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  1. A System of Systems Approach to the EU Energy System

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    Jess, Tom; Madani, Kaveh; Mahlooji, Maral; Ristic, Bora

    2016-04-01

    Around the world, measures to prevent dangerous climate change are being adopted and may change energy systems fundamentally. The European Union (EU) is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emission by 20% by 2020 and by 80-95% by 2050. In order to achieve this, EU member states aim to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 20% by 2020. This commitment comes as part of a series of other aims, principles, and policies to reform the EU's energy system. Cost-efficiency in the emissions reductions measures as well as strategic goals under the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative which would include a more prudent approach to other natural resources such as water and land. Using the "System of Systems Approach", as from Hadian and Madani (2015), energy sources' Relative Aggregate Footprints (RAF) in the EU are evaluated. RAF aggregates across four criteria: carbon footprint, water footprint, land footprint, and economic cost. The four criteria are weighted by resource availability across the EU and for each Member State. This provides an evaluation of the overall resource use efficiency of the EU's energy portfolio and gives insight into the differences in the desirability of energy sources across Member States. Broadly, nuclear, onshore wind, and geothermal are most desirable under equal criteria weights and EU average weighting introduces only small changes in the relative performance of only few technologies. The member state specific weightings show that most countries have similar energy technology preferences. However, the UK deviates most strongly from the average, with an even stronger preference for nuclear and coal. Sweden, Malta and Finland also deviate from the typical preferences indicating the complexity in play in reforming the EU energy system. Reference Hadian S, Madani K (2015) A System of Systems Approach to Energy Sustainability Assessment: Are All Renewables Really Green? Ecological Indicators, 52, 194-206.

  2. The EU sustainable energy policy indicators framework.

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    Streimikiene, Dalia; Sivickas, Gintautas

    2008-11-01

    The article deals with indicators framework to monitor implementation of the main EU (European Union) directives and other policy documents targeting sustainable energy development. The main EU directives which have impact on sustainable energy development are directives promoting energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources, directives implementing greenhouse gas mitigation and atmospheric pollution reduction policies and other policy documents and strategies targeting energy sector. Promotion of use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements are among priorities of EU energy policy because the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements has positive impact on energy security and climate change mitigation. The framework of indicators can be developed to establish the main targets set by EU energy and environmental policies allowing to connect indicators via chain of mutual impacts and to define policies and measures necessary to achieve established targets based on assessment of their impact on the targeted indicators representing sustainable energy development aims. The article discusses the application of indicators framework for EU sustainable energy policy analysis and presents the case study of this policy tool application for Baltic States. The article also discusses the use of biomass in Baltic States and future considerations in this field.

  3. Integrated solar reforming for thermochemical energy transport

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    Rozenman, T.

    1987-12-01

    This report presents a design study of two reforming processes as applied to the concept of solar thermochemical energy transport. Conceptual designs were carried out for steam-methane and CO2-methane reforming plants. A solar central receiver reformer was designed as an integrated reactor with the chemical reaction tubes placed inside the receiver cavity. The two plant designs were compared for their energy efficiency and capital cost. The CO2 reforming plant design results in higher energy efficiency but requires a catalyst which is still in an experimental stage of development. A third design was performed as a modification of the steam reforming plant utilizing a Direct Contact system, in which the process steam is generated by utilizing the heat of condensation. This system resulted in the highest energy efficiency. A comparison of the capital cost of these three plant designs shows them to be equivalent within the estimation accuracy of 25 percent.

  4. Energy transfer between Eu3+ ions in calcium diborate glasses

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    Lavín, V.; Martín, I. R.; Rodríguez-Mendoza, U. R.; Rodríguez, V. D.

    1999-11-01

    The evolution of the 5D0icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> 7F0 emission of Eu3+ ions in calcium diborate glasses has been analysed using time resolved fluorescence line narrowing measurements in order to give a complete view of the energy transfer processes between these ions. At low concentration (2.5 mol% of Eu2O3) and exciting within the high energy side of the inhomogeneous 7F0icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> 5D0 absorption band, the luminescence spectrum mainly consists of a narrow resonant peak that repeats the exciting profile, indicating that the migration processes between Eu3+ ions within the 5D0 level is not important. However, at higher concentrations (5 to 11.5 mol% of Eu2O3) the luminescence spectrum contains not only a narrow emission but also a broad band due to ions excited by energy transfer (background fluorescence), which for long times well reproduces the inhomogeneous profile. The temporal evolution of the narrow band fluorescence and the shape of the background fluorescence have been analysed using a previously proposed model. The purpose is to understand the dynamics involved in the energy transfer processes caused by the interaction between Eu3+ ions and the implications in their luminescence. A very good agreement with the experimental results is found taking into account an energy dependent quadrupole-quadrupole (S = 10) non-radiative energy transfer process assisted by a phonon from Eu3+ ions at high crystal field sites to ions at low crystal field sites. The temperature dependence of the energy transfer processes is analysed in the range from 13 to 60 K.

  5. Coexistence phenomenon of Ce(3+)-Ce(4+) and Eu(2+)-Eu(3+) in Ce/Eu co-doped LiBaB9O15 phosphor: luminescence and energy transfer.

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    Li, Ting; Li, Panlai; Wang, Zhijun; Xu, Shuchao; Bai, Qiongyu; Yang, Zhiping

    2017-02-01

    Ce/Eu-doped LiBaB9O15 (LBB) samples were prepared via conventional high temperature solid state reactions. The XRD patterns, crystal structures, luminescence properties, and decay times were investigated systematically. Ce(3+) ions exist in LBB:xCe(3+) that were synthesized in a reducing atmosphere and in an air atmosphere. However, we observed Eu(2+) ions in LBB:yEu(2+) in a reducing atmosphere and Eu(3+) ions in LBB:zEu(3+) in an air atmosphere. LBB:0.05Ce(3+),yEu(2+) phosphors synthesized in a reducing atmosphere only possess Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) and exhibit a broad excitation band ranging from 350 to 425 nm. A reduction phenomenon of Eu(3+) → Eu(2+) and coexistence of Ce(4+), Ce(3+), Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) were observed when LBB:0.05Ce,wEu phosphors were synthesized in an air atmosphere. There are three processes in LBB:0.05Ce,wEu, i.e., energy transfers from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) and from Eu(2+) to Eu(3+), and metal-metal charge transfer (MMCT) between Ce(3+) and Eu(3+). Moreover, the MMCT process is dominant in LBB:0.05Ce,wEu due to less efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+). Moreover, the CIE coordinates of LBB:0.05Ce,wEu vary systematically from light blue (0.313, 0.129) to red (0.589, 0.315) for LBB:0.05Ce(3+),wEu synthesized in air with the changes in Eu ion concentration. Thus, we can control the color by controlling the synthesis atmospheres.

  6. Ping Pong: Competing Leadership for Reform in EU Higher Education 1998-2006

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    Corbett, Anne

    2011-01-01

    How effective is EU cooperation in higher education? This article treats the issue as one of effectiveness in policy-making. What are the policy ideas which the EU wishes to feed into a policy domain where it has to operate largely through political cooperation and a modest degree of incentive funding? What outcomes are possible? The question is…

  7. Intelligence Reform in Albania: Its Relation to Democratization and Integration into the EU and NATO

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-03-01

    Integration into EU and NATO 6. AUTHOR(S) Eduart Bala 5 . FUNDING NUMBERS 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) Naval Postgraduate...50 4. The Special Telecommunications Service (STS) .............................50 5 . The Defense General Information Agency (DGIA...68 5 . Press and Civil Society.......................................................................68 6. Intelligence

  8. Reforming Mexico’s Energy Sector to Enhance Stability

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-10-27

    requirement to reform Mexico’s energy sector. Subsequent analysis demonstrates government ownership of Petroleos Mexico ( Pemex ) is the fundamental... Pemex , stability 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON Chairman... Pemex and Stability 8 Conclusions and Recommendations 13 Policy Implications 16 Bibliography

  9. Seminar on EU and energy held in Kohtu, Tallinn on June 13, 1997

    SciTech Connect

    1997-06-13

    This seminar addresses the energy policy of the European Union. The topics of the seminar include the energy strategy for Estonia; energy policy for the European Union; EU and Energy Markets; EC`s Climate Strategy; and Promotion of Energy Co-operation between Estonia and Finland.

  10. Analysis of Energy Intensive Enterprises under EU Emission Trading System in Latvia

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    Zahare, Dace; Rosa, Marika

    2011-01-01

    Climate change and global warming has become one of the main topics worldwide. The European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS) was established to limit climate change, providing regulations which encourage companies to invest in cleaner production and more energy efficient production. Latvian energy intensive enterprises are operating under the EU ETS from the year 2005. The main goal of this paper is to provide an analysis of energy intensive installations in terms of their energy efficiency. Additionally, an analysis of EU ETS phase III which will start to operate in 2013 under new, more stringent rules has been conducted by modelling three Latvian energy intensive enterprise operations under this phase and estimating the barriers to meet the goal of the EU ETS phase III.

  11. Photoluminescence and energy transfer process in Gd2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+

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    Selvalakshmi, T.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2016-05-01

    Variation in photoluminescence (PL) properties of Eu3+ and Tb3+ as a function of co-dopant (Tb3+) concentration are studied for Gd2-x-yO3: Eu3+x Tb3+y (x = 0.02, y = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05). The crystal structure analysis is carried out by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Absence of addition peaks corresponding europium or terbium phase confirms the phase purity. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) reveals the absorption peaks corresponding to host matrix, Eu3+ and Tb3+. The bandgap calculated from Kubelka - Munk function is also reported. PL spectra are recorded at the excitation wavelength of 307 nm and the emission peak corresponding to Eu3+ confirms the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+. The agglomeration of particles acts as quenching centres for energy transfer at higher concentrations.

  12. Mexico`s economic reform: Energy and the Constitution

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    Rubio, L.

    1993-12-31

    Oil is a fundamental component of nationhood in Mexico. The 1938 expropriation of oil resources concluded a process of internal political consolidation and thus became the most important symbol of nationalism. Mexico has been undergoing a process of economic reform that has altered the country`s economic structure and has subjected it to international competition. Oil in particular and energy in general have been left untouched. There is recognition that without an equal reform of the energy industry, the potential for success will be significantly limited. While the Constitution allows private investment in the industry--with the exception of the resource properties themselves--the Regulatory Law bans any private participation. Because of its political sensitivity, however, amending the law in order to reform the oil industry will necessitate a domestic initiative rather than foreign pressure. In this perspective, NAFTA served to slow and postpone the reform of the industry, rather than the opposite. Once NAFTA is well in place, the industry will have to face competition.

  13. Tunable luminescence properties and energy transfer in LaAl₁₁O₁₈:Eu,Tb phosphor.

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    Mendhe, M S; Puppalwar, S P; Dhoble, S J

    2016-05-01

    Eu(2+) and Tb(3+) singly doped and co-doped LaAl11O18 phosphors were prepared by a combustion method using urea as a fuel. The phase structure and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the prepared phosphors were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra. When the content of Eu(2+) was fixed at 0.01, the emission chromaticity coordinates could be adjusted from blue to green region by tuning the contents of Tb(3+) ions from 0.01 to 0.03 through an energy transfer (ET) process. The fluorescence data collected from the samples with different contents of Tb(3+) into LaAl11O18: Eu, show the enhanced green emission at 545 nm associated with (5)D(4)-(7)F(5) transitions of Tb(3+). The enhancement was attributed to ET from Eu(2+) to Tb(3+), and therefore Eu(2+) ion acts as a sensitizer (an energy donor) while Tb(3+) ion as an activator. The ET from Eu(2+) to Tb(3+) is performed through dipole-dipole interaction. The ET efficiency and critical distance were also calculated. The present Eu(2+)-Tb(3+) co-doped LaAl11O18 phosphor will have potential application for UV convertible white light-emitting diodes.

  14. Study of energy transfer mechanism from ZnO nanocrystals to Eu(3+) ions.

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    Mangalam, Vivek; Pita, Kantisara; Couteau, Christophe

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we investigate the efficient energy transfer occurring between ZnO nanocrystals (ZnO-nc) and europium (Eu(3+)) ions embedded in a SiO2 matrix prepared using the sol-gel technique. We show that a strong red emission was observed at 614 nm when the ZnO-nc were excited using a continuous optical excitation at 325 nm. This emission is due to the radiative (5)D0 → (7)F2 de-excitation of the Eu(3+) ions and has been conclusively shown to be due to the energy transfer from the excited ZnO-nc to the Eu(3+) ions. The photoluminescence excitation spectra are also examined in this work to confirm the energy transfer from ZnO-nc to the Eu(3+) ions. Furthermore, we study various de-excitation processes from the excited ZnO-nc and their contribution to the energy transfer to Eu(3+) ions. We also report the optimum fabrication process for maximum red emission at 614 nm from the samples where we show a strong dependence on the annealing temperature and the Eu(3+) concentration in the sample. The maximum red emission is observed with 12 mol% Eu(3+) annealed at 450 °C. This work provides a better understanding of the energy transfer mechanism from ZnO-nc to Eu(3+) ions and is important for applications in photonics, especially for light emitting devices.

  15. Energy and exergy analysis of an ethanol reforming process for solid oxide fuel cell applications.

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    Tippawan, Phanicha; Arpornwichanop, Amornchai

    2014-04-01

    The fuel processor in which hydrogen is produced from fuels is an important unit in a fuel cell system. The aim of this study is to apply a thermodynamic concept to identify a suitable reforming process for an ethanol-fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Three different reforming technologies, i.e., steam reforming, partial oxidation and autothermal reforming, are considered. The first and second laws of thermodynamics are employed to determine an energy demand and to describe how efficiently the energy is supplied to the reforming process. Effect of key operating parameters on the distribution of reforming products, such as H2, CO, CO2 and CH4, and the possibility of carbon formation in different ethanol reformings are examined as a function of steam-to-ethanol ratio, oxygen-to-ethanol ratio and temperatures at atmospheric pressure. Energy and exergy analysis are performed to identify the best ethanol reforming process for SOFC applications.

  16. Resonant energy transfer between Eu luminescent sites and their local geometry in GaN

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    Timmerman, Dolf; Wakamatsu, Ryuta; Tanaka, Kazuteru; Lee, Dong-gun; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi

    2015-10-12

    Eu-doped GaN is a solid state material with promising features for quantum manipulation. In this study, we investigate the population dynamics of Eu in ions in this system by resonant excitation. From differences in the emission related to transitions between the {sup 5}D{sub 0} and {sup 7}F{sub 2} manifold in the Eu ions, we can distinguish different luminescence sites and observe that a resonant energy transfer takes place between two of these sites which are in proximity of each other. The time constants related to this energy transfer are on the order of 100 μs. By using different substrates, the energy transfer efficiency could be strongly altered, and it is demonstrated that the coupling between ions has an out-of-plane character. Based on these results, a microscopic model of this combined center is presented.

  17. Climate for Collaboration: Analysis of US and EU Lessons and Opportunities in Energy and Climate Policy

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    De Vita, A.; de Connick, H.; McLaren, J.; Cochran, J.

    2009-11-01

    A deepening of cooperation between the United States and the European Union requires mutual trust, and understanding of current policies, challenges and successes. Through providing such understanding among policymakers, industry and other stakeholders in both economies, opportunities for transatlantic cooperation on climate change and energy policy emerge. This paper sets out by discussing the environmental, legislative, and economic contexts of the EU and US as related to climate. This context is essential to understanding how cap-and-trade, renewable energy and sustainable transportation policies have taken shape in the EU and the US, as described in Chapter 3.1. For each of these policies, a barrier analysis and discussion is provided. Chapter 4 builds off this improved understanding to listobservations and possible lessons learned. The paper concludes with recommendations on topics where EU and US interests align, and where further cooperation could prove beneficial.

  18. Does EU's energy dependence on Russia increase price volatility for consumers?

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    Yekeler, Zeynep

    Europe's dependence on natural gas imports from Russia has raised questions about energy risk and the vulnerability of the European countries, especially after the supply cuts in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012. The implementation of the Third Energy Package to finally unify European energy markets by linking the states located on the periphery to the well connected gas hubs in Northern Europe has been slow due to a lack of political will across Europe. This has enabled Russian Gazprom to retain its position as a major player in European markets and hinder any European effort to diversify the energy portfolio of the region. Using residential natural gas and electricity price data from 2000 through 2014, this paper analyzes the impact of EU's import reliance on natural gas from Russia and the supply disruptions on the volatility of natural gas and electricity prices through a fixed effects regression model. Results indicate that while the size of Russian natural gas imports does not significantly affect natural gas and electricity price volatility in EU countries, security supply measures such as natural gas stocks matter, especially for Southeast European countries that consistently pay more according to the results. The paper concludes by discussing the importance of formulating policies that not only aim to reduce overall EU dependence but minimize Southeastern Europe's vulnerabilities. Policy suggestions include increasing cross-border interconnectors and storage capacity as well as increasing LNG import capacity by building regasification terminals in periphery countries like Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia.

  19. Synthesis, energy transfer and tunable emission properties of SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor

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    Cao, Renping; Fu, Ting; Peng, Dedong; Cao, Chunyan; Ruan, Wen; Yu, Xiaoguang

    2016-12-01

    Host SrSb2O6, SrSb2O6:Bi3 +, SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, and SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphors are synthesized by solid state reaction method in air. Host SrSb2O6 with excitation 254 nm shows weak green-yellow emission in the range of 320-780 nm due to Sb5 + → O2- transition. SrSb2O6:Bi3 + phosphor with excitation 365 nm emits green light within the range 400-650 nm owing to the 3P1 → 1S0 transition of Bi3 + ion. SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor with excitation 254 nm exhibits a systematically varied hue from green to orange-red light by increasing Eu3 + concentration from 0 to 7 mol%, and that with excitation 394 nm only shows orange-red light. The optimal Eu3 + concentration is ~ 4 mol% in SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor. SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor with excitation 254 and 394 nm emits orange-red light. Emission intensity of SrSb2O6:Eu3 + phosphor may be enhanced > 2 times by co-doping Bi3 + ion because of the fluxing agent and energy transfer roles of Bi3 + ion in SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor. The luminous mechanism of SrSb2O6:Eu3 +, Bi3 + phosphor is analyzed and explained by the simplified energy level diagrams of Sb2O62 - group, Bi3 + and Eu3 + ions, and energy transfer processes between them.

  20. Synthesis, energy transfer and tunable emission properties of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor.

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    Cao, Renping; Fu, Ting; Peng, Dedong; Cao, Chunyan; Ruan, Wen; Yu, Xiaoguang

    2016-12-05

    Host SrSb2O6, SrSb2O6:Bi(3+), SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), and SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphors are synthesized by solid state reaction method in air. Host SrSb2O6 with excitation 254nm shows weak green-yellow emission in the range of 320-780nm due to Sb(5+)→O(2-) transition. SrSb2O6:Bi(3+) phosphor with excitation 365nm emits green light within the range 400-650nm owing to the (3)P1→(1)S0 transition of Bi(3+) ion. SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor with excitation 254nm exhibits a systematically varied hue from green to orange-red light by increasing Eu(3+) concentration from 0 to 7mol%, and that with excitation 394nm only shows orange-red light. The optimal Eu(3+) concentration is ~4mol% in SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor. SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor with excitation 254 and 394nm emits orange-red light. Emission intensity of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+) phosphor may be enhanced >2 times by co-doping Bi(3+) ion because of the fluxing agent and energy transfer roles of Bi(3+) ion in SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor. The luminous mechanism of SrSb2O6:Eu(3+), Bi(3+) phosphor is analyzed and explained by the simplified energy level diagrams of Sb2O6(2-) group, Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) ions, and energy transfer processes between them.

  1. Enhanced Pr3+ photoluminescence by energy transfer in SrF2 : Eu2+, Pr3+ phosphor

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    Yagoub, M. Y. A.; Swart, H. C.; Bergman, P.; Coetsee, E.

    2016-02-01

    Efficient energy transfer was demonstrated in the SrF2 : Eu2+, Pr3+ phosphor synthesized by the co-precipitation method. Results obtained with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and decay curves proposed the UV-Vis energy transfer process. The energy transfer process between the Eu2+ and Pr3+ ions in SrF2 was investigated to evaluate the potential of the Eu2+ ion as a sensitizer for the Pr3+ ion. The results proposed that Eu2+ could be a good sensitizer for absorbing the UV photons and efficiently enhancing the Pr3+ emission intensity. The energy transfer process was effective until concentration quenching for the Pr3+ ions occurred. The concentration quenching was attributed to cross-relaxation between the Pr3+ ions.

  2. Roadmap of retail electricity market reform in China: assisting in mitigating wind energy curtailment

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    Yu, Dezhao; Qiu, Huadong; Yuan, Xiang; Li, Yuan; Shao, Changzheng; Lin, You; Ding, Yi

    2017-01-01

    Among the renewable energies, wind energy has gained the rapidest development in China. Moreover wind power generation has been penetrated into power system in a large scale. However, the high level wind curtailment also indicates a low efficiency of wind energy utilization over the last decade in China. One of the primary constraints on the utilization of wind energy is the lack of an electricity market, in which renewable energies can compete equally with traditional fossil fuel generation. Thus the new round electric power industry reform is essential in China. The reform involves implementing new pricing mechanism, introducing retail-side competition, promoting the consumption of renewable energy. The new round reform can be a promising solution for promoting the development and consumption of wind energy generation in China. Based on proposed reform policies of electric power industry, this paper suggests a roadmap for retail electricity market reform of China, which consists of three stages. Barriers to the efficient utilization of wind energy are also analysed. Finally, this paper introduces several efficient measures for mitigating wind curtailment in each stage of reform.

  3. Learning Organizations and Policy Transfer in the EU: Greece's State Scholarships Foundation in a Reform-Resistant Context

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    Lavdas, Kostas A.; Papadakis, Nikos E.; Rigopoulou, Yiota G.

    2012-01-01

    In the context of policy change in the EU, lifelong-learning has acquired a growing significance due to its promise to foster both professional development and personal fulfillment and thus contribute to the enhancement of social inclusion, active citizenship, competitiveness, and employability. The need for developing a smart and sustainable…

  4. High energy sideband on the magnetic polaron related luminescence in EuTe

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    Heredia, E.; Motisuke, P.; de Oliveira Rappl, P. H.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Iikawa, F.

    2012-08-01

    We investigated the near band gap luminescence of EuTe thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy, using excitation intensities up to 2 × 105 W/cm2. Besides the previously reported high energy emissions MX1 and MX2, we observed an additional emission band at higher energies. This higher-energy band is only detected when high excitation intensities, over 2 kW/cm2, are used. With increasing externally applied magnetic field, this additional emission band shifts to lower energies at a rate even higher than the MX1. The two bands, however, have different temperature dependences and decay times, suggesting that distinct electronic states are involved in their emission.

  5. BaGdF5:Dy(3+),Tb(3+),Eu(3+) multifunctional nanospheres: paramagnetic, luminescence, energy transfer, and tunable color.

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    Guan, Hongxia; Song, Yanhua; Zheng, Keyan; Sheng, Ye; Zou, Haifeng

    2016-05-18

    A series of Dy(3+),Tb(3+) and Eu(3+) singly, doubly or triply doped BaGdF5 phosphors were synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal method with l-arginine, and their energy transfer, migrations and multicolored luminescence properties were investigated in detail. The as-prepared Dy(3+),Tb(3+) or Eu(3+) doped samples showed strong blue, green and red emission, respectively. Different hues of green and red light were obtained by co-doped Dy(3+),Tb(3+) and Tb(3+),Eu(3+) in the BaGdF5 host, respectively. More significantly, in the Dy(3+),Tb(3+),Eu(3+) tri-doped BaGdF5 phosphors, colors changed from yellow green to orange red by adjusting the doping concentration of Eu(3+). Energy migrations from Dy(3+) to Tb(3+) and from Tb(3+) to Eu(3+) are reported in detail. Furthermore, the obtained samples exhibit paramagnetic properties at room temperature and low temperature. It is obvious that these Dy(3+), Tb(3+), Eu(3+) singly or doubly or triply doped BaGdF5 nanomaterials with tunable multicolored luminescence properties may have potential applications in the fields of full-color displays, biological labels and bio-separation.

  6. Energy from waste in Europe: an analysis and comparison of the EU 27.

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    Sommer, Manuel; Ragossnig, Arne

    2011-10-01

    This article focuses on analysing the development of waste-generated energy in the countries of the European Union (EU 27). Besides elaborating the relevant legal and political framework in the waste and energy sector as well as climate protection, the results from correlation analyses based on the databases of the energy statistics from Eurostat are discussed. The share of energy from waste is correlated with macro-economic, waste- and energy-sector-related data, which have been defined as potentially relevant for energy recovery from waste in the countries of the European Union. The results show that a single factor influencing the extent of waste-generated energy could not be isolated as it is being influenced not only by the state of economic development and the state of development of waste management systems in the respective countries but also by energy-sector-related factors and the individual priority settings in those countries. Nevertheless the main driving force for an increase in the utilization of waste for energy generation can be seen in the legal and political framework of the European Union leading to the consequence that market conditions influence the realization of waste management infrastructure for waste-generated energy.

  7. Energy levels and lifetimes of Nd IV, Pm IV, Sm IV, and Eu IV

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    Dzuba, V. A.; Safronova, U. I.; Johnson, W. R.

    2003-09-01

    To address the shortage of experimental data for electron spectra of triply ionized rare-earth elements we have calculated energy levels and lifetimes of 4f{sup n+1} and 4f{sup n}5d configurations of Nd IV (n=2), Pm IV (n=3), Sm IV (n=4), and Eu IV (n=5) using Hartree-Fock and configuration-interaction methods. To control the accuracy of our calculations we also performed similar calculations for Pr III, Nd III, and Sm III, for which experimental data are available. The results are important, in particular, for physics of magnetic garnets.

  8. The reform of energy subsidies for the enhancement of marine sustainability: An empirical analysis of energy subsidies worldwide and an in-depth case study of South Korea's energy subsidy policies

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    Shim, Jae Hyun

    This dissertation seeks to raise awareness about harmful effects of fossil fuel and nuclear energy subsidies that have blocked transition from conventional energy to a decarbonized, renewable energy system. Today, humans face daunting challenges in the form of global warming, which results mainly from the burning of fossil fuels. To avoid catastrophe, the transition to a renewable energy regime should be an urgent priority; however, the reality is that the progress of renewable energy is very slow due to the various political and economic factors when compared to conventional energy resources. A chief factor is that the energy subsidy for fossil fuel and nuclear energy obstructs the "level playing field" for renewable energy. Energy subsidies for conventional energy can be understood in the context of the commodification paradigm, which regards nature as an object of conquest and supports the principle of more is better. Although fossil fuel energy damages the environment, economy, and social equity, all countries subsidize such energy, no matter the country's state of development. This holds true as much in the U.S. and the EU as in China, India and South Korea. The oceans, which cover 71% of the earth, are threatened by the activities of conventional energy, which are underpinned by subsidies. These subsidies have contributed to the destruction of the marine ecosystem through increased GHG emissions like CO2 and NOx which cause a sea temperature increase and coral bleaching. Subsidies also significantly affect fishery overexploitation, oil pollution, and thermal pollution. In-depth empirical analysis of South Korea showed how fossil fuel and nuclear energy activities have threatened marine sustainability through thermal pollution, algae bloom (red tides), overexploitation, and oil-related marine pollution. Reforming subsidies of fossil fuel and nuclear energy should be a global priority because of imminent of global warming. As strategies for energy subsidy

  9. Current EU-27 technical potential of organic waste streams for biogas and energy production.

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    Lorenz, Helge; Fischer, Peter; Schumacher, Britt; Adler, Philipp

    2013-11-01

    Anaerobic digestion of organic waste generated by households, businesses, agriculture, and industry is an important approach as method of waste treatment - especially with regard to its potential as an alternative energy source and its cost-effectiveness. Separate collection of biowaste from households or vegetal waste from public green spaces is already established in some EU-27 countries. The material recovery in composting plants is common for biowaste and vegetal waste. Brewery waste fractions generated by beer production are often used for animal feeding after a suitable preparation. Waste streams from paper industry generated by pulp and paper production such as black liquor or paper sludge are often highly contaminated with toxic substances. Recovery of chemicals and the use in thermal processes like incineration, pyrolysis, and gasification are typical utilization paths. The current utilization of organic waste from households and institutions (without agricultural waste) was investigated for EU-27 countries with Germany as an in-depth example. Besides of biowaste little is known about the suitability of waste streams from brewery and paper industry for anaerobic digestion. Therefore, an evaluation of the most important biogas process parameters for different substrates was carried out, in order to calculate the biogas utilization potential of these waste quantities. Furthermore, a calculation of biogas energy potentials was carried out for defined waste fractions which are most suitable for anaerobic digestion. Up to 1% of the primary energy demand can be covered by the calculated total biogas energy potential. By using a "best-practice-scenario" for separately collected biowaste, the coverage of primary energy demand may be increased above 2% for several countries. By using sector-specific waste streams, for example the German paper industry could cover up to 4.7% and the German brewery industry up to 71.2% of its total energy demand.

  10. Energy Bands and Thermoelectricity of Filled Skutterudite EuRu4As_{12}

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    Shankar, A.; Rai, D. P.; Sandeep; Khenata, R.; Thapa, R. K.; Mandal, P. K.

    2016-11-01

    Density functional theory-based calculations of the elastic and electronic properties with magnetic moments of the filled skutterudite EuRu4As_{12} have been performed in its ferromagnetic ground state. The full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method has been used for the study presented here. The numerical values of the elastic parameters are estimated within the framework of the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximations. The energy band structure calculation performed near the Fermi energy level shows the metallic nature of the material with a high value of Seebeck coefficient ( S). The presence of an exchange splitting of Eu-4 f states suggests their appreciable contribution toward the magnetic behavior. The analysis of the thermal transport properties confirms the result obtained from the electronic structure calculation with Seebeck coefficient of 118 μ{V/K} and the figure of merit ( ZT) value of 0.51, at room temperature. The estimated values of S and ZT indicate the possibility of the thermoelectric applications of the sample material.

  11. Luminescence and energy transfer mechanism in Eu3+/Tb3+-co-doped ZrO2 nanocrystal rods

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    Ahemen, I.; Dejene, F. B.

    2017-01-01

    Nanocrystal rods of Eu3+/Tb3+-co-doped ZrO2 were synthesized using a simple chemical precipitation technique. Both ions were successfully doped into the Zr4+ ion site in a mixed structure containing both monoclinic and tetragonal phases. The Eu3+ or Tb3+ singly doped zirconia produced red and green luminescence which are characteristics of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions, respectively. The co-doped zirconia samples produced blue emission from defect states transitions in the host ZrO2, red and green luminescence from dopant ions giving cool to warm white light emissions. The phosphors were efficiently excited by ultraviolet and near-ultraviolet/blue radiations giving white and red light, respectively. The decay lifetime was found to increase with increasing donor ion concentration contrary to conventional observations reported by previous researchers. Weak quadrupole-quatdrupole multipolar process was responsible for energy transfer from Tb3+ (donor) ion to Eu3+ ion. No energy back-transfer from Eu3+ to Tb3+ ion was observed from the excitation spectra. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence shows the presence of defects at low temperature, but these defects vanished at room temperature and beyond. The Eu3+/Tb3+-co-doped ZrO2 nanocrystal rod is a potential phosphor for white light application using UV as an excitation source. Thermoluminescence measurements show that the inclusion of Tb3+ ion increases trap depths in the host zirconia.

  12. Host absorption sensitizing and energy transfer to Eu³⁺ by Gd³⁺ in Ba₆Gd{sub 2–x}Na₂Eu{sub x}(PO₄)₆F₂

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    Xie, Mubiao; Liang, Hongbin; Huang, Yan; Gao, Zhenhua; Tao, Ye

    2013-05-01

    Eu³⁺ activated fluoro-apatite phosphors Ba₆Gd{sub 2–x}Na₂Eu{sub x}(PO₄)₆F₂ were synthesized using the traditional high temperature solid state reaction method, and their VUV–vis spectroscopic properties of Eu³⁺ were studied. The results show that phosphor Ba₆Gd₁.₉₀Na₂Eu₀.₁₀(PO₄)₆F₂ has intense absorption in the VUV range because of Gd³⁺ ions as sensitizers. The energy transfer process from Gd³⁺ to Eu³⁺ in Ba₆Gd{sub 2-x}Na₂Eu{sub x}(PO₄)₆F₂ were investigated and discussed in terms of luminescence spectra and decay curves, showing that the energy transfer of Gd³⁺→Eu³⁺ is efficient. - Graphical abstract: The Gd³⁺ ions can enhance the host-related absorption in VUV range. The energy transfer from Gd³⁺ to Eu³⁺ ions is efficient. Highlights: • The Gd³⁺ ions play an important role in enhancing the host-related absorption in VUV range. • The charge-transfer energy of Eu³⁺ decreases from Ca²⁺ to Sr²⁺ and Ba²⁺ in M₆Gd₁.₉₀Na₂Eu₀.₁₀(PO₄)₆F₂ (M=Ca, Sr, Ba). • There is efficient energy transfer from Gd³⁺ to Eu³⁺ in Ba₆Gd{sub 2–x}Na₂Eu{sub x}(PO₄)₆F₂.

  13. Color-tunable electroluminescence from Eu-doped TiO(2)/p(+)-Si heterostructured devices: engineering of energy transfer.

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    Zhu, Chen; Lv, Chunyan; Wang, Canxing; Sha, Yiping; Li, Dongsheng; Ma, Xiangyang; Yang, Deren

    2015-02-09

    We report on color-tunable electroluminescence (EL) from TiO(2):Eu/p(+)-Si heterostructured devices using different TiO(2):Eu films in terms of Eu content and annealing temperature. It is found that the Eu-related emissions are activated by the energy transferred from TiO(2) host via oxygen vacancies, at the price of weakened oxygen-vacancy-related emissions. Both the higher Eu content and the higher annealing temperature for TiO(2):Eu films facilitate the aforementioned energy transfer. In this context, the dominant EL from the TiO(2):Eu/p(+)-Si heterostructured devices can be transformed from oxygen-vacancy-related emissions into Eu-related emissions with increasing Eu-content and annealing temperature for TiO(2):Eu films, exhibiting different colors of emanated light. We believe that this work sheds light on developing silicon-based red emitters using the Eu-doped oxide semiconductor films.

  14. EVA thin film with thermo- and moisture-stable luminescent copolymer beads composed of Eu(III) complexes for improvement of energy conversion efficiency on silicon solar cell

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    Kataoka, Hisataka; Omagari, Shun; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2015-04-01

    Luminescent beads composed of Eu(hfa)3(TPPO)2 (hfa: hexafluoroacetylacetonate, TPPO: triphenylphosphine oxide) in PMMA copolymer (polymethylmethacrylate- styrene and polymethylmethacrylate-trifluoromethylmethacrylate copolymers), PMMA-St-Eu and PMMA-TF-Eu have been reported for improvement of energy conversion efficiency on silicon solar cell. The PMMA-St-Eu and PMMA-TF-Eu beads are prepared using radical initiator AIBN (2,2-azobisisobutyronitrile) without BPO (Benzoyl peroxide) which promotes decomposition of Eu(hfa)3(TPPO)2. The emission properties of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) film with PMMA-St-Eu or PMMA-TF-Eu beads are characterized by the emission spectra and lifetimes. Thermo- and moisture-stabilities of the EVA films are performed under high temperature and high moisture condition (85°C85%RH). Increase percentage the solar cell short circuit current efficiency in the solar cell modulation using with EVA film containing PMMA-St-Eu beads with size in 70 μm was estimated to 1.2%. Thermo- and moisture-stable PMMA-St-Eu and PMMA-TF-Eu beads for solar sealing film are demonstrated for the first time.

  15. Energy Reform for West Africa in Climate Change Crisis Era

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    Nwokocha, C.; Kasei, R.

    2009-04-01

    UNFCCC reports indicate that those who are least responsible for climate change are also the most vulnerable to its projected impacts. In no place is this more evident than in Sub-Saharan Africa, where greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are negligible from a global scale. In Africa, energy demands could be the major factor that may lead to the increase of its emissions in the very near future. Forests are being lost for domestic energy, Oil produced energy increases carbon foot prints and Hydropower is unreliable due to uncertainties in rainfall patterns. By 2004, the energy consumption mix of West Africa was dominated by oil (58%) followed by natural gas (38%) and hydroelectric (8%) with coal and other energy forms not part of the mix. (Energy Information Administration, 2007). Rainfall and Global radiation using the Armstrong method was analyzed for sites in Nigeria and Ghana. A cost-benefit of the energy productions is presented.

  16. Photophysical and energy transfer processes in Ce3+ co-doped ZrO2: Eu3+ nanorods

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    Ahemen, I.; Dejene, F. B.

    2017-02-01

    Cerium (III) ion co-doped ZrO2: Eu3+ nanorods at varying Ce3+ ion concentrations were synthesized by a simple chemical dehydration route. Their structural, morphological and optical properties were investigated. Structural studies revealed a tetragonal phase with CeO2 phase grafted onto its surface. Field emission scanning electron microscopy images show nanorods of different dimensions. Diffraction peaks shifted towards smaller angles indicating the incorporation of the rare earth ions. Both Ce3+ (donor) and Eu3+ (activator) emission peaks were obtained when the samples were excited via the Ce3+ excitation band indicating energy transfer from the donor to activator. The process of energy transfer is both multipolar and exchange interactions. However, no significant enhancement of the activator's emission intensity, because concentration quenching process dominated the energy transfer process. The internal quantum efficiency, though low (20-25%), increased with increasing Ce3+ concentration.

  17. Geant4 simulation of the CERN-EU high-energy reference field (CERF) facility.

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    Prokopovich, D A; Reinhard, M I; Cornelius, I M; Rosenfeld, A B

    2010-09-01

    The CERN-EU high-energy reference field facility is used for testing and calibrating both active and passive radiation dosemeters for radiation protection applications in space and aviation. Through a combination of a primary particle beam, target and a suitable designed shielding configuration, the facility is able to reproduce the neutron component of the high altitude radiation field relevant to the jet aviation industry. Simulations of the facility using the GEANT4 (GEometry ANd Tracking) toolkit provide an improved understanding of the neutron particle fluence as well as the particle fluence of other radiation components present. The secondary particle fluence as a function of the primary particle fluence incident on the target and the associated dose equivalent rates were determined at the 20 designated irradiation positions available at the facility. Comparisons of the simulated results with previously published simulations obtained using the FLUKA Monte Carlo code, as well as with experimental results of the neutron fluence obtained with a Bonner sphere spectrometer, are made.

  18. Downshifting by energy transfer in Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped Ba4La6(SiO4)6O glass ceramics

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    Zhang, W. J.; Li, X. B.; Wu, L. J.; Yu, Y. Y.; Wang, X. Z.; Liu, S. Q.; Wang, Z.; Wang, W. C.; Liu, Y.

    2017-03-01

    We report on an efficient near-infrared downshifting in Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped glass ceramics containing Ba4La6(SiO4)6O crystals. The structural and luminescence properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), static and dynamic photoemission and excitation spectroscopy. After crystallization, the doping ions are found to be selectively incorporated into the precipitated oxyapatite crystals on La3+ sites, contributing to the remarkably enhanced visible emission of Eu3+ under 394 nm excitation. The Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped glass ceramics additionally exhibits efficient near-infrared luminescence of Yb3+ around 1000 nm upon photon excitation of Eu3+ within the 300-550 nm range. The reduced visible emission and decay time of 5D0 state with Yb3+ codoping further confirm the energy transfer from Eu3+ to Yb3+, which is promoted due to the shortened distance between Eu3+ and Yb3+ within crystals. The maximum energy transfer efficiency is evaluated to be 61%. It is revealed that energy transfer process occurs predominantly through the cross relaxation of Eu3+(5D0) + Yb3+(2F7/2) → Eu3+(7F6) + Yb3+(7F5/2).

  19. Energy transfer in Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu2+ phosphors in nano scale and their application to solid state lighting with excellent color rendering.

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    Kwon, Ki Hyuk; Im, Won Bin; Jeon, Duk Young

    2013-06-01

    On the basis of structural information of its host material which shows excellent stability and absorption efficiency in ultra-violet (UV) region, a blue-emitting Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu2+ (SMS:Eu2+) phosphor was synthesized, and its photoluminescence (PL) performance was systematically optimized. In order to enhance its PL properties, Ce3+ was added as a sensitizer based on the energy transfer from the absorption energy of Ce3+ to Eu2+. It was due to the spectral overlap between the photoluminescence excitation spectrum of Ce3+ and the PL spectrum of Eu2+. Moreover, the energy transfer rate from Ce3+ to Eu2+ is generally faster than the emission rate of Ce3+ in the dipole-dipole interaction. Depending upon the amount of Ca2+ substituted into Sr site, their maximum wavelength was varied from -460 to -540 nm in terms of the crystal field effect confirmed by the structural analysis via Rietveld refinement method. Finally, the optimized blue-emitting SMS:Eu2+ and Ca(2+)-substituted yellowish green-emitting SMS:Eu2+ phosphors were applied with Eu(2+)-sensitized red-emitting Ca3Mg3(PO4)4:Mn2+ phosphor introduced in our previous research to UV light emitting diode (LED)-pumped white LEDs. The fabricated white LEDs showed a natural white light with the color coordinate of (0.3298, 0.3280) and the excellent color rendering index of 94.

  20. Developing an energy efficient steam reforming process to produce hydrogen from sulfur-containing fuels

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    Simson, Amanda

    Hydrogen powered fuel cells have the potential to produce electricity with higher efficiency and lower emissions than conventional combustion technology. In order to realize the benefits of a hydrogen fuel cell an efficient method to produce hydrogen is needed. Currently, over 90% of hydrogen is produced from the steam reforming of natural gas. However, for many applications including fuel cell vehicles, the use of a liquid fuel rather than natural gas is desirable. This work investigates the feasibility of producing hydrogen efficiently by steam reforming E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline), a commercially available sulfur-containing transportation fuel. A Rh-Pt/SiO2-ZrO2 catalyst has demonstrated good activity for the E85 steam reforming reaction. An industrial steam reforming process is often run less efficiently, with more water and at higher temperatures, in order to prevent catalyst deactivation. Therefore, it is desirable to develop a process that can operate without catalyst deactivation at more energy efficient conditions. In this study, the steam reforming of a sulfur-containing fuel (E85) was studied at near stoichiometric steam/carbon ratios and at 650C, conditions at which catalyst deactivation is normally measured. At these conditions the catalyst was found to be stable steam reforming a sulfur-free E85. However, the addition of low concentrations of sulfur significantly deactivated the catalyst. The presence of sulfur in the fuel caused catalyst deactivation by promoting ethylene which generates surface carbon species (coke) that mask catalytic sites. The amount of coke increased during time on stream and became increasingly graphitic. However, the deactivation due to both sulfur adsorption and coke formation was reversible with air treatment at 650°C. However, regenerations were found to reduce the catalyst life. Air regenerations produce exotherms on the catalyst surface that cause structural changes to the catalyst. During regenerations the

  1. IPTS/ESTO Studies on Reforms of Agriculture, Education and Social Systems within the Context of Enlargement and Demographic Change in the EU. Final Report.

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    2002

    This document summarizes a comparative analysis of the interconnections between technological and socioeconomic developments in agriculture and rural development, human capital formation, and social systems in the 13 candidate countries (CCs) for admission into the European Union (EU) and in the 15 countries of the EU. Specific topics considered…

  2. Novel red-emitting Ba2Tb(BO3)2Cl:Eu phosphor with efficient energy transfer for potential application in white light-emitting diodes.

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Zhuang, Jiaqing; Liao, Libing

    2012-07-02

    A novel red-emitting Ba(2)Tb(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu phosphor possessing a broad excitation band in the near-ultraviolet (n-UV) region was synthesized by the solid-state reaction. Versatile Ba(2)Tb(BO(3))(2)Cl compound has a rigid open framework, which can offer two types of sites for various valence's cations to occupy, and the coexistence of Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) and the red-emitting luminescence from Eu(3+) with the aid of efficient energy transfer of Eu(2+)-Eu(3+)(Tb(3+)) and Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) have been investigated. Ba(2)Tb(BO(3))(2)Cl emits green emission with the main peak around 543 nm, which originates from (5)D(4) → (7)F(5) transition of Tb(3+). Ba(2)Tb(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu shows bright red emission from Eu(3+) with peaks around 594, 612, and 624 nm under n-UV excitation (350-420 nm). The existence of Eu(2+) can be testified by the broad-band excitation spectrum, UV-vis reflectance spectrum, X-ray photoelectron spectrum, and Eu L(3)-edge X-ray absorption spectrum. Decay time and time-resolved luminescence measurements indicated that the interesting luminescence behavior should be ascribed to efficient energy transfer of Eu(2+)-Eu(3+)(Tb(3+)) and Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) in Ba(2)Tb(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu phosphors.

  3. Intramolecular energy transfer and co-luminescence effect in rare earth ions (La, Y, Gd and Tb) doped with Eu3+ beta-diketone complexes.

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    Li, Ying; Zhao, Yongliang

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, Eu3+ beta-diketone Complexes with the two ligands 1-(2-naphthoyl)-3, 3, 3-trifluoroacetonate (TFNB) and 2'2-bipyridine (bpy) have been synthesized. Furthermore, we reported a systematical study of the co-fluorescence effect of Eu(TFNB)3bpy doped with inert rare earth ions (La3+, Gd3+ and Y3+) and luminescence ion Tb3+. The co-luminescence effect can be found by studying the luminescence spectra of the doped complexes, which means that the existence of the other rare earth ions (La3+, Y3+, Gd3+ and Tb3+) can enhance the luminescence intensity of the central Eu3+, which may be due to the intramolecular energy transfer between rare earth ions and Eu3+. The efficient intramolecular energy transfer in all the complexes mainly occurs between the ligand TFNB and the central Eu3+. Full characterization and detail studies of luminescence properties of all these synthesized materials were investigated in relation to co-fluorescence effect between the central Eu3+ and other inert ions. Further investigation into the luminescence properties of all the complexes show that the characteristic luminescence of the corresponding Eu3+ through the intramolecular energy transfers from the ligand to the central Eu3+. Meantime, the differences in luminescence intensity of the 5D0-->7F2 transition, in the 5D0 lifetimes and in the 5D0 luminescence quantum efficiency among all the synthesized materials confirm that the doped complex Eu(0.5)Tb(0.5)(TFNB)3bpy exhibits higher 5D0 luminescence quantum efficiency and longer lifetime than the pure Eu(TFNB)3bpy complex and other materials.

  4. A novel greenish yellow-orange red Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+),Eu(3+) phosphor with efficient energy transfer for UV-LEDs.

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    Li, Kai; Lian, Hongzhou; Shang, Mengmeng; Lin, Jun

    2015-12-21

    A series of novel color-tunable Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+),Eu(3+) phosphors were prepared for the first time via the high-temperature solid-state reaction route. The effect of Bi(3+) concentration on the emission intensity of Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+) was investigated. The emission spectra of the Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+),Eu(3+) phosphors present both a greenish yellow band of Bi(3+) emission centered at 523 nm, and many characteristic emission lines of Eu(3+), derived from the allowed (3)P1-(1)S0 transition of the Bi(3+) ion and the (5)D0-(7)FJ transition of the Eu(3+) ion, respectively. The energy transfer phenomenon from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+) ions is observed under UV excitation in Bi(3+), Eu(3+) co-doped Ba3Y4O9 phosphors, and their transfer mechanism is demonstrated to be a resonant type via dipole-quadrupole interaction. The critical distance between Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) for the energy transfer effect was calculated via the concentration quenching and spectral overlap methods. Results show that color tuning from greenish yellow to orange red can be realized by adjusting the mole ratio of Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) concentrations based on the principle of energy transfer. Moreover, temperature-dependent PL properties, CIE chromaticity coordinates and quantum yields of Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+),Eu(3+) phosphors were also supplied. It is illustrated that the as-prepared Ba3Y4O9:Bi(3+),Eu(3+) phosphors can be potential candidates for color-tunable phosphors applied in UV-pumped LEDs.

  5. Methodology and estimation of the welfare impact of energy reforms on households in Azerbaijan

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    Klytchnikova, Irina

    This dissertation develops a new approach that enables policy-makers to analyze welfare gains from improvements in the quality of infrastructure services in developing countries where data are limited and supply is subject to interruptions. An application of the proposed model in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan demonstrates how this approach can be used in welfare assessment of energy sector reforms. The planned reforms in Azerbaijan include a set of measures that will result in a significant improvement in supply reliability, accompanied by a significant increase in the prices of energy services so that they reach the cost recovery level. Currently, households in rural areas receive electricity and gas for only a few hours a day because of a severe deterioration of the energy infrastructure following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The reforms that have recently been initiated will have far-reaching poverty and distributional consequences for the country as they result in an improvement in supply reliability and an increase in energy prices. The new model of intermittent supply developed in this dissertation is based on the household production function approach and draws on previous research in the energy reliability literature. Since modern energy sources (network gas and electricity) in Azerbaijan are cleaner and cheaper than the traditional fuels (fuel wood, etc.), households choose modern fuels whenever they are available. During outages, they rely on traditional fuels. Theoretical welfare measures are derived from a system of fuel demands that takes into account the intermittent availability of energy sources. The model is estimated with the data from the Azerbaijan Household Energy Survey, implemented by the World Bank in December 2003/January 2004. This survey includes an innovative contingent behavior module in which the respondents were asked about their energy consumption patterns in specified reform scenarios. Estimation results strongly

  6. Energy transfer between Eu-Mn and photoluminescence properties of Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ solid solution

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    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Yuhua; Liu, Bitao; Li, Feng

    2010-08-01

    In order to evaluate the energy transfer between Eu-Mn in Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17 solid solution, Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ phosphors were prepared by flux method. The crystal structure and the morphology of the solid solution were demonstrated by x-ray dirrfactometer and scanning electron microscopy. The photoluminescence mechanisms were explained by the energy transfer of Eu2+ to Mn2+ and the Dexter theory. A redshift of green emission peak and a decrease in decay time with the increase in Mn2+ concentration were observed. These phenomena are attributed to the formation of Mn2+ paired centers after analysis by a method of Pade approximations.

  7. Luminescent properties and energy transfer studies of color-tunable LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Zhang, Xinguo; Fu, Xionghui; Song, Jiahui; Gong, Menglian

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • A series of color-tunable LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized. • Phosphors exhibit strong blue/green/red emission under UV excitation. • The reason of high Tb{sup 3+} content required for Ce{sup 3+} → Tb{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 3+} energy transfer is unveiled. • Green and red LED prototypes were fabricated and characterized. - Abstract: A series of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized via solid state reaction. The Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+} co-doped and Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} tri-doped phosphors absorb near UV light through 4f-5d transitions of Ce{sup 3+}, followed by sensitized Tb{sup 3+} green and Eu{sup 3+} red emission. Decay curves investigations for samples with various Tb{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} contents reveal the occurrence of Ce{sup 3+} → Tb{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 3+} energy transfer. It is found that due to relative low Tb{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 3+} energy transfer rate, a high Tb{sup 3+} content (>40%) is required for efficient Ce{sup 3+} → Tb{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 3+} energy transfer. Emission color of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} varies from blue through green to red with Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} ratio. The quantum efficiency of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} green phosphor and LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} red phosphor is 50% and 30%, respectively. Green and red LED prototypes were fabricated. The results show that the obtained phosphors are potential candidates as down-converted phosphors for NUV LEDs.

  8. UV-Vis-NIR luminescence properties and energy transfer mechanism of LiSrPO4:Eu2+, Pr3+ suitable for solar spectral convertor.

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    Chen, Yan; Wang, Jing; Liu, Chunmeng; Tang, Jinke; Kuang, Xiaojun; Wu, Mingmei; Su, Qiang

    2013-02-11

    An efficient near-infrared (NIR) phosphor LiSrPO(4):Eu(2+), Pr(3+) is synthesized by solid-state reaction and systematically investigated using x-ray diffraction, diffuse reflection spectrum, photoluminescence spectra at room temperature and 3 K, and the decay curves. The UV-Vis-NIR energy transfer mechanism is proposed based on these results. The results demonstrate Eu(2+) can be an efficient sensitizer for harvesting UV photon and greatly enhancing the NIR emission of Pr(3+) between 960 and 1060 nm through efficient energy feeding by allowed 4f-5d absorption of Eu(2+) with high oscillator strength. Eu(2+)/Pr(3+) may be an efficient donor-acceptor pair as solar spectral converter for Si solar cells.

  9. Correlated color temperature tunability and energy transfer phenomenon in the NaBaBO3:Dy3+/Eu3+ phosphor for white light application

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    Zheng, Jianghui; Cheng, Qijin; Zheng, Cheng; Chen, Guo; Shi, Feng; Chen, Chao

    2015-08-01

    NaBa0.97-xBO3 0.03Dy3+, xEu3+(0 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) single-phase white phosphors with tunable correlated color temperature (CCT) were synthesized using a conventional solid state reaction method. The phase structure and luminescence properties of the as-prepared samples were investigated. The Dy3+, Eu3+ doped and Dy3+/Eu3+ co-doped NaBaBO3 phosphors excited by 361 nm show two blue and yellow emissions corresponding to the 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 and 4F9/2 → 6H13/2 transitions of Dy3+ ions and two red emissions due to the 5D0 → 4FJ (J = 1, 2) transitions of Eu3+ ions. Under 361-nm light excitation, the NaBa0.97-xBO3 0.03 Dy3+, xEu3+(0 ≤ x ≤ 0.09) phosphors feature a white light emitting property. Through the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity analysis and CCT calculation, the CIE chromaticity coordinates of the emission light are all located in the white region and can be tuned from bluish white light to reddish white light when the Eu3+ concentration increases, and the CCT values of the obtained samples can vary from 5514.31 K to 8269.42 K. Furthermore, the energy transfer phenomenon from Dy3+ ions to Eu3+ ions in Dy3+/Eu3+ co-doped samples was also investigated. The results indicated that, through tuning the Eu3+ concentration of the NaBaBO3:Dy3+/Eu3+ phosphors, the NaBaBO3-based phosphor can act as a potential single-phase white emitting phosphor for the application in the near-ultraviolet (NUV) white light emitting diodes.

  10. Experimental determination of energy transfer in Eu(III) complexes, based on pyrazole substituted 1, 3-diketones

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    Varaksina, E. A.; Ambrozevich, S. A.; Datskevich, N. P.; Taydakov, I. V.; Vitukhnovsky, A. G.

    2016-01-01

    We succeeded in synthesis of the novel Eu-based luminophore with almost 100% efficiency of energy transfer from ligands to the lanthanide ion. The luminophores with β- diketonate ligands were characterized by means of optical spectroscopy. Impact of different types of β-diketonates on the quantum yield of luminescence was revealed. A β-diketonate complex exhibiting the highest luminescence quantum yield and prospective for OLED applications was determined. The reasons for decreasing quantum efficiencies for other types of investigated ligands are discussed.

  11. Broadband Yellowish-Green Emitting Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) Phosphor: Structure Refinement, Energy Transfer, and Thermal Stability.

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    Fu, Xiaopeng; Lü, Wei; Jiao, Mengmeng; You, Hongpeng

    2016-06-20

    A series of Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) phosphors with a broad emitting band have been synthesized by a traditional solid state reaction. The crystal structural and photoluminescence properties of Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) are investigated. The different crystallographic sites of Eu(2+) in Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) phosphors have been verified by means of their photoluminescence (PL) properties and decay times. Energy transfer between Eu(2+) ions, analyzed by excitation, emission, and PL decay behavior, has been indicated to be a dipole-dipole mechanism. Moreover, the luminescence quantum yield as well as the thermal stability of the Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) phosphor have been investigated systematically. The as-prepared Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2:Eu(2+) phosphor can act as a promising candidate for n-UV convertible white LEDs.

  12. Luminescence and energy transfer of the color-tunable phosphor Li₆Gd(BO₃)₃:Tb³⁺/Bi³⁺, Eu³⁺.

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    Chen, Peican; Mo, Fuwang; Guan, Anxiang; Wang, Rongfang; Wang, Guofang; Xia, Siyu; Zhou, Liya

    2016-02-01

    Bi(3+)/Tb(3+), Eu(3+) co-doped Li6Gd(BO3)3 (LGBO) phosphors were synthesized via a traditional solid-state method. Phase purity was investigated using X-ray diffraction, absorption strength of the phosphors were investigated by UV-vis absorption spectra, and the photoluminescence properties of the phosphors were studied systematically. Results showed that the emission intensity of Bi(3+), Eu(3+) co-doped LBOG was 2.76 times higher than that of Eu(3+)-doped LGBO irradiated at 275 nm, thereby implying the possibility of energy transfer from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+). The excitation spectra of Tb(3+), Eu(3+) co-doped LGBO phosphors are broader in comparison with single-doped phosphors and show tunable colors from green to yellow to orange-red when the ratio of Tb(3+) to Eu(3+) is adjusted These results demonstrate that LGBO:Tb(3+), Eu(3+) phosphors have potential use in light-emitting diodes.

  13. Dependence of the lifetime upon the excitation energy and intramolecular energy transfer rates: the 5D0Eu(III) emission case.

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    Ferreira, Rute A S; Nolasco, Mariela; Roma, Ana C; Longo, Ricardo L; Malta, Oscar L; Carlos, Luis D

    2012-09-17

    In many Eu(III)-based materials, the presence of an intermediate energy level, such as ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) states or defects, that mediates the energy transfer mechanisms can strongly affect the lifetime of the (5)D(0) state, mainly at near-resonance (large transfer rates). We present results for the dependence of the (5)D(0) lifetime on the excitation wavelength for a wide class of Eu(III)-based compounds: ionic salts, polyoxometalates (POMs), core/shell inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) and nanotubes, coordination polymers, β-diketonate complexes, organic-inorganic hybrids, macro-mesocellular foams, functionalized mesoporous silica, and layered double hydroxides (LDHs). This yet unexplained behavior is successfully modelled by a coupled set of rate equations with seven states, in which the wavelength dependence is simulated by varying the intramolecular energy transfer rates. In addition, the simulations of the rate equations for four- and three-level systems show a strong dependence of the emission lifetime upon the excitation wavelength if near-resonant non-radiative energy transfer processes are present, indicating that the proposed scheme can be generalized to other trivalent lanthanide ions, as observed for Tb(III)/Ce(III). Finally, the proper use of lifetime definition in the presence of energy transfer is emphasized.

  14. Energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}:(Eu{sup 2+}, Tb{sup 3+}) crystals

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    Tagiev, O. B. Ganbarova, Kh. B.

    2015-04-15

    The photoluminescence of Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3} crystals activated with Eu{sup 2+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions separately and with ions of both types is studied in the temperature range 77–300 K. It is established that, in the range 77–300 K, the observed broadband photoluminescence in (Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub 0.95}:(Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.05} crystals with a peak at 545 nm is defined by 4f{sup 6}5d-4f{sup 7}({sup 8}S{sub 7/2}) intracenter transitions in Eu{sup 2+} ions and the photoluminescence with peaks at 492, 544, 584, 625, and 680 nm in (Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub 0.99}(Tb{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.01} crystals is due to the 5d → {sup 2}F{sub j} (j = 6−2) intracenter transitions in Tb{sup 3+} ions. It is shown that the photoluminescence bands of Tb{sup 3+} ions in the (Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub 0.94}(Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.05}(Tb{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.01} crystals disappears because of excitation energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} ions to Eu{sup 2+} ions; i.e., the Tb{sup 3+} ion is a sensitizer of the photoluminescence of the Eu{sup 2+} ion.

