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  1. Genetic algorithm based approach to investigate doped metal oxide materials: Application to lanthanide-doped ceria

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    Hooper, James; Ismail, Arif; Giorgi, Javier B.; Woo, Tom K.

    2010-06-01

    A genetic algorithm (GA)-inspired method to effectively map out low-energy configurations of doped metal oxide materials is presented. Specialized mating and mutation operations that do not alter the identity of the parent metal oxide have been incorporated to efficiently sample the metal dopant and oxygen vacancy sites. The search algorithms have been tested on lanthanide-doped ceria (L=Sm,Gd,Lu) with various dopant concentrations. Using both classical and first-principles density-functional-theory (DFT) potentials, we have shown the methodology reproduces the results of recent systematic searches of doped ceria at low concentrations (3.2% L2O3 ) and identifies low-energy structures of concentrated samarium-doped ceria (3.8% and 6.6% L2O3 ) which relate to the experimental and theoretical findings published thus far. We introduce a tandem classical/DFT GA algorithm in which an inexpensive classical potential is first used to generate a fit gene pool of structures to enhance the overall efficiency of the computationally demanding DFT-based GA search.

  2. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation. PMID:27030159

  3. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-03-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation.

  4. Is Steam an Oxidant or a Reductant for Nickel/Doped-Ceria Cermets?

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    Papaefthimiou, Vasiliki; Niakolas, Dimitris K; Paloukis, Fotios; Dintzer, Thierry; Zafeiratos, Spyridon

    2017-01-04

    Nickel/doped-ceria composites are promising electrocatalysts for solid-oxide fuel and electrolysis cells. Very often steam is present in the feedstock of the cells, frequently mixed with other gases, such as hydrogen or CO2 . An increase in the steam concentration in the feed mixture is considered accountable for the electrode oxidation and the deactivation of the device. However, direct experimental evidence of the steam interaction with nickel/doped-ceria composites, with adequate surface specificity, are lacking. Herein we explore in situ the surface state of nickel/gadolinium-doped ceria (NiGDC) under O2 , H2 , and H2 O environments by using near-ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopies. Changes in the surface oxidation state and composition of NiGDC in response to the ambient gas are observed. It is revealed that, in the mbar pressure regime and at intermediate temperature conditions (500-700 °C), steam acts as an oxidant for nickel but has a dual oxidant/reductant function for doped ceria.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Energetics of Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrolytes: Singly and Doubly doped Ceria Systems

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    Buyukkilic, Salih

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have potential to convert chemical energy directly to electrical energy with high efficiency, with only water vapor as a by-product. However, the requirement of extremely high operating temperatures (~1000 °C) limits the use of SOFCs to only in large scale stationary applications. In order to make SOFCs a viable energy solution, enormous effort has been focused on lowering the operating temperatures below 700 °C. A low temperature operation would reduce manufacturing costs by slowing component degradation, lessening thermal mismatch problems, and sharply reducing costs of operation. In order to optimize SOFC applications, it is critical to understand the thermodynamic stabilities of electrolytes since they directly influence device stability, sustainability and performance. Rare-earth doped ceria electrolytes have emerged as promising materials for SOFC applications due to their high ionic conductivity at the intermediate temperatures (500--700 °C). However there is a fundamental lack of understanding regarding their structure, thermodynamic stability and properties. Therefore, the enthalpies of formation from constituent oxides and ionic conductivities were determined to investigate a relationship between the stability, composition, structural defects and ionic conductivity in rare earth doped ceria systems. For singly doped ceria electrolytes, we investigated the solid solution phase of bulk Ce1-xLnxO2-0.5x where Ln = Sm and Nd (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) and analyzed their enthalpies of formation, mixing and association, and bulk ionic conductivities while considering cation size mismatch and defect associations. It was shown that for ambient temperatures in the dilute dopant region, the positive heat of formation reaches a maximum as the system becomes increasingly less stable due to size mismatch. In concentrated region, stabilization to a certain solubility limit was observed probably due to the defect association of trivalent cations

  8. Enhancing oxide ion incorporation kinetics by nanoscale Yttria-doped ceria interlayers.

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    Fan, Zeng; Prinz, Fritz B

    2011-06-08

    Interlayering 17.5 nm of Yttria-doped ceria (YDC) thin films between bulk yttria-stabilized-zirconia electrolyte and a porous Pt cathode enhanced the performance of low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. The added YDC interlayer (14.11% doped Y(2)O(3)) was fabricated by atomic layer deposition and reduced the cathode/electrolyte interfacial resistances while increasing the exchange current density j(0) by a factor of 4 at operating temperatures between 300-500 °C. Tafel plots and the fitted impedance data suggest that the charge transfer coefficient α of interlayered SOFCs was 1.25 times higher, and the electrode/interfacial activation energy was reduced from 0.85 to 0.76 eV.

  9. Novel structured gadolinium doped ceria based electrolytes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Timurkutluk, Bora; Timurkutluk, Cigdem; Mat, Mahmut D.; Kaplan, Yuksel

    Novel three-layered intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolytes based on gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) are developed to suppress the electronic conductivity of GDC, to improve the mechanical properties of the cell and to minimize power loss due to mixed conductive nature of GDC. Three different electrolytes are fabricated by sandwiching thin YSZ, ScSZ and ScCeSZ between two relatively thick GDC layers. An electrolyte composed of pure GDC is also manufactured for comparison. NiO/GDC and LSCF/GDC electrodes are then coated on the electrolytes by a screen printing route. SEM results show that it is possible to obtain dense and crack free thin layers of YSZ, ScSZ and ScCeSZ between two GDC layers without delamination. Performance measurements indicate that interlayered thin electrolytes act as an electronic conduction barrier and improve open circuit voltages (OCVs) of GDC based cells.

  10. Praseodymium and gadolinium doped ceria as a cathode material for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Chockalingam, Rajalekshmi; Ganguli, Ashok Kumar; Basu, Suddhasatwa

    2014-03-01

    Mixed ionic electronic conducting praseodymium and gadolinium doped ceria (PrxCe0.95-xGd0.05O2-δ (0.15 ≤ x ≤ 0.40)) compositions have been studied as a cathode material for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Four compositions of PrxCe0.95-xGd0.05O2-δ (PCGO) have been prepared by varying the praseodymium content. Phase formation, thermal expansion, ionic conductivity, electronic conductivity, ionic transference number and electrochemical performance have been investigated. X-ray diffraction results indicate that PCGO samples crystallize in the fluorite structure, and the lattice volume decreases with increasing praseodymium content, x. The coefficient of thermal expansion increases with increasing x, and at x = 0.2 shows an optimum value of 12 × 10-6 K-1. Ionic transference number decrease while electronic conductivity increase with increasing x. It has been found that electronic contribution to the total conductivity is higher than ionic contribution for all compositions. The praseodymium doping with cerium dioxide introduces impurity bands within the ceria band gap and facilitates the electronic transition from valance band to conduction band through praseodymium impurity levels. The single cell with configuration, Pr0.2Ce0.75-xGd0.05O2-δ-Ce0.80Gd0.20O2-δ∥Ce0.80Gd0.20O2-δ∥NiO-Ce0.80Gd0.20O2-δ delivers a maximum power density of 98 mW cm-2 at 650 °C.

  11. Calcium-doped ceria materials for anode of solid oxide fuel cells running on methane fuel

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    Zhao, Kai; Du, Yanhai

    2017-04-01

    A calcium-doped ceria with nominal compositions of Ce1-xCaxO2-δ (0.00 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) has been developed as an anode component for solid oxide fuel cells running on methane fuel. Crystal phases of Ce1-xCaxO2-δ are investigated with respect to the amount of calcium dopant. The Ce1-xCaxO2-δ shows single fluorite phase when the calcium is within 15 mol.%, and higher calcium doping levels lead to the appearance of a secondary phase (CaO). Conductivities of Ce1-xCaxO2-δ ceramics are studied by a four-probe method in air and the composition of Ce0.9Ca0.1O2-δ (x = 0.10) is found exhibiting the highest conductivity among the samples investigated in this work. Electrocatalytic properties of Ce0.9Ca0.1O2-δ are evaluated based on Ni-Ce1-xCaxO2-δ anode supported single cell running on methane fuel. At 800 °C, the single cell with Ni-Ce0.9Ca0.1O2-δ (x = 0.10) anode exhibits an optimum maximum powder density (618 mW cm-2) and good performance stability during 30 h operation in methane fuel. The promising findings substantiate the good performance of Ni-Ce0.9Ca0.1O2-δ anode for electrochemical oxidation of methane fuel.

  12. Incubational domain characterization in lightly doped ceria

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

    2012-08-15

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

  13. Detonation nanodiamond introduced into samarium doped ceria electrolyte improving performance of solid oxide fuel cell

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    Pei, Kai; Li, Hongdong; Zou, Guangtian; Yu, Richeng; Zhao, Haofei; Shen, Xi; Wang, Liying; Song, Yanpeng; Qiu, Dongchao

    2017-02-01

    A novel electrolyte materials of introducing detonation nanodiamond (DNDs) into samarium doped ceria (SDC) is reported here. 1%wt. DNDs doping SDC (named SDC/ND) can enlarge the electrotyle grain size and change the valence of partial ceria. DNDs provide the widen channel to accelerate the mobility of oxygen ions in electrolyte. Larger grain size means that oxygen ions move easier in electrolyte, it can also reduce the alternating current (AC) impedance spectra of internal grains. The lower valence of partial Ce provides more oxygen vacancies to enhance mobility rate of oxygen ions. Hence all of them enhance the transportation of oxygen ions in SDC/ND electrolyte and the OCV. Ultimately the power density of SOFC can reach 762 mw cm-2 at 800 °C (twice higher than pure SDC, which is 319 mw cm-2 at 800 °C), and it remains high power density in the intermediate temperature (600-800 °C). It is relatively high for the electrolyte supported (300 μm) cells.

  14. Structural/surface characterization and catalytic evaluation of rare-earth (Y, Sm and La) doped ceria composite oxides for CH3SH catalytic decomposition

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    He, Dedong; Chen, Dingkai; Hao, Husheng; Yu, Jie; Liu, Jiangping; Lu, Jichang; Liu, Feng; Wan, Gengping; He, Sufang; Luo, Yongming

    2016-12-01

    A series of rare earth (Y, Sm and La) doped ceria composite oxides and pure CeO2 were synthesized and evaluated by conducting CH3SH catalytic decomposition test. Several characterization studies, including XRD, BET, Raman, H2-TPR, XPS, FT-IR, CO2-TPD and CH3SH-TPD, were undertaken to correlate structural and surface properties of the obtained ceria-based catalysts with their catalytic performance for CH3SH decomposition. More oxygen vacancies and increased basic sites exhibited in the rare earth doped ceria catalysts. Y doped ceria sample (Ce0.75Y0.25O2-δ), with a moderate increase in basic sites, contained more oxygen vacancies. More structural defects and active sites could be provided, and a relatively small amount of sulfur would accumulate, which resulted in better catalytic performance. The developed catalyst presented good catalytic behavior with stability very similar to that of typical zeolite-based catalysts reported previously. However, La doped ceria catalyst (Ce0.75La0.25O2-δ) with the highest alkalinity was not the most active one. More sulfur species would be adsorbed and a large amount of cerium sulfide species (Ce2S3) would accumulate, which caused deactivation of the catalysts. The combined effect of increased oxygen vacancies and alkalinity led to the catalytic stability of Ce0.75Sm0.25O2-δ sample was comparable to that of pure CeO2 catalyst.

  15. Optimization of ionic conductivity in doped ceria

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

    2006-01-01

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

  16. Redox behaviour of Gd-doped ceria-nickel oxide composites

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    Gil, V.; Larrea, A.; Merino, R. I.; Orera, V. M.

    Reduction kinetics of NiO-gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) composites was studied. NiO-GDC ceramic rods were fabricated by cold isostatic pressing of powders of nanometer size obtained by chemical synthesis. The rods were sintered in air at the maximum contraction temperature, 1350 °C, and treated in reducing atmosphere at different temperatures and reduction times. Progress of the reduction process was followed by the gravimetric method. By adjusting the data obtained from weight loss during the isothermal reduction at temperatures between 500 and 700 °C to standard diffusion models for a cylinder, it was possible to obtain effective diffusion coefficients for the material. The process activation energy was 0.9 ± 0.2 eV indicating that, in the whole temperature range studied, the reduction kinetics is controlled by the diffusion of O 2- throughout the ceramic matrix of GDC. SEM studies in reduced, partially reduced and completely reduced samples reveal a submicrometric microstructure with a uniform distribution of Ni phase surrounded by pores within ceramic GDC matrix. This microstructure is suitable for IT-SOFC anodes.

  17. Ceria Doped Zinc Oxide Nanoflowers Enhanced Luminol-Based Electrochemiluminescence Immunosensor for Amyloid-β Detection.

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    Wang, Jing-Xi; Zhuo, Ying; Zhou, Ying; Wang, Hai-Jun; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Ya-Qin

    2016-05-25

    In this work, ceria doped ZnO nanomaterials with flower-structure (Ce:ZONFs) were prepared to construct a luminol-based electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor for amyloid-β protein (Aβ) detection. Herein, carboxyl groups (-COOH) covered Ce:ZONFs were synthesized by a green method with lysine as reductant. After that, Ce:ZONFs-based ECL nanocomposite was prepared by combining the luminophore of luminol and Ce:ZONFs via amidation and physical absorption. Luminol modified on Ce:ZONFs surface could generate a strong ECL signal under the assistance of reactive oxygen species (ROSs) (such as OH(•) and O2(•-)), which were produced by a catalytic reaction between Ce:ZONFs and H2O2. It was worth noticing that a quick Ce(4+) ↔ Ce(3+) reaction in this doped material could increase the rate of electron transfer to realize the signal amplification. Subsequently, the luminol functionalized Ce:ZONFs (Ce:ZONFs-Lum) were covered by secondary antibody (Ab2) and glucose oxidase (GOD), respectively, to construct a novel Ab2 bioconjugate (Ab2-GOD@Ce:ZONFs-Lum). The wire-structured silver-cysteine complex (AgCys NWs) with a large number of -COOH, which was synthesized by AgNO3 and l-cysteine, was used as substrate of the immunosensor to capture the primary antibody (Ab1). Under the optimal conditions, this proposed ECL immunosensor had exhibited high sensitivity for Aβ detection with a wide linear range from 80 fg/mL to 100 ng/mL and an ultralow detection limit of 52 fg/mL. Meanwhile, this biosensor had good specificity for Aβ, indicating that the provided strategy had a promising potential in the detection of Aβ.

  18. Solid oxide fuel cell bi-layer anode with gadolinia-doped ceria for utilization of solid carbon fuel

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    Kellogg, Isaiah D.; Koylu, Umit O.; Dogan, Fatih

    Pyrolytic carbon was used as fuel in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte and a bi-layer anode composed of nickel oxide gadolinia-doped ceria (NiO-GDC) and NiO-YSZ. The common problems of bulk shrinkage and emergent porosity in the YSZ layer adjacent to the GDC/YSZ interface were avoided by using an interlayer of porous NiO-YSZ as a buffer anode layer between the electrolyte and the NiO-GDC primary anode. Cells were fabricated from commercially available component powders so that unconventional production methods suggested in the literature were avoided, that is, the necessity of glycine-nitrate combustion synthesis, specialty multicomponent oxide powders, sputtering, or chemical vapor deposition. The easily-fabricated cell was successfully utilized with hydrogen and propane fuels as well as carbon deposited on the anode during the cyclic operation with the propane. A cell of similar construction could be used in the exhaust stream of a diesel engine to capture and utilize soot for secondary power generation and decreased particulate pollution without the need for filter regeneration.

  19. Role of the gadolinia-doped ceria interlayer in high-performance intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Jung, Doh Won; Kwak, Chan; Seo, Sooyeon; Moon, Kyoung-Seok; Han, In-taek; Kim, Ju Sik

    2017-09-01

    In this study, Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.1Zn0.1O3-δ (BSCFZ) is used as a cathode with anode-supported scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) as the electrolyte to achieve intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) interlayer is used between the BSCFZ cathode and the ScSZ electrolyte to protect ScSZ against interfacial reaction with the Co-containing cathode. However, an unfavorable reaction occurs at the GDC/ScSZ interface when the sintering temperature of the GDC interlayer is higher than 1200 °C. Thus, the performance of anode-supported SOFCs with GDC interlayers prepared at different sintering temperatures has been evaluated using I-V measurements and AC impedance spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that the sintering temperature of the GDC interlayer should be optimized for both the reaction between the BSCFZ cathode and ScSZ electrolyte and the reaction at the GDC/ScSZ interface. A maximum power density of 0.78 W cm-2 has been achieved at 700 °C with a GDC interlayer sintered at 1200 °C. Furthermore, the cell with the optimized GDC interlayer has been shown to maintain excellent reliability with respect to load cycling and thermal cycling.

  20. High performance metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells with Gd-doped ceria barrier layers

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    Klemensø, Trine; Nielsen, Jimmi; Blennow, Peter; Persson, Åsa H.; Stegk, Tobias; Christensen, Bjarke Holl; Sønderby, Steffen

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are believed to have commercial advantages compared to conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells, with the metal-supported cells having lower material costs, increased tolerance to mechanical and thermal stresses, and lower operational temperatures. The implementation of a metallic support has been challenged by the need to revise the cell fabrication route, as well as electrode microstructures and material choices, to compete with the energy output and stability of full ceramic cells. The metal-supported SOFC design developed at Risø DTU has been improved, and an electrochemical performance beyond the state-of-the-art anode-supported SOFC is demonstrated possible, by introducing a CGO barrier layer in combination with Sr-doped lanthanum cobalt oxide (LSC) cathode. Area specific resistances (ASR) down to 0.27 Ω cm 2, corresponding to a maximum power density of 1.14 W cm -2 at 650 °C and 0.6 V, were obtained on cells with barrier layers fabricated by magnetron sputtering. The performance is dependent on the density of the barrier layer, indicating Sr 2+ diffusion is occurring at the intermediate SOFC temperatures. The optimized design further demonstrate improved durability with steady degradation rates of 0.9% kh -1 in cell voltage for up to 3000 h galvanostatic testing at 650 °C and 0.25 A cm -2.

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

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

    2013-02-15

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

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

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

    2011-12-11

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

  3. Coating of calcia-doped ceria with amorphous silica shell by seeded polymerization technique

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    El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed . E-mail: el-toni@mail.tagen.tohoku.ac.jp; Yin, Shu; Yabe, Shinryo; Sato, Tsugio

    2005-07-12

    Calcia-doped ceria is of potential interest as an ultraviolet (UV) radiation blocking material in personal care products. However, its high catalytic ability for oxidation of organic materials makes it difficult to use as a sunscreen material. Therefore, calcia-doped ceria was coated with amorphous silica by means of seeded polymerization technique in order to depress its oxidation catalytic ability. The catalytic ability as well as UV-shielding ability was investigated for coated particles.

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

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

    2011-05-28

    Numerous investigations have been carried out into the conversion of biogas into synthesis gas (a mixture of H(2) + CO) over Ni/YSZ anode cermet catalysts. Biogas is a variable mixture of gases consisting predominantly of methane and carbon dioxide (usually in a 2 : 1 ratio, but variable with source), with other constituents including sulfur-containing gases such as hydrogen sulfide, which can cause sulfur poisoning of nickel catalysts. The effect of temperature on carbon deposition and sulfur poisoning of 90 : 10 mol% Ni/YSZ under biogas conversion conditions has been investigated by carrying out a series of catalytic reactions of methane-rich (2 : 1) CH(4)/CO(2) mixtures in the absence and presence of H(2)S over the temperature range 750-1000 °C. The effect of ceria-doping on carbon dioxide reforming, carbon deposition and sulfur tolerance has also been investigated by carrying out a similar series of reactions over ceria-doped Ni/YSZ. Ceria was doped at 5 mol% of the nickel content to give an anode catalyst composition of 85.5 : 4.5 : 10 mol% Ni/CeO(2)/YSZ. Reactions were followed using quadrupolar mass spectrometry (QMS) and the amount of carbon deposition was analysed by subjecting the reacted catalyst samples to a post-reaction temperature programmed oxidation (TPO). On undoped Ni/YSZ, carbon deposition occurred predominantly through thermal decomposition of methane. Ceria-doping significantly suppressed methane decomposition and at high temperatures simultaneously promoted the reverse Boudouard reaction, significantly lowering carbon deposition. Sulfur poisoning of Ni/YSZ occurred in two phases, the first of which caused the most activity loss and was accelerated on increasing the reaction temperature, while the second phase had greater stability and became more favourable with increasing reaction temperature. Adding H(2)S significantly inhibited methane decomposition, resulting in much less carbon deposition. Ceria-doping significantly increased the sulfur

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  7. Gadolinia-doped ceria mixed with alkali carbonates for solid oxide fuel cell applications: I. A thermal, structural and morphological insight

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    Benamira, M.; Ringuedé, A.; Albin, V.; Vannier, R.-N.; Hildebrandt, L.; Lagergren, C.; Cassir, M.

    Ceria-based composites are developed and considered as potential electrolytes for intermediate solid oxide fuel cell applications (ITSOFC). After giving a survey of the most relevant results in the literature, the structural, thermal and morphological properties of composite materials based on gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) and alkali carbonates (Li 2CO 3-K 2CO 3 or Li 2CO 3-Na 2CO 3) are carefully examined. Thermal analyses demonstrate the stability of the composite with very low weight losses of both water and CO 2 during thermal cycling and after 168 h ageing. High-temperature and room-temperature X-ray diffraction allowed determining the precise structure of the composite and its regular and reversible evolution with the temperature. The microstructure and morphology of electrolyte pellets, as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), show two-well separated phases: nanocrystals of GDC and a well-distributed carbonate phase. Finally, electrical conductivity determined by impedance spectroscopy is presented as a function of time to highlight the stability of such composites over 1500 h.

  8. The grain growth behavior of NiO in thermally-stable mesoporous gadolinium-doped ceria network for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell anode materials.

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    Ahn, Seunghyun; Koo, Hyun; Bae, Sung-Hwan; Chang, Ikwhang; Cha, Sukwon; Yoo, Young-Sung; Park, Chan

    2014-10-01

    The grain growth behavior of NiO nano grains in mesoporous gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) network was investigated for anode materials of intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Both mesoporous GDC and NiO-GDC powders were synthesized using tri-block copolymer, Pluronic F127 as a structure-directing agent, and then X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, thermo gravimetric analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used for characterization of the mesoporous structure. Mesoporous GDC synthesized using pluronic F127 triblock copolymer had ordered double mesoporous structure with an average pore size of 9.68 nm and was thermally stable up to 700 degrees C. NiO grains in the mesoporous GDC network grew to have an octahedral shape with truncated-edges, but massive NiO agglomeration occurred as the calcination temperature increases up to 850 degrees C.

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

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

    2008-05-01

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

  10. Oxygen vacancy migration in ceria and Pr-doped ceria: a DFT+U study.

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P; Adams, James B; Crozier, Peter; Sharma, Renu

    2010-03-07

    Oxygen vacancy formation and migration in ceria (CeO(2)) is central to its performance as an ionic conductor. It has been observed that ceria doped with suitable aliovalent cationic dopants improves its ionic conductivity. To investigate this phenomenon, we present total energy calculations within the framework of density functional theory to study oxygen vacancy migration in ceria and Pr-doped ceria (PDC). We report activation energies for oxygen vacancy formation and migration in undoped ceria and for different migration pathways in PDC. The activation energy value for oxygen vacancy migration in undoped ceria was found to be in reasonable agreement with the available experimental and theoretical results. Conductivity values for reduced undoped ceria calculated using theoretical activation energy and attempt frequency were found in reasonably good agreement with the experimental data. For PDC, oxygen vacancy formation and migration were investigated at first, second, and third nearest neighbor positions to a Pr ion. The second nearest neighbor site is found to be the most favorable vacancy formation site. Vacancy migration between first, second, and third nearest neighbors was calculated (nine possible jumps), with activation energies ranging from 0.41 to 0.78 eV for first-nearest-neighbor jumps. Overall, the presence of Pr significantly affects vacancy formation and migration, in a complex manner requiring the investigation of many different migration events. We propose a relationship illuminating the role of additional dopants toward lowering the activation energy for vacancy migration in PDC.

  11. Defect equilibria and chemical expansion in undoped and doped ceria and strontium doped lanthanum cobalt iron oxide oxygen conducting materials and their applications in solid-state electrochemical cells

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    Bishop, Sean R.

    Ceramic oxygen conducting materials are used in many energy-related applications from fuel reforming to electricity generation. In a typical ceramic oxygen conductor, oxygen ions are transmitted through a dense membrane via defects in the material. Hence, defects control the performance of these materials. In low oxygen partial pressure, ceria based materials become non-stoichiometric and can form defect complexes that hinder ionic conductivity. In addition, oxygen non-stoichiometry induces strain (chemical expansion) that can result in stresses for composite or constrained applications. In this dissertation the non-stoichiometry and chemical expansion behavior is reported as a function of PO2 for undoped ceria, gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) and strontium doped lanthanum cobalt iron oxide (LSCF). Undoped ceria was measured at 800°C and GDC and LSCF at 600--900°C in a wide PO2 range. It was found that defect interactions could effectively be modeled in ceria based materials using defect complex formation in a mass action formalism and the results were used to model nonlinear chemical expansion behavior. In LSCF, non-stoichiometry and chemical expansion were modeled using using metallic and semi-conductor models. A semi-conductor model with B-site small polarons best represented the measured behavior. The resulting models and parameters can be used to predict mechanical and electrical behavior of SOFC components. Surface oxygen non-stoichiometry has also been measured by comparing low surface area to high surface area samples. It was found that surface defect concentration previously ignored in the literature can result in erroneous non-stoichiometry measurements. In the latter half of this dissertation these materials are applied in SOFC and ceramic oxygen generator (COG) technology. A strategy is presented here for advanced life support systems employs a catalytic layer combined with a COG cell so that CO2 is reduced all the way to solid carbon and oxygen without

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-29

    An 8 nm-thick gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) layer was inserted as a cathodic interlayer between the nanoscale proton-conducting yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BZY) electrolyte and the porous platinum cathode of a micro-solid oxide fuel cell (μ-SOFC), which has effectively improved the cathode reaction kinetics and rendered high cell power density. The addition of the GDC interlayer significantly reduced the cathodic activation loss and increased the peak power density of the μ-SOFC by 33% at 400 °C. The peak power density reached 445 mW/cm(2) at 425 °C, which is the highest among the reported μ-SOFCs using proton-conducting electrolytes. The impressive performance was attributed to the mixed protonic and oxygen ionic conducting properties of the nano-granular GDC, and also to the high densities of grain boundaries and lattice defects in GDC interlayer that favored the oxygen incorporation and transportation during the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the water evolution reaction at cathode.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  15. Gadolinium doped Ceria nanocrystals synthesized from mesoporous silica

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    Rossinyol, Emma; Pellicer, Eva; Prim, Anna; Estradé, Sònia; Arbiol, Jordi; Peiró, Francesca; Cornet, Albert; Morante, Joan Ramon

    2008-02-01

    Highly crystalline and thermally stable gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) particles have been synthesized by hard template route for the first time. This oxide is being recognized as an intermediate temperature (500-700 °C) electrolyte material for applications in solid-oxide fuel cells. The GDC particles show high crystallinity and nanometric size (2.83 ± 0.05 nm in diameter) and Raman analyses confirm the formation of the solid solution instead of a CeO2 and Gd2O3 mixture. EDX and EELS studies indicate a stoichiometry coherent with the Gd0.2Ce0.8O1.9 phase. The synthesized nanometric powder is expected to be used in solid oxide fuel cells as well as in the catalytic treatment of automobile exhaust fumes.

  16. Enhanced ionic conductivity of co-doped ceria-carbonate nano composite electrolyte material for LT-SOFCs

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    Venkataramana, Kasarapu; Madhuri, Chittimadula; Reddy, C. Vishnuvardhan

    2017-05-01

    Co-doped ceria Ce0.8Sm0.1Y0.12-δ and co-doped ceria-carbonate nano composite Ce0.8Sm0.1Y0.1O2-δ - (Na-K)2CO3 used as electrolytes in low temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LT-SOFCs) were synthesized. Structural and morphological studies were characterized by XRD and SEM. Electrical conductivity measurements were carried out by using Impedance Spectroscopy in the temperature range of 100 to 500°C. It was observed that the co-doped ceria-carbonate Nano composite material exhibited high ionic conductivity than that of co-doped ceria making it useful as promising electrolyte material for LT-SOFCs.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  18. Evaluation of the Effect of Sulfur on the Performance of Nickel/Gadolinium-Doped Ceria Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes.

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    Riegraf, Matthias; Yurkiv, Vitaliy; Costa, Rémi; Schiller, Günter; Friedrich, K Andreas

    2017-02-08

    The focus of this study is the measurement and understanding of the sulfur poisoning phenomena of Ni/gadolinium-doped ceria (CGO) based solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Cells with Ni/CGO10 and NiCu5/CGO40 anodes were characterized by using impedance spectroscopy at different temperatures and H2 /H2 O fuel ratios. The short-term sulfur poisoning behavior was investigated systematically at temperatures of 800-950 °C, current densities of 0-0.75 A cm(-2) , and H2 S concentrations of 1-20 ppm. A sulfur poisoning mitigation effect was observed at high current loads and temperatures. The poisoning behavior was reversible for short exposure times. It was observed that the sulfur-affected processes exhibited significantly different relaxation times that depend on the Gd content in the CGO phase. Moreover, it was demonstrated that the capacitance of Ni/CGO10 anodes is strongly dependent on the temperature and gas-phase composition, which reflects a changing Ce(3+) /Ce(4+) ratio. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  19. Multi-scale analysis of the diffusion barrier layer of gadolinia-doped ceria in a solid oxide fuel cell operated in a stack for 3000 h

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    Morales, M.; Miguel-Pérez, V.; Tarancón, A.; Slodczyk, A.; Torrell, M.; Ballesteros, B.; Ouweltjes, J. P.; Bassat, J. M.; Montinaro, D.; Morata, A.

    2017-03-01

    The state-of-the-art materials for SOFCs are yttria-stabilized zirconia as electrolyte and lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite as cathode. However, the formation of insulating phases between them requires the use of diffusion barriers, typically made of gadolinia doped ceria. The study of the stability of this layer during the fabrication and in operando is currently one of the major goals of the SOFC industry. In this work, the cation inter-diffusion at the cathode/barrier layer/electrolyte region is analysed for an anode-supported cell industrially fabricated by conventional techniques, assembled in a short-stack and tested under real operation conditions for 3000 h. A comprehensive study of this cell, and an equivalent non-operated one, is performed in order to understand the inter-diffusion mechanisms with possible effects on the final performance. The analyses evidence that the cation diffusion is occurring during the fabrication process. Despite the significant diffusion of Ce,Gd, Zr, Y and Sr cations, the formation of typically reported CGO-YSZ solid solution is not observed while the presence of isolated grains of SrZrO3 is proved. All in all, this study presents new insights into the stability of the typically employed diffusion barriers for solid oxide cells that will guide future strategies to improve their performance and durability.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  1. Pyrolysis result of polyethylene waste as fuel for solid oxide fuel cell with samarium doped-ceria (SDC)-carbonate as electrolyte

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    Syahputra, R. J. E.; Rahmawati, F.; Prameswari, A. P.; Saktian, R.

    2017-02-01

    In this research, the result of pyrolysis on polyethylene was used as fuel for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The pyrolysis result is a liquid which consists of hydrocarbon chains. According to GC-MS analysis, the hydrocarbons mainly consist of C7 to C20 hydrocarbon chain. Then, the liquid was applied to a single cell of NSDC-L | NSDC | NSDC-L. NSDC is a composite SDC (samarium doped-ceria) with sodium carbonate. Meanwhile, NSDC-L is a composite of NSDC with LiNiCuO (LNC). NSDC and LNC were analyzed by X-ray diffraction to understand their crystal structure. The result shows that presence of carbonate did not change the crystal structure of SDC. SEM EDX analysis for fuel cell before and after being loaded with polyethylene oil to get information of element diffusion to the electrolyte. Meanwhile, the conductivity properties were investigated through impedance measurement. The presence of carbonate even increases the electrical conductivity. The single cell test with the pyrolysis result of polyethylene at 300 – 600 °C, found that the highest power density is at 600 °C with the maximum power density of 0.14 mW/cm2 and open circuit voltage of 0.4 Volt. Elemental analysis at three point spots of single cell NDSC-L |NSDC|NSDC-L found that a migration of ions was occurred during fuel operation at 300 – 600 °C.

  2. Samarium doped ceria-(Li/Na) 2CO 3 composite electrolyte and its electrochemical properties in low temperature solid oxide fuel cell

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    Di, Jing; Chen, Mingming; Wang, Chengyang; Zheng, Jiaming; Fan, Liangdong; Zhu, Bin

    A composite of samarium doped ceria (SDC) and a binary carbonate eutectic (52 mol% Li 2CO 3/48 mol% Na 2CO 3) is investigated with respect to its morphology, conductivity and fuel cell performances. The morphology study shows the composition could prevent SDC particles from agglomeration. The conductivity is measured under air, argon and hydrogen, respectively. A sharp increase in conductivity occurs under all the atmospheres, which relates to the superionic phase transition in the interface phases between SDC and carbonates. Single cells with the composite electrolyte are fabricated by a uniaxial die-press method using NiO/electrolyte as anode and lithiated NiO/electrolyte as cathode. The cell shows a maximum power density of 590 mW cm -2 at 600 °C, using hydrogen as the fuel and air as the oxidant. Unlike that of cells based on pure oxygen ionic conductor or pure protonic conductor, the open circuit voltage of the SDC-carbonate based fuel cell decreases with an increase in water content of either anodic or cathodic inlet gas, indicating the electrolyte is a co-ionic (H +/O 2-) conductor. The results also exhibit that oxygen ionic conductivity contributes to the major part of the whole conductivity under fuel cell circumstances.

  3. Evaluation of the Effect of Sulfur on the Performance of Nickel/Gadolinium‐Doped Ceria Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes

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    Yurkiv, Vitaliy; Costa, Rémi; Schiller, Günter; Friedrich, K. Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The focus of this study is the measurement and understanding of the sulfur poisoning phenomena of Ni/gadolinium‐doped ceria (CGO) based solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Cells with Ni/CGO10 and NiCu5/CGO40 anodes were characterized by using impedance spectroscopy at different temperatures and H2/H2O fuel ratios. The short‐term sulfur poisoning behavior was investigated systematically at temperatures of 800–950 °C, current densities of 0–0.75 A cm−2, and H2S concentrations of 1–20 ppm. A sulfur poisoning mitigation effect was observed at high current loads and temperatures. The poisoning behavior was reversible for short exposure times. It was observed that the sulfur‐affected processes exhibited significantly different relaxation times that depend on the Gd content in the CGO phase. Moreover, it was demonstrated that the capacitance of Ni/CGO10 anodes is strongly dependent on the temperature and gas‐phase composition, which reflects a changing Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio. PMID:27863123

  4. Influence of samaria doping on the resistance of ceria thin films and its implications to the planar oxygen sensing devices

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    Gupta, Shilpi; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Jiang, Weilin; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Prasad, Shalini

    2009-05-27

    In order to evaluate and analyze the effect of samarium (Sm) doping on the resistance of cerium oxide, we have grown highly oriented samaria doped ceria (SDC) thin films on sapphire, Al2O3 (0001) substrates by using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (OPA-MBE). The film growth was monitored using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) which shows two-dimensional growth throughout the deposition. Following growth, the thin films were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). XPS depth-profile shows Sm atoms are uniformly distributed in ceria lattice throughout the bulk of the film. The valence states of Ce and Sm in doped thin films are found to be Ce4+ and Sm3+, respectively. HRXRD shows the samaria doped ceria films on Al2O3(0001) exhibit (111) preferred orientation. Ion-channeling in RBS measurements confirms high quality of the thin films. The resistance of the samaria doped ceria films, obtained by two probe measurement capability under various oxygen pressure (1mTorr-100Torr) and temperatures (623K to 973K), is significantly lower than that of pure ceria under same conditions. The 6Sm% doped ceria film is the optimum composition for highest conductivity. This is attributed to the increased oxygen vacant sites in fluorite crystal structure of the epitaxial thin films which facilitate faster oxygen diffusion through hopping process.

  5. Direct evidence of dopant segregation in Gd-doped ceria

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

    2011-02-01

    Microstructures and segregations of dopants and associated oxygen vacancies in gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) have been characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning TEM (STEM). Diffuse scattering was detected in 25 at. % GDC (25GDC) in comparison to 10GDC, which is ascribed to nanodomain formation in 25GDC. HRTEM, dark-field, and STEM Z-contrast imaging investigations all provide direct evidence for dopant segregation in doped ceria. It is illustrated that dopant cations cannot only segregate in grain interior forming larger nanodomains but also at grain boundary forming smaller ones. Detailed analyses about nanodomain formation and related dopant segregation behaviors are then elucidated.

  6. Local structural study of doped-ceria by EXAFS spectroscopy

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    Shirbhate, S. C.; Acharya, S. A.; Yadav, A. K.; Sagdeo, A. P.; Jha, S. N.

    2016-05-23

    In the present work, Structural and Local structural study of Sm, Gd doped and Sm-Gd co-doped ceria system has been studied by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (EXAFS). These ceria based systems are synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis route. Fluorite structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and data is well fitted using Rietveld refinement by Full-Prof suite. Local structural changes in terms of coordination with surrounding, inter atomic distances and Debye Waller factor of nearest neighbor and next nearest neighbor has been discussed.

  7. Local structural study of doped-ceria by EXAFS spectroscopy

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    Shirbhate, S. C.; Yadav, A. K.; Acharya, S. A.; Sagdeo, A. P.; Jha, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, Structural and Local structural study of Sm, Gd doped and Sm-Gd co-doped ceria system has been studied by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (EXAFS). These ceria based systems are synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis route. Fluorite structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and data is well fitted using Rietveld refinement by Full-Prof suite. Local structural changes in terms of coordination with surrounding, inter atomic distances and Debye Waller factor of nearest neighbor and next nearest neighbor has been discussed.

  8. Two-dimensional, high valence-doped ceria: Ce6WO12(100)/W(110)

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    Stetsovych, Vitalii; Skála, Tomáš; Beran, Jan; Dvořák, Filip; Mazur, Daniel; Tsud, Nataliya; Mašek, Karel; Mysliveček, Josef; Matolín, Vladimír

    2016-05-01

    Doping of oxides for catalytic applications represents one of the most used strategies for improving their catalytic performance. Model catalyst systems for doped oxides that would contain the dopant atoms in a well-defined geometry allowing for investigation of relationships between structure and reactivity are however rare. Here we report on preparation and structural properties of two-dimensional W-doped ceria on W(110) substrate. This model system adopts geometry of two-dimensional Ce6WO12 (100)-oriented thin film, including isolated W6+ ions that donate the charge to Ce3+ ions and act as high-valence dopants. The system represents a model catalyst for prospective use in investigating the role of W6+ active sites in CeOx-WOx catalysts and high valence dopants in ceria in general.

  9. Ceria and copper/ceria functional coatings for electrochemical applications: Materials preparation and characterization

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    Melnik, J.; Fu, X. Z.; Luo, J. L.; Sanger, A. R.; Chuang, K. T.; Yang, Q. M.

    Following preliminary investigations, two electrodeposition techniques (electrophoretic and electrolytic) were selected and adapted for deposition of doped ceria ceramic and copper/doped ceria composite coatings on Ni substrates (foil and foam). The copper/doped ceria composites have potential value as protective functional coatings for current collectors in electrochemical cells including solid oxide fuel sells (SOFC). The doped ceria ceramic coating has potential application as a porous matrix for anodes of SOFCs operating on syngas, sour gas, or hydrocarbons.

  10. Nanodomain formation and distribution in Gd-doped ceria

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

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comprehensive investigation of nanodomain formation and distribution in Gd-doped ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Direct experimental evidence of nanodomain formation at grain boundaries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanodomain at grain boundaries would be another possible reason for grain boundary resistivity. -- Abstract: A comprehensive study, with a combination of diverse analytical techniques, was performed to investigate nanodomain formation and distribution in gadolinium-doped ceria. It is illustrated that the nanodomain formation, originating from the aggregation and segregation of dopant cations together with associated charge-compensating oxygen vacancies, is ubiquitous throughout doped ceria. The formation of nanodomains is not limited to bulk areas as previously reported but exists at grain boundaries as well. With enhanced ordering level, such nanodomains formed at grain boundaries will decrease the ionic conductivity as a result of hindered the mobility of oxygen vacancies in doped ceria. Particularly, the nanodomains formed at grain boundaries, with strong defect interactions due to enrichment of dopants and ordered oxygen vacancies, are suggested to be another possible reason for the grain-boundary resistance, other than the widely accepted space-charge layers.

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

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

    2015-03-28

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  14. Nanocrystalline gadolinium doped ceria: combustion synthesis and electrical characterization.

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    Dutta, Atanu; Patra, Saheli; Bedekar, Vinila; Tyagi, A K; Basu, R N

    2009-05-01

    Twenty mol% gadolinium doped ceria powders were prepared by citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis technique. Two different sources of cerium viz. cerium nitrate and ammonium ceric nitrate were used in different oxidant-to-fuel ratios. The crystallite size of the synthesized powders ranged 5-27 nm was obtained depending on the preparation conditions with average particle size in the range 0.64-1.26 microm. Although, the powders were found to be agglomerated in nature, these powders were highly sinter-active as they showed very high sintered density (> or = 95%) when sintered at 1250 degrees C having grain size in the range of 200-500 nm. The electrical conductivity was found to depend on the temperature with two distinct regimes at a transition point of 350 degrees C. The grain boundary showed a significant role in the total conductivity with its activation energy dependent on the material preparation conditions. The activation energy of total conduction was found to be significantly low (-0.5 eV) in the temperature range of 400-700 degrees C, this property is unique for application as an electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell operating in the low temperature range. It was found that a fuel-deficient combustion reaction using cerium nitrate as the oxidant yielded the best quality powder which showed a maximum electrical conductivity of -1.74 x 10(-2) S/cm at 600 degrees C.

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

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

    2014-03-01

    Correlation between atomic positional shift, oxygen vacancy defects, and oxide ion conductivity in doped ceria system has been established in the gadolinium doped ceria system from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy study at operating temperature (300-600 °C) of Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFC). High temperature XRD data are used to quantify atomic positional shift from mean position with temperature. The Raman spectroscopy study shows additional vibration modes related to ordering of defect spaces (GdCe'-Vo••)* and (2GdCe'-Vo••)x generated due to association of oxygen vacancies and reduced cerium or dopant cations site (Gd3+), which disappear at 450 °C; indicating oxygen vacancies dissociation from the defect complex. The experimental evidences of cation-anion positional shifting and oxygen vacancies dissociation from defect complex in the IT-SOFC operating temperature are discussed to correlate with activation energy for ionic conductivity.

  16. Study of fluorescence quenching in aluminum-doped ceria nanoparticles: potential molecular probe for dissolved oxygen.

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    Shehata, N; Meehan, K; Leber, D

    2013-05-01

    This work investigates a novel usage of aluminum-doped ceria nanoparticles (ADC-NPs), as the molecular probe in optical fluorescence quenching for sensing the dissolved oxygen (DO). Cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles can be considered one of the most unique nanomaterials that are being studied today due to the diffusion and reactivity of oxygen vacancies in ceria, which contributes to its high oxygen storage capability. Aluminum can be considered a promising dopant to increase the oxygen ionic conductivity in ceria nanoparticles which can improve the sensitivity of ceria nanoparticles to DO. The fluorescence intensity of ADC-NPs, synthesized via chemical precipitation, is found to have a strong inverse relationship with the DO concentration in aqueous solutions. Stern-Volmer constant of ADC-NPs at room temperature is determined to be 454.6 M(-1), which indicates that ADC-NPs have a promising sensitivity to dissolved oxygen, compared to many presently used fluorophores. In addition, Stern-Volmer constant is found to have a relatively small dependence on temperature between 25 °C to 50 °C, which shows excellent thermal stability of ADC-NPs sensitivity. Our work suggests that ADC-NPs, at 6 nm, are the smallest diameter DO molecular probes between the currently used optical DO sensors composed of different nanostructures. This investigation can improve the performance of fluorescence-quenching DO sensors for industrial and environmental applications.

  17. Structural and catalytic properties of lanthanide (La, Eu, Gd) doped ceria

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    Hernandez, W.Y.; Laguna, O.H.; Centeno, M.A.; Odriozola, J.A.

    2011-11-15

    Ce{sub 0.9}M{sub 0.1}O{sub 2-{delta}} mixed oxides (M=La, Eu and Gd) were synthesized by coprecipitation. Independent of the dopant cation, the obtained solids maintain the F-type crystalline structure, characteristic of CeO{sub 2} (fluorite structure) without phase segregation. The ceria lattice expands depending on the ionic radii of the dopant cation, as indicated by X-ray diffraction studies. This effect also agrees with the observed shift of the F{sub 2g} Raman vibrational mode. The presence of the dopant cations in the ceria lattice increases the concentration of structural oxygen vacancies and the reducibility of the redox pair Ce{sup 4+}/Ce{sup 3+}. All synthesized materials show higher catalytic activity for the CO oxidation reaction than that of bare CeO{sub 2}, being Eu-doped solid the one with the best catalytic performances despite of its lower surface area. - Graphical abstract: In this work, Ce{sub 0.9}M{sub 0.1}O{sub 2-{delta}} mixed oxides (M=La, Eu and Gd) were synthesized by coprecipitation. Independent of the dopant cation, the obtained solids maintain the F-type crystalline structure, characteristic of CeO{sub 2} (fluorite structure) without phase segregation. The ceria lattice expands depending on the ionic radii of the dopant cation, as indicated by X-ray diffraction studies. This effect also agrees with the observed shift of the F{sub 2g} Raman vibrational mode. The presence of the dopant cations in the ceria lattice increases the concentration of structural oxygen vacancies and the reducibility of the redox pair Ce{sup 4+}/Ce{sup 3+}. All synthesized materials show higher catalytic activity for the CO oxidation reaction than that of bare CeO{sub 2}, being Eu-doped solid the one with the best catalytic performances despite of its lower surface area. Highlights: > Lanthanide doped ceria as catalytic supports for CO oxidation reaction. > A higher concentration of oxygen vacancies promotes a higher catalytic activity. > Eu-doped ceria shows

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

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    Datta, Pradyot Majewski, Peter; Aldinger, Fritz

    2009-02-15

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

  19. Ordered structures of defect clusters in gadolinium-doped ceria.

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Ye, Fei; Ou, Dingrong; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-06-14

    The nano-domain, with short-range ordered structure, has been widely observed in rare-earth-doped ceria. Atomistic simulation has been employed to investigate the ordering structure of the nano-domain, as a result of aggregation and segregation of dopant cations and the associated oxygen vacancies in gadolinium-doped ceria. It is found that the binding energy of defect cluster increases as a function of cluster size, which provides the intrinsic driving force for the defect cluster growth. However, the ordered structures of the defect clusters are different from the chain model as previously reported. Adjacent oxygen vacancies prefer to locate along <110>/2 lattice vector, which results in a unique stable structure (isosceles triangle) formation. Such isosceles triangle structure can act as the smallest unit of cluster growth to form a symmetric dumbbell structure. This unique dumbbell structure is hence considered as a building block for the development of larger defect clusters, leading to nano-domain formation in rare-earth-doped ceria.

  20. Ordered structures of defect clusters in gadolinium-doped ceria

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Ye, Fei; Ou, Dingrong; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-06-01

    The nano-domain, with short-range ordered structure, has been widely observed in rare-earth-doped ceria. Atomistic simulation has been employed to investigate the ordering structure of the nano-domain, as a result of aggregation and segregation of dopant cations and the associated oxygen vacancies in gadolinium-doped ceria. It is found that the binding energy of defect cluster increases as a function of cluster size, which provides the intrinsic driving force for the defect cluster growth. However, the ordered structures of the defect clusters are different from the chain model as previously reported. Adjacent oxygen vacancies prefer to locate along <110>/2 lattice vector, which results in a unique stable structure (isosceles triangle) formation. Such isosceles triangle structure can act as the smallest unit of cluster growth to form a symmetric dumbbell structure. This unique dumbbell structure is hence considered as a building block for the development of larger defect clusters, leading to nano-domain formation in rare-earth-doped ceria.

  1. Gadolinia-Doped Ceria Cathodes for Electrolysis of CO2

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    Adler, Stuart B.

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  3. Polypropylene oil as fuel for solid oxide fuel cell with samarium doped-ceria (SDC)-carbonate as electrolyte

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    Syahputra, R. J. E.; Rahmawati, F.; Prameswari, A. P.; Saktian, R.

    2017-03-01

    The research focusses on converting polypropylene oil as pyrolysis product of polypropylene plastic into an electricity. The converter was a direct liquid fuel-solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with cerium oxide based material as electrolyte. The polypropylene vapor flowed into fuel cell, in the anode side and undergo oxidation reaction, meanwhile, the Oxygen in atmosphere reduced into oxygen ion at cathode. The fuel cell test was conducted at 400 - 600 °C. According to GC-MS analysis, the polypropylene oil consist of C8 to C27 hydrocarbon chain. The XRD analysis result shows that Na2CO3 did not change the crystal structure of SDC even increases the electrical conductivity. The maximum power density is 0.079 mW.cm-2 at 773 K. The open circuite voltage is 0.77 volt. Chemical stability test by analysing the single cell at before and after fuel cell test found that ionic migration occured during fuel cell operation. It is supported by the change of elemental composition in the point position of electrolyte and at the electrolyte-electrode interface

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  5. Dislocation associated incubational domain formation in lightly gadolinium-doped ceria.

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Ye, Fei; Ou, Ding Rong; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-02-01

    Nanosized incubational domain was observed in 10 at.% gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Dislocations were extensively observed in 10 at.% GDC instead of heavily doped 25 at.% GDC. By Fast Fourier Transform and Inverse Fast Fourier Transform analysis, it was noticed that the incubational domain existing in 10 at.% GDC has different lattice spacing and orientation from the neighboring ceria matrix. Furthermore, dislocations were usually observed in the interface region between the incubational domain and the ceria matrix. Based on experimental results, the formation mechanism of dislocation associated incubational domain in lightly gadolinium-doped ceria is rationalized.

  6. Iron-ceria Aerogels Doped with Palladium as Water-gas Shift Catalysts for the Production of Hydrogen

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    Bali, S.; Huggins, F; Ernst, R; Pugmire, R; Huffman, G; Eyring, E

    2010-01-01

    Mixed 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels doped with 1% and 2% palladium (Pd) by weight have been synthesized, and their activities for the catalysis of water-gas shift (WGS) reaction have been determined. The aerogels were synthesized using propylene oxide as the proton scavenger for the initiation of hydrolysis and polycondensation of a homogeneous alcoholic solution of cerium(III) chloride heptahydrate and iron(III) chloride hexahydrate precursor. Palladium was doped onto some of these materials by gas-phase incorporation (GPI) using ({eta}{sup 3}-allyl)({eta}{sup 5}-cyclopentadienyl)palladium as the volatile Pd precursor. Water-gas shift catalytic activities were evaluated in a six-channel fixed-bed reactor at atmospheric pressure and reaction temperatures ranging from 150 to 350 C. Both 1% and 2% Pd-doped 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels showed WGS activities that increased significantly from 150 to 350 C. The activities of 1% Pd-doped 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels were also compared with that of the 1% Pd-doped ceria aerogel without iron. The WGS activity of 1% Pd on 4.5% iron oxide-95.5% cerium oxide aerogels is substantially higher (5 times) than the activity of 1% Pd-doped ceria aerogel without iron. The gas-phase incorporation results in a better Pd dispersion. Ceria aerogel provides a nonrigid structure wherein iron is not significantly incorporated inside the matrix, thereby resulting in better contact between the Fe and Pd and thus enhancing the WGS activity. Further, neither Fe nor Pd is reduced during the ceria-aerogel-catalyzed WGS reaction. This behavior contrasts with that noted for other Fe-based WGS catalysts, in which the original ferric oxide is typically reduced to a nonstoichiometric magnetite form.

  7. Structural and catalytic properties of lanthanide (La, Eu, Gd) doped ceria

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    Hernández, W. Y.; Laguna, O. H.; Centeno, M. A.; Odriozola, J. A.

    2011-11-01

    Ce 0.9M0.1O 2- δ mixed oxides ( M=La, Eu and Gd) were synthesized by coprecipitation. Independent of the dopant cation, the obtained solids maintain the F-type crystalline structure, characteristic of CeO 2 (fluorite structure) without phase segregation. The ceria lattice expands depending on the ionic radii of the dopant cation, as indicated by X-ray diffraction studies. This effect also agrees with the observed shift of the F2g Raman vibrational mode. The presence of the dopant cations in the ceria lattice increases the concentration of structural oxygen vacancies and the reducibility of the redox pair Ce 4+/Ce 3+. All synthesized materials show higher catalytic activity for the CO oxidation reaction than that of bare CeO 2, being Eu-doped solid the one with the best catalytic performances despite of its lower surface area.

  8. A density functional study of defect migration in gadolinium doped ceria.

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P; Adams, James B; Crozier, Peter; Sharma, Renu

    2010-07-28

    Oxygen ion conductivity of doped ceria is observed to be two-three orders of magnitude higher than yttria stabilized zirconia, the most widely used solid electrolyte material at temperatures below 600 degrees C. Gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) is known to be one of the most promising solid electrolyte materials for operation of solid oxide fuel cells below 600 degrees C. To understand the atomic defect migration in GDC, we have used total energy calculations within the framework of density functional theory to follow oxygen vacancy migration in GDC. We report activation energies for various oxygen vacancy migration pathways in GDC. Oxygen vacancy formation and migration were evaluated for first, second, and third nearest neighbor positions to a Gd(3+) ion. Due to the comparable ionic radii of Gd(3+) and host Ce(4+) ions, the first nearest neighbor site with respect to the dopant cation is found to be the most favorable oxygen vacancy formation site. The migration pathway where the vacancy migrates from a second to first nearest neighbor is found to be most favorable. The calculated activation energies for oxygen vacancy migration in GDC are compared against the reported measured and calculated values from the literature. This work will provide a foundation for the development of a kinetic lattice Monte Carlo model for vacancy diffusion in GDC, which will improve the understanding of oxygen ion conductivity in doped ceria.

  9. 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.

  10. Is Steam an Oxidant or a Reductant for Nickel/Doped‐Ceria Cermets?

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    Papaefthimiou, Vasiliki; Niakolas, Dimitris K.; Paloukis, Fotios; Dintzer, Thierry

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Nickel/doped‐ceria composites are promising electrocatalysts for solid‐oxide fuel and electrolysis cells. Very often steam is present in the feedstock of the cells, frequently mixed with other gases, such as hydrogen or CO2. An increase in the steam concentration in the feed mixture is considered accountable for the electrode oxidation and the deactivation of the device. However, direct experimental evidence of the steam interaction with nickel/doped‐ceria composites, with adequate surface specificity, are lacking. Herein we explore in situ the surface state of nickel/gadolinium‐doped ceria (NiGDC) under O2, H2, and H2O environments by using near‐ambient‐pressure X‐ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopies. Changes in the surface oxidation state and composition of NiGDC in response to the ambient gas are observed. It is revealed that, in the mbar pressure regime and at intermediate temperature conditions (500–700 °C), steam acts as an oxidant for nickel but has a dual oxidant/reductant function for doped ceria. PMID:27792266

  11. Disinfection effects of undoped and silver-doped ceria powders of nanometer crystallite size

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    Tsai, Dah-Shyang; Yang, Tzu-Sen; Huang, Yu-Sheng; Peng, Pei-Wen; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2016-01-01

    Being endowed with an ability of capturing and releasing oxygen, the ceria surface conventionally assumes the role of catalyzing redox reactions in chemistry. This catalytic effect also makes possible its cytotoxicity toward microorganisms at room temperature. To study this cytotoxicity, we synthesized the doped and undoped ceria particles of 8–9 nm in size using an inexpensive precipitation method and evaluated their disinfecting aptitudes with the turbidimetric and plate count methods. Among the samples being analyzed, the silver-doped ceria exhibits the highest sterilization ability, yet the undoped ceria is the most intriguing. The disinfection effect of undoped ceria is moderate in magnitude, demanding a physical contact between the ceria surface and bacteria cell wall, or the redox catalysis that can damage the cell wall and result in the cell killing. Evidently, this effect is short-range and depends strongly on dispersion of the nanoparticles. In contrast, the disinfection effects of silver-doped ceria reach out several millimeters since it releases silver ions to poison the surrounding microorganisms. Additionally, the aliovalent silver substitution creates more ceria defects. The synergetic combination, silver poisoning and heterogeneous redox catalysis, lifts and extends the disinfecting capability of silver-doped ceria to a superior level. PMID:27330294

  12. Disinfection effects of undoped and silver-doped ceria powders of nanometer crystallite size.

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    Tsai, Dah-Shyang; Yang, Tzu-Sen; Huang, Yu-Sheng; Peng, Pei-Wen; Ou, Keng-Liang

    2016-01-01

    Being endowed with an ability of capturing and releasing oxygen, the ceria surface conventionally assumes the role of catalyzing redox reactions in chemistry. This catalytic effect also makes possible its cytotoxicity toward microorganisms at room temperature. To study this cytotoxicity, we synthesized the doped and undoped ceria particles of 8-9 nm in size using an inexpensive precipitation method and evaluated their disinfecting aptitudes with the turbidimetric and plate count methods. Among the samples being analyzed, the silver-doped ceria exhibits the highest sterilization ability, yet the undoped ceria is the most intriguing. The disinfection effect of undoped ceria is moderate in magnitude, demanding a physical contact between the ceria surface and bacteria cell wall, or the redox catalysis that can damage the cell wall and result in the cell killing. Evidently, this effect is short-range and depends strongly on dispersion of the nanoparticles. In contrast, the disinfection effects of silver-doped ceria reach out several millimeters since it releases silver ions to poison the surrounding microorganisms. Additionally, the aliovalent silver substitution creates more ceria defects. The synergetic combination, silver poisoning and heterogeneous redox catalysis, lifts and extends the disinfecting capability of silver-doped ceria to a superior level.

  13. Low-temperature preparation by polymeric complex solution synthesis of Cu-Gd-doped ceria cermets for solid oxide fuel cells anodes: Sinterability, microstructures and electrical properties

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    Tartaj, J.; Gil, V.; Moure, A.

