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  1. In-situ transmission electron microscopy study of oxygen vacancy ordering and dislocation annihilation in undoped and Sm-doped CeO2 ceramics during redox processes

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    Ding, Yong; Chen, Yu; Pradel, Ken C.; Liu, Meilin; Lin Wang, Zhong

    2016-12-01

    Ceria (CeO2) based ceramics have been widely used for many applications due to their unique ionic, electronic, and catalytic properties. Here, we report our findings in investigating into the redox processes of undoped and Sm-doped CeO2 ceramics stimulated by high-energy electron beam irradiation within a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The reduced structure with oxygen vacancy ordering has been identified as the CeO1.68 (C-Ce2O3+δ) phase via high-resolution TEM. The reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+ has been monitored by electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The decreased electronic conductivity of the Sm-doped CeO2 (Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9, SDC) is revealed by electron holography, as positive electrostatic charges accumulated at the surfaces of SDC grains under electron beam irradiation, but not at CeO2 grains. The formation of the reduced CeO1.68 domains corresponds to lattice expansion compared to the CeO2 matrix. Therefore, the growth of CeO1.68 nuclei builds up strain inside the matrix, causing annihilation of dislocations inside the grains. By using in-situ high-resolution TEM and a fast OneView camera recording system, we investigated dislocation motion inside both CeO2 and SDC grains under electron beam irradiation. The dislocations prefer to dissociate into Shockley partials bounded by stacking faults. Then, the partials can easily glide in the {111} planes to reach the grain surfaces. Even the Lomer-Cottrell lock can be swept away by the phase change induced strain field. Our results revealed the high mobility of dislocations inside CeO2 and SDC grains during their respective redox processes.

  2. Bioactivity of Y2O3 and CeO2 doped SiO2-SrO-Na2O glass-ceramics.

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    Placek, L M; Keenan, T J; Wren, A W

    2016-08-01

    The bioactivity of yttrium and cerium are investigated when substituted for Sodium (Na) in a 0.52SiO2-0.24SrO-0.24-xNa2O-xMO glass-ceramics (where x = 0.08 and MO = Y2O3 or CeO2). Bioactivity is monitored through pH and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry where pH of simulated body fluid ranged from 7.5 to 7.6 and increased between 8.2 and 10.0 after 14-day incubation with the glass-ceramic disks. Calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) levels in simulated body fluid after incubation with yttrium and cerium containing disks show a continual decline over the 14-day period. In contrast, Con disks (not containing yttrium or cerium) caused the elimination of Ca in solution after 1 day and throughout the incubation period, and initially showed a decline in P levels followed by an increase at 14 days. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Ca and P on the surface of the simulated body fluid-incubated disks and showed precipitates on Con and HCe (8 mol% cerium) samples. Cell viability of MC3T3 osteoblasts was not significantly affected at a 9% extract concentration. Optical microscopy after 24 h cell incubation with disks showed that Con samples do not support osteoblast or Schwann cell growth, while all yttrium and cerium containing disks have direct contact with osteoblasts spread across the wells. Schwann cells attached in all wells, but only showed spreading with the HY-S (8 mol% yttrium, heated to sintering temperature) and YCe (4 mol% yttrium and cerium) disks. Scanning electron microscopy of the compatible disks shows osteoblast and sNF96.2 Schwann cells attachment and spreading directly on the disk surfaces. © The Author(s) 2016.

  3. Origin of enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-doped CeO2 nanocubes

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    Miao, Hui; Huang, Gui-Fang; Liu, Jin-Hua; Zhou, Bing-Xin; Pan, Anlian; Huang, Wei-Qing; Huang, Guo-Fang

    2016-05-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles are synthesized using a low-temperature solution combustion method and subsequent heat treatment in air. It is found that F-doping leads to smaller particle size and the formation of CeO2 nanocubes with higher percentage of reactive facets exposed. The band gap is estimated to be 3.16 eV and 2.88 eV, for pure CeO2 and fluorine doped CeO2 (F-doped CeO2) nanocubes, respectively. The synthesized F-doped CeO2 nanocubes exhibit much higher photocatalytic activities than commercial TiO2 and spherical CeO2 for the degradation of MB dye under UV and visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction rate constant k of MB decomposition over the optimized F-doped CeO2 nanocubes is 9.5 times higher than that of pure CeO2 and 2.2 times higher than that of commercial TiO2. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-doped CeO2 nanocubes originates from the fact that F-doping induces the small size, the highly reactive facets exposed, the intense absorption in the UV-vis range and the narrowing of the band gap. This research provides some new insights for the synthesis of the doping of the foreign atoms into photocatalyst with controlled morphology and enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  4. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange by CeO2 and Fe-doped CeO2 films under visible light irradiation.

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    Channei, D; Inceesungvorn, B; Wetchakun, N; Ukritnukun, S; Nattestad, A; Chen, J; Phanichphant, S

    2014-08-29

    Undoped CeO2 and 0.50-5.00 mol% Fe-doped CeO2 nanoparticles were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation combined with homogeneous/impreganation method, and applied as photocatalyst films prepared by a doctor blade technique. The superior photocatalytic performances of the Fe-doped CeO2 films, compared with undoped CeO2 films, was ascribed mainly to a decrease in band gap energy and an increase in specific surface area of the material. The presence of Fe(3+) as found from XPS analysis, may act as electron acceptor and/or hole donor, facilitating longer lived charge carrier separation in Fe-doped CeO2 films as confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. The 1.50 mol% Fe-doped CeO2 film was found to be the optimal iron doping concentration for MO degradation in this study.

  5. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2

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    Shi, H.; Hussain, T.; Ahuja, R.; Kang, T. W.; Luo, W.

    2016-08-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties.

  6. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2

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    Shi, H.; Hussain, T.; Ahuja, R.; Kang, T. W.; Luo, W.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties. PMID:27554285

  7. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2.

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    Shi, H; Hussain, T; Ahuja, R; Kang, T W; Luo, W

    2016-08-24

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties.

  8. Broadband near ultra violet sensitization of 1 μm luminescence in Yb3+-doped CeO2 crystal

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    Ueda, Jumpei; Tanabe, Setsuhisa

    2011-10-01

    Broadband spectral modification of near ultra violet (UV) light to infra-red (IR) light is investigated in Yb3+-doped CeO2 polycrystalline ceramics sintered in different atmospheres (air, oxygen, and 95%N2-5%H2). The intense Yb3+ photoluminescence (PL) peaked at 970 nm was observed by the UV excitation at around 390 nm in the samples except those sintered under N2-H2. A broad photoluminescence excitation (PLE) band of Yb3+ luminescence peaked at 390 nm corresponds to the absorption band and the photocurrent excitation band in the non-doped CeO2 crystal, which are also in accordance with the PLE band of Eu3+ luminescence in the Eu3+-doped CeO2. Judging from these results, the PLE band is attributed to the charge transfer (CT) band from O2- to Ce4+, but not to the CT from O2- to Yb3+. From the sintering atmosphere dependence of the PL and PLE, we found that the oxygen vacancies and Ce3+ impurities are not responsible for the 390 nm-absorption band but they work as a quenching center for the Yb3+ luminescence.

  9. Effect of Zn doping on structural, optical and thermal properties of CeO2 nanoparticles

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    Ramasamy, V.; Vijayalakshmi, G.

    2015-09-01

    The undoped and Zn doped CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical precipitation method at room temperature. The undoped and Zn doped CeO2 nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). The cubic fluorite structures of the CeO2 nanoparticles were determined by XRD. The influence of particle size on structural parameters such as lattice parameter (a), inter planar distance (d), dislocation density (δ), microstrain (ε), lattice strain (η) and texture co-efficient (TC) were also determined. The lattice strains were determined by Williamson-Hall plot method. The effect of Zn doping with shifting of the bands were observed by UV-Vis spectroscopy and also their optical band gap were determined. The emission spectra and energy band diagram of the undoped and Zn doped samples were derived from PL spectroscopy. The structural bond vibrations of undoped and Zn doped CeO2 nanoparticles were analyzed by FTIR spectroscopy. The thermal property (weight loss and decomposition) of the sample is observed by TG-DTA curve.

  10. Structural and dielectric properties of Cu doped CeO2

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    Kumar, Pawan; Chand, F.; Kumar, Parmod; Meena, R. C.; Kumar, Ashish; Asokan, K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, we report the structural and dielectric properties of Cu doped CeO2 compounds synthesized by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction study confirms the formation of cubic phase with Fm-3m space group corresponding to fluorite CeO2 structure. The crystallite size was found to decrease with Cu concentration. Furthermore, the dielectric measurements were carried out by varying frequency in the temperature range of 120 to 380 K. It has been found that the increase in Cu concentration in the host lattice leads to an enhancement in dielectric constant.

  11. Facile synthesis of ferromagnetic Ni doped CeO2 nanoparticles with enhanced anticancer activity

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    Abbas, Fazal; Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ahmad, Ishaq; Naqvi, M. Sajjad H.; Malik, Maaza

    2015-12-01

    NixCe1-xO2 (where x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) nanoparticles were synthesized by soft chemical method and were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD and Raman results indicated the formation of single phase cubic fluorite structure for the synthesized nanoparticles. Ni dopant induced excessive structural changes such as decrease in crystallite size as well as lattice constants and enhancement in oxygen vacancies in CeO2 crystal structure. These structural variations significantly influenced the optical and magnetic properties of CeO2 nanoparticles. The synthesized NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles exhibited room temperature ferromagnetic behavior. Ni doping induced effects on the cytotoxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles were examined against HEK-293 healthy cell line and SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cancer cell line. The prepared NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles demonstrated differential cytotoxicity. Furthermore, anticancer activity of CeO2 nanoparticles observed to be significantly enhanced with Ni doping which was found to be strongly correlated with the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. The prepared ferromagnetic NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles with differential cytotoxic nature may be potential for future targeted cancer therapy.

  12. Intense up-conversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped CeO2 powders.

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    Singh, Vijay; Rathaiah, M; Venkatramu, V; Haase, Markus; Kim, S H

    2014-03-25

    The Er(3+) and Er(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped CeO2 powders have been prepared by a urea combustion route. The structural, morphological, compositional and vibrational analysis of the Er(3+):CeO2 and Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders have been studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The optical and luminescence properties of Er(3+):CeO2 and Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders have been studied by using laser excited spectroscopy. The effects of Yb(3+) doping on up-conversion luminescence of Er(3+) co-doped CeO2 powders were studied. The ratio of red to green intensity is decreased in Er(3+):CeO2 whereas the ratio is increased in Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders with increase of power. The effect of co-doping with the Yb(3+) ions on the visible luminescence of Er(3+) and the energy transfer mechanism responsible for the variation in the green and red intensity are discussed. The results indicate that these materials may be suitable for display and light emitting devices.

  13. Microwave synthesis of pure and doped cerium (IV) oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles for methylene blue degradation.

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    El Rouby, W M A; Farghali, A A; Hamdedein, A

    2016-11-01

    Cerium (IV) oxide (CeO2), samarium (Sm) and gadolinium (Gd) doped CeO2 nanoparticles were prepared using microwave technique. The effect of microwave irradiation time, microwave power and pH of the starting solution on the structure and crystallite size were investigated. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, FT-Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscope. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared CeO2, Sm and Gd doped CeO2 toward degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye was investigated under UV light irradiation. The effect of pH, the amount of catalyst and the dye concentration on the degradation extent were studied. The photocatalytic activity of CeO2 was kinetically enhanced by trivalent cation (Gd and Sm) doping. The results revealed that Gd doped CeO2 nanoparticles exhibit the best catalytic degradation activity on MB under UV irradiation. For clarifying the environmental safety of the by products produced from the degradation process, the pathways of MB degradation were followed using liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy (LC/MS). The total organic carbon content measurements confirmed the results obtained by LC/MS. Compared to the same nanoparticles prepared by another method, it was found that Gd doped CeO2 prepared by hydrothermal process was able to mineralize MB dye completely under UV light irradiation.

  14. Hierarchically mesostructured doped CeO2 with potential for solar-cell use

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    Corma, Avelino; Atienzar, Pedro; García, Hermenegildo; Chane-Ching, Jean-Yves

    2004-06-01

    Many properties provided by supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology and catalysis only appear in solids exhibiting large surface areas and regular porosity at the nanometre scale. In nanometre-sized particles, the ratio of the number of atoms in the surface to the number in the bulk is much larger than for micrometre-sized materials, and this can lead to novel properties. Here we report the preparation of a hierarchically structured mesoporous material from nanoparticles of CeO2 of strictly uniform size. The synthesis involves self-assembly of these 5-nm CeO2 pre-treated nanoparticles in the presence of a structure directing agent (poly(alkylene oxide) block polymer). The walls of this hexagonal structured CeO2 material are formed from the primary nanoparticles. The material possesses large pore volumes, high surface areas, and marked thermal stability, allowing it to be easily doped after synthesis whilst maintaining textural and mechanical integrity. It also exhibits a photovoltaic response, which is directly derived from the nanometric particle size-normal CeO2 does not show this response. We have constructed operational organic-dye-free solar cells using nanometric ceria particles (in both mesostructured or amorphous forms) as the active component, and find efficiencies that depend on the illuminating power.

  15. Nature of size-dependent lattice distortions in doped CeO2

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    Rakhmatullin, R. M.; Aminov, L. K.; Kurkin, I. N.; Böttcher, R.; Pöppl, A.; Sen, S.

    2013-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of Gd3+ probe ions is used to investigate the nature of size dependent lattice distortions in bulk and nanocrystalline CeO2 with crystallite sizes of 600 and 10 nm, respectively, and doped with 0.5 and 1 cation% Y. The Gd3+ ions in bulk CeO2 are primarily located in almost perfect cubic crystal field, and the presence of the nearest neighbor vacancies results in trigonal distortion of this crystal field. In contrast, for nanocrystalline ceria, although the long-range symmetry remains unchanged, decreasing size results in local distortion of the crystal-field that is significantly different than that induced by the presence of nearest-neighbor oxygen vacancies. Different types of distortions are observed for the cation sites in the core and the surface regions of the nanocrystallites. Such lattice distortions at short-range are fundamental to the nanocrystalline state, being related to the increased ratio of the surface:bulk energy at nanometer length scales and provides mechanistic understanding of previously reported lattice parameter changes and phase transitions in nanocrystalline oxides.

  16. Near-infrared luminescence of Tm3+-doped CeO2 films based on silicon substrates

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    Yin, Xue; Wang, Shenwei; Li, Ling; Mu, Guangyao; Huang, Miaoling; Yi, Lixin

    2016-02-01

    CeO2/Tm2O3 multilayer films were deposited on silicon substrates by electron-beam evaporation. Tm3+ ions were doped in CeO2 after the films were annealed in oxygen atmosphere at 1000 °C. The doping concentration of Tm3+ varies in the range of 0.1-3 mol%. A series of near-infrared emission peaks were observed under the excitation of 330 nm, which correspond to 1G4-3H5, 3H4-3H6, 1G4-3H4, 3H5-3H6, 3F2-3H5, 3H4-3F4, 1G4-3F3,2 and 3F4-3H6 transitions of Tm3+, respectively. The dominant transition of 3H4-3H6 near 805 nm was within optical transmission window. The luminescence properties and the crystal structure of CeO2:Tm3+ films were investigated by excitation and emission spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Meanwhile, the substitution process of Ce4+ by Tm3+ was illustrated, and lattice expansion of the matrix CeO2 gave rise to the increase in FWHM of CeO2 diffraction peaks. In addition, the effect of Tm3+ concentration on photoluminescence was also studied, and the optimal concentration of Tm3+ was 0.5 mol%.

  17. A simple method to obtain Fe-doped CeO2 nanocrystals at room temperature

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    Almeida, J. M. A.; Santos, P. E. C.; Cardoso, L. P.; Meneses, C. T.

    2013-02-01

    Ce1-xFexO2 nanocrystals (0doped samples exhibit a weak ferromagnetism at room temperature, which increases with the increasing of the Fe content.

  18. Catalytic propane reforming mechanism over Mn-Doped CeO2 (111)

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    Krcha, Matthew D.; Janik, Michael J.

    2015-10-01

    MnOx/CeOx mixed oxide systems exhibit encouraging hydrocarbon oxidation activity, without the inclusion of a noble metal. Using density functional theory (DFT) methods, we examined the oxidative reforming path of propane over the Mn-doped CeO2 (1 1 1) surface. A plausible set of elementary reaction steps are identified for conversion of propane to CO/CO2 and H2/H2O over the oxide surface. The rate-limiting reaction process may vary with redox conditions, with C-H dissociation limiting under more oxidizing conditions and more complex reaction sequences, including surface re-oxidation, limiting under highly reducing conditions. The possibility of intermediate desorption from the surface during the reforming process is low, with desorption energies of the intermediates being much less favorable than further surface reactions until CO/CO2 products are formed. The reforming paths over Mn-doped ceria are similar to those previously identified over Zr-doped ceria. The extent of surface reduction and the electronic structure of the surface intermediates are examined.

  19. Oxygen transport in unreduced, reduced and Rh(III)-doped CeO2 nanocrystals.

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    Sayle, Thi X T; Parker, Stephen C; Sayle, Dean C

    2007-01-01

    Ceria, CeO2, based materials are a major (active) component of exhaust catalysts and promising candidates for solid oxide fuel cells. In this capacity, oxygen transport through the material is pivotal. Here, we explore whether oxygen transport is influenced (desirably increased) compared with transport within the bulk parent material by traversing to the nanoscale. In particular, atomistic models for ceria nanocrystals, including perfect: CeO2; reduced: CeO1.95 and doped: Rh0.1Ce0.9O1.95, have been generated. The nanocrystals were about 8 nm in diameter and each comprised about 16,000 atoms. Oxygen transport can also be influenced, sometimes profoundly, by microstructural features such as dislocations and grain-boundaries. However, these are difficult to generate within an atomistic model using, for example, symmetry operations. Accordingly, we crystallised the nanocrystals from an amorphous precursor, which facilitated the evolution of a variety of microstructures including: twin-boundaries and more general grain-boundaries and grain-junctions, dislocations and epitaxy, isolated and associated point defects. The shapes of the nanocrystals are in accord with HRTEM data and comprise octahedral morphologies with {111} surfaces, truncated by (dipolar) {100} surfaces together with a complex array of steps, edges and corners. Oxygen transport data was then calculated using these models and compared with data calculated previously for CeO1.97/ YSZ thin films and the (bulk) parent material, CeO197. Oxygen transport was calculated to increase in the order: CeO2 nanocrystal < (reduced) CeO1.95 nanocrystal approximately Rh0.1Ce0.9O1.95 nanocrystal < CeO1.97/YSZ thin film < (reduced) CeO1.97 (bulk) parent material; the mechanism was determined to be primarily vacancy driven. Our findings indicate that reducing one- (thin film) or especially three- (nanocrystal) dimensions to the nanoscale may prove deleterious to oxygen transport. Conversely, we observed dynamic evolution and

  20. Mg Doping Induced Effects on Structural, Optical, and Electrical Properties as Well as Cytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanostructures

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    Iqbal, Javed; Jan, Tariq; Awan, M. S.; Naqvi, Sajjad Haider; Badshah, Noor; ullah, Asmat; Abbas, Fazzal

    2016-04-01

    Here, Mg x Ce1- x O2 (where x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05) nanostructures have been successfully synthesized by using a simple, easy, and cost-effective soft chemical method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns substantiate the single-phase formation of a CeO2 cubic fluorite structure for all samples. Infrared spectroscopy results depict the presence of peaks only related to Ce-O bonding, which confirms the XRD results. It has been observed via ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy that Mg doping has tuned the optical band gap of CeO2 significantly. The electrical conductivity of CeO2 nanostructures has been found to increase with Mg doping, which is attributed to enhancement in carrier concentration due to the different valance states of dopant and host ions. Selective cytotoxic behavior of Mg x Ce1- x O2 nanostructures has been determined for neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y) cancerous and HEK-293 healthy cells. Both doped and undoped CeO2 nanostructures have been found to be toxic for cancer cells and safe toward healthy cells. This selective toxic behavior of the synthesized nanostructures has been assigned to the different levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in different types of cells. This makes the synthesized nanostructures a potential option for cancer therapy in the near future.

  1. Crystal growth and photoluminescence properties of Sm3+ doped CeO2 nanophosphors by solvothermal method.

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    Yang, Hyun Kyoung; Moon, Byung Kee; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2013-09-01

    The phosphor of CeO2 activated with the trivalent rare-earth Sm3+ ions were synthesized by using a solvothermal method. The CeO2:Sm3+ powders were finally obtained through calcination process sintered in the air at 800-1200 degrees C. The synthesized phosphors were characterized systematically by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation spectra (PLE). The XRD and FE-SEM results reveal that the phosphor exhibit agglomerated spherical shape and with the increase of sintering temperature peaks become sharper and narrower and the crystal sizes also increase, respectively. The room temperature photoluminescence spectra of Sm3+ doped CeO2 powders were recorded on a PTI (Photon Technology International) flurimeter using a Xe-arc lamp with a power of 60 W. The emitted radiation was dominated by the orange light with the characteristic emission of Sm3+ from the transitions of 4G5/2 --> 6H5/2,7/2. The sharp emission properties show that the CeO2 has the potential to serve as a host material for rare-earth doped laser crystal and phosphor material.

  2. Characterization of Sm-doped CeO2 nanoparticles and their magnetic properties

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    Swatsitang, Ekaphan; Phokha, Sumalin; Hunpratub, Sitchai; Maensiri, Santi

    2016-03-01

    Cubic phase Sm-doped CeO2 nanoparticles (Ce1-xSmxO2, x=0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) were synthesized by the polymer pyrolysis method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were employed to characterize the phase, morphology, valence states and magnetic properties of the samples. The samples were calcined at the low temperature of 600 °C which resulted in crystallite sizes of 10-20 nm. Raman and XPS spectra showed the presence of Ce4+, Ce3+ and Sm3+ ions and oxygen vacancies in the samples. Magnetization curves obtained from all samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature (RT-FM) with a maximum value of 0.012 emu/g for x=0.15. The data exhibited a good fit to bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model curves which account for the RT-FM behaviour by having sufficient concentrations of electrons bound to oxygen vacancies to facilitate a long-range exchange interaction between Ce3+ ions. However, the relatively low values obtained for the BMP concentrations suggest that other mechanisms may also be at play.

  3. Effect of Doping on Surface Reactivity and Conduction Mechanism in Sm-doped CeO2 Thin Films

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    Yang, Nan; Belianinov, Alex; Strelcov, Evgheni; ...

    2014-11-21

    Scanning probe microscopy measurements show irreversible surface electrochemistry in Sm-doped CeO2 thin films, which depends on humidity, temperature and doping concentration. A systematic study by electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) in samples with two different Sm content and in several working conditions allows disclosing the microscopic mechanism underlying the difference in water adsorption and splitting with subsequent proton liberation. We measure the behavior of the hysteresis loops by changing temperature and humidity, both in standard ESM configuration and using the first order reversal curve (FORC) method. Complementing our study with spectroscopic measurements by hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy we find that watermore » incorporation is favored until the doping with Sm is too high to allow the presence of Ce3+. The influence of doping on the surface reactivity and conduction mechanism clearly emerges from all of our experimental results. We find that at lower Sm concentration proton conduction is prevalent, featured by lower activation energy and higher mobility. Defect concentrations determine the type of the prevalent charge carrier in a doping dependent manner.« less

  4. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Won Noh, Tae; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness. PMID:26446866

  5. High-temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped CeO2 synthesized by the coprecipitation technique.

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    Colis, S; Bouaine, A; Schmerber, G; Ulhaq-Bouillet, C; Dinia, A; Choua, S; Turek, P

    2012-05-28

    The aim of the present study is to check the influence of annealing under vacuum and a mixture of N(2)-H(2) atmosphere on the magnetic properties of polycrystalline Co-doped CeO(2) diluted magnetic oxides (DMOs) with Co concentrations of 5 at% synthesized using the coprecipitation technique. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed for all samples the expected CeO(2) cubic fluorite-type structure and that Co ions are uniformly distributed inside the samples. Room-temperature Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies indicate an increase in the concentration of oxygen vacancies upon Co doping and further annealing. Field dependent magnetization measurements revealed a paramagnetic behavior for as-prepared Co-doped CeO(2), while a ferromagnetic behavior appears when the same samples are annealed under vacuum or N(2)-H(2) atmosphere. Temperature dependent magnetization measurements suggest that the observed ferromagnetism is due to the presence of metallic Co clusters with nanometric size and broad size distribution. These results are supported by electron paramagnetic resonance studies.

  6. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sangmo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; ...

    2015-10-08

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. Bymore » using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness.« less

  7. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films.

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2015-10-08

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness.

  8. CeO2 nanocrystallines ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene nanocomposites: one-pot, rapid synthesis and excellent electrocatalytic activity for enzymatic biosensing.

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    Du, Xiaojiao; Jiang, Ding; Chen, Saibo; Dai, Liming; Zhou, Lei; Hao, Nan; You, Tianyou; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2017-03-15

    Ceria nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis have attracted much attention due to their excellent properties and have been extensively applied in recent years. But the poor electron conductivity and the aggregation behavior severely affect their electrocatalytic performances. In this paper, we prepared a novel catalyst based on CeO2 nanocrystallines (CeO2 NCs) ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene (CeO2-NG) nanocomposites through a one-step heat-treatment without the need of the precursor. The results confirmed that the high dispersion of CeO2 NCs with the uniform size distribution of about 5nm on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) sheets could be easily obtained via the one-step procedure and the resultant CeO2-NG nanocomposites were an excellent electrode material possessing outstanding electrochemical features for electron transfer. Luminol, an important electroactive substance, was further chosen to inspect the electrocatalytic properties of the as-prepared CeO2-NG nanocomposites. The studies showed that the presence of the NG in CeO2-NG nanocomposites could facilitate the electrochemical redox process of luminol. Compared with pristine CeO2 NCs, the synthesized CeO2-NG nanocomposites can enhance the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity by 3.3-fold and decrease the onset ECL potential for about 72mV in the neutral condition. Employing above superiority, selecting cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) as the model oxidase, a facile ECL method for cholesterol detection with the CeO2-NG nanocomposites as the matrix to immobilize enzyme ChOx was developed. The results demonstrated CeO2-NG nanocomposites exhibited excellent performances in terms of sensitivity and catalytic activities, indicating that NG-based nanomaterials have great promise in electrocatalytic and enzymatic biosensing fields. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. The influence of Er3+ doping on the structural and optical properties of CeO2 thin films grown by PED

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    Tatar, B.; Gökdemir, F. P.; Pehlivan, E.; Urgen, M.

    2013-11-01

    Erbium doped CeO2 thin films were deposited on both Corning glass substrates and indium doped tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates by pulsed e-beam deposition (PED) method at room temperature. Structural features of Er doped CeO2 thin films were studied with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro-Raman spectra. The XRD patterns of all films showed polycrystalline nature and cubic crystalline structure. Raman active peaks for both undoped CeO2 and Er doped CeO2 films were determined at ˜465 cm-1. The Raman shift observed in this study can also be assigned to Raman active modes of CeO2 that are shifted from the original position due to different doping concentration. The optical properties of CeO2 films and Er doped CeO2 films, which were determined from transmittance and reflectance measurements at room temperature, were very similar in character. The refractive indices and extinction coefficients, which were calculated from 3.5 to 1.25 eV (300-1000 nm), were between 1.5-3 and 0.05-0.2, respectively. The optical band gaps were deduced from the absorption coefficient according to solid band theory. The electrochromic measurements revealed that 2% Er doped CeO2 films grown on ITO + WO3 substrates had highest charge density compared to the other samples. Long-time cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements were carried out to investigate the stability of this film.

  10. Initial Reduction of CO2 on Pd-, Ru-, and Cu-Doped CeO2(111) Surfaces: Effects of Surface Modification on Catalytic Activity and Selectivity.

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    Guo, Chen; Wei, Shuxian; Zhou, Sainan; Zhang, Tian; Wang, Zhaojie; Ng, Siu-Pang; Lu, Xiaoqing; Wu, Chi-Man Lawrence; Guo, Wenyue

    2017-08-09

    Surface modification by metal doping is an effective treatment technique for improving surface properties for CO2 reduction. Herein, the effects of doped Pd, Ru, and Cu on the adsorption, activation, and reduction selectivity of CO2 on CeO2(111) were investigated by periodic density functional theory. The doped metals distorted the configuration of a perfect CeO2(111) by weakening the adjacent Ce-O bond strength, and Pd doping was beneficial for generating a highly active O vacancy. The analyses of adsorption energy, charge density difference, and density of states confirmed that the doped metals were conducive for enhancing CO2 adsorption, especially for Cu/CeO2(111). The initial reductive dissociation CO2 → CO* + O* on metal-doped CeO2(111) followed the sequence of Cu- > perfect > Pd- > Ru-doped CeO2(111); the reductive hydrogenation CO2 + H → COOH* followed the sequence of Cu- > perfect > Ru- > Pd-doped CeO2(111), in which the most competitive route on Cu/CeO2(111) was exothermic by 0.52 eV with an energy barrier of 0.16 eV; the reductive hydrogenation CO2 + H → HCOO* followed the sequence of Ru- > perfect > Pd-doped CeO2(111). Energy barrier decomposition analyses were performed to identify the governing factors of bond activation and scission along the initial CO2 reduction routes. Results of this study provided deep insights into the effect of surface modification on the initial reduction mechanisms of CO2 on metal-doped CeO2(111) surfaces.

  11. A novel synthesis method to produce silver-doped CeO2 nanotubes based on Ag nanowire templates.

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    Mondragón-Galicia, G; Pérez-Hernández, R; Gutiérrez-Wing, C E; Mendoza-Anaya, D

    2011-10-06

    Silver nanowires were used as templates to synthesize silver-doped CeO(2) (Ag-CeO(2)) nanotubes by the precipitation method. The precipitated solid was dried at 100 °C for 24 h and calcined at 500 °C for 5 h. A TEM, HRTEM, LV-SEM and XRD study was carried out to determine the micro and nanostructural characteristics of the samples. LV-SEM analysis allowed us to observe microtubular empty structures constituted by Ce, O and Ag as indicated by EDS. These tubular structures, with an external diameter from 120 to 280 nm and an internal diameter from 40 to 80 nm, were mainly composed of 11 nm ceria nanoparticles. This kind of structures was obtained when CeO(2) nanoparticles covered the Ag nanowires during the synthesis. Due to the presence of ammonium hydroxide used during the synthesis, a fraction of the silver nanowire reacts and Ag atoms begin to migrate outside the ceria microtube. When the sintering process is applied, the Kirkendall effect can occur. So, out-diffusion of the remnant Ag through the interface is faster than the in-diffusion of the shell material (CeO(2)), which eventually results in a coaxial nanotube on completion of the non-equilibrium interdiffusion, leaving the central core completely empty, driving the formation of hollow tubular Ag-CeO(2) structures as a result.

  12. NO reduction by CO over CuO supported on CeO2-doped TiO2: the effect of the amount of a few CeO2.

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    Deng, Changshun; Li, Bin; Dong, Lihui; Zhang, Feiyue; Fan, Minguang; Jin, Guangzhou; Gao, Junbin; Gao, Liwen; Zhang, Fei; Zhou, Xinpeng

    2015-06-28

    This work is mainly focused on the investigation of the influence of the amount of a few CeO2 on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of CeO2-doped TiO2 catalysts for NO reduction by a CO model reaction. The obtained samples were characterized by means of XRD, N2-physisorption (BET), LRS, UV-vis DRS, XPS, (O2, CO, and NO)-TPD, H2-TPR, in situ FT-IR, and a NO + CO model reaction. These results indicate that a small quantity of CeO2 doping into the TiO2 support will cause an obvious change in the properties of the catalyst and the TC-60 : 1 (the TiO2/CeO2 molar ratio is 60 : 1) support exhibits the most extent of lattice expansion, which indicates that the band lengths of Ce-O-Ti are longer than other TC (the solid solution of TiO2 and CeO2) samples, probably contributing to larger structural distortion and disorder, more defects and oxygen vacancies. Copper oxide species supported on TC supports are much easier to be reduced than those supported on the pure TiO2 and CeO2 surface-modified TiO2 supports. Furthermore, the Cu/TC-60 : 1 catalyst shows the highest activity and selectivity due to more oxygen vacancies, higher mobility of surface and lattice oxygen at lower temperature (which contributes to the regeneration of oxygen vacancies, and the best reducing ability), the most content of Cu(+), and the strongest synergistic effect between Ti(3+), Ce(3+) and Cu(+). On the other hand, the CeO2 doping into TiO2 promotes the formation of a Cu(+)/Cu(0) redox cycle at high temperatures, which has a crucial effect on N2O reduction. Finally, in order to further understand the nature of the catalytic performances of these samples, taking the Cu/TC-60 : 1 catalyst as an example, a possible reaction mechanism is tentatively proposed.

  13. Fe-doped CeO2 solid solutions: Substituting-site doping versus interstitial-site doping, bulk doping versus surface doping

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    Bao, Huizhi; Qian, Kun; Fang, Jun; Huang, Weixin

    2017-08-01

    Doping CeO2 cubic fluorite with transitional metal ions can effectively improve its redox behavior, oxygen storage capacity and catalytic performance, but the relevant fundamental understanding of the promotion effect is still insufficient due to the difficulty on determining the distribution of dopant. We herein demonstrate an effective approach to determine this dopant distribution by combining X-ray absorption spectroscopy and selective chemisorption. Cubic CexFe1-xO2 fluorite solid solutions (x ≥ 0.70) were prepared by co-precipitation method. With the increasing of Fe molar ratio in CexFe1-xO2, Fe3+ initially substitutes Ce4+ and/or occupy intersitial sites with x ≥ 0.80, and then transfers to form sub-Fe2O3 structure in fluorite lattice as more Fe3+ are present; meanwhile, the Fe3+ doping initially occurs only in the bulk with x ≥ 0.96 and then extends to the surface with 0.87 ≤ x < 0.96. Low calcinations temperature facilitates the doping of Fe3+ in the bulk of cubic CexFe1-xO2 solid solutions. These results reveal the structures of CexFe1-xO2 fluorite solid solutions at the molecular level that are of great importance for the fundamental understanding of their properties.

  14. Yb,Er-doped CeO2 nanotubes as an assistant layer for photoconversion-enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhao, Rongfang; Huan, Long; Gu, Peng; Guo, Rong; Chen, Ming; Diao, Guowang

    2016-11-01

    Yb,Er-doped CeO2 nanotubes were successfully synthesized using Ag nanowires as a hard template via a facile hydrothermal reaction and subsequent calcination and leaching processes. Yb,Er-doped CeO2 nanotubes as a promising assistant layer were investigated to determine theirs photovoltaic properties in an effort to enhance the power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The influence factors of photoelectric properties of CeO2:Yb,Er NTs, including diameter of nanotubes, hydrothermal time, calcination temperature, and elements doping, have been studied. Compared with pristine P25 photoanode, the DSSCs fabricated by CeO2:Yb,Er nanotubes and P25 exhibited a power conversion efficiency (η) of 8.67%, an increase of 34%, and incident photo-to-electric conversion efficiency (IPCE) of 92.96%, an increase of 48.83%, which evidence that CeO2:Yb,Er NTs are a promising assistant photoanode material for DSSCs. The enhance mechanism of CeO2:Yb,Er nanotubes has been further revealed according to experimental results.

  15. Identification of the arsenic resistance on MoO3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with ammonia.

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    Li, Xiang; Li, Xiansheng; Li, Junhua; Hao, Jiming

    2016-11-15

    Arsenic resistance on MoO3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 (NH3-SCR) is investigated. It is found that the activity loss of CeO2-MoO3/TiO2 caused by As oxide is obvious less than that of CeO2/TiO2 catalysts. The fresh and poisoned catalysts are compared and analyzed using XRD, Raman, XPS, H2-TPR and in situ DRIFTS. The results manifest that the introduction of arsenic oxide to CeO2/TiO2 catalyst not only weakens BET surface area, surface acid sites and adsorbed NOx species, but also destroy the redox circle of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) because of interaction between Ce and As. When MoO3 is added into CeO2/TiO2 system, the main SCR reaction path are found to be changed from the reaction between coordinated NH3 and ad-NOx species to that between an amide and gaseous NO. Additionally, for CeO2-MoO3/TiO2 catalyst, As toxic effect on active sites CeO2 can be released because of stronger As-Mo interaction. Moreover, not only are the reactable Brønsted and Lewis acid sites partly restored, but the cycle of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) can also be free to some extent.

  16. A novel high-performance supercapacitor based on high-quality CeO2/nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Heydari, Hamid; Gholivand, Mohammad Bagher

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we have developed a novel nanocomposite via deposition of ceria (CeO2) on nitrogen-doped reduced graphene (CeO2/NRGO). NRGO was synthesized through a facile, safe, and scalable method to achieve simultaneous thermal reduction along with nitrogen doping of graphene oxide (GO) in air at much lower reaction temperature. CeO2/NRGO was prepared via a sonochemical method in which ceria nanoparticles were uniformly distributed on NRGO sheets. The structure and morphology of CeO2/NRGO nanocomposites were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and Raman spectroscopy. Electrochemical properties of the proposed nanocomposite electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge, continuous cyclic voltammetry (CCV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. CeO2-NRGO nanocomposite electrodes showed excellent supercapacitive behavior, including much higher specific capacitance (230 F g-1 at 2 mV s-1) and higher rate capability compared to pure N-graphene. The cycling stability of the electrodes was measured by continues cyclic voltammetry (CCV) technique. The CCV showed that the specific capacitance of the CeO2/NRGO and NRGO nanocomposite maintained at 94.1 and 93.2% after 4000 cycles. The results suggest its promising potential as efficient electrode material for supercapacitors.

  17. Sm doped mesoporous CeO2 nanocrystals: aqueous solution-based surfactant assisted low temperature synthesis, characterization and their improved autocatalytic activity.

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    Mandal, Bappaditya; Mondal, Aparna; Ray, Sirsendu Sekhar; Kundu, Amar

    2016-01-28

    Mesoporous Sm(3+) doped CeO2 (Ce-Sm) with a nanocrystalline framework, a high content of Ce(3+) and surface area (184 m(2) g(-1)), have been synthesized through a facile aqueous solution-based surfactant assisted route by using inorganic precursors and sodium dodecyl sulphate as a template. The XRD results indicate that the calcined Ce-Sm and even the as-prepared material have a cubic fluorite structure of CeO2 with no crystalline impurity phase. XRD studies along with HRTEM results confirmed the formation of mesoporous nanocrystalline CeO2 at a lower temperature as low as 100 °C. A detailed analysis revealed that Sm(3+) doping in CeO2 has increased the lattice volume, surface area, mesopore volume and engineered the surface defects. Higher concentrations of Ce(3+) and oxygen vacancies of Ce-Sm resulted in lowering of the band gap. It is evident from the H2-TPR results that Sm(3+) doping in CeO2 strongly modified the reduction behavior of CeO2 by shifting the bulk reduction at a much lower temperature, indicating increased oxygen mobility in the sample which enables enhanced oxygen diffusion at lower temperatures, thus promoting reducibility, i.e., the process of Ce(4+)→ Ce(3+). UV-visible transmission studies revealed improved autocatalytic performance due to easier Ce(4+)/Ce(3+) recycling in the Sm(3+) doped CeO2 nanoparticles. From the in vitro cytotoxicity of both pure CeO2 and Sm(3+) doped CeO2 calcined at 500 °C in a concentration as high as 100 μg mL(-1) (even after 120 h) on MG-63 cells, no obvious decrease in cell viability is observed, confirming their excellent biocompatibility. The presence of an increased amount of surface hydroxyl groups, mesoporosity, and surface defects have contributed towards an improved autocatalytic activity of mesoporous Ce-Sm, which appear to be a potential candidate for biomedical (antioxidant) applications.

  18. Effects of Sm doping content on the ionic conduction of CeO2 in SOFCs from first principles

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    Fu, Zhaoming; Sun, Qian; Ma, Dongwei; Zhang, Na; An, Yipeng; Yang, Zongxian

    2017-07-01

    Sm-doping effects on ionic conduction of the CeO2 electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are investigated using the first-principles calculations. We focus on the influence of the Sm content on ionic conductivity in Sm-doped ceria (SDC). In previous studies, the Sm-doping effects are attributed to the increase in the oxygen vacancies induced by Sm3+. However, our investigations reveal that Sm doping contents play multiple roles in affecting the ionic conductivity. First, the activity of oxygen migration can be controlled by the Sm concentration. Second, the association energy between the dopant and oxygen vacancies, which is very important for O conductivity in SDC, can also be tuned by changing the dopant content. In addition, oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor conditions will significantly modify the band structures of SDC. Our work is helpful to understand the mechanism of high ionic conductivity in the electrolyte of Sm-doped ceria in SOFCs.

  19. A Simple Descriptor to Rapidly Screen CO Oxidation Activity on Rare-Earth Metal-Doped CeO2: From Experiment to First-Principles.

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    Kim, Kyeounghak; Yoo, Jeong Do; Lee, Siwon; Bae, Minseok; Bae, Joongmyeon; Jung, WooChul; Han, Jeong Woo

    2017-05-10

    Ceria (CeO2) is an attractive catalyst because of its unique properties, such as facile redoxability and high stability. Thus, many researchers have examined a wide range of catalytic reactions on ceria nanoparticles (NPs). Among those contributions are the reports of the dopant-dependent catalytic activity of ceria. On the other hand, there have been few mechanistic studies of the effects of a range of dopants on the chemical reactivity of ceria NPs. In this study, we examined the catalytic activities of pure and Pr, Nd, and Sm-doped CeO2 (PDC, NDC, and SDC, respectively) NPs on carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were also performed to elucidate the reaction mechanism on rare-earth (RE)-doped CeO2(111). The experimental results showed that the catalytic activities of CO oxidation were in the order of CeO2 > PDC > NDC > SDC. This is consistent with the DFT results, where the reaction is explained by the Mars-van Krevelen mechanism. On the basis of the theoretical interpretation of the experimental results, the ionic radius of the RE dopant can be used as a simple descriptor to predict the energy barrier at the rate-determining step, thereby predicting the entire reaction activity. Using the descriptor, a wide range of RE dopants on CeO2(111) were screened for CO oxidation. These results provide useful insights to unravel the CO oxidation activity on various oxide catalysts.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of reduced graphene oxide decorated with CeO2-doped MnO2 nanorods for supercapacitor applications.

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    Ojha, Gunendra Prasad; Pant, Bishweshwar; Park, Soo-Jin; Park, Mira; Kim, Hak-Yong

    2017-05-15

    A novel and efficient CeO2-doped MnO2 nanorods decorated reduced graphene oxide (CeO2-MnO2/RGO) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via hydrothermal method. The growth of the CeO2 doped MnO2 nanorods over GO sheets and reduction of GO were simultaneously carried out under hydrothermal treatment. The morphology and structure of as-synthesized nanocomposite were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy, which revealed the formation of CeO2-MnO2 decorated RGO nanocomposites. The electrochemical performance of as-prepared CeO2-MnO2/RGO nanocomposites as an active electrode material for supercapacitor was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, charge-discharge, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) methods in 2M alkaline medium. The obtained results revealed that as-synthesized CeO2-MnO2/RGO nanocomposite exhibited higher specific capacitance (648F/g) as compared to other formulations (MnO2/RGO nanocomposites: 315.13 F/g and MnO2 nanorods: 228.5 F/g) at the scan rate of 5mV/s. After 1000 cycles, it retained ∼90.4%, exhibiting a good stability. The high surface area, enhanced electrical conductivity, and good stability possess by the nanocomposite make this material a promising candidate to be applied as a supercapacitor electrode.

  1. ROS mediated malignancy cure performance of morphological, optical, and electrically tuned Sn doped CeO2 nanostructures

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    Abbas, Fazal; Iqbal, Javed; Maqbool, Qaisar; Jan, Tariq; Ullah, Muhammad Obaid; Nawaz, Bushra; Nazar, Mudassar; Naqvi, M. S. Hussain; Ahmad, Ishaq

    2017-09-01

    To grapple with cancer, implementation of differentially cytotoxic nanomedicines have gained prime attention of the researchers across the globe. Now, ceria (CeO2) at nanoscale has emerged as a cut out therapeutic agent for malignancy treatment. Keeping this in view, we have fabricated SnxCe1-xO2 nanostructures by facile, eco-friendly, and biocompatible hydrothermal method. Structural examinations via XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy have revealed single phase cubic-fluorite morphology while SEM analysis has depicted particle size ranging 30-50nm for pristine and doped nanostructures. UV-Vis spectroscopy investigation explored that Sn doping significantly tuned the band gap (eV) energies of SnxCe1-xO2 nanostructures which set up the base for tremendous cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generations involved in cancer cells' death. To observe cytotoxicity, synthesized nanostructures were found selectively more toxic to neuroblastoma cell lines as compared to HEK-293 healthy cells. This study anticipates that SnxCe1-xO2 nanostructures, in future, might be used as nanomedicine for safer cancer therapy.

  2. Facile conversion of layered Ruddlesden-Popper-related structure Y2O3-doped Sr2CeO4 into fast oxide ion-conducting fluorite-type Y2O3-doped CeO2.

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    Gerlach, Ryan Georg; Bhella, Surinderjit Singh; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2009-01-05

    The present work shows a new solid- and gas-phase reaction technique for the preparation of a fast oxide-ion-conducting Y(2)O(3)-doped Ce(1-x)Y(x)O(2-delta) (x = 0.1, 0.2) (YCO), which involves the reaction of layered (Ruddlesden-Popper K(2)NiF(4)-type) structure Y(2)O(3)-doped Sr(2)CeO(4) (YSCO) with CO(2) at an elevated temperature and subsequent acid-washing. A powder X-ray diffraction study revealed the formation of a single-phase cubic fluorite-type YCO for the CO(2)-reacted and subsequent acid-washed product. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis showed the absence of Sr in the CO(2)-treated and subsequent acid-washed product, confirming the transformation of layered YSCO into YCO. The cubic lattice constant was found to decrease with increasing Y content in YCO, which is consistent with the other YCO samples reported in the literature. The scanning electron microscopy study showed smaller-sized particles for the product obtained after CO(2)- and acid-washed YCO samples, while the high-temperature sintered YCO and the precursor YSCO exhibit larger-sized particles. The bulk ionic conductivity of the present CO(2)-capture-method-prepared YCO exhibits about one and half orders of magnitude higher electrical conductivity than that of the undoped CeO(2) and was found to be comparable to those of ceramic- and wet-chemical-method synthesized rare-earth-doped CeO(2).

  3. Origin of enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of transition-metal (Fe, Cr and Co)-doped CeO2: effect of 3 d orbital splitting

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    Yang, Ke; Li, Dong-Feng; Huang, Wei-Qing; Xu, Liang; Huang, Gui-Fang; Wen, Shuangchun

    2017-01-01

    Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of transition-metal-doped ceria (CeO2) nanomaterials has experimentally been demonstrated, whereas there are very few reports mentioning the mechanism of this behavior. Here, we use first-principles calculations to explore the origin of enhanced photocatalytic performance of CeO2 doped with transition metal impurities (Fe, Cr and Co). When a transition metal atom substitutes a Ce atom into CeO2, t 2g and e g levels of 3 d orbits appear in the middle of band gap owing to the effect of cubic ligand field, and the former is higher than latter. Interestingly, t 2g subset of FeCe (CoCe and CrCe)-Vo-CeO2 splits into two parts: one merges into the conduction band, the other as well as e g will remain in the gap, because O vacancy defect adjacent to transition metal atom will break the symmetry of cubic ligand field. These e g and t 2g levels in the band gap are beneficial for absorbing visible-light and enhancing quantum efficiency because of forbidden transition, which is one key factor for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. The band gap narrowing also leads to a redshift of optical absorbance and high photoactivity. These findings can rationalize the available experimental results and provide some new insights for designing CeO2-based photocatalysts with high photocatalytic performance.

  4. Impact of uniaxial strain and doping on oxygen diffusion in CeO2

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    Rushton, M. J. D.; Chroneos, A.

    2014-01-01

    Doped ceria is an important electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell applications. Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to investigate the impact of uniaxial strain along the <100> directions and rare-earth doping (Yb, Er, Ho, Dy, Gd, Sm, Nd, and La) on oxygen diffusion. We introduce a new potential model that is able to describe the thermal expansion and elastic properties of ceria to give excellent agreement with experimental data. We calculate the activation energy of oxygen migration in the temperature range 900–1900 K for both unstrained and rare-earth doped ceria systems under tensile strain. Uniaxial strain has a considerable effect in lowering the activation energies of oxygen migration. A more pronounced increase in oxygen diffusivities is predicted at the lower end of the temperature range for all the dopants considered. PMID:25317676

  5. Synthesis and room-temperature ferromagnetism of CeO2 nanocrystals with nonmagnetic Ca2+ doping

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    Chen, Xiaobo; Li, Guangshe; Su, Yiguo; Qiu, Xiaoqing; Li, Liping; Zou, Zhigang

    2009-03-01

    This work initiates an investigation on the creation of room-temperature ferromagnetism in diamagnetic solid via a nonmagnetic doping. CeO2 is taken as a prototype compound. A series of Ce1-xCaxO2-δ solid solutions with x = 0-0.25 were prepared by a solution combustion method using L-glutamic acid as the fuel. Sample characterization indicates that all as-prepared samples crystallized in a pure face-centered cubic fluorite structure with crystallite sizes smaller than 10 nm. On increasing the dopant content, the crystallite size decreased from about 8 to 4 nm, while the lattice parameter increased systematically. At room temperature, all samples are ferromagnetic admixed with an apparent diamagnetic component, as composed to a mixture of paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic behaviors or the absence of the ferromagnetism reported in the literature (Bouaine et al 2007 J. Phys. Chem. C 111 2924-8 Ney et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 157201) for magnetically doped semiconductors such as Sn1-xCoxO2 and Zn1-xCoxO. The coercivity and saturation magnetization for x = 0 are 110 Oe and 2.01 × 10-4 emu g-1, respectively, which slightly increased to 148 Oe and 2.26 × 10-4 emu g-1 on increasing the dopant content to x = 0.10. Upon annealing the as-prepared samples at 800 °C for 2 h, these magnetic parameters were weakened. This observation was interpreted in terms of the mixed valence state of Ce3+/Ce4+ and the doping effects. Finally, the nature of the room-temperature ferromagnetism is discussed by taking into account the oxygen vacancies and defects at the surface/interfaces that act as the electron and hole traps.

  6. Photon management properties of rare-earth (Nd,Yb,Sm)-doped CeO2 films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Balestrieri, Matteo; Colis, Silviu; Gallart, Mathieu; Schmerber, Guy; Bazylewski, Paul; Chang, Gap Soo; Ziegler, Marc; Gilliot, Pierre; Slaoui, Abdelilah; Dinia, Aziz

    2016-01-28

    CeO2 is a promising material for applications in optoelectronics and photovoltaics due to its large band gap and values of the refractive index and lattice parameters, which are suitable for silicon-based devices. In this study, we show that trivalent Sm, Nd and Yb ions can be successfully inserted and optically activated in CeO2 films grown at a relatively low deposition temperature (400 °C), which is compatible with inorganic photovoltaics. CeO2 thin films can therefore be efficiently functionalized with photon-management properties by doping with trivalent rare earth (RE) ions. Structural and optical analyses provide details of the electronic level structure of the films and of their energy transfer mechanisms. In particular, we give evidence of the existence of an absorption band centered at 350 nm from which energy transfer to rare earth ions occurs. The transfer mechanisms can be completely explained only by considering the spontaneous migration of Ce(3+) ions in CeO2 at a short distance from the RE(3+) ions. The strong absorption cross section of the f-d transitions in Ce(3+) ions efficiently intercepts the UV photons of the solar spectrum and therefore strongly increases the potential of these layers as downshifters and downconverters.

  7. Ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic Zn-Co-doped CeO2-δ

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    Santos, T. S.; Folly, W. S. D.; Macêdo, M. A.

    2012-08-01

    Several oxides doped with transition metals can be used in spintronics devices due to their conductive and magnetic properties at room temperature. In this work, samples of Ce1-2xZnxCoxO2-δ were obtained by an alternative sol-gel proteic process for x=0.01, 0.05 and 0.1. The structural properties of samples were analyzed by XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Magnetization measurements revealed a ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature probably induced by oxygen vacancies.

  8. Hydrocracking of cumene over Ni/Al 2O 3 as influenced by CeO 2 doping and γ-irradiation

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    El-Shobaky, G. A.; Doheim, M. M.; Ghozza, A. M.

    2004-01-01

    Cumene hydrocracking was carried out over pure and doped Ni/Al 2O 3 solids and also, on these solids after exposure to different doses of γ-rays between 0.4 and 1.6 MGy. The dopant concentration was varied between 1 and 4 mol% CeO 2. Pure and doped samples were subjected to heat treatment at 400°C and cumene hydrocracking reaction was carried out using various solids at temperatures between 250°C and 400°C by means of micropulse technique. The results showed that both CeO 2 doping and γ-irradiation of the investigated system brought about an increase in its specific surface area. γ-irradiation of pure samples increased their catalytic activities effectively. However, the doping caused a decrease in the catalytic activity. γ-irradiation of the doped samples brought about a net decrease in the catalytic activity. The catalytic reaction products over different investigated solids were ethylbenzene as a major product together with different amounts of toluene, benzene and C 1-C 3 gaseous hydrocarbons. The selectivity towards the formation of various reaction products varies with the reaction temperature, doping and γ-irradiation.

  9. Growth and structural analysis of diluted magnetic oxide Co-doped CeO 2-δ films deposited on Si and SrTiO 3 (1 0 0)

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    Zheng, Y.; Vodungbo, B.; Vidal, F.; Selmane, M.; Demaille, D.

    2008-07-01

    The diluted magnetic oxide, Co-doped CeO 2-δ, displays ferromagnetism at room temperature [A. Tiwari, V.M. Bhosle, S. Ramachandran, N. Sudhakar, J. Narayan, S. Budak, A. Gupta, Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 (2006) 142511; B. Vodungbo, Y. Zheng, F. Vidal, D. Demaille, V.H. Etgens, D.H. Mosca, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 (2007) 062510]. For this study, Co-doped CeO 2-δ thin films were grown on silicon and SrTiO 3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Their structure was analyzed using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. On native silicon wafer, the films are textured. The preferential orientation is CeO 2 (1 0 0) for a growth under oxygen ambient (0.05 mbar) and CeO 2 (1 1 1) for a growth under vacuum (10 -6 mbar). When a buffer layer of CeO 2 is previously deposited under oxygen ambient, the films adopt the CeO 2 (1 0 0) preferential orientation, even if subsequent growth is carried out under vacuum. On SrTiO 3 (1 0 0), the films are epitaxied under oxygen ambient or under vacuum with an oxygen-grown CeO 2 buffer layer. In epitaxial films grown under vacuum, increasing contents of Co atoms (below 7%) induce an expansion of the CeO 2 unit cell and a decrease of crystalline order. The relationship between the structural order and the magnetic behaviour, in particular the magnetic anisotropy, is discussed. The present study suggests that the ferromagnetic behaviour is not related to grain boundaries and that the epitaxy strains are not responsible for the magnetic anisotropy. This strongly supports a ferromagnetism related to point defects (oxygen vacancies) in Co-doped CeO 2-δ films.

  10. High power density cell using nanostructured Sr-doped SmCoO3 and Sm-doped CeO2 composite powder synthesized by spray pyrolysis

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    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Toshiaki; Suzuki, Toshio; Sumi, Hirofumi; Hamamoto, Koichi; Fujishiro, Yoshinobu

    2016-01-01

    High power density solid oxide electrochemical cells were developed using nanostructure-controlled composite powder consisting of Sr-doped SmCoO3 (SSC) and Sm-doped CeO2 (SDC) for electrode material. The SSC-SDC nano-composite powder, which was synthesized by spray pyrolysis, had a narrow particle size distribution (D10, D50, and D90 of 0.59, 0.71, and 0.94 μm, respectively), and individual particles were spherical, composing of nano-size SSC and SDC fragments (approximately 10-15 nm). The application of the powder to a cathode for an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) realized extremely fine cathode microstructure and excellent cell performance. The anode-supported SOFC with the SSC-SDC cathode achieved maximum power density of 3.65, 2.44, 1.43, and 0.76 W cm-2 at 800, 750, 700, and 650 °C, respectively, using humidified H2 as fuel and air as oxidant. This result could be explained by the extended electrochemically active region in the cathode induced by controlling the structure of the starting powder at the nano-order level.

  11. Effect of Doping on Surface Reactivity and Conduction Mechanism in Sm-doped CeO2 Thin Films

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    Yang, Nan; Belianinov, Alex; Strelcov, Evgheni; Tebano, Antonello; Daniele, Di Castro; Schlueter, Christoph; Lee, Tien-Lin; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Wisinger, Nina; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V; Balestrino, Giuseppe; Aruta, Carmela

    2014-11-21

    A systematic study by reversible and hysteretic electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) in samples of Cerium oxide with different Sm content and in several working conditions allows disclosing the microscopic mechanism underlying the difference in electrical conduction mechanism and related surface activity, such as water adsorption and dissociation with subsequent proton liberation. We measure the behavior of the reversible hysteresis loops by changing temperature and humidity, both in standard ESM configuration and using the first order reversal curve method. The measurements have been performed at much lower temperature ranges with respect to alternative measuring techniques. Complementing our study with hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and irreversible scanning probe measurements we find that water incorporation is favored until the doping with Sm is too high to allow the presence of Ce3+. The influence of doping on the surface reactivity clearly emerges from all of our experimental results. We find that at lower Sm concentration proton conduction is prevalent, featured by lower activation energy and higher electrical conductivity. The defect concentrations determine the type of the prevalent charge carrier in a doping dependent manner.

  12. Doping Effects on the Electronic Structure of an Anisotropic Kondo Semiconductor CeOs2Al10: An Optical Study with Re and Ir Substitution

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    Kimura, Shin-ichi; Takao, Hitoshi; Kawabata, Jo; Yamada, Yoshihiro; Takabatake, Toshiro

    2016-12-01

    An anisotropic Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10 exhibits an unusual antiferromagnetic order at rather high transition temperature T0 of 28.5 K. Two possible origins of the magnetic order have been proposed so far, one is the Kondo coupling of the hybridization between the conduction (c) and the 4f states and the other is the charge-density wave/charge ordering along the orthorhombic b-axis. To clarify the origin of the magnetic order, we have investigated the electronic structure of hole- and electron-doped CeOs2Al10 [Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10 and Ce(Os1-xIrx)2Al10, respectively] by using optical conductivity spectra along the b-axis. The intensity of the c-f hybridization gap at ħω ˜ 50 meV continuously decreases from y = 0.10 to x = 0.12 via x = y = 0. On the other hand, the intensity of the charge excitation observed at ħω ˜ 20 meV has the maximum at x = y = 0 as similar with the doping dependence of T0. The fact that the charge excitation is strongly related to the magnetic order strengthens the possibility of the charge density wave/charge ordering as the origin of the magnetic order.

  13. Ultrasonic, FTIR and thermal investigations of SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 glasses doped with CeO2

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    Marzouk, Samir Y.

    2010-11-01

    The longitudinal and shear ultrasonic wave velocities for different compositions of SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 glasses were measured at room temperature (305 K) using a pulse-echo method at a frequency of 4 MHz. The elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, microhardness, Debye temperature and other ultrasonic parameters were obtained from experimental data and analyzed using bond compression theory. By calculating the number of network bonds per unit volume, the average stretching constant, and the average ring size, information about the structure of the glass can be deduced. Structural changes after doping with CeO2 were investigated by FTIR spectroscopy, and by measurements of the thermal expansion coefficient, glass transition and softening temperature to throw more light on the characterization of these glasses.

  14. Interplay of dopant, defects and electronic structure in driving ferromagnetism in Co-doped oxides: TiO2, CeO2 and ZnO

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

    2009-11-01

    A comprehensive study of the defects and impurity (Co)-driven ferromagnetism is undertaken in the oxide semiconductors: TiO2, ZnO and CeO2. The effect of magnetic (Co2+) and non-magnetic (Cu2+) impurities in conjunction with defects, such as oxygen vacancies (Vo), have been thoroughly investigated. Analyses of the x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data reveal the incorporation of cobalt in the lattice, with no signature of cobalt segregation. It is shown that oxygen vacancies are necessary for the ferromagnetic coupling in the Co-doped oxides mentioned above. The possible exchange mechanisms responsible for the ferromagnetism are discussed in light of the energy levels of dopants in the host oxides. In addition, Co and Cu co-doped TiO2 samples are studied in order to understand the role of point defects in establishing room temperature ferromagnetism. The parameters calculated from the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) and Jorgensen's optical electronegativity models offer a satisfactory explanation of the defect-driven ferromagnetism in the doped/co-doped samples.

  15. The influence of Mn-doped CeO2 on the activity of CuO/CeO2 in CO oxidation and NO + CO model reaction

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    Deng, Changshun; Huang, Qingqing; Zhu, Xiying; Hu, Qun; Su, Wenli; Qian, Junning; Dong, Lihui; Li, Bin; Fan, Minguang; Liang, Caiyuan

    2016-12-01

    This work is mainly focused on the investigation of the influence of Mn-doped CeO2 supported by CuO on the physicochemical and catalytic properties for CO oxidation and NO + CO model reaction. The obtained samples were characterized using N2-physisorption (BET), XRD, LRS, TEM, EDS-Mapping, ICP-AES, XPS, H2-TPR, O2-TPD, in situ DRIFTS, CO oxidation, and NO + CO model reaction. The results imply that appropriate doping MnOx into the lattice of CeO2 will cause an obvious change in the properties of the catalyst and the Cu/CeMn-10: 1 catalyst shows the largest specific surface area, the most uniformity of structure, and the most extent of lattice expansion. A few addition of MnOx is more conducive to the generation of low valence manganese ion in the process of calcination, which may contribute to the synergetic introduction. This further results in more Cu+ due to the shifting of redox equilibrium (Cu2+ + Ce3+ ↔ Cu+ + Ce4+) to right, as well as more oxygen vacancies. Moreover, the capability of Cu/CeMn-10: 1 on desorb/transform/decompose of the adsorbed NO species is more effective than that of Cu/CeO2. The results of catalytic performance show that Cu+/Cu0 species play a key role, and the activity is mainly related to the specific surface area, the content of Cu+ and Ce3+, the reduction, desorption capability of chemisorbed O2- (and/or O-) species as well as adsorption behaviors of these catalysts for CO oxidation and NO + CO reaction. Finally, possible reaction mechanisms are tentatively proposed to understand the reactions.

  16. Effect of CeO2 doping on catalytic activity of Fe2O3/gamma-Al2O(3) catalyst for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of azo dyes.

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    Liu, Yan; Sun, Dezhi

    2007-05-08

    In order to find a catalyst with high activity and stability for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation (CWPO) process under normal condition, with Fe(2)O(3)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) and Fe(2)O(3)-CeO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) catalysts prepared by impregnation method, the effect of CeO(2) doping on the structure and catalytic activity of Fe(2)O(3)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of azo dyes at 25 degrees C and atmospheric pressure is evaluated using BET, SEM, XRF, XRD, XPS and chemical analysis techniques, and test results show that, better dispersion and smaller size of Fe(2)O(3) crystal can be achieved by adding CeO(2), and the content of chemisorbed oxygen can also be increased on the surface of catalyst. CWPO experimental results indicate that azo dyes in simulated wastewater can be efficiently mineralized and the catalytic activity of Fe(2)O(3)-CeO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) can be increased by about 10% compared with that of Fe(2)O(3)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) because of the promotion of the structural and redox properties of the ferric oxide by ceria doped. Leaching tests indicate that Fe(2)O(3)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) and Fe(2)O(3)-CeO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) are stable with a negligible amount of irons found in the aqueous solution after reaction for 2h. It can therefore be concluded from results and discussion that in comparison with Fe(2)O(3)/gamma-Al(2)O(3), Fe(2)O(3)-CeO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) is a suitable catalyst, which can effectively degrade contaminants at normal temperature and atmospheric pressure.

  17. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of CeO2-added nonstoichiometric (Na0.5K0.5)0.97(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3 ceramics for piezoelectric energy harvesting device applications.

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    Oh, Youngkwang; Noh, Jungrae; Yoo, Juhyun; Kang, Jinhee; Hwang, Larkhoon; Hong, Jaeil

    2011-09-01

    In this study, nonstoichiometric (Na(0.5)K(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics were fabricated and their dielectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated according to the CeO(2) addition. In this ceramic composition, CeO(2) addition improved sinterability, electromechanical coupling factor k(p), mechanical quality factor Q(m), piezoelectric constant d(33), and g(33). At the sintering temperature of 1100°C, for the 0.2wt% CeO(2) added specimen, the optimum values of density = 4.359 g/cm(3), k(p) = 0.443, Q(m) = 588, ε(r) = 444, d(33) = 159 pC/N, and g(33) = 35 × 10(-3) V·m/N, were obtained. A piezoelectric energy harvesting device using 0.2 wt% CeO(2)- added lead-free (K(0.5)Na(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics and a rectifying circuit for energy harvesting were fabricated and their electrical characteristics were investigated. Under an external vibration acceleration of 0.7 g, when the mass, the frequency of vibration generator, and matching load resistance were 2.4 g, 70 Hz, and 721 Ω, respectively, output voltage and power of piezoelectric harvesting device indicated the optimum values of 24.6 mV(rms) and 0.839 μW, respectively-suitable for application as the electric power source of a ubiquitous sensor network (USN) sensor node.

  18. Co3O4/Sm-Doped CeO2/Co3O4 Trilayer Coating on AISI 441 Interconnect for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Shen, Fengyu; Lu, Kathy

    2017-02-22

    In this work, a novel Co/Sm-doped CeO2 (SDC)/Co trilayer of ∼6 μm is deposited by alternating electrodeposition and electrophoresis and oxidized to a Co3O4/SDC/Co3O4 trilayer structure. This coating is unique and effective in the following aspects: (1) The area specific resistance of the coated interconnect is more stable and lower than that of the uncoated interconnect after thermal treatment at 800 °C for 400 h. (2) The Co3O4/SDC/Co3O4 coating layer can effectively inhibit Cr diffusion and evaporation and significantly slow the oxidation rate of the interconnect. (3) The Sm0.5Sr0.5Co0.2Fe0.8O3 cathode in the electrolyte/cathode/interconnect half-cell retains its initial stoichiometry after 100 h of the thermal treatment. Subsequently, the ohmic resistance RΩ, high frequency polarization resistance RH, and low frequency polarization resistance RL of the half-cell with the Co3O4/SDC/Co3O4 coated interconnect are all smaller than those of the half-cell with the bare interconnect. The Co3O4/SDC/Co3O4 coating layer has great advantages to be used as a protective layer for the metallic interconnect in solid oxide fuel cells to improve cell performance, stability, and durability.

  19. Chemical reaction mechanisms between Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 and Gd doped CeO2 with PH3 in coal syngas

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    Chen, Gang; Kishimoto, Haruo; Yamaji, Katsuhiko; Kuramoto, Koji; Gong, Mingyang; Liu, Xingbo; Hackett, Gregory; Gerdes, Kirk; Horita, Teruhisa

    2014-12-01

    To clarify the chemical stability of the key materials exposed to coal syngas (CSG) containing PH3 contaminant atmosphere, exposure tests of Y2O3 8 mol.% stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and Gd doped CeO2 (GDC) are carried out in simulated CSG with different concentrations of PH3. Significant reaction between YSZ and 10 ppm PH3 in CSG atmosphere is confirmed, and no obvious reaction is detected on the surface of YSZ after exposed in CSG with 1 ppm PH3. YPO4, Zr2.25(PO4)3 and monoclinic Y partial stabilized ZrO2 (m-PSZ) are identified on the YSZ pellet surface after exposed in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. GDC reacted with PH3 even at 1 ppm concentration. A (Ce0.9Gd0.1)PO4 layer is formed on the surface of GDC pellet after exposure in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. Possible reaction mechanisms between YSZ and GDC with PH3 in CSG are clarified. Compared with GDC, YSZ exhibits sufficient phosphorus resistance for devices directly exposed to a coal syngas atmosphere containing low concentration of PH3.

  20. Physico-Chemical Property and Catalytic Activity of a CeO2-Doped MnO(x)-TiO2 Catalyst with SO2 Resistance for Low-Temperature NH3-SCR of NO(x).

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    Shin, Byeongkil; Chun, Ho Hwan; Cha, Jin-Sun; Shin, Min-Chul; Lee, Heesoo

    2016-05-01

    The effects of CeO2 addition on the catalytic activity and the SO2 resistance of CeO2-doped MnO(x)-TiO2 catalysts were investigated for the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with NH3 of NO(x) emissions in marine applications. The most active catalyst was obtained from 30 wt% CeO2-MnO(x)-TiO2 catalyst in the whole temperature range of 100-300 degrees C at a low gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) of 10,000 h(-)1, and its de-NO(x) efficiency was higher than 90% over 250 degrees C. The enhanced catalytic activity may contribute to the dispersion state and catalytic acidity on the catalyst surface, and the highly dispersed Mn and Ce on the nano-scaled TiO2 catalyst affects the increase of Lewis and Brønsted acid sites. A CeO2-rich additive on MnO(x)-TiO2 could provide stronger catalytic acid sites, associated with NH3 adsorption and the SCR performance. As the results of sulfur resistance in flue gas that contains SO2, the de-NO(x) efficiency of MnO(x)-TiO2 decreased by 15% over 200 degrees C, whereas that of 30 wt% ceria-doped catalyst increased by 14-21% over 150 degrees C. The high SO2 resistance of CeO2-MnO(x)-TiO2 catalysts that resulted from the addition of ceria suppressed the formation of Mn sulfate species, which led to deactivation on the surface of nano-catalyst.