  15. A single-phased tunable emission phosphor MgY2Si3O10: Eu(3+), Bi(3+) with efficient energy transfer for white LEDs.

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    Zhou, Hongpeng; Jin, Ye; Jiang, Mingsong; Wang, Qingping; Jiang, Xingxing

    2015-01-21

    A novel single-phased tunable emitting phosphor MgY2Si3O10: Bi(3+), Eu(3+) has been synthesized by a conventional high temperature solid-state method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra were utilized to characterize the as-synthesized samples. Under UV-light pumping, MgY2Si3O10: Bi(3+) showed characteristic blue emission corresponding to the (3)P1→(1)S0 transition of Bi(3+) ions, and MgY2Si3O10: Eu(3+) showed characteristic red emission corresponding to the (5)D0→(7)FJ (J = 1, 2, 3, 4) transition of Eu(3+) ions. Spectra indicate that Bi(3+) ions occupy two nonequivalent sites in the MgY2Si3O10 matrix, namely, Bi(3+)(i) and Bi(3+)(ii). The two sites (Bi(3+)(i) and Bi(3+)(ii)) exhibit broad emission peaks at 411 nm and 490 nm, respectively. Efficient energy transfer between these two Bi(3+) sites has been proven using the spectra. The spectral overlap between the emission spectrum of Bi(3+) and the excitation spectrum of Eu(3+) allows for resonance-type energy transfer to occur from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+). The efficient energy transfer from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+)via a dipole-quadrupole interaction mechanism is significantly demonstrated by comparing experimental data with theoretical calculations. According to the concentration quenching-method, the critical distance of energy transfer from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+) is calculated to be 13.2 Å. As it is a new phosphor, CIE coordinates and CCT temperature, in addition to efficient energy transfer have been also investigated in detail. White light emission for MgY2Si3O10: n Bi(3+), m Eu(3+) can be realized through controlling the concentrations of Bi(3+) and Eu(3+). All of the results indicate that MgY2Si3O10: n Bi(3+), m Eu(3+) is a potential phosphor for white light UV-LEDs.

  16. Support for EU fundraising in the field of Environment & Energy - BayFOR

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    Ammerl, Thomas; Baumann, Cornelia; Reiter, Andrea; Blume, Andreas; Just, Jana; Franke, Jan

    2013-04-01

    The Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR, http://www.bayfor.org) is a private company for the support of Bavaria (Free State in the South East of Germany) as a centre for science and innovation within the European Research Area. It was set up on the initiative of the Bavarian universities to strengthen their networking at regional, national and international level while helping them to prepare to meet the requirements for European research funding. The focus is directed at the current EU Framework Programme (FP7) and the forthcoming Framework Programme for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020", but also comprises the wide range of European programmes (e.g. FP7, LIFE+, Interreg, COST, EUREKA, ERA-Nets, IEE (CIP), LLP, Calls for tender). BayFOR is also a partner institution in the Bavarian "Haus der Forschung" (www.hausderforschung.bayern.de/en). BayFORs overall aim is to strengthen and permanently anchor the science and innovation location of Bavaria in the European Research Area through: a) Initiation of national and in particular European innovation and science partnerships from academia and business b) Improvement of innovation potential of Bavarian universities and SME c) Support in acquisition, management and dissemination of results of European and international projects in the field of research and technological development The service portfolio of the EU Funding Advisory Service reaches from the first project idea to project implementation. The minimum condition for BayFOR support is at least one partner from Bavaria (Germany) must be part of the applying consortium: a) Recommendation of funding programmes/instruments (incl. integration of relevant EU policies & directives) b) Partner search c) Project development and proposal elaboration (Online platform, Creation of consortium, Attendance at meetings, Preparation of documents, Proposal structure elaboration, Provision of templates, Editorial support: Gantt, PERT, Impact, EU added value) d) Support in the

  17. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of multicolor tunable GdNbO4: Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors based on energy transfer

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    Zhang, Lu; Yi, Shuangping; Hu, Xiaoxue; Liang, Boxin; Zhao, Weiren; Wang, Yinhai

    2017-03-01

    A color-tunable phosphor based on Tb3+/Eu3+ co-doped GdNbO4 were synthesized by a traditional solid-state reaction method. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence spectra and decay curves were utilized to characterize the as-prepared phosphors. XRD result indicated that various concentrations Tb3+/Eu3+ single-doped and co-doped phosphors were well indexed to the pure GdNbO4 phase. The GdNbO4 host was proved to be a self-activated phosphor with broad absorption range from 200 nm to 325 nm. When Tb3+ ions were added into the host lattice, the energy transferring from host to Tb3+ was identified. And the broad absorption in the UV region was changed and enhanced. Therefore, we selected Tb3+ as the sensitizer ion, and adjusted red component from Eu3+ to control the emission color. The energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ was confirmed based on the luminescence spectra and decay curves. Furthermore, the energy transmission mechanism was deduced to be the dipole-quadrupole interaction. On the whole, the obtained GdNbO4, GdNbO4:Tb3+, and GdNbO4:Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors may have potential application in the UV white-light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) and display devices.

  18. Spectroscopy and energy transfer in lead borate glasses doubly doped with Dy(3)(+)-Tb(3+) and Tb(3)(+)-Eu(3+) ions.

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Kos, Agnieszka; Pisarski, Wojciech A

    2014-08-14

    Lead borate glasses doubly doped with Dy(3)(+)-Tb(3+) and Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) were investigated using optical spectroscopy. Luminescence spectra of rare earths were detected under various excitation wavelengths. The main green emission band due to (5)D4→(7)F5 transition of Tb(3+) is observed under excitation of Dy(3+), whereas the main red emission band related to (5)D0→(7)F2 transition of Eu(3+) is successfully observed under direct excitation of Tb(3+). In both cases, the energy transfer processes from Dy(3+) to Tb(3+) and from Tb(3+) to Eu(3+) in lead borate glasses occur through a nonradiative processes with efficiencies up to 16% and 18%, respectively. The presence of energy transfer process was also confirmed by excitation spectra measurements.

  19. Color-tunable photoluminescence and energy transfer properties of single-phase Ba10(PO4)6O:Eu2+, Mn2+ phosphors

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    Guo, Qingfeng; Liao, Libing; Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun

    2015-12-01

    Single-phase Ba10-x-y(PO4)6O:xEu2+,yMn2+ samples with apatite structure have been synthesized via a solid-state reaction method. The phase structure, luminescence properties, lifetime, PL thermal stability, as well as fluorescence decay curves of the samples were investigated. Effective energy transfer occurs from Eu2+ to Mn2+ in Ba10(PO4)6O and a possible mechanism of the energy-transfer from Eu2+ to Mn2+ is proposed. The critical distances Rc was calculated by concentration quenching and turned out to be about 0.817 nm (xc=0.21). The CIE and thermally stable luminescence behaviors of Ba9.94(PO4)6O:0.06Eu2+ phosphor were also studied in detail. All the results indicate that Ba10-x-y(PO4)6O:xEu2+, yMn2+ phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white light-emitting diodes.

  20. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Energy Transfer from Ce3+ to Eu2+ in LiSrBO3 and Its Potential Application in UV-LED-Based White LEDs

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    Wang, Zhi-Jun; Li, Pan-Lai; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin; Fu, Guang-Sheng

    2009-11-01

    Ce3+/Eu2+ codoped LiSrBO3 phosphor is synthesized, and its luminescent characteristics are investigated. LiSrBO3:Ce3+,Eu2+ phosphor exhibits varied hues from blue to white and eventually to yellow by resonance-type energy transfer from Ce3+ ion to Eu2+ ion and tuning the relative proportion of Ce3+/Eu2+ properly. Energy transfer mechanism in LiSrBO3:Ce3+, Eu2+ phosphor is dominated by the dipole-dipole interaction, and the critical distance of the energy transfer is estimated to be about 2 nm by both spectral overlap and concentration quenching methods. Under UV radiation, white light is generated by coupling 436 and 565 nm emission bands attributed to Ce3+ and Eu2+ radiations, respectively.

  1. A System of Systems (SoS) Approach to transforming to a low carbon resource-efficient energy system: Insights for the European Union (EU)

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    Madani, K.; Jess, T.; Mahlooji, M.; Ristic, B.

    2015-12-01

    The world's energy sector is experiencing a serious transition from reliance on fossil fuel energy sources to extensive reliance on renewable energies. Europe is leading the way in this transition to a low carbon economy in an attempt to keep climate change below 2oC. Member States have committed themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and increasing the share of renewables in the EU's energy mix to 20% by 2020. The EU has now gone a step further with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. Nevertheless, the short-term focus of the European Commission is at "cost-efficient ways" to cut its greenhouse gas emissions which forgoes the unintended impacts of a large expansion of low-carbon energy technologies on major natural resources such as water and land. This study uses the "System of Systems (SoS) Approach to Energy Sustainability Assessment" (Hadian and Madani, 2015) to evaluate the Relative Aggregate Footprint (RAF) of energy sources in different European Union (EU) member states. RAF reflects the overall resource-use efficiency of energy sources with respect to four criteria: carbon footprint, water footprint, land footprint, and economic cost. Weights are assigned to the four resource use efficiency criteria based on each member state's varying natural and economic resources to examine the changes in the desirability of energy sources based on regional resource availability conditions, and to help evaluating the overall resource use efficiency of the EU's energy portfolio. A longer-term strategy in Europe has been devised under the "Resource Efficient Europe" flagship imitative intended to put the EU on course to using resources in a sustainable way. This study will highlight the resource efficiency of the EU's energy sector in order to assist in a sustainable transition to a low carbon economy in Europe. ReferenceHadian S, Madani K (2015) A System of Systems Approach to Energy Sustainability Assessment: Are All

  2. Enhanced Pr{sup 3+} photoluminescence by energy transfer in SrF{sub 2} : Eu{sup 2+}, Pr{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Yagoub, M. Y. A.; Swart, H. C.; Coetsee, E.; Bergman, P.

    2016-02-15

    Efficient energy transfer was demonstrated in the SrF{sub 2} : Eu{sup 2+}, Pr{sup 3+} phosphor synthesized by the co-precipitation method. Results obtained with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and decay curves proposed the UV-Vis energy transfer process. The energy transfer process between the Eu{sup 2+} and Pr{sup 3+} ions in SrF{sub 2} was investigated to evaluate the potential of the Eu{sup 2+} ion as a sensitizer for the Pr{sup 3+} ion. The results proposed that Eu{sup 2+} could be a good sensitizer for absorbing the UV photons and efficiently enhancing the Pr{sup 3+} emission intensity. The energy transfer process was effective until concentration quenching for the Pr{sup 3+} ions occurred. The concentration quenching was attributed to cross-relaxation between the Pr{sup 3+} ions.

  3. Energy transfer and tunable multicolor emission and paramagnetic properties of GdF3:Dy(3+),Tb(3+),Eu(3+) phosphors.

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    Guan, Hongxia; Sheng, Ye; Xu, Chengyi; Dai, Yunzhi; Xie, Xiaoming; Zou, Haifeng

    2016-07-20

    A series of Dy(3+), Tb(3+), Eu(3+) singly or doubly or triply doped GdF3 phosphors were synthesized by a glutamic acid assisted one-step hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results show that the synthesized samples are all pure GdF3. The obtained samples have a peanut-like morphology with a diameter of about 270 nm and a length of about 600 nm. Under UV excitation, GdF3:Dy(3+), GdF3:Tb(3+) and GdF3:Eu(3+) samples exhibit strong blue, green and red emissions, respectively. By adjusting their relative doping concentrations in the GdF3 host, the different color hues of green and red light are obtained by co-doped Dy(3+), Tb(3+) and Tb(3+), Eu(3+) ions in the GdF3 host, respectively. Besides, there exist two energy transfer pairs in the GdF3 host: (1) Dy(3+) → Tb(3+) and (2) Tb(3+) → Eu(3+). More significantly, in the Dy(3+), Tb(3+), and Eu(3+) tri-doped GdF3 phosphors, white light can also be achieved upon excitation of UV light by adjusting the doping concentration of Eu(3+). In addition, the obtained samples also exhibit paramagnetic properties at room temperature (300 K) and low temperature (2 K). It is obvious that multifunctional Dy(3+), Tb(3+), Eu(3+) tri-doped GdF3 materials including tunable multicolors and intrinsic paramagnetic properties may have potential applications in the field of full-color displays.

  4. A Tunable-Color Emission Phosphor Y₂O₃:Eu³⁺, Bi³⁺ with Efficient Energy Transfer for White Light Emitting Diodes.

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    Jin, Ye; Zhou, Hong-Peng; Jiang, Ming-Song

    2016-01-01

    The Eu³⁺, Bi³⁺ ions co-doped Y₂O₃ phosphor has been synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method, and its photoluminescence (PL) spectra are investigated for application in white light emitting diode (LED). The Eu³⁺, Bi³⁺ ions co-doped Y₂O₃ phosphor showed a characteristic emissions with greenish blue and red color upon the near-UV light in the range of 310-360 nm, originating from ³P₁ --> ¹S₀ transition of Bi³⁺ and ⁵D₀ --> ⁷F(J) transition of Eu³⁺, respectively. As 613-nm emission of Eu³⁺ ions is monitored, excitation spectrum consists of two broad peaks near 230 nm and 330 nm, ascribed to the Eu³⁺-O²- charge transfer band (CTB) and the transition from the ground state to the excited states of Bi³⁺ ions, respectively. It implies that the energy transfer from Bi³⁺ ions to E³⁺ ions occur and the phosphor's color may be controlled by adjusting the concentrations of Eu³⁺ ions and Bi³⁺ons in Y20₂O₃The availability of this strategy is demonstrated in this work, and white light can be realized with superior chromaticity coordinates of (x = 0.337, y = 0.328) and a CCT of 5284 K for Y20₂O₃% Eu3+³⁺0.1% Bi3+³⁺Thus, it will be a promising candidate for the ultraviolet excitation white light emitting diode (LED).

  5. Energy transfer and colour tunability in UV light induced Tm(3+)/Tb(3+)/Eu(3+): ZnB glasses generating white light emission.

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    Naresh, V; Gupta, Kiran; Parthasaradhi Reddy, C; Ham, Byoung S

    2017-03-15

    A promising energy transfer (Tm(3+)→Tb(3+)→Eu(3+)) approach is brought forward to generate white light emission under ultraviolet (UV) light excitation for solid state lightening. Tm(3+)/Tb(3+)/Eu(3+) ions are combinedly doped in zinc borate glass system in view of understanding energy transfer process resulting in white light emission. Zinc borate (host) glass displayed optical and luminescence properties due to formation of Zn(II)x-[O(-II)]y centres in the ZnB glass matrix. At 360nm (UV) excitation, triply doped Tm(3+)/Tb(3+)/Eu(3+): ZnB glasses simultaneously shown their characteristic emission bands in blue (454nm: (1)D2→(3)F4), green (547nm: (5)D4→(7)F5) and red (616nm: (5)D0→(7)F2) regions. In triple ions doped glasses, energy transfer dynamics is discussed in terms of Forster-Dexter theory, excitation & emission profiles, lifetime curves and from partial energy level diagram of three ions. The role of Tb(3+) in ET from Tm(3+)→Eu(3+) was discussed using branch model. From emission decay analysis, energy transfer probability (P) and efficiency (η) were evaluated. Colour tunability from blue to white on varying (Tb(3+), Eu(3+)) content is demonstrated from Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates. Based on chromaticity coordinates, other colour related parameters like correlated colour temperature (CCT) and colour purity are also computed for the studied glass samples. An appropriate blending of such combination of rare earth ions could show better suitability as potential candidates in achieving multi-colour and warm/cold white light emission for white LEDs application in the field of solid state lightening.

  6. Energy transfer and colour tunability in UV light induced Tm3 +/Tb3 +/Eu3 +: ZnB glasses generating white light emission

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    Naresh, V.; Gupta, Kiran; Parthasaradhi Reddy, C.; Ham, Byoung S.

    2017-03-01

    A promising energy transfer (Tm3 + → Tb3 + → Eu3 +) approach is brought forward to generate white light emission under ultraviolet (UV) light excitation for solid state lightening. Tm3 +/Tb3 +/Eu3 + ions are combinedly doped in zinc borate glass system in view of understanding energy transfer process resulting in white light emission. Zinc borate (host) glass displayed optical and luminescence properties due to formation of Zn(II)x-[O(- II)]y centres in the ZnB glass matrix. At 360 nm (UV) excitation, triply doped Tm3 +/Tb3 +/Eu3 +: ZnB glasses simultaneously shown their characteristic emission bands in blue (454 nm: 1D2 → 3F4), green (547 nm: 5D4 → 7F5) and red (616 nm: 5D0 → 7F2) regions. In triple ions doped glasses, energy transfer dynamics is discussed in terms of Forster-Dexter theory, excitation & emission profiles, lifetime curves and from partial energy level diagram of three ions. The role of Tb3 + in ET from Tm3 + → Eu3 + was discussed using branch model. From emission decay analysis, energy transfer probability (P) and efficiency (η) were evaluated. Colour tunability from blue to white on varying (Tb3 +, Eu3 +) content is demonstrated from Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates. Based on chromaticity coordinates, other colour related parameters like correlated colour temperature (CCT) and colour purity are also computed for the studied glass samples. An appropriate blending of such combination of rare earth ions could show better suitability as potential candidates in achieving multi-colour and warm/cold white light emission for white LEDs application in the field of solid state lightening.

  7. Calcination temperature optimization, energy transfer mechanism and fluorescence temperature dependence of KLa(MoO4)2:Eu3+ phosphors

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    Wu, Zhongli; Chen, Baojiu; Li, Xiangping; Sun, Jiashi; Zhang, Jinsu; Zhong, Hua; Zheng, Hui; Tong, Lili; Zhang, Xiangqing; Xia, Haiping

    2016-01-01

    The optimum calcination temperature for KLa(MoO4)2:Eu3+ phosphor was confirmed to be 1000 °C via checking the XRD patterns, SEM images and fluorescence spectra for the samples derived from solid state reaction. The energy transfer behavior between Eu3+ ions was studied. It was found that electric dipole-dipole interaction is responsible for the fluorescence quenching of 5D2 and 5D1 levels, but exchange interaction is in charge of 5D0 fluorescence quenching. It was also observed that color coordinates of the studied phosphor can be tuned when the doping concentration is relatively low. The fluorescence thermal quenching process was investigated. It was found the thermal quenching followed well crossover model. Judd-Ofelt parameters of Eu3+ in KLa(MoO4)2 were obtained, and the optical transition properties were further discussed.

  8. Energy transfer between Tb3+ and Eu3+ in co-doped Y2O3 nanocrystals prepared by Pechini method

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    Back, M.; Boffelli, M.; Massari, A.; Marin, R.; Enrichi, F.; Riello, P.

    2013-07-01

    Tb3+ and Eu3+ co-doped Y2O3 nanoparticles with a volume-weighted average size of about 30 nm were synthesized via simple Pechini-type sol-gel process. The growth of monocrystalline nanoparticles is investigated via XRD and TEM analysis. The study of energy transfer between Tb3+ and Eu3+ ions was carried out by means of PL, PLE, and photoluminescence decay analyses. The energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ is efficient and we show how a resonant type via a dipole-dipole interaction is the most probable mechanism. We compared the energy-transfer efficiencies calculated from the intensities and from the lifetimes of ^5{D}_4 longrightarrow ^7{F}_5 transition of Tb, showing the presence of two populations of Tb, with different local surroundings, in the matrix. Furthermore, the critical distance between Tb3+ and Eu3+ ions has been calculated by means of different theories, from a new probabilistic approach based on the discretization of the theory of Chandrasekhar about the distribution of the nearest neighbors in a random distribution of particles, and from the PL data, suggesting a value of about 7 Å.

  9. Promoting electricity from renewable energy sources -- lessons learned from the EU, U.S. and Japan

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    Haas, Reinhard; Meyer, Niels I.; Held, Anne; Finon, Dominique; Lorenzoni, Arturo; Wiser, Ryan; Nishio, Ken-ichiro

    2007-06-01

    The promotion of electricity generated from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has recently gained high priority in the energy policy strategies of many countries in response to concerns about global climate change, energy security and other reasons. This chapter compares and contrasts the experience of a number of countries in Europe, states in the US as well as Japan in promoting RES, identifying what appear to be the most successful policy measures. Clearly, a wide range of policy instruments have been tried and are in place in different parts of the world to promote renewable energy technologies. The design and performance of these schemes varies from place to place, requiring further research to determine their effectiveness in delivering the desired results. The main conclusions that can be drawn from the present analysis are: (1) Generally speaking, promotional schemes that are properly designed within a stable framework and offer long-term investment continuity produce better results. Credibility and continuity reduce risks thus leading to lower profit requirements by investors. (2) Despite their significant growth in absolute terms in a number of key markets, the near-term prognosis for renewables is one of modest success if measured in terms of the percentage of the total energy provided by renewables on a world-wide basis. This is a significant challenge, suggesting that renewables have to grow at an even faster pace if we expect them to contribute on a significant scale to the world's energy mix.

  10. Eu3 + amidst ionic copper in glass: Enhancement through energy transfer from Cu+, or quenching by Cu2 +?

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    Jiménez, José A.

    2017-02-01

    A barium-phosphate glass system doped with europium(III) and containing a high concentration of copper(I) together with a copper(II) remnant has been studied spectroscopically. The main object is to elucidate whether the orange-red emission of Eu3 + ions succeeds through sensitization via luminescent Cu+ ions or else is preferentially quenched by non-radiative transfer to Cu2 +. A characterization of the melt-quenched glass was first performed by UV/Vis optical absorption, 31P nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared absorption spectroscopy. A photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and emission decay dynamics assessment was subsequently performed. Despite the concentration of Cu+ being estimated to be much higher than that of Cu2 +, the data shows that quenching of Eu3 + PL by Cu2 + dominates. The lifetime analysis of emitting centers Cu+ and Eu3 + points to the origin of the manifestation being that the Eu3 + → Cu2 + non-radiative transfer rate responsible for the quenching is almost two times higher than that for the Cu+ → Eu3 + transfer accountable for the enhancement. Finally, an effort was made for the determination of Cu2 + in the glass containing Cu+, Cu2 + and Eu3 + ions based on the Eu3 + (5D0) emission decay rates. It was found to be in excellent agreement with the UV/Vis spectrophotometric approach, thus supporting the utility of Eu3 + ions for optical sensing of copper(II) in the solid state.

  11. Eu(3+) amidst ionic copper in glass: Enhancement through energy transfer from Cu(+), or quenching by Cu(2+)?

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    Jiménez, José A

    2017-02-15

    A barium-phosphate glass system doped with europium(III) and containing a high concentration of copper(I) together with a copper(II) remnant has been studied spectroscopically. The main object is to elucidate whether the orange-red emission of Eu(3+) ions succeeds through sensitization via luminescent Cu(+) ions or else is preferentially quenched by non-radiative transfer to Cu(2+). A characterization of the melt-quenched glass was first performed by UV/Vis optical absorption, (31)P nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared absorption spectroscopy. A photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and emission decay dynamics assessment was subsequently performed. Despite the concentration of Cu(+) being estimated to be much higher than that of Cu(2+), the data shows that quenching of Eu(3+) PL by Cu(2+) dominates. The lifetime analysis of emitting centers Cu(+) and Eu(3+) points to the origin of the manifestation being that the Eu(3+)→Cu(2+) non-radiative transfer rate responsible for the quenching is almost two times higher than that for the Cu(+)→Eu(3+) transfer accountable for the enhancement. Finally, an effort was made for the determination of Cu(2+) in the glass containing Cu(+), Cu(2+) and Eu(3+) ions based on the Eu(3+) ((5)D0) emission decay rates. It was found to be in excellent agreement with the UV/Vis spectrophotometric approach, thus supporting the utility of Eu(3+) ions for optical sensing of copper(II) in the solid state.

  12. A Complete Overhaul of the Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Database: eelsdb.eu.

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    Ewels, Philip; Sikora, Thierry; Serin, Virginie; Ewels, Chris P; Lajaunie, Luc

    2016-06-01

    The electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) database has been completely rewritten, with an improved design, user interface, and a number of new tools. The database is accessible at https://eelsdb.eu/ and can now be used without registration. The submission process has been streamlined to encourage spectrum submissions and the new design gives greater emphasis on contributors' original work by highlighting their papers. With numerous new filters and a powerful search function, it is now simple to explore the database of several hundred EELS and XAS spectra. Interactive plots allow spectra to be overlaid, facilitating online comparison. An application-programming interface has been created, allowing external tools and software to easily access the information held within the database. In addition to the database itself, users can post and manage job adverts and read the latest news and events regarding the EELS and XAS communities. In accordance with the ongoing drive toward open access data increasingly demanded by funding bodies, the database will facilitate open access data sharing of EELS and XAS spectra.

  13. Congressional Testimony: Testimony of Nikki Tinsley Before the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs Committee on Government Reform United States House

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    Testimony of the Honorable Nikki Tinsley Inspector General U.S. EPA Before the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs Committee on Government Reform United States House of Representatives

  14. Remote Control Effect of Li+, Na+, K+ Ions on the Super Energy Transfer Process in ZnMoO4:Eu3+, Bi3+ Phosphors

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    Ran, Weiguang; Wang, Lili; Tan, Lingling; Qu, Dan; Shi, Jinsheng

    2016-01-01

    Luminescent properties are affected by lattice environment of luminescence centers. The lattice environment of emission centers can be effectively changed due to the diversity of lattice environment in multiple site structure. But how precisely control the doped ions enter into different sites is still very difficult. Here we proposed an example to demonstrate how to control the doped ions into the target site for the first time. Alkali metal ions doped ZnMoO4:Bi3+, Eu3+ phosphors were prepared by the conventional high temperature solid state reaction method. The influence of alkali metal ions as charge compensators and remote control devices were respectively observed. Li+ and K+ ions occupy the Zn(2) sites, which impede Eu and Bi enter the adjacent Zn(2) sites. However, Na+ ions lie in Zn(1) sites, which greatly promoted the Bi and Eu into the adjacent Zn(2) sites. The Bi3+ and Eu3+ ions which lie in the immediate vicinity Zn(2) sites set off intense exchange interaction due to their short relative distance. This mechanism provides a mode how to use remote control device to enhance the energy transfer efficiency which expected to be used to design efficient luminescent materials. PMID:27278286

  15. Remote Control Effect of Li+, Na+, K+ Ions on the Super Energy Transfer Process in ZnMoO4:Eu3+, Bi3+ Phosphors

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    Ran, Weiguang; Wang, Lili; Tan, Lingling; Qu, Dan; Shi, Jinsheng

    2016-06-01

    Luminescent properties are affected by lattice environment of luminescence centers. The lattice environment of emission centers can be effectively changed due to the diversity of lattice environment in multiple site structure. But how precisely control the doped ions enter into different sites is still very difficult. Here we proposed an example to demonstrate how to control the doped ions into the target site for the first time. Alkali metal ions doped ZnMoO4:Bi3+, Eu3+ phosphors were prepared by the conventional high temperature solid state reaction method. The influence of alkali metal ions as charge compensators and remote control devices were respectively observed. Li+ and K+ ions occupy the Zn(2) sites, which impede Eu and Bi enter the adjacent Zn(2) sites. However, Na+ ions lie in Zn(1) sites, which greatly promoted the Bi and Eu into the adjacent Zn(2) sites. The Bi3+ and Eu3+ ions which lie in the immediate vicinity Zn(2) sites set off intense exchange interaction due to their short relative distance. This mechanism provides a mode how to use remote control device to enhance the energy transfer efficiency which expected to be used to design efficient luminescent materials.

  16. The size confinement effect for Ln3+ (Ln = Tm or Eu) concentration quenching and energy transfer in Y2O3 nanocrystals.

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    Wang, Changwen; Meng, Qingyu

    2014-05-01

    Y2O3:Ln (Ln = Tm or Eu) nano-powders with different particle sizes and various doping concentrations were prepared by using a combustion method. The bulk powders doped with the same concentrations were obtained by annealing the nano-powders at high temperatures. Emission spectra of the phosphors were measured. The crystal structure and morphology of the phosphors were characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction) and FE-SEM (field emission scanning electron microscopy), respectively. The concentration quenching of luminescent centers and energy transfer between luminescent centers in Y2O3:Ln nanocrystal powders were investigated. It is found that the behavior of luminescent concentration quenching for Eu3+ 5D0 --> 7F2 in nano-powders is similar to that in bulk powders. On the contrary, the quenching concentration for Tm3+ 1D2 --> 3H4 is distinctly higher than that in bulk powders. This owes to the size confinement effect which will restrain the electric dipole-dipole interaction as a long-rang interaction (e.g., energy transfer between Tm3+ ions), and will hardly affect the exchange interaction which is a short-rang interaction (e.g., energy transfer between Eu3+ ions).

  17. Manifestation of π-π stacking interactions in luminescence properties and energy transfer in aromatically-derived Tb, Eu and Gd tris(pyrazolyl)borate complexes.

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    Mikhalyova, Elena A; Yakovenko, Anastasiya V; Zeller, Matthias; Kiskin, Mikhail A; Kolomzarov, Yuriy V; Eremenko, Igor L; Addison, Anthony W; Pavlishchuk, Vitaly V

    2015-04-06

    The three new complexes Tp(Py)Ln(CH3CO2)2(H2O) (Ln = Eu (1), Gd(2), or Tb (3)) were prepared and characterized crystallographically. In the crystal lattices of these complexes, separate molecules are connected in infinite chains by π-stacking interactions. Complexes 1 and 3 display intense photoluminescence and triboluminescence (red and green respectively), while compound 3 exhibits electroluminescence commencing at 9 V in an ITO/PVK/3/Al device (ITO = indium-tin oxide, PVK = poly(N-vinylcarbazole)). A series of Eu/Tb-doped Gd compounds was prepared by cocrystallization from mixtures of 1 and 2 or 2 and 3, respectively. It was shown that π-stacking interactions are involved in increasing the efficiency of energy transfer from the gadolinium complex to emitting [Tp(Py)Eu](2+) or [Tp(Py)Tb](2+) centers, and this energy transfer occurs through hundreds of molecules, resembling the process of energy harvesting in chloroplast stacks.

  18. Revelation of the Technological Versatility of the Eu(TTA)3Phen Complex by Demonstrating Energy Harvesting, Ultraviolet Light Detection, Temperature Sensing, and Laser Applications.

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    Shahi, Praveen Kumar; Singh, Akhilesh Kumar; Singh, Sunil Kumar; Rai, Shyam Bahadur; Ullrich, Bruno

    2015-08-26

    We synthesized the Eu(TTA)3Phen complex and present herein a detailed study of its photophysics. The investigations encompass samples dispersed in poly(vinyl alcohol) and in ethanol in order to explore the versatile applicability of these lanthanide-based materials. Details upon the interaction between Eu, TTA, and the Phen ligands are revealed by Fourier transform infrared and UV-visible absorption, complemented by steady state and temporally resolved emission studies, which provide evidence of an efficient energy transfer from the organic ligands to the central Eu(3+) ion. The material produces efficient emission even under sunlight exposure, a feature pointing toward suitability for luminescent solar concentrators and UV light sensing, which is demonstrated for intensities as low as 200 nW/cm(2). The paper further promotes the complex's capability to be used as luminescence-based temperature sensor demonstrated by the considerable emission intensity changes of ∼4.0% per K in the temperature range of 50-305 K and ∼7% per K in the temeperature range 305-340 K. Finally, increasing the optical excitation causes both spontaneous emission amplification and emission peak narrowing in the Eu(TTA)3Phen complex dispersed in poly(vinyl alcohol) - features indicative of stimulated emission. These findings in conjunction with the fairly large stimulated emission cross-section of 4.29 × 10(-20) cm(2) demonstrate that the Eu(TTA)3Phen complex dispersed in poly(vinyl alcohol) could be a very promising material choice for lanthanide-polymer based laser architectures.

  19. Strong Energy-Transfer-Induced Enhancement of Luminescence Efficiency of Eu(2+)- and Mn(2+)-Codoped Gamma-AlON for Near-UV-LED-Pumped Solid State Lighting.

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    Liu, Lihong; Wang, Le; Zhang, Chenning; Cho, Yujin; Dierre, Benjamin; Hirosaki, Naoto; Sekiguchi, Takashi; Xie, Rong-Jun

    2015-06-01

    A series of Eu(2+)- and Mn(2+)-codoped γ-AlON (Al1.7O2.1N0.3) phosphors was synthesized at 1800 °C under 0.5 MPa N2 by using the gas-pressure sintering method (GPS). Eu(2+) and Mn(2+) ions were proved to enter into γ-AlON host lattice by means of XRD, CL, and EDS measurements. Under 365 nm excitation, two emission peaks located at 472 and 517 nm, resulting from 4f(6)5d(1) → 4f(7) and (4)T1(4G) → (6)A1 electron transitions of Eu(2+) and Mn(2+), respectively, can be observed. Energy transfer from Eu(2+) to Mn(2+) was evidenced by directly observing appreciable overlap between the excitation spectrum of Mn(2+) and the emission spectrum of Eu(2+) as well as by the decreased decay time of Eu(2+) with increasing Mn(2+) concentration. The critical energy-transfer distance between Eu(2+) and Mn(2+) and the energy-transfer efficiency were also calculated. The mechanism of energy transfer was identified as a resonant type via a dipole-dipole mechanism. The external quantum efficiency was increased 7 times (from 7% for γ-AlON:Mn(2+) to 49% for γ-AlON:Mn(2+),Eu(2+) under 365 nm excitation), and color-tunable emissions from blue-green to green-yellow were also realized with the Eu(2+) → Mn(2+) energy transfer in γ-AlON.

  20. Energy transfer and luminescence properties of Sr[1-3(x+y)/2]Al₂B₂O₇:xEu³⁺, yBi³⁺ phosphor.

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    Cao, Renping; Liang, Tao; Li, Wensheng; Cao, Chunyan; Wen, Yufeng; Hu, Qianglin

    2015-07-05

    Sr[1-3(x+y)/2]Al2B2O7:xEu(3+), yBi(3+) (x=0-5 mol% and y=0-5 mol%) phosphors are synthesized by a solid-state reaction method in air, and their crystal structure, fluorescence lifetime, and luminescence properties are investigated. The optimal composition is determined to be (Sr0.94Eu0.03Bi0.01)Al2B2O7. The PLE band peaks within the range 200-550 nm are due to O(2-)→Eu(3+) charge transfer band, (7)F0→(5)H3, (5)D4, (5)L7, (5)L6, (5)D3, (5)D2, and (5)D1 transitions, respectively. The strongest PL band peak under excitation 394 nm light is at ∼615 nm owing to (5)D0→(7)F2 transition of Eu(3+) ion. The PL intensity of Eu(3+), Bi(3+) co-doped SrAl2B2O7 phosphor is 1.3 times that of Eu(3+) doped SrAl2B2O7 phosphor due to the energy transfer between Eu(3+) and Bi(3+) ions, which is explained by the energy level diagrams of Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) ions. The CIE chromaticity coordinates of Sr0.955Al2B2O7:0.03Eu(3+) and Sr0.94Al2B2O7:0.03Eu(3+), 0.01Bi(3+) phosphors under excitation 394 nm light are (x=0.6292, y=0.3702) and (x=0.6284, y=0.3711), respectively. These phosphors will be used as reddish orange emitting phosphor candidate for white LED with ∼394 nm near ultraviolet LED chip.

  1. Color-tunable photoluminescence and energy transfer properties of single-phase Ba{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+} phosphors

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    Guo, Qingfeng; Liao, Libing Mei, Lefu Liu, Haikun

    2015-12-15

    Single-phase Ba{sub 10−x−y}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:xEu{sup 2+},yMn{sup 2+} samples with apatite structure have been synthesized via a solid-state reaction method. The phase structure, luminescence properties, lifetime, PL thermal stability, as well as fluorescence decay curves of the samples were investigated. Effective energy transfer occurs from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} in Ba{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O and a possible mechanism of the energy-transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} is proposed. The critical distances R{sub c} was calculated by concentration quenching and turned out to be about 0.817 nm (x{sub c}=0.21). The CIE and thermally stable luminescence behaviors of Ba{sub 9.94}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.06Eu{sup 2+} phosphor were also studied in detail. All the results indicate that Ba{sub 10−x−y}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:xEu{sup 2+}, yMn{sup 2+} phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white light-emitting diodes. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure and luminescence property of Ba{sub 10−x−y}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:xEu{sup 2+},yMn{sup 2+} have been discussed. - Highlights: • Ba{sub 10−x−y}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:xEu{sup 2+},yMn{sup 2+} was firstly reported. • Ba{sub 9.94}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.06Eu{sup 2+} exhibits high thermal quenching resistance. • The energy transfer between Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} was investigated.

  2. Dispersal and reformation of acetylcholine receptor clusters of cultured rat myotubes treated with inhibitors of energy metabolism.

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    Bloch, R J

    1979-09-01

    The effects of energy metabolism inhibitors on the distribution of acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) in the surface membranes of non-innervated, cultured rat myotubes were studied by visualizing the AChRs with monotetramethylrhodamine-alpha-bungarotoxin. Incubation of myotubes with inhibitors of energy metabolism causes a large decrease in the fraction of myotubes displaying clusters of AChR. This decrease is reversible, and is dependent on temperature, the concentration of inhibitor, and the duration of treatment. Cluster dispersal is probably not the result of secondary effects on Ca++ or cyclic nucleotide metabolism, membrane potential, cytoskeletal elements, or protein synthesis. Sequential observations of identified cells treated with sodium azide showed that clusters appear to disperse by movements of receptors within the sarcolemma without accompanying changes in cell shape. AChR clusters dispersed by pretreating cells with sodium azide rapidly reform upon removal of the inhibitor. Reclustering involves the formation of small aggregates of AChR, which act as foci for further aggregation and which appear to be precursors of large AChR clusters. Small AChR aggregates also appear to be precursors of clusters which form on myotubes never exposed to azide. Reclustering after azide treatment does not necessarily occur at the same sites occupied by clusters before dispersal, nor does it employ only receptors which had previously been in clusters. Cluster reformation can be blocked by cycloheximide, colchicine, and drugs which alter the intracellular cation composition.

  3. Self-assembly synthesis, structural features, and photophysical properties of dilanthanide complexes derived from a novel amide type ligand: energy transfer from Tb(III) to Eu(III) in a heterodinuclear derivative.

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    Gao, Cunji; Kirillov, Alexander M; Dou, Wei; Tang, Xiaoliang; Liu, Liangliang; Yan, Xuhuan; Xie, Yujie; Zang, Peixian; Liu, Weisheng; Tang, Yu

    2014-01-21

    A novel amide type ligand benzyl-N,N-bis[(2'-furfurylaminoformyl)phenoxyl)ethyl]-amine (L) has been designed and applied for the self-assembly generation of homodinuclear lanthanide coordination compounds [Ln2(μ2-L)2(NO3)6(EtOH)2] [Ln = Eu (1), Tb (2), and Gd (3)] and a heterodinuclear derivative [EuTb(μ2-L)2(NO3)6(EtOH)2] (4). All the complexes have been characterized by the X-ray single-crystal diffraction analyses. They are isostructural, crystallize in a monoclinic space group P21/c, and form [2 + 2] rectangular macrocycle structures. Compound 4 is the first example of a [2 + 2] rectangular macrocycle heterodinuclear EuTb complex assembled from an amide type ligand. In 4, the discrete 0D dimeric [EuTb(μ2-L)2(NO3)6(EtOH)2] units are extended, via the multiple N-H···O hydrogen bonds, into a 2D supramolecular network that has been topologically classified as a uninodal 4-connected underlying net with the sql [Shubnikov tetragonal plane net] topology. The triplet state ((3)ππ*) of L studied by the Gd(III) complex 3 demonstrated that the ligand beautifully populates Tb(III) emission (Φ = 52%), whereas the corresponding Eu(III) derivative 1 shows weak luminescence efficiency (Φ = 0.7%) because the triplet state of L has a poor match with (5)D1 energy level of Eu(III). Furthermore, the photoluminescent properties of heterodinuclear complex 4 have been compared with those of the analogous homodinuclear compounds. The quantum yield and lifetime measurements prove that energy transfer from Tb(III) to Eu(III) is being achieved, namely, that the Tb(III) center is also acting to sensitize the Eu(III) and enhancing Eu(III) emission in 4.

  4. Reforming Science: Structural Reforms

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    2012-01-01

    Science has a critical role to play in addressing humanity's most important challenges in the twenty-first century. However, the contemporary scientific enterprise has developed in ways that prevent it from reaching maximum effectiveness and detract from the appeal of a research career. To be effective, the methodological and culture reforms discussed in the accompanying essay must be accompanied by fundamental structural reforms that include a renewed vigorous societal investment in science and scientists. PMID:22184420

  5. Catalytic Reforming

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    Little, D.M.

    1985-01-01

    Don Little's Catalytic Reforming deals exclusively with reforming. With the increasing need for unleaded gasoline, the importance of this volume has escalated since it combines various related aspects of reforming technology into a single publication. For those with no practical knowledge of catalytic reforming, the chemical reactions, flow schemes and how the cat reformer fits into the overall refinery process will be of interest. Contents include: Catalytic reforming in refinery processing: How catalytic reformers work - chemical reactions; Process design; The catalyst, process variables and unit operation; Commercial processes; BTX operation; Feed preparation; naphtha hydrotreating and catalytic reforming; Index.

  6. Enhanced green and orange photoluminescence of nanostructured CdS in glass nanocomposites by energy transfer From Ho3+ and Eu3+ ions

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    Dey, Chirantan; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2017-01-01

    We report enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of both band edge and trap state emissions in Ho3+ or Eu3+ ion doped CdS (II-VI semiconductor) nanoparticles (NPs) containing glass nanocomposites. These glass nanocomposites were synthesized by the conventional melt-quench technique. The sizes of CdS NPs are found to increase from 5-15 nm to 40-80 nm with the increase in thermal treatment. Band edge emission (green emission, peak around 495 nm) of CdS NPs is controlled by their size and enhanced about three to nine-fold by Ho3+ ions on excitation at 446 nm by a diode laser. Under the same excitation, twelve to fifty-fold enhanced trap state emission (orange and red emissions about 550-900 nm) of CdS NPs is obtained by Eu3+-doping compared to undoped CdS NPs containing glass nanocomposites. The predominant mechanism of PL enhancement is the energy transfer from rare earth ions to CdS NPs. Enhanced PL of these nanocomposites enables their applications in efficient solar concentrators, green and red light emitting component for white light emission devices.

  7. Luminescence and energy-transfer properties of color-tunable Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7:Ce(3+)/Eu(2+)/Tb(3+) phosphors for ultraviolet light-emitting diodes.

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    Yuan, Bo; Song, Yanhua; Sheng, Ye; Zheng, Keyan; Huo, Qisheng; Xu, Xuechun; Zou, Haifeng

    2016-03-01

    A series of Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7:Ce(3+)/Eu(2+)/Tb(3+) phosphors was been prepared via a conventional high temperature solid-state reaction and their luminescence properties were studied. The emission spectra of Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7:Ce(3+),Eu(2+) and Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7:Ce(3+),Tb(3+) phosphors show not only a band due to Ce(3+) ions (409 nm) but also as a band due to Eu(2+) (520 nm) and Tb(3+) (542 nm) ions. More importantly, the effective energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) and Tb(3+) ions was confirmed and investigated by emission/excitation spectra and luminescent decay behaviors. Furthermore, the energy level scheme and energy transfer mechanism were investigated and were demonstrated to be of resonant type via dipole-dipole (Ce(3+) to Eu(2+)) and dipole-quadrupole (Ce(3+) to Tb(3+)) reactions, respectively. Under excitation at 350 nm, the emitting color could be changed from blue to green by adjusting the relative doping concentration of Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) ions as well as Ce(3+) and Tb(3+) ions. The above results indicate that Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7:Ce(3+),Eu(2+)/Tb(3+) are promising single-phase blue-to-green phosphors for application in phosphor conversion white-light-emitting diodes.

  8. Instrument intercomparison in the high-energy mixed field at the CERN-EU reference field (CERF) facility.

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    Caresana, Marco; Helmecke, Manuela; Kubancak, Jan; Manessi, Giacomo Paolo; Ott, Klaus; Scherpelz, Robert; Silari, Marco

    2014-10-01

    This paper discusses an intercomparison campaign performed in the mixed radiation field at the CERN-EU (CERF) reference field facility. Various instruments were employed: conventional and extended-range rem counters including a novel instrument called LUPIN, a bubble detector using an active counting system (ABC 1260) and two tissue-equivalent proportional counters (TEPCs). The results show that the extended range instruments agree well within their uncertainties and within 1σ with the H*(10) FLUKA value. The conventional rem counters are in good agreement within their uncertainties and underestimate H*(10) as measured by the extended range instruments and as predicted by FLUKA. The TEPCs slightly overestimate the FLUKA value but they are anyhow consistent with it when taking the comparatively large total uncertainties into account, and indicate that the non-neutron part of the stray field accounts for ∼30 % of the total H*(10).

  9. Sensitisation of Eu(III)- and Tb(III)-based luminescence by Ir(III) units in Ir/lanthanide dyads: evidence for parallel energy-transfer and electron-transfer based mechanisms.

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    Sykes, Daniel; Cankut, Ahmet J; Ali, Noorshida Mohd; Stephenson, Andrew; Spall, Steven J P; Parker, Simon C; Weinstein, Julia A; Ward, Michael D

    2014-05-07

    A series of blue-luminescent Ir(III) complexes with a pendant binding site for lanthanide(III) ions has been synthesized and used to prepare Ir(III)/Ln(III) dyads (Ln = Eu, Tb, Gd). Photophysical studies were used to establish mechanisms of Ir→Ln (Ln = Tb, Eu) energy-transfer. In the Ir/Gd dyads, where direct Ir→Gd energy-transfer is not possible, significant quenching of Ir-based luminescence nonetheless occurred; this can be ascribed to photoinduced electron-transfer from the photo-excited Ir unit (*Ir, (3)MLCT/(3)LC excited state) to the pendant pyrazolyl-pyridine site which becomes a good electron-acceptor when coordinated to an electropositive Gd(III) centre. This electron transfer quenches the Ir-based luminescence, leading to formation of a charge-separated {Ir(4+)}˙-(pyrazolyl-pyridine)˙(-) state, which is short-lived possibly due to fast back electron-transfer (<20 ns). In the Ir/Tb and Ir/Eu dyads this electron-transfer pathway is again operative and leads to sensitisation of Eu-based and Tb-based emission using the energy liberated from the back electron-transfer process. In addition direct Dexter-type Ir→Ln (Ln = Tb, Eu) energy-transfer occurs on a similar timescale, meaning that there are two parallel mechanisms by which excitation energy can be transferred from *Ir to the Eu/Tb centre. Time-resolved luminescence measurements on the sensitised Eu-based emission showed both fast and slow rise-time components, associated with the PET-based and Dexter-based energy-transfer mechanisms respectively. In the Ir/Tb dyads, the Ir→Tb energy-transfer is only just thermodynamically favourable, leading to rapid Tb→Ir thermally-activated back energy-transfer and non-radiative deactivation to an extent that depends on the precise energy gap between the *Ir and Tb-based (5)D4 states. Thus, the sensitised Tb(iii)-based emission is weak and unusually short-lived due to back energy transfer, but nonetheless represents rare examples of Tb(III) sensitisation by

  10. NETL - Fuel Reforming Facilities

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    None

    2016-07-12

    Research using NETL's Fuel Reforming Facilities explores catalytic issues inherent in fossil-energy related applications, including catalyst synthesis and characterization, reaction kinetics, catalyst activity and selectivity, catalyst deactivation, and stability.

  11. NETL - Fuel Reforming Facilities

    SciTech Connect

    2013-06-12

    Research using NETL's Fuel Reforming Facilities explores catalytic issues inherent in fossil-energy related applications, including catalyst synthesis and characterization, reaction kinetics, catalyst activity and selectivity, catalyst deactivation, and stability.

  12. Efficient energy transfer from inserted CdTe quantum dots to YVO₄:Eu³⁺ inverse opals: a novel strategy to improve and expand visible excitation of rare earth ions.

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    Zhu, Yongsheng; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Xu; Xu, Wen; Zhou, Pingwei; Wang, Yunfeng; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei; Huang, Ling; Huang, Wei

    2014-07-21

    Rare earth (RE)-based phosphors demonstrate sharp emission lines, long lifetimes and high luminescence quantum yields; thus, they have been employed in various photoelectric devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar spectral converters. However, their applications are largely confined by their narrow excitation bands and small absorption cross sections of 4f-4f transitions. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel strategy to improve and expand the visible excitation bands of Eu(3+) ions through the interface energy transfer (ET) from CdTe quantum dots (QDs) to YVO₄:Eu(3+) inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs). The significant effects observed in the CdTe QDs/YVO₄:Eu(3+) IOPCs composites were that the excitation of Eu(3+) ions was continuously extended from 450 to 590 nm and that the emission intensity of the (5)D₀-(7)FJ transitions was enhanced ∼20-fold, corresponding to the intrinsic (7)F₁-(5)D₁ excitation at 538 nm. Furthermore, in the IOPC network, the ET efficiency from the QDs to YVO₄:Eu(3+) was greatly improved because of the suppression of energy migration among the CdTe QDs, which gave an optimum ET efficiency as high as 47%. Besides, the modulation of photonic stop bands (PSBs) on the radiative transition rates of the QDs and Eu(3+) ions was studied, which showed that the decay lifetime constants for Eu(3+) ions were independent of PSBs, while those of QDs demonstrated a suppression in the PSBs. Their physical nature was explained theoretically.

  13. Efficient energy transfer from inserted CdTe quantum dots to YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opals: a novel strategy to improve and expand visible excitation of rare earth ions

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    Zhu, Yongsheng; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Xu; Xu, Wen; Zhou, Pingwei; Wang, Yunfeng; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei; Huang, Ling; Huang, Wei

    2014-06-01

    Rare earth (RE)-based phosphors demonstrate sharp emission lines, long lifetimes and high luminescence quantum yields; thus, they have been employed in various photoelectric devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar spectral converters. However, their applications are largely confined by their narrow excitation bands and small absorption cross sections of 4f-4f transitions. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel strategy to improve and expand the visible excitation bands of Eu3+ ions through the interface energy transfer (ET) from CdTe quantum dots (QDs) to YVO4:Eu3+ inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs). The significant effects observed in the CdTe QDs/YVO4:Eu3+ IOPCs composites were that the excitation of Eu3+ ions was continuously extended from 450 to 590 nm and that the emission intensity of the 5D0-7FJ transitions was enhanced ~20-fold, corresponding to the intrinsic 7F1-5D1 excitation at 538 nm. Furthermore, in the IOPC network, the ET efficiency from the QDs to YVO4:Eu3+ was greatly improved because of the suppression of energy migration among the CdTe QDs, which gave an optimum ET efficiency as high as 47%. Besides, the modulation of photonic stop bands (PSBs) on the radiative transition rates of the QDs and Eu3+ ions was studied, which showed that the decay lifetime constants for Eu3+ ions were independent of PSBs, while those of QDs demonstrated a suppression in the PSBs. Their physical nature was explained theoretically.

  14. The energy transfer phenomena and colour tunability in Y2O2S:Eu(3+)/Dy(3+) micro-fibers for white emission in solid state lighting applications.

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    Som, S; Mitra, P; Kumar, Vijay; Kumar, Vinod; Terblans, J J; Swart, H C; Sharma, S K

    2014-07-14

    This paper reports on the structural, optical and photometric characterization of an Eu(3+)/Dy(3+) doped yttrium oxysulfide phosphor (Y2O2S:Eu(3+)/Dy(3+)) for near white emission in solid state lighting. A series of Y2O2S phosphors doped with Eu(3+)/Dy(3+) were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The microstructures of the as-synthesized phosphors were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD results reveal that the obtained powder phosphors have a single-phase hexagonal structure and also indicate that the incorporation of the dopants/co-dopants did not affect the crystal structure. The SEM images reveal the morphology of the prepared phosphors as an intense interpenetrating network of interconnected micro-fibers with a diameter of about 0.15 μm. The band gap of the phosphors was calculated from diffuse reflectance spectra using the Kubelka-Munk function. The Eu(3+), Dy(3+) doped and Eu(3+)/Dy(3+) co-doped phosphors illuminated with ultraviolet light showed characteristic red luminescence corresponding to the (5)D0→(7)FJ transitions of Eu(3+) and characteristic blue and yellow luminescence corresponding to the (4)F9/2→(6)H15/2 or (4)F9/2→(6)H13/2 transitions of Dy(3+). The luminescence spectra, the energy transfer efficiency and the decay curves of the phosphors indicated that there exists a strong energy transfer from Dy(3+) to Eu(3+) and this was demonstrated to be a resonant type via a dipole-quadrupole reaction. Furthermore, the critical distance of the Eu(3+) and Dy(3+) ions have also been calculated. By utilizing the principle of energy transfer it was also demonstrated that with an appropriate tuning of the activator content the Y2O2S:Eu(3+)/Dy(3+) phosphors can exhibit a great potential to act as single-emitting component phosphors for white light emission in solid state lighting technology.

  15. Layered rare-earth hydroxide and oxide nanoplates of the Y/Tb/Eu system: phase-controlled processing, structure characterization and color-tunable photoluminescence via selective excitation and efficient energy transfer

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    Wu, Xiaoli; Li, Ji-Guang; Li, Jinkai; Zhu, Qi; Li, Xiaodong; Sun, Xudong; Sakka, Yoshio

    2013-01-01

    Well-crystallized (Y0.97−xTb0.03Eux)2(OH)5NO3·nH2O (x = 0–0.03) layered rare-earth hydroxide (LRH) nanoflakes of a pure high-hydration phase have been produced by autoclaving from the nitrate/NH4OH reaction system under the optimized conditions of 100 °C and pH ∼7.0. The flakes were then converted into (Y0.97−xTb0.03Eux)2O3 phosphor nanoplates with color-tunable photoluminescence. Detailed structural characterizations confirmed that LRH solid solutions contained NO3− anions intercalated between the layers. Characteristic Tb3+ and Eu3+ emissions were detected in the ternary LRHs by selectively exciting the two types of activators, and the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ was observed. Annealing the LRHs at 1100 °C produced cubic-lattice (Y0.97−xTb0.03Eux)2O3 solid-solution nanoplates with exposed 222 facets. Multicolor, intensity-adjustable luminescence was attained by varying the excitation wavelength from ∼249 nm (the charge transfer excitation band of Eu3+) to 278 nm (the 4f8–4f75d1 transition of Tb3+). Unitizing the efficient Tb3+ to Eu3+ energy transfer, the emission color of (Y0.97−xTb0.03Eux)2O3 was tuned from approximately green to yellowish-orange by varying the Eu3+/Tb3+ ratio. At the optimal Eu3+ content of x = 0.01, the efficiency of energy transfer was ∼91% and the transfer mechanism was suggested to be electric multipole interactions. The phosphor nanoplates developed in this work may be incorporated in luminescent films and find various lighting and display applications. PMID:27877564

  16. Highly improved electroluminescence from a series of novel Eu(III) complexes with functional single-coordinate phosphine oxide ligands: tuning the intramolecular energy transfer, morphology, and carrier injection ability of the complexes.

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    Xu, Hui; Yin, Kun; Huang, Wei

    2007-01-01

    The functional single-coordinate phosphine oxide ligands (4-diphenylaminophenyl)diphenylphosphine oxide (TAPO), (4-naphthalen-1-yl-phenylaminophenyl)diphenylphosphine oxide (NaDAPO), and 9-[4-(diphenylphosphinoyl)phenyl]-9H-carbazole (CPPO), as the direct combinations of hole-transporting moieties, and electron-transporting triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) were designed and synthesized (amines or carbazole), together with their Eu(III) complexes [Eu(tapo)(2)(tta)(3)] (1), [Eu(nadapo)(2)(tta)(3)] (2), and [Eu(cppo)(2)(tta)(3)] (3; TTA: 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate). The investigation indicated that by taking advantage of the modification inertia of the phosphine oxide ligands, the direct introduction of the hole-transport groups as chromophore made TAPO, NaDAPO, and CPPO obtain the most compact structure and mezzo S(1) and T(1) energy levels, which improved the intramolecular energy transfer in their Eu(III) complexes. The amorphous phase of 1-3 proved the weak intermolecular interaction, which resulted in extraordinarily low self-quenching of the complexes. The excellent double-carrier transport ability of the ligands was studied with Gaussian calculations, and the bipolar structure of TAPO and CPPO was proved. The great improvement of the double-carrier transport ability of 1-3 was shown by cyclic voltammetry. Their HOMO and LUMO energy levels of around 5.3 and 3.0 eV, respectively, are the best results for Eu(III) complexes reported so far. A single-layer organic light-emitting diode of 2 had the impressive brightness of 59 cd m(-2) which, to the best of our knowledge, is the highest reported so far. Both of the four-layer devices based on pure 1 and 2 had a maximum brightness of more than 1000 cd m(-2), turn-on voltages lower than 5 V, maximum external quantum yields of more than 3 % and excellent spectral stability.

  17. A highly efficient white light (Sr3,Ca,Ba)(PO4)3Cl:Eu2+, Tb3+, Mn2+ phosphor via dual energy transfers for white light-emitting diodes.

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    Chen, Xi; Dai, Pengpeng; Zhang, Xintong; Li, Cong; Lu, Shan; Wang, Xiuli; Jia, Yan; Liu, Yichun

    2014-04-07

    A series of single-phased (Sr3-x,Ca1-y-z,Ba)(PO4)3Cl (SCBPO_Cl):xEu(2+), yTb(3+), zMn(2+) phosphors were synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reaction, and luminescent properties of these phosphors were investigated by means of photoluminescence and microcathode luminescence (μ-CL). Under UV excitation, white-light emission was obtained from triactivated SCBPO_Cl phosphors via combining three emission bands centered at 450, 543, and 570 nm contributed by Eu(2+), Tb(3+), and Mn(2+), respectively. White-light emission with the three emission bands is further demonstrated in the fluorescence microscope images, CL spectrum, and μ-CL mappings, which strongly confirm that the luminescence distribution of as-prepared SCBPO_Cl:xEu(2+), yTb(3+), zMn(2+) phosphors is very homogeneous. Both spectral overlapping and lifetime decay analyses suggest that dual energy transfers, that is, Eu(2+)→Tb(3+) and Eu(2+)→Mn(2+), play key roles in obtaining the white emission. The International Commission on Illumination value of white emission as well as luminescence quantum yield (51.2-81.4%) can be tuned by precisely controlling the content of Eu(2+), Tb(3+), and Mn(2+). These results suggest that this single-phased SCBPO_Cl:xEu(2+), yTb(3+), zMn(2+) phosphor may have a potential application as a near-UV convertible white-light emission phosphor for phosphor-converted white light-emitting diode.

  18. Measurement of Linear Energy Transfer Distribution at CERN-EU High-Energy Reference Field Facility with Real-Time Radiation Monitoring Device III and Its Comparison with Dosimetric Telescope

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    Doke, Tadayoshi; Fuse, Tetsuhito; Hara, Kenichiro; Hayashi, Takayoshi; Kikuchi, Jun; Suzuki, Satoshi; Terasawa, Kazuhiro

    2004-06-01

    The distributions of linear energy transfer for LET (LETwater) in front of the 80-cm-thick concrete side shield at the CERN-EU high-energy reference field (CERF) facility were measured with a Si detector telescope named real-time radiation monitoring device-III (RRMD-III) covered with and without a 1 cm-thick acrylic plate. In these measurements, a difference of about 20% in the absorbed dose between the two LETwater distributions was observed as a result of protons, deuterons and tritons recoiled by neutrons. The LETwater distribution obtained using RRMD-III without the 1-cm-thick acrylic plate is compared with lineal energy distributions obtained using the dosimetric telescope (DOSTEL) detector under the same conditions. These dose equivalents are also compared with that obtained using HANDI TEPC which is used as the standard at the CERF facility.

