of nanocrystalline ceria coatings from aqueous solution, were applied to anodes of solid oxide fuel cells. The cells were then operated in hydrogen/nitrogen fuel streams with H2S contents ranging from 0 to 500 ppm. Two surfactant treatments were studied: immersion in dodecanethiol, and a multi-step conversion of a siloxy-anchored alkyl bromide to a sulfonate functionality. The ceria coatings deposited after the thiol pretreatment, and on anodes with no pretreatment, were continuous and uniform, with thicknesses of 60-170 nm and 100-140 nm, respectively, and those cells exhibited better lifetime performance and sulfur tolerance compared to cells with untreated anodes and anodes with ceria coatings deposited after the sulfonate pretreatment. Possible explanations for the effects of the treatments on the structure of the coatings, and for the effects of the coatings on the performance of the cells, are discussed.

  12. Nanocrystalline ceria coatings on solid oxide fuel cell anodes: the role of organic surfactant pretreatments on coating microstructures and sulfur tolerance

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    Wu, Chieh-Chun; Tang, Ling

    2014-01-01

    Summary Treatments with organic surfactants, followed by the deposition of nanocrystalline ceria coatings from aqueous solution, were applied to anodes of solid oxide fuel cells. The cells were then operated in hydrogen/nitrogen fuel streams with H2S contents ranging from 0 to 500 ppm. Two surfactant treatments were studied: immersion in dodecanethiol, and a multi-step conversion of a siloxy-anchored alkyl bromide to a sulfonate functionality. The ceria coatings deposited after the thiol pretreatment, and on anodes with no pretreatment, were continuous and uniform, with thicknesses of 60–170 nm and 100–140 nm, respectively, and those cells exhibited better lifetime performance and sulfur tolerance compared to cells with untreated anodes and anodes with ceria coatings deposited after the sulfonate pretreatment. Possible explanations for the effects of the treatments on the structure of the coatings, and for the effects of the coatings on the performance of the cells, are discussed. PMID:25383282

  13. Study of gadolinia-doped ceria solid electrolyte surface by XPS

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    Datta, Pradyot Majewski, Peter; Aldinger, Fritz

    2009-02-15

    Gadolinia-doped ceria (CGO) is an important material to be used as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell for intermediate temperature operation. Ceria doped with 10 mol% gadolinia (Ce{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.95}) was prepared by conventional solid state synthesis and found to be single phase by room temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD). The chemical states of the surface of the prepared sample were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Though Gd was present in its characteristic chemical state, Ce was found in both Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} states. Presence of Ce{sup 3+} state was ascribed to the differential yield of oxygen atoms in the sputtering process.

  14. Highly efficient solid state catalysis by reconstructed (001) Ceria surface

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    Solovyov, VF; Ozaki, T; Atrei, A; Wu, LJ; Al-Mahboob, A; Sadowski, JT; Tong, X; Nykypanchuk, D; Li, Q

    2014-04-10

    Substrate engineering is a key factor in the synthesis of new complex materials. The substrate surface has to be conditioned in order to minimize the energy threshold for the formation of the desired phase or to enhance the catalytic activity of the substrate. The mechanism of the substrate activity, especially of technologically relevant oxide surfaces, is poorly understood. Here we design and synthesize several distinct and stable CeO2 (001) surface reconstructions which are used to grow epitaxial films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7. The film grown on the substrate having the longest, fourfold period, reconstruction exhibits a twofold increase in performance over surfaces with shorter period reconstructions. This is explained by the crossover between the nucleation site dimensions and the period of the surface reconstruction. This result opens a new avenue for catalysis mediated solid state synthesis.

  15. Highly efficient solid state catalysis by reconstructed (001) Ceria surface

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    Solovyov, Vyacheslav F.; Ozaki, Toshinori; Atrei, Andrea; Wu, Lijun; Al-Mahboob, Abdullah; Sadowski, Jerzy T.; Tong, Xiao; Nykypanchuk, Dmytro; Li, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    Substrate engineering is a key factor in the synthesis of new complex materials. The substrate surface has to be conditioned in order to minimize the energy threshold for the formation of the desired phase or to enhance the catalytic activity of the substrate. The mechanism of the substrate activity, especially of technologically relevant oxide surfaces, is poorly understood. Here we design and synthesize several distinct and stable CeO2 (001) surface reconstructions which are used to grow epitaxial films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7. The film grown on the substrate having the longest, fourfold period, reconstruction exhibits a twofold increase in performance over surfaces with shorter period reconstructions. This is explained by the crossover between the nucleation site dimensions and the period of the surface reconstruction. This result opens a new avenue for catalysis mediated solid state synthesis. PMID:24717357

  16. Mixed oxide solid solutions

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    Magno, Scott; Wang, Ruiping; Derouane, Eric

    2003-01-01

    The present invention is a mixed oxide solid solution containing a tetravalent and a pentavalent cation that can be used as a support for a metal combustion catalyst. The invention is furthermore a combustion catalyst containing the mixed oxide solid solution and a method of making the mixed oxide solid solution. The tetravalent cation is zirconium(+4), hafnium(+4) or thorium(+4). In one embodiment, the pentavalent cation is tantalum(+5), niobium(+5) or bismuth(+5). Mixed oxide solid solutions of the present invention exhibit enhanced thermal stability, maintaining relatively high surface areas at high temperatures in the presence of water vapor.

  17. Study of ceria-carbonate nanocomposite electrolytes for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Fan, L; Wang, C; Di, J; Chen, M; Zheng, J; Zhu, B

    2012-06-01

    Composite and nanocomposite samarium doped ceria-carbonates powders were prepared by solid-state reaction, citric acid-nitrate combustion and modified nanocomposite approaches and used as electrolytes for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells. X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope, low-temperature Nitrogen Adsorption/desorption Experiments, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and fuel cell performance test were employed in characterization of these materials. All powders are nano-size particles with slight aggregation and carbonates are amorphous in composites. Nanocomposite electrolyte exhibits much lower impedance resistance and higher ionic conductivity than those of the other electrolytes at lower temperature. Fuel cell using the electrolyte prepared by modified nanocomposite approach exhibits the best performance in the whole operation temperature range and achieves a maximum power density of 839 mW cm(-2) at 600 degrees C with H2 as fuel. The excellent physical and electrochemical performances of nanocomposite electrolyte make it a promising candidate for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  18. Shape-Dependent Activity of Ceria for Hydrogen Electro-Oxidation in Reduced-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Tong, Xiaofeng; Luo, Ting; Meng, Xie; Wu, Hao; Li, Junliang; Liu, Xuejiao; Ji, Xiaona; Wang, Jianqiang; Chen, Chusheng; Zhan, Zhongliang

    2015-11-01

    Single crystalline ceria nanooctahedra, nanocubes, and nanorods are hydrothermally synthesized, colloidally impregnated into the porous La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) scaffolds, and electrochemically evaluated as the anode catalysts for reduced temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Well-defined surface terminations are confirmed by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy--(111) for nanooctahedra, (100) for nanocubes, and both (110) and (100) for nanorods. Temperature-programmed reduction in H2 shows the highest reducibility for nanorods, followed sequentially by nanocubes and nanooctahedra. Measurements of the anode polarization resistances and the fuel cell power densities reveal different orders of activity of ceria nanocrystals at high and low temperatures for hydrogen electro-oxidation, i.e., nanorods > nanocubes > nanooctahedra at T ≤ 450 °C and nanooctahedra > nanorods > nanocubes at T ≥ 500 °C. Such shape-dependent activities of these ceria nanocrystals have been correlated to their difference in the local structure distortions and thus in the reducibility. These findings will open up a new strategy for design of advanced catalysts for reduced-temperature SOFCs by elaborately engineering the shape of nanocrystals and thus selectively exposing the crystal facets.

  19. Ceria-Based Anodes for Next Generation Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Mirfakhraei, Behzad

    Mixed ionic and electronic conducting materials (MIECs) have been suggested to represent the next generation of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes, primarily due to their significantly enhanced active surface area and their tolerance to fuel components. In this thesis, the main focus has been on determining and tuning the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of ceria-based MIECs in the versatile perovskite or fluorite crystal structures. In one direction, BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1 M0.1O3-delta (M = Fe, Ni, Co and Yb) (BZCY-M) perovskites were synthesized using solid-state or wet citric acid combustion methods and the effect of various transition metal dopants on the sintering behavior, crystal structure, chemical stability under CO2 and H 2S, and electrical conductivity, was investigated. BZCY-Ni, synthesized using the wet combustion method, was the best performing anode, giving a polarization resistance (RP) of 0.4 O.cm2 at 800 °C. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that this was due to the exsolution of catalytic Ni nanoparticles onto the oxide surface. Evolving from this promising result, the effect of Mo-doped CeO 2 (nCMO) or Ni nanoparticle infiltration into a porous Gd-doped CeO 2 (GDC) anode (in the fluorite structure) was studied. While 3 wt. % Ni infiltration lowered RP by up to 90 %, giving 0.09 O.cm2 at 800 °C and exhibiting a ca. 5 times higher tolerance towards 10 ppm H2, nCMO infiltration enhanced the H2 stability by ca. 3 times, but had no influence on RP. In parallel work, a first-time study of the Ce3+ and Ce 4+ redox process (pseudocapacitance) within GDC anode materials was carried out using cyclic voltammetry (CV) in wet H2 at high temperatures. It was concluded that, at 500-600 °C, the Ce3+/Ce 4+ reaction is diffusion controlled, probably due to O2- transport limitations in the outer 5-10 layers of the GDC particles, giving a very high capacitance of ca. 70 F/g. Increasing the temperature ultimately

  20. Ceria catalyst for inert-substrate-supported tubular solid oxide fuel cells running on methane fuel

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    Zhao, Kai; Kim, Bok-Hee; Du, Yanhai; Xu, Qing; Ahn, Byung-Guk

    2016-05-01

    A ceria catalyst is applied to an inert-substrate supported tubular single cell for direct operation on methane fuel. The tubular single cell comprises a porous yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) supporter, a Ni-Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 anode, a YSZ/Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 bi-layer electrolyte, and a La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ cathode. The ceria catalyst is incorporated into the porous YSZ supporter layer by a cerium nitrate impregnation. The effects of ceria on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of the tubular single cell are investigated with respect to the number of impregnations. The optimum number of impregnations is determined to be four based on the maximum power density and polarization property of the tubular single cell in hydrogen and methane fuels. At 700 °C, the tubular single cell shows similar maximum power densities of ∼260 mW cm-2 in hydrogen and methane fuels, respectively. Moreover, the ceria catalyst significantly improves the performance stability of the cell running on methane fuel. At a current density of 350 mA cm-2, the single cell shows a low degradation rate of 2.5 mV h-1 during the 13 h test in methane fuel. These results suggest the feasibility of applying the ceria catalyst to the inert-substrate supported tubular single cell for direct operation on methane fuel.

  1. Ceria catalyst for inert-substrate-supported tubular solid oxide fuel cells running on methane fuel

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    Zhao, Kai; Kim, Bok-Hee; Du, Yanhai; Xu, Qing; Ahn, Byung-Guk

    2016-05-01

    A ceria catalyst is applied to an inert-substrate supported tubular single cell for direct operation on methane fuel. The tubular single cell comprises a porous yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) supporter, a Ni-Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 anode, a YSZ/Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 bi-layer electrolyte, and a La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ cathode. The ceria catalyst is incorporated into the porous YSZ supporter layer by a cerium nitrate impregnation. The effects of ceria on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of the tubular single cell are investigated with respect to the number of impregnations. The optimum number of impregnations is determined to be four based on the maximum power density and polarization property of the tubular single cell in hydrogen and methane fuels. At 700 °C, the tubular single cell shows similar maximum power densities of ˜260 mW cm-2 in hydrogen and methane fuels, respectively. Moreover, the ceria catalyst significantly improves the performance stability of the cell running on methane fuel. At a current density of 350 mA cm-2, the single cell shows a low degradation rate of 2.5 mV h-1 during the 13 h test in methane fuel. These results suggest the feasibility of applying the ceria catalyst to the inert-substrate supported tubular single cell for direct operation on methane fuel.

  2. A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor for detection of cytochrome c based on ceria nanoparticles decorated with reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite.

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    Pur, Mohammad Reza Karimi; Hosseini, Morteza; Faridbod, Farnoush; Dezfuli, Amin Shiralizadeh; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza

    2016-10-01

    A novel ultrasensitive sensing system for the rapid detection of cytochrome c (Cyt C) was developed on the basis of an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) method. A nanocomposite biosensor was made of reduced graphene oxide decorated with cerium oxide/tris(2,2-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)/chitosan (CeO2NPs-RGO/ Ru(bpy)3 (2+)/CHIT) and used for this purpose. The ECL signal was produced by an electrochemical interaction between Ru(bpy)3 (2+) and tripropyl amine (TPA) on the surface of the electrode. Addition of Cyt C to the solution decreases the ECL signal due to its affinity for TPA and inhibition of its reaction with Ru(bpy)3 (2+). The effects of the amount of CeO2NPs-RGO, Ru(bpy)3 (2+), TPA concentration as a co-reactant, and the pH of the electrolyte solution on the ECL signal intensity were studied and optimized. The results showed that the method was fast, reproducible, sensitive, and stable for the detection of Cyt C. The method has a linear range from 2.5 nM to 2 μM (R (2) = 0.995) with a detection limit of 0.7 nM. Finally, the proposed biosensor was used for the determination of Cyt C in human serum samples with RSDs of 1.8-3.6 %. The results demonstrate that this solid-state ECL quenching biosensor has high sensitivity, selectivity, and good stability. Graphical Abstract A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor for detection of cytochrome C based on Ceria Nanoparticles Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite. PMID:27558103

  3. A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor for detection of cytochrome c based on ceria nanoparticles decorated with reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite.

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    Pur, Mohammad Reza Karimi; Hosseini, Morteza; Faridbod, Farnoush; Dezfuli, Amin Shiralizadeh; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza

    2016-10-01

    A novel ultrasensitive sensing system for the rapid detection of cytochrome c (Cyt C) was developed on the basis of an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) method. A nanocomposite biosensor was made of reduced graphene oxide decorated with cerium oxide/tris(2,2-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)/chitosan (CeO2NPs-RGO/ Ru(bpy)3 (2+)/CHIT) and used for this purpose. The ECL signal was produced by an electrochemical interaction between Ru(bpy)3 (2+) and tripropyl amine (TPA) on the surface of the electrode. Addition of Cyt C to the solution decreases the ECL signal due to its affinity for TPA and inhibition of its reaction with Ru(bpy)3 (2+). The effects of the amount of CeO2NPs-RGO, Ru(bpy)3 (2+), TPA concentration as a co-reactant, and the pH of the electrolyte solution on the ECL signal intensity were studied and optimized. The results showed that the method was fast, reproducible, sensitive, and stable for the detection of Cyt C. The method has a linear range from 2.5 nM to 2 μM (R (2) = 0.995) with a detection limit of 0.7 nM. Finally, the proposed biosensor was used for the determination of Cyt C in human serum samples with RSDs of 1.8-3.6 %. The results demonstrate that this solid-state ECL quenching biosensor has high sensitivity, selectivity, and good stability. Graphical Abstract A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor for detection of cytochrome C based on Ceria Nanoparticles Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite.

  4. Tuning the Thickness of Ba-Containing "Functional" Layer toward High-Performance Ceria-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Gong, Zheng; Sun, Wenping; Shan, Duo; Wu, Yusen; Liu, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Developing highly efficient ceria-based solid oxide fuel cells with high power density is still a big concern for commercial applications. In this work, a novel structured Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ (SDC)-based fuel cell with a bilayered anode consisting of Ni-SDC and Ni-BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (Ni-BZCY) was designed. In addition to the catalysis function, the Ni-BZCY anode "functional" layer also provides Ba source for generating an electron-blocking layer in situ at the anode/electrolyte interface during sintering. The Ni-BZCY thickness significantly influences the quality of the electron-blocking layer and electrochemical performances of the cell. The cell with a 50 μm thick Ni-BZCY layer exhibits the best performance in terms of open circuit voltage (OCV) and peak power density (1068 mW cm(-2) at 650 °C). The results demonstrate that this cell with an optimal structure has a distinct advantage of delivering high power performance with a high efficiency at reduced temperatures.

  5. Tuning the Thickness of Ba-Containing "Functional" Layer toward High-Performance Ceria-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Gong, Zheng; Sun, Wenping; Shan, Duo; Wu, Yusen; Liu, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Developing highly efficient ceria-based solid oxide fuel cells with high power density is still a big concern for commercial applications. In this work, a novel structured Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ (SDC)-based fuel cell with a bilayered anode consisting of Ni-SDC and Ni-BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (Ni-BZCY) was designed. In addition to the catalysis function, the Ni-BZCY anode "functional" layer also provides Ba source for generating an electron-blocking layer in situ at the anode/electrolyte interface during sintering. The Ni-BZCY thickness significantly influences the quality of the electron-blocking layer and electrochemical performances of the cell. The cell with a 50 μm thick Ni-BZCY layer exhibits the best performance in terms of open circuit voltage (OCV) and peak power density (1068 mW cm(-2) at 650 °C). The results demonstrate that this cell with an optimal structure has a distinct advantage of delivering high power performance with a high efficiency at reduced temperatures. PMID:27078722

  6. Synthesis and In Situ Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigations of Ceria-Based Oxides for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes

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    Sharma, Vaneet

    The behavior of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cermet (ceramic-metal composite) anode under reaction conditions depends significantly on the structure, morphology and atomic scale interactions between the metal and the ceramic components. In situ environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) is an important tool which not only allows us to perform the basic nanoscale characterization of the anode materials, but also to observe in real-time, the dynamic changes in the anode material under near-reaction conditions. The earlier part of this dissertation is focused on the synthesis and characterization of Pr- and Gd-doped cerium oxide anode materials. A novel spray drying set-up was designed and constructed for preparing nanoparticles of these mixed-oxides and nickel oxide for anode fabrication. X-ray powder diffraction was used to investigate the crystal structure and lattice parameters of the synthesized materials. Particle size distribution, morphology and chemical composition were investigated using transmission electron microscope (TEM). The nanoparticles were found to possess pit-like defects of average size 2 nm after subjecting the spray-dried material to heat treatment at 700 °C for 2 h in air. A novel electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) quantification technique for determining the Pr and Gd concentrations in the mixed oxides was developed. Nano-scale compositional heterogeneity was observed in these materials. The later part of the dissertation focuses mainly on in situ investigations of the anode materials under a H2 environment in the ETEM. Nano-scale changes in the stand-alone ceramic components of the cermet anode were first investigated. Particle size and composition of the individual nanoparticles of Pr-doped ceria (PDC) were found to affect their reducibility in H2 gas. Upon reduction, amorphization of the nanoparticles was observed and was linked to the presence of pit-like defects in the spray-dried material. Investigation of metal

  7. La2NiO4+δ infiltrated into gadolinium doped ceria as novel solid oxide fuel cell cathodes: Electrochemical performance and impedance modelling

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    Nicollet, C.; Flura, A.; Vibhu, V.; Rougier, A.; Bassat, J. M.; Grenier, J. C.

    2015-10-01

    This paper is devoted to the study of composite cathodes of La2NiO4+δ infiltrated into a Gd-doped ceria backbone. Porous Gd-doped ceria backbones are screen printed onto yttria-stabilized zirconia or Gd-doped ceria dense electrolytes, and infiltrated with a La and Ni nitrate solution (2:1 stoichiometry ratio). The influence of the preparation parameters on the polarization resistance, such as the concentration of the infiltration solution, the amount of infiltrated phase, the annealing temperature, the thickness of the electrode, and the nature of the electrolyte, is characterized by impedance spectroscopy performed on symmetrical cells. The optimization of these parameters results in a decrease of the polarization resistance down to 0.15 Ω cm2 at 600 °C. Using the Adler-Lane-Steele model, the modelling of the impedance diagrams leads to the determination of the ionic conductivity as well as the surface exchange rate of the infiltrated electrode.

  8. Enhanced hydrogen oxidation activity and H2S tolerance of Ni-infiltrated ceria solid oxide fuel cell anodes

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    Mirfakhraei, Behzad; Paulson, Scott; Thangadurai, Venkataraman; Birss, Viola

    2013-12-01

    The effect of Ni infiltration into porous Gd-doped ceria (GDC) anodes on their H2 oxidation performance, with and without added 10 ppm H2S, is reported here. Porous GDC anodes (ca. 10 μm thick) were deposited on yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) supports and then infiltrated with catalytic amounts of a Ni nitrate solution, followed by electrochemical testing in a 3-electrode half-cell setup at 500-800 °C. Infiltration of 3 wt.% Ni into the porous GDC anode lowered the polarization resistance by up to 85%, affecting mainly the low frequency impedance arc. When exposed to 10 ppm H2S, the Ni-infiltrated anodes exhibited a ca. 5 times higher tolerance toward sulfur poisoning compared to GDC anodes alone, also showing excellent long-term stability in 10 ppm H2S. In the presence of H2S, it is proposed that Ni, likely distributed as a nanophase, helps to maintain a clean GDC surface at the Ni/GDC interface at which the H2 oxidation reaction takes place. In turn, the GDC will readily supply oxygen anions to the adjacent Ni surfaces, thus helping to remove adsorbed sulfur.

  9. Ceria coated Ni as anodes for direct utilization of methane in low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhu, Wei; Xia, Changrong; Fan, Jue; Peng, Ranran; Meng, Guangyao

    A new type of anode, a Ni framework coated with Sm-doped ceria (SDC), was developed for direct utilization of methane fuel in low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with thin-film SDC electrolytes. The coated SDC was prepared with an ion impregnating method and the electrolyte films were fabricated with a co-pressing and co-firing technique. The impregnating process produced an ideal anode microstructure where nickel particles were effectively connected and uniformly covered with nanosized SDC. This anode microstructure was believed to enlarge the triple-phase boundaries and therefore enhance the anode performance. The cell performance was much higher than that of a conventional fuel cell with a Ni-SDC composite anode. In addition, the performance increased with impregnated SDC loading up to a maximum at 20 mg cm -2, indicating that the coated SDC is the contributing factor for the enhanced fuel cell performance. Power density as high as 571 and 353 mW cm -2 were obtained at 600 °C when humidified hydrogen and methane were used as fuels, respectively. The stability of the cell also increased with the SDC loading. No significant degradation was observed for anodes coated with 20 and 25 mg cm -2 SDC. This verifies that the coated SDC electrodes are very effective in suppressing catalytic carbon formation by blocking methane from approaching the Ni, which is catalytically active towards methane pyrolysis. The high performance of this anode shows high promise in the developing field of direct hydrocarbon SOFCs.

  10. Samaria-doped Ceria Modified Ni/YSZ Anode for Direct Methane Fuel in Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Impregnation Method

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    Zhang, Long-shan; Gao, Jian-feng; Tian, Rui-fen; Xia, Chang-rong

    2009-08-01

    A porous NiO/yttria-stabilized zirconia anode substrate for tubular solid oxide fuel cells was prepared by gel casting technique. Nano-scale samaria-doped ceria (SDC) particles were formed onto the anode substrate to modify the anode microstructure by the impregnation of solution of Sm(NO3)3 and Ce(NO3)3. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, current-voltage and current-powder curves of the cells were measured using an electrochemical workstation. Scanning electron microcopy was used to observe the microstructure. The results indicate that the stability of the performance of the cell operated on humidified methane can be significantly improved by incorporating the nano-structured SDC particles, compared with the unmodified cell. This verifies that the coated SDC electrodes are very effective in suppressing catalytic carbon formation by blocking methane from approaching the Ni, which is catalytically active towards methane pyrolysis. In addition, it was found that a small amount of deposited carbon is beneficial to the performance of the anode. The cell showed a peak power density of 225 mW/cm2 when it was fed with H2 fuel at 700 °C, but the power density increased to 400 mW/cm2 when the fuel was switched from hydrogen to methane at the same flow rate. Methane conversion achieved about 90%, measured by gas chromatogram with a 10.0 mL/min flow rate of fuel at 700 °C. Although the carbon deposition was not suppressed absolutely, some deposited carbon was beneficial for performance improvement.

  11. Nano-granulization of gadolinia-doped ceria electrolyte surface by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kim, Jun Woo; Jang, Dong Young; Kim, Manjin; Choi, Hyung Jong; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2016-01-01

    We have fabricated nano-scale gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) at the electrode-electrolyte boundary by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) for high-performance solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) working at low temperatures below 500 °C. In AACVD, temperature is the key factor affecting the grain size. We have confirmed that by nano-granulizing the electrolyte surface using optimized AACVD, the power output of the SOFC is 50% higher than that of the bare GDC SOFC. From the impedance analysis, significant enhancement of the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction is identified from the AACVD-GDC nano-grain surface treatment.

  12. Defects clustering and ordering in di- and trivalently doped ceria

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Defect structures in trivalently and divalently doped ceria has been elucidated. ► Dumbbell structure is a universal basic vacancy structure in fluorite oxides. ► Electrostatic attraction dominates elastic interaction in doped ceria. ► Provide a physical picture of conductivity behavior in aliovalently doped ceria. -- Abstract: The formation and growth of defect clusters in CeO{sub 2}-M{sub 2}O{sub 3} (M = La{sup 3+}, Pr{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}) and CeO{sub 2}-DO (N = Cd{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+}, Ba{sup 2+}) binary solid solutions have been comparatively studied by atomistic simulations based on energy minimization of atomic interactions. The calculation ensemble, including both divalent and trivalent dopants, shows a similar energetic tendency for defect species (dopants and associated oxygen vacancies) to aggregate and grow. The dumbbell structure has been verified as a universal vacancy structure in oxygen deficient fluorite lattice. Nevertheless, it also demonstrates different tendencies of dopant–vacancy associations that depend on dopant valence and radius. The dopant is site-selective in trivalent defect clusters correlated with dopant size. While in divalent solid solutions, clusters adopt similar dopant–vacancy locations. Furthermore, all clusters in divalently doped ceria have stronger dopant–vacancy associations/interactions compared to those in trivalent ones. As a consequence, the correlation of the dopant size as well as valence effects on oxygen-ion conductivity has been illustrated based on an ordered defect cluster model. This study thereby offers insight into the physical picture of ionic conductivity behavior experimentally obtained in aliovalently doped ceria.

  13. Germanium-silicon solid solutions

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    Zemskov, V. S.; Kubasov, V. N.; Belokurova, I. N.; Titkov, A. N.; Shulpina, I. L.; Safarov, V. I.; Guseva, N. B.

    1977-01-01

    An experiment on melting and directional crystallization of an antimony (Sb) doped germanium silicon (GeSi) solid solution was designed for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) to study the possibility of using zero-g conditions for obtaining solid-solution monocrystals with uniformly distributed components. Crystallization in the zero-g environment did not occur under ideal stationary growth and segregation conditions. Crystallization under zero-g conditions revealed the heterogeneous nature of Si and Sb distribution in the cross sections of crystals. The presence of the radial thermal gradient in the multipurpose furnace could be one of the reasons for such Si and Sb distribution. The structure of space-grown crystals correlates with the nature of heterogeneities of Si and Sb distribution in crystals. The type of surface morphology and the contour observed in space-grown crystals were never observed in ground-based crystals and indicate the absence of wetting of the graphitized walls of the ampoule by the melt during melting and crystallization.

  14. Composite ceria-coated aerogels and methods of making the same

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    Eyring, Edward M; Ernst, Richard D; Turpin, Gregory C; Dunn, Brian C

    2013-05-07

    Ceria-coated aerogels can include an aerogel support material having a stabilized ceria coating thereon. The ceria coating can be formed by solution or vapor deposition of alcogels or aerogels. Additional catalytic metal species can also be incorporated into the coating to form multi-metallic compounds having improved catalytic activity. Further, the ceria coated aerogels retain high surface areas at elevated temperatures. Thus, improvements in catalytic activity and thermal stability can be achieved using these ceria-coated composite aerogels.

  15. A novel Ni/ceria-based anode for metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Rojek-Wöckner, Veronika A.; Opitz, Alexander K.; Brandner, Marco; Mathé, Jörg; Bram, Martin

    2016-10-01

    For optimization of ageing behavior, electrochemical performance, and sulfur tolerance of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells a new anode concept is introduced, which is based on a Ni/GDC cermet replacing the established Ni/YSZ anodes. In the present work optimized processing parameters compatible with MSC substrates are specified by doing sintering studies on pressed bulk specimen and on real porous anode structures. The electrochemical performance of the Ni/GDC anodes was characterized by means of symmetrical electrolyte supported model-type cells. In this study, three main objectives are pursued. Firstly, the effective technical realization of the Ni/GDC concept is demonstrated. Secondly, the electrochemical behavior of Ni/GDC porous anodes is characterized by impedance spectroscopy and compared with the current standard Ni/YSZ anode. Further, a qualitative comparison of the sulfur poisoning behavior of both anode types is presented. Thirdly, preliminary results of a successful implementation of the Ni/GDC cermet into a metal-supported single cell are presented.

  16. Mesoporous NiO-samaria doped ceria for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Kim, Jin-Yeop; Kim, Ji Hyeon; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Park, Sang Joon

    2014-08-01

    In order to prepare anode material for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), the mesoporous NiO-SDC was synthesized using a cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethyl-ammonium bromide; CTAB) for obtaining wide triple-phase boundary (TPB). In addition, Ni-SDC anode-supported SOFC single cells with YSZ electrolyte and LSM cathode were fabricated and the performance of single cells was evaluated at 600 °C. The microstructure of NiO-SDC was characterized by XRD, EDX, SEM, and BET, and the results showed that the mesoporous NiO-SDC with 10 nm pores could be obtained. It was found that the surface area and the electrical performance were strongly influenced by the Ni content in Ni-SDC cermets. After calcined at 600 °C, the surface area of NiO-SDC was between 90-117 m2/g at 35-45 Ni wt%, which was sufficiently high for providing large TPB in SOFC anode. The optimum Ni content for cell performance was around 45 wt% and the corresponding MPD was 0.36 W/cm2. Indeed, the mesoporous NiO-SDC cermet may be of interest for use as an anode for low-temperature SOFCs.

  17. Composite solid oxide fuel cell anode based on ceria and strontium titanate

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    Marina, Olga A.; Pederson, Larry R.

    2008-12-23

    An anode and method of making the same wherein the anode consists of two separate phases, one consisting of a doped strontium titanate phase and one consisting of a doped cerium oxide phase. The strontium titanate phase consists of Sr.sub.1-xM.sub.xTiO.sub.3-.delta., where M is either yttrium (Y), scandium (Sc), or lanthanum (La), where "x" may vary typically from about 0.01 to about 0.5, and where .delta. is indicative of some degree of oxygen non-stoichiometry. A small quantity of cerium may also substitute for titanium in the strontium titanate lattice. The cerium oxide consists of N.sub.yCe.sub.1-yO.sub.2-.delta., where N is either niobium (Nb), vanadium (V), antimony (Sb) or tantalum (Ta) and where "y" may vary typically from about 0.001 to about 0.1 and wherein the ratio of Ti in said first phase to the sum of Ce and N in the second phase is between about 0.2 to about 0.75. Small quantities of strontium, yttrium, and/or lanthanum may additionally substitute into the cerium oxide lattice. The combination of these two phases results in better performance than either phase used separately as an anode for solid oxide fuel cell or other electrochemical device.

  18. Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials.

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    Laycock, Christian J; Staniforth, John Z; Ormerod, R Mark

    2011-05-28

    tolerance of Ni/YSZ, however, in the presence of H(2)S ceria did not promote the reverse Boudouard reaction and at high temperatures carbon deposition was greater over ceria-doped Ni/YSZ. In order to further study the effects of ceria-doping, a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) was constructed with a ceria-doped anode cermet and its electrical performance on simulated biogas compared to hydrogen was tested. This fuel cell was subsequently ran for 1000 h on simulated biogas with no degradation in its overall electrical performance.

  19. Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials.

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    Laycock, Christian J; Staniforth, John Z; Ormerod, R Mark

    2011-05-28

    tolerance of Ni/YSZ, however, in the presence of H(2)S ceria did not promote the reverse Boudouard reaction and at high temperatures carbon deposition was greater over ceria-doped Ni/YSZ. In order to further study the effects of ceria-doping, a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) was constructed with a ceria-doped anode cermet and its electrical performance on simulated biogas compared to hydrogen was tested. This fuel cell was subsequently ran for 1000 h on simulated biogas with no degradation in its overall electrical performance. PMID:21494706

  20. Electrochemical synthesis and properties of ceria films grown on stainless steel

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    Živković, Lj. S.; Lair, V.; Lupan, O.; Ringuedé, A.

    2011-12-01

    Electrochemical synthesis of ceria films was performed on a stainless steel substrate in view of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) applications. Films were obtained from aqueous nitrate solutions via cathodic deposition method at room temperature. A constant potential value of -0.8 V/(SCE) was applied to reduce the molecular oxygen as hydroxide precursor, leading to a formation of adherent, homogeneous and covering films in 20 min deposition time. Structure, morphology and composition of as-grown coatings were studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, as well as scanning electron microscopy. Cubic fluorite-type nanostructured ceria of leaf-like particles was synthesized. Thermal annealing (600°C, 1 h) was found to enhance ceria crystallinity.

  1. Intermediate-Temperature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells with a Gadolinium-Doped Ceria Anodic Functional Layer Deposited via Radio-Frequency Sputtering.

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    Tanveer, Waqas Hassan; Ji, Sanghoon; Yu, Wonjong; Cho, Gu Young; Lee, Yoon Ho; Cha, Suk Won

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the effects of the insertion of a gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) anodic functional layer (AFL) on the electrochemical performance of intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Fully stabilized yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was used as an oxygen-ion-conducting and support material. Nickel-Samaria-doped ceriathin film was used as an anode material, while screen-printed lanthanum strontium magnetite served as a cathode material. In order to enhance the interfacial reaction on the anode side, a GDC-AFL with a thickness of about 140 nm, deposited via radio-frequency sputtering, was inserted into the anode-electrolyte interface. SOFCs with and without a GDC-AFL were electrochemically characterized. In an intermediate temperature range of about 700 - 800 degrees C, the application of the GDC-AFL led to an increase in the peak power density of approximately 16%.

  2. Catalytic modification of Ni-Sm-doped ceria anodes with copper for direct utilization of dry methane in low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Zhicheng; Weng, Wenjian; Cheng, Kui; Du, Piyi; Shen, Ge; Han, Gaorong

    2008-05-01

    A Cu/Ni/Sm-doped ceria (SDC) anode has been designed for direct utilization of dry methane in low-temperature anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells. The anode is prepared by the impregnation method, whereby a small amount of Cu is incorporated into the previously prepared Ni/SDC porous matrix. After reduction, Cu nanoparticles adhere to and are uniformly distributed on the surface of the Ni/SDC matrix. For the resulting Cu/Ni/SDC anode-supported cell, maximum power density of 317 mW cm-2 is achieved at 600 °C. The power density shows only ∼2% loss after 12-h operation. The results demonstrate that the Cu/Ni/SDC anode effectively suppresses carbon deposition by decreasing the Ni surface area available and the level of carbon monoxide disproportionation. This combination of effects results in very low-power density loss over the operating time.

  3. Doped Yttrium Chromite-Ceria Composite as a Redox-Stable and Sulfur-Tolerant Anode for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-12-11

    A Ca- and Co-doped yttrium chromite (YCCC) - samaria-doped ceria (SDC) composite was studied in relation to a potential use as a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material. Tests performed using the yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte-supported cells revealed that the electrocatalytic activity of the YCCC-SDC anode towards hydrogen oxidation at 800 C was comparable to that of the Ni-YSZ anode. In addition, the YCCC-SDC anode exhibited superior sulfur tolerant characteristics showing less than 10% increase in a polarization resistance, fully reversible, upon exposure to 20 ppm H2S at 800 C. No performance degradation was observed during multiple reduction-oxidation (redox) cycles when the anode was intentionally exposed to the air environment followed by the reduction in hydrogen. The redox tolerance of the YCCC-SDC anode was attributed to the dimensional and chemical stability of the YCCC exhibiting minimal isothermal chemical expansion upon redox cycling.

  4. Relationship Between Particle and Plasma Properties and Coating Characteristics of Samaria-Doped Ceria Prepared by Atmospheric Plasma Spraying for Use in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Cuglietta, Mark; Kesler, Olivera

    2012-06-01

    Samaria-doped ceria (SDC) has become a promising material for the fabrication of high-performance, intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In this study, the in-flight characteristics, such as particle velocity and surface temperature, of spray-dried SDC agglomerates were measured and correlated to the resulting microstructures of SDC coatings fabricated using atmospheric plasma spraying, a manufacturing technique with the capability of producing full cells in minutes. Plasmas containing argon, nitrogen and hydrogen led to particle surface temperatures higher than those in plasmas containing only argon and nitrogen. A threshold temperature for the successful deposition of SDC on porous stainless steel substrates was calculated to be 2570 °C. Coating porosity was found to be linked to average particle temperature, suggesting that plasma conditions leading to lower particle temperatures may be most suitable for fabricating porous SOFC electrode layers.

  5. Single crystals of metal solid solutions

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    Miller, J. F.; Austin, A. E.; Richard, N.; Griesenauer, N. M.; Moak, D. P.; Mehrabian, M. R.; Gelles, S. H.

    1974-01-01

    The following definitions were sought in the research on single crystals of metal solid solutions: (1) the influence of convection and/or gravity present during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; (2) the influence of a magnetic field applied during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; and (3) requirements for a space flight experiment to verify the results. Growth conditions for the selected silver-zinc alloy system are described, along with pertinent technical and experimental details of the project.

  6. Embedded Ceria Nanoparticles in Crosslinked PVA Electrospun Nanofibers as Optical Sensors for Radicals.

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    Shehata, Nader; Samir, Effat; Gaballah, Soha; Hamed, Aya; Elrasheedy, Asmaa

    2016-01-01

    This work presents a new nanocomposite of cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles embedded in electrospun PVA nanofibers for optical sensing of radicals in solutions. Our ceria nanoparticles are synthesized to have O-vacancies which are the receptors for the radicals extracted from peroxide in water solution. Ceria nanoparticles are embedded insitu in PVA solution and then formed as nanofibers using an electrospinning technique. The formed nanocomposite emits visible fluorescent emissions under 430 nm excitation, due to the active ceria nanoparticles with fluorescent Ce(3+) ionization states. When the formed nanocomposite is in contact with peroxide solution, the fluorescence emission intensity peak has been found to be reduced with increasing concentration of peroxide or the corresponding radicals through a fluorescence quenching mechanism. The fluorescence intensity peak is found to be reduced to more than 30% of its original value at a peroxide weight concentration up to 27%. This work could be helpful in further applications of radicals sensing using a solid mat through biomedical and environmental monitoring applications. PMID:27571083

  7. Embedded Ceria Nanoparticles in Crosslinked PVA Electrospun Nanofibers as Optical Sensors for Radicals

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    Shehata, Nader; Samir, Effat; Gaballah, Soha; Hamed, Aya; Elrasheedy, Asmaa

    2016-01-01

    This work presents a new nanocomposite of cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles embedded in electrospun PVA nanofibers for optical sensing of radicals in solutions. Our ceria nanoparticles are synthesized to have O-vacancies which are the receptors for the radicals extracted from peroxide in water solution. Ceria nanoparticles are embedded insitu in PVA solution and then formed as nanofibers using an electrospinning technique. The formed nanocomposite emits visible fluorescent emissions under 430 nm excitation, due to the active ceria nanoparticles with fluorescent Ce3+ ionization states. When the formed nanocomposite is in contact with peroxide solution, the fluorescence emission intensity peak has been found to be reduced with increasing concentration of peroxide or the corresponding radicals through a fluorescence quenching mechanism. The fluorescence intensity peak is found to be reduced to more than 30% of its original value at a peroxide weight concentration up to 27%. This work could be helpful in further applications of radicals sensing using a solid mat through biomedical and environmental monitoring applications. PMID:27571083

  8. Study on the CO Oxidation over Ceria-Based Nanocatalysts

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    Piumetti, Marco; Andana, Tahrizi; Bensaid, Samir; Russo, Nunzio; Fino, Debora; Pirone, Raffaele

    2016-03-01

    A series of ceria nanocatalysts have been prepared to study the structure dependency of the CO oxidation reaction. The ceria samples with well-defined nanostructures (nanocubes/Ce-NC and nanorods/Ce-NR) have been prepared using the hydrothermal method. Mesoporous ceria (Ce-MES) and ceria synthesized with solution combustion technique (Ce-SCS) have also been prepared for comparison. The lowest CO oxidation temperature has been reached by using ceria nanocubes (Ce-NC). This high activity draws immense contributions from the highly reactive (100) and (110) surfaces of the truncated nanocubes. The Ce-MES and Ce-SCS samples, despite their high surface areas, are unable to outdo the activity of Ce-NC and Ce-NR due to the abundant presence of (111) crystalline planes. This finding confirms the structure sensitivity of CO oxidation reaction catalyzed with ceria.

  9. Solution-solid-solid mechanism: superionic conductors catalyze nanowire growth.

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    Wang, Junli; Chen, Kangmin; Gong, Ming; Xu, Bin; Yang, Qing

    2013-09-11

    The catalytic mechanism offers an efficient tool to produce crystalline semiconductor nanowires, in which the choice, state, and structure of catalysts are active research issues of much interest. Here we report a novel solution-solid-solid (SSS) mechanism for nanowire growth catalyzed by solid-phase superionic conductor nanocrystals in low-temperature solution. The preparation of Ag2Se-catalyzed ZnSe nanowires at 100-210 °C is exampled to elucidate the SSS model, which can be extendable to grow other II-VI semiconductor (e.g., CdSe, ZnS, and CdS) nanowires by the catalysis of nanoscale superionic-phase silver or copper(I) chalcogenides (Ag2Se, Ag2S, and Cu2S). The exceptional catalytic ability of these superionic conductors originates from their structure characteristics, known for high-density vacancies and fast mobility of silver or copper(I) cations in the rigid sublattice of Se(2-) or S(2-) ions. Insights into the SSS mechanism are provided based on the formation of solid solution and the solid-state ion diffusion/transport at solid-solid interface between catalyst and nanowire. PMID:23919513

  10. Energetics of Rare Earth Doped Uranium Oxide Solid Solutions

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    Zhang, Lei

    J/mol. Since all the other doped fluorite oxides based on zirconia, hafnia, ceria, and thoria are in the oxygen deficit (oxygen vacancy formation) regime, a systematic study of these rare earth doped fluorite oxides (LnxA 1-xO2-0.5x) was made comparing experimental and computational results. A consistent trend suggested by both calorimetry and computation, was found for all oxygen vacancy containing systems (actinide and non-actinide oxide systems). Larger size mismatch between the smaller host cation (A 4+) and the larger rare earth dopant cation (Ln3+) generally produces more stable solid solutions. The energetics of these systems is the result of competition between strain energy arising from size mismatch (endothermic) and defect association (exothermic). The formation enthalpies of LnxU1-xO2-0.5x obtained from calculation are slightly positive.

  11. Slurry spin coating of thin film yttria stabilized zirconia/gadolinia doped ceria bi-layer electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kim, Hyun Joong; Kim, Manjin; Neoh, Ke Chean; Han, Gwon Deok; Bae, Kiho; Shin, Jong Mok; Kim, Gyu-Tae; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2016-09-01

    Thin ceramic bi-layered membrane comprising yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) is fabricated by the cost-effective slurry spin coating technique, and it is evaluated as an electrolyte of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). It is demonstrated that the slurry spin coating method is capable of fabricating porous ceramic films by adjusting the content of ethyl-cellulose binders in the source slurry. The porous GDC layer deposited by spin coating under an optimal condition functions satisfactorily as a cathode-electrolyte interlayer in the test SOFC stack. A 2-μm-thick electrolyte membrane of the spin-coated YSZ/GDC bi-layer is successfully deposited as a dense and stable film directly on a porous NiO-YSZ anode support without any interlayers, and the SOFC produces power output over 200 mW cm-2 at 600 °C, with an open circuit voltage close to 1 V. Electrochemical impedance spectra analysis is conducted to evaluate the performance of the fuel cell components in relation with the microstructure of the spin-coated layers.

  12. Proton-conducting Micro-solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Improved Cathode Reactions by a Nanoscale Thin Film Gadolinium-doped Ceria Interlayer

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    Li, Yong; Wang, Shijie; Su, Pei-Chen

    2016-01-01

    An 8 nm-thick gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) layer was inserted as a cathodic interlayer between the nanoscale proton-conducting yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BZY) electrolyte and the porous platinum cathode of a micro-solid oxide fuel cell (μ-SOFC), which has effectively improved the cathode reaction kinetics and rendered high cell power density. The addition of the GDC interlayer significantly reduced the cathodic activation loss and increased the peak power density of the μ-SOFC by 33% at 400 °C. The peak power density reached 445 mW/cm2 at 425 °C, which is the highest among the reported μ-SOFCs using proton-conducting electrolytes. The impressive performance was attributed to the mixed protonic and oxygen ionic conducting properties of the nano-granular GDC, and also to the high densities of grain boundaries and lattice defects in GDC interlayer that favored the oxygen incorporation and transportation during the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the water evolution reaction at cathode. PMID:26928192

  13. Proton-conducting Micro-solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Improved Cathode Reactions by a Nanoscale Thin Film Gadolinium-doped Ceria Interlayer

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    Li, Yong; Wang, Shijie; Su, Pei-Chen

    2016-02-01

    An 8 nm-thick gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) layer was inserted as a cathodic interlayer between the nanoscale proton-conducting yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BZY) electrolyte and the porous platinum cathode of a micro-solid oxide fuel cell (μ-SOFC), which has effectively improved the cathode reaction kinetics and rendered high cell power density. The addition of the GDC interlayer significantly reduced the cathodic activation loss and increased the peak power density of the μ-SOFC by 33% at 400 °C. The peak power density reached 445 mW/cm2 at 425 °C, which is the highest among the reported μ-SOFCs using proton-conducting electrolytes. The impressive performance was attributed to the mixed protonic and oxygen ionic conducting properties of the nano-granular GDC, and also to the high densities of grain boundaries and lattice defects in GDC interlayer that favored the oxygen incorporation and transportation during the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the water evolution reaction at cathode.

  14. Radiation-Induced Reduction of Ceria in Single and Polycrystalline Thin Films

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    Kumar, Amit; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Shutthanandan, V.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Yang, Yong; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Seal, Sudipta

    2012-01-12

    Ceria (CeO{sub 2}) is a technologically important ceramic material with a wide range of neoteric applications in catalysis, solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen gas sensors, hydrogen production, and ultraviolet shielding. Recent research has revealed promising biomedical applications of ceria. Nanoparticles of ceria have been shown to protect healthy cells from radiation-induced cellular damage. The mechanisms governing the radioprotection characteristics of ceria nanoparticles are not well understood and it has been hypothesized that reversible switching between Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} states may enable ceria nanoparticles to mop up free radicals.

  15. Silica Supported Ceria Nanoparticles: A Hybrid Nanostructure To Increase Stability And Surface Reactivity Of Nano-crystalline Ceria

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    Munusamy, Prabhakaran; Sanghavi, Shail P.; Varga, Tamas; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2014-01-21

    The mixed oxidation state (3+/4+) of ceria nanoparticles of smaller sizes make them attractive materials for their catalytic antioxidant biological properties. However the unmodified smaller ceria nanoparticles are limited in their use due to particles agglomeration and reduced surface chemical reactivity in the solutions used to disperse the nanoparticles. This work describes an effort to stabilize small ceria nanoparticles, retaining their desired activity, on a larger stable silica support. The ceria nanoparticles attached to silica was synthesized by a solution synthesis technique in which the surface functional groups of silica nanoparticles were found to be essential for the formation of smaller ceria nanoparticles. The surface chemical and vibrational spectroscopy analysis revealed cerium–silicate (Ce-O-Si) covalent bond linkage between silica and cerium oxide nanoparticles. The colloidal properties (agglomerate particle size and suspension stability) of ceria attached to silica was significantly improved due to inherent physico-chemical characteristics of silica against random collision and gravitation settling as opposed to unmodified ceria nanoparticles in solution. The bio-catalytic activity of ceria nanoparticles in the 3+ oxidation state was not found to be limited by attachment to the silica support as measured by free radical scavenging activity in different biological media conditions.

  16. Effects of some rare earth and carbonate-based co-dopants on structural and electrical properties of samarium doped ceria (SDC) electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Anwar, Mustafa; Khan, Zuhair S.; Mustafa, Kamal; Rana, Akmal

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, samarium doped ceria (SDC) and SDC-based composite with the addition of K2CO3 were prepared by co-precipitation route and effects of pH of the solution and calcination temperature on microstructure of SDC and SDC-K2CO3, respectively, were investigated. Furthermore, experimentation was performed to investigate into the ionic conductivity of pure SDC by co-doping with yttrium i.e., YSDC, XRD and SEM studies show that the crystallite size and particle size of SDC increases with the increase in pH. The SEM images of all the samples of SDC synthesized at different pH values showed the irregular shaped and dispersed particles. SDC-K2CO3 was calcined at 600∘C, 700∘C and 800∘C for 4 h and XRD results showed that crystallite size increases while lattice strain, decreases with the increase in calcination temperature and no peaks were detected for K2CO3 as it is present in an amorphous form. The ionic conductivity of the electrolytes increases with the increase in temperature and SDC-K2CO3 shows the highest value of ionic conductivity as compared to SDC and YSDC. Chemical compatibility tests were performed between the co-doped electrolyte and lithiated NiO cathode at high temperature. It revealed that the couple could be used up to the temperature of 700∘C.

  17. High-Solids Polyimide Precursor Solutions

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    Chuang, Chun-Hua (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    The invention is a highly concentrated stable solution of polymide precursors (monometers) having a solids content ranging from about 80 to 98 percent by weight in lower aliphatic alcohols i.e. methyl and/or ethylalcohol. the concentrated polyimide precursos solution comparisons effective amounts of at least one aromatic diamine, at least one aromatic dianhydride, and a monofunctional endcap including monoamines, monoanhydrides and lower alkyl esters of said monoanhydrides. These concentrated polyimide precursor solutions are particularly useful for the preparation of fibrous prepregs and composites for use in structural materials for military and civil applications.

  18. Extremely thin bilayer electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) fabricated by chemical solution deposition (CSD).

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    Oh, Eun-Ok; Whang, Chin-Myung; Lee, Yu-Ri; Park, Sun-Young; Prasad, Dasari Hari; Yoon, Kyung Joong; Son, Ji-Won; Lee, Jong-Ho; Lee, Hae-Weon

    2012-07-01

    An extremely thin bilayer electrolyte consisting of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) is successfully fabricated on a sintered NiO-YSZ substrate. Major processing flaws are effectively eliminated by applying local constraints to YSZ nanoparticles, and excellent open circuit voltage and cell performance are demonstrated in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at intermediate operating temperatures.

  19. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, Frank R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, Dale A.

    1999-01-01

    The objective of the study is to establish the effects of processing semiconducting, solid solution, single crystals in a microgravity environment on the metallurgical, compositional, electrical, and optical characteristics of the crystals. The alloy system being investigated is the solid solution semiconductor Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te, with x-values appropriate for infrared detector applications in the 8 to 14 mm wavelength region. Both melt and Te-solvent growth are being performed. The study consists of an extensive ground-based experimental and theoretical research effort followed by flight experimentation where appropriate. The ground-based portion of the investigation also includes the evaluation of the relative effectiveness of stabilizing techniques, such as applied magnetic fields, for suppressing convective flow during the melt growth of the crystals.

  20. Oxygen transport in ceria: a first-principles study

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    Sergei, Simak

    2012-02-01

    Ceria (CeO2) is an important material for environmentally benign applications, ranging from solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to oxygen storage [1-2]. The key characteristic needed to be improved is the mobility of oxygen ions. Optimization of ionic transport in ceria has been the topic of many studies. In particular, it has been discovered how the ionic conductivity in ceria might be improved by choosing the proper kind and concentration of dopants [3]. In this presentation we will approach the problem from a different direction by adjusting structural parameters of ceria via the change of external conditions. A systematic first-principles study of the energy landscape and kinetics of reduced ceria as a function of external parameters reveals a physically transparent way to improve oxygen transport in ceria. [4pt] [1] N. Skorodumova, S. Simak, B. Lundqvist, I. Abrikosov, and B. Johansson, Physical Review Letters 89, 14 (2002). [0pt] [2] A. Trovarelli, in Catalysis by Ceria and related materials (Imperial College Press, London, 2002). [0pt] [3] D. A. Andersson, S. I. Simak, N. V. Skorodumova, I. A.Abrikosov, and B. Johansson, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103, 3518 (2006).

  1. Lattice thermal expansion and solubility limits of neodymium-doped ceria

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    Zhang, Jinhua; Ke, Changming; Wu, Hongdan; Yu, Jishun; Wang, Jingran

    2016-11-01

    NdxCe1-xO2-0.5x (x=0-1.0) powders were prepared by reverse coprecipitation-calcination method and characterized by XRD. The crystal structure of product powders transformed from single fluorite structure to the complex of fluorite and C-type cubic structure, and finally to trigonal structure with the increase of x-value. An empirical equation simulating the lattice parameter of neodymium doped ceria was established based on the experimental data. The lattice parameters of the fluorite structure solid solutions increased with extensive adoption of Nd3+, and the heating temperature going up. The average thermal expansion coefficients of neodymium doped ceria with fluorite structure are higher than 13.5×10-6 °C-1 from room temperature to 1200 °C.

  2. Magnetic Damping of Solid Solution Semiconductor Alloys

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    Szofran, Frank R.; Benz, K. W.; Croell, Arne; Dold, Peter; Cobb, Sharon D.; Volz, Martin P.; Motakef, Shariar

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this study is to: (1) experimentally test the validity of the modeling predictions applicable to the magnetic damping of convective flows in electrically conductive melts as this applies to the bulk growth of solid solution semiconducting materials; and (2) assess the effectiveness of steady magnetic fields in reducing the fluid flows occurring in these materials during processing. To achieve the objectives of this investigation, we are carrying out a comprehensive program in the Bridgman and floating-zone configurations using the solid solution alloy system Ge-Si. This alloy system has been studied extensively in environments that have not simultaneously included both low gravity and an applied magnetic field. Also, all compositions have a high electrical conductivity, and the materials parameters permit reasonable growth rates. An important supporting investigation is determining the role, if any, that thermoelectromagnetic convection (TEMC) plays during growth of these materials in a magnetic field. TEMC has significant implications for the deployment of a Magnetic Damping Furnace in space. This effect will be especially important in solid solutions where the growth interface is, in general, neither isothermal nor isoconcentrational. It could be important in single melting point materials, also, if faceting takes place producing a non-isothermal interface. In conclusion, magnetic fields up to 5 Tesla are sufficient to eliminate time-dependent convection in silicon floating zones and possibly Bridgman growth of Ge-Si alloys. In both cases, steady convection appears to be more significant for mass transport than diffusion, even at 5 Tesla in the geometries used here. These results are corroborated in both growth configurations by calculations.

  3. Magnetic Damping of Solid Solution Semiconductor Alloys

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    Szofran, Frank R.; Benz, K. W.; Corell, Arne; Dold, Peter; Cobb, Sharon D.; Volz, Martin P.; Motakef, Shariar

    1998-01-01

    The objective of this study is to conduct the Earth-based research sufficient to successfully propose a flight experiment (1) to experimentally test the validity of the modeling predictions applicable to the magnetic damping of convective flows in conductive melts as this applies to the bulk growth of solid solution semiconducting materials in the reduced gravitational levels available in low Earth orbit and (2) to assess the effectiveness of steady magnetic fields in reducing the fluid flows occurring in these materials during space processing. To achieve the objectives of this investigation, we are carrying out a comprehensive program in the Bridgman and floating-zone configurations using the solid solution alloy system Ge-Si. This alloy system was chosen because it has been studied extensively in environments that have not simultaneously included both low gravity and an applied magnetic field. Also, all compositions have a high electrical conductivity, and the materials parameters permit high growth rates compared to many other commonly studied alloy semiconductors. An important supporting investigation is determining the role, if any, that thermoelectromagnetic convection (TEMC) plays during growth of these materials in a magnetic field. Some compositional anomalies observed by us in magnetic grown crystals can only be explained by TEMC; this has significant implications for the deployment of a Magnetic Damping Furnace in space. This effect will be especially important in solid solutions where the growth interface is, in general, neither isothermal nor isoconcentrational. It could be important in single melting point materials, also, if faceting takes place producing a non-isothermal interface.

  4. Carbon deposition behaviour in metal-infiltrated gadolinia doped ceria electrodes for simulated biogas upgrading in solid oxide electrolysis cells

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    Duboviks, V.; Lomberg, M.; Maher, R. C.; Cohen, L. F.; Brandon, N. P.; Offer, G. J.

    2015-10-01

    One of the attractive applications for reversible Solid Oxide Cells (SOCs) is to convert CO2 into CO via high temperature electrolysis, which is particularly important for biogas upgrading. To improve biogas utility, the CO2 component can be converted into fuel via electrolysis. A significant issue for SOC operation on biogas is carbon-induced catalyst deactivation. Nickel is widely used in SOC electrodes for reasons of cost and performance, but it has a low tolerance to carbon deposition. Two different modes of carbon formation on Ni-based electrodes are proposed in the present work based on ex-situ Raman measurements which are in agreement with previous studies. While copper is known to be resistant towards carbon formation, two significant issues have prevented its application in SOC electrodes - namely its relatively low melting temperature, inhibiting high temperature sintering, and low catalytic activity for hydrogen oxidation. In this study, the electrodes were prepared through a low temperature metal infiltration technique. Since the metal infiltration technique avoids high sintering temperatures, Cu-Ce0.9Gd0.1O2-δ (Cu-CGO) electrodes were fabricated and tested as an alternative to Ni-CGO electrodes. We demonstrate that the performance of Cu-CGO electrodes is equivalent to Ni-CGO electrodes, whilst carbon formation is fully suppressed when operated on biogas mixture.

  5. Dislocation dynamics in solid solutions of covalent crystals

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    Petukhov, B. V.

    2016-09-01

    The dislocation mechanism of solid solution strengthening of covalent semiconductor crystals has been studied. The change in the regularities of dislocation dynamics in solid solutions from those in the components of the solution is connected with the manifestation of the nonlinear drift of dislocation kinks. The theory developed suggests an explanation of specificities of the dislocation mobility in a Ge1- c Si c solid solution.

  6. Plasma sprayed ceria-containing interlayer

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    Schmidt, Douglas S.; Folser, George R.

    2006-01-10

    A plasma sprayed ceria-containing interlayer is provided. The interlayer has particular application in connection with a solid oxide fuel cell used within a power generation system. The fuel cell advantageously comprises an air electrode, a plasma sprayed interlayer disposed on at least a portion of the air electrode, a plasma sprayed electrolyte disposed on at least a portion of the interlayer, and a fuel electrode applied on at least a portion of the electrolyte.

  7. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.

    2001-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and solidus has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent of HgTe respectively, the remainder being cadmium telluride. Such alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed correlating composition variations to measured residual acceleration. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system, analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. The results indicate that the sample did accomplish the desired objectives.

  8. End-Member Formulation of Solid Solutions and Reactive Transport

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    Lichtner, Peter C.

    2015-09-01

    A model for incorporating solid solutions into reactive transport equations is presented based on an end-member representation. Reactive transport equations are solved directly for the composition and bulk concentration of the solid solution. Reactions of a solid solution with an aqueous solution are formulated in terms of an overall stoichiometric reaction corresponding to a time-varying composition and exchange reactions, equivalent to reaction end-members. Reaction rates are treated kinetically using a transition state rate law for the overall reaction and a pseudo-kinetic rate law for exchange reactions. The composition of the solid solution at the onset of precipitation is assumed to correspond to the least soluble composition, equivalent to the composition at equilibrium. The stoichiometric saturation determines if the solid solution is super-saturated with respect to the aqueous solution. The method is implemented for a simple prototype batch reactor using Mathematica for a binary solid solution. Finally, the sensitivity of the results on the kinetic rate constant for a binary solid solution is investigated for reaction of an initially stoichiometric solid phase with an undersaturated aqueous solution.

  9. Special quasirandom structure modeling of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions

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    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Hanken, Benjamin E.; Solomon, Jonathan M.; Asta, Mark

    2015-07-01

    The accuracy of the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach for modeling the structure and energetics of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions is assessed in an ionic-pair potential study of urania and ceria based systems mixed with trivalent rare-earth ions. Mixing enthalpies for SQS supercells containing 96 and 324 lattice sites were calculated using ionic pair potentials for U0.5La0.5O1.75, U0.5Y0.5O1.75, Ce0.5La0.5O1.75, Ce0.5Y0.5O1.75, and Ce0.5Gd0.5O1.75, which all have stoichiometries of pyrochlores. The SQS results were compared to benchmark values for random substitutional disorder obtained using large supercell models. The calculations show significant improvement of the mixing enthalpy for the larger 324 site SQS, which is attributed to a better description of the structural distortions, as characterized by the radial distribution functions in relaxed systems.

  10. Optimization of ionic conductivity in doped ceria

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    Andersson, David A.; Simak, Sergei I.; Skorodumova, Natalia V.; Abrikosov, Igor A.; Johansson, Börje

    2006-01-01

    Oxides with the cubic fluorite structure, e.g., ceria (CeO2), are known to be good solid electrolytes when they are doped with cations of lower valence than the host cations. The high ionic conductivity of doped ceria makes it an attractive electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells, whose prospects as an environmentally friendly power source are very promising. In these electrolytes, the current is carried by oxygen ions that are transported by oxygen vacancies, present to compensate for the lower charge of the dopant cations. Ionic conductivity in ceria is closely related to oxygen-vacancy formation and migration properties. A clear physical picture of the connection between the choice of a dopant and the improvement of ionic conductivity in ceria is still lacking. Here we present a quantum-mechanical first-principles study of the influence of different trivalent impurities on these properties. Our results reveal a remarkable correspondence between vacancy properties at the atomic level and the macroscopic ionic conductivity. The key parameters comprise migration barriers for bulk diffusion and vacancy–dopant interactions, represented by association (binding) energies of vacancy–dopant clusters. The interactions can be divided into repulsive elastic and attractive electronic parts. In the optimal electrolyte, these parts should balance. This finding offers a simple and clear way to narrow the search for superior dopants and combinations of dopants. The ideal dopant should have an effective atomic number between 61 (Pm) and 62 (Sm), and we elaborate that combinations of Nd/Sm and Pr/Gd show enhanced ionic conductivity, as compared with that for each element separately. PMID:16478802

  11. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, D. A.

    1999-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and serious has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; mercury cadmium telluride with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent respectively. These alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed of residual acceleration effects. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system by a previously processed sample, the sample was not received until May 1998, and the preliminary analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. Early results are indicating that the sample may not accomplish the desired objectives. As with the USMP-2 mission, the results of the ground based experiments were compared with the crystal grown in orbit under microgravity conditions. On the earth, it has been demonstrated that the

  12. Special quasirandom structures for perovskite solid solutions.

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    Jiang, Zhijun; Nahas, Yousra; Xu, Bin; Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Bellaiche, Laurent

    2016-11-30

    Special quasirandom structures (SQS) are presently generated for disordered (A'1-x [Formula: see text] x )BX3 and A(B'1-x [Formula: see text] x )X3 perovskite solid solutions, with x  =  1/2 as well as 1/3 and 2/3. These SQS configurations are obtained by imposing that the so-called Cowley parameters are as close to zero as possible for the three nearest neighboring shells. Moreover, these SQS configurations are slightly larger in size than those available in the literature for x  =  1/2, mostly because of the current capabilities of atomistic techniques. They are used here within effective Hamiltonian schemes to predict various properties, which are then compared to those associated with large random supercells, in a variety of compounds, namely (Ba1-x Sr x )TiO3, Pb(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Sc0.5Nb0.5)O3, Ba(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 and (Bi1-x Nd x )FeO3. It is found that these SQS configurations can reproduce many properties of large random supercells of most of these disordered perovskite alloys, below some finite material-dependent temperature. Examples of these properties are electrical polarization, anti-phase and in-phase octahedral tiltings, antipolar motions, antiferromagnetism, strain, piezoelectric coefficients, dielectric response, specific heat and even the formation of polar nanoregions (PNRs) in some relaxors. Some limitations of these SQS configurations are also pointed out and explained. PMID:27661191

  13. Special quasirandom structures for perovskite solid solutions

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    Jiang, Zhijun; Nahas, Yousra; Xu, Bin; Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Bellaiche, Laurent

    2016-11-01

    Special quasirandom structures (SQS) are presently generated for disordered (A‧1-x {{\\text{A}}\\prime \\prime} x )BX3 and A(B‧1-x {{\\text{B}}\\prime \\prime} x )X3 perovskite solid solutions, with x  =  1/2 as well as 1/3 and 2/3. These SQS configurations are obtained by imposing that the so-called Cowley parameters are as close to zero as possible for the three nearest neighboring shells. Moreover, these SQS configurations are slightly larger in size than those available in the literature for x  =  1/2, mostly because of the current capabilities of atomistic techniques. They are used here within effective Hamiltonian schemes to predict various properties, which are then compared to those associated with large random supercells, in a variety of compounds, namely (Ba1-x Sr x )TiO3, Pb(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Sc0.5Nb0.5)O3, Ba(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 and (Bi1-x Nd x )FeO3. It is found that these SQS configurations can reproduce many properties of large random supercells of most of these disordered perovskite alloys, below some finite material-dependent temperature. Examples of these properties are electrical polarization, anti-phase and in-phase octahedral tiltings, antipolar motions, antiferromagnetism, strain, piezoelectric coefficients, dielectric response, specific heat and even the formation of polar nanoregions (PNRs) in some relaxors. Some limitations of these SQS configurations are also pointed out and explained.

  14. High-performance electrode for medium-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Control of microstructure of ceria-based anodes with highly dispersed ruthenium electrocatalysts

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    Uchida, Hiroyuki; Osuga, Takashi; Watanabe, Masahiro

    1999-05-01

    In order to enhance gas-diffusion rates in a mixed-conducting samaria-doped ceria (SDC) anode, micrometer-sized pores were prepared by sintering a SDC paste containing fine polymer beads (d = 1.2 {micro}m) coated on an yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte. SDC anodes prepared under different conditions were examined to determine their pore-size distribution, pore volume, ohmic resistance, polarization behavior, and morphological structure. Both the anodic overpotential and the ohmic resistance of SDC anodes were lowered appreciably by controlling their microstructures. The performance of a SDC anode with optimized microstructure was enhanced further with highly dispersed Ru catalysts at 3 wt % loading, especially at low operating temperatures at about 800 C. The current density on a Ru-SDC anode at an overpotential of 0.1 V was 0.5 A/cm{sup 2} at 800 C.

  15. Silica-Ceria Hybrid Nanostructures

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    Munusamy, Prabhakaran; Sanghavi, Shail P.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Baer, Donald R.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2012-04-25

    A new hybrid material system that consists of ceria attached silica nanoparticles has been developed. Because of the versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and versatile properties of silica and antioxidant properties of ceria nanoparticles, this material system is ideally suited for biomedical applications. The silica particles of size ~50nm were synthesized by the Stöber synthesis method and ceria nanoparticles of size ~2-3nm was attached to the silica surface using a hetrocoagulation method. The presence of silanol groups on the surface of silica particles mediated homogenous nucleation of ceria which were attached to silica surface by Si-O-Ce bonding. The formations of silica-ceria hybrid nanostructures were characterized by X-photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The HRTEM image confirms the formation of individual crystallites of ceria nanoparticles attached to the silica surface. The XPS analysis indicates that ceria nanoparticles are chemically bonded to surface of silica and possess mixture of +3 and +4 chemical states.

  16. Effect of tar fractions from coal gasification on nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia and nickel-gadolinium doped ceria solid oxide fuel cell anode materials

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    Lorente, E.; Berrueco, C.; Millan, M.; Brandon, N. P.

