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  1. Alternating current electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of TiO2 nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions.

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    Chávez-Valdez, A; Herrmann, M; Boccaccini, A R

    2012-06-01

    TiO(2)-nanostructured coatings from aqueous suspensions have been successfully prepared by the application of alternating current (AC) instead of direct current (DC) during electrophoretic deposition (EPD). No organic additives in suspension were required for successful EPD. The quality of the AC-EPD TiO(2) coatings in terms of homogeneity and extent of microcracking, upon drying, observed by SEM, was superior to that of DC-EPD coatings made from the same type of suspensions. The main difference between AC- and DC-EPD was the suppression of bubble formation. The absence of water electrolysis at the electrodes can be explained by the particular distribution of the electric field during AC mode, which prevents the nucleation of bubbles. The preparation of TiO(2) coatings from aqueous suspension and without the aid of organic stabilizers opens the possibility for co-deposition of sensitive materials such as biomolecules and even cells for biomedical applications, given the high biocompatibility of TiO(2). The deposition of TiO(2) coatings from aqueous suspensions is also attractive from environmental and economical points of view.

  2. Electrophoretic deposited TiO(2) pigment-based back reflectors for thin film solar cells.

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    Bills, Braden; Morris, Nathan; Dubey, Mukul; Wang, Qi; Fan, Qi Hua

    2015-02-09

    Highly reflective coatings with strong light scattering effect have many applications in optical components and optoelectronic devices. This work reports titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) pigment-based reflectors that have 2.5 times higher broadband diffuse reflection than commercially produced aluminum or silver based reflectors and result in efficiency enhancements of a single-junction amorphous Si solar cell. Electrophoretic deposition is used to produce pigment-based back reflectors with high pigment density, controllable film thickness and site-specific deposition. Electrical conductivity of the pigment-based back reflectors is improved by creating electrical vias throughout the pigment-based back reflector by making holes using an electrical discharge / dielectric breakdown approach followed by a second electrophoretic deposition of conductive nanoparticles into the holes. While previous studies have demonstrated the use of pigment-based back reflectors, for example white paint, on glass superstrate configured thin film Si solar cells, this work presents a scheme for producing pigment-based reflectors on complex shape and flexible substrates. Mechanical durability and scalability are demonstrated on a continuous electrophoretic deposition roll-to-roll system which has flexible metal substrate capability of 4 inch wide and 300 feet long.

  3. Electrophoretic deposited TiO2 pigment-based back reflectors for thin film solar cells

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    Bills, Braden; Morris, Nathan; Dubey, Mukul; ...

    2015-01-16

    Highly reflective coatings with strong light scattering effect have many applications in optical components and optoelectronic devices. This paper reports titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment-based reflectors that have 2.5 times higher broadband diffuse reflection than commercially produced aluminum or silver based reflectors and result in efficiency enhancements of a single-junction amorphous Si solar cell. Electrophoretic deposition is used to produce pigment-based back reflectors with high pigment density, controllable film thickness and site-specific deposition. Electrical conductivity of the pigment-based back reflectors is improved by creating electrical vias throughout the pigment-based back reflector by making holes using an electrical discharge / dielectric breakdownmore » approach followed by a second electrophoretic deposition of conductive nanoparticles into the holes. While previous studies have demonstrated the use of pigment-based back reflectors, for example white paint, on glass superstrate configured thin film Si solar cells, this work presents a scheme for producing pigment-based reflectors on complex shape and flexible substrates. Finally, mechanical durability and scalability are demonstrated on a continuous electrophoretic deposition roll-to-roll system which has flexible metal substrate capability of 4 inch wide and 300 feet long.« less

  4. Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes over TiO2 Nanotubes: Evaluation of Surface Properties and Biocompatibility

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    Park, Jung Eun; Park, Il Song; Bae, Tae Sung; Lee, Min Ho

    2014-01-01

    Titanium (Ti) is often used as an orthopedic and dental implant material due to its better mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and excellent biocompatibility. Formation of TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) on titanium is an interesting surface modification to achieve controlled drug delivery and to promote cell growth. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) possess excellent chemical durability and mechanical strength. The use of CNTs in biomedical applications such as scaffolds has received considerable attention in recent years. The present study aims to modify the surface of titanium by anodizing to form TiO2 NTs and subsequently deposit CNTs over it by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Characteristic, biocompatibility, and apatite forming ability of the surface modified samples were evaluated. The results of the study reveal that CNTs coating on TiO2 nanotubes help improve the biological activity and this type of surface modification is highly suitable for biomedical applications. PMID:25093017

  5. Electrophoretic deposition of TiO2/Er3+ nanoparticulate sols.

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    Borlaf, Mario; Colomer, María Teresa; Cabello, Fátima; Serna, Rosalia; Moreno, Rodrigo

    2013-02-14

    TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Er(3+) nanoparticulate sols were obtained by the colloidal sol-gel route. Thanks to the combination of three optical techniques (laser diffraction, LD, dynamic light scattering, DLS, and multiple light scattering, MLS), the peptization time was quantified, demonstrating that erbium(III) ions retard the process. The isoelectric point of TiO(2) shifts up to higher pH's when Er(3+) ions are present, which suggests that they are adsorbed onto the surface of the TiO(2) nanoparticles. Moreover, the viscosity of the sols increases when the erbium(III) amount increases. The xerogels obtained from each sol were characterized by XRD and HRTEM, obtaining in all cases anatase as the major phase, although traces of brookite were also present. In the EPD experiments, the addition of ethanol was necessary to reduce the water hydrolysis and facilitate the drying process. As a result, transparent thin films were obtained at short times and low current densities and opal films for larger current densities and deposition times; in addition, the thickness, measured by ellipsometry, increased gradually, but the refractive index did not change significantly (1.9-2). The topography profile of the films and the particle size were obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM), giving similar values to those measured by DLS, indicating that the addition of ethanol helps to maintain stabilization without further agglomeration or sedimentation.

  6. Photocatalytic properties of nano-structured TiO2-carbon films obtained by means of electrophoretic deposition.

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    Peralta-Hernández, J M; Manríquez, J; Meas-Vong, Y; Rodríguez, Francisco J; Chapman, Thomas W; Maldonado, Manuel I; Godínez, Luis A

    2007-08-17

    Recent studies have shown that the light-absorption and photocatalytic efficiencies of TiO2 can be improved by coupling TiO2 nano-particles with nonmetallic dopants, such as carbon. In this paper, we describe the electrophoretic preparation of a novel TiO2-carbon nano-composite photocatalyst on a glass indium thin oxide (ITO) substrate. The objective is to take better advantage of the (e-/h+) pair generated by photoexcitation of semiconducting TiO2 particles. The transfer of electrons (e-) into adjacent carbon nano-particles promotes reduction of oxygen to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which, in the presence of iron ions, can subsequently form hydroxyl radicals (*OH) via the Fenton reaction. At the same time, *OH is formed from water by the (h+) holes in the TiO2. Thus, the *OH oxidant is produced by two routes. The efficiency of this photolytic-Fenton process was tested with a model organic compound, Orange-II (OG-II) azo dye, which is employed in the textile industry.

  7. Ag nanoparticle-filled TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by anodization and electrophoretic deposition for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wei, Xing; Sugri Nbelayim, Pascal; Kawamura, Go; Muto, Hiroyuki; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2017-03-01

    A layer of TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays with a thickness of 13 μm is synthesized by a two-step anodic oxidation from Ti metal foil. Surface charged Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by chemical reduction. After a pretreatment of the TNT arrays by acetone vapor, Ag NP filled TNT arrays can be achieved by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Effects of the applied voltage during EPD such as DC–AC difference, frequency and waveform are investigated by quantitative analysis using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The results show that the best EPD condition is using DC 2 V + AC 4 V and a square wave of 1 Hz as the applied voltage. Back illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated from TNT arrays with and without Ag NPs. The efficiency increased from 3.70% to 5.01% by the deposition of Ag NPs.

  8. Ag nanoparticle-filled TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by anodization and electrophoretic deposition for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wei, Xing; Nbelayim, Pascal Sugri; Kawamura, Go; Muto, Hiroyuki; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2017-03-01

    A layer of TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays with a thickness of 13 μm is synthesized by a two-step anodic oxidation from Ti metal foil. Surface charged Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by chemical reduction. After a pretreatment of the TNT arrays by acetone vapor, Ag NP filled TNT arrays can be achieved by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Effects of the applied voltage during EPD such as DC-AC difference, frequency and waveform are investigated by quantitative analysis using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The results show that the best EPD condition is using DC 2 V + AC 4 V and a square wave of 1 Hz as the applied voltage. Back illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated from TNT arrays with and without Ag NPs. The efficiency increased from 3.70% to 5.01% by the deposition of Ag NPs.

  9. Electrophoretic deposition of biomaterials

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    Boccaccini, A. R.; Keim, S.; Ma, R.; Li, Y.; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2010-01-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is attracting increasing attention as an effective technique for the processing of biomaterials, specifically bioactive coatings and biomedical nanostructures. The well-known advantages of EPD for the production of a wide range of microstructures and nanostructures as well as unique and complex material combinations are being exploited, starting from well-dispersed suspensions of biomaterials in particulate form (microsized and nanoscale particles, nanotubes, nanoplatelets). EPD of biological entities such as enzymes, bacteria and cells is also being investigated. The review presents a comprehensive summary and discussion of relevant recent work on EPD describing the specific application of the technique in the processing of several biomaterials, focusing on (i) conventional bioactive (inorganic) coatings, e.g. hydroxyapatite or bioactive glass coatings on orthopaedic implants, and (ii) biomedical nanostructures, including biopolymer–ceramic nanocomposites, carbon nanotube coatings, tissue engineering scaffolds, deposition of proteins and other biological entities for sensors and advanced functional coatings. It is the intention to inform the reader on how EPD has become an important tool in advanced biomaterials processing, as a convenient alternative to conventional methods, and to present the potential of the technique to manipulate and control the deposition of a range of nanomaterials of interest in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. PMID:20504802

  10. Electrophoretic Deposition for Fabricating Microbatteries

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    West, William; Whitacre, Jay; Bugga, Ratnakumar

    2003-01-01

    An improved method of fabrication of cathodes of microbatteries is based on electrophoretic deposition. Heretofore, sputtering (for deposition) and the use of photoresist and liftoff (for patterning) have been the primary methods of fabricating components of microbatteries. The volume of active electrode material that can be deposited by sputtering is limited, and the discharge capacities of prior microbatteries have been limited accordingly. In addition, sputter deposition is slow. In contrast, electrophoretic deposition is much faster and has shown promise for increasing discharge capacities by a factor of 10, relative to those of microbatteries fabricated by prior methods.

  11. Effects of compression at elevated temperature for electrophorically deposited TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Shamimul Haque Choudhury, Md.; Kishi, Naoki; Soga, Tetsuo

    2016-01-01

    In this investigation, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of commercially available nanometer-sized titanium oxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (anatase, ST01) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates. The rate of cathodic electrophoretic deposition of TiO2 nanoparticle agglomerates and the density of the obtained films were explored as a function of the applied electric field, keeping optimized suspension compositions, such as the particle concentration and the type of solvent. Optimized deposition conditions were found to result in homogeneous, well-controlled, mesoporous TiO2 thick-film photoanodes. Compression of the prepared glass substrate TiO2 photoanode at elevated temperature was commenced as a promising postdeposition surface treatment. The photovoltaic performance characteristics of DSSC prepared by this method were found to be considerably improved compared with those of DSSCs prepared by high-temperature postannealing and compression at room temperature. Surface morphologies were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and significant improvement was observed after compression as well as compression at elevated temperature.

  12. Methods for functionalization of microsized polystyrene beads with titania nanoparticles for cathodic electrophoretic deposition.

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    Radice, S; Kern, P; Dietsch, H; Mischler, S; Michler, J

    2008-02-15

    Functionalization of colloidal particles based on the use of polyelectrolytes and heterocoagulation was combined with electrophoretic deposition (EPD), with the aim of depositing titania-polystyrene (TiO(2)-PS) composite particles on Ti6Al4V substrates. The composite particles were obtained by heterocoagulation of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the surface of monosized polystyrene beads of 4.6 microm in diameter. Two alternative methods were developed for the preparation of the TiO(2)-PS suspensions in organic fluids for cathodic electrodeposition. The first method was carried out in alkaline aqueous medium with the use of polyelectrolytes and intermediate control measurements of zeta potential, conductivity, and pH; the second one was carried out directly in the organic solvent used for EPD, typically isopropanol. Examples of deposits obtained by EPD in both suspensions and a comparative analysis between the two methods are presented.

  13. Electrophoretic deposition of tannic acid-polypyrrolidone films and composites.

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    Luo, Dan; Zhang, Tianshi; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2016-05-01

    Thin films of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-tannic acid (TA) complexes were prepared by a conceptually new strategy, based on electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Proof of concept investigations involved the analysis of the deposition yield, FTIR and UV-vis spectroscopy of the deposited material, and electron microscopy studies. The analysis of the deposition mechanism indicated that the limitations of the EPD in the deposition of small phenolic molecules, such as TA, and electrically neutral polymers, similar to PVP, containing hydrogen-accepting carbonyl groups, can be avoided. The remarkable adsorption properties of TA and film forming properties of the PVP-TA complexes allowed for the EPD of materials of different types, such as huntite mineral platelets and hydrotalcite clay particles, TiO2 and MnO2 oxide nanoparticles, multiwalled carbon nanotubes, TiN and Pd nanoparticles. Moreover, PVP-TA complexes were used for the co-deposition of different materials and formation of composite films. In another approach, TA was used as a capping agent for the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanorods, which were then deposited by EPD using PVP-TA complexes. The fundamental adsorption and interaction mechanisms of TA involved chelation of metal atoms on particle surfaces with galloyl groups, π-π interactions and hydrogen bonding. The films prepared by EPD can be used for various applications, utilizing functional properties of TA, PVP, inorganic and organic materials of different types and their composites.

  14. AC electrophoretic deposition of organic-inorganic composite coatings.

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    Yoshioka, T; Chávez-Valdez, A; Roether, J A; Schubert, D W; Boccaccini, A R

    2013-02-15

    Alternating current electrophoretic deposition (AC-EPD) of polyacrylic acid (PAA)-titanium oxide (TiO(2)) nanoparticle composites on stainless steel electrodes was investigated in basic aqueous solution. AC square wave with duty cycle of 80% was applied at a frequency of 1 kHz. FTIR-ATR spectra showed that both AC and direct current (DC) EPD successfully deposited PAA-TiO(2) composites. The deposition rate using AC-EPD was lower than that obtained in direct current DC-EPD. However, the microstructure and surface morphology of the deposited composite coatings were different depending on the type of electric field applied. AC-EPD applied for not more than 5 min led to smooth films without bubble formation, while DC-EPD for 1 min or more showed deposits with microstructural defects possibly as result of water electrolysis. AC-EPD was thus for the first time demonstrated to be a suitable technique to deposit organic-inorganic composite coatings from aqueous suspensions, showing that applying a square wave and frequency of 1 kHz leads to uniform PAA-TiO(2) composite coatings on conductive materials.

  15. Atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO(2) and TiO(2-x)-N(x) thin film photocatalysts in salicylic acid decomposition.

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    Vilhunen, S H; Sillanpää, M E T

    2009-01-01

    Degradation of salicylic acid (SA) with thin film photocatalyst, titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) and nitrogen-doped TiO(2) (TiO(2-x)-N(x)) combined with ultraviolet (UV) radiation was studied. TiO(2) film with thickness of 15 and 65 nm was tested. The TiO(2-x)-N(x) film had thickness of 15 nm on top of TiO(2) (50 nm). Photocatalysts were prepared on glass substrate by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The effect of initial pH (3-10) was studied with SA concentration of 10 mg/l. Decomposition of SA was fastest at pH 6 with both films and the rate was equal at initial pH values 3 and 4.3. However, at higher pH values the non-doped film was more efficient.

  16. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-02-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  17. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  18. Investigating the antifungal activity of TiO2 nanoparticles deposited on branched carbon nanotube arrays

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    Darbari, S.; Abdi, Y.; Haghighi, F.; Mohajerzadeh, S.; Haghighi, N.

    2011-06-01

    Branched carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on a silicon substrate. Ni was used as the catalyst and played an important role in the realization of branches in vertically aligned nanotubes. TiO2 nanoparticles on the branched CNTs were produced by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition followed by a 500 °C annealing step. Transmission and scanning electron microscopic techniques were used to study the morphology of the TiO2/branched CNT structures while x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy were used to verify the characteristics of the prepared nanostructures. Their antifungal effect on Candida albicans biofilms under visible light was investigated and compared with the activity of TiO2/CNT arrays and thin films of TiO2. The TiO2/branched CNTs showed a highly improved photocatalytic antifungal activity in comparison with the TiO2/CNTs and TiO2 film. The excellent visible light-induced photocatalytic antifungal activity of the TiO2/branched CNTs was attributed to the generation of electron-hole pairs by visible light excitation with a low recombination rate, in addition to the high surface area provided for the interaction between the cells and the nanostructures. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the resulting morphological changes in the cell body of the biofilms existing on the antifungal samples.

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of chiral polymers and composites.

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    Wang, Y; Pang, X; Zhitomirsky, I

    2011-10-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the deposition of thin films of chiral polymers. EPD of poly-L-lysine (PLL) and poly-L-ornithine (PLO) films was performed for the first time on conductive substrates from aqueous and ethanol-water solutions. The deposition yield was monitored using a quartz crystal microbalance. The results demonstrated that the deposition yield can be varied by variation of the deposition time, voltage and polymer concentration in the solutions. It was shown that PLL and PLO provided stabilization and charging of hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles in suspensions. Composite PLL-HA and PLO-HA films of controlled thickness were prepared by EPD. Electron microscopy investigations showed that the thickness of the PLL, PLO and composite films was varied in the range of 0-3 μm. The polymer and composite films can be used for biomedical applications.

  20. Controllable atomic layer deposition of one-dimensional nanotubular TiO2

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    Meng, Xiangbo; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Geng, Dongsheng; Li, Xifei; Zhang, Yong; Li, Ruying; Abou-Rachid, Hakima; Sun, Xueliang

    2013-02-01

    This study aimed at synthesizing one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures of TiO2 using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The precursors used are titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti(OCH(CH3)2)4) and deionized water. It was found that the morphologies and structural phases of as-deposited TiO2 are controllable through adjusting cycling numbers of ALD and growth temperatures. Commonly, a low temperature (150 °C) produced amorphous TiO2 while a high temperature (250 °C) led to crystalline anatase TiO2 on both AAO and CNTs. In addition, it was revealed that the deposition of TiO2 is also subject to the influences of the applied substrates. The work well demonstrated that ALD is a precise route to synthesize 1D nanostructures of TiO2. The resultant nanostructured TiO2 can be important candidates in many applications, such as water splitting, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and gas sensors.

  1. Applications of graphene electrophoretic deposition. A review.

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    Chavez-Valdez, A; Shaffer, M S P; Boccaccini, A R

    2013-02-14

    This Review summarizes research progress employing electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to fabricate graphene and graphene-based nanostructures for a wide range of applications, including energy storage materials, field emission devices, supports for fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, supercapacitors and sensors, among others. These carbonaceous nanomaterials can be dispersed in organic solvents, or more commonly in water, using a variety of techniques compatible with EPD. Most deposits are produced under constant voltage conditions with deposition time also playing an important role in determining the morphology of the resulting graphene structures. In addition to simple planar substrates, it has been shown that uniform graphene-based layers can be deposited on three-dimensional, porous, and even flexible substrates. In general, electrophoretically deposited graphene layers show excellent properties, e.g., high electrical conductivity, large surface area, good thermal stability, high optical transparency, and robust mechanical strength. EPD also enables the fabrication of functional composite materials, e.g., graphene combined with metallic nanoparticles, with other carbonaceous materials (e.g., carbon nanotubes) or polymers, leading to novel nanomaterials with enhanced optical and electrical properties. In summary, the analysis of the available literature reveals that EPD is a simple and convenient processing method for graphene and graphene-based materials, which is easy to apply and versatile. EPD has, therefore, a promising future for applications in the field of advanced nanomaterials, which depend on the reliable manipulation of graphene and graphene-containing systems.

  2. Thermally induced superhydrophilicity in TiO2 films prepared by supersonic aerosol deposition.

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    Park, Jung-Jae; Kim, Do-Yeon; Latthe, Sanjay S; Lee, Jong-Gun; Swihart, Mark T; Yoon, Sam S

    2013-07-10

    Superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic surfaces enable self-cleaning phenomena, either forming a continuous water film or forming droplets that roll off the surface, respectively. TiO2 films are well-known for their extreme hydrophilicity and photocatalytic characteristics. Here, we describe nanostructured TiO2 thin films prepared by supersonic aerosol deposition, including a thorough study of the effects of the annealing temperature on the crystal structure, surface morphology, surface roughness, and wetting properties. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that supersonic deposition resulted in fragmentation and amorphization of the micrometer-size anatase (60%)-rutile (40%) precursor powder and that, upon annealing, a substantial fraction of the film (~30%) crystallized in the highly hydrophilic but metastable brookite phase. The film morphology was also somewhat modified after annealing. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed rough granular films with high surface roughness. The as-deposited TiO2 films were moderately hydrophilic with a water contact angle (θ) of ~45°, whereas TiO2 films annealed at 500 °C became superhydrophilic (θ ~ 0°) without UV illumination. This thermally induced superhydrophilicity of the TiO2 films can be explained on the basis of the combined effects of the change in the crystal structure, surface microstructure, and surface roughness. Supersonic aerosol deposition followed by annealing is uniquely able to produce these nanostructured films containing a mixture of all three TiO2 phases (anatase, rutile, and brookite) and exhibiting superhydrophilicity without UV illumination.

  3. Influence of Atomic Layer Deposition Temperatures on TiO2/n-Si MOS Capacitor

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    Wei, Daming; Hossain, T; Garces, N. Y.; Nepal, N.; Meyer III, Harry M; Kirkham, Melanie J; Eddy, C.R., Jr.; Edgar, J H

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on the influence of temperature on the structure, composition, and electrical properties of TiO2 thin films deposited on n-type silicon (100) by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 layers around 20nm thick, deposited at temperatures ranging from 100 to 300 C, were studied. Samples deposited at 250 C and 200 C had the most uniform coverage as determined by atomic force microscopy. The average carbon concentration throughout the oxide layer and at the TiO2/Si interface was lowest at 200 C. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) were fabricated, and profiled by capacitance-voltage techniques. Negligible hysteresis was observed from a capacitance-voltage plot and the capacitance in the accumulation region was constant for the sample prepared at a 200 C ALD growth temperature. The interface trap density was on the order of 1013 eV-1cm-2 regardless of the deposition temperature.

  4. Interstitial Boron-Doped TiO2 Thin Films: The Significant Effect of Boron on TiO2 Coatings Grown by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Quesada-González, Miguel; Boscher, Nicolas D; Carmalt, Claire J; Parkin, Ivan P

    2016-09-28

    The work presented here describes the preparation of transparent interstitial boron-doped TiO2 thin-films by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). The interstitial boron-doping, on TiO2, proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), is shown to enhance the crystallinity and significantly improve the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 films. The synthesis, highly suitable for a reel-to-reel process, has been carried out in one step.

  5. Effect of incident deposition angle on optical properties and surface roughness of TiO2 thin films

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    Pan, Yongqiang; Yang, Chen

    2016-10-01

    Optical properties, surface roughness and packing density of TiO2 thin films are studied by obliquely deposited on K9 glass by electron beam evaporation. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films with different incident deposition angle is compared. The experimental results show that the transmittance increases and transmittance peak shifts to short wavelength with increasing incident deposition angle, the packing density of TiO2 thin films decrease from 0.80 to 0.34 with incident deposition angle increasing from 0° to 75°. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films increase with increasing incident deposition angle. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films is slightly bigger than the surface roughness of K9 substrate when the incident deposition angle is 75°. When the incident deposition angle is constant, TiO2 thin films surface roughness decrease with increase of film thickness.

  6. Characterisation of TiO 2 deposited by photo-induced chemical vapour deposition

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    Kaliwoh, Never; Zhang, Jun-Ying; Boyd, Ian W.

    2002-01-01

    We report the deposition of thin TiO 2 films on crystalline Si and quartz by photo-induced chemical vapour deposition (CVD) using UV excimer lamps employing a dielectric barrier discharge in krypton chloride (KrCl ∗) to provide intense narrow band radiation at λ=222 nm. The precursor used was titanium isopropoxide (TTIP). Films from around 20-510 nm in thickness with refractive indices from 2.20 to 2.54 were grown at temperatures between 50 and 350 °C. The higher refractive index values compare favourably with the value of 2.58 recorded for the bulk material. The measured deposition rate was around 50 nm/min at 350 °C. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed the presence of TiO 2 through the observation of a Ti-O absorption peak and the absence of OH in films deposited at 250-350 °C indicated relatively good quality films. The phase of films deposited at 200-350 °C was anatase as determined by X-ray diffraction.

  7. Electrophoretic Deposition on Porous Non-Conductors

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    Compson, Charles; Besra, Laxmidhar; Liu, Meilin

    2007-01-01

    A method of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on substrates that are porous and electrically non-conductive has been invented. Heretofore, in order to perform an EPD, it has been necessary to either (1) use a substrate material that is inherently electrically conductive or (2) subject a non-conductive substrate to a thermal and/or chemical treatment to render it conductive. In the present method, instead of relying on the electrical conductivity of the substrate, one ensures that the substrate is porous enough that when it is immersed in an EPD bath, the solvent penetrates throughout the thickness, thereby forming quasi-conductive paths through the substrate. By making it unnecessary to use a conductive substrate, this method simplifies the overall EPD process and makes new applications possible. The method is expected to be especially beneficial in enabling deposition of layers of ceramic and/or metal for chemical and electrochemical devices, notably including solid oxide fuel cells.

  8. Barium hexaferrite suspensions for electrophoretic deposition.

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    Ovtar, Simona; Lisjak, Darja; Drofenik, Miha

    2009-09-15

    In this investigation we have looked at the preparation of barium hexaferrite suspensions, with the stability of the magnetic barium hexaferrite particles being increased by the addition of a surfactant, dodecylbenzylsulfonic acid (DBSA). The influence of the solubility DBSA in different solvents and its adsorption onto the surfaces of particles with different sizes were determined from zeta-potential measurements. The most suitable and stable suspensions of barium hexaferrite particles, regardless of their sizes, were obtained in 1-butanol, and these were then used for a subsequent electrophoretic deposition. The microstructures of the deposits were examined with electron microscopy. The thickness and density of the deposits as a function of the electric field, the zeta-potential, the particle size, and the separation distance between the electrodes were investigated. The thickness of the deposits was found to increase with the increasing zeta-potential of the suspension and with the increasing separation distance between the electrodes. Denser deposits were obtained from the suspensions of smaller particles that had narrower particle size distributions.

  9. Antibacterial activity of TiO2 nanotubes: Influence of crystal phase, morphology and Ag deposition

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    Li, Huirong; Cui, Qiang; Feng, Bo; Wang, Jianxin; Lu, Xiong; Weng, Jie

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 nanotubes on Ti substrate were fabricated by electrochemical anodization. Ag nanoparticles were deposited on the TiO2 nanotubes by a silver mirror reaction. Antibacterial activity of the nanotubes with different structural features was evaluated by a culture test with Escherichia coli bacteria. The anatase nanotubes showed the highest antibacterial activity among three crystal phases including anatase, rutile and amorphous titania. The diameters of the nanotubes affected the antibacterial activity. The two nanotubes with 200 nm and 50 nm diameters had higher antibacterial rate than those with other diameters. The antibacterial activity of the nanotubes was independent on their lengths. Ag-deposited nanotubes exhibited excellent antibacterial activity and its antibacterial rate was up to approximately 100%. TiO2 nanotubes and Ag-deposited nanotubes on titanium should be potential for antibacterial applications in clinics and industry, especially regarding with their reusability.

  10. Urea sensing characteristics of titanate nanotubes deposited by electrophoretic deposition method.

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    Ansari, Z A; Ansari, S G; Seo, Hyung-Kee; Kim, Young-Soon; Shin, Hyung-Shik

    2011-04-01

    Urea sensing properties of titanate nanotubes (TNT) are presented here. TNT films were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method on aluminum substrate. Prior to EPD, commercial nanoparticles of TiO2 were hydrothermally treated at 70 degrees C for 48 h after sonicating the solution for 8 h. Hydrothermal method resulted in the conversion of particles to tubular structure following the established method. Urease was covalently attached with TNT (by soaking in urease solution for 3 h). In general, conductivity of film increases after urease immobilization. The urease immobilized films were characterized for urea sensing in the concentration range of 1 mM to 500 mM. Three different sensitivity regions are observed viz. (i) lower concentrations (below 10 mM); (ii) linear region up to 100 mM and a (iii) saturation region above 100 mM. Sensors are extremely sensitive in region (i). From the elemental analyses of the films after urease immobilization, urease was found attached with TiO2, as evident by N 1s peak in the photoelectron spectra. Cyclic voltammetric studies indicated surface-confined redox couple is responsible for sensing behavior. A possible sensing mechanism is presented and discussed.

  11. Low-temperature crystallization of TiO2 films by sputter deposition

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    Taga, Yasunori; Yamada, Naoomi

    2010-04-01

    Crystalline TiO2 film was formed on PET(polyethlene terephthalate) film by radio frequency sputter deposition method using a sintered TiO2 target by adding H2O gas to Ar gas for sputtering. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the crystal structure of the film of 100 nm thick was confirmed to be anatase crystallites of TiO2. In order to elucidate the mechanism of low temperature crystallization thus observed, direct measurement of surface temperature of growing films during sputter deposition was carried out by two methods of an infrared thermometer from the outside of vacuum chamber and a thermocouple attached to the growing film surface. Upon the beginning of sputter deposition in Ar gas, film temperature increased rapidly and became constant at 120°C after 30 min. Addition of H2O gas to Ar gas for sputtering resulted in further increase in film temperature and reached to 230 °C depending on the deposition conditions. Furthermore, photocatalytic performance of decomposition of methylene blue was examined to be enhanced remarkably as a result of crystallization of the film. It was concluded that low temperature crystallization of TiO2 film by sputter deposition was explained in terms of local heating of thin shallow surface region of growing film by kinetic energy deposition of sputtered particles.

  12. Quantum confinement in amorphous TiO(2) films studied via atomic layer deposition.

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    King, David M; Du, Xiaohua; Cavanagh, Andrew S; Weimer, Alan W

    2008-11-05

    Despite the significant recent increase in quantum-based optoelectronics device research, few deposition techniques can reliably create the required functional nanoscale systems. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used here to study the quantum effects attainable through the use of this ångström-level controlled growth process. Size-dependent quantum confinement has been demonstrated using TiO(2) layers of nanoscale thickness applied to the surfaces of silicon wafers. TiO(2) films were deposited at 100 °C using TiCl(4) and H(2)O(2) in a viscous flow ALD reactor, at a rate of 0.61 Å/cycle. The low-temperature process was utilized to guarantee the amorphous deposition of TiO(2) layers and post-deposition thermal annealing was employed to promote crystallite-size modification. Hydrogen peroxide significantly reduced the residual chlorine that remained from a typical TiCl(4)-H(2)O ALD process at this temperature, down to 1.6%. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to quantify the optical properties both below and above the bandgap energy. A central composite design was employed to map the surface response of the film thickness-dependent bandgap shift for the as-deposited case and up to a thermal annealing temperature of 550 °C. The Brus model was used to develop a correlation between the amorphous TiO(2) film thickness and the quantum length to promote equivalent bandgap shifts.

  13. Effect of Deposition Temperature on the Properties of TIO2 Thin Films Deposited by Mocvd

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    Khalifa, Zaki S.

    2016-02-01

    Crystal structure, microstructure, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films deposited on quartz substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) in the temperature range from 250∘C to 450∘C have been studied. The crystal structure, thickness, microstructure, and optical properties have been carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), and UV-visible transmittance spectroscopy, respectively. XRD patterns show that the obtained films are pure anatase. Simultaneously, the crystal size calculated using XRD peaks, and the grain size measured by AFM decrease with the increase in deposition temperature. Moreover, the texture of the films change and roughness decrease with the increase in deposition temperature. The spectrophotometric transmittance spectra have been used to calculate the refractive index, extinction coefficient, dielectric constant, optical energy gap, and porosity of the deposited films. While the refractive index and dielectric constant decrease with the increase of deposition temperature, the porosity shows the opposite.

  14. Quantum size effects in TiO2 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition.

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    Tallarida, Massimo; Das, Chittaranjan; Schmeisser, Dieter

    2014-01-01

    We study the atomic layer deposition of TiO2 by means of X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The Ti precursor, titanium isopropoxide, was used in combination with H2O on Si/SiO2 substrates that were heated at 200 °C. The low growth rate (0.15 Å/cycle) and the in situ characterization permitted to follow changes in the electronic structure of TiO2 in the sub-nanometer range, which are influenced by quantum size effects. The modified electronic properties may play an important role in charge carrier transport and separation, and increase the efficiency of energy conversion systems.

  15. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  16. Zirconium doped TiO2 thin films deposited by chemical spray pyrolysis

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    Juma, A.; Oja Acik, I.; Oluwabi, A. T.; Mere, A.; Mikli, V.; Danilson, M.; Krunks, M.

    2016-11-01

    Chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) is a flexible deposition technique that allows for mixing of the precursor solutions in different proportions suitable for doping thin films. The CSP method was used to dope TiO2 thin films with Zr by adding zirconium(IV) acetylacetonate into a solution of titanium(IV) isopropoxide in ethanol stabilized by acetylacetone at [Zr]/[Ti] of 0, 5, 10 and 20 at%. The Zr-doped TiO2 thin films were uniform and homogeneous showing much smaller grains than the undoped TiO2 films. Zr stabilized the anatase phase to temperatures above 800 °C depending on Zr concentration in the spray solution. The concentration of Zr determined by XPS was 6.4 at% for the thin film deposited from the 20 at% solution. According to AFM studies, Zr doping decreased the root mean square roughness of TiO2 film from 5.9 to 1.1 nm. An XRD study of samples with the highest Zr amount showed the ZrTiO4 phase started forming after annealing at 800 °C. The optical band gap for TiO2 decreased from 3.3 eV to 3.0 eV after annealing at 800 °C but for the TiO2:Zr(20) film it remained at 3.4 eV. The dielectric constant increased by more than four times with Zr-doping and this was associated with the change in the bond formations caused by substitution of Ti by Zr in the lattice.

  17. A Microfluidic Platform for Interfacial Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Joung, Young Soo; Moran, Jeffrey; Jones, Andrew; Bailey, Eric; Buie, Cullen

    2014-11-01

    Composite membranes of hydrogel and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are fabricated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) at the interface of two immiscible liquids in microfluidic channels. Microfluidic channels, which have two parallel electrodes at the walls, are used to create electric fields across the interface of oil and water continuously supplied into the channels. Depending on the Reynolds (Re) and Weber (We) numbers of oil and water, we observe different formations of the interface. Once we find the optimal Re and We to create a planar interface in the channel, we apply an electric field across the interface for EPD of CNTs and/or silver (Ag) nanorods dispersed in water. During EPD, particles migrate to the oil/water interface, where cross-linking of polymers is induced to form composite hydrogel membranes. Properties of the composite hydrogel films are controlled by electric fields, CNT concentrations, and both Re and We numbers, allowing for continuous production. This fabrication method is effective to create composite polymer membranes placed in microfluidic devices with tunable electrical, mechanical, and biological properties. Potential applications include fabrication of doped hydrogels for drug delivery, conductive hydrogels for biological sensing, and electron permeable membranes for water splitting and osmotic power generation.

  18. Electrophoretic deposition of polyacrylic acid and composite films containing nanotubes and oxide particles.

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    Wang, Y; Deen, I; Zhitomirsky, I

    2011-10-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the deposition of thin films of polyacrylic acid (PAA). This method allowed the formation of uniform films of controlled thickness on conductive substrates. It was shown that PAA can be used as a common dispersing agent suitable for charging and EPD of various materials, such as multiwalled carbon nanotubes, halloysite nanotubes, MnO(2), NiO, TiO(2) and SiO(2). The feasibility of EPD of composite films containing the nanotubes and oxide particles in a PAA matrix has been demonstrated. The kinetics of deposition and deposition mechanisms were investigated and discussed. The films were studied by thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that film thickness and composition can be varied. Obtained results pave the way for the fabrication of PAA and composite films for biomedical, electrochemical and other applications.

  19. Photocatalytic Functional Coating of TiO2 Thin Film Deposited by Cyclic Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition at Atmospheric Pressure

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    Kwon, Jung-Dae; Rha, Jong-Joo; Nam, Kee-Seok; Park, Jin-Seong

    2011-08-01

    Photocatalytic TiO2 thin films were prepared with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) using cyclic plasma chemical vapor deposition (CPCVD) at atmospheric pressure. The CPCVD TiO2 films contain carbon-free impurities up to 100 °C and polycrystalline anatase phases up to 200 °C, due to the radicals and ion-bombardments. The CPCVD TiO2 films have high transparency in the visible wavelength region and absorb wavelengths below 400 nm (>3.2 eV). The photocatalytic effects of the CPCVD TiO2 and commercial sprayed TiO2 films were measured by decomposing methylene blue (MB) solution under UV irradiation. The smooth CPCVD TiO2 films showed a relatively lower photocatalytic efficiency, but superior catalyst-recycling efficiency, due to their high adhesion strength on the substrates. This CPCVD technique may provide the means to produce photocatalytic thin films with low cost and high efficiency, which would be a reasonable candidate for practical photocatalytic applications, because of the reliability and stability of their photocatalytic efficiency in a practical environment.

  20. Surface passivation of nano-textured fluorescent SiC by atomic layer deposited TiO2

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    Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicius, Valdas; Fadil, Ahmed; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Petersen, Paul Michael; Ou, Haiyan

    2016-07-01

    Nano-textured surfaces have played a key role in optoelectronic materials to enhance the light extraction efficiency. In this work, morphology and optical properties of nano-textured SiC covered with atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO2 were investigated. In order to obtain a high quality surface for TiO2 deposition, a three-step cleaning procedure was introduced after RIE etching. The morphology of anatase TiO2 indicates that the nano-textured substrate has a much higher surface nucleated grain density than a flat substrate at the beginning of the deposition process. The corresponding reflectance increases with TiO2 thickness due to increased surface diffuse reflection. The passivation effect of ALD TiO2 thin film on the nano-textured fluorescent 6H-SiC sample was also investigated and a PL intensity improvement of 8.05% was obtained due to the surface passivation.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of Ag deposited TiO2 particles by laser ablation in water

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    Liu, C. H.; Hong, M. H.; Zhou, Y.; Chen, G. X.; Saw, M. M.; Hor, A. T. S.

    2007-12-01

    Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) particles were synthesized by laser ablation of silver and titanium targets in de-ionized (DI) water. Post-annealing makes the structure stable and the materials change to crystalline state. It is a new approach to form Ag/TiO2 particles with a simple system and non-toxic materials. TiO2 particles with size from 20 to 30 nm coated with silver nano-clusters were observed. The silver nano-clusters can enhance the absorption capability of TiO2 photocatalysts. UV-vis spectrum analysis shows that there is a strong absorption peak at around 400 nm. It is attributed to Ag nanoparticles surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect. This effect helps to improve the spectral characteristics of TiO2 nanoparticles with its absorption spectra shifted to a longer wavelength region. From the above properties, Ag/TiO2 nanoparticles would have new potential applications in photocatalyst and photo-anode.

  2. Antireflection Coating of TiO2 Study and Deposition by the Screen Printing Method

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    Boukennous, Y.; Benyahia, B.; Charif, M. R.; Chikouche, A.

    1995-08-01

    We are developing the Screen Printing technique for depositing a single layer quarter wavelength thick antireflection coating of titanium dioxide on silicon substrate. The ink is composed by the titanium ethoxide as the organometallic compound, terpineol as the solvent and the octyphenoxy polyethoxy as the vehicle. It has been applied to 4 inch polished silicon wafers, dried then fired and characterized. The objective of our work was to control the deposition parameters and the ink viscosity to determine their effects on the layer properties. The thicknesses of the TiO2 films were measured by the stylus technique using a Profilometer. AES, RBS and X-Ray diffraction are used to analyse the layer and to determine its structure and composition according to firing temperatures. The reflection coefficient is measured as a function of the wavelength. As a result, we obtain TiO2 coating thicknesses between 600 and 800 Å and a minimum reflection near 600nm.

  3. Annealing dependence of residual stress and optical properties of TiO2 thin film deposited by different deposition methods.

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    Chen, Hsi-Chao; Lee, Kuan-Shiang; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2008-05-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO(2)) thin films were prepared by different deposition methods. The methods were E-gun evaporation with ion-assisted deposition (IAD), radio-frequency (RF) ion-beam sputtering, and direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering. Residual stress was released after annealing the films deposited by RF ion-beam or DC magnetron sputtering but not evaporation, and the extinction coefficient varied significantly. The surface roughness of the evaporated films exceeded that of both sputtered films. At the annealing temperature of 300 degrees C, anatase crystallization occurred in evaporated film but not in the RF ion-beam or DC magnetron-sputtered films. TiO(2) films deposited by sputtering were generally more stable during annealing than those deposited by evaporation.

  4. Electron transport dynamics in TiO(2) films deposited on ti foils for back-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Liang-Che; Hsieh, Chien-Te; Lee, Yuh-Lang; Teng, Hsisheng

    2013-11-27

    In this study, we examine the electron transport dynamics in TiO2 films of back-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells. The TiO2 films are fabricated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and the conventional paste-coating (PC) of TiO2 nanoparticles on Ti-foil substrates. Intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy reveals that red-light irradiation is more efficient than blue-light irradiation for generating photocurrents for back-illuminated cells. A single trapping-detrapping diffusion mode, without trap-free diffusion, reveals the electron transport dynamics involved in the backside illumination. The closely-packed EPD films exhibit a shorter electron transit time than does the loosely packed PC films. The porosity dependence of the electron diffusion rate is consistent with the 3D percolation model for metallic solid spheres. The EPD films possess longer electron lifetimes because of their smaller void fraction, which suppresses recombination with electrolytes. The EPD cells, which feature rapid electron transport and suppressed recombination in the TiO2 films, exhibit a maximum power conversion efficiency of 7.1%, which is higher than that of PC cells (6.0%). Because the distance between electron injection and collection is close to the film thickness and the transport lacks trap-free diffusion, the performance of back-illuminated cells is more sensitive to TiO2 film thickness and porosity than the performance of the front-illuminated cells. This study demonstrates the advantages of EPD-film architecture in promoting charge collection for high power conversion.

  5. Low temperature synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanostructures for high performance perovskite solar cells by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Yang, Bin; Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Rouleau, Christopher M; Geohegan, David B; Xiao, Kai

    2016-10-21

    A promising way to advance perovskite solar cells is to improve the quality of the electron transport material -e.g., titanium dioxide (TiO2) - in a direction that increases electron transport and extraction. Although dense TiO2 films are easily grown in solution, efficient electron extraction suffers due to a lack of interfacial contact area with the perovskites. Conversely, mesoporous films do offer high surface-area-to-volume ratios, thereby promoting efficient electron extraction, but their morphology is relatively difficult to control via conventional solution synthesis methods. Here, a pulsed laser deposition method was used to assemble TiO2 nanoparticles into TiO2 hierarchical architectures exhibiting an anatase crystal structure, and prototype solar cells employing these structures yielded power conversion efficiencies of ∼14%. Our approach demonstrates a way to grow high aspect-ratio TiO2 nanostructures for improved interfacial contact between TiO2 and perovskite materials, leading to high electron-hole pair separation and electron extraction efficiencies for superior photovoltaic performance. Compared to previous pulsed laser deposition-synthesized TiO2 mesoporous crystalline networks that needed post-thermal annealing at 500 °C to form mesoporous crystalline networks, our relatively low temperature (300 °C) TiO2 processing method may promote reduced energy-consumption during device fabrication, as well as enable compatibility with flexible polymer substrates such as polyimide.

  6. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2-nanomembrane-based photocatalysts with enhanced performance

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    Edy, Riyanto; Huang, Gaoshan; Zhao, Yuting; Zhang, Jing; Mei, Yongfeng; Shi, Jianjun

    2016-11-01

    In this study, TiO2 and TiO2-ZnO nanomembranes were fabricated by atomic layer deposition using the three-dimensionally porous template and their photocatalytic properties were investigated. The nanomembranes were firstly deposited onto the surface of polyurethane porous sponge templates (sacrificial templates), followed by a calcination at 500 or 800 °C. Three-dimensionally porous structures as a replica of the porous sponge templates were thus achieved. By a pulverizing process, the porous structures were broken into small pieces, which were then employed as photocatalyst. Experimental results show that the degree of crystallinity is raised by increasing of the nanomembrane thickness due to the increase of the grain size with minimizing the number of grain boundaries in the thicker nanomembrane, which is beneficial to enhance the photocatalysis efficiency. On the other hand, the photocatalytic activity can also be improved by TiO2-ZnO composite, due to lower electron-hole recombination possibility and better carrier conductivity.

  7. Quantum size effects in TiO2 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Das, Chittaranjan; Schmeisser, Dieter

    2014-01-01

    Summary We study the atomic layer deposition of TiO2 by means of X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The Ti precursor, titanium isopropoxide, was used in combination with H2O on Si/SiO2 substrates that were heated at 200 °C. The low growth rate (0.15 Å/cycle) and the in situ characterization permitted to follow changes in the electronic structure of TiO2 in the sub-nanometer range, which are influenced by quantum size effects. The modified electronic properties may play an important role in charge carrier transport and separation, and increase the efficiency of energy conversion systems. PMID:24605275

  8. Atomic layer deposition of amorphous TiO2 on graphene as an anode for Li-ion batteries

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    Ban, Chunmei; Xie, Ming; Sun, Xiang; Travis, Jonathan J.; Wang, Gongkai; Sun, Hongtao; Dillon, Anne C.; Lian, Jie; George, Steven M.

    2013-10-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to deposit TiO2 anode material on high surface area graphene (reduced graphene oxide) sheets for Li-ion batteries. An Al2O3 ALD ultrathin layer was used as an adhesion layer for conformal deposition of the TiO2 ALD films at 120 ° C onto the conducting graphene sheets. The TiO2 ALD films on the Al2O3 ALD adhesion layer were nearly amorphous and conformal to the graphene sheets. These nanoscale TiO2 coatings minimized the effect of the low diffusion coefficient of lithium ions in bulk TiO2. The TiO2 ALD films exhibited stable capacities of ˜120 mAh g-1 and ˜100 mAh g-1 at high cycling rates of 1 A g-1 and 2 A g-1, respectively. The TiO2 ALD films also displayed excellent cycling stability with ˜95% of the initial capacity remaining after 500 cycles. These results illustrate that ALD can provide a useful method to deposit electrode materials on high surface area substrates for Li-ion batteries.

  9. Photocatalytic activity of nanostructured TiO2 films produced by supersonic cluster beam deposition

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    Della Foglia, Flavio; Losco, Tonia; Piseri, Paolo; Milani, Paolo; Selli, Elena

    2009-08-01

    The photocatalytic activity of thin, nanostructured films of titanium dioxide, synthesized by supersonic cluster beam deposition (SCBD) from the gas phase, has been investigated employing the photodegradation of salicylic acid as test reaction. Because of the low deposition energy, the so-deposited highly porous TiO2 films are composed of nanoparticles maintaining their original properties in the film, which can be fully controlled by tuning the deposition and post-deposition treatment conditions. A systematic investigation on the evolution of light absorption properties and photoactivity of the films in relation to their morphology, determined by AFM analysis, and phase composition, determined by Raman spectroscopy, has been performed. The absorption and photocatalytic activity of the nanostructured films in the visible region could be enhanced either through post-deposition annealing treatment in ammonia containing atmosphere or employing mild oxidation conditions, followed by annealing in N2 at 600 °C.

  10. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on surface modified nanoporous low-k films.

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    Levrau, Elisabeth; Devloo-Casier, Kilian; Dendooven, Jolien; Ludwig, Karl F; Verdonck, Patrick; Meersschaut, Johan; Baklanov, Mikhail R; Detavernier, Christophe

    2013-10-01

    This paper explores the effects of different plasma treatments on low dielectric constant (low-k) materials and the consequences for the growth behavior of atomic layer deposition (ALD) on these modified substrates. An O2 and a He/H2 plasma treatment were performed on SiCOH low-k films to modify their chemical surface groups. Transmission FTIR and water contact angle (WCA) analysis showed that the O2 plasma changed the hydrophobic surface completely into a hydrophilic surface, while the He/H2 plasma changed it only partially. In a next step, in situ X-ray fluorescence (XRF), ellipsometric porosimetry (EP), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) were used to characterize ALD growth of TiO2 on these substrates. The initial growth of TiO2 was found to be inhibited in the original low-k film containing only Si-CH3 surface groups, while immediate growth was observed in the hydrophilic O2 plasma treated film. The latter film was uniformly filled with TiO2 after 8 ALD cycles, while pore filling was delayed to 17 ALD cycles in the hydrophobic film. For the He/H2 plasma treated film, containing both Si-OH and Si-CH3 groups, the in situ XRF data showed that TiO2 could no longer be deposited in the He/H2 plasma treated film after 8 ALD cycles, while EP measurements revealed a remaining porosity. This can be explained by the faster deposition of TiO2 in the hydrophilic top part of the film than in the hydrophobic bulk which leaves the bulk porous, as confirmed by RBS depth profiling. The outcome of this research is not only of interest for the development of advanced interconnects in ULSI technology, but also demonstrates that ALD combined with RBS analysis is a handy approach to analyze the modifications induced by a plasma treatment on a nanoporous thin film.

  11. Fabrication and Characterization of TiO2 Nano Rods by Electrochemical Deposition into an Anodic Alumina Template

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    Ikraam, Muhammad; Shahid, Sammia; Zaman, Sabah; Sarwar, M. N.

    2016-08-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods have been successfully grown into a track-etched anodized aluminium oxide membrane (AAM) by a particulate electrochemical deposition from an aqueous medium. The prepared TiO2 sols get stabilized against aging at pH 2. It was found that TiO2 nanorods grown from dilute aqueous solution with a low concentration gave a stable and uniform growth. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that TiO2 nanorods dried at 500°C were a mixture of anatase and brookite phases. Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) images confirmed that TiO2 nanorods had a smooth morphology and longitudinal uniformity in diameter. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image showed that TiO2 nanorods grown by electrochemical deposition from the dilute aqueous sol had a dense structure and possessed a repetitive pattern, containing small particles with an average size of 15 nm. Based on kinetic studies, it was found that uniform TiO2 nanorods with high-quality morphology were obtained under optimum conditions at an applied potential of 5 V, a uniform current density of 500 mA, and a deposition time of 5 h.

  12. Fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using different particle sizes of TiO2 deposited via nano-particle deposition system (NPDS).

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    Kim, Yang-Hee; Kim, Kwang-Su; Lee, Jin-Woong; Kim, Min-Saeng; Choi, Jung-Oh; Ahn, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Caroline Sunyong

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 layers were fabricated using a nano-particle deposition system (NPDS) on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) glass for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Conventionally, TiO2 paste for working electrodes has been fabricated using paste type methods. The fabricated paste composed of a mixture of nano-sized TiO2 powders, binders and solutions is then painted on TCO glass. After drying, the TiO2 layer on TCO glass is sintered to make a path for electron transfer. TiO2 layers formed by this paste type method require numerous steps, which can be time consuming. In this study, TiO2 powders were sprayed directly on TCO glass using NPDS in order to simplify the fabrication steps. To improve porosity and produce scattering layers, commercial nanocrystalline TiO, powders with different sizes were alternately deposited. Moreover, powders with different sizes were mixed and deposited on the TCO glass. The results indicate that the DSSCs with a TiO2 layer composed of different particle sizes had better cell performance than the cells assembled with single-sized TiO2 particles. Therefore, this study shows that a dry TiO2 coating process is possible for DSSC fabrication to improve its cell efficiencies, and this method can easily be applied on flexible substrates since NPDS is a room-temperature deposition process.

  13. Low temperature synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanostructures for high performance perovskite solar cells by pulsed laser deposition

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    Yang, Bin; Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Rouleau, Christopher M.; ...

    2016-06-10

    A promising way to advance perovskite solar cells is to improve the quality of the electron transport material e.g., titanium dioxide (TiO2) in a direction that increases electron transport and extraction. Although dense TiO2 films are easily grown in solution, efficient electron extraction suffers due to a lack of interfacial contact area with the perovskite. Conversely, mesoporous films do offer high surface-area-to-volume ratios, thereby promoting efficient electron extraction, but their morphology is relatively difficult to control via conventional solution synthesis methods. Here, a pulsed laser deposition method was used to assemble TiO2 nanoparticles into TiO2 hierarchical nanoarchitectures having the anatasemore » crystal structure, and prototype solar cells employing these structures yielded power conversion efficiencies of ~ 14%. Our approach demonstrates a way to grow high aspect-ratio TiO2 nanostructures for improved interfacial contact between TiO2 and perovskite materials, leading to high electron-hole pair separation and electron extraction efficiencies for superior photovoltaic performance. In addition, compared to conventional solution-processed TiO2 films that require 500 °C to obtain a good crystallinity, our relatively low temperature (300 °C) TiO2 processing method may promote reduced energy-consumption during device fabrication as well as enable compatibility with various flexible polymer substrates.« less

  14. Plasmonic Ag deposited TiO2 nano-sheet film for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production by water splitting

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    Liu, Enzhou; Kang, Limin; Yang, Yuhao; Sun, Tao; Hu, Xiaoyun; Zhu, Changjun; Liu, Hanchen; Wang, Qiuping; Li, Xinghua; Fan, Jun

    2014-04-01

    TiO2 nano-sheet film (TiO2 NSF) was prepared by a hydrothermal method. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were then deposited on the surface of TiO2 NSF (Ag/TiO2 NSF) under microwave-assisted chemical reduction. The prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The results revealed that the Ag NPs were well dispersed on the anatase/rutile mixed-phase TiO2 nano-sheet surface with a metallic state. The visible light absorption and Raman scattering of TiO2 were enhanced by Ag NPs based on its surface plasmon resonance effect. Besides, Ag NPs could also effectively restrain the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. Photocatalytic water splitting was conducted on the films to obtain hydrogen, and the experimental results indicated that plasmonic Ag NPs could greatly enhance the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 due to the synergistic effect between electron transfer and surface plasmon resonance enhanced absorption. The hydrogen yield obtained from the optimal sample reached 8.1 μmol cm-2 and the corresponding energy efficiency was about 0.47%, which was 8.5 times higher than that of pure TiO2 film. Additionally, the formation mechanism of TiO2 nano-sheet film is preliminarily discussed.

  15. Electrochemically assisted deposition of transparent, mechanically robust TiO2 films for advanced applications

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    Maino, Giulia; Meroni, Daniela; Pifferi, Valentina; Falciola, Luigi; Soliveri, Guido; Cappelletti, Giuseppe; Ardizzone, Silvia

    2013-11-01

    In recent years, titanium dioxide has received ever growing interest, thanks to its promising applications in numerous fields such as environmental remediation, H2 generation and photovoltaics. Here, transparent and mechanically robust TiO2 films are deposited by a simple and inexpensive electrochemically assisted procedure on various kinds of substrates, both conductive and nonconductive (e.g., glass slides or different metal laminas with variable surface roughness). The obtained films are uniform, crack-free and exhibit excellent chemical, mechanical, and electrochemical robustness. The obtained layers are compared to films prepared by a routine preparation technique, such as dip coating, showing much better morphological, optical, and conductive properties. The photo-activity of TiO2 can be exploited to obtain transparent spectroelectrochemical systems and to control the wetting features of the surface. Applications concerning the modulation of the wettability are presented with respect to both the antifogging and antistain properties. The photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 films are exploited to activate a photoelectrochemical polymerization of polypyrrole onto an unconductive support. These materials are promising for numerous applications such as smart windows, antifogging mirrors, solar cells, and optically transparent electrodes.

  16. Controlled modification of nanoporous gold: Chemical vapor deposition of TiO2 in ultrahigh vacuum

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    Schaefer, A.; Ragazzon, D.; Walle, L. E.; Farstad, M. H.; Wichmann, A.; Bäumer, M.; Borg, A.; Sandell, A.

    2013-10-01

    TiO2 has been deposited in the first 400 nm of a nanoporous gold (NPG) structure using metal organic chemical vapor deposition with titanium-tetraisopropoxide as single source precursor in ultra high vacuum. The NPG has been pretreated by ozone to clean and stabilize the structure for deposition. The deposited oxide stabilizes the porous structure, otherwise prone to coarsening at elevated temperatures, up to 300 °C. The study combines the controlled sample preparation with a functional test of the prepared catalyst under real conditions in a continuous gas flow reactor. The catalytic activity of the loaded NPG at 60 °C for CO oxidation is found to be superior to unloaded as-prepared NPG.

  17. Highly flexible TiO2-coated stainless steel fabric electrode prepared by liquid-phase deposition

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    Hwang, Hong Seo; Lee, Jeong Beom; Jung, Jiwon; Lee, Seyoung; Ryu, Ji Heon; Oh, Seung M.

    2016-10-01

    In order to construct flexible lithium-ion batteries, stainless steel (SUS) fabric is used as a current collector for the negative electrode of lithium-ion batteries. TiO2 is coated onto the SUS fabric by liquid-phase deposition to construct an electrode consisting of an SUS wire core and a TiO2 shell. A folding test is then conducted to assess the robustness of TiO2-coated SUS fabric, during which no detachment of TiO2 particles from the SUS current collector is observed; the negative electrode shows a consistent electrochemical cycle performance even under severe physical duress. The TiO2-SUS fabric integration shows excellent flexibility without loss of electrochemical efficacy under mechanical stress, which occurs owing to three main factors. First, the mechanical stress imposed by folding is effectively dissipated by the 3-dimensional structure of the SUS fabric. Secondly, the TiO2 electrode itself is free from mechanical stress owing to negligible volume change during electrochemical cycling. Thirdly, the high interfacial adhesion strength between TiO2 and SUS fabric due to covalent bond formation during liquid-phase deposition prevents the loss of active material from the negative electrode during the folding tests.

  18. Pt deposited TiO2 catalyst fabricated by thermal decomposition of titanium complex for solar hydrogen production

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    Truong, Quang Duc; Le, Thanh Son; Ling, Yong-Chien

    2014-12-01

    C, N codoped TiO2 catalyst has been synthesized by thermal decomposition of a novel water-soluble titanium complex. The structure, morphology, and optical properties of the synthesized TiO2 catalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the Pt deposited TiO2 catalysts synthesized at different temperatures was evaluated by means of hydrogen evolution reaction under both UV-vis and visible light irradiation. The investigation results reveal that the photocatalytic H2 evolution rate strongly depended on the crystalline grain size as well as specific surface area of the synthesized catalyst. Our studies successfully demonstrate a simple method for the synthesis of visible-light responsive Pt deposited TiO2 catalyst for solar hydrogen production.

  19. Atomic Layer Deposition for Coating of High Aspect Ratio TiO2 Nanotube Layers

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    2016-01-01

    We present an optimized approach for the deposition of Al2O3 (as a model secondary material) coating into high aspect ratio (≈180) anodic TiO2 nanotube layers using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. In order to study the influence of the diffusion of the Al2O3 precursors on the resulting coating thickness, ALD processes with different exposure times (i.e., 0.5, 2, 5, and 10 s) of the trimethylaluminum (TMA) precursor were performed. Uniform coating of the nanotube interiors was achieved with longer exposure times (5 and 10 s), as verified by detailed scanning electron microscopy analysis. Quartz crystal microbalance measurements were used to monitor the deposition process and its particular features due to the tube diameter gradient. Finally, theoretical calculations were performed to calculate the minimum precursor exposure time to attain uniform coating. Theoretical values on the diffusion regime matched with the experimental results and helped to obtain valuable information for further optimization of ALD coating processes. The presented approach provides a straightforward solution toward the development of many novel devices, based on a high surface area interface between TiO2 nanotubes and a secondary material (such as Al2O3). PMID:27643411

  20. Atomic Layer Deposition for Coating of High Aspect Ratio TiO2 Nanotube Layers.

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    Zazpe, Raul; Knaut, Martin; Sopha, Hanna; Hromadko, Ludek; Albert, Matthias; Prikryl, Jan; Gärtnerová, V; Bartha, Johann W; Macak, Jan M

    2016-10-05

    We present an optimized approach for the deposition of Al2O3 (as a model secondary material) coating into high aspect ratio (≈180) anodic TiO2 nanotube layers using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. In order to study the influence of the diffusion of the Al2O3 precursors on the resulting coating thickness, ALD processes with different exposure times (i.e., 0.5, 2, 5, and 10 s) of the trimethylaluminum (TMA) precursor were performed. Uniform coating of the nanotube interiors was achieved with longer exposure times (5 and 10 s), as verified by detailed scanning electron microscopy analysis. Quartz crystal microbalance measurements were used to monitor the deposition process and its particular features due to the tube diameter gradient. Finally, theoretical calculations were performed to calculate the minimum precursor exposure time to attain uniform coating. Theoretical values on the diffusion regime matched with the experimental results and helped to obtain valuable information for further optimization of ALD coating processes. The presented approach provides a straightforward solution toward the development of many novel devices, based on a high surface area interface between TiO2 nanotubes and a secondary material (such as Al2O3).

  1. Thermal conductivity of amorphous Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminates deposited by atomic layer deposition

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    Ali, Saima; Juntunen, Taneli; Sintonen, Sakari; Ylivaara, Oili M. E.; Puurunen, Riikka L.; Lipsanen, Harri; Tittonen, Ilkka; Hannula, Simo-Pekka

    2016-11-01

    The thermophysical properties of Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminates deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) are studied as a function of bilayer thickness and relative TiO2 content (0%-100%) while the total nominal thickness of the nanolaminates was kept at 100 nm. Cross-plane thermal conductivity of the nanolaminates is measured at room temperature using the nanosecond transient thermoreflectance method. Based on the measurements, the nanolaminates have reduced thermal conductivity as compared to the pure amorphous thin films, suggesting that interfaces have a non-negligible effect on thermal transport in amorphous nanolaminates. For a fixed number of interfaces, we find that approximately equal material content of Al2O3 and TiO2 produces the lowest value of thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity reduces with increasing interface density up to 0.4 nm-1, above which the thermal conductivity is found to be constant. The value of thermal interface resistance approximated by the use of diffuse mismatch model was found to be 0.45 m2 K GW-1, and a comparative study employing this value supports the interpretation of non-negligible interface resistance affecting the overall thermal conductivity also in the amorphous limit. Finally, no clear trend in thermal conductivity values was found for nanolaminates grown at different deposition temperatures, suggesting that the temperature in the ALD process has a non-trivial while modest effect on the overall thermal conductivity in amorphous nanolaminates.

  2. Thermal conductivity of amorphous Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminates deposited by atomic layer deposition.

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    Ali, Saima; Juntunen, Taneli; Sintonen, Sakari; Ylivaara, Oili M E; Puurunen, Riikka L; Lipsanen, Harri; Tittonen, Ilkka; Hannula, Simo-Pekka

    2016-11-04

    The thermophysical properties of Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminates deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) are studied as a function of bilayer thickness and relative TiO2 content (0%-100%) while the total nominal thickness of the nanolaminates was kept at 100 nm. Cross-plane thermal conductivity of the nanolaminates is measured at room temperature using the nanosecond transient thermoreflectance method. Based on the measurements, the nanolaminates have reduced thermal conductivity as compared to the pure amorphous thin films, suggesting that interfaces have a non-negligible effect on thermal transport in amorphous nanolaminates. For a fixed number of interfaces, we find that approximately equal material content of Al2O3 and TiO2 produces the lowest value of thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity reduces with increasing interface density up to 0.4 nm(-1), above which the thermal conductivity is found to be constant. The value of thermal interface resistance approximated by the use of diffuse mismatch model was found to be 0.45 m(2) K GW(-1), and a comparative study employing this value supports the interpretation of non-negligible interface resistance affecting the overall thermal conductivity also in the amorphous limit. Finally, no clear trend in thermal conductivity values was found for nanolaminates grown at different deposition temperatures, suggesting that the temperature in the ALD process has a non-trivial while modest effect on the overall thermal conductivity in amorphous nanolaminates.

  3. Atomic layer deposition in nanometer-level replication of cellulosic substances and preparation of photocatalytic TiO2/cellulose composites.

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    Kemell, Marianna; Pore, Viljami; Ritala, Mikko; Leskelä, Markku; Lindén, Mika

    2005-10-19

    TiO2 replicas of filter paper with nanometer-level accuracy were prepared by atomic layer deposition of thin conformal TiO2 coating, followed by a removal of the paper by air-anneal at 450 degrees C. Photocatalytic anatase TiO2/cellulose composites were also made by leaving the paper intact. The TiO2 films were deposited from Ti(OMe)4 and H2O at 150-250 degrees C. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2/cellulose composite was verified by photocatalytic reduction of Ag(I) from an aqueous solution to Ag nanoparticles on the TiO2 surface. The TiO2/cellulose composites are mechanically more stable than the free-standing TiO2 replicas and are therefore potentially suitable as lightweight, high surface area photocatalysts.

  4. Plasma assisted deposition of single and multistacked TiO2 hierarchical nanotube photoanodes.

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    Nicolas Filippin, A; Sanchez-Valencia, Juan R; Idígoras, Jesús; Rojas, T Cristina; Barranco, Angel; Anta, Juan A; Borras, Ana

    2017-04-13

    We present herein an evolved methodology for the growth of nanocrystalline hierarchical nanotubes combining physical vapor deposition of organic nanowires (ONWs) and plasma enhanced chemical vacuum deposition of anatase TiO2 layers. The ONWs act as vacuum removable 1D and 3D templates, with the whole process occurring at temperatures ranging from RT to 250 °C. As a result, a high density of hierarchical nanotubes with tunable diameter, length and tailored wall microstructures are formed on a variety of processable substrates as metal and metal oxide films or nanoparticles including transparent conductive oxides. The reiteration of the process leads to the development of an unprecedented 3D nanoarchitecture formed by stacking the layers of hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes. As a proof of concept, we present the superior performance of the 3D nanoarchitecture as a photoanode within an excitonic solar cell with efficiencies as high as 4.69% for a nominal thickness of the anatase layer below 2.75 μm. Mechanical stability and straightforward implementation in devices are demonstrated at the same time. The process is extendable to other functional oxides fabricated by plasma-assisted methods with readily available applications in energy harvesting and storage, catalysis and nanosensing.

  5. Photocatalytic activity of Cr-doped TiO2 nanoparticles deposited on porous multicrystalline silicon films

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    2014-01-01

    This work deals with the deposition of Cr-doped TiO2 thin films on porous silicon (PS) prepared from electrochemical anodization of multicrystalline (mc-Si) Si wafers. The effect of Cr doping on the properties of the TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples has been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microcopy (AFM), photoluminescence, lifetime, and laser beam-induced current (LBIC) measurements. The photocatalytic activity is carried out on TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples. It was found that the TiO2-Cr/PS/mc-Si type structure degrades an organic pollutant (amido black) under ultraviolet (UV) light. A noticeable degradation of the pollutant is obtained for a Cr doping of 2 at. %. This result is discussed in light of LBIC and photoluminescence measurements. PMID:25313302

  6. Photocatalytic activity of Cr-doped TiO2 nanoparticles deposited on porous multicrystalline silicon films.

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    Hajjaji, Anouar; Trabelsi, Khaled; Atyaoui, Atef; Gaidi, Mounir; Bousselmi, Latifa; Bessais, Brahim; El Khakani, My Ali

    2014-01-01

    This work deals with the deposition of Cr-doped TiO2 thin films on porous silicon (PS) prepared from electrochemical anodization of multicrystalline (mc-Si) Si wafers. The effect of Cr doping on the properties of the TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples has been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microcopy (AFM), photoluminescence, lifetime, and laser beam-induced current (LBIC) measurements. The photocatalytic activity is carried out on TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples. It was found that the TiO2-Cr/PS/mc-Si type structure degrades an organic pollutant (amido black) under ultraviolet (UV) light. A noticeable degradation of the pollutant is obtained for a Cr doping of 2 at. %. This result is discussed in light of LBIC and photoluminescence measurements.

  7. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 thin films on nanoporous alumina templates: Medical applications

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    Narayan, Roger J.; Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A.; Brigmon, Robin L.; Pellin, Michael J.; Elam, Jeffrey W.

    2009-06-01

    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of a nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Neither the 20 nm nor the 100 nm TiO2-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exhibited statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for “smart” drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.

  8. Control of TTIP Solution for Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet and Deposition of TiO2 Micro-particles

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    Hayakawa, Masahiro; Parajulee, Shankar; Ikezawa, Shunjiro

    TiO2 deposition-methods are versatile and are expected to be more simple and easy, however, in recent years the industrial photocatalytic products have been developed enormously. In this work, photocatalytic TiO2 micro-particles are deposited using the atmospheric pressure plasma jet device. Here, deposition-method is carried out in two steps, at first, the hydrolysis reaction time has been able to control which will resolve the TTIP coagulating trouble during the transportation, by acidifying the solution with AA (Acetic acid) and DEA (Diethanolamine). An experiment was performed to measure the hydrolysis reaction time of TTIP (Titanium tetraisopropoxide) solution by He-Ne laser. Secondly, the deposition of TiO2 micro-particles was carried out using the atmospheric pressure plasma jet with the controlled TTIP solution in reaction time. Based on SEM and water contact angle measurement, it is found that the smaller the mixing ratios of TTIP and DEA the smaller the TiO2 particle size. Also, the smaller the TiO2 particles the smaller the contact angle under the UV irradiation which suffices the photocatalytic behavior.

  9. Passivation of pigment-grade TiO2 particles by nanothick atomic layer deposited SiO2 films

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    King, David M.; Liang, Xinhua; Burton, Beau B.; Kamal Akhtar, M.; Weimer, Alan W.

    2008-06-01

    Pigment-grade TiO2 particles were passivated using nanothick insulating films fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Conformal SiO2 and Al2O3 layers were coated onto anatase and rutile powders in a fluidized bed reactor. SiO2 films were deposited using tris-dimethylaminosilane (TDMAS) and H2O2 at 500 °C. Trimethylaluminum and water were used as precursors for Al2O3 ALD at 177 °C. The photocatalytic activity of anatase pigment-grade TiO2 was decreased by 98% after the deposition of 2 nm SiO2 films. H2SO4 digest tests were performed to exhibit the pinhole-free nature of the coatings and the TiO2 digest rate was 40 times faster for uncoated TiO2 than SiO2 coated over a 24 h period. Mass spectrometry was used to monitor reaction progress and allowed for dosing time optimization. These results demonstrate that the TDMAS-H2O2 chemistry can deposit high quality, fully dense SiO2 films on high radius of curvature substrates. Particle ALD is a viable passivation method for pigment-grade TiO2 particles.

  10. Formation of TiO2 Thin Films using NH3 as Catalyst by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Jung, Sung-Hoon; Kang, Sang-Won

    2001-05-01

    We have studied metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of TiO2 thin films using titanium tetra-isopropoxide [TTIP, Ti(O--C3H7)4] and NH3 as a catalyst at deposition temperatures ranging from 250 to 365°C. At deposition temperatures above 330°C, pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP is dominant regardless of the use of NH3, and the activation energy for TiO2 film formation is 152 kJ/mol. At deposition temperatures below 330°C, the films can be formed with the help of the catalytic activity of NH3, and the activation energy is reduced to 55 kJ/mol. TiO2 films deposited through the pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP have an anatase structure before and after performing post-deposition annealing in oxygen ambient for 30 min at 750°C. On the other hand, the as-deposited films formed through the catalytic reaction of TTIP with NH3 incorporate nitrogen impurities and have microcrystallites of the rutile structure within the amorphous matrix. However, the post-deposition annealing, the nitrogen impurities are completely removed from the films, and the films are converted into polycrystalline TiO2 films with the rutile structure, which have a high dielectric constant of 82 and a low leakage current.