  19. Luminescence properties and energy transfer in the novel red emitting phosphors Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl:Sm3+, Eu3+ (Ln=Y, Gd)

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    Fan, Yan; Hu, Yihua; Chen, Li; Wang, Xiaojuan; Ju, Guifang

    2014-10-01

    A series of Sm3+/Eu3+ singly and co-doped Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl (Ln=Y3+, Gd3+) phosphors were prepared via the solid-state method. The XRD results indicate that the as-prepared products keep the monoclinic structure with a P21/m space group of Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl, which belongs to the isomorphic substitution for Ln3+ sites in the Ba2Yb(BO3)2Cl host. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra demonstrate that Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl:Sm3+,Eu3+ emits red light centered at 593 nm under the 393 nm excitation which is in good agreement with the emission wavelength from near ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The luminescence decays suggest that the energy transfer from Sm3+ to Eu3+ ions in Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl:Eu3+, Sm3+ occurs. All results mean that Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl:Eu3+, Sm3+ phosphors exhibit potential to act as a kind of red phosphor for near ultraviolet white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs).

  20. White long-lasting phosphorescence generation in a CaAl2Si2O8 : Eu2+, Mn2+, Dy3+ system through persistent energy transfer

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    Zhang, Jinsu; Chen, Baojiu; Sun, Jiashi; Li, Xiangping; Cheng, Lihong; Zhong, Haiyang

    2012-08-01

    Based on the persistent energy transfer principle, Mn2+ was introduced into a CaAl2Si2O8 : Eu2+/Dy3+ phosphor to achieve white long-lasting emissions. Eu2+, Mn2+ and Dy3+ tri-doped CaAl2Si2O8 phosphors with various Mn2+ concentrations were prepared via a solid-state reaction, and the crystal structure of the phosphors was identified by the x-ray diffraction technique. The luminescent properties of the Eu2+, Mn2+ and Dy3+ tri-doped CaAl2Si2O8 phosphors were studied. The energy transfer behaviour from Eu2+ to Mn2+ was analysed within the framework of Dexter theory. The physical mechanism of energy transfer was assigned to the electric dipole-quadrupole interaction. It was also demonstrated that the colour coordinates of the phosphors can be tuned from the blue region to the white region in the colour space. Furthermore, the afterglow decay and thermoluminescence curves were measured, indicating excellent phosphorescence properties of the current phosphors.

  1. Selectivity of bis-triazinyl bipyridine ligands for americium(III) in Am/Eu separation by solvent extraction. Part 1. Quantum mechanical study on the structures of BTBP complexes and on the energy of the separation.

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    Narbutt, Jerzy; Oziminski, Wojciech P

    2012-12-21

    Theoretical studies were carried out on two pairs of americium and europium complexes formed by tetra-N-dentate lipophilic BTBP ligands, neutral [ML(NO(3))(3)] and cationic [ML(2)](3+) where M = Am(III) or Eu(III), and L = 6,6'-bis-(5,6-diethyl-1,2,4-triazin-3-yl)-2,2'-bipyridine (C2-BTBP). Molecular structures of the complexes have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level and total energies of the complexes in various media were estimated using single point calculations performed at the B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) and MP2/6-311G(d,p) levels of theory. In the calculations americium and europium ions were treated using pseudo-relativistic Stuttgart-Dresden effective core potentials and the accompanying basis sets. Selectivity in solvent extraction separation of two metal ions is a co-operative function of contributions from all extractable metal complexes, which depend on physico-chemical properties of each individual complex and on its relative amount in the system. Semi-quantitative analysis of BTBP selectivity in the Am/Eu separation process, based on the contributions from the two pairs of Am(III) and Eu(III) complexes, has been carried out. To calculate the energy of Am/Eu separation, a model of the extraction process was used, consisting of complex formation in water and transfer of the formed complex to the organic phase. Under the assumptions discussed in the paper, this simple two-step model results in reliable values of the calculated differences in the energy changes for each pair of the Am/Eu complexes in both steps of the process. The greater thermodynamic stability (in water) of the Am-BTBP complexes, as compared with the analogous Eu species, caused by greater covalency of the Am-N than Eu-N bonds, is most likely the main reason for BTBP selectivity in the separation of the two metal ions. The other potential reason, i.e. differences in lipophilic properties of the analogous complexes of Am and Eu, is less important with regard to this selectivity.

  2. Modern money theory and ecological tax reform: A functional finance approach to energy conservation

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    McConnell, Scott L. B.

    This dissertation contributes to heterodox economics by developing a theoretical and policy-relevant link that will promote the conservation of energy while driving the value of the domestic currency. The analysis relies upon the theoretical foundation of modern money theory and functional finance, which states that "taxes-drive-money" where the value of a sovereign nation's currency is imputed through the acceptance by the sovereign nation of the currency in payment of taxation. This theoretical perspective lends itself to various public policy prescriptions, such as government employment policies or the employer of last resort (ELR), which has been discussed at length elsewhere (Wray 1998; Tcherneva 2007, Forstater 2003). This research contributes to this overall program by arguing that the basis for taxation under modern money theory allows public policy makers various alternatives regarding the make-up of the tax system in place. In particular, following functional finance, taxes do not have the sole purpose of paying for government spending, but rather drive the value of the currency and may be designed to perform other functions as well, such as penalizing socially undesirable behavior. The focus in this dissertation is on the amelioration of pollution and increasing energy conservation. The research question for this dissertation is this: what federally implemented tax would best serve the multiple criteria of 1) driving the value of the currency, 2) promoting energy conservation and 3) ameliorating income and wealth disparities inherent in a monetary production economy? This dissertation provides a suggestion for such a tax that would be part of a much larger overall policy program based upon the tenets of modern money theory and functional finance. Additionally, this research seeks to provide an important theoretical contribution to the emerging Post Keynesian and ecological economics dialog.

  3. FLUIDIZED BED STEAM REFORMING MINERALIZATION FOR HIGH ORGANIC AND NITRATE WASTE STREAMS FOR THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

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    Jantzen, C; Michael Williams, M

    2008-01-11

    Waste streams that may be generated by the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Advanced Energy Initiative may contain significant quantities of organics (0-53 wt%) and/or nitrates (0-56 wt%). Decomposition of high nitrate streams requires reducing conditions, e.g. organic additives such as sugar or coal, to reduce the NO{sub x} in the off-gas to N{sub 2} to meet the Clean Air Act (CAA) standards during processing. Thus, organics will be present during waste form stabilization regardless of which GNEP processes are chosen, e.g. organics in the feed or organics for nitrate destruction. High organic containing wastes cannot be stabilized with the existing HLW Best Developed Available Technology (BDAT) which is HLW vitrification (HLVIT) unless the organics are removed by preprocessing. Alternative waste stabilization processes such as Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming (FBSR) operate at moderate temperatures (650-750 C) compared to vitrification (1150-1300 C). FBSR converts organics to CAA compliant gases, creates no secondary liquid waste streams, and creates a stable mineral waste form that is as durable as glass. For application to the high Cs-137 and Sr-90 containing GNEP waste streams a single phase mineralized Cs-mica phase was made by co-reacting illite clay and GNEP simulated waste. The Cs-mica accommodates up to 30% wt% Cs{sub 2}O and all the GNEP waste species, Ba, Sr, Rb including the Cs-137 transmutation to Ba-137. For reference, the cesium mineral pollucite (CsAlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}), currently being studied for GNEP applications, can only be fabricated at {ge} 1000 C. Pollucite mineralization creates secondary aqueous waste streams and NO{sub x}. Pollucite is not tolerant of high concentrations of Ba, Sr or Rb and forces the divalent species into different mineral host phases. The pollucite can accommodate up to 33% wt% Cs{sub 2}O.

  4. Pakistan oil, gas reforms tied to bid for energy self-sufficiency by 2000

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    Not Available

    1991-12-09

    This paper reports on oil and gas exploration and development which is accelerating in Pakistan as it seeks to achieve energy self-sufficiency by 2000. In addition to backing out some domestic oil use with burgeoning natural gas supplies and cutting refined products imports by boosting refining capacity, Pakistan is targeting a sharp increase in oil production. Ultimately, industry officials in Pakistan would like to see it become a significant net exporter of oil, perhaps qualifying it for eventual membership in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. And foreign investment will play a key role in that effort as the government takes steps to sweeten incentives for foreign oil and gas companies. Consequently, drilling activity and the number of foreign operated concessions are at record levels in Pakistan. Meantime, state owned Oil and Gas Development Corp. has embarked on an ambitious program of exploration in underexplored basins while seeking foreign assistance in hiking oil recovery rates in existing fields.

  5. Tunable-color luminescence via energy transfer in NaCa13/18Mg5/18PO4:A (A = Eu2+/Tb3+/Mn2+, Dy3+) phosphors for solid state lighting.

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    Li, Kai; Fan, Jian; Mi, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Yang; Lian, Hongzhou; Shang, Mengmeng; Lin, Jun

    2014-11-17

    A series of NaCa13/18Mg5/18PO4(NCMPO):A (A = Eu(2+)/Tb(3+)/Mn(2+), Dy(3+)) phosphors have been prepared by the high-temperature solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL), cathodoluminescence (CL), decay lifetimes, and PL quantum yields (QYs) were utilized to characterize the phosphors. The pure crystalline phase of as-prepared samples has been demonstrated via XRD measurement and Rietveld refinements. XPS reveals that the Eu(2+)/Tb(3+)/Mn(2+) can be efficiently doped into the crystal lattice. NCMPO:Eu(2+)/Tb(3+)/Mn(2+) phosphors can be effectively excited under UV radiation, which show tunable color from purple-blue to red including white emission based on energy transfer from Eu(2+) to Tb(3+)/Mn(2+) ions. Under low-voltage electron beam bombardment, the NCMPO:A (A = Eu(2+)/Tb(3+)/Mn(2+), Dy(3+)) display their, respectively, characteristic emissions with different colors, and the CL spectrum of NCMPO:0.04Tb(3+) has the comparable intensity to the ZnO:Zn commercial product. In addition, the calculated CIE coordinate of NCMPO:0.04Tb(3+) (0.252, 0.432) is more saturated than it (0.195, 0.417). These results reveal that NCMPO:A (A = Eu(2+)/Tb(3+)/Mn(2+), Dy(3+)) may be potential candidate phosphors for WLEDs and FEDs.

  6. Ab initio approaches for the determination of heavy element energetics: Ionization energies of trivalent lanthanides (Ln = La-Eu)

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    Peterson, Charles; Penchoff, Deborah A.; Wilson, Angela K.

    2015-11-21

    An effective approach for the determination of lanthanide energetics, as demonstrated by application to the third ionization energy (in the gas phase) for the first half of the lanthanide series, has been developed. This approach uses a combination of highly correlated and fully relativistic ab initio methods to accurately describe the electronic structure of heavy elements. Both scalar and fully relativistic methods are used to achieve an approach that is both computationally feasible and accurate. The impact of basis set choice and the number of electrons included in the correlation space has also been examined.

  7. An experimental study of the CO2-CH4 reforming-methanation cycle as a mechanism for converting and transporting solar energy

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    McCrary, J. H.; McCrary, G. E.; Chubb, T. A.; Nemecek, J. J.; Simmons, D. E.

    1982-01-01

    The CO2-CH4 reforming-methanation chemical cycle provides an attractive means of transporting solar energy to a central station in accord with the Solchem concept. A number of receiver elements (chemical reactors) have been tested in the laboratory in an effort to optimize the catalyst parameters and the catalyst-reactor configuration. These tests led to the design and fabrication of both prototype and full scale production model Solchem receivers which were operated successfully at the White Sands Solar Furnace. The development of energy delivery methanation reactors is proceeding along with the design of both laboratory and field-model closed-loop Solchem systems.

  8. The CERN-EU high-energy reference field (CERF) facility for dosimetry at commercial flight altitudes and in space.

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    Mitaroff, A; Cern, M Silari

    2002-01-01

    A reference facility for the calibration and intercomparison of active and passive detectors in broad neutron fields has been available at CERN since 1992. A positively charged hadron beam (a mixture of protons and pions) with momentum of 120 GeV/c hits a copper target, 50 cm thick and 7 cm in diameter. The secondary particles produced in the interaction traverse a shield, at 90 degrees with respect to the direction of the incoming beam. made of either 80 to 160 cm of concrete or 40 cm of iron. Behind the iron shield, the resulting neutron spectrum has a maximum at about 1 MeV, with an additional high-energy component. Behind the 80 cm concrete shield, the neutron spectrum has a second pronounced maximum at about 70 MeV and resembles the high-energy component of the radiation field created by cosmic rays at commercial flight altitudes. This paper describes the facility, reports on the latest neutron spectral measurements, gives an overview of the most important experiments performed by the various collaborating institutions over recent years and briefly addresses the possible application of the facility to measurements related to the space programme.

  9. Study on Trap Levels in SrSi2AlO2N3:Eu(2+),Ln(3+) Persistent Phosphors Based on Host-Referred Binding Energy Scheme and Thermoluminescence Analysis.

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    Zhuang, Yixi; Lv, Ying; Li, Ye; Zhou, Tianliang; Xu, Jian; Ueda, Jumpei; Tanabe, Setsuhisa; Xie, Rong-Jun

    2016-11-21

    We investigated the effect of trivalent lanthanide substitution on a novel oxynitride persistent phosphor SrSi2AlO2N3:Eu(2+),Ln(3+), which shows green persistent luminescence for more than 2 h. First, an energy level diagram by using the host-referred binding energy (HRBE) scheme was constructed. The location of the energy levels of all divalent and trivalent lanthanides referred to the energy band of the host SrSi2AlO2N3 was estimated. Then, thermoluminescence (TL) measurements in the target persistent phosphors were performed to obtain direct experimental results on the trap depth. We found that the trap levels based on the TL measurements coincided well with the 4f ground states of divalent lanthanide codopants in SrSi2AlO2N3:Eu(2+),Ln(3+). The result strongly suggests the effective traps for persistent luminescence in SrSi2AlO2N3:Eu(2+),Ln(3+) could be due to the aliovalent substitution of Ln(3+) for Sr(2+), which can be controlled by selecting suitable codopant Ln(3+). The work shows the HRBE scheme may offer a way to understand the nature of defects in the persistent phosphor as well as a possible guideline to design new persistent phosphors with required trap depths.

  10. Quadrupole splitting and Eu partial lattice dynamics in europium orthophosphate EuPO 4

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    Klobes, B.; Arinicheva, Y.; Neumeier, S.; Simon, R. E.; Jafari, A.; Bosbach, D.; Hermann, R. P.

    2016-12-01

    Hyperfine interactions in europium orthophosphate EuPO4 were investigated using 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy from 6 to 300 K. The value of the quadrupole splitting and the asymmetry parameter were refined and further substantiated by nuclear forward scattering data obtained at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the relative absorption was modeled with an Eu specific Debye temperature of 221(1) K. Eu partial lattice dynamics were probed by means of nuclear inelastic scattering and the mean force constant, the Lamb-Mössbauer factor, the internal energy, the vibrational entropy, the average phonon group velocity were calculated using the extracted density of phonon states. In general, Eu specific vibrations are characterized by rather small phonon energies and contribute strongly to the total entropy of the system. Although there is no classical Debye like behavior at low vibrational energies, the average phonon group velocity can be reasonably approximated using a linear fit.

  11. Reforming catalysts

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    Givens, E.N.; Plank, C.J.; Rosinski, E.J.

    1980-03-04

    Crystalline aluminosilicate zeolites are mixed with conventional reforming catalysts to produce new catalytic compositions with high catalytic activity and selectivity and excellent aging characteristics. These new catalytic compositions may be utilized alone or in conjunction with conventional reforming catalysts. The acidic activity of the total catalyst system is controlled within defined limits. When so controlled the utility of these catalyst systems in reforming hydrocarbon mixtures is to reduce the C1 and C2 concentrations in reformer gas product, while increasing the C3 and C4 concentrations and maintaining high liquid yield at high octane numbers.

  12. EU Cadzie project

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    Naaim, M.

    2009-04-01

    The CADZIE project received nearly € 700,000 funding under the energy, environment and sustainable development section of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Several scientists from France, Italy, Norway, Austria, Iceland and Switzerland were involved in this initiative, under the co-ordination of the Cemagref institute in Grenoble, France. The initiative was created in response to the extreme avalanche winter of 1999, during which 83 people were killed across Europe. Avalanche protection relies on two key processes: structural measures such as building defence structures to stop and / or contain the avalanche flow and non structural measures such as zoning the exposed areas. The consortium investigated these two areas in order to improve overall protection methods. This EU-funded collaboration has led to the development of more accurate methods for mapping and protection design.

  13. The Coalition's Higher Education Reforms in England

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    Hillman, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    The Coalition Government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in office from 2010 until 2015 sharply increased the maximum tuition fees for UK and EU undergraduates at English universities to £9,000. Although this is often portrayed as a radical change, it is argued that the reform was an evolution rather than a revolution. Common pessimistic…

  14. Solid oxide fuel cell steam reforming power system

    DOEpatents

    Chick, Lawrence A.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Powell, Michael R.; Meinhardt, Kerry D.; Whyatt, Greg A.

    2013-03-12

    The present invention is a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Reforming Power System that utilizes adiabatic reforming of reformate within this system. By utilizing adiabatic reforming of reformate within the system the system operates at a significantly higher efficiency than other Solid Oxide Reforming Power Systems that exist in the prior art. This is because energy is not lost while materials are cooled and reheated, instead the device operates at a higher temperature. This allows efficiencies higher than 65%.

  15. A Strategy to enhance Eu3+ emission from LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors and green-to-orange multicolor tunable, transparent nanophosphor-polymer composites.

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    Kim, Su Yeon; Won, Yu-Ho; Jang, Ho Seong

    2015-01-19

    LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors with a single tetragonal phase are synthesized, and various strategies to enhance the Eu(3+) emission from the nanophosphors are investigated. The optimized Eu(3+) concentration is 35 mol%, and the red emission peaks due to the (5)D0 →(7)FJ (J = 1 and 2) transitions of Eu(3+) ions are further enhanced by energy transfer from a sensitizer pair of Ce(3+) and Tb(3+). The triple doping of Ce, Tb, and Eu into the LiYF4 host more effectively enhances the Eu(3+) emission than the core/shell strategies of LiYF4:Eu(35%)/LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%) and LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%)/LiYF4:Eu(35%) architectures. Efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(3+) through Tb(3+) results in three times higher Eu(3+) emission intensity from LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%), Eu(1%) nanophosphors compared with LiYF4:Eu(35%), which contains the optimized Eu(3+) concentration. Owing to the energy transfer of Ce(3+) → Tb(3+) and Ce(3+) → Tb(3+) → Eu(3+), intense green and red emission peaks are observed from LiYF4:Ce(13%), Tb(14%), Eu(1-5%) (LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu) nanophosphors, and the intensity ratio of green to red emission is controlled by adjusting the Eu(3+) concentration. With increasing Eu(3+) concentration, the LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors exhibit multicolor emission from green to orange. In addition, the successful incorporation of LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) facilitates the preparation of highly transparent nanophosphor-PDMS composites that present excellent multicolor tunability.

  16. A Strategy to enhance Eu3+ emission from LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors and green-to-orange multicolor tunable, transparent nanophosphor-polymer composites

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    Kim, Su Yeon; Won, Yu-Ho; Jang, Ho Seong

    2015-01-01

    LiYF4:Eu nanophosphors with a single tetragonal phase are synthesized, and various strategies to enhance the Eu3+ emission from the nanophosphors are investigated. The optimized Eu3+ concentration is 35 mol%, and the red emission peaks due to the 5D0 -->7FJ (J = 1 and 2) transitions of Eu3+ ions are further enhanced by energy transfer from a sensitizer pair of Ce3+ and Tb3+. The triple doping of Ce, Tb, and Eu into the LiYF4 host more effectively enhances the Eu3+ emission than the core/shell strategies of LiYF4:Eu(35%)/LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%) and LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%)/LiYF4:Eu(35%) architectures. Efficient energy transfer from Ce3+ to Eu3+ through Tb3+ results in three times higher Eu3+ emission intensity from LiYF4:Ce(15%), Tb(15%), Eu(1%) nanophosphors compared with LiYF4:Eu(35%), which contains the optimized Eu3+ concentration. Owing to the energy transfer of Ce3+ --> Tb3+ and Ce3+ --> Tb3+ --> Eu3+, intense green and red emission peaks are observed from LiYF4:Ce(13%), Tb(14%), Eu(1-5%) (LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu) nanophosphors, and the intensity ratio of green to red emission is controlled by adjusting the Eu3+ concentration. With increasing Eu3+ concentration, the LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors exhibit multicolor emission from green to orange. In addition, the successful incorporation of LiYF4:Ce, Tb, Eu nanophosphors into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) facilitates the preparation of highly transparent nanophosphor-PDMS composites that present excellent multicolor tunability.

  17. Russia’s Future Energy Policies: A Glimpse of Moscow’s Impact on EU and US Energy Security in 2025

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-04-01

    Graduation Requirements Advisor: Dr. John T. Ackerman Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama April 2009 Report Documentation Page Form ApprovedOMB No. 0704...4.0. Summary of results – scenario-thinking model ………………………………........ 23 v Acknowledgment I would like to acknowledge Dr. John ...champions. Andrew Monaghan , author of Russia and the Security of Europe’s Energy Supplies: Security in Diversity, argues the lack of unity gives

  18. Catalytic reforming

    SciTech Connect

    Aldag, A.W. Jr.

    1986-01-28

    This patent describes a process for the catalytic reforming of a feedstock which contains at least one reformable organic compound. The process consists of contacting the feedstock under suitable reforming conditions with a catalyst composition selected from the group consisting of a catalyst. The catalyst essentially consists of zinc oxide and a spinel structure alumina. Another catalyst consists essentially of a physical mixture of zinc titanate and a spinel structure alumina in the presence of sufficient added hydrogen to substantially prevent the formation of coke. Insufficient zinc is present in the catalyst composition for the formation of a bulk zinc aluminate.

  19. Reforming process

    SciTech Connect

    Mitsche, R.T.; Pope, G.N.

    1981-01-06

    A process for reforming a naphtha feedstock is disclosed. The reforming process is effected at reforming conditions in contact with a catalyst comprising a platinum group metal component and a group iv-a metal component composited with an alumina support wherein said support is prepared by admixing an alpha alumina monohydrate with an aqueous ammoniacal solution having a ph of at least about 7.5 to form a stable suspension. A salt of a strong acid, e.g., aluminum nitrate, is commingled with the suspension to form an extrudable paste or dough. On extrusion, the extrudate is dried and calcined to form said alumina support.

  20. Superfund reform: US Environmental Protection Agency`s 30-day study and its implication for the US Department of Energy

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    Siegel, M.R.; Friedman, J.R.; Neff, R.W.

    1993-03-01

    As part of an ongoing effort to reform and restructure the US Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPAS) Superfund program, the EPA Administrator on October 21, 1991, announced several key programmatic reforms. These reforms are a result of the Superfund 30-Day Task Force Report (30-Day Study, EPA 1991a), an effort carried out by EPAs office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). The EPA OSWER oversees environmental cleanup activities under a number of statutory authorities, including the Comprehensive Environmental response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund). CERCLA and its implementing regulation, the National Contingency Plan (NCP), establish a regulatory framework to govern the cleanup of existing, and often abandoned, hazardous waste sites. The purposes of this report are to (1) review the background and recommendations of EPNs 30-Day Study, (2) identify and discuss the initiatives from the 30-Day Study that may impact DOE`s environmental restoration mission, (3) report on EPAs progress in implementing the selected priority initiatives, and (4) describe potentially related DOE activities.

  1. On the Luminescence Enhancement of Mn2+ By Co-doping of Eu2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu

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    Hossu, Marius; Schaeffer, Roger O.; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Zhu, Yongbin; Sammynaiken, Ramaswami; Joly, Alan G.

    2013-06-01

    The photoluminescence and X-ray luminescence of ZnS:Mn, ZnS:Mn,Eu and ZnS:Eu were investigated and it was found that the luminescence intensity of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu co-doped phosphors is highly dependent on the doping concentration of Eu2+. At the optimized Eu2+concentration (0.2%), the photoluminescence of Mn2+ shows about a 5.5 times enhancement and its X-ray luminescence is enhanced by a factor of 2.5. Both wurtzite and zinc blend phases are present in the samples with wurtzite phase dominant. Co-doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does not change appreciably the ratio of the two phases or the Mn2+ emission luminescence lifetime; however, the doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does change the phonon activity. Furthermore, it was found that the defect-related blue emission of ZnS:Eu overlaps with the excitation bands of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn and there is likely energy transfer from these defect states to Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu. This energy transfer and the phonon modification are considered to be the two main reasons for the luminescence enhancement and the intensity dependence of Mn2+ emission on Eu2+ doping concentration in ZnS:Mn,Eu.

  2. On the energy scale involved in the metal to insulator transition of quadruple perovskite EuCu3Fe4O12: infrared spectroscopy and ab-initio calculations

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    Brière, B.; Kalinko, A.; Yamada, I.; Roy, P.; Brubach, J. B.; Sopracase, R.; Zaghrioui, M.; Phuoc, V. Ta

    2016-01-01

    Optical measurements were carried out by infrared spectroscopy on AA′3B4O12 A-site ordered quadruple perovskite EuCu3Fe4O12 (microscopic sample) as function of temperature. At 240 K (=TMI), EuCu3Fe4O12 undergoes a very abrupt metal to insulator transition, a paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition and an isostructural transformation with an abrupt large volume expansion. Above TMI, optical conductivity reveals a bad metal behavior and below TMI, an insulating phase with an optical gap of 125 meV is observed. As temperature is decreased, a large and abrupt spectral weight transfer toward an energy scale larger than 1 eV is detected. Concurrently, electronic structure calculations for both high and low temperature phases were compared to the optical conductivity results giving a precise pattern of the transition. Density of states and computed optical conductivity analysis identified Cu3dxy, Fe3d and O2p orbitals as principal actors of the spectral weight transfer. The present work constitutes a first step to shed light on EuCu3Fe4O12 electronic properties with optical measurements and ab-initio calculations. PMID:27346212

  3. On the energy scale involved in the metal to insulator transition of quadruple perovskite EuCu3Fe4O12: infrared spectroscopy and ab-initio calculations.

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    Brière, B; Kalinko, A; Yamada, I; Roy, P; Brubach, J B; Sopracase, R; Zaghrioui, M; Phuoc, V Ta

    2016-06-27

    Optical measurements were carried out by infrared spectroscopy on AA'3B4O12 A-site ordered quadruple perovskite EuCu3Fe4O12 (microscopic sample) as function of temperature. At 240 K (=TMI), EuCu3Fe4O12 undergoes a very abrupt metal to insulator transition, a paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition and an isostructural transformation with an abrupt large volume expansion. Above TMI, optical conductivity reveals a bad metal behavior and below TMI, an insulating phase with an optical gap of 125 meV is observed. As temperature is decreased, a large and abrupt spectral weight transfer toward an energy scale larger than 1 eV is detected. Concurrently, electronic structure calculations for both high and low temperature phases were compared to the optical conductivity results giving a precise pattern of the transition. Density of states and computed optical conductivity analysis identified Cu3dxy, Fe3d and O2p orbitals as principal actors of the spectral weight transfer. The present work constitutes a first step to shed light on EuCu3Fe4O12 electronic properties with optical measurements and ab-initio calculations.

  4. Contribution of Eu ions on the precipitation of silver nanoparticles in Ag-Eu co-doped borate glasses

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    Jiao, Qing; Qiu, Jianbei; Zhou, Dacheng; Xu, Xuhui

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver nanoparticles are precipitated from the borate glasses during the melting process without any further heat treatment. • The reduction of Eu{sup 3+} ions to Eu{sup 2+} ions is presented in this material. • The intensity of Ag{sup +} luminescence. • The introduction of Eu ions accelerated the reaction between Eu{sup 2+} ions and silver ions inducing the silver clusters formation. - Abstract: Ag{sup +} doped sodium borate glasses with different Eu ions concentration were prepared by the melt-quenching method. The absorption at about 410 nm which was caused by the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is promoted with increasing of Eu ions concentration. Meanwhile, the luminescent spectra showed that the emission intensity of Ag{sup +} decreased while that of the Ag aggregates increased simultaneously. The results indicated that the Ag ions intend to form the high-polymeric state such as Ag aggregates and nanoparticles with increasing of europium ions. Owing to the self-reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} in our glass system, it revealed that Ag{sup +} has been reduced by the neighboring Eu{sup 2+} which leads to the formation of Ag aggregates and the precipitation of Ag NPs in the matrix. In addition, energy transfer (ET) process from Ag{sup +}/Ag aggregates to the Eu{sup 3+} was investigated for the enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} luminescence.

  5. Naphtha reforming

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    Marschner, F.; Renner, H.J.

    1982-04-01

    Most synthesis gases - mixtures of CO and H/sub 2/ - are produced from natural gas. However, a considerable percentage is also produced from naphtha. Syngas via naphtha is economical when natural gas is unavailable and when low hydrogen content syngas is needed. The discussion covers the following topics - catalytic steam reforming; naphtha qualities; process description; desulfurization reactors; rich gas reactors; tubular reactors; fire box; burner and firing systems; reformer tubes; inlet header and outlet manifold systems; waste heat systems, heat exchangers, piping. 10 refs.

  6. Slab reformer

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    Spurrier, F.R.; DeZubay, E.A.; Murray, A.P.; Vidt, E.J.

    1984-02-07

    Slab-shaped high efficiency catalytic reformer configurations are disclosed particularly useful for generation of fuels to be used in fuel cell based generation systems. A plurality of structures forming a generally rectangular peripheral envelope are spaced about one another to form annular regions, an interior annular region containing a catalytic bed and being regeneratively heated on one side by a hot combustion gas and on the other side by the gaseous products of the reformation. An integrally mounted combustor is cooled by impingement of incoming oxidant. 14 figs.

  7. Slab reformer

    DOEpatents

    Spurrier, Francis R.; DeZubay, Egon A.; Murray, Alexander P.; Vidt, Edward J.

    1985-03-12

    Slab-shaped high efficiency catalytic reformer configurations particularly useful for generation of fuels to be used in fuel cell based generation systems. A plurality of structures forming a generally rectangular peripheral envelope are spaced about one another to form annular regions, an interior annular region containing a catalytic bed and being regeneratively heated on one side by a hot combustion gas and on the other side by the gaseous products of the reformation. An integrally mounted combustor is cooled by impingement of incoming oxidant.

  8. Slab reformer

    DOEpatents

    Spurrier, Francis R.; DeZubay, Egon A.; Murray, Alexander P.; Vidt, Edward J.

    1984-02-07

    Slab-shaped high efficiency catalytic reformer configurations particularly useful for generation of fuels to be used in fuel cell based generation systems. A plurality of structures forming a generally rectangular peripheral envelope are spaced about one another to form annular regions, an interior annular region containing a catalytic bed and being regeneratively heated on one side by a hot comubstion gas and on the other side by the gaseous products of the reformation. An integrally mounted combustor is cooled by impingement of incoming oxidant.

  9. Evidence of Eu{sup 2+} 4f electrons in the valence band spectra of EuTiO{sub 3} and EuZrO{sub 3}

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Valant, M.; Williams, J. R.; Bugnet, M.; Botton, G. A.; Ohashi, N.; Sakka, Y.

    2012-10-15

    We report on optical band gap and valence electronic structure of two Eu{sup 2+}-based perovskites, EuTiO{sub 3} and EuZrO{sub 3} as revealed by diffuse optical scattering, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and valence-band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The data show good agreement with the first-principles studies in which the top of the valence band structure is formed by the narrow Eu 4f{sup 7} electron band. The O 2p band shows the features similar to those of the Ba(Sr)TiO{sub 3} perovskites except that it is shifted to higher binding energies. Appearance of the Eu{sup 2+} 4f{sup 7} band is a reason for narrowing of the optical band gap in the title compounds as compared to their Sr-based analogues.

  10. Evidence of Eu2+ 4f electrons in the valence band spectra of EuTiO3 and EuZrO3

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Valant, M.; Williams, J. R.; Bugnet, M.; Botton, G. A.; Ohashi, N.; Sakka, Y.

    2012-10-01

    We report on optical band gap and valence electronic structure of two Eu2+-based perovskites, EuTiO3 and EuZrO3 as revealed by diffuse optical scattering, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and valence-band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The data show good agreement with the first-principles studies in which the top of the valence band structure is formed by the narrow Eu 4f7 electron band. The O 2p band shows the features similar to those of the Ba(Sr)TiO3 perovskites except that it is shifted to higher binding energies. Appearance of the Eu2+ 4f7 band is a reason for narrowing of the optical band gap in the title compounds as compared to their Sr-based analogues.

  11. Rethinking Reform

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    Garland, James C.

    2010-01-01

    As president of Miami University of Ohio from 1996 until 2006, James C. Garland redefined the public institution as a "semi-private" university by implementing the same tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students from Ohio with need received large scholarships--but those who could afford to pay more did so. The reform,…

  12. Reform Evaluation.

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    Yoloye, E. Ayotunde

    1981-01-01

    Focuses on issues in evaluating educational change. Topics include what should be evaluated, management of reform and evaluation, evaluation as a threat, attitudes toward evaluation, factors in drawing up an evaluation plan, management information systems, evaluation techniques, financing evaluation, and indicators of success. (KC)

  13. Toothless Reform?

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    Smarick, Andy

    2010-01-01

    To many education reformers, the passage of the federal government's massive stimulus plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), appeared to be a final bright star falling into alignment. The ARRA seemed to complete the constellation: an astounding $100 billion of new federal funds--nearly twice the annual budget of the U.S.…

  14. Energy-water-food nexus under financial constraint environment: good, the bad, and the ugly sustainability reforms in sub-Saharan African countries.

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    Zaman, Khalid; Shamsuddin, Sadaf; Ahmad, Mehboob

    2017-04-06

    Environmental sustainability agenda are generally compromised by energy, water, and food production resources, while in the recent waves of global financial crisis, it mediates to increase the intensity of air pollutants, which largely affected the less developing countries due to their ease of environmental regulation policies and lack of optimal utilization of economic resources. Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are no exception that majorly hit by the recent global financial crisis, which affected the country's natural environment through the channel of unsustainable energy-water-food production. The study employed panel random effect model that addresses the country-specific time-invariant shocks to examine the non-linear relationship between water-energy-food resources and air pollutants in a panel of 19 selected SSA countries, for a period of 2000-2014. The results confirmed the carbon-fossil-methane environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) that turned into inverted U-shaped relationships in a panel of selected SSA countries. Food resources largely affected greenhouse gas (GHG), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions while water resource decreases carbon dioxide (CO2), fossil fuel, and CH4 emissions in a region. Energy efficiency improves air quality indicators while industry value added increases CO2 emissions, fossil fuel energy, and GHG emissions. Global financial crisis increases the risk of climate change across countries. The study concludes that although SSA countries strive hard to take some "good" initiatives to reduce environmental degradation in a form of improved water and energy sources, however, due to lack of optimal utilization of food resources and global financial constraints, it leads to "the bad" and "the ugly" sustainability reforms in a region.

  15. Reforming catalyst

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    Baird, W.C. Jr.; Swan, G.A.

    1991-11-19

    This patent describes a catalyst useful for reforming a naphtha feed at high severity reforming conditions. It comprises the metals, platinum, rhenium and iridium on a refractory porous inorganic oxide support, the support consisting essentially of alumina, wherein the concentration by weight of each of the metals platinum and rhenium is at least 0.1 percent and iridium at least 0.15 percent and at least one of the metals is present in a concentration of at least 0.3 percent, and the sum-total; concentration of the metals is greater than 0.9 percent, and wherein each catalyst particle contains all three of the metals platinum, rhenium and iridium. This patent also describes this composition wherein the catalyst contains from about 0.1 percent to about 3 percent of a halogen and from about 0.05 percent to about 0.02 percent sulfur.

  16. Applications of solar reforming technology

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    Spiewak, I.; Tyner, C.E.; Langnickel, U.

    1993-11-01

    Research in recent years has demonstrated the efficient use of solar thermal energy for driving endothermic chemical reforming reactions in which hydrocarbons are reacted to form synthesis gas (syngas). Closed-loop reforming/methanation systems can be used for storage and transport of process heat and for short-term storage for peaking power generation. Open-loop systems can be used for direct fuel production; for production of syngas feedstock for further processing to specialty chemicals and plastics and bulk ammonia, hydrogen, and liquid fuels; and directly for industrial processes such as iron ore reduction. In addition, reforming of organic chemical wastes and hazardous materials can be accomplished using the high-efficiency destruction capabilities of steam reforming. To help identify the most promising areas for future development of this technology, we discuss in this paper the economics and market potential of these applications.

  17. Thermodynamic Assessment of EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 Systems

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    Wang, Yu; Sun, Yimin

    2011-09-01

    Using the CALPHAD technique, an assessment of the binary EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 systems has been carried out in this study. The modified quasi-chemical model was defined to describe the Gibbs energies of the liquid phases, and the model parameters were optimized from the experimental phase diagram data. The phase diagrams and enthalpies of mixing of the EuCl3-MgCl2 and EuCl3-BaCl2 systems were calculated. The calculated results by the present method agree well with the experimental data. The Gibbs energies of formation of Mg3Eu2Cl12, Ba3Eu2Cl12, and Ba2Eu3Cl13 from the pure components were predicted.

  18. Sexism in School Textbooks Prepared under Education Reform in Turkey

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    Esen, Yasemin

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this study is to analyze the new textbooks prepared under the framework of the "curriculum reform" realized in Turkey , as part of the EU harmonization process, in terms of gender representation. For this purpose, illustrations in the new ABC, Life Studies and Social Studies textbooks prepared under the new program were…

  19. Rapid and Energy-Saving Microwave-Assisted Solid-State Synthesis of Pr(3+)-, Eu(3+)-, or Tb(3+)-Doped Lu2O3 Persistent Luminescence Materials.

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    Pedroso, Cássio C S; Carvalho, José M; Rodrigues, Lucas C V; Hölsä, Jorma; Brito, Hermi F

    2016-08-03

    Persistent luminescence materials Lu2O3:R(3+),M (Pr,Hf(IV); Eu; or Tb,Ca(2+)) were successfully and rapidly (22 min) prepared by microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis (MASS) using a carbon microwave susceptor and H3BO3 as flux. Reaction times are reduced by up to 93% over previous synthetic methods, without special gases application and using a domestic microwave oven. All materials prepared with H3BO3 flux exhibit LuBO3 impurities that were quantified by Rietveld refinement from synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction patterns. The flux does not considerably affect the crystalline structure of the C-Lu2O3, however. Scanning electron micrographs suggest low surface area when H3BO3 flux is used in the materials' synthesis, decreasing the amount of surface hydroxyl groups in Lu2O3 and improving the luminescence intensity of the phosphors. The carbon used as the susceptor generates CO gas, leading to complete reduction of Tb(IV) to Tb(3+) and partial conversion of Pr(IV) to Pr(3+) present in the Tb4O7 and Pr6O11 precursors, as indicated by X-ray absorption near-edge structure data. Persistent luminescence spectra of the materials show the red/near-IR, reddish orange, and green emission colors assigned to the 4f(n) → 4f(n) transitions characteristics of Pr(3+), Eu(3+), and Tb(3+) ions, respectively. Differences between the UV-excited and persistent luminescence spectra can be explained by the preferential persistent luminescence emission of R(3+) ion in the S6 site rather than R(3+) in the C2 site. In addition, inclusion of Hf(IV) and Ca(2+) codopants in the Lu2O3 host increases the emission intensity and duration of persistent luminescence due to generation of traps caused by charge compensation in the lattice. Photonic materials prepared by MASS with H3BO3 flux show higher persistent luminescence performance than those prepared by the ceramic method or MASS without flux. Color tuning of persistent luminescence in Lu2O3:R(3+),M provides potential

  20. Fuel cell integrated with steam reformer

    DOEpatents

    Beshty, Bahjat S.; Whelan, James A.

    1987-01-01

    A H.sub.2 -air fuel cell integrated with a steam reformer is disclosed wherein a superheated water/methanol mixture is fed to a catalytic reformer to provide a continuous supply of hydrogen to the fuel cell, the gases exhausted from the anode of the fuel cell providing the thermal energy, via combustion, for superheating the water/methanol mixture.

  1. Thermoluminescence response of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanophosphor Co-doped with Eu and Ce for gamma ray dosimetry

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    Patil, B. J.; Bhadane, Mahesh S.; Dahiwale, S. S.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dhole, S. D.; Mandlik, N. T.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.

    2015-06-24

    K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanophosphors co-doped with Eu and Ce were synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method. These samples were further annealed at 700 °C structural reformation. The structural and morphological characteristics were studied using XRD and TEM techniques. The particle size calculated from XRD spectra was around 35 nm. The as synthesized sample shows cubic structure annealed at 700 °C. The as synthesized and annealed sample of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: EuCe were irradiated with Co{sup 60} gamma rays for the doses from 2Gy to 1kGy. The TL characteristic sample of co-doped were studied for the dosimetric application by gamma radiation. The TL spectrum of annealed sample has single peaked at 160 °C. The Eu doped sample has a high TL sensitivity than Ce doped sample. But after co-doping with Eu and Ce, TL intensity observed to be decreased. The decrees in TL peak intensity of the phosphor on co-doping of Eu and Ce gives an insight into the emission mechanism of the phosphor which involves energy transfer from Eu to Ce. The TL response of all the samples were found to be linear for the dose from 2 Gy to 1 KGy. Therefore, K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: EuCe nanophosphor can be used for the measurement of high dose of gamma radiation.

  2. Search for linking transitions in {sup 143}Eu

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    Lerma, F.; LaFosse, D.R.; Devlin, M.

    1996-12-31

    Six SD bands were populated in {sup 143}Eu and {sup 144}Eu, two of which had not been previously observed. Sum spectra were generated to search for two step links from the yrast SD band in {sup 143}Eu. However, no two step links were found. A single link from the SD band in {sup 143}Eu was found at 3364 keV. The level where it feeds into has not been identified. Alpha-particle energy (E{sub {alpha}}) spectra leading to the SD band and to normal states in {sup 143}Eu were measured and a correlation was found between E{sub {alpha}} and the level spin of the residual nucleus.

  3. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-15

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu(3+) doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO6(6-) group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO6(6-) group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  4. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-01

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu3 + doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO66 - group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO66 - group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  5. Low-lying electronic structure of EuH, EuOH, and EuO neutrals and anions determined by anion photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT calculations

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    Kafader, Jared O.; Ray, Manisha; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2015-07-21

    The anion photoelectron (PE) spectra of EuH{sup −} and the PE spectrum of overlapping EuOH{sup −} and EuO{sup −} anions are presented and analyzed with supporting results from density functional theory calculations on the various anions and neutrals. Results point to ionically bound, high-spin species. EuH and EuOH anions and neutrals exhibit analogous electronic structures: Transitions from {sup 8}Σ{sup −} anion ground states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2} superconfiguration to the close-lying neutral {sup 9}Σ{sup −} and {sup 7}Σ{sup −} states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s} superconfiguration are observed spaced by an energy interval similar to the free Eu{sup +} [4f{sup 7}6s] {sup 9}S - {sup 7}S splitting. The electron affinities (EAs) of EuH and EuOH are determined to be 0.771 ± 0.009 eV and 0.700 ± 0.011 eV, respectively. Analysis of spectroscopic features attributed to EuO{sup −} photodetachment is complicated by the likely presence of two energetically competitive electronic states of EuO{sup −} populating the ion beam. However, based on the calculated relative energies of the close-lying anion states arising from the 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s} and 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2} configurations and the relative energies of the one-electron accessible 4f{sup 7} and 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s} neutral states based on ligand-field theory [M. Dulick, E. Murad, and R. F. Barrow, J. Chem. Phys. 85, 385 (1986)], the remaining features are consistent with the 4f{sup 6}σ{sub 6s}{sup 2}  {sup 7}Σ{sup −} and 4f{sup 7}σ{sub 6s}{sup 7}Σ{sup −} anion states lying very close in energy (the former was calculated to be 0.15 eV lower in energy than the latter), though the true anion ground state and neutral EA could not be established unambiguously. Calculations on the various EuO anion and neutral states suggest 4f-orbital overlap with 2p orbitals in species with 4f{sup 6} occupancy.

  6. Colour tuning and energy transfer pathways in MgAl2O4 triply doped with 0.1% Ce3+, 0.1% Eu2+, x% Tb3+ (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 2 %) nanocrystals synthesized using sol-gel process

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    Motloung, S. V.; Dejene, B. F.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.; Kroon, R. E.

    2017-04-01

    A series of the undoped, 0.1% Ce3+, 0.1% Eu2+, 0.1% Tb3+ singly doped and 0.1% Ce3+, 0.1% Eu2+, x% Tb3+ (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 2 %) triply doped MgAl2O4 nanophosphors were synthesized by the sol-gel technique and thereafter annealed at 800 °C. The nanocrystals consist of the pure cubic structures. The type of the dopant and varying the Tb3+ mol% influence the crystallites size and morphology of the prepared powders. Photoluminescence (PL) results showed a red emission from Ce3+ singly doped MgAl2O4. Furthermore, the PL results revealed the existence of the energy transfer from Eu2+ → Tb3+ → Ce3+. CIE colour chromaticity showed that the colour can be tuned from bluish → greenish by changing the Tb3+ mol% and the excitation wavelength.

  7. Two measured completely different electron affinities for atomic Eu?

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    Msezane, A. Z.; Felfli, Z.

    2016-05-01

    Recently, the electron affinity (EA) of atomic Eu was measured to be 0.116?eV. This value is in outstanding agreement with the theoretically calculated values using the Regge pole and MCDF-RCI methods. Previously, the EA of Eu was measured to be 1.053 eV. In an attempt to resolve the discrepancy between the two measured values, we have adopted the complex angular momentum (CAM) method and investigated in the electron energy range 0.11 eV energies (BEs) of negative ions formed during the collision of an electron with atomic Eu as Regge resonances following Ref.. We find the value of 2.63 eV as the EA of Eu. This leads us to conclude that neither the claimed measured EA of Eu correspond to the actual EA of Eu. We conclude that the EA in corresponds to the BE of an excited (metastable) state of the Euanion and that in to a shape resonance. We have also investigated the EA of atomic Nd and found the value of 1.88 eV, consistent with the measurement. These significant EA values of Eu and Nd could be important in the use of their negative ions in catalyzing the oxidation of water to peroxide and of methane to methanol without CO2 emission. These new results call for immediate experimental and theoretical verification.

  8. When Corruption Gets in the Way: Befriending Diaspora and EU-nionizing Bosnia's Higher Education

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    Sabic-El-Rayess, Amra

    2013-01-01

    This article investigates the encounter of EU-unionization with a domesticated practice of corruption in Bosnian higher education. Relying on primary data collected in Bosnia's public higher education system, the study finds that the country's corrupt higher education is in conflict with the Bologna-themed reforms that would arguably help…

  9. Eu{sup 3+} luminescence enhancement by intercalation of benzenepolycarboxylic guests into Eu{sup 3+}-doped layered gadolinium hydroxide

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    Gu, Qingyang; Pan, Guohua; Ma, Teng; Huang, Gailing; Sun, Genban; Ma, Shulan; Yang, Xiaojing

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Two benzenepolycarboxylic sensitizers, 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTA) and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid (BA), were intercalated into NO{sub 3}–LGdH:Eu, in which different structures of the compounds resulted in varied arrangement in the gallery. The two organic compounds especially BA markedly enhanced the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} due to efficient energy transfer between the organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers. - Highlights: • We report the intercalation of benzenepolycarboxylic organic sensitizers into LRH. • We study the intercalation structure and the arrangement of the interlayer guests. • The two organic compounds can markedly enhance the luminescence of Eu{sup 3+}. • There exists efficient energy transfer between organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers. • This material opens a route for fabricating new multifunctional luminescent materials. - Abstract: Two benzenepolycarboxylic organic sensitizers, 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTA) and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid (BA), were intercalated into the gallery of NO{sub 3}{sup −} type Eu{sup 3+}-doped layered gadolinium hydroxide (NO{sub 3}–LGdH:Eu). CHN analysis, FTIR, and SEM were employed to characterize the intercalation structures of the as-prepared organic/inorganic hybrids. The area per unit charge (S{sub charge}) was used to explain the intercalation structure and the arrangement of the interlayer guests. Different structures of the two organic compounds resulted in varied arrangement of guests. Photoluminescence studies indicated that both of the two organic compounds especially BA markedly enhanced the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} due to efficient energy transfer between the organic guests and Eu{sup 3+} centers.

  10. Less Developed Countries (LDCs) Facing Higher Education Curricula Reform Challenges in a "New World (Dis)Order"

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    Gilder, Eric

    2011-01-01

    In a previous article for "EJHE," I detailed Curricula Reform (CR) efforts in Higher Education (HE) in four (relatively) well developed regional and national settings (The EU, the USA, Hong Kong SAR China, and Singapore). I detailed the backdrop motivating the moves by policymakers to reform the curricula in such "world class"…

  11. Hyper-stable organo-Eu(III) luminophore under high temperature for photo-industrial application.

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    Nakajima, Ayako; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Kitagawa, Yuichi; Seki, Tomohiro; Ito, Hajime; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2016-04-14

    Novel organo-Eu(III) luminophores, Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y (hfa: hexafluoroacetylacetonate, CPO: 4-carboxyphenyl diphenyl phosphine oxide, TCPO: 4,4',4″-tricarboxyphenyl phosphine oxide), were synthesized by the complexation of Eu(III) ions with hfa moieties and CPO or TCPO ligands. The thermal and luminescent stabilities of the luminophores are extremely high. The decomposition temperature of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were determined as 200 and 450 °C, respectively. The luminescence of Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y under UV light irradiation was observed even at a high temperature, 400 °C. The luminescent properties of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were estimated from emission spectra, quantum yields and lifetime measurements. The energy transfer efficiency from hfa moieties to Eu(III) ions in Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y was 59%. The photosensitized luminescence of hyper-stable Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y at 400 °C is demonstrated for future photonic applications.

  12. Hyper-stable organo-EuIII luminophore under high temperature for photo-industrial application

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    Nakajima, Ayako; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Kitagawa, Yuichi; Seki, Tomohiro; Ito, Hajime; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2016-01-01

    Novel organo-EuIII luminophores, Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y (hfa: hexafluoroacetylacetonate, CPO: 4-carboxyphenyl diphenyl phosphine oxide, TCPO: 4,4′,4″-tricarboxyphenyl phosphine oxide), were synthesized by the complexation of EuIII ions with hfa moieties and CPO or TCPO ligands. The thermal and luminescent stabilities of the luminophores are extremely high. The decomposition temperature of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were determined as 200 and 450 °C, respectively. The luminescence of Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y under UV light irradiation was observed even at a high temperature, 400 °C. The luminescent properties of Eu(hfa)x(CPO)y and Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y were estimated from emission spectra, quantum yields and lifetime measurements. The energy transfer efficiency from hfa moieties to EuIII ions in Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y was 59%. The photosensitized luminescence of hyper-stable Eu(hfa)x(TCPO)y at 400 °C is demonstrated for future photonic applications. PMID:27074731

  13. Antiferromagnetism in EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2 single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2015-05-07

    Single crystals of EuCu2As2 and EuCu2Sb2 were grown from CuAs and CuSb self-flux, respectively. The crystallographic, magnetic, thermal, and electronic transport properties of the single crystals were investigated by room-temperature x-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T, isothermal magnetization M versus magnetic field H, specific heat Cp(T), and electrical resistivity ρ(T) measurements. EuCu2As2 crystallizes in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (space group I4/mmm), whereas EuCu2Sb2 crystallizes in the related primitive tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm). The energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and XRD data for the EuCu2Sb2 crystals showed the presence of vacancies on the Cu sites, yielding themore » actual composition EuCu1.82Sb2. The ρ(T) and Cp(T) data reveal metallic character for both EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2. Antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is indicated from the χ(T),Cp(T), and ρ(T) data for both EuCu2As2 (TN = 17.5 K) and EuCu1.82Sb2 (TN = 5.1 K). In EuCu1.82Sb2, the ordered-state χ(T) and M(H) data suggest either a collinear A-type AFM ordering of Eu+2 spins S = 7/2 or a planar noncollinear AFM structure, with the ordered moments oriented in the tetragonal ab plane in either case. This ordered-moment orientation for the A-type AFM is consistent with calculations with magnetic dipole interactions. As a result, the anisotropic χ(T) and isothermal M(H) data for EuCu2As2, also containing Eu+2 spins S = 7/2, strongly deviate from the predictions of molecular field theory for collinear AFM ordering and the AFM structure appears to be both noncollinear and noncoplanar.« less

  14. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko

    2015-07-20

    We found an enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} emissions in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films fabricated by microemulsion method. The Eu{sup 3+} emission intensities were increased by reducing annealing temperatures from 633 K to 533 K. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the size reduction enhances the energy transfer from ZnO nanoparticles to Eu{sup 3+} ions. Also, the shift of the charge-transfer band into the low-energy side of the absorption edge is found to be crucial, which seems to expedite the energy transfer from O atoms to Eu{sup 3+} ions. These findings will be useful for the material design of Eu-doped ZnO phosphors.

  15. Eu2+ concentration effects in KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+: A novel high-performance scintillator

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    Wu, Yuntao; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Lindsey, Adam C.; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L.

    2016-06-01

    We report here the effect of Eu2+ concentration in KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+ single crystal scintillators. KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+ single crystals doped with 0.5, 1, 3, 5, and 7 mol% Eu2+ were grown by the Bridgman method. The effects of varying Eu2+concentration and crystal volume on the scintillation properties, including light yield, energy resolution, nonproportionality, scintillation decay time and afterglow level, were systematically investigated. For 5 mm×5 mm×5 mm samples, the best light yield of 86,000±4000 photons/MeV was achieved with a content of 5 mol% Eu2+; its energy resolution of 2.5% at 662 keV was comparable to that of LaBr3:Ce3+ and SrI2:Eu2+. With larger samples of about 2.2 cm3, the best performances achieved were for 3 mol% Eu2+ concentration, i.e. a light yield of 76,000±4000 photons/MeV and an energy resolution of 3% at 662 keV. A direct correlation between nonproportionality and Eu2+ concentration was found. A continuous lengthening of scintillation decay time and x-ray induced afterglow level with increasing Eu2+ concentration was observed. The self-absorption effect was evaluated by using the Stokes shift and the temperature dependence of the photoluminescence decay (PL) of the Eu2+ centers. The sample with the highest dopant concentration had more severe temperature quenching of the Eu2+5d-4f emission than the sample with the lowest dopant concentration, which could be ascribed to the thermally activated concentration quenching.

  16. Exploring growth conditions and Eu2+ concentration effects for KSr2I5:Eu scintillator crystals

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    Stand, L.; Zhuravleva, M.; Camarda, G.; Lindsey, A.; Johnson, J.; Hobbs, C.; Melcher, C. L.

    2016-04-01

    Our current research is focused on understanding dopant optimization, growth rate, homogeneity and their impact on the overall performance of KSr2I5:Eu2+ single crystal scintillators. In this work we have investigated the effects of Eu2+ concentration in the potassium strontium iodide matrix, and we found that the concentration needed to maximize the light yield was 4 mol%. In order to assess the effects of the pulling rate, we grew single crystals at 12, 24 and 120 mm/day via the vertical Bridgman technique. For the sample sizes measured (5×5×5 mm3), we found that the crystal grown at the fastest rate of 120 mm/day showed a light yield within ~7% of the more slowly grown boules, and no significant change was observed in the energy resolution. Therefore, light yields from 88,000 to 96,000 ph/MeV and energy resolutions from 2.4 to 3.0% (at 662 keV) were measured for KSr2I5:Eu 4% over a relatively wide range of growth conditions. In order to assess the homogeneity of KSr2I5:Eu 4%, a newly developed micro-resolution X-ray technique was used to map the light yield as a function of excitation position. In the crystals that we studied, we did not observe any significant inhomogeneity other than a smooth gradient due to light collection and self absorption effects.

  17. China's Health Reform Update.

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    Liu, Gordon G; Vortherms, Samantha A; Hong, Xuezhi

    2017-03-20

    China experienced both economic and epistemological transitions within the past few decades, greatly increasing demand for accessible and affordable health care. These shifts put significant pressure on the existing outdated, highly centralized bureaucratic system. Adjusting to growing demands, the government has pursued a new round of health reforms since the late 2000s; the main goals are to reform health care financing, essential drug policies, and public hospitals. Health care financing reform led to universal basic medical insurance, whereas the public hospital reform required more complex measures ranging from changes in regulatory, operational, and service delivery settings to personnel management. This article reviews these major policy changes and the literature-based evidence of the effects of reforms on cost, access, and quality of care. It then highlights the outlook for future reforms. We argue that a better understanding of the unintended consequences of reform policies and of how practitioners' and patients' interests can be better aligned is essential for reforms to succeed.

  18. EU pharmaceutical expenditure forecast

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    Urbinati, Duccio; Rémuzat, Cécile; Kornfeld, Åsa; Vataire, Anne-Lise; Cetinsoy, Laurent; Aballéa, Samuel; Mzoughi, Olfa; Toumi, Mondher

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives With constant incentives for healthcare payers to contain their pharmaceutical budgets, forecasting has become critically important. Some countries have, for instance, developed pharmaceutical horizon scanning units. The objective of this project was to build a model to assess the net effect of the entrance of new patented medicinal products versus medicinal products going off-patent, with a defined forecast horizon, on selected European Union (EU) Member States’ pharmaceutical budgets. This model took into account population ageing, as well as current and future country-specific pricing, reimbursement, and market access policies (the project was performed for the European Commission; see http://ec.europa.eu/health/healthcare/key_documents/index_en.htm). Method In order to have a representative heterogeneity of EU Member States, the following countries were selected for the analysis: France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. A forecasting period of 5 years (2012–2016) was chosen to assess the net pharmaceutical budget impact. A model for generics and biosimilars was developed for each country. The model estimated a separate and combined effect of the direct and indirect impacts of the patent cliff. A second model, estimating the sales development and the risk of development failure, was developed for new drugs. New drugs were reviewed individually to assess their clinical potential and translate it into commercial potential. The forecast was carried out according to three perspectives (healthcare public payer, society, and manufacturer), and several types of distribution chains (retail, hospital, and combined retail and hospital). Probabilistic and deterministic sensitivity analyses were carried out. Results According to the model, all countries experienced drug budget reductions except Poland (+€41 million). Savings were expected to be the highest in the United Kingdom (−€9,367 million), France

  19. Understanding the photoluminescence characteristics of Eu3+-doped double-perovskite by electronic structure calculation

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    Ghosh, Binita; Halder, Saswata; Das, Sayantani; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    Europium-doped luminescent barium samarium tantalum oxide Ba2SmTaO6 (BST) has been investigated by first-principles calculation, and the crystal structure, electronic structure, and optical properties of pure BST and Eu-doped BST have been examined and compared. Based on the calculated results, the luminescence properties and mechanism of Eu-doped BST has been discussed. In the case of Eu-doped BST, there is an impurity energy band at the Fermi level, which is formed by seven spin up energy levels of Eu and act as the luminescent centre, which is evident from the band structure calculations.

  20. Startup procedure for reforming catalysts

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    McHale, W.D.; Schoennagel, H.J.

    1984-08-14

    Process for reforming a hydrocarbon charge under reforming conditions in a reforming zone containing a sulfur-sensitive metal containing reforming catalyst wherein over-cracking of the charge stock and excessive temperature rise in the reforming zone is suppressed by pre-conditioning the catalyst, prior to contact with the charge, with a reformate of specified octane number and aromatics content.

  1. History and Educational Reform.

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    Hampel, Robert L.; And Others

    1996-01-01

    Features comments from Robert L. Hampel, William R. Johnson, Diane Ravitch, and David N. Plank on David Tyack and Larry Cuban's book, "Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform." The book argues that educational reformers in the 20th century have attempted large-scale systemic reforms instituted from the top down. (MJP)

  2. Sputnik Reform Revisited.

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    Strickland, Charles E.