  1. The optical band gap of Gd-doped CeO2 thin films as function of temperature and composition

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    Ruiz-Trejo, Enrique

    2013-04-01

    Thin films of Ce1-xGdxO2-x/2 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) were prepared by Pulse Laser Deposition and characterized at room temperature by SEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. The coefficient of absorption of the 200 nm thin films was measured between room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The direct and indirect optical band gaps were estimated using Tauc plots. Substitution of Ce for Gd was found to have a significant effect on the coefficient of absorption, although there is a weak band gap dependence upon temperature. This was attributed to the poor overlap of the 4f orbitals of the lanthanides in gadolinia-doped ceria. An expression for the direct and indirect optical band gap of each gadolinia-doped ceria as a function of temperature is given. As an example, for ceria the direct optical band gap is 3.66±0.008 eV -1.25±0.05×10-4 eV K-1.

  2. Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 based on a CeO2 photocatalyst loaded with imidazole fabricated N-doped graphene and Cu(ii) as cocatalysts.

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    Zhou, Shan-Shan; Liu, Shou-Qing

    2017-09-08

    Cocatalysts are vital for improving photocatalytic activity. Incorporating nitrogen atoms on a graphene frame using an imidazole cycle resulted in a new N-doped graphene (denoted as ING). Cerium(iv) oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles were dispersed on ING sheets, producing an ING/CeO2 hybrid material. The ING/CeO2 hybrid material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and surface photovoltage spectroscopy. Copper(ii) ions [Cu(ii)] were adsorbed on the ING/CeO2 hybrid material to directly form Cu(ii)/ING/CeO2, which could capture the photogenerated electrons to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol (CH3OH) under incident light irradiation. The results showed that the yield from reducing CO2 to CH3OH during the photocatalytic process using Cu(ii)/ING/CeO2 as the photocatalyst approached 385.8 μmol g(-1) cat. h(-1), whereas the yield was only 3.57 μmol g(-1) cat. h(-1) using ING/CeO2 as the photocatalyst. This shows that the Cu(ii) ions play a vital role during photocatalytic reduction of CO2 by forming copper(i) ions [Cu(i)]. The percentage of ING in the ING/CeO2 hybrid material was investigated, and the results indicated that 3.6% of ING achieved an optimal yield of CH3OH during the photo-reduction process. The simultaneous roles of Cu(ii) ions and ING sheets demonstrate a synergistic strategy for improving the photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

  3. CO2 reforming of CH4 over CeO2-doped Ni/Al2O3 nanocatalyst treated by non-thermal plasma.

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    Rahemi, Nader; Haghighi, Mohammad; Babaluo, Ali Akbar; Jafari, Mahdi Fallah; Estifaee, Pooya

    2013-07-01

    Ni/Al2O3 and Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalysts have been prepared with impregnation method, treated with non-thermal plasma, characterized and tested for dry reforming of methane. For catalyst characterization, the following techniques have been used: XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDX dot mapping, BET, FTIR, TG-DTG, and XPS techniques. According to XRD and XPS, Ni in all catalysts exists as NiO and NiAl2O4 that existence of NiAl2O4 reveals strong interaction between active phase and support. Catalyst particles had smaller average particle size in plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst with less agglomeration. Homogenous dispersion of active phase, narrower particle size distribution, and uniform morphology has been observed in ceria containing plasma treated catalyst. The plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst showed bigger NiAl2O4/NiO ratio in XPS analysis that is indicative of stronger interaction between Ni and Al2O3 in the presence of CeO2. The dry reforming of methane was carried out at 550-850 degrees C using a mixture of CH4:CO2 (0.5:2). Improved morphology of the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst, resulted from both CeO2 and plasma treatment, caused higher ability of catalyst in H2 and CO production. Product yield decreased at higher GHSVs, due to the fact that mass transport limitations will be more severe at low residence time, but this reduction would be less noticeable in the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst. In addition, the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst can keep the reactivity without deactivation for either CH4 or CO2 conversion better than other investigated catalysts.

  4. Properties of transparent Re3+: Y2O3 ceramics doped with tetravalent additives

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    Osipov, V. V.; Shitov, V. A.; Maksimov, R. N.; Solomonov, V. I.

    2015-12-01

    Neodymium or ytterbium-doped transparent yttrium oxide ceramics with different tetravalent sintering additives (ZrO2, HfO2, or CeO2) were fabricated from nanopowders produced by laser ablation method. Phase composition and distribution of dopants in the synthesized nanopowders and ceramics were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) spectroscopy. The tetravalent additives led to a decrease in grain size and an improvement in transmittance at the lasing wavelengths. However, an excess of tetravalent ions led to the formation of dispersed scattering volumes. We observed particles with modulated composition for nanopowder of Nd:Y2O3 doped by 10 mol% HfO2. The estimations based on Rayleigh light scattering showed that the maximum size of the dispersed scattering volume is below 20 nm.

  5. Green chemical approach towards the synthesis of CeO2 doped with seashell and its bacterial applications intermediated with fruit extracts.

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    Arasu, Mariadas Valan; Thirumamagal, R; Srinivasan, M P; Al-Dhabi, Naif Abdullah; Ayeshamariam, A; Saravana Kumar, D; Punithavelan, N; Jayachandran, M

    2017-08-01

    Nanomaterials of CeO2 with A. vera were synthesized by using simple chemical method. Grapes drops are used as an oxidizing agent. Structural and morphological studies of nanomaterials of cerium oxide (CeO2), were studied for combustion method of preparation. The precursor solution was initialized by a hydrothermal reaction. Cerium hydroxyl carbonate precursors which involves cerium (III) nitrate Ce(NO3)3. 6 H2O with (1.0M) of seashell powder, 3% A. vera, extracts, grapes and pomegranate drops and this complex solution was used to produce the CeO2 powder particles. We have prepared another sample with 5% of Aloe vera extract and found that 3% Aloe vera extract has lesser grain size and enhanced band gap values, so the article explained the sample analysis of combination with 3% extract of Aloe vera. The product has the rod pattern which was the unusual features appear to originate from the unique crystal chemistry aspects. From the optical absorption spectrum, it has been shown that the CeO2 rods have 3.847eV of direct band gap energy. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of the synthesized compounds exhibited activity towards various microbial pathogens such as B. subtilis (15μg/mL), S. aureus (50μg/mL), S. epidermidis (20μg/mL), E. faecalis (25μg/mL) and towards E. coli (100μg/mL), K. pneumoniae (50μg/mL) and P. aeruginosa (75μg/mL) respectively. The tests on bacterial activities confirmed that the CeO2 rods are suitable hand for the biological applications. The seashell structure and the phytochemical contents of A. vera might enhance its bacterial activities. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Low-temperature and ambient-pressure synthesis and shape evolution of nanocrystalline pure, La-doped and Gd-doped CeO 2

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    Basu, Joysurya; Divakar, R.; Winterstein, Jonathan P.; Carter, C. Barry

    2010-04-01

    Nanocrystalline cuboidal ceria has been synthesized by low-temperature hydrothermal reaction of cerium nitrate hexahydrate with hexamethylene tetramine. The particles have been doped with La and Gd by adding aqueous solution of the nitrate salts of the metals to the reaction mixture. The pure and doped particles are cubic in crystal structure and 10-25 nm in size. The pure and La-doped ceria are cuboidal in morphology, whereas the Gd-doped particles are irregular in shape. High-resolution TEM imaging and image simulation indicates that atomic level steps are present on the particle surfaces. The particles are faceted parallel to the {1 1 1} and {1 0 0} crystallographic planes and a continuous switching takes place between the two possible surface facets. It appears that the surface energies of the {1 1 1} and {1 0 0} facets are quite similar in magnitude and the interplay of surface energy determines the particle shape. Chemically sensitive imaging and spectroscopy shows that the dopants are homogeneously distributed within the particles and that the oxidation state of Ce is a mixture of +3 and +4. No preferential segregation either of the dopant or the oxidation state was observed. However, since the facet switching does depend on the chemistry of the dopant, there must be an affect on the atomic scale.

  7. Room temperature redox reaction by oxide ion migration at carbon/Gd-doped CeO2 heterointerface probed by an in situ hard x-ray photoemission and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopies

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    Tsuchiya, Takashi; Miyoshi, Shogo; Yamashita, Yoshiyuki; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Terabe, Kazuya; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Yamaguchi, Shu

    2013-01-01

    In situ hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (HX-PES) and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (SX-XAS) have been employed to investigate a local redox reaction at the carbon/Gd-doped CeO2 (GDC) thin film heterointerface under applied dc bias. In HX-PES, Ce3d and O1s core levels show a parallel chemical shift as large as 3.2 eV, corresponding to the redox window where ionic conductivity is predominant. The window width is equal to the energy gap between donor and acceptor levels of the GDC electrolyte. The Ce M-edge SX-XAS spectra also show a considerable increase of Ce3+ satellite peak intensity, corresponding to electrochemical reduction by oxide ion migration. In addition to the reversible redox reaction, two distinct phenomena by the electrochemical transport of oxide ions are observed as an irreversible reduction of the entire oxide film by O2 evolution from the GDC film to the gas phase, as well as a vigorous precipitation of oxygen gas at the bottom electrode to lift off the GDC film. These in situ spectroscopic observations describe well the electrochemical polarization behavior of a metal/GDC/metal capacitor-like two-electrode cell at room temperature. PMID:27877594

  8. Spectroscopic characterization of Co3O4 catalyst doped with CeO2 and PdO for methane catalytic combustion.

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    Jodłowski, P J; Jędrzejczyk, R J; Rogulska, A; Wach, A; Kuśtrowski, P; Sitarz, M; Łojewski, T; Kołodziej, A; Łojewska, J

    2014-10-15

    The study deals with the XPS, Raman and EDX characterization of a series of structured catalysts composed of cobalt oxides promoted by palladium and cerium oxides. The aim of the work was to relate the information gathered from spectroscopic analyses with the ones from kinetic tests of methane combustion to establish the basic structure-activity relationships for the catalysts studied. The most active catalyst was the cobalt oxide doped with little amount of palladium and wins a confrontation with pure palladium oxide catalyst which is commercially used in converters for methane. The analyses Raman and XPS analyses showed that this catalyst is composed of a cobalt spinel and palladium oxide. The quantitative approach to the composition of the catalysts by XPS and EDX methods revealed that the surface of palladium doped cobalt catalyst is enriched with palladium oxide which provides a great number of active centres for methane combustion indicated by kinetic parameters.

  9. Effect of CeO2 and Y2O3 on microstructure, bioactivity and degradability of laser cladding CaO-SiO2 coating on titanium alloy.

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    Li, H C; Wang, D G; Chen, C Z; Weng, F

    2015-03-01

    To solve the lack of strength of bulk biomaterials for load-bearing applications and improve the bioactivity of titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), CaO-SiO2 coatings on titanium alloy were fabricated by laser cladding technique. The effect of CeO2 and Y2O3 on microstructure and properties of laser cladding coating was analyzed. The cross-section microstructure of ceramic layer from top to bottom gradually changes from cellular-dendrite structure to compact cellular crystal. The addition of CeO2 or Y2O3 refines the microstructure of the ceramic layer in the upper and middle regions. The refining effect on the grain is related to the kinds of additives and their content. The coating is mainly composed of CaTiO3, CaO, α-Ca2(SiO4), SiO2 and TiO2. Y2O3 inhibits the formation of CaO. After soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF), the calcium phosphate layer is formed on the coating surface, indicating the coating has bioactivity. After soaking in Tris-HCl solution, the samples doped with CeO2 or Y2O3 present a lower weight loss, indicating the addition of CeO2 or Y2O3 improves the degradability of laser cladding sample.

  10. Promotional effect of tungsten-doped CeO2/TiO2 for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with ammonia

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    Kwon, Dong Wook; Hong, Sung Chang

    2015-11-01

    We examined the effects that the physicochemical properties of Ce/Me/Ti catalysts had on the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) activity after various metals (W, Mo, and La) were added to non-vanadium-based catalysts in order to improve NH3-SCR activity. We studied the properties of the catalysts through the use of physiochemical techniques, including Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2 temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) transmission infrared spectroscopy (IR), and inductively coupled plasma optic emission spectroscopy (ICP). The catalytic activity tests of the Ce/Ti catalysts with various ceria loadings revealed that the Ce/Ti with 10 wt.% ceria (10Ce/Ti) exhibited excellent activity. Thus, various metals were added to the 10Ce/Ti. The tungsten-doped 10Ce/Ti catalyst exhibited the highest activity (10Ce/W/Ti: Ce was deposited after tungsten had been deposited on TiO2). We investigated the correlation between the catalyst's Ce valence state and its activity. Different Ce3+ ratios were observed when various metals were added to Ce/Ti. The highest Ce3+ ratio was observed in 10Ce/W/Ti at 0.3027, and the catalyst efficiency had a positive correlation with higher Ce3+ ratios. The SCR activity was found to increase as the Ce3+ ratio increased when tungsten was added to 10Ce/W/Ti. Furthermore, in the case of 10Ce/W/Ti, it seemed that the Brønsted acid sites were more abundant relative to those on 10Ce/Ti. Upon the injection of SO2 in the SCR reaction, 10Ce/Ti was rapidly deactivated. However, the 10Ce/W/Ti catalyst exhibited an excellent resistance to SO2-induced deactivation relative to 10Ce/Ti. Thus, the addition of tungsten to Ce/Ti resulted in excellent NOx conversion and SO2 resistance.

  11. Ni-doped (CeO2- δ )-YSZ mesoarchitectured with nanocrystalline framework: the effect of thermal treatment on structure, surface chemistry and catalytic properties in the partial oxidation of methane (CPOM)

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    Somacescu, Simona; Florea, Mihaela; Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Ghica, Corneliu; Serra, Jose Manuel

    2015-11-01

    Ni-doped (CeO2- δ )-YSZ (5 mol% Ni oxide, 10 mol% ceria) mesoarchitectures (MA) with nanocrystalline framework have been synthesized by an original, facile and cheap approach based on Triton X100 nonionic surfactant as template and water as solvent at a strong basic pH value. Following the hydrothermal treatment under autogenous pressure ( 18 bars), Ni, Ce, Y, and Zr were well ordered as MA with nanocrystalline framework, assuring thermal stability. A comprehensive investigation of structure, texture, morphology, and surface chemistry was performed by means of a variety of complementary techniques (X-Ray Diffraction, XRD; Raman Spectroscopy, RS; Brunauer—Emmett—Teller, BET; Temperature—Programmed Reduction, TPR; Transmission Electron Microscopy, TEM and DF-STEM; X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, XPS; Catalytic activity and selectivity). N2 sorption measurements highlighted that the mesoporous structure is formed at 600 °C and remains stable at 800 °C. At 900 °C, the MA collapses, favoring the formation of macropores. The XRD and Raman Spectroscopy of all samples showed the presence of a pure, single phase with fluorite-type structure. At 900 °C, an increased tetragonal distortion of the cubic lattice was observed. The surface chemistry probed by XPS exhibits a mixture of oxidation states (Ce3+ + Ce4+) with high percentage of Ce3+ valence state 35 % and (Ni3+ and Ni2+) oxidation states induced by the thermal treatment. These nanoparticles assembled into MA show high stability and selectivity over time in catalytic partial oxidation of methane (CPOM). These promising performances suggest an interesting prospect for introduction as anode within IT-SOFC assemblies.

  12. Collective magnetic response of CeO2 nanoparticles

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    Coey, Michael; Ackland, Karl; Venkatesan, Munuswamy; Sen, Siddhartha

    2016-07-01

    The magnetism of nanoparticles and thin films of wide-bandgap oxides that include no magnetic cations is an unsolved puzzle. Progress has been hampered by both the irreproducibility of much of the experimental data, and the lack of any generally accepted theoretical explanation. The characteristic signature is a virtually anhysteretic, temperature-independent magnetization curve that saturates in an applied field that is several orders of magnitude greater than the magnetization. It would seem as if a tiny volume fraction, <~0.1%, of the samples is magnetic and that the energy scale is unusually high for spin magnetism. Here we investigate the effect of dispersing 4 nm CeO2 nanoparticles with powders of γAl2O3, sugar or latex microspheres. The saturation magnetization, Ms ≍ 60 A m-1 for compact samples, is maximized by 1 wt% lanthanum doping. Dispersing the CeO2 nanopowder reduces its magnetic moment by up to an order of magnitude, and there is a characteristic length scale of order 100 nm for the magnetism to appear in CeO2 nanoparticle clusters. The phenomenon is explained in terms of a giant orbital paramagnetism that appears in coherent mesoscopic domains due to resonant interaction with zero-point fluctuations of the vacuum electromagnetic field. The theory explains the observed temperature-independent magnetization curve and its doping and dispersion dependence, based on a length scale of 300 nm that corresponds to the wavelength of a maximum in the ultraviolet absorption spectrum of the magnetic CeO2 nanoparticles. The coherent domains occupy roughly 10% of the sample volume.

  13. Eu3+ and Ce3+ co-doped aluminosilicate glasses and transparent glass-ceramics containing gahnite nanocrystals

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    Dousti, M. Reza; Molla, Atiar R.; Rodrigues, Ana Candida M.; de Camargo, Andrea S. S.

    2017-07-01

    Transparent zinc-aluminosilicate glass-ceramics containing cerium and europium ions were prepared by controlled thermal heating of parent glasses. Addition of CeO2 resulted in the improved transparency of the glasses in the visible spectral region. X-ray diffraction patterns of the glass-ceramics indicate the formation of the crystalline gahnite phase and there are evidences of Ce3+ and Eu3+ occupancies in this phase, as well as co-existence in the amorphous phase. Ce3+ emission corresponding to the allowed f-d transitions is identified, as well as an anomalous emission in the red-infrared region. The characteristic luminescence of Eu3+ in the red is observed. Judd-Ofelt analysis of Eu3+-doped samples reveals enhanced site asymmetry around the ion and a high branching ratio for the 612 nm emission after ceramization. Due to enhanced Ce3+ emission and Eu3+ emission quenching, color tunability is possible in the red to blue spectral region, depending on the heat treatment duration.

  14. Synthesis of Pu-Doped Ceramic

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    Anderson, E. B

    1998-09-02

    Plutonium-doped zircon containing about 10 wt% Pu was synthesized in this cooperative project between Russia and the United States conducted at the V. G. Khlopin Radium Institute. The sol-gel method was used for starting precursor preparation to provide complete mixing of initial components and to avoid dust formation inside the glove-box. The sol-gel process also gives interim Pu stabilization in the form of amorphous zirconium hydrosilicate (AZHS), which is a result of gel solidification. AZHS is a solid and relatively durable material that can be easy converted into crystalline zircon by pressureless sintering, thus avoiding significant radioactive contamination of laboratory equipment. A methanol-aqueous solution of tetraethoxysilane Si(OC2H5)4, Pu-nitrate, and zirconil oxynitrate was prepared in final stoichiometry of zircon (Zr,Pu)SiO4 80 wt% + zirconia (Zr,Pu)O2 20 wt%. Gelation occurred after 90 hours at room temperature. AZHS with excess of zirconia 20 wt% was obtained as an interim calcine product and then it was converted into zircon/zirconia ceramic by sintering at 1490 to 1500°C in air for different time periods. The samples obtained were studied by SRD and ESEM methods. It was found that both zircon yield and zircon cell parameters that are correlated with Pu incorporation depend on sintering time.

  15. Electrical properties of niobium doped barium bismuth-titanate ceramics

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    Bobić, J.D.; Vijatović Petrović, M.M.; Banys, J.; Stojanović, B.D.

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► Pure and doped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} were prepared via the solid-state reaction method. ► The grain size was suppressed in Nb-doped samples. ► The diffuseness of the dielectric peak increased with dopant concentration. ► Niobium affected on relaxor behavior of barium bismuth titanate ceramics. ► The conductivity change was noticed in doped samples. -- Abstract: BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4–5/4x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 15} (BBNTx, x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.30) ceramics have been prepared by solid state method. XRD data indicate the formation of single-phase-layered perovskites for all compositions. SEM micrographs suggest that the grain size decreases with Nb doping. The effect of niobium doping on the dielectric and relaxor behavior of BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ceramics was investigated in a wide range of temperatures (20–777 °C) and frequencies (1.21 kHz to 1 MHz). Nb doping influences T{sub c} decrease as well as the decrease of dielectric permittivity at Curie temperature. At room temperature, undoped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} exhibits dielectric constant of ∼204 at 100 kHz, that slightly increases with Nb doping. The conductivity of BBNT5 ceramics is found to be lower than that of other investigated compositions. The value of activation energy of σ{sub DC} was found to be 0.89 eV, 1.01 eV, 0.93 eV and 0.71 eV for BBT, BBNT5, BBNT15 and BBNT30, respectively.

  16. Recent Progress in the Development of Neodymium Doped Ceramic Yttria

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    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Edwards, Chris; Trivedi, Sudhir B.; Kutcher, Susan; Wang, Chen-Chia; Kim, Joo-Soo; Hommerich, Uwe; Shukla, Vijay; Sadangi, Rajendra; Kear, Bernard

    2007-01-01

    Solid-state lasers play a significant role in providing the technology necessary for active remote sensing of the atmosphere. Neodymium doped yttria (Nd:Y2O3) is considered to be an attractive material due to its possible lasing wavelengths of aprrox.914 nm and approx.946 nm for ozone profiling. These wavelengths when frequency tripled can generate UV light at approx.305 nm and approx.315 nm, which is particularly useful for ozone sensing using differential absorption lidar technique. For practical realization of space based UV transmitter technology, ceramic Nd:Y2O3 material is considered to possess great potential. A plasma melting and quenching method has been developed to produce Nd3+ doped powders for consolidation into Nd:Y2O3 ceramic laser materials. This far-from-equilibrium processing methodology allows higher levels of rare earth doping than can be achieved by equilibrium methods. The method comprises of two main steps: (a) plasma melting and quenching to generate dense, and homogeneous doped metastable powders, (b) pressure assisted consolidation of these powders by hot isostatic pressing to make dense nanocomposite ceramics. Using this process, several 1" x 1" ceramic cylinders have been produced. The infrared transmission of undoped Y2O3 ceramics was as high as approx.75% without anti-reflection coating. In the case of Nd:Y2O3 ceramics infrared transmission values of approx.50% were achieved. Furthermore, Nd:Y2O3 samples with dopant concentrations of up to approx.2 at. % were prepared without significant emission quenching.

  17. Luminescent properties of alumina ceramics doped with chromium oxide

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    Kortov, V.; Kiryakov, A.; Pustovarov, V.

    2016-08-01

    Ceramics doped with chromium oxide were synthesized from alumina nanopowder at high heating and cooling rates. XRD analysis of the obtained samples shows that they consist mainly of Al2O3 α-phase. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the visible spectral region and thermoluminescence (TL) curves were measured. An effect of the dopant concentration on the intensity and shape of the PL bands as well as on the TL yield was found. Annealing of the quenching defects which emerged during the synthesis changed the PL spectra. The centers responsible for PL and TL in the synthesized ceramics were identified.

  18. Promotion effects of SiO2 or/and Al2O3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3.

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    Zhao, Wenru; Tang, Yu; Wan, Yaping; Li, Liang; Yao, Si; Li, Xiaowei; Gu, Jinlou; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2014-08-15

    A series of the CeO2-based catalysts loaded on TiO2, TiO2-SiO2, TiO2-Al2O3, and TiO2-SiO2-Al2O3 supports were prepared by incipient impregnation method for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 in the presence of oxygen. The SCR activities of the catalysts with different supports increases in the order of Ce/TiO2 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2 ≈ Ce/TiO2-3.5Al2O3 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3. The Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 catalyst showed 100% NO conversion in the temperature range of 250-425°C and 100% N2 selectivity in the whole temperature range. The catalytic activity of Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 exhibited good stability and strong resistance to SO2 and H2O poisoning. The co-introduction of SiO2 and Al2O3 into TiO2 could increase the amount of chemisorbed oxygen and Lewis acid sites on the surface of catalyst, which should be responsible for the excellent SCR activity.

  19. Thermo-optic quality assessment of doped optical ceramics

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    Willis, Christina C. C.; Bradford, Joshua D.; Maddox, Emily; Shah, Lawrence; Richardson, Martin

    2013-03-01

    The use of optical quality ceramics for laser applications is expanding, and with this expansion there is an increasing need for diagnostics to assess the quality of these materials. Ceramic material with flaws and contaminants yields significantly less efficient performance as laser gain media and can generate excessive amounts of waste heat. This is a concern that is especially relevant in high power laser applications where thermally induced damage can be catastrophic. In order to assess a set of ceramic and crystalline samples we induce and measure thermal lensing in order to produce a relative ranking based on the extent of the induced thermal lens. In these experiments thermal lensing is induced in a set of nine 10% Yb:YAG ceramic and single-crystal samples using a high power 940 nm diode, and their thermal response is measured using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. The materials are also ranked by their transmission in the visible region. Discrepancies between the two ranking methods reveal that transmission in the visible region alone is not adequate for an assessment of the overall quality of ceramic samples. The thermal lensing diagnostic technique proves to be a reliable and quick over-all assessment method of doped ceramic materials without requiring any a priori knowledge of material properties.

  20. Spectroscopic characteristics of chromium doped mullite glass-ceramics

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    Wojtowicz, A.J.; Meng, W.; Lempicki, A.; Beall, G.H.; Hall, D.W.; Chin, T.C.

    1988-06-01

    Characteristics of chromium doped mullite ceramics are discussed with reference to possible laser applications. Dominant features are attributed to large and inherent spectroscopic inhomogeneity of mullite. The spectroscopic data are analyzed using a generalized McCumber theory. The peak stimulated emission cross section is 0.54 x 10/sup -20/ cm/sup 2/. This, together with preliminary single-pass measurements, indicate that gain for mullite is about 2.6 times smaller than gain for alexandrite.

  1. Sintering and mechanical properties of gadolinium-doped ceria ceramics

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    Yasuda, K.; Uemura, K.; Shiota, T.

    2012-01-01

    Gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) ceramics were made by sintering at various temperatures from 1000°C to 1400°C in air. The true density and apparent density were measured to calculate the relative density of GDC ceramics. The change in relative density revealed that densification of GDC ceramics increased up to 1200°C, and thereafter turned downward. It was suggested that pores were formed at 1300°C and 1400°C due to non-stoichiometry of ceria. JIS-type specimens were cut from the sintered body and tested by 4-point bending. Young's modulus and bending strength decreased with increasing the sintering temperature from 1200°C to 1400°C, corresponding to the change in the relative density.

  2. Power scaling of highly neodymium-doped YAG ceramic lasers with a bounce amplifier geometry

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    Omatsu, Takashige; Ojima, Yasukuni; Minassian, Ara; Damzen, Michael J.

    2005-09-01

    High power operation of highly-doped ceramic Nd:YAG laser is demonstrated using a laser diode transversely-pumped bounce geometry. Using a 2% doped ceramic Nd:YAG amplifier, an output power of 45W was achieved with 158W diode pumping. The cavity configuration was optimized for TEM00 operation and a high spatial quality output (M2 <1.5) was obtained at an output power of 27W. A ceramic Nd:YAG laser with 4% doping was operated at over 1 watt of output power. These are the highest power levels achieved in ceramic Nd:YAG lasers at >1% doping level.

  3. Structure, microstructure, and piezoelectric properties of ytterbium-doped potassium sodium niobate lead-free ceramics

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    Li, Huan; Yang, Wenlong; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Tian, Hao

    2013-09-01

    The structure, microstructure, and piezoelectric properties of conventionally sintered Yb-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) lead-free ceramics were investigated. Doping the KNN ceramics with Yb2O3 was effective in inhibiting the grain growth in the KNN ceramics and in densifying the ceramics. The 1.0 wt. % Yb-doped KNN ceramics showed the maximum density, about 96.8% of the theoretical density. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that a small number of Yb3+ ions could be incorporated into the matrix of the ceramicsto occupythe α- or β-sites in the crystal lattice, thereby significantly affecting the piezoelectric properties of the ceramics. Enhanced piezoelectric properties ( i.e., d 33= 135 pC/N, k p = 34.5%, and Q m = 80.2) were obtained for the 0.50 wt. % Yb-doped KNN ceramics.

  4. Preparation and luminescence of new Nd 3+ doped chloro-sulphide glass-ceramics

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    Seznec, Vincent; Ma, Hong Li; Zhang, Xiang Hua; Nazabal, Virginie; Adam, Jean-Luc; Qiao, X. S.; Fan, X. P.

    2006-12-01

    Chalcogenide glass-ceramics containing rare earth have been studied. A reproducible process has been established for making transparent glass-ceramics. The presence of micro-crystals inside the chalco-halide glass-ceramics induces scattering at the short wavelengths. Photoluminescence of rare earth has been greatly increased in glass-ceramics. To our best knowledge, this is the first paper on rare-earth-doped glass-ceramics based on chalcogenide.

  5. Reversible switching of room temperature ferromagnetism in CeO2-Co nanoparticles

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    Sacanell, J.; Paulin, M. A.; Ferrari, V.; Garbarino, G.; Leyva, A. G.

    2012-04-01

    We investigated the reversible ferromagnetic (FM) behavior of pure and Co doped CeO2 nanopowders. The as-sintered samples displayed an increasing paramagnetic contribution upon Co doping. Room temperature FM is obtained simply by performing thermal treatments in vacuum at temperatures as low as 500 °C and it can be switched off by performing thermal treatments in oxidizing conditions. The FM contribution is enhanced as we increase the time of the thermal treatment in vacuum. Those systematic experiments establish a direct relation between ferromagnetism and oxygen vacancies and open a path for developing materials with tailored properties.

  6. Effect of iron doping into CeO2-ZrO2 on the properties and catalytic behaviour of Pd-only three-way catalyst for automotive emission control.

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

    2011-02-15

    Ce(0.67)Zr(0.33)O(2) doped with iron oxide was prepared and the corresponding Pd-only three-way catalysts were examined and characterized. Pd/CZFe(1%) catalyst exhibits the best catalytic performance for CO, HC, NO and NO(2) elimination and the widest operation window. The doping of iron oxide with 1% loading suggests the formation of more homogeneous Ce-Zr-Fe-O ternary solid solution, which seems to facilitate the reduction of Ce(4+)→Ce(3+) or the formation of oxygen vacancy and to promote the interaction between Ce-Zr and Fe. Moreover, the Ce redox behaviour for surface reduction suggests depending not only on the formation of homogeneous Ce-Zr-Fe-O but also on the surface property of the sample. The increase in the concentration of oxygen vacancies under all atmospheres for CZFe(1%) sample also results in the enhancement of oxygen storage complete capacity.

  7. Exceptional capability of nanosized CeO(2) materials to "dissolve" lanthanide oxides established by time-gated excitation and emission spectroscopy.

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    Tiseanu, Carmen; Parvulescu, Vasile; Avram, Daniel; Cojocaru, Bogdan; Sanchez-Dominguez, Margarita

    2014-05-28

    The atomic scale homogeneity of Ce and Zr oxygen bonds represents the main reason for enhanced total oxygen storage capability of CeO2-ZrO2 (Ce/Zr = 1) as compared to that of CeO2. Here, we demonstrate that the addition of 10% Eu(3+) by wet impregnation on preformed nanosized CeO2-ZrO2 (Ce/Zr = 1) followed by calcination induces a remarkable homogeneity of 10% Eu(3+)-CeO2-ZrO2 solid solution. By use of time-resolved emission and excitation spectroscopies, the improvement of the nanoscale chemical and structural homogeneity of 10% Eu(3+)-CeO2-ZrO2 calcined at 1000 as compared to sample calcined at 750 °C is demonstrated. Based on the comparison of luminescence properties of 10% Eu(3+) impregnated on preformed nanosized CeO2-ZrO2 and CeO2, we also show that the presence of zirconium does not only preserve the ability of cerium oxide to "dissolve" lanthanide oxide, but also determines an important stabilization of defects (oxygen vacancies) generated upon Eu(3+) doping.

  8. Luminescence properties of Eu3+-doped Lanthanum gadolinium hafnates transparent ceramics

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    Wang, Zhengjuan; Zhou, Guohong; Zhang, Jian; Qin, Xianpeng; Wang, Shiwei

    2017-09-01

    Eu3+-doped Lanthanum gadolinium hafnates (La0.8Gd1.2Hf2O7) transparent ceramics with different Eu3+ concentration were fabricated by vacuum sintering. XRD results showed all the ceramics are cubic pyrochlore structure. The effects of annealing process on in-line transmittance and luminescence behavior of the Eu3+-doped La0.8Gd1.2Hf2O7 transparent ceramics were investigated. Before annealing, the in-line transmittance of the ceramics was low and the luminescence intensity was weak. As Eu3+ doping content increased, the transmittance as well as the luminescence intensity decreased. This was ascribed to oxygen vacancy and other defects in the ceramics resulted from the vacuum sintering. After annealing, the transmittance and luminescence intensity were raised, indicating the elimination of oxygen vacancy. Moreover, with the increase of Eu3+ doping content from 1 at% to 10 at%, the luminescence intensity increased without concentration quenching.

  9. Green-white-yellow tunable luminescence from doped transparent glass ceramics containing nanocrystals

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    Wang, X. F.; Yan, X. H.; Xuan, Y.; Zheng, J.; He, W. Y.

    2013-10-01

    , , and doped transparent ceramics containing nanocrystals were fabricated by a melt-quenching method and subsequent heating. Tetragonal phase spheres with 20 nm size are homogeneously precipitated among a borosilicate glass matrix. The photoluminescence spectrum of single doped transparent ceramics shows white light emission under 382 nm UV excitation. The emission color of co-doped transparent glass ceramics is tuned from green to white through energy transfer from to , and the emission color of co-doped transparent ceramics is tuned from white to yellow through energy transfer from to . CIE chromaticity and color temperature measurements show that the resulting transparent glass ceramics may be a candidate as a warm-white LED material pumped by a UV InGaN chip.

  10. Bulk optical damage thresholds for doped and undoped, crystalline and ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet.

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    Do, Binh T; Smith, Arlee V

    2009-06-20

    We measured the bulk optical damage thresholds of pure and Nd-doped ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), and of pure, Nd-doped, Cr-doped, and Yb-doped crystalline YAG. We used 9.9 ns, 1064 nm, single-longitudinal mode, TEM00 pulses, to determine that the breakdown thresholds are deterministic, with multiple-pulse thresholds ranging from 1.1 to 2.2 kJ/cm2.

  11. Electrical and reliability characteristics of Mn-doped nano BaTiO3-based ceramics for ultrathin multilayer ceramic capacitor application

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    Gong, Huiling; Wang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Shaopeng; Tian, Zhibin; Li, Longtu

    2012-12-01

    Nano BaTiO3-based dielectric ceramics were prepared by chemical coating approach, which are promising for ultrathin multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) applications. The doping effects of Mn element on the microstructures and dielectric properties of the ceramics were investigated. The degradation test and impedance spectroscopy were employed to study the resistance degradation and the conduction mechanism of Mn-doped nano-BaTiO3 ceramic samples. It has been found that the reliability characteristics greatly depended on the Mn-doped content. Moreover, the BaTiO3 ceramic with grain size in nanoscale is more sensitive to the Mn-doped content than that in sub-micron scale. The addition of 0.3 mol. % Mn is beneficial for improving the reliability of the nano BaTiO3-based ceramics, which is an important parameter for MLCC applications. However, further increasing the addition amount will deteriorate the performance of the ceramic samples.

  12. Spectroscopic characteristics of chromium-doped mullite glass-ceramics

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    Wojtowicz, A.J.; Meng, W.; Lempicki, A.; Beall, G.H.; Hall, D.W.

    1988-06-01

    The chromium (3+) ion has been widely used as an optical activator in solid-state, tunable laser materials. High octahedral field-stabilization energy and resistance against both oxidation and reduction minimize the dependence of chromium (3+) on the solid-state host matrix. However, the high sensitivity of electronic structure on crystal field strength makes the appropriate choice of host the condition for success. Characteristics of chromium-doped mullite ceramics are discussed with reference to possible laser applications. Dominant features are attributed to large and inherent spectroscopic inhomogeneity of mullite. The spectroscopic data are analyzed using a generalized McCumber theory. The peak-stimulated emission cross section is 0.54 x 10 to the -20 sq cm. This together with preliminary single-pass measurements, indicate that gain for mullite is about 2.6 times smaller than gain for alexandrite.

  13. Ce-doped single crystal and ceramic garnets for γ ray detection

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    Hull, G; Roberts, J; Kuntz, J; Fisher, S; Sanner, R; Tillotson, T; Drobshoff, A; Payne, S; Cherepy, N

    2007-07-30

    Ceramic and single crystal Lutetium Aluminum Garnet scintillators exhibit energy resolution with bialkali photomultiplier tube detection as good as 8.6% at 662 keV. Ceramic fabrication allows production of garnets that cannot easily be grown as single crystals, such as Gadolinium Aluminum Garnet and Terbium Aluminum Garnet. Measured scintillation light yields of Cerium-doped ceramic garnets indicate prospects for high energy resolution.

  14. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of CeO2:Ni thin films

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

    2016-05-01

    High quality Ni-doped CeO2 (CeO2:Ni) thin films were deposited on glass substrates at room temperature by using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of annealing temperature on structural and optical properties of the CeO2:Ni films was investigated. The structural, optical and vibrational properties of the films were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence spectrometer (PL) and Raman spectrometer. It was found that the as-deposited film has a fluorite cubic structure. By increasing annealing temperature from 100°C to 300°C, the crystalline quality of the thin films could be improved. The UV and visible band emissions were observed in the photoluminescence spectra, due to exciton, defect related emissions respectively. The micro-Raman results show the characteristic peak of CeO2 F2g at 465 cm-1 and 2L0 at 1142 cm-1. Defect peaks like D and 0 bands were observed at 641 cm-1 and 548 cm-1 respectively. It is found from the spectra that the peak intensity of the films increased with increase of annealing temperature.

  15. Improved electrical properties for Mn-doped lead-free piezoelectric potassium sodium niobate ceramics

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    Wang, Lingyan; Ren, Wei; Ma, Wenhui; Liu, Ming; Shi, Peng; Wu, Xiaoqing

    2015-09-01

    The un-doped and doped lead-free piezoelectric potassium sodium niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3, KNN) ceramics with different amounts of Mn were prepared. The decreased dielectric losses and the improved electrical properties were observed in the Mn-doped KNN ceramics. However, the variation of electrical properties with the Mn contents was not continuously. The 0.5 mol.% Mn-doped KNN ceramic shows the highest dielectric loss and the worst electrical properties. The KNN ceramics doped with less than and more than 0.5 mol.% Mn all show improved electrical properties. The change of lattice position of Mn ions in KNN ceramics was the main reason. When the Mn content is less than 0.5 mol.%, the Mn ions occupied the cation vacancies in A-site. When the Mn content is higher than 0.5 mol.%, the Mn ions entered B-site of KNN perovskite structure and formed the defect complexes ( MnNb ″ - VO ṡ ṡ ) and ( MnNb ' - VO ṡ ṡ - MnNb ' ). They both led to a lower defect concentration. However, When the Mn content is up to 1.5 mol.%, the electrical properties of KNN ceramic became degraded because of the accumulation of Mn oxides at grain boundaries.

  16. Ultrafine Nanocrystalline CeO2@C-Containing NaAlH4 with Fast Kinetics and Good Reversibility for Hydrogen Storage.

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    Zhang, Xin; Liu, Yongfeng; Wang, Ke; Li, You; Gao, Mingxia; Pan, Hongge

    2015-12-21

    A nanocrystalline CeO2@C-containing NaAlH4 composite is successfully synthesized in situ by hydrogenating a NaH-Al mixture doped with CeO2@C. Compared with NaAlH4 , the as-prepared CeO2@C-containing NaAlH4 composite, with a minor amount of excess Al, exhibits significantly improved hydrogen storage properties. The dehydrogenation onset temperature of the hydrogenated [NaH-Al-7 wt % CeO2@C]-0.04Al sample is 77 °C lower than that of the pristine sample because of a reduced kinetic barrier. More importantly, the dehydrogenated sample absorbs ∼4.7 wt % hydrogen within 35 min at 100°C and 10 MPa of hydrogen. Compositional and structural analyses reveal that CeO2 is converted to CeH2 during ball milling and that the newly formed CeH2 works with the excess of Al to synergistically improve the hydrogen storage properties of NaAlH4. Our findings will aid in the rational design of novel catalyst-doped complex hydride systems with low operating temperatures, fast kinetics, and long-term cyclability.

  17. Charge compensation mechanism in La-doped potassium sodium tantalate niobate ceramics

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    Li, Huan; Meng, Qingxing; Gong, Dewei; Shi, Qian; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2014-07-01

    (K0.95Na0.05)1-3xLaxTa0.60Nb0.40O3 ceramics (KNTN-La-x; x = 0, 0.003, 0.007, and 0.01) were fabricated by the conventional solid-state method. The charge compensation mechanism was investigated by analyzing the current-voltage characteristics of the KNTN ceramics with various La doping contents. It was found that La doping induced semiconductivity in KNTN ceramics. This indicates the presence of the electronic compensation mechanism in La-doped KNTN ceramics, in addition to the well-studied ionic compensation mechanism. Further investigation revealed that the charge compensation mechanism could be altered by annealing, and that La was converted to become ionically compensated.

  18. Regulating the active species of Ni(OH)2 using CeO2: 3D CeO2/Ni(OH)2/carbon foam as an efficient electrode for the oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Liu, Zhengqing; Li, Na; Zhao, Hongyang; Zhang, Yi; Huang, Yunhui; Yin, Zongyou; Du, Yaping

    2017-04-01

    Three dimensional (3D) N, O and S doped carbon foam (NOSCF) is prepared as a substrate for in situ vertically grown Ni(OH)2 nanosheets. As designed Ni(OH)2/NOSCF possesses strong electrostatic interactions with OH(-) ions due to many C 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 1111111111111111111111111111111111 1111111111111111111111111111111111 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 1111111111111111111111111111111111 1111111111111111111111111111111111 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000 O groups existing in NOSCF, which can facilitate the formation of crucial NiOOH intermediates during the OER process. CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) of ∼3.3 nm in size are decorated on Ni(OH)2 nanosheets to design a highly efficient CeO2/Ni(OH)2/NOSCF electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The CeO2 NP decorated Ni(OH)2/NOSCF not only exhibits a remarkably improved OER performance with an onset potential of 240 mV, outperforming most reported non-noble metal based OER electrocatalysts, but also possesses a small Tafel slope of 57 mV dec(-1) and excellent

  19. In-situ powder X-ray diffraction investigation of reaction pathways for the BaCO(3)-CeO(2)-In(2)O(3) and CeO(2)-In(2)O(3) systems.

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    Bhella, Surinderjit Singh; Shafi, Shahid P; Trobec, Francesca; Bieringer, Mario; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2010-02-15

    We report the first in-situ powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) study of the BaCO(3)-CeO(2)-In(2)O(3) and CeO(2)-In(2)O(3) systems in air over a wide range of temperature between 25 and 1200 degrees C. Herein, we are investigating the formation pathway and chemical stability of perovskite-type BaCe(1-x)In(x)O(3-delta) (x = 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) and corresponding fluorite-type Ce(1-x)In(x)O(2-delta) phases. The potential direct solid state reaction between CeO(2) and In(2)O(3) for the formation of indium-doped fluorite-type phase is not observed even up to 1200 degrees C in air. The formation of the BaCe(1-x)In(x)O(3-delta) perovskite structures was investigated and rationalized using in-situ PXRD. Furthermore the decomposition of the indium-doped perovskites in CO(2) is followed using high temperature diffraction and provides insights into the reaction pathway as well as the thermal stability of the Ce(1-x)In(x)O(3-delta) system. In CO(2) flow, BaCe(1-x)In(x)O(3-delta) decomposes above T = 600 degrees C into BaCO(3) and Ce(1-x)In(x)O(2-delta). Furthermore, for the first time, the in-situ PXRD confirmed that Ce(1-x)In(x)O(2-delta) decomposes above 800 degrees C and supported the previously claimed metastability. The maximum In-doping level for CeO(2) has been determined using PXRD. The lattice constant of the fluorite-type structure Ce(1-x)In(x)O(2-delta) follows the Shannon ionic radii trend, and crystalline domain sizes were found to be dependent on indium concentration.

  20. Differential scanning calorimetry investigations on Eu-doped fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics

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    Paßlick, C.; Ahrens, B.; Henke, B.; Johnson, J. A.; Schweizer, S.

    2010-01-01

    The properties of Eu-doped fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glass ceramics upon thermal processing and the influence of Eu-doping on the formation of BaCl2 nanocrystals therein have been investigated. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that higher Eu-doping shifts the crystallization peak of the nanocrystals in the glass to lower temperatures, while the glass transition temperature remains constant. The activation energy and the thermal stability parameters for the BaCl2 crystallization are determined. PMID:21286235

  1. Growth and optical properties of partially transparent Eu doped CaF{sub 2} ceramic

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    Ghosh, Manoranjan Sen, Shashwati Pitale, S. S. Goutam, U. K. Shinde, Seema Patra, G. D. Gadkari, S. C.

    2014-04-24

    Partially transparent ceramic of 2 at.% Eu doped CaF{sub 2} have been grown preferentially towards [111] direction. For this purpose, Eu doped CaF{sub 2} nanoparticles (size∼12 nm) obtained by a low temperature solution growth method has been pressed at 1000°C under vacuum. The preferentially grown ceramic shows 15% transparency within the visible range of spectrum. As confirmed by the X-ray diffraction result, the hot pressed ceramic exhibits reduced lattice volume than the nanopowder. It indicates Eu{sup 3+} as the dominant substituting ions at the Ca{sup 2+} sites of CaF{sub 2} lattice in the hot pressed ceramic material. It is corroborated by the photoluminescence results of hot pressed ceramic which shows strong red emission corresponding to Eu{sup 3+} sites. However, photoluminescence of nanopowder exhibits intense peak in the blue region of the spectrum which is characteristics of Eu2+ sites.

  2. Processing and properties of Yb-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Yan, Z.; Wang, K. F.; Qu, J. F.; Wang, Y.; Song, Z. T.; Feng, S. L.

    2007-08-20

    The authors prepared Yb-doped bismuth iron oxide ceramics (Bi{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}FeO{sub 3}, with 0{<=}x{<=}0.20) by rapid liquid phase sintering method and investigated the material's structures and electrical properties. The x-ray diffraction measurements showed that the doping of Yb has induced noticeable lattice distortion in the ceramics, and a largest distortion was observed when the concentration of Yb was 15%. By doping electrical resistivity, ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the ceramics were improved. Among all samples, BiFeO{sub 3} doped with 15% Yb was found to have the smallest leakage current density (<10{sup -7} A/cm{sup 2}) and the largest remnant polarization (8.5 {mu}C/cm{sup 2})

  3. Influence of rare earth doping on thermoelectric properties of SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Liu, J. Wang, C. L.; Li, Y.; Su, W. B.; Zhu, Y. H.; Li, J. C.; Mei, L. M.

    2013-12-14

    Thermoelectric properties of SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics, doped with different rare earth elements, were investigated in this work. It's found that the ionic radius of doping elements plays an important role on thermoelectric properties: SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics doped with large rare earth ions (such as La, Nd, and Sm) exhibit large power factors, and those doped with small ions (such as Gd, Dy, Er, and Y) exhibit low thermal conductivities. Therefore, a simple approach for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics is proposed: mainly doped with large ions to obtain a large power factor and, simultaneously, slightly co-doped with small ions to obtain a low thermal conductivity. Based on this rule, Sr{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.18}Yb{sub 0.02}TiO{sub 3} ceramics were prepared, whose ZT value at 1 023 K reaches 0.31, increasing by a factor of 19% compared with the single-doped counterpart Sr{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} (ZT = 0.26)

  4. Oxygen vacancies versus fluorine at CeO2(111): a case of mistaken identity?

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    Kullgren, J; Wolf, M J; Castleton, C W M; Mitev, P; Briels, W J; Hermansson, K

    2014-04-18

    We propose a resolution to the puzzle presented by the surface defects observed with STM at the (111) surface facet of CeO 2 single crystals. In the seminal paper of Esch et al. [Science 309, 752 (2005)] they were identified with oxygen vacancies, but the observed behavior of these defects is inconsistent with the results of density functional theory (DFT) studies of oxygen vacancies in the literature. We resolve these inconsistencies via DFT calculations of the properties of both oxygen vacancies and fluorine impurities at CeO2(111), the latter having recently been shown to exist in high concentrations in single crystals from a widely used commercial source of such samples. We find that the simulated filled-state STM images of surface-layer oxygen vacancies and fluorine impurities are essentially identical, which would render problematic their experimental distinction by such images alone. However, we find that our theoretical results for the most stable location, mobility, and tendency to cluster, of fluorine impurities are consistent with experimental observations, in contrast to those for oxygen vacancies. Based on these results, we propose that the surface defects observed in STM experiments on CeO2 single crystals reported heretofore were not oxygen vacancies, but fluorine impurities. Since the similarity of the simulated STM images of the two defects is due primarily to the relative energies of the 2p states of oxygen and fluorine ions, this confusion might also occur for other oxides which have been either doped or contaminated with fluorine.

  5. Synthesis of Er-doped Lu2O3 nanoparticles and transparent ceramics

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    Serivalsatit, K.; Wasanapiarnpong, T.; Kucera, C.; Ballato, J.

    2013-05-01

    Transparent rare earth-doped Lu2O3 ceramics have received much attention for use in solid-state scintillator and laser applications. The fabrication of these ceramics, however, requires ultrafine and uniform powders as precursors. Presented here is the synthesis of Er-doped Lu2O3 nanopowders by a solution precipitation method using Er-doped lutetium sulfate solution and hexamethylenetetramine as a precipitant and the fabrication of Er-doped Lu2O3 transparent ceramics from these nanopowders. The precipitated precursors were calcined at 1100 °C for 4 h in order to convert the precursors into Lu2O3 nanoparticles with an average particle size of 60 nm. Thermal decomposition and phase evolution of the precursors were studied by simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Er-doped Lu2O3 transparent ceramics were fabricated from these nanopowders using vacuum sintering followed by hot isostatic pressing at 1700 °C for 8 h. The transparent ceramics exhibit an optical transmittance of 78% at a wavelength of 1.55 μm.

  6. Research and Development of High Energy 2 - Micron Lasers Based on TM: Doped Ceramic Laser Gain Media and TM: Doped Optical Fibers

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    2016-07-20

    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2016-0257 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH ENERGY 2 - MICRON LASERS BASED ON TM: DOPED CERAMIC LASER GAIN MEDIA AND TM: DOPED...2010 to 01/03/2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH ENERGY 2 - MICRON LASERS BASED ON TM: DOPED CERAMIC LASER GAIN MEDIA AND...TERMS Development of high energy 2-micron lasers 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 14 19a. NAME OF

  7. Dielectric properties and substitution preference of yttrium doped barium zirconium titanate ceramics

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    Shan, D.; Qu, Y. F.; Song, J. J.

    2007-01-01

    The dielectric properties of Ba(Zr 0.25Ti 0.75)O 3+ xY 2O 3 ceramics are investigated. We believe that, integrating with the lattice parameters, there is an alternation of substitution preference of yttrium ions for the host cations in perovskite lattice that is responsible for the Curie point. The Tc rises with the increase of Y 3+ doping when the doping content is less than 0.05 at%, owing to the replacement of Y 3+ ions for Ba 2+ ions at the A-site; when the Y 3+ content is more than 0.05 at%, Y 3+ ions tend to occupy the B-site in perovskite lattice, causing a drop of Tc. Owing to the modifications of Y 3+ doping, the loss tangent of BZT ceramics is depressed remarkably, making it a superior candidate to replace widely used lead-contained ceramics.

  8. Effect of different Er 3+ compounds doping on microstructure and photoluminescent properties of oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Zeng, Fanqing; Ren, Guozhong; Qiu, Xiannian; Yang, Qibin

    2008-07-01

    Four different erbium compounds: Er 2O 3, ErOF, ErF 3 and ErCl 3, doped oxyfluoride glass ceramics were prepared. The microstructure and optical properties of the glasses and glass ceramics were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), absorption spectra and luminescence spectra. The influence of four different Er 3+ compounds on the microstructure and optical properties of the glasses and their corresponding glass ceramics was analyzed in detail. The results indicated that upconversion luminescence and ratios of red to green emission of all the samples have close relationship with microstructures and the variety of the Er 3+ compounds. It was concluded that the glass ceramics doped with ErF 3 was the most beneficial for the precipitation of PbF 2 crystallites and had the lowest ratio of red to green emission. The mechanisms of the observed phenomena were discussed.

  9. Distribution of Oxygen Vacancies and Gadolinium Dopants in ZrO2-CeO2 Multi-Layer Films Grown on α-Al2O3

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    Wang, Chong M.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Azad, Samina; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; McCready, David E.; Shutthanandan, V.; Yu, Zhongqing; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Watanabe, M.; Williams, D. B.

    2006-06-15

    Gd-doped ZrO2 and CeO2 multi-layer films were deposited on α-Al2O3 (0001) using oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Oxygen vacancies and Gd dopant distributions were investigated in these multi-layer films using x-ray diffraction (XRD), conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), annular dark-filed imaging in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) elemental mapping and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling. EDS and XPS reveal that Gd concentration in the ZrO2 layer is lower than that in the CeO2 layer. As a result, higher oxygen vacancy concentration exists in CeO2 layers compared to that in ZrO2 layers. In addition, Gd is found to segregate only at the interfaces formed during the deposition of CeO2 layers on ZrO2 layers. On the other hand, the interfaces formed during the deposition of ZrO2 layers on CeO2 layers did not show any Gd segregation. The Gd segregation behavior at the every other interface is believed to be associated with the low solubility of Gd in ZrO2.

  10. Effect of Dysprosia Additive on the Consolidation of CeO2 by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    K. Choi; R. E. Reavis; D. D. Osterberg; B. J. Jacques; D. P. Butt; R. D. Mariani; D. E. Burkes; Z. A. Munir

    2012-05-01

    The influence of dysprosia addition on the sintering and resulting microstructure of nano-grained CeO2 ceramics was investigated as functions of the spark plasma sintering (SPS) parameters. The addition of Dy2O3 (forming a solid solution) resulted in an increase in relative density and a decrease in grain size. The relative density of samples with Dy2O3 content of 6 and 10 mol% was over 95% when sintered at 1050 C under 500 MPa for holding times as short as 5 minutes. The application of high pressure facilitated the consolidation to relatively high densities with minimal grain growth. Heating rate and holding time, however, had insignificant effect on density but a measurable effect on grain size.

  11. Influence of doping concentration on microstructure evolution and sintering kinetics of Er:YAG transparent ceramics

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    Liu, Jing; Liu, Qiang; Li, Jiang; Ivanov, Maxim; Ba, Xuewei; Yuan, Yong; Lin, Li; Chen, Min; Liu, Wenbin; Kou, Huamin; Shi, Yun; Chen, Haohong; Pan, Yubai; Cheng, Xiaonong; Guo, Jingkun

    2014-11-01

    Erbium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) transparent ceramics with different Er doping concentrations were fabricated from powder mixtures of α-Al2O3, Y2O3, and Er2O3 with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and MgO as sintering aids by solid-state reactive sintering. The sintering temperatures were from 1500 °C up to 1750 °C. Densification, microstructure evolution and optical transparency of Er:YAG ceramics with different doping concentrations were examined. For all the doping concentration, fully dense Er:YAG transparent ceramics with homogeneous grain size distributions around 20-23 μm were obtained by sintering at 1750 °C for 50 h, whose transmittances were all above 83% at the wavelength of 1200 nm. The grain growth kinetic of Er:YAG ceramics was also investigated as a function of erbium content. The calculated activation energies for grain growth of the 0.5, 1.0, 5.0, and 10 at%Er:YAG ceramics were 779, 855, 805, and 861 kJ/mol, respectively. The luminescence spectra were also measured and discussed.

  12. Unusual Compression Behavior of Nanocrystalline CeO2

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    Wang, Qiming; He, Duanwei; Peng, Fang; Lei, Li; Liu, Pingping; Yin, Shuai; Wang, Pei; Xu, Chao; Liu, Jing

    2014-01-01

    The x-ray diffraction study of 12 nm CeO2 was carried out up to ~40 GPa using an angle dispersive synchrotron-radiation in a diamond-anvil cell with different pressure transmitting medium (PTM) (4:1 methanol: ethanol mixture, silicone oil and none) at room temperature. While the cubic fluorite-type structure CeO2 was retained to the highest pressure, there is progressive broadening and intensity reduction of the reflections with increasing pressure. At pressures above 12 GPa, an unusual change in the compression curve was detected in all experiments. Significantly, apparent negative volume compressibility was observed at P = 18–27 GPa with silicone oil as PTM, however it was not detected in other circumstances. The expansion of the unit cell volume of cubic CeO2 was about 1% at pressures of 15–27 GPa. To explain this abnormal phenomenon, a dual structure model (hard amorphous shell and relatively soft crystalline core) has been proposed. PMID:24658049

  13. The biological properties of the silver- and copper-doped ceramic biomaterial

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    Lysenko, Oleksandr; Dubok, Oleksii; Borysenko, Anatolii; Shinkaruk, Oleksandr

    2015-04-01

    The biological properties of nanostructured bioactive ceramic composite (BCC) granules doped with 0.1-10 at.% silver and 0.05-5 at.% copper have been investigated both in vitro and in vivo to develop effective alloplastic material for infected bone defect substitute. It is assumed that the granules consisting of biphasic calcium phosphate and bioactive glass ceramics due to their nanoscale (15-40 nm) and multiphase structure, bioelement placement in different ceramic phases as well as antimicrobial effect should improve osteogenic properties and biocompatibility. Tests in vitro have been conducted with multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and test strains of microorganisms. The same biocomposite has been used in vivo to study the repair of bone defects in animal model. The findings indicate that doped BCC leads to antimicrobial activity. Inhibition of MSCs growth has been observed for granules doped with ions of more than 1 at.% silver and 0.5 at.% copper. The results of the in vivo study reveal that BCC implantation significantly improves bone reparation. Differences between bone repair with undoped and doped, with 1 at.% silver and 0.5 at.% copper, ceramic samples were not observed. The BCC doped within 0.5-1 at.% silver and 0.25-0.5 at.% copper stimulates bone tissue repair and has satisfactory biocompatibility and antimicrobial properties.

  14. Spectroscopic Properties of Neodymium and Erbium-Doped Magnesium Oxide Ceramics

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    2015-09-01

    desirable advance in laser power scalability. It is worth noting that single-crystalline MgO, doped by transition metal (TM) ions, such as chromium (Cr3...which was a clear manifestation of significant power- scaling potential. No further laser successes have been reported with transition metal doped...transparent ceramics fabricated from specially formulated nanopowders. The results are presented with major emphasis on potential laser application and the

  15. Preparation and catalytic behavior of CeO2 nanoparticles on Al2O3 crystal

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    Hattori, Takashi; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we examined the preparation, morphology, and catalytic behavior of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on Al2O3(0001) crystal substrates. A CeO2 NP layer was prepared by the dipping method using a CeO2 nanocrystal colloid solution. Even after heat treatment at 1000 °C, the CeO2 NP layer maintained the granular morphology of CeO2 with a grain diameter of less than 40 nm. CeO2 NPs on an Al2O3 crystal showed higher oxidation activity for gaseous hydrogen at moderate temperatures and enhanced oxygen release properties of CeO2, compared with CeO2 powder. This was due to the highly dispersed CeO2 NPs and the interaction between CeO2 NPs and Al2O3; this clarified the importance of the Al2O3 support for the CeO2 catalyst.

  16. Amorphization of ZrO2 + CeO2 Powders Through Mechanical Milling for the Use of Kinetic Spray

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    Li, Songlin; Wang, Lei; Xiong, Yuming; Bae, Gyuyeol; Lee, Changhee

    2013-12-01

    The coating formation in a kinetic spray process mainly depends on the impact of inflight particles at a high velocity. The plastic deformation at the impact interface would disrupt the native oxide scale on the particle and the substrate to generate the intimate contact of the atomic structures. Accordingly, it poses a challenge in producing ceramic coating during kinetic spray because of the lack of plasticity of ceramic powders at room temperature. In this study, we proposed to prepare ZrO2 ceramic coatings using partially amorphized powder with nanometer size in the kinetic spray process. To prepare the powder for the use of the kinetic spray, the amorphization and grain refinement of ZrO2 powder in mechanical ball milling were studied. The results showed that the amorphization and grain refinement were improved because of the formation of solid solution when the CeO2 agent was added. Subsequently, a nearly spherical powder was achieved via spray drying using the milled powders. The plasticity of the milled powders was tested in the kinetic spray process using Nitrogen as process gas. A dense ZrO2-CeO2 coating with a thickness of 50 μm was formed, whereas spraying milled ZrO2 powder can only lead to an inhomogeneous dispersion of the destructible particles on the surface of the substrate.

  17. Dilution effects on the antiferromagnetic Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10

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    Okada, Y.; Kawabata, J.; Yamada, Y.; Muro, Y.; Takabatake, T.

    2017-04-01

    We have studied the effects of dilution of Ce sublattice on the unusual antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in the Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10 at 28.5 K by the magnetic, transport and specific-heat measurements of single crystals of Ce1-zLazOs2Al10. The effective magnetic moment and paramagnetic Curie temperature hardly change with z up to 0.5, indicating that the 4f state remains unchanged at high temperatures. The suppression of the Néel temperature TN is much weaker than that in 5d hole doped system, Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10. Therefore, the AFM interaction is robust against the violation of the coherent Ce sublattice. The activation energy in the resistivity decreases in parallel with TN, confirming the argument that the presence of the c-f hybridization gap is a requisite for the unusual AFM order in this system.

  18. Design, characterizaion and fabrication of neodymium doping profiles in transparent YAG ceramics

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    Wisdom, Jeffrey Alan

    Transparent laser ceramics offer significant fabrication advantages over traditional cubic-oxide single-crystal fabrication techniques, such as reduced processing time, scaling to large aperture sizes and reduced fabrication temperatures. Ceramic fabrication also allows a convenient route to engineering spatially-varying rare-earth doping profiles by creating a composition profile in the green-ceramic state. Optimized doping profiles have the potential to simultaneously improve diode-pumped laser efficiency and beam quality. The ability to arbitrarily engineer the doping profile of laser media opens a very large design space. The process of optimizing the doping profile for improved performance is dependent on the laser geometry (i.e., slab, rod, thin-disk, etc.) and is complicated by the change in thermal conductivity and refractive index of the host with doping level. In addition, spatially varying the rare-earth-ion concentration changes the distribution of thermal load within the gain medium. Without careful consideration, temperature-induced distortions will greatly reduce beam quality. To balance the multiple profile design constraints, a genetic algorithm was used to optimize the power delivered into diffraction-limited spot in the far field. The gain medium was composed of an Nd:Y3Al5O12 (Nd:YAG) zig-zag slab amplifier, edge pumped with 10 kW of diode pump power at 807.5 nm. The resulting doping profile is predicted to increase the power extracted from the laser and delivered into the far field by over 39% compared to the uniformly doped laser media that can be fabricated today. A simple Nd:YAG-core, YAG-clad planar waveguide structure was also fabricated. For the first time, laser oscillation was demonstrated in a 500-mum-wide doping profile fabricated directly from a green ceramic. However, the use of a reactive sintering method (Al2O3 and Y2O 3 reacted to produce Y3Al5O12 during sintering) to fabricate this structure is shown to transport significant

  19. Structural characterization of nanosized CeO(2)-SiO(2), CeO(2)-TiO(2), and CeO(2)-ZrO(2) catalysts by XRD, Raman, and HREM techniques.

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    Reddy, Benjaram M; Khan, Ataullah; Lakshmanan, Pandian; Aouine, Mimoun; Loridant, Stéphane; Volta, Jean-Claude

    2005-03-03

    Structural characteristics of nanosized ceria-silica, ceria-titania, and ceria-zirconia mixed oxide catalysts have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, BET surface area, thermogravimetry, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM). The effect of support oxides on the crystal modification of ceria cubic lattice was mainly focused. The investigated oxides were obtained by soft chemical routes with ultrahighly dilute solutions and were subjected to thermal treatments from 773 to 1073 K. The XRD results suggest that the CeO(2)-SiO(2) sample primarily consists of nanocrystalline CeO(2) on the amorphous SiO(2) surface. Both crystalline CeO(2) and TiO(2) anatase phases were noted in the case of CeO(2)-TiO(2) sample. Formation of cubic Ce(0.75)Zr(0.25)O(2) and Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2) (at 1073 K) were observed in the case of the CeO(2)-ZrO(2) sample. Raman measurements disclose the fluorite structure of ceria and the presence of oxygen vacancies/Ce(3+). The HREM results reveal well-dispersed CeO(2) nanocrystals over the amorphous SiO(2) matrix in the cases of CeO(2)-SiO(2), isolated CeO(2), and TiO(2) (anatase) nanocrystals, some overlapping regions in the case of CeO(2)-TiO(2), and nanosized CeO(2) and Ce-Zr oxides in the case of CeO(2)-ZrO(2) sample. The exact structural features of these crystals as determined by digital diffraction analysis of HREM experimental images reveal that the CeO(2) is mainly in cubic fluorite geometry. The oxygen storage capacity (OSC) as determined by thermogravimetry reveals that the OSC of the mixed oxide systems is more than that of pure CeO(2) and is system dependent.

  20. Defect properties of cobalt-doped hexagonal barium titanate ceramics

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    Langhammer, H. T.; Böttcher, R.; Müller, T.; Walther, T.; Ebbinghaus, S. G.

    2015-07-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) powder spectra (9 and 34 GHz) and the magnetic susceptibility of BaTiO3 + 0.04 BaO + x/2 Co2O3 (0.001 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.02) ceramics were studied to investigate the incorporation of Co ions in the BaTiO3 lattice and their valence states as well as the development of the hexagonal phase (6H modification) in dependence on doping level x and sintering temperature Ts. At Ts = 1400 °C the 6H modification begins to occur at a nominal Co concentration x of about 0.001 and for x > 0.005 the samples are completely hexagonal at room temperature. Two different EPR spectra were observed in the 6H modification of BaTiO3, which were both assigned to paramagnetic Co2+ ions located at the two crystallographically non-equivalent Ti sites in 6H-BaTiO3. The EPR g tensor values as well as the molar paramagnetic susceptibility, measured in the temperature range 5 K-300 K at a magnetic field of 9 T, were analyzed in the framework of the ligand field theory using the program CONCORD. The combination of EPR and magnetic measurements reveals that in air-sintered 6H BaTiO3, the incorporated Co occurs as a mixture of paramagnetic Co2+ and diamagnetic Co3+ ions, whereas in samples annealed in reducing atmosphere the majority of Co is in the divalent state. The occurrence of Co4+ can be excluded for all investigated samples. The sample color caused by Co2+ and Co3+ ions is beige/light yellow and dark grey/black, respectively. The majority of the Co2+ ions substitutes Ti in the exclusively corner-sharing oxygen octahedra possessing nearly cubic symmetry. The corresponding ligand field parameter B04(3) amounts to about -28 000 cm-1 (Wybourne notation, 10Dq ≈ 20 000 cm-1). In the reduced samples nearly 5% of the detected Co2+ ions occupy the Ti site in the face-sharing oxygen octahedra, which are significantly trigonally distorted. The negative sign of the obtained ligand field parameter B02 ≈ -7300 cm-1

  1. Dose-Dependent Effects of CeO2 on Microstructure and Antibacterial Property of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 Coatings for Orthopedic Application

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    Zhao, Xiaobing; Liu, Gaopeng; Zheng, Hai; Cao, Huiliang; Liu, Xuanyong

    2015-02-01

    Titanium and its alloys have been used extensively for orthopedic and dental implants. Although these devices have achieved high rates of success, two major complications may be encountered: the lack of osseointegration and the biomaterial-related infection. Accordingly, cerium oxide (CeO2)-doped titanium oxide (TiO2) materials were coated on titanium by an atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) technique. The phase structures, morphologies, and surface chemical states of the obtained coatings were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The in vitro antibacterial and cytocompatibility of the materials were studied with Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus, ATCC25923) and osteoblast precursor cell line MC3T3-E1. The results indicated that the addition of CeO2 shifts slightly the diffraction peaks of TiO2 matrix to low angles but does not change its rutile phase structure. In addition, the CeO2/TiO2 composite coatings possess dose-dependent corrosion resistance and antimicrobial properties. And doping of 10 wt.% CeO2 exhibits the highest activity against S. aureus, improved corrosion resistance, and competitive cytocompatibility, which argues a promising option for balancing the osteogenetic and antibacterial properties of titanium implants.

  2. Effects of CeO2 Nanoparticles on Terrestrial Isopod Porcellio scaber: Comparison of CeO2 Biological Potential with Other Nanoparticles.

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    Malev, Olga; Trebše, Polonca; Piecha, Małgorzata; Novak, Sara; Budič, Bojan; Dramićanin, Miroslav D; Drobne, Damjana

    2017-02-01

    Nano-sized cerium dioxide (CeO2) particles are emerging as an environmental issue due to their extensive use in automobile industries as fuel additives. Limited information is available on the potential toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on terrestrial invertebrates through dietary exposure. In the present study, the toxic effects of CeO2 NPs on the model soil organism Porcellio scaber were evaluated. Nanotoxicity was assessed by monitoring the lipid peroxidation (LP) level and feeding rate after 14-days exposure to food amended with nano CeO2. The exposure concentration of 1000 μg of CeO2 NPs g(-1) dry weight food for 14 days significantly increased both the feeding rate and LP. Thus, this exposure dose is considered the lowest observed effect dose. At higher exposure doses of 2000 and 5000 μg of CeO2 NPs g(-1) dry weight food, NPs significantly decreased the feeding rate and increased the LP level. Comparative studies showed that CeO2 NPs are more biologically potent than TiO2 NPs, ZnO NPs, CuO NPs, CoFe2O4 NPs, and Ag NPs based on feeding rate using the same model organism and experimental setup. Based on comparative metal oxide NPs toxicities, the present results contribute to the knowledge related to the ecotoxicological effects of CeO2 NPs in terrestrial invertebrates exposed through feeding.