    A homogeneous dispersion of fine CuO in a gadolinia-doped ceria (CGO) ceramic matrix by the polymeric organic complex solution method has been achieved. Highly sinterable powders were prepared by this method after calcining the precursor at 600 °C and attrition milled. The powders consist of individual particles of few tens of nanometer in size with a low agglomeration state. The isopressed compacts were sintered in air at 1000 °C and reducing in N 2 90%-H 2 10% atmosphere to form Cu-CGO cermets. The microstructures showed a uniform distribution of porous metallic Cu particles surrounded by microporous spaces. The influence of Cu content in Cu-CGO cermets on the electrode performance has been investigated in order to create the most suitable microstructure. The electrical properties of Cu-CGO cermets have been also studied using impedance spectroscopy, in the temperature range form 150 to about 700 °C in argon atmosphere. These measurements determined a high value of electrical conductivity at 700 °C, similar to that corresponded to pure metallic cupper.

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  15. High performance novel gadolinium doped ceria/yttria stabilized zirconia/nickel layered and hybrid thin film anodes for application in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Garcia-Garcia, F. J.; Beltrán, A. M.; Yubero, F.; González-Elipe, A. R.; Lambert, R. M.

    2017-09-01

    Magnetron sputtering under oblique angle deposition was used to produce Ni-containing ultra thin film anodes comprising alternating layers of gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) of either 200 nm or 1000 nm thickness. The evolution of film structure from initial deposition, through calcination and final reduction was examined by XRD, SEM, TEM and TOF-SIMS. After subsequent fuel cell usage, the porous columnar architecture of the two-component layered thin film anodes was maintained and their resistance to delamination from the underlying YSZ electrolyte was superior to that of corresponding single component Ni-YSZ and Ni-GDC thin films. Moreover, the fuel cell performance of the 200 nm layered anodes compared favorably with conventional commercially available thick anodes. The observed dependence of fuel cell performance on individual layer thicknesses prompted study of equivalent but more easily fabricated hybrid anodes consisting of simultaneously deposited Ni-GDC and Ni-YSZ, which procedure resulted in exceptionally intimate mixing and interaction of the components. The hybrids exhibited very unusual and favorable Isbnd V characteristics, along with exceptionally high power densities at high currents. Their discovery is the principal contribution of the present work.

  16. Evaluation of ceria electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells electric power generation

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    Milliken, C.; Guruswamy, S.; Khandkar, A.

    1999-03-01

    Samaria-doped ceria solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) single cells have demonstrated power densities >250 mW/cm{sup 2} at 700 C and stable performance for 15,000 h. Though encouraging, issues of stack performance and efficiency due to mixed conduction remain. Stacks operated on H{sub 2}/3% H{sub 2}O show approximately half the power density expected from single cells. A coupled thermal-electrochemical model which included conduction heat transfer in the solid and convection to the reactant gases was developed. The model was used to predict stack efficiencies using ceria-based SOFCs in power plant applications. Analyses indicate that ceria SOFCs may provide as high as 42% electrical efficiency when operated on humidified hydrogen fuel. These efficiencies are surprisingly high and challenge the notion that mixed conductors are unsuitable for such applications.

  17. Mechanical characterization of hydroxyapatite, thermoelectric materials and doped ceria

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    Fan, Xiaofeng

    For a variety of applications of brittle ceramic materials, porosity plays a critical role structurally and/or functionally, such as in engineered bone scaffolds, thermoelectric materials and in solid oxide fuel cells. The presence of porosity will affect the mechanical properties, which are essential to the design and application of porous brittle materials. In this study, the mechanical property versus microstructure relations for bioceramics, thermoelectric (TE) materials and solid oxide fuel cells were investigated. For the bioceramic material hydroxyapatite (HA), the Young's modulus was measured using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) as a function of (i) porosity and (ii) microcracking damage state. The fracture strength was measured as a function of porosity using biaxial flexure testing, and the distribution of the fracture strength was studied by Weibull analysis. For the natural mineral tetrahedrite based solid solution thermoelectric material (Cu10Zn2As4S13 - Cu 12Sb4S13), the elastic moduli, hardness and fracture toughness were studied as a function of (i) composition and (ii) ball milling time. For ZiNiSn, a thermoelectric half-Heusler compound, the elastic modulus---porosity and hardness---porosity relations were examined. For the solid oxide fuel cell material, gadolina doped ceria (GDC), the elastic moduli including Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio were measured by RUS as a function of porosity. The hardness was evaluated by Vickers indentation technique as a function of porosity. The results of the mechanical property versus microstructure relations obtained in this study are of great importance for the design and fabrication of reliable components with service life and a safety factor. The Weibull modulus, which is a measure of the scatter in fracture strength, is the gauge of the mechanical reliability. The elastic moduli and Poisson's ratio are needed in analytical or numerical models of the thermal and

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

  19. Calcium-doped ceria/titanate tabular functional nanocomposite by layer-by-layer coating method

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    Liu, Xiang W.; Devaraju, M.K.; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2010-07-15

    Ca-doped ceria (CDC)/tabular titanate (K{sub 0.8}Li{sub 0.27}Ti{sub 1.73}O{sub 4}, TT) UV-shielding functional nanocomposite with fairly uniform CDC coating layers was prepared through a polyelectrolyte-associated layer-by-layer (LbL) coating method. TT with lepidocrocite-like layered structure was used as the substrate, poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) was used as a coupling agent, CDC nanoparticles were used as the main UV-shielding component. CDC/TT nanocomposites with various coating layers of CDC were obtained through a multistep coating process. The phases were studied by X-ray diffraction. The morphology and coating quality were studied by scanning electron microscopy and element mapping of energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The oxidation catalytic activity, UV-shielding ability and using comfort were characterized by Rancimat test, UV-vis spectra and dynamic friction test, respectively. CDC/TT nanocomposites with low oxidation catalytic activity, high UV-shielding ability and good using comfort were finally obtained. - Graphical abstract: Through the control of surface charge of particles calcium-doped ceria/titanate composites with low oxidation catalytic activity, higher UV-shielding ability and excellent comfort was obtained by a facile layer-by-layer coating method.

  20. A correlation between the ionic conductivities and the formation enthalpies of trivalent-doped ceria at relatively low temperatures.

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    Avila-Paredes, Hugo J; Shvareva, Tatiana; Chen, Weiqun; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Kim, Sangtae

    2009-10-14

    We report a correlation between oxygen ionic conductivity and the enthalpy of formation of trivalent-doped ceria from the component binary oxides observed at relatively low temperatures (150-275 degrees C). The bulk conductivities of La-doped ceria samples identical to those previously examined by thermochemical studies were measured as a function of La content for a direct comparison. The conductivity showed a maximum at a La concentration of 5 mol%, implying that the number of freely mobile oxygen vacancies reaches a maximum near that doping level in the temperature range of interest. The formation enthalpies previously reported by Chen and Navrotsky also show a maximum, indicating destabilization near that composition. Additional measurements show that this maximum is very pronounced and sharply peaked near that composition. These enthalpies suggest that the energetically favorable long-range interactions between the charged defects that trap the oxygen vacancies become dominant above 5 mol% doping in the CeO2-LaO1.5 solid solution. In addition, the conductivities measured from independently prepared Gd-doped ceria samples show a maximum at around 10 mol% doping below 450 degrees C as anticipated from a pronounced maximum in the formation enthalpies of the CeO2-GdO1.5 solid solution. These empirical findings confirm that the ionic conductivity of trivalent-doped ceria is strongly enough correlated with its formation enthalpy at relatively low temperatures so that information about the critical dopant concentration associated with the conductivity maximum may be gained from the formation enthalpies of the solid solutions, and vice versa. We have no direct information about this correlation at higher temperatures; both thermodynamics and conductivity maximum might change if the defect clusters dissociate to any significant extent.

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

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

    2014-03-17

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

  2. Densification Dynamics of Gadolinium-Doped Ceria upon Sintering

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    Sato, Kiminori

    2012-07-01

    Densification behavior upon sintering is studied for gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) by making use of X-ray diffraction, Archimedes method, high-resolution dilatometry (DLT), and element-specific positron annihilation spectroscopy. We found high concentration of vacancy-like nano-defects at GDC-crystallite interfaces participating in densification. Time-resolved length change and positron lifetime measurements enable to discuss the densification dynamics at the particle boundary relevant to a sintering neck and inside the particles. The particle boundary largely contributes to densification at the initial stage of sintering, whereas the crystallite interface gets to be responsible for prolonged densification. The densification inside the particle is developed by the growth of the crystallites followed by the transfer of Gd atoms from the interfaces to the crystallites.

  3. Effect of the mineralizer solution in the hydrothermal synthesis of gadolinium-doped (10% mol Gd) ceria nanopowders.

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    Dell'Agli, Gianfranco; Spiridigliozzi, Luca; Marocco, Antonello; Accardo, Grazia; Ferone, Claudio; Cioffi, Raffaele

    2016-05-18

    Gadolinium-doped ceria is an attractive electrolyte material for potential application in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate temperatures typically with 10%-20% substitution of Ce+4 by Gd+3. In particular, 10% gadolinium-doped ceria seems to have the highest values of conductivities among the other dopant compositions. Nanosized powders of gadolinium-doped ceria were prepared by hydrothermal treatment using coprecipitate as a precursor and in the presence of 3 different mineralizer solutions. The powders obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and thermal analysis, while the electrical behavior of the corresponding pellets were ascertained by AC impedance spectroscopy. Nanocrystalline gadolinium-doped ceria powders with fluorite cubic crystal structure were obtained by hydrothermal treatment. Independent of the mineralizer used, these powders were able to produce very dense ceramics, especially when selecting an optimized sintering cycle. In contrast, the electrical behavior of the samples was influenced by the mineralizer solution, and the samples synthesized in the neutral and alkaline solutions showed higher values of electrical conductivity, in the range of temperatures of interest. By the coprecipitation method, it has been possible to synthesize nanosized gadolinium-doped cerium oxide in a fluorite structure, stable in a wide range of temperatures. Hydrothermal treatment directly on the as-synthesized coprecipitates, without any drying step, had a very positive effect on the powders, which can be sintered with a high degree of densification, especially with an optimized sintering cycle. Furthermore, the electrical behavior of these samples was very interesting, especially for the samples synthesized using neutral mineralizer solution and basic mineralizer solution.

  4. The interaction of biomass gasification syngas components with tar in a solid oxide fuel cell and operational conditions to mitigate carbon deposition on nickel-gadolinium doped ceria anodes

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    Mermelstein, J.; Millan, M.; Brandon, N. P.

    The combination of biomass gasification with solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is gaining increasing interest as an efficient and environmentally benign method of producing electricity and heat. However, tars in the gas stream arising from the gasification of biomass material can deposit carbon on the SOFC anode, having detrimental effects to the life cycle and operational characteristics of the fuel cell. This work examines the impact of biomass gasification syngas components combined with benzene as a model tar, on carbon formation on Ni/CGO (gadolinium-doped ceria) SOFC anodes. Thermodynamic calculations suggest that SOFCs operating at temperatures > 750 °C are not susceptible to carbon deposition from a typical biomass gasification syngas containing 15 g m -3 benzene. However, intermediate temperature SOFCs operating at temperatures < 650 °C require threshold current densities well above what is technologically achievable to inhibit the effects of carbon deposition. SOFC anodes have been shown to withstand tar levels of 2-15 g m -3 benzene at 765 °C for 3 h at a current density of 300 mA cm -2, with negligible impact on the electrochemical performance of the anode. Furthermore, no carbon could be detected on the anode at this current density when benzene levels were <5 g m -3.

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

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

    2015-08-12

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

  6. Improved performance of a symmetrical solid oxide fuel cell by swapping the roles of doped ceria and La0.6Sr1.4MnO4+δ in the electrode

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    Shen, Jian; Yang, Guangming; Zhang, Zhenbao; Tadé, Moses O.; Zhou, Wei; Shao, Zongping

    2017-02-01

    Symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SSOFCs) show many advantageous features as compared with conventional cells with nickel cermet anode and oxide cathode. A K2NiF4-type layer-structured oxide, La0.6Sr1.4MnO4+δ (LSMO4), was reported to be a potential electrode for SSOFCs, and the modification of LSMO4 surface with samaria-doped ceria (SDC) and NiO was found to be the key in improving performance. In this study, the swapping of roles for SDC and LSMO4 in electrodes of SSOFCs is exploited, i.e., SDC is applied as the scaffold and LSMO4 as the surface modifier. Different from pristine LSMO4, the impregnated LSMO4 demonstrates amorphous phase. Compared to NiO-SDC impregnated LSMO4, NiO-LSMO4/SDC electrodes show a superior cathodic performance with an area specific resistance of 0.1 Ω cm2 at 700 °C. Under optimized conditions, maximum power densities of 714 and 108 mW cm-2 at 800 °C are achieved for an electrolyte-supported symmetrical single cell with a NiO-LSMO4/SDC electrode operating with hydrogen and methane, respectively. The difference in performance of the electrodes built by swapping the role and function of the SDC and LSMO4 phases is discussed, and a possible mechanism responsible for such different behaviours in cell power outputs via the impregnation of LSMO4 (NiO)+SDC electrodes is proposed.

  7. Measurement of oxygen chemical potential in Gd 2O 3-doped ceria-Y 2O 3-stabilized zirconia bi-layer electrolyte, anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lim, Hyung-Tae; Virkar, Anil V.

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) were fabricated with gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC)-yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ), thin bi-layer electrolytes supported on Ni + YSZ anodes. The GDC and YSZ layer thicknesses were 45 μm, and ∼5 μm, respectively. Two types of cells were made; YSZ layer between anode and GDC (GDC/YSZ) and YSZ layer between cathode and GDC (YSZ/GDC). Two platinum reference electrodes were embedded within the GDC layer. Cells were tested at 650 °C with hydrogen as fuel and air as oxidant. Electric potentials between embedded reference electrodes and anode and between cathode and anode were measured at open circuit, short circuit and under load. The electric potential was nearly constant through GDC in the cathode/YSZ/GDC/anode cells. By contrast, it varied monotonically through GDC in the cathode/GDC/YSZ/anode cells. Estimates of oxygen chemical potential, μO2 , variation through GDC were made. μO2 within the GDC layer in the cathode/GDC/YSZ/anode cell decreased as the current was increased. By contrast, μO2 within the GDC layer in the cathode/YSZ/GDC/anode cell increased as the current was increased. The cathode/YSZ/GDC/anode cell exhibited maximum power density of ∼0.52 W cm -2 at 650 °C while the cathode/GDC/YSZ/anode cell exhibited maximum power density of ∼0.14 W cm -2 for the same total electrolyte thickness.

  8. Predicting the optimal dopant concentration in gadolinium doped ceria: a kinetic lattice Monte Carlo approach

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P.; Anwar, Shahriar; Adams, James B.; Crozier, Peter A.; Sharma, Renu

    2012-01-01

    Gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) is a promising alternative electrolyte material for solid oxide fuel cells that offers the possibility of operation in the intermediate temperature range (773-1073 K). To determine the optimal dopant concentration in GDC, we have employed a systematic approach of applying a 3D kinetic lattice Monte Carlo (KLMC) model of vacancy diffusion in conjunction with previously calculated activation energies for vacancy migration in GDC as inputs. KLMC simulations were performed including the vacancy repelling effects in GDC. Increasing the dopant concentration increases the vacancy concentration, which increases the ionic conductivity. However, at higher concentrations, vacancy-vacancy repulsion impedes vacancy diffusion, and together with vacancy trapping by dopants decreases the ionic conductivity. The maximum ionic conductivity is predicted to occur at ≈20% to 25% mole fraction of Gd dopant. Placing Gd dopants in pairs, instead of randomly, was found to decrease the conductivity by ≈50%. Overall, the trends in ionic conductivity results obtained using the KLMC model developed in this work are in reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. This KLMC model can be applied to a variety of ceria-based electrolyte materials for predicting the optimum dopant concentration.

  9. Enhanced ionic conductivity in Gd-doped ceria and (Li/Na)2SO4 composite electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Yao, Chuangang; Meng, Junling; Liu, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Xiong; Liu, Xiliang; Meng, Fanzhi; Wu, Xiaojie; Meng, Jian

    2015-11-01

    A series of novel composite electrolytes based on 20 mol% Gd doped CeO2 with varying amounts of (Li/Na)2SO4 have been synthesized. X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope were applied to characterize the phase components and microstructures of the composite electrolytes. Their ionic conductivities were determined by AC impedance spectroscopy. It has been found that the optimum sintering temperature and sulphate content for the composite electrolyte is 870 °C and 20 wt% (Li/Na)2SO4, respectively. Above 550 °C, a sharp increase in conductivity occurred, which can be interpreted as superionic phase transitions in the interface phases between GDC and sulphates. Both the high ionic conductivities above the transition temperature, 0.191, 0.298 and 0.372 S cm-1 at 550, 650 and 750 °C respectively, and low activation energy (0.303 eV) highlight composite GDC-20 wt% (Li/Na)2SO4 a promising electrolyte candidate for application in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  10. Imaging space charge regions in Sm-doped ceria using electrochemical strain microscopy

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    Chen, Qian Nataly; Li, Jiangyu; Adler, Stuart B.

    2014-11-17

    Nanocrystalline ceria exhibits a total conductivity several orders of magnitude higher than microcrystalline ceria in air at high temperature. The most widely accepted theory for this enhancement (based on fitting of conductivity data to various transport and kinetic models) is that relatively immobile positively charged defects and/or impurities accumulate at the grain boundary core, leading to a counterbalancing increase in the number of mobile electrons (small polarons) within a diffuse space charge region adjacent to each grain boundary. In an effort to validate this model, we have applied electrochemical strain microscopy to image the location and relative population of mobile electrons near grain boundaries in polycrystalline Sm-doped ceria in air at 20–200 °C. Our results show the first direct (spatially resolved) evidence that such a diffuse space charge region does exist in ceria, and is localized to both grain boundaries and the gas-exposed surface.

  11. Electrochemical properties of dual phase neodymium-doped ceria alkali carbonate composite electrolytes in intermediate temperature

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    Kim, Ji-Tae; Lee, Tae-Hee; Park, Ka-Young; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Ki Buem; Song, Sun-Ju; Park, Byoungnam; Park, Jun-Young

    2015-02-01

    Composite electrolyte materials composed of neodymium-doped ceria (Nd0.2Ce0.8O1.9; NDC) and (Li-0.5Na)2CO3 are investigated to understand the unique behaviors of their multi-ionic conduction. In the intermediate temperature, the NDC-based carbonate composite electrolytes exhibit a much higher conductivity compared to pure NDC. It has been claimed that the oxide ions are transported in the doped-ceria phase via oxygen vacancies and the protons are conducted through the second carbonate phase, thereby resulting in an enhanced ionic conductivity. However, it has not been experimentally demonstrated if the proton conduction within the carbonate phase aided in improving the conductivity of oxygen ions in the composite system. Hence, the primary objective of this work is to cultivate a deeper insight into the conduction property of these composites as an attempt to clarify the ionic transport phenomenon responsible for enhanced conductivity. Electrical conductivities of NDC and NDC/carbonate materials are investigated as a function of oxygen partial pressure and vapor pressure of water to understand transport properties of composite electrolytes. The ionic and electronic transference numbers of composite electrolytes are measured by the oxygen- and hydrogen-concentration cells containing water. The dominant charge carriers are identified quantitatively through the analysis of the partial conductivity of proton, oxygen ions, and electrons (holes). Understanding the transport properties and transference numbers of composite electrolytes can contribute to the development of commercial solid oxide fuel cells, which can be done by reducing the operating temperature using a highly ionic conductive NDC/carbonate composite electrolyte at the intermediate temperature.

  12. Synthesis of La{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline ceria powder by urea-formaldehyde gel combustion route

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    Biswas, M.; Bandyopadhyay, S.

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano LC synthesized by gel combustion, using urea-formaldehyde fuel for first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Largely single crystals were produced in average range of 20-30 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sup 3+} doping increases cell dimension linearly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sup 3+} doping introduces ionic point defects but does not change electronic band gap. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of Ce{sup 3+} indicates that this synthesis route produces reactive powders. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline ceria powders doped with various concentrations of lanthanum oxide have been prepared following gel combustion route using for the first time urea-formaldehyde as fuel. The synthesized products were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, PL and UV-vis spectroscopy. Peak positions of XRD were refined and the lattice parameters were obtained by applying Cohen's method. Unit cell parameter increases with concentration of La{sup 3+} ion and the variation is consistently linear. XRD calculations showed the dependence of crystallite size on dopant concentrations at lower level. TEM observation revealed unagglomerated particles to be single crystals in the average range of 20-30 nm. Band gap of the La{sup 3+} doped ceria materials does not change with doping. Spectroscopic experiments proved the existence of Ce{sup 3+} in the formed powder.

  13. Enhanced Erbium-Doped Ceria Nanostructure Coating to Improve Solar Cell Performance.

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    Shehata, Nader; Clavel, Michael; Meehan, Kathleen; Samir, Effat; Gaballah, Soha; Salah, Mohammed

    2015-11-12

    This paper discusses the effect of adding reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles (REDC NPs) as a coating on silicon solar cells. Reduced ceria nanoparticles doped with erbium have the advantages of both improving conductivity and optical conversion of solar cells. Oxygen vacancies in ceria nanoparticles reduce Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) which follow the rule of improving conductivity of solar cells through the hopping mechanism. The existence of Ce(3+) helps in the down-conversion from 430 nm excitation to 530 nm emission. The erbium dopant forms energy levels inside the low-phonon ceria host to up-convert the 780 nm excitations into green and red emissions. When coating reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles on the back side of a solar cell, a promising improvement in the solar cell efficiency has been observed from 15% to 16.5% due to the mutual impact of improved electric conductivity and multi-optical conversions. Finally, the impact of the added coater on the electric field distribution inside the solar cell has been studied.

  14. Stable high conductivity ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolytes

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

    1997-01-01

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

  15. Structure and segregation of dopant-defect complexes at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline doped ceria.

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P; Aguiar, Jeffery A; Wu, Longjia; Holesinger, Terry G; Aoki, Toshihiro; Castro, Ricardo H R; Uberuaga, Blas P

    2015-06-21

    Grain boundaries (GBs) dictate vital properties of nanocrystalline doped ceria. Thus, to understand and predict its properties, knowledge of the interaction between dopant-defect complexes and GBs is crucial. Here, we report atomistic simulations, corroborated with first principles calculations, elucidating the fundamental dopant-defect interactions at model GBs in gadolinium-doped and manganese-doped ceria. Gadolinium and manganese are aliovalent dopants, accommodated in ceria via a dopant-defect complex. While the behavior of isolated dopants and vacancies is expected to depend on the local atomic structure at GBs, the added structural complexity associated with dopant-defect complexes is found to have key implications on GB segregation. Compared to the grain interior, energies of different dopant-defect arrangements vary significantly at the GBs. As opposed to bulk, the stability of oxygen vacancy is found to be sensitive to the dopant arrangement at GBs. Manganese exhibits a stronger propensity for segregation to GBs than gadolinium, revealing that accommodation of dopant-defect clusters depends on the nature of dopants. Segregation strength is found to depend on the GB character, a result qualitatively supported by our experimental observations based on scanning transmission electron microscopy. The present results indicate that segregation energies, availability of favorable sites, and overall stronger binding of dopant-defect complexes would influence ionic conductivity across GBs in nanocrystalline doped ceria. Our comprehensive investigation emphasizes the critical role of dopant-defect interactions at GBs in governing functional properties in fluorite-structured ionic conductors.

  16. Peculiar surface-interface properties of nanocrystalline ceria-cobalt oxides with enhanced oxygen storage capacity.

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    Qiu, Nan; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Ziyu

    2014-11-07

    Peculiar surface-interface properties of nanocrystalline ceria-cobalt oxides were evidenced by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. It was found that cobalt foreign cations modify the surface oxygen vacancies of ceria at the atomic level, inducing the exposure of well-defined reactive faces between the ceria-host and the cobalt oxide interface. These modifications of the surface-interface structure promoted a remarkable increase in the oxygen storage capacity of ceria nanocrystals.

  17. Structural phase transformation through defect cluster growth in Gd-doped ceria

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Ye, Fei; Ou, Ding Rong; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-11-01

    Defect clusters with ordered structures in Gd-doped ceria have been verified by transmission electron microscopy. Atomistic simulation validates further the ordered structures and related pathway for cluster growth. A unique dumbbell structure formed with six oxygen vacancies in a ceria matrix has been identified as the building block for defect cluster growth and sequentially for the evolution from a F- to C-type lattice. As such, the phase transformation as established on the atomic scale occurs through this defect cluster growth.

  18. Enhanced structural and electrical properties due to the effect of co-doping ceria electrolyte

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    Sandhya, K.; Chitra Priya N., S.; Aswathy P., K.; Rajendran, Deepthi N.; Thappily, Praveen

    2017-06-01

    In the present investigation, ceria co-doped with samarium and antimony has been prepared by the citrate reaction method. The FTIR pattern shows the extent of ceria content by Ce-O peaks with the effect of codoping. XRD pattern exhibits single phase structure with lattice parameter of 5.475Å. SEM images show surface morphology improved by the process of codoping at reduced sintering temperature. Electrical measurement of the sample reveals ionic conduction mechanism with higher grain conductivity at 750°C. The results of the analysis show that the codoped samples have better structural and electrical properties for usage as a solid electrolyte for IT-SOFC.

  19. H2 and CO oxidation process at the three-phase boundary of Cu-ceria cermet anode for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Zheng, Minghao; Wang, Shuang; Li, Mei; Xia, Changrong

    2017-03-01

    Cu-ceria cermets have been widely investigated as the anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that operated with hydrocarbon fuels. However, the anode reaction processes are not clear yet, especially those at the ceria-Cu-gas three phase boundary (3 PB). This work investigates samaria-doped ceria (SDC)-Cu-gas 3 PB reaction kinetics for the oxidation of H2 and CO, the products from hydrocarbons via external and internal reforming. Electrochemical conductivity relaxation measurement demonstrates that Cu is a synergistic catalyst that can significantly increase the reaction rate. The reaction at 3 PB contributes 81.3/66.8% of H2/CO oxidation when 5.4% SDC surface is covered with Cu particles. Combining with AC impedance analysis, elementary steps are proposed for the reaction at 3 PB. Water vapor combining to oxygen vacancy and carbon monoxide transforming to carbonate are the rate-determining steps for the oxidation of H2 and CO, respectively. Cu-SDC has shown much higher catalytic activity, i.e. about fivefold reaction rate, for the oxidation of CO than H2. In addition, Cu-SDC electrodes exhibit lower interfacial polarization resistance and lower activation energy for the electrochemical oxidation of CO than H2. Consequently, CO is easier to be oxidized than H2 when the Cu-ceria anode is fueled with syngas, the reforming product from hydrocarbons.

  20. Effect of 1 MeV electrons on ceria-doped solar cell cover glass

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    Haynes, G. A.

    1973-01-01

    The effect of 1 MeV electrons on the transmission properties of 1.5-percent ceria-doped solar cell cover glass was studied. Samples of doped and undoped cover glass and synthetic fused silica were irradiated with a total integrated flux of 10 to the 15th power e/sq cm. Wideband transmission and spectral transmission measurements were made before and after irradiation. The results indicate that 1.5-percent ceria-doped cover glass is much less sensitive to radiation induced discoloration than undoped cover glass. Consequently, the glass is comparable to synthetic fused silica when used as a radiation resistant solar cell cover for many space missions.

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-06-04

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

  3. Structure of vanadium oxide supported on ceria by multi-wavelength Raman spectroscopy

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    Wu, Zili; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT The structure of vanadium oxide species supported on ceria (VOx/CeO2) was investigated under various conditions by in situ multi-wavelength Raman spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, isotopic labeling and temperature programmed reduction (TPR). For the first time, the detailed structure of dehydrated VOx species was revealed on the polycrystalline ceria support. VOx species can co-exist on ceria surface in the structure of monomer, dimer, trimer, polymer, crystalline V2O5 and CeVO4 as a function of VOx loading. These species interact strongly with both the defect sites and labile surface oxygen of ceria, passivating the redox property of ceria. Under ambient condition, the dispersed VOx species are hydrated into polyvanadate species which can be reversibly dehydrated back to the original structure forms. The ceria support with defect sites facilitates the interaction between water (H218O) and V16Ox species, leading to very facile isotopic oxygen exchange between the two even at room temperature. During H2 reduction, both the VOx species and the ceria support can be reduced with ceria surface being more reducible. The reducibility of various dispersed VOx species scales with their polymerization degree, i.e., polymer > trimer > dimer > monomer. The reoxidation of reduced VOx species is found to proceed via ceria lattice oxygen instead of the gas phase oxygen where ceria acts as an oxygen buffer. The revealed structure evolution of surface VOx species on ceria under hydrated, dehydrated, reduced, and regenerated conditions provides a basis for understanding the vanadia-ceria catalysis.

  4. High electrochemical activity of the oxide phase in model ceria-Pt and ceria-Ni composite anodes.

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    Chueh, William C; Hao, Yong; Jung, WooChul; Haile, Sossina M

    2011-12-04

    Fuel cells, and in particular solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), enable high-efficiency conversion of chemical fuels into useful electrical energy and, as such, are expected to play a major role in a sustainable-energy future. A key step in the fuel-cell energy-conversion process is the electro-oxidation of the fuel at the anode. There has been increasing evidence in recent years that the presence of CeO(2)-based oxides (ceria) in the anodes of SOFCs with oxygen-ion-conducting electrolytes significantly lowers the activation overpotential for hydrogen oxidation. Most of these studies, however, employ porous, composite electrode structures with ill-defined geometry and uncontrolled interfacial properties. Accordingly, the means by which electrocatalysis is enhanced has remained unclear. Here we demonstrate unambiguously, through the use of ceria-metal structures with well-defined geometries and interfaces, that the near-equilibrium H(2) oxidation reaction pathway is dominated by electrocatalysis at the oxide/gas interface with minimal contributions from the oxide/metal/gas triple-phase boundaries, even for structures with reaction-site densities approaching those of commercial SOFCs. This insight points towards ceria nanostructuring as a route to enhanced activity, rather than the traditional paradigm of metal-catalyst nanostructuring.

  5. Performance Evaluation of an Oxygen Sensor as a Function of the Samaria Doped Ceria Film Thickness

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    Sanghavi, Rahul P.; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Jiang, Weilin; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Kayani, Asghar N.; Prasad, Shalini

    2010-12-01

    The current demand in the automobile industry is in the control of air-fuel mixture in the combustion engine of automobiles. Oxygen partial pressure can be used as an input parameter for regulating or controlling systems in order to optimize the combustion process. Our goal is to identify and optimize the material system that would potentially function as the active sensing material for such a device that monitors oxygen partial pressure in these systems. We have used thin film samaria doped ceria (SDC) as the sensing material for the sensor operation, exploiting the fact that at high temperatures, oxygen vacancies generated due to samarium doping act as conducting medium for oxygen ions which hop through the vacancies from one side to the other contributing to an electrical signal. We have recently established that 6 atom % Sm doping in ceria films has optimum conductivity. Based on this observation, we have studied the variation in the overall conductivity of 6 atom % samaria doped ceria thin films as a function of thickness in the range of 50 nm to 300 nm at a fixed bias voltage of 2 volts. A direct proportionality in the increase in the overall conductivity is observed with the increase in sensing film thickness. For a range of oxygen pressure values from 1 mTorr to 100 Torr, a tolerable hysteresis error, good dynamic response and a response time of less than 10 seconds was observed

  6. Thickness Dependency of Thin Film Samaria Doped Ceria for Oxygen Sensing

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    Sanghavi, Rahul P.; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Jiang, Weilin; Varga, Tamas; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Kayani, Asghar N.; Prasad, Shalini

    2011-01-01

    High temperature oxygen sensors are widely used for exhaust gas monitoring in automobiles. This particular study explores the use of thin film single crystalline samaria doped ceria as the oxygen sensing material. Desired signal to noise ratio can be achieved in a material system with high conductivity. From previous studies it is established that 6 atomic percent samarium doping is the optimum concentration for thin film samaria doped ceria to achieve high ionic conductivity. In this study, the conductivity of the 6 atomic percent samaria doped ceria thin film is measured as a function of the sensing film thickness. Hysteresis and dynamic response of this sensing platform is tested for a range of oxygen pressures from 0.001 Torr to 100 Torr for temperatures above 673 K. An attempt has been made to understand the physics behind the thickness dependent conductivity behavior of this sensing platform by developing a hypothetical operating model and through COMSOL simulations. This study can be used to identify the parameters required to construct a fast, reliable and compact high temperature oxygen sensor.

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  8. Effect of unsintered gadolinium-doped ceria buffer layer on performance of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells using unsintered barium strontium cobalt ferrite cathode

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    Kim, Yu-Mi; Kim-Lohsoontorn, Pattaraporn; Bae, Joongmyeon

    In this study, a Gd 0.1Ce 0.9O 1.95 (GDC) buffer layer and a Ba 0.5Sr 0.5Co 0.8Fe 0.2O 3- δ (BSCF) cathode, fabricated without pre-sintering, are investigated (unsintered GDC and unsintered BSCF). The effect of the unsintered GDC buffer layer, including the thickness of the layer, on the performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) using an unsintered BSCF cathode is studied. The maximum power density of the metal-supported SOFC using an unsintered BSCF cathode without a buffer layer is 0.81 W cm -2, which is measured after 2 h of operation (97% H 2 and 3% H 2O at the anode and ambient air at the cathode), and it significantly decreases to 0.63 W cm -2 after 50 h. At a relatively low temperature of 800 °C, SrZrO 3 and BaZrO 3, arising from interaction between BSCF and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), are detected after 50 h. Introducing a GDC interlayer between the cathode and electrolyte significantly increases the durability of the cell performance, supporting over 1000 h of cell usage with an unsintered GDC buffer layer. Comparable performance is obtained from the anode-supported cell when using an unsintered BSCF cathode with an unsintered GDC buffer layer (0.75 W cm -2) and sintered GDC buffer layer (0.82 W cm -2). When a sintered BSCF cathode is used, however, the performance increases to 1.23 W cm -2. The adhesion between the BSCF cathode and the cell can be enhanced by an unsintered GDC buffer layer, but an increase in the layer thickness (1-6 μm) increases the area specific resistance (ASR) of the cell, and the overly thick buffer layer causes delamination of the BSCF cathode. Finally, the maximum power densities of the metal-supported SOFC using an unsintered BSCF cathode and unsintered GDC buffer layer are 0.78, 0.64, 0.45 and 0.31 W cm -2 at 850, 800, 750 and 700 °C, respectively.

  9. Low-temperature ceria-electrolyte solid oxide fuel cells for efficient methanol oxidation

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    Meng, Xie; Zhan, Zhongliang; Liu, Xuejiao; Wu, Hao; Wang, Shaorong; Wen, Tinglian

    Low temperature anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells with thin films of samarium-doped ceria (SDC) as electrolytes, graded porous Ni-SDC anodes and composite La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3 (LSCF)-SDC cathodes are fabricated and tested with both hydrogen and methanol fuels. Power densities achieved with hydrogen are between 0.56 W cm -2 at 500 °C and 1.09 W cm -2 at 600 °C, and with methanol between 0.26 W cm -2 at 500 °C and 0.82 W cm -2 at 600 °C. The difference in the cell performance can be attributed to variation in the interfacial polarization resistance due to different fuel oxidation kinetics, e.g., 0.21 Ω cm 2 for methanol versus 0.10 Ω cm 2 for hydrogen at 600 °C. Further analysis suggests that the leakage current densities as high as 0.80 A cm -2 at 600 °C and 0.11 A cm -2 at 500 °C, resulting from the mixed electronic and ionic conductivity in the SDC electrolyte and thus reducing the fuel efficiency, can nonetheless help remove any carbon deposit and thereby ensure stable and coking-free operation of low temperature SOFCs in methanol fuels.

  10. Gold supported on ceria nanotubes for CO oxidation

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    Zhang, Rongbin; Lu, Kun; Zong, Lijuan; Tong, Sai; Wang, Xuewen; Feng, Gang

    2017-09-01

    CeO2 is a typical of fluorite structure, semiconductor material, has high oxygen storage capability as well as unique redox property, which is widely used as catalysts supports in catalysis. Ceria nanotubes and nanocubes are prepared via hydrothermal method in the present work, and Au/CeO2 catalysts are prepared using deposition-precipitation technique with HAuCl4 as gold precursor. The prepared samples were used as catalysts for the CO oxidation reaction using a fix-bed reactor at 50-130 °C and characterized by XRD, BET, SEM, TEM, XPS, TPR and ICP. It is found that CeO2-NT and CeO2-NC expose different surface planes. The XPS and H2-TPR results illustrates that the {110} surface exposed by CeO2-NT has stronger interaction with gold particles, which benefits the electron and oxygen transfer between Au and ceria. All these characters of the Au/CeO2-NT(3%) result in the better activity and stability than the Au/CeO2-NC(3%).

  11. Macroscopic and Microscopic Investigation of Densification Behavior for Gadolinium-doped Ceria upon Sintering

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    Kosaka, T.; Sato, K.

    2011-10-01

    The densification behaviour of Gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) upon sintering is investigated from macroscopic and microscopic points of view. The time-resolved length-change measurement with high-resolution dilatometry and positron lifetime spectroscopy are conducted. Positron lifetime spectroscopy reveals the presence of nanovoids at grain boundaries in GDC. Time-dependent length-change measurement reveals that particle rearrangement occurs at the initial stage of sintering. Densifications at the sintering neck and inside the particle grain are discussed.

  12. 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.

  13. Intermediate temperature fuel cell with a doped ceria-carbonate composite electrolyte

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    Xia, Chun; Li, Yi; Tian, Ye; Liu, Qinghua; Wang, Zhiming; Jia, Lijun; Zhao, Yicheng; Li, Yongdan

    The performance of a composite electrolyte composed of a samarium doped ceria (SDC) and a binary eutectic carbonate melt phase has been examined. This material shows higher ionic conductivity than pure SDC in intermediate temperature region. SDC with different morphologies is obtained by co-precipitation, sol-gel and glycine-nitrate combustion preparation techniques. A tri-layer single cell is prepared with a cost-effective co-pressing and co-sintering technique. It is found that the surface properties of SDC and the electrolyte thickness have a great influence on the fuel cell performance. When the co-precipitated SDC is used as the electrolyte component and CO 2/O 2 gas mixture is adopted as the cathode oxidant gas, a fuel cell with an excellent performance is obtained, which has a peak power output of 1704 mW cm -2 at a current density of 3000 mA cm -2 at 650 °C. The influence of cathode atmosphere is examined with conductivity measurement and fuel cell performance test. The results support the concept of O 2-/H +/CO 3 2- ternary conduction.

  14. Highly CO2-Tolerant Cathode for Intermediate-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Samarium-Doped Ceria-Protected SrCo0.85Ta0.15O3-δ Hybrid.

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    Li, Mengran; Zhou, Wei; Zhu, Zhonghua

    2017-01-25

    Susceptibility to CO2 is one of the major challenges for the long-term stability of the alkaline-earth-containing cathodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. To alleviate the adverse effects from CO2, we incorporated samarium-stabilized ceria (SDC) into a SrCo0.85Ta0.15O3-δ (SCT15) cathode by either mechanical mixing or a wet impregnation method and evaluated their cathode performance stability in the presence of a gas mixture of 10% CO2, 21% O2, and 69% N2. We observed that the CO2 tolerance of the hybrid cathode outperforms the pure SCT15 cathode by over 5 times at 550 °C. This significant enhancement is likely attributable to the low CO2 adsorption and reactivity of the SDC protective layer, which are demonstrated through thermogravimetric analysis, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and electrical conductivity study.

  15. Characterization of Cu, Ag and Pt added La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3- δ and gadolinia-doped ceria as solid oxide fuel cell electrodes by temperature-programmed techniques

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    Huang, Ta-Jen; Shen, Xian-De; Chou, Chien-Liang

    Cu, Ag and Pt added La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3- δ (LSCF) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) were analyzed by the temperature-programmed techniques for their characteristics as either the cathode or the anode of the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Temperature-programmed oxidation using CO 2 was used to characterize the cathode materials while temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) using H 2 and TPR using CO were used to characterize the anode materials. These techniques can offer an easy screening of the materials as the SOFC electrodes. The effects of adding Cu, Ag and Pt to LSCF for the cathodic reduction activity and the anodic oxidation activity are different-Cu > Ag > Pt for reduction and Pt > Cu > Ag for oxidation. The CO oxidation activities are higher than the H 2 oxidation activities. Adding GDC to LSCF can increase both reduction and oxidation activities. The LSCF-GDC composite has a maximum activity for either reduction or oxidation when LSCF/GDC is 2 in weight.

  16. Support shape effect in metal oxide catalysis: ceria nanoshapes supported vanadia catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of iso-butane

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    Wu, Zili; Schwartz, Viviane; Li, Meijun; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2012-01-01

    The activation energy of VOx/CeO2 catalysts in oxidative dehydrogenation of iso-butane was found dependent on the shape of ceria support: rods < octahedra, closely related to the surface oxygen vacancy formation energy and defects amount of the two ceria supports with different crystallographic surface planes.

  17. Efficient Ceria-Platinum Inverse Catalyst for Partial Oxidation of Methanol.

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    Ostroverkh, Anna; Johánek, Viktor; Kúš, Peter; Šedivá, Romana; Matolín, Vladimír

    2016-06-28

    Ceria-platinum-based bilayered thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering were developed and tested in regard to their catalytic activity for methanol oxidation by employing a temperature-programmed reaction (TPR) technique. The composition and structure of the samples were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both conventional (oxide-supported metal nanoparticles [NPs]) and inverse configurations (metal with oxide overlayer) were analyzed to uncover the structural dependence of activity and selectivity of these catalysts with respect to different pathways of methanol oxidation. We clearly demonstrate that the amount of cerium oxide (ceria) loading has a profound influence on methanol oxidation reaction characteristics. Adding a noncontinuous adlayer of ceria greatly enhances the catalytic performance of platinum (Pt) in favor of partial oxidation of methanol (POM), gaining an order of magnitude in the absolute yield of hydrogen. Moreover, the undesired by-production of carbon monoxide (CO) is strongly suppressed, making the ceria-platinum inverse catalyst a great candidate for clean hydrogen production. It is suggested that the methanol oxidation process is facilitated by the synergistic effect between both components of the inverse catalyst (involving oxygen from ceria and providing a reaction site on the adjacent Pt surface) as well as by the fact that the ability of ceria to exchange oxygen (i.e., to alter the oxidation state of Ce between 3+ and 4+) during the reaction is inversely proportional to its thickness. The increased redox capability of the discontinuous ceria adlayer shifts the preferred reaction pathway from dehydrogenation of hydroxymethyl intermediate to CO in favor of its oxidation to formate.

  18. UV and visible Raman studies of oxygen vacancies in rare-earth-doped ceria.

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    Guo, Ming; Lu, Jiqing; Wu, Yanni; Wang, Yuejuan; Luo, Mengfei

    2011-04-05

    Surface properties of rare-earth (RE) doped ceria (RE = Sm, Gd, Pr, and Tb) were investigated by UV (325 nm) and visible (514, 633, and 785 nm) Raman spectroscopy, combined with UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectra techniques. It was found that the optical absorption property of samples, the wavelength of detecting laser line, and the inhomogeneous distribution of the dopants significantly affected the obtained surface information, namely, the peak intensity and shape at ca. 460 and 570 cm(-1), as well as the observed oxygen vacancy concentration (A(570)/A(460)). The UV laser line detected the surface information of RE-doped ceria and disclosed the presence of many oxygen vacancies in the samples. The visible laser lines penetrated into the inner layer of the Sm- or Gd-doped CeO(2) and reflected the whole information of samples because of their weak absorptions of the visible laser. However, the Pr- or Tb-doped CeO(2) absorbed visible light strongly; thus, the laser can only determine the outer surface information of the sample.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  20. A palladium-doped ceria@carbon core-sheath nanowire network: a promising catalyst support for alcohol electrooxidation reactions

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    Tan, Qiang; Du, Chunyu; Sun, Yongrong; Du, Lei; Yin, Geping; Gao, Yunzhi

    2015-08-01

    A novel palladium-doped ceria and carbon core-sheath nanowire network (Pd-CeO2@C CSNWN) is synthesized by a template-free and surfactant-free solvothermal process, followed by high temperature carbonization. This hierarchical network serves as a new class of catalyst support to enhance the activity and durability of noble metal catalysts for alcohol oxidation reactions. Its supported Pd nanoparticles, Pd/(Pd-CeO2@C CSNWN), exhibit >9 fold increase in activity toward the ethanol oxidation over the state-of-the-art Pd/C catalyst, which is the highest among the reported Pd systems. Moreover, stability tests show a virtually unchanged activity after 1000 cycles. The high activity is mainly attributed to the superior oxygen-species releasing capability of Pd-doped CeO2 nanowires by accelerating the removal of the poisoning intermediate. The unique interconnected one-dimensional core-sheath structure is revealed to facilitate immobilization of the metal catalysts, leading to the improved durability. This core-sheath nanowire network opens up a new strategy for catalyst performance optimization for next-generation fuel cells.A novel palladium-doped ceria and carbon core-sheath nanowire network (Pd-CeO2@C CSNWN) is synthesized by a template-free and surfactant-free solvothermal process, followed by high temperature carbonization. This hierarchical network serves as a new class of catalyst support to enhance the activity and durability of noble metal catalysts for alcohol oxidation reactions. Its supported Pd nanoparticles, Pd/(Pd-CeO2@C CSNWN), exhibit >9 fold increase in activity toward the ethanol oxidation over the state-of-the-art Pd/C catalyst, which is the highest among the reported Pd systems. Moreover, stability tests show a virtually unchanged activity after 1000 cycles. The high activity is mainly attributed to the superior oxygen-species releasing capability of Pd-doped CeO2 nanowires by accelerating the removal of the poisoning intermediate. The unique

  1. Methane Oxidation on Pd-Ceria. A DFT Study of the Combustion Mechanism over Pd, PdO and Pd-ceria Sites

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    Mayernick, Adam D.; Janik, Michael J.

    2010-12-24

    Palladium/ceria exhibits unique catalytic activity for hydrocarbon oxidation; however, the chemical and structural properties of active sites on the palladium–ceria surface are difficult to characterize. Strong interactions between palladium and the ceria support stabilize oxidized Pdδ+ species, which may contribute to the significant activity of Pd/ceria for methane oxidation. We present a density functional theory (DFT + U) investigation into methane oxidation over Pd/ceria and quantify the activity of the PdxCe1-xO2(1 1 1) mixed oxide surface in comparison with the PdO(1 0 0) and Pd(1 1 1) surfaces. The methane activation barrier is lowest over the PdxCe1-xO2(1 1 1) surface, even lower than over the Pd(1 1 1) surface or low coordinated stepped or kinked Pd sites. Subsequent reaction steps in complete oxidation, including product desorption and vacancy refilling, are considered to substantiate that methane activation remains the rate-limiting step despite the low barrier over PdxCe1-xO2(1 1 1). The low barrier over the PdxCe1-xO2(1 1 1) surface demonstrates that mixed ceria-noble metal oxides offer the potential for improved hydrocarbon oxidation performance with respect to dispersed noble metal particles on ceria.

  2. Polycrystalline nanowires of gadolinium-doped ceria via random alignment mediated by supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Kim, Sang Woo; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung

    2013-04-01

    This study proposes a seed/template-free method that affords high-purity semiconducting nanowires from nanoclusters, which act as basic building blocks for nanomaterials, under supercritical CO2 fluid. Polycrystalline nanowires of Gd-doped ceria (Gd-CeO2) were formed by CO2-mediated non-oriented attachment of the nanoclusters resulting from the dissociation of single-crystalline aggregates. The unique formation mechanism underlying this morphological transition may be exploited for the facile growth of high-purity polycrystalline nanowires.

  3. Size-dependent Strain in Epitaxial (001) Gadolinium-doped Ceria Nanoislands

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    Solovyov, V.F.; Gibert, M.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2010-12-06

    We report size-dependent strain in epitaxial gadolinium doped ceria nanoislands, which was determined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Reciprocal space sections of symmetric, (004) and asymmetric, (224) reflections are approximated by a model assuming size-dependent strain of the islands using real-space size distribution obtained by atomic force microscopy. We show that the islands smaller than 40 nm are subjected to a high level of lateral tensile strain and normal compression. The lateral to normal strain ratio determined from the reciprocal map analysis suggests that lateral tension is the primary stress generator, possibly due to oxygen vacancy ordering on the island-substrate interface.

  4. Size-dependent Strain in Epitaxial (001)Gadolinium-doped Ceria Nanoislands

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    V Solovyov; M Gibert; T Puig; X Obradors

    2011-12-31

    We report size-dependent strain in epitaxial gadolinium doped ceria nanoislands, which was determined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Reciprocal space sections of symmetric, (004) and asymmetric, (224) reflections are approximated by a model assuming size-dependent strain of the islands using real-space size distribution obtained by atomic force microscopy. We show that the islands smaller than 40 nm are subjected to a high level of lateral tensile strain and normal compression. The lateral to normal strain ratio determined from the reciprocal map analysis suggests that lateral tension is the primary stress generator, possibly due to oxygen vacancy ordering on the island-substrate interface.

  5. Oxygen surface exchange studies in thin film Gd-doped ceria

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    Karthikeyan, Annamalai; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2008-06-01

    Electrical conductivity relaxation measurements were performed on gadolinium doped ceria thin films to evaluate chemical surface exchange rate of oxygen (Kex, cm/s) under reducing ambient. The measurements were performed under identical conditions in bulk and thin films as a function of thickness (35-440nm), temperature (943-1158K), and oxygen partial pressure (10-21-10-12atm) using a custom built small volume cell assembly. The Kex in thin films is found to be over an order lower than for bulk samples. Segregation effects in thin films likely lead to near-surface carrier depletion thereby decreasing oxygen exchange rate.

  6. Size-dependent strain in epitaxial (001) gadolinium-doped ceria nanoislands

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    Solovyov, Vyacheslav F.; Gibert, Marta; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier

    2010-12-01

    We report size-dependent strain in epitaxial gadolinium doped ceria nanoislands, which was determined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Reciprocal space sections of symmetric, (004) and asymmetric, (224) reflections are approximated by a model assuming size-dependent strain of the islands using real-space size distribution obtained by atomic force microscopy. We show that the islands smaller than 40 nm are subjected to a high level of lateral tensile strain and normal compression. The lateral to normal strain ratio determined from the reciprocal map analysis suggests that lateral tension is the primary stress generator, possibly due to oxygen vacancy ordering on the island-substrate interface.

  7. Polycrystalline nanowires of gadolinium-doped ceria via random alignment mediated by supercritical carbon dioxide.

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    Kim, Sang Woo; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung

    2013-01-01

    This study proposes a seed/template-free method that affords high-purity semiconducting nanowires from nanoclusters, which act as basic building blocks for nanomaterials, under supercritical CO2 fluid. Polycrystalline nanowires of Gd-doped ceria (Gd-CeO2) were formed by CO2-mediated non-oriented attachment of the nanoclusters resulting from the dissociation of single-crystalline aggregates. The unique formation mechanism underlying this morphological transition may be exploited for the facile growth of high-purity polycrystalline nanowires.

  8. Polycrystalline nanowires of gadolinium-doped ceria via random alignment mediated by supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Kim, Sang Woo; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung

    2013-01-01

    This study proposes a seed/template-free method that affords high-purity semiconducting nanowires from nanoclusters, which act as basic building blocks for nanomaterials, under supercritical CO2 fluid. Polycrystalline nanowires of Gd-doped ceria (Gd-CeO2) were formed by CO2-mediated non-oriented attachment of the nanoclusters resulting from the dissociation of single-crystalline aggregates. The unique formation mechanism underlying this morphological transition may be exploited for the facile growth of high-purity polycrystalline nanowires. PMID:23572061

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

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    Sharma, Vaneet

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

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

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

    2007-04-12

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

  11. The reduction and oxidation of ceria: A natural abundance triple oxygen isotope perspective

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    Hayles, Justin; Bao, Huiming

    2015-06-01

    Ceria (CeO2) is a heavily studied material in catalytic chemistry for use as an oxygen storage medium, oxygen partial pressure regulator, fuel additive, and for the production of syngas, among other applications. Ceria powders are readily reduced and lose structural oxygen when subjected to low pO2 and/or high temperature conditions. Such dis-stoichiometric ceria can then re-oxidize under higher pO2 and/or lower temperature by incorporating new oxygen into the previously formed oxygen site vacancies. Despite extensive studies on ceria, the mechanisms for oxygen adsorption-desorption, dissociation-association, and diffusion of oxygen species on ceria surface and within the crystal structure are not well known. We predict that a large kinetic oxygen isotope effect should accompany the release and incorporation of ceria oxygen. As the first attempt to determine the existence and the degree of the isotope effect, this study focuses on a set of simple room-temperature re-oxidation experiments that are also relevant to a laboratory procedure using ceria to measure the triple oxygen isotope composition of CO2. Triple-oxygen-isotope labeled ceria powders are heated at 700 °C and cooled under vacuum prior to exposure to air. By combining results from independent experimental sets with different initial oxygen isotope labels and using a combined mass-balance and triangulation approach, we have determined the isotope fractionation factors for both high temperature reduction in vacuum (⩽10-4 mbar) and room temperature re-oxidation in air. Results indicate that there is a 1.5‰ ± 0.8‰ increase in the δ18O value of ceria after being heated in vacuum at 700 °C for 1 h. When the vacuum is broken at room temperature, the previously heated ceria incorporates 3-19% of its final structural oxygen from air, with a δ18O value of 2.1-4.1+7.7 ‰ for the incorporated oxygen. The substantial incorporation of oxygen from air supports that oxygen mobility is high in vacancy

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

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

    2016-05-18

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

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

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    Yang, Nan; Shi, Yanuo; Schweiger, Sebastian; ...

    2016-05-18

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

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

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

    2016-05-18

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

  15. Role of Associated Defects in Oxygen Ion Conduction and Surface Exchange Reaction for Epitaxial Samaria-Doped Ceria Thin Films as Catalytic Coatings.

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

    2016-06-15

    Samaria-doped ceria (SDC) thin films are particularly important for energy and electronic applications such as microsolid oxide fuel cells, electrolyzers, sensors, and memristors. In this paper, we report a comparative study investigating ionic conductivity and surface reactions for well-grown epitaxial SDC films varying the samaria doping concentration. With increasing doping above 20 mol % of samaria, an enhancement in the defect association is observed by Raman spectroscopy. The role of such associated defects on the films̀ oxygen ion transport and exchange is investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM). The measurements reveal that the ionic transport has a sharp maximum in ionic conductivity and drops in its activation energy down to 0.6 eV for 20 mol % doping. Increasing the doping concentration further up to 40 mol %, it raises the activation energy substantially by a factor of 2. We ascribe the sluggish transport kinetics to the "bulk" ionic-near ordering in case of the heavily doped epitaxial films. Analysis of the ESM first-order reversal curve measurements indicates that these associated defects may have a beneficial role by lowering the activation of the oxygen exchange "surface" reaction for heavily doped 40 mol % of samaria. In a model experiment, through a solid solution series of samaria doped ceria epitaxial films, we reveal that the occurrence of associated defects in the bulk affects the surface charging state of the SDC films to increase the exchange rates. The implication of these findings is the design of coatings with tuned oxygen surface exchange by controlling the bulk associated clusters for future electrocatalytic applications.

  16. Microstructure of Yttria-Doped Ceria as a Function of Oxalate Co-Precipitation Synthesis Conditions

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    Brissonneau, Laurent; Mathieu, Aurore; Tormos, Brigitte; Martin-Garin, Anna

    2016-12-01

    In sodium fast reactors (SFR), dissolved oxygen in sodium can be monitored via potentiometric sensors with an yttria-doped thoria electrolyte. Yttria-doped ceria (YDC) was chosen as a surrogate material to validate the process of such sensors. The material must exhibit high density and a fine grain microstructure to be resistant to the corrosion by liquid sodium and thermal shocks. Thus, the oxalic co-precipitation route was chosen to avoid milling steps that could bring impurity incorporation which is suspected to induce grain boundary corrosion in sodium. The powder and sintered pellets examination show that the synthesis conditions are of primary importance on the process yield, the oxalate powder microstructure and, eventually, on the ceramic density and microstructure. The impurity content was limited by controlling the synthesis, calcination, and sintering steps.

  17. Oxygen nonstoichiometry and thermodynamic characterization of Zr doped ceria in the 1573–1773 K temperature range† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns and SEM images. See DOI: 10.1039/c4cp04916k Click here for additional data file.

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    Takacs, M.; Steinfeld, A.

    2015-01-01

    This work encompasses the thermodynamic characterization and critical evaluation of Zr4+ doped ceria, a promising redox material for the two-step solar thermochemical splitting of H2O and CO2 to H2 and CO. As a case study, we experimentally examine 5 mol% Zr4+ doped ceria and present oxygen nonstoichiometry measurements at elevated temperatures ranging from 1573 K to 1773 K and oxygen partial pressures ranging from 4.50 × 10–3 atm to 2.3 × 10–4 atm, yielding higher reduction extents compared to those of pure ceria under all conditions investigated, especially at the lower temperature range and at higher p O2. In contrast to pure ceria, a simple ideal solution model accounting for the formation of isolated oxygen vacancies and localized electrons accurately describes the defect chemistry. Thermodynamic properties are determined, namely: partial molar enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. In general, partial molar enthalpy and entropy values of Zr4+ doped ceria are lower. The equilibrium hydrogen yields are subsequently extracted as a function of the redox conditions for dopant concentrations as high as 20%. Although reduction extents increase greatly with dopant concentration, the oxidation of Zr4+ doped ceria is thermodynamically less favorable compared to pure ceria. This leads to substantially larger temperature swings between reduction and oxidation steps, ultimately resulting in lower theoretical solar energy conversion efficiencies compared to ceria under most conditions. In effect, these results point to the importance of considering oxidation thermodynamics in addition to reduction when screening potential redox materials. PMID:25714616

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  19. Rat brain pro-oxidant effects of peripherally administered 5 nm ceria 30 days after exposure.

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    Hardas, Sarita S; Sultana, Rukhsana; Warrier, Govind; Dan, Mo; Florence, Rebecca L; Wu, Peng; Grulke, Eric A; Tseng, Michael T; Unrine, Jason M; Graham, Uschi M; Yokel, Robert A; Butterfield, D Allan

    2012-10-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the residual pro-or anti-oxidant effects in rat brain 30 days after systemic administration of a 5 nm citrate-stabilized ceria dispersion. A ∼4% aqueous ceria dispersion was iv-infused (0 or 85 mg/kg) into rats which were terminated 30 days later. Ceria concentration, localization, and chemical speciation in the brain was assessed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), light and electron microscopy (EM), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), respectively. Pro- or anti-oxidant effects were evaluated by measuring levels of protein carbonyls (PC), 3-nitrotyrosine (3NT), and protein-bound-4-hydroxy-2-trans-nonenal (HNE) in the hippocampus, cortex, and cerebellum. Glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase levels and activity were measured in addition to levels of inducible nitric oxide (iNOS), and heat shock protein-70 (Hsp70). The blood brain barrier (BBB) was visibly intact and no ceria was seen in the brain cells. Ceria elevated PC and Hsp70 levels in hippocampus and cerebellum, while 3NT and iNOS levels were elevated in the cortex. Whereas glutathione peroxidase and catalase activity were decreased in the hippocampus, GR levels were decreased in the cortex, and GPx and catalase levels were decreased in the cerebellum. The GSH:GSSG ratio, an index of cellular redox status, was decreased in the hippocampus and cerebellum. The results are in accordance with the observation that this nanoscale material remains in this mammal model up to 30 days after its administration and the hypothesis that it exerts pro-oxidant effects on the brain without crossing the BBB. These results have important implications on the potential use of ceria ENM as therapeutic agents.