    1985-01-01

    Educational reforms being called for in the 1980's are compared to reforms of the 1950's. The Sputnik-inspired quest for quality called for reform in the content and structure of basic subjects. Current reports say that what educators are doing in the basic subjects is ok, but they need to do more. (RM)

  3. Anchors for Education Reforms

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    Alok, Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Education reforms, considering their significance, deserve better methods than mere "trial and error." This article conceptualizes a network of six anchors for education reforms: education policy, education system, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and teacher education. It establishes the futility to reform anchors in isolation and…

  4. School Reform Resource Manual.

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    Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.

    This manual is designed to help schools make successful school reform a reality. It provides the background and perspectives necessary for a school constituency to understand the current climate of education reform in the United States and what is known about successful school reform. The manual also provides inquiry-based techniques for…

  5. Focused Reform.

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    Chesley, Gary M.; Jordan, Janice M.

    1996-01-01

    In "The Discipline of Market Leaders" (1995), Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersama argue that an enterprise cannot be successful unless it actively pursues one of three value propositions: operational leadership, customer intimacy, or product leadership. Schools, too, must make a strategic decision to devote energies, policies, and practices…

  6. Luminescence properties of ZnS:Cu, Eu semiconductor nanocrystals synthesized by a hydrothermal process

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    Xin, Mei; Hu, Li-Zhong

    2013-08-01

    ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals with an average diameter of ~ 80 nm are synthesized using a hydrothermal approach at 200 °C. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals before and after annealing, as well as the doping form of Eu, are studied. The as-synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, and the excitation and emission spectra (PL). The results show that both Cu and Eu are indeed incorporated into the ZnS matrix. Compared with the PL spectrum of the Cu mono-doped sample, the PL emission intensity of the Cu and Eu-codoped sample increases and a peak appears at 516 nm, indicating that Eu3+ ions, which act as an impurity compensator and activator, are incorporated into the ZnS matrix, forming a donor level. Compared with the unannealed sample, the annealed one has an increased PL emission intensity and the peak position has a blue shift of 56 nm from 516 nm to 460 nm, which means that Eu3+ ions reduce to Eu2+ ions, thereby leading to the appearance of Eu2+ characteristic emission and generating effective host-to-Eu2+ energy transfer. The results indicate the potential applications of ZnS:Cu, Eu nanoparticles in optoelectronic devices.

  7. European hospital reforms in times of crisis: aligning cost containment needs with plans for structural redesign?

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    Clemens, Timo; Michelsen, Kai; Commers, Matt; Garel, Pascal; Dowdeswell, Barrie; Brand, Helmut

    2014-07-01

    Hospitals have become a focal point for health care reform strategies in many European countries during the current financial crisis. It has been called for both, short-term reforms to reduce costs and long-term changes to improve the performance in the long run. On the basis of a literature and document analysis this study analyses how EU member states align short-term and long-term pressures for hospital reforms in times of the financial crisis and assesses the EU's influence on the national reform agenda. The results reveal that there has been an emphasis on cost containment measures rather than embarking on structural redesign of the hospital sector and its position within the broader health care system. The EU influences hospital reform efforts through its enhanced economic framework governance which determines key aspects of the financial context for hospitals in some countries. In addition, the EU health policy agenda which increasingly addresses health system questions stimulates the process of structural hospital reforms by knowledge generation, policy advice and financial incentives. We conclude that successful reforms in such a period would arguably need to address both the organisational and financing sides to hospital care. Moreover, critical to structural reform is a widely held acknowledgement of shortfalls in the current system and belief that new models of hospital care can deliver solutions to overcome these deficits. Advancing the structural redesign of the hospital sector while pressured to contain cost in the short-term is not an easy task and only slowly emerging in Europe.

  8. Density-functional study of structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the EuSin (n=1-13) clusters

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    Zhao, Gao-feng; Sun, Jian-min; Gu, Yu-zong; Wang, Yuan-xu

    2009-09-01

    The geometries, stabilities, and electronic and magnetic properties of europium encapsulated EuSin (n =1-13) clusters have been investigated systematically by using relativistic density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation. Starting from n =12, the Eu atom completely falls into the center of the Si frame, i.e., EuSi12 is the smallest fully endohedral Eu silicon cluster. The interesting finding is in good agreement with the recent experimental results on the photoelectron spectroscopy of the europium silicon clusters [A. Grubisic, H. P. Wang, Y. J. Ko, and K. H. Bowen, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 054302 (2008)]. The magnetic moments of the EuSin (n =1-13) clusters are also studied, and the results show that the total magnetic moments of the EuSin clusters and the magnetic moments on Eu do not quench when the Eu is encapsulated in the Si outer frame cage. It is concluded that most of the 4f electrons of the Eu atom in the EuSi12 cluster do not interact with the silicon cage and the total magnetic moments are overwhelming majority contributed by the 4f electrons of the Eu atom. According to the binding energy per atom, the second difference in energy (Δ2E), and vertical ionization potential, the EuSin (n =4,9,12) clusters are very stable.

  9. Radiation stability of CsBr:Eu needle image plates

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    Batentschuk, M.; Neudert, S.; Weidner, M.; Osvet, A.; Struye, L.; Tahon, J.-P.; Leblans, P.

    2009-10-15

    Needle image plates (NIPs) based on CsBr:Eu are a good alternative to the BaFBr:Eu powder image plates due to their higher sensitivity and improved spatial resolution. The x-ray radiation stability of the NIPs produced by Agfa Gevaert was investigated and it was found that the radiation stability of the optimized NIPs is as high as that of the commercial CsI:Tl single crystals and much higher than reported in literature for the CsBr:Eu NIPs. The dependence of the sensitivity of the NIPs on the accumulated dose was determined for three different types of x-ray irradiation. It is shown that degradation of the sensitivity starts at about 10 Gy and it is the strongest for the most hard x-ray beam. If the energy absorbed by a NIP is taken into account, the degradation does not depend on the hardness of the applied x-ray beam. It is suggested that the main reason for the observed high radiation stability of the CsBr:Eu NIPs is the use of the oxygen-free Eu{sup 2+}-containing precursor CsEuBr{sub 3} for the doping in the manufacturing process.

  10. Radiation stability of CsBr:Eu needle image plates

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    Batentschuk, M.; Neudert, S.; Weidner, M.; Osvet, A.; Struye, L.; Tahon, J.-P.; Leblans, P.

    2009-10-01

    Needle image plates (NIPs) based on CsBr:Eu are a good alternative to the BaFBr:Eu powder image plates due to their higher sensitivity and improved spatial resolution. The x-ray radiation stability of the NIPs produced by Agfa Gevaert was investigated and it was found that the radiation stability of the optimized NIPs is as high as that of the commercial CsI:Tl single crystals and much higher than reported in literature for the CsBr:Eu NIPs. The dependence of the sensitivity of the NIPs on the accumulated dose was determined for three different types of x-ray irradiation. It is shown that degradation of the sensitivity starts at about 10 Gy and it is the strongest for the most hard x-ray beam. If the energy absorbed by a NIP is taken into account, the degradation does not depend on the hardness of the applied x-ray beam. It is suggested that the main reason for the observed high radiation stability of the CsBr:Eu NIPs is the use of the oxygen-free Eu2+-containing precursor CsEuBr3 for the doping in the manufacturing process.

  11. Boron induced change of the Eu valence state in EuPd3Bx (0≤x≤0.53) : A theoretical and experimental study

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    Gumeniuk, R.; Schmitt, M.; Loison, C.; Carrillo-Cabrera, W.; Burkhardt, U.; Auffermann, G.; Schmidt, M.; Schnelle, W.; Geibel, C.; Leithe-Jasper, A.; Rosner, H.

    2010-12-01

    A valence instability of Eu in EuPd3Bx (0≤x≤1) was discussed controversially in the past. In a joint theoretical and experimental study we investigate a large series of EuPd3Bx and GdPd3Bx compounds. Characterization by x-ray diffraction, metallography, energy-, and wavelength-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy as well as chemical analysis determine an existence range of EuPd3Bx up to x≤0.53 and x≤0.42 for the GdPd3Bx compounds, respectively. Our density-functional-based electronic structure calculation predict a valence change in EuPd3Bx above xcDFT=0.19±0.02 from a nonmagnetic Eu3+ state into a magnetic Eu2+ state which is reflected in a discontinuity of the lattice parameter. In contrast, the related Gd compounds with a stable Gd3+ state exhibit an almost linear behavior of the lattice parameter following Vegard’s law. Consistent with the calculations, the x-ray diffraction data show a kink in the lattice parameter for EuPd3Bx at xcXRD=0.22±0.02 . X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements assign this kink to a transition into a heterogeneous mixed valence state for Eu with a critical B content xcXAS=0.22±0.03 . The observed change in the mean Eu valence from Eu3+ (x≤0.2) toward Eu2.5+ (x=0.5) is supported by magnetic susceptibility and specific-heat data.

  12. Quasiparticle bandstructure of antiferromagnetic EuTe

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    Mathi Jaya, S.; Nolting, W.

    1997-11-01

    The temperature-dependent electronic quasiparticle spectrum of the antiferromagnetic semiconductor EuTe is derived by use of a combination of a many-body model procedure with a tight-binding - `linear muffin tin orbital' (TB - LMTO) band structure calculation. The central part is the d - f model for a single band electron (`test electron') being exchange coupled to the antiferromagnetically ordered localized moments of the Eu ions. The single-electron Bloch energies of the d - f model are taken from a TB - LMTO calculation for paramagnetic EuTe. The d - f model is evaluated by a recently proposed moment conserving Green function technique to get the temperature-dependent sublattice - quasiparticle bandstructure (S - QBS) and sublattice - quasiparticle density of states (S - QDOS) of the unoccupied 5d - 6s energy bands. Unconventional correlation effects and the appearance of characteristic quasiparticles (`magnetic polarons') are worked out in detail. The temperature dependence of the S - QDOS and S - QBS is mainly provoked by the spectral weights of the energy dispersions. Minority- and majority-spin spectra coincide for all temperatures but with different densities of states. Upon cooling from 0953-8984/9/47/012/img1 to T = 0 K the lower conduction band edge exhibits a small blue shift of -0.025 eV in accordance with the experiment. Quasiparticle damping manifesting itself in a temperature-dependent broadening of the spectral density peaks arises from spin exchange processes between (5d - 6s) conduction band electrons and localized 4f moments.

  13. Synthesis, X-ray Structure, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Theoretical Prediction of the Structure and Electronic Spectrum of Eu(btfa)(3).bipy and an Assessment of the Effect of Fluorine as a beta-Diketone Substituent on the Ligand-Metal Energy Transfer Process.

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    Batista, Hélcio J.; de Andrade, Antônio V. M.; Longo, Ricardo L.; Simas, Alfredo M.; de Sá, Gilberto F.; Ito, Nao K.; Thompson, Larry C.

    1998-07-13

    The 2,2'-dipyridyl adducts of two europium beta-diketonate complexes, Eu(btfa)(3).bipy [btfa = 4,4,4-trifluoro-1-phenyl-2,4-butanedione, bipy = 2,2'-dipyridyl] and Eu(bzac)(3).bipy [bzac = 1-phenyl-2,4-butanedione], have been prepared. The crystal structure of the former with chemical formula EuC(40)H(26)O(6)N(2)F(9) has been solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. The complex crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/n with a = 11.122(5) Å, b = 22.860(8) Å, c = 15.870(6) Å, beta = 102.62(3)(o), V = 3937(5) Å(3), and Z = 4. A single, eight-coordinate environment, which approximates a square antiprism, is found for the europium(III). The UV absorption spectra of both complexes were obtained from ethanol solutions and, in the case of Eu(btfa)(3).bipy, from a thin film. In both cases the absorption spectra are reasonably well predicted by the INDO/S-CI method using, for Eu(btfa)(3).bipy, both the X-ray data and that obtained through the SMLC/AM1 method as input geometry and, for Eu(bzac)(3).bipy, that obtained through the SMLC/AM1 method. There is a blue shift of the calculated spectra relative to the solution spectra and a slightly larger blue shift compared to the spectrum of the thin film. Both complexes are luminescent under near-UV excitation, and the spectra are in accord with the existence of a single emitting site in each. The increased quantum yield in the fluorinated complex is correlated with a decrease in the bipy-europium(III) distance, a closer match of the lowest ligand-centered triplet state (that level which is primarily responsible for the energy transfer from the ligands to the europium(III)), and the lower vibrational energy of the C-F bonds relative to the C-H bonds. In the fluorinated complex the calculations show that the lowest triplet level is primarily localized on the 2,2'-dipyridyl whereas in the nonfluorinated complex this is the second lowest triplet level.

  14. Structure and luminescence of SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu

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    Park, S.J.; Park, C.H.; Yu, B.Y.; Bae, H.S.; Kim, C.H.; Pyun, C.H.

    1999-10-01

    Powder samples of SrY{sub 2(1{minus}x)}O{sub 4}:Eu{sub 2x} were prepared at 1,000 C by the combustion method. The emission spectrum of SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} showed two kinds of Eu{sup 3+} emissions, which could be assigned to Eu{sup 3+} ions in the Sr site and the Y site. Reducing SrY{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu brought a broad band emission around 470 nm, which could be attributed to crystal defects introduced by the reduction. The energy transfer from defects to Eu{sup 3+} ions was observed to be more effective to the Sr site than to the Y site.

  15. MPC improves reformer control

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    Jung, C.S.; Noh, K.K.; Yi, S.; Kim, J.S.; Song, H.K.; Hyun, J.C.

    1995-04-01

    A model predictive control strategy was applied to a synthesis gas reformer of Samsung-BP Chemicals in Korea that produces carbon monoxide and hydrogen from naphtha. A strongly endothermic reaction occurs in a catalytic reformer, and reformer outlet temperature is considered to have the most significant effect on product composition. The newly developed reformer is known to be a cost-effective process operating at high reaction temperatures and low steam-to-carbon ratio, but its drawback is temperature control difficulty due to the use of offgas as a part of the fuel. Without smooth control of the reformer outlet temperature, stable operation of the downstream separation units cannot be expected. Therefore, it is a great challenge to apply a model predictive control technique for tight control of reformer outlet temperature. The paper describes model predictive control, the process advanced control project, computer system architecture, analysis of operating condition, control structure, sampling rate, and disturbance estimation.

  16. Data-driven discovery of energy materials: efficient BaM2Si3O10 : Eu2+ (M = Sc, Lu) phosphors for application in solid state white lighting.

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    Brgoch, Jakoah; Hasz, Kathryn; Denault, Kristin A; Borg, Christopher K H; Mikhailovsky, Alexander A; Seshadri, Ram

    2014-01-01

    In developing phosphors for application in solid state lighting, it is advantageous to target structures from databases with highly condensed polyhedral networks that produce rigid host compounds. Rigidity limits channels for non-radiative decay that will decrease the luminescence quantum yield. BaM(2)Si(3)O(10) (M = Sc, Lu) follows this design criterion and is studied here as an efficient Eu(2+)-based phosphor. M = Sc(3+) and Lu(3+) compounds with Eu(2+) substitution were prepared and characterized using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Substitution with Eu(2+) according to Ba(1-x)Eu(x)Sc(2)Si(3)O(10) and Ba(1-x)Eu(x)Lu(2)Si(3)O(10) results in UV-to-blue and UV-to-blue-green phosphors, respectively. Interestingly, substitution with Eu(2+) in the Lu(3+) containing material produces two emission peaks at low temperature and with 365 nm excitation, as allowed by the two substitution sites. The photoluminescence of the Sc(3+) compound is robust at high temperature, decreasing by only 25% of its room temperature intensity at 503 K, while the Lu-analogue suffers a large drop (75%) from its room temperature intensity. The decrease in emission intensity is explained as stemming from charge transfer quenching due to the short distances separating the luminescent centers on the Lu(3+) substitution site. The correlation between structure and optical response in these two compounds indicates that even though the structures are three-dimensionally connected, high symmetry is required to prevent structural distortions that could impact photoluminescence.

  17. Luminescence characteristics of Sr 4Al 14O 25:Eu,Dy under proton irradiation

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    Toh, K.; Nagata, S.; Tsuchiya, B.; Shikama, T.

    2006-08-01

    Fluorescence and long lasting emission properties of Sr4Al14O25:Eu, Dy were examined under proton irradiation by varying incident energy. The fluorescence spectra have three strong peaks at 400, 480 and 570 nm. The first two peaks are attributed to the luminescence of Eu2+ and exhibit the long lasting property. The peak at 570 nm is attributed to the luminescence of Dy3+; it exhibits no luminescence after the irradiation has been stopped. The fluorescence intensity ratio of Eu2+/Dy3+ exhibits incident energy dependence, and its value increases with an increase in the proton energy. Radiation damages also exhibits incident energy dependence. Therefore, Sr4Al14O25:Eu, Dy exhibits a potential of being employed to identify the incident proton energy. Long lasting emission has some decay time components and the longest one is unaltered by proton energy.

  18. Naphtha reforming process

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    Gibson, K.R.; Houston, R.J.; Hughes, T.R.; Jacobson, R.L.

    1984-07-17

    In a process for reforming light naphtha with a bimetallic or multimetallic reforming catalyst, such as a platinum-rhenium-halogen catalyst, at conventional reforming conditions, wherein the catalyst is used for an extended continuous on-stream period, the aromatics selectivity of the catalyst is rapidly increased by contacting the naphtha and hydrogen with the catalyst at increased severity operating conditions, such as a reduced pressure less than 90% of the normal reforming pressure, during an initial portion of the on-stream period.

  19. Luminescence of Eu and Ce in K3Ca2(SO4)3F fluoride material.

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    Poddar, Anuradha; Gedam, S C; Dhoble, S J

    2015-09-01

    A new halophosphor K3Ca2(SO4)3F activated by Eu or Ce and K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce,Eu co-doped halosulfate phosphor has been synthesized by the co-precipitation method and characterized for its photoluminescence (PL). The PL emission spectra of the K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce phosphor show emission at 334 nm when excited at 278 nm due to 5d → 4f transition of Ce(3+) ions. In the K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Eu lattice, Eu(2+) (440 nm) as well as Eu(3+) (596 nm and 615 nm) emissions have been observed showing (5) D0 →(7) F1 and (5) D0 →(7) F2 transition of the Eu(3+) ion, which is in the blue and red region of the visible spectrum respectively. The trivalent europium ion is very useful for studying the nature of metal coordination in various systems owing to its non-degenerate emitting (5) D0 state. K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce,Eu is suitable for Ce(3+) → Eu(2+) → Eu(3+) energy transfer in which Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) play the role of sensitizers and Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) act as the activators. The observations presented in this paper are relevant for lamp phosphors.

  20. Plasma catalytic reforming of methane

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    Bromberg, L.; Cohn, D.R.; Rabinovich, A.; Alexeev, N.

    1998-08-01

    Thermal plasma technology can be efficiently used in the production of hydrogen and hydrogen-rich gases from methane and a variety of fuels. This paper describes progress in plasma reforming experiments and calculations of high temperature conversion of methane using heterogeneous processes. The thermal plasma is a highly energetic state of matter that is characterized by extremely high temperatures (several thousand degrees Celsius) and high degree of dissociation and substantial degree of ionization. The high temperatures accelerate the reactions involved in the reforming process. Hydrogen-rich gas (50% H{sub 2}, 17% CO and 33% N{sub 2}, for partial oxidation/water shifting) can be efficiently made in compact plasma reformers. Experiments have been carried out in a small device (2--3 kW) and without the use of efficient heat regeneration. For partial oxidation/water shifting, it was determined that the specific energy consumption in the plasma reforming processes is 16 MJ/kg H{sub 2} with high conversion efficiencies. Larger plasmatrons, better reactor thermal insulation, efficient heat regeneration and improved plasma catalysis could also play a major role in specific energy consumption reduction and increasing the methane conversion. A system has been demonstrated for hydrogen production with low CO content ({approximately} 1.5%) with power densities of {approximately} 30 kW (H{sub 2} HHV)/liter of reactor, or {approximately} 10 m{sup 3}/hr H{sub 2} per liter of reactor. Power density should further increase with increased power and improved design.

  1. EU Regulations Impede Market Introduction of GM Forest Trees.

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    Custers, René; Bartsch, Detlef; Fladung, Matthias; Nilsson, Ove; Pilate, Gilles; Sweet, Jeremy; Boerjan, Wout

    2016-04-01

    Biotechnology can greatly improve the efficiency of forest tree breeding for the production of biomass, energy, and materials. However, EU regulations impede the market introduction of genetically modified (GM) trees so their socioeconomic and environmental benefits are not realized. European policy makers should concentrate on a science-based regulatory process.

  2. Probing dual mode emission of Eu3+ in garnet phosphor

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    Singh, S. K.; Gi Lee, Dong; Soo Yi, Soung; Jang, Kiwan; Shin, Dong-Soo; Hyun Jeong, Jung

    2013-05-01

    Eu3+ doped and Eu3+, Yb3+ co-doped Gd3Ga5O12 phosphors have been developed by facile solid state reaction method which can be easily scaled-up in large quantity. The synthesis has been optimized to get a single phase material at 1300 °C. The phase and crystal parameters have been analyzed by using X-ray diffraction measurement. Photoluminescence excitation (monitored for the 5D0 → 7F1 transition of Eu3+) depicts that the active ion (Eu3+) can be excited through direct excitation into 4f band of Eu3+, through charge transfer band (Eu3+-O2-) excitation and also through the excitation into 8S7/2 → 6IJ intra f-f transition of Gd3+ ion, which significantly all together cover a broad excitation region in 200-420 nm. In addition, in the presence of Yb3+ ions, the emission is also achieved by near infrared excitation (976 nm), through a typical upconversion (UC) process. Thus, the material efficiently behaves as a dual mode emitting phosphor (emission is achieved both through normal fluorescence and through UC process). The conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells is only 15% of terrestrial solar energy for 200-400 nm region and also the sub-band gap energy (in infrared region) is lost as heat; therefore, this kind of dual mode phosphors may be used to overcome the above mentioned incomplete utilization of the solar spectrum and can open realm of new possibilities for energy harvesting.

  3. Lithuanian Energy Security: Lithuania’s Dependence on Energy Supply From Russia

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    2011-03-16

    security13. The 2007 energy strategy encourages Lithuania to participate in the common EU energy policy development process, and relate its energy...of the participating EU countries violates energy security interests of other member states. Projects such as Nord Stream should conform to EU...upon exported energy resources and participation in the energy markets of other countries, aiming at 10 controlling energy resources and energy

  4. Eu(3+) doped down shifting TiO2 layer for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kumar, Vinod; Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Kumar, Anuj; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Dutta, Viresh; Swart, H C

    2016-12-15

    Europium doped TiO2 (TiO2:Eu(3+)) down-shifting (DS) nanophosphors (NPrs) were synthesized by the solution-combustion method with different concentrations of Eu(3+). The X-ray diffraction results confirmed the formation of a polycrystalline tetragonal structure of the TiO2. The emission of colour of the TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPr was tuned by varying the doping concentration of Eu(3+). The photoluminescence results confirmed that the TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPrs converted the UV light into visible light by energy down-conversion process, i.e. down-shifting of high energy UV photons to low energy visible photons. These TiO2:Eu(3+) DS NPrs were used to enhance the efficiency of the Dye sensitized solar cell from 8.32% to 8.80%.

  5. Reforming with polymetallic catalysts

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    Baird, W.C. Jr.

    1988-11-29

    This patent describes a process for catalytically reforming, with hydrogen, a hydrocarbon naphtha feed at reforming conditions, the improvement comprising contacting the naphtha feed, and hydrogen, with a halogenated, supported platinum-rhenium catalyst promoted with iridium agglomerated to exhibit a crystallinity greater than 50 percent, as measured by X-ray.

  6. Small Schools Reform Narratives

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    Lehman, Beth M.; Berghoff, Beth

    2013-01-01

    This study explored complicated personal narratives of school reform generated by participants in response to a particular small schools reform initiative. Narrative data was dialogically generated in interviews with nine past participants of an urban high school conversion project planned and implemented over a span of five years toward the goal…

  7. Prison Reform and Indians

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    Keller, Charles

    1976-01-01

    Briefly describing the history of prison reform and the American Indian, this article argues that the "professed" humanitarian philosophy of the reformers would not have been extended to "peoples languishing in prison or sequestered on reservations had it not been expedient for the business interests of the larger society". (JC)

  8. Thinking about Tax Reform.

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    Boskin, Michael J.

    1985-01-01

    Providing pre-college teachers with an analysis of tax reform is the primary goal of this publication. The present tax system is both inefficient and inequitable. Three goals of tax reform proposals are detailed: (1) fairness--the dimensions of horizontal equity, or equal treatment of equals however defined, and vertical equity, reflecting the…

  9. School Reform. IDRA Focus.

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    IDRA Newsletter, 1998

    1998-01-01

    This theme issue addresses school reform, focusing on accountability, attrition, public-supported private education, equitable education, and schoolwide reform. "School-Student Performance and Accountability" (Jose A. Cardenas) discusses what constitutes good performance in school; the shifting emphasis among the input, output, and…

  10. Reform Disconnection in China

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    Walker, Allan; Qian, Haiyan

    2012-01-01

    This article examines many of the frustrations associated with implementing education reforms in mainland Chinese schools. Our basic argument is that when taken individually, many of the recent reforms are beneficial, but when parceled together and thrust hastily at schools, they are unwieldy and disconnected. We suggest that the inability of the…

  11. Educational Reform in Turkey

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    Aksit, Necmi

    2007-01-01

    There are a number of reform initiatives underway in Turkey but some of these, which are concerned with curricular and structural changes, have encountered serious difficulties. This paper begins with a brief summary of school effectiveness and school improvement research guiding many educational reforms. It then gives some information about…

  12. Blue emission of Eu2+-doped translucent alumina

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    Yang, Yan; Zhang, Lihua; Kisslinger, Kim; ...

    2015-08-21

    Inorganic scintillators are very important in medical and industrial measuring systems in the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation. In addition to Ce3+, a widely used dopant ion in oxide scintillators, divalent Europium (Eu2+) has shown promise as a high-luminescence, fast-response luminescence center useful in the detection of ionizing radiation. In this research, aluminum oxide (Al2O3) was studied as a host material for the divalent europium ion. Polycrystalline samples of Eu2+-doped translucent Al2O3 were fabricated, and room temperature luminescence behavior was observed. Al2O3 ceramics doped with 0.1 at% Eu2+ were fabricated with a relative density of 99.75% theoretical density andmore » in-line transmittance of 22% at a wavelength of 800 nm. The ceramics were processed by a gel-casting method, followed by sintering under high vacuum. The gelling agent, a copolymer of isobutylene and maleic anhydride, is marketed under the commercial name ISOBAM, and has the advantage of simultaneously acting as both a gelling agent and as a dispersant. The microstructure and composition of the vacuum-sintered Eu2+:Al2O3 were characterized by Scanning Electric Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The phase composition was determined by X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD) combined with Rietveld analysis. The photoluminescence behavior of the Eu2+:Al2O3 was characterized using UV light as the excitation source, which emitted blue emission at 440 nm. The radio-luminescence of Eu2+:Al2O3 was investigated by illumination with X-ray radiation, showing three emission bands at 376 nm, 575 nm and 698 nm. Furthermore, multiple level traps at different depths were detected in the Eu2+:Al2O3 by employing thermoluminescence measurements.« less

  13. New process model proves accurate in tests on catalytic reformer

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    Aguilar-Rodriguez, E.; Ancheyta-Juarez, J. )

    1994-07-25

    A mathematical model has been devised to represent the process that takes place in a fixed-bed, tubular, adiabatic catalytic reforming reactor. Since its development, the model has been applied to the simulation of a commercial semiregenerative reformer. The development of mass and energy balances for this reformer led to a model that predicts both concentration and temperature profiles along the reactor. A comparison of the model's results with experimental data illustrates its accuracy at predicting product profiles. Simple steps show how the model can be applied to simulate any fixed-bed catalytic reformer.

  14. Theoretical and empirical investigations of KCl:Eu2+ for nearly water-equivalent radiotherapy dosimetry

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    Zheng, Yuanshui; Han, Zhaohui; Driewer, Joseph P.; Low, Daniel A.; Li, H. Harold

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The low effective atomic number, reusability, and other computed radiography-related advantages make europium doped potassium chloride (KCl:Eu2+) a promising dosimetry material. The purpose of this study is to model KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters with a Monte Carlo (MC) method and, using this model, to investigate the dose responses of two-dimensional (2D) KCl:Eu2+ storage phosphor films (SPFs). Methods: KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters were irradiated using a 6 MV beam at four depths (5–20 cm) for each of five square field sizes (5×5–25×25 cm2). The dose measured by KCl:Eu2+ was compared to that measured by an ionization chamber to obtain the magnitude of energy dependent dose measurement artifact. The measurements were simulated using DOSXYZnrc with phase space files generated by BEAMnrcMP. Simulations were also performed for KCl:Eu2+ films with thicknesses ranging from 1 μm to 1 mm. The work function of the prototype KCl:Eu2+ material was determined by comparing the sensitivity of a 150 μm thick KCl:Eu2+ film to a commercial BaFBr0.85I0.15:Eu2+-based SPF with a known work function. The work function was then used to estimate the sensitivity of a 1 μm thick KCl:Eu2+ film. Results: The simulated dose responses of prototype KCl:Eu2+ point dosimeters agree well with measurement data acquired by irradiating the dosimeters in the 6 MV beam with varying field size and depth. Furthermore, simulations with films demonstrate that an ultrathin KCl:Eu2+ film with thickness of the order of 1 μm would have nearly water-equivalent dose response. The simulation results can be understood using classic cavity theories. Finally, preliminary experiments and theoretical calculations show that ultrathin KCl:Eu2+ film could provide excellent signal in a 1 cGy dose-to-water irradiation. Conclusions: In conclusion, the authors demonstrate that KCl:Eu2+-based dosimeters can be accurately modeled by a MC method and that 2D KCl:Eu2+ films of the order of 1 μm thick would have

  15. Reforming Science: Methodological and Cultural Reforms

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    Casadevall, Arturo; Fang, Ferric C.

    2012-01-01

    Contemporary science has brought about technological advances and an unprecedented understanding of the natural world. However, there are signs of dysfunction in the scientific community as well as threats from diverse antiscience and political forces. Incentives in the current system place scientists under tremendous stress, discourage cooperation, encourage poor scientific practices, and deter new talent from entering the field. It is time for a discussion of how the scientific enterprise can be reformed to become more effective and robust. Serious reform will require more consistent methodological rigor and a transformation of the current hypercompetitive scientific culture. PMID:22184414

  16. Health reform through tax reform: a primer.

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    Furman, Jason

    2008-01-01

    Tax incentives for employer-sponsored insurance and other medical spending cost about $200 billion annually and have pervasive effects on coverage and costs. This paper surveys a range of proposals to reform health care, either by adding new tax incentives or by limiting or replacing the existing tax incentives. Replacing the current tax preference for insurance with an income-related, refundable tax credit has the potential to expand coverage and reduce inefficient spending at no net federal cost. But such an approach by itself would entail substantial risks, so complementary reforms to the insurance market are essential to ensure success.

  17. Catalytic reforming process

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    Oyekau, S.O.; Swan, G.A.

    1984-03-13

    A process wherein, in a series of reforming zones, or reactors, each of which contains a bed, or beds of catalyst, the catalyst in the leading reforming zones is constituted of supported platinum and a relatively low concentration of rhenium, and the catalyst in the last reforming zone, or reactor of the series, is constituted of platinum and a relatively high concentration of rhenium. The amount of rhenium relative to the platinum in the last reforming zone, or reactor is present in an atomic or weight ratio of rhenium:platinum of at least about 1.5:1; preferably at least about 2:1, and more preferably ranges from about 2:1 to about 3:1. The beds of catalyst are contacted with a hydrocarbon or naphtha feed and hydrogen at reforming conditions to produce a hydrocarbon, or naphtha product of improved octane, and the product is withdrawn.

  18. Growth of EuO/Si and EuO/SrO/Si heteroepitaxial structures by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Teterin, P. E. Averyanov, D. V.; Sadofyev, Yu. G. Parfenov, O. E.; Likhachev, I. A.; Storchak, V. G.

    2015-01-15

    Epitaxial EuO thin films with thickness up to 60 nm have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy both on SrO sublayers and directly on Si (001) substrates. Crystal structure has been controlled in situ by reflection high energy electron diffraction. Ex situ studies by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering have confirmed high crystalline quality of the films.

  19. Thermal and optical properties of Tb(III), Eu(III) and Tb(III)/Eu(III) co-complexed silicone fluorinated acrylate copolymer

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    Zhai, Yinfeng; Xie, Hongde; Cai, Haijun; Cai, Peiqing; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2015-07-01

    Tb(III), Eu(III) and Tb(III)/Eu(III) activated silicone fluorinated acrylate (SFA) have been successfully synthesized using the method of semi-continuous emulsion polymerization. The copolymers are characterized by flourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermal gravity analysis (TGA), photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and emission (PL) spectroscopy. The copolymer containing Tb(III) and Eu(III) ions display green and red luminescent colors under UV light excitation, respectively. The TGA curves show the thermal decomposition temperatures of the copolymers are up to about 300 °C. The PL spectra show a strong green emission at 546 nm (5D4 → 7F5) of Tb(III) complexed copolymers, and show a prominent red emission at 615 nm (5D0 → 7F2) of Eu(III) complexed copolymers. Different concentrations of Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions are introduced into the copolymer and the energy transfer from Tb(III) to Eu(III) ions in the copolymer was found. Thus, based on the results it can be suggested that SFA:Eu(III), SFA:Tb(III) and SFA:Tb(III)/Eu(III) can be used potentially as luminescent materials.

  20. Synthesis and determination of the structural and optical characteristics of cBN micropowder with Eu{sup 3+} ions

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    Leonchik, S. V. Karotki, A. V.

    2013-10-15

    Cubic boron-nitride micropowder with Eu{sup 3+} ions (cBN:Eu) is synthesized under conditions of high pressures and temperatures. The structural, morphological, chemical, and optical characteristics of the cBN:Eu micropowder are studied using X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectral microanalysis, photoluminescence, and optical transmission methods. It is found that the cBN:Eu lattice parameter is {approx}3.615 A. The intense red luminescence of the cBN:Eu micropowder (red glow), measured in the visible region of the spectrum in the range from 550 to 750 nm, is attributed to intracenter 4f-electron transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The possible nature of the cBN:Eu micropowder luminescence is discussed.

  1. EU Space Awareness: Initial implemenation

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    Russo, Pedro

    2015-08-01

    EU Space Awareness uses the excitement of space to attract young people into science and technology and stimulate European and global citizenship. The project will show children and teenagers the opportunities offered by space science and engineering and inspire primary-school children when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed. EU Space Awareness, a 3-year project, has started in March 2015 with 10 partner organisations and 15 network nodes in 17 European countries and the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. During this talk we will give a update about the intial implementation of the project and its relevant for astronomy for development.

  2. Photoluminescence of Eu³⁺-doped glasses with Cu²⁺ impurities.

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    Jiménez, José A

    2015-06-15

    Glasses activated with Eu(3+) ions are attractive as luminescent materials for various photonic applications. Co-doping with copper has been proposed for enhancing material optical properties, but the quenching effect of Cu(2+) impurities on Eu(3+) emission in glass remains largely unexplored. In this work, Eu2O3/CuO-containing barium-phosphate glasses have been prepared by the melt-quench method, and the Eu(3+) photoluminescence (PL) quenching resulting from Eu(3+)→Cu(2+) energy transfer was evaluated. Optical absorption spectroscopy showed that with the increase in CuO concentration the Cu(2+) absorption band resonant with Eu(3+) emission (e.g. (5)D0→(7)F2 transition around 615 nm) developed steadily. As a result, Eu(3+) PL was progressively quenched. Evaluation of the quenching constants as a function of temperature in the 298-673K range showed differences basically within experimental error, consistent with a resonant transfer and lack of phonon-assisted processes. Moreover, analysis of the Eu(3+) emission decay dynamics revealed a strong correlation between the decay rates and Cu(2+) impurity levels. Results imply that for practical applications the levels of Cu(2+) in Eu(3+)/Cu(+)-activated glasses should be reduced if not removed as these will significantly limit device efficiency.

  3. First-principles calculation on electronic structure and optical property of BaSi2O2N2:Eu2+ phosphor

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    Tong, Zhi-Fang; Wei, Zhan-Long; Xiao, Cheng

    2017-04-01

    The crystal structure, electronic structure and optical properties of BaSi2O2N2:Eu2+ with varying Eu doping concentrations are computed by the density functional theory (DFT) and compared with experimental results. The results show that the lattice parameters of primitive cells of Ba1-xSi2O2N2:Eux become smaller and Eu-N bond length shortens as Eu concentration increases. The band structure of Ba1-xSi2O2N2:Eux exhibits a direct optical band gap and it's propitious to luminescence. The energy differences from the lowest Eu 5d state to the lowest Eu 4f state decrease with increasing Eu concentrations. The analysis of simulative absorption spectra indicates that the electron transition from Eu 4f states to 5d states of both Eu and Ba atoms contributes to the absorption of Ba1-xSi2O2N2:Eux. Under the coupling effect between Eu and Ba, Ba in BaSi2O2N2 exhibits longer wavelength absorption and increases absorption efficiency. The emission wavelength is deduced by measuring energy differences from the lowest Eu 5d state to the lowest Eu 4f state, and the result is in good agreement with experimental value within experimental Eu2+ doping range.

  4. Reforming Educational Reform: A Democratic Perspective

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    Green, J.

    2005-05-01

    This essay examines the status of educational reform in the United States as represented by the current Bush administration's program titled "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB). Employing the techniques of critical theory and logical analysis, contemporary reform efforts are compared with other, more progressive, educational reform movements in an effort to gain perspective and conceptual "traction" as it were, in differentiating such movements. Criteria are established for the assessment and evaluation of reform movements. These are employed in judging the efficacy of NCLB's aim, content, and methods, as well as the results of its program following four years of implementation. The merits of the centrality of standardized testing, pre-ordained curricular content, and exclusively didactic teaching methodologies are criticized, along with the extra-school societal forces which ordain these and determine their prominence in the NCLB program. The essentialism adopted by NCLB is, moreover, evaluated in the light of pragmatic, phenomenological, and postmodern educational theory. Arguing that the school is always and inevitably an instrument of societal forces, interests, and groups, it is contended that these not only be acknowledged, but that avenues be formalized for a thorough going and continuous educational "conversation," to borrow Rorty's term, for an amicable resolution of the issues of education's aim(s), content, and methods.

  5. Comparing the luminescence processes of YVO4:Eu and core-shell YVO4@YF3 nanocrystals with bulk-YVO4:Eu

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    Shirmane, L.; Feldmann, C.; Pankratov, V.

    2017-01-01

    Comparative analysis of bulk, non-coated and core-shelled nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu was performed by means of time-resolved luminescence and VUV excitation luminescence spectroscopy techniques. Nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu samples - both as-prepared and YF3 core-shelled - have been synthesized by means of a microwave-assisted synthesis in ionic liquids, which allows to obtain 10-12 nm nanoparticles with high crystallinity. The results show noticeable differences between bulk and nanocrystalline YVO4:Eu in photoluminescence experimental data, which explains by influence of the nanocrystal surface. A YF3 core-shell layer around YVO4:Eu nanoparticles partially recovers the intensity of the Eu3+ emission. It is demonstrated that the Eu3+ luminescence recovery is achieved at the expense of the suppression of the intrinsic emission but not due to the passivation of surface loss centers in core-shelled nanocrystals. It is also shown that surface loss processes are the reason of the degradation of energy transfer efficiency from the host lattice to Eu3+ under high-energy excitations in vacuum ultraviolet spectral range.

  6. Efficient near-infrared emission in Eu3+-Yb3+-Y3+ tri-doped cubic ZrO2 via down-conversion for silicon solar cells

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    Liao, Jinsheng; Zhou, Dan; Liu, Shaohua; Wen, He-Rui; Qiu, Xin; Chen, Jinglin

    2014-03-01

    Eu3+-Yb3+-Y3+ tri-doped cubic ZrO2 (abbreviated as YSZ:Eu,Yb) phosphors with different doping concentrations of Yb3+ can be synthesized via the Pechini sol-gel method. Efficient near-infrared (NIR) emission in YSZ:Eu,Yb phosphors was demonstrated. The dependence of the intensities of visible and NIR emissions, decay lifetimes and energy-transfer efficiencies on the Yb3+ doping concentration was investigated in detail. It is found that Eu3+, acting as a sensitizer, can efficiently transfer its energy to Yb3+ activator ions in YSZ:Eu,Yb phosphors.

  7. Preparation and fluorescence property of red-emitting Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor

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    Kojima, Yoshiyuki; Kamei, Shinnosuke; Nishimiya, Nobuyuki

    2010-02-15

    This paper describes the energy efficient synthesis of a red-emitting Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor produced by heating a Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate phosphor. Concentration quenching of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate phosphor was not observed and the emission intensity did not decrease up to a Eu/(Ca+Eu) atomic ratio of 0.46. Heating of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate hydrate (Eu/(Ca+Eu) atomic ratio = 0.32) phosphor produced an amorphous Eu{sup 3+}-activated calcium silicate phosphor, which had a maximum emission intensity at 870 {sup o}C and emitted in the red under near-ultraviolet irradiation (395 nm). The emission intensity of the Eu{sup 3+}-activated amorphous calcium silicate phosphor was about half that of a commercial BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor, and shows great potential for application in white light-emitting diodes.

  8. Education Reforms: Lessons from History

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    Hunt, Thomas C.

    2005-01-01

    Policy makers in education have long embraced reform. Unfortunately, education reforms have consistently been plagued by the reformers' lack of knowledge and appreciation of the history of education. Accordingly, the latest reform, touted as a panacea, meets with failure, and the search for the magic elixir begins anew. The ahistorical nature of…

  9. Energy transfer from pyridine molecules towards europium cations contained in sub 5-nm Eu2O3 nanoparticles: Can a particle be an efficient multiple donor-acceptor system?

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    Truillet, C.; Lux, F.; Brichart, T.; Lu, G. W.; Gong, Q. H.; Perriat, P.; Martini, M.; Tillement, O.

    2013-09-01

    Sensitized Eu2O3 nanoparticles coated by polysiloxane have been prepared using a polyol method. Further grafting of pyridine molecules on particles surface enhances 400-times the emission of the Eu3+ cations. The sensitizing effect of the pyridine molecules that transfer a part of their excitation towards Eu3+ has been studied by systematic excitation and emission measurements. All of the de-excitation pathway rates involved in the emission processes of these nanoparticles were determined. In particular, the transfer efficiency which was found independent of the number of sensitizers per particle is equal to 0.13 ± 0.01, a value quite satisfying taking into account that the donors and the acceptors are separated by a polysiloxane spacer of 0.4 nm. Furthermore this multiple donor-acceptor system has been modeled in order to deduce the average transfer efficiency as a function of the single donor-acceptor transfer rate. The theoretical modeling is in complete coherence with the experiments performed on a series of samples varying the thickness of the polysiloxane shell, i.e., the spacing distance between the donors and the acceptors. All these results illustrate the interest of using such structures in applications requiring ultrasensitive detection.

  10. Accurate Electronic Structures of Eu-Doped SiAlON Green Phosphor with a Semilocal Exchange-Correlation Potential

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    Yoo, Dong Su; Ryu, Jeong Ho; Lee, Sung-Ho; Cho, Hyun; Chung, Yong-Chae

    2011-06-01

    The crystal structure, electronic structure, and photoluminescence properties of EuxSi6-zAlzOzN8-z (x = 0.01754, z = 0.25) green phosphor were calculated by modified version of the exchange potential proposed by Becke and Johnson [J. Chem. Phys. 124 (2006) 221101]. An interstitially doped Eu atom was found in the atomic channel parallel to the [0001] axis. The additional states originated from the hybridization of Eu 4f and Eu 5d with Si 3p and N 2p. The luminescence properties were analyzed using a quantitative calculation of the energy gap and the wavelength. The calculated emission peak wavelength of Eu from the energy gap between Eu 5d and Eu 4f was 552 nm. Conventional local or semi local density functionals always underestimate the band gap for wide gap semiconductor. In contrast, the calculated results using the semi local potential well agreed with experiment.

  11. Nano-environment effects on the luminescence properties of Eu3+-doped nanocrystalline SnO2 thin films

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    Bazargan, Samad; Leung, K. T.

    2012-11-01

    Nanocrystalline tin (IV) oxide thin films doped with Eu3+ ions are synthesized using a simple spin-coating method followed by postannealing in an O2 flow at 700 °C. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies illustrate the incorporation of Eu3+ ions in the films with a high atomic percentage of 2.7%-7.7%, which is found to be linearly dependent on the initial concentration of Eu3+ in the precursor solution. Glancing incidence x-ray diffraction results show that the crystalline grain sizes decrease with increasing the Eu3+ concentration and decreasing the postannealing temperature with the emergence of the Eu2Sn2O7 phase at high Eu3+ concentrations (≥5.3 at.%). Luminescence spectra of these doped samples show the characteristic narrow-band magnetic dipole emission at 593 nm and electric dipole emission at 614 nm of the Eu3+ ions, arising from UV absorption at the SnO2 band-edge followed by energy transfer to the emission centers. Manipulating the crystallite size, composition, and defect density of the samples greatly affects the absorption edge, energy transfer, and therefore the emission spectra. These modifications in the environment of the Eu3+ ions allow the emission to be tuned from pure orange characteristic Eu3+ emission to the broadband emission corresponding to the combination of strong characteristic Eu3+ emission with the intense defect emissions.

  12. Preferential Eu Site Occupation and Its Consequences in the Ternary Luminescent HalidesAB2I5:Eu2+(A=Li–Cs;B=Sr, Ba)

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    Fang, C.  M.; Biswas, Koushik

    2015-07-22

    Several rare-earth-doped, heavy-metal halides have recently been identified as potential next-generation luminescent materials with high efficiency at low cost. AB2I5:Eu2+ (A=Li–Cs; B=Sr, Ba) is one such family of halides. Its members, such as CsBa2I5:Eu2+ and KSr2I5:Eu2+, are currently being investigated as high-performance scintillators with improved sensitivity, light yield, and energy resolution less than 3% at 662 keV. Within the AB2I5 family, our first-principles-based calculations reveal two remarkably different trends in Eu site occupation. The substitutional Eu ions occupy both eightfold-coordinated B1(VIII) and the sevenfold-coordinated B2(VII) sites in the Sr-containing compounds. However, in the Ba-containing crystals, Eu ions strongly prefer themore » B2(VII)sites. This random versus preferential distribution of Eu affects their electronic properties. The calculations also suggest that in the Ba-containing compounds one can expect the formation of Eu-rich domains. These results provide atomistic insight into recent experimental observations about the concentration and temperature effects in Eu-doped CsBa2I5. We discuss the implications of our results with respect to luminescent properties and applications. We also hypothesize Sr, Ba-mixed quaternary iodides ABaVIIISrVIII5:Eu as scintillators having enhanced homogeneity and electronic properties.« less

  13. Non-catalytic recuperative reformer

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    Khinkis, Mark J.; Kozlov, Aleksandr P.; Kurek, Harry

    2015-12-22

    A non-catalytic recuperative reformer has a flue gas flow path for conducting hot flue gas from a thermal process and a reforming mixture flow path for conducting a reforming mixture. At least a portion of the reforming mixture flow path is embedded in the flue gas flow path to permit heat transfer from the hot flue gas to the reforming mixture. The reforming mixture flow path contains substantially no material commonly used as a catalyst for reforming hydrocarbon fuel (e.g., nickel oxide, platinum group elements or rhenium), but instead the reforming mixture is reformed into a higher calorific fuel via reactions due to the heat transfer and residence time. In a preferred embodiment, extended surfaces of metal material such as stainless steel or metal alloy that are high in nickel content are included within at least a portion of the reforming mixture flow path.

  14. Cooperative Learning for Educational Reform in Armenia

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    Hovhannisyan, Aleksan; Sahlberg, Pasi

    2010-01-01

    Armenia is in the midst of major educational reforms in which teacher professional development is a key component. Much of the energy devoted to developing education in Armenia is targeted towards enhancing student-centred teaching, especially cooperative learning. This has become a significant challenge for many schools and teachers as they cope…

  15. Publicity as an Instrument of Reform.

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    Caudill, Susan

    Albert Einstein and the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists (ECAS) conducted a reform-based public communication campaign for the international control of atomic energy after the Second World War. The Committee raised funds and sought publicity for its proposed solution to the problem of war and the management of peace. Its solution was the…

  16. Catalytic reforming of naphtha fractions

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    Bishop, K.C.; Vorhis, F.H.

    1980-09-16

    Production of motor gasoline and a btx-enriched reformate by fractionating a naphtha feedstock into a mid-boiling btxprecursor fraction, a relatively high-boiling fraction and a relatively low-boiling fraction; catalytically reforming the btxprecursor fraction in a first reforming zone; combining the relatively high-boiling and low-boiling fractions and catalytically reforming the combined fractions in a second reforming zone.

  17. Catalytic reforming process

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    Baird, W.C. Jr.

    1986-04-01

    This patent describes a process for reforming a paraffinic naphtha feed by introducing the feed, with hydrogen, into a reactor charged with a platinum-containing reforming catalyst, the paraffinic hydrocarbon naphtha feed containing from about 30 to about 100 wt. percent paraffinic hydrocarbons, from about 10 to about 70 wt. percent naphthenes, and from about 5 to about 30 wt. percent aromatics, of which less than about 5 wt. percent are C/sub 8/+ aromatics, and reacting the feed at reforming conditions. The improvement described here consists of: adding to the blend introduced to the reactor sufficient C/sub 8/+ aromatics to increase the C/sub 8/+ aromatics concentration of the feed introduced into the reactor to a level above about 5 wt. percent C/sub 8/+ aromatics; to increase C/sub 5/+ liquid vis-a-vis the paraffinic naphtha feed otherwise similar except that no C/sub 8/+ aromatics are added, similarly reformed.

  18. Catalytic reforming process

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    Swan, G.A.

    1982-09-07

    A process, or procedure, is disclosed for the start-up of reforming units, particularly those employing highly active sulfur-sensitive polymetallic, promoted noble metal containing catalysts. On start -up of a reforming unit, a sulfur-containing naphtha feed is fed at reforming conditions over a platinum-catalyst containing lead reactor of a series while bypassing subsequent reactors of the series, the product therefrom is separated into hydrogen-containing gas and C5+ liquid fractions, the hydrogen-containing gas fraction is desulfurized and dried and recycled to the platinum-catalyst containing lead reactor and, after sufficient hydrogen has been generated for operation of a hydrofiner which is used to hydrodesulfurize the naphtha feed for the reformer, product from the platinum-catalyst containing lead reactor is fed to subsequent reactors of the series which contain the more sulfur-sensitive catalysts.

  19. Defense Spending and Reform

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    2012-04-02

    Background paper on SIPRI military expenditure data Public Notice, “ Spending and Defending Defense spending has become a highly......Budget; Finance Reform; Military Spending ; Defense Spending ; Budget Cuts 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF

  20. Reformer Fuel Injector

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    Suder, Jennifer L.

    2004-01-01

    Today's form of jet engine power comes from what is called a gas turbine engine. This engine is on average 14% efficient and emits great quantities of green house gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants, Le. nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. The alternate method being researched involves a reformer and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Reformers are becoming a popular area of research within the industry scale. NASA Glenn Research Center's approach is based on modifying the large aspects of industry reforming processes into a smaller jet fuel reformer. This process must not only be scaled down in size, but also decrease in weight and increase in efficiency. In comparison to today's method, the Jet A fuel reformer will be more efficient as well as reduce the amount of air pollutants discharged. The intent is to develop a 10kW process that can be used to satisfy the needs of commercial jet engines. Presently, commercial jets use Jet-A fuel, which is a kerosene based hydrocarbon fuel. Hydrocarbon fuels cannot be directly fed into a SOFC for the reason that the high temperature causes it to decompose into solid carbon and Hz. A reforming process converts fuel into hydrogen and supplies it to a fuel cell for power, as well as eliminating sulfur compounds. The SOFC produces electricity by converting H2 and CO2. The reformer contains a catalyst which is used to speed up the reaction rate and overall conversion. An outside company will perform a catalyst screening with our baseline Jet-A fuel to determine the most durable catalyst for this application. Our project team is focusing on the overall research of the reforming process. Eventually we will do a component evaluation on the different reformer designs and catalysts. The current status of the project is the completion of buildup in the test rig and check outs on all equipment and electronic signals to our data system. The objective is to test various reformer designs and catalysts in our test rig to determine the most

  1. Target Allocation Methodology for China's Provinces: Energy Intensity in the 12th FIve-Year Plan

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    Ohshita, Stephanie; Price, Lynn

    2011-03-21

    Experience with China's 20% energy intensity improvement target during the 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP) (2006-2010) has shown the challenges of rapidly setting targets and implementing measures to meet them. For the 12th FYP (2011-2015), there is an urgent need for a more scientific methodology to allocate targets among the provinces and to track physical and economic indicators of energy and carbon saving progress. This report provides a sectoral methodology for allocating a national energy intensity target - expressed as percent change in energy per unit gross domestic product (GDP) - among China's provinces in the 12th FYP. Drawing on international experience - especially the European Union (EU) Triptych approach for allocating Kyoto carbon targets among EU member states - the methodology here makes important modifications to the EU approach to address an energy intensity rather than a CO{sub 2} emissions target, and for the wider variation in provincial energy and economic structure in China. The methodology combines top-down national target projections and bottom-up provincial and sectoral projections of energy and GDP to determine target allocation of energy intensity targets. Total primary energy consumption is separated into three end-use sectors - industrial, residential, and other energy. Sectoral indicators are used to differentiate the potential for energy saving among the provinces. This sectoral methodology is utilized to allocate provincial-level targets for a national target of 20% energy intensity improvement during the 12th FYP; the official target is determined by the National Development and Reform Commission. Energy and GDP projections used in the allocations were compared with other models, and several allocation scenarios were run to test sensitivity. The resulting allocations for the 12th FYP offer insight on past performance and offer somewhat different distributions of provincial targets compared to the 11th FYP. Recommendations for reporting

  2. Multizone naphtha reforming process

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    Fleming, B.

    1987-05-05

    This patent describes a catalytic reforming process for conversion of a naphtha hydrocarbon at reforming conditions having at least two segregated catalyst zones. The improvement comprises contacting the hydrocarbon in a first zone with a first catalyst comprising tin and at least one platinum group metal deposited on a solid catalyst support followed by contacting in a second zone with a second catalyst comprising at least one metal selected from the group consisting of platinum group metals deposited on a solid catalyst support.

  3. Diffused phase transition of Ba1- x Eu x TiO3 ceramics

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    Jun, Byeong-Eog; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Moon, Byung Kee

    2016-06-01

    By applying the sol-gel method, we fabricated Ba1- x Eu x TiO3 (BET) ceramics as a single peroveskite phase in the composition range of x = 0 ~ 0.20. The BET ceramics displayed a ferroelectric phase transition temperature that changed from 120 °C to 80 °C, and exhibited the coexistance of the tetragonal, and cubic structures as the Eu composition was increased. They also displayed anomalous dielectric behaviors related to structural relaxation in the temperature range from 200 °C to 600 °C. We considered the Arrhenius temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation time by using the electric modulus formalism. The characteristic activation energy was thought to be related with the substitution of Eu (Eu2+, Eu3+) ions for Ba2+ or Ti4+ ions in the perovskite structure.

  4. Mesoporous hybrids containing Eu 3+ complexes covalently bonded to SBA-15 functionalized: Assembly, characterization and photoluminescence

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    Li Kong, Li; Yan, Bing; Li, Ying

    2009-07-01

    A novel series of luminescent mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid materials has been prepared by linking Eu 3+ complexes to the functionalized ordered mesoporous SBA-15 which was synthesis by a co-condensation process of 1,3-diphenyl-1,3-propanepione (DBM) modified by the coupling agent 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TEPIC), tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), Pluronic P123 surfactant as a template. It was demonstrated that the efficient intramolecular energy transfer in the mesoporous material Eu(DBMSi-SBA-15) 3phen mainly occurred between the modified DBM (named as DBM-Si) and the central Eu 3+ ion. So the Eu(DBMSi-SBA-15) 3phen showed characteristic emission of Eu 3+ ion under UV irradiation with higher luminescence quantum efficiency. Moreover, the mesoporous hybrid materials exhibited excellent thermal stability as the lanthanide complex was covalently bonded to the mesoporous matrix.

  5. Consequences of ET and MMCT on Luminescence of Ce(3+)-, Eu(3+)-, and Tb(3+)-doped LiYSiO4.

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    Shi, Rui; Liu, Guokui; Liang, Hongbin; Huang, Yan; Tao, Ye; Zhang, Jing

    2016-08-01

    Ce(3+), Eu(3+), and Tb(3+) singly doped, Ce(3+)-Tb(3+), Tb(3+)-Eu(3+), and Ce(3+)-Eu(3+) doubly doped, as well as Ce(3+)-Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) triply doped LiYSiO4 phosphors were prepared by a high-temperature solid-state reaction technique. Rietveld refinement was performed to determine the structure of host compound. The cross-relaxation (CR) of Tb(3+) is quantitatively analyzed with the Inokuti-Hirayama model of energy transfer (ET), and the site occupancy is confirmed by emission spectra of Eu(3+). ET and metal-metal charge transfer (MMCT) are systematically investigated in Ce(3+)-Tb(3+), Tb(3+)-Eu(3+), and Ce(3+)-Eu(3+) doubly doped systems. The combined effects of ET and MMCT on luminescence and emission color of Ce(3+)-Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) triply doped samples are discussed in detail, showing that the photoluminescence emission is tunable in a large color gamut.

  6. Photocatalytic properties and selective antimicrobial activity of TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposite

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    Michal, Robert; Dworniczek, Ewa; Caplovicova, Maria; Monfort, Olivier; Lianos, Panagiotis; Caplovic, Lubomir; Plesch, Gustav

    2016-05-01

    TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites were prepared by precipitation method. The anatase nanocrystallites with a size of 26 nm exhibited well crystallized and characteristical dipyramidal morphology and {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} faceting. Transmission electron microscopy photographs with atomic resolution showed that the Eu(III) dopants were bounded on surface of titania. In the composites, the CuO nanocrystals exhibiting a monoclinic tenorite structure with a size in the range from 2 to 5 nm were grafted to the surface of titania. The influence of copper(II) oxide led to distinct selectivity in the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of the investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites. While the presence of CuO nanocrystals strongly increased the photocatalytic production of hydrogen by ethanol reforming, it decreased the activity in photoinduced total mineralization of phenol comparing with non-modified TiO2(Eu). In investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO powders, the photoinduced antimicrobial activity against membranes of Enterococcus species was influenced by the selective binding of CuO to the surface of the microorganism leading to distinct selectivity in their action. The activity against Enterococcus faecalis was higher than against Enterococcus faecium.

  7. Low-temperature solvothermal synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres

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    Peng, Yong; Wang, Hong; Li, Peng; Fu, Yao Xing, Mingming; Jiang, Tao; Luo, Xixian

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres at low-temperature via solvothermal method for the first time. - Highlights: • We adopt an improved method to synthesise the (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in deionized water. • We have successfully synthesised the EuS hollow microsphere at 230 °C in acetonitrile. • The price of acetonitrile is more inexpensive, so the price of preparation was reduced. - Abstract: EuS crystals are synthesized by low-temperature solvothermal decomposition of the single source precursor complex (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in acetonitrile. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, granulocyte diameter statistical analysis, surface energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy are used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained EuS crystals. The results show that the formed EuS crystals are uniform hollow microspheres with a typical cubic phase structure of rock salt and the average particle size of 2.01 μm. The mechanisms for the thermal decomposition of the precursor complex and the formation of the EuS hollow microspheres are postulated based on the experimental observations and previous reports.