  3. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Niobium Doped Lead-Telluride Glass-Ceramics

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    Sathish, M.; Eraiah, B.

    2015-02-01

    The basic glasses with composition (70-x) TeO2-30PbO-xNb2O5 (where x=0.1 mol % and 0.2 mol %) were prepared by melt quenching method and heat treated at 280°C for 30 min. The samples becoming glass ceramics was confirmed by SEM. The XRD parameters such as crystallite size of these glass ceramics decreases as increase the impurity and is the order of 184-109A°. However, micro strain (ε) and dislocation density (δ) increases. Glass transition and thermal stability estimated from DSC measurements and it has been found that both increase with increasing of impurity. Infrared Absorption spectra were measured for TeO2 glass and glass ceramic doped with Nb2O5. The recorded bands attributed to the different modes of vibration and stretching of Te-O band. Optical Absorption spectra of TeO2-PbO- Nb2O5 system shows that the absorption edge has a tail extending towards the lower energies and shifts towards for higher energies for rare earths-doped glass-ceramics. The degree of the edge shift was found to depend on the structural rearrangement and the relative concentrations of the glass basic units. The general appearance of the absorption spectra of these rare earth doped TeO2 glasses are similar to the spectra observed for other glasses doped with the same kind of rare earth oxides.

  4. Doping and defect structure of mixed-conducting ceramics for gas separation

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    Zuo, Chendong

    , which is highest among all Ba(Zr0.8-xCexY0.2)O 3 (0.4≤x≤0.7) compositions. However, the relatively low electronic conductivity is not adequate for the hydrogen separation membrane to be used in a non-galvanic operation mode, electronic conduction must been introduced into the proton conductor to create mixed ionic-electronic conductors. Dense Ni-BZCY [Ni-Ba(Zr0.8-xCexY0.2)O 3-alpha] cermet composite membranes have been successfully fabricated for evaluating hydrogen permeability, and stability. Nickel phase enhances the hydrogen permeability of the ceramic phase by increasing the electronic conductivity of the composite, surface exchange kinetics, and improving mechanical stability. By comparing the BEI images of BZCY cermets with different Zirconium content, we can tell the grain size, shape and distribution of two phases are insensitive to the zirconium content. Doping Zirconium in the B-site only slightly reduced the hydrogen permeation at high temperatures (e.g. 900°C), but dramatically increased the chemical stability in CO2- and H2O-containing gases. The hydrogen permeation fluxes of Ni-BZCY cermet membrane increased with temperature for all the compositions and the flux decreased as the zirconium content increased at each fixed temperature, but they are comparable to that of Ni-BCY for the lower zirconium content samples (x=0.6, 0.7). While the hydrogen permeation flux through a Ni-BCY cermet membrane decreased sharply upon exposure to wet CO2 atmospheres, the hydrogen permeation flux of a Ni-BZCY was relatively stable for 80 h in atmospheres containing up to 30% CO2 at 900°C after a small initial decrease. Among the compositions studied (0.4≤x≤0.7), the Ni-BZCY7 (x=0.7) composition exhibited both highest H2 permeation rate and good chemistry stability, thus having potential for practical applications. The Ni-BZCY7 membrane was chose to further study based on the best overall performance. The hydrogen flux through a Ni-BZCY7 cermet membrane increased

  5. Thermoelectric Properties of ZnO Ceramics Co-Doped with Al and Transition Metals

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki; Chonan, Yasunori; Oda, Manabu; Komiyama, Takao; Aoyama, Takashi; Sugiyama, Shigeaki

    2011-05-01

    The effect of co-doping with transition metals (Fe, Ni, and Sm) on the thermoelectric properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) ceramics was studied. The electrical conductivity σ of AZO was significantly (12%) increased by Ni co-doping, while an unfavorable deterioration in σ was observed for Fe- or Sm-co-doped AZO. Hall-effect measurements indicated that the electron mobility of AZO decreased due to co-doping in all samples. Only the Ni-co-doped AZO sample showed significant enhancement in electron density, resulting in its black color. The thermal conductivity κ decreased drastically due to Ni or Sm co-doping of AZO, while only a small change was observed for Fe co-doping of AZO. The κ value at 1073 K for Ni-co-doped AZO was 77% of that for AZO. A dimensionless figure of merit ZT = 0.126 was attained at 1073 K for Ni-co-doped AZO, representing an improvement over that of conventional AZO by a factor of 1.50.

  6. Laser ceramic materials for subpicosecond solid-state lasers using Nd3+-doped mixed scandium garnets.

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    Okada, Hajime; Tanaka, Momoko; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Nakai, Yoshiki; Ochi, Yoshihiro; Sugiyama, Akira; Daido, Hiroyuki; Kimura, Toyoaki; Yanagitani, Takagimi; Yagi, Hideki; Meichin, Noriyuki

    2010-09-15

    We have successfully developed and demonstrated broadband emission Nd-doped mixed scandium garnets based on laser ceramic technology. The inhomogeneous broadening of Nd(3+) fluorescence lines results in a bandwidth above 5 nm that is significantly broader than that for Nd:YAG and enables subpicosecond mode-locked pulse durations. We have also found the emission cross section of 7.8 × 10(-20) cm(2) to be adequate for efficient energy extraction and thermal conductivity of 4.7 W/mK from these new Nd-doped laser ceramics. The new laser ceramics are good candidates for laser host material in a diode-pumped subpicosecond laser system with high efficiency and high repetition rate.

  7. Spectroscopic properties of Er 3+ doped chalco-halide glass ceramics

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    Seznec, Vincent; Ma, Hongli; Zhang, Xianghua; Nazabal, Virginie; Adam, Jean-Luc; Qiao, X. S.; Fan, X. P.

    2006-02-01

    In this paper, we present results concerning the fabrication and characterization of glass-ceramics based on chalcohalide for application as laser host materials. The objective is to develop a highly efficient host material for rare-earth doping. The studied system is Ga-Ge-S-CsCl with Er 3+ ions as doping elements. Glass-ceramics have been prepared by thermal treatment of the base glass. The evolution of the optical transmission versus annealing time and temperature has been investigated. Preliminary up-conversion measurement of Er 3+ were performed. Glass ceramics show higher luminescence efficiency as compared to the base glass. Nano-crystalline phases have been generated in well-controlled experimental conditions, so that crystals with reproducible size smaller than 50 nm could be achieved.

  8. Cubic to tetragonal phase transition of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Li, Yiming; Fu, Yuting; Shi, Yahui; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Yu, Hua E-mail: yuhua@nankai.edu.cn; Zhao, Lijuan E-mail: yuhua@nankai.edu.cn

    2016-02-15

    Tm{sup 3+} ions doped β-PbF{sub 2} nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics with different doping concentrations and thermal temperatures are prepared by a traditional melt-quenching and thermal treatment method to investigate the structure and the phase transition of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals. The structures are characterized by X-ray diffraction Rietveld analysis and confirmed with numerical simulation. The phase transitions are proved further by the emission spectra. Both of the doping concentration and thermal temperature can induce an O{sub h} to D{sub 4h} site symmetry distortion and a cubic to tetragonal phase transition. The luminescence of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals at 800 nm was modulated by the phase transition of the surrounding crystal field.

  9. Optical Properties Characterization of Gamma Irradiated CeO2 Nanoparticles Solution

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    Nurhasanah, I.; Luthfia, A.; Arifin, Z.

    2017-05-01

    Optical properties of CeO2 nanoparticles solution have been studied to explore the possibility of CeO2 nanoparticles as a liquid chemical dosimeter to measure gamma radiation in radiotherapy. CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by ultrasound irradiation of cerium nitrate solution. The CeO2 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). CeO2 nanoparticles solution with concentration of 2.5 x 10-4 g/ml was irradiated by 1.3 MV 60Co gamma rays with a dose of 1.0 to 2.5 Gy. The UV absorbance spectrum of unirradiated and irradiated CeO2 nanoparticles solution was measured by using UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The UV absorbance of CeO2 nanoparticles solution increased with increasing radiation dose and caused a change in the band gap. The change in optical properties of CeO2 nanoparticles solution is correlated to chemical reactions induced by gamma radiation. The obtained chemical yield was in the order of 103 mol/J indicates the sensitivity of CeO2 nanoparticles to gamma radiation. The results show the possibility of CeO2 nanoparticles for use as gamma radiation dosimeter.

  10. Synthesis and dielectric properties of Zn doped GdFeO3 ceramics

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    Sai Vandana, C.; Guravamma, J.; Hemalatha Rudramadevi, B.

    2016-09-01

    GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were prepared by standard Solid State Reaction method at 1200°C. The structural changes and crystallite sizes of the undoped and Zn doped ceramics were studied using the XRD data. Microstructural features and elemental composition of GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were determined from SEM and EDS analysis. Room temperature dielectric measurements such as dielectric constant (ɛ´), tangent loss (tan5) and AC conductivity (oac) were carried out in the frequency range (100Hz to 1MHz). Improved dielectric properties of GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 over GdFeO3 ceramics with low values of dielectric loss render them as potential materials in the areas of microwave communication systems, information storage, spintronics, sensors, etc.

  11. Fabrication and characterization of Eu3+-doped Lu2O3 scintillation ceramics

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    Kopylov, Yu. L.; Kravchenko, V. B.; Dulina, N. A.; Lopin, А. V.; Parkhomenko, S. V.; Tolmachev, A. V.; Yavetskiy, R. P.; Zelenskaya, O. V.

    2013-02-01

    Density, morphology, optical transmittance and luminescence of undoped and europium-doped Lu2O3 ceramics have been studied. It has been revealed that europium ions in concentration of 5 at.% act as a solid-state sintering aids in Lu2O3 ceramics promoting its densification. Lu2O3:Eu3+ optical ceramics with relative density of 98 ± 2%, with an average grain size of 50 μm and in-line transmittance of 41% in the visible wavelength range has been produced by vacuum sintering at Т = 1850 °С. The scintillation characteristics of Lu2O3:Eu3+ ceramics under excitation with α-particles (238Рu source, E = 5.46 МeV) have been determined for the first time (S = 500 ± 50 photons/МeV, R = 26.5%).

  12. Effects of ion doping at different sites on electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Yu, Benfang; Li, Meiya; Liu, Jun; Guo, Dongyun; Pei, Ling; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-03-01

    Pure, La3+ doped at A site, V5+ doped at B site, and La3+ and V5+ co-doped multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics: BiFeO3 (BFO), Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 (BLF), BiFe0.97V0.03O3 (BFV), Bi0.85La0.15Fe0.97V0.03O3 (BLFV), etc were successfully prepared by a rapid liquid sintering technique. X-ray diffraction indicated that these ceramics were of polycrystalline perovskite structures, accompanied with a tiny residual Bi2O3 phase. It was found that, among these ceramics, BLFV ceramic exhibited the best electrical properties. The leakage current density of BLFV ceramic was only 2.1 × 10-6 A cm-2 at 10 kV cm-1, two and one orders of magnitude lower than those of the BLF and BFV ceramics, respectively. In the measuring frequency of 4 KHz-1 MHz, the dielectric constants and losses of this sample exhibited slight variation and the lowest loss tangent was 0.08. The sample had a relatively saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loop. These suggested that the co-doped BiFeO3 ceramic by La3+ and V5+ at A and B sites showed advantages in application over the pure BFO, doped BLF and BFV ceramics, respectively.

  13. Microstructure and spectroscopic investigations of calcium zinc bismuth phosphate glass ceramics doped with manganese ions

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    Suneel Kumar, A.; Sambasiva Rao, M. V.; Chinna Ram, G.; Krishna Rao, D.

    2017-07-01

    Multi-component 10CaF2-20ZnO-(15 - x)Bi2O3-55P2O5:xMnO (0 ≤ x ≤ 2.5) glass ceramics were synthesised by melt quenching technique and heat treatment. The prepared glass ceramics were characterised by XRD, DTA, EDS and SEM. Spectroscopic studies such as optical absorption, EPR, FTIR and Raman were also carried out on these glass ceramics. The XRD and SEM studies have indicated that ceramic samples contain well defined and randomly distributed grains of different crystalline phases. The observed increase of enthalpy from DTA patterns up to 1 mol% of MnO indicates that the crystallisation starts initially from the surface of the material then gradually it is extended to the volume of the material and this influence is meagre at higher concentrations of MnO. The absorption spectra of manganese doped glass ceramics have exhibited two types of conventional bands; one due to Mn2+ ions and other due to Mn3+ ions. The EPR spectra of MnO doped glass ceramics showed a resonance signal around g2 = 2.023 with a six line hyperfine structure and another signal at about g1 = 4.314. The relative intensity and half-width of these two signals are observed to increase with the increase in the concentration of manganese ions up to 1 mol% beyond this concentration it is found to decrease. Such observation indicates the conversion of part of Mn2+ ions into Mn3+ ions in the glass ceramic matrix. The observed increase in the intensity of symmetrical structural units at the expense of asymmetrical structural units from the FTIR and Raman spectra at higher concentration of MnO indicating that Mn2+ ions occupy the network forming positions in the glass ceramic structure.

  14. Preparation and photocatalytic property of CeO 2 lamellar

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    Chen, Fengjuan; Cao, Yali; Jia, Dianzeng

    2011-08-01

    A novel room temperature solid-state chemical synthesis was introduced to successfully fabricate CeO 2 samples, coupled by a polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400)/cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The as-prepared products were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, BET and UV. A study of photocatalytic degradation of the methylene blue MB under UV illumination has been carried out. It is indicated that the samples exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity. Besides, the samples assisted with surfactants possess higher photocatalytic activity than the sample without any surfactants, wherein the sample with SDS as an additive shows the highest photocatalytic activity, which is able to reach 89.6% MB degradation ratio within 60 min illumination. Moreover, the effects of important operational parameters such as initial MB concentration, catalyst loading and pH were also investigated. The above sample under the optimum conditions obtained the maximum MB degradation ratio up to 96.5%, which is higher than that of the commercial TiO 2 P25 under the same conditions. It can be concluded that CeO 2 will be a potential photocatalyst in the application of organic pollutant.

  15. Radioluminescence properties of Sm-doped fluorochlorozirconate glasses and glass-ceramics

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    Okada, Go; Edgar, Andy; Kasap, Safa; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2016-02-01

    We have investigated X-ray induced radioluminescence (XL) properties of Sm-doped fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glasses and glass-ceramics. The FCZ glass is a modified ZBLAN glass which shows a very high optical transmission over a wide spectral range. The glass matrix includes Sm3+-doped nanocrystals of BaCl2 after heat-treatment at temperatures above 250 °C. The glass-ceramic emits red light under UV and X-ray exposure. Since conventional Si-based photodetectors, e.g., CCDs, have the highest quantum efficiency to red light in general, the Sm-doped FCZ glass-ceramic plate can be a good candidate as a scintillator material for indirect radiation detection. Moreover, a very broad emission is present in the glass-ceramic around 300-500 nm, which is attributed to a self-trapped exciton (STE) emissions. The temperature dependence of X-ray induced luminescence and photoluminescence are very similar. The XL light yield is linearly proportional to the X-ray exposure rate for rates higher than 20 mR/s. For low exposure rates, emissions by Sm2+ are more sensitive than others, leading to a nonlinear response.

  16. Visible light induced degradation of methylene blue using CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO catalysts.

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    Saravanan, R; Joicy, S; Gupta, V K; Narayanan, V; Stephen, A

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, the nanocatalysts CeO2, V2O5, CuO, CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO were synthesized by thermal decomposition method. This method is simple, fast and cost effective compared with other preparation methods. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by different techniques. The XRD and XPS results confirmed the structure and the oxidization states of the nanocomposite materials. DRS results suggested that the prepared CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO nanocomposites can generate more electrons and holes under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activities of prepared catalysts were evaluated using the degradation of aqueous methylene blue solution as a model compound under visible light irradiation. In addition, the nanocomposite (CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO) materials were employed to degrade the textile effluent under visible light condition. © 2013.

  17. Optical, luminescent and laser properties of highly transparent ytterbium doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics

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    Ivanov, M.; Kopylov, Yu.; Kravchenko, V.; Li, Jiang; Pan, Yubai; Kynast, U.; Leznina, M.; Strek, W.; Marciniak, Lukasz; Palashov, O.; Snetkov, I.; Mukhin, I.; Spassky, D.

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and investigation of highly transparent Yb-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics. For sintering of the ceramics we used a technology, which consists of several consecutive steps: (a) synthesis of weakly agglomerated nanopowder by laser ablation, (b) compacting of the green body with cold isostatic pressing (CIP), and (c) sintering in vacuum. After calcinations of the synthesized nanopowder at 1200 °C, a pure single-phase solid solution Yb3+:(LaxY1-x)2O3 was formed. The lanthanum ions proved to be a good aid to sinter yttria ceramics doped with Yb3+ at comparatively moderate temperatures of about 1650 °C. The ceramics have a relative density higher than 99.99% and grain sizes around 40 μm. The absorption coefficient of 3.2 mm thick Yb0.12La0.27Y1.61O3 ceramics is 0.01 cm-1 at 1150 nm. Laser oscillation at a wavelength of 1033 nm is demonstrated.

  18. Phase Formation in PZT Phosphorus-Doped Ceramics

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    Celi, L. A.; Caballero, A. C.; Villegas, M.; Moure, C.; Fernandez, J. F.; Eiras, J. A.

    2009-04-19

    The surface modification of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with phosphate ester leaves a phosphorus residue absorbed onto the particle surface. During the sintering processes, this surface layer reacts with the PZT to form lead-rich compounds, such as Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Pb{sub 4}(P{sub 2}O{sub 9}). The formation of such a compounds may be the responsible for the grain growth inhibition observed in PZT-modified ceramics, as well as the lead loss reduction.

  19. Effect of samarium doping on the dielectric behavior of barium zircomium titanate ceramic

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    Badapanda, T.; Sarangi, S.; Behera, B.; Anwar, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    Samarium doped Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic with general formula Ba{sub 1−x}Sm{sub 2x/3}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} [x=0.0,0.01,0.02,0.03,0.04] has been prepared by high energy ball milling. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that these ceramics have a single phase with perovskite-type upto x≤0.03 and a small secondary phase exist at x=0.04. The temperature dependent dielectric study shows a ferroelectric phase transition and transition temperature decreases with an increase in the Samarium content.

  20. Density and hardness of Nd-doped zircon ceramics as nuclear waste forms

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    Yuan, Xun; Liu, Xudong; Wang, Lan; Lu, Xirui

    2017-04-01

    Zircon ceramics were employed as host material for immobilization of element Nd, which was used as the surrogate of trivalent actinide nuclide. A series of Zr2-x Nd x Si2O8-0.5x compounds were prepared by solid-state reaction method at 1500 °C for 72 h in air and investigated in respect of their physics performances. These performances were characterized by density and hardness. The results show that the density raises as the value of x increases from 0.02 to 0.20. Moreover, the hardness of the Nd-doped ceramic also increase with enhanced Nd content.

  1. Microstructure and dielectric behavior of Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics.

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    Hu, Guoxin; Gao, Feng; Liu, Liangliang; Deng, Zhenqi; Liu, Zhengtang

    2013-07-01

    Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15(KSNB) ceramics with relative density higher than 96% were successfully prepared by sintering at 1300 °C. The addition of Bi2O3 will decrease the tetragonal degree of the materials, improve the densification, and promote the grain growth of KSNB ceramics. Relaxation behavior can be observed in KSNB ceramics, which is attributed to the complex response of the polar nanoregions and matrices resulting from substitution of Bi3+ for Sr2+ and K+. Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics show good temperature-dependence performance and high dielectric tunability. KSNB ceramics with 4.0 wt% added Bi2O3 show the maximum tunability, and capacitance changes with temperature meet the requirement of the X7R standard, which makes these ceramics promising candidate materials for multilayer capacitors and tunable phase shifters.

  2. Structural properties of fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics doped with multivalent europium

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    Passlick, C.; Mueller, O.; Luetzenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Frahm, R.; Johnson, J. A.; Schweizer, S.

    2011-12-01

    The structure/property relationships of fluorochlorozirconate glass ceramics as a function of divalent and trivalent europium (Eu) co-doping and thermal processing have been investigated; the influence of doping ratio on the formation of barium chloride (BaCl{sub 2}) nanocrystals therein was elucidated. X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy shows that the post-thermal annealing changes the Eu valence of the as-poured glass slightly, but during the melting process Eu{sup 3+} is more strongly reduced to Eu{sup 2+}, in particular, when doped as a chloride instead of fluoride compound. The Eu{sup 2+}-to-Eu{sup 3+} doping ratio also plays a significant role in chemical equilibrium in the melt. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that a higher Eu{sup 2+} fraction leads to a BaCl{sub 2} phase transition from hexagonal to orthorhombic structure at a lower temperature.

  3. Structural properties of fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics doped with multivalent europium

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    PaBlick, C.; Müller, O.; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Frahm, R.; Johnson, J.A.; Schweizer, S.

    2012-10-10

    The structure/property relationships of fluorochlorozirconate glass ceramics as a function of divalent and trivalent europium (Eu) co-doping and thermal processing have been investigated; the influence of doping ratio on the formation of barium chloride (BaCl2) nanocrystals therein was elucidated. X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy shows that the post-thermal annealing changes the Eu valence of the as-poured glass slightly, but during the melting process Eu3+ is more strongly reduced to Eu2+, in particular, when doped as a chloride instead of fluoride compound. The Eu2+-to-Eu3+ doping ratio also plays a significant role in chemical equilibrium in the melt. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that a higher Eu2+ fraction leads to a BaCl2 phase transition from hexagonal to orthorhombic structure at a lower temperature.

  4. Dielectric Properties of Rare-Earth-Oxide-Doped BaTiO3 Ceramics Fired in Reducing Atmosphere

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    Okino, Yoshikazu; Shizuno, Hisamitsu; Kusumi, Shinya; Kishi, Hiroshi

    1994-09-01

    In order to gain an understanding of highly reliable electrical characteristics for the Ho-doped multilayer ceramic capacitors with Ni electrodes, dielectric properties of various rare-earth-oxide-doped BaTiO3 ceramics were studied. The smaller ionic radius rare-earth-oxide (Dy, Ho, Er)-doped samples showed lower resistivity in reducing atmosphere, but higher resistivity in oxidizing atmosphere at the cooling stage, compared with the larger-ion (La, Sm, Gd)-doped samples. Multilayer ceramic capacitors with Ni electrodes using the smaller-ion-doped materials showed smaller aging rate and longer lifetime. We developed Ni-electrode MLCs with X7R specification as 1 µ F in the 2125 type.

  5. Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Nb{sup 5+} doped BCZT ceramics

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    Parjansri, Piewpan; Intatha, Uraiwan; Eitssayeam, Sukum

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Average grain size of BCZT ceramic decreased with the increasing Nb{sup 5+} doping. • Dielectric constant value is enhanced with Nb{sup 5+} doping. • Dielectric loss of BCZT − x Nb{sup 5+} ceramics was less than 0.03 at room temperature (1 kHz). • Piezoelectric coefficient decreased with the increasing Nb{sup 5+} doping. • The relaxation behavior is enhanced with the doping of Nb{sup 5+}. - Abstract: This work investigated the electrical properties of Nb{sup 5+} (0.0–1.0 mol%) doped with Ba{sub 0.90}Ca{sub 0.10}Zr{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub 3} while adding 1 mol% of Ba{sub 0.90}Ca{sub 0.10}Zr{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub 3} seeds. The mixed powder was ball milled for 24 h, calcined and sintered at 1200 °C for 2 h and 1450 °C for 4 h, respectively. The XRD patterns of the ceramic samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction. The electrical properties of ceramics were measured and the results indicated that all samples show a pure perovskite phase with no secondary phase. Density and average grain size values were in the range of 5.60–5.71 g/cm{sup 3} and 12.62–1.86 μm, respectively. The highest dielectric constant, ϵ{sub r} at room temperature (1 kHz) was 4636 found at 1.0 mol% Nb. The dielectric loss, tan δ was less than 0.03 for all samples at room temperature (1 kHz). Other electrical properties, P{sub r}, d{sub 33} and k{sub p} values were decreased with Nb doped relates to the decreasing grain size in BCZT ceramics. Moreover, the degrees of phase transition diffuseness and relaxation behavior were observed in the higher Nb doping.

  6. Enhanced Dielectric Properties and High-Temperature Microwave Absorption Performance of Zn-Doped Al2O3 Ceramic

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    Wang, Yuan; Luo, Fa; Wei, Ping; Zhou, Wancheng; Zhu, Dongmei

    2015-07-01

    To improve the dielectric and microwave absorption properties of Al2O3 ceramic, Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic was prepared by conventional ceramic processing. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that Zn atoms successfully entered the Al2O3 ceramic lattice and occupied Al sites. The complex permittivity increased with increasing Zn concentration, which is mainly attributed to the increase in charged vacancy defects and densification of the Al2O3 ceramic. In addition, the temperature-dependent complex permittivity of 3% Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic was determined in the temperature range from 298 K to 873 K. Both the real and imaginary parts of the complex permittivity increased monotonically with increasing temperature, which can be ascribed to the shortened relaxation time and increasing electrical conductivity. The increased complex permittivity leads to a great improvement in microwave absorption. In particular, when the temperature is up to 873 K, the 3% Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic exhibited the best absorption performance with a maximum peak (-12.1 dB) and broad effective absorption bandwidth (reflection loss less than -10 dB from 9.3 GHz to 12.3 GHz). These results reveal that Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic is a promising candidate for use as a kind of high-temperature microwave absorption material.

  7. Upconversion and downconversion luminescence properties of Er3+ doped NBT ceramics synthesized via hydrothermal method

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    Sun, Jianjian; Fang, Bijun; Zhang, Shuai; Chen, Zhihui; Ding, Jianning; Zhao, Xiangyong; Luo, Haosu

    2017-07-01

    Er3+-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (Er-doped NBT) ceramics were prepared via a hydrothermal method. High sintering active Er-doped NBT nano cubic particles with perovskite structure were synthesized at hydrothermal condition of 200 °C for 24 h in 12 M NaOH solution, which were self-assembled via in situ crystallization mechanism by the initially as-grown nanowires. The Er-doped NBT ceramics sintered at 1100 °C for 2 h exhibit pure rhombohedral perovskite structure, high densification and rather homogenous microstructure morphology. Under 488 nm light excitation, the strong green emission peaks centering at 530 nm and 550 nm and the weak red emission peaks locating at 665 nm and 735 nm are excited, which can be attributed to the 2H11/2, 4S3/2, 4F9/2 and 4I9/2 → 4I15/2 transitions, respectively. The maximum emission intensity is obtained when the Er doping content reaches 1.0 mol%. A strong upconversion emission peak centering around 550 nm in green light range is excited under 800 nm light excitation, which is correlated with the 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 transition.

  8. Microstructure, toughness and flexural strength of self-reinforced silicon nitride ceramics doped with yttrium oxide and ytterbium oxide.

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    Zheng, Y. S.; Knowles, K. M.; Vieira, J. M.; Lopes, A. B.; Oliveira, F. J.

    2001-02-01

    Self-reinforced silicon nitride ceramics with additions of either yttrium oxide or ytterbium oxide have been investigated at room temperature after various processing heat treatments. Devitrification of the intergranular phase in these materials is very sensitive to the heat treatment used during processing and does not necessarily improve their strength and toughness. Hot-pressed ceramics without a subsequent devitrification heat treatment were the strongest. The ytterbium oxide-doped silicon nitride ceramics were consistently tougher, but less strong, than the yttrium oxide-doped silicon nitride ceramics. In all the ceramics examined, the fracture toughness showed evidence for R-curve behaviour. This was most significant in pressureless sintered ytterbium oxide-doped silicon nitride ceramics. A number of toughening mechanisms, including crack deflection, bridging, and fibre-like grain pull-out, were observed during microstructural analysis of the ceramics. In common with other silicon nitride-based ceramics, thin amorphous films were found at the grain boundaries in each of the ceramics examined. Arrays of dislocations left in the elongated silicon nitride grains after processing were found to belong to the {101;0}<0001> primary slip system.

  9. Large recoverable electrostrain in Mn-doped (Ba,Sr) TiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Zhang, L.X.; Chen, W.; Ren, X.

    2004-12-06

    In this letter we demonstrate that with a different principle, BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics, so far considered as inferior piezoelectrics compared with Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT), can show a large recoverable electrostrain. This principle utilizes a point-defect-mediated reversible domain switching mechanism, which can in theory generate 0.368% strain for BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics at the best condition. Experimental results showed that, after aging at room temperature, 1.0 mol % Mn-doped (Ba{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05})TiO{sub 3} ceramics generate a large recoverable nonlinear strain of about 0.12%-0.15% at a field of 3 kV/mm. This value exceeds that of conventional hard PZT piezoelectric ceramics. A microscopic model for the domain-related electrostrain effect in ceramics is proposed. It is also found that the large electrostrain effect is quite stable with respect to both changing frequency and fatigue cycles. Large electrostrain remains recoverable down to 0.05 Hz and after 10 000 cycles. These results demonstrate the potential of our approach in achieving large recoverable electrostrain in environmental-friendly (Pb-free) ceramics.

  10. Photocatalytic degradation of dye using CeO2/SCB composite catalysts

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    Channei, Duangdao; Nakaruk, Auppatham; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2017-08-01

    The main task of the present work is to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of methylene blue (MB) by using CeO2/sugarcane bagasse (SCB) composite catalysts. Homogeneous precipitation method was used to synthesis CeO2-SCB composite catalysts by adding SCB powder to precursor solution of Ce base-metal. The structural analytical data indicated the pure cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. Morphological images revealed the coating of CeO2 layer on high surface area of SCB core-shell. The chemical analysis presented spectrum of the Ce 3d in CeO2/SCB sample existed in the form of the Ce3 + and Ce4 + mixed- valence states. Optical spectra showed the shift of absorption edge towards longer visible region upon supporting CeO2 with SCB. The main chemical composition of the SCB was K, Ca, and Si. Furthermore, recombination of the photogenerated electrons and holes was identified by photoluminescence techniques (PL), the data suggested inhibition of electron-hole pairs recombination by the cations from SCB loaded in CeO2/SCB composite. Photocatalytic activity of CeO2/SCB catalyst was investigated via the degradation of MB under UV-A irradiation. Experimental kinetic data followed the pseudo-first order model. CeO2 supported with SCB adsorbent had higher photocatalytic activity in dye wastewater treatment compared to the pure CeO2. The proposed mechanism explaining the high photocatalytic efficiency of CeO2/SCB was associated with high surface properties and the suppression of recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs by the SCB adsorbent.

  11. Reactive CeO2 nanofluids for UV protective films.

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    Maniglia, Rafael; Reed, Kenneth J; Texter, John

    2017-11-15

    We investigate surface modification by organo-trimethoxysilanes of nano-ceria and if such surface-modified nano-ceria can be transformed into solvent-free nanofluids. We also examine whether simultaneous modification with ionic liquid salts and with acrylate groups yields nanofluids suitable for forming UV-protective films and clear coatings by UV-initiated polymerization. Nominally 3nm diameter CeO2 was successfully synthesized and surface decorated with an ionic liquid salt and with acrylate groups to produce a core/shell structured solvent-free nanofluid after ion exchange of chloride for a soft polyoxyethylene sulfonate anion. This room temperature nanofluid melts at about -10°C and exhibits a glass transition at about -71°C. The melting enthalpy, about 19J/g, corresponds approximately to the gain in surface free energy of such nanofluid particles upon transforming from the solid state to liquid state. Robust films were made by UV photoinitiation of this nanofluid in combination with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate and with a polyoxyethylene diacrylate to yield cross-linked films with absorption coefficients α350nm=6.6±0.8cm(2)/mg and α300nm=24.5±3.5cm(2)/mg. Average near UV protection over 300-350nm of 1-3 optical density units can be obtained with 0.065-0.19mg/cm(2) of CeO2. These materials appear almost three-fold more effective, per unit ceria, than previously reported clearcoats of nanoceria. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. The microstructure, mechanical and electrical properties of Niobium pentoxide-doped Titanium oxide ceramic targets

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    Ling, Qi; Xu, TingTing; Wu, LianZi; Peng, Wei; Zhu, ZuoXiang; Xie, ShengHui; Yang, HaiPeng; Gao, JiHua; Gao, Ling; Yang, HaiTao

    2017-03-01

    Nb2O5 doped TiO2 (NTO) ceramic targets were prepared by sintering in Ar at l350 °C for 2 hours. The morphologies structures, densification behavior, mechanical and electrical properties of the sintered ceramic targets with different doping concentration were investigated. The results show that the Nb2O5 content of increase from 0 wt% to 10 wt% not only enhance the densification but promote the grain growth. The morphologies, compositions, microstructure, and chemical states were characterized by SEM and XRD. The relative density, grain size and resistivity of 7.5 wt% content sintered at 1350 °C in Ar were 94.5%, 13.76 μm, and 7.8×10‑2 Ω·cm, respectively.

  13. Optical, scintillation and dosimeter properties of MgO translucent ceramic doped with Cr3+

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    Kato, Takumi; Okada, Go; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated the photoluminescence (PL), scintillation and thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) dosimeter properties of MgO translucent ceramic doped with Cr3+ ion (0.001, 0.01 and 0.1%). The ceramic samples were synthesized by a Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique. The broad and sharp emission peaks appeared around 600-850 nm in all the samples. The PL decay time constants of all the samples were a few ms which were on the typical order of Cr3+ doped phosphors. As with the PL, the peak resulted from Cr3+ ion was detected in the scintillation spectra. The TSL glow curves showed the main peak around 140 °C. The TSL response was confirmed to be linear to the irradiation dose over the dose range from 0.1 to 1000 mGy.

  14. Influence of sintering temperature on structure, microstructure and piezoelectric properties of doped BZT-BCT ceramics

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    Dang, Anh Tuan; Vo, Thanh Tung; Truong, Van Chuong; Le, Van Hong

    2017-01-01

    This work reports the influence of sintering temperature on structure, microstructure and piezoelectric properties of 0.48 Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.52 (Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3(BZT-BCT) doped with ZnO nanoparticle ceramics manufactured by a conventional solid state reaction method. By increasing sintering temperature, the piezoelectric behaviors were improved and rose up to the best parameters at a sintering temperature of 1450∘C (d33 = 576 pC/N and kp = 0.55). The corresponding properties of undoped BZT-BCT ceramics were investigated as a comparison. The received results show that the sintering behavior and piezo-parameters of doped BZT-BCT samples are better than the undoped BZT-BCT samples at each sintering temperature.

  15. Thermoelectric properties of the yttrium-doped ceramic oxide SrTiO3

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    Khan, Tamal Tahsin; Ur, Soon-Chul

    2017-01-01

    The doping dependence of the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, of the ceramic oxide SrTiO3 at high temperature has been studied. In this study, yttrium was used as the doping element. A conventional solid-state reaction method was used for the preparation of Y-doped SrTiO3. The doping level in SrTiO3 was controlled to be in the doping range of 2 - 10 mole%. Almost all the yttrium atoms incorporated into the SrTiO3 provided charge carriers, as was observed by using X-ray diffraction pattern. The relative densities of all the samples varied from 98.53% to 99.45%. The thermoelectric properties, including the electrical conductivity σ, Seebeck coefficient S, thermal conductivity k, and the figure of merit, ZT, were investigated at medium temperatures. The ZT value showed an obvious doping level dependence, in which a value as high as 0.18 is realized at 773 K for a doping of 8 mole%.

  16. Tm3+ Modified Optical Temperature Behavior of Transparent Er3+-Doped Hexagonal NaGdF4 Glass Ceramics

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    E, Chengqi; Bu, Yanyan; Meng, Lan; Yan, Xiaohong

    2017-06-01

    Er3+-doped and Er3+-Tm3+-co-doped transparent hexagonal NaGdF4 glass ceramics are fabricated via melt-quenching method. The emissions of Er3+-doped NaGdF4 glass ceramics are adjusted from the green to red by varying the concentration of Tm3+ ion under the excitation of 980 nm. The spectrum, thermal quenching ratio, fluorescence intensity ratios, and optical temperature sensitivity of the transparent glass ceramics are observed to be dependent on the pump power. The maximum value of relative sensitivity reaches 0.001 K-1 at 334 K in Er3+-doped NaGdF4, which shifts toward the lower temperature range by co-doping with Tm3+ ions, and has a maximum value of 0.00081 K-1 at 292 K. This work presents a method to improve the optical temperature behavior of Er3+-doped NaGdF4 glass ceramics. Moreover, the relative sensitivity SR is proved to be dependent on the pump power of 980-nm lasers in Er3+-doped NaGdF4 and Er3+-Tm3+-co-doped NaGdF4.

  17. Spectral investigations on Dy{sup 3+}-doped transparent oxyfluoride glasses and nanocrystalline glass ceramics

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    Babu, P.; Jang, Kyoung Hyuk; Kim, Eun Sik; Shi, Liang; Seo, Hyo Jin; Rivera-Lopez, F.; Rodriguez-Mendoza, U. R.; Lavin, V.; Vijaya, R.; Jayasankar, C. K.; Rama Moorthy, L.

    2009-01-01

    Dysprosium-doped oxyfluoride glasses and nanocrystalline glass ceramics have been synthesized and studied by x-ray diffraction, absorption, and visible and near-infrared emission spectra. The samples emit intense white light when populating the {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} level with a 451 nm laser light and, from the visible emission spectra, yellow to blue intensity ratios and chromaticity color coordinates have been calculated and their relative variation have been discussed based on the concentration of Dy{sup 3+} ions and the heat treatment conditions used to prepare the glass ceramics. Infrared emission has also been observed in glasses and glass ceramics after laser excitation at 800 nm, showing bands at 1.33 and 1.67 {mu}m, useful for optical amplification in fiber amplifiers.

  18. Spectral investigations on Dy3+-doped transparent oxyfluoride glasses and nanocrystalline glass ceramics

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    Babu, P.; Jang, Kyoung Hyuk; Kim, Eun Sik; Shi, Liang; Seo, Hyo Jin; Rivera-López, F.; Rodríguez-Mendoza, U. R.; Lavín, V.; Vijaya, R.; Jayasankar, C. K.; Rama Moorthy, L.

    2009-01-01

    Dysprosium-doped oxyfluoride glasses and nanocrystalline glass ceramics have been synthesized and studied by x-ray diffraction, absorption, and visible and near-infrared emission spectra. The samples emit intense white light when populating the F49/2 level with a 451 nm laser light and, from the visible emission spectra, yellow to blue intensity ratios and chromaticity color coordinates have been calculated and their relative variation have been discussed based on the concentration of Dy3+ ions and the heat treatment conditions used to prepare the glass ceramics. Infrared emission has also been observed in glasses and glass ceramics after laser excitation at 800 nm, showing bands at 1.33 and 1.67 μm, useful for optical amplification in fiber amplifiers.

  19. Fabrication and Characterization of Dual Phase Magnesia-Zirconia Ceramics Doped with Plutonia

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    P. G. Medvedev; J. F. Jue; S. M. Frank; M.K. Meyer

    2005-05-01

    Dual phase magnesia-zirconia ceramics doped with plutonia are being studied as an inert matrix fuel (IMF) for light water reactors. The motivation of this work is to develop an IMF with a thermal conductivity superior to that of the fuels based on yttria stabilized zirconia. The concept uses the MgO phase as an efficient heat conductor to increase thermal conductivity of the composite. In this paper ceramic fabrication and characterization by scanning electron microscopy, energy and wavelength dispersive xray spectroscopy is discussed. Characterization shows that the ceramics consist of the two-phase matrix and PuO2-rich inclusions. The matrix is comprised of pure MgO phase and MgO-ZrO2-PuO2 solid solution. The PuO2-rich inclusion contained dissolved MgO and ZrO2.

  20. Huge low-frequency dielectric response of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics

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    Wu, Y. Q.; Zhao, X.; Zhang, J. L.; Su, W. B.; Liu, J.

    2015-12-01

    The (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics have drawn considerable attention as a type of promising giant-permittivity dielectric materials in recent years. However, a significant controversy concerning the giant dielectric mechanism currently exists, and clarifying it is vitally important from both scientific and technological viewpoints. This letter reports the results of a systematical comparison study, where two kinds of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics with a substantial difference in dielectric loss are used. Dielectric properties and complex impedance are investigated over a broad frequency band of 3 mHz-110 MHz. A huge low-frequency dielectric response in addition to the giant dielectric relaxation appearing above 1 MHz is observed for both kinds of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics in dielectric dispersion. The huge dielectric response observed in the low frequency range can be ascribed to a non-ohmic electrode-contact, and the dielectric relaxation appearing above 1 MHz can be attributed to an internal barrier layer capacitance effect. An electrical equivalent circuit model suggested can well describe the observed dielectric properties and electrical behaviors.

  1. Rare-earth doped transparent ceramics for spectral filtering and quantum information processing

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    Kunkel, Nathalie Goldner, Philippe; Ferrier, Alban; Thiel, Charles W.; Cone, Rufus L.; Ramírez, Mariola O.; Bausá, Luisa E.; Ikesue, Akio

    2015-09-01

    Homogeneous linewidths below 10 kHz are reported for the first time in high-quality Eu{sup 3+} doped Y {sub 2}O{sub 3} transparent ceramics. This result is obtained on the {sup 7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}D{sub 0} transition in Eu{sup 3+} doped Y {sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics and corresponds to an improvement of nearly one order of magnitude compared to previously reported values in transparent ceramics. Furthermore, we observed spectral hole lifetimes of ∼15 min that are long enough to enable efficient optical pumping of the nuclear hyperfine levels. Additionally, different Eu{sup 3+} concentrations (up to 1.0%) were studied, resulting in an increase of up to a factor of three in the peak absorption coefficient. These results suggest that transparent ceramics can be useful in applications where narrow and deep spectral holes can be burned into highly absorbing lines, such as quantum information processing and spectral filtering.

  2. CW and tunable performances of Yb3+:LuAG transparent ceramics with different doping concentrations

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    Ma, Chaoyang; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Liu, Kai; Wen, Zicheng; Ma, Ran; Long, Jiaqi; Yuan, Xuanyi; Cao, Yongge

    2017-07-01

    We report the CW laser operation and wavelength tunability of 10 at%, 15 at% and 20 at% Yb3+-doping LuAG ceramics pumped at 970 nm. The absorption saturation effects were taken into account herein. For 10 at% Yb3+-doping sample, the maximum slop efficiency and output power was 60.7% and 1.8 W, respectively. Furthermore, the slop efficiencies of 52.3% (15 at%) and 46.5% (20 at%) were reported. What's more, the maximum optical-to-optical efficiency for our samples was determined to be 40.1%, 36.8%, and 33.1% at the incident pump power of 4 W, respectively. The round-trip cavity loss of the laser system based on our Yb3+:LuAG ceramics were evaluated. The tuning curve of a 20 at% Yb3+:LuAG ceramic extended from 1018 nm up to 1062 nm, and that of 10 at% and 15 at% samples became much more broader, making Yb3+:LuAG ceramics possible candidates for ultrashort pulse generation.

  3. Design and characterization of Yb and Nd doped transparent ceramics for high power laser applications: recent advancements

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    Lapucci, A.; Vannini, M.; Ciofini, M.; Pirri, A.; Nikl, M.; Li, J.; Esposito, L.; Biasini, V.; Hostasa, J.; Goto, T.; Boulon, G.; Maksimov, R.; Gizzi, L.; Labate, L.; Toci, G.

    2017-01-01

    We report a review on our recent developments in Yttebium and Neodymium doped laser ceramics, along two main research lines. The first is the design and development of Yb:YAG ceramics with non uniform doping distribution, for the management of thermo-mechanical stresses and for the mitigation of ASE: layered structures have been produced by solid state reactive sintering, using different forming processes (spray drying and cold press of the homogenized powders, tape cast of the slurry); samples have been characterized and compared to FEM analysis. The second is the investigation of Lutetium based ceramics (such as mixed garnets LuYAG and Lu2O3); this interest is mainly motivated by the favorable thermal properties of these hosts under high doping. We recently obtained for the first time high efficiency laser emission from Yb doped LuYAG ceramics. The investigation on sesquioxides has been focused on Nddoped Lu2O3 ceramics, fabricated with the Spark Plasma Sintering method (SPS). We recently achieved the first laser emission above 1 W from Nd doped Lu2O3 ceramics fabricated by SPS.

  4. Microstructure evolution and electrical characterization of Lanthanum doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics

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    Billah, Masum; Ahmed, A.; Rahman, Md. Miftaur; Mahbub, Rubbayat; Gafur, M. A.; Bashar, M. Shahriar

    2016-07-01

    In the current work, we investigated the structural and dielectric properties of Lanthanum oxide (La2O3) doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics and established a correlation between them. Solid state sintering method was used to dope BaTiO3 with 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 mole% La2O3 under different sintering parameters. The raw materials used were La2O3 nano powder of ~80nm grain size and 99.995% purity and BaTiO3 nano powder of 100nm grain size and 99.99% purity. Grain size distribution and morphology of fracture surface of sintered pellets were examined by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope and X-Ray Diffraction analysis was conducted to confirm the formation of desired crystal structure. The research result reveal that grain size and electrical properties of BaTiO3 ceramic significantly enhanced for small amount of doping (up to 0.5 mole% La2O3) and then decreased with increasing doping concentration. Desired grain growth (0.80-1.3 µm) and high densification (<90% theoretical density) were found by proper combination of temperature, sintering parameters and doping concentration. We found the resultant stable value of dielectric constant was 10000-12000 at 100-300 Hz in the temperature range of 30°-50° C for 0.5 mole% La2O3 with corresponding shift of curie temperature around 30° C. So overall this research showed that proper La3+ concentration can control the grain size, increase density, lower curie temperature and hence significantly improve the electrical properties of BaTiO3 ceramics.

  5. Redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures: Intrinsic influence of exposed facets

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    Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Liu, Lihua; Li, Junli; Li, Jialiang; Wu, Qingzhi

    2016-10-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) have been well demonstrated as an antioxidant in protecting against oxidative stress-induced cellular damages and a potential therapeutic agent for various diseases thanks to their redox enzyme-mimicking activities. The Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio and oxygen vacancies on the surface have been considered as the major originations responsible for the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 NPs. Herein, CeO2 nanostructures (nanocubes and nanorods) exposed different facets were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The characterizations by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectroscopy show that the Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio and oxygen vacancy content on the surfaces of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are nearly at the same levels. Meanwhile, the enzymatic activity measurements indicate that the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are greatly dependent on their exposed facets. CeO2 nanocubes with exposed {100} facets exhibit a higher peroxidase but lower superoxide dismutase activity than those of the CeO2 nanorods with exposed {110} facets. Our results provide new insights into the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures, as well as the design and synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials-based artificial enzymes.

  6. Redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures: Intrinsic influence of exposed facets

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    Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Liu, Lihua; Li, Junli; Li, Jialiang; Wu, Qingzhi

    2016-01-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) have been well demonstrated as an antioxidant in protecting against oxidative stress-induced cellular damages and a potential therapeutic agent for various diseases thanks to their redox enzyme-mimicking activities. The Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio and oxygen vacancies on the surface have been considered as the major originations responsible for the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 NPs. Herein, CeO2 nanostructures (nanocubes and nanorods) exposed different facets were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The characterizations by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectroscopy show that the Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio and oxygen vacancy content on the surfaces of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are nearly at the same levels. Meanwhile, the enzymatic activity measurements indicate that the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are greatly dependent on their exposed facets. CeO2 nanocubes with exposed {100} facets exhibit a higher peroxidase but lower superoxide dismutase activity than those of the CeO2 nanorods with exposed {110} facets. Our results provide new insights into the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures, as well as the design and synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials-based artificial enzymes. PMID:27748403

  7. Size effect of Raman scattering on CeO2 nanocrystal by hydrothermal method

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    Hattori, Takashi; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2017-01-01

    In this study, we prepared surface-modified CeO2 nanocrystals (NCs) by a hydrothermal method, and calcined CeO2 NCs at various temperatures between 400 and 1000 °C for 3 h in air to obtain crystal-size-controlled CeO2 NCs. We investigated the correlation between the Raman spectra and the crystal sizes of the CeO2 powder. The peak position of the F2g mode of CeO2 was shifted to lower energies as the crystal size decreased and the peak broadened. The present hydrothermally driven CeO2 NCs showed no change in lattice constant depending on crystal size after heat treatment. The Raman peak position of the F2g mode as a function of inverse CeO2 crystal size corresponded to the models for phonon confinement without the combination of strain and defect effects. Moreover, it was also suggested that the Raman peak width of CeO2 NCs without strain also showed dependence on particle size.

  8. Redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures: Intrinsic influence of exposed facets.

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    Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Liu, Lihua; Li, Junli; Li, Jialiang; Wu, Qingzhi

    2016-10-17

    CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) have been well demonstrated as an antioxidant in protecting against oxidative stress-induced cellular damages and a potential therapeutic agent for various diseases thanks to their redox enzyme-mimicking activities. The Ce(3+)/Ce(4+) ratio and oxygen vacancies on the surface have been considered as the major originations responsible for the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 NPs. Herein, CeO2 nanostructures (nanocubes and nanorods) exposed different facets were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The characterizations by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectroscopy show that the Ce(3+)/Ce(4+) ratio and oxygen vacancy content on the surfaces of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are nearly at the same levels. Meanwhile, the enzymatic activity measurements indicate that the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of as-synthesized CeO2 nanostructures are greatly dependent on their exposed facets. CeO2 nanocubes with exposed {100} facets exhibit a higher peroxidase but lower superoxide dismutase activity than those of the CeO2 nanorods with exposed {110} facets. Our results provide new insights into the redox enzyme-mimicking activities of CeO2 nanostructures, as well as the design and synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials-based artificial enzymes.

  9. Enhanced electrical properties in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics co-doped by La3+ and V5+

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    Yu, Benfang; Li, Meiya; Wang, Jing; Pei, Ling; Guo, Dongyun; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-09-01

    La3+ and V5+ co-doped Bi0.85La0.15Fe1-xVxO3 (BLFVx, x = 0-0.1) ceramics were prepared by a rapid liquid sintering technique. The effects of the V5+-doping content on the structure and electrical properties of BLFVx ceramics were investigated. In the range of the V5+ content x from 0 to 0.03, BLFVx ceramics had a polycrystalline perovskite structure with tiny residual Bi2O3, while an impurity phase appeared for x > 0.03. As the x increased from 0 to 0.1, both the leakage current density and the dielectric loss (tan δ) for BLFVx ceramics decreased gradually, while the dielectric constant (ɛr) first increased and then decreased gradually in this process, reaching a maximum value of 273 for x = 0.03. Among the BLFVx ceramics, the BLFVx=0.01 ceramic showed a well-saturated hysteresis loop with large remanent polarization (Pr) of 39.4 µC cm-2 and a low coercive electric field (Ec) of ±43.1 kV cm-1 under an applied electric field of ±75 kV cm-1. In addition, these ceramics exhibited good anti-fatigue characteristics after 2 × 1010 read/write polarization cycles. These suggested that La3+ and V5+ co-doping was beneficial for enhancing the dielectric, ferroelectric and anti-fatigue properties of the BLFVx ceramics.

  10. Study of dielectric properties of Ca doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Kumar, Amit; Sinha, A. N.; Kour, P.

    2016-05-01

    Ba1-xCax Zr0.52Ti0.48 O3 ceramics was prepared by sol gel method. The crystallite size was in nano scale range. The dielectric constant was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The dielectric loss was decreased with increase in ca concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample follows Johnscher power law. AC conductivity analysis shows that the interactions between neighbouring dipoles were decreased with the increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample.

  11. Dephasing mechanisms of optical transitions in rare-earth-doped transparent ceramics

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    Kunkel, Nathalie; Bartholomew, John; Welinski, Sacha; Ferrier, Alban; Ikesue, Akio; Goldner, Philippe

    2016-11-01

    We identify and analyze dephasing mechanisms that broaden the optical transitions of rare-earth ions in randomly oriented transparent ceramics. The study examines the narrow F70↔D50 transition of Eu3 + dopants in a series of Y2O3 ceramic samples prepared under varying conditions. We characterize the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the homogeneous linewidth, as well as long-term spectral diffusion on time scales up to 1 s. The results highlight significant differences between samples with differing thermal treatments and Zr4 + additive concentrations. In particular, several distinct magnetic interactions from defect centers are observed, which are clearly distinguished from the broadening due to interactions with two-level systems and phonons. By minimizing the broadening due to the different defect centers, linewidths of the order of 4 kHz are achieved for all samples. The linewidths are limited by temperature-dependent interactions and by an interaction that is yet to be identified. Although the homogeneous linewidth can be narrowed further in these ceramic samples, the broadening is now comparable to the linewidths achieved in rare-earth-ion-doped single crystals. Thus, this work emphasizes the usefulness of studying ceramics to gain insights into dephasing mechanisms relevant to single crystals and suggests that ceramics may be an interesting alternative for applications in classical and quantum information processing.

  12. Transparent layered YAG ceramics with structured Yb doping produced via tape casting

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    Hostaša, Jan; Piancastelli, Andreana; Toci, Guido; Vannini, Matteo; Biasini, Valentina

    2017-03-01

    The flexibility of the ceramic production process, in particular in terms of shaping and spatial control of distribution of active ions, is one of the strong points in favor of transparent ceramics. In high power lasers in particular, where thermal management is a critical issue, the finely controlled design of spatial distribution of the doping ions within the laser gain media can reduce undesired thermally induced effects and large temperature gradients, and thus enhance the efficiency and laser beam quality especially under increased thermal load. In the present work transparent structured YAG ceramics with Yb doping were produced by tape casting followed by thermal compression of assembled tapes and sintered under high vacuum. The thermal compression of variously doped tape cast layers is a very promising method because it allows a high precision and good control over dopant distribution in the sintered material. After sintering, the distribution of Yb across the layers was characterized by SEM-EDX and the thickness of Yb diffusion zones between the layers with different Yb content was measured. Optical homogeneity was assessed by means of optical transmittance mapping of the samples and by 2D scanning of laser output. The effect of structured dopant distribution on laser performance was measured in quasi-CW and CW regime with different duty factors. Slope efficiency values higher than 50% were measured both in quasi-CW and in CW lasing conditions. The results are in good agreement with previously calculated predictions, confirming the beneficial effect of structured doping on laser performances and enlightening the impact of the residual scattering losses. Compared to other processing methods, such as the pressing of granulated powders, tape casting followed by thermal compression leads to straight and narrow interfaces between layers with different composition and allows to build structures composed of extremely thin layers with defined dopant content.

  13. Synthesis of Non-uniformly Pr-doped SrTiO3 Ceramics and Their Thermoelectric Properties.

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    Mehdizadeh Dehkordi, Arash; Bhattacharya, Sriparna; Darroudi, Taghi; Zeng, Xiaoyu; Alshareef, Husam N; Tritt, Terry M

    2015-08-15

    We demonstrate a novel synthesis strategy for the preparation of Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics via a combination of solid state reaction and spark plasma sintering techniques. Polycrystalline ceramics possessing a unique morphology can be achieved by optimizing the process parameters, particularly spark plasma sintering heating rate. The phase and morphology of the synthesized ceramics were investigated in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microcopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was observed that the grains of these bulk Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics were enhanced with Pr-rich grain boundaries. Electronic and thermal transport properties were also investigated as a function of temperature and doping concentration. Such a microstructure was found to give rise to improved thermoelectric properties. Specifically, it resulted in a significant improvement in carrier mobility and the thermoelectric power factor. Simultaneously, it also led to a marked reduction in the thermal conductivity. As a result, a significant improvement (> 30%) in the thermoelectric figure of merit was achieved for the whole temperature range over all previously reported maximum values for SrTiO3-based ceramics. This synthesis demonstrates the steps for the preparation of bulk polycrystalline ceramics of non-uniformly Pr-doped SrTiO3.

  14. Erbium doped ceramic nanofiber synthesis for thermophotovoltaic selective emitter applications

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    Trifon, George Sebastian

    This thesis explored the development of isothermal selective emitters for harvesting thermal energy to be used in conjunction with photovoltaic cells. The selective emitters were Erbium doped Titania nanofibers and Erbium and Yttrium doped Titania nanofibers that may be used with a Gallium Antimonide photovoltaic cell. The ultimate aim of this research was to develop Erbium doped Yttrium Titanate nanofibers. This research is of importance in recovering heat from a number of resources including power plant boilers. The thermal energy lost in the boilers can be as high as 20% of the input fuel energy and a recovery of this energy would boost the thermal performance of the power plants. It has been observed that the temperatures of the flue gas reaching the heat recovery region may be higher than 1600K and the radiation and convective losses in the burner occurs at even higher temperatures. Thermophotovoltaics (TPV) offer a solution in terms of converting the thermal energy to electricity without any moving parts. The efficiencies of conventional TPVs are very small (10-20%) and thus not a solution as the primary electric generator. However, in the field of the harvesting of waste energy, TPVs have tremendous potential. In order to improve efficiencies, Erbia (which can absorb thermal energy and convert it to electromagnetic radiation with a narrow wavelength spectrum with mean wavelength of 1500nm) can be used as a selective emitter with GaSb PV cells (which have its maximum efficiency in the same wavelength range) as the collector. In order to further improve its performance, the Erbia was proposed to be supported by Titania, which is transparent to IR in this range. However, past research has shown that the Erbia doped Titania nanofibers essentially have Erbium in the form of pyrochlore Erbium Titanate. Thus the research focused on a way to synthesize ErxY2-xTi 2O7 pyrochlore structure to act as the selective emitter. The self-supporting composite was designed to

  15. High quality Y3Al5O12 doped transparent ceramics for laser applications, role of sintering additives

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    Kaminskii, A. A.; Balashov, V. V.; Cheshev, E. A.; Kopylov, Yu. L.; Koromyslov, A. L.; Krokhin, O. N.; Kravchenko, V. B.; Lopukhin, K. V.; Shemet, V. V.

    2017-09-01

    SiO2, ZrO2, B2O3 and MgO oxides and their combinations were used as sintering aids for preparation of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramics doped by Nd2O3. The influence of these additives on optimal sintering temperature, grain growth, volume of residual pores and optical quality of the ceramics were investigated. The best combination of the sintering additives was found and high quality samples of YAG:Nd (1 at.%) ceramics were obtained. The original method of laser optical quality characterization of ceramics was developed and tested. The main laser parameters of YAG:Nd (1 at.%) ceramics samples are measured and compared with the best well known laser ceramics.

  16. Growth of highly strained CeO2 ultrathin films

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    Shi, Yezhou; Lee, Sang Chul; Monti, Matteo; ...

    2016-11-07

    Large biaxial strain is a promising route to tune the functionalities of oxide thin films. However, large strain is often not fully realized due to the formation of misfit dislocations at the film/substrate interface. In this work, we examine the growth of strained ceria (CeO2) thin films on (001)-oriented single crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) via pulsed-laser deposition. By varying the film thickness systematically between 1 and 430 nm, we demonstrate that ultrathin ceria films are coherently strained to the YSZ substrate for thicknesses up to 2.7 nm, despite the large lattice mismatch (~5%). The coherency is confirmed by both X-raymore » diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This thickness is several times greater than the predicted equilibrium critical thickness. Partial strain relaxation is achieved by forming semirelaxed surface islands rather than by directly nucleating dislocations. In situ reflective high-energy electron diffraction during growth confirms the transition from 2-D (layer-by-layer) to 3-D (island) at a film thickness of ~1 nm, which is further supported by atomic force microscopy. We propose that dislocations likely nucleate near the surface islands and glide to the film/substrate interface, as evidenced by the presence of 60° dislocations. Finally, an improved understanding of growing oxide thin films with a large misfit lays the foundation to systematically explore the impact of strain and dislocations on properties such as ionic transport and redox chemistry.« less

  17. Spectroscopic properties of transparent Er-doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics with GdF₃.

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    Środa, Marcin; Szlósarczyk, Krzysztof; Różański, Marek; Sitarz, Maciej; Jeleń, Piotr

    2015-01-05

    Optically active glass-ceramics (GC) with the low-phonon phases of fluorides, doped with Er(3+) was studied. Glass based on SiO₂-Al₂O₃-Na₂F₂-Na₂O-GdF₃-BaO system was obtained. Dopant were introduced to the glass in an amount of 0.01 mol Er₂O₃ per 1 mol of glass. DTA/DSC study shows multi-stage crystallization. XRD identification of obtained phases did not confirm the presence of pure GdF₃ phase. Instead of that ceramization process led to formation of NaGdF₄ and BaGdF₅. The structural changes were studied using FT-IR spectroscopic method. The study of luminescence of the samples confirmed that optical properties of the obtained GC depend on crystallizing phases during ceramization. Time resolved spectroscopy of Er-doped glass showed the 3 and 8 times increase of lifetime of emission from (4)S₃/₂ and (4)F₉/₂ states, respectively. It confirms the erbium ions have ability to locate in the low phonon gadolinium-based crystallites. The results give possibility to obtain a new material for optoelectronic application.

  18. Doping of BiScO3-PbTiO3 Ceramics for Enhanced Properties

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali; Dynys, Fred

    2008-01-01

    High-temperature piezoelectrics are a key technology for aeronautics and aerospace applications such as fuel modulation to increase the engine efficiency and decrease emissions. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is the limitation on upper use temperature which is due to low Curie-Temperature (T(sub c) and increasing electrical conductivity. BiScO3 -PbTiO3 (BS-PT) system is a promising candidate for improving the operating temperature for piezoelectric actuators due to its high TC (>400 C). Effects of Zr and Mn doping of the BS-PT ceramics have been studied and all electrical and electromechanical properties for Sc-deficient and Ti-deficient BS- PT ceramics are reported as a function of electrical field and temperature. Donor doping with Zr and Mn (in Sc deficient compositions) increased the DC-resistivity and decreased tan at all temperatures. Resulting ceramics exhibited saturated hysteresis loops with low losses and showed no dependence on the applied field (above twice the coercive field) and measurement frequency.

  19. Upconversion properties of Er3+-doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics containing SrF2 nanocrystals

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    Kesavulu, C. R.; Kiran Kumar, K.; Jayasankar, C. K.

    2014-03-01

    Er3+-doped oxyfluoride glass and glass-ceramics containing SrF2 nanocrystals have been prepared and investigated their spectroscopic and luminescence properties. The formation of SrF2 nanocrystals in glass-ceramics were confirmed by Xray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Judd-Ofelt parameters have been evaluated from absorption spectra of the Er3+-doped glass, which in turn used to predict radiative properties for the fluorescent levels of Er3+ ions. The intensities of both Stokes and upconversion (anti-Stokes) emissions significantly increase with increase of the size of the fluoride crystals in the glass matrix. The mechanism of green and red upconversion emissions have been ascribed to two photon processes. The lifetime of the 4S3/2 level of the Er3+ ions in glass-ceramics is found to be slightly higher than that of the counter glass, which may be due to the incorporation of Er3+ ions into the low phonon sites of SrF2 nanocrystals.

  20. Photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of phytosynthesized CeO2 NPs using Moringa oleifera peel extract.

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    Surendra, T V; Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana

    2016-08-01

    Biosynthetic methods are alternative approaches which are much safer than the normal techniques (physical and chemical) used for the methods for synthesis of metal nanoparticles. The benefits are sample as it is economic and environment friendly. Herein present investigation, we have reported a microwave mediated eco-friendly synthetic approach for preparing cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles. Here, we used Moringa oleifera peel as the stabilizing and reducing agent towards synthesize of Ce2O NPs via microwave irradiation. The NPs were further characterized using UV-Vis, FT-IR, XRD and HR-TEM techniques. The FTIR analysis confirmed the phytochemical involvement in NPs stabilization. The crystallinity of CeO2 nanoparticles are well demonstrated through X-ray Diffraction and HR-TEM. The TEM images reveal the spherical shape of the CeO2 NPs having an average size of 45nm. Additionally, these CeO2 NPs were used successfully as a catalyst in the degradation of the dye, crystal violet. Also the antibacterial activity of the synthesized CeO2 NPs was evaluated using Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive bacteria) and Escherichia coli (Gram negative bacteria). CeO2 NPs showed better activity on E. coli than S. aureus. We have demonstrated an eco-friendly preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles, a good photocatalyst and having better antibacterial properties.

  1. Phytotoxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles on radish plant (Raphanus sativus).

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    Gui, Xin; Rui, Mengmeng; Song, Youhong; Ma, Yuhui; Rui, Yukui; Zhang, Peng; He, Xiao; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Zhiyong; Liu, Liming

    2017-05-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have been considered as one type of emerging contaminants that pose great potential risks to the environment and human health. The effect of CeO2 NPs on plant-edible parts and health evaluation remains is necessary and urgently to be developed. In this study, we cultivated radish in Sigma CeO2 NP (<25 nm)-amended soils across a series of concentration treatments, i.e., 0 mg/kg as the control and 10, 50, and 100 mg/kg CeO2 NPs. The results showed that CeO2 NPs accelerated the fresh biomass accumulation of radish plant; especially in the treatment of 50 mg/kg CeO2 NPs, root expansion was increased by 2.2 times as much as the control. In addition, the relative chlorophyll content enhanced by 12.5, 12.9, and 12.2% was compared to control on 40 cultivation days. CeO2 NPs were mainly absorbed by the root and improved the activity of antioxidant enzyme system to scavenge the damage of free radicals in radish root and leaf. In addition, this study also indicated that the nanoparticles might enter the food chain through the soil into the edible part of the plant, which will be a potential threat to human health.

  2. Effect of the Addition of CeO2 to Iron Phosphate Glass for Catalytic Applications.

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    Chung, Jae-Yeop; Kim, Jong-Hwan; Choi, Su-Yeon; Ryu, Bong-Ki

    2015-10-01

    We investigated the effect of CeO2 content on the catalytic behavior and chemical properties of the (100 - x)(80P2O5-20Fe2O3)-xCeO2 (x = 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 wt%) glass system. Using thermogravimetric analysis, we confirmed that the catalytic activity increased until a CeO2 content of 16 wt%, beyond which, it decreased. The reasons for the change in the catalytic properties of the glass samples were determined using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and density analyses. It was confirmed using the FT-IR and XPS-01s spectra that CeO2 acts as a network modifier in iron phosphate glass. When the CeO2 content is above 16 wt%, the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms decreases with increasing CeO2 content. For these reasons, the catalytic properties decrease when the CeO2 content is more than 16 wt%. From the dissolution rate measurements, it can be observed that cerium-iron phosphate has a high water resistance. Also, as we expected, it can be confirmed that the chemical durability is improved with increasing CeO2 content.

  3. CeO2 nanorods-supported transition metal catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Mock, Samantha A; Sharp, Shannon E; Stoner, Thomas R; Radetic, Michael J; Zell, Elizabeth T; Wang, Ruigang

    2016-03-15

    A catalytically active oxide support in combination with metal catalysts is required in order to achieve better low temperature activity and selectivity. Here, we report that CeO2 nanorods with a superior surface oxygen release/storage capability were used as an active support of transition metal (TM) catalysts (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) for CO oxidation reaction. The as-prepared CeO2 nanorods supported 10 wt% TM catalysts were highly active for CO oxidation at low temperature, except for the Fe sample. It is found that the 10%Cu-CeO2 catalyst performed best, and it provided a lower light-off temperature with T50 (50% conversion) at 75 °C and T100 (100% conversion) of CO to CO2 at 194 °C. The atomic level surface structure of CeO2 nanorods was investigated in order to understand the improved low temperature catalytic activity. The richness of surface roughness and various defects (voids, lattice distortion, bending, steps, twinning) on CeO2 nanorods could facilitate oxygen release and storage. According to XRD and Raman analysis, copper species migrate into the bulk CeO2 nanorods to a greater degree. Since CO adsorbed over the surface of the catalyst/support is detrimental to its catalytic activity, the surface defects on the CeO2 nanorods and CeO2-TM interactions were critical to the enhanced activity.

  4. Preparation for CeO2/Nanographite Composite Materials and Electrochemical Degradation of Phenol by CeO2/Nanographite Cathodes.

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    Yu, Li; Yu, Xiujuan; Sun, Tianyi; Wang, Na

    2015-07-01

    CeO2/nanographite (CeO2/nano-G) composite materials were got by chemical precipitation method with nanographite (nano-G) and cerous nitrate hexahydrate as raw materials. The microstructures of CeO2/nano-G composite materials were characterized by means of SEM, XRD, XPS and Raman. The cathodes were made by nano-G and CeO2/nano-G composite materials, respectively. The electrolysis phenol was conducted by the diaphragm cell prepared cathode and the Ti/RuO2 anode. The results indicated that the Cerium oxide is mainly in nanoscale spherical state, uniformly dispersed in the nanographite sheet surface, and there are two different oxidation states for elemental Ce, namely, Ce(III) and Ce(IV). In the diaphragm electrolysis system with the aeration conditions, the degradation rate of phenol reached 93.9% under 120 min's electrolysis. Ceria in the cathode materials might lead to an increase in the local oxygen concentration, which accelerated the two-electron reduction of O2 to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The removal efficiency of phenol by using the CeO2/nano-G composite cathode was better than that of the nano-G cathode.