  20. The origin of grain boundary capacitance in highly doped ceria.

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    Souza, Eduardo Caetano C; Goodenough, John B

    2016-02-17

    The origin of a grain-boundary capacitance in mixed oxide-ion/electronic conductors has been investigated for the case of Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9-δ using a.c. impedance spectroscopy under low pO2 from 250 to 400 °C. The observed capacitance is interpreted in terms of Ce(III):4f(1) electrons first introduced into the grains and not into the grain boundaries.

  1. Electrical and microstructural characterization of ceramic gadolinium-doped ceria electrolytes for ITSOFCs by sol-gel route.

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    Accardo, Grazia; Ferone, Claudio; Cioffi, Raffaele; Frattini, Domenico; Spiridigliozzi, Luca; Dell'Agli, Gianfranco

    2016-04-06

    Gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) is a promising alternative as a solid electrolyte for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (ITSOFCs) due to its low operating temperature and its high electrical conductivity. The traditional synthesis processes require extended time for powder preparation. Sol-gel methodology for electrolyte fabrication is more versatile and efficient. In this work, nanocrystalline ceria powders, with 10 and 20 mol% of gadolinium (Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 and Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9) were synthesized by a modified sol-gel technique, featuring a nitrate-fuel exothermic reaction. GDC tablets were prepared from powders and sintered at 1500°C with a dwell time of 3 hours. The sintered pellets' microstructure (by SEM) and electrical conductivity (by EIS) were evaluated. The powder properties, such as crystalline structure (by XRD), thermal properties (TGA/DTA), particle size and morphology (TEM) and textural properties (BET method) were determined and, in addition, for the first time an accurate chemical structural evolution (FTIR) was studied. Sintered GDC0.8 samples exhibited the maximum theoretical density of 97% and an average grain size of 700 nm. The electrical conductivity vs. temperature showed values ranging from 1.9∙10(-2) to 5.5∙10(-2) S·cm(-1) at 600°C and 800°C for GDC with 20 mol% of gadolinium. The methodology investigated showed reduced reaction time, a better control of stoichiometry and low cost. Characterization results demonstrated that these materials can be applied in ITSOFCs due to high conductivity, even at 550°C-600°C. The increased conductivity is related to the improved mobility of gadolinium ions in a high-density structure, with nanometric grains.

  2. Impact of structure and morphology of nanostructured ceria coating on AISI 304 oxidation kinetics

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    Aadhavan, R.; Suresh Babu, K.

    2017-07-01

    Nanostructured ceria-based coatings are shown to be protective against high-temperature oxidation of AISI 304 due to the dynamics of oxidation state and associated defects. However, the processing parameters of deposition have a strong influence in determining the structural and morphological aspects of ceria. The present work focuses on the effect of variation in substrate temperature (50-300 °C) and deposition rate (0.1-50 Å/s) of ceria in electron beam physical vapour evaporation method and correlates the changes in structure and morphology to high-temperature oxidation protection. Unlike deposition rate, substrate temperature exhibited a profound influence on crystallite size (7-18 nm) and oxygen vacancy concentration. Upon isothermal oxidation at 1243 K for 24 h, bare AISI 304 exhibited a linear mass gain with a rate constant of 3.0 ± 0.03 × 10-3 kg2 m-4 s-1 while ceria coating lowered the kinetics by 3-4 orders. Though the thickness of the coating was kept constant at 2 μm, higher deposition rate offered one order lower protection due to the porous nature of the coating. Variation in the substrate temperature modulated the porosity as well as oxygen vacancy concentration and displayed the best protection for coatings deposited at moderate substrate temperature. The present work demonstrates the significance of selecting appropriate processing parameters to obtain the required morphology for efficient high-temperature oxidation protection.

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

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    Lin, Yuyuan; Wu, Zili; Wen, Jianguo; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Marks, Laurence D

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in heterogeneous catalysis have demonstrated that oxides supports with the same material but different shapes can result in metal catalysts with distinct catalytic properties. The shape-dependent catalysis was not well-understood owing to the lack of direct visualization of the atomic structures at metal-oxide interface. Herein, we utilized aberration-corrected electron microscopy and revealed the atomic structures of gold particles deposited on ceria nanocubes and nanorods with {100} or {111} facets exposed. For the ceria nanocube support, gold nanoparticles have extended atom layers at the metal-support interface. In contrast, regular gold nanoparticles and rafts are present on the ceria nanorod support. After hours of water gas shift reaction, the extended gold atom layers and rafts vanish, which is associated with the decrease of the catalytic activities. By understanding the atomic structures of the support surfaces, metal-support interfaces, and morphologies of the gold particles, a direct structure-property relationship is established.

  4. In Vivo Processing of Ceria Nanoparticles inside Liver: Impact on Free-Radical Scavenging Activity and Oxidative Stress.

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    Graham, Uschi M; Tseng, Michael T; Jasinski, Jacek B; Yokel, Robert A; Unrine, Jason M; Davis, Burtron H; Dozier, Alan K; Hardas, Sarita S; Sultana, Rukhsana; Grulke, Eric A; Allan Butterfield, D

    2014-08-01

    The cytotoxicity of ceria ultimately lies in its electronic structure, which is defined by the crystal structure, composition, and size. Despite previous studies focused on ceria uptake, distribution, biopersistance, and cellular effects, little is known about its chemical and structural stability and solubility once sequestered inside the liver. Mechanisms will be presented that elucidate the in vivo transformation in the liver. In vivo processed ceria reveals a particle-size effect towards the formation of ultrafines, which represent a second generation of ceria. A measurable change in the valence reduction of the second-generation ceria can be linked to an increased free-radical scavenging potential. The in vivo processing of the ceria nanoparticles in the liver occurs in temporal relation to the brain cellular and protein clearance responses that stem from the ceria uptake. This information is critical to establish a possible link between cellular processes and the observed in vivo transformation of ceria. The temporal linkage between the reversal of the pro-oxidant effect (brain) and ceria transformation (liver) suggests a cause-effect relationship.

  5. Support Shape Effect in Metal Oxide Catalysis: Ceria-Nanoshape-Supported Vanadia Catalysts for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Isobutane.

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    Wu, Zili; Schwartz, Viviane; Li, Meijun; Rondinone, Adam J; Overbury, Steven H

    2012-06-07

    The support effect has long been an intriguing topic in catalysis research. With the advancement of nanomaterial synthesis, the availability of faceted oxide nanocrystals provides the opportunity to gain unprecedented insights into the support effect by employing these well-structured nanocrystals. In this Letter, we show by utilizing ceria nanoshapes as supports for vanadium oxide that the shape of the support poses a profound effect on the catalytic performance of metal oxide catalysts. Specifically, the activation energy of VOx/CeO2 catalysts in oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutane was found to be dependent on the shape of ceria support, rods < octahedra, closely related to the surface oxygen vacancy formation energy and the numbe of defects of the two ceria supports with different crystallographic surface planes.

  6. The Sulphur Poisoning Behaviour of Gadolinia Doped Ceria Model Systems in Reducing Atmospheres

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    Gerstl, Matthias; Nenning, Andreas; Iskandar, Riza; Rojek-Wöckner, Veronika; Bram, Martin; Hutter, Herbert; Opitz, Alexander Karl

    2016-01-01

    An array of analytical methods including surface area determination by gas adsorption using the Brunauer, Emmett, Teller (BET) method, combustion analysis, XRD, ToF-SIMS, TEM and impedance spectroscopy has been used to investigate the interaction of gadolinia doped ceria (GDC) with hydrogen sulphide containing reducing atmospheres. It is shown that sulphur is incorporated into the GDC bulk and might lead to phase changes. Additionally, high concentrations of silicon are found on the surface of model composite microelectrodes. Based on these data, a model is proposed to explain the multi-facetted electrochemical degradation behaviour encountered during long term electrochemical measurements. While electrochemical bulk properties of GDC stay largely unaffected, the surface polarisation resistance is dramatically changed, due to silicon segregation and reaction with adsorbed sulphur. PMID:28773771

  7. A novel sintering method to obtain fully dense gadolinia doped ceria by applying a direct current

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    Hao, Xiaoming; Liu, Yajie; Wang, Zhenhua; Qiao, Jinshuo; Sun, Kening

    2012-07-01

    A fully dense Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (gadolinia doped ceria, GDC) is obtained by a novel using a sintering technique for several seconds at 545 °C by applying a direct current (DC) electrical field of 70 V cm-1. The onset applied field value of this phenomenon is 20 V cm-1, and the volume specific power dissipation for the onset of flash sintering is about ∼10 mW mm-3. Through contrast with the shrinkage strain of the conventional sintering as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, we conclude that GDC specimens are sintered to fully density under various applied fields. In addition, we demonstrate that the grain size of GDC is decreasing with the increase of applied field and the decrease of sintering temperature. Through calculation, we find that sintering of GDC can be explained by the Joule heating from the applied electrical field.

  8. The Sulphur Poisoning Behaviour of Gadolinia Doped Ceria Model Systems in Reducing Atmospheres.

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    Gerstl, Matthias; Nenning, Andreas; Iskandar, Riza; Rojek-Wöckner, Veronika; Bram, Martin; Hutter, Herbert; Opitz, Alexander Karl

    2016-08-02

    An array of analytical methods including surface area determination by gas adsorption using the Brunauer, Emmett, Teller (BET) method, combustion analysis, XRD, ToF-SIMS, TEM and impedance spectroscopy has been used to investigate the interaction of gadolinia doped ceria (GDC) with hydrogen sulphide containing reducing atmospheres. It is shown that sulphur is incorporated into the GDC bulk and might lead to phase changes. Additionally, high concentrations of silicon are found on the surface of model composite microelectrodes. Based on these data, a model is proposed to explain the multi-facetted electrochemical degradation behaviour encountered during long term electrochemical measurements. While electrochemical bulk properties of GDC stay largely unaffected, the surface polarisation resistance is dramatically changed, due to silicon segregation and reaction with adsorbed sulphur.

  9. Investigations of oxidative stress effects and their mechanisms in rat brain after systemic administration of ceria engineered nanomaterials

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    Hardas, Sarita S.

    Advancing applications of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) in various fields create the opportunity for intended (e.g. drug and gene delivery) or unintended (e.g. occupational and environmental) exposure to ENM. However, the knowledge of ENM-toxicity is lagging behind their application development. Understanding the ENM hazard can help us to avoid potential human health problems associated with ENM applications as well as to increase their public acceptance. Ceria (cerium [Ce] oxide) ENM have many current and potential commercial applications. Beyond the traditional use of ceria as an abrasive, the scope of ceria ENM applications now extends into fuel cell manufacturing, diesel fuel additives and for therapeutic intervention as a putative antioxidant. However, the biological effects of ceria ENM exposure have yet to be fully defined. Both pro-and anti-oxidative effects of ceria ENM exposure are repeatedly reported in literature. EPA, NIEHS and OECD organizations have nominated ceria for its toxicological evaluation. All these together gave us the impetus to examine the oxidative stress effects of ceria ENM after systemic administration. Induction of oxidative stress is one of the primary mechanisms of ENM toxicity. Oxidative stress plays an important role in maintaining the redox homeostasis in the biological system. Increased oxidative stress, due to depletion of antioxidant enzymes or molecules and / or due to increased production of reactive oxygen (ROS) or nitrogen (RNS) species may lead to protein oxidation, lipid peroxidation and/or DNA damage. Increased protein oxidation or lipid peroxidation together with antioxidant protein levels and activity can serve as markers of oxidative stress. To investigate the oxidative stress effects and the mechanisms of ceria-ENM toxicity, fully characterized ceria ENM of different sizes (˜ 5nm, 15nm, 30nm, 55nm and nanorods) were systematically injected into rats intravenously in separate experiments. Three brain regions

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  11. Interaction of Zr with oxidized and partially reduced ceria thin films

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    Wang, Weijia; Hu, Shanwei; Han, Yong; Pan, Xiao; Xu, Qian; Zhu, Junfa

    2016-11-01

    The growth and electronic properties of Zr on the ceria thin films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction (LEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and work function measurements. Metallic zirconium was vapor-deposited on the well-ordered fully oxidized CeO2(111) and partially reduced CeO2-x(111) (0 < x < 0.5) thin films, which were epitaxially grown on a Ru(0001) substrate, under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The results show that the deposition of Zr on both ceria surfaces leads to electron transfer from Zr to ceria, accompanied by partial reduction of Ce from Ce4 + to Ce3 + states and oxidation of metallic Zr to Zr4 +. Moreover, with increasing the Zr coverage, the reduction degree of ceria films increases and eventually only Ce3 + is observed at a high coverage of Zr. The STM results suggest that Zr grows two-dimensionally (2D) on the CeO2(111) thin film at low coverages due to the strong interaction between Zr and CeO2(111).

  12. The Origin of Giant Electrostriction in Gd-Doped Ceria as Studied by Modulation Excitation X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Lerner, Alyssa; Li, Yuanyuan; Frenkel, Anatoly; Korobko, Roman; Lubomirsky, Igor

    2014-03-01

    Electromechanical materials, such as piezoelectrics and electrostrictors, are ubiquitous. Recently, an unusually large electrostriction effect, which exceeds that of most common electrostrictors, was found in gadolinium-doped ceria thin films. It is likely to be explained by the dynamic response of oxygen vacancies to external electric field. Verifying this hypothesis is very challenging, as it is required to detect local atomic rearrangement at the 0.01 Å scale. Conventional structural methods have neither elemental specificity nor spatial sensitivity to such structural changes. We applied Quick Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure used in the Modulation Excitation mode to directly observe the dynamic response of the Ce and Gd local environments to the electric field. While using periodic stimulation of the films by electric field in situ, we detected X-ray absorption spectra at the Ce and Gd absorption edges, thus enhancing the sensitivity to electro-active species. Our model of electromechanical activity in this system attributes it to a relatively small population of Ce ions with anomalously short Ce-O bonds formed near the oxygen vacancies. This finding suggests that other oxides with a large concentration of vacancies may exhibit even larger electrostriction.

  13. Electrochemical performance of gadolinia-doped ceria (CGO) electrolyte thin films for ITSOFC deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Reolon, Raquel Pereira; Halmenschlager, Cibele Melo; Neagu, Roberto; de Fraga Malfatti, Célia; Bergmann, Carlos Pérez

    2014-09-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell is an attractive, efficient, alternative source of power generation. However several challenges remained for this technology to be viable. These challenges include high power density, degradation rate, and cost. One way to decrease the SOFC cost is to use stainless steel interconnector. To be able to use a stainless steel interconnector one of the challenges is to find a way to produce an electrolyte, which does not need sintering at high temperature. This work presents the results of the process applied to gadolinia-doped ceria thin films deposited in cycles by spray pyrolysis. The aim of this work was to obtain thin, dense, and continuous CGO coatings, which has electrochemical performance suitable to be used as electrolyte for SOFC. The results obtained show that the air flow rate influenced the droplets size and hence the film quality. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the films were crystalline after the deposition. Electrochemical tests showed maximum power density of 510 mW cm-2 at 650 °C with a thickness average of 3.30 μm when the film was deposited in 12 cycles showing that the film has a potential to be used as an electrolyte for ITSOFC on metal support.

  14. A SnO2-samarium doped ceria additional anode layer in a direct carbon fuel cell

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    Yu, Baolong; Zhao, Yicheng; Li, Yongdan

    2016-02-01

    The role of a SnO2-samarium doped ceria (SDC) additional anode layer in a direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) with SDC-(Li0.67Na0.33)2CO3 composite electrolyte and lithiated NiO-SDC-(Li0.67Na0.33)2CO3 composite cathode is investigated and compared with a NiO-SDC extra anode layer. Catalytic grown carbon fiber mixed with (Li0.67Na0.33)2CO3 is used as a fuel. At 750 °C, the maximum power outputs of 192 and 143 mW cm-2 are obtained by the cells with SnO2-SDC and NiO-SDC layers, respectively. In the SnO2-SDC layer, the reduction of SnO2 and the oxidation of Sn happen simultaneously during the cell operation, and the Sn/SnO2 redox cycle provides an additional route for fuel conversion. The formation of an insulating dense interlayer between the anode and electrolyte layers, which usually happens in DCFCs with metal anodes, is avoided in the cell with the SnO2-SDC layer, and the stability of the cell is improved consequently.

  15. Platinum-doped ceria based biosensor for in vitro and in vivo monitoring of lactate during hypoxia.

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    Sardesai, Naimish P; Ganesana, Mallikarjunarao; Karimi, Anahita; Leiter, James C; Andreescu, Silvana

    2015-03-03

    Measurements of lactate concentrations in blood and tissues are an important indication of the adequacy of tissue oxygenation and could be useful for monitoring the state and progress of a variety of diseases. This paper describes the fabrication, analytical characterization, and physiological application of an amperometric microbiosensor based on lactate oxidase and oxygen-rich platinum doped ceria (Pt-ceria) nanoparticles for monitoring lactate levels during hypoxic conditions. The Pt-ceria nanoparticles provided electrocatalytic amplification for the detection of the enzymatically produced hydrogen peroxide and acted as an internal oxygen source for the enzyme, enabling lactate monitoring in an oxygen depleted tissue. In vitro evaluation of the biosensor demonstrated high selectivity against physiological levels of ascorbic acid, a storage stability of 3 weeks, a fast response time of 6 s, and good, linear sensitivity over a wide concentration range. In vivo experiments performed by placing the biosensor in the hippocampus of anesthetized rats demonstrated the feasibility of continuous lactate monitoring over 2 h ischemia and reperfusion. The results demonstrate that Pt-ceria is a versatile material for use in implantable enzyme bioelectrodes, which may be used to assess the pathophysiology of tissue hypoxia. In addition to measurements in hypoxic conditions, the detection limit of this biosensor was low, 100 pM, and the materials used to fabricate this biosensor can be particularly useful in ultrasensitive devices for monitoring lactate levels in a variety of conditions.

  16. Sub-nanometer surface chemistry and orbital hybridization in lanthanum-doped ceria nano-catalysts revealed by 3D electron microscopy.

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    Collins, Sean M; Fernandez-Garcia, Susana; Calvino, José J; Midgley, Paul A

    2017-07-14

    Surface chemical composition, electronic structure, and bonding characteristics determine catalytic activity but are not resolved for individual catalyst particles by conventional spectroscopy. In particular, the nano-scale three-dimensional distribution of aliovalent lanthanide dopants in ceria catalysts and their effect on the surface electronic structure remains unclear. Here, we reveal the surface segregation of dopant cations and oxygen vacancies and observe bonding changes in lanthanum-doped ceria catalyst particle aggregates with sub-nanometer precision using a new model-based spectroscopic tomography approach. These findings refine our understanding of the spatially varying electronic structure and bonding in ceria-based nanoparticle aggregates with aliovalent cation concentrations and identify new strategies for advancing high efficiency doped ceria nano-catalysts.

  17. Kinetic lattice Monte Carlo model for oxygen vacancy diffusion in praseodymium doped ceria: Applications to materials design

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P.; Anwar, Shahriar; Adams, James B.; Crozier, Peter; Sharma, Renu

    2011-04-15

    Kinetic lattice Monte Carlo (KLMC) model is developed for investigating oxygen vacancy diffusion in praseodymium-doped ceria. The current approach uses a database of activation energies for oxygen vacancy migration, calculated using first-principles, for various migration pathways in praseodymium-doped ceria. Since the first-principles calculations revealed significant vacancy-vacancy repulsion, we investigate the importance of that effect by conducting simulations with and without a repulsive interaction. Initially, as dopant concentrations increase, vacancy concentration and thus conductivity increases. However, at higher concentrations, vacancies interfere and repel one another, and dopants trap vacancies, creating a 'traffic jam' that decreases conductivity, which is consistent with the experimental findings. The modeled effective activation energy for vacancy migration slightly increased with increasing dopant concentration in qualitative agreement with the experiment. The current methodology comprising a blend of first-principle calculations and KLMC model provides a very powerful fundamental tool for predicting the optimal dopant concentration in ceria related materials. -- graphical abstract: Ionic conductivity in praseodymium doped ceria as a function of dopant concentration calculated using the kinetic lattice Monte Carlo vacancy-repelling model, which predicts the optimal composition for achieving maximum conductivity. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} KLMC method calculates the accurate time-dependent diffusion of oxygen vacancies. {yields} KLMC-VR model predicts a dopant concentration of {approx}15-20% to be optimal in PDC. {yields} At higher dopant concentration, vacancies interfere and repel one another, and dopants trap vacancies. {yields} Activation energy for vacancy migration increases as a function of dopant content

  18. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  19. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1993-12-14

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

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

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    Mirfakhraei, Behzad

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

  1. Evaluation of thermomechanical properties of non-stoichiometric gadolinium doped ceria using atomistic simulations

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    Swaminathan, N.; Qu, J.

    2009-06-01

    It is well known that gadolinium doped ceria (GDC), when subjected to reducing conditions, undergoes significant volumetric expansion and changes its elastic stiffness. In this paper, a methodology based on a semi-analytical formulation in conjunction with molecular dynamic (MD) simulation is presented to determine the coefficient of compositional expansion (CCE) and the complete elastic stiffness tensor of two common forms of GDC at various levels of non-stoichiometry and temperatures. The CCE is determined by comparing the volumes of the MD simulation cell before and after the reduction at a given temperature. To compute the elastic constants, MD simulations are first conducted to determine the equilibrium (relaxed) positions of each atom. Then, the constants are obtained through an analytical method that uses the relaxed positions of the atoms in the simulation cell. It is found that the elastic stiffness tensor of the non-stoichiometric structures remain cubic. The elastic constant C11 decreases with increasing vacancy concentration, while the changes in C12 and C66 were found to be negligible. In addition, both the elastic constants and the CCE are found to be insensitive to temperature.

  2. Strain Engineering Defect Concentrations in Reduced Ceria for Improved Electro-Catalytic Performance

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    2014-06-30

    oxygen surface exchange coefficient ( ), equilibrium oxygen vacancy concentration ( ), and catalytic activity ( ), of gadolinium doped ceria (GDC...by producing gadolinium doped ceria thick films and then measuring them under low atmospheres (where ceria becomes reduced). Unfortunately as shown

  3. Electrical, Electrochemical, and Optical Characterization of Ceria Films

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    Oh, Tae-Sik

    Acceptor-doped ceria has been recognized as a promising intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell electrode/electrolyte material. For practical implementation of ceria as a fuel cell electrolyte and for designing model experiments for electrochemical activity, it is necessary to fabricate thin films of ceria. Here, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition was carried out in a homemade reactor to grow ceria films for further electrical, electrochemical, and optical characterization. Doped/undoped ceria films are grown on single crystalline oxide wafers with/without Pt line pattern or Pt solid layer. Deposition conditions were varied to see the effect on the resultant film property. Recently, proton conduction in nanograined polycrystalline pellets of ceria drew much interest. Thickness-mode (through-plane, z-direction) electrical measurements were made to confirm the existence of proton conductivity and investigate the nature of the conduction pathway: exposed grain surfaces and parallel grain boundaries. Columnar structure presumably favors proton conduction, and we have found measurable proton conductivity enhancement. Electrochemical property of gas-columnar ceria interface on the hydrogen electrooxidation is studied by AC impedance spectroscopy. Isothermal gas composition dependence of the electrode resistance was studied to elucidate Sm doping level effect and microstructure effect. Significantly, preferred orientation is shown to affect the gas dependence and performance of the fuel cell anode. A hypothesis is proposed to explain the origin of this behavior. Lastly, an optical transmittance based methodology was developed to obtain reference refractive index and microstructural parameters (thickness, roughness, porosity) of ceria films via subsequent fitting procedure.

  4. Synergistic effects of ultrasonication and ethanol washing in controlling the stoichiometry, phase-purity and morphology of rare-earth doped ceria nanoparticles.

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    Singh, Kushal; Kumar, Rishu; Chowdhury, Anirban

    2017-05-01

    Over a period of last thirty years, use of ethanol has been historically reported for obtaining nanopowders with low agglomeration for various oxide systems. In addition to these benefits, we show for the first time that treatments in ethanol medium coupled with an ultrasonication step can impart crucial additional advantages in controlling the phase purity and stoichiometry/composition for such systems. This is an important issue especially for any complex multicationic oxide nanoparticles system and hence we selected one of the most popular catalyst systems of doped-ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles with very high (50%) level of rare-earth (lanthanum) doping for this case study. The effect of an ultrasonication combined ethanol treatment was compared with the other solvent media (pure water and ethanol) without ultrasonication. The underlying mechanism for this process involves lowering the deprotonation rate in ethanol medium which eventually reduces the condensation of the individual metal oxides while the ultrasonication ensures the reproducibility of the synthesis by providing a homogeneous colloidal solution for each washing stages. This novel modification in synthesis of nanoparticles aims to provide meaningful solutions in optimising the phase, composition and morphology of multicationic complex system of nanocrystals. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of ZrO2-CuO co-doped ceria nanoparticles via chemical precipitation method.

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    Viruthagiri, G; Gopinathan, E; Shanmugam, N; Gobi, R

    2014-10-15

    In the present study, the fluorite cubic phase of bare and ZrO2-CuO co-doped ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles have been synthesized through a simple chemical precipitation method. X-ray diffraction results revealed that average grain sizes of the samples are within 5-6nm range. The functional groups present in the samples were identified by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) study. Surface area measurement was carried out for the ceria nanoparticles to characterize the surface properties of the synthesized samples. The direct optical cutoff wavelength from DRS analysis was blue-shifted evidently with respect to the bulk material and indicated quantum-size confinement effect in the nanocrystallites. PL spectra revealed the strong and sharp UV emission at 401nm. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the pure and doped nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope fitted with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The thermal decomposition course was followed using thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG-DTA).

  6. Arsenic doped zinc oxide

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    Volbers, N.; Lautenschlaeger, S.; Leichtweiss, T.; Laufer, A.; Graubner, S.; Meyer, B. K.; Potzger, K.; Zhou Shengqiang

    2008-06-15

    As-doping of zinc oxide has been approached by ion implantation and chemical vapor deposition. The effect of thermal annealing on the implanted samples has been investigated by using secondary ion mass spectrometry and Rutherford backscattering/channeling geometry. The crystal damage, the distribution of the arsenic, the diffusion of impurities, and the formation of secondary phases is discussed. For the thin films grown by vapor deposition, the composition has been determined with regard to the growth parameters. The bonding state of arsenic was investigated for both series of samples using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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

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

    2015-11-04

    Single crystalline ceria nanooctahedra, nanocubes, and nanorods are hydrothermally synthesized, colloidally impregnated into the porous La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) scaffolds, and electrochemically evaluated as the anode catalysts for reduced temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Well-defined surface terminations are confirmed by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy--(111) for nanooctahedra, (100) for nanocubes, and both (110) and (100) for nanorods. Temperature-programmed reduction in H2 shows the highest reducibility for nanorods, followed sequentially by nanocubes and nanooctahedra. Measurements of the anode polarization resistances and the fuel cell power densities reveal different orders of activity of ceria nanocrystals at high and low temperatures for hydrogen electro-oxidation, i.e., nanorods > nanocubes > nanooctahedra at T ≤ 450 °C and nanooctahedra > nanorods > nanocubes at T ≥ 500 °C. Such shape-dependent activities of these ceria nanocrystals have been correlated to their difference in the local structure distortions and thus in the reducibility. These findings will open up a new strategy for design of advanced catalysts for reduced-temperature SOFCs by elaborately engineering the shape of nanocrystals and thus selectively exposing the crystal facets. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Catalytic combustion of soot over ceria-zinc mixed oxides catalysts supported onto cordierite.

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    Nascimento, Leandro Fontanetti; Martins, Renata Figueredo; Silva, Rodrigo Ferreira; Serra, Osvaldo Antonio

    2014-03-01

    Modified substrates as outer heterogeneous catalysts was employed to reduce the soot generated from incomplete combustion of diesel or diesel/biodiesel blends, a process that harms the environment and public health. The unique storage properties of ceria (CeO2) makes it one of the most efficient catalysts available to date. Here, we proposed that ceria-based catalysts can lower the temperature at which soot combustion occurs; more specifically, from 610°C to values included in the diesel exhausts operation range (300-450°C). The sol-gel method was used to synthesize mixed oxide-based catalysts (CeO2:ZnO); the resulting catalysts were deposited onto cordierite substrates. In addition, the morphological and structural properties of the material were evaluated by XRD, BET, TPR-H2, and SEM. Thermogravimetric (TG/DTA) analysis revealed that the presence of the catalyst decreased the soot combustion temperature by 200°C on average, indicating that the oxygen species arise at low temperatures in this situation, promoting highly reactive oxidation reactions. Comparative analysis of soot emission by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) showed that catalyst-impregnated cordierite samples efficiently oxidized soot in a diesel/biodiesel stationary motor: soot emission decreased by more than 70%.

  9. Ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface resulting from combination of thermal oxidation and ceria slurry polishing.

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    Shen, Xinmin; Dai, Yifan; Deng, Hui; Guan, Chaoliang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2013-06-17

    An ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface with an rms roughness of 0.424 nm is obtained after thermal oxidation for 30 min followed by ceria slurry polishing for 30 min. By SEM-EDX analysis, we investigated the thermal oxidation behavior of RS-SiC, in which the main components are Si and SiC. As the oxidation rate is higher in the area with defects, there are no scratches or cracks on the surface after oxidation. However, a bumpy structure is formed after oxidation because the oxidation rates of Si and SiC differ. Through a theoretical analysis of thermal oxidation using the Deal-Grove model and the removal of the oxide layer by ceria slurry polishing in accordance with the Preston equation, a model for obtaining an ultrasmooth surface is proposed and the optimal processing conditions are presented.

  10. Surface and redox properties of cobalt-ceria binary oxides: On the effect of Co content and pretreatment conditions

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    Konsolakis, Michalis; Sgourakis, Michalis; Carabineiro, Sónia A. C.

    2015-06-01

    Ceria-based transition metal catalysts have recently received considerable attention both in heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis fields, due to their unique physicochemical characteristics. Their catalytic performance is greatly affected by the surface local chemistry and oxygen vacancies. The present study aims at investigating the impact of Co/Ce ratio and pretreatment conditions on the surface and redox properties of cobalt-ceria binary oxides. Co-ceria mixed oxides with different Co content (0, 20, 30, 60, 100 wt.%) were prepared by impregnation method and characterized by means of N2 adsorption at -196 °C, X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2 temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results shown the improved reducibility of Co/CeO2 mixed oxides compared to single oxides, due to a synergistic interaction between cobalt and cerium. Oxidation pretreatment results in a preferential localization of cerium species on the outer surface. In contrast, a uniform distribution of cobalt and cerium species over the entire catalyst surface is obtained by the reduction process, which facilitates the formation of oxygen vacancies though Co3+/Co2+ and Ce3+/Ce4+ redox cycles. Fundamental insights toward tuning the surface chemistry of cobalt-ceria binary oxides are provided, paving the way for real-life industrial applications.

  11. Physicochemical properties of rare earth doped ceria Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) as an electrolyte material for IT-SOFC/SOEC

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    Chaubey, Nityanand; Wani, B. N.; Bharadwaj, S. R.; Chattopadhyaya, M. C.

    2013-06-01

    Nanosized crystallites of rare earth doped ceria Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) a promising electrolyte material for Intermediate Temperature - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells/electrolysis cells have been synthesized by standard ceramic route. Detection of impurities in the samples was done by FTIR spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction studies were used for the determination of phase purity, crystal structure and average crystallite size of the samples. Kinetics involved in phase formation has been discussed. Raman study showed a major band around 465 cm-1 in all the samples, which is attributed to the cubic fluorite structure of ceria. It was also found that for samples Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) the frequency of F2g shifts to lower value. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to measure the ionic conductivity of the samples at elevated temperatures. The Gd doped sample showed the highest grain boundary and total conductivity in comparison to Sm and Nd doped sample. Bulk thermal expansion behavior, sintered densities and micro structural features of the samples have also been studied.

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

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    Zając, Wojciech; Świerczek, Konrad; Molenda, Janina

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

  13. Ceria-based model catalysts: fundamental studies on the importance of the metal-ceria interface in CO oxidation, the water-gas shift, CO2 hydrogenation, and methane and alcohol reforming.

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    Rodriguez, José A; Grinter, David C; Liu, Zongyuan; Palomino, Robert M; Senanayake, Sanjaya D

    2017-04-03

    Model metal/ceria and ceria/metal catalysts have been shown to be excellent systems for studying fundamental phenomena linked to the operation of technical catalysts. In the last fifteen years, many combinations of well-defined systems involving different kinds of metals and ceria have been prepared and characterized using the modern techniques of surface science. So far most of the catalytic studies have been centered on a few reactions: CO oxidation, the hydrogenation of CO2, and the production of hydrogen through the water-gas shift reaction and the reforming of methane or alcohols. Using model catalysts it has been possible to examine in detail correlations between the structural, electronic and catalytic properties of ceria-metal interfaces. In situ techniques (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy) have been combined to study the morphological changes under reaction conditions and investigate the evolution of active phases involved in the cleavage of C-O, C-H and C-C bonds. Several studies with model ceria catalysts have shown the importance of strong metal-support interactions. In general, a substantial body of knowledge has been acquired and concepts have been developed for a more rational approach to the design of novel technical catalysts containing ceria.

  14. In-situ extended X-ray absorption fine structure study of electrostriction in Gd doped ceria

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    Korobko, Roman; Lerner, Alyssa; Li, Yuanyuan; Wachtel, Ellen; Frenkel, Anatoly I.; Lubomirsky, Igor

    2015-01-01

    Studying electric field-induced structural changes in ceramics is challenging due to the very small magnitude of the atomic displacements. We used differential X-ray absorption spectroscopy, an elementally specific and spatially sensitive method, to detect such changes in Gd-doped ceria, recently shown to exhibit giant electrostriction. We found that the large electrostrictive stress generation can be associated with a few percent of unusually short Ce-O chemical bonds that change their length and degree of order under an external electric field. The remainder of the lattice is reduced to the role of passive spectator. This mechanism is fundamentally different from that in electromechanically active materials currently in use.

  15. Reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles: one nano-host applicable for simultaneous optical down- and up-conversions.

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    Shehata, Nader; Meehan, Kathleen; Hassounah, Ibrahim; Hudait, Mantu; Jain, Nikhil; Clavel, Michael; Elhelw, Sarah; Madi, Nabil

    2014-01-01

    This paper introduces a new synthesis procedure to form erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles (EDC NPs) that can act as an optical medium for both up-conversion and down-conversion in the same time. This synthesis process results qualitatively in a high concentration of Ce(3+) ions required to obtain high fluorescence efficiency in the down-conversion process. Simultaneously, the synthesized nanoparticles contain the molecular energy levels of erbium that are required for up-conversion. Therefore, the synthesized EDC NPs can emit visible light when excited with either UV or IR photons. This opens new opportunities for applications where emission of light via both up- and down-conversions from a single nanomaterial is desired such as solar cells and bio-imaging.

  16. In-situ extended X-ray absorption fine structure study of electrostriction in Gd doped ceria

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    Korobko, Roman; Wachtel, Ellen; Lubomirsky, Igor; Lerner, Alyssa; Li, Yuanyuan; Frenkel, Anatoly I.

    2015-01-26

    Studying electric field-induced structural changes in ceramics is challenging due to the very small magnitude of the atomic displacements. We used differential X-ray absorption spectroscopy, an elementally specific and spatially sensitive method, to detect such changes in Gd-doped ceria, recently shown to exhibit giant electrostriction. We found that the large electrostrictive stress generation can be associated with a few percent of unusually short Ce-O chemical bonds that change their length and degree of order under an external electric field. The remainder of the lattice is reduced to the role of passive spectator. This mechanism is fundamentally different from that in electromechanically active materials currently in use.

  17. Preparation and properties of plate-like titanate (PLT)/calcia-doped ceria (CDC) composites by sol-gel coating method.

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    Liu, Xiangwen; Liu, Jingxiao; Dong, Xiaoli; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2009-08-01

    In order to obtain UV-shielding materials with good comfort, higher safety and effective UV-shielding ability, lepidocrocite type plate-like titanate (K(0.8)Li(0.27)Ti(1.73)O(4), donated as: PLT)/calcia-doped ceria (donated as: CDC) composites were synthesized by a sol-gel method. After dissolving Ce(NO(3))(3).6H(2)O and Ca(NO(3))(2).4H(2)O into absolute ethanol at 40 degrees C, glacial acetic acid (HAc) and PLT particles dispersed into absolute ethanol were added. Then, the solution was heated at 60 degrees C to get gel-like substance. This gel was dried in a vacuum oven at 333 K for 5 h, and then, the product was collected and ground in an agate mortar followed by calcination at 1073 K for 2 h to form PLT/CDC composites. By optimization, 20 mass% of CDC was coated by one operation. PLT/CDC composites with higher CDC content were obtained by repeating the coating process. The morphology, catalytic activity for the oxidation of organic material, UV-shielding ability and dynamic friction coefficient of as-obtained PLT/CDC composites were characterized. As a result, broad-spectrum UV-shielding composite materials with good comfort and low oxidation catalytic activity were successfully synthesized.

  18. Temperature Dependence Discontinuity in the Stability of Manganese doped Ceria Nanocrystals

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    Wu, Longjia; Dholabhai, Pratik; Uberuaga, Blas P.; ...

    2017-01-05

    CeO2 has strong potential for chemical-looping water splitting. It has been shown that manganese doping decreases interface energies of CeO2, allowing increased stability of high surface areas in this oxygen carrier oxide. The phenomenon is related to the segregation of Mn3+ at interfaces, which causes a measurable decrease in excess energy. Here in the present work, it is shown that, despite the stability of nanocrystals of manganese-doped CeO2 with relation to undoped CeO2, the effect is strongly dependent on the oxidation state of manganese, i.e., on the temperature. At temperatures below 800 °C, Mn is in the 3+ valence state,more » and coarsening is hindered by the reduced interface energetics, showing smaller crystal sizes with increasing Mn content. At temperatures above 800 °C, Mn is reduced to its 2+ valence state, and coarsening is enhanced with increasing Mn content. Atomistic simulations show the segregation of Mn to grain boundaries is relatively insensitive to the charge state of the dopant. However, point defect modeling finds that the reduced state causes a decrease in cation vacancy concentration and an increase in cation interstitials, reducing drag forces for grain boundary mobility and increasing growth rates.« less

  19. Effect of composition and calcination temperature of ceria-zirconia-alumina mixed oxides on catalytic performances of ethanol conversion

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    Chuklina, S. G.; Maslenkova, S. A.; Pylinina, A. I.; Podzorova, L. I.; Ilyicheva, A. A.

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, we investigated the effect of preparation method, phase composition and calcination temperature of the (Ce-TZP) - Al2O3 mixed oxides on their structural features and catalytic performance in ethanol conversion. Ceria-zirconia-alumina mixed oxides with different (Ce+Zr)/Al atomic ratios were prepared via sol-gel method. Catalytic activity and selectivity were investigated for ethanol conversion to acetaldehyde, ethylene and diethyl ether.

  20. Converting ceria polyhedral nanoparticles into single-crystal nanospheres.

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    Feng, Xiangdong; Sayle, Dean C; Wang, Zhong Lin; Paras, M Sharon; Santora, Brian; Sutorik, Anthony C; Sayle, Thi X T; Yang, Yi; Ding, Yong; Wang, Xudong; Her, Yie-Shein

    2006-06-09

    Ceria nanoparticles are one of the key abrasive materials for chemical-mechanical planarization of advanced integrated circuits. However, ceria nanoparticles synthesized by existing techniques are irregularly faceted, and they scratch the silicon wafers and increase defect concentrations. We developed an approach for large-scale synthesis of single-crystal ceria nanospheres that can reduce the polishing defects by 80% and increase the silica removal rate by 50%, facilitating precise and reliable mass-manufacturing of chips for nanoelectronics. We doped the ceria system with titanium, using flame temperatures that facilitate crystallization of the ceria yet retain the titania in a molten state. In conjunction with molecular dynamics simulation, we show that under these conditions, the inner ceria core evolves in a single-crystal spherical shape without faceting, because throughout the crystallization it is completely encapsulated by a molten 1- to 2-nanometer shell of titania that, in liquid state, minimizes the surface energy. The principle demonstrated here could be applied to other oxide systems.

  1. Altering properties of cerium oxide thin films by Rh doping

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    Ševčíková, Klára; Nehasil, Václav; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Haviar, Stanislav; Matolín, Vladimír; and others

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Thin films of ceria doped by rhodium deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. • Concentration of rhodium has great impact on properties of Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films. • Intensive oxygen migration in films with low concentration of rhodium. • Oxygen migration suppressed in films with high amount of Rh dopants. - Abstract: Ceria containing highly dispersed ions of rhodium is a promising material for catalytic applications. The Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films with different concentrations of rhodium were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and were studied by soft and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, Temperature programmed reaction and X-ray powder diffraction techniques. The sputtered films consist of rhodium–cerium mixed oxide where cerium exhibits a mixed valency of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} and rhodium occurs in two oxidation states, Rh{sup 3+} and Rh{sup n+}. We show that the concentration of rhodium has a great influence on the chemical composition, structure and reducibility of the Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films. The films with low concentrations of rhodium are polycrystalline, while the films with higher amount of Rh dopants are amorphous. The morphology of the films strongly influences the mobility of oxygen in the material. Therefore, varying the concentration of rhodium in Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films leads to preparing materials with different properties.

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

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

    2014-10-06

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

  3. Reduction enthalpy and charge distribution of substituted ferrites and doped ceria for thermochemical water and carbon dioxide splitting with DFT+U.

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    Dimitrakis, D A; Tsongidis, N I; Konstandopoulos, A G

    2016-08-24

    The thermal reduction step of substituted ferrites (MFe2O4 where M = Fe, Ni, Co, Gd) and doped ceria (MxCe1-xO2, where M = Ce, Zr, Hf and x = 0.25) in two-step thermochemical cycles for H2O and CO2 splitting is investigated within the DFT+U framework. This thermal reduction step is described as the oxygen vacancy formation energy (reduction enthalpy), i.e. the energy required to create an oxygen vacancy in the crystal lattice. Oxides with a lower oxygen vacancy creation energy are easier to reduce. A Bader charge analysis of the reduction mechanism is carried out providing the charge distribution of the bulk and reduced ions, enabling interrelations of the substitute ions and the resulting reduction energies. Based on the approach presented here, interesting solar fuels producing materials are CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4 and Hf0.25Ce0.75O2.

  4. Ceria-based model catalysts: fundamental studies on the importance of the metal–ceria interface in CO oxidation, the water–gas shift, CO 2 hydrogenation, and methane and alcohol reforming

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    Rodriguez, José A.; Grinter, David C.; Liu, Zongyuan; ...

    2017-02-17

    Model metal/ceria and ceria/metal catalysts have been shown to be excellent systems for studying fundamental phenomena linked to the operation of technical catalysts. In the last fifteen years, many combinations of well-defined systems involving different kinds of metals and ceria have been prepared and characterized using the modern techniques of surface science. So far most of the catalytic studies have been centered on a few reactions: CO oxidation, the hydrogenation of CO2, and the production of hydrogen through the water–gas shift reaction and the reforming of methane or alcohols. By using model catalysts it is been possible to examine inmore » detail correlations between the structural, electronic and catalytic properties of ceria–metal interfaces. In situ techniques (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy) have been combined to study the morphological changes under reaction conditions and investigate the evolution of active phases involved in the cleavage of C–O, C–H and C–C bonds. Several studies with model ceria catalysts have shown the importance of strong metal–support interactions. Generally, a substantial body of knowledge has been acquired and concepts have been developed for a more rational approach to the design of novel technical catalysts containing ceria.« less

  5. Active Gold-Ceria and Gold-Ceria/titania Catalysts for CO Oxidation. From Single-Crystal Model Catalysts to Powder Catalysts

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    Rodriguez, Jose A.; Si, Rui; Evans, Jaime; Xu, Wenqian; Hanson, Jonathan C.; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Yimei

    2014-07-23

    We studied CO oxidation on model and powder catalysts of Au-CeO2 and Au-CeOx/TiO2. Phenomena observed in Au-CeO2(1 1 1) and Au-CeO2/TiO2(1 1 0) provided useful concepts for designing and preparing highly active and stable Au-CeOx/TiO2 powder catalysts for CO oxidation. Small particles of Au dispersed on CeO2(1 1 1) displayed high catalytic activity, making Au-CeO2(1 1 1) a better CO oxidation catalyst than Au-TiO2(1 1 0) or Au-MgO(1 0 0). An excellent support for gold was found after depositing nanoparticles of ceria on TiO2(1 1 0). The CeOx nanoparticles act as nucleation centers for gold, improving dispersion of the supported metal and helping in the creation of reaction sites efficient for the adsorption of CO and the dissociation of the O2 molecule. High-surface area catalysts were prepared by depositing gold on ceria nanorods and CeOx/TiO2 powders. The samples were tested for the low-temperature (10–70 °C) oxygen-rich (1%CO/4%O2/He) CO oxidation reaction after pre-oxidation (20%O2/He, 300 °C) and pre-reduction (5%H2/He, 300 °C) treatments. Moreover, synchrotron-based operando X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopy were used to study the Au-CeO2 and Au-CeOx/TiO2 catalysts under reaction conditions. Our operando findings indicate that the most active phase of these catalysts for low-temperature CO oxidation consist of small particles of metallic Au dispersed on CeO2 or CeOx/TiO2.

  6. Effect of Mg doping and sintering temperature on structural and morphological properties of samarium-doped ceria for IT-SOFC electrolyte

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    Ahmad, Syed Ismail; Mohammed, Tasneem; Bahafi, Amal; Suresh, Madireddy Buchi

    2017-06-01

    Samples of Sm and Mg co-doped ceria electrolyte of Ce1- x Sm x- y Mg y O2- δ ( x = 0.2; y = 0.00, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.175) were synthesized by sol-gel process. The prepared samples were sintered at 1100 and 1400 °C for 4 h. The bulk densities were measured by Archimedes method. XRD measurements indicate that the synthesized samples were in single-phase cubic fluorite structure (space group Fm3m). The cell parameters decrease with the concentration of Mg, and 2 θ values slightly shift towards right. The particle sizes obtained were between 7.14 and 17.44 nm. The sintered sample achieved 95% of theoretical density. FTIR spectra of samples sintered at 1400 °C indicates weak interactions between 3550-3400 cm-1 and 1600-1300 cm-1 are attributed to O-H stretching modes and strong bonds 850-450 cm-1 are assigned to characteristic Ce-O vibrations. The surface morphology and chemical composition were analyzed by SEM and EDS, SEM micrographs show spherical faceted grains, and the samples were crack free, dense material with some pores on surface which are inconsistent with density results. The average grain size obtained was 0.5 μm. Particle size obtained by TEM was in agreement with that obtained by XRD. The high-density ceria co-doped ceramic can be used as electrolyte in SOFC.

  7. Ceria-Zirconia Particles Wrapped in a 2D Carbon Envelope: Improved Low-Temperature Oxygen Transfer and Oxidation Activity.

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    Aneggi, Eleonora; Rico-Perez, Veronica; de Leitenburg, Carla; Maschio, Stefano; Soler, Lluís; Llorca, Jordi; Trovarelli, Alessandro

    2015-11-16

    Engineering the interface between different components of heterogeneous catalysts at nanometer level can radically alter their performances. This is particularly true for ceria-based catalysts where the interactions are critical for obtaining materials with enhanced properties. Here we show that mechanical contact achieved by high-energy milling of CeO2-ZrO2 powders and carbon soot results in the formation of a core of oxide particles wrapped in a thin carbon envelope. This 2D nanoscale carbon arrangement greatly increases the number and quality of contact points between the oxide and carbon. Consequently, the temperatures of activation and transfer of the oxygen in ceria are shifted to exceptionally low temperatures and the soot combustion rate is boosted. The study confirms the importance of the redox behavior of ceria-zirconia particles in the mechanism of soot oxidation and shows that the organization of contact points at the nanoscale can significantly modify the reactivity resulting in unexpected properties and functionalities.

  8. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol-gel and solvothermal processing.

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    Yang, Jingxia; Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard; Schubert, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of "external" graphene oxide during sol-gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced.

  9. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol–gel and solvothermal processing

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    Yang, Jingxia; Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard

    2016-01-01

    Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of “external” graphene oxide during sol–gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced. PMID:28144531

  10. Gadolinium doped cerium oxide for soot oxidation: Influence of interfacial metal-support interactions

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    Durgasri, D. Naga; Vinodkumar, T.; Lin, Fangjian; Alxneit, Ivo; Reddy, Benjaram M.

    2014-09-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to ascertain the role of Al2O3, SiO2, and TiO2 supports in modulating the catalytic performance of ceria-based solid solutions. In this study, we prepared nanosized Ce-Gd/Al2O3, Ce-Gd/SiO2, and Ce-Gd/TiO2 catalysts by a deposition coprecipitation method and evaluated for soot oxidation. The synthesized catalysts were calcined at two different temperatures to assess their thermal stability and extensively characterized by various techniques, namely, XRD, Raman, BET surface area, TEM, H2-TPR, and UV-vis DRS. XRD and TEM results indicate that Ce-Gd-oxide nanoparticles are in highly dispersed form on the surface of the supports. Raman results show a prominent sharp peak and a broad peak corresponding to the F2g mode of ceria and the presence of oxygen vacancies, respectively. The presence of a significant number of oxygen vacancies in all samples is also confirmed from UV-vis DRS measurements. The H2-TPR results suggest that Gd-doping facilitates the reduction of the materials and decreases the onset temperature of reduction. Among the prepared samples, Ce-Gd/TiO2 catalyst exhibited the highest activity, suggesting the existence of strong interfacial metal support interaction between the active metal oxide and the support.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline Gd and Tb co-doped ceria-based electrolyte materials for IT-SOFC.

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    Choi, J W; Saradha, T; Heo, M H; Park, K

    2010-05-01

    Gd and Tb co-doped Ce0.8Gd0.2-xTb(x)O2-delta (0 < or = x < or = 0.09) nanopowders were synthesized by the combustion method using aspartic acid as fuel. The calcined powders formed a ceria-based single phase with a cubic fluorite structure. In addition, the powders were pure, homogeneous, and nanocrystalline nature, i.e., 20.1-23.4 nm in the calculated crystallite size. The partial incorporation of Tb for Gd caused a decrease in the average grain size of the sintered bodies. The high-quality nanosized Ce0.8Gd0.17Tb0.03O2-delta powders provided a high density, ultra-fine grain size, and high electrical conductivity even at the low sintering temperature of 1300 degrees C. The grain size and density of the Ce0.8Gd0.17Tb0.03O2-delta were approximately 146 nm and approximately 99% of the theoretical density, respectively, allowing enhanced electrical conductivity (0.106 Scm(-1) at 800 degrees C).

  12. Electrochemical characteristics of samaria-doped ceria infiltrated strontium-doped LaMnO3 cathodes with varied thickness for yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolytes

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    Dong Ding; Mingyang Gonga; Chunchuan Xu; Nicholas Baxter; Yihong Li; John Zondlo; Kirk Gerdes; Xingbo Liu

    2010-11-09

    Samaria-doped ceria (SDC) infiltrated into strontium-doped LaMnO3 (LSM) cathodes with varied cathode thickness on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were investigated via symmetrical cell, half cell, and full cell configurations. The results of the symmetrical cells showed that the interfacial polarization resistance (RP) decreased with increasing electrode thickness up to∼30#2;m, and further increases in the thickness of the cathode did not cause significant variation of electrode performance. At 800 ◦C, the minimum RP was around 0.05#2;cm2. The impedance spectra indicated that three main electrochemical processes existed, possibly corresponding to the oxygen ion incorporation, surface diffusion of oxygen species and oxygen adsorption and dissociation. The DC polarization on the half cells and characterization of the full cells also demonstrated a similar correlation between the electrode performance and the electrode thickness. The peak power densities of the single cells with the 10, 30, and 50-#2;m thick electrodes were 0.63, 1.16 and 1.11Wcm−2, respectively. The exchange current densities under moderate polarization are calculated and possible rate-determining steps are discussed.

  13. One-pot synthesis of a ceria-graphene oxide composite for the efficient removal of arsenic species.

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    Sakthivel, Tamil S; Das, Soumen; Pratt, Cameron J; Seal, Sudipta

    2017-03-09

    Arsenic contamination has posed a health risk to millions of people around the world. In this study, we describe a simple and facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis of a ceria-graphene oxide (ceria-GO) composite for the efficient removal of arsenic species. The prepared ceria-GO composite materials exhibited almost complete (over 99.99%) and quick removal of both arsenic species within 0.1 mg L(-1) of the initial concentration. The calculated adsorption capacities were 185 mg g(-1) for As(iii) and 212 mg g(-1) for As(v). It was found that Ce(3+) is an active site and continuously adsorbs arsenic species; there is a concomitant change from Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) due to the solution redox environment. This increase in the Ce(3+) concentration further facilitates the complete removal of arsenic species in solution. Thus our approach offers a promising potential for the treatment of arsenic-contaminated drinking water.

  14. 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.

  15. Water-induced Formation of Cobalt Oxides Over Supported Cobalt/Ceria-Zirconia Catalysts under Ethanol-Steam Conditions

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    Lin, Sean S.-Y.; Kim, Do Heui; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ha, Su Y.

    2010-07-28

    The formation of water-induced cobalt oxides by re-oxidizing the metallic cobalt in the pre-reduced 10% Co/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst was verified by in-situ TPR and in-situ XPS studies under various ethanol-steam conditions. The formation and transformation of water-induced cobalt oxide species were affected by the pre-reduction conditions used for the catalysts and the feed stream composition used in the reaction. This result suggests that the surface composition of the cobalt species in 10% Co-CZ catalyst, initially governed by the catalyst pre-treatment, was changed toward an equilibrium state that governed by the feed stream composition as the reaction proceeds. In addition, the reducibility of the ceria sites may play a significant role in the redox process involved both cobalt and ceria sites under ethanol-steam environment. Finally, the effect of the water-induced cobalt oxides on the catalytic performance, in particular for the carbon-carbon bond cleavage of ethanol, is negligible. However, these water-induced oxides may show importance for the subsequent reaction steps that determine the product selectivity during ethanol steam reforming, as their coexistence with the metallic cobalt species was revealed by the in-situ study under ethanol-steam conditions.

  16. CO oxidation on inverse CeO(x)/Cu(111) catalysts: high catalytic activity and ceria-promoted dissociation of O2.

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    Yang, Fan; Graciani, Jesús; Evans, Jaime; Liu, Ping; Hrbek, Jan; Sanz, Javier Fdez; Rodriguez, José A

    2011-03-16

    A Cu(111) surface displays a low activity for the oxidation of carbon monoxide (2CO + O(2) → 2CO(2)). Depending on the temperature, background pressure of O(2), and the exposure time, one can get chemisorbed O on Cu(111) or a layer of Cu(2)O that may be deficient in oxygen. The addition of ceria nanoparticles (NPs) to Cu(111) substantially enhances interactions with the O(2) molecule and facilitates the oxidation of the copper substrate. In images of scanning tunneling microscopy, ceria NPs exhibit two overlapping honeycomb-type moiré structures, with the larger ones (H(1)) having a periodicity of 4.2 nm and the smaller ones (H(2)) having a periodicity of 1.20 nm. After annealing CeO(2)/Cu(111) in O(2) at elevated temperatures (600-700 K), a new phase of a Cu(2)O(1+x) surface oxide appears and propagates from the ceria NPs. The ceria is not only active for O(2) dissociation, but provides a much faster channel for oxidation than the step edges of Cu(111). Exposure to CO at 550-750 K led to a partial reduction of the ceria NPs and the removal of the copper oxide layer. The CeO(x)/Cu(111) systems have activities for the 2CO + O(2) → 2CO(2) reaction that are comparable or larger than those reported for surfaces of expensive noble metals such as Rh(111), Pd(110), and Pt(100). Density-functional calculations show that the supported ceria NPs are able to catalyze the oxidation of CO due to their special electronic and chemical properties. The configuration of the inverse oxide/metal catalyst opens new interesting routes for applications in catalysis.

  17. CO Oxidation on Inverse CeOx/Cu(111) Catalysts: High Catalytic Activity and Ceria-Promoted Dissociation of O2

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    F Yang; J Graciani; J Evans; P Liu; J Hrbek; J Fdez. Sanz; J Rodriguez

    2011-12-31

    A Cu(111) surface displays a low activity for the oxidation of carbon monoxide (2CO + O{sub 2} {yields} 2CO{sub 2}). Depending on the temperature, background pressure of O{sub 2}, and the exposure time, one can get chemisorbed O on Cu(111) or a layer of Cu{sub 2}O that may be deficient in oxygen. The addition of ceria nanoparticles (NPs) to Cu(111) substantially enhances interactions with the O{sub 2} molecule and facilitates the oxidation of the copper substrate. In images of scanning tunneling microscopy, ceria NPs exhibit two overlapping honeycomb-type moire structures, with the larger ones (H{sub 1}) having a periodicity of 4.2 nm and the smaller ones (H{sub 2}) having a periodicity of 1.20 nm. After annealing CeO{sub 2}/Cu(111) in O{sub 2} at elevated temperatures (600-700 K), a new phase of a Cu{sub 2}O{sub 1+x} surface oxide appears and propagates from the ceria NPs. The ceria is not only active for O{sub 2} dissociation, but provides a much faster channel for oxidation than the step edges of Cu(111). Exposure to CO at 550-750 K led to a partial reduction of the ceria NPs and the removal of the copper oxide layer. The CeO{sub x}/Cu(111) systems have activities for the 2CO + O{sub 2} {yields} 2CO{sub 2} reaction that are comparable or larger than those reported for surfaces of expensive noble metals such as Rh(111), Pd(110), and Pt(100). Density-functional calculations show that the supported ceria NPs are able to catalyze the oxidation of CO due to their special electronic and chemical properties. The configuration of the inverse oxide/metal catalyst opens new interesting routes for applications in catalysis.