  8. Dose enhancing behavior of hydrothermally grown Eu-doped SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Sánchez Zeferino, R.; Pal, U.; Meléndrez, R.; Durán-Muñoz, H. A.; Barboza Flores, M.

    2013-02-01

    Hydrothermally grown SnO2 and SnO2:Eu nanoparticles of 4-11 nm size range were analyzed by photoluminescence (PL) and therrmoluminescence (TL) spectroscopy to study the effect of Eu-doping on their emission behaviors. It has been observed that most of the incorporated Eu3+ ions remain at the interstitial sites of SnO2 lattice. High Eu-contents in the nanoparticles generate lattice deformation, formation of Eu3+/Eu0 clusters at interstitial sites, or segregation to their surfaces. Formation of Eu clusters at interstitial sites enhances electronic defect density in the crystal lattice, reorganizes carrier trapping centers, and modifies their activation energies. Room temperature PL emission and beta-irradiated TL dose response of SnO2 nanoparticles enhance significantly when doped with 0.5 and 1.0 mol. % nominal of Eu3+, respectively, opening up their possibilities of applications in bio-imaging and radiation therapy. Possible mechanisms of enhanced PL and TL responses of the samples have been discussed.

  9. On the road to reform: a sociocultural interpretation of reform

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    Mensah, Felicia Moore

    2011-09-01

    In this paper I discuss how reform in science education is interpreted by Barma as she recounts the story of Catherine, a grade 9 biology teacher, who reforms her teaching practices in response to a national curriculum reform in Quebec, Canada. Unlike some cases in response to reform, this case is hopeful and positive. Also in this paper, I address some familiar areas that must be considered when teachers undertake curriculum reform and how science educators may fulfill the role of facilitator and advocate in the support of teachers on the road to reform. The commentary focuses on how Barma retells the story through the lens of activity theory.

  10. Persistent luminescence of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors prepared using the solid-state reaction method.

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    Chandrakar, P; Baghel, R N; Bisen, D P; Chandra, B P

    2016-02-01

    CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors were synthesized using the solid-state reaction method. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) analyses were used to characterize the phosphors. The XRD results revealed that the synthesized CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors were crystalline and are assigned to the monoclinic structure with a space group C2/c. The calculated crystal sizes of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors with a main (221) diffraction peak were 44.87 and 53.51 nm, respectively. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) confirmed the proper preparation of the sample. The PL emission spectra of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) and CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphors have a broad band peak at 444.5 and 466 nm, respectively, which is due to electronic transition from 4f(6) 5d(1) to 4f(7). The afterglow results indicate that the CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) phosphor has better persistence luminescence than the CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+),Ce(3+) phosphor.

  11. Formation and spectral probing of transparent oxyfluoride glass-ceramics containing (Eu2+, Eu3+:BaGdF5) nano-crystals

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    Biswas, Kaushik; Balaji, S.; Karmakar, Prantik; Annapurna, K.

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, we report the formation of transparent glass-ceramics containing BaGdF5 nanocrystals under optimum ceramization of SiO2-BaF2-K2O-Sb2O3-GdF3-Eu2O3 based oxyfluoride glass and the energy transfer mechanisms in Eu2+ → Eu3+ and Gd3+ → Eu3+ has been interpreted through luminescence study. The modification of local environment surrounding dopant ion in glass and glass ceramics has been studied using Eu3+ ion as spectral probe. The optimum ceramization temperature was determined from the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) thermogram which revealed that the glass transition temperature (Tg), the crystallization onset temperature (Tx), and crystallization peak temperature (Tp) are 563 °C, 607 °C and 641 °C, respectively. X-ray diffraction pattern of the glass-ceramics sample displayed the presence of cubic BaGdF5 phase (JCPDS code: 24-0098). Transmission electron microscopy image of the glass-ceramics samples revealed homogeneous distribution of spherical fluoride nanocrystals ranging 5-15 nm in size. The emission transitions from the higher excited sates (5DJ, J = 1, 2, and 3) as well as lowered asymmetry ratio of the 5D0 → 7F2 transition (forced electric dipole transition) to that of the 5D0 → 7F1 transition (magnetic dipole) of Eu3+ in the glass-ceramics when compared to glass sample demonstrated the incorporation of dopant Eu3+ ions into the cubic BaGdF5 nanocrystals with higher local symmetry with enhanced ionic nature. The presence of absorption bands of Eu2+ ions and Gd3+ ions present in the glass matrix or fluoride nanocrystals in the excitation spectra of Eu3+ by monitoring emission at 614 nm indicated energy transfer from (Eu2+ → Eu3+) and (Gd3+ → Eu3+) in both glass and glass-ceramics samples.

  12. Efficient sensitization of Eu2+/Mn2+ emissions by Ce3+ doping in NaMgPO4 host under UV excitation

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    Zheng, Zhang; Wanjun, Tang

    2016-03-01

    A series of Ce3+/Eu2+/Mn2+-tridoped NaMgPO4 phosphors were synthesized using the combustion-assisted synthesis method. The luminescence properties and energy transfer from Ce3+/Eu2+ to Mn2+ in NaMgPO4 host have been studied. Co-doping Ce3+/Mn2+ is proved to be an ineffective approach to enhance the red emission of Mn2+, while effective energy transfer from Eu2+ to Mn2+ occurs in NaMgPO4:Eu2+,Mn2+ due to good spectrum overlap between the emission band of NaMgPO4:Eu2+ and the excitation band of NaMgPO4:Eu2+,Mn2+. NaMgPO4:Eu2+,Mn2+ phosphor shows a blue emission centered at 442 and a red emission peaking at 635 nm, which could be ascribed to the allowed 5 d-4 f transition of Eu2+ ions and the 4T1(4G)-6A1(6S) transition of Mn2+ ions, respectively. Co-doping Ce3+ ions can greatly enhance both the emission intensities of Eu2+ and Mn2+ ions, which is attributed to an efficient Ce3+ → Eu2+ → Mn2+ energy transfer and an increase in the number of luminescent centers (Eu2+) on Ce doping.

  13. Governance in EU illicit drugs policy.

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    Edwards, Carel; Galla, Maurice

    2014-09-01

    This commentary represents the authors' views on EU governance in illicit drug policy, a field in which they were active for more than 10 years between them. EU drug policy has a narrow legal basis in the European Treaties and is mostly non-binding. The main policy instruments are 8-year EU Drug Strategies, underpinned by 4-year Action Plans which set out specific objectives at national, EU or international level. The approach that guides EU drug policy is known as the 'balanced approach'. It is remarkably restrained and reflects the reality that very few Member States have either the socio-political culture or the resources to consistently apply the punitive sanctions foreseen by the UN conventions. An important feature of EU governance in the field of drugs is the proactive support that is provided to non-governmental organisations both within the EU as well as in accession, associated or third countries. At a global level, the EU is a major financial aid donor also in this field. This position is not however reflected in corresponding political clout for the EU within the UN system. EU governance on drugs has made it possible for many of its Member States to accommodate the problem rather than to "solve" what by all the evidence from the last 100 years may well be insoluble, at least by means of criminalisation and prohibition. The big question is where EU drug policy is headed in the next few years. The EU has been promoting measures and practices that target real problems. It has done so without indulging too much in unhelpful rhetoric. However, like all successful formulae this one also has a sell-by date. EU governance in the field of drugs cannot afford to stand still. It needs to find a second wind.

  14. Research of the entry of rare earth elements Eu3+ and La3+ into plant cell.

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    Gao, Yongsheng; Zeng, Fuli; Yi, An; Ping, Shi; Jing, Lanhua

    2003-03-01

    Whether rare earth elements can enter into plant cells remains controversial. This article discusses the ultracellular structural localization of lanthanum (La(3+)) and europium (Eu(3+)) in the intact plant cells fed by rare earth elements Eu(3+) and La(3+). Eu-TTA fluorescence analysis of the plasmalemma, cytoplast, and mitochondria showed that Eu(3+) fluorescence intensities in such structures significantly increased. Eu(3+) can directly enter or be carried by the artificial ion carrier A23187 into plant cells through the calcium ion (Ca(2+)) channel and then partially resume the synthesis of amaranthin in the Amaranthus caudatus growing in the dark. Locations of rare earth elements La(3+) and Eu(3+) in all kinds of components of cytoplasmatic organelles were determined with transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. The results of energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis indicated that Eu(3+) and La(3+) can be absorbed into plant cells and bind to the membranes of protoplasm, chloroplast, mitochondrion, cytoplast, and karyon. These results provide experimental evidence that rare earth elements can be absorbed into plant cells, which would be the basis for interpreting physiological and biochemical effects of rare earth elements on plant cells.

  15. Partnerships for disaster risk insurance in the EU

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    Mysiak, Jaroslav; Dionisio Pérez-Blanco, C.

    2016-11-01

    With increasing costs inflicted by natural hazard perils, and amidst state budget cuts, concerns are mounting about the capacity of governments to design sustainable, equitable and affordable risk management schemes. The participation of the private sector along with the public one through public-private partnerships (PPPs) has gained importance as a means of providing catastrophic natural hazard insurance to address these seemingly conflicting objectives. In 2013 the European Commission launched a wide-ranging consultation about what EU action could be appropriate to improve the performance of insurance markets. Simultaneously, the EU legislator instigated major reforms in the legislation and regulations that pertain to how PPPs are designed or operate. This paper has a dual objective: first, we review and summarize the manifold legal background that influences the provision of insurance against natural catastrophes. Second, we examine how PPPs designed for sharing and transferring risk operate within the European regulatory constraints, illustrated using the example of the UK Flood Reinsurance Scheme (Flood RE) between the state and the Association of British Insurers.

  16. Ecuador's silent health reform.

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    De Paepe, Pierre; Echeverría Tapia, Ramiro; Aguilar Santacruz, Edison; Unger, Jean-Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Health sector reform was implemented in many Latin American countries in the 1980s and 1990s, leading to reduced public expenditure on health, limitations on public provision for disease control, and a minimum package of services, with concomitant growth of the private sector. At first sight, Ecuador appeared to follow a different pattern: no formal reform was implemented, despite many plans to reform the Ministry of Health and social health insurance. The authors conducted an in-depth review and analysis of published and gray literature on the Ecuadorian health sector from 1990 onward. They found that although neoliberal reform of the health sector was not openly implemented, many of its typical elements are present: severe reduction of public budgets, "universal" health insurance with limited coverage for targeted groups, and contracting out to private providers. The health sector remains segmented and fragmented, explaining the population's poor health status. The leftist Correa government has prepared an excellent long-term plan to unite services of the Ministry of Health and social security, but implementation is extremely slow. In conclusion, the health sector in Ecuador suffered a "silent" neoliberal reform. President Correa's progressive government intends to reverse this, increasing public budgets for health, but hesitates to introduce needed radical changes.

  17. Effect of the PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) concentration on the optical properties of Eu-doped YAG phosphors

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    Hora, Daniela A.; Andrade, Adriano B.; Ferreira, Nilson S.; Teixeira, Verônica C.; dos S. Rezende, Marcos V.

    2016-10-01

    The influence of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) concentration on the synthesis and structural, morphological and optical properties of Y3Al5O13: Eu (Eu-doped YAG) was systematically investigated in this work. The final concentration of PVA in the preparation step influenced the crystallite size and also the degree of particle agglomeration in Eu-doped YAG phosphors. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) emission spectra results indicated typical Eu3+ emission lines and an abnormally intense 5D0 → 7F4. The intensity parameters Ω2 and Ω4 were calculated and indicated the PVA concentration affects the ratio Ω2:Ω4. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) results showed Eu valence did not change and the symmetry around the Eu3+ is influenced by the PVA concentration. XEOL-XAS showed the luminescence increases as a function of energy.

  18. Preparation by Candidate Countries for Involvement in the EU Lifelong Learning Policy: Achievements, Gaps and Challenges. Synthesis of the Monographs Exercise. Interim Report.

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    Masson, Jean-Raymond

    The reforms undertaken in the vocational education and training systems and the public employment services systems of European Union (EU) candidate countries in the 10 years since the transition have resulted in the following achievements: (1) participation in upper secondary and tertiary education has increased and curricula for general education…

  19. Questioning the Role of Internationalization in the Nationalization of Higher Education: The Impact of the EU TEMPUS Programme on Higher Education in Syria

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    Ayoubi, Rami M.; Massoud, Hiba K.

    2011-01-01

    Given the need for major reform of the higher education programmes in Syria, and answering the voices that question the role of European Union (EU) in assisting the development of the higher education sector, this study presents an analysis of the contribution of (TEMPUS) Programme in modernising higher education in Syria. The study compares the…

  20. Structural, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Radić, Nenad; Grbić, Boško; Maletić, Slavica; Stefanov, Plamen; Pačevski, Aleksandar; Vasilić, Rastko

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we used plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of titanium in water solution containing 10 g/L Na3PO4·12H2O + 2 g/L Eu2O3 powder for preparation of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings. The surfaces of obtained coatings exhibit a typical PEO porous structure. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings are mainly composed of Ti, O, P, and Eu; it is observed that Eu content in the coatings increases with PEO time. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the coatings are crystallized and composed of anatase and rutile TiO2 phases, with anatase being the dominant one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that Ti 2p spin-orbit components of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are shifted towards higher binding energy, with respect to pure TiO2 coatings, suggesting that Eu3+ ions are incorporated into TiO2 lattice. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy showed that TiO2:Eu3+ coatings exhibit evident red shift with respect to the pure TiO2 coatings. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are characterized by sharp emission bands in orange-red region ascribed to f-f transitions of Eu3+ ions from excited level 5D0 to lower levels 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4). The excitation PL spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings can be divided into two regions: the broad band region from 250 nm to 350 nm associated with charge transfer state of Eu3+ and the series of sharp peaks in the range from 350 nm to 550 nm corresponding to direct excitation of the Eu3+ ions. It is observed that the intensity of peaks in excitation and emission PL spectra increases with the concentration of Eu3+, but the peak positions remain practically unchanged. The ratio of PL emission for electric and magnetic dipole transitions indicates highly asymmetric environment around Eu3+ ions. The photocatalytic activity (PA) of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings is evaluated by measuring the photodegradation of methyl orange under simulated sunlight conditions. It is shown that PEO time, i.e., the amount

  1. Catalytic reforming process

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    Baird Jr., W. C.; Mauldin, C. H.

    1985-09-17

    A start-up procedure wherein a halogenated rhenium-containing catalyst, to improve its performance in reforming naphtha feeds, is contacted with water, added with the hydrogen and said feed. During the start-up period, preferably on initiation of the start-up period after aromatics production has begun, a naphtha feed, hydrogen and water are passed cocurrently through the several reactors of a reforming unit and reacted over the halogenated rhenium-containing catalyst. Water is generally added with the naphtha and hydrogen, preferably to the initial reactor of the series of reactors of the reforming unit, in concentration ranging from about 100 vppm of hydrogen to about 10,000 vppm of hydrogen, preferably from about 100 vppm to about 5000 vppm of hydrogen.

  2. Catalyst reforming process

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    Swan, G.A. III

    1989-05-23

    This patent describes a process for catalytically reforming a gasoline boiling range naphtha, with hydrogen, in a semi-regenerative or semi-cyclic reforming process unit comprised of serially connected reactors, inclusive of a lead reactor and one or more downstream reactors, the last of which is the tail reactor, each of which contains a halogenated reforming catalyst comprised of a halide, a Group VIII noble metal, and an inorganic oxide support, the improvement which comprises continuously injecting into each downstream reactor a mixture of water and halide at a water to halide ratio from about 20:1 to about 60:1 wherein the specific ratio of water to halide for each individual downstream reactor is chosen so as to maintain the level of halide on catalyst in each downstream reactor from about 0.5 to 1.5 wt. % based on the total weight of the catalyst.

  3. Health care reforms.

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    Marušič, Dorjan; Prevolnik Rupel, Valentina

    2016-09-01

    In large systems, such as health care, reforms are underway constantly. The article presents a definition of health care reform and factors that influence its success. The factors being discussed range from knowledgeable personnel, the role of involvement of international experts and all stakeholders in the country, the importance of electoral mandate and governmental support, leadership and clear and transparent communication. The goals set need to be clear, and it is helpful to have good data and analytical support in the process. Despite all debates and experiences, it is impossible to clearly define the best approach to tackle health care reform due to a different configuration of governance structure, political will and state of the economy in a country.

  4. Health care reforms

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    Prevolnik Rupel, Valentina

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In large systems, such as health care, reforms are underway constantly. The article presents a definition of health care reform and factors that influence its success. The factors being discussed range from knowledgeable personnel, the role of involvement of international experts and all stakeholders in the country, the importance of electoral mandate and governmental support, leadership and clear and transparent communication. The goals set need to be clear, and it is helpful to have good data and analytical support in the process. Despite all debates and experiences, it is impossible to clearly define the best approach to tackle health care reform due to a different configuration of governance structure, political will and state of the economy in a country. PMID:27703543

  5. EuCo2P2 : A model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the a b plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ , high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T ≤TN with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ˜T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2 , respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ˜2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. The calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu-Eu exchange interactions within the a b plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χa b(T ≤TN) .

  6. Comprehensive Solutions for Urban Reform

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    Kilgore, Sally

    2005-01-01

    The comprehensive school reform (CSR) models build consistency throughout a district while addressing the needs of individual schools. The high-quality CSR programs offer a most effective option for urban education reform.

  7. Catalytic reforming process

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    Absil, R.P.; Huss, A. Jr.; McHale, W.D.; Partridge, R.D.

    1989-06-13

    This patent describes a catalytic reforming process which comprises contacting a naphtha range feed with a low acidity extrudate comprising an intermediate and/or a large pore acidic zeolite bound with a low acidity refractory oxide under reforming conditions to provide a reaction product of increased aromatic content, the extrudate having been prepared with at least an extrusion-facilitating amount of a low acidity refractory oxide in colloidal form and containing at least one metal species selected from the platinum group metals.

  8. Public health law reform.

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    Gostin, L O

    2001-09-01

    Public health law reform is necessary because existing statutes are outdated, contain multiple layers of regulation, and are inconsistent. A model law would define the mission and functions of public health agen cies, provide a full range of flexible powers, specify clear criteria and procedures for activities, and provide protections for privacy and against discrimination. The law reform process provides an opportunity for public health agencies to draw attention to their resource needs and achievements and to form ties with constituency groups and enduring relations with the legislative branch of government. Ultimately, the law should become a catalyst, rather than an impediment, to reinvigorating the public health system.

  9. Public Health Law Reform

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    Gostin, Lawrence O.

    2001-01-01

    Public health law reform is necessary because existing statutes are outdated, contain multiple layers of regulation, and are inconsistent. A model law would define the mission and functions of public health agencies, provide a full range of flexible powers, specify clear criteria and procedures for activities, and provide protections for privacy and against discrimination. The law reform process provides an opportunity for public health agencies to draw attention to their resource needs and achievements and to form ties with constituency groups and enduring relations with the legislative branch of government. Ultimately, the law should become a catalyst, rather than an impediment, to reinvigorating the public health system. PMID:11527757

  10. Intrinsic radioactivity of KSr2I5:Eu2+

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    Rust, M.; Melcher, C.; Lukosi, E.

    2016-10-01

    A current need in nuclear security is an economical, yet high energy resolution (near 2%), scintillation detector suitable for gamma-ray spectroscopy. For current scintillators on the market, there is an inverse relationship between scintillator energy resolution and cost of production. A new promising scintillator, KSr2I5:Eu2+, under development at the University of Tennessee, has achieved an energy resolution of 2.4% at 662 keV at room temperature, with potential growth rates exceeding several millimeters per hour. However, the internal background due to the 40K content could present a hurdle for effective source detection/identification in nuclear security applications. As a first step in addressing this question, this paper reports on a computational investigation of the intrinsic differential pulse height spectrum (DPHS) generated by 40K within the KSr2I5:Eu2+ scintillator as a function of crystal geometry. It was found that the DPHS remains relatively equal to a constant multiplicative factor of the negatron emission spectrum with a direct increase of the 1.46 MeV photopeak relative height to the negatron spectrum with volume. Further, peak pileup does not readily manifest itself for practical KSr2I5:Eu2+ volumes.

  11. Prospects for Health Care Reform.

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    Kastner, Theodore

    1992-01-01

    This editorial reviews areas of health care reform including managed health care, diagnosis-related groups, and the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale for physician services. Relevance of such reforms to people with developmental disabilities is considered. Much needed insurance reform is not thought to be likely, however. (DB)

  12. Kudzu, Rabbits, and School Reform.

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    Goodlad, John I.

    2002-01-01

    Essay on school reform argues that quality teachers are key to successful reform, not reform rhetoric by state governors and U.S. Presidents. Asserts that primary mission of schooling is to provide students an educational apprenticeship in democracy. Qualified, caring, competent teachers are essential to accomplish this mission. (PKP)

  13. The Effects of Educational Reform

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    Vasquez-Martinez, Claudio-Rafael; Giron, Graciela; De-La-Luz-Arellano, Ivan; Ayon-Bañuelos, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Educational reform implies questions of social production and of state regulation that are the key words in educational reform, education and educational policies. These reforms are always on the political agenda of countries and involve international organisms, since education is a vehicle of development for social progress. A point of departure…

  14. Globalization, Citizenship and Educational Reform

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    Qi, Jie

    2009-01-01

    This paper explores the notions of globalization as embodied in Japanese educational reforms during the 1980s and 1990s. Modern institutional discourses of educational reform in Japan have shifted over time and all of these reform movements have been constructed by particular social and historical trajectories. Generally speaking, it has been…

  15. Education of EU Migrant Children in EU Member States. Research Report

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    Harte, Emma; Herrera, Facundo; Stepanek, Martin

    2016-01-01

    This policy brief looks at the education of EU migrant children in the context of intra-EU mobility. It examines some of the literature and data on the topic in order to identify key differences between EU migrant children and non-migrant children. There are disparities in educational performance between migrants and non-migrants. The brief…

  16. Tuning Mixed-Valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in Strontium Formate Frameworks for Multichannel Photoluminescence.

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    Liu, Wei; Liu, Lijia; Wang, Yanlong; Chen, Lanhua; McLeod, John A; Yang, Linju; Zhao, Jia; Liu, Zhiyong; Diwu, Juan; Chai, Zhifang; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E; Liu, Guokui; Wang, Shuao

    2016-08-01

    Cooperative performance of mixed-valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in single-compound phosphors offers significant advantages in color rendering and luminescence efficiency, but their synthesis is challenging because of Eu(2+) oxidation. Using the tunable nature of the metal-ion nodes in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), we present an in situ reduction and crystallization route for preparing MOFs and doping Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) with a controlled ratio. These materials exhibit rich photoluminescence, including intrinsic- and sensitized-emissions of Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) , and long-lived luminescence from charge transfer. Color rendering can be easily achieved by fine-tuning the valence states of Eu. A linear relation between temperature and the intensity ratio of Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) emissions provides outstanding properties for applications as self-calibrated luminescent thermometers with a wide working temperature range. Further incorporation of Tb(3+) into the MOFs results in white light, utilizing all Eu(2+) ,Tb(3+) , and Eu(3+) emissions in a single crystalline lattice.

  17. The Reformation of Schooling.

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    Rubin, Louis

    The necessity for reforming public education is evidenced in part by the failures of past programs and in part by the requirements of the future. The anti-school mood of the present is forcing a more realistic evaluation of the potentiality education possesses in counteracting the disintegrative forces of family breakdown, individual deprivation,…

  18. Catalytic reforming process

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    Markley, G.E.

    1984-04-03

    A process wherein, in a series of reforming zones, employing one or a series of reactors, each of which contains a bed, or beds of catalyst, the catalyst in the rearward most reforming zones is constituted of supported platinum and a relatively high concentration of rhenium, and the catalyst in the forward most reforming zone is constituted of platinum, or platinum and a relatively low concentration of a promoter metal, especially rhenium. In the rearward reaction zones, at least 40 percent, and preferably from 40 percent to about 90 percent, based on the total weight of catalyst in the reactor, or reactors of the unit, is constituted of a rhenium promoted platinum catalyst, the weight ratio of rhenium:platinum of which at least about 1.5:1, and preferably 2:1, or greater. The beds of catalyst are contacted at start-of-run temperatures ranging from about 875/sup 0/ F. to about 935/sup 0/ F. with a hydrocarbon or naphtha feed, and hydrogen, at reforming conditions to produce a hydrocarbon, or naphtha product of improved octane, and the product is withdrawn.

  19. Catalytic reforming process

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    Winter, W.E.; Markley, G.E.

    1984-04-03

    A process wherein, in a series of reforming zones, employing one or a series of reactors, each of which contains a bed, or beds of catalyst, the catalyst in the rearward most reforming zones is constituted of supported platinum and a relatively high concentration of rhenium, and the catalyst in the forward most reforming zone is constituted of platinum, or platinum and a relatively low concentration of a promoter metal, especially rhenium. In the rearward reaction zones, at least 40 percent, and preferably from 40 percent to about 90 percent, based on the total weight of catalyst in the reactor, or reactors of the unit, is constituted of a rhenium promoted platinum catalyst, the weight ratio of rhenium: plantinum of which at least about 1.5:1, a preferably 2:1, or greater. The beds of catalyst are contacted with a hydrocarbon or naphtha feed, and hydrogen, at reforming conditions to produce a hydrocarbon, or naphtha product of improved octane, and the product is withdrawn.

  20. Children and Welfare Reform.

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    Behrman, Richard E., Ed.

    2002-01-01

    This issue of "The Future of Children" examines whether programs implemented by the federal welfare reform law accomplished the goal of reducing the number of children growing up in poor, single-parent families and whether these programs benefited children. This examination coincides with debates in Congress on the reauthorization of the…

  1. Educational Reform in Louisiana.

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    Maxcy, Spencer J.; Maxcy, Doreen O.

    1993-01-01

    Although education has appealed to southern governors as a catapult to historical recognition, future governors should consider Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer's ill-fated educational reform plan for Louisiana State University's College of Education, particularly its teacher evaluation and internship program. Public education seems a low-priority…

  2. Educational Reforms in Yugoslavia

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    Kintzer, Frederick C.

    1978-01-01

    Yugoslavia's educational system had to be completely rebuilt after World War II to ensure the nation's full and rapid competition in the postwar world. The reforms are discussed in light of the political, social, and economic structure of Yugoslavia. (Author/LBH)

  3. Mastering School Reform.

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    Goens, George A.; Clover, Sharon I. R.

    School organizations must become responsive and flexible to address rapidly changing social, economic, and demographic conditions. Reform attempts to date have not worked because they were layered on old structures and perceptions in a fragmented, piecemeal fashion. The fundamental transformation of education that is required demands a paradigm…

  4. Papers on Educational Reform.

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    Open Court Publishing Co., La Salle, IL.

    The following papers collected in this publication were presented for discussion at the Open Court Editorial Advisory Board Meeting in 1970. "Testing, Grades, Standards" by Jacques Barzun discusses the relationship between these three elements and the process of education and of performance evaluation. In "The Limits of Reform in Education" James…

  5. Prisons and Sentencing Reform.

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    Galvin, Jim

    1983-01-01

    Reviews current themes in sentencing and prison policy. The eight articles of this special issue discuss selective incapacitation, prison bed allocation models, computer-scored classification systems, race and gender relations, commutation, parole, and a historical review of sentencing reform. (JAC)

  6. The buzz on reform.

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    Bouchard, E A

    1994-01-01

    Mr. Bouchard bravely travels through the maze of lingo and anagrams spawned by recent attempts at healthcare reform. This comprehensive list of terminology and definitions, which provides considerable detail and analysis, will be invaluable to anyone trying to understand current trends.

  7. Welfare Reform and Health

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    Bitler, Marianne P.; Gelback, Jonah B.; Hoynes, Hilary W.

    2005-01-01

    A study of the effect of state and federal welfare reforms over the period 1990-2000 on health insurance coverage and healthcare utilization by single women aged between 20-45 is presented. It is observed that Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program of 1990s with…

  8. Scaling up Education Reform

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    Gaffney, Jon D. H.; Richards, Evan; Kustusch, Mary Bridget; Ding, Lin; Beichner, Robert J.

    2008-01-01

    The SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment for Undergraduate Programs) project was developed to implement reforms designed for small classes into large physics classes. Over 50 schools across the country, ranging from Wake Technical Community College to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have adopted it for classes of…

  9. Computers and School Reform.

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    McDaniel, Ernest; And Others

    1993-01-01

    Discusses ways in which computers can be used to help school reform by shifting the emphasis from information transmission to information processing. Highlights include creating learning communities that extend beyond the classroom; educationally oriented computer networks; Professional Development Schools for curriculum development; and new…

  10. Reforming Underperforming High Schools

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    MDRC, 2013

    2013-01-01

    Urban high schools are in trouble--high dropout rates, low student academic achievement, and graduates who are unprepared for college are just some of the disappointing indicators. However, recent research points to a select number of approaches to improving student outcomes and reforming underperforming schools--from particular ways of creating…

  11. Examining Comprehensive School Reform

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    Aladjem, Daniel K., Ed.; Borman, Kathryn M., Ed.

    2006-01-01

    Urban school reformers for decades have tried to improve educational outcomes for underserved and disadvantaged students, with the assistance of constantly evolving federal and state policies. In recent years, education policies have shifted from targeting individual students to developing universal standards for teaching and learning, and…

  12. Educational Reform: Who Benefits?

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    Steffy, Betty E.

    1994-01-01

    Uses Blau and Scott concept of "cui bono" to describe who has benefited from 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act. In eyes of legislators, everyone would benefit, and the economically depressed state would prosper. As implementation of KERA progresses, it is becoming increasingly clear that mandated changes may be structural and may…

  13. Teenagers and Welfare Reform.

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    Offner, Paul

    This report examines the extent to which welfare reform is changing adolescent behaviors that lead to welfare dependency. It begins by discussing the provisions in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that require teenagers to stay in school and live with a parent, concluding that relatively little can be…

  14. Reform on the Move

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    Clark, Janet; Otte, Michelle; Fair, Lynn

    2006-01-01

    Aurora (Colorado) Public Schools responded to the Colorado State Model Content Standards for Reading and Writing and the accountability measures attached to the state assessments by implementing the Aurora Achievement Initiative in 2001. Originating from literature on best practices and large-scale school reform, the goal of the districtwide…

  15. Energetics and electronic structure of GaN codoped with Eu and Si

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    Bruno Cruz, A. Vallan; Shinde, Prashant P.; Kumar, Vijay; Zavada, John M.

    2012-01-01

    First principles calculations using pseudopotentials and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy show that addition of Si makes Eu doping in GaN energetically favorable. It breaks local symmetry around Eu ions and leads to shallow states below the conduction band that could facilitate intra-4f shell transitions. Silicon atoms on Ga sites act as intrinsic donors transforming Eu from a 3+ to a 2+ state. The half-filled 4f states with a 7 μB magnetic moment on each Eu ion lie within the band gap of GaN and are narrower compared with the only-Eu doping case due to reduced hybridization with the host states. There is a tendency for clustering of Eu ions with ferromagnetic coupling and the ˜5-Å interatomic distance, but EuN phase formation is unfavorable. Further effects of the inclusion of onsite Coulomb interaction U within GGA+U formalism on the electronic structure are discussed.

  16. Structure and physical properties of EuTa2O6 tungsten bronze polymorph

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    Kolodiazhnyi, T.; Sakurai, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Borodianska, H.; Forbes, S.; Mozharivskyj, Y.

    2014-08-01

    A tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) polymorph of EuTa2O6 was prepared and analyzed. EuTa2O6 crystallizes in the centrosymmetric Pnam space group (with unit cell: a = 12.3693, b = 12.4254, and c = 7.7228 Å) isomorphous with orthorhombic β-SrTa2O6. In contrast to early reports, we see no evidence of deviation from paramagnetic Curie-Weiss behavior among the Eu2+ 4f7spins in EuTa2O6 down to 2 K. Dielectric constant shows a broad peak at ca. 50 K with dielectric dispersion resembling diffuse phase transition. The relaxation time, however, follows a simple (non-freezing) thermally activated process with an activation energy of 92 meV and an attempt frequency of f0 = 5.79 × 1012 Hz. A thermal conductivity of EuTa2O6 shows a low-temperature (T ≈ 30 K) "plateau" region reminiscent of a glass-like behaviour in Nb-based TTB compounds. This behaviour can be attributed to the loosely bound Eu2+ ions occupying large tricapped trigonal prismatic sites in the EuTa2O6 structure.

  17. Enhanced stability of Eu in GaN nanoparticles: Effects of Si co-doping

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    Kaur, Prabhsharan; Sekhon, S. S.; Zavada, J. M.; Kumar, Vijay

    2015-06-14

    Ab initio calculations on Eu doped (GaN){sub n} (n = 12, 13, and 32) nanoparticles show that Eu doping in nanoparticles is favorable compared with bulk GaN as a large fraction of atoms lie on the surface where strain can be released compared with bulk where often Eu doping is associated with a N vacancy. Co-doping of Si further facilitates Eu doping as strain from an oversized Eu atom and an undersized Si atom is compensated. These results along with low symmetry sites in nanoparticles make them attractive for developing strongly luminescent nanomaterials. The atomic and electronic structures are discussed using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy as well as GGA + U formalism. In all cases of Eu (Eu + Si) doping, the magnetic moments are localized on the Eu site with a large value of 6μ{sub B} (7μ{sub B}). Our results suggest that co-doping can be a very useful way to achieve rare-earth doping in different hosts for optoelectronic materials.

  18. Theoretical and empirical investigations of KCl:Eu{sup 2+} for nearly water-equivalent radiotherapy dosimetry

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    Zheng Yuanshui; Han Zhaohui; Driewer, Joseph P.; Low, Daniel A.; Li, H. Harold

    2010-01-15

    Purpose: The low effective atomic number, reusability, and other computed radiography-related advantages make europium doped potassium chloride (KCl:Eu{sup 2+}) a promising dosimetry material. The purpose of this study is to model KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters with a Monte Carlo (MC) method and, using this model, to investigate the dose responses of two-dimensional (2D) KCl:Eu{sup 2+} storage phosphor films (SPFs). Methods: KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters were irradiated using a 6 MV beam at four depths (5-20 cm) for each of five square field sizes (5x5-25x25 cm{sup 2}). The dose measured by KCl:Eu{sup 2+} was compared to that measured by an ionization chamber to obtain the magnitude of energy dependent dose measurement artifact. The measurements were simulated using DOSXYZnrc with phase space files generated by BEAMnrcMP. Simulations were also performed for KCl:Eu{sup 2+} films with thicknesses ranging from 1 {mu}m to 1 mm. The work function of the prototype KCl:Eu{sup 2+} material was determined by comparing the sensitivity of a 150 {mu}m thick KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film to a commercial BaFBr{sub 0.85}I{sub 0.15}:Eu{sup 2+}-based SPF with a known work function. The work function was then used to estimate the sensitivity of a 1 {mu}m thick KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film. Results: The simulated dose responses of prototype KCl:Eu{sup 2+} point dosimeters agree well with measurement data acquired by irradiating the dosimeters in the 6 MV beam with varying field size and depth. Furthermore, simulations with films demonstrate that an ultrathin KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film with thickness of the order of 1 {mu}m would have nearly water-equivalent dose response. The simulation results can be understood using classic cavity theories. Finally, preliminary experiments and theoretical calculations show that ultrathin KCl:Eu{sup 2+} film could provide excellent signal in a 1 cGy dose-to-water irradiation. Conclusions: In conclusion, the authors demonstrate that KCl:Eu{sup 2+}-based dosimeters can be

  19. Pure and strong red photoluminescence from Na0.5Gd0.5TiO3: Eu ferroelectric thin films under ultraviolet light excitation

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    Gao, Feng; Sun, Lina; Tan, Jun; Li, Xinsheng; Liu, Dongyun; Liang, Duoqiang

    2017-02-01

    A series of novel photoluminescent ferroelectric thin films Na0.5Gd0.5TiO3: xEu (NGT: Eu) with various Eu3+ doping concentrations were prepared at various heat-treated temperature, which have single pseudo-cubic perovskite structure at proper heat-treated temperature from 700 °C to 800 °C according to X-ray diffraction results. There existed narrow and intensive emission bands located at red light region ascribed to 5D0 → 7F2 and 5D0 → 7F1 transitions of Eu3+ by 283 nm excitation. The strong energy absorption of NGT host and efficient energy transfer to Eu3+ should be primarily responsible for the emissions. Gd3+ acts as sensitizer which has an important role on the energy transfer from the host NGT to Eu3+. The luminescence from NGT: 0.25Eu thin films is the strongest for all the NGT: Eu films, and its color coordinate is (0.65, 0.32) close to ideal red light. The quenching concentration in NGT: Eu films reaches as high as 25%. The lifetime of emissive energy level Eu3+: 5D0 in NGT: 0.1Eu and NGT: 0.5Eu thin films is 1.024 ms and 0.931 ms, respectively. Finally, the ferroelectric property of NGT: 0.25Eu thin films was tested and the remanent polarization (2Pr) is 7.10 μC/cm2 lower than that of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3.

  20. Reddish-orange, neutral and warm white emissions in Eu3+, Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped CdO-GeO2-TeO2 glasses

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    Rodríguez-Carvajal, David A.; Meza-Rocha, A. N.; Caldiño, U.; Lozada-Morales, R.; Álvarez, E.; Zayas, Ma. E.

    2016-11-01

    Eu3+, Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped CdO-GeO2-TeO2 glasses were prepared using the melt-quenching process and analyzed by X-diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, excitation and emission spectra, and emission decay time profiles. The lack of X ray diffraction peaks revealed that all samples are amorphous. Vibrational modes associated with Tesbnd Osbnd Te and Gesbnd Osbnd Ge related bonds and molecular oxygen were detected by Raman spectroscopy. The luminescence characteristics were studied upon excitations that correspond with the emission of InGaN (370-420 nm) based LEDs. The Eu3+ singly doped glass displayed reddish-orange global emission, with x = 0.601 and y = 0.349 CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates, upon 393 nm excitation. Neutral emission with x = 0.373 and y = 0.412 CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates and correlated color temperature (CCT) of 4400 K, was achieved in the Dy3+ singly doped glass excited at 388 nm. The Dy3+/Eu3+ co-doped glass exhibited warm, neutral and soft warm white emissions with CCT values of 3435, 4153 and 2740 K, under excitations at 382, 388 and 393 nm, respectively, depending mainly on the Dy3+ and Eu3+ relative excitation. The Dy3+ excitation bands observed in the Dy3+/Eu3+ glass by monitoring the 611 nm Eu3+ emission, suggest that Dy3+ → Eu3+ energy transfer takes place, despite the fact that the Dy3+ emission decays in the Dy3+ and Dy3+/Eu3+ doped glass, remain without changes. The shortening of Eu3+ decay in presence of Dy3+ was attributed to an Eu3+ → Dy3+ non-radiative energy transfer process, which according with the Inokuti-Hirayama model might be dominated through an electric quadrupole-quadrupole interaction, with efficiency and probability of 5.5% and 51.6 s-1, respectively.

  1. Solid state synthesis and tunable luminescence of Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors

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    Wei, Zhen; Wang, Yongli; Zhu, Xiaobo; Guan, Jinyu; Mao, Weixi; Song, Juanjuan

    2016-03-01

    Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors have been synthesized by solid state reaction. Eu2+ and/or Ce3+ doped Li2SrSiO4 have the hexagonal crystal structure, indicating the doped Eu2+ and/or Ce3+ ions have no influence on the crystal structure of Li2SrSiO4. Under the excitation at 365 nm, Eu2+ or Ce3+ doped Li2SrSiO4 phosphors give characteristic emission bands of Eu2+ or Ce3+, respectively. For Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors with the fixed Ce3+ concentration, two emission bands originating from Eu2+ and Ce3+ can be observed. On the basis of luminescent properties of Li2SrSiO4:Eu2+/Ce3+ phosphors, we can conclude that energy transfer from Ce3+ to Eu2+ occurs in Li2SrSiO4.

  2. Mesoporous Europium-Doped Titania Nanoparticles (Eu-MTNs) for Luminescence-Based Intracellular Bio-Imaging.

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    Chen, Kuan-Chou; Dutta, Saikat; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Alshehri, Saad M; Nguyen, Mai Thanh; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Shen, Kun-Hung; Wu, Kevin C W

    2015-12-01

    Monodisperse and mesoporous europium (Eu)-doped titania nanoparticles (denoted as Eu-MTNs) were prepared by a co-synthesis method with the presence of a cationic surfactant (i.e., CTAB). A maximum loading amount of 8 mol% of Eu could be successfully incorporated into the framework of MTNs. The synthesized Eu-MTNs samples were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), with their luminescent property examined by photoluminescence (PL). Under ultraviolet irradiation, the Eu-MTNs samples exhibit several characteristic luminescence corresponding to 5D0-7F(j) for Eu+3 ions, which can be attributed to the energy transfer from titania nanocrystallite to Eu3+ ions dispersed in amorphous mesoporous titania region. The potential intracellular bio-imaging application of the synthesized Eu-MTN nanoparticles was demonstrated with a breast cancer cell line (i.e., BT-20). High biocompatibility and strong luminescence of the Eu-MTNs show great potential in biomedical applications.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Mg2SiO4:Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors for white light generation

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    Cho, Shinho

    2016-09-01

    The effect of Eu3+ codoping on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of Mg2SiO4:Tb3+ was investigated. The phosphor powders were synthesized by changing the molar concentration of Eu3+ at a fixed Tb3+ content of 5 mol% by using a conventional solid-state reaction. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the crystal structure of all the phosphors, irrespective of the Eu3+ and the Tb3+ contents, showed an orthorhombic structure, and the surface morphology exhibited pebble-like crystalline grains. The emission spectra of Eu3+ and Tb3+-codoped Mg2SiO4 phosphors under an ultraviolet excitation of 252 nm consisted of one intense red band at 619 nm and five weak bands at 448, 488, 598, 658, and 707 nm originating from the transitions of Eu3+, in addition to the several emission bands located at 492, 552, 592, and 628 nm arising from the transitions of Tb3+. As the Eu3+ content was increased, the intensity of the main green emission band at 552 nm decreased markedly and disappeared at 10 mol% Eu3+, when complete energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ was observed. The results suggest that the emission wavelength and the luminescent intensity of the phosphors can be tuned by modulating the Eu3+ and the Tb3+ contents incorporated into the host matrix.

  4. Blue-emitting Eu2+-activated LaOX (X = Cl, Br, and I) materials: crystal field effect.

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    Kim, Donghyeon; Park, Sangha; Kim, Sungyun; Kang, Seong-Gu; Park, Jung-Chul

    2014-11-17

    Novel blue-emitting LaOBr:Eu(2+) and LaOI:Eu(2+) phosphors have been successfully synthesized and compared to LaOCl:Eu(2+). The emission spectra of LaOX:Eu(2+) (X = Cl, Br, and I) show that the peak maxima change somewhat to the red-shift region; 425 nm for LaOCl:Eu(2+), 427 nm for LaOBr:Eu(2+), and 431 nm for LaOI:Eu(2+), which is quite opposite to one based on spectrochemical series (I(-) < Br(-) < Cl(-)). From diffuse reflectance spectra, the band gap energies for LaOCl, LaOBr, and LaOI host lattice are estimated as 5.53 eV (44,594 cm(-1)), 5.35 eV (43,142 cm(-1)), and 4.82 eV (38,868 cm(-1)), respectively, using the Kubelka-Munk function. For LaOX host lattices, the band gap energies are gradually decreased going from Cl to I as the order of energy levels of np orbitals is Cl 3p < Br 4p < I 5p. A quantum wave function calculation from crystal field theory (CFT) indicates the same tendency with experimental data in the LaOX:Eu(2+) (X = Cl, Br, and I) phosphor materials. With considerations of the radial wave function shape, crystral structure differences and electronegativities among phosphor materials, the splitting energies of 5d orbitals are calculaed; ΔECl = 14,597 cm(-1), ΔEBr = 14,864 cm(-1), ΔEI = 15,001 cm(-1) for LaOX:Eu(2+) (X = Cl, Br, and I). It is noteworthy that the crystal field strength decreases when the interatomic distance decreases, which is probably dependent on the ionic radius of halide ions in the series of LaOX:Eu(2+) phosphor materials.

  5. Variation of the Eu(II) emission wavelength by substitution of fluoride by hydride in fluorite-type compounds EuH(x)F(2-x) (0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.67).

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    Kunkel, Nathalie; Meijerink, Andries; Kohlmann, Holger

    2014-05-19

    Mixed-hydride fluorides EuHxF2-x were prepared by the solid-state reaction of EuF2 and EuH2 under hydrogen gas pressure in an autoclave. Eu(II) luminescence is observed for 0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.67, while pure EuF2 does not show any emission. The energy of the emission depends strongly on the degree of substitution x. For low hydride contents, yellow emission is observed, whereas higher hydride contents lead to red emission. The red shift is attributed to the nephelauxetic effect of the hydride anion. Remarkably, limited concentration quenching is observed in EuHxF2-x (0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.67). This observation is explained by suppression of long-range energy migration due to disorder in the local environment of Eu(2+) in the mixed H/F crystals. The strong x dependence of the luminescence maxima proves hydride-fluoride substitution to be a valuable tool to tune the emission wavelength of Eu(II)-containing phosphors.

  6. The Radiative Strength Function Using the Neutron-Capture Reaction on 151,153Eu

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Alpizar-Vicente, A; Becker, J A; Becvar, F; Bredeweg, T A; Clement, R; Esch, E; Folden, C M; Hatarik, R; Haight, R C; Hoffman, D C; Krticka, M; Macri, R A; Mitchell, G E; Nitsche, H; O'Donnell, J M; Parker, W; Reifarth, R; Rundberg, R S; Schwantes, J M; Sheets, S A; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wilk, P; Wouters, J M; Wu, C Y

    2005-10-04

    Radiative strength functions in {sup 152,154}Eu nuclei for {gamma}-ray energies below 6 MeV have been investigated. Neutron capture for incident neutron energies <1eV up to 100 keV has been measured for {sup 151,153}Eu targets. Properties of resonances in these two nuclei are examined. The measurements are compared to simulation of cascades performed with various models for the radiative strength function. Comparison between experimental data and simulation suggests an existence of the low-energy resonance in these two nuclei.

  7. Support systems for poor readers: empirical data from six EU member states.

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    Ise, Elena; Blomert, Leo; Bertrand, Daisy; Faísca, Luís; Puolakanaho, Anne; Saine, Nina L; Surányi, Zsuzsanna; Vaessen, Anniek; Csépe, Valeria; Lyytinen, Heikki; Reis, Alexandra; Ziegler, Johannes C; Schulte-Körne, Gerd

    2011-01-01

    This study surveyed and compared support systems for poor readers in six member states of the European Union (EU). The goal was to identify features of effective support systems. A large-scale questionnaire survey was conducted among mainstream teachers (n = 4,210) and remedial teachers (n = 2,395). Results indicate that the six support systems differed substantially, with effective support systems showing high performance on all variables measured. More specifically, effective support systems were characterized by (a) high levels of both teacher and student support and (b) frequent interactions between teachers and remedial teachers as well as between remedial teachers and diagnosticians. The high prevalence of poor reading ability in the current EU member states demonstrates that educational reforms are critically needed. The results of this study provide concrete starting points for improving support systems for poor readers.

  8. Energy.

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    Online-Offline, 1998

    1998-01-01

    This issue focuses on the theme of "Energy," and describes several educational resources (Web sites, CD-ROMs and software, videos, books, activities, and other resources). Sidebars offer features on alternative energy, animal energy, internal combustion engines, and energy from food. Subthemes include harnessing energy, human energy, and…

  9. Cofluorescence of Eu 3+ in complexes of aromatic carboxylic acids

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    Panigrahi, B. S.; Peter, Susy; Viswanathan, K. S.

    1997-12-01

    The fluorescence of Eu 3+ in certain Eu 3+-aromatic acid complexes were enhanced by over two orders of magnitude, by the addition of La 3+; a process referred to as cofluorescence. Cofluorescence was observed only with certain aromatic acid ligands; trismesic acid, pyromellitic acid and mellitic acid; thereby clearly establishing a correlation between the structure of the ligand and the process of cofluorescence. While cofluorescence has been extensively studied using β-diketones as ligands, our studies demonstrate cofluorescence for the first time in ligands other than β-diketones. Furthermore, the mechanism of cofluorescence in the aromatic acid complexes studied by us appears to be different from that operating in the β-diketones. While intermolecular energy transfer is believed to occur in the β-diketones, formation of polynuclear complexes appears to be responsible for cofluorescence in the aromatic acid ligands.

  10. EuCo2P2: A Model Molecular-Field Helical Heisenberg Antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; ...

    2016-07-19

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the ab plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ, high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T≤TNmore » with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ~T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2, respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ~2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. Additionally, the calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu–Eu exchange interactions within the ab plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χab(T≤TN).« less

  11. Bridgman bulk growth and scintillation measurements of SrI2:Eu2+

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    Hawrami, R.; Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.; Cherepy, N.; Payne, S.; Burger, A.; Boatner, L.

    2013-09-01

    Large diameter Bridgman growth of europium activated strontium iodide SrI2:Eu2+ produces crystals with light yield of up to 115,000 ph/MeV with an excellent light yield proportionality. SrI2:Eu2+ exhibits an outstanding energy resolution of better than 3% FWHM at 662 keV. Its emission is centered at 435 nm. The scintillation decays with a 1 μs time constant for small samples and up to 5 μs to larger crystals. This paper presents successful progress made in the vertical Bridgman crystal growth of SrI2:Eu2+ and its scintillator properties. Large diameter, crack-free and transparent SrI2:Eu2+single crystals with diameters of 1 in., 1.3 in., 1.5 in. and 2 in. were all successfully grown.

  12. Photoluminescence properties of Tb-Eu-Mn-codoped fluoroborate glasses under γ-irradiation

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    Hari Babu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2013-09-28

    We report here an energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 2+} to Tb{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+} for an un-irradiated and γ-irradiated B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}O-SrF{sub 2} glass samples, respectively. The blue emission from Eu{sup 2+} ions as well as green and red emission from Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, and Mn{sup 2+} ions will contribute to the generation of white light while excited at 339 nm using a xenon lamp. Furthermore, the chromaticity color coordinates, correlated color temperature, and quantum efficiency parameters are calculated for all the glass samples, and their relative variations with respect to γ-irradiation dose are presented.

  13. Site spectroscopy of Eu3+ doped- ZnS nanocrystals embedded in sodium carboxymethyl cellulose matrix

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    Ahemen, I.; Meludu, O.; Dejene, F. B.; Viana, B.

    2016-11-01

    The work investigates the incorporation of Eu3+ ion in ZnS crystal through spectroscopic studies. ZnS: Eu3+ nanocrystals was synthesized via the precipitation technique. Elemental composition analysis indicates a non-stoichiometric distribution between Zn and S. X-ray diffraction studies show lattice expansion demonstrating that Eu3+ ions were incorporated in the host lattice. Annealing temperature gave rise to lattice contraction relative to the as-synthesized indicating a partial expulsion of the ion from the crystal due to heat treatment. Eu3+ ions site symmetry probing from optical features show that trivalent europium were situated both at the nanocrystals surface and at the Zn2+ ion site. Weak energy transfer from host to activator ion occurred probably mainly through exchange interaction and the transfer process was defect mediated.

  14. Photoluminescence properties of Tb-Eu-Mn-codoped fluoroborate glasses under γ-irradiation

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    Hari Babu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2013-09-01

    We report here an energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+, Mn2+ and Eu2+ to Tb3+ and Mn2+ for an un-irradiated and γ-irradiated B2O3-Al2O3-Na2O-SrF2 glass samples, respectively. The blue emission from Eu2+ ions as well as green and red emission from Tb3+, Eu3+, and Mn2+ ions will contribute to the generation of white light while excited at 339 nm using a xenon lamp. Furthermore, the chromaticity color coordinates, correlated color temperature, and quantum efficiency parameters are calculated for all the glass samples, and their relative variations with respect to γ-irradiation dose are presented.

  15. Fluorescence line narrowing spectroscopy of Eu{sup 3+} in zinc-thallium-tellurite glass

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    Tuyen, V.P.; Hayakawa, T.; Nogami, M.; Duclere, J.R-.; Thomas, P.

    2010-11-15

    The environment of Eu{sup 3+} in zinc-thallium-tellurite glass of the molar composition 60TeO{sub 2}-30TlO{sub 0.5}-9.9ZnO-0.1Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} was investigated by laser-induced fluorescence line narrowing (FLN) techniques using Eu{sup 3+} as a local site probe. From the site selective luminescence spectra of Eu{sup 3+} at 7 K, the energies of the Stark components of the {sup 7}F{sub 1} and {sup 7}F{sub 2} states were recorded and then the crystal field parameters B{sub nm} were calculated assuming a C{sub 2v} site symmetry. The ratios B{sub 22}/B{sub 20} and B{sub 44}/B{sub 40} for each excitation energy within {sup 7}F{sub 0}-{sup 5}D{sub 0} transition were obtained and compared with the values calculated for Eu{sup 3+} in other types of glasses. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal fields parameters B{sub nm} of Eu{sup 3+} ions (strength, distribution) in novel TeO{sub 2}-TlO{sub 0.5}-ZnO glass system. Display Omitted

  16. Transmittance and optical constants of Eu films from 8.3 to 1400 eV

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    Fernández-Perea, Mónica; Vidal-Dasilva, Manuela; Aznárez, José A.; Larruquert, Juan I.; Méndez, José A.; Poletto, Luca; Garoli, Denis; Malvezzi, A. Marco; Giglia, Angelo; Nannarone, Stefano

    2008-12-01

    The optical constants of Eu films were obtained in the 8.3-1400 eV range from transmittance measurements performed at room temperature. Thin films of Eu were deposited by evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum conditions and their transmittance was measured in situ. Eu films were deposited onto grids coated with a thin C support film. The refractive index n of Eu was calculated using the Kramers-Kronig analysis. Data were extrapolated both on the high- and low-energy sides by using experimental and calculated extinction coefficient values available in the literature. Eu, similar to other lanthanides, has a low-absorption band just below the O2,3 edge onset; the lowest absorption was measured at about 16.7 eV. Therefore, Eu is a promising material for filters and multilayer coatings in the energy range below the O2,3 edge in which materials typically have a strong absorption. The consistency of the composite optical constants was tested with the f and inertial sum rules and found to be good.

  17. Incorporation of lanthanide (Eu(3+)) ions in ZnS semiconductor quantum dots with a trapped-dopant model and their photoluminescence spectroscopy study.

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    Wang, Yongbo; Liang, Xuhua; Liu, Enzhou; Hu, Xiaoyun; Fan, Jun

    2015-09-18

    Doping quantum dots (QDs) with lanthanide (Ln) ions is promising to modify the optical properties of QDs, but incorporating Ln(3+) ions into QD hosts remains a challenge. In this work, we adopt the trapped-dopant model for fabricating Eu-doped ZnS QDs via direct wet chemical synthesis. Sharp Eu dopant photoluminescence (PL) was observed in the PL spectra of the as-prepared Eu-doped ZnS QDs and the bands at ~590, ~618 and ~695 nm were assigned to transitions from (5)D0 to (7)F1, (7)F2 and (7)F4, respectively. Quenching of the ZnS bandgap PL and enhancement of the Eu dopant PL were observed with increasing Eu(3+) doping concentration, and also, the excitation spectra for Eu emission (618 nm) were similar to the typical excitonic features of the ZnS host. These spectroscopic results, as well as the XRD and EDS data, demonstrated that Eu(3+) ions were incorporated in the ZnS host rather than just on the surface, and the Eu dopant PL was derived from energy transfer from the QD host to Eu(3+) rather than direct excitation of Eu(3+). By surface passivation, the sharp Eu emission was well-separated from the ZnS bandgap emission, which led to a good signal-to-noise ratio for more sensitive detection.

  18. Catalytic reforming process

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    Swan, G.A.; Baird, W.C. Jr.

    1986-09-23

    In a process for improving the octane quality of a naphtha in a reforming unit comprised of a plurality of serially connected reactors, inclusive of one or more lead reactors and a tail reactor, each of which contains a platinum or platinum-rhenium catalyst, the naphtha flowing in sequence from one reactor of the series to another and contacting the catalyst at reforming conditions in the presence of hydrogen, the improvement is described which consists of: providing the tail reactor with a platinum-rhenium catalyst to which iridium has been added in amount sufficient to increase the C/sub 5/+ liquid yield via-a-vis a similar process utilizing in the tall reactor a platinum-rhenium catalyst to which no iridium has been added.

  19. Methanol partial oxidation reformer

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    Ahmed, Shabbir; Kumar, Romesh; Krumpelt, Michael

    1999-01-01

    A partial oxidation reformer comprising a longitudinally extending chamber having a methanol, water and an air inlet and an outlet. An igniter mechanism is near the inlets for igniting a mixture of methanol and air, while a partial oxidation catalyst in the chamber is spaced from the inlets and converts methanol and oxygen to carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Controlling the oxygen to methanol mole ratio provides continuous slightly exothermic partial oxidation reactions of methanol and air producing hydrogen gas. The liquid is preferably injected in droplets having diameters less than 100 micrometers. The reformer is useful in a propulsion system for a vehicle which supplies a hydrogen-containing gas to the negative electrode of a fuel cell.

  20. Methanol partial oxidation reformer

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    Ahmed, S.; Kumar, R.; Krumpelt, M.

    1999-08-17

    A partial oxidation reformer is described comprising a longitudinally extending chamber having a methanol, water and an air inlet and an outlet. An igniter mechanism is near the inlets for igniting a mixture of methanol and air, while a partial oxidation catalyst in the chamber is spaced from the inlets and converts methanol and oxygen to carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Controlling the oxygen to methanol mole ratio provides continuous slightly exothermic partial oxidation reactions of methanol and air producing hydrogen gas. The liquid is preferably injected in droplets having diameters less than 100 micrometers. The reformer is useful in a propulsion system for a vehicle which supplies a hydrogen-containing gas to the negative electrode of a fuel cell. 7 figs.

  1. Methanol partial oxidation reformer

    DOEpatents

    Ahmed, S.; Kumar, R.; Krumpelt, M.

    1999-08-24

    A partial oxidation reformer is described comprising a longitudinally extending chamber having a methanol, water and an air inlet and an outlet. An igniter mechanism is near the inlets for igniting a mixture of methanol and air, while a partial oxidation catalyst in the chamber is spaced from the inlets and converts methanol and oxygen to carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Controlling the oxygen to methanol mole ratio provides continuous slightly exothermic partial oxidation reactions of methanol and air producing hydrogen gas. The liquid is preferably injected in droplets having diameters less than 100 micrometers. The reformer is useful in a propulsion system for a vehicle which supplies a hydrogen-containing gas to the negative electrode of a fuel cell. 7 figs.

  2. Methanol partial oxidation reformer

    DOEpatents

    Ahmed, Shabbir; Kumar, Romesh; Krumpelt, Michael

    2001-01-01

    A partial oxidation reformer comprising a longitudinally extending chamber having a methanol, water and an air inlet and an outlet. An igniter mechanism is near the inlets for igniting a mixture of methanol and air, while a partial oxidation catalyst in the chamber is spaced from the inlets and converts methanol and oxygen to carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Controlling the oxygen to methanol mole ratio provides continuous slightly exothermic partial oxidation reactions of methanol and air producing hydrogen gas. The liquid is preferably injected in droplets having diameters less than 100 micrometers. The reformer is useful in a propulsion system for a vehicle which supplies a hydrogen-containing gas to the negative electrode of a fuel cell.