  5. Eu doping in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics studied by Mossbauer and EXAFS spectroscopy.

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    Kothari, Deepti; Raghavendra Reddy, V; Gupta, Ajay; Meneghini, Carlo; Aquilanti, Giuliana

    2010-09-08

    Bismuth ferrite ceramics (BiFeO(3)) are multifunctional materials classified as multiferroics for their special magnetic and electric properties that can be modified by substitutional doping at the Bi and/or Fe sites. Understanding the relation between magnetoelectric response and structural/electronic modification upon doping is a relevant issue. In this work, the structure of Eu-doped multiferroic systems (Bi(1-x)Eu(x)FeO(3), x = 0, 0.5, 0.1, 0.15) as well as the valence state of Fe and Eu ions have been investigated combining Mossbauer and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy techniques. The Eu(3+) doping at the Bi site results in better magnetic properties. High temperature (57)Fe Mossbauer data and Fe K-edge XAFS results show that FeO(6) octahedron distortions reduce with Eu(3+) doping. It is conclusively shown that the observed magnetic properties in BiFeO(3) with chemical substitution (Eu) are mainly due to the structural distortions and not due to Fe multiple valence. (151)Eu Mossbauer measurements show that the Eu(3+)(Bi(3+)) site is magnetically inactive in BiFeO(3).

  6. Influence of high magnetic field on the luminescence of Eu{sup 3+}-doped glass ceramics

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    Jiang, Wei; Chen, Weibo; Chen, Ping; Xu, Beibei; Zheng, Shuhong; Guo, Qiangbing; Liu, Xiaofeng E-mail: qjr@zju.edu.cn; Zhang, Junpei; Han, Junbo; Qiu, Jianrong E-mail: qjr@zju.edu.cn

    2014-09-28

    Rare earth (RE) doped materials have been widely exploited as the intriguing electronic configuration of RE ions offers diverse functionalities from optics to magnetism. However, the coupling of magnetism with photoluminescence (PL) in such materials has been rarely reported in spite of its fundamental significance. In the present paper, the effect of high pulsed magnetic field on the photoluminescence intensity of Eu{sup 3+}-doped nano-glass-ceramics has been investigated. In our experiment, Eu-doped oxyfluoride glass and glass ceramic were prepared by the conventional melt-quenching process and controlled heat treatment. The results demonstrate that the integrated PL intensity of Eu{sup 3+} decreases with the enhancement of magnetic field, which can be interpreted in terms of cooperation effect of Zeeman splitting and magnetic field induced change in site symmetry. Furthermore, as a result of Zeeman splitting, both blue and red shift in the emission peaks of Eu{sup 3+} can be observed, and this effect becomes more prominent with the increase of magnetic field. Possible mechanisms associated with the observed magneto-optical behaviors are suggested. The results of the present paper may open a new gate for modulation of luminescence by magnetic field and remote optical detection of magnetic field.

  7. Rare-earth doped sol-gel derived oxyfluoride glass-ceramics: Structural and optical characterization

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    Secu, C. E.; Secu, M.; Ghica, C.; Mihut, L.

    2011-09-01

    Glass-ceramics containing RE 3+-doped BaF 2 nanocrystals (RE = Eu, Sm, Dy, Ho and Pr) with the size below 10 nm size have been made by using the controlled crystallization at higher temperatures of the RE 3+-doped SiO 2-BaF 2 xerogels. Photoluminescence measurements have indicated the incorporation of the RE 3+ ions in both silica network and in the BaF 2 nanocrystals. Thermoluminescence measurements have shown a peak whose position depends on the nature of RE 3+-dopant as it follows: 140 °C (for Ho 3+, Dy 3+), 340 °C (for Sm 3+) and 370 °C (for Eu 3+); in Eu 3+-doped SiO 2 glass the TL peak is shifted to 383 °C. The peaks in glass-ceramics were assigned to the recombination of the electrons thermal released from the RE 3+-electron traps located in both glass-matrix and BaF 2 nanocrystals. Within the series the trivalent lanthanide ions act as increasingly deeper electron trapping centres.

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

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

    2016-08-26

    Sn-Al co-doped polycrystalline ZnO ceramics were prepared by sintering in air. Phase and microstructure analysis was performed by X-ray diffraction and SEM-EDS and thermoelectric properties were measured. XRD analysis showed a ZnO primary phase as well as secondary phase peaks due to the formation of a Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} spinel phase or SnO{sub 2}(ZnO:Sn-Al){sub m} intergrowth phase. SEM analysis revealed a dense microstructure with a small number of nanometric pores, consistent with the measured density of 5.48 g/cm{sup 3}. An activated electrical conductivity characteristic of a semiconducting material was observed as well as a negative Seebeck coefficient with both values increasing in absolute value from RT to 730 °C. The power factor had a maximum value of 3.73×10{sup −4} W m{sup −1} K{sup −2} at 730 °C. Thermal conductivity measurements showed a significant reduction over the measured temperature range compared to undoped ZnO. This could be attributed to grain size reduction, the formation of a nanoscale secondary phase or a reduction in crystallinity caused by Sn-Al co-doping. A maximum ZT of 0.06 was obtained at 750 °C for the Sn-Al co-doped ZnO ceramics.

  9. Rare Earth Doped High Temperature Ceramic Selective Emitters

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Pal, AnnaMarie; Patton, Martin O.; Jenkins, Phillip P.

    1999-01-01

    As a result of their electron structure, rare earth ions in crystals at high temperature emit radiation in several narrow bands rather than in a continuous blackbody manner. This study develops a spectral emittance model for films of rare earth containing materials. Although there are several possible rare earth doped high temperature materials, this study was confined to rare earth aluminum garnets. Good agreement between experimental and theoretical spectral emittances was found for erbium, thulium and erbium-holmium aluminum garnets. Spectral emittances of these films are sensitive to temperature differences across the film. Emitter efficiency is also a sensitive function of temperature. For thulium aluminum garnet the efficiency is 0.38 at 1700 K but only 0.19 at 1262 K.

  10. Controlled hydrothermal synthesis of CeO2 nanospheres and their excellent magnetic properties

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    Niu, Xiaofei

    2017-04-01

    Monodisperse spherical CeO2 nanostructures with irregular and rough surfaces have successfully been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal technology. XRD, SEM, XPS, Raman scattering, and M-H curves were employed to characterize the samples. The results showed that the spherical CeO2 nanostructures have a cubic fluorite structure and that there are Ce3+ ions and oxygen vacancies in the surface of the samples. The M-H curve of CeO2 nanospheres exhibits excellent room-temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM), which is likely ascribed to the effects of the Ce3+ ions and oxygen vacancies.

  11. Effect of Fe doping on structural and impedance properties of PZTFN ceramics

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    Kumar, Arvind; Pal, Vijayeta; Mishra, S. K.

    2016-05-06

    An attempts have been made to synthesis the ceramics Pb{sub 1-3x/2} Fe{sub x}(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}){sub 1-5y/4} NbyO{sub 3} abbreviated as (PFZTN) for x = 1-6 mol% and y = 5.5 mol% by a semi-wet route. In the present paper, we have investigated the effect of Fe doping on structural and electrical properties of the PFZTN ceramics. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns reveal that PFZTN ceramics are single phase in nature. However, for x = 0.05 and 0.06, a secondary phase appears as discernible from the XRD profiles. Rietveld analysis of the powder diffraction data shows the presence of coexistence of tetragonal (P4mm space group) and rhombohedral phases (R3c space group) occurs near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) at x ≥ = 0.05. The log-log plots show that the conductivity increases with increase of temperature. The ac conductivity becomes sensitive at high frequency region and shifted towards higher frequency side with increasing temperature. It is observed that the activation energy (Ea) decreases with increasing frequency. This complex perovskite structure can be used as a multilayer ceramic capacitors and electromechanical transducers.

  12. Doped Calcium Silicate Ceramics: A New Class of Candidates for Synthetic Bone Substitutes

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    No, Young Jung; Li, Jiao Jiao; Zreiqat, Hala

    2017-01-01

    Doped calcium silicate ceramics (DCSCs) have recently gained immense interest as a new class of candidates for the treatment of bone defects. Although calcium phosphates and bioactive glasses have remained the mainstream of ceramic bone substitutes, their clinical use is limited by suboptimal mechanical properties. DCSCs are a class of calcium silicate ceramics which are developed through the ionic substitution of calcium ions, the incorporation of metal oxides into the base binary xCaO–ySiO2 system, or a combination of both. Due to their unique compositions and ability to release bioactive ions, DCSCs exhibit enhanced mechanical and biological properties. Such characteristics offer significant advantages over existing ceramic bone substitutes, and underline the future potential of adopting DCSCs for clinical use in bone reconstruction to produce improved outcomes. This review will discuss the effects of different dopant elements and oxides on the characteristics of DCSCs for applications in bone repair, including mechanical properties, degradation and ion release characteristics, radiopacity, and biological activity (in vitro and in vivo). Recent advances in the development of DCSCs for broader clinical applications will also be discussed, including DCSC composites, coated DCSC scaffolds and DCSC-coated metal implants. PMID:28772513

  13. Praseodymium doped NaYF4 nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass-ceramics; morphological and spectroscopic studies.

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    Dominiak-Dzik, G

    2009-04-01

    The synthesis, morphology, optical properties and excited state dynamics of the Pr-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals in glass-ceramics are presented. The crystalline cubic NaYF4:Pr were synthesized by the controlled heat-treatment of multicomponent oxyfluoride glass based on silica and YF3. A series of the two-hour heat treatments at 620-660 degrees C were carried out yielding visually transparent materials. Above 660 degrees C an opaque material was obtained. The crystalline phase was characterized by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The effect of ceramming temperature on the NaYF4:Pr cell parameter (a = 5.470 A for NaYF4 and 5.4899 A, 5.4979 A and 5.5378 A in glass-ceramics) and particle average size (15-40 nm) was observed. Optical characteristics of formed glass-ceramics were favorably affected by the Pr3+ ions in well-defined sites of NaYF4; emission intensities increased and luminescence decay curves become single exponential with the longer corresponding lifetimes.

  14. Ni(2+) doped glass ceramic fiber fabricated by melt-in-tube method and successive heat treatment.

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    Fang, Zaijin; Zheng, Shupei; Peng, Wencai; Zhang, Hang; Ma, Zhijun; Dong, Guoping; Zhou, Shifeng; Chen, Danping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2015-11-02

    Glass ceramic fibers containing Ni(2+) doped LiGa(5)O(8) nanocrystals were fabricated by a melt-in-tube method and successive heat treatment. Fiber precursors were prepared by drawing at high temperature where fiber core glass was melted while fiber clad glass was softened. After heat treatment, LiGa(5)O(8) nanocrystals were precipitated in the fiber core. Excited by 980 nm laser, efficient broadband near-infrared emission was observed in the glass ceramic fiber compared to that of precursor fiber. The melt-in-tube method can realize controllable crystallization and is suitable for fabrication of novel glass ceramic fibers. The Ni(2+)-doped glass ceramic fiber is promising for broadband optical amplification.

  15. Fabrication and luminescence behavior of phosphate glass ceramics co-doped with Er3+ and Yb3+

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    Yu, Xiaochen; Duan, Li; Ni, Lei; Wang, Zhuo

    2012-08-01

    Transparent phosphate glass ceramics co-doped with Er3+ and Yb3+ in the system P2O5Li2OCaF2TiO2 were successfully synthesized by melt-quenching and subsequent heating. Formation of the nanocrystals was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction. Judd-Ofelt analyses of Er3+ ions in the precursor glasses and glass ceramics were performed to evaluate the intensity parameters Ω2,4,6. Under 975 nm excitation, intense upconversion (UC) and infrared emission (1545 nm) were observed in the glass ceramics by efficient energy transfer from Yb3+ to Er3+. The luminescence processes were explained and the emission cross section was calculated by Fuchtbauer-Ladenburg (F-L) formula. The results confirm the potential applications of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped glass ceramics as laser and fiber amplifier media.

  16. Ultraviolet and white photon avalanche upconversion in Ho{sup 3+}-doped nanophase glass ceramics

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    Lahoz, F.; Martin, I.R.; Calvilla-Quintero, J.M.

    2005-01-31

    Ho{sup 3+}-doped fluoride nanophase glass ceramics have been synthesized from silica-based oxyfluoride glass. An intense white emission light is observed by the naked eye under near infrared excitation at 750 nm. This visible upconversion is due to three strong emission bands in the primary color components, red, green, and blue. Besides, ultraviolet signals are also recorded upon the same excitation wavelength. The excitation mechanism of both the ultraviolet and the visible emissions is a photon avalanche process with a relatively low pump power threshold at about 20 mW. The total upconverted emission intensity has been estimated to increase by about a factor of 20 in the glass ceramic compared to the precursor glass, in which an avalanche type mechanism is not generated.

  17. Preparation of transparent neodymium-doped yttrium aluminate garnet (Nd:YAG) ceramics with the use of freeze granulation

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    Wajler, Anna; Węglarz, Helena; Sidorowicz, Agata; Zych, Łukasz; Nakielska, Magdalena; Jach, Katarzyna; Tomaszewski, Henryk

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents the results of the application of freeze granulation to the production of transparent neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum garnet ceramics. Aqueous suspensions of aluminium oxide, yttrium oxide and neodymium oxide powders were prepared based on nanometric or submicronic powders which were either commercially available or prepared by precipitation. The relations between the composition of suspension, the properties of granulate and the final properties of ceramics (microstructure, optical transmission and emission spectra) were studied.

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

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

    2012-04-01

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

  19. Structural, topographical and electrical properties of cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN60) ceramics

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    Raj, S. Gokul; Mathivanan, V.; Mohan, R.; Kumar, G. Ramesh Yathavan, S.

    2016-05-06

    Tungsten bronze type cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN - Sr{sub 0.6}B{sub 0.4}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}) ceramics were synthesized by solid state process. Cerium was used as dopant to improve its electrical properties. Influence of Ce{sup +} ions on the photoluminescence properties was investigated in detail. The grain size topographical behavior of SBN powders and their associated abnormal grain growth (AGG) were completely analyzed through SEM studies. Finally dielectric, measurement discusses about the broad phase transition observed due to cerium dopant The results were discussed in detail.

  20. Structural, topographical and electrical properties of cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN60) ceramics

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    Raj, S. Gokul; Mathivanan, V.; Kumar, G. Ramesh; Yathavan, S.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Tungsten bronze type cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN - Sr0.6B0.4Nb2O6) ceramics were synthesized by solid state process. Cerium was used as dopant to improve its electrical properties. Influence of Ce+ ions on the photoluminescence properties was investigated in detail. The grain size topographical behavior of SBN powders and their associated abnormal grain growth (AGG) were completely analyzed through SEM studies. Finally dielectric, measurement discusses about the broad phase transition observed due to cerium dopant The results were discussed in detail.

  1. Study of structural and spectral properties of neodymium-doped lead-yttrium oxyfluoride nano-glass-ceramics

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    Bibik, A. Yu.; Nuryev, R. K.; Aseev, V. A.; Kolobkova, E. V.; Nikonorov, N. V.

    2015-06-01

    Processes of nanocrystalline phase formation in transparent yttrium oxyfluoride nano-glass-ceramics doped with neodymium ions are studied. An optimal heat treatment regime for a given glass composition is determined using differential thermal analysis (DTA). Glasses are heat-treated for 30, 60, and 120 min; the sizes of crystals are calculated, and the unit cell parameters are determined. The physicochemical and spectral properties of yttrium oxyfluoride glasses doped with neodymium ions, as well as of nano-glass-ceramics based on these glasses, are studied.

  2. Er/Yb co-doped oxy-fluoride glass-ceramics core/polymer cladding optical fibers

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    Czerska, E.; Świderska, M.

    2014-11-01

    Erbium/ytterbium co-doped glasses can be applied as NIR laser sources (1.55 μm) or optical amplifiers in this range. About hundred meters of Er/Yb co-doped oxy-fluoride glass-ceramics fibers have been drawn from a glass preform followed by controlled annealing. Processing temperatures (drawing and annealing) were selected upon thermal analysis results (DTA/DSC plots). Glass-ceramic structure was confirmed by the XRD measurements. Obtained fibers show good optical properties. As a cladding material polymer material (acrylic resin) is considered due to its low deposition temperature and suitable value of refractive index.

  3. Dielectric responses and multirelaxation behaviors of pure and doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics

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    Fang, Liang; Shen, Mingrong; Zheng, Fengang; Li, Zhenya; Yang, Jing

    2008-09-01

    Pure and Co/Fe doped CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) ceramics were prepared by solid state reaction method. The electrical properties of ceramics were found to be dependent on the type of dopant materials. A multirelaxation mechanism should be considered for the common observed (50-200 K) dielectric relaxation of CCTO ceramic. In relatively high temperature range, this relaxation followed the Arrhenius behavior with activation energy of 68 meV, which was ascribed to the Maxwell-Wagner (MW)-type relaxation associated with grains. In lower temperature range, this relaxation exhibited variable-ranger-hopping behavior due to the dipolar effects. The dielectric relaxation mechanism of Co doped CCTO ceramic was similar to that of pure CCTO ceramic, while that of Fe doped CCTO ceramic was quite different. Two dielectric relaxations were identified in the temperature range from 4 to 300 K. A dielectric relaxation at room temperature with an activation energy of 390.3 meV was attributed to the MW-type relaxation associated with grain boundaries. Another dielectric relaxation at low temperatures (100-200 K) with an activation energy of 265 meV was originated from the carrier hopping process between Fe2+ and Fe3+.

  4. Ultra-broadband amplification properties of Ni2+-doped glass-ceramics amplifiers.

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    Jiang, Chun

    2009-04-13

    The energy level, transition configuration and mathematical model of Ni(2+)-doped glass-ceramics amplifiers are presented for the first time, to the best of one's knowledge. A quasi-three-level system is employed to model the gain and noise characteristics of the doped system, and the rate and power propagation equations of the mathematical model are solved to analyze the effect of the active ion concentration, fiber length, pump power as well as thermal-quenching on the gain spectra. It is shown that our model is in agreement with experimental result, and when excited at longer wavelength, the center of gain spectra of the amplifier red shifts, the ultra-broad band room-temperature gain spectra can cover 1.25-1.65 microm range for amplification of signal in the low-loss windows of the all-wave fiber without absorption peak caused by OH group.

  5. Spectroscopic properties of Eu-doped antimony-germanate glass and glass-ceramics

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    Zmojda, J.; Kochanowicz, M.; Miluski, P.; Ragin, T.; Dorosz, D.; ZajÄ c, A.

    2016-09-01

    In our work we focused on possibility of obtaining phosphate nano-phase structures in antimony-germanate glasses doped with europium ions. The glasses with molar composition of 50(Sb2O3 - GeO2) - 50(SiO2 - Al2O3 - Na2O) doped with 0.5mol% Eu2O3 were prepared by standard melt-quenching method. In order to optimize glass-ceramic system the influence of phosphate concentration (up to 10mol%) on spectroscopic properties have been investigated. The symmetry nature of molecular structure around europium ions have been determined from the intensity ratio between (5D0 →7F2)/(5D0 →7F1) transitions. The effect of prominent Stark splitting of luminescence band at 612 nm characterised as "hypersensitive transition" into 3 sub-wavelength was observed in glasses with 1mol% and 3mol% of P2O5.

  6. Fruit juice extract mediated synthesis of CeO2 nanoparticles for antibacterial and photocatalytic activities

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    Reddy Yadav, L. S.; Manjunath, K.; Archana, B.; Madhu, C.; Raja Naika, H.; Nagabhushana, H.; Kavitha, C.; Nagaraju, G.

    2016-05-01

    Ceria ( CeO2 is a technologically important rare-earth material because of its unique properties and various engineering/biological applications. In the present work, cerium oxide nanoparticles have been prepared by a simple solution combustion method using watermelon juice as a novel combustible fuel. The structure and morphology of the synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles were analyzed using various analytical tools such as PXRD, FTIR, Raman, UV-Visible and SEM. PXRD pattern confirms that the prepared material is composed of cubic-phase cerium oxide nanoparticles. Photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue dye using CeO2 nanoparticles shows 98% of degradation in UV irradiations. Furthermore the antibacterial properties of CeO2 nanoparticles were investigated by their bacterial activity against two bacterial strains using the agar well diffusion method.

  7. The Preparation, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Mixed P25/CeO2 Nanocomposites

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    Liu, I.-Tsan; Hon, Min-Hsiung; Teoh, Lay Gaik

    2017-03-01

    This study uses the wet chemical method to synthesize P25 (TiO2)/CeO2 composites by mixing P25 and Ce(NO3)3·6H2O at different volumetric concentrations. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy are used to analyze the structure, morphology, optical properties and photocatalytic activity of the TiO2/CeO2 composites with different compositions. The pollutant, methylene blue solution, was used for analysis. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of the composite catalysts is greater than that of pure TiO2 or pure CeO2. The catalyst, TiO2 55%/CeO2 (v/v), exhibits the greatest level of photocatalytic activity.

  8. The Preparation, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Mixed P25/CeO2 Nanocomposites

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    Liu, I.-Tsan; Hon, Min-Hsiung; Teoh, Lay Gaik

    2017-01-01

    This study uses the wet chemical method to synthesize P25 (TiO2)/CeO2 composites by mixing P25 and Ce(NO3)3·6H2O at different volumetric concentrations. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy are used to analyze the structure, morphology, optical properties and photocatalytic activity of the TiO2/CeO2 composites with different compositions. The pollutant, methylene blue solution, was used for analysis. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of the composite catalysts is greater than that of pure TiO2 or pure CeO2. The catalyst, TiO2 55%/CeO2 (v/v), exhibits the greatest level of photocatalytic activity.

  9. Effect of nickel-niobium co-doping on structural, electromechanical, and dielectric properties of lead titanate ceramics.

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    Amarande, Luminita; Miclea, Cornel; Tanasoiu, Teodora; Iuga, Alin; Cioangher, Marius Cristian; Trupina, Lucian; Grecu, Maria-Nicoleta; Pasuk, Iuliana

    2009-09-01

    Lead titanate (PT) ceramics co-doped with 8 to 13 mol% Ni-Nb, by substituting titanium ions, were prepared by conventional ceramic method and the influence of Ni-Nb doping level on their morpho-structural, electromechanical and dielectric properties was investigated. Dense tetragonal PT ceramics were obtained for 8 to 12 mol% Ni-Nb co-doping. Lattice anisotropy decreased from 1.053 to 1.046 with increasing doping level. Large thickness coupling factors of 0.4 were obtained for 8, 11, and 12 mol% Ni-Nb. Large electromechanical anisotropy of 10 was obtained for 8 mol% Ni-Nb. It was found that Ni-Nb co-doping has both softening and hardening effects as a function of donor or acceptor behavior of different amounts of Ni-Nb. For 13 mol% Ni-Nb, segregation of a small amount of a secondary phase occurs, lattice constants and tetragonality significantly decrease and the resulting ceramic becomes very hard.

  10. Inverse CeO2sbnd Fe2O3 catalyst for superior low-temperature CO conversion efficiency

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    Luo, Yongming; Chen, Ran; Peng, Wen; Tang, Guangbei; Gao, Xiaoya

    2017-09-01

    The paper presents a rational design of highly efficient and affordable catalysts for CO oxidation with a low operating temperature. A series of ceria-iron catalysts were inversely built via a co-precipitation method. The catalytic activity of low-temperature CO oxidation was much higher with CeO2-modified Fe2O3 (CeO2sbnd Fe2O3) than with Fe2O3-modified CeO2 (Fe2O3sbnd CeO2). In particular, the 7.5% CeO2sbnd Fe2O3 catalyst had the highest activity, reaching 96.17% CO conversion at just 25 °C. Catalyst characterization was carried out to explore the cause of the significantly different CO conversion efficiencies between the Fe2O3sbnd CeO2 and Fe2O3sbnd CeO2 catalysts. HRTEM showed a significant inhomogeneous phase in 7.5% CeO2sbnd Fe2O3 with small CeO2 nanoparticles highly dispersed on the rod-shaped Fe2O3 surface. Furthermore, the 7.5% CeO2sbnd Fe2O3 composite catalyst exhibited the highest ratios of Fe2+/Fe3+ and Ce3+/Ce4+ as well as the largest pore volume. These properties are believed to benefit the CO conversion in 7.5% CeO2sbnd Fe2O3.

  11. Er-doped and Er, Yb co-doped oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics, structural and optical properties

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    Lisiecki, Radosław; Augustyn, Elżbieta; Ryba-Romanowski, Witold; Żelechower, Michał

    2011-09-01

    The selected glasses and glass-ceramics pertinent to following chemical composition in mol%:48%SiO 2-11%Al 2O 3-7%Na 2O-10%CaO-10%PbO-11%PbF 2-3%ErF 3 and 48%SiO 2-11%Al 2O 3-7%Na 2O-10%CaO-10%PbO-10%PbF 2-1%ErF 3-3%YbF 3 have been manufactured from high purity components (Aldrich) at 1450 °C in normal atmosphere. Glass optical fibers were successfully drawn. Subsequently they were subject to the heat-treatment at 700 °C in various time periods. The preceding differential thermal analysis (DTA) studies allowed estimating both the fiber drawing temperature and the controlled crystallization temperature of glass fibers. It has been observed that the controlled heat-treatment of oxyfluoride glass fibers results in the creation of Pb 5Al 3F 19, Er 4F 2O 11Si 3 and Er 3FO 10Si 3 crystalline phases. The identified phases were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and confirmed by selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The fibers consist of mixed amorphous-crystalline microstructure with nano-crystals of size even below 10 nm distributed in the glassy host. Their morphology was investigated applying high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Optical properties and excited state relaxation dynamics of optically active ions (Er 3+, Yb 3+) in glass and glass-ceramics have been studied. Based on absorption spectra the Judd-Ofelt analysis was carried out. The main attention was directed to NIR luminescence at. 1.6 μm related to 4I 13/2 → 4I 15/2 Er 3+ and less effective emission associated with 4I 11/2 → 4I 15/2 Er 3+ and 2F 5/2 → 2F 7/2 Yb 3+ transitions. The dissimilar spectroscopic properties have been revealed for glasses and glass-ceramic samples, respectively. The reduction of emission linewidth at 1.6 and 1.0 μm combined with substantial increase of 4I 13/2 lifetimes of erbium in glass-ceramics appear to be evidences that Er 3+ ions are accommodated in crystalline phases. The structural and optical characteristics of oxyfluoride glass-ceramic

  12. Transport and deposition of CeO2 nanoparticles in water-saturated porous media.

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    Li, Zhen; Sahle-Demessie, Endalkachew; Hassan, Ashraf Aly; Sorial, George A

    2011-10-01

    Ceria nanoparticles are used for fuel cell, metal polishing and automobile exhaust catalyst; however, little is known about the impact of their release to the environment. The stability, transport and deposition of engineered CeO2 nanoparticles through water-saturated column packed with sand were studied by monitoring effluent CeO2 concentration. The influence of solution chemistry such as ionic strength (1-10 mM) and pH (3-9) on the mobility and deposition of CeO2 nanoparticles was investigated by using a three-phase (deposition-rinse-reentrainment) procedure in packed bed columns. The results show that water chemistry governs the transport and deposition of CeO2 nanoparticles. Transport is significantly hindered at acidic conditions (pH 3) and high ionic strengths (10 mM and above), and the deposited CeO2 particles may not be re-entrained by increasing the pH or lowering the ionic strength of water. At neutral and alkaline conditions (pH6 and 9), and lower ionic strengths (below 10 mM), partial breakthrough of CeO2 nanoparticles was observed and particles can be partially detached and re-entrained from porous media by changing the solution chemistry. A mathematical model was developed based on advection-dispersion-adsorption equations and it successfully predicts the transport, deposition and re-entrainment of CeO2 nanoparticles through a packed bed. There is strong agreement between the deposition rate coefficients calculated from experimental data and predicted by the model. The successful prediction for attachment and detachment of nanoparticles during the deposition and re-entrainment phases is unique addition in this study. This work can be applied to access the risk of CeO2 nanoparticles transport in contaminated ground water.

  13. Influence of Zr4+ doping on structural and electrical properties of SrBi4Ti4O15 ceramic

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    Nayak, P.; Badapanda, T.; Panigrahi, S.

    2015-06-01

    This article reports a systematic study of doping effects on the structural and electrical properties of layer structured strontium bismuth titanate ceramic. In this study monophasic SrBi4Ti4-xZrxO15 with x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 ceramics were synthesized from the solid-state reaction route. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the Zr-modified SBT ceramics have a pure four-layer Aurivillius phase structure. Dielectric properties revealed that the diffuseness of phase transition increases where as corresponding permittivity value decrease with increasing Zr content. Piezoelectric properties of SBTZ ceramics were improved by the modification of Zirconium ion. Moreover, the reason behind for improvement of piezoelectric properties of modified SBTZ ceramics was also discussed.

  14. Structure and Optical Properties of CeO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized by Precipitation

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    Liu, I.-Tsan; Hon, Min-Hsiung; Teoh, Lay Gaik

    2013-08-01

    Cerium dioxide (CeO2) has special electrical and optical properties, and chemical and thermal stability. It has been used in semiconductor devices and as a luminescent material. In this work, CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the precipitation method and the product annealed at various temperatures. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)/differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results show that the optimum annealing temperature for fabrication of CeO2 nanoparticles is greater than 500°C. When the calcination temperature is increased from 550°C to 1050°C, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) results show that the water and impurities are almost completely removed, after calcination at 750°C. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) results suggest that the synthesized CeO2 exhibits a cubic fluorite structure. The crystallite size of the CeO2 increases from 8 nm to 75 nm when the calcination temperature is increased from 550°C to 1050°C. The absorption spectrum in the ultraviolet (UV) region from 372 nm to 395 nm demonstrates their applicability as UV-filter materials, and the shift of the estimated E g,eff from 3.21 eV to 3.65 eV demonstrates their applicability in photoelectric devices. CeO2 would be potentially important for applications such as insulator structures, stable capacitor devices, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

  15. Enhanced photocatalytic performances of CeO2/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures.

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    Tian, Jian; Sang, Yuanhua; Zhao, Zhenhuan; Zhou, Weijia; Wang, Dongzhou; Kang, Xueliang; Liu, Hong; Wang, Jiyang; Chen, Shaowei; Cai, Huaqiang; Huang, Hui

    2013-11-25

    CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures are synthesized via a cost-effective hydrothermal method. The as-prepared nanocomposites consist of CeO2 nanoparticles assembled on the rough surface of TiO2 nanobelts. In comparison with P25 TiO2 colloids, surface-coarsened TiO2 nanobelts, and CeO2 nanoparticles, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures exhibit a markedly enhanced photocatalytic activity in the degradation of organic pollutants such as methyl orange (MO) under either UV or visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to a novel capture-photodegradation-release mechanism. During the photocatalytic process, MO molecules are captured by CeO2 nanoparticles, degraded by photogenerated free radicals, and then released to the solution. With its high degradation efficiency, broad active light wavelength, and good stability, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures represent a new effective photocatalyst that is low-cost, recyclable, and will have wide application in photodegradation of various organic pollutants. The new capture-photodegradation-release mechanism for improved photocatalysis properties is of importance in the rational design and synthesis of new photocatalysts. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Surface reaction network of CO oxidation on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts.

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    Ding, Liangbing; Xiong, Feng; Jin, Yuekang; Wang, Zhengming; Sun, Guanghui; Huang, Weixin

    2016-11-30

    CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts were prepared and their activity toward the adsorption and co-adsorption of O2, CO, CO2 and water was studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction, thermal desorption spectra and temperature-programmed reaction spectra. The Au surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs CO, CO2 and water, and the polycrystalline CeO2 surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs O2, and molecularly and reactively adsorbs CO, CO2 and water. By controllably preparing co-adsorbed surface species on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts, we successfully identified various surface reaction pathways of CO oxidation to produce CO2 with different barriers both on the CeO2 surface and at the Au-CeO2 interface, including CO oxidation by various oxygen species, and water/hydroxyl group-involved CO oxidation. These results establish a surface reaction network of CO oxidation catalyzed by Au/CeO2 catalysts, greatly advancing the fundamental understandings of catalytic CO oxidation reactions.

  17. Hexagonal CeO2 nanostructures: an efficient electrode material for supercapacitors.

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    Maheswari, Nallappan; Muralidharan, Gopalan

    2016-09-28

    Cerium oxide (CeO2) has emerged as a new and promising pseudocapacitive material due to its prominent valance states and extensive applications in various fields. In the present study, hexagonal CeO2 nanostructures have been prepared via the hydrothermal method employing cationic surfactant cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). CTAB ensures a slow rate of hydrolysis to form small sized CeO2 nanostructures. The role of calcination temperature on the morphological, structural, electrochemical properties and cyclic stability has been assessed for supercapacitor applications. The mesoscopic hexagonal architecture endows the CeO2 with not only a higher specific capacity, but also with an excellent rate capability and cyclability. When the charge/discharge current density is increased from 2 to 10 A g(-1) the reversible charge capacity decreased from 927 F g(-1) to 475 F g(-1) while 100% capacity retention at a high current density of 20 A g(-1) even after 1500 cycles could be achieved. Furthermore, the asymmetric supercapacitor based on CeO2 exhibited a significantly higher energy density of 45.6 W h kg(-1) at a power density of 187.5 W kg(-1) with good cyclic stability. The electrochemical richness of the CeO2 nanostructure makes it a suitable electrode material for supercapacitor applications.

  18. Leucas aspera mediated multifunctional CeO2 nanoparticles: Structural, photoluminescent, photocatalytic and antibacterial properties.

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    Malleshappa, J; Nagabhushana, H; Sharma, S C; Vidya, Y S; Anantharaju, K S; Prashantha, S C; Daruka Prasad, B; Raja Naika, H; Lingaraju, K; Surendra, B S

    2015-01-01

    Spherical shaped cerium dioxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via bio mediated route using Leucas aspera (LA) leaf extract. The NPs were characterized by PXRD, SEM, UV-Visible techniques. Photoluminescence (PL), photocatalysis and antibacterial properties of NPs were studied. PXRD patterns and Rietveld analysis confirm cubic fluorite structure with space group Fm-3m. SEM results evident that morphology of the NPs was greatly influenced by the concentration of LA leaf extract in the reaction mixture. The band gap energy of the NPs was found to be in the range of 2.98-3.4 eV. The photocatalytic activity of NPs was evaluated by decolorization of Rhodamine-B (RhB) under UVA and Sun light irradiation. CeO2 NPs show intense blue emission with CIE coordinates (0.14, 0.22) and average color coordinated temperature value ∼148,953 K. Therefore the present NPs quite useful for cool LEDs. The superior photocatalytic activity was observed for CeO2 NPs with 20 ml LA under both UVA and Sunlight irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity and photoluminescent properties were attributed to defect induced band gap engineered CeO2 NPs. Further, CeO2 with 20 ml LA exhibit significant antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli (EC) and Staphylococcus aureus (SA). These findings show great promise of CeO2 NPs as multifunctional material for various applications.

  19. Toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles - the effect of nanoparticle properties.

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    Leung, Yu Hang; Yung, Mana M N; Ng, Alan M C; Ma, Angel P Y; Wong, Stella W Y; Chan, Charis M N; Ng, Yip Hang; Djurišić, Aleksandra B; Guo, Muyao; Wong, Mabel Ting; Leung, Frederick C C; Chan, Wai Kin; Leung, Kenneth M Y; Lee, Hung Kay

    2015-04-01

    Conflicting reports on the toxicity of CeO2 nanomaterials have been published in recent years, with some studies finding CeO2 nanoparticles to be toxic, while others found it to have protective effects against oxidative stress. To investigate the possible reasons for this, we have performed a comprehensive study on the physical and chemical properties of nanosized CeO2 from three different suppliers as well as CeO2 synthesized by us, and tested their toxicity. For toxicity tests, we have studied the effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on a Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli in the dark, under ambient and UV illuminations. We have also performed toxicity tests on the marine diatom Skeletonema costatum under ambient and UV illuminations. We found that the CeO2 nanoparticle samples exhibited significantly different toxicity, which could likely be attributed to the differences in interactions with cells, and possibly to differences in nanoparticle compositions. Our results also suggest that toxicity tests on bacteria may not be suitable for predicting the ecotoxicity of nanomaterials. The relationship between the toxicity and physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles is explicitly discussed in the light of the current results.

  20. Broadband mid-infrared wavelength conversion laser based on Cr2+ doped ceramic materials

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    Shang, Yaping; Yin, Ke; Li, Xiao; Wang, Peng; Xu, Xiaojun

    2015-10-01

    Broadband mid-infrared lasers are desirable for pretty important applications in fields of environmental protection, medical treatment, military applications, scientific, and other domains. Recently, super-continuum laser sources have achieved striking development. However, limited by the substrate materials, the output power scaling of the broadband mid-infrared fiber laser sources could not be increased drastically, especially for the long wavelength region. In this paper, we reported an experimental study about the broadband mid-infrared lasers based on Cr2+ doped II-VI ceramic materials, by using of a super-continuum laser source developed by our groups operating at 1550~2130nm with 200mW output power. The result suggested that the near-infrared spectral component of the super-continuum source was deeply absorbed by transition metal doped zinc chalcogenides ceramic materials, meanwhile the mid-infrared part, however, had been enhanced significantly by this new "power amplifier." Actually single-pass amplification efficiency was very limited. The best way to solve this problem was multi-pass amplification systems. We had shown an initial proof of this assumption by a double-pass experiments, the result was consistent with expected effect. Above all, the spectrum shaping from short wavelength to long wavelength was obtained. The innovative discovery had laid a solid foundation for high power, high efficiency, broadly tunable mid-infrared solid state lasers.

  1. Ni2+-doped new silicate glass-ceramics for broadband near infrared luminescence

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    Zheng, Jian; Cheng, Yin

    2016-12-01

    The new composite transparent spinel silicate glass-ceramics containing Ni2+-doped ZnGa2O4 and solid solution MgxZn1-xGa2O4 nanocrystals were fabricated by in situ controlled crystallization method. After heat treatment, the crystal phase content of ZnGa2O4 increase with increasing heat treatment temperature, and the Mg2+ ions could enter the crystal lattice of ZnGa2O4 to replace the Zn2+ ions and form a new solid solution MgxZn1-xGa2O4. The coordination environment of Ni2+ was changed from tetrahedral in glasses to octahedral sites in glass ceramics. The super-broadband infrared luminescence with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 400 nm overing 1.1-1.7 μm wavelength region and fluorescent lifetime of about 480 μs were observed from the glass ceramics containing MgxZn1-xGa2O4 nanocrystals. It is probably due to the variety of solid solution structure making Ni2+ ions enter two different octahedral sites. At the same time, the impact of heat treatment temperature and the concentration of NiO on peak position and intensity were also discussed. The results demonstrate that the method presented may be an effective way to fabricate super-broadband optical amplifiers and tunable lasers.

  2. Influence of CeO2 nanoparticles on growth and physiology of sorghum

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    Mu, Linlin; Liang, Wei-zhen; Kinsey, Erin; Rauh, Bradley; Kresovich, Stephen; Darnault, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are commonly used as polishing agents for industry and fuel additives to decrease the particulate matter emissions. CeO2 NPs may be encountered in the soil and water environment through their life cycle or accidental releases, and have potential phytotoxicity effects. Therefore, it is critical to assess the potential effects of CeO2 NPs in soil on plant growth and physiology. The objective of this research is to determine the physiological responses of three sorghums (Grassl, BtX623 and Rio) to the effect of CeO2 nanoparticles in potting soil environment. Sorghums were germinated and grown in potting soil in the greenhouse for three weeks cultivation with treatments of 0, 100, 500, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Plant parameters, such as length, weight, and biomass of root and leaves were measured in each treatment with 12 replications. After three weeks germination, the sorghum plants were dig out and the roots were examined and scanned by the Silverfast SE Plus scanner to compare and analyze their dimensions and shapes. To further study the growth and physiological changes in plants due to the presence of CeO2 NPs in soil, one selected type of sorghum (Grassl) was grown under the four different CeO2 NPs concentration treatments for six months until plant maturity, and was also cut and harvested three times to study CeO2 NPs effect on plant re-growth. At the end of each growing period, above ground vegetative tissues were air-dried, grounded to 2mm particle size and compositional traits were estimated by using near-infrared spectroscopy. The influence of nanoparticles was observed on some of the plant traits. Preliminary results showed the influence of CeO2 NPs on the roots growth, as Grassl and Btx623 in 100 mgkg-1 treatment grew significantly faster than other concentrations; however no significant difference between control and 100 mgkg-1 treatment in Rio. CeO2 NPs concentration of 100 mgkg-1 had no impact on sorghum growth, compared to the control treatment. Results of the six months growth and repetitive cutting experiments indicated that the different treatments, including the presence and/or concentrations of the nanoparticles, impacted some of the compositional traits of sorghum.

  3. Differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells on niobium-doped fluorapatite glass-ceramics

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    Kushwaha, Meenakshi; Pan, Xueliang; Holloway, Julie A.; Denry, Isabelle L.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives Our goal was to characterize the response of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) to a niobium-doped fluorapatite-based glass-ceramic (FAp). Methods The glass was prepared by twice melting at 1525°C for 3h, and cast into cylindrical ingots later sectioned into discs and heat-treated to promote crystallization of fluorapatite submicrometer crystals. Tissue culture polystyrene (TCP) was used as control. The surface of the FAp discs was either left as-heat treated, ground or etched. Initial cell attachment was assessed at 3h. Proliferation and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) expression data was collected at days 1, 4, and 8. Cell morphology was examined using SEM, at days 2 and 4. Mineralization was evaluated by Alizarin Red staining and SEM. Results Initial cell attachment on as heat-treated, etched, or ground surfaces was similar to that of the positive control group (p>0.05). The percentage of area covered by living cells increased significantly on as heat-treated, etched, or ground surfaces between days 1 and 8 (p<0.05). There was no significant difference amongst groups in cell coverage at day 8, compared to TCP control. SEM revealed well spread polygonal cells with numerous filopodia, either attached to the ceramic surface or connected to neighboring cells. ALP expression at day 8 was significantly higher in osteogenic media compared to growth media on both FAp and control. FAp discs stained positively with alizarin red and calcium-rich mineralized granules associated with fibrils were observed by SEM at day 35. Significance hMSCs displayed excellent attachment, proliferation, and differentiation on niobium-doped FAp glass-ceramic. PMID:22078764

  4. Fabrication, microstructure and luminescence properties of Cr3+ doped Lu3A15O12 red scintillator ceramics

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    Shi, Yun; Zhao, Yu; Liu, Qiang; Cao, Maoqing; Ma, Peng; Chen, Haohong; Liu, Qian; Li, Jiang

    2017-04-01

    Cr3+ doped Lu3A15O12 transparent ceramics were developed as a new red scintillator ceramics. These ceramics were fabricated by a solid state reaction method under vacuum sintering at temperature range of 1550 °C-1890 °C for 10 h. The doping effect of different Cr3+ concentration (0, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 at. %) and air annealing effect were investigated as well. The transparent ceramics (70% @1 mm in visible light range) with dense microstructure were obtained when sintered at 1890 °C for 10 h, the average grain size of 0.3 at.% Cr:LuAG was calculated to be 7 μm. Photo-luminescence spectra revealed that there are two typical excitation bands at around 450 nm and 600 nm which were ascribed to the d-d transitions of Cr3+. 0.3 at. % Cr:LuAG exhibited the optimum photoluminescence intensity and fast decay. Radio-luminescence under X-ray excitation indicated a characteristic Cr3+ emission peaking at 687 nm and 706 nm respectively. The Lu3+Al antisite defects related emission at around 300 nm was observed to decrease with the doping of Cr3+. The steady luminescence efficiency (XEL spectrum integral) is around 20 times of the commercial BGO crystals, more important, the broad and continuous red emission between 600 nm and 800 nm demonstrated Cr:LuAG ceramics a prospective application as new red scintillators.

  5. Luminescence properties of barium--gadolinium-titanate ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+).

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    Hemasundara Raju, S; Muni Sudhakar, B; Sudhakar Reddy, B; Dhoble, S J; Thyagarajan, K; Nageswara Raju, C

    2014-11-01

    Barium-gadolinium-titanate (BaGd2 Ti4 O12) powder ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. From the X-ray diffraction spectrum, it was observed that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics are crystallized in the form of an orthorhombic structure. Scanning electron microscopy image shows that the particles are agglomerated and the particle size is about 200 nm. Eu(3+) - and Tb(3+) -doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics were examined by energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence (TL) spectra. Emission spectra of Eu(3+)-doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics showed bright red emission at 613 nm ((5)D0 →(7)F2) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 408 nm ((7)F0 → (5)D3) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 ceramic powder has shown green emission at 534 nm ((5)D4 → (7)F5) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 331 nm (((7)F6 → (5)D1). TL spectra show that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) ions affect TL sensitivity. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Excess conductivity and the pseudogap state in Hf-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics

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    Savich, S. V.; Samoilov, A. V.; Vovk, R. V.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Kamchatna, S. N.; Dolgopolova, Ya. V.; Chernovol-Tkachenko, O. A.

    2016-12-01

    The electrical conductivity of hafnium (Hf)-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics is investigated. Hf doping has been revealed to lead to an increase of the number of effective scattering centers for the normal charge carriers. In a broad temperature range, the excess conductivity of the investigated samples obeys an exponential temperature dependence, while near Tc it is satisfactorily described by the Aslamazov-Larkin model. Meanwhile, Hf doping has been shown to lead to a notable broadening of the temperature range for the manifestation of the pseudogap anomaly in the ab-plane.

  7. Catalytic hydrolysis of COS over CeO2 (110) surface: A density functional theory study

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    Song, Xin; Ning, Ping; Wang, Chi; Li, Kai; Tang, Lihong; Sun, Xin

    2017-08-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to investigate the reaction pathways for catalytic hydrolysis of COS over CeO2 (110) surface using Dmol3 model. The thermodynamic stability analysis for the suggested routes of COS hydrolysis to CO2 and H2S was evaluated. The absolute values of adsorption energy of H2O-CeO2 are higher than that of COS-CeO2. Meanwhile, the adsorption energy and geometries show that H2O is easier adsorbed on the surface of CeO2 (110) than COS. H2O plays a role as a bridge in the process of joint adsorption. H2O forms more Cesbnd Osbnd H groups on the CeO2 (110) surface. CeO2 decreases the maximum energy barrier by 76.15 kcal/mol. The migration of H from H2O to COS is the key for the hydrolysis reaction. Csbnd O channel is easier to occur than Csbnd S channel. Experimental result shows that adding of CeO2 can increase COS removal rate and prolong the 100% COS removal rate from 180 min to 210 min. The difference between Fe2O3 and CeO2 for the hydrolysis of COS is characterized in the atomic charge transfer and the formation of Hsbnd O bond and Hsbnd S bond. The transfer effect of H in H2O to S in COS over CeO2 decreases the energy barriers of hydrolysis reaction, and enhances the reaction activity of COS hydrolysis.

  8. Reinforced magnetic properties of Ni-doped BiFeO3 ceramic

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    Hwang, J. S.; Yoo, Y. J.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Lee, K. H.; Lee, B. W.; Park, S. Y.

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic materials attract considerable interest because of the wide range of potential applications such as spintronic devices, data storage devices and sensors. As a strong candidate for the applications among the limited list of single-phase multiferroic materials, BiFeO3 (BFO) is a quite attractive material due to its multiferroic properties at room temperature (RT). However, BFO is widely known to have large leakage current and small spontaneous polarization due to the existence of crystalline defects such as oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the magnetic moment of pure BFO is very weak owing to its antiferromagnetic nature. In this paper, the effects of Ni2+ substitution on the magnetic properties of bulk BFO were investigated. BFO, and BiFe0.99Ni0.01O3, BiFe0.98Ni0.02O3 and BiFe0.97Ni0.03O3 (BFNO: Ni-doped BFO) ceramics were prepared by solid-state reaction and rapid sintering, and analyzed by structural and magnetic-property measurements. The leakage current density was measured at RT by using a standard ferroelectric tester. All the Ni-doped BFO samples exhibited the similar rhombohedral perovskite structure ( R3c) to that of BFO. The magnetic properties of Ni-doped BFO were much enhanced with respect to BFO prepared at the same conditions, because the enhanced ferromagnetic interaction is caused by the Fe/Ni coupling.

  9. Transparent Glass Ceramics Doped by Chromium(III) and Chromium(III) and Neodymium(III) as New Materials for Lasers and Luminescent Solar Concentrators.

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    1987-12-31

    absorption spectrum of glass- ceramics doped by 3 m.p. Nd(III) and 0.1 m.p. Cr(IIl). The last shows very weak absorption bands due to Cr(III) in a high ...AP-4i91 140 Crn7ISi I xU ~ 3U ’h u UNCLSUFID nA*VI..R~L,! 5 i520 IIIJIL25 1. -S-o 0 MflC ILEz COPYT TRANSPARENT GLASS CERAMICS DOPED BY CHROMIUM(III...first two years of the research we have shown that spectroscopic properties of Cr(III) in several singly doped glass- ceramics are comparable to those

  10. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania.

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-12-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated.

  11. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-04-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ( ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated.

  12. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity

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    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Garay, J. E.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.

    2012-09-10

    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb{sup 3+}, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  13. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity

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    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.; Garay, J. E.

    2012-09-01

    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb3+, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  14. Dopant-induced modification of active site structure and surface bonding mode for high-performance nanocatalysts: CO oxidation on capping-free (110)-oriented CeO2:Ln (Ln = La-Lu) nanowires.

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    Ke, Jun; Xiao, Jia-Wen; Zhu, Wei; Liu, Haichao; Si, Rui; Zhang, Ya-Wen; Yan, Chun-Hua

    2013-10-09

    Active center engineering at atomic level is a grand challenge for catalyst design and optimization in many industrial catalytic processes. Exploring new strategies to delicately tailor the structures of active centers and bonding modes of surface reactive intermediates for nanocatalysts is crucial to high-efficiency nanocatalysis that bridges heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Here we demonstrate a robust approach to tune the CO oxidation activity over CeO2 nanowires (NWs) through the modulation of the local structure and surface state around Ln(Ce)' defect centers by doping other lanthanides (Ln), based on the continuous variation of the ionic radius of lanthanide dopants caused by the lanthanide contraction. Homogeneously doped (110)-oriented CeO2:Ln NWs with no residual capping agents were synthesized by controlling the redox chemistry of Ce(III)/Ce(IV) in a mild hydrothermal process. The CO oxidation reactivity over CeO2:Ln NWs was dependent on the Ln dopants, and the reactivity reached the maximum in turnover rates over Nd-doped samples. On the basis of the results obtained from combined experimentations and density functional theory simulations, the decisive factors of the modulation effect along the lanthanide dopant series were deduced as surface oxygen release capability and the bonding configuration of the surface adsorbed species (i.e., carbonates and bicarbonates) formed during catalytic process, which resulted in the existence of an optimal doping effect from the lanthanide with moderate ionic radius.

  15. Synthesis of monodisperse CeO2-ZrO2 particles exhibiting cyclic superelasticity over hundreds of cycles

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    Du, Zehui; Ye, Pengcheng; Zeng, Xiao Mei; ...

    2017-05-09

    Nano- and microscale CeO2–ZrO2 (CZ) shape memory ceramics are promising materials for smart micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), sensing, actuation and energy damping applications, but the processing science for scalable production of such small volume ceramics has not yet been established. Herein, we report a modified sol-gel method to synthesize highly monodisperse spherical CZ particles with diameters in the range of ~0.8-3.0 μm. Synchrotron X-ray micro-diffraction (μSXRD) confirmed that most of the particles are single crystal after annealing at 1450°C. Having a monocrystalline structure and a small specimen length scale, the particles exhibit significantly enhanced shape memory and superelasticity properties with upmore » to ~4.7% compression being completely recoverable. Highly reproducible superelasticity through over five hundred strain cycles, with dissipated energy up to ~40 MJ/m3 per cycle, is achieved in the CZ particles containing 16 mol% ceria. This cycling capability is enhanced by ten times compared with our first demonstration using micropillars (only 50 cycles in Lai et al, Science, 2013, 341, 1505). Furthermore, the effects of cycling and testing temperature (in 25°C-400°C) on superelasticity have been investigated.« less

  16. Raman and impedance spectroscopic studies of the specific features of the transport properties of electrolytes based on CeO2

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    Sal'nikov, V. V.; Pikalova, E. Yu.

    2015-10-01

    The solid solutions CeO2-(Sm,Nd)2O3 have been prepared by the solid-phase synthesis. The microstructure, density, and electrical conductivity of ceramic samples obtained by rolling with an organic binder, followed by sintering in air at a temperature of 1600°C have been investigated. The contributions to the total conductivity from the grain volume and grain boundaries in the temperature range of 250-700°C have been separated using impedance spectroscopy. The impedance spectroscopy data have revealed a significant effect of grain boundaries on the transport properties of the solid electrolyte with a Sm dopant as compared to the electrolyte with Nd. The optical properties of the polycrystalline electrolytes Ce1- x Nd x O2-δ and Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ have been studied using Raman spectroscopy. In the spectrum of the ceramic samples, there are two modes: a mode of CeO2 at a frequency of 465 cm-1 and an additional mode at a frequency of ~550 cm-1 due to vibrations associated with oxygen vacancies, the intensity of which depends on the dopant concentration and the energy of the dopant cation-oxygen vacancy bond. The binding energy of oxygen vacancies in the fluorite structure correlates with the behavior of bulk conductivity, and the solid solutions with samarium exhibit the highest bulk conductivity.

  17. Dielectrical Properties of CeO2 Nanoparticles at Different Temperatures

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    Zamiri, Reza; Abbastabar Ahangar, Hossein; Kaushal, Ajay; Zakaria, Azmi; Zamiri, Golnoosh; Tobaldi, David; Ferreira, J. M. F.

    2015-01-01

    A template-free precipitation method was used as a simple and low cost method for preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles. The structure and morphology of the prepared nanoparticle samples were studied in detail using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) measurements. The whole powder pattern modelling (WPPM) method was applied on XRD data to accurately measure the crystalline domain size and their size distribution. The average crystalline domain diameter was found to be 5.2 nm, with a very narrow size distribution. UV-visible absorbance spectrum was used to calculate the optical energy band gap of the prepared CeO2 nanoparticles. The FT-IR spectrum of prepared CeO2 nanoparticles showed absorption bands at 400 cm-1 to 450 cm-1 regime, which correspond to CeO2 stretching vibration. The dielectric constant (εr) and dielectric loss (tan δ) values of sintered CeO2 compact consolidated from prepared nanoparticles were measured at different temperatures in the range from 298 K (room temperature) to 623 K, and at different frequencies from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. PMID:25910071

  18. Orientational control of CeO2 films on sapphire substrates grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Yamamoto, S.; Sugimoto, M.; Koshikawa, H.; Hakoda, T.; Yamaki, T.

    2017-06-01

    The effect of deposition temperature and post-annealing on the crystallographic orientation of cerium dioxide (CeO2) films on sapphire (α-Al2O3) substrates were investigated. CeO2 films, with thickness of 17 nm, were grown on c-plane and r-plane sapphire substrates by radiofrequency (rf) magnetron sputtering. Deposition temperatures between 150 and 500 °C were used with a sintered CeO2 target in an Ar-O2 gas mixture. The post-annealing treatment was performed in air at various temperatures ranging from 400 to 1000 °C. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the orientation of the CeO2 films changed from (001) to mixed (001)/(111) and then to (111), with increasing deposition temperatures on both the c-plane and r-plane sapphire substrates. Post-annealing at 1000 °C improved the degree of crystallinity of the films, and formed rectangular grains. The results suggest that control of the deposition and post-annealing temperatures provides orientation-controlled CeO2 films on c- and r-plane sapphire substrates.

  19. Single-step process to prepare CeO2 nanotubes with improved catalytic activity.

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    González-Rovira, Leandro; Sánchez-Amaya, José M; López-Haro, Miguel; del Rio, Eloy; Hungría, Ana B; Midgley, Paul; Calvino, José J; Bernal, Serafín; Botana, F Javier

    2009-04-01

    CeO(2) nanotubes have been grown electrochemically using a porous alumina membrane as a template. The resulting material has been characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy tomography, high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), and electron energy loss spectroscopy. According to SEM, the outer diameter of the nanotubes corresponds to the pore size (200 nm) of the alumina membrane, and their length ranges between 30 and 40 microm. HREM images have revealed that the width of the nanotube walls is about 6 nm. The catalytic activity of these novel materials for the CO oxidation reaction is compared to that of a polycrystalline powder CeO(2) sample prepared by a conventional route. The activity of the CeO(2) nanotubes is shown to be in the order of 400 times higher per gram of oxide at 200 degrees C (77.2 x 10(-2) cm(3) CO(2) (STP)/(gxs) for the nanotube-shaped CeO(2) and 0.16 x 10(-2) cm(3) CO(2) (STP)/(gxs) for the powder CeO(2)).

  20. Formation of CeO2 nanotubes from Ce(OH)CO3 nanorods through Kirkendall diffusion.

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    Chen, Guozhu; Sun, Sixiu; Sun, Xun; Fan, Weiliu; You, Ting

    2009-02-16

    In this paper, CeO(2) nanotubes based on the Kirkendall effect (for simplicity, this type of nanotubes is denoted as K-type CeO(2) nanotubes) are fabricated through a solid-liquid interface reaction between Ce(OH)CO(3) nanorods and NaOH solutions. Our studies indicate the formation mechanism of K-type CeO(2) nanotubes is quite different from those of CeO(2) nanotubes subjected to template (T-type CeO(2) nanotubes) and lamellar rolling (L-type CeO(2) nanotubes) reported previously by our group. The K-type CeO(2) nanotubes are prepared by congregating Kirkendall voids and subsequent calcinations. The time evolution processes are imaged by TEM, and the results show that as the reaction processes, interior spaces are formed and enlarged in Ce(OH)CO(3) nanorods to form K-type CeO(2) nanotubes. In contrast, the interior space in T-type CeO(2) nanotubes decreases with reaction time. XRD is applied to study the phase transformation in the formation process of K-type CeO(2) nanotubes. Our study also indicates NaOH and reaction temperature are two key factors responsible for formation of K-type CeO(2) nanotubes. Combined with the T- and L-type nanotubes, three types of CeO(2) nanotubes with different formation mechanisms are successfully synthesized in one reaction system, which might afford some guidance for the synthesis of other inorganic nanotubes.

  1. High quality Y3Al5O12 doped transparent ceramics for laser applications, role of sintering additives

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    Kaminskii, A. A.; Balashov, V. V.; Cheshev, E. A.; Kopylov, Yu L.; Koromyslov, A. L.; Krokhin, O. N.; Kravchenko, V. B.; Lopukhin, K. V.; Shemet, V. V.; Tupitsyn, I. M.

    2016-08-01

    SiO2, ZrO2, B2O3 and MgO oxides and their combinations were used as sintering aids for preparation of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramics doped by Nd2O3, Er2O3, Ho2O3, Tm2O3 and Yb2O3. The influence of these additives on optimal sintering temperature, grain growth, volume of residual pores and optical quality of the ceramics were investigated. The best combination of the sintering additives was found and high quality samples of YAG:Nd (1 at.%) ceramics were obtained. The original method of laser optical quality characterization of ceramics was developed and tested. The main laser parameters of YAG:Nd (1 at.%) ceramics samples are measured and compared with the best well known laser ceramics. The samples of YAG:RE (RE- Er2O3, Ho2O3, Tm2O3 and Yb2O3) ceramics are obtained, and their optical transmittance spectra are measured. Composite structures of YAG:Yb (5 at.%) - YAG were obtained by the simplest method of successive joint compaction of different composition layers.

  2. Highly sensitive room temperature ammonia gas sensor based on Ir-doped Pt porous ceramic electrodes

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    Liu, Wenlong; Liu, Yen-Yu; Do, Jing-Shan; Li, Jing

    2016-12-01

    Room temperature NH3 gas sensors based on Pt and Pt-Ir (Ir doping Pt) porous ceramic electrodes have been fabricated by both electroplating and sputtering methods. The properties of the gaseous ammonia sensors have been examined by polarization and chronoamperometry techniques. The influence of humidity on the features of the resulting sensors in the system has also been discussed, and the working potential was optimized. Water vapors seem to hugely improve the electrochemical activity of the electrode. With increasing the relative humidity, the response of the Pt-Ir(E)/Pt(S)/PCP sensor to NH3 gas could be enhanced remarkably, and the sensitivity increases from 1.14 to 12.06 μA ppm-1 cm-2 .Then we have also discussed the sensing mechanism of the Pt-Ir sensor and the result has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the electrode surface before and after reaction in the end.

  3. Scintillation and storage luminescence properties of MgF2 transparent ceramics doped with Ce3+

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    Nakamura, Fumiya; Kato, Takumi; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fukuda, Kentaro; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we report basic optical properties and scintillation and storage luminescence properties of MgF2:Ce transparent ceramics with different doping concentrations of Ce (0.01, 0.1 and 1%) synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS). In scintillation, thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) and optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL), the dominant emissions were due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+ which appeared in the near-UV region peaking around 320 and 360 nm. The scintillation was evaluated by X-ray irradiation while OSL was observed under 540 nm stimulation. In particular, the TSL sensitivity was high and showed a good linearity from 0.1 mGy to 1000 mGy.

  4. Frustrated antiferromagnetism in bulk Ti-doped BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Garcia, Miguel Angel; Bernardo, Mara; Jardiel, Teresa; Peiteado, Marco; Mompean, Federico; Garcia-Hernandez, Mar; Villegas, Marina; Caballero, Amador

    2013-03-01

    We present here a magnetic characterization of Ti-doped BiFeO3 prepared by a ceramic route. A detailed analysis of the microstructure revealed that Ti+4 is not homogeneously distributed but partially segregated towards Ti enriched grain boundary regions that define Ti-deficient domains with a size distribution of the order of tens of nanometers. Since the size of these domains is smaller than the spin cycloid wavelength (64 nm) they hold a net magnetic moment. Consequently the material exhibits frustrated antiferromagnetism with hysteresis, coercivity and remanance. This ferromagnetic-like behavior vanishes at the Neel temperature of the BiFeO3. The small magnetic moment per domain (MS ~0.2 emu/g) yields very large coercive fields of 27 KOe at 5 K and 17 KOe at room temperature.

  5. Structural and dielectric properties of CuO-doped SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Naidu, K. Chandra Babu Sarmash, T. Sofi; Maddaiah, M.; Reddy, V. Narasimha; Subbarao, T.

    2015-06-24

    Copper-doped SrTiO{sub 3} (ST) ceramic powders were processed by solid-state route diffusion (SRD) bulk preparation technique. We reported the effect of Cu{sup +2} ions on the dielectric response of ST and it established the substantial increase in dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) than undoped ST from 303K-673K and low loss (tanδ) for good dielectric applications. In respect of the electrical properties ac- activation energies were computed of range 0.089-0.319eV using lnσ Vs 1/T plots. The microstructure was examined with grain sizes 6-9µm of uniform distribution by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). Some additional phases SrCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} and TiO{sub 2} rutiles were detected by X-ray diffraction technique.

  6. Particle-specific toxicity and bioavailability of cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles to Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Yang, Xinping; Pan, Haopeng; Wang, Peng; Zhao, Fang-Jie

    2017-01-15

    The use of manufactured cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-NPs) in consumer products has increased markedly over the past decade, and their release into natural ecosystems is unavoidable. This study investigated the phytotoxicity and uptake of CeO2-NPs in Arabidopsis thaliana grown in an agar medium. Although low concentrations of CeO2-NPs had stimulatory effects on plant growth, at higher concentrations, CeO2-NPs reduced growth and had adverse effects on the antioxidant systems and photosystem. Importantly, the toxicity resulted from the nanoparticles per se, rather than from the dissolved Ce ions. CeO2-NPs were taken up and subsequently translocated to shoot tissues, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed the presence of a large number of needle-like particle aggregations in the intercellular regions and the cytoplasm of leaf cells. The up-translocation factor to shoots was independent of the concentrations of Ce in the roots and the supplied forms of Ce (i.e. CeO2-NPs, CeO2-bulk, and ionic Ce), suggesting that endocytosis is likely to be a general mechanism responsible for the translocation of these Ce compounds. These findings provide important information regarding the toxicity and uptake of CeO2-NPs in plants, which needs to be considered in environmental risk assessment for the safe use and disposal of CeO2-NPs.

  7. Fabrication of CeO2 nanoparticle-modified silk for UV protection and antibacterial applications.

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    Lu, Zhisong; Mao, Cuiping; Meng, Mei; Liu, Sangui; Tian, Yunli; Yu, Ling; Sun, Bai; Li, Chang Ming

    2014-12-01

    To endow silk with UV-shielding ability and antibacterial activity, CeO2 nanoparticles were immobilized on silk surface via a dip-coating approach without changing silk structure. Surface density of the nanoparticles could be easily adjusted by controlling the number of dip-coating cycle. Enhanced thermal stability of the modified silk is exhibited in thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and derivative thermogravimetric analysis (DTG). The excellent UV-protection ability and antibacterial property of the CeO2 nanoparticle-coated silk are demonstrated in UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and colony-forming capability test, respectively. Based on the data, it can be concluded that CeO2 nanoparticles could be used as a very promising coating material to modify silk for UV-protection and antibacterial applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Upconversion emission properties of CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Cheng, Gong; Wu, Hangjun; Yang, Zhengwen; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    The ordered and disordered templates were assembled by vertical deposition of polystyrene microspheres. The CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ precursor solution was used to infiltrate into the voids of the ordered and disordered templates, respectively. Then the ordered and disordered templates were calcined at 950°C in an air furnace, and the CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were obtained. The upconversion emissions from CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were suppressed due to the photon trapping caused by Bragg reflection of lattice planes when the upconversion emission band was in the range of the photonic band gaps in the inverse opals.

  9. The effects of the temperature and pressure on ZrO2-doped transparent yttria ceramics fabricated by a hot-pressing method

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    Gan, Lin; Park, Young-Jo; Kim, Haneul; Kim, Jin-Myung; Ko, Jae-Woong; Lee, Jae-Wook

    2017-09-01

    Previously, we briefly reported the fabrication of highly transparent yttria ceramics with fine microstructures by a facile hot-pressing method. In this article, we systematically studied the hot-pressing sintering of transparent yttria ceramics in which the effects of the ZrO2 doping concentration, sintering temperature, and mechanical pressure on the transparency as well as the microstructures of the ceramic samples were investigated in detail. It was found that the optimal ZrO2 doping concentration for the hot-pressed transparent yttria ceramics is 1 at.%, which is much lower than that of transparent yttria ceramics fabricated by pressureless sintering routes. An increase in both the hot-pressing temperature and the mechanical pressure effectively promoted the densification and the optical transparency of the samples doped with 3 at.% ZrO2. However, when the mechanical pressure is too high, a substantial reduction of yttria occurs, which deteriorates the transparency of the samples.

  10. First-principles characterization of formate and carboxyl adsorption on the stoichiometric CeO2(111) and CeO2(110) surfaces

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    Mei, Donghai

    2013-05-20

    Molecular adsorption of formate and carboxyl on the stoichiometric CeO2(111) and CeO2(110) surfaces was studied using periodic density functional theory (DFT+U) calculations. Two distinguishable adsorption modes (strong and weak) of formate are identified. The bidentate configuration is more stable than the monodentate adsorption configuration. Both formate and carboxyl bind at the more open CeO2(110) surface are stronger. The calculated vibrational frequencies of two adsorbed species are consistent with experimental measurements. Finally, the effects of U parameters on the adsorption of formate and carboxyl over both CeO2 surfaces were investigated. We found that the geometrical configurations of two adsorbed species are not affected by using different U parameters (U=0, 5, and 7). However, the calculated adsorption energy of carboxyl pronouncedly increases with the U value while the adsorption energy of formate only slightly changes (<0.2 eV). The Bader charge analysis shows the opposite charge transfer occurs for formate and carboxyl adsorption where the adsorbed formate is negatively charge whiled the adsorbed carboxyl is positively charged. Interestingly, with the increasing U parameter, the amount of charge is also increased. This work was supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and by a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with General Motors. The computations were performed using the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), which is a U.S. Department of Energy national scientific user facility located at PNNL in Richland, Washington. Part of the computing time was also granted by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

  11. Transparent Oxyfluoride Nano-Glass-Ceramics Doped with Pr3+ and Pr3+-Yb3+ for NIR Emission

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    Gorni, Giulio; Cosci, Alessandro; Pelli, Stefano; Pascual, Laura; Durán, Alicia; Pascual, M. J.

    2016-12-01

    Pr3+-Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride glasses and glass-ceramics (GC) containing LaF3 nanocrystals have been prepared to obtain NIR emission of Yb3+ ions upon Pr3+ excitation in the blue region of the visible spectrum. Two different compositions have been tested 0.1-0.5 Pr-Yb and 0.5-1 Pr-Yb, in addition to Pr3+ singly doped samples. The crystallization mechanism of the nano-glass-ceramics was studied by DTA revealing that it occurs from a constant number of nuclei, the crystal growth being limited by diffusion. HR-TEM demonstrated that phase separation acts as precursor for LaF3 crystallization and a detailed analysis of the chemical composition (EDXS) revealed the enrichment in RE3+ ions inside the initial phase separated droplets, from which the LaF3 crystals are formed. The RE3+ ions incorporation inside LaF3 crystals was also proved by photoluminescence measurements showing Stark splitting of the RE3+ ions energy levels in the glass-ceramic samples. Lifetimes measurements showed the existence of a better energy transfer process between Pr3+ and Yb3+ ions in the glass-ceramics compared to the as made glass, and the highest value of energy transfer efficiency is 59% and the highest theoretical quantum efficiency is 159%, obtained for glass-ceramics GC0.1-0.5 Pr-Yb treated at 620 ºC-40 h.