  11. Ellipsometric study of Atomic Layer Deposited TiO2 thin films

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    Jaiswal, Piyush; Kunte, G. V.; Umarji, A. M.; Shivashankar, S. A.

    2009-06-01

    Atomic layer deposition was used to obtain TiO2 thin films on Si (100) and fused quartz, using a novel metal organic precursor. The films were grown at 400° C, varying the amount of oxygen used as the reactive gas. X-ray diffraction showed the films to be crystalline, with a mixture of anatase and rutile phases. To investigate their optical properties, ellipsometric measurements were made in the UV-Vis-NIR range (300-1700 nm). Spectral distribution of various optical constants like refractive index (n), absorption index (k), transmittance (T), reflectance (R), absorption (A) were calculated by employing Bruggemann's effective medium approximation (BEMA) and Maxwell-Garnet effective medium approximation, in conjunction with the Cauchy and Forouhi-Bloomer (FB) dispersion relations. A layered optical model has been proposed which gives the thickness, elemental and molecular composition, amorphicity and roughness (morphology) of the TiO2 film surface and and the film/substrate interface, as a function of oxygen flow rate The spectral distribution of the optical band gap (Egopt), complex dielectric constants (ɛ'andɛ"), and optical conductivity (σopt), has also been determined.

  12. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 / Al2O3 films for optical applications

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    Triani, Gerry; Evans, Peter J.; Mitchell, David R. G.; Attard, Darren J.; Finnie, Kim S.; James, Michael; Hanley, Tracey; Latella, Bruno; Prince, Kathryn E.; Bartlett, John

    2005-09-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is an important technology for depositing functional coatings on accessible, reactive surfaces with precise control of thickness and nanostructure. Unlike conventional chemical vapour deposition, where growth rate is dependent on reactant flux, ALD employs sequential surface chemical reactions to saturate a surface with a (sub-) monolayer of reactive compounds such as metal alkoxides or covalent halides, followed by reaction with a second compound such as water to deposit coatings layer-by-layer. A judicious choice of reactants and processing conditions ensures that the reactions are self-limiting, resulting in controlled film growth with excellent conformality to the substrate. This paper investigates the deposition and characterisation of multi-layer TiO2 /Al2O3 films on a range of substrates, including silicon <100>, soda glass and polycarbonate, using titanium tetrachloride/water and trimethylaluminium/water as precursor couples. Structure-property correlations were established using a suite of analytical tools, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), X-ray reflectometry (XRR) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). The evolution of nanostructure and composition of multi-layer high/low refractive index stacks are discussed as a function of deposition parameters.

  13. Synthesis, phase to phase deposition and characterization of rutile nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films

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    Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Singh, Jitendra; Anbalagan, K.; Kothari, Prateek; Bhatia, Ravi Raj; Mishra, Pratima K.; Manjuladevi, V.; Gupta, Raj K.; Akhtar, J.

    2013-01-01

    In this work the preparation, deposition and structural properties of titanium oxide (TiO2) thin films were investigated. The films were deposited by means of the e-beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD) method in high vacuum (10-7 Torr). A controlled deposition rate in the range of 0.1-0.3 Å/s was monitored in situ employing quartz crystal. The films were deposited on the oxidized Si (1 0 0) wafer, glass micro slides. These films were analyzed using Grazing Angle X-ray diffraction (GA-XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman Spectroscopy (RAMAN), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and UV-visible Spectroscopy (UV-vis). Structural characterization results showed mainly presence of the crystalline rutile phase, however an interfacial SiO2 layer between TiO2 and the substrate and the minor anatase crystalline phase of TiO2 was also identified in FTIR analysis. Grain size was found to be in the range of 100-125 nm while grain boundary was estimated to be 20 nm. Direct and indirect optical band gap was estimated to be 3.64 and 3.04 eV, respectively. A process induced self annealing of deposited film shows a strong effect on the structural, morphological and optical properties. Furthermore, low deposition rate and high vacuum allows rutile to rutile phase transformation from indigenously prepared TiO2 target to thin film.

  14. SEM Analysis of Electrophoretically-Deposited Nanoparticle Films

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    Verma, Neil

    Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (20 nm) were synthesized and electrophoretically deposited onto aluminum foil, graphite paper, and carbon felt in order to study its potential as a cost-effective electrocatalyst for the oxidation of ammonium sulfite to ammonium sulfate in a proposed sulfur ammonia thermochemical cycle. Scanning electron microscopy and linear sweep voltammetry were used to characterize the deposited films and investigate their electrochemical activity. Furthermore, the effects of electrophoretic deposition conditions on deposit morphology and subsequently the effects of deposit morphology on electrochemical activity in 2 M ammonium sulfite were studied to better understand how to improve electrocatalysts. It was found that there is a critical deposit thickness for each substrate, where additional deposited particles reduce overall electrocatalytic activity of the deposits. For graphite paper, this thickness was estimated to be 3 particle layers for the EPD conditions studied. The 3 particle layer film on graphite paper resulted in a 5.5 fold increase in current density from a blank graphite paper substrate. For carbon felt, the deposit thickness threshold was calculated to be 0.13 of a particle layer for the EPD conditions studied. Moreover, this film was found to have a 4.3 fold increase in current density from a blank carbon felt substrate.

  15. Electrophoretically-deposited solid film lubricants

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    Dugger, M.T.; Panitz, J.K.J.; Vanecek, C.W.

    1995-04-01

    An aqueous-based process that uses electrophoresis to attract powdered lubricant in suspension to a charged target was developed. The deposition process yields coatings with low friction, complies with environmental safety regulations, requires minimal equipment, and has several advantages over processes involving organic binders or vacuum techniques. This work focuses on development of the deposition process, includes an analysis of the friction coefficient of the material in sliding contact with stainless steel under a range of conditions, and a functional evaluation of coating performance in a precision mechanical device application. Results show that solid lubricant films with friction coefficients as low as 0.03 can be produced. A 0.03 friction coefficient is superior to solid lubricants with binder systems and is comparable to friction coefficients generated with more costly vacuum techniques.

  16. Low-temperature liquid phase deposited TiO 2 films on stainless steel for photogenerated cathodic protection applications

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    Lei, C. X.; Zhou, H.; Feng, Z. D.; Zhu, Y. F.; Du, R. G.

    2011-06-01

    The low-temperature synthesis of anatase TiO 2 films was an imperative requirement for their application to corrosion prevention of metals. In this paper, a liquid phase deposition (LPD) technique was developed to prepare TiO 2 films on SUS304 stainless steel (304SS) at a relatively low temperature (80 °C). The as-prepared films were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS). It was observed that a dense and crack-free anatase TiO 2 film with a thickness about 300 nm was obtained. The film contained some fluorine and nitrogen elements, and the amounts of these impurities were greatly decreased upon calcination. Under the white light illumination, the electrode potential of TiO 2 coated 304SS rapidly shifted to a more negative direction. Moreover, the photopotential of TiO 2/304SS electrode showed more negative values with increased film thickness. In conclusion, the photogenerated cathodic protection of 304SS was achieved by the low-temperature LPD-derived TiO 2 film.

  17. The nanocrystalline structure of TiO2 film deposited by DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature

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    Liu, Jindong; Ding, Wanyu; Wang, Hualin; Liu, Shimin; Jiang, Weiwei; Liu, Chaoqian; Wang, Nan; Chai, Weiping

    2014-10-01

    At room temperature, titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were deposited by the direct current pulse magnetron sputtering technique. Varying O2/Ar flow ratio, TiO2 films with different nanocrystalline structures were obtained. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy results show that with O2/Ar = 6/14, the nanocrystalline in rutile phase appears in as-deposited film. Then X-ray diffraction patterns of annealed films revealed that with O2/Ar = 6/14, the higher weight fractions of rutile TiO2 appear in films. The optical emission spectroscopy results show that with O2/Ar < 6/14, O element was mainly existed as O-/O+ ions, instead of excited state of O atoms.

  18. Chemical bath deposited rutile TiO2 compact layer toward efficient planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Liang, Chao; Wu, Zhenhua; Li, Pengwei; Fan, Jiajie; Zhang, Yiqiang; Shao, Guosheng

    2017-01-01

    TiO2 is a best choice of electron transport layers in perovskite solar cells, due to its high electron mobility and stability. However, traditional TiO2 processing method requires rather high annealing temperature (>500 °C), preventing it from application to flexible devices. Here, we show that TiO2 thin films can be synthesized via chemical bath deposition below 100 °C. Typically, a compact layer of rutile TiO2 is deposited onto fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated substrates, in an aqueous TiCl4 solution at 70 °C. Through the optimization of precursor concentration and ultraviolet-ozone surface modification, over 12% power conversion efficiency can be achieved for CH3NH3PbI3 based perovskite solar cells. These findings offer a potential low-temperature technical solution in using TiO2 thin film as an effective transport layer for flexible perovskite solar cells.

  19. Direct formation of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes by atomic layer deposition and their photocatalytic properties

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    Huang, Sheng-Hsin; Liao, Shih-Yun; Wang, Chih-Chieh; Kei, Chi-Chung; Gan, Jon-Yiew; Perng, Tsong-Pyng

    2016-10-01

    TiO2 with different morphology was deposited on acid-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by atomic layer deposition at 100 °C-300 °C to form a TiO2@CNT structure. The TiO2 fabricated at 100 °C was an amorphous film, but became crystalline anatase nanoparticles when fabricated at 200 °C and 300 °C. The saturation growth rates of TiO2 nanoparticles at 300 °C were about 1.5 and 0.4 Å/cycle for substrate-enhanced growth and linear growth processes, respectively. It was found that the rate constants for methylene blue degradation by the TiO2@CNT structure formed at 300 °C were more suitable to fit with second-order reaction. The size of 9 nm exhibited the best degradation efficiency, because of the high specific area and appropriate diffusion length for the electrons and holes.

  20. Highly efficient photocatalytic TiO2 coatings deposited by open air atmospheric pressure plasma jet with aerosolized TTIP precursor

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    Fakhouri, H.; Ben Salem, D.; Carton, O.; Pulpytel, J.; Arefi-Khonsari, F.

    2014-07-01

    A simple method to deposit photocatalytic TiO2 coatings, at a high rate (20-40 µm s-1), and with a high porosity, is reported in this paper. This method, which allows the treatment of membranes (with an 800 nm pore size), is based on the introduction of a liquid precursor sprayed into an open-air atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ). The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 thin films prepared by APPJ have been compared with our best N-doped TiO2 thin films, deposited by reactive radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering, previously reported in the literature. The morphology, chemical composition, photoelectrochemical, and photocatalytic properties of the coatings have been studied in this paper. Significant control of the porosity and crystallinity was achieved by varying the deposition parameters and the annealing temperature. Under optimized conditions, the TiO2 coatings deposited by APPJ are characterized by a higher photocatalytic activity as compared to the optimized thin films deposited by RF sputtering. This difference can be explained by the higher specific surface of the APPJ coatings. Finally, the most interesting characteristic of this APPJ-liquid spray process is its capacity to treat membranes without blocking the pores, and to produce photocatalytic membranes which can efficiently combine filtration and photocatalysis for water treatment.

  1. Self-standing Hybrid Nanofibers of TiO2 and TiO2/Hydroxyapatite: Application in Photocatalytic and Photovoltatic Systems

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    Rouhani, Parvaneh

    2012-02-01

    A Hybrid fibers of Hydroxyapatite TiO2, HAp/TiO2 with modified photocatalytic properties were synthesized using a template method. Liquid phase deposition (LPD) technique was employed to grow TiO2 layers on cellulose fibers, followed by deposition of HAp from a pseudo body solution, and finally heat removing the cellulose template. The resulting material has a fibrous structure, mimicking the cellulose fibers shape, and have a typical surface area of 114 m^2/g, compared to 74 m^2/g for pure TiO2 fibers. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation tests showed that addition of HAp to TiO2 fibers increased the adsorptive from 17% to 35%. Nano particulated TiO2 fibers as one-dimensional long structures were introduced into TiO2 P25 nano particle films using co-electrophoretic deposition. This resulted in less porosity and higher roughness factor of the films that provided more favorable conditions for electron transport. The films used as the photoanode of a dye solar cell (DSC) produced 65% higher photovoltaic efficiency. TiO2 fibers can be excellent binders in single-step, organic-free electrophoretic deposition of TiO2 for DSC photoanode.

  2. Influences of annealing temperature on microstructure and properties for TiO2 films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Shang, Jie-Ting; Chen, Chih-Ming; Cheng, Ta-Chih; Lee, Ying-Chieh

    2015-12-01

    Titanium dioxide films were deposited at 100 °C of substrate temperature with a DC magnetron sputtering system. The crystalline structures, morphological features, and photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 films were systematically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet spectrophotometry. To obtain the crystalline structure of TiO2 film at a low annealing temperature, high-level DC power (600 W) was applied. The effect of the annealing treatments on the microstructure of the TiO2 films was investigated. The results indicated that the annealing process at 200 °C clearly caused the formation of a nanocrystalline anatase phase that directly affected photocatalytic activity. The dye removal efficiency of the nanostructured anatase attained 53 and 31% for UV and visible light radiation, respectively.

  3. Highly photocatalytic TiO2 interconnected porous powder fabricated by sponge-templated atomic layer deposition.

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    Pan, Shengqiang; Zhao, Yuting; Huang, Gaoshan; Wang, Jiao; Baunack, Stefan; Gemming, Thomas; Li, Menglin; Zheng, Lirong; Schmidt, Oliver G; Mei, Yongfeng

    2015-09-11

    A titanium dioxide (TiO2) interconnected porous structure has been fabricated by means of atomic layer deposition of TiO2 onto a reticular sponge template. The obtained freestanding TiO2 with large surface area can be easily taken out of the water to solve a complex separation procedure. A compact and conformal nanocoating was evidenced by morphologic characterization. A phase transition, as well as production of oxygen vacancies with increasing annealing temperature, was detected by x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The photocatalytic experimental results demonstrated that the powder with appropriate annealing treatment possessed excellent photocatalytic ability due to the co-action of high surface area, oxygen vacancies and the optimal crystal structure.

  4. Highly photocatalytic TiO2 interconnected porous powder fabricated by sponge-templated atomic layer deposition

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    Pan, Shengqiang; Zhao, Yuting; Huang, Gaoshan; Wang, Jiao; Baunack, Stefan; Gemming, Thomas; Li, Menglin; Zheng, Lirong; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Mei, Yongfeng

    2015-09-01

    A titanium dioxide (TiO2) interconnected porous structure has been fabricated by means of atomic layer deposition of TiO2 onto a reticular sponge template. The obtained freestanding TiO2 with large surface area can be easily taken out of the water to solve a complex separation procedure. A compact and conformal nanocoating was evidenced by morphologic characterization. A phase transition, as well as production of oxygen vacancies with increasing annealing temperature, was detected by x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The photocatalytic experimental results demonstrated that the powder with appropriate annealing treatment possessed excellent photocatalytic ability due to the co-action of high surface area, oxygen vacancies and the optimal crystal structure.

  5. Effect of TiO2 deposition on the mechanical properties of a carbon-fiber-reinforced bismaleimide composite

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    Di, Jang; Chunhua, Cao; Jie, Wu

    2013-07-01

    In order to improve the mechanical properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced bismaleimide (CF/BMI) composites, TiO2 was deposited on the carbon fibers. The short-beam shear and mechanical properties of the composites were investigated. Both raw and TiO2-coated CFs were utilized for their fabrication. The tensile strength of the composites, both with raw and TiO2-coated fibers, grew with increasing filler content. The tensile strength of the CF/BMI composites with treated fibers, at all mixing ratios, was found to be by 18% higher than that of the composites with untreated ones. The surface morphologies of fracture surfaces of the composites were recorded using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to gain information about the interfacial fiber-matrix adhesion in the composites.

  6. Hydrogen Assisted Nano-crystallization in TiO2 Thin Film Prepared by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Iida, Tamio; Koie, Ryousuke; Masuda, Toshiro; Ueno, Hiroyuki; Nonomura, Shuichi

    2009-03-01

    Preparations and structural studies of TiO2 thin films using hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (CVD) (hot-filament CVD) are reported for the first time. Titanium tetra-isopropoxide [Ti(OC3H7)4] was used as a source gas and decomposed on a heated rhenium filament. The film deposited at the filament temperature (Tf) of 1300 °C shows amorphous structure with the substrate temperature (Ts) of 300 °C, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks originated from nano-crystalline with anatase structure appeared over Ts of 400-700 °C. The optical band gap energies of the nano-crystalline TiO2 films with anatase structure were ˜3.4 eV. An increase of Ts from 400 to 700 °C enhanced the XRD peak intensity of (112) orientation. Meanwhile, an increase of Tf up to 1500 °C induces nano-crystalline TiO2 with rutile structure. Furthermore, the hydrogen dilution realizes the nano-crystallite growth of rutile structure even in the deposition at Tf = 1300 °C. During this deposition, the actual substrate surface temperature (Tsuf) was 305 °C. In bulk TiO2 materials, the anatase structure changes to the rutile structure by thermal annealing up to about 800 °C. We propose for the first time that atomic hydrogen contributes to the low temperature nucleation of rutile structure in the deposition of oxide system, TiO2 films.

  7. Morphology and crystallinity control of ultrathin TiO2 layers deposited on carbon nanotubes by temperature-step atomic layer deposition

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    Guerra-Nuñez, Carlos; Zhang, Yucheng; Li, Meng; Chawla, Vipin; Erni, Rolf; Michler, Johann; Park, Hyung Gyu; Utke, Ivo

    2015-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with titanium oxide (TiO2) have generated considerable interest over the last decade and become a promising nanomaterial for a wide range of energy applications. The efficient use of the outstanding electrical properties of this nanostructure relies heavily on the quality of the interface and the thickness and morphology of the TiO2 layer. However, complete surface coverage of the chemically inert CNTs and appropriate control of the morphology of the TiO2 layer have not been achieved so far. Here, we report a new strategy to obtain ultrathin TiO2 coatings deposited by ``Temperature-step'' Atomic Layer Deposition (TS-ALD) with complete surface coverage of non-functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and controlled morphology and crystallinity of the TiO2 film. This strategy consists of adjusting the temperature during the ALD deposition to obtain the desired morphology. Complete coverage of long non-functionalized MWCNTs with conformal anatase layers was obtained by using a low temperature of 60 °C during the nucleation stage followed by an increase to 220 °C during the growth stage. This resulted in a continuous and amorphous TiO2 layer, covered with a conformal anatase coating. Starting with the deposition at 220 °C and reducing to 60 °C resulted in sporadic crystal grains at the CNT/TiO2 interface covered with an amorphous TiO2 layer. The results were accomplished through an extensive study of nucleation and growth of titanium oxide films on MWCNTs, of which a detailed characterization is presented in this work.Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with titanium oxide (TiO2) have generated considerable interest over the last decade and become a promising nanomaterial for a wide range of energy applications. The efficient use of the outstanding electrical properties of this nanostructure relies heavily on the quality of the interface and the thickness and morphology of the TiO2 layer. However, complete surface coverage of the

  8. Sol-gel based TiO2 thin film deposition on frustules towards facile and scalable manufacturing

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    Li, A.; Wang, J.; Zhang, W.; McNaughton, R.; Anderson, S.; Zhang, X.

    2016-11-01

    Diatom frustules have drawn a lot of attention from engineering researchers in the past decades. As a type of biomaterial, diatom frustules have been applied in a variety of areas such as biosensors and solar cells due to their excellent material and optical properties. Titanium dioxide (TiO2), on the other hand, is also semiconductor material and photocatalyst, micro and nanoparticles of which can be found in applications such as dye sensitised solar cells (DSSC). It has been demonstrated that by using diatom frustule-TiO2 composite particles in DSSCs, the performance of the solar cells could be increased. In this paper, we introduce a sol- gel based method to deposit TiO2 layers on the surface of diatom frustules. TiO2 nanoparticles were deposited on the surface of the frustules. After a subsequent annealing process, TiO2 crystal grains were formed. The method in this paper has the potential for scalable manufacturing of frustule-TiO2 composite materials for future solar cell applications.

  9. Growth of HfO2/TiO2 nanolaminates by atomic layer deposition and HfO2-TiO2 by atomic partial layer deposition

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    Hernández-Arriaga, H.; López-Luna, E.; Martínez-Guerra, E.; Turrubiartes, M. M.; Rodríguez, A. G.; Vidal, M. A.

    2017-02-01

    A novel growth technique, called atomic partial layer deposition (APLD), has been proposed to expand the applications of, and the research in, atomic layer deposition (ALD). This technique allows the possibility for the fabrication of well-controlled alloys on a single atomic layer scale. To demonstrate the capabilities of this technique, samples of HfO2 and TiO2 were prepared as conventional ALD nanolaminates through the repeated exposure of the separated metal-precursor and reactant. Subsequently, HfO2-TiO2 APLD growth mode samples were obtained by varying the precursor doses and exposure times to obtain a fractional coverage in the monolayer of Hf and Ti. The thickness and structure of the samples were studied by X-ray reflectivity. The surface topography was studied using atomic force microscopy along with Kelvin probe force microscopy for surface potential mapping. Clear differences on the surface, compared with the conventional HfO2/TiO2 ALD nanolaminates, were observed, which confirmed the HfO2-TiO2 APLD growth. The films were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profile scans and angle resolved XPS, where well-defined HfO2 and TiO2 contributions were found for both the conventional and APLD mode samples, and an additional contribution, assigned to a ternary phase Hf-Ti-O, in the APLD grown films was observed. This result confirms that Hf and Ti form an alloy in a monolayer by APLD mode growth.

  10. Electrophoretic deposition of composite hydroxyapatite-chitosan coatings

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    Pang Xin; Zhitomirsky, Igor . E-mail: zhitom@mcmaster.ca

    2007-04-15

    Cathodic electrophoretic deposition has been utilized for the fabrication of composite hydroxyapatite-chitosan coatings on 316L stainless steel substrates. The addition of chitosan to the hydroxyapatite suspensions promoted the electrophoretic deposition of the hydroxyapatite nanoparticles and resulted in the formation of composite coatings. The obtained coatings were investigated by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, potentiodynamic polarization measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was shown that the deposit composition can be changed by a variation of the chitosan or hydroxyapatite concentration in the solutions. Experimental conditions were developed for the fabrication of hydroxyapatite-chitosan nanocomposites containing 40.9-89.8 wt.% hydroxyapatite. The method enabled the formation of adherent and uniform coatings of thicknesses up to 60 {mu}m. X-ray studies revealed that the preferred orientation of the hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in the chitosan matrix increases with decreasing hydroxyapatite content in the composite coatings. The obtained coatings provided the corrosion protection for the 316L stainless steel substrates00.

  11. Electrophoretic deposition of zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Sun, Guangfei; Ma, Jun; Zhang, Shengmin

    2014-06-01

    Zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized by the co-precipitation method were used to coat stainless steel plates by electrophoretic deposition in n-butanol with triethanolamine as a dispersant. The effect of zinc concentration in the synthesis on the morphology and microstructure of coatings was investigated. It is found that the deposition current densities significantly increase with the increasing zinc concentration. The zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is inferred that hydroxyapatite and triethanolamine predominate in the chemical composition of coatings. With the increasing Zn/Ca ratios, the contents of triethanolamine decrease in the final products. The triethanolamine can be burnt out by heat treatment. The tests of adhesive strength have confirmed good adhesion between the coatings and substrates. The formation of new apatite layer on the coatings has been observed after 7days of immersion in a simulated body fluid. In summary, the results show that dense, uniform zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings are obtained by electrophoretic deposition when the Zn/Ca ratio reaches 5%.

  12. Electrophoretic deposition of composite hydroxyapatite-silica-chitosan coatings

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    Grandfield, K.; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2008-01-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the fabrication of nanocomposite silica-chitosan coatings. Cathodic deposits were obtained on various conductive substrates using suspensions of silica nanoparticles in a mixed ethanol-water solvent, containing dissolved chitosan. Co-deposition of silica and hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles resulted in the fabrication of HA-silica-chitosan coatings. The deposition yield has been studied at a constant voltage mode at various deposition durations. The method enabled the formation of coatings of different thickness in the range of up to 100 {mu}m. Deposit composition, microstructure and porosity can be varied by variation of HA and silica concentration in the suspensions. It was demonstrated that EPD can be used for the fabrication of HA-silica-chitosan coatings of graded composition and laminates. The method enabled the deposition of coatings containing layers of silica-chitosan and HA-chitosan nanocomposites using suspensions with different HA and silica content. Obtained coatings were studied by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The mechanism of deposition is discussed.

  13. Visible light-harvesting of TiO2 nanotubes array by pulsed laser deposited CdS

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    Bjelajac, Andjelika; Djokic, Veljko; Petrovic, Rada; Socol, Gabiel; Mihailescu, Ion N.; Florea, Ileana; Ersen, Ovidiu; Janackovic, Djordje

    2014-08-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes arrays, obtained by anodization technique and annealing, were decorated with CdS using pulsed laser deposition method. Their structural, morphological and chemical characterization was carried out by electron microscopy in scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) modes, combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). It was demonstrated that the quantity of deposited CdS can be controlled by varying the number of laser pulses. The chemical mapping of the elements of interest was performed using the energy filtered mode of the electron microscope. The results showed that pulse laser deposition is an adequate technique for deposition of CdS inside and between 100 nm wide TiO2 nanotubes. The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy investigation of selected samples proved that the absorption edge of the prepared CdS/TiO2 nanocomposites is significantly extended to the visible range. The corresponding band gaps were determinated from the Tauc plot of transformed Kubelka-Munk function. The band gap reduction of TiO2 nanotubes by pulsed laser deposition of CdS was put in evidence.

  14. Deposition of Co-doped TiO2 Thin Films by sol-gel method

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    Boutlala, A.; Bourfaa, F.; Mahtili, M.; Bouaballou, A.

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method onto glass substrate at room temperature. in this present work, we are interesting to study the effect of Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films.the concentration of Co was varied from 0 to 6%at .The obtained films have been annealed at 500°C for 2 hours. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that Co: TiO2 films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal anatase and orthorhombic brookite types structures. The surface morphologies of the TiO2 doped with cobalt thin films were evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied by mean of UV-visible and near infrared spectroscopy.The calculated optical band gap decreases from 3.30 to 2.96 eV with increasing Co doping.

  15. Effect of irradiation on deposition of CdS in fabricating co-axial heterostructure of TiO2 nanotube arrays via chemical deposition

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    Pan, Rongjun; Wu, Yucheng; Li, Zhenglin; Fang, Zhijie

    2014-02-01

    Highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized electrochemically. Effect of irradiation on deposition of CdS in fabricating co-axial heterogeneous structure via chemical deposition was investigated. The field emission measurements revealed that irradiation with higher energy will help to achieve not only more CdS, but also neater and more intimate heterostructure through exerting influences on ion migration into the tubes and attachment of ions onto the tube walls. The XRD measurements revealed that the deposited nanotubes are composed of anatase TiO2, metallic Ti, and CdS. The optical characterization revealed that the photoabsorption and absorption activity are correlated with the energy of irradiation. The photoelectrochemical measurements revealed that the photocurrent density are also correlated with the energy of the irradiation. The stability of the obtained structures was governed by the contact between CdS and TiO2 as well as the amount of CdS.

  16. Investigation of Ag-TiO2 Interfacial Reaction of Highly Stable Ag Nanowire Transparent Conductive Film with Conformal TiO2 Coating by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Yeh, Ming-Hua; Chen, Po-Hsun; Yang, Yi-Ching; Chen, Guan-Hong; Chen, Hsueh-Shih

    2017-03-29

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique is applied to coat Ag nanowires (NWs) with a highly uniform and conformal TiO2 layer to improve the stability and sustainability of Ag NW transparent conductive films (TCFs) at high temperatures. The TiO2 layer can be directly deposited on Ag NWs with a surface polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coat that acts a bed for TiO2 seeding in the ALD process. The ALD TiO2 layer significantly enhances the thermal stability at least 100 fold when aged between 200-400 °C and also provides an extra function of violet-blue light filtration for Ag NW TCFs. Investigation into the interaction between TiO2 and Ag reveals that the conformal TiO2 shell could effectively prevent Ag from 1D-to-3D ripening. However, Ag could penetrate the conformal TiO2 shell and form nanocrystals on the TiO2 shell surface when it is aged at 400 °C. According to experimental data and thermodynamic evaluation, the Ag penetration leads to an interlayer composed of mixed Ag-Ag2O-amorphous carbon phases and TiO2-x at the Ag-TiO2 interface, which is thought to be caused by extremely high vapor pressure of Ag at the Ag-TiO2 interface at a higher temperature (e.g., 400 °C).

  17. Enhanced photocatalytic properties of nanoclustered P-doped TiO2 films deposited by advanced atmospheric plasma jet.

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    Seo, Hyung-Kee; Elliott, C Michael; Ansari, S G

    2012-09-01

    A facile preparation of P-doped TiO2 nanoclusters onto fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by an advanced atmospheric plasma jet (AAP jet) is reported here. Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and phosphorus trichloride (PCl3) were used as precursors. Radio frequencies were used to generate plasma at fix powder with Argon as carrier gas. Films were deposited at 500 degrees C for 10 minutes. For comparison, as-prepared, annealed and deposited at 500 degrees C samples were studied for chemical/physical properties by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Optical properties were studied by using UV-Vis spectroscopy which indicated a reduction in optical band with P-doping. The rhodamine B (Rh-B) degradation by P-doped TiO2 deposited at 500 degrees C showed enhanced degradation efficiency than that of annealed TiO2. The suggested deposition method appears to be suitable for the synthesis of photocatalyst with proper control over dopants.

  18. Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra of N-doped TiO2 film deposited on sapphire

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    Park, Jaewon; Lee, Jung-Yup; Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2006-12-01

    The optical-response properties of nitrogen(N)-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) films are investigated by means of a combination of ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy and first-principles density-functional calculations. The TiO2 films were epitaxially grown on the sapphire substrate by the pulsed laser deposition method. The doping of N atoms was achieved by 70keV of N+ ion implantation, followed by postirradiation heat treatment at 550°C for 2h in air. We find that when 5×1016 (1×1017)Nions/cm2 were implanted into the epitaxially grown TiO2 film, the absorption edge is reproducibly shifted to lower energy by about 0.06 (0.12)eV together with a significant optical absorption extending into the visible-light region. These experimental data can be explained by our calculated band structure of N-doped TiO2, where the bands originating from N 2p states locate above the valence band edge, while the band gap narrowing due to the mixing of N with O 2p states is 0.04eV.

  19. Structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique.

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    Ghrairi, Najla; Bouaicha, Mongi

    2012-07-01

    In this work, we report the structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique. The TiO2 film was formed on a doped fluorine tin oxide (SnO2:F, i.e., FTO) layer and used as a photo electrode in a dye solar cell (DSC). Using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements in the 200 to 800 nm wavelengths domain, we obtain a thickness of the TiO2 film in the range of 70 to 80 nm. Characterizations by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy (AFM) show a polycrystalline film. In addition, AFM investigation shows no cracks in the formed layer. Using an ultraviolet-visible near-infrared spectrophotometer, we found that the transmittance of the TiO2 film in the visible domain reaches 75%. From the measured current-voltage or I-V characteristic under AM1.5 illumination of the formed DSC, we obtain an open circuit voltage Voc = 628 mV and a short circuit current Isc = 22.6 μA, where the surface of the formed cell is 3.14 cm2.

  20. Structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique

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    2012-01-01

    In this work, we report the structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique. The TiO2 film was formed on a doped fluorine tin oxide (SnO2:F, i.e., FTO) layer and used as a photo electrode in a dye solar cell (DSC). Using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements in the 200 to 800 nm wavelengths domain, we obtain a thickness of the TiO2 film in the range of 70 to 80 nm. Characterizations by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy (AFM) show a polycrystalline film. In addition, AFM investigation shows no cracks in the formed layer. Using an ultraviolet–visible near-infrared spectrophotometer, we found that the transmittance of the TiO2 film in the visible domain reaches 75%. From the measured current–voltage or I-V characteristic under AM1.5 illumination of the formed DSC, we obtain an open circuit voltage Voc = 628 mV and a short circuit current Isc = 22.6 μA, where the surface of the formed cell is 3.14 cm2. PMID:22747886

  1. Characteristics and anticorrosion performance of Fe-doped TiO2 films by liquid phase deposition method

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    Liu, Yu; Xu, Chao; Feng, ZuDe

    2014-09-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 thin films were fabricated by liquid phase deposition (LPD) method, using Fe(III) nitrate as both Fe element source and fluoride scavenger instead of commonly-used boric acid (H3BO3). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-vis spectrum were employed to examine the effects of Fe element on morphology, structure and optical characteristics of TiO2 films. The as-prepared films were served as photoanode applied to photogenerated cathodic protection of SUS304 stainless steel (304SS). It was observed that the photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared films were enhanced with the addition of Fe element compared to the undoped TiO2 film. The highest photoactivity was achieved for Ti13Fe (Fe/Ti = 3 molar ratio) film prepared in precursor bath containing 0.02 M TiF4 + 0.06 M Fe(NO3)3 under white-light illumination. The effective anticorrosion behaviors can be attributed to the Fe element incorporation which decreases the probability of photogenerated charge-carrier recombination and extends the light response range of Fe-doped TiO2 films appeared to visible-light region.

  2. Development of optical biosensor based on photonic crystal made of TiO2 using liquid phase deposition

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    Aono, Keigo; Aki, Shoma; Sueyoshi, Kenji; Hisamoto, Hideaki; Endo, Tatsuro

    2016-08-01

    We fabricated a titanium dioxide (TiO2)-based photonic crystal (PhC) using liquid phase deposition (LPD) to develop highly sensitive optical biosensors. The optical characteristics of the PhCs in the visible region were sensitive to the change in the refractive index of the surrounding medium due to an antigen-antibody reaction; thus, applications using the optical biosensor are expected to be highly sensitive. However, a base material with a high refractive index is indispensable for the fabrication of the PhC. Here, TiO2, which has optical transparency in the visible region, was selected as the high refractive index base material. The present LPD method allowed fabrication using low-cost apparatus. Furthermore, the mild conditions of the LPD method led to formation of TiO2-based PhC with fewer crack structures. Finally, the anti-neuron-specific enolase antibody was immobilized onto the TiO2-based PhC surface, and 1-1000 ng/mL of the neuron-specific enolase antigen was successfully detected.

  3. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Thin Films Modified with Ag and Pt Nanoparticles Deposited by Gas Flow Sputtering.

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    Maicu, M; Glöss, D; Frach, Peter; Hecker, D; Gerlach, G; Córdoba, José M

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a gas flow sputtering (GFS) process which allows the production and deposition of metal nanoparticles (NPs) in a vacuum environment is described. Aim of the study is to prove the potential of this technology for the fabrication of new TiO2 films with enhanced photocatalytic properties. For this purpose, Ag and Pt NPs have been produced and deposited on photocatalytic float glass coated with TiO2 thin films by magnetron sputtering. The influence of the process parameters and of the metal amount on the final properties of the particles (quantity, size, size distribution, oxidation state etc.,) was widely investigated. Moreover, the effect of the NPs on the photocatalytic activity of the resulting materials was evaluated for the case of the decomposition of stearic acid (SA) during UV-A irradiation. The reduction of the water contact angle (WCA) during the irradiation period was measured in order to test the photo-induced super-hydrophilicity (PSH).

  4. Formation of diamond nanoparticle thin films by electrophoretic deposition

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    Goto, Yosuke; Ohishi, Fujio; Tanaka, Kuniaki; Usui, Hiroaki

    2016-03-01

    Thin films of diamond nanoparticles were prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) using 0.5 wt % dispersions in water, ethanol, and 2-propanol. The film growth rate increased with increasing voltage applied to the electrodes. However, an excessive increase in voltage caused the degradation of film morphology. The optimum voltage was 4 V with an electrode separation of 5 mm. The film growth rate was higher in organic solvents than in water. The deposited film had a smooth surface with an average surface roughness comparable to the size of primary particles of the source material. It is notable that the EPD films had a considerably higher physical stability than spin-coated and cast films. The stability was further improved by thermally annealing the films. IR analysis revealed that the diamond nanoparticles have carboxy and amino groups on their surfaces. It is considered that the stability of the EPD films originate from a chemical reaction between these functional groups.

  5. TiO2 coating of high surface area silica gel by chemical vapor deposition of TiCl4 in a fluidized-bed reactor.

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    Xia, Wei; Mei, Bastian; Sánchez, Miguel D; Strunk, Jennifer; Muhler, Martin

    2011-09-01

    TiO2 was deposited on high surface area porous silica gel (400 m2g(-1)) in a fluidized bed reactor. Chemical vapor deposition was employed for the coating under vacuum conditions with TiCl4 as precursor. Nitrogen physisorption, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy were applied to characterize the obtained TiO2-SiO2 composites with different Ti loadings up to 5 wt%. Only a slight decrease in the specific surface area was detected at low Ti loadings. At a Ti loading of 2 wt%, TiO2 was found to be highly dispersed on the SiO2 surface likely in form of a thin film. At higher Ti loadings, two weak reflections corresponding to anatase TiO2 were observed in the diffraction patterns indicating the presence of crystalline bulk TiO2. High resolution XPS clearly distinguished two types of Ti species, i.e., Ti-O-Si at the interface and Ti-O-Ti in bulk TiO2. The presence of polymeric TiOx species at low Ti loadings was confirmed by a blue shift in the UV-vis spectra as compared to bulk TiO2. All these results point to a strong interaction between the TiO2 deposit and the porous SiO2 substrate especially at low Ti loadings.

  6. Preparation of hollow TiO2 nanoparticles through TiO2 deposition on polystyrene latex particles and characterizations of their structure and photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Jingang; Yu, Jiemei; Zhu, Xiaoli; Kong, Xiang Zheng

    2012-11-01

    In a mixed solvent of water and ethanol, polystyrene/titanium dioxide (PSt/TiO2) composite particles of core-shell structure were prepared by hydrolysis of tetrabutyl titanate in the presence of cationic PSt particles or anionic PSt particles surface-treated using γ-aminopropyl triethoxysilane. Hollow TiO2 particles were obtained through calcination of the PSt/TiO2 core-shell particles to burn off the PSt core or through dissolution of the core by tetrahydrofuran (THF). An alternative process constituted of preheating the PSt/TiO2 particles at 200°C to allow partial crystallization followed by calcination or PSt dissolution by THF. The outcome TiO2 particles thus prepared were examined by TEM, and hollow TiO2 particles were observed. The crystalline phase structure and phase transformation were characterized, which revealed that preheating before the removal of the PSt core was useful to achieve the desired hollow TiO2 particles, and the calcination process was beneficial to the formation of anatase and rutile structures. The tests of TiO2 particles as catalyst in the photodegradation of Rhodamine B demonstrated that a much higher catalytic activity was observed with the TiO2 hollow particles prepared through calcination combined with preheating.

  7. Electronic properties of atomic layer deposition films, anatase and rutile TiO2 studied by resonant photoemission spectroscopy

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    Das, C.; Richter, M.; Tallarida, M.; Schmeisser, D.

    2016-07-01

    The TiO2 films are prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method using titanium isopropoxide precursors at 250 °C and analyzed using resonant photoemission spectroscopy (resPES). We report on the Ti2p and O1s core levels, on the valence band (VB) spectra and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data, and on the resonant photoelectron spectroscopy (resPES) profiles at the O1s and the Ti3p absorption edges. We determine the elemental abundance, the position of the VB maxima, the partial density of states (PDOS) in the VB and in the conduction band (CB) and collect these data in a band scheme. In addition, we analyze the band-gap states as well as the intrinsic states due to polarons and charge-transfer excitations. These states are found to cause multiple Auger decay processes upon resonant excitation. We identify several of these processes and determine their relative contribution to the Auger signal quantitatively. As our resPES data allow a quantitative analysis of these defect states, we determine the relative abundance of the PDOS in the VB and in CB and also the charge neutrality level. The anatase and rutile polymorphs of TiO2 are analyzed in the same way as the TiO2 ALD layer. The electronic properties of the TiO2 ALD layer are compared with the anatase and rutile polymorphs of TiO2. In our comparative study, we find that ALD has its own characteristic electronic structure that is distinct from that of anatase and rutile. However, many details of the electronic structure are comparable and we benefit from our spectroscopic data and our careful analysis to find these differences. These can be attributed to a stronger hybridization of the O2p and Ti3d4s states for the ALD films when compared to the anatase and rutile polymorphs.

  8. Synthesis of Ag or Pt nanoparticle-deposited TiO2 nanorods for the highly efficient photoreduction of CO2 to CH4

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    Wang, Qingli; Dong, Peimei; Huang, Zhengfeng; Zhang, Xiwen

    2015-10-01

    Ag or Pt-deposited TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared by a simple method, in which oriented TiO2 nanorods were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and a noble metal (Ag or Pt) was deposited on TiO2 by photocatalytic reduction under UV irradiation. The oriented TiO2 nanorods with Ag or Pt nanoparticles (<20 nm) exhibited high CO2 photoreduction efficiency, with CH4 yield rates up to 16.0 ppm/g h and 10.8 ppm/g h, respectively, considerably higher than that of the pure TiO2 nanorods (4.2 ppm/g h). The improvement in the CH4 yield was attributed to the formation of a Schottky barrier and surface plasmon resonance.

  9. Determination of effects of deposition and anneal properties for tetranitratotitanium deposited TiO2 dielectrics

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    Kim, Hyeon-Seag; Campbell, S. A.; Gilmer, D. C.; Kaushik, V.; Conner, J.; Prabhu, L.; Anderson, A.

    1999-03-01

    Carbon and hydrogen free tetranitratotitanium was synthesized, which is believed to thermally decomposed primarily as: Ti(NO3)4→TiO2+4NO2+O2. The by-products of the thermal decomposition of tetranitratotitanium, which include NO2 and O2, may possibly provide a robust ultrathin tunnel interfacial layer. Due to the hydrogen free nature of thermolysis, N2O may form an oxynitride layer which has been shown to produce thermal oxynitrides with higher quality than NH3-based nitride oxides. Unlike titanium tetrakis isopropoxide (TTIP) deposited films, the interface state density more closely follows the "U" shape characteristic of conventional thermal SiO2/Si interfaces. The integrated interface state density is considerably less for the film annealed at higher temperature, which should produce considerably higher inversion layer mobilities. This improvement of the interface, compared to TTIP deposited films, is believed to be due to the elimination of water vapor from the deposition ambient.

  10. A hybrid method employing breakdown anodization and electrophoretic deposition for superhydrophilic surfaces.

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    Joung, Young Soo; Buie, Cullen R

    2013-02-14

    A fabrication method is developed for superhydrophilic surfaces with high capillary pressure and fast spreading speed. The fabrication method consists of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and breakdown anodization (BDA). Nanopores and micropores were produced on titanium plates by EPD and BDA, respectively. In EPD, TiO(2) nanoparticles were used to enhance the surface energy and create nanoporous structures, while BDA was employed to produce microporous structures. Capillary rise measurements (CRM) were utilized to characterize superhydrophilic surfaces in terms of capillary pressure and spreading speed. From CRM, it was revealed that microporous structures play a dominant role in determining transport properties, and nanoporous structures affect local wettability without significantly reducing spreading speed. By combining BDA and EPD into a hybrid method, dual-scale (nano and micro) porous structures were produced on titanium plates. The methods presented offer the potential to vary the transport characteristics of superhydrophilic surfaces by altering the nanoscale and microscale features independently. As an example, surfaces with unconventional capillary flows were produced by the hybrid method. This method provides additional opportunities to investigate wetting phenomena while offering a potentially low cost process for industrial applications.

  11. Albumin coatings by alternating current electrophoretic deposition for improving corrosion resistance and bioactivity of titanium implants.

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    Höhn, Sarah; Braem, Annabel; Neirinck, Bram; Virtanen, Sannakaisa

    2017-04-01

    Although Ti alloys are generally regarded to be highly corrosion resistant, inflammatory conditions following surgery can instigate breakdown of the TiO2 passivation layer leading to an increased metal ion release. Furthermore proteins present in the surrounding tissue will readily adsorb on a titanium surface after implantation. In this paper alternating current electrophoretic deposition (AC-EPD) of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on Ti6Al4V was investigated in order to increase the corrosion resistance and control the protein adsorption capability of the implant surface. The Ti6Al4V surface was characterized with SEM, XPS and ToF-SIMS after long-term immersion tests under physiological conditions and simulated inflammatory conditions either in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) or DMEM supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). The analysis showed an increased adsorption of amino acids and proteins from the different immersion solutions. The BSA coating was shown to prevent selective dissolution of the vanadium (V) rich β-phase, thus effectively limiting metal ion release to the environment. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements confirmed an increase of the corrosion resistance for BSA coated surfaces as a function of immersion time due to the time-dependent adsorption of the different amino acids (from DMEM) and proteins (from FCS) as observed by ToF-SIMS analysis.

  12. Dry-spray deposition of TiO2 for a flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using a nanoparticle deposition system (NPDS).

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    Kim, Min-Saeng; Chun, Doo-Man; Choi, Jung-Oh; Lee, Jong-Cheon; Kim, Yang Hee; Kim, Kwang-Su; Lee, Caroline Sunyong; Ahn, Sung-Hoon

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 powders were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates for application to the photoelectrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). In the conventional DSSC manufacturing process, a semiconductor oxide such as TiO2 powder requires a sintering process at higher temperature than the glass transition temperature (T(g)) of polymers, and thus utilization of flexible polymer substrates in DSSC research has been constrained. To overcome this restriction related to sintering, we used a nanoparticle deposition system (NPDS) that could produce a thin coating layer through a dry-spray method under atmospheric pressure at room temperature. The powder was sprayed through a slit-type nozzle having a 0.4 x 10 mm2 rectangular outlet. In order to determine the deposited TiO2 thickness, five kinds of TiO2 layered specimens were prepared, where the specimens have single and double layer structures. Deposited powders on the ITO coated PET substrates were observed using FE-SEM and a scan profiler The thicker TiO2 photoelectrode with a DSSC having a double layer structure showed higher energy efficiency than the single layer case. The highest fabricated flexible DSSC displayed a short circuit current density J(sc) = 1.99 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(oc) = 0.71 V, and energy efficiency eta = 0.94%. These results demonstrate the possibility of utilizing the dry-spray method to fabricate a TiO2 layer on flexible polymer substrates at room temperature under atmospheric pressure.

  13. Enhancement of crystallinity and optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition.

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    Hussin, Rosniza; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Hou, Xianghui

    2011-09-01

    Bilayer and multilayer thin films are becoming increasingly important in the development of faster, smaller and more efficient electronic and optoelectronic devices. One of the motivations of applying bilayer or multilayer structures is to modify the optical properties of materials. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a variant of Chemical Vapour Deposition that can produce uniform and conformal thin films with well controlled nanostructures. In this study, we have demonstrated new findings of the use of ALD fabricated bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films with enhanced crystallinity and optical properties. TiO2 films have been deposited at 300 degrees C for 1000 (51 nm in thickness) or 3000 (161 nm in thickness) deposition cycles onto glass and Si substrates. ZnO films are subsequently deposited on the TiO2 layers at 280 degrees C for 500 deposition cycles (55 nm). The crystallinity and optical properties of the TiO2/ZnO thin films have been analysed by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. XRD diffraction pattern confirmed the presence of ZnO with wutrtize crystal structure and TiO2 with anatase structure. It shows that the crystallinity of the TiO2 films has been improved with the deposition of ZnO. The intensity of UV luminescence has increased by almost 30% for TiO2/ZnO bilayer as compared to the single layer TiO2. The possible mechanism for the enhancement of the optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films will be discussed.

  14. Extending the photoresponse of TiO2 to the visible light region: photoelectrochemical behavior of TiO2 thin films prepared by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering deposition method.

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    Kikuchi, Hisashi; Kitano, Masaaki; Takeuchi, Masato; Matsuoka, Masaya; Anpo, Masakazu; Kamat, Prashant V

    2006-03-23

    TiO(2) thin films prepared by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RF-MS) deposition method were found to show an enhanced photoelectrochemical response in the visible light region. By controlling the temperature and the gaseous medium during the deposition step, it was possible to control the properties of these films. The photoelectrochemical behavior of the sputtered TiO(2) thin films was compared with that of a commercial TiO(2) sample, and the sputtered films showed higher incident photon to the charge carrier generation efficiency (IPCE of 12.6% at 350 nm) as well as power conversion efficiency (0.33% at 1.84 mW/cm(2)) than the commercial TiO(2) sample. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy experiments have revealed that a major fraction of photogenerated electrons and holes recombine within a few picoseconds, thus limiting photocurrent generation efficiency. The mechanistic insights obtained in the present study should aid in designing semiconductor nanostructures that will maximize the charge separation efficiency and extend the response of the large band gap semiconductor TiO(2) into visible light regions.

  15. Laser damage properties of TiO2/Al2O3 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Wei, Yaowei; Liu, Hao; Sheng, Ouyang; Liu, Zhichao; Chen, Songlin; Yang, Liming

    2011-08-01

    Research on thin film deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) for laser damage resistance is rare. In this paper, it has been used to deposit TiO2/Al2O3 films at 110° C and 280° C on fused silica and BK7 substrates. Microstructure of the thin films was investigated by x-ray diffraction. The laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of samples was measured by a damage test system. Damage morphology was studied under a Nomarski differential interference contrast microscope and further checked under an atomic force microscope. Multilayers deposited at different temperatures were compared. The results show that the films deposited by ALD had better uniformity and transmission; in this paper, the uniformity is better than 99% over 100mm Φ samples, and the transmission is more than 99.8% at 1064nm. Deposition temperature affects the deposition rate and the thin film microstructure and further influences the LIDT of the thin films. As to the TiO2/Al2O3 films, the LIDTs were 6.73±0.47J/cm2 and 6.5±0.46J/cm2 at 110° C on fused silica and BK7 substrates, respectively. The LIDTs at 110° C are notably better than 280° C.

  16. Structure and photoluminescence of the TiO2 films grown by atomic layer deposition using tetrakis-dimethylamino titanium and ozone.

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    Jin, Chunyan; Liu, Ben; Lei, Zhongxiang; Sun, Jiaming

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 films were grown on silicon substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using tetrakis-dimethylamino titanium and ozone. Amorphous TiO2 film was deposited at a low substrate temperature of 165°C, and anatase TiO2 film was grown at 250°C. The amorphous TiO2 film crystallizes to anatase TiO2 phase with annealing temperature ranged from 300°C to 1,100°C in N2 atmosphere, while the anatase TiO2 film transforms into rutile phase at a temperature of 1,000°C. Photoluminescence from anatase TiO2 films contains a red band at 600 nm and a green band at around 515 nm. The red band exhibits a strong correlation with defects of the under-coordinated Ti(3+) ions, and the green band shows a close relationship with the oxygen vacancies on (101) oriented anatase crystal surface. A blue shift of the photoluminescence spectra reveals that the defects of under-coordinated Ti(3+) ions transform to surface oxygen vacancies in the anatase TiO2 film annealing at temperature from 800°C to 900°C in N2 atmosphere.

  17. Post-deposition annealing temperature dependence TiO2-based EGFET pH sensor sensitivity

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    Zulkefle, M. A.; Rahman, R. A.; Yusoff, K. A.; Abdullah, W. F. H.; Rusop, M.; Herman, S. H.

    2016-07-01

    EGFET pH sensor is one type of pH sensor that is used to measure and determine pH of a solution. The sensing membrane of EGFET pH sensor plays vital role in the overall performance of the sensor. This paper studies the effects of different annealing temperature of the TiO2 sensing membranes towards sensitivity of EGFET pH sensor. Sol-gel spin coating was chosen as TiO2 deposition techniques since it is cost-effective and produces thin film with uniform thickness. Deposited TiO2 thin films were then annealed at different annealing temperatures and then were connected to the gate of MOSFET as a part of the EGFET pH sensor structure. The thin films now act as sensing membranes of the EGFET pH sensor and sensitivity of each sensing membrane towards pH was measured. From the results it was determined that sensing membrane annealed at 300 °C gave the highest sensitivity followed by sample annealed at 400 °C and 500 °C.

  18. Atomic Layer Deposition-Confined Nonstoichiometric TiO2 Nanocrystals with Tunneling Effects for Solar Driven Hydrogen Evolution.

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    Zhang, Peng; Tachikawa, Takashi; Fujitsuka, Mamoru; Majima, Tetsuro

    2016-04-07

    Ti(3+) self-doped TiO2 nanocrystals (TNCs) confined with controllable atomic layer deposition (ALD) amorphous layers were developed to provide a novel model of metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) photocatalysts for hydrogen generation in the ultraviolet to near-infrared region. Photoexcitation of optimized MIS nanostructures consisting of a metal cocatalyst (Pt), electron tunneling layer (ALD TiO2), and photoactive nonstoichiometric core (Ti(3+)-doped TNC) exhibited efficient hydrogen generation (52 μmol h(-1)·g(-1)), good reusability (16 h), and long-term stability (>7 d). The charge-transfer dynamics were examined using transient absorption spectroscopy to clarify the relationship between the photocatalytic activity and the tunneling effect. Our strategies highlight defect engineering in fabricating MIS photocatalysts with improved charge separation and tailored solar energy conversion properties.

  19. The effect of substrate temperature on the spray-deposited TiO2 nanostructured films for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hossain, Md Faruk; Takahashi, Takakazu

    2011-04-01

    The nanostructured TiO2 films have deposited on SnO2:F (FTO) coated glass substrate by spray pyrolysis technique at different substrate temperatures of 200-500 degrees C. The structural, surface morphological and optical properties of TiO2 films significantly vary with the substrate temperature. The surface of the TiO2 films deposited at 400 degrees C shows the nanoflakes and short nanorods (approximately 130 nm) like structures while the TiO2 films prepared at 500 degrees C shows only the nanoflakes like structures. The band gap of the TiO2 films prepared at higher temperatures (300-500 degrees C) becomes narrow due to presence the rutile phases in their crystal structure. Ruthenium (II) complex as a dye, KI/I2 as an electrolyte and carbon on FTO glass as a counter electrode has used to fabricate the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC). The TiO2 film deposited at 400 degrees C has showed the best photovoltaic performance in DSC with the efficiency of 3.81%, the photovoltage of 773 mV, the photocurrent of 8.34 mA/cm2, and the fill factor of 56.17%. The photovoltage of the DSC increases with the increase of substrate temperature during the deposition of TiO2 films. Moreover, all the DSCs exhibit reasonably high fill factor value.

  20. Characterization of electrophoretic suspension for thin polymer film deposition

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    Mladenova, D.; Weiter, M.; Stepanek, P.; Ouzzane, I.; Vala, M.; Sinigersky, V.; Zhivkov, I.

    2012-03-01

    The optical absorption and fluorescence spectra of poly [2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] toluene solutions and 50:50% toluene/acetonitrile suspensions show clearly distinguishable differences (e.g., peak broadening and shifting), which could be used for characterization of suspensions with different acetonitrile content. The dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurement of the suspensions prepared showed a particle size of 90 nm. Thin films with thicknesses of about 400 nm were prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and spin coating. As the films are very soft, a contactless optical profilometry techique based on chromatic aberration was used to measure their thickness. AFM imaging of spin coated and EPD films revealed film roughness of 20÷40 nm and 40÷80 nm, respectively. The EPD film roughness seems to be less than the suspension particle size obtained by DLS, probably due to the partial film dissolving by the toluene present in the suspension.

  1. Preparation of sol-gel coatings by electrophoretic deposition

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    Hirashima, Hiroshi; Obu, Yusuke; Nagai, Takayuki; Imai, Hiroaki

    1994-12-31

    Thin films of ZrO{sub 2} and lead zirconate-titanate, PZT, about 100 to 1,000 nm in thickness, were prepared by electrophoretic deposition from transparent sols obtained by hydrolysis of metal alkoxides. Stainless steel plates and Pt-coated glass plates were used as substrates/electrodes. The applied field was up to 20 V/cm. The refractive indices of as dried films were higher than those of dip-coated films. High temperature oxidation of stainless steel plates was suppressed by the ZrO{sub 2} coatings. Uniformity of the chemical composition of the as-dried PZT films, determined by Auger electron spectroscopy, was better than the dip-coated PZT films.

  2. Electrophoretic deposition of ultrasonicated and functionalized nanomaterials for multifunctional composites

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    An, Qi

    Recent advances in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured composite materials have enabled a broad range of opportunities for engineering the properties of polymer-matrix materials. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are known to have exceptional mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Because of their small size, CNTs can occupy regions between traditional micro-scale reinforcements and create a hierarchical micro/nano structure spanning several orders of magnitude. Since CNTs possess critical reinforcement dimensions below 100 nm, new opportunities exist for tailoring the fiber/matrix interphase regions and ultimately the mechanical and electrical performance of advanced fiber-composites with minimal impact on the fiber-dominated properties. This growing interest in nanoscale hybridization with conventional fiber reinforcement has highlighted the need to develop new processing techniques for successful CNT integration. In this work, a novel and industrially scalable approach for producing multi-scale hybrid carbon nanotube/fiber composites using an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique has been studied as an alternative to in situ chemical vapor deposition growth (CVD). EPD is a widely used industrial coating process employed in areas ranging from automotive to electronics production. The method has a number of benefits which include low energy use and the ability to homogenously coat complex shapes with well adhered films of controlled thickness and density. A stable aqueous dispersion of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was produced using a novel ozonolysis and ultrasonication (USO) technique that results in dispersion and functionalization in a single step. Networks of CNTs span between adjacent fibers and the resulting composites exhibit significant increases in electrical conductivity and considerable improvements in the interlaminar shear strength and fracture toughness. In order to better understand the underlying mechanisms behind the

  3. Low temperature growth study of nano-crystalline TiO2 thin films deposited by RF sputtering

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    Safeen, K.; Micheli, V.; Bartali, R.; Gottardi, G.; Laidani, N.

    2015-07-01

    Precise control of the various structural phases of TiO2 at a low temperature is particularly important for practical applications. In this work, the deposition conditions for the growth of anatase and rutile phase at a low temperature (⩽300 °C) were optimized. TiO2 films were deposited by radio frequency (RF) sputtering of a ceramic TiO2 target in argon and argon-oxygen plasma (10 and 20% O2) at room temperature. For the films deposited in pure Ar and 20% O2, the growth temperature was varied from 25 to 400 °C. The plasma properties were investigated using optical emission spectroscopy (OES) in a wide range of values of gas composition (0-50% O2 in Ar-O2 mixture). The structural and chemical properties were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that O2 addition to the Ar-O2 gas mixture significantly changed the density of the plasma species (Ar, Ar+, Ti, Ti+ and O), which in turn influence the crystal structure and surface chemistry of the prepared films. Anatase phase was obtained for the films grown in Ar-O2 plasma over the whole range of temperature. In contrast, the films deposited in argon discharge largely persist in amorphous phase at temperature ⩽200 °C and revealed the formation of single rutile phase at ⩾300 °C. The oxygen vacancies detected by XPS analysis for the films deposited in Ar plasma facilitate the growth of a rutile phase at low temperature (˜300 °C). Our results demonstrate that oxygen negative ions, oxygen vacancies and surface energy conditions at the substrate are the key parameters controlling the phase of the prepared films at low temperature.

  4. Study of polymer particles suspensions for electrophoretic deposition.

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    De Riccardis, M Federica; Martina, Virginia; Carbone, Daniela

    2013-02-14

    Recently a great interest has been expressed in electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of polymers, both as particles and as chains. It is generally accepted that also for polymer particles, the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory is valid, therefore, in principle, polymer suspensions suitable for EPD could be easily obtained by dispersing polymer particles in an aqueous or nonaqueous medium. Nevertheless, this work demonstrated that in order to obtain good quality deposits based on poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) and poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE), some additives have to be used. In the case of PEEK, a dispersant providing citrate anions was successfully used, whereas for PTFE a steric suspension stabilization was reached by adding polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). In such a way, codeposition of PEEK and PTFE was achieved. The efficiency of the EPD process was demonstrated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. A thermal program consisting of heat/cool/heat cycles at a low rate was used in order to evaluate the crystalline amount of each polymer in the deposits. In order to explain the obtained results, it needed to also consider the dimension and structural characteristic of the polymer particles.

  5. Electrophoretically deposited reduced graphene oxide platform for food toxin detection

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    Srivastava, Saurabh; Kumar, Vinod; Ali, Md Azahar; Solanki, Pratima R.; Srivastava, Anchal; Sumana, Gajjala; Saxena, Preeti Suman; Joshi, Amish G.; Malhotra, B. D.

    2013-03-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) due to its excellent electrochemical properties and large surface area, has recently aroused much interest for electrochemical biosensing application. Here, the chemically active RGO has been synthesized and deposited onto an indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate by the electrophoretic deposition technique. This novel platform has been utilized for covalent attachment of the monoclonal antibodies of aflatoxin B1 (anti-AFB1) for food toxin (AFB1) detection. The electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-visible studies reveal successful synthesis of reduced graphene oxide while the XPS and FTIR studies suggest its carboxylic functionalized nature. The electrochemical sensing results of the anti-AFB1/RGO/ITO based immunoelectrode obtained as a function of aflatoxin concentration show high sensitivity (68 μA ng-1 mL cm-2) and improved detection limit (0.12 ng mL-1). The association constant (ka) for antigen-antibody interaction obtained as 5 × 10-4 ng mL-1 indicates high affinity of antibodies toward the antigen (AFB1).Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) due to its excellent electrochemical properties and large surface area, has recently aroused much interest for electrochemical biosensing application. Here, the chemically active RGO has been synthesized and deposited onto an indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate by the electrophoretic deposition technique. This novel platform has been utilized for covalent attachment of the monoclonal antibodies of aflatoxin B1 (anti-AFB1) for food toxin (AFB1) detection. The electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-visible studies reveal successful synthesis of reduced graphene oxide while the XPS and FTIR studies suggest its carboxylic functionalized nature. The electrochemical sensing results of the anti-AFB1/RGO/ITO based immunoelectrode obtained as a function of aflatoxin concentration show high sensitivity (68 μA ng-1 mL cm-2) and improved detection limit (0.12 ng mL-1). The

  6. Tungsten Doped TiO2 with Enhanced Photocatalytic and Optoelectrical Properties via Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Sathasivam, Sanjayan; Bhachu, Davinder S.; Lu, Yao; Chadwick, Nicholas; Althabaiti, Shaeel A.; Alyoubi, Abdulrahman O.; Basahel, Sulaiman N.; Carmalt, Claire J.; Parkin, Ivan P.

    2015-01-01

    Tungsten doped titanium dioxide films with both transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and photocatalytic properties were produced via aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition of titanium ethoxide and dopant concentrations of tungsten ethoxide at 500 °C from a toluene solution. The films were anatase TiO2, with good n-type electrical conductivities as determined via Hall effect measurements. The film doped with 2.25 at.% W showed the lowest resistivity at 0.034 Ω.cm and respectable charge carrier mobility (14.9 cm3/V.s) and concentration (×1019 cm−3). XPS indicated the presence of both W6+ and W4+ in the TiO2 matrix, with the substitutional doping of W4+ inducing an expansion of the anatase unit cell as determined by XRD. The films also showed good photocatalytic activity under UV-light illumination, with degradation of resazurin redox dye at a higher rate than with undoped TiO2. PMID:26042724

  7. Growth, differentiation, and migration of osteoblasts on transparent Ni doped TiO2 thin films deposited on borosilicate glass.

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    Dhayal, Marshal; Kapoor, Renu; Sistla, Pavana Goury; Kant, Chander; Pandey, Ravi Ranjan; Govind; Saini, Krishan Kumar; Pande, Gopal

    2012-05-01

    A simple and cost effective dip coating method was used to deposit thin films of amorphous (AM) or anatase (AN) titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) on borosilicate glass substrates, either with or without prior doping of TiO(2) with nickel (Ni) cations by a specially designed sol gel technique. The objective of the study was to compare the physicochemical and biological properties of these films and assess their use in orthopedic implants or for in vitro cell biological studies. Analytical techniques such as XRD and XPS, in combination with ATR-FTIR and SEM revealed that only AN films, prepared by controlled heating up to 450°C, irrespective of prior doping with Ni, contained significant crystalline structures of variable morphologies. This observation could be linked to the carbon and oxygen contents and the availability of functional groups in the films. Cell biological studies revealed that Ni doping of TiO(2) in both AM and AN films improved the adhesion, spreading, proliferation, differentiation, and migration of MC3T3 cells. Our studies provide a new approach to prepare optically transparent metal surfaces, with tunable physicochemical properties, which could be suitable for eliciting optimal osteoinductive cell responses and permit the detailed in vitro cell biological studies of osteoblasts.

  8. Tungsten Doped TiO2 with Enhanced Photocatalytic and Optoelectrical Properties via Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Sathasivam, Sanjayan; Bhachu, Davinder S.; Lu, Yao; Chadwick, Nicholas; Althabaiti, Shaeel A.; Alyoubi, Abdulrahman O.; Basahel, Sulaiman N.; Carmalt, Claire J.; Parkin, Ivan P.

    2015-06-01

    Tungsten doped titanium dioxide films with both transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and photocatalytic properties were produced via aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition of titanium ethoxide and dopant concentrations of tungsten ethoxide at 500 °C from a toluene solution. The films were anatase TiO2, with good n-type electrical conductivities as determined via Hall effect measurements. The film doped with 2.25 at.% W showed the lowest resistivity at 0.034 Ω.cm and respectable charge carrier mobility (14.9 cm3/V.s) and concentration (×1019 cm-3). XPS indicated the presence of both W6+ and W4+ in the TiO2 matrix, with the substitutional doping of W4+ inducing an expansion of the anatase unit cell as determined by XRD. The films also showed good photocatalytic activity under UV-light illumination, with degradation of resazurin redox dye at a higher rate than with undoped TiO2.

  9. Characterization and oxidation behavior of NiCoCrAlY coating fabricated by electrophoretic deposition and vacuum heat treatment

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    Li, Zhiming; Qian, Shiqiang; Wang, Wei

    2011-03-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was showed to be a feasible and convenient method to fabricate NiCoCrAlY coatings on nickel based supperalloys. The microstructure and composition of the NiCoCrAlY coatings after vacuum heat treatment were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). Isothermal-oxidation test was performed at 1100 °C in static air for 100 h. The results show that the major phases in electrophoretic deposited and vacuum heat treated NiCoCrAlY coating are γ-Ni and γ‧-Ni3Al phases, also there is an extremely small quantity of Al2O3 in the coating. Composition fluctuations occur in the coating and a certain amount of titanium diffuse from the superalloy substrate to the top of the coating during vacuum heat treatment. The oxidation test results exhibit that the oxidation kinetics of this coating has two typical stages. The protective oxide layer is mainly formed in the initial linear growth stage and then the oxide layer hinders further oxidation of the coating in the subsequent parabolic growth stage. The coating can effectively protect the superalloy substrate from oxidation. A certain amount of rutile TiO2 is formed in the coating during oxidation and it is adverse to the oxidation resistance of the coating.

  10. Porous TiO2 Nanotubes with Spatially Separated Platinum and CoOx Cocatalysts Produced by Atomic Layer Deposition for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production.

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    Zhang, Jiankang; Yu, Zhuobin; Gao, Zhe; Ge, Huibin; Zhao, Shichao; Chen, Chaoqiu; Chen, Shuai; Tong, Xili; Wang, Meihua; Zheng, Zhanfeng; Qin, Yong

    2017-01-16

    Efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, and associated surface reactions, is a crucial aspect of efficient semiconductor photocatalytic systems employed for photocatalytic hydrogen production. A new CoOx /TiO2 /Pt photocatalyst produced by template-assisted atomic layer deposition is reported for photocatalytic hydrogen production on Pt and CoOx dual cocatalysts. Pt nanoclusters acting as electron collectors and active sites for the reduction reaction are deposited on the inner surface of porous TiO2 nanotubes, while CoOx nanoclusters acting as hole collectors and active sites for oxidation reaction are deposited on the outer surface of porous TiO2 nanotubes. A CoOx /TiO2 /Pt photocatalyst, comprising ultra-low concentrations of noble Pt (0.046 wt %) and CoOx (0.019 wt %) deposited simultaneously with one atomic layer deposition cycle, achieves remarkably high photocatalytic efficiency (275.9 μmol h(-1) ), which is nearly five times as high as that of pristine TiO2 nanotubes (56.5 μmol h(-1) ). The highly dispersed Pt and CoOx nanoclusters, porous structure of TiO2 nanotubes with large specific surface area, and the synergetic effect of the spatially separated Pt and CoOx dual cocatalysts contribute to the excellent photocatalytic activity.

  11. Growth of TiO2 with thermal and plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Tallarida, Massimo; Friedrich, Daniel; Städter, Matthias; Michling, Marcel; Schmeisser, Dieter

    2011-09-01

    We show a comparative study of the TiO2 ALD with TTIP and either O2 or O2-plasma on Si/SiO2 substrates. In particular we compare the surface morphology and crystalline phase by means of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) for different O2-plasma procedures upon changing the time between cycles and the N2-purging pressure. The AFM images show that already these parameters may induce structural changes in the TiO2 films grown by ALD, with the formation of crystallites with average lateral width varying between 15 and 80 nm. By means of XAS we also found that the crystallites have mixed anatase and rutile crystalline phases and that smaller crystallites have a greater rutile component than the larger ones.

  12. Interfacial bond strength of electrophoretically deposited hydroxyapatite coatings on metals.

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    Wei, M; Ruys, A J; Swain, M V; Kim, S H; Milthorpe, B K; Sorrell, C C

    1999-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings were deposited onto substrates of metal biomaterials (Ti, Ti6Al4V, and 316L stainless steel) by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Only ultra-high surface area HAp powder, prepared by the metathesis method 10Ca(NO3)2 + 6(NH4)2HPO4 + 8NH4OH), could produce dense coatings when sintered at 875-1000degreesC. Single EPD coatings cracked during sintering owing to the 15-18% sintering shrinkage, but the HAp did not decompose. The use of dual coatings (coat, sinter, coat, sinter) resolved the cracking problem. Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) inspection revealed that the second coating filled in the "valleys" in the cracks of the first coating. The interfacial shear strength of the dual coatings was found, by ASTM F1044-87, to be approximately 12 MPa on a titanium substrate and approximately 22 MPa on 316L stainless steel, comparing quite favorably with the 34 MPa benchmark (the shear strength of bovine cortical bone was found to be 34 MPa). Stainless steel gave the better result since -316L (20.5 microm mK(-1)) > alpha-HAp (approximately 14 microm mK(-1)), resulting in residual compressive stresses in the coating, whereas alpha-titanium (approximately 10.3 microm mK(-1)) < alpha-HAp, resulting in residual tensile stresses in the coating.

  13. Coating of TiO 2 photocatalysts on super-hydrophobic porous teflon membrane by an ion assisted deposition method and their self-cleaning performance

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    Yamashita, H.; Nakao, H.; Takeuchi, M.; Nakatani, Y.; Anpo, M.

    2003-05-01

    By means of an ion assisted deposition method, a TiO 2 photocatalyst was prepared at relatively lower temperature on porous Teflon sheets (PTS) that are good candidates for the coating materials with super-hydrophobic surfaces. UV light irradiation of TiO 2 photocatalyst on PTS led to the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants (self-cleaning), which wear off the water-repellent property of the original PTS surface. The PTS surface loading of a small amount of TiO 2 photocatalyst can keep the super-hydrophobic properties of PTS for a long time because of the photocatalytic degradation of the accumulated pollutants.