  3. Calibration of the EU Oxybarometer for Nakhlites

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    Makishima, J.; McKay, G.; Le, L.; Miyamoto; Mikouchi, T.

    2006-01-01

    Martian meteorites have various characteristics, which are direct clues to understanding the petrogenesis of Mars rocks. The variation in oxidation state among the Martian meteorites must have important implications for redox conditions of the Martian crust/mantle and overall differentiation on Mars. Wadhwa [1] and Herd et al. [2] reported that Martian basalts were formed under a range of oxidation states, suggesting complex petrogenesis processes. The nakhlites, which have rather different characteristics from basaltic shergottites, may give us additional clues to Martian petrogenesis. The oxidation states of meteorites are usually described by the oxygen fugacity (fO2) under which the meteorites crystallized. One of the methods to estimate the oxygen fugacity is the depth of Eu anomaly. Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) is determined by the oxygen fugacity and partitioning is different for Eu(2+) and Eu(3+). Therefore, the depth of Eu anomaly in a mineral is a function of the oxygen fugacity and the Eu2+/Eu3+ in the melt from which the mineral crystallized. This method has some advantages over another major method, the two-oxide oxybarometer [3], which can more easily be affected by subsolidus processes. The Eu oxybarometer can analyze the cores of the earliest formed crystals in Martian meteorites, which means it can give us a better indication of the oxygen fugacity of the parent melt. The calibration of the Eu oxybarometer has been done with the basaltic shergottites before [4]. However, it has never been applied to nakhlites (Oe et al. [5] measured the depth of Eu anomaly in the synthetic pyroxene only at QFM). Partition coefficients are strongly affected by phase compositions, especially pyroxene Ca content and melt Al content [e.g., 5,6]. The composition of nakhlite pyroxene is rather different from basaltic shergottite pyroxene. Thus, there may be problems in applying the Eu oxybarometer calibration for the basaltic shergottites [7] to nakhlites. Thus, we report in this

  4. The Beida Reform

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    Kewen, Shu

    2004-01-01

    Beida is always linked with a sort of fervor, a sort of moral behavior. Although it is not a world-class university, its connections with China's contemporary and modern history make it a great school. The direct motive behind the reform and the mapping out of its system is the pursuit of a sort of efficiency, but it is possible that what will be…

  5. Catalytic reforming catalyst

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    Buss, W.C.; Kluksdahl, H.E.

    1980-12-09

    An improved catalyst, having a reduced fouling rate when used in a catalytic reforming process, said catalyst comprising platinum disposed on an alumina support wherein the alumina support is obtained by removing water from aluminum hydroxide produced as a by-product from a ziegler higher alcohol synthesis reaction, and wherein the alumina is calcined at a temperature of 1100-1400/sup 0/F so as to have a surface area of 165 to 215 square meters per gram.

  6. Catalytic reforming process

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    Winter, W.E.; Markley, G.E.

    1984-04-03

    A process wherein, in a series of reforming zones, or reactors, each of which contains a bed, or beds of catalyst, the catalyst in the rearward most reforming zones is constituted of a high rhenium, platinum rhenium catalyst, viz., a catalyst comprising supported platinum and a relatively high concentration of rhenium relative to the platinum, and preferably the catalyst in the forwardmost reforming zone, or reactor of the series, is constituted of platinum, or platinum and a relatively low concentration of rhenium relative to the platinum. At least 30 percent, preferably from 40 percent to about 90 percent, of the rearward most reactors of the unit, or even 100 percent, based on the total weight of the catalyst in all of the reactors of the unit, contain a high rhenium, platinum rhenium catalyst, the weight ratio of rhenium:platinum being at least about 1.5:1. The beds of catalyst are contacted with a hydrocarbon or naphtha feed, and hydrogen, and the reaction continued for a period of at least 700 hours, preferably from about 700 hours to about 2750 hours, while conducting the reaction at temperatures ranging from about 850/sup 0/ F. to about 950/sup 0/ F. (E.I.T.), at pressures ranging from about 150 psig to about 350 psig, and at gas rates ranging from about 2500 SCF/B to about 4500 SCF/B.

  7. Study of Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu prepared in different gas atmospheres

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    Rezende, Marcos V. dos S.; Valerio, Mário E.G.; Jackson, Robert A.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The effect of different gas atmospheres on the Eu reduction process was studied. • The Eu reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. • Hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization. • Only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. • A model of Eu reduction process is proposed. - Abstract: The effect of different gas atmospheres such as H{sub 2}(g), synthetic air, carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) on the Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction process during the synthesis of Eu-doped BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} was studied using synchrotron radiation. The Eu{sup 3+} → Eu{sup 2+} reduction was monitored analyzing XANES region when the sample are excited at the Eu L{sub III}-edge. The results show that the hydrogen reducing agent are the most appropriate gas for Eu{sup 2+} stabilization in BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and that only a part of the Eu ions can be stabilized in the divalent state. A model of Eu reduction process, based on the incorporation of charge compensation defects, is proposed.

  8. Emerging food safety issues: An EU perspective.

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    McEvoy, John D G

    2016-05-01

    Safe food is the right of every citizen of the European Union (EU). A comprehensive and dynamic framework of food and feed safety legislation has been put in place and the EU's executive arm - the European Commission - is responsible for ensuring that the EU member states apply food law consistently. Similarly, the Commission plays an important role in ensuring that imported food meets the EU's stringent food safety standards. Consumer perceptions of unsafe food tend to focus on acute outbreaks of bacterial or viral origin. In recent years there have been a number of diverse food crises associated with fraudulent activity which may (e.g. melamine in dairy products in China) or may not (e.g. the horse meat scandal in the EU) represent a genuine food safety risk. Well publicized incidents of chronic exposure to chemical contamination in the EU (e.g. dioxins in meat and mycotoxins in nuts) have required robust coordinated policy responses from the Commission. Despite the decreasing incidence of non-compliant residues of veterinary medicinal products and banned substances in animal products, EU consumers are increasingly concerned about the use of such products in food-producing animals, including in the context of the build-up of antimicrobial resistance in animals and transfer to humans. The Commission plays a key role in coordination of the EU member states' responses to such incidents, in risk management, and in preparation for emerging issues. This paper focuses on how the EU as a whole has dealt with a number of food crises, and what can be learned from past incidents. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Integrated reforming/aromatization process

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    Harandi, M.N.; Owen, H.

    1990-06-26

    This patent describes an integrated process for increasing the gasoline yield from a catalytic reforming process. It comprises: charging a naphtha boiling range feedstream to a catalytic reforming reaction zone under reforming conversion conditions; withdrawing a reactor effluent stream from the reforming reaction zone; separating the reactor effluent stream into a hydrogen-rich gas stream and an unstabilized reformate stream; further separating the unstabilized reformate in a fractionator into an overhead stream containing C{sub 4} - components and a bottom stream containing C{sub 6} + components; charging the fractionator overhead stream to a catalytic aromatization zone under aromatization conversion conditions; withdrawing an aromatization zone effluent stream from the aromatization zone; cooling the aromatization zone effluent stream; separating the cooled aromatization zone effluent steam into a C{sub 4} - stream and a C{sub 5} + stream; and refluxing the C{sub 5} + aromatic gasoline stream to the fractionation zone.

  10. Hydrogen-based power generation from bioethanol steam reforming

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    Tasnadi-Asztalos, Zs.; Cormos, C. C.; Agachi, P. S.

    2015-12-01

    This paper is evaluating two power generation concepts based on hydrogen produced from bioethanol steam reforming at industrial scale without and with carbon capture. The power generation from bioethanol conversion is based on two important steps: hydrogen production from bioethanol catalytic steam reforming and electricity generation using a hydrogen-fuelled gas turbine. As carbon capture method to be assessed in hydrogen-based power generation from bioethanol steam reforming, the gas-liquid absorption using methyl-di-ethanol-amine (MDEA) was used. Bioethanol is a renewable energy carrier mainly produced from biomass fermentation. Steam reforming of bioethanol (SRE) provides a promising method for hydrogen and power production from renewable resources. SRE is performed at high temperatures (e.g. 800-900°C) to reduce the reforming by-products (e.g. ethane, ethene). The power generation from hydrogen was done with M701G2 gas turbine (334 MW net power output). Hydrogen was obtained through catalytic steam reforming of bioethanol without and with carbon capture. For the evaluated plant concepts the following key performance indicators were assessed: fuel consumption, gross and net power outputs, net electrical efficiency, ancillary consumptions, carbon capture rate, specific CO2 emission etc. As the results show, the power generation based on bioethanol conversion has high energy efficiency and low carbon footprint.

  11. Hydrogen-based power generation from bioethanol steam reforming

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    Tasnadi-Asztalos, Zs. Cormos, C. C. Agachi, P. S.

    2015-12-23

    This paper is evaluating two power generation concepts based on hydrogen produced from bioethanol steam reforming at industrial scale without and with carbon capture. The power generation from bioethanol conversion is based on two important steps: hydrogen production from bioethanol catalytic steam reforming and electricity generation using a hydrogen-fuelled gas turbine. As carbon capture method to be assessed in hydrogen-based power generation from bioethanol steam reforming, the gas-liquid absorption using methyl-di-ethanol-amine (MDEA) was used. Bioethanol is a renewable energy carrier mainly produced from biomass fermentation. Steam reforming of bioethanol (SRE) provides a promising method for hydrogen and power production from renewable resources. SRE is performed at high temperatures (e.g. 800-900°C) to reduce the reforming by-products (e.g. ethane, ethene). The power generation from hydrogen was done with M701G2 gas turbine (334 MW net power output). Hydrogen was obtained through catalytic steam reforming of bioethanol without and with carbon capture. For the evaluated plant concepts the following key performance indicators were assessed: fuel consumption, gross and net power outputs, net electrical efficiency, ancillary consumptions, carbon capture rate, specific CO{sub 2} emission etc. As the results show, the power generation based on bioethanol conversion has high energy efficiency and low carbon footprint.

  12. Luminescence Enhanced Eu(3+)/Gd(3+) Co-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanocrystals as Imaging Agents In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Xie, Yunfei; He, Wangmei; Li, Fang; Perera, Thalagalage Shalika Harshani; Gan, Lin; Han, Yingchao; Wang, Xinyu; Li, Shipu; Dai, Honglian

    2016-04-27

    Biocompatible, biodegradable, and luminescent nano material can be used as an alternative bioimaging agent for early cancer diagnosis, which is crucial to achieve successful treatment. Hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanocyrstals have good biocompatibility and biodegradability, and can be used as an excellent host for luminescent rare earth elements. In this study, based on the energy transfer from Gd(3+) to Eu(3+), the luminescence enhanced imaging agent of Eu/Gd codoping HAP (HAP:Eu/Gd) nanocrystals are obtained via coprecipitation with plate-like shape and no change in crystal phase composition. The luminescence can be much elevated (up to about 120%) with a nonlinear increase versus Gd doping content, which is due to the energy transfer ((6)PJ of Gd(3+) → (5)HJ of Eu(3+)) under 273 nm and the possible combination effect of the cooperative upconversion and the successive energy transfer under 394 nm, respectively. Results demonstrate that the biocompatible HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystals can successfully perform cell labeling and in vivo imaging. The intracellular HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystals display good biodegradability with a cumulative degradation of about 65% after 72 h. This biocompatible, biodegradable, and luminescence enhanced HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystal has the potential to act as a fluorescent imaging agent in vitro and in vivo.

  13. Scintillation properties of Eu2+-doped KBa2I5 and K2BaI4

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    Stand, L.; Zhuravleva, M.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; ...

    2015-09-25

    We report two new ternary metal halide scintillators, KBa2I5 and K2BaI4, activated with divalent europium. Single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed that KBa2I5 has a monoclinic structure (P21/c) and that K2BaI4 has a rhombohedral structure (R3c). Differential scanning calorimetry showed singular melting and crystallization points, making these compounds viable candidates for melt growth. We grew 13 mm diameter single crystals of KBa2I5:Eu2+ and K2BaI4:Eu2+ in evacuated quartz ampoules via the vertical Bridgman technique. The optimal Eu2+ concentration was 4% for KBa2I5 and 7% for K2BaI4. The X-ray excited emissions at 444 nm for KBa2I5:Eu 4% and 448 nm for K2BaI4:Eumore » 7% arise from the 5d-4f radiative transition in Eu2+. KBa2I5:Eu 4% has a light yield of 90,000 photons/MeV, with an energy resolution of 2.4% and K2BaI4:Eu 7% has a light yield of 63,000 ph/MeV, with an energy resolution of 2.9% at 662 keV. Both crystals have an excellent proportional response to a wide range of gamma-ray energies.« less

  14. Spectroscopic studies on interaction of BSA and Eu(III) complexes with H5ph-dtpa and H5dtpa ligands

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    Kong, Deyong; Qin, Cui; Fan, Ping; Li, Bing; Wang, Jun

    2015-04-01

    An novel aromatic aminopolycarboxylic acid ligand, N-(2-N,N-Dicarboxymethylaminophenyl) ethylenediamine-N,N‧,N‧-triacetic acid (H5ph-dtpa), was synthesized by improving experimental method and its corresponding Eu(III) complex, Na2[EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]·6H2O, was successfully prepared through heat-refluxing method. As a comparison, the Eu(III) complex with diethylenetriamine-N,N,N‧,N‧,N″-pentaacetic acid (H5dtpa) ligand, Na2[EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]·6H2O, was also prepared by the same method. And then, the interaction between prepared Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) in aqueous solution were studied by the combination of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopies. In addition, the binding sites of Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) to BSA molecules were also estimated by synchronous fluorescence. Moreover, the theoretical and experimental results show that the Van der Waals, hydrogen bond and π-π stacking interactions are the mainly impulse to the reaction. The binding distances (r) between Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) and BSA were obtained according to Förster's non-radiative energy transfer theory. Also, the determined UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, synchronous fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectra showed that the conformation of BSA could be changed in the presence of Eu(III) complexes. The obtained results can help understand the action mode between rare earth metal complexes of aminopolycarboxylic acid ligands with BSA and they are also expected to provide important information of designs of new inspired drugs.

  15. Spectroscopic studies on interaction of BSA and Eu(III) complexes with H5ph-dtpa and H5dtpa ligands.

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    Kong, Deyong; Qin, Cui; Fan, Ping; Li, Bing; Wang, Jun

    2015-04-05

    An novel aromatic aminopolycarboxylic acid ligand, N-(2-N,N-Dicarboxymethylaminophenyl) ethylenediamine-N,N',N'-triacetic acid (H5ph-dtpa), was synthesized by improving experimental method and its corresponding Eu(III) complex, Na2[EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]·6H2O, was successfully prepared through heat-refluxing method. As a comparison, the Eu(III) complex with diethylenetriamine-N,N,N',N',N″-pentaacetic acid (H5dtpa) ligand, Na2[Eu(III)(dtpa)(H2O)]·6H2O, was also prepared by the same method. And then, the interaction between prepared Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) in aqueous solution were studied by the combination of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopies. In addition, the binding sites of Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) to BSA molecules were also estimated by synchronous fluorescence. Moreover, the theoretical and experimental results show that the Van der Waals, hydrogen bond and π-π stacking interactions are the mainly impulse to the reaction. The binding distances (r) between Eu(III) complexes ([EuIII(dtpa)(H2O)]2- and [EuIII(ph-dtpa)(H2O)]2-) and BSA were obtained according to Förster's non-radiative energy transfer theory. Also, the determined UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, synchronous fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectra showed that the conformation of BSA could be changed in the presence of Eu(III) complexes. The obtained results can help understand the action mode between rare earth metal complexes of aminopolycarboxylic acid ligands with BSA and they are also expected to provide important information of designs of new inspired drugs.

  16. Eu(2+)-Activated Alkaline-Earth Halophosphates, M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) for NUV-LEDs: Site-Selective Crystal Field Effect.

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    Kim, Donghyeon; Kim, Sung-Chul; Bae, Jong-Seong; Kim, Sungyun; Kim, Seung-Joo; Park, Jung-Chul

    2016-09-06

    Eu(2+)-activated M5(PO4)3X (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds providing different alkaline-earth metal and halide ions were successfully synthesized and characterized. The emission peak maxima of the M5(PO4)3Cl:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds were blue-shifted from Ca to Ba (454 nm for Ca, 444 nm for Sr, and 434 nm for Ba), and those of the Sr5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (X = F, Cl, Br) compounds were red-shifted along the series of halides, F → Cl → Br (437 nm for F, 444 nm for Cl, and 448 nm for Br). The site selectivity and occupancy of the activator ions (Eu(2+)) in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) crystal lattices were estimated based on theoretical calculation of the 5d → 4f transition energies of Eu(2+) using LCAO. In combination with the photoluminescence measurements and theoretical calculation, it was elucidated that the Eu(2+) ions preferably enter the fully oxygen-coordinated sites in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds. This trend can be well explained by "Pauling's rules". These compounds may provide a platform for modeling a new phosphor and application in the solid-state lighting field.

  17. Steam reformer with catalytic combustor

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    Voecks, Gerald E. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    A steam reformer is disclosed having an annular steam reforming catalyst bed formed by concentric cylinders and having a catalytic combustor located at the center of the innermost cylinder. Fuel is fed into the interior of the catalytic combustor and air is directed at the top of the combustor, creating a catalytic reaction which provides sufficient heat so as to maintain the catalytic reaction in the steam reforming catalyst bed. Alternatively, air is fed into the interior of the catalytic combustor and a fuel mixture is directed at the top. The catalytic combustor provides enhanced radiant and convective heat transfer to the reformer catalyst bed.

  18. Steam reformer with catalytic combustor

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    Voecks, Gerald E.

    1990-03-20

    A steam reformer is disclosed having an annular steam reforming catalyst bed formed by concentric cylinders and having a catalytic combustor located at the center of the innermost cylinder. Fuel is fed into the interior of the catalytic combustor and air is directed at the top of the combustor, creating a catalytic reaction which provides sufficient heat so as to maintain the catalytic reaction in the steam reforming catalyst bed. Alternatively, air is fed into the interior of the catalytic combustor and a fuel mixture is directed at the top. The catalytic combustor provides enhanced radiant and convective heat transfer to the reformer catalyst bed.

  19. [Health reform in the USA].

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    Ganduglia, Cecilia

    2010-01-01

    The United States of America passed early this year the bill enforcing their health reform. this reform aims at achieving universal insurance, cost containment and improving quality of care. The debate around this reform has been long and unable to arrive to an agreement between the parts. Even if the expansion in the medical coverage system does not reduce to zero the current degree of inaccessibility to the health system, these achievements could be considered a very important first step. Nonetheless, chances are that this reform will continue being as polemic as the negotiations previous to its conception.

  20. Health reform: a bipartisan view.

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    Cooper, Jim; Castle, Michael

    2009-01-01

    This optimistic assessment of the prospects for health reform from senior Democratic and Republican congressmen spells out several reasons why reform can be achieved early in the first year of the Obama administration. Political and policy factors suggest that President-elect Barack Obama is in a much better position than his predecessors to achieve comprehensive health reform, including universal coverage. The Obama administration will have to overcome numerous obstacles and resistance to enact reform. Still, after decades of frustration and disappointment, policymakers should set aside their differences and enable the United States to join the ranks of developed nations by making sure every American has health insurance.

  1. The first example of ab initio calculations of f-f transitions for the case of [Eu(DOTP)](5-) complex-experiment versus theory.

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    Janicki, Rafał; Kędziorski, Andrzej; Mondry, Anna

    2016-10-12

    Crystal structures and photophysical properties (IR and UV-vis-NIR) of two compounds, [C(NH2)3]5[Eu(DOTP)]·12.5H2O and K5[Eu(DOTP)]·11H2O (DOTP = 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetrakis (methylenephosphonic acid)), were determined. The DOTP ligand is bonded to Eu(3+)via four O and four N atoms, filling thus eight coordination sites of Eu(3+). The experimental structures of two [K4Eu(DOTP)](-) clusters were used as a starting point for theoretical ab initio calculations based on a multireference wavefunction approach. Positions of the energy levels of the 4f(6) configuration of the Eu(3+) ion have been calculated and compared with those derived from the experimental spectra. This enabled us to tentatively assign energy levels of the Eu(3+) ion. The relationship between calculated energies of excited states and Eu-N and Eu-O bond lengths was discussed with respect to the nephelauxetic effect.

  2. Antiferromagnetism with divalent Eu in EuNi5As3

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    Jiang, W. B.; Smidman, M.; Xie, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Lee, J. M.; Chen, J. M.; Ho, S. C.; Ishii, H.; Tsuei, K. D.; Guo, C. Y.; Zhang, Y. J.; Lee, Hanoh; Yuan, H. Q.

    2017-01-01

    We have successfully synthesized single crystals of EuNi5As3 using a flux method, and we present a comprehensive study of the physical properties using magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. EuNi5As3 undergoes two close antiferromagnetic transitions at respective temperatures of TN 1=7.2 K and TN 2=6.4 K, which are associated with the Eu2 + moments. Both transitions are suppressed upon applying a field, and we map the temperature-field phase diagrams for fields applied parallel and perpendicular to the easy a axis. XAS measurements reveal that the Eu is strongly divalent, with very little temperature dependence, indicating the localized Eu2 + nature of EuNi5As3 , with a lack of evidence for heavy-fermion behavior.

  3. Electrospinning preparation and photoluminescence properties of poly (methyl methacrylate)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composite nanofibers and nanoribbons

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    Li, Maoying; Zhang, Zhenyi; Cao, Tieping; Sun, Yangyang; Liang, Pingping; Shao, Changlu; Liu, Yichun

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanofibers and nanoribbons of poly (methyl methacrylate)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were successfully prepared by using a simple electrospinning technique. And the photoluminescence properties of the above PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were studied. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanofibers and nanoribbons of PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites are fabricated by electrospinning. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoluminescence properties of as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ratios of electric- and magnetic-dipole transitions are enhanced by increasing electrospinning voltage. -- Abstract: Nanofibers and nanoribbons of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites with different concentration of Eu{sup 3+} ions were successfully prepared by using a simple electrospinning technique. From the results of scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, we found that the morphology of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites could be changed from fiber to ribbon structure by adjusting the concentration of Eu{sup 3+} ions in the electrospun precursor solution. The coordination between the Eu{sup 3+} ions and PMMA molecules were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential thermal analysis. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites were studied in comparison to those of the Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} powder. It was showed that the {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) emission appeared in the PL spectra of the as-electrospun PMMA/Eu{sup 3+} ions composites, whereas the {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 0} emission was completely absent in the PL spectra of Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} powder due to the different local environments surrounding Eu{sup 3+} ions. It was interesting to note that the intensity ratios of the electric-dipole and magnetic-dipole transitions for

  4. Dopant concentration dependent optical and X-Ray induced photoluminescence in Eu3+ doped La2Zr2O7

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    Pokhrel, Madhab; Brik, Mikhail; Mao, Yuanbing

    2015-03-01

    Herein, we will be presenting the dopant (Eu) concentration dependent high density La2Zr2O7 nanoparticles for optical and X-ray scintillation applications by use of X - ray diffraction, Raman, FTIR, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optically and X-ray excited photoluminescence (PL). Several theoretical methods have been used in order to investigate the structural, electronic, optical, elastic, dynamic properties of Eu doped La2Zr2O7. It is observed that Eu: La2Zr2O7 shows an intense red luminescence under 258, 322, 394 and 465 nm excitation. The optical intensity of Eu: La2Zr2O7 depends on the dopant concentration of Eu3+. Following high energy excitation with X-rays, Eu: La2Zr2O7 shows an atypical Eu PL response (scintillation) with a red emission. The intense color emission of Eu obtained under 258 nm excitation, the X-ray induced luminescence property along with reportedly high density of La2Zr2O7, makes these nanomaterials attractive for optical and X-ray applications. The authors thank the support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (Award #HDTRA1-10-1-0114).

  5. Deposition and characterization of luminescent Eu(tta)3phen-doped parylene-based thin-film materials.

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    Maggioni, Gianluigi; Campagnaro, Antonio; Tonezzer, Michele; Carturan, Sara; Quaranta, Alberto

    2013-06-24

    Herein, novel host-guest films produced by coarse vacuum cosublimation of the parylene C dimer and Eu(tta)3phen are prepared and studied. Eu(tta)3phen sublimation at different temperatures allows films with different concentrations of the Eu complex to be obtained. The films are characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and UV/Vis absorption and emission spectroscopy. RBS, FTIR, and XRD reveal the incorporation of Eu(tta)3phen into the parylene matrix. AFM evidences the very flat film surface, which is particularly advantageous for optical applications. UV/Vis absorption and emission analyses confirm that the optical properties of Eu(tta)3phen are preserved in the deposited films. Fluorescence measurements evidence the occurrence of an energy-transfer process between parylene and Eu(tta)3phen, and this results in an increase in the light emitted by the Eu complex that is as much as five times higher than that emitted by Eu(tta)3phen alone.

  6. Eu(III) Complexes of Octadentate 1-Hydroxy-2-pyridinones: Stability and Improved Photophysical Performance

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    Moore, Evan G.; D'Aleo, Anthony; Xu, Jide; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2009-05-29

    The luminescence properties of lanthanoid ions can be dramatically enhanced by coupling them to antenna ligands that absorb light in the UV-visible and then efficiently transfer the energy to the lanthanoid centre. The synthesis and the complexation of Ln{sup III} cations (Ln = Eu, Gd) for a ligand based on four 1-hydroxy-2-pyridinone (1,2-HOPO) chelators appended to a ligand backbone derived by linking two L-lysine units (3LI-bis-LYS) is described. This octadentate Eu{sup III} complex ([Eu(3LI-bis-LYS-1,2-HOPO)]{sup -}) has been evaluated in terms of its thermodynamic stability, UV-visible absorption and luminescence properties. For this complex, the conditional stability constant (pM) is 19.9, which is an order of magnitude higher than diethylenetriaminepentacetic acid at pH = 7.4. This Eu{sup III} complex also shows an almost two-fold increase in its luminescence quantum yield in aqueous solution (pH = 7.4) when compared with other octadentate ligands. Hence, despite a slight decrease of the molar absorption coefficient, a much higher brightness is obtained for [Eu(3LI-bis-LYS-1,2-HOPO)]{sup -}. This overall improvement was achieved by saturating the coordination sphere of the Eu{sup III} cation, yielding an increased metal-centred efficiency by excluding solvent water molecules from the metal's inner sphere.

  7. Structure and thermoelectric properties of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ

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    Sagarna, L.; Rushchanskii, K. Z.; Maegli, A.; Yoon, S.; Populoh, S.; Shkabko, A.; Pokrant, S.; Ležaić, M.; Waser, R.; Weidenkaff, A.

    2013-07-01

    After partial substitution of nitrogen for oxygen in EuTiO3, the crystal structure, thermoelectric properties, morphology, and electronic structure of the products were analyzed and compared with pristine EuTiO3. The space group of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ was orthorhombic Pnma due to the tilt and rotation of the anion octahedra, compared to cubic Pm3¯m of EuTiO3 (at room temperature). The thermoelectric properties of oxynitride polycrystalline bodies sintered in three different ways were investigated in the temperature range of 300 K < T < 950 K. The Seebeck coefficients (S) of the oxynitrides were lower compared with the oxide, and the electrical resistivities (ρ) were increased about one order of magnitude. The activation energies (EA) indicated a larger band gap of EuTi(O,N)3 ± δ when compared to the pristine EuTiO3 (˜1.3 eV compared to 0.98 eV). A morphological characterization by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy illustrated intrinsic nanopores within the individual particles and weak grain-interconnections indicating poor intergrain electron transport. Ab initio calculations of the electronic structures confirmed a larger band gap of the distorted crystal structure of the oxynitride and showed a decrease of the density of states at the Fermi level, explaining the reduction of the measured S.

  8. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence characteristics of Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) yellow phosphor.

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    Ho Van, Tuyen; Nguyen Manh, Son; Vu Xuan, Quang; Bounyavong, Sengthong

    2016-08-01

    Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) yellow phosphor was prepared by the combustion method. The crystalline structure, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) were investigated extensively. The X-ray diffraction result indicates that the Sr3 B2 O6 :Eu(2+) phosphor exhibited a rhombohedral crystal structure. The emission spectra under a 435 nm excited wavelength showed an intense broad band peaking at 574 nm, which corresponds to the 4f(6) 5d(1) → 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ion. There were two different sites of Sr replaced by Eu in host lattice. The concentration quenching process between Eu(2+) ions is determined and the corresponding concentration quenching mechanism was verified as dipole-quadrupole interaction. The glow curve under 3 Gy β- ray irradiation had the glow peak at 160°C and the average activation energy was defined as about 0.98 eV. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Reforming Welfare in America. Book Review.

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    Jennings, Edward T., Jr.

    1996-01-01

    Reviews three books on welfare reform: "The Poverty of Welfare Reform" (Joel F. Handler); "The Politics of Welfare Reform" (Donald F. Norris, Lyke Thompson, editors); and "Living on the Edge: The Realities of Welfare in America" (Mark Robert Rank). (JOW)

  10. Anomalous Eu valence state and superconductivity in undoped Eu3Bi2S4F4.

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    Zhai, Hui-Fei; Zhang, Pan; Wu, Si-Qi; He, Chao-Yang; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Jiang, Hao; Sun, Yun-Lei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Nowik, Israel; Felner, Israel; Zeng, Yue-Wu; Li, Yu-Ke; Xu, Xiao-Feng; Tao, Qian; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-29

    We have synthesized a novel europium bismuth sulfofluoride, Eu3Bi2S4F4, by solid-state reactions in sealed evacuated quartz ampules. The compound crystallizes in a tetragonal lattice (space group I4/mmm, a = 4.0771(1) Å, c = 32.4330(6) Å, and Z = 2), in which CaF2-type Eu3F4 layers and NaCl-like BiS2 bilayers stack alternately along the crystallographic c axis. There are two crystallographically distinct Eu sites, Eu(1) and Eu(2) at the Wyckoff positions 4e and 2a, respectively. Our bond valence sum calculation, based on the refined structural data, indicates that Eu(1) is essentially divalent, while Eu(2) has an average valence of ∼ +2.64(5). This anomalous Eu valence state is further confirmed and supported, respectively, by Mössbauer and magnetization measurements. The Eu(3+) components donate electrons into the conduction bands that are mainly composed of Bi 6px and 6py states. Consequently, the material itself shows metallic conduction and superconducts at 1.5 K without extrinsic chemical doping.

  11. Fuel Reformer Nozzle Development

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    Lai, Ming-Chia D.

    2003-01-01

    The fellowship work this summer will be in support of the development of a fuel mixer for a liquid fuel reformer that is upstream of a fuel cell. Tasks for the summer shall consist of design of a fuel mixer, setup of the laser diagnostics for determining the degree of fuel mixing, and testing of the fuel mixer. The fuel mixer shall be a venturi section with fuel injected at or near the throat, and an air swirler upstream of the venturi. Data to determine the performance of the mixer shall be taken using a Phase Doppler Particle Analyzer (PDPA).

  12. Novel Reforming Catalysts

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    Pfefferle, Lisa D; Haller, Gary L

    2012-10-16

    Aqueous phase reforming is useful for processing oxygenated hydrocarbons to hydrogen and other more useful products. Current processing is hampered by the fact that oxide based catalysts are not stable under high temperature hydrothermal conditions. Silica in the form of structured MCM-41 is thermally a more stable support for Co and Ni than conventional high surface area amorphous silica but hydrothermal stability is not demonstrated. Carbon nanotube supports, in contrast, are highly stable under hydrothermal reaction conditions. In this project we show that carbon nanotubes are stable high activity/selectivity supports for the conversion of ethylene glycol to hydrogen.

  13. From the ternary Eu(Au/In)2 and EuAu4(Au/In)2 with remarkable Au/In distributions to a new structure type: The gold-rich Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 structure

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    Steinberg, Simon; Card, Nathan; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-08-13

    The ternary Eu(Au/In)2 (EuAu0.46In1.54(2)) (I), EuAu4(Au/In)2 (EuAu4+xIn2–x with x = 0.75(2) (II), 0.93(2), and 1.03(2)), and Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (III) have been synthesized, and their structures were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. I and II crystallize with the CeCu2-type (Pearson Symbol oI12; Imma; Z = 4; a = 4.9018(4) Å; b = 7.8237(5) Å; c = 8.4457(5) Å) and the YbAl4Mo2-type (tI14; I4/mmm; Z = 2; a = 7.1612(7) Å; c = 5.5268(7) Å) and exhibit significant Au/In disorder. I is composed of an Au/In-mixed diamond-related host lattice encapsulating Eu atoms, while the structure of II features ribbons of distorted, squaredmore » Au8 prisms enclosing Eu, Au, and In atoms. Combination of these structural motifs leads to a new structure type as observed for Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (oS108; Cmcm; Z = 4; a = 7.2283(4) Å; b = 9.0499(6) Å; c = 34.619(2) Å), which formally represents a one-dimensional intergrowth of the series EuAu2–“EuAu4In2”. The site preferences of the disordered Au/In positions in II were investigated for different hypothetical “EuAu4(Au/In)2” models using the projector-augmented wave method and indicate that these structures attempt to optimize the frequencies of the heteroatomic Au–In contacts. Furthermore, a chemical bonding analysis on two “EuAu5In” and “EuAu4In2” models employed the TB-LMTO-ASA method and reveals that the subtle interplay between the local atomic environments and the bond energies determines the structural and site preferences for these systems.« less

  14. Polyethylene recycling: Waste policy scenario analysis for the EU-27.

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    Andreoni, Valeria; Saveyn, Hans G M; Eder, Peter

    2015-08-01

    This paper quantifies the main impacts that the adoption of the best recycling practices together with a reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic bags and the adoption of a kerbside collection system could have on the 27 Member States of the EU. The main consequences in terms of employment, waste management costs, emissions and energy use have been quantified for two scenarios of polyethylene (PE) waste production and recycling. That is to say, a "business as usual scenario", where the 2012 performances of PE waste production and recycling are extrapolated to 2020, is compared to a "best practice scenario", where the best available recycling practices are modelled together with the possible adoption of the amended Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive related to the consumption of single-use plastic bags and the implementation of a kerbside collection system. The main results show that socio-economic and environmental benefits can be generated across the EU by the implementation of the best practice scenario. In particular, estimations show a possible reduction of 4.4 million tonnes of non-recycled PE waste, together with a reduction of around €90 million in waste management costs in 2020 for the best practice scenario versus the business as usual scenario. An additional 35,622 jobs are also expected to be created. In environmental terms, the quantity of CO2 equivalent emissions could be reduced by around 1.46 million tonnes and the net energy requirements are expected to increase by 16.5 million GJ as a consequence of the reduction in the energy produced from waste. The main analysis provided in this paper, together with the data and the model presented, can be useful to identify the possible costs and benefits that the implementation of PE waste policies and Directives could generate for the EU.

  15. Luminescence properties of a novel green emitting Ba2CaZn2Si6O17:Eu2+ phosphor for white light - Emitting diodes applications

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    Annadurai, G.; Kennedy, S. Masilla Moses; Sivakumar, V.

    2016-05-01

    A novel green emitting Ba2CaZn2Si6O17:Eu2+ (BCZSO:Eu2+) phosphor was synthesized using conventional high temperature solid state reaction method. Powder X-ray diffraction was carried out to confirm the phase formation of the synthesized phosphors. Photoluminescence emission spectrum was recorded under excitation at 340 nm. The BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor exhibited an intense asymmetric green emission band around 502 nm which originated from the 4f65d1 → 4f7 transition of Eu2+ ion. The optimum doping concentration of Eu2+ was found to be 0.06 mol. The energy transfer mechanism among Eu2+ in BCZSO phosphor was found to be a dipole-dipole interaction, and the critical distance (RC) for the Eu2+ ions calculated by the concentration quenching and spectral overlap methods were 23.2 Å and 13.7 Å, respectively. The decay curve of BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphors were discussed. The CIE chromaticity coordinate values (x = 0.259, y = 0.463) of BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor were located in green region and the correlated color temperature was 7571 K. All these properties gave an indication that BCZSO:Eu2+ phosphor could be a potential green-emitting phosphor for UV based white light emitting diodes.

  16. Implementing Comprehensive Reform: Implications for Practice

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    Stout, Karen A.

    2016-01-01

    This chapter describes the challenges and practical barriers community colleges face when implementing comprehensive reform, exploring how reforms are leading to some improvements but not often scaled improvements.

  17. The preparation of a Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer and its application in organic photovoltaics

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    Wu, Na; Luo, Qun; Qiao, Xvsheng; Ma, Chang-Qi

    2015-12-01

    Recently, spectra conversion has been used to minimize energy loss in photovoltaic devices. In this work, we explore the development of a novel Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer for use in organic solar cells. The bi-functional layer acts as both a spectra conversion and an electron transporting layer. Compared to conventional spectra conversion layers, it has a simpler device structure, is easier to fabricate, and has a wider spectrum-sensitized region. A series of Eu3+-doped ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized using the simple solution route. X-ray powder diffraction patterns (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-visible absorbance spectra were used to characterize the obtained ZnO nanocrystals. The results reveal that the size and bandgap of ZnO nanocrystals can be controlled through regulation of the doping concentration of Eu3+ ions. The energy transfer of ZnO → Eu3+ is observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectra. At a bandgap excitation of around 300-400 nm, a typical emission band from the Eu3+ is obtained. By employing the Eu3+- doped ZnO nanocrystals as a buffer layer in a P3HT:PC61BM bulk heterojunction device, the obtained performance is similar to the undoped ZnO device, indicating that the electrical properties of ZnO are not affected by Eu3+ doping. Due to the down-conversion energy transfer between ZnO and Eu3+, the external quantum efficiency of the ZnO:Eu3+ device at 300-400 nm is higher than that of the pure ZnO device, which subsequently leads to an increase in short circuit current density (J SC). This work proves that it is possible to improve the solar spectrum response in the ultraviolet region of organic solar cells effectively by incorporating the bi-functional layer.

  18. Climate policy: Reforming emissions trading

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    Edenhofer, Ottmar

    2014-08-01

    Courageous steps are required to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. To this end, an independent carbon authority has been proposed -- this is a move in the right direction, but should be part of a much broader discussion about reforming emissions trading.

  19. Teachers' Perspectives on Evaluation Reform

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    Donaldson, Morgaen L.

    2012-01-01

    Despite growing momentum to reform teacher evaluation in order to increase its impact on teachers' practice and persistence in the profession, very little research examines how current reforms influence teachers' attitudes or reported instructional practices. Do the new evaluation systems lead to enhancements in teachers' instruction overall? And…

  20. The Latest Chapter in Reform.

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    Imber, Michael

    2003-01-01

    As David Tyack and Larry Cuban demonstrate in "Tinkering Toward Utopia," the history of U.S. education reforms is that of mixed success and failure. Characteristics of reforms that take hold in schools include those that involve building new facilities, are easy to administer, and are legally mandated. Another major school reform…

  1. Engaging Teachers in Ed Reform

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    Steans, Robin

    2012-01-01

    Teacher engagement is crucial to the success of education reforms. Not only can teachers serve as policymakers' eyes and ears on the ground, sharing firsthand knowledge of challenges in the classroom, but their advocacy can be instrumental to passing smart, sensible policies, and their buy-in can make or break reform implementation. Ongoing…

  2. Emotional Intelligence and Educational Reform

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    Neophytou, Lefkios

    2013-01-01

    This paper focuses on the notion of educational reform and discusses Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the context of the modernist-postmodernist debate. It is argued that through the application of EI into contemporary societies a new wave of reform emerges that provides science with normative power over the emotional world of individuals. This…

  3. International Handbook of Educational Reform.

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    Cookson, Peter W., Jr., Ed.; And Others

    This book provides an overview of education reform in 27 countries. Following the introduction by Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Alan R. Sadovnik, and Susan F. Semel, part 1 offers national case studies of educational reform in the 1980s. Chapters include: (2) "Argentina" (Ana Munoz-Sandoval); (3) "Australia" (Richard Teese); (4) "Brazil" (Robert Cowen…

  4. Reforming Teacher Education in Tanzania

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    Hardman, Frank; Abd-Kadir, Jan; Tibuhinda, Audax

    2012-01-01

    It is widely acknowledged that in order to improve the quality of education in primary schools in developing countries there is a need to place pedagogy and its training implications at the centre of teacher education reform. Like many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, Tanzania has introduced various initiatives and reforms to improve the…

  5. Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform.

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    Weber, Bruce A., Ed.; Duncan, Greg J., Ed.; Whitener, Leslie A., Ed.

    The 16 chapters in this five-part book, each by different authors, trace the effects of welfare reform (mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996), upon poor people in rural areas of the United States. The book begins with an introduction called "As the Dust Settles: Welfare Reform and Rural…

  6. Educational Reform and Vocational Education.

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    Milne, Ann M., Ed.

    This document contains six studies that were commissioned for the National Assessment of Vocational Education. "Introduction" (Ann M. Milne) provides an overview of the reforms of the 1980s. "The Impact of Educational Reform on Vocational Education" (Marion Asche, Donald E. Elson, Ann Echols, Arthur Williams) examines primary…

  7. School Reform: Past and Present.

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    Parker, Franklin

    United States educational history is full of uncertain reform attempts beginning with colonial New England's school reform goal of salvation in this world as a preparation for eternal life in the next. A more practical type of education characterized the Early National Period. Monitorial schools and communal schools, as in New Harmony, Indiana,…

  8. Higher Education and School Reform.

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    Clark, Shirley M.

    1993-01-01

    Higher education has related asynchronously to recent cycles in social movements affecting school reform. Current efforts in Oregon illustrate this pattern in public colleges. Although higher education is not likely to overcome its skepticism of reform dynamics, there is both reason and potential for promising alliances with schools. (Author/MSE)

  9. George's Complaint: Reforming the Dragon

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    Buxton, Bruce

    2007-01-01

    The evangelical tone and history of American culture has long been identified as a force for anti-intellectualism. The metaphors of educational reform are a demonstration of how this plays out. The very nature of the positivist social science research used to support proposed reform is anti-intellectual and feeds a debate that favors extremes over…

  10. Laser site-selective spectroscopy of Eu3+ ions doped Y4Al2O9

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    Kaczkan, M.; Turczyński, S.; Pawlak, D. A.; Wencka, M.; Malinowski, M.

    2016-08-01

    Eu3+ doped Y4Al2O9 (YAM) crystals were prepared by the micro-pulling down method. Optical-absorption and laser-selective-excitation techniques along with the luminescence decays have been used to reveal that Eu3+ ions in YAM occupy three distinct sites, which were characterized and discussed. The Stark energy levels of Eu3+ at three different sites in YAM were assigned from selectively excited emission spectra at 10 K. The intensity ratio of forced electric dipole (5D0 → 7F2) and magnetic dipole (5D0 → 7F1) transitions was discussed in order to obtain information about the degree of asymmetry of the luminescent centers. These results were confirmed by the luminescence lifetime measurements. The temperature dependent photo-luminescence spectra indicated that there is no energy transfer between different sites in the 10-300 K range.

  11. Heat-treatment controlled structural and optical properties of sol-gel fabricated Eu:ZnO thin films

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    Ghosh, Subhabrata; Uma Mahendra Kumar, K.; Bhaktha, B. N. Shivakiran

    2017-02-01

    We report on the fabrication of sol-gel derived Eu-doped ZnO films and the effects of heat-treatment on their structural and optical properties. X-ray diffraction data analysis confirms the decrease in strain in the thin films with increasing heat-treatment temperatures, and the compressive stress of the samples is found to become tensile for heat-treatments between 650 °C and 800 °C. X-ray-absorption fine-structure spectra performed at the Eu L3-edge confirm the absence of clustering of Eu-ions. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of undoped and doped films consist of near-band edge emissions along with the defect state emissions of ZnO. Intense red emission (612 nm) is observed under UV excitation attributed to the 5D0 →7F2 energy level transition of Eu3+ ions in the doped films. The elemental composition and the existence of Eu2+ as well as Eu3+ has been discussed with the help of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. ZnO → Eu3+ energy transfer has also been confirmed with the help of PL excitation spectra in these transparent ZnO thin films for applications in integrated optic devices operating in the UV-visible region.

  12. Synthesis and luminescent properties of ternary complex Eu(UVA)3Phen in nano-TiO2

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    Lü, Yu-guang; Gong, Zhong-ping; Gao, Hong-bing; Zhou, Shu-jing; Lü, Kui-lin; Wang, Ying; A, Du; Du, Hao-ran; Zhang, Li; Zhang, Fu-jun

    2015-01-01

    By introducing 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy-benzophenone (UVA) and 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen) as the ligands, the ternary rare earth complex of Eu(UVA)3Phen is synthesized, and it is characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectra (MS) and infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy. Results show that the Eu(III) in complex emits strong red luminescence when it is excited by UV light, and it has higher sensitized luminescent efficiency and longer lifetime. The organic-inorganic thin film of complex Eu(UVA)3Phen doped with nano-TiO2 is prepared, and the nano-TiO2 is used in the luminescence layer to change the luminescence property of Eu(UVA)3Phen. It is found that there is an efficient energy transfer process between ligands and metal ions. Moreover, in an indium tin oxide (ITO)/poly(N-vinylcar-bazole) (PVK)/Eu(UVA)3Phen/Al device, Eu3+ can be excited by intramolecular ligand-to-metal energy transfer process. The main peak of emission at 613 nm is attributed to 5D0→7F2 transition of the Eu3+, and this process results in the enhanced red emission.

  13. Use of additives in the electrodeposition of nanostructured Eu3+/ZnO films for photoluminescent devices.

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    Li, Gao-Ren; Dawa, Ci-Ren; Lu, Xi-Hong; Yu, Xiao-Lan; Tong, Ye-Xiang

    2009-02-17

    Rare-earth ion-doped ZnO has been the focus of numerous investigations because of its unique optical properties and promising applications in optoelectronic devices. Here we presented a facile electrochemical deposition route for the controllable preparation of Eu3+/ZnO nanostructures on a large scale. The prepared Eu3+/ZnO deposits were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Herein, the growth mechanisms of Eu3+/ZnO nanosheets and nanorods were discussed. The formation process of Eu3+/ZnO foam-like nanostructures is illuminated in this paper. The room temperature photoluminescence properties of the Eu3+/ZnO foam-like nanostructures were investigated. The sharp 4f-4f transition emissions of Eu3+ can be directly observed at 593, 617, and 698 nm. An energy transfer between ZnO and Eu3+ is shown to occur under UV excitation.

  14. [Health system reform in the United Kingdom].

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    Matsuda, Shinya

    2013-12-01

    How to control the increasing health expenditures is a common problem in the developed countries. The main causes of this increase are ageing of the society and medical innovation. The UK government has introduced a market oriented health reform in order to balance the increasing expenditures and the quality of care. For example, they have introduced the GP Fundholding, Private Financial Initiative (PFI) for construction of public hospital, and personal budget system (a patient owns a budget for buying health services in the deregulated market). However, there is little evidence indicating the effectiveness of these programs. On the other hand, it is important to strengthen the labor policy in order to maintain the social security system. For example, programs for increasing the employment rate and those for increasing productivity work sharing are such policies. From this viewpoint, the EU countries have introduced a series of active employment policies, i.e., job training for unemployed persons and work sharing. Furthermore, as other authors report in other articles of this volume, the government of the UK has introduced the Fit for Work (FFW) program that intends to medically support workers.

  15. Catalytic reforming process

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    Schorfheide, J.J.

    1986-09-23

    This patent describes a process for improving the octane quality of a naphtha in a reforming unit comprised of serially connected reactors, inclusive of a lead reactor and one or more subsequent reactors. Each of the reactors contains a sulfur-sensitive polymetallic platinum-containing catalyst which contains sulfur in concentration ranging from 0.03 to about 0.2 percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, and coke in concentration ranging up to about 10 percent, based on the weight of the catalyst, naphtha and hydrogen being introduced into the lead reactor and flowing in sequence from one reactor to the next subsequent reactor of the series contacting the catalyst at reforming conditions, the improvement described here comprising. introducing sulfur to the tail reactor of the series and maintaining therein, as a component of the naphtha, sulfur in concentration ranging from 0.5 wppm to about 20 wppm, based on the weight of the naphtha feed, while maintaining the concentration of sulfur in the feed naphtha entering the lead reactor below 0.5 wppm.

  16. Pastors and the "Perpetuum Mobile": The Dynamics of Professional Learning in Times of Reform

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    Reite, Ingrid Chr.

    2015-01-01

    In a changing knowledge society, many workplaces experience a great number of reforms, implying improvement, new ways of working and professional learning. When a reform is introduced, however, does a professional act as an ever-moving machine--a "perpetuum mobile"--always learning with full energy? In this article, I ask the following:…

  17. Eu(2+) luminescence in strontium aluminates.

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    Dutczak, D; Jüstel, T; Ronda, C; Meijerink, A

    2015-06-21

    The luminescence properties of Eu(2+) doped strontium aluminates are reported and reviewed for a variety of aluminates, viz. SrAl12O19, SrAl4O7, Sr4Al14O25, SrAl2O4 and Sr3Al2O6. The aim of the research is to investigate the role of local coordination and covalency of the aluminate host lattice, related to the Sr/Al ratio, on the optical properties of the Eu(2+) ion. The UV and VUV excited luminescence spectra as well as luminescence decay curves were recorded to characterize the luminescence properties of the investigated aluminates. The emission of Eu(2+) ions varies over a wide spectral range, from ultraviolet (UV) to red, for the series of aluminates. The variation in emission color can be related to the crystal-field splitting of the 5d levels and the covalent interaction with the surrounding oxygen anions. In the least covalent material, viz. SrAl12O19:Eu(2+), narrow line emission due to the (6)P7/2-(8)S7/2 transition occurs at 4 K, indicating that the 4f(6)5d excited state is situated above the (6)P7/2(4f(7)) excited state around 360 nm. The most alkaline material, viz. Sr3Al2O6:Eu(2+) is the most covalent host and exhibits several d-f emission bands in the yellow to red spectral range due to the Eu(2+) ions located on different crystallographic Sr(2+) sites. The Eu(2+) emission spectra in the other aluminates confirm the trend that with increasing Sr/Al ratio the Eu(2+) emission shifts to longer wavelengths. Interesting differences are observed for the Eu(2+) from different crystallographic sites which cannot always be related with apparent differences in the first oxygen coordination sphere. The discussion gives insight into how in a similar class of materials, strontium aluminates, the emission color of Eu(2+) can be tuned over a wide spectral region.

  18. Introducing Eu2+ into yellow phosphor LiBaB9O15:Ce3+, Dy3+ as blue emitting source to realize white emission

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    Li, Ting; Li, Panlai; Fu, Nian; Wang, Zhijun; Xu, Shuchao; Bai, Qiongyu; Yang, Zhiping

    2017-04-01

    A series of Dy3+, Ce3+/Dy3+, Eu2+/Dy3+ and Ce3+/Eu2+/Dy3+ doping LiBaB9O15 (LBB) phosphors were synthesized via a high temperature solid-state method. LBB:Dy3+ cannot create light under ultraviolet radiation, however, LBB:Ce3+, Dy3+ can produce yellow emission under 295 nm excitation. The energy transfer occurs from Ce3+ to Dy3+ ions via electric dipole-dipole interaction and the critical distance is estimated to be 21.15 Å based on concentration quenching model. Generally, Eu2+ ion is a sensitizer to Dy3+ ion, however, there is only the emission of Eu2+ in LBB:Eu2+, Dy3+, which means there is no energy transfer from Eu2+ to Dy3+ ions. Interestingly enough, when doping Eu2+ ion into LBB:Ce3+, Dy3+, white emission can be achieved by increase the blue (350-425 nm) emission intensity. The spectral property, quantum efficiency, CIE chromaticity coordinates and thermal quenching property of LBB:Ce3+, Eu2+, Dy3+ are investigated. The results indicate that LBB:Ce3+, Eu2+, Dy3+ may be a potential application to white light emitting diodes.

  19. Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Nanorod Bundle Ln4O(OH)9NO3:Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) Prepared by Hydrothermal Method.

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    Li, Ling; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Liu, Xiaoguang; Moon, Byung Kee; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-07-01

    Well-crystallized nanorod bundles Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) have been successfully prepared by hydrothermal method. The crystalline phase, size and optical properties were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), infrared (IR) spectrograph and photoluminescent (PL) spectra. Site occupations of Eu3+ in crystals Ln4O(OH)9NO3:Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) were discussed based on excitation spectra and the empirical relationship formula between the charge transfer (CT) energy and the environmental factor. The emission spectra exhibited that the strongest emission peaks with an excitation wavelength of 395 nm were at 617 and 626 nm in crystal Lu4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu and Y4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu, respectively, both of which come from 5D0-7F2 transition of the Eu3+ ions. The broad excitation peaks at about 254 and 255 nm were found when monitored at 617 and 628 nm in crystal Lu4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu and Y4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu, respectively, which were due to O-Eu CT transition. Based on the dielectric theory of complex crystal, the CT bands at about 254 and 255 nm in Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) were assigned to the transition of O-Eu at Ln3(Ln = Y, Lu) site, from which we can conclude that Eu3+ ions occupied the site of Ln3(Ln = Y, Lu) in crystal Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu). It put forward a new route to investigate site occupation of luminescent center ions in rare earth doped complex inorganic luminescence materials.

  20. Chile's health sector reform: lessons from four reform periods.

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    de la Jara, J J; Bossert, T

    1995-01-01

    This paper applies an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the process of health reform in four significant periods in Chilean history: (1) the consolidation of state responsibility for public health in the 1920s, (2) the creation of the state-run National Health Service in the 1950s, (3) the decentralization of primary care and privatization of health insurance in the 1980s, and (4) the strengthening of the mixed public-private market in the 1990s. Building on the authors' separate disciplines, the paper examines the epidemiological, political and economic contexts of these reforms to test simple hypotheses about how these factors shape reform adoption and implementation. The analysis underlines: (1) the importance of epidemiological data as an impetus to public policy; (2) the inhibiting role of economic recession in adoption and implementation of reforms: and (3) the importance of the congruence of reforms with underlying political ideology in civil society. The paper also tests several hypotheses about the reform processes themselves, exploring the role of antecedents, interest groups, and consensus-building in the policy process. It found that incremental processes building on antecedent trends characterize most reform efforts. However, interest group politics and consensus building were found to be complex processes that are not easily captured by the simple hypotheses that were tested. The interdisciplinary approach is found to be a promising form of analysis and suggests further theoretical and empirical issues to be explored.

  1. Enhanced luminescence of Tb{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} doped tellurium oxide glass containing silver nanostructures

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    Kassab, Luciana R. P.; Araujo, Cid B. de

    2009-05-15

    We report on energy transfer studies in terbium (Tb{sup 3+})--europium (Eu{sup 3+}) doped TeO{sub 2}-ZnO-Na{sub 2}O-PbO glass containing silver nanostructures. The samples excitation was made using ultraviolet radiation at 355 nm. Luminescence spectra were recorded from approx =480 to approx =700 nm. Enhanced Eu{sup 3+} luminescence at approx =590 nm (transition {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 1}) and approx =614 nm (transition {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 2}) are observed. The large luminescence enhancement was obtained due to the simultaneous contribution of the Tb{sup 3+}-Eu{sup 3+} energy transfer and the contribution of the intensified local field on the Eu{sup 3+} ions located near silver nanostructures.

  2. Spectroscopic study on the role of TiO{sub 2} in the adsorption of Eu(III) and U(VI) on silica surfaces in aqueous solutions

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    Im, Hee-Jung Park, Kyoung Kyun; Jung, Euo Chang

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Enhanced adsorption of Eu(III) and U(VI) onto TiO{sub 2}-coated silica. • Enhanced Eu(III) luminescence and lifetime on TiO{sub 2}-coated silica. • Energy transfer from TiO{sub 2} of TiO{sub 2}-coated silica to Eu(III) in solutions. - Abstract: To determine the effects of TiO{sub 2} on the adsorption of actinides onto mineral surfaces in groundwater, silica was partially coated with TiO{sub 2}, and Eu(III) and U(VI) were individually adsorbed from separate 0.1 mM concentration solutions. The TiO{sub 2}-coated silica showed higher Eu(III) and U(VI) adsorption capacities for increasing amounts of TiO{sub 2} coated on the silica surfaces, and thus the existence of TiO{sub 2} can decrease the mobility of Eu(III) and U(VI) contaminants. In luminescence studies, it was found that TiO{sub 2} considerably enhanced the luminescence of the adsorbed Eu(III) indicating that TiO{sub 2}–Eu(III) forms surface complexes which may decrease the number of water molecules at the inner sphere of Eu(III), but this was not observed for U(VI). An energy transfer from the TiO{sub 2} to the Eu(III) was confirmed in this case of amorphous TiO{sub 2}-coated silica in Eu(III) solutions, and an increase of the luminescence lifetime of Eu(III) for increasing concentrations of coated TiO{sub 2} was also observed.

  3. Public service or commodity goods? Electricity reforms, access, and the politics of development in Tanzania

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    Ghanadan, Rebecca Hansing

    Since the 1990s, power sector reforms have become paramount in energy policy, catalyzing a debate in Africa about market-based service provision and the effects of reforms on access. My research seeks to move beyond the conceptual divide by grounding attention not in abstract 'market forces' but rather in how development institutions shape energy services and actually practice policy on the ground. Using the case of Tanzania, a country known for having instituted some of the most extensive reforms and a 'success story' in Africa, I find that reforms are creating large burdens and barriers for access and use of services, including: increasing costs, enforcement pressures, and measures to impose 'market' discipline. However, I also find that many of the most significant outcomes are not found in direct 'market' changes, but rather how reforms are selective, partial, and shaped by the wider needs and claims of the institutions driving reforms, so that questions of how reforms are implemented, how they are measured, and who tells the story become as important as the policies themselves. Using a multiple-arenas framework, including (i) a household and community level study of urban energy conditions, (ii) a study of service and management conditions at the national electric utility, (iii) an examination of the international policy process, and (iv) a study of the history of electricity services across colonial, post-independence, and reform periods, I show that African energy reforms are a technical and political project connecting energy to international investments, donor aid programs, and elite interests within national governments. Energy reforms also involve fundamental service changes that are reorganizing how the costs and benefits of energy systems are distributed, allocated, and managed. The effects of reform extend beyond formal services to have wide-reaching repercussions within natural resources, and uneven social dynamics on the ground. These features point

  4. Perceived Distributive Fairness of EU Transfer Payments, Outcome Favorability, Identity, and EU-Tax Compliance.

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    Hartner, Martina; Rechberger, Silvia; Kirchler, Erich; Wenzel, Michael

    2011-01-01

    In a representative UK study (N = 1000) the link between distributive fairness perceptions, outcome favorability, identity, and tax compliance was researched in the context of European transfer payments. Results showed that both forms of tax compliance (i.e., individual and collective EU-tax compliance) were influenced by perceived distributive fairness judgments of EU transfer payments. Fairness itself was related to perceived outcome favorability (i.e., whether their own nation benefits from the EU in financial as well as socio-political terms). Additionally, national identifiers (i.e., people identifying with their own nation, but not with Europe) perceived EU membership as unbeneficial in financial as well as in socio-political terms and thus considered the transfer payments as less fair. Dual identifiers (i.e., people identifying with their own nation and with Europe) perceived the socio-political outcomes from EU membership as more beneficial and thus evaluated the transfer payments as fairer.

  5. Photoexcited Eu2+ spin dynamics in EuFe2As2

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    Pogrebna, A.; Mertelj, T.; Cao, G.; Xu, Z. A.; Mihailovic, D.