  12. Effects of pH and phosphate on CeO2 nanoparticle dissolution.

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    Dahle, Jessica T; Livi, Ken; Arai, Yuji

    2015-01-01

    As the result of rapidly grown nanotechnology industries, release of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) to environment has increased, posing in a serious risk to environmental and human health. To better understand the chemical fate of ENPs in aquatic environments, solubility of CeO2 NPs was investigated using batch dissolution experiments as a function of pH (1.65-12.5), [phosphate] and particle size (33 and 78 nm). It was found that CeO2 dissolution was only significant at pH<5 and inversely proportional to surface area. After 120 h, the release of Ce was ∼3 times greater in large NPs than that in small NPs that is likely contributed by the difference in exchangeable Ce(III) impurity (small: 0.3 mM kg(-1), large: 1.56 mM kg(-1)). When 100 μM of phosphate was added, the dissolution rate of CeO2 NPs was decreased in small NPs by 15% at pH 1.65 and 75% at pH 4.5 and in large NPs by 56% at pH 1.65 and 63% at pH 4.5. The inner-sphere surface complexation of P that is revealed by the zeta potential measurements is effectively suppressing the CeO2 NP dissolution. Predicting the fate and transport of CeO2 NPs in aquatic environment, pH and P ligands might play important roles in controlling the solubility of CeO2 NPs.

  13. Fabrication of Dual Phase Magnesia-Zirconia Ceramics Doped with Plutonia and Erbia

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    Paul A. Lessing; Timothy A. Hyde

    2006-06-01

    Dual phase magnesia-zirconia ceramics doped with plutonia and erbia are being evaluated as an inert matrix fuel (IMF) for light water reactors (LWR). The motivation for this work is to develop an IMF with a thermal conductivity superior to that of the fuels based on single-phase yttria stabilized zirconia. The innovative fuel developed at INL is comprised of two major phases: pure MgO and quaternary solid solution consisting of MgO, ZrO{sub 2}, Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} and PuO{sub 2}. Pure MgO phase acts as an efficient heat conductor. It has been shown [1] that dual phase MgO-ZrO{sub 2} ceramics have the thermal conductivity superior to that of UO{sub 2} and have notable chemical resistance to water at the temperature of 573 K and pressure 8.6 MPa, which makes them attractive for use as an IMF matrix in LWRs.

  14. Near room temperature magnetodielectric consequence in (Li, Ti) doped NiO ceramic

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    Mukherjee, S. E-mail: sudipm@barc.gov.in; Rayaprol, S.; Kaushik, S. D.; Chatterjee, S.; Bhattacharya, S.; Jana, P. K.

    2016-04-07

    In the quest for high-k dielectrics with decent magnetodielectric (MD) response, ball-milled processed (Li, Ti) doped NiO ceramics have been evaluated by various experimental techniques. Magnetic properties in these ceramics manifest with a pronounced anomaly appearing at ∼260 K, suggesting ferrimagnetic phase (related to cluster magnetism) and co-existence with a glassy-like antiferromagnetic phase at ∼7 K. Room temperature neutron diffraction pattern shows the existence of short-range magnetic correlations. In the magnetically ordered state below 250 K, the magnetic structure is found to be phase coexistence of G-type antiferromagnet and ferrimagnet. Impedance spectroscopy measurements over a wide temperature range can be perfectly described with appropriate microstructural model (internal barrier layer capacitor), based on domain and domain boundary relaxations, justifying the enhancement of the dielectric response. The low-temperature (T < 100 K) dielectric relaxation is polaronic in nature, associated with the charge ordering of a mixed valence states of Ti ions (co-existence of Ti{sup 3+} and Ti{sup 4+}). Finally, our investigations in external magnetic fields up to 15 T reveal the occurrence of negative MD effect near room temperature. This intriguing intrinsic feature has been understood by the mechanism of charge-hopping-mediated MD effects.

  15. Effect of crystallization heat treatment on the microstructure of niobium-doped fluorapatite glass-ceramics.

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    Denry, I; Holloway, J A; Gupta, P K

    2012-07-01

    Our goal was to study the effect of heat treatment temperature and heating rate on the microstructure and crystalline phases and assess the domain of existence of submicrometer fluorapatite crystals in niobium-doped fluorapatite glass-ceramics for biomedical applications. Glass-ceramic specimens were prepared by casting and heat treatment between 700 and 1200°C using a fast or a slow heating rate. The microstructure was characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Crystalline phases were analyzed by x-ray diffraction. AFM of the as-cast glass revealed that amorphous phase separation occurred in this system. XRD confirmed the presence of fluorapatite in all specimens, together with forsterite and enstatite at higher temperatures. Both heating rate and heat treatment temperature strongly influenced microstructure and crystallinity. A dual microstructure with submicrometer fluorapatite crystals and polygonal forsterite crystals was obtained when slow heating rates and crystallization temperatures between 950 and 1100°C were used. Needle-shaped fluorapatite crystals appeared after heat treatment above 1100°C. Fast heating rates led to an increase in crystal size. Heat treatment temperatures should remain below 1100°C, together with slow heating rates, to prevent crystal dissolution, and preserve a dual microstructure of finely dispersed submicrometer crystals without growth of needle-shaped crystals.

  16. Formation of nanostructures in Eu3+ doped glass-ceramics: an XAS study.

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    Pellicer-Porres, J; Segura, A; Martínez-Criado, G; Rodríguez-Mendoza, U R; Lavín, V

    2013-01-16

    We describe the results of x-ray absorption experiments carried out to deduce structural and chemical information in Eu(3+) doped, transparent, oxyfluoride glass and nanostructured glass-ceramic samples. The spectra were measured at the Pb and Eu-L(III) edges. The Eu environment in the glass samples is observed to be similar to that of EuF(3). Complementary x-ray diffraction experiments show that thermal annealing creates β-PbF(2) type nanocrystals. X-ray absorption indicates that Eu ions act as seeds in the nanocrystal formation. There is evidence of interstitial fluorine atoms around Eu ions as well as Eu dimers. X-ray absorption at the Pb-L(III) edge shows that after the thermal treatment most lead atoms form a PbO amorphous phase and that only 10% of the lead atoms remain available to form β-PbF(2) type nanocrystals. Both x-ray diffraction and absorption point to a high Eu content in the nanocrystals. Our study suggests new approaches to the oxyfluoride glass-ceramic synthesis in order to further improve their properties.

  17. Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigation of Krypton Bubbles in Polycrystalline CeO2

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    Lingfeng He; Clarissa Yablinsky; Mahima Gupta; Jian Gan; Marquis A. Kirk; Todd R. Allen

    2013-05-01

    To gain an understanding of gas bubble transport in oxide nuclear fuel, this paper uses polycrystalline CeO2, composed of both nanograins and micrograins, as a surrogate material for UO2. The CeO2 was implanted with 150-keV Kr ions up to a dose of 1 x 1016 ions/cm2 at 600 degrees C. Transmission electron microscopy characterizations of small Kr bubbles in nanograin and micrograin regions were compared. The grain boundary acted as an efficient defect sink, as evidenced by smaller bubbles and a lower bubble density in the nanograin region as compared to the micrograin region.

  18. Mesoporous Nitrogen-Doped Carbon-LiSICON Glass Ceramics as High Performance Cathodes in Solid-State Lithium Oxygen Batteries

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    2013-03-18

    SUBTITLE MESOPOROUS NITROGEN-DOPED CARBON-LiSICON GLASS CERAMICS AS HIGH PERFORMANCE CATHODES IN SOLID-STATE LITHIUM -OXYGEN BATTERIES (POSTPRINT) 5a...AFRL-RQ-WP-TP-2015-0054 MESOPOROUS NITROGEN-DOPED CARBON-LiSICON GLASS CERAMICS AS HIGH PERFORMANCE CATHODES IN SOLID-STATE LITHIUM -OXYGEN...superior electrochemical activity of composite 3 for the reduction of oxygen and the higher ionic conductivity of LAGP to transport lithium ions in the

  19. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  20. Characterization and properties of novel gallium-doped calcium phosphate ceramics.

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    Mellier, Charlotte; Fayon, Franck; Schnitzler, Verena; Deniard, Philippe; Allix, Mathieu; Quillard, Sophie; Massiot, Dominique; Bouler, Jean-Michel; Bujoli, Bruno; Janvier, Pascal

    2011-09-05

    Addition of a gallium (Ga) precursor in the typical reaction protocols used for the preparation of β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) led to novel Ga-doped β-TCP ceramics with rhombohedral structures (R3c space group). From the refinement of their X-ray diffraction patterns, it was found that the incorporation of Ga in the β-TCP network occurs by substitution of one of the five calcium (Ca) sites, while occupation of another Ca site decreases in inverse proportion to the Ga content in the structure. The Ga local environment and the modification of the phosphorus environments due to the Ga/Ca substitution in Ga-doped β-TCP compounds are probed using (31)P and (71)Ga magic-angle spinning NMR. A decrease of the unit cell volume is observed with increasing Ga content, together with improved mechanical properties. Indeed, the compressive strength of these new bioceramics is enhanced in direct proportion of the Ga content, up to a 2.6-fold increase as compared to pure β-TCP.

  1. Boron-Doped Strontium-Stabilized Bismuth Cobalt Oxide Thermoelectric Nanocrystalline Ceramic Powders Synthesized via Electrospinning

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    Koçyiğit, Serhat; Aytimur, Arda; Çınar, Emre; Uslu, İbrahim; Akdemir, Ahmet

    2014-01-01

    Boron-doped strontium-stabilized bismuth cobalt oxide thermoelectric nanocrystalline ceramic powders were produced by using a polymeric precursor technique. The powders were characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and physical properties measurement system (PPMS) techniques. The XRD results showed that these patterns have a two-phase mixture. The phases are face-centered cubic (fcc) and body-centered cubic (bcc). Values of the crystallite size, dislocation density, and microstrain were calculated by using the Scherrer equation. The lattice parameters were calculated for fcc and bcc phases. The SEM results showed that needle-like grains are formed in boron-undoped composite materials, but the needle-like grains changed to the plate-like grains with the addition of boron. The distribution of the nanofiber diameters was calculated and the average diameter of the boron-doped sample is smaller than the boron-undoped one. PPMS values showed that the electrical resistivity values decreased, but the thermal conductivity values, the Seebeck coefficients, and figure of merit ( ZT) increased with increasing temperature for the two samples.

  2. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 ( x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  3. Influence of Er{sup 3+} doping on microstructure of oxyfluoride glass-ceramics

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    Bao Feng; Wang Yuansheng . E-mail: yswang@fjirsm.ac.cn; Hu Zhongjian

    2005-10-06

    Oxyfluoride glasses with composition of 45SiO{sub 2}.20Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.30PbF{sub 2}.5ZnF{sub 2} by molar ratio with a high stability against crystallization have been obtained by melt quenching. After doping with x (x = 1, 2, 4) mol% of Er{sup 3+} transparent or translucent glass-ceramics could be formed. The structural transformations of these materials were investigated by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Spherical polycrystalline aggregates comprised of many nanosized and randomly oriented {beta}-PbF{sub 2} grains were embedded separately among glassy matrix. On heating these nanosized grains merge with their neighbors to form bigger single crystals in a way like Ostwald ripening. The size modification of polycrystalline aggregates in the samples was found to be dependent on Er{sup 3+} doping.

  4. Low temperature environmental degradation of zirconia ceramics

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    Zhao, Zhenbo

    2005-11-01

    The low temperature environmental degradation (LTED) of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) has been prevented, or at least retarded, by using both bulk doping and surface doping methods with either cation, or anion, stabilizers. The introduction of both mullite and alumina into 3Y-TZP by a bulk-doping method was found to be effective in suppressing the tetragonal-->monoclinic transformation induced by water during hydrothermal treatment thus giving rise to better mechanical properties. The beneficial effects of alumina on the phase stability of the 3Y-TZP ceramic are considered to be due to the increase in the elastic modulus of the constraining matrix, as well as to the segregation of A12O3 at grain boundaries. The LTED transformation kinetics as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and White Light Interferometer (WLI) analysis showed that the isothermal tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation starts from the surface and has an incubation-nucleation-growth mechanism which can be described by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. The degradation of Y-TZP ceramic after hydrothermal treatment can be effectively overcome by surface doping by a solid diffusion method with tetravalent dopants: CeO2 and GeO2; with trivalent dopants: La2O 3 and Fe2O3; and with divalent dopants: CuO and MgO. For surface CeO2-, GeO2- and Fe2O 3-doping, this degradation inhibition behaviour is attributed to a localized increase in cation stabilizer content which satisfies the requirements for stabilization of the tetragonal phase. However, in each case, the stability mechanisms are different. For surface La2O3doping, surface doping overcomes the formation of La2O3 and La 2Zr2O7 since the extra La2O3 can further diffuse to the center of the 3Y-TZP ceramic. For CuO-doping, small amounts of CuO form a liquid that can act as a conduit for the re-distribution of yttria. In the case of surface MgO modification, the stabilization results from the isolated nature of the

  5. Zr doped anatase supported reticulated ceramic foams for photocatalytic water purification

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    Plesch, G.; Vargová, M.; Vogt, U.F.; Gorbár, M.; Jesenák, K.

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ► Thick photocatalytic anatase films on macroporous reticulated ceramic foams. ► Alumina and alumina–mullite macroporous reticulated foams as photocatalyst support. ► Zr doping significantly improves the TiO{sub 2} film activity in phenol photomineralization. ► Comparison of photocatalytic activity of thick films and powder suspensions. -- Abstract: Titanium dioxide films were deposited on macroporous reticulated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and alumina–mullite foams with pore sizes of 15 ppi (pores per inch). Coatings were prepared from suspensions of precursor powders of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder and precipitated TiO{sub 2} by using a dip coating process. The TiO{sub 2} forms films with a thickness of ∼2–20 μm. The photocatalytic activity was characterized as the mineralization rate of an aqueous phenol solution under UVA irradiation by the TOC technique. Precipitated TiO{sub 2} films have nearly the same photocatalytic activity as a titania suspension, in which powder aggregates have a size comparable with the thickness of the films. Samples made of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder, in which the size of aggregates is ∼0.1 μm show higher efficiency of photodecomposition in suspensions with films. The doping of precipitated anatase with Zr(IV) in the atomic ratio Zr/Ti = 0.008 significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of the foam supported titania. Zr doped anatase films show better performance as the films prepared only from Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder.

  6. Nanoparticles size effects in thermoluminescence of oxyfluoride glass-ceramics containing Sm3+-doped CaF2 nanocrystals

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    Secu, M.

    2011-07-01

    Oxyfluoride glass-ceramic in the system SiO2-Al2O3-CaF2-SmF3 containing Sm3+-doped CaF2 nanocrystals in the range from 15 to 150 nm size were produced by using the controlled ceramization of the precursor glass. The incorporation of the Sm3+-dopant ion in the glass ceramic creates new electron-trapping centers and thermoluminescence (TL) method has been used in order to trace their evolution during glass ceramization. The 370 °C TL peak observed in precursor glass has been assigned to the recombination of the electrons released from the Sm2+-traps in the amorphous glass network. In the glass-ceramic sample containing nanocrystals with about 15 nm size the new weak TL peaks at 270, 290, and 310 °C were attributed to the recombination of the electrons released from the Sm2+-traps located mainly at the surface of the CaF2 nanocrystals. In the glass-ceramic sample containing nanocrystals with about 150 nm size, the new TL peaks at 232, 270, and 302 °C size have been assigned to the recombination of the electrons released from the Sm2+-traps located inside the CaF2 nanocrystals.

  7. 2.0 μm Emission properties of transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics doped with Yb 3+-Ho 3+ ions

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    Pan, Jiajia; Xu, Rongrong; Tian, Ying; Li, Kefeng; Hu, Lili; Zhang, Junjie

    2010-09-01

    Transparent oxyfluoride glass and glass ceramics doped with 3.0 mol% Yb 3+ and 0.5 mol% Ho 3+ ions have been prepared. The investigated samples show efficient 2.0 μm emission. The absorption and emission cross sections corresponding to the 5I 7- 5I 8 transitions of Ho 3+ (at 2.0 μm) have been calculated according to the McCumber theory. Glass sample heat-treated at 470 °C has the maximum absorption and emission cross sections of 5.58 × 10 -21 cm 2 at 1949 nm and 6.64 × 10 -21 cm 2 at 2034 nm. The Yb 3+-Ho 3+ doped oxyfluoride glass ceramic exhibits an advantage for application in 2.0 μm laser devices.

  8. Antimicrobial potential of green synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles from Olea europaea leaf extract

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    Maqbool, Qaisar; Nazar, Mudassar; Naz, Sania; Hussain, Talib; Jabeen, Nyla; Kausar, Rizwan; Anwaar, Sadaf; Abbas, Fazal; Jan, Tariq

    2016-01-01

    This article reports the green fabrication of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) using Olea europaea leaf extract and their applications as effective antimicrobial agents. O. europaea leaf extract functions as a chelating agent for reduction of cerium nitrate. The resulting CeO2 NPs exhibit pure single-face cubic structure, which is examined by X-ray diffraction, with a uniform spherical shape and a mean size 24 nm observed through scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy confirms the characteristic absorption peak of CeO2 NPs at 315 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reflects stretching frequencies at 459 cm−1, showing utilization of natural components for the production of NPs. Thermal gravimetric analysis predicts the successful capping of CeO2 NPs by bioactive molecules present in the plant extract. The antimicrobial studies show significant zone of inhibition against bacterial and fungal strains. The higher activities shown by the green synthesized NPs than the plant extract lead to the conclusion that they can be effectively used in biomedical application. Furthermore, reduction of cerium salt by plant extract will reduce environmental impact over chemical synthesis. PMID:27785011

  9. Coadsorption of gold with chlorine on CeO2 (111) surfaces: A first principles study

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    Lu, Zhan-Sheng; He, Bing-Ling; Ma, Dong-Wei; Yang, Zong-Xian

    2015-02-01

    To investigate the effects of chlorine on the Au/ceria catalysts, the adsorption of gold or chlorine and their coadsorpiton on the stoichiometric and partially reduced CeO2 (111) surfaces are studied from the first principles. It is found that the adsorption of Au is significantly enhanced by the chlorine preadsorption on the stoichiometric CeO2 (111) surface; while on the partially reduced CeO2 (111) surface, the preadsorbed chlorine inhabits the oxygen vacancy (which is the preferred adsorption site for gold), leading to a CeOCl phase and the dramatical weakening of the Au adsorption. Therefore, chlorine on the CeO2 (111) surface can affect the Au adsorption thus the activity of the Au/CeO2 catalyst. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174070, 51401078, and 11147006), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2012M521399), the Postdoctoral Research Sponsorship in Henan Province, China (Grant No. 2011038), and the Foundation for the Key Young Teachers of Henan Normal University and Start-up Foundation for Doctors of Henan Normal University, China.

  10. Synthesis of CeO2 nanoparticles: Photocatalytic and antibacterial activities

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    Reddy Yadav, L. S.; Lingaraju, K.; Daruka Prasad, B.; Kavitha, C.; Banuprakash, G.; Nagaraju, G.

    2017-05-01

    We have successfully synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles (Nps) via the solution combustion method using sugarcane juice as a novel combustible fuel. The structural features, optical properties and morphology of the nanoparticles were characterized using XRD, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis, SEM and TEM. Structural characterization of the product shows cubic phase CeO2 . FTIR and Raman spectrum show characteristic peaks due to the presence of Ce-O vibration. SEM images show a porous structure and, from TEM images, the size of the nanoparticles were found to be ˜ 50 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of the methylene blue (MB) dye was examined using CeO2 Nps under solar irradiation as well as UV light irradiation and we studied the effect of p H, catalytic load and concentration on the degradation of the MB dye. Furthermore, the antibacterial properties of CeO2 Nps were investigated against Gram+ve and Gram- ve pathogenic bacterial strains using the agar well diffusion method.

  11. Ionic liquid-assisted sonochemical preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles for CO oxidation

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    Alammar, Tarek; Noei, Heshmat; Wang, Yuemin; ...

    2014-10-10

    CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized via a one-step ultrasound synthesis in different kinds of ionic liquids based on bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide, [Tf2N]–, in combination with various cations including 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C4mim]+), 1-ethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium ([Edimim]+), butyl-pyridinium([Py4]+), 1-butyl-1-methyl-pyrrolidinium ([Pyrr14]+), and 2-hydroxyethyl-trimethylammonium ([N1112OH]+). Depending on synthetic parameters, such as ionic liquid, Ce(IV) precursor, heating method, and precipitator, formed ceria exhibits different morphologies, varying from nanospheres, nanorods, nanoribbons, and nanoflowers. The morphology, crystallinity, and chemical composition of the obtained materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption. The structural and electronic propertiesmore » of the as-prepared CeO2 samples were probed by CO adsorption using IR spectroscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The catalytic activities of CeO2 nanoparticles were investigated in the oxidation of CO. CeO2 nanospheres obtained sonochemically in [C4mim][Tf2N] exhibit the best performance for low-temperature CO oxidation. As a result, the superior catalytic performance of this material can be related to its mesoporous structure, small particle size, large surface area, and high number of surface oxygen vacancy sites.« less

  12. Surface-selective direct (17)O DNP NMR of CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Hope, Michael A; Halat, David M; Magusin, Pieter C M M; Paul, Subhradip; Peng, Luming; Grey, Clare P

    2017-02-09

    Surface-selective direct (17)O DNP has been demonstrated for the first time on CeO2 nanoparticles, for which the first three layers can be distinguished with high selectivity. Polarisation build-up curves show that the polarisation of the (sub-)surface sites builds up faster than the bulk, accounting for the remarkable surface selectivity.

  13. Ionic liquid-assisted sonochemical preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles for CO oxidation

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    Alammar, Tarek; Noei, Heshmat; Wang, Yuemin; ...

    2014-10-10

    CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized via a one-step ultrasound synthesis in different kinds of ionic liquids based on bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide, [Tf2N]–, in combination with various cations including 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C4mim]+), 1-ethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium ([Edimim]+), butyl-pyridinium([Py4]+), 1-butyl-1-methyl-pyrrolidinium ([Pyrr14]+), and 2-hydroxyethyl-trimethylammonium ([N1112OH]+). Depending on synthetic parameters, such as ionic liquid, Ce(IV) precursor, heating method, and precipitator, formed ceria exhibits different morphologies, varying from nanospheres, nanorods, nanoribbons, and nanoflowers. The morphology, crystallinity, and chemical composition of the obtained materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption. The structural and electronic propertiesmore » of the as-prepared CeO2 samples were probed by CO adsorption using IR spectroscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The catalytic activities of CeO2 nanoparticles were investigated in the oxidation of CO. CeO2 nanospheres obtained sonochemically in [C4mim][Tf2N] exhibit the best performance for low-temperature CO oxidation. As a result, the superior catalytic performance of this material can be related to its mesoporous structure, small particle size, large surface area, and high number of surface oxygen vacancy sites.« less

  14. Fundamentals and Catalytic Applications of CeO2-Based Materials.

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    Montini, Tiziano; Melchionna, Michele; Monai, Matteo; Fornasiero, Paolo

    2016-05-25

    Cerium dioxide (CeO2, ceria) is becoming an ubiquitous constituent in catalytic systems for a variety of applications. 2016 sees the 40(th) anniversary since ceria was first employed by Ford Motor Company as an oxygen storage component in car converters, to become in the years since its inception an irreplaceable component in three-way catalysts (TWCs). Apart from this well-established use, ceria is looming as a catalyst component for a wide range of catalytic applications. For some of these, such as fuel cells, CeO2-based materials have almost reached the market stage, while for some other catalytic reactions, such as reforming processes, photocatalysis, water-gas shift reaction, thermochemical water splitting, and organic reactions, ceria is emerging as a unique material, holding great promise for future market breakthroughs. While much knowledge about the fundamental characteristics of CeO2-based materials has already been acquired, new characterization techniques and powerful theoretical methods are deepening our understanding of these materials, helping us to predict their behavior and application potential. This review has a wide view on all those aspects related to ceria which promise to produce an important impact on our life, encompassing fundamental knowledge of CeO2 and its properties, characterization toolbox, emerging features, theoretical studies, and all the catalytic applications, organized by their degree of establishment on the market.

  15. Enhancement of ferromagnetism in C ion implanted CeO2 thin films

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    Kumar, Pawan; Chand, F.; Asokan, K.

    2017-03-01

    This investigation reports on room temperature ferromagnetism in pristine and C ion implanted CeO2 thin films deposited on Si (111) substrates by the radio frequency (RF)-sputtering method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the face-centered cubic (FCC) structure corresponds to CeO2. The Raman spectra further confirm the formation of phase and also indicate the presence of defects, mainly oxygen vacancies, in these films. The presence of C is evident from Rutherford backscattering studies. Atomic force microscopy images indicate that the surface roughness values of the films reduce after C ion implantation. It is observed that the magnetic properties in CeO2 thin films are enhanced by C ion implantation. The saturation magnetization of the pristine film increases from ∼7 emu cm‑3 to ∼27 emu cm‑3 for a fluence of 6 × 1016 ions cm‑2. It is also observed that the coercivity values change after C ion implantation and reduce for a film with an ion fluence of 6 × 1016 ions cm‑2 compared with other films. Mechanisms such as the F-center exchange (FCE) model are considered when attempting to understand the enhanced ferromagnetism of C ion implanted CeO2 thin films.

  16. Antimicrobial potential of green synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles from Olea europaea leaf extract.

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    Maqbool, Qaisar; Nazar, Mudassar; Naz, Sania; Hussain, Talib; Jabeen, Nyla; Kausar, Rizwan; Anwaar, Sadaf; Abbas, Fazal; Jan, Tariq

    This article reports the green fabrication of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) using Olea europaea leaf extract and their applications as effective antimicrobial agents. O. europaea leaf extract functions as a chelating agent for reduction of cerium nitrate. The resulting CeO2 NPs exhibit pure single-face cubic structure, which is examined by X-ray diffraction, with a uniform spherical shape and a mean size 24 nm observed through scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy confirms the characteristic absorption peak of CeO2 NPs at 315 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reflects stretching frequencies at 459 cm(-1), showing utilization of natural components for the production of NPs. Thermal gravimetric analysis predicts the successful capping of CeO2 NPs by bioactive molecules present in the plant extract. The antimicrobial studies show significant zone of inhibition against bacterial and fungal strains. The higher activities shown by the green synthesized NPs than the plant extract lead to the conclusion that they can be effectively used in biomedical application. Furthermore, reduction of cerium salt by plant extract will reduce environmental impact over chemical synthesis.

  17. Enhanced Colloidal Stability of CeO2 Nanoparticles by Ferrous Ions: Adsorption, Redox Reaction, and Surface Precipitation.

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    Liu, Xuyang; Ray, Jessica R; Neil, Chelsea W; Li, Qingyun; Jun, Young-Shin

    2015-05-05

    Due to the toxicity of cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (NPs), a better understanding of the redox reaction-induced surface property changes of CeO2 NPs and their transport in natural and engineered aqueous systems is needed. This study investigates the impact of redox reactions with ferrous ions (Fe2+) on the colloidal stability of CeO2 NPs. We demonstrated that under anaerobic conditions, suspended CeO2 NPs in a 3 mM FeCl2 solution at pH 4.8 were much more stable against sedimentation than those in the absence of Fe2+. Redox reactions between CeO2 NPs and Fe2+ lead to the formation of 6-line ferrihydrite on the CeO2 surfaces, which enhanced the colloidal stability by increasing the zeta potential and hydrophilicity of CeO2 NPs. These redox reactions can affect the toxicity of CeO2 NPs by increasing cerium dissolution, and by creating new Fe(III) (hydr)oxide reactive surface layers. Thus, these findings have significant implications for elucidating the phase transformation and transport of redox reactive NPs in the environment.

  18. An Evaluation of the Potential Phototoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells in-vitro

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    Cerium dioxide (CeO2) engineered nanoparticles (NP) are used as fuel-borne catalysts in off-road diesel engines, which can lead to exhaust emissions of respirable CeO2 NP. Other metal oxides may act as photo-catalysts which induce the generation of free radicals upon exposure to ...

  19. An Evaluation of the Potential Phototoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells in-vitro

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    Cerium dioxide (CeO2) engineered nanoparticles (NP) are used as fuel-borne catalysts in off-road diesel engines, which can lead to exhaust emissions of respirable CeO2 NP. Other metal oxides may act as photo-catalysts which induce the generation of free radicals upon exposure to ...

  20. Silver ion doped ceramic nano-powder coated nails prevent infection in open fractures: In vivo study.

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    Kose, Nusret; Çaylak, Remzi; Pekşen, Ceren; Kiremitçi, Abdurrahman; Burukoglu, Dilek; Koparal, Savaş; Doğan, Aydın

    2016-02-01

    Despite improvement in operative techniques and antibiotic therapy, septic complications still occur in open fractures. We developed silver ion containing ceramic nano powder for implant coating to provide not only biocompatibility but also antibacterial activity to the orthopaedic implants. We hypothesised silver ion doped calcium phosphate based ceramic nano-powder coated titanium nails may prevents bacterial colonisation and infection in open fractures as compared with uncoated nails. 33 rabbits divided into three groups. In the first group uncoated, in the second group hydroxyapatite coated, and in the third group silver doped hydroxyapatite coated titanium nails were inserted left femurs of animals from knee regions with retrograde fashion. Before implantation of nails 50 μl solution containing 10(6)CFU/ml methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) injected intramedullary canal. Rabbits were monitored for 10 weeks. Blood was taken from rabbits before surgery and on 2nd, 6th and 10th weeks. Blood was analysed for biochemical parameters, blood count, C-reactive protein and silver levels. At the end of the 10 weeks animals were sacrificed and rods were extracted in a sterile fashion. Swab cultures were taken from intramedullary canal. Bacteria on titanium rods were counted. Liver, heart, spleen, kidney and central nervous tissues samples were taken for determining silver levels. Histopathological evaluation of bone surrounding implants was also performed. No significant difference was detected between the groups from hematologic, biochemical, and toxicological aspect. Microbiological results showed that less bacterial growth was detected with the use of silver doped ceramic coated implants compared to the other two groups (p=0.003). Accumulation of silver was not detected. No cellular inflammation was observed around the silver coated prostheses. No toxic effect of silver on bone cells was seen. Silver ion doped calcium phosphate based ceramic nano

  1. Suppression of parasitic oscillations in a core-doped ceramic Nd:YAG laser by Sm:YAG cladding.

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    Huss, Rafael; Wilhelm, Ralf; Kolleck, Christian; Neumann, Jörg; Kracht, Dietmar

    2010-06-07

    The onset of parasitic oscillations limits the extraction efficiency and therefore energy scaling of Q-switched lasers. A solid-state laser was end pumped with a fiber-coupled diode laser and operated in q-cw as well as in passively Q-switched operation. For Q-switched operation, we demonstrate the suppression of parasitic oscillations in a core-doped ceramic Nd:YAG laser by Sm:YAG cladding.

  2. Nb-doped SrTiO3 glass-ceramics as high temperature stable n-type oxide thermoelectrics

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    Lingner, Julian; Jakob, Gerhard; Letz, Martin

    2012-06-01

    Niobium doped SrTiO3 is known for its high potential as an oxide thermoelectric material and is one of the possible candidates for the n-type site in an oxidic thermoelectric module. The high thermal conductivity [1] and the lack of high-temperature stability of the oxygen vacancies [2] limit its properties in the ceramic systems. Glass-ceramics are intrinsic nano-structured systems and provide crystal phases densely embedded in a glass matrix which prevents the material from detoriation at high temperatures. In particular, the glass-matrix prevents an uncontrolled reoxidization as well as an uncontrolled grain growth therefore retaining the nano-structure even at high temperatures. Here, measurements and results of first glass-ceramic systems are presented, which show a low thermal conductivity due to the residue glass phase. Furthermore a stable thermal cycling up to 650 °C is demonstrated.

  3. Fabrication of Ce3+ doped Gd3Ga3Al2O12 ceramics by reactive sintering method

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    Ye, Yong; Liu, Peng; Yan, Dongyue; Xu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jian

    2017-09-01

    Ce3+ doped Gd3Ga3Al2O12 (Ce:GGAG) ceramics were fabricated by solid state reactive sintering method in this study. The ceramics were pre-sintered in normal muffle furnace in air at various temperature range from 1410 °C to 1550 °C for 10 h and post-treated by hot isostatic press at 1400 °C/2 h in 200 MPa Ar. The phase and microstructure evolution of Ce: GGAG samples during the densification process were investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. Pure GGAG phase appeared with the temperature increased to 1200 °C. The fully dense and translucent GGAG ceramics were fabricated by pre-sintering at 1450 °C and followed by HIP treatment.

  4. Identification of Cr valence states in Cr and Nd co-doped Lu3Al5O12 laser ceramics

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    Zhang, Pande; Jiang, Benxue; Fan, Jintai; Mao, Xiaojian; Zhang, Long

    2017-09-01

    Cr and Nd co-doped laser ceramics, as the potential gain materials in inertial confinement fusion (ICF), have been widely investigated. And the study on valence states of chromium ions is important. The effects of sintering additives and annealing atmosphere on the valence state of chromium were studied in detail, and the results shown that the Cr valence states were demonstrated to be Cr2+ and Cr3+ ions in HIP-sintered Cr(0.2 at.%), Nd(0.8 at.%): LuAG laser ceramics. And the intensity of the near-infrared absorption band caused by Cr2+ ions was attenuated with the decreasing SiO2 concentration and increasing MgO amount. The near-infrared absorption could be eliminated by annealing in air. And the transformation of valence states of Cr ions in the Cr,Nd:LuAG ceramics were also confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  5. Microstructure, optical, and scintillation characteristics of Pr3+ doped Lu3Al5O12 optical ceramics

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    Shi, Yun; Nikl, Martin; Feng, Xiqi; Mares, Jiri A.; Shen, Yiqiang; Beitlerova, A.; Kucerkova, R.; Pan, Yubai; Liu, Qian

    2011-01-01

    0.5, 1.0, and 5.0 at. % Pr3+ doped Lu3Al5O12 (Pr:LuAG) optical ceramics are fabricated and compared with Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO) and Pr:LuAG single crystals as for their optical, luminescence and scintillation properties. Radio-luminescence intensity of the fast UV emission based on 5d1→4f Pr3+ transition reaches up to 20 times of that of BGO single crystal reference scintillator. Photoelectron yield of the best performing 0.5 at. % Pr:LuAG ceramic sample is about 1002 phels/MeV, about 30% lower than that of BGO reference sample and about 65% lower than that of Pr:LuAG single crystal. The trapping phenomena at grain boundaries and/or structural defects are proposed as the main cause of degradation of the scintillation response of the Pr:LuAG optical ceramics.

  6. On the mechanism of nanoparticulate CeO2 toxicity to freshwater algae.

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    Angel, Brad M; Vallotton, Pascal; Apte, Simon C

    2015-11-01

    The factors affecting the chronic (72-h) toxicity of three nanoparticulate (10-34nm) and one micron-sized form of CeO2 to the green alga, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata were investigated. To characterise transformations in solution, hydrodynamic diameters (HDD) were measured by dynamic light scatter, zeta potential values by electrophoretic mobility, and dissolution by equilibrium dialysis. The protective effects of humic and fulvic dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on toxicity were also assessed. To investigate the mechanisms of algal toxicity, the CytoViva hyperspectral imaging system was used to visualise algal-CeO2 interactions in the presence and absence of DOC, and the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was investigated by 'switching off' ROS production using UV-filtered lighting conditions. The nanoparticulate CeO2 immediately aggregated in solution to HDDs measured in the range 113-193nm, whereas the HDD and zeta potential values were significantly lower in the presence of DOC. Negligible CeO2 dissolution over the time course of the bioassay ruled out potential toxicity from dissolved cerium. The nanoparticulate CeO2 concentration that caused 50% inhibition of algal growth rate (IC50) was in the range 7.6-28mg/L compared with 59mg/L for micron-sized ceria, indicating that smaller particles were more toxic. The presence of DOC mitigated toxicity, with IC50s increasing to greater than 100mg/L. Significant ROS were generated in the nanoparticulate CeO2 bioassays under normal light conditions. However, 'switching off' ROS under UV-filtered light conditions resulted in a similar IC50, indicating that ROS generation was not the toxic mechanism. The CytoViva imaging showed negligible sorption of nanoparticulate CeO2 to algal cells in the presence of DOC, and strong sorption in its absence, suggesting that this was the toxic mechanism. The results suggest that DOC in natural waters will coat CeO2 particles and mitigate toxicity to algal cells.

  7. Enhanced strain effect of aged acceptor-doped BaTiO3 ceramics with clamping domain structures

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    Wang, Lei; Zhou, Zhiyong; Zhao, Xiaobo; Liu, Zhen; Liang, Ruihong; Dong, Xianlin

    2017-03-01

    A clamping domain structure is proposed to improve the amount of non-180° domain switching in BaTiO3 based piezoelectric ceramics. Experimental results show a large unipolar strain of 0.23% at 5 kV/mm in aged 0.5 mol. % Mn doped BaTiO3 ceramics with clamping domain structures, and the normalized strain (d33*= Smax/Emax) reaches 600 pm/V at low electric fields of 2 or 3 kV/mm. In contrast, pure BaTiO3 ceramics with clamping domain structures exhibit no clear polarization constriction or strain enhancement at 3 kV/mm. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra verify the existence of titanium vacancies, Mn2+ and Mn4+, in 0.5 mol. % Mn doped BaTiO3 ceramics. These results indicate that the enhanced strain effect can be attributed to the combined effect of the clamping domain structure and stabilization of defect dipoles. This method provides a general way to obtain large strain in ferroelectrics.

  8. Optical properties of transparent cobalt-containing magnesium aluminosilicate glass-ceramics doped with gallium oxide for saturable absorbers

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    Loiko, P. A.; Skoptsov, N. A.; Dymshits, O. S.; Malyarevich, A. M.; Yumashev, K. V.; Zhilin, A. A.; Alekseeva, I. P.

    2016-10-01

    Transparent glass-ceramic materials based on glasses of the MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2 system doped with CoO and Ga2O3 are synthesized. The secondary heat treatment of the initial glasses at temperatures of 800-950°C leads to precipitation of nanosized (6-7 nm) crystals of magnesium aluminogallium spinel doped with cobalt ions and magnesium aluminotitanate solid solutions. The optical absorption spectra of the initial glass and glass-ceramic materials are studied. It is shown that the absorption band caused by the 4 A 2(4F)→ 4 T 1(4 F) transitions of tetrahedrally coordinated Co2+ ions in glass-ceramics with nanosized Co:Mg(Al,Ga)2O4 crystals is shifted to longer wavelengths (up to 1.67 µm) compared to the position of this band in materials with Co:MgAl2O4 crystals. The synthesized glass-ceramics are characterized by a relatively low saturation fluence FS 0.5 ± 0.1 J/cm2 at a wavelength of 1.54 µm, as well as by a high radiation resistance to nanosecond laser pulses, which is no lower than 15 ± 2 J/cm2. This explains their attractiveness as materials for saturable absorbers for erbium lasers emitting in the spectral range 1.5-1.7 µm.

  9. Characterization and synergetic antibacterial properties of ZnO and CeO2 supported by halloysite

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    Shu, Zhan; Zhang, Yi; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2017-10-01

    A novel antibacterial nanocomposite, CeO2-ZnO/HNTs was prepared by a homogeneous co-precipitation method in ethanol solution. ZnO and CeO2 nanoparticles with sizes of approximately 8 and 4 nm, respectively, were dispersively precipitated onto the surface of halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). HNTs served as a template for reducing the agglomeration of ZnO nanoparticles and improving the interface reactions between the nanocomposite and bacteria cells. CeO2 nanoparticles were introduced to suppress the recombination of electron-hole pairs, and narrow the energy gap of ZnO nanoparticles. The synergistic effects of ZnO, CeO2 nanoparticles and HNTs led to the superior antibacterial activity of the CeO2-ZnO/HNTs nanocomposite against gram-negative Escherichia coli.

  10. Xylem and Phloem Based Transport of CeO2 Nanoparticles in Hydroponic Cucumber Plants.

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    Ma, Yuhui; He, Xiao; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Ding, Yayun; Zhang, Junzhe; Wang, Guohua; Xie, Changjian; Luo, Wenhe; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Lirong; Chai, Zhifang; Yang, Ke

    2017-05-02

    Uptake and translocation of manufactured nanoparticles (NPs) in plants have drawn much attention due to their potential toxicity to the environment, including food webs. In this paper, the xylem and phloem based transport of CeO2 NPs in hydroponic cucumber plants was investigated using a split-root system. One half of the root system was treated with 200 or 2000 mg/L of CeO2 NPs for 3 days, whereas the other half remained untreated, with both halves sharing the same aerial part. The quantitative distribution and speciation of Ce in different plant tissues and xylem sap were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscope, X-ray absorption near edge structure, and X-ray fluorescence. Results show that about 15% of Ce was reduced from Ce(IV) to Ce(III) in the roots of the treated-side (TS), while almost all of Ce remained Ce(IV) in the blank-side (BS). The detection of CeO2 or its transformation products in the xylem sap, shoots, and BS roots indicates that Ce was transported as a mixture of Ce(IV) and Ce(III) from roots to shoots through xylem, while it was transported almost only in the form of CeO2 from shoots back to roots through phloem. To our knowledge, this is the first report of root-to-shoot-to-root redistribution after transformation of CeO2 NPs in plants, which has significant implications for food safety and human health.

  11. Synthesis, characterization, and ecotoxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles with differing properties

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    Alam, Bushra; Philippe, Allan; Rosenfeldt, Ricki R.; Seitz, Frank; Dey, Sonal; Bundschuh, Mirco; Schaumann, Gabriele E.; Brenner, Sara A.

    2016-10-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles with various characteristics find an increasing number of applications in the electronic, medical, and other industries and are therefore likely released in the environment. This calls for investigations linking the physicochemical properties of these particles with their potential environmental impacts. In this study, CeO2 nanoparticle powders were prepared using three different precursors [Ce(NO3)3, CeCl3, and Ce(CH3COO)3] and annealing temperatures (300, 500, and 700 °C). This procedure resulted in nine different types of nanoparticles with differing size (5-90 nm), morphology, surface Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio, and slightly different crystal structures as characterized using transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction measurements with Rietveld refinement. These CeO2 nanoparticles underwent toxicity testing at concentrations up to 64 mg L-1 using Daphnia magna. Toxic effects were observed for three particle types with EC50 values between 5 and 64 mg L-1. No clear correlation was observed between the physicochemical properties (size, shape, oxygen occupancy, Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio) of the nanoparticles and their toxicity. However, toxicity was correlated with the amount of Ce remaining suspended in the test medium after 24 h. This indicated that toxic effects may depend on the colloidal stability of CeO2 nanoparticles during the first day of exposure. Therefore, being readily suspended and remaining stable for several days in the aquatic media increases the likelihood that CeO2 nanoparticles will cause unwanted adverse effects.

  12. Microstructure evolution and electrical characterization of Lanthanum doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) ceramics

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    Billah, Masum Ahmed, A. Rahman, Md. Miftaur; Mahbub, Rubbayat; Gafur, M. A.; Bashar, M. Shahriar

    2016-07-12

    In the current work, we investigated the structural and dielectric properties of Lanthanum oxide (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) ceramics and established a correlation between them. Solid state sintering method was used to dope BaTiO{sub 3} with 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 mole% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} under different sintering parameters. The raw materials used were La{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano powder of ~80 nm grain size and 99.995% purity and BaTiO{sub 3} nano powder of 100 nm grain size and 99.99% purity. Grain size distribution and morphology of fracture surface of sintered pellets were examined by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope and X-Ray Diffraction analysis was conducted to confirm the formation of desired crystal structure. The research result reveal that grain size and electrical properties of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramic significantly enhanced for small amount of doping (up to 0.5 mole% La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and then decreased with increasing doping concentration. Desired grain growth (0.80-1.3 µm) and high densification (<90% theoretical density) were found by proper combination of temperature, sintering parameters and doping concentration. We found the resultant stable value of dielectric constant was 10000-12000 at 100-300 Hz in the temperature range of 30°-50° C for 0.5 mole% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with corresponding shift of curie temperature around 30° C. So overall this research showed that proper La{sup 3+} concentration can control the grain size, increase density, lower curie temperature and hence significantly improve the electrical properties of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics.

  13. Fundamental Understanding of the Interaction of Acid Gases with CeO2 : From Surface Science to Practical Catalysis

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    Tumuluri, Uma; Rother, Gernot; Wu, Zili

    2016-03-21

    Acid gases including CO2, SO2, and NOx are ubiquitous in large-scale energy applications including heterogeneous catalysis. The adverse environmental and health effects of these acid gases have resulted in high interest in the research and development of technologies to remove or convert these acid gases. The main challenge for the development of these technologies is to develop catalysts that are highly efficient, stable, and cost-effective, and many catalysts have been reported in this regard. CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts have gained prominence in the removal and conversion of CO2, SO2, and NOx because of their structural robustness and redox and acid–basemore » properties. In this article, we provide a brief overview of the application of CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts for the removal of CO2, SO2, and NOx gases with an emphasis on the fundamental understanding of the interactions of these acid gases with CeO2. The studies summarized in this review range from surface science using single crystals and thin films with precise crystallographic planes to practical catalysis applications of nanocrystalline and polycrystalline CeO2 materials with defects and dopants. After an introduction to the properties of CeO2 surfaces, their catalytic properties for conversions of different acid gases are reviewed and discussed. Lastly, we find that the surface atomic structure, oxygen vacancies, and surface acid–base properties of CeO2 play vital roles in the surface chemistry and structure evolution during the interactions of acid gases with CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts.« less

  14. Promotional effect of fluorine on the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over CeO2-TiO2 catalyst at low temperature

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    Zhang, Rui; Zhong, Qin; Zhao, Wei; Yu, Lemeng; Qu, Hongxia

    2014-01-01

    In order to investigate the effect of F on CeO2-TiO2 catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3, a series of F-doped CeO2-TiO2 catalysts were prepared by co-precipitation method. Compared with Ce0.3TiF0 catalyst, Ce0.3TiF1.5 catalyst exhibited the best catalytic activity, yielding 92.19% NO conversion at 180 °C. The catalysts were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Diffused reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) techniques. It was found that the enhanced catalytic activity was ascribed to several beneficial effects produced by the introduction of F: inhibition of the crystallization, decrease of the particle size, increase of the oxygen vacancies (F+ centers) and lattice defects. Raman measurements disclosed the formation of superoxide (O2-) ions in chemisorbed oxygen which was crucial for the formation of reaction intermediates (NO2-, NO3-). The study of DRIFTS proved that the addition of F could bring more ad-NOx and reaction intermediates. The NH3-TPD studies confirmed that the right amount of F could improve the number of acid sites over CeO2-TiO2 catalyst, especially the Lewis acid sites. These factors simultaneously enhanced the catalytic activity for NH3-SCR of NO. The effect of H2O and SO2 on the NO conversion was also investigated in our work.

  15. Nonlinear I- V characteristics in doped ZnO based-ceramic varistor

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    Sedky, A.; Abu-Abdeen, M.; Almulhem, Abdalaziz A.

    2007-01-01

    Two similar sets of Zn 1-xFe xO ceramic samples with various x values (0.00< x<0.50) are prepared by two different heat treatments. The first set is quenched from sintering temperature down to room temperature, and the second is left in the furnace and slowly cooled to room temperature. These samples are examined by using X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and DC electrical measurements. XRD data indicate that the replacement of Zn 2+ ion by Fe 3+ ion does not influence the Wurtzite structure of ZnO samples, and other well-known peaks are formed. The results of SEM indicate that no secondary phases are formed at grain boundaries, supporting the XRD results. It is also apparent that the average grain size decreases with increasing Fe content up to x=0.10, followed by an increase at x>0.30. With increasing Fe content, a nonlinear region, obtained from I- V characteristics, clearly appears and is shifted to higher fields. Furthermore, the nonlinear coefficients are generally increased by adding Fe up to x=0.30, followed by a decrease at x=0.50. Moreover, the values of the barrier heights are also generally increased with Fe up to x=0.10 and kept unchanged with further Fe content. On the other hand, the electrical conductivities at room temperature are measured and their values are found to be decreasing with increasing Fe content, as compared to those of an undoped ZnO sample. Our results are discussed in terms of both point defects and intrinsic donors, which are produced by Fe doping in the ZnO ceramic system.

  16. Progress in rare-earth-doped nanocrystalline glass-ceramics for laser cooling

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    Venkata Krishnaiah, Kummara; Ledemi, Yannick; Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Loranger, Sebastien; Nemova, Galina; Messaddeq, Younes; Kashyap, Raman

    2016-03-01

    Laser cooling with anti-Stokes fluorescencewas predicted by Pringsheim in 1929, but for solids was only demonstrated in 1995. There are many difficulties which have hindered laser assisted cooling, principally the chemical purity of a sample and the availability of suitable hosts. Recent progress has seen the cooled temperature plummet to 93K in Yb:YLF. One of the challenges for laser cooling to become ubiquitous, is incorporating the rare-earthcooling ion in a more easily engineered material, rather than a pure crystalline host. Rare-earth-doped nanocrystalline glass-ceramics were first developed by Wang and Ohwaki for enhanced luminescence and mechanical properties compared to their parent glasses. Our work has focused on creating a nanocrystalline environment for the cooling ion, in an easy to engineer glass. The glasses with composition 30SiO2-15Al2O3-27CdF2-22PbF2-4YF3-2YbF3 (mol%), have been prepared by the conventional melt-quenching technique. By a simple post fabrication thermal treatment, the rare-earth ions are embedded in the crystalline phase within the glass matrix. Nanocrystals with various sizes and rare-earth concentrations have been fabricated and their photoluminescence properties assessed in detail. These materials show close to unity photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) when pumped above the band. However, they exhibit strong up-conversion into the blue, characteristic of Tm trace impurity whose presence was confirmed. The purification of the starting materials is underway to reduce the background loss to demonstrate laser cooling. Progress in the development of these nano-glass-ceramics and their experimental characterization will be discussed.

  17. Wavelength tunability of laser based on Yb-doped YGAG ceramics

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    Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Jambunathan, Venkatesan; Miura, Taisuke; Endo, Akira; Lucianetti, Antonio; Mocek, TomáÅ.¡

    2015-02-01

    The wavelength tunability of diode pumped laser based on Yb-doped mixed garnet Y3Ga2Al3O12 (Yb:YGAG) ceramics was investigated. The tested Yb:YGAG sample (10% Yb/Y) was in the form of 2mm thick plane-parallel face-polished plate (without AR coatings). A fiber (core diameter 100 μm, NA= 0.22) coupled laser diode (LIMO, LIMO35-F100-DL980-FG-E) with emission at wavelength 969 nm, was used for longitudinal Yb:YGAG pumping. The laser diode was operating in the pulsed regime (2 ms pulse length, 10 Hz repetition rate). The duty-cycle 2% ensured a low thermal load even under the maximum diode pumping power amplitude 20W (ceramics sample was only air-cooled). The 145mm long semi-hemispherical laser resonator consisted of a flat pumping mirror (HR @ 1.01 - 1.09 μm, HT @ 0.97 μm) and curved (r = 150mm) output coupler with a reflectivity of ˜ 97% @ 1.01 - 1.09 μm. Wavelength tuning of the ytterbium laser was accomplished by using a birefringent filter (single 1.5mm thick quartz plate) placed inside the optical resonator at the Brewster angle between the output coupler and the laser active medium. The laser was continuously tunable over ˜ 58nm (from 1022nm to 1080 nm) and the tuning band was mostly limited by the free spectral range of used birefringent filter. The maximum output power amplitude 3W was obtained at wavelength 1046nm for absorbed pump power amplitude 10.6W. The laser slope efficiency was 34%.

  18. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the KNN ceramic compound doped with Li, La and Ta

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    Fuentes, J.; Portelles, J.; Durruthy-Rodríguez, M. D.; H'Mok, H.; Raymond, O.; Heiras, J.; Cruz, M. P.; Siqueiros, J. M.

    2015-02-01

    With the purpose of improving the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN), a multiple doping strategy was tested in this research. Piezoceramics with composition [(K0.5Na0.5)0.94Li0.06]0.97La0.01(Nb0.9Ta0.1)O3 were prepared by the traditional ceramic method. The calcined powders were sintered in their own atmosphere at 1,100 °C for 1.0, 1.5 and 2.5 h. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the Li+, La3+ and Ta5+ cations diffuse into the KNN structure to form a perovskite-structured solid solution. For 1 h sintering time, a dominant orthorhombic phase is obtained, whereas for the longer times, the dominant phase was tetragonal. The presence of a tetragonal tungsten-bronze minority second phase is confirmed. Scanning electron micrographs show rectangular-shaped grains with a mean size of 1.1 ± 0.2 μm. The existence of pores and traces of a liquid phase favoring grain growth and homogeneity is also observed. Experimental results show an enhancement of the permittivity associated with the enlargement of the c parameter of the cell that increases with sintering time. Li+ incorporation into the structure is made evident by its transition temperature at 400 °C different from those of KNNLaTi (81-110 °C) and KNNLaTa (340 °C). An analysis of the phase transition of the samples indicates a normal rather than a diffuse transition. The electromechanical parameters k p, Q m, σ p, s 11, d 31 and g 31 are determined and compared to those of commercial PZT ceramics.

  19. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the KNN ceramic compound doped with Li, La and Ta

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    Fuentes, J.; Portelles, J.; Durruthy-Rodríguez, M. D.; H'Mok, H.; Raymond, O.; Heiras, J.; Cruz, M. P.; Siqueiros, J. M.

    2014-09-01

    With the purpose of improving the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN), a multiple doping strategy was tested in this research. Piezoceramics with composition [(K0.5Na0.5)0.94Li0.06]0.97La0.01(Nb0.9Ta0.1)O3 were prepared by the traditional ceramic method. The calcined powders were sintered in their own atmosphere at 1,100 °C for 1.0, 1.5 and 2.5 h. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the Li+, La3+ and Ta5+ cations diffuse into the KNN structure to form a perovskite-structured solid solution. For 1 h sintering time, a dominant orthorhombic phase is obtained, whereas for the longer times, the dominant phase was tetragonal. The presence of a tetragonal tungsten-bronze minority second phase is confirmed. Scanning electron micrographs show rectangular-shaped grains with a mean size of 1.1 ± 0.2 μm. The existence of pores and traces of a liquid phase favoring grain growth and homogeneity is also observed. Experimental results show an enhancement of the permittivity associated with the enlargement of the c parameter of the cell that increases with sintering time. Li+ incorporation into the structure is made evident by its transition temperature at 400 °C different from those of KNNLaTi (81-110 °C) and KNNLaTa (340 °C). An analysis of the phase transition of the samples indicates a normal rather than a diffuse transition. The electromechanical parameters k p, Q m, σ p, s 11, d 31 and g 31 are determined and compared to those of commercial PZT ceramics.

  20. Electrochemical reduction of CerMet fuels for transmutation using surrogate CeO2-Mo pellets

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    Claux, B.; Souček, P.; Malmbeck, R.; Rodrigues, A.; Glatz, J.-P.

    2017-08-01

    One of the concepts chosen for the transmutation of minor actinides in Accelerator Driven Systems or fast reactors proposes the use of fuels and targets containing minor actinides oxides embedded in an inert matrix either composed of molybdenum metal (CerMet fuel) or of ceramic magnesium oxide (CerCer fuel). Since the sufficient transmutation cannot be achieved in a single step, it requires multi-recycling of the fuel including recovery of the not transmuted minor actinides. In the present work, a pyrochemical process for treatment of Mo metal inert matrix based CerMet fuels is studied, particularly the electroreduction in molten chloride salt as a head-end step required prior the main separation process. At the initial stage, different inactive pellets simulating the fuel containing CeO2 as minor actinide surrogates were examined. The main studied parameters of the process efficiency were the porosity and composition of the pellets and the process parameters as current density and passed charge. The results indicated the feasibility of the process, gave insight into its limiting parameters and defined the parameters for the future experiment on minor actinide containing material.

  1. Fabrication, photoluminescence, and potential application in white light emitting diode of Dy3+-Tm3+ doped transparent glass ceramics containing GdSr2F7 nanocrystals

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    Wang, X. F.; Yan, X. H.; Bu, Y. Y.; Zhen, J.; Xuan, Y.

    2013-08-01

    Dy3+-Tm3+ doped transparent glass ceramics containing GdSr2F7 nanocrystals were fabricated successfully by a melt-quenching method and subsequent heating. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses show that tetragonal GdSr2F7 nanocrystals are homogeneously precipitated among the borosilicate glass matrix. If excited with 354 nm UV light, the photoluminescence spectrum of Dy3+ single-doped transparent glass ceramics shows white-light emission. With doping of Tm3+, the overall emission color of Tm3+-Dy3+ co-doped transparent glass ceramics can be tuned from white to blue through energy transfer between Dy3+ and Tm3+. CIE chromaticity and color temperature measurements show that the resulting TGCS may be a candidate as a white LED material pumped by a UV InGaN chip.

  2. Piezoelectric Properties of CuO-Doped (K,Na)NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics Synthesized with Hydrothermal Powders

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    Yokouchi, Yuriko; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2013-07-01

    We report the piezoelectric properties of CuO-doped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics that can be applied as hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. To date, we have succeeded in synthesizing high-quality KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders by the hydrothermal method, which is based on an ionic reaction at high temperature (around 210 °C) and pressure. Increasing both the piezoelectric constant d and the mechanical quality factor (Qm) is important for resonance-type piezoelectric devices, such as ultrasonic motors and transformers. CuO doping into hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics was examined to realize hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. By doping with 1.2 mol % CuO, Qm was increased and the dielectric loss (tan δ) was decreased to 0.5%. The grain size was also influenced by the amount of CuO doping, which indicates that Qm is related to the density. To achieve a higher Qm value, the grain size is required to be less than 5 µm however, excessive CuO doping leads to anomalous grain growth. Optimal piezoelectric properties were obtained for 1.2 mol % CuO-doped (K,Na)NbO3; k31 = 0.32, d31 = -44 pC/N, Qm (radial) = 959, and tan δ= 0.5%. These characteristics showed that CuO doping with hydrothermal powders is effective for obtaining hard-type ceramics, and the mechanical quality factor is more than ten times higher than that of nondoped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics. Therefore, compared with the conventional solid-state method, we could succeed in obtaining hard-type ceramics by a simple and short process.

  3. Structural and Luminescence Properties of Sm(3+) Doped TTB -Type BaTa2O6 Ceramic Phosphors.

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    Ekmekçi, Mete Kaan; İlhan, Mustafa; Başak, Ali Sadi; Deniz, Sabahattin

    2015-11-01

    Pure and 0.5 to 10 mole% Sm(3+) doped TTB (tetragonal tungsten bronze)-type BaTa2O6 ceramic phosphor was produced by the solid state reaction method which performed at 1425 °C for 20 h. XRD and SEM analysis indicated single TTB phase for undoped and 0.5 to 10 mole% Sm(3+) doped BaTa2O6 structures. SEM also showed that the BaTa2O6 grain size decreased with the increasing content of Sm(3+). Optical analysis indicated significant emissions in the visible spectral region as green (λ = 562.7 nm) and orange-reddish (λ = 597.1 nm). The emission intensity increased with the increasing doping concentration up to 2.5 mole%, and then decreased due to the concentration quenching effect.

  4. Structural refinement and optical band gap studies of manganese-doped modified sodium potassium lithium niobate lead — piezoelectric ceramics

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    Mishra, S. K.; Mishra, R. K.; Brajesh, Kumar; Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, A. K.; Pandey, H. K.; Singh, N. K.

    2014-05-01

    Li-doped NKLN ceramic (Na0.5 K0.5)0.935Li0.065NbO3 (NKLN935) in pure and MnO2 doped compositions have been revisited to carry out a detailed analysis of the structural and optical properties. Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals the system to be tetragonal (space group P4mm). UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and an equivalent Kubelka-Munk function is used to obtain the optical band gap values. It is reported that with increasing Mn doping, the band gap values decreases, which has been analyzed and understood in terms of the tetragonal structure and is found to be consistent with dielectric properties.

  5. AC conductivity and structural properties of Mg-doped ZnO ceramic

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    Othman, Zayani Jaafar; Hafef, Olfa; Matoussi, Adel; Rossi, Francesca; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2015-11-01

    Undoped ZnO and Zn1- x Mg x O ceramic pellets were synthesized by the standard sintering method at the temperature of 1200 °C. The influence of Mg doping on the morphological, structural and electrical properties was studied. The scanning electron microscopy images revealed rough surface textured by grain boundaries and compacted grains having different shapes and sizes. Indeed, the X-ray diffraction reveals the alloying of hexagonal ZnMgO phase and the segregation of cubic MgO phase. The crystallite size, strain and stress were studied using Williamson-Hall (W-H) method. The results of mean particle size of Zn1- x Mg x O composites showed an inter-correlation with W-H analysis and Sherrer method. The electrical conductivity of the films was measured from 173 to 373 K in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz-1 MHz to identify the dominant conductivity mechanism. The DC conductivity is thermally activated by electron traps having activation energy of about 0.09 to 0.8 eV. The mechanisms of AC conductivity are controlled by the correlated barrier hopping model for the ZnO sample and the small polaron tunneling (SPT) model for Zn0.64Mg0.36O and Zn0.60Mg0.40O composites.

  6. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Behavior of Bismuth-Doped Barium Titanate Ceramic Prepared by Microwave Sintering

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    Mahapatra, A.; Parida, S.; Sarangi, S.; Badapanda, T.

    2015-08-01

    Bismuth-doped barium titanate ceramics with the general formula Ba1- x Bi2 x/3TiO3 ( x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.025, 0.05) have been prepared by the solid state reaction technique. The phase formation and structural property of all compositions have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and Rietveld refinement. XRD pattern reports the single phase tetragonal crystal system with space group of P4mm. All compositions have been sintered at 1100°C in a microwave furnace for 30 min. The variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature and frequency was studied and it was found that the dielectric constant decreases whereas transition temperature increased with the increase in Bi content. The diffusivity parameter was calculated by the modified Curie-Weiss law and the diffusivity increased with the increase in Bi content. The ferroelectric property was studied by the P-E hysteresis loop and it was observed that the saturation polarization decreased, but the coercive field increased with Bi content. The optical band gap was calculated from UV-Visible spectroscopy and found to decrease with Bi content.

  7. Leaching effect in gadolinia-doped ceria aqueous suspensions for ceramic processes

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    Caldarelli, A.; Mercadelli, E.; Presto, S.; Viviani, M.; Sanson, A.

    2016-09-01

    Gadolinium doped ceria (CGO) is a commonly used electrolytic material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) and for this reason different shaping methods for its deposition are reported in literature. Most of these processes are based on the use of organic-based CGO suspensions, but water-based processes are acquiring increasingly interest for their economical and environmental friendly properties. In this paper we reported how the components of water-based suspension and some unexpected process parameters can deeply affect the functional properties of the final powder. In particular, we observed that CGO powders are strongly affected by ionic leaching induced by furoic acid used as dispersant: the extent of this leaching was related to the dispersant concentration and suspension's ball-milling-time; the phenomenon was confirmed by ICP-AES analyses on suspensions surnatant. Most importantly, ionic leaching affected the electrical properties of CGO: leached powder showed a higher ionic conductivity as a consequence of a partial removal of Gd ions at the grain boundaries. This work is therefore pointing out that when considering water-based suspensions, it is extremely important to carefully consider all the process parameters, including the organic components of the ceramic suspension, as these could lead to unexpected effects on the properties of the powder, affecting the performance of the final shaped material.

  8. Anomalous dielectric and thermal properties of Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics

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    Pirc, R.; Rožič, B.; Koruza, J.; Cordoyiannis, G.; Malič, B.; Kutnjak, Z.

    2015-11-01

    The dielectric and thermal properties of an antiferroelectric (AFE) material characterised by an intermediate ferroelectric (FE) phase between the AFE and paraelectric phase in zero field are studied by means of a generalised Landau-Kittel model of AFEs. A temperature-dependent coupling of the two sublattices is introduced in accordance with the Rae-Dove (RD) model of re-entrant phase transitions. The sublattice polarisation components are calculated as functions of temperature and the applied electric field by minimising numerically the free energy. The calculated dielectric susceptibility shows anomalies at the boundaries of the intermediate FE phase, characteristic for first-order phase transitions. It is shown that this behaviour is in qualitative agreement with the measured dielectric constant in Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics. The model also predicts a negative adiabatic electrocaloric temperature change Δ T in a broad temperature range in the AFE phase, in qualitative agreement with experiments. The dipolar heat capacity is also predicted to be negative in the intermediate phase in zero field, in analogy with the results of the RD model.

  9. Anomalous dielectric and thermal properties of Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics.

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    Pirc, R; Rožič, B; Koruza, J; Cordoyiannis, G; Malič, B; Kutnjak, Z

    2015-11-18

    The dielectric and thermal properties of an antiferroelectric (AFE) material characterised by an intermediate ferroelectric (FE) phase between the AFE and paraelectric phase in zero field are studied by means of a generalised Landau-Kittel model of AFEs. A temperature-dependent coupling of the two sublattices is introduced in accordance with the Rae-Dove (RD) model of re-entrant phase transitions. The sublattice polarisation components are calculated as functions of temperature and the applied electric field by minimising numerically the free energy. The calculated dielectric susceptibility shows anomalies at the boundaries of the intermediate FE phase, characteristic for first-order phase transitions. It is shown that this behaviour is in qualitative agreement with the measured dielectric constant in Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics. The model also predicts a negative adiabatic electrocaloric temperature change ΔT in a broad temperature range in the AFE phase, in qualitative agreement with experiments. The dipolar heat capacity is also predicted to be negative in the intermediate phase in zero field, in analogy with the results of the RD model.

  10. Na-doping effect on the magnetic properties of the YBCO ceramics

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    Nurgaliev, T.; Miteva, S.; Nedkov, I.; Veneva, A.; Taslakov, M.

    1994-11-01

    The ac magnetization and the microwave surface resistance (at 12 GHz were measured on a series of Na-doped YBCO ceramic samples at 77 K. Their magnetic behavior was explained on the basis of the modified critical state model by taking into account the exsitence of a field-dependent component J(sub c1) (due to weakly linked grains) and a field-independent component J(sub c0) (due to perfectly linked grains) in the bulk critical current density of the samples. The Na and Cu remaining after the heat treatment of the samples changed the intergranular medium parameters and impeded the correlation between the grains. As a result, an increase of the Na concentration led to a decrease of the specimens critical current density and an increase of their surface resistance. At small Na concentrations, a certain increase of J(sub c1) was observed, which can be explained by taking into account the possibility of partial pinning of Josephson vortices in the 'weakly seeded' places in the intergranular media.

  11. Synthesis of novel CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Cui, Hao; Zhai, Jianping; Li, Qin

    2014-09-01

    To utilize visible light more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, a fly ash cenosphere (FAC)-supported CeO2-BiVO4 (CeO2-BiVO4/FAC) composite photocatalyst was prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The physical and photophysical properties of the composite have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra. The XRD patterns exhibited characteristic diffraction peaks of both BiVO4 and CeO2 crystalline phases. The XPS results showed that Ce was present as both Ce(4+) and Ce(3+) oxidation states in CeO2 and dispersed on the surface of BiVO4 to constitute a p-n heterojunction composite. The absorption threshold of the CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite shifted to a longer wavelength in the UV-Vis absorption spectrum compared to the pure CeO2 and pure BiVO4. The composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for Methylene Blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 7.5wt.% CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment.

  12. Distribution, bioaccumulation, trophic transfer, and influences of CeO2 nanoparticles in a constructed aquatic food web.

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    Zhao, Xingchen; Yu, Miao; Xu, Dan; Liu, Aifeng; Hou, Xingwang; Hao, Fang; Long, Yanmin; Zhou, Qunfang; Jiang, Guibin

    2017-04-06

    In view of the final destination of nanomaterials, the water system would be the important sink. However, the environmental behavior of nanomaterials is rather confusing due to the complexity of the real environment. In this study, a fresh water ecosystem, including water, sediment, water lettuce, water silk, Asian clam, snail, water flea, the Japanese Medaka, and the Yamato shrimp, was constructed to study the distribution, bioaccumulation and potential impacts of CeO2 nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) via long-term exposure. The results demonstrated most of the CeO2 NPs deposited in the sediment (88.7%) when the partition approached constantly 30 days later. The bioaccumulated Ce in 6 tested biota species was negatively correlated with its trophic level, showing no biomagnification of CeO2 NPs through this food web. CeO2 NP exposure induced visual abnormalities in hydrophytes including chlorophyll loss in water silk and water lettuce, ultrastructural changes in pyrenoids of water silk and root elongation in water lettuce. The generation of hydroxyl radical (OH) and cell wall loosening induced by CeO2 NP exposure might mediate the increased root growth in water lettuce. The findings on the environmental behavior of CeO2 NPs in water system have provided useful information on the risk assessment of nanomaterials.

  13. Effects and implications of trophic transfer and accumulation of CeO2 nanoparticles in a marine mussel.

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    Conway, Jon R; Hanna, Shannon K; Lenihan, Hunter S; Keller, Arturo A

    2014-01-01

    Bivalves are hypothesized to be key organisms in the fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in aquatic environments due to their ability to filter and concentrate particles from water, but how different exposure pathways influence their interactions with ENMs is not well understood. In a five-week experiment, we tested how interactions between CeO2 ENMs and a marine mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, are affected through two exposure methods, direct and through sorption to phytoplankton. We found that phytoplankton sorbed ENMs in <1 h. The exposure methods used did not result in significantly different mussel tissue or pseudofeces Ce concentrations. Approximately 99% of CeO2 was captured and excreted in pseudofeces and average pseudofeces mass doubled in response to CeO2 exposure. Final mean dry tissue Ce concentration (±SE) for treatments exposed to 3 mg L(-1) CeO2 directly was 33 ± 9 μg g(-1) Ce, and 0 ± 0, 19 ± 4, 21 ± 3, and 28 ± 5 μg g(-1) for treatments exposed to 0, 1, 2, and 3 mg L(-1) CeO2 sorbed to phytoplankton. Clearance rates increased with CeO2 concentration but decreased over time in groups exposed to CeO2 directly, indicating stress. These results show the feedback between ENM toxicity and transport and the likelihood of biological mediation in the fate and transport of ENMs in aquatic environments.