  14. Brookite TiO2 thin film epitaxially grown on (110) YSZ substrate by atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Dai-Hong; Kim, Won-Sik; Kim, Sungtae; Hong, Seong-Hyeon

    2014-08-13

    Epitaxial brookite TiO2 (B-TiO2) film was deposited on (110) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrate using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition, and its structural, optical, and gas sensing properties were investigated. As-deposited TiO2 film was a pure brookite and (120) oriented. The determined in-plane orientation relationships were [21̅0]B-TiO2//[1̅10]YSZ and [001]B-TiO2 //[001]YSZ. The B-TiO2 film showed ∼70% transmittance and the optical band gap energy was 3.29 eV. The B-TiO2 film-based gas sensor responded to H2 gas even at room temperature and the highest magnitude of the gas response was determined to be ∼150 toward 1000 ppm of H2/air at 150 °C. In addition, B-TiO2 sensor showed a high selectivity for H2 against CO, EtOH, and NH3.

  15. Structural studies of TiO2/wood coatings prepared by hydrothermal deposition of rutile particles from TiCl4 aqueous solutions on spruce (Picea Abies) wood

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    Pori, Pavel; Vilčnik, Aljaž; Petrič, Marko; Sever Škapin, Andrijana; Mihelčič, Mohor; Šurca Vuk, Angela; Novak, Urban; Orel, Boris

    2016-05-01

    A low temperature approach was developed for the deposition of rutile TiO2 particles on a wood surface by hydrolysis of TiCl4 in aqueous solutions acidified with HCl, and crystallization at 75 and 90 °C (1 h). Prior to hydrothermal treatment, Picea Abies wood was first soaked in a 0.5 mmol/l aqueous solution containing anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS, Sigma Aldrich) for 2 h at 80 °C. The crystal structure of the hydrothermally made rutile particles was determined with XRD, while the morphology of the deposited TiO2 particles and their distribution in the wood were examined with SEM and EDX measurements. The penetration and amount of deposited rutile particles could be modified by changing the deposition conditions. Thicker layers were obtained from more concentrated aqueous TiCl4 solutions with and without added HCl, and with longer deposition times and higher temperatures of the hydrothermal treatment. The interaction of TiO2 particles with hemicellulose and lignin in wood was established from infrared attenuated total reflection (FT-IR ATR) and Raman spectra measurements, from which the spectra of wood were subtracted. Analysis of the subtraction spectra showed the presence of titania particles on the wood surface, revealing also the establishment of TiO2-wood coordinative bonds of titanium ions with hemicellulose and lignin. The red frequency shift of the OH stretching modes suggested interaction of the TiO2 particles with water molecules of wood. TiO2 deposited on wood treated with SDS became hydrophobic (water contact angles (WCA) of 150°), contrasting the properties of untreated wood with a deposited TiO2 particle coating, which remained hydrophilic.

  16. Electrophoretic deposition of biological macromolecules, drugs, and cells.

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    Seuss, Sigrid; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2013-10-14

    The use of biological entities in biotechnology and the biomedical field is of great interest as the biocompatibility and the functionality of naturally occurring is usually higher compared to other biomaterials, for example, synthetic polymers. Processing of natural biomolecules, including proteins like collagen and also living cells and bacteria, to develop medical devices, bioactive coatings, functionalized implants, tissue scaffolds, or biosensors, is however challenging. Electrophoretic deposition, a technique that takes advantage of the presence of charged particles or molecules in suitable solvents, is a low-temperature process suitable for manipulating a wide range of biomolecules and biological entities preserving their bioactivity, which could be otherwise lost by processing at high temperatures. Another advantage of EPD is the possibility to use aqueous suspensions to process biological entities given that organic solvents also could lead to degradation of biomolecules. This paper gives an overview of the available literature on the application of EPD to process different biomolecules and biological entities, like proteins, bacteria cells, hyaluronic acid, and therapeutic drugs, aiming at using such biomaterials in numerous applications ranging from biosensors to orthopedic implants, tissue scaffolds, and drug delivery devices.

  17. Preparation of Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composites and investigation on visible-light photocatalytic degradation activity in magnetic field

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    Zhang, L.; Ma, C. H.; Wang, J.; Li, S. G.; Li, Y.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composites were prepared by three different methods (Ultraviolet Irradiation Deposition (UID), Vitamin C Reduction (VCR) and Sodium Borohydride Reduction (SBR)) for the visible-light photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes in magnetic field. And then the prepared Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composites were characterized physically by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The visible-light photocatalytic activities of these three kinds of Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composites were examined and compared through the degradation of several organic dyes under visible-light irradiation in magnetic field. In addition, some influence factors such as visible-light irradiation time, organic dye concentration, revolution speed, magnetic field intensity and organic dye kind on the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composite were reviewed. The research results showed that the presence of magnetic field significantly enhanced the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) composites and then contributed to the degradation of organic dyes.

  18. Influence of transition metal doping on the structural, optical, and magnetic properties of TiO2 films deposited on Si substrates by a sol–gel process

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    2013-01-01

    Transition metal (TM)-doped TiO2 films (TM = Co, Ni, and Fe) were deposited on Si(100) substrates by a sol–gel method. With the same dopant content, Co dopants catalyze the anatase-to-rutile transformation (ART) more obviously than Ni and Fe doping. This is attributed to the different strain energy induced by the different dopants. The optical properties of TM-doped TiO2 films were studied with spectroscopic ellipsometry data. With increasing dopant content, the optical band gap (EOBG) shifts to lower energy. With the same dopant content, the EOBG of Co-doped TiO2 film is the smallest and that of Fe-doped TiO2 film is the largest. The results are related to electric disorder due to the ART. Ferromagnetic behaviors were clearly observed for TM-doped TiO2 films except the undoped TiO2 film which is weakly magnetic. Additionally, it is found that the magnetizations of the TM-doped TiO2 films decrease with increasing dopant content. PMID:24350904

  19. Fabrication of single TiO2 nanotube devices with Pt interconnections using electron- and ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Lee, Mingun; Cha, Dongkyu; Huang, Jie; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    Device fabrication using nanostructured materials, such as nanotubes, requires appropriate metal interconnections between nanotubes and electrical probing pads. Here, electron-beam-assisted deposition (EBAD) and ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) techniques for fabrication of Pt interconnections for single TiO2 nanotube devices are investigated. IBAD conditions were optimized to reduce the leakage current as a result of Pt spreading. The resistivity of the IBAD-Pt was about three orders of magnitude less than that of the EBAD-Pt, due to low carbon concentration and Ga doping, as indicated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The total resistances of single TiO2 nanotube devices with EBAD- or IBAD-Pt interconnections were 3.82 × 1010 and 4.76 × 108 Ω, respectively. When the resistivity of a single nanotube is low, the high series resistance of EBAD-Pt cannot be ignored. IBAD is a suitable method for nanotechnology applications, such as photocatalysis and biosensors.

  20. Influence of microstructure and chemical composition of sputter deposited TiO2 thin films on in vitro bioactivity.

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    Lilja, Mirjam; Genvad, Axel; Astrand, Maria; Strømme, Maria; Enqvist, Håkan

    2011-12-01

    Functionalisation of biomedical implants via surface modifications for tailored tissue response is a growing field of research. Crystalline TiO(2) has been proven to be a bone bioactive, non-resorbable material. In contact with body fluids a hydroxyapaptite (HA) layer forms on its surface facilitating the bone contact. Thus, the path of improving biomedical implants via deposition of crystalline TiO(2) on the surface is interesting to follow. In this study we have evaluated the influence of microstructure and chemical composition of sputter deposited titanium oxide thin films on the in vitro bioactivity. We find that both substrate bias, topography and the flow ratio of the gases used during sputtering affect the HA layer formed on the films after immersion in simulated body fluid at 37°C. A random distribution of anatase and rutile crystals, formed at negative substrate bias and low Ar to O(2) gas flow ratios, are shown to favor the growth of flat HA crystal structures whereas higher flow ratios and positive substrate bias induced growth of more spherical HA structures. These findings should provide valuable information when optimizing the bioactivity of titanium oxide coatings as well as for tailoring process parameters for sputtered-based production of bioactive titanium oxide implant surfaces.

  1. Growth of TiO2 anti-reflection layer on textured Si (100) wafer substrate by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition method.

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    Nam, Sang-Hun; Choi, Jin-Woo; Cho, Sang-Jin; Kimt, Keun Soo; Boo, Jin-Hyo

    2011-08-01

    Recently anti-reflective films (AR) have been intensely studied. Particularly for textured silicon solar cells, the AR films can further reduce the reflection of the incident light through trapping the incident light into the cells. In this work, TiO2 anti-reflection films have been grown on the textured Si (100) substrate which is processed in two steps, and the films are deposited using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with a precursor of titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP). The effect of the substrate texture and the growth conditions of TiO2 films on the reflectance has been investigated. Pyramid size of textured silicon had approximately 2-9 microm. A well-textured silicon surface can lower the reflectance to 10%. For more reduced reflection, TiO2 anti-reflection films on the textured silicon were deposited at 600 degrees C using titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and the deposited TiO2 layers were then treated by annealing for 2 h in air at 600 and 1000 degrees C, respectively. In this process, the treated samples by annealing showed anatase and rutile phases, respectively. The thickness of TiO2 films was about 75 +/- 5 nm. The reflectance at specific wavelength can be reduced to 3% in optimum layer.

  2. Influence of deposition temperature on the growth of rutile TiO2 nanostructures by CBD method on seed layer prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Selman, Abbas M.; Hassan, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Rutile titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanostructures were successfully fabricated using the simple chemical bath deposition method at various deposition temperatures. These nanostructures were fabricated on (100 ± 10 nm) TiO2 seed layer coated glass, which was prepared via radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at a substrate temperature of 350 °C. The synthesized TiO2 nanostructures were annealed at 550 °C for 2 h and examined via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), photoluminescence (PL), and Raman spectroscopy. The XRD patterns showed the presence of the peaks characteristic of rutile phase. The band gap of the TiO2 nanostructures was calculated using the UV-vis absorption spectrum and was determined to be between 3.15 and 3.24 eV. The Raman spectra contained three characteristic bands at 232, 446 and 612 cm-1, which correspond to the tetragonal TiO2 rutile. The results showed good quality of nanocrystalline TiO2 rutile phase.

  3. AAO-assisted synthesis of highly ordered, large-scale TiO2 nanowire arrays via sputtering and atomic layer deposition

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    Yao, Zhao; Wang, Cong; Li, Yang; Kim, Nam-Young

    2015-04-01

    Highly ordered nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were fabricated in oxalic acid under a constant voltage via a two-step anodization process. To investigate the high-aspect-ratio (7.5:1) filling process, both sputtering and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to form TiO2 nanowires. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicated that mushroom-like TiO2 structures were sputtered onto the AAO template surface, and the ALD-coated TiO2 exhibited fine filling results and clear crystal grain boundaries. Large-scale and free-standing TiO2 nanowire arrays were liberated by selectively removing the aluminum substrate and AAO template via a wet etching process with no collapsing or agglomeration after the drying process. ALD-deposited TiO2 nanowire arrays that were 67 nm in diameter and 400 nm high were transferred from the AAO template. The ALD process enabled the rapid, simple synthesis of highly ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays with desired parameters such as diameter, density, and thickness determined using diverse AAO templates.

  4. Oxidative degradation of industrial wastewater using spray deposited TiO2/Au:Fe2O3 bilayered thin films.

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    Mahadik, M A; Shinde, S S; Pathan, H M; Rajpure, K Y; Bhosale, C H

    2014-12-01

    The Fe2O3, Au:Fe2O3, TiO2/Fe2O3 and TiO2/Au:Fe2O3 thin films are successfully prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique at an optimised substrate temperature of 400 °C and 470 °C, respectively onto amorphous and F:SnO2 coated glass substrates. The effect of TiO2 layer onto photoelectrochemical (PEC), structural, optical and morphological properties of Fe2O3, Au:Fe2O3, TiO2/Fe2O3 and TiO2/Au:Fe2O3 thin films is studied. The PEC characterization shows that, maximum values of short circuit current (Isc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) are (Isc = 185 μA and Voc = 450 mV) are at 38 nm thickness of TiO2. Deposited films are polycrystalline with a rhombohedral and anatase crystal structure having (104) preferred orientation. SEM and AFM images show deposited thin films are compact and uniform with seed like grains. The photocatalytic activities of the large surface area (64 cm(2)) TiO2/Au:Fe2O3 thin film photocatalysts were evaluated by photoelectrocatalytic degradation of industrial wastewater under sunlight light irradiation. The results show that the TiO2/Au:Fe2O3 thin film photocatalyst exhibited about 87% and 94% degradation of pollutant in sugarcane and textile industrial wastewater, respectively. The significant reduction in COD and BOD values from 95 mg/L to 13 mg/L and 75 mg/L to 11 mg/L, respectively was also observed.

  5. TiO2 nanowire arrays modified with a simultaneous "etching, doping and deposition" technique for ultrasensitive amperometric immunosensing.

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    Liu, Xiaoqiang; Huo, Xiaohe; Liu, Peipei; Tang, Yunfei; Xu, Jun; Ju, Huangxian

    2017-06-15

    In this work, an ultrasensitive immunosensing scaffold was structured with TiO2 nanowire (TiNW) arrays modified with molybdenum (Mo) and MoS2 flakes by a triplex "etching, doping and deposition" technique. The triply modification of TiNW arrays improved their electron transfer, and the decoration of MoS2 flakes on TiNW arrays increased both the conductivity and the specific surface area of TiNW. Accordingly, the triply modified TiNW arrays provided a biocompatible microenviroment for the biomolecules and high specific surface area to load big amount of biomolecules. The immunosensor was prepared by immobilizing capture antibody on the scaffold surface with double amino-reactive crosslinker, and the tracing labels were prepared by immobilizing signal antibody and horseradish peroxidase molecules on cylinder-shaped TiO2 nanorods. After sandwich-type immunoreaction, the tracing labels were quantitatively captured on the immunosensor surface for the detection of carcinoembryonic antigen as a model analyte. This amperometric method showed a linear range of 0.001 and 150ngmL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.5pgmL(-1). This work provided a promising platform for sensitive amperometric immunosensing of protein biomarkers.

  6. One-pot deposition of palladium on hybrid TiO2 nanoparticles and catalytic applications in hydrogenation.

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    Mehri, Afef; Kochkar, Hafedh; Daniele, Stéphane; Mendez, Violaine; Ghorbel, Abdelhamid; Berhault, Gilles

    2012-03-01

    One-pot deposition of Pd onto TiO(2) has been achieved through directly contacting palladium(II) salt with nanosized functionalized TiO(2) support initially obtained by sol-gel process using titanium isopropoxide and citric acid. Citrate groups act as functional moieties able to directly reduce the Pd salt avoiding any further reducing treatment. Various palladium salts (Na(2)PdCl(4) and Pd(NH(3))(4)Cl(2)·H(2)O) and titanium to citrate (Ti/CA) ratios (20, 50, and 100) were used in order to study the effect of the nature of the precursor and of the citrate content on the final Pd particle size and catalytic properties of the as-obtained Pd/TiO(2) systems. Characterization was performed using N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherms, ICP-AES, FTIR, XRD, XPS, and TEM. The as-obtained hybrid Pd/TiO(2) catalysts were tested in the selective hydrogenation (HYD) of an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde, i.e. cinnamaldehyde. Citrate-free Pd/TiO(2)-based catalysts present lower selectivity into saturated alcohol. However, citrate-functionalized Pd/TiO(2) catalyst seems to control the selectivity, the particle size and dispersion of Pd NPs leading to high intrinsic activity.

  7. Plasmon-induced enhancement in analytical performance based on gold nanoparticles deposited on TiO2 film.

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    Zhu, Anwei; Luo, Yongping; Tian, Yang

    2009-09-01

    This paper demonstrates a novel approach for developing the analytical performance of electrochemical biosensors in which hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) is selected as a model target, based on surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) deposited onto a TiO(2) nanoneedle film. Direct electron transfer of cytochrome c (cyt. c) is realized at Au NPs deposited onto a TiO(2) nanoneedle film (Au/TiO(2) film), and both anodic and cathodic currents of the redox reaction at the Au/TiO(2) film upon visible-light irradiation are amplified. Meanwhile, in the presence of oxidized or reduced states of cyt. c, cathodic or anodic photocurrents are generated respectively by the Au/TiO(2) film, suggesting that the amplified anodic and cathodic currents are ascribed to the visible-light excitation. The photocurrent action spectrum obtained at the Au/TiO(2) film in the presence of cyt. c is in a good agreement with the surface plasmon absorption spectrum of Au NPs deposited onto the TiO(2) film, and maximum photocurrent is also consistent with the plasmon absorption peak of Au NPs themselves. It indicates that the enhanced photocurrents generated by visible-light irradiation are attributed to the surface plasmon resonance of Au NPs. On the other hand, experimental results reveal that cyt. c is stably immobilized onto the Au/TiO(2) film and maintains inherent enzymatic activity toward H(2)O(2) even under continuous visible-light illumination. The amplified redox currents of cyt. c produced by surface plasmon resonance of Au NPs, combined with the stability and enzymatic activity of cyt. c confined on the Au/TiO(2) film even after continuous visible-light illumination, subsequently provide the enhanced analytical performance in determination of H(2)O(2). The sensitivity of the present biosensor for H(2)O(2) is 4-fold larger than that obtained without visible-light irradiation, the detection limit is achieved to be 4.5 x 10(-8) M and the dynamic detection linear range extends

  8. Atomic Layer Deposition of p-Type Epitaxial Thin Films of Undoped and N-Doped Anatase TiO2.

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    Vasu, K; Sreedhara, M B; Ghatak, J; Rao, C N R

    2016-03-01

    Employing atomic layer deposition, we have grown p-type epitaxial undoped and N-doped anatase TiO2(001) thin films on c-axis Al2O3 substrate. From X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies, crystallographic relationships between the film and the substrate are found to be (001)TiO2//(0001)Al2O3 and [1̅10]TiO2//[011̅0]Al2O3. N-doping in TiO2 thin films enhances the hole concentration and mobility. The optical band gap of anatase TiO2 (3.23 eV) decreases to 3.07 eV upon N-doping. The epitaxial films exhibit room-temperature ferromagnetism and photoresponse. A TiO2-based homojunction diode was fabricated with rectification from the p-n junction formed between N-doped p-TiO2 and n-TiO2.

  9. Superior Photostability and Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanoparticles Coated with Ultrathin TiO2 Layers through Atomic-Layer Deposition.

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    Sridharan, Kishore; Jang, Eunyong; Park, Young Min; Park, Tae Joo

    2015-12-21

    Atomic-layer deposition (ALD) is a thin-film growth technology that allows for conformal growth of thin films with atomic-level control over their thickness. Although ALD is successful in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, its feasibility for nanoparticle coating has been less explored. Herein, the ALD coating of TiO2 layers on ZnO nanoparticles by employing a specialized rotary reactor is demonstrated. The photocatalytic activity and photostability of ZnO nanoparticles coated with TiO2 layers by ALD and chemical methods were examined by the photodegradation of Rhodamine B dye under UV irradiation. Even though the photocatalytic activity of the presynthesized ZnO nanoparticles is higher than that of commercial P25 TiO2 nanoparticles, their activity tends to decline due to severe photocorrosion. The chemically synthesized TiO2 coating layer on ZnO resulted in severely declined photoactivity despite the improved photostability. However, ultrathin and conformal ALD TiO2 coatings (≈ 0.75-1.5 nm) on ZnO improved its photostability without degradation of photocatalytic activity. Surprisingly, the photostability is comparable to that of pure TiO2, and the photocatalytic activity to that of pure ZnO.

  10. Cumulative effect of Fe2O3 on TiO2 nanotubes via atomic layer deposition with enhanced lithium ion storage performance

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    Lv, Xiaoxin; Deng, Jiujun; Sun, Xuhui

    2016-04-01

    Fe2O3 coated TiO2 nanotube (Fe2O3@TiO2 nanotube) composites anodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been prepared by hydrothermal and atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. The composites anodes show a reversible capacity of 450 mAh g-1 after 150 cycles at the current density of 200 mA g-1, which is approximately two times of pure TiO2 nanotubes. Even at a high current density of 3200 mA g-1, the composite anodes still exhibit a good capacity of 198 mAh g-1, more than three times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanotubes. The good reversible capacity and rete capability of composite anodes indicate the cumulative effect of Fe2O3 on TiO2 nanotube by the integration of structural stability of TiO2 and high theoretical capacity of Fe2O3.

  11. Liquid phase deposition of TiO2 nanolayer affords CH3NH3PbI3/nanocarbon solar cells with high open-circuit voltage.

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    Chen, Haining; Wei, Zhanhua; Yan, Keyou; Yi, Ya; Wang, Jiannong; Yang, Shihe

    2014-01-01

    Hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite solar cells are attracting intense attention and further developments largely hinge on understanding the fundamental issues involved in the cell operation. In this paper, a liquid phase deposition (LPD) method is developed to design and grow a TiO(2) nanolayer at room temperature for carbon-based perovskite solar cells. The TiO(2) nanolayer grown on FTO glass is compact but polycrystalline consisting of tiny anatase TiO(2) nanocrystals intimately stacked together. By directly exploiting this TiO(2) nanolayer in a solar cell of TiO(2) nanolayer/CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)/nanocarbon, we have achieved a Voc as high as 1.07 V, the highest value reported so far for hole transporter-free CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) solar cells. This is rationalized by the slower electron injection and longer electron lifetime due to the TiO(2) nanolayer, which enhances the electron accumulation in CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) and consequently the Voc. By employing a rutile TiO(2) nanorod (NR) array as a base structure for the LPD-TiO(2) nanolayer to support the CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) layer, the photocurrent density is considerably increased without obviously compromising the Voc (1.01 V). As a result, the power conversion efficiency is boosted from 3.67% to 8.61%. More elaborate engineering of the TiO(2) nanolayer by LPD in conjunction with judicious interfacing with other components has the potential to achieve higher performances for this type of solar cell.

  12. Indium diffusion and native oxide removal during the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 films on InAs(100) surfaces.

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    Ye, Liwang; Gougousi, Theodosia

    2013-08-28

    A thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) process with tetrakis(dimethylamino) titanium and H2O as reagents has been used to deposit TiO2 films on native oxide and etched InAs(100) surfaces at 200 °C. TiO2 was deposited on etched InAs(100) surface without the formation of undesirable interfacial layers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data on a series of films of increasing thickness deposited on surfaces covered with native oxide has shown that the surface arsenic oxides are removed within the first 2-3 nm of film deposition. The indium oxides, however, after an initial reduction seem to persist and increase in intensity with film thickness. For a 6.4-nm-thick TiO2 film, XPS depth profile data demonstrate an accumulation of indium oxides at the TiO2 film surface. When the topmost layer of the indium/TiO2 film is removed, then a sharp interface between the TiO2 film and the InAs substrate is detected. This observation demonstrates that the surface oxides diffuse through fairly thick TiO2 films and may subsequently be removed by reaction with the precursor and amine byproducts of the ALD reaction. These findings underscore the importance of diffusion in understanding the so-called "interface clean-up" reaction and its potential impact on the fabrication of high-quality InAs and other Group III-V-based MOS devices.

  13. Sn and Cu oxide nanoparticles deposited on TiO2 nanoflower 3D substrates by Inert Gas Condensation technique

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    Kusior, A.; Kollbek, K.; Kowalski, K.; Borysiewicz, M.; Wojciechowski, T.; Adamczyk, A.; Trenczek-Zajac, A.; Radecka, M.; Zakrzewska, K.

    2016-09-01

    Sn and Cu oxide nanoparticles were deposited by Inert Gas Condensation (IGC) technique combined with dc magnetron sputtering onto nanoflower TiO2 3D substrates obtained in the oxidation process of Ti-foil in 30% H2O2. Sputtering parameters such as insertion length and Ar/He flow rates were optimized taking into account the nanostructure morphology. Comparative studies with hydrothermal method were carried out. Surface properties of the synthesized nanomaterials were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy, SEM, Atomic Force Microscopy, AFM, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, XPS. X-ray diffraction, XRD and Raman spectroscopy were performed in order to determine phase composition. Impedance spectroscopy demonstrated the influence of nanoparticles on the electrical conductivity.

  14. Photocatalytic activity of bipolar pulsed magnetron sputter deposited TiO2/TiWOx thin films

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    Weng, Ko-Wei; Hu, Chung-Hsuan; Hua, Li-Yu; Lee, Chin-Tan; Zhao, Yu-Xiang; Chang, Julian; Yang, Shu-Yi; Han, Sheng

    2016-08-01

    Titanium oxide films were formed by sputtering and then TiWOx films were deposited by bipolar pulsed magnetron sputtering with pure titanium and tungsten metal targets. The sputtering of titanium oxide with tungsten enhanced the orientation of the TiO2 (1 0 1) plane of the specimen assemblies. The main varying parameter was the tungsten pulse power. Titanium oxide sputtered with tungsten using a pulsing power of 50 W exhibited a superior hydrophilic property, and a contact angle of 13.1°. This fabrication conditions maximized the photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue solution. The mechanism by which the titanium oxide was sputtered with tungsten involves the photogeneration of holes and electron traps, inhibiting the hole-electron recombination, enhancing hydrophilicity and reducing the contact angle.

  15. Advancement in Preparation of Hydroxyapatite/bioglass Graded Coatings by Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Yao, Liang; Chen, Chuanzhong; Wang, Diangang; Bao, Quanhe; Ma, Jie

    Electrophoretic deposition is a good method in the preparation of hydroxyapatite/bioglass graded coatings. Its processing parameters are easy to be operated. As it is nonbeeline process, it can be used in the deposition of complex shape and porous surface. This paper reviewed the advancement of the graded coatings in recent years, concluded the principles, characters, steps of electrophoretic deposition of bioceramic coatings and analyzed influencing factors in detail, such as granularity of suspension, aging of suspension, dispersion media, PH of suspension, electricity, voltage, deposition time, pretreatment of substrate and sintering. The foreground of hydroxyapatite/bioglass graded coatings is expected.

  16. Enhanced density of negative fixed charges in Al2O3 layers on Si through a subsequent deposition of TiO2

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    Schneider, Thomas; Ziegler, Johannes; Kaufmann, Kai; Ilse, Klemens; Sprafke, Alexander; Wehrspohn, Ralf B.

    2016-04-01

    The passivation of silicon surfaces play an important role for achieving high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells. In this work, a stack system comprising of 20nm Al2O3 with a 22nm TiO2 topping layer was deposited on p-type Si using thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) and was investigated regarding its passivation quality. Quasi-steady-state photo conductance (QSSPC) measurements reveal that the minority carrier lifetime at an injection density of 1015cm-3 increased from 1.10ms to 1.96ms after the deposition of TiO2, which shows that the deposition of TiO2 onto Al2O3 is capable of enhancing its passivation quality. Capacity voltage (CV) measurements show that the amount of negative charges in the dielectric layer has increased from -2.4·1012cm-2 to -6.3·1012cm-2 due to the deposition of TiO2. The location of the additional charges was analyzed in this work by etching the dielectric layer stack in several steps. After each step CV measurements were performed. It is found that the additional negative charges are created within the Al2O3 layer. Additionally, ToF-SIMS measurements were performed to check for diffusion processes within the Al2O3 layer.

  17. Electrophoretic deposition of hyaluronic acid and composite films for biomedical applications

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    Ma, R.; Li, Y.; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2010-06-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HYH) is a natural biopolymer, which has tremendous potential for various biomedical applications. Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) methods have been developed for the fabrication of HYH films and composites. New methods for the immobilization of drugs and proteins have been utilized for the fabrication of organic composites. Electrophoretic deposition enabled the fabrication of organic-inorganic composites containing bioceramics and bioglass in the HYH matrix. It was shown that the deposition yield, microstructure, and composition of the films can be controlled. Potential applications of EPD for the surface modification of biomedical implants and fabrication of biosensors are highlighted.

  18. Electrophoretic deposition of graphene oxide as a corrosion inhibitor for sintered NdFeB

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    He, Wenting; Zhu, Liqun; Chen, Haining; Nan, Haiyang; Li, Weiping; Liu, Huicong; Wang, Yan

    2013-08-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) was deposited uniformly on the surface of permanent magnet material NdFeB by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Electrophoretic deposited graphene oxide (EPD-GO) coating was reduced partially after EPD process, owing to the removal of oxygen functional groups. And EPD-GO coating showed excellent adhesion to the NdFeB matrix. According to the results of electrochemical tests, the decrease in corrosion current density and the positive shift in corrosion potential have both demonstrated that EPD-GO coating served as a corrosion inhibitor, protecting NdFeB from NaCl aqueous solution.

  19. Anti-fogging nanofibrous SiO(2) and nanostructured SiO(2)-TiO(2) films made by rapid flame deposition and in situ annealing.

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Righettoni, Marco; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2009-11-03

    Transparent, pure SiO(2), TiO(2), and mixed silica-titania films were (stochastically) deposited directly onto glass substrates by flame spray pyrolysis of organometallic solutions (hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethyl orthosilicate and/or titanium tetra isopropoxide in xylene) and stabilized by in situ flame annealing. Silicon dioxide films consisted of a network of interwoven nanofibers or nanowires several hundred nm long and 10-15 nm thick, as determined by microscopy. These nanowire or nanofibrous films were formed by chemical vapor deposition (surface growth) on bare glass substrates during scalable combustion of precursor solutions at ambient conditions, for the first time to our knowledge, as determined by thermophoretic sampling of the flame aerosol and microscopy. In contrast, titanium dioxide films consisted of nanoparticles 3-5 nm in diameter that were formed in the flame and deposited onto the glass substrate, resulting in highly porous, lace-like nanostructures. Mixed SiO(2)-TiO(2) films (40 mol % SiO(2)) had similar morphology to pure TiO(2) films. Under normal solar radiation, all such films having a minimal thickness of about 300 nm completely prevented fogging of the glass substrates. These anti-fogging properties were attributed to inhibition of water droplet formation by such super-hydrophilic coatings as determined by wetting angle measurements. Deactivated (without UV radiation) pure TiO(2) coatings lost their super-hydrophilicity and anti-fogging properties even though their wetting angle was reduced by their nanowicking. In contrast, SiO(2)-TiO(2) coatings exhibited the best anti-fogging performance at all conditions taking advantage of the high surface coverage by TiO(2) nanoparticles and the super-hydrophilic properties of SiO(2) on their surface.

  20. Hydroxyapatite/gelatin functionalized graphene oxide composite coatings deposited on TiO2 nanotube by electrochemical deposition for biomedical applications

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    Yan, Yajing; Zhang, Xuejiao; Mao, Huanhuan; Huang, Yong; Ding, Qiongqiong; Pang, Xiaofeng

    2015-02-01

    Graphene oxide cross-linked gelatin was employed as reinforcement fillers in hydroxyapatite coatings by electrochemical deposition process on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNs). The TNs were grown on titanium by electrochemical anodization in hydrofluoric electrolyte using constant voltage. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis and biological studies were used to characterize the coatings. The corrosion resistance of the coatings was also investigated by electrochemical method in simulated body fluid solution.

  1. Corrosion resistance for biomaterial applications of TiO2 films deposited on titanium and stainless steel by ion-beam-assisted sputtering.

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    Pan, J; Leygraf, C; Thierry, D; Ektessabi, A M

    1997-06-05

    The high corrosion resistance and good biocompatibility of titanium and its alloys are due to a thin passive film that consists essentially of titanium dioxide. There is increasing evidence, however, that under certain conditions extensive titanium release may occur in vivo. An ion-beam-assisted sputtering deposition technique has been used to deposit thick and dense TiO2 films on titanium and stainless steel surfaces. In this study, using the following measurements these TiO2 films have been investigated in a phosphate-buffered saline solution: (1) open-circuit potential versus time of exposure, (2) electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, (3) potentiodynamic polarization, and (4) Mott-Schottky plot. A higher electrical film resistance, lower passive current density, and lower donor density (in the order of 10(15) cm-3) have been measured for the sputter-deposited oxide film on titanium in contrast to the naturally formed passive oxide film on titanium (donor density in the order of 10(20) cm-3). The improved corrosion protection of the sputter-deposited oxide film can be explained by a low defect concentration and, consequently, by a slow mass transport process across the film. As opposed to TiO2 on titanium, a deviation from normal n-type semiconducting Mott-Schottky behavior was observed for TiO2 on stainless steel.

  2. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 from tetrakis-dimethyl-amido titanium or Ti isopropoxide precursors and H2O

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    Xie, Qi; Jiang, Yu-Long; Detavernier, Christophe; Deduytsche, Davy; Van Meirhaeghe, Roland L.; Ru, Guo-Ping; Li, Bing-Zong; Qu, Xin-Ping

    2007-10-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 thin films using Ti isopropoxide and tetrakis-dimethyl-amido titanium (TDMAT) as two kinds of Ti precursors and water as another reactant was investigated. TiO2 films with high purity can be grown in a self-limited ALD growth mode by using either Ti isopropoxide or TDMAT as Ti precursors. Different growth behaviors as a function of deposition temperature were observed. A typical growth rate curve-increased growth rate per cycle (GPC) with increasing temperatures was observed for the TiO2 film deposited by Ti isopropoxide and H2O, while surprisingly high GPC was observed at low temperatures for the TiO2 film deposited by TDMAT and H2O. An energetic model was proposed to explain the different growth behaviors with different precursors. Density functional theory (DFT) calculation was made. The GPC in the low temperature region is determined by the reaction energy barrier. From the experimental results and DFT calculation, we found that the intermediate product stability after the ligand exchange is determined by the desorption behavior, which has a huge effect on the width of the ALD process window.

  3. Reliable metal deposition into TiO(2) nanotubes for leakage-free interdigitated electrode structures and use as a memristive electrode.

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    Liu, Ning; Lee, Kiyoung; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-11-18

    Nearly 100 % filling of TiO2 nanotubes with metals, including Ag, Cu, Au, and Pt, was achieved by defect-sealing treatment at the bottom of the nanotubes, followed by metal deposition using nuclei formation/coalescence. The resulting short-circuit-free interdigitated electrode configurations can, for example, be used to fabricate memristive electrodes.

  4. Effect of annealing treatment on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Arias, L. M. Franco; Arias Duran, A.; Cardona, D.; Camps, E.; Gómez, M. E.; Zambrano, G.

    2015-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films have been deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on silicon and quartz substrates with different Ar/O2 ratios in the gas mixture. Substrate temperature was kept constant at 400 °C during the deposition process, and the TiO2 thin films were later annealed at 700 °C for 3 h. The effect of the Ar/O2 ratio in the gas flow and the annealing treatment on the phase composition, deposition rate, crystallinity, surface morphology and the resulting photocatalytic properties were investigated. For photocatalytic measurements, the variation of the concentration of the methylene blue (MB) dye under UV irradiation was followed by a change in the intensity of the characteristic MB band in the UV- Vis transmittance spectra. We report here that the as-grown TiO2 films showed only the anatase phase, whereas after annealing, the samples exhibited both the anatase and rutile phases in proportions that varied with the Ar/O2 ratio in the mixture of gases used during growth. In particular, the annealed TiO2 thin film deposited at a 50/50 ratio of Ar/O2, composed of both anatase (80%) and rutile phases (20%), exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity (30% of MB degradation) compared with the samples without annealing and composed of only the anatase phase.

  5. Bioinspired deposition of TiO2 thin films induced by hydrophobins.

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    Santhiya, D; Burghard, Z; Greiner, C; Jeurgens, Lars P H; Subkowski, T; Bill, J

    2010-05-04

    The deposition of ceramic thin films from aqueous solutions at low temperature using biopolymers as templates has attracted much attention due to economic and environmental benefits. Titanium dioxide is one of the most attractive functional materials and shows a wide range of applications across vastly different areas because of its unique chemical, optical, and electrical properties. In the present work, we deposited smooth, nanocrystalline titania thin films by an aqueous deposition method on surface active and amphipathic proteins of fungal origin called hydrophobins. Initially, the hydrophobin molecules were self-assembled on a silicon substrate and characterized by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR-XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface potential measurements. Thin films of titanium dioxide were deposited on the surface of hydrophobin self-assembled monolayers from aqueous titanium(IV) bis(ammonium lactate) dihydroxide solution at near-ambient conditions. The microstructure of the as-deposited films was analyzed by AFM, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, which revealed the presence of nanocrystals. The titania films were also characterized using AR-XPS and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic (FTIR) techniques. Appropriate mechanisms involved in film deposition are suggested. Additionally, nanoindentation tests on as deposited titania films showed their high resistance against mechanical stress.

  6. Characterization of CdTe Films Deposited at Various Bath Temperatures and Concentrations Using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Daud, Mohd Norizam Md; Zakaria, Azmi; Jafari, Atefeh; Ghazali, Mohd Sabri Mohd; Abdullah, Wan Rafizah Wan; Zainal, Zulkarnain

    2012-01-01

    CdTe film was deposited using the electrophoretic deposition technique onto an ITO glass at various bath temperatures. Four batch film compositions were used by mixing 1 to 4 wt% concentration of CdTe powder with 10 mL of a solution of methanol and toluene. X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the films exhibited polycrystalline nature of zinc-blende structure with the (111) orientation as the most prominent peak. From the Atomic Force Microscopy, the thickness and surface roughness of the CdTe film increased with the increase of CdTe concentration. The optical energy band gap of film decreased with the increase of CdTe concentration, and with the increase of isothermal bath temperature. The film thickness increased with respect to the increase of CdTe concentration and bath temperature, and following, the numerical expression for the film thickness with respect to these two variables has been established. PMID:22754325

  7. Characterization of CdTe films deposited at various bath temperatures and concentrations using electrophoretic deposition.

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    Daud, Mohd Norizam Md; Zakaria, Azmi; Jafari, Atefeh; Ghazali, Mohd Sabri Mohd; Abdullah, Wan Rafizah Wan; Zainal, Zulkarnain

    2012-01-01

    CdTe film was deposited using the electrophoretic deposition technique onto an ITO glass at various bath temperatures. Four batch film compositions were used by mixing 1 to 4 wt% concentration of CdTe powder with 10 mL of a solution of methanol and toluene. X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the films exhibited polycrystalline nature of zinc-blende structure with the (111) orientation as the most prominent peak. From the Atomic Force Microscopy, the thickness and surface roughness of the CdTe film increased with the increase of CdTe concentration. The optical energy band gap of film decreased with the increase of CdTe concentration, and with the increase of isothermal bath temperature. The film thickness increased with respect to the increase of CdTe concentration and bath temperature, and following, the numerical expression for the film thickness with respect to these two variables has been established.

  8. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 and Al2O3 thin films on silicon

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    Mitchell, David R. G.; Triani, Gerry; Attard, Darren J.; Finnie, Kim S.; Evans, Peter J.; Barbe, Christophe J.; Bartlett, John R.

    2004-04-01

    The essential features of the ALD process involve sequentially saturating a surface with a (sub)monolayer of reactive species, such as a metal halide, then reacting it with a second species to form the required phase in-situ. Repetition of the reaction sequence allows the desired thickness to be deposited. The self-limiting nature of the reactions ensures excellent conformality, and sequential processing results in exquisite control over film thickness, albeit at rather slow deposition rates, typically <200nm/hr. We have been developing our capability with ALD deposition, to understand the influence of deposition parameters on the nature of TiO2 and Al2O3 films (high and low refractive index respectively), and multilayer stacks thereof. These stacks have potential applications as anti-reflection coatings and optical filters. This paper will explore the evolution of structure in our films as a function of deposition parameters including temperature and substrate surface chemistry. A broad range of techniques have been applied to the study of these films, including cross sectional transmission electron microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry etc. These have enabled a wealth of microstructural and compositional information on the films to be acquired, such as accurate film thickness, composition, crystallization sequence and orientation with respect to the substrate. The ALD method is shown to produce single layer films and multilayer stacks with exceptional uniformity and flatness, and in the case of stacks, chemically abrupt interfaces. We are currently extending this technology to the coating of polymeric substrates.

  9. Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 Coatings Significantly Improve Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Stability of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers

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    2017-01-01

    We report on a very significant enhancement of the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes layers, provided by thin Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 nanotube layers coated with Al2O3 coatings exhibit significantly improved thermal stability as illustrated by the preservation of the nanotubular structure upon annealing treatment at high temperatures (870 °C). In addition, a high anatase content is preserved in the nanotube layers against expectation of the total rutile conversion at such a high temperature. Hardness of the resulting nanotube layers is investigated by nanoindentation measurements and shows strongly improved values compared to uncoated counterparts. Finally, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 coatings guarantee unprecedented chemical stability of TiO2 nanotube layers in harsh environments of concentrated H3PO4 solutions. PMID:28291942

  10. In-situ X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Study of Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on Silicon Substrate

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    Youb Lee, Seung; Jeon, Cheolho; Kim, Seok Hwan; Kim, Yooseok; Jung, Woosung; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2012-03-01

    In-situ X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to investigate the initial stages of TiO2 growth on a Si(001) substrate by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The core level spectra of Si 2p, C 1s, O 1s, and Ti 2p were measured at every half reaction in the titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP)-H2O ALD process. The ligand exchange reactions were verified using the periodic oscillation of the C 1s concentration, as well as changes in the hydroxyl concentration. XPS analysis revealed that Ti2O3 and Si oxide were formed at the initial stages of TiO2 growth. A stoichiometric TiO2 layer was dominantly formed after two cycles and was chemically saturated after four cycles.

  11. In-situ X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Study of Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on Silicon Substrate

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    Lee, Seung Youb; Jeon, Cheolho; Kim, Seok Hwan; Kim, Yooseok; Jung, Woosung; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2012-03-01

    In-situ X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to investigate the initial stages of TiO2 growth on a Si(001) substrate by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The core level spectra of Si 2p, C 1s, O 1s, and Ti 2p were measured at every half reaction in the titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP)--H2O ALD process. The ligand exchange reactions were verified using the periodic oscillation of the C 1s concentration, as well as changes in the hydroxyl concentration. XPS analysis revealed that Ti2O3 and Si oxide were formed at the initial stages of TiO2 growth. A stoichiometric TiO2 layer was dominantly formed after two cycles and was chemically saturated after four cycles.

  12. Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 Coatings Significantly Improve Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Stability of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers.

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    Zazpe, Raul; Prikryl, Jan; Gärtnerova, Viera; Nechvilova, Katerina; Benes, Ludvik; Strizik, Lukas; Jäger, Ales; Bosund, Markus; Sopha, Hanna; Macak, Jan M

    2017-04-04

    We report on a very significant enhancement of the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes layers, provided by thin Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 nanotube layers coated with Al2O3 coatings exhibit significantly improved thermal stability as illustrated by the preservation of the nanotubular structure upon annealing treatment at high temperatures (870 °C). In addition, a high anatase content is preserved in the nanotube layers against expectation of the total rutile conversion at such a high temperature. Hardness of the resulting nanotube layers is investigated by nanoindentation measurements and shows strongly improved values compared to uncoated counterparts. Finally, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 coatings guarantee unprecedented chemical stability of TiO2 nanotube layers in harsh environments of concentrated H3PO4 solutions.

  13. Bactericidal activity of copper-deposited TiO2 thin film under weak UV light illumination.

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    Sunada, Kayano; Watanabe, Toshiya; Hashimoto, Kazuhito

    2003-10-15

    The bactericidal activity of copper-deposited titanium dioxide thin film (Cu/TiO2) was investigated under very weak ultraviolet (UV) light illumination. To elucidate the roles of the film photocatalyst and the deposited copper in the bactericidal activity, cells from a copper-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) strain were utilized. A decrease in survival rate was not observed with the copper-resistant cells under dark conditions, but when illuminated with a very weak UV intensity of 1 microW/cm2, the survival rate decreased, suggesting photocatalytic bactericidal activity. The decay curve of survival on the Cu/TiO2 film under very weak UV light illumination consisted of two steps, similar to the survival change of normal E. coli on TiO2 films under rather strong UV illumination. The first step is due to the partial decomposition of the outer membrane in the cell envelope by a photocatalytic process, followed by permeation of the copper ions into the cytoplasmic membrane. The second step is due to a disorder of the cytoplasmic membrane caused by the copper ions, which results in a loss of the cell's integrity. These processes explain why the Cu/TiO2 film system shows an effective bactericidal activity even under very weak UV light illumination.

  14. Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films and Their Perovskite Solar Cell Applications.

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    Chen, Cong; Cheng, Yu; Dai, Qilin; Song, Hongwei

    2015-12-03

    In this work, we report a physical deposition based, compact (cp) layer synthesis for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. Typical solution-based synthesis of cp layer for perovskite solar cells involves low-quality of thin films, high-temperature annealing, non-flexible devices, limitation of large-scale production and that the effects of the cp layer on carrier transport have not been fully understood. In this research, using radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RFMS), TiO2 cp layers were fabricated and the thickness could be controlled by deposition time; CH3NH3PbI3 films were prepared by evaporation &immersion (E &I) method, in which PbI2 films made by thermal evaporation technique were immersed in CH3NH3I solution. The devices exhibit power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.1% and the photovoltaic performance can maintain 77% of its initial PCE after 1440 h. The method developed in this study has the capability of fabricating large active area devices (40 × 40 mm(2)) showing a promising PCE of 4.8%. Low temperature and flexible devices were realized and a PCE of 8.9% was obtained on the PET/ITO substrates. These approaches could be used in thin film based solar cells which require high-quality films leading to reduced fabrication cost and improved device performance.

  15. Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films and Their Perovskite Solar Cell Applications

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    Chen, Cong; Cheng, Yu; Dai, Qilin; Song, Hongwei

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we report a physical deposition based, compact (cp) layer synthesis for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. Typical solution-based synthesis of cp layer for perovskite solar cells involves low-quality of thin films, high-temperature annealing, non-flexible devices, limitation of large-scale production and that the effects of the cp layer on carrier transport have not been fully understood. In this research, using radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RFMS), TiO2 cp layers were fabricated and the thickness could be controlled by deposition time; CH3NH3PbI3 films were prepared by evaporation & immersion (E & I) method, in which PbI2 films made by thermal evaporation technique were immersed in CH3NH3I solution. The devices exhibit power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.1% and the photovoltaic performance can maintain 77% of its initial PCE after 1440 h. The method developed in this study has the capability of fabricating large active area devices (40 × 40 mm2) showing a promising PCE of 4.8%. Low temperature and flexible devices were realized and a PCE of 8.9% was obtained on the PET/ITO substrates. These approaches could be used in thin film based solar cells which require high-quality films leading to reduced fabrication cost and improved device performance.

  16. Atomic layer deposition of photocatalytic TiO2 thin films from TiF4 and H2O.

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    Pore, Viljami; Kivelä, Tiina; Ritala, Mikko; Leskelä, Markku

    2008-12-07

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 300-500 degrees C using TiF4 and H2O as precursors. The films were characterized by FESEM, EDX, UV/Vis and XRD techniques. Two glass types, soda lime and borosilicate, were used as the substrate materials. It was found that the type of the glass substrate had a very strong influence on the growth and properties of the resulting films. At substrate temperatures of 400 and 500 degrees C, the growth rates on borosilicate were 0.8 and 1.0 A per cycle, respectively, and the films were mainly anatase. With the same deposition conditions on soda lime, rutile phase was formed and the growth rates were 1.1 and 1.5 A per cycle, respectively. Growth saturation was confirmed for both glass substrates at 400 degrees C by varying the pulse lengths of the precursors. Both anatase and rutile films prepared at 400-500 degrees C possessed photocatalytic activity in degrading stearic acid under UV and visible light, whereas the films prepared at 300 degrees C had virtually no activity. All the films, including those prepared at 300 degrees C, turned superhydrophilic under UV light.

  17. Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films and Their Perovskite Solar Cell Applications

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    Chen, Cong; Cheng, Yu; Dai, Qilin; Song, Hongwei

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report a physical deposition based, compact (cp) layer synthesis for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. Typical solution-based synthesis of cp layer for perovskite solar cells involves low-quality of thin films, high-temperature annealing, non-flexible devices, limitation of large-scale production and that the effects of the cp layer on carrier transport have not been fully understood. In this research, using radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RFMS), TiO2 cp layers were fabricated and the thickness could be controlled by deposition time; CH3NH3PbI3 films were prepared by evaporation & immersion (E & I) method, in which PbI2 films made by thermal evaporation technique were immersed in CH3NH3I solution. The devices exhibit power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.1% and the photovoltaic performance can maintain 77% of its initial PCE after 1440 h. The method developed in this study has the capability of fabricating large active area devices (40 × 40 mm2) showing a promising PCE of 4.8%. Low temperature and flexible devices were realized and a PCE of 8.9% was obtained on the PET/ITO substrates. These approaches could be used in thin film based solar cells which require high-quality films leading to reduced fabrication cost and improved device performance. PMID:26631493

  18. The effect of crystal structure of TiO2 nanotubes on the formation of calcium phosphate coatings during biomimetic deposition

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    Liu, Yi; Kim, Sun; McLeod, John A.; Li, Jun; Guo, Xiaoxuan; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Liu, Lijia

    2017-02-01

    The crystallization process of bioactive calcium phosphate (CaP) species via biomimetic deposition onto anodic TiO2 nanotubes is investigated. The porous surface of nanostructured TiO2 provides an ideal substrate for CaP crystallization. The compositions of CaP coatings are studied using X-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) at the Ca K-edge. Using detection modes with different probing depths, both the surface of the CaP coating and the CaP-TiO2 interface are simultaneously analyzed. Calcium phosphate (CaP) species, such as hydroxyapatite (HAp), octacalcium phosphate (Ca8(HPO4)2(PO4)4·5H2O, OCP), brushite (CaHPO4·2H2O, DCPD), and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), are found in the CaP coatings. TiO2 nanotubes of amorphous and anatase phases are comparatively studied to determine their effect on the efficiency of CaP formation and the phase transformation among CaP species in prolonged deposition time. It is found the composition of CaP coating has a strong dependency on the crystal structure of TiO2 substrate and the kinetics (deposition time).

  19. Electro-spray deposition of a mesoporous TiO2 charge collection layer: toward large scale and continuous production of high efficiency perovskite solar cells.

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    Kim, Min-cheol; Kim, Byeong Jo; Yoon, Jungjin; Lee, Jin-wook; Suh, Dongchul; Park, Nam-gyu; Choi, Mansoo; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-12-28

    The spin-coating method, which is widely used for thin film device fabrication, is incapable of large-area deposition or being performed continuously. In perovskite hybrid solar cells using CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) (MAPbI(3)), large-area deposition is essential for their potential use in mass production. Prior to replacing all the spin-coating process for fabrication of perovskite solar cells, herein, a mesoporous TiO(2) electron-collection layer is fabricated by using the electro-spray deposition (ESD) system. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy and transient photocurrent and photovoltage measurements reveal that the electro-sprayed mesoscopic TiO(2) film facilitates charge collection from the perovskite. The series resistance of the perovskite solar cell is also reduced owing to the highly porous nature of, and the low density of point defects in, the film. An optimized power conversion efficiency of 15.11% is achieved under an illumination of 1 sun; this efficiency is higher than that (13.67%) of the perovskite solar cell with the conventional spin-coated TiO(2) films. Furthermore, the large-area coating capability of the ESD process is verified through the coating of uniform 10 × 10 cm(2) TiO(2) films. This study clearly shows that ESD constitutes therefore a viable alternative for the fabrication of high-throughput, large-area perovskite solar cells.

  20. Combinatorial Characterization of TiO2 Chemical Vapor Deposition Utilizing Titanium Isopropoxide.

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    Reinke, Michael; Ponomarev, Evgeniy; Kuzminykh, Yury; Hoffmann, Patrik

    2015-07-13

    The combinatorial characterization of the growth kinetics in chemical vapor deposition processes is challenging because precise information about the local precursor flow is usually difficult to access. In consequence, combinatorial chemical vapor deposition techniques are utilized more to study functional properties of thin films as a function of chemical composition, growth rate or crystallinity than to study the growth process itself. We present an experimental procedure which allows the combinatorial study of precursor surface kinetics during the film growth using high vacuum chemical vapor deposition. As consequence of the high vacuum environment, the precursor transport takes place in the molecular flow regime, which allows predicting and modifying precursor impinging rates on the substrate with comparatively little experimental effort. In this contribution, we study the surface kinetics of titanium dioxide formation using titanium tetraisopropoxide as precursor molecule over a large parameter range. We discuss precursor flux and temperature dependent morphology, crystallinity, growth rates, and precursor deposition efficiency. We conclude that the surface reaction of the adsorbed precursor molecules comprises a higher order reaction component with respect to precursor surface coverage.

  1. Electrical characteristics and conduction mechanisms of amorphous subnanometric Al2O3-TiO2 laminate dielectrics deposited by atomic layer deposition

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    Kahouli, Abdelkader; Lebedev, Oleg; Dao, Vu Hung; Elbahri, Marwa Ben; Prellier, Wilfrid; Lüders, Ulrike

    2016-11-01

    Electric conduction mechanisms of amorphous Al2O3/TiO2 (ATO)-laminates deposited by atomic layer deposition with sub-nanometer individual layer thicknesses were studied in a large temperature range. Two characteristic field regions are identified. In the low field region (E ≤ 0.31 MV/cm), the leakage current is dominated by the trap-assisted tunneling through oxygen vacancies occurring in the TiO2, while in the high electric field region (E > 0.31 MV/cm) the Poole Frenkel (PF) hopping is the appropriate conduction process with energy levels depending on the temperature and the electric field. It is shown that the PF potential levels decrease with the applied ATO field due to the overlapping of the Coulomb potential. Amorphous ATO-laminates show the presence of two intrinsic potential energy levels ϕi, which are 0.18 eV for low temperature region and 0.4 eV at high temperature region. Oxygen vacancies are the main origin of traps, which is consistent with the principal mechanisms for leakage in ATO-laminates.

  2. Electrophoretic deposition onto an insulator for thin film preparation toward electronic device fabrication

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    Miyajima, Shougo; Nagamatsu, Shuichi; Pandey, Shyam S.; Hayase, Shuzi; Kaneto, Keiichi; Takashima, Wataru

    2012-11-01

    An electrostatic film fabrication method utilizing the dielectric layer, entitled dielectric barrier electrophoretic deposition (DBEPD) has been proposed. We demonstrated the fabrication of uniform organic semiconductor thin film onto any kind of substrate by DBEPD. Optical absorption spectra of colloidal poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) film prepared by DBEPD exhibited the clear vibrational structure attributed to highly ordered domains. It was in contrast to the relatively disordered structure as shown in the case of P3HT film prepared by conventional electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Organic field effect transistors fabricated by each method showed similar organic field effect transistor characteristics, however, the uniformity of DBEPD film was superior to EPD film.

  3. Characterisation of the TiO2 coatings deposited by plasma spraying

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    Benea, M. L.; Benea, L. P.

    2016-02-01

    Plasma spraying of materials such as ceramics and non-metals, which have high melting points, has become a well-established commercial process. Such coatings are increasingly used in aerospace, automobile, textile, medical, printing and electrical industries to impart proprieties such as corrosion resistance, thermal resistance, wear resistance, etc. One of the most important characteristics of thermal barrier coatings is the ability to undergo fast temperature changes without failing, the so called thermal shock resistance. The formation of residual stresses in plasma sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings is a very complex process. Several factors, such as substrate material, substrate thickness, physical properties of both the substrate and the coating material, deposition rate, relative velocity of the plasma torch, etc. determine the final residual stress state of the coating at room temperature. Our objective is to characterize the titanium oxide and aluminium oxide coatings deposited by plasma spraying in structural terms, the resistance to thermal shock and residual stresses.

  4. Controlling Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 in Aerogels through Surface Functionalization

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    Ghosal, S; Baumann, T F; King, J S; Kucheyev, S; Wang, Y; Worsley, M A; Biener, J; Bent, S F; Hamza, A V

    2009-03-09

    This report demonstrates a chemical functionalization method for controlling atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO{sub 2} in low-density nanoporous materials. Functionalization of silica aerogel with trimethylsilane is shown to strongly suppress TiO{sub 2} growth via ALD. Subsequent modification of the functionalization through selective removal of the hydrocarbon groups reactivates the aerogel towards TiO{sub 2} deposition. These results demonstrate the potential use of ALD as a selective tool for creating novel nanoporous materials. Nanoporous materials present significant technological advantage for a wide range of applications, including catalysis, energy storage and conversion, nanoelectronics to name just a few (1-4). Hence, there is considerable interest in developing synthetic pathways for the fabrication of nanoporous materials with tailored properties. Aerogels (AGs) are unique low-density, open-cell porous materials consisting of submicrometer pores and ligaments that can be used as a robust material platform for designing novel nanoporous materials. In recent years, a synthetic approach based on ALD on AG templates has emerged as a promising method for the directed growth of nanoporous materials (5-11, 18). This approach has been used successfully to prepare millimeter-sized high aspect ratio aerogels coated uniformly with zinc oxide (ZnO), tungsten (W) and alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) (10, 11). The ALD process utilizes two sequential, self-limiting surface reactions resulting in a layer-by-layer growth mode. The self limiting nature of the surface reactions makes ALD a particularly suitable technique for uniform deposition onto high aspect ratio porous substrates. Additionally, chemical specificity of the surface reactions in ALD enables one to control the deposition process through selective functionalization of the substrate surface. In fact the functionalization of planar substrates such as silicon wafers with organosilane groups (R{sub n}SiX{sub 4-n

  5. Growth and characterization of well-aligned densely-packed rutile TiO(2) nanocrystals on sapphire substrates via metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Chen, C A; Chen, Y M; Korotcov, A; Huang, Y S; Tsai, D S; Tiong, K K

    2008-02-20

    Well-aligned densely-packed rutile TiO(2) nanocrystals (NCs) have been grown on sapphire (SA) (100) and (012) substrates via metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), using titanium-tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti(OC(3)H(7))(4)) as a source reagent. The surface morphology as well as structural and spectroscopic properties of the as-deposited NCs were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffractometry (SAED), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. FESEM micrographs reveal that vertically aligned NCs were grown on SA(100), whereas the NCs on the SA(012) were grown with a tilt angle of ∼33° from the normal to substrates. TEM and SAED measurements showed that the TiO(2) NCs on SA(100) with square cross section have their long axis directed along the [001] direction. The XRD results reveal TiO(2) NCs with either (002) orientation on SA(100) substrate or (101) orientation on SA(012) substrate. A strong substrate effect on the alignment of the growth of TiO(2) NCs has been demonstrated and the probable mechanism for the formation of these NCs has been discussed.

  6. Deposition of nanocrystalline thin TiO2 films for MOS capacitors using Sol-Gel spin method with Pt and Al top electrodes

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    Rathee, Davinder; Kumar, Mukesh; Arya, Sandeep K.

    2012-10-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were deposited by Sol-Gel spin coating method on well clean P<1 0 0> Si substrate. Titanium isoproxide Ti(OC3H7O2)4 (TIP) was used as the Titania precursor. The thickness, composition, and surface morphology of the thin films were characterized using Stylus profilometer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The crystallite sizes of the TiO2 grains were measured from the typical diffraction peaks and were found to be approximately 23-54 nm. The XRD pattern and Raman spectrum analysis of the deposited film confirmed the polymorphism nature of TiO2 thin films. After annealing at high temperature; the phase transition, improvement in crystallinity, structure and property of the films were being observed. The six Raman peaks were analyzed at 145 cm-1, 199 cm-1, 397 cm-1, 516 cm-1 (doublet) and 637 cm-1 corresponding to active mode of anatase phase. Capacitance-Voltage (C-V) measurement analysis was performed to obtain various devices and process parameters. Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with Pt and Al as the top electrode were fabricated to explore electrical characteristics. The refractive index by ellipsometry was found 2.36 and dielectric constant was calculated as 58. In this study, the comparison of the leakage current for TiO2 thin films fabricated by various methods has also been reported.

  7. 3-D solar cells by electrochemical-deposited Se layer as extremely-thin absorber and hole conducting layer on nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode

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    Nguyen, Duy-Cuong; Tanaka, Souichirou; Nishino, Hitoshi; Manabe, Kyohei; Ito, Seigo

    2013-01-01

    A three-dimensional selenium solar cell with the structure of Au/Se/porous TiO2/compact TiO2/fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass plates was fabricated by an electrochemical deposition method of selenium, which can work for the extremely thin light absorber and the hole-conducting layer. The effect of experimental conditions, such as HCl and H2SeO3 in an electrochemical solution and TiO2 particle size of porous layers, was optimized. This kind of solar cell did not use any buffer layer between an n-type electrode (porous TiO2) and a p-type absorber layer (selenium). The crystallinity of the selenium after annealing at 200°C for 3 min in the air was significantly improved. The cells with a selenium layer deposited at concentrations of HCl = 11.5 mM and H2SeO3 = 20 mM showed the best performance, resulting in 1- to 2-nm thickness of the Se layer, short-circuit photocurrent density of 8.7 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 0.65 V, fill factor of 0.53, and conversion efficiency of 3.0%.

  8. 3-D solar cells by electrochemical-deposited Se layer as extremely-thin absorber and hole conducting layer on nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Cuong; Tanaka, Souichirou; Nishino, Hitoshi; Manabe, Kyohei; Ito, Seigo

    2013-01-03

    A three-dimensional selenium solar cell with the structure of Au/Se/porous TiO2/compact TiO2/fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass plates was fabricated by an electrochemical deposition method of selenium, which can work for the extremely thin light absorber and the hole-conducting layer. The effect of experimental conditions, such as HCl and H2SeO3 in an electrochemical solution and TiO2 particle size of porous layers, was optimized. This kind of solar cell did not use any buffer layer between an n-type electrode (porous TiO2) and a p-type absorber layer (selenium). The crystallinity of the selenium after annealing at 200°C for 3 min in the air was significantly improved. The cells with a selenium layer deposited at concentrations of HCl = 11.5 mM and H2SeO3 = 20 mM showed the best performance, resulting in 1- to 2-nm thickness of the Se layer, short-circuit photocurrent density of 8.7 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 0.65 V, fill factor of 0.53, and conversion efficiency of 3.0%.

  9. Growth and characterization of well-aligned densely-packed rutile TiO2 nanocrystals on sapphire substrates via metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Chen, C. A.; Chen, Y. M.; Korotcov, A.; Huang, Y. S.; Tsai, D. S.; Tiong, K. K.

    2008-02-01

    Well-aligned densely-packed rutile TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) have been grown on sapphire (SA) (100) and (012) substrates via metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), using titanium-tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti(OC3H7)4) as a source reagent. The surface morphology as well as structural and spectroscopic properties of the as-deposited NCs were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffractometry (SAED), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. FESEM micrographs reveal that vertically aligned NCs were grown on SA(100), whereas the NCs on the SA(012) were grown with a tilt angle of ~33° from the normal to substrates. TEM and SAED measurements showed that the TiO2 NCs on SA(100) with square cross section have their long axis directed along the [001] direction. The XRD results reveal TiO2 NCs with either (002) orientation on SA(100) substrate or (101) orientation on SA(012) substrate. A strong substrate effect on the alignment of the growth of TiO2 NCs has been demonstrated and the probable mechanism for the formation of these NCs has been discussed.

  10. Co3O4-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays via atomic layer deposition for improved visible-light photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Huang, Bin; Yang, Wenjuan; Wen, Yanwei; Shan, Bin; Chen, Rong

    2015-01-14

    Composite Co3O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were fabricated via atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Co3O4 thin film onto well-aligned anodized TiO2 NTs. The microscopic morphology, composition, and interfacial plane of the composite structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion mapping, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that the ultrathin Co3O4 film uniformly coat onto the inner wall of the high aspect ratio (>100:1) TiO2 NTs with film thickness precisely controlled by the number of ALD deposition cycles. The composite structure with ∼4 nm Co3O4 coating revealed optimal photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance in the visible-light range (λ > 420 nm). The photocurrent density reaches as high as 90.4 μA/cm(2), which is ∼14 times that of the pristine TiO2 NTs and 3 times that of the impregnation method. The enhanced PEC performance could be attributed to the finely controlled Co3O4 coating layer that enhances the visible-light absorption, maintains large specific surface area to the electrolyte interface, and facilitates the charge transfer.

  11. Optimisation of anatase TiO2 thin film growth on LaAlO3(0 0 1) using pulsed laser deposition

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    Krupski, K.; Sanchez, A. M.; Krupski, A.; McConville, C. F.

    2016-12-01

    Optimisation of epitaxial anatase TiO2 thin films grown on LaAlO3(0 0 1) substrates was performed using ultra-high vacuum based pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and studied by in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). In addition, ex-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were performed to characterise the bulk properties of these thin films. The deposited TiO2 thin film is demonstrated to have anatase phase and bonded directly to the LaAlO3(0 0 1) substrate. In a separate ultra-high vacuum system low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements were performed and a well-ordered two-domain (1 × 4) and (4 × 1) reconstruction of anatase surface was observed. Analysis of the STM measurements indicates the coexistence of atomic steps of both 2.5 Å and 5.0 Å, confirming the existence of two TiO2 domains. The atomic resolution STEM images reveal that the TiO2/LaAlO3 interface to be terminated with LaO layer and that the anatase-TiO2 reconstruction was found to be stable during the film growth.

  12. Spray pyrolysis-deposited nanoengineered TiO2 thick films for ultra-high areal and volumetric capacity lithium ion battery applications

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    Haridas, Anupriya K.; Gangaja, Binitha; Srikrishnarka, Pillalamarri; Unni, Gautam E.; Nair, A. Sreekumaran; Nair, Shantikumar V.; Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran

    2017-03-01

    Energy storage technologies are sensitively dependent on electrode film quality, thickness and process scalability. In Li-ion batteries, using additive-free titania (TiO2) as electrodes, we sought to show the potential of spray pyrolysis-deposited nanoengineered films with thicknesses up to 135 μm exhibiting ultra-high areal capacities. Detailed electron microscopic characterization indicated that the achieved thick films are composed of highly crystalline anatase TiO2 particles with sizes on the order of 10-12 nm and porous as well. A 135 μm thick film yielded ultra-high areal and volumetric capacities of 3.7 mAh cm-2 and 274 mAh cm-3, respectively, at 1C rate. Also the present work recorded high Coulombic efficiency and good cycling stability. The best previously achieved capacities for additive-free TiO2 films have been less than 0.25 mAh cm-2 and With additives, best reported areal capacity in the literature has been 2.5 mAh cm-2 at 1C rate, but only with electrode thickness as high as 1400 μm. Formation of through-the-thickness percolation of Ti3+ conductive network upon lithiation contributed substantially for the superior performance. Spray pyrolysis deposition of nanoparticulate TiO2 electrodes have the potential to yield volumetric capacities an order of magnitude higher than the other processes previously reported without sacrificing performance and process scalability.

  13. Synthesis of uniformly dispersed anatase nanoparticles inside mesoporous silica thin films via controlled breakup and crystallization of amorphous TiO2 deposited using atomic layer deposition.

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    Sree, Sreeprasanth Pulinthanathu; Dendooven, Jolien; Masschaele, Kasper; Hamed, Heidari M; Deng, Shaoren; Bals, Sara; Detavernier, Christophe; Martens, Johan A

    2013-06-07

    Amorphous titanium dioxide was introduced into the pores of mesoporous silica thin films with 75% porosity and 12 nm average pore diameter via Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) using alternating pulses of tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium and water. Calcination provoked fragmentation of the deposited amorphous TiO2 phase and its crystallization into anatase nanoparticles inside the nanoporous film. The narrow particle size distribution of 4 ± 2 nm and the uniform dispersion of the particles over the mesoporous silica support were uniquely revealed using electron tomography. These anatase nanoparticle bearing films showed photocatalytic activity in methylene blue degradation. This new synthesis procedure of the anatase nanophase in mesoporous silica films using ALD is a convenient fabrication method of photocatalytic coatings amenable to application on very small as well as very large surfaces.

  14. Synthesis of uniformly dispersed anatase nanoparticles inside mesoporous silica thin films via controlled breakup and crystallization of amorphous TiO2 deposited using atomic layer deposition

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    Sree, Sreeprasanth Pulinthanathu; Dendooven, Jolien; Masschaele, Kasper; Hamed, Heidari M.; Deng, Shaoren; Bals, Sara; Detavernier, Christophe; Martens, Johan A.

    2013-05-01

    Amorphous titanium dioxide was introduced into the pores of mesoporous silica thin films with 75% porosity and 12 nm average pore diameter via Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) using alternating pulses of tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium and water. Calcination provoked fragmentation of the deposited amorphous TiO2 phase and its crystallization into anatase nanoparticles inside the nanoporous film. The narrow particle size distribution of 4 +/- 2 nm and the uniform dispersion of the particles over the mesoporous silica support were uniquely revealed using electron tomography. These anatase nanoparticle bearing films showed photocatalytic activity in methylene blue degradation. This new synthesis procedure of the anatase nanophase in mesoporous silica films using ALD is a convenient fabrication method of photocatalytic coatings amenable to application on very small as well as very large surfaces.

  15. Electrophoretic deposition of iron catalyst on C-fiber textiles for the growth of carbon nanofibers.

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    Lee, Sang-Won; Lee, Chang-Seop

    2014-11-01

    In this study, carbon nanofibers synthesis has been conducted by chemical vapor deposition on C-fiber textiles coated with an iron catalyst via electrophoretic deposition. C-fiber textiles were oxidized with nitric acid before the iron catalyst was plated by electrophoretic deposition. Due to oxidation, the hydroxyl group was created on the C-fiber textiles and was used as an active site for iron catalyst deposition. It was verified that the iron catalyst was deposited on the C-fiber textiles, while current, voltage, and deposition time varied and the concentration of electrolyte was kept constant in electrophoretic deposition. After being deposited, the iron particles were dried in oven for 24 hours and reduced by hydrogen gas in a furnace. Ethylene gas was introduced for the growth of carbon nanofibers and the growth temperature was then varied to find the optimal growth temperature of the carbon nanofibers. Thus, the characteristics of carbon nanofibers were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), N2-sorption (BET), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). It is verified that the iron particles were most evenly deposited at 0.1 A for 3 minutes. Carbon nanofibers grew to 150-200 nm most evenly at 600 degrees C via temperature variations in CVD.

  16. Effect of molecular weight on the electrophoretic deposition of carbon black nanoparticles in moderately viscous systems.

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    Modi, Satyam; Panwar, Artee; Mead, Joey L; Barry, Carol M F

    2013-08-06

    Electrophoretic deposition from viscous media has the potential to produce in-mold assembly of nanoparticles onto three-dimensional parts in high-rate, polymer melt-based processes like injection molding. The effects of the media's molecular weight on deposition behavior were investigated using a model system of carbon black and polystyrene in tetrahydrofuran. Increases in molecular weight reduced the electrophoretic deposition of the carbon black particles due to increases in suspension viscosity and preferential adsorption of the longer polystyrene chains on the carbon black particles. At low deposition times (≤5 s), only carbon black deposited onto the electrodes, but the deposition decreased with increasing molecular weight and the resultant increases in suspension viscosity. For longer deposition times, polystyrene codeposited with the carbon black, with the amount of polystyrene increasing with molecular weight and decreasing with greater charge on the polystyrene molecules. This deposition behavior suggests that use of lower molecular polymers and control of electrical properties will permit electrophoretic deposition of nanoparticles from polymer melts for high-rate, one-step fabrication of nano-optical devices, biochemical sensors, and nanoelectronics.

  17. Eliminated Phototoxicity of TiO2 Particles by an Atomic-Layer-Deposited Al2 O3 Coating Layer for UV-Protection Applications.

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    Jang, Eunyong; Sridharan, Kishore; Park, Young Min; Park, Tae Joo

    2016-08-16

    We demonstrate the conformal coating of an ultrathin Al2 O3 layer on TiO2 nanoparticles through atomic layer deposition by using a specifically designed rotary reactor to eliminate the phototoxicity of the particles for cosmetic use. The ALD reactor is modified to improve the coating efficiency as well as the agitation of the particles for conformal coating. Elemental and microstructural analyses show that ultrathin Al2 O3 layers are conformally deposited on the TiO2 nanoparticles with a controlled thickness. Rhodamine B dye molecules on Al2 O3 -coated TiO2 exhibited a long life time under UV irradiation, that is, more than 2 h, compared to that on bare TiO2 , that is, 8 min, indicating mitigation of photocatalytic activity by the coated layer. The effect of carbon impurities in the film resulting from various deposition temperatures and thicknesses of the Al2 O3 layer on the photocatalytic activity are also thoroughly investigated with controlled experimental condition by using dye molecules on the surface. Our results reveal that an increased carbon impurity resulting from a low processing temperature provides a charge conduction path and generates reactive oxygen species causing the degradation of dye molecule. A thin coated layer, that is, less than 3 nm, also induced the tunneling of electrons and holes to the surface, hence oxidizing dye molecules. Furthermore, the introduction of an Al2 O3 layer on TiO2 improves the light trapping thus, enhances the UV absorption.