  18. Hierarchically oriented macroporous anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with thin ceria electrolyte film.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhang, Yanxiang; Baker, Jeffrey; Majumdar, Prasun; Yang, Zhibin; Han, Minfang; Chen, Fanglin

    2014-04-09

    Application of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with ceria based electrolyte has often been limited by high cost of electrolyte film fabrication and high electrode polarization. In this study, dense Gd0.1Ce0.9O2 (GDC) thin film electrolytes have been fabricated on hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC anodes by a combination of freeze-drying tape-casting of the NiO-GDC anode, drop-coating GDC slurry on NiO-GDC anode, and co-firing the electrolyte/anode bilayers. Using 3D X-ray microscopy and subsequent analysis, it has been determined that the NiO-GDC anode substrates have a porosity of around 42% and channel size from around 10 μm at the electrolyte side to around 20 μm at the other side of the NiO-GDC (away from the electrolyte), indicating a hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC microstructure. Such NiO-GDC microstructure shows a tortuosity factor of ∼1.3 along the thickness direction, expecting to facilitate gas diffusion in the anode during fuel cell operation. SOFCs with such Ni-GDC anode, GDC film (30 μm) electrolyte, and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-GDC (LSCF-GDC) cathode show significantly enhanced cell power output of 1.021 W cm(-2) at 600 °C using H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis indicates a decrease in both activation and concentration polarizations. This study has demonstrated that freeze-drying tape-casting is a very promising approach to fabricate hierarchically oriented porous substrate for SOFC and other applications.

  19. Characterization and performance of ceria based SOFCs

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    Milliken, C.; Elangovan, S.; Khandkar, A.C.

    1995-12-31

    Alkaline earth doped ceria based electrolytes have been used for solid oxide fuel cells operating at 700 C--800 C with power densities between 250--400 mW/cm{sup 2}. Cells with stable operating characteristics have been demonstrated on H{sub 2} + 3 % H{sub 2}O/air and agree well with the theoretical model by Riess for mixed conducting electrolytes. The characterization and performance of such cells have been evaluated using a mixed-conducting electrolyte model.

  20. Dimethyl methylphosphonate Decomposition on fully Oxidized and Partially Reduced ceria Thin Films

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    Chen, D.; Ratliff, J; Hu, X; Gordon, W; Senanayake, S; Mullins, D

    2010-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) on crystalline ceria thin films grown on Ru(0 0 0 1) was studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared absorption reflection spectroscopy (IRAS). TPD experiments show that methanol and formaldehyde desorb as the two main products at 575 K, while water, formaldehyde and CO are produced above 800 K. IRAS studies demonstrate that DMMP adsorbs via the phosphoryl oxygen at 200 K, but the P{double_bond}O bond converts to a bridging O{single_bond}P{single_bond}O species at 300 K. DMMP decomposition initially occurs via P{_}OCH{sub 3} bond scission to form methyl methylphosphonate (MMP) and methyl phosphonate (MP) between 300 and 500 K; XPS and IRAS data are consistent with a methoxy intermediate on the surface at these temperatures. The more stable P{_}CH{sub 3} bonds remain intact up to 700 K, and the only surface intermediate at higher temperatures is believed to be PO{sub x}. Although the presence of PO{sub x} decreases activity for DMMP decomposition, some activity on the ceria surface remains even after 7 cycles of adsorption and reaction. The ceria films become reduced by multiple DMMP adsorption-reaction cycles, with the Ce{sup +4} content dropping to 30% after seven cycles. Investigations of DMMP reaction on reduced ceria surfaces show that CO and H{sub 2} are produced in addition to methanol and formaldehyde. Furthermore, DMMP decomposition activity on the reduced ceria films is almost completely inhibited after only 3 adsorption-reaction cycles. Similarities between DMMP and methanol chemistry on the ceria films suggest that methoxy is a key surface intermediate in both reactions.

  1. Shape-controlled ceria-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites toward high-sensitive in situ detection of nitric oxide.

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    Hu, Fang Xin; Xie, Jia Le; Bao, Shu Juan; Yu, Ling; Li, Chang Ming

    2015-08-15

    Nitric oxide (NO) is an important signal molecule released by most cancer cells under drug stimulation or/and disease development but it is extremely challenging to in situ while real-time sensitively detect NO due to its large diffusivity, low concentration and fast decay. Herein, shape-controlled reduced graphene oxide nanocomposing with ceria (rGO-CeO2) was synthesized via hydrothermal reaction to construct a highly sensitive real-time sensing platform for NO detection. The crystal shape of CeO2 nanoparticles in rGO-CeO2 composites significantly affects the sensing performance of rGO-CeO2, of which the regular hexagonal nanocrystal CeO2 achieves the highest sensitivity (1676.06 mA cm(-2) M(-1)), a wide dynamic range (18.0 nM to 5.6 µM) and a low detection limit (9.6 nM). This attributes to a synergical effect from high catalytic activity of the specifically shaped CeO2 nanocrystal and good conductivity/high surface area of rGO. This work demonstrates a way by rationally compose individual merit components while well control the nanostructure for a superior synergistic effect to build a smart sensing platform, while offering a great application potential to sensitively real-time detect NO released from living cells for diagnosis or/and studies of complicated biological processes.

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

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    Marina, Olga A.; Pederson, Larry R.

    2008-12-23

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

  3. Hierarchically nanoporous ceria nanoparticles with a high-surface area: synthesis, characterization, and their catalytic activity.

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    Ge, Jiechao; Zhong, Liangshu; Zhuo, Linhai; Tang, Bo; Song, Weiguo

    2011-01-01

    A redox route based on ethylene glycol mediated process was developed to synthesize hierarchically nanoporpous ceria nanoparticles (ceria HNPNPs). The synthesized ceria HNPNPs are composed of building blocks fabricated with cubic ceria nanocrystals of several nanometers in diameter. Scanning electron microscopy was performed to investigate the evolution process of ceria precursor, and a two-step growth process was suggested for the morphology evolution. The synthesized ceria HNPNPs exhibit high surface area, which lead to high catalytic activity for CO oxidation.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  5. The structure and stability of reduced and oxidized mononuclear platinum species on nanostructured ceria from density functional modeling.

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    Aleksandrov, Hristiyan A; Neyman, Konstantin M; Vayssilov, Georgi N

    2015-06-14

    We report our results for the structure and relative stability of mononuclear platinum species on a ceria nanoparticle Ce21O42 depending on reduction or oxidation of the system. The most stable platinum species is Pt(2+) at small {100} facets, where the ion is coordinated in a square-planar complex with four oxygen anions as ligands. Partial reduction of the system does not affect the state of platinum in this position but causes reduction of cerium ions. Atomic platinum species in all other modeled positions on the surface of the ceria nanoparticle are found to be in the oxidation state 0. Based on the calculated thermodynamic quantities we analyzed the formation of a preferable type of platinum species depending on the temperature and O2 pressure. Our thermodynamic model shows that the most stable species under standard conditions is PtO, while at the partial pressure of O2 below 100 Pa the stoichiometric complex Pt-Ce21O42 is formed. In both structures there is Pt(2+) located in a square-planar complex. The characteristics of these two structures fit well the available EXAFS and XPS data. These structures are energetically stable with respect to sintering, while the agglomeration to platinum clusters is exothermic for the neutral mononuclear Pt species located at {111} facets.

  6. Effects of metals doping on the removal of Hg and H2S over ceria

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    Ling, Lixia; Zhao, Zhongbei; Zhao, Senpeng; Wang, Qiang; Wang, Baojun; Zhang, Riguang; Li, Debao

    2017-05-01

    The effects of Mn and Fe doping into the CeO2(111) surface on the simultaneous removal of Hg and H2S was investigated, a density functional theory calculation with the on-site Coulomb interaction taken into account was adopted. The adsorptions of Hg-containing species on perfect CeO2(111), Mn/CeO2(111) and Fe/CeO2(111) surfaces were studied, the results showed that Mn and Fe dopants facilitated Hg adsorption, and more charge transferred from Hg atom to the metal doped surfaces; HgS preferred to adsorb on the perfect surface with the dissociated mode, while with the molecular mode on Mn/CeO2(111) and Fe/CeO2(111) surfaces. The reaction mechanism show that the dissociated S by H2S can easily react with Hg leading to the formation of HgS on Mn/CeO2(111) and Fe/CeO2(111) surfaces, which is crucial to capture mercury.

  7. Y-doped SrTiO 3 based sulfur tolerant anode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kurokawa, Hideto; Yang, Liming; Jacobson, Craig P.; De Jonghe, Lutgard C.; Visco, Steven J.

    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode with high sulfur tolerance was developed starting from a Y-doped SrTiO 3 (SYTO)-yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) porous electrode backbone, and infiltrated with nano-sized catalytic ceria and Ru. The size of the infiltrated particles on the SYTO-YSZ pore walls was 30-200 nm, and both infiltrated materials improved the performance of the SYTO-YSZ anode significantly. The infiltrated ceria covered most of the surface of the SYTO-YSZ pore walls, while Ru was dispersed as individual nano-particles. The performance and sulfur tolerance of a cathode supported cell with ceria- and Ru-infiltrated SYTO-YSZ anode was examined in humidified H 2 mixed with H 2S. The anode showed high sulfur tolerance in 10-40 ppm H 2S, and the cell exhibited a constant maximum power density 470 mW cm -2 at 10 ppm H 2S, at 1073 K. At an applied current density 0.5 A cm -2, the addition of 10 ppm H 2S to the H 2 fuel dropped the cell voltage slightly, from 0.79 to 0.78 V, but completely recovered quickly after the H 2S was stopped. The ceria- and Ru-infiltrated SYTO-YSZ anode showed much higher sulfur tolerance than conventional Ni-YSZ anodes.

  8. Engineering the defect state and reducibility of ceria based nanoparticles for improved anti-oxidation performance.

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    Wang, Yan-Jie; Dong, Hao; Lyu, Guang-Ming; Zhang, Huai-Yuan; Ke, Jun; Kang, Li-Qun; Teng, Jia-Li; Sun, Ling-Dong; Si, Rui; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Ya-Wen; Huang, Yun-Hui; Yan, Chun-Hua

    2015-09-07

    Due to their excellent anti-oxidation performance, CeO2 nanoparticles receive wide attention in pharmacological application. Deep understanding of the anti-oxidation mechanism of CeO2 nanoparticles is extremely important to develop potent CeO2 nanomaterials for anti-oxidation application. Here, we report a detailed study on the anti-oxidation process of CeO2 nanoparticles. The valence state and coordination structure of Ce are characterized before and after the addition of H2O2 to understand the anti-oxidation mechanism of CeO2 nanoparticles. Adsorbed peroxide species are detected during the anti-oxidation process, which are responsible for the red-shifted UV-vis absorption spectra of CeO2 nanoparticles. Furthermore, the coordination number of Ce in the first coordination shell slightly increased after the addition of H2O2. On the basis of these experimental results, the reactivity of coordination sites for peroxide species is considered to play a key role in the anti-oxidation performance of CeO2 nanoparticles. Furthermore, we present a robust method to engineer the anti-oxidation performance of CeO2 nanoparticles through the modification of the defect state and reducibility by doping with Gd(3+). Improved anti-oxidation performance is also observed in cell culture, where the biocompatible CeO2-based nanoparticles can protect INS-1 cells from oxidative stress induced by H2O2, suggesting the potential application of CeO2 nanoparticles in the treatment of diabetes.

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

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    Wu, Chieh-Chun; Tang, Ling

    2014-01-01

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

  10. The role of CO2 as a soft oxidant for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene over a high-surface-area ceria catalyst

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    Zhang, Li; Wu, Zili; Nelson, Nicholas; ...

    2015-09-22

    Catalytic performance and the nature of surface adsorbates were investigated for high-surface-area ceria during ethylbenzene oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reaction using CO2 as a soft oxidant. A template assisted method was used to synthesize the high-surface-area ceria. The interactions between ethylbenzene, styrene and CO2 on the surface of ceria and the role of CO2 for the ethylbenzene ODH reaction have been investigated in detail by using activity test, in situ Diffuse Reflectance Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Not only did CO2 as an oxidant favor the higher yield of styrene, but it also inhibited the deposition of coke during the ethylbenzene ODHmore » reaction. Ethylbenzene ODH reaction over ceria followed a two-step pathway: Ethylbenzene is first dehydrogenated to styrene with H2 formed simultaneously, and then CO2 reacts with H2 via the reverse water gas shift. The styrene produced can easily polymerize to form polystyrene, a key intermediate for coke formation. In the absence of CO2, the polystyrene transforms into graphite-like coke at temperatures above 500 °C, which leads to catalyst deactivation. While in the presence of CO2, the coke deposition can be effectively removed via oxidation with CO2.« less

  11. The role of CO2 as a soft oxidant for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene over a high-surface-area ceria catalyst

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    Zhang, Li; Wu, Zili; Nelson, Nicholas; Sadow, Aaron D.; Slowing, Igor I.; Overbury, Steven H.

    2015-09-22

    Catalytic performance and the nature of surface adsorbates were investigated for high-surface-area ceria during ethylbenzene oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reaction using CO2 as a soft oxidant. A template assisted method was used to synthesize the high-surface-area ceria. The interactions between ethylbenzene, styrene and CO2 on the surface of ceria and the role of CO2 for the ethylbenzene ODH reaction have been investigated in detail by using activity test, in situ Diffuse Reflectance Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Not only did CO2 as an oxidant favor the higher yield of styrene, but it also inhibited the deposition of coke during the ethylbenzene ODH reaction. Ethylbenzene ODH reaction over ceria followed a two-step pathway: Ethylbenzene is first dehydrogenated to styrene with H2 formed simultaneously, and then CO2 reacts with H2 via the reverse water gas shift. The styrene produced can easily polymerize to form polystyrene, a key intermediate for coke formation. In the absence of CO2, the polystyrene transforms into graphite-like coke at temperatures above 500 °C, which leads to catalyst deactivation. While in the presence of CO2, the coke deposition can be effectively removed via oxidation with CO2.

  12. An open circuit voltage equation enabling separation of cathode and anode polarization resistances of ceria electrolyte based solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhang, Yanxiang; Chen, Yu; Yan, Mufu

    2017-07-01

    The open circuit voltage (OCV) of solid oxide fuel cells is generally overestimated by the Nernst equation and the Wagner equation, due to the polarization losses at electrodes. Considering both the electronic conduction of electrolyte and the electrode polarization losses, we express the OCV as an implicit function of the characteristic oxygen pressure of electrolyte (p* [atm], at which the electronic and ionic conductivities are the same), and the relative polarization resistance of electrodes (rc = Rc/Ri and ra = Ra/Ri, where Ri/c/a [Ωcm2] denotes the ionic resistance of electrolyte, and the polarization resistances of cathode and anode, respectively). This equation approaches to the Wagner equation when the electrodes are highly active (rc and ra → 0), and approaches to the Nernst equation when the electrolyte is a purely ionic conductor (p* → 0). For the fuel cells whose OCV is well below the prediction of the Wagner equation, for example with thin doped ceria electrolyte, it is demonstrated that the combination of OCV and impedance spectroscopy measurements allows the determination of p*, Rc and Ra. This equation can serve as a simple yet powerful tool to study the internal losses in the cell under open circuit condition.

  13. The effect of Pr co-dopant in samarium doped ceria

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    Venkatesh, V.; Kumar, V. Prashanth; Reddy, Y. S.; Reddy, C. Vishnuvardhan

    2013-02-01

    The compositions of Ce0.8-xSm0.2PrxO2-δ (x=0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06) were prepared through the sol-gel route. The effect of Pr addition on the crystal structure, densification and thermal expansion of Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ was studied. The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed that all the samples exhibit a fluorite structure. The lattice parameters and volume of the unit cell increase with Pr doping. Density of all the samples is more than 90% of theoretical density. The thermal expansion was measured using dilatometric technique in the temperature range 30-1000°C and it was observed that the thermal expansion increased linearly with increasing temperature for all the samples.

  14. MD simulations of a doped ceria surface very large surface ion motion

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    Baudin, Micael; Wojcik, Mark; Hermansson, Kersti; Palmqvist, Anders E. C.; Muhammed, Mamoun

    2001-03-01

    Mean-square displacements (MSDs) and individual-ion square-displacements (ISDs) for the different constituents in Ca-doped CeO 2(0 1 1) slabs at 300 K have been studied as a function of depth from the surface. Constant pressure-constant temperature MD simulations were used. The MSDs are 2-3 times larger at the surface than in the bulk, but ISDs as large as ca. 150 times the surface MSD value were observed during short-time periods for anions next to an anion vacancy at the surface. The chemical implications of this kind of motion are important, since transient structural distortions of this magnitude will lead to large electron re-distributions.

  15. Influence of the process parameters on the spray pyrolysis technique, on the synthesis of gadolinium doped-ceria thin film

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    Halmenschlager, C.M.; Neagu, R.; Rose, L.; Malfatti, C.F.

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Gas-tight CGO made by spray pyrolysis suitable to be used as SOFC electrolyte. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Dense and crystalline CGO films deposited by spray pyrolysis on various substrates. ► Solvent did not have a strong influence on the film microstructure, defect concentration or thickness. ► The substrate did not have a strong influence on the film microstructure, defect concentration or thickness. ► Films with at least 2.5 μm of thickness presented high impermeability. ► The films obtained are suitable to use as a SOFC electrolyte. -- Abstract: This work presents the results of a process of optimization applied to gadolinia-doped ceria (Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9−x}, or CGO) thin films, deposited by spray pyrolysis (SP). Spray pyrolysis is a high thermal deposition method that combines material deposition and heat treatment. This combination is advantageous since the post-deposition heat treatment step is not necessary. However, stresses are solidified in the coating during the deposition, which may lead to the initiation of a crack in the coating. The aim of this work was to achieve thin, dense, and continuous CGO coatings, which may be used as gas separation membranes and as a solid state electrochemical interfaces. Dense, flat, low-defect substrates such as silica slides, silicon mono crystal wafers, and porous substrates were used as substrates in this work. Cerium ammonium nitrate and gadolinium acetylacetonate were dissolved in ethanol and butyl carbitol to form a precursor solution that was sprayed on the heated substrates. Process parameters such as solvent composition, deposition rate and different heating regimes were analyzed. The microstructure was analyzed by secondary electron microscopy (SEM) and was found that thin, dense, and defect-free films could be produced on dense and porous substrates. The results obtained show that it is possible to obtain a CGO dense film deposited by spray pyrolysis. X

  16. Conversion of Methane to Methanol and Ethanol over Nickel Oxide on Ceria-Zirconia Catalysts in a Single Reactor

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    Okolie, Chukwuemeka; Belhseine, Yasmeen F.; Lyu, Yimeng; ...

    2017-08-08

    Here, the conversion of methane into alcohols under moderate reaction conditions is a promising technology for converting stranded methane reserves into liquids that can be transported in pipelines and upgraded to value-added chemicals. We demonstrate that a catalyst consisting of small nickel oxide clusters supported on ceria-zirconia (NiO/CZ) can convert methane to methanol and ethanol in a single, steady-state process at 723 K using O2 as an abundantly available oxidant. The presence of steam is required to obtain alcohols rather than CO2 as the product of catalytic combustion. The unusual activity of this catalyst is attributed to the synergy betweenmore » the small Lewis acidic NiO clusters and the redox-active CZ support, which also stabilizes the small NiO clusters.« less

  17. Conversion of Methane to Methanol and Ethanol over Nickel Oxide on Ceria-Zirconia Catalysts in a Single Reactor.

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    Okolie, Chukwuemeka; Belhseine, Yasmeen F; Lyu, Yimeng; Yung, Matthew M; Engelhard, Mark H; Kovarik, Libor; Stavitski, Eli; Sievers, Carsten

    2017-08-08

    Conversion of methane into alcohols under moderate reaction conditions is a promising technology for converting stranded methane reserves into liquids that can be transported in pipelines and upgraded to value-added chemicals. We demonstrate that a catalyst consisting of small nickel oxide clusters supported on ceria-zirconia (NiO/CZ) can convert methane to methanol and ethanol in a single, steady-state process at 723 K using O2 as an abundantly available oxidant. The presence of steam is required to obtain alcohols rather than CO2 as the product of catalytic combustion. The unusual activity of this catalyst is attributed to the synergy between the small Lewis acidic NiO clusters and the redox-active CZ support, which also stabilizes the small NiO clusters. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Nanofabrication of Doped, Complex Oxides

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    Stein, A.; Waller, G.H.; Abiade, J.T.

    2012-01-01

    Complex oxides have many promising attributes, including wide band gaps for high temperature semiconductors, ion conducting electrolytes in fuel cells, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. Bulk and thin film oxides can be readily manufactured and tested however these physically hard and chemically inert materials cannot be nanofabricated by direct application of conventional methods. In order to study these materials at the nanoscale there must first be a simple and effective means to achieve the desired structures. Here we discuss the use of pulsed laser deposition at room temperature onto electron beam lithography defined templates of poly methyl methacrylate photoresist. Following a resist liftoff in organic solvents, a heat treatment was used to crystallize the nanostructures. The morphology of these structures was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Crystallinity and composition as determined by x ray diffraction and photo-electron spectroscopy respectively is reported for thin film analogues of the nanostructured oxide. The oxide studied in this report is Nb doped SrTiO{sub 3}, which has been investigated for use as a high temperature thermoelectric material; however the approach used is not materials-dependent.

  19. Effect of Er, Gd, and Nd Co-Dopants on the Properties of Sm-Doped Ceria Electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    Arabacı, Aliye

    2017-05-01

    Doped ceria electrolytes of Ce0.8Sm0.20O1.90 (SDC), Ce0.8Er0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (ESDC), Ce0.8Gd0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (GSDC), and Ce0.8Nd0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (NSDC) were prepared by a citric-nitrate combustion process. The thermal decomposition of the precursor was investigated by simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis experiments. The phase structure of the calcined and sintered powders was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. All of the samples were fluorite-type ceria-based solid solutions. The calcined and sintered powders were also characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the samples after calcination and sintering. A relative density over 95 percent of the theoretical density was achieved after the sintering process. Electrical conductivities of the sintered samples were measured using the impedance spectra method. The highest ionic conductivity value was found to be 5.28 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 1023 K (750 °C) for GSDC sintered at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 6 hours.

  20. Effect of Er, Gd, and Nd Co-Dopants on the Properties of Sm-Doped Ceria Electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    Arabacı, Aliye

    2017-02-01

    Doped ceria electrolytes of Ce0.8Sm0.20O1.90 (SDC), Ce0.8Er0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (ESDC), Ce0.8Gd0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (GSDC), and Ce0.8Nd0.08Sm0.12O1.90 (NSDC) were prepared by a citric-nitrate combustion process. The thermal decomposition of the precursor was investigated by simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis experiments. The phase structure of the calcined and sintered powders was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. All of the samples were fluorite-type ceria-based solid solutions. The calcined and sintered powders were also characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the samples after calcination and sintering. A relative density over 95 percent of the theoretical density was achieved after the sintering process. Electrical conductivities of the sintered samples were measured using the impedance spectra method. The highest ionic conductivity value was found to be 5.28 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 1023 K (750 °C) for GSDC sintered at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 6 hours.

  1. Effect of Nickel Contents on the Microstructure of Mesoporous Nickel Gadolinium-Doped Ceria

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    Ahn, Seunghyun; Koo, Hyun; Bae, Sung-Hwan; Park, Chan; Cho, Guyoung; Chang, Ikwhang; Cha, Suk-Won; Yoo, Young-Sung

    2013-08-01

    The effect of NiO contents on the microstructure of mesoporous NiO-Gd0.25Ce0.75O2-x (NiO-GDC) composite for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) was investigated. Mesoporous NiO-GDC powders with different NiO contents were synthesized by self-assembly hydrothermal method using tri-block copolymer, Pluronic F127, as a structure directing agent. Grain growth/agglomeration behaviors of NiO particles and changes of mesoporous structure of GDC particles were characterized by microstructural analyses. NiO-GDC powders were composed of GDC nano particles with ordered mesopore inside the particles and octahedral NiO grains with truncated-edges. As the amount of NiO increases, specific area value of mesoporous NiO-GDC was decreased, and the agglomeration/growth behavior of NiO grains was accelerated.

  2. Engineering the defect state and reducibility of ceria based nanoparticles for improved anti-oxidation performance

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    Wang, Yan-Jie; Dong, Hao; Lyu, Guang-Ming; Zhang, Huai-Yuan; Ke, Jun; Kang, Li-Qun; Teng, Jia-Li; Sun, Ling-Dong; Si, Rui; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Ya-Wen; Huang, Yun-Hui; Yan, Chun-Hua

    2015-08-01

    Due to their excellent anti-oxidation performance, CeO2 nanoparticles receive wide attention in pharmacological application. Deep understanding of the anti-oxidation mechanism of CeO2 nanoparticles is extremely important to develop potent CeO2 nanomaterials for anti-oxidation application. Here, we report a detailed study on the anti-oxidation process of CeO2 nanoparticles. The valence state and coordination structure of Ce are characterized before and after the addition of H2O2 to understand the anti-oxidation mechanism of CeO2 nanoparticles. Adsorbed peroxide species are detected during the anti-oxidation process, which are responsible for the red-shifted UV-vis absorption spectra of CeO2 nanoparticles. Furthermore, the coordination number of Ce in the first coordination shell slightly increased after the addition of H2O2. On the basis of these experimental results, the reactivity of coordination sites for peroxide species is considered to play a key role in the anti-oxidation performance of CeO2 nanoparticles. Furthermore, we present a robust method to engineer the anti-oxidation performance of CeO2 nanoparticles through the modification of the defect state and reducibility by doping with Gd3+. Improved anti-oxidation performance is also observed in cell culture, where the biocompatible CeO2-based nanoparticles can protect INS-1 cells from oxidative stress induced by H2O2, suggesting the potential application of CeO2 nanoparticles in the treatment of diabetes.Due to their excellent anti-oxidation performance, CeO2 nanoparticles receive wide attention in pharmacological application. Deep understanding of the anti-oxidation mechanism of CeO2 nanoparticles is extremely important to develop potent CeO2 nanomaterials for anti-oxidation application. Here, we report a detailed study on the anti-oxidation process of CeO2 nanoparticles. The valence state and coordination structure of Ce are characterized before and after the addition of H2O2 to understand the anti-oxidation

  3. X-ray diffraction study of the t-to-m phase transformation in 12-mol%-ceria-doped zirconia at low temperatures

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    Zhu, H.Y. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1994-09-01

    The t-to-m phase transformation in a 12-mol%-ceria-doped zirconia to subzero temperatures was studied in situ by XRD with a cryogenic sample stage. It was found that the t-to-m transformation continuously proceeded to 30 vol% as the temperature decreased to 125 K, when a burstlike transformation suddenly occurred with a transformation to 75 vol%. A preferred orientation of the ([bar 1]11)[sub m] plane parallel to the surface during the preburst transformation and XRD line broadening of both m and t phases after the burst were observed. The preburst transformation, which has not been revealed by previous dilatometry studies, is explained as surface martensitic transformation. This surface transformation occurs at higher temperature than the burstlike transformation due to less matrix constraint and the higher probability of nucleation.

  4. Improved Oxidase Mimetic Activity by Praseodymium Incorporation into Ceria Nanocubes.

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    Jiang, Lei; Fernandez-Garcia, Susana; Tinoco, Miguel; Yan, Zhaoxia; Xue, Qi; Blanco, Ginesa; Calvino, Jose J; Hungria, Ana B; Chen, Xiaowei

    2017-06-07

    Ceria nanocubes (NC) modified with increasing concentrations of praseodymium (5, 10, 15, and 20 mol %) have been successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized Pr-modified ceria nanocubes exhibit an enhanced oxidase-like activity on the organic dye TMB within a wide range of concentrations and durations. The oxidase activity increases with increasing Pr amounts in Pr-modified ceria nanocubes within the investigated concentration range. Meanwhile, these Pr-modified ceria nanocubes also show higher reducibility than pure ceria nanocubes. The kinetics of their oxidase mimetic activity is fitted with the Michaelis-Menten equation. A mechanism has been proposed on how the Pr incorporation could affect the energy level of the bands in ceria and hence facilitate the TMB oxidation reaction. The presence of Pr(3+) species on the surface also contributes to the increasing activity of the Pr-modified ceria nanocubes present higher oxidase activity than pure ceria nanocubes.

  5. Kinetics of CO2 Reduction over Nonstoichiometric Ceria

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    2015-01-01

    The kinetics of CO2 reduction over nonstoichimetric ceria, CeO2−δ, a material of high potential for thermochemical conversion of sunlight to fuel, has been investigated for a wide range of nonstoichiometries (0.02 ≤ δ ≤ 0.25), temperatures (693 ≤ T ≤ 1273 K), and CO2 concentrations (0.005 ≤ pCO2 ≤ 0.4 atm). Samples were reduced thermally at 1773 K to probe low nonstoichiometries (δ < 0.05) and chemically at lower temperatures in a H2 atmosphere to prevent particle sintering and probe the effect of higher nonstoichiometries (δ < 0.25). For extents greater than δ = 0.2, oxidation rates at a given nonstoichiometry are hindered for the duration of the reaction, presumably because of near-order changes, such as lattice compression, as confirmed via Raman Spectroscopy. Importantly, this behavior is reversible and oxidation rates are not affected at lower δ. Following thermal reduction at very low δ, however, oxidation rates are an order of magnitude slower than those of chemically reduced samples, and rates monotonically increase with the initial nonstoichiometry (up to δ = 0.05). This dependence may be attributed to the formation of stable defect complexes formed between oxygen vacancies and polarons. When the same experiments are performed with 10 mol % Gd3+ doped ceria, in which defect complexes are less prevalent than in pure ceria, this dependence is not observed. PMID:26693270

  6. Characterization of ceria-based SOFCs

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

    1996-12-31

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

  7. Evaluation of oxide-chemical mechanical polishing characteristics using ceria-mixed abrasive slurry

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    Lee, Youngkyun; Seo, Yong-Jin; Jeong, Haedo

    2012-10-01

    Chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) characteristics of mixed abrasive slurry (MAS) were studied which was retreated by adding of Ceria (CeO2) abrasives within 1:10 diluted silica slurry (DSS). The slurry was designed for optimal performance which produces reasonable removal rate, acceptable polishing selectivity with respect to underlying layer, low surface defects after polishing, and good slurry stability. The modified abrasives in MAS are evaluated with respect to their particle size distribution, surface morphology, and CMP performances such as removal rate and non-uniformity. As an experimental result, we could obtain successful slurry characteristics compared with traditional silica slurry in the viewpoint of removal rate and non-uniformity.

  8. Energetics of Rare Earth Doped Uranium Oxide Solid Solutions

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    Zhang, Lei

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

  9. The evolution mechanism of the dislocation loops in irradiated lanthanum doped cerium oxide

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    Miao, Yinbin; Aidhy, Dilpuneet; Chen, Wei-Ying; Mo, Kun; Oaks, Aaron; Wolf, Dieter; Stubbins, James F.

    2014-02-01

    Cerium dioxide, a non-radioactive surrogate of uranium dioxide, is useful for simulating the radiation responses of uranium dioxide and mixed oxide fuel (MOX). Controlled additions of lanthanum can also be used to form various levels of lattice oxide or anion vacancies. In previous transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experimental studies, the growth rate of dislocation loops in irradiated lanthanum doped ceria was reported to vary with lanthanum concentration. This work reports findings of the evolution mechanisms of the dislocation loops in cerium oxide with and without lanthanum dopants based on a combination of molecular statics and molecular dynamics simulations. These dislocation loops are found to be b = 1 / 3 < 1 1 1 > interstitial type Frank loops. Calculations of the defect energy profiles of the dislocation loops with different structural configurations and radii reveal the basis for preference of nucleation as well as the driving force of growth. Frenkel pair evolution simulations and displacement cascade overlaps simulations were conducted for a variety of lanthanum doping conditions. The nucleation and growth processes of the Frank loop were found to be controlled by the mobility of cation interstitials, which is significantly influenced by the lanthanum doping concentration. Competition mechanisms coupled with the mobility of cation point defects were discovered, and can be used to explain the lanthanum effects observed in experiments.

  10. IR-doped ruthenium oxide catalyst for oxygen evolution

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    Valdez, Thomas I. (Inventor); Narayanan, Sekharipuram R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A method for preparing a metal-doped ruthenium oxide material by heating a mixture of a doping metal and a source of ruthenium under an inert atmosphere. In some embodiments, the doping metal is in the form of iridium black or lead powder, and the source of ruthenium is a powdered ruthenium oxide. An iridium-doped or lead-doped ruthenium oxide material can perform as an oxygen evolution catalyst and can be fabricated into electrodes for electrolysis cells.

  11. Lattice Strain Defects in a Ceria Nanolayer

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    2016-01-01

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

  12. Lattice Strain Defects in a Ceria Nanolayer.

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    Ma, Liying; Doudin, Nassar; Surnev, Svetlozar; Barcaro, Giovanni; Sementa, Luca; Fortunelli, Alessandro; Netzer, Falko P

    2016-04-07

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

  13. Structural analysis of nickel doped cerium oxide catalysts for fuel reforming in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Cavendish, Rio

    As world energy demands increase, research into more efficient energy production methods has become imperative. Heterogeneous catalysis and nanoscience are used to promote chemical transformations important for energy production. These concepts are important in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) which have attracted attention because of their potential to provide an efficient and environmentally favorable power generation system. The SOFC is also fuel-flexible with the ability to run directly on many fuels other than hydrogen. Internal fuel reforming directly in the anode of the SOFC would greatly reduce the cost and complexity of the device. Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon and a main component in natural gas, making it useful when testing catalysts on the laboratory scale. Nickel (Ni) and gadolinium (Gd) doped ceria (CeO 2) catalysts for potential use in the SOFC anode were synthesized with a spray drying method and tested for catalytic performance using partial oxidation of methane and steam reforming. The relationships between catalytic performance and structure were then investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and environmental transmission electron microscopy. The possibility of solid solutions, segregated phases, and surface layers of Ni were explored. Results for a 10 at.% Ni in CeO2 catalyst reveal a poor catalytic behavior while a 20 at.% Ni in CeO2 catalyst is shown to have superior activity. The inclusion of both 10 at.% Gd and 10 at.% Ni in CeO2 enhances the catalytic performance. Analysis of the presence of Ni in all 3 samples reveals Ni heterogeneity and little evidence for extensive solid solution doping. Ni is found in small domains throughout CeO2 particles. In the 20 at.% Ni sample a segregated, catalytically active NiO phase is observed. Overall, it is found that significant interaction between Ni and CeO2 occurs that could affect the synthesis and functionality of the SOFC anode.

  14. Optimizing structural and compositional properties of electrodeposited ceria coatings for enhanced oxidation resistance of a nickel-based superalloy

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    Bouchaud, B.; Balmain, J.; Bonnet, G.; Pedraza, F.

    2013-03-01

    Cathodic electrodeposition was used to generate ceria coatings onto a Ni-based superalloy substrate. The electrochemical parameters were optimized so as to obtain relatively thick but adherent films with tailored composition and microstructural features (multi-cracked network) designed for high temperature applications. Whereas the applied current density was shown to mainly influence the appearance and size of the cracks as well as the amount of oxygen vacancies, the linear trend between the deposited mass and the deposition time allowed a good control of the deposited thickness. A crystallization/diffusion thermal treatment was then applied to promote the dehydration of the deposit, thus resulting in a network of refined cracks, and in the complete crystallization of nanometric CeO2-x exhibiting either a needle-like or a quasi "foam-like" microstructure depending on the applied temperature. This also provided the establishment of an inwardly grown α-Al2O3 scale at the substrate/coating interface expected to further increase the high temperature oxidation resistance of the coated superalloy.

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

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

    2016-05-04

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

  16. Sprayed lanthanum doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Bouznit, Y.; Beggah, Y.; Ynineb, F.

    2012-01-01

    Lanthanum doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited on soda-lime glass substrates using a pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique. The films were prepared using different lanthanum concentrations at optimum deposition parameters. We studied the variations in structural, morphological and optical properties of the samples due to the change of doping concentration in precursor solutions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that pure and La-doped ZnO thin films are highly textured along c-axis perpendicular to the surface of the substrate. Scanning electron micrographs show that surface morphology of ZnO films undergoes a significant change according to lanthanum doping. All films exhibit a transmittance higher than 80% in the visible region.

  17. The importance of polarizability in the modeling of ionic diffusion in ceria

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    Lucid, A. K.; Watson, G. W.

    2017-02-01

    Classical molecular dynamics can be used to investigate ionic diffusion and its limitations in trivalently doped ceria and at the surfaces and interfaces of these materials. Here we compare the performance of two interatomic potentials derived for samarium doped ceria from the same set of ab-initio data, a dipole polarizable ion model (DIPPIM) and a rigid ion model (RIM). The DIPPIM allows for polarization effects resulting from induced dipoles whereas the RIM does not. In this study we aim to elucidate whether or not this system can be modelled successfully using a RIM or if a DIPPIM is necessary due to the large polarization effects caused by the presence of oxide (O2-) ions.

  18. Impact of Dynamic Specimen Shape Evolution on the Atom Probe Tomography Results of Doped Epitaxial Oxide Multilayers: Comparison of Experiment and Simulation

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    Madaan, Nitesh; Bao, Jie; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Xu, Zhijie; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Devaraj, Arun

    2015-08-31

    The experimental atom probe tomography results from two different specimen orientations (top-down and side-ways) of a high oxygen ion conducting Samaria-doped-ceria/Scandia-stabilized-zirconia multilayer thin film solid oxide fuel cell electrolyte was correlated with level-set method based field evaporation simulations for the same specimen orientations. This experiment-theory correlation explains the dynamic specimen shape evolution and ion trajectory aberrations that can induce density artifacts in final reconstruction leading to inaccurate estimation of interfacial intermixing. This study highlights the need and importance of correlating experimental results with field evaporation simulations when using atom probe tomography for studying oxide heterostructure interfaces.

  19. Impact of dynamic specimen shape evolution on the atom probe tomography results of doped epitaxial oxide multilayers: Comparison of experiment and simulation

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    Madaan, Nitesh; Nandasiri, Manjula; Devaraj, Arun; Bao, Jie; Xu, Zhijie; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2015-08-31

    The experimental atom probe tomography (APT) results from two different specimen orientations (top-down and sideways) of a high oxygen ion conducting Samaria-doped-ceria/Scandia-stabilized-zirconia multilayer thin film solid oxide fuel cell electrolyte was compared with level-set method based field evaporation simulations for the same specimen orientations. This experiment-simulation comparison explains the dynamic specimen shape evolution and ion trajectory aberrations that can induce density artifacts in final reconstruction, leading to inaccurate estimation of interfacial intermixing. This study highlights the importance of comparing experimental results with field evaporation simulations when using APT to study oxide heterostructure interfaces.

  20. Preperation and electrochemical characterization of Sm and Gd co-doped ceria/carbonate composite electrolytes for IT-SOFC applications

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    Dikmen, Sibel; Ozsakarya, Rabia; Dikmen, Erdal

    2014-03-01

    Sm and Gd co-doped ceria based composite electrolytes were prepared by mixing nanosized powders of Ce0.8Sm0.1Gd0.1O2-δ (SGDC) and alkaline carbonates (Na-Li)2CO3, (Li-K)2CO3,and(Na-K)2CO3 at a weight ratio of 4:1. Structure of the samples was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction. The microstructure and morphology were examined by SEM. Impedance spectroscopy was used to perform electrochemical characterization. The conductivities of the samples increase as the temperature increases and for the composite electrolytes SGDC(Na-Li)2CO3,andSGDC(Li-K)2CO3, there is a sharp increase in conductivity at around 475 and 450oC, respectively. This sudden change in the conductivity refers to superionic phase transition in the interfaces between SGDC phase and salt phase. The single cell power density reached a maximum of 1056, 826, and 565 mWcm-2 for SGDC/ (Na-Li)2CO3, SGDC/(Li-K)2CO3,andSGDC/(Na-K)2CO3 as the electrolytes, respectively. This work was funded by TUB?TAK 106T536, SDU-BAP 3231-YL1-12.

  1. STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF THE COMBUSTION SYNTHESIZED Y3+ DOPED CERIA (Ce0.9Y0.1O1.95)

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    Jeyanthi, C. Esther; Siddheswaran, R.; Kumar, Pushpendra; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Siva Shankar, V.; Rajarajan, K.

    2013-07-01

    Y3+ doped CeO2 nanopowders (Ce0.9Y0.1O1.95, abbreviated as YDC) were synthesized by citrate-nitrate-auto combustion process using cerium nitrate hexahydrate, yttrium nitrate hexahydrate and citric acid. The as-synthesized powders were calcined at 700°C and converted into dense bodies followed by sintering at 1200°C. The microstructure of the synthesized powders and sintered bodies were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The surface morphology of the nanoparticles and clusters were also analysed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particles size of the YDC was found to be in the range from 10 to 30 nm, which is in good agreement with the crystallite size calculated from X-ray peak broadening method. Also, the X-ray diffraction confirmed that the Ce0.9Y0.1O1.95 crystallizes as the cubic fluorite structure of pure ceria. The optical absorption by functional molecules, impurities and oxygen vacancies were analysed by FTIR and Raman spectroscopic studies. From the FTIR spectrum, the absorption peak found at 530 cm-1 is attributed to the vibrations of metal-oxygen bonds. The characteristic Raman peak was found to be 468 cm-1, and the minute absorption of oxygen vacancies were observed in the region 500-640 cm-1.

  2. Aluminum doped zinc oxide for organic photovoltaics

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    Murdoch, G. B.; Hinds, S.; Sargent, E. H.; Tsang, S. W.; Mordoukhovski, L.; Lu, Z. H.

    2009-05-25

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) was grown via magnetron sputtering as a low-cost alternative to indium tin oxide (ITO) for organic photovoltaics (OPVs). Postdeposition ozone treatment resulted in devices with lower series resistance, increased open-circuit voltage, and power conversion efficiency double that of devices fabricated on untreated AZO. Furthermore, cells fabricated using ozone treated AZO and standard ITO displayed comparable performance.

  3. Doped palladium containing oxidation catalysts

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    Mohajeri, Nahid

    2014-02-18

    A supported oxidation catalyst includes a support having a metal oxide or metal salt, and mixed metal particles thereon. The mixed metal particles include first particles including a palladium compound, and second particles including a precious metal group (PMG) metal or PMG metal compound, wherein the PMG metal is not palladium. The oxidation catalyst may also be used as a gas sensor.

  4. Splitting CO2 with a ceria-based redox cycle in a solar-driven thermogravimetric analyzer.

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    Takacs, M; Ackermann, S; Bonk, A; Neises-von Puttkamer, M; Haueter, Ph; Scheffe, J R; Vogt, U F; Steinfeld, A

    2017-04-01

    Thermochemical splitting of CO2 via a ceria-based redox cycle was performed in a solar-driven thermogravimetric analyzer. Overall reaction rates, including heat and mass transport, were determined under concentrated irradiation mimicking realistic operation of solar reactors. Reticulated porous ceramic (RPC) structures and fibers made of undoped and Zr(4+)-doped CeO2, were endothermally reduced under radiative fluxes of 1280 suns in the temperature range 1200-1950 K and subsequently re-oxidized with CO2 at 950-1400 K. Rapid and uniform heating was observed for 8 ppi ceria RPC with mm-sized porosity due to its low optical thickness and volumetric radiative absorption, while ceria fibers with μm-sized porosity performed poorly due to its opacity to incident irradiation. The 10 ppi RPC exhibited higher fuel yield because of its higher sample density. Zr(4+)-doped ceria showed increasing reduction extents with dopant concentration but decreasing specific CO yield due to unfavorable oxidation thermodynamics and slower kinetics. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers , 63: 1263-1271, 2017.

  5. Template engaged synthesis of hollow ceria-based composites

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    Chen, Guozhu; Rosei, Federico; Ma, Dongling

    2015-03-01

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

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

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    Chen, Guozhu; Rosei, Federico; Ma, Dongling

    2015-03-19

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

  7. Continuum Modeling of Mixed Conductors: a Study of Ceria

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    Ciucci, Francesco

    In this thesis we have derived a new way to analyze the impedance response of mixed conducting materials for use in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), with the main focus on anodic materials, in particular cerium oxides. First we have analyzed the impact of mixed conductivity coupled to electrocatalytic behavior in the linear time-independent domain for a thick ceria sample. We have derived that, for a promising fuel cell material, Samarium Doped Ceria, chemical reactions are the determining component of the polarization resistance. As a second step we have extended the previous model to the time-dependent case, where we focused on single harmonic excitation, the impedance spectroscopy conditions. We extended the model to the case where some input diffusivities are spatially nonuniform. For instance we considered the case where diffusivities change significantly in the vicinity of the electrocatalytic region. As a third and final step we use to model to capture the two dimensional behavior of mixed conducting thin films, where the electronic motion from one side of the sample to the other is impeded. Such conditions are similar to those encountered in fuel cells where an electrolyte conducting exclusively oxygen ions is placed between the anode and the cathode. The framework developed was also extended to study a popular cathodic material, Lanthanum Manganite. The model is used to give unprecedented insight in SOFC polarization resistance analysis of mixed conductors. It helps elucidate rigorously rate determining steps and to address the interplay of diffusion with diffusion losses. Electrochemical surface losses dominate for most experimental conditions of Samarium Doped Ceria and they are shown to be strongly dependent on geometry.

  8. Deactivation of ceria-based SOFC anodes in methanol

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    Kim, Taeyoon; Ahn, Kipyung; Vohs, John M.; Gorte, Raymond J.

    The performance and stability of Cu-ceria-YSZ (yttria-stabilized zirconia) and carbon-ceria-YSZ, solid-oxide-fuel-cell (SOFC) anodes were examined in neat (100%) methanol at 973 K and compared to the performance of the same anodes in dry H 2. The presence of Cu catalyzed the decomposition of methanol, so that the initial performance of cells with Cu-ceria-YSZ anodes was similar to CO and H 2. However, with carbon-ceria-YSZ anodes, the open-circuit voltage was significantly higher and the reaction over-potential significantly lower in methanol than in H 2, suggesting that methanol is a more effective reductant of the anode three-phase boundary region. Carbon-ceria-YSZ anodes were found to undergo rapid and irreversible deactivation in methanol. Steady-state rates of methanol decomposition over ceria-YSZ were found to undergo a similar deactivation as the carbon-ceria anodes. Although no evidence for carbon deposition was observed with methanol at 973 K, the addition of steam was found to partially stabilize both anode and catalyst performance. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of ceria particles in YSZ showed a large change in the morphology of the ceria particles when the samples were heated in methanol, while negligible changes were observed when heating in H 2. It is suggested that the results with methanol can be explained as resulting from the very low P(O 2) that is effectively produced by having methanol in contact with ceria.

  9. The growth and structure of thin oxide films on nickel superficially modified with ceria and cerium

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    Czerwinski, Franciszek

    A small addition of elements with a high affinity to oxygen can have a profound effect on the high temperature oxidation behaviour of many metals and alloys. In order to explain the improvement in oxidation resistance, the research was conducted using Ni-NiO as a model system of cation-diffusing oxides, and Ce as a typical reactive element. Three essential techniques were employed to modify the surface of Ni with Ce and CeO2: ion implantation, sol-gel technology, and reactive sputtering. The improvement of Ni oxidation resistance was assessed by oxygen uptake measurements mainly during the early stages but also for long-term exposures at temperatures between 873 and 1073 K in pure oxygen, both at low and atmospheric pressures. The variety of oxides produced were examined in detail by several advanced techniques including Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion-mass spectrometry, transmission- and scanning-transmission electron microscopy equipped with electron and x-ray analyzers, atomic force microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction techniques. In order to provide direct evidence regarding the mechanism of oxide growth, a sequential oxidation using oxygen isotopes 16O2/18O2 was conducted. After conversion to the form of ceramic coating, superficially applied CeO2 sol-gel significantly reduced the Ni oxidation rate as well as changing the NiO morphology and internal microstructure. The extent of the effect depended on coating thickness, size of CeO2 particles, substrate surface finishing and preoxidation before coating. Under optimum conditions, the reduction in the Ni oxidation rate achieved by sol-gel, reactive sputtering, and ion implantation, was similar. It was found that Ni oxidation resistance is controlled by a well-defined NiO sublayer that is composed of randomly-oriented NiO grains and CeO2 particles. Moreover, in this sublayer, the Ce4+ ions segregate to the NiO grain boundaries. At high

  10. Er and Gd Co-Doped Ceria-Based Electrolyte Materials for IT-SOFCs Prepared by the Cellulose-Templating Method

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    Arabaci, Aliye; Sariboğa, Vedat; Öksüzömer, M. A. Faruk

    2014-10-01

    Ce0.9- x Gd0.1Er x O1.9- x/2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) (EGDC) powders were successfully synthesized with a fast and facile cellulose-templating method for the first time and characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The samples were calcined at a relatively low calcination temperature of 773 K (500 °C). The sintering behavior of the calcined EGDC powders was also investigated at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 6 hours. Calcined Ce0.9- x Gd0.1Er x O1.9- x/2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) powders and sintered Ce0.9- x Gd0.1Er x O1.9- x/2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) pellets crystallized in the cubic fluorite structure. It was found that the relative densities of the sintered EGDC pellets were over 95 pct for all the Er contents studied. Moreover, the effect of Er content on the ionic conductivity of the gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC, Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.90) was investigated. The highest ionic conductivity value was found to be 3.57 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 1073 K (800 °C) for the sintered Ce0.82Gd0.1Er0.08O1.91 at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 6 hours.

  11. Real-Time Observation of Platinum Redispersion on Ceria-Based Oxide by In-situ Turbo-XAS in Fluorescence Mode

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    Nagai, Yasutaka; Dohmae, Kazuhiko; Tanabe, Toshitaka; Shinjoh, Hirofumi; Takagi, Nobuyuki; Ikeda, Yasuo; Guilera, Gemma; Pascarelli, Sakura; Newton, Mark; Matsumoto, Shin'ichi

    2007-02-02

    A real-time observation of the redispersion behavior of sintered Pt on ceria-based oxide was made possible by in-situ time-resolved Turbo-XAS in fluorescence mode. 2 wt% Pt/Ce-Zr-Y mixed oxide samples were prepared, and then treated under an aging condition. The average Pt particle size measured by CO absorption method after aging was 7 nm. Redispersion treatments of the previously aged catalyst were carried out at 600 deg. C within an in-situ XAS cell in a cyclical flow of reducing/oxidizing gases. Pt L3-edge XANES spectra were collected every 1.1 second under in-situ conditions. From a change in the XANES spectra, we observed that the Pt particle size of the aged catalyst decreased from 7 to 5 nm after 60 seconds and then to 3 nm after 1000 seconds.

  12. Effect of Gd dopant concentration on the defect engineering in ceria nanostructures

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    Sakar, M.; Rajkumar, Rubini; Tripathy, S.; Balakumar, S.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Investigates the ionic conductivity of defect engineered Gd doped nano scale ceria. ► Reveals that there exists an optimum concentration of dopant to engineer ceria with large O{sub 2} vacancies. ► For the first time the Nanosponge morphology observed in the Gd doped nanoceria. ► It is observed that 5% of Gd in ceria is optimum to induce appropriate amount of defects. ► Thereby an enhanced ionic conductivity is achieved in 5% Gd doped ceria. -- Abstract: In this study, the fabrication and characterization of pure and gadolinium (Gd) doped ceria nanostructures (Ce{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} where x = 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) are investigated. The origin of defect formation has been systematically investigated by XRD and UV-Visible Raman. All the fabricated ceria are found to be “Nanosponge” morphology which is observed by using FESEM technique. The charge transfer of O{sup 2−} ions and Ce{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 4+} in the ceria host due to these defect structures are studied by UV–DRS. Impedance analysis is showed an enhanced ionic conductivity for 5% Gd doped ceria compared to other concentration of Gd, revealing that the dopant concentration is a critical parameter in engineering a large number of vacancy defects in ceria nanostructures.

  13. Aerobic oxidation of cyclic amines to lactams catalyzed by ceria-supported nanogold

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    Dairo, Taiwo O.; Nelson, Nicholas C.; Slowing, Igor I.; ...

    2016-09-23

    Here, the oxidative transformation of cyclic amines to lactams, which are important chemical feedstocks, is efficiently catalyzed by CeO2-supported gold nanoparticles (Au/CeO2) and Aerosil 200 in the presence of an atmosphere of O2. The complete conversion of pyrrolidine was achieved in 6.5 h at 160 °C, affording a 97 % yield of the lactam product 2-pyrrolidone (γ-butyrolactam), while 2-piperidone (δ-valerolactam) was synthesized from piperidine (83 % yield) in 2.5 h. Caprolactam, the precursor to the commercially important nylon-6, was obtained from hexamethyleneimine in 37 % yield in 3 h. During the oxidation of pyrrolidine, two transient species, 5-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole (amidine-5) andmore » 4-amino-1-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)butan-1-one, were observed. Both of these compounds were oxidized to 2-pyrrolidone under catalytic conditions, indicating their role as intermediates in the reaction pathway. In addition to the reactions of cyclic secondary amines, Au/CeO2 also efficiently catalyzes the oxidation of N-methyl cyclic tertiary amines to the corresponding lactams at 80 and 100 °C.« less

  14. Aerobic oxidation of cyclic amines to lactams catalyzed by ceria-supported nanogold

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    Dairo, Taiwo O.; Nelson, Nicholas C.; Slowing, Igor I.; Angelici, Robert J.; Woo, L. Keith

    2016-09-23

    Here, the oxidative transformation of cyclic amines to lactams, which are important chemical feedstocks, is efficiently catalyzed by CeO2-supported gold nanoparticles (Au/CeO2) and Aerosil 200 in the presence of an atmosphere of O2. The complete conversion of pyrrolidine was achieved in 6.5 h at 160 °C, affording a 97 % yield of the lactam product 2-pyrrolidone (γ-butyrolactam), while 2-piperidone (δ-valerolactam) was synthesized from piperidine (83 % yield) in 2.5 h. Caprolactam, the precursor to the commercially important nylon-6, was obtained from hexamethyleneimine in 37 % yield in 3 h. During the oxidation of pyrrolidine, two transient species, 5-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole (amidine-5) and 4-amino-1-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)butan-1-one, were observed. Both of these compounds were oxidized to 2-pyrrolidone under catalytic conditions, indicating their role as intermediates in the reaction pathway. In addition to the reactions of cyclic secondary amines, Au/CeO2 also efficiently catalyzes the oxidation of N-methyl cyclic tertiary amines to the corresponding lactams at 80 and 100 °C.

  15. Intermediate temperature single-chamber methane fed SOFC based on Gd doped ceria electrolyte and La 0.5Sr 0.5CoO 3- δ as cathode

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    Morales, M.; Piñol, S.; Segarra, M.

    Single-chamber fuel cells with electrodes supported on an electrolyte of gadolinium doped ceria Ce 1- xGd xO 2- y with x = 0.2 (CGO) 200 μm thickness has been successfully prepared and characterized. The cells were fed directly with a mixture of methane and air. Doped ceria electrolyte supports were prepared from powders obtained by the acetyl-acetonate sol-gel related method. Inks prepared from mixtures of precursor powders of NiO and CGO with different particle sizes and compositions were prepared, analysed and used to obtain optimal porous anodes thick films. Cathodes based on La 0.5Sr 0.5CoO 3 perovskites (LSCO) were also prepared and deposited on the other side of the electrolyte by inks prepared with a mixture of powders of LSCO, CGO and AgO obtained also by sol-gel related techniques. Both electrodes were deposited by dip coating at different thicknesses (20-30 μm) using a commercial resin where the electrode powders were dispersed. Finally, electrical properties were determined in a single-chamber reactor where methane, as fuel, was mixed with synthetic air below the direct combustion limit. Stable density currents were obtained in these experimental conditions. Temperature, composition and flux rate values of the carrier gas were determinants for the optimization of the electrical properties of the fuel cells.

  16. Mitochondria-Targeting Ceria Nanoparticles as Antioxidants for Alzheimer's Disease.

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    Kwon, Hyek Jin; Cha, Moon-Yong; Kim, Dokyoon; Kim, Dong Kyu; Soh, Min; Shin, Kwangsoo; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Mook-Jung, Inhee

    2016-02-23

    Mitochondrial oxidative stress is a key pathologic factor in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Abnormal generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), resulting from mitochondrial dysfunction, can lead to neuronal cell death. Ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles are known to function as strong and recyclable ROS scavengers by shuttling between Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) oxidation states. Consequently, targeting ceria nanoparticles selectively to mitochondria might be a promising therapeutic approach for neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we report the design and synthesis of triphenylphosphonium-conjugated ceria nanoparticles that localize to mitochondria and suppress neuronal death in a 5XFAD transgenic Alzheimer's disease mouse model. The triphenylphosphonium-conjugated ceria nanoparticles mitigate reactive gliosis and morphological mitochondria damage observed in these mice. Altogether, our data indicate that the triphenylphosphonium-conjugated ceria nanoparticles are a potential therapeutic candidate for mitochondrial oxidative stress in Alzheimer's disease.

  17. Role of the oxidation state of cerium on the ceria surfaces for silicate adsorption

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    Seo, Jihoon; Moon, Jinok; Kim, Joo Hyun; Lee, Kangchun; Hwang, Junha; Yoon, Heesung; Yi, Dong Kee; Paik, Ungyu

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we have investigated the role of the Ce oxidation state (Ce3+/Ce4+) on the CeO2 surfaces for silicate adsorption. In aqueous medium, the Ce3+ sites lead to the formation of -OH groups at the CeO2 surface through H2O dissociation. Silicate ions can adsorb onto the CeO2 surface through interaction with the -OH groups (-Ce-OH- + -Si-O- ↔ -Ce-O-Si- + OH-). As the Ce3+ concentration increased from 19.3 to 27.6%, the surface density of -OH group increased from 0.34 to 0.72 OH/nm2. To evaluate the adsorption behaviors of silicate ions onto CeO2 NPs, we carried out an adsorption isothermal analysis, and the adsorption isotherm data followed the Freundlich model. The Freundlich constant for the relative adsorption capacity (KF) and adsorption intensity (1/n) indicated that CeO2 NPs with high Ce3+ concentration show higher adsorption affinity with silicate ions. As a result, we have demonstrated that the Ce oxidation state (Ce3+/Ce4+) on the CeO2 surface can have a significant influence on the silicate adsorption.

  18. Ferroelectricity in yttrium-doped hafnium oxide

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    Müller, J.; Schröder, U.; Böscke, T. S.; Müller, I.; Böttger, U.; Wilde, L.; Sundqvist, J.; Lemberger, M.; Kücher, P.; Mikolajick, T.; Frey, L.