  14. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on system performance and bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor.

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    Qiu, Guanglei; Neo, Sin-Yi; Ting, Yen-Peng

    2016-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on the system performance and the bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) were investigated, along with the fate and removal of CeO2 NPs within the SBR. Significant impact was observed on nitrification; NH4+-N removal efficiency decreased from almost 100% to around 70% after 6 days of continuous exposure to 1.0 mg/L of CeO2 NPs, followed by a gradual recovery until a stable value of around 90% after 20 days. Additionally, CeO2 NPs also led to a significant increase in the protein content in the soluble microbial products, showing the disruptive effects of CeO2 NPs on the extracellular polymeric substance matrix and related activated sludge structure. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed remarkable changes in the bacterial community structure in the activated sludge after exposure to CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs were effectively removed in the SBR mainly via sorption onto the sludge. However, the removal efficiency decreased from 95 to 80% over 30 days. Mass balance evaluation showed that up to 50% of the NPs were accumulated within the activated sludge and were removed with the waste sludge.

  15. Morphology-dependent interplay of reduction behaviors, oxygen vacancies and hydroxyl reactivity of CeO2 nanocrystals.

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    Gao, Yuxian; Li, Rongtan; Chen, Shilong; Luo, Liangfeng; Cao, Tian; Huang, Weixin

    2015-12-21

    Reduction behaviors, oxygen vacancies and hydroxyl groups play decisive roles in the surface chemistry and catalysis of oxides. Employing isothermal H2 reduction we simultaneously reduced CeO2 nanocrystals with different morphologies, created oxygen vacancies and produced hydroxyl groups. The morphology of CeO2 nanocrystals was observed to strongly affect the reduction process and the resultant oxygen vacancy structure. The resultant oxygen vacancies are mainly located on the surfaces of CeO2 cubes and rods but in the subsurface/bulk of CeO2 octahedra. The reactivity of isolated bridging hydroxyl groups on CeO2 nanocrystals was found to depend on the local oxygen vacancy concentration, in which they reacted to produce water at low local oxygen vacancy concentrations but to produce both water and hydrogen with increasing local oxygen vacancy concentration. These results reveal a morphology-dependent interplay among the reduction behaviors, oxygen vacancies and hydroxyl reactivity of CeO2 nanocrystals, which deepens the fundamental understanding of the surface chemistry and catalysis of CeO2.

  16. Magnetic ordered mesoporous Fe3O4/CeO2 composites with synergy of adsorption and Fenton catalysis

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    Li, Keyan; Zhao, Yongqin; Song, Chunshan; Guo, Xinwen

    2017-12-01

    Magnetic Fe3O4/CeO2 composites with highly ordered mesoporous structure and large surface area were synthesized by impregnation-calcination method, and the mesoporous CeO2 as support was synthesized via the hard template approach. The composition, morphology and physicochemical properties of the materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, Raman spectra and N2 adsorption/desorption analysis. The mesoporous Fe3O4/CeO2 composite played a dual-function role as both adsorbent and Fenton-like catalyst for removal of organic dye. The methylene blue (MB) removal efficiency of mesoporous Fe3O4/CeO2 was much higher than that of irregular porous Fe3O4/CeO2. The superior adsorption ability of mesoporous materials was attributed to the abundant oxygen vacancies on the surface of CeO2, high surface area and ordered mesoporous channels. The good oxidative degradation resulted from high Ce3+ content and the synergistic effect between Fe and Ce. The mesoporous Fe3O4/CeO2 composite presented low metal leaching (iron 0.22 mg L-1 and cerium 0.63 mg L-1), which could be ascribed to the strong metal-support interactions for dispersion and stabilization of Fe species. In addition, the composite can be easily separated from reaction solution with an external magnetic field due to its magnetic property, which is important to its practical applications.

  17. Controlling polymorphic structures and investigating electric properties of Ca-doped zirconia using solid state ceramic method

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    Emam, W.I.; Mabied, Ahmed F.; Hashem, H.M.; Selim, M.M.; El-Shabiny, A.M.; Ahmed Farag, I.S.

    2015-08-15

    Structural study of Zr{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}O{sub 2−x} samples with x=0.01–0.15 were prepared using solid state ceramic method. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed a mixture of the high temperature phase and the monoclinic one for the samples with x≤0.05. On the other hand, the formation of a single high temperature cubic phase was observed within a concentration range of x=0.06–0.10. At concentrations higher than 0.10 the calcium zirconate phase was observed besides the dominant high temperature one. Rietveld refinement of the single phase data clearly revealed, that substitution of zirconium by calcium increases both the lattice parameters as well as the tetrahedral bond length. Ionic to electronic conductivity ratio enhanced considerably as Ca-doping level ascends. The dielectric constant shows strong temperature dependence at lower frequencies. The dielectric loss factor increases rapidly with the increase in temperature at lower frequencies, while decreases with the increase in frequency at higher temperatures. The ionic conduction is considered as the dominant process at higher temperatures. - Graphical abstract: Forming a high temperature cubic zirconia phase at 1200 °C using ceramic solid state method and aliovalent cation. - Highlights: • Formation the high temperature cubic polymorph of zirconia using Ca-doping. • Solid state ceramic method was used for preparing the cubic Ca-doped zirconia. • Substitution of zirconium by calcium increases the lattice parameters and the bond length. • Ionic to electronic conductivity ratio enhanced considerably as Ca-doping level increases.

  18. Luminescent properties of Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaGdF{sub 5} glass ceramics a potential blue phosphor for ultra-violet light-emitting diode

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    Zhang, Weihuan; Zhang, Yuepin Ouyang, Shaoye; Zhang, Zhixiong; Wang, Qian; Xia, Haiping

    2015-01-14

    Eu{sup 2+} doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing BaGdF{sub 5} nanocrystals were successfully fabricated by melt-quenching technique under a reductive atmosphere. The structure of the glass and glass ceramics were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The luminescent properties were investigated by transmission, excitation, and emission spectra. The decay time of the Gd{sup 3+} ions at 312 nm excited with 275 nm were also investigated. The results of XRD and TEM indicated the existence of BaGdF5 nanocrystals in the transparent glass ceramics. The excitation spectra of Eu{sup 2+} doped glass ceramics showed an excellent overlap with the main emission region of an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV-LED). Compared with the as-made glass, the emission of glass ceramics is much stronger by a factor of increasing energy transfer efficiency from Gd{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} ions, the energy transfer efficiency from Gd{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} ions was discussed. In addition, the chromaticity coordinates of glass and glass ceramics specimens were also discussed, which indicated that the Eu{sup 2+} doped BaGdF{sub 5} glass ceramics may be used as a potential blue-emitting phosphor for UV-LED.

  19. Protection of Photosynthetic Algae against Ultraviolet Radiation by One-Step CeO2 Shellization.

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    Duan, Pengqiang; Huang, Tingting; Xiong, Wei; Shu, Lei; Yang, Yuling; Shao, Changyu; Xu, Xurong; Ma, Weimin; Tang, Ruikang

    2017-03-07

    Photosynthetic microalgae play an important role in solar-to-chemical energy conversion on Earth, but the increasing solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation seriously reduces the biological photosynthesis. Here, we developed a one-step approach to construct cell-in-shell hybrid structure by using direct adsorption of CeO2 nanoparticles onto cells. The engineered CeO2 nanoshell can efficiently protect the enclosed Chlorella cell due to its excellent UV filter property, which can also eliminate UV-induced oxidative stress. The experiments demonstrate that the resulted algae-CeO2 composites can guarantee their biological photosynthetic process and efficiency even under UV. This study follows a feasible strategy to protect living organisms by using functional nanomaterials to improve their biological functions.

  20. Reactivity and reaction intermediates for acetic acid adsorbed on CeO2(111)

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    Calaza, Florencia C.; Chen, Tsung -Liang; Mullins, David R.; ...

    2015-05-02

    Adsorption and reaction of acetic acid on a CeO2(1 1 1) surface was studied by a combination of ultra-highvacuum based methods including temperature desorption spectroscopy (TPD), soft X-ray photoelectronspectroscopy (sXPS), near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and reflection absorption IRspectroscopy (RAIRS), together with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. TPD shows that thedesorption products are strongly dependent upon the initial oxidation state of the CeO2 surface, includingselectivity between acetone and acetaldehyde products. The combination of sXPS and NEXAFS demon-strate that acetate forms upon adsorption at low temperature and is stable to above 500 K, above whichpoint ketene, acetone and acetic acidmore » desorb. Furthermore, DFT and RAIRS show that below 500 K, bridge bondedacetate coexists with a moiety formed by adsorption of an acetate at an oxygen vacancy, formed bywater desorption.« less

  1. Mn3O4-CeO2 nano-catalysts: Synthesis, characterization and application

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    Anushree, Sharma, C.; Kumar, S.

    2016-05-01

    Nano-sized Mn3O4-CeO2 catalysts were synthesized by a cost effective co-precipitation method, and were studied as a heterogeneous catalyst for wet air oxidation of paper industry wastewater at mild operating conditions of 90 °C and 1 atm. The structural, micro-structural and textural properties of synthesized catalysts were studied through various characterization techniques, i.e. XRD, TEM, N2-sorption and EDS. The catalytic activity of Mn3O4-CeO2 was interestingly found to be higher than the corresponding single-metal oxides, and the Ce50Mn50 nano-catalyst with small crystallite size (4.5 nm), high specific surface area (75 m2g-1) and high porosity (0.24 ccg-1) was found to be most efficient with 69% color, 60% COD, 59% TOC, 48% AOX removal.

  2. Correlation among Channeling, Morphological and Micro-structural Properties in Epitaxial CeO2 Films

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V.; McCready, David E.; Shutthanandan, V.; Wang, Chong M.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2006-03-20

    We report an evidence of a critical thickness at ~ 64 nm in epitaxial CeO2 films grown at 750 0C on YSZ substrates by dc magnetron sputtering where optimum ion channeling can be correlated with overall strain relaxation and film surface roughness. The occurrence of saturation in ion channeling yield, enhancement in the average surface roughness and relaxation in c-axis strain is clearly evident in thicker films beyond the critical thickness. Despite excellent surface smoothness and overall epitaxial growth, CeO2 films grown at 650 0C did not show optimum ion channeling properties due to high misfit dislocation and defect density. These results are discussed from a viewpoint of the need for such an optimum thickness to develop multilayers with smooth interfaces with relative overall lattice relaxation.

  3. Long-term aging of a CeO(2) based nanocomposite used for wood protection.

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    Auffan, Melanie; Masion, Armand; Labille, Jerome; Diot, Marie-Ange; Liu, Wei; Olivi, Luca; Proux, Olivier; Ziarelli, Fabio; Chaurand, Perrine; Geantet, Christophe; Bottero, Jean-Yves; Rose, Jerome

    2014-05-01

    A multi-scale methodology was used to characterize the long-term behavior and chemical stability of a CeO2-based nanocomposite used as UV filter in wood stains. ATR-FTIR and (13)C NMR demonstrated that the citrate coated chelates with Ce(IV) through its central carboxyl- and its α-hydroxyl- groups at the surface of the unaged nanocomposite. After 42 days under artificial daylight, the citrate completely disappeared and small amount of degradation products remained attached to the surface even after 112 days. Moreover, the release/desorption of the citrate layer led to a surface reorganization of the nano-sized CeO2 core observed by XANES (Ce L3-edge). Such a surface and structural transformation of the commercialized nanocomposite could have implications in term of fate, transport, and potential impacts towards the environment.

  4. Intrinsic ferromagnetism in CeO2: dispelling the myth of vacancy site localization mediated superexchange

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    Keating, P. R. L.; Scanlon, D. O.; Watson, G. W.

    2009-10-01

    Intrinsic ferromagnetism in CeO2 is a source of controversy in the literature and has been linked to the excess electrons left over upon oxygen vacancy formation on Ce sites neighbouring the vacancy. A recent theoretical study (Han et al 2009 Phys. Rev. B 79 100403) concluded that increased vacancy concentration changes the localization behaviour of CeO2, resulting in some degree of charge localization in the vacancy site itself, which leads to superexchange and polarization effects that enhance the stability of ferromagnetism. In this report, we show conclusively that oxygen vacancy concentrations of up to 12.5% do not cause localization in the vacancy site, and that this is not responsible for any enhanced ferromagnetism. Investigation of oxygen vacancies on the (111), (110) and (100) low index surfaces also show no evidence for ferromagnetic preference.

  5. Structural and compositional characterization of laser ablated CeO 2 thin films

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    Sánchez, F.; Varela, M.; Ferrater, C.; García-Cuenca, M. V.; Aguiar, R.; Morenza, J. L.

    1993-06-01

    CeO 2 thin films have been deposited on Si(100) substrates by laser ablation in ultrahigh vacuum. The structural and compositional properties of the films were studied by XRD, TEM, XPS and SIMS. All the films deposited in the temperature range 400-850°C have a preferential orientation ( hhh). The deposition in an oxygen environment (10 -4 mbar) results in a great reduction of the film crystallinity. The existance of a 5 nm thick amorphous layer between the CeO 2 film and the Si(100) substrate has been observed by TEM. XPS and SIMS results seem to indicate that this layer is a cerium silicade. SIMS profiles show that Ce diffuses toward the substrate, whereas O and Si do not diffuse.

  6. CeO2/CoPc Nanocomposite for Potential Applications in Electronics

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    Babitha, K. K.; Priyanka, K. P.; Hitha, H.; Rintu Mary, S.; Mohammed, E. M.; Sankararaman, S.; Varghese, Thomas

    2017-10-01

    This study reports the influence of cobalt phthalocyanine on the dielectric properties and electrical conductivity of CeO2 nanoparticles, at various temperatures. A CeO2/CoPc nanocomposite was synthesized using a standard procedure and characterized by x-ray diffraction. The surface morphology of the sintered samples was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The dielectric constant was calculated from the observed capacitance values in the frequency range of 100 Hz-10 MHz. It is found that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss vary as a function of frequency and have a strong dielectric response at low frequency. The occurrence of relaxation peaks in the electric modulus plot ( M ll versus log f) indicates that this nanocomposite sample is an ionic conductor. The a.c. conductivity of the nanocomposite increases with frequency. The desired structural and dielectric properties make it as a good candidate for potential applications in molecular electronics and high-frequency applications.

  7. Epitaxial CeO 2/MgO buffer layers on cubic textured Ni substrates for superconducting tapes

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    Yang, Jian; Gu, Hongwei; Hu, Guangyong; Shi, Kai; Yuan, Guansen

    Reported here is a novel epitaxial buffer layer configuration combined with MgO and CeO 2 on biaxially texture Ni substrates for high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes. The hetero-epitaxial CeO 2/MgO/Ni structure was grown by magnetron sputtering method. After formation of the buffer layers, θ-2θ and Φ scans of x-ray diffraction were used to measure the film in-plane and out-plane orientation, respectively. The deposited CeO 2 and MgO buffer layers showed good in-plane alignment.

  8. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution, fate and reactive oxygen species generation of polymer brush engineered CeO2-x NPs

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    Qiu, Yuan; Rojas, Elena; Murray, Richard A.; Irigoyen, Joseba; Gregurec, Danijela; Castro-Hartmann, Pablo; Fledderman, Jana; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio E.

    2015-04-01

    Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO2-x NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO2-x NPs from displaying antioxidant properties.Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO2-x NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO2-x NPs from displaying antioxidant properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00884k

  9. Effect of B-site isovalent doping on electrical and ferroelectric properties of lead free bismuth titanate ceramics

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    Subohi, Oroosa; Kumar, G. S.; Malik, M. M.; Kurchania, Rajnish

    2016-06-01

    In the present work, zirconium modified bismuth titanate ceramics have been studied as potential lead-free ferroelectric materials over a broad temperature range (RT - 800 °C). Polycrystalline samples of Bi4Ti3-xZrxO12 (x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6) (BZrT) with high electrical resistivity were prepared using the solution combustion technique. The effect of Zr doping on the crystalline structure, ferroelectric properties and electrical conduction characteristics of BZrT ceramics were explored. Addition of zirconium to bismuth titanate enhances its dielectric constant and reduces the loss factor as it introduces orthorhombic distortion in bismuth titanate lattice which is exhibited by the growth along (00_10) lattice plane. Activation energy due to relaxation is found to be greater than that due to conduction thus confirming that electrical conduction in these ceramics is not due to relaxation of dipoles. Remanent polarization of the doped samples increases as the Zirconium content increases.

  10. Quasi-ideal Nonlinear Electrical Behavior of Polycrystalline SnO2 Ceramic Varistors Doped with SiO2

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    Metz, R.; Hassanzadeh, M.; Mahesh, K. V.; Ananthakumar, S.

    2014-05-01

    The influence of SiO2 doping on the microstructure and electrical behavior of SnO2 varistors has been studied. The varistor effect was studied over a wide range from 10âˆ'9 A to 104 A. It is shown that the J( E) characteristic of SnO2 ceramics exhibits a nonlinear coefficient >100. The SiO2 doping also resulted in a sharp-abrupt upturn region in the Iâ€" V characteristic, indicating a single semiconductor junction behavior. The leakage current of the varistors is rather low, on the order of 10âˆ'10 S mâˆ'1. In the upturn region of operation where the curve departs from the nonlinear relation and approaches the value of the bulk resistivity of the material, the ceramic is characterized by a current density almost independent of the applied voltage. A very small amount of SiO2 causes large perturbations of the conventional thermionic emission observed in varistor ceramic materials.

  11. Multi-susceptibile Single-Phased Ceramics with Both Considerable Magnetic and Dielectric Properties by Selectively Doping

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    Liu, Chuyang; Zhang, Yujing; Jia, Jingguo; Sui, Qiang; Ma, Ning; Du, Piyi

    2015-01-01

    Multiferroic ceramics with extraordinary susceptibilities coexisting are vitally important for the multi-functionality and integration of electronic devices. However, multiferroic composites, as the most potential candidates, will introduce inevitable interface deficiencies and thus dielectric loss from dissimilar phases. In this study, single-phased ferrite ceramics with considerable magnetic and dielectric performances appearing simultaneously were fabricated by doping target ions in higher valence than that of Fe3+, such as Ti4+, Nb5+ and Zr4+, into BaFe12O19. In terms of charge balance, Fe3+/Fe2+ pair dipoles are produced through the substitution of Fe3+ by high-valenced ions. The electron hopping between Fe3+ and Fe2+ ions results in colossal permittivity. Whilst the single-phased ceramics doped by target ions exhibit low dielectric loss naturally due to the diminishment of interfacial polarization and still maintain typical magnetic properties. This study provides a convenient method to attain practicable materials with both outstanding magnetic and dielectric properties, which may be of interest to integration and multi-functionality of electronic devices. PMID:25835175

  12. Investigation of oxygen vacancies in CeO2/Pt system with synchrotron light techniques

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    Braglia, L.; Bugaev, A. L.; Lomachenko, K. A.; Soldatov, A. V.; Lamberti, C.; Guda, A. A.

    2016-05-01

    A peculiar property of ceria is the ease to form oxygen vacancies, producing reactive sites or facilitating ionic diffusion. For these reasons ceria promotes catalytic activities for a number of important reactions when it is used as a support for transition metals. In our work we study the temporal evolution of oxygen vacancies formation by time-resolved XANES at Ce K- edge and XRD measurements on CeO2/Pt nanoparticles, successfully monitoring the reaction of CO oxidation.

  13. Microstructure and Dielectric Properties of Yttrium-Doped BaSn0.05Ti0.95O3 Ceramics

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    Li, Yuanliang; Cui, Zhimin; Sang, Rongli; Li, Zhongqiu; Ma, Xuegang; Su, Hao

    2016-10-01

    The microstructure and dielectric properties of Y3+-doped BaSn0.05Ti0.95O3 (BTS5) ceramics were investigated. All BTS5 ceramics possess a single phase with a perovskite structure, and the Rietveld analysis further shows that the material exhibits tetragonal structure with space group P4 mm. The amount of Y2O3 can greatly affect the dielectric properties of BTS5. The Curie peak of the blank sample is the highest, and the Curie peak of the samples is obviously suppressed after the doping of Y3+, and the dielectric maximum decreased up to 0.05 mol.% of Y3+ doping and then increased beyond 0.05 mol.% of Y2O3. Due to the amount of doping of Y3+ ions, the lattice distortion is decreased with the increase of Y3+ concentration, which decreases the short-range harmonic restoring force, so T c shifts to a higher temperature in Y3+ doped BTS ceramics. In addition, the dielectric losses of 0.05-0.6 mol.% Y3+-doped BTS5 ceramics are very stable with the increasing environmental temperature, making them superior candidates for applications.

  14. High Performance Ceramic Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): Ca- and Transition Metal-doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-15

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at% Co, 4 at% Ni, and 1 at% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 degree C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 degree C is 57 S/cm in air and 11 S/cm in fuel (pO2=5×10^-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  15. Efficient MnOx-Co3O4-CeO2 catalysts for formaldehyde elimination

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    Lu, Suhong; Li, Kelun; Huang, Fenglin; Chen, Canchang; Sun, Bo

    2017-04-01

    A series of highly efficient MnOx-Co3O4-CeO2 mixed oxides, synthesized by a sol-gel citric acid method, were applied to eliminate indoor formaldehyde (HCHO). The influence of the molar ratio of Mn/Co/Ce was investigated. The catalyst could efficiently eliminate HCHO into CO2 and H2O when the molar ratio of Mn/Co/Ce was 16/19/1. Complete HCHO conversion was achieved at a temperature as low as 100 °C. The prepared samples were characterized by N2 adsorption and desorption, XRD, H2-TPR and O2-TPD techniques to explain the improvement of catalytic activity. The results show that the introduction of MnOx into Co3O4-CeO2 could improve the high dispersion of Co3O4 and then increase the surface areas. Especially, the addition of MnOx enhanced reducibility and abundant surface active oxygen of MnOx-Co3O4-CeO2, which contributed to the excellent catalytic activity toward complete elimination of HCHO.

  16. O vacancies on steps on the CeO2(111) surface.

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    Kozlov, Sergey M; Neyman, Konstantin M

    2014-05-07

    Cerium dioxide is a compound important for heterogeneous catalysis, energy technologies, biomedical applications, etc. One of its most remarkable properties is low O vacancy (Ovac) formation energy Ef. Nanostructuring of ceria was shown to decrease Ef and to make the oxide material more active in oxidative reactions. Here we investigate computationally formation of Ovac on CeO2(111) surfaces nanostructured by steps with experimentally observed structures. To facilitate the search for Ovac + 2Ce(3+) configurations that yield the lowest Ef values we proposed and employed an efficient computational scheme where DFT + U calculations were preceded by a pre-screening procedure based on the results of plain DFT calculations. Ef values on the steps were calculated to be up to 0.7 eV lower than on a regular CeO2(111) surface. Some energetically stable Ovac + 2Ce(3+) configurations were found to include subsurface Ce(3+) ions. The present results quantify to what extent the roughness of the CeO2(111) surface affects its reducibility.

  17. Oxygen vacancy-assisted coupling and enolization of acetaldehyde on CeO2(111).

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    Calaza, Florencia C; Xu, Ye; Mullins, David R; Overbury, Steven H

    2012-10-31

    The temperature-dependent adsorption and reaction of acetaldehyde (CH(3)CHO) on a fully oxidized and a highly reduced thin-film CeO(2)(111) surface have been investigated using a combination of reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and periodic density functional theory (DFT+U) calculations. On the fully oxidized surface, acetaldehyde adsorbs weakly through its carbonyl O interacting with a lattice Ce(4+) cation in the η(1)-O configuration. This state desorbs at 210 K without reaction. On the highly reduced surface, new vibrational signatures appear below 220 K. They are identified by RAIRS and DFT as a dimer state formed from the coupling of the carbonyl O and the acyl C of two acetaldehyde molecules. This dimer state remains up to 400 K before decomposing to produce another distinct set of vibrational signatures, which are identified as the enolate form of acetaldehyde (CH(2)CHO¯). Furthermore, the calculated activation barriers for the coupling of acetaldehyde, the decomposition of the dimer state, and the recombinative desorption of enolate and H as acetaldehyde are in good agreement with previously reported TPD results for acetaldehyde adsorbed on reduced CeO(2)(111) [Chen et al. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 3385]. The present findings demonstrate that surface oxygen vacancies alter the reactivity of the CeO(2)(111) surface and play a crucial role in stabilizing and activating acetaldehyde for coupling reactions.

  18. Simple Route to Obtain Nanostructured CeO2 Microspheres and CO Gas Sensing Performance

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    López-Mena, Edgar R.; Michel, Carlos R.; Martínez-Preciado, Alma H.; Elías-Zuñiga, Alex

    2017-03-01

    In this work, nanostructured CeO2 microspheres with high surface area and mesoporosity were prepared by the coprecipitation method, in absence of a template. The reaction between cerium nitrate and concentrated formic acid produced cerium formate, at room temperature. Further, calcination at 300 °C yielded single-phase CeO2 microspheres, with a diameter in the range 0.5-2.6 μm, the surface of these microspheres is completely nanostructured (diameter about 30-90 nm). CeO2 microspheres were used to fabricate a sensor device, and it was tested for intermediate CO gas concentrations (200-800 ppm). The detection of 200 ppm carbon monoxide was observed at 275 °C, with a response time of 9 s, using an applied frequency of 100 kHz. The detection of changes on the CO gas concentration was studied at different temperatures and applied frequencies. The results revealed a reproducible and stable gas sensing response.

  19. Electronic structure and excitations in oxygen deficient CeO2-δ from DFT calculations

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    Jarlborg, T.; Barbiellini, B.; Lane, C.; Wang, Yung Jui; Markiewicz, R. S.; Liu, Zhi; Hussain, Zahid; Bansil, A.

    2014-04-01

    The electronic structures of supercells of CeO2-δ have been calculated within the density functional theory (DFT). The equilibrium properties such as lattice constants, bulk moduli, and magnetic moments are well reproduced by the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Electronic excitations are simulated by robust total-energy calculations for constrained states with atomic core holes or valence holes. Pristine ceria CeO2 is found to be a nonmagnetic insulator with magnetism setting in as soon as oxygens are removed from the structure. In the ground state of defective ceria, the Ce-f majority band resides near the Fermi level but appears at about 2 eV below the Fermi level in photoemission spectroscopy experiments due to final-state effects. We also tested our computational method by calculating threshold energies in Ce-M5 and O-K x-ray absorption spectroscopy and comparing theoretical predictions with the corresponding measurements. Our result that f electrons reside near the Fermi level in the ground state of oxygen-deficient ceria is crucial for understanding the catalytic properties of CeO2 and related materials.

  20. Synthesis of CeO2-based core/shell nanoparticles with high oxygen storage capacity

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    Uzunoglu, Aytekin; Kose, Dursun Ali; Stanciu, Lia A.

    2017-07-01

    Ceria plays a key role in various applications including sensing and catalysis owing to its high oxygen storage capacity (OSC). The aim of this work is to prepare novel MO x /CeO2 (M: Zr, Ti, Cu) metal oxide systems with core/shell structures using a facile two-step chemical precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and N2 adsorption methods. The OSC property of the samples was evaluated using TGA analysis conducted at 600 °C under reductive (5% H2/Ar) and oxidative (synthetic air) environments. The OSCs of the samples were found to be 130, 253, and 2098 µmol-O2/g for ZrO2/CeO2, TiO2/CeO2, and CuO/CeO2, respectively. Effects of heat treatment on the physical and redox properties of the samples were also evaluated. In this regard, the samples were exposed to 500 °C for 5 h under ambient environment. It was observed that the heat treatment induced the formation of mixed metal oxide alloys and the BET surface area of the samples diminished significantly. The OSC of the samples, however, did not experience any significant chance, which was attributed to the compensation of the loss in the surface area by the alloy formation after the heat treatment.

  1. Simple Route to Obtain Nanostructured CeO2 Microspheres and CO Gas Sensing Performance.

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    López-Mena, Edgar R; Michel, Carlos R; Martínez-Preciado, Alma H; Elías-Zuñiga, Alex

    2017-12-01

    In this work, nanostructured CeO2 microspheres with high surface area and mesoporosity were prepared by the coprecipitation method, in absence of a template. The reaction between cerium nitrate and concentrated formic acid produced cerium formate, at room temperature. Further, calcination at 300 °C yielded single-phase CeO2 microspheres, with a diameter in the range 0.5-2.6 μm, the surface of these microspheres is completely nanostructured (diameter about 30-90 nm). CeO2 microspheres were used to fabricate a sensor device, and it was tested for intermediate CO gas concentrations (200-800 ppm). The detection of 200 ppm carbon monoxide was observed at 275 °C, with a response time of 9 s, using an applied frequency of 100 kHz. The detection of changes on the CO gas concentration was studied at different temperatures and applied frequencies. The results revealed a reproducible and stable gas sensing response.

  2. Structure, bonding, and catalytic activity of monodisperse, transition-metal-substituted CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Elias, Joseph S; Risch, Marcel; Giordano, Livia; Mansour, Azzam N; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-12-10

    We present a simple and generalizable synthetic route toward phase-pure, monodisperse transition-metal-substituted ceria nanoparticles (M0.1Ce0.9O2-x, M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu). The solution-based pyrolysis of a series of heterobimetallic Schiff base complexes ensures a rigorous control of the size, morphology and composition of 3 nm M0.1Ce0.9O2-x crystallites for CO oxidation catalysis and other applications. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the dispersion of aliovalent (M(3+) and M(2+)) transition metal ions into the ceria matrix without the formation of any bulk transition metal oxide phases, while steady-state CO oxidation catalysis reveals an order of magnitude increase in catalytic activity with copper substitution. Density functional calculations of model slabs of these compounds confirm the stabilization of M(3+) and M(2+) in the lattice of CeO2. These results highlight the role of the host CeO2 lattice in stabilizing high oxidation states of aliovalent transition metal dopants that ordinarily would be intractable, such as Cu(3+), as well as demonstrating a rational approach to catalyst design. The current work demonstrates, for the first time, a generalizable approach for the preparation of transition-metal-substituted CeO2 for a broad range of transition metals with unparalleled synthetic control and illustrates that Cu(3+) is implicated in the mechanism for CO oxidation on CuO-CeO2 catalysts.

  3. Thermoelectric Properties of Highly Textured Ca-Doped (ZnO)mIn2O3 Ceramics

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    Kaga, Hisashi; Asahi, Ryoji; Tani, Toshihiko

    2004-10-01

    Highly textured Ca-doped (ZnO)mIn2O3 (m is an integer) ceramics were fabricated by the reactive templated grain growth (RTGG) method and their thermoelectric properties were examined. Platelike ZnSO4\\cdot3Zn(OH)2 particles were used as reactive templates and mixed with In2O3 and CaCO3 powders into a stack of tapes. In situ formation and subsequent sintering resulted in textured Ca-doped (ZnO)mIn2O3 ceramics. The electrical conductivity of the textured specimen along the ab-plane was almost two times larger than that of the textured specimen along the c-axis and about 30% larger than that of a nontextured specimen. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficients of the textured specimen exhibited a small anisotropy. The thermal conductivity of the RTGG specimen along the ab-plane was higher than that of the RTGG specimen along the c-axis. However, both specimens showed similar values at high temperatures. As a result, the Ca-doped specimen along the ab-plane with a composite phase of (ZnO)3In2O3 and (ZnO)4In2O3 showed a ZT value of 0.31 (at 1053 K), compared with 0.23 (at 1053 K) for the nontextured specimen.

  4. Effect of cerium oxide doping on the performance of CaO-based sorbents during calcium looping cycles.

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    Wang, Shengping; Fan, Shasha; Fan, Lijing; Zhao, Yujun; Ma, Xinbin

    2015-04-21

    A series of CaO-based sorbents were synthesized through a sol-gel method and doped with different amounts of CeO2. The sorbent with a Ca/Ce molar ratio of 15:1 showed an excellent absorption capacity (0.59 gCO2/g sorbent) and a remarkable cycle durability (up to 18 cycles). The admirable capture performance of CaCe-15 was ascribed to its special morphology formed by the doping of CeO2 and the well-distributed CeO2 particles. The sorbents doped with CeO2 possessed a loose shell-connected cross-linking structure, which was beneficial for the contact between CaO and CO2. CaO and CeO2 were dispersed homogeneously, and the existence of CeO2 also decreased the grain size of CaO. The well-dispersed CeO2, which could act as a barrier, effectively prevented the CaO crystallite from growing and sintering, thus the sorbent exhibited outstanding stability. The doping of CeO2 also improved the carbonation rate of the sorbent, resulting in a high capacity in a short period of time.

  5. Effects of improved process for CuO-doped NKN lead-free ceramics on high-power piezoelectric transformers.

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Liou, Yi-Cheng; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Li, Bing-Jing; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, the effects of the electrical proper- ties of CuO-doped (Na(0.5)K(0.5))NbO(3) (NKN) ceramics prepared separately using the B-site oxide precursor method (BO method) and conventional mixed-oxide method (MO method) on high-power piezoelectric transformers (PTs) were investigated. The performances of PTs made with these two substrates were compared. Experimental results showed that the output power and temperature stability of PTs could be enhanced because of the lower resonant impedance of the ceramics prepared using the BO method. In addition, the output power of PTs was more affected by the resonant impedance than by the mechanical quality factor (Q(m)) of the ceramics. The PTs fabricated with ceramics prepared using the BO method showed a high efficiency of more than 94% and a maximum output power of 8.98 W (power density: 18.3 W/cm(3)) with temperature increase of 3°C under the optimum load resistance (5 kΩ) and an input voltage of 150 V(pp). This output power of the lead-free disk-type PTs is the best reported so far.

  6. Investigation of PTCR effect and microdefects in Nb2O5-doped BaTiO3-based ceramics by positron annihilation techniques

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    Cheng, Xuxin; Cui, Haining; Li, Xiaoxia; Deng, Wen

    2017-07-01

    The influence of Nb2O5-doped concentration on the positive temperature coefficient of resistance (PTCR) effect, electrical properties and microdefects of (Ba0.95Sr0.05)(TiNbx)O3 (BSTN) ceramics were investigated. Firing was conducted at 1350∘C for 2 h in air. The donor-doped content affected the electrical properties, PTCR effect and formation of the microdefect type of the BSTN samples. The room temperature resistivity of the BSTN specimens first decreased and then increased with increasing donor-doped content in the range of 0.2 mol.% Nb5+ to 0.5 mol.% Nb5+. Moreover, the information on microdefects in BSTN ceramics was demonstrated by coincidence Doppler broadening spectrum. The influence of the defects on the PTCR characteristics of the ceramics was also revealed.

  7. Study of fluorine losses and spectroscopic properties of Er 3+ doped oxyfluoride silicate glasses and glass ceramics

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    Lin, Lejing; Ren, Guozhong; Chen, Minpeng; Liu, Yang; Yang, Qibin

    2009-08-01

    The fluorine losses during synthesis of Er 3+ doped transparent glasses in the SiO 2-PbO-PbF 2 system were investigated. The final fluorine contents of the glasses were detected by using a fluorine ion selective electrode. The results show that high fluorine losses are occured in the normal preparation processes. With the increase of initial PbF 2 contents or melting time resulted in the increase of the fluorine losses. The thermal and spectroscopic properties of the glasses and the corresponding glass ceramics were investigated through the analysis of the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), absorption and upconversion luminescence spectra. The effects of fluorine contents show a decrease of the glass transition temperatures (Tg) of the glasses and an enhancement of upconversion intensity of the corresponding glass ceramics.

  8. Density functional analysis of fluorite-structured (Ce, Zr)O2/CeO2 interfaces [Density functional analysis of fluorite-structured (Ce, Zr)O2/CeO2 interfaces: Implications for catalysis and energy applications

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    Weck, Philippe F.; Juan, Pierre -Alexandre; Dingreville, Remi; ...

    2017-06-21

    The structures and properties of Ce1–xZrxO2 (x = 0–1) solid solutions, selected Ce1–xZrxO2 surfaces, and Ce1–xZrxO2/CeO2 interfaces were computed within the framework of density functional theory corrected for strong electron correlation (DFT+U). The calculated Debye temperature increases steadily with Zr content in (Ce, Zr)O2 phases, indicating a significant rise in microhardness from CeO2 to ZrO2, without appreciable loss in ductility as the interfacial stoichiometry changes. Surface energy calculations for the low-index CeO2(111) and (110) surfaces show limited sensitivity to strong 4f-electron correlation. The fracture energy of Ce1–xZrxO2(111)/CeO2(111) increases markedly with Zr content, with a significant decrease in energy for thickermore » Ce1–xZrxO2 films. These findings suggest the crucial role of Zr acting as a binder at the Ce1–xZrxO2/CeO2 interfaces, due to the more covalent character of Zr–O bonds compared to Ce–O. Finally, the impact of surface relaxation upon interface cracking was assessed and found to reach a maximum for Ce0.25Zr0.75O2/CeO2 interfaces.« less

  9. Raman study of CeO2 texture as a buffer layer in the CeO2/La2Zr2O7/Ni architecture for coated conductors.

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    Jiménez, C; Caroff, T; Bartasyte, A; Margueron, S; Abrutis, A; Chaix-Pluchery, O; Weiss, F

    2009-04-01

    The CeO(2)/La(2)Zr(2)O(7)/Ni piled-up structure is a very promising architecture for YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) coated conductors. We have grown YBCO/CeO(2)/LZO/Ni epitaxial structures by metalorganic decomposition (MOD) and metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) methods. The crystallographic quality of the CeO(2) layer is not well determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) due to the superposition of LZO and CeO(2) reflections. An alternative simple Raman spectroscopy analysis of the crystalline quality of the CeO(2) films is proposed. The F(2g) Raman mode of CeO(2) can be quantified either by using two polarization configurations (crossed or parallel) or at two different rotation angles around the normal axis (0 degrees and 45 degrees ) to obtain information about the sample texture. The sample texture can be determined via a quality factor (referred to as the Raman intensity ratio, RIR) consisting of calculating the ratio of the integrated intensity of the CeO(2) F(2g) mode at 0 degrees and 45 degrees in parallel polarization. This factor correlates with superconducting performance and the technique can be used as an on-line nondestructive characterization method.

  10. Studies on the Surface Morphology and Orientation of CeO2 Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Ablation

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    Develos, Katherine; Kusunoki, Masanobu; Ohshima, Shigetoshi

    1998-11-01

    We studied the surface morphology and orientation of CeO2 films grown by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) on r-cut (1\\=102) Al2O3 substrates and evaluated the effects of predeposition annealing conditions of Al2O3 and film thickness of CeO2. The annealing of Al2O3 substrates improves the smoothness of the surface and performing this in high vacuum leads to better crystallinity and orientation of deposited CeO2 films compared to those annealed in oxygen. A critical value of the film thickness was found beyond which the surface roughness increases abruptly. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) study showed that the surface of CeO2 films is characterized by a mazelike pattern. Increasing the film thickness leads to the formation of larger islands which cause the increase in the surface roughness of the films. The areal density and height of these islands increased with film thickness.

  11. Modified giant dielectric properties of samarium doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Thongbai, Prasit; Putasaeng, Bundit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Maensiri, Santi

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► Grain size of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics was greatly decreased by doping with Sm{sup 3+}. ► ε′ and tan δ decreased with increasing the concentration of Sm{sup 3+} doping. ► Ca{sub 0.925}Sm{sub 0.05}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} exhibited ε′ ∼ 10,863 and low tan δ ∼ 0.043 at 20 °C and 1 kHz. -- Abstract: Effects of Sm{sup 3+} substitution on the microstructure and dielectric properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics were investigated. The grain size of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics was greatly decreased by doping with Sm{sup 3+}, resulting from the ability of Sm{sup 3+} to inhibit the grain growth rate. This result can cause a decrease in the dielectric constant (ε′) and loss tangent (tan δ) of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics. Interestingly, high dielectric permittivity (ε′ ∼ 10,863) and low loss tangent (tan δ ∼ 0.043 at 20 °C and 1 kHz) were observed in the Ca{sub 0.925}Sm{sub 0.05}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramic. Nonlinear electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics were modified by doping with Sm{sup 3+}. The dielectric relaxation behavior of Sm-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics can be well ascribed based on the internal barrier layer capacitor model of Schottky barriers at the grain boundaries.

  12. In vitro skin decontamination of the organophosphorus pesticide Paraoxon with nanometric cerium oxide CeO2.

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    Salerno, Alicia; Devers, Thierry; Bolzinger, Marie-Alexandrine; Pelletier, Jocelyne; Josse, Denis; Briançon, Stéphanie

    2017-04-01

    Organophosphorus compounds (OP), which mainly penetrate via the percutaneous pathway, represent a threat for both military and civilians. Body surface decontamination is vital to prevent victims poisoning. The development of a cost-effective formulation, which could be efficient and easy to handle in case of mass contamination, is therefore crucial. Metal oxides nanoparticles, due their large surface areas and the large amount of highly reactive sites, present high reactivity towards OP. First, this study aimed at evaluating the reaction of CeO2 nanoparticles, synthetized by microwave path and calcined at 500 or 600 °C, with Paraoxon (POX) in aqueous solution. Results showed that both nanoparticles degraded 60%-70% of POX. CeO2 calcined at 500 °C, owing to its larger specific area, was the most effective. Moreover, the degradation was significantly increased under Ultra-Violet irradiation (initial degradation rate doubled). Then, skin decontamination was studied in vitro using the Franz cell method with pig-ear skin samples. CeO2 powder and an aqueous suspension of CeO2 (CeO2-W) were applied 1 h after POX exposure. The efficiency of decontamination, including removal and/or degradation of POX, was compared to Fuller's earth (FE) and RSDL lotion which are, currently, the most efficient systems for skin decontamination. CeO2-W and RSDL were the most efficient to remove POX from the skin surface and decrease skin absorption by 6.4 compared to the control not decontaminated. FE reduced significantly (twice) the absorbed fraction of POX, contrarily to CeO2 powder. Considering only the degradation rate of POX, the products ranged in the order CeO2 > RSDL > CeO2-W > FE (no degradation). This study showed that CeO2 nanoparticles are a promising material for skin decontamination of OP if formulated as a dispersion able to remove POX like CeO2-W and to degrade it as CeO2 powder. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Microstructure and corrosion resistance of Ni-based alloy laser coatings with nanosize CeO2 addition.

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    Hong Zhang, Shi; Xi Li, Ming; Hong Yoon, Jae; Yul Cho, Tong; Zhu He, Yi; Gyu Lee, Chan

    2008-07-01

    Micron-size Ni-base alloy (NBA) powders were mixed with both 1.5 wt.% (hereinafter %) micron-size CeO2 (m-CeO2) and also 1.5% and 3.0% nano-size CeO2 (n- CeO2) powders. These mixtures were coated on low-carbon steel (Q235) by 2.0 kW CO2 laser cladding. The effects on the microstructures, phases and electrochemical corrosion of the coatings upon the addition of m- and n- CeO2 powders to NBA (m- and n- CeO2 /NBA) have been investigated. The results showed that a smooth coating was prepared under suitable processing parameters (P= 2.0 kW, V= 180 mm min(- 1)) by adding 1.5% n- CeO2. In addition to the primary phases of γ-Ni, Cr23C6 and Ni3B in the Ni-base alloy coating, CeNi3 was formed in Ni-base alloy coatings with both n- CeO2 and m-CeO2 particles, and CeNi5 appeared in the coating upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles. Well-developed dendrites were observed in the Ni-base alloy coating; directional dendrites grew at the interface in the coating upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas fine and multioriented dendrites grew upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles to the nanoscale. Actinomorphic dendrites and compact equiaxed dendrites grew from the interface to near the surface upon increasing the content of n- CeO2 from 1.5 to 3.0%. In strongly acidic HNO3 solution, the severe corrosion of dendrites occurred and there were many corrosion pits in the Ni-base alloy coating; intercrystalline corrosion also has a dominant role upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas uniform corrosion occurs in the coating as the size of CeO2 particles is decreased to nanoscale.

  14. Microstructure and corrosion resistance of Ni-based alloy laser coatings with nanosize CeO2 addition

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    Hong Zhang, Shi; Xi Li, Ming; Hong Yoon, Jae; Yul Cho, Tong; Zhu He, Yi; Gyu Lee, Chan

    2008-01-01

    Micron-size Ni-base alloy (NBA) powders were mixed with both 1.5 wt.% (hereinafter %) micron-size CeO2 (m-CeO2) and also 1.5% and 3.0% nano-size CeO2 (n- CeO2) powders. These mixtures were coated on low-carbon steel (Q235) by 2.0 kW CO2 laser cladding. The effects on the microstructures, phases and electrochemical corrosion of the coatings upon the addition of m- and n- CeO2 powders to NBA (m- and n- CeO2 /NBA) have been investigated. The results showed that a smooth coating was prepared under suitable processing parameters (P= 2.0 kW, V= 180 mm min- 1) by adding 1.5% n- CeO2. In addition to the primary phases of γ-Ni, Cr23C6 and Ni3B in the Ni-base alloy coating, CeNi3 was formed in Ni-base alloy coatings with both n- CeO2 and m-CeO2 particles, and CeNi5 appeared in the coating upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles. Well-developed dendrites were observed in the Ni-base alloy coating; directional dendrites grew at the interface in the coating upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas fine and multioriented dendrites grew upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles to the nanoscale. Actinomorphic dendrites and compact equiaxed dendrites grew from the interface to near the surface upon increasing the content of n- CeO2 from 1.5 to 3.0%. In strongly acidic HNO3 solution, the severe corrosion of dendrites occurred and there were many corrosion pits in the Ni-base alloy coating; intercrystalline corrosion also has a dominant role upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas uniform corrosion occurs in the coating as the size of CeO2 particles is decreased to nanoscale. PMID:27877999

  15. Microstructure and corrosion resistance of Ni-based alloy laser coatings with nanosize CeO2 addition

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    Zhang, Shi Hong; Li, Ming Xi; Yoon, Jae Hong; Cho, Tong Yul; Zhu He, Yi; Lee, Chan Gyu

    2008-07-01

    Micron-size Ni-base alloy (NBA) powders were mixed with both 1.5 wt.% (hereinafter %) micron-size CeO2 (m-CeO2) and also 1.5% and 3.0% nano-size CeO2 (n- CeO2) powders. These mixtures were coated on low-carbon steel (Q235) by 2.0 kW CO2 laser cladding. The effects on the microstructures, phases and electrochemical corrosion of the coatings upon the addition of m- and n- CeO2 powders to NBA (m- and n- CeO2 /NBA) have been investigated. The results showed that a smooth coating was prepared under suitable processing parameters (P= 2.0 kW, V= 180 mm min- 1) by adding 1.5% n- CeO2. In addition to the primary phases of γ-Ni, Cr23 C6 and Ni3 B in the Ni-base alloy coating, CeNi3 was formed in Ni-base alloy coatings with both n- CeO2 and m-CeO2 particles, and CeNi5 appeared in the coating upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles. Well-developed dendrites were observed in the Ni-base alloy coating; directional dendrites grew at the interface in the coating upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas fine and multioriented dendrites grew upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles to the nanoscale. Actinomorphic dendrites and compact equiaxed dendrites grew from the interface to near the surface upon increasing the content of n- CeO2 from 1.5 to 3.0%. In strongly acidic HNO3 solution, the severe corrosion of dendrites occurred and there were many corrosion pits in the Ni-base alloy coating; intercrystalline corrosion also has a dominant role upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas uniform corrosion occurs in the coating as the size of CeO2 particles is decreased to nanoscale.

  16. Photocatalytic activity of the binary composite CeO2/SiO2 for degradation of dye

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    Phanichphant, Sukon; Nakaruk, Auppatham; Channei, Duangdao

    2016-11-01

    In this study, CeO2 photocatalyst was modified by composite with SiO2 to increase efficiency and improve photocatalytic activity. The as-prepared SiO2 particles have been incorporated into the precursor mixture of CeO2 by homogeneous precipitation and subsequent calcination process. The phase compositions of CeO2 before and after compositing with SiO2 were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The morphology and particle size of CeO2/SiO2 composite was analyzed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The results showed SiO2 spheres with the particle size approximately 100-120 nm, and a uniform layer of CeO2 nanoparticles with a diameter of about 5-7 nm that were fully composite to the surfaces of SiO2. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique was carried out in order to characterize the change in valence state and composite characteristic by shifted peaks of binding energies. The photocatalytic activity was studied through the degradation of Rhodamine B in aqueous solution under visible light exposure. The highest photocatalytic efficiency of CeO2/SiO2 composite was also obtained. To explain the high photocatalytic efficiency of CeO2/SiO2 composite, the proposed mechanism involves the high surface properties of the CeO2/SiO2 composite, as measured by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method.

  17. Three-photon near-infrared quantum cutting in Tm{sup 3+}-doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Yu, D. C.; Zhang, J. P.; Chen, Q. J.; Zhang, W. J.; Yang, Z. M.; Zhang, Q. Y.

    2012-10-22

    Efficient three-step sequential three-photon near-infrared (NIR) quantum cutting in Tm{sup 3+}-doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics has been demonstrated, where an absorbed blue photon could be cut into three NIR photons at 1190, 1460, and 1800 nm with quantum yield greater than unity. On the basis of static and dynamic photoemission, monitored excitation, and time-resolved fluorescence spectra, we investigate in detail the underlying optoelectronic mechanism. Further development of an efficient triply-cutting material might open up a path towards ultra-efficient photonic devices, which enables more photons emitted than absorbed in the excitation process.

  18. Electric circuit model for MgO-doped ZrO2-TiO2 ceramic humidity sensor

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    Jain, M. K.; Bhatnagar, M. C.; Sharma, G. L.

    1998-12-01

    The MgO-doped ZrO2-TiO2 ceramic pellets were studied for its humidity-sensitive electrical conduction. An equivalent circuit model has been proposed to define the humidity-sensitive electrical properties. This model is in agreement with the experimental findings. The electrical conduction is largely controlled by the intergranular impedance except at very high humidities. The impedance of the pellets showed inductive behavior in high-humidity region. This behavior can be attributed to the spherical paths adopted by charge carrier because conduction is mainly through the spherical grain surface.

  19. Unconventional interplay between heterovalent dopant elements: Switch-and-modulator band-gap engineering in (Y, Co)-Codoped CeO2 nanocrystals

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    Wu, T. S.; Li, H. D.; Chen, Y. W.; Chen, S. F.; Su, Y. S.; Chu, C. H.; Pao, C. W.; Lee, J. F.; Lai, C. H.; Jeng, H. T.; Chang, S. L.; Soo, Y. L.

    2015-01-01

    We report the experimental observation and theoretical explanation of an unconventional interplay between divalent Co and trivalent Y dopants, both of which incur oxygen vacancies in the CeO2 host that has predominantly tetravalent Ce cations. The Co dopant atoms were experimentally found to act as a switch that turns on the dormant effect of Y-modulated band-gap reduction. As revealed by density functional theory (DFT) calculations with structures verified by synchrotron-radiation x-ray measurements, a Co 3d band that hybridizes with Ce 4f band was lowered due to reduced O 2p repulsion arising from oxygen vacancies incurred by Y doping and therefore gave rise to the observed band-gap narrowing effect. Such switch-and-modulator scheme for band-gap engineering in nanocrystal materials can lead to important applications in environmental protection and solar energy harvesting technologies. PMID:26486721

  20. Grain-boundary phases in hot-pressed silicon nitride containing Y2O3 and CeO2 additives

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    Guha, J. P.; Hench, L. L.

    1983-01-01

    Auger electron spectroscopy in conjunction with X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy is used to analyze the grain-boundary phases of Y2O3- and CeO2-doped Si3N4 hot-pressed materials in order to demonstrate that the additives concentrate predominantly in the grain boundaries of Si3N4 in the form of various oxynitride phases. A high oxygen content observed in sample fracture surfaces was found to be consistent with the existence of an oxygen-enriched phase in the grain boundaries. The presence of yttrium and cerium in the fracture surfaces and an overall increase in the O/N ratio imply that the additive oxides are predominantly concentrated in the intergranular phases.

  1. Development of Nano-crystalline Doped-Ceramic Enabled Fiber Sensors for High Temperature In-Situ Monitoring of Fossil Fuel Gases

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    Xiao, Hai; Dong, Junhang; Lin, Jerry; Romero, Van

    2012-03-01

    This is a final technical report for the first project year from July 1, 2005 to Jan 31, 2012 for DoE/NETL funded project DE-FC26-05NT42439: Development of Nanocrystalline Doped-Ceramic Enabled Fiber Sensors for High Temperature In-Situ Monitoring of Fossil Fuel Gases. This report summarizes the technical progresses and achievements towards the development of novel nanocrystalline doped ceramic material-enabled optical fiber sensors for in situ and real time monitoring the gas composition of flue or hot gas streams involved in fossil-fuel based power generation and hydrogen production.

  2. Fate and Phytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles on Lettuce Cultured in the Potting Soil Environment

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    Gui, Xin; Zhang, Zhiyong; Liu, Shutong; Ma, Yuhui; Zhang, Peng; He, Xiao; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Jing; Li, Huafen; Rui, Yukui; Liu, Liming; Cao, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have been shown to have significant interactions in plants. Previous study reported the specific-species phytotoxicity of CeO2 NPs by lettuce (Lactuca sativa), but their physiological impacts and vivo biotransformation are not yet well understood, especially in relative realistic environment. Butterhead lettuce were germinated and grown in potting soil for 30 days cultivation with treatments of 0, 50, 100, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Results showed that lettuce in 100 mg·kg-1 treated groups grew significantly faster than others, but significantly increased nitrate content. The lower concentrations treatment had no impact on plant growth, compared with the control. However, the higher concentration treatment significantly deterred plant growth and biomass production. The stress response of lettuce plants, such as Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Peroxidase (POD), Malondialdehyde(MDA) activity was disrupted by 1000 mg·kg-1 CeO2 NPs treatment. In addition, the presence of Ce (III) in the roots of butterhead lettuce explained the reason of CeO2 NPs phytotoxicity. These findings demonstrate CeO2 NPs modification of nutritional quality, antioxidant defense system, the possible transfer into the food chain and biotransformation in vivo. PMID:26317617

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of CeO2 Nanoparticles via Solution Combustion Method for Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Activity Studies.

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    Ravishankar, Thammadihalli Nanjundaiah; Ramakrishnappa, Thippeswamy; Nagaraju, Ganganagappa; Rajanaika, Hanumanaika

    2015-04-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles have been proven to be competent photocatalysts for environmental applications because of their strong redox ability, nontoxicity, long-term stability, and low cost. We have synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles via solution combustion method using ceric ammonium nitrate as an oxidizer and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as fuel at 450 °C. These nanoparticles exhibit good photocatalytic degradation and antibacterial activity. The obtained product was characterized by various techniques. X-ray diffraction data confirms a cerianite structure: a cubic phase CeO2 having crystallite size of 35 nm. The infrared spectrum shows a strong band below 700 cm(-1) due to the Ce-O-Ce stretching vibrations. The UV/Vis spectrum shows maximum absorption at 302 nm. The photoluminescence spectrum shows characteristic peaks of CeO2 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images clearly show the presence of a porous network with a lot of voids. From transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, it is clear that the particles are almost spherical, and the average size of the nanoparticles is found to be 42 nm. CeO2 nanoparticles exhibit photocatalytic activity against trypan blue at pH 10 in UV light, and the reaction follows pseudo first-order kinetics. Finally, CeO2 nanoparticles also reduce Cr(VI) to Cr(III) and show antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

  4. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic decolorization of methyl orange: Process parameters and mechanisms.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Chong, Shan; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Yucai

    2015-11-01

    MnO2/CeO2 catalyst was prepared and characterized by means of Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) method, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The characterization showed that MnO2/CeO2 had big specific surface area and MnO2 was dispersed homogeneously on the surface of CeO2. Excellent degradation efficiency of methyl orange was achieved by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process. Operating parameters were studied and optimized. The optimal conditions were 10 min of ultrasonic irradiation, 1.0 g/L of catalyst dose, 2.6 of pH value and 1.3 W/ml of ultrasonic density. Under the optimal conditions, nearly 90% of methyl orange was removed. The mechanism of methyl orange degradation was further studied. The decolorization mechanism in the ultrasound-MnO2/CeO2 system was quite different with that in the ultrasound-MnO2 system. Effects of manganese and cerium in catalytic ultrasonic process were clarified. Manganese ions in solution contributed to generating hydroxyl free radical. MnO2/CeO2 catalyst strengthened the oxidation ability of ultrasound and realized complete decolorization of methyl orange.

  5. Mild activation of CeO2-supported gold nanoclusters and insight into the catalytic behavior in CO oxidation.

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    Li, Weili; Ge, Qingjie; Ma, Xiangang; Chen, Yuxiang; Zhu, Manzhou; Xu, Hengyong; Jin, Rongchao

    2016-01-28

    We report a new activation method and insight into the catalytic behavior of a CeO2-supported, atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanocluster catalyst (where thiolate -SR = -SCH2CH2Ph) for CO oxidation. An important finding is that the activation of the catalyst is closely related to the production of active oxygen species on CeO2, rather than ligand removal of the Au144(SR)60 clusters. A mild O2 pretreatment (at 80 °C) can activate the catalyst, and the addition of reductive gases (CO or H2) can enhance the activation effects of O2 pretreatment via a redox cycle in which CO could reduce the surface of CeO2 to produce oxygen vacancies-which then adsorb and activate O2 to produce more active oxygen species. The CO/O2 pulse experiments confirm that CO is adsorbed on the cluster catalyst even with ligands on, and active oxygen species present on the surface of the pretreated catalyst reacts with CO pulses to generate CO2. The Au144(SR)60/CeO2 exhibits high CO oxidation activity at 80 °C without the removal of thiolate ligands. The surface lattice-oxygen of the support CeO2 possibly participates in the oxidation of CO over the Au144(SR)60/CeO2 catalyst.

  6. Fate and Phytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles on Lettuce Cultured in the Potting Soil Environment.

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    Gui, Xin; Zhang, Zhiyong; Liu, Shutong; Ma, Yuhui; Zhang, Peng; He, Xiao; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Jing; Li, Huafen; Rui, Yukui; Liu, Liming; Cao, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have been shown to have significant interactions in plants. Previous study reported the specific-species phytotoxicity of CeO2 NPs by lettuce (Lactuca sativa), but their physiological impacts and vivo biotransformation are not yet well understood, especially in relative realistic environment. Butterhead lettuce were germinated and grown in potting soil for 30 days cultivation with treatments of 0, 50, 100, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Results showed that lettuce in 100 mg·kg-1 treated groups grew significantly faster than others, but significantly increased nitrate content. The lower concentrations treatment had no impact on plant growth, compared with the control. However, the higher concentration treatment significantly deterred plant growth and biomass production. The stress response of lettuce plants, such as Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Peroxidase (POD), Malondialdehyde(MDA) activity was disrupted by 1000 mg·kg-1 CeO2 NPs treatment. In addition, the presence of Ce (III) in the roots of butterhead lettuce explained the reason of CeO2 NPs phytotoxicity. These findings demonstrate CeO2 NPs modification of nutritional quality, antioxidant defense system, the possible transfer into the food chain and biotransformation in vivo.

  7. Different heat treatment of CeO2 nanoparticle composited with ZnO to enhance photocatalytic performance

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    Taufik, A.; Shabrany, H.; Saleh, R.

    2017-04-01

    In this study, ZnO/CeO2 nanocomposites were prepared with four variations of the molar ratio of ZnO to CeO2 nanoparticles. Both ZnO and CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using the sol-gel method at low temperature, followed by different heat treatments for CeO2 nanoparticles. Thermal phase transformation studies of the CeO2 nanoparticles were observed at annealing temperatures of 400-800°C. The complete crystalline structure of CeO2 nanoparticles was obtained at an annealing temperature of 800°C. The structural and optical properties of all samples were observed using several characterization techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller (BET) surface area analysis. The structural characterization results revealed that the prepared CeO2 nanoparticles were quite crystalline, with a cubic structure. The photocatalytic activities of all samples were tested under visible irradiation. The obtained results showed that ZnO/CeO2 nanocomposites with a molar ratio 1:0.3 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. Further understanding of the role of primary active species underlying the reaction mechanism involved in photocatalytic activity were carried out in controlled experiments by adding several scavengers. The detailed mechanism and its correlation with the properties of ZnO/CeO2 nanocomposites were discuss.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of CeO2 Nanoparticles via Solution Combustion Method for Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Activity Studies

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    Ravishankar, Thammadihalli Nanjundaiah; Ramakrishnappa, Thippeswamy; Nagaraju, Ganganagappa; Rajanaika, Hanumanaika

    2015-01-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles have been proven to be competent photocatalysts for environmental applications because of their strong redox ability, nontoxicity, long-term stability, and low cost. We have synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles via solution combustion method using ceric ammonium nitrate as an oxidizer and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as fuel at 450 °C. These nanoparticles exhibit good photocatalytic degradation and antibacterial activity. The obtained product was characterized by various techniques. X-ray diffraction data confirms a cerianite structure: a cubic phase CeO2 having crystallite size of 35 nm. The infrared spectrum shows a strong band below 700 cm−1 due to the Ce−O−Ce stretching vibrations. The UV/Vis spectrum shows maximum absorption at 302 nm. The photoluminescence spectrum shows characteristic peaks of CeO2 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images clearly show the presence of a porous network with a lot of voids. From transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, it is clear that the particles are almost spherical, and the average size of the nanoparticles is found to be 42 nm. CeO2 nanoparticles exhibit photocatalytic activity against trypan blue at pH 10 in UV light, and the reaction follows pseudo first-order kinetics. Finally, CeO2 nanoparticles also reduce CrVI to CrIII and show antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PMID:25969812

  9. CeO2 nanoparticles induce no changes in phenanthrene toxicity to the soil organisms Porcellionides pruinosus and Folsomia candida.

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    Tourinho, Paula S; Waalewijn-Kool, Pauline L; Zantkuijl, Irene; Jurkschat, Kerstin; Svendsen, Claus; Soares, Amadeu M V M; Loureiro, Susana; van Gestel, Cornelis A M

    2015-03-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are used as diesel fuel additives to catalyze oxidation. Phenanthrene is a major component of diesel exhaust particles and one of the most common pollutants in the environment. This study aimed at determining the effect of CeO2 NPs on the toxicity of phenanthrene in Lufa 2.2 standard soil for the isopod Porcellionides pruinosus and the springtail Folsomia candida. Toxicity tests were performed in the presence of CeO2 concentrations of 10, 100 or 1000mg Ce/kg dry soil and compared with results in the absence of CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs had no adverse effects on isopod survival and growth or springtail survival and reproduction. For the isopods, LC50s for the effect of phenanthrene ranged from 110 to 143mg/kg dry soil, and EC50s from 17.6 to 31.6mg/kg dry soil. For the springtails, LC50s ranged between 61.5 and 88.3mg/kg dry soil and EC50s from 52.2 to 76.7mg/kg dry soil. From this study it may be concluded that CeO2 NPs have a low toxicity and do not affect toxicity of phenanthrene to isopods and springtails.

  10. Dielectric and electrical studies of Pr{sup 3+} doped nano CaSiO{sub 3} perovskite ceramics

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    Kulkarni, Sandhya; Nagabhushana, B.M.; Parvatikar, Narsimha; Koppalkar, Anilkumar; Shivakumara, C.; Damle, R.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • CaSiO{sub 3}:Pr{sup 3+} was prepared by facile low temperature solution combustion method. • The crystalline phase of the product is obtained by adopting sintering method. • Samples prepared at 500 °C and calcined at 900 °C for 3 h showed β-phase. • The Pr{sup 3+} doped CaSiO{sub 3} shows “unusual results”. • The electrical microstructure has been accepted to be of internal barrier layer capacitor. - Abstract: CaSiO{sub 3} nano-ceramic powder doped with Pr{sup 3+} has been prepared by solution combustion method. The powder Ca{sub 0.95}Pr{sub 0.05}SiO{sub 3} is investigated for its dielectric and electrical properties at room temperature to study the effect of doping. The sample is characterized by X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. The size of either of volume elements of CaSiO{sub 3}:Pr{sup 3+} estimated from transmission electron microscopy is about 180–200 nm. The sample shows colossal dielectric response at room temperature. This colossal dielectric behaviour follows Debye-type relaxation and can be explained by Maxwell–Wagner (MW) polarization. However, analysis of impedance and electric modulus data using Cole–Cole plot shows that it deviates from ideal Debye behaviour resulting from the distribution of relaxation times. The distribution in the relaxation times may be attributed to existence of electrically heterogeneous grains, insulating grain boundary, and electrode contact regions. Doping, thus, results in substantial modifications in the dielectric and electrical properties of the nano-ceramic CaSiO{sub 3}.

  11. Martensitic transformation in ZrO 2-based ceramics at cryogenic temperatures

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    Li, L.-F.; Hong, C.-S.; Li, Y.-Y.; Zhang, Z.

    The microstructural changes associated with the tetragonal to monoclinic martensitic transformation at cryogenic temperatures in sintered CeO2-ZrO2 ceramics containing 15.5-16.5 mol% CeO2 have been studied by means of TEM observations. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the stress-induced martensitic phase increases with decreases in both temperature and CeO2 content. The effects of martensitic morphologies, anti-phase boundaries (APBs) and various dislocation features on mechanical properties are also discussed in the paper.

  12. Influence of Zr{sup 4+} doping on structural and electrical properties of SrBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ceramic

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    Nayak, P. Panigrahi, S.; Badapanda, T.

    2015-06-24

    This article reports a systematic study of doping effects on the structural and electrical properties of layer structured strontium bismuth titanate ceramic. In this study monophasic SrBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 15} with x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 ceramics were synthesized from the solid-state reaction route. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the Zr-modified SBT ceramics have a pure four-layer Aurivillius phase structure. Dielectric properties revealed that the diffuseness of phase transition increases where as corresponding permittivity value decrease with increasing Zr content. Piezoelectric properties of SBTZ ceramics were improved by the modification of Zirconium ion. Moreover, the reason behind for improvement of piezoelectric properties of modified SBTZ ceramics was also discussed.

  13. Donor-doping effect in BaTiO 3 ceramics using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Mohsen, M.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Massoud, A. M.; Langhammer, H. T.

    2003-10-01

    Temperature-dependent measurements using positron lifetime spectroscopy (PLS) were carried out to study various defects in polycrystalline donor doped BaTiO 3 (BT) samples. Annealing under different donor-doping level of La and Y were performed. At high doping level, it was found that with increasing doping level the average lifetime increases. This is attributed to the interplay of complexes containing oxygen vacancies VO and other vacancies, such as VBa, VTi as well as grain boundaries.

  14. Resistance switching and retention behaviors in polycrystalline La-doped SrTiO3 ceramics chip devices

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    Hirose, Sakyo; Nakayama, Akinori; Niimi, Hideaki; Kageyama, Keisuke; Takagi, Hiroshi

    2008-09-01

    Resistance switching and retention behaviors in polycrystalline La-doped SrTiO3 ceramics have been investigated. La-doped SrTiO3 ceramics exhibits resistance switching as large as that of thin-film devices and exhibits a long-term memory effect of over 5 h. By means of a complex impedance analysis, it was clarified that these resistance changes can be reasonably attributed to the change in the electrical potential barrier at the interfaces and the resistance of the grain boundary changes remarkably by the application of voltage pulses. From the resistance retention properties at various temperatures, it was found that the high-resistance state is very stable even at 125 °C, whereas the resistance in the low-resistance state increases with time and its relaxation speed becomes remarkably faster with increasing temperatures. These results imply that the migration of the point defects could change the distribution of the space charge near the interface, resulting in a change in the interface resistances.

  15. Effects of deposited Pt particles on the reducibility of CeO2(111).

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    Bruix, Albert; Migani, Annapaola; Vayssilov, Georgi N; Neyman, Konstantin M; Libuda, Jörg; Illas, Francesc

    2011-06-21

    The interaction of Pt particles with the regular CeO(2)(111) surface has been studied using Pt(8) clusters as representative examples. The atomic and electronic structure of the resulting model systems have been obtained through periodic spin-polarized density functional calculations using the PW91 exchange-correlation potential corrected with the inclusion of a Hubbard U parameter. The focus is on the effect of the metal-support interaction on the surface reducibility of ceria. Several initial geometries and orientations of Pt(8) with respect to the ceria substrate have been explored. It has been found that deposition of Pt(8) over the ceria surface results in spontaneous oxidation of the supported particle with a concomitant reduction of up to two Ce(4+) cations to Ce(3+). Oxygen vacancy formation on the CeO(2)(111) surface and oxygen spillover to the adsorbed particle have also been considered. The presence of the supported Pt(8) particles has a rather small effect (∼0.2 eV) on the O vacancy formation energy. However, it is predicted that the spillover of atomic oxygen from the substrate to the metal particle greatly facilitates the formation of oxygen vacancies: the calculated energy required to transfer an oxygen atom from the CeO(2)(111) surface to the supported Pt(8) particle is only 1.00 eV, i.e. considerably smaller than 2.25 eV necessary to form an oxygen vacancy on the bare regular ceria surface. This strongly suggests that the propensity of ceria systems to store and release oxygen is directly affected by the presence of supported Pt particles.