    2014-06-01

    Employing temperature dependent time-resolved optical femtosecond spectroscopy, we investigated the quasiparticle and Eu2+ spin relaxation dynamics in EuFe2As2 (EFA). As previously reported in other undoped iron-based pnictides, we observe the quasiparticle relaxation bottleneck due to the charge gap opening in the spin density wave (SDW) state below T SDW = 189 K. Below the Eu2+ antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin ordering temperature, T AFM = 19 K, we observe another slower relaxation component, which we attribute to the Eu2+ AFM order dynamics. The slow dynamics of this component suggests a weak coupling between the Eu2+ spins and the carriers in the Fe- d derived bands.

  6. Do supranational EU institutions make a difference? EU asylum law before and after 'communitarization'.

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    Ripoll Servent, Ariadna; Trauner, Florian

    2014-09-14

    This article examines whether the empowerment of the European Union's (EU) supranational institutions has had an impact on the development of EU asylum. By systematically investigating EU asylum law before and after 'communitarization', it argues that its 'policy core' has maintained a high degree of continuity. An advocacy coalition under the leadership of the interior ministers managed to co-opt pivotal actors in the newly empowered European Commission and European Parliament. By contenting themselves with changes of secondary order, these EU institutions accepted and institutionalized the restrictive and weakly integrated core of EU asylum set by the Council in the first negotiation round. Their role and decisions were driven not only by the negotiation dynamics and political expediency, but also by new inter- and intra-institutional norms fostering consensual practices.

  7. Effects of Packaging SrI2(Eu) Scintillator Crystals

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    Sturm, Benjamin; Cherepy, Nerine; Drury, Owen; Thelin, P; Fisher, S E; Payne, Stephen A.; Burger, Arnold; Boatner, Lynn A; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine; Shah, Kanai; Hawrami, Rastgo

    2011-01-01

    Recent renewed emphasis placed on gamma-ray detectors for national security purposes has motivated 13 researchers to identify and develop new scintillator materials capable of high energy resolution and 14 growable to large sizes. We have discovered that SrI2(Eu) has many desirable properties for gamma-ray 15 detection and spectroscopy, including high light yield of ~90,000 photons/MeV and excellent light yield 16 proportionality. Furthermore, we have demonstrated growth of crack-free 2 diameter boules. We 17 have measured <2.7% FWHM at 662 keV with small detectors (<1 cm3) in direct contact with a 18 photomultiplier tube, and ~3% resolution at 662 keV is obtained for 1 in3 crystals. Due to the 19 hygroscopic nature of SrI2(Eu), proper packaging is required for field use. This work describes a 20 systematic study performed to determine the key factors in the packaging process to optimize 21 performance. These factors include proper polishing of the surface, the geometry of the crystal, 22 reflector materials and windows. A technique based on use of a collimated Cs-137 source was developed 23 to examine light collection uniformity. Employing this technique, we found that when the crystal is 24 packaged properly, the variance in the pulse height at 662 keV from events near the bottom of the 25 crystal compared to those near the top of the crystal could be reduced to <1%. This paper describes the 26 design and engineering of our detector package in order to improve energy resolution of 1 in3-scale 27 SrI2(Eu) crystals.

  8. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Eu(2)(+) doped and Eu(2+) ,Dy(3)(+) co-doped Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphors.

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    Sao, Sanjay Kumar; Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D P; Tiwari, Geetanjali

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we report the preparation, characterization, comparison and luminescence mechanisms of Eu(2)(+) -doped and Eu(2)(+) ,Dy(3)(+) -co-doped Ba2 MgSi2 O7 (BMSO) phosphors. Prepared phosphors were synthesized via a high temperature solid-state reaction method. All prepared phosphors appeared white. The phase structure, particle size, and elemental analysis were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. The luminescence properties of the phosphors were investigated by thermoluminescence (TL) and photoluminescence (PL). The PL excitation and emission spectra of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) showed the peak to be around 381 nm and 490 nm respectively. The PL excitation spectrum of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) Dy(3)(+) showed the peak to be around 341 nm and 388 nm, and the emission spectrum had a broad band around 488 nm. These emissions originated from the 4f(6) 5d(1) to 4f(7) transition of Eu(2)(+) . TL analysis revealed that the maximum TL intensity was found at 5 mol% of Eu(2)(+) doping in Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphors after 15 min of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. TL intensity was increased when Dy(3)(+) ions were co-doped in Ba2 MgSi2 O7 :Eu(2)(+) and maximum TL intensity was observed for 2 mol% of Dy(3)(+) . TL emission spectra of Ba1.95 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) and Ba1.93 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) ,0.02Dy(3)(+) phosphors were found at 500 nm. TL intensity increased with UV exposure time up to 15 min, then decreased for the higher UV radiation dose for both Eu doping and Eu,Dy co-doping. The trap depths were calculated to be 0.54 eV for Ba1.95 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) and 0.54 eV and 0.75 eV for Ba1.93 MgSi2 O7 :0.05Eu(2)(+) ,0.02Dy(3)(+) phosphors. It was observed that co-doping with small amounts of Dy(3)(+) enhanced the thermoluminescence properties of Ba2 MgSi2 O7 phosphor. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [Correction added on 5 April 2016, after first online publication

  9. Road to reform

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    South, D.

    1997-04-01

    The power sector is actively exploring and pursuing the myriad opportunities that exist under the concessions and independent power plant laws recently enacted by the Brazilian legislature. While Brazil has not yet finalized the necessary implementing regulations, it has taken positive steps to reform its infrastructure, develop proactive fiscal policies and address the problem of inflation. The author goes on to discuss issues unique to the situation of Brazil as they relate to the ability of foreign companies to break into the business sector, in particular the power generation field. Many rules are in the process of change, but there still remains uncertainties which cloud the question as to the economic viability of investments in the power generation field.

  10. Energy

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    2003-01-01

    Canada, Britain, and Spain. We found that the energy industry is not in crisis ; however, U.S. government policies, laws, dollars, and even public...CEIMAT (Centro de Investagaciones Energeticas , Medioambeintales y Tecnologicas) Research and development Page 3 of 28ENERGY 8/10/04http://www.ndu.edu...procurement or storage of standard, common use fuels. NATURAL GAS Natural gas, abundant globally and domestically, offers energy versatility among

  11. Sensitized luminescence of Eu(III) complexes with Schiff-base and 1,10-phenanthroline: role of Schiff-base as a sensitizer.

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    Lee, Jong Cheol; Jeong, Yong-Kwang; Kim, Jong-Moon; Kang, Jun-Gill

    2014-04-24

    The synthesis and characterization of two europium(III) complexes, [Eu(L)(H2O)]Cl and [Eu(L)(phen)(H2O)]Cl (L=N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-3,6-dioxa-1,8-diaminooctanato and phen=1,10-phenanthroline) are reported. Exciting the Eu(III) complexes with near-UV light resulted in sensitized red luminescence by a transfer of energy from the triplet excited states of L to the Eu(III) ion. Introducing phen to the complex increased the quantum yield of the L-sensitized luminescence of [Eu(L)(phen)(H2O)](+) by more than 18 times relative to [Eu(L)(H2O)](+). The optimized structures and the configurational interaction singles (CIS) of the [Eu(L)(phen)(H2O)](+) and [Eu(L)(H2O)](+) molecules were theoretically studied using ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF). The theoretical calculations showed that the first nearly degenerate 1A and 2A excited states, more specifically the π→π(*) transitions of the two phenolate terminals, contributed significantly to the energy transfer process. Although the phen excitation route was forbidden in [Eu(L)(phen)(H2O)](+), the coordination of phen enhanced the absorbing ability of L markedly and caused the energy transfer from the 1A and 2A states to the (5)D1 and (5)D0 states of Eu(III) to predominate over any radiative and nonradiative processes occurring between the excited states and the ground states of the L moiety. Consequently, the quantum yield of the sensitized luminescence was enhanced significantly in [Eu(L)(phen)(H2O)](+).

  12. Evaluation of Large Volume SrI2(Eu) Scintillator Detectors

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    Sturm, B W; Cherepy, N J; Drury, O B; Thelin, P A; Fisher, S E; Magyar, A F; Payne, S A; Burger, A; Boatner, L A; Ramey, J O; Shah, K S; Hawrami, R

    2010-11-18

    There is an ever increasing demand for gamma-ray detectors which can achieve good energy resolution, high detection efficiency, and room-temperature operation. We are working to address each of these requirements through the development of large volume SrI{sub 2}(Eu) scintillator detectors. In this work, we have evaluated a variety of SrI{sub 2} crystals with volumes >10 cm{sup 3}. The goal of this research was to examine the causes of energy resolution degradation for larger detectors and to determine what can be done to mitigate these effects. Testing both packaged and unpackaged detectors, we have consistently achieved better resolution with the packaged detectors. Using a collimated gamma-ray source, it was determined that better energy resolution for the packaged detectors is correlated with better light collection uniformity. A number of packaged detectors were fabricated and tested and the best spectroscopic performance was achieved for a 3% Eu doped crystal with an energy resolution of 2.93% FWHM at 662keV. Simulations of SrI{sub 2}(Eu) crystals were also performed to better understand the light transport physics in scintillators and are reported. This study has important implications for the development of SrI{sub 2}(Eu) detectors for national security purposes.

  13. Using Eu(3+) as an atomic probe to investigate the local environment in LaPO4-GdPO4 monazite end-members.

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    Huittinen, Nina; Arinicheva, Yulia; Schmidt, Moritz; Neumeier, Stefan; Stumpf, Thorsten

    2016-12-01

    In the present study, we have investigated the luminescent properties of Eu(3+) as a dopant in a series of synthetic lanthanide phosphates from the monazite group. Systematic trends in the spectroscopic properties of Eu(3+) depending on the size of the host cation and the dopant to ligand distance have been observed. Our results show that the increasing match between host and dopant radii when going from Eu(3+)-doped LaPO4 toward the smaller GdPO4 monazite decreases both the full width at half maximum of the Eu(3+) excitation peak, as well as the (7)F2/(7)F1 emission band intensity ratio. The decreasing Ln⋯O bond distance within the LnPO4 series causes a systematic bathochromic shift of the Eu(3+) excitation peak, showing a linear dependence of both the host cation size and the Ln⋯O distance. The linear relationship can be used to predict the energy band gap for Eu(3+)-doped monazites for which no Eu(3+) luminescent data is available. Finally, mechanisms for metal-metal energy transfer between host and dopant lanthanides have been explored based on recorded luminescence lifetime data. Luminescence lifetime data for Eu(3+) incorporated in the various monazite hosts clearly indicated that the energy band gap between the guest ion emission transition and the host ion absorption transition can be correlated to the degree of quenching observed in these materials with otherwise identical geometries and chemistries.

  14. Reforming Our Expectations about Juvenile Justice

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    Rodriguez, Pamela F.; Baille, Daphne M.

    2010-01-01

    Typing the term "juvenile justice reform" into a Google[TM] search will result in 60 pages of entries. But what is meant by juvenile justice reform? What does it look like? How will one know when it is achieved? This article defines juvenile justice reform, discusses the principles of effective reform, and describes the practice of…

  15. Noble metal reforming of naphtha

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    Bonacci, J.C.; Patterson, J.R.

    1981-09-29

    Conventional noble metal reforming to upgrade the octane number of petroleum naphtha is an endothermic reaction which is carried out in a series of reactors with intermediate furnace heating of the petroleum fraction being upgraded. This specification discloses a process and apparatus configuration to increase the octane number of the reformate at a minimum liquid yield loss by cooling the first reforming stage effluent and then contacting the cooled effluent with a zsm-5 type zeolite catalyst prior to the first intermediate furnace heating.

  16. Effect of Eu/Sr Ratios on Ferroelectric and Fluorescent Properties of Eu-Substituted Strontium Bismuth Tantalate Films

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    Aizawa, Koji; Ohtani, Yusuke

    2008-09-01

    The ferroelectric and fluorescent properties of Eu-substituted strontium bismuth tantalate (Eu-SBT) films grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by spin coating were investigated. The polycrystalline Eu-SBT films with Aurivillius phases were grown at Eu/Sr ratios between 0 and 0.25. Moreover, the lattice constants along the a- and c-axes at Eu/Sr=0.25 in comparison with Eu/Sr=0 decreased by approximately 0.36 and 0.19%, respectively. The remnant polarization values of the Eu-SBT films with Eu/Sr ratios of 0 and 0.25 were approximately 6.6 and 5.8 µC/cm2, respectively. The 80%-fatigue endurance of a Eu-SBT film with Eu/Sr=0.25 was approximately 3.1×109 cycles when a 10 kHz triangular wave with an amplitude of 8 V (approximately 530 kV/cm electric field) was used. The photoluminescence intensity of the Eu-SBT films was increased by Eu doping with negligible change of the remnant polarization. Emission peaks at approximately 600 nm in wavelength, which were associated with the 5D0-7F transitions of Eu3+, were observed in the Eu-SBT films.

  17. Optical properties of LFZ grown β-Ga2O3:Eu3+ fibres

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    Santos, N. F.; Rodrigues, J.; Fernandes, A. J. S.; Alves, L. C.; Alves, E.; Costa, F. M.; Monteiro, T.

    2012-09-01

    Due to their relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications, transparent conductive oxides (TCO) have been extensively studied in the last decades. Among them, monoclinic β-Ga2O3 is well known by its large direct bandgap of ˜4.9 eV being considered a deep UV TCO suitable for operation in short wavelength optoelectronic devices. The wide bandgap of β-Ga2O3 is also appropriate for the incorporation of several electronic energy levels such as those associated with the intra-4fn configuration of rare earth ions. Among these, Eu3+ ions (4f6) are widely used as a red emitting probes both in organic and inorganic compounds. In this work, undoped and Eu2O3 doped (0.1 and 3.0 mol%) Ga2O3 crystalline fibres were grown by the laser floating zone approach. All fibres were found to stabilize in the monoclinic β-Ga2O3 structure while for the heavily doped fibres the X-ray diffraction patterns show, in addition a cubic europium gallium garnet phase, Eu3Ga5O12. The spectroscopic properties of the undoped and Eu doped fibres were analysed by Raman spectroscopy, low temperature photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE). The Eu3+ luminescence is mainly originated in the garnet, from where different europium site locations can be inferred. The spectral analysis indicates that at least one of the centres corresponds to Eu3+ ions in dodecahedral site symmetry. For the lightly doped samples, the spectral shape and intensity ratio of the 5D0 → 7FJ transitions is totally different from those on Eu3Ga5O12, suggesting that the emitting ions are placed in low symmetry sites in the β-Ga2O3 host.

  18. Characterization of annealed Eu3+-doped ZnO flower-like morphology synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Koao, L. F.; Dejene, B. F.; Swart, H. C.; Motloung, S. V.; Motaung, T. E.

    2016-10-01

    Undoped and europium ion (Eu3+) doped ZnO nanostructures were synthesized via the chemical bath deposition method and annealed afterwards in air at 700 °C. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite structure for all samples. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the nanopowder samples were assembled in flower-like shapes for undoped and hexagonal-shaped for Eu3+-doped ZnO. Elemental energy dispersive (EDS) analysis mapping conducted on the samples revealed homogeneous distribution of Zn, O, and Eu ions. The Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffusion reflectance spectroscopy showed a decrease in the band gap with an increasing Eu3+ concentration. The photoluminescence (PL) results showed that by exciting Eu3+ (4 mol%) doped ZnO with different excitation wavelength the highest luminescence intensity was observed at an excitation wavelength of 395 nm but no emissions were observed from Eu3+. By exciting further with 465 nm the Eu3+ emissions were observed and emission from undoped ZnO was found for the first time.

  19. Li3Gd3Te2O12:Eu3+- an intense red phosphor for solid state lighting applications

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    Tiwari, Hansnath; Asiri Naidu, S.; Varadaraju, U. V.

    2017-02-01

    Li3Gd3-3xEu3xTe2O12 (x=0.05-1.0) phases with garnet structure were synthesized by high temperature solid state reaction and the photoluminescence properties were investigated. The appearance of bands due to intra 4 f transitions of Gd3+ in the excitation spectra recorded by monitoring the 612 nm emission line of the activator indicates Gd3+→Eu3+ energy transfer in this host lattice. Under 395 nm excitation, the electric dipole transition is predominant in the emission spectrum of Eu3+ and is in agreement with the C2 point group (noncentrosymmetric) of the EuO8 polyhedron. The critical concentration of the Eu3+ activator in this series was found to be 0.6 (x=0.2) above which, concentration quenching occurs. The emission intensity of the phosphor composition, Li3Gd2.4Eu0.6Te2O12 is 4 times that of the commercial sample of Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphor.

  20. Investigation of Boron-doping Effect on Photoluminescence Properties of CdNb2O6: Eu(3+) Phosphors.

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    Başak, Ali Sadi; Ekmekçi, Mete Kaan; Erdem, Murat; Ilhan, Mustafa; Mergen, Ayhan

    2016-03-01

    Pure, Eu(3+) - doped and Eu(3+),B(3+) co-doped CdNb2O6 powders have been prepared by a molten salt synthesis method using Li2SO4/Na2SO4 salt mixture as a flux at a relatively low temperatures as compared to solid state reaction. X-ray diffraction patterns of pure CdNb2O6 samples indicated orthorhombic single phase. Photoluminescence investigations of CdNb2O6 samples showed a strong blue emission band centered at 460 nm. For Eu-doped CdNb2O6 samples, the luminescence of Eu(3+) was observed with the host red emission varying with the Eu-doping concentrations. This PL characteristic of the doped samples may be attributed to the energy transfer between Eu(3+) and niobate groups (NbO6). Boron incorporation has remarkably increased the luminescence of Eu(3+)-doped CdNb2O6.

  1. New observations on the pressure dependence of luminescence from Eu2+-doped MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides.

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    Su, Fu Hai; Chen, Wei; Ding, Kun; Li, Guo Hua

    2008-05-29

    The luminescence from Eu(2+) ions in MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides has been investigated under the pressure range of 0-8 GPa. The emission band originating from the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ions in CaF2 and SrF2 shows the red-shift as increasing pressure with pressure coefficients of -17 meV/GPa for CaF2 and -18 meV/GPa for SrF2. At atmospheric pressure, the emission spectrum of BaF2:Eu(2+) comprises two peaks at 2.20 and 2.75 eV from the impurity trapped exciton (ITE) and the self-trapped exciton (STE), respectively. As the pressure is increased, both emission peaks shift to higher energies, and the shifting rate is slowed by the phase transition from the cubic to orthorhombic phase at 4 GPa. Due to the phase transition at 4-5 GPa pressure, the ITE emission disappears gradually, and the STE emission is gradually replaced by the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+). Above 5 GPa, the pressure behavior of the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) in BaF2:Eu(2+) is the same as the normal emission of Eu(2+) in CaF2 and SrF2 phosphors.

  2. Effects of europium ions (Eu3+) on the distribution and related biological activities of elements in Lathyrus sativus L roots.

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    Tian, Hong Er; Gao, Yong Sheng; Li, Feng Min; Zeng, Fuli

    2003-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopic and energy-dispersive X-ray analyses were used to study the distributions of different types of elements in the epidermis, exodermis, endodermis, and vascular cylinder of the fracture face in the Lathyrus sativus L. roots in the presence or absence of Eu3+. Some index of the biological activity related to the elements binding with protein were determined also. The results showed that the tissular distributions of elements in the fracture face are different in the presence and absence of Eu3+. The atomic percentages of P, S, Ca, and Mn were influenced more than those of other elements. Eu3+ promoted the biological activities of various kinds of element. The one possible mechanism changing the biological activities was that the reaction of Eu3+ +e--> Eu2+ would influence the electron capture or transport in elements of binding protein. Another mechanism was that CaM-Ca2+ becoming CaM-Eu3+ through Eu3+ instead of Ca2+ would affect the biological activity of elements by regulating the Ca2+ level in the plant cell.

  3. 75 FR 65942 - Credit Reforms in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets

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    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 35 Credit Reforms in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets Issued... electric markets. Each Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and Independent System Operator (ISO) will... policies used in organized wholesale electric power markets.\\1\\ \\1\\ For purposes of this Final...

  4. 76 FR 10492 - Credit Reforms in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets

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    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 35 Credit Reforms in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets AGENCY... Wholesale Electric Markets, Order No. 741, to amend its regulations to improve the management of risk and use of credit in the organized wholesale electric markets. This order denies in part and grants...

  5. The impact of the EU Directive on patients' rights and cross border health care in Malta.

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    Azzopardi-Muscat, Natasha; Aluttis, Christoph; Sorensen, Kristine; Pace, Roderick; Brand, Helmut

    2015-10-01

    The patients' rights and cross-border health care directive was implemented in Malta in 2013. Malta's transposition of the directive used the discretionary elements allowable to retain national control on cross-border care to the fullest extent. This paper seeks to analyse the underlying dynamics of this directive on the Maltese health care system through the lens of key health system stakeholders. Thirty-three interviews were conducted. Qualitative content analysis of the interviews reveals six key themes: fear from the potential impact of increased patient mobility, strategies employed for damage control, opportunities exploited for health system reform, moderate enhancement of patients' rights, negligible additional patient mobility and unforeseen health system reforms. The findings indicate that local stakeholders expected the directive to have significant negative effects and adopted measures to minimise these effects. In practice the directive has not affected patient mobility in Malta in the first months following its implementation. Government appears to have instrumentalised the implementation of the directive to implement certain reforms including legislation on patients' rights, a health benefits package and compulsory indemnity insurance. Whilst the Maltese geo-demographic situation precludes automatic generalisation of the conclusions from this case study to other Member States, the findings serve to advance our understanding of the mechanisms through which European legislation on health services is influencing health systems, particularly in small EU Member States.

  6. New Lessons for Districtwide Reform

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    Fullan, Micheal; Bertani, Al; Quinn, Joanne

    2004-01-01

    Successful district level institutions share ten principles for successful reforms. The crucial components of change for effective leadership include a collective moral purpose, capacity building, ongoing learning, and demanding culture among others.

  7. What Next in School Reform?

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    Barker, Bernard

    2009-01-01

    This article reviews the current state of education reform in the United Kingdom and uses the BBC film "The Choir to explore alternative ways of improving the quality of learning and teaching in schools.

  8. Can Education Reform Canada's Criminals?

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    Griffin, D. K.

    1978-01-01

    Discusses the development of the existing correctional programs in Canada's prisons, some theories of criminality, and two competing views on the best way to reform criminals today. Also gives a short review of penitentiary education programs. (RK)

  9. Comparative study on Climate Change Policies in the EU and China

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    Bray, M.; Han, D.

    2012-04-01

    Both the EU and China are among the largest CO2 emitters in the world; their climate actions and policies have profound impacts on global climate change and may influence the activities in other countries. Evidence of climate change has been observed across Europe and China. Despite the many differences between the two regions, the European Commission and Chinese government support climate change actions. The EU has three priority areas in climate change: 1) understanding, monitoring and predicting climate change and its impact; 2) providing tools to analyse the effectiveness, cost and benefits of different policy options for mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts; 3) improving, demonstrating and deploying existing climate friendly technologies and developing the technologies of the future. China is very vulnerable to climate change, because of its vast population, fast economic development, and fragile ecological environment. The priority policies in China are: 1) Carbon Trading Policy; 2) Financing Loan Policy (Special Funds for Renewable Energy Development); 3) Energy Efficiency Labelling Policy; 4) Subsidy Policy. In addition, China has formulated the "Energy Conservation Law", "Renewable Energy Law", "Cleaner Production Promotion Law" and "Circular Economy Promotion Law". Under the present EU Framework Programme FP7 there is a large number of funded research activities linked to climate change research. Current climate change research projects concentrate on the carbon cycle, water quality and availability, climate change predictors, predicting future climate and understanding past climates. Climate change-related scientific and technological projects in China are mostly carried out through national scientific and technological research programs. Areas under investigation include projections and impact of global climate change, the future trends of living environment change in China, countermeasures and supporting technologies of global

  10. Fluorescence properties of Eu3+ ions doped borate and fluoroborate glasses containing lithium, zinc and lead.

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    Venkatramu, V; Babu, P; Jayasankar, C K

    2006-02-01

    The influence of glass composition on the fluorescence properties of Eu3+ ions doped borate and fluoroborate glasses modified with Li+, Zn2+ and Pb2+ cations have been investigated. The magnitude of splittings of 7F1 levels are analyzed using crystal-field (CF) analysis. The relative intensities of 5D0 --> 7F2 to 5D0 --> 7F1 transitions, crystal-field strength parameters and decay times of the 5D0 level have been determined and are found to be lower for Pb based glasses than those of Zn/Li based glasses. The lifetimes of 5D0 level are found to increase when borate glasses are modified with pure fluorides than with oxides and oxyfluorides. The fluorescence decay of 5D0 level fits perfect single exponential in the Eu3+:glass systems studied which indicates the absence of energy transfer between Eu3+ ions in these glasses.

  11. Hetero-epitaxial EuO interfaces studied by analytic electron microscopy

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    Mundy, Julia A.; Hodash, Daniel; Melville, Alexander; Held, Rainer; Mairoser, Thomas; Schmehl, Andreas; Muller, David A.; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2014-03-03

    With nearly complete spin polarization, the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium monoxide could enable next-generation spintronic devices by providing efficient ohmic spin injection into silicon. Spin injection is greatly affected by the quality of the interface between the injector and silicon. Here, we use atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to directly image and chemically characterize a series of EuO|Si and EuO|YAlO{sub 3} interfaces fabricated using different growth conditions. We identify the presence of europium silicides and regions of disorder at the EuO|Si interfaces, imperfections that could significantly reduce spin injection efficiencies via spin-flip scattering.

  12. Synthesis and luminescence properties of KSrPO4:Eu2+ phosphor for radiation dosimetry

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    Palan, C. B.; Bajaj, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    The KSrPO4:Eu phosphor was synthesized via solid state method. The structural and morphological characterizations were done through XRD (X-ray diffraction) and SEM (Scanning Electronic Microscope). Additionally, the photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL) and optically Stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of powder KSrPO4:Eu were studied. The PL spectra show blue emission under near UV excitation. It was advocated that KSrPO4:Eu phosphor not only show OSL sensitivity (0.47 times) but also gives faster decay in OSL signals than that of Al2O3:C (BARC) phosphor. The TL glow curve consist of two shoulder peaks and the kinetics parameters such as activation energy and frequency factors were determined by using peak shape method and also photoionization cross-sections of prepared phosphor was calculated. The radiation dosimetry properties such as minimum detectable dose (MDD), dose response and reusability were reported.

  13. Investigation of the Statistical Properties of Stable Eu Nuclei using Neutron-Capture Reactions

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Alpizar-Vicente, A; Becker, J A; Becvar, F; Bredeweg, T A; Clement, R; Esch, E; Folden, III, C M; Hatarik, R; Haight, R C; Hoffman, D C; Krticka, M; Macri, R A; Mitchell, G E; Nitsche, H; O'Donnell, J M; Parker, W; Reifarth, R; Rundberg, R S; Schwantes, J M; Sheets, S A; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wilk, P; Wouters, J M; Wu, C Y

    2005-10-04

    Neutron capture for incident neutron energies <1eV up to 100 keV has been measured for {sup 151,153}Eu targets. The highly efficient DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array coupled with the intense neutron beam at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center is used for the experiment. Stable Eu isotopes mass separated and electroplated on Be backings were used. Properties of well-resolved, strong resonances in two Eu nuclei are examined. The parameters for most of these resonances are known. Detailed multiplicity information for each resonance is obtained employing the high granularity of the DANCE array. The radiative decay cascades corresponding to each resonance are obtained in the experiment. The measurements are compared to simulation of these cascades which calculated with various models for the radiative strength function. Comparison between the experimental data and simulation provides an opportunity to investigate the average quantities.

  14. Campaign 2008: healthcare reform revisited.

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    Wilensky, Gail R

    2008-10-01

    *An important lesson to be learned from the failed efforts at healthcare reform of the early 1990s is that successful reform cannot be an all-or-nothing proposition. *The McCain and Obama healthcare plans have some elements in common, but they also have important differences. *Whoever wins the election will face the challenge of persuading Congress to go along with his proposal.

  15. Cross-relaxation quenching of x-ray excited luminescence in Eu-activated phosphors

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    Pacold, Joseph; Mortensen, Devon; Reichlin, William; Finfrock, Zou; Diaz, Anthony; Seidler, Gerald

    2015-03-01

    Compounds, molecules, and nanoparticles containing lanthanides as primary constituents or as dopants are widely used in applications including luminescent dyes and lighting phosphors. Recent work has shown that x-ray spectroscopy methods can be used to monitor the sequence of excited states that leads to luminescence in lanthanide materials. Here, we use x-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) to identify a nonradiative process that quenches the emissive excited state of Eu3+ in the phosphors YVO4:Eu3+ and YVO4:Bi3+,Eu3+. Taking advantage of the high flux (up to 2 ×1012 photons/second) and focusing capability (beam FWHM 5 μm) of a modern synchrotron beamline, we observe saturation of the XEOL yield at high x-ray flux densities. The saturation effect is interpreted with a kinetic model in which pairs of excited Eu ions undergo an Auger-like cross-relaxation. This effect is well documented in the literature on cathode-ray phosphors, and allows us to estimate the excited fraction of Eu3+ ions. We discuss applications of this method to the broader problem of studying energy transfer in luminescent materials, as well as technical implications for future x-ray spectroscopy studies that require high flux.

  16. Analysis of surface properties of semiconducting (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films

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    Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper an analysis of the surface properties of(Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering has been described. In particular, the results of composition and structure investigations were studied in relation to the surface state and optical properties. It was found that (Ti,Pd,Eu)Oxfilm was nanocrystalline and had a rutile structure. The average crystallites size was equal to 7.8 nm. Films were homogeneous and had densely packed grains. Investigation of the surface properties by XPS showed that titanium was present at 4+ state (in the TiO2form), palladium occurred as PdO2 (also at 4+ state), while europium was in Eu2O3form (at 3+ state). In comparison with the unmodified TiO2, the coating with Pd and Eu additives had a rather high transparency (approx. 47%) in the visible light range, its optical absorption edge was shifted towards into the longer wavelengths (from 345 nm to 452 nm), and the width of optical energy gap Egopt was nearly twice lower (1.82 eV). Besides, the resistivity of(Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox at room temperature was 1x103 Wcm. In the case of the film as-deposited on Si substrate (p-type) the generation of photocurrent as a response to light beam excitation ( Ảexc = 527 nm) was observed.

  17. Analysis of surface properties of semiconducting (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films

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    Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper an analysis of the surface properties of (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering has been described. In particular, the results of composition and structure investigations were studied in relation to the surface state and optical properties. It was found that (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox film was nanocrystalline and had a rutile structure. The average crystallites size was equal to 7.8 nm. Films were homogeneous and had densely packed grains. Investigation of the surface properties by XPS showed that titanium was present at 4+ state (in the TiO2 form), palladium occurred as PdO2 (also at 4+ state), while europium was in Eu2O3 form (at 3+ state). In comparison with the unmodified TiO2, the coating with Pd and Eu additives had a rather high transparency (approx. 47%) in the visible light range, its optical absorption edge was shifted towards into the longer wavelengths (from 345 nm to 452 nm), and the width of optical energy gap Egopt was nearly twice lower (1.82 eV). Besides, the resistivity of (Ti,Pd,Eu)Ox at room temperature was 1x103 Wcm. In the case of the film as-deposited on Si substrate (p-type) the generation of photocurrent as a response to light beam excitation (λexc = 527 nm) was observed.

  18. Synthesis, Structure, and Spectroscopy of Epitaxial EuFeO3 Thin Films

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    Choquette, Amber K.; Colby, Robert J.; Moon, E. J.; Schleputz, C. M.; Scafetta, Mark D.; Keavney, David J.; May, Steven J.

    2015-03-04

    Rare earth iron perovskites RFeO3, where R is a rare earth cation, exhibit an array of magnetic, catalytic, optical and electrochemical properties. Here we study EuFeO3 films synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy in order to better understand the optical properties of ferrites. A combination of x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the film structure and cation composition. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the nominal 3+ valence states of Eu and Fe. The optical properties of EuFeO3 were investigated using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry between the phonon energies of 1.25 to 5 eV. We find that EuFeO3 is a semiconductor with an onset of optical absorption near 2.5 eV. The absorption spectrum of EuFeO3 is blue-shifted with respect to LaFeO3 films, a result that is attributed to the structural differences of the two materials.

  19. Synthesis and Optical Spectroscopy of YPO4:Eu3+ Orange-Red Phosphors

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    Yahiaoui, Z.; Hassairi, M. A.; Dammak, M.

    2017-03-01

    YPO4:x mol.% Eu3+ phosphors with different dopant concentrations (x = 3, 5, 8, 11, 13) have been synthesized via high-temperature solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopy were applied for detailed structural characterization. Under excitation at wavelength of 395 nm, the photoluminescence spectra displayed the 5D0 → 7F J (J = 1, 2, 3, 4) intra-4f shell transitions related to Eu3+ ion. The radiative lifetime was estimated using the Ω 2 and Ω 4 Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters. The highest luminescence intensity was achieved for an optimal europium concentration of 11 mol.%. The critical energy-transfer distance for Eu3+ ions was evaluated to be 10.74 Å. We also studied the temperature-dependent photoluminescence and Commission Internationale de l'Éclairage chromaticity diagram. It was found that Eu3+-doped YPO4 exhibited good thermal stability and its emission intensity decreased slightly above room temperature. In addition, the color purity of this phosphor was as high as 91% for the YPO4:13% Eu3+ sample, making it a potential orange-red phosphor for application in ultraviolet-pumped white light-emitting diodes.

  20. Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Gd Doped EuS Nanocrystals with Enhanced Curie Temperatures

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    Selinsky, Rachel S.; Han, Jae Hyo; Perez, Elvin A. Morales; Guzei, Ilia A.; Jin, Song

    2010-12-07

    EuS nanocrystals (NCs) were doped with Gd resulting in an enhancement of their magnetic properties. New EuS and GdS single source precursors (SSPs) were synthesized, characterized, and employed to synthesize Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs by decomposition in oleylamine and trioctylphosphine at 290 C. The doped NCs were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy, which support the uniform distribution of Gd dopants through electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) mapping. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) revealed the dopant ions in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs to be predominantly Gd{sup 3+}. NCs with a variety of doping ratios of Gd (0 {le} x < 1) were systematically studied using vibrating sample magnetometry and the observed magnetic properties were correlated with the Gd doping levels (x) as quantified with ICP-AES. Enhancement of the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) was observed for samples with low Gd concentrations (x {le} 10%) with a maximum T{sub C} of 29.4 K observed for NCs containing 5.3% Gd. Overall, the observed T{sub C}, Weiss temperature ({theta}), and hysteretic behavior correspond directly to the doping level in Eu{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}S NCs and the trends qualitatively follow those previously reported for bulk and thin film samples.

  1. Study of Defects in GaN In Situ Doped with Eu3+ Ion Grown by OMVPE

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    Wang, Jingzhou; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi; Jadwisienczak, Wojciech M.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, GaN epilayer in situ doped with Eu3+ ions was deposited on the top of an undoped n-GaN/LT-GaN/sapphire structure by organometallic vapor-phase epitaxy. A set of different ohmic and Schottky contacts on GaN:Eu3+ surface was fabricated by electron-beam evaporation for performing deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) measurement. The deep defect energy levels in GaN:Eu3+ epilayer were assessed by standard DLTS and high resolution Laplace DLTS (L-DLTS). Three dominant DLTS peaks were observed in the temperature range from 35 K to 400 K. The calculated activation energies of these defect energy levels were 0.108 ± 0.03 eV (Trap A), 0.287 ± 0.04 eV (Trap B) and 0.485 ± 0.06 eV (Trap C) below conduction band edge, respectively. High resolution L-DLTS conducted for the GaN:Eu3+ epilayer revealed at least four closely spaced defect energy levels associated with Trap B. It is proposed that these defect energy levels correspond to the selected optically active Eu3+ ion centers in GaN host previously identified by optical studies in this material (Fujiwara and Dierolf in Jpn J Appl Phys 53:05FA13, 2014).

  2. [Reforms and demographic crisis].

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    Velichkovskiĭ, B T

    2002-01-01

    During reformation years all basic medical and demographic indices have undergone negative changes in Russia. Since 1992 there has been a steady-state decrease in the population due to the fact that mortality rates are extremely greater than birth ones. In 2001, the Russian population reduced in number by nearly a million. The birth rates are twice less than that requires for a simple reproduction of generations. Extremely high death rates remain among the population, in able-bodied males. The main reasons for the demographic crisis are the negative consequences of the implemented reforms rather than the transition from traditional to the new present-day reproduction of the population. It is problematic now to correct the situation via active migration of Russian-speaking persons. This requires enormous funds to provide comers with jobs and dwelling. It is unreal to diminish annual departure of 100 thousand persons, mainly young educated professionals from the country, though it is joust not only a demographic, but a strategic problem. In 2001 there was a some rise in birth rates. But this is the most illusive way of solving the demographic crisis. Just in the USSR, the high educational level of the population, the socioeconomic emancipation of females and progress in medicine gave rise to the transition to the present-day reproduction of the population, which is characterized by low birth and death rates. So the population is unlikely to be replenished by high birth rates. The main way of overcoming the demographic crisis is to reduce mortality and not to allow young people to die prematurely. For this it is necessary to know the biological mechanisms responsible for extremely high mortality. It is most likely to be due to breakdown in the dynamic stereotype of higher nervous performance, as stated by I. P. Pavlov. Today it is insufficient to control alcoholism, traumatism, and smoking by healthy lifestyle propaganda in order to reduce death rates in Russian. All

  3. Use of biofuels to produce hydrogen (reformation processes).

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    Ramírez de la Piscina, Pilar; Homs, Narcís

    2008-11-01

    This tutorial review deals with the catalytic reformation of ethanol and glycerol to produce hydrogen that can be used as an energy carrier in a fuel cell. Both the worldwide production of ethanol in large amounts to be used as a biofuel and that of glycerol as a by-product in biodiesel manufacture are presented. The catalytic reformation processes of both ethanol and glycerol are contemplated, including thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. Catalysts are analyzed as a function of operation conditions, selectivity and stability.

  4. Optoelectronic and Magnetic Properties of Eu2Si5N8: An Ab-initio Study

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    Azam, Sikander; Khan, Saleem Ayaz; Khenata, R.; Murtaza, G.; Omran, S. Bin; Muhammad, Saleh

    2015-10-01

    Eu2Si5N8 is considered the most important compound in the development of inorganic materials with high potential and performance. Therefore, the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of Eu2Si5N8 are investigated here using density functional theory. The electronic interactions are described within the generalised gradient approximation, GGA+U (where U is the Hubbard Coulomb energy term). The calculated energy gap was 3.5 eV for the investigated compound, resulting in a direct band gap semiconductor. The optical constants, including the dielectric function, refractive index, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, and energy loss function were calculated for radiation up to 14 eV. The optical properties demonstrate that the main differences in absorption, reflectivity, energy-loss function and refractive index occur in the infrared and visible regions for the spin-up and spin-down states, which makes this material an excellent candidate for optical memory devices.

  5. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of the fullerene-based ferromagnets Eu3C70 and Eu9C70.

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    Takenobu, Taishi; Chi, Dam H; Margadonna, Serena; Prassides, Kosmas; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Fitch, Andrew N; Kato, Ken-Ichi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2003-02-19

    Intercalation of C(70) with europium affords two kinds of magnetic compounds, a canted antiferromagnet Eu(x)C(70) (x approximately 3) and a ferromagnet Eu(x)C(70) (x approximately 9) with transition temperatures (T(C)) of 5 and 38 K, respectively. The Curie constants in the paramagnetic phase and the saturation moment in the ferromagnetic phase are both understood by the full moment of Eu(2+) for both systems. The structure of Eu(3)(-)(delta)C(70) (delta approximately 0.27) is pseudo-monoclinic, derived by a simple deformation of the parent face-centered cubic (fcc) structure. Eu(9)(-)(delta)C(70) (delta approximately 0.2) forms an fcc structure, in which cuboctahedral clustering of Eu(2+) ions is observed in the enhanced size octahedral holes. The observed T(C) of the Eu(9)(-)(delta)C(70) ferromagnet is comparable to or larger than those of simple binary Eu-based ferromagnets, such as Eu chalcogenides or carbides, despite the low atomic ratio of Eu in the chemical formulas. This can be understood by the short Eu(2+)-Eu(2+) distances and high coordination numbers permitted by the multiple occupation by Eu(2+) ions of the expanded octahedral interstitial sites in higher fullerene-based solids.

  6. Why PUHCA reform is likely in the 102nd Congress. [Public Utilities Holding Company Act (PUHCA)

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    Welford, W.H. ); Elston, P.J. )

    1991-03-15

    This article examines the reasons that it is likely that the 102nd Congress will pass legislation that will reform the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935. The impetus provided by the Persian Gulf War, public opinion, the National Energy Plan and the National Independent Energy Producers (NIEP) is examined. Several proposals of the NIEP to guard against market abuses in the reforms are presented.

  7. Zeolites for reforming catalysts

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    Kao, J.L.; Nadler, M.; Potter, M.J.; Martir, R.V.

    1991-01-22

    This patent describes a reforming catalyst exhibiting enhanced selectivity, activity, and activity maintenance. It comprises: zeolite crystals having a pH within the range of 9.4 to 10.0, wherein the pH is determined by measuring pH of supernatent liquid from a mixture of one part of the zeolite crystals with ten parts of dionized water by weight, and comprising exchangeable cations and at least one catalytically active metal selected from the group consisting of Group VII of the Periodic Table of Elements, tin and germanium. This patten also describes a process for treating zeolite to have a pH within a range effective in imparting enhanced activity, selectivity and activity maintenance to catalysts loaded onto the zeolite. The process comprising washing zeolite with an aqueous liquid in a manner so as to result with zeolite having a pH within the pH range of 9.4 to 10.0. The PH of supernatent liquid from a mixture of one part of the zeolite crystals with ten parts of dionized water by weight.

  8. Regulation reform slows down

    SciTech Connect

    1995-03-29

    Regulatory reformers in Congress are easing off the accelerator as they recognize that some of their more far-reaching proposals lack sufficient support to win passage. Last week the proposed one-year moratorium on new regulations was set back in the Senate by it main sponsor, Sen. Non Nickles (R., OK), who now seeks to replace it with a more moderate bill. Nickel`s substitute bill would give Congress 45 days after a regulation is issued to decide whether to reject it. It also retroactively allows for review of 80 regulations issued since last November 9, 1994. Asked how his new proposal is superior to a moratorium, which is sharply opposed by the Clinton Administration, Nickles says he thinks it is better because its permanent. The Chemical Manufacturer`s Association (CMA) has not publicly made a regulatory moratorium a top priority, but has quietly supported it by joining with other industry groups lobbying on the issue. A moratorium would halt EPA expansion of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and alloys the delisting of several TRI chemicals.

  9. Solar Reforming of Carbon Dioxide to Produce Diesel Fuel

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    Dennis Schuetzle; Robert Schuetzle

    2010-12-31

    This project focused on the demonstration of an innovative technology, referred to as the Sunexus CO2 Solar Reformer, which utilizes waste CO2 as a feedstock for the efficient and economical production of synthetic diesel fuel using solar thermal energy as the primary energy input. The Sunexus technology employs a two stage process for the conversion of CO2 to diesel fuel. A solar reforming system, including a specially designed reactor and proprietary CO2 reforming catalyst, was developed and used to convert captured CO2 rich gas streams into syngas (primarily hydrogen and carbon monoxide) using concentrated solar energy at high conversion efficiencies. The second stage of the system (which has been demonstrated under other funding) involves the direct conversion of the syngas into synthetic diesel fuel using a proprietary catalyst (Terra) previously developed and validated by Pacific Renewable Fuels and Chemicals (PRFC). The overall system energy efficiency for conversion of CO2 to diesel fuel is 74%, due to the use of solar energy. The results herein describe modeling, design, construction, and testing of the Sunexus CO2 Solar Reformer. Extensive parametric testing of the solar reformer and candidate catalysts was conducted and chemical kinetic models were developed. Laboratory testing of the Solar Reformer was successfully completed using various gas mixtures, temperatures, and gas flow rates/space velocities to establish performance metrics which can be employed for the design of commercial plants. A variety of laboratory tests were conducted including dry reforming (CO2 and CH{sub 4}), combination dry/steam reforming (CO2, CH{sub 4} & H{sub 2}O), and tri-reforming (CO2, CH{sub 4}, H{sub 2}O & O{sub 2}). CH{sub 4} and CO2 conversions averaged 95-100% and 50-90% per reformer cycle, respectively, depending upon the temperatures and gas space velocities. No formation of carbon deposits (coking) on the catalyst was observed in any of these tests. A 16 ft. diameter

  10. Photoluminescence of Ce3+ and Eu2+ in low-P ternesite from the Negev Desert, Israel

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    Czaja, Maria; Stasiak, Marta; Mazurak, Zbigniew

    2017-03-01

    For the first time, the photoluminescence of ions of Ce3+ and Eu2+ in natural low-P ternesite has been measured. The emission bands of Ce3+ ions at 405, 426, and 440 nm and the corresponding excitation wavelengths suggest the presence of Ce3+ ions in three different cationic sites. In the photoluminescence spectra of Eu2+, emission bands at 530 and 620 nm can be seen that originate from two different cationic sites. In addition, it is demonstrated that an energy transfer occurs between Ce3+ and Eu2+ ions situated in those cationic sites where the force of the crystallic field is weakest. The photoluminescence spectra were obtained for a thin section sample with low contents of these two elements (41.2 ppm Ce, 2.11 ppm Eu).

  11. Influence of Gd3+ concentration on luminescence properties of Eu3+ ions in sol-gel materials

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    Szpikowska-Sroka, Barbara; Pawlik, Natalia; Pisarski, Wojciech A.

    2016-12-01

    The sol-gel powders doubly-doped with Gd3+/Eu3+ ions with different concentration of Gd3+ have been successfully obtained. The spectroscopic characterization of prepared samples was conducted based on excitation and emission spectra as well as luminescence decay analysis. Upon direct excitation of Eu3+ active ions, the characteristic 5D0 → 7F1 (orange) and 5D0 → 7F2 (red) emission bands were observed. The energy transfer from Gd3+ to Eu3+ ions was registered upon λexc = 273 nm excitation. An efficient conversion of ultraviolet radiation (UV) into visible luminescence was successfully observed. The energy transfer process from Gd3+ to Eu3+ led to longer luminescence decay from the 5D0 state in comparison to that obtained under direct excitation of Eu3+ ions (λexc = 393 nm). Generally, obtained results clearly indicated the beneficial influence of increasing concentration of Gd3+ ions on luminescence properties of Eu3+ in studied silica sol-gel phosphors.

  12. Photosensized Controlling Benzyl Methacrylate-Based Matrix Enhanced Eu3+ Narrow-Band Emission for Fluorescence Applications

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    Lee, Jiann-Fong; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Lee, Geneh-Siang; Tseng, Shao-Chin; Lin, Mei-Hsiang; Liau, Wen-Bin

    2012-01-01

    This study synthesized a europium (Eu3+) complex Eu(DBM)3Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu3+ energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of π–π interactions between the ligands and the Eu3+-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu3+ emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material. PMID:22489178

  13. Photosensized controlling benzyl methacrylate-based matrix enhanced Eu(3+) narrow-band emission for fluorescence applications.

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    Lee, Jiann-Fong; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Lee, Geneh-Siang; Tseng, Shao-Chin; Lin, Mei-Hsiang; Liau, Wen-Bin

    2012-01-01

    This study synthesized a europium (Eu(3+)) complex Eu(DBM)(3)Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu(3+) energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of π-π interactions between the ligands and the Eu(3+)-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu(3+) emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material.

  14. Vibrationally induced center reconfiguration in co-doped GaN:Eu, Mg epitaxial layers: Local hydrogen migration vs. activation of non-radiative channels

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    Mitchell, B.; Dierolf, V.; Lee, D.; Lee, D.; Fujiwara, Y.

    2013-12-09

    Europium doped gallium nitride (GaN:Eu) is a promising candidate as a material for red light emitting diodes. When Mg was co-doped into GaN:Eu, additional incorporation environments were discovered that show high excitation efficiency at room temperature and have been attributed to the coupling of Mg-H complexes to the majority Eu site. Electron beam irradiation, indirect and resonant (direct) laser excitation were found to modify these complexes, indicating that vibrational energy alone can trigger the migration of the H while the presence of additional charges and excess energy controls the type of reconfiguration and the activation of non-radiative decay channels.

  15. Vibrationally induced center reconfiguration in co-doped GaN:Eu, Mg epitaxial layers: Local hydrogen migration vs. activation of non-radiative channels

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    Mitchell, B.; Lee, D.; Lee, D.; Fujiwara, Y.; Dierolf, V.

    2013-12-01

    Europium doped gallium nitride (GaN:Eu) is a promising candidate as a material for red light emitting diodes. When Mg was co-doped into GaN:Eu, additional incorporation environments were discovered that show high excitation efficiency at room temperature and have been attributed to the coupling of Mg-H complexes to the majority Eu site. Electron beam irradiation, indirect and resonant (direct) laser excitation were found to modify these complexes, indicating that vibrational energy alone can trigger the migration of the H while the presence of additional charges and excess energy controls the type of reconfiguration and the activation of non-radiative decay channels.

  16. Spectroscopic analysis of Eu{sup 3+} -and Eu{sup 3+}:Yb{sup 3+}-doped yttrium silicate crystalline powders prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Rakov, Nikifor; Amaral, Dayanne F.; Guimaraes, Renato B.; Maciel, Glauco S.

    2010-10-15

    Yttrium silicate powders doped with Eu{sup 3+} and codoped with Eu{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} were prepared by combustion synthesis. The x-ray powder diffraction data showed the presence of Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and Y{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} crystalline phases. Singly doped (1 wt %) sample illuminated with ultraviolet light ({lambda}=256 nm) showed the characteristic red luminescence corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub J} transitions of Eu{sup 3+}. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were calculated from experimental data and the radiative and nonradiative relaxation rates were estimated. The results showed that the nonradiative relaxation rate is smaller in yttrium silicate compared to yttrium oxide powder, a reference material, prepared under similar conditions. Codoped samples were exposed to near-infrared laser excitation ({lambda}=975 nm) and the red luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} was also observed. In this case, the luminescence is achieved due to a cooperative upconversion (CUC) process involving energy transfer (ET) from pairs of ytterbium ions to europium ions. The ET rate was estimated by fitting a rate equation model with the dynamics of CUC red emission.

  17. The EU Dimension to Soil Science in Schools

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    Johnson, Sue

    2012-01-01

    The EU as a context for science lessons may be given scant attention but EU decision-making is a vital factor in everyday life. Lessons on the emergence of soil science with Charles Darwin's simple scientific experiments can be linked with competence through action, inclusion and argumentations in science lessons. Decisions about an EU Soil…

  18. Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) co-activated LaAlO3 phosphor: synthesis and tuned luminescence.

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    Chen, Wanping

    2015-10-28

    Sr(2+) and Si(4+) ion doped LaAlO3:Eu phosphors were synthesized through a high-temperature solid-state reaction route. Their phase component and photoluminescence properties were investigated. Under ultraviolet (UV) light excitation, the phosphors show simultaneously blue emission of the Eu(2+) ion and orange-red emission of the Eu(3+) ion. The relative emission intensity of both Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) ions can be tuned by changing the doping concentration of the Sr(2+), Si(4+) and Eu(3+) ions. In contrast to the Sr(2+) ion, the incorporation of Si(4+) ion can effectively enhance the emission of Eu(2+). The optimal doping concentration of the Eu(3+) and Si(4+) ions are about 0.02 and 0.03, respectively. The results indicate that the phosphor may be a potential candidate for white LED lighting applications.

  19. Let's make a deal: trading malpractice reform for health reform.

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    Sage, William M; Hyman, David A

    2014-01-01

    Physician leadership is required to improve the efficiency and reliability of the US health care system, but many physicians remain lukewarm about the changes needed to attain these goals. Malpractice liability-a sore spot for decades-may exacerbate physician resistance. The politics of malpractice have become so lawyer-centric that recognizing the availability of broader gains from trade in tort reform is an important insight for health policy makers. To obtain relief from malpractice liability, physicians may be willing to accept other policy changes that more directly improve access to care and reduce costs. For example, the American Medical Association might broker an agreement between health reform proponents and physicians to enact federal legislation that limits malpractice liability and simultaneously restructures fee-for-service payment, heightens transparency regarding the quality and cost of health care services, and expands practice privileges for other health professionals. There are also reasons to believe that tort reform can make ongoing health care delivery reforms work better, in addition to buttressing health reform efforts that might otherwise fail politically.

  20. Luminescent properties of Eu3+-doped yttrium or gadolinium phosphates

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    Tuan, D. C.; Olazcuaga, R.; Guillen, F.; Garcia, A.; Moine, B.; Fouassier, C.

    2005-03-01

    After an investigation of the formation conditions of the intermediate phases existing in the systems Y{2}O{3}-P{2}O{5} and Gd{2}O{3}-P{2}O{5} (R/P = 4/1, 3/1, 1, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/5 (R = Y or Gd)) the luminescence characteristics of the Eu3+ ion substituted for the Y3+ or Gd3+ ions have been determined. The position of the O2-toEu3+ charge transfer band shifts to higher energies with increasing P content, which results in high quantum efficiencies for several P-rich phosphates. With increasing P content the probability of the electric dipole transitions is reduced, in particular for the hypersensitive 5D{0}to 7F{2} transition. This causes a shift of the colour point to the orange and lengthens the luminescence lifetime. The luminescence characteristics are compared with those of the red phosphors for display.

  1. Polarized emission from KCl:Eu2+ single crystals

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    Kang, Jun-Gill; Sohn, Youngku; Nah, Min-Kook; Kim, Youn-Doo; Ogryzlo, Elmer A.

    2000-04-01

    The polarization emission spectrum and the angular dependence of polarization ratio of the blue emission from KCl:Eu2+ were investigated at 78.8 K. The polarized emission at 420 nm consisted of several components. The angular dependence of polarization ratio of each component is proportional to sin(2icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> ) or -cos(2icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> ), when the exciting light is polarized at icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> with respect to the z -axis for the [100]-[010] optical arrangement. The relaxed excited states (RESs) of Eu2+ responsible for the 420 nm emission are presented in terms of the adiabatic potential energy surface (APES), taking into account the Jahn-Teller effect (JTE) coupling to the Eg mode and the spin-orbit (SO) interaction. The charge-compensating cation vacancy (CCV, Vc - ) also causes an additive perturbation.

  2. Energy.

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    Shanebrook, J. Richard

    This document describes a course designed to acquaint students with the many societal and technological problems facing the United States and the world due to the increasing demand for energy. The course begins with a writing assignment that involves readings on the environmental philosophy of Native Americans and the Chernobyl catastrophe.…

  3. Reforming Preschools and Schools.

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    Duncan, Greg J; Magnuson, Katherine; Murnane, Richard J

    2016-04-01

    Compared with their higher-income counterparts, children growing up in low-income families in the United States typically complete less schooling, report worse health, and work and earn less in adulthood. Moreover, changes in the American economy over the last 40 years have raised the level of skills and qualifications that children need to obtain a good middle-class job, as well as making it much more difficult for children from low-income families to attend schools that support their learning of these skills. We first review strategies used in the past to improve K-12 schooling-including investing more money, introducing more accountability, and putting in place new governance structures (eg, charter schools)-and show why these strategies have been relatively ineffective. Drawing on the research literature and case studies, we then describe education reform strategies for prekindergarten programs and for elementary, middle, and high schools that may help meet these challenges. All of the initiatives described in our case studies provide ample opportunities for teachers and school leaders to improve their skills through coaching and other professional development activities; incorporate sensible systems of accountability, including requiring teachers to open their classrooms to the scrutiny of colleagues and school leaders and to work with their colleagues to improve their teaching practices; and incorporate high academic standards, such as those described in the Common Core State Standards. By focusing directly on improving teaching and promoting learning, these successful initiatives have boosted the achievement of low-income children. They show that it is indeed possible to make a real difference in the life chances of low-income children.

  4. Structural effects on the photophysical properties of mono-β-diketonate and bis-β-diketonate Eu(III) complexes.

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    Zhu, Tianyu; Chen, Peng; Li, Hongfeng; Sun, Wenbin; Gao, Ting; Yan, Pengfei

    2015-06-28

    Two ligands, mono-β-diketone (p-methoxylbenzoyl)trifluoroacetone (MBTF) and bis-β-diketone 1,2-bis(4,4'-bis(4,4,4-trifluoro-1,3-dioxobutyl))phenoxyl ethane (BTPE) with similar chemical structures, have been designed and prepared for the purpose of building the relationship between the structures and luminescence properties of Eu(iii) complexes. Structures of the Eu(iii) complexes [Eu(MBTF)3(DMSO)(H2O)] and [Eu2(BTPE)3(DMSO)4] have been defined by single crystal X-ray crystallography. The mono-β-diketone complex [Eu(MBTF)3(DMSO)(H2O)] is a mononuclear structure, the central Eu(iii) ion is coordinated by eight oxygen atoms from three ligands and two solvents, in a distorted trigonal-dodecahedral (8-TDH) geometry. Whereas, the bis-β-diketone complex [Eu2(BTPE)3(DMSO)4] adopts a triple-stranded dinuclear structure in which the two Eu(iii) ions are helically wrapped by three bis-bidentate ligands, and each Eu(iii) ion is eight-coordinated by six oxygen atoms from the ligands and two oxygen atoms from the coordinated DMSO molecules, in a distorted square-antiprismatic (8-SAP) geometry. The photophysical properties related to the electronic transition are characterized by the absorbance spectra, the emission spectra, the emission quantum yields, the emission lifetimes, and the radiative (kr) and nonradiative rate constants (knr). The mono-β-diketone complex [Eu(MBTF)3(DMSO)(H2O)] offers a relatively high emission quantum yield (38%, in solid) compared to that observed in the bis-β-diketone complex [Eu2(BTPE)3(DMSO)4] (25%, in solid). This enhancement of emission quantum yield in the mono-β-diketone complex can be attributed to its lower site symmetry around the Eu(iii) ion, lower non-radiative rate constant and higher energy transfer efficiency from the ligand to the metal ion.

  5. Metallic behavior induced by potassium doping of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulator EuMn2As2

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    We report magnetic susceptibility χ , isothermal magnetization M , heat capacity Cp, and electrical resistivity ρ measurements on undoped EuMn2As2 and K-doped Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 single crystals with the trigonal CaAl2Si2 -type structure as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H . EuMn2As2 has an insulating ground state with an activation energy of 52 meV and exhibits antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Eu+2 spins S =7/2 at TN 1=15 K from Cp(T ) and χ (T ) data with a likely spin-reorientation transition at TN 2=5.0 K. The Mn+23 d5 spins-5/2 exhibit AFM ordering at TN=142 K from all three types of measurements. The M (H ) isotherm and χ (T ) data indicate that the Eu AFM structure is both noncollinear and noncoplanar. The AFM structure of the Mn spins is also unclear. A 4% substitution of K for Eu in Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 is sufficient to induce a metallic ground state. Evidence is found for a difference in the AFM structure of the Eu moments in the metallic crystals from that of undoped EuMn2As2 versus both T and H . For metallic Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 , an anomalous S-shape T dependence of ρ related to the Mn magnetism is found. Upon cooling from 200 K, ρ exhibits a strong negative curvature, reaches maximum positive slope at the Mn TN≈150 K, and then continues to decrease but more slowly below TN. This suggests that dynamic short-range AFM order of the Mn spins above the Mn TN strongly suppresses the resistivity, contrary to the conventional decrease of ρ that is only observed upon cooling below TN of an antiferromagnet.