    2011-12-01

    Structural and electrical evidence for a ferroelectric phase in yttrium doped hafnium oxide thin films is presented. A doping series ranging from 2.3 to 12.3 mol% YO1.5 in HfO2 was deposited by a thermal atomic layer deposition process. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction of the 10 nm thick films revealed an orthorhombic phase close to the stability region of the cubic phase. The potential ferroelectricity of this orthorhombic phase was confirmed by polarization hysteresis measurements on titanium nitride based metal-insulator-metal capacitors. For 5.2 mol% YO1.5 admixture the remanent polarization peaked at 24 μC/cm2 with a coercive field of about 1.2 MV/cm. Considering the availability of conformal deposition processes and CMOS-compatibility, ferroelectric Y:HfO2 implies high scaling potential for future, ferroelectric memories.

  19. One-Dimensional Ceria as Catalyst for the Low-Temperature Water-Gas Shift Reaction

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    Han, W.; Wen, W; Hanson, J; Teng, X; Marinkovic, N; Rodriguez, J

    2009-01-01

    Synchrotron-based in situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy were used to study pure ceria and Pd-loaded ceria nanotubes and nanorods (1D-ceria) as catalysts for the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction. While bulk ceria is very poor as WGS catalysts, pure 1D-ceria displayed catalytic activity at a temperature as low as 300 C. The reduction of the pure 1D-ceria in pure hydrogen started at 150 C, which is a much lower temperature than those previously reported for the reduction of 3D ceria nanoparticles. This low reduction temperature reflects the novel morphology of the oxide systems and may be responsible for the low-temperature WGS catalytic activity seen for the 1D-ceria. Pd-loaded 1D ceria displayed significant WGS activity starting at 200 C. During pretreatment in H{sub 2}, the ceria lattice parameter increased significantly around 60 C, which indicates that Pd-oxygen interactions may facilitate the reduction of Pd-loaded 1D-ceria. Pd and ceria both participate in the formation of the active sites for the catalytic reactions. The low-temperature hydrogen pretreatment results in higher WGS activity for Pd-loaded 1D-ceria.

  20. Template-assisted hydrothermally obtained titania-ceria composites and their application as catalysts in ethyl acetate oxidation and methanol decomposition with a potential for sustainable environment protection

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    Tsoncheva, Tanya; Mileva, Alexandra; Issa, Gloria; Dimitrov, Momtchil; Kovacheva, Daniela; Henych, Jiří; Scotti, Nicola; Kormunda, Martin; Atanasova, Genoveva; Štengl, Vaclav

    2017-02-01

    High surface area mesoporous ceria-titania binary materials with high Lewis acidity and improved reduction properties were synthesized using template assisted hydrothermal technique. The obtained materials were characterized by low temperature nitrogen physisorption, XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman, UV-vis, XPS, FTIR, FTIR of adsorbed pyridine and thermo-programmed reduction with hydrogen. Their catalytic activity was tested in total oxidation of ethyl acetate and methanol decomposition to CO and hydrogen with a potential application in VOCs elimination and alternative fuels, respectively. The structural changes in the binary materials, which could be tuned by the variation in the Ce/Ti ratio and the temperature of hydrothermal treatment, provoked significant changes in their textural, surface and redox properties, which is in close relation to the catalytic activity and selectivity in various catalytic processes. The intimate contact between the individual oxides results in the formation of different catalytic active sites and their role in the studied catalytic reactions was discussed in details.

  1. Transparent conducting oxides: A -doped superlattice approach

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Seo, Sung Seok A.; Lee, Suyoun; Kim, Jun Sung; Choi, Woo Seok; Okamoto, Satoshi; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2014-01-01

    Two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at the interface of oxide heterostructures have been the subject of recent experiment and theory, due to the intriguing phenomena that occur in confined electronic states. However, while much has been done to understand the origin of 2DEGs and related phenomena, very little has been explored with regards to the control of conduction pathways and the distribution of charge carriers. Using first principles simulations and experimental thin film synthesis methods, we examine the effect of dimensionality on carrier transport in La delta-doped SrTiO3 (STO) superlattices, as a function of the thickness of the insulating STO spacer. Our computed Fermi surfaces and layer-resolved carrier density proles demonstrate that there is a critical thickness of the STO spacer, below which carrier transport is dominated by three-dimensional conduction of interface charges arising from appreciable overlap of the quantum mechanical wavefunctions between neighboring delta-doped layers. We observe that, experimentally, these superlattices remain highly transparent to visible light. Band structure calculations indicate that this is a result of the appropriately large gap between the O 2p and Ti d states. The tunability of the quantum mechanical wavefunctions and the optical transparency highlight the potential for using oxide heterostructures in novel opto-electronic devices; thus providing a route to the creation of novel transparent conducting oxides.

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-21

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

  4. Nanometer-sized ceria-coated silica-iron oxide for the reagentless microextraction/preconcentration of heavy metals in environmental and biological samples followed by slurry introduction to ICP-OES.

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    Dados, A; Paparizou, E; Eleftheriou, P; Papastephanou, C; Stalikas, C D

    2014-04-01

    A slurry suspension sampling technique is developed and optimized for the rapid microextraction of heavy metals and analysis using nanometer-sized ceria-coated silica-iron oxide particles and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Magnetic-silica material is synthesized by a co-precipitation and sol-gel method followed by ceria coating through a precipitation. The large particles are removed using a sedimentation-fractionation procedure and a magnetic homogeneous colloidal suspension of ceria-modified iron oxide-silica is produced for microextraction. The nanometer-sized particles are separated from the sample solution magnetically and analyzed with ICP-OES using a slurry suspension sampling approach. The ceria-modified iron oxide-silica does not contain any organic matter and this probably justifies the absence of matrix effect on plasma atomization capacity, when increased concentrations of slurries are aspirated. The As, Be, Mo, Cr, Cu, Pb, Hg, Sb, Se and V can be preconcentrated by the proposed method at pH 6.0 while Mn, Cd, Co and Ni require a pH ≥ 8.0. Satisfactory values are obtained for the relative standard deviations (2-6%), recoveries (88-102%), enrichment factors (14-19) and regression correlation coefficients as well as detectability, at sub-μg L(-1) levels. The applicability of magnetic ceria for the microextraction of metal ions in combination with the slurry introduction technique using ICP is substantiated by the analysis of environmental water and urine samples.

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

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

    2016-08-17

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

  6. 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

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

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

    2012-01-12

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

  8. Cerium oxide for sunscreen cosmetics

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    Yabe, Shinryo; Sato, Tsugio

    2003-02-01

    Ultrafine particles of Mn+ -doped ceria ( Mn+ =Mg 2+, Ca 2+, Sr 2+, Ba 2+, Y 3+, La 3+, Nd 3+, Sm 3+, Eu 3+, Tb 3+) for UV filter were prepared via soft solution chemical routes at 40°C. X-ray diffraction revealed that the prepared doped particles had the cubic fluorite structures although peak positions changed depending on the kind and amount of doped metal ion. Doping with 20 mol% Ca 2+ and 20 mol% Zn 2+ resulted in extremely decreasing the particle size (2-4 nm) and the catalytic activity of ceria for oxidation of castor oil. Ca 2+-doped cerium dioxide showed excellent UV absorbing effect and transparency in the visible ray region compared with undoped cerium dioxide.

  9. Controlled synthesis of ceria nanoparticles for the design of nanohybrids.

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    Nguyen, Thanh-Dinh; Dinh, Cao-Thang; Mrabet, Driss; Tran-Thi, Minh-Nguyet; Do, Trong-On

    2013-03-15

    Ceria nanoparticles were synthesized from reaction mixture of cerium nitrate/hexamethylenediamine/water-ethylene glycol. Lamellar, particle-aggregated array, platelet, rice, cube, quasi-sphere shapes of the ceria nanoparticles can be controlled by tuning reaction parameters (reagent concentration, reagent components, pH, and reaction conditions). Studies on shape-dependent catalysis of the bare ceria samples toward CO oxidation indicated that the cube-shaped ceria nanoparticles show better catalytic activity than the nanospheres and the commercial micropowders. As capped by hexamethylenediamine (HEA) molecules, amine-functionalized ceria nanoparticles act as platforms for depositing copper particles to produce efficient Cu/CeO(2) hybrid nanocatalysts for CO conversion. Coupling of the copper clusters with the HEA-capped ceria nanocubes was achieved with the Cu contents up to 15 wt.%. The Cu/CeO(2) nanohybrids show an enhanced catalytic efficiency of low temperature CO conversion. This could be due to high exposure of the reactive {100} facets in the ceria nanocubes and interfacial copper-ceria interactions.

  10. Effect of cobalt doping on structural, optical and redox properties cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Labis, J.; Alam, M.; Ramay, Shahid M.; Ahmad, N.; Mahmood, Asif

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt-doped ceria nanoparticles were synthesized using the polyol method under co-precipitation hydrolysis. The structural, morphological, optical and redox properties were observed to investigate the influence of different concentration of cobalt ion doping on the prepared CeO2 nanomaterials in terms of X-ray diffraction, field-emission transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, UV/vis absorption spectroscopy and temperature program reduction techniques. The optical band gap energy was calculated from the optical absorption spectra for doped ceria nanoparticles, which have been found to be 2.68, 2.77, and 2.82 eV for the 2, 4, and 7 mol% Co ion-doped CeO2 nanoparticles, respectively. As observed, the band gap energies increases as the doping Co ion concentrations increased, which could be due to significant increased oxygen vacancies with Co doping. The synergistic interaction between Co and CeO2 was the main factor responsible for high catalytic activity of cobalt-doped CeO2 model catalysts.

  11. Surface Faceting and Reconstruction of Ceria Nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Chengwu; Yu, Xiaojuan; Heißler, Stefan; Nefedov, Alexei; Colussi, Sara; Llorca, Jordi; Trovarelli, Alessandro; Wang, Yuemin; Wöll, Christof

    2017-01-02

    The surface atomic arrangement of metal oxides determines their physical and chemical properties, and the ability to control and optimize structural parameters is of crucial importance for many applications, in particular in heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis. Whereas the structures of macroscopic single crystals can be determined with established methods, for nanoparticles (NPs), this is a challenging task. Herein, we describe the use of CO as a probe molecule to determine the structure of the surfaces exposed by rod-shaped ceria NPs. After calibrating the CO stretching frequencies using results obtained for different ceria single-crystal surfaces, we found that the rod-shaped NPs actually restructure and expose {111} nanofacets. This finding has important consequences for understanding the controversial surface chemistry of these catalytically highly active ceria NPs and paves the way for the predictive, rational design of catalytic materials at the nanoscale.

  12. UV-shielding property, photocatalytic activity and photocytotoxicity of ceria colloid solutions.

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    Zholobak, N M; Ivanov, V K; Shcherbakov, A B; Shaporev, A S; Polezhaeva, O S; Baranchikov, A Ye; Spivak, N Ya; Tretyakov, Yu D

    2011-01-10

    UV-shielding property, photocatalytic activity and cytotoxicity (including photocytotoxicity) of citrate-stabilized ceria colloid solutions were studied. It was established that UV-shielding property (namely, the sun protection factor, the critical absorption wavelength and the UVA/UVB-ratio) of ceria nanoparticles are as good as those of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles. It was further demonstrated that ceria nanoparticles possesses substantially lower photocatalytic activity, which additionally decreases upon decrease in ceria particle size. It was found that colloid ceria solutions are non-toxic to mouse fibroblasts (L929) and fibroblast-like cells of African Green monkey (VERO). Moreover, ceria nanoparticles are capable to protect these cells from UV-irradiation-induced damage. It was proposed that nanocrystalline ceria could be used not only as UV-blocking material, but also as prophylactic and even therapeutic compound for sunburns treatment.

  13. 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.

  14. Zinc oxide doped graphene oxide films for gas sensing applications

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    Chetna, Kumar, Shani; Chaudhary, S.; Kapoor, A.; Garg, A.; Chowdhuri, A.; Dhingra, V.

    2016-05-06

    Graphene Oxide (GO) is analogous to graphene, but presence of many functional groups makes its physical and chemical properties essentially different from those of graphene. GO is found to be a promising material for low cost fabrication of highly versatile and environment friendly gas sensors. Selectivity, reversibility and sensitivity of GO based gas sensor have been improved by hybridization with Zinc Oxide nanoparticles. The device is fabricated by spin coating of deionized water dispersed GO flakes (synthesized using traditional hummer’s method) doped with Zinc Oxide on standard glass substrate. Since GO is an insulator and functional groups on GO nanosheets play vital role in adsorbing gas molecules, it is being used as an adsorber. Additionally, on being exposed to certain gases the electric and optical characteristics of GO material exhibit an alteration in behavior. For the conductivity, we use Zinc Oxide, as it displays a high sensitivity towards conduction. The effects of the compositions, structural defects and morphologies of graphene based sensing layers and the configurations of sensing devices on the performances of gas sensors were investigated by Raman Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction(XRD) and Keithley Sourcemeter.

  15. Fluorine compounds for doping conductive oxide thin films

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    Gessert, Tim; Li, Xiaonan; Barnes, Teresa M; Torres, Jr., Robert; Wyse, Carrie L

    2013-04-23

    Methods of forming a conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on a substrate by chemical vapor deposition are described. The methods may include heating the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The methods may also include adding an oxygen-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The precursors are reacted to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate. Methods may also include forming the conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer by plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. These methods may include providing the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor, and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. A plasma may be formed that includes species from the metal-containing precursor and the fluorine-containing precursor. The species may react to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Shape-controlled ceria-based nanostructures for catalysis applications.

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    Qiao, Zhen-An; Wu, Zili; Dai, Sheng

    2013-10-01

    Among oxide catalysts, ceria is a technologically important material because of its wide applications as a promoter in three-way catalysts for the elimination of toxic exhaust gases, low-temperature water-gas-shift reaction, oxygen sensors, oxygen permeation membrane systems, and fuel cells. The catalytic activities of cerium oxide are highly dependent on interfacial structures and nanocrystal morphologies. This Minireview highlights the recent progress in the research of ceria nanoshapes as both catalysts and catalyst supports, including the synthesis, structure characterization, catalytic properties, surface chemistry, as well as reaction mechanisms. Insights from in situ spectroscopy study and theoretical modeling of nanostructured ceria-based materials have shed light on the origin of the ceria shape effect. It is suggested that the surface structure of ceria controls the catalytic activity and selectivity through structure-dependent surface-site geometry, surface vacancy formation energy, defect sites, and coordinatively unsaturated sites on ceria. The morphology-dependent catalysis in ceria has offered a new strategy to finely tune the catalytic activity and selectivity through shape control without altering the catalyst composition. A brief summary and an outlook on this research field will be presented at the end.

  18. Highly ytterbium-doped bismuth-oxide-based fiber.

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    Ohara, Seiki; Kuroiwa, Yutaka

    2009-08-03

    Thermally stable highly ytterbium-doped bismuth-oxide-based glasses have been investigated. The absorbance increased linearly with Yb(2)O(3) concentration, reaching 7800 dB/m with 3 mol-% of Yb(2)O(3). An ytterbium-doped bismuth-oxide-based fiber has also been fabricated with a fiber loss of 0.24 dB/m. A fiber laser is also demonstrated, and it shows a slope efficiency of 36%.

  19. Comparative Pulmonary Toxicity of Two Ceria Nanoparticles with the Same Primary Size

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    Peng, Lu; He, Xiao; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Jing; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Junzhe; Ma, Yuhui; Ding, Yayun; Wu, Zhenqiang; Chai, Zhifang; Zhang, Zhiyong

    2014-01-01

    Ceria nanoparticles (nano-ceria) have recently gained a wide range of applications, which might pose unwanted risks to both the environment and human health. The greatest potential for the environmental discharge of nano-ceria appears to be in their use as a diesel fuel additive. The present study was designed to explore the pulmonary toxicity of nano-ceria in mice after a single exposure via intratracheal instillation. Two types of nano-ceria with the same distribution of a primary size (3–5 nm), but different redox activity, were used: Ceria-p, synthesized by a precipitation route, and Ceria-h, synthesized by a hydrothermal route. Both Ceria-p and Ceria-h induced oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and cytotoxicity in mice, but their toxicological profiles were quite different. The mean size of Ceria-p agglomerates was much smaller compared to Ceria-h, thereby causing a more potent acute inflammation, due to their higher number concentration of agglomerates and higher deposition rate in the deep lung. Ceria-h had a higher reactivity to catalyzing the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and caused two waves of lung injury: bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) inflammation and cytotoxicity in the early stage and redox-activity-evoked lipid peroxidation and pro-inflammation in the latter stage. Therefore, the size distribution of ceria-containing agglomerates in the exhaust, as well as their surface chemistry are essential characteristics to assess the potential risks of using nano-ceria as a fuel additive. PMID:24727375

  20. Comparative pulmonary toxicity of two ceria nanoparticles with the same primary size.

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    Peng, Lu; He, Xiao; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Jing; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Junzhe; Ma, Yuhui; Ding, Yayun; Wu, Zhenqiang; Chai, Zhifang; Zhang, Zhiyong

    2014-04-10

    Ceria nanoparticles (nano-ceria) have recently gained a wide range of applications, which might pose unwanted risks to both the environment and human health. The greatest potential for the environmental discharge of nano-ceria appears to be in their use as a diesel fuel additive. The present study was designed to explore the pulmonary toxicity of nano-ceria in mice after a single exposure via intratracheal instillation. Two types of nano-ceria with the same distribution of a primary size (3-5 nm), but different redox activity, were used: Ceria-p, synthesized by a precipitation route, and Ceria-h, synthesized by a hydrothermal route. Both Ceria-p and Ceria-h induced oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and cytotoxicity in mice, but their toxicological profiles were quite different. The mean size of Ceria-p agglomerates was much smaller compared to Ceria-h, thereby causing a more potent acute inflammation, due to their higher number concentration of agglomerates and higher deposition rate in the deep lung. Ceria-h had a higher reactivity to catalyzing the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and caused two waves of lung injury: bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) inflammation and cytotoxicity in the early stage and redox-activity-evoked lipid peroxidation and pro-inflammation in the latter stage. Therefore, the size distribution of ceria-containing agglomerates in the exhaust, as well as their surface chemistry are essential characteristics to assess the potential risks of using nano-ceria as a fuel additive.

  1. Uptake and distribution of ceria nanoparticles in cucumber plants.

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    Zhang, Zhiyong; He, Xiao; Zhang, Haifeng; Ma, Yuhui; Zhang, Peng; Ding, Yayun; Zhao, Yuliang

    2011-08-01

    The presence and release of nanoparticles (NPs) into the environment have important implications for human health and the environment. A critical aspect of the risk assessment of nanoparticles is to understand the interactions of manufactured nanoparticles with plants. In this study, the uptake and distribution characteristics of two types of ceria nanoparticles with sizes of ca. 7 nm and 25 nm in cucumber plants were investigated using a radiotracer method and other techniques. With increasing concentration of the nanoparticles, concentration dependent absorption by the plant roots was noticed, but the majority of the particles only loosely adhered to the root surface. The seedlings treated with 7 nm ceria particles showed significantly higher ceria contents in both roots and shoots than those exposed to 25 nm ceria particles at all test concentrations (2, 20, and 200 mg L(-1)). Only very limited amounts of ceria nanoparticles could be transferred from the roots to shoots because the entry of nanoparticles into the roots was difficult. However, the results of tissue distributions of ceria nanoparticles in the plants and two dimensional distributions of the particles in the leaves imply that once they have entered into the vascular cylinder, ceria nanoparticles could move smoothly to the end of the vascular bundle along with water flow. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first detailed study of uptake and distribution of metal oxide nanoparticles in plants.

  2. Influence of the activation conditions on the elimination of residual impurities on ceria-zirconia mixed oxides

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    Daturi, M.; Binet, C.; Lavalley, J. C.; Vidal, H.; Kaspar, J.; Graziani, M.; Blanchard, G.

    1998-10-01

    A series of samples belonging to the ceria-zirconia solid solution has been investigated from the point of view of surface impurities, via TPO/TPD and FTIR spectroscopy. Species likely due either to the precursors or to atmospheric contamination have been taken into account and their stability has been studied following two different thermal treatments. A complete cleaning treatment is proposed in order to obtain powders of satisfactory quality for catalytic purposes. Les impuretés superficielles contenues dans une série d'oxydes mixtes cérine- zircone ont été étudiées par TPO/TPD et spectroscopie infrarouge. Les impuretés provenant soit des précurseurs soit de la contamination atmosphérique (carbonates) ont été identifiées et leur stabilité thermique a été étudiée en fonction de différents traitements thermiques. Une méthode thermique de purification est proposée afin d'obtenir des poudres de qualité suffisante pour les applications catalytiques.

  3. Studies on Synthesis, Microstructure and Transport Properties of Doped Cerium Oxides

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    Handal, Hala Talaat Abd El-Samei

    Acceptor-doped ceria exhibits mixed ionic electronic conduction in reducing conditions and chemical stability against sulfur poisoning and coking. This thesis's primary goal is to explore new anode materials based on ceria--solid solutions for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The physicochemical and electrochemical performance of Ce0.9-xY 0.1MnxO2-delta ( x = 0 to 15 mol%) (CYMO) and Ce0.87Y0.1Mn 0.01N0.02O2-delta (N = Mg or Ca) were studied. Among the materials investigated in this study, Ce0.89Y 0.1Mn0.01Mg0.02O2-delta (Mg-CYMO) showed the highest total conductivity of 0.2 S cm-1 at 700°C in H2. An area specific polarization resistance of 0.23 O cm2 was observed for both Mg-CYMO and Ce0.8Y 0.1Mn0.1O2-delta (10CYMO) at 800°C, in wet H2. Chronoamperometric measurement for the symmetrical cell configuration based on 10CYMO electrodes showed stable performance upon exposure to 10 ppm H2S/H2. In a full cell configuration, 10CYMO (anode)/YSZ (electrolyte)/La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM)-YSZ cathode, polarization resistance of 1.4 O cm2 and power density of 75 mW/cm2 were obtained at 800°C in wet H2. The main challenge of employing proton-conducting electrolytes in SOFC is their poor chemical stability in the presence of steam and hydrocarbon fuels. Another goal of this thesis is to develop a chemically stable proton-conducting electrolyte for SOFCs. The effects of Fe and Co substitution on the electrical and physicochemical properties of BaCe0.9Sm0.1O 3-delta (BCS) were evaluated. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that incorporation of 5 to 10 mol% Fe or Co in BCS did not improve the chemical stability in CO2 at elevated temperatures. The BCSC10 sample sintering at 1400°C showed the highest electrical conductivity of 0.02 S cm -1 at 600°C in air, but it did not show any appreciable proton mobility under humidified atmosphere.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of scandia ceria stabilized zirconia powders prepared by polymeric precursor method for integration into anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Tu, Hengyong; Liu, Xin; Yu, Qingchun

    2011-03-01

    Scandia ceria stabilized zirconia (10Sc1CeSZ) powders are synthesized by polymeric precursor method for use as the electrolyte of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The synthesized powders are characterized in terms of crystalline structure, particle shape and size distribution by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS). 10Sc1CeSZ electrolyte films are deposited on green anode substrate by screen-printing method. Effects of 10Sc1CeSZ powder characteristics on sintered films are investigated regarding the integration process for application as the electrolytes in anode-supported SOFCs. It is found that the 10Sc1CeSZ films made from nano-sized powders with average size of 655 nm are very porous with many open pores. In comparison, the 10Sc1CeSZ films made from micron-sized powders with average size of 2.5 μm, which are obtained by calcination of nano-sized powders at higher temperatures, are much denser with a few closed pinholes. The cell performances are 911 mW cm-2 at the current density of 1.25 A cm-2 and 800 °C by application of Ce0.8Gd0.2O2 (CGO) barrier layer and La0.6Sr0.4CoO3 (LSC) cathode.

  5. Defects and ferromagnetism in transition metal doped zinc oxide

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    Thapa, Sunil

    Transition metal doped zinc oxide has been studied recently due to its potential application in spintronic devices. The magnetic semiconductor, often called Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors (DMS), has the ability to incorporate both charge and spin into a single formalism. Despite a large number of studies on ferromagnetism in ZnO based DMS and the realization of its room temperature ferromagnetism, there is still a debate about the origin of the ferromagnetism. In this work, the synthesis and characterization of transition metal doped zinc oxide have been carried out. The sol-gel method was used to synthesize thin films, and they were subsequently annealed in air. Characterization of doped zinc oxide films was carried out using the UV-visible range spectrometer, scanning electron microscopy, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), x-ray diffraction(XRD) and positron annihilation spectroscopy. Hysteresis loops were obtained for copper and manganese doped zinc oxide, but a reversed hysteresis loop was observed for 2% Al 3% Co doped zinc oxide. The reversed hysteresis loop has been explained using a two-layer model.

  6. Doping in zinc oxide thin films

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    Yang, Zheng

    Doping in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films is discussed in this dissertation. The optimizations of undoped ZnO thin film growth using molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) are discussed. The effect of the oxygen ECR plasma power on the growth rate, structural, electrical, and optical properties of the ZnO thin films were studied. It was found that larger ECR power leads to higher growth rate, better crystallinity, lower electron carrier concentration, larger resistivity, and smaller density of non-radiative luminescence centers in the ZnO thin films. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements were carried out in undoped and Ga-doped ZnO thin films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. As the carrier concentration increases from 1.8 x 1018 to 1.8 x 1020 cm-3, the dominant PL line at 9 K changes from I1 (3.368--3.371 eV), to IDA (3.317--3.321 eV), and finally to I8 (3.359 eV). The dominance of I1, due to ionized-donor bound excitons, is unexpected in n-type samples, but is shown to be consistent with the temperature-dependent Hall fitting results. We also show that IDA has characteristics of a donor-acceptor-pair transition, and use a detailed, quantitative analysis to argue that it arises from GaZn donors paired with Zn-vacancy (VZn) acceptors. In this analysis, the GaZn0/+ energy is well-known from two-electron satellite transitions, and the VZn0/- energy is taken from a recent theoretical calculation. Typical behaviors of Sb-doped p-type ZnO are presented. The Sb doping mechanisms and preference in ZnO are discussed. Diluted magnetic semiconducting ZnO:Co thin films with above room-temperature TC were prepared. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction studies indicate the ZnO:Co thin films are free of secondary phases. The magnetization of the ZnO:Co thin films shows a free electron carrier concentration dependence, which increases dramatically when the free electron carrier concentration exceeds ˜1019 cm -3, indicating a carrier-mediated mechanism for

  7. Monolayer Contact Doping from a Silicon Oxide Source Substrate.

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    Ye, Liang; González-Campo, Arántzazu; Kudernac, Tibor; Núñez, Rosario; de Jong, Michel; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2017-04-03

    Monolayer contact doping (MLCD) is a modification of the monolayer doping (MLD) technique that involves monolayer formation of a dopant-containing adsorbate on a source substrate. This source substrate is subsequently brought into contact with the target substrate, upon which the dopant is driven into the target substrate by thermal annealing. Here, we report a modified MLCD process, in which we replace the commonly used Si source substrate by a thermally oxidized substrate with a 100 nm thick silicon oxide layer, functionalized with a monolayer of a dopant-containing silane. The thermal oxide potentially provides a better capping effect and effectively prevents the dopants from diffusing back into the source substrate. The use of easily accessible and processable silane monolayers provides access to a general and modifiable process for the introduction of dopants on the source substrate. As a proof of concept, a boron-rich carboranyl-alkoxysilane was used here to construct the monolayer that delivers the dopant, to boost the doping level in the target substrate. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed a successful grafting of the dopant adsorbate onto the SiO2 surface. The achieved doping levels after thermal annealing were similar to the doping levels acessible by MLD as demonstrated by secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements. The method shows good prospects, e.g. for use in the doping of Si nanostructures.

  8. On the wetting behavior of ceria thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fu, Sin-Pui; Rossero, Jorge; Chen, Chen; Li, Daniel; Takoudis, Christos G.; Abiade, Jeremiah T.

    2017-02-01

    Polymers are most widely used in the production of water-repellant coatings. However, their use in applications requiring wear resistance or high-temperature stability is extremely limited. A recent report suggests that wear resistant, thermally stable rare earth oxide materials like cerium dioxide (ceria) are intrinsically water repellant. We have studied this intriguing finding for ceria thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at different oxygen pressures and different substrate temperatures. We used a custom apparatus for measuring water contact angles on ceria films deposited by PLD. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to determine the relationship between the ceria wetting behavior and ceria surface chemistry. Our results show that ceria thin films are intrinsically hydrophilic and that hydrophobicity arises due to adsorption of hydrocarbon species after ˜24 h.

  9. Non-Prestonian behavior of rectangular shaped ceria slurry in shallow trench isolation chemical mechanical planarization.

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    Kim, Ye-Hwan; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Yoon, Gwang Seob; Moon, Jinok; Watanabe, Akira; Naito, Makio; Paik, Ungyu

    2012-03-01

    Rectangular ceria particles were synthesized using the flash creation method. The influence of the morphology of ceria particles and the surfactant concentration on the removal rate was systematically investigated. These ceria slurries with polymeric surfactant molecules as the passivation agents of Si3N4 film, shows an exceptional non-Prestonian behaviors. The non-Prestonian behavior can be attributed to the increase in the contact area of the ceria particles with the SiO2 film, which is dominated by the morphology of the ceria particles. Force measurements using an atomic force microscope (AFM) at different concentrations of polymeric surfactant molecules was used to identify the interactions between the polymeric molecules and the oxide film and analyze the non-Prestonian behavior of ceria slurry having rectangular abrasives.

  10. Doping-Promoted Solar Water Oxidation on Hematite Photoanodes.

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    Zhang, Yuchao; Ji, Hongwei; Ma, Wanhong; Chen, Chuncheng; Song, Wenjing; Zhao, Jincai

    2016-07-01

    As one of the most promising materials for solar water oxidation, hematite has attracted intense research interest for four decades. Despite their desirable optical band gap, stability and other attractive features, there are great challenges for the implementation of hematite-based photoelectrochemical cells. In particular, the extremely low electron mobility leads to severe energy loss by electron hole recombination. Elemental doping, i.e., replacing lattice iron with foreign atoms, has been shown to be a practical solution. Here we review the significant progresses in metal and non-metal element doping-promoted hematite solar water oxidation, focusing on the role of dopants in adjusting carrier density, charge collection efficiency and surface water oxidation kinetics. The advantages and salient features of the different doping categories are compared and discussed.

  11. Microwave synthesis of nanostructured oxide sorbents doped with lanthanides

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    Mitrofanov, Andrey A. Silyavka, Elena S.; Shilovskikh, Vladimir V.; Kolonitckii, Petr D.; Sukhodolov, Nikolai G.; Selyutin, Artem A.

    2016-06-17

    A number of nanostructured mesoporous oxide systems based on aluminum oxide, doped with lanthanide ions have been obtained in this study. Structure and morphology of oxides obtained have been examined by X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy. The surface area of the samples was determined by the BET method. The dependence of the adsorption of insulin on synthesized oxides from the concentration was investigated. The containing of insulin in solutions after adsorption was determined by the Bradford method. The isotherms of adsorption of insulin on resulting oxide sorbents were plotted, the dependence capacity of the sorption of insulin from the lanthanide dopant was determined.

  12. Fluoride and Oxide Holmium Doped Lasers

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    Kalisky, Yehoshua

    1989-12-01

    Laser holmium belongs to a family of rare earth doped ions emitting in the near or mid-IR spectral range. Its 2.1 μm laser emission has potential applications in many fields as will be discussed below. In this review we will concentrate on the following topics: A. General characteristics of Ho3+ laser and hosts. B. Significant milestones in holmium laser development. C. Mechanism of basic processes. D. Engineering considerations E. Applications F. Trends and future. A. General Characteristics The main characteristics of holmium laser are as follows: 1-A. Its emission wavelength originates from the 517-->518 transition (≍2.1 μm) 2-A. The main laser hosts used are: oxide crystals such as YAG (Y3Al5O12), YAlO3 or fluorides such as YLF (YLiF4) or HoBaYb28. 3-A. Energy sensitizers such as Cr3+, Tm3+, Er3+ are used in order to increase the laser efficiency and to better utilize the lamp emission spectrum. 4-A. Holmium laser needs liquid nitrogen cooling for efficient operation. At ambient temperature it behaves as a quasi three-level system with high lasing threshold and low slope efficiency. 5-A. The laser can be operated both in CW or pulsed modes. 6-A. It has high gain cross section and a long lifetime of 5I7 level which results in an efficient Q-switched operation. 7-A. Applications: Medical Free space communication Eye-safe range finders or Target illuminators Remote sensing Tunable operational amplifier The most popular hosts for holmium laser are the aPHo:YAG (erbium-thulium-sensitized Ho:YAG) and aPHo:YLF. Tables 1 and 2 summarize the mechanical and optical properties of YLF, YAG and GSGG (gadolinium scandium galium garnet), respectively. The mechanical and thermal properties of YAG are better than those of GSGG and superior relative to YLF - see Table 1. From Table 2 it is inferred that YLF has a negative derivative of its refraction index with temperature, implying that YLF may show a lower thermal lensing effect than YAG in spite of its lower thermal

  13. Molten carbonate fuel cell cathode with mixed oxide coating

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    Hilmi, Abdelkader; Yuh, Chao-Yi

    2013-05-07

    A molten carbonate fuel cell cathode having a cathode body and a coating of a mixed oxygen ion conductor materials. The mixed oxygen ion conductor materials are formed from ceria or doped ceria, such as gadolinium doped ceria or yttrium doped ceria. The coating is deposited on the cathode body using a sol-gel process, which utilizes as precursors organometallic compounds, organic and inorganic salts, hydroxides or alkoxides and which uses as the solvent water, organic solvent or a mixture of same.

  14. Modification of solid oxide fuel cell anodes with cerium oxide coatings

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    Tang, Ling

    A priority for research in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is to develop cells that can maintain adequate performance in sulfur-containing fuel streams. There has been evidence that cerium oxide in the anode or electrolyte is associated with sulfur tolerance of the cell, but the mechanism underlying this effect is not well understood. The objective of the present research is to show that the porous cermet SOFC anodes can be coated with cerium oxide films, so that the cell performance can be evaluated as a function of the anode structure and the microstructure of the film. Three types of anodes---Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), Ni/gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC), and Ni/GDC with GDC interlayer were infiltrated with an aqueous solution to deposit nanocrystalline ceria films. The cells were then tested in hydrogen/nitrogen fuel containing hydrogen sulfide at levels up to 500 ppm. Modification of the anodes with thiol-terminated and trichlorosilane-terminated surfactants was explored. Different ceria film morphology was achieved for each surface treatment. In the cells that underwent performance testing, the thiol treatment promoted ceria film deposition, while the sulfonate treatment suppressed ceria deposition. Uniform ceria films up to 100 nm thick could be deposited in 48 h. Results on cell testing conditions, e.g. current, time, and H2S exposure were related to different anode structures and ceria coating morphologies. In general, the Ni/GDC anodes showed better performance than the Ni/YSZ anode. The introduction of ceria films often resulted in higher cell current and longer testing time, including operation under H2S exposure. Post-testing characterization revealed that, for some anodes, microstructure changes such as coarsening of Ni in the anode, migration of Ni to the anode surface, and depletion of Ni occurred. These changes in microstructure were irreversible and might account for permanent loss of cell performance. The presence of ceria films delayed these

  15. CSA doped polypyrrole-zinc oxide thin film sensor

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    Chougule, M. A.; Jundale, D. M.; Raut, B. T.; Sen, Shashwati; Patil, V. B.

    2013-02-01

    The polypyrrole-zinc oxide (PPy-ZnO) hybrid sensor doped with different weight ratios of camphor sulphonic acid (CSA) were prepared by spin coating technique. These CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrids were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and fourier transform infrared (FTIR) which proved the formation of polypyrrole, PPy-ZnO and the interaction between polypyrrole - ZnO (PPy-ZnO) hybrid with CSA doping. The gas sensing properties of the PPy-ZnO hybrid films doped with CSA have been studied for oxidizing (NO2) as well as reducing (H2S, NH3, CH4OH and CH3OH) gases at room temperature. We demonstrate that CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrid films are highly selective to NO2 along with high-sensitivity at low concentration (80% to 100 ppm) and better stability, which suggested that the CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrid films are potential candidate for NO2 detection at room temperature.

  16. Plasma sprayed ceria-containing interlayer

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    Schmidt, Douglas S.; Folser, George R.

    2006-01-10

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

  17. Dysprosium oxide and dysprosium-oxide-doped titanium oxide thin films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Tamm, Aile Kozlova, Jekaterina; Aarik, Lauri; Aarik, Jaan; Kukli, Kaupo; Link, Joosep; Stern, Raivo

    2015-01-15

    Dysprosium oxide and dysprosium-oxide-doped titanium oxide thin films were grown by atomic layer deposition on silicon substrates. For depositing dysprosium and titanium oxides Dy(thd){sub 3}-O{sub 3} and TiCl{sub 4}-O{sub 3} were used as precursors combinations. Appropriate parameters for Dy(thd){sub 3}-O{sub 3} growth process were obtained by using a quartz crystal microbalance system. The Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were deposited on planar substrates and on three-dimensional substrates with aspect ratio 1:20. The Dy/Ti ratio of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped TiO{sub 2} films deposited on a planar silicon substrate ranged from 0.04 to 0.06. Magnetometry studies revealed that saturation of magnetization could not be observed in planar Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} films, but it was observable in Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} films on 3D substrates and in doped TiO{sub 2} films with a Dy/Ti atomic ratio of 0.06. The latter films exhibited saturation magnetization 10{sup −6} A cm{sup 2} and coercivity 11 kA/m at room temperature.

  18. Doped zinc oxide window layers for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Kumar, Vinod; Singh, Neetu; Kumar, Vijay; Purohit, L. P.; Kapoor, Avinashi; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M.; Swart, Hendrik C.

    2013-10-01

    The present paper reports the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC), where boron doped ZnO (BZO) and aluminum-boron co-doped ZnO (AZB) thin films were used as front window electrodes. The highly crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by the sol-gel route were used as host material for the dye. The efficiencies of the DSSCs formed using the BZO and AZB as window layers were obtained to be 1.56 and 1.84%, respectively. The enhanced efficiency in the case of an AZB window layer based DSSC is attributed to the increase in conductivity induced by co-doping of Al and B and an increase in the number of conducting pathways between the window layer and NPs provided by the nanorods. This facilitates a new approach in the window layer (doped ZnO) for DSSC application.

  19. Mutual diffusion occurring at the interface between La₀.₆Sr₀.₄Co₀.₈Fe₀.₂O₃ cathode and Gd-doped ceria electrolyte during IT-SOFC cell preparation.

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

    2011-07-01

    The microstructure and local chemistry of the interface between the screen-printed La(0.6)Sr(0.4)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3) (LSCF) thin film cathode and Gd-doped ceria (GDC) electrolyte substrate have been investigated. Elemental distribution analyses, by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy operated in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) mode, illustrate that all constituent elements in GDC and LSCF mutually diffuse across the LSCF/GDC interface, with equal diffusion length. This leads to the formation of mutual diffusion zones at the LSCF/GDC interfaces, with the resultant mixture of diffusing ions being associated with specific valence state changes, as verified by STEM electron energy loss spectroscopy analyses. Moreover, this mutual diffusion can result in microstructural changes, where superstructure formation is accompanied by enhancement of oxygen vacancy ordering at this region. Such mutual diffusion and associated microstructure evolution is considered to be detrimental to fuel cell efficiency and should be suppressed by lowering cell fabrication temperatures.

  20. Self-limited kinetics of electron doping in correlated oxides

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    Chen, Jikun Zhou, You; Jiang, Jun; Shi, Jian; Ramanathan, Shriram; Middey, Srimanta; Chakhalian, Jak; Chen, Nuofu; Chen, Lidong; Shi, Xun; Döbeli, Max

    2015-07-20

    Electron doping by hydrogenation can reversibly modify the electrical properties of complex oxides. We show that in order to realize large, fast, and reversible response to hydrogen, it is important to consider both the electron configuration on the transition metal 3d orbitals, as well as the thermodynamic stability in nickelates. Specifically, large doping-induced resistivity modulations ranging several orders of magnitude change are only observed for rare earth nickelates with small ionic radii on the A-site, in which case both electron correlation effects and the meta-stability of Ni{sup 3+} are important considerations. Charge doping via metastable incorporation of ionic dopants is of relevance to correlated oxide-based devices where advancing approaches to modify the ground state electronic properties is an important problem.

  1. Self-limited kinetics of electron doping in correlated oxides

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    Chen, Jikun; Zhou, You; Middey, Srimanta; Jiang, Jun; Chen, Nuofu; Chen, Lidong; Shi, Xun; Döbeli, Max; Shi, Jian; Chakhalian, Jak; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2015-07-01

    Electron doping by hydrogenation can reversibly modify the electrical properties of complex oxides. We show that in order to realize large, fast, and reversible response to hydrogen, it is important to consider both the electron configuration on the transition metal 3d orbitals, as well as the thermodynamic stability in nickelates. Specifically, large doping-induced resistivity modulations ranging several orders of magnitude change are only observed for rare earth nickelates with small ionic radii on the A-site, in which case both electron correlation effects and the meta-stability of Ni3+ are important considerations. Charge doping via metastable incorporation of ionic dopants is of relevance to correlated oxide-based devices where advancing approaches to modify the ground state electronic properties is an important problem.

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

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

    2012-07-03

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

  3. Static and dynamical magnetic characters in doped Cu oxides

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    Endoh, Y.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Kastner, M. A.; Shirane, G.; Yamada, K.

    2000-05-01

    The discovery of the spin density wave (SDW) state defined as stripe in the doped Cu oxides becomes a central issue in the elucidation of the high-temperature superconducting mechanism. We present the coexistence of the stripe order and superconductivity, and the change of the stripe structure associated with the insultor-metal transition. Both static and dynamical SDW are robust of the high-temperature superconducting Cu oxides.

  4. Chemical vapor deposition of fluorine-doped zinc oxide

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    Gordon, Roy G.; Kramer, Keith; Liang, Haifan

    2000-06-06

    Fims of fluorine-doped zinc oxide are deposited from vaporized precursor compounds comprising a chelate of a dialkylzinc, such as an amine chelate, an oxygen source, and a fluorine source. The coatings are highly electrically conductive, transparent to visible light, reflective to infrared radiation, absorbing to ultraviolet light, and free of carbon impurity.

  5. Process for fabricating doped zinc oxide microsphere gel

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1991-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  6. Process for fabricating doped zinc oxide microsphere gel

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1991-11-05

    Disclosed are a new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

  7. Neutron Detection Utilizing Gadolinium Doped Hafnium Oxide Films

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    2008-03-01

    emit low energy gamma rays, alpha particles, and neutron radiation . Many instruments capable of gamma detection have been available for decades...neutron detection because its interaction with neutrons creates fast electrons and gamma rays. Therefore, background gamma radiation causes a more...NEUTRON DETECTION UTILIZING GADOLINIUM DOPED HAFNIUM OXIDE FILMS THESIS Bryan D. Blasy, 2Lt

  8. Metal oxide charge transport material doped with organic molecules

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    Forrest, Stephen R.; Lassiter, Brian E.

    2016-08-30

    Doping metal oxide charge transport material with an organic molecule lowers electrical resistance while maintaining transparency and thus is optimal for use as charge transport materials in various organic optoelectronic devices such as organic photovoltaic devices and organic light emitting devices.

  9. Brain distribution and toxicological evaluation of a systemically delivered engineered nanoscale ceria.

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    Hardas, Sarita S; Butterfield, David Allan; Sultana, Rukhsana; Tseng, Michael T; Dan, Mo; Florence, Rebecca L; Unrine, Jason M; Graham, Uschi M; Wu, Peng; Grulke, Eric A; Yokel, Robert A

    2010-08-01

    Engineered nanoscale ceria is used as a diesel fuel catalyst. Little is known about its mammalian central nervous system effects. The objective of this paper is to characterize the biodistribution of a 5-nm citrate-stabilized ceria dispersion from blood into brain and its pro- or antioxidant effects. An approximately 4% aqueous ceria dispersion was iv infused into rats (0, 100, and up to 250 mg/kg), which were terminated after 1 or 20 h. Ceria concentration, localization, and chemical speciation in the brain were assessed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, light and electron microscopy (EM), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Pro- or antioxidative stress effects were assessed as protein carbonyls, 3-nitrotyrosine, and protein-bound 4-hydroxy-2-trans-nonenal in hippocampus, cortex, and cerebellum. Glutathione reductase, glutathione peroxidase, manganese superoxide dismutase, and catalase levels and activities were measured in hippocampus. Catalase levels and activities were also measured in cortex and cerebellum. Na fluorescein and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) were given iv as blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity markers. Mortality was seen after administration of 175-250 mg ceria/kg. Twenty hours after infusion of 100 mg ceria/kg, brain HRP was marginally elevated. EM and EELS revealed mixed Ce(III) and Ce(IV) valence in the freshly synthesized ceria in vitro and in ceria agglomerates in the brain vascular compartment. Ceria was not seen in microvascular endothelial or brain cells. Ceria elevated catalase levels at 1 h and increased catalase activity at 20 h in hippocampus and decreased catalase activity at 1 h in cerebellum. Compared with a previously studied approximately 30-nm ceria, this ceria was more toxic, was not seen in the brain, and produced little oxidative stress effect to the hippocampus and cerebellum. The results are contrary to the hypothesis that a smaller engineered nanomaterial would more readily permeate the BBB.

  10. Combustion Synthesis of Doped Thermoelectric Oxides

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    Selig, Jiri; Lin, Sidney; Lin, Hua-Tay; Johnson, D Ray

    2012-01-01

    Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) was used to prepare silver doped calcium cobaltates (Ca1.24- xAgxCo1.62O3.86, x = 0.03 - 0.12) powders. SHS is a simple and economic process to synthesize ceramic materials with minimum energy requirements. The heat generated by the SHS reaction can sustain the propagation of the reaction front and convert reactants to desired products. The effect of doping level on thermoelectric properties was investigated in this study. Results show the substitution of calcium by silver decreases the thermal conductivity significantly. XRD and surface area measurements show synthesized powders are phase pure and have large specific surface areas.

  11. Macro- and microscopic properties of strontium doped indium oxide

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    Nikolaenko, Y. M.; Kuzovlev, Y. E.; Medvedev, Y. V.; Mezin, N. I.; Fasel, C.; Gurlo, A.; Schlicker, L.; Bayer, T. J. M.; Genenko, Y. A.

    2014-07-01

    Solid state synthesis and physical mechanisms of electrical conductivity variation in polycrystalline, strontium doped indium oxide In2O3:(SrO)x were investigated for materials with different doping levels at different temperatures (T = 20-300 °C) and ambient atmosphere content including humidity and low pressure. Gas sensing ability of these compounds as well as the sample resistance appeared to increase by 4 and 8 orders of the magnitude, respectively, with the doping level increase from zero up to x = 10%. The conductance variation due to doping is explained by two mechanisms: acceptor-like electrical activity of Sr as a point defect and appearance of an additional phase of SrIn2O4. An unusual property of high level (x = 10%) doped samples is a possibility of extraordinarily large and fast oxygen exchange with ambient atmosphere at not very high temperatures (100-200 °C). This peculiarity is explained by friable structure of crystallite surface. Friable structure provides relatively fast transition of samples from high to low resistive state at the expense of high conductance of the near surface layer of the grains. Microscopic study of the electro-diffusion process at the surface of oxygen deficient samples allowed estimation of the diffusion coefficient of oxygen vacancies in the friable surface layer at room temperature as 3 × 10-13 cm2/s, which is by one order of the magnitude smaller than that known for amorphous indium oxide films.

  12. Surface structure of coherently strained ceria ultrathin films

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    Shi, Yezhou; Stone, Kevin H.; Guan, Zixuan; Monti, Matteo; Cao, Chuntian; El Gabaly, Farid; Chueh, William C.; Toney, Michael F.

    2016-11-01

    Cerium oxide, or ceria, is an important material for solid oxide fuel cells and water splitting devices. Although the ceria surface is active in catalytic and electrochemical reactions, how its catalytic properties are affected by the surface structure under operating conditions is far from understood. We investigate the structure of the coherently strained Ce O2 ultrathin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia (001) single crystals by specular synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) under oxidizing conditions as a first step to study the surface structure in situ. An excellent agreement between the experiment data and the model is achieved by using a "stacks and islands" model that has a two-component roughness. One component is due to the tiny clusters of nanometer scale in lateral dimensions on each terrace, while the other component is due to slightly different Ce O2 thickness that span over hundreds of nanometers on neighboring terraces. We attribute the nonuniform thickness to step depairing during the thin film deposition that is supported by the surface morphology results on the microscopic level. Importantly, our model also shows that the polarity of the ceria surface is removed by a half monolayer surface coverage of oxygen. The successful resolution of the ceria surface structure using in situ specular synchrotron XRD paves the way to study the structural evolution of ceria as a fuel cell electrode under catalytically relevant temperatures and gas pressures.

  13. Surface structure of coherently strained ceria ultrathin films

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    Shi, Yezhou; Stone, Kevin H.; Guan, Zixuan; Monti, Matteo; Cao, Chuntian; El Gabaly, Farid; Chueh, William C.; Toney, Michael F.

    2016-11-14

    Cerium oxide, or ceria, is an important material for solid oxide fuel cells and water splitting devices. Although the ceria surface is active in catalytic and electrochemical reactions, how its catalytic properties are affected by the surface structure under operating conditions is far from understood. We investigate the structure of the coherently strained CeO2 ultrathin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia (001) single crystals by specular synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) under oxidizing conditions as a first step to study the surface structure in situ. An excellent agreement between the experiment data and the model is achieved by using a “stacks and islands” model that has a two-component roughness. One component is due to the tiny clusters of nanometer scale in lateral dimensions on each terrace, while the other component is due to slightly different CeO2 thickness that span over hundreds of nanometers on neighboring terraces. We attribute the nonuniform thickness to step depairing during the thin film deposition that is supported by the surface morphology results on the microscopic level. Importantly, our model also shows that the polarity of the ceria surface is removed by a half monolayer surface coverage of oxygen. In conclusion, the successful resolution of the ceria surface structure using in situ specular synchrotron XRD paves the way to study the structural evolution of ceria as a fuel cell electrode under catalytically relevant temperatures and gas pressures.

  14. Surface structure of coherently strained ceria ultrathin films

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    2016-11-14

    Cerium oxide, or ceria, is an important material for solid oxide fuel cells and water splitting devices. Although the ceria surface is active in catalytic and electrochemical reactions, how its catalytic properties are affected by the surface structure under operating conditions is far from understood. We investigate the structure of the coherently strained CeO2 ultrathin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia (001) single crystals by specular synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) under oxidizing conditions as a first step to study the surface structure in situ. An excellent agreement between the experiment data and the model is achieved by using a “stacks and islands”more » model that has a two-component roughness. One component is due to the tiny clusters of nanometer scale in lateral dimensions on each terrace, while the other component is due to slightly different CeO2 thickness that span over hundreds of nanometers on neighboring terraces. We attribute the nonuniform thickness to step depairing during the thin film deposition that is supported by the surface morphology results on the microscopic level. Importantly, our model also shows that the polarity of the ceria surface is removed by a half monolayer surface coverage of oxygen. In conclusion, the successful resolution of the ceria surface structure using in situ specular synchrotron XRD paves the way to study the structural evolution of ceria as a fuel cell electrode under catalytically relevant temperatures and gas pressures.« less

  15. Sulphur mustard degradation on zirconium doped Ti-Fe oxides.

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    Štengla, Václav; Grygar, Tomáš Matys; Opluštil, František; Němec, Tomáš

    2011-09-15

    Zirconium doped mixed nanodispersive oxides of Ti and Fe were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulphate salts with urea in aqueous solutions. Synthesized nanodispersive metal oxide hydroxides were characterised as the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda porosity (BJH), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis, and acid-base titration. These oxides were taken for an experimental evaluation of their reactivity with sulphur mustard (chemical warfare agent HD or bis(2-chloroethyl)sulphide). The presence of Zr(4+) dopant tends to increase both the surface area and the surface hydroxylation of the resulting doped oxides in such a manner that it can contribute to enabling the substrate adsorption at the oxide surface and thus accelerate the rate of degradation of warfare agents. The addition of Zr(4+) to the hydrolysis of ferric sulphate with urea shifts the reaction route and promotes formation of goethite at the expense of ferrihydrite. We discovered that Zr(4+) doped oxo-hydroxides of Ti and Fe exhibit a higher degradation activity towards sulphur mustard than any other yet reported reactive sorbents. The reaction rate constant of the slower parallel reaction of the most efficient reactive sorbents is increased with the increasing amount of surface base sites. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Selection Rule of Preferred Doping Site for n-Type Oxides

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    Li, C.; Li, J.; Li, S. S.; Xia, J. B.; Wei, S. H.

    2012-06-25

    Using first-principles calculations and analysis, we show that to create shallow n-type dopants in oxides, anion site doping is preferred for more covalent oxides such as SnO{sub 2} and cation site doping is preferred for more ionic oxides such as ZnO. This is because for more ionic oxides, the conduction band minimum (CBM) state actually contains a considerable amount of O 3s orbitals, thus anion site doping can cause large perturbation on the CBM and consequently produces deeper donor levels. We also show that whether it is cation site doping or anion site doping, the oxygen-poor condition should always be used.

  17. Periodic macroporous nanocrystalline antimony-doped tin oxide electrode.

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    Arsenault, Eric; Soheilnia, Navid; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2011-04-26

    Optically transparent and electrically conductive electrodes are ubiquitous in the myriad world of devices. They are an indispensable component of solar and photoelectrochemical cells, organic and polymer light emitting diodes, lasers, displays, electrochromic windows, photodetectors, and chemical sensors. The majority of the electrodes in such devices are made of large electronic band-gap doped metal oxides fashioned as a dense low-surface-area film deposited on a glass substrate. Typical transparent conducting oxide materials include indium-, fluorine-, or antimony-doped tin oxides. Herein we introduce for the first time a transparent conductive periodic macroporous electrode that has been self-assembled from 6 nm nanocrystalline antimony-doped tin oxide with high thermal stability, optimized electrical conductivity, and high quality photonic crystal properties, and present an electrochemically actuated optical light switch built from this electrode, whose operation is predicated on its unique combination of electrical, optical, and photonic properties. The ability of this macroporous electrode to host active functional materials like dyes, polymers, nanocrystals, and nanowires provides new opportunities to create devices with improved performance enabled by the large area, spatially accessible and electroactive internal surface.

  18. Nitrogen doped zinc oxide thin film

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    Li, Sonny Xiao-zhe

    2003-01-01

    To summarize, polycrystalline ZnO thin films were grown by reactive sputtering. Nitrogen was introduced into the films by reactive sputtering in an NO2 plasma or by N+ implantation. All ZnO films grown show n-type conductivity. In unintentionally doped ZnO films, the n-type conductivities are attributed to Zni, a native shallow donor. In NO2-grown ZnO films, the n-type conductivity is attributed to (N2)O, a shallow double donor. In NO2-grown ZnO films, 0.3 atomic % nitrogen was found to exist in the form of N2O and N2. Upon annealing, N2O decomposes into N2 and O2. In furnace-annealed samples N2 redistributes diffusively and forms gaseous N2 bubbles in the films. Unintentionally doped ZnO films were grown at different oxygen partial pressures. Zni was found to form even at oxygen-rich condition and led to n-type conductivity. N+ implantation into unintentionally doped ZnO film deteriorates the crystallinity and optical properties and leads to higher electron concentration. The free electrons in the implanted films are attributed to the defects introduced by implantation and formation of (N2)O and Zni. Although today there is still no reliable means to produce good quality, stable p-type ZnO material, ZnO remains an attractive material with potential for high performance short wavelength optoelectronic devices. One may argue that gallium nitride was in a similar situation a decade ago. Although we did not obtain any p-type conductivity, we hope our research will provide a valuable reference to the literature.

  19. Electronic Structure Investigation of Doping C60 with Metal Oxide

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    Wang, Chenggong; Gao, Yongli

    2014-03-01

    Fullerene (C60) has been used extensively as an acceptor material in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Other applications including n-channel organic thin film transistors (OTFT) and C60 based organic superconductors have been reported more than a decade ago. We have investigated p-doping of C60 with molybdenum oxide (MoOx) with ultra-violet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Both surface doping and bulk doping by MoOx are studied. It was found that the thermally evaporated MoOx inter-layer substantially increased the surface workfunction. This increased surface workfunction strongly attract electrons towards the MoOx layer at the C60/MoOx interface, resulting in strong inversion of C60. Energy levels of C60 relax gradually as the thickness of C60 increases. An exceptionally long (greater than 400 Angstrom) band bending is observed during this relaxation in C60. Such a long band bending has not been observed for other organic/MoOx interface. For the bulk doping, MoOx doping ratios from 1% to over 100% were investigated. The saturation occurs at approximately 20 %, when the highest occupied molecular level (HOMO) of C60 starts to be pinned at the Fermi level. These studies demonstrate effective ways to manipulate the electronic structures of the fullerene. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR-1303742.

  20. Theoretical Study of Sulphur Interaction with Ceria

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    Baranek, Ph.; Gauthier, L.; Marrony, M.

    2007-12-26

    Sulphur-containing molecules are responsible for the poisoning of catalysts used in many chemical processes such as fuel processing for hydrogen production and for fuel cells. An option which would constitute a breakthrough in this field would be to develop sulphur tolerant catalysts. Ceria (CeO{sub 2}) is an important ceramic material exploited in a wide range of applications such as solid oxide fuel cells. Then it is important to understand its surface catalytic properties. The adsorption of S, H{sub 2}S and other S-containing compounds on different surfaces of ceria are investigated at the ab initio quantum mechanical level, by using the periodic CRYSTAL06 code. In this extended abstract, we focus on the S adsorption on the stoichiometric (111), (110) and (100) surfaces of ceria. The equilibrium lattice parameters of CeO{sub 2}, surface stabilities, and S adsorption energies have been evaluated. The calculations have been performed at the Hartree-Fock (HF), density functional theory (DFT) and hybrid levels. A good agreement between calculated, and, other theoretical and experimental various properties has been found with hybrid approximations. The role of f orbitals of Ce is commented.

  1. Pt/Ceria-based Catalysts for Small Alcohol Electrooxidation

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    Menendez-Mora, Christian L.