    2013-11-01

    The allowable tar content in gasification syngas is one of the key questions for the exploitation of the full potential of fuel cell concepts with integrated gasification systems. A better understanding of the interaction between tars and the SOFC anodes which leads to carbon formation and deposition is needed in order to design systems where the extent of gas cleaning operations is minimized. Model tar compounds (toluene, benzene, naphthalene) have been used in experimental studies to represent those arising from biomass/coal gasification. However, the use of toluene as a model tar overestimates the negative impact of a real gasification tar on SOFC anode degradation associated with carbon formation. In the present work, the effect of a gasification tar and its distillation fractions on two commercially available fuel cell anodes, Ni/YSZ (yttria stabilized zirconia) and Ni/CGO (gadolinium doped ceria), is reported. A higher impact of the lighter tar fractions was observed, in terms of more carbon formation on the anodes, in comparison with the whole tar sample. The characterization of the recovered tars after contact with the anode materials revealed a shift towards a heavier molecular weight distribution, reinforcing the view that these fractions have reacted on the anode.

  17. Highly sensitive and robust peroxidase-like activity of porous nanorods of ceria and their application for breast cancer detection.

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    Tian, Zhimin; Li, Jing; Zhang, Zhiyun; Gao, Wei; Zhou, Xuemei; Qu, Yongquan

    2015-08-01

    Porous nanorods of ceria (PN-Ceria), a novel ceria nanostructure with a large surface area and a high surface Ce(3+) fraction, exhibited strong intrinsic peroxidase activity toward a classical peroxidase substrate in the presence of H2O2. Peroxidase-like activity of ceria originated from surface Ce(3+) species as the catalytic center, thereby explaining the high performance of PN-Ceria as an artificial enzyme mimicking peroxidase. Compared with the natural enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP), PN-Ceria showed several advantages such as low cost, easy storage, high sensitivity, and, prominently, chemical and catalytic stability under harsh conditions. Importantly, the enzymatic activity of PN-Ceria remained nearly constant and stable over a wide range of temperature and pH values, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of measurements of its peroxidase-like activity. A PN-Ceria based novel diagnostic system was developed for breast cancer detection with a higher sensitivity than the standard HRP detection system. Our work has laid a solid foundation for the development of PN-Ceria as a novel diagnostic tool for clinical use.

  18. Alloy softening in binary iron solid solutions

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine softening and hardening behavior in 19 binary iron-alloy systems. Microhardness tests were conducted at four temperatures in the range 77 to 411 K. Alloy softening was exhibited by 17 of the 19 alloy systems. Alloy softening observed in 15 of the alloy systems was attributed to an intrinsic mechanism, believed to be lowering of the Peierls (lattice friction) stress. Softening and hardening rates could be correlated with the atomic radius ratio of solute to iron. Softening observed in two other systems was attributed to an extrinsic mechanism, believed to be associated with scavenging of interstitial impurities.

  19. Functionally graded doped lanthanum cobalt ferrite and ceria-based composite interlayers for advancing the performance stability in solid oxide fuel cell

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    Ghosh, Koyel Banerjee; Mukhopadhyay, Jayanta; Basu, Rajendra N.

    2016-10-01

    Functionally graded composite interlayer based on 50% of La0.54Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ and 50% of La0.54Sr0.4Fe0.2Co0.8O3-δ (CF-1) and cobalt and gadolinium doped ceria (CoCGO) is synthesized varying the mass ratio as CF-1:CoCGO = 80:20(L80-C20), 50:50(L50-C50) and 20:80(L20-C80). Detail study using impedance spectroscopy of symmetrical cell fabricated with CoCGO as electrolyte reveals the lowest electrode polarization 0.04 Ω cm2 at 800 °C for L80-C20 composite. Electrode and ohmic polarization is also evaluated configuring the symmetric cell as CF-1/L80-C20||CoCGO||L80-C20/CF-1. Symmetric cell with varying composition of the composite interlayer (L80-C20/L50-C50/L20-C80||CoCGO||L20-C80/L50-C50/L80-C20) shows considerably low electrode polarization of 0.067 Ω cm2 at 800 °C with activation energy 1.19 eV. Electrochemical performances evaluated using single cell configuration Ni-YSZ||YSZ||CoCGO/L20-C80/L50-C50/L80-C20/CF-1 shows power density as high as 2.03 W cm-2 at 800 °C at 0.7 V. Addition of composite interlayers increases the stability significantly and the voltage degradation is found negligible (0.9%) for first 300 h at a constant load of 0.5 A cm-2 which is further increased to 2.9% for next 300 h. The cell stability is clinically correlated with layer wise elemental 'Sr' mapping in the applied quad interlayers.

  20. Alloy softening in binary iron solid solutions

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted to determine whether alloy softening in Fe alloys is dependent on electron concentration and to provide a direct comparison of alloy softening and hardening in several binary Fe alloy systems having the same processing history. Alloy additions to Fe included the elements in the Periods 4-6 and the Groups IV-VIII with the exception of technetium. A total of 19 alloy systems was investigated, and hardness testing was the primary means of evaluation. Testing was carried out at four temperatures over a homologous temperature range of 0.043-0.227 times the absolute melting temperature of unalloyed Fe. Major conclusions are that the atomic radius ratio of solute-to-Fe is the key factor in controlling low-temperature hardness of the binary Fe alloys and that alloy softening rates at 77 K and alloy hardening rates at 411 K are correlated with this atomic radius ratio for 15 of the binary alloy systems. Mechanisms of alloy softening and hardening are proposed.

  1. Ozonation of bezafibrate over ceria and ceria supported on carbon materials.

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    Gonçalves, Alexandra G; Órfão, José J M; Pereira, Manuel Fernando R

    2015-01-01

    Two catalysts containing ceria dispersed on the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and activated carbon were investigated as ozonation catalysts for the mineralization of bezafibrate (BZF). The results were compared with those obtained in the absence of the catalyst and in the presence of the parent carbon materials, as well as in the presence of ceria (CeO2). Carbon materials containing ceria showed an interesting catalytic effect. Both materials enhanced the mineralization of BZF relatively to single ozonation and ozonation catalysed by the corresponding carbon materials. In the catalytic ozonation with these materials, both surface and bulk reactions are supposed to occur. The BZF ozonation catalysed by CeO2 leaded to the highest mineralization degrees, indicating that the reaction mechanism followed in the presence of CeO2 (free radical oxidation in solution) leads to the formation of intermediates more easily degradable, mainly after 120 min of reaction. Some primary products and refractory final oxidation compounds in single and catalytic ozonation of BZF were followed. The original chlorine present on the BZF molecule is completely converted to chloride anion and part of the nitrogen is mainly converted to NO3- along with smaller amounts of NO2- and NH4+. Microtox tests revealed that simultaneous use of ozone and CeO2 originated lower acute toxicity. PMID:25189707

  2. Inhibition of growth in solid solution-aqueous solution systems by non-incorporating impurities

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    Pina, Carlos M.

    2011-03-01

    Crystal growth inhibition by non-incorporating impurities has been described and quantified since 1958 by the so-called step pinning model by Cabrera and Vermilyea [1]. In the original model, as well as in its recent improvements by Weaver et al. in 2006 and 2007 [2,3], only the inhibition by the adsorption of impurities on crystal surfaces with fixed compositions is considered. However, most of the crystals found in nature are solid solutions with more or less wide chemical variability. Therefore, in order to provide more realistic models of crystal growth inhibition in natural systems, it is fundamental to study in detail the inhibition of surfaces of solid solutions by non-incorporating impurities. In this paper, the Cabrera-Vermilyea model has been generalised for the case of growth inhibition in solid solution-aqueous solution (SS-AS) systems. This generalisation was made by considering that supersaturation and the physicochemical properties of the solid solutions are functions of the solid composition. The main implication of the model is that a progressive inhibition of growth of a solid solution by increasing the concentration of an adsorbed impurity results in compositional changes on the growing surfaces.

  3. Characterization of ceria-based SOFCs

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    Doshi, R.; Routbort, J.; Krumpelt, M.

    1996-12-31

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operating at low temperatures (500-700{degrees}C) offer many advantages over the conventional zirconia-based fuel cells operating at higher temperatures. Reduced operating temperatures result in: (1) Application of metallic interconnects with reduced oxidation problems (2) Reduced time for start-up and lower energy consumption to reach operating temperatures (3) Increased thermal cycle ability for the cell structure due to lower thermal stresses of expansion mismatches. While this type of fuel cell may be applied to stationary applications, mobile applications require the ability for rapid start-up and frequent thermal cycling. Ceria-based fuel cells are currently being developed in the U.K. at Imperial College, Netherlands at ECN, and U.S.A. at Ceramatec. The cells in each case are made from a doped ceria electrolyte and a La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3} cathode.

  4. Synthesis and silica coating of calcia-doped ceria/mica nanocomposite by seeded polymerization technique

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    El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2006-05-01

    Calcia-doped ceria is of potential interest as an ultraviolet (UV) radiation blocking material in personal care products because of the excellent UV light absorption property and low catalytic ability for the oxidation of organic materials superior to undoped ceria. In order to reduce the oxidation catalytic activity further, calcia-doped ceria was coated with amorphous silica by means of seeded polymerization technique. Generally, nanoparticles of inorganic materials do not provide a good coverage for human skin because of the agglomeration of the particles. The platy particles are required to enhance the covering ability of inorganic materials. This can be accomplished by synthesis of calcia-doped ceria/mica nanocomposite with subsequent silica coating to control catalytic activity of calcia-doped ceria. Calcia-doped ceria/mica nanocomposite was prepared by soft solution chemical method followed by silica coating via seeded polymerization technique. Silica coated calcia-doped ceria/mica nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, SEM, TEM, XPS and FT-IR.

  5. On the solution of a lubrication problem with particulate solids

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    Dai, F.; Khonsari, M. M.

    1991-01-01

    The lubrication characteristic of a fluid with solid particles is studied using the continuum theory of mixtures. The governing equations are formulated and appropriate boundary conditions are introduced for an arbitrary-shaped lubricant film thickness. As a special case, closed-form analytical perturbation solutions for pressure and shear stress are obtained for a mixture of a conventional oil and solid particles with small values of solid-volume fraction sheared in the clearance space of an infinitely long slider bearing. It is found that when compared with a pure fluid, the mixture of the fluid and solid generates a higher pressure and therefore a higher load-carrying capacity with the added advantage of a reduction in the coefficient of friction.

  6. Solid-like mechanical behaviors of ovalbumin aqueous solutions.

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    Ikeda, S; Nishinari, K

    2001-04-12

    Flow and dynamic mechanical properties of ovalbumin (OVA) aqueous solutions were investigated. OVA solutions exhibited relatively large zero-shear viscosity values under steady shear flow and solid-like mechanical responses against oscillating small shear strains, that is, the storage modulus was always larger than the loss modulus in the examined frequency range (0.1--100 rad s(-1)). These results suggest that dispersed OVA molecules arranged into a colloidal crystal like array stabilized by large interparticle repulsive forces. However, marked solid-like mechanical behaviors were detected even when electrostatic repulsive forces among protein molecules were virtually absent, which could not be explained solely on the basis of conventional Derjaguin--Landau--Verwey--Overbeek (DLVO) theory. Large non-DLVO repulsive forces seem to stabilize native OVA aqueous solutions.

  7. Tailoring gadolinium-doped ceria-based solid oxide fuel cells to achieve 2 W cm(-2) at 550 °C.

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    Lee, Jin Goo; Park, Jeong Ho; Shul, Yong Gun

    2014-06-04

    Low-temperature operation is necessary for next-generation solid oxide fuel cells due to the wide variety of their applications. However, significant increases in the fuel cell losses appear in the low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells, which reduce the cell performance. To overcome this problem, here we report Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95-based low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells with nanocomposite anode functional layers, thin electrolytes and core/shell fibre-structured Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ-Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95 cathodes. In particular, the report describes the use of the advanced electrospinning and Pechini process in the preparation of the core/shell-fibre-structured cathodes. The fuel cells show a very high performance of 2 W cm(-2) at 550 °C in hydrogen, and are stable for 300 h even under the high current density of 1 A cm(-2). Hence, the results suggest that stable and high-performance solid oxide fuel cells at low temperatures can be achieved by modifying the microstructures of solid oxide fuel cell components.

  8. Adsorption and desorption characteristics of arsenic onto ceria nanoparticles

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    2012-01-01

    The rapid increase in the use of engineered nanoparticles [ENPs] has resulted in an increasing concern over the potential impacts of ENPs on the environmental and human health. ENPs tend to adsorb a large variety of toxic chemicals when they are emitted into the environment, which may enhance the toxicity of ENPs and/or adsorbed chemicals. The study was aimed to investigate the adsorption and desorption behaviors of arsenic on ceria NPs in aqueous solution using batch technique. Results show that the adsorption behavior of arsenic on ceria NPs was strongly dependent on pH and independent of ionic strength, indicating that the electrostatic effect on the adsorption of these elements was relatively not important compared to surface chemical reactions. The adsorption isotherms fitted very well to both the Langmuir and Freundlich models. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH0, ΔS0, and ΔG0) for the adsorption of arsenic were determined at three different temperatures of 283, 303, and 323 K. The adsorption reaction was endothermic, and the process of adsorption was favored at high temperature. The desorption data showed that desorption hysteresis occurred at the initial concentration studied. High adsorption capacity of arsenic on ceria NPs suggests that the synergistic effects of ceria NPs and arsenic on the environmental systems may exist when they are released into the environment. PMID:22269298

  9. Solid-liquid phase boundaries of lens protein solutions.

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    Berland, C R; Thurston, G M; Kondo, M; Broide, M L; Pande, J; Ogun, O; Benedek, G B

    1992-01-01

    We report measurement of the solid-liquid phase boundary, or liquidus line, for aqueous solutions of three pure calf gamma-crystallin proteins: gamma II, gamma IIIa, and gamma IIIb. We also studied the liquidus line for solutions of native gamma IV-crystallin calf lens protein, which consists of 85% gamma IVa/15% gamma IVb. In all four proteins the liquidus phase boundaries lie higher in temperature than the previously determined liquid-liquid coexistence curves. Thus, over the range of concentration and temperature for which liquid-liquid phase separation occurs, the coexistence of a protein crystal phase with a protein liquid solution phase is thermodynamically stable relative to the metastable separated liquid phases. The location of the liquidus lines clearly divides these four crystallin proteins into two groups: those in which liquidus lines flatten at temperatures greater than 70 degrees C: gamma IIIa and gamma IV, and those in which liquidus lines flatten at temperatures less than 50 degrees C: gamma II and gamma IIIb. We have analyzed the form of the liquidus lines by using specific choices for the structures of the Gibbs free energy in solution and solid phases. By applying the thermodynamic conditions for equilibrium between the two phases to the resulting chemical potentials, we can estimate the temperature-dependent free energy change upon binding of protein and water into the solid phase. PMID:1741375

  10. Effects of different precursors on size and optical properties of ceria nanoparticles prepared by microwave-assisted method

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    Samiee, Sara; Goharshadi, Elaheh K.

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A rapid and efficient microwave method was applied for synthesis of nano ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Changing precursor has great effects on optical properties and size of nano ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication of ceria nanoparticles using Ce{sup 4+} salts leads to better results. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Band gap energies of ceria nanoparticles were evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy. -- Abstract: Cerium oxide, ceria (CeO{sub 2}), is one of the favourable nanoparticles (NPs) that possesses many remarkable properties so that it can be used in medicine, chemistry, environment, energy, information, industry, and so on. In this study, the crystalline ceria NPs were successfully prepared by an efficient microwave-assisted heating technique from an aqueous solution using different cerium salts (Ce(IV) and Ce(III) salts). The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), FTIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The results revealed that changing the precursor led to great effects on size, band gap energy, and the reaction time of preparing the ceria NPs. The significant feature of this manuscript is that the effects of different precursors on the structural and optical properties of ceria NPs were investigated for the first time. The average particle size of different samples was below 8 nm.

  11. Interdiffusion in Ternary Magnesium Solid Solutions of Aluminum and Zinc

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    Kammerer, Catherine; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Warmack, Robert J Bruce; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2016-01-11

    Al and Zn are two of the most common alloying elements in commercial Mg alloys, which can improve the physical properties through solid solution strengthening and precipitation hardening. Diffusion plays a key role in the kinetics of these and other microstructural design relevant to Mg-alloy development. However, there is a lack of multicomponent diffusion data available for Mg alloys. Through solid-to-solid diffusion couples, diffusional interactions of Al and Zn in ternary Mg solid-solution at 400° and 450 °C were examined by an extension of the Boltzmann-Matano analysis based on Onsager s formalism. Concentration profiles of Mg-Al-Zn ternary alloys were determinedmore » by electron probe microanalysis, and analyzed to determine the ternary interdiffusion coefficients as a function of composition. Zn was determined to interdiffuse the fastest, followed by Mg and Al. Appreciable diffusional interactions among Mg, Al, and Zn were observed by variations in sign and magnitude of cross interdiffusion coefficients. In particular, Zn was found to significantly influence the interdiffusion of Mg and Al significantly: the and ternary cross interdiffusion coefficients were both negative, and large in magnitude, in comparison to and , respectively. Al and Mg were observed influence the interdiffusion of Mg and Al, respectively, with positive and interdiffusion coefficients, but their influence on the Zn interdiffusion was negligible.« less

  12. Solid-State and Solution Characterization of Myricetin.

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    Franklin, Stephen J; Myrdal, Paul B

    2015-12-01

    Myricetin (MYR) is a natural compound that has been investigated as a chemopreventative agent. MYR has been shown to suppresses ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) protein expression and reduce the incidence of UVB-induced skin tumors in mice. Despite MYR's promise as a therapeutic agent, minimal information is available to guide the progression of formulations designed for future drug development. Here, data is presented describing the solid-state and solution characterization of MYR. Investigation into the solid-state properties of MYR identified four different crystal forms, two hydrates (MYR I and MYR II) and two metastable forms (MYR IA and MYR IIA). From solubility studies, it was evident that all forms are very insoluble (<5 μg/ml) in pure water. MYR I was found to be the most stable form at 23, 35, and 56°C. Stability determination indicated that MYR undergoes rapid apparent first-order degradation under basic pH conditions, and that degradation was influenced by buffer species. Apparent first-order degradation was also seen when MYR was introduced to an oxidizing solution. Improved stability was achieved after introducing 0.1% antioxidants to the solution. MYR was found to have good stability following exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), which is a consideration for topical applications. Finally, a partitioning study indicated that MYR possess a log P of 2.94 which, along with its solid-state properties, contributes to its poor aqueous solubility. Both the solid-state properties and solution stability of MYR are important to consider when developing future formulations.

  13. Development and characterization of solid solution tri-carbides

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    Knight, Travis; Anghaie, Samim

    2001-02-01

    Solid-solution, binary uranium/refractory metal carbide fuels have been shown to be capable of performing at high temperatures for nuclear thermal propulsion applications. More recently, tri-carbide fuels such as (U, Zr, Nb)C1+x with less than 10% metal mole fraction uranium have been studied for their application in ultra-high temperature, high performance space nuclear power systems. These tri-carbide fuels require high processing temperatures greater than 2600 K owing to their high melting points in excess of 3600 K. This paper presents the results of recent studies involving hypostoichiometric, single-phase tri-carbide fuels. Processing techniques of cold uniaxial pressing and sintering were investigated to optimize the processing parameters necessary to produce high density (low porosity), single phase, solid solution mixed carbide nuclear fuels for testing. Scanning electron microscopy and xray diffraction were used to analyze samples. Liquid phase sintering with UC1+x at temperatures near 2700 K was shown to be instrumental in achieving good densification in hyper- and near-stoichiometric mixed carbides. Hypostoichiometric carbides require even higher processing temperatures greater than 2800 K in order to achieve liquid phase sintering with a UC liquid phase and good densification of the final solid solution, tri-carbide fuel. .

  14. Solid-solution nanocrystallite formation by high-energy milling.

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    Kwon, Hanjung; Jung, Suna; Cho, Sung-Wook; Kil, Dae-Sup; Roh, Ki-Min; Lim, Jae-Won

    2013-09-01

    Solid-solution nanocrystalline powders were prepared by the high-energy milling of Ti alloys with graphite. The B1 structure (NaCl-like structure) phases, (Ti, Cr)C and (Ti, Al)C, were formed during the milling process of Ti-Cr + graphite and Ti-Al + graphite, and the synthetic procedures were investigated in terms of the phase evolution from XRD data. The (Ti, Al)C phase was obtained after milling for 20 hr at BPR = 40:1 (under a more severe condition), while the (Ti, Cr)C phase formed after milling for 20 hr at BPR = 20:1 (a relatively soft condition). The difference in the tendency to create a solid solution with Ti in the B1 structure caused a difference in the synthetic behavior of (Ti, Al)C and (Ti, Cr)C. In other words, (Ti, Cr)C is formed earlier than (Ti, Al)C during milling because the atomic size of Cr (0.166 nm) is similar to that of Ti (0.176 nm), which leads to the straightforward formation of the solid-solution (Ti, Cr)C as compared to when (Ti, Al)C is used. As a result, the crystallite size of the (Ti, Al)C phase (2-3 nm) synthesized at a later stage becomes smaller than that of the (Ti, Cr)C phase (5 10 nm) formed at an earlier stage during milling.

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of Pure and Doped Ceria Films by Sol-Gel and Sputtering

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    Koch, K.T.; Saraf, L.

    2004-01-01

    Pure and doped Ceria are known for their ability to gain or lose Oxygen, which is of interest to the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and catalyst community. Current efforts are focused in SOFCs to reduce the operating temperature of the cell while maintaining ionic conduction. Ceria is known for its high ionic conductivity in the intermediate temperature region. (600-800° C) We have prepared pure and doped Ceria films by Sol-gel and magnetron sputtering methods. Enhanced grain-boundary contribution in the conductivity can be studied in the Sol-gel process due to excellent control over the synthesis conditions, which enabled us to control the average grain size. Sputtered films were grown and investigated as a prelude to possible multi-layered CeO2 structures in the near future. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and Oxygen conduction measurements. We have observed greater volume diffusion in nanocrystalline Ceria compared to bulk polycrystalline films as a result of low density. Near surface diffusion properties with increasing temperature indicate a decrease in the volume diffusion as a result of grain growth. However, a linear increase in O2 content at ~600nm depth was observed and can be correlated to the redistribution of O2 in the samples. Surface roughness of <111> and <200> oriented Ceria films on Al2O3 and YSZ was observed to be 0.13nm and 0.397nm, respectively. In the case of Ceria grown on YSZ, structural properties from XRD results showed a highly oriented structure with cube on cube growth. XRD results from Ceria grown on Al2O3 showed an oriented structure whose degree of orientation appeared to be partially dependent on substrate temperature. Preliminary XPS results indicate reduction in Ceria from the Ce4+ to Ce3+ state near the surface.

  16. Thermodynamic properties of hematite — ilmenite — geikielite solid solutions

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    Ghiorso, Mark S.

    1990-11-01

    A solution model is developed for rhombohedral oxide solid solutions having compositions within the ternary system ilmenite [(Fe{2+/ s }Ti{4+/1- s }) A (Fe{2+/1- s }Ti{4+/s}) B O3]-geikielite [(Mg{2+/ t }Ti{4+/1- t }) A (Mg{2+/1- t }Ti{4+/ t }) B O3]-hematite [(Fe3+) A (Fe3+) B O3]. The model incorporates an expression for the configurational entropy of solution, which accounts for varying degrees of structural long-range order (0≤s, t≤1) and utilizes simple regular solution theory to characterize the excess Gibbs free energy of mixing within the five-dimensional composition-ordering space. The 13 model parameters are calibrated from available data on: (1) the degree of long-range order and the composition-temperature dependence of theRbar 3c - Rbar 3 transition along the ilmenite-hematite binary join; (2) the compositions of coexisting olivine and rhombohedral oxide solid solutions close to the Mg-Fe2+ join; (3) the shape of the miscibility gap along the ilmenite-hematite join; (4) the compositions of coexisting spinel and rhombohedral oxide solid solutions along the Fe2+-Fe3+ join. In the course of calibration, estimates are obtained for the reference state enthalpy of formation of ulvöspinel and stoichiometric hematite (-1488.5 and -822.0 kJ/mol at 298 K and 1 bar, respectively). The model involves no excess entropies of mixing nor does it incorporate ternary interaction parameters. The formulation fits the available data and represents an internally consistent energetic model when used in conjuction with the standard state thermodynamic data set of Berman (1988) and the solution theory for orthopyroxenes, olivines and Fe-Mg titanomagnetite-aluminate-chromate spinels developed by Sack and Ghiorso (1989, 1990a, b). Calculated activity-composition relations for the end-members of the series, demonstrate the substantial degree of nonideality associated with interactions between the ordered and disordered structures and the dominant influence of the miscibility

  17. Morphological Transformations in Solid Domains of Alkanes on Surfactant Solutions.

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    Matsubara, Hiroki; Takaichi, Tetsumasa; Takiue, Takanori; Aratono, Makoto; Toyoda, Aya; Iimura, Kenichi; Ash, Philip A; Bain, Colin D

    2013-03-21

    Alkanes on surfactant solutions can form three distinct phases at the air-solution interface, a liquid phase (L), a solid monolayer phase (S1), and a hybrid bilayer phase (S2). Phase coexistence between any two, or all three, of these phases has been observed by Brewster angle microscopy of tetradecane, hexadecane, and their mixtures on solutions of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide. The morphologies of the domains depend on the competition between line tension and electrostatic interactions, which are essentially different depending on the pair of phases in contact. Domains of S1 in the L phase are long and thin; however, long, thin domains of L in an S1 phase are not stable but break up into a string of small circular domains. The bilayer S2 domains are always circular, owing to the dominance of line tension on the morphology. PMID:26291344

  18. Incubational domain characterization in lightly doped ceria

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    Li Zhipeng; Mori, Toshiyuki; John Auchterlonie, Graeme; Zou Jin; Drennan, John

    2012-08-15

    Microstructures of both Gd- and Y-doped ceria with different doping level (i.e., 10 at% and 25 at%) have been comprehensively characterized by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. Coherent nano-sized domains can be widely observed in heavily doped ceria. Nevertheless, it was found that a large amount of dislocations actually exist in lightly doped ceria instead of heavily doped ones. Furthermore, incubational domains can be detected in lightly doped ceria, with dislocations located at the interfaces. The interactions between such linear dislocations and dopant defects have been simulated accordingly. As a consequence, the formation mechanism of incubational domains is rationalized in terms of the interaction between intrinsic dislocations of doped ceria and dopant defects. This study offers the insights into the initial state and related mechanism of the formation of nano-sized domains, which have been widely observed in heavily rare-earth-doped ceria in recent years. - Graphical abstract: Interactions between dislocations and dopants lead to incubational domain formation in lightly doped ceria. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructures were characterized in both heavily and light Gd-/Y-doped ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dislocations are existed in lightly doped ceria rather than heavily doped one. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Interactions between dislocations and dopant defects were simulated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of dislocation associated incubational domain is rationalized.

  19. Thermal Conductivity in Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Films

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    Marat Khafizov; In-Wook Park; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy; Lingfeng He; Jianliang Lin; John J. Moore; David Swank; Thomas Lillo; Simon R. Phillpot; Anter El-Azab; David H. Hurley

    2014-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria films grown by unbalanced magnetron sputtering is determined as a function of temperature using laser-based modulated thermoreflectance. The films exhibit significantly reduced conductivity compared with stoichiometric bulk CeO2. A variety of microstructure imaging techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron analysis, and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the thermal conductivity is influenced by grain boundaries, dislocations, and oxygen vacancies. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity is analyzed using an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The conclusion of this study is that oxygen vacancies pose a smaller impediment to thermal transport when they segregate along grain boundaries.

  20. Crystallization in solid solution-aqueous solution systems: Thermodynamic and kinetic approaches

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    Shtukenberg, A. G. Punin, Yu. O.; Azimov, P. Ya.

    2010-03-15

    A new phenomenological approach is proposed to describe the crystallization kinetics in solid solution-aqueous solution binary systems. The phase diagrams, equilibria, and quasie-quilibria are considered within this approach. The crystallization kinetics near the true equilibrium and the crystallization features at large deviations from equilibrium are discussed on this basis. Special attention is paid to possible interactions in a solution with a seed crystal placed in it. In particular, the interactions leading to the seed's crystal growth or dissolution and to a possible exchange or metasomatic reactions are considered. In addition, the effect of the generated mismatch stress on the crystal growth rate and composition is analyzed.

  1. A Thermodynamic Investigation of the Redox Properties of Ceria-Titania Mixed Oxides

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    Zhou,G.; Hanson, J.; Gorte, R.

    2008-01-01

    Ceria-titania solutions with compositions of Ce0.9Ti0.1O2 and Ce0.8Ti0.2O2 were prepared by the citric-acid (Pechini) method and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) for structure, coulometric titration for redox thermodynamics, and water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction rates. Following calcination at 973 K, XRD suggests that the mixed oxides exist as single phase, fluorite structures, although there was no significant change in the lattice parameter compared to pure ceria. The mixed oxides are shown to be significantly more reducible than bulk ceria, with enthalpies for re-oxidation being approximately -500 kJ/mol O2, compared to -760 kJ/mol O2 for bulk ceria. However, WGS rates over 1 wt% Pd supported on ceria, Ce0.8Ti0.2O2, and Ce0.8Zr0.2O2 were nearly the same. For calcination at 1323 K, the mixed oxides separated into ceria and titania phases, as indicated by both the XRD and thermodynamic results.

  2. Grain Size Hardening Effects in Mg-Gd Solid Solutions

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    Nagarajan, Devarajan; Cáceres, Carlos H.; Griffiths, John R.

    2016-11-01

    Pure Mg and alloys with 0.4, 1.3, and 3.8 at. pct Gd were cast with grain sizes between 700 and 35 µm and tested in tension and compression after solid solution heat treatment and quenching. The grain structure of the castings was random, that is, there was no preferred orientation, unlike the situation in extrusions and forgings usually reported in the literature. The results are compared to earlier work on Mg-Zn alloys. A tension-compression asymmetry in which the yield strength in compression is less than in tension was observed in pure Mg but was reversed for the concentrated alloys. The Hall-Petch stress intensity factor, k, first increased then decreased with the amount of Gd in solution. It is noted that defining the friction stress by extrapolating the data to infinite grain size should be treated with caution in Mg and its alloys: nevertheless, a rationale involving solid solution softening/hardening and twinning is offered for the observed values of the friction stress. The reversion of the tension-compression asymmetry is explained by the operation of { {10bar{1}1} } (contraction) twinning in the concentrated alloys in place of { {10bar{1}2} } (extension) twinning in pure Mg and the dilute alloys. It is argued that the activation of { {10bar{1}1} } twinning in the more concentrated alloys accounts for their lower k-value.

  3. Grain Size Hardening Effects in Mg-Gd Solid Solutions

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    Nagarajan, Devarajan; Cáceres, Carlos H.; Griffiths, John R.

    2016-08-01

    Pure Mg and alloys with 0.4, 1.3, and 3.8 at. pct Gd were cast with grain sizes between 700 and 35 µm and tested in tension and compression after solid solution heat treatment and quenching. The grain structure of the castings was random, that is, there was no preferred orientation, unlike the situation in extrusions and forgings usually reported in the literature. The results are compared to earlier work on Mg-Zn alloys. A tension-compression asymmetry in which the yield strength in compression is less than in tension was observed in pure Mg but was reversed for the concentrated alloys. The Hall-Petch stress intensity factor, k, first increased then decreased with the amount of Gd in solution. It is noted that defining the friction stress by extrapolating the data to infinite grain size should be treated with caution in Mg and its alloys: nevertheless, a rationale involving solid solution softening/hardening and twinning is offered for the observed values of the friction stress. The reversion of the tension-compression asymmetry is explained by the operation of {10bar{1}1} (contraction) twinning in the concentrated alloys in place of {10bar{1}2} (extension) twinning in pure Mg and the dilute alloys. It is argued that the activation of {10bar{1}1} twinning in the more concentrated alloys accounts for their lower k-value.

  4. Interfacial Free Energy of Cu-Co Solid Solutions

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    Zhevnenko, S. N.

    2013-06-01

    The surface energies of Cu-Co solid solutions in hydrogen atmosphere were measured. The measurements were performed on pure copper and copper alloys containing 0.45, 0.7, 1.4, 2.25, 2.50, and 2.8 at. pct Co and 4.1 at. pct Co for the temperature range 1245 K to 1349 K (972 °C to 1076 °C). The experiments were conducted using the zero creep method for 18 mcm foils. The modified method allowed " in situ" determining of the surface energy. It was shown that the surface energy increases as the concentration increases up to 1.4 at. pct Co and then decreases. Such extreme behavior was obtained by the direct method for the first time in a solid metallic system.

  5. Temperature dependence of nucleation rate in a binary solid solution

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    Wang, H. Y.; Philippe, T.; Duguay, S.; Blavette, D.

    2012-12-01

    The influence of regression (partial dissolution) effects on the temperature dependence of nucleation rate in a binary solid solution has been studied theoretically. The results of the analysis are compared with the predictions of the simplest Volmer-Weber theory. Regression effects are shown to have a strong influence on the shape of the curve of nucleation rate versus temperature. The temperature TM at which the maximum rate of nucleation occurs is found to be lowered, particularly for low interfacial energy (coherent precipitation) and high-mobility species (e.g. interstitial atoms).

  6. Diffusion of Chromium in Alpha Cobalt-Chromium Solid Solutions

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    Weeton, John W

    1951-01-01

    Diffusion of chromium in cobalt-chromium solid solutions was investigated in the range 0 to 40 atomic percent at temperatures of 1360 degrees, 1300 degrees, 1150 degrees, and 10000 degrees c. The diffusion coefficients were found to be relatively constant within the composition range covered by each specimen. The activation heat of diffusion was determined to be 63,000 calories per mole. This value agrees closely with the value of 63,400 calories per mole calculated by means of the Dushman-Langmuir equation.

  7. Influence of correlation effects on radiation damage in solid solutions

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    Petrenko, P. V.; Kulish, N. P.; Mel'nikova, N. A.; Grabovskii, Yu. E.

    2016-09-01

    The influence of correlation effects due to thermodynamic interaction of alloy components on segregation processes upon radiation treatment has been analyzed. The analysis has been performed for 53 metallic solid solutions. It has been shown that the short-range order in alloys causes a redistribution of flows of radiation defects and changes the mechanism of their annihilation, which in a certain temperature range is responsible for the high resistance of alloys to radiation swelling. The presence of two maxima in the curve of the temperature dependence of swelling for austenitic nickel-chromium alloys is associated with the existence therein of different types of short-range order at different temperatures.

  8. Performance studies of copper-iron/ceria-yttria stabilized zirconia anode for electro-oxidation of butane in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Basu, Suddhasatwa

    2013-11-01

    Addition of second metal to Cu is useful for electro-oxidation of hydrocarbons in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In this work, electro-catalysts based on Cu-Fe bimetallic anode for use of both H2 and n-C4H10 in SOFC is prepared by wet impregnation method into a porous CeO2-YSZ matrix. The prepared Cu-Fe/CeO2-YSZ anodes are then characterized by thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental dispersive X-ray (EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Carbonaceous deposits formed on Cu-Fe/CeO2-YSZ anodes after exposure to n-C4H10 are studied using a combination of i-V characteristics and TGA measurements. It is observed that the addition of Fe to Cu in CeO2-YSZ cermet anode enhance the performance in H2 and n-C4H10 fuels. The performance of cell having molar ratio of Cu-Fe of 1:1 in Cu-Fe/CeO2-YSZ anode shows power density of 240 mW cm-2 and 260 mW cm-2 in n-C4H10 and in H2 after n-C4H10 flow at 800 °C. The i-V curve shows that the conductivity of the anode improves after exposure to n-C4H10. No apparent degradation in performance is observed after n-C4H10 flow except for carbon fibre formation indicating Cu-Fe bimetallic is worth considering as an anode for direct butane SOFC.

  9. Comparison of ceria nanoparticle concentrations in effluent from chemical mechanical polishing of silicon dioxide.

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    Zazzera, Larry; Mader, Brian; Ellefson, Mark; Eldridge, Jess; Loper, Steve; Zabasajja, John; Qian, Julie

    2014-11-18

    This work measured and compared the effluent from the chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of silicon dioxide using ceria slurry and ceria fixed abrasive. CMP waste streams were tested for total solids, cerium, silicon, and 6 nm to 20 μm diameter particles. The concentration of cerium and total solids in the effluent were very different for the two polishes studied. The fixed abrasive polish produced 94% less CeO2 emissions per SiO2 removed. The higher ceria levels in the slurry effluent are associated with 99-279 nm particles, and attributed to ceria abrasive. The lower concentration of ceria in the effluent from the fixed abrasive process is due to the lower wear rate of mineral from the fixed abrasive, compared to the more environmentally mobile mineral in the slurry. These results support the "bonded" nature of the abrasive particles in fixed abrasive polishing and are relevant to sustainability strategies that seek to reduce particle emissions in surface conditioning technology.

  10. Comparison of ceria nanoparticle concentrations in effluent from chemical mechanical polishing of silicon dioxide.

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    Zazzera, Larry; Mader, Brian; Ellefson, Mark; Eldridge, Jess; Loper, Steve; Zabasajja, John; Qian, Julie

    2014-11-18

    This work measured and compared the effluent from the chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of silicon dioxide using ceria slurry and ceria fixed abrasive. CMP waste streams were tested for total solids, cerium, silicon, and 6 nm to 20 μm diameter particles. The concentration of cerium and total solids in the effluent were very different for the two polishes studied. The fixed abrasive polish produced 94% less CeO2 emissions per SiO2 removed. The higher ceria levels in the slurry effluent are associated with 99-279 nm particles, and attributed to ceria abrasive. The lower concentration of ceria in the effluent from the fixed abrasive process is due to the lower wear rate of mineral from the fixed abrasive, compared to the more environmentally mobile mineral in the slurry. These results support the "bonded" nature of the abrasive particles in fixed abrasive polishing and are relevant to sustainability strategies that seek to reduce particle emissions in surface conditioning technology. PMID:25317965

  11. Kinetics of CO/CO2 and H2/H2O reactions at Ni-based and ceria-based solid-oxide-cell electrodes.

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    Graves, Christopher; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Mogensen, Mogens B

    2015-01-01

    The solid oxide electrochemical cell (SOC) is an energy conversion technology that can be operated reversibly, to efficiently convert chemical fuels to electricity (fuel cell mode) as well as to store electricity as chemical fuels (electrolysis mode). The SOC fuel-electrode carries out the electrochemical reactions CO2 + 2e(-) ↔ CO + O(2-) and H2O + 2e(-) ↔ H2 + O(2-), for which the electrocatalytic activities of different electrodes differ considerably. The relative activities in CO/CO2 and H2/H2O and the nature of the differences are not well studied, even for the most common fuel-electrode material, a composite of nickel and yttria/scandia stabilized zirconia (Ni-SZ). Ni-SZ is known to be more active for H2/H2O than for CO/CO2 reactions, but the reported relative activity varies widely. Here we compare AC impedance and DC current-overpotential data measured in the two gas environments for several different electrodes comprised of Ni-SZ, Gd-doped CeO2 (CGO), and CGO nanoparticles coating Nb-doped SrTiO3 backbones (CGOn/STN). 2D model and 3D porous electrode geometries are employed to investigate the influence of microstructure, gas diffusion and impurities.Comparing model and porous Ni-SZ electrodes, the ratio of electrode polarization resistance in CO/CO2vs. H2/H2O decreases from 33 to 2. Experiments and modelling suggest that the ratio decreases due to a lower concentration of impurities blocking the three phase boundary and due to the nature of the reaction zone extension into the porous electrode thickness. Besides showing higher activity for H2/H2O reactions than CO/CO2 reactions, the Ni/SZ interface is more active for oxidation than reduction. On the other hand, we find the opposite behaviour in both cases for CGOn/STN model electrodes, reporting for the first time a higher electrocatalytic activity of CGO nanoparticles for CO/CO2 than for H2/H2O reactions in the absence of gas diffusion limitations. We propose that enhanced surface reduction at the

  12. Isomorphism and solid solutions among Ag- and Au-selenides

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    Palyanova, Galina A.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Kokh, Konstantin A.; Bakakin, Vladimir V.

    2016-09-01

    Au-Ag selenides were synthesized by heating stoichiometric mixtures of elementary substances of initial compositions Ag2-xAuxSe with a step of x=0.25 (0≤x≤2) to 1050 °C and annealing at 500 °C. Scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and X-ray powder diffraction methods have been applied to study synthesized samples. Results of studies of synthesized products revealed the existence of three solid solutions with limited isomorphism Ag↔Au: naumannite Ag2Se - Ag1.94Au0.06Se, fischesserite Ag3AuSe2 - Ag3.2Au0.8Se2 and gold selenide AuSe - Au0.94Ag0.06Se. Solid solutions and AgAuSe phases were added to the phase diagram of Ag-Au-Se system. Crystal-chemical interpretation of Ag-Au isomorphism in selenides was made on the basis of structural features of fischesserite, naumannite, and AuSe.

  13. Irradiation-induced composition patterns in binary solid solutions

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    Dubey, Santosh; El-Azab, Anter

    2013-09-28

    A theoretical/computational model for the irradiation-driven compositional instabilities in binary solid solutions has been developed. The model is suitable for investigating the behavior of structural alloys and metallic nuclear fuels in a reactor environment as well as the response of alloy thin films to ion beam irradiation. The model is based on a set of reaction-diffusion equations for the dynamics of vacancies, interstitials, and lattice atoms under irradiation. The dynamics of these species includes the stochastic generation of defects by collision cascades as well as the defect reactions and diffusion. The atomic fluxes in this model are derived based on the transitions of lattice defects. The set of reaction-diffusion equations are stiff, hence a stiffly stable method, also known as the Gear method, has been used to numerically approximate the equations. For the Cu-Au alloy in the solid solution regime, the model results demonstrate the formation of compositional patterns under high-temperature particle irradiation, with Fourier space properties (Fourier spectrum, average wavelength, and wavevector) depending on the cascade damage characteristics, average composition, and irradiation temperature.

  14. Formation of solid solutions between racemic and enantiomeric citalopram oxalate.

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    de Diego, Heidi Lopez; Bond, Andrew D; Dancer, Robert James

    2011-05-01

    The X-ray powder diffractograms of racemic citalopram oxalate and (S)-citalopram oxalate are very similar, but the melting point of the racemate is higher than that of the pure enantiomer. The higher melting point indicates that the racemate is a racemic compound, rather than a conglomerate. The crystal structure of the enantiomer contains two molecules of (S)-citalopram in the asymmetric unit. The conformation of the two molecules is different but they approximate mirror images of each other if the aromatic groups are interchanged. The crystal structure of the racemate is essentially isostructural with that of the enantiomer, having almost the same cell parameters but containing a crystallographic inversion centre that is not retained in the enantiomer structure. The closely-comparable crystal structures permit solid solutions to be formed between racemic and enantiomeric citalopram oxalate. Phase diagrams of the (R)-citalopram and (S)-citalopram oxalate system are constructed, and they show that solid solutions are formed at all ratios of the two enantiomers.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of cadmium-calcium hydroxyapatite solid solutions

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    Zhao, Xin; Zhu, Yi-nian; Dai, Liu-qin

    2014-06-01

    A series of cadmium-calcium hydroxyapatite solid solutions was prepared by an aqueous precipitation method. By various means, the characterizations confirmed the formation of continuous solid solutions over all ranges of Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio. In the results, both lattice parameters a and c display slight deviations from Vegard's rule when the Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio is greater than 0.6. The particles change from smaller acicular to larger hexagonal columnar crystals as the Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio increases from 0-0.60 to 0.60-1.00. The area of the phosphate peak for symmetric P-O stretching decreases with the increase in Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio, and the peak disappears when the Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio is greater than 0.6; the two phosphate peaks of P-O stretching gradually merge together for the Cd/(Cd+Ca) atomic ratio near 0.60. These variations can be explained by a slight tendency of larger Cd ions to occupy M(2) sites and smaller Ca ions to prefer M(1) sites in the structure.

  16. Atomistic interpretation of solid solution hardening from spectral analysis.

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    Plendl, J N

    1971-05-01

    From analysis of a series of vibrational spectra of ir energy absorption and laser Raman, an attempt is made to interpret solid solution hardening from an atomistic point of view for the system CaF(2)/SrF(2). It is shown to be caused by the combined action of three atomic characteristics, i.e., their changes as a function of composition. They are deformation of the atomic coordination polyhedrons, overlap of the outer electron shells of the atom pairs, and the ratio of the ionic to covalent share of binding. A striking nonlinear behavior of the three characteristics, as a function of composition, gives maximum atomic bond strength to the 55/45 position of the system CaF(2)/SrF(2), in agreement with the measured data of the solid solution hardening. The curve for atomic bond strength, derived from the three characteristics, is almost identical to the curve for measured microhardness data. This result suggests that the atomistic interpretation, put forward in this paper, is correct.

  17. Stable high conductivity ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolytes

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.M.; Pound, B.G.

    1997-01-01

    The authors have developed a high conductivity bilayered ceria/bismuth oxide anolyte/electrolyte that uses the Po{sub 2} gradient to obtain stability at the anolyte-electrolyte interface and reduced electronic conduction due to the electrolyte region. Results in terms of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) performance and stability are presented. These results include a 90 to 160 mV increase in open-circuit potential, depending on temperature, with the bilayered structure as compared to SOFCs fabricated from a single ceria layer. An open-circuit potential of >1.0 V was obtained at 500 C with the bilayered structure. This increase in open-circuit potential is obtained without any measurable increase in cell resistance and is stable for over 1,400 h of testing, under both open-circuit and maximum power conditions. Moreover, SOFCs fabricated from the bilayered structure result in a 33% greater power density as compared to cells with a single ceria electrolyte layer.

  18. Lattice Strain Defects in a Ceria Nanolayer

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    2016-01-01

    An ultrathin two-dimensional CeO2 (ceria) phase on a Cu(110) surface has been fabricated and fully characterized by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory. The atomic lattice structure of the ceria/Cu(110) system is revealed as a hexagonal CeO2(111)-type monolayer separated from the Cu(110) surface by a partly disordered Cu–O intercalated buffer layer. The epitaxial coupling of the two-dimensional ceria overlayer to the Cu(110)-O surface leads to a nanoscopic stripe pattern, which creates defect regions of quasi-periodic lattice distortions. The symmetry and lattice mismatch at the interface is clarified to be responsible for the topographic stripe geometry and the related anisotropic strain defect regions at the ceria surface. This ceria monolayer is in a fully oxidized and thermodynamically stable state. PMID:26988695

  19. Solid state synthesis, crystal growth and optical properties of urea and p-chloronitrobenzene solid solution

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    Rai, R. N.; Kant, Shiva; Reddi, R. S. B.; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Gupta, P. K.

    2016-01-01

    Urea is an attractive material for frequency conversion of high power lasers to UV (for wavelength down to 190 nm), but its usage is hindered due to its hygroscopic nature, though there is no alternative organic NLO crystal which could be transparent up to 190 nm. The hygroscopic character of urea has been modified by making the solid solution (UCNB) of urea (U) and p-chloronitrobenzene (CNB). The formation of the solid solution of CNB in U is explained on the basis of phase diagram, powder XRD, FTIR, elemental analysis and single crystal XRD studies. The solubility of U, CNB and UCNB in ethanol solution is evaluated at different temperatures. Transparent single crystals of UCNB are grown from its saturated solution in ethanol. Optical properties e.g., second harmonic generation (SHG), refractive index and the band gap for UCNB crystal were measured and their values were compared with the parent compounds. Besides modification in hygroscopic nature, UCNB has also shown the higher SHG signal and mechanical hardness in comparison to urea crystal.

  20. Reaction paths and equilibrium end-points in solid-solution aqueous-solution systems

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    Glynn, P.D.; Reardon, E.J.; Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.

    1990-01-01

    Equations are presented describing equilibrium in binary solid-solution aqueous-solution (SSAS) systems after a dissolution, precipitation, or recrystallization process, as a function of the composition and relative proportion of the initial phases. Equilibrium phase diagrams incorporating the concept of stoichiometric saturation are used to interpret possible reaction paths and to demonstrate relations between stoichiometric saturation, primary saturation, and thermodynamic equilibrium states. The concept of stoichiometric saturation is found useful in interpreting and putting limits on dissolution pathways, but there currently is no basis for possible application of this concept to the prediction and/ or understanding of precipitation processes. Previously published dissolution experiments for (Ba, Sr)SO4 and (Sr, Ca)C??O3orth. solids are interpreted using equilibrium phase diagrams. These studies show that stoichiometric saturation can control, or at least influence, initial congruent dissolution pathways. The results for (Sr, Ca)CO3orth. solids reveal that stoichiometric saturation can also control the initial stages of incongruent dissolution, despite the intrinsic instability of some of the initial solids. In contrast, recrystallisation experiments in the highly soluble KCl-KBr-H2O system demonstrate equilibrium. The excess free energy of mixing calculated for K(Cl, Br) solids is closely modeled by the relation GE = ??KBr??KClRT[a0 + a1(2??KBr-1)], where a0 is 1.40 ?? 0.02, a1, is -0.08 ?? 0.03 at 25??C, and ??KBr and ??KCl are the mole fractions of KBr and KCl in the solids. The phase diagram constructed using this fit reveals an alyotropic maximum located at ??KBr = 0.676 and at a total solubility product, ???? = [K+]([Cl-] + [Br-]) = 15.35. ?? 1990.

  1. Reaction paths and equilibrium end-points in solid-solution aqueous-solution systems

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    Glynn, P.D.; Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E. ); Reardon, E.J. )

    1990-02-01

    Equations are presented describing equilibrium in binary solid-solution aqueous-solution (SSAS) systems after a dissolution, precipitation, or recrystallization process, as a function of the composition and relative proportion of the initial phases. Equilibrium phase diagrams incorporating the concept of stoichiometric saturation are used to interpret possible reaction paths and to demonstrate relations between stoichiometric saturation, primary saturation, and thermodynamic equilibrium states. The concept of stoichiometric saturation is found useful in interpreting and putting limits on dissolution pathways, but there currently is no basis for possible application of this concept to the prediction and/or understanding of precipitation processes. Previously published dissolution experiments for (Ba, Sr)SO{sub 4} and (Sr, Ca)CO{sub 3orth.} solids are interpreted using equilibrium phase diagrams. These studies show that stoichiometric saturation can control, or at least influence, initial congruent dissolution pathways. The results for (Sr, Ca)CO{sub 3orth.} solids reveal that stoichiometric saturation can also control the initial stages of incongruent dissolution, despite the intrinsic instability of some of the initial solids. In contrast, recrystallization experiments in the highly soluble KCl-KBr-H{sub 2}O system demonstrate equilibrium. The phase diagram reveals an alyotropic maximum located at {chi}{sub KBr} = 0.676 and at a total solubility product, {Sigma}II = (K{sup +})((Cl{sup {minus}}) + (Br{sup {minus}})) = 15.35.

  2. Solid state and solution nitrate photochemistry: photochemical evolution of the solid state lattice.

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    Asher, Sanford A; Tuschel, David D; Vargson, Todd A; Wang, Luling; Geib, Steven J

    2011-05-01

    We examined the deep UV 229 nm photochemistry of NaNO(3) in solution and in the solid state. In aqueous solution excitation within the deep UV NO(3)¯ strong π → π* transition causes the photochemical reaction NO(3)¯ → NO(2)¯ + O·. We used UV resonance Raman spectroscopy to examine the photon dose dependence of the NO(2)¯ band intensities and measure a photochemical quantum yield of 0.04 at pH 6.5. We also examined the response of solid NaNO(3) samples to 229 nm excitation and also observe formation of NO(2)¯. The quantum yield is much smaller at ∼10(-8). The solid state NaNO(3) photochemistry phenomena appear complex by showing a significant dependence on the UV excitation flux and dose. At low flux/dose conditions NO(2)¯ resonance Raman bands appear, accompanied by perturbed NO(3)¯ bands, indicating stress in the NaNO(3) lattice. Higher flux/dose conditions show less lattice perturbation but SEM shows surface eruptions that alleviate the stress induced by the photochemistry. Higher flux/dose measurements cause cratering and destruction of the NaNO(3) surface as the surface layers are converted to NO(2)¯. Modest laser excitation UV beams excavate surface layers in the solid NaNO(3) samples. At the lowest incident fluxes a pressure buildup competes with effusion to reach a steady state giving rise to perturbed NO(3)¯ bands. Increased fluxes result in pressures that cause the sample to erupt, relieving the pressure.

  3. carbonate solid solution at high pressures up to 55 GPa

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    Spivak, Anna; Solopova, Natalia; Cerantola, Valerio; Bykova, Elena; Zakharchenko, Egor; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Litvin, Yuriy

    2014-09-01

    Magnesite, siderite and ferromagnesites Mg1- x Fe x CO3 ( x = 0.05, 0.09, 0.2, 0.4) were characterized using in situ Raman spectroscopy at high pressures up to 55 GPa. For the Mg-Fe-carbonates, the Raman peak positions of six modes (T, L, ν4, ν1, ν3 and 2ν2) in the dependence of iron content in the carbonates at ambient conditions are presented. High-pressure Raman spectroscopy shows that siderite undergoes a spin transition at ~40 GPa. The examination of the solid solutions with compositions Mg0.6Fe0.4CO3, Mg0.8Fe0.2CO3, Mg0.91Fe0.09CO3 and Mg0.95Fe0.05CO3 indicates that with increase in the amount of the Fe spin transition pressure increases up to ~45 GPa.

  4. Lattice thermal conductivity of nanograined half-Heusler solid solutions

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    Geng, Huiyuan; Meng, Xianfu; Zhang, Hao; Zhang, Jian

    2014-05-01

    We report a phenomenological model of atomic weight, lattice constant, temperature, and grain size to calculate the high-temperature lattice thermal conductivity of nanograined solid solutions. The theoretical treatment developed here is reasonably consistent with the experimental results of n-type MNiSn and p-type MCoSb alloys, where M is the combination of Hf, Zr, and Ti. For disordered half-Heusler alloys with moderated grain sizes, we predict that the reduction in lattice thermal conductivity due to grain boundary scattering is independent of the scattering parameter, which characterizes the phonon scattering cross section of point defects. In addition, the lattice thermal conductivity falls off with temperature as T-1/2 around the Debye temperature.

  5. Lattice thermal conductivity of nanograined half-Heusler solid solutions

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    Geng, Huiyuan Meng, Xianfu; Zhang, Hao; Zhang, Jian

    2014-05-19

    We report a phenomenological model of atomic weight, lattice constant, temperature, and grain size to calculate the high-temperature lattice thermal conductivity of nanograined solid solutions. The theoretical treatment developed here is reasonably consistent with the experimental results of n-type MNiSn and p-type MCoSb alloys, where M is the combination of Hf, Zr, and Ti. For disordered half-Heusler alloys with moderated grain sizes, we predict that the reduction in lattice thermal conductivity due to grain boundary scattering is independent of the scattering parameter, which characterizes the phonon scattering cross section of point defects. In addition, the lattice thermal conductivity falls off with temperature as T{sup –1∕2} around the Debye temperature.

  6. Dielectric properties of the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Niemiec, Przemysław; Adamczyk, Małgorzata; Machnik, Zbigniew; Dercz, Grzegorz

    2015-10-01

    In this paper the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution doped by barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium with composition: Pb0.975Ba0.01Ca0.01Sr0.005(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 + 1.4 wt.% Bi2O3 + 0.3 wt.% GeO obtained by hot uniaxial pressing method is described. The results of structural, dielectric, ferroelectric and electromechanical studies of these ceramics are presented. It has been stated that introduction to the basic composition PZT admixtures of the barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium has a positive effect on the electro-physic parameters of obtained ceramic samples. This material has good microstructure, with high value of the dielectric permittivity (with the high temperature of phase transition) as well as low dielectric losses. It allows considering this material as elements for low frequency and high temperature electromechanical transducers.

  7. Nucleation of the diamond phase in aluminium-solid solutions

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    Hornbogen, E.; Mukhopadhyay, A. K.; Starke, E. A., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Precipitation was studied from fcc solid solutions with silicon, germanium, copper and magnesium. Of all these elements only silicon and germanium form diamond cubic (DC) precipitates in fcc Al. Nucleation of the DC structure is enhanced if both types of atom are dissolved in the fcc lattice. This is interpreted as due to atomic size effects in the prenucleation stage. There are two modes of interference of fourth elements with nucleation of the DC phase in Al + Si, Ge. The formation of the DC phase is hardly affected if the atoms (for example, copper) are rejected from the (Si, Ge)-rich clusters. If additional types of atom are attracted by silicon and/or germanium, DC nuclei are replaced by intermetallic compounds (for example Mg2Si).

  8. Purification of uranothorite solid solutions from polyphase systems

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    Clavier, Nicolas; Szenknect, Stéphanie; Costin, Dan Tiberiu; Mesbah, Adel; Ravaux, Johann; Poinssot, Christophe; Dacheux, Nicolas

    2013-10-01

    The mineral coffinite, nominally USiO4, and associated Th1-xUxSiO4 uranothorite solid solutions are of great interest from a geochemical point of view and in the case of the direct storage of spent nuclear fuels. Nevertheless, they clearly exhibit a lack in the evaluation of their thermodynamic data, mainly because of the difficulties linked with their preparation as pure phases. This paper thus presents physical and chemical methods aiming to separate uranothorite solid solutions from oxide additional phases such as amorphous SiO2 and nanometric crystallized Th1-yUyO2. The repetition of centrifugation steps envisaged in first place was rapidly dropped due to poor recovery yields, to the benefit of successive washings in acid then basic media. Under both static and dynamic flow rates (i.e. low or high rate of leachate renewal), ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy) analyses revealed the systematic elimination of Th1-yUyO2 in acid media and of SiO2 in basic media. Nevertheless, two successive steps were always needed to reach pure samples. On this basis, a first cycle performed in static conditions was chosen to eliminate the major part of the accessory phases while a second one, in dynamic conditions, allowed the elimination of the residual impurities. The complete purification of the samples was finally evidenced through the characterization of the samples by the means of PXRD (Powder X-Ray Diffraction), SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) observations and X-EDS (X-Ray Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy) analyses.

  9. Thermal expansion of solid solutions in apatite binary systems

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    Knyazev, Alexander V.; Bulanov, Evgeny N. Korokin, Vitaly Zh.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Thermal dependencies of volume thermal expansion parameter for with thermal expansion diagrams for Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x}. - Highlights: • Solid solutions in three apatitic binary systems were investigated via HT-XRD. • Thermal expansion coefficients of solid solutions in the systems were calculated. • Features of the thermal deformation of the apatites were described. • Termoroentgenography is a sensitive method for the investigation of isomorphism. - Abstract: High-temperature insitu X-ray diffraction was used to investigate isomorphism and the thermal expansion of apatite-structured compounds in three binary systems in the entire temperature range of the existence of its hexagonal modifications. Most of the studied compounds are highly expandable (α{sub l} > 8 × 10{sup 6} (K{sup −1})). In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system, volume thermal expansion coefficient is independence from the composition at 573 K. In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl, the compound with equimolar ratio of substituted atoms has constant volume thermal expansion coefficient in temperature range 298–973 K. Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system is characterized by the most thermal sensitive composition, in which there is an equal ratio of isomorphic substituted atoms.

  10. Thermochemical compatibility between selected (La,Sr)(Co,Fe,Ni)O 3 cathodes and rare earth doped ceria electrolytes

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    Zając, Wojciech; Świerczek, Konrad; Molenda, Janina

    In this paper the results of thermal expansion coefficient measurements of different singly and doubly doped ceria electrolytes, together with results for selected cathode materials from (La,Sr)(Co,Fe,Ni)O 3 system are given. A high temperature chemical stability of the cathode-electrolyte interface was measured on 1:1 wt. mixtures of previously characterized ceria and perovskite powders. The samples were heated at 800, 1000 or at 1200 °C in air for 6 or 100 h. Chemical reactivity investigations were conducted using XRD with Rietveld analysis. For all heated samples the crystal structure of both components were preserved. However, their lattice parameters evolved to a different extent, suggesting the existence of cation exchange. A formation of the solid state solution between Ce 1- xRE xO 2- x/2 and La(Co,Fe,Ni)O 3- δ was found, with mobile La cation. On the basis of the obtained results a qualitative mechanism of the observed reaction was proposed.

  11. Two-Dimensional Fully Adaptive Solutions of Solid-Solid Alloying Reactions

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    Smooke, M. D.; Koszykowski, M. L.

    1986-01-01

    Solid-solid alloying reactions occur in a variety of pyrotechnical applications. They arise when a mixture of powders composed of appropriate oxidizing and reducing agents is heated. The large quantity of heat evolved produces a self-propagating reaction front that is often very narrow with sharp changes in both the temperature and the concentrations of the reacting species. Solution of problems of this type with an equispaced or mildly nonuniform grid can be extremely inefficient. In this paper we develop a two-dimensional fully adaptive method for solving problems of this class. The method adaptively adjusts the number of grid points needed to equidistribute a positive weight function over a given mesh interval in each direction at each time level. We monitor the solution from one time level to another to ensure that the local error per unit step associated with the time differencing method is below some specified tolerance. The method is applied to several examples involving exothermic, diffusion-controlled, self-propagating reactions in packed bed reactors.

  12. Preparation and characterization of ceria-zirconia ceramics using a sol-gel process

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    Zhu Bin |; Xia Changrong; Luo Xiaoguang; Meng Guangyao

    1997-10-01

    Both powder and thin film CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} ceramic materials have been successfully prepared via a sol-gel process. In this process, Zr and Ce hydroxide-mixed sols were prepared by hydrolysis of Zr oxychloride and Ce nitrate. The thin films were coated on glass or alumina plates and also alumina tubes by a spin- or dip-coating procedure. The structure and phase of the powder or thin-film CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Electrical properties were measured by means of complex impedance analyses. The cyclic voltammogram measurements were performed for the ITO glass-supported CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} thin films. Powder CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} solid solutions having the tetragonal polymorph of zirconia are obtained for ceria contents up to 50 mol%, whereas for a ceria content more than 50 mol%, the CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} is stabilized in the cubic fluorite structure. The thin-film CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} usually has a cubic structural characteristic. Both powder and thin-film CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} materials are nanostructured with an average grain size of 10 nm, and they have shown very different electrical properties. The CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} thin films have great potential for applications in various electrochemical or optoionic devices, such as fuel cells, electrochromic devices, and so forth.

  13. Thermal Expansion of Fluorapatite-Chlorapatite Solid Solutions

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    Hovis, Guy; Abraham, Tony; Hudacek, William; Wildermuth, Sarah; Scott, Brian; Altomare, Caitlin; Medford, Aaron; Conlon, Maricate; Morris, Matthew; Leaman, Amanda; Almer, Christine; Tomaino, Gary; Harlov, Daniel

    2015-04-01

    X-ray powder diffraction experiments have been performed on fifteen fluorapatite-chlorapatite solid solutions synthesized and chemically characterized at the GeoForschungsZentrum - Potsdam (Hovis and Harlov, 2010; Schettler, Gottschalk, and Harlov, 2011), as well as two natural near-end-member samples, from room temperature to ~900 °C at 50 to 75 °C intervals. NIST 640a Si was employed as an internal standard; data from Parrish (1953) were used to determine Si peak positions at elevated temperatures. Unit-cell parameters calculated using the software of Holland and Redfern (1997) result in volume-temperature (V-T) plots that are linear or slightly concave up (V plotted as the vertical axis) over the T range investigated. Relations for the "a" and "c" unit-cell dimensions with T for these hexagonal minerals are nearly linear, but as with V, commonly improved by quadratic fits to the data. Coefficients of thermal expansion for volume (αV ), calculated as (1/V0°C) x (ΔV/ΔT) based on linear V-T relationships, mostly fall within the range 42 ± 2 x 10-6 deg-1 and show no obvious dependence on composition. Thermal expansion coefficients for individual unit-cell axes, however, do show clear relationships to composition, αa increasing from ~9.5 to ~13.5 x 10-6 deg-1 and αc decreasing from ~19.5 to ~13 x 10-6 deg-1 from the Cl to the F end member. Clearly, a compensating structural relationship accounts for the observed relationships. Such compositional dependence was not seen in the thermal expansion data for F-OH apatite solid solutions (Hovis, Scott, Altomare, Leaman, Morris, and Tomaino, American Mineralogist, in press). This difference can be explained by the similar sizes of F- and (OH)- versus the much greater size contrast between F- and Cl-. Sincere thanks to the National Science Foundation for support of this work, which has provided numerous research experiences for Lafayette College undergraduates. Thanks also to the Earth Sciences Department, University

  14. Stability region of the liebermannite-lingunite solid solution

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    Zhou, Y.; Irifune, T.; Ohfuji, H.; Shinmei, T.; DU, W.

    2015-12-01

    Aluminosilicate hollandite, with the chemical formula of (K,Na)AlSi3O8, is a potential host mineral of K and Na in the deep Earth [1,2]. The Na hollandite end member is called lingunite, and the K hollandite end member was named liebermannite recently. Phase relations in the system KAlSi3O8-NaAlSi3O8 under conditions of the Earth mantle transition zone and uppermost lower mantle [3,4] are essential to understanding the behavior of the liebermannite-lingunite solid solution under high pressure and high temperature, however, it is still not clear whether or not the end members can form complete solid solutions with the hollandite structure under some conditions. Previous high pressure experiments obtained the K hollandite with the limited Na content up to 50 mol % [3,4], while the Na-rich hollandite with the Na content of about 80 mol % was discovered in some meteorites [5,6]. Here we report our successful synthesis of the Na-rich hollandite with the Na content of 78 mol % at 22 GPa, 2273 K, the same condition under which the Na-rich hollandite found in the meteorite was inferred to be formed during the shock event [5]. Phase relations around 22 GPa at 1873 and 2273 K determined by our experiments indicate the solubility of NaAlSi3O8 in K hollandite is sensitive to both pressure and temperature, especially around the pressure corresponding to the dissociation of jadeite into the calcium ferrite type NaAlSiO4and stishovite, and there may be a stability region for the Na hollandite end member at temperatures slightly higher than 2273 K. Our improved phase relations provide a reasonable access to estimate the composition of hollandite in the Earth's interior and a supportive evidence to interpret the formation of the Na-rich hollandite found in meteorites via phase equilibria. [1] Irifune T., Ringwood A.E. and Hibberson W.O. (1994) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 126: 351-368. [2] Ishii T., Kojitani H. and Akaogi M. (2012) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 357-358: 34-41. [3] Yagi A

  15. Thermal Expansion of Fluorapatite-Chlorapatite Solid Solutions

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    Hovis, G. L.; Abraham, T.; Hudacek, W.; Wildermuth, S.; Scott, B.; Altomare, C.; Medford, A.; Conlon, M.; Morris, M.; Leaman, A.; Almer, C.; Tomaino, G.; Harlov, D. E.