  18. Reactive Ar ion beam sputter deposition of TiO2 films: Influence of process parameters on film properties

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    Bundesmann, C.; Lautenschläger, T.; Thelander, E.; Spemann, D.

    2017-03-01

    Several sets of TiO2 films were grown by Ar ion beam sputter deposition under systematic variation of ion energy and geometrical parameters (ion incidence angle and polar emission angle). The films were characterized concerning thickness, growth rate, structural properties, composition, mass density, and optical properties. The film thicknesses show a cosine-like angular distribution, and the growth rates were found to increase with increasing ion incidence angle and ion energy. All films are amorphous and stoichiometric, but can contain a considerable amount of backscattered primary particles. The atomic fraction of Ar particles decreases systematically with increasing scattering angle, independent from ion energy and ion incidence angle. Mass density and index of refraction show similar systematic variations with ion energy and geometrical parameters. The film properties are mainly influenced by the scattering geometry, and only slightly by ion energy and ion incidence angle. The variations in the film properties are tentatively assigned to changes in the angular and energy distribution of the sputtered target particles and back-scattered primary particles.

  19. New capabilities and applications for electrophoretically deposited coatings

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    Sharp, D.J.

    1991-01-01

    Our primary purpose in this test is to provide a brief general description of a few applications of various electrophoretic systems which have been investigated and have found use in various coating applications at Sandia National Laboratories. Both organic and inorganic suspensions in aqueous and non-aqueous media have been considered in these studies. Applications include high voltage insulating dielectrics, thermally conductive/electrically insulating films, adherent lubricating films, uniform photoresist films, glass coatings, and fissile uranium oxide/carbon composite films for studies of nuclear powered lasers. More recently, we have become interested in the beneficial environmental aspects of being able to provide protective polymer coatings which reduce or minimize the use of organic solvents required by traditional spray coat processes. Important practical factors which relate to film uniformity, adhesion, and composition are related to unique coating or plating capabilities and applications. 6 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Evolution of structural and optical properties of rutile TiO2 thin films synthesized at room temperature by chemical bath deposition method

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    Mayabadi, A. H.; Waman, V. S.; Kamble, M. M.; Ghosh, S. S.; Gabhale, B. B.; Rondiya, S. R.; Rokade, A. V.; Khadtare, S. S.; Sathe, V. G.; Pathan, H. M.; Gosavi, S. W.; Jadkar, S. R.

    2014-02-01

    Nanocrystalline thin films of TiO2 were prepared on glass substrates from an aqueous solution of TiCl3 and NH4OH at room temperature using the simple and cost-effective chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The influence of deposition time on structural, morphological and optical properties was systematically investigated. TiO2 transition from a mixed anatase-rutile phase to a pure rutile phase was revealed by low-angle XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Rutile phase formation was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that the multigrain structure of as-deposited TiO2 thin films was completely converted into semi-spherical nanoparticles. Optical studies showed that rutile thin films had a high absorption coefficient and a direct bandgap. The optical bandgap decreased slightly (3.29-3.07 eV) with increasing deposition time. The ease of deposition of rutile thin films at low temperature is useful for the fabrication of extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, and gas sensors.

  1. The heterojunction effects of TiO2 nanotubes fabricated by atomic layer deposition on photocarrier transportation direction

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    2012-01-01

    The heterojunction effects of TiO2 nanotubes on photoconductive characteristics were investigated. For ITO/TiO2/Si diodes, the photocurrent is controlled either by the TiO2/Si heterojunction (p-n junction) or the ITO-TiO2 heterojunction (Schottky contact). In the short circuit (approximately 0 V) condition, the TiO2-Si heterojunction dominates the photocarrier transportation direction due to its larger space-charge region and potential gradient. The detailed transition process of the photocarrier direction was investigated with a time-dependent photoresponse study. The results showed that the diode transitioned from TiO2-Si heterojunction-controlled to ITO-TiO2 heterojunction-controlled as we applied biases from approximately 0 to -1 V on the ITO electrode. PMID:22525197

  2. Post-deposition annealing effect on RF-sputtered TiO2 thin-film properties for photonic applications

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    Hadjoub, Ilhem; Touam, Tahar; Chelouche, Azeddine; Atoui, Mohamed; Solard, Jeanne; Chakaroun, Mahmoud; Fischer, Alexis; Boudrioua, Azzedine; Peng, Lung-Han

    2016-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were grown on glass substrates at room temperature using RF magnetron sputtering technique. Effect of the post-annealing for 1 h at 400-600 °C on the structural, morphological, optical and waveguide properties was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-visible spectrophotometry and m-lines spectroscopy (MLS). XRD studies show that as-grown and post-annealed TiO2 films exhibit (101) XRD peak corresponding to the anatase phase of TiO2. Higher annealing temperatures result in a significant increase in crystallinity. The grain size values were calculated and found to be about 15-37 nm. From the analyses made on the SEM micrographs and AFM images, it was revealed that the morphology and surface roughness of the thin films were influenced by the heat treatment temperature. The UV-visible spectroscopy analyses show that as-grown TiO2 films were transparent in the visible region with an average transmittance of more than 75 % and the transmittance decreases slightly with an increase in annealing temperature. Annealed TiO2 films also exhibit an increase in the values of direct optical band gap. MLS measurements at 633-nm wavelength put into evidence that TiO2 planar waveguides demonstrate a well-guided fundamental mode for both transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarized light. Moreover, the refractive index was found to increase with temperature and to approach to the anatase TiO2 single-crystal value for the TiO2 film annealed at 600 °C.

  3. 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.

    2015-04-01

    TiO2 is an exemplary semiconductor anode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting electrodes due to its functionality, long-term stability in corrosive environments, nontoxicity, and low cost. In this study, TiO2 photoanodes with enhanced photocurrent density were synthesized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 onto a porous, transparent, and conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticle (nanoFTO) scaffold fabricated by solution processing. The simplicity and disordered nature of the nanoFTO nanostructure combined with the ultrathin conformal ALD TiO2 coatings offers advantages including decoupling charge carrier diffusion length from optical penetration depth, increased photon absorption probability through scattering, complimentary photon absorption, and favorable interfaces for charge separation and transfer across the various junctions. We examine the effects of porosity of the nanoFTO scaffold and thickness of the TiO2 coating on PEC performance and achieve an optimal photocurrent of 0.7 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl under 100 mW cm-2 AM 1.5 G irradiation in a 1 M KOH aqueous electrolyte. Furthermore, the fundamental mechanisms behind the improvements are characterized via cyclic voltammetry, incident photon-to-current efficiency, transient photocurrent spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and are contrasted with those of single crystal rutile TiO2 nanowires. The strategies employed in this work highlight the opportunities inherent to these types of heteronanostructures, where the lessons may be applied to improve the PEC conversion efficiencies of other promising semiconductors, such as hematite (α-Fe2O3) and other materials more sensitive to visible light.TiO2 is an exemplary semiconductor anode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting electrodes due to its functionality, long-term stability in corrosive environments, nontoxicity, and low cost. In this study, TiO2 photoanodes with enhanced photocurrent

  4. Thermo-Optical Properties of Thin-Film TiO2–Al2O3 Bilayers Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Ali, Rizwan; Saleem, Muhammad Rizwan; Pääkkönen, Pertti; Honkanen, Seppo

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the optical and thermo-optical properties of amorphous TiO2–Al2O3 thin-film bilayers fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Seven samples of TiO2–Al2O3 bilayers are fabricated by growing Al2O3 films of different thicknesses on the surface of TiO2 films of constant thickness (100 nm). Temperature-induced changes in the optical refractive indices of these thin-film bilayers are measured by a variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer VASE®. The optical data and the thermo-optic coefficients of the films are retrieved and calculated by applying the Cauchy model and the linear fitting regression algorithm, in order to evaluate the surface porosity model of TiO2 films. The effects of TiO2 surface defects on the films’ thermo-optic properties are reduced and modified by depositing ultra-thin ALD-Al2O3 diffusion barrier layers. Increasing the ALD-Al2O3 thickness from 20 nm to 30 nm results in a sign change of the thermo-optic coefficient of the ALD-TiO2. The thermo-optic coefficients of the 100 nm-thick ALD-TiO2 film and 30 nm-thick ALD-Al2O3 film in a bilayer are (0.048 ± 0.134) × 10−4 °C−1 and (0.680 ± 0.313) × 10−4 °C−1, respectively, at a temperature T = 62 °C.

  5. Photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanowire arrays: a study of the dependence on length and atomic layer deposition coating.

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    Hwang, Yun Jeong; Hahn, Chris; Liu, Bin; Yang, Peidong

    2012-06-26

    We report that the length and surface properties of TiO(2) nanowires can have a dramatic effect on their photoelectrochemical properties. To study the length dependence, rutile TiO(2) nanowires (0.28-1.8 μm) were grown on FTO substrates with different reaction times (50-180 min) using a hydrothermal method. Nanowires show an increase in photocurrent with length, and a maximum photocurrent of 0.73 mA/cm(2) was measured (1.5 V vs RHE) for 1.8 μm long nanowires under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight illumination. While the incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) increases linearly with photon absorptance (1-10(-α×length)) with near band gap illumination (λ = 410 nm), it decreases severely at shorter wavelengths of light for longer nanowires due to poor electron mobility. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to deposit an epitaxial rutile TiO(2) shell on nanowire electrodes which enhanced the photocatalytic activity by 1.5 times (1.5 V vs RHE) with 1.8 μm long nanowires, reaching a current density of 1.1 mA/cm(2) (61% of the maximum photocurrent for rutile TiO(2)). Additionally, by fixing the epitaxial rutile shell thickness and studying photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of different nanowire lengths (0.28-1.8 μm), we found that the enhancement of current increases with length. These results demonstrate that ALD coating improves the charge collection efficiency from TiO(2) nanowires due to the passivation of surface states and an increase in surface area. Therefore, we propose that epitaxial coating on materials is a viable approach to improving their energy conversion efficiency.

  6. Efficient Performance of Electrostatic Spray-Deposited TiO2 Blocking Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells after Swift Heavy Ion Beam Irradiation.

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    Sudhagar, P; Asokan, K; Jung, June Hyuk; Lee, Yong-Gun; Park, Suil; Kang, Yong Soo

    2011-12-01

    A compact TiO2 layer (~1.1 μm) prepared by electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) and swift heavy ion beam (SHI) irradiation using oxygen ions onto a fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) conducting substrate showed enhancement of photovoltaic performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The short circuit current density (Jsc = 12.2 mA cm(-2)) of DSSCs was found to increase significantly when an ESD technique was applied for fabrication of the TiO2 blocking layer, compared to a conventional spin-coated layer (Jsc = 8.9 mA cm(-2)). When SHI irradiation of oxygen ions of fluence 1 × 10(13) ions/cm(2) was carried out on the ESD TiO2, it was found that the energy conversion efficiency improved mainly due to the increase in open circuit voltage of DSSCs. This increased energy conversion efficiency seems to be associated with improved electronic energy transfer by increasing the densification of the blocking layer and improving the adhesion between the blocking layer and the FTO substrate. The adhesion results from instantaneous local melting of the TiO2 particles. An increase in the electron transport from the blocking layer may also retard the electron recombination process due to the oxidized species present in the electrolyte. These findings from novel treatments using ESD and SHI irradiation techniques may provide a new tool to improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs.

  7. Efficient Performance of Electrostatic Spray-Deposited TiO2 Blocking Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells after Swift Heavy Ion Beam Irradiation

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    2011-01-01

    A compact TiO2 layer (~1.1 μm) prepared by electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) and swift heavy ion beam (SHI) irradiation using oxygen ions onto a fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) conducting substrate showed enhancement of photovoltaic performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The short circuit current density (Jsc = 12.2 mA cm-2) of DSSCs was found to increase significantly when an ESD technique was applied for fabrication of the TiO2 blocking layer, compared to a conventional spin-coated layer (Jsc = 8.9 mA cm-2). When SHI irradiation of oxygen ions of fluence 1 × 1013 ions/cm2 was carried out on the ESD TiO2, it was found that the energy conversion efficiency improved mainly due to the increase in open circuit voltage of DSSCs. This increased energy conversion efficiency seems to be associated with improved electronic energy transfer by increasing the densification of the blocking layer and improving the adhesion between the blocking layer and the FTO substrate. The adhesion results from instantaneous local melting of the TiO2 particles. An increase in the electron transport from the blocking layer may also retard the electron recombination process due to the oxidized species present in the electrolyte. These findings from novel treatments using ESD and SHI irradiation techniques may provide a new tool to improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs. PMID:27502653

  8. Stabilization of green bodies via sacrificial gelling agent during electrophoretic deposition

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    Worsley, Marcus A.; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Rose, Klint A.

    2016-03-22

    In one embodiment, a method for electrophoretic deposition of a three-dimensionally patterned green body includes suspending a first material in a gelling agent above a patterned electrode of an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) chamber, and gelling the suspension while applying a first electric field to the suspension to cause desired patterning of the first material in a resulting gelation. In another embodiment, a ceramic, metal, or cermet includes a plurality of layers, wherein each layer includes a gradient in composition, microstructure, and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the plurality of layers along a predetermined distance in a z-direction perpendicular to the plane of deposition.

  9. Highly Anti-UV Properties of Silk Fiber with Uniform and Conformal Nanoscale TiO2 Coatings via Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Xiao, Xingfang; Liu, Xin; Chen, Fengxiang; Fang, Dong; Zhang, Chunhua; Xia, Liangjun; Xu, Weilin

    2015-09-30

    In this study, silk fiber was successfully modified via the application of a nanoscale titania coating using atomic layer deposition (ALD), with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TIP) and water as precursors at 100 °C. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscope, and field emission scanning electron microscope results demonstrated that uniform and conformal titania coatings were deposited onto the silk fiber. The thermal and mechanical properties of the TiO2 silk fiber were then investigated. The results showed that the thermal stability and mechanical properties of this material were superior to those of the uncoated substance. Furthermore, the titania ALD process provided the silk fiber with excellent protection against UV radiation. Specifically, the TiO2-coated silk fibers exhibited significant increases in UV absorbance, considerably less yellowing, and greatly enhanced mechanical properties compared with the uncoated silk fiber after UV exposure.

  10. Application of TiO2 nanoparticles coated multi-wall carbon nanotube to dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chang, Ho; Kao, Mu-Jung; Huang, Kuohsiu-David; Hsieh, Tung-Jung; Chien, Shu-Hua

    2010-11-01

    This study uses the sol-gel method to prepare TiO2 nanoparticle, and further applies TiO2 nanoparticle coating on the surface of the multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT). As a result, TiO2-CNT composite nanoparticles are prepared to serve as photoelectrode material in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). First, after acid treatment of MWCNT is used to remove impurities. Then, the sol-gel method is employed to prepare TiO2-CNT composite nanopowder. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that after the TiO2 in TiO2-CNT composite nanopowder has been thermally treated at 450 degrees C, it can be completely changed to anatase phase. Furthermore, as shown from the SEM image, TiO2 has been successfully coated on CNT. The photoelectrode of DSSC is prepared using the electrophoretic deposition method (EPD) to mix the Degassa P25 TiO2 nanoparticles with TiO2-CNT powder for deposition on the indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive glass. After secondary EPD, a thin film of TiO2/CNTs with thickness 17 microm can be acquired. For the prepared TiO2-CNT composite nanoparticles, since MWCNT can increase the short-circuit current density of DSSC, the light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of DSSC can be effectively increased. Experimental results show that the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSSC using CNT/TiO2 photoelectrode and N719 dye is increased by 41% from the original 3.45% to 4.87%.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  12. Spray deposition of electrospun TiO2 nanoparticles with self-cleaning and transparent properties onto glass

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    Li, Fang; Li, Qiming; Kim, Hern

    2013-07-01

    A self-cleaning and transparent TiO2 nano-structured film coating was fabricated onto a glass substrate by electrospinning. It was found that the addition of diethanolamine (DEA) to the TiO2 precursor solution remarkably changes the microscopic morphology of the resulting TiO2 coating. In that, as the DEA's amount was increased, the resulting coating changed from opaque fibers to transparent nanoparticles under the same electrospinning conditions which was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Meanwhile, the experimental results showed that the DEA/TiO2 coating containing nanoparticles display better optical transmittance, e.g., a maximum transmittance of over 90% was achieved around 600 nm when the glass was coated with the nanoparticles at an electrospinning feed rate of 0.18 ml/h. The photocatalytic properties of the particle-like TiO2 coating was studied using Congo red decay and silver ion reduction experiments. Together these experiments proved that this novel TiO2 film/coating comprising electrospun nanoparticles possesses excellent photocatalytic activities. Lastly, water contact angle measurements proved that the coating is superhydrophilic.

  13. Hydrogen sensors based on electrophoretically deposited Pd nanoparticles onto InP

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    2011-01-01

    Electrophoretic deposition of palladium nanoparticles prepared by the reverse micelle technique onto InP substrates is addressed. We demonstrate that the substrate pre-deposition treatment and the deposition conditions can extensively influence the morphology of the deposited palladium nanoparticle films. Schottky diodes based on these films show notably high values of the barrier height and of the rectification ratio giving evidence of a small degree of the Fermi level pinning. Moreover, electrical characteristics of these diodes are exceptionally sensitive to the exposure to gas mixtures with small hydrogen content. PMID:21711912

  14. Robotic Deposition of TiO2 Films on Flexible Substrates from Hybrid Inks: Investigation of Synthesis-Processing-Microstructure-Photocatalytic Relationships.

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    Torres Arango, Maria A; Valença de Andrade, Alana S; Cipollone, Domenic T; Grant, Lynnora O; Korakakis, Dimitris; Sierros, Konstantinos A

    2016-09-21

    TiO2 is an important material widely used in optoelectronic devices due to its semiconducting and photocatalytic properties, nontoxicity, and chemically inert nature. Some indicative applications include water purification systems and energy harvesting. The use of solution, water-based inks for the direct writing of TiO2 on flexible substrates is of paramount importance since it enables low-cost and low-energy intensive large-area manufacturing, compatible with roll-to-roll processing. In this work we study the effect of crystalline TiO2 and polymer addition on the rheological and direct writing properties of Ti-organic/TiO2 inks. We also report on the bridging crystallite formation from the Ti-organic precursor into the TiO2 crystalline phase, under ultraviolet (UV) exposure or mild heat treatments up to 150 °C. Such crystallite formation is found to be enhanced by polymers with strong polarity and pKα such as polyacrylic acid (PAA). X-ray diffraction (XRD) coupled with Raman and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopy are used to investigate the crystalline-phase transformation dependence based on the initial TiO2 crystalline-phase concentration and polymer addition. Transmission electron microscopy imaging and selected area electron diffraction patterns confirm the crystalline nature of such bridging printed structures. The obtained inks are patterned on flexible substrates using nozzle-based robotic deposition, a lithography-free, additive manufacturing technique that allows the direct writing of material in specific, digitally predefined, substrate locations. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue solutions highlights the potential of the studied films for chemical degradation applications, from low-cost environmentally friendly materials systems.

  15. Biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition assisted synthesis of Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance.

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    Wang, Xiaobo; Yan, Yong; Hao, Bo; Chen, Ge

    2014-10-07

    In this paper, a Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheet with increased visible light photocatalytic activity was successfully synthesized using a biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition process. The polymer, branched-polyethyleneimine (b-PEI) was used as an induction agent for the hydrolysis of titanium bis(ammonium lactato)-dihydroxide (Ti-BALDH) as well as for a nitrogen resource, and the graphene oxide (GO) was used as a two-dimensional nano-template. The positively charged b-PEI will bind to the negatively charged GO and titania. In a typical layer-by-layer deposition process, GO nanosheets are exposed in an alternating fashion to aqueous b-PEI, CuCl2 and Ti-BALDH solutions, thus, making the layer-by-layer deposition of a conformal b-PEI/Cu-Ti-O coating on the GO. Subsequent b-PEI and GO pyrolysis at 550 °C under air yielded Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets. The materials obtained were comprehensively investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Raman spectra, photoluminescence spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance. The Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets showed obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity which was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation. This research might provide some new insights for the "green synthesis" of the simultaneous doping of two kinds of foreign atoms into TiO2 with controlled morphology and photocatalytic properties.

  16. Isolating the Photovoltaic Junction: Atomic Layer Deposited TiO2-RuO2 Alloy Schottky Contacts for Silicon Photoanodes.

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    Hendricks, Olivia L; Scheuermann, Andrew G; Schmidt, Michael; Hurley, Paul K; McIntyre, Paul C; Chidsey, Christopher E D

    2016-09-14

    We synthesized nanoscale TiO2-RuO2 alloys by atomic layer deposition (ALD) that possess a high work function and are highly conductive. As such, they function as good Schottky contacts to extract photogenerated holes from n-type silicon while simultaneously interfacing with water oxidation catalysts. The ratio of TiO2 to RuO2 can be precisely controlled by the number of ALD cycles for each precursor. Increasing the composition above 16% Ru sets the electronic conductivity and the metal work function. No significant Ohmic loss for hole transport is measured as film thickness increases from 3 to 45 nm for alloy compositions ≥ 16% Ru. Silicon photoanodes with a 2 nm SiO2 layer that are coated by these alloy Schottky contacts having compositions in the range of 13-46% Ru exhibit average photovoltages of 525 mV, with a maximum photovoltage of 570 mV achieved. Depositing TiO2-RuO2 alloys on nSi sets a high effective work function for the Schottky junction with the semiconductor substrate, thus generating a large photovoltage that is isolated from the properties of an overlying oxygen evolution catalyst or protection layer.

  17. Insight into nanoparticle charging mechanism in nonpolar solvents to control the formation of Pt nanoparticle monolayers by electrophoretic deposition

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    Cernohorsky, Ondrej; Grym, Jan; Yatskiv, Roman; ...

    2016-08-13

    We report on the formation of Pt nanoparticle monolayers by electrophoretic deposition from nonpolar solvents. First, the growth kinetics of Pt nanoparticles prepared by the reverse micelle technique are described in detail. Second, a model of nanoparticle charging in nonpolar media is discussed and methods to control the nanoparticle charging are proposed. Lastly, essential parameters of the electrophoretic deposition process to control the deposition of nanoparticle monolayers are discussed and mechanisms of their formation are analyzed.

  18. TiO 2 chemical vapor deposition on Si(111) in ultrahigh vacuum: Transition from interfacial phase to crystalline phase in the reaction limited regime

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    Karlsson, P. G.; Richter, J. H.; Andersson, M. P.; Johansson, M. K.-J.; Blomquist, J.; Uvdal, P.; Sandell, A.

    2011-07-01

    The interaction between the metal organic precursor molecule titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) and three different surfaces has been studied: Si(111)-(7 × 7), SiOx/Si(111) and TiO2. These surfaces represent the different surface compositions encountered during TTIP mediated TiO2 chemical vapor deposition on Si(111). The surface chemistry of the titanium(IV) isopropoxide precursor and the film growth have been explored by core level photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. The resulting film morphology has been imaged with scanning tunneling microscopy. The growth rate depends on both surface temperature and surface composition. The behavior can be rationalized in terms of the surface stability of isopropoxy and isopropyl groups, confirming that growth at 573 K is a reaction limited process.

  19. Surface Acidity and Properties of TiO2/SiO2 Catalysts Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition: UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance, DRIFTS, and Visible Raman Spectroscopy Studies

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    2009-06-15

    the grafted TiO2 were in a highly dispersed amorphous form.19 Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a thin film growth technique, which relies on self... Thin Films . U.S. Patent 4058430, 1977. (21) Ritala, M. Appl. Surf. Sci. 1997, 112, 223. TiO2 /SiO2 Catalysts Prepared by ALD J. Phys. Chem. C, Vol. 113...Surface Acidity and Properties of TiO2 /SiO2 Catalysts Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition: UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance, DRIFTS, and Visible Raman

  20. Photoelectrochemical Performance of Quantum dot-Sensitized TiO2 Nanotube Arrays: a Study of Surface Modification by Atomic Layer Deposition Coating.

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    Zhou, Quan; Zhou, Junchen; Zeng, Min; Wang, Guizhen; Chen, Yongjun; Lin, Shiwei

    2017-12-01

    Although CdS and PbS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs/QDs) show photocatalytic activity in the visible-light region, the low internal quantum efficiency and the slow interfacial hole transfer rate limit their applications. This work modified the surface of the TNTAs/QDs photoelectrodes with metal-oxide overlayers by atomic layer deposition (ALD), such as coating Al2O3, TiO2, and ZnO. The ALD deposition of all these overlayers can apparently enhance the photoelectrochemical performance of the TNTAs/QDs. Under simulated solar illumination, the maximum photocurrent densities of the TNTAs/QDs with 10 cycles ZnO, 25 cycles TiO2, and 30 cycles Al2O3 overlayers are 5.0, 4.3, and 5.6 mA/cm(2) at 1.0 V (vs. SCE), respectively. The photoelectrode with Al2O3 overlayer coating presents the superior performance, whose photocurrent density is 37 times and 1.6 times higher than those of the TNTAs and TNTAs/QDs, respectively. Systematic examination of the effects of various metal-oxide overlayers on the photoelectrochemical performance indicates that the enhancement by TiO2 and ZnO overcoatings can only ascribed to the decrease of the interfacial charge transfer impedance, besides which Al2O3 coating can passivate the surface states and facilitate the charge transfer kinetics. These results could be helpful to develop high-performance photoelectrodes in the photoelectrochemical applications.

  1. Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes on 3-Amino-Propyl-Triethoxysilane (APTES) Surface Functionalized Silicon Substrates

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    Sarkar, Anirban; Daniels-Race, Theda

    2013-01-01

    Fabrication of uniform thin coatings of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on semiconductor (silicon) substrates with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES) surface functionalization has been studied extensively in this report. The gradual deposition and eventual film formation of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is greatly assisted by the Coulombic force of attraction existing between the positively charged –NH2 surface groups of APTES and the acid treated, negatively charged nanotubes migrating towards the deposition surfaces. The remarkable deposition characteristics of the CNT coatings by EPD in comparison to the dip coating method and the influence of isopropyl (IPA)-based CNT suspension in the fabricated film quality has also been revealed in this study. The effect of varying APTES concentration (5%–100%) on the Raman spectroscopy and thickness of the deposited CNT film has been discussed in details, as well. The deposition approach has eliminated the need of metal deposition in the electrophoretic deposition approach and, therefore, establishes a cost-effective, fast and entirely room temperature-based fabrication strategy of CNT thin films for a wide range of next generation electronic applications.

  2. Characterization of Ni-doped TiO2 thin films deposited by dip-coating technique

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    Kharoubi, Abdelmalek; Bouaza, A.; Benrabah, B.; Ammari, A.; Khiali, A.

    2015-12-01

    Undoped and Ni-doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel dip-coating method on glass and silicon substrates. X-ray diffraction studies show that both TiO2 and Ni-doped TiO2 thin films are of anatase phase with (1 0 1) as preferential orientation. From the UV-visible spectroscopy analysis, all films exhibits a high transparency ~ 80% and shows that the optical band gap decreases from 3.66 to 3.59 eV, which may be related with the phase composition and impurities. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) study confirms the presence of Ti-O, Ti=O and O-H bands. Thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimetriy (DSC) shows endothermic reactions between 30 °C and 280 °C and exothermic reactions between 370 °C and 540 °C corresponding to the crystallization of TiO2 in the anatase phase. The Nyquist plots suggests that the equivalent circuit of the films is an RpCp parallel circuit and shows an increase in resistance Rp with increasing the Ni concentration and a decrease in capacity Cp.

  3. Kinetics of monolayer and bilayer nanoparticle film formation during electrophoretic deposition

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    2014-01-01

    and Astronomy , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA 2Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University...crystal microbalance or X- ray scattering measurements. Another possible route to increasing time resolution and repeatability is by acquiring in-situ...suppression, and inhibition in the electrophoretic deposition of nanocrystal mixture films for CdSe nanocrystals with gamma -Fe2O3 and Au nanocrystals’, Nano

  4. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light. PMID:27055277

  5. Photoinduced deposition of gold nanoparticles on TiO2-WO3 nanotube films as efficient photoanodes for solar water splitting

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen; Ghayeb, Yousef

    2016-06-01

    Gold-modified TiO2-WO3 nanotubes with different amounts of gold were obtained by two methods; photoassisted deposition and one-step electrochemical anodizing method. The morphology, crystallinity and elemental composition were studied by FE-SEM, XRD and EDX. The photoelectrochemical performance was examined under Xe light illumination in 1 M NaOH electrolyte. Characterization of the as-prepared TiO2-WO3 samples indicated that sodium tungstate concentration in anodizing solution significantly influenced the morphology and photoelectrochemical activity of fabricated films. Also, photoelectrochemical characterizations show that the photocatalytic activity of Au/TiO2-WO3 nanotubes was improved as compared with that of bare TiO2-WO3 nanotubes. The experimental results showed that the photocatalytic activities of Au/TiO2-WO3 were significantly affected by the amount of Au nanoparticles. The amount of gold nanoparticles was effectively controlled by time of photoreduction of the chloroauric acid solution. These new photoanodes showed enhanced high photocurrent density with good stability and are a highly promising photoanodes for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

  6. Semi-transparent ordered TiO2 nanostructures prepared by anodization of titanium thin films deposited onto the FTO substrate

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    Szkoda, Mariusz; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna; Grochowska, Katarzyna; Skowroński, Łukasz; Karczewski, Jakub; Siuzdak, Katarzyna

    2016-09-01

    In a significant amount of cases, the highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays grow through anodic oxidation of a titanium metal plate immersed in electrolyte containing fluoride ions. However, for some practical applications, e.g. solar cells or electrochromic windows, the semi-transparent TiO2 formed directly on the transparent, conductive substrate is very much desired. This work shows that high-quality Ti coating could be formed at room temperature using an industrial magnetron sputtering system within 50 min. Under optimized conditions, the anodization process was performed on 2 μm titanium films deposited onto the FTO (fluorine-tin-oxide) support. Depending on the electrolyte type, highly ordered tubular or porous titania layers were obtained. The fabricated samples, after their thermal annealing, were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy in order to investigate their morphology, crystallinity and absorbance ability. The photocurrent response curves indicate that materials are resistant to the photocorrosion process and their activity is strongly connected to optical properties. The most transparent TiO2 films were fabricated when Ti was anodized in water electrolyte, whereas the highest photocurrent densities (12 μA cm-2) were registered for titania received after Ti anodization in ethylene glycol solution. The obtained results are of significant importance in the production of thin, semi-transparent titania nanostructures on a commercial scale.

  7. Large-Area Chemically Modified Graphene Films: Electrophoretic Deposition and Characterization by Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Lee, V.; Whittaker, L; Jaye, C; Baroudi, K; Fischer, D; Banerjee, S

    2009-01-01

    A facile, rapid, and scalable electrophoretic deposition approach is developed for the fabrication of large-area chemically derived graphene films on conductive substrates based on the electrophoretic deposition of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide components. Two distinctive approaches for fabricating conformal graphene films are developed. In the first approach, graphene oxide sheets are electrophoretically deposited from an aqueous solution after the oxidation of graphite to graphite oxide and the subsequent exfoliation of graphite oxide to graphene oxide. Next, the graphene oxide films are reduced via dip-coating in an aqueous solution of hydrazine. In the second approach, graphene oxide is reduced to graphene nanosheets in a strongly alkaline solution and the reduced graphene sheets are directly electrophoretically deposited onto conductive substrates. The film thickness can be modified by the deposition time and the obtained films span several square millimeters in area. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to study the surface chemistry, electronic band structure, and degree of alignment of the electrophoretically deposited films. Polarized NEXAFS measurements verify the presence of epoxide surface functionalities on the graphene basal planes and indicate significant recovery of extended p-bonded networks upon defunctionalization by hydrazine treatment. These measurements further indicate significantly improved alignment of the graphene sheet components of the films parallel to the substrate surface when defunctionalization is performed prior to electrophoretic deposition.

  8. Characteristics of TiO2/ZnO bilayer film towards pH sensitivity prepared by different spin coating deposition process

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    Rahman, Rohanieza Abdul; Zulkefle, Muhammad Al Hadi; Abdullah, Wan Fazlida Hanim; Rusop, M.; Herman, Sukreen Hana

    2016-07-01

    In this study, titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) bilayer film for pH sensing application will be presented. TiO2/ZnO bilayer film with different speed of spin-coating process was deposited on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), prepared by sol-gel method. This fabricated bilayer film was used as sensing membrane for Extended Gate Field-Effect Transistor (EGFET) for pH sensing application. Experimental results indicated that the sensor is able to detect the sensitivity towards pH buffer solution. In order to obtained the result, sensitivity measurement was done by using the EGFET setup equipment with constant-current (100 µA) and constant-voltage (0.3 V) biasing interfacing circuit. TiO2/ZnO bilayer film which the working electrode, act as the pH-sensitive membrane was connected to a commercial metal-oxide semiconductor FET (MOSFET). This MOSFET then was connected to the interfacing circuit. The sensitivity of the TiO2 thin film towards pH buffer solution was measured by dipping the sensing membrane in pH4, pH7 and pH10 buffer solution. These thin films were characterized by using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) to obtain the surface morphology of the composite bilayer films. In addition, I-V measurement was done in order to determine the electrical properties of the bilayer films. According to the result obtained in this experiment, bilayer film that spin at 4000 rpm, gave highest sensitivity which is 52.1 mV/pH. Relating the I-V characteristic of the thin films and sensitivity, the sensing membrane with higher conductivity gave better sensitivity.

  9. Growth of TiO2 nanorods on a Ta substrate by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Lee, Kang Suk; Hyun, Jae-Sung; Seo, Hyun Ook; Kim, Young Dok; Boo, Jin-Hyo

    2010-05-01

    TiO2 nanorods were successfully grown on Tantalum (Ta) substrates using titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a single precursor without any carriers or bubbling gases. For characterization of the TiO2 structures, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed. For substrate temperatures below 800 degrees C, a rough film structure without nanorods could be found. However, at a sample temperature of 800 degrees C, nanorod structures with a respective diameter and length of 0.1 approximately 0.2 microm and 0.7 approximately 1.5 microm, respectively, could be synthesized. The nanorods exhibited a rutile phase with a 2:1 stoichiometry of O:Ti, identified using XRD and XPS. When the growth temperature exceeded 800 degrees C, agglomeration of the nanorods was identified.

  10. Electrophoretic deposition of poly(3-decylthiophene) onto gold-mounted cadmium selenide nanorods.

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    Garate, José-Antonio; English, Niall J; Singh, Ajay; Ryan, Kevin M; Mooney, Damian A; MacElroy, J M D

    2011-11-15

    Molecular mechanisms of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of poly(3-decylthiophene) (P3DT) molecules onto vertically aligned cadmium selenide arrays have been studied using large-scale, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD), in the absence and presence of static external electric fields. The field application and larger polymer charges accelerated EPD. Placement of multiple polymers at the same lateral displacement from the surface reduced average deposition times due to "crowding", giving monolayer coverage. These findings were used to develop and validate Brownian dynamics simulations of multilayer polymer EPD in scaled-up systems with larger inter-rod spacings, presenting a generalized picture in qualitative agreement with random sequential adsorption.

  11. Chemical properties of hydroxyapatite deposited through electrophoretic process on different sandblasted samples

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    Gradinariu, Irina; Stirbu, Ioan; Gheorghe, Cristina Angela; Cimpoesu, Nicanor; Agop, Maricel; Cimpoesu, Ramona; Popa, Cristina

    2014-12-01

    An implantable material based on titanium (Ti6Al4V) was sandblasted in order to be deposited with a thin film of hydroxyapatite. Two samples of the alloy, in a shape of a bar with 10 mm diameter and 20 mm length, were subjected to mechanical treatment. After deposition of the hydroxyapatite through electrophoresis process, the samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The nature and chemical properties of thin films formed on Ti-based substrate were investigated with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy based on the extremely high polarization resistance of the material. The results revealed the formation of a homogeneous layer on the surface of the metallic substrate. The layer composed of TiO2 and hydroxyapatite provided a high corrosion protection.

  12. Synthesis and Application of Ferroelectric Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-co-Trifluoroethylene) Films using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Ryu, Jeongjae; No, Kwangsoo; Kim, Yeontae; Park, Eugene; Hong, Seungbum

    2016-11-01

    In this study, we investigated the deposition kinetics of polyvinylidene fluoride copolymerized with trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)) particles on stainless steel substrates during the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. The effect of applied voltage and deposition time on the structure and ferroelectric property of the P(VDF-TrFE) films was studied in detail. A method of repeated EPD and heat treatment above melting point were employed to fabricate crack-free P(VDF-TrFE) thick films. This method enabled us to fabricate P(VDF-TrFE) films with variable thicknesses. The morphology of the obtained films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the formation of β-phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. P(VDF-TrFE) films prepared with various thicknesses showed remnant polarization (Pr) of around 4 μC/cm2. To demonstrate the applicability of our processing recipe to complex structures, we fabricated a spring-type energy harvester by depositing P(VDF-TrFE) films on stainless steel springs using EPD process. Our preliminary results show that an electrophoretic deposition can be applied to produce high-quality P(VDF-TrFE) films on planar as well as three-dimensional (3-D) substrates.

  13. Synthesis and Application of Ferroelectric Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-co-Trifluoroethylene) Films using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Ryu, Jeongjae; No, Kwangsoo; Kim, Yeontae; Park, Eugene; Hong, Seungbum

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we investigated the deposition kinetics of polyvinylidene fluoride copolymerized with trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)) particles on stainless steel substrates during the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. The effect of applied voltage and deposition time on the structure and ferroelectric property of the P(VDF-TrFE) films was studied in detail. A method of repeated EPD and heat treatment above melting point were employed to fabricate crack-free P(VDF-TrFE) thick films. This method enabled us to fabricate P(VDF-TrFE) films with variable thicknesses. The morphology of the obtained films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the formation of β-phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. P(VDF-TrFE) films prepared with various thicknesses showed remnant polarization (Pr) of around 4 μC/cm2. To demonstrate the applicability of our processing recipe to complex structures, we fabricated a spring-type energy harvester by depositing P(VDF-TrFE) films on stainless steel springs using EPD process. Our preliminary results show that an electrophoretic deposition can be applied to produce high-quality P(VDF-TrFE) films on planar as well as three-dimensional (3-D) substrates. PMID:27805008

  14. Morphological control of copper phthalocyanine films by protonation-electrophoretic deposition

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    Zhu, Yuanyuan; Qian, Lingfeng; Xue, Minzhao; Sheng, Qiaorong; Zhang, Qing; Liu, Yangang

    2011-01-01

    Films composed of various nanostructured copper phthalocyanine are controllably prepared by the method of protonation-electrophoretic deposition. The ultralong nanowires of copper phthalocyanine are grown at the deposition temperature of 70 °C. And the results of films UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray diffraction indicate that copper phthalocyanine possesses the transformation tendency from α-phase to thermostable β-phase under the higher deposition temperature. The formation process of the ultralong nanowires illustrates that the nanowires grow in longitudinal orientation much faster than in lateral direction. And the time dependence of the films morphology, from another point of view, proves that copper phthalocyanine is dissolved in the precursor solutions, and the formation of the nanostructured copper phthalocyanine contains the process of crystal growth, which is different from the traditional electrophoretic deposition. So the films morphology is flexible to be controlled by varying the deposition conditions. These diverse nanostructured films have potential applications in the electrochemical and optoelectrical equipments.

  15. Synthesis and Application of Ferroelectric Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-co-Trifluoroethylene) Films using Electrophoretic Deposition.

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    Ryu, Jeongjae; No, Kwangsoo; Kim, Yeontae; Park, Eugene; Hong, Seungbum

    2016-11-02

    In this study, we investigated the deposition kinetics of polyvinylidene fluoride copolymerized with trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)) particles on stainless steel substrates during the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. The effect of applied voltage and deposition time on the structure and ferroelectric property of the P(VDF-TrFE) films was studied in detail. A method of repeated EPD and heat treatment above melting point were employed to fabricate crack-free P(VDF-TrFE) thick films. This method enabled us to fabricate P(VDF-TrFE) films with variable thicknesses. The morphology of the obtained films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the formation of β-phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. P(VDF-TrFE) films prepared with various thicknesses showed remnant polarization (Pr) of around 4 μC/cm(2). To demonstrate the applicability of our processing recipe to complex structures, we fabricated a spring-type energy harvester by depositing P(VDF-TrFE) films on stainless steel springs using EPD process. Our preliminary results show that an electrophoretic deposition can be applied to produce high-quality P(VDF-TrFE) films on planar as well as three-dimensional (3-D) substrates.

  16. Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Co/Nb-codoped TiO2 films deposited by gas flow sputtering

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    Sakuma, H.; Nagamatsu, T.; Kashiwakura, T.; Ishii, K.

    2010-04-01

    Titanium dioxide thin films codoped with Co and Nb (Co/Nb-codoped TiO2 films) were fabricated by a low-energy deposition process, gas flow sputtering. No metallic Co or Nb phase was detected by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, suggesting that the Co and Nb ions have the oxidation states 2+ and 5+, respectively. The films show a relatively large Faraday rotation and magnetic circular dichroism on the order of 103 deg/cm.

  17. The fabrication of nanocomposite thin films with TiO2 nanoparticles by the layer-by-layer deposition method for multifunctional cotton fabrics

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    Ugur, Şule S.; Sariişik, Merih; Hakan Aktaş, A.

    2010-08-01

    A multilayer nanocomposite film composed of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles was fabricated on cationically modified woven cotton fabrics by the layer-by-layer molecular self-assembly technique. For cationic surface charge, cotton fabrics were pre-treated with 2,3-epoxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride (EP3MAC) by a pad-batch method. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to verify the presence of deposited nanolayers. Photocatalytic activities of the nanocomposite films were evaluated through the degradation of red wine pollutant. Nano-TiO2 deposition enhanced the protection of cotton fabrics against UV radiation in comparison with the untreated cotton fabrics. Air permeability and whiteness value analysis was performed on the fabrics before and after the treatment with TiO2 nanoparticles by the layer-by-layer deposition method. Tensile strength tests of the warp and weft yarns were performed to evaluate the effect of solution pH value changes during the alternate dipping procedures. For the first time the durability of the effect of the self-assembled multilayer films on the cotton fabric functional properties was analyzed after 10 and 20 washing cycles at 40 °C for 30 min.

  18. Selective photo-deposition of Cu onto the surface of monodisperse oleic acid capped TiO2 nanorods probed by FT-IR CO-adsorption studies.

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    Hikov, Todor; Schroeter, Marie-Katrin; Khodeir, Lamma; Chemseddine, Abdelkrim; Muhler, Martin; Fischer, Roland A

    2006-04-07

    A novel, non-aqueous, organometallic route to nanocomposite Cu@TiO2 materials is presented. TiO2 nanorods stabilized with oleic acid (OLA) were used as support for the photo-assisted deposition of Cu using the organometallic Cu(II) precursor [Cu(OCH(CH3)CH2N(CH3)2)2] (1). The copper precursor penetrates through the shell of OLA and is photo reduced to deposit Cu0 directly at the surface of the TiO2 rods. The obtained Cu decorated nanorods were still soluble in nonpolar organic solvents without change of the morphology of nanorods. The Cu@TiO2 colloid was characterized by means of UV-VIS, XRD, AAS, and HRTEM. FTIR CO adsorption studies provide evidence for Cu0 anchored at the titania surface by a characteristic absorption at 2084 cm-1. Comparative studies of Cu-deposition were performed using CuCl2 as simple Cu source which proved that the concept of organometallic disguise of the metal centre results in a higher reaction rate and the circumvention of non-selective reduction, parasitic side reactions and undesired agglomeration of the OLA stabilized titania nanorods.

  19. The fabrication of nanocomposite thin films with TiO2 nanoparticles by the layer-by-layer deposition method for multifunctional cotton fabrics.

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    Ugur, Sule S; Sariişik, Merih; Aktaş, A Hakan

    2010-08-13

    A multilayer nanocomposite film composed of anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles was fabricated on cationically modified woven cotton fabrics by the layer-by-layer molecular self-assembly technique. For cationic surface charge, cotton fabrics were pre-treated with 2,3-epoxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride (EP3MAC) by a pad-batch method. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to verify the presence of deposited nanolayers. Photocatalytic activities of the nanocomposite films were evaluated through the degradation of red wine pollutant. Nano-TiO(2) deposition enhanced the protection of cotton fabrics against UV radiation in comparison with the untreated cotton fabrics. Air permeability and whiteness value analysis was performed on the fabrics before and after the treatment with TiO(2) nanoparticles by the layer-by-layer deposition method. Tensile strength tests of the warp and weft yarns were performed to evaluate the effect of solution pH value changes during the alternate dipping procedures. For the first time the durability of the effect of the self-assembled multilayer films on the cotton fabric functional properties was analyzed after 10 and 20 washing cycles at 40 degrees C for 30 min.

  20. The effect of metal cluster deposition route on structure and photocatalytic activity of mono- and bimetallic nanoparticles supported on TiO2 by radiolytic method

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    Klein, Marek; Nadolna, Joanna; Gołąbiewska, Anna; Mazierski, Paweł; Klimczuk, Tomasz; Remita, Hynd; Zaleska-Medynska, Adriana

    2016-08-01

    TiO2 (P25) was modified with small and relatively monodisperse mono- and bimetallic clusters (Ag, Pd, Pt, Ag/Pd, Ag/Pt and Pd/Pt) induced by radiolysis to improve its photocatalytic activity. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), photoluminescence spectrometry (PL), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD), scanning transition electron microscopy (STEM) and BET surface area analysis. The effect of metal type (mono- and bimetallic modification) as well as deposition method (simultaneous or subsequent deposition of two metals) on the photocatalytic activity in toluene removal in gas phase under UV-vis irradiation (light-emitting diodes- LEDs) and phenol degradation in liquid phase under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) were investigated. The highest photoactivity under Vis light was observed for TiO2 co-loaded with platinum (0.1%) and palladium (0.1%) clusters. Simultaneous addition of metal precursors results in formation of larger metal nanoparticles (15-30 nm) on TiO2 surface and enhances the Vis-induced activity of Ag/Pd-TiO2 up to four times, while the subsequent metal ions addition results in formation of metal particle size ranging from 4 to 20 nm. Subsequent addition of metal precursors results in formation of BNPs (bimetallic nanoparticle) composites showing higher stability in four cycles of toluene degradation under UV-vis. Obtained results indicated that direct electron transfer from the BNPs to the conduction band of the semiconductor is responsible for visible light photoactivity, whereas superoxide radicals (such as O2rad- and rad OOH) are responsible for pollutants degradation over metal-TiO2 composites.

  1. Laser induced damage threshold and optical properties of TiO2 and Al2O3 coatings prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    Jensen, Lars O.; Mädebach, Heinrich; Maula, Jarmo; Gürtler, Karlheinz; Ristau, Detlev

    2012-11-01

    Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) allows for the deposition of homogeneous and conformal coatings with superior microstructural properties and well controllable thickness. As a consequence, ALD-processes have moved into the focus of optical thin film research during the last decade. In contrast to this, only a relatively small number of investigations in the power handling capability of ALD-coatings have been reported until now. The present contribution summarizes results of a study dedicated to the optical properties of single layers and high reflecting coating systems of TiO2 and Al2O3 deposited by ALD. Besides Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) values, the spectral characteristics as well the absorption and scatter losses are discussed.

  2. Suspension chemistry and electrophoretic deposition of zirconia electrolyte on conducting and non-conducting substrates

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    Das, Debasish; Basu, Rajendra N.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Stable suspension of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) obtained in isopropanol medium. • Suspension chemistry and process parameters for electrophoretic deposition optimized. • Deposited film quality changed with iodine and water (dispersants) concentration. • Dense YSZ film (∼5 μm) fabricated onto non-conducting porous NiO-YSZ anode substrate. - Abstract: Suspensions of 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) particulates in isopropanol medium are prepared using acetylacetone, iodine and water as dispersants. The effect of dispersants concentration on suspension stability, particle size distribution, electrical conductivity and pH of the suspensions are studied in detail to optimize the suspension chemistry. Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) has been conducted to produce thin and dense YSZ electrolyte films. Deposition kinetics have been studied in depth and good quality films on conducting substrate are obtained at an applied voltage of 15 V for 3 min. YSZ films are also fabricated on non-conducting NiO-YSZ anode substrate using a steel plate on the reverse side of the substrate. Upon co-firing at 1400 °C for 6 h a dense YSZ film of thickness ∼5 μm is obtained. Such a half cell (anode + electrolyte) can be used to fabricate a solid oxide fuel cell on applying a suitable cathode layer.

  3. Electrophoretic deposition of tetracycline modified silk fibroin coatings for functionalization of titanium surfaces

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    Zhang, Zhen; Qu, Yinying; Li, Xiaoshuang; Zhang, Sheng; Wei, Qingsong; Shi, Yusheng; Chen, Lili

    2014-06-01

    Electrophoretic deposition has been widely used for the fabrication of functional coatings onto metal implant. A characteristic feature of this process is that positively charged materials migrate toward the cathode and can deposit on it. In this study, silk fibroin was decorated with tetracycline in aqueous solution to impart positive charge, and then deposited on negatively titanium cathode under certain electric field. The characterization of the obtained coatings indicated that the intermolecular hydrogen bonds formed between the backbone of silk fibroin and tetracycline molecular. In vitro biological tests demonstrated that osteoblast-like cells achieved acceptable cell affinity on the tetracycline cross-linked silk fibroin coatings, although greater cell viability was seen on pure silk fibroin coatings. The cationic silk fibroin coatings showed remarkable antibacterial activity against gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria. Therefore, we concluded that electrophoretic deposition was an effective and efficient technique to prepare cationic silk fibroin coatings on the titanium surface and that cationic silk fibroin coatings with acceptable biocompatibility and antibacterial property were promising candidates for further loading of functional agents.

  4. Physical investigation of electrophoretically deposited graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide thin films

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    Politano, Grazia Giuseppina; Versace, Carlo; Vena, Carlo; Castriota, Marco; Ciuchi, Federica; Fasanella, Angela; Desiderio, Giovanni; Cazzanelli, Enzo

    2016-11-01

    Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide thin films are very promising materials because they can be used in optoelectronic devices and in a growing range of applications such as touch screens and flexible displays. In this work, graphene oxide (GO) and thermally reduced graphene oxide (rGO) thin films, deposited on Ti/glass substrates, have been obtained by electrophoretic deposition. The morphological and the structural properties of the samples have been investigated by micro-Raman technique, X-ray reflectometry, and SEM analysis. In order to study the optical and electrical properties, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and impedance analysis have been performed. The thermal annealing changes strongly the structural, electrical, and optical properties, because during the thermal processes some amount of sp3 bonds originally present in GO were removed. In particular, the annealing enhances the Ohmic behavior of the rGO film increasing its conductivity and the estimated optical density. Moreover, using electrophoretic deposition, we have found a higher value of optical density for GO thin films, not observed in GO films obtained with other deposition methods.

  5. X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering study of thermal-induced phase transformation in vertically aligned TiO 2 nanocrystals grown on sapphire(1 0 0) via metal organic vapor deposition

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    Chen, C. A.; Chen, K. Y.; Huang, Y. S.; Tsai, D. S.; Tiong, K. K.; Chien, F. Z.

    2008-07-01

    We report a detailed study of thermal-induced phase transformation in TiO 2 nanocrystals (NCs) via X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering (RS) spectroscopy. Vertically aligned anatase TiO 2(1 1 0) NCs were grown on the sapphire (SA)(1 0 0) substrate at 550 °C by metal organic chemical vapor deposition, using titanium-tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti[OCH(CH 3) 2] 4), as the source reagent. The effects of thermal annealing of TiO 2 NCs in oxygen atmosphere between 600 and 1000 °C were investigated. XRD and RS spectra showed the onset of the phase transformation process from the as-grown anatase TiO 2(1 1 0) NCs into rutile TiO 2(0 0 1) at the annealing temperature of 800 °C. At annealing temperature higher than 900 °C, pure rutile phase of TiO 2(0 0 1) NCs were formed and the crystalline quality of TiO 2 NCs could be further improved upon higher annealing temperature.

  6. Improving photoelectrochemical performance on quantum dots co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays using ZnO energy barrier by atomic layer deposition

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    Zeng, Min; Zeng, Xi; Peng, Xiange; Zhu, Zhuo; Liao, Jianjun; Liu, Kai; Wang, Guizhen; Lin, Shiwei

    2016-12-01

    PbS and CdS quantum dots (QDs) have been deposited onto TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) in turn via a sonication-assisted successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method. This method could uniformly decorate TNTAs with QDs, avoiding QDs aggregation at the mouth of TiO2 nanotube. The loading amounts of QDs on TNTAs could be controlled by adjusting the TNTAs length. Under one sun illumination, the QDs co-sensitized TNTAs (TNTAs/QDs) with the length of about 2.4 μm displayed the highest photocurrent of 4.32 mA cm-2, which is 27 times higher than that of the bare TNTAs. Introduction of a thin ZnO energy barrier by atomic layer deposition (ALD) between the TNTAs and QDs can further improve the photocurrent of TNTAs/QDs. And the TNTAs/QDs with 10 ALD cycles of ZnO interlayer exhibits the highest photocurrent of 5.24 mA cm-2 and best photoconversion efficiency of 4.9%, a more than 20% enhancement over the bare TNTAs/QDs. Such enhanced photoelectrochemical performance may be ascribed to the increased amounts of QDs on the TNTAs due to the introduction of ZnO interlayer. The benefits of ALD layers play a crucial role in development and optimization of high-performance photoelectrodes in the near future.

  7. Pulsed laser deposition of CuInS2 quantum dots on one-dimensional TiO2 nanorod arrays and their photoelectrochemical characteristics

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    Han, Minmin; Chen, Wenyuan; Guo, Hongjian; Yu, Limin; Li, Bo; Jia, Junhong

    2016-06-01

    In the typical solution-based synthesis of colloidal quantum dots (QDs), it always resorts to some surface treatment, ligand exchange processing or post-synthesis processing, which might involve some toxic chemical regents injurious to the performance of QD sensitized solar cells. In this work, the CuInS2 QDs are deposited on the surface of one-dimensional TiO2 nanorod arrays by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The CuInS2 QDs are coated on TiO2 nanorods without any ligand engineering, and the performance of the obtained CuInS2 QD sensitized solar cells is optimized by adjusting the laser energy. An energy conversion efficiency of 3.95% is achieved under one sun illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm-2). The improved performance is attributed to enhanced absorption in the longer wavelength region, quick interfacial charge transfer and few chance of carrier recombination with holes for CuInS2 QD-sensitized solar cells. Moreover, the photovoltaic device exhibits high stability in air without any specific encapsulation. Thus, the PLD technique could be further applied for the fabrication of QDs or other absorption materials.

  8. Engendering Long-Term Air and Light Stability of a TiO2-Supported Porphyrinic Dye via Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Hoffeditz, William L; Son, Ho-Jin; Pellin, Michael J; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T

    2016-12-21

    Organic and porphyrin-based chromophores are prevalent in liquid-junction photovoltaic and photocatalytic solar-cell chemistry; however, their long-term air and light instability may limit their practicality in real world technologies. Here, we describe the protection of a zinc porphyrin dye, adsorbed on nanoparticulate TiO2, from air and light degradation by a protective coating of alumina grown with a previously developed post-treatment atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The protective Al2O3 ALD layer is deposited using dimethylaluminum isopropoxide as an Al source; in contrast to the ubiquitous ALD precursor trimethylaluminum, dimethylaluminum isopropoxide does not degrade the zinc porphyrin dye, as confirmed by UV-vis measurements. The growth of this protective ALD layer around the dye can be monitored by an in-reactor quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Furthermore, greater than 80% of porphyrin light absorption is retained over ∼1 month of exposure to air and light when the protective coating is present, whereas almost complete loss of porphyrin absorption is observed in less than 2 days in the absence of the ALD protective layer. Applying the Al2O3 post-treatment technique to the TiO2-adsorbed dye allows the dye to remain in electronic contact with both the semiconductor surface and a surrounding electrolyte solution, the combination of which makes this technique promising for numerous other electrochemical photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications, especially those involving the dye-sensitized evolution of oxygen.

  9. Antifungal activity of Ag:hydroxyapatite thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on Ti and Ti modified by TiO2 nanotubes substrates

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    Eraković, S.; Janković, A.; Ristoscu, C.; Duta, L.; Serban, N.; Visan, A.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Socol, M.; Iordache, O.; Dumitrescu, I.; Luculescu, C. R.; Janaćković, Dj.; Miškovic-Stanković, V.

    2014-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a widely used biomaterial for implant thin films, largely recognized for its excellent capability to chemically bond to hard tissue inducing the osteogenesis without immune response from human tissues. Nowadays, intense research efforts are focused on development of antimicrobial HA doped thin films. In particular, HA doped with Ag (Ag:HA) is expected to inhibit the attachment of microbes and contamination of metallic implant surface. We herewith report on nano-sized HA and Ag:HA thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on pure Ti and Ti modified with 100 nm diameter TiO2 nanotubes (fabricated by anodization of Ti plates) substrates. The HA-based thin films were characterized by SEM, AFM, EDS, FTIR, and XRD. The cytotoxic activity was tested with HEp2 cells against controls. The antifungal efficiency of the deposited layers was tested against the Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger strains. The Ti substrates modified with TiO2 nanotubes covered with Ag:HA thin films showed the highest antifungal activity.

  10. Characterization of CNT-MnO2 nanocomposite by electrophoretic deposition as potential electrode for supercapacitor

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    Darari, Alfin; Ardiansah, Hafidh Rahman; Arifin, Rismaningsih, Nurmanita; Ningrum, Andini Novia; Subagio, Agus

    2016-04-01

    Energy crisis that occured in Indonesia suggests that energy supply could not offset the high rate request and needs an electric energy saving device which can save high voltage, safety, and unlimited lifetime. The weakness of batteries is durable but has a low power density while the capacitor has a high power density but it doesn't durable. The renewal of this study is CNT-MnO2 thin film fabrication method using electrophoretic deposition. Electrophoretic deposition is a newest method to deposited CNT using power supply with cheap, and make a good result. The result of FTIR analysis showed that the best CNT-MnO2 composition is 75:25 and C-C bond is detected in fingerprint area. The result is electrode thin film homogen and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks 2θ=26,63° is characterization of graphite, and 2θ=43,97° is characterization of diamond Carbon type and measured by Scherrer formula results 52,3 nm material average size .EIS test results its capacitance about 7,86 F. from the data it can be concluded that CNT-MnO2 potential electrode very promising for further study and has a potential to be a high capacitance, and fast charge supercapacitor which can be applied for electronic devices, energy converter, even electric car.

  11. Nano-structured yttria-stabilized zirconia coating by electrophoretic deposition

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    Maleki-Ghaleh, H.; Rekabeslami, M.; Shakeri, M. S.; Siadati, M. H.; Javidi, M.; Talebian, S. H.; Aghajani, H.

    2013-09-01

    The most important role of thermal barrier coatings is to reduce the temperature of the substrate in high temperature applications. Nano particle zirconia might be a suitable choice for improving the efficiency of thermal barrier coatings. Nanostructured coatings have lower thermal conduction, higher thermal expansion and lower dimensional variations at higher temperatures in comparison with the microstructured coatings. Electrophoretic deposition has been preferred for thermal barrier coatings due to its simplicity, controllability and low cost. In the present study, three different suspensions of ZrO2-8 wt%Y2O3 (40 nm) made with ethanol, acetone and acetyl acetone were used. Electrophoretic deposition was conducted at a fixed voltage of 60 V for 120 s on aluminized Inconel 738-LC, and then heat treated at 1100 ̊C for 4 h in air atmosphere. The coating morphology and elemental distribution were studied using scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that suspension media have an important effect on the quality of the final product. Acetyl acetone showed better dispersion of particles than the other two media. Consequently, deposition from acetyl acetone resulted in uniform and crack-free layers while those from ethanol and acetone were completely non-uniform due to agglomeration and low viscosity, respectively.

  12. Electrophoretic Deposition of Chitosan Coatings Modified with Gelatin Nanospheres To Tune the Release of Antibiotics.

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    Song, Jiankang; Chen, Qiang; Zhang, Yang; Diba, Mani; Kolwijck, Eva; Shao, Jinlong; Jansen, John A; Yang, Fang; Boccaccini, Aldo R; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C G

    2016-06-08

    Orthopedic and dental implants are increasingly used in the medical field in view of their high success rates. Implant-associated infections, however, still occur and are difficult to treat. To combat these infections, the application of an active coating to the implant surface is advocated as an effective strategy to facilitate sustained release of antibacterial drugs from implant surfaces. Control over this release is, however, still a major challenge. To overcome this problem, we deposited composite coatings composed of a chitosan matrix containing gelatin nanospheres loaded with antibiotics onto stainless steel plates by means of the electrophoretic deposition technique. The gelatin nanospheres were distributed homogeneously throughout the coatings. The surface roughness and wettability of the coatings could be tuned by a simple adjustment of the weight ratio between the gelatin nanospheres and chitosan. Vancomycin and moxifloxacin were released in sustained and burst-type manners, respectively, while the coatings were highly cytocompatible. The antibacterial efficacy of the coatings containing different amounts of antibiotics was tested using a zone of inhibition test against Staphylococcus aureus, which showed that the coatings containing moxifloxacin exhibited an obvious inhibition zone. The coatings containing a high amount of vancomycin were able to kill bacteria in direct contact with the implant surface. These results suggest that the antibacterial capacity of metallic implants can be tuned by orthogonal control over the release of (multiple) antibiotics from electrophoretically deposited composite coatings, which offers a new strategy to prevent orthopedic implant-associated infections.

  13. Electrophoretic deposition of HA/MWNTs composite coating for biomaterial applications.

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    Lin, Changjian; Han, Huijuan; Zhang, Fang; Li, Aimin

    2008-07-01

    A composite coating of hydroxyapatite (HA)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) has been fabricated by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The nano powders of HA and MWNTs were dispersed in ethanol with total concentration of 0.005 g/mL and MWNTs 20% and 30% contents (wt). And the pH value of suspension was adjusted in a range from 4 to 5. After stabilization the mixture was ultrasonically treated for 3 h to form a stable suspension. Prior to the electrophoretic deposition, the titanium substrate was hydrothermally treated at 140 in NaOH (10 mol/L) solution for 6 h. A titanium sheet and circinal net of stainless steel were used as a cathode and an anode respectively, and a constant deposition voltage of 30 V was applied for 50-60 s in the EPD process. The thickness of the coatings was controlled from 10 microm to 20 microm. The samples of composite coating were then sintered in a resistance tube furnace in flowing argon at 700 for 2 h. The structure of the as prepared coating was characterized by SEM and XRD, and the bonding force of the coating/substrate was measured by an interfacial shear strength test. It is shown that the bonding strengths between the coating and the titanium substrate is as high as 35 MPa. The cell culture experiments indicate that the prepared composite coating of HA/MWNTs possesses good biocompatibility.

  14. Antimicrobial behavior of novel surfaces generated by electrophoretic deposition and breakdown anodization.

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    Flores, Jessamine Q; Joung, Young Soo; Kinsinger, Nichola M; Lu, Xinglin; Buie, Cullen R; Walker, Sharon L

    2015-10-01

    Biofilms have devastating impacts on many industries such as increased fuel consumption and damage to surfaces in maritime industries. Ideal biofouling management is inhibition of initial bacterial attachment. The attachment of a model marine bacterium (Halomonas pacfica g) was investigated to evaluate the potential of these new novel surfaces to resist initial bacterial adhesion. Novel engineered surfaces were generated via breakdown anodization or electrophoretic deposition, to modify three parameters: hydrophobicity, surface chemistry, and roughness. Mass transfer rates were determined using a parallel plate flow chamber under relevant solution chemistries. The greatest deposition was observed on the superhydrophilic surface, which had micro- and nano-scale hierarchical structures composed of titanium oxide deposited on a titanium plate. Conversely, one of the hydrophobic surfaces with micro-porous films overlaid with polydimethylsiloxane appeared to be most resistant to cell attachment.

  15. Inner Surface Coating of Non-Conductive Tubular Substrate Using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Kreethawate, L.; Larpkiattaworn, S.; Jiemsirilers, S.; Uchikoshi, T.

    2011-10-01

    Inner surface of microporous alumina tube was coated with nanoporous alumina layer using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Polypyrrole (Ppy) film was formed on the inner wall of the porous tube to give electrical conductivity by chemical polymerization of pyrrole (Py). The nanoporous structure was controled using bimodal suspension of alumina powders with 0.6 μm and 30 nm in ethanol. The thickness of the coated layer was controlled by varying the processing parameters such as deposition time and DC applied voltage. After the deposition, the coated substrate was sintered at 1250°C for 2 h to bond the coated layer with the substrate.The microstructure of the substrate and the coated layer was observed by SEM. The results show the good interfacial joining between the substrate and the coated layer; they are not seperatated after the Ppy burnt-out. Crack-free and nanoporous layer on the microporous substrate was successfully fabricated.

  16. Electrophoretic deposition of mullite in a continuous fashion utilizing non-aqueous polymeric sols

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    Brown, P.W.

    1995-12-31

    The feasibility of depositing mullite via electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto a 2-d substrate, such as Nicalon{trademark} cloth, was determined in this preliminary study. Mullite coatings were deposited onto a C-coated Nicalon{trademark} cloth using a polymeric precursor. XRD data suggest that phase separation of the sol does not occur upon drying and subsequent thermal treatment of the sol. XRD also indicates an amorphous {r_arrow} crystalline transition between 800 and 900{degrees}C. The coatings appeared to be fairly uniform throughout the cloth cross-section, on the order of 250nm thick, and displayed a minimal amount of bridging. A large amount of 5 nanometer-sized porosity was uniformly distributed throughout the coating.

  17. Electrophoretic deposition and electrochemical behavior of novel graphene oxide-hyaluronic acid-hydroxyapatite nanocomposite coatings

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    Li, Ming; Liu, Qian; Jia, Zhaojun; Xu, Xuchen; Shi, Yuying; Cheng, Yan; Zheng, Yufeng; Xi, Tingfei; Wei, Shicheng

    2013-11-01

    Novel ternary graphene oxide-hyaluronic acid-hydroxyapatite (GO-HY-HA) nanocomposite coatings were prepared on Ti substrate using anodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Hyaluronic acid was employed as charging additive and dispersion agent during EPD. The kinetics and mechanism of the deposition, and the microstructure of the coated samples were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum, thermo-gravimetric analysis, and microscopic Fourier transform infrared analysis. The results showed that the addition of GO sheets into the HY-HA suspensions could increase the deposition rate and inhibit cracks creation and propagation in the coatings. The corrosion resistant of the resulting samples were evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization method in simulated body fluid, and the GO-HY-HA coatings could effectively improve the anti-corrosion property of the Ti substrate.

  18. Methods and systems for electrophoretic deposition of energetic materials and compositions thereof

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    Sullivan, Kyle T.; Gash, Alexander E.; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Worsley, Marcus A.

    2015-06-23

    A product includes: a part including at least one component characterized as an energetic material, where the at least one component is at least partially characterized by physical characteristics of being deposited by an electrophoretic deposition process. A method includes: providing a plurality of particles of an energetic material suspended in a dispersion liquid to an EPD chamber or configuration; applying a voltage difference across a first pair of electrodes to generate a first electric field in the EPD chamber; and depositing at least some of the particles of the energetic material on at least one surface of a substrate, the substrate being one of the electrodes or being coupled to one of the electrodes.

  19. Deposition of a thin film of TiOx from a titanium metal target as novel blocking layers at conducting glass/TiO2 interfaces in ionic liquid mesoscopic TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xia, Jiangbin; Masaki, Naruhiko; Jiang, Kejian; Yanagida, Shozo

    2006-12-21

    In dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells, charge recombination processes at interfaces between fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), TiO2, dye, and electrolyte play an important role in limiting the photon-to-electron conversion efficiency. From this point of view, a high work function material such as titanium deposited by sputtering on FTO has been investigated as an effective blocking layer for preventing electron leakage from FTO without influencing electron injection. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicates that different species of Ti (Ti4+, Ti3+, Ti2+, and a small amount of Ti0) exist on FTO. Electrochemical and photoelectrochemical measurements reveal that thin films of titanium species, expressed as TiOx, work as a compact blocking layer between FTO and TiO2 nanocrystaline film, improving Voc and the fill factor, finally giving a better conversion efficiency for dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells with ionic liquid electrolytes.

  20. Molecular dynamics study of the effect of titanium ion energy on surface structure during the amorphous TiO2 films deposition

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    Chen, Xian; Wang, Yan-Wu; Liu, Xin; Wang, Xiao-Yan; Wang, Xiao-Bo; An, Shu-Dong; Zhao, Yu-Qing

    2015-08-01

    This paper has investigated the impact of the incident titanium ion energy on the surface structure formation mechanism and the film properties during the amorphous TiO2 thin film deposition process with the molecular dynamics simulation method. The results show that the increase of film density and the reduction of the surface roughness happen when the energy of incident titanium ions is increased. It is also found that the film growth mode is the Volmer-Weber (island) growth mode under the influence of the surface potential. The effect of surface potential is more significant if the incident ions energy becomes smaller. That will make the Volmer-Weber (island) growth mode promoted and the surface roughness of the deposited films become larger. Conversely, the Volmer-Weber growth mode is inhibited when the incident ion energy is higher. It will be conducive to the formation of more smooth film surface.

  1. Flame Aerosol Deposition of TiO2 Nanoparticle Films on Polymers and Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for On-Chip Phosphopeptide Enrichment.

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    Rudin, Thomas; Tsougeni, Katerina; Gogolides, Evangelos; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2012-09-01

    Direct and fast (10s of seconds) deposition of flame-made, high surface-area aerosol films on polymers and polymeric microfluidic devices is demonstrated. Uniform TiO2 nanoparticle films were deposited on cooled Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates by combustion of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) - xylene solution sprays. Films were mechanically stabilized by in-situ annealing with a xylene spray flame. Plasma-etched microfluidic chromatography columns, comprising parallel microchannels were also coated with such nanoparticle films without any microchannel deformation. These microcolumns were successfully used in metal-oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) to selectively trap phosphopeptides on these high surface-area nanostructured films. The chips had a high capacity retaining 1.2 μg of standard phosphopeptide. A new extremely fast method is developed for MOAC microchip stationary phase fabrication with applications in proteomics.

  2. Flame Aerosol Deposition of TiO2 Nanoparticle Films on Polymers and Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for On-Chip Phosphopeptide Enrichment

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    Rudin, Thomas; Tsougeni, Katerina; Gogolides, Evangelos; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2013-01-01

    Direct and fast (10s of seconds) deposition of flame-made, high surface-area aerosol films on polymers and polymeric microfluidic devices is demonstrated. Uniform TiO2 nanoparticle films were deposited on cooled Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates by combustion of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) – xylene solution sprays. Films were mechanically stabilized by in-situ annealing with a xylene spray flame. Plasma-etched microfluidic chromatography columns, comprising parallel microchannels were also coated with such nanoparticle films without any microchannel deformation. These microcolumns were successfully used in metal-oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) to selectively trap phosphopeptides on these high surface-area nanostructured films. The chips had a high capacity retaining 1.2 μg of standard phosphopeptide. A new extremely fast method is developed for MOAC microchip stationary phase fabrication with applications in proteomics. PMID:23729946

  3. Electrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite-CaSiO3-chitosan composite coatings.

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    Pang, Xin; Casagrande, Travis; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2009-02-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the fabrication of hydroxyapatite (HA)-CaSiO(3) (CS)-chitosan composite coatings for biomedical applications. The use of chitosan enabled the co-deposition of HA and CS particles and offered the advantage of room temperature processing of composite materials. The coating composition was varied by the variation of HA and CS concentrations in the chitosan solutions. Cathodic deposits were obtained as HA-CS-chitosan monolayers, HA-chitosan/chitosan multilayers or functionally graded materials (FGM) containing HA-chitosan and CS-chitosan layers of different composition. The thickness of the individual layers was varied in the range of 0.1-20 microm. The deposition yield was studied at different experimental conditions and compared with the results of modeling. It was shown that the moving boundary model for the two component system can explain the non-linear increase in the deposition yield with increasing HA concentration in chitosan solutions. The obtained coatings were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies showed that these coatings provided corrosion protection of stainless steel substrates in Ringer's physiological solution. The deposition mechanism and kinetics of deposition have been discussed.