    High emissions of fossil-based energy sources have led to scientists around the world to develop new alternatives for the future. In this sense, fuel cells are a remarkable and promising energy option with less environmental impact. The most used fuels for this technology are hydrogen and small chain alcohols, which can be oxidized to transform their chemical energy into electrical power. To do this, fuel cells need catalysts that will act as an active surface where the oxidation can take place. The problem with platinum catalysts is its possible CO poisoning with intermediates that are produced before the complete oxidation of alcohol to CO2. Different approaches have been taken to try to resolve this issue. In this case, cerium oxide (ceria) was selected as a co-catalyst to mitigate the effect of CO poisoning of platinum. Ceria is a compound that has the ability to work as an "oxygen tank" and can donate oxygen to carbon monoxide that is strongly adsorbed at platinum surface to produce CO2 (carbon dioxide), regenerating the Pt surface for further alcohol oxidation. Therefore, enhancing the current density as well as the power output of a fuel cell. First, an occlusion deposition technique was used to prepare platinum/ceria composite electrodes and tested them towards small chain alcohol oxidation such as methanol oxidation reaction in acidic and alkaline media. The preliminary results demonstrated that the Pt/ceria electrodes were more efficient towards methanol electrooxidation when compared to Pt electrodes. This enhancement was attributed to the presence of ceria. A second preparation method was selected for the synthesis of ceria/Pt catalysts. In this case, a hydrothermal method was used and the catalysis were studied for the effect of MeOH, EtOH and n-BuOH oxidation. The observed effect was that electrodes made of Pt/Pt:CeO2-x showed better catalytic effect than Pt/ceria and platinum electrodes. Moreover, a comparison between ceria nanorods versus

  2. Measuring bandgap states in individual non-stoichiometric oxide nanoparticles using monochromated STEM EELS: The Praseodymium-ceria case.

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    Bowman, W J; March, K; Hernandez, C A; Crozier, P A

    2016-08-01

    We describe a method to perform high spatial resolution measurement of the position and density of inter-band impurity states in non-stoichiometric oxides using ultra-high energy resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). This can be employed to study optical and electronic properties of atomic and nanoscale defects in electrically-conducting and optically-active oxides. We employ a monochromated scanning transmission electron microscope with subnanometer diameter electron probe, making this technique suitable for correlating spectroscopic information with high spatial resolution images from small objects such as nanoparticles, surfaces or interfaces. The specific experimental approach outlined here provides direct measurement of the Pr inter-band impurity states in Pr0.1Ce0.9O2-δ via valence-loss EELS, which is interpreted with valence-loss spectral simulation based on density of states data to determine the energy level and character of the inter-band state. Additionally, observation of optical color change upon chemically-induced oxygen non-stoichiometry indicates that the population of the inter-band state is accompanied by an energy level shift within the bandgap.

  3. Enhanced electrochromism in cerium doped molybdenum oxide thin films

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    Dhanasankar, M.; Purushothaman, K.K.; Muralidharan, G.

    2010-12-15

    Cerium (5-15% by weight) doped molybdenum oxide thin films have been prepared on FTO coated glass substrate at 250 {sup o}C using sol-gel dip coating method. The structural and morphological changes were observed with the help of XRD, SEM and EDS analysis. The amorphous structure of the Ce doped samples, favours easy intercalation and deintercalation processes. Mo oxide films with 10 wt.% of Ce exhibit maximum anodic diffusion coefficient of 24.99 x 10{sup -11} cm{sup 2}/s and the change in optical transmittance of ({Delta}T at 550 nm) of 79.28% between coloured and bleached state with the optical density of ({Delta}OD) 1.15.

  4. Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Nolan, Hugo; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; McEvoy, Niall; O'Brien, Sean; Nicolosi, Valeria; Duesberg, Georg S

    2014-02-14

    Herein we use Nitrogen-doped reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) as the active material in supercapacitor electrodes. Building on a previous work detailing the synthesis of this material, electrodes were fabricated via spray-deposition of aqueous dispersions and the electrochemical charge storage mechanism was investigated. Results indicate that the functionalised graphene displays improved performance compared to non-functionalised graphene. The simplicity of fabrication suggests ease of up-scaling of such electrodes for commercial applications.

  5. Shaped Ceria Nanocrystals Catalyze Efficient and Selective Para-Hydrogen-Enhanced Polarization.

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    Zhao, Evan W; Zheng, Haibin; Zhou, Ronghui; Hagelin-Weaver, Helena E; Bowers, Clifford R

    2015-11-23

    Intense para-hydrogen-enhanced NMR signals are observed in the hydrogenation of propene and propyne over ceria nanocubes, nano-octahedra, and nanorods. The well-defined ceria shapes, synthesized by a hydrothermal method, expose different crystalline facets with various oxygen vacancy densities, which are known to play a role in hydrogenation and oxidation catalysis. While the catalytic activity of the hydrogenation of propene over ceria is strongly facet-dependent, the pairwise selectivity is low (2.4% at 375 °C), which is consistent with stepwise H atom transfer, and it is the same for all three nanocrystal shapes. Selective semi-hydrogenation of propyne over ceria nanocubes yields hyperpolarized propene with a similar pairwise selectivity of (2.7% at 300 °C), indicating product formation predominantly by a non-pairwise addition. Ceria is also shown to be an efficient pairwise replacement catalyst for propene.

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

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

    2011-05-15

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

  7. Nanosecond Laser-Assisted Nitrogen Doping of Graphene Oxide Dispersions.

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    Kepić, Dejan; Sandoval, Stefania; Pino, Ángel Pérez Del; György, Enikö; Cabana, Laura; Ballesteros, Belén; Tobias, Gerard

    2017-02-09

    N-doped reduced graphene oxide (RGO) has been prepared in bulk form by laser irradiation of graphene oxide (GO) dispersed in an aqueous solution of ammonia. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser with emission wavelengths in the infrared (IR) 1064 nm, visible (Vis) 532 nm, and ultraviolet (UV) 266 nm spectral regions was employed for the preparation of the N-doped RGO samples. Regardless of the laser energy employed, the resulting material presents a higher fraction of pyrrolic nitrogen compared to nitrogen atoms in pyridinic and graphitic coordination. Noticeably, whereas increasing the laser fluence of UV and Vis wavelengths results in an increase in the total amount of nitrogen, up to 4.9 at. % (UV wavelength at 60 mJ cm(-2) fluence), the opposite trend is observed when the GO is irradiated in ammonia solution through IR processing. The proposed laser-based methodology allows the bulk synthesis of N-doped reduced graphene oxide in a simple, fast, and cost efficient manner.

  8. Silica-Ceria Hybrid Nanostructures

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

    2012-04-25

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

  9. Macro- and microscopic properties of strontium doped indium oxide

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    Nikolaenko, Y. M.; Kuzovlev, Y. E.; Medvedev, Y. V.; Mezin, N. I.; Fasel, C.; Gurlo, A.; Schlicker, L.; Bayer, T. J. M.; Genenko, Y. A.

    2014-07-28

    Solid state synthesis and physical mechanisms of electrical conductivity variation in polycrystalline, strontium doped indium oxide In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:(SrO){sub x} were investigated for materials with different doping levels at different temperatures (T = 20–300 °C) and ambient atmosphere content including humidity and low pressure. Gas sensing ability of these compounds as well as the sample resistance appeared to increase by 4 and 8 orders of the magnitude, respectively, with the doping level increase from zero up to x = 10%. The conductance variation due to doping is explained by two mechanisms: acceptor-like electrical activity of Sr as a point defect and appearance of an additional phase of SrIn{sub 2}O{sub 4}. An unusual property of high level (x = 10%) doped samples is a possibility of extraordinarily large and fast oxygen exchange with ambient atmosphere at not very high temperatures (100–200 °C). This peculiarity is explained by friable structure of crystallite surface. Friable structure provides relatively fast transition of samples from high to low resistive state at the expense of high conductance of the near surface layer of the grains. Microscopic study of the electro-diffusion process at the surface of oxygen deficient samples allowed estimation of the diffusion coefficient of oxygen vacancies in the friable surface layer at room temperature as 3 × 10{sup −13} cm{sup 2}/s, which is by one order of the magnitude smaller than that known for amorphous indium oxide films.

  10. Enhanced thermal oxidation stability of reduced graphene oxide by nitrogen doping.

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    Sandoval, Stefania; Kumar, Nitesh; Sundaresan, A; Rao, C N R; Fuertes, Amparo; Tobias, Gerard

    2014-09-15

    Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (N-doped RGO) samples with a high level of doping, up to 13 wt. %, have been prepared by annealing graphene oxide under a flow of pure ammonia. The presence of nitrogen within the structure of RGO induces a remarkable increase in the thermal stability against oxidation by air. The thermal stability is closely related with the temperature of synthesis and the nitrogen content. The combustion reaction of nitrogen in different coordination environments (pyridinic, pyrrolic, and graphitic) is analyzed against a graphene fragment (undoped) from a thermodynamic point of view. In agreement with the experimental observations, the combustion of undoped graphene turns out to be more spontaneous than when nitrogen atoms are present.

  11. Preparation and characterization of copper-doped cobalt oxide electrodes.

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    Rosa-Toro, A La; Berenguer, R; Quijada, C; Montilla, F; Morallón, E; Vazquez, J L

    2006-11-30

    Cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and copper-doped cobalt oxide (CuxCo(3-x)O4) films have been prepared onto titanium support by the thermal decomposition method. The electrodes have been characterized by different techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effect on the electrochemical and crystallographic properties and surface morphology of the amount of copper in the oxide layer has been analyzed. The XPS spectra correspond to a characteristic monophasic Cu-Co spinel oxides when x is below 1. However, when the copper content exceeds that for the stoichiometric CuCo2O4 spinel, a new CuO phase segregates at the surface. The analysis of the surface cation distribution indicates that Cu(II) has preference for octahedral sites.

  12. SOI back reflector for Tb-doped oxide electroluminescent devices

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    Saini, Harjinder Singh; MacElwee, T. W.; Rankin, A.; Wojcik, J.; Miles, A. M.; Tarr, N. G.; Mascher, P.

    2011-08-01

    Electroluminescent devices based on light emission from Tb-doped SiO2 incorporated in a MOS capacitor structure have been formed on SOI substrates. It is shown that with appropriate choice of Si film and buried oxide thickness the SOI substrate can serve as a quarter-wave high-low-high index back reflector. Analysis predicts this back reflector can boost total light output integrated over the Tb emission spectrum by approximately 35% compared to a bulk substrate control device. Experimental devices using 100 nm thick PECVD SiO2 emitting layers doped with 1% Tb were fabricated on substrates with nominal 32 and 108 nm Si film thickness (corresponding to approximately λ/4 and 3λ/4 at the Tb emission peak). The Si films were doped to 1019 - 1020 cm-3 by As implantation. Uniform bright green electroluminescence was obtained from 250 μm square devices, demonstrating that current crowding is not an issue even with such a thin Si film. The comparison of output spectra for thick and thin Si films demonstrates that optical absorption in the heavily doped Si film does not seriously degrade the light output of the devices.

  13. Synthesis of europium-doped zinc oxide micro- and nanowires

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    Al Rifai, S. A.; Ryabtsev, S. V.; Smirnov, M. S.; Domashevskaya, E. P.; Ivanov, O. N.

    2014-01-01

    Single crystalline Eu3+-doped wurtzite ZnO micro- and nanowires were synthesized by a chemical vapor deposition method (CVD). The nanostructures were grown by autocatalytic mechanism at walls of an alumina boat. The structure and properties of the doped ZnO is fully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) methods. The synthesis was carried out for 10 min giving vertically aligned nanowires with mean diameter of 50-400 nm and with length of up to several microns. The nanowires were grown along ±[0001] direction. The concentration of Eu3+ dopant in the synthesized nanowires was varied from 0.7 to 0.9 at %. The crystal structure and microstructures of the doped nanomaterials were discussed and compared with undoped ZnO. The photoluminescence spectra show that emission of doped samples were shifted towards orange-red region (2.02 eV) relative to undoped zinc oxide nanostructures (2.37 eV) due to Eu3+ intraionic transitions from ZnO/Eu.

  14. Fluorescent Nanocomposite of Embedded Ceria Nanoparticles in Electrospun Chitosan Nanofibers.

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    Shehata, Nader; Samir, Effat; Gaballah, Soha; Hamed, Aya; Saad, Marwa; Salah, Mohammed

    2017-03-01

    This paper introduces a detailed optical characterization for a novel fluorescent biodegradable nanocomposite of electro-spun chitosan nanofibers with in-situ embedded cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles as the nanocomposite optical fluorescent material. Under near ultra-violet excitation, this synthesized nanocomposite emits a visible green wavelength at nearly 520nmwith different intensities according to the concentration of the embedded fluorescent material; i.e. ceria nanoparticles. This emission is due to the synthesized ceria nanoparticles optical tri-valiant cerium ions ce(3+), associated with formed oxygen vacancies with a direct allowed bandgap around 3.5 eV. Optical characteristics such as fluorescence emission intensity, absorbance dispersion, and direct bandgap are presented besides structural characteristics such as FTIR spectroscopy, and SEM analysis. The synthesized optical nanocomposite could be helpful in many further applications such as bio-imaging, biomedical engineering, and environmental optical sensors.

  15. High Transparent Conductive Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films by Reactive Co-Sputtering (Postprint)

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    2016-03-30

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2017-0144 HIGH TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE ALUMINUM - DOPED ZINC OXIDE THIN FILMS BY REACTIVE CO- SPUTTERING (POSTPRINT...TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE ALUMINUM -DOPED ZINC OXIDE THIN FILMS BY REACTIVE CO-SPUTTERING (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA8650-16-D-5402-0001 5b. GRANT...ANSI Std. Z39-18 TD.11.pdf Optical Interference Coatings (OIC) 2016 © OSA 2016 1 High Transparent Conductive Aluminum -doped Zinc Oxide Thin

  16. Electrical properties of tin-doped zinc oxide nanostructures doped at different dopant concentrations

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    Nasir, M. F.; Zainol, M. N.; Hannas, M.; Mamat, M. H.; Rahman, S. A.; Rusop, Mohamad

    2016-07-01

    This project has been focused on the electrical and optical properties respectively on the effect of Tin doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films at different dopant concentrations. These thin films were doped with different Sn dopant concentrations at 1 at%, 2 at%, 3 at%, 4 at% and 5 at% was selected as the parameter to optimize the thin films quality while the annealing temperature is fixed 500 °C. Sn doped ZnO solutions were deposited onto the glass substrates using sol-gel spin coating method. This project was involved with three phases, which are thin films preparation, deposition and characterization. The thin films were characterized using Current Voltage (I-V) measurement and ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer Lambda 750) for electrical properties and optical properties. The electrical properties show that the resistivity is the lowest at 4 at% Sn doping concentration with the value 3.08 × 103 Ωcm-1. The absorption coefficient spectrum obtained shows all films exhibit very low absorption in the visible (400-800nm) and near infrared (NIR) (>800nm) range but exhibit high absorption in the UV range.

  17. Electrical properties of tin-doped zinc oxide nanostructures doped at different dopant concentrations

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    Nasir, M. F. Zainol, M. N. Hannas, M.; Mamat, M. H. Rusop, Mohamad; Rahman, S. A.

    2016-07-06

    This project has been focused on the electrical and optical properties respectively on the effect of Tin doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films at different dopant concentrations. These thin films were doped with different Sn dopant concentrations at 1 at%, 2 at%, 3 at%, 4 at% and 5 at% was selected as the parameter to optimize the thin films quality while the annealing temperature is fixed 500 °C. Sn doped ZnO solutions were deposited onto the glass substrates using sol-gel spin coating method. This project was involved with three phases, which are thin films preparation, deposition and characterization. The thin films were characterized using Current Voltage (I-V) measurement and ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer Lambda 750) for electrical properties and optical properties. The electrical properties show that the resistivity is the lowest at 4 at% Sn doping concentration with the value 3.08 × 10{sup 3} Ωcm{sup −1}. The absorption coefficient spectrum obtained shows all films exhibit very low absorption in the visible (400-800 nm) and near infrared (NIR) (>800 nm) range but exhibit high absorption in the UV range.

  18. Fabrication and characterization of carbon doped molybdenum oxide nanostructures.

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    Wisitsoraat, A; Tuantranont, A; Patthanasettakul, V; Lomas, T

    2009-02-01

    Molybdenum oxide (MoOx) nanostructure has gained considerable attention because of its low-cost fabrication by low-temperature evaporation/condensation technique and its promising properties for applications in the field of catalysts and chemical sensors. However, MoOx has some inferior properties including very high electrical resistivity and instability at elevated temperature. These properties may be improved by means of foreign atom addition into its nanostructure. In this work, we develop a simple mean for doping of MoOx nanostructures by introduction of gas source dopant during evaporation. Carbon doped MoOx nanostructures have been synthesized by MoOx powder evaporation in Argon/Acetylene mixture with varying process parameters. Depending on growth conditions, various nanostructures including, nanorod, nanoplate, nanodots, can be formed with different dimensions and doping concentrations. Structural characterization by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the MoOx based nanostructures are highly crystalline and carbon dopant is successfully incorporated in the structure with controllable concentration. Electrical characterization shows that the electrical conductivity of molybdenum oxide nanostructures can be increased by several orders of magnitude with carbon incorporation.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  20. Rare earth doped zinc oxide varistors

    DOEpatents

    McMillan, A.D.; Modine, F.A.; Lauf, R.J.; Alim, M.A.; Mahan, G.D.; Bartkowiak, M.

    1998-12-29

    A varistor includes a Bi-free, essentially homogeneous sintered body of a ceramic composition including, expressed as nominal weight %, 0.2--4.0% oxide of at least one rare earth element, 0.5--4.0% Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}, 0.05--0.4% K{sub 2}O, 0.05--0.2% Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 0--0.2% CaO, 0.00005--0.01% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 0--2% MnO, 0--0.05% MgO, 0--0.5% TiO{sub 3}, 0--0.2% SnO{sub 2}, 0--0.02% B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, balance ZnO. 4 figs.

  1. Rare earth doped zinc oxide varistors

    DOEpatents

    McMillan, April D.; Modine, Frank A.; Lauf, Robert J.; Alim, Mohammad A.; Mahan, Gerald D.; Bartkowiak, Miroslaw

    1998-01-01

    A varistor includes a Bi-free, essentially homogeneous sintered body of a ceramic composition including, expressed as nominal weight %, 0.2-4.0% oxide of at least one rare earth element, 0.5-4.0% Co.sub.3 O.sub.4, 0.05-0.4% K.sub.2 O, 0.05-0.2% Cr.sub.2 O.sub.3, 0-0.2% CaO, 0.00005-0.01% Al.sub.2 O.sub.3, 0-2% MnO, 0-0.05% MgO, 0-0.5% TiO.sub.3, 0-0.2% SnO.sub.2, 0-0.02% B.sub.2 O.sub.3, balance ZnO.

  2. Influence of impurity-vacancy disorder on characteristics of gadolinium-doped ceria oxide: Molecular dynamics study

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    Kovalenko, M. A.; Kupryazhkin, A. Ya.

    2013-09-01

    By high-speed MD method using GPU the CGO nanocrystals of about 40,000 particles during about 0.1 μs, in the temperature range (2500-700) K, were simulated. The influence of different dopant distributions on the nanocrystal characteristics, for two potentials sets, was investigated. For a given potentials set Gd distribution does not affect the lattice parameter and the anion diffusion coefficients. Five types of impurity vacancies were defined, by the Gd number in the nearest neighborhood, and temperature dependences were built. The formation energies of vacancies of all types were obtained. Calculated by the MD conductivity activation energy of 0.6 eV acceptable coincides with the experimental 0.7 eV, just as the absolute conductivity values. The supposition that helium in CGO ceramics dissolve in vacancies, surrounded only by cerium ions, was discussed. Analysis of the MD, conductivity measurements and helium defectoscopy shows that up to the melting temperature the vacancies are mainly associated with impurity ions. Introduce some quantitative estimation of GdD in the impurity system. Evaluate the GdD influence on the macroscopic quantities (the lattice parameter and the anion diffusion coefficient). Investigate the anion vacancy distribution on the microscopic level, for various GdD. Suggest and justify the mechanism of helium atoms dissolution in impurity anion vacancies and compare it with experiment data.

  3. A new symmetric solid oxide fuel cell with a samaria-doped ceria framework and a silver-infiltrated electrocatalyst

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    Lin, Ye; Su, Chao; Huang, Cheng; Kim, Ju Sik; Kwak, Chan; Shao, Zongping

    2012-01-01

    A new symmetric SOFC with an SDC framework and a silver-infiltrated electrocatalyst is presented for the first time in this paper. A three-electrode polarization test shows that the Ag-SDC has a low area specific resistance of 1.07 Ω cm2 at 600 °C, a low activation energy of 85 kJ mol-1 and high exchange current densities of 428.2 and 129.0 mA cm-2 at 750 and 650 °C, respectively, when it is used as an oxygen reduction electrode. It also exhibits low polarization resistance in a humidified hydrogen atmosphere. A symmetric single cell is used in real fuel cell conditions to deliver peak power densities of 200 and 84 mW cm-2 at 750 and 650 °C, respectively, when humidified hydrogen is used as a fuel and ambient air is used as the cathode atmosphere. The cell still reaches a peak power density of 81 mW cm-2 at 750 °C when operating on CO. O2-TPO analysis demonstrates that the Ag-SDC electrode has even better coking resistance than the pure SDC scaffold. The results indicate that Ag-SDC|SDC|Ag-SDC symmetric cells with an infiltrated silver electrocatalyst are a promising new type of fuel cell for use with both hydrogen fuel and carbon-containing fuels.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of magnesium doped cerium oxide for the fuel cell application

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    Kumar, Amit; Kumari, Monika; Kumar, Mintu; Kumar, Sacheen; Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Cerium oxide has attained much attentions in global nanotechnology market due to valuable application for catalytic, fuel additive, and widely as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell. Doped cerium oxide has large oxygen vacancies that allow for greater reactivity and faster ion transport. These properties make cerium oxide suitable material for SOFCs application. Cerium oxide electrolyte requires lower operation temperature which shows improvement in processing and the fabrication technique. In our work, we synthesized magnesium doped cerium oxide by the co-precipitation method. With the magnesium doping catalytic reactivity of CeO2 was increased. Synthesized nanoparticle were characterized by the XRD and UV absorption techniques.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of magnesium doped cerium oxide for the fuel cell application

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    Kumar, Amit; Kumari, Monika; Kumar, Mintu; Kumar, Sacheen Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-05-06

    Cerium oxide has attained much attentions in global nanotechnology market due to valuable application for catalytic, fuel additive, and widely as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell. Doped cerium oxide has large oxygen vacancies that allow for greater reactivity and faster ion transport. These properties make cerium oxide suitable material for SOFCs application. Cerium oxide electrolyte requires lower operation temperature which shows improvement in processing and the fabrication technique. In our work, we synthesized magnesium doped cerium oxide by the co-precipitation method. With the magnesium doping catalytic reactivity of CeO{sub 2} was increased. Synthesized nanoparticle were characterized by the XRD and UV absorption techniques.

  6. Investigation into the impact of grain boundaries, film interface, and crystallographic orientation on the ionic conductivity of thin film gadolinium-doped ceria

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    Swanson, Matthew M.

    The research reported in this dissertation investigates the impact of grain boundaries, film interface, and crystallographic orientation on the ionic conductivity of thin film Gd-doped CeO2 (GDC). Chapter 2 of this work addresses claims in the literature that sub-micron grain boundaries have the potential to dramatically increase the ionic conductivity of GDC films. Unambiguous testing of this claim requires directly comparing the ionic conductivity of single-crystal GDC films to films that are identical except for the presence of sub-micron grain boundaries. In this work techniques have been developed to grow GDC films by RF magnetron sputtering from a GDC target on single crystal r-plane sapphire substrates. These techniques allow the growth of films that are single crystals or polycrystalline with 80 nm diameter grains. The ionic conductivities of these films have been measured and the data shows that the ionic conductivity of single crystal GDC is greater than that of the polycrystalline films by more than a factor of 4 over the 400-700°C temperature range. Chapter 3 of this work investigates the ionic conductivity of surface and interface regions of thin film Gd-doped CeO2. In this study, single crystal GDC films have been grown to thicknesses varying from 20 to 500 nm and their conductivities have been measured in the 500-700°C temperature range. Decreasing conductivity with decreasing film thickness was observed. Analysis of the conductivity data is consistent with the presence of an approximately 50 nm layer of less conductive material in every film. This study concludes that the surface and interface regions of thin film GDC are less conductive than the bulk single crystal regions, rather than being highly conductive paths. Chapter 4 of this work investigates the ionic conductivity of thin film Gd-doped CeO2 (GDC) as a function of crystallographic orientation. A theoretical expression has been developed for the ionic conductivity of the [100] and [110

  7. Ce K edge XAS of ceria-based redox materials under realistic conditions for the two-step solar thermochemical dissociation of water and/or CO2.

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    Rothensteiner, Matthäus; Sala, Simone; Bonk, Alexander; Vogt, Ulrich; Emerich, Hermann; van Bokhoven, Jeroen A

    2015-10-28

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy was used to characterise ceria-based materials under realistic conditions present in a reactor for solar thermochemical two-step water and carbon dioxide splitting. A setup suitable for in situ measurements in transmission mode at the cerium K edge from room temperature up to 1773 K is presented. Time-resolved X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) data, collected for a 10 mol% hafnium-doped ceria sample (Ce0.9Hf0.1O2-δ) during reduction at 1773 K in a flow of inert gas and during re-oxidation by CO2 at 1073 K, enables the quantitative determination of the non-stoichiometry δ of the fluorite-type structure. XANES analysis suggests the formation of the hexagonal Ce2O3 phase upon reduction in 2% hydrogen/helium at 1773 K. We discuss the experimental limitations and possibilities of high-temperature in situ XAS at edges of lower energy as well as the importance of the technique for understanding and improving the properties of ceria-based oxygen storage materials for thermochemical solar energy conversion.

  8. FETs Based on Doped Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Fibers

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    Theofylaktos, Noulie; Robinson, Daryl; Miranda, Felix; Pinto, Nicholas; Johnson, Alan, Jr.; MacDiarmid, Alan; Mueller, Carl

    2006-01-01

    A family of experimental highly miniaturized field-effect transistors (FETs) is based on exploitation of the electrical properties of nanofibers of polyaniline/ polyethylene oxide (PANi/PEO) doped with camphorsulfonic acid. These polymer-based FETs have the potential for becoming building blocks of relatively inexpensive, low-voltage, highspeed logic circuits that could supplant complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) logic circuits. The development of these polymerbased FETs offers advantages over the competing development of FETs based on carbon nanotubes. Whereas it is difficult to control the molecular structures and, hence, the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes, it is easy to tailor the electrical properties of these polymerbased FETs, throughout the range from insulating through semiconducting to metallic, through choices of doping levels and chemical manipulation of polymer side chains. A further advantage of doped PANi/PEO nanofibers is that they can be made to draw very small currents and operate at low voltage levels, and thus are promising for applications in which there are requirements to use many FETs to obtain large computational capabilities while minimizing power demands. Fabrication of an experimental FET in this family begins with the preparation of a substrate as follows: A layer of silicon dioxide between 50 and 200 nm thick is deposited on a highly doped (resistivity 0.01 W.cm) silicon substrate, then gold electrodes/contact stripes are deposited on the oxide. Next, one or more fibers of camphorsulphonic acid-doped PANi/PEO having diameters of the order of 100 nm are electrospun onto the substrate so as to span the gap between the gold electrodes (see Figure 1). Figure 2 depicts measured current-versus-voltage characteristics of the device of Figure 1, showing that saturation channel currents occur at source-todrain potentials that are surprisingly low, relative to those of CMOS FETs. The hole mobility in the depletion regime in

  9. Ceria-based SOFC development

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    Doshi, R.; Krumpelt, M.

    1996-02-01

    The advantages of lowering the operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells have led to efforts to develop fuel cells based on electrolytes like ceria which have a higher conductivity than zirconia. Lowering the operating temperature, however, causes increased electrode polarization. The currently used cathode material for higher temperature operation, lanthanum manganite, is inadequate for operation below 650--700{degrees}C. Therefore, to develop fuel cells for operation at 500{degrees}C, new electrode materials need to be. developed. It is recognized that the cathode performance requires the most improvement due to significantly slower oxygen reduction kinetics and/or oxygen diffusion kinetics through the electrode. In fact, for fuel cells made with thin electrolytes, the cathode accounts for up to 90% of the total voltage loss under load. Results on fuel cell tests in methanol and hydrogen and on new cathode materials are reported here. The results on new cathode materials are compared with known material properties, like nonstoichiometry and oxygen diffusion coefficients.

  10. Adhesion of oxide layer to metal-doped aluminum hydride surface: Density functional calculations

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    Takezawa, Tomoki; Itoi, Junichi; Kannan, Takashi

    2017-07-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out to evaluate the adhesion energy of the oxide layer to the metal-doped surface of hydrogen storage material, aluminum hydride (alane, AlH3). The total energy calculations using slab model revealed that the surface doping of some metals to aluminum hydride weakens the adhesion strength of the oxide layer. The influence of titanium, iron, cobalt, and zirconium doping on adhesion strength were evaluated. Except for iron doping, the adhesion strength becomes weak by the doping.

  11. Transparent conducting oxides: a δ-doped superlattice approach.

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Seo, Sung S Ambrose; Lee, Suyoun; Kim, Jun Sung; Choi, Woo Seok; Okamoto, Satoshi; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2014-08-11

    Metallic states appearing at interfaces between dissimilar insulating oxides exhibit intriguing phenomena such as superconductivity and magnetism. Despite tremendous progress in understanding their origins, very little is known about how to control the conduction pathways and the distribution of charge carriers. Using optical spectroscopic measurements and density-functional theory (DFT) simulations, we examine the effect of SrTiO3 (STO) spacer layer thickness on the optical transparency and carrier distribution in La δ-doped STO superlattices. We experimentally observe that these metallic superlattices remain highly transparent to visible light; a direct consequence of the appropriately large gap between the O 2p and Ti 3d states. In superlattices with relatively thin STO layers, we predict that three-dimensional conduction would occur due to appreciable overlap of quantum mechanical wavefunctions between neighboring δ-doped layers. These results highlight the potential for using oxide heterostructures in optoelectronic devices by providing a unique route for creating novel transparent conducting oxides.

  12. Pure spin current transport in gallium doped zinc oxide

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    Althammer, Matthias; Mukherjee, Joynarayan; Geprägs, Stephan; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Opel, Matthias; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Gross, Rudolf

    2017-01-01

    We study the flow of a pure spin current through zinc oxide by measuring the spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) in thin film trilayer samples consisting of bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi:YIG), gallium-doped zinc oxide (Ga:ZnO), and platinum. We investigate the dependence of the SMR magnitude on the thickness of the Ga:ZnO interlayer and compare to a Bi:YIG/Pt bilayer. We find that the SMR magnitude is reduced by almost one order of magnitude upon inserting a Ga:ZnO interlayer and continuously decreases with increasing interlayer thickness. Nevertheless, the SMR stays finite even for a 12 nm thick Ga:ZnO interlayer. These results show that a pure spin current indeed can propagate through a several nm-thick degenerately doped zinc oxide layer. We also observe differences in both the temperature and the field dependence of the SMR when comparing tri- and bilayers. Finally, we compare our data to the predictions of a model based on spin diffusion. This shows that interface resistances play a crucial role for the SMR magnitude in these trilayer structures.

  13. Transparent conducting oxides: A δ-doped superlattice approach

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    Cooper, Valentino R.; Seo, Sung S. Ambrose; Lee, Suyoun; Kim, Jun Sung; Choi, Woo Seok; Okamoto, Satoshi; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2014-08-01

    Metallic states appearing at interfaces between dissimilar insulating oxides exhibit intriguing phenomena such as superconductivity and magnetism. Despite tremendous progress in understanding their origins, very little is known about how to control the conduction pathways and the distribution of charge carriers. Using optical spectroscopic measurements and density-functional theory (DFT) simulations, we examine the effect of SrTiO3 (STO) spacer layer thickness on the optical transparency and carrier distribution in La δ-doped STO superlattices. We experimentally observe that these metallic superlattices remain highly transparent to visible light; a direct consequence of the appropriately large gap between the O 2p and Ti 3d states. In superlattices with relatively thin STO layers, we predict that three-dimensional conduction would occur due to appreciable overlap of quantum mechanical wavefunctions between neighboring δ-doped layers. These results highlight the potential for using oxide heterostructures in optoelectronic devices by providing a unique route for creating novel transparent conducting oxides.

  14. 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.

  15. Phase transitions in ferroelectric silicon doped hafnium oxide

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    Böscke, T. S.; Teichert, St.; Bräuhaus, D.; Müller, J.; Schröder, U.; Böttger, U.; Mikolajick, T.

    2011-09-01

    We investigated phase transitions in ferroelectric silicon doped hafnium oxide (FE-Si:HfO2) by temperature dependent polarization and x-ray diffraction measurements. If heated under mechanical confinement, the orthorhombic ferroelectric phase reversibly transforms into a phase with antiferroelectric behavior. Without confinement, a transformation into a monoclinic/tetragonal phase mixture is observed during cooling. These results suggest the existence of a common higher symmetry parent phase to the orthorhombic and monoclinic phases, while transformation between these phases appears to be inhibited by an energy barrier.

  16. Unusual dielectric response in cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide

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    Akhtar, Abu Jahid; Gupta, Abhisek; Kumar Shaw, Bikash; Saha, Shyamal K.

    2013-12-09

    Intensive research on cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide (Co-RGO) to investigate the modification in graphene magnetism and spin polarization due to presence of transition metal atom has been carried out, however, its dielectric spectroscopy, particularly, how capacitance changes with impurity levels in graphene is relatively unexplored. In the present work, dielectric spectroscopy along with magneto-dielectric effect are investigated in Co-RGO. Contrary to other materials, here permittivity increases abruptly with frequency in the low frequency region and continues to increase till 10{sup 7} Hz. This unusual behavior is explained on the basis of trap induced capacitance created due to impurity levels.

  17. Evaluation of yttrium-doped strontium titanium oxide as a solid oxide fuel cell anode

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    Hui, Shiqiang

    2001-07-01

    A number of perovskite oxides, typically, heavily doped SrTiO3 samples, were synthesized and characterized with a view to establishing their potential as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The structure, microstructure, electrical conductivity, reduction-oxidation behavior, phase stability, compatibility with electrolytes, and performance in SOFC operation were assessed. Ceramic samples were prepared with the formula (Sr1-xR x)(Ti1-yTy)O3 (R = rare earth elements, T = transition metals) and with charge balance achieved by A-site deficiency. Electrical conductivities were examined by the do four-probe method and impedance spectroscopy. It was found that yttrium is soluble in SrTiO 3 (SYT) up to 8 mol% and has marked effects on conductivity. Electrical conductivities were observed to increase with increasing donor-doping level, on reduction in low oxygen partial pressures. Electrical conductivity with values as high as 82 S/cm was achieved at 800°C and P(O2) = 10-19 atm. Electrical conductivities were reversible upon reduction and oxidation. The thermal expansion coefficient is compatible with electrolyte materials such as yttria-stabilized ZrO2 and doped LaGaO3. Cobalt-doped SYT, which showed a relatively high resistance to oxidation, was tested as the anode material in a fuel cell. Yttrium-doped SrTiO3 meets the requirements for the anode in SOFCs to a substantial degree, and is a promising alternative anode material.

  18. Iridium-Doped Ruthenium Oxide Catalyst for Oxygen Evolution

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    Valdez, Thomas I.; Narayan, Sri R.; Billings, Keith J.

    2011-01-01

    NASA requires a durable and efficient catalyst for the electrolysis of water in a polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM) cell. Ruthenium oxide in a slightly reduced form is known to be a very efficient catalyst for the anodic oxidation of water to oxygen, but it degrades rapidly, reducing efficiency. To combat this tendency of ruthenium oxide to change oxidation states, it is combined with iridium, which has a tendency to stabilize ruthenium oxide at oxygen evolution potentials. The novel oxygen evolution catalyst was fabricated under flowing argon in order to allow the iridium to preferentially react with oxygen from the ruthenium oxide, and not oxygen from the environment. Nanoparticulate iridium black and anhydrous ruthenium oxide are weighed out and mixed to 5 18 atomic percent. They are then heat treated at 300 C under flowing argon (in order to create an inert environment) for a minimum of 14 hours. This temperature was chosen because it is approximately the creep temperature of ruthenium oxide, and is below the sintering temperature of both materials. In general, the temperature should always be below the sintering temperature of both materials. The iridium- doped ruthenium oxide catalyst is then fabricated into a PEM-based membrane- electrode assembly (MEA), and then mounted into test cells. The result is an electrolyzer system that can sustain electrolysis at twice the current density, and at the same efficiency as commercial catalysts in the range of 100-200 mA/sq cm. At 200 mA/sq cm, this new system operates at an efficiency of 85 percent, which is 2 percent greater than commercially available catalysts. Testing has shown that this material is as stable as commercially available oxygen evolution catalysts. This means that this new catalyst can be used to regenerate fuel cell systems in space, and as a hydrogen generator on Earth.

  19. In situ trapping of As, Sb and Se hydrides on nanometer-sized ceria-coated iron oxide-silica and slurry suspension introduction to ICP-OES.

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    Dados, A; Kartsiouli, E; Chatzimitakos, Th; Papastephanou, C; Stalikas, C D

    2014-12-01

    A procedure is developed for the analysis of sub-μg L(-1) levels of arsenic, antimony and selenium after preconcentration of their hydrides. The study highlights the capability of an aqueous suspension of a nanometer-sized magnetic ceria, in the presence of iodide, to function as a sorbent for the in situ trapping and preconcentration of the hydrides of certain metalloids. After extraction, the material is magnetically separated from the trapping solution and analyzed. A slurry suspension sampling approach with inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) is employed for measurements, as the quantitative elution of the adsorbed metalloids is not feasible. The whole analytical procedure consists of five steps: (i) pre-reduction of As, Sb and Se, (ii) generation of the hydrides AsH3, SbH3 and SeH2, (iii) in situ collection in the trapping suspension of magnetic ceria, (iv) isolation of the particles by applying a magnetic field, and (v) measurement of As, Sb and Se concentrations using ICP-OES. Under the established experimental conditions, the efficiency of trapping accounted for 94 ± 2%, 89 ± 2% and 98 ± 3% for As, Sb and Se, respectively, signifying the effective implementation of the overall procedure. The applicability of the procedure has been demonstrated by analyzing tap and lake water and a reference material (soft drinking water). The obtained analytical figures of merit were satisfactory for the analysis of the above metalloids in natural waters by ICP-OES.

  20. Anodic oxidation with doped diamond electrodes: a new advanced oxidation process.

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    Kraft, Alexander; Stadelmann, Manuela; Blaschke, Manfred

    2003-10-31

    Boron-doped diamond anodes allow to directly produce OH* radicals from water electrolysis with very high current efficiencies. This has been explained by the very high overvoltage for oxygen production and many other anodic electrode processes on diamond anodes. Additionally, the boron-doped diamond electrodes exhibit a high mechanical and chemical stability. Anodic oxidation with diamond anodes is a new advanced oxidation process (AOP) with many advantages compared to other known chemical and photochemical AOPs. The present work reports on the use of diamond anodes for the chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal from several industrial wastewaters and from two synthetic wastewaters with malic acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic (EDTA) acid. Current efficiencies for the COD removal between 85 and 100% have been found. The formation and subsequent removal of by-products of the COD oxidation has been investigated for the first time. Economical considerations of this new AOP are included.

  1. Modifying ceria (111) with a TiO2 nanocluster for enhanced reactivity.

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    Nolan, Michael

    2013-11-14

    Modification of ceria catalysts is of great interest for oxidation reactions such as oxidative dehydrogenation of alcohols. Improving the reactivity of ceria based catalysts for these reactions means that they can be run at lower temperatures and density functional theory (DFT) simulations of new structures and compositions are proving valuable in the development of these catalysts. In this paper, we have used DFT+U (DFT corrected for on-site Coulomb interactions) to examine the reactivity of a novel modification of ceria, namely, modifying with TiO2, using the example of a Ti2O4 species adsorbed on the ceria (111) surface. The oxygen vacancy formation energy in the Ti2O4-CeO2 system is significantly reduced over the bare ceria surfaces, which together with previous work on ceria-titania indicates that the presence of the interface favours oxygen vacancy formation. The energy gain upon hydrogenation of the catalyst, which is the rate determining step in oxidative dehydrogenation, further points to the improved oxidation power of this catalyst structure.

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

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

    2014-10-15

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

  3. Transparent conducting aerogels of antimony-doped tin oxide.

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    Correa Baena, Juan Pablo; Agrios, Alexander G

    2014-11-12

    Bulk antimony-doped tin oxide aerogels are prepared by epoxide-initiated sol-gel processing. Tin and antimony precursors are dissolved in ethanol and water, respectively, and propylene oxide is added to cause rapid gelation of the sol, which is then dried supercritically. The Sb:Sn precursor mole ratio is varied from 0 to 30% to optimize the material conductivity and absorbance. The materials are characterized by electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen physisorption analysis, a four-point probe resistivity measurement, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The samples possess morphology typical of aerogels without significant change with the amount of doping. Calcination at 450 °C produces a cassiterite crystal structure in all aerogel samples. Introduction of Sb at 15% in the precursor (7.6% Sb by XPS) yields a resistivity more than 3 orders of magnitude lower than an undoped SnO2 aerogel. Calcination at 800 °C reduces the resistivity by an additional 2 orders of magnitude to 30 Ω·cm, but results in a significant decrease in surface area and pore volume.

  4. High power density solid oxide fuel cells

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    Pham, Ai Quoc; Glass, Robert S.

    2004-10-12

    A method for producing ultra-high power density solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The method involves the formation of a multilayer structure cells wherein a buffer layer of doped-ceria is deposited intermediate a zirconia electrolyte and a cobalt iron based electrode using a colloidal spray deposition (CSD) technique. For example, a cobalt iron based cathode composed of (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O (LSCF) may be deposited on a zirconia electrolyte via a buffer layer of doped-ceria deposited by the CSD technique. The thus formed SOFC have a power density of 1400 mW/cm.sup.2 at 600.degree. C. and 900 mW/cm.sup.2 at 700.degree. C. which constitutes a 2-3 times increased in power density over conventionally produced SOFCs.

  5. Effect of doping of tin on optoelectronic properties of indium oxide: DFT study

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    Tripathi, Madhvendra Nath

    2015-06-24

    Indium tin oxide is widely used transparent conductor. Experimentally observed that 6% tin doping in indium oxide is suitable for optoelectronic applications and more doping beyond this limit degrades the optoelectronic property. The stoichiometry (In{sub 32-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 48+x/2}; x=0-6) is taken to understand the change in lattice parameter, electronic structure, and optical property of ITO. It is observed that lattice parameter increases and becomes constant after 6% tin doping that is in good agreement of the experimental observation. The electronic structure calculation shows that the high tin doping in indium oxide adversely affects the dispersive nature of the bottom of conduction band of pure indium oxide and decreases the carrier mobility. Optical calculations show that transmittance goes down upto 60% for the tin concentration more than 6%. The present paper shows that how more than 6% tin doping in indium oxide adversely affects the optoelectronic property of ITO.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  7. Method of preparing doped oxide catalysts for lean NOx exhaust

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    Park, Paul W.

    2004-03-09

    The lean NOx catalyst includes a substrate, an oxide support material, preferably .gamma.-alumina deposited on the substrate and a metal or metal oxide promoter or dopant introduced into the oxide support material. The metal promoters or dopants are selected from the group consisting of indium, gallium, tin, silver, germanium, gold, nickel, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, chromium cerium, and vanadium, and oxides thereof, and any combinations thereof. The .gamma.-alumina preferably has a pore volume of from about 0.5 to about 2.0 cc/g; a surface area of between 80 and 350 m.sup.2 /g; an average pore size diameter of between about 3 to 30 nm; and an impurity level of less than or equal to about 0.2 weight percent. In a preferred embodiment the .gamma.-alumina is prepared by a sol-gel method, with the metal doping of the .gamma.-alumina preferably accomplished using an incipient wetness impregnation technique.

  8. Growth study and photocatalytic properties of Co-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals

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    Sun, Shibin; Chang, Xueting; Li, Zhenjiang

    2012-11-15

    Cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals with different morphologies have been successfully generated using a solvothermal method with tungsten hexachloride and cobalt chloride salts as precursors. The resulting mesocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller analysis of nitrogen sorptometer, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic properties of the cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals were evaluated on the basis of their ability to degrade methyl orange in an aqueous solution under simulated sunlight irradiation. Results showed that the cobalt doping had obvious effect on the morphologies of the final products, and lenticular and blocky cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals could be obtained with 1.0 wt.% and 2.0 wt.% cobalt doping, respectively. The cobalt-doped tungsten oxides exhibited superior photocatalytic activities to that of the undoped tungsten oxide. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustrations of the growth of the bundled nanowires, lenticular mesocrystals, and blocky mesocrystals. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co-doped W{sub 18}O{sub 49} mesocrystals were synthesized using a solvothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Co doping has obvious effect on the morphology of the final mesocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Co-doped W{sub 18}O{sub 49} exhibited superior photocatalytic activity to the undoped W{sub 18}O{sub 49}.

  9. Doped lanthanum ferrite cathode development for use in single-step co-fired solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zink, Peter Andrew

    A major obstacle to the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is the high operating temperature range (800 to 1000°C). Lowering the operating temperature to approximately 600°C allows for cost reduction through the use of inexpensive stack housing and sealing materials, but conventional SOFC cathode materials have high charge transfer resistance at those temperatures which results in poor performance. This research focused on developing an SOFC cathode material with low charge transfer resistance at low operating temperatures and a porous microstructure that would not impede mass transfer when synthesized using the single-step co-firing process. Towards this goal, mixed ionic and electronic conducting lanthanum ferrite perovskite cathode materials were synthesized using calcium and cerium as dopants. A specific stoichiometry of calcium doped lanthanum ferrite, La0.78Ca0.16FeO3+/-delta (LCF), proved to be a superior cathode compared to state-of-the-art conventional cathode materials across a range of measures. In order to understand the LCF cathode performance, the defect model structure was determined using thermogravimetric (TGA) measurements, oxygen-ion permeability and four-probe conductivity measurements as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure (pO2). The results were analyzed to determine defect concentrations and mobility. The electrochemical performance of LCF was characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements on symmetrical cells which compared favorably to conventional lanthanum manganite cathode materials. Reactivity of LCF with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte was confirmed and prevented using a gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) barrier layer. Microstructural analysis showed evidence of a small amount (2--5 wt%) of secondary phase that precipitated from LCF as a liquid during sintering at approximately 1220°C. The secondary phase was a poor n-type oxide (Ca-Fe-O), present within both the

  10. Direct Single-Enzyme Biomineralization of Catalytically Active Ceria and Ceria-Zirconia Nanocrystals.

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    Curran, Christopher D; Lu, Li; Jia, Yue; Kiely, Christopher J; Berger, Bryan W; McIntosh, Steven

    2017-02-21

    Biomineralization is an intriguing approach to the synthesis of functional inorganic materials for energy applications whereby biological systems are engineered to mineralize inorganic materials and control their structure over multiple length scales under mild reaction conditions. Herein we demonstrate a single-enzyme-mediated biomineralization route to synthesize crystalline, catalytically active, quantum-confined ceria (CeO2-x) and ceria-zirconia (Ce1-yZryO2-x) nanocrystals for application as environmental catalysts. In contrast to typical anthropogenic synthesis routes, the crystalline oxide nanoparticles are formed at room temperature from an otherwise inert aqueous solution without the addition of a precipitant or additional reactant. An engineered form of silicatein, rCeSi, as a single enzyme not only catalyzes the direct biomineralization of the nanocrystalline oxides but also serves as a templating agent to control their morphological structure. The biomineralized nanocrystals of less than 3 nm in diameter are catalytically active toward carbon monoxide oxidation following an oxidative annealing step to remove carbonaceous residue. The introduction of zirconia into the nanocrystals leads to an increase in Ce(III) concentration, associated catalytic activity, and the thermal stability of the nanocrystals.

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

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    Caisso, Marie; Lebreton, Florent; Horlait, Denis; Picart, Sébastien; Martin, Philippe M.; Bès, René; Renard, Catherine; Roussel, Pascal; Neuville, Daniel R.; Dardenne, Kathy; Rothe, Jörg; Delahaye, Thibaud; Ayral, André

    2014-10-01

    In the current nano-sized material revolution, the main limitations to a large-scale deployment of nanomaterials involve health concerns related to nano-dissemination via air. Developing new chemical routes benefiting from nano-size advantages while avoiding their hazards could overcome these limitations. Addressing this need, a chemical route leading to soft nano-particle agglomerates, i.e., macroscopic precursors presenting the ability to be decomposed into nano-sized materials, was developed and applied to Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ. Using cerium/gadolinium-loaded ion exchange resin, the Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ solid solution formation as a function of temperature was studied in-situ through X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Temperatures corresponding to the organic skeleton decomposition and to the mixed oxide crystallization were identified. An optimal heat treatment, leading to nanostructured soft agglomerates, was established. Microsphere processing capabilities were evaluated and particle size distribution measurements were recorded. A very low fracture strength was calculated, and a nanometric particle size distribution (170 nm) was determined.

  12. Deep eutectic-solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured ceria

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    Hammond, Oliver S.; Edler, Karen J.; Bowron, Daniel T.; Torrente-Murciano, Laura

    2017-01-01

    Ceria is a technologically important material with applications in catalysis, emissions control and solid-oxide fuel cells. Nanostructured ceria becomes profoundly more active due to its enhanced surface area to volume ratio, reactive surface oxygen vacancy concentration and superior oxygen storage capacity. Here we report the synthesis of nanostructured ceria using the green Deep Eutectic Solvent reline, which allows morphology and porosity control in one of the less energy-intensive routes reported to date. Using wide Q-range liquid-phase neutron diffraction, we elucidate the mechanism of reaction at a molecular scale at considerably milder conditions than the conventional hydrothermal synthetic routes. The reline solvent plays the role of a latent supramolecular catalyst where the increase in reaction rate from solvent-driven pre-organization of the reactants is most significant. This fundamental understanding of deep eutectic-solvothermal methodology will enable future developments in low-temperature synthesis of nanostructured ceria, facilitating its large-scale manufacturing using green, economic, non-toxic solvents. PMID:28120829

  13. Deep eutectic-solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured ceria

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    Hammond, Oliver S.; Edler, Karen J.; Bowron, Daniel T.; Torrente-Murciano, Laura

    2017-01-01

    Ceria is a technologically important material with applications in catalysis, emissions control and solid-oxide fuel cells. Nanostructured ceria becomes profoundly more active due to its enhanced surface area to volume ratio, reactive surface oxygen vacancy concentration and superior oxygen storage capacity. Here we report the synthesis of nanostructured ceria using the green Deep Eutectic Solvent reline, which allows morphology and porosity control in one of the less energy-intensive routes reported to date. Using wide Q-range liquid-phase neutron diffraction, we elucidate the mechanism of reaction at a molecular scale at considerably milder conditions than the conventional hydrothermal synthetic routes. The reline solvent plays the role of a latent supramolecular catalyst where the increase in reaction rate from solvent-driven pre-organization of the reactants is most significant. This fundamental understanding of deep eutectic-solvothermal methodology will enable future developments in low-temperature synthesis of nanostructured ceria, facilitating its large-scale manufacturing using green, economic, non-toxic solvents.

  14. Deep eutectic-solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured ceria.

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    Hammond, Oliver S; Edler, Karen J; Bowron, Daniel T; Torrente-Murciano, Laura

    2017-01-25

    Ceria is a technologically important material with applications in catalysis, emissions control and solid-oxide fuel cells. Nanostructured ceria becomes profoundly more active due to its enhanced surface area to volume ratio, reactive surface oxygen vacancy concentration and superior oxygen storage capacity. Here we report the synthesis of nanostructured ceria using the green Deep Eutectic Solvent reline, which allows morphology and porosity control in one of the less energy-intensive routes reported to date. Using wide Q-range liquid-phase neutron diffraction, we elucidate the mechanism of reaction at a molecular scale at considerably milder conditions than the conventional hydrothermal synthetic routes. The reline solvent plays the role of a latent supramolecular catalyst where the increase in reaction rate from solvent-driven pre-organization of the reactants is most significant. This fundamental understanding of deep eutectic-solvothermal methodology will enable future developments in low-temperature synthesis of nanostructured ceria, facilitating its large-scale manufacturing using green, economic, non-toxic solvents.

  15. High dielectric constant nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Yen, Chih-Feng; Fan, Cho-Han

    2014-09-01

    The electrical characteristics of nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition on p-type (100) silicon substrate were investigated. The aqueous solutions of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid were used as precursors for the growth of titanium oxide films and the dielectric constant is 29. The dielectric constant can be improved to 94 by nickel doping at the thermal annealing at 700 °C in nitrous oxide.

  16. Effect of Core–Shell Ceria/Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) Nanoparticles Incorporated in Polymer Films and Their Optical Properties

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    Itoh, Toshio; Uchida, Toshio; Izu, Noriya; Matsubara, Ichiro; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-01-01

    We fabricated hybrid films of pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) with core–shell ceria/poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) nanoparticles, which consist of cerium oxide as the core and PVP as the shell, and investigated the film optical properties. In this study, we used ceria/PVP nanoparticles with average diameters of 37, 49 and 91 nm. We obtained translucent films consisting of PETA with core–shell ceria/PVP nanoparticles. The core–shell ceria/PVP nanoparticles can reduce the transmittance of near-ultraviolet light. The transmittance of visible light and haze values depends not only on the thickness of the films, but also on the average diameter of the nanoparticles. A SEM observation and the optical analyses prove that the core–shell ceria/PVP nanoparticles do not aggregate into the PETA matrix. PMID:28809264

  17. Stabilizing the ferroelectric phase in doped hafnium oxide

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    Hoffmann, M.; Schroeder, U.; Schenk, T.; Shimizu, T.; Funakubo, H.; Sakata, O.; Pohl, D.; Drescher, M.; Adelmann, C.; Materlik, R.; Kersch, A.; Mikolajick, T.

    2015-08-21

    The ferroelectric properties and crystal structure of doped HfO{sub 2} thin films were investigated for different thicknesses, electrode materials, and annealing conditions. Metal-ferroelectric-metal capacitors containing Gd:HfO{sub 2} showed no reduction of the polarization within the studied thickness range, in contrast to hafnia films with other dopants. A qualitative model describing the influence of basic process parameters on the crystal structure of HfO{sub 2} was proposed. The influence of different structural parameters on the field cycling behavior was examined. This revealed the wake-up effect in doped HfO{sub 2} to be dominated by interface induced effects, rather than a field induced phase transition. TaN electrodes were shown to considerably enhance the stabilization of the ferroelectric phase in HfO{sub 2} compared to TiN electrodes, yielding a P{sub r} of up to 35 μC/cm{sup 2}. This effect was attributed to the interface oxidation of the electrodes during annealing, resulting in a different density of oxygen vacancies in the Gd:HfO{sub 2} films. Ab initio simulations confirmed the influence of oxygen vacancies on the phase stability of ferroelectric HfO{sub 2}.

  18. Stabilizing the ferroelectric phase in doped hafnium oxide

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    Hoffmann, M.; Schroeder, U.; Schenk, T.; Shimizu, T.; Funakubo, H.; Sakata, O.; Pohl, D.; Drescher, M.; Adelmann, C.; Materlik, R.; Kersch, A.; Mikolajick, T.

    2015-08-01

    The ferroelectric properties and crystal structure of doped HfO2 thin films were investigated for different thicknesses, electrode materials, and annealing conditions. Metal-ferroelectric-metal capacitors containing Gd:HfO2 showed no reduction of the polarization within the studied thickness range, in contrast to hafnia films with other dopants. A qualitative model describing the influence of basic process parameters on the crystal structure of HfO2 was proposed. The influence of different structural parameters on the field cycling behavior was examined. This revealed the wake-up effect in doped HfO2 to be dominated by interface induced effects, rather than a field induced phase transition. TaN electrodes were shown to considerably enhance the stabilization of the ferroelectric phase in HfO2 compared to TiN electrodes, yielding a Pr of up to 35 μC/cm2. This effect was attributed to the interface oxidation of the electrodes during annealing, resulting in a different density of oxygen vacancies in the Gd:HfO2 films. Ab initio simulations confirmed the influence of oxygen vacancies on the phase stability of ferroelectric HfO2.

  19. Strontium adsorption on tantalum-doped hexagonal tungsten oxide.

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    Li, Xingliang; Mu, Wanjun; Xie, Xiang; Liu, Bijun; Tang, Hui; Zhou, Guanhong; Wei, Hongyuan; Jian, Yuan; Luo, Shunzhong

    2014-01-15

    Hexagonal tungsten oxide (hex-WO3) has the potential to separate (137)Cs and (90)Sr from nuclear power plant or fission (99)Mo production waste. This study aims to increase the capacity of hex-WO3 to adsorb Sr(2+). Ta-doped hex-WO3 was synthesized by the hydrothermal treatment of sodium tungstate dihydrate and tantalum chloride in concentrated HCl, in the presence of ammonium sulfate. Incorporating Ta into the WO3 framework caused the interlayer spacing to expand, and the band gap to shift to higher energy. The Sr(2+) adsorption capacity of Ta-doped hex-WO3 was significantly higher than that of hex-WO3. Sr(2+) adsorption reached equilibrium within 2h in acidic solution. Maximum Sr(2+) removal occurred at pH 4. Sr(2+) uptake by hex-WO3 was described better by the Freundlich model than by the Langmuir model. Sr(2+) adsorption on hex-WO3 was spontaneous under the studied conditions.

  20. Oxidative unzipping of stacked nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube cups.

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    Dong, Haifeng; Zhao, Yong; Tang, Yifan; Burkert, Seth C; Star, Alexander

    2015-05-27

    We demonstrate a facile synthesis of different nanostructures by oxidative unzipping of stacked nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube cups (NCNCs). Depending on the initial number of stacked-cup segments, this method can yield graphene nanosheets (GNSs) or hybrid nanostructures comprised of graphene nanoribbons partially unzipped from a central nanotube core. Due to the stacked-cup structure of as-synthesized NCNCs, preventing complete exposure of graphitic planes, the unzipping mechanism is hindered, resulting in incomplete unzipping; however, individual, separated NCNCs are completely unzipped, yielding individual nitrogen-doped GNSs. Graphene-based materials have been employed as electrocatalysts for many important chemical reactions, and it has been proposed that increasing the reactive edges results in more efficient electrocatalysis. In this paper, we apply these graphene conjugates as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to determine how the increase in reactive edges affects the electrocatalytic activity. This investigation introduces a new method for the improvement of ORR electrocatalysts by using nitrogen dopants more effectively, allowing for enhanced ORR performance with lower overall nitrogen content. Additionally, the GNSs were functionalized with gold nanoparticles (GNPs), resulting in a GNS/GNP hybrid, which shows efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering and expands the scope of its application in advanced device fabrication and biosensing.