    2014-12-01

    X-ray powder diffraction experiments have been performed on fifteen fluorapatite-chlorapatite solid solutions synthesized and chemically characterized at the GeoForschungsZentrum - Potsdam (Hovis and Harlov, 2010; Schettler, Gottschalk, and Harlov, 2011), as well as two natural near-end-member samples, from room temperature to ~900 °C at 50 to 75 °C intervals. NIST 640a Si was employed as an internal standard; data from Parrish (1953) were used to determine Si peak positions at elevated temperatures. Unit-cell parameters calculated using the software of Holland and Redfern (1997) result in volume-temperature (V-T) plots that are linear or slightly concave up (V plotted as the vertical axis) over the T range investigated. Relations for the "a" and "c" unit-cell dimensions with T for these hexagonal minerals are nearly linear but, as with V, commonly improved by quadratic fits to the data. Coefficients of thermal expansion for volume (αV), calculated as (1/V0°C) x (ΔV/ΔT) based on linear V-T relationships, mostly fall within the range 42 ± 2 x 10-6 deg-1 and show no obvious dependence on composition. Thermal expansion coefficients for individual unit-cell axes, however, do show clear relationships to composition, αa increasing from ~9.5 to ~13.5 x 10-6 deg-1 and αc decreasing from ~19.5 to ~13 x 10-6 deg-1 from the Cl to the F end member. Clearly, a compensating structural relationship accounts for the observed relationships. Such compositional dependence was not seen in the thermal expansion data for F-OH apatite solid solutions (Hovis, Scott, Altomare, Leaman, Morris, and Tomaino, American Mineralogist, in press). This difference can be explained by the similar sizes of F- and (OH)- versus the much greater size contrast between F- and Cl-. Sincere thanks to the National Science Foundation for support of this work, which has provided numerous research experiences for Lafayette College undergraduates. Thanks also to the Earth Sciences Department, University

  16. Sustainable solutions for solid waste management in Southeast Asian countries.

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    Ngoc, Uyen Nguyen; Schnitzer, Hans

    2009-06-01

    Human activities generate waste and the amounts tend to increase as the demand for quality of life increases. Today's rate in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANs) is alarming, posing a challenge to governments regarding environmental pollution in the recent years. The expectation is that eventually waste treatment and waste prevention approaches will develop towards sustainable waste management solutions. This expectation is for instance reflected in the term 'zero emission systems'. The concept of zero emissions can be applied successfully with today's technical possibilities in the agro-based processing industry. First, the state-of-the-art of waste management in Southeast Asian countries will be outlined in this paper, followed by waste generation rates, sources, and composition, as well as future trends of waste. Further on, solutions for solid waste management will be reviewed in the discussions of sustainable waste management. The paper emphasizes the concept of waste prevention through utilization of all wastes as process inputs, leading to the possibility of creating an ecosystem in a loop of materials. Also, a case study, focusing on the citrus processing industry, is displayed to illustrate the application of the aggregated material input-output model in a widespread processing industry in ASEAN. The model can be shown as a closed cluster, which permits an identification of opportunities for reducing environmental impacts at the process level in the food processing industry. Throughout the discussion in this paper, the utilization of renewable energy and economic aspects are considered to adapt to environmental and economic issues and the aim of eco-efficiency. Additionally, the opportunities and constraints of waste management will be discussed. PMID:19285384

  17. Sustainable solutions for solid waste management in Southeast Asian countries

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    Uyen Nguyen Ngoc Schnitzer, Hans

    2009-06-15

    Human activities generate waste and the amounts tend to increase as the demand for quality of life increases. Today's rate in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANs) is alarming, posing a challenge to governments regarding environmental pollution in the recent years. The expectation is that eventually waste treatment and waste prevention approaches will develop towards sustainable waste management solutions. This expectation is for instance reflected in the term 'zero emission systems'. The concept of zero emissions can be applied successfully with today's technical possibilities in the agro-based processing industry. First, the state-of-the-art of waste management in Southeast Asian countries will be outlined in this paper, followed by waste generation rates, sources, and composition, as well as future trends of waste. Further on, solutions for solid waste management will be reviewed in the discussions of sustainable waste management. The paper emphasizes the concept of waste prevention through utilization of all wastes as process inputs, leading to the possibility of creating an ecosystem in a loop of materials. Also, a case study, focusing on the citrus processing industry, is displayed to illustrate the application of the aggregated material input-output model in a widespread processing industry in ASEAN. The model can be shown as a closed cluster, which permits an identification of opportunities for reducing environmental impacts at the process level in the food processing industry. Throughout the discussion in this paper, the utilization of renewable energy and economic aspects are considered to adapt to environmental and economic issues and the aim of eco-efficiency. Additionally, the opportunities and constraints of waste management will be discussed.

  18. Sustainable solutions for solid waste management in Southeast Asian countries.

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    Ngoc, Uyen Nguyen; Schnitzer, Hans

    2009-06-01

    Human activities generate waste and the amounts tend to increase as the demand for quality of life increases. Today's rate in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANs) is alarming, posing a challenge to governments regarding environmental pollution in the recent years. The expectation is that eventually waste treatment and waste prevention approaches will develop towards sustainable waste management solutions. This expectation is for instance reflected in the term 'zero emission systems'. The concept of zero emissions can be applied successfully with today's technical possibilities in the agro-based processing industry. First, the state-of-the-art of waste management in Southeast Asian countries will be outlined in this paper, followed by waste generation rates, sources, and composition, as well as future trends of waste. Further on, solutions for solid waste management will be reviewed in the discussions of sustainable waste management. The paper emphasizes the concept of waste prevention through utilization of all wastes as process inputs, leading to the possibility of creating an ecosystem in a loop of materials. Also, a case study, focusing on the citrus processing industry, is displayed to illustrate the application of the aggregated material input-output model in a widespread processing industry in ASEAN. The model can be shown as a closed cluster, which permits an identification of opportunities for reducing environmental impacts at the process level in the food processing industry. Throughout the discussion in this paper, the utilization of renewable energy and economic aspects are considered to adapt to environmental and economic issues and the aim of eco-efficiency. Additionally, the opportunities and constraints of waste management will be discussed.

  19. Solid state lighting for the developing world: the only solution

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    Peon, Rudolfo; Doluweera, Ganesh; Platonova, Inna; Irvine-Halliday, Dave; Irvine-Halliday, Gregor

    2005-09-01

    Approximately two billion people, one third of humanity still has no access to electricity, and thus relies on fuel-based lighting, a dangerous alternative of last resort that is unhealthy, expensive, and offers very poor levels of illumination. This lack of light makes it difficult to perform most evening activities including studies by children and adults alike and therefore represents a significant barrier to human development. Over the past five years The Light Up The World Foundation (LUTW) has pioneered the use of the white light emitting diode (WLED) as an alternative home lighting solution, bringing clean, affordable light to thousands of non-electrified homes around the world. The information presented herein is intended to increase awareness of the enormous potential possessed by this emergent technology, "Solid State Lighting" (SSL), to improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world. The feasibility of its implementation is demonstrated with results from comprehensive field experience and laboratory research work. The mutual economic, social and environmental benefits for both stakeholders and SSL suppliers are discussed. Strategies conducive to the dissemination of this technology throughout the developing world are also presented.

  20. Relaxor-based solid solutions for piezoelectric and electrostrictive applications

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    Alberta, Edward F.

    This thesis explores the dielectric, piezoelectric, and electrostrictive properties of a number of relaxor ferroelectric-based solid solution systems. The components of these solid solution systems have a variety of characteristics ranging from normal- to relaxor- to anti-ferroelectric. Some of the relaxor end-members investigated were Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3 [PIN], Pb(In1/2Ta1/2)O3 [PIT], Pb(Sc 1/2Nb1/2)O3 [PSN], Pb(Ni1/3Nb 2/3)O3 [PNN], Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O 3 [PMN], and Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3 [PZN]. Several of these systems have Curie temperatures [Tc] that are among the highest known for MPB compositions. Some examples are PIN-0.38PT with a Tc of 319°C, PIT-0.38PT with a Tc of 248°C, and PSN 0.42PT with a Tc of 254°C. While these are slightly lower that those of typically found in PZT, the temperature dependence of the piezoelectric properties was found to be minimal. The electromechanical coupling coefficients were largely unchanged upon heating to as high as 150°C. This is approximately equal to the Tc of PMN-PT and PZN-PT and significantly exceeds the generally accepted maximum operating temperature for these materials. Many of the materials studied were found to have very large electromechanical coupling factors and produce extraordinarily high field-induced strains. Both PSN-0.42PT and PNN-0.15PZ-0.34PT were found to produce strain levels of ˜0.30% under unipolar drive with limited hysteresis. Peak-to-peak strain levels of as much as 0.60% were possible under bipolar drive conditions. Both of these MPB compositions had very large piezoelectric properties, with the slightly larger values of d33 = 810pC/N, kp = 0.69, kt = 0.56, and k33 = 0.80 occurring in PNN-PZ-PT. Each of the MPB compositions studied has features that can be exploited for specific applications. The combination of high Tc and coercive field found in both PIN-PT and Bi(Ni1/2T1/2)O3 -PT should allow these materials to be used at high drive levels and/or at high temperatures. The high strain, low hysteresis

  1. Release of ceria nanoparticles grafted on hybrid organic-inorganic films for biomedical application.

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    Pinna, Alessandra; Figus, Cristiana; Lasio, Barbara; Piccinini, Massimo; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2012-08-01

    The controlled release of nanoparticles from a hybrid organic-inorganic surface allows for developing several applications based on a slow delivery of oxygen scavengers into specific environments. We have successfully grafted ceria nanoparticles on a hybrid film surface and tested their release in a buffer solution; the tests have shown that the particles are continuously delivered within a time scale of hours. The hybrid film has been synthesized using 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane as precursor alkoxide; the synthesis has been performed in highly basic conditions to control the polycondensation reactions of both organic and inorganic networks via controlled aging of the solution. Only films prepared from aged solutions are able to graft ceria nanoparticles on their surface. The ceria nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy, the hybrid films have been analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Raman imaging has been used for the release test. The hybrid film-ceria nanoparticles system fulfils the requirements of optical transparency and stability in buffer solutions which are necessary for biomedical applications.

  2. Oxygen nonstoichiometry and thermodynamic characterization of Zr doped ceria in the 1573-1773 K temperature range.

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    Takacs, M; Scheffe, J R; Steinfeld, A

    2015-03-28

    This work encompasses the thermodynamic characterization and critical evaluation of Zr(4+) doped ceria, a promising redox material for the two-step solar thermochemical splitting of H2O and CO2 to H2 and CO. As a case study, we experimentally examine 5 mol% Zr(4+) doped ceria and present oxygen nonstoichiometry measurements at elevated temperatures ranging from 1573 K to 1773 K and oxygen partial pressures ranging from 4.50 × 10(-3) atm to 2.3 × 10(-4) atm, yielding higher reduction extents compared to those of pure ceria under all conditions investigated, especially at the lower temperature range and at higher pO2. In contrast to pure ceria, a simple ideal solution model accounting for the formation of isolated oxygen vacancies and localized electrons accurately describes the defect chemistry. Thermodynamic properties are determined, namely: partial molar enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. In general, partial molar enthalpy and entropy values of Zr(4+) doped ceria are lower. The equilibrium hydrogen yields are subsequently extracted as a function of the redox conditions for dopant concentrations as high as 20%. Although reduction extents increase greatly with dopant concentration, the oxidation of Zr(4+) doped ceria is thermodynamically less favorable compared to pure ceria. This leads to substantially larger temperature swings between reduction and oxidation steps, ultimately resulting in lower theoretical solar energy conversion efficiencies compared to ceria under most conditions. In effect, these results point to the importance of considering oxidation thermodynamics in addition to reduction when screening potential redox materials.

  3. Discovery of a solid solution of enantiomers in a racemate-forming system by seeding.

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    Huang, Jun; Chen, Shuang; Guzei, Ilia A; Yu, Lian

    2006-09-13

    A racemic liquid of opposite enantiomers usually crystallizes as a racemic compound (racemate), rarely as a conglomerate, and even more rarely as a solid solution. We discovered a Type II solid solution (mixed crystal) of the enantiomers of the chiral drug tazofelone (TZF) by seeding its racemic liquid with enantiomerically pure crystals (enantiomorphs). Without seeding, the racemic liquid crystallized as a racemic compound. The crystal structure of this solid solution resembles that of the enantiomorph but has static disorder arising from the random substitution of enantiomers. This solid solution is a kinetic product of crystallization made possible by its faster growth rate compared to that of the competing racemate (by 4- to 40-fold between 80 and 146 degrees C). The free energy of the solid solution continuously varies with the enantiomeric composition between those of the conglomerate and the racemates. The existence of the TZF solid solution explains the absence of eutectic melting between crystals of different enantiomeric compositions. The ability of TZF to simultaneously form racemate and solid solution originates from its conformational flexibility. Similar solid solutions of enantiomers may exist in other systems and may be discovered in similar ways. The study demonstrates the use of cross-nucleation for discovering and engineering crystalline materials to optimize physical properties.

  4. Synthesis of GaN:ZnO solid solution by solution combustion method and characterization for photocatalytic application

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    Menon, Sumithra Sivadas; Anitha, R.; Gupta, Bhavana; Baskar, K.; Singh, Shubra

    2016-05-01

    GaN-ZnO solid solution has emerged as a successful and reproducible photocatalyst for overall water splitting by one-step photoexcitation, with a bandgap in visible region. When the solid solution is formed, some of the Zn and O ions are replaced by Ga and N ions respectively and there is a narrowing of bandgap which is hypothesized as due to Zn3d-N2p repulsion. The traditional method of synthesis of GaN-ZnO solid solution is by nitridation of the starting oxides under constant ammonia flow. Here we report a solution combustion technique for the synthesis of the solid solution at a temperature about 500 ° C in a muffle furnace with metal nitrates as precursors and urea as the fuel. The as prepared samples showed change in color with the increased concentration of ZnO in the solution. The structural, microstructural, morphological and optical properties of the samples were realized by Powder X ray diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy, Energy dispersive X ray analysis, Transmission electron microscopy and Photoluminescence. Finally the hydrogen production efficiency of the GaN-ZnO nanopowders by water splitting was found, using methanol as a scavenger. The apparent quantum yield (AQY) of 0.048% is obtained for GaN-ZnO solid solution.

  5. Solid-solution aqueous-solution equilibria: thermodynamic theory and representation

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    Glynn, P.D.; Reardon, E.J.

    1990-01-01

    Thorstenson and Plummer's (1977) "stoichiometric saturation' model is reviewed, and a general relation between stoichiometric saturation Kss constants and excess free energies of mixing is derived for a binary solid-solution B1-xCxA: GE = RT[ln Kss - xln(xKCA) - (l-x)ln((l-x)KBA)]. This equation allows a suitable excess free energy function, such as Guggenheim's (1937) sub-regular function, to be fitted from experimentally determined Kss constants. Solid-phase free energies and component activity-coefficients can then be determined from one or two fitted parameters and from the endmember solubility products KBA and KCA. A general form of Lippmann's (1977,1980) "solutus equation is derived from an examination of Lippmann's (1977,1980) "total solubility product' model. Lippmann's ??II or "total solubility product' variable is used to represent graphically not only thermodynamic equilibrium states and primary saturation states but also stoichiometric saturation and pure phase saturation states. -from Authors

  6. Solar hydrogen production using Ce{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} solid solutions via a thermochemical, two-step water-splitting cycle

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    Meng, Qing-Long; Lee, Chong-il; Shigeta, Satoshi; Kaneko, Hiroshi; Tamaura, Yutaka

    2012-10-15

    The reactivity of Ce{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} (x=0.025, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.1) solid solutions during the redox and two-step water-splitting cycles has been investigated in this work. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) indicate that there are two reaction mechanisms in the O{sub 2}-releasing step and the shift in the reaction mechanisms occurs in the O{sub 2}-releasing step because of sintering at high temperatures, and a decrease in the concentration of lattice oxygen occurs as the O{sub 2}-releasing step proceeds. The reaction in the O{sub 2}-releasing step follows a second-order mechanism over a temperature range of 1000-1170 Degree-Sign C and a contracting-area model over a temperature range of 1170-1500 Degree-Sign C. According to direct gas mass spectroscopy (DGMS), ceria doped at 5 mol% Li exhibits the highest reactivity in the O{sub 2}-releasing step during both redox cycles in air and two-step water-splitting cycles, whereas ceria doped at 2.5 mol% Li yields the highest amount of hydrogen (4.79 ml/g) in the H{sub 2}-generation step during the two-step water-splitting cycles, which is higher than ceria doped with other metals. DGMS and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) suggest that the average reaction rate in the H{sub 2}-generation step is influenced by the concentration of extrinsic oxygen vacancies, and thus, the reactivity in the H{sub 2}-generation step, to some degree, could be tuned by varying the concentration of extrinsic oxygen vacancies (Li content). - Graphical abstract: Average reduction fraction of Ce{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} (x=0.025, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.10) solid solutions versus Li content in the O{sub 2}-releasing step during the redox cycles in air and the two-step water-splitting cycles. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have investigated Li-doped ceria for hydrogen production using two-step water-splitting cycles

  7. Luminescence properties of solid solutions of borates doped with rare-earth ions

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    Levushkina, V. S.; Mikhailin, V. V.; Spassky, D. A.; Zadneprovski, B. I.; Tret'yakova, M. S.

    2014-11-01

    The structural and luminescence properties of LuxY1 - xBO3 solid solutions doped with Ce3+ or Eu+3 have been investigated. It has been found that the solid solutions crystallize in the vaterite phase with a lutetium concentration x < 0.5. For a higher lutetium concentration x, the solid solutions contain an additional calcite phase with a content less than 5 wt %. The luminescence spectra are characterized by intensive impurity emission under excitation with the synchrotron radiation in the X-ray and ultraviolet spectral ranges. It has been shown that, as the lutetium concentration x in the LuxY1 - xBO3: Ce3+ solid solutions increases, the emission intensity smoothly decreases, which is associated with a gradual shift of the Ce3+ 5 d(1) level toward the bottom of the conduction band, as well as with a decrease in the band gap. It has been established that, in the LuxY1 - xBO3: Eu3+ solid solutions with intermediate concentrations x, the efficiency of energy transfer to luminescence centers increases. This effect is explained by the limited spatial separation of electrons and holes in the solid solutions. It has been demonstrated that the calcite phase adversely affects the luminescence properties of the solid solutions.

  8. Solid-liquid interfacial energy of solid succinonitrile solution in equilibrium with succinonitrile-neopentylglycol eutectic liquid

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    Karadağ, Saadet B.; Altıntas, Yemliha; Öztürk, Esra; Aksöz, Sezen; Keşlioğlu, Kâzım; Maraşlı, Necmettin

    2013-10-01

    The grain boundary groove shapes for solid succinonitrile solution (SCN-5 mole% NPG) in equilibrium with the succinonitrile (SCN)-neopentylglycol (NPG) eutectic liquid (SCN-9.55 mole% NPG) have been directly observed by using a horizontal linear temperature gradient apparatus at 317.1 K equilibrium temperature. From the observed grain boundary groove shapes, the Gibbs-Thomson coefficient (Г) and solid-liquid interfacial energy (σSL) of solid SCN solution have been determined to be (5.43±0.50)×10-8 K m and (8.09±1.21)×10-3 J m-2, respectively. The grain boundary energy of solid SCN solution has been determined to be (14.22±2.28)×10-3 J m-2 from the observed grain boundary groove shapes. The thermal conductivity for SCN-9.55 mole% NPG eutectic solid phase and the thermal conductivity ratio of eutectic liquid phase to eutectic solid phase at the melting temperature have also been measured with a radial heat flow apparatus and Bridgman type growth apparatus, respectively.

  9. Analysis of solid solutions stability in scheelite-type molybdates and tungstates

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    Zhuravlev, V.D.; Reznitskikh, O.G.; Velikodnyi, Yu.A.; Patrusheva, T.A.; Sivtsova, O.V.

    2011-10-15

    Mutual solubility of bivalent metal molybdates and tungstates with scheelite structure was theoretically estimated by calculating formation enthalpies and the maximal decomposition temperatures of solid solutions at different temperatures. The theoretical stability of continuous solid solutions in binary systems of bivalent metal molybdates and tungstates was found to be higher than reported literature data. After cooling down continuous substitution solid solution should remain in following systems: CaMoO{sub 4}-CdMoO{sub 4}, SrMoO{sub 4}-MMoO{sub 4} (M=Ba, Pb), BaMoO{sub 4}-PbMoO{sub 4}, SrWO{sub 4}-MWO{sub 4} (M=Ca, Pb), and BaWO{sub 4}-PbWO{sub 4}. There is a probability that at room temperature in systems CaMoO{sub 4}-SrMoO{sub 4,} CaWO{sub 4}-PbWO{sub 4}, and BaWO{sub 4}-SrWO{sub 4} the single homogeneity region may decompose to limited solid solutions. It was shown experimentally that a continuous series of scheelite-structure solid solutions M{sub 1-x}M{sup I}{sub x}TO{sub 4} can be formed via citrate synthesis at temperatures below 500 deg. S. - Graphical abstract: Calculated boundaries of solid solutions in BaWO{sub 4}-CaWO{sub 4} (1) and PbMoO{sub 4}-CaMoO{sub 4} (2) systems. Highlights: > Stability of solid solutions molybdates and tungstates has been investigated. > The ionic model for isovalent substitutions was used. > In 'polyhedral substitution model' enthalphies of mixing were calculated. > Most of the examined series of solid solutions is stable at room temperatures. > Solid solutions M{sub 1-x}M{sup I}{sub x}Mo(W)O{sub 4} (x=0-1) were formed via citrate synthesis below 500 S.

  10. Solid-liquid interfacial energy of neopentylglycol solid solution in equilibrium with neopentylglycol-(D) camphor eutectic liquid

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    Bayram, Ü.; Aksöz, S.; Maraşlı, N.

    2012-01-01

    The grain boundary groove shapes for equilibrated solid neopentylglycol (NPG) solution (NPG-3 mol% D-camphor) in equilibrium with the NPG-DC eutectic liquid (NPG-36.1 mol% D-camphor) have been directly observed using a horizontal linear temperature gradient apparatus. From the observed grain boundary groove shapes, the Gibbs-Thomson coefficient ( Г), solid-liquid interfacial energy ( σSL) of NPG solid solution have been determined to be (7.5±0.7)×10 -8 K m and (8.1±1.2)×10 -3 J m -2, respectively. The Gibbs-Thomson coefficient versus TmΩ1/3, where Ω is the volume per atom was also plotted by linear regression for some organic transparent materials and the average value of coefficient ( τ) for nonmetallic materials was obtained to be 0.32 from graph of the Gibbs-Thomson coefficient versus TmΩ1/3. The grain boundary energy of solid NPG solution phase has been determined to be (14.6±2.3)×10 -3 J m -2 from the observed grain boundary groove shapes. The ratio of thermal conductivity of equilibrated eutectic liquid to thermal conductivity of solid NPG solution was also measured to be 0.80.

  11. Solid-liquid interfacial energy of neopentylglycol solid solution in equilibrium with succinonitrile-neopentylglycol-aminomethylpropanediol liquid

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    Özer, A.; Bayram, Ü.; Aksöz, S.; Maraşlı, N.

    2013-02-01

    The grain boundary groove shapes for equilibrated solid neopentylglycol (NPG) solution (NPG-26 mol% AMPD-4 mol% SCN) in equilibrium with the succinonitrile (SCN)-neopentylglycol (NPG)-aminomethylpropanediol (AMPD) liquid (NPG-45 mol% SCN-2 .9 mol% AMPD) have been directly observed by using a horizontal linear temperature gradient apparatus. From the observed grain boundary groove shapes, the Gibbs-Thomson coefficient (Γ) and solid-liquid interfacial energy (σSL) of solid NPG solution have been determined to be (7.8±0.8)×10-8 K m and (8.1±1.2)×10-3 J m-2, respectively. The grain boundary energy of solid NPG solution has been determined to be (15.8±2.5)×10-3 J m-2 from the observed grain boundary groove shapes. The ratio of thermal conductivity of equilibrated liquid to thermal conductivity of solid NPG solution has also been determined to be 0.42.

  12. Al and Zn Impurity Diffusion in Binary and Ternary Magnesium Solid-Solutions

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    Kammerer, Catherine; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Warmack, Robert J Bruce; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2014-01-01

    Magnesium alloys are considered for implementation into structural components where energy-efficiency and light-weighting are important. Two of the most common alloying elements in magnesium alloys are Aluminum and Zinc. The present work examines impurity diffusion coefficients of Al and Zn in Mg(Zn) and Mg(Al) binary solid solutions, respectively. Experimental investigation is carried out with ternary diffusion couples with polycrystalline alloys. Concentration profiles were measured by electron microprobe micro-analysis and the impurity diffusion coefficients were determined by the Hall Method. Results of Al and Zn impurity diffusion in Mg solid solutions are reported, and examined as a function of composition of Mg solid solution.

  13. Local structure of the halite-sylvine solid solution according to the computer simulation data

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    Urusov, V. S. Leonenko, E. V.

    2008-09-15

    The structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of halite NaCl and sylvine KCl and the miscibility properties of the NaCl-KCl solid solution found by computer simulation are in good agreement with the experimental data. Analysis of the relaxation of the solid solution structure suggests that both anion and cation sublattices are distorted; however, the anion sublattice is distorted much more strongly. Calculations of the local bond valence at all types of ions in the solid solution show opposite deviations from the balance at cations, whereas the general balance is retained. The values of the electrostatic potential in the ion positions reflect weakening of bonding in the solid solution with respect to its pure components. In addition, with an increase in the average interatomic distance in the first coordination sphere around cations, the modulus of the electrostatic potential at cations decreases.

  14. Infrared Spectra of Simple Inorganic Ion Pairs in Solid Solution: A Physical Inorganic Chemistry Experiment.

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    Miller, Philip J.; Tong, William G.

    1980-01-01

    Presents a physical inorganic experiment in which large single crystals of the alkali halides doped with divalent ion impurities are prepared easily. Demonstrates the ion pairing of inorganic ions in solid solution. (CS)

  15. Planet Patrol. An Educational Unit on Solid Waste Solutions for Grades 4-6.

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    Shively, Patti J.; And Others

    This educational unit on solid waste solutions is intended to convey to students an understanding of the four methods of solid waste handling, in priority order, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency: (1) reduction in the volume of waste produced; (2) recycling and composting; (3) waste combustion, i.e., incineration of waste; and…

  16. Superficial composition in binary solid solutions A(B): Drastic effect of pure element surface tensions

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    Rolland, A.; Aufray, B.

    1985-10-01

    This paper deals with a comparative study of surface segragation of Pb and Ni respectively from Ag(Pb)(111) and Ag(Ni)(111) solid solutions. A high level of segregation of the solute is observed for both systems characterized by very low solute solubility. However, the superficial composition strongly depends on the relative surface tensions of the pure elements: the solute atoms are strictly on superficial sites when γ solute is smaller than γ solvent; in contrast uppermost layer consists purely of solvent when γ solute is greater than γ solvent. Two schematic distributions in close proximity to the surface are proposed in the last case.

  17. Oversolubility in the microvicinity of solid-solution interfaces.

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    Bergonzi, Isabelle; Mercury, Lionel; Simon, Patrick; Jamme, Frédéric; Shmulovich, Kirill

    2016-06-01

    Water-solid interactions at the macroscopic level (beyond tens of nanometers) are often viewed as the coexistence of two bulk phases with a sharp interface in many areas spanning from biology to (geo)chemistry and various technological fields (membranes, microfluidics, coatings, etc.). Here we present experimental evidence indicating that such a view may be a significant oversimplification. High-resolution infrared and Raman experiments were performed in a 60 × 20 μm(2) quartz cavity, synthetically created and initially filled with demineralized water. The IR mapping (3 × 3 μm(2) beam size) performed using the SOLEIL synchrotron radiation source displays two important features: (i) the presence of a dangling free-OH component, a signature of hydrophobic inner walls; (ii) a shift of the OH-stretching band which essentially makes the 3200 cm(-1) sub-band predominate over the usual main component at around 3400 cm(-1). Raman maps confirmed these signatures (though less marked than IR's) and afforded a refined spatial distribution of this interfacial signal. This spatial resolution, statistically treated, results in a puzzling image of a 1-3 μm thick marked-liquid layer along the entire liquid-solid interface. The common view is then challenged by this strong evidence that a μm-thick layer analogous to an interphase forms at the solid-liquid interface. The thermodynamic counterpart of the vibrational shifts amounts to around +1 kJ mol(-1) at the interface with a rapidly decreasing signature towards the cavity centre, meaning that vicinal water may form a reactive layer, of micrometer thickness, expected to have an elevated melting point, a depressed boiling temperature, and enhanced solvent properties. PMID:27191014

  18. Structure and symmetry of crystalline solid solutions: general revision

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    Vaida, M.; Shimon, L.J.W.; Weisinger-Lewin, Y.; Frolow, F.; Lahav, M.; Leiserowitz, L.; McMullan, R.K.

    1988-09-16

    Mixed single crystals composed of host and guest organic molecules of similar structure and shapes are shown to comprise sectors with different host-guest distributions and to have symmetries lower than that of the host crystal. These properties are determined by the structure of the guest and the surface structures of the crystal faces through which the guest molecules are occluded. This general concept is illustrated by studies of three mixed crystal systems, (E)-cinnamamide-(E)-2-thienylacrylamide, (E)-cinnamamide-(E)-3-thienylacrylamide, and (S)-asparagine-(S)-aspartic acid, with x-ray and neutron diffraction and solid-state photochemistry. 19 references, 4 figures, 2 tables.

  19. Colloidal quantum dot solids for solution-processed solar cells

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    Yuan, Mingjian; Liu, Mengxia; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-03-01

    Solution-processed photovoltaic technologies represent a promising way to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy harvesting. Among these, colloidal semiconductor quantum dot photovoltaics have the advantage of a spectrally tuneable infrared bandgap, which enables use in multi-junction cells, as well as the benefit of generating and harvesting multiple charge carrier pairs per absorbed photon. Here we review recent progress in colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics, focusing on three fronts. First, we examine strategies to manage the abundant surfaces of quantum dots, strategies that have led to progress in the removal of electronic trap states. Second, we consider new device architectures that have improved device performance to certified efficiencies of 10.6%. Third, we focus on progress in solution-phase chemical processing, such as spray-coating and centrifugal casting, which has led to the demonstration of manufacturing-ready process technologies.

  20. Template engaged synthesis of hollow ceria-based composites.

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    Chen, Guozhu; Rosei, Federico; Ma, Dongling

    2015-03-19

    Hollow ceria-based composites, which consist of noble metal nanoparticles or metal oxides as a secondary component, are being studied extensively for potential applications in heterogeneous catalysis. This is due to their unique features, which exhibit the advantages of a hollow structure (e.g. high surface area and low weight), and also integrate the properties of ceria and noble metals/metal oxides. More importantly, the synergistic effect between constituents in hollow ceria-based composites has been demonstrated in various catalytic reactions. In this feature article, we summarize the state-of-the-art in the synthesis of hollow ceria-based composites, including traditional hard-templates and more recently, sacrificial-template engaged strategies, highlighting the key role of selected templates in the formation of hollow composites. In addition, the catalytic applications of hollow ceria-based composites are briefly surveyed. Finally, challenges and perspectives on future advances of hollow ceria-based composites are outlined.

  1. Precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution prepared by solidification under high pressure

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    Jie, J.C.; Wang, H.W.; Zou, C.M.; Wei, Z.J.; Li, T.J.

    2014-01-15

    The precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution containing 21.6 at.% Mg prepared by solidification under 2 GPa was investigated. The results show that the γ-Al{sub 12}Mg{sub 17} phase is formed and the β′ phase cannot be observed in the solid solution during ageing process. The precipitation of γ and β phases takes place in a non-uniform manner during heating process, i.e. the γ and β phases are first formed in the interdendritic region, which is caused by the inhomogeneous distribution of Mg atoms in the solid solution solidified under high pressure. Peak splitting of X-ray diffraction patterns of Al(Mg) solid solution appears, and then disappears when the samples are aged at 423 K for different times, due to the non-uniform precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution. The direct transformation from the γ to β phase is observed after ageing at 423 K for 24 h. It is considered that the β phase is formed through a peritectoid reaction of α + γ → β which needs the diffusion of Mg atoms across the interface of α/γ phases. - Highlights: • The γ phase is formed and the β′ phase is be observed in Al(Mg) solid solution. • Peak splitting of XRD pattern of Al(Mg) solid solution appears during aged at 150 °C. • The β phase is formed through a peritectoid reaction of α + γ → β.

  2. Crystal-Phase Control by Solution-Solid-Solid Growth of II-VI Quantum Wires.

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    Wang, Fudong; Buhro, William E

    2016-02-10

    A simple and potentially general means of eliminating the planar defects and phase alternations that typically accompany the growth of semiconductor nanowires by catalyzed methods is reported. Nearly phase-pure, defect-free wurtzite II-VI semiconductor quantum wires are grown from solid rather than liquid catalyst nanoparticles. The solid-catalyst nanoparticles are morphologically stable during growth, which minimizes the spontaneous fluctuations in nucleation barriers between zinc blende and wurtzite phases that are responsible for the defect formation and phase alternations. Growth of single-phase (in our cases the wurtzite phase) nanowires is thus favored. PMID:26731426

  3. Existence of Solutions for a Mathematical Model Related to Solid-Solid Phase Transitions in Shape Memory Alloys

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    Bonetti, Elena; Colli, Pierluigi; Fabrizio, Mauro; Gilardi, Gianni

    2016-01-01

    We consider a strongly nonlinear PDE system describing solid-solid phase transitions in shape memory alloys. The system accounts for the evolution of an order parameter χ (related to different symmetries of the crystal lattice in the phase configurations), of the stress (and the displacement u), and of the absolute temperature ϑ. The resulting equations present several technical difficulties to be tackled; in particular, we emphasize the presence of nonlinear coupling terms, higher order dissipative contributions, possibly multivalued operators. As for the evolution of temperature, a highly nonlinear parabolic equation has to be solved for a right hand side that is controlled only in L 1. We prove the existence of a solution for a regularized version by use of a time discretization technique. Then, we perform suitable a priori estimates which allow us pass to the limit and find a weak global-in-time solution to the system.

  4. Creating single-atom Pt-ceria catalysts by surface step decoration

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    Dvořák, Filip; Farnesi Camellone, Matteo; Tovt, Andrii; Tran, Nguyen-Dung; Negreiros, Fabio R.; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Skála, Tomáš; Matolínová, Iva; Mysliveček, Josef; Matolín, Vladimír; Fabris, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    Single-atom catalysts maximize the utilization of supported precious metals by exposing every single metal atom to reactants. To avoid sintering and deactivation at realistic reaction conditions, single metal atoms are stabilized by specific adsorption sites on catalyst substrates. Here we show by combining photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations that Pt single atoms on ceria are stabilized by the most ubiquitous defects on solid surfaces—monoatomic step edges. Pt segregation at steps leads to stable dispersions of single Pt2+ ions in planar PtO4 moieties incorporating excess O atoms and contributing to oxygen storage capacity of ceria. We experimentally control the step density on our samples, to maximize the coverage of monodispersed Pt2+ and demonstrate that step engineering and step decoration represent effective strategies for understanding and design of new single-atom catalysts. PMID:26908356

  5. Creating single-atom Pt-ceria catalysts by surface step decoration.

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    Dvořák, Filip; Farnesi Camellone, Matteo; Tovt, Andrii; Tran, Nguyen-Dung; Negreiros, Fabio R; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Skála, Tomáš; Matolínová, Iva; Mysliveček, Josef; Matolín, Vladimír; Fabris, Stefano

    2016-02-24

    Single-atom catalysts maximize the utilization of supported precious metals by exposing every single metal atom to reactants. To avoid sintering and deactivation at realistic reaction conditions, single metal atoms are stabilized by specific adsorption sites on catalyst substrates. Here we show by combining photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations that Pt single atoms on ceria are stabilized by the most ubiquitous defects on solid surfaces--monoatomic step edges. Pt segregation at steps leads to stable dispersions of single Pt(2+) ions in planar PtO4 moieties incorporating excess O atoms and contributing to oxygen storage capacity of ceria. We experimentally control the step density on our samples, to maximize the coverage of monodispersed Pt(2+) and demonstrate that step engineering and step decoration represent effective strategies for understanding and design of new single-atom catalysts.

  6. Direct calculation of thermodynamic properties of the barite/celestite solid solution from molecular principles

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    Becker, U.; Fernández-González, A.; Prieto, M.; Harrison, R.; Putnis, A.

    Thermodynamic properties of the barite-celestite solid solution were calculated using molecular principles. Cation-cation (Ba-Ba, Sr-Sr, and Ba-Sr) interaction energies were derived from a number of random and ordered cation distributions which were energy-optimized using force potentials as incorporated in the program package GULP. With these interaction energies, diagrams for the enthalpy and free energy of mixing could be computed for the entire range of the solid solution between the barite and celestite end members and for a number of annealing temperatures. These thermodynamic data show that the solid solution is nonideal. The system has a tendency for Ba2+ and Sr2+ cations to order onto alternating layers ||(100). However, this ordering scheme is thermodynamically only relevant for annealing temperatures below approximately 500K and systems that are kinetically inhibited during crystal growth. For sufficiently long annealing times at room temperature, the solid solution tends to exsolve with barite-celestite interfaces ||(100). The cell parameters a and c were calculated to have almost linear behavior for the whole solid solution, suggesting close to ideal behavior according to Vegard's law. In contrast, b tends to deviate positively from linearity, in agreement with experimental values.

  7. Solid Solution Effects on the MgAl2O4 System

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    O'Hara, Kelley; Smith, Jeffrey D; Hemrick, James Gordon

    2009-01-01

    Phase relations between the binaries MgAl2O4-ZnAl2O4 and MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 were studied. Stoichiometric MgAl2O4 spinel can be formed in the laboratory through a coprecipitation method. Complete solid solution formation in the MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 system was confirmed through X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. XRD analysis of the MgAl2O4-ZnAl2O4 system did not confirm solid solution due to the similar lattice parameters of the two end points, however, previous studies have shown that complete solid solution does form. Thermal conductivity data is pending and will be included in the presentation. Based on previous experimentation and open literature, it is suspected that thermal conductivity will be decreased with the addition of solid solution. With increased amounts of disruption to the lattice from solid solution it is also theorized that the temperature at which the mean free path still impacts thermal conductivity could be increased.

  8. Continuous Precipitation of Ceria Nanoparticles from a Continuous Flow Micromixer

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    Tseng, Chih Heng; Paul, Brian; Chang, Chih-hung; Engelhard, Mark H.

    2013-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles were continuously precipitated from a solution of cerium(III) nitrate and ammonium hydroxide using a micro-scale T-mixer. Findings show that the method of mixing is important in the ceria precipitation process. In batch mixing and deposition, disintegration and agglomeration dominates the deposited film. In T-mixing and deposition, more uniform nanorod particles are attainable. In addition, it was found that the micromixing approach reduced the exposure of the Ce(OH)3 precipates to oxygen, yielding hydroxide precipates in place of CeO2 precipitates. Advantages of the micro-scale T-mixing approach include shorter mixing times, better control of nanoparticle shape and less agglomeration.

  9. Morphological Control and Characterization of Monodispersed Ceria Particles

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    Minamidate, Y.; Yin, S.; Devaraju, M. K.; Sato, T.

    2010-11-24

    The morphological control of cerium oxide particles was carried out by a homogeneous precipitation followed by calcination in air at 400 deg. C. The effects of pre-aging temperature, aging time and precipitation reagents on the morphologies of final products were investigated. When urea was used as a precipitation reagent, monodispersed spherical and flake-like cerium carbonate hydroxide precursor was precipitated in the solution at 90 deg. C for 2 h after pre-aging at 25 deg. C - 50 deg. C for 24-72 h. On the other hand, monodispersed nanosize rod-like cerium hydroxide particles were obtained using triethanolamine as precipitation reagent. Ceria particles with the same morphologies and slightly smaller particle size than those of as-prepared cerium precursor could be obtained after calcination in air at 400 deg. C. Physical-chemical characteristics of the monodispersed cerium oxide particles were evaluated.

  10. Cutting solid figures by plane - analytical solution and spreadsheet implementation

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    Benacka, Jan

    2012-07-01

    In some secondary mathematics curricula, there is a topic called Stereometry that deals with investigating the position and finding the intersection, angle, and distance of lines and planes defined within a prism or pyramid. Coordinate system is not used. The metric tasks are solved using Pythagoras' theorem, trigonometric functions, and sine and cosine rules. The basic problem is to find the section of the figure by a plane that is defined by three points related to the figure. In this article, a formula is derived that gives the positions of the intersection points of such a plane and the figure edges, that is, the vertices of the section polygon. Spreadsheet implementations of the formula for cuboid and right rectangular pyramids are presented. The user can check his/her graphical solution, or proceed if he/she is not able to complete the section.

  11. Soil solid-phase controls lead activity in soil solution.

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    Badawy, S H; Helal, M I D; Chaudri, A M; Lawlor, K; McGrath, S P

    2002-01-01

    Lead pollution of the environment is synonymous with civilization. It has no known biological function, and is naturally present in soil, but its presence in food crops is deemed undesirable. The concern regarding Pb is mostly due to chronic human and animal health effects, rather then phytotoxicity. However, not much is known about the chemistry and speciation of Pb in soils. We determined the activity of Pb2+, in near neutral and alkaline soils, representative of alluvial, desertic and calcareous soils of Egypt, using the competitive chelation method. Lead activity ranged from 10(-6.73) to 10(-4.83) M, and was negatively correlated with soil and soil solution pH (R2 = -0.92, P < 0.01 and R2 = -0.89, P < 0.01, respectively). It could be predicted in soil solution from the equation: log(Pb2+) = 9.9 - 2pH. A solubility diagram for the various Pb minerals found in soil was constructed using published thermodynamic data obtained from the literature, and our measured Pb2+ activities compared with this information. The measured Pb2+ activities were undersaturated with regard to the solubility of PbSiO3 in equilibrium with SiO2 (soil). However, they were supersaturated with regard to the solubilities of the Pb carbonate minerals PbCO3 (cerussite) and Pb3(CO3)2(OH)2 in equilibrium with atmospheric CO2 and hydroxide Pb(OH)2. They were also supersaturated with regard to the solubilities of the Pb phosphate minerals Pb3(PO4)2, Pb5(PO4)3OH, and Pb4O(PO4)2 in equilibrium with tricalcium phosphate and CaCO3. The activity of Pb2+ was not regulated by any mineral of known solubility in our soils, but possibly by a mixture of Pb carbonate and phosphate minerals.

  12. Visualization of the atomic structure of solid solutions with the NaCl structure

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    Babanov, Yu. A.; Ponomarev, D. A.; Ustinov, V. V.

    2015-04-01

    It has been shown how an atomic cluster for a solid solution with a rock salt structure can be constructed using the Pauling model. Simulation has been performed for 343000 ions of Ni x Zn1 - x O3 ( x = 0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0) oxide substitutional solid solutions. Coordinates of all cluster ions are obtained and distribution functions of ion pairs (Ni-O, Ni-Ni, Ni-Zn, Zn-Zn, Zn-O, O-O) are constructed as functions of distance. The shape of the normal distribution indicates the existence of bounded chaos in the system of oxide solid solutions. The width of the Gaussian distribution function is determined by the difference of metal ionic radii. The results are in agreement with both X-ray diffraction and EXAFS spectroscopy data.

  13. Local decomposition of solid solutions, nanostructures and optical materials with negative refractive index

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    Ishchuk, Valeriy M.; Sobolev, Vladimir

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a possibility of use of the controlled decomposition of solid solutions of oxides with perovskite structure in the state of coexisting domains of the antiferroelectric (AFE) and ferroelectric (FE) phases for manufacturing materials with the negative refractive index is demonstrated. The lead zirconate titanate-based solid solutions are considered as an example of substances suitable for creation of such materials. Manufactured composites constitute a dielectric AFE matrix with a structure of conducting interphase boundaries separating domains of the FE and AFE phases. The electric conductivity of the interphase boundaries occurs as a result of the local decomposition of the solid solutions in the vicinity of these boundaries. The decomposition process and consequently the conductivity of the interphase boundaries can be controlled by means of external influences.

  14. Mechanosynthesis and structural characterization of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (x=0.1–0.35) solid solutions

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    Fabián, Martin; Antić, Bratislav; Girman, Vladimír; Vučinić-Vasić, Milica; Kremenović, Aleksandar; Suzuki, Shigeru; Hahn, Horst; Šepelák, Vladimír

    2015-10-15

    A series of nanostructured fluorite-type Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (0≤x≤0.35) solid solutions, prepared via high-energy milling of the CeO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixtures, are investigated by XRD, HR-TEM, EDS and Raman spectroscopy. For the first time, complementary information on both the long-range and short-range structural features of mechanosynthesized Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ}, obtained by Rietveld analysis of XRD data and Raman spectroscopy, is provided. The lattice parameters of the as-prepared solid solutions decrease with increasing yttrium content. Rietveld refinements of the XRD data reveal increase in microstrains in the host ceria lattice as a consequence of yttrium incorporation. Raman spectra are directly affected by the presence of oxygen vacancies; their existence is evidenced by the presence of vibration modes at ~560 and ~600 cm{sup –1}. The detailed spectroscopic investigations enable us to separate extrinsic and intrinsic origin of oxygen vacancies. It is demonstrated that mechanosynthesis can be successfully employed in the one-step preparation of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} solid solutions. - Graphical abstract: Mechanosynthesis of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (x=0.1–0.35) solid solutions. - Highlights: • One-step mechanosynthesis of nanoscale Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (0≤x≤0.35) solid solutions. • Complementary information on the long-range and short-range structural features of mechanosynthesized Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} is provided. • Structural variations as a response to the yttrium doping. • Separation of extrinsic and intrinsic origin of the induced oxygen vacancies.

  15. Ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions on the base piezoelectric ceramic materials for components of micromechatronics

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Zachariasz, Radosław; Niemiec, Przemysław; Ilczuk, Jan; Bartkowska, Joanna; Brzezińska, Dagmara

    2016-10-01

    In the presented work, a ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions based on PZT and ferrite powders have been obtained. The main aim of combination of ferroelectric and magnetic powders was to obtain material showing both electric and magnetic properties. Ferroelectric ceramic powder (in amount of 90%) was based on the doped PZT type solid solution while magnetic component was nickel-zinc ferrite Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 (in amount of 10%). The synthesis of components of ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions was performed using the solid phase sintering. Final densification of synthesized powder has been done using free sintering. The aim of the work was to obtain and examine in the first multicomponent PZT type ceramics admixed with chromium with the following chemical composition Pb0.94Sr0.06(Zr0.46Ti0.54)O3+0.25 at% Cr2O3 and next ferroelectromagnetic solid solution based on a PZT type ferroelectric powder (Pb0.94Sr0.06(Zr0.46Ti0.54)O3+0.25 at% Cr2O3) and nickel-zinc ferrite (Ni0.64Zn0.36Fe2O4), from the point of view of their mechanical and electric properties, such as: electric permittivity, ε; dielectric loss, tanδ; mechanical losses, Q-1; and Young modulus, E.

  16. Distribution of solute at solid-liquid interface during solidification of melt

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    Fukui, Keisuke; Maeda, Kouji

    1998-11-01

    A model for predicting a distribution coefficient (ki) of solute at the solid-liquid (S-L) interface, when the solid layer is growing, is proposed. The interfacial distribution coefficient is expressed as a function of two gradients of the liquid concentration and equilibrium concentration at the S-L interface. The model is applied to the solidification of a simple eutectic binary liquid of lauric acid and myristic acid in an enclosed rectangular box in which a vertical wall is cooled. The impurity-concentration profile in solid is predicted from the direct numerical computations.

  17. Activities of the components in a spinel solid solution of the Fe-Al-O system

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    Lykasov, A. A.; Kimyashev, A. A.

    2011-09-01

    The conditions of the equilibrium between the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution and wustite are determined by measuring the EMF of galvanic cells containing a solid electrolyte, and the activities of the components in the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution are calculated by treating the results of the experiment on the equilibrium between the spinel solution and wustite. Their properties are found to be different from those of ideal solutions at temperatures of 1000-1300 K. A significant positive deviation from the Raoult's law is believed to indicate the tendency of the solution to decompose. The experimental data are treated in terms of the theory of regular solutions, assuming the energy of mixing to be a function of temperature only. The critical temperature of decomposition for the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution is found to be 1084 K.

  18. Exciton mobility edge in CdS 1-xSe x solid solutions

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    Permogorov, S.; Reznitsky, A.; Verbin, S.; Lysenko, V.

    1983-07-01

    Low temperature emission spectra of localized excitons in CdS 1-xSe x solid solutions under the monochromatic excitation with tunable laser have been studied. It has been found that the luminescence of localized excitons has a high degree of linear polarization with respect to the polarization direction of exciting light. This polarization reflects the "hidden" anisotropy of macroscopically isotropic localized exciton system and strongly depends on the frequency of exciting light. Study of this dependence has permitted for the first time a determination of position of the "mobility edge" for exciton migration in disordered semiconductor solid solution.

  19. Reusable and specific proton transfer signalling by inorganic cyanide in solution and solid phase.

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    Kaloo, Masood Ayoub; Sankar, Jeyaraman

    2015-10-01

    A highly specific cyanide mediated proton transfer signalling (PTS) is exhibited by a simple diaminomalenonitrile (DAMN) derivative 1. By virtue of the functional groups on it, the chromophore offered a rigid anchoring on a silica surface via a simple dip method, while retaining the recognition behaviour. The PTS triggered a prompt dual-modal display i.e., chromogenic and fluorogenic. The signal readout can be visualized even in micromolar concentrations. It is noteworthy that PTS can be reversed in both solution and solid phases. The remarkable sensitivity of 1 to detect CN(-) from the solution and solid phase envisages a pivotal step towards field-usable sensing.

  20. Analytical solution of the heat equation in a longitudinally pumped cubic solid-state laser.

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    Sabaeian, Mohammad; Nadgaran, Hamid; Mousave, Laleh

    2008-05-01

    Knowledge about the temperature distribution inside solid-state laser crystals is essential for calculation of thermal phase shift, thermal lensing, thermally induced birefringence, and heat-induced crystal bending. Solutions for the temperature distribution for the case of steady-state heat loading have appeared in the literature only for simple cylindrical crystal shapes and are usually based on numerical techniques. For the first time, to our knowledge, a full analytical solution of the heat equation for an anisotropic cubic cross-section solid-state crystal is presented. The crystal is assumed to be longitudinally pumped by a Gaussian pump profile. The pump power attenuation along the crystal and the real cooling mechanisms, such as convection, are considered in detail. A comparison between our analytical solutions and its numerical counterparts shows excellent agreement when just a few terms are employed in the series solutions.

  1. Analytical solution of the heat equation in a longitudinally pumped cubic solid-state laser

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    Sabaeian, Mohammad; Nadgaran, Hamid; Mousave, Laleh

    2008-05-01

    Knowledge about the temperature distribution inside solid-state laser crystals is essential for calculation of thermal phase shift, thermal lensing, thermally induced birefringence, and heat-induced crystal bending. Solutions for the temperature distribution for the case of steady-state heat loading have appeared in the literature only for simple cylindrical crystal shapes and are usually based on numerical techniques. For the first time, to our knowledge, a full analytical solution of the heat equation for an anisotropic cubic cross-section solid-state crystal is presented. The crystal is assumed to be longitudinally pumped by a Gaussian pump profile. The pump power attenuation along the crystal and the real cooling mechanisms, such as convection, are considered in detail. A comparison between our analytical solutions and its numerical counterparts shows excellent agreement when just a few terms are employed in the series solutions.

  2. Catalytic ozonation of sulfosalicylic acid over manganese oxide supported on mesoporous ceria.

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    Xing, Shengtao; Lu, Xiaoyang; Liu, Jia; Zhu, Lin; Ma, Zichuan; Wu, Yinsu

    2016-02-01

    Manganese oxide supported on mesoporous ceria was prepared and used as catalyst for catalytic ozonation of sulfosalicylic acid (SA). Characterization results indicated that the manganese oxide was mostly incorporated into the pores of ceria. The synthesized catalyst exhibited high activity and stability for the mineralization of SA in aqueous solution by ozone, and more than 95% of total organic carbon was removed in 30 min under various conditions. Mechanism studies indicated that SA was mainly degraded by ozone molecules, and hydroxyl radical reaction played an important role for the degradation of its ozonation products (small molecular organic acids). The manganese oxide in the pores of CeO2 improved the adsorption of small molecular organic acids and the generation of hydroxyl radicals from ozone decomposition, resulting in high TOC removal efficiency.

  3. Numerical solution of a coupled pair of elliptic equations from solid state electronics

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    Phillips, T. N.

    1983-01-01

    Iterative methods are considered for the solution of a coupled pair of second order elliptic partial differential equations which arise in the field of solid state electronics. A finite difference scheme is used which retains the conservative form of the differential equations. Numerical solutions are obtained in two ways, by multigrid and dynamic alternating direction implicit methods. Numerical results are presented which show the multigrid method to be an efficient way of solving this problem.

  4. REMOVAL OF SOLIDS FROM HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM SOLUTIONS USING THE H-CANYON CENTRIFUGE

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    Rudisill, T; Fernando Fondeur, F

    2009-01-15

    Prior to the dissolution of Pu-containing materials in HB-Line, highly enriched uranium (HEU) solutions stored in Tanks 11.1 and 12.2 of H-Canyon must be transferred to provide storage space. The proposed plan is to centrifuge the solutions to remove solids which may present downstream criticality concerns or cause operational problems with the 1st Cycle solvent extraction due to the formation of stable emulsions. An evaluation of the efficiency of the H-Canyon centrifuge concluded that a sufficient amount (> 90%) of the solids in the Tank 11.1 and 12.2 solutions will be removed to prevent any problems. We based this conclusion on the particle size distribution of the solids isolated from samples of the solutions and the calculation of particle settling times in the centrifuge. The particle size distributions were calculated from images generated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The mean particle diameters for the distributions were 1-3 {micro}m. A significant fraction (30-50%) of the particles had diameters which were < 1 {micro}m; however, the mass of these solids is insignificant (< 1% of the total solids mass) when compared to particles with larger diameters. It is also probable that the number of submicron particles was overestimated by the software used to generate the particle distribution due to the morphology of the filter paper used to isolate the solids. The settling times calculated for the H-Canyon centrifuge showed that particles with diameters less than 1 to 0.5 {micro}m will not have sufficient time to settle. For this reason, we recommend the use of a gelatin strike to coagulate the submicron particles and facilitate their removal from the solution; although we have no experimental basis to estimate the level of improvement. Incomplete removal of particles with diameters < 1 {micro}m should not cause problems during purification of the HEU in the 1st Cycle solvent extraction. Particles with diameters > 1 {micro}m account for > 99% of the

  5. Role of associated defects in oxygen ion conduction and surface exchange reaction for epitaxial samaria-doped ceria thin films as catalytic coatings

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    Yang, Nan; Shi, Yanuo; Schweiger, Sebastian; Strelcov, Evgheni; Foglietti, Vittorio; Orgiani, Pasquale; Balestrino, Giuseppe; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Jennifer L. M. Rupp; Aruta, Carmela; et al

    2016-05-18

    Samaria-doped ceria (SDC) thin films are particularly important for energy and electronic applications such as micro-solid oxide fuel cells, electrolysers, sensors and memristors. In this paper we report a comparative study investigating ionic conductivity and surface reactions for well-grown epitaxial SDC films varying the samaria doping concentration. With increasing doping above 20 mol% of samaria, an enhancement in the defect association was observed by Raman spectroscopy. The role of such defect associates on the films` oxygen ion transport and exchange was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM). The measurements reveal that the ionic transport has amore » sharp maximum in ionic conductivity and drop in its activation energy down to 0.6 eV for 20 mol% doping. Increasing the doping concentration further up to 40 mol%, raises the activation energy substantially by a factor of two. We ascribe the sluggish transport kinetics to the "bulk" ionic-near ordering in case of the heavily doped epitaxial films. Analysis of the ESM first order reversal curve measurements indicate that these associated defects may have a beneficial role by lowering the activation of the oxygen exchange "surface" reaction for heavily doped 40 mol% of samaria. We reveal in a model experiment through a solid solution series of samaria doped ceria epitaxial films that the occurrence of associate defects in the bulk affects the surface charging state of the films to increase the exchange rates. Lastly, the implication of these findings are the design of coatings with tuned oxygen surface exchange by control of bulk associate clusters for future electro-catalytic applications.« less

  6. Copper-ceria interaction: A combined photoemission and DFT study

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    Szabová, Lucie; Skála, Tomáš; Matolínová, Iva; Fabris, Stefano; Farnesi Camellone, Matteo; Matolín, Vladimír

    2013-02-01

    Stoichiometric and partially reduced ceria films were deposited on preoxidized Ru(0 0 0 1) crystal by Ce evaporation in oxygen atmosphere of different pressures at 700 K. Copper-ceria interaction was investigated by deposition of metalic copper on both types of substrate. The samples were characterized by low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of core states and resonant photoelectron spectroscopy (RPES) of the valence bands. Copper adsorption on stoichiometric ceria caused reduction of CeO2, while on the oxygen-defficient ceria it partially reoxidized the substrate. This is in agreement with DFT+U calculations of copper adsorption on stoichiometric and defective ceria surfaces.

  7. Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in polycrystalline Mg solid solution with Al or Zn

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    Kammerer, Catherine; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Warmack, Robert J Bruce; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2014-01-01

    Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in Mg binary solid solutions, Mg(Al) and Mg(Zn) were investigated at temperatures ranging from 623 to 723 K. Interdiffusion coef cients were determined via the Boltzmann Matano Method using solid-to-solid diffusion couples assembled with polycrystalline Mg and Mg(Al) or Mg(Zn) solid solutions. In addition, the Hall method was employed to extrapolate the impurity diffusion coef cients of Al and Zn in pure polycrystalline Mg. For all diffusion couples, electron micro-probe analysis was utilized for the measurement of concentration pro les. The interdiffusion coef cient in Mg(Zn) was higher than that of Mg(Al) by an order of magnitude. Additionally, the interdiffusion coef cient increased signi cantly as a function of Al content in Mg(Al) solid solution, but very little with Zn content in Mg(Zn) solid solution. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for the average effective interdiffusion coef cient in Mg(Al) solid solution were determined to be 186.8 ( 0.9) kJ/mol and 7.69 x 10-1 ( 1.80 x 10-1) m2/s, respectively, while those determined for Mg(Zn) solid solution were 139.5 ( 4.0) kJ/mol and 1.48 x 10-3 ( 1.13 x 10-3) m2/s. In Mg, the Zn impurity diffusion coef cient was an order of magnitude higher than the Al impurity diffusion coef cient. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for diffusion of Al impurity in Mg were determined to be 139.3 ( 14.8) kJ/mol and 6.25 x 10-5 ( 5.37 x 10-4) m2/s, respectively, while those for diffusion of Zn impurity in Mg were determined to be 118.6 ( 6.3) kJ/mol and 2.90 x 10-5 ( 4.41 x 10-5) m2/s.

  8. Thermal transport properties of halide solid solutions: Experiments vs equilibrium molecular dynamics

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    Gheribi, Aïmen E. Chartrand, Patrice; Salanne, Mathieu

    2015-03-28

    The composition dependence of thermal transport properties of the (Na,K)Cl rocksalt solid solution is investigated through equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations in the entire range of composition and the results are compared with experiments published in recent work [Gheribi et al., J. Chem. phys. 141, 104508 (2014)]. The thermal diffusivity of the (Na,K)Cl solid solution has been measured from 473 K to 823 K using the laser flash technique, and the thermal conductivity was deduced from critically assessed data of heat capacity and density. The thermal conductivity was also predicted at 900 K in the entire range of composition by a series of EMD simulations in both NPT and NVT statistical ensembles using the Green-Kubo theory. The aim of the present paper is to provide an objective analysis of the capability of EMD simulations in predicting the composition dependence of the thermal transport properties of halide solid solutions. According to the Klemens-Callaway [P. G. Klemens, Phys. Rev. 119, 507 (1960) and J. Callaway and H. C. von Bayer, Phys. Rev. 120, 1149 (1960)] theory, the thermal conductivity degradation of the solid solution is explained by mass and strain field fluctuations upon the phonon scattering cross section. A rigorous analysis of the consistency between the theoretical approach and the EMD simulations is discussed in detail.

  9. Transmission of IR light by light guides made of silver halide solid solutions

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    Shmygalev, A. S.; Zhilkin, B. P.; Korsakov, A. S.; Nizovtsev, M. I.; Sterlyagov, A. N.; Terekhov, V. I.

    2016-09-01

    The possibility of transferring IR emission by light guides made of silver halide solid solutions has been experimentally studied. The energy loss in transmission of the heat radiation through a light guide in various wavelength ranges of IR light was determined. The possibility of using IR light guides for transport of thermal energy and temperature measurements by IR thermography was considered.

  10. On definitions and assumptions in the dislocation theory for solid solutions

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    Hirth, J. P.

    2014-09-01

    A recent paper criticized the standard treatment of Cottrell atmospheres, relevant to solid-solution hardening. We show that the treatment in current texts is correct within the standard assumptions of dislocation theory. Nonlinear treatments of the atmosphere are discussed. We also show that no current theory of such atmospheres includes complete nonlinear screening of the dislocation strain field.

  11. Preparation and Analysis of Solid Solutions in the Potassium Perchlorate-Permanganate System.

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    Johnson, Garrett K.

    1979-01-01

    Describes an experiment, designed for and tested in an advanced inorganic laboratory methods course for college seniors and graduate students, that prepares and analyzes several samples in the nearly ideal potassium perchlorate-permanganate solid solution series. The results are accounted for by a theoretical treatment based upon aqueous…

  12. Exact Solution of the Two-Level System and the Einstein Solid in the Microcanonical Formalism

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    Bertoldi, Dalia S.; Bringa, Eduardo M.; Miranda, E. N.

    2011-01-01

    The two-level system and the Einstein model of a crystalline solid are taught in every course of statistical mechanics and they are solved in the microcanonical formalism because the number of accessible microstates can be easily evaluated. However, their solutions are usually presented using the Stirling approximation to deal with factorials. In…

  13. Damage accumulation in ion-irradiated Ni-based concentrated solid-solution alloys

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    Ullah, Mohammad W.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate Irradiation-induced damage accumulation in Ni0.8Fe0.2 and Ni0.8Cr0.2 alloys by using molecular dynamics simulations to assess possible enhanced radiation-resistance in these face-centered cubic (fcc), single-phase, concentrated solid-solution alloys, as compared with pure fcc Ni.

  14. Dynamic nuclear polarization methods in solids and solutions to explore membrane proteins and membrane systems.

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    Cheng, Chi-Yuan; Han, Songi

    2013-01-01

    Membrane proteins regulate vital cellular processes, including signaling, ion transport, and vesicular trafficking. Obtaining experimental access to their structures, conformational fluctuations, orientations, locations, and hydration in membrane environments, as well as the lipid membrane properties, is critical to understanding their functions. Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) of frozen solids can dramatically boost the sensitivity of current solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance tools to enhance access to membrane protein structures in native membrane environments. Overhauser DNP in the solution state can map out the local and site-specific hydration dynamics landscape of membrane proteins and lipid membranes, critically complementing the structural and dynamics information obtained by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Here, we provide an overview of how DNP methods in solids and solutions can significantly increase our understanding of membrane protein structures, dynamics, functions, and hydration in complex biological membrane environments. PMID:23331309

  15. The synthesis and chemical durability of Nd-doped single-phase zirconolite solid solutions

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    Cai, Xin; Teng, Yuancheng; Wu, Lang; Zhang, Kuibao; Huang, Yi

    2016-10-01

    Nd-doped single-phase zirconolite solid solutions was synthesized by solid-state reaction and following two steps of acid treatment. The phase composition, microstructure, and chemical durability of the zirconolite solid solutions were investigated. About 15 at% Nd was successfully stabilized into the zirconolite. The element mapping images of Ca, Zr, Nd and Ti show that all the elements are almost distributed homogeneously in the zirconolite waste forms. Product Consistency Test (PCT) was conducted under different pH values (pH = 5, 7 and 9) to evaluate the chemical durability of the Nd-doped zirconolite waste forms. The normalized element release rate of Ca (LRCa) in pH = 5 medium is higher than that of pH = 7 and 9, while the LRNd value remains almost unchanged under different pH values. The LRNd value is as low as 10-5 g m-2 d-1 after 42 days.

  16. Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Methods in Solids and Solutions to Explore Membrane Proteins and Membrane Systems

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    Cheng, Chi-Yuan; Han, Songi

    2013-04-01

    Membrane proteins regulate vital cellular processes, including signaling, ion transport, and vesicular trafficking. Obtaining experimental access to their structures, conformational fluctuations, orientations, locations, and hydration in membrane environments, as well as the lipid membrane properties, is critical to understanding their functions. Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) of frozen solids can dramatically boost the sensitivity of current solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance tools to enhance access to membrane protein structures in native membrane environments. Overhauser DNP in the solution state can map out the local and site-specific hydration dynamics landscape of membrane proteins and lipid membranes, critically complementing the structural and dynamics information obtained by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Here, we provide an overview of how DNP methods in solids and solutions can significantly increase our understanding of membrane protein structures, dynamics, functions, and hydration in complex biological membrane environments.

  17. Biocompatibility evaluation of porous ceria foams for orthopedic tissue engineering.

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    Ball, Jordan P; Mound, Brittnee A; Monsalve, Adam G; Nino, Juan C; Allen, Josephine B

    2015-01-01

    Ceria ceramics have the unique ability to protect cells from free radical-induced damage, making them materials of interest for biomedical applications. To expand upon the understanding of the potential of ceria as a biomaterial, porous ceria, fabricated via direct foaming, was investigated to assess its biocompatibility and its ability to scavenge free radicals. A mouse osteoblast (7F2) cell line was cultured with the ceria foams to determine the extent of the foams' toxicity. Toxicity assessments indicate that mouse osteoblasts cultured directly on the ceria scaffold for 72 h did not show a significant (p > 0.05) increase in toxicity, but rather show comparable toxicity to cells cultured on porous 45S5 Bioglass. The in vitro inflammatory response elicited from porous ceria foams was measured as a function of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) secreted from a human monocytic leukemia cell line. Results indicate that the ceria foams do not cause a significant inflammatory response, eliciting a response of 27.1 ± 7.1 pg mL(-1) of TNF-α compared to 36.3 ± 5.8 pg mL(-1) from cells on Bioglass, and 20.1 ± 2.9 pg mL(-1) from untreated cells. Finally, we report cellular toxicity in response to free radicals from tert-butyl hydroperoxide with and without foamed ceria. Our preliminary results show that the foamed ceria is able to decrease the toxic effect of induced oxidative stress. Collectively, this study demonstrates that foamed ceria scaffolds do not activate an inflammatory response, and show potential free radical scavenging ability, thus they have promise as an orthopedic biomaterial.

  18. Electronic Properties of 1,2;8,9-Dibenzopentacene in Solutions, Solid Matrices, and Thin Films

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    Tovstopyat, A.; Zojer, E.; Leising, G.

    2016-03-01

    The optical properties of 1,2;8,9-dibenzopentacene molecules in different environments, namely solutions, solid solutions, and thin films, focusing on the shift of the electronic levels as a function of the dielectric properties of the surrounding media are investigated. In all cases, we find that the optical gap of 1,2;8,9-dibenzopentacene is somewhat larger than that of pentacene (by ~0.21 eV in solution) in spite of the larger extent of the π-electron system in the former molecule. This a priori unexpected finding is rationalized on the basis of quantum-mechanical simulations.

  19. Direct oxidation of waste vegetable oil in solid-oxide fuel cells

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    Zhou, Z. F.; Kumar, R.; Thakur, S. T.; Rudnick, L. R.; Schobert, H.; Lvov, S. N.

    Solid-oxide fuel cells with ceria, ceria-Cu, and ceria-Rh anode were demonstrated to generate stable electric power with waste vegetable oil through direct oxidation of the fuel. The only pre-treatment to the fuel was a filtration to remove particulates. The performance of the fuel cell was stable over 100 h for the waste vegetable oil without dilution. The generated power was up to 0.25 W cm -2 for ceria-Rh fuel cell. This compares favorably with previously studied hydrocarbon fuels including jet fuels and Pennsylvania crude oil.

  20. Ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy of explosives in solution and the solid state.

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    Emmons, Erik D; Tripathi, Ashish; Guicheteau, Jason A; Fountain, Augustus W; Christesen, Steven D

    2013-05-23

    Resonance Raman cross sections of common explosives have been measured by use of excitation wavelengths in the deep-UV from 229 to 262 nm. These measurements were performed both in solution and in the native solid state for comparison. While measurements of UV Raman cross sections in solution with an internal standard are straightforward and commonly found in the literature, measurements on the solid phase are rare. This is due to the difficulty in preparing a solid sample in which the molecules of the internal standard and absorbing analyte/explosive experience the same laser intensity. This requires producing solid samples that are mixtures of strongly absorbing explosives and an internal standard transparent at the UV wavelengths used. For the solid-state measurements, it is necessary to use nanostructured mixtures of the explosive and the internal standard in order to avoid this bias due to the strong UV absorption of the explosive. In this study we used a facile spray-drying technique where the analyte of interest was codeposited with the nonresonant standard onto an aluminum-coated microscope slide. The generated resonance enhancement profiles and quantitative UV-vis absorption spectra were then used to plot the relative Raman return as a function of excitation wavelength and particle size.

  1. Considering water availability and the effect of solute concentration on high solids saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass.