  6. Metallic behavior induced by potassium doping of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulator EuMn2As2

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-22

    Here, we report magnetic susceptibility χ, isothermal magnetization M, heat capacity Cp, and electrical resistivity ρ measurements on undoped EuMn2As2 and K-doped Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 single crystals with the trigonal CaAl2Si2-type structure as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H. EuMn2As2 has an insulating ground state with an activation energy of 52 meV and exhibits antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Eu+2 spins S=7/2 at TN1=15 K from Cp(T) and χ(T) data with a likely spin-reorientation transition at TN2=5.0 K. The Mn+2 3d5 spins-5/2 exhibit AFM ordering at TN=142 K from all three types of measurements. The M(H) isothermmore » and χ(T) data indicate that the Eu AFM structure is both noncollinear and noncoplanar. The AFM structure of the Mn spins is also unclear. A 4% substitution of K for Eu in Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 is sufficient to induce a metallic ground state. We found evidence for a difference in the AFM structure of the Eu moments in the metallic crystals from that of undoped EuMn2As2 versus both T and H. For metallic Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2, an anomalous S-shape T dependence of ρ related to the Mn magnetism is found. Upon cooling from 200 K, ρ exhibits a strong negative curvature, reaches maximum positive slope at the Mn TN≈150 K, and then continues to decrease but more slowly below TN. Finally, this suggests that dynamic short-range AFM order of the Mn spins above the Mn TN strongly suppresses the resistivity, contrary to the conventional decrease of ρ that is only observed upon cooling below TN of an antiferromagnet.« less

  7. Highly-sensitive Eu3+ ratiometric thermometers based on excited state absorption with predictable calibration

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    Souza, Adelmo S.; Nunes, Luiz A. O.; Silva, Ivan G. N.; Oliveira, Fernando A. M.; da Luz, Leonis L.; Brito, Hermi F.; Felinto, Maria C. F. C.; Ferreira, Rute A. S.; Júnior, Severino A.; Carlos, Luís D.; Malta, Oscar L.

    2016-02-01

    Temperature measurements ranging from a few degrees to a few hundreds of Kelvin are of great interest in the fields of nanomedicine and nanotechnology. Here, we report a new ratiometric luminescent thermometer using thermally excited state absorption of the Eu3+ ion. The thermometer is based on the simple Eu3+ energy level structure and can operate between 180 and 323 K with a relative sensitivity ranging from 0.7 to 1.7% K-1. The thermometric parameter is defined as the ratio between the emission intensities of the 5D0 --> 7F4 transition when the 5D0 emitting level is excited through the 7F2 (physiological range) or 7F1 (down to 180 K) level. Nano and microcrystals of Y2O3:Eu3+ were chosen as a proof of concept of the operational principles in which both excitation and detection are within the first biological transparent window. A novel and of paramount importance aspect is that the calibration factor can be calculated from the Eu3+ emission spectrum avoiding the need for new calibration procedures whenever the thermometer operates in different media.Temperature measurements ranging from a few degrees to a few hundreds of Kelvin are of great interest in the fields of nanomedicine and nanotechnology. Here, we report a new ratiometric luminescent thermometer using thermally excited state absorption of the Eu3+ ion. The thermometer is based on the simple Eu3+ energy level structure and can operate between 180 and 323 K with a relative sensitivity ranging from 0.7 to 1.7% K-1. The thermometric parameter is defined as the ratio between the emission intensities of the 5D0 --> 7F4 transition when the 5D0 emitting level is excited through the 7F2 (physiological range) or 7F1 (down to 180 K) level. Nano and microcrystals of Y2O3:Eu3+ were chosen as a proof of concept of the operational principles in which both excitation and detection are within the first biological transparent window. A novel and of paramount importance aspect is that the calibration factor can be

  8. Experimental studies on hydrogen generation by methane autothermal reforming over nickel-based catalyst

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    Wang, H. M.

    This paper presents the experimental studies on the hydrogen generation by methane autothermal reforming method. An experimental system was built in-house for this study. The temperature profile along the axis of the reformer was measured and discussed. The peak temperature of the reformer appeared in the part of 1/4 to 2/4 of the reformer length from inlet to outlet. The maximum hydrogen yield, hydrogen mole numbers generated per mole of methane consumed of 2.71, was achieved at molar oxygen-to-carbon ratio of 1.68 and molar steam-to-carbon ratio of 2.5. Under this condition, the energy conversion efficiency of the reforming process reached 81.4% based on the lower heating values.

  9. Luminescent down-shifting layers with Eu2+ and Eu3+ doped strontium compound particles for photovoltaics

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    Solodovnyk, Anastasiia; Hollmann, Andre; Osvet, Andres; Forberich, Karen; Stern, Edda; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Klupp Taylor, Robin; Brabec, Christoph J.

    2014-10-01

    In this contribution we discuss luminescent down-shifting (LDS) systems consisting of a polymer matrix filled with phosphor particles. It is an elegant approach to make a use of potentially destructive or otherwise wasted high energy photons and diminish charge carrier losses caused by thermalization in photovoltaics. Sub-micron and micron sized particles of strontium aluminate doped with Eu2+ and strontium carbonate doped with Eu3+ ions are chosen for the application due to their suitable absorption in UV spectral region. These particles exhibit strong luminescence in the visible range between 520 and 650 nm. The systems are carefully designed to meet critical optical requirements such as high transparency in the visible spectrum as well as sufficient absorption of UV light. They are coated on quartz glass substrates (20 x 20 x 1 mm) and can be easily laminated to different kinds of solar cells without any modification to well-established device fabrication processes. Optical characterization further confirms that particles of a few microns in size generate strong light scattering in layers due to the sizes slightly larger than visible light wavelengths. Dried thick layers of 20 to 100 μm are tested with CIGS and organic cells. The concept of light conversion is experimentally proven. However, optical losses cause a reduction in the overall performance of the tested devices. Possible ways to bring down the amount of light scattering and, thus, to increase optical transmission for the studied system are also addressed, and are a subject of future research.

  10. Structural Control of Magnetic Anisotropy in a Multiferroic EuTiO3 Thin Film

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    Freeland, J. W.; Ke, X.; Ryan, P. J.; Kim, J. W.; Lee, J.-H.; Misra, R.; Schiffer, P.; Birol, T.; Fennie, C. J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2012-02-01

    Strain control of EuTiO3 has been shown under tensile strain the system converts to a multiferroic groundstate with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order[1]. Here we present a study of the magnetic order in thin films of EuTiO3 grown on DyScO3(110) substrates by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). Neutron scattering and magnetic measurements show the magnetic moment orders with an easy axis along only one of the (110) pseudocubic axis of the unit cell. Such an easy axis is connected to the uniaxial crystal structure that evolves from cubic to tetragonal with octahedral tilting, which agrees well with the strain dependent structure predicted under biaxial tensile strain. The magnetic anisotropy for Eu is attributed to an asymmetric crystal field due to the uniaxial symmetry of the Eu-O coordination. Work at Argonne, including the Advanced Photon, is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. [1] J.-H. Lee et al. Nature 466, 954 (2010).

  11. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, China: Energy

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    2007-11-02

    DEVELOPMENTS Experts Say Energy Reform Essential, Champion Nuclear Power Plants 1 Urgency of Nuclear Power Development [Li Yingxiang; RENMIN RIBAO...DEVELOPMENTS Experts Say Energy Reform Essential, Champion Nuclear Power Plants Urgency of Nuclear Power Development 40130017 Beijing RENMIN RIBAO...the problem of financing the power industry is greater. We must boldly reform , and further the widening of channels of investment in power industry

  12. Report of the Committee on Legislation and Regulatory Reform

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    1992-01-01

    The report of the Committee on Legislation and Regulatory Reform covers legislative developments in the first session and early second session of the 102nd Congress. This Congress has been especially active on energy matters. The Persian Gulf War, the release of the President's National Energy Strategy (NES), and other factors created the impetus for consideration of comprehensive energy legislation. The report is divided into three parts. The first part describes the comprehensive energy legislation pending before the Congress. The second part describes pending environmental legislation. The third part of the report describes miscellaneous Congressional activity that should be of interest.

  13. Health Care Reform: Out Greatest Opportunity...Ever!

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    Keigher, Sharon M.

    1993-01-01

    Discusses inevitability of health care reform in United States, considers the reform process itself, and explains the plan of the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform. Also considers the prospects for Congressional response to reform proposals. (NB)

  14. Effects of Ce doping on the luminescent property of Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Eu phosphor for green lighting.

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    Chen, Jingsheng

    2015-03-01

    White light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for green lighting are new solutions for energy saving and environmental protection. Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Ce,Eu is an efficient phosphor for white LEDs. Effective energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) occurs in Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Ce,Eu due to good spectrum overlap between the emission band of Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Ce and the excitation band of Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Eu, and hues vary systematically from blue to green at different Ce concentrations. A great improvement in the luminescent property of Ca3 SiO4 Cl2 :Eu has been observed on Ce(3+) doping, which is attributed to energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) and an increase in the number of luminescent centers (Eu(2+) ) on Ce doping. The optimal sample has a quantum efficiency of up to 75%, and can be an efficient green phosphor for white LEDs.

  15. A new LDMI decomposition approach to explain emission development in the EU: individual and set contribution.

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    Madaleno, Mara; Moutinho, Victor

    2017-04-01

    This study breaks down carbon emissions into six effects within the current 28 European Union (EU) countries group, thereafter, they are divided into two different groups (the first 15 countries (EU-15) and the last 13 entering the EU (EU13)). Country-specific highlights are also examined. It analyses the evolution of the effects using a data span that runs from 1990 to 2014, to determine which of them had more impact on the intensity of emissions, while also breaking down the complete period into two distinct periods (before the Kyoto protocol (1990-2004) and after Kyoto (2005-2014)). In order to add more knowledge to the current literature, both the additive and multiplicative decomposition techniques were used to examine carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the selected six components: carbon intensity, fossil fuel consumption, energy intensity, oil imports intensity, oil dependence, and population effect. Results point to different adapting velocities for Kyoto targets and necessary compromises. The different velocities were translated into different positive and negative impacts in the change of behavior of CO2 emissions throughout Europe. A stress in the fluctuations in CO2 variations before and after Kyoto and between the two different groups of EU countries could be noticed. Moreover, energy intensity and per capita dependence of oil products were identified as the major responsible components for the total and negative changes of emissions in recent years. A decrease in total changes of emissions is observed due to the fossil fuel energy consumption effect and total petroleum products effects. It is possible to infer from here that increased renewable capacity is contributing in a positive way to eco-efficiency, and should therefore be accounted for in national policymakers' decisions in the strongest way possible. Results also seem to indicate that per capita dependence of oil products has decreased, despite oil imports intensity constancy and increased

  16. Dynamic visualisation of municipal waste management performance in the EU using Ternary Diagram method.

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    Pomberger, R; Sarc, R; Lorber, K E

    2017-03-01

    This contribution describes the dynamic visualisation of European (EU 28) municipal waste management performance, using the Ternary Diagram Method. Municipal waste management performance depends primarily on three treatment categories: recycling & composting, incineration and landfilling. The framework of current municipal waste management including recycling targets, etc. is given by the Waste Framework Directive - 2008/98/EC. The proposed Circular Economy Package should stimulate Europe's transition towards more sustainable resources and energy oriented waste management. The Package also includes a revised legislative proposal on waste that sets ambitious recycling rates for municipal waste for 2025 (60%) and 2030 (65%). Additionally, the new calculation method for monitoring the attainment of the targets should be applied. In 2014, ca. 240 million tonnes of municipal waste were generated in the EU. While in 1995, 17% were recycled and composted, 14% incinerated and 64% landfilled, in 2014 ca. 71% were recovered but 28% landfilled only. Considering the treatment performance of the individual EU member states, the EU 28 can be divided into three groups, namely: "Recovery Countries", "Transition Countries" and "Landfilling Countries". Using Ternary Diagram Method, three types of visualization for the municipal waste management performance have been investigated and extensively described. Therefore, for better understanding of municipal waste management performance in the last 20years, dynamic visualisation of the Eurostat table-form data on all 28 member states of the EU has been carried out in three different ways: 1. "Performance Positioning" of waste management unit(s) at a specific date; 2. "Performance dynamics" over a certain time period and; 3. "Performance development" expressed as a track(s). Results obtained show that the Ternary Diagram Method is very well suited to be used for better understanding of past developments and coherences, for monitoring of

  17. Design and Operation of the Synthesis Gas Generator System for Reformed Propane and Glycerin Combustion

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    Pickett, Derek Kyle

    Due to an increased interest in sustainable energy, biodiesel has become much more widely used in the last several years. Glycerin, one major waste component in biodiesel production, can be converted into a hydrogen rich synthesis gas to be used in an engine generator to recover energy from the biodiesel production process. This thesis contains information detailing the production, testing, and analysis of a unique synthesis generator rig at the University of Kansas. Chapter 2 gives a complete background of all major components, as well as how they are operated. In addition to component descriptions, methods for operating the system on pure propane, reformed propane, reformed glycerin along with the methodology of data acquisition is described. This chapter will serve as a complete operating manual for future students to continue research on the project. Chapter 3 details the literature review that was completed to better understand fuel reforming of propane and glycerin. This chapter also describes the numerical model produced to estimate the species produced during reformation activities. The model was applied to propane reformation in a proof of concept and calibration test before moving to glycerin reformation and its subsequent combustion. Chapter 4 first describes the efforts to apply the numerical model to glycerin using the calibration tools from propane reformation. It then discusses catalytic material preparation and glycerin reformation tests. Gas chromatography analysis of the reformer effluent was completed to compare to theoretical values from the numerical model. Finally, combustion of reformed glycerin was completed for power generation. Tests were completed to compare emissions from syngas combustion and propane combustion.

  18. Pyrolytic synthesis and luminescence of porous lanthanide Eu-MOF.

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    Jin, Guangya; Liu, Zhijian; Sun, Hongfa; Tian, Zhiyong

    2016-02-01

    A lanthanide metal coordination polymer [Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)] was synthesized by the reaction of europium oxide with benzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid (H2BDC) in a mixed solution of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and water under hydrothermal conditions. The crystal structure of Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Thermo-gravimetric analysis of Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) indicated that coordinated DMSO and H2O molecules could be removed to create Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)-py with permanent microporosity, which was also verified by powder XRD (PXRD) and elemental analysis. Both Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O) and Eu2(BDC)3(DMSO)(H2O)-py showed mainly Eu-based luminescence and had characteristic emissions in the range 550-700 nm.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Eu-Doped Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals

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    Raola, O. E.

    2002-01-01

    Substitution of Cd(II) sites by Eu ions in 5.0 nm {+-} 0.25 nm CdSe, Cd{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}Se (x=0.374), can be achieved by modification of a lyothermal, single source precursor method. The Eu guest ion occupies a tetrahedral lattice site as a Eu(III) defect ion based on analysis of the XPS and XAS data. XRD and XAS measurements show a linear contraction of the lattice parameters for increasing Eu(III) concentration consistent with statistical substitution at both core and surface sites in the lattice by a random ion displacement mechanism. On the basis of a Vegard's law analysis, the Eu(III) ion is substituted in the tetrahedral cationic lattice site without formation of vacancies or phase segregation of the Eu ion in the lattice.

  20. Wind energy.

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    Leithead, W E

    2007-04-15

    From its rebirth in the early 1980s, the rate of development of wind energy has been dramatic. Today, other than hydropower, it is the most important of the renewable sources of power. The UK Government and the EU Commission have adopted targets for renewable energy generation of 10 and 12% of consumption, respectively. Much of this, by necessity, must be met by wind energy. The US Department of Energy has set a goal of 6% of electricity supply from wind energy by 2020. For this potential to be fully realized, several aspects, related to public acceptance, and technical issues, related to the expected increase in penetration on the electricity network and the current drive towards larger wind turbines, need to be resolved. Nevertheless, these challenges will be met and wind energy will, very likely, become increasingly important over the next two decades. An overview of the technology is presented.

  1. Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane to Syngas by Thermal Plasma

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    Sun, Yanpeng; Nie, Yong; Wu, Angshan; Ji, Dengxiang; Yu, Fengwen; Ji, Jianbing

    2012-03-01

    Experiments were conducted on syngas preparation from dry reforming of methane by carbon dioxide with a DC arc plasma at atmospheric pressure. In all experiments, nitrogen gas was used as the working gas for thermal plasma to generate a high-temperature jet into a horizontal tube reactor. A mixture of methane and carbon dioxide was fed vertically into the jet. In order to obtain a higher conversion rate of methane and carbon dioxide, chemical energy efficiency and fuel production efficiency, parametric screening studies were conducted, in which the volume ratio of carbon dioxide to methane in fed gases and the total flux of fed gases were taken into account. Results showed that carbon dioxide reforming of methane to syngas by thermal plasma exhibited a larger processing capacity, higher conversion of methane and carbon dioxide and higher chemical energy efficiency and fuel production efficiency. In addition, thermodynamic simulation for the reforming process was conducted. Experimental data agreed well with the thermodynamic results, indicating that high thermal efficiency can be achieved with the thermal plasma reforming process.

  2. Performance evaluation of newly developed SrI2(Eu) scintillator

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    Takabe, M.; Kishimoto, A.; Kataoka, J.; Sakuragi, S.; Yamasaki, Y.

    2016-09-01

    The development of europium-doped strontium iodide (SrI2(Eu)) has attracted considerable attention, because of its excellent material properties as regards gamma-ray scintillator applications. These include its excellent energy resolution, high light output (> 80 , 000 ph / MeV), and high effective atomic number (Z=49). Here we report on the performance of ϕ 1 in×1 in SrI2(Eu) cylindrical crystals newly fabricated by Union Materials Inc. In this study, we measured the energy resolution and light output at 10 °C temperature intervals between -40 and 40 °C, using an optically coupled 2-in photomultiplier tube (PMT) (Super Bialkali, Hamamatsu). The SrI2(Eu) light output increased by 0.12%/°C as the temperature decreased. At -40 °C, we obtained the optimal energy resolution recording 2.91±0.02% full width at half maximum (FWHM) for 662 keV gamma rays measured with 137Cs. For comparison, we also measured the same crystal using both a large-area (19×19 mm2) avalanche photodiode detector (APD) and 8×8 multi-pixel photon counter (MPPC) arrays of 3×3 mm2 pixels. The energy resolutions of 2.94±0.02%, 3.14±0.06% and 3.99±0.01% were obtained using PMT, APD, and MPPC, respectively, as measured at -20 °C. We also measured the inherent background of SrI2(Eu) in a cave composed of Cu-Pb blocks with their thickness of 5-10 cm confirming that SrI2(Eu) has an extremely low inherent background radiation. In this study, we have shown that SrI2(Eu) is a promising scintillator that can be utilized for radiation measurements incorporating low-energy X-rays to high-energy gamma rays, and can thus be applied in various medical, industrial, and environmental treatment fields in the near future.

  3. From stable divalent to valence-fluctuating behaviour in Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))2Si2 single crystals.

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    Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph

    2011-09-21

    We have succeeded in growing high-quality single crystals of the valence-fluctuating system EuIr(2)Si(2), the divalent Eu system EuRh(2)Si(2) and the substitutional alloy Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))(2)Si(2) across the range 0 < x < 1, which we characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, specific heat, magnetization and resistivity measurements. On increasing x, the divalent Eu ground state subsists up to x = 0.25 with a slight increase in Néel temperature, while for 0.3≤x < 0.7 a sharp hysteretic change in susceptibility and resistivity marks the first-order valence transition. For x≳0.7 the broad feature observed in the physical properties is characteristic of the continuous valence evolution beyond the critical end point of the valence transition line, and the resistivity is reminiscent of Kondo-like behaviour while the Sommerfeld coefficient indicates a mass renormalization of at least a factor of 8. The resulting phase diagram is similar to those reported for polycrystalline Eu(Pd(1-x)Au(x))(2)Si(2) and EuNi(2)(Si(1-x)Ge(x))(2), confirming its generic character for Eu systems, and markedly different to those of homologue Ce and Yb systems, which present a continuous suppression of the antiferromagnetism accompanied by a very smooth evolution of the valence. We discuss these differences and suggest them to be related to the large polarization energy of the Eu half-filled 4f shell. We further argue that the changes in the rare earth valence between RRh(2)Si(2) and RIr(2)Si(2) (R = Ce, Eu, Yb) are governed by a purely electronic effect and not by a volume effect.

  4. Eu 3+ -Doped Wide Band Gap Zn 2 SnO 4 Semiconductor Nanoparticles: Structure and Luminescence

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; Ivetić, Tamara B.; Litvinchuk, Alexander P.; Fairbrother, Andrew; Miljević, Bojan B.; Štrbac, Goran R.; Pérez Rodríguez, Alejandro; Lukić-Petrović, Svetlana R.

    2016-08-25

    Nanocrystalline Zn2SnO4 powders doped with Eu3+ ions were synthesized via a mechanochemical solid-state reaction method followed by postannealing in air at 1200 degrees C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), and Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies provide convincing evidence for the incorporation of Eu3+ ions into the host matrix on noncentrosymmetric sites of the cubic inverse spinel lattice. Microstructural analysis shows that the crystalline grain size decreases with the addition of Eu3+. Formation of a nanocrystalline Eu2Sn2O7 secondary phase is also observed. Luminescence spectra of Eu3+-doped samples show several emissions, including narrow-band magnetic dipole emission at 595 nm and electric dipole emission at 615 nm of the Eu3+ ions. Excitation spectra and lifetime measurements suggest that Eu3+ ions are incorporated at only one symmetry site. According to the crystal field theory, it is assumed that Eu3+ ions participate at octahedral sites of Zn2+ or Sn4+ under a weak crystal field, rather than at the tetrahedral sites of Zn2+, because of the high octahedral stabilization energy for Eu3+. Activation of symmetry forbidden (IR-active and silent) modes is observed in the Raman scattering spectra of both pure and doped samples, indicating a disorder of the cation sublattice of Zn2SnO4 nanocrystallites. These results were further supported by the first principle lattice dynamics calculations. The spinel-type Zn2SnO4 shows effectiveness in hosting Eu3+ ions, which could be used as a prospective green/red emitter. This work also illustrates how sustainable and simple preparation methods could be used for effective engineering of material properties.

  5. Evaluate reformer performance at a glance

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    Nag, A.

    1996-02-01

    Catalytic reforming is becoming increasingly important in replacing octane lost as the removal of lead from worldwide gasoline pools continues. A method has been developed that can quickly evaluate the performance of any catalytic reformer. The catalytic naphtha reforming process primarily involves three well-known reactions. These are aromatization of naphthenes, cyclization of paraffins and hydrocracking of paraffins. Hydrogen is produced in the process of aromatization and dehydrocyclization of paraffins. Reformer performance is normally evaluated with a reformate analysis (PONA) and yield of C{sub 5{sup +}} reformate. This method of quick evaluation of reformer performance is based upon the main assumption that the increase in hydrocarbon moles in the process is equal to the number of C{single_bond}C bond ruptures and one mole of hydrogen is absorbed to saturate the same. This new method calculates aromatization efficiency, paraffin conversion, aromatic selectivity and finally the paraffin, naphthene and aromatic content of C{sub 5{sup +}} reformate.

  6. Health care reform: informing difficult choices.

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    Maynard, A; Bloor, K

    1995-01-01

    During the last decade, policy makers in a large number of countries have attempted various reforms of their health care systems. Health care reform has been described as a 'global epidemic' (Klein, 1993). All health care reforms consist of very complex policy choices, some of which are examined in this article. After an introductory exploration of ideological issues, the objectives of health care reformers are considered. Three major policy objectives of health care reform are examined: cost containment; efficiency; and, equity. Three types of reform which have been advocated are also considered: public planning; market regulation; and provider-advocated reforms such as a 'basic package' with copayments and alternative means of finance. Finally, appropriate features of efficient health care reform are suggested, addressing explicit policy goals.

  7. Adult Participation in Education in South-Eastern Europe: An Elaboration on the Study Report for the Assessment of the Impact of Ongoing Reforms in Education and Training on the Adult Learning Sector

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    Zarifis, George K.

    2012-01-01

    This article reflects on the findings of the Research voor Beleid (RvB) study for the second phase of the assessment of the "Impact of ongoing reforms in education and training on adult learning sector" (2010), with particular focus on adult participation in education in three EU Member States in south-eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Cyprus…

  8. Ruthenium-europium configuration in the Eu{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7} pyrochlore

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    Muñoz Pérez, S. Cobas, R.; Cadogan, J. M.; Albino Aguiar, J.; Obradors, X.

    2015-05-07

    The magnetic and electronic properties of Eu{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7} are discussed in terms of the local ruthenium and europium coordination, electronic band structure calculations, and molecular orbital energy levels. A preliminary electronic structure was calculated within the local density approximation (LDA) and local spin density approximation taking in to account on-site Hubbard U (LSDA + U). The molecular orbital energy level diagrams have been used to interpret the Eu-Ru ligand spectrum and the ensuing magnetic properties. The orbital hybridizations and bonds are discussed.

  9. Enhanced fluorescence and structural characteristics of carboxymethyl cellulose/Eu(III) nano-complex: Influence of reaction time.

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    Ye, Jun; Wang, Ben; Xiong, Jian; Sun, Runcang

    2016-01-01

    CMC/Eu(III) nano-complexes were synthesized by reacting Eu(3+) with carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC). The SEM and EDS showed that particle size was less than 100nm and evenly distributed. FTIR and XPS indicated that the oxygen atoms in COO (-), OH, and COC were involved in the complexation with Eu(3+), yet, the O atoms were involved in different positions on anhydroglucose rings depending on reaction time. It was found that there were good energy matches between energy levels on ground state of CMC and (5)D0 Eu(III). Moreover, the intensities of (5)D0→(7)F2 of the nano-complexes were stronger than that of (5)D0→(7)F1, which indicated that the Eu(III) was not in the center of symmetry. The optimized reaction time was 35min, at this reaction time the smallest particle size and uniform distribution was obtained, the coordination structure was advantageous for the energy absorption transfer and emission.

  10. Acquisition Reform: Three Big Ideas

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    2015-05-19

    Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std Z39-18 Three Acq Reform Big Ideas 5 /19/2015 2 (1) Competing Capability Needs Among Services...to sponsor and users • Not required to be an acquisition expert • Tenure not as important Summary: 3 Big Ideas 5 /19/2015 19 (1) Competing...Acquisition Reform Three Big Ideas The provocative views expressed here are not those of the Department of Defense, DAU, or perhaps even the

  11. Can ICT Reform Public Agencies?

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    Jansen, Arild; Løvdal, Einar

    This study examines the reorganisation of the administration of admission to higher education in Norway, which has also included the development of a nationwide, ICT-based case handling system. This reform process was initiated out of the need to provide politicians with information for control and regulatory purposes, and the reform resulted in a centralised management information system. This system, however, has evolved into a coordinated but also partly locally delegated decision-making instrument which processes most of the applications for admission to higher education in Norway.

  12. Attrition resistant fluidizable reforming catalyst

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    Parent, Yves O.; Magrini, Kim; Landin, Steven M.; Ritland, Marcus A.

    2011-03-29

    A method of preparing a steam reforming catalyst characterized by improved resistance to attrition loss when used for cracking, reforming, water gas shift and gasification reactions on feedstock in a fluidized bed reactor, comprising: fabricating the ceramic support particle, coating a ceramic support by adding an aqueous solution of a precursor salt of a metal selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pt, Pd, Ru, Rh, Cr, Co, Mn, Mg, K, La and Fe and mixtures thereof to the ceramic support and calcining the coated ceramic in air to convert the metal salts to metal oxides.

  13. Remarkable changes in the photoluminescent properties of Y2Ce2O7:Eu(3+) red phosphors through modification of the cerium oxidation states and oxygen vacancy ordering.

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    Raj, Athira K V; Prabhakar Rao, P; Sreena, T S; Sameera, S; James, Vineetha; Renju, U A

    2014-11-21

    A new series of red phosphors based on Eu(3+)-doped yttrium cerate [Y1.9Ce2O7:0.1Eu(3+), Y2Ce1.9O7:0.1Eu(3+) and Y2Ce2-xO7:xEu(3+) (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.50)] was prepared via a conventional solid-state method. The influence of the substitution of Eu(3+) at the aliovalent site on the photoluminescent properties was determined by powder X-ray diffraction, FT Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive spectroscopy, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and lifetime measurements. The substitution of Eu(3+) at the Ce(4+) site induces a structural transition from a defect fluorite to a C-type structure, which increases the oxygen vacancy ordering and the distortion of the Eu(3+) environment, and decreases the formation of Ce(3+) states. In contrast, phosphors with isovalent substitution at the Y(3+) site exhibit the biphasic nature of defect fluorite and a C-type structure, thereby increasing the number of Ce(3+) oxidation states. These modifications resulted in remarkable changes in the photoluminescent properties of Y2Ce1.9O7:0.1Eu(3+) red phosphors, with emission intensities 3.8 times greater than those of the Ce0.9O2:0.1Eu(3+) and Y1.9Ce2O7:0.1Eu(3+). The photoluminescent properties of Y2Ce2-xO7:xEu(3+) were studied at different Eu(3+) concentrations under excitation with blue light. These phosphors emit intense red light due to the (5)D0-(7)F2 transition under excitation at 466 nm and no concentration quenching is observed with up to 50 mol% Eu(3+). They show increased lifetimes in the range 0.62-0.72 ms at Eu(3+) concentrations. The cation ordering linked to the oxygen vacancy ordering led to the uniform distribution of Eu(3+) ions in the lattice, thus allowing higher doping concentrations without quenching and consequently increasing the lifetime of the (5)D0 states. Our results demonstrate that significant improvements in

  14. Crystal structures and intense luminescence of tris(3-(2'-pyridyl)-pyrazolyl)borate Tb(3+) and Eu(3+) complexes with carboxylate co-ligands.

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    Mikhalyova, Elena A; Yakovenko, Anastasiya V; Zeller, Matthias; Gavrilenko, Konstantin S; Kiskin, Mikhail A; Smola, Sergey S; Dotsenko, Vladimir P; Eremenko, Igor L; Addison, Anthony W; Pavlishchuk, Vitaly V

    2017-03-14

    A series of brightly luminescent new mononuclear Tp(Py)Ln(An)2(H2O) (where An(-) = carboxylate anion, Ln = Eu or Tb and Tp(Py-) = tris(3-(2'-pyridyl)pyrazolyl)borate) and dinuclear (Tp(Py)Ln)2pma(MeOH)2 (Ln = Eu, Tb, pma(4-) = tetraanion of pyromellitic acid) complexes were prepared and characterized by X-ray crystallography. Within each series the compounds possess similar molecular structures, which differ only by the nature of the carboxylate anions. The quantum efficiencies for metal-centered emission of the complexes were up to 29(3)% for Eu(3+) and 53(5)% for the Tb(3+) compounds and significantly depend on the electronic structure of the additional ligand (i.e. the carboxylate). The aliphatic carboxylate compounds' luminescence quantum yields were all similar, but different from those for the aromatic ones. The complexes with trifluoroacetate and pentafluorobenzoate unexpectedly displayed lower quantum efficiencies compared to those with the corresponding non-fluorinated analogues. Energy transfer from Tb(3+) to Eu(3+) occurs in a mixture of (Tp(Py)Eu)(pma)(TbTp(Py))(MeOH)2, (Tp(Py)Eu)2(pma)(MeOH)2 and (Tp(Py)Tb)2(pma)(MeOH)2 but is not very efficient. The Tb(3+)-compounds displayed green electroluminescence, and both the Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) complexes exhibited bright metal-centered red (Eu(3+)) or green (Tb(3+)) triboluminescence.

  15. Hysteretic photochromic switching of Eu-Mg defects in GaN links the shallow transient and deep ground states of the Mg acceptor

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    Singh, A. K.; O’Donnell, K. P.; Edwards, P. R.; Lorenz, K.; Kappers, M. J.; Boćkowski, M.

    2017-01-01

    Although p-type activation of GaN by Mg underpins a mature commercial technology, the nature of the Mg acceptor in GaN is still controversial. Here, we use implanted Eu as a ‘spectator ion’ to probe the lattice location of Mg in doubly doped GaN(Mg):Eu. Photoluminescence spectroscopy of this material exemplifies hysteretic photochromic switching (HPS) between two configurations, Eu0 and Eu1(Mg), of the same Eu-Mg defect, with a hyperbolic time dependence on ‘switchdown’ from Eu0 to Eu1(Mg). The sample temperature and the incident light intensity at 355 nm tune the characteristic switching time over several orders of magnitude, from less than a second at 12.5 K, ~100 mW/cm2 to (an estimated) several hours at 50 K, 1 mW/cm2. Linking the distinct Eu-Mg defect configurations with the shallow transient and deep ground states of the Mg acceptor in the Lany-Zunger model, we determine the energy barrier between the states to be 27.7(4) meV, in good agreement with the predictions of theory. The experimental results further suggest that at low temperatures holes in deep ground states are localized on N atoms axially bonded to Mg acceptors. PMID:28155896

  16. EU Funded Research Activities on NPPS Operational Safety

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    Manolatos, P.; Van Goethem, G.

    2002-07-01

    The 5. framework programme (FP-5), the pluri-annual research programme of the European Union (EU), covers the period 1998-2002. Research on nuclear energy, fusion and fission, is covered by the EURATOM part of the FP-5. An overview of the Euratom's research on Nuclear Reactor Safety, managed by the DG-RTD of the European Commission (EC), is presented. This concerns 70 multi-partner projects of approximately euro 82.5 million total contract value that have been selected and co-financed during the period 1999-2001. They form the three clusters of projects dealing with the 'Operational Safety of Existing Installations'. 'Plant Life Extension and Management' (PLEM), 'Severe Accident Management' (SAM) and 'Evolutionary concepts' (EVOL). Emphasis is given here to the projects of the PLEM cluster. (authors)

  17. Accelerator science and technology in Europe: EuCARD 2012

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    Romaniuk, Ryszard S.

    2012-05-01

    Accelerator science and technology is one of a key enablers of the developments in the particle physic, photon physics and also applications in medicine and industry. The paper presents a digest of the research results in the domain of accelerator science and technology in Europe, shown during the third annual meeting of the EuCARD - European Coordination of Accelerator Research and Development. The conference concerns building of the research infrastructure, including in this advanced photonic and electronic systems for servicing large high energy physics experiments. There are debated a few basic groups of such systems like: measurement - control networks of large geometrical extent, multichannel systems for large amounts of metrological data acquisition, precision photonic networks of reference time, frequency and phase distribution.

  18. Luminescence of delafossite-type CuAlO2 fibers with Eu substitution for Al cations

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    Liu, Yin; Gong, Yuxuan; Mellott, Nathan P.; Wang, Bu; Ye, Haitao; Wu, Yiquan

    2016-01-01

    Abstract CuAlO2 has been examined as a potential luminescent material by substituting Eu for Al cations in the delafossite structure. CuAlO2:Eu3+ nanofibers have been prepared via electrospinning for the ease of mitigating synthesis requirements and for future optoelectronics and emerging applications. Single-phase CuAlO2 fibers could be obtained at a temperature of 1100 °C in air. The Eu was successfully doped in the delafossite structure and two strong emission bands at ~405 and 610 nm were observed in the photoluminescence spectra. These bands are due to the intrinsic near-band-edge transition of CuAlO2 and the f-f transition of the Eu3+ activator, respectively. Further electrical characterization indicated that these fibers exhibit semiconducting behavior and the introduction of Eu could act as band-edge modifiers, thus changing the thermal activation energies. In light of this study, CuAlO2:Eu3+ fibers with both strong photoluminescence and p-type conductivity could be produced by tailoring the rare earth doping concentrations. PMID:27877870

  19. The luminescence and structural characteristics of Eu3+- doped NaSrB5O9 phosphor

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    Dillip, G. R.; Mallikarjuna, K.; Dhoble, S. J.; Raju, B. Deva Prasad

    2014-01-01

    A red-emitting phosphor NaSrB5O9:Eu3+ was synthesized by employing a solid-state reaction (SSR) method. The structures of the phosphors were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman studies. The band at ~282 nm in the excitation spectra indicated the charge transfer band (CTB) of B-O in the host, whereas the CTB of Eu-O was observed at ~275 nm for the NaSrB5O9:Eu3+ (Eu3+=1 at.%) phosphor, which was supported by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) measurements. The photoluminescence (PL) measurements exhibited a strong red emission band centered at about 616 nm (5D0→7F2) under an excitation wavelength of 394 nm (7F0→5L6). Upon host excitation at 282 nm, the pristine NaSrB5O9 exhibited a broad UV emission centered at ~362 nm. The energy transfer from host to Eu3+ ions was confirmed from luminescence spectra, excited with a 355 nm Nd:YAG laser. In addition, the asymmetric ratios indicate a higher local symmetry around the Eu3+ ion in the host. The calculated CIE (Commission International de l'Eclairage) coordinates displayed excellent color purity efficiencies (around 99.7%) compared to other luminescent materials.

  20. Effects of Eu3+ on the metabolism of amino acid and protein in xerophytic Lathyrus sativus L.

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    Tian, Hong Er; Gao, Yong Sheng; Zeng, Fu Li; Li, Feng Min; Shan, Lun

    2005-01-01

    The contents of amino acids and proteins and the activity of Na+,K+-ATPase were determined in roots, stems, and leaves of Eu3+-treated Lathyrus sativus L. The results showed that the treatment of Eu3+ made the contents of amino acid and protein and the activity of Na+,K+-ATPase change. The first possible mechanism was that Eu3+ directly made the electric potential of -NH2 or -COOH of amino acid change. The second possible mechanism was that Eu3+ played a role in metallic-activated factors of certain enzymes, which catalyze the catabolism and anabolism of protein. Then, the contents of amino acids and proteins were relatively changed. The third possible mechanism was that Eu3+ regulated the activity of ATPase through changing the Na+/K+ ratio. The energy released by ATPase was the driving force for the translocation of amino acids and proteins in the plant cell. Because of the changeability of its valence, Eu3+ played an important role in regulating certain physiological reactions to increase the adaptability of L. sativus in arid environment.

  1. Determining Factors for EU Military Intervention

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    2013-05-23

    Lakes region was in response to the 1994 Rwanda tribal genocide and subsequent violence that spilled over the Zaire border.27 The first phase of...ITEM- 013+DOC+XML+V0//EN (accessed February 15, 2013). 27The war that ensued from the 1994 Rwanda genocide is commonly known as the First Congo War...defense policy. While the Balkans genocide triggered consensus, the road to actually developing a EU security policy would prove long and frustrating

  2. Method of steam reforming methanol to hydrogen

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    Beshty, Bahjat S.

    1990-01-01

    The production of hydrogen by the catalyzed steam reforming of methanol is accomplished using a reformer of greatly reduced size and cost wherein a mixture of water and methanol is superheated to the gaseous state at temperatures of about 800.degree. to about 1,100.degree. F. and then fed to a reformer in direct contact with the catalyst bed contained therein, whereby the heat for the endothermic steam reforming reaction is derived directly from the superheated steam/methanol mixture.

  3. Security Force Assistance and Security Sector Reform

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    2013-09-01

    development, and planning, 63 Shultz: Security Force Assistance and Security Sector Reform budgeting and management are critical in reforming a defense...and Security Sector Reform Richard H. Shultz, Jr. JSOU Report 13-5 September 2013 Joint Special Operations University 7701 Tampa Point Boulevard...Assistance and Security Sector Reform 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK

  4. Reformers and Reform: Towards Free Public Libraries in Victoria

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    Barker, Donald

    2007-01-01

    The "Victorian Free Library Service Board Act" of 1946 was the culmination of a long campaign to replace the mechanics' institute model of library provision with free libraries funded by state and local government. Given that library reform required legislation by the state government, this paper is mainly concerned with the political…

  5. Principles of Reform and Reforming Principal Training: A Theoretical Perspective.

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    Bjork, Lars G.; Ginsberg, Rick

    1995-01-01

    Examines reform debates in educational administration training programs using a theoretical framework derived from Thomas Kuhn's notion of paradigm. Most administrator training programs in the United States are characterized as hybrid/preparadigm departments unlikely to undertake fundamental changes. Using a collaborative school leadership program…

  6. Oncology payment reform to achieve real health care reform.

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    McClellan, Mark B; Thoumi, Andrea I

    2015-05-01

    Cancer care is transforming, moving toward increasingly personalized treatment with the potential to save and improve many more lives. Many oncologists and policymakers view current fee-for-service payments as an obstacle to providing more efficient, high-quality cancer care. However, payment reforms create new uncertainties for oncologists and may be challenging to implement. In this article, we illustrate how accountable care payment reforms that directly align payments with quality and cost measures are being implemented and the opportunities and challenges they present. These payment models provide more flexibility to oncologists and other providers to give patients the personalized care they need, along with more accountability for demonstrating quality improvements and overall cost or cost growth reductions. Such payment reforms increase the importance of person-level quality and cost measures as well as data analysis to improve measured performance. We describe key features of quality and cost measures needed to support accountable care payment reforms in oncology. Finally, we propose policy recommendations to move incrementally but fundamentally to payment systems that support higher-value care in oncology.

  7. The National School Reform Faculty: Reforming Schools from the Inside

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    Educational Horizons, 2005

    2005-01-01

    In the Winter 2005 issue of "educational HORIZONS," Charles Glenn wrote that schools designed in a perfect system of educational diversity and choice could nonetheless end up as "uninspired carbon copies produced by educators without the foggiest idea of how to do anything differently." Most school reform tries to avoid that fate with various…

  8. Analytical services contract reform alternatives project

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    Hunt, J.W.; Fox, M.R.; Kristofzski, J.G.; Minette, M.J.

    1995-03-23

    Westinghouse Hanford Company (WHC) was directed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) to examine the feasibility of outsourcing all or part of its laboratory and analytical functions as part of a contract reform effort. The analytical services provided by WHC were found to be significantly greater than that of a typical environmental laboratory which provides sample analysis based on a simple sample in-report out model. In addition to high-volume production analysis, the work scope includes special analytical services, technical consulting, sample handling and disposition, and special material preparations. Numerous broad ranging potential contract reform alternatives were identified and categorized into seven main alternatives with associated sub-alternatives. Issues associated with each alternative varied significantly depending on the alternative. Fifteen issues were identified and described including human resources, contract, and procurement areas. Readers of this report will perhaps identify additional alternatives and/or issues. In addressing the issues, it was determined that those issues pertaining to labor relations and procurement require major policy resolutions by WHC/DOE senior management prior to being able to establish meaningful assumptions for cost/benefit analyses of the seven alternatives. Further review was therefore stopped without economic analyses or recommendation for any specific alternative. Accordingly, this report is intended to fulfill the requirements of RL Milestone AS-95-016.

  9. Effect of Electrode and EuO Thickness on EuO-Electrode Interface in Tunneling Spin Filter

    SciTech Connect

    Negusse,E.; Holroyd, J.; Liberati, M.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y.; Santos, T.; Moodera, J.; Arenholz, E.

    2006-01-01

    The effect of electrode material and EuO film thickness on the interface between the two was studied. Of the electrodes examined, yttrium was found to decrease the formation of the nonmagnetic oxide Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}. By decomposing the x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) spectra of the samples with different electrodes against the reference EuO and Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} spectra, the relative fraction of these two species was quantified. Multilayers with silver electrodes had the highest amount of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, about 41%, whereas aluminum had 28% compared to the less than 5% observed for the multilayers with yttrium electrodes. A slight decrease in the fraction of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} with increasing EuO thickness was found. Angle dependent XAS measurements, done on 80 A{sup o} EuO film, indicated the presence of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} at high grazing angles which then decreased drastically with decreasing grazing angle. This indicated that the Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} was localized at the EuO-electrode interface.

  10. Framing the EU as Common Project vs. Common Heritage: Effects on Attitudes Towards the EU Deepening and Widening.

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    La Barbera, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    The present study investigated the effects of framing the European Union (EU) as a common project vs. a common heritage on participants' attitude towards EU integration (Experiment 1) and EU enlargement (Experiment 2). An additional aim was exploring whether the different frames affected the strength of identification with the EU, and if the framing effect on attitudes was mediated by participants' identification with the EU and/or by their message evaluation (Experiment 3). Results showed that a common project-based frame was more effective than a common heritage-based frame in promoting positive attitude toward EU integration and enlargement, as well as participants' identification with the EU, which mediated the framing effect on both attitudes; the mediation of participants' message evaluation was not significant. The procedure of the last experiment was replicated on a British sample (Experiment 4), showing a similar pattern of results.

  11. Induced spin-polarization of EuS at room temperature in Ni/EuS multilayers

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    Poulopoulos, P.; Goschew, A.; Straub, A.; Fumagalli, P.; Kapaklis, V.; Wolff, M.; Delimitis, A.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Pappas, S. D.

    2014-03-17

    Ni/EuS multilayers with excellent multilayer sequencing are deposited via e-beam evaporation on the native oxide of Si(100) wafers at 4 × 10{sup −9} millibars. The samples have very small surface and interface roughness and show sharp interfaces. Ni layers are nanocrystalline 4–8 nm thick and EuS layers are 2–4 nm thick and are either amorphous or nanocrystalline. Unlike for Co/EuS multilayers, all Eu ions are in divalent (ferromagnetic) state. We show a direct antiferromagnetic coupling between EuS and Ni layers. At room temperature, the EuS layers are spin-polarized due to the proximity of Ni. Therefore, Ni/EuS is a candidate for room-temperature spintronics applications.

  12. Synthesis, characterization, thermoluminescence and optical studies of Eu3+ doped Y2SiO5 phosphor

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    Parganiha, Yogita; Kaur, Jagjeet; Dubey, Vikas; Chandrakar, Deepika

    2015-01-01

    The present paper reports thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves and photoluminescence (PL) studies of europium doped yttrium silicate (Y2SiO5:Eu3+). The samples were prepared by the modified Solid state method which is the most suited method for large scale production. Starting material used for sample preparation was Y2O3, SiO2 and Eu2O3 with variable concentration of europium. A prepared sample was characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction) and crystallite size found 20-50 nm in size. The PL excitation spectra was found at 265 and 395 nm while the emission spectra was found at 580, 588, 595, 598, 612, 615, 623 and 626 nm, the emission peak at 612 nm was most intense peak for all Eu3+ concentration. The effect of Eu3+ concentration on PL intensity was studied and found that intensity increases with increasing concentration up to 2.5 mol% of Eu3+. Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage co-ordinate (CIE) of this phosphor is (0.65, 0.31) in the red region. TL glow curves were recorded for different doses of UV exposure at a heating rate of 6.7 °C s-1. The kinetic parameters as activation energy 'E', the order of kinetics 'b', and the frequency factor 's' of Y2SiO5:Eu3+ have been calculated by using peak shape method. The sample shows general order kinetics. The effect of Eu3+ concentration on TL intensity was also studied and found that the intensity increases linearly up to 1 mol% and then decreases with increasing concentration of Eu3+. The present phosphor acts as a single host for red emission display devices and light emitting diode (LED) as well as may be used for thermoluminescence dosimetric material under UV exposure.

  13. Whatever Happened to Undergraduate Reform? Carnegie Perspectives

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    Marchese, Theodore J.

    2006-01-01

    The author asks whether higher education reform has run out of new things to say. The final two decades of the twentieth century were a remarkable period for innovation in undergraduate education. Many of higher education's earlier waves of reform had focused on curricular issues, on what should be taught. The new reformers by and large ignored…

  14. Reforming of sulfur-containing charge stock

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    McHale, W.D.; Schoennagel, H.

    1981-06-30

    A process is disclosed for reforming a hydrocarbon charge under reforming conditions in a reforming zone wherein added sulfur is introduced into said zone to counteract excessive hydrocracking of said charge utilizing a catalyst consisting essentially of a minor proportion of platinum on a support and a minor proportion of iridium on a separate support.

  15. Method for improving reformer yield selectivity

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    Ramella, A.; Wang, H. Y.

    1985-11-05

    Yield selectivity of a multibed catalytic reformer operating below design capacity is enhanced by adjusting inlet temperature of at least one catalyst bed to nearquenching conditions while adjusting the inlet temperature of at least one catalyst bed to favor yield selective reforming reactions. Significant increases in C/sub 5/+ yields are obtained without any modification of the reforming unit.

  16. General Education Reform: Opportunities for Institutional Alignment

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    Fuess, Scott M., Jr.; Mitchell, Nancy D.

    2011-01-01

    General education reform provides strategic opportunities for departments. This article analyzes reform at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, illustrating how departments could use the reform process to clarify their strategic planning, align with institutional goals, and steer the university closer to departmental objectives. (Contains 1 table.)

  17. Considerations for Education Reform in British Columbia

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    Santos, Ana

    2012-01-01

    Countries around the world refer to twenty-first century education as essential to maintaining personal and national economic advantage and draw on this discourse to advocate for and embark on educational reform. This paper examines issues around education reform, particularly in British Columbia. It argues that reformers should give careful…

  18. School Reform--Does It Really Matter?

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    Bunting, Carolyn

    1999-01-01

    Looks at different waves of school reform beginning with Sputnik in the 1950s. Examines influences in today's reform, including industrial influences and school choice. Argues that the origins and outcomes of school reform have more to do with what is happening outside the school than within it, and that schools must think beyond objective indices…

  19. Globalization and Educational Reform in Contemporary Japan

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    Qi, Jie; Zhang, Sheng Ping

    2008-01-01

    This study explores the notions of globalization as embodied in Japanese educational reforms. Modern institutional discourses of educational reform in Japan have shifted over time and all of these reform movements have been constructed by particular social and historical trajectories. Generally speaking, it has been taken for granted that the…

  20. Governance Reform at China's "985 Project" Universities

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    Qingnian, Xiong; Duanhong, Zhang; Hong, Liu

    2011-01-01

    Higher education reform in China is deepening, and the governance reform taking place at the 985 Project universities over the past decade has displayed a shift from government driven to internally driven, from adaptive to proactive, and from localized to systemic. This reflects the overall status of governance reform in China's higher education.…

  1. Leadership Lessons from Comprehensive School Reforms.

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    Murphy, Joseph, Ed.; Datnow, Amanda, Ed.

    This volume explores the role of leadership in comprehensive school reform (CSR). It consists of 12 chapters: (1) "The Development of Comprehensive School Reform" (Joseph Murphy and Amanda Datnow); (2) "Expeditionary Learning Schools: Tenacity, Leadership, and School Reform" (Greg Farrell); (3) "The Modern Red School…

  2. Assessing Students' Conceptions of Reform Mathematics.

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    Star, Jon R.; Hoffmann, Amanda J.

    As the use of National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored, reform- oriented mathematics curricula has become more prevalent across the U.S., an increasing number of researchers are attempting to study the "impact" of reform. In particular, mathematics educators are interested in determining whether reforms are having the desired effects on…

  3. 49 CFR 260.13 - Credit reform.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Credit reform. 260.13 Section 260.13... REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM Overview § 260.13 Credit reform. The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 2 U.S.C. 661, requires Federal agencies to set aside the subsidy cost of new...

  4. 49 CFR 260.13 - Credit reform.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Credit reform. 260.13 Section 260.13... REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM Overview § 260.13 Credit reform. The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 2 U.S.C. 661, requires Federal agencies to set aside the subsidy cost of new...

  5. 49 CFR 260.13 - Credit reform.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Credit reform. 260.13 Section 260.13... REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM Overview § 260.13 Credit reform. The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 2 U.S.C. 661, requires Federal agencies to set aside the subsidy cost of new...

  6. 49 CFR 260.13 - Credit reform.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Credit reform. 260.13 Section 260.13... REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM Overview § 260.13 Credit reform. The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 2 U.S.C. 661, requires Federal agencies to set aside the subsidy cost of new...

  7. 49 CFR 260.13 - Credit reform.

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    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Credit reform. 260.13 Section 260.13... REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM Overview § 260.13 Credit reform. The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 2 U.S.C. 661, requires Federal agencies to set aside the subsidy cost of new...

  8. Systemic Reform--Monitoring Its Progress.

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    Gregg, Soleil

    1992-01-01

    This paper discusses a series of questions that state policymakers can use to assess the systemic nature of their education reform efforts. Suggestions are offered for identifying the evidence of scope, coherence, and balance of reform. To assess the scope of reform, a first step is to determine if the performance-based standards provide the…

  9. History and Politics in State Accountability Reform.

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    Rhoades, Thomas W.; Sunshine, Phyllis M.

    The formation of hypotheses and generation of a theory to explain and predict the outcomes of educational reforms based on the concept of school reform cycles is the purpose of this paper. Two complementary hypotheses are proposed to explain the success or failure of educational reforms. The first hypothesis is based on an inverse relationship…

  10. Power sector policy reforms

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    Moscote, R.A. . LAC Technical Dept.)

    1994-06-01

    This article discusses the changes in energy policy of most countries in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. The topics of the article include the new legal and regulatory frameworks being developed, investment, privatized power producers, government regulation, power distribution, power transmission, access to transmission lines, pricing regulations, and increasing capacity of the power systems.

  11. Tri-reforming and combined reforming of methane for producing syngas with desired hydrogen/carbon monoxide ratios

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    Pan, Wei

    This dissertation is an exploratory study of a new process concept for direct production of synthesis gas (CO + H2) with desired H 2/CO ratios (1.5--2.0) for methanol synthesis and F-T synthesis, using CO2 together with steam and unconverted O2 in flue gas from fossil fuel-fired electric power plants to react with methane or natural gas. This new process is called tri-reforming, referring to simultaneous CO2-steam-O2 reforming of methane or natural gas. This study included (1) The investigation of carbon formation in the tri-reforming process. For comparison, carbon formation in the combined reforming and CO2 reforming reaction was studied as well. (2) The effect of reaction conditions and feed compositions on equilibrium composition (e.g. H2/CO ratio) and equilibrium conversions in the tri-reforming process. (3) The role of catalysts in the tri-reforming process, especially the effect of catalysts on CO2 conversion in the presence of H 2O and O2. It was clearly evidenced from this study that CO in the product stream is probably the major source of carbon over Ni/Al2O3 in the equimolar CO2-CH4 reforming at 650°C and 1 atm. Addition of either O2 or H2O into the CO 2 reforming reaction system can suppress carbon formation. It was demonstrated that carbon-free operation can be achieved in the tri-reforming process. A thermodynamic comparison of tri-reforming with feed compositions of (H2O+CO2+0.5O2)/CH4 (mol ratio) = 1 showed that O2 improves equilibrium CH4 conversion, yet greatly decreases equilibrium CO2 conversion. H2O in tri-reforming has a significant effect on the H2/CO ratio in the products, while O2 has a minor effect. A kinetic study and catalytic performance tests indicated that the support in a supported catalyst has a significant role in enhancing CO2 conversion to CO in the presence of H2O and O2 in tri-reforming. The Ni/MgO catalyst showed superior performance with close to equilibrium CH4 and CO2 conversions at 850°C, 1 atm, and 32,000 ml

  12. Europium gallium garnet (Eu3Ga5O12) and Eu3GaO6: Synthesis and material properties

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    Sawada, Kenji; Nakamura, Toshihiro; Adachi, Sadao

    2016-10-01

    Eu-Ga-O ternary compounds were synthesized from a mixture of cubic (c-) Eu2O3 and monoclinic Ga2O3 (β-Ga2O3) raw powders using the solid-state reaction method by calcination at Tc = 1200 °C. The structural and optical properties of the Eu-Ga-O ternary compounds were investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis, photoluminescence (PL) analysis, PL excitation (PLE) spectroscopy, and Raman scattering measurements. Stoichiometric compounds such as cubic Eu3Ga5O12 (EGG) and orthorhombic Eu3GaO6 were synthesized using molar ratios of x = 0.375 and 0.75 [x≡Eu2O3/(Eu2O3 + Ga2O3)], respectively, together with the end-point binary compounds β-Ga2O3 (x = 0) and monoclinic (m-) Eu2O3 (x = 1.0). The structural change from "cubic" to "monoclinic" in Eu2O3 is due to the structural phase transition occurring at Tc ≥ 1050 °C. In principle, the perovskite-type EuGaO3 and monoclinic Eu4Ga2O9 can also be synthesized at x = 0.5 and 0.667, respectively; however, such stoichiometric compounds could not be synthesized in this study. The PL and PLE properties of EGG and Eu3GaO6 were studied in detail. The temperature dependence of the PL spectra was observed through measurements carried out between T = 20 and 300 K and explained using a newly developed model. Raman scattering measurements were also performed on the Eu-Ga-O ternary systems over the entire composition range from x = 0 (β-Ga2O3) to 1.0 (m-Eu2O3).

  13. Educational Reform: An Ironic Perspective

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    Hoyle, Eric; Wallace, Mike

    2007-01-01

    This article adopts "irony" as a frame for understanding some of the consequences of the reform movement in the UK. A distinction is drawn between the ironies that are endemic in all organizations and rooted in ambiguities and dilemmas, and the ironies that specifically flow from the disjunction between central policies and the…

  14. Reforming the Educational Administration Curriculum.

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    Miklos, Erwin

    This paper discusses the conceptual reform of university-based graduate level administrator preparation programs. The functionalist, interpretative, and critical approaches to social science have important implications for the study of motivation, decision-making, communication and leadership. Interpretative and critical approaches must be woven…

  15. Coking characteristics of reforming catalysts

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    Mieville, R.L.

    1986-08-01

    Coking rates were measured for two different ..gamma..-aluminas, each with and without platinum, under near commercial conditions using a gravimetric reactor. Coke on catalyst was characterized by a Temperature-Programmed Oxidation (TPO) technique. With a naphtha feed, coke formed on both aluminas at rates related to the respective population of ..cap alpha..-sites as measured by IR. For the corresponding Pt on alumina catalysts, coke, as measured by TPO, predominantly formed on sites associated with alumina (alumina coke), while coke associated with Pt (Pt coke), was relatively minor. With a n-heptane feed, under the same conditions, coke formation on both aluminas was much less than with the naphtha feed. However, the corresponding Pt on alumina catalysts generated comparatively more coke with a higher proportion associated with Pt. A correspondence between this proportion of Pt coke and the decline in reforming activity was observed. It is postulated that most of the coke produced during naphtha reforming with an active catalyst is formed by a reaction between ..cap alpha..-sites on alumina and certain components in the feed via a polymerization mechanism. This type of coke has minimal effect on the reforming reactivity of the catalyst. However, in n-heptane reforming, about 50% of the coke also results from precursors formed from reactions with Pt. In either case, coke associated with Pt appears to be the probable cause of deactivation. 22 references.

  16. Quantum Leap: Vocational Education Reform.

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    Groves, Cecil L.

    1985-01-01

    Discusses recent technological advances, especially in computers and telecommunications, and their impact on the workplace. Highlights the need for educational reform in vocational/technical programs reflecting a systems-oriented approach rooted in the sciences. Discusses the future role of the private sector in education. (HB)

  17. The Human Face of Reform.

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    Evans, Robert

    1993-01-01

    Because resistance is inevitable, the primary task of managing change is motivational, not technical. Implementation depends on five change dimensions: reform content, faculty willingness and capacity for change, the school's organizational strength, support and training, and leadership. Innovation is fostered by clarity and focus, participation,…

  18. School Reform in the Eighties.

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    Trusty, Francis M.

    Eight issues affecting the ability of the schools to meet the public's expectations and concerns are explored in this address. It examines problems, proposed solutions, barriers to change, and possibilities for reform in each of the eight areas. The topics considered are (1) school organization, the need for flexible structuring, and enhancement…

  19. Cultural Narcissism and Education Reform

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    Pajak, Edward F.

    2011-01-01

    Background/Context: Scholars have described American culture in recent decades as narcissistic, manifested by displays of self-absorption tantamount to a pathological syndrome that has reached epidemic proportions. An education reform movement that is highly critical of public schools, teachers, and students has simultaneously emerged, espousing a…

  20. DBAE and Art Education Reform.

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    Greer, W. Dwaine

    1997-01-01

    Uses Stanley Pogrow's (1996) ideas on reforms and why they often fail as a frame against which a number of controversies associated with Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) are examined. Describes some myths used to characterize DBAE's philosophical, cultural, and curricular orientations; contrasts them with dimensions of reality identified by…