  4. Universal dispersing agent for electrophoretic deposition of inorganic materials with improved adsorption, triggered by chelating monomers.

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    Liu, Yangshuai; Luo, Dan; Ata, Mustafa S; Zhang, Tianshi; Wallar, Cameron J; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2016-01-15

    Poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4-hydroxyphenylazo)benzenesulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) is a polymeric functional material with a number of unique physical properties, which attracted significant interest of different scientific communities. Films of PAZO were deposited by anodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD) under constant current and constant voltage conditions. The deposition kinetics was analyzed under different conditions and the deposition mechanism was discussed. New strategy was developed for the EPD of different inorganic materials and composites using PAZO as a dispersing, charging, binding and film forming agent. It was found that PAZO exhibits remarkable adsorption on various inorganic materials due to the presence of chelating salicylate ligands in its molecular structure. The salicylate ligands of PAZO monomers provide multiple adsorption sites by complexation of metal atoms on particle surfaces and allow for efficient electrosteric stabilization of particle suspensions. The remarkable performance of PAZO in its application in EPD have been exemplified by deposition of a wide variety of inorganic materials including the single element oxides (NiO, ZnO, Fe2O3) the complex oxides (Al2TiO5, BaTiO3, ZrSiO4, CoFe2O4) different nitrides (TiN, Si3N4, BN) as well as pure Ni metal and hydrotalcite clay. The use of PAZO can avoid limitation of other dispersing agents in deposition and co-deposition of different materials. Composite films were obtained using PAZO as a co-dispersant for different inorganic materials. The deposit composition, microstructure and deposition yield can be varied. The EPD method offers the advantages of simplicity, high deposition rate, and ability to deposit thin or thick films.

  5. Dye sensitized solar cell applications of CdTiO3-TiO2 composite thin films deposited from single molecular complex

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    Ehsan, Muhammad Ali; Khaledi, Hamid; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Huang, Nay Ming; Arifin, Zainudin; Mazhar, Muhammad

    2015-10-01

    A heterobimetallic complex [Cd2Ti4(μ-O)6(TFA)8(THF)6]·1.5THF (1) (TFA=trifluoroacetato, THF=tetrahydrofuran) comprising of Cd:Ti (1:2) ratio was synthesized by a chemical reaction of cadmium (II) acetate with titanium (IV) isopropoxide and triflouroacetic acid in THF. The stoichiometry of (1) was recognized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, spectroscopic and elemental analyses. Thermal studies revealed that (1) neatly decomposes at 450 °C to furnish 1:1 ratio of cadmium titanate:titania composite oxides material. The thin films of CdTiO3-TiO2 composite oxides were deposited at 550 °C on fluorine doped tin oxide coated conducting glass substrate in air ambient. The micro-structure, crystallinity, phase identification and chemical composition of microspherical architectured CdTiO3-TiO2 composite thin film have been determined by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The scope of composite thin film having band gap of 3.1 eV was explored as photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell application.

  6. Systematic modulation of quantum (electron) tunneling behavior by atomic layer deposition on nanoparticulate SnO2 and TiO2 photoanodes.

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    Prasittichai, Chaiya; Avila, Jason R; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T

    2013-11-06

    Ultrathin films of TiO2, ZrO2, and Al2O3 were conformally created on SnO2 and TiO2 photoelectrodes via atomic layer deposition (ALD) to examine their influence upon electron transfer (ET) from the electrodes to a representative molecular receptor, I3(-). Films thicker than 2 Å engender an exponential decrease in ET time with increasing film thickness, consistent with tunneling theory. Increasing the height of the barrier, as measured by the energy difference between the transferring electron and the bottom of the conduction band of the barrier material, results in steeper exponential drops in tunneling rate or probability. The variations are quantitatively consistent with a simple model of quantum tunneling of electrons through square barriers (i.e., barriers of individually uniform energy height) that are characterized by individually uniform physical thickness. The findings demonstrate that ALD is a remarkably uniform and precise method for modifying electrode surfaces and imply that standard tunneling theory can be used as a quantitative guide to intentionally and predictively modulating rates of ET between molecules and electrodes.

  7. Electrophoretic deposition as a new approach to produce optical sensing films adaptable to microdevices

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    Marín-Suárez, Marta; Medina-Rodríguez, Santiago; Ergeneman, Olgaç; Pané, Salvador; Fernández-Sánchez, Jorge F.; Nelson, Bradley J.; Fernández-Gutiérrez, Alberto

    2013-12-01

    We report the fabrication of optical oxygen sensor films using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) nanoparticles containing the oxygen-sensitive dye platinum(ii) meso-tetra(pentafluorophenyl)porphine. Compared to other deposition methods, the EPD is simple and allows easy control over deposition, which is crucial for the implementation of optical sensing films in microdevices. By optimizing the synthesis of the functional nanoparticles, anodic EPD can be performed. The amount of deposited particles can be tuned by varying either the electrical potential or the deposition time. The sensing phases were characterized using a phase-modulation technique showing a Stern-Volmer constant (kSV1) between 45 and 52 bar-1 for gas and of 20.72 bar-1 in the aqueous phase without leaching of the particles from the surface. The small thickness of the layers lead to short response times (<0.4 s). This is the first time that polymeric optical sensing films have been obtained by EPD from dispersions of oxygen sensing nanoparticles.We report the fabrication of optical oxygen sensor films using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) nanoparticles containing the oxygen-sensitive dye platinum(ii) meso-tetra(pentafluorophenyl)porphine. Compared to other deposition methods, the EPD is simple and allows easy control over deposition, which is crucial for the implementation of optical sensing films in microdevices. By optimizing the synthesis of the functional nanoparticles, anodic EPD can be performed. The amount of deposited particles can be tuned by varying either the electrical potential or the deposition time. The sensing phases were characterized using a phase-modulation technique showing a Stern-Volmer constant (kSV1) between 45 and 52 bar-1 for gas and of 20.72 bar-1 in the aqueous phase without leaching of the particles from the surface. The small thickness of the layers lead to short response times (<0.4 s). This is

  8. Electrophoretically deposited multiwalled carbon nanotube based amperometric genosensor for E.coli detection

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    Bhardwaj, Hema; Solanki, Shipra; Sumana, Gajjala

    2016-04-01

    This work reports on a sensitive and selective genosensor fabrication method for Escherichia coli (E.coli) detection. The functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) synthesized via chemical vapour deposition have been deposited electrophoretically onto indium tin oxide coated glass surface and have been utilized as matrices for the covalent immobilization of E.coli specific probe oligonucleotide that was identified from the 16s rRNA coding region of the E.coli genome. This fabricated functionalized MWCNT based platform sought to provide improved fundamental characteristics to electrode interface in terms of electro-active surface area and diffusion coefficient. Electrochemical cyclic voltammetry revealed that this genosensor exhibits a linear response to complementary DNA in the concentration range of 10-7 to 10-12 M with a detection limit of 1×10-12 M.

  9. Interfacial development of electrophoretically deposited graphene oxide films on Al alloys

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    Jin, Sumin; Dickerson, James H.; Pham, Viet Hung; ...

    2015-07-28

    Adhesion between film and substrate is critical for electronic device and coating applications. Interfacial development between electrophoretically deposited graphene oxide films on Al 1100 and Al 5052 alloys were investigated using FT-IR and XPS depth profiling techniques. Obtained results suggest metal ion permeation from the substrates into deposited graphene oxide films. The interface between the films and the substrates were primarily composed of Al-O-C bonds from oxygenated defects on graphene oxide plane rather than expected Al-C formation. Films heat treated at 150 °C had change in microstructure and peak shifts in XPS spectra suggesting change in chemical structure of bondsmore » between the films and the substrates.« less

  10. Interfacial development of electrophoretically deposited graphene oxide films on Al alloys

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    Jin, Sumin; Dickerson, James H.; Pham, Viet Hung; Brochu, Mathieu

    2015-07-28

    Adhesion between film and substrate is critical for electronic device and coating applications. Interfacial development between electrophoretically deposited graphene oxide films on Al 1100 and Al 5052 alloys were investigated using FT-IR and XPS depth profiling techniques. Obtained results suggest metal ion permeation from the substrates into deposited graphene oxide films. The interface between the films and the substrates were primarily composed of Al-O-C bonds from oxygenated defects on graphene oxide plane rather than expected Al-C formation. Films heat treated at 150 °C had change in microstructure and peak shifts in XPS spectra suggesting change in chemical structure of bonds between the films and the substrates.

  11. Methods of electrophoretic deposition for functionally graded porous nanostructures and systems thereof

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    Worsley, Marcus A; Baumann, Theodore F; Satcher, Joe H; Olson, Tammy Y; Kuntz, Joshua D; Rose, Klint A

    2015-03-03

    In one embodiment, an aerogel includes a layer of shaped particles having a particle packing density gradient in a thickness direction of the layer, wherein the shaped particles are characterized by being formed in an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process using an impurity. In another embodiment, a method for forming a functionally graded porous nanostructure includes adding particles of an impurity and a solution to an EPD chamber, applying a voltage difference across the two electrodes of the EPD chamber to create an electric field in the EPD chamber, and depositing the material onto surfaces of the particles of the impurity to form shaped particles of the material. Other functionally graded materials and methods are described according to more embodiments.

  12. Electrophoretic deposition of antibiotic loaded PHBV microsphere-alginate composite coating with controlled delivery potential.

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    Chen, Qiang; Li, Wei; Goudouri, Ourania-Menti; Ding, Yaping; Cabanas-Polo, Sandra; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2015-06-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique has been developed for the fabrication of antibiotic-loaded PHBV microsphere (MS)-alginate antibacterial coatings. The composite coatings deposited from suspensions with different MS concentrations were produced in order to demonstrate the versatility of the proposed method for achieving functional coatings with tailored drug loading and release profiles. Linearly increased deposit mass with increasing MS concentrations was obtained, and MS were found to be homogeneously stabilized in the alginate matrix. Chemical composition, surface roughness and wettability of the deposited coatings were measured by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, laser profilometer and water contact angle instruments, respectively. The co-deposition mechanism was described by two separate processes according to the results of relevant measurements: (i) the deposition of alginate-adsorbed MS and (ii) the non-adsorbed alginate. Qualitative antibacterial tests indicated that MS containing coatings exhibit excellent inhibition effects against E. coli (gram-negative bacteria) after 1h of incubation. The proposed coating system combined with the simplicity of the EPD technique can be considered a promising surface modification approach for the controlled in situ delivery of drug or other biomolecules.

  13. Understanding the mechanisms of interfacial reactions during TiO2 layer growth on RuO2 by atomic layer deposition with O2 plasma or H2O as oxygen source

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    Chaker, A.; Szkutnik, P. D.; Pointet, J.; Gonon, P.; Vallée, C.; Bsiesy, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, TiO2 layers grown on RuO2 by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using tetrakis (dimethyla-mino) titanium (TDMAT) and either oxygen plasma or H2O as oxygen source were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and depth-resolved X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The main objective is to investigate the surface chemical reactions mechanisms and their influence on the TiO2 film properties. The experimental results using XRD show that ALD deposition using H2O leads to anatase TiO2 whereas a rutile TiO2 is obtained when oxygen-plasma is used as oxygen source. Depth-resolved XPS analysis allows to determine the reaction mechanisms at the RuO2 substrate surface after growth of thin TiO2 layers. Indeed, the XPS analysis shows that when H2O assisted ALD process is used, intermediate Ti2O3 layer is obtained and RuO2 is reduced into Ru as evidenced by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. In this case, there is no possibility to re-oxidize the Ru surface into RuO2 due to the weak oxidation character of H2O and an anatase TiO2 layer is therefore grown on Ti2O3. In contrast, when oxygen plasma is used in the ALD process, its strong oxidation character leads to the re-oxidation of the partially reduced RuO2 following the first Ti deposition step. Consequently, the RuO2 surface is regenerated, allowing the growth of rutile TiO2. A surface chemical reaction scheme is proposed that well accounts for the observed experimental results.

  14. Electrophoretic deposition of cellulose nanocrystals (CNs) and CNs/alginate nanocomposite coatings and free standing membranes.

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    Chen, Qiang; de Larraya, Uxua Pérez; Garmendia, Nere; Lasheras-Zubiate, María; Cordero-Arias, Luis; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2014-06-01

    This study presents the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of cellulose nanocrystals (CNs) and CNs-based alginate composite coatings for biomedical applications. The mechanism of anodic deposition of CNs and co-deposition of CNs/alginate composites was analyzed based on the results of zeta-potential, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses. The capability of the EPD technique for manipulating the orientation of CNs and for the preparation of multilayer CNs coatings was demonstrated. The nanotopographic surface roughness and hydrophilicity of the deposited coatings were measured and discussed. Electrochemical testing demonstrated that a significant degree of corrosion protection of stainless steel could be achieved when CNs-containing coatings were present. Additionally, the one-step EPD-based processing of free-standing CNs/alginate membranes was demonstrated confirming the versatility of EPD to fabricate free-standing membrane structures compared to a layer-by-layer deposition technique. CNs and CNs/alginate nanocomposite coatings produced by EPD are potential candidates for biomedical, cell technology and drug delivery applications.

  15. Modeling the Transport of Colloids to Electrode Strips During Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Pascall, Andrew; Sullivan, Kyle; Kuntz, Joshua

    2012-11-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is an industrially relevant process in which colloidal particles suspended in a liquid are forced to deposit on a electrode under an applied electric field. Studies of the formation of deposits by EPD have generally focused on electrode geometries that yield analytical solutions, such as infinite parallel planes and concentric cylinders. Here, we focus on an experimentally relevant geometry that has not yielded analytical solutions--the planar strip electrode. We present a finite element model for the transport of material onto a planar strip electrode which shows excellent qualitative agreement to experimental results in a similar system. Notably, we demonstrate that the presence of the edges of the electrode lead to a singularity in the electric field that significantly effects the morphology of the deposit at short times or for thin deposits. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. LLNL-ABS-567973.

  16. The structural studies of Ag containing TiO2-SiO2 gels and thin films deposited on steel

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    Adamczyk, Anna; Rokita, Magdalena

    2016-06-01

    FTIR spectroscopic structural studies of titania-silica monolith samples as well as thin films deposited on steel were described in this work. Thin films were synthesized by the sol-gel method applying the dip coating as separate one-component TiO2 and/or SiO2 layers or as two-component TiO2-SiO2 thin films. Silver nanoparticles were incorporated into the structure from pure SiO2 sol, deposited then as an additional layer in those hybrid multilayers systems. Except the spectroscopic studies, XRD diffraction, SEM microscopy with EDX analysis and AFM microscopy were applied. The structural studies allow to describe and compare the structure and the morphology of thin films, as well those Ag free as Ag containing ones, also by the comparison with the structure of bulk samples. In FTIR spectra, the band observed at about 613 cm-1 can be connected with the presence of the non-tetrahedral cation in the structure and is observed only in the spectra of Ag containing bulk samples and thin films. The bands at 435-467 cm-1 are due to the stretching vibrations of Ti-O bonds or as well to the bending vibrations of O-Si-O one. In the ranges of 779-799 cm-1 and 1027-1098 cm-1, the bands ascribed to the symmetric stretching vibrations and asymmetric vibrations of Si-O-Si connections, respectively, are observed. SEM and AFM images gave the information on the microstructure and the topography of samples surface. XRD measurements confirmed the presence of only amorphous phase in samples up to 500 °C and allowed to observe the tendency of their crystallization.

  17. High performance PbS quantum dot sensitized solar cells via electric field assisted in situ chemical deposition on modulated TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Tao, Liang; Xiong, Yan; Liu, Hong; Shen, Wenzhong

    2014-01-21

    Quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) are attractive photovoltaic devices due to their simplicity and low material requirements. However, efforts to realize high efficiencies in QDSSCs have often been offset by complicated processes and expensive or toxic materials, significantly limiting their useful application. In this work, we have realized for the first time, high performance PbS QDSSCs based on TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) via an in situ chemical deposition method controlled by a low electric field. An efficiency, η, of ~3.41% under full sun illumination has been achieved, which is 133.6% higher than the best result previously reported for a simple system without doping or co-sensitizing, and comparable to systems with additional chemicals. Furthermore, a high open-circuit voltage (0.64 V), short-circuit current (8.48 mA cm(-2)) and fill factor (0.63) have been achieved. A great increase in the quantity of the loaded quantum dots (QDs) in the NTAs was obtained from the in situ electric field assisted chemical bath deposition (EACBD) process, which was the most significant contributing factor with respect to the high JSC. The high VOC and FF have been attributed to a much shorter electron path, less structural and electronic defects, and lower recombination in the ordered TiO2 NTAs produced by oscillating anodic voltage. Besides, the optimal film thickness (~4 μm) based on the NTAs was much thinner than that of the control cell based on nanoporous film (~30.0 μm). This investigation can hopefully offer an effective way of realizing high performance QDSSCs and QD growth/installation in other nanostructures as well.

  18. Solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes produced via very low pressure suspension plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition

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    Fleetwood, James D.

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are a promising element of comprehensive energy policies due to their direct mechanism for converting the oxidization of fuel, such as hydrogen, into electrical energy. Both very low pressure plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition allow working with high melting temperature SOFC suspension based feedstock on complex surfaces, such as in non-planar SOFC designs. Dense, thin electrolytes of ideal composition for SOFCs can be fabricated with each of these processes, while compositional control is achieved with dissolved dopant compounds that are incorporated into the coating during deposition. In the work reported, sub-micron 8 mole % Y2O3-ZrO2 (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC), powders, including those in suspension with scandium-nitrate dopants, were deposited on NiO-YSZ anodes, via very low pressure suspension plasma spray (VLPSPS) at Sandia National Laboratories' Thermal Spray Research Laboratory and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) at Purdue University. Plasma spray was carried out in a chamber held at 320 - 1300 Pa, with the plasma composed of argon, hydrogen, and helium. EPD was characterized utilizing constant current deposition at 10 mm electrode separation, with deposits sintered from 1300 -- 1500 °C for 2 hours. The role of suspension constituents in EPD was analyzed based on a parametric study of powder loading, powder specific surface area, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) content, polyethyleneimine (PEI) content, and acetic acid content. Increasing PVB content and reduction of particle specific surface area were found to eliminate the formation of cracks when drying. PEI and acetic acid content were used to control suspension stability and the adhesion of deposits. Additionally, EPD was used to fabricate YSZ/GDC bilayer electrolyte systems. The resultant YSZ electrolytes were 2-27 microns thick and up to 97% dense. Electrolyte performance as part of a SOFC system with screen printed LSCF cathodes was evaluated with peak

  19. Photo-electrochemical studies of chemically deposited nanocrystalline meso-porous n-type TiO2 thin films for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using simple synthesized azo dye

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    Ezema, C. G.; Nwanya, A. C.; Ezema, B. E.; Patil, B. H.; Bulakhe, R. N.; Ukoha, P. O.; Lokhande, C. D.; Maaza, Malik; Ezema, Fabian I.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrate at room temperature (300 K). Titanium trichloride and sodium hydroxide were used as cationic and anionic sources, respectively. The as-deposited and annealed films were characterized for structural, morphological, optical, electrical and wettability properties. The photoelectrochemical study of TiO2 sensitized with a laboratory synthesized organic dye (azo) was evaluated in the polyiodide electrolyte at 40 mW cm-2 light illumination intensity. The photovoltaic characteristics show a fill factor of 0.24 and solar conversion efficiency value of 0.032 % for a TiO2 thickness of 0.96 µm as compared to efficiency of 0.014 % for rose Bengal of the same thickness.

  20. Electrophoretic deposition of fluorescent Cu and Au sheets for light-emitting diodes

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    Liu, Jiale; Wu, Zhennan; Li, Tingting; Zhou, Ding; Zhang, Kai; Sheng, Yu; Cui, Jianli; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2015-12-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a conventional method for fabricating film materials from nanometer-sized building blocks, and exhibits the advantages of low-cost, high-efficiency, wide-range thickness adjustment, and uniform deposition. Inspired by the interest in the application of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, the EPD technique has been recently extended to building blocks with 2D features. However, the studies are mainly focused on simplex building blocks. The utilization of multiplex building blocks is rarely reported. In this work, we demonstrate a controlled EPD of Cu and Au sheets, which are 2D assemblies of luminescent Cu and Au nanoclusters. Systematic investigations reveal that both the deposition efficiency and the thickness are determined by the lateral size of the sheets. For Cu sheets with a large lateral size, a high ζ-potential and strong face-to-face van der Waals interactions facilitate the deposition with high efficiency. However, for Au sheets, the small lateral size and ζ-potential limit the formation of a thick film. To solve this problem, the deposition dynamics are controlled by increasing the concentration of the Au sheets and adding acetone. This understanding permits the fabrication of a binary EPD film by the stepwise deposition of Cu and Au sheets, thus producing a luminescent film with both Cu green emission and Au red emission. A white light-emitting diode prototype with color coordinates (x, y) = (0.31, 0.36) is fabricated by employing the EPD film as a color conversion layer on a 365 nm GaN clip and further tuning the amount of deposited Cu and Au sheets.Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a conventional method for fabricating film materials from nanometer-sized building blocks, and exhibits the advantages of low-cost, high-efficiency, wide-range thickness adjustment, and uniform deposition. Inspired by the interest in the application of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, the EPD technique has been recently extended to

  1. Effect of TiO 2 buffer layer on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by E-beam evaporation and sol-gel method

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    Xu, Linhua; Shi, Linxing; Li, Xiangyin

    2008-12-01

    In this work, TiO 2 buffer layers were first deposited on Si substrates by electron beam evaporation, and then ZnO thin films were deposited on TiO 2 buffer layers by electron beam evaporation and a sol-gel method, respectively. The structural features and surface morphologies of these films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and a scanning probe microscope (SPM), respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured by a fluorophotometer. The analyses of the structures and surface morphologies showed that all the ZnO thin films were preferentially oriented along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface; TiO 2 buffer layers increased the intensity of (0 0 2) diffraction peaks, made the grains denser and the surfaces of the films smoother. The photoluminescence spectra showed that TiO 2 buffer layers enhanced ultraviolet emissions and reduced visible emissions of the ZnO thin films to a large degree. All the results suggested that the use of TiO 2 buffer layers effectively improved the quality of ZnO thin films.

  2. Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 for a High-Efficiency Hole-Blocking Layer in Hole-Conductor-Free Perovskite Solar Cells Processed in Ambient Air.

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    Hu, Hang; Dong, Binghai; Hu, Huating; Chen, Fengxiang; Kong, Mengqin; Zhang, Qiuping; Luo, Tianyue; Zhao, Li; Guo, Zhiguang; Li, Jing; Xu, Zuxun; Wang, Shimin; Eder, Dominik; Wan, Li

    2016-07-20

    In this study we design and construct high-efficiency, low-cost, highly stable, hole-conductor-free, solid-state perovskite solar cells, with TiO2 as the electron transport layer (ETL) and carbon as the hole collection layer, in ambient air. First, uniform, pinhole-free TiO2 films of various thicknesses were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrodes by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. Based on these TiO2 films, a series of hole-conductor-free perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with carbon as the counter electrode were fabricated in ambient air, and the effect of thickness of TiO2 compact film on the device performance was investigated in detail. It was found that the performance of PSCs depends on the thickness of the compact layer due to the difference in surface roughness, transmittance, charge transport resistance, electron-hole recombination rate, and the charge lifetime. The best-performance devices based on optimized TiO2 compact film (by 2000 cycles ALD) can achieve power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of as high as 7.82%. Furthermore, they can maintain over 96% of their initial PCE after 651 h (about 1 month) storage in ambient air, thus exhibiting excellent long-term stability.

  3. Low-voltage electrophoretic deposition of polyetherimide through quarternization and re-imidization reactions

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    Kim, Sanghoon; Oh, Joon-Suk; Hwang, Tae-seon; Cho, Minho; Lee, Youngkwan; Choi, Hyouk Ryeol; Kim, Seong Woo; Nam, Jae-Do

    2013-11-01

    The electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process successfully applied for the deposition of quarternized polyetherimide (q-PEI) emulsion on the Cu surface in the relatively low voltage range of 2˜7 V. Allowing the rheological movement of q-PEI suspension drops to move to the cathode, this voltage level allowed q-PEI (or PEI) coating to be in the thickness range in a few micrometers within 300 sec. The coating thickness increased with the applied voltages and seemed to reach a plateau with time seemingly allowing a stable control of EPD operating conditions. The low-voltage in EPD minimized the violent water electrolysis or gas evolution, and subsequently the quality of the deposited PEI layer was excellent with the RMS roughness in 15˜35 nm. The thermally transformation of q-PEI to PEI was confirmed using FT-IR. Based on the electro-rheological theory of suspension drops under electrical potential, the key operation parameters of EPD, i.e., deposition time and applied voltage, were thoroughly investigated by measuring the thickness, surface roughness, and cross-section images of specimens. This work demonstrated that the low-voltage EPD could minimize the gas evolution rates and, thus, provide a high-quality PEI coating on metal surfaces without pinholes, voids, or delaminated areas within a reasonable span of EPD processing time.

  4. Double perovskite Sr(2)FeMoO(6) films prepared by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Kovalev, Leonid V; Yarmolich, Marta V; Petrova, Manuela L; Ustarroz, Jon; Terryn, Herman A; Kalanda, Nikolai A; Zheludkevich, Mikhail L

    2014-11-12

    The present work reports on the new approach to create metal-supported Sr2FeMoO6 (SFMO)-based electrodes that have high potential to be applied in solid oxide fuel cells. The SFMO films were formed on stainless steel substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. Ethyl alcohol with phosphate ester as a dispersant and isopropyl alcohol with I2-acetone mixture as a charge additive were considered as an effective medium for EPD of SFMO particles. The synthesis of SFMO powder as well as suspension preparation and deposition kinetics were systematically studied. The effect of applied voltage on the thickness and morphology of SFMO films was established. The microstructure of the deposits was examined by electron microscopy. The thickness, morphology and porosity of the SFMO layers can be fine-tuned by varying solvent, charging additives, deposition time, and applied voltage. According to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, it was found that Fe(3+)-Mo(5+) and Fe(2+)-Mo(6+) pairs coexist, whereas the valent balance shifts toward an Fe(2+)-Mo(6+) configuration.

  5. Development and characterization of composite YSZ-PEI electrophoretically deposited membrane for Li-ion battery.

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    Hadar, R; Golodnitsky, D; Mazor, H; Ripenbein, T; Ardel, G; Barkay, Z; Gladkich, A; Peled, E

    2013-02-14

    In this work, the electrophoretic-deposition (EPD) method was used to fabricate pristine and composite ceramic-polymer membranes for application in planar and 3D microbattery configurations. The major focus was on the effect of polyethyleneimine additive on the morphology, composition, and electrochemical properties of the membrane. The ionic conductivity, cycleability, and charge/discharge behavior of planar LiFePO(4)/Li cells comprising composite porous YSZ-based membrane with impregnated LiPF(6) EC:DEC electrolyte were found to be similar to the cells with commercial Celgard membrane. Conformal EPD coating of the electrode materials by a thin-film ceramic separator is advantageous for high-power operation and safety of batteries.

  6. Electrophoretic deposition of graphene oxide reinforced chitosan-hydroxyapatite nanocomposite coatings on Ti substrate.

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    Shi, Y Y; Li, M; Liu, Q; Jia, Z J; Xu, X C; Cheng, Y; Zheng, Y F

    2016-03-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a facile and feasible technique to prepare functional nanocomposite coatings for application in orthopedic-related implants. In this work, a ternary graphene oxide-chitosan-hydroxyapatite (GO-CS-HA) composite coating on Ti substrate was successfully fabricated by EPD. Coating microstructure and morphologies were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, contact angle test, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. It was found GO-CS surface were uniformly decorated by HA nanoparticles. The potentiodynamic polarization test in simulated body fluid indicated that the GO-CS-HA coatings could provide effective protection of Ti substrate from corrosion. This ternary composite coating also exhibited good biocompatibility during incubation with MG63 cells. In addition, the nanocomposite coatings could decrease the attachment of Staphylococcus aureus.

  7. Self-organization of In2S3 quantum dots into fractal nanostructures by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Vigneashwari, B; Tyagi, A K; Dash, S; Shankar, P; Manna, I; Suthanthiraraj, S Austin

    2009-09-01

    This paper describes the assembly of In2S3 quantum dots by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and their subsequent self-organization into fractal nanostructures over ITO substrates. The surface morphology and the organization of these dots into nanostructures were analyzed using SEM, HRSEM and AFM techniques. These analyses reveal the existence, under appropriate conditions, of very unique nanoscale structural motifs and scale invariance associated with the assembly. Formation of such a well correlated assembly, although seems to be electric field driven, appears to be dominated by self-organizing mechanism. Such self-organized nano-scale structures consisting of cavities are likely to have fascinating condensed phase transport properties. The paper reports microscopic study of such fractal assemblies using SEM, HTSEM and AFM.

  8. Dielectric properties of colloidal Gd2O3 nanocrystal films fabricated via electrophoretic deposition

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    Mahajan, S. V.; Dickerson, J. H.

    2010-03-01

    We investigated the dielectric characteristics of [Al/Gd2O3/Si] metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors, which were fabricated from films of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanocrystals used as the gate oxide layer. Electrophoretic deposition cast Gd2O3 nanocrystal films of different thicknesses by varying the concentration of the nanocrystal suspensions. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements of the MOS capacitors exhibited hysteresis, which indicated potentially favorable charge-storage properties. The films' dielectric constant (κ =3.90), calculated from the C-V data, led to the packing density of nanocrystals within the film (66%), which is in the glassy regime approximated by randomly closed packed spheres.

  9. Characteristics of copper meshes coated with carbon nanotubes via electrophoretic deposition

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    Kim, Bu-Jong; Park, Jong-Seol; Hwang, Young-Jin; Park, Jin-Seok

    2016-09-01

    This study demonstrates the characteristics of a hybrid-type transparent electrode for touch screen panels, which was fabricated by coating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on copper (Cu)-meshes. The surface morphologies, visible-range transmittance and reflectance, and chromatic properties, such as yellowness and redness, of the fabricated CNTs-coated Cu mesh electrodes were characterized as functions of their dimensions (line-to-line spacing, line width, and electrode thickness) and compared with those of the Cu-mesh electrodes without coating of CNTs. The experimental results showed that the coating of CNTs substantially reduced the reflectance of the Cu-mesh electrodes and also improved their chromatic properties with their transmittance and sheet resistance only slightly changed, subsequently indicating that the CNTs-coated Cu-mesh electrodes possessed desirable characteristics for touch screen panels.

  10. Biaxial stresses, surface roughness and microstructure in evaporated TiO 2 films with different deposition geometries

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    Tien, Chuen-Lin

    2009-11-01

    The residual stresses, surface roughness and microstructure in titanium oxide films prepared by electron-beam evaporation and deposited with different geometries were investigated, with particular focus on the in-plane anisotropy of the biaxial stresses and microstructures. Thin films were deposited with various deposition angles on B270 glass substrates and silicon wafers. Two different types of deposition geometries were studied. The residual stress in the thin films was examined by a phase-shifting Twyman-Green interferometer. The optical constants, biaxial stress and surface roughness were found to be related to the evolution of the anisotropic microstructures in the films. The results revealed that the anisotropic stresses that developed in the evaporated titanium oxide films were dependent upon the deposition geometry and microstructure of the films.

  11. Effect of the addition CNTs on performance of CaP/chitosan/coating deposited on magnesium alloy by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Zhang, Jie; Wen, Zhaohui; Zhao, Meng; Li, Guozhong; Dai, Changsong

    2016-01-01

    CaP/chitosan/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coating on AZ91D magnesium alloy was prepared via electrophoretic deposition (EPD) followed by conversion in a phosphate buffer solution (PBS). The bonding between the layer and the substrate was studied by an automatic scratch instrument. The phase compositions and microstructures of the composite coatings were determined by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The element concentration and gentamicin concentration were respectively determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) test and ultraviolet spectrophotometer (UV). The cell counting kit (CCK) assay was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of samples to SaOS-2 cells. The results showed that a few CNTs with their original tubular morphology could be found in the CaP/chitosan coating and they were beneficial for the crystal growth of phosphate and improvement of the coating bonding when the addition amount of CNTs in 500 ml of electrophoretic solution was from 0.05 g to 0.125 g. The loading amount of gentamicin increased and the releasing speed of gentamicin decreased after CNTs was added into the CaP/chitosan coating for immersion loading and EPD loading. The cell viability of Mg based CaP/chitosan/CNTs was higher than that of Mg based CaP/chitosan from 16 days to 90 days.

  12. Sputter deposition of high transparent TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2/ZnO layers on glass for development of photocatalytic self-cleaning application

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    Nejand, B. Abdollahi; Sanjabi, S.; Ahmadi, V.

    2011-10-01

    In this study, TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2 double layers thin film was deposited on ZnO (80 nm thickness)/soda-lime glass substrate by a dc reactive magnetron sputtering. The TiO 2 film was deposited under different total gas pressures of 1 Pa, 2 Pa, and 4 Pa with constant oxygen flow rate of 0.8 sccm. Then, the deposition was continued with various nitrogen flow rates of 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2 sccm in constant total gas pressure of 4 Pa. Post annealing was performed on as-deposited films at various annealing temperatures of 400, 500, and 600 °C in air atmosphere to achieve films crystallinity. The structure and morphology of deposited films were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The chemical composition of top layer doped by nitrogen was evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activity of samples was measured by degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye. The optical transmittance of the multilayer film was also measured using ultraviolet-visible light (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The results showed that by nitrogen doping of a fraction (˜1/5) of TiO 2 film thickness, the optical transmittance of TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2 film was compared with TiO 2 thin film. Deposited films showed also good photocatalytic and hydrophilicity activity at visible light.

  13. Electrophoretic deposition of mesoporous bioactive glass on glass-ceramic foam scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

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    Fiorilli, Sonia; Baino, Francesco; Cauda, Valentina; Crepaldi, Marco; Vitale-Brovarone, Chiara; Demarchi, Danilo; Onida, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the coating of 3-D foam-like glass-ceramic scaffolds with a bioactive mesoporous glass (MBG) was investigated. The starting scaffolds, based on a non-commercial silicate glass, were fabricated by the polymer sponge replica technique followed by sintering; then, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was applied to deposit a MBG layer on the scaffold struts. EPD was also compared with other techniques (dipping and direct in situ gelation) and it was shown to lead to the most promising results. The scaffold pore structure was maintained after the MBG coating by EPD, as assessed by SEM and micro-CT. In vitro bioactivity of the scaffolds was assessed by immersion in simulated body fluid and subsequent evaluation of hydroxyapatite (HA) formation. The deposition of a MBG coating can be a smart strategy to impart bioactive properties to the scaffold, allowing the formation of nano-structured HA agglomerates within 48 h from immersion, which does not occur on uncoated scaffold surfaces. The mechanical properties of the scaffold do not vary after the EPD (compressive strength ~19 MPa, fracture energy ~1.2 × 10(6) J m(-3)) and suggest the suitability of the prepared highly bioactive constructs as bone tissue engineering implants for load-bearing applications.

  14. Toward Dynamic Control over Ordered Nanoparticle Monolayer Fabrication by Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Dickerson, James; Gonzalo-Juan, Isabel; Krejci, Alex

    2013-03-01

    A primary challenges to the implementation of nanoparticles into device applications is the rapid production of densely packed, ordered films of these materials. The ordered arrangement of the nanomaterials is required for applications that rely on the collective interactions of the constituents or on the high density of the materials for information storage or surface protection. Rapid fabrication is a manufacturing demand to reduce operation costs and to streamline production. We have achieved a substantial milestone toward the mass production of macroscopic monolayers and thin films of colloidal nanocrystals on various substrates, including conducting metals and doped-semiconducting substrates. Our approach combines the advantages of liquid-phase, colloidal suspension approaches with the superior deposition rate, size scalability, and cost effective features of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to achieve monolayer-by-monolayer deposition control over nanocrystal films with various degrees of internal order. Such work has the potential for the fabrication of industrial scale quantities and surface areas of these colloidal solids. Our recent research activities have demonstrated film formation with titanium dioxide nanoparticles and core/shell iron oxide nanoparticles. This research was partially supported by the United States Office of Naval Research, Award N000140910523, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Awards DMR- 0757380 and CAREER DMR-1054161.

  15. Novel Bioactive Antimicrobial Lignin Containing Coatings on Titanium Obtained by Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Erakovic, Sanja; Jankovic, Ana; Tsui, Gary C. P.; Tang, Chak-Yin; Miskovic-Stankovic, Vesna; Stevanovic, Tatjana

    2014-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) is the most suitable biocompatible material for bone implant coatings; its brittleness, however, is a major obstacle, and the reason why research focuses on creating composites with biopolymers. Organosolv lignin (Lig) is used for the production of composite coatings, and these composites were examined in this study. Titanium substrate is a key biomedical material due to its well-known properties, but infections of the implantation site still impose a serious threat. One approach to prevent infection is to improve antimicrobial properties of the coating material. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag/HAP) and HAP coatings on titanium were obtained by an electrophoretic deposition method in order to control deposited coating mass and morphology by varying applied voltage and deposition time. The effect of lignin on microstructure, morphology and thermal behavior of biocomposite coatings was investigated. The results showed that higher lignin concentrations protect the HAP lattice during sintering, improving coating stability. The corrosion stability was evaluated in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 °C. Newly formed plate-shaped carbonate-HAP was detected, indicating enhanced bioactive performance. The antimicrobial efficiency of Ag/HAP/Lig was confirmed by its higher reduction of bacteria Staphylococcus aureus TL (S. aureus TL) than of HAP/Lig coating. Cytotoxicity assay revealed that both coatings can be classified as non-toxic against healthy immunocompetent peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). PMID:25019343

  16. Electrophoretic deposition of PTFE particles on porous anodic aluminum oxide film and its tribological properties

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    Zhang, Dongya; Dong, Guangneng; Chen, Yinjuan; Zeng, Qunfeng

    2014-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite film was successfully fabricated by depositing PTFE particles into porous anodic aluminum oxide film using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Firstly, porous anodic aluminum oxide film was synthesized by anodic oxidation process in sulphuric acid electrolyte. Then, PTFE particles in suspension were directionally deposited into the porous substrate. Finally, a heat treatment at 300 °C for 1 h was utilized to enhance PTFE particles adhesion to the substrate. The influence of anodic oxidation parameters on the morphology and micro-hardness of the porous anodic aluminum oxide film was studied and the PTFE particles deposited into the pores were authenticated using energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tribological properties of the PTFE composite film were investigated under dry sliding. The experimental results showed that the composite film exhibit remarkable low friction. The composite film had friction coefficient of 0.20 which deposited in 15% PTFE emulsion at temperature of 15 °C and current density of 3 A/dm2 for 35 min. In addition, a control specimen of porous anodic aluminum oxide film and the PTFE composite film were carried out under the same test condition, friction coefficient of the PTFE composite film was reduced by 60% comparing with the control specimen at 380 MPa and 100 mm/s. The lubricating mechanism was that PTFE particles embedded in porous anodic aluminum oxide film smeared a transfer film on the sliding path and the micro-pores could support the supplement of solid lubricant during the sliding, which prolonged the lubrication life of the aluminum alloys.

  17. Low-frequency dielectric properties of intrinsic and Al-doped rutile TiO2 thin films grown by the atomic layer deposition technique

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    Kassmi, M.; Pointet, J.; Gonon, P.; Bsiesy, A.; Vallée, C.; Jomni, F.

    2016-06-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy is carried out for intrinsic and aluminum-doped TiO2 rutile films which are deposited on RuO2 by the atomic layer deposition technique. Capacitance and conductance are measured in the 0.1 Hz-100 kHz range, for ac electric fields up to 1 MVrms/cm. Intrinsic films have a much lower dielectric constant than rutile crystals. This is ascribed to the presence of oxygen vacancies which depress polarizability. When Al is substituted for Ti, the dielectric constant further decreases. By considering Al-induced modification of polarizability, a theoretical relationship between the dielectric constant and the Al concentration is proposed. Al doping drastically decreases the loss in the very low frequency part of the spectrum. However, Al doping has almost no effect on the loss at high frequencies. The effect of Al doping on loss is discussed through models of hopping transport implying intrinsic oxygen vacancies and Al related centers. When increasing the ac electric field in the MVrms/cm range, strong voltage non-linearities are evidenced in undoped films. The conductance increases exponentially with the ac field and the capacitance displays negative values (inductive behavior). Hopping barrier lowering is proposed to explain high-field effects. Finally, it is shown that Al doping strongly improves the high-field dielectric behavior.

  18. Corrosion Protection of Copper Using Al2O3, TiO2, ZnO, HfO2, and ZrO2 Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Daubert, James S; Hill, Grant T; Gotsch, Hannah N; Gremaud, Antoine P; Ovental, Jennifer S; Williams, Philip S; Oldham, Christopher J; Parsons, Gregory N

    2017-02-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a viable means to add corrosion protection to copper metal. Ultrathin films of Al2O3, TiO2, ZnO, HfO2, and ZrO2 were deposited on copper metal using ALD, and their corrosion protection properties were measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV). Analysis of ∼50 nm thick films of each metal oxide demonstrated low electrochemical porosity and provided enhanced corrosion protection from aqueous NaCl solution. The surface pretreatment and roughness was found to affect the extent of the corrosion protection. Films of Al2O3 or HfO2 provided the highest level of initial corrosion protection, but films of HfO2 exhibited the best coating quality after extended exposure. This is the first reported instance of using ultrathin films of HfO2 or ZrO2 produced with ALD for corrosion protection, and both are promising materials for corrosion protection.

  19. Electrical characterization of low temperature deposited TiO 2 films on strained-SiGe layers

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    Dalapati, G. K.; Chatterjee, S.; Samanta, S. K.; Maiti, C. K.

    2003-04-01

    Thin films of titanium dioxide have been deposited on strained Si 0.82Ge 0.18 epitaxial layers using titanium tetrakis-isopropoxide [TTIP, Ti(O-i-C 3H 7) 4] and oxygen by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Dielectric constant, equivalent oxide thickness (EOT), interface state density ( Dit), fixed oxide charge density ( Qf/ q) and flat-band voltage ( VFB) of as-deposited films were found to be 13.2, 40.6 Å, 6×10 11 eV -1 cm -2, 3.1×10 11 cm -2 and -1.4 V, respectively. The capacitance-voltage ( C- V), current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics and charge trapping behavior of the films under constant current stressing exhibit an excellent interface quality and high dielectric reliability making the films suitable for microelectronic applications.

  20. Elaboration of nanostructured biointerfaces with tunable degree of coverage by protein nanotubes using electrophoretic deposition.

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    Kalaskar, Deepak M; Poleunis, Claude; Dupont-Gillain, Christine; Demoustier-Champagne, Sophie

    2011-11-14

    This study shows that electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a fast and efficient technique for producing protein nanotube-based biointerfaces. Well-shaped collagen-based nanotubes of controlled dimensions are synthesized by a template method combined with the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique. Separation of nanotubes from the template material and collection of nanotubes on ITO glass carried out by EPD leads to a fairly homogeneous distribution of protein nanotubes at the support surface. Biointerfaces with different and tunable densities of protein nanotubes are obtained by changing either the applied voltage, solution concentration of nanotubes, or deposition time. Moreover, it is proved that the collected nanotubes are template-free and keep their biofunctional outermost layer after EPD. A preliminary study of the behavior of preosteoblasts cells with the elaborated biointerfaces indicates a specific interaction of cells with the nanotubes through filopodia. This contribution paves the way to the easy preparation of a large variety of useful nanostructured collagen and other protein-based interfaces for controlling cell-surface interactions in diverse biomaterials applications.

  1. Electrophoretic deposition of colloidal particles on Mg with cytocompatibility, antibacterial performance, and corrosion resistance.

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    Sun, Jiadi; Zhu, Ye; Meng, Long; Chen, Peng; Shi, Tiantian; Liu, Xiaoya; Zheng, Yufeng

    2016-11-01

    Magnesium (Mg) has recently received increasing attention due to its unique biological performance, including cytocompatibility, antibacterial and biodegradable properties. However, rapid corrosion in physiological environment and potential toxicity limits its clinical applications. To improve the corrosion resistance meanwhile not compromise other excellent performance, self-assembled colloidal particles were deposited onto magnesium surfaces in ethanol by a simple and effective electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. The fabricated functional nanostructured coatings were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electrochemical test, pH value, and Mg ion concentration data show that the corrosion resistance of Mg samples is enhanced appreciably after surface treatment. In vitro cellular response and antibacterial capability of the modified Mg substrates are performed. Significantly increased cell adhesion and viability are observed from the coated Mg samples, and the amounts of adherent bacteria on the treated Mg surfaces diminish remarkably compared to the bare Mg. Furthermore, the bare and coated Mg samples were implanted in New Zealand white rabbits for 12 weeks to examine the in vivo long-term corrosion performance and in situ inflammation behavior. The experiment results confirmed that compared with bare Mg substrate the corrosion and foreign-body reactions of the coated Mg samples were suppressed. The above results suggested that our coatings, which effectively enhance the biocompatibility, antimicrobial properties, and corrosion resistance of Mg substrate, provide a simple and practical strategy to expedite clinical acceptance of biodegradableMg and its alloys.

  2. Electrophoretic deposition of gentamicin-loaded bioactive glass/chitosan composite coatings for orthopaedic implants.

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    Pishbin, Fatemehsadat; Mouriño, Viviana; Flor, Sabrina; Kreppel, Stefan; Salih, Vehid; Ryan, Mary P; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2014-06-11

    Despite their widespread application, metallic orthopaedic prosthesis failure still occurs because of lack of adequate bone-bonding and the incidence of post-surgery infections. The goal of this research was to develop multifunctional composite chitosan/Bioglass coatings loaded with gentamicin antibiotic as a suitable strategy to improve the surface properties of metallic implants. Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was applied as a single-step technology to simultaneously deposit the biopolymer, bioactive glass particles, and the antibiotic on stainless steel substrate. The microstructure and composition of the coatings were characterized using SEM/EDX, XRD, FTIR, and TGA/DSC, respectively. The in vitro bioactivity of the coatings was demonstrated by formation of hydroxyapatite after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) in a short period of 2 days. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) measurements indicated the release of 40% of the loaded gentamicin in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) within the first 5 days. The developed composite coating supported attachment and proliferation of MG-63 cells up to 10 days. Moreover, disc diffusion test showed improved bactericidal effect of gentamicin-loaded composite coatings against S. aureus compared to control non-gentamicin-loaded coatings.

  3. Three-dimensional electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells: synthesis of indium-tin-oxide nanowire arrays and ITO/TiO2 core-shell nanowire arrays by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Wang, Hong-Wen; Ting, Chi-Feng; Hung, Miao-Ken; Chiou, Chwei-Huann; Liu, Ying-Ling; Liu, Zongwen; Ratinac, Kyle R; Ringer, Simon P

    2009-02-04

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) show promise as a cheaper alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics for specialized applications, provided conversion efficiency can be maximized and production costs minimized. This study demonstrates that arrays of nanowires can be formed by wet-chemical methods for use as three-dimensional (3D) electrodes in DSSCs, thereby improving photoelectric conversion efficiency. Two approaches were employed to create the arrays of ITO (indium-tin-oxide) nanowires or arrays of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires; both methods were based on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) within a polycarbonate template. The 3D electrodes for solar cells were constructed by using a doctor-blade for coating TiO(2) layers onto the ITO or ITO/TiO(2) nanowire arrays. A photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 4.3% was achieved in the DSSCs made from ITO nanowires; this performance was better than that of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires or pristine TiO(2) films. Cyclic voltammetry confirmed that the reaction current was significantly enhanced when a 3D ITO-nanowire electrode was used. Better separation of charge carriers and improved charge transport, due to the enlarged interfacial area, are thought to be the major advantages of using 3D nanowire electrodes for the optimization of DSSCs.

  4. TiO2 membranes for concurrent photocatalytic organic degradation and corrosion protection

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    Liang, Robert; Hatat-Fraile, Melisa; He, Horatio; Arlos, Maricor; Servos, Mark R.; Zhou, Y. Norman

    2015-10-01

    Organic contaminants and corrosion in water treatment effluents are a current global problem and the development of effective methods to facilitate the removal of organic contaminants and corrosion control strategies are required to mitigate this problem. TiO2 nanomaterials that are exposed to UV light can generate electron-hole pairs, which undergo redox reactions to produce hydroxyl radicals from adsorbed molecular oxygen. They hydroxyl radicals are able to oxidize organic contaminants in water. This same process can be used in conjunction to protect metals from corrosion via cathodic polarization. In this work, TiO2 nanomaterials were synthesized and electrophoretically deposited on conductive substrates to serve as films or membranes. An illuminated TiO2 film on a conductive surface served as the photoanode and assisted in the cathodic protection of stainless steel (SS304) and the degradation of organic pollutants, in this case glucose. This proof-of-concept relied on photoelectrochemical experiments conducted using a potentiostat and a xenon lamp illumination source. The open-circuit potential changes that determine whether a metal is protected from corrosion under illumination was observed; and the electrical characteristics of the TiO2 film or membrane under dark and arc lamp illumination conditions were also analyzed. Furthermore, the effect of organic contaminants on the photocathodic protection mechanism and the oxidation of glucose during this process were explored.

  5. Effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on adipose derived stromal cell differentiation, morphology, ECM deposition and its susceptibility to bacterial infections

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    Mironava, Tatsiana; Xu, Yan; Rafailovich, Miriam

    The growing annual production of Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles is proportional to an increase in the chances of occupational and consumer exposure. Considering, that these nanoparticles are currently being used in multiple personal care products many concerns have arisen about their health impact. Human skin is in constant contact with the external environment and is one of the most important routes of exposure to TiO2. In this study we have investigated the effect of two forms of TiO2, rutile and anatase, on human adipose derived stromal cells (ADSCs). Here, we focus on the effects of TiO2 exposure on intracellular lipid accumulation and expression of adipogenic markers; on whether different forms of TiO2 have similar effects on cell function; and whether nanoparticle localization inside cells correlates with loss of cell function. In addition presence of bacteria on the skin is taken into account in its complex interaction with ADSCs and TiO2 nanoparticles. Altogether, the present study indicates that nanosized TiO2 particles adversely effects the differentiation of ADSCs, have profound effects on cell function and increase the rate of bacterial infection.

  6. Electrophoretic deposition and characterization of nanocomposites and nanoparticles on magnesium substrates

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    Tian, Qiaomu; Liu, Huinan

    2015-05-01

    This study introduces a triphasic design of biodegradable materials composed of nanophase hydroxyapatite (nHA), poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), and magnesium (Mg) substrates for musculoskeletal implant applications. Specifically, nHA_PLGA composites and nHA nanoparticles were synthesized, deposited on three-dimensional Mg substrates using electrophoretic deposition (EPD), and characterized. The three components involved, that is, nHA, PLGA, and Mg are all biodegradable in the human body, thus promising for biodegradable implant and device applications. Mg and its alloys are attractive for musculoskeletal implant applications due to their comparable modulus and strength to cortical bone. Controlling the interface of Mg with the biological environment, however, is the key challenge that currently limits this biodegradable metal for broad applications in medical implants. This article particularly focuses on creating nanostructured interface between the biodegradable Mg and surrounding tissue for the dual purposes of (1) mediating the degradation of the Mg-based substrates and (2) potentially enhancing osteointegration. Nanophase hydroxyapatite (nHA) is an excellent candidate as a coating material due to its osteoconductivity, while the polymer phase promotes interfacial adhesion between the nHA and Mg. Moreover, the degradation products of PLGA and Mg neutralize each other. Surface characterization showed successful deposition of nHA_PLGA composite microspheres and nHA nanoparticles on Mg substrates using EPD. Mg substrates coated with nHA_PLGA composites showed greater adhesion strength when compared with nHA coating, and slower corrosion rate than nHA coated Mg and non-coated Mg. The triphasic composites of nHA, PLGA and Mg are promising as the next-generation biodegradable materials for medical applications.

  7. Electrophoretic deposition and characterization of nanocomposites and nanoparticles on magnesium substrates.

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    Tian, Qiaomu; Liu, Huinan

    2015-05-01

    This study introduces a triphasic design of biodegradable materials composed of nanophase hydroxyapatite (nHA), poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), and magnesium (Mg) substrates for musculoskeletal implant applications. Specifically, nHA_PLGA composites and nHA nanoparticles were synthesized, deposited on three-dimensional Mg substrates using electrophoretic deposition (EPD), and characterized. The three components involved, that is, nHA, PLGA, and Mg are all biodegradable in the human body, thus promising for biodegradable implant and device applications. Mg and its alloys are attractive for musculoskeletal implant applications due to their comparable modulus and strength to cortical bone. Controlling the interface of Mg with the biological environment, however, is the key challenge that currently limits this biodegradable metal for broad applications in medical implants. This article particularly focuses on creating nanostructured interface between the biodegradable Mg and surrounding tissue for the dual purposes of (1) mediating the degradation of the Mg-based substrates and (2) potentially enhancing osteointegration. Nanophase hydroxyapatite (nHA) is an excellent candidate as a coating material due to its osteoconductivity, while the polymer phase promotes interfacial adhesion between the nHA and Mg. Moreover, the degradation products of PLGA and Mg neutralize each other. Surface characterization showed successful deposition of nHA_PLGA composite microspheres and nHA nanoparticles on Mg substrates using EPD. Mg substrates coated with nHA_PLGA composites showed greater adhesion strength when compared with nHA coating, and slower corrosion rate than nHA coated Mg and non-coated Mg. The triphasic composites of nHA, PLGA and Mg are promising as the next-generation biodegradable materials for medical applications.

  8. Cu2O/Ag co-deposited TiO2 nanotube array film prepared by pulse-reversing voltage and photocatalytic properties

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    Ding, Qi; Chen, Suiyuan; Shang, Fanmin; Liang, Jing; Liu, Changsheng

    2016-12-01

    In this experiment, Cu2O/Ag co-deposition TiO2 nanotube array (Cu2O-Ag-TNT) film was prepared on pure Ti substrate with the method of combining anodic oxidation and electrodeposition by pulse-reversing voltage power supply in the electrolyte of NH4F, ethylene glycol, CuNO3 · 3H2O and AgNO3. The morphology, phase, chemical composition, photocatalytic property and mechanism of the nanotube array film were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation under visible light. The results showed that the depositional Cu2O and Ag existed in two forms, being the small-particle dispersion and large-particle sedimentary phase in the nanotube arrays: Cu2O-Ag-TNTs for different doping amounts of Ag could be prepared by adjusting the concentration of AgNO3 and the reverse voltages; with changing of the doping amount of Ag, the band gap and photo-generated electron-hole pair recombination rate also changed, and under the conditions of annealing and the optimized process parameter, the band gap of the nanotube arrays narrowed 0.49 eV and the rate of electron and pair recombination decreased noticeably; the nanotube array film for the concentration of 0.5 cm2 ml-1 degraded the methylene blue of 8 mg L-1, and the degradation rate reached above 98%. The co-deposition Cu2O-Ag-TNT film prepared by the one-step method performed well in the field of photocatalysis under visible light.

  9. Solar physical vapor deposition preparation and microstructural characterization of TiO2 based nanophases for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Negrea, Denis; Ducu, Catalin; Moga, Sorin; Malinovschi, Viorel; Monty, Claude J A; Vasile, Bogdan; Dorobantu, Dorel; Enachescu, Marian

    2012-11-01

    Titanium dioxide exists in three crystalline phases: anatase, rutile and brookite. Although rutile is thermodynamically more stable, anatase is considered as the most favorable phase for photocatalysis and solar energy conversion. Recent studies have shown a significant improvement of light harvesting and overall solar conversion efficiency of anatase nanoparticles in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) when using a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (10-15% rutile). TiO2 nanopowders have been prepared by a solar physical vapor deposition process (SPVD). This method has been developed in Odeillo-Font Romeu France using "heliotron" solar reactors working under concentrated sunlight in 2 kW solar furnaces. By controlling reactor's atmosphere type (air/argon) and gas pressure, several types of anatase/rutile nanophases have been obtained with slightly different microstructural properties and morphological characteristics. X-ray diffraction analyses (XRD) were performed on precursor and on the SPVD obtained nanopowders. Information concerning their phase composition and coherence diffraction domain (crystallites size and strain) was obtained. Nanopowders morphology has been studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  10. Stabilizing chromophore binding on TiO2 for long-term stability of dye-sensitized solar cells using multicomponent atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Do Han; Losego, Mark D; Hanson, Kenneth; Alibabaei, Leila; Lee, Kyoungmi; Meyer, Thomas J; Parsons, Gregory N

    2014-05-14

    Ambient humidity and high temperature are known to degrade dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) via chromophore desorption. Recently, enhanced dye-attachment to TiO2 surfaces has been realized by coating molecularly functionalized surfaces with inorganic atomic layer deposition (ALD) coatings. Here, we apply this ALD approach to DSSCs and demonstrate that high energy conversion efficiencies can be maintained while significantly extending device lifetimes. While single component ALD layers show improved high-temperature stability, it significantly degraded up to 45% of initial DSSC performance right after ALD. We, however, find that mixed component ALD layers provide initial efficiencies within 90% of their untreated counterparts while still extending device lifetimes. Optimized ALD protection schemes maintain 80% of their initial efficiency after 500 h of thermal aging at 80 °C whereas efficiency of DSSCs with no ALD protection drop below 60% of their initial efficiencies. IR spectroscopy conducted in situ during ALD reveals that carboxylate linker groups transition from unbound or weakly-bound states, respectively, to more strongly bound bidentate structures. This strategy to improve dye-attachment by ALD while maintaining high performance is novel and promising for extending the functional lifetime for DSSCs and other related devices.

  11. Selective hydrogenation of butadiene over TiO2 supported copper, gold and gold-copper catalysts prepared by deposition-precipitation.

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    Delannoy, Laurent; Thrimurthulu, Gode; Reddy, Padigapati S; Méthivier, Christophe; Nelayah, Jaysen; Reddy, Benjaram M; Ricolleau, Christian; Louis, Catherine

    2014-12-28

    Oxide supported copper and gold catalysts are active for the selective hydrogenation of polyunsaturated hydrocarbons but their low activity compared to palladium catalysts and the deactivation of copper catalysts limit their use. There are only a very limited number of studies concerned with the use of bimetallic Au-Cu catalysts for selective hydrogenation reactions and the aim of this work was to prepare TiO2-supported monometallic Au and Cu and bimetallic AuCu (Cu/Au atomic ratio of 1 and 3) catalysts and to evaluate their catalytic performance in the selective hydrogenation of butadiene. Small gold, copper and gold-copper nanoparticles (average particle size < 2 nm) were obtained on TiO2 using the preparation method of deposition-precipitation with urea followed by reduction under H2 at 300 °C. Very small clusters were observed for Cu/TiO2 (∼1 nm) which might result from O2 induced copper redispersion, as also supported by the XPS analyses. The alloying of copper with gold was found to inhibit its redispersion and also limits its reoxidation, as attested by XPS. The bimetallic character of the AuCu nanoparticles was confirmed by XPS and EDX-HAADF. Cu/TiO2 was initially more active than Au/TiO2 in the selective hydrogenation of butadiene at 75 °C but it deactivated rapidly during the first hours of reaction whereas the gold catalyst was very stable up to 20 hours of reaction. The bimetallic AuCu/TiO2 catalysts displayed an activation period during the first hours of the reaction, which was very pronounced for the sample containing a higher Cu/Au atomic ratio. This initial gain in activity was tentatively assigned to copper segregation at the surface of the bimetallic nanoparticles, induced by the reactants. When the AuCu/TiO2 catalysts were pre-exposed to air at 75 °C before butadiene hydrogenation, surface copper segregation occurred, leading to higher initial activity and the suppression of the activation period. Under the same conditions, Cu/TiO2 totally

  12. Electrophoretic deposited TiO2 pigment-based back reflectors for thin film solar cells

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    Bills, Braden; Morris, Nathan; Dubey, Mukul; Wang, Qi; Fan, Qi Hua

    2015-01-16

    Highly reflective coatings with strong light scattering effect have many applications in optical components and optoelectronic devices. This paper reports titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment-based reflectors that have 2.5 times higher broadband diffuse reflection than commercially produced aluminum or silver based reflectors and result in efficiency enhancements of a single-junction amorphous Si solar cell. Electrophoretic deposition is used to produce pigment-based back reflectors with high pigment density, controllable film thickness and site-specific deposition. Electrical conductivity of the pigment-based back reflectors is improved by creating electrical vias throughout the pigment-based back reflector by making holes using an electrical discharge / dielectric breakdown approach followed by a second electrophoretic deposition of conductive nanoparticles into the holes. While previous studies have demonstrated the use of pigment-based back reflectors, for example white paint, on glass superstrate configured thin film Si solar cells, this work presents a scheme for producing pigment-based reflectors on complex shape and flexible substrates. Finally, mechanical durability and scalability are demonstrated on a continuous electrophoretic deposition roll-to-roll system which has flexible metal substrate capability of 4 inch wide and 300 feet long.

  13. Fabrication of gas diffusion electrodes via electrophoretic deposition for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Felix, Cecil; Jao, Ting-Chu; Pasupathi, Sivakumar; Linkov, Vladimir M.; Pollet, Bruno G.

    2014-07-01

    The Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) method was adapted to fabricate Gas Diffusion Electrodes (GDEs) for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA) for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFC) operating at 160 °C. Suspensions containing the Pt/C catalyst, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and NaCl were studied. Stable catalyst suspensions were observed when the NaCl concentrations were ≤0.1 mM. Mercury intrusion porosity analysis showed that the GDEs obtained via the EPD method had higher porosity (30.5 m2 g-1) than the GDEs fabricated by the ultrasonic spray method (25.2 m2 g-1). Compared to the ultrasonically sprayed MEA, the EPD MEA showed ∼12% increase in peak power at a slightly lower (∼4 wt %) Pt loading. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis showed a lower charge transfer resistance for the EPD MEA compared to the ultrasonically sprayed MEA while Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) analysis showed ∼16% higher Electrochemical Surface Area (ECSA) for the EPD MEA compared to the ultrasonically sprayed MEA. These observations were attributed to the higher porosity and better catalyst particle size distribution of the EPD GDEs. A comparison between PTFE and Nafion® ionomer in the Catalyst Layers (CL) of two EPD MEAs revealed that PTFE yielded MEAs with better performance and is therefore more suitable in HT-PEMFCs.

  14. Alternating current electrophoretic deposition of antibacterial bioactive glass-chitosan composite coatings.

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    Seuss, Sigrid; Lehmann, Maja; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2014-07-09

    Alternating current (AC) electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was used to produce multifunctional composite coatings combining bioactive glass (BG) particles and chitosan. BG particles of two different sizes were used, i.e., 2 μm and 20-80 nm in average diameter. The parameter optimization and characterization of the coatings was conducted by visual inspection and by adhesion strength tests. The optimized coatings were investigated in terms of their hydroxyapatite (HA) forming ability in simulated body fluid (SBF) for up to 21 days. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results showed the successful HA formation on the coatings after 21 days. The first investigations were conducted on planar stainless steel sheets. In addition, scaffolds made from a TiAl4V6 alloy were considered to show the feasibility of coating of three dimensional structures by EPD. Because both BG and chitosan are antibacterial materials, the antibacterial properties of the as-produced coatings were investigated using E. coli bacteria cells. It was shown that the BG particle size has a strong influence on the antibacterial properties of the coatings.

  15. Alternating Current Electrophoretic Deposition of Antibacterial Bioactive Glass-Chitosan Composite Coatings

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    Seuss, Sigrid; Lehmann, Maja; Boccaccini, Aldo R.

    2014-01-01

    Alternating current (AC) electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was used to produce multifunctional composite coatings combining bioactive glass (BG) particles and chitosan. BG particles of two different sizes were used, i.e., 2 μm and 20–80 nm in average diameter. The parameter optimization and characterization of the coatings was conducted by visual inspection and by adhesion strength tests. The optimized coatings were investigated in terms of their hydroxyapatite (HA) forming ability in simulated body fluid (SBF) for up to 21 days. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results showed the successful HA formation on the coatings after 21 days. The first investigations were conducted on planar stainless steel sheets. In addition, scaffolds made from a TiAl4V6 alloy were considered to show the feasibility of coating of three dimensional structures by EPD. Because both BG and chitosan are antibacterial materials, the antibacterial properties of the as-produced coatings were investigated using E. coli bacteria cells. It was shown that the BG particle size has a strong influence on the antibacterial properties of the coatings. PMID:25007822

  16. Surface functionalization of titanium with chitosan/gelatin via electrophoretic deposition: characterization and cell behavior.

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    Jiang, Tao; Zhang, Zhen; Zhou, Yi; Liu, Yi; Wang, Zhejun; Tong, Hua; Shen, Xinyu; Wang, Yining

    2010-05-10

    The electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a versatile and cost-effective technique for fabricating advanced coatings. In this study, chitosan/gelatin (CS/G) coatings were prepared on titanium substrates via EPD. The prepared coatings were characterized using fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and shear bond strength testing. It was found that CS/G coatings had a similar macroporous structure. The gelatin content in the CS/G coatings gradually increased with the increase of the gelatin in the blend solutions. The shear bond strength of the CS/G coatings also increased with the increasing gelatin content. In vitro biological tests demonstrated that human MG63 osteoblast-like cells achieved better affinity on the coatings with higher gelatin content. Therefore, it was concluded that EPD was an effective and efficient technique to prepare CS/G coatings on the titanium surface and that CS/G coatings with higher gelatin content were promising candidates for further loading of functional agents.

  17. Electrophoretic deposition of double-layer HA/Al composite coating on NiTi.

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    Karimi, Esmaeil; Khalil-Allafi, Jafar; Khalili, Vida

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the bioactivity of NiTi alloys, which are being known as the suitable materials for biomedical applications, numerous NiTi disks were electrophoretically coated by hetero-coagulated hydroxyapatite/aluminum composite coatings in three main voltages from suspensions with different Al concentrations. In this paper, the amount of Ni ions release and bioactivity of prepared samples as well as bonding strength of the coating to substrate were investigated. The surface characterization of the coating by XRD, EDX, SEM, and FTIR showed that HA particles bonded by Al particles. It caused the formation of a free crack coating on NiTi disks. Moreover, the bonding strength of HA/Al coatings to NiTi substrate were improved by two times as compared to that of the pure HA coatings. Immersing of coated samples in SBF for 1 week showed that apatite formation ability was improved on HA/Al composite coating and Ni ions release from the surface of composite coating decreased. These results induce the appropriate bioactivity and biocompatibility of the deposited HA/Al composite coatings on NiTi disks.

  18. Studies on electrophoretically deposited nanostructured barium titanate systems and carrier transport phenomena

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    Borah, Manjit; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2016-06-01

    We report on the development of nanostructured barium titanate (BaTiO3, BT) films on ~200-μm-thick Ag substrates by employing a cathodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique, where solid-state-derived BT nanoparticles are used as the starting material. Structural, morphological and compositional analyses of the as-synthesized BT nanoparticles and films were performed by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy studies. The synthesized nano-BT system has an average crystallite size of ~8.1 nm and a tetragonality ( c/ a) value ~1.003. To reveal current transport mechanism, the BT films possessing microporous structures and surrounded by homogeneously grown islands were assessed in a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) conformation. The forward current conduction was observed to be purely thermionic up to respective voltages of ~1.4 and 2.2 V as for the fresh and 3-day aged samples. On the other hand, direct tunneling (DT)-mediated Ohmic feature was witnessed at a comparatively higher voltage, beyond which Fowler-Nordheim tunneling (FN) dominates in the respective MIM junctions. The magnitude of current accompanied by FN process was observed to be stronger in reverse biasing than that of forward biasing case. The use of microporous BT films can offer new insights as regards regulated tunneling events meant for miniaturized nanoelectronic elements/components.

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of nanostructured hydroxyapatite coating on AZ91 magnesium alloy implants with different surface treatments

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    Rojaee, Ramin; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Raeissi, Keyvan

    2013-11-01

    Bio-absorbable magnesium (Mg) based alloys have been introduced as innovative orthopedic implants during recent years. It has been specified that rapid degradation of Mg based alloys in physiological environment should be restrained in order to be utilized in orthopedic trauma fixation and vascular intervention. In this developing field of healthcare materials, micro-arc oxidation (MAO), and MgF2 conversion coating were exploited as surface pre-treatment of AZ91 magnesium alloy to generate a nanostructured hydroxyapatite (n-HAp) coating via electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques were used to characterize the obtained powder and coatings. The potentiodynamic polarization tests were carried out to evaluate the corrosion behavior of the coated and uncoated specimens, and in vitro bioactivity evaluation were performed in simulated body fluid. Results revealed that the MAO/n-HAp coated AZ91 Mg alloy samples with a rough topography and lower corrosion current density leads to a lower Mg degradation rate accompanied by high bioactivity.

  20. Multi-Length Scale Tribology of Electrophoretically Deposited Nickel-Diamond Coatings

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    Awasthi, Shikha; Goel, Sneha; Pandey, Chandra Prabha; Balani, Kantesh

    2017-02-01

    Electrophoretically deposited (EPD) nickel and its composite coatings are widely used to enhance the life span of continuous ingot casting molds in the steel, aerospace and automotive industries. This article reports the effect of different concentrations of diamond particles (2.5-10 g/L) on the wear mechanism of EPD Ni. The distribution of diamond particles in the Ni matrix was observed using Voronoi tessellation. Variation in COF was observed by a fretting wear test to be 0.51 ± 0.07 for Ni, which decreases to 0.35 ± 0.03 for the Ni-diamond coatings. The wear volume of the coatings with 7.5 g/L concentration of diamond was observed to be a minimum (0.051 ± 0.02 × 10-3 mm3) compared with other composite coatings. Further, the micro-scratch testing of the coatings also exhibited a reduced COF (0.03-0.12) for 7.5 g/L diamond concentration compared with Ni (0.08-0.13). Higher wear resistance of the diamond-added coatings (optimum 7.5 g/L concentration) is due to the balance between the dispersion strengthening mechanism and the enhancement of the load-bearing capacity due to the incorporation of diamond particles. Thus, these composites can be used for applications in automotive and aerospace industries.

  1. Enhanced performance of HRGO-RuO2 solid state flexible supercapacitors fabricated by electrophoretic deposition

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    Amir, Fatima Z.; Pham, V. H.; Mullinax, D. W.; ...