  1. Control of metal nanocrystal size reveals metal-support interface role for ceria catalysts.

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    Cargnello, Matteo; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V T; Gordon, Thomas R; Diaz, Rosa E; Stach, Eric A; Gorte, Raymond J; Fornasiero, Paolo; Murray, Christopher B

    2013-08-16

    Interactions between ceria (CeO2) and supported metals greatly enhance rates for a number of important reactions. However, direct relationships between structure and function in these catalysts have been difficult to extract because the samples studied either were heterogeneous or were model systems dissimilar to working catalysts. We report rate measurements on samples in which the length of the ceria-metal interface was tailored by the use of monodisperse nickel, palladium, and platinum nanocrystals. We found that carbon monoxide oxidation in ceria-based catalysts is greatly enhanced at the ceria-metal interface sites for a range of group VIII metal catalysts, clarifying the pivotal role played by the support.

  2. Control of Metal Nanocrystal Size Reveals Metal-Support Interface Role for Ceria Catalysts

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    Cargnello, M; Doan-Nguyen, VVT; Gordon, TR; Diaz, RE; Stach, EA; Gorte, RJ; Fornasiero, P; Murray, CB

    2013-08-15

    Interactions between ceria (CeO2) and supported metals greatly enhance rates for a number of important reactions. However, direct relationships between structure and function in these catalysts have been difficult to extract because the samples studied either were heterogeneous or were model systems dissimilar to working catalysts. We report rate measurements on samples in which the length of the ceria-metal interface was tailored by the use of monodisperse nickel, palladium, and platinum nanocrystals. We found that carbon monoxide oxidation in ceria-based catalysts is greatly enhanced at the ceria-metal interface sites for a range of group VIII metal catalysts, clarifying the pivotal role played by the support.

  3. Thermally stable single-atom platinum-on-ceria catalysts via atom trapping.

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    Jones, John; Xiong, Haifeng; DeLaRiva, Andrew T; Peterson, Eric J; Pham, Hien; Challa, Sivakumar R; Qi, Gongshin; Oh, Se; Wiebenga, Michelle H; Pereira Hernández, Xavier Isidro; Wang, Yong; Datye, Abhaya K

    2016-07-08

    Catalysts based on single atoms of scarce precious metals can lead to more efficient use through enhanced reactivity and selectivity. However, single atoms on catalyst supports can be mobile and aggregate into nanoparticles when heated at elevated temperatures. High temperatures are detrimental to catalyst performance unless these mobile atoms can be trapped. We used ceria powders having similar surface areas but different exposed surface facets. When mixed with a platinum/aluminum oxide catalyst and aged in air at 800°C, the platinum transferred to the ceria and was trapped. Polyhedral ceria and nanorods were more effective than ceria cubes at anchoring the platinum. Performing synthesis at high temperatures ensures that only the most stable binding sites are occupied, yielding a sinter-resistant, atomically dispersed catalyst.

  4. Thermally stable single-atom platinum-on-ceria catalysts via atom trapping

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    Jones, John; Xiong, Haifeng; DelaRiva, Andrew; Peterson, Eric J.; Pham, Hien; Challa, Sivakumar R.; Qi, Gongshin; Oh, Se H.; Wiebenga, Michelle H.; Pereira Hernandez, Xavier I.; Wang, Yong; Datye, Abhaya K.

    2016-07-08

    Catalysts based on single atoms of scarce precious metals can lead to more efficient use through enhanced reactivity and selectivity. However, single atoms on catalyst supports can be mobile and aggregate into nanoparticles when heated at elevated temperatures. High temperatures are detrimental to catalyst performance unless these mobile atoms can be trapped. We used ceria powders having similar surface areas but different exposed surface facets. When mixed with a platinum/ aluminum oxide catalyst and aged in air at 800°C, the platinum transferred to the ceria and was trapped. Polyhedral ceria and nanorods were more effective than ceria cubes at anchoring the platinum. Performing synthesis at high temperatures ensures that only the most stable binding sites are occupied, yielding a sinter-resistant, atomically dispersed catalyst.

  5. Complex oxide ferroelectrics: Electrostatic doping by domain walls

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    Maksymovych, Petro

    2015-06-19

    Electrically conducting interfaces can form, rather unexpectedly, by breaking the translational symmetry of electrically insulating complex oxides. For example, a nanometre-thick heteroepitaxial interface between electronically insulating LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 supports a 2D electron gas1 with high mobility of >1,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 (ref. 2). Such interfaces can exhibit magnetism, superconductivity and phase transitions that may form the functional basis of future electronic devices2. A peculiar conducting interface can be created within a polar ferroelectric oxide by breaking the translational symmetry of the ferroelectric order parameter and creating a so-called ferroelectric domain wall (Fig. 1a,b). If the direction of atomic displacementsmore » changes at the wall in such a way as to create a discontinuity in the polarization component normal to the wall (Fig. 1a), the domain wall becomes electrostatically charged. It may then attract compensating mobile charges of opposite sign produced by dopant ionization, photoexcitation or other effects, thereby locally, electrostatically doping the host ferroelectric film. In contrast to conductive interfaces between epitaxially grown oxides, domain walls can be reversibly created, positioned and shaped by electric fields, enabling reconfigurable circuitry within the same volume of the material. Now, writing in Nature Nanotechnology, Arnaud Crassous and colleagues at EPFL and University of Geneva demonstrate control and stability of charged conducting domain walls in ferroelectric thin films of BiFeO3 down to the nanoscale.« less

  6. Conductivity study of nitrogen-doped calcium zinc oxide prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Hsu, Yu-Ting; Lan, Wen-How; Huang, Kai-Feng; Lin, Jia-Ching; Chang, Kuo-Jen

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the spray pyrolysis method was used to prepare unintentionally doped and nitrogen-doped calcium zinc oxide films by using zinc acetate, calcium nitrate precursor, and ammonium acetate precursor. Morphological and structural analyses were conducted using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that film grain size decreased as the nitrogen doping was increased. Both calcium oxide and zinc oxide structures were identified in the unintentionally doped calcium zinc oxide. When nitrogen doping was introduced, the film mainly exhibited a zinc oxide structure with preferred (002) and (101) orientations. The concentration and mobility were investigated using a Hall measurement system. P-type films with a mobility and concentration of 10.6 cm2 V-1 s-1 and 2.8×1017 cm-3, respectively, were obtained. Moreover, according to a temperature-dependent conductivity analysis, an acceptor state with activation energy 0.266 eV dominated the p-type conduction for the unintentionally doped calcium zinc oxide. By contrast, a grain boundary with a barrier height of 0.274-0.292 eV dominated the hole conduction for the nitrogen-doped calcium zinc oxide films.

  7. Multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser based on graphene oxide.

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    Hao, Xia; Tong, Zhengrong; Zhao, Junfa; Cao, Ye; Li, Lan

    2014-07-10

    A multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser based on graphene oxide (GO) has been proposed, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time, to generate an output of stable wavelengths. The structure mainly comprises a few layers of GO between two single-mode fibers incorporated into a capillary device and a Lyot comb filter. GO can show a good nonlinear optical effect, which is beneficial to suppress the mode competition caused by the EDF and stabilize the multiwavelength output. With assistance from the GO device, 11 stable simultaneous lasing signals with a power nonuniformity of about 1.5 dB are obtained. Wavelength spacing is about 0.42 nm and the linewidth of each wavelength is less than 0.07 nm.

  8. Doped titanium oxide photcatalysts: Preparation, structure and interaction with viruses

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    Li, Qi

    Since the discovery of photoelectrochemical splitting of water on n-titanium oxide (n-TiO2) electrodes by Fujishima and Honda in 1972, there has been much interest in semiconductor-based materials as photocatalysts for both solar energy conversion and environmental applications in the past several decades. Among various semiconductor-based photocatalysts, TiO2 is the only candidate suitable for industrial use because of its high chemical stability, good photoactivity, relatively low cost, and nontoxicity. However, the photocatalytic capability of TiO 2 is limited to only ultraviolet (UV) light (wavelength, lambda, < 400 nm), seriously limiting its solar efficiency. In this study, both chemical and physical modification approaches were developed to extend the absorption band-edge of TiO2 into the visible light region with improved stability, photocatalytic efficiency and ease of the doping process. Two major approaches were used in the material synthesis and processing, including the ion-beam-assisted-deposition (IBAD) technique and sol-gel based processes. Both nitrogen-doped TiO2 (TiON) and nitrogen/palladium co-doped TiO2 (TiON/PdO) photocatalysts were created and their photocatalytic activity was investigated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) and disinfection of bacteria and viruses under visible light illumination. The sol-gel process was optimized to produce high quality TiON-based photocatalysts by carefully modulating the precursor ratio and calcination temperature. A TiON inverse opal structure was created, which demonstrated enhanced visible light absorption and subsequently improved photocatalytic efficiency by the combination of chemical and physical modifications on n-TiO2. The effect of palladium dopant on the optical and photocatalytic properties of TiON/PdO photocatalyst was examined, which suggests that a careful optimization of the transition metal ion dopant concentration is needed to achieve high photocatalytic efficiency in these anion

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

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    Samiee, Sara; Goharshadi, Elaheh K.

    2012-04-15

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

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

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Basu, Suddhasatwa

    2013-11-01

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

  11. Corrosion evaluation of zirconium doped oxide coatings on aluminum formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Bajat, Jelena; Mišković-Stanković, Vesna; Vasilić, Rastko; Stojadinović, Stevan

    2014-01-01

    The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of aluminum in sodium tungstate (Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O) and Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O doped with Zr was analyzed in order to obtain oxide coatings with improved corrosion resistance. The influence of current density in PEO process and anodization time was investigated, as well as the influence of Zr, with the aim to find out how they affect the chemical content, morphology, surface roughness, and corrosion stability of oxide coatings. It was shown that the presence of Zr increases the corrosion stability of oxide coatings for all investigated PEO times. Evolution of EIS spectra during the exposure to 3% NaCl, as a strong corrosive agent, indicated the highest corrosion stability for PEO coating formed on aluminum at 70 mA/cm(2) for 2 min in a zirconium containing electrolyte.

  12. The role of strain and structure on oxygen ion conduction in nanoscale zirconia and ceria thin films

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    Jiang, Jun

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), an all solid-state energy conversion device, are promising for their high efficiency and materials stability. The solid oxide electrolytes are a key component that must provide high ionic conductivity, which is especially challenging for intermediate temperature SOFCs operating between 500 °C - 700 °C. Doped zirconia and ceria are the most common solid electrolyte materials. Recent reports have suggested that nanoscale ytrria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films may provide better performance in this regard. However, the mechanism behind the increased conductivity of nanoscale thin films is still unclear and the reported experimental results are controversial. In the thesis presented here, the effects of mechanical strain and microstructure on the ionic conductivity have been investigated in ultrathin zirconia- and ceria-based thin films. Reactive RF co-sputtering with metal targets was used to prepare zirconia and ceria based thin films for high purity, modulated composition and thickness. The films were as thin as 10-20 atomic layers thick. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were the main tools to investigate the composition, crystal orientation and microstructure of these sputtered thin films. Microscale interdigitated Pt electrodes were prepared through a lift-off process using photolithography. The electrochemical properties of these sputtered doped zirconia and ceria thin films were investigated using impedance spectroscopy. YSZ thin films deposited on MgO (111) and, especially, MgO (100) showed highly variable crystal orientations, while MgO (110) offered much more stable growth. Regardless of whether the growth was epitaxial or highly disordered polycrystalline, 50 nm thick YSZ thin films on MgO (100), (110), and (111) substrates exhibited similar conductivity with YSZ single crystal. While decreasing the thickness further to 12 nm, the conductivities of YSZ thin films

  13. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy study of aliovalent doped ceria to correlate local structural changes with oxygen vacancies clustering

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    Shirbhate, S. C.; Acharya, S. A.; Yadav, A. K.

    2016-04-04

    This study provides atomic scale insight to understand the role of aliovalent dopants on oxygen vacancies clustering and dissociation mechanism in ceria system in order to enhance the performance of oxy-ion conductor. Dopants induced microscale changes in ceria are probed by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near edge spectra, and Raman spectroscopy. The results are explored to establish a correlation between atomic level structural changes (coordination number, interatomic spacing) → formation of dimer and trimer type cation-oxygen vacancies defect complex (intrinsic and extrinsic) → dissociation of oxygen vacancies from defect cluster → ionic conductivity temperature. It is a strategic approach to understand key physics of ionic conductivity mechanism in order to reduce operating temperature of electrolytes for intermediate temperature (300–450 °C) electrochemical devices for the first time.

  14. Enhancement of Catalytic Activity of Reduced Graphene Oxide Via Transition Metal Doping Strategy

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    Lee, Hangil; Hong, Jung A.

    2017-06-01

    To compare the catalytic oxidation activities of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and rGO samples doped with five different transition metals (TM-rGO), we determine their effects on the oxidation of L-cysteine (Cys) in aqueous solution by performing electrochemistry (EC) measurements and on the photocatalytic oxidation of Cys by using high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy (HRPES) under UV illumination. Our results show that Cr-, Fe-, and Co-doped rGO with 3+ charge states (stable oxide forms: Cr3+, Fe3+, and Co3+) exhibit enhanced catalytic activities that are due to the charge states of the doped metal ions as we compare them with Cr-, Fe-, and Co-doped rGO with 2+ charge states.

  15. Gold on oxide-doped alumina supports as catalysts for CO oxidation

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    Carabineiro, Sónia A. C.; Tavares, Pedro B.; Figueiredo, José L.

    2012-03-01

    The effect of doping a commercial alumina support with metal oxides of Ce, Co, Cu, Fe, La, Mg, Mn, Ni and Zn was investigated. Doped δ-Al2O3 samples were obtained by simple physical mixture (PM) of the alumina with the desired commercial oxide and by traditional impregnation of alumina with precursor salts of the same metals followed by calcination (IC). The metal load (7% wt.) was the same in both cases. Gold (1% wt.) was loaded using a liquid phase reductive deposition method. The obtained materials were characterized by adsorption of N2 at -196°C, temperature programmed reduction, X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. Both samples prepared by PM and IC showed a mixture of the δ-alumina phase with the respective metal oxide, but the BET surface areas of the IC samples were, in general, higher than those of the PM materials. The particle size of the oxide phases were larger for the PM samples than for the IC materials. Nevertheless, catalytic experiments for CO oxidation showed that PM samples were much more active than IC. That could be explained by the size of gold nanoparticles, well known to be related with catalytic activity, that was lower in samples prepared by PM (7-16 nm) than by IC (11-17 nm). Gold was found to be in the metallic state. The most active samples were aluminas containing Zn and Fe prepared by PM that had the smallest gold nanoparticles sizes (7-13 and 8-12 nm, respectively) and had room temperature activities for CO conversion of 0.62 and 1.34 mol CO h-1 g {Au/-1}, respectively, which are larger than those found in the literature for doped γ-alumina samples.

  16. Growth of Ce+3 Doped Oxides by the Traveling Solvent Zone Technique.

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    1983-06-01

    AD-A130 566 GROWTH OF CE-3 DOPED OXIDES BY THE TRAVELINO SOLVENT Il ZONE TECHNIQUE(U) EIC CORP NEWTON MASS R D RAUHI ET AL. JUN 83 C-718F NODS 4-82-C...NATIONAL BUREAU OF SIANDARID 1%, A I Report N00014i-82-C-0629 I GROWTH OF Ce + 3 DOPED OXIDES BY THE TRAVELING SOLVENT ZONE TECHNIQUEI, I I " R. David...TLEa (dad INBIitA) S YEO EOT&PRO OEE FINAL REPORT GRa*iI op Ce+3 DOPED OXIDES By THE 2 Aug 82-1 Apr 83 TRAVELING SOLVENT ZONIE TECHNIQUE T. PERFORMING

  17. Rice husk ash/calcium oxide/ceria sorbent for simultaneous removal of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide from flue gas at low temperature

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    Dahlan, I.; Lee, K.T.; Kamaruddin, A.H.; Mohamed, A.R.

    2009-06-15

    The reduction of sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and nitric oxide (NO) emissions has become an isssue of great importance to government regulatory agencies and general public due to their negative effect towards the environment and human health. In this work, the simultaneous removal of sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and nitric oxide (NO) from simulated flue gas was investigated in a fixed-bed reactor using rice husk ash (RHA)/CaO/CeO{sub 2} sorbent. Attention was focused on the major reactor operation parameters affecting sorption capacity of RHA/CaO/CeO{sub 2} sorbent, which include feed concentration of SO{sub 2} and NO, relative humidity (RH), operating temperature and space velocity (GHSV). This is because such information is unavailable for RHA-based sorbent and the effects of these parameters reported in the literature are also not reliable. Enhancement effect of NO on removal of SO{sub 2} was observed and the presence of SO{sub 2} was essential to the removal of NO. However, at a high level of SO{sub 2}/NO concentration, competition in the sorption of NO and SO{sub 2} on the sorbent active sites might have occurred. RH was found to significantly enhance the SO{sub 2} sorption of the RHA/CaO/CeO{sub 2} sorbent. By contrast, NO sorption capacity decreases when RH was further introduced, as it was not easy to sorb NO in the presence of water. Apart from that, the results also shows that there was a threshold value for the RH to ensure higher SO{sub 2} and NO removal and this value was observed at 50% RH. Higher operating temperatures were favored for SO{sub 2} and NO removal. Nevertheless, beyond 150 degrees C the SO{sub 2} removal was found to decrease. On the other hand, a lower space velocity resulted in a higher SO{sub 2} and NO removal.

  18. Computer modelling of doped mixed metal fluorides and oxides for device applications: Rare earth, sodium and barium doped KYF 4

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    Jackson, Robert A.; Maddock, Elizabeth M.; Valerio, Mario E. G.

    2008-06-01

    The mixed metal fluorides and oxides have a range of important applications in optical and electronic devices. For example, rare earth doped LiCaAlF6 is used in solid state lasers; and pure and doped LiNbO3 is used in a wide range of optical and electronic applications. In attempting to develop new materials, two questions which arise include: which host lattices are most suitable, and which dopants will produce the required optical behaviour? This paper continues recent work designed to provide straightforward computational approaches to predict and assess properties of such materials, presenting the results of recent calculations on rare earth doping in KYF4, as well as sodium and barium doping, which has been prompted by experimental work in this area.

  19. Tailoring the refractive index of aluminum doped zinc oxide thin films by co-doping with titanium

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    Wei, Tiefeng; Lan, Pinjun; Yang, Ye; Zhang, Xianpeng; Tan, Ruiqin; Li, Yong; Song, Weijie

    2012-12-01

    The refractive index of transparent conductive oxides has a direct effect on the transmission of lights into thin film solar cells. Here we report the study of improving the refractive index of aluminum doped zinc oxide through titanium co-doping. The Al-Ti co-doped zinc oxide (ATZO) thin films with different Ti doping concentration were deposited on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering with ATZO targets in an argon atmosphere. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the thin films were investigated using X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared spectroscopy and hall measurements, respectively. The results showed that the as-deposited thin films were all textured along c-axis and perpendicular to the surface of substrate. The average transmittance in the visible region were more than 80% for all the ATZO thin films. The minimum resistivity of the obtained ATZO (1 wt% TiO2 doping) thin films were 2.6 × 10-3 Ω cm and 1.4 × 10-3 Ω cm before and after annealing in vacuum, respectively. The refractive index of the thin films (at λ0 = 550 nm) increased from 1.91 to 2.05 as the TiO2 content increased from 0 wt% to 3 wt%.

  20. Ceria-based electrospun fibers for renewable fuel production via two-step thermal redox cycles for carbon dioxide splitting.

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    Gibbons, William T; Venstrom, Luke J; De Smith, Robert M; Davidson, Jane H; Jackson, Gregory S

    2014-07-21

    Zirconium-doped ceria (Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2) was synthesized through a controlled electrospinning process as a promising approach to cost-effective, sinter-resistant material structures for high-temperature, solar-driven thermochemical redox cycles. To approximate a two-step redox cycle for solar fuel production, fibrous Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2 with relatively low levels of Zr-doping (0 < x < 0.1) were cycled in an infrared-imaging furnace with high-temperature (up to 1500 °C) partial reduction and lower-temperature (∼800 °C) reoxidation via CO2 splitting to produce CO. Increases in Zr content improve reducibility and sintering resistance, and, for x≤ 0.05, do not significantly slow reoxidation kinetics for CO production. Cycle stability of the fibrous Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2 (with x = 0.025) was assessed for a range of conditions by measuring rates of O2 release during reduction and CO production during reoxidation and by assessing post-cycling fiber crystallite sizes and surface areas. Sintering increases with reduction temperature but occurs primarily along the fiber axes. Even after 108 redox cycles with reduction at 1400 °C and oxidation with CO2 at 800 °C, the fibers maintain their structure with surface areas of ∼0.3 m(2) g(-1), higher than those observed in the literature for other ceria-based structures operating at similarly high temperature conditions. Total CO production and peak production rate stabilize above 3.0 mL g(-1) and 13.0 mL min(-1) g(-1), respectively. The results show the potential for electrospun oxides as sinter-resistant material structures with adequate surface area to support rapid CO2 splitting in solar thermochemical redox cycles.

  1. Enhancing Sulfur Tolerance of Ni-Based Cermet Anodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Ytterbium-Doped Barium Cerate Infiltration.

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    Li, Meng; Hua, Bin; Luo, Jing-Li; Jiang, San Ping; Pu, Jian; Chi, Bo; Li, Jian

    2016-04-27

    Conventional anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are Ni-based cermets, which are highly susceptible to deactivation by contaminants in hydrocarbon fuels. Hydrogen sulfide is one of the commonly existed contaminants in readily available natural gas and gasification product gases of pyrolysis of biomasses. Development of sulfur tolerant anode materials is thus one of the critical challenges for commercial viability and practical application of SOFC technologies. Here we report a viable approach to enhance substantially the sulfur poisoning resistance of a Ni-gadolinia-doped ceria (Ni-GDC) anode through impregnation of proton conducting perovskite BaCe0.9Yb0.1O3-δ (BCYb). The impregnation of BCYb nanoparticles improves the electrochemical performance of the Ni-GDC anode in both H2 and H2S containing fuels. Moreover, more importantly, the enhanced stability is observed in 500 ppm of H2S/H2. The SEM and XPS analysis indicate that the infiltrated BCYb fine particles inhibit the adsorption of sulfur and facilitate sulfur removal from active sites, thus preventing the detrimental interaction between sulfur and Ni-GDC and the formation of cerium sulfide. The preliminary results of the cell with the BCYb+Ni-GDC anode in methane fuel containing 5000 ppm of H2S show the promising potential of the BCYb infiltration approach in the development of highly active and stable Ni-GDC-based anodes fed with hydrocarbon fuels containing a high concentration of sulfur compounds.

  2. Magnesium oxide doping reduces acoustic wave attenuation in lithium metatantalate and lithium metaniobate crystals

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    Croft, W.; Damon, R.; Kedzie, R.; Kestigian, M.; Smith, A.; Worley, J.

    1970-01-01

    Single crystals of lithium metatantalate and lithium metaniobate, grown from melts having different stoichiometries and different amounts of magnesium oxide, show that doping lowers temperature-independent portion of attenuation of acoustic waves. Doped crystals possess optical properties well suited for electro-optical and photoelastic applications.

  3. 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.

  4. Fracture of flash oxidized, yttria-doped sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride

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    Govila, R. K.

    1987-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of a slip cast, yttria-doped, sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride after 'flash oxidation' was investigated. It was found that both the static oxidation resistance and flexural stress rupture life (creep deformation) were improved at 1000 C in air compared to those of the same material without flash oxidation. Stress rupture data at high temperatures (1000 to 1200 C) are presented to indicate applied stress levels for oxidation-dependent and independent failures.

  5. Water Oxidation and Oxygen Monitoring by Cobalt-Modified Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Electrodes

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    Kent, CA; Concepcion, JJ; Dares, CJ; Torelli, DA; Rieth, AJ; Miller, AS; Hoertz, PG; Meyer, TJ

    2013-06-12

    Electrocatalytic water oxidation occurs at fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrodes that have been surface-modified by addition of Co(II). On the basis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements, the active surface site appears to be a single site or small-molecule assembly bound as Co(II), with no evidence for cobalt oxide film or cluster formation. On the basis of cyclic voltammetry measurements, surface-bound Co(II) undergoes a pH-dependent 1e(-)/1H(+) oxidation to Co(III), which is followed by pH-dependent catalytic water oxidation. O-2 reduction at FTO occurs at -0.33 V vs NHE, allowing for in situ detection of oxygen as it is formed by water oxidation on the surface. Controlled-potential electrolysis at 1.61 V vs NHE at pH 7.2 resulted in sustained water oxidation catalysis at a current density of 0.16 mA/cm(2) with 29 000 turnovers per site over an electrolysis period of 2 h. The turnover frequency for oxygen production per Co site was 4 s(-1) at an overpotential of 800 mV at pH 7.2. Initial experiments with Co(II) on a mesoporous, high-surface-area nanoFTO electrode increased the current density by a factor of similar to 5

  6. Boron-doped cobalt oxide thin films and its electrochemical properties

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    Kerli, S.

    2016-09-01

    The cobalt oxide and boron-doped cobalt oxide thin films were produced by spray deposition method. All films were obtained onto glass and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates at 400∘C and annealed at 550∘C. We present detailed analysis of the morphological and optical properties of films. XRD results show that boron doping disrupts the structure of the films. Morphologies of the films were investigated by using a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optical measurements indicate that the band gap energies of the films change with boron concentrations. The electrochemical supercapacitor performance test has been studied in aqueous 6 M KOH electrolyte and with scan rate of 5 mV/s. Measurements show that the largest capacitance is obtained for 3% boron-doped cobalt oxide film.

  7. Complex oxide ferroelectrics: Electrostatic doping by domain walls

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    Maksymovych, Petro

    2015-06-19

    Electrically conducting interfaces can form, rather unexpectedly, by breaking the translational symmetry of electrically insulating complex oxides. For example, a nanometre-thick heteroepitaxial interface between electronically insulating LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 supports a 2D electron gas1 with high mobility of >1,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 (ref. 2). Such interfaces can exhibit magnetism, superconductivity and phase transitions that may form the functional basis of future electronic devices2. A peculiar conducting interface can be created within a polar ferroelectric oxide by breaking the translational symmetry of the ferroelectric order parameter and creating a so-called ferroelectric domain wall (Fig. 1a,b). If the direction of atomic displacements changes at the wall in such a way as to create a discontinuity in the polarization component normal to the wall (Fig. 1a), the domain wall becomes electrostatically charged. It may then attract compensating mobile charges of opposite sign produced by dopant ionization, photoexcitation or other effects, thereby locally, electrostatically doping the host ferroelectric film. In contrast to conductive interfaces between epitaxially grown oxides, domain walls can be reversibly created, positioned and shaped by electric fields, enabling reconfigurable circuitry within the same volume of the material. Now, writing in Nature Nanotechnology, Arnaud Crassous and colleagues at EPFL and University of Geneva demonstrate control and stability of charged conducting domain walls in ferroelectric thin films of BiFeO3 down to the nanoscale.

  8. Reduced ceria nanofilms from structure prediction.

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    Kozlov, Sergey M; Demiroglu, Ilker; Neyman, Konstantin M; Bromley, Stefan T

    2015-03-14

    Experimentally, Ce2O3 films are used to study cerium oxide in its fully or partially reduced state, as present in many applications. We have explored the space of low energy Ce2O3 nanofilms using structure prediction and density functional calculations, yielding more than 30 distinct nanofilm structures. First, our results help to rationalize the roles of thermodynamics and kinetics in the preparation of reduced ceria nanofilms with different bulk crystalline structures (e.g. A-type or bixbyite) depending on the support used. Second, we predict a novel, as yet experimentally unresolved, nanofilm which has a structure that does not correspond to any previously reported bulk A2B3 phase and which has an energetic stability between that of A-type and bixbyite. To assist identification and fabrication of this new Ce2O3 nanofilm we calculate some observable properties and propose supports for its epitaxial growth.

  9. Carbon dioxide activation and dissociation on ceria (110): a density functional theory study.

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    Cheng, Zhuo; Sherman, Brent J; Lo, Cynthia S

    2013-01-07

    Ceria (CeO(2)) is a promising catalyst for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) to liquid fuels and commodity chemicals, in part because of its high oxygen storage capacity, yet the fundamentals of CO(2) adsorption, activation, and reduction on ceria surfaces remain largely unknown. We use density functional theory, corrected for onsite Coulombic interactions (GGA+U), to explore various adsorption sites and configurations for CO(2) on stoichiometric and reduced ceria (110), the latter with either an in-plane oxygen vacancy or a split oxygen vacancy. We find that CO(2) adsorption on both reduced ceria (110) surfaces is thermodynamically favored over the corresponding adsorption on stoichiometric ceria (110), but the most stable adsorption configuration consists of CO(2) adsorbed parallel to the reduced ceria (110) surface at a split oxygen vacancy. Structural changes in the CO(2) molecule are also observed upon adsorption. At the split vacancy, the molecule bends out of plane to form a unidentate carbonate with the remaining oxygen anion at the surface; this is in stark contrast to the bridged carbonate observed for CO(2) adsorption at the in-plane vacancy. Also, we analyze the pathways for CO(2) conversion to CO on reduced ceria (110). The subtle difference in the energies of activation for the elementary steps suggest that CO(2) dissociation is favored on the split vacancy, while the reverse process of CO oxidation may favor the formation of the in-plane vacancy. We thus show how the structure and properties of the ceria catalyst govern the mechanism of CO(2) activation and reduction.

  10. Identification of the nano/micro structure of CeO2(rod) and the essential role of interfacial copper-ceria interaction in CuCe(rod) for selective oxidation of CO in H2-rich streams

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    Guo, Xiaolin; Zhou, Renxian

    2017-09-01

    CeO2(rod) has been found to be exposed four {111} planes and two {100} planes with a hexangular cross section, and the growth mechanism follows to the oriented attachment of the cube-like basic grains with a [110] growth direction and the subsequent Ostwald ripening, corresponding to the increasing lateral size and longitudinal size with prolonging the hydrothermal time. Equal amount of copper oxide totally highly distributed on the surface of CeO2(rod) supports with different abundance of oxygen vacancies facilitate to produce the strongly bound Cu-[Ox]-Ce species to different degrees (supported by XPS, H2-TPR and in situ DRIFTs results), which is encouraged by prolongation of hydrothermal time of CeO2(rod) supports. The essential role of interfacial Cu-Ce interaction in CuCe(rod) catalysts for CO-PROX was identified by the enhanced catalytic performance of CuCe(rod)-48h, on account of much stronger Cu-Ce interaction generated in it. Moreover, we proposed a potential structural model of strongly bound Cu-[Ox]-Ce to interpret the synergetic effect of copper and ceria species in CuO/CeO2 catalysts and generalized the possible reaction mechanism for CO-PROX over the CuCe(rod) catalyst.

  11. Novel Carbon Dioxide Microsensor Based on Tin Oxide Nanomaterial Doped With Copper Oxide

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    Xu, Jennifer C.; Hunter, Gary W.; Lukco, Dorothy; Liu, Chung-Chiun; Ward, Benjamin J.

    2008-01-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major indicators of fire and therefore its measurement is very important for low-false-alarm fire detection and emissions monitoring. However, only a limited number of CO2 sensing materials exist due to the high chemical stability of CO2. In this work, a novel CO2 microsensor based on nanocrystalline tin oxide (SnO2) doped with copper oxide (CuO) has been successfully demonstrated. The CuO-SnO2 based CO2 microsensors are fabricated by means of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology and sol-gel nanomaterial-synthesis processes. At a doping level of CuO: SnO2 = 1:8 (molar ratio), the resistance of the sensor has a linear response to CO2 concentrations for the range of 1 to 4 percent CO2 in air at 450 C. This approach has demonstrated the use of SnO2, typically used for the detection of reducing gases, in the detection of an oxidizing gas.

  12. Sonochemically synthesized iron-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles: Influence of precursor composition on characteristics

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    Roy, Anirban; Maitra, Saikat; Ghosh, Sobhan; Chakrabarti, Sampa

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Sonochemical synthesis of iron-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles. • Green synthesis without alkali at room temperature. • Characterization by UV–vis spectroscopy, FESEM, XRD and EDX. • Influence of precursor composition on characteristics. • Composition and characteristics are correlated. - Abstract: Iron-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized sonochemically from aqueous acetyl acetonate precursors of different proportions. Synthesized nanoparticles were characterized with UV–vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and microscopy. Influences of precursor mixture on the characteristics have been examined and modeled. Linear correlations have been proposed between dopant dosing, extent of doping and band gap energy. Experimental data corroborated with the proposed models.

  13. Different properties of aluminum doped zinc oxide nanostructured thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Bidmeshkipour, Samina Shahtahmasebi, Nasser

    2013-06-15

    Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanostructured thin films are prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering on glass substrate using specifically designed ZnO target containing different amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder as the Al doping source. The optical properties of the aluminium doped zinc oxide films are investigated. The topography of the deposited films were investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy. Variation of the refractive index by annealing temperature are considered and it is seen that the refractive index increases by increasing the annealing temperature.

  14. A novel high breakdown voltage lateral bipolar transistor on SOI with multizone doping and multistep oxide

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    Loan, Sajad A.; Qureshi, S.; Iyer, S. S. Kumar

    2009-02-01

    A novel high breakdown voltage lateral bipolar junction transistor (LBJT) on silicon-on- insulator (SOI) is proposed. The novelty of the device is the use of the combination of multistep-doped drift region and multistep buried oxide. The steps in doping and in oxide thickness have been used as a replacement for much complex linearly varying drift doping and linearly varying oxide thickness. The LBJT structure incorporating the combination of multistep doping and multistep oxide is analyzed for electrical characteristics using a two-dimensional numerical simulator MEDICI. Numerical simulation has demonstrated that the breakdown voltage of the proposed device with a two-zone step doped (TZSD) drift region is >150% higher than the conventional device. It has been observed that increasing the number of doping zones to 3 from 2 results in a >40% rise in breakdown voltage. The proposed device gives high breakdown voltage even at high doping concentration in the collector drift region. This reduces the on-resistance of the device and thus improves its speed. The dependence of breakdown voltage on various device parameters has been extensively studied to achieve optimum device performance. A process flow for the device fabrication is also being proposed.

  15. Electrochromic characteristics of niobium-doped titanium oxide film on indium tin oxide/glass by liquid phase deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Lee, Chia-Jung

    2015-10-01

    Ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid aqueous solutions were used as precursors for the growth of titanium oxide films on indium tin oxide (ITO)/glass substrate. For as-grown titanium oxide film used in an electrochromic device, Li+ ions from electrolyte will be trapped to hydroxyl groups and degrade the electrochromic durability during the cyclic voltammogram characterization. For niobium doped titanium oxide film, lower growth rate from more HF incorporation from the niobium doped solution and rougher surface morphology from the formation of nanocrystals were obtained. However, niobium doping reduces hydroxyl groups and the electrochromic durability is enhanced from 5 × 103 to 1 × 104 times. The transmittance is enhanced from 37 to 51% at the wavelength of 550 nm.

  16. Defects and transport properties of molybdenum doped indium oxide

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    Yoshida, Yuki; Gessert, Timothy; Wood, David; Coutts, Timothy

    2004-03-01

    Mo-doped indium oxide (IMO) films were deposited using an r.f. magnetron sputtering system under various oxygen concentrations. Using the `method of four coefficients', the conductivity, Hall, Nernst, and Seebeck coefficients were measured for IMO. These coefficients can be used with solutions to the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the carrier density-of-states effective mass, the Fermi level relative to the conduction-band minimum, and an energy-dependent scattering parameter related to the scattering mechanism. We find the conduction band is parabolic with a band effective mass of ˜ 0.32 me over a carrier concentration range from 4×10^19 to 5× 10^20 cm-3, indicating that relaxation time controls mobility in IMO. Temperature-dependent Hall measurements show that phonon and ionized-impurity scattering dominate at high mobility and high carrier concentration, respectively. We will also discuss possible defects in the film using XPS and electrical property data.

  17. Disentangling specific versus generic doping mechanisms in oxide heterointerfaces

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    Gabel, J.; Zapf, M.; Scheiderer, P.; Schütz, P.; Dudy, L.; Stübinger, M.; Schlueter, C.; Lee, T.-L.; Sing, M.; Claessen, R.

    2017-05-01

    More than a decade after the discovery of the two-dimensional electron system (2DES) at the interface between the band insulators LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO) its microscopic origin is still under debate. Several explanations have been proposed, the main contenders being electron doping by oxygen vacancies and electronic reconstruction, i.e., the redistribution of electrons to the interface to minimize the electrostatic energy in the polar LAO film. However, no experiment thus far could provide unambiguous information on the microscopic origin of the interfacial charge carriers. Here we utilize a novel experimental approach combining photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) with highly brilliant synchrotron radiation and apply it to a set of samples with varying key parameters that are thought to be crucial for the emergence of interfacial conductivity. Based on microscopic insight into the electronic structure, we obtain results tipping the scales in favor of polar discontinuity as a generic, robust driving force for the 2DES formation. Likewise, other functionalities such as magnetism or superconductivity might be switched in all-oxide devices by polarity-driven charge transfer.

  18. Crystalline structure of ceria particles controlled by the oxygen partial pressure and STI CMP performances.

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    Kim, Ye-Hwan; Kim, Sang-Kyun; Kim, Namsoo; Park, Jea-Gun; Paik, Ungyu

    2008-09-01

    The effect of the crystalline structures of nano-sized ceria particles on shallow trench isolation (STI) chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) performance was investigated. The ceria particles were synthesized via a solid-state displacement reaction method, and their crystalline structure was controlled by regulating the oxygen partial pressure at the reaction site on the precursor. The crystalline structures of ceria particles were analyzed by the high-resolution TEM nano-beam diffraction pattern. In a calcination process with a high oxygen concentration, the synthesized ceria particles had a cubic fluorite structure (CeO(2)), because of the decarbonation of the cerium precursor. However, a low oxygen concentration results in a hexagonal phase cerium oxide (Ce(2)O(3)) rather than the cubic phase due to the insufficient oxidation of Ce(3+) to Ce(4+). In the STI CMP evaluation, the ceria slurry prepared with the cubic CeO(2) shows enhanced performances of the oxide-to-nitride removal selectivity.

  19. A perfectly stoichiometric and flat CeO2(111) surface on a bulk-like ceria film

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    Barth, C.; Laffon, C.; Olbrich, R.; Ranguis, A.; Parent, Ph.; Reichling, M.

    2016-02-01

    In surface science and model catalysis, cerium oxide (ceria) is mostly grown as an ultra-thin film on a metal substrate in the ultra-high vacuum to understand fundamental mechanisms involved in diverse surface chemistry processes. However, such ultra-thin films do not have the contribution of a bulk ceria underneath, which is currently discussed to have a high impact on in particular surface redox processes. Here, we present a fully oxidized ceria thick film (180 nm) with a perfectly stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface exhibiting exceptionally large, atomically flat terraces. The film is well-suited for ceria model studies as well as a perfect substitute for CeO2 bulk material.

  20. A perfectly stoichiometric and flat CeO2(111) surface on a bulk-like ceria film

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    Barth, C.; Laffon, C.; Olbrich, R.; Ranguis, A.; Parent, Ph.; Reichling, M.

    2016-01-01

    In surface science and model catalysis, cerium oxide (ceria) is mostly grown as an ultra-thin film on a metal substrate in the ultra-high vacuum to understand fundamental mechanisms involved in diverse surface chemistry processes. However, such ultra-thin films do not have the contribution of a bulk ceria underneath, which is currently discussed to have a high impact on in particular surface redox processes. Here, we present a fully oxidized ceria thick film (180 nm) with a perfectly stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface exhibiting exceptionally large, atomically flat terraces. The film is well-suited for ceria model studies as well as a perfect substitute for CeO2 bulk material. PMID:26879800

  1. A perfectly stoichiometric and flat CeO2(111) surface on a bulk-like ceria film.

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    Barth, C; Laffon, C; Olbrich, R; Ranguis, A; Parent, Ph; Reichling, M

    2016-02-16

    In surface science and model catalysis, cerium oxide (ceria) is mostly grown as an ultra-thin film on a metal substrate in the ultra-high vacuum to understand fundamental mechanisms involved in diverse surface chemistry processes. However, such ultra-thin films do not have the contribution of a bulk ceria underneath, which is currently discussed to have a high impact on in particular surface redox processes. Here, we present a fully oxidized ceria thick film (180 nm) with a perfectly stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface exhibiting exceptionally large, atomically flat terraces. The film is well-suited for ceria model studies as well as a perfect substitute for CeO2 bulk material.

  2. The effect of sub-oxide phases on the transparency of tin-doped gallium oxide

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    Lim, K.; Schelhas, L. T.; Siah, S. C.; Brandt, R. E.; Zakutayev, A.; Lany, S.; Gorman, B.; Sun, C. J.; Ginley, D.; Buonassisi, T.; Toney, M. F.

    2016-10-03

    There have been a number of studies on the fabrication of Sn-doped gallium oxide (Ga2O3:Sn) films with both conductive and transparent properties using a variety of deposition methods. However, often, synthesis results in films that are not transparent. In this paper, we examine the mechanisms underlying these results in Ga2O3:Sn thin films prepared at various growth temperatures, Sn concentrations, and oxygen partial pressures. With X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, we find that when films are grown under the oxygen deficient conditions there are Ga sub-oxide and SnOx phases in the Ga2O3:Sn thin film. These Ga sub-oxide phases are only found in non-transparent films, and so we infer that the Ga sub-oxide is responsible for the non-transparency. These observations suggest that to obtain transparent Ga2O3:Sn, films deposition or subsequent annealing must be carefully controlled in both temperature and oxygen partial pressure to avoid the formation of Ga sub-oxide phases.

  3. The effect of sub-oxide phases on the transparency of tin-doped gallium oxide

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    Lim, K.; Schelhas, L. T.; Siah, S. C.; ...

    2016-10-07

    There have been a number of studies on the fabrication of Sn-doped gallium oxide (Ga2O3:Sn) films with both conductive and transparent properties using a variety of deposition methods. However, often, synthesis results in films that are not transparent. In this paper, we examine the mechanisms underlying these results in Ga2O3:Sn thin films prepared at various growth temperatures, Sn concentrations, and oxygen partial pressures. With X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, we find that when films are grown under the oxygen deficient conditions there are Ga sub-oxide and SnOx phases in the Ga2O3:Sn thin film. These Gamore » sub-oxide phases are only found in non-transparent films, and so we infer that the Ga sub-oxide is responsible for the non-transparency. Furthermore, these observations suggest that to obtain transparent Ga2O3:Sn, films deposition or subsequent annealing must be carefully controlled in both temperature and oxygen partial pressure to avoid the formation of Ga sub-oxide phases.« less

  4. The effect of sub-oxide phases on the transparency of tin-doped gallium oxide

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    Lim, K.; Schelhas, L. T.; Siah, S. C.; Brandt, R. E.; Zakutayev, A.; Lany, S.; Gorman, B.; Sun, C. J.; Ginley, D.; Buonassisi, T.; Toney, M. F.

    2016-10-03

    There have been a number of studies on the fabrication of Sn-doped gallium oxide (Ga2O3:Sn) films with both conductive and transparent properties using a variety of deposition methods. However, often, synthesis results in films that are not transparent. In this paper, we examine the mechanisms underlying these results in Ga2O3:Sn thin films prepared at various growth temperatures, Sn concentrations, and oxygen partial pressures. With X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, we find that when films are grown under the oxygen deficient conditions there are Ga sub-oxide and SnOx phases in the Ga2O3:Sn thin film. These Ga sub-oxide phases are only found in non-transparent films, and so we infer that the Ga sub-oxide is responsible for the non-transparency. These observations suggest that to obtain transparent Ga2O3:Sn, films deposition or subsequent annealing must be carefully controlled in both temperature and oxygen partial pressure to avoid the formation of Ga sub-oxide phases.

  5. Cobalt-phosphate-assisted photoelectrochemical water oxidation by arrays of molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods.

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    Lin, Yan-Gu; Hsu, Yu-Kuei; Chen, Ying-Chu; Lee, Bing-Wei; Hwang, Jih-Shang; Chen, Li-Chyong; Chen, Kuei-Hsien

    2014-09-01

    We report the first demonstration of cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi)-assisted molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods (Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O NRs) as visible-light-sensitive photofunctional electrodes to fundamentally improve the performance of ZnO NRs for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. A maximum photoconversion efficiency as high as 1.05% was achieved, at a photocurrent density of 1.4 mA cm(-2). More importantly, in addition to achieve the maximum incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) value of 86%, it could be noted that the IPCE of Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes under monochromatic illumination (450 nm) is up to 12%. Our PEC performances are comparable to those of many oxide-based photoanodes in recent reports. The improvement in photoactivity of PEC water splitting may be attributed to the enhanced visible-light absorption, increased charge-carrier densities, and improved interfacial charge-transfer kinetics due to the combined effect of molybdenum incorporation and Co-Pi modification, contributing to photocatalysis. The new design of constructing highly photoactive Co-Pi-assisted Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes enriches knowledge on doping and advances the development of high-efficiency photoelectrodes in the solar-hydrogen field.

  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. Doped and Undoped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures on Silicon Wafers

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    Chubenko, E.; Bondarenko, V.

    2013-05-01

    We present results of hydrothermal deposition of undoped and Al doped ZnO nanocrystals on nanocrystalline silicon. ZnO nanocrystals were deposited in an equimolar zinc nitride and hexamethylenetetramine solution. Aluminum nitride was used as Al precursor. The difference of the morphology of doped and undoped ZnO nanocrystals is discussed. Photoluminescence properties of the obtained nanocrystals are shown.

  8. Surface versus volume effects in luminescent ceria nanocrystals synthesized by an oil-in-water microemulsion method.

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    Tiseanu, Carmen; Parvulescu, Vasile I; Boutonnet, Magali; Cojocaru, Bogdan; Primus, Philipp A; Teodorescu, Cristian M; Solans, Conchita; Sanchez Dominguez, Margarita

    2011-10-14

    Pure and europium (Eu(3+)) doped cerium dioxide (CeO(2)) nanocrystals have been synthesized by a novel oil-in-water microemulsion reaction method under soft conditions. In-situ X-ray diffraction and RAMAN spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, UV/Vis diffuse-reflectance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy as well as time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the nanaocrystals. The as-synthesized powders are nanocrystalline and have a narrow size distribution centered on 3 nm and high surface area of ~250 m(2) g(-1). Only a small fraction of the europium ions substitutes for the bulk, cubic Ce(4+) sites in the europium-doped ceria nanocrystals. Upon calcination up to 1000 °C, a remarkable high surface area of ~120 m(2) g(-1) is preserved whereas an enrichment of the surface Ce(4+) relative to Ce(3+) ions and relative strong europium emission with a lifetime of ~1.8 ms and FWHM as narrow as 10 cm(-1) are measured. Under excitation into the UV and visible spectral range, the europium doped ceria nanocrystals display a variable emission spanning the orange-red wavelengths. The tunable emission is explained by the heterogeneous distribution of the europium dopants within the ceria nanocrystals coupled with the progressive diffusion of the europium ions from the surface to the inner ceria sites and the selective participation of the ceria host to the emission sensitization. Effects of the bulk-doping and impregnation with europium on the ceria host structure and optical properties are also discussed.

  9. Unique Electronic and Structural Effects in Vanadia/Ceria-Catalyzed Reactions.

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    Wu, Xin-Ping; Gong, Xue-Qing

    2015-10-21

    Vanadia/ceria supported catalysts exhibit ultrahigh catalytic activities in oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reactions. Here, we performed systematic density functional theory calculations to illustrate the underlying mechanisms. It is found that unique electronic and structural effects are both crucial in the catalytic processes. Calculations of the catalytic performance of different oxygen species in oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde suggested that the oxygen of the interface V-O-Ce group is catalytically more active, especially when H adsorption energy is small, indicating the strong structural effect in the vanadia/ceria supported catalyst. In addition, new empty localized states of O 2p generated in a ceria-supported system through depositing VO3- and VO4-type monomeric vanadia species are determined to participate in the whole ODH reaction processes and help to reduce the barriers at various steps.

  10. Tunable infrared absorption and visible transparency of colloidal aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals.

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    Buonsanti, Raffaella; Llordes, Anna; Aloni, Shaul; Helms, Brett A; Milliron, Delia J

    2011-11-09

    Plasmonic nanocrystals have been attracting a lot of attention both for fundamental studies and different applications, from sensing to imaging and optoelectronic devices. Transparent conductive oxides represent an interesting class of plasmonic materials in addition to metals and vacancy-doped semiconductor quantum dots. Herein, we report a rational synthetic strategy of high-quality colloidal aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals. The presence of substitutional aluminum in the zinc oxide lattice accompanied by the generation of free electrons is proved for the first time by tunable surface plasmon absorption in the infrared region both in solution and in thin films.

  11. Raman spectroscopy as a probe of temperature and oxidation state for gadolinium-doped ceria used in solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Maher, R C; Cohen, L F; Lohsoontorn, P; Brett, D J L; Brandon, N P

    2008-02-21

    Raman spectroscopy is a noninvasive and highly sensitive analytical technique capable of identifying chemical compounds in environments that can mimic SOFC operating conditions. Here we demonstrate the use of Raman spectroscopy to perform local thermal and temporal measurements, both of which are essential if phase formation diagrams are to be mapped out and compared to thermodynamic phase stability predictions. We find that the time resolution of the Raman technique is more than sufficient to capture essential dynamic effects associated with a change of chemical composition.

  12. Controlled Growth of Ceria Nanoarrays on Anatase Titania Powder: A Bottom-up Physical Picture

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    Kim, Hyun You; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Liu, Ping

    2016-12-05

    The leading edge of catalysis research motivates physical understanding of the growth of nanoscale oxide structures on different supporting oxide materials that are themselves also nanostructured. This research opens up for consideration a diverse range of facets on the support material, versus the single facet typically involved in wide-area growth of thin films. In this paper, we study the growth of ceria nanoarchitectures on practical anatase titania powders as a showcase inspired by recent experiments. Density functional theory (DFT)-based methods are employed to characterize and rationalize the broad array of low energy nanostructures that emerge. Using a bottom-up approach, we are able to identify and characterize the underlying mechanisms for the facet-dependent growth of various ceria motifs on anatase titania based on formation energy. These motifs include 0D clusters, 1D chains, 2D plates, and 3D nanoparticles. Finally, the ceria growth mode and morphology are determined by the interplay of several factors including the role of the common cation valence, the interface template effect for different facets of the anatase support, enhanced ionic binding for more compact ceria motifs, and the local structural flexibility of oxygen ions in bridging the interface between anatase and ceria structures.

  13. Controlled Growth of Ceria Nanoarrays on Anatase Titania Powder: A Bottom-up Physical Picture

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    Kim, Hyun You; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Liu, Ping

    2016-12-05

    The leading edge of catalysis research motivates physical understanding of the growth of nanoscale oxide structures on different supporting oxide materials that are themselves also nanostructured. This research opens up for consideration a diverse range of facets on the support material, versus the single facet typically involved in wide-area growth of thin films. In this paper, we study the growth of ceria nanoarchitectures on practical anatase titania powders as a showcase inspired by recent experiments. Density functional theory (DFT)-based methods are employed to characterize and rationalize the broad array of low energy nanostructures that emerge. Using a bottom-up approach, wemore » are able to identify and characterize the underlying mechanisms for the facet-dependent growth of various ceria motifs on anatase titania based on formation energy. These motifs include 0D clusters, 1D chains, 2D plates, and 3D nanoparticles. Finally, the ceria growth mode and morphology are determined by the interplay of several factors including the role of the common cation valence, the interface template effect for different facets of the anatase support, enhanced ionic binding for more compact ceria motifs, and the local structural flexibility of oxygen ions in bridging the interface between anatase and ceria structures.« less

  14. Controlled Growth of Ceria Nanoarrays on Anatase Titania Powder: A Bottom-up Physical Picture.

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    Kim, Hyun You; Hybertsen, Mark S; Liu, Ping

    2017-01-11

    The leading edge of catalysis research motivates physical understanding of the growth of nanoscale oxide structures on different supporting oxide materials that are themselves also nanostructured. This research opens up for consideration a diverse range of facets on the support material, versus the single facet typically involved in wide-area growth of thin films. Here, we study the growth of ceria nanoarchitectures on practical anatase titania powders as a showcase inspired by recent experiments. Density functional theory (DFT)-based methods are employed to characterize and rationalize the broad array of low energy nanostructures that emerge. Using a bottom-up approach, we are able to identify and characterize the underlying mechanisms for the facet-dependent growth of various ceria motifs on anatase titania based on formation energy. These motifs include 0D clusters, 1D chains, 2D plates, and 3D nanoparticles. The ceria growth mode and morphology are determined by the interplay of several factors including the role of the common cation valence, the interface template effect for different facets of the anatase support, enhanced ionic binding for more compact ceria motifs, and the local structural flexibility of oxygen ions in bridging the interface between anatase and ceria structures.

  15. Catalytic wet air oxidation with Ni- and Fe-doped mixed oxides derived from hydrotalcites.

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    Ovejero, G; Rodríguez, A; Vallet, A; Gómez, P; García, J

    2011-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation of Basic Yellow 11 (BY11), a basic dye, was studied in a batch reactor. Layered double hydroxides with the hydrotalcite-like structure containing nickel or iron cations have been prepared by coprecipitation and subsequently calcined leading to Ni- and Fe-doped mixed oxides, respectively. Compared with the results in the wet air oxidation of BY11, these catalysts showed high activity for total organic carbon (TOC), toxicity and dye removal at 120 degrees C and 50 bars after 120 min. It has been demonstrated that the activity depended strongly on the presence of catalyst. The results show that catalysts containing nickel provide a higher extent of oxidation of the dye whereas the reaction carried out with the iron catalyst is faster. The Ni and Fe dispersion determined from the TPR results was higher for the catalysts with a lower Ni or Fe content and decreased for higher Ni or Fe contents. On the basis of activity and selectivity, the Ni containing catalyst with the medium (3%) Ni content was found to be the best catalyst. Finally, a relationship between metal content of the catalyst and reaction rate has been established.

  16. A thermochemical study of ceria: exploiting an old material for new modes of energy conversion and CO2 mitigation.

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    Chueh, William C; Haile, Sossina M

    2010-07-28

    We present a comprehensive thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of the suitability of cerium oxide (ceria) for thermochemical fuel production. Both portions of the two-step cycle, (i) oxygen release from the oxide at 1773 and 1873 K under inert atmosphere, and (ii) hydrogen release upon hydrolysis at 1073 K, are examined theoretically as well as experimentally. We observe gravimetric fuel productivity that is in quantitative agreement with equilibrium, thermogravimetric studies of ceria. Despite the non-stoichiometric nature of the redox cycle, in which only a portion of the cerium atoms change their oxidation state, the fuel productivity of 8.5-11.8 ml of H(2) per gram of ceria is competitive with that of other solid-state thermochemical cycles currently under investigation. The fuel production rate, which is also highly attractive, at a rate of 4.6-6.2 ml of H(2) per minute per gram of ceria, is found to be limited by a surface-reaction step rather than by ambipolar bulk diffusion of oxygen through the solid ceria. An evaluation of the thermodynamic efficiency of the ceria-based thermochemical cycle suggests that, even in the absence of heat recovery, solar-to-fuel conversion efficiencies of 16 to 19 per cent can be achieved, assuming a suitable method for obtaining an inert atmosphere for the oxygen release step.

  17. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions. PMID:27353143

  18. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-06-01

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions.

  19. Soot Combustion over Nanostructured Ceria with Different Morphologies.

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    Zhang, Wen; Niu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liqiang; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2016-06-29

    In this study, nano-structure ceria with three different morphologies (nanorod, nanoparticle and flake) have been prepared by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. The ceria samples were deeply characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, H2-TPR, XPS and in-situ DRIFTS, and tested for soot combustion in absence/presence NO atmospheres under loose and tight contact conditions. The prepared ceria samples exhibit excellent catalytic activities, especially, the CeO2 with nanorod (Ce-R) shows the best catalytic activity, for which the peak temperature of soot combustion (Tm) is about 500 and 368 °C in loose and tight contact conditions, respectively. The catalytic activity for Ce-R is higher than that of the reported CeO2 catalysts and reaches a level that of precious metals. The characterization results reveal that the maximal amounts of adsorbed oxygen species on the surface of the nanostructure Ce-R catalyst should be the crucial role to decide the catalytic soot performance. High BET surface area may also be a positive effect on soot oxidation activity under loose contact conditions.

  20. Sol-gel deposited aluminum-doped and gallium-doped zinc oxide thin-film transparent conductive electrodes with a protective coating of reduced graphene oxide

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    Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.

    2016-04-01

    Using a traditional sol-gel deposition technique, we successfully fabricated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films on glass substrates. Employing a plasma treatment method as the postannealing process, we produced thin-film transparent conductive electrodes exhibiting excellent optical and electrical properties, with transmittance greater than 90% across the entire visible spectrum and the near-infrared range, as well as good sheet resistance under 200 Ω/sq. More importantly, to improve the resilience of our fabricated thin-film samples at elevated temperatures and in humid environments, we deposited a layer of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as protective overcoating. The stability of our composite AZO/rGO and GZO/rGO samples improved substantially compared to that of their counterparts with no rGO coating.

  1. Iodine doping effects on the lattice thermal conductivity of oxidized polyacetylene nanofibers

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    Bi, Kedong E-mail: kedongbi@seu.edu.cn; Weathers, Annie; Pettes, Michael T.; Shi, Li E-mail: kedongbi@seu.edu.cn; Matsushita, Satoshi; Akagi, Kazuo; Goh, Munju

    2013-11-21

    Thermal transport in oxidized polyacetylene (PA) nanofibers with diameters in the range between 74 and 126 nm is measured with the use of a suspended micro heater device. With the error due to both radiation and contact thermal resistance corrected via a differential measurement procedure, the obtained thermal conductivity of oxidized PA nanofibers varies in the range between 0.84 and 1.24 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1} near room temperature, and decreases by 40%–70% after iodine doping. It is also found that the thermal conductivity of oxidized PA nanofibers increases with temperature between 100 and 350 K. Because of exposure to oxygen during sample preparation, the PA nanofibers are oxidized to be electrically insulating before and after iodine doping. The measurement results reveal that iodine doping can result in enhanced lattice disorder and reduced lattice thermal conductivity of PA nanofibers. If the oxidation issue can be addressed via further research to increase the electrical conductivity via doping, the observed suppressed lattice thermal conductivity in doped polymer nanofibers can be useful for the development of such conducting polymer nanostructures for thermoelectric energy conversion.

  2. Method of Fabrication of High Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Pham, Ai Quoc; Glass, Robert S.

    2008-09-09

    A method for producing ultra-high power density solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The method involves the formation of a multilayer structure cells wherein a buffer layer of doped-ceria is deposited intermediate a zirconia electrolyte and a cobalt iron based electrode using a colloidal spray deposition (CSD) technique. For example, a cobalt iron based cathode composed of (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O(LSCF) may be deposited on a zirconia electrolyte via a buffer layer of doped-ceria deposited by the CSD technique. The thus formed SOFC have a power density of 1400 mW/cm.sup.2 at 600.degree. C. and 900 mW/cm.sup.2 at 700.degree. C. which constitutes a 2-3 times increased in power density over conventionally produced SOFCs.