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    Selig, Michael J; Hsieh, Chia-Wen Carmen; Thygesen, Lisbeth G; Himmel, Michael E; Felby, Claus; Decker, Stephen R

    2012-01-01

    Milliliter scale (ligno)cellulose saccharifications suggest general solute concentration and its impact on water availability plays a significant role in detrimental effects associated with high solids lignocellulose conversions. A microtumbler developed to enable free-fall mixing at dry solids loadings up to 35% (w/w) repeatedly produced known detrimental conversion trends on cellulose, xylan and pretreated lignocellulose with commercial enzymes. Despite this, high concentrations of insoluble nonhydrolysable dextrans did not depress saccharification extents in 5% (w/w) cellulose slurries suggesting mass transfer limitations may not significantly limit hydrolysis extents at high solids loadings. Interestingly, cellulose saccharification by purified cellulases showed increased conversions with increasing dry solids loadings. This prompted investigations into impacts the concentration of soluble species, such as sugar alcohols, low molecular weight enzyme preparation components, and monomer hydrolysis products, have on the hydrolysis environment. Such substances significantly depress conversion rates and were shown to correlatively lower water activity (A(w) ) in the hydrolysis environment while high insoluble solids concentrations did not. Furthermore, low-field NMR on concentrated slurries of insoluble complex carbohydrates, including the nonhydrolysable dextrans, showed all solids constrained water significantly more than high concentrations of soluble species (inhibitory) suggesting water constraint may not be as problematic an issue at high solids loadings compared to the availability of water in the system. Additionally, the introduction of soluble species lessened overall water constraint in high solids systems and appears to shift the distribution of water away from insoluble surfaces. This is potentially a critical issue for industrial processes operating at high dry solids levels.

  2. Thermodynamics and solubility of (UxNp1-x) O2(am) solid solution in the carbonate system

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    Rai, Dhanpat; Hess, Nancy J.; Yui, Mikazu; Felmy, Andrew R.; Moore, D. A.

    2004-12-31

    SUMMARY-The formation of a solid solution can significantly affect the solubility of a minor component. The objectives of this study were to determine the nature of U(IV) and Np(IV) solid solutions and their thermodynamic properties. For this purpose...

  3. Uncertainties associated with lacking data for predictions of solid-solution partitioning of metals in soil.

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    Le, T T Yen; Hendriks, A Jan

    2014-08-15

    Soil properties, i.e., pH and contents of soil organic matter (SOM), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), clay, oxides, and reactive metals, are required inputs to both mechanistic and empirical modeling in assessing metal solid-solution partitioning. Several of these properties are rarely measured in site-specific risk assessment. We compared the uncertainties induced by lacking data on these soil properties in estimating metal soil solution concentrations. The predictions by the Orchestra framework were more sensitive to lacking soil property data than the predictions by the transfer functions. The deviations between soil solution concentrations of Cd, Ni, Zn, Ba, and Co estimated with measured SOM and those estimated with generic SOM by the Orchestra framework were about 10 times larger than the deviations in the predictions by the transfer functions. High uncertainties were induced by lacking data in assessing solid-solution partitioning of oxy-anions like As, Mo, Sb, Se, and V. Deviations associated with lacking data in predicting soil solution concentrations of these metals by the Orchestra framework reached three-to-six orders of magnitude. The solid-solution partitioning of metal cations was strongly influenced by pH and contents of organic matter, oxides, and reactive metals. Deviations of more than two orders of magnitude were frequently observed between the estimates of soil solution concentrations with the generic values of these properties and the estimates based on the measured data. Reliable information on these properties is preferred to be included in the assessment by either the Orchestra framework or transfer functions. PMID:24840279

  4. Uncertainties associated with lacking data for predictions of solid-solution partitioning of metals in soil.

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    Le, T T Yen; Hendriks, A Jan

    2014-08-15

    Soil properties, i.e., pH and contents of soil organic matter (SOM), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), clay, oxides, and reactive metals, are required inputs to both mechanistic and empirical modeling in assessing metal solid-solution partitioning. Several of these properties are rarely measured in site-specific risk assessment. We compared the uncertainties induced by lacking data on these soil properties in estimating metal soil solution concentrations. The predictions by the Orchestra framework were more sensitive to lacking soil property data than the predictions by the transfer functions. The deviations between soil solution concentrations of Cd, Ni, Zn, Ba, and Co estimated with measured SOM and those estimated with generic SOM by the Orchestra framework were about 10 times larger than the deviations in the predictions by the transfer functions. High uncertainties were induced by lacking data in assessing solid-solution partitioning of oxy-anions like As, Mo, Sb, Se, and V. Deviations associated with lacking data in predicting soil solution concentrations of these metals by the Orchestra framework reached three-to-six orders of magnitude. The solid-solution partitioning of metal cations was strongly influenced by pH and contents of organic matter, oxides, and reactive metals. Deviations of more than two orders of magnitude were frequently observed between the estimates of soil solution concentrations with the generic values of these properties and the estimates based on the measured data. Reliable information on these properties is preferred to be included in the assessment by either the Orchestra framework or transfer functions.

  5. Rapid assignment of solution 31P NMR spectra of large proteins by solid-state spectroscopy.

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    Iuga, Adriana; Spoerner, Michael; Ader, Christian; Brunner, Eike; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert

    2006-07-21

    The application of the (31)P NMR spectroscopy to large proteins or protein complexes in solution is hampered by a relatively low intrinsic sensitivity coupled with large line widths. Therefore, the assignment of the phosphorus signals by two-dimensional NMR methods in solution is often extremely time consuming. In contrast, the quality of solid-state NMR spectra is not dependent on the molecular mass and the solubility of the protein. For the complex of Ras with the GTP-analogue GppCH(2)p we show solid-state (31)P NMR methods to be more sensitive by almost one order of magnitude than liquid-state NMR. Thus, solid-state NMR seems to be the method of choice for obtaining the resonance assignment of the phosphorus signals of protein complexes in solution. Experiments on Ras.GDP complexes show that the microcrystalline sample can be substituted by a precipitate of the sample and that unexpectedly the two structural states observed earlier in solution are present in crystals as well.

  6. Synthesis of nanocrystalline yttria doped ceria powder by urea-formaldehyde polymer gel auto-combustion process

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    Biswas, M.; Prabhakaran, K. . E-mail: kp2952002@yahoo.co.uk; Gokhale, N.M.; Sharma, S.C.

    2007-04-12

    Nanocrystalline yttria doped ceria powder has been prepared by auto-combustion of a transparent gel formed by heating an aqueous acidic solution containing methylol urea, urea, cerium(III) nitrate and yttrium(III) nitrate. The TGA and DSC studies showed the combustion reaction of the gel initiated at 225 deg. C and completed within a short period of time. XRD spectrum of the combustion product reveals the formation of phase pure cubic yttria doped ceria during the combustion process. Loose agglomerate of yttria doped ceria particle obtained by the combustion reaction could be easily deagglomerated by planetary ball milling and the powder obtained contains particles in the size range of 0.05-3.3 {mu}m with D {sub 50} value of 0.13 {mu}m. The powder particles are aggregate of nanocrystallites with a wide size range of 14-105 nm. Pellets prepared by pressing the yttria doped ceria powder sintered to 95.2% TD at 1400 deg. C.

  7. Thermodynamic analysis of the concentration profiles of epitaxial layers of nonideal solid solutions

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    Kazakov, A.I.; Kishmar, I.N.; Mokritskii, V.A.; Yakubovskii, M.V.

    1988-03-01

    Based on thermodynamic analysis employing the quasiregular approach a mathematical model of the process of equilibrium crystallization of nonideal three-component solid solutions of compounds of the type A/sup III/B/sup V/ from a restricted volume of a solution in a melt was constructed. This model enables calculation of the distribution of the components over the thickness of the epitaxial layer for low rates of cooling of the solution in a melt. The computer calculations of the concentration profiles of the epitaxial layers of Ga/sub 1-x/Al/sub x/ agreed well with the experimental data for thicknesses of the epitaxial layers up to 20 ..mu..m. For high rates of cooling the mass transfer in the volume of the solution in a melt must be taken into account.

  8. Probing adsorption sites for CO on ceria.

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    Mudiyanselage, Kumudu; Kim, Hyun You; Senanayake, Sanjaya D; Baber, Ashleigh E; Liu, Ping; Stacchiola, Dario

    2013-10-14

    Ceria based catalysts show remarkable activity for CO conversion reactions such as CO oxidation and the water-gas shift reaction. The identification of adsorption sites on the catalyst surfaces is essential to understand the reaction mechanisms of these reactions, but the complexity of heterogeneous powder catalysts and the propensity of ceria to easily change oxidation states in the presence of small concentrations of either oxidizing or reducing agents make the process difficult. In this study, the adsorption of CO on CuOx/Cu(111) and CeOx/Cu(111) systems has been studied using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. IR peaks for the adsorbed CO on O/Cu(111) with only chemisorbed oxygen, well-ordered Cu2O/Cu(111) and disordered copper oxide [CuOx/Cu(111)] were observed at 2070-2072, 2097-2098 and 2101-2111 cm(-1), respectively. On CeOx/Cu(111) systems CO chemisorbs at 90 K only on Cu sites under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions, whereas at elevated CO pressures and low temperatures adsorption of CO on Ce(3+) is observed, with a corresponding IR peak at 2162 cm(-1). These experimental results are further supported by DFT calculations, and help to unequivocally distinguish the presence of Ce(3+) cations on catalyst samples by using CO as a probe molecule. PMID:23942870

  9. A combined analytical solution for chemical exchange saturation transfer and semi-solid magnetization transfer.

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    Zaiss, Moritz; Zu, Zhongliang; Xu, Junzhong; Schuenke, Patrick; Gochberg, Daniel F; Gore, John C; Ladd, Mark E; Bachert, Peter

    2015-02-01

    Off-resonant RF irradiation in tissue indirectly lowers the water signal by saturation transfer processes: on the one hand, there are selective chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effects originating from exchanging endogenous protons resonating a few parts per million from water; on the other hand, there is the broad semi-solid magnetization transfer (MT) originating from immobile protons associated with the tissue matrix with kilohertz linewidths. Recently it was shown that endogenous CEST contrasts can be strongly affected by the MT background, so corrections are needed to derive accurate estimates of CEST effects. Herein we show that a full analytical solution of the underlying Bloch-McConnell equations for both MT and CEST provides insights into their interaction and suggests a simple means to isolate their effects. The presented analytical solution, based on the eigenspace solution of the Bloch-McConnell equations, extends previous treatments by allowing arbitrary lineshapes for the semi-solid MT effects and simultaneously describing multiple CEST pools in the presence of a large MT pool for arbitrary irradiation. The structure of the model indicates that semi-solid MT and CEST effects basically add up inversely in determining the steady-state Z-spectrum, as previously shown for direct saturation and CEST effects. Implications for existing previous CEST analyses in the presence of a semi-solid MT are studied and discussed. It turns out that, to accurately quantify CEST contrast, a good reference Z-value, the observed longitudinal relaxation rate of water, and the semi-solid MT pool size fraction must all be known.

  10. Tunable catalytic activity of solid solution metal-organic frameworks in one-pot multicomponent reactions.

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    Aguirre-Díaz, Lina María; Gándara, Felipe; Iglesias, Marta; Snejko, Natalia; Gutiérrez-Puebla, Enrique; Monge, M Ángeles

    2015-05-20

    The aim of this research is to establish how metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) composed of more than one metal in equivalent crystallographic sites (solid solution MOFs) exhibit catalytic activity, which is tunable by virtue of the metal ions ratio. New MOFs with general formula [InxGa1-x(O2C2H4)0.5(hfipbb)] were prepared by the combination of Ga and In. They are isostructural with their monometal counterparts, synthesized with Al, Ga, and In. Differences in their behavior as heterogeneous catalysts in the three-component, one pot Strecker reaction illustrate the potential of solid solution MOFs to provide the ability to address the various stages involved in the reaction mechanism.

  11. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys.

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, G Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K; Stoller, Roger E; Samolyuk, German D; Caro, Magdalena; Caro, Alfredo; Weber, William J

    2015-01-01

    A grand challenge in materials research is to understand complex electronic correlation and non-equilibrium atomic interactions, and how such intrinsic properties and dynamic processes affect energy transfer and defect evolution in irradiated materials. Here we report that chemical disorder, with an increasing number of principal elements and/or altered concentrations of specific elements, in single-phase concentrated solid solution alloys can lead to substantial reduction in electron mean free path and orders of magnitude decrease in electrical and thermal conductivity. The subsequently slow energy dissipation affects defect dynamics at the early stages, and consequentially may result in less deleterious defects. Suppressed damage accumulation with increasing chemical disorder from pure nickel to binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed. Understanding and controlling energy dissipation and defect dynamics by altering alloy complexity may pave the way for new design principles of radiation-tolerant structural alloys for energy applications. PMID:26507943

  12. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C.; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K.; Stoller, Roger E.; Samolyuk, German D.; Caro, Magdalena; Caro, Alfredo; Weber, William J.

    2015-10-01

    A grand challenge in materials research is to understand complex electronic correlation and non-equilibrium atomic interactions, and how such intrinsic properties and dynamic processes affect energy transfer and defect evolution in irradiated materials. Here we report that chemical disorder, with an increasing number of principal elements and/or altered concentrations of specific elements, in single-phase concentrated solid solution alloys can lead to substantial reduction in electron mean free path and orders of magnitude decrease in electrical and thermal conductivity. The subsequently slow energy dissipation affects defect dynamics at the early stages, and consequentially may result in less deleterious defects. Suppressed damage accumulation with increasing chemical disorder from pure nickel to binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed. Understanding and controlling energy dissipation and defect dynamics by altering alloy complexity may pave the way for new design principles of radiation-tolerant structural alloys for energy applications.

  13. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, George Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C.; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K.; Stoller, Roger E.; Samolyuk, German D.; Caro, Magdalena; Caro, Alfredo; Weber, William J.

    2015-10-28

    A long-standing objective in materials research is to understand how energy is dissipated in both the electronic and atomic subsystems in irradiated materials, and how related non-equilibrium processes may affect defect dynamics and microstructure evolution. Here we show that alloy complexity in concentrated solid solution alloys having both an increasing number of principal elements and altered concentrations of specific elements can lead to substantial reduction in the electron mean free path and thermal conductivity, which has a significant impact on energy dissipation and consequentially on defect evolution during ion irradiation. Enhanced radiation resistance with increasing complexity from pure nickel to binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed under ion irradiation up to an average damage level of 1 displacement per atom. Understanding how materials properties can be tailored by alloy complexity and their influence on defect dynamics may pave the way for new principles for the design of radiation tolerant structural alloys.

  14. The thermal characteristics of superlattice structures based on AlGaInN solid solution

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    Evseenkov, A. S.; Tarasov, S. A.; Solomonov, A. V.; Altimime, S. M.; Obukhova, A. S.

    2016-08-01

    The blue light-emitting structures based on solid solutions of the system AlGaInN that contained superlattices In0.9Ga0.1N/In0.99Ga0.01N and Al0.15Ga0.85N/GaN were investigated, and its basic parameters and characteristics were defined. The main difference between the samples was an "upper blocking layer" that formed by AlGaN solid solutions with a different stoichiometric composition or as a superlattice. Spectral and thermal investigations of samples were conducted, and the temperatures of the active region were calculated. The optimal types of structures for different operation modes were offered.

  15. Physicochemical and photoelectric properties of cadmium hexathio- and hexaselenogermanate crystals and solid solutions derived from them

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    Motrya, S.F.; Tkachenko, V.I.; Chereshnya, V.M.; Kikineshi, A.A.; Semrad, E.E.

    1987-03-01

    Single crystals of Cd/sub 4/GeS/sub 6/, Cd/sub 4/GeSe/sub 6/, and the derived solid solutions have been synthesized and grown. Investigation of physicochemical and photoelectric properties of the alloys showed the existence in the Cd/sub 4/GeS/sub 6/-Cd/sub 4/GeSe/sub 6/ system of a continuous series of solid solutions. The specific resistance and the photosensitivity of the alloys fall with increasing selenium content. For polycrystalline Cd/sub 4/GeS/sub 6/ and Cd/sub 4/GeSe/sub 6/, the average low-temperature heat capacity was determined, and the standard entropy, enthalpy, and entropy of formation were calculated.

  16. Accelerated exploration of multi-principal element alloys with solid solution phases

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    Senkov, O.N.; Miller, J.D.; Miracle, D.B.; Woodward, C.

    2015-01-01

    Recent multi-principal element, high entropy alloy (HEA) development strategies vastly expand the number of candidate alloy systems, but also pose a new challenge—how to rapidly screen thousands of candidate alloy systems for targeted properties. Here we develop a new approach to rapidly assess structural metals by combining calculated phase diagrams with simple rules based on the phases present, their transformation temperatures and useful microstructures. We evaluate over 130,000 alloy systems, identifying promising compositions for more time-intensive experimental studies. We find the surprising result that solid solution alloys become less likely as the number of alloy elements increases. This contradicts the major premise of HEAs—that increased configurational entropy increases the stability of disordered solid solution phases. As the number of elements increases, the configurational entropy rises slowly while the probability of at least one pair of elements favouring formation of intermetallic compounds increases more rapidly, explaining this apparent contradiction. PMID:25739749

  17. Point defect concentrations and solid solution hardening in NiAl with Fe additions

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    Pike, L.M.; Chang, Y.A.; Liu, C.T.

    1997-08-01

    The solid solution hardening behavior exhibited when Fe is added to NiAl is investigated. This is an interesting problem to consider since the ternary Fe additions may choose to occupy either the Ni or the Al sublattice, affecting the hardness at differing rates. Moreover, the addition of Fe may affect the concentrations of other point defects such as vacancies and Ni anti-sites. As a result, unusual effects ranging from rapid hardening to solid solution softening are observed. Alloys with varying amounts of Fe were prepared in Ni-rich (40 at. % Al) and stoichiometric (50 at. % Al) compositions. Vacancy concentrations were measured using lattice parameter and density measurements. The site occupancy of Fe was determined using ALCHEMI. Using these two techniques the site occupancies of all species could be uniquely determined. Significant differences in the defect concentrations as well as the hardening behavior were encountered between the Ni-rich and stoichiometric regimes.

  18. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C.; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K.; Stoller, Roger E.; Samolyuk, German D.; Caro, Magdalena; Caro, Alfredo; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-01

    A grand challenge in materials research is to understand complex electronic correlation and non-equilibrium atomic interactions, and how such intrinsic properties and dynamic processes affect energy transfer and defect evolution in irradiated materials. Here we report that chemical disorder, with an increasing number of principal elements and/or altered concentrations of specific elements, in single-phase concentrated solid solution alloys can lead to substantial reduction in electron mean free path and orders of magnitude decrease in electrical and thermal conductivity. The subsequently slow energy dissipation affects defect dynamics at the early stages, and consequentially may result in less deleterious defects. Suppressed damage accumulation with increasing chemical disorder from pure nickel to binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed. Understanding and controlling energy dissipation and defect dynamics by altering alloy complexity may pave the way for new design principles of radiation-tolerant structural alloys for energy applications. PMID:26507943

  19. Designing room-temperature multiferroic materials in a single-phase solid-solution film

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    Mao, H. J.; Song, C.; Cui, B.; Peng, J. J.; Li, F.; Xiao, L. R.; Pan, F.

    2016-09-01

    The search for multiferroic materials with simultaneous ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties in a single phase at room temperature continues to be fuelled from the perspective of developing multifunctional devices. Here we design a single-phase multiferroic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3-BaTiO3 film, which possesses epitaxial single-crystal and solid-solution structure, high magnetic Curie temperature (~640 K) as well as switchable ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a notable strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature in the way of modulating the magnetism with an external applied voltage is also observed. The synthetic solid-solution multiferroic film may open an extraordinary avenue for exploring a series of room-temperature multiferroic materials.

  20. Growth and properties of GaInPSbAs isoperiodic solid solutions on indium arsenide substrates

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    Alfimova, D. L.; Lunin, L. S.; Lunina, M. L.; Pashchenko, A. S.; Chebotarev, S. N.

    2016-09-01

    The results on the growth of GaInPSbAs isoperiodic solid solutions on indium arsenide substrates from the liquid phase in a field of temperature gradient have been discussed. The heterophase equilibria in the Ga-In-P-Sb-As system have been analyzed in the framework of the regular solution model. The kinetics of the growth, the composition, the structural perfection, and the luminescence properties of Ga z In1- z P x SbyAs1- x- y /InAs isoperiodic heterostructures have been investigated.

  1. Photoinduced processes in solid polymer solutions of dyes in an interference field of laser radiation

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    Sizykh, A G; Tarakanova, E A

    1998-12-31

    An investigation was made of the relationships governing the photochemical mechanism of formation of light-induced gratings in solid polymer solutions of a dye with a high quantum yield of the triplet states. The combined analysis of the results of real and numerical experiments was made for a solution of eosin K in gelatin. The protonation rate constant of the dye was measured and the dependence of the diffraction efficiency on the duration of irradiation was explained taking diffusion of the dye into account. A method was proposed for determination of the duffusion coefficient in a spatially modified interference field of the laser radiation. The diffusion coefficients were found. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  2. Numerical solution of a coupled pair of elliptic equations from solid state electronics

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    Phillips, T. N.

    1984-01-01

    Iterative methods are considered for the solution of a coupled pair of second order elliptic partial differential equations which arise in the field of solid state electronics. A finite difference scheme is used which retains the conservative form of the differential equations. Numerical solutions are obtained in two ways, by multigrid and dynamic alternating direction implicit methods. Numerical results are presented which show the multigrid method to be an efficient way of solving this problem. Previously announced in STAR as N83-30109

  3. Damage accumulation in ion-irradiated Ni-based concentrated solid-solution alloys

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    Ullah, Mohammad W.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate Irradiation-induced damage accumulation in Ni0.8Fe0.2 and Ni0.8Cr0.2 alloys by using molecular dynamics simulations to assess possible enhanced radiation-resistance in these face-centered cubic (fcc), single-phase, concentrated solid-solution alloys, as compared with pure fcc Ni.

  4. Formation of disordered dislocational substructures and fracture of Cu-Mn polycrystal solid solutions

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    Koneva, N. A.; Trishkina, L. I.; Cherkasova, T. V.; Kozlov, E. V.

    2015-10-01

    The evolution of dislocational substructures (DSS) during deformation was investigated using the TEM method. The process was held up to the fracture of Cu-Mn polycrystalline solid solutions with various grain sizes. The interconnection of microcracks formation in the alloys with the dislocation substructures being formed was revealed. It was established that the microcracks are formed along the grain boundaries and the disoriented substructure boundaries. The reasons for different plasticity of alloys with small and large Mn content are discussed.

  5. High temperature structural study of Gd-doped ceria by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (673 K ≤ T ≤ 1073 K).

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    Artini, Cristina; Pani, Marcella; Lausi, Andrea; Masini, Roberto; Costa, Giorgio A

    2014-10-01

    The crystallographic features of Gd-doped ceria were investigated at the operating temperature of solid oxides fuel cells, where these materials are used as solid electrolytes. (Ce(1-x)Gd(x))O(2-x/2) samples (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7) were prepared by coprecipitation of mixed oxalates, treated at 1473 K in air, and analyzed by synchrotron X-ray diffraction in the temperature range 673 K ≤ T ≤ 1073 K at the Elettra synchrotron radiation facility located in Trieste, Italy. In the whole temperature span a boundary was found at x ∼ 0.2 between a CeO2-based solid solution (for x ≤ 0.2) and a structure where Gd2O3 microdomains grow within the CeO2 matrix, taking advantage of the similarity between Gd(3+) and Ce(4+) sizes; the existence of the boundary at x ∼ 0.2 was confirmed also by measurements of ionic conductivity performed by impedance spectroscopy. Similar to what observed at room temperature, the trend of the cell parameter shows the presence of a maximum; with increasing temperature, the composition corresponding to the maximum moves toward lower Gd content. This evidence can be explained by analyzing the behavior of the coefficient of thermal expansion as a function of composition.

  6. Mechanisms of release of silicon from solution and from a solid gold matrix

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    Hinds, M.; Styris, D.L.; Brown, G.N.

    1994-12-31

    It has been found that silicon can be determined directly in gold by solid sampling GFAAS with aqueous standards for calibration. Peak shapes for silicon from both aqueous standards and solid samples are similar and do not exhibit tailing that one would expect from an analyte occluded in a metal matrix. Experiments with silicon dried onto the surface of a gold sample confirm that silicon is on the surface prior to atomization. This can be explained by the analyte migrating to the surface via the convective cells induced by the temperature gradients in the sample in the early stages of the atomization cycle. Silicon originating from aqueous solutions does not have to migrate through a matrix and therefore is more readily atomized. Despite this, the temporal differences between silicon absorbance from solution and solid samples are not that dissimilar. One possible explanation is that the kinetics for silicon transport through the gold are quite fast and that once at the surface the rate of atomization is similar to that of the aqueous solution.

  7. Thermodynamic modelling of miscibility in (InAs) x (GaAs)1-x solid solutions

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    Adhikari, Jhumpa

    2013-05-01

    Current methods used to model the solution thermodynamics of III-V compound semiconductors involve the use of the valence force field as the molecular model and the regular solution model (with the temperature independent interaction parameter and underlying assumption of random mixing) as the engineering model. In this study, excess free energy models (with three or less adjustable parameters) are investigated to predict the solid-solid miscibility of (InAs) x (GaAs)1- x . The models investigated include the Porter/one-constant Margules (OCM) model, the two-constant Margules (TCM) model and the non-random two liquid (NRTL) model. These models are fit to excess free energy values derived from free energy change of mixing (variation with composition) data available from molecular simulations at different temperatures. The parameters in all the models have been found to be temperature dependent. The coexistence compositions are best predicted by the NRTL model, indicating the need to consider non-random mixing effects present in these solid solutions. The TCM model predicts better equilibrium composition data as compared to the OCM model.

  8. Existence of a solid solution from brucite to {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}

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    Giovannelli, F.; Delorme, F.; Autret-Lambert, C.; Seron, A.; Jean-Prost, V.

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A solid solution exist between Mg(OH){sub 2} and {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis has been performed through an easy and fast coprecipitation route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No long range-ordering of the cations occurs. -- Abstract: This study shows that between brucite (Mg(OH){sub 2}) and {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}, all the compositions are possible. The solid solution Mg{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}(OH){sub 2} has been synthesized by an easy and fast coprecipitation route and characterized by XRD and TEM. Single phase powders have been obtained. The particles exhibit platelets morphology with a size close to one hundred nanometers. XRD analysis shows an evolution of the cell parameters when x increases and demonstrates that no ordering of the cations occurs. However, extra reflections on TEM electron diffraction patterns seem to indicate that local ordering can exist. The compounds issued from this solid solution could be good candidates as precursors in order to obtain Mg-Co mixed oxide with all possible cationic ratios.

  9. Characterization of powellite-based solid solutions by site-selective time resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Schmidt, Moritz; Heck, Stephanie; Bosbach, Dirk; Ganschow, Steffen; Walther, Clemens; Stumpf, Thorsten

    2013-06-21

    We present a comprehensive study of the solid solution system Ca2(MoO4)2-NaGd(MoO4)2 on the molecular scale, by means of site-selective time resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). Eu(3+) is used as a trace fluorescent probe, homogeneously substituting for Gd(3+) in the solid solution crystal structure. Site-selective TRLFS of a series of polycrystalline samples covering the whole composition range of the solid solution series from 10% substitution of Ca(2+) to the NaGd end-member reveals it to be homogeneous throughout the whole range. The trivalent ions are incorporated into the powellite structure in only one coordination environment, which exhibits a very strong ligand-metal interaction. Polarization-dependent measurements of a single crystal of NaGd(Eu)(MoO4)2 identify the coordination geometry to be of C2v point symmetry. The S4 symmetry of the Ca site within the powellite lattice can be transformed into C2v assuming minor motion in the first coordination sphere.

  10. Local structure in the disordered solid solution of cis- and trans-perinones.

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    Teteruk, Jaroslav L; Glinnemann, Jürgen; Heyse, Winfried; Johansson, Kristoffer E; van de Streek, Jacco; Schmidt, Martin U

    2016-06-01

    The cis- and trans-isomers of the polycyclic aromatic compound perinone, C26H12N4O2, form a solid solution (Vat Red 14). This solid solution is isotypic to the crystal structures of cis-perinone (Pigment Red 194) and trans-perinone (Pigment Orange 34) and exhibits a combined positional and orientational disorder: In the crystal, each molecular position is occupied by either a cis- or trans-perinone molecule, both of which have two possible molecular orientations. The structure of cis-perinone exhibits a twofold orientational disorder, whereas the structure of trans-perinone is ordered. The crystal structure of the solid solution was determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis. Extensive lattice-energy minimizations with force-field and DFT-D methods were carried out on combinatorially complete sets of ordered models. For the disordered systems, local structures were calculated, including preferred local arrangements, ordering lengths, and probabilities for the arrangement of neighbouring molecules. The superposition of the atomic positions of all energetically favourable calculated models corresponds well with the experimentally determined crystal structures, explaining not only the atomic positions, but also the site occupancies and anisotropic displacement parameters. PMID:27240774

  11. Solid Solution Photocatalyst with Spontaneous Polarization Exhibiting Low Recombination Toward Efficient CO2 Photoreduction.

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    Zhou, Peng; Wang, Xin; Yan, Shicheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-08-23

    Decreasing the recombination of photogenerated carriers is a major challenge for efficiently converting solar energy into chemical energy by photocatalysis. Here, we have demonstrated that growth of a polar GaN:ZnO solid solution single crystal along its polarization axis is beneficial to efficient separation of photogenerated carriers, owing to the periodic potential barriers and wells generated from the periodically positive and negative atom arrangements in crystal structure. Local charge imbalance caused by replacing Ga(3+) with Zn(2+) leads to a polarization vector in the {0 0 0 1} planes of GaN:ZnO solid solution, thus forming a 1 D electron transport path along [2 1‾  1‾  0] in the {0 0 0 1} planes of GaN:ZnO solid solution to decrease recombination. Shorting the hole-transport distance by synthesizing porous nanoplates can further decrease recombination under the polarization field and improve the performance of polar photocatalyst in photoreduction of CO2 into CH4 . PMID:27479937

  12. Solid solution partitioning of Sr2+, Ba2+, and Cd2+ to calcite

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    Tesoriero, A.J.; Pankow, J.F.

    1996-01-01

    Although solid solutions play important roles in controlling the concentrations of minor metal ions in natural waters, uncertainties regarding their compositions, thermodynamics, and kinetics usually prevent them from being considered. A range of precipitation rates was used here to study the nonequilibrium and equilibrium partitioning behaviors of Sr2+, Ba2+, and Cd2+ to calcite (CaCO3(s)). The distribution coefficient of a divalent metal ion Me2+ for partitioning from an aqueous solution into calcite is given by DMe = (XMeCO3(s)/[Me2+])/(XCaCO3(s)/[Ca 2+]). The X values are solid-phase mole fractions; the bracketed values are the aqueous molal concentrations. In agreement with prior work, at intermediate to high precipitation rates R (nmol/mg-min), DSr, DBa, and DCd were found to depend strongly on R. At low R, the values of DSr, DBa, and DCd became constant with R. At 25??C, the equilibrium values for DSr, DBa, and DCd for dilute solid solutions were estimated to be 0.021 ?? 0.003, 0.012 ?? 0.005, and 1240 ?? 300, respectively. Calculations using these values were made to illustrate the likely importance of partitioning of these ions to calcite in groundwater systems. Due to its large equilibrium DMe value, movement of Cd2+ will be strongly retarded in aquifers containing calcite; Sr2+ and Ba2+ will not be retarded nearly as much.

  13. Controls of carbonate mineralogy and solid-solution of Mg in calcite: evidence from spelean systems

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    Gonzalez, L.A.; Lohmann, K.C.

    1985-01-01

    Precipitation of carbonate minerals in spelean systems occurs under a wide range of fluid chemistry, Mg-Ca ratios, alkalinities, pH and temperatures; thus, spelean systems provide ideal settings to determine factors controlling the mineralogy of precipitated carbonates and solid-solution of Mg in calcite. Cave waters and actively-precipitating carbonate speleothems were collected from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico and the Mammoth-Flint Cave System, Kentucky. Carbonate mineralogy of precipitated phases was determined by x-ray diffraction, and major and minor element composition of waters and accompanying minerals were determined by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry. Results demonstrate that at a constant CO3 concentration the precipitation threshold for calcite to aragonite is controlled dominantly by the Mg/Ca ratio of the ambient fluid. Aragonite precipitation is favored by high Mg/Ca ratios. Conversely, with increasing CO3 concentration at constant fluid Mg/Ca ratios, calcite is preferentially precipitated. Solid-solution of Mg in calcite is positively correlated with both increased Mg/Ca ratios and CO3 concentrations. These data suggest that Mg contents of calcite can not be defined solely in terms of a homogeneous distribution coefficient. Rather, Mg concentrations can be also be affected by the CO3 concentration and degree of calcite saturation, suggesting that the rate of crystal growth also plays and important role in Mg solid-solution in calcites.

  14. Extraction and Quantitative Analysis of Iodine in Solid and Solution Matrixes

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    Brown, Christopher F.; Geiszler, Keith N.; Vickerman, Tanya S.

    2005-11-01

    129I is a contaminant of interest in the vadose zone and groundwater at numerous federal and privately-owned facilities. Several techniques have been utilized to extract iodine from solid matrices; however, all of them rely on two fundamental approaches: liquid extraction or chemical/heat facilitated volatilization. While these methods are typically chosen for their ease of implementation, they do not totally dissolve the solid. Because some of the iodine partitions onto the soil, extraction methods that do not result in total sample dissolution could underestimate the total iodine content of solid samples. We defined a method that produces complete solid dissolution and conducted laboratory tests to assess its efficacy to completely extract iodine from solid matrices. Testing consisted of potassium nitrate/potassium hydroxide fusion of the sample, followed by sample dissolution in a mixture of sulfuric acid and sodium bisulfite. Direct analysis of the dissolved sample was performed via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Perkin Elmer Elan DRC II) using a tertiary amine (Spectrasol CFA-C) carrier solution. The fusion extraction method resulted in complete sample dissolution of all solid matrices tested: sediment, glass samples containing low-levels of iodine, as well as tank waste material collected from the Hanford Site. Quantitative analysis of iodine (127I and 129I) showed better than ? 10% accuracy for certified reference standards, with the linear operating range extending more than three orders of magnitude (0.005 to 5 ug/L). Extraction and analysis of four replicates of standard reference material (San Joaquin Soil) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, resulted in an average recovery of 98% with a relative percent deviation of 6%. This simple and cost-effective technique can be applied to solid samples of varying matrices with little or no adaptation.

  15. Gadolinia-Doped Ceria Cathodes for Electrolysis of CO2

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    Adler, Stuart B.

    2009-01-01

    Gadolinia-doped ceria, or GDC, (Gd(0.4)Ce(0.6)O(2-delta), where the value of delta in this material varies, depending on the temperature and oxygen concentration in the atmosphere in which it is being used) has shown promise as a cathode material for high-temperature electrolysis of carbon dioxide in solid oxide electrolysis cells. The polarization resistance of a GDC electrode is significantly less than that of an otherwise equivalent electrode made of any of several other materials that are now in use or under consideration for use as cathodes for reduction of carbon dioxide. In addition, GDC shows no sign of deterioration under typical temperature and gas-mixture operating conditions of a high-temperature electrolyzer. Electrolysis of CO2 is of interest to NASA as a way of generating O2 from the CO2 in the Martian atmosphere. On Earth, a combination of electrolysis of CO2 and electrolysis of H2O might prove useful as a means of generating synthesis gas (syngas) from the exhaust gas of a coal- or natural-gas-fired power plant, thereby reducing the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. The syngas a mixture of CO and H2 could be used as a raw material in the manufacture, via the Fisher-Tropsch process, of synthetic fuels, lubrication oils, and other hydrocarbon prod

  16. Energetics of a uranothorite (Th1–xUxSiO4) solid solution

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    Guo, Xiaofeng; Szenknect, Stephanie; Mesbah, Adel; Clavier, Nicolas; Poinssot, Christophe; Wu, Di; Xu, Hongwu; Dacheux, Nicolas; Ewing, Rodney C.; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2016-09-14

    High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetric measurements were completed to determine the enthalpies of formation of the uranothorite, (USiO4)x–(ThSiO4)1–x, solid solution. Phase-pure samples with x values of 0, 0.11, 0.21, 0.35, 0.71, and 0.84 were prepared, purified, and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry coupled with in situ mass spectrometry, and high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. This work confirms the energetic metastability of coffinite, USiO4, and U-rich intermediate silicate phases with respect to a mixture of binary oxides. Furthermore, variations in unit cell parameters and negative excess volumes of mixing, coupled with stronglymore » exothermic enthalpies of mixing in the solid solution, suggest short-range cation ordering that can stabilize intermediate compositions, especially near x = 0.5.« less

  17. Transport properties of dilute α -Fe (X ) solid solutions (X = C, N, O)

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    Schuler, Thomas; Nastar, Maylise

    2016-06-01

    We extend the self-consistent mean field (SCMF) method to the calculation of the Onsager matrix of Fe-based interstitial solid solutions. Both interstitial jumps and substitutional atom-vacancy exchanges are accounted for. A general procedure is introduced to split the Onsager matrix of a dilute solid solution into intrinsic cluster Onsager matrices, and extract from them flux-coupling ratios, mobilities, and association-dissociation rates for each cluster. The formalism is applied to vacancy-interstitial solute pairs in α -Fe (V X pairs, X = C, N, O), with ab initio based thermodynamic and kinetic parameters. Convergence of the cluster mobility contribution gives a controlled estimation of the cluster definition distance, taking into account both its thermodynamic and kinetic properties. Then, the flux-coupling behavior of each V X pair is discussed, and qualitative understanding is achieved from the comparison between various contributions to the Onsager matrix. Also, the effect of low-activation energy second-nearest-neighbor interstitial solute jumps around a vacancy on these results is addressed.

  18. [Mechanism of gold solid extraction from aurocyanide solution using D3520 resin impregnated with TRPO].

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    Yang, Xiang-Jun; Wang, Shi-Xiong; Zou, An-Qin; Chen, Jing; Guo, Hong

    2014-02-01

    Trialkyphosphine oxides (TRPO) was successfully used for the impregnation of D3520 resin to prepare an extractant-impregnated resin (EIR). Solid extraction of Au(I) from alkaline cyanide solution was studied using this extractant-impregnated resin (EIR), with addition of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMAB), directly into the aurous aqueous phase in advance. The mechanism of solid extraction was further investigated by means of FTIR, XPS and SEM. The column separation studies have shown that cationic surfactant CTMAB played a key role in the solid phase extraction, and the resin containing TRPO were effective for the extraction of gold when the molar ratio of CTMAB: Au( I ) reached 1:1. FTIR spectroscopy of gold loaded EIR showed that the frequency of C[triple bond]N stretching vibration was at 2144 cm(-1), and the frequency of P=O stretching vibration shifted to lower frequency from 1153 to 1150 cm(-1). The XPS spectrum of N(1s), Au(4f7/2) and Au(4f5/2) sugges- ted that the coordination environment of gold did not change before and after extraction, and gold was still as the form of Au (CN)2(-) anion exiting in the loaded resin; O(1s) spectrum showed that the chemically combined water significantly increased after solid extraction from 30.74% to 42.34%; Comparing to the P(2p) spectrum before and after extraction, the binding energy increased from 132. 15 to 132. 45 eV, indicating there maybe existing hydrogen-bond interaction between P=O and water molecule, such as P=O...H-O-H. The above results obtained established that in the solid extraction process, the hydrophobic ion association [CTMA+ x Au(CN)] diffused from the bulk solution into the pores of the EIR, and then be solvated by TRPO adsorbed in the pores through hydrogen bonding bridged by the water molecules.

  19. Palladium and ceria infiltrated La 0.8Sr 0.2Co 0.5Fe 0.5O 3- δ cathodes of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Chen, Jing; Liang, Fengli; Chi, Bo; Pu, Jian; Jiang, San Ping; Jian, Li

    La 0.8Sr 0.2Co 0.5Fe 0.5O 3- δ (LSCF) cathodes infiltrated with electrocatalytically active Pd and (Gd,Ce)O 2 (GDC) nanoparticles are investigated as high performance cathodes for the O 2 reduction reaction in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). Incorporation of nano-sized Pd and GDC particles significantly reduces the electrode area specific resistance (ASR) as compared to the pure LSCF cathode; ASR is 0.1 Ω cm 2 for the reaction on a LSCF cathode infiltrated with 1.2 mg cm -2 Pd and 0.06 Ω cm 2 on a LSCF cathode infiltrated with 1.5 mg cm -2 GDC at 750 °C, which are all significantly smaller than 0.22 Ω cm 2 obtained for the reaction on a conventional LSCF cathode. The activation energy of GDC- and Pd-impregnated LSCF cathodes is 157 and 176 kJ mol -1, respectively. The GDC-infiltrated LSCF cathode has a lower activation energy and higher electrocatalytic activity for the O 2 reduction reaction, showing promising potential for applications in IT-SOFCs.

  20. Kidney-Boojum Solutions and Exact Shape Equation of Solid-Like Domains in Lipid Monolayer

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    Tong, Huan; Liu, Fei; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Ou-Yang, Zhong-Can

    2009-12-01

    The shape of solid lipid monolayer domain surrounded by a fluid phase is of considerable interest from physical and mathematical points of view. Here we report two new results about this topic. First, we obtain an exact analytical solution to an approximated shape equation that was derived by us recently [Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 206101 (2004)]. This solution can well describe the kidney- and boojum-like domains that abound in lipid monolayer. Second, we derive an exact domain shape equation by a direct variation of domain energy without any artificial cutoff. We find that no continuous solutions satisfies this shape equation due to the divergence of its coefficients, which is rooted in the continuous description of electrostatic dipoles.

  1. Kidney-Boojum Solutions and Exact Shape Equation of Solid-Like Domains in Lipid Monolayer

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    Tong, Huan; Liu, Fei; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Ou-Yang, Zhong-Can

    The shape of solid lipid monolayer domain surrounded by a fluid phase is of considerable interest from physical and mathematical points of view. Here we report two new results about this topic. First, we obtain an exact analytical solution to an approximated shape equation that was derived by us recently [Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 206101 (2004)]. This solution can well describe the kidney- and boojum-like domains that abound in lipid monolayer. Second, we derive an exact domain shape equation by a direct variation of domain energy without any artificial cutoff. We find that no continuous solutions satisfies this shape equation due to the divergence of its coefficients, which is rooted in the continuous description of electrostatic dipoles.

  2. Solid-solution CrCoCuFeNi high-entropy alloy thin films synthesized by sputter deposition

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    An, Zhinan; Jia, Haoling; Wu, Yueying; Rack, Philip D.; Patchen, Allan D.; Liu, Yuzi; Ren, Yang; Li, Nan; Liaw, Peter K.

    2015-05-04

    The concept of high configurational entropy requires that the high-entropy alloys (HEAs) yield single-phase solid solutions. However, phase separations are quite common in bulk HEAs. A five-element alloy, CrCoCuFeNi, was deposited via radio frequency magnetron sputtering and confirmed to be a single-phase solid solution through the high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The formation of the solid-solution phase is presumed to be due to the high cooling rate of the sputter-deposition process.

  3. Exploring hardness enhancement in superhard tungsten tetraboride-based solid solutions using radial X-ray diffraction

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    Xie, Miao; Turner, Christopher L.; Mohammadi, Reza; Kaner, Richard B. E-mail: akavner@ucla.edu Tolbert, Sarah H. E-mail: akavner@ucla.edu; Kavner, Abby E-mail: akavner@ucla.edu

    2015-07-27

    In this work, we explore the hardening mechanisms in WB{sub 4}-based solid solutions upon addition of Ta, Mn, and Cr using in situ radial X-ray diffraction techniques under non-hydrostatic pressure. By examining the lattice-supported differential strain, we provide insights into the mechanism for hardness increase in binary solid solutions at low dopant concentrations. Speculations on the combined effects of electronic structure and atomic size in ternary WB{sub 4} solid solutions containing Ta with Mn or Cr are also included to understand the extremely high hardness of these materials.

  4. Effect of Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour on superconductive properties as determined by microstructure analysis

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    Hong, Zhanglian; Wang, Minquan; Xiong, Guohong; Fan, Xianping

    1997-02-01

    The effects of the Sr and Ca composition and site-selection in a solid solution of a Bi-system superconductor on the superconductive properties were studied. Results showed that the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour had a remarkable effect on the superconductive properties. Further analysis indicated that this effect originated from varied hole concentration which was determined by the content of Sr atoms substituting for Bi atoms within the BiO layers. This substitution was influenced by the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour. This result offers a new mechanism for clarifying why the bivalent Sr and Ca cations affect the superconductive properties.

  5. Dissolved oxygen sensing based on fluorescence quenching of ceria nanoparticles

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    Shehata, Nader; Meehan, Kathleen; Leber, Donald

    2012-10-01

    The development of oxygen sensors has positively impacted the fields of medical science, bioengineering, environmental monitoring, solar cells, industrial process control, and a number of military applications. Fluorescent quenching sensors have an inherent high sensitivity, chemical selectivity, and stability when compared to other types of sensors. While cerium oxide thin films have been used to monitor oxygen in the gas phase, the potential of cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles as the active material in sensor for oxygen gas has only recently been investigated. Ceria nanoparticles are one of the most unique nanomaterials that are being studied today due to the diffusion and reactivity of its oxygen vacancies, which contributes to its high oxygen storage capability. The reactivity of the oxygen vacancies, which is also related to conversion of cerium ion from the Ce+4 to Ce+3 state, affects the fluorescence properties of the ceria nanoparticles. Our research demonstrates that the ceria nanoparticles (~7 nm in diameter) have application as a fluorescence quenching sensor to measure dissolved oxygen in water. We have found a strong inverse correlation between the amplitude of the fluorescence emission (λexcitation = 430 nm and λpeak = 520 nm) and the dissolved oxygen concentration between 5 - 13 mg/L. The Stern-Volmer constant, which is an indication of the sensitivity of gas sensing is 184 M-1 for the ceria nanoparticles. The results show that ceria nanoparticles can be used in an improved, robust fluorescence sensor for dissolved oxygen in a liquid medium.

  6. Nano-ceria pre-infiltration improves La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-x infiltrated Solid Oxide Fuel Cell cathode performance

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    Burye, Theodore E.; Nicholas, Jason D.

    2015-12-01

    Here, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermo-gravimetric analysis experiments show that the pre-infiltration of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (GDC) nano-particles reduces the average size of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-x (LSCF) produced from the subsequent infiltration of precursor nitrate solutions containing the surfactant Triton X-100 or the chelating agent citric acid. In contrast, GDC pre-infiltration has no effect on the average size of LSCF particles produced from precursor solutions containing only lanthanum, strontium, cobalt, and iron nitrate. Consistent with the observed particle size trends, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements show that GDC pre-infiltration improves the performance of Triton X-100 Derived (TXD) LSCF-GDC cathodes and Citric Acid Derived (CAD) LSCF-GDC cathodes, but has no effect on the performance of Pure Nitrate Derived (PND) LSCF-GDC cathodes. In particular, TXD LSCF-GDC cathodes with more than ∼5 vol% of GDC pre-infiltration display average LSCF particle sizes of 21 nm and open-circuit polarization resistance values of 0.10 Ωcm2 at 540 °C, compared to 48 nm and 640 °C without GDC pre-infiltration. Results suggest that this 100 °C reduction in cathode operating temperature is caused solely by LSCF particle size reductions. 7.4 vol% GDC pre-infiltrated TXD LSCF-GDC cathodes also display lower 540 °C degradation rates than conventionally infiltrated PND LSCF-GDC cathodes.

  7. Adhesion and Atomic Structures of Gold on Ceria Nanostructures: The Role of Surface Structure and Oxidation State of Ceria Supports.

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    Lin, Yuyuan; Wu, Zili; Wen, Jianguo; Ding, Kunlun; Yang, Xiaoyun; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Marks, Laurence D

    2015-08-12

    We report an aberration-corrected electron microscopy analysis of the adhesion and atomic structures of gold nanoparticle catalysts supported on ceria nanocubes and nanorods. Under oxidative conditions, the as-prepared gold nanoparticles on the ceria nanocubes have extended atom layers at the metal-support interface. In contrast, regular gold nanoparticles and rafts are present on the ceria nanorod supports. Under the reducing conditions of water-gas shift reaction, the extended gold atom layers and rafts vanish. In addition, the gold particles on the nanocubes change in morphology and increase in size while those on the nanorods are almost unchanged. The size, morphology, and atomic interface structures of gold strongly depend on the surface structures of ceria supports ((100) surface versus (111) surface) and the reaction environment (reductive versus oxidative). These findings provide insights into the deactivation mechanisms and the shape-dependent catalysis of oxide supported metal catalysts.

  8. Luminescence properties of the Ca-alpha-sialon:Eu solid solution

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    Pawlik, Tomasz; Michalik, Daniel; Sopicka-Lizer, Malgorzata; Lisiecki, Radosław; Adamczyk, Barbara; Pławecki, Materusz; Mieszczak, Łukasz; Walerczyk, Wiktoria

    2016-09-01

    The Ca,Eu-α-sialon powders with the mixed solid solution composition have been manufactured via the solid-state reaction process in flowing nitrogen in a graphite furnace at a relatively low temperature of 1650 °C without an external overpressure. XRD data with Rielveld refinement and XPS measurements were used for characterization of the lattice constants and the surface chemical composition. The monophase Ca-Eu-α-sialon was obtained with the nominal composition of Eu0.048Ca0.702Si7.75Al2.25O0.75N15.25. The highest emission intensity in a yellow-orange region at 590 nm and quantum efficiency of 66% was found for this pure Ca,Eu-α-sialon. Estimation of m,n values from the lattice constant and EDS results showed a small deviation from the nominal composition of designed α-sialon. XPS results demonstrated significant changes of the chemical composition in the oxidized surface of phosphor particles. Possible reasons of emission redshift and relationship between the actual solid solution composition and luminescence properties are discussed in terms of simultaneous presence of Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions in the sialon crystal lattice and residual oxynitride glass.

  9. Supramolecular stabilization of metastable tautomers in solution and the solid state.

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    Juribašić, Marina; Bregović, Nikola; Stilinović, Vladimir; Tomišić, Vladislav; Cindrić, Marina; Sket, Primož; Plavec, Janez; Rubčić, Mirta; Užarević, Krunoslav

    2014-12-22

    This work presents a successful application of a recently reported supramolecular strategy for stabilization of metastable tautomers in cocrystals to monocomponent, non-heterocyclic, tautomeric solids. Quantum-chemical computations and solution studies show that the investigated Schiff base molecule, derived from 3-methoxysalicylaldehyde and 2-amino-3-hydroxypyridine (ap), is far more stable as the enol tautomer. In the solid state, however, in all three obtained polymorphic forms it exists solely as the keto tautomer, in each case stabilized by an unexpected hydrogen-bonding pattern. Computations have shown that hydrogen bonding of the investigated Schiff base with suitable molecules shifts the tautomeric equilibrium to the less stable keto form. The extremes to which supramolecular stabilization can lead are demonstrated by the two polymorphs of molecular complexes of the Schiff base with ap. The molecules of both constituents of molecular complexes are present as metastable tautomers (keto anion and protonated pyridine, respectively), which stabilize each other through a very strong hydrogen bond. All the obtained solid forms proved stable in various solid-state and solvent-mediated methods used to establish their relative thermodynamic stabilities and possible interconversion conditions.

  10. Thermodynamics of aluminosilicate garnet solid solution: new experimental data, an optimized model, and thermometric applications

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    Ganguly, J.; Cheng, Weiji; Tirone, Massimiliano

    1996-12-01

    We have experimentally determined the displacement of the equilibrium Grossular + 2 Kyanite + Quartz ⇆ 3 Anorthite (GASP) as a function of garnet composition in the systems Mg-Ca-Mn, Fe-Mg-Ca and Fe-Mg-Ca-Mn at 1000°C. The results were treated along with selected experimental and observational data available in the literature as well as binary parameters from other workers to obtain a set of mutually compatible binary mixing parameters of the quaternary (Fe,Mg,Ca,Mn)- aluminosilicate garnet solid solution. Attempts to determine equilibrium garnet composition in the GASP equilibrium in the Ca-Mg binary were unsuccessful due to the formation of pyroxene. Calculations of binary and ternary miscibility gaps show that the P,T,X combination required for unmixing of garnet solid solution is not realized by natural samples. The solution model was applied to account for compositional effects on Fe-Mg exchange between garnet and ortho- or clino-pyroxene. Applications of the revised thermometric formulations to selected natural assemblages yield P-T conditions which are much less sensitive to compositional effects compared to the other available formulations, and are consistent with independent constraints.

  11. Solution and Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Characterization of Efavirenz.

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    Sousa, Eduardo Gomes Rodrigues de; Carvalho, Erika Martins de; San Gil, Rosane Aguiar da Silva; Santos, Tereza Cristina Dos; Borré, Leandro Bandeira; Santos-Filho, Osvaldo Andrade; Ellena, Javier

    2016-09-01

    Samples of efavirenz (EFZ) were evaluated to investigate the influence of the micronization process on EFZ stability. A combination of X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, FTIR, observations of isotropic chemical shifts of (1)H in distinct solvents, their temperature dependence and spin-lattice relaxation time constants (T1), solution (1D and 2D) (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and solid-state (13)C NMR (CPMAS NMR) provides valuable structural information and structural elucidation of micronized EFZ and heptane-recrystallized polymorphs (EFZ/HEPT). This study revealed that the micronization process did not affect the EFZ crystalline structure. It was observed that the structure of EFZ/HEPT is in the same form as that obtained from ethyl acetate/hexane, as shown in the literature. A comparison of the solid-state NMR spectra revealed discrepancies regarding the assignments of some carbons published in the literature that have been resolved.

  12. X-ray structure analysis of a solid solution of milbemycins A3 and A4.

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    Bizdena, E; Belyakov, S; Jure, M; Grinsteine, I; Kumpiņš, V; Turks, M

    2013-10-01

    Milbemycins A3 and A4 are pharmaceutically and agriculturally useful macrolides isolated from Streptomyces species. The molecular structures of the title compounds were unambiguously established by a single crystal X-ray analysis of the solid solution of both compounds. The crystals present trigonal system, space group P32 with Z = 3, unit cell dimensions: a = 12.2211(4), c = 17.5372(7) Å; V = 2268.4(1) Å(3), μ = 0.082 mm(- 1); d = 1.183 g cm(- 3). An interesting system of intramolecular hydrogen bonds and weak intermolecular CH…O type hydrogen bond was observed in the solid state.

  13. Phase transitions in Kr -CH4 solid solutions and rotational excitations in phase II

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    Bagatskii, M. I.; Mashchenko, D. A.; Dudkin, V. V.

    2007-06-01

    The heat capacity CP of Kr-nCH4 solid solutions with CH4 concentrations n =0.82, 0.86, and 0.90 and of solutions with n =0.90, 0.95 doped with 0.002 O2 impurity is investigated under equilibrium vapor pressure over the interval 1-24K. The (T,n) phase diagram of Kr-nCH4 solid solutions is refined, and the region of two-phase states is determined. The contribution of the rotational subsystem, Crot, to the heat capacity of the solutions is separated. Analysis of Crot(T ) at T <3K makes it possible to estimate the effective conversion times τ and the energy gaps E1 and E2 between the tunneling levels of the A ,T and A ,E nuclear-spin species of CH4 molecules in the orientationally ordered subsystem and to determine the effective energy gaps E1 between the lowest levels of the A and T species. The relations τ(n ) and E1(n) stem from changes of the effective potential field in result of the replacement of CH4 molecules by Kr atoms at sites of the ordered sublattices. The effective gaps EL between a group of tunneling levels of the librational ground state and the nearest group of excited levels of the librational state of the ordered CH4 molecules in the solutions with n =0.90 (EL=52K) and 0.95 (EL=55K) is estimated.

  14. Thermodynamic properties of CexTh1-xO2 solid solution from first-principles calculations

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2012-11-02

    A systematic study based on first-principles calculations along with a quasi-harmonic approximation has been conducted to calculate the thermodynamic properties of the CexTh1xO2 solid solution. The predicted density, thermal expansion coefficients, heat capacity and thermal conductivity for the CexTh1xO2 solid solution all agree well with the available experimental data. The thermal expansion coefficient for ThO2 increases with CeO2 substitution, and complete substitution shows the highest expansion coefficient. On the other hand, the mixed CexTh1xO2 (0 < x < 1) solid solution generally exhibits lower heat capacity and thermal conductivity than the ThO2 and CeO2 end members. Our calculations indicate a strong effect of Ce concentration on the thermodynamic properties of the CexTh1xO2 solid solution.

  15. Thermodynamic properties of CexTh1-xO2 solid solution from first-principles calculations

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    A systematic study based on first-principles calculations along with the quasi-harmonic approximation has been conducted to calculate the thermodynamic properties of the CexTh1-xO2 solid solution. The predicted density, thermal expansion coefficients, heat capacity and thermal conductivity for the CexTh1-xO2 solid solution all agree well with available experimental data. The thermal expansion coefficient for ThO2 increases with CeO2 substitution, and complete substitution shows the highest expansion coefficient. On the other hand, the mixed CexTh1-xO2 (0solid solution generally exhibits lower heat capacity and thermal conductivity than the ThO2 and CeO2 end members. Our calculations indicate a strong effect of Ce concentration on the thermodynamic properties of the CexTh1-xO2 solid solution.

  16. Autocatalytic model of oscillatory zoning in experimentally grown (Ba,Sr)SO4 solid solution.

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    Katsev, Sergei; L'Heureux, Ivan

    2002-12-01

    Oscillatory zoning (OZ) is a phenomenon common to many natural minerals whereby the mineral composition varies more or less regularly from the core of the crystal to its rim. Oscillatory zoned barite-celestite (Ba,Sr)SO4 crystals are one of the very few examples of the OZ phenomenon that were obtained under controlled laboratory conditions. It is known that such crystals can be synthesized by precipitation from an aqueous solution during counterdiffusion in a gel column connecting two reservoirs. We present here a model of oscillatory zoning in such a binary solid solution grown from an aqueous solution. By expanding on a previously suggested model, we obtain oscillatory dynamical solutions for two limit cases: the growth of a flat crystal face and the growth of a spherical crystallite. We consider an autocatalytic dependence between the crystal growth rate and the crystal surface composition. The oscillatory patterns then arise as a kinetic effect due to the coupling between the diffusion field around the crystal and the fast crystal growth under far-from-equilibrium conditions. The effects of fluctuations in the aqueous solution concentrations are also considered. It is shown that they may lead to noisy oscillatory patterns.

  17. Autocatalytic model of oscillatory zoning in experimentally grown (Ba,Sr)SO4 solid solution

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    Katsev, Sergei; L'Heureux, Ivan

    2002-12-01

    Oscillatory zoning (OZ) is a phenomenon common to many natural minerals whereby the mineral composition varies more or less regularly from the core of the crystal to its rim. Oscillatory zoned barite-celestite (Ba,Sr)SO4 crystals are one of the very few examples of the OZ phenomenon that were obtained under controlled laboratory conditions. It is known that such crystals can be synthesized by precipitation from an aqueous solution during counterdiffusion in a gel column connecting two reservoirs. We present here a model of oscillatory zoning in such a binary solid solution grown from an aqueous solution. By expanding on a previously suggested model, we obtain oscillatory dynamical solutions for two limit cases: the growth of a flat crystal face and the growth of a spherical crystallite. We consider an autocatalytic dependence between the crystal growth rate and the crystal surface composition. The oscillatory patterns then arise as a kinetic effect due to the coupling between the diffusion field around the crystal and the fast crystal growth under far-from-equilibrium conditions. The effects of fluctuations in the aqueous solution concentrations are also considered. It is shown that they may lead to noisy oscillatory patterns.

  18. Solid-gel precursor solutions and methods for the fabrication of polymetallicsiloxane coating films

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    Toshifumi Sugama.

    1993-04-06

    Solutions and preparation methods necessary for the fabrication of metal oxide cross-linked polysiloxane coating films are disclosed. The films are useful in provide heat resistance against oxidation, wear resistance, thermal insulation, and corrosion resistance of substrates. The sol-gel precursor solution comprises a mixture of a monomeric organoalkoxysilane, a metal alkoxide M(OR)[sub n] (wherein M is Ti, Zr, Ge or Al; R is CH[sub 3], C[sub 2]H[sub 5] or C[sub 3]H[sub 7]; and n is 3 or 4), methanol, water, HCl and NaOH. The invention provides a sol-gel solution, and a method of use thereof, which can be applied and processed at low temperatures (i.e., < 1,000 C.). The substrate can be coated by immersing it in the above mentioned solution at ambient temperature. The substrate is then withdrawn from the solution. Next, the coated substrate is heated for a time sufficient and at a temperature sufficient to yield a solid coating. The coated substrate is then heated for a time sufficient, and temperature sufficient to produce a polymetallicsiloxane coating.

  19. Solid-gel precursor solutions and methods for the fabrication of polymetallicsiloxane coating films

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    Sugama, Toshifumi

    1993-01-01

    Solutions and preparation methods necessary for the fabrication of metal oxide cross-linked polysiloxane coating films are disclosed. The films are useful in provide heat resistance against oxidation, wear resistance, thermal insulation, and corrosion resistance of substrates. The sol-gel precursor solution comprises a mixture of a monomeric organoalkoxysilane, a metal alkoxide M(OR).sub.n (wherein M is Ti, Zr, Ge or Al; R is CH.sub.3, C.sub.2 H.sub.5 or C.sub.3 H.sub.7 ; and n is 3 or 4), methanol, water, HCl and NaOH. The invention provides a sol-gel solution, and a method of use thereof, which can be applied and processed at low temperatures (i.e., <1000.degree. C.). The substrate can be coated by immersing it in the above mentioned solution at ambient temperature. The substrate is then withdrawn from the solution. Next, the coated substrate is heated for a time sufficient and at a temperature sufficient to yield a solid coating. The coated substrate is then heated for a time sufficient, and temperature sufficient to produce a polymetallicsiloxane coating.

  20. Solid-gel precursor solutions and methods for the fabrication of polymetallicsiloxane coating films

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    Sugama, Toshifumi

    1992-01-01

    Solutions and preparation methods necessary for the fabrication of metal oxide cross-linked polysiloxane coating films are disclosed. The films are useful in provide heat resistance against oxidation, wear resistance, thermal insulation, and corrosion resistance of substrates. The sol-gel precursor solution comprises a mixture of a monomeric organoalkoxysilane, a metal alkoxide M(OR).sub.n (wherein M is Ti, Zr, Ge or Al; R is CH.sub.3, C.sub.2 H.sub.5 or C.sub.3 H.sub.7 ; and n is 3 or 4), methanol, water, HCl and NaOH. The invention provides a sol-gel solution, and a method of use thereof, which can be applied and processed at low temperatures (i.e., <1000.degree. C.). The substrate can be coated by immersing it in the above mentioned solution at ambient temperature. The substrate is then withdrawn from the solution. Next, the coated substrate is heated for a time sufficient and at a temperature sufficient to yield a solid coating. The coated substrate is then heated for a time sufficient, and temperature sufficient to produce a polymetallicsiloxane coating.

  1. Leaching heavy metals in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash with chelator/biosurfactant mixed solution.

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    Xu, Ying; Chen, Yu

    2015-07-01

    The chelator [S,S]-ethylene diamine disuccinic acid, citric acid, and biosurfactant saponin are selected as leaching agents. In this study, the leaching effect of saponin mixed with either ethylene diamine disuccinic acid or citric acid on the levels of copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash is investigated. Results indicate that saponin separately mixed with ethylene diamine disuccinic acid and citric acid exhibits a synergistic solubilisation effect on copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium leaching from fly ash. However, saponin and ethylene diamine disuccinic acid mixed solution exhibits a synergistic solubilisation effect that is superior to that of a saponin and citric acid mixed solution. The extraction rate of heavy metal in fly ash leached with a saponin and chelator mixed solution is related to the pH of the leaching solution, and the optimal range of the pH is suggested to be approximately neutral. After leaching with a saponin and chelator mixed solution, copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium contents significantly decreased (p < 0.05) in the extractable or acid-soluble and reducible fractions. By adopting the proposed approach, the leaching concentrations of copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium in treated fly ash are in accordance with Standard for Pollution Control on the Security Landfill Site for Hazardous Wastes GB18598-2001. PMID:26185165

  2. SOLID SOLUTION CARBIDES ARE THE KEY FUELS FOR FUTURE NUCLEAR THERMAL PROPULSION

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    Panda, Binayak; Hickman, Robert R.; Shah, Sandeep

    2005-01-01

    Nuclear thermal propulsion uses nuclear energy to directly heat a propellant (such as liquid hydrogen) to generate thrust for space transportation. In the 1960 s, the early Rover/Nuclear Engine for Rocket Propulsion Application (NERVA) program showed very encouraging test results for space nuclear propulsion but, in recent years, fuel research has been dismal. With NASA s renewed interest in long-term space exploration, fuel researchers are now revisiting the RoverMERVA findings, which indicated several problems with such fuels (such as erosion, chemical reaction of the fuel with propellant, fuel cracking, and cladding issues) that must be addressed. It is also well known that the higher the temperature reached by a propellant, the larger the thrust generated from the same weight of propellant. Better use of fuel and propellant requires development of fuels capable of reaching very high temperatures. Carbides have the highest melting points of any known material. Efforts are underway to develop carbide mixtures and solid solutions that contain uranium carbide, in order to achieve very high fuel temperatures. Binary solid solution carbides (U, Zr)C have proven to be very effective in this regard. Ternary carbides such as (U, Zr, X) carbides (where X represents Nb, Ta, W, and Hf) also hold great promise as fuel material, since the carbide mixtures in solid solution generate a very hard and tough compact material. This paper highlights past experience with early fuel materials and bi-carbides, technical problems associated with consolidation of the ingredients, and current techniques being developed to consolidate ternary carbides as fuel materials.

  3. Investigating the martensite-austenite transformation on mechanically alloyed FeNi solid solutions

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    Martínez-Bianco, D.; Gorria, P.; Blanco, J. A.; Smith, R. I.

    2011-10-01

    The martensite-austenite transformation on Fe70Ni30 and Fe75Ni25 nanostructured solid solutions has been investigated by neutron thermo-diffraction experiments carried out between 300 and 1000 K. We observe that the difference between the temperatures at which the martensitic transformation starts (Ai) and finishes (Af) exceeds 250 K, being five times larger than that of the as-cast coarse-grained conventional alloys. The main reason for this striking phenomenon is the drastic microstructural changes produced during the severe mechanical milling process, giving rise to a large reduction of the crystalline mean size (below 20 nm) and the generation of a considerable microstain (reaching 1%).

  4. Reversible pressure-induced structure changes in turbostratic BN-C solid solutions.

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    Solozhenko, Vladimir L; Kurakevych, Oleksandr O

    2005-10-01

    The results obtained by Rietveld analysis and numerical modeling of B-C-N layered clusters with various types of lattice defects explain the evolution of diffraction patterns of turbostratic graphite-like BN-C solid solutions which are experimentally observed at room temperature at pressures up to 30 GPa. Above 20 GPa a reversible diffusionless transformation of the initial turbostratic structure takes place, giving a high-pressure phase formed by close-packed buckled layers having a diamond-like structure.

  5. Formation of non-equilibrium Fe-Au solid solutions in nanoclusters

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    Mukherjee, P.; Zhou, Lin; Kramer, M. J.; Shield, J. E.

    2013-06-01

    Fe-Au nanoclusters ranging in composition from ˜33 to 79 at. % Fe were prepared by inert gas condensation. Resulting phases were single crystalline solid solutions for all compositions with significant defects present. The as-deposited clusters formed in a bcc structure for Fe content >65 at. % and in a fcc structure for Fe < 65 at. %. Lattice parameters were expanded beyond rule-of-mixture estimates. The lattice expansion is explained by an analytical self-interstitial model. All clusters were ferromagnetic, although the fcc structures showed low magnetization. The low magnetizations are thought to arise from antiferromagnetic cores with uncompensated ferromagnetic surface spins.