    2016-06-07

    Ruthenium oxide (RuO2) nanomaterials exist as excellent materials for electrochemical capacitors. However, they tend to suffer from low mechanical flexibility when cast into films, which makes them unsuitable for flexible device applications. Herein, we report an environmentally friendly and solution-processable approach to fabricate RuO2-based composite electrodes for flexible solid state supercapacitors. The composites were produced by anchoring RuO2 nanoparticles onto holey reduced graphene oxide (HRGO) via a sol-gel method, followed by the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of the material into thin films. The uniform anchoring of ultra-small RuO2 nanoparticles on the two-dimensional HRGO sheets resulted in HRGO-RuO2 hybrid sheets with excellentmore » mechanical flexibility of HRGO. EPD induced a layer-by-layer assembly mechanism for the HRGO-RuO2 hybrid sheets, which resulted in a binder-free, flexible electrode. The obtained HRGO-RuO2 flexible supercapacitors exhibited excellent electrochemical capacitive performance in a PVA-H2SO4 gel electrolyte with a specific capacitance of 418 F g-1 and superior cycling stability of 88.5% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles. Additionally, these supercapacitors exhibited high rate performance with capacitance retention of 85% by increasing the current density from 1.0 to 20.0 Ag-1, and excellent mechanical flexibility with only 4.9% decay in the performance when bent 180°.« less

  2. Multi-Length Scale Tribology of Electrophoretically Deposited Nickel-Diamond Coatings

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    Awasthi, Shikha; Goel, Sneha; Pandey, Chandra Prabha; Balani, Kantesh

    2016-10-01

    Electrophoretically deposited (EPD) nickel and its composite coatings are widely used to enhance the life span of continuous ingot casting molds in the steel, aerospace and automotive industries. This article reports the effect of different concentrations of diamond particles (2.5-10 g/L) on the wear mechanism of EPD Ni. The distribution of diamond particles in the Ni matrix was observed using Voronoi tessellation. Variation in COF was observed by a fretting wear test to be 0.51 ± 0.07 for Ni, which decreases to 0.35 ± 0.03 for the Ni-diamond coatings. The wear volume of the coatings with 7.5 g/L concentration of diamond was observed to be a minimum (0.051 ± 0.02 × 10-3 mm3) compared with other composite coatings. Further, the micro-scratch testing of the coatings also exhibited a reduced COF (0.03-0.12) for 7.5 g/L diamond concentration compared with Ni (0.08-0.13). Higher wear resistance of the diamond-added coatings (optimum 7.5 g/L concentration) is due to the balance between the dispersion strengthening mechanism and the enhancement of the load-bearing capacity due to the incorporation of diamond particles. Thus, these composites can be used for applications in automotive and aerospace industries.

  3. Electrophoretic deposition of RuO2 /HRGO composites for flexible supercapacitor electrodes

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    Amir, Fatima; Pham, Viet; Mullinax, Dakoda; Dickerson, James

    Flexible energy storage devices are essential for the development of wearable electronics, such as bendable displays and wearable multi-media systems. A subset of these energy storage devices, flexible supercapacitors have received increased attention because of their long cycle life, low cost, and easy fabrication. Herein, we report an easy and low cost method to fabricate bendable ruthenium oxide (RuO2) / holey reduced graphene oxide (HRGO) electrodes using electrophoretic deposition. Analysis of the surface morphology using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows a highly nanoporous structure with pores ranging from 2 to 3 nm. The obtained RuO2/HRGO supercapacitor exhibited excellent electrochemical capacitive performance in a PVA-H2SO4 gel electrolyte, with a specific capacitance of 418.5F/g. Additionally, a high rate performance with capacitance retention of 85% was observed when the current was increased by a factor of 20 from 1.0 to 20.0 A/g. The supercapacitor exhibited an exceptional cycling stability of 88.5% after 10,000 cycles, indicating excellent long term electrochemical stability.

  4. Electrophoretic Deposition of Chitosan/45S5 Bioactive Glass Composite Coatings Doped with Zn and Sr

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    Miola, Marta; Verné, Enrica; Ciraldo, Francesca Elisa; Cordero-Arias, Luis; Boccaccini, Aldo R.

    2015-01-01

    In this research work, the original 45S5 bioactive glass was modified by introducing zinc and/or strontium oxide (6 mol%) in place of calcium oxide. Sr was added for its ability to stimulate bone formation and Zn for its role in bone metabolism, antibacterial properties, and anti-inflammatory effect. The glasses were produced by means of melting and quenching process. SEM and XRD analyses evidenced that Zr and Sr introduction did not modify the glass structure and morphology while compositional analysis (EDS) demonstrated the effective incorporation of these elements in the glass network. Bioactivity test in simulated body fluid (SBF) up to 1 month evidenced a reduced bioactivity kinetics for Zn-doped glasses. Doped glasses were combined with chitosan to produce organic/inorganic composite coatings on stainless steel AISI 316L by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Two EPD processes were considered for coating development, namely direct current EPD (DC-EPD) and alternating current EPD (AC-EPD). The stability of the suspension was analyzed and the deposition parameters were optimized. Tape and bending tests demonstrated a good coating-substrate adhesion for coatings containing 45S5-Sr and 45S5-ZnSr glasses, whereas the adhesion to the substrate decreased by using 45S5-Zn glass. FTIR analyses demonstrated the composite nature of coatings and SEM observations indicated that glass particles were well integrated in the polymeric matrix, the coatings were fairly homogeneous and free of cracks; moreover, the AC-EPD technique provided better results than DC-EPD in terms of coating quality. SEM, XRD analyses, and Raman spectroscopy, performed after bioactivity test in SBF solution, confirmed the bioactive behavior of 45S5-Sr-containing coating while coatings containing Zn exhibited no hydroxyapatite formation. PMID:26539431

  5. Hierarchical composite structures prepared by electrophoretic deposition of carbon nanotubes onto glass fibers.

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    An, Qi; Rider, Andrew N; Thostenson, Erik T

    2013-03-01

    Carbon nanotube/glass fiber hierarchical composite structures have been produced using an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) approach for integrating the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into unidirectional E-glass fabric, followed by infusion of an epoxy polymer matrix. The resulting composites show a hierarchical structure, where the structural glass fibers, which have diameters in micrometer range, are coated with CNTs having diameters around 10-20 nm. The stable aqueous dispersions of CNTs were produced using a novel ozonolysis and ultrasonication technique that results in dispersion and functionalization in a single step. Ozone-oxidized CNTs were then chemically reacted with a polyethyleneimine (PEI) dendrimer to enable cathodic EPD and promote adhesion between the CNTs and the glass-fiber substrate. Deposition onto the fabric was accomplished by placing the fabric in front of the cathode and applying a direct current (DC) field. Microscopic characterization shows the integration of CNTs throughout the thickness of the glass fabric, where individual fibers are coated with CNTs and a thin film of CNTs also forms on the fabric surfaces. Within the composite, networks of CNTs span between adjacent fibers, and the resulting composites exhibit good electrical conductivity and considerable increases in the interlaminar shear strength, relative to fiber composites without integrated CNTs. Mechanical, chemical and morphological characterization of the coated fiber surfaces reveal interface/interphase modification resulting from the coating is responsible for the improved mechanical and electrical properties. The CNT-coated glass-fiber laminates also exhibited clear changes in electrical resistance as a function of applied shear strain and enables self-sensing of the transition between elastic and plastic load regions.

  6. Electrophoretic Deposition of Chitosan/45S5 Bioactive Glass Composite Coatings Doped with Zn and Sr.

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    Miola, Marta; Verné, Enrica; Ciraldo, Francesca Elisa; Cordero-Arias, Luis; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2015-01-01

    In this research work, the original 45S5 bioactive glass was modified by introducing zinc and/or strontium oxide (6 mol%) in place of calcium oxide. Sr was added for its ability to stimulate bone formation and Zn for its role in bone metabolism, antibacterial properties, and anti-inflammatory effect. The glasses were produced by means of melting and quenching process. SEM and XRD analyses evidenced that Zr and Sr introduction did not modify the glass structure and morphology while compositional analysis (EDS) demonstrated the effective incorporation of these elements in the glass network. Bioactivity test in simulated body fluid (SBF) up to 1 month evidenced a reduced bioactivity kinetics for Zn-doped glasses. Doped glasses were combined with chitosan to produce organic/inorganic composite coatings on stainless steel AISI 316L by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Two EPD processes were considered for coating development, namely direct current EPD (DC-EPD) and alternating current EPD (AC-EPD). The stability of the suspension was analyzed and the deposition parameters were optimized. Tape and bending tests demonstrated a good coating-substrate adhesion for coatings containing 45S5-Sr and 45S5-ZnSr glasses, whereas the adhesion to the substrate decreased by using 45S5-Zn glass. FTIR analyses demonstrated the composite nature of coatings and SEM observations indicated that glass particles were well integrated in the polymeric matrix, the coatings were fairly homogeneous and free of cracks; moreover, the AC-EPD technique provided better results than DC-EPD in terms of coating quality. SEM, XRD analyses, and Raman spectroscopy, performed after bioactivity test in SBF solution, confirmed the bioactive behavior of 45S5-Sr-containing coating while coatings containing Zn exhibited no hydroxyapatite formation.

  7. Alternating Current Electrophoretic Deposition for the Immobilization of Antimicrobial Agents on Titanium Implant Surfaces.

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    Braem, Annabel; De Brucker, Katrijn; Delattin, Nicolas; Killian, Manuela S; Roeffaers, Maarten B J; Yoshioka, Tomohiko; Hayakawa, Satoshi; Schmuki, Patrik; Cammue, Bruno P A; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Thevissen, Karin; Neirinck, Bram

    2017-03-15

    One prominent cause of implant failure is infection; therefore, research is focusing on developing surface coatings that render the surface resistant to colonization by micro-organisms. Permanently attached coatings of antimicrobial molecules are of particular interest because of the reduced cytoxicity and lower risk of developing resistance compared to controlled release coatings. In this study, we focus on the chemical grafting of bioactive molecules on titanium. To concentrate the molecules at the metallic implant surface, we propose electrophoretic deposition (EPD) applying alternating current (AC) signals with an asymmetrical wave shape. We show that for the model molecule bovine serum albumin (BSA), as well as for the clinically relevant antifungal lipopeptide caspofungin (CASP), the deposition yield is drastically improved by superimposing a DC offset in the direction of the high-amplitude peak of the AC signal. Additionally, in order to produce immobilized CASP coatings, this experimental AC/DC-EPD method is combined with an established surface activation protocol. Principle component analysis (PCA) of time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) data confirm the immobilization of CASP with higher yield as compared to a diffusion-controlled process, and higher purity than the clinical CASP starting suspensions. Scratch testing data indicate good coating adhesion. Importantly, the coatings remain active against the fungal pathogen C. albicans as shown by in vitro biofilm experiments. In summary, this paper delivers a proof-of-concept for the application of AC-EPD as a fast grafting tool for antimicrobial molecules without compromising their activities.

  8. Photoluminescence and compositional-structural properties of ion-beam sputter deposited Er-doped TiO2-xNx films: Their potential as a temperature sensor

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    Scoca, D.; Morales, M.; Merlo, R.; Alvarez, F.; Zanatta, A. R.

    2015-05-01

    Er-doped TiO2-xNx films were grown by Ar+ ion-beam sputtering a Ti + Er target under different N2 + O2 high-purity atmospheres. The compositional-structural properties of the samples were investigated after thermal annealing the films up to 1000 °C under a flow of oxygen. Sample characterization included x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence experiments. According to the experimental data, both composition and atomic structure of the samples were very sensitive to the growth conditions and annealing temperature. In the as-deposited form, the N-rich TiO2-xNx films presented TiN crystallites and no photoluminescence. As the thermal treatments proceed, the films were transformed into TiO2 and Er3+-related light emission were observed in the visible and near-infrared ranges at room-temperature. Whereas the development of TiO2 occurred due to the insertion-diffusion of oxygen in the films, light emission originated because of optical bandgap widening and/or structural-chemical variations in the vicinity of the Er3+ ions. Finally, the photoluminescence results in the visible range suggested the potential of the present samples in producing an optically based temperature sensor in the ˜150-500 K range.

  9. Efficient photodegradation of methyl violet dye using TiO2/Pt and TiO2/Pd photocatalysts

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    Saeed, Khalid; Khan, Idrees; Gul, Tamanna; Sadiq, Mohammad

    2017-02-01

    Titanium oxide supported palladium (TiO2/Pd) and titanium oxide supported platinum (TiO2/Pt) nanoparticles were prepared from their precursors through the incipient wetness method. The TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-rays (EDX), while the photodegradation study of methyl violet was performed by UV/VIS spectrophotometry. The morphological study shows that the Pd and Pt were well deposited on the surface of TiO2, which was confirmed by EDX. Both TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles were used as photocatalysts for the photodegradation of methyl violet in aqueous media under UV-light irradiation. The photodegradation study revealed that the TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles degraded about 95 and 78% of dye within 20 min, respectively. The effect of various parameters such as catalyst dosage, concentration of dye, and medium on the photocatalytic degradation was examined. The activity of recovered TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles was studied.

  10. Interactions between lead-zirconate titanate, polyacrylic acid, and polyvinyl butyral in ethanol and their influence on electrophoretic deposition behavior.

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    Kuscer, Danjela; Bakarič, Tina; Kozlevčar, Bojan; Kosec, Marija

    2013-02-14

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is an attractive method for the fabrication of a few tens of micrometer-thick piezoelectric layers on complex-shape substrates that are used for manufacturing high-frequency transducers. Niobium-doped lead-zirconate titanate (PZT Nb) particles were stabilized in ethanol using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). With Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), we found that the deprotonated carboxylic group from the PAA is coordinated with the metal in the perovskite PZT Nb structure, resulting in a stable ethanol-based suspension. The hydroxyl group from the polyvinyl butyral added into the suspension to prevent the formation of cracks in the as-deposited layer did not interact with the PAA-covered PZT Nb particles. PVB acts as a free polymer in ethanol-based suspensions. The electrophoretic deposition of micro- and nanometer-sized PZT Nb particles from ethanol-based suspensions onto electroded alumina substrates was attempted in order to obtain uniform, crack-free deposits. The interactions between the PZT Nb particles, the PAA, and the PVB in ethanol will be discussed and related to the properties of the suspensions, the deposition yield and the morphology of the as-deposited PZT Nb thick film.

  11. Role of Cr(III) deposition during the photocatalytic transformation of hexavalent chromium and citric acid over commercial TiO2 samples.

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    Montesinos, V N; Salou, C; Meichtry, J M; Colbeau-Justin, C; Litter, M I

    2016-02-01

    Removal of Cr(VI) and citric acid (Cit) by heterogeneous photocatalytic Cr(VI) transformation under UV light over two commercial TiO2 samples (1 g L(-1)), Evonik P25 and Hombikat UV100, was studied at pH 2 and Cr(VI) concentrations between 0.2 and 3 mM, with a fixed [Cit]0/[Cr(VI)]0 molar ratio (MR) of 2.5. In both cases, up to complete Cr(VI) removal, the temporal profiles of Cr(VI) and Cit were well adjusted to a pseudo-first order rate law with the same rate constant, evidencing that Cr(VI) removal controls the kinetics of the system. Once Cr(VI) is fully removed, Cit degradation continues with a Langmuir-Hinshelwood behaviour. In all cases, the rate constants decreased with increasing [Cr(VI)]0, and time resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) measurements revealed that this was due to an increasing retention of Cr(III) on the surface of the photocatalysts, which reduces the lifetime of the electrons. Both kinetic experiments and TRMC measurements confirm that UV100 is not only more efficient than P25 for Cr(VI) and Cit removal, but it is also less influenced by the poisoning of the surface, consistent with its larger specific area. The use of Cit as the sacrificial agent improves the rate and efficiency of the photocatalytic Cr(VI) removal, and also the stability of the photocatalyst by preventing Cr(III) deposition, due to the formation of soluble Cr(III)-complexes, envisaged as a general result of the presence of oligocarboxylic acids in the photocatalytic Cr(VI) system.

  12. Comparing nanostructured hydroxyapatite coating on AZ91 alloy samples via sol-gel and electrophoretic deposition for biomedical applications.

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    Rojaee, Ramin; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Raeissi, Keyvan

    2014-12-01

    Magnesium is one of the most critical elements in hard tissues regeneration and therefore causes speeding up the restoration of harmed bones, while high deterioration rate of magnesium in body fluid restricts it to be used as biodegradable implants. Alloying magnesium with some relatively nobler metals such as aluminium, zinc, rare earth elements, magnesium-bioceramics composites, and surface modification techniques are some of the routes to control magnesium corrosion rate. In this study AZ91 magnesium alloy had been coated by nanostructured hydroxyapatite via sol-gel dip coating and electrophoretical methods to survey the final barricade properties of the obtained coatings. In order to perform electrophoretic coating, powders were prepared by sol-gel method, and then the powders deposited on substrates utilizing direct current electricity. Zeta potentials of the electrophoresis suspensions were measured to determine a best mode for good quality coatings. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) were used to confirm nanoscale dimension, and the uniformity of the nanostructured hydroxyapatite coating, respectively. Fourier Transform-Infrared and X-ray diffraction analysis were utilized for functional group and phase structure evaluation of the prepared coatings, correspondingly. Electrochemical corrosion tests were performed in SBF at 37±1 (°)C which revealed considerable increase in corrosion protection resistivity and corrosion current density for electrophoretic coated specimens versus sol-gel coated specimens. Results showed that both sol-gel and electrophoretical techniques seem to be suitable to coat magnesium alloys for biomedical applications but electrophoretic coating technique is a better choice due to the more homogeneity and more crystalline structure of the coating.

  13. Comparing highly ordered monolayers of nanoparticles fabricated using electrophoretic deposition: Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles versus iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Dickerson, James H.; Krejci, Alex J.; Garcia, Adriana -Mendoza; ...

    2015-08-01

    Ordered assemblies of nanoparticles remain challenging to fabricate, yet could open the door to many potential applications of nanomaterials. Here, we demonstrate that locally ordered arrays of nanoparticles, using electrophoretic deposition, can be extended to produce long-range order among the constituents. Voronoi tessellations along with multiple statistical analyses show dramatic increases in order compared with previously reported assemblies formed through electric field-assisted assembly. As a result, based on subsequent physical measurements of the nanoparticles and the deposition system, the underlying mechanisms that generate increased order are inferred.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of carbon-based counter electrodes prepared by electrophoretic deposition for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2012-01-01

    Three different carbon-based counter electrodes are investigated in light of catalytic activities such as electrochemical frequencies and interface impedances. We fabricated carbon-based counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs] using graphene, single-walled carbon nanotubes [SWNTs], and graphene-SWNT composites by electrophoretic deposition method. We observed the optical and electrochemical properties of the carbon-based counter electrodes. The DSSC with the graphene-deposited counter electrode demonstrated the best conversion efficiency of 5.87% under AM 1.5 and 1 sun condition. It could be utilized for a low-cost and high-throughput process for DSSCs. PMID:22221501

  15. The biocompatibility of titanium in a buffer solution: compared effects of a thin film of TiO2 deposited by MOCVD and of collagen deposited from a gel.

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    Popescu, Simona; Demetrescu, Ioana; Sarantopoulos, Christos; Gleizes, Alain N; Iordachescu, Dana

    2007-10-01

    This study aims at evaluating the biocompatibility of titanium surfaces modified according two different ways: (i) deposition of a bio-inert, thin film of rutile TiO(2) by chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD), and (ii) biochemical treatment with collagen gel, in order to obtain a bio-interactive coating. Behind the comparison is the idea that either the bio-inert or the bio-active coating has specific advantages when applied to implant treatment, such as the low price of the collagen treatment for instance. The stability in buffer solution was evaluated by open circuit potential (OCP) for medium time and cyclic voltametry. The OCP stabilized after 5.10(4) min for all the specimens except the collagen treated sample which presented a stable OCP from the first minutes. MOCVD treated samples stabilized to more electropositive values. Numeric results were statistically analysed to obtain the regression equations for long time predictable evolution. The corrosion parameters determined from cyclic curves revealed that the MOCVD treatment is an efficient way to improve corrosion resistance. Human dermal fibroblasts were selected for cell culture tests, taking into account that these cells are present in all bio-interfaces, being the main cellular type of connective tissue. The cells grew on either type of surface without phenotype modification. From the reduction of yellow, water-soluble 3-(4,5-dimethyldiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT cytotoxicity test), MOCVD treated samples offer better viability than mechanically polished Ti and collagen treated samples as well. Cell spreading, as evaluated from microscope images processed by the program Sigma Scan, showed also enhancement upon surface modification. Depending on the experimental conditions, MOCVD deposited TiO(2) exhibits different nanostructures that may influence biological behaviour. The results demonstrate the capacity of integration in simulated physiologic liquids for an implant pretreated by

  16. Temperature-induced changes in optical properties of thin film TiO2-Al2O3 bi-layer structures grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Ali, Rizwan; Saleem, Muhammad Rizwan; Honkanen, Seppo

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the optical properties and corresponding temperature-induced changes in highly uniform thin amorphous films and their bi-layer stacks grown by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). The environmentally driven conditions such as temperature, humidity and pressure have a significant influence on optical properties of homogeneous and heterogeneous bi-layer stacked structures of TiO2-Al2O3 and subsequently affect the specific sensitive nature of optical signals from nano-optical devices. Owing to the super hydrophilic behavior and inhibited surface defects in the form of hydrogenated species, the thermo-optic coefficient (TOC) of ~ 100 nm thick ALD-TiO2 films vary significantly with temperature, which can be used for sensing applications. On the other hand, the TOC of ~ 100 nm thick ALD-Al2O3 amorphous films show a differing behavior with temperature. In this work, we report on reduction of surface defects in ALD-TiO2 films by depositing a number of ultra-thin ALD-Al2O3 films to act as impermeable barrier layers. The designed and fabricated heterostructures of ALD-TiO2/Al2O3 films with varying ALD-Al2O3 thicknesses are exploited to stabilize the central resonance peak of Resonant Waveguide Gratings (RWGs) in thermal environments. The temperature-dependent optical constants of ALD-TiO2/Al2O3 bi-layer films are measured by a variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer (VASE), covering a wide spectral range 380 <= λ <= 1800 nm at a temperature range from 25 to 105 °C. The Cauchy model is used to design and retrieve refractive indices at these temperatures, measured with three angles of incidence (59°, 67°, and 75°). The optical constants of 100 nm thick ALD-TiO2 and various combinational thicknesses of ALD-Al2O3 films are used to predict TOCs using a polynomial fitting algorithm.

  17. Selective isolation of the electron or hole in photocatalysis: ZnO-TiO2 and TiO2-ZnO core-shell structured heterojunction nanofibers via electrospinning and atomic layer deposition

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    Kayaci, Fatma; Vempati, Sesha; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Donmez, Inci; Biyikli, Necmi; Uyar, Tamer

    2014-05-01

    Heterojunctions are a well-studied material combination in photocatalysis studies, the majority of which aim to improve the efficacy of the catalysts. Developing novel catalysts begs the question of which photo-generated charge carrier is more efficient in the process of catalysis and the associated mechanism. To address this issue we have fabricated core-shell heterojunction (CSHJ) nanofibers from ZnO and TiO2 in two combinations where only the `shell' part of the heterojunction is exposed to the environment to participate in the photocatalysis. Core and shell structures were fabricated via electrospinning and atomic layer deposition, respectively which were then subjected to calcination. These CSHJs were characterized and studied for photocatalytic activity (PCA). These two combinations expose electrons or holes selectively to the environment. Under suitable illumination of the ZnO-TiO2 CSHJ, e/h pairs are created mainly in TiO2 and the electrons take part in catalysis (i.e. reduce the organic dye) at the conduction band or oxygen vacancy sites of the `shell', while holes migrate to the core of the structure. Conversely, holes take part in catalysis and electrons diffuse to the core in the case of a TiO2-ZnO CSHJ. The results further revealed that the TiO2-ZnO CSHJ shows ~1.6 times faster PCA when compared to the ZnO-TiO2 CSHJ because of efficient hole capture by oxygen vacancies, and the lower mobility of holes.Heterojunctions are a well-studied material combination in photocatalysis studies, the majority of which aim to improve the efficacy of the catalysts. Developing novel catalysts begs the question of which photo-generated charge carrier is more efficient in the process of catalysis and the associated mechanism. To address this issue we have fabricated core-shell heterojunction (CSHJ) nanofibers from ZnO and TiO2 in two combinations where only the `shell' part of the heterojunction is exposed to the environment to participate in the photocatalysis. Core and

  18. Electrophoretic co-deposition of cellulose nanocrystals-45S5 bioactive glass nanocomposite coatings on stainless steel

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    Chen, Qiang; Yang, Yuyun; Pérez de Larraya, Uxua; Garmendia, Nere; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Boccaccini, Aldo R.

    2016-01-01

    An organic-inorganic nanocomposite coating consisting of fibrous cellulose nanocrystals and 45S5 bioactive glass, intended as a bioactive surface for bone implants, was developed by a one-step electrophoretic deposition. The composition, surface roughness and wettability of the deposited coatings, influenced by the concentration of each component in the suspension, were controllable as a result of the simplicity of the coating technique. Bioactive glass particles were individually wrapped with porous cellulose layers, forming a porous coating with uniform thickness. Bioactivity test in simulated body fluid revealed a rapid hydroxyapatite formation on the deposited nanocomposite coating. Furthermore, electrochemical test was carried out to understand the corrosion behavior of the deposited coatings during incubation in simulated body fluid. According to the results of this study, the obtained cellulose-bioactive glass coatings with tunable properties represent a promising approach for biofunctionalization of metallic orthopedic implants.

  19. Structure, apatite inducing ability, and corrosion behavior of chitosan/halloysite nanotube coatings prepared by electrophoretic deposition on titanium substrate.

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    Molaei, A; Amadeh, A; Yari, M; Reza Afshar, M

    2016-02-01

    In this study chitosan/halloysite nanotube composite (CS/HNT) coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on titanium substrate. Using HNT particles were investigated as new substituents for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in chitosan matrix coatings. The ability of chitosan as a stabilizing, charging, and blending agent for HNT particles was exploited. Furthermore, the effects of pH, electrophoretic bath, and sonicating duration were studied on the deposition of suspensions containing HNT particles. Microstructure properties of coatings showed uniform distribution of HNT particles in chitosan matrix to form smooth nanocomposite coatings. The zeta potential results revealed that at pH around 3 there is an isoelectric point for HNT and it would have cathodic and anionic states at pH values less and more than 3, respectively. Therefore, CS/HNT composite deposits were produced in the pH range of 2.5 to 3. The apatite inducing ability of chitosan-HNT composite coating assigned that HNT particles were biocompatible because they formed carbonated hydroxyapatite particles on CS/HNT coating in corrected simulated body fluid (C-SBF). Finally, electrochemical corrosion characterizations determined that corrosion resistance in CS/HNT coating has been improved compared to bare titanium substrate.

  20. Improved Photodegradation of Organic Contaminants Using Nano-TiO2 and TiO2 -SiO2 Deposited on Portland Cement Concrete Blocks.

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    Jafari, Hoda; Afshar, Shahrara

    2016-01-01

    The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles (nano-TiO2 ) and its hybrid with SiO2 (nano-TiO2 -SiO2 ) for degradation of some organic dyes on cementitious materials was studied in this work. Nanohybrid photocatalysts were prepared using an inorganic sol-gel precursor and then characterized using XRD, SEM and UV-Vis. The grain sizes were estimated by Scherrer's equation to be around 10 nm. Then, a thin layer was applied to Portland cement concrete (PCC) blocks by dipping them into nano-TiO2 and nano-TiO2 -SiO2 solution. The efficiency of coated PCC blocks for the photocatalytic decomposition of two dyes, Malachite Green oxalate (MG) and Methylene Blue (MB), was examined under UV and visible irradiation and then monitored by the chemical oxygen demand tests. The results showed that more than 80% and 92% of MG and MB were decomposed under UV-Vis irradiation using blocks coated with nano-TiO2 -SiO2 . TiO2 /PCC and TiO2 -SiO2 /PCC blocks showed a significant ability to oxidize dyes under visible and UV lights and TiO2 -SiO2 /PCC blocks require less time for dye degradation. Based on these results, coated blocks have increased photocatalytic activity which can make them commercially accessible photocatalysts.

  1. Dielectric and Infrared Properties of TiO2 Films Containing Anatase and Rutile

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    2005-07-18

    properties of TiO2 films containing anatase and rutile 2. Experimental details Thin films of TiO2 were deposited onto Si(1 0 0) wafers...annealed) and 7.4 nm (225 nm, deposited with a bias 872 Dielectric and infrared properties of TiO2 films containing anatase and rutile then annealed...Article POSTPRINT 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 2001 - 2004 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Dielectric and infrared properties of TiO2 films

  2. Antiwetting Fabric Produced by a Combination of Layer-by-Layer Assembly and Electrophoretic Deposition of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles.

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    Joung, Young Soo; Buie, Cullen R

    2015-09-16

    This work describes a nanoparticle coating method to produce durable antiwetting polyester fabric. Electrophoretic deposition is used for fast modification of polyester fabric with silica nanoparticles embedded in polymeric networks for high durability coatings. Typically, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is utilized on electrically conductive substrates due to its dependence on an applied electrical field. EPD on nonconductive materials has been attempted but are limited by weak adhesion, cracks, and other irregularities. To resolve these issues, we coat polyester fabric with thin polymer layers using electrostatic self-assembly (layer-by-layer self-assembly). Next, silica nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed on the polymer layers. Finally, polymerically stabilized silica nanoparticles are deposited by EPD on the fabric, followed by heat treatment. The modified fabric shows high static contact angle and low contact angle hysteresis, while keeping its original color, flexibility, and air permeability. During a skin fiction resistance test, the hydrophobicity of the coating layer was maintained over 500 h. Furthermore, we also show that this approach facilitates patterned regions of wettability by modifying the electric field in EPD.

  3. Electrophoretic deposition of CdS coatings and their photocatalytic activities in the degradation of tetracycline antibiotic

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    Vázquez, A.; Hernández-Uresti, D. B.; Obregón, S.

    2016-11-01

    The photocatalytic activities of CdS coatings formed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) were evaluated through the photodegradation of an antibiotic, tetracycline. First, CdS nanoparticles were synthesized under microwave irradiation of aqueous solutions containing the cadmium and sulfur precursors at stoichiometric amounts and by using trisodium citrate as stabilizer. Microwave irradiation was carried out in a conventional microwave oven at 2.45 GHz and 1650 W of nominal power, for 60 s. The CdS nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometry, photoluminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electrophoretic deposition parameters were 300 mV, 600 mV and 900 mV of applied voltage between aluminum plates separated by 1 cm. The fractal dimensions of the surfaces were evaluated by atomic force microscopy and correlated to the morphological and topographic characteristics of the coatings. The photocatalytic activity of the CdS coatings was investigated by means the photodegradation of the tetracycline antibiotic under simulated sunlight irradiation. According to the results, the photoactivity of the coatings directly depends on the concentration of the precursors and the applied voltage during the deposition. The material obtained at 600 mV showed the best photocatalytic behavior, probably due to its physical properties, such as optimum load and suitable aggregate size.

  4. Ex-situ X-ray diffraction analysis of electrode strain at TiO2 atomic layer deposition/α-MoO3 interface in a novel aqueous potassium ion battery

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    Schuppert, Nicholas David; Mukherjee, Santanu; Bates, Alex M.; Son, Eun-Jin; Choi, Moon Jong; Park, Sam

    2016-06-01

    The effect of thin film TiO2 atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating on induced material strain is investigated utilizing ex-situ XRD analysis of a layered-structured α-MoO3 anode. Electrode material lattice expansion is quantified by the examination of ex-situ XRD peak shift, and is performed on both potassiated and potassium-deficient electrodes. Observations of TiO2 ALD coated electrodes reveal significant strain reduction of the electrode material resulting in an increase in the life-cycle of the aqueous cells. The presence of the 10 nm thick amorphous TiO2 ALD layer is found to withhold considerable lattice strain at the thin-film/electrode interface, reducing lattice deformation by 68.2% and exhibits a capacity retention 2.5 times greater than that of the pristine electrode after 20 cycles of operation. The influence of the ALD coating on charge/discharge kinetics and cell capacity is also examined.

  5. Highly dispersed platinum nanoparticles on TiO2 prepared by using the microwave-assisted deposition method: an efficient photocatalyst for the formation of H2 and N2 from aqueous NH3.

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    Fuku, Kojirou; Kamegawa, Takashi; Mori, Kohsuke; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2012-06-01

    A simple and practical technique to synthesize nanosized platinum particles loaded on TiO(2) (Pt-TiO(2)) by using a microwave (Mw)-assisted deposition method has been exploited in the development of a highly efficient photocatalyst for the formation of H(2) and N(2) gases from harmful nitrogen-containing chemical wastes, for example, aqueous ammonia (NH(3)). Upon Mw irradiation, a platinum precursor can be deposited quickly on the TiO(2) surface from an aqueous solution of platinum and subsequent reduction with H(2) affords the nanosized platinum metal particles with a narrow size distribution (Mw-Pt-TiO(2)). Characterization by CO adsorption, platinum L(III)-edge X-ray absorption fine structure analysis, and TEM analysis revealed that the size of the metal nanoparticles strongly depended on the preparation methods. Smaller platinum nanoparticles were obtained by the Mw heating method than those obtained by conventional preparation techniques, such as photoassisted deposition (PAD), impregnation (Imp), and equilibrium adsorption (EA) deposition by conventional convective heating. The H(2) and N(2) formation rates increased with increasing dispersity of platinum. Pt-TiO(2) prepared by the Mw heating method exhibited a specifically high H(2) formation activity in the photocatalytic decomposition of aqueous NH(3) in a nearly stoichiometric 3:1 (H(2)/N(2)) molar ratio under inert conditions. The present Mw heating method is applicable to a variety of anatase-type TiO(2) species possessing different specific surface areas to provide small and highly dispersed platinum nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution.

  6. Selective isolation of the electron or hole in photocatalysis: ZnO-TiO2 and TiO2-ZnO core-shell structured heterojunction nanofibers via electrospinning and atomic layer deposition.

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    Kayaci, Fatma; Vempati, Sesha; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Donmez, Inci; Biyikli, Necmi; Uyar, Tamer

    2014-06-07

    Heterojunctions are a well-studied material combination in photocatalysis studies, the majority of which aim to improve the efficacy of the catalysts. Developing novel catalysts begs the question of which photo-generated charge carrier is more efficient in the process of catalysis and the associated mechanism. To address this issue we have fabricated core-shell heterojunction (CSHJ) nanofibers from ZnO and TiO2 in two combinations where only the 'shell' part of the heterojunction is exposed to the environment to participate in the photocatalysis. Core and shell structures were fabricated via electrospinning and atomic layer deposition, respectively which were then subjected to calcination. These CSHJs were characterized and studied for photocatalytic activity (PCA). These two combinations expose electrons or holes selectively to the environment. Under suitable illumination of the ZnO-TiO2 CSHJ, e/h pairs are created mainly in TiO2 and the electrons take part in catalysis (i.e. reduce the organic dye) at the conduction band or oxygen vacancy sites of the 'shell', while holes migrate to the core of the structure. Conversely, holes take part in catalysis and electrons diffuse to the core in the case of a TiO2-ZnO CSHJ. The results further revealed that the TiO2-ZnO CSHJ shows ∼1.6 times faster PCA when compared to the ZnO-TiO2 CSHJ because of efficient hole capture by oxygen vacancies, and the lower mobility of holes.

  7. Studying and controlling order within nanoparticle monolayers fabricated through electrophoretic deposition

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    Krejci, Alexander J.

    Langmuir Blodgett films can be used to create very thin NP films. Templated substrates in combination with spin coating have been used to order blockcopolymers; this could be adapted for NP arrays as well. Some of these techniques can be applied for forming ordered arrays of NPs in two-dimensions, creating nanoparticle monolayers (NPMs), the focus of this work. NPMs are attractive for many applications in devices such as magnetic storage, solar cells, and biosensors. One particularly attractive feature of NPMs is the high surface area to volume ratio of the films. For example, through collaboration, we are investigating PL properties of two monolayers, composed of two different types of NPs, stacked on top of one another. Although challenging, there now are a variety of techniques for the fabrication of NPMs. This dissertation introduces a new process by which one can fabricate monolayers, electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Literature exists on using EPD to fabricate NPMs, but this literature is very limited. One such study deposited films of Au NPs on carbon films and another Pt NPs on carbon films. To the best of our knowledge, only NPMs of metallic NPs on carbon have been fabricated. Of the EPD studies in which NPMs have been fabricated, the technique has not been investigated in depth or has not been generalized for deposition of many types of materials. If NPM formation via EPD could be generalized, the NPMs could be industrially attractive as EPD has many industrially advantageous properties. For instance, EPD is highly versatile in multiple ways: many types of particles can be deposited, the size of the electrodes can be varied over many orders of magnitude, and a large variety of solvents can be used to suspend NPs. For example, our group has deposited materials of different shapes including tubes, sheets, and spheres; different materials such as polymers, metals, semiconductors, and magnetic materials; and on a variety of substrates including steel, silicon

  8. Influence of Ni doping on phase transformation and optical properties of TiO2 films deposited on quartz substrates by sol-gel process

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    Tian, Jianjun; Deng, Hongmei; Sun, Lin; Kong, Hui; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2012-03-01

    The Ni-doped TiO2 films were synthesized on quartz substrates by the sol-gel method. Results from X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra indicate that Ni doping catalyzes the anatase-to-rutile transformation. When Ni content is up to 10 mol%, the transformation has been finished. The dielectric functions of Ni-doped TiO2 films were extracted by fitting transmittance spectra according to the Adachi's dielectric function model. The optical band gap decreases from 3.64 eV to 3.51 eV with increasing Ni content. The results suggest that the acceleration of phase change and variation of optical properties may be related to defects due to Ni doping.

  9. Effect of TiO2 blocking layer on TiO2 nanorod arrays based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered rutile titanium dioxide nanorod (TNR) arrays (1.2 to 6.2 μm thickness) were grown on TiO2 blocking layer chemically deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and were used as photo-electrodes to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC's). Homogeneous layer of TiO2 on FTO was achieved by using aqueous peroxo- titanium complex (PTC) solutions via chemical bath deposition. Structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. TNR arrays (6.2 μm) with TiO2 blocking layer showed higher energy conversion efficiency (1.46%) than that without TiO2 blocking layer. The reason can be ascertained to the suppression of electron-hole recombination at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface by the effect of TiO2 blocking layer.

  10. Prediction of TiO2 thin film growth on the glass beads in a rotating plasma chemical vapor deposition reactor.

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    Kim, Dong-Joo; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    2010-05-01

    We calculated the concentration profiles of important chemical species for TiO2 thin film growth on the glass beads in the TTIP + O2 plasmas and compared the predicted growth rates of thin films with the experimental measurements. The film thickness profile depends on the concentration profile of TiO(OC3H7)3 precursors in the gas phase because TiO(OC3H7)3 is the main precursor of the thin film. The TTIP concentration decreases with time, while the TiO(OC3H7)3 concentration increases, and they reach the steady state about 2 approximately 3 sec. The growth rate of TiO2 film predicted in this study was 9.2 nm/min and is in good agreements with the experimental result of 10.5 nm/min under the same process conditions. This study suggests that a uniform TiO2 thin film on particles can be obtained by using a rotating cylindrical PCVD reactor.

  11. Fabrication of bilayered YSZ/SDC electrolyte film by electrophoretic deposition for reduced-temperature operating anode-supported SOFC

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    Matsuda, Motohide; Hosomi, Takushi; Murata, Kenji; Fukui, Takehisa; Miyake, Michihiro

    Bilayered Y 2O 3-stabilized ZrO 2 (YSZ)/Sm 2O 3-doped CeO 2 (SDC) electrolyte films were successfully fabricated on porous NiO-YSZ composite substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) based on electrophoretic filtration followed by co-firing with the substrates. In EPD, positively charged YSZ and SDC powders were deposited directly on the substrates, layer by layer from ethanol-based suspensions. Delamination between YSZ and SDC films was avoided by reducing the SDC films' thickness to ca. 1 μm. A single cell was constructed on the bilayered electrolyte films composed of ca. 4 μm-thick YSZ and ca. 1 μm-thick SDC films. As a cathode in the cell, La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3- x (LSCF) was used. Maximum output power densities greater than 0.6 W cm -2 were obtained at 700 °C for the bilayered YSZ/SDC electrolyte cells thus constructed.

  12. Effect of deposition parameters on the photocatalytic activity and bioactivity of TiO2 thin films deposited by vacuum arc on Ti-6Al-4V substrates.

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    Lilja, Mirjam; Welch, Ken; Astrand, Maria; Engqvist, Håkan; Strømme, Maria

    2012-05-01

    This article evaluates the influence of the main parameters in a cathodic arc deposition process on the microstructure of titanium dioxide thin coatings and correlates these to the photocatalytic activity (PCA) and in vitro bioactivity of the coatings. Bioactivity of all as deposited coatings was confirmed by the growth of uniform layers of hydroxyapatite (HA) after 7 days in phosphate buffered saline at 37°C. Comparison of the HA growth after 24 h indicated enhanced HA formation on coatings with small titanium dioxide grains of rutile and anatase phase. The results from the PCA studies showed that coatings containing a mixed microstructure of both anatase and rutile phases, with small grain sizes in the range of 26-30 nm and with a coating thickness of about 250 nm, exhibited enhanced activity as compared with other microstructures and higher coating thickness. The results of this study should be valuable for the development of new bioactive implant coatings with photocatalytically induced on-demand antibacterial properties.

  13. Preparation of NiO-YSZ/YSZ bi-layers for solid oxide fuel cells by electrophoretic deposition

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    Besra, Laxmidhar; Zha, Shaowu; Liu, Meilin

    A simple and cost-effective method, starting with electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on a carbon sheet, has been developed for preparation of a NiO-YSZ anode and thin, gas-tight YSZ electrolyte layer on it for use in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The innovative feature of this approach enables the deposition of anode materials as well as the YSZ electrolyte, which were subsequently co-fired in air at high temperatures to remove the carbon and form an anode-supported dense YSZ electrolyte. A functional SOFC constructed by brush painting a layer of mixed cathode consisting of La 0.8Sr 0.2MnO 3 (LSM) and YSZ on the electrolyte layer followed by firing at 1250 °C, displayed a peak power density of 434 mW cm -2 at 800 °C when tested with H 2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant.

  14. New photocatalytic contactors obtained by PECVD deposition of TiO 2 thin layers on the surface of macroporous supports. PECVD TiO2-based membranes as photocatalytic contactors

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    Zhou, M.; Roualdès, S.; Ayral, A.

    2015-07-01

    Two different kinds of PECVD anatase-based composite membranes have been successfully prepared by PECVD synthesis (at 150 °C)/post-annealing (at 300 °C) of a titania film deposited on macroporous supports as a top-layer or a skin-coverage. Photocatalytic activity of PECVD anatase films has been proved performing Pilkington test and methylene blue degradation determination in a lab-scale diffusion cell. Measurements of methylene blue degradation and water flow in a pilot-scale dynamic unit have enabled to show the performance of PECVD anatase-based membranes in terms of permeation and photocatalytic properties. Whereas bi-layered membranes present higher photo-degradation ability (up to 2.5 × 10-8 mol s-1 m-2 destroyed methylene blue moles per unit of time and of membrane surface area), skin-covered membranes are characterized by higher water permeance (up to 6800 L h-1 m-2 bar-1). So both kinds of membranes should have an interest as photocatalytic contactors.

  15. Effect of Process Temperature and Reaction Cycle Number on Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films Using TiCl4 and H2O Precursors: Correlation Between Material Properties and Process Environment

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    Chiappim, W.; Testoni, G. E.; de Lima, J. S. B.; Medeiros, H. S.; Pessoa, Rodrigo Sávio; Grigorov, K. G.; Vieira, L.; Maciel, H. S.

    2016-02-01

    The effect of process temperature and reaction cycle number on atomic layer-deposited TiO2 thin films onto Si(100) using TiCl4 and H2O precursors was investigated in order to discuss the correlation between the growth per cycle (GPC), film structure (crystallinity), and surface roughness as well as the dependence of some of these properties with gas phase environment such as HCl by-product. In this work, these correlations were studied for two conditions: (i) process temperatures in the range of 100-500 °C during 1000 reaction cycles and (ii) number of cycles in the range of 100-2000 for a fixed temperature of 250 °C. To investigate the material properties, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques were used. Mass spectrometry technique was used to investigate the time evolution of gas phase species HCl and H2O during ALD process. Results indicate that the GPC does not correlate well with film crystallinity and surface roughness for the evaluated process parameters. Basically, the film crystallinity relies solely on grain growth kinetics of the material. This occurs due to higher HCl by-product content during each purge step. Furthermore, for films deposited at variable cycle number, the evolution of film thickness and elemental composition is altered from an initial amorphous structure to a near stoichiometric TiO2-x and, subsequently, becomes fully stoichiometric TiO2 at 400 cycles or above. At this cycle value, the GIXRD spectrum indicates the formation of (101) anatase orientation.

  16. Ellipsoidal TiO2 hierarchitectures with enhanced photovoltaic performance.

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    Peng, Wenqin; Yanagida, Masatoshi; Chen, Han; Han, Liyuan

    2012-04-23

    Hierarchical TiO(2) ellipsoids 250-500 nm in size have been synthesized on a large scale by a template-free hydrothermal route. The submicrometer-sized hierarchitectures are assembled from highly crystallized anatase nanorods about 17 nm in diameter with macroporous cavities on the outer shells. Based on the time-dependent morphological evolution under hydrothermal conditions, an oriented attachment process is proposed to explain formation of the hierarchical structures. Such hierarchical TiO(2) not only adsorbs large amounts of dye molecules due to high surface area, but also shows good light scattering caused by the submicrometer size. The TiO(2) hierarchitectures were deposited on top of a transparent TiO(2) nanocrystalline main layer to construct a double-layered photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) application, exhibiting enhanced light harvesting and power-conversion efficiency compared to a commercial TiO(2)-based electrode.

  17. Solid state perovskite solar modules by vacuum-vapor assisted sequential deposition on Nd:YVO4 laser patterned rutile TiO2 nanorods

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    Fakharuddin, Azhar; Palma, Alessandro L.; Di Giacomo, Francesco; Casaluci, Simone; Matteocci, Fabio; Wali, Qamar; Rauf, Muhammad; Di Carlo, Aldo; Brown, Thomas M.; Jose, Rajan

    2015-12-01

    The past few years have witnessed remarkable progress in solution-processed methylammonium lead halide (CH3NH3PbX3, X = halide) perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with reported photoconversion efficiency (η) exceeding 20% in laboratory-scale devices and reaching up to 13% in their large area perovskite solar modules (PSMs). These devices mostly employ mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) as an electron transport layer (ETL) which provides a scaffold on which the perovskite semiconductor can grow. However, limitations exist which are due to trap-limited electron transport and non-complete pore filling. Herein, we have employed TiO2 nanorods (NRs), a material offering a two-fold higher electronic mobility and higher pore-filing compared to their particle analogues, as an ETL. A crucial issue in NRs’ patterning over substrates is resolved by using precise Nd:YVO4 laser ablation, and a champion device with η ∼ 8.1% is reported via a simple and low cost vacuum-vapor assisted sequential processing (V-VASP) of a CH3NH3PbI3 film. Our experiments showed a successful demonstration of NRs-based PSMs via the V-VASP technique which can be applied to fabricate large area modules with a pin-hole free, smooth and dense perovskite layer which is required to build high efficiency devices.

  18. Electrophoretic Deposition of Highly Efficient Phosphors for White Solid State Lighting using near UV-Emitting LEDs

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    Choi, Jae Ik

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a method to deposit particles dispersed in a liquid onto a substrate under the force of an applied electric field, and has been applied for depositing phosphors for application in solid state lighting. The objective is to deposit phosphors in a "remote phosphor" configuration for a UV-LED-based light source for improved white light extraction efficiency. It is demonstrated that EPD can be used to deposit red-, green-, blue-, yellow- and orange-emitting phosphors to generate white light using a near UV-emitting LED by either depositing a phosphor blend or sequentially individual phosphor compositions. The phosphor coverage was excellent, demonstrating that EPD is a viable method to produce phosphor layers for the "remote phosphor" white light design. The deposition rates of the individual phosphor films were ˜1-5 mum/min. The blend depositions composed of both three and four phosphor compositions emit white light located on or near the black body locus on the CIE chromaticity diagram. Phosphor films were also prepared by sequential deposition of red/orange and green/blue compositions, to generate white light. The layered films were flipped over and illuminated in this orientation, which showed approximately the same luminescence characteristics. No change in the reabsorption ratio of green/blue emission by the red/orange phosphor was found regardless of the deposited order of the layered films. These applications of EPD of phosphor for white solid state lighting are promising and effective due to easy tuning of emissive color by varying the phosphor blend compositions. Although nanoparticles of a variety of materials have been coated by EPD, there have been few direct comparisons of EPD of nano- and micron-sized particles of the same material. Another field of the study was to compare EPD of nano-, nano core/SiO2 shell and micron-sized (Ba0.97 Eu0.03)2SiO4 phosphor particles for application in a near-UV LED-based light source

  19. Antibacterial effect of silver modified TiO2/PECVD films

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    Hájková, P.; Patenka, P. Å.; Krumeich, J.; Exnar, P.; Kolouch, A.; Matoušek, J.; Kočí, P.

    2009-08-01

    This paper deals with photocatalytic activity of silver treated TiO2 films. The TiO2 films were deposited on glass substrates by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) in a vacuum reactor with radio frequency (RF) low temperature plasma discharge in the mixture of oxygen and titanium isopropoxide vapors (TTIP). The depositions were performed under different deposition conditions. Subsequently, the surface of TiO2 films was modified by deposition of silver nanoparticles. Photocatalytic activity of both silver modified and unmodified TiO2 films was determined by decomposition of the model organic matter (acid orange 7). Selected TiO2 samples were used for tests of antibacterial activity. These tests were performed on Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli. The results clearly proved that presence of silver clusters resulted in enhancement of the photocatalytic activity, which was up to four times higher than that for pure TiO2 films.

  20. Electrophoretic deposition and characterization of HA/chitosan nanocomposite coatings on Ti6Al7Nb alloy

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    Moskalewicz, Tomasz; Kot, Marcin; Seuss, Sigrid; Kędzierska, Aleksandra; Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Aleksandra; Boccaccini, Aldo R.

    2015-01-01

    Nano-hydroxyapatite/chitosan (nc-HA/chitosan) composite coatings were produced on two phase (α+β) Ti6Al7Nb titanium alloy substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The microstructure of the coatings was examined by scanning- and transmission electron microscopy methods as well as by X-ray diffractometry. The coatings, 770 nm-800 nm thick, were uniform, without any cracks or presence of large voids and they exhibited good adhesion to the titanium alloy substrate. The microstructure of the coatings consisted of nc-HA needle-like particles homogeneously embedded in a chitosan matrix. The deposited coatings exhibited good adhesion to the substrate. The best adhesion to the titanium alloy was determined for the coating deposited from suspensions containing 4 g/L of HA at 10 V during 240 s. The results confirm EPD as a convenient method to develop uniform and crack-free nanoscale organic-inorganic composite coatings on two phase titanium alloy substrates with potential application in orthopedic and dental implants.

  1. Structurally colored carbon fibers with controlled optical properties prepared by a fast and continuous electrophoretic deposition method.

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    Liu, Zhifu; Zhang, Qinghong; Wang, Hongzhi; Li, Yaogang

    2013-08-07

    Structurally colored fiber was fabricated by an electrophoretic deposition method under a circinate electric field. These fibers exhibit structural color, based on the external field-assembly of charged PMMA microspheres on the surface of the electroconductive carbon fiber, with reflectance spectra stretch-tunable in the 430-608 nm, which are determined by the lattice constants of the photonic crystals. Also, the influence of applied voltage, deposition time and electroconductivity on the number of deposited layers and efficiency were studied. In addition, we further developed a horizontal and continuous process to fabricate a long range structurally colored fiber. And the method is a drastic acceleration in comparison with the gravity sedimentation technique that needs weeks or even months, and it would be fast and facile for the further study of structural color on the surface of the fiber. The process may be used to simulate the conventional fiber coloration process. Such elastically tuned structurally colored fibers are of interest for many applications.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of perovskite photovoltaic devices with TiO2 nanoparticle layers

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    Oku, Takeo; Ueoka, Naoki; Suzuki, Kohei; Suzuki, Atsushi; Yamada, Masahiro; Sakamoto, Hiroki; Minami, Satoshi; Fukunishi, Sakiko; Kohno, Kazufumi; Miyauchi, Shinsuke

    2017-01-01

    TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-based photovoltaic devices were fabricated by a spin-coating method using mixture solutions with TiO2 nanoparticles. Compact TiO2 layers were prepared from titanium diisopropoxide bis(acetyl acetonate) and TiO2 nanoparticles with different particle sizes. The performance of the photovoltaic devices was improved by sequential deposition of the TiO2 layers, which resulted in microstructural change of the perovskite layers.

  3. Development of a TiO2 modified optical fiber electrode and its incorporation into a photoelectrochemical reactor for wastewater treatment.

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    Esquivel, K; Arriaga, L G; Rodríguez, F J; Martínez, L; Godínez, Luis A

    2009-08-01

    Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) are used to chemically burn non biodegradable complex organic compounds that are present in polluted effluents. A common approach involves the use of TiO2 semiconductor substrates as either photocatalytic or photoelectrocatalytic materials in reactors that produce a powerful oxidant (hydroxyl radical) that reacts with pollutant species. In this context, the purpose of this work is to develop a new TiO2 based photoanode using an optic fiber support. The novel arrangement of a TiO2 layer positioned on top of a surface modified optical fiber substrate, allowed the construction of a photoelectrochemical reactor that works on the basis of an internally illuminated approach. In this way, a semi-conductive optical fiber modified surface was prepared using 30 microm thickness SnO2:Sb films on which the photoactive TiO2 layer was electrophoretically deposited. UV light transmission experiments were conducted to evaluate the transmittance along the optical fiber covered with SnO2:Sb and TiO2 showing that 43% of UV light reached the optical fiber tip. With different illumination configurations (external or internal), it was possible to get an increase in the amount of photo-generated H(2)O(2) close to 50% as compared to different types of TiO2 films. Finally, the electro-Fenton photoelectrocatalytic Oxidation process studied in this work was able to achieve total color removal of Azo orange II dye (15 mg L(-1)) and a 57% removal of total organic carbon (TOC) within 60 min of degradation time.

  4. Electrophoretic-deposited novel ternary silk fibroin/graphene oxide/hydroxyapatite nanocomposite coatings on titanium substrate for orthopedic applications

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    Li, Ming; Xiong, Pan; Mo, Maosong; Cheng, Yan; Zheng, Yufeng

    2016-09-01

    The combination of graphene oxide (GO) with robust mechanical property, silk fibroin (SF) with fascinating biological effects and hydroxyapatite (HA) with superior osteogenic activity is a competitive approach to make novel coatings for orthopedic applications. Herein, the feasibility of depositing ternary SF/GO/HA nanocomposite coatings on Ti substrate was firstly verified by exploiting electrophoretic nanotechnology, with SF being used as both a charging additive and a dispersion agent. The surface morphology, microstructure and composition, in vitro hemocompatibility and in vitro cytocompatibility of the resulting coatings were investigated by SEM, Raman, FTIR spectra and biocompatibility tests. Results demonstrated that GO, HA and SF could be co-deposited with a uniform, smooth thin-film morphology. The hemolysis rate analysis and the platelet adhesion test indicated good blood compatibility of the coatings. The human osteosarcoma MG63 cells displayed well adhesion and proliferation behaviors on the prepared coatings, with enhanced ALP activities. The present study suggested that SF/GO/HA nanocomposite coatings could be a promising candidate for the surface functionalization of biomaterials, especially as orthopedic implant coating.

  5. Electrophoretic deposition of (Mn,Co)3O4 spinel coating for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhan, Zhaolin; Liu, Xingbo

    2011-10-01

    We discuss here our attempt to develop (Mn,Co)3O4 spinel coatings on the surface of Cr-containing steel through electrophoretic deposition (EPD) followed by reduced-atmosphere sintering for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnect application. The effects of EPD voltages and sintering atmospheres on the microstructure, electrical conductivity and long-term stability of the coated interconnects are examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersion spectrometry (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and four-probe resistance techniques. For the spinel coatings generated using smaller voltage than 400 V, the interconnect surfaces exhibit good packing behavior and high conductivity. The reduced atmosphere during sintering has a beneficial impact on the minimizing chromia subscale formation and thus reducing the area specific resistance (ASR) of the coated interconnects. Moreover, it is interesting to note that a more stable long-term performance is achieved for the spinel coating sintered in H2/H2O atmosphere with thin chromia sub-scale and no Cr penetration. Based on the current results, EPD followed by reduced-atmosphere sintering is a fast and economic way to deposit (Mn,Co)3O4 coating for SOFC interconnect applications.

  6. TiO2 nanotube arrays deposited on Ti substrate by anodic oxidation and their potential as a long-term drug delivery system for antimicrobial agents

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    Moseke, Claus; Hage, Felix; Vorndran, Elke; Gbureck, Uwe

    2012-05-01

    Nanotube arrays on medical titanium surfaces were fabricated by two different anodization methods and their potential for storage and release of antimicrobial substances was evaluated. The treatment of the Ti surfaces in fluoride containing electrolytes on water as well as on polyethylene glycol basis led to the formation of TiO2 nanotubes with up to 6.54 μm length and average diameters of up to 160 nm. Drug release experiments with the model antibiotic vancomycin and with antibacterial silver ions showed that the increased surface area of the anodized samples enabled them to be loaded with up to 450% more active agent than the untreated Ti surfaces. Significant surface-dependent differences in the release kinetics of vancomycin were observed. In comparison to surfaces anodized in an aqueous electrolyte, the release of the antibiotic from surfaces anodized in an electrolyte based on ethylene glycol was significantly retarded, with a release of noticeable amounts over a period of more than 300 days. Loading of nanotube surfaces fabricated in aqueous electrolyte with silver ions revealed increased amounts of adsorbed silver by up to 230%, while the release kinetics showed significant differences in comparison to untreated Ti. It was concluded that nanotube arrays on favored medical implant materials have a high potential for loading with antimicrobial agents and also provide the possibility of tailored release kinetics by variation of anodization parameters.

  7. Nanoparticulate hollow TiO2 fibers as light scatterers in dye-sensitized solar cells: layer-by-layer self-assembly parameters and mechanism.

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    Rahman, Masoud; Tajabadi, Fariba; Shooshtari, Leyla; Taghavinia, Nima

    2011-04-04

    Hollow structures show both light scattering and light trapping, which makes them promising for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. In this work, nanoparticulate hollow TiO(2) fibers are prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly deposition of TiO(2) nanoparticles on natural cellulose fibers as template, followed by thermal removal of the template. The effect of LbL parameters such as the type and molecular weight of polyelectrolyte, number of dip cycles, and the TiO(2) dispersion (amorphous or crystalline sol) are investigated. LbL deposition with weak polyelectrolytes (polyethylenimine, PEI) gives greater nanoparticle deposition yield compared to strong polyelectrolytes (poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDDA). Decreasing the molecular weight of the polyelectrolyte results in more deposition of nanoparticles in each dip cycle with narrower pore size distribution. Fibers prepared by the deposition of crystalline TiO(2) nanoparticles show higher surface area and higher pore volume than amorphous nanoparticles. Scattering coefficients and backscattering properties of fibers are investigated and compared with those of commercial P25 nanoparticles. Composite P25-fiber films are electrophoretically deposited and employed as the photoanode in DSSC. Photoelectrochemical measurements showed an increase of around 50% in conversion efficiency. By employing the intensity-modulated photovoltage and photocurrent spectroscopy methods, it is shown that the performance improvement due to addition of fibers is mostly due to the increase in light-harvesting efficiency. The high surface area due to the nanoparticulate structure and strong light harvesting due to the hollow structure make these fibers promising scatterers in DSSCs.

  8. Electrophoretic deposition: Fundamentals, mechanisms and examples with an in depth examination of the ion depletion effect

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    van Tassel, Jonathan J.

    A definition of what is and what is not EPD is presented. This definition then serves as a guide to the presentation of the basic science necessary to understand this process, including electrochemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, and electrohydrodynamics. Analysis of this basic science leads to a list of possible mechanisms by which EPD can occur. Some of these mechanisms have already been documented in the literature, while some are still hypothetical. One of the most interesting of these mechanisms, ion depletion enhanced - automatic leveling deposition, is chosen for in-depth analysis. The first step is a complete analysis of the suspension of alumina powder in ethanol with added HCl which is used for deposition. It is shown that alumina develops a significant positive surface charge in ethanol by the dissociative adsorption of ethanol molecules to the surface and the preferential desorption of ethoxide ions from the surface. The addition of HCl leads to a large rise in surface charge due initially to reduction in ethoxide activity. After this initial rise the surface charge is set by a competitive adsorption equilibrium of chloride and ethoxide ions to positive surface sites on the powder. Analysis of the development of ionic and charge gradients in the electrolyte at the deposition electrode show the inevitability of a transition to convective transport without particles. A dramatic change in conduction behavior in the presence of particles is shown to be due to the stabilization of an ion depleted, unbalanced charge conduction layer. Extremely high voltage gradients in this layer exert a strong consolidating force on positively charged alumina particles, generating a densely packed deposition layer. The high voltage gradient also leads to a strong equilibrating force to maintain a uniform thickness of the compact deposited layer. Demonstrations are also made of the potential of EPD to address problems in the manufacture of electroceramic devices. The

  9. Hydroxyapatite-anatase-carbon nanotube nanocomposite coatings fabricated by electrophoretic codeposition for biomedical applications.

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    Zhang, Bokai; Kwok, Chi Tat

    2011-10-01

    In order to eliminate micro-cracks in the monolithic hydroxyapatite (HA) and composite hydroxyapatite/carbon nanotube (HA/CNT) coatings, novel HA/TiO(2)/CNT nanocomposite coatings on Ti6Al4V were attempted to fabricate by a single-step electrophoretic codeposition process for biomedical applications. The electrophoretically deposited layers with difference contents of HA, TiO(2) (anatase) and CNT nanoparticles were sintered at 800°C for densification with thickness of about 7-10 μm. A dense and crack-free coating was achieved with constituents of 85 wt% HA, 10 wt% TiO(2) and 5 wt% CNT. Open-circuit potential measurements and cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests were used to investigate the electrochemical corrosion behavior of the coatings in vitro conditions (Hanks' solution at 37°C). The HA/TiO(2)/CNT coatings possess higher corrosion resistance than that of the Ti6Al4V substrate as reflected by nobler open circuit potential and lower corrosion current density. In addition, the surface hardness and adhesion strength of the HA/TiO(2)/CNT coatings are higher than that of the monolithic HA and HA/CNT coatings without compromising their apatite forming ability. The enhanced properties were attributed to the nanostructure of the coatings with the appropriate TiO(2) and CNT contents for eliminating micro-cracks and micro-pores.

  10. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures

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    Cheng, Chun; Amini, Abbas; Zhu, Chao; Xu, Zuli; Song, Haisheng; Wang, Ning

    2014-01-01

    We studied the photocatalytic properties of rational designed TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures, which were fabricated by the site-specific deposition of amorphous TiO2 on the tips of ZnO nanorods. Compared with the pure components of ZnO nanorods and amorphous TiO2 nanoparticles, these TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures demonstrated a higher catalytic activity. The strong green emission quenching observed from photoluminescence of TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures implied an enhanced charge transfer/separation process resulting from the novel type II heterostructures with fine interfaces. The catalytic performance of annealing products with different TiO2 phase varied with the annealing temperatures. This is attributed to the combinational changes in Eg of the TiO2 phase, the specific surface area and the quantity of surface hydroxyl groups. PMID:24566978

  11. TiO2-ITO and TiO2-ZnO nanocomposites: application on water treatment

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    Chorfi, H.; Saadoun, M.; Bousselmi, L.; Bessais, B.

    2012-06-01

    One of the most promising ideas to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 is to couple this photocatalyst with other semiconductors. In this work, we report on the development of photo-catalytic properties of two types of composites based on TiO2 - ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) and TiO2 - ZnO deposited on conventional ceramic substrates. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The photo-catalytic test was carried out under UV light in order to reduce/oxidize a typical textile dye (Cibacron Yellow). The experiment was carried out in a bench scale reactor using a solution having a known initial dye concentration. After optimization, we found that both nanocomposites exhibit better photocatalytic activity compared to the standard photocatalyst P25 TiO2.

  12. All-solid-state reduced graphene oxide supercapacitor with large volumetric capacitance and ultralong stability prepared by electrophoretic deposition method.

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    Wang, Mei; Duong, Le Dai; Mai, Nguyen Thi; Kim, Sanghoon; Kim, Youngjun; Seo, Heewon; Kim, Ye Chan; Jang, Woojin; Lee, Youngkwan; Suhr, Jonghwan; Nam, Jae-Do

    2015-01-21

    Portable energy storage devices have gained special attention due to the growing demand for portable electronics. Herein, an all-solid-state supercapacitor is successfully fabricated based on a poly(vinyl alcohol)-H3PO4 (PVA-H3PO4) polymer electrolyte and a reduced graphene oxide (RGO) membrane electrode prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The RGO electrode fabricated by EPD contains an in-plane layer-by-layer alignment and a moderate porosity that accommodate the electrolyte ions. The all-solid-state RGO supercapacitor is thoroughly tested to give high specific volumetric capacitance (108 F cm(-3)) and excellent energy and power densities (7.5 Wh cm(-3) and 2.9 W cm(-3), respectively). In addition, the all-solid-state RGO supercapacitor exhibits an ultralong lifetime for as long as 180 days (335 000 cycles), which is an ultrahigh cycling capability for a solid-state supercapacitor. The RGO is also tested for being used as a transparent supercapacitor electrode demonstrating its possible use in various transparent optoelectronic devices. Due to the facile scale-up capability of the EPD process and RGO dispersion, the developed all-solid-state supercapacitor is highly applicable to large-area portable energy storage devices.

  13. Optimisation of electrophoretic deposition parameters for gas diffusion electrodes in high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Felix, Cecil; Jao, Ting-Chu; Pasupathi, Sivakumar; Pollet, Bruno G.

    2013-12-01

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method was used to fabricate gas diffusion electrodes (GDEs) for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT PEMFC). Parameters related to the catalyst suspension and the EPD process were studied. Optimum suspension conditions are obtained when the catalyst particles are coated with Nafion® ionomer and the pH is adjusted to an alkaline range of about 8-10. These suspensions yield good stability with sufficient conductivity to form highly porous catalyst layers on top of the gas diffusion layers (GDLs). GDEs were fabricated by applying various electric field strengths of which 100 V cm-1 yields the best membrane electrode assembly (MEA) performance. Compared to an MEA fabricated by the traditional hand sprayed (HS) method, the EPD MEA shows superior performance with a peak power increase of about 73% at similar platinum (Pt) loadings. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis shows lower charge transfer resistance for the MEA fabricated via the EPD method compared to the HS MEA. The EPD GDE exhibits a greater total pore area (22.46 m2 g-1) compared to the HS GDE (13.43 m2 g-1) as well as better dispersion of the Pt particles within the catalyst layer (CL).

  14. Electrophoretic Deposition of 3YSZ Coating on AZ91D Alloy Using Al and Ni-P Interlayers

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    Shahriari, A.; Aghajani, H.

    2016-10-01

    Electrophoretic deposition was used in order to apply the zirconia stabilized by 3 mol% Y2O3 onto the surface of the magnesium alloy AZ91D. Two different interlayers which were including aluminum layer and Ni-P layer were prepared between the AZ91D surface and YSZ coating and the effect of them on the quality of YSZ coating was investigated. The surface morphologies of the coatings were studied by scanning electron microscopy, and their compositions were determined by x-ray diffraction. The corrosion resistance of the coatings was evaluated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 3.5% NaCl neutral solution. Also, the stability of coating was investigated by the Rockwell C indentation test. The results showed that the YSZ coating applied onto different interlayers on AZ91D improves the corrosion resistance of this alloy due to increase in charge-transfer resistance of the AZ91D surface. Also, the aluminum interlayer has a favorable effect on the densification of the coating by formation of aluminum oxide. Furthermore, the corrosion resistance of AZ91D that coated by YSZ and aluminum layer was improved compared to that of coated AZ91D with YSZ and Ni-P layer. The presence of interlayers can make the stability of the YSZ coating improved on the surface of AZ91D.

  15. Electrophoretic deposition of ZnO/alginate and ZnO-bioactive glass/alginate composite coatings for antimicrobial applications.

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    Cordero-Arias, L; Cabanas-Polo, S; Goudouri, O M; Misra, S K; Gilabert, J; Valsami-Jones, E; Sanchez, E; Virtanen, S; Boccaccini, A R

    2015-10-01

    Two organic/inorganic composite coatings based on alginate, as organic matrix, and zinc oxide nanoparticles (n-ZnO) with and without bioactive glass (BG), as inorganic components, intended for biomedical applications, were developed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Different n-ZnO (1-10 g/L) and BG (1-1.5 g/L) contents were studied for a fixed alginate concentration (2 g/L). The presence of n-ZnO was confirmed to impart antibacterial properties to the coatings against gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli, while the BG induced the formation of hydroxyapatite on coating surfaces thereby imparting bioactivity, making the coating suitable for bone replacement applications. Coating composition was analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis (TG), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to study both the surface and the cross section morphology of the coatings. Polarization curves of the coated substrates made in cell culture media at 37 °C confirmed the corrosion protection function of the novel organic/inorganic composite coatings.

  16. Methods of three-dimensional electrophoretic deposition for ceramic and cermet applications and systems thereof

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    Rose, Klint Aaron; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Worsley, Marcus

    2016-09-27

    A ceramic, metal, or cermet according to one embodiment includes a first layer having a gradient in composition, microstructure and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the first layer. A ceramic according to another embodiment includes a plurality of layers comprising particles of a non-cubic material, wherein each layer is characterized by the particles of the non-cubic material being aligned in a common direction. Additional products and methods are also disclosed.

  17. Fabrication of TiO2-strontium loaded CaSiO3/biopolymer coatings with enhanced biocompatibility and corrosion resistance by controlled release of minerals for improved orthopedic applications.

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    Raj, V; Raj, R Mohan; Sasireka, A; Priya, P

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) arrays were fabricated on Ti alloy by anodization method. Synthesis of CaSiO3 (CS) and various concentrations (1X-5X) of Sr(2+) substitutions in CS coatings on TiO2 substrate was achieved through an electrophoretic deposition technique. Fast release of mineral ions from implant surface produce over dosage effect and it is a potential hazardous factor for osteoblasts. So, in order to prevent the fast release of minerals, biopolymer coating was applied above the composite coatings. The coatings were characterized by FTIR, XRD, FE-SEM and EDX techniques. The mechanical, anticorrosion, antimicrobial properties and biocompatibility of the coatings were evaluated. Studies on the mechanical properties indicate that the addition of Sr(2+) and biopolymer increase the hardness strength of the coatings. The metal ion release from the coatings was studied by ICP-AES. The electrochemical properties of the coatings were studied in Ringer's solution, in which CS-3X/Chi-PVP coating on TiO2 exhibits good anticorrosion property and high resistivity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus compared to CS-3X coating on TiO2. In vitro cell experiments indicate that osteoblasts show good adhesion and high growth rates for CS-3X/Chi-PVP coated TiO2 substrate, indicating that the surface cytocompatibility of CS-3X/Chi-PVP coated TiO2 substrate is significantly improved by the controlled release of mineral ions. In conclusion, the surface modification of TiO2/CS-3X/Chi-PVP coated titanium is a potential candidate for implant coating.

  18. Antibacterial hydrogel coating by electrophoretic co-deposition of chitosan/alkynyl chitosan.

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    Ding, Fuyuan; Nie, Zhen; Deng, Hongbing; Xiao, Ling; Du, Yumin; Shi, Xiaowen

    2013-11-06

    Despite much effort has been paid to develop aseptic implant devices, the infection associated with medical implant still remains a significant problem. Here, we report a potential coating material derived from a natural biopolymer chitosan. Firstly, chitosan functionalized with alkynyl moiety (ACS) was prepared by reaction between chitosan and 3-bromopropyne. The structure of the alkynyl chitosan was characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, XRD, TGA and element analysis. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of ACS with a degree of substitution (DS) of 0.40 was 0.03% against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Subsequently, the alkynyl chitosan was co-deposited with chitosan on stainless steel wire to fabricate a composite hydrogel. The composite hydrogel exhibited better antibacterial activities than pure chitosan hydrogel.