  3. Plasma-induced highly efficient synthesis of boron doped reduced graphene oxide for supercapacitors.

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    Li, Shaobo; Wang, Zhaofeng; Jiang, Hanmei; Zhang, Limei; Ren, Jingzheng; Zheng, Mingtao; Dong, Lichun; Sun, Luyi

    2016-09-21

    In this work, we presented a novel route to synthesize boron doped reduced graphene oxide (rGO) by using the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma technology under ambient conditions. The doping of boron (1.4 at%) led to a significant improvement in the capacitance of rGO and supercapacitors based on the as-synthesized B-rGO exhibited an outstanding specific capacitance.

  4. Effects of erbium doping of indium tin oxide electrode in resistive random access memory

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    Chen, Po-Hsun; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Pan, Chih-Hung; Lin, Chih-Yang; Jin, Fu-Yuan; Chen, Min-Chen; Huang, Hui-Chun; Lo, Ikai; Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Sze, Simon M.

    2016-03-01

    Identical insulators and bottom electrodes were fabricated and capped by an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, either undoped or doped with erbium (Er), as a top electrode. This distinctive top electrode dramatically altered the resistive random access memory (RRAM) characteristics, for example, lowering the operation current and enlarging the memory window. In addition, the RESET voltage increased, whereas the SET voltage remained almost the same. A conduction model of Er-doped ITO is proposed through current-voltage (I-V) measurement and current fitting to explain the resistance switching mechanism of Er-doped ITO RRAM and is confirmed by material analysis and reliability tests.

  5. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation over metal-doped monoclinic BiVO(4) photoanodes.

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    Parmar, Kanak Pal Singh; Kang, Hyun Joon; Bist, Amita; Dua, Piyush; Jang, Jum Suk; Lee, Jae Sung

    2012-10-01

    The visible-light-induced water oxidation ability of metal-ion-doped BiVO(4) was investigated and of 12 metal ion dopants tested, only W and Mo dramatically enhanced the water photo-oxidation activity of bare BiVO(4); Mo had the highest improvement by a factor of about six. Thus, BiVO(4) and W- or Mo-doped (2 atom %) BiVO(4) photoanodes about 1 μm thick were fabricated onto transparent conducting substrate by a metal-organic decomposition/spin-coating method. Under simulated one sun (air mass 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2)) and at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode, the highest photocurrent density (J(PH)) of about 2.38 mA cm(-2) was achieved for Mo doping followed by W doping (J(PH) ≈ 1.98 mA cm(-2)), whereas undoped BiVO(4) gave a J(PH) value of about 0.42 mA cm(-2). The photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of W- and Mo-doped BiVO(4) photoanodes corresponded to the incident photon to current conversion efficiency of about 35 and 40 % respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky analysis indicated a positive flat band shift of about 30 mV, a carrier concentration 1.6-2 times higher, and a charge-transfer resistance reduced by 3-4-fold for W- or Mo-doped BiVO(4) relative to undoped BiVO(4). Electronic structure calculations revealed that both W and Mo were shallow donors and Mo doping generated superior conductivity to W doping. The photo-oxidation activity of water on BiVO(4) photoanodes (undopeddopeddoped) was in accordance with the results from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Mott-Schottky analysis, and theoretical electronic structural calculations. Thus, Mo or W doping enhanced the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of monoclinic BiVO(4) by drastically reducing its charge-transfer resistance and thereby minimizing photoexcited electron-hole pair recombination. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Tin doping speeds up hole transfer during light-driven water oxidation at hematite photoanodes.

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    Dunn, Halina K; Feckl, Johann M; Müller, Alexander; Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Dina; Morehead, Samuel G; Roos, Julian; Peter, Laurence M; Scheu, Christina; Bein, Thomas

    2014-11-28

    Numerous studies have shown that the performance of hematite photoanodes for light-driven water splitting is improved substantially by doping with various metals, including tin. Although the enhanced performance has commonly been attributed to bulk effects such as increased conductivity, recent studies have noted an impact of doping on the efficiency of the interfacial transfer of holes involved in the oxygen evolution reaction. However, the methods used were not able to elucidate the origin of this improved efficiency, which could originate from passivation of surface electron-hole recombination or catalysis of the oxygen evolution reaction. The present study used intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS), which is a powerful small amplitude perturbation technique that can de-convolute the rate constants for charge transfer and recombination at illuminated semiconductor electrodes. The method was applied to examine the kinetics of water oxidation on thin solution-processed hematite model photoanodes, which can be Sn-doped without morphological change. We observed a significant increase in photocurrent upon Sn-doping, which is attributed to a higher transfer efficiency. The kinetic data obtained using IMPS show that Sn-doping brings about a more than tenfold increase in the rate constant for water oxidation by photogenerated holes. This result provides the first demonstration that Sn-doping speeds up water oxidation on hematite by increasing the rate constant for hole transfer.

  7. Gas-generated thermal oxidation of a coordination cluster for an anion-doped mesoporous metal oxide

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    Hirai, Kenji; Isobe, Shigehito; Sada, Kazuki

    2015-12-01

    Central in material design of metal oxides is the increase of surface area and control of intrinsic electronic and optical properties, because of potential applications for energy storage, photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Here, we disclose a facile method, inspired by geochemical process, which gives rise to mesoporous anion-doped metal oxides. As a model system, we demonstrate that simple calcination of a multinuclear coordination cluster results in synchronic chemical reactions: thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 and generation of gases including amino-group fragments. The gas generation during the thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 creates mesoporosity in TiO2. Concurrently, nitrogen atoms contained in the gases are doped into TiO2, thus leading to the formation of mesoporous N-doped TiO2. The mesoporous N-doped TiO2 can be easily synthesized by calcination of the multinuclear coordination cluster, but shows better photocatalytic activity than the one prepared by a conventional sol-gel method. Owing to an intrinsic designability of coordination compounds, this facile synthetic will be applicable to a wide range of metal oxides and anion dopants.

  8. Gas-generated thermal oxidation of a coordination cluster for an anion-doped mesoporous metal oxide

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    Hirai, Kenji; Isobe, Shigehito; Sada, Kazuki

    2015-01-01

    Central in material design of metal oxides is the increase of surface area and control of intrinsic electronic and optical properties, because of potential applications for energy storage, photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Here, we disclose a facile method, inspired by geochemical process, which gives rise to mesoporous anion-doped metal oxides. As a model system, we demonstrate that simple calcination of a multinuclear coordination cluster results in synchronic chemical reactions: thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 and generation of gases including amino-group fragments. The gas generation during the thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 creates mesoporosity in TiO2. Concurrently, nitrogen atoms contained in the gases are doped into TiO2, thus leading to the formation of mesoporous N-doped TiO2. The mesoporous N-doped TiO2 can be easily synthesized by calcination of the multinuclear coordination cluster, but shows better photocatalytic activity than the one prepared by a conventional sol-gel method. Owing to an intrinsic designability of coordination compounds, this facile synthetic will be applicable to a wide range of metal oxides and anion dopants. PMID:26681104

  9. Enhanced ceria solid electrolyte fuel cell development. Reduction of electronic conductivity permits use of a solid ceria electrolyte in high efficiency high power density fuel cells at temperatures compatible with metallic cell hardware

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    Maricle, D. L.

    1990-01-01

    The high operating temperature of zirconia based solid oxide fuel cells has been shown in many studies to have advantages for both space and terrestrial applications. The high heat rejection temperature minimizes radiator size and weight for high atmospheric and space applications. Mobile and stationary terrestrial applications take advantage of a cell temperature high enough to directly reform hydro-carbon fuels, achieving high efficiency and energy density. Government funded solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) efforts are concentrated on the monolithic and tubular cell designs employing zirconia as the oxide ion conduction membrane. Zirconia requires an operating temperature of 1000 C to achieve adequate electrolyte conductivity. All-ceramic cell structures are used in both cases, leading to fragile, failure prone cells, and manufacturing steps which are difficult to scale up and costly. IFC's molten carbonate fuel cell development demonstrates the reliability of ductile sheet metal parts used for gas flow fields, separator plates, and frames in the 650 C temperature range. Ceria doped with gadolinium has ionic conductivity at 700 C comparable to zirconia at 1000 C. At 700 C a variety of stainless steels offer acceptable strength and oxidation resistance for use as cell hardware.

  10. Electrocatalytic oxidation of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine at metal oxide doped phthalocyanine/MWCNT composite sensor

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    Mphuthi, Ntsoaki G.; Adekunle, Abolanle S.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-01-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with metal oxides (MO = Fe3O4, ZnO) nanoparticles doped phthalocyanine (Pc) and functionalized MWCNTs, and the electrocatalytic properties were studied. Successful synthesis of the metal oxide nanoparticles and the MO/Pc/MWCNT composite were confirmed using FTIR, Raman and SEM techniques. The electrodes were characterized using cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. The electrocatalytic behaviour of the electrode towards epinephrine (EP) and norepinephrine (NE) oxidation was investigated using CV and DPV. Result showed that GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/2,3-Nc, GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O429H,31H-Pc, GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/2,3-Nc and GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc electrodes gave enhanced EP and NE current response. Stability study indicated that the four GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc modified electrodes were stable against electrode fouling effect with the percentage NE current drop of 5.56–5.88% after 20 scans. GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (4.6 μM) towards EP while MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (1.7 μM) towards NE. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the electrodes compared well with literature. Electrocatalytic oxidation of EP and NE on GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc electrodes was diffusion controlled with some adsorption of electro-oxidation reaction intermediates products. The electrodes were found to be electrochemically stable, reusable and can be used for the analysis of EP and NE in real life samples. PMID:27245690

  11. Electrocatalytic oxidation of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine at metal oxide doped phthalocyanine/MWCNT composite sensor

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    Mphuthi, Ntsoaki G.; Adekunle, Abolanle S.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-06-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with metal oxides (MO = Fe3O4, ZnO) nanoparticles doped phthalocyanine (Pc) and functionalized MWCNTs, and the electrocatalytic properties were studied. Successful synthesis of the metal oxide nanoparticles and the MO/Pc/MWCNT composite were confirmed using FTIR, Raman and SEM techniques. The electrodes were characterized using cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. The electrocatalytic behaviour of the electrode towards epinephrine (EP) and norepinephrine (NE) oxidation was investigated using CV and DPV. Result showed that GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/2,3-Nc, GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O429H,31H-Pc, GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/2,3-Nc and GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc electrodes gave enhanced EP and NE current response. Stability study indicated that the four GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc modified electrodes were stable against electrode fouling effect with the percentage NE current drop of 5.56-5.88% after 20 scans. GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (4.6 μM) towards EP while MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (1.7 μM) towards NE. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the electrodes compared well with literature. Electrocatalytic oxidation of EP and NE on GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc electrodes was diffusion controlled with some adsorption of electro-oxidation reaction intermediates products. The electrodes were found to be electrochemically stable, reusable and can be used for the analysis of EP and NE in real life samples.

  12. Realization of ferromagnetic graphene oxide with high magnetization by doping graphene oxide with nitrogen

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    Liu, Yuan; Tang, Nujiang; Wan, Xiangang; Feng, Qian; Li, Ming; Xu, Qinghua; Liu, Fuchi; Du, Youwei

    2013-01-01

    The long spin diffusion length makes graphene very attractive for novel spintronic devices, and thus has triggered a quest for integrating the charge and spin degrees of freedom. However, ideal graphene is intrinsic non-magnetic, due to a delocalized π bonding network. Therefore, synthesis of ferromagnetic graphene or its derivatives with high magnetization is urgent due to both fundamental and technological importance. Here we report that N-doping can be an effective route to obtain a very high magnetization of ca. 1.66 emu/g, and can make graphene oxide (GO) to be ferromagnetism with a Curie-temperature of 100.2 K. Clearly, our findings can offer the easy realization of ferromagnetic GO with high magnetization, therefore, push the way for potential applications in spintronic devices. PMID:23995236

  13. Multi-wavelength Raman scattering of nanostructured Al-doped zinc oxide

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    Russo, V.; Ghidelli, M.; Gondoni, P.; Casari, C. S.; Li Bassi, A.

    2014-02-01

    In this work we present a detailed Raman scattering investigation of zinc oxide and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films characterized by a variety of nanoscale structures and morphologies and synthesized by pulsed laser deposition under different oxygen pressure conditions. The comparison of Raman spectra for pure ZnO and AZO films with similar morphology at the nano/mesoscale allows to investigate the relation between Raman features (peak or band positions, width, relative intensity) and material properties such as local structural order, stoichiometry, and doping. Moreover Raman measurements with three different excitation lines (532, 457, and 325 nm) point out a strong correlation between vibrational and electronic properties. This observation confirms the relevance of a multi-wavelength Raman investigation to obtain a complete structural characterization of advanced doped oxide materials.

  14. Multi-wavelength Raman scattering of nanostructured Al-doped zinc oxide

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    Russo, V.; Ghidelli, M.; Gondoni, P.

    2014-02-21

    In this work we present a detailed Raman scattering investigation of zinc oxide and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films characterized by a variety of nanoscale structures and morphologies and synthesized by pulsed laser deposition under different oxygen pressure conditions. The comparison of Raman spectra for pure ZnO and AZO films with similar morphology at the nano/mesoscale allows to investigate the relation between Raman features (peak or band positions, width, relative intensity) and material properties such as local structural order, stoichiometry, and doping. Moreover Raman measurements with three different excitation lines (532, 457, and 325 nm) point out a strong correlation between vibrational and electronic properties. This observation confirms the relevance of a multi-wavelength Raman investigation to obtain a complete structural characterization of advanced doped oxide materials.

  15. Correction: Enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation via atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticle films

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    Cordova, Isvar A.; Peng, Qing; Ferrall, Isa L.; Rieth, Adam J.; Hoertz, Paul G.; Glass, Jeffrey T.

    2015-07-01

    Correction for `Enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation via atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticle films' by Isvar A. Cordova, et al., Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 8584-8592.

  16. Correction: Enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation via atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticle films.

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    Cordova, Isvar A; Peng, Qing; Ferrall, Isa L; Rieth, Adam J; Hoertz, Paul G; Glass, Jeffrey T

    2015-07-28

    Correction for 'Enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation via atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticle films' by Isvar A. Cordova, et al., Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 8584-8592.

  17. Contact doping of silicon wafers and nanostructures with phosphine oxide monolayers.

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    Hazut, Ori; Agarwala, Arunava; Amit, Iddo; Subramani, Thangavel; Zaidiner, Seva; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Yerushalmi, Roie

    2012-11-27

    Contact doping method for the controlled surface doping of silicon wafers and nanometer scale structures is presented. The method, monolayer contact doping (MLCD), utilizes the formation of a dopant-containing monolayer on a donor substrate that is brought to contact and annealed with the interface or structure intended for doping. A unique feature of the MLCD method is that the monolayer used for doping is formed on a separate substrate (termed donor substrate), which is distinct from the interface intended for doping (termed acceptor substrate). The doping process is controlled by anneal conditions, details of the interface, and molecular precursor used for the formation of the dopant-containing monolayer. The MLCD process does not involve formation and removal of SiO(2) capping layer, allowing utilization of surface chemistry details for tuning and simplifying the doping process. Surface contact doping of intrinsic Si wafers (i-Si) and intrinsic silicon nanowires (i-SiNWs) is demonstrated and characterized. Nanowire devices were formed using the i-SiNW channel and contact doped using the MLCD process, yielding highly doped SiNWs. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) was used to measure the longitudinal dopant distribution of the SiNWs and demonstrated highly uniform distribution in comparison with in situ doped wires. The MLCD process was studied for i-Si substrates with native oxide and H-terminated surface for three types of phosphorus-containing molecules. Sheet resistance measurements reveal the dependency of the doping process on the details of the surface chemistry used and relation to the different chemical environments of the P═O group. Characterization of the thermal decomposition of several monolayer types formed on SiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) using TGA and XPS provides insight regarding the role of phosphorus surface chemistry at the SiO(2) interface in the overall MLCD process. The new MLCD process presented here for controlled surface doping

  18. One - Step synthesis of nitrogen doped reduced graphene oxide with NiCo nanoparticles for ethanol oxidation in alkaline media.

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    Kakaei, Karim; Marzang, Kamaran

    2016-01-15

    Development of anode catalysts and catalyst supporting carbonaceous material containing non-precious metal have attracted tremendous attention in the field of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs). Herein, we report the synthesis and electrochemical properties of nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (NRGO) supported Co, Ni and NiCo nanocomposites. The metal NRGO nanocomposites, in which metal nanoparticles are embedded in the highly porous nitrogen-doped graphene matrix, have been synthesized by simply and one-pot method at a mild temperature using GO, urea choline chloride and urea as reducing and doping agent. The fabricated NiCo/NRGO exhibit remarkable electrocatalytic activity (with Tafel slope of 159.1mVdec(-1)) and high stability for the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR). The superior performance of the alloy based NRGO is attributed to high surface area, well uniform distribution of high-density nitrogen, metal active sites and synergistic effect.

  19. Initial oxidation of pure and K doped NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Tollefsen, H.; Raaen, S.

    2009-06-01

    Initial oxidation of pure and K doped nitinol has been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. The composition of the TiOx layer that forms on the surface is found to depend on the temperature during oxidation. The oxidation at high temperatures results in enhanced formation of lower oxides, whereas TiO2 predominates for oxidation at lower temperatures, e.g., 70 °C. Submonolayer coverage of K on NiTi enhances the formation of TiO2 on the expense of lower oxides, which is of consequence for formation of a protective oxide layer and biocompatibility. Oxidation in the martensitic phase was found to be independent of temperature for temperatures between -40 and 10 °C, whereas in the austenitic phase the oxide growth is thermally activated.

  20. Surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of nickel oxide and lithium-doped nickel oxide thin films, toward electrochromic applications

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    Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy; Simonis, Priscilla; Colson, Pierre; Maho, Anthony; Aubry, Philippe; Vertruyen, Bénédicte; Henrist, Catherine; Lardot, Véronique; Cambier, Francis; Cloots, Rudi

    2014-12-01

    Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the sprayed solution has led to improved uniformity and reduced light scattering compared to films made without surfactant. Furthermore, the presence of lithium ions in NiO films has resulted in improved electrochromic performances (coloration contrast and efficiency), but with a slight decrease of the electrochromic switching kinetics.

  1. Design and simulation of oxide and doping engineered lateral bipolar junction transistors for high power applications

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    Loan, Sajad A.; Bashir, Faisal; Akhoon, M. Saqib; Alamoud, Abdulrahman M.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we propose new structures of lateral bipolar junction transistor (LBJT) on silicon on insulator (SOI) with improved performance. The proposed devices are lateral bipolar transistors with multi doping zone collector drift region and a thick buried oxide under the collector region. Calibrated simulation studies have revealed that the proposed devices have higher breakdown voltage than the conventional device, that too at higher drift doping concentration. This has resulted in improved tradeoff between the on-resistance and the breakdown voltage of the proposed devices. It has been observed that the proposed device with two collector drift doping zones and a buried oxide thick step results in ∼190% increase in the breakdown voltage than the conventional device. The further increase in the number of collector drift doping zones from two to three has increased the breakdown voltage by 260% than the conventional one. On comparing the proposed devices with the buried oxide double step devices, it has been found that an increase of ∼15-19% in the breakdown voltage is observed in the proposed devices even at higher drift doping concentrations. The use of higher drift doping concentration reduces the on-resistance of the proposed device and thus improves the tradeoff between the breakdown voltage and the on-resistance of the proposed device in comparison to buried oxide double step devices. Further, the use of step doping in the collector drift region has resulted in the reduction of kink effect in the proposed device. Using the mixed mode simulations, the proposed devices have been tested at the circuit level, by designing and simulating inverting amplifiers employing the proposed devices. Both DC and AC analyses of the inverting amplifiers have shown that the proposed devices work well at the circuit level. It has been observed that there is a slight increase in ON delay in the proposed device; however, the OFF delay is more or less same as that of the

  2. Reduced ceria nanofilms from structure prediction

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    Kozlov, Sergey M.; Demiroglu, Ilker; Neyman, Konstantin M.; Bromley, Stefan T.

    2015-02-01

    Experimentally, Ce2O3 films are used to study cerium oxide in its fully or partially reduced state, as present in many applications. We have explored the space of low energy Ce2O3 nanofilms using structure prediction and density functional calculations, yielding more than 30 distinct nanofilm structures. First, our results help to rationalize the roles of thermodynamics and kinetics in the preparation of reduced ceria nanofilms with different bulk crystalline structures (e.g. A-type or bixbyite) depending on the support used. Second, we predict a novel, as yet experimentally unresolved, nanofilm which has a structure that does not correspond to any previously reported bulk A2B3 phase and which has an energetic stability between that of A-type and bixbyite. To assist identification and fabrication of this new Ce2O3 nanofilm we calculate some observable properties and propose supports for its epitaxial growth.Experimentally, Ce2O3 films are used to study cerium oxide in its fully or partially reduced state, as present in many applications. We have explored the space of low energy Ce2O3 nanofilms using structure prediction and density functional calculations, yielding more than 30 distinct nanofilm structures. First, our results help to rationalize the roles of thermodynamics and kinetics in the preparation of reduced ceria nanofilms with different bulk crystalline structures (e.g. A-type or bixbyite) depending on the support used. Second, we predict a novel, as yet experimentally unresolved, nanofilm which has a structure that does not correspond to any previously reported bulk A2B3 phase and which has an energetic stability between that of A-type and bixbyite. To assist identification and fabrication of this new Ce2O3 nanofilm we calculate some observable properties and propose supports for its epitaxial growth. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Graph of IP versus DFT relative energies for nanofilms, GGA + U calculated lattice parameters and

  3. Magnetic and electrical properties of transition-metal-doped oxide thin films

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    Lam, Ching Yee

    In this research programme, the electrical and magnetic properties of PLD and room temperature grown TM-doped TiO2 and TM-doped Cu xO thin films have been investigated. We used Co and Fe as the TM dopants for the TiO2 based films. Mn was however used to dope the Cu xO materials systems. Among the various electrical properties, resistive switching of transition-metal oxide thin films and electrical rectifying property of an all-oxide p-n diode have been studied. The resistive switching of anatase phase TM-doped TiO 2 has been determined using two top-down configurations of Ag/TM-doped TiO2/Pt and In/TM-doped TiO2/TiN. Despite the fact that same transition-metal oxide was used, the switching characteristics of these two configurations were significantly different. For example, both the unipolar and bipolar switching were observed in pure TiO2 films. Heterostructures of Ag/TiO2/Pt have also been deposited on flexible PET substrates at room temperature by PLD. These oxide films on flexible substrate not only show resistive switching, but produce an average switching ratio as high as over 6 orders of magnitude. The resistive switching in In/CuxO/Pt and In/Mn-doped CuxO/Pt films have also been demonstrated in the present study. Our results indicate clearly that the switching stability of the In/CuxO/Pt systems is improved by the Mn-doping. Our ultimate goal is to produce a ferromagnetic all-oxide p-n junction diode. We obtained room-temperature ferromagnetism in the epitaxially grown anatase n-type Co-doped TiO2 and possible p-type Fe-doped TiO 2 thin films. At the same time, the 3.7 at.% Mn-doped Cu2O epitaxial films have been prepared. They are p-type conducting and have been properly utilized to form good rectifying all-oxide heterojunction with the n-type Nb-SrTiO3 substrates. The p-type Mn-doped Cu2O films that we have made so far, although exhibit ferromagnetism at low temperatures <50K, do not reveal any room temperature ferromagnetic characteristics. It is

  4. Ceria nanoclusters on graphene/Ru(0001): A new model catalyst system

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    Novotny, Z.; Netzer, F. P.; Dohnalek, Z.

    2016-03-22

    In this study, the growth of ceria nanoclusters on single-layer graphene on Ru(0001) has been examined, with a view towards fabricating a stable system for model catalysis studies. The surface morphology and cluster distribution as a function of oxide coverage and substrate temperature has been monitored by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), whereas the chemical composition of the cluster deposits has been determined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The ceria nanoparticles are of the CeO2(111)-type and are anchored at the intrinsic defects of the graphene surface, resulting in a variation of the cluster densities across the macroscopic sample surface. The ceria clusters on graphene display a remarkable stability against reduction in ultrahigh vacuum up to 900 K, but some sintering of clusters is observed for temperatures > 450 K. The evolution of the cluster size distribution suggests that the sintering proceeds via a Smoluchowski ripening mechanism, i.e. diffusion and aggregation of entire clusters.

  5. Ceria nanoclusters on graphene/Ru(0001): A new model catalyst system

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    Novotny, Z.; Netzer, F. P.; Dohnálek, Z.

    2016-10-01

    The growth of ceria nanoclusters on single-layer graphene on Ru(0001) has been examined, with a view towards fabricating a stable system for model catalysis studies. The surface morphology and cluster distribution as a function of oxide coverage and substrate temperature has been monitored by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), whereas the chemical composition of the cluster deposits has been determined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The ceria nanoparticles are of the CeO2(111)-type and are anchored at the intrinsic defects of the graphene surface, resulting in a variation of the cluster densities across the macroscopic sample surface. The ceria clusters on graphene display a remarkable stability against reduction in ultrahigh vacuum up to 900 K, but some sintering of clusters is observed for temperatures > 450 K. The evolution of the cluster size distribution suggests that the sintering proceeds via a Smoluchowski ripening mechanism, i.e. diffusion and aggregation of entire clusters.

  6. Gold nanoparticles supported in zirconia-ceria mesoporous thin films: a highly active reusable heterogeneous nanocatalyst.

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    Violi, Ianina L; Zelcer, Andrés; Bruno, Mariano M; Luca, Vittorio; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A

    2015-01-21

    Gold nanoparticles (NP) trapped in the mesopores of mixed zirconia-ceria thin films are prepared in a straightforward and reproducible way. The films exhibit enhanced stability and excellent catalytic activity in nitro-group reduction by borohydride and electrocatalytic activity in CO and ethanol oxidation and oxygen reduction.

  7. Electrical and Optical Properties of Hydrogen Doped Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films for Low Cost Applications.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Young; Kwon, Samyoung; Kim, Eung Kwon; Choi, Wonseok; Kim, Donguk; Kim, Minha; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2016-05-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrate using a magnetron sputtering system. In this work, a powder target was used as a source material for low cost applications, instead of a conventional sintered ceramic target. The effects of the hydrogen gas ratio on the electrical and optical properties of the AZO films. The hydrogen doped AZO (AZO:H) films had a hexagonal polycrystalline structure. A small amount of hydrogen gas deteriorated the electrical and optical properties of the AZO:H films. However, these properties improved, as the H2/(H2 + Ar) gas ratio increased. The AZO:H films grown at an H2/(H2+Ar) ratio of 10% showed good properties for low cost applications, such as a low resistivity of 1.35 x 10(-3) Ω-cm, high average transmittance of 83.1% in the visible range of light.

  8. Influences of indium doping and annealing on microstructure and optical properties of cadmium oxide thin films

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    Zhu, Yuankun; Lei, Pei; Zhu, Jiaqi; Han, Jiecai

    2016-04-01

    The influences of indium doping and subsequent annealing in nitrogen and air atmospheres on the microstructure and optical properties of cadmium oxide films were studied in detail with the aid of various characterizations. X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy analysis shows that indium atom forms chemically oxidized bonds in Cd-O matrix. X-ray diffraction results demonstrate that CdO structure remains FCC structure with indium doping, whereas the preferential orientation transforms from (222) into (200) orientation. Indium doping prevents the large crystalline growth, and this role still works under both nitrogen and air annealing processes. Similarly, CdO films show rough surface under annealing conditions, but the force has been greatly weakened at high doping level. It is clear that refractive index and extinction coefficient are closely correlated with crystalline size for undoped films, whereas it turns to the doping level for doped films, which can be performed by the mechanism of indium atom substitution. This work provides a very useful guild for design and application of optical-electronic devices.

  9. Influence of the metal precursor on the catalytic behavior of Pt/ceria catalysts in the preferential oxidation of CO in the presence of H₂ (PROX).

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    Jardim, Erika O; Rico-Francés, Soledad; Coloma, Fernando; Anderson, James A; Silvestre-Albero, Joaquín; Sepúlveda-Escribano, Antonio

    2015-04-01

    The effect of the metal precursor (presence or absence of chlorine) on the preferential oxidation of CO in the presence of H2 over Pt/CeO2 catalysts has been studied. The catalysts are prepared using (Pt(NH3)4)(NO3)2 and H2PtCl6, as precursors, in order to ascertain the effect of the chlorine species on the chemical properties of the support and on the catalytic behavior of these systems in the PROX reaction. The results show that chloride species exert an important effect on the redox properties of the oxide support due to surface chlorination. Consequently, the chlorinated catalyst exhibits a poorer catalytic activity at low temperatures compared with the chlorine-free catalyst, and this is accompanied by a higher selectivity to CO2 even at high reaction temperatures. It is proposed that the CO oxidation mechanism follows different pathways on each catalyst.

  10. Zirconium doped nano-dispersed oxides of Fe, Al and Zn for destruction of warfare agents

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    Stengl, Vaclav; Houskova, Vendula; Bakardjieva, Snejana; Murafa, Nataliya; Marikova, Monika; Oplustil, Frantisek; Nemec, Tomas

    2010-11-15

    Zirconium doped nano dispersive oxides of Fe, Al and Zn were prepared by a homogeneous hydrolysis of the respective sulfate salts with urea in aqueous solutions. Synthesized metal oxide hydroxides were characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda porosity (BJH), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX). These oxides were taken for an experimental evaluation of their reactivity with sulfur mustard (HD or bis(2-chloroethyl)sulfide), soman (GD or (3,3'-Dimethylbutan-2-yl)-methylphosphonofluoridate) and VX agent (S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl]-O-ethyl-methylphosphonothionate). The presence of Zr{sup 4+} dopant can increase both the surface area and the surface hydroxylation of the resulting doped oxides, decreases their crystallites' sizes thereby it may contribute in enabling the substrate adsorption at the oxide surface thus it can accelerate the rate of degradation of warfare agents. Addition of Zr{sup 4+} converts the product of the reaction of ferric sulphate with urea from ferrihydrite to goethite. We found out that doped oxo-hydroxides Zr-FeO(OH) - being prepared by a homogeneous hydrolysis of ferric and zirconium oxo-sulfates mixture in aqueous solutions - exhibit a comparatively higher degradation activity towards chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Degradation of soman or VX agent on Zr-doped FeO(OH) containing ca. 8.3 wt.% of zirconium proceeded to completion within 30 min.

  11. True Vapor-Liquid-Solid Process Suppresses Unintentional Carrier Doping of Single Crystalline Metal Oxide Nanowires.

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    Anzai, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Masaru; Nagashima, Kazuki; Kanai, Masaki; Zhu, Zetao; He, Yong; Boudot, Mickaël; Zhang, Guozhu; Takahashi, Tsunaki; Kanemoto, Katsuichi; Seki, Takehito; Shibata, Naoya; Yanagida, Takeshi

    2017-08-09

    Single crystalline nanowires composed of semiconducting metal oxides formed via a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process exhibit an electrical conductivity even without an intentional carrier doping, although these stoichiometric metal oxides are ideally insulators. Suppressing this unintentional doping effect has been a challenging issue not only for metal oxide nanowires but also for various nanostructured metal oxides toward their semiconductor applications. Here we demonstrate that a pure VLS crystal growth, which occurs only at liquid-solid (LS) interface, substantially suppresses an unintentional doping of single crystalline SnO2 nanowires. By strictly tailoring the crystal growth interface of VLS process, we found the gigantic difference of electrical conduction (up to 7 orders of magnitude) between nanowires formed only at LS interface and those formed at both LS and vapor-solid (VS) interfaces. On the basis of investigations with spatially resolved single nanowire electrical measurements, plane-view electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations, we reveal the gigantic suppression of unintentional carrier doping only for the crystal grown at LS interface due to the higher annealing effect at LS interface compared with that grown at VS interface. These implications will be a foundation to design the semiconducting properties of various nanostructured metal oxides.

  12. Surface Charge Transfer Doping via Transition Metal Oxides for Efficient p-Type Doping of II-VI Nanostructures.

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    Xia, Feifei; Shao, Zhibin; He, Yuanyuan; Wang, Rongbin; Wu, Xiaofeng; Jiang, Tianhao; Duhm, Steffen; Zhao, Jianwei; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Jie, Jiansheng

    2016-11-22

    Wide band gap II-VI nanostructures are important building blocks for new-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, the difficulty of realizing p-type conductivity in these materials via conventional doping methods has severely handicapped the fabrication of p-n homojunctions and complementary circuits, which are the fundamental components for high-performance devices. Herein, by using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we demonstrated a simple yet efficient way to achieve controlled p-type doping on II-VI nanostructures via surface charge transfer doping (SCTD) using high work function transition metal oxides such as MoO3, WO3, CrO3, and V2O5 as dopants. Our calculations revealed that these oxides were capable of drawing electrons from II-VI nanostructures, leading to accumulation of positive charges (holes injection) in the II-VI nanostructures. As a result, Fermi levels of the II-VI nanostructures were shifted toward the valence band regions after surface modifications, along with the large enhancement of work functions. In situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterizations verified the significant interfacial charge transfer between II-VI nanostructures and surface dopants. Both theoretical calculations and electrical transfer measurements on the II-VI nanostructure-based field-effect transistors clearly showed the p-type conductivity of the nanostructures after surface modifications. Strikingly, II-VI nanowires could undergo semiconductor-to-metal transition by further increasing the SCTD level. SCTD offers the possibility to create a variety of electronic and optoelectronic devices from the II-VI nanostructures via realization of complementary doping.

  13. Nitrogen and carbon doped titanium oxide as an alternative and durable electrocatalyst support in polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Dhanasekaran, P.; Vinod Selvaganesh, S.; Bhat, Santoshkumar D.

    2016-02-01

    Nitrogen and carbon doped titanium oxide as an alternative and ultra-stable support to platinum catalysts is prepared and its efficiency is determined by polymer electrolyte fuel cell. Nitrogen and carbon doped titanium oxide is prepared by varying the melamine ratio followed by calcination at 900 °C. Platinum nanoparticles are deposited onto doped and undoped titanium oxide by colloidal method. The doping effect, surface morphology, chemical oxidation state and metal/metal oxide interfacial contact are studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photo electron spectroscopy. The nitrogen and carbon doping changes both electronic and structural properties of titanium oxide resulting in enhanced oxygen reduction reaction activity. The platinum deposited on optimum level of nitrogen and carbon doped titanium oxide exhibits improved cell performance in relation to platinum on titanium oxide electrocatalysts. The effect of metal loading on cathode electrocatalyst is investigated by steady-state cell polarization. Accelerated durability test over 50,000 cycles for these electrocatalysts suggested the improved interaction between platinum and nitrogen and carbon doped titanium oxide, retaining the electrochemical surface area and oxygen reduction performance as comparable to platinum on carbon support.

  14. Preparation of metal oxide doped ACNFs and their adsorption performance for low concentration SO2

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    Yu, Hong-quan; Wu, Yan-bo; Song, Tie-ben; Li, Yue; Shen, Yu

    2013-11-01

    Metal oxide (TiO2 or Co3O4) doped activated carbon nanofibers (ACNFs) were prepared by electrospinning. These nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunner-Emmett-Teller method (BET). The results show that the average diameters of ACNFs were within the range of 200-500 nm, and the lengths were several tens of micrometers. The specific surface areas were 1146.7 m2/g for TiO2-doped ACNFs and 1238.5 m2/g for Co3O4-doped ACNFs, respectively. The electrospun nanofibers were used for adsorption of low concentration sulfur dioxide (SO2). The results showed that the adsorption rates of these ACNFs increased with an increase in SO2 concentration. When the SO2 concentration was 1.0 μg/mL, the adsorption rates of TiO2-doped ACNFs and Co3O4-doped ACNFs were 66.2% and 67.1%, respectively. The adsorption rate also increased as the adsorption time increased. When the adsorption time was 40 min, the adsorption rates were 67.6% and 69.0% for TiO2-doped ACNFs and Co3O4-doped ACNFs, respectively. The adsorption rate decreased as the adsorption temperature increased below 60°C, while it increased as the adsorption temperature increased to more than 60°C.

  15. Harnessing the Cancer Radiation Therapy by Lanthanide-Doped Zinc Oxide Based Theranostic Nanoparticles.

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    Ghaemi, Behnaz; Mashinchian, Omid; Mousavi, Tayebeh; Karimi, Roya; Kharrazi, Sharmin; Amani, Amir

    2016-02-10

    In this paper, doping of europium (Eu) and gadolinium (Gd) as high-Z elements into zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) was designed to optimize restricted energy absorption from a conventional radiation therapy by X-ray. Gd/Eu-doped ZnO NPs with a size of 9 nm were synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. The cytotoxic effects of Eu/Gd-doped ZnO NPs were determined using MTT assay in L929, HeLa, and PC3 cell lines under dark conditions as well as exposure to ultraviolet, X-ray, and γ radiation. Doped NPs at 20 μg/mL concentration under an X-ray dose of 2 Gy were as efficient as 6 Gy X-ray radiation on untreated cells. It is thus suggested that the doped NPs may be used as photoinducers to increase the efficacy of X-rays within the cells, consequently, cancer cell death. The doped NPs also could reduce the received dose by normal cells around the tumor. Additionally, we evaluated the diagnostic efficacy of doped NPs as CT/MRI nanoprobes. Results showed an efficient theranostic nanoparticulate system for simultaneous CT/MR imaging and cancer treatment.

  16. 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%.

  17. Doping-induced spectral shifts in two-dimensional metal oxides

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    Ylvisaker, E. R.; Pickett, W. E.

    2013-03-01

    Doping of strongly layered ionic oxides is an established paradigm for creating novel electronic behavior. This is nowhere more apparent than in superconductivity, where doping gives rise to high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates (hole doped) and to surprisingly high Tc in HfNCl (Tc = 25.5 K, electron doped). First-principles calculations of hole doping of the layered delafossite CuAlO2 reveal unexpectedly large doping-induced shifts in spectral density, strongly in opposition to the rigid-band picture that is widely used as an accepted guideline. These spectral shifts, of similar origin as the charge transfer used to produce negative electron affinity surfaces and adjust Schottky barrier heights, drastically alter the character of the Fermi level carriers, leading in this material to an O-Cu-O molecule-based carrier (or polaron, at low doping) rather than a nearly pure-Cu hole as in a rigid-band picture. First-principles linear response electron-phonon coupling (EPC) calculations reveal, as a consequence, net weak EPC and no superconductivity rather than the high Tc obtained previously using rigid-band expectations. These specifically two-dimensional dipole-layer-driven spectral shifts provide new insights into materials design in layered materials for functionalities besides superconductivity.

  18. The microstructures and electrical properties of Y-doped amorphous vanadium oxide thin films

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    Gu, Deen; Zhou, Xin; Guo, Rui; Wang, Zhihui; Jiang, Yadong

    2017-03-01

    One of promising approaches for further improving the sensitivity of microbolometer arrays with greatly-reduced pixel size is using the thermal-sensitive materials with higher performance. In this paper, Y-doped vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films prepared by a reactively sputtering process exhibit enhanced performance for the microbolometer application compared with frequently-applied VOx thin films. Both undoped and Y-doped VOx thin films are amorphous due to the relatively low deposition temperature. Y-doped VOx thin films exhibit smoother surface morphology than VOx due to the restrained expansion of particles during depositions. Y-doping increases the temperature coefficient of resistivity by over 20% for the doping level of 1.30 at%. The change rate of resistivity, after aging for 72 h, of thin films was reduced from about 15% for undoped VOx to 2% due to the introduction of Y. Moreover, Y-doped VOx thin films have a low 1/f noise level as VOx ones. Y-doping provides an attractive approach for preparing VOx thermal-sensitive materials with enhanced performance for microbolometers.

  19. Investigation of the Optoelectronic Properties of Ti-doped Indium Tin Oxide Thin Film

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    Pu, Nen-Wen; Liu, Wei-Sheng; Cheng, Huai-Ming; Hu, Hung-Chun; Hsieh, Wei-Ting; Yu, Hau-Wei; Liang, Shih-Chang

    2015-01-01

    In this study, direct-current magnetron sputtering was used to fabricate Ti-doped indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films. The sputtering power during the 350-nm-thick thin-film production process was fixed at 100 W with substrate temperatures increasing from room temperature to 500 °C. The Ti-doped ITO thin films exhibited superior thin-film resistivity (1.5 × 10−4 Ω/cm), carrier concentration (4.1 × 1021 cm−3), carrier mobility (10 cm2/Vs), and mean visible-light transmittance (90%) at wavelengths of 400–800 nm at a deposition temperature of 400 °C. The superior carrier concentration of the Ti-doped ITO alloys (>1021 cm−3) with a high figure of merit (81.1 × 10−3 Ω−1) demonstrate the pronounced contribution of Ti doping, indicating their high suitability for application in optoelectronic devices. PMID:28793575

  20. Synthesis and electrical properties of Cu-doped tin oxide nanowires

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    Johari, Anima; Sharma, Manish; Bhatnagar, M. C.

    2013-02-05

    We report on atmospheric pressure growth of Cu-doped Tin oxide nanowires by thermal evaporation method. Scanning-electron-microscopic analysis shows the growth of wire-like SnO{sub 2} nanostructures (diameter Almost-Equal-To 80 nm and length Almost-Equal-To 70 {mu}m) on gold catalyzed silicon substrate. The as-synthesized Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowires show polycrystalline nature with tetragonal rutile structure. EDX analysis confirms that Cu ( Almost-Equal-To 0.7 at%) have been uniformly doped into SnO{sub 2} nanowires. Electrical measurement of Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowires concludes their resistance of about 5 M{Omega} at room temperature.

  1. Transfer hydrogenation over sodium-modified ceria: Enrichment of redox sites active for alcohol dehydrogenation

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    Nelson, Nicholas C.; Boote, Brett W.; Naik, Pranjali; ...

    2017-01-17

    Ceria (CeO2) and sodium-modified ceria (Ce-Na) were prepared through combustion synthesis. Palladium was deposited onto the supports (Pd/CeO2 and Pd/Ce-Na) and their activity for the aqueous-phase transfer hydrogenation of phenol using 2-propanol under liquid flow conditions was studied. Pd/Ce-Na showed a marked increase (6×) in transfer hydrogenation activity over Pd/CeO2. Material characterization indicated that water-stable sodium species were not doped into the ceria lattice, but rather existed as subsurface carbonates. Modification of ceria by sodium provided more adsorption and redox active sites (i.e. defects) for 2-propanol dehydrogenation. This effect was an intrinsic property of the Ce-Na support and independent ofmore » Pd. The redox sites active for 2-propanol dehydrogenation were thermodynamically equivalent on both supports/catalysts. At high phenol concentrations, the reaction was limited by 2-propanol adsorption. Furthermore, the difference in catalytic activity was attributed to the different numbers of 2-propanol adsorption and redox active sites on each catalyst.« less

  2. Sulfur-doped graphene via thermal exfoliation of graphite oxide in H2S, SO2, or CS2 gas.

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    Poh, Hwee Ling; Šimek, Petr; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2013-06-25

    Doping of graphene with heteroatoms is an effective way to tailor its properties. Here we describe a simple and scalable method of doping graphene lattice with sulfur atoms during the thermal exfoliation process of graphite oxides. The graphite oxides were first prepared by Staudenmaier, Hofmann, and Hummers methods followed by treatments in hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, or carbon disulfide. The doped materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, combustible elemental analysis, and Raman spectroscopy. The ζ-potential and conductivity of sulfur-doped graphenes were also investigated in this paper. It was found that the level of doping is more dramatically influenced by the type of graphite oxide used rather than the type of sulfur-containing gas used during exfoliation. Resulting sulfur-doped graphenes act as metal-free electrocatalysts for an oxygen reduction reaction.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Delta-doped β-gallium oxide field-effect transistor

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    Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; Xia, Zhanbo; Bajaj, Sanyam; Brenner, Mark; Rajan, Siddharth

    2017-05-01

    We report silicon delta doping in gallium oxide (β-Ga2O3) grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy using a shutter pulsing technique. We describe the growth procedures that can be used to realize high Si incorporation in an oxidizing oxygen plasma environment. Delta doping was adopted to realize thin (12 nm) low-resistance layers with a sheet resistance of 320 Ω/square (mobility of 83 cm2 V-1 s-1, integrated sheet charge of 2.4 × 1014 cm-2). A single delta-doped sheet of carriers was employed as a channel to realize a field-effect transistor with current I D,max = 236 mA/mm and transconductance g m = 26 mS/mm.

  6. 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.

  7. Microstructure of the native oxide layer on Ni and Cr-doped Ni nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Chong-Min; Baer, Donald R; Bruemmer, Stephen M; Engelhard, Mark H; Bowden, Mark E; Sundararajan, Jennifer A; Qiang, You

    2011-10-01

    Most metallic nanoparticles exposed to air at room temperature will be instantaneously oxidized and covered by an oxide layer. In most cases the true structural nature of the oxide layer formed at this stage is hard to determine. As shown previously for Fe and other nanoparticles, the nature of the oxides form on the particles can vary with particle size and nature of the oxidation process. In this paper, we report the morphology and structural features of the native oxide layer on pure Ni and Cr-doped Ni nanoparticles synthesized using a cluster deposition process. Structural characterization carried out at the atomic level using aberration corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) in combination with electron and X-ray diffractions reveals that both pure Ni and Cr-doped Ni particles exposed to air at room temperature similarly possesses a core-shell structure of metal core covered by an oxide layer of typically 1.6 nm in thickness. There exists a critical size of approximately 6 nm, below which the particle is fully oxidized. The oxide particle corresponds to the rock-salt structured NiO and is faceted on the (001) planes. XPS of O-1s shows a strong peak that is attributed to (OH)-, which in combination with the atomic level HRTEM imaging indicates that the very top layer of the oxide is hydrolyzed.

  8. Reduced graphene oxide decorated with Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticles for humidity sensor

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    Toloman, D.; Popa, A.; Stan, M.; Socaci, C.; Biris, A. R.; Katona, G.; Tudorache, F.; Petrila, I.; Iacomi, F.

    2017-04-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) decorated with Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticles were fabricated via the electrostatic interaction between positively charged modified Fe-doped SnO2 oxide and negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) in the presence of poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH). The decoration of rGO layers with SnO2:Fe nanoparticles was highlited by TEM microsopy. For composite sample the diffraction patterns coincide well with those of SnO2:Fe nanoparticles. The reduction of graphene oxide was evidenced using XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy. The formation of SnO2:Fe-PAH-graphene composites was confirmed by FT-IR, Raman and EPR spectroscopy. Sensitivity tests for relative humidity (RH) measurements were carried out at five different concentrations of humid air at room temperature. The prepared composite sensor exhibited a higher sensing response as compared with Fe:SnO2 nanoparticles.

  9. Effect of Gadolinium Doping on the Air Oxidation of Uranium Dioxide

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    Scheele, Randall D.; Hanson, Brady D.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Jenson, Evan D.; Kozelisky, Anne E.; Sell, Rachel L.; MacFarlan, Paul J.; Snow, Lanee A.

    2004-12-04

    Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated the effects of gadolinia concentration on the air oxidization of gadolinia-doped uranium dioxide using thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry to determine if such doping could improve uranium dioxide's stability as a nuclear fuel during potential accident scenarios in a nuclear reactor or during long-term disposal. We undertook this study to determine whether the resistance of the uranium dioxide to oxidation to the orthorhombic U3O8 with its attendant crystal expansion could be prevented by addition of gadolinia. Our studies found that gadolinium has little effect on the thermal initiation of the first step of the reported two-step air oxidation of UO2; however, increasing gadolinia content does stabilize the initial tetragonal or cubic product allowing significant oxidation before the second expansive step to U3O8 begins.

  10. Impact of direct butane microtubular solid oxide fuel cells

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

    2012-12-01

    We investigated direct butane power generation for microtubular solid oxide fuel cells with a diameter of less than 2 mm. Conventional Ni-stabilized zirconia anodes deteriorated rapidly over a period of 3-4 h at 610 °C and a low steam/carbon (S/C) ratio of 0.044 in butane due to a large amount of carbon deposition. For the Ni-Gd doped ceria (Ni-GDC) anode, the power could be generated continuously for more than 24 h at 610 °C and S/C = 0.044 in butane. The rate of carbon deposition for the Ni-GDC was slower than that for the Ni-stabilized zirconia at 610 °C. Ceria can be reduced from Ce4+ to Ce3+, which causes the suppression of carbon deposition on the Ni-GDC anode in butane at low humidity.

  11. The Role of Dextran Coatings on the Cytotoxicity Properties of Ceria Nanoparticles Toward Bone Cancer Cells

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    Yazici, Hilal; Alpaslan, Ece; Webster, Thomas J.

    2015-04-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles have demonstrated great potential as antioxidant and radioprotective agents for nanomedicine applications especially for cancer therapy. The surface chemistry of nanoparticles is an important property that has a significant effect on their performance in biological applications including cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and bacterial infection. Recently, various nanosized cerium oxide particles with different types of polymer coatings have been developed to improve aqueous solubility and allow for surface functionalization for distinct applications. In this study, the role of ceria nanoparticles coated with dextran on the cytotoxicity properties of bone cancer cells was shown. Specifically, 0.1 M and 0.01 M dextran-coated, <5-nm ceria nanoparticles, were synthesized. The cytotoxicity of 0.1 M and 0.01 M dextran-coated ceria nanoparticles was evaluated against osteosarcoma cells. A change in cell viability was observed when treating osteosarcoma cells with 0.1 M dextran-coated ceria nanoparticles in the 250 -1000 μg/mL concentration range. In contrast, minimal toxicity to bone cancer cells was observed for the 0.01 M dextran coating after 3 days compared with the 0.1 M dextran coating. These results indicated that surface dextran functionalization had a positive impact on the cytotoxicity of cerium oxide nanoparticles against osteosarcoma cells.

  12. Ceria-based nanocomposites for the enrichment and identification of phosphopeptides.

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    Fatima, Batool; Najam-ul-Haq, Muhammad; Jabeen, Fahmida; Majeed, Saadat; Ashiq, Muhammad N; Musharraf, S Ghulam; Shad, Muhammad A; Xu, Guobao

    2013-09-07

    Nanocomposites are given preference over the individual materials due to the combined properties of the components involved. Ceria has a high efficiency in phosphopeptide enrichment as well as in dephosphorylation. Iron oxide and tin oxide are chosen as counter metal oxides to synthesize the ceria nanocomposites using a co-precipitation method. The nanocomposites are characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tryptic β-casein digest shows the feasibility of phosphopeptide enrichment by the two nanocomposites. Selectivity studies show their performance in comparison to ceria. Being more selective in the extended mass range, both nanocomposites are applied to spiked human serum and non-fat milk digest. The ceria nanocomposites are also capable of being used as material-enhanced laser desorption/ionization (MELDI) carrier/affinity materials for real biological samples with varying degrees of complexity. The enriched content is analyzed by MALDI-TOF MS. All the phosphopeptides in all variants of casein are identified. The sequence coverage of caseins is also interpreted. Nanocomposites thus offer a high selectivity and sensitivity, which make them promising materials for biomarker discoveries and the identification of phosphorylation pathways for new post translational modifications (PTMs).

  13. Nonaqueous synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles: Short review and doped titanium dioxide as case study for the preparation of transition metal-doped oxide nanoparticles

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    Djerdj, Igor Arcon, Denis; Jaglicic, Zvonko; Niederberger, Markus

    2008-07-15

    The liquid-phase synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles in organic solvents under exclusion of water is nowadays a well-established alternative to aqueous sol-gel chemistry. In this article, we highlight some of the advantages of these routes based on selected examples. The first part reviews some recent developments in the synthesis of ternary metal oxide nanoparticles by surfactant-free nonaqueous sol-gel routes, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the presentation of structural peculiarities of manganese oxide nanoparticles with an ordered Mn vacancy superstructure. These examples show that nonaqueous systems, on the one hand, allow the preparation of compositionally complex oxides, and, on the other hand, make use of the organic components (initially present or formed in situ) in the reaction mixture to tailor the morphology. Furthermore, obviously even the crystal structure can differ from the corresponding bulk material like in the case of MnO nanoparticles. In the second part of the paper we present original results regarding the synthesis of dilute magnetic semiconductor TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles doped with cobalt and iron. The structural characterization as well as the magnetic properties with special attention to the doping efficiency is discussed. - Graphical abstract: In the first part of this article, nonaqueous sol-gel routes to ternary metal oxide nanoparticles are briefly reviewed, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the appearance of an unprecedented superstructure in MnO nanoparticles. In the second part, doping experiments of TiO{sub 2} with Fe and Co are presented, along with their characterization including magnetic measurements.

  14. Structural studies of lead lithium borate glasses doped with silver oxide.

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    Coelho, João; Freire, Cristina; Hussain, N Sooraj

    2012-02-01

    Silver oxide doped lead lithium borate (LLB) glasses have been prepared and characterized. Structural and composition characterization were accessed by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM and EDS. Results from FTIR and Raman spectra indicate that Ag(2)O acts as a network modifier even at small quantities by converting three coordinated to four coordinated boron atoms. Other physical properties, such as density, molar volume and optical basicity are also evaluated. Furthermore, they are also affected by the silver oxide composition.

  15. Effect of preparation conditions on physic-chemical properties of tin-doped nanocrystalline indium oxide

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    Malinovskaya, T. D.; Sachkov, V. I.; Zhek, V. V.; Nefedov, R. A.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper the results of investigation of phase formation and change of concentration of free electrons (Ne) in indium tin oxide system during heat treatment of coprecipitated hydroxides of indium and tin from nitric and hydrochloric solutions and also, for comparison melts of salts nitrates by an alkaline reactant (NH4OH) are considered.The performed investigation allowed to set the optimal condition of preparation of polycrystalline tin-doped indium oxide with maximal electron concentration.

  16. Cu and Boron Doped Carbon Nitride for Highly Selective Oxidation of Toluene to Benzaldehyde.

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    Han, Hongling; Ding, Guodong; Wu, Tianbin; Yang, Dexin; Jiang, Tao; Han, Buxing

    2015-07-13

    A novel Cu and boron doped graphitic carbon nitride catalyst (Cu-CNB) was synthesized using cheap precursors and systematically characterized. The selective oxidation of toluene proceeded very smoothly over the catalyst at 70 °C using tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant to exclusively afford benzaldehyde. The catalyst can be used for at least five cycles without decrease in activity and selectivity.

  17. Atomic Layer-Deposited Titanium-Doped Vanadium Oxide Thin Films and Their Thermistor Applications

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    Wang, Shuyu; Yu, Shifeng; Lu, Ming; Liu, Mingzhao; Zuo, Lei

    2017-04-01

    Here we report the enhancement in the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of atomic layer-deposited vanadium oxide thin films through the doping of titanium oxide. The Hall effect measurement provides a potential explanation for the phenomenon. The composition and morphology of the thin films are investigated by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The high TCR, good uniformity, and low processing temperature of the material make it a good candidate for thermistor application.

  18. Effects of Doping on Thermal Conductivity of Pyrochlore Oxides for Advanced Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Zhu, Dongming; Eslamloo-Grami, Maryam

    2006-01-01

    Pyrochlore oxides of general composition, A2B2O7, where A is a 3(+) cation (La to Lu) and B is a 4(+) cation (Zr, Hf, Ti, etc.) have high melting point, relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion, and low thermal conductivity which make them suitable for applications as high-temperature thermal barrier coatings. The effect of doping at the A site on the thermal conductivity of a pyrochlore oxide La2Zr2O7, has been investigated. Oxide powders of various compositions La2Zr2O7, La(1.7)Gd(0.3)Zr2O7, La(1.7)Yb(0.3)Zr2O7 and La(1.7)Gd(0.15)Yb(0.15)Zr2O7 were synthesized by the citric acid sol-gel method. These powders were hot pressed into discs and used for thermal conductivity measurements using a steady-state laser heat flux test technique. The rare earth oxide doped pyrochlores La(1.7)Gd(0.3)Zr2O7, La(1.7)Yb(0.3)Zr2O7 and La(1.7)Gd(0.15)Yb(0.15)Zr2O7 had lower thermal conductivity than the un-doped La2Zr2O7. The Gd2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped composition showed the lowest thermal conductivity.

  19. Electrochemically assisted photocatalysis: Highly efficient treatment using thermal titanium oxides doped and non-doped electrodes for water disinfection.

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    Dos Santos, Andreia Betina Kreuser; Claro, Elis Marina Turini; Montagnolli, Renato Nallin; Cruz, Jaqueline Matos; Lopes, Paulo Renato Matos; Bidoia, Ederio Dino

    2017-09-07

    Electrochemically assisted photocatalysis (by electronic drainage) is a highly promising method for disinfection of water. In this research, the efficiency of photolytic oxidation using UV-A radiation and electrochemically assisted photocatalysis (with electric potential of 1.5 V) was studied by using electrodes prepared by thermal treatment and doped with silver, for inactivation of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The Chick-Watson microorganism inactivation model was applied and the electrical energy consumption of the process was calculated. It was observed no significant inactivation of microorganisms when UV-A light or electric potential were applied separately. However, the electrochemically assisted photocatalytic process, with Ag-doped electrode completely inactivated the microbial population after 10 (E. coli) and 60 min (S. aureus). The best performing non-doped electrodes achieved 52.74% (E. coli) and 44.09% (S. aureus) inactivation rates after 60 min. Thus, electrochemically assisted photocatalytic activity was not only effective for the inactivation of microorganisms, but also notably low on electrical energy consumption during the treatment due to small current and low electric potential applied. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Subwavelength structure for sound absorption from graphene oxide-doped polyvinylpyrrolidone nanofibers

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    Qamoshi, Khadijeh; Rasuli, Reza

    2016-09-01

    We study the sound absorption of the reinforced polyvinylpyrrolidone nanofibers with graphene oxide. It is shown that reinforced nanofibers can acquire impedance-matched surface to airborne sound at special frequencies. To obtain such surface, nanofibers were spun with polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer that was doped by graphene oxide with concentrations of 0, 6 and 12 wt%. It was found that fibers without graphene oxide were spun continuously and randomly, whereas by doping with graphene oxide, the mode of fibers is changed and some nodes form on the fibers coating. The sound absorption coefficient was measured by an impedance tube based on 105341-1 ISO standard. Measurements in the frequency range from 700 to 1600 Hz show that use of graphene oxide as a reinforcing phase increases sound absorption coefficient of the samples at a frequency ~1500 Hz up to ~40 %. Angular eigenfrequency and dissipation coefficient of the samples were obtained by impedance measurement for the prepared samples. Results show that doping the polymer with graphene oxide causes an increase in the angular eigenfrequency and the dissipation coefficient.