  6. Photocatalysis on (CdS) x (ZnTe)1 - x solid solutions

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    Karpova, E. O.; Nagibina, I. Yu.; Makarova, A. S.

    2015-01-01

    Photocatalytic properties of the surface of binary compounds (CdS, ZnTe) and solid solutions (CdS) x (ZnTe)1 - x formed on their basis are studied by means of potentiometry and chromatography. The values of forbidden gap Δ E are calculated from the resulting UV spectra, according to which the components of the CdS-ZnTe system can display photocatalytic activity in the wavelength range of 364 to 670 nm. A scheme of a model setup for producing hydrogen from water is proposed using the authors' method.

  7. Structural and Electronic Properties of a Wide-Gap Quaternary Solid Solution: \\(Zn, Mg\\) \\(S, Se\\)

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    Saitta, A. M.; de Gironcoli, S.; Baroni, S.

    1998-06-01

    The structural properties of the (Zn, Mg) (S, Se) solid solutions are determined by a combination of the computational alchemy and the cluster expansion methods with Monte Carlo simulations. We determine the phase diagram of the alloy and show that the homogeneous phase is characterized by a large amount of short-range order occurring among first-nearest neighbors. Electronic-structure calculations performed using the special quasirandom structure approach indicate that the energy gap of the alloy is rather sensitive to this short-range order.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of the LDH hydrotalcite-pyroaurite solid-solution series

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    Rozov, K.; Berner, U.; Taviot-Gueho, C.; Leroux, F.; Renaudin, G.; Kulik, D.; Diamond, L.W.

    2010-08-15

    A layered double hydroxide (LDH) hydrotalcite-pyroaurite solid-solution series Mg{sub 3}(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x})(CO{sub 3}){sub 0.5}(OH){sub 8} with 1 - x = 0.0, 0.1...1.0 was prepared by co-precipitation at 23 {+-} 2 {sup o}C and pH = 11.40 {+-} 0.03. The compositions of the solids and the reaction solutions were determined using ICP-OES (Mg, Al, Fe, and Na) and TGA techniques (CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}, OH{sup -}, and H{sub 2}O). Powder X-ray diffraction was employed for phase identification and determination of the unit cell parameters a{sub o} and c{sub o} from peak profile analysis. The parameter a{sub o} = b{sub o} was found to be a linear function of the composition. This dependency confirms Vegard's law and indicates the presence of a continuous solid-solution series in the hydrotalcite-pyroaurite system. TGA data show that the temperatures at which interlayer H{sub 2}O molecules and CO{sub 3}{sup 2-} anions are lost, and at which dehydroxylation of the layers occurs, all decrease with increasing mole fraction of iron within the hydroxide layers. Features of the Raman spectra also depend on the iron content. The absence of Raman bands for Fe-rich members (x{sub Fe} > 0.5) is attributed to possible fluorescence phenomena. Based on chemical analysis of both the solids and the reaction solutions after synthesis, preliminary Gibbs free energies of formation have been estimated. Values of {Delta}G{sup o}{sub f}(hydrotalcite) = - 3773.3 {+-} 51.4 kJ/mol and {Delta}G{sup o}{sub f}(pyroaurite) = - 3294.5 {+-} 95.8 kJ/mol were found at 296.15 K. The formal uncertainties of these formations constants are very high. Derivation of more precise values would require carefully designed solubility experiments and improved analytical techniques.

  9. Photovoltaic properties of Zr(x)Ti(1-x)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays.

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    Gu, Xuehui; Liu, Guohua; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Haifeng; Zhou, Jingran; Guo, Wenbin; Chen, Yu; Ruan, Shengping

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, Zr(0.05Ti(0.95)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays (NWs) were prepared by a low temperature hydrothermal method. The as-prepared NWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. With the doping of Zr content, the band gap of the composite can be varied in a wide range and excellent photoelectric properties of the arrays could be obtained. Moreover, a preliminary study on the photoelectric properties was conducted, which indicates potential applications of the arrays for fabricating high performance ultraviolet photodetectors.

  10. De-SO sub x catalyst; An XRD study of magnesium aluminate spinel and its solid solutions

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    Yoo, J.S.; Bhattacharyya, A.A.; Radlowski, C.A. . Research and Development Dept.)

    1991-07-01

    This paper reports on a systematic X-ray diffraction study that was undertaken to characterize the stoichiometric spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}), alumina excess spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} {center dot} xAl{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and magnesia excess spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} {center dot} MgO). A Vegard's plot, lattice parameter vs the composition of these solid solutions, reveals that, in alumina excess spinel, a continuous solid solution (x = 0 {minus} {infinity}) exists, while, in magnesia excess material, the solid solution is limited to y = 0-1. When y = 1, a solid solution assumes the composition of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} {center dot} MgO. If y {gt} 1, both periclase and stoichiometric spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) phases coexist. The SO{sub x} removal activity of various hydrothermally stable cerium oxide containing solid solution spinels was evaluated. In the magnesia excess solid solutions, SO{sub x} removal activity increased as MgO increased and reached maximum at y = 1, which is the CeO{sub 2}/MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} {center dot} MgO system. This catalyst is the most widely used SO{sub x} reduction catalyst today.

  11. NEXAFS Chemical State and Bond Lengths of p-Aminobenzoic Acid in Solution and Solid State

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    Stevens, J. S.; Gainar, A.; Suljoti, E.; Xiao, J.; Golnak, R.; Aziz, E. F.; Schroeder, S. L. M.

    2016-05-01

    Solid-state and solution pH-dependent NEXAFS studies allow direct observation of the electronic state of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) as a function of its chemical environment, revealing the chemical state and bonding of the chemical species. Variations in the ionization potential (IP) and 1s→π* resonances unequivocally identify the chemical species (neutral, cationic, or anionic) present and the varying local environment. Shifts in σ* shape resonances relative to the IP in the NEXAFS spectra vary with C-N bond length, and the important effect of minor alterations in bond length is confirmed with nitrogen FEFF calculations, leading to the possibility of bond length determination in solution.

  12. Solubility of solid solutes in HFA-134a with a correlation to physico-chemical properties.

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    Hoye, Julie A; Gupta, Abhishek; Myrdal, Paul B

    2008-01-01

    The reformulation of pressurized metered dose inhalers with HFAs from CFCs has given rise to many solubility challenges. Compounds and excipients previously used in CFCs were observed to have significantly different solubility values in HFA-134a. In this investigation, the solubility values of 36 solid organic solutes in HFA-134a were determined. The set of compounds display diverse physico-chemical properties and yielded solubility values that ranged over 4 orders of magnitude. The experimental solubilities were compared to calculated values obtained from ideal solubility theory as well as from regular solution theory. While the theoretical models did not offer absolute solubility estimations, a clear correlation with the ideal solubility (melting point) was noted. Further consideration utilizing multiple linear regression models afforded correlations based on molecular properties. Regression models, containing melting point and log P (or molar volume) resulted in promising correlations having average absolute errors of 0.43 log units, or a factor of 2.69.

  13. Silicon nitride-aluminum oxide solid solution (SiAION) formation and densification by pressure sintering

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    Yeh, H. C.; Sanders, W. A.; Fiyalko, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    Stirred-ball-mill-blended Si3N4 and Al2O3 powders were pressure sintered in order to investigate the mechanism of solid solution formation and densification in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system. Powder blends with Si3N4:Al2O3 mole ratios of 4:1, 3:2, and 2:3 were pressure sintered at 27.6-MN/sq m pressure at temperatures to 17000 C (3090 F). The compaction behavior of the powder blends during pressure sintering was determined by observing the density of the powder compact as a function of temperature and time starting from room temperature. This information, combined with the results of X-ray diffraction and metallographic analyses regarding solutioning and phase transformation phenomena in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system, was used to describe the densification behavior.

  14. A statistical mechanical calculation of the thermodynamic properties of interstitial solid solutions involving second nearest neighbor interactions.

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    Alex, K.; Mclellan, R. B.

    1971-01-01

    A previous calculation of the thermodynamic properties of interstitial solid solutions based on the technique of Kirkwood expansions has been extended to include the effects of second nearest neighbor solute atom mutual interactions. The error inherent in the first order (or quasi-chemical) counting of the degeneracy of the solution crystal is avoided. It is shown that, at high temperatures, even strong second nearest neighbor solute mutual interactions have a negligible effect on the entropy of the solution and a small, temperature-dependent effect on the solute partial enthalpy.

  15. Synthesis and crystallographic study of Pb-Sr hydroxyapatite solid solutions by high temperature mixing method under hydrothermal conditions

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    Zhu Kongjun; Yanagisawa, Kazumichi; Shimanouchi, Rie; Onda, Ayumu; Kajiyoshi, Koji; Qiu Jinhao

    2009-06-03

    The solid solutions in the system of Pb and Sr hydroxyapatite, Sr{sub 10-x}Pb{sub x}HAp (x = 0-10), were successfully synthesized by high-temperature mixing method (HTMM) at 160 deg. C for 12 h under hydrothermal conditions. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, chemical analysis and electron microscopic observation, and the site of the metal ions in the solid solutions was analyzed with the Rietveld method. The lattice constants, both a and c, of the solid solutions varied linearly with Pb content. It was found that Pb ions in the solid solutions preferentially occupied the M(2) site in the apatite structure. HTMM gives Sr-Pb HAp solid solutions much better crystallization. However, due to the formation of intermediate compound of Pb{sub 3}O{sub 2}(OH){sub 2} in the Pb(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O solution before mixing with (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} solution at 160 deg. C, HTMM causes the decrease of crystallization of the samples with high Pb content.

  16. Interatomic interactions and thermodynamic parameters in dilute solid solutions of the Ag-Au system

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    Bogdanov, V. I.; Bol'shov, L. A.; Korneichuk, E. A.; Popov, V. A.; Korneichuk, S. K.; Badanin, D. A.

    2015-07-01

    The thermodynamic parameters of interaction and the enthalpy parameters are of fundamental importance in the theory of solutions, i.e., the coefficients of the expansion of partial excess thermodynamic functions into series in terms of the concentrations of the dissolved components. In the approximation of pairwise interactions between the impurity atoms in the solution, the above parameters can be computed using the methods of the density-functional theory in the electron theory of alloys. As an example, the substitutional solid solutions of Au in Ag have been chosen, which are formed by atoms of the components with close chemical properties, in which the deformation interactions should be small, and in which there is no need to take into account the complex magnetic contributions to the pair potentials. The total energy of the dilute solution of Au in Ag and the contributions from the chemical and strain-induced interactions to the potentials of pairwise interactions are calculated up to the seventh coordination shell. Quite satisfactory agreement with the thermodynamic parameters obtained from the experimental data has been obtained.

  17. Stabilization of hot-melt extrusion formulations containing solid solutions using polymer blends.

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    Prodduturi, Suneela; Urman, Kevin L; Otaigbe, Joshua U; Repka, Michael A

    2007-06-29

    This study was aimed at enhancing the physical stability of the drug clotrimazole (CT) and the polymer contained within hot-melt extrusion (HME) films using polymer blends of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The HME films were investigated for solid-state characteristics, moisture sorption, bioadhesivity, mechanical properties, glass transition temperature, release characteristics, and physical and chemical stability of the drug and the polymer within the HME films. The solid-state characterization of the drug and the polymer was performed using differential scanning calorimetry, x-ray diffractometry, and dynamic mechanical analysis. A texture analyzer was used to study the bioadhesive and mechanical properties of the HME films. The physical and chemical stability of the films, stored at 25 degrees C/60% relative humidity or in a desiccator, was studied for up to 12 months. CT was found to be in solid solution within all of the formulations extruded. The physical stability of the drug and PEO in the HME films increased with increasing HPC concentration, but the bioadhesivity and flexibility of the PEO films decreased with increasing HPC concentration. Films containing HPC:PEO:CT in the ratio of 55:35:10 demonstrated optimum physical-mechanical, bioadhesive, and release properties. In conclusion, polymer blends of HPC and PEO were used successfully to tailor the drug release, mechanical and bioadhesive properties, and stability of the HME films.

  18. The role of atomic ordering on phonon transport in substitutional solid solutions

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    Duda, John Charles

    The past several decades have seen sudden and rapid advances in micro- and nanotechnology. Consequently, a wide array of novel electronic, optical, and magnetic devices have been developed, all sharing one common feature: characteristic lengths scales on the order of a few to hundreds of nanometers. In almost all cases, it is the high density of interfaces that provides the material properties allowing for the purposeful and unique operation for which these devices were designed. However, these material boundaries have a marked impact on the thermal properties of the device as well. While thermal conductivity is often a critical property in modern device design, it frequently remains an afterthought. In many cases, the electrical or optical operating principles of a given device require a specific set of materials be used. As a result, the thermal performance of such a device can only be controlled through packaging techniques. Ultimately, it would be advantageous if the thermal transport properties of a given material system could be independently tuned while keeping the constituent components of the system fixed, a concept that has implications for both current- and next-generation applications. Many random substitutional solid solutions (alloys) will display a tendency to chemically order given the appropriate kinetic and thermodynamic conditions. Such order-disorder transitions result in crystallographic reconfigurations, where the atomic basis, symmetry, and periodicity of the alloy change dramatically. The objective of this work is to demonstrate that through exploitation of chemically-ordered solid-solutions, new strategies to gain control over the thermal conductivities of solid-state material systems are possible. Both non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations and harmonic lattice dynamics (LD) calculations will be implemented to achieve this goal. The results of these simulations will show that through the exploitation of chemical ordering

  19. Mesoporous MnCeOx solid solutions for low temperature and selective oxidation of hydrocarbons

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Lu, Hanfeng; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Li; Wu, Zili; Yang, Shize; Shi, Hongliang; Zhu, Qiulian; Chen, Yinfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-10-01

    The development of noble-metal-free heterogeneous catalysts that can realize the aerobic oxidation of C-H bonds at low temperature is a profound challenge in the catalysis community. Here we report the synthesis of a mesoporous Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution that is highly active for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons under mild conditions (100-120 °C). Notably, the catalytic performance achieved in the oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanone/cyclohexanol (100 °C, conversion: 17.7%) is superior to those by the state-of-art commercial catalysts (140-160 °C, conversion: 3-5%). The high activity can be attributed to the formation of a Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution with an ultrahigh manganese doping concentration in the CeO2 cubic fluorite lattice, leading to maximum active surface oxygens for the activation of C-H bonds and highly reducible Mn4+ ions for the rapid migration of oxygen vacancies from the bulk to the surface.

  20. Magneto-optical spectroscopic studies of solid and solution-phase tetra-phenyl porphyrin

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    Wahlen-Strothman, Jacob; Pan, Zhen Wen; Lamarche, Cody; Manning, Lane; Rawat, Naveen; Tokumoto, Takahisa; McGill, Stephen; Furis, Madalina; Chu, Kelvin

    2012-02-01

    Tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) is a heterocyclic model system for porphyrins found in heme proteins, cytochromes and photosynthetic cofactors. TPP can accommodate a metal ion in the center; D-shell ion porphyrin complexes with a crystalline solid phase are of interest for magnetic studies because of the possibility of macroscopic long-range magnetic order of the ion spins. We have investigated the 5K magnetic properties of poly-crystalline thin films of TPP complexed with Zn, Mn and Cu and deposited through a room temperature capillary pen technique that produces grain size in the 100 micron to 1mm range. Our novel setup measures the UV/VIS, linear dichroism and MCD simultaneously and incorporates a photoelastic modulator and a microscopy superconducting magnet for high-field (5T) measurements. In addition, we present 25T data on samples from the new split magnet at NHMFL. We present solution and crystalline data on metal-complexed TPP; data are analyzed in terms of A and B-type MCD using a perimeter model. We find good agreement with previous solution data, and novel crystalline phase spectra that are correlated to the long range ordering of the solid state.

  1. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, George Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C.; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K.; Stoller, Roger E.; Samolyuk, German D.; et al

    2015-10-28

    A long-standing objective in materials research is to understand how energy is dissipated in both the electronic and atomic subsystems in irradiated materials, and how related non-equilibrium processes may affect defect dynamics and microstructure evolution. Here we show that alloy complexity in concentrated solid solution alloys having both an increasing number of principal elements and altered concentrations of specific elements can lead to substantial reduction in the electron mean free path and thermal conductivity, which has a significant impact on energy dissipation and consequentially on defect evolution during ion irradiation. Enhanced radiation resistance with increasing complexity from pure nickel tomore » binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed under ion irradiation up to an average damage level of 1 displacement per atom. Understanding how materials properties can be tailored by alloy complexity and their influence on defect dynamics may pave the way for new principles for the design of radiation tolerant structural alloys.« less

  2. Mesoporous MnCeOx solid solutions for low temperature and selective oxidation of hydrocarbons

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Lu, Hanfeng; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Li; Wu, Zili; Yang, Shize; Shi, Hongliang; Zhu, Qiulian; Chen, Yinfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-01-01

    The development of noble-metal-free heterogeneous catalysts that can realize the aerobic oxidation of C–H bonds at low temperature is a profound challenge in the catalysis community. Here we report the synthesis of a mesoporous Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution that is highly active for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons under mild conditions (100–120 °C). Notably, the catalytic performance achieved in the oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanone/cyclohexanol (100 °C, conversion: 17.7%) is superior to those by the state-of-art commercial catalysts (140–160 °C, conversion: 3-5%). The high activity can be attributed to the formation of a Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution with an ultrahigh manganese doping concentration in the CeO2 cubic fluorite lattice, leading to maximum active surface oxygens for the activation of C–H bonds and highly reducible Mn4+ ions for the rapid migration of oxygen vacancies from the bulk to the surface. PMID:26469151

  3. Thermoelectric properties of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions under pressure

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    Ovsyannikov, S. V.; Grigor'eva, Yu. A.; Vorontsov, G. V.; Luk'yanova, L. N.; Kutasov, V. A.; Shchennikov, V. V.

    2012-02-01

    This paper reports on a study of the Seebeck coefficient and power factor κ of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions with different contents of antimony atoms in the bismuth sublattice for x = 0, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 under variation of pressure of up to 15 GPa. The magnitude of κ has been found to grow nonmonotonically within the pressure region of 2-4 GPa. The effective mass of the density of states m/ m 0 and the mobility μ0 have been calculated with due account of degeneracy within the parabolic model of the energy spectrum assuming isotropic charge carrier scattering. It has been shown that application of pressure brings about a decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility. The power factor κ of the p-Bi0.6Sb1.4Te3 composition exhibits at the pressure P ≈ 4 GPa the largest increase of the power factor κ as a result of a weak decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility as compared to the other solid solution compositions. The specific feature of the variation of the power factor κ with a change of the pressure in bismuth telluride near P ≈ 3 GPa, which is accompanied by formation of a knee in the m/ m 0 vs. P dependence, can be assigned to an electronic topological transition.

  4. CO oxidation on Ta-Modified SnO2 solid solution catalysts

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    Han, Xue; Xu, Xianglan; Liu, Wenming; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Rongbin

    2013-06-01

    Co-precipitation method was adopted to prepare Sn-Ta mixed oxide catalysts with different Sn/Ta molar ratios and used for CO oxidation. The catalysts were investigated by N2-Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (N2-BET), X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), Thermal Gravity Analysis - Differential Scanning Calorimetry (TGA-DSC) techniques. It is revealed that a small amount of Ta cations can be doped into SnO2 lattice to form solid solution by co-precipitation method, which resulted in samples having higher surface areas, improved thermal stability and more deficient oxygen species on the surface of SnO2. As a result, those Sn rich Sn-Ta solid solution catalysts with an Sn/Ta molar ratio higher than 4/2 showed significantly enhanced activity as well as good resistance to water deactivation. It is noted here that if tantala disperses onto SnO2 surface instead of doping into its lattice, it will then have negative effect on its activity.

  5. Electrophysical properties of solid solutions of silver in PbTe

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    Sharov, M. K.

    2012-05-15

    The thermopower coefficient {alpha}{sub 0} and the electrical conductivity {sigma} of Pb{sub 1-x}Ag{sub x}Te solid solutions, where x = (0-0.007), are measured at T = 300 K. The hole concentration p is calculated. All samples are of the p type. With increasing silver content, {alpha}{sub 0} decreases, while p and {sigma} increase. For undoped crystals, {alpha}{sub 0} = 251.0 {mu}V/K, p = 1.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}, and {sigma} = 165 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}. At the silver-solubility limit for x = 0.007, {alpha}{sub 0} = 193.8 {mu}V/K, p = 2.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}, and {sigma} = 216 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}. The hole concentration in all samples is much lower than the concentration of introduced silver atoms. The hole gas in Pb{sub 1-x}Ag{sub x}Te solid solutions is weakly degenerate in the entire silver-concentration range.

  6. Mesoporous MnCeOx solid solutions for low temperature and selective oxidation of hydrocarbons

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Lu, Hanfeng; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Li; Wu, Zili; Yang, Shize; Shi, Hongliang; Zhu, Qiulian; Chen, Yinfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-10-15

    The development of noble-metal-free heterogeneous catalysts that can realize the aerobic oxidation of C–H bonds at low temperature is a profound challenge in the catalysis community. Here we report the synthesis of a mesoporous Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution that is highly active for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons under mild conditions (100–120 °C). Notably, the catalytic performance achieved in the oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanone/cyclohexanol (100 °C, conversion: 17.7%) is superior to those by the state-of-art commercial catalysts (140–160 °C, conversion: 3-5%). Finally, the high activity can be attributed to the formation of a Mn0.5Ce0.5Ox solid solution with an ultrahigh manganesemore » doping concentration in the CeO2 cubic fluorite lattice, leading to maximum active surface oxygens for the activation of C–H bonds and highly reducible Mn4+ ions for the rapid migration of oxygen vacancies from the bulk to the surface.« less

  7. Pressureless sintered beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution: Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Si3N4, AlN, and Al2O3 were used as basic constituents in a study of the pressureless sintering of beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as a function of temperature. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 MPa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 MPa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a glassy grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  8. Pressureless sintered beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution - Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Pressureless sintering of beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution was studied as a function of temperature using Si3N4, A1N, and Al2O3 as basic constituents. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 M Pa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 M Pa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a 'glassy' grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  9. Transformation of photophysical properties from solution to solid state in alkoxy-cyano-diphenylacetylene molecules.

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    Karunakaran, Venugopal; Prabhu, Deepak D; Das, Suresh; Varughese, Sunil

    2015-07-28

    Detailed photophysical properties of cyano and mono (MA)/bis alkoxy (DA) substituted diphenylacetylene moieties with different alkyl chain lengths (methyl (1), octyl (8) and dodecyl (12)) were investigated in solution and the solid state in an effort to determine the effect of self-aggregation on these properties. The solvated molecules showed a minimal bathochromic shift with an increase of solvent polarity in their absorption spectra, whereas a significant shift was observed in the emission spectra. This could be attributed to the relatively low change in dipole moment between ground and Franck-Condon excited states and luminescence arising from the intramolecular charge transfer state with a dipole moment significantly higher than that of the ground state. In solid state the emission quantum yields of these materials were significantly higher than in solution. For DA1, polymorphic materials with distinct photophysical properties were obtained. The DA1 materials obtained by fast precipitation (DA1) showed broad fluorescence with peaks at 398, 467 and 535 nm upon excitation at different wavelengths. Detailed analysis of absorption, emission and excitation spectra and lifetime experiments indicated that these peaks could be attributed to the monomer, J- and H-type aggregates respectively. Whereas the crystals obtained by slow crystallization (DA1C) showed only one emission peak at around 396 nm attributed to the monomer. This is supported by the single crystal X-ray structure which consists of a monomer molecule having minimal interaction with nearest neighbour molecules.

  10. Mechanistic study of carvacrol processing and stabilization as glassy solid solution and microcapsule.

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    Tackenberg, Markus W; Geisthövel, Carola; Marmann, Andreas; Schuchmann, Heike P; Kleinebudde, Peter; Thommes, Markus

    2015-01-30

    Essential oils and other liquid active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are frequently microencapsulated to improve shelf life, handling, and for tailoring release. A glassy solid solution (GSS), a single-phase system, where the excipient is plasticized by the API, could be an alternative formulation system. Thus this study focuses on the investigation of two formulation strategies using carvacrol as a model compound, namely a microcapsule (MC) and a glassy solid solution (GSS). Applying the solubility parameter approach, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was chosen as a suitable matrix material for a GSS system, whereas maltodextrin and sucrose served as excipients for a microcapsule (MC) system. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements of the excipients' glass transition temperatures and the melting point of carvacrol verified plasticizing properties of carvacrol on PVP. Batch mixing processes, as preliminary experiments for future extrusion processes, were performed to prepare GSSs and MCs with various amounts of carvacrol, followed by crushing and sieving. Maximally 4.5% carvacrol was encapsulated in the carbohydrate material, whereas up to 16.3% were stabilized as GSS, which is an outstanding amount. However, grinding of the samples led to a loss of up to 30% of carvacrol.

  11. Manipulation of σy/κ ratio in single phase FCC solid-solutions

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    Lee, J. I.; Oh, H. S.; Park, E. S.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate how to manipulate the ratio between thermal conductivity (κ) and yield strength (σy) in face-centered cubic solid-solutions by varying the number of principal elements (NPEs) and temperature. The influence of NPEs on κ and its electronic (κe) and lattice (κl) contribution is evaluated using the Wiedemann-Franz law. Positive Δκ/ΔT and the highest κl/κe ratio in high-entropy alloys (HEAs) can be understood by considering severe lattice distortion and compositional complexity. Among the solid-solutions from Ni to quinary alloys, the NiCoFeCrMn HEA exhibits the lowest κ. However, σy increases with increasing NPEs and decreasing temperature. Thus, the NiCoFeCrMn HEA exhibits the highest σy/κ ratio, higher than those of representative cryogenic alloys, which can be distinctively increased with a decrease in temperature. These results would give us a guideline on how to manipulate properties using HEA design concept in order to develop idealized cryogenic materials.

  12. Dissolution of aragonite-strontianite solid solutions in nonstoichiometric Sr (HCO3)2-Ca (HCO3)2-CO2-H2O solutions

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    Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.; Glynn, P.D.; Blum, A.E.

    1992-01-01

    Synthetic strontianite-aragonite solid-solution minerals were dissolved in CO2-saturated non-stoichiometric solutions of Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 at 25??C. The results show that none of the dissolution reactions reach thermodynamic equilibrium. Congruent dissolution in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions either attains or closely approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the dissolving solid. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions the reactions usually become incongruent, precipitating a Sr-rich phase before reaching stoichiometric saturation. Dissolution of mechanical mixtures of solids approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the least stable solid in the mixture. Surface uptake from subsaturated bulk solutions was observed in the initial minutes of dissolution. This surficial phase is 0-10 atomic layers thick in Sr(HCO3)2 solutions and 0-4 layers thick in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, and subsequently dissolves and/or recrystallizes, usually within 6 min of reaction. The initial transient surface precipitation (recrystallization) process is followed by congruent dissolution of the original solid which proceeds to stoichiometric saturation, or until the precipitation of a more stable Sr-rich solid. The compositions of secondary precipitates do not correspond to thermodynamic equilibrium or stoichiometric saturation states. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements indicate the formation of solid solutions on surfaces of aragonite and strontianite single crystals immersed in Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, respectively. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions, the XPS signal from the outer ~ 60 A?? on aragonite indicates a composition of 16 mol% SrCO3 after only 2 min of contact, and 14-18 mol% SrCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. The strontianite surface averages approximately 22 mol% CaCO3 after 2 min of contact with Ca(HCO3)2 solution, and is 34-39 mol% CaCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. XPS analysis suggests the surface composition is zoned with somewhat greater enrichment in the outer ~25

  13. Temperature Dependence of the Mechanical Properties of Equiatomic Solid Solution Alloys with FCC Crystal Structures

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    Wu, Zhenggang; Bei, Hongbin; Pharr, George M.; George, Easo P.

    2014-10-03

    We found that compared to decades-old theories of strengthening in dilute solid solutions, the mechanical behavior of concentrated solid solutions is relatively poorly understood. A special subset of these materials includes alloys in which the constituent elements are present in equal atomic proportions, including the high-entropy alloys of recent interest. A unique characteristic of equiatomic alloys is the absence of “solvent” and “solute” atoms, resulting in a breakdown of the textbook picture of dislocations moving through a solvent lattice and encountering discrete solute obstacles. Likewise, to clarify the mechanical behavior of this interesting new class of materials, we investigate heremore » a family of equiatomic binary, ternary and quaternary alloys based on the elements Fe, Ni, Co, Cr and Mn that were previously shown to be single-phase face-centered cubic (fcc) solid solutions. The alloys were arc-melted, drop-cast, homogenized, cold-rolled and recrystallized to produce equiaxed microstructures with comparable grain sizes. Tensile tests were performed at an engineering strain rate of 10-3 s-1 at temperatures in the range 77–673 K. Unalloyed fcc Ni was processed similarly and tested for comparison. The flow stresses depend to varying degrees on temperature, with some (e.g. NiCoCr, NiCoCrMn and FeNiCoCr) exhibiting yield and ultimate strengths that increase strongly with decreasing temperature, while others (e.g. NiCo and Ni) exhibit very weak temperature dependencies. Moreover, to better understand this behavior, the temperature dependencies of the yield strength and strain hardening were analyzed separately. Lattice friction appears to be the predominant component of the temperature-dependent yield stress, possibly because the Peierls barrier height decreases with increasing temperature due to a thermally induced increase of dislocation width. In the early stages of plastic flow (5–13% strain, depending on material), the temperature

  14. Temperature Dependence of the Mechanical Properties of Equiatomic Solid Solution Alloys with FCC Crystal Structures

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    Wu, Zhenggang; Bei, Hongbin; Pharr, George M.; George, Easo P.

    2014-10-03

    We found that compared to decades-old theories of strengthening in dilute solid solutions, the mechanical behavior of concentrated solid solutions is relatively poorly understood. A special subset of these materials includes alloys in which the constituent elements are present in equal atomic proportions, including the high-entropy alloys of recent interest. A unique characteristic of equiatomic alloys is the absence of “solvent” and “solute” atoms, resulting in a breakdown of the textbook picture of dislocations moving through a solvent lattice and encountering discrete solute obstacles. Likewise, to clarify the mechanical behavior of this interesting new class of materials, we investigate here a family of equiatomic binary, ternary and quaternary alloys based on the elements Fe, Ni, Co, Cr and Mn that were previously shown to be single-phase face-centered cubic (fcc) solid solutions. The alloys were arc-melted, drop-cast, homogenized, cold-rolled and recrystallized to produce equiaxed microstructures with comparable grain sizes. Tensile tests were performed at an engineering strain rate of 10-3 s-1 at temperatures in the range 77–673 K. Unalloyed fcc Ni was processed similarly and tested for comparison. The flow stresses depend to varying degrees on temperature, with some (e.g. NiCoCr, NiCoCrMn and FeNiCoCr) exhibiting yield and ultimate strengths that increase strongly with decreasing temperature, while others (e.g. NiCo and Ni) exhibit very weak temperature dependencies. Moreover, to better understand this behavior, the temperature dependencies of the yield strength and strain hardening were analyzed separately. Lattice friction appears to be the predominant component of the temperature-dependent yield stress, possibly because the Peierls barrier height decreases with increasing temperature due to a thermally induced increase of dislocation width. In the early stages of plastic flow (5–13% strain, depending on material), the

  15. Processing and characterization of nanocrystalline ceria

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    Zhou, Xiao-Dong

    Ceria and doped ceria have been extensively investigated and applied in various industrial fields, including automotive, energy, polishing media, paint additives and cosmetics. The use of high surface area, nanocrystalline CeO2 powder could benefit all of these applications. This is particularly true for processing dense components, since the high melting point (2400°C) of pure CeO2 makes it difficult to sinter. In this dissertation, a semi-batch reactor method was developed for directly synthesizing undoped and doped, nanometer-scale CeO2 particles at room temperature. Powders exhibited a surface area of ≈170 m 2/g, and could be decreased to 5 m2/g by thermal annealing at 1000°C. Control over the particle size, size distribution and state of agglomeration could be achieved through variation of the mixing conditions, and oxidation pathway. Modeling of the nucleation behavior yielded a surface energy for Ce(OH)3 to be in the range of 2.9--3.7 J/m 2. Size induced lattice relaxation was observed for nanoscale CeO2 single crystals with an average size from 4 to 60 nm. Results showed the finest crystallites exhibited no strain-induced line broadening, while high temperature annealing resulted in larger grain sizes and significant strains. Modeling revealed that the [V••o] was found to be ≈4 x 1020/cm 3 for the 4 nm crystallites, and decreased two orders of magnitude for larger 60 mn single crystals. The microstructural evolution and grain boundary influence on electrical properties of Ce0.90Gd0.10 O1.95 were also studied. The nanoscale powders synthesized from semi-batch reactor exhibited 50% green density and 92% sintering density at 1200°C (≈200°C less than previous studies). A series of impedance spectra as a function of temperature and grain size were analyzed. The Ce 0.90Gd0.10O1.95 with finest grain size possessed highest overall grain boundary resistance; this contribution was eliminated at T>600°C, regardless of grain size. The grain conductivity

  16. Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution nanoplates: synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic mechanism.

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    Zhang, Li-Sha; Wong, Kin-Hang; Zhang, Die-Qing; Hu, Chun; Yu, Jimmy C; Chan, Chiu-Yeung; Wong, Po-Keung

    2009-10-15

    Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution nanoplates (Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSNs) with uniform nanoparticle size were synthesized through a simple sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-assisted hydrothermal process. To achieve better photoabsorption in the visible light (VL) region and suitable redox potentials of the Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution (Zn:In(OH)ySz-SS), the substitution of S(2-) for OH was carried out by adjusting the concentration of thiourea and SDS in the synthesis solution, while the doping of Zn2+ was realized by adjusting Zn2+ concentration. In addition, the morphology and crystallinity of Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSs were also controlled by the concentration of SDS. Using Rhodamine B (RhB) as a target pollutant the photocatalytic performance of these Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSs with different components, diameter sizes, and morphologies was investigated. Remarkably, Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSNs prepared with atomic ratio of Zn2+ and In3+ of 0.6, 45 mmol L(-1) thiourea, and 26 mmol L(-1) SDS, have the highest visible-light-driven (VLD) photocatalytic activity, exceeding 95% for the degradation of RhB after 60 min. The investigation of photocatalylic mechanism further indicates that the holes, superoxide radical (*O2(-)) and surficial hydroxyl radical (*OHs) are the major reactive species for the photocatalytic reactions. More importantly, for the first time, a simple and versatile strategy is developed to confirm the fact that direct contact between the Zn:In(OH)ySz-SS and RhB is the prerequisite for the photocatalytic degradation of RhB. Therefore, we report not only the preparation of a novel and effective VL-driven photocatalyst, but also provide mechanistic insight into semiconductor photocatalysis.

  17. Cobalt incorporation in calcite: thermochemistry of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions from density functional theory simulations

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    González-López, Jorge; Ruiz-Hernández, Sergio E.; Fernández-González, Ángeles; Jiménez, Amalia; de Leeuw, Nora H.; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo

    2015-04-01

    The incorporation of cobalt in mixed metal carbonates is a possible route to the immobilization of this toxic element in the environment. However, the thermodynamics of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions are still unclear due to conflicting data from experiment and from the observation of natural ocurrences. Atomistic computer simulations, which allow the evaluation of thermodynamic properties without the interference of unknown kinetic factors, have been increasingly used in recent years for the investigation of the thermodynamics of mixing and impurity incorporation in carbonate. We report here the results of a computer simulation study of the mixing of calcite (CaCO3) and spherocobaltite (CoCO3), using density functional theory calculations. Our simulations suggest that previously proposed thermodynamic models, based only on observed compositions, significantly overestimate the solubility between the two solids and therefore underestimate the extension of the miscibility gap under ambient conditions. The enthalpy of mixing of the disordered solid solution is strongly positive and moderately asymmetric: calcium incorporation in spherocobaltite is more endothermic than cobalt incorporation in calcite. Ordering of the impurities in (0001) layers is energetically favourable with respect to the disordered solid solution at low temperatures and intermediate compositions, but the ordered phase is still unstable to demixing. The solvus and spinodal lines in the phase diagram using a sub-regular solution model has been also calculated, and conclude that many Ca1-xCoxCO3 mineral solid solutions (with observed compositions of up to x=0.027, and above x=0.93) are metastable with respect to phase separation. The strong non-ideality of this solid solution has an important effect on the solid solution / aqueous solution thermodynamic partitioning: the equilibrium level of substitutional impurities in the endmember solids is always low, regardless of the composition of the aqueous

  18. Solid solution trends that impact electrical design of submicron layers in dielectric capacitors

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    Levi, Roni D.

    It is predictable that future thin layer multilayer dielectrics and thin films embedded capacitors will require higher field and higher reliability performance. This thesis explores the fundamental factors that would limit the high field and reliability performance in thin layer dielectrics based on BaTiO3. Those factors have different origins: On one side, the nature of the metal-dielectric interface was shown to affect the high field dielectric properties of capacitive structures. In addition to that, the intrinsic bulk properties of BaTiO3 based solid solutions affect the high field properties of thin dielectric layers depending on composition and annealing conditions. Both effects were investigated in this study. The temperature dependence of the electrical leakage current density of chemical solution deposited BaTiO3 films on high purity Ni foils was investigated as function of the underlying Ni microstructure. The electrical properties were then characterized on capacitors with and without the presence of Ni grain boundaries. When a Ni grain boundary from the substrate was present in the capacitor used during the electrical measurements, the loss tangent of the capacitor rose rapidly for dc biases exceeding ˜25kV/cm. The critical bias increases to ˜100kV/cm when no substrate grain boundaries are included in the capacitor. In addition, the capacitance-voltage curves are much more symmetric when grain boundaries are absent. This disparity in the electrical behavior was analyzed in terms of the mechanisms of charge conduction across the Ni-dielectric interface. While a reverse biased Schottky emission mechanism dominates the current in areas free of Ni grain boundaries, the Schottky barrier at the cathode is less effective when Ni grain boundaries are present due to local enhancement of the electric field. This, leads to a larger leakage current dominated by the forward biased Schottky barrier at the anode. In addition to the interface influence, the

  19. Oxygen vacancy ordering within anion-deficient Ceria

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    Hull, S.; Norberg, S.T.; Ahmed, I.; Eriksson, S.G.; Marrocchelli, D.; Madden, P.A.

    2009-10-15

    The structural properties of anion deficient ceria, CeO{sub 2-{delta}}, have been studied as a function of oxygen partial pressure, p(O{sub 2}), over the range 0>=log{sub 10p}(O{sub 2})>=-18.9 at 1273(2) K using the neutron powder diffraction technique. Rietveld refinement of the diffraction data collected on decreasing p(O{sub 2}) showed increases in the cubic lattice parameter, a, the oxygen nonstoichiometry, delta, and the isotropic thermal vibration parameters, u{sub Ce} and u{sub O}, starting at log{sub 10p}(O{sub 2}){approx}-11. The increases are continuous, but show a distinct kink at log{sub 10p}(O{sub 2}){approx}-14.5. Analysis of the total scattering (Bragg plus diffuse components) using reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modelling indicates that the O{sup 2-} vacancies preferentially align as pairs in the <111> cubic directions as the degree of nonstoichiometry increases. This behaviour is discussed with reference to the chemical crystallography of the CeO{sub 2}-Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} system at ambient temperature and, in particular, to the nature of the long-range ordering of O{sup 2-} vacancies within the crystal structure of Ce{sub 7}O{sub 12}. - Graphical abstract: Partial radial distribution function for oxygen vacancies within CeO{sub 1.710} at 1273 K (solid line) showing the increased tendency for local ordering in <111> directions compared to a random distribution (dashed line).

  20. Iron site occupancies in magnetite-ulvospinel solid solution: A new approach using XMCD

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    Pearce, C. I.; Henderson, C. M. B.; Telling, N. D.; Pattrick, R. A.D.; Vaughan, D. J.; Charnock, J. M.; Arenholz, E.; Tuna, F.; Coker, V.S.; Laan, G. van der

    2009-06-22

    Ordering of Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} between octahedral (Oh) and tetrahedral (Td) sites in synthetic members of the magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) - ulvoespinel (Fe{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}) solid-solution series was determined using Fe L{sub 2,3}-edge X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) coupled with electron microprobe and chemical analysis, Ti L-edge spectroscopy, Fe K-edge EXAFS and XANES, Fe{sub 57} Moessbauer spectroscopy, and unit cell parameters. Microprobe analysis, cell edges and chemical FeO determinations showed that the bulk compositions of the samples were stoichiometric magnetite-ulvoespinel solid-solutions. Surface sensitive XMCD showed that the surfaces of these oxide minerals were more sensitive to redox conditions and some samples required re-equilibration with suitable solid-solid buffers. Detailed site-occupancy analysis of these samples gave XMCD-Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} ratios very close to stoichiometric values. L{sub 2,3}-edge spectroscopy showed that Ti{sup 4+} was restricted to Oh sites. XMCD results showed that significant Fe{sup 2+} only entered Td when the Ti content was > 0.40 apfu while Fe{sup 2+} in Oh increased from 1 a.p.f.u in magnetite to a maximum of {approx}1.4 apfu in USP45. As the Ti content increased from this point, the steady increase in Fe{sup 2+} in Td sites was clearly observable in the XMCD spectra, concurrent with a slow decrease in Fe{sup 2+} in Oh sites. Calculated magnetic moments showed a steady decrease from magnetite (4.06 {mu}{sub B}) to USP45 (1.5 {mu}{sub B}) and then a slower decrease towards the value for ulvoespinel (0 {mu}{sub B}). Two of the synthesized samples were also partially maghemitized by re-equilibrating with an oxidizing Ni-NiO buffer and XMCD showed that Fe{sup 2+} oxidation only occurred at Oh sites, with concomitant vacancy formation restricted to this site. This study shows the advantage of using XMCD as a direct measurement of Fe oxidation state in these complex magnetic spinels. These results

  1. Solution-liquid-solid growth of semiconductor quantum-wire films.

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    Wang, Fudong; Wayman, Virginia L; Loomis, Richard A; Buhro, William E

    2011-06-28

    We report the growth of cadmium-selenide (CdSe) quantum-wire (QW) films on a variety of substrates by the solution-liquid-solid (SLS) method. Our SLS syntheses employ size-controlled, near-monodisperse bismuth (Bi) nanoparticles (NPs) as the catalysts for QW growth, which offers several advantages over Bi NPs thermally generated from thin Bi films, including mean QW diameter control, narrow diameter distributions, small diameters in the quantum-confinement regime, and control of the QW density on the substrates. The Bi NPs are deposited on the substrates via drop casting of a Bi-NP solution and subsequently annealed in a reducing atmosphere, a key step to ensure firm attachment of the Bi NPs onto the substrates and maintenance of their catalytic activity for the QW-film growth. The QW growth density is proportional to the Bi-NP coating density, which is determined by the concentration of the Bi-NP deposition solution. Lower concentrations are used for small Bi NPs to reduce their high tendency for agglomeration and to achieve control over mean QW diameter and to produce narrow diameter distributions. Spectroscopic evidence of quantum confinement is provided. Related films of InP, InAs, and PbSe QWs are also described.

  2. Influence of gadolinium doping on the structure and defects of ceria under fuel cell operating temperature

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    Acharya, S. A. Gaikwad, V. M.; Sathe, V.; Kulkarni, S. K.

    2014-03-17

    Correlation between atomic positional shift, oxygen vacancy defects, and oxide ion conductivity in doped ceria system has been established in the gadolinium doped ceria system from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy study at operating temperature (300–600 °C) of Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFC). High temperature XRD data are used to quantify atomic positional shift from mean position with temperature. The Raman spectroscopy study shows additional vibration modes related to ordering of defect spaces (Gd{sub Ce}{sup ′}−V{sub o}{sup ••}){sup *} and (2Gd{sub Ce}{sup ′}−V{sub o}{sup ••}){sup x} generated due to association of oxygen vacancies and reduced cerium or dopant cations site (Gd{sup 3+}), which disappear at 450 °C; indicating oxygen vacancies dissociation from the defect complex. The experimental evidences of cation-anion positional shifting and oxygen vacancies dissociation from defect complex in the IT-SOFC operating temperature are discussed to correlate with activation energy for ionic conductivity.

  3. Reduction Dynamics of Doped Ceria, Nickel Oxide, and Cermet Composites Probed Using In Situ Raman Spectroscopy

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    Shearing, Paul R.; Brightman, Edward; Brett, Dan J. L.; Brandon, Nigel P.; Cohen, Lesley F.

    2016-01-01

    The redox properties of gadolinium doped ceria (CGO) and nickel oxide (NiO) composite cermets underpin the operation of solid oxide electrochemical cells. Although these systems have been widely studied, a full comprehension of the reaction dynamics at the interface of these materials is lacking. Here, in situ Raman spectroscopic monitoring of the redox cycle is used to investigate the interplay between the dynamic and competing processes of hydrogen spillover and water dissociation on the doped ceria surface. In order to elucidate these mechanisms, the redox process in pure CGO and NiO is studied when exposed to wet and dry hydrogen and is compared to the cermet behavior. In dry hydrogen, CGO reduces relatively rapidly via a series of intermediate phases, while NiO reduces via a single‐step process. In wet reducing atmospheres, however, the oxidation state of pure CGO is initially stabilized due to the dissociation of water by reduced Ce(III) and subsequent incorporation of oxygen into the structure. In the reduction process involving the composite cermet, the close proximity of the NiO improves the efficiency and speed of the composite reduction process. Although NiO is already incorporated into working cells, these observations suggest direct routes to further improve cell performance. PMID:27595058

  4. Fast vacancy-mediated oxygen ion incorporation across the ceria-gas electrochemical interface.

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    Feng, Zhuoluo A; El Gabaly, Farid; Ye, Xiaofei; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Chueh, William C

    2014-07-09

    Electrochemical incorporation reactions are ubiquitous in energy storage and conversion devices based on mixed ionic and electronic conductors, such as lithium-ion batteries, solid-oxide fuel cells and water-splitting membranes. The two-way traffic of ions and electrons across the electrochemical interface, coupled with the bulk transport of mass and charge, has been challenging to understand. Here we report an investigation of the oxygen-ion incorporation pathway in CeO2-δ (ceria), one of the most recognized oxygen-deficient compounds, during hydrogen oxidation and water splitting. We probe the response of surface oxygen vacancies, electrons and adsorbates to the electrochemical polarization at the ceria-gas interface. We show that surface oxygen-ion transfer, mediated by oxygen vacancies, is fast. Furthermore, we infer that the electron transfer between cerium cations and hydroxyl ions is the rate-determining step. Our in operando observations reveal the precise roles of surface oxygen vacancy and electron defects in determining the rate of surface incorporation reactions.

  5. Reduction Dynamics of Doped Ceria, Nickel Oxide, and Cermet Composites Probed Using In Situ Raman Spectroscopy

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    Shearing, Paul R.; Brightman, Edward; Brett, Dan J. L.; Brandon, Nigel P.; Cohen, Lesley F.

    2016-01-01

    The redox properties of gadolinium doped ceria (CGO) and nickel oxide (NiO) composite cermets underpin the operation of solid oxide electrochemical cells. Although these systems have been widely studied, a full comprehension of the reaction dynamics at the interface of these materials is lacking. Here, in situ Raman spectroscopic monitoring of the redox cycle is used to investigate the interplay between the dynamic and competing processes of hydrogen spillover and water dissociation on the doped ceria surface. In order to elucidate these mechanisms, the redox process in pure CGO and NiO is studied when exposed to wet and dry hydrogen and is compared to the cermet behavior. In dry hydrogen, CGO reduces relatively rapidly via a series of intermediate phases, while NiO reduces via a single‐step process. In wet reducing atmospheres, however, the oxidation state of pure CGO is initially stabilized due to the dissociation of water by reduced Ce(III) and subsequent incorporation of oxygen into the structure. In the reduction process involving the composite cermet, the close proximity of the NiO improves the efficiency and speed of the composite reduction process. Although NiO is already incorporated into working cells, these observations suggest direct routes to further improve cell performance.

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

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

    2014-05-14

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

  7. Zirconium complexes with lactic acid in the solution and solid states

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    Demkowicz, Paul Andrew

    Lactic acid complexes of zirconium are used in a great number of industrial applications. Among these is their use as crosslinking agents for hydraulic fracturing fluids used in secondary oil recovery operations. Because of a poor understanding of zirconium lactate complex chemistry and crosslinking reactions, however, the design of superior fluid systems is often not guided by sound chemical principles and leads to empirical guesswork. Zirconium lactate solutions were characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, 1H, 13C, and 17O nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and potentiometry. The results indicate that lactic acid is coordinated bidentate to zirconium via the alcohol and carboxylate groups. The average number of lactate ligands per zirconium ion is approximately 2 and is demonstrated to be relatively constant from pH 4--9. The lability of the lactate complexes increases as the pH is decreased. The NMR data reveal that there are both large and small complex molecules present in solution, with the size of the complex depending on the extent of zirconium hydrolysis. Large complexes consist of lactic acid coordinated to polynuclear zirconium hydroxy ions. The molecular size of these complexes is sufficient to hinder their tumbling in solution and cause broadening of the measured NMR signals. Small complexes involve lactic acid coordinated to hydroxylated species containing fewer zirconium ions, such that the rotational motion in solution is sufficiently rapid to result in narrow NMR signals. Zirconium lactate complexes were precipitated from solution and analyzed in the solid state using FT-IR spectroscopy, 13C magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, thermal gravitational analysis, and x-ray diffraction. Two distinct types of crystalline compounds were synthesized with four lactate ligands per zirconium ion. The coordination of lactic acid to zirconium is different in the two compounds, with one showing

  8. Effect of Ceria on the Sulfation and Desulfation Characteristics of a Model Lean NOx Trap Catalyst

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    Ji, Yaying; Toops, Todd J; Crocker, Mark

    2009-01-01

    The effect of ceria addition on the sulfation and desulfation characteristics of a model Ba-based lean NO{sub x} trap (LNT) catalyst was studied. According to DRIFTS and NO{sub x} storage capacity measurements, ceria is able to store sulfur during catalyst exposure to SO{sub 2}, thereby helping to limit sulfation of the main (Ba) NO{sub x} storage phase and maintain NO{sub x} storage capacity. Temperature programmed desulfation experiments revealed that desulfation of a model ceria-containing catalyst occurred in two stages, corresponding to sulfur elimination from the ceria phase at {approx}450 C, followed by sulfur loss from the Ba phase at {approx}650 C. Significantly, the ceria-containing catalyst displayed relatively lower sulfur evolution from the Ba phase than its non-ceria analog, confirming that the presence of ceria lessened the degree of sulfur accumulation on the Ba phase.

  9. Physicochemical properties of solid solutions in the system TbO/sub x/-YO/sub 1. 5/

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    Glushkova, V.B.; Yusupova, S.G.; Kuznetsov, A.K.; Tikhonov, P.A.; Kravchinskaya, M.V.

    1988-03-20

    There have not been any systematic studies of the properties of solid solutions in the system TbO/sub x/-YO/sub 1.5/ (1.500 less than or equal to x < 2), apart from the work of Wolf and Schwab, who used x-ray phase and iodometric chemical analyses for studying the dependence of the degree of oxidation of terbium on its concentration in solid solutions with yttrium oxide. It was of interest in this connection to study in greater detail the properties of solid solutions in the given system using a combination of methods of physicochemical analysis. The following methods were used: thermogravimetric analysis, high-temperature x-ray diffraction, dilatometry, conductivity measurement with separation of electronic and ionic conductivity components in air, and differential thermal analysis. Their results lead to the conclusion that the character of thermal expansion and the magnitude and type of conductivity of solid solutions in the system TbO/sub x/-YO/sub 1.5/ depend closely on the oxidation state of terbium in the solid solution.

  10. Thermodynamics of magnesian calcite solid-solutions at 25°C and 1 atm total pressure

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    Busenberg, Eurybiades; Plummer, L. Niel

    1989-01-01

    The stability of magnesian calcites was reexamined, and new results are presented for 28 natural inorganic, 12 biogenic, and 32 synthetic magnesian calcites. The magnesian calcite solid-solutions were separated into two groups on the basis of differences in stoichiometric solubility and other physical and chemical properties. Group I consists of solids of mainly metamorphic and hydrothermal origin, synthetic calcites prepared at high temperatures and pressures, and synthetic solids prepared at low temperature and very low calcite supersaturations () from artificial sea water or NaClMgCl2CaCl2solutions. Group I solids are essentially binary s of CaCO2 and MgCO2, and are thought to be relatively free of structural defects. Group II solid-solutions are of either biogenic origin or are synthetic magnesian calcites and protodolomites (0–20 and ∼ 45 mole percent MgCO3) prepared at high calcite supersaturations () from NaClNa2SO4MgCl2CaCl2 or NaClMgCl2CaCl2 solutions. Group II solid-solutions are treated as massively defective solids. The defects include substitution foreign ions (Na+ and SO42−) in the magnesian calcite lattice (point defects) and dislocations (~2 · 109 cm−2). Within each group, the excess free energy of mixing, GE, is described by the mixing model , where x is the mole fraction of the end-member Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3 in the solid-solution. The values of A0and A1 for Group I and II solids were evaluated at 25°C. The equilibrium constants of all the solids are closely described by the equation ln , where KC and KD are the equilibrium constants of calcite and Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3. Group I magnesian calcites were modeled as sub-regular solid-solutions between calcite and dolomite, and between calcite and “disordered dolomite”. Both models yield almost identical equilibrium constants for these magnesian calcites. The Group II magnesian calcites were modeled as sub-regular solid-solutions between defective calcite and

  11. Analysis of electrostatic stability and ordering in quaternary perovskite solid solutions

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    Caetano, Clovis; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2016-04-01

    There are three distinct classes of perovskite structured metal oxides, defined by the charge states of the cations: AIBVO3,AIIBIVO3 , and AIIIBIIIO3 . We investigated the stability of cubic quaternary solid solutions A B O3-A'B'O3 using a model of point-charge lattices. The mixing enthalpies were calculated and compared for the three possible types of combinations of the compounds, both for the random alloys and the ground-state-ordered configurations. The mixing enthalpy of the (I,V)O3-(III,III)O3 alloy is always larger than the other alloys. We found that, different from homovalent alloys, for these heterovalent alloys a lattice constant mismatch between the constituent compounds could contribute to stabilize the alloy. At low temperatures, the alloys present a tendency to spontaneous ordering, forming superlattices consisting of alternated layers of AB O 3 and A'B'O3 along the [110 ] direction.

  12. Hydration of AMP and ATP Molecules in Aqueous Solution and Solid Films

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    Faizullin, Dzhigangir; Zakharchenko, Nataliya; Zuev, Yuriy; Puzenko, Alexander; Levy, Evgeniya; Feldman, Yuri

    2013-01-01

    Water enables life and plays a critical role in biology. Considered as a versatile and adaptive component of the cell, water engages a wide range of biomolecular interactions. An organism can exist and function only if its self-assembled molecular structures are hydrated. It was shown recently that switching of AMP/ATP binding to the insulin-independent glucose transporter Human Erythrocyte Glucose Transport Protein (GLUT1) may greatly influence the ratio of bulk and bound water during regulation of glucose uptake by red blood cells. In this paper, we present the results on the hydration properties of AMP/ATP obtained by means of dielectric spectroscopy in aqueous solution and for fully ionized forms in solid amorphous films with the help of gravimetric studies. PMID:24264037

  13. Characterization of berkelium(III) dipicolinate and borate compounds in solution and the solid state.

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    Silver, Mark A; Cary, Samantha K; Johnson, Jason A; Baumbach, Ryan E; Arico, Alexandra A; Luckey, Morgan; Urban, Matthew; Wang, Jamie C; Polinski, Matthew J; Chemey, Alexander; Liu, Guokui; Chen, Kuan-Wen; Van Cleve, Shelley M; Marsh, Matthew L; Eaton, Teresa M; van de Burgt, Lambertus J; Gray, Ashley L; Hobart, David E; Hanson, Kenneth; Maron, Laurent; Gendron, Frédéric; Autschbach, Jochen; Speldrich, Manfred; Kögerler, Paul; Yang, Ping; Braley, Jenifer; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E

    2016-08-26

    Berkelium is positioned at a crucial location in the actinide series between the inherently stable half-filled 5f(7) configuration of curium and the abrupt transition in chemical behavior created by the onset of a metastable divalent state that starts at californium. However, the mere 320-day half-life of berkelium's only available isotope, (249)Bk, has hindered in-depth studies of the element's coordination chemistry. Herein, we report the synthesis and detailed solid-state and solution-phase characterization of a berkelium coordination complex, Bk(III)tris(dipicolinate), as well as a chemically distinct Bk(III) borate material for comparison. We demonstrate that berkelium's complexation is analogous to that of californium. However, from a range of spectroscopic techniques and quantum mechanical calculations, it is clear that spin-orbit coupling contributes significantly to berkelium's multiconfigurational ground state. PMID:27563098

  14. Analysis of lasers as a solution to efficiency droop in solid-state lighting

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    Chow, Weng W.; Crawford, Mary H.

    2015-10-06

    This letter analyzes the proposal to mitigate the efficiency droop in solid-state light emitters by replacing InGaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with lasers. The argument in favor of this approach is that carrier-population clamping after the onset of lasing limits carrier loss to that at threshold, while stimulated emission continues to grow with injection current. A fully quantized (carriers and light) theory that is applicable to LEDs and lasers (above and below threshold) is used to obtain a quantitative evaluation. The results confirm the potential advantage of higher laser output power and efficiency above lasing threshold, while also indicating disadvantages including low efficiency prior to lasing onset, sensitivity of lasing threshold to temperature, and the effects of catastrophic laser failure. As a result, a solution to some of these concerns is suggested that takes advantage of recent developments in nanolasers.

  15. Analysis of lasers as a solution to efficiency droop in solid-state lighting

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    Chow, Weng W.; Crawford, Mary H.

    2015-10-06

    This letter analyzes the proposal to mitigate the efficiency droop in solid-state light emitters by replacing InGaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with lasers. The argument in favor of this approach is that carrier-population clamping after the onset of lasing limits carrier loss to that at threshold, while stimulated emission continues to grow with injection current. A fully quantized (carriers and light) theory that is applicable to LEDs and lasers (above and below threshold) is used to obtain a quantitative evaluation. The results confirm the potential advantage of higher laser output power and efficiency above lasing threshold, while also indicating disadvantages includingmore » low efficiency prior to lasing onset, sensitivity of lasing threshold to temperature, and the effects of catastrophic laser failure. As a result, a solution to some of these concerns is suggested that takes advantage of recent developments in nanolasers.« less

  16. Solution-based carbohydrate synthesis of individual solid, hollow, and porous carbon nanospheres using spray pyrolysis.

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    Wang, Chengwei; Wang, Yuan; Graser, Jake; Zhao, Ran; Gao, Fei; O'Connell, Michael J

    2013-12-23

    A facile and scalable solution-based, spray pyrolysis synthesis technique was used to synthesize individual carbon nanospheres with specific surface area (SSA) up to 1106 m(2)/g using a novel metal-salt catalyzed reaction. The carbon nanosphere diameters were tunable from 10 nm to several micrometers by varying the precursor concentrations. Solid, hollow, and porous carbon nanospheres were achieved by simply varying the ratio of catalyst and carbon source without using any templates. These hollow carbon nanospheres showed adsorption of to 300 mg of dye per gram of carbon, which is more than 15 times higher than that observed for conventional carbon black particles. When evaluated as supercapacitor electrode materials, specific capacitances of up to 112 F/g at a current density of 0.1 A/g were observed, with no capacitance loss after 20,000 cycles.

  17. SOLIEX: A Novel Solid-Liquid Method of Radionuclides Extraction from Radioactive Waste Solutions - 13486

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    Shilova, E.; Viel, P.; Huc, V.

    2013-07-01

    This paper describes recent developments in new solid-liquid extraction method, called SOLIEX, to remove cesium from alkaline solutions. SOLIEX relies on the use of a reversible complexing system comprising a carbon felt bearing molecular traps (calixarenes). This complexing system exhibits a high selectivity for Cs, and is thus expected to be helpful for the treatment of highly diluted cesium wastes even with a high concentration of competing alkali metal cations. As additional advantage, this complexing system can be adapted by molecular engineering to capture other radionuclides, such as Sr, Eu, Am. Finally, this complexing system can be easily and efficiently regenerated by using a cost effective stripping procedure, which limits further generation of waste to meet 'zero liquid' discharge requirements for nuclear facilities. (authors)

  18. Structure and magnetism of Fe-rich nanostructured Fe Ni metastable solid solutions

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    Gorria, P.; Martínez-Blanco, D.; Pérez, M. J.; Blanco, J. A.; Smith, R. I.

    2005-07-01

    New futures on the physical properties of ferromagnetic FeNi alloys have been found combining in situ neutron diffraction experiments and magnetic measurements in mechanical milled Fe-rich Fe-Ni metastable solid solutions. Apart from the well-known Invar effect, on heating these materials are characterised by the existence of a first-order martensite-austenite transformation that takes place at some system-dependent temperature. On cooling, the transformation occurs at a lower temperature than on heating; for Fe 80Ni 20 the size of the effect being larger than 100 °C, much more than the values found in conventional FeNi alloys. These results are discussed considering intrinsic features as magnetovolume effects and/or extrinsic effects such as small grain size and the existence of defects.

  19. Gas atomization synthesis of refractory or intermetallic compounds and supersaturated solid solutions

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    Anderson, Iver E.; Lograsso, Barbara K.; Ellis, Timothy W.

    1994-01-01

    A metallic melt is atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the composition of the atomizing gas are selected such that the gas and melt react in the atomization spray zone to form a refractory or intermetallic compound in the as-atomized powder particles. A metallic melt is also atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas mixture gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the ratio of a reactive gas to a carrier gas are selected to form powder particles comprising a supersaturated solid solution of the atomic species of the reactive gas in the particles. The powder particles are then heat treated to precipitate dispersoids in-situ therein to form a dispersion strengthened material.

  20. Gas atomization synthesis of refractory or intermetallic compounds and supersaturated solid solutions

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    Anderson, I.E.; Lograsso, B.K.; Ellis, T.W.

    1994-11-29

    A metallic melt is atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the composition of the atomizing gas are selected such that the gas and melt react in the atomization spray zone to form a refractory or intermetallic compound in the as-atomized powder particles. A metallic melt is also atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas mixture gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the ratio of a reactive gas to a carrier gas are selected to form powder particles comprising a supersaturated solid solution of the atomic species of the reactive gas in the particles. The powder particles are then heat treated to precipitate dispersoids in-situ therein to form a dispersion strengthened material. 9 figures.

  1. Characterization of solid reaction products from wet oxidation of pyrite in coal using alkaline solutions

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    Greer, R.T.; Markuszewski, R.; Wheelock, T.D.

    1980-01-01

    Oxidation of pyrite alone and pyrite embedded in coal by leaching with hot solutions of sodium carbonate containing dissolved oxygen under pressure produces hematite, the major solid reaction product. The hematite is deposited as a concentric rim surrounding the core of unreacted pyrite. The thickness of the rim is greater for products obtained after longer leaching time or under conditions of higher oxygen partial pressure. The product is identified as hematite by X-ray diffraction analysis. Data from scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis show that under these conditions of desulfurization, phase transformations occur (from pyrite to hematite). In addition, great differences in porosity of the two zones (core and rim) are observed. The nature and extent of these transformations are discussed in terms of the desulfurization potential of pyrite in coal. (10 refs.)

  2. Atomically resolved three-dimensional structures of electrolyte aqueous solutions near a solid surface.

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    Martin-Jimenez, Daniel; Chacon, Enrique; Tarazona, Pedro; Garcia, Ricardo

    2016-07-15

    Interfacial liquid layers play a central role in a variety of phenomena ranging from friction to molecular recognition. Liquids near a solid surface form an interfacial layer where the molecular structure is different from that of the bulk. Here we report atomic resolution three-dimensional images of electrolyte solutions near a mica surface that demonstrate the existence of three types of interfacial structures. At low concentrations (0.01-1 M), cations are adsorbed onto the mica. The cation layer is topped by a few hydration layers. At higher concentrations, the interfacial layer extends several nanometres into the liquid. It involves the alternation of cation and anion planes. Fluid Density Functional calculations show that water molecules are a critical factor for stabilizing the structure of the interfacial layer. The interfacial layer stabilizes a crystal-like structure compatible with liquid-like ion and solvent mobilities. At saturation, some ions precipitate and small crystals are formed on the mica.

  3. Strength, thermal defects, and solid solution hardening in nickel-containing B2 iron aluminides

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    Schneibel, J.H.; Munroe, P.R.; Pike, L.M.

    1996-12-31

    Nickel-containing ternary iron aluminides with an aluminum concentration of 45 at.% were investigated with respect to room temperature strength, equilibrium vacancy concentration, and the kinetics of vacancy removal. As compared to binary iron aluminides with the same Al concentration, nickel additions reduce the thermal equilibrium vacancy concentration at 1,273 K, whereas they increase this concentration at 973 K. Furthermore, at low temperatures such as 673 K, nickel additions increase dramatically the time needed to reach vacancy equilibrium. During prolonged annealing at 673 K, the density of <001> dislocations in Fe-45Al-3Ni (at.%) increased by an order of magnitude. This suggests that dislocations act as sinks for vacancies. At the same time, the number density of small (20--50 nm) voids decreased, indicating that they were not stable in the absence of substantial vacancy supersaturations. The findings show also that the solid solution strengthening of iron aluminides due to Ni is much weaker than previously thought.

  4. Theoretical study on phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point

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    Lu, Xiaoyan E-mail: dzk@psu.edu; Li, Hui; Zheng, Limei; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-04-07

    Phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point has been theoretically analyzed by using the Landau-Devonshire theory. Results revealed that different phases having similar potential wells could coexist in a narrow composition range near the tricritical point in the classical Pb(Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} system. The potential barrier between potential wells increases with the decrease of temperature. Coexisting phases or different domains of the same phase can produce adaptive strains to maintain atomic coherency at the interfaces or domain walls. Such compatibility strains have influence on the energy potential as well as the stability of relative phases, leading to the appearance of energetically unfavorable monoclinic phases. Those competing and coexisting phases also construct an easy phase transition path with small energy barrier in between, so that very small stimuli can produce large response in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary, especially near the tricritical point.

  5. Atomically resolved three-dimensional structures of electrolyte aqueous solutions near a solid surface

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    Martin-Jimenez, Daniel; Chacon, Enrique; Tarazona, Pedro; Garcia, Ricardo

    2016-07-01

    Interfacial liquid layers play a central role in a variety of phenomena ranging from friction to molecular recognition. Liquids near a solid surface form an interfacial layer where the molecular structure is different from that of the bulk. Here we report atomic resolution three-dimensional images of electrolyte solutions near a mica surface that demonstrate the existence of three types of interfacial structures. At low concentrations (0.01-1 M), cations are adsorbed onto the mica. The cation layer is topped by a few hydration layers. At higher concentrations, the interfacial layer extends several nanometres into the liquid. It involves the alternation of cation and anion planes. Fluid Density Functional calculations show that water molecules are a critical factor for stabilizing the structure of the interfacial layer. The interfacial layer stabilizes a crystal-like structure compatible with liquid-like ion and solvent mobilities. At saturation, some ions precipitate and small crystals are formed on the mica.

  6. Heterogeneous nucleation of calcium phosphates on solid surfaces in aqueous solution.

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    Wu, W; Zhuang, H; Nancollas, G H

    1997-04-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of calcium phosphates on solid surfaces of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly-(tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP), silicone rubber, mica, and radiofrequency glow discharge (RFGD)-treated PMMA, FEP, and silicone rubber has been studied in solutions supersaturated with respect to hydroxyapatite. The surface properties of the substrates were characterized by contact angle measurements. For the RFGD-treated surfaces, the Lifshitz-Van der Waals surface tension component changes very little, but the Lewis acid-base surface tension parameters vary greatly depending upon the materials. With scanning electron microscopy, nucleation of calcium phosphates was observed only on the surfaces: mica, RFGD-treated PMMA and FEP, with relatively high values of the Lewis base surface tension parameter. The more hydrophobic surfaces having low Lewis acid-base surface tensions, untreated PMMA and FEP, silicone rubber, and even RFGD-treated silicone rubber showed no nucleation.