  19. Immobilization of TiO2 nanofibers on reduced graphene sheets: Novel strategy in electrospinning.

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    Pant, Hem Raj; Adhikari, Surya Prasad; Pant, Bishweshwar; Joshi, Mahesh K; Kim, Han Joo; Park, Chan Hee; Kim, Cheol Sang

    2015-11-01

    A simple and efficient approach is developed to immobilize TiO2 nanofibers onto reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets. Here, TiO2 nanofiber-intercalated RGO sheets are readily produced by two-step procedure involving the use of electrospinning process to fabricate TiO2 precursor containing polymeric fibers on the surface of GO sheets, followed by simultaneous TiO2 nanofibers formation and GO reduction by calcinations. GO sheets deposited on the collector during electrospinning/electrospray can act as substrate on to which TiO2 precursor containing polymer nanofibers can be deposited which give TiO2 NFs doped RGO sheets on calcinations. Formation of corrugated structure cavities of graphene sheets decorated with TiO2 nanofibers on their surface demonstrates that our method constitutes an alternative top-down strategy toward fabricating verities of nanofiber-decorated graphene sheets. It was found that the synthesized TiO2/RGO composite revealed a remarkable increased in photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2 nanofibers. Therefore, engineering of TiO2 nanofiber-intercalated RGO sheets using proposed facile technique can be considered a promising method for catalytic and other applications.

  20. Characterization of epitaxial GaAs MOS capacitors using atomic layer-deposited TiO2/Al2O3 gate stack: study of Ge auto-doping and p-type Zn doping

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    2012-01-01

    Electrical and physical properties of a metal-oxide-semiconductor [MOS] structure using atomic layer-deposited high-k dielectrics (TiO2/Al2O3) and epitaxial GaAs [epi-GaAs] grown on Ge(100) substrates have been investigated. The epi-GaAs, either undoped or Zn-doped, was grown using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition method at 620°C to 650°C. The diffusion of Ge atoms into epi-GaAs resulted in auto-doping, and therefore, an n-MOS behavior was observed for undoped and Zn-doped epi-GaAs with the doping concentration up to approximately 1017 cm-3. This is attributed to the diffusion of a significant amount of Ge atoms from the Ge substrate as confirmed by the simulation using SILVACO software and also from the secondary ion mass spectrometry analyses. The Zn-doped epi-GaAs with a doping concentration of approximately 1018 cm-3 converts the epi-GaAs layer into p-type since the Zn doping is relatively higher than the out-diffused Ge concentration. The capacitance-voltage characteristics show similar frequency dispersion and leakage current for n-type and p-type epi-GaAs layers with very low hysteresis voltage (approximately 10 mV). PACS: 81.15.Gh. PMID:22297193

  1. Enhanced performance of HRGO-RuO2 solid state flexible supercapacitors fabricated by electrophoretic deposition

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    Amir, Fatima Z.; Pham, V. H.; Mullinax, D. W.; Dickerson, J. H.

    2016-06-07

    Ruthenium oxide (RuO2) nanomaterials exist as excellent materials for electrochemical capacitors. However, they tend to suffer from low mechanical flexibility when cast into films, which makes them unsuitable for flexible device applications. Herein, we report an environmentally friendly and solution-processable approach to fabricate RuO2-based composite electrodes for flexible solid state supercapacitors. The composites were produced by anchoring RuO2 nanoparticles onto holey reduced graphene oxide (HRGO) via a sol-gel method, followed by the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of the material into thin films. The uniform anchoring of ultra-small RuO2 nanoparticles on the two-dimensional HRGO sheets resulted in HRGO-RuO2 hybrid sheets with excellent mechanical flexibility of HRGO. EPD induced a layer-by-layer assembly mechanism for the HRGO-RuO2 hybrid sheets, which resulted in a binder-free, flexible electrode. The obtained HRGO-RuO2 flexible supercapacitors exhibited excellent electrochemical capacitive performance in a PVA-H2SO4 gel electrolyte with a specific capacitance of 418 F g-1 and superior cycling stability of 88.5% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles. Additionally, these supercapacitors exhibited high rate performance with capacitance retention of 85% by increasing the current density from 1.0 to 20.0 Ag-1, and excellent mechanical flexibility with only 4.9% decay in the performance when bent 180°.

  2. Scalable high-power redox capacitors with aligned nanoforests of crystalline MnO₂ nanorods by high voltage electrophoretic deposition.

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    Santhanagopalan, Sunand; Balram, Anirudh; Meng, Dennis Desheng

    2013-03-26

    It is commonly perceived that reduction-oxidation (redox) capacitors have to sacrifice power density to achieve higher energy density than carbon-based electric double layer capacitors. In this work, we report the synergetic advantages of combining the high crystallinity of hydrothermally synthesized α-MnO2 nanorods with alignment for high performance redox capacitors. Such an approach is enabled by high voltage electrophoretic deposition (HVEPD) technology which can obtain vertically aligned nanoforests with great process versatility. The scalable nanomanufacturing process is demonstrated by roll-printing an aligned forest of α-MnO2 nanorods on a large flexible substrate (1 inch by 1 foot). The electrodes show very high power density (340 kW/kg at an energy density of 4.7 Wh/kg) and excellent cyclability (over 92% capacitance retention over 2000 cycles). Pretreatment of the substrate and use of a conductive holding layer have also been shown to significantly reduce the contact resistance between the aligned nanoforests and the substrates. High areal specific capacitances of around 8500 μF/cm(2) have been obtained for each electrode with a two-electrode device configuration. Over 93% capacitance retention was observed when the cycling current densities were increased from 0.25 to 10 mA/cm(2), indicating high rate capabilities of the fabricated electrodes and resulting in the very high attainable power density. The high performance of the electrodes is attributed to the crystallographic structure, 1D morphology, aligned orientation, and low contact resistance.

  3. Comparison study on photocatalytic oxidation of pharmaceuticals by TiO2-Fe and TiO2-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites immobilized on optical fibers.

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    Lin, Lu; Wang, Huiyao; Jiang, Wenbin; Mkaouar, Ahmed Radhi; Xu, Pei

    2017-03-08

    Incorporating reduced graphene oxide (rGO) or Fe(3+) ions in TiO2 photocatalyst could enhance photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants in aqueous solutions. This study characterized the photocatalytic activities of TiO2-Fe and TiO2-rGO nanocomposites immobilized on optical fibers synthesized by polymer assisted hydrothermal deposition method. The photocatalysts presented a mixture phase of anatase and rutile in the TiO2-rGO and TiO2-Fe nanocomposites. Doping Fe into TiO2 particles (2.40eV) could reduce more band gap energy than incorporating rGO (2.85eV), thereby enhancing utilization efficiency of visible light. Incorporating Fe and rGO in TiO2 decreased significantly the intensity of TiO2 photoluminescence signals and enhanced the separation rate of photo-induced charge carriers. Photocatalytic performance of the synthesized nanocomposites was measured by the degradation of three pharmaceuticals under UV and visible light irradiation, including carbamazepine, ibuprofen, and sulfamethoxazole. TiO2-rGO exhibited higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of pharmaceuticals under UV irradiation, while TiO2-Fe demonstrated more suitable for visible light oxidation. The results suggested that the enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2-rGO could be attributed to reduced recombination rate of photoexcited electrons-hole pairs, but for TiO2-Fe nanocomposite, narrower band gap would contribute to increased photocatalytic activity.

  4. Characterization and corrosion behavior of hydroxyapatite coatings on Ti6Al4V fabricated by electrophoretic deposition

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    Kwok, C. T.; Wong, P. K.; Cheng, F. T.; Man, H. C.

    2009-04-01

    In order to increase the bone bioactivity of the metallic implants, hydroxyapatite (HA) is often coated on their surface so that a real bond with the surrounding bone tissue can be formed. Plasma spraying of HA coatings is currently the only commercial process in use but long-term stability of plasma sprayed coatings could be a problem because of their high degree of porosities, poor bond strength, presence of a small amount of amorphous phase with non-stoichiometric composition, and non-uniformity. In the present study, cathodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD) has been attempted for depositing HA coatings on Ti6Al4V followed by vacuum sintering at 800 °C. Submicron HA powders with different morphologies including spherical, needle-shaped and flake-shaped were used in the EDP process to produce dense coatings. Moreover, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were also used to reinforce the HA coating for enhancing its hardness. The surface morphology, compositions and microstructure of the HA coated Ti6Al4V were investigated by electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry, respectively. Electrochemical corrosion behavior of the HA coatings in Hanks' solution at 37 °C was investigated by means of open-circuit potential measurement and cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests. Surface hardness, adhesion strength and bone bioactivity of the coatings were also studied. All HA coated specimens had a thickness of about 10 μm and free of cracks, with corrosion resistance higher than that of the substrate and adhesion strength higher than that of plasma sprayed coating. The enhanced properties could be attributed to the use of submicron-sized HA particles in the low-temperature EDP process. Among the three types of HA powder, spherical powder yielded the densest coating whereas the flake-shaped powder yielded the most porous coatings. Compared with monolithic HA coating, the CNT-reinforced HA coating markedly increased the coating hardness

  5. TiO2 coated microfluidic devices for recoverable hydrophilic and hydrophobic patterns

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    Lee, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Sang Kyung; Park, Hyung-Ho; Kim, Tae Song

    2015-03-01

    We report a simple method for modifying the surfaces of plastic microfluidic devices through dynamic coating process with a nano-colloidal TiO2 sol. The surface of the thermoplastic, cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was coated with the TiO2 film, that displayed an effective photocatalytic property. The hydrophilic surface is obtained in the TiO2-coated zone of a microfluidic channel, and TiO2 coated surface degradation can be reversed easily by UV irradiation. The present work shows a photocatalytic activity concerning the effect of TiO2 coating density, which is controlled by the number of coating cycles. The hydrophilized surface was characterized by the contact angle of water and the TiO2 coated COC surface reduced the water contact angle from 85° to less than 10° upon UV irradiation. The photocatalytic effect of the layer that was coated five times with TiO2 was excellent, and the super-hydrophilicity of the TiO2 surface could be promptly recovered after 10 months of storage at atmospheric conditions. The COC microfluidic devices, in which TiO2 has been freshly deposited and aged for 10 months, were capable of generating water-in oil-in water (W/O/W) double emulsions easily and uniformly by simple control of the flow rates for demonstration of excellent hydrophilic patterning and recovery of the TiO2 coated in the microchannels.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of sulfated TiO2 nanorods and ZrO2/TiO2 nanocomposites for the esterification of biobased organic acid.

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    Li, Zhonglai; Wnetrzak, Renata; Kwapinski, Witold; Leahy, James J

    2012-09-26

    TiO(2) nanorods and ZrO(2)-modified TiO(2) nanocomposites have been prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and the deposition-precipitation method. Their sulfated products were tested as solid superacid catalysts for the esterification of levulinic acid which was used as a model bio-oil molecule. SEM and TEM characterization showed that TiO(2) nanorods with diameters ranging from 20 to 200 nm and with lengths of up to 5 μm were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 180 °C. ZrO(2) nanoparticles with the diameters ranging from 10 to 20 nm were evenly deposited on TiO(2) nanorods. IR and XPS results suggested that sulfated ZrO(2)/TiO(2) nanocomposite has higher content of sulfate groups on the surface with a S/(Zr+Ti) ratio of 13.6% than sulfated TiO(2) nanorods with a S/Ti ratio of 4.9%. The HPLC results showed that sulfated ZrO(2)/TiO(2) nanocomposite have enhanced catalytic activity for esterification reaction between levulinic acid and ethanol compared to sulfated TiO(2) nanorods. The conversion of levulinic acid to ethyl levulinate can reach to 90.4% at the reaction temperature of 105 °C after 180 min.

  7. Engineering of highly ordered TiO2 nanopore arrays by anodization

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    Wang, Huijie; Huang, Zhennan; Zhang, Li; Ding, Jie; Ma, Zhaoxia; Liu, Yong; Kou, Shengzhong; Yang, Hangsheng

    2016-07-01

    Finite element analysis was used to simulate the current density distributions in the TiO2 barrier layer formed at the initial stage of Ti anodization. The morphology modification of the barrier layer was found to induce current density distribution change. By starting the anodization with proper TiO2 barrier layer morphology, the current density distribution can be adjusted to favor the formation of either nanotube arrays or nanopore arrays of anodic TiO2. We also found that the addition of sodium acetate into the electrolyte suppressed both the field-assisted chemical dissolution of TiO2 and the TiF62- hydrolysis induced TiO2 deposition during anodization, and thus further favored the nanopore formation. Accordingly, highly ordered anodic TiO2 nanopore arrays, similar to anodic aluminum oxide nanopore arrays, were successfully prepared.

  8. Ammonia sensing behaviors of TiO2-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers.

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    Wang, Qingqing; Dong, Xianjun; Pang, Zengyuan; Du, Yuanzhi; Xia, Xin; Wei, Qufu; Huang, Fenglin

    2012-12-12

    Titanium dioxide-polyaniline/polyamide 6 (TiO(2)-PANI/PA6) composite nanofibers were prepared by in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of PA6 nanofibers and a sputtering-deposition process with a high purity titanium sputtering target. TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers and PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers were fabricated for ammonia gas sensing. The ammonia sensing behaviors of the sensors were examined at room temperature. All the results indicated that the ammonia sensing property of TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers was superior to that of PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers. TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers had good selectivity to ammonia. It was also found that the content of TiO(2) had a great influence on both the morphology and the sensing property of TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 nanostructure

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    Gahlot, Swati; Thakur, Amit Kumar; Kulshrestha, Vaibhav; Shahi, V. K.

    2013-02-01

    Single phase anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using Titanium tertachloride (TiCl4) as precursor through an inexpensive method. Well dispersed nanocomposites of silver at TiO2 were synthesized successfully by photochemical route. Both TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle size of TiO2 is found to be ˜ 11 nm and ˜ 22 nm for Ag/TiO2, by XRD and confirmed by TEM. TEM micrographs also show the single phase crystal of TiO2 and confirm the deposition of silver among TiO2.

  10. Flame-made ultra-porous TiO2 layers for perovskite solar cells

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    Osorio Mayon, Yahuitl; Duong, The; Nasiri, Noushin; White, Thomas P.; Tricoli, Antonio; Catchpole, Kylie R.

    2016-12-01

    We report methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) solar cells with an ultra-porous TiO2 electron transport layer fabricated using sequential flame aerosol and atomic layer depositions of porous and compact TiO2 layers. Flame aerosol pyrolysis allows rapid deposition of nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 layers that could be easily scaled-up for high-throughput low-cost industrial solar cell production. An efficiency of 13.7% was achieved with a flame-made nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 electrode that was coated with a compact 2 nm TiO2 layer. This demonstrates that MAPbI3 solar cells with a flame-made porous TiO2 layer can have a comparable efficiency to that of the control MAPbI3 solar cell with the well-established spin-coated porous TiO2 layer. The combination of flame aerosol and atomic layer deposition provides precise control of the TiO2 porosity. Notably, the porosity of the as-deposited flame-made TiO2 layers was 97% which was then fine-tuned down to 87%, 56% and 35% by varying the thickness of the subsequent compact TiO2 coating step. The effects of the decrease in porosity on the device performance are discussed. It is also shown that MAPbI3 easily infiltrates into the flame-made porous TiO2 nanostructure thanks to their high porosity and large pore size.

  11. Flame-made ultra-porous TiO2 layers for perovskite solar cells.

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    Mayon, Yahuitl Osorio; Duong, The; Nasiri, Noushin; White, Thomas P; Tricoli, Antonio; Catchpole, Kylie R

    2016-12-16

    We report methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) solar cells with an ultra-porous TiO2 electron transport layer fabricated using sequential flame aerosol and atomic layer depositions of porous and compact TiO2 layers. Flame aerosol pyrolysis allows rapid deposition of nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 layers that could be easily scaled-up for high-throughput low-cost industrial solar cell production. An efficiency of 13.7% was achieved with a flame-made nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 electrode that was coated with a compact 2 nm TiO2 layer. This demonstrates that MAPbI3 solar cells with a flame-made porous TiO2 layer can have a comparable efficiency to that of the control MAPbI3 solar cell with the well-established spin-coated porous TiO2 layer. The combination of flame aerosol and atomic layer deposition provides precise control of the TiO2 porosity. Notably, the porosity of the as-deposited flame-made TiO2 layers was 97% which was then fine-tuned down to 87%, 56% and 35% by varying the thickness of the subsequent compact TiO2 coating step. The effects of the decrease in porosity on the device performance are discussed. It is also shown that MAPbI3 easily infiltrates into the flame-made porous TiO2 nanostructure thanks to their high porosity and large pore size.

  12. FIB-tomographic studies on chemical vapor deposition grown SnO2 nanowire arrays on TiO2 (001)

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    Chen, Haoyun; Liu, Yi; Wu, Hong; Xiong, Xiang; Pan, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Tin oxide nanowire arrays on titania (001) have been successfully fabricated by chemical vapor deposition of Sn(O t Bu)4 precursor. The morphologies and structures of ordered SnO2 nanowires (NWs) were analyzed by cross-sectional SEM, HR-TEM and AFM. An FIB-tomography technique was applied in order to reconstruct a 3D presentation of ordered SnO2 nanowires. The achieved 3D analysis showed the spatial orientation and angles of ordered SnO2 NWs can be obtained in a one-shot experiment, and the distribution of Au catalysts showed the competition between 1D and 2D growth. The SnO2 nanowire arrays can be potentially used as a diameter- and surface-dependent sensing unit for the detection of gas- and bio-molecules.

  13. Electrophoretic deposition on non-conducting substrates: The case of YSZ film on NiO-YSZ composite substrates for solid oxide fuel cell application

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    Besra, Laxmidhar; Compson, Charles; Liu, Meilin

    This paper report the results of our investigation on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of YSZ particles from its suspension in acetylacetone onto a non-conducting NiO-YSZ substrate. In principle, it is not possible to carry out electrophoretic deposition on non-conducting substrates. In this case, the EPD of YSZ particles on a NiO-YSZ substrate was made possible through the use of an adequately porous substrate. The continuous pores in the substrates, when saturated with the solvent, helped in establishing a "conductive path" between the electrode and the particles in suspension. Deposition rate was found to increase with increasing substrate porosity up to a certain value. The higher the applied voltage, the faster the deposition. For a given applied voltage, there exists a threshold porosity value below which EPD becomes practically impossible. An SOFC constructed on bi-layers of NiO-YSZ/YSZ with YSZ layer thickness of 40 μm exhibited an open circuit voltage (OCV) of 0.97 V at 650 °C and peak power density of 263.8 mW cm -2 at 850 °C when tested with H 2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant.

  14. Influence of carbon nanotubes coatings onto carbon fiber by oxidative treatments combined with electrophoretic deposition on interfacial properties of carbon fiber composite

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    Deng, Chao; Jiang, Jianjun; Liu, Fa; Fang, Liangchao; Wang, Junbiao; Li, Dejia; Wu, Jianjun

    2015-12-01

    To improve the interfacial performance of carbon fiber (CF) and epoxy resin, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coatings were utilized to achieve this purpose through coating onto CF by the treatment with hydrogen peroxide and concentrated nitric acid combined with electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. The influence of electrophoretically deposited CNTs coatings on the surface properties of CFs were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and dynamic contact angle analysis. The results indicated that the deposition of carbon nanotubes introduced some polar groups to carbon fiber surfaces, enhanced surface roughness and changed surface morphologies of carbon fibers. Surface wettability of carbon fibers may be significantly improved by increasing surface free energy of the fibers due to the deposition of CNTs. The thickness and density of the coatings increases with the introduction of pretreatment of the CF during the EPD process. Short beam shear test was performed to examine the effect of carbon fiber functionalization on mechanical properties of the carbon fiber/epoxy resin composites. The interfacial adhesion of CNTs/CF reinforced epoxy composites showed obvious enhancement of interlaminar shear strength by 60.2% and scanning electron microscope photographs showed that the failure mode of composites was changed after the carbon fibers were coated with CNTs.

  15. Effect of thermal annealing on the optical properties and residual stress of TiO2 films produced by ion-assisted deposition.

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    Lee, Cheng-Chung; Chen, Hsi-Chao; Jaing, Cheng-Chung

    2005-05-20

    The effects of thermal annealing of titanium oxide films deposited by ion-beam assistance at annealing temperatures from 100 degrees C to 300 degrees C on the residual stress and optical properties of the films was investigated. The refractive indices and extinction coefficients increased gradually as the temperature was increased from 100 degrees C to 200 degrees C and then declined gradually as the temperature was increased further from 200 degrees C to 300 degrees C. The film lost oxygen and slowly generated lower suboxides as the annealing temperature was reduced below 200 degrees C, as determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). As the annealing temperature increased above 200 degrees C, the lower suboxides began to capture oxygen and form stable oxides. XPS measurements were made to verify both the binding energy associated with the Ti 2p line and the variation of the O 1s line. A Twyman-Green interferometer was employed for phase-shift interferometry to study the residual stress. The residual stress declined as the temperature was reduced from 100 degrees C to 200 degrees C because the lower suboxides reduced the stress in the film. Above 200 degrees C, the film began to capture oxygen, so the residual stress rose. At 300 degrees C, the film was no longer amorphous as the anatase was observed by x-ray diffraction.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 nanostructure thin films grown by thermal CVD

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    Rizal, Umesh; Das, Soham; Kumar, Dhruva; Swain, Bhabani S.; Swain, Bibhu P.

    2016-04-01

    Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) deposited Titanium dioxide nanostructures (TiO2-NSs) were grown by using Ti powder and O2 precursors on Si/SiO2 (100) substrate. The microstructure and vibration properties of TiO2-NSs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), SEM, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The role of O2 flow rate on TiO2-NSs revealed decreased deposition rate, however, surface roughness has been increased resulted into formation of nanostructure thin films.

  17. Visible light catalysis of rhodamine B using nanostructured Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) thin films.

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    Mahadik, M A; Shinde, S S; Mohite, V S; Kumbhar, S S; Moholkar, A V; Rajpure, K Y; Ganesan, V; Nayak, J; Barman, S R; Bhosale, C H

    2014-04-05

    The Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) composite films are deposited using spray pyrolysis method onto glass and FTO coated substrates. The structural, morphological, optical and photocatalytic properties of Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) thin films are studied. XRD analysis confirms that films are polycrystalline with rhombohedral and tetragonal crystal structures for Fe2O3 and TiO(2) respectively. The photocatalytic activity was tested for the degradation of Rhrodamine B (Rh B) in aqueous medium. The rate constant (-k) was evaluated as a function of the initial concentration of species. Substantial reduction in concentrations of organic species was observed from COD and TOC analysis. Photocatalytic degradation effect is relatively higher in case of the TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) than TiO(2) and Fe(2)O(3) thin film photoelectrodes in the degradation of Rh B and 98% removal efficiency of Rh B is obtained after 20min. The photocatalytic experimental results indicate that TiO(2)/α-Fe(2)O(3) photoelectrode is promising material for removing of water pollutants.

  18. Effects of adsorbed pyridine derivatives and ultrathin atomic-layer-deposited alumina coatings on the conduction band-edge energy of TiO2 and on redox-shuttle-derived dark currents.

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    Katz, Michael J; Vermeer, Michael J D; Farha, Omar K; Pellin, Michael J; Hupp, Joseph T

    2013-01-15

    Both the adsorption of t-butylpyridine and the atomic-layer deposition of ultrathin conformal coatings of insulators (such as alumina) are known to boost open-circuit photovoltages substantially for dye-sensitized solar cells. One attractive interpretation is that these modifiers significantly shift the conduction-edge energy of the electrode, thereby shifting the onset potential for dark current arising from the interception of injected electrons by solution-phase redox shuttle components such as Co(phenanthroline)(3)(3+) and triiodide. For standard, high-area, nanoporous photoelectrodes, band-edge energies are difficult to measure directly. In contrast, for flat electrodes they are readily accessible from Mott-Schottky analyses of impedance data. Using such electrodes (specifically TiO(2)), we find that neither organic nor inorganic electrode-surface modifiers shift the conduction-band-edge energy sufficiently to account fully for the beneficial effects on electrode behavior (i.e., the suppression of dark current). Additional experiments reveal that the efficacy of ultrathin coatings of Al(2)O(3) arises chiefly from the passivation of redox-catalytic surface states. In contrast, adsorbed t-butylpyridine appears to suppress dark currents mainly by physically blocking access of shuttle molecules to the electrode surface. Studies with other derivatives of pyridine, including sterically and/or electronically diverse derivatives, show that heterocycle adsorption and the concomitant suppression of dark current does not require the coordination of surface Ti(IV) or Al(III) atoms. Notably, the favorable (i.e., negative) shifts in onset potential for the flow of dark current engendered by organic and inorganic surface modifiers are additive. Furthermore, they appear to be largely insensitive to the identity of shuttle molecules.

  19. Remarkable Charge Separation and Photocatalytic Efficiency Enhancement through Interconnection of TiO2 Nanoparticles by Hydrothermal Treatment.

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    Ide, Yusuke; Inami, Nozomu; Hattori, Hideya; Saito, Kanji; Sohmiya, Minoru; Tsunoji, Nao; Komaguchi, Kenji; Sano, Tsuneji; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Sugahara, Yoshiyuki

    2016-03-07

    Although tremendous effort has been directed to synthesizing advanced TiO2 , it remains difficult to obtain TiO2 exhibiting a photocatalytic efficiency higher than that of P25, a benchmark photocatalyst. P25 is composed of anatase, rutile, and amorphous TiO2 particles, and photoexcited electron transfer and subsequent charge separation at the anatase-rutile particle interfaces explain its high photocatalytic efficiency. Herein, we report on a facile and rational hydrothermal treatment of P25 to selectively convert the amorphous component into crystalline TiO2 , which is deposited between the original anatase and rutile particles to increase the particle interfaces and thus enhance charge separation. This process produces a new TiO2 exhibiting a considerably enhanced photocatalytic efficiency. This method of synthesizing this TiO2 , inspired by a recently burgeoning zeolite design, promises to make TiO2 applications more feasible and effective.

  20. Enhancement in photo-induced hydrophilicity of TiO2/CNT nanostructures by applying voltage

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    Abdi, Yaser; Khalilian, Maryam; Arzi, Ezatollah

    2011-06-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on a silicon substrate. Cabbage-like TiO2 nanostructures on the CNTs were produced by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapour deposition. Scanning electron microcopy was used to study the morphology of the TiO2/CNT structures while x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to verify the characteristics of the prepared nanostructures. Their hydrophilicity under UV and visible light was investigated and compared with the activity of thin films of TiO2. The TiO2/CNTs showed a highly improved photocatalytic activity in comparison with the TiO2 film. The excellent visible-light-induced hydrophilicity of the TiO2/CNTs was attributed to the generation of electron-hole pairs by visible light excitation with a low recombination rate. The results of this study showed that the fabricated cabbage-like TiO2/CNT nanostructures have a super-hydrophilic surface without further UV irradiation. Electrical measurements showed that a p-n junction was formed at the interface of the TiO2/CNTs. Consequently, a super-hydrophilic surface was achieved by applying an electric bias voltage. Visible-light- and electro-induced hydrophilicity of the obtained nanostructure was reported in this work.

  1. Interference effects in photoacoustic and reflectance spectroscopies on TiO2/Si structures and TiO2 band gap.

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    Conde-Gallardo, A; Cruz-Orea, A; Tomas, S A

    2004-08-01

    Experimental results of photoacoustic (PAS) and reflectance (RS) spectroscopies of titanium dioxide thin films (TiO2), deposited on Si substrates, are compared in a wide optical range including transparent and absorbent regions of TiO2. Due to the fact that the light modulation frequency f used in the photoacoustic experiments was so low that the thermal diffusion length of the TiO2 (mu = 100 microm) is always larger than the thickness of the studied films, the PAS turns out to be complementary to RS over the entire range. The presence of multiple reflection interference effects makes difficult a direct evaluation of the TiO2 band gap from the PAS signal. However, by employing k(lambda) values, obtained from transmission experiments on equivalent TiO2 films deposited on transparent fused quartz substrates, the PAS spectra for the films deposited on silicon are reconstructed by using those theoretical models that consider multiple reflections. The reasonable agreement of the simulated and experimental PAS spectra allows one to obtain reliable Eg values for the TiO2 films deposited on opaque silicon substrates.

  2. Porous Anatase TiO2 Thin Films for NH3 Vapour Sensing

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    Ponnusamy, Dhivya; Madanagurusamy, Sridharan

    2015-12-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited onto cleaned glass substrates by a direct current (DC) reactive magnetron sputtering technique for different deposition times from 10 min to 40 min, which resulted in films of different thicknesses. Characterization techniques, such as x-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the TiO2 thin films. XRD patterns showed the formation of (101) crystal anatase facets. The grain size values of the film increased with increased deposition time, and the films deposited at 40 min exhibited a porous structure. Anatase TiO2 thin films exhibited excellent sensing response, fast response and recovery time, as well as good stability and selectivity towards ammonia (NH3). The enhanced NH3 sensing behavior of anatase TiO2 films is attributed to the porous morphology and oxygen vacancies.

  3. Facile Growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film by One-Step Pulsed Hybrid Electrophoretic and Electroplating Deposition

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    Tsai, Hung-Wei; Chen, Chia-Wei; Thomas, Stuart R.; Hsu, Cheng-Hung; Tsai, Wen-Chi; Chen, Yu-Ze; Wang, Yi-Chung; Wang, Zhiming M.; Hong, Hwen-Fen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2016-02-01

    The use of costly and rare metals such as indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) based solar cells has motivated research into the use of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) as a suitable replacement due to its non-toxicity, abundance of compositional elements and excellent optical properties (1.5 eV direct band gap and absorption coefficient of ~104 cm‑1). In this study, we demonstrate a one-step pulsed hybrid electrodeposition method (PHED), which combines electrophoretic and electroplating deposition to deposit uniform CZTS thin-films. Through careful analysis and optimization, we are able to demonstrate CZTS solar cells with the VOC, JSC, FF and η of 350 mV, 3.90 mA/cm2, 0.43 and 0.59%, respectively.

  4. Facile Growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film by One-Step Pulsed Hybrid Electrophoretic and Electroplating Deposition.

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    Tsai, Hung-Wei; Chen, Chia-Wei; Thomas, Stuart R; Hsu, Cheng-Hung; Tsai, Wen-Chi; Chen, Yu-Ze; Wang, Yi-Chung; Wang, Zhiming M; Hong, Hwen-Fen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2016-02-23

    The use of costly and rare metals such as indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) based solar cells has motivated research into the use of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) as a suitable replacement due to its non-toxicity, abundance of compositional elements and excellent optical properties (1.5 eV direct band gap and absorption coefficient of ~10(4) cm(-1)). In this study, we demonstrate a one-step pulsed hybrid electrodeposition method (PHED), which combines electrophoretic and electroplating deposition to deposit uniform CZTS thin-films. Through careful analysis and optimization, we are able to demonstrate CZTS solar cells with the VOC, JSC, FF and η of 350 mV, 3.90 mA/cm(2), 0.43 and 0.59%, respectively.

  5. Facile Growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film by One-Step Pulsed Hybrid Electrophoretic and Electroplating Deposition

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    Tsai, Hung-Wei; Chen, Chia-Wei; Thomas, Stuart R.; Hsu, Cheng-Hung; Tsai, Wen-Chi; Chen, Yu-Ze; Wang, Yi-Chung; Wang, Zhiming M.; Hong, Hwen-Fen; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2016-01-01

    The use of costly and rare metals such as indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) based solar cells has motivated research into the use of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) as a suitable replacement due to its non-toxicity, abundance of compositional elements and excellent optical properties (1.5 eV direct band gap and absorption coefficient of ~104 cm−1). In this study, we demonstrate a one-step pulsed hybrid electrodeposition method (PHED), which combines electrophoretic and electroplating deposition to deposit uniform CZTS thin-films. Through careful analysis and optimization, we are able to demonstrate CZTS solar cells with the VOC, JSC, FF and η of 350 mV, 3.90 mA/cm2, 0.43 and 0.59%, respectively. PMID:26902556

  6. Application of the multi-step EPD technique to fabricate thick TiO2 layers: effect of organic medium viscosity on the layer microstructure.

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    Sadeghi, A A; Ebadzadeh, T; Raissi, B; Ghashghaie, S; Fateminia, S M A

    2013-02-14

    In the present study, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was used to obtain dense layers of TiO(2) in four organic media-methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, and butanol-with different TiO(2) nanoparticle concenterations of 1-8 g/L. Microstructural study of the obtained layers by scanning electron (SEM) and optical microscope (OM) revealed that the multistep EPD technique could effectively prevent crack formation across the layer compared with the single-step method and will consequently increase the critical cracking thickness (CCT). The quality of EPD layers was also affected by viscosity. According to SEM and atomic force microscope (AFM) results, as the viscosity of the medium increased, more compact layers were formed which can be attributed to the lower deposition rates in heavier alcohols. High deposition rate in methanol and ethanol was also confirmed by zeta potential results. Suspension viscosity was interestingly observed to control the threshold concentration above which crack formation would occur. These values were measured to be 3 and 5 g/L for methanol and ethanol, respectively. However, in suspensions based on more viscous alcohols, the threshold concentration increased to 8 g/L which implied the decisive role of medium on concentration limits. It indicates that by employing organic vehicles of higher viscosity it is possible to maintain the CCT values obtained in less viscous media with no need to decrease the colloidal concentration of the suspension.

  7. Tunable Pseudocapacitance in 3D TiO2-δ Nanomembranes Enabling Superior Lithium Storage Performance.

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    Huang, Shaozhuan; Zhang, Lin; Lu, Xueyi; Liu, Lifeng; Liu, Lixiang; Sun, Xiaolei; Yin, Yin; Oswald, Steffen; Zou, Zhaoyong; Ding, Fei; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2017-01-24

    Nanostructured TiO2 of different polymorphs, mostly prepared by hydro/solvothermal methods, have been extensively studied for more than a decade as anode materials in lithium ion batteries. Enormous efforts have been devoted to improving the electrical conductivity and lithium ion diffusivity in chemically synthesized TiO2 nanostructures. In this work we demonstrate that 3D Ti(3+)-self-doped TiO2 (TiO2-δ) nanomembranes, which are prepared by physical vapor deposition combined with strain-released rolled-up technology, have a great potential to address several of the long-standing challenges associated with TiO2 anodes. The intrinsic electrical conductivity of the TiO2 layer can be significantly improved by the in situ generated Ti(3+), and the amorphous, thin TiO2 nanomembrane provides a shortened Li(+) diffusion pathway. The fabricated material shows a favorable electrochemical reaction mechanism for lithium storage. Further, post-treatments are employed to adjust the Ti(3+) concentration and crystallinity degree in TiO2 nanomembranes, providing an opportunity to investigate the important influences of Ti(3+) self-doping and amorphous structures on the electrochemical processes. With these experiments, the pseudocapacitance contributions in TiO2 nanomembranes with different crystallinity degree are quantified and verified by an in-depth kinetics analysis. Additionally, an ultrathin metallic Ti layer can be included, which further improves the lithium storage properties of the TiO2, giving rise to the state-of-the-art capacity (200 mAh g(-1) at 1 C), excellent rate capability (up to 50 C), and ultralong lifetime (for 5000 cycles at 10 C, with an extraordinary retention of 100%) of TiO2 anodes.

  8. Micro-twins TiO2 nanorods grown on seeded ZnO film

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    Zhao, Lei; Xia, Maosheng; Liu, Yuhua; Zheng, Biju; Jiang, Qing; Lian, Jianshe

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 anatase nanorods (NRs) epitaxially grew along the [001] direction at 600 °C on seeded c-axis oriented ZnO films which were deposited on a quartz glass substrate. The length of TiO2 NRs was about 450 nm. Micro-twins (MTs) were found in the TiO2 NRs with the (103) plane as the twin planes. The possible growth mechanisms of these TiO2 MTs have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The photo-degradation experiment showed that the TiO2 NRs have a high degradation efficiency of 32.9%. The effects of structural defects and MTs on the photocatalytic activity have been discussed.

  9. Sandwich structure of Pd doped nanostructure TiO2 film as O2 sensor.

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    Wang, Hairong; Sun, Quantao; Chen, Lei; Zhao, Yulong

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the sensing properties of sandwich structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films at various operating temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The nanostructure TiO2 thin films were prepared by the sol-gel method. Various thickness of Pd buried layer was deposited by magnetron sputtering of a pure Pd target. The films were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis and SEM. It was found that TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films have the p-type behavior while the pure TiO2 thin film is n-type semiconductor materials. We found that the structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films with 10 s sputtering Pd layer has a better stability at 240 °C.

  10. Optimized dispersion of conductive agents for enhanced Li-storage performance of TiO2

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    Han, Moyan; Chen, Ge

    2016-12-01

    Novel TiO2/carbon (TiO2/C) composites have been synthesized by a layer-by-layer deposition method, with electrostatic interaction. The addition of carbon conductive agents enhances the electrochemical performance of TiO2. Carbon for these has been sourced 0D nitrogen-doped carbon, 1D carbon nanotubes and 2D graphene. The as-obtained TiO2/C composites show carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide coaxial nanocables anchored on the graphene. The nitrogen-doped carbon is uniformly dispersed on the nanocables. As anode materials for Li-ion batteries, the TiO2/C composites exhibit excellent rate capability and cycling stability. A capacity of 150 mAh/g is retained at a current density of 4 A/g. The enhanced electrochemical performance may be attributed to the well-dispersed carbon conductive framework, which facilitates charge transfer during the lithium insertion/extraction process.

  11. Effect of Porosity on Photocatalytic Activity of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 Coating

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    Zhang, Cheng; Chaudhary, Ujwal; Das, Santanu; Godavarty, Anuradha; Agarwal, Arvind

    2013-10-01

    The effect of porosity on photocatalytic activity of plasma-sprayed TiO2 coating on steel substrate is studied by varying processing parameters viz. plasma power and powder feed rate. The relationship between porosity content and methylene blue (MB) dye decomposition rate was established to correlate coating microstructure and its photocatalytic activity. The coating with the highest porosity content exhibited best photocatalytic efficiency. The same processing parameters were used to deposit TiO2 coating on FTO glass. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coating on FTO was 2.5 times better than TiO2 coating on the steel substrate. TiO2 coating on FTO glass contains bimodal porosity distribution (micropores and submicron pores) which accelerated MB decomposition by accelerated diffusion of ionic species.

  12. Enhanced photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanorod arrays decorated with CdS nanoparticles

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    Xie, Zheng; Liu, Xiangxuan; Wang, Weipeng; Liu, Can; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 nanorod arrays (TiO2 NRAs) sensitized with CdS nanoparticles were fabricated via successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), and TiO2 NRAs were obtained by oxidizing Ti NRAs obtained through oblique angle deposition. The TiO2 NRAs decorated with CdS nanoparticles exhibited excellent photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties under visible light, and the one decorated with 20 SILAR cycles CdS nanoparticles shows the best performance. This can be attributed to the enhanced separation of electrons and holes by forming heterojunctions of CdS nanoparticles and TiO2 NRAs. This provides a promising way to fabricate the material for solar energy conversion and wastewater degradation. PMID:27877718

  13. Nb doping effect on TiO2-x films for bolometer applications

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    Shin, Young Bong; Kumar Reddy, Y. Ashok; Kang, In-Ku; Lee, Hee Chul

    2016-04-01

    Nb-doped TiO2-x thin films were deposited using a 1 at% niobium doped titanium target by RF reactive magnetron sputtering at various oxygen partial pressures (pO2). The films appeared amorphous in the pO2 range of 4.4-4.7% with resistivity ranging from 0.39 Ω cm to 2.48 Ω cm. Compared to pure TiO2-x films, the resistivity of the Nb-doped TiO2-x films did not change sensitively with the oxygen partial pressure, indicating that the resistivity of the films can be accurately controlled. 1/f noise parameter of Nb-doped TiO2-x films were found to decrease largely while the measured temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the films was still high. The obtained results indicate that Nb-doped TiO2-x films have great potential as an alternative bolometric material.

  14. Structural and optical properties of electrohydrodynamically atomized TiO2 nanostructured thin films

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    Choi, Kyung-Hyun; Duraisamy, Navaneethan; Muhammad, Nauman Malik; Kim, Inyoung; Choi, Hyunseok; Jo, Jeongdai

    2012-06-01

    In this paper, we report an alternate technique for the deposition of nanostructured TiO2 thin films using the electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technique using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a stabilizer. The required parameters for achieving uniform TiO2 films using EHDA are also discussed in detail. X-ray diffraction results confirm that the TiO2 films were oriented in the anatase phase. Scanning electron microscope studies revealed the uniform deposition of the TiO2. The purity of the films is characterized by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), confirming the presence of Ti-O bonding in the films without any organic residue. The optical properties of the TiO2 films were measured by UV-visible spectroscopy, which shows that the transparency of the films is nearly 85% in the visible region. The current-voltage ( I- V) curve of the TiO2 thin films shows a nearly linear behavior with 45 mΩ cm of electrical resistivity. These results suggest that TiO2 thin films deposited via the EHDA method possess promising applications in optoelectronic devices.

  15. Properties of TiO2 thin films and a study of the TiO2-GaAs interface

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    Chen, C. Y.; Littlejohn, M. A.

    1977-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) films prepared by chemical vapor deposition were investigated in this study for the purpose of the application in the GaAs metal-insulator-semiconductor field-effect transistor. The degree of crystallization increases with the deposition temperature. The current-voltage study, utilizing an Al-TiO2-Al MIM structure, reveals that the d-c conduction through the TiO2 film is dominated by the bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism. The dependence of the resistivity of the TiO2 films on the deposition environment is also shown. The results of the capacitance-voltage study indicate that an inversion layer in an n-type substrate can be achieved in the MIS capacitor if the TiO2 films are deposited at a temperature higher than 275 C. A process of low temperature deposition followed by the pattern definition and a higher temperature annealing is suggested for device fabrications. A model, based on the assumption that the surface state densities are continuously distributed in energy within the forbidden band gap, is proposed to interpret the lack of an inversion layer in the Al-TiO2-GaAs MIS structure with the TiO2 films deposited at 200 C.

  16. Preparation of Panel and Charged Particles for Electrophoretic Display

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    Choi, Hyung Suk; Park, Jin Woo; Park, Lee Soon; Lee, Jung Kyung; Han, Yoon Soo; Kwon, Younghwan

    Studies on the formulation of photosensitive paste for transparent soft mold press (TSMP) method have been performed. With the optimum formulation of the photosensitive paste the box-type barrier rib with good flexibility and high solvent resistance was fabricated, suitable for the panel material of the electrophoretic display. Cationically-charged white particles were prepared by using TiO2 nanoparticles, silane coupling agent with amino groups, dispersant and acetic acid. The cationically charged TiO2 particles exhibited 74.09 mV of zeta potential and 3.11 × 10-5 cm2/Vs of mobility. Electrophoretic display fabricated with the charged TiO2 particles exhibited 10 V of low driving voltage and maximum contrast ratio (5.3/1) at 30 V.

  17. Preparation of nanorod-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals and their photovoltaic properties.

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    Zhang, Qinghong; Li, Shuang; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi

    2011-12-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with the high specific surface area were prepared by the hydrothermal treatment of anatase TiO2 sols at the temperature of 150 degrees C and above. When TiO2 sols with a lower content of TiO2 and at a relatively high pH value were hydrothermal treated, the dispersible and nanorod-like TiO2 nanocrystals were formed via the oriented attachment. The nanorod-like TiO2 nanocrystals with an aspect ratio of larger than 5 and a mean diameter of less than 7 nm were obtained in the absence of organic compounds. The as-prepared TiO2 nanocrystals were characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and BET surface area techniques. The TiO2 nanostructures were deposited on the FTO conductive glass as the anodic electrode for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and assembled into solar cells. The derived solar cells showed a conversion efficiency of 6.12% under 1 sun illumination of simulated sunlight and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of more than 60% at the wavelength of 550 nm. The DSSCs from the anatase nanorods has a higher open circuit voltage compared to the spherical nanocrystals.

  18. Nanoparticle size and combined toxicity of TiO2 and DSLS (surfactant) contribute to lysosomal responses in digestive cells of mussels exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Jimeno-Romero, A; Oron, M; Cajaraville, M P; Soto, M; Marigómez, I

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this investigation was to understand the bioaccumulation, cell and tissue distribution and biological effects of disodium laureth sulfosuccinate (DSLS)-stabilised TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in marine mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis. Mussels were exposed in vivo to 0.1, 1 and 10 mg Ti/L either as TiO2 NPs (60 and 180 nm) or bulk TiO2, as well as to DSLS alone. A significant Ti accumulation was observed in mussels exposed to TiO2 NPs, which were localised in endosomes, lysosomes and residual bodies of digestive cells, and in the lumen of digestive tubules, as demonstrated by ultrastructural observations and electron probe X-ray microanalysis. TiO2 NPs of 60 nm were internalised within digestive cell lysosomes to a higher extent than TiO2 NPs of 180 nm, as confirmed by the quantification of black silver deposits after autometallography. The latter were localised mainly forming large aggregates in the lumen of the gut. Consequently, lysosomal membrane stability (LMS) was significantly reduced upon exposure to both TiO2 NPs although more markedly after exposure to TiO2-60 NPs. Exposure to bulk TiO2 and to DSLS also affected the stability of the lysosomal membrane. Thus, effects on the lysosomal membrane depended on the nanoparticle size and on the combined biological effects of TiO2 and DSLS.

  19. Preparation of IrO2-Ta2O5|Ti electrodes by immersion, painting and electrophoretic deposition for the electrochemical removal of hydrocarbons from water.

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    Herrada, Rosa Alhelí; Medel, Alejandro; Manríquez, Federico; Sirés, Ignasi; Bustos, Erika

    2016-12-05

    After intense years of great development, the electrochemical technologies have become very suitable alternatives in niche markets like industrial wastewater reclamation and soil remediation. A key role to achieve a high efficiency in such treatments is played by the characteristics of the coating of the electrodes employed. This paper compares three techniques, namely immersion, painting and electrophoresis, for the preparation of IrO2-Ta2O5ǀTi, so-called dimensionally stable anodes (DSA(®)). The quality of the coatings has been investigated by means of surface and electrochemical analysis. Their ability to generate hydroxyl radicals and degrade aqueous solutions of hydrocarbons like phenanthrene, naphthalene and fluoranthene has been thoroughly assessed. Among the synthesis techniques, electrophoretic deposition yielded the best results, with DSA(®) electrodes exhibiting a homogeneous surface coverage that led to a good distribution of active sites, thus producing hydroxyl radicals that were able to accelerate the degradation of hydrocarbons.

  20. In Vitro Analysis of Electrophoretic Deposited Fluoridated Hydroxyapatite Coating on Micro-arc Oxidized AZ91 Magnesium Alloy for Biomaterials Applications

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    Razavi, Mehdi; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Savabi, Omid; Vashaee, Daryoosh; Tayebi, Lobat

    2015-03-01

    Magnesium (Mg) alloys have been recently introduced as a biodegradable implant for orthopedic applications. However, their fast corrosion, low bioactivity, and mechanical integrity have limited their clinical applications. The main aim of this research was to improve such properties of the AZ91 Mg alloy through surface modifications. For this purpose, nanostructured fluoridated hydroxyapatite (FHA) was coated on AZ91 Mg alloy by micro-arc oxidation and electrophoretic deposition method. The coated alloy was characterized through scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, in vitro corrosion tests, mechanical tests, and cytocompatibility evaluation. The results confirmed the improvement of the corrosion resistance, in vitro bioactivity, mechanical integrity, and the cytocompatibility of the coated Mg alloy. Therefore, the nanostructured FHA coating can offer a promising way to improve the properties of the Mg alloy for orthopedic applications.

  1. A Pt/AlGaN/GaN heterostructure field-effect transistor (HFET) prepared by an electrophoretic deposition (EPD)-gate approach

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    Hung, Ching-Wen; Chang, Ching-Hong; Chen, Wei-Cheng; Chen, Chun-Chia; Chen, Huey-Ing; Tsai, Yu-Ting; Tsai, Jung-Hui; Liu, Wen-Chau

    2016-10-01

    Based on an electrophoretic deposition (EPD)-gate approach, a Pt/AlGaN/GaN heterostructure field-effect transistor (HFET) is fabricated and investigated at higher temperatures. The Pt/AlGaN interface with nearly oxide-free is verified by an Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) depth profile for the studied EPD-HFET. This result substantially enhances device performance at room temperature (300 K). Experimentally, the studied EPD-HFET exhibits a high turn-on voltage, a well suppression on gate leakage, a superior maximum drain saturation current, and an excellent extrinsic transconductance. Moreover, the microwave performance of an EPD-HFET is demonstrated at room temperature. Consequentially, this EPD-gate approach gives a promise for high-performance electronic applications.

  2. Disruption of Autolysis in Bacillus subtilis using TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    McGivney, Eric; Han, Linchen; Avellan, Astrid; VanBriesen, Jeanne; Gregory, Kelvin B.

    2017-01-01

    In contrast to many nanotoxicity studies where nanoparticles (NPs) are observed to be toxic or reduce viable cells in a population of bacteria, we observed that increasing concentration of TiO2 NPs increased the cell survival of Bacillus subtilis in autolysis-inducing buffer by 0.5 to 5 orders of magnitude over an 8 hour exposure. Molecular investigations revealed that TiO2 NPs prevent or delay cell autolysis, an important survival and growth-regulating process in bacterial populations. Overall, the results suggest two potential mechanisms for the disruption of autolysis by TiO2 NPs in a concentration dependent manner: (i) directly, through TiO2 NP deposition on the cell wall, delaying the collapse of the protonmotive-force and preventing the onset of autolysis; and (ii) indirectly, through adsorption of autolysins on TiO2 NP, limiting the activity of released autolysins and preventing further lytic activity. Enhanced darkfield microscopy coupled to hyperspectral analysis was used to map TiO2 deposition on B. subtilis cell walls and released enzymes, supporting both mechanisms of autolysis interference. The disruption of autolysis in B. subtilis cultures by TiO2 NPs suggests the mechanisms and kinetics of cell death may be influenced by nano-scale metal oxide materials, which are abundant in natural systems. PMID:28303908

  3. Light-induced antifungal activity of TiO 2 nanoparticles/ZnO nanowires

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    Haghighi, N.; Abdi, Y.; Haghighi, F.

    2011-09-01

    Antifungal activity of TiO2/ZnO nanostructures under visible light irradiation was investigated. A simple chemical method was used to synthesize ZnO nanowires. Zinc acetate dihydrate, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone and deionized water were used as precursor, capping and solvent, respectively. TiO2 nanoparticles were deposited on ZnO nanowires using an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition system. X-ray diffraction pattern of TiO2/ZnO nano-composite has represented the diffraction peaks relating to the crystal planes of the TiO2 (anatase and rutile) and ZnO. TiO2/ZnO nanostructure antifungal effect on Candida albicans biofilms was studied and compared with the activity of TiO2 nanoparticles and ZnO nanowires. The high efficiency photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles leads to increased antifungal activity of ZnO nanowires. Scanning electron microscope was utilized to study the morphology of the as prepared nanostructures and the degradation of the yeast.

  4. Electrophoretically deposited carbon nanotube anchor layer to improve areal capacity of Si-O-C composite anode for lithium secondary batteries

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    Ahn, Seongki; Jeong, Moongook; Yokoshima, Tokihiko; Nara, Hiroki; Momma, Toshiyuki; Osaka, Tetsuya

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we report the preparation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) anchor layer on a Cu substrate (CNTs/Cu) by using electrophoretic deposition technique. The CNTs anchor layer increases adhesion strength between Si-O-C composites and Cu substrate, as a result, it is possible to improve deposited Si amounts and areal capacity. The electrodeposited Si-O-C composites on CNTs/Cu (Si-O-C/CNTs/Cu) show homogenously coated surface morphology without cracks even large passing charge for electrodeposition of 15 C cm-2, resulting in 0.21 mg cm-2 of deposited Si amounts. On the other hand, Si-O-C composites deposited on as-received Cu substrate (Si-O-C/Cu) begin to peel off from substrate at 8 C cm-2 of passing charge, resulting in 0.13 mg cm-2 of deposited Si amounts, and decrease down to 0.10 mg cm-2 at 15 C cm-2 of passing charge. As a results, the improved Si amounts deposited on CNTs/Cu substrate achieve higher areal capacity, delivering 0.24 mA h cm-2, which attains increase in 84.6% in comparison to Si-O-C/Cu, which has areal capacity of 0.13 mA g cm-2 at 8 C cm-2 of passing charge. Moreover, the Si-O-C/CNTs/Cu shows improved anode performances including discharge capacity and C-rate performance of the Si-O-C composites than Si-O-C/Cu without CNTs anchor layer.

  5. Effects of defects generated in ALD TiO2 films on electrical properties and interfacial reaction in TiO2/SiO2/Si system upon annealing in vacuum

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    Won, Sanghee; Go, Seunghee; Lee, Wonhee; Jeong, Kyunghoon; Jung, Hyunsuk; Lee, Chongmu; Lee, Eungu; Lee, Jaegab

    2008-12-01

    Thin TiO2 layers grown at 130°C on SiO2-coated Si substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using TTIP and H2O as precursors were annealed, and the effects of the annealing temperature on the resulting electrical properties of TiO2 and the interface properties between a Pt electrode and TiO2 were examined using transmission line model (TLM) structures. The as-deposited TiO2 thin film had an amorphous structure with OH groups and a high resistivity of 6×103Ω-cm. Vacuum annealing at 700 °C transformed the amorphous film into an anatase structure and reduced its resistivity to 0.04Ω-cm. In addition, the vacuum-annealing of the TiO2/SiO2 structure at 700°C produced free silicon at the TiO2-SiO2 interface as a result of the reaction between the Ti interstitials and SiO2. The SiO2 formed on the TiO2 surface caused a Schottky contact, which was characterized by the TLM method. The use of the TLM method enabled the accurate measurement of the resistivity of the vacuum-annealed TiO2 films and the characterization of the Schottky contacts of the metal electrode to the TiO2.

  6. Surface modification of Ca-α-SiAlON: Eu2+ phosphor particles by SiO2 coating and fabrication of its deposit by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process

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    Zhang, Chenning; Uchikoshi, Tetsuo; Kitabatake, Takuya; Sakka, Yoshio; Hirosaki, Naoto

    2013-09-01

    Ca-α-SiAlON: Eu2+ phosphor powder was modified with a SiO2 coating by the adsorption, hydrolysis, and polymerization of the TEOS precursor. Through the modification for the surface defects of the particles by the SiO2 coating, the photoluminescence (PL) emission could be significantly strengthened in the SiO2-coated Ca-α-SiAlON: Eu2+ powder. The electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique was employed to fabricate the deposit layer on ITO glass using the SiO2 coated phosphor powder. The prepared deposit exhibited a uniform surface morphology with strong adhesion to the substrate. The SiO2-coated Ca-α-SiAlON: Eu2+ powder indicates a potential application when used in pseudo white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) devices.

  7. Cellulose Nanocrystals--Bioactive Glass Hybrid Coating as Bone Substitutes by Electrophoretic Co-deposition: In Situ Control of Mineralization of Bioactive Glass and Enhancement of Osteoblastic Performance.

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    Chen, Qiang; Garcia, Rosalina Pérez; Munoz, Josemari; Pérez de Larraya, Uxua; Garmendia, Nere; Yao, Qingqing; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2015-11-11

    Surface functionalization of orthopedic implants is being intensively investigated to strengthen bone-to-implant contact and accelerate bone healing process. A hybrid coating, consisting of 45S5 bioactive glass (BG) individually wrapped and interconnected with fibrous cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), is deposited on 316L stainless steel from aqueous suspension by a one-step electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Apart from the codeposition mechanism elucidated by means of zeta-potential and scanning electron microscopy measurements, in vitro characterization of the deposited CNCs-BG coating in simulated body fluid reveals an extremely rapid mineralization of BG particles on the coating (e.g., the formation of hydroxyapatite crystals layer after 0.5 day). A series of comparative trials and characterization methods were carried out to comprehensively understand the mineralization process of BG interacting with CNCs. Furthermore, key factors for satisfying the applicability of an implant coating such as coating composition, surface topography, and adhesion strength were quantitatively investigated as a function of mineralization time. Cell culture studies (using MC3T3-E1) indicate that the presence of CNCs-BG coating substantially accelerated cell attachment, spreading, proliferation, differentiation, and mineralization of extracellular matrix. This study has confirmed the capability of CNCs to enhance and regulate the bioactivity of BG particles, leading to mineralized CNCs-BG hybrids for improved bone implant coatings.

  8. Electrophoretic co-deposition of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) reinforced alginate-Bioglass® composite coating on stainless steel: mechanical properties and in-vitro bioactivity assessment.

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    Chen, Qiang; Cabanas-Polo, Sandra; Goudouri, Ourania-Menti; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2014-07-01

    PVA reinforced alginate-bioactive glass (BG) composite coatings were produced on stainless steel by a single step electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. The present paper discusses the co-deposition mechanism of the three components and presents a summary of the relevant properties of the composite coatings deposited from suspensions with different PVA concentrations. Homogeneous composite coatings with compact microstructure and increased thickness, i.e. as high as 10 μm, were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The surface roughness of coatings with different PVA contents was slightly increased, while a significant increase of water contact angles due to PVA addition was detected and discussed. Improved adhesion strength of coatings containing different amounts of PVA was quantitatively and qualitatively confirmed by pull-off adhesion and cycled bending tests, respectively. In-vitro bioactivity tests were performed in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14 days, respectively. The decomposition rate of the coatings was reduced with PVA content, and rapid hydroxyapatite forming ability of the composite coatings in SBF was confirmed by FTIR and XRD analyses. According to the results of this study, composite alginate-Bioglass® bioactive coatings combined with PVA are proposed as promising candidates for dental and orthopedic applications.

  9. Electrophoretic bilayer deposition of zirconia and reinforced bioglass system on Ti6Al4V for implant applications: an in vitro investigation.

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    Ananth, K Prem; Suganya, S; Mangalaraj, D; Ferreira, J M F; Balamurugan, A

    2013-10-01

    The physical, chemical and biological properties of the bioglass reinforced yttria-stabilized composite layer on Ti6Al4V titanium substrates were investigated. The Ti6Al4V substrate was deposited with yttria stabilized zirconia - YSZ as the base layer of thickness ≈4-5 μm, to inhibit metal ion leach out from the substrate and bioglass zirconia reinforced composite as the second layer of thickness ≈15 μm, which would react with surrounding bone tissue to enhance bone formation and implant fixation. The deposition of these two layers on the substrate was carried out using the most viable electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. Biocompatible yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) in the form of nano-particles and sol gel derived bioglass in the form of micro-particles were chosen as precursors for coating. The coatings were vacuum sintered at 900 °C for 3h. The biocompatibility and corrosion resistance property were studied in osteoblast cell culture and in simulated body fluid (SBF) respectively. Analysis showed that the zirconia reinforced bioglass bilayer system promoted significant bioactivity, and it exhibited a better corrosion resistance property and elevated mechanical strength under load bearing conditions in comparison with the monolayer YSZ coating on Ti6Al4V implant surface.

  10. Highly sensitive hydrogen sensor based on graphite-InP or graphite-GaN Schottky barrier with electrophoretically deposited Pd nanoparticles

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    Zdansky, Karel

    2011-08-01

    Depositions on surfaces of semiconductor wafers of InP and GaN were performed from isooctane colloid solutions of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles (NPs) in AOT reverse micelles. Pd NPs in evaporated colloid and in layers deposited electrophoretically were monitored by SEM. Diodes were prepared by making Schottky contacts with colloidal graphite on semiconductor surfaces previously deposited with Pd NPs and ohmic contacts on blank surfaces. Forward and reverse current-voltage characteristics of the diodes showed high rectification ratio and high Schottky barrier heights, giving evidence of very small Fermi level pinning. A large increase of current was observed after exposing diodes to flow of gas blend hydrogen in nitrogen. Current change ratio about 700,000 with 0.1% hydrogen blend was achieved, which is more than two orders-of-magnitude improvement over the best result reported previously. Hydrogen detection limit of the diodes was estimated at 1 ppm H2/N2. The diodes, besides this extremely high sensitivity, have been temporally stable and of inexpensive production. Relatively more expensive GaN diodes have potential for functionality at high temperatures.

  11. The design, fabrication, and photocatalytic utility of nanostructured semiconductors: focus on TiO2-based nanostructures

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan

    2011-01-01

    Recent advances in basic fabrication techniques of TiO2-based nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanowires, nanoplatelets, and both physical- and solution-based techniques have been adopted by various research groups around the world. Our research focus has been mainly on various deposition parameters used for fabricating nanostructured materials, including TiO2-organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials. Technically, TiO2 shows relatively high reactivity under ultraviolet light, the energy of which exceeds the band gap of TiO2. The development of photocatalysts exhibiting high reactivity under visible light allows the main part of the solar spectrum to be used. Visible light-activated TiO2 could be prepared by doping or sensitizing. As far as doping of TiO2 is concerned, in obtaining tailored material with improved properties, metal and nonmetal doping has been performed in the context of improved photoactivity. Nonmetal doping seems to be more promising than metal doping. TiO2 represents an effective photocatalyst for water and air purification and for self-cleaning surfaces. Additionally, it can be used as an antibacterial agent because of its strong oxidation activity and superhydrophilicity. Therefore, applications of TiO2 in terms of photocatalytic activities are discussed here. The basic mechanisms of the photoactivities of TiO2 and nanostructures are considered alongside band structure engineering and surface modification in nanostructured TiO2 in the context of doping. The article reviews the basic structural, optical, and electrical properties of TiO2, followed by detailed fabrication techniques of 0-, 1-, and quasi-2-dimensional TiO2 nanomaterials. Applications and future directions of nanostructured TiO2 are considered in the context of various photoinduced phenomena such as hydrogen production, electricity generation via dye-sensitized solar cells, photokilling and self-cleaning effect, photo-oxidation of organic pollutant, wastewater management, and

  12. Hydroxyapatite growth on anodic TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Tsuchiya, Hiroaki; Macak, Jan M; Müller, Lenka; Kunze, Julia; Müller, Frank; Greil, Peter; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Schmuki, Patrik

    2006-06-01

    In the present work, we study the growth of hydroxyapatite formation on different TiO(2) nanotube layers. The nanotube layers were fabricated by electrochemical anodization of titanium in fluoride-containing electrolytes. To study various nanotube lengths, layers with an individual tube diameter of 100 nm were grown to a thickness of approximately 2 mum or 500 nm. The ability to form apatite on the nanotube layers was examined by immersion tests combined with SEM, XRD and FT-IR investigations. For reference, experiments were also carried out on compact anodic TiO(2) layers. The results clearly show that the presence of the nanotubes on a titanium surface enhances the apatite formation and that the 2-mum thick nanotube layer triggers deposition faster than the thinner layers. Tubes annealed to anatase, or a mixture of anatase and rutile are clearly more efficient in promoting apatite formation than the tubes in their "as-formed" amorphous state.

  13. Improving the efficiency of ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag inverted solar cells by sensitizing TiO2 nanocrystalline film with chemical bath-deposited CdS quantum dots

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    2013-01-01

    An improvement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the inverted organic solar cell (ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag) is realized by depositing CdS quantum dots (QDs) on a nanocrystalline TiO2 (nc-TiO2) film as a light absorption material and an electron-selective material. The CdS QDs were deposited via a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Our results show that the best PCE of 3.37% for the ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag cell is about 1.13 times that (2.98%) of the cell without CdS QDs (i.e., ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag). The improved PCE can be mainly attributed to the increased light absorption and the reduced recombination of charge carriers from the TiO2 to the P3HT:PCBM film due to the introduced CdS QDs. PMID:24172258

  14. Improving the efficiency of ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag inverted solar cells by sensitizing TiO2 nanocrystalline film with chemical bath-deposited CdS quantum dots.

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    Chen, Chong; Li, Fumin

    2013-10-31

    An improvement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the inverted organic solar cell (ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag) is realized by depositing CdS quantum dots (QDs) on a nanocrystalline TiO2 (nc-TiO2) film as a light absorption material and an electron-selective material. The CdS QDs were deposited via a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Our results show that the best PCE of 3.37% for the ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag cell is about 1.13 times that (2.98%) of the cell without CdS QDs (i.e., ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag). The improved PCE can be mainly attributed to the increased light absorption and the reduced recombination of charge carriers from the TiO2 to the P3HT:PCBM film due to the introduced CdS QDs.

  15. Nanomechanical properties of TiO2 granular thin films.

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    Yaghoubi, Houman; Taghavinia, Nima; Alamdari, Eskandar Keshavarz; Volinsky, Alex A

    2010-09-01

    Post-deposition annealing effects on nanomechanical properties of granular TiO2 films on soda-lime glass substrates were studied. In particular, the effects of Na diffusion on the films' mechanical properties were examined. TiO2 photocatalyst films, 330 nm thick, were prepared by dip-coating using a TiO2 sol, and were annealed between 100 °C and 500 °C. Film's morphology, physical and nanomechanical properties were characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential thermo-gravimetric analysis, and nanoindentation. Contrary to expectations, the maximum film hardness was achieved for 300°C annealing, with a value of 0.69±0.05 GPa. Higher annealing temperatures resulted in inferior mechanical properties. No pile-up or sink-in effects were observed with minimal creep for the 300 °C annealed sample. Considerable decrease in the amount of chemisorbed water was found with increasing annealing temperature, causing gel films densification, explaining the increasing trend of hardness with annealing temperature between 100 °C and 300 °C. DTA/TGA results also confirmed the weight loss and the endothermic reaction due to desorption of chemisorbed water. Decrease in hardness above 300 °C annealing is attributed to thermal diffusion of Na ions from the glass substrate, confirmed by nanoindentation tests on TiO2 films deposited on fused quartz, which did not exhibit hardness decrease after 300 °C annealing.

  16. Noble metal nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts for enhanced photocatalysis

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    He, Haiyan; Yang, Ping; Jia, Changchao; Miao, Yanping; Zhao, Jie; Du, Yingying

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 nanobelts have been fabricated through a hydrothermal method and subsequently sulfuric-acid-corrosion-treated for a rough surface. Noble metal nanoparticles such as Ag and Au were deposited on the coarse surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a coprecipitation procedure. Ag-TiO2 nanobelts were prepared in ethanolic solution contained silver nitrate (AgNO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Au-TiO2 nanobelts were obtained in chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the reductant. It is confirmed by the results of XRD patterns together with the SEM images that the composite of noble metal and TiO2 nanobelts were obtained successfully and the Ag or Au nanoparticles were well-dispersed on the TiO2 nanobelts. Moreover, the as-prepared Ag and Au nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts represent an enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 nanobelts, which is due to the fact that the Ag and Au nanoparticles on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts act as sinks for the photogenerated electrons and promote the separation of the electrons and holes.

  17. Synthesis of natural cellulose-templated TiO2/Ag nanosponge composites and photocatalytic properties.

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    Yu, Dong-Hui; Yu, Xiaodan; Wang, Changhua; Liu, Xian-Chun; Xing, Yan

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, TiO(2)/Ag sponge-like nanostructure composites have been prepared by the surface sol-gel method with the template of natural cellulose, which is relatively simple, low-cost, and environmentally friendly. The Ag nanoparticles are deposited on the TiO(2) nanosponges through UV irradiation photoreduction of silver nitrate solutions. The physicochemical properties of as-prepared composites are characterized by XRD, BET, SEM, TEM, XPS and UV-vis DRS techniques. The UV-light photocatalytic activities of the composites are evaluated through the photodegradation of two model organic molecules including RhB and salicylic acid. The experimental results show that the photocatalytic activities of TiO(2)/Ag nanosponge composites are superior to that of P25, pure TiO(2) nanoparticle aggregates synthesized by the hydrothermal method and pure TiO(2) nanosponge. The superior activities of TiO(2)/Ag nanosponge composite photocatalysts can be attributed to the unique nanosponge morphology, uniform dispersion of Ag nanoparticles, and strong interaction between Ag and TiO(2) nanosponges.

  18. Apatite-forming PEEK with TiO2 surface layer coating.

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    Kizuki, Takashi; Matsushita, Tomiharu; Kokubo, Tadashi

    2015-01-01

    Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is widely used in orthopedic implants, such as spinal fusion devices, because of its moderate elastic modulus, as well as relatively high mechanical strength. However, it does not bond to living bone, and hence it needs autograft to be fixed to the bone. In this study, we attempted to add bone-bonding properties to PEEK by coating with TiO2 synthesized by the sol-gel process. When a TiO2 sol solution consisting of titanium isopropoxide, water, ethanol, and nitric acid was deposited on a PEEK substrate without any pretreatment, the formed TiO2 gel layer was easily peeled off after subsequent treatments. However, when the same solution was deposited on PEEK that was preliminarily subjected to UV or O2 plasma treatment, the deposited TiO2 gel layer strongly adhered to the substrate even after subsequent treatments. The strong adhesion was attributed to the interaction among the C-O, C=O, and O-C=O groups on the PEEK owing to the UV or O2 plasma treatment and the Ti-O bond of the TiO2 gel. Apatite did not form on the as-formed TiO2 gel layer in a simulated body fluid (SBF) even within 3 days; however, apatite formed after soaking in 0.1 M HCl solution at 80 °C for 24 h. This apatite formation was attributed to positive surface charge of the TiO2 gel layer induced by the acid treatment. The PEEK with the TiO2 gel layer coating formed by the proposed process is expected to bond to living bone, because a positively charged titanium oxide which facilitates the formation of apatite in SBF within a short period is known to bond to living bone.

  19. Application of Pcvd Process to Uniform Coating of TiO2 Thin Films on Polypropylene Beads

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    Kim, Dong-Joo; Pham, Hung Cuong; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    The growth of the TiO2 thin films coated on the polypropylene beads was analyzed experimentally in a rotating cylindrical plasma chemical vapor deposition (PCVD) reactor. The precursors for the thin films were generated by plasma reactions, and they deposited on the polypropylene beads to become the uniform thin films. The TiO2 thin films grow more quickly on the polypropylene beads by increasing the mass flow rate of TTIP, or the rotation speed of the reactor. The smaller number of polypropylene beads in the reactor increases the growth rate of the thin films. The high-quality TiO2 thin films can be coated on particles uniformly by using the rotating cylindrical PCVD process. The particles coated with high-quality TiO2 thin films can be applied to the removal of air and water pollutants by a photodegradation reaction of TiO2.

  20. Biocompatibility of different nanostructured TiO2 scaffolds and their potential for urologic applications.

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    Imani, Roghayeh; Pazoki, Meysam; Zupančič, Daša; Kreft, Mateja Erdani; Kralj-Iglič, Veronika; Veranič, Peter; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-11-01

    Despite great efforts in tissue engineering of the ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra, further research is needed in order to improve the patient's quality of life and minimize the economic burden of different lower urinary tract disorders. The nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) scaffolds have a wide range of clinical applications and are already widely used in orthopedic or dental medicine. The current study was conducted to synthesize TiO2 nanotubes by the anodization method and TiO2 nanowires and nanospheres by the chemical vapor deposition method. These scaffolds were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. In order to test the urologic applicability of generated TiO2 scaffolds, we seeded the normal porcine urothelial (NPU) cells on TiO2 nanotubes, TiO2 nanowires, TiO2 nanospheres, and on the standard porous membrane. The viability and growth of the cells were monitored everyday, and after 3 weeks of culturing, the analysis with scanning electron microscope (SEM) was performed. Our results showed that the NPU cells were attached on all scaffolds; they were viable and formed a multilayered epithelium, i.e., urothelium. The apical plasma membrane of the majority of superficial NPU cells, grown on all three different TiO2 scaffolds and on the porous membrane, exhibited microvilli; thus, indicating that they were at a similar differentiation stage. The maximal caliper diameter measurements of superficial NPU cells revealed significant alterations, with the largest cells being observed on nanowires and the smallest ones on the porous membrane. Our findings indicate that different nanostructured TiO2 scaffolds, especially nanowires, have a great potential for tissue engineering and should be further investigated for various urologic applications.

  1. Beneficial surface passivation of hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanowires for solar water oxidation

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    Yun, Gun; Song, Gwang Yeom; Ahn, Bo-Eun; Lee, Sang-Kwon; Heo, Jaeyeong; Ahn, Kwang-Soon; Kang, Soon Hyung

    2016-03-01

    Rutile TiO2 nanowires (TONWs) with a length of 2.0 μm were synthesized using a facile hydrothermal method in a strong acid solution. To investigate the effect of surface passivation of TONW arrays, a TiO2 layer with a thickness varying from 5 to 20 nm on TONW arrays was applied by atomic layer deposition (ALD). No distinct morphological modification was observed in all prepared TONW arrays in the environment where the diameter of the TONW arrays was systematically increased from 10 to 40 nm. In this study, Mott-Schottky analysis revealed that 10 nm TiO2-coated TONW (denoted as TiO2(10 nm)/TONW) arrays showed the highest electronic conductivity, followed by the 5 nm, 20 nm, and 0 nm TiO2/TONW arrays. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance was assessed in 0.1 M KOH, which revealed that TiO2(10 nm)/TONW arrays displayed a photocurrent density (3.92 mA/cm2 at 0.5 VNHE) higher than that (2.72 mA/cm2) of TONW arrays. This may be ascribed to the surface passivation of trap or defect sites by the thin TiO2 surface coating, leading to the increased electron densities and improving the PEC performance. For a more definitive examination, photovoltage decay measurement was performed to calculate the decay lifetime, which is closely correlated to the electron-hole recombination reaction. In this study, TiO2(10 nm)/TONW arrays exhibited a decay lifetime (0.7 s) shorter than that (1.1 s) of TONW arrays, proving the suppressed charge recombination in the thin TiO2/TONW arrays.

  2. Antibacterial activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Marciano, F R; Lima-Oliveira, D A; Da-Silva, N S; Diniz, A V; Corat, E J; Trava-Airoldi, V J

    2009-12-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been the focus of extensive research in recent years due to their potential applications as surface coatings on biomedical devices. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the anatase crystalline form is a strong bactericidal agent when exposed to near-UV light. In this work we investigate the bactericidal activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles. The films were grown on 316L stainless-steel substrates from a dispersion of TiO2 in hexane using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The composition, bonding structure, surface energy, stress, and surface roughness of these films were also evaluated. The antibacterial tests were performed against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the results were compared to the bacterial adhesion force to the studied surfaces. The presence of TiO2 in DLC bulk was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. As TiO2 content increased, I(D)/I(G) ratio, hydrogen content, and roughness also increased; the films became more hydrophilic, with higher surface free energy and the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion decreased. Experimental results show that TiO2 increased DLC bactericidal activity. Pure DLC films were thermodynamically unfavorable to bacterial adhesion. However, the chemical interaction between the E. coli and the studied films increased for the films with higher TiO2 concentration. As TiO2 bactericidal activity starts its action by oxidative damage to the bacteria wall, a decrease in the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion causes an increase in the chemical interaction between E. coli and the films, which is an additional factor for the increasing bactericidal activity. From these results, DLC with TiO2 nanoparticles can be useful for producing coatings with antibacterial properties.

  3. High-performance plastic dye-sensitized solar cells based on low-cost commercial P25 TiO2 and organic dye.

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    Yin, Xiong; Xue, Zhaosheng; Wang, Long; Cheng, Yueming; Liu, Bin

    2012-03-01

    High-performance plastic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) based on low-cost commercial Degussa P25 TiO(2) and organic indoline dye D149 have been fabricated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) with compression post-treatment at room temperature. The pressed EPD electrode outperformed the sintered EPD electrode and as-prepared EPD electrode in short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency. About 150% and 180% enhancement in power conversion efficiency have been achieved in DSC devices with sintering and compression post-treatment as compared to the as-prepared electrode, respectively. Several characterizations including intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy, incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency and electrochemical impedance spectra have been employed to reveal the nature of improvement with post-treatment. Experimental results indicate that the sintering and compression post-treatment are beneficial to improve the electron transport and thus lead to the enhancement of photocurrent and power conversion efficiency. In addition, the compression post-treatment is more efficient than sintering post-treatment in improving interparticle connection in the as-prepared EPD electrode. Under optimized conditions, the conversion efficiency of plastic devices with D149-sensitized P25 TiO(2) photoanode has reached 5.76% under illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW cm(-2)). This study demonstrates that the EPD combined with compression post-treatment provides a way to fabricate highly efficient plastic photovoltaic devices.

  4. Surface modification of polypropylene non-woven fibers with TiO2 nanoparticles via layer-by-layer self assembly method: Preparation and photocatalytic activity.

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    Pavasupree, Suttipan; Dubas, Stephan T; Rangkupan, Ratthapol

    2015-11-01

    Polypropylene (PP) meltblown fibers were coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles using layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition technique. The fibers were first modified with 3 layers of poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PSS) and poly(diallyl-dimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) to improve the anchoring of the TiO2 nanoparticle clusters. PDADMAC, which is positively charged, was then used as counter polyelectrolyte in tandem with anionic TiO2 nanoparticles to construct TiO2/PDADMAC bilayer in the LbL fashion. The number of deposited TiO2/PDADMAC layers was varied from 1 to 7 bilayer, and could be used to adjust TiO2 loading. The LbL technique showed higher TiO2 loading efficiency than the impregnation approach. The modified fibers were tested for their photocatalytic activity against a model dye, Methylene Blue (MB). Results showed that the TiO2 modified fibers exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity efficiency similar to that of TiO2 powder dispersed in solution. The deposition of TiO2 3 bilayer on the PP substrate was sufficient to produce nanocomposite fibers that could bleach the MB solution in less than 4hr. TiO2-LbL constructions also preserved TiO2 adhesion on substrate surface after 1cycle of photocatalytic test. Successive photocatalytic test showed decline in MB reduction rate with loss of TiO2 particles from the substrate outer surface. However, even in the third cycle, the TiO2 modified fibers are still moderately effective as it could remove more than 95% of MB after 8hr of treatment.

  5. Electrophoretic Focusing

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    Snyder, Robert S.

    2001-01-01

    Electrophoretic focusing is a new method of continuous flow electrophoresis that introduces precision flow control to achieve high resolution separations. The electric field is applied perpendicular to an incoming sample lamina and buffer but also perpendicular to the broad faces of the thin rectangular chamber. A uniform fluid cross-flow then enters and exits the separation chamber through the same broad faces which are porous. A balance is achieved by adjusting either the electric field or the cross-flow so the desired sample fraction with its specific migration velocity encounters an opposing flow of the same velocity. Applying an electric field transverse to the incoming sample lamina and opposing this field with a carefully configured buffer flow, a sample constituent can be selected and focused into a narrow stream for subsequent analysis. Monotonically changing either electric field or buffer cross-flow will yield a scan of all constituents of the sample. Stopping the scan increases the collection time for minor constituents to improve their analysis. Using the high voltage gradients and/or cross-flow to rapidly deflect extraneous sample through the porous screens and into either of the side (purge) chambers, the selected sample is focused in the center plane of the separation chamber and collected without contact or interaction with the separation chamber walls. Results will be presented on the separation of a range of materials including dyes, proteins, and monodisperse polystyrene latexes. Sources of sample dispersion inherent in other electrokinetic techniques will be shown to be negligible for a variety of sample concentrations, buffer properties and operating conditions.

  6. A novel drug delivery of 5-fluorouracil device based on TiO2/ZnS nanotubes.

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    Faria, Henrique Antonio Mendonça; de Queiroz, Alvaro Antonio Alencar

    2015-11-01

    The structural and electronic properties of titanium oxide nanotubes (TiO2) have attracted considerable attention for the development of therapeutic devices and imaging probes for nanomedicine. However, the fluorescence response of TiO2 has typically been within ultraviolet spectrum. In this study, the surface modification of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnS quantum dots was found to produce a red shift in the ultra violet emission band. The TiO2 nanotubes used in this work were obtained by sol-gel template synthesis. The ZnS quantum dots were deposited onto TiO2 nanotube surface by a micelle-template inducing reaction. The structure and morphology of the resulting hybrid TiO2/ZnS nanotubes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. According to the results of fluorescence spectroscopy, pure TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a high emission at 380nm (3.26eV), whereas TiO2/ZnS exhibited an emission at 410nm (3.02eV). The TiO2/ZnS nanotubes demonstrated good bio-imaging ability on sycamore cultured plant cells. The biocompatibility against mammalian cells (Chinese Hamster Ovarian Cells-CHO) suggesting that TiO2/ZnS may also have suitable optical properties for use as biological markers in diagnostic medicine. The drug release characteristic of TiO2/ZnS nanotubes was explored using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an anticancer drug used in photodynamic therapy. The results show that the TiO2/ZnS nanotubes are a promising candidate for anticancer drug delivery systems.

  7. Electrical properties comparison of TiO2/PS/Si devices fabricated by spin coating and electron beam gun

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    Dariani, R. S.; Faraji, F.

    2016-04-01

    Three porous silicon (PS) samples with different porosities by electrochemical anodization are fabricated. Then, TiO2 nanoparticles are deposited on PS by two methods, spin coating and electron beam gun. I- V characteristics of all samples show diode behavior. Our result showed that transient current decreases with increasing porosity for PS/Si samples while increases for TiO2/PS/Si samples in both deposition methods. The reason could be due to filling pores by TiO2 nanoparticles and reduction of resistivity on PS surface. Also, our result showed that transient current increases highly for samples which were deposited by electron beam gun with respect to spin coating. The reason could be that in spin coating method TiO2 sol with high viscosity was used and causes that TiO2 nanoparticles cannot easily penetrate into PS pores. But in electron beam gun method TiO2 nanoparticles reaches to PS surface as a few atoms and can easily penetrate into PS pores. Ideality factor of our samples reduces after TiO2 deposition. Also, ideality factor of samples which were deposited by electron beam gun decreases with respect to spin coating, since transient current and I- V curve slop increase in electron beam gun.

  8. Transport properties in single-crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorods

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    Chen, R. S.; Chen, C. A.; Wang, W. C.; Tsai, H. Y.; Huang, Y. S.

    2011-11-01

    Electronic transport properties of the single-crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods (NRs) with single rutile phase have been investigated. The conductivity values for the individual TiO2 NRs grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition are in the range of 1-10 Ω-1 cm-1. The temperature-dependent measurement shows the presence of two shallow donor levels/bands with activation energies at 8 and 28 meV, respectively. On the photoconductivity (PC), the TiO2 NRs exhibit the much higher normalized PC gain and sensitive excitation-power dependence than the polycrystalline nanotubes. The results demonstrate the superior photoconduction efficiency and distinct mechanism in the monocrystalline one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructures in comparison to the polycrystalline or nanoporous counterparts.

  9. Enhanced supercapacitor performances using C-doped porous TiO2 electrodes

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    Chen, Juanrong; Qiu, Fengxian; Zhang, Ying; Liang, Jianzheng; Zhu, Huijun; Cao, Shunsheng

    2015-11-01

    Considerable efforts have been paid to develop electrochemical capacitors with energy storage capability in order to meet the demands of multifunctional electronics. Here we report a facile method to fabricate C-doped porous anatase TiO2. This technique involves the preparation of monodisperse cationic polystyrene nanoparticles (CPN), following sequential deposition of tetrabutylorthotitanate (TBT), and directly carbonizing of CPN. Interestingly, during the process of carbonizing CPN, a phase transition of TiO2 will be happened and whist C-doped porous anatase TiO2 is in situ formed. When this porous C-doped TiO2 is used as electrode material to prepare electrochemical capacitor, it manifests a higher capacitance than the commercial P25, effectively broadening it potential for many practical applications.

  10. Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity by nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer

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    Mumtaz, Asad; Mohamed, Norani Muti; Saheed, Mohamed Shuaib Mohamed; Yar, Asfand; Irshad, Muhammad Imran

    2016-11-01

    Hydrogen production by splitting of water using solar means is a renewable alternative and is a need of the hour. The generation of hydrogen is studied using nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst synthesized by two different methods. The solution deposition followed by annealing and flame oxidized methods are applied to deposit the nanostructured V2O5 onto TiO2 nanorod arrays. These two methods are compared and studied using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectrum and photoelectrochemical study. The morphological study provides the optimized surface area of the TiO2 nanorod arrays. It shows that 0.45 mL tetra butyl titanate at 180C shows the improved surface area. It also differentiates the 3D network as morphology of nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst synthesized by flame oxidation method. Electron energy loss spectrum confirms the presence of respective elemental states of V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst. Photoelectrochemical studies show the photocurrent density of 7.89µA/cm2 at 0 V vs Ag/AgCl using flame oxidized nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 nanorod arrays. This study explores the potential of flame oxidized synthesis of nanostructured photocatalysts.

  11. Enhanced bolometric properties of TiO2-x thin films by thermal annealing

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    Ashok Kumar Reddy, Y.; Shin, Young Bong; Kang, In-Ku; Lee, Hee Chul; Sreedhara Reddy, P.

    2015-07-01

    The effect of thermal annealing on the bolometric properties of TiO2-x films was investigated. The test-patterned TiO2-x samples were annealed at 300 °C temperature in order to enhance their structural and electrical properties for effective infrared image sensor device applications. The crystallinity was changed from amorphous to rutile/anatase in annealed TiO2-x films. Compared to the as-deposited samples, a decrement of the band gap and a decrease of the electrical resistivity were perceived in annealed samples. We found that the annealed samples show linear current-voltage (I-V) characteristic performance, which implies that ohmic contact was well formed at the interface between the TiO2-x and the Ti electrode. Moreover, the annealed TiO2-x sample had a significantly low 1/f noise parameter (1.21 × 10-13) with a high bolometric parameter (β) value compared to those of the as-deposited samples. As a result, the thermal annealing process can be used to prepare TiO2-x film for a high-performance bolometric device.

  12. Characterization of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) thin films.

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    Huber, Bernd; Gnaser, Hubert; Ziegler, Christiane

    2003-04-01

    Nanoporous thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by painting with a solution of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) particles (with a size of either 6 nm or 16 nm) suspended in an organic solvent. Upon drying in air for about 1 day, the films were tempered at 450 degrees C in air for 1 h. This procedure results in stoichiometric TiO(2) films with a thickness of several micro m and a milky whitish appearance. Scanning force microscopy of the surface revealed that the nanoparticles of the films agglomerated into structures with lateral dimensions of some 100 nm. Transmission electron microscopy was utilized to investigate the structural arrangement of the crystallites in the films. High-resolution electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction analyses demonstrated, furthermore, that the material consists exclusively of a single TiO(2) phase, namely anatase, and that the films do not exhibit any preferential texture. The elemental stoichiometry and the possible presence of impurities were monitored throughout the films by means of secondary-ion mass spectrometry depth profiling. Electrical measurements have been carried out as a function of both the sample temperature T and the ambient oxygen partial pressure p(O(2)). From these data the electrical conductivity sigma of the porous films was determined in dependence of those parameters.

  13. Highly conductive Cu2-xS nanoparticle films through room-temperature processing and an order of magnitude enhancement of conductivity via electrophoretic deposition.

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    Otelaja, Obafemi O; Ha, Don-Hyung; Ly, Tiffany; Zhang, Haitao; Robinson, Richard D

    2014-11-12

    A facile room-temperature method for assembling colloidal copper sulfide (Cu2-xS) nanoparticles into highly electrically conducting films is presented. Ammonium sulfide is utilized for connecting the nanoparticles via ligand removal, which transforms the as-deposited insulating films into highly conducting films. Electronic properties of the treated films are characterized with a combination of Hall effect measurements, field-effect transistor measurements, temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, and capacitance-voltage measurements, revealing their highly doped p-type semiconducting nature. The spin-cast nanoparticle films have carrier concentration of ∼ 10(19) cm(-3), Hall mobilities of ∼ 3 to 4 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and electrical conductivities of ∼ 5 to 6 S · cm(-1). Our films have hole mobilities that are 1-4 orders of magnitude higher than hole mobilities previously reported for heat-treated nanoparticle films of HgTe, InSb, PbS, PbTe, and PbSe. We show that electrophoretic deposition (EPD) as a method for nanoparticle film assembly leads to an order of magnitude enhancement in film conductivity (∼ 75 S · cm(-1)) over conventional spin-casting, creating copper sulfide nanoparticle films with conductivities comparable to bulk films formed through physical deposition methods. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the Cu2-xS films, with and without ligand removal, match the Djurleite phase (Cu(1.94)S) of copper sulfide and show that the nanoparticles maintain finite size after the ammonium sulfide processing. The high conductivities reported are attributed to better interparticle coupling through the ammonium sulfide treatment. This approach presents a scalable room-temperature route for fabricating highly conducting nanoparticle assemblies for large-area electronic and optoelectronic applications.

  14. Tuning the charge state of Ag and Au atoms and clusters deposited on oxide surfaces by doping: a DFT study of the adsorption properties of nitrogen- and niobium-doped TiO2 and ZrO2.

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    Schlexer, Philomena; Ruiz Puigdollers, Antonio; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2015-09-14

    The charge state of Ag and Au atoms and clusters (Ag4 and Au4, Ag5 and Au5) adsorbed on defective TiO2 anatase(101) and tetragonal ZrO2(101) has been systematically investigated as a function of oxide doping and defectivity using a DFT+U approach. As intrinsic defects, we have considered the presence of oxygen vacancies. As extrinsic defects, substitutional nitrogen- and niobium-doping have been investigated, respectively. Both surface and sub-surface defects and dopants have been considered. Whereas on surfaces with oxygen vacancies or Nb-doping, atoms and clusters may become negatively charged, N-doping always leads to the formation of positively charged adsorbates, independently of the supporting material (TiO2 or ZrO2). This suggests the possibility to tune the electronic properties of supported metal clusters by selective doping of the oxide support, an effect that may result in complete changes in chemical reactivity.

  15. Photocathodic Protection of 304 Stainless Steel by Bi2S3/TiO2 Nanotube Films Under Visible Light

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    Li, Hong; Wang, Xiutong; Wei, Qinyi; Hou, Baorong

    2017-01-01

    We report the preparation of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with a narrow bandgap semiconductor, i.e., Bi2S3, to improve the photocathodic protection property of TiO2 for metals under visible light. Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotube films were successfully synthesized using the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The morphology and structure of the composite films were studied by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra were recorded to analyze the optical absorption property of the composite films. In addition, the influence of Bi2S3 deposition cycles on the photoelectrochemical and photocathodic protection properties of the composite films was also studied. Results revealed that the heterostructure comprised crystalline anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic Bi2S3 and exhibited a high visible light response. The photocurrent density of Bi2S3/TiO2 was significantly higher than that of pure TiO2 under visible light. The sensitization of Bi2S3 enhanced the separation efficiency of the photogenerated charges and photocathodic protection properties of TiO2. The Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotubes prepared by SILAR deposition with 20 cycles exhibited the optimal photogenerated cathodic protection performance on the 304 stainless steel under visible light.

  16. Photocathodic Protection of 304 Stainless Steel by Bi2S3/TiO2 Nanotube Films Under Visible Light.

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    Li, Hong; Wang, Xiutong; Wei, Qinyi; Hou, Baorong

    2017-12-01

    We report the preparation of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with a narrow bandgap semiconductor, i.e., Bi2S3, to improve the photocathodic protection property of TiO2 for metals under visible light. Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotube films were successfully synthesized using the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The morphology and structure of the composite films were studied by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra were recorded to analyze the optical absorption property of the composite films. In addition, the influence of Bi2S3 deposition cycles on the photoelectrochemical and photocathodic protection properties of the composite films was also studied. Results revealed that the heterostructure comprised crystalline anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic Bi2S3 and exhibited a high visible light response. The photocurrent density of Bi2S3/TiO2 was significantly higher than that of pure TiO2 under visible light. The sensitization of Bi2S3 enhanced the separation efficiency of the photogenerated charges and photocathodic protection properties of TiO2. The Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotubes prepared by SILAR deposition with 20 cycles exhibited the optimal photogenerated cathodic protection performance on the 304 stainless steel under visible light.

  17. Structural analysis of TiO2 and TiO2-Ag thin films and their antibacterial behaviors

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Yu, R. B.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.

    2012-01-01

    TiO2 (rutile and anatase) thin films was first prepared using reactive sputtering, in an Ar+O2 plasma. In the 2nd stage of the experiment, various amounts (3, 7, and 10 at. %) of Ag was doped into the rutile film in order to form TiO2-Ag thin films. These films were annealed for one hour in Ar atmosphere, at 300, 400, and 500 °C. The films' structures were then examined using X-ray diffractometry. FESEM (field-emission scaning electron microscopy) was used to investigate the surface emergence of Ag particles. As for the examination of optical band gaps and absorption of these films, UV-Vis-NIR photometer was used. The results show that, in as-deposited condition, the addition of Ag might disrupt the growth of crystalline structure and cause the formation of amorphous films. After annealing, it is found that the structure tends to become anatase phase which is a metastable phase between amorphous titanium oxide and rutile. More importantly, the absorption of the Ag-doped films would be enhanced in the visible-light range. Some of the enhancement is clearly due to plasmon resonance effect. The Ag-doped samples have shown some antibacterial effect in dark. When irradiated with light, the samples show a synergistic behavior combining the bactericidal effect of Ag ions and photocatalytic effect of TiO2.

  18. Homogeneous Photosensitization of Complex TiO2 Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion

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    Luo, Jingshan; Karuturi, Siva Krishna; Liu, Lijun; Su, Liap Tat; Tok, Alfred Iing Yoong; Fan, Hong Jin

    2012-01-01

    TiO2 nanostructures-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are under worldwide attentions as the method to generate clean energy. For these devices, narrow-bandgap semiconductor photosensitizers such as CdS and CdSe are commonly used to couple with TiO2 in order to harvest the visible sunlight and to enhance the conversion efficiency. Conventional methods for depositing the photosensitizers on TiO2 such as dip coating, electrochemical deposition and chemical-vapor-deposition suffer from poor control in thickness and uniformity, and correspond to low photocurrent levels. Here we demonstrate a new method based on atomic layer deposition and ion exchange reaction (ALDIER) to achieve a highly controllable and homogeneous coating of sensitizer particles on arbitrary TiO2 substrates. PEC tests made to CdSe-sensitized TiO2 inverse opal photoanodes result in a drastically improved photocurrent level, up to ~15.7 mA/cm2 at zero bias (vs Ag/AgCl), more than double that by conventional techniques such as successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction. PMID:22693653

  19. Preparation of solid-phase microextraction fiber coated with single-walled carbon nanotubes by electrophoretic deposition and its application in extracting phenols from aqueous samples.

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    Li, Quanlong; Wang, Xuefeng; Yuan, Dongxing

    2009-02-27

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) Pt fiber coated with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) was prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and applied to the determination of phenols in aqueous samples by direct immersion (DI)-SPME-HPLC-UV. The results revealed that EPD was a simple and reproducible technique for the preparation of SPME fibers coated with SWCNTs without the use of adhesive. The obtained SWCNT coating did not swell in organic solvents nor strip off from substrate, and possessed high mechanical strength due to the strong Van der Waals attractions between the surfaces of the SWCNTs. The prepared SPME fiber was conductive since both SWCNT coating and Pt wire were conductive. Using Pt wire as substrate, the fiber was unbreakable. Owing to the presence of oxygenated groups on SWCNTs and the high surface area of SWCNTs, the SWCNT fiber was similar to or superior to commercial PA fiber in extracting the studied phenols from aqueous sample. A durability of more than 80 analyses was achieved for one unique fiber. Under optimized conditions, the detection limits for the phenols varied between 0.9 and 3.8 ng/mL, the precisions were in the range of 0.7-3.2% (n=3), and linear ranges were within 10 and 300 ng/mL. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of spiked seawater and tap water samples with the recoveries from 87.5 to 102.0%.

  20. A Facile Electrophoretic Deposition Route to the Fe3O4/CNTs/rGO Composite Electrode as a Binder-Free Anode for Lithium Ion Battery.

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    Yang, Yang; Li, Jiaqi; Chen, Dingqiong; Zhao, Jinbao

    2016-10-12

    Fe3O4 is regarded as an attractive anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) due to its high theoretical capacity, natural abundance, and low cost. However, the poor cyclic performance resulting from the low conductivity and huge volume change during cycling impedes its application. Here we have developed a facile electrophoretic deposition route to fabricate the Fe3O4/CNTs (carbon nanotubes)/rGO (reduced graphene oxide) composite electrode, simultaneously achieving material synthesis and electrode assembling. Even without binders, the adhesion and mechanical firmness of the electrode are strong enough to be used for LIB anode. In this specific structure, Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) interconnected by CNTs are sandwiched by rGO layers to form a robust network with good conductivity. The resulting Fe3O4/CNTs/rGO composite electrode exhibits much improved electrochemical performance (high reversible capacity of 540 mAh g(-1) at a very high current density of 10 A g(-1), and a remarkable capacity of 1080 mAh g(-1) can be maintained after 450 cycles at 1 A g(-1)) compared with that of commercial Fe3O4 NPs electrode.

  1. Controlled electrophoretic deposition of HAp/β-TCP composite coatings on piranha treated 316L SS for enhanced mechanical and biological properties

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    Prem Ananth, K.; Nathanael, A. Joseph; Jose, Sujin P.; Oh, Tae Hwan; Mangalaraj, D.; Ballamurugan, A. M.

    2015-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) bioactive materials have been used as individual coatings on steel implants employed in the fields of orthopedics and dentistry due to their excellent properties, which foster effective healing of the repair site. However, slow dissolution of HAp and fairly little fast dissolution of β-TCP present a major obstacle for such applications and this leads to the focus on the investigation of a mixture of HAp and β-TCP composite that forms biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP). The BCP coatings were achieved by thickness controlled electrophoretic deposition on piranha treated 316L SS. This method is well controlled and the anticipated dissolution rate could be attained with faster formation of new bone at the implant site, when compared to the individual HAp or β-TCP coating. The structural, functional, morphological and elemental composition of the coatings were characterized by using various analytical techniques. The BCP coating has been shown to have a role in obstructing the corrosion to a greater extent when in contact with SBF solution. The BCP coating also shows excellent in vitro and mechanical properties and osteoblasts cellular tests revealed that the coating was more effective in improving biocompatibility. This makes it an ideal candidate material for hard tissue replacement.

  2. Electrophoretic Deposition, Microstructure, and Corrosion Resistance of Porous Sol-Gel Glass/Polyetheretherketone Coatings on the Ti-13Nb-13Zr Alloy

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    Moskalewicz, Tomasz; Zych, Anita; Łukaszczyk, Alicja; Cholewa-Kowalska, Katarzyna; Kruk, Adam; Dubiel, Beata; Radziszewska, Agnieszka; Berent, Katarzyna; Gajewska, Marta

    2017-02-01

    In this study, microporous composite sol-gel glass/polyetheretherketone (SGG/PEEK) coatings were produced on the Ti-13Nb-13Zr titanium alloy by electrophoretic deposition. Coatings with different levels of high open porosity were developed by introducing SGG particles of varying diameters into the PEEK matrix. The microstructure of the coatings was characterized by electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. The coatings with 40-50 µm thickness were composed of semicrystalline SGG particles consisting of hydroxyapatite, CaSiO3, some Ca2SiO4, and an amorphous phase containing Ca, Si, P, and O, homogeneously embedded in a semicrystalline PEEK matrix. The size of SGG particles present in the coatings strongly influenced the formation of microcracks and their adhesion to the underlying substrate. Microscratch tests showed that the coating containing SGG particles with a diameter smaller than 45 µm and open porosity of 45 pct exhibited good adhesion to the titanium alloy substrate, much better than the coating containing particles with a diameter smaller than 85 µm and total open porosity equal to 48 pct. The corrosion resistance was investigated in Ringer's solution at a temperature of 310 K (37 °C) for a pH equal to 7.4 and in deaerated solutions with the use of open-circuit potential, potentiodynamic polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The SGG/PEEK-coated alloy indicated better electrochemical corrosion resistance compared with the uncoated alloy.

  3. Flatband voltage control in p-metal gate metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor by insertion of TiO2 layer

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    Maeng, W. J.; Kim, Woo-Hee; Koo, Ja Hoon; Lim, S. J.; Lee, Chang-Soo; Lee, Taeyoon; Kim, Hyungjun

    2010-02-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) layer was used to control the flatband voltage (VFB) of p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors. TiO2 was deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) on hafnium oxide (HfO2) gate dielectrics. Comparative studies between TiO2 and Al2O3 as capping layer have shown that improved device properties with lower capacitance equivalent thickness (CET), interface state density (Dit), and flatband voltage (VFB) shift were achieved by PE-ALD TiO2 capping layer.

  4. H(2)O(2)-sensitized TiO(2)/SiO(2) composites with high photocatalytic activity under visible irradiation.

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    Zou, Jian; Gao, Jiacheng

    2011-01-30

    TiO(2)/SiO(2) composite photocatalysts were prepared by depositing of TiO(2) onto nano-SiO(2) particles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron micrograph (TEM), Raman spectrometer, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) were employed to characterize the properties of the synthesized TiO(2)/SiO(2) composites. These results indicated that the products without calcination were amorphous, and calcination could enhance the crystallinity of TiO(2). Increases in the amount of TiO(2) would decrease the dispersion in the composites. H(2)O(2)-sensitized TiO(2)/SiO(2) composite photocatalysts could absorb visible light at wavelength below 550 nm. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared catalysts was characterized by methyl-orange degradation. The results showed the uncalcined composite photocatalysts with amorphous TiO(2) exhibited higher photocatalytic activity under visible light, and the activity of catalysts with TiO(2) content over 30% decreased with increasing of TiO(2) content. Increases in the calcination temperature and TiO(2) content promote the formation of bulk TiO(2) and result in a decrease in activity.

  5. Synergetic effect between adsorption and photodegradation on nanostructured TiO2/activated carbon fiber felt porous composites for toluene removal.

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    Li, Min; Lu, Bin; Ke, Qin-Fei; Guo, Ya-Jun; Guo, Ya-Ping

    2017-03-15

    The low quantum efficiency and limited adsorption efficiency of TiO2 makes it only fit for the removal of VOCs with low concentrations. Herein, we for the first time fabricated nanostructured TiO2/activated carbon fiber felt (TiO2/ACFF) porous composites by the in situ deposition of TiO2 microspheres on the carbon fibers in ACFF. Interestingly, the TiO2 microspheres exhibit hierarchical nanostructures constructed by nanocrystals as building blocks. The TiO2/ACFF porous composites possess excellent adsorption and photodegradation properties for toluene because of the synergetic effects between the nanostructured TiO2 and ACFF. The adsorption efficiencies of the TiO2/ACFF porous composites reach approximately 98% at the toluene concentration (<1150ppm) and approximately 77% even at the high concentration of 6900ppm. Moreover, the ACFF in the TiO2/ACFF porous composites significantly enhances photocatalytic property for toluene by hindering the recombination of electron-hole pairs, reducing the TiO2 band gap energy (Eg) to 2.95eV and accelerating toluene adsorption. At the toluene concentrations of 230ppm and 460ppm, the photocatalytic oxidation efficiency of toluene into CO2 arrives at 100% and 81.5%, respectively. Therefore, the TiO2/ACFF porous composites with synergetic adsorption and photocatalytic activities have great potentials for toluene removal.

  6. Electrophoretic Deposition of Dexamethasone-Loaded Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles onto Poly(L-Lactic Acid)/Poly(ε-Caprolactone) Composite Scaffold for Bone Tissue Engineering.

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    Qiu, Kexin; Chen, Bo; Nie, Wei; Zhou, Xiaojun; Feng, Wei; Wang, Weizhong; Chen, Liang; Mo, Xiumei; Wei, Youzhen; He, Chuanglong

    2016-02-17

    The incorporation of microcarriers as drug delivery vehicles into polymeric scaffold for bone regeneration has aroused increasing interest. In this study, the aminated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs-NH2) were prepared and used as microcarriers for dexamethasone (DEX) loading. Poly(l-lactic acid)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PLLA/PCL) nanofibrous scaffold was fabricated via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) and served as template, onto which the drug-loaded MSNs-NH2 nanoparticles were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The physicochemical and release properties of the prepared scaffolds (DEX@MSNs-NH2/PLLA/PCL) were examined, and their osteogenic activities were also evaluated through in vitro and in vivo studies. The release of DEX from the scaffolds revealed an initial rapid release followed by a slower and sustained one. The in vitro results indicated that the DEX@MSNs-NH2/PLLA/PCL scaffold exhibited good biocompatibility to rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). Also, BMSCs cultured on the DEX@MSNs-NH2/PLLA/PCL scaffold exhibited a higher degree of osteogenic differentiation than those cultured on PLLA/PCL and MSNs-NH2/PLLA/PCL scaffolds, in terms of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, mineralized matrix formation, and osteocalcin (OCN) expression. Furthermore, the in vivo results in a calvarial defect model of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats demonstrated that the DEX@MSNs-NH2/PLLA/PCL scaffold could significantly promote calvarial defect healing compared with the PLLA/PCL scaffold. Thus, the EPD technique provides a convenient way to incorporate osteogenic agents-containing microcarriers to polymer scaffold, and thus, prepared composite scaffold could be a potential candidate for bone tissue engineering application due to its capacity for delivery of osteogenic agents.

  7. Fabrication of nano-structured HA/CNT coatings on Ti6Al4V by electrophoretic deposition for biomedical applications.

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    Zhang, Bokai; Kwok, Chi Tat; Cheng, Fai Tsun; Man, Hau Chung

    2011-12-01

    In order to improve the bone bioactivity and osteointegration of metallic implants, hydroxyapatite (HA) is often coated on their surface so that a real bond with the surrounding bone tissue can be formed. In the present study, cathodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD) has been attempted for depositing nanostructured HA coatings on titanium alloy Ti6Al4V followed by sintering at 800 degrees C. Nano-sized HA powder was used in the EPD process to produce dense coatings. Moreover, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were also used to reinforce the HA coating for enhancing its mechanical strength. The surface morphology, compositions and microstructure of the monolithic coating of HA and nanocomposite coatings of HA with different CNT contents (4 to 25%) on Ti6Al4V were investigated by scanning-electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Xray diffractometry, respectively. Electrochemical corrosion behavior of the various coatings in Hanks' solution at 37 degrees C was investigated by means of open-circuit potential measurement and cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests. Surface hardness, adhesion strength and bone bioactivity of the coatings were also studied. The HA and HA/CNT coatings had a thickness of about 10 microm, with corrosion resistance higher than that of the substrate and adhesion strength higher than that of plasma sprayed HA coating. The properties of the composite coatings were optimized by varying the CNT contents. The enhanced properties could be attributed to the use of nano-sized HA particles and CNTs. Compared with the monolithic HA coating, the CNT-reinforced HA coating markedly increased the coating hardness without deteriorating the corrosion resistance or adhesion strength.

  8. Bolometric properties of reactively sputtered TiO2-x films for thermal infrared image sensors

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    Reddy, Y. Ashok Kumar; Kang, In-Ku; Shin, Young Bong; Lee, Hee Chul

    2015-09-01

    A heat-sensitive layer (TiO2-x ) was successfully deposited by RF reactive magnetron sputtering for infrared (IR) image sensors at different relative mass flow of oxygen gas (R O2) levels. The deposition rate was decreased with an increase in the percentage of R O2 from 3.4% to 3.7%. TiO2-x samples deposited at room temperature exhibited amorphous characteristics. Oxygen deficiency causes a change in the oxidation state and is assumed to decrease the Ti4+ component on the surfaces of TiO2-x films. The oxygen stoichiometry (x) in TiO2-x films decreased from 0.35 to 0.05 with increasing the R O2 level from 3.4% to 3.7%, respectively. In TiO2-x -test-patterned samples, the resistivity decreased with the temperature, confirming the typical semiconducting property. The bolometric properties of the resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR), and the flicker (1/ f) noise parameter were determined at different x values in TiO2-x samples. The rate of TCR dependency with regard to the 1/ f noise parameter is a universal bolometric parameter (β), acting as the dynamic element in a bolometer. It is high when a sample has a relatively low resistivity (0.82 Ω·cm) and a lower 1/ f noise parameter (3.16   ×   10-12). The results of this study indicate that reactively sputtered TiO2-x is a viable bolometric material for uncooled IR image sensor devices.

  9. Surface modification and enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction performance of TiO2: a review

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    Low, Jingxiang; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    Recently, the excessive consumption of fossil fuels has caused high emissions of the greenhouse gases, CO2 into atmosphere and global energy crisis. Mimicking the natural photosynthesis by using semiconductor materials to achieve photocatalytic CO2 reduction into valuable solar fuels such as CH4, HCO2H, CH2O, and CH3OH is known as one of the best solutions for addressing the aforementioned issue. Among various proposed photocatalysts, TiO2 has been extensively studied over the past several decades for photocatalytic CO2 reduction because of its cheapness and environmental friendliness. Particularly, surface modification of TiO2 has attracted numerous interests due to its capability of enhancing the light absorption ability, facilitating the electron-hole separation, tuning the CO2 reduction selectivity and increasing the CO2 adsorption and activation ability of TiO2 for photocatalytic CO2 reduction. In this review, recent approaches of the surface modification of TiO2 for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, including impurity doping, metal deposition, alkali modification, heterojunction construction and carbon-based material loading, are presented. The photocatalytic CO2 reduction mechanism and pathways of TiO2 are discussed. The future research direction and perspective of photocatalytic CO2 reduction over surface-modified TiO2 are also presented.

  10. Photochemical grafting and patterning of biomolecular layers onto TiO2 thin films.

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    Li, Bo; Franking, Ryan; Landis, Elizabeth C; Kim, Heesuk; Hamers, Robert J

    2009-05-01

    TiO2 thin films are highly stable and can be deposited onto a wide variety of substrate materials under moderate conditions. We demonstrate that organic alkenes will graft to the surface of TiO2 when illuminated with UV light at 254 nm and that the resulting layers provide a starting point for the preparation of DNA-modified TiO2 thin films exhibiting excellent stability and biomolecular selectivity. By using alkenes with a protected amino group at the distal end, the grafted layers can be deprotected to yield molecular layers with exposed primary amino groups that can then be used to covalently link DNA oligonucleotides to the TiO2 surface. We demonstrate that the resulting DNA-modified surfaces exhibit excellent selectivity toward complementary versus noncomplementary target sequences in solution and that the surfaces can withstand 25 cycles of hybridization and denaturation in 8.3 M urea with little or no degradation. Furthermore, the use of simple masking methods provides a way to directly control the spatial location of the grafted layers, thereby providing a way to photopattern the spatial distribution of biologically active molecules to the TiO2 surfaces. Using Ti films ranging from 10 to 100 nm in thickness allows the preparation of TiO2 films that range from highly reflective to almost completely transparent; in both cases, the photochemical grafting of alkenes can be used as a starting point for stable surfaces with good biomolecular recognition properties.

  11. Influence of silver doping on surface defect characteristics of TiO2

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    Tripathi, S. K.; Rani, Mamta

    2015-08-01

    In the present work, we proposed a novel silver doped TiO2 polyethylene conjugated films to improve the performance of DSSCs. Oxides nanoparticles dispersed in a semiconducting polymer form the active layer of a solar cell. Localized surface plasmon resonance effects associated with spatially dispersed silver (Ag) nanoparticles can be exploited to enhance the light-harvesting efficiency, the photocurrent density and the overall light-to electrical-energy-conversion efficiency of high-area DSSCs based TiO2 photoanodes. Silver doped titanium dioxide (TiO2:Ag) is prepared by sol-gel technique and deposited on fluorine doped indium oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates by using doctor blade technique at 550°C from aqueous solutions of titanium butoxide and silver nitrate precursors. The effect of Ag doping on electrical properties of films is studied. The Ag-TiO2 films are about 548 times more photosensitive as compare to the pure TiO2 sample. The presence of metallic Ag nanoparticles and oxygen vacancy on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles promotes the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and thus enhances the photosensitivity. Photoconduction mechanism of all prepared samples is investigated by performing transient photoconductivity measurements on TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 films keeping intensity of light constant.

  12. Thickness dependent activity of nanostructured TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 photocatalyst thin films

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    Akhavan, O.

    2010-12-01

    The effect of thickness of TiO 2 coating on synergistic photocatalytic activity of TiO 2 (anatase)/α-Fe 2O 3/glass thin films as photocatalysts for degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria in a low-concentration H 2O 2 solution and under visible light irradiation was investigated. Nanograined α-Fe 2O 3 films with optical band-gap of 2.06 eV were fabricated by post-annealing of thermal evaporated iron oxide thin films at 400 °C in air. Increase in thickness of the Fe 2O 3 thin film (here, up to 200 nm) resulted in a slight reduction of the optical band-gap energy and an increase in the photoinactivation of the bacteria. Sol-gel TiO 2 coatings were deposited on the α-Fe 2O 3 (200 nm)/glass films, and then, they were annealed at 400 °C in air for crystallization of the TiO 2 and formation of TiO 2/Fe 2O 3 heterojunction. For the TiO 2 coatings with thicknesses ≤50 nm, the antibacterial activity of the TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 (200 nm) was found to be better than the activity of the bare α-Fe 2O 3 film. The optimum thickness of the TiO 2 coating was found to be 10 nm, resulting in about 70 and 250% improvement in visible light photo-induced antibacterial activity of the TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 thin film as compared to the corresponding activity of the bare α-Fe 2O 3 and TiO 2 thin films, respectively. The improvement in the photoinactivation of bacteria on surface of TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 was assigned to formation of Ti-O-Fe bond at the interface.

  13. UV-assisted room-temperature chemiresistive NO2 sensor based on TiO2 thin film

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    Xie, Ting; Sullivan, Nichole; Steffens, Kristen; Wen, Baomei; Liu, Guannan; Debnath, Ratan; Davydov, Albert; Gomez, Romel; Motayed, Abhishek

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 thin film based, chemiresistive sensors for NO2 gas which operate at room temperature under ultraviolet (UV) illumination have been demonstrated in this work. The rf-sputter deposited and post-annealed TiO2 thin films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction to obtain surface morphology, chemical state, and crystal structure, respectively. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and Tauc plots show the optical properties of the TiO2 films. Under UV illumination, the NO2 sensing performance of the TiO2 films shows a reversible change in resistance at room-temperature. The observed change in electrical resistivity can be explained by the modulation of surface-adsorbed oxygen. This work is the first demonstration of a facile TiO2 sensor for NO2 analyte that operates at room-temperature under UV illumination. PMID:26681838

  14. Preparation of TiO2 thin films using octadecylamine Langmuir-Blodgett films and evaluation of their photocatalytic activity.

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    Takahashi, Masashi; Sendoh, Mitsuyuki; Kobayashi, Koichi; Tajima, Kazuo

    2011-01-01

    A study was conducted to demonstrate that nanometer-thick titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) thin films could be prepared by the hydrolysis of titanium potassium oxalate using octadecylamine (ODA) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films as templates. The amount of TiO(2) generated in the LB film was found to be proportional to the number of deposited ODA layers, which enables precise control of the TiO(2) film thickness. After heat treatment of the LB films at 300-600°C, the photocatalytic activities of the resulting TiO(2) films were determined from the decomposition of stearic acid cast films when irradiated with UV light for different time periods. Higher photocatalytic activity was observed in TiO(2) films heat treated at lower temperatures.

  15. UV-assisted room-temperature chemiresistive NO2 sensor based on TiO2 thin film.

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    Xie, Ting; Sullivan, Nichole; Steffens, Kristen; Wen, Baomei; Liu, Guannan; Debnath, Ratan; Davydov, Albert; Gomez, Romel; Motayed, Abhishek

    TiO2 thin film based, chemiresistive sensors for NO2 gas which operate at room temperature under ultraviolet (UV) illumination have been demonstrated in this work. The rf-sputter deposited and post-annealed TiO2 thin films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction to obtain surface morphology, chemical state, and crystal structure, respectively. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and Tauc plots show the optical properties of the TiO2 films. Under UV illumination, the NO2 sensing performance of the TiO2 films shows a reversible change in resistance at room-temperature. The observed change in electrical resistivity can be explained by the modulation of surface-adsorbed oxygen. This work is the first demonstration of a facile TiO2 sensor for NO2 analyte that operates at room-temperature under UV illumination.

  16. Extruded expanded polystyrene sheets coated by TiO2 as new photocatalytic materials for foodstuffs packaging

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    Loddo, V.; Marcì, G.; Palmisano, G.; Yurdakal, S.; Brazzoli, M.; Garavaglia, L.; Palmisano, L.

    2012-11-01

    Nanostructured, photoactive anatase TiO2 sol prepared under very mild conditions using titanium tetraisopropoxide as the precursor is used to functionalise extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) sheets by spray-coating resulting in stable and active materials functionalised by TiO2 nanoparticles. Photocatalytic tests of these sheets performed in a batch reactor in gas-solid system under UV irradiation show their successful activity in degrading probe molecules (2-propanol, trimethylamine and ethene). Raman spectra ensure the deposition of TiO2 as crystalline anatase phase on the polymer surface. The presence of TiO2 with respect to polymer surface can be observed in SEM images coupled to EDAX mapping allowing to monitor the surface morphology and the distribution of TiO2 particles. Finally thermoforming of these sheets in industrial standard equipment leads to useful containers for foodstuffs.

  17. Synthesis of TiO2-N/SnO2 heterostructure photocatalyst and its photocatalytic mechanism.

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    Cao, Han; Huang, Shaolong; Yu, Yanlong; Yan, Yabin; Lv, Yuekai; Cao, Yaan

    2017-01-15

    A series of TiO2-N/SnO2X heterostructure photocatalysts were synthesized by a hydrolysis-deposition method. The structure, existing states of N and SnO2 heterostructure at the interface of TiO2-N/SnO2X were studied by EADX, XRD, Raman, FT-IR, XPS, and HRTEM. The band structure is investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiment characterization. It was found that the introduction of NOx surface species and SnO2 nanoparticles would enhance the absorption in visible region, increase reactive oxidative species and separate photogenerated electrons and holes efficiently. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity is improved significantly for TiO2-N/SnO2X, compared with TiO2-N and TiO2 under visible and UV light irradiation. This work may offer a new strategy to fabricate new photocatalyst with high photocatalytic performance.

  18. Efficient removal of oil from oil contaminated water by superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic nano/micro structured TiO2 nanofibers coated mesh.

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    Gunatilake, Udara Bimendra; Bandara, Jayasundera

    2017-03-01

    In this report, we investigated the TiO2 nanofibers coated stainless steel mesh as a novel underwater superoleophobic membrane for the effective separation of contaminated oil-water mixtures. The membrane was fabricated by spray deposition of hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanofibers on stainless steel mesh. The fabricated membrane exhibits superhydrophilicity and supereleophobicity properties in air and underwater respectively allowing the separation of oil-water efficiently. Randomly deposited TiO2 nanofibers on mesh exhibit rough surface property and hence superhydrophilic nature. Water oil separation efficiencies of ∼90 and ∼99% were achieved with this filter for less viscous and highly viscous oil respectively. Additionally, the TiO2 nanofibers coated mesh can degrade immiscible organic molecules due to photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers under UV light. As a result of self-cleaning property of TiO2 nanofibers coated mesh, the durability of the filter membrane is enhanced.

  19. Fabrication and characterization of CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite and its photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange.

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    Chung, Jinwook; Kim, Seu-Run; Kim, Jong-Oh

    2015-01-01

    CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite was fabricated by chemical bath deposition, and was characterized by the structural, spectral and photoelectrochemical properties. The results of the structural and spectral properties showed that CdS particles were successfully deposited onto the surface of TiO2 nanotube. It is demonstrated that CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite improved the light harvesting ability. Power conversion efficiency of about 0.32% was observed. This value is about 2.9 times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanotube. The CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite possesses relatively higher photocatalytic activity and photodegradation efficiency than that of pure TiO2 nanotube under UV light irradiation, and the degradation efficiency of methyl orange was about 42% at UV intensity of 32 W.

  20. TiO2-graphene sponge for the removal of tetracycline

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    Zhao, Lianqin; Xue, Fumin; Yu, Baowei; Xie, Jingru; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Wu, Ruihan; Wang, Ruijue; Hu, Zhiyan; Yang, Sheng-Tao; Luo, Jianbin

    2015-01-01

    Spongy graphene adsorbents have attracted great research interest recently, because of the high adsorption capacity, easy handling, and low operating cost. Fabrication of graphene sponge with other high-performance adsorbents might combine the merits of both materials, thus deserves more investigations. In this study, TiO2-graphene sponge (TiO2-GS) was prepared by the deposition of amorphous TiO2 on graphene oxide (GO) sheets for the adsorption of tetracycline antibiotics, where lyophilization was adopted to obtain the porous structure. TiO2-GS adsorbed tetracycline with a large adsorption capacity of 1,805 mg/g, larger than that of GO (313 mg/g) and GO-chitosan aerogel (1,470 mg/g). The adsorption kinetics, which finally reached the equilibrium at 48 h, was clearly controlled by the diffusion of tetracycline to TiO2-GS in the initial stage according to intraparticle diffusion model. Thermodynamics investigation indicated that the adsorption process was endothermic and promoted at higher temperature, with a positive Δ H of 35.8 kJ/mol. Generally, higher pH facilitated the adsorption of tetracycline on TiO2-GS, except that the adsorption was also very effective at pH 1. In contrast, ionic strength had insignificant influence. The adsorbed tetracycline could be washed out with acidic ice-cold water to regenerate TiO2-GS. The implication to the applications of TiO2-GS in water treatment is discussed.

  1. Compressibility of porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating on paperboard.

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    Stepien, Milena; Saarinen, Jarkko J; Teisala, Hannu; Tuominen, Mikko; Haapanen, Janne; Mäkelä, Jyrki M; Kuusipalo, Jurkka; Toivakka, Martti

    2013-10-25

    Compressibility of liquid flame spray-deposited porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating was studied on paperboard samples using a traditional calendering technique in which the paperboard is compressed between a metal and polymer roll. Surface superhydrophobicity is lost due to a smoothening effect when the number of successive calendering cycles is increased. Field emission scanning electron microscope surface and cross‒sectional images support the atomic force microscope roughness analysis that shows a significant compressibility of the deposited TiO2 nanoparticle coating with decrease in the surface roughness and nanoscale porosity under external pressure. PACS: 61.46.-w; 68.08.Bc; 81.07.-b.

  2. Compressibility of porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating on paperboard

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    2013-01-01

    Compressibility of liquid flame spray-deposited porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating was studied on paperboard samples using a traditional calendering technique in which the paperboard is compressed between a metal and polymer roll. Surface superhydrophobicity is lost due to a smoothening effect when the number of successive calendering cycles is increased. Field emission scanning electron microscope surface and cross‒sectional images support the atomic force microscope roughness analysis that shows a significant compressibility of the deposited TiO2 nanoparticle coating with decrease in the surface roughness and nanoscale porosity under external pressure. PACS 61.46.-w; 68.08.Bc; 81.07.-b PMID:24160373

  3. Compressibility of porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating on paperboard

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    Stepien, Milena; Saarinen, Jarkko J.; Teisala, Hannu; Tuominen, Mikko; Haapanen, Janne; Mäkelä, Jyrki M.; Kuusipalo, Jurkka; Toivakka, Martti

    2013-10-01

    Compressibility of liquid flame spray-deposited porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating was studied on paperboard samples using a traditional calendering technique in which the paperboard is compressed between a metal and polymer roll. Surface superhydrophobicity is lost due to a smoothening effect when the number of successive calendering cycles is increased. Field emission scanning electron microscope surface and cross‒sectional images support the atomic force microscope roughness analysis that shows a significant compressibility of the deposited TiO2 nanoparticle coating with decrease in the surface roughness and nanoscale porosity under external pressure.

  4. Influence of Ti nanocrystallization on microstructure, interface bonding, surface energy and blood compatibility of surface TiO 2 films

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    Shao, Honghong; Yu, Chunhang; Xu, Xiaojing; Wang, Ji; Zhai, Rui; Wang, Xiaojing

    2010-12-01

    Recent progress in ultrafine-grained/nano-grained (UFG/NG) titanium permits a consideration for TiO 2 films deposited on nano-grained titanium for antithrombogenic application such as artificial valves and stents. For this paper, the microstructure, interface bonding, surface energy, and blood compatibility features of TiO 2 films deposited by direct current magnetron reactive sputtering technology on NG titanium and coarse-grained (CG) titanium were investigated. The results show that the nanocrystallization of titanium substrate has a significant influence on TiO 2 films. At the same deposition parameters, the content of rutile phase of TiO 2 film was increased from 47% (on the CG titanium substrate) to 72% (on the NG titanium substrate); the adhesion of TiO 2 film was improved from 5.8 N to 17 N; the surface energy was reduced from 6.37 dyn/cm to 3.01 dyn/cm; the clotting time was improved from 18 min to 28 min; the platelets accumulation and pseudopodium of adherent platelets on TiO 2 film on NG titanium were considerably reduced compared to that on CG titanium. The present results demonstrate the possibility of improving the blood compatibility of TiO 2 film through the approach of substrate nanocrystallization. Also it may provide an attractive idea to prepare stents with biological coatings of more outstanding blood compatibility and interface bonding.

  5. Electrophoretic Deposition of Cu-SiO2 Coatings by DC and Pulsed DC for Enhanced Surface-Mechanical Properties

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    Maharana, H. S.; Lakra, Suprabha; Pal, S.; Basu, A.

    2016-01-01

    The present study explored the possibilities of improvement in the surface-mechanical properties of electrodeposited Cu-SiO2 composite coating and its underlying mechanism. Composite coatings were developed using SiO2-dispersed acidic copper sulfate electrolyte by direct current and pulse-current electro-codeposition techniques with variation of pulse frequencies at a fixed duty cycle. X-ray diffraction analysis of the coatings revealed information regarding the presence of various phases and crystallographic orientations of the deposited Cu matrix. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques were used to investigate the surface morphology and chemical composition of the coatings, respectively, and it was observed that SiO2 particles were uniformly distributed in the composite coatings. Surface roughness was found to be reduced with the increasing pulse frequency. The Vickers microhardness and ball-on-plate wear study showed improvement in surface-mechanical properties due to the formation of fine Cu matrix, dispersion strengthening due to homogeneously distributed SiO2 particles, and the preferred orientation of the Cu matrix. Marginal decrease in electrical conductivity with the increasing SiO2 content and pulse frequency was observed from the four-probe electrical conductivity measurement technique.

  6. Porous TiO2 Assembled from Monodispersed Nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Xu; Duan, Weijie; Chen, Yan; Jiao, Shihui; Zhao, Yue; Kang, Yutang; Li, Lu; Fang, Zhenxing; Xu, Wei; Pang, Guangsheng

    2016-12-01

    Porous TiO2 were assembled by evaporating or refluxing TiO2 colloid, which was obtained by dispersing the TiO2 nanoparticles with a crystallite size (d XRD) of 3.2 nm into water or ethanol without any additives. Porous transparent bulk TiO2 was obtained by evaporating the TiO2-C2H5OH colloid at room temperature for 2 weeks, while porous TiO2 nanospheres were assembled by refluxing the TiO2-H2O colloid at 80 °C for 36 h. Both of the porous TiO2 architectures were pore-size-adjustable depending on the further treating temperature. Porous TiO2 nanospheres exhibited enhanced photocatalysis activity compared to the nanoparticles.

  7. [The study on DRS and Raman spectroscopy of surface modified TiO2/SiO2].

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    Sang, Li-Xia; Zhong, Shun-He; Ma, Chong-Fang

    2007-04-01

    TiO2 /SiO2 were prepared by surface reaction of silica with an acetone solution of Ti(i-OC3H7)nCl(4-n), where n = 0-2. Results of XRD, Raman and UV-Vis DRS showed that two types of Ti species, small particles of anatase-type TiO2 and non-crystalline TiO(x) species, are molecularly dispersed on the silica surface. Relative to the TiO2 bulk, a blue-shift in the bandgap adsorption edge of TiO2/SiO2 was observed due to the quantum size effects. The bandgap energy (E(g)) of TiO2/SiO2 is 3.96 eV. When M(Pd, Cu, Ni) is deposited on TiO2/SiO2, the adsorption spectra extend to visible light region and the bandgap adsorption edge red shifts with respect to TiO2/SiO2. Compared with that of Pd, the deposition of Cu and Ni on TiO2/SiO2 has more effects on LMCT transition (O2- --> Ti4+) of Ti atoms. And the bandgap energy of Cu-TiO2 /SiO2 decreases to 3.69 eV. Similarly, the photon adsorption property for visible light can be improved relatively by the incorporation of MoO3 on TiO2/SiO2, At higher MoO3 loadings, the Mo-O-Ti coupled structure can be formed through the interaction between MoO3 and TiO2, which made the bandgap energy decrease to 3.81 eV.

  8. Effective nitrogen doping into TiO2 (N-TiO2) for visible light response photocatalysis.

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    Yoshida, Tomoko; Niimi, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Muneaki; Nomoto, Toyokazu; Yagi, Shinya

    2015-06-01

    The thickness-controlled TiO2 thin films are fabricated by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These samples function as photocatalysts under UV light irradiation and the reaction rate depends on the TiO2 thickness, i.e., with an increase of thickness, it increases to the maximum, followed by decreasing to be constant. Such variation of the reaction rate is fundamentally explained by the competitive production and annihilation processes of photogenerated electrons and holes in TiO2 films, and the optimum TiO2 thickness is estimated to be ca. 10nm. We also tried to dope nitrogen into the effective depth region (ca. 10nm) of TiO2 by an ion implantation technique. The nitrogen doped TiO2 enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. XANES and XPS analyses indicated two types of chemical state of nitrogen, one photo-catalytically active N substituting the O sites and the other inactive NOx (1⩽x⩽2) species. In the valence band XPS spectrum of the high active sample, the additional electronic states were observed just above the valence band edge of a TiO2. The electronic state would be originated from the substituting nitrogen and be responsible for the band gap narrowing, i.e., visible light response of TiO2 photocatalysts.

  9. Preparation and solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 composites: TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.; Zhang, L.

    2014-12-01

    Three TiO2 loaded composites, TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite, were prepared in order to improve the solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity could obviously be enhanced by loading appropriate amount of inorganic mineral materials. Meanwhile, TiO2 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time on the photocatalytic activity were reviewed. Otherwise, the effect of solar light irradiation time and dye concentration on the photocatalytic degradation of Acid Red B was investigated. Furthermore, the degradation mechanism and adsorption process were also discussed.

  10. Instability of Hydrogenated TiO2

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M.; Oxenford, Lucas S.; Kennedy, John V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A.

    2015-11-06

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is toted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ~2 atom % level within a ~120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ~300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened preferentially toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (~800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile, as well as its activity toward interfacial reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  11. Quantitative evaluation of local pulmonary distribution of TiO2 in rats following single or multiple intratracheal administrations of TiO2 nanoparticles using X-ray fluorescence microscopy.

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    Zhang, Guihua; Shinohara, Naohide; Kano, Hirokazu; Senoh, Hideki; Suzuki, Masaaki; Sasaki, Takeshi; Fukushima, Shoji; Gamo, Masashi

    2016-10-01

    Uneven pulmonary nanoparticle (NP) distribution has been described when using single-dose intratracheal administration tests. Multiple-dose intratracheal administrations with small quantities of NPs are expected to improve the unevenness of each dose. The differences in local pulmonary NP distribution (called microdistribution) between single- and multiple-dose administrations may cause differential pulmonary responses; however, this has not been evaluated. Here, we quantitatively evaluated the pulmonary microdistribution (per mesh: 100 μm × 100 μm) of TiO2 in lung sections from rats following one, two, three, or four doses of TiO2 NPs at a same total dosage of 10 mg kg(-1) using X-ray fluorescence microscopy. The results indicate that: (i) multiple-dose administrations show lower variations in TiO2 content (ng mesh(-1) ) for sections of each lobe; (ii) TiO2 appears to be deposited more in the right caudal and accessory lobes located downstream of the administration direction of NP suspensions, and less so in the right middle lobes, irrespective of the number of doses; (iii) there are not prominent differences in the pattern of pulmonary TiO2 microdistribution between rats following single and multiple doses of TiO2 NPs. Additionally, the estimation of pulmonary TiO2 deposition for multiple-dose administrations imply that every dose of TiO2 would be randomly deposited only in part of the fixed 30-50% of lung areas. The evidence suggests that multiple-dose administrations do not offer remarkable advantages over single-dose administration on the pulmonary NP microdistribution, although multiple-dose administrations may reduce variations in the TiO2 content for each lung lobe. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Enhanced photocurrent from generated photothermal heat in indium nanoparticles embedded TiO2 film

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    Choudhuri, B.; Mondal, A.; Dhar, J. C.; Singh, N. K.; Goswami, T.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2013-06-01

    We have demonstrated the synthesis of indium (In) nanoparticle (NP) arrays on TiO2 thin film (TF) using glancing angle deposition technique. The deposited In NPs are of the order of 4-10 nm in size. Optical absorption measurements depict 2.5 times enhanced absorption for In-NPs/TiO2-TF compared to TiO2 TF. The plasmonic device shows a turn on voltage at ˜3.0 and ˜1.0 V under dark and 30 min illumination, respectively. The device current increases from 1.6 to 6.5 mA/cm2 (+5 V) with enhanced temperature for 1-30 min continuous light exposures. The plasmonic device shows eight-fold enlarged photoresponsivity (+2.3 V) compared to the TiO2 TF based device.

  13. TiO2-coated nanostructures for dye photo-degradation in water.

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    Scuderi, Viviana; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Romano, Lucia; Scuderi, Mario; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Bergum, Kristin; Irrera, Alessia; Svensson, Bengt G; Privitera, Vittorio

    2014-01-01

    The photocatalytic efficiency of a thin-film TiO2-coated nanostructured template is studied by dye degradation in water. The nanostructured template was synthesized by metal-assisted wet etching of Si and used as substrate for the deposition of a thin film of TiO2 (10 nm thick) by atomic layer deposition. A complete structural characterization was made by scanning and transmission electron microscopies. The significant photocatalytic performance was evaluated by the degradation of two dyes in water: methylene blue and methyl orange. The relevance of the reported results is discussed, opening the route toward the application of the synthesized nanostructured TiO2 for water purification.

  14. Plasmon-enhanced water splitting on TiO2-passivated GaP photocatalysts.

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    Qiu, Jing; Zeng, Guangtong; Pavaskar, Prathamesh; Li, Zhen; Cronin, Stephen B

    2014-02-21

    Integrating plasmon resonant nanostructures with photocatalytic semiconductors shows great promise for high efficiency photocatalytic water splitting. However, the electrochemical instability of most III-V semiconductors severely limits their applicability in photocatalysis. In this work, we passivate p-type GaP with a thin layer of n-type TiO2 using atomic layer deposition. The TiO2 passivation layer prevents corrosion of the GaP, as evidenced by atomic force microscopy and photoelectrochemical measurements. In addition, the TiO2 passivation layer provides an enhancement in photoconversion efficiency through the formation of a charge separating pn-region. Plasmonic Au nanoparticles deposited on top of the TiO2-passivated GaP further increases the photoconversion efficiency through local field enhancement. These two enhancement mechanisms are separated by systematically varying the thickness of the TiO2 layer. Because of the tradeoff between the quickly decaying plasmonic fields and the formation of the pn-charge separation region, an optimum performance is achieved for a TiO2 thickness of 0.5 nm. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations of the electric field profiles in this photocatalytic heterostructure corroborate these results. The effects of plasmonic enhancement are distinguished from the natural catalytic properties of Au by evaluating similar photocatalytic TiO2/GaP structures with catalytic, non-plasmonic metals (i.e., Pt) instead of Au. This general approach of passivating narrower band gap semiconductors enables a wider range of materials to be considered for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis for high efficiency water splitting.

  15. Solid-phase microextraction of phthalate esters from aqueous media by electrophoretically deposited TiO₂ nanoparticles on a stainless steel fiber.

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    Banitaba, Mohammad Hossein; Davarani, Saied Saeed Hosseiny; Pourahadi, Ahmad

    2013-03-29

    A novel SPME fiber was prepared by electrophoretic deposition of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) on a stainless steel wire. It was used in the direct immersion solid-phase microextraction (DI-SPME) of four phthalate esters from aqueous samples prior to gas chromatographic (GC) analysis. The effects of various parameters on the efficiency of the SPME process such as the mode of extraction, extraction temperature, film thickness of the SPME fiber, salt content, extraction time and stirring rate were investigated. The comparison of the fiber with another homemade poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-TiO2 (PEDOT-TiO2) nanocomposite fiber and a commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fiber showed the better extraction efficiency of the nano-TiO2 fiber for phthalate esters. Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection (LOD) for the phthalate esters varied between 0.05 and 0.12μgL(-1). The inter-day and intra-day relative standard deviations for various phthalate esters at 10μgL(-1) concentration level (n=6) using a single fiber were 6.6-7.5% and 8.3-11.1%, respectively. The fiber to fiber repeatabilities (n=4), expressed as relative standard deviation (RSD%), were between 8.9% and 10.2% at 10μgL(-1) concentration level. The linear ranges varied between 0.5 and 1000μgL(-1). The method was successfully applied to the analysis of the bottled mineral water sample with recoveries from 86 to 107%.

  16. Temperature dependent tuning of the flat band voltages of TiO2/Si interfaces

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    Nasim, F.; Ali, A.; Bhatti, A. S.; Naseem, S.

    2011-12-01

    In this work, we present study of charge accumulation at the TiO2/Si interfaces and its variation in the TiO2 thin films sputter-deposited on n-Si, p-Si, and B-implanted Si substrates at various growth temperatures. TiO2 films, deposited in an oxygen deficient environment, showed significant growth of rutile phase and absence of anatase phase in the as-grown films. Annealing in air resulted in emergence of anatase phase, thus improving the ratio of anatase to rutile phase in TiO2 films. The flatband voltages determined from capacitance-voltage measurements were observed to be high in the rutile phase TiO2 and dropped considerably on annealing, due to formation of the anatase phase. The drop in the flatband voltages on annealing was also observed to depend strongly on the initial growth temperature. Films grown at high temperatures showed relatively low flatband voltages as compared to the films grown at room temperature. It is demonstrated that VFB strongly depends on the interface traps, and oxide-related defects were two orders of magnitude smaller than interface traps. The amount of depletion of the interface charge was found to depend on annealing. In the end, we also demonstrate that interface traps and oxide defects are not the only factors affecting the band bending, but the underlying substrate also plays an important role.

  17. Mn-doped TiO2 thin films with significantly improved optical and electrical properties

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    Lu, Liu; Xia, Xiaohong; Luo, J. K.; Shao, G.

    2012-12-01

    TiO2 thin films with various Mn doping contents were fabricated by reactive magnetron sputtering deposition at 550 °C and their structural, optical and electrical properties were characterized. All films were made of densely packed columnar grains with a fibrous texture along the normal direction of the substrate. The as-deposited structure in the pure TiO2 film consisted of anatase grains with the [1 0 1] texture. Mn incorporation stabilized the rutile phase and induced lattice contraction in the [1 0 0] direction. The texture in the Mn-doped films changed from [1 1 0] to [2 0 0] with increasing Mn content. The incorporation of Mn in the TiO2 lattice introduced intermediate bands into its narrowed forbidden gap, leading to remarkable red-shifts in the optical absorption edges, together with significantly improved electrical conductivity of the thin films. Hall measurement showed that the incorporation of Mn-induced p-type conductivity, with hole mobility in heavily doped TiO2 (˜40% Mn) being about an order higher than electron mobility in single-crystal rutile TiO2. Oxygen vacancies, on the other hand, interacted with substitutional Mn atoms to reduce its effect on optical and electrical properties.

  18. Influence of Aqueous Inorganic Anions on the Reactivity of Nanoparticles in TiO2 Photocatalysis.

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    Farner Budarz, Jeffrey; Turolla, Andrea; Piasecki, Aleksander F; Bottero, Jean-Yves; Antonelli, Manuela; Wiesner, Mark R

    2017-03-21

    The influence of inorganic anions on the photoreactivity and aggregation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (NPs) was assessed by dosing carbonate, chloride, nitrate, phosphate, and sulfate as potassium salts at multiple concentrations. NP stability was monitored in terms of aggregate morphology and electrophoretic mobility (EPM). Aggregate size and fractal dimension were measured over time by laser diffraction, and the isoelectric point (IEP) as a function of anion and concentration was obtained by measuring EPM versus pH. Phosphate, carbonate, and to a lesser extent, sulfate decreased the IEP of TiO2 and stabilized NP suspensions owing to specific surface interactions, whereas this was not observed for nitrate and chloride. TiO2 NPs were exposed to UV-A radiation, and the photoreactivity was assessed by monitoring the production of reactive species over time both at the NP surface (photogenerated holes) and in the bulk solution (hydroxyl radicals) by observing their reactions with the selective probe compounds iodide and terephthalic acid, respectively. The generation of photogenerated holes and hydroxyl radicals was influenced by each inorganic anion to varying degrees. Carbonate and phosphate inhibited the oxidation of iodide, and this interaction was successfully described by a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism and related to the characteristics of TiO2 aggregates. Chloride and nitrate do not specifically interact with TiO2, and sulfate creates relatively weak interactions with the TiO2 surface such that no decrease in photogenerated hole reactivity was observed. A decrease in hydroxyl radical generation was observed for all inorganic anions. Quenching rate constants for the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with each inorganic anion do not provide a comprehensive explanation for the magnitude of this decrease, which arises from the interplay of several physicochemical phenomena. This work shows that the reactivity of NPs will be strongly influenced by the makeup of

  19. Opto-electronic properties of a TiO2/PS/mc-Si heterojunction based solar cell

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    Janene, N.; Ghrairi, N.; Allagui, A.; Alawadhi, H.; Khakani, M. A. El; Bessais, B.; Gaidi, M.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we show the results of our investigation on the photoelectric properties of heterojunction solar cells based on Au/PS/mc-Si/Al and Au/TiO2/PS/mc-Si/Al structures. Porous silicon (PS) were prepared by an electrochemical etching process with different values of current density. The surface porosity was found to increase with the increase of current density. Pulsed laser deposition was used to deposit 80 nm TiO2 thin films. Surface morphology and structural properties of TiO2/PS were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). An enhancement of the electrical properties of the TiO2/PS/mc-Si heterojunction was observed after coating with TiO2. As a consequence, the solar cell efficiencies increased from 1.4% for the uncoated PS/mc-Si structure to 5% for the TiO2 coated one. Impedance spectroscopy confirmed the passivation effect of TiO2 through the improvement of the elaborated cells' electron lifetime and the formation of a TiO2/PS/Au heterojunction with the appearance of a second semi-circle in the Nyquist plot.

  20. SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 thin films with superhydrophilicity and low-emissivity

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    Loka, Chadrasekhar; Ryeol Park, Kyoung; Lee, Kee-Sun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 multilayer structures have been designed and deposited by the RF and DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The as-deposited TiO2/glass films which are initially amorphous in nature were subjected to post annealing at 673 K for anatase phase TiO2. The anatase TiO2 films showed an optical bandgap ˜3.32 eV. The Ag(Cr)/TiO2 showed very low-emissivity (low-e) value ˜0.081 which is evaluated by using the sheet resistance (6.51 Ω/□) of the films. All the deposited films showed high visible transmittance (˜81%) and high infrared reflectance (72%) which are recorded by using the UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer. In addition, experimentally obtained optical properties were in good agreement with the simulation data. The TiO2/n-Si heterojunction concept has been employed to enhance the superhydrophilicity of the deposited multilayer stack, TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 films exhibited best superhydrophilicity with water contact angle ˜2°. The deposited multilayer structures SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 and TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 achieved significant low-e and superhydrophilicity.