  16. Exposure of agricultural crops to nanoparticle CeO2 in biochar-amended soil.

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    Servin, Alia D; De la Torre-Roche, Roberto; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Pagano, Luca; Hawthorne, Joseph; Musante, Craig; Pignatello, Joseph; Uchimiya, Minori; White, Jason C

    2017-01-01

    Biochar is seeing increased usage as an amendment in agricultural soils but the significance of nanoscale interactions between this additive and engineered nanoparticles (ENP) remains unknown. Corn, lettuce, soybean and zucchini were grown for 28 d in two different soils (agricultural, residential) amended with 0-2000 mg engineered nanoparticle (ENP) CeO2 kg(-1) and biochar (350 °C or 600 °C) at application rates of 0-5% (w/w). At harvest, plants were analyzed for biomass, Ce content, chlorophyll and lipid peroxidation. Biomass from the four species grown in residential soil varied with species and biochar type. However, biomass in the agricultural soil amended with biochar 600 °C was largely unaffected. Biochar co-exposure had minimal impact on Ce accumulation, with reduced or increased Ce content occurring at the highest (5%) biochar level. Soil-specific and biochar-specific effects on Ce accumulation were observed in the four species. For example, zucchini grown in agricultural soil with 2000 mg CeO2 kg(-1) and 350 °C biochar (0.5-5%) accumulated greater Ce than the control. However, for the 600 °C biochar, the opposite effect was evident, with decreased Ce content as biochar increased. A principal component analysis showed that biochar type accounted for 56-99% of the variance in chlorophyll and lipid peroxidation across the plants. SEM and μ-XRF showed Ce association with specific biochar and soil components, while μ-XANES analysis confirmed that after 28 d in soil, the Ce remained largely as CeO2. The current study demonstrates that biochar synthesis conditions significantly impact interactions with ENP, with subsequent effects on particle fate and effects. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Non-Enzymatic Glucose Biosensor Based on CuO-Decorated CeO2 Nanoparticles

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    Guan, Panpan; Li, Yongjian; Zhang, Jie; Li, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Copper oxide (CuO)-decorated cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles were synthesized and used to detect glucose non-enzymatically. The morphological characteristics and structure of the nanoparticles were characterized through transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The sensor responses of electrodes to glucose were investigated via an electrochemical method. The CuO/CeO2 nanocomposite exhibited a reasonably good sensitivity of 2.77 μA mM−1cm−2, an estimated detection limit of 10 μA, and a good anti-interference ability. The sensor was also fairly stable under ambient conditions. PMID:28335287

  18. Reverse Monte Carlo studies of CeO2 using neutron and synchrotron radiation techniques

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    Clark, Adam H.; Marchbank, Huw R.; Hyde, Timothy I.; Playford, Helen Y.; Tucker, Matthew G.; Sankar, Gopinathan

    2017-03-01

    A reverse Monte Carlo analysis method was employed to extract the structure of CeO2 from Neutron total scattering (comprising both neutron diffraction (ND) and pair-distribution functions (PDF) and Ce L3- and K-edge EXAFS data. Here it is shown that there is a noticeable difference between using short ranged x-ray absorption spectroscopy data and using medium-long range PDF and ND data in regards to the disorder of the cerium atoms. This illustrates the importance of considering multiple length scales and radiation sources.

  19. Facile method for fabrication of surfactant-free concentrated CeO2 sols

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    Shcherbakov, Alexander B.; Teplonogova, Maria A.; Ivanova, Olga S.; Shekunova, Taisiya O.; Ivonin, Ivan V.; Baranchikov, Alexander Ye; Ivanov, Vladimir K.

    2017-05-01

    We report a facile method for fabrication of highly concentrated electrostatically stabilized colloidal solutions containing ultra-small cerium (IV) oxide crystallites having a narrow size distribution (3-5 nm according to x-ray diffraction, and 10-30 nm according to dynamic light scattering). The proposed method comprises hydrothermal treatment of ceric ammonium nitrate aqueous solutions having concentrations over 0.2 M, in the temperature range of 80-100 °C, and the formation of nanoceria sediments, which can be easily peptized in both protic (water, isopropanol) and aprotic (DMF) media, forming stable and transparent CeO2 sols.

  20. First Principles study of clean and CO covered CeO2 surfaces

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    Grohmann, Rainer; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Vogtenhuber, Doris; Redinger, Joseph; Podloucky, Raimund

    2000-03-01

    By application of a full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FLEUR package: G. Bihlmayer, S. Blügel, J. Redinger, R. Podloucky, M. Weinert, D. Vogtenhuber, unpublished.) energetics, relaxed geometry and electronic structure of bulk CeO2 and of its (110) and (111) clean surfaces were calculated. Results and analysis are presented for perfect and O-defect surfaces. Because of the importance of ceria in catalysis adsorption of CO at several high-symmetry positions is studied and discussed.

  1. Calcium-doping effects on photovoltaic response and structure in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Tu, C. S.; Hung, C.-M.; Xu, Z.-R.; Schmidt, V. H.; Ting, Y.; Chien, R. R.; Peng, Y.-T.; Anthoninappen, J.

    2013-09-01

    Photovoltaic (PV) effects, power-conversion efficiencies, and structures have been systematically measured in (Bi1-xCax)FeO3-δ ceramics for x = 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15. The heterostructures of indium tin oxide (ITO) film/(Bi1-xCax)FeO3-δ ceramics/Au film exhibit significant PV effects under illumination of λ = 405 nm. The maximum power-conversion efficiency in the ITO/(Bi0.90Ca0.10)FeO2.95 (BFO10C)/Au can reach 0.0072%, which is larger than 0.0025% observed in the graphene/polycrystalline BFO/Pt films [Zang et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 132904 (2011)]. A theoretical model based on optically excited current in the depletion region between ITO film and Ca-doped BFO ceramics is used to describe the I-V characteristic, open-circuit voltage, and short-circuit current density as a function of illumination intensity. This work suggests that the Ca-substitution can reduce the rhombohedral distortion and stabilize the single-phase structure.

  2. The structure of Er3+-doped oxy-fluoride transparent glass-ceramics studied by Raman scattering

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    Tikhomirov, V. K.; Seddon, A. B.; Ferrari, M.; Montagna, M.; Santos, L. F.; Almeida, R. M.

    2003-11-01

    We show that the structure of transparent oxy-fluoride glass-ceramics formed by heat treatment of glasses of typical composition 32(SiO2):9(AlO1.5):31.5(CdF2):18.5(PbF2): 5.5(ZnF2):3.5(ErF3) mol% consists of ~ 12 nm diameter, Er3+-doped, β-PbF2 nano-crystals embedded in a silica-based glass network and connected to it via non-bridging O and F anions, or fluorine linkages such as Pb-F-Cd and Pb-F-Zn. It is proposed that the glass network structure is mostly chain-like and dominated by Si(O,F)4 tetrahedra with two bridging O and two non-bridging O and/or F atoms (Q2 units). SiO4 tetrahedra with zero and one bridging O (Q0 and Q1 units, respectively) are also present in the glass structure, in the approximate proportion Q0:Q1:Q2 = 1:1:3, a characteristic which appears to be of primary importance. The flexible, chain-like glass-network, with many broken bonds, results in easy accommodation of the Er3+-doped PbF2 nano-crystals, which are grown by heat-treatment of the precursor glass. The boson peak in the Raman spectrum of the precursor glass decreases in intensity upon ceramming and is partly converted to narrow crystalline peaks at lower frequency, consistent with the precipitation of PbF2 crystalline nano-particles. It is suggested that the boson peak involves localized vibrations of broken or stretched Pb-F bonds. The mean free path for these vibrations increases with ceramming, which involves partial crystallization of the glass network, resulting in a shift of the boson peak vibrations to lower-frequency crystalline peaks.

  3. Densification behavior, doping profile and planar waveguide laser performance of the tape casting YAG/Nd:YAG/YAG ceramics

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    Ge, Lin; Li, Jiang; Qu, Haiyun; Wang, Juntao; Liu, Jiao; Dai, Jiawei; Zhou, Zhiwei; Liu, Binglong; Kou, Huamin; Shi, Yun; Wang, Zheng; Pan, Yubai; Gao, Qingsong; Guo, Jingkun

    2016-10-01

    The sintering behavior and doping concentration profile of the planar waveguide YAG/Nd:YAG/YAG ceramics by the tape casting and solid-state reaction method were investigated on the basis of densification trajectory, microstructure evolution, and Nd3+ ions diffusion. The porosity of the green body by tape casting and cold isostatic pressing is about 38.6%. And the green bodies were consolidated from 1100 °C to 1800 °C for 0.5-20 h to study the densification and the doping diffusion behaviors. At the temperature higher than 1500 °C, pure YAG phase is formed, followed by the densification and grain growth process. With the increase of temperature, two sintering stages occur, corresponding to remarkable densification and significant grain growth, respectively. The mechanism controlling densification at 1550 °C is grain boundary diffusion. The diffusion of Nd3+ ions is more sensitive to temperature than the sintering time, and the minimum temperature required for the obvious diffusion of Nd3+ ions is higher than 1700 °C. Finally, planar waveguide YAG/1.5 at.%Nd:YAG/YAG transparent ceramics with in-line transmittance of 84.8% at 1064 nm were obtained by vacuum-sintering at 1780 °C for 30 h. The fluorescence lifetime of 4F3/2 state of Nd3+ in the specimen is about 259 μs. The prepared ceramic waveguide was tested in a laser amplifier and the laser pulse was amplificated from 87 mJ to 238 mJ, with the pump energy of 680 mJ.

  4. Development of ferroelectric domains and topological defects in vacancy doped ceramics of h-LuMnO3

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    Baghizadeh, A.; Vieira, J. M.; Mirzadeh Vaghefi, P.; Willinger, M.-G.; Amaral, V. S.

    2017-07-01

    Self-doping of the h-LuMnxO3±δ (0.92 ≤ x ≤ 1.12) phase and changes in the sintering time are applied to investigate the formation and annihilation of antiphase ferroelectric (FE) domains in bulk ceramics. The increase in the annealing time in sintering results in growth of FE domains, which depends on the type of vacancy, 6-fold vortices with dimensions of the order of 20 μm being observed. Interference of planar defects of the lattice with the growth of topological defects shows breaking of 6-fold symmetry in the self-doped ceramics. The role of grain boundaries in the development of topological defects has been studied. Dominance of the atypical FE domain network in very defective h-LuMnxO3±δ lattices saturated with Mn vacancies (x < 1) was also identified in the current study. After a long annealing time, scattered closed-loops of nano-dimensions are often observed isolated inside large FE domains with opposite polarization. Restoring of the polarization after alternative poling with opposite electrical fields is observed in FE domains. Stress/strain in the lattice driven by either planar defects or chemical inhomogeneity results in FE polarization switching on the nanoscale and further formation of nano-vortices, with detailed investigation being carried out by electron microscopy. Pinning of FE domains to planar defects is explored in the present microscopy analysis, and nano-scale observation of lattices is used to explain features of the ferroelectricity revealed in Piezo Force Microscopy images of the ceramics.

  5. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Nb-doped BaTiO3 ceramics with positive temperature coefficient of resistivity

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    Jida, Shin'suke; Miki, Toshikatsu

    1996-11-01

    Paramagnetic centers in Nb-doped BaTiO3 ceramics are measured at 77-500 K by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) for investigating the role of the centers on the well-known positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) effect (PTCR at the Curie temperature). EPR detects four signals; an anisotropically broad singlet signal at g=2.005, a sextet signal due to Mn2+, a Cr3+ signal, and a Ti3+ signal. The former two signals arise in the rhombohedral and cubic phases, but disappear in the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases. The Cr3+ signal appears in all of the phases, while the Ti3+ signal is detected only at low temperatures. The singlet signal also arises in undoped, barium-deficient BaTiO3 ceramics, therefore the signal is attributable to barium-vacancy-associated centers rather than Nb4+ ions or Fe3+ ions proposed by several authors. In this article, we propose that the singlet signal is due to vacancy-pairs of VBa-F+ type, i.e., the vacancy pair of VBa-VO capturing one electron. The electrical resistivity data show a polaronic character of low-temperature conduction and a high resistivity jump around the Curie temperature. The low-temperature polaronic conduction is explained in terms of electron-hopping between Ti4+ and Ti3+ ions. The resistivity jump at the Curie temperature occurs along with the EPR intensity increase of the singlet signal, the Mn2+ signal and the Cr3+ signal. We conclude that the PTCR of Nb-doped BaTiO3 ceramics is strongly associated with the trap activation of the VBa-VO vacancy-pairs and manganese centers at the tetragonal-to-cubic transition.

  6. Confined NaAlH4 nanoparticles inside CeO2 hollow nanotubes towards enhanced hydrogen storage.

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    Gao, Qili; Xia, Guanglin; Yu, Xuebin

    2017-09-22

    NaAlH4 has been widely regarded as a potential hydrogen storage material due to its favorable thermodynamics and high energy density. The high activation energy barrier and high dehydrogenation temperature, however, significantly hinder its practical application. In this paper, CeO2 hollow nanotubes (HNTs) prepared by a simple electrospinning technique are adopted as functional scaffolds to support NaAlH4 nanoparticles (NPs) towards advanced hydrogen storage performance. The nanoconfined NaAlH4 inside CeO2 HNTs, synthesized via the infiltration of molten NaAlH4 into the CeO2 HNTs under high hydrogen pressure, exhibited significantly improved dehydrogenation properties compared with both bulk and ball-milled CeO2 HNTs-catalyzed NaAlH4. The onset dehydrogenation temperature of the NaAlH4@CeO2 composite was reduced to below 100 °C, with only one main dehydrogenation peak appearing at 130 °C, which is 120 °C and 50 °C lower than for its bulk counterpart and for the ball-milled CeO2 HNTs-catalyzed NaAlH4, respectively. Moreover, ∼5.09 wt% hydrogen could be released within 30 min at 180 °C, while only 1.6 wt% hydrogen was desorbed from the ball-milled NaAlH4 under the same conditions. This significant improvement is mainly attributed to the synergistic effects contributed by the CeO2 HNTs, which could act as not only a structural scaffold to fabricate and confine the NaAlH4 NPs, but also as an effective catalyst to enhance the hydrogen storage performance of NaAlH4.

  7. Role of Microstructure and Surface Defects on the Dissolution Kinetics of CeO2, a UO2 Fuel Analogue.

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    Corkhill, Claire L; Bailey, Daniel J; Tocino, Florent Y; Stennett, Martin C; Miller, James A; Provis, John L; Travis, Karl P; Hyatt, Neil C

    2016-04-27

    The release of radionuclides from spent fuel in a geological disposal facility is controlled by the surface mediated dissolution of UO2 in groundwater. In this study we investigate the influence of reactive surface sites on the dissolution of a synthesized CeO2 analogue for UO2 fuel. Dissolution was performed on the following: CeO2 annealed at high temperature, which eliminated intrinsic surface defects (point defects and dislocations); CeO2-x annealed in inert and reducing atmospheres to induce oxygen vacancy defects and on crushed CeO2 particles of different size fractions. BET surface area measurements were used as an indicator of reactive surface site concentration. Cerium stoichiometry, determined using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and supported by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis, was used to determine oxygen vacancy concentration. Upon dissolution in nitric acid medium at 90 °C, a quantifiable relationship was established between the concentration of high energy surface sites and CeO2 dissolution rate; the greater the proportion of intrinsic defects and oxygen vacancies, the higher the dissolution rate. Dissolution of oxygen vacancy-containing CeO2-x gave rise to rates that were an order of magnitude greater than for CeO2 with fewer oxygen vacancies. While enhanced solubility of Ce(3+) influenced the dissolution, it was shown that replacement of vacancy sites by oxygen significantly affected the dissolution mechanism due to changes in the lattice volume and strain upon dissolution and concurrent grain boundary decohesion. These results highlight the significant influence of defect sites and grain boundaries on the dissolution kinetics of UO2 fuel analogues and reduce uncertainty in the long term performance of spent fuel in geological disposal.

  8. Kinetics of oxygen exchange over CeO2-ZrO2 fluorite-based catalysts.

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    Sadovskaya, Ekaterina M; Ivanova, Yulia A; Pinaeva, Larisa G; Grasso, Giacomo; Kuznetsova, Tatiana G; van Veen, Andre; Sadykov, Vladislav A; Mirodatos, Claude

    2007-05-24

    The kinetics of 18O/16O isotopic exchange over CeO2-ZrO2-La2O3 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 catalysts have been investigated under the conditions of dynamic adsorption-desorption equilibrium at atmospheric pressure and a temperature range of 650-850 degrees C. The rates of oxygen adsorption-desorption on Pt sites, support surface, oxygen transfer (spillover) from Pt to the support as well as the amount of oxygen accumulated in the oxide bulk, and oxygen diffusion coefficient were estimated. The nanocrystalline structure of lanthana-doped ceria-zirconia prepared via the Pechini route with a developed network of domain boundaries and specific defects guarantees a high oxygen mobility in the oxide bulk (D = (1.5 / 2.0).10-18 m2 s-1 at 650 degrees C) and allows accumulation of over-stoichiometric/excess oxygen. For Pt/CeO2-ZrO2, oxygen transfer from Pt to support (characteristic time < 10-2 s) was shown to be responsible for the fast exchange between the gas-phase oxygen and oxygen adsorbed on the mixed oxide surface. The rate of direct exchange between the gas phase and surface oxygen is increased as well due to the increased concentration (up to 2 monolayers) of surface/near subsurface oxygen species accumulated on the oxygen vacancies (originated from the incorporation of highly dispersed Pt atoms). The characteristic time of diffusion of the oxygen localized in the subsurface layers is about 1 s. The overall quantity of over-stoichiometric oxygen and/or hydroxyl groups accumulated in the bulk can reach the equivalent of 10 monolayers, and characteristic time of oxygen diffusion within the bulk is about 20 s. All these kinetic data are required for the further step of modeling partial oxidation of hydrocarbons under steady- and unsteady-state conditions.

  9. Eu-doped ZnO-HfO2 hybrid nanocrystal-embedded low-loss glass-ceramic waveguides.

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    Ghosh, Subhabrata; Bhaktha B N, Shivakiran

    2016-03-11

    We report on the sol-gel fabrication, using a dip-coating technique, of low-loss Eu-doped 70SiO2 -[Formula: see text] HfO2-xZnO (x = 2, 5, 7 and 10 mol%) ternary glass-ceramic planar waveguides. Transmission electron microscopy and grazing incident x-ray diffraction experiments confirm the controlled growth of hybrid nanocrystals with an average size of 3 nm-25 nm, composed of ZnO encapsulated by a thin layer of nanocrystalline HfO2, with an increase of ZnO concentration from x = 2 mol% to 10 mol%  in the SiO2-HfO2 composite matrix. The effect of crystallization on the local environment of Eu ions, doped in the ZnO-HfO2 hybrid nanocrystal-embedded glass-ceramic matrix, is studied using photoluminescence spectra, wherein an intense mixed-valence state (divalent as well as trivalent) emission of Eu ions is observed. The existence of Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) in the SiO2-HfO2-ZnO ternary matrix is confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Importantly, the Eu[Formula: see text]-doped ternary waveguides exhibit low propagation losses (0.3 ± 0.2 dB cm(-1) at 632.8 nm) and optical transparency in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which makes ZnO-HfO2 nanocrystal-embedded SiO2-HfO2-ZnO waveguides a viable candidate for the development of on-chip, active, integrated optical devices.

  10. Fabrication and microstructure of cerium doped lutetium aluminum garnet (Ce:LuAG) transparent ceramics by solid-state reaction method

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    Li, Junlang; Xu, Jian; Shi, Ying; Qi, Hongfang; Xie, Jianjun; Lei, Fang

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • We fabricate Ce doped lutetium aluminum garnet ceramics by solid-state method. • The raw materials include Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by co-precipitation method. • The density of the transparent ceramics reach 99.7% of the theoretical value. • The optical transmittance of the bulk ceramic at 550 nm was 57.48%. • Some scattering centers decrease the optical characteristic of the ceramic. - Abstract: Polycrystalline Ce{sup 3+} doped lutetium aluminum garnet (Ce:LuAG) transparent ceramics fabricated by one step solid-state reaction method using synthetic nano-sized Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, commercial α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2} powders were investigated in this paper. The green compacts shaped by the mixed powders were successfully densified into Ce:LuAG transparent ceramics after vacuum sintering at 1750 °C for 10 h. The in-line optical transmittance of the Ce:LuAG ceramic made by home-made Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders could reach 57.48% at 550 nm, which was higher than that of the ceramic made by commercial Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders (22.96%). The microstructure observation showed that light scattering centers caused by micro-pores, aluminum segregation and refraction index inhomogeneities induced the decrease of optical transparency of the Ce:LuAG ceramics, which should be removed and optimized in the future work.

  11. Stability of engineered nanomaterials in complex aqueous matrices: Settling behaviour of CeO2 nanoparticles in natural surface waters.

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    Van Koetsem, Frederik; Verstraete, Simon; Van der Meeren, Paul; Du Laing, Gijs

    2015-10-01

    The stability of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in complex aqueous matrices is a key determinant of their fate and potential toxicity towards the aquatic environment and human health. Metal oxide nanoparticles, such as CeO2 ENPs, are increasingly being incorporated into a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, which will undoubtedly result in their (unintentional) release into the environment. Hereby, the behaviour and fate of CeO2 ENPs could potentially serve as model for other nanoparticles that possess similar characteristics. The present study examined the stability and settling of CeO2 ENPs (7.3±1.4 nm) as well as Ce(3+) ions in 10 distinct natural surface waters during 7d, under stagnant and isothermal experimental conditions. Natural water samples were collected throughout Flanders (Belgium) and were thoroughly characterized. For the majority of the surface waters, a substantial depletion (>95%) of the initially added CeO2 ENPs was observed just below the liquid surface of the water samples after 7d. In all cases, the reduction was considerably higher for CeO2 ENPs than for Ce(3+) ions (<68%). A first-order kinetics model was able to describe the observed time-dependant removal of both CeO2 ENPs (R(2)≥0.998) and Ce(3+) ions (R(2)≥0.812) from the water column, at least in case notable sedimentation occurred over time. Solution-pH appeared to be a prime parameter governing nanoparticle colloidal stability. Moreover, the suspended solids (TSS) content also seemed to be an important factor affecting the settling rate and residual fraction of CeO2 ENPs as well as Ce(3+) ions in natural surface waters. Correlation results also suggest potential association and co-precipitation of CeO2 ENPs with aluminium- and iron-containing natural colloidal material. The CeO2 ENPs remained stable in dispersion in surface water characterized by a low pH, ionic strength (IS), and TSS content, indicating the eventual stability and settling behaviour of the nanoparticles was likely determined by a combination of physicochemical parameters. Finally, ionic release from the nanoparticle surface was also examined and appeared to be negligible in all of the tested natural waters.

  12. Theoretical Study of Trimethylacetic Acid Adsorption on CeO 2 (111) Surface

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    Wang, Weina; Thevuthasan, S.; Wang, Wenliang; ...

    2016-01-11

    We investigated trimethylacetic acid (TMAA) adsorption on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2(111) surfaces using density functional theory that accounts for the on-site Coulomb interaction via a Hubbard term (DFT+U) and long-range dispersion correction. Both the molecular state and dissociative state (TMAA → TMA– + H+) were identified on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2(111) surfaces. For the stoichiometric surface, two thermodynamically favorable configurations with adsorption energies of the order of -30 kcal/mol are identified; one is a molecule adsorption state, and the other one is a dissociative state. For the oxygen-deficient surface, dissociative states are more favorable than molecular states. Moreover, the mostmore » favorable configuration is the dissociative adsorption of TMAA with the adsorption energy of the order of -77 kcal/mol. The dissociated TMA moiety takes the position of oxygen vacancy, forming three Ce–O bonds. The signature vibrational frequencies for these thermodynamically stable structures are reported as well as their electronic structures. The effects of long-range dispersion interactions are found to be negligible for geometries but important for adsorption energies.« less

  13. Clustering of Oxygen Vacancies at CeO2(111 ) : Critical Role of Hydroxyls

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    Wu, Xin-Ping; Gong, Xue-Qing

    2016-02-01

    By performing density functional theory calculations corrected by an on site Coulomb interaction, we find that the defects at the CeO2(111 ) surface observed by the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements of Esch et al. [Science 309, 752 (2005)] are not mere oxygen vacancies or fluorine impurities as suggested by Kullgren et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 156102 (2014)], but actually the hydroxyl-vacancy combined species. Specifically, we show that hydroxyls play a critical role in the formation and propagation of oxygen vacancy clusters (VCs). In the presence of neighboring hydroxyls, the thermodynamically unstable VCs can be significantly stabilized, and the behaviors of oxygen vacancies become largely consistent with the STM observations. In addition to the clarification of the long term controversy on the surface defect structures of CeO2(111 ) , the "hydroxyl-vacancy model" proposed in this work emphasizes the coexistence of hydroxyls and oxygen vacancies, especially VCs, which is important for understanding the catalytic and other physicochemical properties of reducible metal oxides.

  14. Surface potentials of (111), (110) and (100) oriented CeO2-x thin films

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    Wardenga, Hans F.; Klein, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    Differently oriented CeO2 thin films were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputter deposition from a nominally undoped CeO2 target. (111), (110) and (100) oriented films were achieved by deposition onto Al2O3(0001)/Pt(111), MgO(110)/Pt(110) and SrTiO3:Nb(100) substrates, respectively. Epitaxial growth is verified using X-ray diffraction analysis. The films were analyzed by in situ photoelectron spectroscopy to determine the ionization potential, work function, Fermi level position and Ce3+ concentration at the surface in dependence of crystal orientation, deposition conditions and post-deposition treatment in reducing and oxidizing atmosphere. We observed a very high variation of the work function and ionization potential of more than 2 eV for all surface orientations, while the Fermi level varies by only 0.3 eV within the energy gap. The work function generally decreases with increasing Ce3+ surface concentration but comparatively high Ce3+ concentrations remain even after strongly oxidizing treatments. This is related to the presence of subsurface oxygen vacancies.

  15. Structure of Nano-sized CeO2 Materials: Combined Scattering and Spectroscopic Investigations

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    Marchbank, Huw R.; Clark, Adam H.; Hyde, Timothy I.; ...

    2016-08-29

    Here, the nature of nano-sized ceria, CeO2, systems were investigated using neutron and X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Whilst both diffraction andtotal pair distribution functions (PDFs) revealed that in all the samples the occupancy of both Ce4+ and O2- are very close to the ideal stoichiometry, the analysis using reverse Monte Carlo technique revealedsignificant disorder around oxygen atoms in the nano sized ceria samples in comparison to the highly crystalline NIST standard.In addition, the analysis reveal that the main differences observed in the pair correlations from various X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques were attributed to the particle size ofmore » the CeO2 prepared by the reported three methods. Furthermore, detailed analysis of the Ce L3– and K-edge EXAFS data support this finding; in particular the decrease in higher shell coordination numbers with respect to the NIST standard, are attributed to differences in particle size.« less

  16. Simulation and experimental study of rheological properties of CeO2-water nanofluid

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    Loya, Adil; Stair, Jacqueline L.; Ren, Guogang

    2015-10-01

    Metal oxide nanoparticles offer great merits over controlling rheological, thermal, chemical and physical properties of solutions. The effectiveness of a nanoparticle to modify the properties of a fluid depends on its diffusive properties with respect to the fluid. In this study, rheological properties of aqueous fluids (i.e. water) were enhanced with the addition of CeO2 nanoparticles. This study was characterized by the outcomes of simulation and experimental results of nanofluids. The movement of nanoparticles in the fluidic media was simulated by a large-scale molecular thermal dynamic program (i.e. LAMMPS). The COMPASS force field was employed with smoothed particle hydrodynamic potential (SPH) and discrete particle dynamics potential (DPD). However, this study develops the understanding of how the rheological properties are affected due to the addition of nanoparticles in a fluid and the way DPD and SPH can be used for accurately estimating the rheological properties with Brownian effect. The rheological results of the simulation were confirmed by the convergence of the stress autocorrelation function, whereas experimental properties were measured using a rheometer. These rheological values of simulation were obtained and agreed within 5 % of the experimental values; they were identified and treated with a number of iterations and experimental tests. The results of the experiment and simulation show that 10 % CeO2 nanoparticles dispersion in water has a viscosity of 2.0-3.3 mPas.

  17. Structure of Nano-sized CeO2 Materials: Combined Scattering and Spectroscopic Investigations.

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    Marchbank, Huw R; Clark, Adam H; Hyde, Timothy I; Playford, Helen Y; Tucker, Matthew G; Thompsett, David; Fisher, Janet M; Chapman, Karena W; Beyer, Kevin A; Monte, Manuel; Longo, Alessandro; Sankar, Gopinathan

    2016-11-04

    The structure of several nano-sized ceria, CeO2 , systems was investigated using neutron and X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Whilst both diffraction and total pair distribution functions (PDFs) revealed that in all of the samples the occupancy of both Ce(4+) and O(2-) are very close to the ideal stoichiometry, the analysis using Reverse Monte Carlo technique revealed significant disorder around oxygen atoms in the nano-sized ceria samples in comparison to the highly crystalline NIST standard. In addition, the analysis revealed that the main differences observed in the pair correlations from various X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques were attributable to the particle size of the CeO2 prepared by the reported three methods. Furthermore, detailed analysis of the Ce L3 - and K-edge EXAFS data support this finding; in particular the decrease in higher shell coordination numbers with respect to the NIST standard, is attributed to differences in particle size.

  18. Spectroscopic properties in Er3+-doped germanotellurite glasses and glass ceramics for mid-infrared laser materials

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    Kang, Shiliang; Xiao, Xiudi; Pan, Qiwen; Chen, Dongdan; Qiu, Jianrong; Dong, Guoping

    2017-01-01

    Transparent Er3+-doped germanotellurite glass ceramics (GCs) with variable Te/Ge ratio were prepared by controllable heat-treated process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) confirmed the formation of nanocrystals in glass matrix. Raman spectra were used to investigate the evolution of glass structure and photon energy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were introduced to characterize the change of hydroxyl group (OH−) content. Enhanced 2.7 μm emission was achieved from Er3+-doped GCs upon excitation with a 980 nm laser diode (LD), and the influence of GeO2 concentration and heat-treated temperature on the spectroscopic properties were also discussed in detail. It is found that the present Er3+-doped GC possesses large stimulated emission cross section at around 2.7 μm (0.85 × 10−20 cm2). The advantageous spectroscopic characteristics suggest that the obtained GC may be a promising material for mid-infrared fiber lasers. PMID:28266570

  19. Spectroscopic properties in Er(3+)-doped germanotellurite glasses and glass ceramics for mid-infrared laser materials.

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    Kang, Shiliang; Xiao, Xiudi; Pan, Qiwen; Chen, Dongdan; Qiu, Jianrong; Dong, Guoping

    2017-03-07

    Transparent Er(3+)-doped germanotellurite glass ceramics (GCs) with variable Te/Ge ratio were prepared by controllable heat-treated process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) confirmed the formation of nanocrystals in glass matrix. Raman spectra were used to investigate the evolution of glass structure and photon energy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were introduced to characterize the change of hydroxyl group (OH(-)) content. Enhanced 2.7 μm emission was achieved from Er(3+)-doped GCs upon excitation with a 980 nm laser diode (LD), and the influence of GeO2 concentration and heat-treated temperature on the spectroscopic properties were also discussed in detail. It is found that the present Er(3+)-doped GC possesses large stimulated emission cross section at around 2.7 μm (0.85 × 10(-20) cm(2)). The advantageous spectroscopic characteristics suggest that the obtained GC may be a promising material for mid-infrared fiber lasers.

  20. Spectroscopic properties in Er3+-doped germanotellurite glasses and glass ceramics for mid-infrared laser materials

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    Kang, Shiliang; Xiao, Xiudi; Pan, Qiwen; Chen, Dongdan; Qiu, Jianrong; Dong, Guoping

    2017-03-01

    Transparent Er3+-doped germanotellurite glass ceramics (GCs) with variable Te/Ge ratio were prepared by controllable heat-treated process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) confirmed the formation of nanocrystals in glass matrix. Raman spectra were used to investigate the evolution of glass structure and photon energy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were introduced to characterize the change of hydroxyl group (OH-) content. Enhanced 2.7 μm emission was achieved from Er3+-doped GCs upon excitation with a 980 nm laser diode (LD), and the influence of GeO2 concentration and heat-treated temperature on the spectroscopic properties were also discussed in detail. It is found that the present Er3+-doped GC possesses large stimulated emission cross section at around 2.7 μm (0.85 × 10-20 cm2). The advantageous spectroscopic characteristics suggest that the obtained GC may be a promising material for mid-infrared fiber lasers.

  1. Investigation of the thermoelectric properties of Nb and oxygen vacancy co-doped SrTiO3 ceramics

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    Gong, Jing; Yuan, Zhanhui; Xu, Shikui; Li, Zhuangzhi; Xu, Jingzhou; Tang, Guide

    2017-05-01

    High quality Nb doped SrTi1-x Nb x O3 polycrystalline ceramics were fabricated using a conventional solid state reaction method. By annealing in a reducing atmosphere at an elevated temperature, a series of Nb and oxygen vacancy co-doped SrTi1-x Nb x O3-δ (0  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.2) samples was obtained. The thermoelectric properties of the samples were measured in the temperature range from 15 K to 380 K. These measurements showed that the transport behavior of these samples is consistent with the small polaron conduction mechanism for the temperature range from room temperature to 380 K. Furthermore, after annealing, samples with a lower Nb doping were found to give a relative higher ZT value, while excess Nb led to a reduced ZT value. The x  =  0.02 sample gave the optimal thermoelectric properties, with a ZT value of 0.023 at 300 K, and 0.028 at 380 K.

  2. An in vivo and in vitro toxicological characterization of realistic nanoscale CeO2 inhalation exposures

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    Demokritou, Philip; Gass, Samuel; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Cohen, Joel M.; Goldsmith, William; McKinney, Walt; Frazer, David; Ma, Jane; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Brain, Joseph; Castranova, Vincent

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale CeO2 is increasingly used for industrial and commercial applications, including catalysis, UV-shielding, and as an additive in various nanocomposites. Because of its increasing potential for consumer and occupational exposures, a comprehensive toxicological characterization of this nanomaterial is needed. Preliminary results from intratracheal instillation studies in rats point to cytoxicity and inflammation, though these studies may not accurately use realistic nanoscale exposure profiles. In contrast, published in vitro cellular studies have reported limited toxicological outcomes for the case of nano-ceria. Here, we present an integrative study evaluating the toxicity of nanoscale CeO2 both in vitro, using the A549 lung epithelial cell line, and in vivo using an intact rat model. Realistic nano-ceria exposure atmospheres were generated using the Harvard Versatile Engineered Nanomaterial Generation System (VENGES), and rats were exposed via inhalation. Finally, the use of a nanothin amorphous SiO2 encapsulation coating as a means of mitigating CeO2 toxicity was assessed. Results from the inhalation experiments show lung injury and inflammation with increased PMN and LDH levels in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of the CeO2 exposed rats. Moreover, exposure to SiO2-coated CeO2 did not induce any pulmonary toxicity to the animals, representing clear evidence for the safe by design SiO2-encapsualtion concept. PMID:23061914

  3. The Interaction of Carbon Monoxide with Rhodium on Potassium-Modified CeO2(111)

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    Mullins, David R.

    2016-02-03

    The adsorption and reactions of CO adsorbed on Rh particles deposited on K-covered CeO2(111) were studied by temperature programmed desorption and photoelectron spectroscopy. K deposited on CeO2(111) forms a KOX over-layer by extracting O from the ceria and partially reducing some of the Ce4+ to Ce3+. CO does not adsorb on the KOX / CeO2-X(111) surface in the absence of Rh particles. CO adsorbed on Rh / K / CeO2(111) adsorbs molecularly on the Rh at 200 K. As the surface is heated the CO spills-over and reacts with the KOX to form carbonate. The carbonate decomposes at elevated temperaturemore » to produce CO and CO2. The carbonate stabilizes the KOX so that K desorbs at a higher temperature than it would in the absence of CO. When the Rh and K deposition are reversed so that K is deposited on both the Rh and the CeO2(111), CO adsorbs as CO2- at 200 K. The CO2- decomposes below 350 K to produce gas phase CO and adsorbed CO32- and CO. The CO is stabilized by the K on the Rh and desorbs above 540 K. The carbonate decomposes into gas phase CO and CO2.« less

  4. Aggregation kinetics of CeO2 nanoparticles in KCl and CaCl2 solutions: measurements and modeling

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    Li, Kungang; Zhang, Wen; Huang, Ying; Chen, Yongsheng

    2011-12-01

    To characterize the environmental transport and health risks of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs), it is important to understand their aggregation behavior. This study investigates the aggregation kinetics of CeO2 NPs in KCl and CaCl2 solutions using time-resolved dynamic light scattering (TR-DLS). The initial hydrodynamic radius of CeO2 NPs measured by DLS was approximately 95 nm. Attachment efficiencies were derived both from aggregation data and predictions based on the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. The deviations of the DLVO predictions were corrected by employing the extended DLVO (EDLVO) theory. The critical coagulation concentration (CCC) of CeO2 NPs at pH = 5.6 is approximately 34 mM for KCl and 9.5 mM for CaCl2. Furthermore, based on the EDLVO theory and the von Smoluchowski's population balance equation, a model accounting for diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) kinetics was established. For the reaction-limited aggregation (RLA) kinetics, a model that takes fractal geometry into account was established. The models fitted the experimental data well and proved to be useful for predicting the aggregation kinetics of CeO2 NPs.

  5. Dual-functional CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals for performance-enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Roh, Jongmin; Hwang, Sun Hye; Jang, Jyongsik

    2014-11-26

    Single-crystalline, octahedral CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals, successfully prepared using a simple hydrothermal method, were investigated to determine their photovoltaic properties in an effort to enhance the light-harvesting efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The size of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals (300-400 nm), as well as their mirrorlike facets, significantly improved the diffuse reflectance of visible light. Excitation of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystal with 330 nm ultraviolet light was re-emitted via downconversion photoluminescence (PL) from 570 to 672 nm, corresponding to the 5D0→7FJ transition in the Eu3+ ions. Downconversion PL was dominant at 590 nm and had a maximum intensity for 1 mol % Eu3+. The CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystal-based DSSCs exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.36%, an increase of 14%, compared with conventional TiO2 nanoparticle-based DSSCs, because of the strong light-scattering and downconversion PL of the CeO2:Eu3+ nanocrystals.

  6. Effects of CeO2 Support Facets on VOx/CeO2 Catalysts in Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Methanol

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    Li, Yan; Wei, Zhehao; Gao, Feng; Kovarik, Libor; Peden, Charles HF; Wang, Yong

    2014-05-13

    CeO2 supports with dominating facets, i.e., low index (100), (110) and (111) facets, are prepared. The facet effects on the structure and catalytic performance of supported vanadium oxide catalysts are investigated using oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol as a model reaction. In the presence of mixed facets, Infrared and Raman characterizations demonstrate that surface vanadia species preferentially deposit on CeO2 (100) facets, presumably because of its higher surface energy. At the same surface vanadium densities, VOx species on (100) facets show better dispersion, followed by (110) and (111) facets. The VOx species on CeO2 nanorods with (110) and (100) facets display higher activity and lower apparent activation energies compared to that on CeO2 nanopolyhedras with dominating (111) facets and CeO2 nanocubes with dominating (100) facets. The higher activity for VOx/CeO2(110) might be related to the more abundant oxygen vacancies present on the (110) facets, evidenced from Raman spectroscopic measurements.

  7. Investigation of trimethylacetic acid adsorption on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2 (111) surfaces

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    Sanghavi, Shail; Wang, Weina; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; ...

    2016-05-12

    We studied the interactions between the carboxylate anchoring group from trimethylacetic acid (TMAA) and CeO2(111) surfaces as a function of oxygen stoichiometry using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface was obtained by annealing the thin film under 2.0 × 10–5 Torr of oxygen at ~550 °C for 30 min. In order to reduce the CeO2(111) surface, the thin film was annealed under ~5.0 × 10–10 Torr vacuum conditions at 550 °C, 650 °C, 750 °C and 850 °C for 30 min to progressively increase the oxygen defect concentration on the surface. The saturated TMAA coverage onmore » the CeO2(111) surface determined from XPS elemental composition is found to increase with increasing oxygen defect concentration. This is attributed to the increase of under-coordinated cerium sites on the surface with the increase in the oxygen defect concentrations. Furthermore, XPS results were in agreement with periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations and indicate a stronger binding between the carboxylate group from TMAA and the oxygen deficient CeO2–δ(111) surface through dissociative adsorption.« less

  8. Influence of two types of organic matter on interaction of CeO2 nanoparticles with plants in hydroponic culture.

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    Schwabe, Franziska; Schulin, Rainer; Limbach, Ludwig K; Stark, Wendelin; Bürge, Diane; Nowack, Bernd

    2013-04-01

    An important aspect in risk assessment of nanoparticles (NPs) is to understand their environmental interactions. We used hydroponic plant cultures to study nanoparticle-plant-root interaction and translocation and exposed wheat and pumpkin to suspensions of uncoated CeO2-NP for 8d (primary particle size 17-100 nm, 100 mg L(-1)) in the absence and presence of fulvic acid (FA) and gum arabic (GA) as representatives of different types of natural organic matter. The behavior of CeO2-NPs in the hydroponic solution was monitored regarding agglomeration, sedimentation, particle size distribution, surface charge, amounts of root association, and translocation into shoots. NP-dispersions were stable over 8d in the presence of FA or GA, but with growing plants, changes in pH, particle agglomeration rate, and hydrodynamic diameter were observed. None of the plants exhibited reduced growth or any toxic response during the experiment. We found that CeO2-NPs translocated into pumpkin shoots, whereas this did not occur in wheat plants. The presence of FA and GA affected the amount of CeO2 associated with roots (pure>FA>GA) but did not affect the translocation factor. Additionally, we could confirm via TEM and SEM that CeO2-NPs adhered strongly to root surfaces of both plant species.

  9. Effect of CeO2 coprecipitation on the electrochemical performance of Li(Li,Ni,Mn,Co)O2-CeO2-C composite cathode materials

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    Kurilenko, K. A.; Shlyakhtin, O. A.; Petukhov, D. I.; Garshev, A. V.

    2017-06-01

    Composite electrode materials Li[Li0.13Ni0.2Mn0.47Co0.2]O2 (LNMC)-CeO2-C are obtained by the coprecipitation of Co, Ni, Mn and Ce hydroxides followed by the coating of LNMC-CeO2 composites with pyrolytic carbon. The introduction of 5% CeO2 promotes the reduction of LNMC grain size from 190-230 to 100-170 nm and the corresponding increase in the electrochemical capacity of LNMC-CeO2 composite. The pyrolytic coating consists of the network of 2-5 nm polymer-carbon particles at the surface of LNMC crystallites. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data, which was performed after the galvanostatic cycling, demonstrated considerably lower charge transfer resistance of the carbon-coated composites compared to the bare LNMC and the LNMC-CeO2 composites. The values of the discharge capacity of LNMC-CeO2-C composites are superior to the capacity of LMNC-CeO2 and LMNC-C composites at all discharge rates (C/10 - 5C). The increase of the upper boundary of potentials to 4.8 V after cycling at 5C (U - 2÷4.6 V) promotes the increase of low rate electrochemical capacity of LNMC-CeO2-C composite to 220 mAh g-1.

  10. Photoluminescence, enhanced ferroelectric, and dielectric properties of Pr{sup 3+}-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} multifunctional ceramics

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    Zou, Hua; Yu, Yao; Li, Jun; Cao, Qiufeng; Wang, Xusheng; Hou, Junwei

    2015-09-15

    Pr{sup 3+}-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBN) multifunctional ceramics were synthesized by the conventional solid state method. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FESEM analyses indicated that the samples were simple phase and uniform flake-structure. Under the 250–350 nm ultraviolet (UV) excitations, the red emission was obtained and the optimal emission intensity was investigated when Pr doping level was 0.005 mol. With the increasing of the Pr{sup 3+} ion contents, the ferroelectric properties were enhanced obviously. As a new multifunctional material, the Pr{sup 3+}-doped SBN ceramics could be used for a wide range of application, such as integrated electro-optical devices.

  11. A comparative study of CeO2-Al2O3 support prepared with different methods and its application on MoO3/CeO2-Al2O3 catalyst for sulfur-resistant methanation

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    Jiang, Minhong; Wang, Baowei; Yao, Yuqin; Li, Zhenhua; Ma, Xinbin; Qin, Shaodong; Sun, Qi

    2013-11-01

    The CeO2-Al2O3 supports prepared with impregnation (IM), deposition precipitation (DP), and solution combustion (SC) methods for MoO3/CeO2-Al2O3 catalyst were investigated in the sulfur-resistant methanation. The supports and catalysts were characterized by N2-physisorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy (RS), and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). The N2-physisorption results indicated that the DP method was favorable for obtaining better textural properties. The TEM and RS results suggested that there is a CeO2 layer on the surface of the support prepared with DP method. This CeO2 layer not only prevented the interaction between MoO3 and γ-Al2O3 to form Al2(MoO4)3 species, but also improved the dispersion of MoO3 in the catalyst. Accordingly, the catalysts whose supports were prepared with DP method exhibited the best catalytic activity. The catalysts whose supports were prepared with SC method had the worst catalytic activity. This was caused by the formation of Al2(MoO4)3 and crystalline MoO3. Additionally, the CeO2 layer resulted in the instability of catalysts in reaction process. The increasing of calcination temperature of supports reduced the catalytic activity of all catalysts. The decrease extent of the catalysts whose supports were prepared with DP method was the lowest as the CeO2 layer prevented the interaction between MoO3 and γ-Al2O3.

  12. Effects of rare earth ionic doping on microstructures and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Xue, Renzhong; Chen, Zhenping; Dai, Haiyang; Liu, Dewei; Li, Tao; Zhao, Gaoyang

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: The dielectric constant decreases monotonically with reduced RE doping ion radius and is more frequency independent compared with that of pure CCTO sample. - Highlights: • The mean grain sizes decrease monotonically with reduced RE doping ionic radius. • Doping gives rise to the monotonic decrease of ϵ{sub r} with reduced RE ionic radius. • The nonlinear coefficient and breakdown field increase with RE ionic doping. • α of all the samples is associated with the potential barrier width rather than Φ{sub b}. - Abstract: Ca{sub 1–x}R{sub x}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}(R = La, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er; x = 0 and 0.005) ceramics were prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The influences of rare earth (RE) ion doping on the microstructure, dielectric and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) ceramics were investigated systematically. Single-phase formation is confirmed by XRD analyses. The mean grain size decreases monotonically with reduced RE ion radius. The EDS results reveal that RE ionic doping reduces Cu-rich phase segregation at the grain boundaries (GBs). Doping gives rise to the monotonic decrease of dielectric constant with reduced RE ionic radius but significantly improves stability with frequency. The lower dielectric loss of doped samples is obtained due to the increase of GB resistance. In addition, the nonlinear coefficient and breakdown field increase with RE ionic doping. Both the fine grains and the enhancement of potential barrier at GBs are responsible for the improvement of the nonlinear current–voltage properties in doped CCTO samples.

  13. Interchange core/shell assembly of diluted magnetic semiconductor CeO2 and ferromagnetic ferrite Fe3O4 for microwave absorption

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    Wang, Jiaheng; Zhu, Pengfei; Wang, Jiaqi; Or, Siu Wing; Ho, S. L.; Tan, Jun

    2017-05-01

    Core/shell-structured CeO2/Fe3O4 and Fe3O4/CeO2 nanocapsules are prepared by interchange assembly of diluted magnetic semiconductor CeO2 and ferromagnetic ferrite Fe3O4 as the core and the shell, and vice versa, using a facile two-step polar solvothermal method in order to utilize the room-temperature ferromagnetism and abundant O-vacancies in CeO2, the large natural resonance in Fe3O4, and the O-vacancy-enhanced interfacial polarization between CeO2 and Fe3O4 for new generation microwave absorbers. Comparing to Fe3O4/CeO2 nanocapsules, the CeO2/Fe3O4 nanocapsules show an improved real permittivity of 3-10% and an enhanced dielectric resonance of 1.5 times at 15.3 GHz due to the increased O-vacancy concentration in the CeO2 cores of larger grains as well as the O-vacancy-induced enhancement in interfacial polarization between the CeO2 cores and the Fe3O4 shells, respectively. Both nanocapsules exhibit relatively high permeability in the low-frequency S and C microwave bands as a result of the bi-magnetic core/shell combination of CeO2 and Fe3O4. The CeO2/Fe3O4 nanocapsules effectively enhance permittivity and permeability in the high-frequency Ku band with interfacial polarization and natural resonance at ˜15 GHz, thereby improving absorption with a large reflection loss of -28.9 dB at 15.3 GHz. Experimental and theoretical comparisons with CeO2 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles are also made.

  14. Effect of Tourmaline-Doped on the Far Infrared Emission of Iron Ore Tailings Ceramics.

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    Liu, Jie; Meng, Junping; Liang, Jinsheng; Zhang, Hongchen; Gu, Xiaoyang

    2016-04-01

    Iron ore tailings as secondary resources have been of great importance to many countries in the world. Their compositions are similar to that of infrared emission ceramics, but there are few reports about it. In addition, tourmaline has high infrared emission properties due to its unique structure. With the purpose of expanding functional utilization of iron ore tailings, as well as reducing the production cost of far infrared ceramics, a new kind of far infrared emission ceramics was prepared by using iron ore tailings, calcium carbonate, silica, and natural tourmaline. The ceramics powders were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscope, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The results show that after being sintered at 1065 °C, the percentage of pseudobrookite and lattice strain of samples increased with increasing the elbaite content. Furthermore, the added tourmaline was conducive to the densification sintering of ceramics. The appearance of Li-O vibration at 734.73 cm-1, as well as the strengthened Fe-O vibration at 987.68 cm-1 were attributed to the formation of Li0.375Fe1.23Ti1.4O5 solid solution, which led the average far infrared emissivity of ceramics increase from 0.861 to 0.906 within 8-14 µm.

  15. Influence of interface point defect on the dielectric properties of Y doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics

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    Deng, Jianming; Sun, Xiaojun; Liu, Saisai; Liu, Laijun; Yan, Tianxiang; Fang, Liang; Elouadi, Brahim

    2016-04-01

    CaCu3Ti4-xYxO12 (0≤x≤0.12) ceramics were fabricated with conventional solid-state reaction method. Phase structure and microstructure of prepared ceramics were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The impedance and modulus tests both suggested the existence of two different relaxation behavior, which were attributed to bulk and grain boundary response. In addition, the conductivity and dielectric permittivity showed a step-like behavior under 405K. Meanwhile, frequency independence of dc conduction became dominant when above 405K. In CCTO ceramic, rare earth element Y3+ ions as an acceptor were used to substitute Ti sites, decreasing the concentration of oxygen vacancy around grain-electrode and grain boundary. The reason to the reduction of dielectric behavior in low frequencies range was associated with the Y doping in CCTO ceramic.

  16. Effect of doping ions on the structural defect and the electrical behavior of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Xue, Renzhong; Zhao, Gaoyang; Chen, Jing; Chen, Zhenping; Liu, Dewei

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: The dielectric constant decreases with Ta doping, increases with Y doping and keeps almost constant with Zr doping compared with that of pure CCTO. - Highlights: • Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and concentration. • Defect influences the grain boundary mobility and results in different grain size. • Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property. • Ta doping decreases the dielectric constant and enhances the nonlinear property. • Zr doped sample has nearly the defect type and dielectric properties as CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. - Abstract: The microstructure, dielectric and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4−x}R{sub x}O{sub 12} (R = Y, Zr, Ta; x = 0 and 0.005) ceramics were investigated by XRD, Raman spectra, SEM and dielectric spectrum measurements. Positron annihilation measurements have been performed to investigate the influence of doping on the defects. The results show that all samples form a single crystalline phase. Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and increase the defect size and concentration, which influence the mobility of grain boundary and result in the different grain size. Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property while Ta doping lead to an inverse result. Zr-doped sample has nearly the defect type, grain morphology and dielectric properties as pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. The effects of microstructure including the grain morphology and the vacancy defects on the mechanism of the dielectric and electric properties by doping are discussed.

  17. Facile and Mild Strategy to Construct Mesoporous CeO2-CuO Nanorods with Enhanced Catalytic Activity toward CO Oxidation.

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    Chen, Guozhu; Xu, Qihui; Yang, Ying; Li, Cuncheng; Huang, Taizhong; Sun, Guoxin; Zhang, Shuxiang; Ma, Dongling; Li, Xu

    2015-10-28

    CeO2-CuO nanorods with mesoporous structure were synthesized by a facile and mild strategy, which involves an interfacial reaction between Ce2(SO4)3 precursor and NaOH ethanol solution at room temperature to obtain mesoporous CeO2 nanorods, followed by a solvothermal treatment of as-prepared CeO2 and Cu(CH3COO)2. Upon solvothermal treatment, CuO species is highly dispersed onto the CeO2 nanorod surface to form CeO2-CuO composites, which still maintain the mesoporous feature. A preliminary CO catalytic oxidation study demonstrated that the CeO2-CuO samples exhibited strikingly high catalytic activity, and a high CO conversion rate was observed without obvious loss in activity even after thermal treatment at a high temperature of 500 °C. Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR) analysis revealed that there is a strong interaction between CeO2 and CuO. Moreover, it was found that the introduction of CuO species into CeO2 generates oxygen vacancies, which is highly likely to be responsible for high catalytic activity toward CO oxidation of the mesoporous CeO2-CuO nanorods.

  18. Facile preparation of well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Zhao, Yue; Guo, Huizhang; Lu, Aolin; Zhang, Xiangxin; Wang, Laisen; Chen, Ming-Shu; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2014-01-08

    In this article, well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres have been fabricated through a simple chemical reaction followed by annealing treatment. Amorphous zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres were first synthesized by dispersing zinc citrate hollow microspheres into cerium nitrate solution and then aging at room temperature for 1 h. By calcining the as-produced zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres at 500 °C for 2 h, CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with homogeneous composition distribution could be harvested for the first time. The resulting CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres exhibit enhanced activity for CO oxidation compared with CeO2 and ZnO, which is due to well-dispersed small CeO2 particles on the surface of ZnO hollow microspheres and strong interaction between CeO2 and ZnO. Moreover, when Au nanoparticles are deposited on the surface of the CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres, the full CO conversion temperature of the as-produced 1.0 wt % Au-CeO2-ZnO composites reduces from 300 to 60 °C in comparison with CeO2-ZnO composites. The significantly improved catalytic activity may be ascribed to the strong synergistic interplay between Au nanoparticles and CeO2-ZnO composites.

  19. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on sludge aggregation and the role of extracellular polymeric substances - Explanation based on extended DLVO.

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    You, Guoxiang; Hou, Jun; Wang, Peifang; Xu, Yi; Wang, Chao; Miao, Lingzhan; Lv, Bowen; Yang, Yangyang; Luo, Hao

    2016-11-01

    The extended DLVO (XDLVO) theory was applied to elucidate the potential effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) on sludge aggregation and the role of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In this study, seven different concentrations of CeO2 NPs were added to activated sludge cultured in sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) and compared with a control test that received no CeO2 NPs. After exposure to 50mg/L CeO2 NPs, a negligible change (p>0.1) occurred in the sludge volume index (SVI), whereas the flocculability and aggregation of the sludge decreased by 18.8% and 11.2%, respectively, resulting in a high effluent turbidity. The XDLVO theory demonstrated that the adverse effects of the CeO2 NPs on sludge aggregation were due to an enhanced barrier energy. Compared to the van der Waals energies (WA) and the electric double layer (WR), the acid-base interaction (WAB) markedly changed for the various concentrations of CeO2 NPs. The EPS played a decisive role in the sludge surface characteristics, as the removal of EPS equals to the negative effects induced by 5-10mg/L CeO2 NPs on the sludge flocculability and aggregation. The presence of CeO2 NPs induced negative contributions to the tight boundary EPS (TB-EPS) and core bacteria while positive contributions to the total interaction energy of the loose boundary EPS (LB-EPS).

  20. High-Performance Ru1 /CeO2 Single-Atom Catalyst for CO Oxidation: A Computational Exploration.

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    Li, Fengyu; Li, Lei; Liu, Xinying; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Chen, Zhongfang

    2016-10-18

    By means of density functional theory computations, we examine the stability and CO oxidation activity of single Ru on CeO2 (111), TiO2 (110) and Al2 O3 (001) surfaces. The heterogeneous system Ru1 /CeO2 has very high stability, as indicated by the strong binding energies and high diffusion barriers of a single Ru atom on the ceria support, while the Ru atom is rather mobile on TiO2 (110) and Al2 O3 (001) surfaces and tends to form clusters, excluding these systems from having a high efficiency per Ru atom. The Ru1 /CeO2 exhibits good catalytic activity for CO oxidation via the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, thus is a promising single-atom catalyst.

  1. BiVO(4)/CeO(2) nanocomposites with high visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wetchakun, Natda; Chaiwichain, Saranyoo; Inceesungvorn, Burapat; Pingmuang, Kanlaya; Phanichphant, Sukon; Minett, Andrew I; Chen, Jun

    2012-07-25

    Preparation of bismuth vanadate and cerium dioxide (BiVO4/CeO2) nanocomposites as visible-light photocatalysts was successfully obtained by coupling a homogeneous precipitation method with hydrothermal techniques. The BiVO4/CeO2 nanocomposites with different mole ratios were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Absorption range and band gap energy, which are responsible for the observed photocatalyst behavior, were investigated by UV-vis diffuse reflectance (UV-vis DR) spectroscopy. Photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were examined by studying the degradation of model dyes Methylene Blue, Methyl Orange, and a mixture of Methylene Blue and Methyl Orange solutions under visible-light irradiation (>400 nm). Results clearly show that the BiVO4/CeO2 nanocomposite in a 0.6:0.4 mol ratio exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity in dye wastewater treatment.

  2. ARTICLES: Synthesis of Biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 Nanostructures by Silkworm Silk Template

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    Zhang, Zong-jian; Li, Jia; Sun, Fu-sheng; Dickon, H. L. Ng; Luen Kwong, Fung

    2010-06-01

    A simple and green technique has been developed to prepare hierarchical biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2, using silkworm silk as the template. Different from traditional immersion technics, the whole synthesis process depends more on the restriction or direction functions of the silkworm silk template. The analytic results showed that ZrO2-CeO2 exhibited a well-crystallized hierarchically interwoven hollow fiber structure with 16-28 μm in diameter. The grain size of the sample calcined at 800 °C was about 14 nm. Consequently, the interwoven meshwork at three dimensions is formed due to the direction of biotemplate. The action mechanism is summarily discussed here. It may bring the biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 nanomaterials with hierarchical interwoven structures to more applications, such as catalysts.

  3. Controllable synthesis of CeO2/g-C3N4 composites and their applications in the environment.

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    She, Xiaojie; Xu, Hui; Wang, Hefei; Xia, Jiexiang; Song, Yanhua; Yan, Jia; Xu, Yuanguo; Zhang, Qi; Du, Daolin; Li, Huaming

    2015-04-21

    This research has developed a photocatalytic reactor that includes circulating water, light, and a temperature control system. CeO2/g-C3N4 composites with high photocatalytic activity and stability were synthesized by a simple and facile hydrothermal method. The obtained photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that in the CeO2/g-C3N4 composites, the CeO2 nanoparticles were homogeneously cubic in shape (from 3 to 10 nm) and were evenly dispersed on the surface of the g-C3N4. At constant temperature (30 °C), 5% CeO2/g-C3N4 photocatalyst showed the best photocatalytic activity for degrading organic dye methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic reaction for degrading MB followed first-order kinetics and 5% CeO2/g-C3N4 exhibited a higher apparent rate of 1.2686 min(-1), 7.8 times higher than that of the pure g-C3N4 (0.1621 min(-1)). In addition, it was found that 5% CeO2/g-C3N4 had a new property that it could be used as a sensor for the determination of trace amounts of Cu(2+). Such unique design and one-step synthesis, with an exposed high-activity surface, are important for both technical applications and theoretical investigations.

  4. Dielectric and varistor properties of rare-earth-doped ZnO and CaCu3Ti4O12 composite ceramics

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    Lu, Huafei; Lin, Yuanhua; Yuan, Jiancong; Nan, Cewen; Chen, Kexin

    2013-02-01

    To investigate the multi-functional ceramics with both high permittivity and large nonlinear coefficient, we have prepared rare-earth Tb-and-Co doped ZnO and TiO2-rich CaCu3Ti4O12 (TCCTO) powders by chemical co-precipitation and sol-gel methods respectively, and then obtained the TCCTO/ZnO composite ceramics, sintered at 1100°C for 3 h in air. Analyzing the composite ceramics of the microstructure and phase composition indicated that the composite ceramics were composed of the main phases of ZnO and CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO). Our results revealed that the TCCTO/ZnO composite ceramics showed both high dielectric and good nonlinear electrical behaviors. The composite ceramic of TCCTO: ZnO = 0.3 exhibited a high dielectric constant of 210(1 kHz) with a nonlinear coefficient of 11. The dielectric behavior of TCCTO/ZnO composite could be explained by the mixture rule. With the high dielectric permittivity and tunable varistor behaviors, the composite ceramics has a potential application for the higher voltage transportation devices.

  5. Luminescence properties of dual valence Eu doped nano-crystalline BaF2 embedded glass-ceramics and observation of Eu2+ → Eu3+ energy transfer.

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    Biswas, Kaushik; Sontakke, Atul D; Sen, R; Annapurna, K

    2012-03-01

    Europium doped glass-ceramics containing BaF(2) nano-crystals have been prepared by using the controlled crystallization of melt-quenched glasses. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy have confirmed the presence of cubic BaF(2) nano-crystalline phase in glass matrix in the ceramized samples. Incorporation of rare earth ions into the formed crystalline phase having low phonon energy of 346 cm(-1) has been demonstrated from the emission spectra of Eu(3+) ions showing the transitions from upper excitation states (5)D(J) (J = 1, 2, and 3) to ground states for the glass-ceramics samples. The presence of divalent europium ions in glass and glass-ceramics samples is confirmed from the dominant blue emission corresponding to its 5d-4f transition under an excitation of 300 nm. Increase in the reduction of trivalent europium (Eu(3+)) ions to divalent (Eu(2+)) with the extent of ceramization is explained by charge compensation model based on substitution defect mechanisms. Further, the phenomenon of energy transfer from Eu(2+) to Eu(3+) ion by radiative trapping or re-absorption is evidenced which increases with the degree of ceramization. For the first time, the reduction of Eu(3+) to Eu(2+) under normal air atmospheric condition has been observed in a BaF(2) containing oxyfluoride glass-ceramics system.

  6. Influence of excess SrO on the thermoelectric properties of heavily doped SrTiO3 ceramics

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    Wang, Yifeng; Wan, Chunlei; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Shen, Liming; Koumoto, Kunihito; Gupta, Arunava; Bao, Ningzhong

    2013-05-01

    The effects of excess SrO on the thermoelectric properties of n-type SrTiO3 have been investigated through a comparative study of different polycrystalline ceramic samples. These include Gd-doped SrTiO3 with varying SrO, nominally in the form of Ruddlesden-Popper phase of SrO(SrTiO3)n with n = 5, 10, and 20, and previously reported analogues with n = 1, 2, and ∞ (i.e., stoichiometric SrTiO3). As compared with stoichiometric SrTiO3, with increasing SrO excess (i.e., decreasing n value), the electrical conductivity is found to decrease more substantially than the thermal conductivity, while the Seebeck coefficient remains almost unaffected with n in the range of 5-20.

  7. Large digital-characterized electrostrain in Mn-doped (Pb,Sr)TiO3 electro-shape-memory ceramics

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    Liu, Wenfeng; Zhang, Lixue; Chen, Wei; Li, Shengtao; Ren, Xiaobing

    2011-08-01

    In the present letter, we report that through a reversible domain switching mechanism, a large electro-shape-memory effect (up to 0.23% under the electric field of 5 kV/mm) is achieved in the aged Mn-doped (Pb,Sr) TiO3 ceramics. We also provide the microscopic understanding on the relationship between the strain (ɛ) and field (E) curve with aging phenomenon. Different from the common analogue response (linear converse piezoelectric effect), such electrostrain exhibits a digital characteristic and consequently enables a promising "on-off" application. Owing to the domain switching nature, the key parameters (e.g., maximum strain, coercive field and working temperature range) of the present electrostrain can be customized by changing the ratio of Pb/Sr and thus the ratio of c/a to facilitate the possible practical applications.

  8. Optical and spectral studies on pure and europium doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics.

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    Jawaher, K Rackesh; Jagannathan, R; Das, S Jerome; Krishnan, S

    2015-04-05

    Europium ion doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics, a new generation of light emitting bulb, was prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction method. The synthesized materials were subjected to various characterizations such as X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy and FT-IR spectra measurements. The EPR spectrum of the sample exhibits a well-resolved hyperfine structure of 151Eu2+ and 153Eu2+ isotopes and the g value has been calculated. Fluorescence spectra revealed that europium ions were present in divalent as well as in the trivalent oxidation states. The critical distance for energy transfer between Eu2+ and Eu2+ ion is calculated as 20Å, which is in good agreement with that of experimental data. The FTIR analysis reveals all the vibrations of PO4(3-) ions.

  9. Optical and spectral studies on pure and europium doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics

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    Jawaher, K. Rackesh; Jagannathan, R.; Das, S. Jerome; Krishnan, S.

    2015-04-01

    Europium ion doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics, a new generation of light emitting bulb, was prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction method. The synthesized materials were subjected to various characterizations such as X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy and FT-IR spectra measurements. The EPR spectrum of the sample exhibits a well-resolved hyperfine structure of 151Eu2+ and 153Eu2+ isotopes and the g value has been calculated. Fluorescence spectra revealed that europium ions were present in divalent as well as in the trivalent oxidation states. The critical distance for energy transfer between Eu2+ and Eu2+ ion is calculated as 20 Å, which is in good agreement with that of experimental data. The FTIR analysis reveals all the vibrations of PO43- ions.

  10. Combined FTIR and SEM-EDS study of Bi2O3 doped ZnO-SnO2 ceramics.

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    Ivetić, T; Nikolić, M V; Paraskevopoulos, K M; Pavlidou, E; Zorba, T T; Nikolić, P M; Ristić, M M

    2008-12-01

    The effects of Bi(2)O(3) addition on the phase composition, microstructure and optical properties of ZnO-SnO(2) ceramics were investigated. Starting powders of ZnO and SnO(2) were mixed in the molar ratio 2:1. After adding Bi(2)O(3) (1.0 mol.%) this mixture was mechanically activated for 10 min in a planetary ball mill, uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1300 degrees C for 2 h. Far-infrared reflection spectra were measured (100-1000 cm(-1)). To investigate the occurred differences in FTIR spectra, the Bi(2)O(3)-doped sample was examined more carefully with a Perkin-Elmer FTIR spectrometer (Perkin Elmer, Waltham, MA, USA) connected with a Perkin-Elmer FTIR microscope and itemized points of interest were also studied with SEM-EDS.

  11. Study of electro-caloric effect in Ca and Sn co-doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Upadhyay, Sanjay Kumar; Fatima, Iram; Raghavendra Reddy, V.

    2017-04-01

    The present work deals with the study of structural, ferroelectric, dielectric and electro-caloric effects in lead free ferroelectric polycrystalline Ba1-x Ca x Ti0.95Sn0.05O3 (x  =  2, 5 and 10%) i.e. Ca, Sn co-doped BaTiO3 (BTO). Phase purity of the samples is confirmed from x-ray data by using Rietveld refinement. 119Sn Mössbauer reveals homogenous phase as well as iso-valent substitution of Sn at Ti site. Enhancements in ferroelectric and dielectric properties have been observed. Indirect method which is based on Maxwell equation has been used to determine the electro-caloric (EC) effect in the studied ferroelectric ceramics and maximum EC coefficient is observed for Ba0.95Ca0.05Ti0.95Sn0.05O3.

  12. Relationship between the evolutions of the microstructure and semiconductor properties of yttrium-doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Huang, C. M.; Lin, C. Y.; Shieh, J.

    2011-08-01

    Intricate connections among the microstructural effect, semiconducting tendency and charge compensation behaviour of yttrium (Y3+) dopants in near-stoichiometric barium titanate (BaTiO3; Ba/Ti atomic ratio = 0.999) ceramics sintered at 1460 °C in air are examined. It is found that with increasing Y3+ doping up to 2.0 mol%, the microstructure of BaTiO3 evolves from a liquid-phase-assisted dense-sintered microstructure to a highly porous microstructure characterized by connected pores and loose lattices of fused submicrometre grains. During such evolution, a transitional microstructure characterized by large distinctive pores and grains with abnormal morphology is also identified. When Y3+ doping is increased progressively from 0.02 to 0.2 mol%, the (negative) majority carrier concentration and conductivity are increased substantially by 8 orders of magnitude. This increase in n-type semiconductor characteristics is contributed not only by the increasing substitution of Y3+ for Ba2+ in host BaTiO3, but also by the formation of yttrium-rich and/or oxygen-deficient precipitates at the grain boundaries. The grain boundary phases would therefore stabilize the mechanism of free electron compensation and enable the transportation of electrons through the grain boundaries. The measured Hall effect data indicate the shift from the n-type to p-type semiconductor properties with increasing Y3+ doping. The carrier mobilities of 1.0 and 2.0 mol% Y-doped BaTiO3 are high; this is attributed to their highly porous microstructures which provide easy diffusion paths for the charge carriers. Through a combined interpretation of the diffractometry, microscopy, mass spectrometry and Hall effect data, Y3+ doping at 1.0 mol% is found to be the critical doping amount separating different site-occupying behaviours of Y3+ in the BaTiO3 cation sites, which eventually lead to different charge compensation mechanisms and semiconductor properties.