  7. Polyoxoanion chemistry moves toward the future: From solids and solutions to surfaces

    SciTech Connect

    Klemperer, W.G.; Wall, C.G.

    1998-01-01

    In the context of modern surface science, current understanding of polyoxoanion surface chemistry is truly modest from a structural/mechanistic point of view. Only three techniques have received any attention to date, and none of them has been developed to anywhere near its full potential. The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) has proven to be a useful qualitative tool for in situ monitoring of polyoxoanion adsorption and adsorption kinetics. A second technique that has shown great potential for in situ study of polyoxoanion surface chemistry at solid-liquid interfaces is modulated infrared spectroscopy. The third and final in situ surface analytical technique that has shown great promise but is yet to be exploited to its full potential is scanning probe microscopy. Sections of the paper discuss scanning probe microscopy; single crystal surfaces; evaporative solution deposition on graphite; electrochemical deposition onto graphite; and self-assembly on metal surfaces.

  8. Structural Modification of Nanocrystalline Ceria using Ion Beams

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Edmondson, Philip D; Varga, Tamas; Moll, Sandra; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    Exceptional size-dependent electronic-ionic conductivity of nanostructured ceria can significantly alter materials properties in chemical, physical, electronic and optical applications. Using energetic ions, we have demonstrated effective modification of interface volume and grain size in nanocrystalline ceria from a few nm up to ~ 25 nm, which is the critical region for controlling size-dependent material property. The unique self-healing response of radiation damage at grain boundaries is applied to control the grain size at nanoscale as a function of ion dose and irradiation temperature. Structural modification by energetic ions is proposed to achieve disirable electronic-ionic conductivity.

  9. Flow-Solution-Liquid-Solid Growth of Semiconductor Nanowires: A Novel Approach for Controlled Synthesis

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    Hollingsworth, Jennifer A.; Palaniappan, Kumaranand; Laocharoensuk, Rawiwan; Smith, Nickolaus A.; Dickerson, Robert M.; Casson, Joanna L.; Baldwin, Jon K.

    2012-06-07

    Semiconductor nanowires (SC-NWs) have potential applications in diverse technologies from nanoelectronics and photonics to energy harvesting and storage due to their quantum-confined opto-electronic properties coupled with their highly anisotropic shape. Here, we explore new approaches to an important solution-based growth method known as solution-liquid-solid (SLS) growth. In SLS, molecular precursors are reacted in the presence of low-melting metal nanoparticles that serve as molten fluxes to catalyze the growth of the SC-NWs. The mechanism of growth is assumed to be similar to that of vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth, with the clear distinctions of being conducted in solution in the presence of coordinating ligands and at relatively lower temperatures (<300 C). The resultant SC-NWs are soluble in common organic solvents and solution processable, offering advantages such as simplified processing, scale-up, ultra-small diameters for quantum-confinement effects, and flexible choice of materials from group III-V to groups II-VI, IV-VI, as well as truly ternary I-III-VI semiconductors as we recently demonstrates. Despite these advantages of SLS growth, VLS offers several clear opportunities not allowed by conventional SLS. Namely, VLS allows sequential addition of precursors for facile synthesis of complex axial heterostructures. In addition, growth proceeds relatively slowly compared to SLS, allowing clear assessments of growth kinetics. In order to retain the materials and processing flexibility afforded by SLS, but add the elements of controlled growth afforded by VLS, we transformed SLS into a flow based method by adapting it to synthesis in a microfluidic system. By this new method - so-called 'flow-SLS' (FSLS) - we have now demonstrated unprecedented fabrication of multi-segmented SC-NWs, e.g., 8-segmented CdSe/ZnSe defined by either compositionally abrupt or alloyed interfaces as a function of growth conditions. In addition, we have studied growth rates as a

  10. Investigating the effect of compression on solute transport through degrading municipal solid waste

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    Woodman, N.D. Rees-White, T.C.; Stringfellow, A.M.; Beaven, R.P.; Hudson, A.P.

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • The influence of compression on MSW flushing was evaluated using 13 tracer tests. • Compression has little effect on solute diffusion times in MSW. • Lithium tracer was conservative in non-degrading waste but not in degrading waste. • Bromide tracer was conservative, but deuterium was not. - Abstract: The effect of applied compression on the nature of liquid flow and hence the movement of contaminants within municipal solid waste was examined by means of thirteen tracer tests conducted on five separate waste samples. The conservative nature of bromide, lithium and deuterium tracers was evaluated and linked to the presence of degradation in the sample. Lithium and deuterium tracers were non-conservative in the presence of degradation, whereas the bromide remained effectively conservative under all conditions. Solute diffusion times into and out of less mobile blocks of waste were compared for each test under the assumption of dominantly dual-porosity flow. Despite the fact that hydraulic conductivity changed strongly with applied stress, the block diffusion times were found to be much less sensitive to compression. A simple conceptual model, whereby flow is dominated by sub-parallel low permeability obstructions which define predominantly horizontally aligned less mobile zones, is able to explain this result. Compression tends to narrow the gap between the obstructions, but not significantly alter the horizontal length scale. Irrespective of knowledge of the true flow pattern, these results show that simple models of solute flushing from landfill which do not include depth dependent changes in solute transport parameters are justified.

  11. Detection of nitroaromatics in the solid, solution, and vapor phases using silicon quantum dot sensors.

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    Nguyen, An; Gonzalez, Christina M; Sinelnikov, Regina; Newman, W; Sun, Sarah; Lockwood, Ross; Veinot, Jonathan G C; Meldrum, Al

    2016-03-11

    Silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) represent a well-known QD fluorophore that can emit throughout the visible spectrum depending on the interface structure and surface functional group. Detection of nitroaromatic compounds by monitoring the luminescence response of the sensor material (typically fluorescent polymers) currently forms the basis of new explosives sensing technologies. Freestanding silicon QDs may represent a benign alternative with a high degree of chemical and physical versatility. Here, we investigate dodecyl and amine-terminated Si-QD luminescence response to the presence of nitrobenzene and dinitrotoluene (DNT) in various solid, solution, and vapor forms. For dinitrotoluene vapor the 3σ detection limit was 6 ppb for monomer-terminated QDs. For nitroaromatics dissolved in toluene the detection limit was on the order of 400 nM, corresponding to ∼100 pg of material distributed over ∼1 cm(2) on the sensor surface. Solid traces of nitroaromatics were also easily detectable via a simple 'touch test'. The samples showed minimal interference effects from common contaminants such as water, ethanol, and acetonitrile. The sensor can be as simple and inexpensive as a small circle of filter paper dipped into a QD solution, with a single vial of QDs able to make hundreds of these sensors. Additionally, a trial fiber-optic sensor device was tested by applying the QDs to one end of a 2 × 2 fiber coupler and exposing them to controlled DNT vapor. Finally, the quenching mechanism was explored via luminescence dynamics measurements and is different for blue (amine) and red (dodecyl) fluorescent silicon QDs.

  12. Solid solution barium–strontium chlorides with tunable ammonia desorption properties and superior storage capacity

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    Bialy, Agata; Blanchard, Didier; Vegge, Tejs; Quaade, Ulrich J.

    2015-01-15

    Metal halide ammines are very attractive materials for ammonia absorption and storage—applications where the practically accessible or usable gravimetric and volumetric storage densities are of critical importance. Here we present, that by combining advanced computational materials prediction with spray drying and in situ thermogravimetric and structural characterization, we synthesize a range of new, stable barium-strontium chloride solid solutions with superior ammonia storage densities. By tuning the barium/strontium ratio, different crystallographic phases and compositions can be obtained with different ammonia ab- and desorption properties. In particular it is shown, that in the molar range of 35–50% barium and 65–50% strontium, stable materials can be produced with a practically usable ammonia density (both volumetric and gravimetric) that is higher than any of the pure metal halides, and with a practically accessible volumetric ammonia densities in excess of 99% of liquid ammonia. - Graphical abstract: Thermal desorption curves of ammonia from Ba{sub x}Sr{sub (1−x)}Cl{sub 2} mixtures with x equal to 0.125, 0.25 and 0.5 and atomic structure of Sr(NH{sub 3}){sub 8}Cl{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Solid solutions of strontium and barium chloride were synthesized by spray drying. • Adjusting molar ratios led to different crystallographic phases and compositions. • Different molar ratios led to different ammonia ab-/desorption properties. • 35–50 mol% BaCl{sub 2} in SrCl{sub 2} yields higher ammonia density than any other metal halide. • DFT calculations can be used to predict properties of the mixtures.

  13. Self-consistent theory of the long-range order in solid solutions

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    Olemskoi, Alexander

    2005-02-01

    On the basis of the assumption that atoms play a role of effective Fermions at lattice distribution, the study of the long-range ordering is shown to be reduced to self-consistent consideration of single and collective excitations being relevant to the space distribution of atoms and Fourier transform of such distribution, respectively. A diagram method advanced allows to elaborate complete thermodynamic picture of the long-range ordering of the arbitrary compositional solid solution. The long-range order parameter is found for different chemical potentials of the components to obtain a scope of ordering solid solutions according to relation between degree of the chemical affinity of the components and mixing energy. The boundary composition of the ordering phase ABn is determined as a function of the chemical potentials of the components and concentrations of impurities and defects. Temperature-compositional dependencies of the order parameter and the sublattice difference of the chemical potentials are determined explicitly. Polarization effects and passing out of the compositional domain 0.318

  14. Detection of nitroaromatics in the solid, solution, and vapor phases using silicon quantum dot sensors.

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    Nguyen, An; Gonzalez, Christina M; Sinelnikov, Regina; Newman, W; Sun, Sarah; Lockwood, Ross; Veinot, Jonathan G C; Meldrum, Al

    2016-03-11

    Silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) represent a well-known QD fluorophore that can emit throughout the visible spectrum depending on the interface structure and surface functional group. Detection of nitroaromatic compounds by monitoring the luminescence response of the sensor material (typically fluorescent polymers) currently forms the basis of new explosives sensing technologies. Freestanding silicon QDs may represent a benign alternative with a high degree of chemical and physical versatility. Here, we investigate dodecyl and amine-terminated Si-QD luminescence response to the presence of nitrobenzene and dinitrotoluene (DNT) in various solid, solution, and vapor forms. For dinitrotoluene vapor the 3σ detection limit was 6 ppb for monomer-terminated QDs. For nitroaromatics dissolved in toluene the detection limit was on the order of 400 nM, corresponding to ∼100 pg of material distributed over ∼1 cm(2) on the sensor surface. Solid traces of nitroaromatics were also easily detectable via a simple 'touch test'. The samples showed minimal interference effects from common contaminants such as water, ethanol, and acetonitrile. The sensor can be as simple and inexpensive as a small circle of filter paper dipped into a QD solution, with a single vial of QDs able to make hundreds of these sensors. Additionally, a trial fiber-optic sensor device was tested by applying the QDs to one end of a 2 × 2 fiber coupler and exposing them to controlled DNT vapor. Finally, the quenching mechanism was explored via luminescence dynamics measurements and is different for blue (amine) and red (dodecyl) fluorescent silicon QDs. PMID:26863492

  15. Nanocrystalline Ce1- x La x O2- δ Solid Solutions Synthesized by Hydrolyzing and Oxidizing

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    Hou, Xueling; Xue, Yun; Han, Ning; Lu, Qianqian; Wang, Xiaochen; Phan, Manh-Huong; Zhong, Yunbo

    2016-05-01

    We undertook a novel batch production approach for the synthesis of CeO2 nanopowders doped with rare earth elements. Solid solution nanopowders of Ce1- x La x O2- δ ( x = 0.15) were successfully synthesized in a large-scale and low-cost production by hydrolyzing and oxidizing Ce-La-C alloys at room temperature and subsequent calcining of their powders at different temperatures (873-1073 K) for 1 h. The Ce-La-C alloys were prepared in a vacuum induction melting furnace. The final products were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunner-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area analyzer, and Raman spectroscopy. The calculated lattice parameters of the cubic fluorite-type phase of CeO2 tended to increase when La3+ was incorporated into CeO2. The F 2g band shift and the absence of a peak corresponding to La2O3 in the Raman spectra consistently confirmed the incorporation of the La3+ ion into CeO2, and the formation of Ce1- x La x O2- δ solid solutions as manifested by increased oxygen vacancy defects. High-quality Ce1- x La x O2- δ nanopowders of ~10-15 nm diameter with a high BET surface area of ~77 m2 g-1 were obtained. The average crystallite size of Ce1- x La x O2- δ was found to be smaller than that of CeO2 for the same calcination temperature of 1073 K, demonstrating that the introduction of La3+ into CeO2 can stabilize the host lattice and refine the grain size at high temperatures.

  16. Reactive transport in a partially molten system with binary solid solution

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    Jordan, Jacob S.; Hesse, Marc A.

    2015-12-01

    Melt extraction from the Earth's mantle through high-porosity channels is required to explain the composition of the oceanic crust. Feedbacks from reactive melt transport are thought to localize melt into a network of high-porosity channels. Recent studies invoke lithological heterogeneities in the Earth's mantle to seed the localization of partial melts. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the reaction fronts that form as melt flows across the lithological interface between the heterogeneity and the ambient mantle. Here we present a chromatographic analysis of reactive melt transport across lithological boundaries, using the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws. This is an extension of linear trace element chromatography to the coupling of major elements and energy transport. Our analysis allows the prediction of the nonlinear feedbacks that arise in reactive melt transport due to changes in porosity. This study considers the special case of a partially molten porous medium with binary solid solution. As melt traverses a lithological contact, binary solid solution leads to the formation of a reacted zone between an advancing reaction front and the initial contact. The analysis also shows that the behavior of a fertile heterogeneity depends on its absolute concentration, in addition to compositional differences between itself and the refractory background. We present a regime diagram that predicts if melt emanating from a fertile heterogeneity localizes into high-porosity channels or develops a zero porosity shell. The theoretical framework presented here provides a useful tool for understanding nonlinear feedbacks in reactive melt transport, because it can be extended to more complex and realistic phase behaviors.

  17. Detection of nitroaromatics in the solid, solution, and vapor phases using silicon quantum dot sensors

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    Nguyen, An; Gonzalez, Christina M.; Sinelnikov, Regina; Newman, W.; Sun, Sarah; Lockwood, Ross; Veinot, Jonathan G. C.; Meldrum, Al

    2016-03-01

    Silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) represent a well-known QD fluorophore that can emit throughout the visible spectrum depending on the interface structure and surface functional group. Detection of nitroaromatic compounds by monitoring the luminescence response of the sensor material (typically fluorescent polymers) currently forms the basis of new explosives sensing technologies. Freestanding silicon QDs may represent a benign alternative with a high degree of chemical and physical versatility. Here, we investigate dodecyl and amine-terminated Si-QD luminescence response to the presence of nitrobenzene and dinitrotoluene (DNT) in various solid, solution, and vapor forms. For dinitrotoluene vapor the 3σ detection limit was 6 ppb for monomer-terminated QDs. For nitroaromatics dissolved in toluene the detection limit was on the order of 400 nM, corresponding to ∼100 pg of material distributed over ∼1 cm2 on the sensor surface. Solid traces of nitroaromatics were also easily detectable via a simple ‘touch test’. The samples showed minimal interference effects from common contaminants such as water, ethanol, and acetonitrile. The sensor can be as simple and inexpensive as a small circle of filter paper dipped into a QD solution, with a single vial of QDs able to make hundreds of these sensors. Additionally, a trial fiber-optic sensor device was tested by applying the QDs to one end of a 2 × 2 fiber coupler and exposing them to controlled DNT vapor. Finally, the quenching mechanism was explored via luminescence dynamics measurements and is different for blue (amine) and red (dodecyl) fluorescent silicon QDs.

  18. Solute transport under steady and transient conditions in biodegraded municipal solid waste

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    Bendz, David; Singh, Vijay P.

    1999-08-01

    The transport of a conservative tracer (lithium) in a large (3.5 m3) undisturbed municipal solid waste sample has been investigated under steady and fully transient conditions using a simple model. The model comprises a kinematic wave approximation for water movement, presented in a previous paper, and a strict convective solute flux law. The waste medium is conceptualized as a three-domain system consisting of a mobile domain (channels), an immobile fast domain, and an immobile slow domain. The mobile domain constitutes only a minor fraction of the medium, and the access to the major part of medium is constrained by diffusive transport. Thus the system is in a state of physical nonequilibrium. The fast immobile domain is the part of the matrix which surrounds the channels and forms the boundary between the channels and the matrix. Owing to its exposure to mobile water, which enhances the biodegradation process, this domain is assumed to be more porous and loose in its structure and therefore to respond faster to a change in solute concentration in the mobile domain compared to the regions deep inside the matrix. The diffusive mass exchange between the domains is modeled with two first-order mass transfer expressions coupled in series. Under transient conditions the system will also be in a state of hydraulic nonequilibrium. Hydraulic gradients build up between the channel domain and the matrix in response to the water input events. The gradients will govern a reversible flow and convective transport between the domains, here represented as a source/sink term in the governing equation. The model has been used to interpret and compare the results from a steady state experiment and an unsteady state experiment. By solely adjusting the size of the fraction of the immobile fast domain that is active in transferring solute, the model is capable of accurately reproducing the measured outflow breakthrough curves for both the steady and unsteady state experiments. During

  19. Iron-ceria Aerogels Doped with Palladium as Water-gas Shift Catalysts for the Production of Hydrogen

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    Bali, S.; Huggins, F; Ernst, R; Pugmire, R; Huffman, G; Eyring, E

    2010-01-01

    Mixed 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels doped with 1% and 2% palladium (Pd) by weight have been synthesized, and their activities for the catalysis of water-gas shift (WGS) reaction have been determined. The aerogels were synthesized using propylene oxide as the proton scavenger for the initiation of hydrolysis and polycondensation of a homogeneous alcoholic solution of cerium(III) chloride heptahydrate and iron(III) chloride hexahydrate precursor. Palladium was doped onto some of these materials by gas-phase incorporation (GPI) using ({eta}{sup 3}-allyl)({eta}{sup 5}-cyclopentadienyl)palladium as the volatile Pd precursor. Water-gas shift catalytic activities were evaluated in a six-channel fixed-bed reactor at atmospheric pressure and reaction temperatures ranging from 150 to 350 C. Both 1% and 2% Pd-doped 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels showed WGS activities that increased significantly from 150 to 350 C. The activities of 1% Pd-doped 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels were also compared with that of the 1% Pd-doped ceria aerogel without iron. The WGS activity of 1% Pd on 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels is substantially higher (5 times) than the activity of 1% Pd-doped ceria aerogel without iron. The gas-phase incorporation results in a better Pd dispersion. Ceria aerogel provides a nonrigid structure wherein iron is not significantly incorporated inside the matrix, thereby resulting in better contact between the Fe and Pd and thus enhancing the WGS activity. Further, neither Fe nor Pd is reduced during the ceria-aerogel-catalyzed WGS reaction. This behavior contrasts with that noted for other Fe-based WGS catalysts, in which the original ferric oxide is typically reduced to a nonstoichiometric magnetite form.

  20. Pt/Ceria-based Catalysts for Small Alcohol Electrooxidation

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    Menendez-Mora, Christian L.

    High emissions of fossil-based energy sources have led to scientists around the world to develop new alternatives for the future. In this sense, fuel cells are a remarkable and promising energy option with less environmental impact. The most used fuels for this technology are hydrogen and small chain alcohols, which can be oxidized to transform their chemical energy into electrical power. To do this, fuel cells need catalysts that will act as an active surface where the oxidation can take place. The problem with platinum catalysts is its possible CO poisoning with intermediates that are produced before the complete oxidation of alcohol to CO2. Different approaches have been taken to try to resolve this issue. In this case, cerium oxide (ceria) was selected as a co-catalyst to mitigate the effect of CO poisoning of platinum. Ceria is a compound that has the ability to work as an "oxygen tank" and can donate oxygen to carbon monoxide that is strongly adsorbed at platinum surface to produce CO2 (carbon dioxide), regenerating the Pt surface for further alcohol oxidation. Therefore, enhancing the current density as well as the power output of a fuel cell. First, an occlusion deposition technique was used to prepare platinum/ceria composite electrodes and tested them towards small chain alcohol oxidation such as methanol oxidation reaction in acidic and alkaline media. The preliminary results demonstrated that the Pt/ceria electrodes were more efficient towards methanol electrooxidation when compared to Pt electrodes. This enhancement was attributed to the presence of ceria. A second preparation method was selected for the synthesis of ceria/Pt catalysts. In this case, a hydrothermal method was used and the catalysis were studied for the effect of MeOH, EtOH and n-BuOH oxidation. The observed effect was that electrodes made of Pt/Pt:CeO2-x showed better catalytic effect than Pt/ceria and platinum electrodes. Moreover, a comparison between ceria nanorods versus

  1. PAC experiments for a short range study of the Zr(10%Pr)O2 solid solution

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    Martínez, J. A.; Caracoche, M. C.; Rivas, P. C.; Rodríguez, A. M.

    2006-07-01

    A Zr(10 mol % Pr)O2 powder obtained by high-energy ball milling has been investigated at nanoscopic scale using primarily the Perturbed Angular Correlations technique. The aim has been to determine the nanoconfigurations around Zr4+ cations present in the solid solution and their thermal evolution with the intention of providing knowledge on the stability of the system. Results indicate that the milled product is a substitutional cubic solid solution described by two hyperfine interactions: a highly disordered interaction due to oxygen vacancies located very close to Zr4+ and an ordered interaction probably depicting a charge distribution including Pr3+ as nearest neighbor to Zr4+ probes. On cooling from high temperatures, monoclinic zirconia appears mostly at the expense of the oxygen defective cubic form. A gradual cooling indicates that destabilization of the solid solution takes place around 500°C. Thermal cycling leads to increasing amounts of the monoclinic phase.

  2. Mechanical properties of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 solid solutions obtained by directional crystallization and spark plasma sintering

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    Lavrent'ev, M. G.; Osvenskii, V. B.; Pivovarov, G. I.; Sorokin, A. I.; Bulat, L. P.; Bublik, V. T.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the temperature dependence of the mechanical strength at uniaxial compression for solid solutions based on bismuth and antimony chalcogenides, which were prepared by three methods: (i) vertical zone melting (VZM), (ii) hot extrusion, and (iii) spark plasma sintering (SPS). In the samples of solid solutions obtained by VZM and extrusion, a brittle-ductile transition was observed in a wised temperature interval of 200-350°C. In nanostructured SPS samples, transition from brittle to plastic fracture was observed within 170-200°C. The room-temperature strength of nanostructured samples was eight to nine times as large as that of VZM samples, and the stress-strain curves of these materials were significantly different. At a temperature of about 300°C, the strength of nanostructured solid solutions decreases to nearly zero.

  3. Understanding the solution phase chemistry and solid state thermodynamic behavior of pharmaceutical cocrystals

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    Maheshwari, Chinmay

    Cocrystals have drawn a lot of research interest in the last decade due to their potential to favorably alter the physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients. This dissertation focuses on the thermodynamic stability and solubility of pharmaceutical cocrystals. Specifically, the objectives are to; (i) investigate the influence of coformer properties such as solubility and ionization characteristics on cocrystal solubility and stability as a function of pH, (ii) to measure the thermodynamic solubility of metastable cocrystals, and study the solubility differences measured by kinetic and equilibrium methods, (iii) investigate the role of surfactants on the solubility and synthesis of cocrystals, (iv) investigate the solid state phase transformation of reactants to cocrystals and the factors that influence the reaction kinetics and, (v) provide models that enable the prediction of cocrystal formation by calculating the free energy of formation for a solid to solid transformation of reactants to cocrystals. Cocrystal solubilities were measured directly when cocrystals were thermodynamically stable, while solubilities were calculated from eutectic concentration measurements when cocrystals were of higher solubility than its components. Cocrystal solubility was highly dependent on coformer solubilities for gabapentin-lactam and lamotrigine cocrystals. It was found that melting point is not a good indicator of cocrystal solubility as solute-solvent interactions quantified by the activity coefficient play a huge role in the observed solubility. Similar to salts, cocrystals also exhibit pHmax, however the salts and cocrystals have different dependencies on the parameters that govern the value of pHmax. It is also shown that cocrystals could provide solubility advantage over salts as lamotrigine-nicotinamide cocrystal hydrate has about 6 fold higher solubility relative to lamotrigine-saccharin salt. In the case of mixtures of solid

  4. Fabrication and Performance of All-Solid-State Chloride Sensors in Synthetic Concrete Pore Solutions

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    Gao, Xiaojian; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Yingzi; Deng, Hongwei

    2010-01-01

    One type of all-solid-state chloride sensor was fabricated using a MnO2 electrode and a Ag/AgCl electrode. The potentiometric response of the sensor to chloride in synthetic concrete pore solutions was systematically studied, and the polarization performance was also evaluated. The results show a good linear relationship between the potential reading of the sensor and the logarithm of chloride activity (concentration ranges from 0.05 to 5.0 M), and the potential value remains stable with increasing immersion time. The existence of K+, Ca2+, Na+ and SO42− ions have little influence on the potentiometric response of the sensor to chloride, but the pH has a significant influence on the potential value of the sensor at low chloride concentration. The potential reading of the sensor increases linearly with the solution temperature over the range from 5 to 45 °C. Meanwhile, an excellent polarization behavior is proven by galvanostatic and potentiodynamic tests. All of the results reveal that the developed sensor has a great potential for monitoring chloride ions in concrete environments. PMID:22163467

  5. Dynamic control over supramolecular handedness by selecting chiral induction pathways at the solution-solid interface.

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    Fang, Yuan; Ghijsens, Elke; Ivasenko, Oleksandr; Cao, Hai; Noguchi, Aya; Mali, Kunal S; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito; De Feyter, Steven

    2016-07-01

    A dominant theme within the research on two-dimensional chirality is the sergeant-soldiers principle, wherein a small fraction of chiral molecules (sergeants) is used to skew the handedness of achiral molecules (soldiers) to generate a homochiral surface. Here, we have combined the sergeant-soldiers principle with temperature-dependent molecular self-assembly to unravel a peculiar chiral amplification mechanism at the solution-solid interface in which, depending on the concentration of a sergeant-soldiers solution, the majority handedness of the system can either be amplified or entirely reversed after an annealing step, furnishing a homochiral surface. Two discrete pathways that affect different stages of two-dimensional crystal growth are invoked for rationalizing this phenomenon and we present a set of experiments where the access to each pathway can be precisely controlled. These results demonstrate that a detailed understanding of subtle intermolecular and interfacial interactions can be used to induce drastic changes in the handedness of a supramolecular network. PMID:27325099

  6. Cobalt incorporation in calcite: Thermochemistry of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions from density functional theory simulations

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    González-López, Jorge; Ruiz-Hernández, Sergio E.; Fernández-González, Ángeles; Jiménez, Amalia; de Leeuw, Nora H.; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo

    2014-10-01

    The incorporation of cobalt in mixed metal carbonates is a possible route to the immobilisation of this toxic element in the environment. However, the thermodynamics of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions are still unclear due to conflicting data from experiment and from the observation of natural occurrences. We report here the results of a computer simulation study of the mixing of calcite (CaCO3) and spherocobaltite (CoCO3), using density functional theory calculations. Our simulations suggest that previously proposed thermodynamic models, based only on the observed range of compositions, significantly overestimate the solubility between the two solids and therefore underestimate the extension of the miscibility gap under ambient conditions. The enthalpy of mixing of the disordered solid solution is strongly positive and moderately asymmetric: calcium incorporation in spherocobaltite is more endothermic than cobalt incorporation in calcite. Ordering of the impurities in (0001) layers is energetically favourable with respect to the disordered solid solution at low temperatures and intermediate compositions, but the ordered phase is still unstable to demixing. We calculate the solvus and spinodal lines in the phase diagram using a sub-regular solution model, and conclude that many Ca1-xCoxCO3 mineral solid solutions (with observed compositions of up to x = 0.027, and above x = 0.93) are metastable with respect to phase separation. We also calculate solid/aqueous distribution coefficients to evaluate the effect of the strong non-ideality of mixing on the equilibrium with aqueous solution, showing that the thermodynamically-driven incorporation of cobalt in calcite (and of calcium in spherocobaltite) is always very low, regardless of the Co/Ca ratio of the aqueous environment.

  7. Solution and Solid-State Studies of DNA-Programmable Nanoparticle Single Crystals

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    Auyeung, Evelyn

    This thesis lays the foundation for three main areas that have significantly advanced the field of DNA-programmable nanoparticle assembly: (1) the synthesis of nanoparticle superlattices with novel lattice symmetries (2) post-assembly characterization and applications of superlattices that have been transferred from solution to the solid state and (3) the realization of a slow-cooling strategy for synthesizing faceted nanoparticle single crystals. Together, these advances mark a turning point in the evolution of DNA-programmable assembly from a simple proof-of-concept demonstrated in 1996 to a powerful materials development strategy that has inspired many ongoing investigations in fields including catalysis, plasmonics, and electronics. Chapter 1 begins with an overview of controlled crystallization and its importance across fields including chemistry and materials science. This followed by a description of DNA-programmable assembly and a discussion on its advantages as an assembly strategy. Chapter 2 describes a powerful strategy for synthesizing nanoparticle superlattices using a coreless nanoparticle consisting purely of spherically-oriented oligonucleotides. This "three dimensional spacer approach" allows for the synthesis of nanoparticle superlattices with exotic structures, including one with no mineral equivalent. While DNA is a versatile ligand for nanoparticle assembly, the resulting superlattices are only stable in solution. Chapter 3 addresses these limitations and presents a method for transitioning these materials from solution to the solid state through silica encapsulation. This encapsulation process has transformed the ability to interrogate these materials using electron microscopy, and it has enabled all the studies in subsequent chapters of this thesis. In Chapter 4, a slow-cooling crystallization technique is described that allows for the synthesis of single crystalline microcrystals with well-defined facets from DNA-nanoparticle building blocks

  8. Synthesis and solubility of Pb-Ca and P-As hydroxylapatite solid solutions

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    Puzio, Bartosz; Młynarska, Maria; Motyka, Joanna; Oknińska, Joanna; Mandelt, Agnieszka; Chlebowska, Patrycja; Kwaśniak-Kominek, Monika; Manecki, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the study are three solid solution series: - HPY hydroxylpyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3OH - HAP hydroxylapatite Ca5(PO4)3OH - HAP hydroxylapatite Ca5(PO4)3OH - JBM johnbaumite Ca5(AsO4)3OH - JBM johnbaumite Ca5(AsO4)3OH - HMI hydroxylmimetite Pb5(AsO4)3OH The phases were synthesized from aqueous solutions at high pH (over 8) at ambient temperature by dropwise mixing of chemical reagents: Pb(NO3)2, Ca(NO3)2.4H2O, (NH4)H2PO4, and Na2AsHO4.7H2O. The products of all syntheses are crystalline, monomineral fine powders (crystal size less than 1 μm). Their chemical composition is close to theoretical. Systematic shift of XRD peaks and FTIR or Raman bands is observed within the solid solution series. Dissolution experiments were run at 5oC, 25oC, 45oC, and 65oC. An aliquot of 0.5g of each phase was dissolved in 250 mL of 0.05M NH4NO3 (pH between 3 and 5) for about 3 months. In all cases dissolution resulted in increase of pH by about 1. The systems were considered in equilibrium when three consecutive samplings (ca. two weeks apart) resulted in similar concentrations (within 3 standard deviations). The dissolution of all phases in question is incongruent. The amount of precipitating secondary phases was too small for identification. The results of HPY - HAP dissolution experiments are inconclusive due to strongly incongruent dissolution. This is partially in contrary to recent report by Zhu et al. (2015). Systematic increase of solubility is observed in HAP - JBM series. Also, the solubility of these phases increases with the increase of temperature. This is more pronounced for HAP than for JBM. Systematic increase of solubility is also observed in HMI - JBM series. This work is partially funded by AGH research grant no 11.11.140.319 and partially by Polish NCN grant No 2014/01/M/ST10/00355. Zhu,Y., Zhu, Z., Zhao, X., Liang, Y., Huang, Y., 2015. Characterization, dissolution, and solubility of lead hydroxypyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3OH at 25-45oC. Journal of Chemistry

  9. Chemically and compositionally modified solid solution disordered multiphase nickel hydroxide positive electrode for alkaline rechargeable electrochemical cells

    DOEpatents

    Ovshinsky, Stanford R.; Corrigan, Dennis; Venkatesan, Srini; Young, Rosa; Fierro, Christian; Fetcenko, Michael A.

    1994-01-01

    A high capacity, long cycle life positive electrode for use in an alkaline rechargeable electrochemical cell comprising: a solid solution nickel hydroxide material having a multiphase structure that comprises at least one polycrystalline .gamma.-phase including a polycrystalline .gamma.-phase unit cell comprising spacedly disposed plates with at least one chemical modifier incorporated around the plates, the plates having a range of stable intersheet distances corresponding to a 2.sup.+ oxidation state and a 3.5.sup.+, or greater, oxidation state; and at least one compositional modifier incorporated into the solid solution nickel hydroxide material to promote the multiphase structure.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of n-Type Mg2Si-Mg2Sn solid solutions with different grain sizes

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    Samunin, A. Yu.; Zaitsev, V. K.; Pshenay-Severin, D. A.; Konstantinov, P. P.; Isachenko, G. N.; Fedorov, M. I.; Novikov, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    Influence of the grain sizes on thermoelectric parameters of pressurized solid solutions of the composition Mg2Si0.8Sn0.2 was studied. The Seebeck coefficient, electric conductivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall coefficient were determined. Decreasing the grain size to the nanoscale was found to decrease the mobility at low temperatures and resulted in a peculiar temperature dependence of the electric conductivity, but did not lead to a decrease in the thermo EMF. It was found that the grain size had no effect on the thermoelectric efficiency of the investigated solid solution in the operating temperature range.

  11. Energetics of mixing in ThO 2-CeO 2 fluorite solid solutions

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    Shvareva, Tatiana Y.; Alexandrov, Vitaly; Asta, Mark; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2011-12-01

    Mixing enthalpies (Δ Hmix) of ThO 2-CeO 2 solid solutions with respect to cubic fluorite ThO 2 and CeO 2 have been measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The system shows a slightly positive mixing enthalpy, with a maximum value of Δ Hmix = 3.7 ± 2.5 kJ/mol at 50% Ce/(Ce + Th). Based on the regular-solution model, with an interaction parameter of 15.1 ± 2.2 kJ/mol fit to the measured data, the phase diagram is predicted to feature a miscibility gap with a calculated critical temperature of 908 ± 132 K. The results are complemented by density-functional-theory and Monte-Carlo calculations, which provide positive mixing enthalpies and a miscibility-gap phase diagram, in qualitative agreement with calorimetric results. The calculations suggest small effects of short-range order (clustering) on the mixing enthalpy above the miscibility gap. The calculated values of Δ Hmix are within the error bars of the measured values, but consistently smaller in magnitude. An analysis of the calculated results indicates that the dominant contribution to the mixing enthalpy arises from the elastic energy associated with cation size mismatch, allowing predictions of the behavior in ThO 2-UO 2 and ThO 2-PuO 2 systems. The analysis also suggests that the slightly smaller values of the computed Δ Hmix relative to experiment can be attributed to an underestimation of the magnitude of the elastic moduli in the calculations.

  12. Chemical composition and acid-base properties of the surface of GaAs-CdS solid solutions

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    Kirovskaya, I. A.; Zemtsov, A. E.

    2007-01-01

    Chemical composition and acid-base properties of the surfaces of GaAs-CdS solid solutions and the constituent binary compounds exposed to air, vacuum, CO, and NH3 were analyzed using mass spectrometry, IR spectrometry, isoelectric-point pH (pHiso) analysis, and mechanochemical methods. Powders and films were prepared from the solid solutions by isothermal diffusion and discrete vacuum evaporation, respectively. XRD and Raman analysis revealed that a solid solution has a sphalerite or wurtzite structure, depending on its composition. The initial surface of all the systems studied exhibited acidic properties: the pH value ranged from 4.9 to 6.45. The surfaces contained Lewis (electron accepting) and Brönsted (adsorbed H2O and CO2 molecules, OH- groups) sites. The acidity of the surface increased upon treatment with CO and decreased upon treatment with NH3. For all types of treatment, the concentration dependence of the acid-base properties of the surface exhibited an extremum. The strongest acidic sites were revealed on the surface of the (GaAs)0.95 (CdS)0.05 solid solution. The adsorption activity of this solution, a promising material for manufacturing gas sensors, was evaluated.

  13. A facile and rapid room-temperature route to hierarchical bismuth oxyhalide solid solutions with composition-dependent photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Juan; Han, Qiaofeng; Zhu, Junwu; Wang, Xin

    2016-09-01

    The unique nanosheet-based flower-like BiOCl1-xBrx (x=0-1) hierarchical solid solutions have been prepared by the reaction of Bi2O3 and KCl/KBr in mixed solution of glacial acetic acid (HAc) and H2O in dozens of minutes under ambient conditions. During the preparation process, the intermediate bismuth oxide acetate (CH3COOBiO) plays a key role in the formation of BiOCl1-xBrx solid solutions in such a short time. The as-prepared hierarchical BiOCl1-xBrx solid solutions possess high specific surface areas and modified band structures, which exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity for Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation in comparison with pure BiOCl and BiOBr under visible light irradiation, with the activity reaching the maximum at x=0.5. The photodegradation efficiency of the BiOCl0.5Br0.5 solid solution is twice and 12times higher than P25 TiO2 under UV and visible light irradiation, respectively.

  14. Nanodomain formation and distribution in Gd-doped ceria

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Auchterlonie, Graeme John; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comprehensive investigation of nanodomain formation and distribution in Gd-doped ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Direct experimental evidence of nanodomain formation at grain boundaries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanodomain at grain boundaries would be another possible reason for grain boundary resistivity. -- Abstract: A comprehensive study, with a combination of diverse analytical techniques, was performed to investigate nanodomain formation and distribution in gadolinium-doped ceria. It is illustrated that the nanodomain formation, originating from the aggregation and segregation of dopant cations together with associated charge-compensating oxygen vacancies, is ubiquitous throughout doped ceria. The formation of nanodomains is not limited to bulk areas as previously reported but exists at grain boundaries as well. With enhanced ordering level, such nanodomains formed at grain boundaries will decrease the ionic conductivity as a result of hindered the mobility of oxygen vacancies in doped ceria. Particularly, the nanodomains formed at grain boundaries, with strong defect interactions due to enrichment of dopants and ordered oxygen vacancies, are suggested to be another possible reason for the grain-boundary resistance, other than the widely accepted space-charge layers.

  15. Paper bioassay based on ceria nanoparticles as colorimetric probes.

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    Ornatska, Maryna; Sharpe, Erica; Andreescu, Daniel; Andreescu, Silvana

    2011-06-01

    We report the first use of redox nanoparticles of cerium oxide as colorimetric probes in bioanalysis. The method is based on changes in the physicochemical properties of ceria nanoparticles, used here as chromogenic indicators, in response to the analyte. We show that these particles can be fully integrated in a paper-based bioassay. To construct the sensor, ceria nanoparticles and glucose oxidase were coimmobilized onto filter paper using a silanization procedure. In the presence of glucose, the enzymatically generated hydrogen peroxide induces a visual color change of the ceria nanoparticles immobilized onto the bioactive sensing paper, from white-yellowish to dark orange, in a concentration-dependent manner. A detection limit of 0.5 mM glucose with a linear range up to 100 mM and a reproducibility of 4.3% for n = 11 ceria paper strips were obtained. The assay is fully reversible and can be reused for at least 10 consecutive measurement cycles, without significant loss of activity. Another unique feature is that it does not require external reagents, as all the sensing components are fixed onto the paper platform. The bioassay can be stored for at least 79 days at room temperature while maintaining the same analytical performance. An example of analytical application was demonstrated for the detection of glucose in human serum. The results demonstrate the potential of this type of nanoparticles as novel components in the development of robust colorimetric bioassays. PMID:21524141

  16. Influence of the pH on the dissolution of TPD and associated solid solutions

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    Robisson, A. C.; Dacheux, N.; Aupiais, J.

    2002-12-01

    The dissolution of thorium phosphate diphosphate (TPD) doped or not with trivalent actinides and that of associated solid solutions with tetravalent plutonium was studied from a kinetic point of view as a function of the acidity or the basicity of the leachate. From the evolution of the normalized mass losses, the dissolution rates were determined. For all the solids considered, the values were found between 1.2×10 -5 and 4.4×10 -9 g m -2 d -1 which confirms the very good durability of TPD to aqueous corrosion. The expression of the dissolution rate was given in acidic and in basic media (10 -1-10 -4 M HNO 3 or HClO 4 and 10 -1-10 -4 M NaOH). The partial orders related to the proton and hydroxide ion concentrations were found to be equal to n=0.31-0.40 and to m=0.37, respectively. The associated dissolution rate constant at pH=0 and pH=14 were found to k 298 K,0.1 M'=1.2×10 -5 to 2.4×10 -5 g m -2 d -1 and to k 298 K,0.1 M″, (7.8±1.9)×10 -5 g m -2 d -1, respectively. In these conditions, the dissolution rate value extrapolated in neutral medium was evaluated to 2.4×10 -7 to 3.6×10 -7 g m -2 d -1 at room temperature and to 5.0×10 -6 to 7.5×10 -6 g m -2 d -1 at 90 °C which remains very low by comparison to the other ceramics studied for the same applications.

  17. Improving the structural consistency of C-S-H solid solution thermodynamic models

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    Kulik, Dmitrii A.

    2011-05-15

    Simple aqueous-solid solution models of C-S-H (calcium silicate hydrate) are widely used in studies of cement hydration and waste-cement interactions. Even without a clear structural/mechanistic basis, such thermodynamic models yield a good description of solubility data in [Ca]-C/S space, while only satisfactory in [Si]-C/S, H{sub 2}O-C/S, [Ca]-[Si] spaces and in the 0.1 < C/S < 0.8 range. Here, using a multi-site (sublattice) concept, the ideal solid solution model of C-S-H is revised to make it consistent with the Richardson-Groves structural model of C-S-H and with the modern interpretation of spectroscopic ({sup 29}Si MAS NMR) and solubility data. Consideration of two site substitutions, (1) coupled H{sub 2}OCa{sup 2+} for SiO{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup 2+} replacement in bridging tetrahedral and adjacent interlayer sites, and (2) substitution of interstitial Ca(OH){sub 2} for a vacancy, leads to a new CSHQ model of (A,B) (C,D)X type composed of two tobermorite-like and two jennite-like end members. Because this ideal sublattice SS model cannot fit solubility data well at 0.8 < C/S < 1.1, a simpler CSH3T model is constructed from a polymeric TobH (CaO){sub 2}(SiO{sub 2}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}, a dimeric T2C (CaO){sub 3}(SiO{sub 2}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}, and an ordered pentameric T5C (CaO){sub 2.5}(SiO{sub 2}){sub 2.5}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5} tobermorite-like end members. This solid solution model, limited to the range 0.67 < C/S < 1.5, has a correct built-in dependence of the mean silicate chain length on C/S, yields quite realistic fits to the solubility data, and provides a basis for extensions with foreign cations whose sites in the defect-tobermorite structure of C-S-H are known. To account for C-S-H compositions with C/S > 1.5, CSHQ end members were downscaled to one tetrahedral site and used within the simple mixing model. Despite some loss of structural consistency, the solubility and mean silicate chain length data can be reproduced well with this downscaled

  18. Solution and solid state NMR approaches to draw iron pathways in the ferritin nanocage.

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    Lalli, Daniela; Turano, Paola

    2013-11-19

    Ferritins are intracellular proteins that can store thousands of iron(III) ions as a solid mineral. These structures autoassemble from four-helix bundle subunits to form a hollow sphere and are a prototypical example of protein nanocages. The protein acts as a reservoir, encapsulating iron as ferric oxide in its central cavity in a nontoxic and bioavailable form. Scientists have long known the structural details of the protein shell, owing to very high resolution X-ray structures of the apoform. However, the atomic level mechanism governing the multistep biomineralization process remained largely elusive. Through analysis of the chemical behavior of ferritin mutants, chemists have found the role of some residues in key reaction steps. Using Mössbauer and XAS, they have identified some di-iron intermediates of the catalytic reaction trapped by rapid freeze quench. However, structural information about the iron interaction sites remains scarce. The entire process is governed by a number of specific, but weak, interactions between the protein shell and the iron species moving across the cage. While this situation may constitute a major problem for crystallography, NMR spectroscopy represents an optimal tool to detect and characterize transient species involving soluble proteins. Regardless, NMR analysis of the 480 kDa ferritin represents a real challenge. Our interest in ferritin chemistry inspired us to use an original combination of solution and solid state approaches. While the highly symmetric structure of the homo-24-mer frog ferritin greatly simplifies the spectra, the large protein size hinders the efficient coherence transfer in solution, thus preventing the sequence specific assignments. In contrast, extensive (13)C-spin diffusion makes the solution (13)C-(13)C NOESY experiment our gold standard to monitor protein side chains both in the apoprotein alone and in its interaction with paramagnetic iron species, inducing line broadening on the resonances of

  19. Investigation of combined S02/N0x Removal by Ceria Sorbents

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    Ates Akyurtlu; Jale F. Akyurtlu

    1996-11-01

    This final report describes the work done under the sponsorship of the U.S. DOE for the support of advanced fossil resource utilization research at historically black colleges and universities, Grant No. DE-Ps22-92MT920 on "Investigation of Combined S02/NOx Removal by Ceria Sorbents". The work was conducted at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Hampton University. The industrial partner was Malcolm Pirnie,Inc. Environmental Engineers, Scientists and Planners, who handled the metal analysis and XRD measurements on the solid sorbents; they have also supplied the flyash used in the experimental program. The development of a commercial process concept, economic analysis, and evaluation of process alternatives were undertaken by TECOGEN of Waltham, MA.

  20. Comparative analysis of zaleplon complexation with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers in solution and in solid state.

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    Jablan, Jasna; Szalontai, Gábor; Jug, Mario

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the potential synergistic effect of water-soluble polymers (hypromellose, HPMC and polyvinylpyrrolidone, PVP) on zaleplon (ZAL) complexation with parent β-cyclodextrin (βCD) and its randomly methylated derivative (RAMEB) in solution and in solid state. The addition of HPMC to the complexation medium improved ZAL complexation and solubilization with RAMEB (K(ZAL/RAMEB)=156±5M(-1) and K(ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC)=189±8M(-1); p<0.01), while such effect was not observed for βCD (K(ZAL/βCD)=112±2M(-1) and K(ZAL/βCD/HPMC)=119±8M(-1); p>0.05). Although PVP increased the ZAL aqueous solubility from 0.22 to 0.27mg/mL, it did not show any synergistic effects on ZAL solubilization with the cyclodextrins tested. Binary and ternary systems of ZAL with βCD, RAMEB and HPMC were prepared by spray-drying. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy demonstrated a partial ZAL amorphization in spray-dried binary and ternary systems with βCD, while the drug was completely amorphous in all samples with RAMEB. Furthermore, inclusion complex formation in all systems prepared was confirmed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The in vitro dissolution rate followed the rank order ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC>ZAL/RAMEB=ZAL/βCD/HPMC>ZAL/βCD≫ZAL, clearly demonstrating the superior performance of RAMEB on ZAL complexation in the solid state and its synergistic effect with HPMC on drug solubility. Surprisingly, when loaded into tablets made with insoluble microcrystalline cellulose, RAMEB complexes had no positive effect on drug dissolution, because HPMC and RAMEB acted as a binders inside the tablets, prolonging their disintegration. Oppositely, the formulation with mannitol, a soluble excipient, containing a ternary RAMEB system, released the complete drug-dose in only 5min, clearly demonstrating its suitability for the development of immediate-release oral formulation of ZAL.

  1. Thermodynamic Destabilization of Ti-O Solid Solution by H2 and Deoxygenation of Ti Using Mg.

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    Zhang, Ying; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sun, Pei; Zhang, Tuoyang; Xia, Yang; Zhou, Chengshang; Huang, Zhe

    2016-06-01

    Reactive metals including Ti, Zr, Hf, and V, among others, have a strong chemical affinity to oxygen, which makes them difficult to produce and costly to use. It is especially challenging to produce pure or metal alloy powders of these elements when extremely low oxygen content is required, because they have high solubility for oxygen, and the solid solution of these metals with oxygen is often more stable thermodynamically than their oxides. We report a novel thermochemical approach to destabilize Ti(O) solid solutions using hydrogen, thus enabling deoxygenation of Ti powder using Mg, which has not been possible before because of the thermodynamic stability of Ti(O) solid solutions relative to MgO. The work on Ti serves as an example for other reactive metals. Both analytical modeling and experimental results show that hydrogen can indeed increase the oxygen potential of Ti-O solid solution alloys; in other words, the stability of Ti-O solid solutions is effectively decreased, thus increasing the thermodynamic driving force for Mg to react with oxygen in Ti. Because hydrogen can be easily removed from Ti by a simple heat treatment, it is used only as a temporary alloying element to destabilize the Ti-O systems. The thermodynamic approach described here is a breakthrough and is applicable to a range of different materials. This work is expected to provide an enabling solution to overcome one of the key scientific and technological hurdles to the additive manufacturing of metals, which is emerging rapidly as the future of the manufacturing industry.

  2. Thermodynamic Destabilization of Ti-O Solid Solution by H2 and Deoxygenation of Ti Using Mg.

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    Zhang, Ying; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sun, Pei; Zhang, Tuoyang; Xia, Yang; Zhou, Chengshang; Huang, Zhe

    2016-06-01

    Reactive metals including Ti, Zr, Hf, and V, among others, have a strong chemical affinity to oxygen, which makes them difficult to produce and costly to use. It is especially challenging to produce pure or metal alloy powders of these elements when extremely low oxygen content is required, because they have high solubility for oxygen, and the solid solution of these metals with oxygen is often more stable thermodynamically than their oxides. We report a novel thermochemical approach to destabilize Ti(O) solid solutions using hydrogen, thus enabling deoxygenation of Ti powder using Mg, which has not been possible before because of the thermodynamic stability of Ti(O) solid solutions relative to MgO. The work on Ti serves as an example for other reactive metals. Both analytical modeling and experimental results show that hydrogen can indeed increase the oxygen potential of Ti-O solid solution alloys; in other words, the stability of Ti-O solid solutions is effectively decreased, thus increasing the thermodynamic driving force for Mg to react with oxygen in Ti. Because hydrogen can be easily removed from Ti by a simple heat treatment, it is used only as a temporary alloying element to destabilize the Ti-O systems. The thermodynamic approach described here is a breakthrough and is applicable to a range of different materials. This work is expected to provide an enabling solution to overcome one of the key scientific and technological hurdles to the additive manufacturing of metals, which is emerging rapidly as the future of the manufacturing industry. PMID:27196140

  3. Quinary wurtzite Zn-Ga-Ge-N-O solid solutions and their photocatalytic properties under visible light irradiation

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    Xie, Yinghao; Wu, Fangfang; Sun, Xiaoqin; Chen, Hongmei; Lv, Meilin; Ni, Shuang; Liu, Gang; Xu, Xiaoxiang

    2016-01-01

    Wurtzite solid solutions between GaN and ZnO highlight an intriguing paradigm for water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy. However, large composition discrepancy often occurs inside the compound owing to the volatile nature of Zn, thereby prescribing rigorous terms on synthetic conditions. Here we demonstrate the merits of constituting quinary Zn-Ga-Ge-N-O solid solutions by introducing Ge into the wurtzite framework. The presence of Ge not only mitigates the vaporization of Zn but also strongly promotes particle crystallization. Synthetic details for these quinary compounds were systematically explored and their photocatalytic properties were thoroughly investigated. Proper starting molar ratios of Zn/Ga/Ge are of primary importance for single phase formation, high particle crystallinity and good photocatalytic performance. Efficient photocatalytic hydrogen and oxygen production from water were achieved for these quinary solid solutions which is strongly correlated with Ge content in the structure. Apparent quantum efficiency for optimized sample approaches 1.01% for hydrogen production and 1.14% for oxygen production. Theoretical calculation reveals the critical role of Zn for the band gap reduction in these solid solutions and their superior photocatalytic acitivity can be understood by the preservation of Zn in the structure as well as a good crystallinity after introducing Ge. PMID:26755070

  4. Characterizing the Solid-Solution Coefficient and Plant Uptake Factor of As, Cd and Pb in California Croplands

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    In risk assessment models, the solid-solution partition coefficient (Kd), and plant uptake factor (PUF), are often employed to model the fate and transport of trace elements in soils. The trustworthiness of risk assessments depends on the reliability of the parameters used. In this study, we exami...

  5. Community Solutions to Solid Waste Pollution. Operation Waste Watch: The New Three Rs for Elementary School. Grade 6. [Second Edition.

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    Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.

    This publication, the last in a series of seven for elementary schools, is an environmental education curriculum guide with a focus on waste management issues. It contains a unit of exercises selected for sixth grade students focusing on community solutions to solid waste pollution. Waste management activities included in this unit seek to…

  6. Solution-processed ultrathin chemically derived graphene films as soft top contacts for solid-state molecular electronic junctions.

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    Li, Tao; Hauptmann, Jonas Rahlf; Wei, Zhongming; Petersen, Søren; Bovet, Nicolas; Vosch, Tom; Nygård, Jesper; Hu, Wenping; Liu, Yunqi; Bjørnholm, Thomas; Nørgaard, Kasper; Laursen, Bo W

    2012-03-01

    A novel method using solution-processed ultrathin chemically derived graphene films as soft top contacts for the non-destructive fabrication of molecular junctions is demonstrated. We believe this protocol will greatly enrich the solid-state test beds for molecular electronics due to its low-cost, easy-processing and flexible nature.

  7. Thermodynamics of aragonite-strontianite solid solutions: Results from stoichiometric solubility at 25 and 76°C

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    Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.

    1987-01-01

    Neither equilibrium nor stoichiometric saturation is observed at 76°C during laboratory recrystallization of strontianite-aragonite solid solutions even after apparent 100 percent conversion to a narrow secondary composition and demonstration of a nearly constant composition system for periods of 300 hours.

  8. Structural and optical properties of PVP-capped nanocrystalline ZnxCd1-xS solid solutions

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    Askari, Mina; Soltani, Nayereh; Saion, Elias; Yunus, W. Mahmood Mat; Maryam Erfani, H.; Dorostkar, Mahdi

    2015-05-01

    Nanocrystalline ZnxCd1-xS solid solutions were prepared in a microwave-assisted hydrothermal process with gradient distribution of components (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9). The growth of the cubic-structured quantum dots was observed for all component stoichiometries with the crystallite size between 4.5 and 5.7 nm. The obvious peak shifts have been found in the XRD patterns and the lattice parameters showed linear variation with x increasing. The evolution of the optical properties of obtained solid solutions including absorption and photoemission was also monitored in detail. The solid solutions show a considerable shift in the nanoparticle optical absorption edge from 482 to 343 nm with the increasing of Zn fraction. The band gaps of the solid solutions were estimated to be between 2.94 and 3.40 eV and the position of conduction band was shifted toward more negative potential with x increasing. The photoluminescence spectra showed a broad blue-green emission spreading up to 600 nm with emergence of three dominant peaks belong to sulfur, zinc, and cadmium vacancies.

  9. Molten-salt synthesis and composition-dependent luminescent properties of barium tungsto-molybdate-based solid solution phosphors

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    Xiang-Hong, He; Zhao-Lian, Ye; Ming-Yun, Guan; Ning, Lian; Jian-Hua, Sun

    2016-02-01

    Pr3+-activated barium tungsto-molybdate solid solution phosphor Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ is successfully fabricated via a facile molten-salt approach. The as-synthesized microcrystal is of truncated octahedron and exhibits deep-red-emitting upon blue light excitation. Powder x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques are utilized to investigate the formation of solid solution phosphor. The luminescence behaviors depend on the resulting composition of the microcrystals with fixed Pr3+-doping concentration, while the host lattices remain in a scheelite structure. The forming solid solution via the substitution of [WO4] for [MoO4] can significantly enhance its luminescence, which may be due to the fact that Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ owns well-defined facets and uniform morphologies. Owing to its properties of high phase purity, well-defined facets, highly uniform morphologies, exceptional chemical and thermal stabilities, and stronger emission intensity, the resulting solid solution phosphor is expected to find potential applications in phosphor-converted white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Project supported by the Construction Fund for Science and Technology Innovation Group from Jiangsu University of Technology, China, the Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, China (Grant No. KHK1409), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21373103).

  10. Solid state and solution 43Ca NMR of calcium peroxides involved in the disproportionation of hydrogen peroxide by calcium hydroxide.

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    Trokiner, Arlette; Bessière, Aurélie; Thouvenot, René; Hau, Damien; Marko, Jean; Nardello, Véronique; Pierlot, Christel; Aubry, Jean-Marie

    2004-06-01

    In order to get some insight into the mechanism of the disproportionation of hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by calcium hydroxide, 43Ca NMR spectra of enriched samples of calcium peroxides and of their precursors have been studied in both solution and solid state. This study demonstrates that no well-defined peroxidized calcium species are formed in solution, showing that the catalytic role of calcium is likely restricted to the solid state. Most of the calcium compounds that could be involved in the catalytic process have been investigated with solid state NMR. The shift and quadrupolar parameters of Ca(OH)2, CaO2.8H2O and CaO2.2H2O2 are reported for the first time. These parameters are different enough to allow the quantitative analysis of a complex mixture of these compounds by NMR.

  11. Ceria loaded nanoreactors: a nontoxic superantioxidant system with high stability and efficacy

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    Spulber, M.; Baumann, P.; Liu, J.; Palivan, C. G.

    2015-01-01

    Medical applications of the superantioxidant ceria nanoparticles (CeNP) are limited due to their high toxicity and low stability. CeNP toxicity is related to their aggregation in solution, and the possible generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by a Fenton-like reaction. For the efficient medical application of CeNP, it is necessary to find new solutions, which simultaneously reduce their inherent toxicity while preserving their unique catalytic regenerative qualities. Here we introduce a straightforward strategy based on CeNP encapsulation in polymer vesicles which reduces their toxicity, but preserves their superantioxidant character. We have engineered antioxidant nanoreactors, which serve the dual purpose of: (i) separation of CeNP, which inhibits aggregate formation, and (ii) protection of CeNP from hydrogen peroxide, thus eliminating the Fenton-like reaction which induces cytotoxicity. Nanoreactors containing CeNP possess a higher scavenging activity than free CeNP for both hydroxyl and superoxide radicals, as indicated by spin trapping EPR. Due to the regenerative redox chemistry of ceria, the nanoreactors are active for long periods of time, without requiring additional reducing agents. Upon uptake by cells, the nanoreactors show almost no toxicity compared with the free CeNP after a long term exposure, thus proving their high efficacy as ROS scavengers. Our strategy of engineering CeNP-containing nanoreactors represents a versatile, simple and economical solution to reduce CeNP toxicity, while preserving their functionality; thus nanoreactors are the ideal candidates for fighting oxidative stress in a large variety of medical situations.Medical applications of the superantioxidant ceria nanoparticles (CeNP) are limited due to their high toxicity and low stability. CeNP toxicity is related to their aggregation in solution, and the possible generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by a Fenton-like reaction. For the efficient medical application of Ce

  12. High-Field Dynamic Nuclear Polarization for Solid and Solution Biological NMR

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    Barnes, A.B.; Paëpe, G. De; van der Wel, P.C.A.; Hu, K.-N.; Joo, C.-G.; Bajaj, V.S.; Mak-Jurkauskas, M.L.; Sirigiri, J.R.; Herzfeld, J.; Temkin, R.J.; Griffin, R.G.

    2008-01-01

    Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) results in a substantial nuclear polarization enhancement through a transfer of the magnetization from electrons to nuclei. Recent years have seen considerable progress in the development of DNP experiments directed towards enhancing sensitivity in biological nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This review covers the applications, hardware, polarizing agents, and theoretical descriptions that were developed at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for high-field DNP experiments. In frozen dielectrics, the enhanced nuclear polarization developed in the vicinity of the polarizing agent can be efficiently dispersed to the bulk of the sample via 1H spin diffusion. This strategy has been proven effective in polarizing biologically interesting systems, such as nanocrystalline peptides and membrane proteins, without leading to paramagnetic broadening of the NMR signals. Gyrotrons have been used as a source of high-power (5–10 W) microwaves up to 460 GHz as required for the DNP experiments. Other hardware has also been developed allowing in situ microwave irradiation integrated with cryogenic magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR. Advances in the quantum mechanical treatment are successful in describing the mechanism by which new biradical polarizing agents yield larger enhancements at higher magnetic fields. Finally, pulsed methods and solution experiments should play a prominent role in the future of DNP. PMID:19194532

  13. Dynamic effects in the production of diamond from solid-solution carbon

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    Sobolev, V.V.; Didyk, R.P.; Merezhko, Y.I.; Skidanenko, A.I.; Slobodskoi, V.Y.

    1984-03-01

    The authors examine the scope for diamond to grow at atmospheric pressure in iron alloys. For the purpose of this investigation, diamond nuclei were produced in a cast-iron specimen by a dynamic pressure of 80-90GPa. The mass proportion of diamond polycrystals of maximum size 40-50 ..mu..m did not exceed 1%. The largest diamond content occurred in the fraction 0.1-5 ..mu..m and constituted about 80%. The studies show that: the presence of diamond inclusions in a metal matrix substantially influences the structural transformations during isothermal heating and slow cooling; the solid-solution carbon, the carbon compounds, and the graphite inclusions can serve as sources of carbon in the growth of diamond crystals in the metastable region; and dynamic pressures generate numerous defects in cast-iron specimens, which are sources of vacancies, which facilitate the diffusion of the carbon to the growing diamond crystals and the removal of iron from them.

  14. Quantitative Computer Tomography for Determining Composition of Microgravity and Ground Based Solid Solutions

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    Gillies, D. C.; Engel, H. P.

    1999-01-01

    Advances in x-ray Computer Tomography (CT) have been led by the medical profession, and by evaluation of industrial products, particularly castings. Porosity can readily be determined as a function of the density of a material, and CT is thus an industrially important NDE tool. Providing high purity, 100% dense standards of pure elements and compounds can be fabricated, the composition of solid solution alloys can be determined by measuring the CT number, which is a function of the absorption of the sample. Average densities across slices 1 mm thick can generally be determined to better than 1 percent. With present technology this spatial sensitivity is less than ideal, but important benefits can nevertheless be obtained by using CT, particularly single crystals, prior to making any destructive assault upon the sample. The sample can in fact be examined prior to removal from the mold within which it has been grown and, in the cases of microgravity flight samples, before removal from the cartridge assembly. This greatly assists the researcher in the characterization of the products, particularly as a guide to cutting and sampling. Examples of work with germanium-silicon alloys and mercury cadmium telluride taken with a radioactive cobalt source will be demonstrated.

  15. Iridium-Tin oxide solid-solution nanocatalysts with enhanced activity and stability for oxygen evolution

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    Li, Guangfu; Yu, Hongmei; Yang, Donglei; Chi, Jun; Wang, Xunying; Sun, Shucheng; Shao, Zhigang; Yi, Baolian

    2016-09-01

    Addressing major challenges from the material cost, efficiency and stability, it is highly desirable to develop high-performance catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Herein we explore a facile surfactant-assisted approach for fabricating Irsbnd Sn (Ir/Sn = 0.6/0.4, by mol.) nano-oxide catalysts with good morphology control. Direct proofs from XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectra indicate hydrophilic triblock polymer (TBP, like Pluronic® F108) surfactant can boost the formation of stable solid-solution structure. With the TBP hydrophilic and block-length increase, the fabricated Irsbnd Sn oxides undergoing the rod-to-sphere transition obtain the relatively lower crystallization, decreased crystallite size, Ir-enriched surface and incremental available active sites, all of which can bolster the OER activity and stability. Meanwhile, it is observed that the coupled Ir oxidative etching takes a crucial role in determining the material structure and performance. Compared with commercial Ir black, half-cell tests confirm F108-assistant catalysts with over 40 wt% Ir loading reduction show 2-fold activity enhancement as well as significant stability improvement. The lowest cell voltage using 0.88 mg cm-2 Ir loading is only 1.621 V at 1000 mA cm-2 and 80 °C with a concomitant energy efficiency of 75.8% which is beyond the DOE 2017 efficiency target of 74%.

  16. Perovskite solid solutions with multiferroic morphotropic phase boundaries and property enhancement

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    Algueró, M.; Amorín, H.; Fernández-Posada, C. M.; Peña, O.; Ramos, P.; Vila, E.; Castro, A.

    2016-05-01

    Recently, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of phases in the BiFeO3-BiCoO3 perovskite binary system, associated with the existence of a discontinuous morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. This might be a general property of multiferroic phase instabilities, and a novel promising approach for room temperature magnetoelectricity. We review here our current investigations on the identification and study of additional material systems, alternative to BiFeO3-BiCoO3 that has only been obtained by high pressure synthesis. Three systems, whose phase diagrams were, in principle, liable to show multiferroic MPBs have been addressed: the BiMnO3-PbTiO3 and BiFeO3-PbTiO3 binary systems, and the BiFeO3-BiMnO3-PbTiO3 ternary one. A comprehensive study of multiferroism across different solid solutions was carried out based on electrical and magnetic characterizations, complemented with mechanical and electromechanical measurements. An in-depth structural analysis was also accomplished when necessary.

  17. Atomically resolved three-dimensional structures of electrolyte aqueous solutions near a solid surface.

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    Martin-Jimenez, Daniel; Chacon, Enrique; Tarazona, Pedro; Garcia, Ricardo

    2016-01-01

    Interfacial liquid layers play a central role in a variety of phenomena ranging from friction to molecular recognition. Liquids near a solid surface form an interfacial layer where the molecular structure is different from that of the bulk. Here we report atomic resolution three-dimensional images of electrolyte solutions near a mica surface that demonstrate the existence of three types of interfacial structures. At low concentrations (0.01-1 M), cations are adsorbed onto the mica. The cation layer is topped by a few hydration layers. At higher concentrations, the interfacial layer extends several nanometres into the liquid. It involves the alternation of cation and anion planes. Fluid Density Functional calculations show that water molecules are a critical factor for stabilizing the structure of the interfacial layer. The interfacial layer stabilizes a crystal-like structure compatible with liquid-like ion and solvent mobilities. At saturation, some ions precipitate and small crystals are formed on the mica. PMID:27416784

  18. Evolution of Quantum Critical Behavior In A Concentrated Ternary Solid Solution: NiCoCrx

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    Sales, Brian; Jin, Ke; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, Malcolm; Samolyuk, German; May, Andrew; McGuire, Michael

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x near 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a perfectly linear magnetoresistance, and an excess -TlnT contribution to the low temperature heat capacity. As the Cr concentration is decreased from 1, the Curie temperature and the saturation magnetization, M0, both increase exponentially with x. For x = 0.5, Tc ~ 217 K, but M0 is only 0.26 Bohr magnetons/atom, indicating highly itinerant ferromagnets for 0.5 solid solution fcc alloys are ideal model systems to study the effects of chemical disorder on emergent properties near a quantum critical point. Research supported by the DOE Office of Science, Materials Science and Engineering Division, and the Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution EFRC.

  19. Vibrational spectroscopy of synthetic analogues of ankoleite, chernikovite and intermediate solid solution.

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    Clavier, N; Crétaz, F; Szenknect, S; Mesbah, A; Poinssot, C; Descostes, M; Dacheux, N

    2016-03-01

    Ankoleite (K(UO2)PO4·nH2O), chernikovite (H3O(UO2)PO4·nH2O) and intermediate solid solutions are frequently encountered in the uranium ores that result from the alteration of uranium primary minerals. This paper reports a thorough FTIR and Raman study related to synthetic analogues for these minerals. First, the vibration bands associated to the UO2(2 +) uranyl ion were used to calculate the U = O bond length which appeared in good agreement with the data coming from PXRD. Then, the examination of the phosphate vibration modes in both sets of spectra confirmed the general formulation of the samples and ruled out the presence of hydrogenphosphate groups. Finally, the presence of H2O as well as protonated H3O(+) and/or H5O2(+) species was also pointed out, and could be used to clearly differentiate the various phases prepared. Vibrational spectroscopy then appeared as an efficient method for the investigation of such analogues of natural samples. It should be particularly relevant when identifying these phases in mineral ores or assemblies.

  20. Inelasticity and precipitation of germanium from a solid solution in Al-Ge binary alloys

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    Kardashev, B. K.; Korchunov, B. N.; Nikanorov, S. P.; Osipov, V. N.

    2015-08-01

    The influence of precipitation of germanium atoms in a solid solution on the dependence of the inelasticity characteristics on the germanium content in aluminum-germanium alloys prepared by directional crystallization has been studied. It has been shown that the Young's modulus defect, the amplitude-dependent decrement, and the microplastic flow stress at a specified cyclic strain amplitude have extreme values at the eutectic germanium content in the alloy. The eutectic composition of the alloy undergoes a ductilebrittle transition. It has been found that there is a correlation between the dependences of the Young's modulus defect, amplitude-dependent decrement, microplastic flow stress, and specific entropy of the exothermal process of germanium precipitation on the germanium content in the hypoeutectic alloy. The concentration dependences of the inelasticity characteristics and their changes after annealing have been explained by the change in the resistance to the motion of intragrain dislocations due to different structures of the Guinier-Preston zones formed during the precipitation of germanium atoms.

  1. Carbonation of municipal solid waste incineration electrostatic precipitator fly ashes in solution.

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    De Boom, Aurore; Aubert, Jean-Emmanuel; Degrez, Marc

    2014-05-01

    Carbonation was applied to a Pb- and Zn-contaminated fraction of municipal solid waste incineration electrofilter fly ashes in order to reduce heavy metal leaching. Carbonation tests were performed in solution, by Na2CO3 addition or CO2 bubbling, and were compared with washing (with water only). The injection of CO2 during the washing did not modify the mineralogy, but the addition of Na2CO3 induced the reaction with anhydrite, forming calcite. Microprobe analyses showed that Pb and Zn contamination was rather diffuse and that the various treatments had no effect on Pb and Zn speciation in the residues. The leaching tests indicated that carbonation using Na2CO3 was successful because it gave a residue that could be considered as non-hazardous material. With CO2 bubbling, Pb and Zn leaching was strongly decreased compared with material washed with water alone, but the amount of chromium extracted became higher than the non-hazardous waste limits for landfilling.

  2. Growth and Electronic Properties of GaN/ZnO Solid Solution Nanowires

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    Han, W.Q.; Zhang, Y.; Nam, C.-Y.; Black, C.T.; Mendez, E.E.

    2010-08-23

    We have grown single-crystal (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid-solution nanowires using nanostructured ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} precursor prepared by a sol-gel method. From electrical transport measurements in individual nanowire field-effect transistors, we have identified the conduction as n-type and obtained a background carrier density (-10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}) and an electron mobility (-1 cm{sup 2}/V s) that are consistent with chemical disorder and a large number of charge traps, as confirmed by the devices photocurrent response. From the dependence of the device photoresponse on incident light wavelength, we have determined the energy band gap of (Ga{sub 0.88}Zn{sub 0.12})(N{sub 0.88}O{sub 0.12}) to be as much as -0.6 eV lower than that of GaN or ZnO.

  3. Bridging Phases at the Morphotropic Boundaries of Lead Oxide Solid Solutions

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    Noheda,B.; Cox, D.

    2006-01-01

    Ceramic solid solutions of PbZr(1-x)TixO3 (PZT) with compositions of about x= 0.50 are well-known for their extraordinarily large piezoelectric responses. The latter are highly anisotropic, and it was recently shown that, for the rhombohedral compositions (x< 0.5), the piezoelectric coefficients were largest away from the polar direction, contrary to common belief. Shortly afterwards a low-symmetry monoclinic phase was observed by synchrotron x-ray diffraction at around x=0.50. Similar behavior and features are also present in a number of related lead-based strongly-piezoelectric single crystals, such as PMN-PT, PZN-PT, and PSN-PT, with piezoelectric coefficients of about 2500 pm/V, the highest values recorded to date. Recent experimental and theoretical work has greatly improved our understanding of these technologically-important systems, but there are still some open questions. In this review we try to summarize the most recent progress in the field.

  4. Unexpected structural softening of interstitial boron solid solution WB{sub 3+x}

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    Wu, Hao; Sun, Hong E-mail: chen@physics.unlv.edu; Chen, Changfeng E-mail: chen@physics.unlv.edu

    2014-11-24

    Using first-principles calculations, we reveal an unexpected structural softening in a recently proposed WB{sub 3+x} structural model that tries to explain the X-ray diffraction, high resolution TEM, pressure dependence of the normalized lattice c/a ratio, and hardness experimental results of the synthesized tungsten boride compounds with a nominal composition WB{sub 4}. We show that the interstitial boron in WB{sub 3+x}, which was proposed to strengthen the covalent bonding network, unexpectedly weakens the atomic bonding, resulting in a large reduction of its indentation strength to well below that of WB{sub 3}. This is in direct contradiction to the experimental results showing that synthesized WB{sub 4} is harder than WB{sub 3}. The unusual structural softening is attributed to the unique three-center covalent bonding formed by the interstitial boron atoms that can easily deform under indentation. Our results show that the proposed interstitial boron solid solution WB{sub 3+x} structure is incompatible with experimental results, which calls for further investigations to determine the crystal structure of the synthesized WB{sub 4}.

  5. Vibrational spectroscopy of synthetic analogues of ankoleite, chernikovite and intermediate solid solution.

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    Clavier, N; Crétaz, F; Szenknect, S; Mesbah, A; Poinssot, C; Descostes, M; Dacheux, N

    2016-03-01

    Ankoleite (K(UO2)PO4·nH2O), chernikovite (H3O(UO2)PO4·nH2O) and intermediate solid solutions are frequently encountered in the uranium ores that result from the alteration of uranium primary minerals. This paper reports a thorough FTIR and Raman study related to synthetic analogues for these minerals. First, the vibration bands associated to the UO2(2 +) uranyl ion were used to calculate the U = O bond length which appeared in good agreement with the data coming from PXRD. Then, the examination of the phosphate vibration modes in both sets of spectra confirmed the general formulation of the samples and ruled out the presence of hydrogenphosphate groups. Finally, the presence of H2O as well as protonated H3O(+) and/or H5O2(+) species was also pointed out, and could be used to clearly differentiate the various phases prepared. Vibrational spectroscopy then appeared as an efficient method for the investigation of such analogues of natural samples. It should be particularly relevant when identifying these phases in mineral ores or assemblies. PMID:26688205

  6. Carbon enters silica forming a cristobalite-type CO2-SiO2 solid solution.

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    Santoro, Mario; Gorelli, Federico A; Bini, Roberto; Salamat, Ashkan; Garbarino, Gaston; Levelut, Claire; Cambon, Olivier; Haines, Julien

    2014-01-01

    Extreme conditions permit unique materials to be synthesized and can significantly update our view of the periodic table. In the case of group IV elements, carbon was always considered to be distinct with respect to its heavier homologues in forming oxides. Here we report the synthesis of a crystalline CO2-SiO2 solid solution by reacting carbon dioxide and silica in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (P = 16-22 GPa, T>4,000 K), showing that carbon enters silica. Remarkably, this material is recovered to ambient conditions. X-ray diffraction shows that the crystal adopts a densely packed α-cristobalite structure (P4(1)2(1)2) with carbon and silicon in fourfold coordination to oxygen at pressures where silica normally adopts a sixfold coordinated rutile-type stishovite structure. An average formula of C0.6(1)Si0.4(1)O2 is consistent with X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy results. These findings may modify our view on oxide chemistry, which is of great interest for materials science, as well as Earth and planetary sciences. PMID:24781844

  7. First-Principles Design of Hydrogen Dissociation Catalysts Based on Isoelectronic Metal Solid Solutions.

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    Seo, Dong-Hwa; Shin, Hyeyoung; Kang, Kisuk; Kim, Hyungjun; Han, Sang Soo

    2014-06-01

    We report an innovative route for designing novel functional alloys based on first-principles calculations, which is an isoelectronic solid solution (ISS) of two metal elements to create new characteristics that are not native to the constituent elements. Neither Rh nor Ag exhibits hydrogen storage properties, whereas the Rh50Ag50 ISS exhibits properties similar to Pd; furthermore, Au cannot dissociate H2, and Ir has a higher energy barrier for the H2 dissociation reaction than Pt, whereas the Ir50Au50 ISS can dissociate H2 in a similar way to Pt. In the periodic table, Pd is located between Rh and Ag, and Pt is located between Ir and Au, leading to similar atomic and electronic structures between the pure metals (Pd and Pt) and the ISS alloys (Rh50Ag50 and Ir50Au50). From a practical perspective, the Ir-Au ISS would be more cost-effective to use than pure Pt, and could exhibit catalytic activity equivalent to Pt. Therefore, the Ir50Au50 ISS alloy can be a potential catalyst candidate for the replacement of Pt. PMID:26273859

  8. Two-Dimensional Nb-Based M 4 C 3 Solid Solutions (MXenes)

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    Yang, Jian; Naguib, Michael; Ghidiu, Michael; Pan, Li-Mei; Gu, Jian; Nanda, Jagjit; Halim, Joseph; Gogotsi, Yury; Barsoum, Michel W.; Zhou, Y.

    2015-10-15

    Two new two-dimensional Nb4C3-based solid solutions (MXenes), (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4C3Tx and (Nb0.8,Zr0.2)4C3Tx (where T is a surface termination) were synthesizedas confirmed by X-ray diffractionfrom their corresponding MAX phase precursors (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4AlC3 and (Nb0.8,Zr0.2)4AlC3. In our report we discuss Zr-containing MXene. We also studied intercalation of Li ions into these two compositions, and Nb4C3Tx in order to determine the potential of those materials for energy storage applications. Lithiation and delithiation peaks at 2.26 and 2.35 V, respectively, appeared in the case of Nb4C3Tx, but were not present in Nb2CTx. After 20 cycles at a rate of C/4, the specific capacities of (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4C3Txand (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4C3Tx weremore » 158 and 132 mAh/g, respectively, both slightly lower than the capacity of Nb4C3Tx.« less

  9. Atomically resolved three-dimensional structures of electrolyte aqueous solutions near a solid surface

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    Martin-Jimenez, Daniel; Chacon, Enrique; Tarazona, Pedro; Garcia, Ricardo

    2016-01-01

    Interfacial liquid layers play a central role in a variety of phenomena ranging from friction to molecular recognition. Liquids near a solid surface form an interfacial layer where the molecular structure is different from that of the bulk. Here we report atomic resolution three-dimensional images of electrolyte solutions near a mica surface that demonstrate the existence of three types of interfacial structures. At low concentrations (0.01–1 M), cations are adsorbed onto the mica. The cation layer is topped by a few hydration layers. At higher concentrations, the interfacial layer extends several nanometres into the liquid. It involves the alternation of cation and anion planes. Fluid Density Functional calculations show that water molecules are a critical factor for stabilizing the structure of the interfacial layer. The interfacial layer stabilizes a crystal-like structure compatible with liquid-like ion and solvent mobilities. At saturation, some ions precipitate and small crystals are formed on the mica. PMID:27416784

  10. Thermal conductivity of near-stoichiometric (U, Er)O 2 solid solutions

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    Kim, Si-Hyung; Kim, Yeon-Gu; Kim, Han-Soo; Na, Sang-Ho; Lee, Young-Woo; Suhr, Dong-Soo

    2005-06-01

    Thermal diffusivities of UO 2 and UO 2 doped with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 mol % ErO 1.5 were measured in the range of 298-1673 K by a laser flash method and their thermal conductivities were calculated from the thermal diffusivity, the measured sample density and published specific heat capacity data. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity up to 1673 K in UO 2 and UO 2-doped with ErO 1.5 was found to be modeled well using the phonon conduction equation, K = ( A + BT) -1. The thermal conductivities of the UO 2 and (U, Er)O 2 solid solutions gradually decreased with the temperature. The thermal conductivity of the doped UO 2 decreased relative to UO 2 with an increase of ErO 1.5 content at low temperatures, while it was independent of the ErO 1.5 content at higher temperatures. The variation of parameters A and B as a function of ErO 1.5 content is found experimentally and it is found that the dependence of the thermal conductivity of (U, Er)O 2 on temperature up to 1673 K and on the ErO 1.5 content can be expressed as K={K}/{1+K(kAy+kByT)}.

  11. Synthesis and sintering of a monazite brabantite solid solution ceramic for nuclear waste storage

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    Montel, Jean-Marc; Glorieux, Benoit; Seydoux-Guillaume, Anne-Magali; Wirth, Richard

    2006-12-01

    Various geological arguments suggest that monazite can be an interesting waste-form for actinides such as Np, Pu, Cm and Am. We set up a simple procedure for making dense pellets of monazite brabantite solid solution ceramics with composition Ca0.092Th0.092Ce0.089La0.727PO4. It consists of co-milling CaCO3, ThO2, CeO2, La2O3, and NH4H2PO4, 1250 °C calcination, milling, cold-pressing, and sintering at 1450 °C for 4 h. X-ray investigations showed that the reaction scheme from oxides to monazite is complex and involves various P+La-based intermediate compounds. The final density of the the product is around 95% of the theoretical density. The texture is homogeneous with a typical grain of size 5 20 μm. This process is designed to be adapted to hot cells and telemanipulators.

  12. Elasticity of grossular-andradite solid solution: an ab initio investigation.

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    Lacivita, Valentina; Erba, Alessandro; Dovesi, Roberto; D'Arco, Philippe

    2014-08-01

    Grossular and andradite are garnet end-members stable under upper mantle conditions. We perform ab initio simulations to investigate the dependence of the bulk modulus on chemical composition of the grossular-andradite solid solution, Ca3Fe(2-2x)Al(2x)(SiO4)3. All-electron local basis sets of Gaussian-type orbitals and the hybrid B3LYP density functional are used. Our calculations predict a linear modulus-composition trend, in contrast to previous conjectures based on "heterogeneous" experimental measurements. We estimate the largest deviation from linearity to be about 0.5 GPa under ambient conditions, and to progressively reduce to less than 0.2 GPa at pressure P = 20 GPa. The bulk modulus is computed over the whole composition range 0 ≤x≤ 1 following two independent approaches: fitting energy-volume data to an equation-of-state and calculating elastic tensors. Results from the two methods are in perfect agreement, assuring consistency and high numerical accuracy of the adopted algorithms.

  13. Planet Patrol. An Environmental Unit on Solid Waste Solutions for Grades 4-6.

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    This classroom unit was developed for use in grades 4-6 to help teach the concept of solid waste management. The teacher's guide provides an overview of the issue of solid waste disposal, a description of government, industry, and consumer roles in resolving the solid waste issue, and four lessons involving sanitary landfills, the reduction of…

  14. MBSSAS: A code for the computation of margules parameters and equilibrium relations in binary solid-solution aqueous-solution systems

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    Glynn, P.D.

    1991-01-01

    The computer code MBSSAS uses two-parameter Margules-type excess-free-energy of mixing equations to calculate thermodynamic equilibrium, pure-phase saturation, and stoichiometric saturation states in binary solid-solution aqueous-solution (SSAS) systems. Lippmann phase diagrams, Roozeboom diagrams, and distribution-coefficient diagrams can be constructed from the output data files, and also can be displayed by MBSSAS (on IBM-PC compatible computers). MBSSAS also will calculate accessory information, such as the location of miscibility gaps, spinodal gaps, critical-mixing points, alyotropic extrema, Henry's law solid-phase activity coefficients, and limiting distribution coefficients. Alternatively, MBSSAS can use such information (instead of the Margules, Guggenheim, or Thompson and Waldbaum excess-free-energy parameters) to calculate the appropriate excess-free-energy of mixing equation for any given SSAS system. ?? 1991.

  15. Relationships between the solution and solid-state properties of solution-cast low-k silica thin films.

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    Chiang, Chao-Ching; Su, Chien-You; Yang, An-Chih; Wang, Ting-Yu; Lee, Wen-Ya; Hua, Chi-Chung; Kang, Dun-Yen

    2016-07-27

    This paper reports on the fabrication of low-k (amorphous) silica thin films cast from solutions without and with two different types of surfactants (TWEEN® 80 and Triton™ X-100) to elucidate the relationships between the structural/morphological features of the casting solutions and the physical properties of the resulting thin films. Cryogenic transmission microscopy (cryo-TEM), static/dynamic light scattering (SLS/DLS), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) revealed contrasting colloidal dispersion states and phase behavior among the three casting solutions. Casting solution with the Triton™ X-100 surfactant produced stable (>90 days) nanoparticles with good dispersion in solution (mean particle size ∼10 nm) as well as good mesopore volume (characterized by nitrogen physisorption) in powder and thin films of high mechanical strength (characterized by the nanoindentation test). The longer main chain and bulkier side units of the TWEEN® 80 surfactant led to stable micelle-nanoparticle coexisting dispersion, which resulted in the highest mesopore volume in powder and thin films with the lowest dielectric constant (∼3) among the samples in this study. The casting solution without the surfactant failed to produce a stabilized solution or thin films of acceptable uniformity. These findings demonstrate the possibility of fine-tuning low-k silica film properties by controlling the colloidal state of casting solutions. PMID:27401818

  16. Correlated analysis of chemical variations with spectroscopic features of the K-Na jarosite solid solutions relevant to Mars

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    Ling, Zongcheng; Cao, Fengke; Ni, Yuheng; Wu, Zhongchen; Zhang, Jiang; Li, Bo

    2016-06-01

    Detailed chemical, structural and spectroscopic properties of jarosite solid solution minerals are key information for their potential discoveries by future remote sensing and in-situ detections on Mars. We successfully synthesized seven homogeneous K-Na jarosite solid solutions under hydrothermal conditions at 140 °C, whose phase identifications and chemical compositions are confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The chemical ratios of K/(K+Na) in jarosite solid solutions lead to systematic shifts of their characteristic Raman peaks ν1 (SO4)2- (from 1006 to 1011.3 cm-1), ν3 (SO4)2- (from 1100.6 to 1111.2 cm-1), ν2 (SO4)2- (from 434.2 to 444.8 cm-1) with the increase of Na content. While the OH stretching mode decreases with even larger peak position variations (e.g., ∼3410 cm-1 peak shifts from 3410.5 to 3385.7 cm-1) as the K-Na jarosite solid solutions are enriched in Na content. Raman spectroscopic measurements of the seven K-Na jarosite solid solutions enabled us to build a calibration that uses Raman peak positions to estimate K-Na variation in jarosite, which is the key step for their possible applications in the future Raman applications on Mars' missions (e.g., ExoMars and Mars 2020 missions). The band assignments and compositional related variations of their XRD, near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (MIR) spectra also provide informative clues for identifying the jarosite minerals and inferring their composition during martian in-situ and remote sensing measurements.

  17. Ceria loaded nanoreactors: a nontoxic superantioxidant system with high stability and efficacy.

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    Spulber, M; Baumann, P; Liu, J; Palivan, C G

    2015-01-28

    Medical applications of the superantioxidant ceria nanoparticles (CeNP) are limited due to their high toxicity and low stability. CeNP toxicity is related to their aggregation in solution, and the possible generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by a Fenton-like reaction. For the efficient medical application of CeNP, it is necessary to find new solutions, which simultaneously reduce their inherent toxicity while preserving their unique catalytic regenerative qualities. Here we introduce a straightforward strategy based on CeNP encapsulation in polymer vesicles which reduces their toxicity, but preserves their superantioxidant character. We have engineered antioxidant nanoreactors, which serve the dual purpose of: (i) separation of CeNP, which inhibits aggregate formation, and (ii) protection of CeNP from hydrogen peroxide, thus eliminating the Fenton-like reaction which induces cytotoxicity. Nanoreactors containing CeNP possess a higher scavenging activity than free CeNP for both hydroxyl and superoxide radicals, as indicated by spin trapping EPR. Due to the regenerative redox chemistry of ceria, the nanoreactors are active for long periods of time, without requiring additional reducing agents. Upon uptake by cells, the nanoreactors show almost no toxicity compared with the free CeNP after a long term exposure, thus proving their high efficacy as ROS scavengers. Our strategy of engineering CeNP-containing nanoreactors represents a versatile, simple and economical solution to reduce CeNP toxicity, while preserving their functionality; thus nanoreactors are the ideal candidates for fighting oxidative stress in a large variety of medical situations.

  18. Phase-field modeling of two-dimensional solute precipitation∕dissolution: solid fingers and diffusion-limited precipitation.

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    Xu, Zhijie; Meakin, Paul

    2011-01-28

    Two-dimensional dendritic growth due to solute precipitation was simulated using a phase-field model reported earlier [Z. Xu and P. Meakin, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 014705 (2008)]. It was shown that diffusion-limited precipitation due to the chemical reaction at the solid-liquid interface has similarities with diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA). The diffusion-limited precipitation is attained by setting the chemical reaction rate much larger compared to the solute diffusion to eliminate the effect of the interface growth kinetics. The phase-field simulation results were in reasonable agreement with the analytical solutions. The fractal solid fingers can be formed in the diffusion-limited precipitation and have a fractal dimension measured d(f)=1.68, close to 1.64, the fractal dimensionality of large square lattice DLA clusters. PMID:21280717

  19. Phase-field modeling of two-dimensional solute precipitation/dissolution: Solid fingers and diffusion-limited precipitation

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    Xu, Zhijie; Meakin, Paul

    2011-01-01

    Two-dimensional dendritic growth due to solute precipitation was simulated using a phase-field model reported earlier [Z. Xu and P. Meakin, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 014705 (2008)]. It was shown that diffusion-limited precipitation due to the chemical reaction at the solid-liquid interface has similarities with diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA). The diffusion-limited precipitation is attained by setting the chemical reaction rate much larger compared to the solute diffusion to eliminate the effect of the interface growth kinetics. The phase-field simulation results were in reasonable agreement with the analytical solutions. The fractal solid fingers can be formed in the diffusion-limited precipitation and have a fractal dimension measured d_f = 1.68, close to 1.64, the fractal dimensionality of large square lattice DLA clusters.

  20. Phase-field modeling of two-dimensional solute precipitation/dissolution: Solid fingers and diffusion-limited precipitation

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    Xu, Zhijie; Meakin, Paul

    2011-01-28

    Two-dimensional dendritic growth due to solute precipitation was simulated using a phase-field model reported earlier [Z. Xu and P. Meakin, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 014705 (2008)]. It was shown that diffusion-limited precipitation due to the chemical reaction at the solid-liquid interface posses similarities with diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA). The diffusion-limited precipitation is attained by setting the chemical reaction rate much larger compared to the solute diffusion to eliminate the effect of the interface growth kinetics. The phase-field simulation results were in reasonable agreement with the analytical solutions. The fractal solid fingers can be formed in the diffusion-limited precipitation and have a fractal dimension measured , close to 1.64, the fractal dimensionality of large square lattice diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) clusters.

  1. Convergent solid-phase and solution approaches in the synthesis of the cysteine-rich Mdm2 RING finger domain.

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    Vasileiou, Zoe; Barlos, Kostas; Gatos, Dimitrios

    2009-12-01

    The RING finger domain of the Mdm2, located at the C-terminus of the protein, is necessary for regulation of p53, a tumor suppressor protein. The 48-residues long Mdm2 peptide is an important target for studying its interaction with small anticancer drug candidates. For the chemical synthesis of the Mdm2 RING finger domain, the fragment condensation on solid-phase and the fragment condensation in solution were studied. The latter method was performed using either protected or free peptides at the C-terminus as the amino component. Best results were achieved using solution condensation where the N-component was applied with the C-terminal carboxyl group left unprotected. The developed method is well suited for large-scale synthesis of Mdm2 RING finger domain, combining the advantages of both solid-phase and solution synthesis. PMID:19824037

  2. Disinfection effects of undoped and silver-doped ceria powders of nanometer crystallite size

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    Tsai, Dah-Shyang; Yang, Tzu-Sen; Huang, Yu-Sheng; Peng, Pei-Wen; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2016-01-01

    Being endowed with an ability of capturing and releasing oxygen, the ceria surface conventionally assumes the role of catalyzing redox reactions in chemistry. This catalytic effect also makes possible its cytotoxicity toward microorganisms at room temperature. To study this cytotoxicity, we synthesized the doped and undoped ceria particles of 8–9 nm in size using an inexpensive precipitation method and evaluated their disinfecting aptitudes with the turbidimetric and plate count methods. Among the samples being analyzed, the silver-doped ceria exhibits the highest sterilization ability, yet the undoped ceria is the most intriguing. The disinfection effect of undoped ceria is moderate in magnitude, demanding a physical contact between the ceria surface and bacteria cell wall, or the redox catalysis that can damage the cell wall and result in the cell killing. Evidently, this effect is short-range and depends strongly on dispersion of the nanoparticles. In contrast, the disinfection effects of silver-doped ceria reach out several millimeters since it releases silver ions to poison the surrounding microorganisms. Additionally, the aliovalent silver substitution creates more ceria defects. The synergetic combination, silver poisoning and heterogeneous redox catalysis, lifts and extends the disinfecting capability of silver-doped ceria to a superior level. PMID:27330294

  3. Disinfection effects of undoped and silver-doped ceria powders of nanometer crystallite size.

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    Tsai, Dah-Shyang; Yang, Tzu-Sen; Huang, Yu-Sheng; Peng, Pei-Wen; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2016-01-01

    Being endowed with an ability of capturing and releasing oxygen, the ceria surface conventionally assumes the role of catalyzing redox reactions in chemistry. This catalytic effect also makes possible its cytotoxicity toward microorganisms at room temperature. To study this cytotoxicity, we synthesized the doped and undoped ceria particles of 8-9 nm in size using an inexpensive precipitation method and evaluated their disinfecting aptitudes with the turbidimetric and plate count methods. Among the samples being analyzed, the silver-doped ceria exhibits the highest sterilization ability, yet the undoped ceria is the most intriguing. The disinfection effect of undoped ceria is moderate in magnitude, demanding a physical contact between the ceria surface and bacteria cell wall, or the redox catalysis that can damage the cell wall and result in the cell killing. Evidently, this effect is short-range and depends strongly on dispersion of the nanoparticles. In contrast, the disinfection effects of silver-doped ceria reach out several millimeters since it releases silver ions to poison the surrounding microorganisms. Additionally, the aliovalent silver substitution creates more ceria defects. The synergetic combination, silver poisoning and heterogeneous redox catalysis, lifts and extends the disinfecting capability of silver-doped ceria to a superior level.

  4. Solid-phase cyclopalladation in S,C,S'-pincer systems: rising alternative for synthesis in solution.

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    Aleksanyan, Diana V; Klemenkova, Zinaida S; Vasil'ev, Andrei A; Gorenberg, Arkadii Ya; Nelyubina, Yulia V; Kozlov, Vladimir A

    2015-02-21

    In pursuit of a new and simple approach to complex organometallic systems, the possibility of formation of a palladium-carbon bond in the solid state via direct cyclopalladation has been studied toward several S,C,S'-pincer ligands with thione sulfur donors of different nature. It is found that mixtures of the ligand and PdCl2(NCPh)2 obtained by the manual grinding of reactants in a mortar efficiently undergo solid-phase cyclometalation upon heating in open test tubes without the addition of a solvent to afford the desired pincer-type products in high yields. In the case of the most active bis(thiocarbamoyl) ligand, solid-phase cyclopalladation proceeds even at room temperature. For the challenging bis(thiophosphoryl) derivative, the preformed non-metallated complexes can be successfully used as a starting material to essentially enhance the yield of the desired pincer complex compared to the conventional synthesis in solution. The solid-phase transformation is followed by IR spectroscopy and SEM analysis. The results obtained show that the suggested solid-phase methodology can serve as a powerful alternative to conventional synthesis of pincer complexes in solution.

  5. Synthesis and structure of Ce1-xEuxPO4 solid solutions for minor actinides immobilization

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    Wang, Xiaohuan; Teng, Yuancheng; Huang, Yi; Wu, Lang; Zeng, Pan

    2014-08-01

    Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) solid solutions were synthesized by the solid state reaction process using europium (Eu) as the surrogate for trivalent minor actinide americium (Am). The effects of calcination temperature, holding time and Eu content on the crystalline phase, microstructure and morphology of Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) were investigated. The monazite-type EuPO4 and CePO4 coexisted after being calcined at 1000 °C for 4 h, suggesting the CePO4 and EuPO4 phases would form initially separately. Pure and single-phase monazite-type Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) powders were obtained at 1300 °C for 4 h. The results of the XRD patterns Rietveld refinement and μ-Raman analysis confirmed the formation of a Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) continuous solid solution. The grain size of Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 increased obviously as the holding time extended. The Ce, Eu, P and O elements were almost distributed homogeneously in the Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 solid solution.

  6. Solution-Liquid-Solid Synthesis, Properties, and Applications of One-Dimensional Colloidal Semiconductor Nanorods and Nanowires.

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    Wang, Fudong; Dong, Angang; Buhro, William E

    2016-09-28

    The solution-liquid-solid (SLS) and related solution-based methods for the synthesis of semiconductor nanowires and nanorods are reviewed. Since its discovery in 1995, the SLS mechanism and its close variants have provided a nearly general strategy for the growth of pseudo-one-dimensional nanocrystals. The various metallic-catalyst nanoparticles employed are summarized, as are the syntheses of III-V, II-VI, IV-VI, group IV, ternary, and other nanorods and nanowires. The formation of axial heterojunctions, core/shell nanowires, and doping are also described. The related supercritical-fluid-liquid-solid (SFLS), electrically controlled SLS, flow-based SLS, and solution-solid-solid (SSS) methods are discussed, and the crystallographic characteristics of the wires and rods grown by these methods are summarized. The presentation of optical and electronic properties emphasizes electronic structures, absorption cross sections, polarization anisotropies, and charge-carrier dynamics, including photoluminescence intermittency (blinking) and photoluminescence modulation by charges and electric fields. Finally, developing applications for the pseudo-one-dimensional nanostructures in field-effect transistors, lithium-ion batteries, photocathodes, photovoltaics, and photodetection are discussed. PMID:26974736

  7. Solution-Liquid-Solid Synthesis, Properties, and Applications of One-Dimensional Colloidal Semiconductor Nanorods and Nanowires.

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    Wang, Fudong; Dong, Angang; Buhro, William E

    2016-09-28

    The solution-liquid-solid (SLS) and related solution-based methods for the synthesis of semiconductor nanowires and nanorods are reviewed. Since its discovery in 1995, the SLS mechanism and its close variants have provided a nearly general strategy for the growth of pseudo-one-dimensional nanocrystals. The various metallic-catalyst nanoparticles employed are summarized, as are the syntheses of III-V, II-VI, IV-VI, group IV, ternary, and other nanorods and nanowires. The formation of axial heterojunctions, core/shell nanowires, and doping are also described. The related supercritical-fluid-liquid-solid (SFLS), electrically controlled SLS, flow-based SLS, and solution-solid-solid (SSS) methods are discussed, and the crystallographic characteristics of the wires and rods grown by these methods are summarized. The presentation of optical and electronic properties emphasizes electronic structures, absorption cross sections, polarization anisotropies, and charge-carrier dynamics, including photoluminescence intermittency (blinking) and photoluminescence modulation by charges and electric fields. Finally, developing applications for the pseudo-one-dimensional nanostructures in field-effect transistors, lithium-ion batteries, photocathodes, photovoltaics, and photodetection are discussed.

  8. Kinetic Growth of Ultralong Metastable Zincblende MnSe Nanowires Catalyzed by a Fast Ionic Conductor via a Solution-Solid-Solid Mechanism.

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    Zhang, Li; Yang, Qing

    2016-07-13

    The metastable semiconductor phase allows for the exploration of unusual properties and functionalities of abnormal structures, although it is often difficult to prevent thermodynamic transformations to lower energy structures from higher, unfavored energy states. Here, we show for the first time the preparation of high-quality ultralong metastable zincblende (ZB)-MnSe nanowires with a four-coordinate structure via solution-solid-solid (SSS) growth in a mild solution-phase synthetic environment (120-220 °C) in the presence of a trace amount of Ag(I). The metastable ZB-MnSe nanowires are stabilized kinetically due to the catalysis of early formed body-centered cubic (bcc) fast-ionic (superionic) Ag2Se nanocrystals from the Ag(I) source, and the ZB-MnSe nanowires grow epitaxially along the ⟨110⟩ axis rather than the ⟨111⟩ axis, as commonly observed for typical four-coordinate Grimm-Sommerfeld bonding solids. Our method provides a new route for the growth of metastable nanostructures. PMID:27254244

  9. Synthesis and Electrochemical Behavior of Ceria Based Bi-Layer Films by Dip Coating Technique.

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    Chinnu, M Karl; Anand, K Vijai; Kumar, R Mohan; Alagesan, T; Jayavel, R

    2015-01-01

    Ceria based bi-layer films of CeO2-CdS and CeO2-TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel based hydrothermal route combined with dip-coating. The synthesized samples were subjected to various characterizations such as X-ray diffraction, Field emission scanning electron microscopy, thermo-gravimetric analysis, UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence studies. The prepared materials were dissolved in naffion solution and disposed as a thin film on glassy carbon electrode by dip coating technique. Electrochemical Li+ intercalation/deintercalation was performed by cyclic voltammetry and these results indicate that the CeO2/LiClO4 system is electrochemically reversible. The total intercalation/deintercalation of the CeO2 film, CeO2-CdS and CeO2-TiO2 bi-layer films was determined by cyclic voltammetry, which showed increased charge storage capacity.

  10. Crystal Violet Lactone Salicylaldehyde Hydrazone Zn(II) Complex: a Reversible Photochromic Material both in Solution and in Solid Matrix

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    Li, Kai; Li, Yuanyuan; Tao, Jing; Liu, Lu; Wang, Lili; Hou, Hongwei; Tong, Aijun

    2015-01-01

    Crystal violet lactone (CVL) is a classic halochromic dye which has been widely used as chromogenic reagent in thermochromic and piezochromic systems. In this work, a very first example of CVL-based reversible photochromic compound was developed, which showed distinct color change upon UV-visible light irradiation both in solution and in solid matrix. Moreover, metal complex of CVL salicylaldehyde hydrozone was facilely synthesized, exhibiting reversible photochromic properties with good fatigue resistance. It was served as promising solid material for photo-patterning. PMID:26412101

  11. Review of magnetic features observed in (A,A')Ni 2B 2C solid solutions

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    Kuznietz, Moshe; Gonçalves, António P.; Almeida, Manuel

    2002-08-01

    The nickel-borocarbides ANi 2B 2C [A=Y, Ln (lanthanide), An(actinide)], crystallizing in the body-centred tetragonal LuNi 2B 2C-type structure, are classified according to the existence or coexistence of superconducting and antiferromagnetic states (AF). The magnetic features observed in polycrystalline (A,A')Ni 2B 2C solid solutions, adopting the same crystal structure, are reviewed and discussed. Published data on the magnetism in (A,Ln)Ni 2B 2C systems (ANi 2B 2C nonmagnetic, A=Y,La,Lu) indicate a gradual rise in the threshold content, x( m), in (Y 1- xLn x)Ni 2B 2C (Ln=Gd,Tb,Dy,Ho,Er) for the establishment of AF states. (A,A')Ni 2B 2C systems with magnetic end compounds show gradual variation in magnetic features when A and A' are both heavy Ln. The behaviour of (A,A')Ni 2B 2C systems of light A (Pr or U) and heavy A' (Dy or Tm) depends on the magnetic structures of the end compounds. In intermediate compositions, incomplete moment compensation in (Pr,Dy)Ni 2B 2C decreases TN, while different moment directions in the end compounds in (U,Dy)Ni 2B 2C lead to a directional frustration of ordered moments. Such a frustration in (U,Tm)Ni 2B 2C is related to different magnetic structures of the end compounds.

  12. Thermoelastic properties of grossular-andradite solid solution at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fan, Dawei; Kuang, Yunqian; Xu, Jingui; Li, Bo; Zhou, Wenge; Xie, Hongsen

    2016-09-01

    The pressure-volume-temperature (P-V-T) equation of state (EoS) of synthetic grossular (Grs)-andradite (And) solid-solution garnet sample have been measured at high temperature up to 900 K and high pressures up to 22.75 GPa for Grs50And50, by using in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction and diamond anvil cell. Analysis of room-temperature P-V data to a third-order Birch-Murnaghan (BM) EoS yields: V 0 = 1706.8 ± 0.2 Å3, K 0 = 164 ± 2 GPa and K' 0 = 4.7 ± 0.5. Fitting of our P-V-T data by means of the high-temperature third-order BM EoS gives the thermoelastic parameters: V 0 = 1706.9 ± 0.2 Å3, K 0 = 164 ± 2 GPa, K' 0 = 4.7 ± 0.2, (∂K/∂T) P = -0.018 ± 0.002 GPa K-1, and α 0 = (2.94 ± 0.07) × 10-5 K-1. The results also confirm that grossular content increases the bulk modulus of the Grs-And join following a nearly ideal mixing model. The relation between bulk modulus and Grs mole fraction (X Grs) in this garnet join is derived to be K 0 (GPa) = (163.7 ± 0.7) + (0.14 ± 0.02) X Grs (R 2 = 0.985). Present results are also compared to previously studies determined the thermoelastic properties of Grs-And garnets.

  13. Optical and morphological characteristics of zinc selenide-zinc sulfide solid solution crystals

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    Singh, N. B.; Su, Ching-Hua; Arnold, Bradley; Choa, Fow-Sen

    2016-10-01

    Experiments were performed to study the effect of point defects on the optical and morphological characteristics of zinc selenide-zinc sulfide ZnSe-ZnS (ZnSexS(1-x)) solid solution crystals grown under terrestrial (1-g) condition. We used the composition ZnSe0.91S0.09 and ZnSe0.73S0.27 for the detailed studies. Crystals of 8 mm and 12 mm diameter were grown using physical vapor transport methods. These crystals did not exhibit gross defects such as voids, bubbles or precipitates. The photoluminescence spectra indicated strong red emission for the 610-630-nm wavelength region in both crystals. This emission could be explained on the basis of high energy irradiation of Zn selenide. For the ZnSe0.73S0.27 crystal, absorption starts at a lower wavelength range (300 nm) when compared to the ZnSe0.91S0.09 crystal presumably due to the much higher bandgap of ZnS than that of ZnSe. Sharp peaks at 451 and 455 nm were observed for both samples corresponding to the band edge transitions, followed by a strong peak at 632 nm. These results were consistent with the observations based on Raman spectroscopy studies. Under 532-nm laser illumination both transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonon peaks appeared at Raman shifts of 220 and 280 Δcm-1, respectively. These peaks are similar to those observed for pure ZnSe Raman spectra for which TO and LO occur at 200 and 250 Δcm-1 for the x-axis (first order) polarization.

  14. Thermo-compression of pyrope-grossular garnet solid solutions: non-linear compositional dependence

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    Clark, S. M.; Du, W.; Walker, D.

    2014-12-01

    Unit cell parameters of a series of synthetic garnets with the pyrope, grossular, and four intermediate compositions were measured up to about 900K and to 10 GPa using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Coefficients of thermal expansion of pyrope-grossular garnets are in the range 2.10~ 2.74 x 10-5 K-1 and uniformly increase with temperature. Values for the two end members pyrope and grossular are identical within experimental error 2.74±0.05 x 10-5 K-1 and 2.73±0.01 x 10-5 K-1 respectively. Coefficients of thermal expansion for intermediate compositions are smaller than those of end members, and are not linearly dependent on composition. Bulk modulus of grossular is Κ0=164.3(1) GPa (with Κ0' the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus fixed to 5.92) and bulk modulus of pyrope is Κ0=169.2(2) GPa (with Κ0' fixed to 4.4) using a third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state, which are consistent with previously reported values. The bulk moduli of garnets of intermediate composition are between ~155 and ~160 GPa, smaller than those of the end-members no matter which Κ0' is chosen. The compositional dependence of bulk modulus resembles the compositional dependence of thermal expansion. Intermediate garnets on this binary have large positive excess volume, which makes them more compressible. We find that excess volumes in the pyrope-grossular series remain relatively large even at high pressure (~6GPa) and temperature (~800K), supporting the observation of crystal exsolution on this garnet join. (Ref: Wei Du, Simon Martin Clark, and David Walker (2014) Thermo-compression of pyrope-grossular garnet solid solutions:non-linear compositional dependence. American Mineralogist, In Press).

  15. Magnetism of the solid solution GdGa1 - xGex (abstract)

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    Leithe-Jasper, A.; Hiebl, K.

    1996-04-01

    Ternary metal excess rare-earth gallides and germanides have been extensively investigated concerning their interesting physical properties with respect to magnetic and electronic correlations, such as magnetic ordering, intermediate valency, Kondo or heavy fermion behavior. A solid solution of the binary phases GdGa and GdGe was found investigating the phase equilibria in the pseudobinary system Gd-Ga-Ge at T=800 °C. Samples with the composition GdGa1-xGex (x=0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.25, 0.5) were prepared by arc melting the elements under inert atmosphere and subsequent annealing (350 h) in evacuated silica capsules. The crystal structure and unit-cell dimensions were determined by x-ray powder analyses (Guinier technique, Cu Kα1 radiation). Powder patterns were indexed on the basis of a C-centered orthorhombic unit cell. No deviations of the structure type α-ITI (CrB) have been encountered. A monotonic decrease of the unit-cell volume versus Ge concentration is observed. However, a significant decrease of the b and c parameters is thereby compensated by an increase of the a parameter. Magnetic measurements were performed by SQUID and ac techniques over a temperature range T=5-300 K and in external fields up to 6 T. All samples exhibit ferromagnetic order with slightly decreasing Tc as well as values of magnetization (at T=5 K and H=0.1 T) with increasing concentration x. However, metamagnetic transitions are revealed for all samples with x≳0. The results are discussed within the concept of indirect exchange interaction (RKKY-type interaction).

  16. Co3O4-Co2ZnO4 spinels: The case for a solid solution

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    Perry, Nicola H.; Mason, Thomas O.; Ma, Chengcheng; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Shi, Yezhou; Bettinger, Joanna S.; Toney, Michael F.; Paudel, Tula R.; Lany, Stephan; Zunger, Alex

    2012-06-01

    In prior first-principles theoretical work we predicted a complete solid solution in the Co3O4-Co2ZnO4 system, with a negligibly small mixing enthalpy. In this work we tested this prediction on bulk, large-grained specimens across the Co3O4-Co2ZnO4 join, combining oxide melt solution calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, precise lattice parameter measurements, anomalous X-ray and neutron diffraction, and in situ electrical measurements. The calorimetric results confirm the presence of a solid solution at high temperatures, but with a large enthalpy of mixing that exceeds the predicted value. Because Co3O4 and Co2ZnO4 have essentially identical lattice parameters, this energetic destabilization must arise from factors other than the strain energy resulting from size mismatch. Changes in Co3+ spin states vs. temperature and zinc content are proposed to account for the positive excess enthalpy, and may also provide additional entropy to stabilize the solid solution at high temperature.

  17. Effect of Heat-Treatment and Composition on Structure and Luminescence Properties of Spinel-Type Solid Solution Nanocrystals.

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    Sakoda, Kazuki; Hirano, Masanori

    2015-08-01

    The compositional dependence of the structure and properties of spinel-type solid solutions, Zn(A,Ga)2O4 was investigated by comparison with samples hydrothermally prepared and those after heat treatment at 1000 °C in air. Nanocrystalline spinel-type solid solutions in the whole composition range in the ZnAl2O4-ZnGa2O4 system were directly formed from the aqueous precursor solutions of ZnSO4, Al(NO3)3 and Ga(NO3)3 under hydrothermal conditions at 180 °C for 5 h in the presence of tetramethylammonium hydroxide. The incorporation of aluminum into the lattice, Zn(AlxGa1-x)2O4, resulted in lower crystallinity of the spinel. The relationship between the lattice parameter of as-prepared samples and the Al atomic ratio in the spinel composition was slightly apart from the ideal linear relationship that was obtained in the samples after heat treatment at 1000 °C. The optical band gap of both as-prepared solid solutions and those heat treated linearly increased from 4.1~4.2 to 5.25 eV by the incorporation of aluminum ion into the lattice, Zn(AlxGa1-x)2O4. Two main broad-band emission spectra centered at around 360 and 430 nm in the range of 300-600 nm were observed in the spinel solid solutions under excitation at 270 nm, thought their broad-band emission spectra and their peak wavelengths subtly changed depending on the composition and heat treatment.

  18. Effect of Heat-Treatment and Composition on Structure and Luminescence Properties of Spinel-Type Solid Solution Nanocrystals.

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    Sakoda, Kazuki; Hirano, Masanori

    2015-08-01

    The compositional dependence of the structure and properties of spinel-type solid solutions, Zn(A,Ga)2O4 was investigated by comparison with samples hydrothermally prepared and those after heat treatment at 1000 °C in air. Nanocrystalline spinel-type solid solutions in the whole composition range in the ZnAl2O4-ZnGa2O4 system were directly formed from the aqueous precursor solutions of ZnSO4, Al(NO3)3 and Ga(NO3)3 under hydrothermal conditions at 180 °C for 5 h in the presence of tetramethylammonium hydroxide. The incorporation of aluminum into the lattice, Zn(AlxGa1-x)2O4, resulted in lower crystallinity of the spinel. The relationship between the lattice parameter of as-prepared samples and the Al atomic ratio in the spinel composition was slightly apart from the ideal linear relationship that was obtained in the samples after heat treatment at 1000 °C. The optical band gap of both as-prepared solid solutions and those heat treated linearly increased from 4.1~4.2 to 5.25 eV by the incorporation of aluminum ion into the lattice, Zn(AlxGa1-x)2O4. Two main broad-band emission spectra centered at around 360 and 430 nm in the range of 300-600 nm were observed in the spinel solid solutions under excitation at 270 nm, thought their broad-band emission spectra and their peak wavelengths subtly changed depending on the composition and heat treatment. PMID:26369200

  19. Oxygen nonstoichiometry and thermodynamic characterization of Zr doped ceria in the 1573–1773 K temperature range† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns and SEM images. See DOI: 10.1039/c4cp04916k Click here for additional data file.

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    Takacs, M.; Steinfeld, A.

    2015-01-01

    This work encompasses the thermodynamic characterization and critical evaluation of Zr4+ doped ceria, a promising redox material for the two-step solar thermochemical splitting of H2O and CO2 to H2 and CO. As a case study, we experimentally examine 5 mol% Zr4+ doped ceria and present oxygen nonstoichiometry measurements at elevated temperatures ranging from 1573 K to 1773 K and oxygen partial pressures ranging from 4.50 × 10–3 atm to 2.3 × 10–4 atm, yielding higher reduction extents compared to those of pure ceria under all conditions investigated, especially at the lower temperature range and at higher p O2. In contrast to pure ceria, a simple ideal solution model accounting for the formation of isolated oxygen vacancies and localized electrons accurately describes the defect chemistry. Thermodynamic properties are determined, namely: partial molar enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. In general, partial molar enthalpy and entropy values of Zr4+ doped ceria are lower. The equilibrium hydrogen yields are subsequently extracted as a function of the redox conditions for dopant concentrations as high as 20%. Although reduction extents increase greatly with dopant concentration, the oxidation of Zr4+ doped ceria is thermodynamically less favorable compared to pure ceria. This leads to substantially larger temperature swings between reduction and oxidation steps, ultimately resulting in lower theoretical solar energy conversion efficiencies compared to ceria under most conditions. In effect, these results point to the importance of considering oxidation thermodynamics in addition to reduction when screening potential redox materials. PMID:25714616

  20. Formation of III–V ternary solid solutions on GaAs and GaSb plates via solid-phase substitution reactions

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    Vasil’ev, V. I.; Gagis, G. S. Kuchinskii, V. I.; Danil’chenko, V. G.

    2015-07-15

    Processes are considered in which ultrathin layers of III–V ternary solid solutions are formed via the delivery of Group-V element vapors to GaAs and GaSb semiconductor plates, with solid-phase substitution reactions occurring in the surface layers of these plates. This method can form defect-free GaAs{sup 1–x}P{sup x}, GaAs{sup x}Sb{sup 1–x}, and GaP{sup x}Sb{sup 1–x} layers with thicknesses of 10–20 nm and a content x of the embedded components of up to 0.04.

  1. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Molecular Dynamics Study of Stability of Solid Solutions and Amorphous Phase in the Cu-Al System

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    Yang, Bin; Lai, Wen-Sheng

    2009-06-01

    The relative stability of fcc and bcc solid solutions and amorphous phase with different compositions in the Cu-Al system is studied by molecular dynamics simulations with n-body potentials. For Cu1-xAlx alloys, the calculations show that the fcc solid solution has the lowest energies in the composition region with x < 0.32 or x > 0.72, while the bee solid solution has the lowest energies in the central composition range, in agreement with the ball-milling experiments that a single bcc solid solution with 0.30 < x < 0.70 is obtained. The evolution of structures in solid solutions and amorphous phase is studied by the coordination number (CN) and bond-length analysis so as to unveil the underlying physics. It is found that the energy sequence among three phases is determined by the competition in energy change originating from the bond length and CNs (or the number of bonds).

  2. Electrochemical reactivity and proton transport mechanisms in nanostructured ceria

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    Ding, J.; Strelcov, E.; Kalinin, S. V.; Bassiri-Gharb, N.

    2016-08-01

    Electrochemical reactivity and ionic transport at the nanoscale are essential in many energy applications. In this study, time-resolved Kelvin probe force microscopy (tr-KPFM) is utilized for surface potential mapping of nanostructured ceria, in both space and time domains. The fundamental mechanisms of proton injection and transport are studied as a function of environmental conditions and the presence or absence of triple phase boundaries. Finite element modeling is used to extract physical parameters from the experimental data, allowing not only quantification of the observed processes, but also decoupling of their contributions to the measured signal. The constructed phase diagrams of the parameters demonstrate a thermally activated proton injection reaction at the triple phase boundary, and two transport processes that are responsible for the low-temperature proton conductivity of nanostructured ceria.

  3. Structural modification of nanocrystalline ceria by ion beams

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Edmondson, Philip D.; Varga, Tamas; Moll, Sandra; Namavar, Fereydoon; Lan, Chune; Weber, William J.

    2011-01-01

    Exceptional size-dependent electronic–ionic conductivity of nanostructured ceria can significantly alter materials properties in chemical, physical, electronic and optical applications. Using energetic ions, we have demonstrated effective modification of interface volume and grain size in nanocrystalline ceria from a few nm up to ~25 nm, which is the critical region for controlling size-dependent material property. The grain size increases and follows an exponential law as a function of ion fluence that increases with temperature, while the cubic phase is stable under the irradiation. The unique self-healing response of radiation damage at grain boundaries is utilized to control the grain size at the nanoscale. Structural modification by energetic ions is proposed to achieve desirable electronic–ionic conductivity.

  4. Electrochemical properties of dual phase neodymium-doped ceria alkali carbonate composite electrolytes in intermediate temperature

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    Kim, Ji-Tae; Lee, Tae-Hee; Park, Ka-Young; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Ki Buem; Song, Sun-Ju; Park, Byoungnam; Park, Jun-Young

    2015-02-01

    Composite electrolyte materials composed of neodymium-doped ceria (Nd0.2Ce0.8O1.9; NDC) and (Li-0.5Na)2CO3 are investigated to understand the unique behaviors of their multi-ionic conduction. In the intermediate temperature, the NDC-based carbonate composite electrolytes exhibit a much higher conductivity compared to pure NDC. It has been claimed that the oxide ions are transported in the doped-ceria phase via oxygen vacancies and the protons are conducted through the second carbonate phase, thereby resulting in an enhanced ionic conductivity. However, it has not been experimentally demonstrated if the proton conduction within the carbonate phase aided in improving the conductivity of oxygen ions in the composite system. Hence, the primary objective of this work is to cultivate a deeper insight into the conduction property of these composites as an attempt to clarify the ionic transport phenomenon responsible for enhanced conductivity. Electrical conductivities of NDC and NDC/carbonate materials are investigated as a function of oxygen partial pressure and vapor pressure of water to understand transport properties of composite electrolytes. The ionic and electronic transference numbers of composite electrolytes are measured by the oxygen- and hydrogen-concentration cells containing water. The dominant charge carriers are identified quantitatively through the analysis of the partial conductivity of proton, oxygen ions, and electrons (holes). Understanding the transport properties and transference numbers of composite electrolytes can contribute to the development of commercial solid oxide fuel cells, which can be done by reducing the operating temperature using a highly ionic conductive NDC/carbonate composite electrolyte at the intermediate temperature.

  5. Structural Modification of Nanocrystalline Ceria by Ion Beams

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Edmondson, Philip D.; Varga, Tamas; Moll, Sandra J.; Namavar, Fereydoon; Lan, Chune; Weber, William J.

    2011-05-25

    Using energetic ions, we have demonstrated effective modification of grain size in nanocrystalline ceria in the critical region for controlling exceptional size-dependent electronicionic conductivity. The grain size increases and follows an exponential law as a function of ion fluence that increases with temperature, while the cubic phase is stable under the irradiation. The unique self-healing response of radiation damage at grain boundaries is utilized to control the grain size at the nanoscale.

  6. Kinetics of CO2 Reduction over Nonstoichiometric Ceria

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    2015-01-01

    The kinetics of CO2 reduction over nonstoichimetric ceria, CeO2−δ, a material of high potential for thermochemical conversion of sunlight to fuel, has been investigated for a wide range of nonstoichiometries (0.02 ≤ δ ≤ 0.25), temperatures (693 ≤ T ≤ 1273 K), and CO2 concentrations (0.005 ≤ pCO2 ≤ 0.4 atm). Samples were reduced thermally at 1773 K to probe low nonstoichiometries (δ < 0.05) and chemically at lower temperatures in a H2 atmosphere to prevent particle sintering and probe the effect of higher nonstoichiometries (δ < 0.25). For extents greater than δ = 0.2, oxidation rates at a given nonstoichiometry are hindered for the duration of the reaction, presumably because of near-order changes, such as lattice compression, as confirmed via Raman Spectroscopy. Importantly, this behavior is reversible and oxidation rates are not affected at lower δ. Following thermal reduction at very low δ, however, oxidation rates are an order of magnitude slower than those of chemically reduced samples, and rates monotonically increase with the initial nonstoichiometry (up to δ = 0.05). This dependence may be attributed to the formation of stable defect complexes formed between oxygen vacancies and polarons. When the same experiments are performed with 10 mol % Gd3+ doped ceria, in which defect complexes are less prevalent than in pure ceria, this dependence is not observed. PMID:26693270

  7. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions. PMID:27353143

  8. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-06-01

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions.

  9. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies.

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions. PMID:27353143

  10. YbCu2Si2-LaCu2Si2 Solid Solutions with Enhanced Thermoelectric Power Factors

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    Lehr, Gloria J.; Morelli, Donald T.; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2015-06-01

    Cryogenic Peltier coolers are ideal for cooling infrared sensors on satellites. To make these thermoelectric devices a realistic option for this application, the efficiency of thermoelectric materials at cryogenic temperatures must be substantially enhanced. Intermediate valence Yb-based compounds have large peaks in the Seebeck coefficient at low temperatures; to optimize these materials this must be understood. We created solid solutions between the intermediate valence compound YbCu2Si2 and an isostructural compound LaCu2Si2 to manipulate the temperature at which the Seebeck coefficient peaks and to maximize zT by reduction of lattice thermal conductivity. An enormous power factor of 110 μW/cm K2 at 100 K and a maximum zT of 0.14 at 125 K were achieved for one of these solid solutions.

  11. High-temperature thermoelectric properties of the β-As2-xBixTe3 solid solution

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    Vaney, J.-B.; Delaizir, G.; Piarristeguy, A.; Monnier, J.; Alleno, E.; Lopes, E. B.; Gonçalves, A. P.; Pradel, A.; Dauscher, A.; Candolfi, C.; Lenoir, B.

    2016-10-01

    Bi2Te3-based compounds are a well-known class of outstanding thermoelectric materials. β-As2Te3, another member of this family, exhibits promising thermoelectric properties around 400 K when appropriately doped. Herein, we investigate the high-temperature thermoelectric properties of the β-As2-xBixTe3 solid solution. Powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy experiments showed that a solid solution only exists up to x = 0.035. We found that substituting Bi for As has a beneficial influence on the thermopower, which, combined with extremely low thermal conductivity values, results in a maximum ZT value of 0.7 at 423 K for x = 0.017 perpendicular to the pressing direction.

  12. Structural Changes Associated with Transthyretin Misfolding and Amyloid Formation Revealed by Solution and Solid-State NMR.

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    Lim, Kwang Hun; Dasari, Anvesh K R; Hung, Ivan; Gan, Zhehong; Kelly, Jeffery W; Wemmer, David E

    2016-04-01

    Elucidation of structural changes involved in protein misfolding and amyloid formation is crucial for unraveling the molecular basis of amyloid formation. Here we report structural analyses of the amyloidogenic intermediate and amyloid aggregates of transthyretin using solution and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Our solution NMR results show that one of the two main β-sheet structures (CBEF β-sheet) is maintained in the aggregation-competent intermediate, while the other DAGH β-sheet is more flexible on millisecond time scales. Magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR revealed that AB loop regions interacting with strand A in the DAGH β-sheet undergo conformational changes, leading to the destabilized DAGH β-sheet. PMID:26998642

  13. Growth of ZnSe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} solid solution crystals from vapor phase

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    Barsukova, E. L. Postnova, L. I.; Levchenko, V. I.

    2009-12-15

    Partially faceted ZnSe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} solid solution crystals have been grown from a vapor phase in a closed stationary horizontal system. The growth has been performed in cylindrical quartz ampoules-{approx}10 mm in diameter and evacuated to a residual pressure of less than {approx}10{sup -3} Pa-at a temperature of 1050{sup o}C and a temperature drop between the source and growth zones of 10-16 deg. C. The crystal structure, optical absorption, and composition inhomogeneity along the ingot length have been investigated by X-ray diffractometry and optical spectroscopy in the wavelength range of 300-3000 nm. The solid-solution composition range corresponding to cubic polymorphs is determined. The concentration dependences of the lattice parameter and band gap are presented.

  14. Solid Solution Effects on the MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 System

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    O'Hara, Kelley; Smith, Jeffrey D; Hemrick, James Gordon

    2009-01-01

    Phase relations between two spinel compounds (MgAl2O4 and MgGa2O4) were studied. Stoichiometric MgAl2O4 was formed in the laboratory through a coprecipitation method. Complete solid solution formation int eh MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 systems was confirmed through X-ray diffraction analysis. Solid solution between MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 decreases thermal conductivity at all temperatures up to 900oC. At 200oC with 10 mol% additoin of MgGa2O4 thermal conductivity decreases approximately 25%, and at 900oC there was still an 8% decrease. Additionally, preliminary studies show that porosity between 5% and 10% does not have an appreciable effect on the thermal conductivity in this study.

  15. Mechanical alloying synthesis of K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13}-type solid solutions.

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    Toumpas, N.; Kyratsi, T.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Tsiappos, A.; Pavlidou, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Cyprus; Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Solid solutions of K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8-x}Sb{sub x}Se{sub 13} are an interesting series of materials for thermoelectric investigations due to their very low thermal conductivity and highly anisotropic electrical properties. In this work, we aimed to synthesize solid solutions of O-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8-x}Sb{sub x}Se{sub 13} type materials using powder techniques. The synthesis was based on mechanical alloying as well as sintering procedures. The products were studied in terms of structural features, composition and purity with powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Preliminary results on thermoelectric properties as well as IR reflectivity measurements are presented.

  16. Spectral and electroluminescent properties of coordination compounds of terbium (III) with ibuprofen (in solid form, chloroform solutions, and polyvinylcarbazole films)

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    Samsonova, L. G.; Kopylova, T. N.; Degtyarenko, K. M.; Ponarin, N. V.; Meshkova, S. B.; Zheltvai, I. I.

    2015-08-01

    Spectral properties of terbium (III) complexes with composition of TbL3DL, where L is an anion of d,l-2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoic acid (ibuprofen) and DL is 2,2'-dipyridyl (Dipy), 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen), or triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO), have been studied in a solid form, chloroform solutions, and polyvinylcarbazole (PVC) films. It has been demonstrated that, in PVC films, occupation of the emitting level of terbium (III) involves the participation of polymer. The emission decay lifetimes of terbium in the chloroform solutions and PVC films have been measured. The possibility of the appearance of electroluminescence of complexes in PVC films has been studied.

  17. Solid-phase microextraction for qualitative and quantitative determination of migrated degradation products of antioxidants in an organic aqueous solution.

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    Burman, Lina; Albertsson, Ann-Christine; Höglund, Anders

    2005-07-01

    Low molecular weight aromatic substances may migrate out from plastic packaging to their contents, especially if they consist of organic aqueous solutions or oils. It is, therefore, extremely important to be able to identify and quantify any migrated substances in such solutions, even at very low concentrations. We have in this work investigated and evaluated the use of solid-phase microextraction for the specific task of extraction from an organic aqueous solution such as a simulated pharmaceutical solution consisting of 10 vol.% ethanol in water. The goal was furthermore to investigate the possibility of simultaneously identifying and quantifying the substances in spite of differences in their chemical structures. Methods were developed and evaluated for extraction both with direct sampling and with headspace sampling. Difficulties appeared due to the ethanol in the solution and the minute amounts of substances present. We have shown that a simultaneous quantification of migrated low molecular weight degradation products of antioxidants using only one fibre is possible if the extraction method and temperature are adjusted in relation to the concentration levels of the analytes. Comparions were made with solid-phase extraction. PMID:16008048

  18. Correlation between structure and optical properties in (Y,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce3+ solid solutions

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    Zhang, Mei; Li, Bowen; Yang, Yingshu; Chen, Shuijin; He, Xin; Zhao, Fenghua; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-10-01

    A series of (Y,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YLuAG:Ce) solid solutions were synthesized via the solid-state reaction route. The phosphors are all of the cubic garnet crystal structures confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The internal quantum efficiency and emission intensity of the phosphors can be enhanced by increasing the Lu3+ content in the host lattice, along with a blue shift of the emission peak. In addition, the blue shift of the emission peak correlates very well with the lattice contraction. Intense light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are successfully fabricated based on the YLuAG:Ce phosphors and 450 nm blue Ga(In)N chips. The luminous efficiency of YLuAG:Ce phosphors converted LEDs increases with elevating Lu3+ concentration. The results indicate that Ce3+ doped YLuAG solid solutions, especially LuAG:Ce phosphor is a promising green phosphor for solid-state lighting.

  19. Structural Characterization of Humic Materials Using ^13C NMR Techniques: A Comparison of Solution- and Solid-State Methods

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    Clewett, Catherine; Alam, Todd; Osantowski, Eric; Pullin, Michael

    2011-10-01

    The analysis of the carbon type distribution and chemical structure of natural organic matter (NOM) by ^13C NMR spectroscopy is an important technique for understanding its origins and reactivity. While prior work has used solution-state NMR techniques, solid-state NMR has the potential to provide this information using less instrument time and sample manipulation, while providing an array of advanced filtering techniques. Analyses of four isolated humic materials with ^13C solid-state magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR techniques are described, including three commercially available samples and one fulvic acid sample isolated from the Rio Grande in New Mexico. This study demonstrates the utility of solid-state ^13C NMR for aquatic NOM structural characterization, comparing these results to the existing solution-state determinations. The solid-state ^13C MAS NMR results are used to determine % carbon distribution, estimates of elemental composition (%C, %H, %(O+N)), aromatic fraction (fa), nonprotonated aromatic fraction (faN), an estimate of aromatic cluster size, and ratio of sp^2 to sp^3 carbons. A Gaussian deconvolution method is introduced that allows for a detailed analysis of carbon type.

  20. Formation and Characteristics of Anatase-Type Titania Solid Solution Nanoparticles Doped with Nb5+ M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+)

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    Hirano, Masanori; Ito, Takaharu

    2011-10-01

    Anatase-type titania solid solutions co-doped with Nb5+ and cation M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+) with composition Ti1-2XNbXMXO2 were directly formed as nanoparticles from precursor solutions of TiOSO4, NbCl5, and metal salts (Ga(SO4)3, Al(NO3)3, and Sc(NO3)3) under mild hydrothermal conditions at 180 °C for 5 h using the hydrolysis of urea. The effect of co-doped cation M on the formation and properties of anatase-type titania solid solutions was investigated. The region of anatse-type solid solution depended on the co-doped cation M. The composition range of anatase-type titania solid solution in the case of M = Sc3+ was much wider than that in the case of M = Ga3+ and Al3+. The increase in the amount of co-doped cation M = Ga3+, Al3+ enhanced the crystallite growth of anatase solid solutions under the hydrothermal conditions. The solid solutions co-doped with M = Al3+ showed the most improved photocatalytic activity in the three cations. The anatase-to-rutile phase transformation of solid solutions was promoted at lower temperature via the presence of co-doped cation M = Ga3+.

  1. Research of the solar-blind and visible-blind photodetectors, based on the AlGaN solid solutions

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    Lamkin, I. A.; Tarasov, S. A.; Petrov, A. A.; Menkovich, E. A.; Solomonov, A. V.; Kurin, S. Yu

    2014-12-01

    The paper is devoted to the development and study of solar-blind and visible-blind photodetectors. We report on the spectral characteristics of the ultraviolet photodetectors based on Shottky barrier to the epitaxial layers of the n-AlxGa1-xN solid solutions. The use of Schottky barrier photodiodes is advantageous since it does not require the growth of additional epitaxial layer of p-type conductivity.

  2. Thermodynamic mixing properties of the UO2-HfO2 solid solution: Density functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations

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    Yuan, Ke; Ewing, Rodney C.; Becker, Udo

    2015-03-01

    HfO2 is a neutron absorber and has been mechanically mixed with UO2 in nuclear fuel in order to control the core power distribution. During nuclear fission, the temperature at the center of the fuel pellet can reach above 1300 K, where hafnium may substitute uranium and form the binary solid solution of UO2-HfO2. UO2 adopts the cubic fluorite structure, but HfO2 can occur in monoclinic, tetragonal, and cubic structures. The distribution of Hf and U ions in the UO2-HfO2 binary and its atomic structure influence the thermal conductivity and melting point of the fuel. However, experimental data on the UO2-HfO2 binary are limited. Therefore, the enthalpies of mixing of the UO2-HfO2 binary with three different structures were calculated in this study using density functional theory and subsequent Monte Carlo simulations. The free energy of mixing was obtained from thermodynamic integration of the enthalpy of mixing over temperature. From the ΔG of mixing, a phase diagram of the binary was obtained. The calculated UO2-HfO2 binary forms extensive solid solution across the entire compositional range, but there are a variety of possible exsolution phenomena associated with the different HfO2 polymorphs. As the structure of the HfO2 end member adopts lower symmetry and becomes less similar to cubic UO2, the miscibility gap of the phase diagram expands, accompanied by an increase in cell volume by 7-10% as the structure transforms from cubic to monoclinic. Close to the UO2 end member, which is relevant to the nuclear fuel, the isometric uranium-rich solid solutions exsolve as the fuel cools, and there is a tendency to form the monoclinic hafnium-rich phase in the matrix of the isometric, uranium-rich solid solution phase.

  3. Electronic structure and photocatalytic activities of (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solution

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    Fan, Wenjie; Hu, Jinli; Huang, Jing; Wu, Xin; Lin, Sen; Huang, Caijin; Qiu, Xiaoqing

    2015-12-01

    A series of (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solutions were prepared by a one-step hydrothermal method to investigate the correlation between the electronic structures and photocatalytic activity. All the (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, infrared and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller technique. The effects of Bi 6s orbitals in (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solutions on the electronic structures and photogradation of colorless 2-naphthol solution were investigated experimentally and theoretically. It is found that the introduction of Y3+ induces the shrinkage of the lattice of (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solutions. Consequently, the contribution of Bi 6s orbitals to electronic structures of (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solutions can be continuously tuned by Y3+ substitution for Bi3+. Density function theory calculations reveal that the Bi 6s and O 2p states dominate the top of valence band of Bi2Sn2O7, while the bottom of conduction band mainly consists of the states of Sn 5s, O 2p and Bi 6p. Once the Bi3+ ions are substituted by Y3+, the intensity of Bi 6s states is weakening at the top of valence band while the bottom of conduction band retains the same feature observed for pure Bi2Sn2O7. Moreover, the band dispersions of valence band and conduction band become narrower after Y3+ introduction into the lattice of (Bi2-δYδ)Sn2O7 solid solutions. As a result, the photocatalytic performance for decomposition of 2-naphthol has been suppressed by the Y3+ substitution, since the electronic structure limits the mobility of the photoinduced charge carriers. Our results suggest that high photocatalytic activity of Bi-containing compounds should originate from the good band dispersions of valence band and conduction band involving the Bi 6s orbitals.

  4. First-principles study of band gap engineering via oxygen vacancy doping in perovskite ABB'O₃ solid solutions

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    Qi, Tingting; Curnan, Matthew T.; Kim, Seungchul; Bennett, Joseph W.; Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2011-12-15

    Oxygen vacancies in perovskite oxide solid solutions are fundamentally interesting and technologically important. However, experimental characterization of the vacancy locations and their impact on electronic structure is challenging. We have carried out first-principles calculations on two Zr-modified solid solutions, Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O₃ and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃, in which vacancies are present. We find that the vacancies are more likely to reside between low-valent cation-cation pairs than high-valent cation-cation pairs. Based on the analysis of our results, we formulate guidelines that can be used to predict the location of oxygen vacancies in perovskite solid solutions. Our results show that vacancies can have a significant impactmore » on both the conduction and valence band energies, in some cases lowering the band gap by ≈0.5 eV. The effects of vacancies on the electronic band structure can be understood within the framework of crystal field theory.« less

  5. First-principles study of band gap engineering via oxygen vacancy doping in perovskite ABB'O₃ solid solutions

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    Qi, Tingting; Curnan, Matthew T.; Kim, Seungchul; Bennett, Joseph W.; Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2011-12-15

    Oxygen vacancies in perovskite oxide solid solutions are fundamentally interesting and technologically important. However, experimental characterization of the vacancy locations and their impact on electronic structure is challenging. We have carried out first-principles calculations on two Zr-modified solid solutions, Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O₃ and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃, in which vacancies are present. We find that the vacancies are more likely to reside between low-valent cation-cation pairs than high-valent cation-cation pairs. Based on the analysis of our results, we formulate guidelines that can be used to predict the location of oxygen vacancies in perovskite solid solutions. Our results show that vacancies can have a significant impact on both the conduction and valence band energies, in some cases lowering the band gap by ≈0.5 eV. The effects of vacancies on the electronic band structure can be understood within the framework of crystal field theory.

  6. Composition design for Laves phase-related BCC-V solid solution alloys with large hydrogen storage capacities

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    Wang, H. B.; Wang, Q.; Dong, C.; Yuan, L.; Xu, F.; Sun, L. X.

    2008-02-01

    This paper analyzes the alloy composition characteristics with large hydrogen storage capacities in Laves phase-related BCC solid solution alloy systems using the cluster line approach. Since a dense-packed icosahedral cluster A6B7 characterizes the local structure of AB2 Laves phases, in A-B-C ternary system, such as Ti-Cr(Mn, Fe)-V, where A-B forms AB2 Laves phases while A-C and B-C tend to form solid solutions, a cluster line A6B7-C is constructed by linking A6B7 to C. The alloy compositions with large hydrogen storage capacities are generally located near this line and are approximately expressed with the cluster-plus-glue-atom model. The cluster-line alloys (Ti6Cr7)100-xVx (x = 2.5-70 at.%) exhibit different structures and hence different hydrogen storage capacities with increasing V contents. The alloy (Ti6Cr7)95V5 as well as Ti30Cr40V30 with BCC solid solution structure satisfy the cluster-plus-glue-atom model.

  7. Composition design for Laves phase-related body-centered cubic V solid solution alloys with large hydrogen storage capacities

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    Wang, H. B.; Wang, Q.; Dong, C.; Yuan, L.; Xu, F.; Sun, L. X.

    2008-03-01

    This paper analyzes the characteristics of alloy compositions with large hydrogen storage capacities in Laves phase-related body-centered cubic (bcc) solid solution alloy systems using the cluster line approach. Since a dense-packed icosahedral cluster A6B7 characterizes the local structure of AB2 Laves phases, in an A-B-C ternary system, such as Ti-Cr (Mn, Fe)-V, where A-B forms AB2 Laves phases while A-C and B-C tend to form solid solutions, a cluster line A6B7-C is constructed by linking A6B7 to C. The alloy compositions with large hydrogen storage capacities are generally located near this line and are approximately expressed with the cluster-plus-glue-atom model. The cluster line alloys (Ti6Cr7)100-xVx (x = 2.5-70 at.%) exhibit different structures and hence different hydrogen storage capacities with increasing V content. The alloys (Ti6Cr7)95V5 and Ti30Cr40V30 with bcc solid solution structure satisfy the cluster-plus-glue-atom model.

  8. Solid solutions and phase transitions in langbeinites (I): M+2Mn 2(SO 4) 3 ( M+ = K, NH 4, Tl)

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    Sarrión, M. L. Martinez; Clemente, A. Rodríquez; Vila, L. Mestres

    1989-06-01

    Solid solutions of general formula K x(NH 4) 2- xMn 2(SO 4) 3 (0 < x < 2) and K yTl 2- yMn 2(SO 4) 3 (0 < y < 2) have been prepared. All of the phases within the composition range studied have been established, and their cubic symmetry at room temperature has been confirmed. The cell parameters for each member of the solid solutions have been determined. The substitution has been found to be homogeneous. Differential scanning calorimetry experiments of solid solution with x = 2.00, 1.81, and 1.49, and y = 2.00 and 1.79 have been carried out in order to study the transition mechanism in the ferroelastic langbeinite K 2Mn 2(SO 4) 3. The Tc for the phase transition P2 13- P2 12 12 1 is -75.9°C. The mixed crystals of NH +4 show phase transition up to 10% substitution, with a decrease in both Tc and ΔH. On the other hand, the phase transition disappears in the mixed crystals of Tl +. The size of the M+ ion plays an important role in the phase transition.

  9. The effect of Ge on transport properties of Ti3SixGe1-xC2 solid solutions

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    Finkel, Peter; Hettinger, Jeffrey; Lofland, Sam; Harrell, K.; Ganguly, A.; Barsoum, Michel

    2004-03-01

    We report on the effect of the A-element substitutions in Ti3AC2 (A - Ge or Si) solid solutions on the elastic, electronic and magneto-transport properties in the 4-300 K temperature range. The substitutions have a small effect on the elastic properties. The Debye temperatures were high in the 690-750 K range and also quite insensitive to composition. Ab initio calculations of the elastic properties for Ti3GeC2 are in excellent agreement with the experimental results. While room temperature transport properties remain almost unchanged for all phases, lower temperature residual resistivities and thermal conductivities were clearly different for the solid solution compositions as compared to the end members. Also, low-temperature thermal conductivity peaks were suppressed for the solid solution phases further emphasizing the role of defect scattering. The carriers concentration and mobilities were analyzed within a two-band framework assuming temperature-independent nearly compensated regime. Weidemann-Franz analysis suggests that the dominant entropy carrier in this system are the charge carriers. Extensive transport measurements and theoretical calculations strongly suggest the A-element in Ti3SiXGe1-XC2 makes a very small contribution to the physical properties.

  10. Solid Solutions of Rare Earth Cations in Mesoporous Anatase Beads and Their Performances in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cavallo, Carmen; Salleo, Alberto; Gozzi, Daniele; Di Pascasio, Francesco; Quaranta, Simone; Panetta, Riccardo; Latini, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Solid solutions of the rare earth (RE) cations Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Gd3+, Er3+ and Yb3+ in anatase TiO2 have been synthesized as mesoporous beads in the concentration range 0.1–0.3% of metal atoms. The solid solutions were have been characterized by XRD, SEM, diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, BET and BJH surface analysis. All the solid solutions possess high specific surface areas, up to more than 100 m2/g. The amount of adsorbed dye in each photoanode has been determined spectrophotometrically. All the samples were tested as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using N719 as dye and a nonvolatile, benzonitrile based electrolyte. All the cells were have been tested by conversion efficiency (J–V), quantum efficiency (IPCE), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and dark current measurements. While lighter RE cations (Pr3+, Nd3+) limit the performance of DSSCs compared to pure anatase mesoporous beads, cations from Sm3+ onwards enhance the performance of the devices. A maximum conversion efficiency of 8.7% for Er3+ at a concentration of 0.2% has been achieved. This is a remarkable efficiency value for a DSSC employing N719 dye without co-adsorbents and a nonvolatile electrolyte. For each RE cation the maximum performances are obtained for a concentration of 0.2% metal atoms. PMID:26577287

  11. A study of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions

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    Saravanan, Kuppan; Jarry, Angelique; Kostecki, Robert; Chen, Guoying

    2015-01-26

    Understanding the kinetic implication of solid-solution vs. biphasic reaction pathways is critical for the development of advanced intercalation electrode materials. Yet this has been a long-standing challenge in materials science due to the elusive metastable nature of solid solution phases. The present study reports the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions. In situ XRD studies performed on pristine and chemically-delithiated, micron-sized single crystals reveal the thermal behavior of LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) cathode material consisting of three cubic phases: LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase I), Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase II) and Mn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase III). A phase diagram capturing the structuralmore » changes as functions of both temperature and Li content was established. In conclusion, the work not only demonstrates the possibility of synthesizing alternative electrode materials that are metastable in nature, but also enables in-depth evaluation on the physical, electrochemical and kinetic properties of transient intermediate phases and their role in battery electrode performance.« less

  12. Controlling the oxygen potential to improve the densification and the solid solution formation of uranium-plutonium mixed oxides

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    Berzati, Ségolène; Vaudez, Stéphane; Belin, Renaud C.; Léchelle, Jacques; Marc, Yves; Richaud, Jean-Christophe; Heintz, Jean-Marc

    2014-04-01

    Diffusion mechanisms occurring during the sintering of oxide ceramics are affected by the oxygen content of the atmosphere, as it imposes the nature and the concentration of structural defects in the material. Thus, the oxygen partial pressure, p(O2), of the sintering gas has to be precisely controlled, otherwise a large dispersion in various parameters, critical for the manufacturing of ceramics such as nuclear oxides fuels, is likely to occur. In the present work, the densification behaviour and the solid solution formation of a mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) were investigated. The initial mixture, composed of 70% UO2 + 30% PuO2, was studied at p(O2) ranging from 10-15 to 10-4 atm up to 1873 K both with dilatometry and in situ high temperature X-ray diffraction. This study has shown that the initial oxides UO2+x and PuO2-x first densify during heating and then the solid solution formation starts at about 200 K higher. The densification and the formation of the solid solution both occur at a lower temperature when p(O2) increases. Based on this result, it is possible to better define the sintering atmosphere, eventually leading to optimized parameters such as density, oxygen stoichiometry and cations homogenization of nuclear ceramics and of a wide range of industrial ceramic materials.

  13. Computer modeling of the local structure, mixing properties, and stability of solid solutions of alkaline-earth metal oxides

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    Urusov, V. S. Petrova, T. G. Eremin, N. N.

    2008-11-15

    A technique for the computer modeling of disordered binary oxide solid solutions MO-M'O in a wide composition range has been developed. The method of atomistic pair potentials was used for 4 x 4 x 4 supercells. The parameters of the potentials are optimized using the structural and elastic properties of pure components MgO, CaO, SrO, and BaO. The temperature dependences of the heat capacity and entropy are calculated for pure components. The excess mixing properties (enthalpy, volume, bulk modulus, vibrational entropy) are found for different compositions of Mg{sub x}Ca{sub (1-x)}O, Ca{sub x}Sr{sub (1-x)}O, and Sr{sub x}Ba{sub (1-x)}O solid solutions. Temperature and composition dependences of the excess Gibbs energy were constructed, which made it possible to approximately estimate the critical decomposition temperatures and limits of component miscibility. Statistical analysis of lattice distortions in the first and second coordination spheres reveals a detailed picture of the solid-solution local structure.

  14. Perovskite solid solutions in the BaO-CuO-Y 2O 3-Nb 2O 5 system

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    Bremer, M.; Langbein, H.

    1999-07-01

    Freeze dried complex carboxylates are highly reactive precursors for complex perovskite solid solutions in the system BaO-CuO-Y 2O 3-Nb 2O 5 On thermal decomposition of the amorphous precursors the formation of complex crystalline phases begins at 600 °C. In most cases the themodynamically controlled phase composition is reached after a reaction time of two hours at about 900 °C. Beginning from the perovskite compound Ba 2YNbO 6 a partial substitution of Y by Cu or by a combination 2/3 Cu,1/3 Nb leads to extended fields of solid solutions with cubic perovskite structure. Substitution according to Y 0,5xBa 2(Y 1-0,5xCu xNb)O 6+x is limited to x ≤ 0,4. A compound LBa 2Cu 2NbO 8 (x=2), well characterized for L=La, does not exist for L=Y. The composition of solid solutions depends on the preparation conditions. There are some signs for an inhomogeneous distribution of B-cations in the cubic perovskites.

  15. The solution, solid state stability and kinetic investigation in degradation studies of lercanidipine: study of excipients compatibility of lercanidipine.

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    Parmar, Nitin; Amin, Saima; Singla, Neelam; Kohli, Kanchan

    2012-01-01

    The objectives of this research were to evaluate the stability of lercanidipine in solution state and solid state and explore the compatibility of drug with oils, surfactants and cosurfactants as excipients. The effect of pH on the degradation in solution state was studied through pH-rate profile of lercanidipine in constant ionic strength buffer solutions in pH range 1-8 which gives the pH of maximum stability. Powdered lercanidipine was stored under 40°C/0%~75% relative humidities (RH) or 0% RH/5~50°C to study the influence of RH and temperature on the stability of lercanidipine in solid state. Binary mixtures of lercanidipine and different excipients were stored at 40°C/75% RH, 40°C and at room temperature for excipient compatibility evaluation. The degradation of lercanidipine at different pH appears to fit a typical first-order reaction, but in solid state, it does not fit any obvious reaction model. Moisture content and temperature both play important roles affecting the degradation rate. Lercanidipine exhibits good compatibility with surfactants, cosurfactants and oils as excipients under stressed conditions of different storage temperature in a 3-week screening study. Moreover, the proposed high-performance liquid chromatography method was utilized to investigate the kinetics of the acidic and alkaline degradation processes of lercanidipine at different temperatures.

  16. Computer modeling of the local structure, mixing properties, and stability of solid solutions of alkaline-earth metal oxides

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    Urusov, V. S.; Petrova, T. G.; Eremin, N. N.

    2008-11-01

    A technique for the computer modeling of disordered binary oxide solid solutions MO- M'O in a wide composition range has been developed. The method of atomistic pair potentials was used for 4 × 4 × 4 supercells. The parameters of the potentials are optimized using the structural and elastic properties of pure components MgO, CaO, SrO, and BaO. The temperature dependences of the heat capacity and entropy are calculated for pure components. The excess mixing properties (enthalpy, volume, bulk modulus, vibrational entropy) are found for different compositions of Mg x Ca(1 - x)O, Ca x Sr(1 - x)O, and Sr x Ba(1 - x)O solid solutions. Temperature and composition dependences of the excess Gibbs energy were constructed, which made it possible to approximately estimate the critical decomposition temperatures and limits of component miscibility. Statistical analysis of lattice distortions in the first and second coordination spheres reveals a detailed picture of the solid-solution local structure.

  17. A study of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions

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    Saravanan, Kuppan; Jarry, Angelique; Kostecki, Robert; Chen, Guoying

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the kinetic implication of solid-solution vs. biphasic reaction pathways is critical for the development of advanced intercalation electrode materials. Yet this has been a long-standing challenge in materials science due to the elusive metastable nature of solid solution phases. The present study reports the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions. In situ XRD studies performed on pristine and chemically-delithiated, micron-sized single crystals reveal the thermal behavior of LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) cathode material consisting of three cubic phases: LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase I), Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase II) and Mn1.5Ni0.5O4 (Phase III). A phase diagram capturing the structural changes as functions of both temperature and Li content was established. The work not only demonstrates the possibility of synthesizing alternative electrode materials that are metastable in nature, but also enables in-depth evaluation on the physical, electrochemical and kinetic properties of transient intermediate phases and their role in battery electrode performance. PMID:25619504

  18. Determination of trace elements in lithium niobate crystals by solid sampling and solution-based spectrometry methods.

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    Bencs, László; György, Krisztina; Kardos, Márta; Osán, János; Alföldy, Bálint; Varga, Imre; Ajtony, Zsolt; Szoboszlai, Norbert; Stefánka, Zsolt; Széles, Eva; Kovács, László

    2012-05-13

    Solid sampling (SS) graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) and solution-based (SB) methods of GFAAS, flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) were elaborated and/or optimized for the determination of Cr, Fe and Mn trace elements used as dopants in lithium niobate optical crystals. The calibration of the SS-GFAAS analysis was possible with the application of the three-point-estimation standard addition method, while the SB methods were mostly calibrated against matrix-matched and/or acidic standards. Spectral and non-spectral interferences were studied in SB-GFAAS after digestion of the samples. The SS-GFAAS method required the use of less sensitive spectral lines of the analytes and a higher internal furnace gas (Ar) flow rate to decrease the sensitivity for crystal samples of higher (doped) analyte content. The chemical forms of the matrix produced at various stages of the graphite furnace heating cycle, dispensed either as a solid sample or a solution (after digestion), were studied by means of the X-ray near-edge absorption structure (XANES). These results revealed that the solid matrix vaporized/deposited in the graphite furnace is mostly present in the metallic form, while the dry residue from the solution form mostly vaporized/deposited as the oxide of niobium. PMID:22541007

  19. Solid-solution partitioning of plutonium in surface waters at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston (UK).

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    McCubbin, David; Leonard, Kinson S; Greenwood, Richard C; Taylor, Benjamin R

    2004-10-01

    The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston (Berkshire, UK) has provided and maintained the warheads for the UK's nuclear deterrent for more than 50 years. Whilst the site is radiologically safe, in a few locations the soil contains specific activities of plutonium (Pu) above background arising from a legacy of historic operations. Run-off water (a mixture of rainwater and groundwater) from part of the site is routed into a water management system, and after analysis and radiological assessment, released into local streams. Water and sediment samples have been collected from a number of closely spaced locations within this system to assess the solid-solution partitioning of Pu. Survey work was complemented by batch type desorption experiments to assess redissolution from 'contaminated' sediment into 'uncontaminated' water. The survey data indicate that specific activities of both dissolved and particle bound 239 + 240Pu varied by roughly two orders of magnitude, ranging from approximately 0.7 microBq kg(-1) up to approximately 44 microBq kg(-1), and approximately 1.2 Bq kg(-1) up to approximately 400 Bq kg(-1), respectively, consistent with water originating from different parts of the site. Apparent Kd values varied by an order of magnitude (from 0.7-16 x 10(6)) with an average value of 4 x 10(6). Results from the desorption experiments indicated the extent of redissolution was very small and the derived Kd's corroborated values obtained from the survey work. Kd's given here are compared with other literature values, and are the greatest reported to date. Results are also provided describing the variation in water quality parameters in shallow groundwater samples. Alkalinity values ranged from 120 to 388 mg l(-1) CaCO3 with an average value of 195 mg l(-1) CaCO3. Corresponding values for pH were 6.6-8.3 with an average of 7.5. Over half of the samples were estimated to be supersaturated with respect to calcite. It is suggested that the state of calcite

  20. Magnetic phase diagram of pseudo-ternary solid solution URu1-xPdx Ge

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    Gralak, D.; Tran, V. H.

    2015-03-01

    A systematic study of the solid solution URu1-xPdx Ge by means of X-ray diffraction, dc-magnetization, specific heat and electrical resistivity measurements is presented. The investigated alloys (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.9) crystallize in the orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure with space group Pnma. The variation of the unit cell volume with Pd content x follows approximately Vegard's law, through the lattice parameters a, b and c exhibit a little anomaly around x=0.35, 0.7 and 0.8, respectively. It is found that the magnetic ground state of URu1-xPdx Ge strongly depends on Pd content. The compositions with x ≤ 0.32 are nonmagnetic down to 0.4 K, while these in the concentration range 0.35 ≤ x ≤ 0.8 order antiferromagnetically. The Néel temperature TN is found to follow a relation TN ∝(x - 0.32) 2 / 3 for the alloys x < 0.45 and to attain a maximum value of 32 K at x=0.8. The composition x=0.9 alike UPdGe manifests a complex magnetic order, probably undergoes two successive magnetic phase transitions: ferromagnetic-like at TC=33 K and unknown ground state characterized by an irreversible magnetization below TIR. The observed development of magnetism has been discussed in terms of changes in the degree of 5f electron localization as well as due to the competition between the Kondo and Ruderman-Kittel-Kausuya-Yosida interactions. Remarkably, in the compound x=0.32 located at the nonmagnetic-magnetic border, we found a non-Fermi liquid behaviour reflected by the power-law temperature dependencies of magnetic susceptibility χ(T) ∝T-0.48, specific heat Cp(T) ∝ -√{ T } and electrical resistivity ρ(T) ∝T 3 / 2. We compared the results with theoretical predictions for systems with spin fluctuations nearby antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.

  1. The role of strain and structure on oxygen ion conduction in nanoscale zirconia and ceria thin films

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    Jiang, Jun

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), an all solid-state energy conversion device, are promising for their high efficiency and materials stability. The solid oxide electrolytes are a key component that must provide high ionic conductivity, which is especially challenging for intermediate temperature SOFCs operating between 500 °C - 700 °C. Doped zirconia and ceria are the most common solid electrolyte materials. Recent reports have suggested that nanoscale ytrria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films may provide better performance in this regard. However, the mechanism behind the increased conductivity of nanoscale thin films is still unclear and the reported experimental results are controversial. In the thesis presented here, the effects of mechanical strain and microstructure on the ionic conductivity have been investigated in ultrathin zirconia- and ceria-based thin films. Reactive RF co-sputtering with metal targets was used to prepare zirconia and ceria based thin films for high purity, modulated composition and thickness. The films were as thin as 10-20 atomic layers thick. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were the main tools to investigate the composition, crystal orientation and microstructure of these sputtered thin films. Microscale interdigitated Pt electrodes were prepared through a lift-off process using photolithography. The electrochemical properties of these sputtered doped zirconia and ceria thin films were investigated using impedance spectroscopy. YSZ thin films deposited on MgO (111) and, especially, MgO (100) showed highly variable crystal orientations, while MgO (110) offered much more stable growth. Regardless of whether the growth was epitaxial or highly disordered polycrystalline, 50 nm thick YSZ thin films on MgO (100), (110), and (111) substrates exhibited similar conductivity with YSZ single crystal. While decreasing the thickness further to 12 nm, the conductivities of YSZ thin films

  2. The reaction of ceria coatings on mica with H{sub 2}S An in-situ X-ray diffraction study

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    Bertaux, S.; Reynders, P.; Schweda, E

    2004-05-05

    Thin layers of ceria were deposited on the surface of mica platelets in solution. The reaction of such particles with hydrogen sulfide yields a red colored special effect pigment. The ceria layer reacts with H{sub 2}S to produce a variety of sulfide and oxysulfide phases. The reaction path discovered in situ by time and temperature resolved X-ray diffraction is CeO{sub 2}{yields}CeS{sub 2}{yields}C-Ce{sub 2}S{sub 3}{yields}Ce{sub 10}S{sub 14}O. The reaction itself is extremely variable depending on gas flow, heating rates and decomposition atmospheres. Effects on the thin film are recorded by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and revealed a destruction of the layer once red Ce{sub 10}S{sub 14}O was formed. The product layer then reveals the typical nonwetting behaviour of a liquid on a surface.

  3. The Crystal-T algorithm: a new approach to calculate the SLE of lipidic mixtures presenting solid solutions.

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    Maximo, Guilherme J; Costa, Mariana C; Meirelles, Antonio J A

    2014-08-21

    Lipidic mixtures present a particular phase change profile highly affected by their unique crystalline structure. However, classical solid-liquid equilibrium (SLE) thermodynamic modeling approaches, which assume the solid phase to be a pure component, sometimes fail in the correct description of the phase behavior. In addition, their inability increases with the complexity of the system. To overcome some of these problems, this study describes a new procedure to depict the SLE of fatty binary mixtures presenting solid solutions, namely the "Crystal-T algorithm". Considering the non-ideality of both liquid and solid phases, this algorithm is aimed at the determination of the temperature in which the first and last crystal of the mixture melts. The evaluation is focused on experimental data measured and reported in this work for systems composed of triacylglycerols and fatty alcohols. The liquidus and solidus lines of the SLE phase diagrams were described by using excess Gibbs energy based equations, and the group contribution UNIFAC model for the calculation of the activity coefficients of both liquid and solid phases. Very low deviations of theoretical and experimental data evidenced the strength of the algorithm, contributing to the enlargement of the scope of the SLE modeling.

  4. Characterization of ceria-based SOFCs

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    Doshi, R.; Roubort, J.; Krumpelt, M.

    1996-12-31

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operating at low temperatures (500-700 C) offer many advantages over conventional zirconia-based fuel cells operating at higher temperatures. Cathode performance is being improved by using better materials and/or microstructures. Fabrication of thin dense electrolytes is also necessary to achieve high cell performances.

  5. Solution and interfacial behavior of modified silicone polymers and their interactions with solid substrates

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    Purohit, Parag

    Surface treatment is very important step in many applications such as fabric finishing, coatings, cosmetics and personal care. Silicone polymers are a class of organic/inorganic materials that show unique properties such as weak intermolecular forces and high flexibility enabling even a very high molecular weight chain to achieve optimal orientation on surfaces. Material properties such as softness, repellency, bounciness and friction can therefore be tailored by using appropriately modified silicone polymers. Despite wide applications, the underlying mechanisms of material modification are unknown and tailoring silicones for applications remains mostly empirical. Thus the objective of this research is to understand the solution and interfacial behavior of functionalized silicone polymers, which govern their performance in material modification. Modified silicones are simultaneously hydrophobic and oleophobic in nature and due to this nearly universal non-compatibility, the studies of these polymers present unusual challenges. Due to this incompatible nature, the functionalized silicone polymers were emulsified into O/W emulsions to study their solution and interfacial properties. The colloidal properties such as electrokinetic and droplet distribution of these emulsions are assumed to play an important role in the observed surface and physical properties of solid substrates (in present study, cellulosic substrates) as well the stability of emulsions itself. To understand the effects of modified silicones on cellulosic substrates a variety of techniques such as frictional analysis, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy that can probe from macro to nano level were used. It is hypothesized that the size distribution and charge of silicone emulsions as well as the physiochemical conditions such as pH, control silicone conformation which in turn affect the modification of the substrate properties. With bimodal droplet distribution of silicone

  6. Novel ceria-zirconia-yttria mesostructures: Synthesis, characterization, diffusional studies & the effects of morphology on their properties

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    Cordova Morales, Alma Iris

    Ceria-zirconia-yttria (CZY) mixed oxides are used as catalyst supports for three-way catalysts for automotive exhaust emission control and in solid oxide fuel cells. By improving the morphology of CZY mesopores it is possible to reduce the sintering of supported noble metals and enhance overall catalyst lifetime and performance. However, limited studies have been published on the synthetic control of the morphology of CZY materials and the effects that CZY pore geometry has on catalyst operation. To create optimized CZY catalyst supports, novel mesoporous CZY oxides were synthesized via classical sol-gel and evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) methods, obtaining mesostructures that exhibited excellent physical and diffusional properties. This dissertation provides a detailed analysis of the factors and mechanisms that promote the creation of ordered mesoporous CZY structures via classical sol-gel and EISA approaches. Classical sol-gel methods are reaction-limited syntheses in which, for the case of CZY materials, the formation of polyoxides occurs rapidly as a result of the availability of water and hydrolyzing agents in the initial solution, yielding disordered oxide mesostructures. Alternatively, EISA is a diffusion-limited process, where the rate of oxide forming reactions is limited by the slow diffusion of water into the initial ethanolic-metal salts solution. The slow loss of ethanol by evaporation enables the condensation-polymerization of metal oxy-hydroxide species to coincide with the ordering of these oligomers around the self-organized polymer template. Thus, for the templated synthesis of mesoporous CZY materials, it is the rate of metal oxide condensation that determines the nature of the resulting oxide structure. The choice of templating technique used during CZY synthesis heavily influenced post-calcination morphologies and pore sizes, but to-date no relationships between pore morphology and catalyst performance for CZY materials was presented

  7. A model for trace metal sorption processes at the calcite surface: Adsorption of Cd2+ and subsequent solid solution formation

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    Davis, J.A.; Fuller, C.C.; Cook, A.D.

    1987-01-01

    The rate of Cd2+ sorption by calcite was determined as a function of pH and Mg2+ in aqueous solutions saturated with respect to calcite but undersaturated with respect to CdCO3. The sorption is characterized by two reaction steps, with the first reaching completion within 24 hours. The second step proceeded at a slow and nearly constant rate for at least 7 days. The rate of calcite recrystallization was also studied, using a Ca2+ isotopic exchange technique. Both the recrystallization rate of calcite and the rate of slow Cd2+ sorption decrease with increasing pH or with increasing Mg2+. The recrystallization rate could be predicted from the number of moles of Ca present in the hydrated surface layer. A model is presented which is consistent with the rates of Cd2+ sorption and Ca2+ isotopic exchange. In the model, the first step in Cd2+ sorption involves a fast adsorption reaction that is followed by diffusion of Cd2+ into a surface layer of hydrated CaCO3 that overlies crystalline calcite. Desorption of Cd2+ from the hydrated layer is slow. The second step is solid solution formation in new crystalline material, which grows from the disordered mixture of Cd and Ca carbonate in the hydrated surface layer. Calculated distribution coefficients for solid solutions formed at the surface are slightly greater than the ratio of equilibrium constants for dissolution of calcite and CdCO3, which is the value that would be expected for an ideal solid solution in equilibrium with the aqueous solution. ?? 1987.

  8. Eco-friendly Synthesis of Ceria Foam via Carboxymethylcellulose Gelation: Application for the Epoxidation of Chalcone

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    A simple and innovative process is described for the eco-friendly preparation of ceria foams via the carboxymethylcellulose gelation by Ce4+ cations; heat treatment of the ensuing xerogels produces ceria foams. The influence of the concentration of cerium and of the calcination t...

  9. Understanding the Formation and Evolution of Ceria Nanoparticles Under Hydrothermal Conditions

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    Tyrsted, Christoffer; Ørnsbjerg; #8197; Jensen, Kirsten Marie; Bøjesen, Espen Drath; Lock, Nina; Christensen, Mogens; Billinge, Simon J.L.; Brummerstedt; #8197; Iversen, Bo

    2012-10-23

    The formation and evolution of ceria nanoparticles during hydrothermal synthesis was investigated by in-situ total scattering and powder diffraction. The nucleation of pristine crystalline ceria nanoparticles originated from previously unknown cerium dimer complexes. The nanoparticle growth was highly accelerated under supercritical conditions.

  10. Computational modeling of chemical reactions and interstitial growth and remodeling involving charged solutes and solid-bound molecules.

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    Ateshian, Gerard A; Nims, Robert J; Maas, Steve; Weiss, Jeffrey A

    2014-10-01

    Mechanobiological processes are rooted in mechanics and chemistry, and such processes may be modeled in a framework that couples their governing equations starting from fundamental principles. In many biological applications, the reactants and products of chemical reactions may be electrically charged, and these charge effects may produce driving forces and constraints that significantly influence outcomes. In this study, a novel formulation and computational implementation are presented for modeling chemical reactions in biological tissues that involve charged solutes and solid-bound molecules within a deformable porous hydrated solid matrix, coupling mechanics with chemistry while accounting for electric charges. The deposition or removal of solid-bound molecules contributes to the growth and remodeling of the solid matrix; in particular, volumetric growth may be driven by Donnan osmotic swelling, resulting from charged molecular species fixed to the solid matrix. This formulation incorporates the state of strain as a state variable in the production rate of chemical reactions, explicitly tying chemistry with mechanics for the purpose of modeling mechanobiology. To achieve these objectives, this treatment identifies the specific theoretical and computational challenges faced in modeling complex systems of interacting neutral and charged constituents while accommodating any number of simultaneous reactions where reactants and products may be modeled explicitly or implicitly. Several finite element verification problems are shown to agree with closed-form analytical solutions. An illustrative tissue engineering analysis demonstrates tissue growth and swelling resulting from the deposition of chondroitin sulfate, a charged solid-bound molecular species. This implementation is released in the open-source program FEBio ( www.febio.org ). The availability of this framework may be particularly beneficial to optimizing tissue engineering culture systems by examining the

  11. Investigation of Phase Mixing in Amorphous Solid Dispersions of AMG 517 in HPMC-AS Using DSC, Solid-State NMR, and Solution Calorimetry.

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    Calahan, Julie L; Azali, Stephanie C; Munson, Eric J; Nagapudi, Karthik

    2015-11-01

    Intimate phase mixing between the drug and the polymer is considered a prerequisite to achieve good physical stability for amorphous solid dispersions. In this article, spray dried amorphous dispersions (ASDs) of AMG 517 and HPMC-as were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), solid-state NMR (SSNMR), and solution calorimetry. DSC analysis showed a weakly asymmetric (ΔTg ≈ 13.5) system with a single glass transition for blends of different compositions indicating phase mixing. The Tg-composition data was modeled using the BKCV equation to accommodate the observed negative deviation from ideality. Proton spin-lattice relaxation times in the laboratory and rotating frames ((1)H T1 and T1ρ), as measured by SSNMR, were consistent with the observation that the components of the dispersion were in intimate contact over a 10-20 nm length scale. Based on the heat of mixing calculated from solution calorimetry and the entropy of mixing calculated from the Flory-Huggins theory, the free energy of mixing was calculated. The free energy of mixing was found to be positive for all ASDs, indicating that the drug and polymer are thermodynamically predisposed to phase separation at 25 °C. This suggests that miscibility measured by DSC and SSNMR is achieved kinetically as the result of intimate mixing between drug and polymer during the spray drying process. This kinetic phase mixing is responsible for the physical stability of the ASD.

  12. Processing of solid solution, mixed uranium/refractory metal carbides for advanced space nuclear power and propulsion systems

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    Knight, Travis Warren

    Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) and space nuclear power are two enabling technologies for the manned exploration of space and the development of research outposts in space and on other planets such as Mars. Advanced carbide nuclear fuels have been proposed for application in space nuclear power and propulsion systems. This study examined the processing technologies and optimal parameters necessary to fabricate samples of single phase, solid solution, mixed uranium/refractory metal carbides. In particular, the pseudo-ternary carbide, UC-ZrC-NbC, system was examined with uranium metal mole fractions of 5% and 10% and corresponding uranium densities of 0.8 to 1.8 gU/cc. Efforts were directed to those methods that could produce simple geometry fuel elements or wafers such as those used to fabricate a Square Lattice Honeycomb (SLHC) fuel element and reactor core. Methods of cold uniaxial pressing, sintering by induction heating, and hot pressing by self-resistance heating were investigated. Solid solution, high density (low porosity) samples greater than 95% TD were processed by cold pressing at 150 MPa and sintering above 2600 K for times longer than 90 min. Some impurity oxide phases were noted in some samples attributed to residual gases in the furnace during processing. Also, some samples noted secondary phases of carbon and UC2 due to some hyperstoichiometric powder mixtures having carbon-to-metal ratios greater than one. In all, 33 mixed carbide samples were processed and analyzed with half bearing uranium as ternary carbides of UC-ZrC-NbC. Scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and density measurements were used to characterize samples. Samples were processed from powders of the refractory mono-carbides and UC/UC 2 or from powders of uranium hydride (UH3), graphite, and refractory metal carbides to produce hypostoichiometric mixed carbides. Samples processed from the constituent carbide powders and sintered at temperatures above the melting point of UC

  13. Manganese and Ceria Sorbents for High Temperature Sulfur Removal from Biomass-Derived Syngas -- The Impact of Steam on Capacity and Sorption Mode

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    Cheah, S.; Parent, Y. O.; Jablonski, W. S.; Vinzant, T.; Olstad, J. L.

    2012-07-01

    Syngas derived from biomass and coal gasification for fuel synthesis or electricity generation contains sulfur species that are detrimental to downstream catalysts or turbine operation. Sulfur removal in high temperature, high steam conditions has been known to be challenging, but experimental reports on methods to tackle the problem are not often reported. We have developed sorbents that can remove hydrogen sulfide from syngas at high temperature (700 C), both in dry and high steam conditions. The syngas composition chosen for our experiments is derived from statistical analysis of the gasification products of wood under a large variety of conditions. The two sorbents, Cu-ceria and manganese-based, were tested in a variety of conditions. In syngas containing steam, the capacity of the sorbents is much lower, and the impact of the sorbent in lowering H{sub 2}S levels is only evident in low space velocities. Spectroscopic characterization and thermodynamic consideration of the experimental results suggest that in syngas containing 45% steam, the removal of H{sub 2}S is primarily via surface chemisorptions. For the Cu-ceria sorbent, analysis of the amount of H{sub 2}S retained by the sorbent in dry syngas suggests both copper and ceria play a role in H{sub 2}S removal. For the manganese-based sorbent, in dry conditions, there is a solid state transformation of the sorbent, primarily into the sulfide form.

  14. Effect of Ceria on the Storage and Regeneration Behavior of a Model Lean NOx Trap Catalyst

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    Ji, Yaying; Toops, Todd J; Crocker, Dr. Mark

    2007-01-01

    In this study the effect of ceria addition on the performance of a model Ba-based lean NO{sub x} trap (LNT) catalyst was examined. The presence of ceria improved NO{sub x} storage capacity in the temperature range 200-400 C under both continuous lean and lean-rich cycling conditions. Temperature-programmed experiments showed that NO{sub x} stored in the ceria-containing catalyst was thermally less stable and more reactive to reduction with both H{sub 2} and CO as reductants, albeit at the expense of additional reductant consumed by reduction of the ceria. These findings demonstrate that the incorporation of ceria in LNTs not only improves NO{sub x} storage efficiency but also positively impacts LNT regeneration behavior.

  15. Excellent stability of a lithium-ion-conducting solid electrolyte upon reversible Li+/H+ exchange in aqueous solutions

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    Ma, Cheng; Rangasamy, Ezhiylmurugan; Liang, Chengdu; Sakamoto, Jeffrey; More, Karren Leslie; Chi, Miaofang

    2014-10-21

    Batteries with an aqueous catholyte and a Li metal anode have attracted interest owing to their exceptional energy density and high charge/discharge rate. The long-term operation of such batteries requires that the solid electrolyte separator between the anode and aqueous solutions must be compatible with Li and stable over a wide pH range. Unfortunately, no such compound has yet been reported. In this study, an excellent stability in neutral and strongly basic solutions was observed when using the cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 garnet as a Li-stable solid electrolyte. The material underwent a Li+/H+ exchange in aqueous solutions. Nevertheless, its structure remained unchangedmore » even under a high exchange rate of 63.6%. When treated with a 2 M LiOH solution, the Li+/H+ exchange was reversed without any structural change. Furthermore, these observations suggest that cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 is a promising candidate for the separator in aqueous lithium batteries.« less

  16. Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) Solid Solutions from DFT Calculations.

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    Zhao, Zong-Yan; Liu, Qing-Lu; Dai, Wen-Wu

    2016-01-01

    Six BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions have been systematically investigated by density functional theory calculations. BiOCl1-xBrx, BiOBr1-xIx, and BiOCl1-xIx solid solutions have very small bowing parameters; as such, some of their properties increase almost linearly with increasing x. For BiOF1-xYx solid solutions, the bowing parameters are very large and it is extremely difficult to fit the related calculated data by a single equation. Consequently, BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are highly miscible, while BiOF1-xYx (Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are partially miscible. In other words, BiOF1-xYx solid solutions have miscibility gaps or high miscibility temperature, resulting in phase separation and F/Y inhomogeneity. Comparison and analysis of the calculated results and the related physical-chemical properties with different halogen compositions indicates that the parameters of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions are determined by the differences of the physical-chemical properties of the two halogen compositions. In this way, the large deviation of some BiOX1-xYx solid solutions from Vegard's law observed in experiments can be explained. Moreover, the composition ratio of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions can be measured or monitored using optical measurements.

  17. Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) Solid Solutions from DFT Calculations.

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    Zhao, Zong-Yan; Liu, Qing-Lu; Dai, Wen-Wu

    2016-01-01

    Six BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions have been systematically investigated by density functional theory calculations. BiOCl1-xBrx, BiOBr1-xIx, and BiOCl1-xIx solid solutions have very small bowing parameters; as such, some of their properties increase almost linearly with increasing x. For BiOF1-xYx solid solutions, the bowing parameters are very large and it is extremely difficult to fit the related calculated data by a single equation. Consequently, BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are highly miscible, while BiOF1-xYx (Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are partially miscible. In other words, BiOF1-xYx solid solutions have miscibility gaps or high miscibility temperature, resulting in phase separation and F/Y inhomogeneity. Comparison and analysis of the calculated results and the related physical-chemical properties with different halogen compositions indicates that the parameters of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions are determined by the differences of the physical-chemical properties of the two halogen compositions. In this way, the large deviation of some BiOX1-xYx solid solutions from Vegard's law observed in experiments can be explained. Moreover, the composition ratio of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions can be measured or monitored using optical measurements. PMID:27549344

  18. Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of BiOX1‑xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) Solid Solutions from DFT Calculations

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    Zhao, Zong-Yan; Liu, Qing-Lu; Dai, Wen-Wu

    2016-08-01

    Six BiOX1‑xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions have been systematically investigated by density functional theory calculations. BiOCl1‑xBrx, BiOBr1‑xIx, and BiOCl1‑xIx solid solutions have very small bowing parameters; as such, some of their properties increase almost linearly with increasing x. For BiOF1‑xYx solid solutions, the bowing parameters are very large and it is extremely difficult to fit the related calculated data by a single equation. Consequently, BiOX1‑xYx (X, Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are highly miscible, while BiOF1‑xYx (Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are partially miscible. In other words, BiOF1‑xYx solid solutions have miscibility gaps or high miscibility temperature, resulting in phase separation and F/Y inhomogeneity. Comparison and analysis of the calculated results and the related physical–chemical properties with different halogen compositions indicates that the parameters of BiOX1‑xYx solid solutions are determined by the differences of the physical–chemical properties of the two halogen compositions. In this way, the large deviation of some BiOX1‑xYx solid solutions from Vegard’s law observed in experiments can be explained. Moreover, the composition ratio of BiOX1‑xYx solid solutions can be measured or monitored using optical measurements.

  19. Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of BiOX1−xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) Solid Solutions from DFT Calculations

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    Zhao, Zong-Yan; Liu, Qing-Lu; Dai, Wen-Wu

    2016-01-01

    Six BiOX1−xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions have been systematically investigated by density functional theory calculations. BiOCl1−xBrx, BiOBr1−xIx, and BiOCl1−xIx solid solutions have very small bowing parameters; as such, some of their properties increase almost linearly with increasing x. For BiOF1−xYx solid solutions, the bowing parameters are very large and it is extremely difficult to fit the related calculated data by a single equation. Consequently, BiOX1−xYx (X, Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are highly miscible, while BiOF1−xYx (Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are partially miscible. In other words, BiOF1−xYx solid solutions have miscibility gaps or high miscibility temperature, resulting in phase separation and F/Y inhomogeneity. Comparison and analysis of the calculated results and the related physical–chemical properties with different halogen compositions indicates that the parameters of BiOX1−xYx solid solutions are determined by the differences of the physical–chemical properties of the two halogen compositions. In this way, the large deviation of some BiOX1−xYx solid solutions from Vegard’s law observed in experiments can be explained. Moreover, the composition ratio of BiOX1−xYx solid solutions can be measured or monitored using optical measurements. PMID:27549344

  20. Determining mineral weathering rates based on solid and solute weathering gradients and velocities: Application to biotite weathering in saprolites

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    White, A.F.

    2002-01-01

    Chemical weathering gradients are defined by the changes in the measured elemental concentrations in solids and pore waters with depth in soils and regoliths. An increase in the mineral weathering rate increases the change in these concentrations with depth while increases in the weathering velocity decrease the change. The solid-state weathering velocity is the rate at which the weathering front propagates through the regolith and the solute weathering velocity is equivalent to the rate of pore water infiltration. These relationships provide a unifying approach to calculating both solid and solute weathering rates from the respective ratios of the weathering velocities and gradients. Contemporary weathering rates based on solute residence times can be directly compared to long-term past weathering based on changes in regolith composition. Both rates incorporate identical parameters describing mineral abundance, stoichiometry, and surface area. Weathering gradients were used to calculate biotite weathering rates in saprolitic regoliths in the Piedmont of Northern Georgia, USA and in Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Solid-state weathering gradients for Mg and K at Panola produced reaction rates of 3 to 6 x 10-17 mol m-2 s-1 for biotite. Faster weathering rates of 1.8 to 3.6 ?? 10-16 mol m-2 s-1 are calculated based on Mg and K pore water gradients in the Rio Icacos regolith. The relative rates are in agreement with a warmer and wetter tropical climate in Puerto Rico. Both natural rates are three to six orders of magnitude slower than reported experimental rates of biotite weathering. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Phase-field modeling of two-dimensional solute precipitation/dissolution: Solid fingers and diffusion-limited precipitation

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    Zhijie Xu; Paul Meakin

    2011-01-01

    Two-dimensional dendritic growth due to solute precipitation was simulated using a phase-field model reported earlier [Z. Xu and P. Meakin, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 014705 (2008)]. It was shown that diffusion-limited precipitation due to the chemical reaction at the solid–liquid interface has similarities with diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA). The diffusion-limited precipitation is attained by setting the chemical reaction rate much larger compared to the solute diffusion to eliminate the effect of the interface growth kinetics. The phase-field simulation results were in reasonable agreement with the analytical solutions. The fractal solid fingers can be formed in the diffusion-limited precipitation and have a fractal dimension measured df = 1.68, close to 1.64, the fractal dimensionality of large square lattice DLA clusters.

  2. Spectroscopic Investigation of Surface-Dependent Acid–Base Property of Ceria Nanoshapes

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    Wu, Zili; Mann, Amanda K. P.; Li, Meijun; Overbury, Steven H.

    2015-03-12

    In addition to their well-known redox character, the acid-base property is another interesting aspect of ceria-based catalysts. Thus, the effect of surface structure on the acid-base property of ceria was studied in detail by utilizing ceria nanocrystals with different morphologies (cubes, octahedra and rods) that exhibit crystallographically well-defined surface facets. The nature, type, strength and amount of acid and base sites on these ceria nanoshapes were investigated via in situ IR spectroscopy combined with various probe molecules. Pyridine adsorption shows the presence of Lewis acid sites (Ce cations) on the ceria nanoshapes. These Lewis acid sites are relatively weak and similar in strength among the three nanoshapes according to the probing by both pyridine and acetonitrile. Both Br nsted (hydroxyl group) and Lewis (surface lattice oxygen) base sites are present on the ceria nanoshapes as probed by CO2 adsorption. CO2 and chloroform adsorption indicate that the strength and amount of the Lewis base sites are shape dependent: rods > cubes > octahedra. Moreover, the weak and strong surface dependence of the acid and base sites, respectively, are a result of interplay between the surface structure dependent coordination unsaturation status of the Ce cations and O anions and the amount of defect sites on the three ceria nanoshapes. Furthermore, it was found that the nature of the acid-base sites of ceria can be impacted by impurities, such as Na and P residues that result from their use as structure-directing reagent in the hydrothermal synthesis of the ceria nanocrystals. Finally, our observation calls for precaution in interpreting the catalytic behavior of nanoshaped ceria where trace impurities may be present.

  3. Spectroscopic Investigation of Surface-Dependent Acid–Base Property of Ceria Nanoshapes

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    Wu, Zili; Mann, Amanda K. P.; Li, Meijun; Overbury, Steven H.

    2015-03-12

    In addition to their well-known redox character, the acid-base property is another interesting aspect of ceria-based catalysts. Thus, the effect of surface structure on the acid-base property of ceria was studied in detail by utilizing ceria nanocrystals with different morphologies (cubes, octahedra and rods) that exhibit crystallographically well-defined surface facets. The nature, type, strength and amount of acid and base sites on these ceria nanoshapes were investigated via in situ IR spectroscopy combined with various probe molecules. Pyridine adsorption shows the presence of Lewis acid sites (Ce cations) on the ceria nanoshapes. These Lewis acid sites are relatively weak andmore » similar in strength among the three nanoshapes according to the probing by both pyridine and acetonitrile. Both Br nsted (hydroxyl group) and Lewis (surface lattice oxygen) base sites are present on the ceria nanoshapes as probed by CO2 adsorption. CO2 and chloroform adsorption indicate that the strength and amount of the Lewis base sites are shape dependent: rods > cubes > octahedra. Moreover, the weak and strong surface dependence of the acid and base sites, respectively, are a result of interplay between the surface structure dependent coordination unsaturation status of the Ce cations and O anions and the amount of defect sites on the three ceria nanoshapes. Furthermore, it was found that the nature of the acid-base sites of ceria can be impacted by impurities, such as Na and P residues that result from their use as structure-directing reagent in the hydrothermal synthesis of the ceria nanocrystals. Finally, our observation calls for precaution in interpreting the catalytic behavior of nanoshaped ceria where trace impurities may be present.« less

  4. Lung deposition and extrapulmonary translocation of nano-ceria after intratracheal instillation

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    He, Xiao; Zhang, Haifeng; Ma, Yuhui; Bai, Wei; Zhang, Zhiyong; Lu, Kai; Ding, Yayun; Zhao, Yuliang; Chai, Zhifang

    2010-07-01

    The broad potential applications of manufactured nanomaterials call for urgent assessment of their environmental and biological safety. However, most of the previous work focused on the cell level performance; little was known about the consequences of nanomaterial exposure at the whole-body and organ levels. In the present paper, the radiotracer technique was employed to study the pulmonary deposition and the translocation to secondary target organs after ceria nanoparticles (nano-ceria) were intratracheally instilled into Wistar rats. It was found that 63.9 ± 8.2% of the instilled nano-ceria remained in the lung by 28 d postexposure and the elimination half-life was 103 d. At the end of the test period, only 1/8-1/3 of the daily elimination of nano-ceria from the lung was cleared via the gastrointestinal tract, suggesting that phagocytosis by alveolar macrophages (AMs) with subsequent removal towards the larynx was no longer the predominant route for the elimination of nano-ceria from the lung. The whole-body redistribution of nano-ceria demonstrated that the deposited nano-ceria could penetrate through the alveolar wall into the systemic circulation and accumulate in the extrapulmonary organs. In vitro study suggested that nano-ceria would agglomerate and form sediments in the bronchoalveolar aqueous surrounding while binding to protein would be conducive to the redispersion of nano-ceria. The decrease in the size of agglomerates might enhance the penetration of nano-ceria into the systemic circulation. Our findings suggested that the effect of nanomaterial exposure, even at low concentration, should be assessed because of the potential lung and systemic cumulative toxicity of the nanomaterials.

  5. Dissociative Binding of Carboxylic Acid Ligand on Nanoceria Surface in Aqueous Solution: A Joint in Situ Spectroscopic Characterization and First-Principles Study

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    Lu, Zhou; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Wang, Weina; Yang, Ping; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Wang, Hongfei

    2013-11-21

    Carboxylic acid is a common ligand anchoring group to functionalize nanoparticle surfaces. Its binding structures and mechanisms as a function of the oxidation states of metal oxide nanoparticle surfaces are not well characterized experimentally. We present an in situ sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) study on the binding of deuterated acetic acid on ceria nanoparticles in the aqueous solution. In the SFG experiment, ceria nanoparticles were deposited on the flat surface of a CaF2 hemisphere in contact with acetic acid solutions. While the ceria nanoparticle deprotonated the acetic acid, the CaF2 surface could not. Thus, the binding of the deprotonated acetic acid on ceria can be selectively probed. SFG spectra revealed that the binding modes of the carboxylate group depend on the oxidation states of the ceria surfaces. SFG polarization analysis suggested that the bidentate chelating and bridging binding modes co-exist on the reduced ceria surfaces, while the oxidized ceria surfaces are dominated by the bidentate bridging mode. The direct spectroscopic evidence helps to clarify the binding structures and mechanisms on the ceria nanoparticles. Furthermore, the middle-infrared (IR) transparent CaF2 and its chemical inertness make CaF2 and similar substrate materials good candidates for direct SFG-VS measurement of nanoparticle surface reactions and binding chem-istry.

  6. Minimal cross-sensitivity to humidity during ethanol detection by SnO2-TiO2 solid solutions.

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Righettoni, Marco; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2009-08-01

    A nanocomposite material is presented that optimally combines the excellent gas sensitivity of SnO2 and the selectivity of TiO2. Nanostructured, rutile titanium-tin oxide solid solutions up to 81.5% Ti, as determined by x-ray diffraction, are made by scalable spray combustion (flame spray pyrolysis) of organometallic precursor solutions, directly deposited and in situ annealed onto sensing electrodes in one step. Above that content, segregation of anatase TiO2 takes place. It was discovered that at low titanium contents (less than 5 Ti%), these materials exhibit higher sensitivity to ethanol vapor than pure SnO2 and, in particular, limited cross-sensitivity to relative humidity, a long standing challenge for metal oxide gas sensors. These solid solutions are aggregated nanoparticles with an enhanced presence of Ti on their surface as indicated by Raman and IR-spectroscopy. The presence of such low Ti-content in the SnO2 lattice drastically reduces the band gap of these solid solutions, as determined by UV-vis absorption, almost to that of pure TiO2. Furthermore, titania reduces the number of rooted and terminal OH species (that are correlated to the cross-sensitivity of tin oxide to water) on the particle surface as determined by IR-spectroscopy. The present material represents a new class of sensors where detection of gases and organic vapors can be accomplished without pre-treatment of the gas mixture, avoiding other semiconducting components that require more heating power and that add bulkiness to a sensing device. This is attractive in developing miniaturized sensors especially for microelectronics and medical diagnostics. PMID:19597246

  7. A model of oscillatory zoning in solid solutions grown from aqueous solutions: Applications to the (Ba,Sr)SO 4 system

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    L'Heureux, Ivan; Jamtveit, Bjørn

    2002-02-01

    Barite-celestite crystals can be synthesized from aqueous solutions during counter-diffusion in a gel column connecting two reservoirs. It is known that such crystals may exhibit oscillatory zoning, whereby the barium composition in the crystal fluctuates more or less regularly from the core of the crystal to its rim. We present here a simple model of oscillatory zoning in such binary solid solutions A 1A 2 grown from aqueous solutions. The model combines diffusive transport of the relevant ions with an autocatalytic growth process. The latter is formulated as a continuous growth in which the probability of finding a kink site on the growing surface depends on the chemical composition of that surface. Thus, an A 1-rich surface favors the growth of A 1 over A 2, as long as A 1 is present in the vicinity of the surface. Precipitation results in a local depletion of A 1 in the aqueous solution, and the system may switch to a A 2 growth mode, until diffusion replenishes the amount of A 1, and so on. We use a dynamical equation for the molar fraction of component A 1 in the crystal, which results from mass conservation across the rough crystal-solution interface. Linear stability analysis and direct numerical solutions show that the system exhibits oscillatory behavior. Using the barite-celestite system as a framework, the scaling is consistent with the experimental observations. We discuss the variety of zoning patterns and textures numerically obtained as the concentrations of reactants in the reservoirs vary. This model might help in understanding the formation of oscillatory zoning in hydrothermal environments.

  8. Behaviour of Silica and Florisil as Solid Supports in the Removal Process of As(V) from Aqueous Solutions

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    Gabor, Andreea; Davidescu, Corneliu Mircea; Negrea, Adina; Ciopec, Mihaela; Lupa, Lavinia

    2015-01-01

    In this study two solid supports, silica and florisil, were impregnated with crown ether (dibenzo-18-crown-6) and Fe(III) ions and their efficiency was compared in the adsorption process of As(V) from aqueous solutions. The solid supports were impregnated with crown ether due to their ability to build complexes with positives ions. Fe(III) was used because of As(V) affinity for it. The impregnated solid supports were characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and the specific surface area. The influence of the solid : liquid ratio on the adsorption process, kinetic studies for the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order, and activation energy were studied. Thermodynamic studies as well as equilibrium studies were carried out. The obtained results showed that, from the two considered materials, impregnated silica presents a higher efficiency with a good selectivity, able to remove As(V) from aqueous solutions containing trace concentrations. PMID:25821633

  9. Fabrication of platinum nanoparticles in aqueous solution and solid phase using amphiphilic PB-b-PEO copolymer nanoreactors

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    Hoda, Numan; Budama, Leyla; Çakır, Burçin Acar; Topel, Önder; Ozisik, Rahmi

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: TEM image of Pt nanoparticles produced by reducing by NaBH{sub 4} within PB-b-PEO micelles in aqueous media (scale bar 1 nm). - Highlights: • Pt nanoparticles were synthesized within amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles. • The effects of reducing agents and precursor dose on Pt np size were investigated. • The effect on fabrication of Pt np by reducing in aqueous and solid phases was compared. • The size of nanoparticles was about 1.4 nm for all doses and reducing agents types. - Abstract: Fabrication of Pt nanoparticles using an amphiphilic copolymer template in aqueous solution was achieved via polybutadiene-block-polyethyleneoxide copolymer micelles, which acted as nanoreactors. In addition, Pt nanoparticles were synthesized using hydrogen gas as the reducing agent in solid state for the first time to compare against solution synthesis. The influences of loaded precursor salt amount to micelles and the type of reducing agent on the size of nanoparticles were investigated through transmission electron microscopy. It was found that increasing the ratio of precursor salt to copolymer and using different type of reducing agent, even in solid phase reduction, did not affect the nanoparticle size. The average size of Pt nanoparticles was estimated to be 1.4 ± 0.1 nm. The reason for getting same sized nanoparticles was discussed in the light of nucleation, growth process, stabilization and diffusion of nanoparticles within micelles.

  10. Solid-phase trapping of solutes for further chromatographic or electrophoretic analysis.

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    Frit, J S; Macka, M

    2000-12-01

    Because of its simplicity, speed and effectiveness, solid-phase extraction (SPE) has become the preferred technique for concentration of selected analytes prior to chromatographic or electrophoretic analysis. In this review the historical development of SPE is briefly traced. Then the principles of SPE are reviewed in some detail. Numerous references are given on the format, sorbents, elution conditions, online techniques and automation with special emphasis on relatively recent developments. The principles and recent advances in solid-phase microextraction (SPME) are also reviewed. The final section on selected recent applications includes an extensive list of references to work published within the last three years. Future trends and developments are discussed briefly.

  11. Solid-, solution-, and gas-state NMR monitoring of ¹³C-cellulose degradation in an anaerobic microbial ecosystem.

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    Yamazawa, Akira; Iikura, Tomohiro; Shino, Amiu; Date, Yasuhiro; Kikuchi, Jun

    2013-07-29

    Anaerobic digestion of biomacromolecules in various microbial ecosystems is influenced by the variations in types, qualities, and quantities of chemical components. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for characterizing the degradation of solids to gases in anaerobic digestion processes. Here we describe a characterization strategy using NMR spectroscopy for targeting the input solid insoluble biomass, catabolized soluble metabolites, and produced gases. ¹³C-labeled cellulose produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus was added as a substrate to stirred tank reactors and gradually degraded for 120 h. The time-course variations in structural heterogeneity of cellulose catabolism were determined using solid-state NMR, and soluble metabolites produced by cellulose degradation were monitored using solution-state NMR. In particular, cooperative changes between the solid NMR signal and ¹³C-¹³C/¹³C-¹²C isotopomers in the microbial degradation of ¹³C-cellulose were revealed by a correlation heat map. The triple phase NMR measurements demonstrated that cellulose was anaerobically degraded, fermented, and converted to methane gas from organic acids such as acetic acid and butyric acid.

  12. Metal Structural Environment in ZnxNi1-xO Macroscale and Nanoscale Solid Solutions

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    Peck, Matthea A.; Langell, Marjorie A.

    2014-08-21

    The metal structural environments in macroscale and nanoscale ZnxNi1–xO solid solutions were examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XRD demonstrates that solid solutions form for both macroscale (bulk) and nanoscale crystallites, and that the lattice parameter increases linearly as the amount of zinc increases, an indication of a homogeneous solid solution. XAS for both the bulk material and the nanoparticles reveals that the zinc atoms are incorporated into the rocksalt lattice and do not form zinc oxide clusters. The X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES) of the Zn k-edge region in the solid solution is similar to the Ni k-edge region of NiO, and not the Zn k-edge region of ZnO. XPS confirms that solid solutions are formed; Auger parameters for zinc are consistent with a different geometry than the tetrahedral coordination of wurtzite ZnO. Nanoscaled solid solutions show evidence of a lattice contraction relative to macroscale solutions of the same concentration. While the contraction persists across the entire concentration range, the nanoparticle lattice parameter approaches the bulk ZnxNi1–xO value as the concentration of zinc increases to predict ZnO rocksalt lattice parameters that are in agreement with observed ZnO data.

  13. Chemical effects induced by gamma-irradiation in solid and in aqueous methanol solutions of 4-iodophenol

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    Mahfouz, R. M.; Siddiqui, M. R. H.; Al-Wassil, A. I.; Al-Resayes, S. I.; Al-Otaibi, A. M.

    2005-05-01

    The present work is a study on radiolyses of 4-iodophenol in aqueous methanol solutions. The radiolysis products are separated and identified using spectrophotometric and chromatographic techniques. The radiolytic products (I-2, I- and IO3-) formed in aerated solutions at room temperature were identified and the yields are investigated as a function of absorbed gamma-ray dose. The formation of I-2 is mainly dependent on the acidity of solution and produced via the pathway of secondary free radical reactions. Aromatic products of lower and higher molecular weight than the corresponding investigated compound were analysed and separated by HPLC. The results have been discussed in view of mechanisms based on free radicals and ion-molecule interactions. The chemical effects induced by gamma-irradiation in solid 4-iodophenol have also been investigated and the degradation products were identified in solid state by NMR, GC/MS experiments and HPLC after dissolution in aqueous methanol. The results were evaluated and compared with radiolysis data.

  14. K-edge XANES investigation of octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) complexes in DMSO solution and solid iodides.

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    D'Angelo, Paola; Migliorati, Valentina; Spezia, Riccardo; De Panfilis, Simone; Persson, Ingmar; Zitolo, Andrea

    2013-06-14

    The potential of high energy XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) as a tool for the structural analysis of lanthanoid-containing systems has been explored. The K-edge XANES spectra of La(3+), Gd(3+), and Lu(3+) ions both in DMSO solution and solid octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) iodides have been analysed. Although the K-edges of lanthanoids cover the energy range of 38 (La) to 65 (Lu) keV, the large widths of the core hole states do not appreciably reduce the potential structural information of the XANES data. We show that, for lanthanoid compounds, accurate structural parameters are obtained from the analysis of K-edge XANES signals if a deconvolution procedure is carried out. We found that in solid octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) iodides the Ln(3+) ions are coordinated by eight DMSO ligands arranged in a quite symmetric fashion. In DMSO solution the Ln(3+) ions retain a regular eight-coordination structure and the coordination number does not change along the series. In contrast to when in water the second coordination shell has been found to provide a negligible contribution to the XANES spectra of Ln(3+) ions in DMSO solution.

  15. Community Solutions for Solid Waste Pollution, Level 6. Teacher Guide. Operation Waste Watch.

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    Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.

    Operation Waste Watch is a series of seven sequential learning units which addresses the subject of litter control and solid waste management. Each unit may be used in a variety of ways, depending on the needs and schedules of individual schools, and may be incorporated into various social studies, science, language arts, health, mathematics, and…

  16. Processing by both classical and mechanosynthesis routes and characterization of a new solid solution of tungsten-bronze structure ceramics

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    Khachane, M.; Moure, A. . E-mail: amoure@icmm.csic.es; Elaatmani, M.; Zegzouti, A.; Daoud, M.; Castro, A.

    2006-10-12

    A new family of ferroelectric compounds with Ba{sub 2-x}Na{sub 1+x}Li {sub x}Nb{sub 5}O{sub 15} composition (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) and tetragonal tungsten-bronze structure is processed for the first time. This new family of materials derived from Ba{sub 2}NaNb{sub 5}O{sub 15} compound was processed by classical solid-state reaction and by mechanosynthesis. The powders prepared by these two routes were characterized by X-ray diffraction (at room and high temperature), differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetry and scanning electron microscopy. The results confirm the formation of the solid solution in the whole range of composition. The influence of Li addition on the dielectric permittivity and losses and on the ferro-paraelectric transition temperature is also studied.

  17. Zr and Sn substituted (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 -based solid solutions

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    Ishchuk, V. M.; Gusakova, L. G.; Kisel, N. G.; Kuzenko, D. V.; Spiridonov, N. A.; Sobolev, V. L.

    2016-02-01

    The paper attempts to investigate the phase formation of a Zr- and Sn-substituted [(Na0.5Bi0.5)0.80Ba0.20](Ti1-yBy)O3 system during its solid state synthesis. The synthesis was found to be a multi-step process associated with the formation of a number of intermediate phases which however depended on the compositions and sintering temperatures. Single phase solid solutions were obtained when the sintering temperature was increased to 1000 °C-1100 °C. Increase in the concentration of substituting ions, on the one hand, tends to linearly increase the crystal cell size whereas the tolerance factor, on the other hand, gets reduced bolstering the stability of anti-ferroelectric phase as compared to that of ferroelectric phase’.

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of NiCx and NiNx (x=0 to (1)/(3)) solid solutions from first-principles calculations

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    Fang, C. M.; Sluiter, M. H. F.; van Huis, M. A.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2012-10-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed for a variety of Ni3X (X = C, N) phases, as well as for NiXy (y = 0 to (1)/(3)) solid solutions to clarify the persistent controversy regarding its magnetic state. The calculations show that the solid solution phases based on hexagonal-close-packed (hcp or ɛ-) Ni have relatively high stability for X concentrations greater than about 0.1 whereas the face-centered-cubic (fcc or γ-) Ni phases are favored for smaller X concentration. Hence, during carburization or nitridization of Ni, a phase transformation is to be expected. In spite of the close-packed nature of both hcp- and fcc-based solid solutions, X quenches the magnetization more effectively in fcc than in hcp-based solid solutions. These findings resolve many apparently contradictory experimental observations concerning C- and N-containing Ni alloys in the literature.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of 2-propanol over macroporous GaN/ZnO solid solution prepared by a novel sol-gel method

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    Wang, Lizhong; Ouyang, Shuxin; Ren, Bofan; Wang, Defa; Ye, Jinhua

    2015-10-01

    Macroporous GaN/ZnO solid solution photocatalyst is synthesized through a novel sol-gel method under mild conditions. The performance of as-synthesized solid solution photocatalyst is evaluated for decomposition of gaseous 2-propanol (IPA). It is found that due to enhancement in both the adsorption to gaseous IPA and the absorbance to visible light, the porous GaN/ZnO solid solution exhibits a good photocatalytic performance for IPA decomposition. Moreover, the mechanism for photocatalytic degradation IPA over porous GaN/ZnO solid solution is also investigated in comparison with those for the two end materials ZnO and GaN. The trapping effects with different scavengers prove that both the photoexcited electrons and holes affect the IPA photodegradation process, simultaneously.

  20. Thermodynamics of the Magnetite-Ulvöspinel (Fe3O4-Fe2TiO4) Solid Solution

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    Lilova, Kristina I.; Pearce, Carolyn I.; Gorski, Christopher A.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2012-09-17

    The thermodynamics of mixing and its dependence on cation distribution in the Fe3O4– 14 Fe2TiO4 (magnetite-ulvöspinel) spinel solid solution were studied using high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry and a range of structural and spectroscopic probes. The enthalpies of formation of ilmenite and ulvöspinel from the oxides and from the elements were obtained using oxidative drop solution calorimetry at 973 K in molten sodium molybdate. The enthalpy of mixing, determined from the fit to the measured enthalpies of drop solution calorimetry, is endothermic and represented by a quadratic formalism, ΔHmix = (22.60 ± 8.46)x(1–x) kJ/mol, where x is the mole fraction of ulvöspinel. The entropies of mixing are more complex than those for a regular solution and have been calculated based on average measured and theoretical cation distributions. Calculated free energies of mixing show evidence for a solvus at low temperature in good agreement with that observed experimentally.