  13. Preparation and laser performance of Nd-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide transparent ceramic

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    Yang, Qiuhong; Lu, Shenzhou; Zhang, Bin; Zhang, Haojia; Zhou, Jun; Yuan, Zhijun; Qi, Yunfeng; Lou, Qihong

    2011-03-01

    1.5 at.% Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 transparent ceramic was fabricated by a solid-state reaction method and sintered at 1650-1700 °C for 40-50 h under H 2 atmosphere. The spectroscopic properties were investigated at room temperature. The transparent ceramic has excellent spectroscopic properties, with the absorption cross section of 1.50 × 10 -20 cm 2 and broad full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 8 nm at LD wavelength 806 nm, the emission cross section of 2.03 × 10 -20 cm 2 at 1079 nm, and the decay lifetime of 200 μs. Laser performance was carried out using an uncoated Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 ceramic plate under laser diode end-pumping without any water cooling device. The room temperature thermal conductivity of this ceramic is 6.20 W/mK. For Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 ceramic laser, a maximum output power of 62 mW was obtained at 1079 nm under a 808 nm diode pump.

  14. αTCP ceramic doped with dicalcium silicate for bone regeneration applications prepared by powder metallurgy method: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Velasquez, Pablo; Luklinska, Zofia B; Meseguer-Olmo, Luis; Mate-Sanchez de Val, Jose E; Delgado-Ruiz, Rafael A; Calvo-Guirado, Jose L; Ramirez-Fernandez, Ma P; de Aza, Piedad N

    2013-07-01

    This study reports on the in vitro and in vivo behavior of α-tricalcium phosphate (αTCP) and also αTCP doped with either 1.5 or 3.0 wt % of dicalcium silicate (C2 S). The ceramics were successfully prepared by powder metallurgy method combined with homogenization and heat treatment procedures. All materials were composed of a single-phase, αTCP in the case of a pure material, or solid solution of C2 S in αTCP for the doped αTCP, which were stable at room temperature. The ceramics were tested for bioactivity in simulated body fluid, cell culture medium containing adult mesenchymal stem cells of human origin, and in animals. Analytical scanning electron microscopy combined with chemical elemental analysis was used and Fourier transform infrared and conventional histology methods. The in vivo behavior of the ceramics matched the in vitro results, independently of the C2 S content in αTCP. Carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHA) layer was formed on the surface and within the inner parts of the specimens in all cases. A fully mineralized new bone growing in direct contact with the implants was found under the in vivo conditions. The bioactivity and biocompatibility of the implants increased with the C2 S content in αTCP. The C2 S doped ceramics also favoured a phase transformation of αTCP into CHA, important for full implant integration during the natural bone healing processes. αTCP ceramic doped with 3.0 wt % C2 S showed the best bioactive in vitro and in vivo properties of all the compositions and hence could be of interest in specific applications for bone restorative purposes. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Transparent ceramic garnet scintillator optimization via composition and co-doping for high-energy resolution gamma spectrometers (Conference Presentation)

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    Cherepy, Nerine J.; Payne, Stephen A.; Seeley, Zachary M.; Beck, Patrick R.; Swanberg, Erik L.; Hunter, Steven L.

    2016-09-01

    Breakthrough energy resolution, R(662keV) <4%, has been achieved with an oxide scintillator, Cerium-doped Gadolinium Yttrium Gallium Aluminum Garnet, or GYGAG(Ce), by optimizing fabrication conditions. Here we describe the dependence of scintillation light yield and energy resolution on several variables: (1) Stoichiometry, in particular Gd/Y and Ga/Al ratios which modify the bandgap energy, (2) Processing methods, including vacuum vs. oxygen sintering, and (3) Trace co-dopants that influence the formation of Ce4+ and modify the intra-bandgap trap distribution. To learn about how chemical composition influences the scintillation properties of transparent ceramic garnet scintillators, we have measured: scintillation decay component amplitudes; intensity and duration of afterglow; thermoluminescence glow curve peak positions and amplitudes; integrated light yield; light yield non-proportionality, as measured in the Scintillator Light Yield Non-Proportionality Characterization Instrument (SLYNCI); and energy resolution for gamma spectroscopy. Optimized GYGAG(Ce) provides R(662 keV) =3.0%, for 0.05 cm3 size ceramics with Silicon photodiode readout, and R(662 keV) =4.6%, at 2 in3 size with PMT readout.

  16. Transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics co-doped with Er 3+ and Yb 3+ - Crystallization and upconversion spectroscopy

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    Gugov, I.; Müller, M.; Rüssel, C.

    2011-05-01

    Transparent glass ceramics in the system SiO 2-B 2O 3-PbO-CdO-PbF 2-CdF 2-YbF 3-ErF 3 showing infrared to visible anti-Stokes (upconversion) luminescence are studied in the present work. The glass compositions have been optimized in order to reduce the melting temperature and, hence, to obtain laboratory scale samples with good optical quality. Erbium-doped nanoscale Pb 4Yb 3F 17 crystals are precipitated in the precursor glasses during annealing at temperatures 30-40 K above Tg. A kinetically self-constrained growth explains the nano sizes of the crystals. Both the Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence spectra of glasses could be explained with clustering of the Yb 3+ and Er 3+ ions in fluorine-rich regions. At the annealing temperature these regions act as nucleation precursors. The crystal growth further enhances the local concentration of these ions. Consequently, a series of energy transfer and energy cross relaxation processes occurs between adjacent rare earth ions leading to the observed luminescence spectra of the glass ceramics studied.

  17. Intense red photoluminescence from Mn2+-doped (Na+; Zn2+) sulfophosphate glasses and glass ceramics as LED converters.

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    Da, Ning; Peng, Mingying; Krolikowski, Sebastian; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2010-02-01

    We report on intense red fluorescence from Mn(2+)-doped sulfophosphate glasses and glass ceramics of the type ZnO-Na(2)O-SO(3)-P(2)O(5). As a hypothesis, controlled internal crystallization of as-melted glasses is achieved on the basis of thermally-induced bimodal separation of an SO(3)-rich phase. Crystal formation is then confined to the relict structure of phase separation. The whole synthesis procedure is performed in air at ceramic. These are attributed to octahedrally coordinated Mn(2+) in the residual glass phase and in crystalline phosphate and sulfate lattices, respectively. Relatively low crystal field strength results in almost ideal red emission, peaking around 625 nm. Excitation bands lie in the blue-to-green spectral range and exhibit strong overlap. The optimum excitation range matches the emission properties of GaN- and InGaN-based light emitting devices.

  18. Energy transfer kinetics in oxy-fluoride glass and glass-ceramics doped with rare-earth ions

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    Sontakke, Atul D.; Annapurna, K.

    2012-07-01

    An investigation of donor-acceptor energy transfer kinetics in dual rare earths doped precursor oxy-fluoride glass and its glass-ceramics containing NaYF{sub 4} nano-crystals is reported here, using three different donor-acceptor ion combinations such as Nd-Yb, Yb-Dy, and Nd-Dy. The precipitation of NaYF{sub 4} nano-crystals in host glass matrix under controlled post heat treatment of precursor oxy-fluoride glasses has been confirmed from XRD, FESEM, and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis. Further, the incorporation of dopant ions inside fluoride nano-crystals has been established through optical absorption and TEM-EDX analysis. The noticed decreasing trend in donor to acceptor energy transfer efficiency from precursor glass to glass-ceramics in all three combinations have been explained based on the structural rearrangements that occurred during the heat treatment process. The reduced coupling phonon energy for the dopant ions due to fluoride environment and its influence on the overall phonon assisted contribution in energy transfer process has been illustrated. Additionally, realization of a correlated distribution of dopant ions causing clustering inside nano-crystals has also been reported.

  19. Variability of impurity doping in the modified Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 ceramics of type ABO 3

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    Huang, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Bing-Huei; Wu, Long

    2004-04-01

    The influence of sintering effects on microstructure, mechanical quality factor Qm and electromechanical coupling factor κ of 1 mol% Nb-doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoceramics with a composition Zr/Ti=53/47 prepared by the conventional ceramic technology were investigated. Replacement of Ti +4 by Nb +5 in such perovskite type solid solutions was accomplished by the creation of cation vacancies. These created vacancies seemed to facilitate material transport and benefit from sintering. Calcined at 850 °C/2 h and sintered at 1250 °C/2 h, the PZT ceramics had the minimum value of Qm 50 and exhibited maximum electromechanical coupling factor κp 0.62 in accordance with the relationship between mechanical quality factor and electromechanical coupling factor. The measured P- E hysteresis loop illustrated that the remanent polarization ( Pr) and coercive field ( Ec) were 8.63 μC/cm 2 and 17.2 kV/cm, respectively. The fundamental resonance frequency was around 200 kHz, which was suitable for piezoelectric resonator and filter applications.

  20. Mössbauer spectroscopy of europium-doped fluorochlorozirconate glasses and glass ceramics: optimization of storage phosphors in computed radiography.

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    Pfau, C; Paßlick, C; Gray, S K; Johnson, J A; Johnson, C E; Schweizer, S

    2013-05-22

    Eu(2+)-doped fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glasses and glass ceramics, which are being developed for medical and photovoltaic applications, have been analysed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The oxidation state and chemical environment of the europium ions, which are important for the performance of these materials, were investigated. Routes for maximizing the divalent europium content were also investigated. By using EuCl2 instead of EuF2 in the starting material a fraction of about 90% of the europium was maintained in the Eu(2+) state as opposed to about 70% when using EuF2. The glass ceramics produced by subsequent thermal processing contain BaCl2 nanocrystals in which Eu(2+) is incorporated, as shown by the narrower linewidth in the Mössbauer spectrum. Debye temperatures of 147 K and 186 K for Eu(2+) and Eu(3+), respectively, were determined from temperature dependent Mössbauer measurements. The f-factors were used to obtain the Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) ratio from the area ratio of the corresponding absorption lines.

  1. Fabrication, phase, microstructure and electrical properties of BNT-doped (Sr,La)TiO3 ceramics

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    Eaksuwanchai, Preeyakarn; Promsawat, Methee; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda; Watcharapasorn, Anucha

    2014-08-01

    This research studied the effects of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT) doping on the phase, density, microstructure and electrical properties of (Sr,La)TiO3 (SLTO) ceramics. Separately calcined SLTO and BNT powders were mixed together to form (1-x)SLTO-xBNT (where x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07 mol fraction) compounds that were pressed into pellets and then sintered at 1500 °C for 3 h under ambient atmosphere. The relative bulk densities of all the ceramics were greater than 95% their theoretical values which were confirmed by their nearly zero-porosity microstructure. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated complete solid solutions with a cubic structure and a slight lattice contraction when BNT was added. The electrical conductivity was found to decrease with BNT addition, suggesting a reduced number of mobile charges. The dielectric constant also showed limited polarization due to defect dipoles formed by aliovalent ionic substitution of BNT. Further optimization in terms of composition and defect chemistry could lead to a compound suitable for thermoelectric applications.

  2. Synthesis of Cr-doped CaTiSiO{sub 5} ceramic pigments by spray drying

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    Lyubenova, T. Stoyanova Matteucci, F.; Costa, A.L.; Dondi, M.; Ocana, M.

    2009-04-02

    Cr-doped CaTiSiO{sub 5} was synthesized by spray drying and conventional ceramic method in order to assess its potential as ceramic pigment. The evolution of the phase composition with thermal treatment was investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and thermal analyses (DTA-TGA-EGA). Powder morphology and particle size distribution were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction, respectively. The color efficiency of pigments was evaluated by optical spectroscopy (UV-vis-NIR) and colorimetric analysis (CIE Lab). Results proved that spray drying is an efficient procedure to prepare highly reactive pigment precursors. The spray-dried powders consist of hollow spherical particles with aggregate size in the 1-10 {mu}m range, developing a brown coloration. Optical spectra reveal the occurrence of Cr(III) and Cr(IV), both responsible for the brown color of this pigment. The former occupies the octahedral site of titanite, in substitution of Ti(IV), while the latter is located at the tetrahedral site, where replaces Si(IV)

  3. Enhanced spectral emissivity of CeO2 coating with cauliflower-like microstructure

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    Huang, Jianping; Li, Yibin; He, Xiaodong; Song, Guangping; Fan, Chenglei; Sun, Yue; Fei, Weidong; Du, Shanyi

    2012-10-01

    Cerium dioxide is a transparent oxide with high refractive index (from 1.6 to 2.5 at 633 nm) in the visible and near-IR spectral regions. However, little attention has been paid to its optical property in mid-IR (2.5-25 μm). Here we report that the cauliflower-like microstructured CeO2 coating deposited by electron beam physical vapor deposition technique shows high emissivity up to 0.9 at 873 K in the mid-IR spectral region. The high emissivity is attributed to the coupling between free propagating waves and space-variant polarizations caused by the cauliflower-like microstructure. This high emissivity coating shows a potential application in high temperature components.

  4. Entropic contributions enhance polarity compensation for CeO2(100) surfaces

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    Capdevila-Cortada, Marçal; López, Núria

    2016-11-01

    Surface structure controls the physical and chemical response of materials. Surface polar terminations are appealing because of their unusual properties but they are intrinsically unstable. Several mechanisms, namely metallization, adsorption, and ordered reconstructions, can remove thermodynamic penalties rendering polar surfaces partially stable. Here, for CeO2(100), we report a complementary stabilization mechanism based on surface disorder that has been unravelled through theoretical simulations that: account for surface energies and configurational entropies; show the importance of the ion distribution degeneracy; and identify low diffusion barriers between conformations that ensure equilibration. Disordered configurations in oxides might also be further stabilized by preferential adsorption of water. The entropic stabilization term will appear for surfaces with a high number of empty sites, typically achieved when removing part of the ions in a polar termination to make the layer charge zero. Assessing the impact of surface disorder when establishing new structure-activity relationships remains a challenge.

  5. Atomic structures and oxygen dynamics of CeO2 grain boundaries

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    Feng, Bin; Sugiyama, Issei; Hojo, Hajime; Ohta, Hiromichi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    Material performance is significantly governed by grain boundaries (GBs), a typical crystal defects inside, which often exhibit unique properties due to the structural and chemical inhomogeneity. Here, it is reported direct atomic scale evidence that oxygen vacancies formed in the GBs can modify the local surface oxygen dynamics in CeO2, a key material for fuel cells. The atomic structures and oxygen vacancy concentrations in individual GBs are obtained by electron microscopy and theoretical calculations at atomic scale. Meanwhile, local GB oxygen reduction reactivity is measured by electrochemical strain microscopy. By combining these techniques, it is demonstrated that the GB electrochemical activities are affected by the oxygen vacancy concentrations, which is, on the other hand, determined by the local structural distortions at the GB core region. These results provide critical understanding of GB properties down to atomic scale, and new perspectives on the development strategies of high performance electrochemical devices for solid oxide fuel cells. PMID:26838958

  6. High-field magnetization and magnetic phase transition in CeOs2Al10

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    Kondo, Akihiro; Wang, Junfeng; Kindo, Koichi; Ogane, Yuta; Kawamura, Yukihiro; Tanimoto, Sakiyo; Nishioka, Takashi; Tanaka, Daiki; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi

    2011-05-01

    We have studied the magnetization of CeOs2Al10 in high magnetic fields up to 55 T for H∥a and constructed the magnetic phase diagram for H∥a. The magnetization curve shows a concave H dependence below Tmax~40 K, which is higher than the transition temperature T0~29 K. The magnetic susceptibility along the a axis, χa, shows a smooth and continuous decrease down to ~20 K below Tmax~40 K without showing an anomaly at T0. From these two results, a Kondo singlet is formed below Tmax and coexists with the antiferromagnetic order below T0. We also propose that the larger suppression of the spin degrees of freedom along the a axis than along the c axis below Tmax is associated with the origin of the antiferromagnetic component.

  7. Entropic contributions enhance polarity compensation for CeO2(100) surfaces.

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    Capdevila-Cortada, Marçal; López, Núria

    2017-03-01

    Surface structure controls the physical and chemical response of materials. Surface polar terminations are appealing because of their unusual properties but they are intrinsically unstable. Several mechanisms, namely metallization, adsorption, and ordered reconstructions, can remove thermodynamic penalties rendering polar surfaces partially stable. Here, for CeO2(100), we report a complementary stabilization mechanism based on surface disorder that has been unravelled through theoretical simulations that: account for surface energies and configurational entropies; show the importance of the ion distribution degeneracy; and identify low diffusion barriers between conformations that ensure equilibration. Disordered configurations in oxides might also be further stabilized by preferential adsorption of water. The entropic stabilization term will appear for surfaces with a high number of empty sites, typically achieved when removing part of the ions in a polar termination to make the layer charge zero. Assessing the impact of surface disorder when establishing new structure-activity relationships remains a challenge.

  8. Performance of Europium-Doped Strontium Iodide, Transparent Ceramics and Bismuth-loaded Polymer Scintillators

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    Cherepy, Nerine; Payne, Stephen A.; Sturm, Benjamin; O’Neal, S P; Seeley, Zachary; Drury, Owen; Haselhorst, L K; Rupert, B. L.; Sanner, Robert; Thelin, P; Fisher, S E; Hawrami, Rastgo; Shah, Kanai; Burger, Arnold; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine; Boatner, Lynn A

    2011-01-01

    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy, single crystal SrI2(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI2(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu) offers high light yield of ~75,000 Ph/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single crystal SrI2(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.

  9. Performance of europium-doped strontium iodide, transparent ceramics and bismuth-loaded polymer scintillators

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    Cherepy, N. J.; Payne, S. A.; Sturm, B. W.; O'Neal, S. P.; Seeley, Z. M.; Drury, O. B.; Haselhorst, L. K.; Rupert, B. L.; Sanner, R. D.; Thelin, P. A.; Fisher, S. E.; Hawrami, R.; Shah, K. S.; Burger, A.; Ramey, J. O.; Boatner, L. A.

    2011-09-01

    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy - single-crystal SrI2(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics - offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI2(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu), offers high light yield of 70,000 Photons/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single-crystal SrI2(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.

  10. Performance of Europium-Doped Strontium Iodide, Transparent Ceramics and Bismuth-loaded Polymer Scintillators

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    Cherepy, N J; Payne, S A; Sturm, B W; O'Neal, S P; Seeley, Z M; Drury, O B; Haselhorst, L K; Rupert, B L; Sanner, R D; Thelin, P A; Fisher, S E; Hawrami, R; Shah, K S; Burger, A; Ramey, J O; Boatner, L A

    2011-08-30

    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy, single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics, offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI{sub 2}(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu) offers high light yield of 70,000 Photons/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.

  11. Microstructural and physical properties of magnesium oxide-doped silicon nitride ceramics

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    Sirota, V.; Lukianova, O.; Krasilnikov, V.; Selemenev, V.; Dokalov, V.

    Silicon nitride based ceramics with aluminum, yttrium and magnesium oxides were produced by cold isostatic pressing and free sintering. The phase composition of the starting MgO powder obtained by the novel technology has been studied. The effect of magnesium oxide content on the structure of the produced materials has been investigated. It was found, that obtained materials with 1 and 2 wt.% of magnesium oxide and without it have a typical β-silicon nitride structure with elongated grains. Ceramics with 5 wt.% magnesia has a duplex α/β-structure with elongated and equiaxed grains. Ceramics with 2 wt.% magnesium oxide has a maximum density of 2.91 g/cm3. The increases in magnesium oxide content upto 5% led to decrease in the shrinkage (from 16% to 12%) and density (from 2.88 to 2.37 g/cm3).

  12. Fluorine impurities at CeO2(111): Effects on oxygen vacancy formation, molecular adsorption, and surface re-oxidation

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    Wolf, Matthew J.; Kullgren, Jolla; Broqvist, Peter; Hermansson, Kersti

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the effects of anion doping with fluorine impurities on the chemistry of the CeO2 (111) facet, using the results of DFT + U calculations. We consider three prototypical processes: the formation of oxygen vacancies, the adsorption of O2 and H2O molecules, and the re-oxidation of the surface with fragments of the two molecules. We find that the first two of these processes are not strongly affected, but that the presence of F lowers the energy gained in the re-oxidation of the surface in comparison to the healing of an oxygen vacancy, by 1.47 eV in the case of O2 (provided that the F is part of a cluster) and by 0.92 eV in the case of H2O. Based on these results, we suggest that F could enhance the redox chemistry of ceria by toggling between being in the surface and on the surface, effectively facilitating the release of lattice O by acting as a "place holder" for it. Finally, we find that the desorption of F as either 1/2 F2 or HF is energetically unfavourable, suggesting that F doped ceria should be stable in the presence of O2 and H2O.

  13. Use of site symmetry in supercell models of defective crystals: polarons in CeO2.

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    Evarestov, R A; Gryaznov, D; Arrigoni, M; Kotomin, E A; Chesnokov, A; Maier, J

    2017-03-22

    In supercell calculations of defective crystals, it is common to place a point defect or vacancy in the atomic position with the highest possible point symmetry. Then, the initial atomic structure is often arbitrary distorted before its optimization, which searches for the total energy minimum. In this paper, we suggest an alternative approach to the application of supercell models and show that it is necessary to preliminarily analyze the site symmetry of the split Wyckoff positions of the perfect crystal supercell atoms (which will be substituted or removed in defective crystals) and then perform supercell calculations with point defects for different possible site symmetries, to find the energetically most favorable defect configuration, which does not necessarily correspond to the highest site symmetry. Using CeO2 as an example, it is demonstrated that this use of the site symmetry of the removed oxygen atoms in the supercells with vacancies allows us to obtain all the possible atomic and magnetic polaron configurations, and predict which vacancy positions correspond to the lowest formation energies associated with small polarons. We give a simple symmetry based explanation for the existence of controversies in the literature on the nature of the oxygen vacancies in CeO2. In particular, the experimentally observed small polaron formation could arise for oxygen vacancies with the lowest Cs site symmetry, which exist in 3 × 3 × 3 and larger supercells. The results of first principles calculations using a linear combination of atomic orbitals and hybrid exchange-correlation functionals are compared with those from previous studies, obtained using a widely used DFT+U approach.

  14. 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.

  15. Microstructure and dielectric properties of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramic doped with yttrium, magnesium, gallium and silicon for AC capacitor application

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    Wang, Min-Jia; Yang, Hui; Zhang, Qi-Long; Lin, Zhi-Sheng; Zhang, Zi-Shan; Yu, Dan; Hu, Liang

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Core–shell structure can be obtained in BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics co-doped with Y–Mg-Ga-Si. Y-Mg-Ga-Si co-dopant can obviously reduce dielectric loss, improve AC breakdown voltage and flatten temperature dependence of capacitance curve. - Highlights: • Y-Mg-Ga-Si co-doped BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics with core-shell structure were prepared. • Y{sup 3+}, Mg{sup 2+}, and Ga{sup 3+} dissolved in the lattice BaTiO{sub 3} replacing Ba{sup 2+} site or Ti{sup 4+} site. • Y{sup 3+} and Ga{sup 3+} tended to remain close to the grain boundaries as a shell maker. • Y-Mg-Ga-Si co-doped BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics show high AC breakdown voltage and low tanδ. - Abstract: The microstructures and dielectric properties of Y-Mg-Ga-Si co-doped barium titanate ceramics were investigated. Y{sup 3+} dissolved in the lattice of BaTiO{sub 3} replacing both Ba{sup 2+} site and Ti{sup 4+} site, and Mg{sup 2+} replaced Ti{sup 4+} site. The replacements of Y{sup 3+} and Mg{sup 2+} inhibit the grain growth, cause tetragonal-to-pseudocubic phase transition, reduce the dielectric loss, and flatten the temperature dependence of capacitance curve. The incorporation of Ga{sup 3+} can improve sintering and increase permittivity. Y{sup 3+} and Ga{sup 3+} tended to remain close to the grain boundaries, and play an important role as a shell maker in the formation of the core–shell structure in the co-doped BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics. Excellent dielectric properties: ϵ{sub r} = ∼2487, tanδ = ∼0.7% (at 1 kHz), ΔC/C{sub 25} < ∼6.56% (from −55 °C to 125 °C) and alternating current breakdown voltage E < ∼4.02 kV/mm can be achieved in the BaTiO{sub 3}–0.02Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}–0.03MgO–0.01Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}–0.005SiO{sub 2} ceramics sintered at 1380 °C. This material has a potential application in alternating current multilayer ceramic capacitor.

  16. Effects of Fe, Ti, and V doping on the microstructure and electrical properties of grain and grain boundary of giant dielectric NiO-based ceramics

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    Thongbai, Prasit; Pongha, Sarawut; Yamwong, Teerapon; Maensiri, Santi

    2009-01-01

    We report the giant dielectric response and electrical properties of Li0.05B0.02Ni0.93O (B =Fe, Ti, and V) ceramics prepared by a polymer pyrolysis route. The giant dielectric response in these materials can be ascribed based on the Maxwell-Wagner polarization and thermally activated mechanisms. It is found that Fe, Ti, and V doping has a strong effect on the microstructure and the conduction of grains and grain boundaries of these NiO-based ceramic systems, which make large contribution to their dielectric properties.

  17. Rapid stability of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Liu, Shujuan; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Jiping; Shi, Xiujing; Zhao, Yingying; Zhang, Dawei

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we report a rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics (BCaxT+BTCe8) (x = 10, 20, 24, 30 mol%) prepared by separate doping Ca2+ and Ce4+ ions. Double hysteresis loops are identified in the aged BCaxT+BTCe8 samples; meanwhile, the polarization of these loops present a rapid decrease within very short aging time (about 1 h), and then the polarization remains almost unchanged over the followed ~1000 h. This phenomenon is not reported in previous researches. Raman scattering spectrum indicates that oxygen vacancies are generated because of Ca2+ ions entering into Ti sites partly in the BCaxT+BTCe8 samples, and then the oxygen vacancies are quantitatively characterized by half of the Ce3+ content through the XPS test. The emergence of the aging phenomenon is explained through the defect dipole reorientation mechanism. The larger radius of Ca2+ ions is further discussed as a possible reason for the rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization. It may provide an effective design method from the viewpoint of the ionic radius to accelerate polarization stability, and thus to facilitate the possible practical applications of the aging effect.

  18. Rapid stability of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Liu, Shujuan; Zhang, Lixue; Wang, Jiping; Shi, Xiujing; Zhao, Yingying; Zhang, Dawei

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we report a rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization in the Ca, Ce hybrid doped BaTiO3 ceramics (BCaxT+BTCe8) (x = 10, 20, 24, 30 mol%) prepared by separate doping Ca2+ and Ce4+ ions. Double hysteresis loops are identified in the aged BCaxT+BTCe8 samples; meanwhile, the polarization of these loops present a rapid decrease within very short aging time (about 1 h), and then the polarization remains almost unchanged over the followed ~1000 h. This phenomenon is not reported in previous researches. Raman scattering spectrum indicates that oxygen vacancies are generated because of Ca2+ ions entering into Ti sites partly in the BCaxT+BTCe8 samples, and then the oxygen vacancies are quantitatively characterized by half of the Ce3+ content through the XPS test. The emergence of the aging phenomenon is explained through the defect dipole reorientation mechanism. The larger radius of Ca2+ ions is further discussed as a possible reason for the rapid stability phenomenon of ferroelectric polarization. It may provide an effective design method from the viewpoint of the ionic radius to accelerate polarization stability, and thus to facilitate the possible practical applications of the aging effect. PMID:28004752

  19. Undoped and Eu3+ doped In2O3 quantum-dots in transparent glass-ceramics.

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    del-Castillo, J; Yanes, A C; Méndez-Ramos, J; Rodríguez, V D

    2009-08-01

    Nano-structured glass-ceramics comprising In2O3 nanocrystals (quantum dots) in a silica glassy matrix have been synthesized for the first time to our knowledge, by thermal treatment of sol-gel precursor glasses with different concentrations of In2O3. Undoped and Eu(3+)-doped samples have been obtained and characterized. By means of X-ray Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy analysis, the precipitation of In2O3 cubic crystalline nanoparticles was confirmed. The mean radii of these nanocrystals, from 1 to 4 nm, are comparable to the exciton Bohr radius, corresponding to wide band-gap semiconductor quantum-dots. Under interband UV excitation of the nanocrystals, a broad visible emission is observed in the undoped samples. Meanwhile, the Eu(3+)-doped samples only show emission from these ions which are efficiently excited by energy transfer from the In2O3, nanocrystals. Selective excitation of the Eu3+ ions allow us to discern those remaining in the silica glassy matrix from the ones located in the interface SiO2-In2O3.

  20. Effect of Yttrium Doping in Barium Zirconium Titanate Ceramics: A Structural, Impedance, and Modulus Spectroscopy Study

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    Badapanda, Tanmaya; Cavalcante, Laécio Santos; da Luz, Geraldo Eduardo; Batista, Nouga Cardoso; Anwar, Shahid; Longo, Elson

    2013-09-01

    In the current article, we studied the effect of yttrium [Y3+] ions' substitution on the structure and electric behavior of barium zirconate titanate (BZT) ceramics with a general formula [Ba1- x Y2 x/3](Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 (BYZT) with [ x = 0, 0.025, and 0.05] which were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that these ceramics have a single phase with a perovskite-type cubic structure. Rietveld refinement data confirmed [BaO12], [ZrO6], [TiO6], and [YO6] clusters in the cubic lattice. The Y3+ ions' effects on the electric conductivity behavior of BZT ceramics as a function of temperature and frequency are described, which are based on impedance spectroscopy analyses. The complex impedance plots display a double semicircle which highlights the influences of grain and grain boundary on the ceramics. Impedance analyses showed that the resistance decreased with the increasing temperature and resulted in a negative temperature coefficient of the resistance property in all compositions. Modulus plots represent a non-Debye-type dielectric relaxation which is related to the grain and grain boundary as well as temperature-dependent electric relaxation phenomenon and an enhancement in the mobility barrier by Y3+ ions. Moreover, the electric conductivity increases with the replacement of Ba2+ by Y3+ ions may be due to the rise in oxygen vacancies.

  1. Fabrication and spectral properties of Nd 3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide transparent ceramics

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    Hu, Xiaoman; Yang, Qiuhong; Dou, Chuanguo; Xu, Jun; Zhou, Hongxu

    2008-06-01

    Transparent 1 at% Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 ceramics were fabricated with nanopowders prepared by carbonate coprecipitation method. The powder compacts were sintered in H2 atmosphere at 1550 °C for 30 h. The Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 ceramics display uniform grains of about 50 μm and high transparency. The highest transmittance of the ceramics reaches 67%. The strongest absorption peak is in the wavelength of 820 nm with absorption cross section of 2.48 × 10-20 cm2. The absorption is still high at LD wavelength 806 nm with absorption cross section of 1.78 × 10-20 cm2 and broad full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 6.3 nm. The strongest emission peak was centered at 1078 nm with large stimulated emission cross section of 9.63 × 10-20 cm2 and broad FWHM of about 7.8 nm. The broad absorption and emission bandwidth of Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 transparent ceramics are favorable to achieve the miniaturized LD pumping apparatus and ultrashort modelocked pulse laser output, respectively.

  2. Photoluminescence, ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of Er-doped BNT-BT multifunctional ceramics

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    Lau, Chi Man; Xu, Xiao Wu; Kwok, K. W.

    2015-05-01

    0.93(Bi0.5-x/0.93Erx/0.93Na0.5)TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 photoluminescent ceramics have been prepared by a conventional ceramic fabrication technique and their photoluminescence, ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties have been studied. Under an excitation of 980 nm, the ceramics exhibit visible up-conversion luminescent emissions at 532 nm (green), 540 nm (green) and 600 nm (red), as well as broadband down-conversion luminescent emissions in near-infrared (1.44-1.66 μm) and mid-infrared (2.62-2.84 μm) regions. The quenching concentration for the ceramics is high, about 6%, and both the visible and invisible emissions are very strong. Among the emissions, the photoluminescence intensity of the red emission band increases most significantly by more than 47 times as the Er-concentration increases from 0.005 to 0.07. As a result, the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage chromaticity coordinates shift from (0.29, 0.69) to (0.49, 0.50), and the emission color changes from green to yellowish green. Owing to the establishment of a dynamic circulatory energy process at high Er-concentrations, the photoluminescence intensity of the mid-infrared emission increases significantly by more than 4 times at the expense of the near-infrared emission. Together with the good ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties, the ceramics should be promising candidates for multifunctional optoelectronic applications.

  3. A comparative investigation of SO2 oxidative transfer over CuO with a CeO2 surface

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    Liu, Yifeng; Shen, Benxian; Pi, Zhipeng; Chen, Hua; Zhao, Jigang

    2017-04-01

    To further improve the catalytic desulfurization function of the Mg-Al spinel sulfur transfer agent in a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit, the reaction paths of SO2 oxidation by O2 over the metal oxide surface of CuO (111) and CeO2 (111) were investigated. In reference to the fact that SO2 reacting with O2 over CuO was a Mars-van Krevelen cycle, a similar reaction law for SO2 oxidation over CeO2 was also verified by characterization methods (e.g., IR, XPS). Meanwhile, the molecular simulation results indicated that the rate-control step of SO2 oxidation over CeO2 (111) and CuO (111) was a SO3 desorption step. The lower energy barrier in the rate-control step corresponded to better catalytic performance; hence, it could explain the reason that CeO2 had a better sulfur oxidization transfer performance than CuO.

  4. Atomic and electronic structure of unreduced and reduced CeO2 surfaces: a first-principles study.

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    Yang, Zongxian; Woo, Tom K; Baudin, Micael; Hermansson, Kersti

    2004-04-22

    The atomic and electronic structure of (111), (110), and (100) surfaces of ceria (CeO2) were studied using density-functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Both stoichiometric surfaces and surfaces with oxygen vacancies (unreduced and reduced surfaces, respectively) have been examined. It is found that the (111) surface is the most stable among the considered surfaces, followed by (110) and (100) surfaces, in agreement with experimental observations and previous theoretical results. Different features of relaxation are found for the three surfaces. While the (111) surface undergoes very small relaxation, considerably larger relaxations are found for the (110) and (100) surfaces. The formation of an oxygen vacancy is closely related to the surface structure and occurs more easily for the (110) surface than for (111). The preferred vacancy location is in the surface layer for CeO2(110) and in the subsurface layer (the second O-atomic layer) for CeO2(111). For both surfaces, the O vacancy forms more readily than in the bulk. An interesting oscillatory behavior is found for the vacancy formation energy in the upper three layers of CeO2(111). Analysis of the reduced surfaces suggests that the additional charge resulting from the formation of the oxygen vacancies is localized in the first three layers of the surface. Furthermore, they are not only trapped in the 4f states of cerium. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics

  5. The interaction of carbon monoxide with rhodium on potassium-modified CeO2(111)

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    Mullins, David R.

    2016-10-01

    The adsorption and reactions of CO adsorbed on Rh particles deposited on K-covered CeO2(111) were studied by temperature programmed desorption and photoelectron spectroscopy. K deposited on CeO2(111) forms a KOX over-layer by extracting O from the ceria and partially reducing some of the Ce4 + to Ce3 +. CO does not adsorb on the KOX/ CeO2 - X(111) surface in the absence of Rh particles. CO adsorbed on Rh/K/CeO2(111) adsorbs molecularly on the Rh at 200 K. As the surface is heated the CO spills-over and reacts with the KOX to form carbonate. The carbonate decomposes at elevated temperature to produce CO and CO2. The carbonate stabilizes the KOX so that K desorbs at a higher temperature than it would in the absence of CO. When the Rh and K deposition are reversed so that K is deposited on both the Rh and the CeO2(111), CO adsorbs as CO2- at 200 K. The CO2- decomposes below 350 K to produce gas phase CO and adsorbed CO32 - and CO. The CO is stabilized by the K on the Rh and desorbs above 540 K. The carbonate decomposes into gas phase CO and CO2.

  6. Cyclotron production of radioactive CeO(2) nanoparticles and their application for in vitro uptake studies.

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    Simonelli, Federica; Marmorato, P; Abbas, K; Ponti, J; Kozempel, J; Holzwarth, U; Franchini, F; Rossi, F

    2011-03-01

    Nowadays, a wide variety of nanoparticles (NPs) are applied in different fields such as medical science and industry. Due to their large commercial volume, the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (NMs) has proposed to study a set of 14 nanomaterials, one of which being cerium oxide (CeO(2)). In particular, CeO(2) based NPs are widely used in automotive industry, healthcare, and cosmetics. In this paper, we propose a method for the production of radioactive CeO(2) NPs.We demonstrate that they maintain the same physicochemical characteristics as the “cold” ones in terms of size distribution and Zeta potential; we develop a new protocol to assess their cellular interaction in immortalized mouse fibroblast cell line Balb/3T3, a model for the study of basal cytotoxicity and carcinogenic potential induced by chemicals and in the present case by NPs. Experimental result of this work, which shows a quasi-linear concentration-uptake response of cells, can be useful as a reference dose-uptake curve for explaining effects following biological uptake after exposure to CeO(2) NPs.

  7. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of CeO2 using β-cyclodextrin on visible light assisted decoloration of methylene blue.

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    Pitchaimuthu, Sakthivel; Velusamy, Ponnusamy

    2014-01-01

    An attempt has been made to enhance the photocatalytic activity of CeO(2) for visible light assisted decoloration of methylene blue (MB) dye in aqueous solutions by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). The inclusion complexation patterns between host and guest (i.e., β-CD and MB) have been confirmed with UV-visible spectral data. The interaction between CeO(2) and β-CD has also been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy analysis. The photocatalytic activity of the catalyst under visible light was investigated by measuring the photodegradation of MB in aqueous solution. The effects of key operational parameters such as initial dye concentration, initial pH, CeO(2) concentration as well as illumination time on the decolorization extents were investigated. Among the processing parameters, the pH of the reaction solution played an important role in tuning the photocatalytic activity of CeO(2). The maximum photodecoloration rate was achieved at basic pH (pH 11). Under the optimum operational conditions, approximately 99.6% dye removal was achieved within 120 min. The observed results indicate that the decolorization of the MB followed a pseudo-first order kinetics.

  8. High thermal stability of La2O3 and CeO2-stabilized tetragonal ZrO2

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    Wang, Shichao; Xie, Hong; Lin, Yuyuan; ...

    2016-02-15

    Catalyst support materials of tetragonal ZrO2, stabilized by either La2O3 (La2O3-ZrO2) or CeO2 (CeO2-ZrO2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C with NH4OH or tetramethylammonium hydroxide as the mineralizer. From In Situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements, the calcined La2O3-ZrO2 and CeO2-ZrO2 supports were nonporous nanocrystallites that exhibited rectangular shapes with thermal stability up to 1000 °C in air. These supports had an average size of ~10 nm and a surface area of 59-97 m2/g. The catalysts Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared by using atomic layer deposition with varying Pt loadings from 6.3-12.4 wt %.more » Mono-dispersed Pt nanoparticles of ~3 nm were obtained for these catalysts. As a result, the incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2 into the t-ZrO2 structure did not affect the nature of the active sites for the Pt/ZrO2 catalysts for the water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction.« less

  9. Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cells

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    Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cellsBecause of their growing number of uses, nanoparticles composed of CeO2 (cosmetics, polishing materials and automotive fuel additives) and TiO2 (pigments, sunscreens and photocatalysts) are of particular to...

  10. Direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide over CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts.

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    Kang, Ki Hyuk; Joe, Wangrae; Lee, Chang Hoon; Kim, Mieock; Kim, Dong Baek; Jang, Boknam; Song, In Kyu

    2013-12-01

    CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) (X = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 1.0) nano-catalysts were prepared by a co-precipitation method with a variation of CeO2 content (X, mol%), and they were applied to the direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide. Successful formation of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts was well confirmed by XRD analysis. The amount of DMC produced over CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) catalysts exhibited a volcano-shaped curve with respect to CeO2 content. Acidity and basicity of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts were measured by NH3-TPD and CO2-TPD experiments, respectively, to elucidate the effect of acidity and basicity on the catalytic performance in the reaction. It was revealed that the catalytic performance of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts was closely related to the acidity and basicity of the catalysts. Amount of dimethyl carbonate increased with increasing both acidity and basicity of the catalysts. Among the catalysts tested, CeO2(0.7)-ZnO(0.3) with the largest acidity and basicity showed the best catalytic performance in the direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide.

  11. Effects of CeO2 on the XPS valence band spectra of coal under the combustion initialization stage at 400°C

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    Qi, Cheng-lin; Zhang, Jian-liang; Ma, Chao; Feng, Gen-sheng; Song, Zhong-ping

    2013-04-01

    In order to get the catalytic mechanism of CeO2 on graphite and coal at 400°C, the morphologies of coal, graphite, and CeO2 before and after combustion were analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is found that the particle size of coal is mostly between 11.727 and 64.79 μm, while the particle size of CeO2 is between 1.937 and 11.79 μm. The agglomeration of coal and CeO2 can be seen by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after reaction. XPS results show that with the addition of CeO2, the intensity of binding energy gets stronger, but there is no energy peak transition. Comparing the character of coal with and without the addition of CeO2, it can be seen that the C-C bond fractures first at 400°C, while the C-H energy-band takes electrons at the same time to be far away from the Fermi level, and the O 2s, O 2p, and C sp hybrid orbitals are all excited. Adding CeO2 can enhance the activity of the whole coal. In addition, through XPS analysis, combined with the oxygen transfer theory and the electron transfer theory, the catalytic mechanism of CeO2 for pulverized coal combustion could be obtained.

  12. Co3O4-CeO2/C as a Highly Active Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Al-Air Batteries.

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    Liu, Kun; Huang, Xiaobing; Wang, Haiyan; Li, Fuzhi; Tang, Yougen; Li, Jingsha; Shao, Minhua

    2016-12-21

    Developing high-performance and low-cost electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is still a great challenge for Al-air batteries. Herein, CeO2, a unique ORR promoter, was incorporated into ketjenblack (KB) supported Co3O4 catalyst. We developed a facile two-step hydrothermal approach to fabricate Co3O4-CeO2/KB as a high-performance ORR catalyst for Al-air batteries. The ORR activity of Co3O4/KB was significantly increased by mixing with CeO2 nanoparticles. In addition, the Co3O4-CeO2/KB showed a better electrocatalytic performance and stability than 20 wt % Pt/C in alkaline electrolytes, making it a good candidate for highly active ORR catalysts. Co3O4-CeO2/KB favored a four-electron pathway in ORR due to the synergistic interactions between CeO2 and Co3O4. In full cell tests, the Co3O4-CeO2/KB exhibited a higher discharge voltage plateau than CeO2/KB and Co3O4/KB when used in cathode in Al-air batteries.

  13. Catalytic wet air oxidation of phenol over CeO2-TiO2 catalyst in the batch reactor and the packed-bed reactor.

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    Yang, Shaoxia; Zhu, Wanpeng; Wang, Jianbing; Chen, Zhengxiong

    2008-05-30

    CeO2-TiO2 catalysts are prepared by coprecipitation method, and the activity and stability in the catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of phenol are investigated in a batch reactor and packed-bed reactor. CeO2-TiO2 mixed oxides show the higher activity than pure CeO2 and TiO2, and CeO2-TiO2 1/1 catalyst displays the highest activity in the CWAO of phenol. In a batch reactor, COD and TOC removals are about 100% and 77% after 120 min in the CWAO of phenol over CeO2-TiO2 1/1 catalyst at reaction temperature of 150 degrees C, the total pressure of 3 MPa, phenol concentration of 1000 mg/L, and catalyst dosage of 4 g/L. In a packed-bed reactor using CeO2-TiO2 1/1 particle catalyst, over 91% COD and 80% TOC removals are obtained at the reaction temperature of 140 degrees C, the air total pressure of 3.5 MPa, the phenol concentration of 1000 mg/L for 100 h continue reaction. Leaching of metal ions of CeO2-TiO2 1/1 particle catalyst is very low during the continuous reaction. CeO2-TiO2 1/1 catalyst exhibits the excellent activity and stability in the CWAO of phenol.

  14. CeO2 nanocrystals and solid-phase heteroepitaxy of CeAlO3 interlayer on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate

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    Hattori, Takashi; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2017-04-01

    Grain growth and interfacial solid state of CeO2 nanocrystals (NCs) layer on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate were examined. CeO2 NCs layer on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) was prepared by dipping method using CeO2 nanocrystals colloid solution. After heat treatment at 1000 °C in air, CeO2 NCs layer was formed on Al2O3(0 0 0 1). The CeO2 NCs sintered to form a surface layer with an interlayer of CeAlO3 after heat treatment at 950 °C in H2/Ar, leading to dense and smooth CeO2 NCs layer on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate. CeAlO3 was grown via diffusion of CeO2-x (non-stoichiometric CeO2) and Al2O3, suggesting solid-phase reaction heteroepitaxy mechanism on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) single crystal substrate.

  15. Silver nanoparticles supported on CeO2-SBA-15 by microwave irradiation possess metal-support interactions and enhanced catalytic activity.

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    Qian, Xufang; Kuwahara, Yasutaka; Mori, Kohsuke; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2014-11-24

    Metal-support interactions (MSIs) and particle size play important roles in catalytic reactions. For the first time, silver nanoparticles supported on CeO2-SBA-15 supports are reported that possess tunable particle size and MSIs, as prepared by microwave (MW) irradiation, owing to strong charge polarization of CeO2 clusters (i.e., MW absorption). Characterizations, including TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure, were carried out to disclose the influence of CeO2 contents on the Ag particle size, MSI effect between Ag nanoparticles and CeO2-SBA-15 supports, and the strong MW absorption of CeO2 clusters that contribute to the MSIs during Ag deposition. The Ag particle sizes were controllably tuned from 1.9 to 3.9 nm by changing the loading amounts of CeO2 from 0.5 to 2.0 wt%. The Ag nanoparticle size was predominantly responsible for the high turnover frequency (TOF) of 0.41 min(-1) in ammonia borane dehydrogenation, whereas both particle size and MSIs contributed to the high TOF of 555 min(-1) in 4-nitrophenol reduction for Ag/0.5CeO2-SBA-15, which were twice as large as those of Ag/SBA-15 without CeO2 and Ag/CeO2-SBA-15 prepared by conventional oil-bath heating.

  16. An electrochemical DNA biosensor for evaluating the effect of mix anion in cellular fluid on the antioxidant activity of CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Zhai, Yanwu; Zhang, Yan; Qin, Fei; Yao, Xin

    2015-08-15

    CeO2 nanoparticles are of particular interest as a novel antioxidant for scavenging free radicals. However, some studies showed that they could cause cell damage or death by generating reactive oxygen species (ROS). Up to now, it is not well understood about these paradoxical phenomena. Therefore, many attentions have been paid to the factors that could affect the antioxidant activity of CeO2 nanoparticles. CeO2 nanoparticles would inevitably encounter body fluid environment for its potential medical application. In this work the antioxidant activity behavior of CeO2 nanoparticles is studied in simulated cellular fluid, which contains main body anions (HPO4(2-), HCO3(-), Cl(-) and SO4(2-)), by a method of electrochemical DNA biosensor. We found that in the solution of Cl(-) and SO4(2-), CeO2 nanoparticles can protect DNA from damage by hydroxyl radicals, while in the presence of HPO4(2-) and HCO3(-), CeO2 nanoparticles lose the antioxidant activity. This can be explained by the cerium phosphate and cerium carbonate formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, which interfere with the redox cycling between Ce(3+) and Ce(4+). These results not only add basic knowledge to the antioxidant activity of CeO2 nanoparticles under different situations, but also pave the way for practical applications of nanoceria. Moreover, it also shows electrochemical DNA biosensor is an effective method to explore the antioxidant activity of CeO2 nanoparticles.

  17. Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cells

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    Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cellsBecause of their growing number of uses, nanoparticles composed of CeO2 (cosmetics, polishing materials and automotive fuel additives) and TiO2 (pigments, sunscreens and photocatalysts) are of particular to...

  18. The Structure, Dielectric and Energy Storage Properties of Strontium Barium Niobate-Based Glass-Ceramics Doped with La2O3

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    Xiu, Shaomei; Xiao, Shi; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2017-07-01

    In this work, the effect of La2O3 content on the phase evolution, microstructure, dielectric properties and energy storage properties of the strontium barium niobate (SBN)-based glass-ceramics were studied. The results show that the La3+ is easily incorporated into the tetragonal tungsten bronze structured phase, and La2O3 doped into the BSN-glass-ceramics, as a grain growth inhibitor, can have an evident effect on the grain size reduction and crystallization. The microstructure of the SBN-glass-ceramics becomes denser and more uniform with increasing La2O3 content. The remanent polarization of all samples is extremely low. The dielectric constant of the SBN-glass-ceramics obviously is decreased, while the breakdown strength is increased with the increment of La2O3 content. When La2O3 content in the SBN-glass-ceramics is 0.2 mol.%, the theoretical energy storage density is at the maximal level of 7.2 J/cm3. In addition, the energy discharging efficiency and discharging speed of the SBN-glass-ceramics with different La2O3 content were evaluated. With La2O3 content increasing, the energy discharging efficiency gradually increased.

  19. Synthesis of CeO2@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles by water-in-oil microemulsion. Preparation of functional thin film.

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    Grasset, F; Marchand, R; Marie, A-M; Fauchadour, D; Fajardie, F

    2006-07-15

    Synthesis of nanoparticles under restricted environment offered by water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions provides excellent control over particle size and shape, and inter-particle spacing. Such an environment has been involved to synthesize silica nanoparticles with a CeO2 core, so-called CeO2@SiO2. Aqueous fluids made up of ceria nanoparticles with a size close to 5 nm have been used as the water phase component. The starting CeO2 sols and obtained CeO2@SiO2 nanoparticles have been characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and specific surface area measurements. The microemulsion process has been characterized by DLS. Preliminary results on CeO2@SiO2 thin films are presented.

  20. The Effect of CeO2 Addition on the Microstructure and Properties of Ni-Based Flame-Spray Coatings

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    Zhang, Zhenyu; Liang, Bunv; Guo, Hongjian

    2014-04-01

    Ni-based alloy with different amount of CeO2 powders were flame sprayed and melted onto 1045 carbon steel substrate. Microstructure and properties of the coatings were studied by XRD, field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEGSEM) and SEM analyses. The wear behavior of the coatings was investigated under dry sliding wear conditions, and was compared with that of the coatings without CeO2, The results show that the microstructure of the coating with CeO2 differs widely from the coating without CeO2, the novel microstructure is beneficial for wear resistance. Abrasive wear tests without lubricant and analysis of the worn surfaces revealed that the Ni-based alloy coatings with the addition of 0.8% CeO2 exhibit higher wear resistance.

  1. Random lasing in Eu³⁺ doped borate glass-ceramic embedded with Ag nanoparticles under direct three-photon excitation.

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    Xu, Xuhui; Zhang, Wenfei; Jin, Limin; Qiu, Jianbei; Yu, Siu Fung

    2015-10-21

    We report the observation of random lasing from Eu(3+) doped borate glass ceramic films embedded with Ag nanoparticles through three-photon absorption at room temperature. Under 1179 nm ultrashort femtosecond pulse excitation, discrete sharp peaks with linewidth ∼0.4 nm emerge randomly from a broad emission band with peak wavelength at ∼612 nm. In addition, the number of sharp peaks increases with the increase of excitation power. We also show that the emission spectrum varies with different observation angles and the corresponding lasing threshold is dependent on the excitation area. Hence, we verify unambiguously that the Eu(3+) doped borate glass ceramic film supports random lasing action via three-photon absorption excitation. In addition, Ag nanoparticles, which act as light scatterers, allow the formation of random microcavities inside the bulk film.

  2. Characterization and comparison of 1% at Yb-doped Lu2O3 and Sc2O3 ceramics as laser gain media

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    Pirri, A.; Toci, G.; Vannini, M.

    2012-12-01

    We present the first laser oscillation achieved on Yb-doped Sc2O3 and Lu2O3 ceramics with a level of doping as low as 1 at %, under quasi-continuous wave pumping at 968 nm. Ceramic samples reached comparable performances in terms of tunability ranges, which exceeds 41 nm, and laser output powers. In particular, with the former sample emitting at 1040.5 nm we measured a maximum output power of 2.2 W with a corresponding slope efficiency of η = 59%. The latter medium delivered 1.8 W with a slope of η = 45% at 1032.5 nm while at 1078 nm we measured 1.5 W with η = 34%. Finally, we report the measured level of the Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) for both samples, which was found to be less than 0.1 mW at the maximum pump power.

  3. Luminescence and spectral hole burning of Sm(2+) doped in Li(2)O-SrO-B(2)O(3) glass-ceramics.

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    Jiang, Chuanfang; Huang, Yanlin; Park, Seongtae; Jang, Kiwan; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2009-03-01

    The Sm(3+)-doped alkali strontium borate glass-ceramics were obtained by heating of the as-made glasses in air, where Sm(3+) ions were reduced to Sm(2+) ions. The XRD, optical absorption spectra and luminescence of Sm(3+) and Sm(2+) ions were investigated. The excitation spectra of the (7)F(0)-->(5)D(0) transition were measured in the region of (7)F(0)-->(5)D(1) transition, where spectral holes were burnt within two of the Stark split (5)D(1) bands. The Sm(2+) ions doped glass ceramics exhibit the persistent spectral hole burning at room temperature. The hole depth, which are burned by the DCM dye laser, are about 40% of the total intensity, respectively. It is concluded that the dominant burning mechanism is a photoionization of electron trapping at a site other than Sm(3+) ions because of the absence of an antihole around the burned hole.

  4. Field enhanced bulk conductivity of acceptor-doped BaTi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}O{sub 3-x} ceramics

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    Maso, Nahum; Sinclair, Derek C.; West, Anthony R.; Prades, Marta; Beltran, Hector; Cordoncillo, Eloisa

    2010-08-09

    The electrical properties of Ca-doped BaTiO{sub 3} are very different when Ca substitutes onto Ba or Ti sites. The p-type semiconductivity of Ti-substituted ceramics increases reversibly by one to two orders of magnitude under a dc-bias voltage of {<=}100 V cm{sup -1}, whereas Ba-substituted ceramics show little sensitivity to a dc bias. This increase in BaTi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}O{sub 3-x}, studied over the temperature range 150-600 deg. C, is independent of electrode material and atmosphere and is attributed to ionization of underbonded O{sup 2-} ions adjacent to acceptor-doped Ca{sup 2+} ions.

  5. Dielectric and nonlinear electrical behaviors of La-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Cheng Bo; Lin Yuanhua; Yuan Jiancong; Cai Jingnan; Nan Cewen; Xiao Xi; He Jinliang

    2009-08-01

    We prepared La doped of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics by a solid-state sintering process and observed nonlinear electrical varistor and high dielectric behaviors. Phase composition analyses show that the La can substitute on the Ca sites completely, and have no influence on the phase composition. The impedance spectroscopy at room temperature indicates that the La doping can maintain the dielectric permittivity of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (approx10{sup 4}). The relationships between electrical current density versus applied electrical field show that these ceramic samples exhibit nonlinear varistor characteristics, which should be ascribed to the existing potential barrier height at the grain boundary.

  6. Dielectric, Ferroelectric, and Piezoelectric Properties of Mn-Doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Lopez-Juarez, Rigoberto; Gomez-Vidales, Virginia; Cruz, M. P.; Villafuerte-Castrejon, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, study of manganese-doped potassium-sodium niobate ceramics was performed. It was found that, with increasing Mn2+ content from 1 mol.% to 1.5 mol.%, the Q m changed from 60 to near 500 with no appreciable detriment in piezoelectric properties. These properties first increased with 0.5 mol.%, and remained almost constant with 1 mol.% of manganese. Maximum values for d 33, d 31, and k p were 120 pC N-1, 33 pC N-1, and 36%, respectively. Thus, manganese-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramics represent an option for high-power applications.

  7. High electrostrictive strain induced by defect dipoles in acceptor-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Dai, Ye-Jing; Zhao, Yong-Jie; Zhao, Zhe; Zhao, Zhi-Hao; Zhou, Qi-Wu; Zhang, Xiao-Wen

    2016-07-01

    Acceptor doping is an efficient method to improve ferroelectric material performance through the formation of defect dipoles. Here, a high electrostrictive strain of 0.16-0.19%, and large d33\\ast of  >300 pm V-1 are obtained in CuO-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics. We analyzed the orientation relationship and the interaction between defect dipole polarization (P d) along <0 0 1> orientation and spontaneous polarization (P s) parallel to <1 1 0> in orthorhombic (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3. Thus, a ‘coupling effect’ mechanism was suggested to explain how the P d and P s can work together to contribute to the electrostrictive strains in this lead-free piezoelectric ceramic.

  8. Surface-structure sensitivity of CeO2 nanocrystals in photocatalysis and enhancing the reactivity with nanogold

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    Lei, Wanying; Zhang, Tingting; Gu, Lin; ...

    2015-06-19

    Structure–function correlations are a central theme in heterogeneous (photo)catalysis. In this research, using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), the atomic surface structures of well-defined one-dimensional (1D) CeO2 nanorods (NRs) and 3D nanocubes (NCs) are directly visualized at subangstrom resolution. CeO2 NCs predominantly expose the {100} facet, with {110} and {111} as minor cutoff facets at the respective edges and corners. Notably, the outermost surface layer of the {100} facet is nearly O-terminated. Neither surface relaxations nor reconstructions on {100} are observed, indicating unusual polarity compensation, which is primarily mediated by near-surface oxygen vacancies. The surface of CeO2 NRs ismore » highly stepped, with the enclosed {110} facet exposing Ce cations and O anions on terraces. On the basis of STEM profile-view imaging and electronic structure analysis, the photoreactivity of CeO2 nanocrystals toward aqueous methyl orange degradation under UV is revealed to be surface-structure-sensitive, following the order: {110} >> {100}. The underlying surface-structure sensitivity can be attributed to the variation in low-coordinate surface cerium cations between {110} and {100} facets. To further enhance light absorption, Au nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited on CeO2 NRs to form Au/CeO2 plasmonic nanocomposites, which dramatically promotes the photoreactivity that is Au particle size- and excitation light wavelength-dependent. The mechanisms responsible for the enhancement of photocatalytic activity are discussed, highlighting the crucial role of photoexcited charge carrier transfer.« less

  9. Visualization of 1.908-μm radiation of a Tm:YLF laser using PbF2-based ceramics doped with Ho3+ ions

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    Savikin, A. P.; Egorov, A. S.; Budruev, A. V.; Perunin, I. Yu.; Grishin, I. A.

    2016-11-01

    Visualization of IR radiation of a Tm:YLF laser at 1908 nm in PbF2 ceramic samples has been investigated. Luminescence spectra of the PbF2 samples doped with Ho3+ exhibited bands at wavelengths of 490, 545, and 650 nm (this red band is the strongest). It is established that at, a low laser intensity, the 5I5 and 5I6 levels are occupied mainly due to the ion-ion energy transfer.

  10. Effect of the Cerium Oxide (CeO2) on the Structural and Electrochemical Properties of the LaNi5Ce Metal Hydride Anode

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    Utami Hapsari, Ade; Zulfia, Anne; Raharjo, Jarot; Agustanhakri

    2017-07-01

    One of negative electrode, AB5-type alloy electrodes, have been extensively studied and applied in rechargeable Ni-MH batteries due to their excellent electrochemical characteristics. Some researchers have found that addition of rare earth oxides (La, Ce, Pr, Er, Tm, Yb) to AB5-type alloy (MH) electrode improves battery performance significantly. Cerium Oxide (CeO2) is a light rare earth oxide is widely obtained from the processing of tailings in mining activities. During this time, there is still little data for research applications of cerium oxide for electrode materials. In this paper, the effects of adding CeO2 on the performance metal hydride electrode were investigated. In order to study the effects of CeO2 on the performance of anode material, 1%, 2%, and 3% of weight ratio CeO2 was mixed to LaNi5 as an negative electrode. The powder mixtures were mechanically milled at a speed of rpm 240 for 2 hours using ball mill. The powder mixtures were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Electrochemical characteristics were measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The powder mixing showed the presence of Ce atom substitution into LaNi5 structures that affect the electrochemical properties of the material. The addition of cerium oxide at LaNi5 increase of the value of impedance. However, the addition of the value of impedance at 1% CeO2 is not significant when compared with the addition of 2% and 3% CeO2 that actually make the electrochemical properties of LaNi5 worst. Although the addition of 1% CeO2 also slightly increases the impedance value of LaNi5, but the addition of 1% CeO2 showed increase the corrosion resistance than without the addition of CeO2 and the addition of 2% and 3% CeO2.

  11. Influence of Cooling Duration on the PTCR Effect of Sm3+-doped BaTiO3-based Ceramics Sintered in a Reducing Atmosphere

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    Cheng, Xuxin; Xiaoxia, L.; Chen, Xiaoming

    2017-06-01

    The influence of cooling duration on the electrical properties and the positive temperature coefficient of resistance (PTCR) characteristics of Sm-doped BaTiO3 (BST) ceramics fired at 1200 °C for 30 min in a reducing atmosphere and deoxidized at 800 °C for 1 h were investigated. The cooling duration influenced the PTCR characteristics of the BST specimens. The room-temperature resistivity of the samples firstly reduced and then increased with the increase in the content of Sm2O3. A long cooling duration resulted in low resistivity of the BST ceramics. Meanwhile, the room-temperature resistivity of the BST ceramics decreased with an increase in cooling duration. Furthermore, the S2 samples exhibited a remarkable PTCR effect. The samples exhibited a resistance jump greater than 3.2 orders of magnitude and a low room-temperature resistivity of 228.4Ω·cm.

  12. Structural and dielectric properties of Nd{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 0.77}Ca{sub 0.23}TiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Mazon, T.; Hernandes, A.C.; Souza Filho, A.G.; Moraes, A.P.A.; Ayala, A.P.; Freire, P.T.C.; Mendes Filho, J.

    2005-05-15

    The structural and dielectric properties of both pure and Nd{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 0.77}Ca{sub 0.23}TiO{sub 3} (BCT23) ceramics obtained from solid-state reaction were investigated. The BCT23 ceramics sintered at 1300 deg. C for 3 h showed a dense microstructure without the presence of secondary phases. The use of Nd{sup 3+} as a dopant affected the microstructure of these ceramics. Samples prepared with Nd{sup 3+} exhibit a more homogeneous microstructure without a liquid phase on the grain boundaries. The dielectric constant and Raman scattering measurements indicate that the Curie temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition depends on Nd{sup 3+} content. It shifts toward lower temperatures with Nd{sup 3+} addition.

  13. Synthesis and optical properties of Pr and Ti doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash; Sharma, Subhash; Dwivedi, R. K.

    2016-05-23

    Bi{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics with x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Rietveld fitting of diffraction data reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R{sub 3C}) for x ≤ 0.10 to orthorhombic phase (P{sub nma}) for x = 0.20. FTIR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations in these ceramics. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-600 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Niobium Doped Lead-Telluride Glass Ceramics

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    Sathish, M.; Eraiah, B.; Anavekar, R. V.

    2011-07-15

    Niobium-lead-telluride glass ceramics of composition xNb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-(20-x) pbO-80TeO{sub 2}(where x = 0.1 mol% to 0.5 mol%) were prepared by using conventional melt quenching method. The prepared glass samples were initially amorphous in nature after annealed at 400 deg. c all samples were crystallized. This was confined by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The particle size of these glass ceramics have been calculated by using Debye-Scherer formula and the particle size is in the order of 15 nm to 60 nm. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) photograph shows the presence of needle-like crystals in these samples.

  15. Synthesis and optical properties of Pr and Ti doped BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash; Sharma, Subhash; Dwivedi, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Bi1-xPrxFe1-xTixO3 ceramics with x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Rietveld fitting of diffraction data reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R3C) for x ≤ 0.10 to orthorhombic phase (Pnma) for x = 0.20. FTIR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations in these ceramics. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-600 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples.

  16. CeO2-Y2O3-ZrO2 Membrane with Enhanced Molten Salt Corrosion Resistance for Solid Oxide Membrane (SOM) Electrolysis Process

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    Zou, Xingli; Li, Xin; Shen, Bin; Lu, Xionggang; Xu, Qian; Zhou, Zhongfu; Ding, Weizhong

    2017-02-01

    Innovative CeO2-Y2O3-ZrO2 membrane has been successfully developed and used in the solid oxide membrane (SOM) electrolysis process for green metallic materials production. The x mol pct ceria/(8- x) mol pct yttria-costabilized zirconia ( xCe(8- x)YSZ, x = 0, 1, 4, or 7) membranes have been fabricated and investigated as the membrane-based inert anodes to control the SOM electroreduction process in molten salt. The characteristics of these fabricated xCe(8- x)YSZ membranes including their corrosion resistances in molten salt and their degradation mechanisms have been systematically investigated and compared. The results show that the addition of ceria in the YSZ-based membrane can inhibit the depletion of yttrium during the SOM electrolysis, which thus makes the ceria-reinforced YSZ-based membranes possess enhanced corrosion resistances to molten salt. The ceria/yttria-costabilized zirconia membranes can also provide reasonable oxygen ion conductivity during electrolysis. Further investigation shows that the newly modified 4Ce4YSZ ceramic membrane has the potential to be used as novel inert SOM anode for the facile and sustainable production of metals/alloys/composites materials such as Si, Ti5Si3, TiC, and Ti5Si3/TiC from their metal oxides precursors in molten CaCl2.

  17. Microstructure Dependence of Oxygen-Ion Conductivity of Samarium-Doped Ceria Ceramics

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    Huang, Duan-Ping; Xu, Qing; Liu, Han-Xing; Chen, Wen; Zhao, Kai; Kim, Bok-Hee

    2013-07-01

    Superfine and uniform Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 powder was derived from a urea-combustion process with a U/Mn+ ratio of 2.0. The microstructure and oxygen-ion conductivity of the ceramics sintered at 1050-1400 °C were investigated. The relative densities of the ceramics increased with sintering temperature through a maximum at 1200 °C and then slightly declined. The relatively densities of the specimens attained 95.8-98.0% at the sintering temperatures of 1100-1200 °C. The average grain size of the ceramics gradually enhanced from ˜110 to ˜500 nm with the elevation of sintering temperature from 1050 to 1350 °C. The specimens sintered at 1100-1200 °C achieved high oxygen-ion conductivities and low activation energies for the conduction. The results indicate an evident effect of the microstructure on the oxygen-ion conductivity. The superior oxygenion conducting properties of the specimens sintered at 1100-1200 °C are attributed to their low sintering temperatures, high densification levels and fine-grained microstructures.

  18. Magnetic properties of Co doped MgTiO3 ceramics

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    Kumar Thatikonda, Santhosh; Gogoi, Pallabi; Kisan, Bhagaban; Perumal, Alagarsamy; Sharma, Pramod; Dobbidi, Pamu

    2014-09-01

    Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of (Mg1-xCox)TiO3 (x=0-0.07) ceramics prepared by the semi-alkoxide precursor method are investigated. All the sintered samples exhibit paramagnetic nature at room temperature, but magnetic susceptibility increases with increasing Co content up to 0.03 and decreases at higher Co content. Temperature dependent magnetization data obtained under zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) conditions reveal a ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition around 228 K for x=0.03 and bifurcation between the ZFC and FC data shifts to lower temperature from 170 to 150 K with increasing the applied field from 100 to 500 Oe. The broadband dielectric properties are studied in the temperature range 133-300 K and in the frequency range of 1 MHz to 1 GHz. It is observed that both ε‧ and ε‧‧ of (Mg0.97Co0.03)TiO3 ceramic increase with increasing temperature. Interestingly, the temperature dependent dielectric properties of (Mg0.97Co0.03)TiO3 ceramic measured at 1 GHz exhibit anomalies at temperatures where the magnetic phase transitions were observed.

  19. Enhancement of Q(m) by co-doping of Li and Cu to potassium sodium niobate lead-free ceramics.

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    Li, E; Kakemoto, H; Wada, S; Tsurumi, T

    2008-05-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics KNN modified by Li-substitution and CuO addition have been synthesized, and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties were measured. A morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between orthorhombic and tetragonal phases was formed with Li-substitution. The co doping of Li and Cu markedly enhanced the mechanical quality factor (Q(m)) in comparison with the sole doping of Li and Cu. Anomalous anti ferroelectric-like hysteresis curves were observed in 2 mol% CuO-doped ceramics. The anti-ferroelectric-like curves were changed to that of normal ferroelectrics following poling. A model based on the formation of the internal bias field (Ei) due to the movements of space charges was proposed to explain these phenomena. It was considered that the Ei stabilized the spontaneous polarization (Ps) and suppressed the domain wall motion to enhance the Q(m). The highest Qm obtained in this study was 742. The [(Na0(0.5)K0(0.5))(0.96)Li0(0.04) ] NbO(3) + 0.45 mol% CuO ceramics showed a high Q(m) value of 414 with a high piezoelectric constant d(33) of 100 pC/N.

  20. Evidences of grain boundary capacitance effect on the colossal dielectric permittivity in (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics.

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    Li, Jinglei; Li, Fei; Li, Chao; Yang, Guang; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2015-02-06

    The (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state sintering (CSSS) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) methods. The phases and microstructures were studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, indicating that both samples were in pure rutile phase while showing significant difference in grain size. The dielectric and I-V behaviors of SPS and CSSS samples were investigated. Though both possess colossal permittivity (CP), the SPS samples exhibited much higher dielectric permittivity/loss factor and lower breakdown electric field when compared to their CSSS counterparts. To further explore the origin of CP in co-doped TiO2 ceramics, the I-V behavior was studied on single grain and grain boundary in CSSS sample. The nearly ohmic I-V behavior was observed in single grain, while GBs showed nonlinear behavior and much higher resistance. The higher dielectric permittivity and lower breakdown electric field in SPS samples, thus, were thought to be associated with the feature of SPS, by which reduced space charges and/or impurity segregation can be achieved at grain boundaries. The present results support that the grain boundary capacitance effect plays an important role in the CP and nonlinear I-V behavior of (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics.