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  1. High pressure luminescence probes in polymers

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    Drickamer, H.G.

    1980-01-01

    High pressure luminescence has proved to be a very powerful tool for characterizing crystalline solids and liquids. Two problems involving glassy polymers are analyzed. In the first problem the excited states of azulene and its derivatives are used to probe intermolecular interactions in PMMA and PS. In the second problem the change in emission intensity with pressure from two excimer states of polyvinylcarbazole as a pure polymer and in dilute solution in polystyrene (PS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polyisoliutylene (PIB) is studied. The relative emission from the two states depends strongly on the possibility for motion of polymer segments. The observations are related to the proximity to the glass transition.

  2. Highly sensitive gas-phase explosive detection by luminescent microporous polymer networks

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    Räupke, André; Palma-Cando, Alex; Shkura, Eugen; Teckhausen, Peter; Polywka, Andreas; Görrn, Patrick; Scherf, Ullrich; Riedl, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We propose microporous networks (MPNs) of a light emitting spiro-carbazole based polymer (PSpCz) as luminescent sensor for nitro-aromatic compounds. The MPNs used in this study can be easily synthesized on arbitrarily sized/shaped substrates by simple and low-cost electrochemical deposition. The resulting MPN afford an extremely high specific surface area of 1300 m2/g, more than three orders of magnitude higher than that of the thin films of the respective monomer. We demonstrate, that the luminescence of PSpCz is selectively quenched by nitro-aromatic analytes, e.g. nitrobenzene, 2,4-DNT and TNT. In striking contrast to a control sample based on non-porous spiro-carbazole, which does not show any luminescence quenching upon exposure to TNT at levels of 3 ppm and below, the microporous PSpCz shows a clearly detectable response even at TNT concentrations as low as 5 ppb, clearly demonstrating the advantage of microporous films as luminescent sensors for traces of explosive analytes. This level states the vapor pressure of TNT at room temperature. PMID:27373905

  3. Highly sensitive gas-phase explosive detection by luminescent microporous polymer networks

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    Räupke, André; Palma-Cando, Alex; Shkura, Eugen; Teckhausen, Peter; Polywka, Andreas; Görrn, Patrick; Scherf, Ullrich; Riedl, Thomas

    2016-07-01

    We propose microporous networks (MPNs) of a light emitting spiro-carbazole based polymer (PSpCz) as luminescent sensor for nitro-aromatic compounds. The MPNs used in this study can be easily synthesized on arbitrarily sized/shaped substrates by simple and low-cost electrochemical deposition. The resulting MPN afford an extremely high specific surface area of 1300 m2/g, more than three orders of magnitude higher than that of the thin films of the respective monomer. We demonstrate, that the luminescence of PSpCz is selectively quenched by nitro-aromatic analytes, e.g. nitrobenzene, 2,4-DNT and TNT. In striking contrast to a control sample based on non-porous spiro-carbazole, which does not show any luminescence quenching upon exposure to TNT at levels of 3 ppm and below, the microporous PSpCz shows a clearly detectable response even at TNT concentrations as low as 5 ppb, clearly demonstrating the advantage of microporous films as luminescent sensors for traces of explosive analytes. This level states the vapor pressure of TNT at room temperature.

  4. Single-Molecule Luminescence and High Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells Based on Percolated Conducting Carbon Nanotubes Scaffolds Templated with Light-Harvesting Conjugated Polymers and Nanohybrids

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-01-14

    based on percolated conducting carbon nanotubes scaffolds templated with light-harvesting conjugated polymers and nanohybrids Principal...TITLE AND SUBTITLE Single-molecule Luminescence and High Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells Based on Conducting Crosslinked Carbon Nanotube Scaffolds...photoelectric material poly(2-methoxy-5-(2?-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene)-grafted multiwall carbon nanotubes and some of this material?s

  5. Studies of positron induced luminescence from polymers

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    Xu, J.; Hulett, L.D. Jr.; Lewis, T.A.; Tolk, N.H.

    1994-06-01

    Light emission from polymers (anthracene dissolved in polystryrene) induced by low-energy positrons and electrons has been studied. Results indicate a clear difference between optical emissions under positron and electron bombardment. The positron-induced luminescence spectrum is believed to be generated by both collisional and annihilation processes.

  6. Highly effective heterogeneous chemosensors of luminescent silica@coordination polymer core-shell micro-structures for metal ion sensing

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    Cho, Won; Lee, Hee Jung; Choi, Sora; Kim, Yoona; Oh, Moonhyun

    2014-01-01

    Heterogeneous solid sensors are regarded as promising next-generation sensor due to their excellent chemical stability, low contamination, and excellent recyclability, despite their low sensitivity and weak signal. The dispersity and signals specifically from the exterior of solid sensors are critical aspects which define the sensing sensitivity and selectivity. A novel strategy for the preparation of ideal heterogeneous sensors based upon luminescent lanthanide coordination polymers (LnCP) has been demonstrated. Ideal heterogeneous sensors are systematically achieved by producing the sensors in small, uniform, and thin core-shell particles (silica@LnCP, Ln = Eu, Tb). Eventually, we found that the extremely small amount of well-structured silica@LnCP microsphere, less than ca. 1/400 compared to the amount of several known coordination polymer-based sensors, was sufficient to achieve a reliable Cu2+ sensing with even much greater sensitivity (ca. 550% improvement). PMID:25269855

  7. Three luminescent d10 metal coordination polymers assembled from a semirigid V-shaped ligand with high selective detecting of Cu2+ ion and nitrobenzene

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    Wu, Wei-Ping; Liu, Ping; Liang, Yu-Tong; Cui, Lin; Xi, Zheng-Ping; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-08-01

    Three 2D luminescent coordination polymers with helical frameworks, [ZnL2]n (1) and {[ML2]·(H2O)}n (M=Zn (2), Cd (3)) (HL=4-((2-methyl-1 H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid), have been assembled under hydro(solvo)thermal conditions. Complex 1 is in chiral space group and displays a rare 2D→2D 2-fold parallel interpenetrated layer network with two types of chiral double helixes. Interestingly, the single crystal structure analyses indicate the coexistence of enantiomers la and 1b in one pot, while the bulk crystallization of 1 are racemic mixtures based on the CD measurement. 2 and 3 are isostructural, in the structure, there are two kinds of 2D chiral helical-layers which stack in an -ABAB- sequence leading to the overall structure are mesomer and achiral. All compounds display intense luminescence in solid state at room temperature with high chemical and thermal stability. More importantly, 1 has been successfully applied in the detection of Cu2+ ions in aqueous media and nitrobenzene and the probable detecting mechanism was also discussed.

  8. Highly Luminescent Microporous Organic Polymer with Lewis Acidic Boron Sites on the Pore Surface: Ratiometric Sensing and Capture of F(-) Ions.

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    Suresh, Venkata M; Bandyopadhyay, Arkamita; Roy, Syamantak; Pati, Swapan K; Maji, Tapas Kumar

    2015-07-20

    Reversible and selective capture/detection of F(-) ions in water is of the utmost importance, as excess intake leads to adverse effects on human health. Highly robust Lewis acidic luminescent porous organic materials have potential for efficient sequestration and detection of F(-) ions. Herein, the rational design and synthesis of a boron-based, Lewis acidic microporous organic polymer (BMOP) derived from tris(4-bromo-2,3,5,6-tetramethylphenyl)boron nodes and diethynylbiphenyl linkers with a pore size of 1.08 nm for selective turn-on sensing and capture of F(-) ion are reported. The presence of a vacant pπ orbital on the boron center of BMOP results in intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) from the linker to boron. BMOP shows selective turn-on blue emission for F(-) ions in aqueous mixtures with a detection limit of 2.6 μM. Strong B-F interactions facilitate rapid sequestration of F(-) by BMOP. The ICT emission of BMOP can be reversibly regenerated by addition of an excess of water, and the polymer can be reused several times.

  9. Surface relief grating formation in luminescent dye doped photochromic polymer containing azobenzene side groups

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    Sznitko, Lech; Karpinski, Pawel; Bartkiewicz, Stanislaw; Miniewicz, Andrzej; Mysliwiec, Jaroslaw

    2013-08-01

    We study the formation of a surface relief grating and photoluminescence in a thin layers of a photochromic polymer doped with the luminescent dyes 3-(1,1-dicyanoethenyl)-1-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole and Rhodamine 6G. Surface topography measurements via Atomic Force Microscopy confirmed the existence of a surface relief grating with amplitudes as high as 650 nm both for doped and undoped photochromic polymers. Spectroscopic measurements carried out for polymers containing luminescent dyes have shown efficient photoluminescence and amplified spontaneous emission which is characteristic for gain media.

  10. Laser properties of luminescent conducting polymers in open resonators

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    Eradat Oskouei, Nayer; Gellermann, Werner; Shkunov, Maxim N.; Frolov, Sergey V.; Osaki, M.; Yoshino, Katsumi; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    1997-12-01

    We have investigated the lasing properties of several luminescent conducting polymers, i.e. DOO-PPV and the bi- substituted polyacetylenes PDPA-nBu, and PHxPA, dissolved in various polar and non-polar solvents. PPV polymers emit with high quantum efficiencies in broad emission bands cantered in the orange/red region of the spectrum, depending on the solvent, and the PDPA polymers emit in the blue/green region. Our tested laser resonators include polymer solutions excited with 100 ps pulses from a regeneratively amplified mode-locked Nd:YAG laser. We obtain pulsed, low-threshold laser operation with repetition rate of up to 1 kHz. Resulting mainly from recent reported originally in the literature. The dependencies of threshold pump energy and output versus input power characteristics on material parameters are investigated for a fixed optical gain length. The results are compared with the standard Rhodamine 590 organic dye system used in the same wavelength regions. We have observed that the well know phenomenon of 'concentration quenching' in dye molecules does not happen in polymers. Spectral narrowing in PDPA-nBu solution, emitting near 500 nm, is also obtained for the first time.

  11. Light-emitting conjugated polymers with microporous network architecture: interweaving scaffold promotes electronic conjugation, facilitates exciton migration, and improves luminescence.

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    Xu, Yanhong; Chen, Long; Guo, Zhaoqi; Nagai, Atsushi; Jiang, Donglin

    2011-11-09

    Herein we report a strategy for the design of highly luminescent conjugated polymers by restricting rotation of the polymer building blocks through a microporous network architecture. We demonstrate this concept using tetraphenylethene (TPE) as a building block to construct a light-emitting conjugated microporous polymer. The interlocked network successfully restricted the rotation of the phenyl units, which are the major cause of fluorescence deactivation in TPE, thus providing intrinsic luminescence activity for the polymers. We show positive "CMP effects" that the network promotes π-conjugation, facilitates exciton migration, and improves luminescence activity. Although the monomer and linear polymer analogue in solvents are nonemissive, the network polymers are highly luminescent in various solvents and the solid state. Because emission losses due to rotation are ubiquitous among small chromophores, this strategy can be generalized for the de novo design of light-emitting materials by integrating the chromophores into an interlocked network architecture.

  12. Direct probing of a polymer electrolyte/luminescent conjugated polymer mixed ionic/electronic conductor.

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    Hu, Yufeng; Gao, Jun

    2009-12-30

    What will happen if one brings two metallic probes into direct contact with a polymer film and apply a voltage bias? We demonstrate that, for a mixed ionic/electronic conductor containing a luminescent conjugated polymer and a polymer electrolyte, it is possible to induce strong in situ electrochemical doping of the luminescent polymer and form a dynamic light-emitting p-n junction. Using time-lapse fluorescence imaging, we have visualized p- and n-doping of various shapes and shades, p-n junction electroluminescence, and the effects of voltage reversal. The direct probing technique offers great simplicity and versatility for studying luminescent mixed ionic/electronic conductors.

  13. Nanoscale coordination polymers exhibiting luminescence properties and NMR relaxivity

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    Chelebaeva, Elena; Larionova, Joulia; Guari, Yannick; Ferreira, Rute A. S.; Carlos, Luis D.; Trifonov, Alexander A.; Kalaivani, Thangavel; Lascialfari, Alessandro; Guérin, Christian; Molvinger, Karine; Datas, Lucien; Maynadier, Marie; Gary-Bobo, Magali; Garcia, Marcel

    2011-03-01

    This article presents the first example of ultra-small (3-4 nm) magneto-luminescent cyano-bridged coordination polymer nanoparticles Ln0.333+Gdx3+/[Mo(CN)8]3- (Ln = Eu (x = 0.34), Tb (x = 0.35)) enwrapped by a natural biocompatible polymer chitosan. The aqueous colloidal solutions of these nanoparticles present a luminescence characteristic of the corresponding lanthanides (5D0 --> 7F0-4 (Eu3+) or the 5D4 --> 7F6-2 (Tb3+)) under UV excitation and a green luminescence of the chitosan shell under excitation in the visible region. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) efficiency, i.e. the nuclear relaxivity, measurements performed for Ln0.333+Gdx3+/[Mo(CN)8]3- nanoparticles show r1p and r2p relaxivities slightly higher than or comparable to the ones of the commercial paramagnetic compounds Gd-DTPA® or Omniscan® indicating that our samples may potentially be considered as a positive contrast agent for MRI. The in vitro studies performed on these nanoparticles show that they maybe internalized into human cancer and normal cells and well detected by fluorescence at the single cell level. They present high stability even at low pH and lack of cytotoxicity both in human cancer and normal cells.This article presents the first example of ultra-small (3-4 nm) magneto-luminescent cyano-bridged coordination polymer nanoparticles Ln0.333+Gdx3+/[Mo(CN)8]3- (Ln = Eu (x = 0.34), Tb (x = 0.35)) enwrapped by a natural biocompatible polymer chitosan. The aqueous colloidal solutions of these nanoparticles present a luminescence characteristic of the corresponding lanthanides (5D0 --> 7F0-4 (Eu3+) or the 5D4 --> 7F6-2 (Tb3+)) under UV excitation and a green luminescence of the chitosan shell under excitation in the visible region. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) efficiency, i.e. the nuclear relaxivity, measurements performed for Ln0.333+Gdx3+/[Mo(CN)8]3- nanoparticles show r1p and r2p relaxivities slightly higher than or comparable to the ones of the commercial paramagnetic compounds Gd

  14. Plasmon-enhanced luminescence in novel complex conjugated polymer nanoparticles.

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    Lang, Jiawei; Lu, Pengqi; Bi, Gang; Cai, Chunfeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2017-10-01

    A core-shell structure of novel complex conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) consisting of poly(2-methoxy,5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene), polyethyleneimine (PEI) is developed. PEI is used to construct CPN@PEI core-shell structure through electrostatic attraction, and shell thickness can be controlled by PEI. Small Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles (ANPs) are then inserted into CPN@PEI core-shell structure to plasmonically tune luminescence properties. The coupling structure with double polymer core-shell CPN@PEI and ANPs presents unique luminescent characters, and maximum luminescence enhancement is realized when shell thickness is 8.6 nm. The strategies taking polymer as shell material in construction of core-shell complex CPNs and tuning optical properties by ANPs shall have significant values in applications of CPNs as probes and fluorescent tags in biological science.

  15. Helically assembled π-conjugated polymers with circularly polarized luminescence

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    Watanabe, Kazuyoshi; Akagi, Kazuo

    2014-01-01

    We review the recent progress in the field of helically assembled π-conjugated polymers, focusing on aromatic conjugated polymers with interchain helical π-stacking that exhibit circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). In Part 1, we discuss optically active polymers with white-colored CPL and the amplification of the circular polarization through liquid crystallinity. In Part 2, we focus on the stimuli-responsive CPL that results from changes in the conformation and aggregation state of π-conjugated molecules and polymers. In Part 3, we discuss the self-assembly of achiral cationic π-conjugated polymers into circularly polarized luminescent supramolecular nanostructures with the aid of other chiral molecules. PMID:27877698

  16. Static and dynamic quenching of luminescent species in polymer media.

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    Hartmann, P; Leiner, M J; Lippitsch, M E

    1994-12-01

    A method developed for quantitative determination of static and dynamic contributions to luminescence quenching is applied to Ru(II) complexes in polymer matrices (silica gel and polystyrene), quenched by oxygen. This method is based on both intensity and lifetime quenching experiments. The curvature of intensity Stern-Volmer plots is related to the results.

  17. Three luminescent d{sup 10} metal coordination polymers assembled from a semirigid V-shaped ligand with high selective detecting of Cu{sup 2+} ion and nitrobenzene

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    Wu, Wei-Ping; Liu, Ping; Liang, Yu-Tong; Cui, Lin; Xi, Zheng-Ping; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-08-15

    Three 2D luminescent coordination polymers with helical frameworks, [ZnL{sub 2}]{sub n} (1) and ([ML{sub 2}]·(H{sub 2}O)){sub n} (M=Zn (2), Cd (3)) (HL=4-((2-methyl-1 H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid), have been assembled under hydro(solvo)thermal conditions. Complex 1 is in chiral space group and displays a rare 2D→2D 2-fold parallel interpenetrated layer network with two types of chiral double helixes. Interestingly, the single crystal structure analyses indicate the coexistence of enantiomers la and 1b in one pot, while the bulk crystallization of 1 are racemic mixtures based on the CD measurement. 2 and 3 are isostructural, in the structure, there are two kinds of 2D chiral helical-layers which stack in an -ABAB- sequence leading to the overall structure are mesomer and achiral. All compounds display intense luminescence in solid state at room temperature with high chemical and thermal stability. More importantly, 1 has been successfully applied in the detection of Cu{sup 2+} ions in aqueous media and nitrobenzene and the probable detecting mechanism was also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Three luminescent d{sup 10} metal coordination polymers with helical-layer based on 4-((2-methyl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid have been obtained. Compound 1 shows high selective detecting for Cu{sup 2+} ion in aqueous and nitrobenzene. - Highlights: • Three coordination polymers with chiral helical-layer have been obtained. • 1 Can luminescent detect Cu{sup 2+} ion in aqueous media and nitrobenzene. • Racemic mixture or mesomer compounds can be obtained by controlling the reaction conditions.

  18. Bismuth-Based Coordination Polymers with Efficient Aggregation-Induced Phosphorescence and Reversible Mechanochromic Luminescence.

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    Toma, Oksana; Allain, Magali; Meinardi, Francesco; Forni, Alessandra; Botta, Chiara; Mercier, Nicolas

    2016-07-04

    Two bismuth coordination polymers (CPs), (TBA)[BiBr4 (bp4mo)] (TBA=tetrabutylammonium) and [BiBr3 (bp4mo)2 ], which are based on the rarely used simple ditopic ligand N-oxide-4,4'-bipyridine (bp4mo), show mechanochromic luminescence (MCL). High solid-state phosphorescence quantum yields of up to 85 % were determined for (TBA)[BiBr4 (bp4mo)] (λem =540 nm). Thorough investigations of the luminescence properties combined with DFT and TDDFT calculations revealed that the emission is due to aggregation-induced phosphorescence (AIP). Upon grinding, both samples became amorphous, and their luminescence changed from yellow to orange and red, respectively. Heating or exposure to water vapor led to the recovery of the initial luminescence. These materials are the first examples of mechanochromic phosphors based on bismuth(III). © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Lanthanide coordination polymers: Synthesis, diverse structure and luminescence properties

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    Song, Xue-Qin Lei, Yao-Kun; Wang, Xiao-Run; Zhao, Meng-Meng; Peng, Yun-Qiao; Cheng, Guo-Quan

    2014-10-15

    The new semirigid exo-bidentate ligand incorporating furfurysalicylamide terminal groups, namely, 1,4-bis([(2′-furfurylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]methyl)-2,5-bismethylbenzene (L) was synthesized and used as building blocks for constructing lanthanide coordination polymers with luminescent properties. The series of lanthanide nitrate complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The semirigid ligand L, as a bridging ligand, reacts with lanthanide nitrates forming three distinct structure types: chiral noninterpenetrated two-dimensional (2D) honeycomblike (6,3) (hcb, Schläfli symbol 6{sup 3}, vertex symbol 6 6 6) topological network as type I, 1D zigzag chain as type II and 1D trapezoid ladder-like chain as type III. The structural diversities indicate that lanthanide contraction effect played significant roles in the structural self-assembled process. The luminescent properties of Eu{sup III}, Tb{sup III} and Dy{sup III} complexes are discussed in detail. Due to the good match between the lowest triplet state of the ligand and the resonant energy level of the lanthanide ion, the lanthanide ions in Eu{sup III}, Tb{sup III} and Dy{sup III} complexes can be efficiently sensitized by the ligand. - Graphical abstract: We present herein six lanthanide coordination polymers of a new semirigid exo-bidentate ligand which not only display diverse structures but also possess strong luminescence properties. - Highlights: • We present lanthanide coordination polymers of a new semirigid exo-bidentate ligand. • The lanthanide coordination polymers exhibit diverse structures. • The luminescent properties of Tb{sup III}, Eu{sup III} and Dy{sup III} complexes are discussed in detail.

  20. Two luminescent d10 metal coordination polymers assembled from a semirigid terpyridyl carboxylate ligand with high selective detecting of Cu2+, Cr2O72- and acetone

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    Yuan, Fei; Wang, Ting-Ting; Hu, Huai-Ming; Li, Chuan-Ti; Zhou, Chun-Sheng; Wang, Xiaofang; Xue, Ganglin

    2017-07-01

    Using a carboxylic oligopyridine ligand, 4‧-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,2‧:6‧,4″- terpyridine (Hcptpy), and imidazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (H3idc), two metal(II)-cptpy compounds formulated as [Zn2(cptpy)4]n·nH2O (1), [Zn2(cptpy)2(Hidc)(H2O)2]n·nH2O (2) have been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 shows a 2D +2D →3D supramolecular framework structure generated by two-fold interpenetrating 3-connected 2D framework (2D+2D→2D) with the sql topological net and the Schläfli symbol of {44·62}. Compound 2 displays a 1D ladder chain structure. The luminescent properties of 1 and the ones immersed in various kinds of organic compounds and nitrate@DMF solutions have been investigated. Importantly, 1 shows highly selective and sensitive response to acetone and Cu2+ through luminescence quenching effects, making it a promising luminescent sensor for acetone molecule and Cu2+. Meaningwhile, compound 2 shows highly selective sensitivity for Cr2O72-.

  1. A Low Reabsorbing Luminescent Solar Concentrator Employing π-Conjugated Polymers.

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    Gutierrez, Gregory D; Coropceanu, Igor; Bawendi, Moungi G; Swager, Timothy M

    2016-01-20

    A highly efficient thin-film luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) utilizing two π-conjugated polymers as antennae for small amounts of the valued perylene bisimide Lumogen F Red 305 is presented. The LSC exhibits high photoluminescence quantum yield, low reabsorption, and relatively low refractive indices for waveguide matching. A Monte Carlo simulation predicts the LSC to possess exceptionally high optical efficiencies on large scales. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Semiconducting polymer encapsulated mesoporous silica particles with conjugated Europium complexes: toward enhanced luminescence under aqueous conditions.

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    Zhang, Jixi; Prabhakar, Neeraj; Näreoja, Tuomas; Rosenholm, Jessica M

    2014-01-01

    Immobilization of lanthanide organic complexes in meso-organized hybrid materials for luminescence applications have attracted immense interest due to the possibility of controlled segregation at the nanoscopic level for novel optical properties. Aimed at enhancing the luminescence intensity and stability of the hybrid materials in aqueous media, we developed polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) stabilized, semiconducting polymer (poly(9-vinylcarbazole), PVK) encapsulated mesoporous silica hybrid particles grafted with Europium(III) complexes. Monosilylated β-diketonate ligands (1-(2-naphthoyl)-3,3,3-trifluoroacetonate, NTA) were first co-condensed in the mesoporous silica particles as pendent groups for bridging and anchoring the lanthanide complexes, resulting in particles with an mean diameter of ∼ 450 nm and a bimodal pore size distribution centered at 3.5 and 5.3 nm. PVK was encapsulated on the resulted particles by a solvent-induced surface precipitation process, in order to seal the mesopores and protect Europium ions from luminescence quenching by producing a hydrophobic environment. The obtained polymer encapsulated MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles exhibit significantly higher intrinsic quantum yield (Φ(Ln) = 39%) and longer lifetime (τ(obs) = 0.51 ms), as compared with those without polymer encapsulation. Most importantly, a high luminescence stability was realized when MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles were dispersed in various aqueous media, showing no noticeable quenching effect. The beneficial features and positive attributes of both mesoporous silica and semiconducting polymers as lanthanide-complex host were merged in a single hybrid carrier, opening up the possibility of using these hybrid luminescent materials under complex aqueous conditions such as biological/physiological environments.

  3. Supramolecular luminescence from oligofluorenol-based supramolecular polymer semiconductors.

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    Zhang, Guang-Wei; Wang, Long; Xie, Ling-Hai; Lin, Jin-Yi; Huang, Wei

    2013-11-13

    Supramolecular luminescence stems from non-covalent exciton behaviors of active π-segments in supramolecular entities or aggregates via intermolecular forces. Herein, a π-conjugated oligofluorenol, containing self-complementary double hydrogen bonds, was synthesized using Suzuki coupling as a supramolecular semiconductor. Terfluorenol-based random supramolecular polymers were confirmed via concentration-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The photoluminescent spectra of the TFOH-1 solution exhibit a green emission band (g-band) at approximately ~520 nm with reversible features, as confirmed through titration experiments. Supramolecular luminescence of TFOH-1 thin films serves as robust evidence for the aggregates of g-band. Our results suggest that the presence of polyfluorene ketone defects is a sufficient condition, rather than a sufficient-necessary condition for the g-band. Supramolecular electroluminescence will push organic devices into the fields of supramolecular optoelectronics, spintronics, and mechatronics.

  4. Supramolecular Luminescence from Oligofluorenol-Based Supramolecular Polymer Semiconductors

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    Zhang, Guang-Wei; Wang, Long; Xie, Ling-Hai; Lin, Jin-Yi; Huang, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Supramolecular luminescence stems from non-covalent exciton behaviors of active π-segments in supramolecular entities or aggregates via intermolecular forces. Herein, a π-conjugated oligofluorenol, containing self-complementary double hydrogen bonds, was synthesized using Suzuki coupling as a supramolecular semiconductor. Terfluorenol-based random supramolecular polymers were confirmed via concentration-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The photoluminescent spectra of the TFOH-1 solution exhibit a green emission band (g-band) at approximately ~520 nm with reversible features, as confirmed through titration experiments. Supramolecular luminescence of TFOH-1 thin films serves as robust evidence for the aggregates of g-band. Our results suggest that the presence of polyfluorene ketone defects is a sufficient condition, rather than a sufficient-necessary condition for the g-band. Supramolecular electroluminescence will push organic devices into the fields of supramolecular optoelectronics, spintronics, and mechatronics. PMID:24232455

  5. Luminescent composite polymer fibers: in situ synthesis of silver nanoclusters in electrospun polymer fibers and application.

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    Gao, Wenran; Wang, Xumei; Xu, Weiqing; Xu, Shuping

    2014-09-01

    The purpose of this study is to prepare multifunctional polymer fibers. We report a simple and controllable method for in situ synthesis of Ag nanoclusters (NCs) in electrospun polymer fibers via a photochemical reaction. The prepared composite polymer fibers emit pink luminescence and the luminescence property can be optimized by pH and Ag(I) precursor concentration. The as-prepared Ag NCs in electrospun polymer fibers were mainly Ag2-5 with a quantum yield of 6.81% and a lifetime of 2.29 ns. The in situ growth of Ag NCs avoids excessive surface modifications which may cause the aggregation of Ag NCs in many ex situ assembly methods. The combination of Ag NCs with polymer fibers greatly improves the stability of Ag NCs and broadens their applications. The storage of Ag NCs becomes facilitative due to the formation of bulky mat. Furthermore, these luminescence composite polymer fibers show strong antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

  6. Aggregation Behavior of Dendritic Side Group Luminescent Polymers

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    Rothberg, Lewis

    2002-03-01

    We study the behavior of dendritic side group poly(p-phenylenevinylene)s upon deliberate aggregation in poor solvents. Using this strategy, we are able to reproduce film spectra and excited state decay dynamics in solution [1,2]. We show that these data can be accounted for using a model that assumes the polymer assumes essentially only two conformations [3]. This picture explains a wide variety of phenomena observed in the optical behavior that have in some cases been incorrectly attributed to other physics. We have also used the dendritic substitutions to separate the polymer backbones and investigate the efficacy of this approach to increase solid state luminescence yields. Finally, we have shear aligned these polymers to make oriented films and studied the anisotropy of the photophysics. [1] R. Jakubiak, Z. Bao and L. Rothberg, “Dendritic sidegroups as three-dimensional barriers to aggregation quenching of conjugated polymer fluorescence”, Synth. Met. 114, 61-64 (2000). [2] R. Jakubiak, Z. Bao and L.J. Rothberg, “Photoluminescence decay dynamics of dendritically substituted conjugated polymers”, Synth. Met. 116, 41-44 (2001). [3] C.J. Collison, L.J. Rothberg, V. Treemaneekarn and Y. Li, “Conformational effects on the photophysics of conjugated polymers: A two species model for MEH-PPV spectroscopy and dynamics”, Macromols. 34, 2346-2352 (2001).

  7. Morphology and structure control of luminescence in light-emitting conjugated polymers

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    Piskun, Nadezhda Vasilievna

    2001-06-01

    A basic understanding of the physics processes in luminescent conjugated polymers is necessary both for improving electro-luminescent properties of the polymers and for creating fundamental theoretical models that can explain the underlying electronic structure of the polymers. Pyridine-based polymers such as poly(pyridyl vinylene phenylene vinylene) (PPyVPV) and substituted polydiphenylacetylene (PDPAs) already have been used in various light-emitting devices (LED) and show a spectral narrowing, which can lead to the creation of polymer- based lasers. We investigated the role of different side groups and oxygen bridges around phenyl rings on the pyridine and thiophene-based polymer films and solutions. The luminescence from individual polymer chains in solution is molecular and characterized by both very high quantum efficiency (around 80%) and a single-exponential decay. The luminescence from film samples is structureless, with strong spectral diffusion on a nanosecond time scale and small quantum efficiency (around 10%). The difference in the photoluminescence in solutions and films can be explained using torsion angle calculations and aggregation formation in films. By introducing oxygen bridges (straps) it is possible to keep polymer chains well separated and thus reduce the aggregation formation. Strapped film samples have narrow absorption and emission features and show small spectral diffusion. We studied the role of different substituents in PDPA systems. The absorption edge of PDPA varies with substituents. Both PDPA with n-Butyl and carbazole side groups have emission due to excitons on the -(C=C)- π backbone with characteristic lifetimes of a couple hundreds picoseconds, which is in agreement with a ultrafast time-resolved data. PDPA with carbazole side group (PDPA-Cz) has greater spectral shift than PDPA with n-Butyl (PDPA-nBu) due to variations in conjugated lengths. The well-known polymer polyvinylcarbazole (PVK) was investigated. The

  8. Luminescent lanthanide coordination polymers synthesized via in-situ hydrolysis of dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate

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    Greig, Natalie E.; Einkauf, Jeffrey D.; Clark, Jessica M.; Corcoran, Eric J.; Karram, Joseph P.; Kent, Charles A.; Eugene, Vadine E.; Chan, Benny C.; Lill, Daniel T. de

    2015-05-15

    Dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate undergoes hydrolysis under hydrothermal conditions with lanthanide (Ln) ions to form two-dimensional coordination polymers, [Ln(C{sub 6}H{sub 2}O{sub 5})(C{sub 6}H{sub 3}O{sub 5})(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} (Ln=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu). The resulting materials exhibit luminescent properties with quantum yields and lifetimes for the Eu(III) and Tb(III) compounds of 1.1±0.3% and 0.387±0.0001 ms, and 3.3±0.8% and 0.769±0.006 ms, respectively. Energy values for the singlet and triplet states were determined for dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate and 3,4-furandicarboxylic acid. Excited state dynamics and structural features are examined to explicate the reported quantum yields. A series of other FDC structures is briefly presented. - Graphical abstract: A new two-dimensional coordination polymer derived from the in-situ hydrolysis of a furan dimethyl ester with lanthanide(III) ions was obtained in order to study its photophysical behavior when constructed from trivalent Eu and Tb. Quantum yields, lifetime measurements, and singlet/triplet state energies values were obtained. The nature of the material's excited state dynamics is examined and correlated to its structure in order to explain the overall luminescent efficiency of the system. - Highlights: • A new lanthanide–furandicarboxylate coordination polymer is presented. • Eu and Tb compounds display luminescent properties, albeit with low quantum yields. • Photophysical behavior explained through the compound's triplet state and structure. • Nonradiative deactivation of luminescence through high-energy oscillators was noted. • Molecular modeling of the organic moiety was conducted.

  9. A luminescent coordination polymer based on a π-conjugated ligand: Syntheses, structure and luminescent property

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    Li, Dan-Yang; Xie, Hua; Yao, Xiao-Qiang; Ma, Heng-Chang; Lei, Zi-Qiang; Liu, Jia-Cheng

    2017-04-01

    A new cadmium coordination polymer [Cd(DPFE)(adip)0.5(NO3)]n (1) has been synthesized hydrothermally from the self-assembly of the Cd2+ ion with a new π-conjugated rigid ligand DPFE and the adipic acid, where DPFE = 2,7-di(pyridin-4-yl)-9H-fluorene and H2adip = adipic acid. The structure of 1 was full characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Structural analysis reveals compound 1 is a dinuclear Cd(II) based two-dimensional (4,4) layer and two kinds of strong intramolecular π-π stacking interactions exist between pyridyl rings and benzene rings. In addition, the thermogravimetric analysis and solid-state luminescent properties have also been investigated.

  10. Luminescent infinite coordination polymer materials from metal-terpyridine ligation.

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    Eryazici, Ibrahim; Farha, Omar K; Compton, Owen C; Stern, Charlotte; Hupp, Joseph T; Nguyen, SonBinh T

    2011-09-28

    A new class of infinite coordination polymers (CP) was synthesized using a tetrahedral tetrakis[4-(4'-phenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine)phenyl]methane ligand as an organic node to direct the three-dimensional growth of the network and M(II) (M = Zn, Fe, Ni, and Ru) ions as inorganic linkers, an approach that is the opposite of the metal-as-a-node strategy used in the construction of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The unusual rod-like morphology of the resulting microporous materials can be tuned via solvents and reaction conditions. The covalent entrapment of a [Ru(tpy)(2)](2+) moiety in the skeleton of the 3D-network enables the Ru-CP to exhibit room-temperature luminescence.

  11. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films.

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-04-18

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces.

  12. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-01-01

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces. PMID:27086735

  13. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-04-01

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces.

  14. Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles with Persistent Near-infrared Luminescence Show Potential for In Vivo Optical Imaging**

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    Palner, Mikael; Pu, Kanyi; Shao, Shirley

    2015-01-01

    Materials with persistent luminescence are attractive for in vivo optical imaging since they have a long lifetime that allows the separation of excitation of fluorophores and image acquisition for time-delay imaging, thus eliminating tissue autofluorescence associated with fluorescence imaging. Persistently luminescent nanoparticles have previously been fabricated from toxic rare-earth metals. This work reports that nanoparticles made of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV can generate luminescence persisting for an hour long upon single excitation. A near-infrared dye was encapsulated in the conjugated polymer nanoparticle to successfully generate persistent near-infrared luminescence through resonance energy transfer. This new persistent luminescence nanoparticles have been demonstrated for optical imaging applications in living mice. PMID:26223794

  15. Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles with Persistent Near-Infrared Luminescence for In Vivo Optical Imaging.

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    Palner, Mikael; Pu, Kanyi; Shao, Shirley; Rao, Jianghong

    2015-09-21

    Materials with persistent luminescence are attractive for in vivo optical imaging since they have a long lifetime that allows the separation of excitation of fluorophores and image acquisition for time-delay imaging, thus eliminating tissue autofluorescence associated with fluorescence imaging. Persistently luminescent nanoparticles have previously been fabricated from toxic rare-earth metals. This work reports that nanoparticles made of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV can generate luminescence persisting for an hour upon single excitation. A near-infrared dye was encapsulated in the conjugated polymer nanoparticle to successfully generate persistent near-infrared luminescence through resonance energy transfer. This new persistent luminescence nanoparticles have been demonstrated for optical imaging applications in living mice.

  16. High performance polymer development

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    Hergenrother, Paul M.

    1991-01-01

    The term high performance as applied to polymers is generally associated with polymers that operate at high temperatures. High performance is used to describe polymers that perform at temperatures of 177 C or higher. In addition to temperature, other factors obviously influence the performance of polymers such as thermal cycling, stress level, and environmental effects. Some recent developments at NASA Langley in polyimides, poly(arylene ethers), and acetylenic terminated materials are discussed. The high performance/high temperature polymers discussed are representative of the type of work underway at NASA Langley Research Center. Further improvement in these materials as well as the development of new polymers will provide technology to help meet NASA future needs in high performance/high temperature applications. In addition, because of the combination of properties offered by many of these polymers, they should find use in many other applications.

  17. Novel luminescent hybrids by incorporating rare earth β-diketonates into polymers through ion pairing with an imidazolium counter ion.

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    Li, Qiu-Ping; Yan, Bing

    2013-09-01

    A series of luminescent polymers are synthesized by incorporating rare earth complex units into polymer matrices. Firstly, we functionalize the selected polymer matrices with the imidazolium moieties, and then introduce the rare earth tetrakis(β-diketonate) complexes into polymer matrices through a mild anion exchange method. The resulting materials are characterized by FTIR, XRD, EDAX, SEM, thermogravimetric analysis, luminescence excitation spectra and emission spectra, luminescence lifetime measurements and diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra. The photoluminescence measurements indicate that all these rare earth complex functionalized polymers exhibit a characteristic luminescence emission originating from the corresponding rare earth ions. Among the hybrids, the europium tetrakis(TTA) complex functionalized polymers show remarkable luminescence quantum yields and relatively long (5)D0 lifetimes at room temperature.

  18. High Performance Polymers

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    Venumbaka, Sreenivasulu R.; Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2003-01-01

    This report summarizes results from research on high performance polymers. The research areas proposed in this report include: 1) Effort to improve the synthesis and to understand and replicate the dielectric behavior of 6HC17-PEK; 2) Continue preparation and evaluation of flexible, low dielectric silicon- and fluorine- containing polymers with improved toughness; and 3) Synthesis and characterization of high performance polymers containing the spirodilactam moiety.

  19. Increasing the luminescence of lanthanide(III) macrocyclic complexes by the use of polymers and lanthanide enhanced luminescence

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    Leif, Robert C.; Becker, Margie C.; Bromm, Alfred J., Jr.; Vallarino, Lidia M.; Williams, Steven A.; Yang, Sean

    2001-05-01

    A Eu (III)-macrocycle-isothiocyanate, Quantum DyeTM, has been reacted with lysine homo- and hetero-peptides to give polymers with multiple luminescent side chains. Contrary to the concentration quenching that occurs with conventional organic fluorophores, the attachment of multiple Quantum Dyes to a polymer results in a concomitant increase in luminescence. The emission intensity of the peptide-bound Quantum Dye units is approximately linearly related to their number. The attachment of peptides containing multiple lanthanide (III) macrocycles to analyte-binding species is facilitated by employing solid-phase technology. Bead-bound peptides are first labeled with multiple Quantum Dye units, then conjugated to an antibody, and finally released from the bead by specific cleavage with Proteinase K unedr physiological conditions. Since the luminescence of lanthanide(III) macrocycles is enhanced by the presence of GD(III) or Y(III) ions in a micellar system, a significant increase in signal can be achieved by attaching a polymer labeled with multiple Quantum Dye units to an analyte- binding species, such as a monoclonal antibody, or by taking advantage of the luminescence enhancing effects of Gd(III) or Y(III), or by both approaches concomitantly. A comparison between the integrated intensity and lifetime measurements of the Eu(III)-macrocycle under a variety of conditions show that the signal increase caused by Gd(III) can not be explained solely by the increase in lifetime, and must result in significant part from an energy transfer process invloving donors not directly bound to the Eu(III).

  20. Synthesis of high luminescent carbon nanoparticles

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    Gvozdyuk, Alina A.; Petrova, Polina S.; Goryacheva, Irina Y.; Sukhorukov, Gleb B.

    2017-03-01

    In this article we report an effective and simple method for synthesis of high luminescent carbon nanodots (CDs). In our work as a carbon source sodium dextran sulfate (DS) was used because it is harmless, its analogs are used in medicine as antithrombotic compounds and blood substitutes after hemorrhage. was used as a substrate We investigated the influence of temperature parameters of hydrothermal synthesis on the photoluminescence (PL) intensity and position of emission maxima. We discovered that the PL intensity can be tuned by changing of synthesis temperature and CD concentration.

  1. Topaz and Kyanite Luminescence Under High Pressure

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    O'Bannon, E. F., III; Williams, Q. C.

    2014-12-01

    The luminescence spectra of Cr3+ in heat-treated topaz Al2SiO4(OH,F)2 and natural kyanite Al2SiO5 were measured from 650 - 800 nm in a hydrostatic environment up to pressures of 15 GPa. The R1 and R2 peaks of topaz shift at average rates of 0.30 nm/GPa and 0.22 nm/GPa, respectively, implying that the deformation of the Cr3+ octahedra increases with pressure. Three peaks are fit under each R line of topaz at both room and high pressure, and these peaks are associated with different Al sites into which the Cr substitutes. The shift of the R lines in topaz under pressure is remarkably linear, which appears to be a general feature of many Cr3+-bearing oxides: the underlying cause of this linearity may lie in anharmonic coupling with lattice vibrations. In this context, we also characterize the frequency shifts of two vibronic peaks within topaz. The R1 and R2 peaks of kyanite shift at 0.37 nm/GPa and 0.88 nm/GPa respectively. Two peaks are fit under R1 and three peaks are fit under R2 of kyanite at both room and high pressure; this result is also consistent with three different Cr3+ sites in this material. The R lines in kyanite are notably optically anisotropic, depending strongly on crystallographic orientation: this is most strongly manifested in the R2 peak. The Cr3+ luminescence in these materials provides a sensitive probe of pressure-dependent shifts in the local geometry of the Al-sites in these materials, which are analyzed in the context of previous single-crystal x-ray diffraction measurements.

  2. Spiropyran-based Photochromic Polymer Nanoparticles with Optically Switchable Luminescence

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    Zhu, Ming-Qiang; Zhu, Linyong; Han, Jason J.; Wuwei, Wu; Hurst, James K.; Li, Alexander D. Q.

    2008-01-01

    Emulsion polymerization yields 40–400 nm diameter polymer nanoparticles with spiropyran-merocyanine dyes incorporated into their hydrophobic cavities; in contrast to their virtually nonfluorescent character in most environments, the merocyanine forms of the encapsulated dyes are highly fluorescent. Spiro-mero photoisomerization is reversible, allowing the fluorescence to be switched “on” and “off” by alternating UV and visible light. Immobilizing the dye inside hydrophobic pockets of nanoparticles also improves its photostability, rendering it more resistant than the same dyes in solution to fatigue effects arising from photochemical switching. The photophysical characteristics of the encapsulated fluorophores differ dramatically from those of the same species in solution, making nanoparticle-protected hydrophobic fluorophores attractive materials for potential applications such as optical data storage and switching and biological fluorescent labeling. To evaluate the potential for biological tagging, these optically addressable nanoparticles have been delivered into living cells and imaged with a liquid nitrogen cooled CCD. PMID:16569006

  3. Luminescent Thermochromism of 2D Coordination Polymers Based on Copper(I) Halides with 4-Hydroxythiophenol

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    Troyano, Javier; Perles, Josefina; Amo-Ochoa, Pilar; Martínez, Jose Ignacio; Concepción Gimeno, Maria; Fernández-Moreira, Vanesa; Zamora, Félix; Delgado, Salomé

    2016-01-01

    Solvothermal reactions between copper(I) halides and 4-mercaptophenol give rise to the formation of three coordination polymers with general formula [Cu3X(HT)2]n (X= Cl, 1; Br, 2; and I, 3). The structures of these coordination polymers have been determined by X-ray diffraction at both room temperature and low temperature (110 K), showing a general shortening in Cu-S, Cu-X and Cu···Cu bond distances at low temperatures. 1 and 2 are isostructural consisting of layers in which the halogen ligands act as μ3-bridges joining two Cu1 and one Cu2 atoms whereas in 3 the iodine ligands is as μ4-mode but the layers are quasi-isostructural with 1 or 2. These compounds show a reversible thermochromic luminescence, with strong orange emission for 1 and 2, but weaker for 3 at room temperature, while upon cooling at 77 K 1 and 2 show stronger yellow as well as 3 displays stronger green emission. DFT calculations have been used to rationalise these observations. These results suggest a high potential for this novel and promising stimuli-responsive materials. PMID:27809369

  4. Luminescent Thermochromism of 2D Coordination Polymers Based on Copper(I) Halides with 4-Hydroxythiophenol.

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    Troyano, Javier; Perles, Josefina; Amo-Ochoa, Pilar; Martínez, Jose Ignacio; Concepción Gimeno, Maria; Fernández-Moreira, Vanesa; Zamora, Félix; Delgado, Salomé

    2016-12-12

    Solvothermal reactions between copper(I) halides and 4-mercaptophenol give rise to the formation of three coordination polymers with general formula [Cu3 X(HT)2 ]n (X=Cl, 1; Br, 2; and I, 3). The structures of these coordination polymers have been determined by X-ray diffraction at both room- and low temperature (110 K), showing a general shortening in Cu-S, Cu-X and Cu-Cu bond lengths at low temperatures. 1 and 2 are isostructural, consisting of layers in which the halogen ligands act as μ3 -bridges joining two Cu1 and one Cu2 atoms whereas in 3 the iodine ligands is as μ4 -mode but the layers are quasi-isostructural with 1 or 2. These compounds show a reversible thermochromic luminescence, with strong orange emission for 1 and 2, but weaker for 3 at room temperature, whereas upon cooling at 77 K 1 and 2 show stronger yellow emission, and 3 displays stronger green emission. DFT calculations have been used to rationalize these observations. These results suggest a high potential for this novel and promising stimuli-responsive materials. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Luminescent AIE materials for high-performance sensing applications

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    Leung, Chris Wai Tung; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-10-01

    Luminescent materials have been widely applied in chemo- and bio-sensing applications because these luminescent materials offer high signal-to-background ratio, superior sensitivity and broad dynamic ranges in various detections. Conventional luminogens suffer from aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) effect due to strong π-π stacking interaction upon aggregate formation of the luminogens with analytes. Such ACQ effect limits the scope of practical sensing applications. Luminogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics enjoy high emission efficiency in solid or aggregated state while they are non-emissive in solution. AIE luminogens (AIEgens) tackle the lethal problem of ACQ materials in the sensing applications. Siloles and tetraphenylethene (TPE) are archetypal AIE cores and possess advantages of facile synthesis and readily functionalization. AIEgens have been utilized to develop various fluorescent chemosensors. For example, hyperbranched AIE polymers with different topologies can be worked as turn-off explosive sensor with high sensitivity. The explosive detections can be done in solid film, which facilitates practical usage. The AIEgens can also be used as sensors for volatile organic compounds and metal ions through alternating fluorescence on/off mechanisms. Besides chemosensor, the AIEgens have been applied in the fields of biology. Water-soluble AIEgens have been developed for quantifying nucleic acids and proteins. They can serve as bioprobes for real-time monitoring and studying the kinetic of protein conformational changes, making them promising for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. These demonstrations significantly expand the scope of analysis applications of AIEgens and offer new strategies to the design of new fluorescent chemo- and bio-sensors.

  6. Polymer-Particle Pressure-Sensitive Paint with High Photostability.

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    Matsuda, Yu; Uchida, Kenta; Egami, Yasuhiro; Yamaguchi, Hiroki; Niimi, Tomohide

    2016-04-16

    We propose a novel fast-responding and paintable pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) based on polymer particles, i.e. polymer-particle (pp-)PSP. As a fast-responding PSP, polymer-ceramic (PC-)PSP is widely studied. Since PC-PSP generally consists of titanium (IV) oxide (TiO₂) particles, a large reduction in the luminescent intensity will occur due to the photocatalytic action of TiO₂. We propose the usage of polymer particles instead of TiO₂ particles to prevent the reduction in the luminescent intensity. Here, we fabricate pp-PSP based on the polystyrene particle with a diameter of 1 μm, and investigate the pressure- and temperature-sensitives, the response time, and the photostability. The performances of pp-PSP are compared with those of PC-PSP, indicating the high photostability with the other characteristics comparable to PC-PSP.

  7. Polymer-Particle Pressure-Sensitive Paint with High Photostability

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    Matsuda, Yu; Uchida, Kenta; Egami, Yasuhiro; Yamaguchi, Hiroki; Niimi, Tomohide

    2016-01-01

    We propose a novel fast-responding and paintable pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) based on polymer particles, i.e. polymer-particle (pp-)PSP. As a fast-responding PSP, polymer-ceramic (PC-)PSP is widely studied. Since PC-PSP generally consists of titanium (IV) oxide (TiO2) particles, a large reduction in the luminescent intensity will occur due to the photocatalytic action of TiO2. We propose the usage of polymer particles instead of TiO2 particles to prevent the reduction in the luminescent intensity. Here, we fabricate pp-PSP based on the polystyrene particle with a diameter of 1 μm, and investigate the pressure- and temperature-sensitives, the response time, and the photostability. The performances of pp-PSP are compared with those of PC-PSP, indicating the high photostability with the other characteristics comparable to PC-PSP. PMID:27092511

  8. Glucose optical fibre sensor based on a luminescent molecularly imprinted polymer

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    Elosua, C.; Wren, S. P.; Sun, T.; Arregui, F. J.; Grattan, Kenneth T. V.

    2015-09-01

    An optrode able to detect glucose dissolved in water has been implemented. The device is based on the luminescence emission of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer synthesized specifically for glucose detection, therefore its intensity changes in presence of glucose. This sensing material is attached onto a cleaved ended polymer-clad optical fibre and it is excited by light via 1x2 fibre coupler. The reflected fluorescence signal increases when it is immersed into glucose solutions and recovers to the baseline when it is dipped in ultrapure water. This reversible behaviour indicates the measurement repeatability of using such a glucose sensor.

  9. Voltage-Dependent Luminescence Properties of Molecularly Doped Polymer System

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    Mingliang, Wang; Junxiang, Zhang; Juzheng, Liu; Chunxiang, Xu

    2001-05-01

    Single-layer light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are fabricated using a mixture of a blue-emitting polymer and green-emitting 9, 10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene as emitting layer. The blend device with these two components in the emitting layer exhibits voltage-induced evolution of the electroluminescence. But when polystyrene is also blended into the emitting layer, the EL spectra show emission bands from both ether-PPV and BPEA in proportion to concentrations of the two materials, and the spectra exhibit no change with applied voltage. This implies that doping inert polymer is helpful in suppressing voltage-induced evolution of electroluminescence in LED blends.

  10. Enhancement of polymer luminescence by excitation-energy transfer from multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Henley, Simon J; Hatton, Ross A; Chen, Guan Y; Gao, Chao; Zeng, Hailin; Kroto, Harold W; Silva, S Ravi P

    2007-11-01

    Carbon nanotubes have been shown to efficiently quench luminescence from conjugated polymers when incorporated in a composite. However, shown here is an up to 100-fold increase in the visible photoluminescence signal from fluorescent chromophores in nylon 10,10 by incorporating multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Using 325- and 488-nm excitation the optical absorption by MWCNTs embedded within the polymer matrix is demonstrated, followed by efficient excitation-energy transfer to emissive chromophores intrinsic to the polymer but only when the MWCNTs are acid functionalized. Furthermore, the MWCNTs are shown to significantly retard photobleaching of fluorescent centers in the nylon composites. These remarkable properties greatly advance the prospects of utilizing MWCNTs in organic solar cells and electroluminecent devices to improve performance.

  11. A General Model of Sensitized Luminescence in Lanthanide-Based Coordination Polymers and Metal-Organic Framework Materials.

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    Einkauf, Jeffrey D; Clark, Jessica M; Paulive, Alec; Tanner, Garrett P; de Lill, Daniel T

    2017-05-15

    Luminescent lanthanides containing coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks hold great potential in many applications due to their distinctive spectroscopic properties. While the ability to design coordination polymers for specific functions is often mentioned as a major benefit bestowed on these compounds, the lack of a meaningful understanding of the luminescence in lanthanide coordination polymers remains a significant challenge toward functional design. Currently, the study of these compounds is based on the antenna effect as derived from molecular systems, where organic antennae are used to facilitate lanthanide-centered luminescence. This molecular-based approach does not take into account the unique features of extended network solids, particularly the formation of band structure. While guidelines for the antenna effect are well established, they require modification before being applied to coordination polymers. A series of nine coordination polymers with varying topologies and organic linkers were studied to investigate the accuracy of the antenna effect in coordination polymer systems. By comparing a molecular-based approach to a band-based one, it was determined that the band structure that occurs in aggregated organic solids needs to be considered when evaluating the luminescence of lanthanide coordination polymers.

  12. Coordination polymer core/shell structures: Preparation and up/down-conversion luminescence.

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    Li, Bingmei; Xu, Hualan; Xiao, Chen; Shuai, Min; Chen, Weimin; Zhong, Shengliang

    2016-10-01

    Coordination polymer (CP) core-shell nanoparticles with Gd-based CP (GdCP) as core and Eu-based CP (EuCP) as shell have been successfully prepared. Allantoin was employed as the organic building block without the assistance of any template. The composition, size and structure of the core-shell nanospheres were well characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TG). Results show that the resultant cores are uniform nanospheres with diameter of approximately 45nm, while the diameters of the core-shell nanospheres are increased to approximately 60nm. The core-shell products show enhanced luminescence efficiency than the core under 980nm laser excitation and decreased down-conversion luminescence when excited at 394nm.

  13. Luminescence and photoconductivity of high-purity cadmium selenide

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    Martynov, V.N.

    1995-10-01

    Slightly off-stoichlometric high-purity cadmium and zinc chalcogenides are used as high-efficiency sensors in various optoelectronic devices. The procedure for preparing high-purity chalcogenides was described elsewhere. Such materials (wurtzite-type structure, sp. gr. C{sup 4}{sub 6v}) exhibit exciton luminescence and the photoconductivity associated with the A-, B-, and C-excitonic series over a wide temperature range. In this work, we studied the luminescence and photoconductivity (PC) of cadmium selenide prepared as described.

  14. High Stokes shift perylene dyes for luminescent solar concentrators.

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    Sanguineti, Alessandro; Sassi, Mauro; Turrisi, Riccardo; Ruffo, Riccardo; Vaccaro, Gianfranco; Meinardi, Francesco; Beverina, Luca

    2013-02-25

    Highly efficient plastic based single layer Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs) require the design of luminophores having complete spectral separation between absorption and emission spectra (large Stokes shift). We describe the design, synthesis and characterization of a new perylene dye possessing Stokes shift as high as 300 meV, fluorescent quantum yield in the LSC slab of 70% and high chemical and photochemical stability.

  15. Luminescent nanocomposites of conducting polymers and in-situ grown CdS quantum dots

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    Borriello, C.; Masala, S.; Nenna, G.; Minarini, C.; Di Luccio, T.; Bizzarro, V.; Re, M.; Pesce, E.

    2010-06-02

    Luminescent PVK:CdS and P3HT:CdS nanocomposites with enhanced electrooptical properties have been synthesized. The nucleation and growth of CdS nanoparticles have been obtained by the thermolysis of a single Cd and S precursor dispersed in the polymers. The size distribution and morphology of the nanoparticles have been studied by TEM analyses. Monodispersive and very small nanoparticles of diameter below 3 nm in PVK and 2 nm in P3HT, have been obtained. The application of such nanocomposites as emitting layers in OLED devices is discussed.

  16. Photon recycling across a ultraviolet-blocking layer by luminescence in polymer solar cells

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    Engmann, Sebastian; Machalett, Marie; Turkovic, Vida; Rösch, Roland; Rädlein, Edda; Gobsch, Gerhard; Hoppe, Harald

    2012-08-01

    UV-blocking layers can increase the long term stability of organic solar cell devices; however, they limit the amount of light that can be utilized for energy conversion. We present photon recycling and down-conversion via a luminescent layer across a UV-blocking TiO2 layer. Our results show that the use of an additional UV-blocking layer does not necessarily reduce the overall efficiency of organic solar cells, since the loss in photocurrent due to the UV-absorption loss can be partially compensated using high energy photon down-conversion via luminescence layers.

  17. Synthesis, structure, luminescence and photocatalytic properties of an uranyl-2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate coordination polymer

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    Si, Zhen-Xiu; Xu, Wei; Zheng, Yue-Qing

    2016-07-01

    An uranium coordination polymer, namely [(UO2(pydc)(H2O)]·H2O (1) (H2pydc=2,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid), has been obtained by hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray single crystal structure determination. Structural analysis reveals that complex 1 exhibits 1D chain coordination polymer, in which UO22+ ions are bridged by 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate ligands and the chains are connected into a 3D supramolecular network by O-H···O hydrogen bond interactions and π-π stacking interactions. The photocatalytic properties of 1 for degradation of methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under Hg-lamp irradiation have been performed, and the amount of the catalyst as well as Hg-lamp irradiation with different power on the photodegradation efficiency of MB have been investigated. Elemental analyses, infrared spectroscopy, TG-DTA analyses and luminescence properties were also discussed.

  18. Time-resolved study of luminescence in highly luminescent disubstituted polyacetylene and its blend with poorly luminescent monosubstituted polyacetylene

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    Hidayat, Rahmat; Tatsuhara, Satoshi; Kim, Dong Wook; Ozaki, Masanori; Yoshino, Katsumi; Teraguchi, Masahiro; Masuda, Toshio

    2000-04-01

    A highly luminescent disubstituted polyacetylene, poly(1-phenyl-2-p-n-butylphenylacetylene) (PDPA-nBu), and its blend with a poorly luminescent monosubstituted polyacetylene, poly(1-o-trimethylsilylphenylacetylene) (PPA-oSiMe3), are studied by time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. In pure PDPA-nBu, PL intensity at short wavelength decays faster than that at long wavelength, whereas PL spectra exhibit a dynamic Stokes shift to longer wavelengths with time. In blends of PDPA-nBu/PPA-oSiMe3, only PL originating from PDPA-nBu is observed, without contribution from PPA-oSiMe3. The PL lifetime drastically decreases upon mixing a small amount of PPA-oSiMe3 in PDPA-nBu. The PL characteristics of pure PDPA-nBu and its blend with PPA-oSiMe3 are discussed in terms of lattice/vibrational relaxation of the excitonic state and exciton migration.

  19. Synthesis, structure, luminescence and photocatalytic properties of an uranyl-2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate coordination polymer

    SciTech Connect

    Si, Zhen-Xiu; Xu, Wei Zheng, Yue-Qing

    2016-07-15

    An uranium coordination polymer, namely [(UO{sub 2}(pydc)(H{sub 2}O)]·H{sub 2}O (1) (H{sub 2}pydc=2,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid), has been obtained by hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray single crystal structure determination. Structural analysis reveals that complex 1 exhibits 1D chain coordination polymer, in which UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} ions are bridged by 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate ligands and the chains are connected into a 3D supramolecular network by O–H···O hydrogen bond interactions and π–π stacking interactions. The photocatalytic properties of 1 for degradation of methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under Hg-lamp irradiation have been performed, and the amount of the catalyst as well as Hg-lamp irradiation with different power on the photodegradation efficiency of MB have been investigated. Elemental analyses, infrared spectroscopy, TG-DTA analyses and luminescence properties were also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Complex 1 exhibits 1D chain coordination polymer in which UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} ions are bridged by 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylate ligand. Photoluminescence studies reveal that complex 1 exhibits characteristic emissions of uranyl centers. The compound is selective to degraded dye and displays good photocatalytic activities for the degradation of MB under Hg-lamp. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Complex 1 exhibits 1D chain coordination polymer. • Complex 1 could degrade methylene blue and Rhodamine B under Hg-lamp irradiation. • Luminescent property of 1 has been studied.

  20. Encapsulation of highly confined CdSe quantum dots for defect free luminescence and improved stability

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    Kumari, Asha; Singh, Ragini Raj

    2017-05-01

    This is the first report on the generation of trap states and their effective elimination in highly confined CdSe quantum dots in order to obtain enhanced and stable optical properties prepared by aqueous route. Surface plays an important role in optical properties of quantum dots (QDs) and surface modification of quantum dots can improve optical properties. In present work luminescent CdSe QDs were prepared using 2-Mercaptoethanol (2-ME) as stabilizing agent and encapsulated by polymer. Different concentrations of 2-ME were used to tune the emission spectra with respect to their reduced size. Addition of 2-ME to CdSe QDs enhances the trap emission and quenching band edge emission due to (i) increased surface to volume ratio and; (ii) presence of high concentration of sulfide ions as confirmed from EDX analysis as sulfide ions possesses the hole scavenging characteristics. Polymer encapsulation of QDs was carried out to make them stable and to improve their optical properties. Even though there are previous reports addressing the improved optical properties by polymer encapsulation and silica encapsulation but experimentally it has not been reported yet experimentally. In this work we have synthesized and characterized water soluble polymer encapsulated QDs and proved the facts experimentally. Photoluminescence spectroscopy clearly reveals the role of polymer encapsulation in boosting the optical properties of CdSe QDs. FTIR spectra validate the presence of biocompatible functional groups on CdSe4/PEG (Polymer encapsulated QDs).

  1. High-quantum efficiency, long-lived luminescing refractory oxides

    DOEpatents

    Chen, Y.; Gonzalez, R.; Summers, G.P.

    A crystal having a high-quantum efficiency and a long period of luminescence is formed of MgO or CaO and possessing a concentration ratio of H/sup -/ ions to F centers in the range of about 0.05 to about 10.

  2. High-quantum efficiency, long-lived luminescing refractory oxides

    DOEpatents

    Chen, Yok; Gonzalez, Roberto; Summers, Geoffrey P.

    1984-01-01

    A crystal having a high-quantum efficiency and a long period of luminescence is formed of an oxide selected from the group consisting of magnesium oxide and calcium oxide and possessing a concentration ratio of H.sup.- ions to F centers in the range of about 0.05 to about 10.

  3. Ion and molecule sensors using molecular recognition in luminescent, conductive polymers. FY 1997 year-end progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Wasielewski, M.R.

    1997-01-01

    'The purpose of this project is to use molecular recognition strategies to develop sensor technology based on luminescent, conductive polymers that contain sites for binding specific molecules or ions in the presence of related molecules or ions. Selective binding of a particular molecule or ion of interest to these polymers will result in a large change in their luminescence and/or conductivity, which can be used to both qualitatively and quantitatively sense the presence of the bound molecules or ions. The main thrusts and accomplishments in the first year of this project involve developing polymer syntheses that yield conjugated polymers to which a wide variety of ligands for metal ion binding can be readily incorporated.'

  4. Highly luminescent, stable, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot gels towards light-emitting diodes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sun, Chun; Shen, Xinyu; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yu; Chen, Xingru; Ji, Changyin; Shen, Hongzhi; Shi, Hengchong; Wang, Yiding; Yu, William W.

    2017-09-01

    By controlling the hydrolysis of alkoxysilanes, highly luminescent, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot (QD) gels were synthesized. The gels could maintain the structure without shrinking and exhibited excellent stability comparing to the QDs in solution. This in situ fabrication can be easily scaled up for large-area/volume gels. The gels integrated the merits of the polymer matrices to avoid the non-uniformity of light output, making it convenient for practical LED applications. Monochrome and white LEDs were fabricated using these QD gels; the LEDs exhibited broader color gamut, demonstrating better property in the backlight display application.

  5. Highly luminescent, stable, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot gels towards light-emitting diodes.

    PubMed

    Sun, Chun; Shen, Xinyu; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yu; Chen, Xingru; Ji, Changyin; Shen, Hongzhi; Shi, Hengchong; Wang, Yiding; Yu, William W

    2017-09-08

    By controlling the hydrolysis of alkoxysilanes, highly luminescent, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot (QD) gels were synthesized. The gels could maintain the structure without shrinking and exhibited excellent stability comparing to the QDs in solution. This in situ fabrication can be easily scaled up for large-area/volume gels. The gels integrated the merits of the polymer matrices to avoid the non-uniformity of light output, making it convenient for practical LED applications. Monochrome and white LEDs were fabricated using these QD gels; the LEDs exhibited broader color gamut, demonstrating better property in the backlight display application.

  6. Phase states of water near the surface of a polymer membrane. Phase microscopy and luminescence spectroscopy experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Bunkin, N. F.; Gorelik, V. S.; Kozlov, V. A. Shkirin, A. V. Suyazov, N. V.

    2014-11-15

    Phase microscopy is used to show that the refractive index in the near-surface layer of water at the surface of a polymer Nafion membrane increases by a factor of 1.1 as compared to bulk water. Moreover, this layer exhibits birefringence. Experiments on UV irradiation of dry (anhydrous) and water-soaked Nafion are performed in grazing-incidence geometry to study their stimulated luminescence spectra. These spectra are found to be identical in both cases. For dry Nafion, luminescence can only be excited if probing radiation illuminates the polymer surface. The luminescence of water-soaked Nafion can also be excited if the distance between the optical axis and the surface is several hundred micrometers.

  7. Luminescent Lanthanide Reporters for High-Sensitivity Novel Bioassays.

    SciTech Connect

    Anstey, Mitchell R.; Fruetel, Julia A.; Foster, Michael E.; Hayden, Carl C.; Buckley, Heather L.; Arnold, John

    2013-09-01

    Biological imaging and assay technologies rely on fluorescent organic dyes as reporters for a number of interesting targets and processes. However, limitations of organic dyes such as small Stokes shifts, spectral overlap of emission signals with native biological fluorescence background, and photobleaching have all inhibited the development of highly sensitive assays. To overcome the limitations of organic dyes for bioassays, we propose to develop lanthanide-based luminescent dyes and demonstrate them for molecular reporting applications. This relatively new family of dyes was selected for their attractive spectral and chemical properties. Luminescence is imparted by the lanthanide atom and allows for relatively simple chemical structures that can be tailored to the application. The photophysical properties offer unique features such as narrow and non-overlapping emission bands, long luminescent lifetimes, and long wavelength emission, which enable significant sensitivity improvements over organic dyes through spectral and temporal gating of the luminescent signal.Growth in this field has been hindered due to the necessary advanced synthetic chemistry techniques and access to experts in biological assay development. Our strategy for the development of a new lanthanide-based fluorescent reporter system is based on chelation of the lanthanide metal center using absorbing chromophores. Our first strategy involves "Click" chemistry to develop 3-fold symmetric chelators and the other involves use of a new class of tetrapyrrole ligands called corroles. This two-pronged approach is geared towards the optimization of chromophores to enhance light output.

  8. High temperature polymer concrete

    DOEpatents

    Fontana, J.J.; Reams, W.

    1984-05-29

    This invention is concerned with a polymer concrete composition, which is a two-component composition useful with many bases including metal. Component A, the aggregate composition, is broadly composed of silica, silica flour, portland cement, and acrylamide, whereas Component B, which is primarily vinyl and acrylyl reactive monomers, is a liquid system.

  9. Luminescent lanthanide coordination polymers synthesized via in-situ hydrolysis of dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Greig, Natalie E.; Einkauf, Jeffrey D.; Clark, Jessica M.; Corcoran, Eric J.; Karram, Joseph P.; Kent, Charles A.; Eugene, Vadine E.; Chan, Benny C.; de Lill, Daniel T.

    2015-05-01

    Dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate undergoes hydrolysis under hydrothermal conditions with lanthanide (Ln) ions to form two-dimensional coordination polymers, [Ln(C6H2O5)(C6H3O5)(H2O)]n (Ln=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu). The resulting materials exhibit luminescent properties with quantum yields and lifetimes for the Eu(III) and Tb(III) compounds of 1.1±0.3% and 0.387±0.0001 ms, and 3.3±0.8% and 0.769±0.006 ms, respectively. Energy values for the singlet and triplet states were determined for dimethyl-3,4-furandicarboxylate and 3,4-furandicarboxylic acid. Excited state dynamics and structural features are examined to explicate the reported quantum yields. A series of other FDC structures is briefly presented.

  10. Structural Typing of Systemic Amyloidoses by Luminescent-Conjugated Polymer Spectroscopy

    PubMed Central

    Nilsson, K. Peter R.; Ikenberg, Kristian; Åslund, Andreas; Fransson, Sophia; Konradsson, Peter; Röcken, Christoph; Moch, Holger; Aguzzi, Adriano

    2010-01-01

    Most systemic amyloidoses are progressive and lethal, and their therapy depends on the identification of the offending proteins. Here we report that luminescent-conjugated thiophene polymers (LCP) sensitively detect amyloid deposits. The heterodisperse polythiophene acetic acid derivatives, polythiophene acetic acid (PTAA) and trimeric PTAA, emitted yellow-red fluorescence on binding to amyloid deposits, whereas chemically homogeneous pentameric formic thiophene acetic acid emitted green-yellow fluorescence. The geometry of LCPs modulates the spectral composition of the emitted light, thereby reporting ligand-induced steric changes. Accordingly, a screen of PTAA-stained amyloid deposits in histological tissue arrays revealed striking spectral differences between specimens. Blinded cluster assignments of spectral profiles of tissue samples from 108 tissue samples derived from 96 patients identified three nonoverlapping classes, which were found to match AA, AL, and ATTR immunotyping. We conclude that LCP spectroscopy is a sensitive and powerful tool for identifying and characterizing amyloid deposits. PMID:20035056

  11. High-Efficient Excitation-Independent Blue Luminescent Carbon Dots

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Hongzhen; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Fei; Wang, Yunpeng; Guo, Liang; Mei, Jingjing; Tian, Cancan; Yang, Xiaotian; Zhao, Dongxu

    2017-06-01

    Blue luminescent carbon dots (CDs) were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. Blue-shifts of the maximum emission wavelength from 480 to 443 nm were observed when the concentration of CD solution decreased. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of CDs at low concentration showed an excitation-independent behaviour, which is very different from the previous reports. Two different emitting mechanisms might work: the intrinsic luminescence from sp2-carbon networks can be responsible for the shorter wavelength part of emission (excitation-independent) at low concentration and the high polarity of nanosized clusters led to the excitation-dependent behaviour of the longer wavelength part at high concentration of CD solution. The photophysical property and concentration-dependent behaviour of the CDs offered new insights into CDs from the viewpoints of both experiments and mechanisms, which will promote diverse potential applications of CDs in the near future.

  12. High-resolution computed radiography by scanned luminescent toner xeroradiography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    May, John W.; Lubinsky, Anthony R.

    1993-09-01

    A new computed radiography system is described in which a charged selenium photoconductive plate is exposed to x-rays to create an electrostatic latent image, developed with a luminescent toner, and scanned with a stimulating laser beam to produce emitted light, which is filtered and detected. The resulting electronic signals are processed, and converted to hard copy using a laser film printer. The system is characterized by high x-ray sensitivity and by very high spatial resolution, which makes it particularly suitable for applications such as mammography and bone radiography. The image luminescence is bright and its decay time is extremely short, enabling rapid scanning with an inexpensive laser source. Also, the electronic capture of image data permits enhancement of the displayed contrast of image structures by image processing techniques.

  13. High elastic modulus polymer electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Singh, Mohit; Eitouni, Hany Basam; Gomez, Enrique Daniel

    2013-10-22

    A polymer that combines high ionic conductivity with the structural properties required for Li electrode stability is useful as a solid phase electrolyte for high energy density, high cycle life batteries that do not suffer from failures due to side reactions and dendrite growth on the Li electrodes, and other potential applications. The polymer electrolyte includes a linear block copolymer having a conductive linear polymer block with a molecular weight of at least 5000 Daltons, a structural linear polymer block with an elastic modulus in excess of 1.times.10.sup.7 Pa and an ionic conductivity of at least 1.times.10.sup.-5 Scm.sup.-1. The electrolyte is made under dry conditions to achieve the noted characteristics.

  14. Studies in chemical physics through high-pressure luminescence

    SciTech Connect

    Drickamer, H.G.

    1981-01-01

    Energy transfer in chelates of Eu/sup 3 +/ with ligands (dibenzylmethane) was studied as a function of pressure. Rate of thermal dissipation of electronic excitation was correlated with viscosity and dielectric constant for indoles in a series of solvents, and with pressure for porphyrins. Effects of medium (dielectric constant, viscosity) on complexes were studied. Studies on 3-hydroxyflavone are also summarized. These studies show the power of high pressure luminescence as a tool in chemical physics. 11 figures. (DLC)

  15. Evaluation of high temperature polymers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jayaraj, K.; Dorogy, W.; Farrell, B.; Landrau, N.

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to identify and develop arc-track resistant insulation materials that can operate reliably at 300 C. In the first phase, high performance polymers are evaluated based on structure, thermal stability and electrical properties. Next, the polymers are ranked according to performance and experimental characterization. Then, experimental evaluations in wire configuration are conducted. And selection is made based on performance and commerical potential.

  16. Measurement of luminescence decays: High performance at low cost

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sulkes, Mark; Sulkes, Zoe

    2011-11-01

    The availability of inexpensive ultra bright LEDs spanning the visible and near-ultraviolet combined with the availability of inexpensive electronics equipment makes it possible to construct a high performance luminescence lifetime apparatus (˜5 ns instrumental response or better) at low cost. A central need for time domain measurement systems is the ability to obtain short (˜1 ns or less) excitation light pulses from the LEDs. It is possible to build the necessary LED driver using a simple avalanche transistor circuit. We describe first a circuit to test for small signal NPN transistors that can avalanche. We then describe a final optimized avalanche mode circuit that we developed on a prototyping board by measuring driven light pulse duration as a function of the circuit on the board and passive component values. We demonstrate that the combination of the LED pulser and a 1P28 photomultiplier tube used in decay waveform acquisition has a time response that allows for detection and lifetime determination of luminescence decays down to ˜5 ns. The time response and data quality afforded with the same components in time-correlated single photon counting are even better. For time-correlated single photon counting an even simpler NAND-gate based LED driver circuit is also applicable. We also demonstrate the possible utility of a simple frequency domain method for luminescence lifetime determinations.

  17. Syntheses, structures and luminescent properties of lanthanide coordination polymers assembled from imidazophenanthroline derivative and oxalate ligands

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhao, Hui; Sun, Xiao-Xia; Hu, Huai-Ming; An, Ran; Yang, Meng-Lin; Xue, Ganglin

    2017-01-01

    Nine new lanthanide coordination polymers, namely, [Ln(Hsfpip)(ox)0.5(H2O)]n·2n(H2O) ((Ln=Eu (1), Tb (2), Dy (3), Ho (4), Er (5), Yb (6), Y(7)), [Ln(H2sfpip)(ox)(H2O)4]n·2n(H2O) (Ln=Nd (8) Sm (9)), [H2ox=oxalic acid, H3sfpip=2-(2,4-disulfophenyl)imidazo(4,5-f)(1,10)-phenanthroline] have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by IR spectra, elemental analysis, powder X-ray diffraction and single crystal X-ray diffraction. When sodium oxalate is added, the reactions of lanthanide ions with H3sfpip resulted in two types of structures. Compounds 1-7 are obtained at pH 5.0 and exhibit 3D tfz-d networks with ox2- anions as linkers to bridge the adjacent layers. Compounds 8-9 are obtained at pH 2.0, and display a 1D chain which is further extended to a 3D supramolecular framework through intermolecular hydrogen bonds and π-π interactions. The structural variation from compounds 1-7 to 8-9 can attribute to the pH effect on construction of lanthanide coordination polymers. Moreover, the thermal stabilities and luminescence properties of 1-9 were also investigated.

  18. High temperature polymer matrix composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meador, Michael A.

    1987-01-01

    With the increased emphasis on high performance aircraft the need for lightweight, thermal/oxidatively stable materials is growing. Because of their ease of fabrication, high specific strength, and ability to be tailored chemically to produce a variety of mechanical and physical properties, polymers and polymer matrix composites present themselves as attractive materials for a number of aeropropulsion applications. In the early 1970s researchers at the NASA Lewis Research Center developed a highly processable, thermally stable (600 F) polyimide, PMR-15. Since that time, PMR-15 has become commercially available and has found use in military aircraft, in particular, the F-404 engine for the Navy's F/A-18 strike fighter. The NASA Lewis'contributions to high temperature polymer matrix composite research will be discussed as well as current and future directions.

  19. "Green" High-Temperature Polymers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meador, Michael A.

    1998-01-01

    PMR-15 is a processable, high-temperature polymer developed at the NASA Lewis Research Center in the 1970's principally for aeropropulsion applications. Use of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites in these applications can lead to substantial weight savings, thereby leading to improved fuel economy, increased passenger and payload capacity, and better maneuverability. PMR-15 is used fairly extensively in military and commercial aircraft engines components seeing service temperatures as high as 500 F (260 C), such as the outer bypass duct for the F-404 engine. The current world-wide market for PMR-15 materials (resins, adhesives, and composites) is on the order of $6 to 10 million annually.

  20. High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1985-01-01

    These are the proceedings of the High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites Conference held at the NASA Lewis Research Center on March 16 to 18, 1983. The purpose of the conference is to provide scientists and engineers working in the field of high temperature polymer matrix composites an opportunity to review, exchange, and assess the latest developments in this rapidly expanding area of materials technology. Technical papers are presented in the following areas: (1) matrix development; (2) adhesive development; (3) characterization; (4) environmental effects; and (5) applications.

  1. High temperature polymer matrix composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Serafini, Tito T. (Editor)

    1987-01-01

    These are the proceedings of the High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites Conference held at the NASA Lewis Research Center on March 16 to 18, 1983. The purpose of the conference is to provide scientists and engineers working in the field of high temperature polymer matrix composites an opportunity to review, exchange, and assess the latest developments in this rapidly expanding area of materials technology. Technical papers are presented in the following areas: (1) matrix development; (2) adhesive development; (3) Characterization; (4) environmental effects; and (5) applications.

  2. Highly fluorinated polymers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1994-01-01

    Work in the following areas is discussed: fluorinated poly(ether-ketone)s containing phosphorus; polyacrylates containing highly polar fluorinated pendant groups; and polyalkylene- and arylene-difluoroterephthalates.

  3. Electrical conductivity and luminescence properties of two silver(I) coordination polymers with heterocyclic nitrogen ligands

    SciTech Connect

    Rana, Abhinandan; Kumar Jana, Swapan; Pal, Tanusri; Puschmann, Horst; Zangrando, Ennio; Dalai, Sudipta

    2014-08-15

    The synthesis and X-ray structural characterization of two novel silver(I) coordination polymers, [Ag(NO{sub 3})(quin)]{sub n} (1) and [Ag{sub 8}(HL){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}(mpyz)]·3H{sub 2}O (2) are reported, where quin=5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinoxaline, H{sub 6}L=cyclohexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexacarboxylic acid and mpyz=2-methyl pyrazine. The single crystal diffraction analyses showed that complex 1 is a 2D layered structure, while 2 presents a 3D polymeric architecture. In complex 2 the network is stabilized by argentophilic interactions and hydrogen bonding. Electrical conductivity of order 3×10{sup −4} Scm{sup −1} (1) and 1.6×10{sup −4} Scm{sup −1} (2) is measured on thin film specimen at room temperature. The photoluminescence and thermal properties of the complexes have also been studied. - Graphical abstract: Two new 1D and 3D coordination polymers of Ag(I) have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray analysis. The electrical, luminescence and thermal properties have been studied. - Highlights: • 1 is 2D layered while 2 present a 3D polymeric architecture. • The network in 2 is stabilized by argentophilic interactions and hydrogen bonding. • Electrical conductivity measurement is quite interesting. • Argentophilic interaction and intra-ligand π{sup ⁎}–π CT explains emission behavior of 2.

  4. Syntheses, structures and luminescence properties of lanthanide coordination polymers with helical character

    SciTech Connect

    Zhou Ruisha; Cui Xiaobing; Song Jiangfeng; Xu Xiaoyu; Xu Jiqing Wang Tiegang

    2008-08-15

    A series of lanthanide coordination polymers, (Him){sub n}[Ln(ip){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} [Ln=La(1), Pr(2), Nd(3) and Dy(4), H{sub 2}ip=isophthalic acid, im=imidazole] and [Y{sub 2}(ip){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (5), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, infrared (IR), ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. The isostructural compounds 1-4 possess 3-D structures with three different kinds of channels. Compound 5 features a 2-D network making of two different kinds of quadruple-helical chains. Compounds 2 and 3 present the characteristic emissions of Pr(III) and Nd(III) ions in NIR region, respectively. Compound 4 shows sensitized luminescence of Dy(III) ions in visible region. - Graphical abstract: A series of lanthanide coodination polymers, (Him){sub n}[Ln(ip){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} [Ln=La(1), Pr(2), Nd(3) and Dy(4)] and [Y{sub 2}(ip){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (5), have been reported. The isostructural compounds 1-4 possess 3-D structures with three different kinds of channels. Compound 5 displays a 2-D network making of two kinds of quadruple-helical chains. Display Omitted.

  5. Luminescent and hydrophilic LaF3-polymer nanocomposite for DNA detection.

    PubMed

    Wang, Lun; Li, Peng; Wang, Leyu

    2009-01-01

    Luminescent LaF(3)-Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) nanocrystals have been successfully prepared via a simple wet chemical technique. For the next bioapplication, these nanoparticles dispersed in cyclohexane have also been functionalized with poly(St-co-MAA), based on a designed oil-in-water microemulsion system. These polymer-coated nanospheres are water-soluble and bioconjugable. Unlike semiconductor quantum dots, the as-prepared lanthanum fluoride nanocrystals possess non-size-dependent emissions and completely stable photocycles. With functionalized LaF(3) nanospheres as fluorescence probes, a fluorescence method was developed for the rapid quantitative analysis of DNA, due to the quenching effect of fluorescence by the DNA. Under optimum conditions, the fluorescence intensity was proportional to the concentration of the introduced DNA over the range 2.5-35 microg/mL for calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) and 2.5-30 microg/mL for fish sperm DNA (fsDNA), respectively. 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Ratiometric luminescent detection of bacterial spores with terbium chelated semiconducting polymer dots.

    PubMed

    Li, Qiong; Sun, Kai; Chang, Kaiwen; Yu, Jiangbo; Chiu, Daniel T; Wu, Changfeng; Qin, Weiping

    2013-10-01

    We report a ratiometric fluorescent sensor based on semiconducting polymer dots chelated with terbium ions to detect bacterial spores in aqueous solution. Fluorescent polyfluorene (PFO) dots serve as a scaffold to coordinate with lanthanide ions that can be sensitized by calcium dipicolinate (CaDPA), an important biomarker of bacterial spores. The absorption band of PFO dots extends to deep UV region, allowing both the reference and the sensitizer can be excited with a single wavelength (~275 nm). The fluorescence of PFO remains constant as a reference, while the Tb(3+) ions exhibit enhanced luminescence upon binding with DPA. The sharp fluorescence peaks of β-phase PFO dots and the narrow-band emissions of Tb(3+) ions enable ratiometric and sensitive CaDPA detection with a linear response over nanomolar concentration and a detection limit of ~0.2 nM. The Pdots based sensor also show excellent selectivity to CaDPA over other aromatic ligands. Our results indicate that the Tb(3+) chelated Pdots sensor is promising for sensitive and rapid detection of bacterial spores.

  7. Pressure- and light-induced luminescence of several aldehydes dissolved in polymer matrices

    SciTech Connect

    Dreger, Z.A.; Lang, J.M.; Drickamer, H.G.

    1996-03-14

    The pressure- and light-induced emissions of four aldehydes - benzaldehyde (BA), 4-(dimethylamino)-benzaldehyde (DMABA), 4-(dibutylamino)-benzaldehyde (DBABA), and 4-(dimethylamino)-1-naphthaldehyde (DMANA) - dissolved in solid polymers have been investigated. All compounds studied exhibit under pressure as well as under continuous irradiation a significant enhancement of the luminescence emission. In the case of substituted aldehydes, both the fluorescence and phosphorescence increase markedly when pressure increases. For BA only increasing phosphorescence is observed. These changes are explained in terms of a model which takes a mixing of the lowest triplet state character as a controlling factor of the pressure effect. Thus, the pressure-induced emission arises from a decrease of the n,{pi}{sup *} character of the lowest triplet state and as a result an increase of its radiative rate and decrease of the intersystem crossing. The lowest triplet state is also assumed to be a precursor for the light-induced effect. In this case, the emission is proposed to occur as a result of the triplet reactivity and consequently the creation of a light-emitting species. 17 refs., 20 figs.

  8. High Mobility Conjugated Polymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-10-20

    PTTP) were also investigated by density functional theory (DFT) with the goal of understanding the effect of intramolecular charge transfer on the...10 -210 A10 The electronic structures of PTHQx and PTTP calculated by the 01 , ’°- density functional theory showed LUMO levels of -2.73 and -3.42 0...the design of high mobility semiconductors for organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and other organic electronic devices. Although the tricyclic

  9. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

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    Steckle, Jr., Warren P.; Apen, Paul G.; Mitchell, Michael A.

    1998-01-01

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes.

  10. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

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    Steckle, Jr., Warren P.; Apen, Paul G.; Mitchell, Michael A.

    1997-01-01

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes.

  11. Non-woven and aligned electrospun multicomponent luminescent polymer nanofibers: effects of aggregated morphology on the photophysical properties.

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    Wang, Cheng-Ting; Kuo, Chi-Ching; Chen, Hsieh-Chih; Chen, Wen-Chang

    2009-09-16

    In this paper, the morphology and photophysical properties of non-woven and aligned ES nanofibers prepared from the ternary blends of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl) (PFO) / poly(2,3-dibutoxy-1,4-phenylene vinylene) (DB-PPV) / poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) using a single-capillary spinneret are reported. Various PFO and DB-PPV phase-separated structures in the ES nanofibers were found by two different solvents: ellipsoidal DB-PPV (10-40 nm) and fiber-like PFO (20-40 nm) in the PMMA using chloroform, while fiber-like DB-PPV (10-20 nm) and fiber-like PFO (20-30 nm) using chlorobenzene. Such different PFO and DB-PPV structures resulted in various energy transfer/emission colors in the ES nanofibers. Moreover, highly aligned luminescence PFO/DB-PPV/PMMA blend ES nanofibers prepared from chlorobenzene showed a much higher polarized emission than the non-woven and the emission colors changed from blue to greenish-blue to green as the DB-PPV composition increased. The different polarized emission characteristics between PFO and DB-PPV in the ES nanofibers also led to varied emission colors at different angles. The present study suggests the morphologies and emission characteristics of the multicomponent ES nanofibers could be efficiently tuned through solvent types and blend ratios of semiconducting polymers.

  12. High-temperature polymer matrix composites

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    Meador, Michael A.

    1990-01-01

    Polymers research at the NASA Lewis Research Center has produced high-temperature, easily processable resin systems, such as PMR-15. In addition, the Polymers Branch has investigated ways to improve the mechanical properties of polymers and the microcracking resistance of polymer matrix composites in response to industry need for new and improved aeropropulsion materials. Current and future research in the Polymers Branch is aimed at advancing the upper use temperature of polymer matrix composites to 700 F and beyond by developing new resins, by examining the use of fiber reinforcements other than graphite, and by developing coatings for polymer matrix composites to increase their oxidation resistance.

  13. Exceptional Oxygen Sensing Properties of New Blue Light-Excitable Highly Luminescent Europium(III) and Gadolinium(III) Complexes

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    Borisov, Sergey M.; Fischer, Roland; Saf, Robert; Klimant, Ingo

    2016-01-01

    New europium(III) and gadolinium(III) complexes bearing 8-hydroxyphenalenone antenna combine efficient absorption in the blue part of the spectrum and strong emission in polymers at room temperature. The Eu(III) complexes show characteristic red luminescence whereas the Gd(III) dyes are strongly phosphorescent. The luminescence quantum yields are about 20% for the Eu(III) complexes and 50% for the Gd(III) dyes. In contrast to most state-of-the-art Eu(III) complexes the new dyes are quenched very efficiently by molecular oxygen. The luminescence decay times of the Gd(III) complexes exceed 1 ms which ensures exceptional sensitivity even in polymers of moderate oxygen permeability. These sensors are particularly suitable for trace oxygen sensing and may be good substitutes for Pd(II) porphyrins. The photophysical and sensing properties can be tuned by varying the nature of the fourth ligand. The narrow-band emission of the Eu(III) allows efficient elimination of the background light and autofluorescence and is also very attractive for use e.g. in multi-analyte sensors. The highly photostable indicators incorporated in nanoparticles are promising for imaging applications. Due to the straightforward preparation and low cost of starting materials the new dyes represent a promising alternative to the state-of-the-art oxygen indicators particularly for such applications as e.g. food packaging. PMID:27158252

  14. Understanding the Structure of Reversible Coordination Polymers Based on Europium in Electrostatic Assemblies Using Time-Resolved Luminescence.

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    Xu, Limin; Xie, Mengqi; Huang, Jianbin; Yan, Yun

    2016-06-14

    In situ characterization of the structure of reversible coordination polymers remains a challenge because of their dynamic and concentration-responsive nature. It is especially difficult to determine these structures in their self-assemblies where their degree of polymerization responds to the local concentration. In this paper, we report on the structure of reversible lanthanide coordination polymers in electrostatic assemblies using time-resolved luminescence (TRL) measurement. The reversible coordinating system is composed of the bifunctional ligand 1,11-bis(2,6-dicarboxypyridin-4-yloxy)-3,6,9-trioxaundecane (L2EO4) and europium ion Eu(3+). Upon mixing with the positively charged diblock copolymer poly(2-vinylpyridine)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (P2VP41-b-PEO205), electrostatic polyion micelles are formed and the negatively charged L2EO4-Eu coordination complex simultaneously transforms into coordination "polymers" in the micellar core. By virtue of the water-sensitive luminescence of Eu(3+), we are able to obtain the structural information of the L2EO4-Eu coordination polymers before and after the formation of polyion micelles. Upon analyzing the fluorescence decay curves of Eu(3+) before and after micellization, the fraction of Eu(3+) fully coordinated with L2EO4 is found to increase from 32 to 83%, which verifies the occurrence of chain extension of the L2EO4-Eu coordination polymers in the micellar core. Our work provides a qualitative picture for the structure change of reversible coordination polymers, which allows us to look into these "invisible" structures.

  15. Crystal structures and luminescent properties of lanthanide nitrate coordination polymers with structurally related amide type bridging podands

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    Wang, Qing; Yan, Xuhuan; Zhang, Hongrui; Liu, Weisheng; Tang, Yu; Tan, Minyu

    2011-01-15

    A one-dimensional linear chain coordination polymer [ErL{sup I}(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(CH{sub 3}CO{sub 2}Et)]{sub n} (L{sup I}=1,2-bis{l_brace}[(2'-furfurylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]methyl{r_brace}benzene) and a one-dimensional zig-zag coordination polymer {l_brace}[TbL{sup II}(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O)].(H{sub 2}O){r_brace}{sub n} (L{sup II}=1,2-bis{l_brace}[2'-(2-pyridylmethylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]methyl{r_brace}benzene) were assembled by two structurally related bridging podands L{sup I} and L{sup II} which have uniform skeleton and different terminal groups. In {l_brace}[TbL{sup II}(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O)].(H{sub 2}O){r_brace}{sub n}, the neutral chains were linked by the hydrogen bonding interactions between the free and coordinated water molecules from two different directions to interpenetrate into a 3D supramolecular structure. At the same time, the luminescent properties of the solid Tb(III) nitrate complexes of these podands were investigated at room temperature. The lowest triplet state energy levels T{sub 1} of the podands L{sup I} and L{sup II} indicate that the triplet state energy levels of the antennae are both above the lowest excited resonance level of {sup 5}D{sub 4} of Tb{sup 3+} ion. Thus the absorbed energy could be transferred from ligands to the central Tb{sup 3+} ions. And the influence of the hydrogen bonding on the luminescence efficiencies of the coordination polymers was also discussed. -- Graphical Abstract: Two one-dimensional lanthanide coordination polymers were assembled by two structurally related bridging podands, and the effects of the structures on luminescent properties of the solid Tb(III) nitrate complexes were investigated. Display Omitted Research highlights: > Two structurally related amide type bridging ligands were designed and synthesized. > Two one dimensional lanthanide nitrate coordination polymers were obtained. > The structure effects on luminescent properties of the terbium complexes were discussed.

  16. Synthesis and luminescence properties of polymer-rare earth complexes containing salicylaldehyde-type bidentate Schiff base ligand.

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    Zhang, Dandan; Gao, Baojiao; Li, Yanbin

    2017-01-24

    Using molecular design and polymer reactions, two types of bidentate Schiff base ligands, salicylaldehyde-aniline (SAN) and salicylaldehyde-cyclohexylamine (SCA), were synchronously synthesized and bonded onto the side chain of polysulfone (PSF), giving two bidentate Schiff base ligand-functionalized PSFs, PSF-SAN and PSF-SCA, referred to as macromolecular ligands. Following coordination reactions between the macromolecular ligands and Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions (the reaction occurred between the bonded ligands SAN or SCA and the lanthanide ion), two series of luminescent polymer-rare earth complexes, PSF-SAN-Eu(III) and PSF-SCA-Tb(III), were obtained. The two macromolecular ligands were fully characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), (1) H NMR and UV absorption spectroscopy, and the prepared complexes were also characterized by FTIR, UV absorption spectroscopy and thermo-gravity analysis. On this basis, the photoluminescence properties of these complexes and the relationships between their structure and luminescence were investigated in depth. The results show that the bonded bidentate Schiff base ligands, SAN and SCA, can effectively sensitize the fluorescence emission of Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions, respectively. PSF-SAN-Eu(III) series complexes, namely the binary complex PSF-(SAN)3 -Eu(III) and the ternary complex PSF-(SAN)3 -Eu(III)-(Phen)1 (Phen is the small-molecule ligand 1,10-phenanthroline), produce strong red luminescence, suggesting that the triplet state energy level of SAN is lower and well matched with the resonant energy level of the Eu(III) ion. By contrast, PSF-SAN-Eu(III) series complexes, namely the binary complex PSF-(SCA)3 -Tb(III) and the ternary complex PSF-(SCA)3 -Tb(III)-(Phen)1 , display strong green luminescence, suggesting that the triplet state energy level of SCA is higher and is well matched with the resonant energy level of Tb(III).

  17. Recent developments in high temperature organic polymers

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    Hergenrother, P. M.

    1991-01-01

    Developments in high temperature organic polymers during the last 5 years with major emphasis on polyimides and poly(arylene ether)s are discussed. Specific polymers or series of polymers have been selected to demonstrate unique properties or the effect chemical structure has upon certain properties. This article is not intended to be a comprehensive review of high temperature polymer advancements during the last 5 years.

  18. Tunable, broadband and high-efficiency Si/Ge hot luminescence with plasmonic nanocavity array

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    Qi, Gongmin; Zhang, Miao; Wang, Lin; Mu, Zhiqiang; Ren, Wei; Li, Wei; Di, Zengfeng; Wang, Xi

    2016-06-01

    In addition to the massive application in the electronics industry for decades, silicon has been considered as one of the best candidates for the photonics industry. However, a high-efficiency, broadband light source is still a challenge. In this paper, we theoretically propose a Si/Ge based platform consisting of plasmonic nanocavity array to realize the tunable, broadband, and high-efficiency Si/Ge hot luminescence from infrared to visible region with large luminescence enhancement (about 103). It is demonstrated that the large luminescence enhancement is due to the resonance between the intrinsic hot luminescence and the plasmonic nanocavity modes with ultra-small effective mode volumes. And, the size and Ge composition of Si 1 - x Ge x nanowire can be tuned to realize the tunable and broadband luminescence. This study gives rise to many applications in silicon photonics, like ultrafast optical communications, sensors, and on-chip spectral measurements.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization, and Luminescent Properties of Polymer Complexes of Nd(III) with β-Dicarbonyl Ligands

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    Berezhnytska, Oleksandra; Savchenko, Irina; Ivakha, Nadiya; Trunova, Olena; Rusakova, Nataliya; Smola, Sergiy; Rogovtsov, Oleksandr

    2017-05-01

    The neodymium(III) complexes with 2-methyl-5-phenylpenten-1-3,5-dione and allyl-3-oxo-butanoate were synthesized. The polycomplexes on their basis and copolymers with styrene and N-vinylcarbazole in ratio 5:95 were obtained by free-radical polymerization. The results of above studies have shown that the configuration of the chelate unit is unchanged during the polymerization. As a result, the type of coordination was determined and the structure of coordination polyhedra was assumed. The luminescence spectra of obtained metallocomplexes and polymers in solutions and solid state are investigated and analyzed.

  20. The influence of the polymer-stabilizer molecular weight on the spectral luminescence properties of composite sols and coatings containing PbS quantum dots

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    Evstrop'ev, K. S.; Dukel'skii, K. V.; Gatchin, Yu. A.; Evstrop'ev, S. K.; Bondarenko, I. B.

    2016-12-01

    The influence of the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) molecular weight on the stability and spectral luminescence properties of sols of lead sulfide nanocrystals and the related composite coatings has been studied. It is shown that the spectral properties of PbS sols stabilized with low-molecular (PVP) and the related coatings are determined to a great extent by the formation of large particle aggregates in these materials and, accordingly, high level of light scattering. It is effective to use low-molecular PVP for preparing powder materials containing PbS quantum dots (QDs), because it allows one to perform fast powder precipitation and form small semiconductor particles. High-molecular PVP provides high aggregative and sedimentation stabilities of semiconductor nanocrystal sols. This polymer is effective for use in preparing stable QD sols and homogeneous coatings transparent in the visible spectral range.

  1. A Eu/Tb-mixed MOF for luminescent high-temperature sensing

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    Wang, Huizhen; Zhao, Dian; Cui, Yuangjing; Yang, Yu; Qian, Guodong

    2017-02-01

    Temperature measurements and thermal mapping using luminescent MOF operating in the high-temperature range are of great interest in the micro-electronic diagnosis. In this paper, we report a thermostable Eu/Tb-mixed MOF Eu0.37Tb0.63-BTC-a exhibiting strong luminescence at elevated temperature, which can serve as a ratiometric luminescent thermometer for high-temperature range. The high-temperature operating range (313-473 K), high relative sensitivity and accurate temperature resolution, make such a Eu/Tb-mixed MOF useful for micro-electronic diagnosis.

  2. Polymer Chemistry in High School.

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    Stucki, Roger

    1984-01-01

    Discusses why polymer chemistry should be added to the general chemistry curriculum and what topics are appropriate (listing traditional with related polymer topics). Also discusses when and how these topics should be taught. (JN)

  3. Synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties of new highly luminescent organic ligand and complexes of trivalent rare earth.

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    Xi, Peng; Gu, XiaoHua; Chen, CaoFeng; He, YuXian; Huang, XiangAn

    2007-03-01

    A novel ligand with two carboxylic groups has been synthesized. The composition and structure of the ligand were characterized by IR, (1)H NMR and MS spectrometry. The highly luminescent intensity complexes were prepared with the ligand and phen. The IR, solid state (13)C NMR and fluorescent spectra of the complex were studied. IR absorption spectra indicate that the ligand is coordinated to the Eu(3+) ion, and chemical bonds are formed between Eu(3+) ion and nitrogen atoms of phen. The fluorescent spectra illustrate that the complex has an excellent luminescence, indicating the ligand favors energy transfer to the emitting energy level of Eu(3+). The influences of pH and reaction solvent on the fluorescence intensity of the complex were also discussed.

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence properties of lanthanide coordination polymers with a new semirigid bridging thenylsalicylamide ligand

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    Song, Xue-Qin; Wang, Li; Zhao, Meng-Meng; Wang, Xiao-Run; Peng, Yun-Qiao; Cheng, Guo-Quan

    2013-09-01

    Two new lanthanide coordination polymers based on a semirigid bridging thenylsalicylamide ligand {[Ln2L3(NO3)6]·(C4H8O2)2}∞ were obtained and characterized by elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, IR and TGA measurements. The two compounds are isostructure and possess one dimensional trapezoid ladder-like chain built up from the connection of isolated LnO3(NO3)3 polyhedra (distorted monocapped antisquare prism) through the ligand. The photoluminescence analysis suggest that there is an efficient ligand-to-Ln(III) energy transfer in Tb(III) complex and the ligand is an efficient "antenna" for Tb(III). From a more general perspective, the results demonstrated herein provide the possibility of controlling the formation of the desired lanthanide coordination structure to enrich the crystal engineering strategy and enlarge the arsenal for developing excellent luminescent lanthanide coordination polymers.

  5. A novel cobalt (I) coordination polymer with mixed thiocyanate and quinoline ligands: crystal structure, magnetism and luminescent properties.

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    Li, Lei; Chen, Shuai; Zhou, Rui-Min; Bai, Yan; Dang, Dong-Bin

    2014-01-01

    A new Co(I) one-dimensional coordination polymer [Co(SCN)(ql)]n (ql=quinoline) (1) has been synthesized and characterized by IR, elemental analysis, TG technique and X-ray crystallography. Co(I) atom has a distorted trigonal pyramidal N2S2 (1) environment with two S atoms and one N atom from three μ-1,1,3-thiocyanate bridge ligands and one N atom from ql ligand. Two S atoms from two μ-1,1,3-SCN- bridging ligands bridge two centers to obtain bimetallic 4-membered ring. Adjacent 4-membered rings are linked by a pair of μ-1,1,3-SCN- bridging ligands to form a 1D stair-case like chain. The luminescent properties and magnetic properties of the polymer 1 were investigated in the solid state. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescent properties of one coordination polymer of cadmium(II) with mixed thiocyanate and hexamethylenetetramine ligands.

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    Bai, Yan; Shang, Wei-Li; Dang, Dong-Bin; Sun, Ji-De; Gao, Hui

    2009-03-01

    A novel Cd(II) coordination polymer [Cd(SCN)(2)(hmt)(1/2)(H(2)O)](2).H(2)O (hmt=hexamethylenetetramine) has been synthesized and characterized by IR, elemental analysis, TG technique and X-ray crystallography. Cd(II) atom has an distorted octahedral environment with an N(3)S(2)O donor set. Every six Cd(II) centers are linked by hmt and thiocyanato bridges to form a planar 2D coordination polymer containing hexagonal metallocyclic rings [Cd(6)(SCN)(8)(hmt)(2)]. A 2D layer structure is held together with its neighboring ones via a set of hydrogen-bonding interactions to form a 3D supramolecular structure. The luminescent properties of the title complex in the solid state were investigated.

  7. Controllable Synthesis of Highly Luminescent Boron Nitride Quantum Dots.

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    Li, Hongling; Tay, Roland Yingjie; Tsang, Siu Hon; Zhen, Xu; Teo, Edwin Hang Tong

    2015-12-22

    Boron nitride quantum dots (BNQDs), as a new member of heavy metal-free quantum dots, have aroused great interest in fundamental research and practical application due to their unique physical/chemical properties. However, it is still a challenge to controllably synthesize high-quality BNQDs with high quantum yield (QY), uniform size and strong fluorescent. In this work, BNQDs have been successfully fabricated by the liquid exfoliation and the subsequent solvothermal process with respect to its facileness and easy large scale up. Importantly, BNQDs with high-quality can be controllably obtained by adjusting the synthetic parameters involved in the solvothermal process including filling factor, synthesis temperature, and duration time. Encouragingly, the as-prepared BNQDs possess strong blue luminescence with QY as high as 19.5%, which can be attributed to the synergetic effect of size, surface chemistry and edge defects. In addition, this strategy presented here provides a new reference for the controllable synthesis of other heavy metal-free QDs. Furthermore, the as-prepared BNQDs are non-toxic to cells and exhibit nanosecond-scaled lifetimes, suggesting they have great potential biological and optoelectronic applications. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Glue-Free Stacked Luminescent Nanosheets Enable High-Resolution Ratiometric Temperature Mapping in Living Small Animals.

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    Miyagawa, Takuya; Fujie, Toshinori; Ferdinandus; Vo Doan, Tat Thang; Sato, Hirotaka; Takeoka, Shinji

    2016-12-14

    In this paper, a microthermograph, temperature mapping with high spatial resolution, was established using luminescent molecules embedded ultrathin polymeric films (nanosheets), and demonstrated in a living small animal to map out and visualize temperature shift due to animal's muscular activity. Herein, we report super flexible and self-adhesive (no need of glue) nanothermosensor consisting of stacked two different polymeric nanosheets with thermosensitive (Eu-tris (dinaphthoylmethane)-bis-trioctylphosphine oxide: EuDT) and insensitive (Rhodamine 800) dyes being embedded. Such stacked nanosheets allow for the ratiometric thermometry, with which the undesired luminescence intensity shift due to focal drift or animal's z-axis displacement is eliminated and the desired intensity shift solely due to the temperature shift of the sample (living muscle) can be acquired. With the stacked luminescent nanosheets, we achieved the first-ever demonstration of video filming of chronologically changing temperature-shift distribution from the rest state to the active state of the muscles in the living animal. The polymer nanosheet engineering and in vivo microthermography presented in the paper are promising technologies to microscopically explore the heat production and heat transfer in living cells, tissues, and organisms with high spatial resolution beyond what existing thermometric technologies such as infrared thermography have ever achieved.

  9. Luminescent organosilicon polymers and sol-gel synthesis of nano-structured silica

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    Martinez, H. Paul

    2011-12-01

    There remains a demand for inexpensive and reliable explosive sensors to be used in a field setting for identifying specific explosives. High explosives are considered to be organic and oxidizing, a relatively rare combination that makes them tractable for molecular recognition event. For this reason, fluorescent polymers have had favorable success in their use as sensors for high explosive. Here we report the use of fluorescent, silicon based copolymers, covalently linked to a silica TLC support. A thin layer of the polymer allows for a more efficient interaction with an analyte, thus yielding enhanced detection sensitivity. The attachment of the sensing polymers onto a chromatographic support allows for the separation of a mixture, as well as the identification of multiple explosives through the use of multiple sensing polymers. Hollow hard shell particles of 200 nm and 2 micron diameter with a 10 nm thick porous silica shell have also been synthesized using polystyrene templates and a sol-gel process. The template ensures that the hollow particles are monodispersed, while the charged silica surface ensures that they remain suspended in solution for weeks. When filled with perfluorocarbon gas, the particles behave as an efficient contrast agent for color Doppler ultrasound imaging in human breast tissue. The silica shell provides unique properties compared to conventional soft shell particles employed as ultrasound contrast agents: uniform size control, strong adsorption to tissue and cells immobilizing particles at the tissue injectionsite, a long imaging lifetime, and a silica surface that can be easily modified with biotargeting ligands or small molecules to adjust the surface charge and polarity.

  10. [Study on luminescence characteristics of polymer doped with two different phosphorescent materials].

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    Yue, Xin; Xu, Zheng; Zhang, Fu-Jun; Zhao, Su-Ling; Song, Dan-Dan; Yan, Guang; Hu, Tao; Wageh, S

    2010-03-01

    With the development of organic light-emitting diodes, interests in the mechanisms of charge carrier photo generation, separation, transport and recombination continue to grow. Phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes have gained considerable interest in the last 10 years because of high luminance efficiency. In the present paper, the authors investigated the optical and electrical characteristics of the devices based on Ir(ppy)3 and Ir(piq)3 doped PVK matrix emission layer at room temperature. The PL spectra show that the energy transfer from PVK to Ir(piq)3 is harder than that of PVK to Ir(ppy)3. The Luminescence characteristics of devices with different doping ratio show that it is not the energy transfer from matrix, but the recombination of injected carriers on phosphorescent molecules that is the main origin of EL emissions. From the viewpoint of energy level, the characteristics of carrier-trap and transport in Ir(piq)3 are better than in Ir(ppy)3 due to the high HOMO and low LUMO in Ir(piq)3.

  11. Highly luminescent half-lantern cyclometalated platinum(II) complex: synthesis, structure, luminescence studies, and reactivity.

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    Sicilia, Violeta; Forniés, Juan; Casas, José Ma; Martín, Antonio; López, José A; Larraz, Carmen; Borja, Pilar; Ovejero, Carmen; Tordera, Daniel; Bolink, Henk

    2012-03-19

    that 1 is a very efficient and stable (3)MMLCT emitter, even in solution. The high luminescence quantum yield of its red emission, added to its neutral character and the thermal stability of 1, make it a potential compound to be incorporated as phosphorescent dopant in multilayer organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs). © 2012 American Chemical Society

  12. Three Cadmium Coordination Polymers with Carboxylate and Pyridine Mixed Ligands: Luminescent Sensors for Fe(III) and Cr(VI) Ions in an Aqueous Medium.

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    Lin, Yanna; Zhang, Xiaoping; Chen, Wenjie; Shi, Wei; Cheng, Peng

    2017-10-02

    Three new water-stable luminescent Cd(II) coordination polymers (CPs), {[Cd2(bptc)(2,2'-bipy)2(H2O)2]}n (1), {[Cd2(bptc)(phen)2]·4H2O}n (2), and {[Cd2(bptc)(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)2]·4H2O}n (3), were solvothermally synthesized with mixed ligands of 3,3',5,5'-biphenyltetracarboxylic acid (H4bptc) and N-donor ligands (2,2'-bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; phen = 1,10-phenanthroline; 4,4'-bipy = 4,4'-bipyridine). The CPs 1-3 show structural diversity from a 1D ladder chain to a 2D layer to a 3D porous framework, tuned by different ancillary ligands. Topological analyses reveal that the CP 2 is a 4-connected uninodal 2D net with the Schläfli point symbol {4(4)·6(2)}, while the CP 3 displays a 4,6-connected 2-nodal 3D net with the point symbol {3·4(2)·5(2)·6}{3(2)·4(2)·5(2)·6(4)·7(4)·8}. Luminescent property studies reveal that the CPs 1-3 are promising luminescent sensors that can highly select and sensitively detect ferric and chromate/dichromate ions, in which the CP 1 with a 1D structure showed the best performance, free from the interference of other ions present in an aqueous medium. Moreover, the mechanism for the sensing properties was studied in detail.

  13. Polymer based nanocomposites with tailorable optical properties

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    Colombo, Annalisa; Simonutti, Roberto

    2014-09-01

    Transparent polymers are extensively used in everyday life, from windows to computer displays, from food packaging to lenses. A possible approach for modulating their optical properties (refractive index, transparency, color and luminescence) is to change the chemical structure of the polymer, however this option is in many cases economically prohibitive. Our approach, instead, relies in the use of standard polymers with the supplement of specific nanostructured additives able to tune the final property of the material. Among others, the cases of luminescent solar concentrators based on poly(methylmethacrylate) containing luminescent quantum dots and highly transparent polymer nanocomposites with high refractive index will be presented.

  14. Charged polymers in high dimensions

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    Kantor, Yacov

    1990-01-01

    A Monte Carlo study of charged polymers with either homogeneously distributed frozen charges or with mobile charges has been performed in four and five space dimensions. The results are consistent with the renormalization-group predictions and contradict the predictions of Flory-type theory. Introduction of charge mobility does not modify the behavior of the polymers.

  15. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

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    Steckle, W.P. Jr.; Apen, P.G.; Mitchell, M.A.

    1998-01-20

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes. 1 fig.

  16. Rethinking Sensitized Luminescence in Lanthanide Coordination Polymers and MOFs: Band Sensitization and Water Enhanced Eu Luminescence in [Ln(C15H9O5)3(H2O)3]n (Ln = Eu, Tb).

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    Einkauf, Jeffrey D; Kelley, Tanya T; Chan, Benny C; de Lill, Daniel T

    2016-08-15

    A coordination polymer [Ln(C15H9O9)3(H2O)3]n (1-Ln = Eu(III), Tb(III)) assembled from benzophenonedicarboxylate was synthesized and characterized. The organic component is shown to sensitize lanthanide-based emission in both compounds, with quantum yields of 36% (Eu) and 6% (Tb). Luminescence of lanthanide coordination polymers is currently described from a molecular approach. This methodology fails to explain the luminescence of this system. It was found that the band structure of the organic component rather than the molecular triplet state was able to explain the observed luminescence. Deuterated (Ln(C15H9O9)3(D2O)3) and dehydrated (Ln(C15H9O9)3) analogues were also studied. When bound H2O was replaced by D2O, lifetime and emission increased as expected. Upon dehydration, lifetimes increased again, but emission of 1-Eu unexpectedly decreased. This reduction is reasoned through an unprecedented enhancement effect of the compound's luminescence by the OH/OD oscillators in the organic-to-Eu(III) energy transfer process.

  17. Tough, High-Performance, Thermoplastic Addition Polymers

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    Pater, Ruth H.; Proctor, K. Mason; Gleason, John; Morgan, Cassandra; Partos, Richard

    1991-01-01

    Series of addition-type thermoplastics (ATT's) exhibit useful properties. Because of their addition curing and linear structure, ATT polymers have toughness, like thermoplastics, and easily processed, like thermosets. Work undertaken to develop chemical reaction forming stable aromatic rings in backbone of ATT polymer, combining high-temperature performance and thermo-oxidative stability with toughness and easy processibility, and minimizing or eliminating necessity for tradeoffs among properties often observed in conventional polymer syntheses.

  18. Anion-controlled assembly of silver-di(aminophenyl)sulfone coordination polymers: Syntheses, crystal structures, and solid state luminescence

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    Zhang, Qi-Long; Hu, Peng; Zhao, Yi; Feng, Guang-Wei; Zhang, Yun-Qian; Zhu, Bi-Xue; Tao, Zhu

    2014-02-15

    Five silver coordination polymers, namely, ([Ag(3,3′-daps){sub 2}]·BF{sub 4}){sub n} (1), ([Ag(3,3′-daps){sub 2}]·NO{sub 3}){sub n} (2), [Ag(3,3′-daps)(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3})]{sub n} (3), ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub n} (4), and ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·ClO{sub 4}){sub n} (5) (3,3′-daps=di(3′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone, and 4,4′-daps=di(4′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone) have been synthesized and structural characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Complex 1 displays a 1D ladder-like chain with four-connected Ag ions and bridged 3,3′-daps. Complex 2 shows other 1D ladder chain modified by tentacles. Complex 3 is a 2D layer structure with both Ag ions and 3,3′-daps are 3-connected nodes. Complex 4 is another 1D ladder chain with three-connected Ag ions and 4,4′-daps. Complex 5 shows a 2D 4{sup 4}-sql net with Ag ions and 4,4′-daps as 4-connected nodes. Moreover, their solid state luminescence and thermal stabilities also have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: Pictogram: Synthetic procedures of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers. We reported the synthetic procedures, structure, and luminescence property of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers based on two novel di(aminophenyl)sulfone V-shaped ligands. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Five new silver coordination polymers were synthesized and characterized. • Two novel designed V-shaped di(aminophenyl)sulfone ligands were first introduced to coordination chemistry. • Anions play important roles in determining the five silver coordination polymers. • The structural diversity and photoluminescence property were also discussed.

  19. Preparation, characterization, and properties of PMMA-doped polymer film materials: a study on the effect of terbium ions on luminescence and lifetime enhancement.

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    Zhang, Hui-Jie; Fan, Rui-Qing; Wang, Xin-Ming; Wang, Ping; Wang, Yu-Lei; Yang, Yu-Lin

    2015-02-14

    Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) doped with Tb-based imidazole derivative coordination polymer {[Tb(3)(L)(μ(3)-OH)(7)]·H(2)O}(n) (1) (L = N,N'-bis(acetoxy)biimidazole) was synthesized and its photophysical properties were studied. The L'(L' = N,N'-bis(ethylacetate)biimidazole) ligand was synthesized by an N-alkylation reaction process followed by ester hydrolysis to produce ligand L. Polymer 1 and ligand L' have been characterized by (1)H NMR and IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, PXRD and X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Coordination polymer 1 is the first observation of a CdCl(2) structure constructed with hydroxy groups and decorated by ligand L in lanthanide N-heterocyclic coordination polymers. In the 2D layered structure of 1, each Tb3 metal center is connected with three Tb1 and three Tb2 metal centers by seven hydroxyl groups in different directions, resulting in a six-membered ring. After doping, not only the luminescence intensity and lifetime enhanced, but also their thermal stability was increased in comparison with 1. When 1 was doped into poly(methylmethacrylate) (1@PMMA), polymer film materials were formed with the PMMA polymer matrix (w/w = 2.5%-12.5%) acting as a co-sensitizer for Tb(3+) ions. The luminescence intensity of the Tb(3+) emission at 544 nm increases when the content of Tb(3+) was 10%. The lifetime of 1@PMMA (914.88 μs) is more than four times longer than that of 1 (196.24 μs). All τ values for the doped polymer systems are higher than coordination polymer 1, indicating that radiative processes are operative in all the doped polymer films. This is because PMMA coupling with the O-H oscillators from {[Tb(3)(L)(μ(3)-OH)(7)]·H(2)O}(n) can suppress multiphonon relaxation. According to the variable-temperature luminescence (VT-luminescence) investigation, 1@PMMA was confirmed to be a stable green luminescent polymer film material.

  20. Syntheses, structures and luminescent properties of a series of 3D lanthanide coordination polymers with tripodal semirigid ligand

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    Qin Junsheng; Du Dongying; Chen Lei; Sun Xiuyun; Lan Yaqian; Su Zhongmin

    2011-02-15

    Reactions of the tripodal bridging ligand 5-(4-carboxy-phenoxy)-isophthalic acid (abbreviated as H{sub 3}cpia) with lanthanide salts lead to the formation of a family of different coordination polymers, that is, [Ln(cpia)(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (Ln=Ce (1), Pr (2), Nd (3), Sm (4), Eu (5), Gd (6), Dy (7), Er (8), Tm (9) and Y (10)) in the presence of formic acid or diethylamine, which are characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectrum, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), XRPD spectrum and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compounds 1-10 are isostructural and exhibit three-dimensional microporous frameworks. Furthermore, the photoluminescent properties of 4, 5 and 7 have been studied in detail. -- Graphical abstract: Reactions of the tripodal bridging ligand (H{sub 3}cpia) with lanthanide ions lead to the formation of a series of coordination polymers in the presence of formic acid or diethylamine. Display Omitted Research Highlights: {yields} Ten new lanthanides-based coordination polymers (1-10) have been synthesized. {yields} 1-10 exhibit 3D (4,8)-connected fluorite topology networks with 1D channel parallel to the b-axis. {yields} Compounds 4, 5 and 7 exhibit characteristic luminescence of Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions, respectively.

  1. Structures and Luminescent Properties of Two 2D Coordination Polymers Containing Tb(III) or Dy(III) Ions.

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    An, Xiaoping; Wang, Hongsheng; Li, Gongchun

    2014-03-01

    Two 2D rare earth terbium and dysprosium coordination polymers with 2,4-pyridinedicarboxylate and oxalate anions have been synthesized by hydrothermal method, the formula is {[RE(pda)(ox)0.5(H2O)4]·2H2O}n (RE = Tb (1) and Dy (2); H2pda = 2,4-pyridinedicarboxylic acid; ox = oxalate anion). The two complexes are isomorphic and crystallized in monoclinic system, P21/c space group. Each pda anion connects two rare earth ions with 2- carboxyl group and the nitrogen atom but the 4- carboxyl group does not coordinate with rare earth ions. Each ox anion connects two rare earth ions by μ 2-bridge way. Both the complexes exhibit intense characteristic luminescence of Tb(III) or Dy(III) ion with excitation of UV-rays.

  2. Luminescence techniques and characterization of the morphology of polymer latices 2. Fluorescence lifetime, phosphorescence and fluorescence anisotropy studies.

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    Soutar, I; Swanson, L; Annable, T; Padget, J C; Satgurunathan, R

    2006-11-01

    Five poly(n-butyl methacrylate), PBMA, latex dispersions have been prepared, each incorporating a different fluorescent label, via a two-stage seeded emulsion polymerization. The resultant latices contain ca. 35% by weight total solids and are of 80 (+/-10) nm diameter as determined by photon correlation spectrometry. Luminescence spectroscopic techniques, namely fluorescence (and phosphorescence) excited state lifetime measurements in addition to time-resolved anisotropy experiments have provided useful information regarding the morphology, microviscosity and water permeability of the resultant particles. A picture of the PBMA colloid emerges of an interior which is highly viscous and water impermeable in nature. Indeed, the environment is protective enough to sustain room temperature stabilized phosphorescence from both an acenaphthylene and 9-phenanthrylmethyl methacrylate labeled dispersion through simple nitrogen purging of the solutions. However, the current spectroscopic measurements should be viewed with the knowledge that each luminescent label may fashion its own distinctive microenvironment within the latex during polymerization.

  3. The crystal structure, luminescence and nitrobenzene-sensing properties of a two-dimensional Mn(II) coordination polymer based on 2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine.

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    Wang, Yin-Lin; Long, Ling-Liang; Zhang, Jin-Fang

    2015-06-01

    A two-dimensional Mn(II) coordination polymer (CP), poly[bis[μ2-2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine-κ(2)N(3):N(3')]bis(thiocyanato-κN)manganese] [Mn(NCS)2(C11H9N5)2]n, (I), has been obtained by the self-assembly reaction of Mn(ClO4)2·6H2O, NH4SCN and bent 2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine (2,6-bip). CP (I) was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure features a unique two-dimensional (4,4) network with one-dimensional channels. The luminescence and nitrobenzene-sensing properties were explored in a DMF suspension, revealing that CP (I) shows a strong luminescence emission and is highly sensitive for nitrobenzene detection.

  4. Luminescence and decay times of Eu(III) and Nd(III) in polymer electrolytes

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    Carlos, L.D.; Assuncao, M.

    1996-08-01

    Time resolved spectroscopy of poly(ethylene) oxide (PEO) and poly(propylene) oxide (PPO) electrolytes containing different concentrations of Eu{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} ions is reported. A description of the main luminescence features of the Nd{sup 3+} electrolytes is also presented. Lifetimes regarding the main transitions of the luminescence spectra ({sup 5}D{sub 0}{r_arrow}{sup 7}F{sub 1,2} and {sup 4}D{sub 3/2}{r_arrow}{sup 4}I{sub 11/2} for Eu{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+}, respectively) are determined and are presented as a function of temperature in the range of 13 to 310 K. The order of magnitude of the values obtained at room temperature (0.2{endash}0.6 ms and {approx_equal}0.7 ms for Eu{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+}, respectively), is a further indication of the technological potential of these new polymeric materials. For the Eu{sup 3+} ion the thermally activated quenching of the {sup 5}D{sub 0}{r_arrow}{sup 7}F{sub 2} luminescence is discussed in terms of the observed energy superposition between the {sup 5}D{sub 0,1} levels and the ligands-to-metal charge-transfer states. {copyright} {ital 1996 Materials Research Society.}

  5. Material and Optical Design Rules for High Performance Luminescent Solar Concentrators

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    Bronstein, Noah Dylan

    This dissertation will highlight a path to achieve high photovoltaic conversion efficiency in luminescent solar concentrators, devices which absorb sunlight with a luminescent dye and then re-emit it into a waveguide where it is ultimately collected by a photovoltaic cell. Luminescent concentrators have been studied for more than three decades as potential low-cost but not high efficiency photovoltaics. Astute application of the blackbody radiation law indicates that photonic design is necessary to achieve high efficiency: a reflective filter must be used to trap luminescence at all angles while allowing higher energy photons to pass through. In addition, recent advances in the synthesis of colloidal nanomaterials have created the possibility for lumophores with broad absorption spectra, narrow-bandwidth emission, high luminescence quantum yield, tunable Stokes shifts and tunable Stokes ratios. Together, these factors allow luminescent solar concentrators to achieve the optical characteristics necessary for high efficiency. We have fabricated and tested the first generation of these devices. Our experiments demonstrate that the application of carefully matched photonic mirrors and luminescent quantum dots can allow luminescent concentration factors to reach record values while maintaining high photon collection efficiency. Finally, the photonic mirror dramatically mitigates the negative impact of scattering in the waveguide, allowing efficient photon collection over distances much longer than the scattering length of the waveguide. After demonstrating the possibility for high performance, we theoretically explore the efficacy of luminescent concentrators with dielectric reflectors as the high-bandgap top-junctions in two-junction devices. Simple thermodynamic calculations indicate that this approach can be nearly as good as a traditional vertically stacked tandem. The major barriers to such a device are the optical design of narrow-bandwidth, angle

  6. High temperature polymer concrete compositions

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    Fontana, J.J.; Reams, W.

    1985-02-19

    This invention is concerned with a polymer concrete composition, which is a two-component composition useful with many bases including metal. Component A, the aggregate composition, is broadly composed of silica, silica flour, portland cement, and acrylamide, whereas Component B, which is primarily vinyl and acrylyl reactive monomers is a liquid system.

  7. Radiation effects on high performance polymers

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    Orwoll, R. A.

    1986-01-01

    Polymer matrix materials are candidates for use in large space antennas and space platforms that may be deployed in geosynchronous orbit 22,500 miles above the Earth. A principal concern is the long term effects of an environment that is hostile to organic polymers, including high energy electromagnetic radiation, bombardment by charged particles, and large abrupt changes in temperature. Two polyarylene ethers which might be utilized as models for polymers in space applications were subjected to dosages of 70 keV electrons up to 3.4 x 10 to the 10th power rad. The irradiated films were then examined to determine the effects of the high-energy electrons.

  8. Self-Assembly of Tunable Heterometallic Ln-Ru Coordination Polymers with Near-Infrared Luminescence and Magnetocaloric Effect.

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    Wang, Lei; Xie, Zhigang; Dang, Song; Sun, Zhong-Ming

    2017-02-24

    A series of heterometallic lanthanide (Ln)-Ru coordination polymers, denoted Gd-1, Yb-2, and Nd-3, were prepared by solvothermal reaction of a carboxylate derivative of [Ru(bpy)3 ](2+) (Rubpy, bpy=2,2'-bipyridine), oxalic acid, and Ln(OAc)3 by using the metalloligand strategy. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction indicated that the resulting isostructural heterometallic complexes have 1D butterfly-shaped Ln-Ru-based coordination chains but show slight differences in the coordination environments of the Ln centers. The introduced Ru(bpy) metalloligands could act as good light-harvesting antennas to effectively sensitize near-infrared (NIR) luminescence by energy transfer from the triplet metal-to ligand charge transfer state of Rubpy units to Ln (Yb or Nd) under the excitation in the visible-light region. Additionally, dopant-concentration-dependent behavior of the Ru-based emission and sensitized NIR emission was demonstrated in Gd-1. Finally, the magnetocaloric effect of Gd-1 was studied. The preparation of such heterometallic coordination polymers offers a versatile platform to investigate dimensionally controlled properties.

  9. Luminescent zinc terephthalate coordination polymers with pyridylnicotinamide ligands: Effect of added base and nitrogen donor disposition on topology

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    Goldsworthy, Jessica S.; Staples, Richard J.; LaDuca, Robert L.

    2014-03-01

    Hydrothermal reaction of zinc nitrate, potassium terephthalate (K2tere), and 3-pyridylnicotinamide (3-pna) or 4-pyridylnicotinamide (4-pna) afforded coordination polymers with different dimensionality depending on nitrogen donor disposition and the initial pH of the reaction mixture. {[Zn(tere)(3-pna)2(H2O)2]ṡ2H2O}n (1) was prepared in the presence of aqueous NaOH, and manifests 1-D coordination polymer chains with monodentate 3-pna ligands. A mixture of {[Zn(tere)(3-pna)]ṡ3H2O}n (2) and {[Zn4(tere)3(OH)2(3-pna)2]ṡ2H2O}n (3) was prepared by performing a similar reaction in the absence of extra base. Compound 2 shows a 2-D (6,3) hexagonal grid topology with very tight interdigitation, while 3 has a 2-fold interpenetrated 3-D pcu network built from {Zn4(OCO)2(OH)2} centrosymmetric tetrameric nodes. {[Zn(tere)(4-pna)]ṡH2O}n (4) has parallel 2-fold interpenetrated sawtooth layer motifs. Luminescent and thermal decomposition properties are also discussed.

  10. Multicolor Luminescence from Conjugates of Genetically Encoded Elastin-like Polymers and Terpyridine-Lanthanides

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    Ghosh, Koushik; Balog, Eva Rose M.; Kahn, Jennifer L.; ...

    2015-08-20

    Functional hybrid materials with optically active metal-ligand moieties embedded within a polymer matrix have a great potential in (bio)materials science, including applications in light-emitting diode devices. Here, we report a simple strategy to incorporate terpyridine derivatives into the side chains of elastin-like polymers (ELPs). The further binding of trivalent lanthanide ions with the terpyridine ligands generated an array of photoluminescence ranging from the visible to the near-infrared regions. Lastly, as thin films, these ELP-based optical materials also exhibited distinct morphologies that depend upon the temperature of the aqueous solutions from which the hybrid polymers were spin coated or drop cast.

  11. Multicolor Luminescence from Conjugates of Genetically Encoded Elastin-like Polymers and Terpyridine-Lanthanides

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    Ghosh, Koushik; Balog, Eva Rose M.; Kahn, Jennifer L.; Shepherd, Douglas P.; Martinez, Jennifer S.; Rocha, Reginaldo C.

    2015-08-20

    Functional hybrid materials with optically active metal-ligand moieties embedded within a polymer matrix have a great potential in (bio)materials science, including applications in light-emitting diode devices. Here, we report a simple strategy to incorporate terpyridine derivatives into the side chains of elastin-like polymers (ELPs). The further binding of trivalent lanthanide ions with the terpyridine ligands generated an array of photoluminescence ranging from the visible to the near-infrared regions. Lastly, as thin films, these ELP-based optical materials also exhibited distinct morphologies that depend upon the temperature of the aqueous solutions from which the hybrid polymers were spin coated or drop cast.

  12. Design and solvothermal synthesis of luminescent copper(I)-pyrazolate coordination oligomer and polymer frameworks.

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    He, Jun; Yin, Ye-Gao; Wu, Tao; Li, Dan; Huang, Xiao-Chun

    2006-07-21

    Two luminescent coordination compounds, [Cu(Pz)]3 (1) and [Cu2(Bpz)]n (2), were isolated from solvothermal reactions of Cu(NO3)2 with 3,5-dimethylpyrazole (HPz) and 3,3',5,5'-tetra-methyl-4,4'-bipyrazole (H2Bpz) respectively in the presence of NH3, of which 1 was revealed to be a planar trimer and 2 a three-dimensional framework, presenting a rare 3-connected binodal (6(2).10)(6.10(2)) topology and eight-fold interpenetration.

  13. Structural Organization of {pi} Conjugated Highly Luminescent Molecular Material

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    Toudic, B.; Limelette, P.; Le Gac, F.; Moreac, A.; Rabiller, P.; Froyer, G.

    2005-11-18

    We report on striking evidence for a room temperature structural phase instability in p-hexaphenyl, inducing a nonplanar conformation of the molecules. Solid state proton NMR and single crystal x-ray diffraction allow the analysis of the organization, the individual dynamics and the involved symmetry breaking. The analysis of Raman spectra above and below room temperature reveals a singular behavior suggesting a modification of the overlap between the electronic wave function induced by the nonplanarity. These results provide a new basis to answer fundamental issues related to molecular and electronic materials and, in particular, luminescent organic devices.

  14. High-Temperature Thermometer Using Cr-Doped GdAlO3 Broadband Luminescence

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey; Chambers, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    A new concept has been developed for a high-temperature luminescence-based optical thermometer that both shows the desired temperature sensitivity in the upper temperature range of present state-of-the-art luminescence thermometers (above 1,300 C), while maintaining substantial stronger luminescence signal intensity that will allow these optical thermometers to operate in the presence of the high thermal background radiation typical of industrial applications. This objective is attained by using a Cr-doped GdAlO3 (Cr:GdAlO3) sensor with an orthorhombic perovskite structure, resulting in broadband luminescence that remains strong at high temperature due to the favorable electron energy level spacing of Cr:GdAlO3. The Cr:GdAlO3 temperature (and pressure) sensor can be incorporated into, or applied onto, a component s surface when a non-contact surface temperature measurement is desired, or alternatively, the temperature sensor can be attached to the end of a fiber-optic probe that can then be positioned at the location where the temperature measurement is desired. In the case of the fiber-optic probe, both the pulsed excitation and the luminescence emission travel through the fiber-optic light guide. In either case, a pulsed light source provides excitation of the luminescence, and the broadband luminescence emission is collected. Real-time temperature measurements are obtain ed using a least-squares fitting algorithm that determines the luminescence decay time, which has a known temperature dependence established by calibration. Due to the broad absorption and emission bands for Cr:GdAlO3, there is considerable flexibility in the choice of excitation wavelength and emission wavelength detection bands. The strategic choice of the GdAlO3 host is based on its high crystal field, phase stability, and distorted symmetry at the Cr3+ occupation sites. The use of the broadband emission for temperature sensing at high temperatures is a key feature of the invention and is

  15. Electrical conductivity and luminescence in coordination polymers based on copper(I)-halides and sulfur-pyrimidine ligands.

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    Gallego, Almudena; Castillo, Oscar; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Zamora, Félix; Delgado, Salome

    2012-01-02

    The solvothermal reactions between pyrimidinedisulfide (pym(2)S(2)) and CuI or CuBr(2) in CH(2)Cl(2):CH(3)CN lead to the formation of [Cu(11)I(7)(pymS)(4)](n) (pymSH = pyrimidine-2(1H)-thione) (1) and the dimer [Cu(II)(μ-Br)(Br)L](2) (L = 2-(pyrimidin-2-ylamino)-1,3-thiazole-4-carbaldehyde) (2). In the later reaction, there is an in situ S-S, S-C(sp(2)), and C(sp(2))-N multiple bond cleavage of the pyrimidinedisulfide resulting in the formation of 2-(pyrimidin-2-ylamino)-1,3-thiazole-4-carbaldehyde. Interestingly, similar reactions carried out just with a change in the solvent (H(2)O:CH(3)CN instead of CH(2)Cl(2):CH(3)CN) give rise to the formation of coordination polymers with rather different architectures. Thus, the reaction between pym(2)S(2) and CuI leads to the formation of [Cu(3)I(pymS)(2)](n) (3) and [CuI(pym(2)S(3))] (pym(2)S(3) = pyrimidiltrisulfide) (4), while [Cu(3)Br(pymS)(2)](n) (5) is isolated in the reaction with CuBr(2). Finally, the solvothermal reactions between CuI and pyrimidine-2-thione (pymSH) in CH(2)Cl(2):CH(3)CN at different ratios, 1:1 or 2:1, give the polymers [Cu(2)I(2)(pymSH)(2)](n) (6) and [Cu(2)I(2)(pymSH)](n) (7), respectively. The structure of the new compounds has been determined by X-ray diffraction. The studies of the physical properties of the novel coordination polymers reveal that compounds 3 and 5 present excellent electrical conductivity values at room temperature, while compounds 1, 3, and 5-7 show luminescent strong red emission at room temperature.

  16. Lanthanide coordination polymers based on multi-donor ligand containing pyridine and phthalate moieties: Structures, luminescence and magnetic properties

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    Feng, Xun; Liu, Lang; Wang, Li-Ya; Song, Hong-Liang; Qiang Shi, Zhi; Wu, Xu-Hong; Ng, Seik-Weng

    2013-10-15

    A new family of five lanthanide-organic coordination polymers incorporating multi-functional N-hetrocyclic dicarboxylate ligand, namely, [Ln{sub 2}(Hdpp){sub 2}(dpp){sub 2}]{sub n}Ln=Pr(1), Eu(2), Gd(3), Dy(4), Er(5) (H{sub 2}dpp=1-(3, 4-dicarboxyphenyl) pyridin-4-ol) have been fabricated successfully through solvothermal reaction of 1-(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)-4-hydroxypyridin-1-ium chloride with trivalent lanthanide salts, and have been characterized systematically. The complexes 1–5 are isomorphous and isostructural. They all feature three dimensional (3D) frameworks based on the interconnection of 1D double chains composed of the binuclear moiety [Ln{sub 2}(Hdpp){sub 2}]{sup 4+} basic carboxylate as secondary building unit (SBU). The results of magnetic analysis shows the same bridging fashion of carboxylic group in this case results in the different magnetic properties occurring within lanthanide polymers. Moreover, the Eu(III) and Dy(III) complexes display characteristic luminescence emission in the visible regions. - Graphical abstract: A new family of lanthanide-organic frameworks incorporating multi-donor twisted ligand has been fabricated successfully, and has been characterized systematically. The complexes 1–5 are isostructural, and all feather three dimensional (3D) frameworks based on the interconnection of 1D double stride chains composed of the binuclear moiety [Ln{sub 2}(Hdpp){sub 2}]{sup 2+} basic carboxylate as secondary building unit (SBU). Display Omitted - Highlights: • New family of lanthanide–organic coordination polymers incorporating multifunctional N-hetrocyclic dicarboxylate ligand has been fabricated. • They have been characterized systematically. • They all feather three dimensional frameworks based on the binuclear moiety of [Ln{sub 2}(Hdpp){sub 2}]{sup 2+}. • The Eu(III) and Dy(III) analogues exhibit intense photoluminescence.

  17. Detection of surface impurity phases in high T.sub.C superconductors using thermally stimulated luminescence

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    Cooke, D. Wayne; Jahan, Muhammad S.

    1989-01-01

    Detection of surface impurity phases in high-temperature superconducting materials. Thermally stimulated luminescence has been found to occur in insulating impurity phases which commonly exist in high-temperature superconducting materials. The present invention is sensitive to impurity phases occurring at a level of less than 1% with a probe depth of about 1 .mu.m which is the region of interest for many superconductivity applications. Spectroscopic and spatial resolution of the emitted light from a sample permits identification and location of the impurity species. Absence of luminescence, and thus of insulating phases, can be correlated with low values of rf surface resistance.

  18. A family of entangled coordination polymers constructed from a flexible V-shaped long bicarboxylic acid and auxiliary N-donor ligands: Luminescent sensing

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    Wang, Jun; Bai, Chao; Hu, Huai-Ming; Yuan, Fei; Xue, Gang-Lin

    2017-05-01

    Eight Zn(II)-based coordination polymers, namely, [Zn2L2(2,2'-bipy)]n·nH2O (1), [Zn2L2(phen)]n·nH2O (2), [ZnL(phen)(H2O)]n (3), [Zn3L3(4,4'-bipy)]n (4), [Zn2L2(4,4'-bipy)2]n [Zn2L2(H2O)2]n·2nH2O (5), [Zn4L4(bpp)2]n (6), [ZnL(bbi)0.5]n (7), [ZnL(bpz)]n (8) (H2L=4,4'-{[1,2-phenylenebis-(methylene)]bis(oxy)}dibenzoic acid, 2,2'-bipy =2,2'-bipyridine, phen =1,10-phenanthroline, 4,4'-bpy=4,4'-bipyridine, bpp =1,3-bis(4-pyridyl)propane, bbi=1,4-bis(imidazol-1-yl)butane, bpz=3,3‧,5,5‧-tetramethyl-4,4‧-bipyrazole), have been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized. 1-8 display various coordination motifs with different entangled forms and conformations due to the effect of the assistant N-donor ligands. The photoluminescent properties of compounds 1-8 in solid state were studied. Interestingly, 3 exhibits highly efficient luminescent sensing for Cu2+ cations and CrO42- anions, as well as detection ability for the different organic solvents and nitro explosives. These results indicated that it could be utilized as a multi-responsive luminescent sensor. Furthermore, compound 3 also shows good chemical resistance to both acidity and alkalinity solutions with pH ranging from 2 to 13. Thus, multi-photofunctionality and fluorescent response to pH have been combined in the 3, which is the first example in the Zn-based hybrid materials.

  19. Uranyl sensitization of samarium (III) luminescence in a two-dimensional coordination polymer

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    Knope, Karah E.; de Lill, Daniel T.; Rowland, Clare E.; Cantos, Paula M.; de Bettencourt-Dias, Ana; Cahill, Christopher L.

    2012-01-02

    Heterometallic carboxyphosphonates UO₂2+/Ln3+ have been prepared from the hydrothermal reaction of uranyl nitrate, lanthanide nitrate (Ln = Sm, Tb, Er, Yb), and phosphonoacetic acid (H₃PPA). Compound 1, (UO₂)₂(PPA)(HPPA)₂Sm(H₂O)·2H₂O (1) adopts a two-dimensional structure in which the UO₂2+ metal ions bind exclusively to the phosphonate moiety, whereas the Ln3+ ions are coordinated by both phosphonate and carboxylate functionalities. Luminescence studies of 1 show very bright visible and near-IR samarium(III)-centered emission upon direct excitation of the uranyl moiety. The Sm3+ emissive state exhibits a double-exponential decay with lifetimes of 67.2 ± 6.5 and 9.0 ± 1.3 μs as measured at 594 nm, after excitation at both 365 and 420 nm. No emission is observed in the region typical of the uranyl cation, indicating that all energy is either transferred to the Sm3+ center or lost to nonradiative processes. Herein we report the synthesis, crystal structure, and luminescent behavior of 1, as well as those of the isostructural terbium, erbium, and ytterbium analogues.

  20. Covalent attachment of mechanoresponsive luminescent micelles to glasses and polymers in aqueous conditions.

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    Sagara, Yoshimitsu; Komatsu, Toru; Ueno, Tasuku; Hanaoka, Kenjiro; Kato, Takashi; Nagano, Tetsuo

    2014-03-19

    Covalent attachment of mechanoresponsive luminescent organic or organometallic compounds to other materials is a promising approach to develop a wide variety of mechanoresponsive luminescent materials. Here, we report covalently linkable mechanoresponsive micelles that change their photoluminescence from yellow to green in response to mechanical stimulation under aqueous conditions. These micelles are composed of a dumbbell-shaped amphiphilic pyrene derivative having amine groups at the peripheral positions of its dendrons. Using a well-established cross-linker, the micelles were covalently linked via their peripheral amine groups to the surface of glass beads, polylactic acid (PLA) beads, and living cells under aqueous conditions. Vortexing of glass beads bearing the micelles in a glass vial filled with water caused a photoluminescence color change from yellow to green. PLA beads bearing the micelles showed no change in photoluminescence color under the same conditions. We ascribe this result to the lower density and stiffness of the PLA beads, because the color of the PLA beads changed on vortexing in the presence of bare glass beads. HeLa cells and HL-60 cells bearing the micelles showed no obvious photoluminescence color change under vortexing. The structure, photophysical properties, and mechanism of photoluminescence color change of the micellar assemblies were examined.

  1. On the high conductivity of nonconjugated polymers

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    Lachinov, A. N. Kornilov, V. M.; Zagurenko, T. G.; Zherebov, A. Yu.

    2006-04-15

    The mechanism of charge transfer in a metal-electroactive polymer-metal structure has been experimentally studied near the threshold of the uniaxial-pressure-induced transition into a high-conductivity state in the polymer. The dynamics of the I-V curve is investigated as a function of the applied pressure. The data obtained are analyzed in terms of the model of injection currents using the concepts of possible scanning of a quasi-Fermi level near an injection level. Our estimates suggest that a narrow band made of deep trap states located near the Fermi level forms in the polymer film in the pretransition pressure range. In the immediate vicinity of the transition range, a narrow band of coherent charge transfer appears from these states; this band can be responsible for the high metal-type conductivity of thin polymer films, which has been repeatedly observed by many researchers.

  2. Visible-light-excited and europium-emissive nanoparticles for highly-luminescent bioimaging in vivo.

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    Wu, Yongquan; Shi, Mei; Zhao, Lingzhi; Feng, Wei; Li, Fuyou; Huang, Chunhui

    2014-07-01

    Europium(III)-based material showing special milliseconds photoluminescence lifetime has been considered as an ideal time-gated luminescence probe for bioimaging, but is still limited in application in luminescent small-animal bioimaging in vivo. Here, a water-soluble, stable, highly-luminescent nanosystem, Ir-Eu-MSN (MSN = mesoporous silica nanoparticles, Ir-Eu = [Ir(dfppy)2(pic-OH)]3Eu·2H2O, dfppy = 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine, pic-OH = 3-hydroxy-2-carboxypyridine), was developed by an in situ coordination reaction to form an insoluble dinuclear iridium(III) complex-sensitized-europium(III) emissive complex within mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) which had high loading efficiency. Compared with the usual approach of physical adsorption, this in-situ reaction strategy provided 20-fold the loading efficiency (43.2%) of the insoluble Ir-Eu complex in MSNs. These nanoparticles in solid state showed bright red luminescence with high quantum yield of 55.2%, and the excitation window extended up to 470 nm. These Ir-Eu-MSN nanoparticles were used for luminescence imaging in living cells under excitation at 458 nm with confocal microscopy, which was confirmed by flow cytometry. Furthermore, the Ir-Eu-MSN nanoparticles were successfully applied into high-contrast luminescent lymphatic imaging in vivo under low power density excitation of 5 mW cm(-2). This synthetic method provides a universal strategy of combining hydrophobic complexes with hydrophilic MSNs for in vivo bioimaging.

  3. Energy transfer (In3+ → Eu3+) based Polyvinyl Alcohol polymer composites for bright red luminescence

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    Kumar, K. Naveen; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Kim, Jong Su; Shim, Jaesool; Cho, Migyung; Kang, Misook; Gupta, Bipin Kumar

    2017-08-01

    A prominent sensitization effect of In3+ ions is observed in In3++Eu3+: PVA polymer composites under UV excitation. Consequently, it enhances the red emission performance of Eu3+ ions in PVA system. We have successfully synthesized Eu3+: PVA, In3+: PVA and In3++Eu3+: PVA polymer films by traditional solution casting method. The structural and ion-polymer interaction studies have been analyzed from XRD and FTIR spectral profiles. Eu3+ doped PVA polymer composites are exhibited a red emission at 619 nm (5D0→7F2) under 396 nm (7F0→5L6) of excitation. Upon co-doping with In3+ ions in different concentrations to the Eu3+: PVA polymer film, it exhibits predominant red emission than singly doped Eu3+: PVA under 396 nm of excitation due to energy migration from In3+ to Eu3+. Successful emission photons of In3+ ions are collectively absorbed by the Eu3+ ions which lead the improvement of red emission. Optimized sensitization concentration of the In3+ ions has been found to be 0.01 wt%. Possible energy migration phenomenon is elucidated by several fluorescent dynamics. The energy transfer process is substantiated by lifetime decay analysis and overlapped spectral studies. The Commission International de I-Eclairage chromaticity coordinates were calculated. The quantum efficiencies of the Eu3+ ions and In3+ ions in singly doped and co-doped polymer systems have been evaluated. From these results, these co-doped In3++Eu3+: PVA composite polymer films might be proposed as encouraging candidates for bright red fluorescent materials for several photonic applications.

  4. Development of a luminescent mutagenicity test for high-throughput screening of aquatic samples.

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    Zwart, Nick; Lamoree, Marja; Houtman, Corine; de Boer, Jacob; Kool, Jeroen; Hamers, Timo

    2017-09-06

    The Salmonella reversion based Ames test is the most widely used method for mutagenicity testing. For rapid toxicity assessment of e.g. water samples and for effect-directed analysis, however, the Ames test suffers from lack of throughput and is regarded as a laborious, time consuming method. To achieve faster analysis, with increased throughput, a (downscaled) luminescent derivative of the Ames Salmonella/microsome fluctuation test has been developed through expression of the Photorhabdus luminescens luciferase in the Salmonella TA98 and TA100 strains. The applicability of this test is demonstrated by analysis of environmentally relevant compounds, a suspended particulate matter extract and an industrial effluent sample. Use of the luminescent reporter reduced the required detection time from 48 to 28h with a specificity of 84% for responses reported in the literature to a set of 14 mutagens as compared to 72% in the unmodified fluctuation test. Testing of the same compounds in a downscaled luminescent format resulted in an 88% similarity with the response found in the regular luminescent format. The increase in throughput, faster analysis and potential for real-time bacterial quantification that luminescence provides, allows future application in the high-throughput screening of large numbers of samples or sample fractions, as required in effect-directed analysis in order to accelerate the identification of (novel) mutagens. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Strong Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Highly Emissive Terbium Complexes in Aqueous Solution

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    Samuel, Amanda; Lunkley, Jamie; Muller, Gilles; Raymond, Kenneth

    2010-03-15

    Two luminescent terbium(III) complexes have been prepared from chiral ligands containing 2-hydroxyisophthalamide (IAM) antenna chromophores and their non-polarized and circularly-polarized luminescence properties have been studied. These tetradentate ligands, which form 2:1 ligand/Tb{sup III} complexes, utilize diaminocyclohexane (cyLI) and diphenylethylenediamine (dpenLI) backbones, which we reasoned would impart conformational rigidity and result in Tb{sup III} complexes that display both large luminescence quantum yield ({phi}) values and strong circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) activities. Both Tb{sup III} complexes are highly emissive, with {phi} values of 0.32 (dpenLI-Tb) and 0.60 (cyLI-Tb). Luminescence lifetime measurements in H{sub 2}O and D{sub 2}O indicate that while cyLI-Tb exists as a single species in solution, dpenLI-Tb exists as two species: a monohydrate complex with one H{sub 2}O molecule directly bound to the Tb{sup III} ion and a complex with no water molecules in the inner coordination sphere. Both cyLI-Tb and dpenLI-Tb display increased CPL activity compared to previously reported Tb{sup III} complexes made with chiral IAM ligands. The CPL measurements also provide additional confirmation of the presence of a single emissive species in solution in the case of cyLI-Tb, and multiple emissive species in the case of dpenLI-Tb.

  6. Towards high performance inverted polymer solar cells

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    Gong, Xiong

    2013-03-01

    Bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells that can be fabricated by solution processing techniques are under intense investigation in both academic institutions and industrial companies because of their potential to enable mass production of flexible and cost-effective alternative to silicon-based electronics. Despite the envisioned advantages and recent technology advances, so far the performance of polymer solar cells is still inferior to inorganic counterparts in terms of the efficiency and stability. There are many factors limiting the performance of polymer solar cells. Among them, the optical and electronic properties of materials in the active layer, device architecture and elimination of PEDOT:PSS are the most determining factors in the overall performance of polymer solar cells. In this presentation, I will present how we approach high performance of polymer solar cells. For example, by developing novel materials, fabrication polymer photovoltaic cells with an inverted device structure and elimination of PEDOT:PSS, we were able to observe over 8.4% power conversion efficiency from inverted polymer solar cells.

  7. Enhanced radiation detectors using luminescent materials

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    Vardeny, Zeev V.; Jeglinski, Stefan A.; Lane, Paul A.

    2001-01-01

    A radiation detecting device comprising a radiation sensing element, and a layer of luminescent material to expand the range of wavelengths over which the sensing element can efficiently detect radiation. The luminescent material being selected to absorb radiation at selected wavelengths, causing the luminescent material to luminesce, and the luminescent radiation being detected by the sensing element. Radiation sensing elements include photodiodes (singly and in arrays), CCD arrays, IR detectors and photomultiplier tubes. Luminescent materials include polymers, oligomers, copolymers and porphyrines, Luminescent layers include thin films, thicker layers, and liquid polymers.

  8. High temperature polymer concrete compositions

    DOEpatents

    Fontana, Jack J.; Reams, Walter

    1985-01-01

    This invention is concerned with a polymer concrete composition, which is a two-component composition useful with many bases including metal. Component A, the aggregate composition, is broadly composed of silica, silica flour, portland cement, and acrylamide, whereas Component B, which is primarily vinyl and acrylyl reactive monomers, is a liquid system. A preferred formulation emphasizing the major necessary components is as follows: ______________________________________ Component A: Silica sand 60-77 wt. % Silica flour 5-10 wt. % Portland cement 15-25 wt. % Acrylamide 1-5 wt. % Component B: Styrene 50-60 wt. % Trimethylolpropane 35-40 wt. % trimethacrylate ______________________________________ and necessary initiators, accelerators, and surfactants.

  9. Highly Luminescent π-Conjugated Terpyridine Derivatives Exhibiting Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence.

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    Sasabe, Hisahiro; Hayasaka, Yuya; Komatsu, Ryutaro; Nakao, Kohei; Kido, Junji

    2017-01-01

    Typically, luminescent π-conjugated 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine (tpy) derivatives are versatile components for tridentate metal ligands, supramolecular materials, two-photon absorption bioimaging probes, fluorescent ion sensors, and organic light-emitting devices. However, a limited number of luminescent tpy materials, other than metal complexes, have been reported. This study introduces a series of π-conjugated tpy derivatives that exhibit strong thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). We have observed that a blue tpy emitter outperforms conventional fluorescent emitters. Additionally, a green tpy emitter has exhibited a performance that is almost comparable to that of its green phosphorescent counterparts, realizing an external quantum efficiency close to 25 % and a power efficiency exceeding 80 lm W(-1) with an exceptionally low efficiency roll-off. This study demonstrates the first example of highly luminescent tpy-based TADF emitters.

  10. Water evaporation on highly viscoelastic polymer surfaces.

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    Pu, Gang; Severtson, Steven J

    2012-07-03

    Results are reported for a study on the evaporation of water droplets from a highly viscoelastic acrylic polymer surface. These are contrasted with those collected for the same measurements carried out on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). For PDMS, the evaporation process involves the expected multistep process including constant drop area, constant contact angle, and finally a combination of these steps until the liquid is gone. In contrast, water evaporation from the acrylic polymer shows a constant drop area mode throughout. Furthermore, during the evaporation process, the drop area actually expands on the acrylic polymer. The single mode evaporation process is consistent with formation of wetting structures, which cannot be propagated by the capillary forces. Expansion of the drop area is attributed to the influence of the drop capillary pressure. Furthermore, the rate of drop area expansion is shown to be dependent on the thickness of the polymer film.

  11. Luminescent guest-host composite films based on an azomethine dye in different matrix polymers

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    Marin, Luminita; Zabulica, Andrei; Moleavin, Ioana-Andreea

    2014-12-01

    New hybrid guest/host composite films obtained by dispersing a light-emitting azomethine dimer into three different matrix polymers have been studied. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), UDEL polysulfone (PSU) and chitosan were chosen as host matrix. Differential scanning calorimetry, polarized light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements revealed the composite morphology and their thermal properties. UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy indicated the influence of polymer matrix on the azomethine dye optical properties. The composite films exhibited strong photoluminescence emission when excited with maximum absorption wavelength. It was concluded that polysulfone is a good candidate in guest/host composite obtaining.

  12. Plasmon-enhanced conjugated polymer luminescence using silver nanoparticles and sequentially adsorbed polyelectrolyte spacers

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    Pan, Shanlin; Rothberg, Lewis J.; Nolte, Adam J.; Rubner, Michael F.; Gorodetskaya, Irina; Swager, Timothy M.

    2005-08-01

    Up to fifty fold increases in water soluble conjugated phenylenevinylene polymer fluorescence are observed when these polymers are adsorbed onto silver nanoparticle treated surfaces with layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte spacers. The silver particle density and spacer thickness dependence of the enhancement are investigated. Using absorption, fluorescence, fluorescence excitation and transient photoluminescence measurments, we infer the relative importance of absorption and emissive rate increases in explaining the observed enhancement. Large blue shifts due to interactions of the molecular excited states with the silver particle plasmons are observed.

  13. Hybrid materials based on novel 2D lanthanide coordination polymers covalently bonded to amine-modified SBA-15 and MCM-41: assembly, characterization, structural features, thermal and luminescence properties.

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    Wang, Jun; Dou, Wei; Kirillov, Alexander M; Liu, Weisheng; Xu, Cailing; Fang, Ran; Yang, Lizi

    2016-11-22

    Three novel 2D coordination polymers [Tb2(μ4-L)2(μ-HL)(μ-HCOO)(DEF)]n (Tb-L), [Eu(μ4-L)(L)(H2O)2]n (Eu-L), and [Nd(μ4-L)(L)(H2O)2]n (Nd-L) were assembled from the corresponding lanthanide(iii) nitrates and 5 methoxy-(4-benzaldehyde)-1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid (H2L) as a main multifunctional building block bearing carboxylate and aldehyde functional groups, using H2O/DEF {DEF = N,N-diethylformamide} as a reaction medium. The obtained coordination polymers were isolated as stable microcrystalline solids and fully characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, TGA, BET, PXRD, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Their structures feature intricate 2D metal-organic networks, which were topologically classified as underlying layers with the 4,6L26 (for Tb-L) or sql (for Eu-L and Nd-L) topologies. Besides, a novel series of mesoporous hybrid materials wherein the Tb-L, Eu-L, or Nd-L coordination polymers are covalently grafted into the amine-functionalized SBA-15-NH2 or MCM-41-NH2 matrices (via the formation of Schiff-base groups) was also synthesized and fully characterized. These hybrid materials show high thermal and photoluminescence stability, as well as remarkable chemical resistance to boiling water, and acidic or alkaline medium. Luminescent properties of the parent coordination polymers and derived hybrid materials are investigated in detail, showing that the latter combine the luminescent characteristics (intense green or red emissions and excellent stability) of lanthanide coordination polymers and structural features of ordered mesoporous silica molecular sieves. Moreover, light emitting devices were assembled, by coating the hybrid materials onto the surface of UV-LED bulbs, and showed excellent light emitting properties.

  14. Highly selective luminescent nanostructures for mitochondrial imaging and targeting

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    Fanizza, E.; Iacobazzi, R. M.; Laquintana, V.; Valente, G.; Caliandro, G.; Striccoli, M.; Agostiano, A.; Cutrignelli, A.; Lopedota, A.; Curri, M. L.; Franco, M.; Depalo, N.; Denora, N.

    2016-02-01

    Here a luminescent hybrid nanostructure based on functionalized quantum dots (QDs) is used as a fluorescent imaging agent able to target selectively mitochondria thanks to the molecular recognition of the translocator protein (TSPO). The selective targeting of such an 18 kDa protein mainly located in the outer mitochondrial membrane and overexpressed in several pathological states including neurodegenerative diseases and cancers may provide valuable information for the early diagnosis and therapy of human disorders. In particular, the rational design of amino functionalized luminescent silica coated QD nanoparticles (QD@SiO2 NPs) provides a versatile nanoplatform to anchor a potent and selective TSPO ligand, characterized by a 2-phenyl-imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine acetamide structure along with a derivatizable carboxylic end group, useful to conjugate the TSPO ligand and achieve TSPO-QD@SiO2 NPs by means of a covalent amide bond. The colloidal stability and optical properties of the proposed nanomaterials are comprehensively investigated and their potential as mitochondrial imaging agents is fully assessed. Sub-cellular fractionation, together with confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscopy and co-localization analysis of targeted TSPO-QD@SiO2 NPs in C6 glioma cells overexpressing the TSPO, proves the great potential of these multifunctional nanosystems as in vitro selective mitochondrial imaging agents.Here a luminescent hybrid nanostructure based on functionalized quantum dots (QDs) is used as a fluorescent imaging agent able to target selectively mitochondria thanks to the molecular recognition of the translocator protein (TSPO). The selective targeting of such an 18 kDa protein mainly located in the outer mitochondrial membrane and overexpressed in several pathological states including neurodegenerative diseases and cancers may provide valuable information for the early diagnosis and therapy of human disorders. In particular, the rational design of amino

  15. Diazoluminomelanin: A Synthetic Luminescent Biopolymer

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-01-01

    reverse if necessary and identify by block number) FIELD GROUP SUB-GROUP Ob 07 Luminol 3-Amino-L-tyrosine Chemiluminescence 1u14 Melanin 19. ABSTRACT...l. 4- phthalazinedione ( luminol ) that generated sustained high level luminescence under physiologic conditions without the necessity of a catalyst...The denvative was made by a diazotization reaction with luminol and 3-amino-L-tyrosine. The resulting orange-brown anionic polymer has been given the

  16. Luminescent proteins from Aequorea victoria: applications in drug discovery and in high throughput analysis.

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    Deo, S K; Daunert, S

    2001-02-01

    Recent progress in generating a vast number of drug targets through genomics and large compound libraries through combinatorial chemistry have stimulated advancements in drug discovery through the development of new high throughput screening (HTS) methods. Automation and HTS techniques are also highly desired in fields such as clinical diagnostics. Luminescence-based assays have emerged as an alternative to radiolabel-based assays in HTS as they approach the sensitivity of radioactive detection along with ease of operation, which makes them amenable to miniaturization. Luminescent proteins provide the advantage of reduced reagent and operating costs because they can be produced in unlimited amounts through the use of genetic engineering tools. In that regard, the use of two naturally occurring and recombinantly produced luminescent proteins from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, namely, aequorin and the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has attracted attention in a number of analytical applications in diverse research areas. Aequorin is naturally bioluminescent and has therefore, virtually no associated background signal, which allows its detection down to attomole levels. GFP has become the reporter of choice in a variety of applications given that it is an autofluorescent protein that does not require addition of any co-factors for fluorescence emission. Furthermore, the generation of various mutants of GFP with differing luminescent and spectral properties has spurred additional interest in this protein. In this review, we focus on the use of aequorin and GFP in the development of highly sensitive assays that find applications in drug discovery and in high throughput analysis.

  17. Luminescent metal-organic framework films as highly sensitive and fast-response oxygen sensors.

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    Dou, Zhongshang; Yu, Jiancan; Cui, Yuanjing; Yang, Yu; Wang, Zhiyu; Yang, Deren; Qian, Guodong

    2014-04-16

    Luminescent metal-organic framework films, CPM-5⊃Tb(3+) and MIL-100(In)⊃Tb(3+), have been constructed by postfunctionalization of two porous indium-organic frameworks with different structures, respectively. The MIL-100(In)⊃Tb(3+) film shows high oxygen sensitivity (KSV = 7.59) and short response/recovery time (6 s/53 s).

  18. A series of coordination polymers based on a V-shaped multicarboxylate and bisimidazole ligands: Synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties

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    Guo, Huadong; Yan, Yongnian; Guo, Xianmin; Wang, Nan; Qi, Yanjuan

    2016-03-01

    Based on a V-shaped multicarboxylic acid and various bisimidazole ligands, six new coordination polymers, namely, [Zn4(otba) (1,4-bix)4]·3H2O (1), [Ni4(otba)2(1,4-bix)3(H2O)2]·2H2O (2), [Zn2(H2otba)2(bib) (H2O)2] (3), [Cd2(H2otba)2(bib)]·2H2O (4), [Zn3(otba)2(bidpe)2(H2O)2] (5), [Ni2(H2otba)2(bidpe)3(H2O)2]·H2O (6) (H4otba = 3,5,3‧,5‧-oxytetrabenzoic acid, 1,4-bix = 1,2-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene, bib = 1,4-bis(imidazol-1-yl)benzene and bidpe = 4,4'-bis(imidazol-1-yl)diphenyl ether) have been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized. Compound 1 displays an uncommon hexanodal 3D 4-connected network. Compound 2 features a trinodal 3D (4, 4, 6)-connected framework. Compound 3 shows an interesting polythreaded 1D→3D species. Compound 4 exhibits a binodal 3D (3, 8)-connected network. Compound 5 displays a three-fold interpenetration of trinodal (3, 3, 4)-connected network. Compound 6 shows a five-fold interpenetration of five-connected bilayer network. The luminescent properties of compounds 1, 3, 4 and 5 were also measured.

  19. Synthesis, crystal structure, and luminescent properties of two coordination polymers based on 1,4-phenylenediacetic acid

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    Zhang, Meili; Ren, Yixia; Ma, Zhenzhen; Qiao, Lei

    2017-06-01

    Two coordination polymers, [Zn(pda)(bib)]n (1) and [Cd(pda)0.5(bib)Cl]n (2)]. (H2pda = 1,4-phenylenediacetic acid, bib = 1,2-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene), have been synthesized by using Zn(II)/Cd(II) salts with two flexible ligands pda and bib under hydrothermal conditions. Their structures have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray crystallography and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis. Due to the coordination geometry around the metal ions and the diverse coordination modes of the flexible ligands, the obtained complex show diverse structures. In the structure of 1, a pair of bib ligands connect two Zn(II) atoms give rise a 22-membered ring, which is further extended by pda ligands in bidentate coordination mode leading a ring-containing 2D layer. In 2, bib ligands join [Cd2Cl2]2+ dimmers generate 1D polymeric ribbon, the pda ligands further extend such ribbon forming a 2D layer network containing rectangular windows, which discovers the effect of the central metal ions on the formation of metal-organic frameworks. In additional, luminescent properties of two complexes have also been studied, they could be potential fluorescence materials.

  20. Synthesis, crystal structures, luminescence and catalytic properties of two d10 metal coordination polymers constructed from mixed ligands

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    Wang, Xiao-xiao; Zhang, Ming-xi; Yu, Baoyi; Van Hecke, Kristof; Cui, Guang-hua

    2015-03-01

    Two new coordination polymers [Cd(bmb)(hmph)]n (1), {[Ag(bmb)]·H2btc}n (2) (bmb = 1,4-bis(2-methylbenzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene, H2hmph = homophthalic acid, H3btc = 1,3,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid) were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods, IR spectroscopy, TGA, XRPD and elemental analysis. Complex 1 features a 3D threefold interpenetrating dia array with a 4-connected 66 topology. Complex 2 shows a 1D helix chain structure connected by L1 ligands, which is finally extended into a rarely 2D 4L2 supramolecular network via C-H⋯O hydrogen bond interactions. In addition, the luminescence and catalytic properties of the two complexes for the degradation of the methyl orange azo dye in a Fenton-like process were presented. The degradation efficiency of the methyl orange azo dye for 1 and 2 are 56% and 96%, respectively.

  1. Role of Aggregates in the Luminescence Decay Dynamics of Conjugated Polymers.

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    Chakraborty, Rajarshi; Rothberg, Lewis J

    2016-02-04

    Fluorescence quantum yields of conjugated polymer films are systematically lower than their counterparts in dilute solution. Films also exhibit a long "temporal tail" in their fluorescence decay dynamics not present in solution. We study the spectroscopy, excitation wavelength dependence, temperature dependence, and electric field quenching of the temporal tail of the photoluminescence in MEH-PPV on a nanosecond time scale to elucidate the relationship between those observations. We conclude that the tail represents emission from H-like aggregated regions in the polymer. Using a simple model of the photophysics, we estimate the formation yield of the aggregates responsible for the tail emission to be <20% so that they cannot account for the large reduction in fluorescence observed in densely packed films relative to that in solution.

  2. High-efficiency simultaneous three-photon absorption upconversion luminescence of a terbium-doped germanate glass

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    Zhang, Liaolin; Yang, Runlan; Zou, Hui; Shen, Xiao; Zheng, Jiajin; Wei, Wei

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, high-efficiency green upconversion luminescence from a terbium (Tb3+)-doped germanate glass is reported. The upconversion luminescence involved a simultaneous three-photon absorption process. Compared with an emission spectrum excited at 377 nm, the upconversion luminescence bands of Tb3+ pumped by an fs laser showed a slight red-shift. This was ascribed to the redistribution of glass composition when the glass sample was exposed to the high-intensity laser, which results in the aggregation of Tb3+ around the laser-exposed focal region, which in turn results in the slight red-shift of luminescence. The upconversion luminescence intensities at 540, 590, and 620 nm strongly depended on the polarization angle of the femtosecond laser, which was ascribed to the different transmittances of a half-wavelength plate at different polarization angles, which results in the regularity change in fs laser power.

  3. Luminescent GdVO4:Sm3+ quantum dots enhance power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer

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    Bishnoi, Swati; Gupta, Vinay; Sharma, Chhavi; Haranath, D.; Naqvi, Sheerin; Kumar, Mahesh; Sharma, Gauri D.; Chand, Suresh

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we report enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from samarium-doped luminescent gadolinium orthovanadate (GdVO4:Sm3+) quantum dots (QDs) to polythieno[3,4-b]-thiophene-co-benzodithiophene (PTB7) polymer. The photoluminescence emission spectrum of GdVO4:Sm3+ QDs overlaps with the absorption spectrum of PTB7, leading to FRET from GdVO4:Sm3+ to PTB7, and significant enhancements in the charge-carrier density of excited and polaronic states of PTB7 are observed. This was confirmed by means of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The FRET from GdVO4:Sm3+ QDs to PTB7 led to a remarkable increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PTB7:GdVO4:Sm3+:PC71BM ([6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester) polymer solar cells. The PCE in optimized ternary blend PTB7:GdVO4:Sm3+:PC71BM (1:0.1:1.5) is increased to 8.8% from 7.2% in PTB7:PC71BM. This work demonstrates the potential of rare-earth based luminescent QDs in enhancing the PCE of polymer solar cells.

  4. High pressure luminescence spectra of CaMoO4:Ln3+ (Ln = Pr, Tb).

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    Mahlik, S; Behrendt, M; Grinberg, M; Cavalli, E; Bettinelli, M

    2013-03-13

    Photoluminescence spectra and luminescence kinetics of pure CaMoO(4) and CaMoO(4) doped with Ln(3+) (Ln = Pr or Tb) are presented. The spectra were obtained at high hydrostatic pressure up to 240 kbar applied in a diamond anvil cell. At ambient pressure undoped and doped samples exhibit a broad band emission extending between 380 and 700 nm with a maximum at 520 nm attributed to the MoO(4)(2-) luminescence. CaMoO(4) doped with Pr(3+) or Tb(3+) additionally yields narrow emission lines related to f-f transitions. The undoped CaMoO(4) crystal was characterized by a strong MoO(4)(2-) emission up to 240 kbar. In the cases of CaMoO(4):Pr(3+) and CaMoO(4):Tb(3+), high hydrostatic pressure caused quenching of Pr(3+) and Tb(3+) emission, and this effect was accompanied by a strong shortening of the luminescence lifetime. In doped samples, CaMoO(4):Pr(3+) and CaMoO(4):Tb(3+), quenching of the emission band attributed to MoO(4)(2-) was also observed, and at pressure above 130 kbar this luminescence was totally quenched. The effects mentioned above were related to the influence of the praseodymium (terbium) trapped exciton PTE (ITE-impurity trapped exciton) on the efficiency of the Pr(3+) (Tb(3+)) and MoO(4)(2-) emissions.

  5. High pressure luminescence spectra of CaMoO4:Ln3+ (Ln = Pr, Tb)

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    Mahlik, S.; Behrendt, M.; Grinberg, M.; Cavalli, E.; Bettinelli, M.

    2013-03-01

    Photoluminescence spectra and luminescence kinetics of pure CaMoO4 and CaMoO4 doped with Ln3+ (Ln = Pr or Tb) are presented. The spectra were obtained at high hydrostatic pressure up to 240 kbar applied in a diamond anvil cell. At ambient pressure undoped and doped samples exhibit a broad band emission extending between 380 and 700 nm with a maximum at 520 nm attributed to the {{MoO}}_{4}^{2-} luminescence. CaMoO4 doped with Pr3+ or Tb3+ additionally yields narrow emission lines related to f-f transitions. The undoped CaMoO4 crystal was characterized by a strong MoO{}_{4}^{2-} emission up to 240 kbar. In the cases of CaMoO4:Pr3+ and CaMoO4:Tb3+, high hydrostatic pressure caused quenching of Pr3+ and Tb3+ emission, and this effect was accompanied by a strong shortening of the luminescence lifetime. In doped samples, CaMoO4:Pr3+ and CaMoO4:Tb3+, quenching of the emission band attributed to {{MoO}}_{4}^{2-} was also observed, and at pressure above 130 kbar this luminescence was totally quenched. The effects mentioned above were related to the influence of the praseodymium (terbium) trapped exciton PTE (ITE—impurity trapped exciton) on the efficiency of the Pr3+ (Tb3+) and {{MoO}}_{4}^{2-} emissions.

  6. [Synthesis of reserve polyhydroxyalkanoates by luminescent bacteria].

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    Boiandin, A N; Kalacheva, G S; Rodicheva, E K; Volova, T G

    2008-01-01

    The ability of marine luminescent bacteria to synthesize polyesters of hydroxycarboxylic acids (polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA) as reserve macromolecules was studied. Twenty strains from the collection of the luminescent bacteria CCIBSO (WDSM839) of the Institute of Biophysics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, assigned to different taxa (Photobacterium leiognathi, Ph. phosphoreum, Vibrio harveyi, and V. fischeri) were analyzed. The most productive strains were identified, and the conditions ensuring high polymer yields in batch culture (40-70% of the cell dry mass weight) were determined. The capacity of synthesizing two- and three-component polymers containing hydroxybutyric acid as the main monomer and hydroxyvaleric and hydroxyhexanoic acids was revealed in Ph. leiognathi and V. harveyi strains. The results allow luminescent microorganisms to be regarded as new producers of multicomponent polyhydroxyalkanoates.

  7. High-Performance Near-Infrared Luminescent Solar Concentrators.

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    Rondão, Raquel; Frias, Ana R; Correia, Sandra F H; Fu, Lianshe; de Zea Bermudez, Verónica; André, Paulo S; Ferreira, Rute A S; Carlos, Luís D

    2017-04-12

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) appear as candidates to enhance the performance of photovoltaic (PV) cells and contribute to reduce the size of PV systems, decreasing, therefore, the amount of material needed and thus the cost associated with energy conversion. One way to maximize the device performance is to explore near-infrared (NIR)-emitting centers, resonant with the maximum optical response of the most common Si-based PV cells. Nevertheless, very few examples in the literature demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating LSCs emitting in the NIR region. In this work, NIR-emitting LSCs are reported using silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine bis(trihexylsilyloxide) (SiNc or NIR775) immobilized in an organic-inorganic tri-ureasil matrix (t-U(5000)). The photophysical properties of the SiNc dye incorporated into the tri-ureasil host closely resembled those of SiNc in tetrahydrofuran solution (an absolute emission quantum yield of ∼0.17 and a fluorescence lifetime of ∼3.6 ns). The LSC coupled to a Si-based PV device revealed an optical conversion efficiency of ∼1.5%, which is among the largest values known in the literature for NIR-emitting LSCs. The LSCs were posteriorly coupled to a Si-based commercial PV cell, and the synergy between the t-U(5000) and SiNc molecules enabled an effective increase in the external quantum efficiency of PV cells, exceeding 20% in the SiNc absorption region.

  8. Preparation of carbon quantum dots based high photostability luminescent membranes.

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    Zhao, Jinxing; Liu, Cui; Li, Yunchuan; Liang, Jiyuan; Liu, Jiyan; Qian, Tonghui; Ding, Jianjun; Cao, Yuan-Cheng

    2017-06-01

    Urethane acrylate (UA) was used to prepare carbon quantum dots (C-dots) luminescent membranes and the resultants were examined with FT-IR, mechanical strength, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and quantum yields (QYs). FT-IR results showed the polyurethane acrylate (PUA) prepolymer -C = C-vibration at 1101 cm(-1) disappeared but there was strong vibration at1687cm(-1) which was contributed from the-C = O groups in cross-linking PUA. Mechanical strength results showed that the different quantity of C-dots loadings and UV-curing time affect the strength. SEM observations on the cross-sections of the membranes are uniform and have no structural defects, which prove that the C-dots are compatible with the water-soluble PUA resin. The C-dot loading was increased from 0 to 1 g, the maximum tensile stress was nearly 2.67 MPa, but the tensile strain was decreased from 23.4% to 15.1% and 7.2% respectively. QYs results showed that the C-dots in the membrane were stable after 120 h continuous irradiation. Therefore, the C-dots photoluminescent film is the promising material for the flexible devices in the future applications. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Diverse lanthanide coordination polymers tuned by the flexibility of ligands and the lanthanide contraction effect: syntheses, structures and luminescence.

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    Zhou, Xiaoyan; Guo, Yanling; Shi, Zhaohua; Song, Xueqin; Tang, Xiaoliang; Hu, Xiong; Zhu, Zhentong; Li, Pengxuan; Liu, Weisheng

    2012-02-14

    Two new flexible exo-bidentate ligands were designed and synthesized, incorporating different backbone chain lengths bearing two salicylamide arms, namely 2,2'-(2,2'-oxybis(ethane-2,1-diyl)bis(oxy))bis(N-benzylbenzamide) (L(I)) and 2,2'-(2,2'-(ethane-1,2-diylbis(oxy))bis(ethane-2,1-diyl))bis(oxy)bis(N-benzylbenzamide) (L(II)). These two structurally related ligands are used as building blocks for constructing diverse lanthanide polymers with luminescent properties. Among two series of lanthanide nitrate complexes which have been characterized by elemental analysis, TGA analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, and IR spectroscopy, ten new coordination polymers have been determined using X-ray diffraction analysis. All the coordination polymers exhibit the same metal-to-ligand molar ratio of 2 : 3. L(I), as a bridging ligand, reacts with lanthanide nitrates forming two different types of 2D coordination complexes: herringbone framework {[Ln(2)(NO(3))(6)(L(I))(3)·mC(4)H(8)O(2)](∞) (Ln = La (1), and Pr (2), m = 1, 2)} as type I,; and honeycomb framework {[Ln(2)(NO(3))(6)(L(I))(3)·nCH(3)OH](∞) (Ln = Nd (3), Eu (4), Tb (5), and Er (6), n = 0 or 3)} as type II, which change according to the decrease in radius of the lanthanide. For L(II), two distinct structure types of 1D ladder-like coordination complexes were formed with decreasing lanthanide radii: [Ln(2)(NO(3))(6)(L(II))(3)·2C(4)H(8)O(2)](∞) (Ln = La (7), Pr (8), Nd (9)) as type III, [Ln(2)(NO(3))(6)(L(I))(3)·mC(4)H(8)O(2)·nCH(3)OH](∞) (Ln = Eu (10), Tb (11), and Er (12), m, n = 2 or 0) as type IV. The progressive structural variation from the 2D supramolecular framework to 1D ladder-like frameworks is attributed to the varying chain length of the backbone group in the flexible ligands. The photophysical properties of trivalent Sm, Eu, Tb, and Dy complexes at room temperature were also investigated in detail.

  10. Heterometal-organic frameworks as highly sensitive and highly selective luminescent probes to detect I⁻ ions in aqueous solutions.

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    Shi, Peng-Fei; Hu, Huan-Cheng; Zhang, Zhan-Yun; Xiong, Gang; Zhao, Bin

    2015-03-07

    Two cationic heterometal-organic frameworks (Eu-Zn (1·NO₃⁻) and Tb-Zn (2·NO₃⁻)) with NO3(-) counter-anions in the channels are structurally and luminously characterized. Both of them can serve as highly sensitive and highly selective luminescent probes for detecting I(-) ions in aqueous solutions. In particular, 2·NO₃⁻ can selectively and reversibly detect I(-) with a fast response time of just 10 s and an extremely low detection limit of 0.001 ppm. Mechanism studies reveal that I(-) is quickly oxidized to form I₃⁻with the help of 1·NO₃⁻ or 2·NO₃⁻, leading to luminescence quenching. This represents the first report of MOF-based luminescent probes for the detection of I(-) in aqueous solutions.

  11. Lanthanide coordination polymers based on 5-(2'-carboxylphenyl) nicotinate: syntheses, structure diversity, dehydration/hydration, luminescence and magnetic properties.

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    Gu, Jin-Zhong; Wu, Jiang; Lv, Dong-Yu; Tang, Yu; Zhu, Kongyang; Wu, Jincai

    2013-04-14

    Twelve lanthanide coordination polymers associated with the organic ligand 5-(2′-carboxylphenyl) nicotinic acid (H2cpna): {[Ln(Hcpna)(cpna)(phen)]·H2O}n (Ln = Sm (1), Tb (2), Ho (3), phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), {[Sm(Hcpna)(cpna)(phen)]·2H2O}n (4), {[Ln2(cpna)3(H2O)3]·4H2O}n (Ln = Y (5), Tb(6), Dy (7), Ho (8)), [Lu2(cpna)3(H2O)2]n (9), {[Y2(cpna)3(phen)2(H2O)]·H2O}n (10), and [Ln(cpna)(phen)(NO3)]n (Ln = Tm (11), Lu (12)) have been prepared by hydrothermal methods and structurally characterized. The structure analyses reveal that complexes 1–3 are isostructural and possess unique three-dimensional (3D) frameworks based on the dodecanuclear Sm/Tb/Ho macrocycles. Complex 4 exhibits a one-dimensional (1D) wheel-chain structure, which further builds three-dimensional (3D) supramolecular architecture via O–HN hydrogen-bonding interactions. Complexes 5–8 are also isostructural and display three-dimensional (3D) open frameworks, which possess two types of channels along the a- and b-axis, respectively. Complexes 9 and 10 feature three-dimensional (3D) frameworks and are created from tetranuclear and dinuclear units, respectively. Complexes 11 and 12 are isostructural and demonstrate one-dimensional (1D) double chain structures, which further build three-dimensional (3D) supramolecular architecture via C–H···O hydrogen-bonding. The results show that the pH value of the reaction system, anion, auxiliary ligand and lanthanide contraction play a significant role in determining the structures of the complexes. In addition, the results of luminescent measurements for compounds 2 and 6 in the solid state at room temperature indicate that the different types of structures have a dissimilar influence on their characteristic luminescence. The magnetic properties of compounds 1, 3, 4, 7 and 11 have been investigated. Furthermore, thermal stabilities for 1–12 and the dehydration/hydration properties of compound 6 have also been studied.

  12. Creating high yield water soluble luminescent graphene quantum dots via exfoliating and disintegrating carbon nanotubes and graphite flakes.

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    Lin, Liangxu; Zhang, Shaowei

    2012-10-21

    We have developed an effective method to exfoliate and disintegrate multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphite flakes. With this technique, high yield production of luminescent graphene quantum dots with high quantum yield and low oxidization can be achieved.

  13. Multistimuli two-color luminescence switching via different slip-stacking of highly fluorescent molecular sheets.

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    Yoon, Seong-Jun; Chung, Jong Won; Gierschner, Johannes; Kim, Kil Suk; Choi, Moon-Gun; Kim, Dongho; Park, Soo Young

    2010-10-06

    Color tuning and switching of the solid-state luminescence of organic materials are attractive subjects for both the fundamental research and practical applications such as optical recording. We report herein cyanostilbene-based highly luminescent molecular sheets which exhibit two-color fluorescence switching in response to pressure, temperature, and solvent vapor. The origin for the multistimuli luminescence switching is the two-directional shear-sliding capability of molecular sheets, which are formed via intermolecular multiple C-H···N and C-H···O hydrogen bonds. The resulting two distinctive crystal phases are promoted by different modes of local dipole coupling, which cause a substantial alternation of π-π overlap. These changes can be directly correlated with the subsequent intermolecular excitonic and excimeric coupling in both phases, as demonstrated by an in-depth theory-assisted spectroscopic and structural study. Finally, we have prepared a first device demonstrator for rewritable fluorescent optical recording media which showed multistimuli luminescence tuning with fast response. Our multistimuli responsive system is unique in terms of the slip-stacking of molecular sheets and thus provides a novel concept of rewritable fluorescent optical recording media.

  14. High Performance Polymer Memory and Its Formation

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    2007-04-26

    Std. Z39.18 Final Report to AFOSR High Performance Polymer Memory Device and Its Formation Fund No.: FA9550-04-1-0215 Prepared by Prof. Yang Yang...polystyrene (PS). The metal nanoparticles were prepared by the two-phase 10-5 (b) 10𔄁Polymer film 1a CC , 10, Glass 1 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 Bias (V) Fig. I...such as copper pthalocyanine (CuPc), 24 ൢ zinc pthalocyanine (ZnPc), 27󈧠 tetracene, 29 and pentacene 30 have been used as donors combined with

  15. Highly sensitive nonlinear luminescent ceramics for volumetric and multilayer data carriers

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    Martynovich, E F; Dresvyanskiy, V P; Voitovich, A P; Bagayev, S N

    2015-10-31

    The interaction of optical ceramics based on wide-bandgap crystals with near-IR femtosecond laser radiation is studied experimentally. The formation of luminescent centres in LiF and MgF{sub 2} ceramics under the action of single laser pulses is considered. Two interaction regimes are used. In the regime of low-aperture focusing of laser radiation (800 nm, 30 fs, 0.3 mJ), multiple selffocusing and filamentation in the samples are observed. The luminescent centres are formed in thin channels induced by light filaments. The average effective self-focusing length is ∼100 μm; the formation of luminescent centres begins at this length and ceases at a wavelength of about 380 mm. The luminescent trace (spur) induced by a single laser filament was ∼30 μm long and 1.3 μm in diameter. The second regime of light interaction with the sample was based on high-aperture focusing with a simultaneous decrease in the laser pulse energy. This led to the formation of single pits with a diameter smaller than the optical diffraction limit. The luminescent centres induced by the laser radiation were aggregated colour centres. The mechanism of their creation included the highly-nonlinear generation of electron – hole pairs in the filamentation region, their recombination with the formation of anion excitons and the decay of excitons into Fresnel defects by the Lushchik – Vitol – Hersh – Pooley mechanism, as well as their recharging, migration and aggregation. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  16. Designing simple tridentate ligands for highly luminescent europium complexes.

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    Shavaleev, Nail M; Eliseeva, Svetlana V; Scopelliti, Rosario; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G

    2009-10-19

    A series of tridentate benzimidazole-substituted pyridine-2-carboxylic acids have been prepared with a halogen, methyl or alkoxy group in the 6-position of the benzimidazole ring, which additionally contains a solubilising N-alkyl chain. The ligands form neutral homoleptic nine-coordinate lanthanum, europium and terbium complexes as established from X-ray crystallographic analysis of eight structures. The coordination polyhedron around the lanthanide ion is close to a tricapped trigonal prism with ligands arranged in an up-up-down fashion. The coordinated ligands serve as light-harvesting chromophores in the complexes with absorption maxima in the range 321-341 nm (epsilon=(4.9-6.0)x10(4) M(-1) cm(-1)) and triplet-state energies between 21 300 and 18 800 cm(-1); the largest redshifts occur for bromine and electron-donor alkoxy substituents. The ligands efficiently sensitise europium luminescence with overall quantum yields (Q(L)(Eu)) and observed lifetimes (tau(obs)) reaching 71 % and 3.00 ms, respectively, in the solid state and 52 % and 2.81 ms, respectively, in CH(2)Cl(2) at room temperature. The radiative lifetimes of the Eu((5)D(0)) level amount to tau(rad)=3.6-4.6 ms and the sensitisation efficiency eta(sens)=Q(L)(Eu)(tau(rad)/tau(obs)) is close to unity for most of the complexes in the solid state and equal to approximately 80 % in solution. The photophysical parameters of the complexes correlate with the triplet energy of the ligands, which in turn is determined by the nature of the benzimidazole substituent. Facile modification of the ligands makes them promising for the development of brightly emissive europium-containing materials.

  17. Luminescent detection of hydrazine and hydrazine derivatives

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    Swager, Timothy M [Newton, MA; Thomas, III, Samuel W.

    2012-04-17

    The present invention generally relates to methods for modulating the optical properties of a luminescent polymer via interaction with a species (e.g., an analyte). In some cases, the present invention provides methods for determination of an analyte by monitoring a change in an optical signal of a luminescent polymer upon exposure to an analyte. Methods of the present invention may be useful for the vapor phase detection of analytes such as explosives and toxins. The present invention also provides methods for increasing the luminescence intensity of a polymer, such as a polymer that has been photobleached, by exposing the luminescent polymer to a species such as a reducing agent.

  18. Electrical conductivity and luminescence properties of two silver(I) coordination polymers with heterocyclic nitrogen ligands

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    Rana, Abhinandan; Kumar Jana, Swapan; Pal, Tanusri; Puschmann, Horst; Zangrando, Ennio; Dalai, Sudipta

    2014-08-01

    The synthesis and X-ray structural characterization of two novel silver(I) coordination polymers, [Ag(NO3)(quin)]n (1) and [Ag8(HL)2(H2O)4(mpyz)]·3H2O (2) are reported, where quin=5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinoxaline, H6L=cyclohexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexacarboxylic acid and mpyz=2-methyl pyrazine. The single crystal diffraction analyses showed that complex 1 is a 2D layered structure, while 2 presents a 3D polymeric architecture. In complex 2 the network is stabilized by argentophilic interactions and hydrogen bonding. Electrical conductivity of order 3×10-4 Scm-1 (1) and 1.6×10-4 Scm-1 (2) is measured on thin film specimen at room temperature. The photoluminescence and thermal properties of the complexes have also been studied.

  19. Homogeneous Synthesis and Electroluminescence Device of Highly Luminescent CsPbBr3 Perovskite Nanocrystals.

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    Wei, Song; Yang, Yanchun; Kang, Xiaojiao; Wang, Lan; Huang, Lijian; Pan, Daocheng

    2017-03-06

    Highly luminescent CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals (PNCs) are homogeneously synthesized by mixing toluene solutions of PbBr2 and cesium oleate at room temperature in open air. We found that PbBr2 can be easily dissolved in nonpolar toluene in the presence of tetraoctylammonium bromide, which allows us to homogeneously prepare CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots and prevents the use of harmful polar organic solvents, such as N,N-dimethylformamide, dimethyl sulfoxide, and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone. Additionally, this method can be extended to synthesize highly luminescent CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite quantum dots. An electroluminescence device with a maximal luminance of 110 cd/m(2) has been fabricated by using high-quality CsPbBr3 PNCs as the emitting layer.

  20. Two new pyridine-2,3-dicarboxylate coordination polymers prepared from zerovalent metal precursor: Syntheses, luminescent and magnetic properties

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    Semerci, Fatih; Yeşilel, Okan Zafer; Soylu, Mustafa Serkan; Yerli, Yusuf; Dal, Hakan

    2014-02-15

    Two new K{sup +}/Cu(II) and Zn(II) coordination polymers with pyridine-2,3-dicarboxylate (pydc), (K{sub 2}[Cu(μ-pydc){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O){sub n} (1) and ([Zn(µ-pydc)(H{sub 2}O)(4-mim)]·H{sub 2}O){sub n} (2) (4-mim=4-methylimidazole) have been synthesized from zerovalent metal and characterized by IR, EPR spectroscopy, thermal analysis and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. In the sandwiched 3D anionic framework of 1, pydc ligands exhibit hexadentate coordination; tridentate coordination bond with Cu(II) and tridentate ionic interaction with K{sup +} ions. (K{sub 2}[Cu(μ-pydc){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O){sub n} shows a rare topology consists of three dimensional (3,4,5)-connected network with the point symbol of (4{sup 2}.6){sub 2}(4{sup 2}.8{sup 4})(4{sup 3}.6.8{sup 6}){sub 2}. The distorted square pyramidal geometry of 2 is completed with an nitrogen atom from 4-mim and aqua ligand to form a 1D polynuclear structure. The hydrogen bonds link the 1D chains into 3D architecture. The temperature dependent magnetic property of complex 1 has been studied. Complex 2 exhibits unusual yellow luminescence in the solid state at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Two new K{sup +}/Cu(II) and Zn(II) coordination polymers with pyridine-2,3-dicarboxylate (pydc), (K{sub 2}[Cu(μ-pydc){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O){sub n} (1) and ([Zn(µ-pydc)(H{sub 2}O)(4-mim)]·H{sub 2}O){sub n} (2) (4-mim=4-methylimidazole) have been synthesized from zerovalent metal and characterized by IR, EPR spectroscopy, thermal analysis and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The water soluble (K{sub 2}[Cu(μ-pydc){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O){sub n} shows three dimensional a rare 3,4,5-connected network with the point symbol of (4{sup 2}.6){sub 2}(4{sup 2}.8{sup 4})(4{sup 3}.6.8{sup 6}){sub 2}. The temperature dependent magnetic property of complex 1 has been studied. Complex 2 exhibits unusual yellow luminescence in the solid state at room temperature. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Water

  1. High Dielectric Constant Polymer Film Capacitors (PREPRINT)

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    2010-02-01

    film, and the test of our first generation prototype capacitors . High-K Polymeric Dielectrics Commercial polypropylene (PP) capacitor film has a...1994). 2. Maurizio Rabuffi and Guido Picci, “Status Quo and Future Prospects for Metallized Polypropylene Energy Storage Capacitors ”, IEEE Trans...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2126 HIGH DIELECTRIC CONSTANT POLYMER FILM CAPACITORS (PREPRINT) Shihai Zhang, Brian Zellers, Dean Anderson, Paul

  2. Two new metal-organic coordination polymers of lead with O-, N-donor ligands: Synthesis, characterization, luminescence and thermal behavior

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    Rana, Abhinandan; Kumar Jana, Swapan; Bera, Madhusudan; Hazari, Debdoot; Sankar Chowdhuri, Durga; Zangrando, Ennio; Dalai, Sudipta

    2013-01-15

    The synthesis of two new lead(II) coordination polymers, [Pb{sub 2}(picOH){sub 4}]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (1) and [Pb{sub 3}(Sip){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (2) has been reported, where HpicOH=3-hydroxypicolinic acid and NaH{sub 2}Sip=5-sulfoisophthalic acid monosodium salt. Both the complexes were structurally characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis. Complex 1, where the 3-hydroxypicolinate ligand is used for the first time in conjunction with Pb(II), revealed to be a 1D polymeric array. Complex 2 showed a 3D structure with 5-sulfoisophthalate ligand adopting two novel binding modes of high denticity ({eta}{sup 6}{mu}{sub 6} and {eta}{sup 7}{mu}{sub 7}). The photoluminescence and thermal properties of the two complexes have been studied. - Graphical abstract: 1D and 3D inorganic organic hybrid luminescent material of Pb(II) have been synthesized by using 3-hydroxypicolinate and 5-sulfoisophthalate anions. The 5-sulfoisophthalate ligand shows two novel binding modes with high denticity. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 3-hydroxypicolinic acid is used for first time with Pb{sup 2+} in a MOF. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 5-sulfoisophthalic acid displays two novel binding modes of high denticity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complex 1 shows high thermal stability (up to 167 Degree-Sign C). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MLCT is present in both the complexes.

  3. Luminescent Solar Concentrators--a review of recent results.

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    van Sark, Wilfried G J H M; Barnham, Keith W J; Slooff, Lenneke H; Chatten, Amanda J; Büchtemann, Andreas; Meyer, Andreas; McCormack, Sarah J; Koole, Rolf; Farrell, Daniel J; Bose, Rahul; Bende, Evert E; Burgers, Antonius R; Budel, Tristram; Quilitz, Jana; Kennedy, Manus; Meyer, Toby; Donegá, C De Mello; Meijerink, Andries; Vanmaekelbergh, Daniel

    2008-12-22

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) generally consist of transparent polymer sheets doped with luminescent species. Incident sunlight is absorbed by the luminescent species and emitted with high quantum efficiency, such that emitted light is trapped in the sheet and travels to the edges where it can be collected by solar cells. LSCs offer potentially lower cost per Wp. This paper reviews results mainly obtained within the framework of the Full-spectrum project. Two modeling approaches are presented, i.e., a thermodynamic and a ray-trace one, as well as experimental results, with a focus on LSC stability.

  4. Reactivity of CuI and CuBr toward Et2S: a reinvestigation on the self-assembly of luminescent copper(I) coordination polymers.

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    Knorr, Michael; Pam, Abdoulaye; Khatyr, Abderrahim; Strohmann, Carsten; Kubicki, Marek M; Rousselin, Yoann; Aly, Shawkat M; Fortin, Daniel; Harvey, Pierre D

    2010-07-05

    CuI reacts with SEt(2) in hexane to afford the known strongly luminescent 1D coordination polymer [(Et(2)S)(3){Cu(4)(mu(3)-I)(4)}](n) (1). Its X-ray structure has been redetermined at 115, 235, and 275 K in order to address the behavior of the cluster-centered emission and is built upon Cu(4)(mu(3)-I)(4) cubane-like clusters as secondary building units (SBUs), which are interconnected via bridging SEt(2) ligands. However, we could not reproduce the preparation of a coordination polymer with composition [(Et(2)S)(3){Cu(4)(mu(3)-Br)(4)}](n) as reported in Inorg. Chem. 1975, 14, 1667. In contrast, the autoassembly reaction of SEt(2) with CuBr results in the formation of a novel 1D coordination polymer of composition [(Cu(3)Br(3))(SEt(2))(3)](n) (2). The crystal structure of 2 has been solved at 115, 173, 195, and 235 K. The framework of the luminescent compound 2 consists of a corrugated array with alternating Cu(mu(2)-Br)(2)Cu rhomboids, which are connected through two bridging SEt(2) ligands to a tetranuclear open-cubane Cu(4)Br(4) SBU, ligated on two external Cu atoms with one terminal SEt(2). The solid-state luminescence spectra of 1 and 2 exhibit intense halide-to-metal charge-transfer emissions centered at 565 and 550 nm, respectively, at 298 K. A correlation was also noted between the change in the full width at half-maximum of the emission band between 298 and 77 K and the relative flexibility of the bridging ligand. The emission properties of these materials are also rationalized by means of density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations performed on 1.

  5. Hybrid high refractive index polymer coatings

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    Wang, Yubao; Flaim, Tony; Mercado, Ramil; Fowler, Shelly; Holmes, Douglas; Planje, Curtis

    2005-04-01

    Thermally curable hybrid high refractive index polymer solutions have been developed. These solutions are stable up to 6 months under room temperature storage conditions and can be easily spin-coated onto a desired substrate. When cured at elevated temperature, the hybrid polymer coating decomposes to form a metal oxide-rich film that has a high refractive index. The resulting films have refractive indices higher than 1.90 in the entire visible region and achieve film thicknesses of 300-900 nm depending on the level of metal oxide loading, cure temperature being used, and number of coatings. The formed films show greater than 90% internal transmission in the visible wavelength (400-700 nm). These hybrid high refractive index films are mechanically robust, are stable upon exposure to both heat and UV radiation, and are currently being investigated for microlithographic patterning potential.

  6. Influence of conformational flexibility on self-assembly and luminescence properties of lanthanide coordination polymers with flexible exo-bidentate biphenol derivatives.

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    Guo, Yanling; Dou, Wei; Zhou, Xiaoyan; Liu, Weisheng; Qin, Wenwu; Zang, Zhipeng; Zhang, Hongrui; Wang, Daqi

    2009-04-20

    To explore how nonplanar conformational distortions affect supramolecular self-assembly and properties of lanthanide complexes, we have designed and synthesized two new flexible exo-bidentate ligands derived from biphenol featuring two salicylamide pendant arms, 2,2'-bis{[(2'-benzylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]ethoxyl}-1,1'-biphenylene (L(I)) and 5,5'-dibromo-2,2'-bis{[(2'-benzylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]ethoxyl}-1,1'-biphenylene (L(II)). These two structurally related ligands can have different conformations and are used for constructing diverse lanthanide polymers with interesting luminescence properties. Among two series of lanthanide nitrate complexes which have been characterized by elemental analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, and IR spectroscopy, four new coordination polymers have been determined using X-ray diffraction analysis. The coordination polymer type {Ln(2)(NO(3))(6)(L(I))(3).3H(2)O}(infinity) (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb or Dy) displays a two-dimensional honeycomb-like framework in the ab plane, which can be regarded as a (6,3) topological network with neodymium atoms acting as "three-connected" centers. In contrast, the coordination polymer types {[Nd(NO(3))(3)(L(II))(CH(3)OH)] x CH(3)OH}(infinity) and [Ln(NO(3))(3)(L(II))(C(2)H(5)OH)](infinity) (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb or Dy) possess single-stranded helix chains which can be further connected through intermolecular hydrogen bonds to form two-dimensional supramolecular sheets. The photophysical properties of trivalent Sm, Eu, Tb, and Dy complexes at room temperature were investigated. The present work substantiates the claim that the supramolecular structure as well as the luminescence properties of the coordination polymer can be tuned by controlling the conformational distortion of a nonplanar flexible ligand in the supramolecular self-assembly.

  7. Lanthanide loading of luminescent multi-tridentate polymers under thermodynamic control.

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    Babel, Lucille; Hoang, Thi Nhu Y; Nozary, Homayoun; Salamanca, Jasmina; Guénée, Laure; Piguet, Claude

    2014-04-07

    This work illustrates the use of basic statistical mechanics for rationalizing the loading of linear multitridentate polymers with trivalent lanthanides, Ln(III), and identifies the specific ionic sizes of europium and yttrium as promising candidates for the further design of organized heterometallic f–f′ materials. Using [Ln(hfac)3] (hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate) as lanthanide carriers, the thermodynamically controlled formation of Wolf type-II lanthanidopolymers [{Ln(hfac)3}m(L4)] is modeled with the help of two simple microscopic descriptors: (i) the intrinsic affinity of Ln(III) for the tridentate binding sites fN3(Ln) and (ii) the intermetallic interactions ΔE1–2(Ln,Ln) operating between two occupied adjacent sites. Selective complexation (fN3La < fN3Eu > fN3(Y)) modulated by anticooperative interactions (ΔE1–2(La,La) ≃ ΔE1–2(Eu,Eu) > ΔE1–2(Y,Y) ≈ 0) favors the fixation of Eu(III) in semiorganized lanthanidopolymers [{Eu(hfac)3}m(L4)] displaying exploitable light-downshifting.

  8. Influence of dehydrated nanotubed titanic acid on charge transport and luminescent properties of polymer light-emitting diodes with fluorescent dye

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    Qian, Lei; Bera, Debasis; Jin, Zhen-Sheng; Du, Zu-Liang; Xu, Zheng; Teng, Feng; Liu, Wei

    2007-09-01

    In this paper, we discuss the influence of dehydrated nanotubed titanic acid (DNTA) on charge transport and luminescent properties of polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) doped with fluorescent dye. Photoluminescence results confirm the efficient energy transfer from PVK to 4-(dicyanom-ethylene)-2- t-butyl-6-(1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidyl-9-enyl)-4H-pyran (DCJTB) and tris-(8-hydroxtquinoline) aluminum (Alq 3) in a DNTA-doped device. The device showed lower turn-on voltages and higher charge current by doping with DNTA, which also caused a shift in the exciton's recombination region.

  9. High-density polymer microarrays: identifying synthetic polymers that control human embryonic stem cell growth.

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    Hansen, Anne; Mjoseng, Heidi K; Zhang, Rong; Kalloudis, Michail; Koutsos, Vasileios; de Sousa, Paul A; Bradley, Mark

    2014-06-01

    The fabrication of high-density polymer microarray is described, allowing the simultaneous and efficient evaluation of more than 7000 different polymers in a single-cellular-based screen. These high-density polymer arrays are applied in the search for synthetic substrates for hESCs culture. Up-scaling of the identified hit polymers enables long-term cellular cultivation and promoted successful stem-cell maintenance.

  10. Towards highly stable polymer electronics (Conference Presentation)

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    Nikolka, Mark; Nasrallah, Iyad; Broch, Katharina; Sadhanala, Aditya; Hurhangee, Michael; McCulloch, Iain; Sirringhaus, Henning

    2016-11-01

    Due to their ease of processing, organic semiconductors are promising candidates for applications in high performance flexible displays and fast organic electronic circuitry. Recently, a lot of advances have been made on organic semiconductors exhibiting surprisingly high performance and carrier mobilities exceeding those of amorphous silicon. However, there remain significant concerns about their operational and environmental stability, particularly in the context of applications that require a very high level of threshold voltage stability, such as active-matrix addressing of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays. Here, we report a novel technique for dramatically improving the operational stress stability, performance and uniformity of high mobility polymer field-effect transistors by the addition of specific small molecule additives to the polymer semiconductor film. We demonstrate for the first time polymer FETs that exhibit stable threshold voltages with threshold voltage shifts of less than 1V when subjected to a constant current operational stress for 1 day under conditions that are representative for applications in OLED active matrix displays. The approach constitutes in our view a technological breakthrough; it also makes the device characteristics independent of the atmosphere in which it is operated, causes a significant reduction in contact resistance and significantly improves device uniformity. We will discuss in detail the microscopic mechanism by which the molecular additives lead to this significant improvement in device performance and stability.

  11. Inkjet fabrication of highly efficient luminescent Eu-doped ZrO2 nanostructures.

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    Furasova, Alexandra D; Ivanovski, Vladimir; Yakovlev, Alexandr V; Milichko, Valentine A; Vinogradov, Vladimir V; Vinogradov, Alexandr V

    2017-09-14

    We have demonstrated for the first time an inkjet fabrication of highly efficient luminescent structures based on Eu-doped ZrO2 nanocrystals (3.4 ± 0.3 nm), with a refractive index close to the one of the bulk materials. The nanoparticles were synthesised using a nonhydrolytic method in benzyl alcohol where the particles were post treated using acetic acid, leading to the formation of a stable colloid. It was shown that the non-polar methyl group of the acetic acid is responsible for its penetration through the hydrophobic layer all the way through to the surface of the ZrO2, leading to the cleavage of the Zr-OCH2C6H5 bond and the formation of surface acetate species and a concomitant decomposition of the zirconia superlattice. Hereby we show a new and efficient universal ink production through a multi-step process - starting from solvothermal synthesis, dispersion of nanocrystals in water, and adaptation of the rheological parameters of the resulting sols. Eventually, we were able to obtain inks that we used for the production of optical coatings, monolayer luminescent-protected holography and anti-counterfeiting printing. These structures, obtained at room temperature through inkjet printing, present dense xerogel structures with high optical transparency, a high refractive index and more efficient luminescence compared with the non-homogeneous structures produced as a mixture of rare-earth elements and nanocrystals.

  12. Non-leachable highly luminescent ordered mesoporous SiO2 spherical particles

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    Rocha, L. A.; Caiut, J. M. A.; Messaddeq, Y.; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Martines, M. A. U.; Freiria, J. do C.; Dexpert-Ghys, J.; Verelst, M.

    2010-04-01

    Ordered mesoporous highly luminescent SiO2 particles have been synthesized by spray pyrolysis from solutions containing tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and either cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) or the block copolymer Pluronic F-68 as structure-directing agents. Rhodamine B (RhB)-containing samples were prepared by using a simple wet impregnation method followed by the growing of a second silica shell in order to prevent leaching of the dye. The obtained materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and photoluminescence (PL). Powders with polydisperse spherical grains were obtained displaying an ordered hexagonal array of mesochannels. Luminescence results reveal that RhB molecules have been successfully encapsulated into the channels of mesoporous particles as monomeric species and that a well-defined silica coating hindered dye leaching.

  13. Self-assembled formation of ZnO hexagonal micropyramids with high luminescence efficiency

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    Kim, DaeGwi; Wakaiki, Shuji; Komura, Shingo; Nakayama, Masaaki; Mori, Yukimasa; Suzuki, Kazuyo

    2007-03-05

    The authors have found the self-assembled formation of ZnO hexagonal micropyramids after the growth of a sufficiently thick ZnO layer on a (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate by rf-magnetron sputtering deposition. It was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy that the orientations of the micropyramids are well arranged. The reflection and photoluminescence spectra at 10 K demonstrate that optical properties of the total growth layer are of high quality. The noticeable discovery with the use of cathodoluminescence spectroscopy is that the luminescence intensity of the micropyramids is 30 times stronger than that of the underlying layer; namely, strong enhancement of luminescence is realized in the self-assembled micropyramids.

  14. Highly Luminescent, Size- and Shape-Tunable Copper Indium Selenide Based Colloidal Nanocrystals.

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    Yarema, Olesya; Bozyigit, Deniz; Rousseau, Ian; Nowack, Lea; Yarema, Maksym; Heiss, Wolfgang; Wood, Vanessa

    2013-09-24

    We report a simple, high-yield colloidal synthesis of copper indium selenide nanocrystals (CISe NCs) based on a silylamide-promoted approach. The silylamide anions increase the nucleation rate, which results in small-sized NCs exhibiting high luminescence and constant NC stoichiometry and crystal structure regardless of the NC size and shape. In particular, by systematically varying synthesis time and temperature, we show that the size of the CISe NCs can be precisely controlled to be between 2.7 and 7.9 nm with size distributions down to 9-10%. By introducing a specific concentration of silylamide-anions in the reaction mixture, the shape of CISe NCs can be preselected to be either spherical or tetrahedral. Optical properties of these CISe NCs span from the visible to near-infrared region with peak luminescence wavelengths of 700 to 1200 nm. The luminescence efficiency improves from 10 to 15% to record values of 50-60% by overcoating as-prepared CISe NCs with ZnSe or ZnS shells, highlighting their potential for applications such as biolabeling and solid state lighting.

  15. Probing highly luminescent europium-doped lanthanum orthophosphate nanorods for strategic applications.

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    Saraf, Mohit; Kumar, Pawan; Kedawat, Garima; Dwivedi, Jaya; Vithayathil, Sajna Antony; Jaiswal, Nagendra; Kaipparettu, Benny Abraham; Gupta, Bipin Kumar

    2015-03-16

    Herein we have established a strategy for the synthesis of highly luminescent and biocompatible europium-doped lanthanum orthophosphate (La0.85PO4Eu0.15(3+)) nanorods. The structure and morphogenesis of these nanorods have been probed by XRD, SEM, and TEM/HRTEM techniques. The XRD result confirms that the as-synthesized nanorods form in a monazite phase with a monoclinic crystal structure. Furthermore, the surface morphology shows that the synthesized nanorods have an average diameter of ∼90 nm and length of ∼2 μm. The HRTEM images show clear lattice fringes that support the presence of better crystal quality and enhanced photoluminescence hypersensitive red emission at 610 nm ((5)D0-(7)F2) upon 394 nm wavelength excitation. Furthermore, time-resolved spectroscopy and an MTT assay of these luminescent nanorods demonstrate a photoluminescent decay time of milliseconds with nontoxic behavior. Hence, these obtained results suggest that the as-synthesized luminescent nanorods could be potentially used in invisible security ink and high-contrast bioimaging applications.

  16. Highly Luminescent, Size- and Shape-Tunable Copper Indium Selenide Based Colloidal Nanocrystals

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    2013-01-01

    We report a simple, high-yield colloidal synthesis of copper indium selenide nanocrystals (CISe NCs) based on a silylamide-promoted approach. The silylamide anions increase the nucleation rate, which results in small-sized NCs exhibiting high luminescence and constant NC stoichiometry and crystal structure regardless of the NC size and shape. In particular, by systematically varying synthesis time and temperature, we show that the size of the CISe NCs can be precisely controlled to be between 2.7 and 7.9 nm with size distributions down to 9–10%. By introducing a specific concentration of silylamide-anions in the reaction mixture, the shape of CISe NCs can be preselected to be either spherical or tetrahedral. Optical properties of these CISe NCs span from the visible to near-infrared region with peak luminescence wavelengths of 700 to 1200 nm. The luminescence efficiency improves from 10 to 15% to record values of 50–60% by overcoating as-prepared CISe NCs with ZnSe or ZnS shells, highlighting their potential for applications such as biolabeling and solid state lighting. PMID:24748721

  17. Semiconducting polymer dots doped with europium complexes showing ultranarrow emission and long luminescence lifetime for time-gated cellular imaging.

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    Sun, Wei; Yu, Jiangbo; Deng, Ruiping; Rong, Yu; Fujimoto, Bryant; Wu, Changfeng; Zhang, Hongjie; Chiu, Daniel T

    2013-10-18

    Bright dots: Semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) doped with europium complexes possess line-like fluorescence emission, high quantum yield, and long fluorescence lifetime. The Pdots successfully labeled receptors on cells. The long fluorescence lifetime of the Pdots was used to distinguish them from other red fluorescence emitting nanoparticles, and improve the signal-to-noise ratio for time-gated cellular imaging. PVK=poly(9-vinylcarbazole).

  18. Monitoring Delamination of Thermal Barrier Coatings During Interrupted High-Heat-Flux Laser Testing using Luminescence Imaging

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.; Zhu, Dongming; Wolfe, Douglas E.

    2011-01-01

    This presentation showed progress made in extending luminescence-base delamination monitoring to TBCs exposed to high heat fluxes, which is an environment that much better simulates actual turbine engine conditions. This was done by performing upconversion luminescence imaging during interruptions in laser testing, where a high-power CO2 laser was employed to create the desired heat flux. Upconverison luminescence refers to luminescence where the emission is at a higher energy (shorter wavelength) than the excitation. Since there will be negligible background emission at higher energies than the excitation, this methods produces superb contrast. Delamination contrast is produced because both the excitation and emission wavelengths are reflected at delamination cracks so that substantially higher luminescence intensity is observed in regions containing delamination cracks. Erbium was selected as the dopant for luminescence specifically because it exhibits upconversion luminescence. The high power CO2 10.6 micron wavelength laser facility at NASA GRC was used to produce the heat flux in combination with forced air backside cooling. Testing was performed at a lower (95 W/sq cm) and higher (125 W/sq cm) heat flux as well as furnace cycling at 1163C for comparison. The lower heat flux showed the same general behavior as furnace cycling, a gradual, "spotty" increase in luminescence associated with debond progression; however, a significant difference was a pronounced incubation period followed by acceleration delamination progression. These results indicate that extrapolating behavior from furnace cycling measurements will grossly overestimate remaining life under high heat flux conditions. The higher heat flux results were not only accelerated, but much different in character. Extreme bond coat rumpling occurred, and delamination propagation extended over much larger areas before precipitating macroscopic TBC failure. This indicates that under the higher heat flux (and

  19. High fluence boron implantation into polymers

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    Vacik, J.; Cervena, J.; Fink, D.; Klett, R.; Hnatowicz, V.; Popok, V.; Odzhaev, V.

    100 keV B+ ions are implanted at high fluence into three polymers of technological importance and into a polymeric mixture, respectively. The boron depth distributions are measured by the neutron depth profiling technique. It is shown that the boron atoms redistribute after their implantation according to the nuclear (collisional) energy transfer distribution. This contrasts to low fluence implantation, where the boron atoms redistribute according to their electronic energy transfer distributions. Subsequently, the samples are annealed isochronally. The change of the boron depth profiles with annealing temperature is then evaluated to determine the diffusional, trapping and detrapping behavior of the boron atoms. At, or slightly above room temperature, intrinsic boron impurities of the examined polymer foils become mobile and getter in the ion-implanted region. At higher temperatures, the thermal desorption spectra show a nearly continuous desorption of both the implanted and gettered boron, with no pronounced desorption peaks. Due to the high polymeric destruction yield, the different polymers show little difference in their desorption behavior.

  20. High temperature chemically resistant polymer concrete

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    Sugama, T.; Kukacka, L.E.

    High temperature chemically resistant, non-aqueous polymer concrete composites consist of about 12 to 20% by weight of a water-insoluble polymer binder. The binder is polymerized in situ from a liquid vinyl-type monomer or mixture of vinyl containing monomers such as triallylcyanurate, styrene, acrylonitrile, acrylamide, methacrylamide, methyl-methacrylate, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate and divinyl benzene. About 5 to 40% by weight of a reactive inorganic filler selected from the group consisting of tricalcium silicate and dicalcium silicate and mixtures containing less than 2% free lime, and about 48 to 83% by weight of silica sand/ and a free radical initiator such as di-tert-butyl peroxide, azobisisobutyronitrile, benzoyl peroxide, lauryl peroxide, other orgaic peroxides and combinations to initiate polymerization of the monomer in the presence of the inorganic filers are used.

  1. Imidazolium-Based Porous Organic Polymers: Anion Exchange-Driven Capture and Luminescent Probe of Cr2O7(2.).

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    Su, Yanqing; Wang, Yangxin; Li, Xiaoju; Li, Xinxiong; Wang, Ruihu

    2016-07-27

    A series of imidazolium-based porous organic polymers (POP-Ims) was synthesized through Yamamoto reaction of 1,3-bis(4-bromophenyl)imidazolium bromide and tetrakis(4-bromophenyl)ethylene. Porosities and hydrophilicity of such polymers may be well tuned by varying the ratios of two monomers. POP-Im with the highest density of imidazolium moiety (POP-Im1) exhibits the best dispersity in water and the highest efficiency in removing Cr2O7(2-). The capture capacity of 171.99 mg g(-1) and the removal efficiency of 87.9% were achieved using an equivalent amount of POP-Im1 within 5 min. However, no Cr2O7(2-) capture was observed using nonionic analogue despite its large surface area and abundant pores, suggesting that anion exchange is the driving force for the removal of Cr2O7(2-). POP-Im1 also displays excellent enrichment ability and remarkable selectivity in capturing Cr2O7(2-). Cr(VI) in acid electroplating wastewater can be removed completely using excess POP-Im1. In addition, POP-Im1 can serve as a luminescent probe for Cr2O7(2-) due to the incorporation of luminescent tetraphenylethene moiety.

  2. Highly stretchable electrospun conducting polymer nanofibers

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    Boubée de Gramont, Fanny; Zhang, Shiming; Tomasello, Gaia; Kumar, Prajwal; Sarkissian, Andranik; Cicoira, Fabio

    2017-08-01

    Biomedical electronics research targets both wearable and biocompatible electronic devices easily adaptable to specific functions. To achieve such goals, stretchable organic electronic materials are some of the most intriguing candidates. Herein, we develop highly stretchable poly-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene) (PEDOT) doped with tosylate (PEDOT:Tos) nanofibers. A two-step process involving electrospinning of a carrier polymer (with oxidant) and vapor phase polymerization was used to produce fibers on a polydimethylsiloxane substrate. The fibers can be stretched up to 140% of the initial length maintaining high conductivity.

  3. Fabrication of highly luminescent and concentrated quantum dot/poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites by matrix-free methods

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    Yoon, Cheolsang; Kim, Hyo-Jun; Kim, Myeong-Hoon; Shin, Kyusoon; Kim, Young-Joo; Lee, Kangtaek

    2017-10-01

    We present matrix-free methods for fabricating highly luminescent and transparent CdSe/ZnS quantum dot (QD)/polymer nanocomposites utilizing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-grafted QDs with various molecular weights. We found that the QD-PMMA nanocomposites prepared by these matrix-free methods were superior to those prepared by a simple blending method in relation to their optical property, QD dispersion, and quantum efficiency (QE). In particular, a matrix-free nanocomposite containing PMMA with a molecular weight of 2000 had the highest QE (52.8%) and transmittance of all the samples studied even at a very high QD concentration (49 wt%). This finding was attributed to the enhanced passivation of the QD surface due to the higher grafting density of the PMMA ligands and reduced energy transfer due to more uniform dispersion of QDs. Finally, we applied the nanocomposites to LED devices, and found that the matrix-free nanocomposite exhibited a higher color conversion efficiency and smaller redshift in the peak emission wavelength than that prepared using a simple blending method.

  4. Fabrication of highly luminescent and concentrated quantum dot/poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites by matrix-free methods.

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    Yoon, Cheolsang; Kim, Hyo-Jun; Kim, Myeong-Hoon; Shin, Kyusoon; Kim, Young-Joo; Lee, Kangtaek

    2017-10-06

    We present matrix-free methods for fabricating highly luminescent and transparent CdSe/ZnS quantum dot (QD)/polymer nanocomposites utilizing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-grafted QDs with various molecular weights. We found that the QD-PMMA nanocomposites prepared by these matrix-free methods were superior to those prepared by a simple blending method in relation to their optical property, QD dispersion, and quantum efficiency (QE). In particular, a matrix-free nanocomposite containing PMMA with a molecular weight of 2000 had the highest QE (52.8%) and transmittance of all the samples studied even at a very high QD concentration (49 wt%). This finding was attributed to the enhanced passivation of the QD surface due to the higher grafting density of the PMMA ligands and reduced energy transfer due to more uniform dispersion of QDs. Finally, we applied the nanocomposites to LED devices, and found that the matrix-free nanocomposite exhibited a higher color conversion efficiency and smaller redshift in the peak emission wavelength than that prepared using a simple blending method.

  5. High-Temperature Capacitor Polymer Films

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    Tan, Daniel; Zhang, Lili; Chen, Qin; Irwin, Patricia

    2014-12-01

    Film capacitor technology has been under development for over half a century to meet various applications such as direct-current link capacitors for transportation, converters/inverters for power electronics, controls for deep well drilling of oil and gas, direct energy weapons for military use, and high-frequency coupling circuitry. The biaxially oriented polypropylene film capacitor remains the state-of-the-art technology; however, it is not able to meet increasing demand for high-temperature (>125°C) applications. A number of dielectric materials capable of operating at high temperatures (>140°C) have attracted investigation, and their modifications are being pursued to achieve higher volumetric efficiency as well. This paper highlights the status of polymer dielectric film development and its feasibility for capacitor applications. High-temperature polymers such as polyetherimide (PEI), polyimide, and polyetheretherketone were the focus of our studies. PEI film was found to be the preferred choice for high-temperature film capacitor development due to its thermal stability, dielectric properties, and scalability.

  6. Highly Luminescent Lanthanide Complexes of 1 Hydroxy-2-pyridinones

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    University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence National Laboratory; Raymond, Kenneth; Moore, Evan G.; Xu, Jide; Jocher, Christoph J.; Castro-Rodriguez, Ingrid; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2007-11-01

    The synthesis, X-ray structure, stability, and photophysical properties of several trivalent lanthanide complexes formed from two differing bis-bidentate ligands incorporating either alkyl or alkyl ether linkages and featuring the 1-hydroxy-2-pyridinone (1,2-HOPO) chelate group in complex with Eu(III), Sm(III) and Gd(III) are reported. The Eu(III) complexes are among some of the best examples, pairing highly efficient emission ({Phi}{sub tot}{sup Eu} {approx} 21.5%) with high stability (pEu {approx} 18.6) in aqueous solution, and are excellent candidates for use in biological assays. A comparison of the observed behavior of the complexes with differing backbone linkages shows remarkable similarities, both in stability and photophysical properties. Low temperature photophysical measurements for a Gd(III) complex were also used to gain insight into the electronic structure, and were found to agree with corresponding TD-DFT calculations for a model complex. A comparison of the high resolution Eu(III) emission spectra in solution and from single crystals also revealed a more symmetric coordination geometry about the metal ion in solution due to dynamic rotation of the observed solid state structure.

  7. Scintillation luminescence for high-pressure xenon gas

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    Kobayashi, S.; Hasebe, N.; Igarashi, T.; Kobayashi, M.-N.; Miyachi, T.; Miyajima, M.; Okada, H.; Okudaira, O.; Tezuka, C.; Yokoyama, E.; Doke, T.; Shibamura, E.; Dmitrenko, V. V.; Ulin, S. E.; Vlasik, K. F.

    2004-09-01

    Scintillation and ionization yields in xenon gas for 5.49MeV alpha-particles were measured in the range of pressure from 0.35 to 3.7MPa and the electric field strength (E) over the number density of xenon atoms (N), E/N from 0 to 5×10-18Vcm2. When our data are normalized at the data point measured by Saito et al., the number of scintillation photons is 2.3×105 while the number of ionization electrons is 2.0×105 at 2.6MPa and at 3.7×10-18Vcm2. The scintillation and ionization yields of xenon doped with 0.2% hydrogen, High-Pressure Xenon gas[H2-0.2%], at 2.6MPa was also measured. Scintillation yield of the Xe-H2 mixture gas is 80% as high as that of pure xenon. It is found that the scintillation yield is luminous enough to generate a trigger pulse of the high-pressure xenon time projection chamber, which is expected as a promising MeV Compton gamma-ray camera.

  8. Two 2D Cd(II) coordination polymers based on asymmetrical Schiff-base ligand: synthesis, crystal structures and luminescent properties.

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    Dang, Dong-Bin; Li, Meng-Meng; Bai, Yan; Zhou, Rui-Min

    2013-02-15

    Two new two-dimensional coordination polymers [Cd(3)L(2)(SCN)(6)](n) (1) and [CdLI(2)](n) (2) have been synthesized and characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, TG technique, XRPD and complete single crystal structure analysis, where L is 4-(pyridine-2-yl)methyleneamino-1,2,4-trizaole. Asymmetrical Schiff-base ligand L with five- and six-membered N-containing heterocyclic rings acts as a tridentate bridging ligand to bind two Cd(II) centers through one terminal N(triazolyl) and one pyridylimine chelate unit in 1 and 2. For polymer 1, tridentate bridging ligands link Cd-(1,3-μ-SCN(-)) 1D inorganic chains to form a 2D layer network. The existence of C-H···π and π-π stacking interactions between 2D hybrid layers further gives rise to a 3D supramolecular network. In comparison with 1, polymer 2 shows a 2D layer network containing hexanuclear macrometallacyclic units. The 2D layers are staggered together through the combination of C-H···π and π-π stacking interactions and forming a 3D supramolecular structure. The luminescent properties of the polymers 1 and 2 were investigated in the solid state at room temperature.

  9. Anion-dependent formation of four coordination polymers based on N,N‧-di(3-pyridine) oxamide (DPOM): Crystal structures and luminescence

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    Deng, Ji-Hua; Wen, Ya-Qiong; Luo, Xu-Zhong; Zhong, Di-Chang

    2017-09-01

    Presented in this article are the anion-tuning formation, crystal structures and luminescent properties of four coordination polymers of N,N‧-di(3-pyridine) oxamide (DPOM), including two one-dimensional (1D) chain/ladder polymers, [Ni(DPOM)(H2O)4]SO4·2H2O (1) and [Cd4(DPOM)6(NO3)8] (2), as well as two 3D coordination polymers, [Zn2(DPOM)(H2O)4(SO4)2] (3) and [Cd2(DPOM)(H2O)4(SO4)2] (4). The results of single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that in these coordination polymers, DPOM ligand serves as a bridge, connecting metal ions by both terminal pyridine N atoms. 1 is a 1D chain structure formed by the bridge of DPOM. 2 is a 1D ladder-like structure featuring Cd(NO3)2 structural units bridged by DPOM ligands. Both 3 and 4 are 3D pillar-layer structures with the 2D inorganic layer ZnSO4/CdSO4 pillared by DPOM ligands. The results of photoluminescent measurements illustrate that upon excitation, 2-4 can emit fluorescence in 408, 416, and 422 nm in the solid state, respectively.

  10. Preparation of Highly Porous Coordination Polymer Coatings on Macroporous Polymer Monoliths for Enhanced Enrichment of Phosphopeptides

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    Lamprou, Alexandros; Wang, Hongxia; Saeed, Adeela; Svec, Frantisek; Britt, David; Maya, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    We describe a protocol for the preparation of hybrid materials based on highly porous coordination polymer coatings on the internal surface of macroporous polymer monoliths. The developed approach is based on the preparation of a macroporous polymer containing carboxylic acid functional groups and the subsequent step-by-step solution-based controlled growth of a layer of a porous coordination polymer on the surface of the pores of the polymer monolith. The prepared metal-organic polymer hybrid has a high specific micropore surface area. The amount of iron(III) sites is enhanced through metal-organic coordination on the surface of the pores of the functional polymer support. The increase of metal sites is related to the number of iterations of the coating process. The developed preparation scheme is easily adapted to a capillary column format. The functional porous polymer is prepared as a self-contained single-block porous monolith within the capillary, yielding a flow-through separation device with excellent flow permeability and modest back-pressure. The metal-organic polymer hybrid column showed excellent performance for the enrichment of phosphopeptides from digested proteins and their subsequent detection using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The presented experimental protocol is highly versatile, and can be easily implemented to different organic polymer supports and coatings with a plethora of porous coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks for multiple purification and/or separation applications. PMID:26273850

  11. Preparation of Highly Porous Coordination Polymer Coatings on Macroporous Polymer Monoliths for Enhanced Enrichment of Phosphopeptides.

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    Lamprou, Alexandros; Wang, Hongxia; Saeed, Adeela; Svec, Frantisek; Britt, David; Maya, Fernando

    2015-07-14

    We describe a protocol for the preparation of hybrid materials based on highly porous coordination polymer coatings on the internal surface of macroporous polymer monoliths. The developed approach is based on the preparation of a macroporous polymer containing carboxylic acid functional groups and the subsequent step-by-step solution-based controlled growth of a layer of a porous coordination polymer on the surface of the pores of the polymer monolith. The prepared metal-organic polymer hybrid has a high specific micropore surface area. The amount of iron(III) sites is enhanced through metal-organic coordination on the surface of the pores of the functional polymer support. The increase of metal sites is related to the number of iterations of the coating process. The developed preparation scheme is easily adapted to a capillary column format. The functional porous polymer is prepared as a self-contained single-block porous monolith within the capillary, yielding a flow-through separation device with excellent flow permeability and modest back-pressure. The metal-organic polymer hybrid column showed excellent performance for the enrichment of phosphopeptides from digested proteins and their subsequent detection using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The presented experimental protocol is highly versatile, and can be easily implemented to different organic polymer supports and coatings with a plethora of porous coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks for multiple purification and/or separation applications.

  12. Highly luminescent and color-tunable salicylate ionic liquids

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    Campbell, Paul S.; Yang, Mei; Pitz, Demian; Cybinska, Joanna; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2014-03-11

    High quantum yields of up to 40.5 % can be achieved in salicylate-bearing ionic liquids. A range of these ionic liquids have been synthesized and their photoluminescent properties studied in detail. The differences noted can be related back to the structure of the ionic liquid cation and possible interionic interactions. It is found that shifts of emission, particularly in the pyridinium-based ionic liquids, can be related to cation–anion pairing interactions. Furthermore, facile and controlled emission color mixing is demonstrated through combining different ILs, with emission colors ranging from blue to yellow.

  13. High temperature polymers - A review of novel thermally stable hexafluoroisopropylidene-containing polymers

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    Kane, K. M.; Cassidy, P. E.; Tullos, G. L.; Reynolds, D. W.

    1990-01-01

    The synthesis and properties to date of several novel HFIP-containing polymers and copolymers are presented. Thermal analyses of polyether ketones (PEK), aromatic polyesters, and polymers from a novel 18F-diacid were performed on a thermal analyzer. All three polymer types exhibited enhanced solubility, thermal stability, and low dielectric constants that are predicted for polymers containing the HFIP moiety. The moderate thermal stability observed in the polymers derived from the 18F-diacid is attributed to the oxidatively weak methylene linkage between the HFIP groups and the phenyl rings. PEKs and polyarylates show potential as high emissivity coatings under conditions where atomic oxygen is present.

  14. High-Temperature Shape Memory Polymers

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    Yoonessi, Mitra; Weiss, Robert A.

    2012-01-01

    physical conformation changes when exposed to an external stimulus, such as a change in temperature. Such materials have a permanent shape, but can be reshaped above a critical temperature and fixed into a temporary shape when cooled under stress to below the critical temperature. When reheated above the critical temperature (Tc, also sometimes called the triggering or switching temperature), the materials revert to the permanent shape. The current innovation involves a chemically treated (sulfonated, carboxylated, phosphonated, or other polar function group), high-temperature, semicrystalline thermoplastic poly(ether ether ketone) (Tg .140 C, Tm = 340 C) mix containing organometallic complexes (Zn++, Li+, or other metal, ammonium, or phosphonium salts), or high-temperature ionic liquids (e.g. hexafluorosilicate salt with 1-propyl-3- methyl imidazolium, Tm = 210 C) to form a network where dipolar or ionic interactions between the polymer and the low-molecular-weight or inorganic compound forms a complex that provides a physical crosslink. Hereafter, these compounds will be referred to as "additives". The polymer is semicrystalline, and the high-melt-point crystals provide a temporary crosslink that acts as a permanent crosslink just so long as the melting temperature is not exceeded. In this example case, the melting point is .340 C, and the shape memory critical temperature is between 150 and 250 C. PEEK is an engineering thermoplastic with a high Young fs modulus, nominally 3.6 GPa. An important aspect of the invention is the control of the PEEK functionalization (in this example, the sulfonation degree), and the thermal properties (i.e. melting point) of the additive, which determines the switching temperature. Because the compound is thermoplastic, it can be formed into the "permanent" shape by conventional plastics processing operations. In addition, the compound may be covalently cross - linked after forming the permanent shape by S-PEEK by applying ionizing

  15. High-Permeability Magnetic Polymer Additives for Lightweight Electromagnetic Shielding

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    2015-08-01

    dopants in polymeric electromagnetic (EM) shielding materials. The research hypothesis was that ferromagnetic polymers can be realized via doping...structures of the general form MxLyClx+y. Such dopants can be introduced to polymeric materials either by entrapment inside the polymer matrix (physical...High-Permeability Magnetic Polymer Additives for Lightweight Electromagnetic Shielding by Kristen S Williams and B Christopher Rinderspacher

  16. New monomers for high performance polymers

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    Gratz, Roy F.

    1993-01-01

    This laboratory has been concerned with the development of new polymeric materials with high thermo-oxidative stability for use in the aerospace and electronics industries. Currently, there is special emphasis on developing matrix resins and composites for the high speed civil transport (HSCT) program. This application requires polymers that have service lifetimes of 60,000 hr at 350 F (177 C) and that are readily processible into void-free composites, preferably by melt-flow or powder techniques that avoid the use of high boiling solvents. Recent work has focused on copolymers which have thermally stable imide groups separated by flexible arylene ether linkages, some with trifluoromethyl groups attached to the aromatic rings. The presence of trifluoromethyl groups in monomers and polymers often improves their solubility and processibility. The goal of this research was to synthesize several new monomers containing pendant trifluoromethyl groups and to incorporate these monomers into new imide/arylene ether copolymers. Initially, work was begun on the synthesis of three target compounds. The first two, 3,5-dihydroxybenzo trifluoride and 3-amino 5-hydroxybenzo trifluoride, are intermediates in the synthesis of more complex monomers. The third, 3,5-bis (3-amino-phenoxy) benzotrifluoride, is an interesting diamine that could be incorporated into a polyimide directly.

  17. A series of Zn/Cd coordination polymers constructed from 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylate and N-donor ligands: Syntheses, structures and luminescence sensing of Cr{sup 3+} in aqueous solutions

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    Hu, Dong-Cheng; Fan, Yan; Si, Chang-Dai; Wu, Ya-Jun; Dong, Xiu-Yan; Yang, Yun-Xia; Yao, Xiao-Qiang; Liu, Jia-Cheng

    2016-09-15

    A novel series of Zn/Cd coordination polymers based on H{sub 3}L, namely, [Zn{sub 2}(HL){sub 2}(bipy){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sub n} (1), [Zn(HL)(phen)]{sub n} (2), [Cd{sub 3}L{sub 2}(bbi){sub 3}]{sub n} (3), [Zn{sub 3}L{sub 2}(bbi){sub 3}]{sub n} (4) [(H{sub 3}L =4-[(1-carboxynaphthalen-2-yl)oxy]phthalic acid, bipy =4,4′-bipyridine, phen =1,10-phenanthroline, bbi =1,1′-(1,4-butanediyl)bis(imidazole] have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction. Compound 1 possesses two diverse 1D chains constructed by different bipy coligands, which were further connected to form a 3D supramolecular architecture by hydrogen bonding interactions. Compound 2 possesses a complicated 1D chain based on secondary building unit (SBU) with binuclear Zn cluster. Compounds 3 and 4 exhibit similar 2D→3D framework, which can be rationalized as (3,4,4)-connected 3D net with a Schläfli symbol of (6{sup 3}.8.10{sup 2}){sub 2}(6{sup 3}){sub 2}(6{sup 4}.8.10). In particular, compound 3 exhibited a high sensitivity for Cr{sup 3+} in aqueous solutions, which suggest that compound 3 is a promising luminescent probe for selectively sensing Cr{sup 3+}. - Graphical abstract: A series of novel Zn/Cd coordination polymers have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction. The unique 3D Cd{sup 2+} polymer containing bbi as second ligand demonstrates high sensitivity for detection of toxic Cr{sup 3+} in aqueous solutions. Display Omitted - Highlights: • π-conjugated semirigid tricarboxylate ligands with naphthalene rings(H{sub 3}L) were rationally designed. • Four Zn/Cd coordination polymers based on H{sub 3}L have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction. • Compound 3 is a promising luminescent probe for selectively sensing Cr{sup 3+} with high sensitivity in aqueous solutions.

  18. Improved Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in Polymers at High Concentrations

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    Liu, Chao-Xuan; Choi, Jin-Woo

    2012-01-01

    The polymer nanocomposite used in this work comprises elastomer poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) as a polymer matrix and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a conductive nanofiller. To achieve uniform distribution of carbon nanotubes within the polymer, an optimized dispersion process was developed, featuring a strong organic solvent—chloroform, which dissolved PDMS base polymer easily and allowed high quality dispersion of MWCNTs. At concentrations as high as 9 wt.%, MWCNTs were dispersed uniformly through the polymer matrix, which presented a major improvement over prior techniques. The dispersion procedure was optimized via extended experimentation, which is discussed in detail.

  19. Activators of photoluminescence in calcite: evidence from high-resolution, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy

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    Pedone, V.A.; Cercone, K.R.; Burruss, R.C.

    1990-01-01

    Laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy of a red-algal, biogenic calcite and a synthetic Mn-calcite can make the distinction between organic and trace-element activators of photoluminescence. Organic-activated photoluminescence in biogenic calcite is characterized by significant peak shifts and increasing intensity with shorter-wavelength excitation and by significant decreases in intensity after heating to ??? 400??C. In contrast, Mn-activated photoluminescence shows no peak shift, greatest intensity under green excitation and limited changes after heating. Examination of samples with a high-sensitivity spectrometer using several wavelengths of exciting light is necessary for identification of photoluminescence activators. ?? 1990.

  20. High temperature polymer dielectric film insulation

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    Jones, Robert J.

    1994-01-01

    PFPI polymers were invented in the late 1970's. Assessment of emerging requirements has dictated that 300 C performance is the goal for next generation wire insulation. TRW PFPI as superior 300 C polymer candidates is presented. Included is a comparison of promising PFPI film properties with Kapton. Also included are the promising bulk polymer or coating properties.

  1. High strain rate characterization of polymers

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    Siviour, Clive R.

    2017-01-01

    This paper reviews the literature on the response of polymers to high strain rate deformation. The main focus is on the experimental techniques used to characterize this response. The paper includes a small number of examples as well as references to experimental data over a wide range of rates, which illustrate the key features of rate dependence in these materials; however this is by no means an exhaustive list. The aim of the paper is to give the reader unfamiliar with the subject an overview of the techniques available with sufficient references from which further information can be obtained. In addition to the `well established' techniques of the Hopkinson bar, Taylor Impact and Transverse impact, a discussion of the use of time-temperature superposition in interpreting and experimentally replicating high rate response is given, as is a description of new techniques in which mechanical parameters are derived by directly measuring wave propagation in specimens; these are particularly appropriate for polymers with low wave speeds. The vast topic of constitutive modelling is deliberately excluded from this review.

  2. A highly stretchable, transparent, and conductive polymer

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    Wang, Yue; Zhu, Chenxin; Pfattner, Raphael; ...

    2017-03-10

    Previous breakthroughs in stretchable electronics stem from strain engineering and nanocomposite approaches. Routes toward intrinsically stretchable molecular materials remain scarce but, if successful, will enable simpler fabrication processes, such as direct printing and coating, mechanically robust devices, and more intimate contact with objects. We report a highly stretchable conducting polymer, realized with a range of enhancers that serve a dual function: (i) they change morphology and (ii) they act as conductivity-enhancing dopants in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The polymer films exhibit conductivities comparable to the best reported values for PEDOT:PSS, with over 3100 S/cm under 0% strain and over 4100 S/cm undermore » 100% strain—among the highest for reported stretchable conductors. It is highly durable under cyclic loading, with the conductivity maintained at 3600 S/cm even after 1000 cycles to 100% strain. The conductivity remained above 100 S/cm under 600% strain, with a fracture strain of 800%, which is superior to even the best silver nanowire– or carbon nanotube–based stretchable conductor films. As a result, the combination of excellent electrical and mechanical properties allowed it to serve as interconnects for field-effect transistor arrays with a device density that is five times higher than typical lithographically patterned wavy interconnects.« less

  3. A highly stretchable, transparent, and conductive polymer

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    Wang, Yue; Zhu, Chenxin; Pfattner, Raphael; Yan, Hongping; Jin, Lihua; Chen, Shucheng; Molina-Lopez, Francisco; Lissel, Franziska; Liu, Jia; Rabiah, Noelle I.; Chen, Zheng; Chung, Jong Won; Linder, Christian; Toney, Michael F.; Murmann, Boris; Bao, Zhenan

    2017-01-01

    Previous breakthroughs in stretchable electronics stem from strain engineering and nanocomposite approaches. Routes toward intrinsically stretchable molecular materials remain scarce but, if successful, will enable simpler fabrication processes, such as direct printing and coating, mechanically robust devices, and more intimate contact with objects. We report a highly stretchable conducting polymer, realized with a range of enhancers that serve a dual function: (i) they change morphology and (ii) they act as conductivity-enhancing dopants in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The polymer films exhibit conductivities comparable to the best reported values for PEDOT:PSS, with over 3100 S/cm under 0% strain and over 4100 S/cm under 100% strain—among the highest for reported stretchable conductors. It is highly durable under cyclic loading, with the conductivity maintained at 3600 S/cm even after 1000 cycles to 100% strain. The conductivity remained above 100 S/cm under 600% strain, with a fracture strain of 800%, which is superior to even the best silver nanowire– or carbon nanotube–based stretchable conductor films. The combination of excellent electrical and mechanical properties allowed it to serve as interconnects for field-effect transistor arrays with a device density that is five times higher than typical lithographically patterned wavy interconnects. PMID:28345040

  4. A highly stretchable, transparent, and conductive polymer.

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    Wang, Yue; Zhu, Chenxin; Pfattner, Raphael; Yan, Hongping; Jin, Lihua; Chen, Shucheng; Molina-Lopez, Francisco; Lissel, Franziska; Liu, Jia; Rabiah, Noelle I; Chen, Zheng; Chung, Jong Won; Linder, Christian; Toney, Michael F; Murmann, Boris; Bao, Zhenan

    2017-03-01

    Previous breakthroughs in stretchable electronics stem from strain engineering and nanocomposite approaches. Routes toward intrinsically stretchable molecular materials remain scarce but, if successful, will enable simpler fabrication processes, such as direct printing and coating, mechanically robust devices, and more intimate contact with objects. We report a highly stretchable conducting polymer, realized with a range of enhancers that serve a dual function: (i) they change morphology and (ii) they act as conductivity-enhancing dopants in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The polymer films exhibit conductivities comparable to the best reported values for PEDOT:PSS, with over 3100 S/cm under 0% strain and over 4100 S/cm under 100% strain-among the highest for reported stretchable conductors. It is highly durable under cyclic loading, with the conductivity maintained at 3600 S/cm even after 1000 cycles to 100% strain. The conductivity remained above 100 S/cm under 600% strain, with a fracture strain of 800%, which is superior to even the best silver nanowire- or carbon nanotube-based stretchable conductor films. The combination of excellent electrical and mechanical properties allowed it to serve as interconnects for field-effect transistor arrays with a device density that is five times higher than typical lithographically patterned wavy interconnects.

  5. Anionic cyclometallated Pt(ii) square-planar complexes: new sets of highly luminescent compounds.

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    Ricciardi, Loredana; La Deda, Massimo; Ionescu, Andreea; Godbert, Nicolas; Aiello, Iolinda; Ghedini, Mauro

    2017-09-26

    Two series of novel NBu4(+) salts of anionic cyclometallated Pt(ii) complexes were synthesized and fully characterized. These highly luminescent compounds (NBu4[(C^N)Pt(O^N)] and NBu4[(C^N)Pt(O^O)]) are incorporated as testing examples of cyclometallating ligands 2-phenylpyridine (PhPy), 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-pyridine (F2PhPy) and 2-thienylpyridine (ThPy), and a benzo[h]quinoline (Bzq) fragment. All complexes display a square-planar coordination sphere, wherein the "(C^N)Pt" fragment is completed either by an O^N orotate (Ort) or an O^O tetrabromocatecholate (Cat) ligand. The HOMO and LUMO levels of all complexes were estimated by cyclic voltammetry and a comprehensive electrochemical and photophysical study was performed. The new complexes are emissive in solution at 298 K and the NBu4[(ThPy)Pt(Ort)] complex displays good photosensitizing properties (Φ = 28% in deaerated solution vs. Φ = 1.4% in the presence of O2). Both series of NBu4[(C^N)Pt(Ort)] and NBu4[(C^N)Pt(Cat)] complexes are highly luminescent in the solid state (emission quantum yields from 10 to 85%). Remarkably, the square-planar Pt(ii) anionic complexes showed an important increase in luminescence quantum yields on changing from the dilute solution to the solid state (the most significant from 0.13% to 85% for the NBu4[(PhPy)Pt(Ort)] complex, an ideal candidate as an active species for LEECs).

  6. Luminescence sensitivity changes in natural quartz induced by high temperature annealing: a high frequency EPR and OSL study

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    Poolton, N. R. J.; Smith, G. M.; Riedi, P. C.; Bulur, E.; Bøtter-Jensen, L.; Murray, A. S.; Adrian, M.

    2000-04-01

    Quartz undergoes very significant luminescence sensitivity changes after high temperature annealing (0-1200 °C), with particular enhancement occurring between the phase transition temperatures 573 and 870 °C. In order to understand why this occurs, high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), operating at 90 GHz, has been used to monitor the structure and population of defects in natural sedimentary quartz, following annealing and icons/Journals/Common/gamma" ALT="gamma" ALIGN="TOP"/> -irradiation. The results are compared with the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) data of the same samples. It is shown that: (i) the structure and population of the dominant [AlO4 ]0 recombination centres are largely unaffected by the annealing process; (ii) the oxygen vacancy E´ centres are destroyed when annealed at temperatures between the phase transitions and; (iii) the numbers of both [TiO4 /H+ ]0 and [TiO4 /Li+ ]0 donors increase between 400 and 700 °C. Photo-EPR spectra are presented, providing evidence that both the Ti associated donors and Al acceptors are directly involved in the OSL process. The heat-induced changes in the population of these EPR defects is mirrored in part by the change in the luminescence sensitivity of several OSL components. Evidence is also presented suggesting that E´ may act as non-radiative centres competing in the OSL process.

  7. Polymer-based lanthanide luminescent sensor for detection of the hydrolysis product of the nerve agent Soman in water.

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    Jenkins, A L; Uy, O M; Murray, G M

    1999-01-15

    The techniques of molecular imprinting and sensitized lanthanide luminescence have been combined to create the basis for a sensor that can selectively measure the hydrolysis product of the nerve agent Soman in water. The sensor functions by selectively and reversibly binding the phosphonate hydrolysis product of this agent to a functionality-imprinted copolymer possessing a coordinatively bound luminescent lanthanide ion, Eu3+. Instrumental support for this device is designed to monitor the appearance of a narrow luminescence band in the 610-nm region of the Eu3+ spectrum that results when the analyte is coordinated to the copolymer. The ligand field shifted luminescence was excited using 1 mW of the 465.8-nm line of an argon ion laser and monitored via an optical fiber using a miniature spectrometer. For this configuration, the limit of detection for the hydrolysis product is 7 parts per trillion (ppt) in solution with a linear range from 10 ppt to 10 ppm. Chemical and spectroscopic selectivities have been combined to reduce the likelihood of false positive analyses. Chemically analogous organophosphorus pesticides tested against the sensor have been shown to not interfere with determination.

  8. High Efficiency and Color Rendering Quantum Dots White Light Emitting Diodes Optimized by Luminescent Microspheres Incorporating

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    Chen, Wei; Wang, Kai; Hao, Junjie; Wu, Dan; Qin, Jing; Dong, Di; Deng, Jian; Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Cao, Wanqiang

    2016-09-01

    In this research, we have developed an approach by incorporating quantum dots (QDs) with red emission into mesoporous silica microspheres through a non-chemical process and obtained luminescent microspheres (LMS). Owing to the lattice structure of LMS, QDs were effectively protected from intrinsic aggregation in matrix and surface deterioration by encapsulant, oxygen and moisture. The LMS composite has therefore maintained large extent luminescent properties of QDs, espe-cially for the high quantum efficiency. Moreover, the fabricated white light emitting diode (WLED) utilizing LMS and YAG:Ce yellow phosphor has demonstrated excellent light performance with color coordinates around (x = 0.33, y = 0.33), correlated color temperature between 5100 and 5500 K and color rendering index of Ra = 90, R9 = 95. The luminous efficiency of the WLED has reached up to a new record of 142.5 lm/W at 20 mA. LMS provide a promising way to practically apply QDs in lightings and displays with high efficiency as well as high stability.

  9. Synthesis of Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dots with High Quantum Yield and Their Toxicity Study

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    Jiang, Dan; Chen, Yunping; Li, Na; Li, Wen; Wang, Zhenguo; Zhu, Jingli; Zhang, Hong; Liu, Bin; Xu, Shan

    2015-01-01

    High fluorescence quantum yield graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have showed up as a new generation for bioimaging. In this work, luminescent GQDs were prepared by an ameliorative photo-Fenton reaction and a subsequent hydrothermal process using graphene oxide sheets as the precursor. The as-prepared GQDs were nanomaterials with size ranging from 2.3 to 6.4 nm and emitted intense green luminescence in water. The fluorescence quantum yield was as high as 24.6% (excited at 340 nm) and the fluorescence was strongest at pH 7. Moreover, the influences of low-concentration (12.5, 25 μg/mL) GQDs on the morphology, viability, membrane integrity, internal cellular reactive oxygen species level and mortality of HeLa cells were relatively weak, and the in vitro imaging demonstrated GQDs were mainly in the cytoplasm region. More strikingly, zebrafish embryos were co-cultured with GQDs for in vivo imaging, and the results of heart rate test showed the intake of small amounts of GQDs brought little harm to the cardiovascular of zebrafish. GQDs with high quantum yield and strong photoluminescence show good biocompatibility, thus they show good promising for cell imaging, biolabeling and other biomedical applications. PMID:26709828

  10. Luminescence nanothermometry.

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    Jaque, Daniel; Vetrone, Fiorenzo

    2012-08-07

    The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed.

  11. 2D l-Di-toluoyl-tartaric acid Lanthanide Coordination Polymers: Toward Single-component White-Light and NIR Luminescent Materials.

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    Niu, Wan-Ying; Sun, Jing-Wen; Yan, Peng-Fei; Li, Yu-Xin; An, Guang-Hui; Li, Guang-Ming

    2016-02-18

    A series of five l-di-p-toluoyl-tartaric acid (l-DTTA) lanthanide coordination polymers, namely {[Ln4 K(4)  L6 (H2O)x ]⋅yH2 O}n , [Ln=Dy (1), x=24, y=12; Ln=Ho (2), x=23, y=12; Ln=Er (3), x=24, y=12; Ln=Yb (4), x=24, y=11; Ln=Lu (5), x=24, y=12] have been isolated by simple reactions of H2L (H2 L= L-DTTA) with LnCl3 ⋅6 H2O at ambient temperature. X-ray crystallographic analysis reveals that complexes 1-5 feature two-dimensional (2D) network structures in which the Ln(3+) ions are bridged by carboxylate groups of ligands in two unique coordinated modes. Luminescent spectra demonstrate that complex 1 realizes single-component white-light emission, while complexes 2-4 exhibit a characteristic near-infrared (NIR) luminescence in the solid state at room temperature.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of long-persistent luminescence/polymer (Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu2+, Dy3+/PLA) composite fibers by electrospinning

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    Ye, Feng; Dong, Shengjie; Tian, Zhe; Yao, Sijia; Zhou, Zhufa; Wang, Shumei

    2015-07-01

    Long-persistent luminescence /polymer (Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu2+, Dy3+/PLA) composite fibers have been fabricated via electrospinning method. The as-prepared one-dimensional fiber has been characterized by fluorescence microscope and distinct photographs have been obtained. The results show that the Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu2+, Dy3+ particles (12 wt%, size 200 nm) are uniformly dispersed in the PLA fibers (diameter 2.5 μm). It was found that the composite fibers have an emission band from 430 nm to 650 nm that peaks at 537 nm and 452 nm. Similarly, its phosphorescent emission spectra have similar features of luminescence (emission band from 430 nm to 650 nm that peaks at 537 nm and 452 nm). The decay curves of the composite fibers present a similar attenuate tendency with Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu2+, Dy3+ pure particles, but with lower intensity. The composite fiber has applications possibility in textile, display, optical detectors, indicator in the dark without electric energy which they never had before.

  13. Highly luminescent and stable lyotropic liquid crystals based on a europium β-diketonate complex bridged by an ethylammonium cation.

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    Yi, Sijing; Yao, Meihuan; Wang, Jiao; Chen, Xiao

    2016-10-05

    Soft lanthanide luminescent materials are impressive because of their tunable and self-assembling characteristics, which make them an attractive emerging materials field of research. In this report, novel luminescent lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) with four different mesophases have been fabricated by a protic ionic liquid (IL) based europium β-diketonate complex EA[Eu(TTA)4] (EA = ethylammonium, TTA = 2-thenoyltrifluoro-acetone) and an amphiphilic block copolymer (Pluronic P123). The protic IL, ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), was used as both the solvent and linkage to stabilize the doped complexes. Analyses by single-crystal X-ray diffraction for EA[Eu(TTA)4] and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for the LLC materials reveal convincingly that the ethylammonium cations establish an effective connection with both the carbonyl group of the β-diketonate ligand and the EO blocks of the amphiphilic block copolymer P123 via strong hydrogen bonding interactions. Due to this, an extremely long decay time of the excited state is obtained in EA[Eu(TTA)4] and excellent photostability of the luminescent LLCs could be achieved. The long-period ordered structures of the luminescent LLCs have been investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering measurements and the best luminescence performance was found in the most organized mesophase. Noteworthy, the LLCs could yield an effective confining effect on the europium complex accompanied by a sizeable elongation of the excited-state lifetime and an enhancement of the energy transfer efficiency, which reaches a remarkably high value of 52.6%. More importantly, the modulated luminescence properties observed in the four mesophase structures offer the potential and powerful possibility for these unique composite LLCs to be used in the fabrication of soft luminescent materials with tunable functions.

  14. Enhancing the efficiency of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs)

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    Assadi, M. Khalaji; Hanaei, H.; Mohamed, Norani Muti; Saidur, R.; Bakhoda, Shokoufeh; Bashiri, Robabeh; Moayedfar, M.

    2016-09-01

    Recent developments in the endeavor to enhance the efficiency of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are presented in this paper along with an analysis of LSC devices. In recent years, several experimental and numerical research works have been carried out to improve the performance of LSCs in different ways. LSCs date back to the 1970s and comprise an extremely interesting notion of solar cells for various reasons. First, LSCs are cost-competitive and function in diffuse light, and as such, it is not necessary to use expensive solar tracking devices. Second, luminescence facilitates the cells to gather only cold light, which results in higher PV efficiency. LSCs generally consist of transparent polymer sheets doped with luminescent species. The luminescent species absorb incident sunlight and emit it with high quantum efficiency, such that the emitted light is trapped in the sheet and travels to the edges where the solar cells can collect it.

  15. A two-dimensional zinc(II) coordination polymer based on mixed dimethyl succinate and bipyridine ligands: synthesis, structure, thermostability and luminescence properties.

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    Liu, Yang; Feng, Yong Lan; Fu, Wei Wei

    2016-04-01

    From the viewpoint of crystal engineering, the construction of crystalline polymeric materials requires a rational choice of organic bridging ligands for the self-assembly process. Multicarboxylate ligands are of particular interest due to their strong coordination activity towards metal ions, as well as their various coordination modes and versatile conformations. The structural chemistry of dicarboxylate-based coordination polymers of transition metals has been developed through the grafting of N-containing organic linkers into carboxylate-bridged transition metal networks. A new luminescent two-dimensional zinc(II) coordination polymer containing bridging 2,2-dimethylsuccinate and 4,4'-bipyridine ligands, namely poly[[aqua(μ2-4,4'-bipyridine-κ(2)N:N')bis(μ3-2,2-dimethylbutanedioato)-κ(4)O(1),O(1'):O(4):O(4');κ(5)O(1):O(1),O(4):O(4),O(4')-dizinc(II)] dihydrate], {[Zn2(C6H8O4)2(C10H8N2)(H2O)]·2H2O}n, has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and elemental, IR and thermogravimetric analyses. In the structure, the 2,2-dimethylsuccinate ligands link linear tetranuclear Zn(II) subunits into one-dimensional chains along the c axis. 4,4'-Bipyridine acts as a tethering ligand expanding these one-dimensional chains into a two-dimensional layered structure. Hydrogen-bonding interactions between the water molecules (both coordinated and free) and carboxylate O atoms strengthen the packing of the layers. Furthermore, the luminescence properties of the complex were investigated. The compound exhibits a blue photoluminescence in the solid state at room temperature and may be a good candidate for potential hybrid inorganic-organic photoactive materials.

  16. Fabrication and luminescent properties of highly transparent Er3Al5O12 ceramics

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    Hu, Song; Qin, Xianpeng; Liu, Xiaoxia; Zhou, Guohong; Lu, Chunhua; Wang, Shiwei; Xu, Zhongzi

    2017-09-01

    Highly transparent Er3Al5O12 (ErAG) ceramic was fabricated by a solid-state reactive sintering method under vacuum. The optical property, microstructure and up-conversion luminescence of the ErAG ceramic were investigated. For the 3 mm thick sample, the in-line transmittance at the wavelength of 3000 nm and 425 nm were about 84% and 81%, respectively, which was very close to the theoretical transmittance of the Er3Al5O12 single crystal. Micrograph of the ErAG transparent ceramic exhibited a pore-free structure and the density of the ceramic was measured to be 6.38 g/cm3. Average grain size of the ceramic was about 9 μm. When pumped by a 980 nm laser diodes (LD), strong green and red emission in the ErAG ceramic was observed from the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. The luminescent properties of the ceramic under the excitation of LD with various pumping power were investigated.

  17. Luminescent proteins for high-speed single-cell and whole-body imaging

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    Saito, Kenta; Chang, Y-F; Horikawa, Kazuki; Hatsugai, Noriyuki; Higuchi, Yuriko; Hashida, Mitsuru; Yoshida, Yu; Matsuda, Tomoki; Arai, Yoshiyuki; Nagai, Takeharu

    2012-01-01

    The use of fluorescent proteins has revolutionized our understanding of biological processes. However, the requirement for external illumination precludes their universal application to the study of biological processes in all tissues. Although light can be created by chemiluminescence, light emission from existing chemiluminescent probes is too weak to use this imaging modality in situations when fluorescence cannot be used. Here we report the development of the brightest luminescent protein to date, Nano-lantern, which is a chimera of enhanced Renilla luciferase and Venus, a fluorescent protein with high bioluminescence resonance energy transfer efficiency. Nano-lantern allows real-time imaging of intracellular structures in living cells with spatial resolution equivalent to fluorescence and sensitive tumour detection in freely moving unshaved mice. We also create functional indicators based on Nano-lantern that can image Ca2+, cyclic adenosine monophosphate and adenosine 5′-triphosphate dynamics in environments where the use of fluorescent indicators is not feasible. These luminescent proteins allow visualization of biological phenomena at previously unseen single-cell, organ and whole-body level in animals and plants. PMID:23232392

  18. High-Contrast Visualization of Upconversion Luminescence in Mice Using Time-Gating Approach.

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    Zheng, Xianlin; Zhu, Xingjun; Lu, Yiqing; Zhao, Jiangbo; Feng, Wei; Jia, Guohua; Wang, Fan; Li, Fuyou; Jin, Dayong

    2016-04-05

    Optical imaging through the near-infrared (NIR) window provides deep penetration of light up to several centimeters into biological tissues. Capable of emitting 800 nm luminescence under 980 nm illumination, the recently developed upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) suggest a promising optical contrast agent for in vivo bioimaging. However, presently they require high-power lasers to excite when applied to small animals, leading to significant scattering background that limits the detection sensitivity as well as a detrimental thermal effect. In this work, we show that the time-gating approach implementing pulsed illumination from a NIR diode laser and time-delayed imaging synchronized via an optical chopper offers detection sensitivity more than 1 order of magnitude higher than the conventional approach using optical band-pass filters (S/N, 47321/6353 vs 5339/58), when imaging UCNPs injected into Kunming mice. The pulsed laser illumination (70 μs ON in 200 μs period) also reduces the overall thermal accumulation to 35% of that under the continuous-wave mode. Technical details are given on setting up the time-gating unit comprising an optical chopper, a pinhole, and a microscopy eyepiece. Being generally compatible with any camera, this provides a convenient and low cost solution to NIR animal imaging using UCNPs as well as other luminescent probes.

  19. Flexible, highly efficient all-polymer solar cells.

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    Kim, Taesu; Kim, Jae-Han; Kang, Tae Eui; Lee, Changyeon; Kang, Hyunbum; Shin, Minkwan; Wang, Cheng; Ma, Biwu; Jeong, Unyong; Kim, Taek-Soo; Kim, Bumjoon J

    2015-10-09

    All-polymer solar cells have shown great potential as flexible and portable power generators. These devices should offer good mechanical endurance with high power-conversion efficiency for viability in commercial applications. In this work, we develop highly efficient and mechanically robust all-polymer solar cells that are based on the PBDTTTPD polymer donor and the P(NDI2HD-T) polymer acceptor. These systems exhibit high power-conversion efficiency of 6.64%. Also, the proposed all-polymer solar cells have even better performance than the control polymer-fullerene devices with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as the electron acceptor (6.12%). More importantly, our all-polymer solar cells exhibit dramatically enhanced strength and flexibility compared with polymer/PCBM devices, with 60- and 470-fold improvements in elongation at break and toughness, respectively. The superior mechanical properties of all-polymer solar cells afford greater tolerance to severe deformations than conventional polymer-fullerene solar cells, making them much better candidates for applications in flexible and portable devices.

  20. Flexible, highly efficient all-polymer solar cells

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    Kim, Taesu; Kim, Jae-Han; Kang, Tae Eui; Lee, Changyeon; Kang, Hyunbum; Shin, Minkwan; Wang, Cheng; Ma, Biwu; Jeong, Unyong; Kim, Taek-Soo; Kim, Bumjoon J.

    2015-01-01

    All-polymer solar cells have shown great potential as flexible and portable power generators. These devices should offer good mechanical endurance with high power-conversion efficiency for viability in commercial applications. In this work, we develop highly efficient and mechanically robust all-polymer solar cells that are based on the PBDTTTPD polymer donor and the P(NDI2HD-T) polymer acceptor. These systems exhibit high power-conversion efficiency of 6.64%. Also, the proposed all-polymer solar cells have even better performance than the control polymer-fullerene devices with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as the electron acceptor (6.12%). More importantly, our all-polymer solar cells exhibit dramatically enhanced strength and flexibility compared with polymer/PCBM devices, with 60- and 470-fold improvements in elongation at break and toughness, respectively. The superior mechanical properties of all-polymer solar cells afford greater tolerance to severe deformations than conventional polymer-fullerene solar cells, making them much better candidates for applications in flexible and portable devices. PMID:26449658

  1. Luminescence properties of Tb3+-doped CaMoO4 nanoparticles: annealing effect, polar medium dispersible, polymer film and core-shell formation.

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    Parchur, A K; Prasad, A I; Ansari, A A; Rai, S B; Ningthoujam, R S

    2012-08-28

    Tb(3+)-doped CaMoO(4) (Tb(3+) = 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 atom%) core and core-shell nanoparticles have been prepared by urea hydrolysis in ethylene glycol (EG) as capping agent as well as reaction medium at low temperature ~150 °C. As-prepared samples were annealed at 500 and 900 °C for 4 h to eliminate unwanted hydrocarbons and/or H(2)O present in the sample and to improve crystallinity. The synthesised nanophosphors show tetragonal phase structure. The crystallite size of as-prepared sample is found to be ~18 nm. The luminescence intensity of the (5)D(4) → (7)F(5) transition at 547 nm of Tb(3+) is much higher than that of the (5)D(4) → (7)F(6) transition at 492 nm. 900 °C annealed samples show the highest luminescence intensity. The intensity ratio R (I[(5)D(4) → (7)F(6)]/I[(5)D(4) → (7)F(5)]) lies between 0.3-0.6 for as-prepared, 500 and 900 °C annealed samples. The luminescence decay of (5)D(4) level under 355 nm excitation shows biexponential behaviour indicating availability of Tb(3+) ions on surface and core regions of particle; whereas, contribution of Mo-O charge transfer to lifetime is obtained under 250 nm excitation. The CIE coordinates of as-prepared, 500 and 900 °C annealed 5 atom% Tb(3+)-doped CaMoO(4) samples under 250 nm excitation are (0.28, 0.32), (0.22, 0.28) and (0.25, 0.52), respectively. The dispersed particles in polar medium and its polymer film show green light emission. The luminescence intensity is improved significantly after core-shell formation due to extent of decrease of non-radiative rates arising from surface dangling bonds and capping agent. Quantum yields of as-prepared samples of 1, 5 and 7 atom% Tb(3+)-doped CaMoO(4) samples are found to be 10, 3 and 2, respectively.

  2. Synthesis of highly luminescent mercaptosuccinic acid-coated CdSe nanocrystals under atmospheric conditions.

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    Dong, Meiting; Xu, Jingyi; Liu, Shuxian; Zhou, Ying; Huang, Chaobiao

    2014-11-01

    Here we report a facile one-pot method for the preparation of high-quality CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) in aqueous solution under an air atmosphere. Compared with the traditional use of NaHSe or H2 Se, the more stable sodium selenite is utilized as the Se source for preparing highly luminescent CdSe nanocrystals. By using mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA) as the capping agent and borate-citrate acid as the buffering solution, CdSe nanocrystals with high quantum yield (up to 70%) have been synthesized conveniently. The influence of different experimental parameters, such as the pH of the precursor solution, the molar ratio of Cd(2+) to Na2 SeO3 and Cd(2+) to MSA on the CdSe nanocrystals, has been systematically investigated. The prepared CdSe NCs were spherical with a size of ~ 5 nm.

  3. Synthesis of Composition Tunable and Highly Luminescent Cesium Lead Halide Nanowires through Anion-Exchange Reactions.

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    Zhang, Dandan; Yang, Yiming; Bekenstein, Yehonadav; Yu, Yi; Gibson, Natalie A; Wong, Andrew B; Eaton, Samuel W; Kornienko, Nikolay; Kong, Qiao; Lai, Minliang; Alivisatos, A Paul; Leone, Stephen R; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-15

    Here, we demonstrate the successful synthesis of brightly emitting colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) nanowires (NWs) with uniform diameters and tunable compositions. By using highly monodisperse CsPbBr3 NWs as templates, the NW composition can be independently controlled through anion-exchange reactions. CsPbX3 alloy NWs with a wide range of alloy compositions can be achieved with well-preserved morphology and crystal structure. The NWs are highly luminescent with photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQY) ranging from 20% to 80%. The bright photoluminescence can be tuned over nearly the entire visible spectrum. The high PLQYs together with charge transport measurements exemplify the efficient alloying of the anionic sublattice in a one-dimensional CsPbX3 system. The wires increased functionality in the form of fast photoresponse rates and the low defect density suggest CsPbX3 NWs as prospective materials for optoelectronic applications.

  4. Influence of charge transfer state on Eu3+ luminescence in LaAlO3, by high pressure spectroscopy

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    Behrendt, Mirosław; Mahlik, Sebastian; Grinberg, Marek; Stefańska, Dagmara; Dereń, Przemysław J.

    2017-01-01

    The contribution presents spectroscopic characterization of LaAlO3 doped with 0.5 mol %. Eu3+. We measured steady state luminescence, luminescence excitation spectra, as well as the time resolved spectra and luminescence kinetics. The experiments were performed at high hydrostatic pressure applied in diamond anvil cell (DAC) which was changed from ambient to 250 kbar. We found that for all pressures the emission from the 5D0 and 5D1 excited emitting state of Eu3+ was delayed in time after excitation pulse whilst emission from the 5D2 appear immediately after excitation. At pressure above 12 kbar the strong magnification of the luminescence lines related to the transitions from the 5D3 state which were very weak at ambient condition is observed. The emission decay of the 5D3 luminescence become slower when pressure is increased. All these effects are attributed to pressure-induced increase of the energy of the ground electronic configuration 4f6 of the Eu2+ with respect to the valence band edge which results in the charge transfer state, and 5D3 level crossing.

  5. Isomeric luminescent Zn(II) coordination polymers based on pyridinecarboxylate and 5-methyl-1H-tetrazole ligands

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    An, Zhe; Gao, Jing; Zhu, Ling

    2013-12-01

    Two new metal-organic frameworks, namely [Zn(nic)(mtz)]n (1) and [Zn(isonic)(mtz)]n (2) (Hnic = nicotinic acid, Hisonic = isonicotinic acid, Hmtz = 5-methyl-1H-tetrazole), have been obtained through the solvothermal reactions of Zn(NO3)2, Htmz and Hnic or Hisonic. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that compound 1 features a 2D layered structure with sql topology, which is further extended into a 3D supramolecular framework via weak CH…π interactions, and compound 2 is 2-fold interpenetrated 3D framework with dia topology. Luminescent investigation shows that both of them emit blue luminescence at room temperature.

  6. Luminescence of the disturbed upper atmosphere in the visible and infrared spectral ranges in the conditions of injection of a high-velocity plasma jet: II. Theoretical interpretation of the luminescence in the visible spectral range

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    Kozlov, S. I.; Smirnova, N. V.; Loseva, T. V.; Lyakhov, A. N.; Kosarev, I. B.

    2008-12-01

    A theoretical interpretation is given to the experimental data on the luminescence in the visible spectral region of the disturbed upper atmosphere in the conditions of injection of a high-velocity aluminum plasma jet (the “Fluxus” experiment). Mathematical models of optical effects are presented. It is demonstrated that the results of the calculations and the experimental data agree satisfactorily. The principal physical and chemical processes responsible for the observed luminescence are determined.

  7. Surface grafting of zwitterionic polymers onto dye doped AIE-active luminescent silica nanoparticles through surface-initiated ATRP for biological imaging applications

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    Mao, Liucheng; Liu, Xinhua; Liu, Meiying; Huang, Long; Xu, Dazhuang; Jiang, Ruming; Huang, Qiang; Wen, Yuanqing; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2017-10-01

    Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) dyes have recently been intensively explored for biological imaging applications owing to their outstanding optical feature as compared with conventional organic dyes. The AIE-active luminescent silica nanoparticles (LSNPs) are expected to combine the advantages both of silica nanoparticles and AIE-active dyes. Although the AIE-active LSNPs have been prepared previously, surface modification of these AIE-active LSNPs with functional polymers has not been reported thus far. In this work, we reported a rather facile and general strategy for preparation of polymers functionalized AIE-active LSNPs through the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The AIE-active LSNPs were fabricated via direct encapsulation of AIE-active dye into silica nanoparticles through a non-covalent modified Stöber method. The ATRP initiator was subsequently immobilized onto these AIE-active LSNPs through amidation reaction between 3-aminopropyl-triethoxy-silane and 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide. Finally, the zwitterionic 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) was selected as model monomer and grafted onto MSNs through ATRP. The characterization results suggested that LSNPs can be successfully modified with poly(MPC) through surface-initiated ATRP. The biological evaluation results demonstrated that the final SNPs-AIE-pMPC composites possess low cytotoxicity, desirable optical properties and great potential for biological imaging. Taken together, we demonstrated that AIE-active LSNPs can be fabricated and surface modified with functional polymers to endow novel functions and better performance for biomedical applications. More importantly, this strategy developed in this work could also be extended for fabrication of many other LSNPs polymer composites owing to the good monomer adoptability of ATRP.

  8. The luminescence of BaF{sub 2} nanoparticles upon high-energy excitation

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    Vistovskyy, V. V. Zhyshkovych, A. V.; Halyatkin, O. O.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.; Mitina, N. E.; Zaichenko, A. S.; Rodnyi, P. A.; Vasil'ev, A. N.; Gektin, A. V.

    2014-08-07

    The dependence of X-ray excited luminescence intensity on BaF{sub 2} nanoparticle size was studied. A sharp decrease of self-trapped exciton luminescence intensity was observed when the nanoparticle size is less than 80 nm. The main mechanism of the luminescence quenching is caused by the escape of electrons from the nanoparticles. Escape of electrons from nanoparticles is confirmed by the considerable increase of luminescence intensity of the polystyrene scintillator with embedded BaF{sub 2} nanoparticles comparing with pure polystyrene scintillator.

  9. High performance, durable polymers including poly(phenylene)

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    Fujimoto, Cy; Pratt, Harry; Anderson, Travis Mark

    2017-02-28

    The present invention relates to functionalized polymers including a poly(phenylene) structure. In some embodiments, the polymers and copolymers of the invention include a highly localized concentration of acidic moieties, which facilitate proton transport and conduction through networks formed from these polymers. In addition, the polymers can include functional moieties, such as electron-withdrawing moieties, to protect the polymeric backbone, thereby extending its durability. Such enhanced proton transport and durability can be beneficial for any high performance platform that employs proton exchange polymeric membranes, such as in fuel cells or flow batteries.

  10. Highly crosslinked silicon polymers for gas chromatography columns

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    Shen, Thomas C. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A new highly crosslinked silicone polymer particle for gas chromatography application and a process for synthesizing such copolymer are described. The new copolymer comprises vinyltriethoxysilane and octadecyltrichlorosilane. The copolymer has a high degree of crosslinking and a cool balance of polar to nonpolar sites in the porous silicon polymer assuring fast separation of compounds of variable polarity.

  11. NK sensitivity of neuroblastoma cells determined by a highly sensitive coupled luminescent method

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    Ogbomo, Henry; Hahn, Anke; Geiler, Janina; Michaelis, Martin; Doerr, Hans Wilhelm; Cinatl, Jindrich . E-mail: Cinatl@em.uni-frankfurt.de

    2006-01-06

    The measurement of natural killer (NK) cells toxicity against tumor or virus-infected cells especially in cases with small blood samples requires highly sensitive methods. Here, a coupled luminescent method (CLM) based on glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase release from injured target cells was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of interleukin-2 activated NK cells against neuroblastoma cell lines. In contrast to most other methods, CLM does not require the pretreatment of target cells with labeling substances which could be toxic or radioactive. The effective killing of tumor cells was achieved by low effector/target ratios ranging from 0.5:1 to 4:1. CLM provides highly sensitive, safe, and fast procedure for measurement of NK cell activity with small blood samples such as those obtained from pediatric patients.

  12. 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.

  13. Highly luminescent colloidal nanoplates of perovskite cesium lead halide and their oriented assemblies

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    Bekenstein, Yehonadav; Koscher, Brent A.; Eaton, Samuel W.; ...

    2015-12-15

    Anisotropic colloidal quasi-two-dimensional nanoplates (NPLs) hold great promise as functional materials due to their combination of low dimensional optoelectronic properties and versatility through colloidal synthesis. Recently, lead-halide perovskites have emerged as important optoelectronic materials with excellent efficiencies in photovoltaic and light-emitting applications. Here we report the synthesis of quantum confined all inorganic cesium lead halide nanoplates in the perovskite crystal structure that are also highly luminescent (PLQY 84%). The controllable self-assembly of nanoplates either into stacked columnar phases or crystallographic-oriented thin-sheet structures is demonstrated. Furthermore, the broad accessible emission range, high native quantum yields, and ease of self-assembly make perovskitemore » NPLs an ideal platform for fundamental optoelectronic studies and the investigation of future devices.« less

  14. Highly luminescent colloidal nanoplates of perovskite cesium lead halide and their oriented assemblies

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    Bekenstein, Yehonadav; Koscher, Brent A.; Eaton, Samuel W.; Yang, Peidong; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2015-12-15

    Anisotropic colloidal quasi-two-dimensional nanoplates (NPLs) hold great promise as functional materials due to their combination of low dimensional optoelectronic properties and versatility through colloidal synthesis. Recently, lead-halide perovskites have emerged as important optoelectronic materials with excellent efficiencies in photovoltaic and light-emitting applications. Here we report the synthesis of quantum confined all inorganic cesium lead halide nanoplates in the perovskite crystal structure that are also highly luminescent (PLQY 84%). The controllable self-assembly of nanoplates either into stacked columnar phases or crystallographic-oriented thin-sheet structures is demonstrated. Furthermore, the broad accessible emission range, high native quantum yields, and ease of self-assembly make perovskite NPLs an ideal platform for fundamental optoelectronic studies and the investigation of future devices.

  15. Highly Luminescent Colloidal Nanoplates of Perovskite Cesium Lead Halide and Their Oriented Assemblies.

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    Bekenstein, Yehonadav; Koscher, Brent A; Eaton, Samuel W; Yang, Peidong; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2015-12-30

    Anisotropic colloidal quasi-two-dimensional nanoplates (NPLs) hold great promise as functional materials due to their combination of low dimensional optoelectronic properties and versatility through colloidal synthesis. Recently, lead-halide perovskites have emerged as important optoelectronic materials with excellent efficiencies in photovoltaic and light-emitting applications. Here we report the synthesis of quantum confined all inorganic cesium lead halide nanoplates in the perovskite crystal structure that are also highly luminescent (PLQY 84%). The controllable self-assembly of nanoplates either into stacked columnar phases or crystallographic-oriented thin-sheet structures is demonstrated. The broad accessible emission range, high native quantum yields, and ease of self-assembly make perovskite NPLs an ideal platform for fundamental optoelectronic studies and the investigation of future devices.

  16. Dynamics of polydots: Soft luminescent polymeric nanoparticles

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    Maskey, Sabina; Osti, Naresh C.; Grest, Gary S.; Perahia, Dvora

    2016-03-04

    The conformation and dynamics of luminescent polymers collapsed into nanoparticles or polydots were studied using fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, providing a first insight into their internal dynamics. Controlling the conformation and dynamics of confined polymers is essential for realization of the full potential of polydots in nanomedicine and biotechnology. Specifically, the shape and internal dynamics of polydots that consist of highly rigid dialkyl p-phenylene ethynylene (PPE) are probed as a function of temperature. At room temperature, the polydots are spherical without any correlations between the aromatic rings on the PPE backbone. With increasing temperature, they expand and become slightly aspherical; however, the polymers remain confined. The coherent dynamic structure factor reveals that the internal motion of the polymer backbone is arrested, and the side chains dominate the internal dynamics of the polydots. Lastly, these new soft nanoparticles retain their overall shape and dynamics over an extended temperature range, and their conformation is tunable via their degree of expansion.

  17. High performance polymer tandem solar cell

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    da Silva, Wilson Jose; Schneider, Fabio Kurt; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid bin; Jang, Jin

    2015-01-01

    A power conversion efficiency of 9.02% is obtained for a fully solution-processed polymer tandem solar cell, based on the diketopyrrolopyrrole unit polymer as a low bandgap photoactive material in the rear subcell, in conjunction with a new robust interconnecting layer. This interconnecting layer is optically transparent, electrically conductive, and physically strong, thus, the charges can be collected and recombined in the interconnecting layer under illumination, while the charge is generated and extracted under dark conditions. This indicates that careful interface engineering of the charge-carrier transport layer is a useful approach to further improve the performance of polymer tandem solar cells. PMID:26669577

  18. Luminescence of mesoporous silicon powders treated by high-pressure water vapor annealing

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    Gelloz, Bernard; Loni, Armando; Canham, Leigh; Koshida, Nobuyoshi

    2012-07-01

    We have studied the photoluminescence of nanocrystalline silicon microparticle powders fabricated by fragmentation of PSi membranes. Several porosities were studied. Some powders have been subjected to further chemical etching in HF in order to reduce the size of the silicon skeleton and reach quantum sizes. High-pressure water vapor annealing was then used to enhance both the luminescence efficiency and stability. Two visible emission bands were observed. A red band characteristic of the emission of Si nanocrystals and a blue band related to localized centers in oxidized powders. The blue band included a long-lived component, with a lifetime exceeding 1 sec. Both emission bands depended strongly on the PSi initial porosity. The colors of the processed powders were tunable from brown to off-white, depending on the level of oxidation. The surface area and pore volume of some powders were also measured and discussed. The targeted applications are in cosmetics and medicine.

  19. Transformation of crystalline starch nanoparticles into highly luminescent carbon nanodots: Toxicity studies and their applications.

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    Sonthanasamy, Regina Sisika A; Ahmad, Wan Yaacob Wan; Fazry, Shazrul; Hassan, Nurul I; Lazim, Azwan Mat

    2016-02-10

    Being abundant in many tropical part of the world, Dioscorea sp. as food is limited due to its toxicity. However polysaccharides derive from these tubers could be important for other applications. Here we developed a Highly Luminescent Carbon Nanodots (C-dots) via acid hydrolysis of Gadong starch (GS). The hydrolysis rate of GS increased from 49% to 86% within 7 days while the X-ray diffraction showed the native GS particle is a C-crystalline type. The GS particles were either round or oval with diameters ranging from 50-90 nm. Further acid dehydration and surface oxidation reduced the size of GS nanoparticles to 6-25 nm. The C-dots produced a fluorescent emission at wavelength 441 nm. Toxicity tests demonstrate that zebrafish embryo were able to tolerate the C-dots for 48 h after exposure. This study has successfully demonstrated a novel approach of converting GS into excellent fluorescent C-dot.

  20. High-resolution Thermal Micro-imaging Using Europium Chelate Luminescent Coatings

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    Benseman, Timothy M.; Hao, Yang; Vlasko-Vlasov, Vitalii K.; ...

    2017-04-16

    Europium thenoyltrifluoroacentonate (EuTFC) has an optical luminescence line at 612 nm, whose activation efficiency decreases strongly with temperature. If a sample coated with a thin film of this material is micro-imaged, the 612 nm luminescent response intensity may be converted into a direct map of sample surface temperature.

  1. Medium Bandgap Conjugated Polymer for High Performance Polymer Solar Cells Exceeding 9% Power Conversion Efficiency.

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    Jung, Jae Woong; Liu, Feng; Russell, Thomas P; Jo, Won Ho

    2015-12-02

    Two medium-bandgap polymers composed of benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiohpene and 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole with 6-octyl-thieno[3,2-b]thiophene as a π-bridge unit are synthesized and their photovoltaic properties are analyzed. The two polymers have deep highest occupied molecular orbital energy levels, high crystallinity, optimal bulk-heterojunction morphology, and efficient charge transport, resulting in a power conversion efficiency of as high as 9.44% for a single-junction polymer solar-cell device. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Evidence of a green luminescence band related to surface flaws in high purity silica glass.

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    Fournier, J; Néauport, J; Grua, P; Fargin, E; Jubera, V; Talaga, D; Jouannigot, S

    2010-10-11

    Using luminescence confocal microscopy under 325 nm laser excitation, we explore the populations of defects existing in or at the vicinity of macroscopic surface flaws in fused silica. We report our luminescence results on two types of surface flaws: laser damage and indentation on fused silica polished surfaces. Luminescence cartographies are made to show the spatial distribution of each kind of defect. Three bands, centered at 1.89 eV, 2.75 eV and 2.25 eV are evidenced on laser damage and indentations. The band centered at 2.25 eV was not previously reported in photo luminescence experiments on indentations and pristine silica, for excitation wavelengths of 325 nm or larger. The luminescent objects, expected to be trapped in sub-surface micro-cracks, are possibly involved in the first step of the laser damage mechanism when fused silica is enlightened at 351 nm laser in nanosecond regime.

  3. Novel Semiconducting Polymers for Highly Efficient Solar Energy Harvesting

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    2014-03-11

    energy PCE to polymers disclosed in literature in BHJ polymer solar cells in combination with fullerene derivatives as acceptors. Solar power... fullerene derivatives are the best candidates so far due to their high electron affinity, superior electron mobility and their three dimensional...structure, providing unique packing ability in blend to efficiently form electron transport channels. 13 The original fullerenes do not have enough

  4. Structures, luminescence and photocatalytic properties of two nanostructured cadmium(II) coordination polymers synthesized by sonochemical process.

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    Hao, Shao Yun; Li, Yue Hua; Zhu, Jing; Cui, Guang Hua

    2018-01-01

    By varying the dicarboxylate coligands, two nano-sized cadmium(II) coordination polymers (CPs), [Cd(bix)(DCTP)]n (1) and [Cd(bix)2(BPDC)]n (2) (bix=1,4-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene, H2DCTP=2,5-dichloroterephthalic acid, H2BPDC=biphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid) were synthesized hydrothermally and sonochemical irradiation. CPs 1-2 and their nanostructures have been characterized by elemental analysis, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). CP 1 features a uninodal 4-connected 2D sql network consisting of two different helical arrays. Whilst, CP 2 displays 2D layer which constructed by the linear chains and M2L2 type discrete loops. The effect of ultrasonic power and temperature on the morphology and size of CPs 1-2 are investigated in detail. Nano-sized 1-2 show the relatively high photocatalytic performance for degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) under UV irradiation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. An alkaline one-pot reaction to synthesize luminescent Eu-BTC MOF nanorods, highly pure and water-insoluble, under room conditions

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    Medina-Velazquez, D. Y.; Alejandre-Zuniga, B. Y.; Loera-Serna, S.; Ortiz, E. M.; Morales-Ramirez, A. de J.; Garfias-Garcia, E.; Garcia-Murillo, A.; Falcony, C.

    2016-12-01

    The increasing demand for optoelectronic devices requires the development of luminescent materials with high luminescence efficiency and low energy demands, and the metalorganic frameworks (MOFs) with lanthanides ions offer great potential in this area. The metalorganic materials provide properties of flexibility, low density, low-cost methods of synthesis, and insolubility in water, which gives them an advantage over traditional phosphors. In this study, a benzenetricarboxylate ligand (BTC) with a Eu3+ MOF was synthesized, and its structural and luminescent properties were measured. The metalorganic compound was generated in a one-pot reaction from europium nitrate and trimesic acid precursors. Through characterization by X-ray diffraction powder, infrared spectroscopy, SEM structural characterization, and luminescent spectroscopy, the formation of Europium benzenetricarboxylate (Eu-BTC) MOF nanorods was tested and the calculated value was in the range of 30-60 nm. A red luminescent emission with high intensity was observed for all the procedures.

  6. Three-photon luminescence of gold nanorods and its applications for high contrast tissue and deep in vivo brain imaging.

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    Wang, Shaowei; Xi, Wang; Cai, Fuhong; Zhao, Xinyuan; Xu, Zhengping; Qian, Jun; He, Sailing

    2015-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles can be used as contrast agents for bio-imaging applications. Here we studied multi-photon luminescence (MPL) of gold nanorods (GNRs), under the excitation of femtosecond (fs) lasers. GNRs functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG) molecules have high chemical and optical stability, and can be used as multi-photon luminescent nanoprobes for deep in vivo imaging of live animals. We have found that the depth of in vivo imaging is dependent upon the transmission and focal capability of the excitation light interacting with the GNRs. Our study focused on the comparison of MPL from GNRs with two different aspect ratios, as well as their ex vivo and in vivo imaging effects under 760 nm and 1000 nm excitation, respectively. Both of these wavelengths were located at an optically transparent window of biological tissue (700-1000 nm). PEGylated GNRs, which were intravenously injected into mice via the tail vein and accumulated in major organs and tumor tissue, showed high image contrast due to distinct three-photon luminescence (3PL) signals upon irradiation of a 1000 nm fs laser. Concerning in vivo mouse brain imaging, the 3PL imaging depth of GNRs under 1000 nm fs excitation could reach 600 μm, which was approximately 170 μm deeper than the two-photon luminescence (2PL) imaging depth of GNRs with a fs excitation of 760 nm.

  7. A simple strategy for synthesizing highly luminescent carbon nanodots and application as effective down-shifting layers

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    Han, Xugen; Zhong, Sihua; Pan, Wei; Shen, Wenzhong

    2015-02-01

    We propose a novel strategy to prepare highly luminescent carbon nanodots (C-dots) by employing a hydrothermal method with citric acid as the carbon source and ethylenediamine as the nitrogen source, together with adding moderate ammonia water (AW) to achieve both appropriate inner structure and excellent N passivation. The effect of pH value and AW amount on the luminescence properties has been thoroughly investigated. The photoluminescence quantum yield of the resultant C-dots reaches as high as 84.8%, which is of 10.56% higher than that of the C-dots synthesized in the absence of AW in the reaction precursors. We have further combined the highest luminescent C-dots with polyvinyl alcohol to form luminescent down-shifting layers on silicon nanowire solar cells. An effective enhancement of short-circuit current density has been realized and the contribution of the down-shifting has been extracted quantitatively from the deterioration of surface reflectance and the gain of the optical absorption redistribution by means of a theoretical model on external quantum efficiency analysis.

  8. Ag-SiO₂-Er₂O₃ nanocomposites: highly effective upconversion luminescence at high power excitation and high temperature.

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    Xu, Wen; Min, Xiaolei; Chen, Xu; Zhu, Yongsheng; Zhou, Pingwei; Cui, Shaobo; Xu, Sai; Tao, Li; Song, Hongwei

    2014-05-28

    Rare Earth (RE) activated upconversion phosphors (UCPs), have demonstrated significant application potentials in some front fields, including solar energy conversion and bio-application. However, some bottleneck problems should be overcame, such as the lower upconversion efficiency, narrower excitation band, concentration-quenching and temperature-quenching. To solve these problems, the Ag-SiO2-Er2O3 nanocomposites were fabricated, in which the upconversion luminescence (UCL) of Er2O3 was white broadband. Through the interaction of Er2O3 with surface plasmon (SP) of silver nanoparticles (SNPs), the threshold power for generating broadbands was suppressed largely in contrast to the Er2O3 nanoparticles (NPs), while the UCL brightness was enhanced remarkably, ranging from several to 10(4) times, which strongly depended on the power density of excitation light. At excitation power density of 1.50 W/mm(2) of 980 nm light, the UCL intensity of Ag-SiO2-Er2O3 is 40-folds than the well-known NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) commercial powders. And more, it is also interesting to observe that the composites demonstrate two excitation bands extending of 780-980 nm, highly improved UCL with elevated temperature and excitation power density. The UCL mechanism related to UCL enhancement was carefully studied.

  9. High Strain Rate Tensile and Compressive Effects in Glassy Polymers

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    2013-02-08

    polymers under high strain rates has been determined in compression. Some research programs have studied the combined effects of temperature and strain rate...glassy polymers to high strain rate loading in compression. More recently, research programs that study the combined effects of temperature and strain...Force Materiel Command  United States Air Force  Eglin Air Force Base AFRL-RW-EG-TP-2013-006 High Strain Rate

  10. High Strain Rate Mechanical Properties of Glassy Polymers

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    2012-07-25

    Force Materiel Command  United States Air Force  Eglin Air Force Base AFRL-RW-EG-TP-2012-008 High Strain Rate...TITLE AND SUBTITLE High Strain Rate Mechanical Properties of Glassy Polymers 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...1990s, a range of experimental data has been generated describing the response of glassy polymers to high strain rate loading in compression. More

  11. Toward High Performance Photovoltaic Cells based on Conjugated Polymers

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    2016-12-26

    AFRL-AFOSR-JP-TR-2016-0103 Toward High Performance Photovoltaic Cells based on Conjugated Polymers Kung-Hwa Wei National Chiao Tung University Final...REPORT TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 16 Sep 2015 to 15 Sep 2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Toward High Performance Photovoltaic Cells based on...Grant 15IOA0113 “Toward High Performance Photovoltaic Cells Based on Conjugated Polymers (Taiwan side)” Dec. 16, 2016 PI information: Kung-Hwa Wei

  12. High performance electrospinning system for fabricating highly uniform polymer nanofibers

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    Munir, Muhammad Miftahul; Iskandar, Ferry; Khairurrijal, Okuyama, Kikuo

    2009-02-01

    A high performance electrospinning system has been successfully developed for production of highly uniform polymer nanofibers. The electrospinning system employed a proportional-integral-derivative control action to maintain a constant current during the production of polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) nanofibers from a precursor solution prepared by dissolution of the PVAc powder in dimethyl formamide so that high uniformity of the nanofibers was achieved. It was found that the cone jet length observed at the end of the needle during the injection of the precursor solution and the average diameter of the nanofibers decreased with decreasing Q /I, where Q is the flow rate of the precursor solution of the nanofibers and I is the current flowing through the electrospinning system. A power law obtained from the relation between the average diameter and Q /I is in accordance with the theoretical model.

  13. Conducting polymer for high power ultracapacitor

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    Shi, Steven Z.; Gottesfeld, Shimshon

    2002-01-01

    In accordance with the purposes of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, the present invention is directed to an electrode having a conducting polymer active material for use in an ultracapacitor. The conducting polymer active material is electropolymerized onto a carbon paper substrate from a mixed solution of a dimer of (3,3' bithiophene) (BT) and a monomer that is selected from the group of thiophenes derived in the 3-position, having an aryl group attached to thiophene in the 3-position or having aryl and alkly groups independently attached to thiophene in the 3 and 4 positions.

  14. High-resolution records of soil humification and paleoclimate change from variations in speleothem luminescence excitation and emission wavelengths

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    Baker, Andy; Genty, Dominique; Smart, Peter L.

    1998-10-01

    Recent advances in the precision and accuracy of the optical techniques required to measure luminescence permit the nondestructive analysis of solid geologic samples such as speleothems (secondary carbonate deposits in caves). In this paper we show that measurement of speleothem luminescence demonstrates a strong relationship between the excitation and emission wavelengths and both the extent of soil humification and mean annual rainfall. Raw peat with blanket bog vegetation has the highest humification and highest luminescence excitation and emission matrix wavelengths, because of the higher proportion of high-molecular-weight organic acids in these soils. Brown ranker and rendzina soils with dry grassland and woodland cover have the lowest wavelengths. Detailed analysis of one site where an annually laminated stalagmite has been deposited over the past 70 yr during a period with instrumental climate records and no vegetation change suggests that more subtle variations in luminescence emission wavelength correlate best with mean annual rainfall, although there is a lag of ˜10 yr. These results are used to interpret soil humification and climate change from a 130 ka speleothem at an upland site in Yorkshire, England. These data provide a new continuous terrestrial record of climate and environmental change for northwestern Europe and suggest the presence of significant variations in wetness and vegetation within interglacial and interstadial periods.

  15. Highly efficient large-area colourless luminescent solar concentrators using heavy-metal-free colloidal quantum dots.

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    Meinardi, Francesco; McDaniel, Hunter; Carulli, Francesco; Colombo, Annalisa; Velizhanin, Kirill A; Makarov, Nikolay S; Simonutti, Roberto; Klimov, Victor I; Brovelli, Sergio

    2015-10-01

    Luminescent solar concentrators serving as semitransparent photovoltaic windows could become an important element in net zero energy consumption buildings of the future. Colloidal quantum dots are promising materials for luminescent solar concentrators as they can be engineered to provide the large Stokes shift necessary for suppressing reabsorption losses in large-area devices. Existing Stokes-shift-engineered quantum dots allow for only partial coverage of the solar spectrum, which limits their light-harvesting ability and leads to colouring of the luminescent solar concentrators, complicating their use in architecture. Here, we use quantum dots of ternary I-III-VI2 semiconductors to realize the first large-area quantum dot-luminescent solar concentrators free of toxic elements, with reduced reabsorption and extended coverage of the solar spectrum. By incorporating CuInSexS2-x quantum dots into photo-polymerized poly(lauryl methacrylate), we obtain freestanding, colourless slabs that introduce no distortion to perceived colours and are thus well suited for the realization of photovoltaic windows. Thanks to the suppressed reabsorption and high emission efficiencies of the quantum dots, we achieve an optical power efficiency of 3.2%. Ultrafast spectroscopy studies suggest that the Stokes-shifted emission involves a conduction-band electron and a hole residing in an intragap state associated with a native defect.

  16. Highly efficient large-area colourless luminescent solar concentrators using heavy-metal-free colloidal quantum dots

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    Meinardi, Francesco; McDaniel, Hunter; Carulli, Francesco; Colombo, Annalisa; Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Makarov, Nikolay S.; Simonutti, Roberto; Klimov, Victor I.; Brovelli, Sergio

    2015-08-24

    Luminescent solar concentrators serving as semitransparent photovoltaic windows could become an important element in net zero energy consumption buildings of the future. Colloidal quantum dots are promising materials for luminescent solar concentrators as they can be engineered to provide the large Stokes shift necessary for suppressing reabsorption losses in large-area devices. Existing Stokes-shift-engineered quantum dots allow for only partial coverage of the solar spectrum, which limits their light-harvesting ability and leads to colouring of the luminescent solar concentrators, complicating their use in architecture. Here, we use quantum dots of ternary I–III–VI2 semiconductors to realize the first large-area quantum dot–luminescent solar concentrators free of toxic elements, with reduced reabsorption and extended coverage of the solar spectrum. By incorporating CuInSexS2–x quantum dots into photo-polymerized poly(lauryl methacrylate), we obtain freestanding, colourless slabs that introduce no distortion to perceived colours and are thus well suited for the realization of photovoltaic windows. Thanks to the suppressed reabsorption and high emission efficiencies of the quantum dots, we achieve an optical power efficiency of 3.2%. Ultrafast spectroscopy studies suggest that the Stokes-shifted emission involves a conduction-band electron and a hole residing in an intragap state associated with a native defect.

  17. Highly efficient large-area colourless luminescent solar concentrators using heavy-metal-free colloidal quantum dots

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    Meinardi, Francesco; McDaniel, Hunter; Carulli, Francesco; Colombo, Annalisa; Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Makarov, Nikolay S.; Simonutti, Roberto; Klimov, Victor I.; Brovelli, Sergio

    2015-10-01

    Luminescent solar concentrators serving as semitransparent photovoltaic windows could become an important element in net zero energy consumption buildings of the future. Colloidal quantum dots are promising materials for luminescent solar concentrators as they can be engineered to provide the large Stokes shift necessary for suppressing reabsorption losses in large-area devices. Existing Stokes-shift-engineered quantum dots allow for only partial coverage of the solar spectrum, which limits their light-harvesting ability and leads to colouring of the luminescent solar concentrators, complicating their use in architecture. Here, we use quantum dots of ternary I-III-VI2 semiconductors to realize the first large-area quantum dot-luminescent solar concentrators free of toxic elements, with reduced reabsorption and extended coverage of the solar spectrum. By incorporating CuInSexS2-x quantum dots into photo-polymerized poly(lauryl methacrylate), we obtain freestanding, colourless slabs that introduce no distortion to perceived colours and are thus well suited for the realization of photovoltaic windows. Thanks to the suppressed reabsorption and high emission efficiencies of the quantum dots, we achieve an optical power efficiency of 3.2%. Ultrafast spectroscopy studies suggest that the Stokes-shifted emission involves a conduction-band electron and a hole residing in an intragap state associated with a native defect.

  18. A low-cost smartphone-based platform for highly sensitive point-of-care testing with persistent luminescent phosphors.

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    Paterson, Andrew S; Raja, Balakrishnan; Mandadi, Vinay; Townsend, Blane; Lee, Miles; Buell, Alex; Vu, Binh; Brgoch, Jakoah; Willson, Richard C

    2017-03-14

    Through their computational power and connectivity, smartphones are poised to rapidly expand telemedicine and transform healthcare by enabling better personal health monitoring and rapid diagnostics. Recently, a variety of platforms have been developed to enable smartphone-based point-of-care testing using imaging-based readout with the smartphone camera as the detector. Fluorescent reporters have been shown to improve the sensitivity of assays over colorimetric labels, but fluorescence readout necessitates incorporating optical hardware into the detection system, adding to the cost and complexity of the device. Here we present a simple, low-cost smartphone-based detection platform for highly sensitive luminescence imaging readout of point-of-care tests run with persistent luminescent phosphors as reporters. The extremely bright and long-lived emission of persistent phosphors allows sensitive analyte detection with a smartphone by a facile time-gated imaging strategy. Phosphors are first briefly excited with the phone's camera flash, followed by switching off the flash, and subsequent imaging of phosphor luminescence with the camera. Using this approach, we demonstrate detection of human chorionic gonadotropin using a lateral flow assay and the smartphone platform with strontium aluminate nanoparticles as reporters, giving a detection limit of ≈45 pg mL(-1) (1.2 pM) in buffer. Time-gated imaging on a smartphone can be readily adapted for sensitive and potentially quantitative testing using other point-of-care formats, and is workable with a variety of persistent luminescent materials.

  19. Preparing high-density polymer brushes by mechanically assisted polymer assembly (MAPA)

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    Wu, Tao; Efimenko, Kirill; Genzer, Jan

    2001-03-01

    We introduce a novel method of modifying the surface properties of materials. This technique, called MAPA (="mechanically assisted polymer assembly"), is based on: 1) chemically attaching polymerization initiators to the surface of an elastomeric network that has been previously stretched by a certain length, Δx, and 2) growing end-anchored macromolecules using surface initiated ("grafting from") atom transfer living radical polymerization. After the polymerization, the strain is removed from the substrate, which returns to its original size causing the grafted macromolecules to stretch away from the substrate and form a dense polymer brush. We demonstrate the feasibility of the MAPA method by preparing high-density polymer brushes of poly(acryl amide), PAAm. We show that, as expected, the grafting density of the PAAm brushes can be increased by increasing Δx. We demonstrate that polymer brushes with extremely high grafting densities can be successfully prepared by MAPA.

  20. A Highly Stable 3D Luminescent Indium-Polycarboxylic Framework for the Turn-off Detection of UO2(2+), Ru(3+), and Biomolecule Thiamines.

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    Du, Ning; Song, Jian; Li, Shuang; Chi, Yu-Xian; Bai, Feng-Ying; Xing, Yong-Heng

    2016-10-17

    Hydrothermal reaction of the multidentate organic ligand (H6TTHA) with indium chloride (InCl3) produced a highly stable 3D luminescent indium-organic framework [In2(OH)2(H2TTHA)(H2O)2]n (1). Complex 1 exhibits remarkable luminescent properties, especially the multifunction sensitivity and selectivity for detecting Ru(3+), UO2(2+); as well as small biomolecules thiamines (TPP, TMP, and TCl) based on a "turn-off" manner. In particular, the pyrophosphate groups of TPP and the phosphate groups of TMP could further affect the quenching rate, leading to different luminescent responds. In addition, we also discussed and proved the luminescence quenching mechanism in detail through comparative test and PXRD characterization. Therefore, complex 1 could be used as a kind of excellent luminescence sensor to detect Ru(3+), UO2(2+), and thiamines (TPP, TMP, and TCl).

  1. Syntheses, structures and luminescence for zinc coordination polymers based on a multifunctional 4′-(3-carboxyphenyl)- 3,2′:6′,3″-terpyridine ligand

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    Cheng, Yue; Yang, Meng-Lin; Hu, Huai-Ming Xu, Bing; Wang, Xiaofang; Xue, Ganglin

    2016-07-15

    Six new coordination polymers, [ZnLCl]{sub n}(1), [ZnL{sub 2}]{sub n}·2nH{sub 2}O (2), [Zn{sub 2}L(o-bdc)(OH)]{sub n}·0.5nH{sub 2}O (3), [Zn{sub 2}L(m-bdc)(OH)]{sub n}·nH{sub 2}O (4), [Zn{sub 2}L{sub 2}(p-bdc) (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}·nH{sub 2}O (5), [Zn{sub 2}L(1,2,4-btc)(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n}(6), (HL=4′-(3-carboxyphenyl)- 3,2′:6′,3″-terpyridine, H{sub 2}(o-bdc)= benzene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid, H{sub 2}(m-bdc)= benzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid, H{sub 2}(p-bdc)= benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, H{sub 3}(1,2,4-btc)= benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid) have been synthesized under the hydrothermal conditions. Compound 1 displays a 3-connected 2D network structure with point symbol of {8"2.10}. Compound 2 exhibits 1D infinite loop chain structure. Compound 3 possesses a (3,8)-connected 3D framework composed of tetranuclear units with point symbol of {4"3}{sub 2}{4"6.6"1"8.8"4}. Compound 4 features a typical 2D hcb network based on tetranuclear zinc(II) units with point symbol of {4"4.6"2}. Compound 5 presents a classical two-fold penetration sql network with point symbol of {6"3}. Compound 6 can be seen as a (3,3,6)-connected 3D net with point symbol of {4"2.6"4.8"9}{4"2.6}{6"3}. The thermal stability and luminescent properties of compounds 1–6 in the solid state are discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: Six new Zn(II) coordination polymers based on multicarboxylate and terpyridyl derivative ligands have synthesized under the hydrothermal conditions and the thermal stability and luminescence are discussed. Display Omitted.

  2. High Surface Area Nanoporous Polymers for Reversible HydrogenStorage

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    Germain, Jonathan; Hradil, Jiri; Frechet, Jean M.J.; Svec,Frantisek

    2006-06-29

    Hydrogen adsorption using a series of nanoporous synthetic polymers has been studied. Promising results were obtained during the screening of commercially available porous polymer beads; of the polymers considered, hypercrosslinked Hypersol-Macronet MN200 resin exhibited the highest adsorption capacity for hydrogen. This initial success triggered the development of our own high surface area hypercrosslinked materials. Subjecting gel-type and macroporous vinylbenzyl chloride-based precursors swollen in dichloroethane to a Friedel-Crafts reaction catalyzed by iron trichloride afforded beads with surface areas of 1 930 and 1 300 m{sup 2}/g, respectively, as calculated using the BET equation. The former polymer reversibly stores up to 1.5 wt % H{sub 2} at a pressure of 0.12 MPa and a temperature of 77.3 K. The initial heat of adsorption of hydrogen molecules onto this polymer is 6.6 kJ/mol.

  3. Simulated space environmental effects on some experimental high performance polymers

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    Connell, John W.

    1993-01-01

    High performance polymers for potential space applications were evaluated under simulated space environmental conditions. Experimental resins from blends of acetylene terminated materials, poly(arylene ether)s and low color polyimides were exposed to high energy electron and ultraviolet radiation in an attempt to simulate space environmental effects. Thin films, neat resin moldings, and carbon fiber reinforced composites were exposed, and the effect on certain polymer properties were determined. Recent research involving the effects of various radiation exposures on the physical, optical, and mechanical properties of several experimental polymer systems is reviewed.

  4. High Molecular Weight Polymers in the New Chemicals Program

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    There are three categories or types of High Molecular Weight (HMW, 10,000 daltons) polymers typically reviewed by the New Chemicals Program: Soluble, insoluble, and water absorbing. Each of the three types are treated differently.

  5. Chlorination of low-band-gap polymers: Toward high-performance polymer solar cells

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    Mo, Daize; Wang, Huan; Chen, Hui; ...

    2017-03-08

    Here, halogenation is an effective way to tune the energy levels of organic semiconducting materials. To date, fluorination of organic semiconducting materials to fabricate polymer solar cells (PSCs) has been used far more than chlorination; however, fluorine exchange reactions suffer from low yields and the resulting fluorinated polymer always comes with higher price, which will greatly hinder their commercial applications. Herein, we designed and synthesized a series of chlorinated donor-acceptor (D-A) type polymers, in which benzo[1,2-b:4,5- b]dithiophene and chlorinated benzothiadiazole units are connected by thiophene π-bridges with an asymmetric alkyl chain. These chlorinated polymers showed deep highest occupied molecular orbitalmore » energy levels, which promoted the efficiency of their corresponding PSCs by increasing the device open circuit voltage. The asymmetric alkyl chain on the thiophene moieties gave the final polymer sufficient solubility for solution processing and strong π-π stacking in films allowed for high mobility. Although the introduction of a large chlorine atom increased the torsion angle of the polymer backbone, the chlorinated polymers maintained high crystallinity and a favorable backbone orientation in the blended films. These factors contributed to respectable device performances from thick-film devices, which showed PCEs as high as 9.11% for a 250 nm-thick active layer. These results demonstrate that chlorination is a promising method to fine tune the energy levels of conjugated polymers, and chlorinated benzothiadiazole may be a versatile building block in materials for efficient solar energy conversion.« less

  6. Luminescence nanothermometry

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    Jaque, Daniel; Vetrone, Fiorenzo

    2012-07-01

    The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed.The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed. This work was supported by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (Project S2009/MAT-1756), by the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia (MAT2010-16161) and by Caja Madrid Foundation.

  7. Improvement of electroluminescent property of blue LED coated with highly luminescent yellow-emitting phosphors

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    Jang, H. S.; Won, Y.-H.; Jeon, D. Y.

    2009-06-01

    White light-emitting diodes (WLEDs) were fabricated by combining InGaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with highly luminescent Tb3Al5O12:Ce3+ (TAG:Ce), Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YAG:Ce), and Sr3SiO5:Eu2+ (SS:Eu). The TAG:Ce-based WLED showed a color rendering index ( R a ) of 79 and a luminous efficiency ( η L ) of 34.1 lm/W at 20 mA. The YAG:Ce-based WLED and the SS:Eu-based WLED showed low R a values of 75 and 57 but high luminous efficiency values of 38.9 and 41.3 lm/W at 20 mA, respectively. When a mixture of YAG:Ce and SS:Eu was coated on a blue LED and the resultant WLED operated at 20 mA, the WLED showed a highly bright white light similar to daylight ( η L =40.9 lm/W, color temperature T c =5,716 K, and R a =76). Moreover, the WLED showed stable color coordinates against a considerable variation of applied current.

  8. Advantages of polymer transducers in high frequency inspections

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    Samari, S.; Stanton, M.

    1993-12-31

    Since the discovery of piezoelectricity in PVDF in 1969 the polymer transducers have now emerged as a significant tool in many ultrasonic inspections that otherwise would have been very difficult or impossible for conventional ceramic transducers. The major advantage, of Polymer transducers is in their inherent broadband characteristics in immersion applications which leads to their superior resolution and improved signal to noise ration over conventional ceramic transducers. This paper will show empirical results of high frequency polymer transducer in inspection of different materials including engineering materials such as ceramics. Other advantages of the polymer transducers are their low acoustic impedance as well as the compliance of the plastic material during construction. The compliance of the plastic PVDF film allows the manufacture of the high frequency polymer transducers without the use of permanent delays which can interfere with ultrasonic measurements. This paper will also give experimental results that will show how polymer transducers are instrument dependent, and how an operator can achieve optimum results by using an impedance matching network between the instrument and the polymer transducer.

  9. The quest for high temperature flexible polymers.

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    Woo, L

    1999-10-01

    A unique set of material properties is needed to meet the special requirements of the medical market. Flexible poly(vinyl chloride), which has occupied a pre-eminent position for nearly half a century, is increasingly being challenged by newer and more advanced polymer systems. Several propylene-based elastomers with low crystallinities are promising to be the dominant medical materials of the future. This article discusses one company's actual experiences in utilizing these new materials in medical applications.

  10. One-dimensional coordination polymers generated from a new triazole bridging ligand and HgX2 (X = Cl, Br and I): characterization and luminescent properties.

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    Qin, Na; Zhao, Chao-Wei; Ma, Jian-Ping; Liu, Qi-Kui; Dong, Yu-Bin

    2012-06-01

    The new 4-amino-1,2,4-triazole asymmetric bridging ligand 4-amino-5-(pyridin-3-yl)-3-[4-(pyridin-4-yl)phenyl]-4H-1,2,4-triazole (L) has been used to generate three novel isomorphic one-dimensional coordination polymers, viz. catena-poly[[tris[dichloridomercury(II)]-bis{μ(3)-4-amino-5-(pyridin-3-yl)-3-[4-(pyridin-4-yl)phenyl]-4H-1,2,4-triazole}] acetonitrile monosolvate], {[Hg(3)Cl(6)(C(18)H(14)N(6))(2)]·CH(3)CN}(n), (I), and the bromido, {[Hg(3)Br(6)(C(18)H(14)N(6))(2)]·CH(3)CN}(n), (II), and iodido, {[Hg(3)I(6)(C(18)H(14)N(6))(2)]·CH(3)CN}(n), (III), analogs. The asymmetric ligand acts as a tridentate ligand to coordinate the three different Hg(II) centers (two of which are symmetry-related). Two ligands and two symmetry-related Hg(II) centers form centrosymmetric rectangular units which are linked into one-dimensional chains via the other unique Hg atoms, which sit on mirror planes. The chains are elaborated into a three-dimensional structure via interchain hydrogen bonds. The acetonitrile solvent molecules are located in ellipsoidal cavities. The luminescent character of these three coordination complexes was investigated in the solid state.

  11. Two three-dimensional coordination polymers of lead(II) with iminodiacetate and naphthalene-dicarboxylate anions: Synthesis, characterization and luminescence behavior

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    Hazari, Debdoot; Jana, Swapan Kumar; Fleck, Michel; Zangrando, Ennio; Dalai, Sudipta

    2014-11-15

    Two lead(II) compounds [Pb{sub 3}(idiac){sub 3}(phen){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]·2(H{sub 2}O) (1) and [Pb(ndc)]{sub n} (2), where H{sub 2}idiac=iminodiacetic acid, phen=1,10-phenanthroline and H{sub 2}ndc=naphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid, have been synthesized and structurally characterized. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that compound 1 is a discrete trinuclear complex (of two-fold symmetry) which evolves to a supramolecular 3D network via π–π interactions, while in compound 2 the naphthalene dicarboxylate anion act as a linker to form a three dimensional architecture, where the anion adopts a bis-(bidentate bridging) coordination mode connecting four Pb(II) centers. The photoluminescence property of the two complexes has been studied. - graphical abstract: Two new topologically different 1D coordination polymers formed by Pb{sub 4} clusters have been synthesized and characterized by x-ray analysis. The luminescence and thermal properties have been studied. - Highlights: • 1 is a trinuclear complex of Pb(II) growing to 3D network via weak interactions. • In 1, layers of (4,4) rhomboidal topology are identified. • In 2, the ndc anion adopts interesting bis-(bidentate bridging) coordination. • In 2, network is reinforced by C–H…π-ring interactions between the ndc rings.

  12. Crystal structure, infrared spectra and luminescence of a 1D Cd coordination polymer with 4-nitrophthalic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline monohydrate ligands

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    Han, Li-Juan; Kong, Ya-Jie; Sheng, Ning

    2015-01-01

    A new one-dimensional (1D) coordination polymer, [Cd(NPTA)(1,10-phen)(H2O)] n ( 1) (H2NPTA = 4-nitrophthalic acid; 1,10-phen = 1,10-phenanthroline monohydrate), has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by elemental analysis, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, solid state emission spectra, FT-IR spectra, and thermogravimetric analyses. The compound belongs to triclinic system with space group , and exhibits a one-dimensional linear chain. Each Cd with a strongly distorted octahedral coordination geometry is six-coordinated by two N atoms from one 1,10-phenanthroline ligand, three O atoms from two carboxylate groups of two different NPTA2- ligands and one O atoms from lattice water. Layer supramolecular architecture is formed by medium π-π stacking interactions between two neighboring phenanthroline rings from two independent linear chains. Studies on luminescent property of 1 exhibit the solid state emission originating from an intra ligand π → π* transition of NPTA2- ligand.

  13. Highly selective detection of trinitrophenol by luminescent functionalized reduced graphene oxide through FRET mechanism.

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    Dinda, Diptiman; Gupta, Abhisek; Shaw, Bikash Kumar; Sadhu, Suparna; Saha, Shyamal Kumar

    2014-07-09

    Among different nitro compounds, trinitrophenol (TNP) is the most common constituent to prepare powerful explosives all over the world. A few works on the detection of nitro explosives have already been reported in the past few years; however, selectivity is still in its infant stage. As all the nitroexplosives are highly electron deficient in nature, it is very difficult to separate one from a mixture of different nitro compounds by the usual photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. In the present work, we have used a bright luminescent, 2,6-diamino pyridine functionalized graphene oxide (DAP-RGO) for selective detection of TNP in the presence of other nitro compounds. The major advantage of using this material over other reported materials is not only to achieve very high fluorescence quenching of ∼96% but also superior selectivity >80% in the detection of TNP in aqueous medium via both fluorescence resonance energy transfer and PET mechanisms. Density functional theory calculations also suggest the occurrence of an effective proton transfer mechanism from TNP to DAP-RGO, resulting in this tremendous fluorescence quenching compared to other nitro compounds. We believe this graphene based composite will emerge a new class of materials that could be potentially useful for selective detection, even for trace amounts of nitro explosives in water.

  14. Synthesis of highly luminescent Mn:ZnSe/ZnS nanocrystals in aqueous media.

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    Fang, Zheng; Wu, Ping; Zhong, Xinhua; Yang, Yong-Ji

    2010-07-30

    High-quality water-dispersible Mn(2+)-doped ZnSe core/ZnS shell (Mn:ZnSe/ZnS) nanocrystals have been synthesized directly in aqueous media. Overcoating a high bandgap ZnS shell around the Mn:ZnSe cores can bring forward an efficient energy transfer from the ZnSe host nanocrystals to the dopant Mn. The quantum yields of the dopant Mn photoluminescence in the as-prepared water-soluble Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystals can be up to 35 +/- 5%. The optical features and structure of the obtained Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystals have been characterized by UV-vis, PL spectroscopy, TEM, XRD and ICP elementary analysis. The influences of various experimental variables, including the Mn concentration, the Se/Zn molar ratio as well as the kind and amount of capping ligand used in the core production and shell deposition process, on the luminescent properties of the obtained Mn:ZnSe/ZnS nanocrystals have been systematically investigated.

  15. Developing soluble polymers for high-throughput synthetic chemistry.

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    Spanka, Carsten; Wentworth, Paul; Janda, Kim D

    2002-05-01

    Soluble polymers have emerged as viable alternatives to resin supports across the broad spectrum of high-throughput organic chemistry. As the application of these supports become more widespread, issues such as broad-spectrum solubility and loading are becoming limiting factors and therefore new polymers are required to overcome such limitations. This article details the approach made within our group to new soluble polymer supports and specifically focuses on parallel libraries of block copolymers, de novo poly(styrene-co-chloromethylstyrene), PEG- stealth stars, and substituted poly(norbornylene)s.

  16. High Performance Polymers and Composites (HiPPAC) Center

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    Mintz, Eric A.; Veazie, David

    2005-01-01

    NASA University Research Centers funding has allowed Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to establish a High Performance Polymers and Composites (HiPPAC) Research Center. Clark Atlanta University, through the HiPPAC Center has consolidated and expanded its polymer and composite research capabilities through the development of research efforts in: (1) Synthesis and characterization of polymeric NLO, photorefractive, and piezoelectric materials; (2) Characterization and engineering applications of induced strain smart materials; (3) Processable polyimides and additives to enhance polyimide processing for composite applications; (4) Fabrication and mechanical characterization of polymer based composites.

  17. Significantly Increasing the Ductility of High Performance Polymer Semiconductors through Polymer Blending.

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    Scott, Joshua I; Xue, Xiao; Wang, Ming; Kline, R Joseph; Hoffman, Benjamin C; Dougherty, Daniel; Zhou, Chuanzhen; Bazan, Guillermo; O'Connor, Brendan T

    2016-06-08

    Polymer semiconductors based on donor-acceptor monomers have recently resulted in significant gains in field effect mobility in organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). These polymers incorporate fused aromatic rings and have been designed to have stiff planar backbones, resulting in strong intermolecular interactions, which subsequently result in stiff and brittle films. The complex synthesis typically required for these materials may also result in increased production costs. Thus, the development of methods to improve mechanical plasticity while lowering material consumption during fabrication will significantly improve opportunities for adoption in flexible and stretchable electronics. To achieve these goals, we consider blending a brittle donor-acceptor polymer, poly[4-(4,4-dihexadecyl-4H-cyclopenta[1,2-b:5,4-b']dithiophen-2-yl)-alt-[1,2,5]thiadiazolo[3,4-c]pyridine] (PCDTPT), with ductile poly(3-hexylthiophene). We found that the ductility of the blend films is significantly improved compared to that of neat PCDTPT films, and when the blend film is employed in an OTFT, the performance is largely maintained. The ability to maintain charge transport character is due to vertical segregation within the blend, while the improved ductility is due to intermixing of the polymers throughout the film thickness. Importantly, the application of large strains to the ductile films is shown to orient both polymers, which further increases charge carrier mobility. These results highlight a processing approach to achieve high performance polymer OTFTs that are electrically and mechanically optimized.

  18. Monitoring Delamination of Thermal Barrier Coating During Interrupted High-Heat Flux Laser Testing Using Upconversion Luminescence Imaging

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.; Zhu, Dongming; Wolfe, Douglas E.

    2011-01-01

    Upconversion luminescence imaging of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) has been shown to successfully monitor TBC delamination progression during interrupted furnace cycling. However, furnace cycling does not adequately model engine conditions where TBC-coated components are subjected to significant heat fluxes that produce through-thickness temperature gradients that may alter both the rate and path of delamination progression. Therefore, new measurements are presented based on luminescence imaging of TBC-coated specimens subjected to interrupted high-heat-flux laser cycling exposures that much better simulate the thermal gradients present in engine conditions. The TBCs tested were deposited by electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) and were composed of 7wt% yttria-stabilized zirconia (7YSZ) with an integrated delamination sensing layer composed of 7YSZ co-doped with erbium and ytterbium (7YSZ:Er,Yb). The high-heat-flux exposures that produce the desired through-thickness thermal gradients were performed using a high power CO2 laser operating at a wavelength of 10.6 microns. Upconversion luminescence images revealed the debond progression produced by the cyclic high-heat-flux exposures and these results were compared to that observed for furnace cycling.

  19. Synthesis and luminescent properties of a novel green-emitting Tb (Ⅲ) complex based on amino-modified fluorine silicone oil and isophorone diisocyanate

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    Hao, Haixia; Chu, Yang; Yu, Zhenjiang; Xie, Hongde; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2017-10-01

    The novel luminescent polymer-rare earth complexes, denoted as (PFSi-IPDI)-Tb(Ⅲ)-Phen, have been successfully synthesized and can be made into flexible films. Amino-modified fluorine silicone oil-isophorone diisocyanate (PFSi-IPDI) was used as the host macromolecular ligand, and 1, 10-Phenanthroline (Phen) as the secondary small-molecular co-ligand. The luminescent lanthanide complexes were characterized by fourier transform infrared (FITR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The luminescent properties were investigated through photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and emission (PL) spectroscopy. FTIR analysis verifies the successful preparation and integration of PFSi-IPDI to Tb3+. The comparatively uniform morphological structure can be observed in the images of SEM. The polymer-rare earth complexes display the typical luminescence emission peaks under the excitation wavelength of 330 nm. From the decay curve, the short lifetime (about 0.89 ms) is observed for (PFSi-IPDI)-Tb(Ⅲ)-Phen (0.6 mol/L). Moreover, these luminescent polymer-rare earth complexes possess superior thermal stability (T5 > 195 °C). All the interesting results suggest the potential application of the luminescent polymer-rare earth complexes in green-emitting luminescent materials under high temperature.

  20. Controllable preparation of high-yield magnetic polymer latex.

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    Wu, Chun-Chao; Kong, Xiang-Ming; Yang, Hai-Long

    2011-09-01

    In order to overcome the low conversion and complex post-treatment, four different polymerization procedures were adopted to prepare the magnetic polymer latexes. The results clearly show that the strategy using magnetic emulsion template-dosage is the most effective and feasible. Based on the optimized procedure, various factors including the type of initiators such as oil soluble initiator, water soluble initiator, redox initiator system, crosslinking agent, functional monomers etc. were systematically studied. Magnetic polymer latex with high monomer conversion of 83% and high magnet content of 31.8% was successfully obtained. Besides, core-shell structured magnetic polymer latex with good film forming property was also prepared, which is promising for potential applications such as magnetic coatings and modification of cementitious materials with controlled polymer location.

  1. Luminescent GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} quantum dots enhance power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer

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    Bishnoi, Swati; Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Gauri D.; Chand, Suresh; Sharma, Chhavi; Kumar, Mahesh; Haranath, D.; Naqvi, Sheerin

    2016-07-11

    In this work, we report enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from samarium-doped luminescent gadolinium orthovanadate (GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+}) quantum dots (QDs) to polythieno[3,4-b]-thiophene-co-benzodithiophene (PTB7) polymer. The photoluminescence emission spectrum of GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} QDs overlaps with the absorption spectrum of PTB7, leading to FRET from GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} to PTB7, and significant enhancements in the charge-carrier density of excited and polaronic states of PTB7 are observed. This was confirmed by means of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The FRET from GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} QDs to PTB7 led to a remarkable increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PTB7:GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+}:PC{sub 71}BM ([6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 71}-butyric acid methyl ester) polymer solar cells. The PCE in optimized ternary blend PTB7:GdVO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+}:PC{sub 71}BM (1:0.1:1.5) is increased to 8.8% from 7.2% in PTB7:PC{sub 71}BM. This work demonstrates the potential of rare-earth based luminescent QDs in enhancing the PCE of polymer solar cells.

  2. Photoinduced proton transfer coupled with energy transfer: Mechanism of sensitized luminescence of terbium ion by salicylic acid doped in polymer.

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    Misra, Vinita; Mishra, Hirdyesh

    2008-06-28

    In the present work, excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in salicylic acid (SA) monoanion and subsequent sensitization of Tb(3+) ion in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) have been studied. The study has been carried out both by steady state and time domain fluorescence measurement techniques at room temperature. It is found that the SA completely ionizes and exists as monoanion in PVA. It exhibits a large Stokes shifted blue emission (10 000 cm(-1)) due to ESIPT and shows a decay time of 6.85 ns. On the other hand, Tb(3+) ion shows a very weak green emission and a decay time of approximately 641 mus in PVA film. Upon incorporating Tb(3+) ion in SA doped PVA film, both intensity and decay time of SA decrease and sensitized emission from Tb(+3) ion along with 3.8 mus rise time is observed. Energy transfer is found to take place both from excited singlet as well as triplet states. A brief description of the properties of the present system from the viewpoint of luminescent solar collector material is addressed.

  3. High ion conducting polymer nanocomposite electrolytes using hybrid nanofillers.

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    Tang, Changyu; Hackenberg, Ken; Fu, Qiang; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Ardebili, Haleh

    2012-03-14

    There is a growing shift from liquid electrolytes toward solid polymer electrolytes, in energy storage devices, due to the many advantages of the latter such as enhanced safety, flexibility, and manufacturability. The main issue with polymer electrolytes is their lower ionic conductivity compared to that of liquid electrolytes. Nanoscale fillers such as silica and alumina nanoparticles are known to enhance the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes. Although carbon nanotubes have been used as fillers for polymers in various applications, they have not yet been used in polymer electrolytes as they are conductive and can pose the risk of electrical shorting. In this study, we show that nanotubes can be packaged within insulating clay layers to form effective 3D nanofillers. We show that such hybrid nanofillers increase the lithium ion conductivity of PEO electrolyte by almost 2 orders of magnitude. Furthermore, significant improvement in mechanical properties were observed where only 5 wt % addition of the filler led to 160% increase in the tensile strength of the polymer. This new approach of embedding conducting-insulating hybrid nanofillers could lead to the development of a new generation of polymer nanocomposite electrolytes with high ion conductivity and improved mechanical properties. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  4. Highly Conducting, Iodine-Doped Fluoroaluminum and Fluorogallium Naphthalocyanine Polymers.

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    1982-10-20

    manium (8), alumif (10), and gallium (10) polymers are stable at high tea "Orattes under vacuum and that the silicon polymer is inert to concen...but this did not interfere.) Properties and Structures of Fluoroaluminum and Fluorogallium 2,3-Naphthalo- cyanine The two fluorides are dark green when...Can " ONR Pasadena Detachment Attn: Dr. A# B. Amster, Attn: Dr. R. J. Marcus Chemistry Division 1030 East Green Street China. Lake, California 93555

  5. A series of Zn/Cd coordination polymers constructed from 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylate and N-donor ligands: Syntheses, structures and luminescence sensing of Cr3+ in aqueous solutions

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    Hu, Dong-Cheng; Fan, Yan; Si, Chang-Dai; Wu, Ya-Jun; Dong, Xiu-Yan; Yang, Yun-Xia; Yao, Xiao-Qiang; Liu, Jia-Cheng

    2016-09-01

    A novel series of Zn/Cd coordination polymers based on H3L, namely, [Zn2(HL)2(bipy)2(H2O)6]n (1), [Zn(HL)(phen)]n (2), [Cd3L2(bbi)3]n (3), [Zn3L2(bbi)3]n (4) [(H3L =4-[(1-carboxynaphthalen-2-yl)oxy]phthalic acid, bipy =4,4‧-bipyridine, phen =1,10-phenanthroline, bbi =1,1‧-(1,4-butanediyl)bis(imidazole] have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction. Compound 1 possesses two diverse 1D chains constructed by different bipy coligands, which were further connected to form a 3D supramolecular architecture by hydrogen bonding interactions. Compound 2 possesses a complicated 1D chain based on secondary building unit (SBU) with binuclear Zn cluster. Compounds 3 and 4 exhibit similar 2D→3D framework, which can be rationalized as (3,4,4)-connected 3D net with a Schläfli symbol of (63.8.102)2(63)2(64.8.10). In particular, compound 3 exhibited a high sensitivity for Cr3+ in aqueous solutions, which suggest that compound 3 is a promising luminescent probe for selectively sensing Cr3+.

  6. Neodymium doped fluoroindogallate glasses as highly-sensitive luminescent non-contact thermometers

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    Nunes, Luiz A. O.; Souza, Adelmo S.; Carlos, Luís D.; Malta, Oscar L.

    2017-01-01

    Trivalent neodymium (Nd3+) can be used as high performance temperature luminescent ion sensor, namely in the near infrared spectral region. The disadvantage presented in the use of this ion is that transitions from thermally coupled levels show very different emission intensities. In order to solve this critical problem we propose to use Nd3+-doped fluoroindogallate glasses with low phonon cutoff energy (500 cm-1) as the active medium. By using a dopant concentration that minimizes losses due to cross relaxation processes and detecting the emissions of the thermally coupled levels with a R928 photomultiplier, without correction response for the wavelength dependence of the intensity, we have succeeded in getting the highest relative thermal sensitivities so far observed, 2.5%ṡK-1 and 7.4%ṡK-1, for the 4F5/2 → 4I9/2/4F3/2 → 4I9/2 and 4F7/2 → 4I9/2/4F3/2 → 4I9/2 intensity ratios, respectively at 288 K.

  7. Highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on earth-abundant indirect-bandgap silicon quantum dots

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    Meinardi, Francesco; Ehrenberg, Samantha; Dhamo, Lorena; Carulli, Francesco; Mauri, Michele; Bruni, Francesco; Simonutti, Roberto; Kortshagen, Uwe; Brovelli, Sergio

    2017-02-01

    Building-integrated photovoltaics is gaining consensus as a renewable energy technology for producing electricity at the point of use. Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) could extend architectural integration to the urban environment by realizing electrode-less photovoltaic windows. Crucial for large-area LSCs is the suppression of reabsorption losses, which requires emitters with negligible overlap between their absorption and emission spectra. Here, we demonstrate the use of indirect-bandgap semiconductor nanostructures such as highly emissive silicon quantum dots. Silicon is non-toxic, low-cost and ultra-earth-abundant, which avoids the limitations to the industrial scaling of quantum dots composed of low-abundance elements. Suppressed reabsorption and scattering losses lead to nearly ideal LSCs with an optical efficiency of η = 2.85%, matching state-of-the-art semi-transparent LSCs. Monte Carlo simulations indicate that optimized silicon quantum dot LSCs have a clear path to η > 5% for 1 m2 devices. We are finally able to realize flexible LSCs with performances comparable to those of flat concentrators, which opens the way to a new design freedom for building-integrated photovoltaics elements.

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

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

    2014-09-28

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

  9. A High-Throughput 1,536-Well Luminescence Assay for Glutathione S-Transferase Activity

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    2010-01-01

    Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) constitute a family of detoxification enzymes that catalyze the conjugation of glutathione with a variety of hydrophobic compounds, including drugs and their metabolites, to yield water-soluble derivatives that are excreted in urine or bile. Profiling the effect of small molecules on GST activity is an important component in the characterization of drug candidates and compound libraries. Additionally, specific GST isozymes have been implicated in drug resistance, especially in cancer, and thus represent potential targets for intervention. To date, there are no sensitive miniaturized high-throughput assays available for GST activity detection. A series of GST substrates containing a masked luciferin moiety have been described recently, offering the potential for configuring a sensitive screening assay via coupled luciferase reaction and standard luminescence detection. We report on the optimization and miniaturization of this homogeneous method to 1,536-well format using GSTs from 3 different species: mouse isozyme A4-4, human isozymes A1-1, M1-1, and P1-1, and the major GST from the parasitic worm Schistosoma japonicum. PMID:20085484

  10. Portable Piezospectroscopy system: non-contact in-situ stress sensing through high resolution photo-luminescent mapping

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    Hanhan, I.; Durnberg, E.; Freihofer, G.; Akin, P.; Raghavan, S.

    2014-11-01

    Through the piezospectroscopic effect, certain photo-luminescent materials, once excited with a laser, produce spectral emissions which are sensitive to the stress or strain that the material experiences. A system that utilizes the piezospectroscopic effect for non-contact stress detection over a material's surface can capture important information on the evolution of mechanical response under various conditions. Therefore, the components necessary for piezospectroscopic mapping and analysis have now been integrated into a versatile and transportable system that can be used with photo-luminescent materials in any load frame or on a variety of structures. This system combines compact hardware components such as a portable laser source, fiber optics, spectrograph, charge-coupled device (CCD), and an X-Y-Z stage (with focusing capabilities) with a series of data analysis algorithms capable of analyzing and outputting high resolution photo-luminescent (PL) maps on-site. Through a proof of concept experiment using a compressed polycrystalline alumina sample with sharp machined corners, this system successfully captured high resolution PL maps with a step size of 28.86μm/pixel and located high stress concentrations in critical areas, which correlated closely with the results of a finite element model. This work represents an important step in advancing the portability of piezospectroscopy for in-situ and non-contact stress detection. The instrumentation developed here has strong implications for the future of non-destructive evaluation and non-invasive structural health monitoring.

  11. High-performance polymer photovoltaic cells and photodetectors

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    Yu, Gang; Srdanov, Gordana; Wang, Hailiang; Cao, Yong; Heeger, Alan J.

    2001-02-01

    Polymer photovoltaic cells and photodetectors have passed their infancy and become mature technologies. The energy conversion efficiency of polymer photovoltaic cells have been improved to over 4.1% (500 nm, 10 mW/cm2). Such high efficiency polymer photovoltaic cells are promising for many applications including e-papers, e-books and smart- windows. The development of polymer photodetectors is even faster. The performance parameters have been improved to the level meeting all specifications for practical applications. The polymer photodetectors are of high photosensitivity (approximately 0.2 - 0.3 A/Watt in visible and UV), low dark current (0.1 - 1 nA/cm2), large dynamic range (> 8 orders of magnitude), linear intensity dependence, low noise level and fast response time (to nanosecond time domain). These devices show long shelf and operation lives. The advantages of low manufacturing cost, large detection area, and easy hybridization and integration with other electronic or optical components make the polymer photodetectors promising for a variety of applications including chemical/biomedical analysis, full-color digital image sensing and high energy radiation detection.

  12. Flexible high-temperature dielectric materials from polymer nanocomposites

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    Li, Qi; Chen, Lei; Gadinski, Matthew R.; Zhang, Shihai; Zhang, Guangzu; Li, Haoyu; Haque, Aman; Chen, Long-Qing; Jackson, Tom; Wang, Qing

    2015-07-01

    Dielectric materials, which store energy electrostatically, are ubiquitous in advanced electronics and electric power systems. Compared to their ceramic counterparts, polymer dielectrics have higher breakdown strengths and greater reliability, are scalable, lightweight and can be shaped into intricate configurations, and are therefore an ideal choice for many power electronics, power conditioning, and pulsed power applications. However, polymer dielectrics are limited to relatively low working temperatures, and thus fail to meet the rising demand for electricity under the extreme conditions present in applications such as hybrid and electric vehicles, aerospace power electronics, and underground oil and gas exploration. Here we describe crosslinked polymer nanocomposites that contain boron nitride nanosheets, the dielectric properties of which are stable over a broad temperature and frequency range. The nanocomposites have outstanding high-voltage capacitive energy storage capabilities at record temperatures (a Weibull breakdown strength of 403 megavolts per metre and a discharged energy density of 1.8 joules per cubic centimetre at 250 degrees Celsius). Their electrical conduction is several orders of magnitude lower than that of existing polymers and their high operating temperatures are attributed to greatly improved thermal conductivity, owing to the presence of the boron nitride nanosheets, which improve heat dissipation compared to pristine polymers (which are inherently susceptible to thermal runaway). Moreover, the polymer nanocomposites are lightweight, photopatternable and mechanically flexible, and have been demonstrated to preserve excellent dielectric and capacitive performance after intensive bending cycles. These findings enable broader applications of organic materials in high-temperature electronics and energy storage devices.

  13. Flexible high-temperature dielectric materials from polymer nanocomposites.

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    Li, Qi; Chen, Lei; Gadinski, Matthew R; Zhang, Shihai; Zhang, Guangzu; Li, Haoyu; Iagodkine, Elissei; Haque, Aman; Chen, Long-Qing; Jackson, Tom; Wang, Qing

    2015-07-30

    Dielectric materials, which store energy electrostatically, are ubiquitous in advanced electronics and electric power systems. Compared to their ceramic counterparts, polymer dielectrics have higher breakdown strengths and greater reliability, are scalable, lightweight and can be shaped into intricate configurations, and are therefore an ideal choice for many power electronics, power conditioning, and pulsed power applications. However, polymer dielectrics are limited to relatively low working temperatures, and thus fail to meet the rising demand for electricity under the extreme conditions present in applications such as hybrid and electric vehicles, aerospace power electronics, and underground oil and gas exploration. Here we describe crosslinked polymer nanocomposites that contain boron nitride nanosheets, the dielectric properties of which are stable over a broad temperature and frequency range. The nanocomposites have outstanding high-voltage capacitive energy storage capabilities at record temperatures (a Weibull breakdown strength of 403 megavolts per metre and a discharged energy density of 1.8 joules per cubic centimetre at 250 degrees Celsius). Their electrical conduction is several orders of magnitude lower than that of existing polymers and their high operating temperatures are attributed to greatly improved thermal conductivity, owing to the presence of the boron nitride nanosheets, which improve heat dissipation compared to pristine polymers (which are inherently susceptible to thermal runaway). Moreover, the polymer nanocomposites are lightweight, photopatternable and mechanically flexible, and have been demonstrated to preserve excellent dielectric and capacitive performance after intensive bending cycles. These findings enable broader applications of organic materials in high-temperature electronics and energy storage devices.

  14. Highly visible-light luminescence properties of the carboxyl-functionalized short and ultrashort MWNTs

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    Luo Yongsong Xia Xiaohong; Liang Ying; Zhang Yonggang; Ren Qinfeng; Li Jialin Jia Zhijie; Tang Yiwen

    2007-06-15

    Luminescence of the short multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) conjugated with carboxylic acid groups has been studied. The results show that the carboxyl-functionalized short MWNTs could emit luminescence and the emission peak appears at 500 nm with a corresponding optimal excitation wavelength centering at 310 nm. When the short MWNTs are filtered through 0.15 {mu}m polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane, the ultrashort MWNTs are obtained from the filtrate. An interesting feature for the ultrashort MWNTs is that the emission intensity is strengthened and the peak is slightly blue shifted to 460 nm. This result indicates that the luminescence properties of MWNTs are strongly affected by the tube length. After chemical oxidization cutting, defects and carboxylic acid groups at the tube end and/or sidewall can be produced; the more shorten of MWNTs, the better dispersion and carboxylic passivation of the nanotubes, and the more intense luminescence emissions. The broad emissions are logically attributed to the trapping of excitation energy by defect sites in the carboxyl-functionalized nanotube structure. - Graphical abstract: Luminescence of the short and ultrashort multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) conjugated with carboxylic acid groups, which is logically attributed to the trapping of excitation energy by defect sites, has been studied.

  15. Highly stretchable polymer semiconductor films through the nanoconfinement effect.

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    Xu, Jie; Wang, Sihong; Wang, Ging-Ji Nathan; Zhu, Chenxin; Luo, Shaochuan; Jin, Lihua; Gu, Xiaodan; Chen, Shucheng; Feig, Vivian R; To, John W F; Rondeau-Gagné, Simon; Park, Joonsuk; Schroeder, Bob C; Lu, Chien; Oh, Jin Young; Wang, Yanming; Kim, Yun-Hi; Yan, He; Sinclair, Robert; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi; Murmann, Boris; Linder, Christian; Cai, Wei; Tok, Jeffery B-H; Chung, Jong Won; Bao, Zhenan

    2017-01-06

    Soft and conformable wearable electronics require stretchable semiconductors, but existing ones typically sacrifice charge transport mobility to achieve stretchability. We explore a concept based on the nanoconfinement of polymers to substantially improve the stretchability of polymer semiconductors, without affecting charge transport mobility. The increased polymer chain dynamics under nanoconfinement significantly reduces the modulus of the conjugated polymer and largely delays the onset of crack formation under strain. As a result, our fabricated semiconducting film can be stretched up to 100% strain without affecting mobility, retaining values comparable to that of amorphous silicon. The fully stretchable transistors exhibit high biaxial stretchability with minimal change in on current even when poked with a sharp object. We demonstrate a skinlike finger-wearable driver for a light-emitting diode. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  16. Novel thermochromism relating to supramolecular cuprophilic interaction: design, synthesis, and luminescence of copper(I) pyrazolate trimer and polymer.

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    Zhang, Jing-Xiang; He, Jun; Yin, Ye-Gao; Hu, Mei-Hong; Li, Dan; Huang, Xiao-Chun

    2008-05-05

    Solvothermal reactions of 4-(pyrid-4'-yl)-3,5-dimethylpyrazole (HPpz) with CuBr in two mixed solvents, NH3.H2O/EtOH and NH3.H2O/MeCN, afforded respectively a copper(I) trimer, [Cu(Ppz)]3(1), and a polymer, {[Cu(Ppz)]3[CuCN] 3} (2), both containing the [Cu(Ppz)]3 entity as a building block. The products were found to be photoluminescent and, more interestingly, when cooled from room temperature to 10 K, they showed a blue shift followed by a red shift (hereafter shortened to a red-after-blue shift) of emission.

  17. MgO:Li,Ce,Sm as a high-sensitivity material for Optically Stimulated Luminescence dosimetry

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    Oliveira, Luiz C.; Yukihara, Eduardo G.; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this work was to investigate the relevant dosimetric and luminescent properties of MgO:Li3%,Ce0.03%,Sm0.03%, a newly-developed, high sensitivity Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) material of low effective atomic number (Zeff = 10.8) and potential interest for medical and personal dosimetry. We characterized the thermoluminescence (TL), OSL, radioluminescence (RL), and OSL emission spectrum of this new material and carried out a preliminary investigation on the OSL signal stability. MgO:Li,Ce,Sm has a main TL peak at ~180 °C (at a heating rate of 5 °C/s) associated with Ce3+ and Sm3+ emission. The results indicate that the infrared (870 nm) stimulated OSL from MgO:Li,Ce,Sm has suitable properties for dosimetry, including high sensitivity to ionizing radiation (20 times that of Al2O3:C, under the measurement conditions) and wide dynamic range (7 μGy–30 Gy). The OSL associated with Ce3+ emission is correlated with a dominant, practically isolated peak at 180 °C. Fading of ~15% was observed in the first hour, probably due to shallow traps, followed by subsequent fading of 6–7% over the next 35 days. These properties, together with the characteristically fast luminescence from Ce3+, make this material also a strong candidate for 2D OSL dose mapping. PMID:27076349

  18. Luminescence Studies of Residual Damage in Low-Dose Arsenic Implanted Silicon after High-Temperature Annealing

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    Sagara, Akihiko; Hiraiwa, Miori; Shibata, Satoshi; Sugie, Ryuichi; Yamada, Keiichi

    2011-01-01

    In order to prevent the degradation of device performance, it is necessary to detect and reduce residual damage remaining after ion implantation and annealing. In this study, we focused on the high-temperature annealing process after low-dose arsenic (As) implantation in silicon (Si) and evaluated the correlation of annealing conditions and damage by cathodoluminescence (CL) compared to Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and Junction Photo-Voltage (JPV) results. Increasing the annealing temperature with the high-heat-up rate, As profile and the sheet resistance didn't change. However, the intensity of the band-to-band transition increased with temperature. This implies the some kind of residual damage remains after low-temperature annealing and it is removed with increasing annealing temperature. On the other hand, with increasing the annealing time at 1200 °C, more As was piled-up at the SiO2/Si interface and the luminescence intensity decreased. We guess this piled-up As is inactive and it may create some kind of damage combined with the defects around the interface, and these damage types cause the suppression of the luminescence intensity. We concluded that the luminescence intensity reflects the various kinds of damage and optical characterization methods have a potential to evaluate defect evolution in annealing process.

  19. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Eu3+ Doped High Temperature Form of Bi2MoO6

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    Han, Bing; Zhang, Jie; Li, Pengju; Li, Jianliang; Bian, Yang; Shi, Hengzhen

    2015-03-01

    This work reports on the luminescence properties of the Eu3+-doped high-temperature form of Bi2MoO6 by a solid-state reaction technique at high temperature. Various characterization methods including x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopic, Fourier transform infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements were utilized in order to investigate the phase purity and surface morphology as well as photoluminescence properties for as-prepared phosphors. The spectroscopic characteristics including excitation and emission spectrum, concentration quenching phenomenon, decay curves, and chromaticity coordinates are discussed in detail. The nature of the luminescence behavior of Eu3+ was understood in term of the Judd-Ofelt theory, and the luminescent quantum efficiency of 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ was estimated. The as-prepared phosphors can be effectively excited with a 465-nm blue light, and exhibit a reddish-orange emission belonging to the prevailing 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ with a decay time of milliseconds. This indicates that the Bi2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphors could have potential application in white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) based on blue LED chips.

  20. Preparation and characterization of luminescent CdS nanoparticles immobilized on poly(St-co-GMA-IDA) polymer microspheres

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    Chu, Yuan-Chih; Wang, Cheng-Chien; Huang, Yao-Hui; Chen, Chuh-Yung

    2005-04-01

    Luminescent CdS nanoparticles immobilized on copolymer microspheres were produced by the chemical precipitation of poly(St-co-GMA-IDA)-Cd2+ (PSG-Cd2+) complexes. PSG latex was prepared by the soap-free emulsion copolymerization of styrene (St) and 2-methacrylic acid 3-(bis-carboxymethylamino)-2-hydroxy-propyl ester (GMA-IDA). GMA-IDA chelating groups within copolymer latex have coordination sites for chelating metal ions, at which CdS particles were grown. The presence of ethanol as a cosolvent improved both the particle monodispersity and the surface charge. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy spectra were obtained to elucidate the characteristics of GMA-IDA in the PSG latex. The size distribution, morphology and structure of CdS nanoparticles were measured by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The growth kinetics of CdS nanoparticles were studied by TEM and obtaining photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The size and morphology of CdS particles were influenced by the amount of the chelating, iminodiacetic acid group on the surface of the copolymer microsphere, the concentration of Cd2+ ions and the pH. The PSG-A3-CdS sample with [Cd2+]/[GMA-IDA] = 1/6, pH = 3.5, which was formed from ultrafine CdS particles with mean diameters below 5 nm immobilized on the surface of copolymer microspheres, emitted photons with a higher energy than other samples in this investigation.

  1. High thermal conductivity in electrostatically engineered amorphous polymers

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    Shanker, Apoorv; Li, Chen; Kim, Gun-Ho; Gidley, David; Pipe, Kevin P.; Kim, Jinsang

    2017-01-01

    High thermal conductivity is critical for many applications of polymers (for example, packaging of light-emitting diodes), in which heat must be dissipated efficiently to maintain the functionality and reliability of a system. Whereas uniaxially extended chain morphology has been shown to significantly enhance thermal conductivity in individual polymer chains and fibers, bulk polymers with coiled and entangled chains have low thermal conductivities (0.1 to 0.4 W m−1 K−1). We demonstrate that systematic ionization of a weak anionic polyelectrolyte, polyacrylic acid (PAA), resulting in extended and stiffened polymer chains with superior packing, can significantly enhance its thermal conductivity. Cross-plane thermal conductivity in spin-cast amorphous films steadily grows with PAA degree of ionization, reaching up to ~1.2 W m−1 K−1, which is on par with that of glass and about six times higher than that of most amorphous polymers, suggesting a new unexplored molecular engineering strategy to achieve high thermal conductivities in amorphous bulk polymers. PMID:28782022

  2. Metrology challenges for high-rate nanomanufacturing of polymer structures

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    Mead, Joey; Barry, Carol; Busnaina, Ahmed; Isaacs, Jacqueline

    2012-10-01

    The transfer of nanoscience accomplishments into commercial products is hindered by the lack of understanding of barriers to nanoscale manufacturing. We have developed a number of nanomanufacturing processes that leverage available high-rate plastics fabrication technologies. These processes include directed assembly of a variety of nanoelements, such as nanoparticles and nanotubes, which are then transferred onto a polymer substrate for the fabrication of conformal/flexible electronic materials, among other applications. These assembly processes utilize both electric fields and/or chemical functionalization. Conducting polymers and carbon nanotubes have been successfully transferred to a polymer substrate in times less than 5 minutes, which is commercially relevant and can be utilized in a continuous (reel to reel/roll to roll) process. Other processes include continuous high volume mixing of nanoelements (CNTs, etc) into polymers, multi-layer extrusion and 3D injection molding of polymer structures. These nanomanufacturing processes can be used for wide range of applications, including EMI shielding, flexible electronics, structural materials, and novel sensors (specifically for chem/bio detection). Current techniques to characterize the quality and efficacy of the processes are quite slow. Moreover, the instrumentation and metrology needs for these manufacturing processes are varied and challenging. Novel, rapid, in-line metrology to enable the commercialization of these processes is critically needed. This talk will explore the necessary measurement needs for polymer based nanomanufacturing processes for both step and continuous (reel to reel/roll to roll) processes.

  3. Luminescence and luminescence quenching of highly efficient Y2Mo4O15:Eu3+ phosphors and ceramics

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    Janulevicius, Matas; Marmokas, Paulius; Misevicius, Martynas; Grigorjevaite, Julija; Mikoliunaite, Lina; Sakirzanovas, Simas; Katelnikovas, Arturas

    2016-01-01

    A good LED phosphor must possess strong enough absorption, high quantum yields, colour purity, and quenching temperatures. Our synthesized Y2Mo4O15:Eu3+ phosphors possess all of these properties. Excitation of these materials with near-UV or blue radiation yields bright red emission and the colour coordinates are relatively stable upon temperature increase. Furthermore, samples doped with 50% Eu3+ showed quantum yields up to 85%, what is suitable for commercial application. Temperature dependent emission spectra revealed that heavily Eu3+ doped phosphors possess stable emission up to 400 K and lose half of the efficiency only at 515 K. In addition, ceramic disks of Y2Mo4O15:75%Eu3+ phosphor with thickness of 0.71 and 0.98 mm were prepared and it turned out that they efficiently convert radiation of 375 and 400 nm LEDs to the red light, whereas combination with 455 nm LED yields purple colour. PMID:27180941

  4. Thermal Protective Coating for High Temperature Polymer Composites

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    Barron, Andrew R.

    1999-01-01

    The central theme of this research is the application of carboxylate-alumoxane nanoparticles as precursors to thermally protective coatings for high temperature polymer composites. In addition, we will investigate the application of carboxylate-alumoxane nanoparticle as a component to polymer composites. The objective of this research was the high temperature protection of polymer composites via novel chemistry. The significance of this research is the development of a low cost and highly flexible synthetic methodology, with a compatible processing technique, for the fabrication of high temperature polymer composites. We proposed to accomplish this broad goal through the use of a class of ceramic precursor material, alumoxanes. Alumoxanes are nano-particles with a boehmite-like structure and an organic periphery. The technical goals of this program are to prepare and evaluate water soluble carboxylate-alumoxane for the preparation of ceramic coatings on polymer substrates. Our proposed approach is attractive since proof of concept has been demonstrated under the NRA 96-LeRC-1 Technology for Advanced High Temperature Gas Turbine Engines, HITEMP Program. For example, carbon and Kevlar(tm) fibers and matting have been successfully coated with ceramic thermally protective layers.

  5. A luminescent lanthanide coordination polymer based on energy transfer from metal to metal for hydrogen peroxide detection.

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    Zeng, Hui-Hui; Zhang, Li; Rong, Lian-Qing; Liang, Ru-Ping; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2017-03-15

    A bimetal lanthanide coordination polymer nanoparticle (ATP-Ce/Tb-Tris CPNs) with good biocompatibility was synthesized in Tris-HCl buffer using adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules as the bridge ligands. The large absorption cross section and suitable emission energy of Ce(3+) matching to the adsorption energy of Tb(3+)((4)fn) results in the efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Tb(3+), thus the synthesized ATP-Ce/Tb-Tris CPNs exhibit the characteristic green emission of Tb(3+). Such energy transfer from metal to metal in fluorescent lanthanide coordination polymer nanoparticles (Ln-CPNs) has been demonstrated. It is found that the oxidation of Ce(3+) in ATP-Ce/Tb-Tris CNPs to Ce(4+) would interrupt the energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Tb(3+), leading to fluorescence quenching of Tb(3+). On the basis of this quenching mechanism, ATP-Ce/Tb-Tris CPNs has been successfully used to detect reactive oxygen H2O2 with detection limit as low as 2nM. If glucose oxidase is present in the system, glucose can be determined using the ATP-Ce/Tb-Tris CNPs nanosensor. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. High-Performance, Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Network

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    Pater, Ruth H.; Lowther, Sharon E.; Smith, Janice Y.; Cannon, Michelle S.; Whitehead, Fred M.; Ely, Robert M.

    1992-01-01

    High-performance polymer made by new synthesis in which one or more easy-to-process, but brittle, thermosetting polyimides combined with one or more tough, but difficult-to-process, linear thermoplastics to yield semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) having combination of easy processability and high tolerance to damage. Two commercially available resins combined to form tough, semi-IPN called "LaRC-RP49." Displays improvements in toughness and resistance to microcracking. LaRC-RP49 has potential as high-temperature matrix resin, adhesive, and molding resin. Useful in aerospace, automotive, and electronic industries.

  7. Preparation of high-quality biocompatible carbon dots by extraction, with new thoughts on the luminescence mechanisms.

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    Zhang, Rui; Liu, Yingbo; Yu, Libo; Li, Zhen; Sun, Shuqing

    2013-06-07

    Recently, carbon dots (CDs) have been among the most promising emerging fluorescent labels for cellular imaging. In this work, a new facile synthesis method was developed for fabricating CDs from polystyrene foam waste and common organic solvents. The CDs obtained have tunable emission from blue to orange and are expected to be of use for labeling different cellular structures simultaneously. Transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, UV-vis, and fluorescence spectrophotometry (PL) were employed to investigate the structures and luminescence properties of CDs. The highest quantum yield (QY) achieved was 36%. The mechanisms for the formation and luminescence of the CDs are analyzed. The ability of the solvent to disperse the CDs plays a very important role in the origin of PL. The type of organic solvent has an important influence on the position of emission peaks and the QY. Different emissive traps play the dominant role in the luminescence of carbon materials. Furthermore, a hemolysis assay was performed to evaluate the biocompatibility of these CDs in vitro. The biocompatibility of the CDs, even at very high doses, ensures their potential in biomedical applications.

  8. Semi-interpenetrating polymer network for tougher and more microcracking resistant high temperature polymers

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    Pater, Ruth H. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    This invention is a semi-interpenetrating polymer network which includes a high performance thermosetting polyimide having a nadic end group acting as a crosslinking site and a high performance linear thermoplastic polyimide. An improved high temperature matrix resin is provided which is capable of performing at 316 C in air for several hundreds of hours. This resin has significantly improved toughness and microcracking resistance, excellent processability and mechanical performance, and cost effectiveness.

  9. Designing Multifunctional 5-Cyanoisophthalate-Based Coordination Polymers as Single-Molecule Magnets, Adsorbents, and Luminescent Materials.

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    Seco, Jose M; Oyarzabal, Itziar; Pérez-Yáñez, Sonia; Cepeda, Javier; Rodríguez-Diéguez, Antonio

    2016-11-07

    Detailed structural, magnetic, and photoluminescence characterization of a family of new compounds based on 5-cyanoisophthalate (CNip) ligand and several transition metal or lanthanide ions, namely, [Cu3(μ3-CNip)2(μ-H2O)2(μ3-OH)2]n (1), {[Co3(μ4-CNip)3(DMF)4]·∼2DMF}n (2), [Cd(μ4-CNip) (DMF)]n (3), {[Ln2(μ4-CNip)(μ3-CNip)2(DMF)4]·∼DMF·H2O}n (4-Ln) (with Ln(III) = Tb, Dy, and Er), {[Gd6(μ3-CNip)5(μ4-CNip)3(μ-form)2(H2O) (DMF)10]·∼3DMF·3H2O}n (5), {[Zn32(μ4-CNip)12(μ-CNip)12(μ4-O)8(H2O)24]·∼12DMF}n (6) (where DMF = dimethylformamide, form = formate), is reported. The large structural diversity found in the system may be explained mainly in terms of the coordination characteristics that are inherent to the employed metal ions, the coordination versatility of the dicarboxylic ligand and the synthetic conditions. Interestingly, some crystal structures (three-dimensional (3D) frameworks of 4-Ln and 5 and 3D network of 6) exhibit open architectures containing large solvent-occupied void systems, among which 5 reveals permanent porosity as confirmed by N2 adsorption measurements at 77 K. Magnetic direct current (dc) susceptibility data on compounds 1, 2, and 5 were measured. Moreover, compounds 2, 4-Dy, 4-Er, and 5 show slow magnetic relaxation, from which it is worth highlighting the effective energy barrier of 44 K at zero dc field for the dysprosium counterpart. Compound 5 also deserves to be mentioned given the few 3D Gd-organic frameworks reported examples. Photophysical properties were also accomplished at different temperatures, confirming both the fluorescent emission of 5-cyanoisophthalate ligands when coordinated to cadmium ions in 3 and their capacity to sensitize the long-lived fluorescence of the selected lanthanide ions in 4-Ln. Broken symmetry and time-dependent density functional theory computational calculations support the experimental luminescence and magnetic properties.

  10. Reversible Charge Trapping in Bis-Carbazole-Diimide Redox Polymers with Complete Luminescence Quenching Enabling Nondestructive Read-Out by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy

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    2017-01-01

    The coupling of substituted carbazole compounds through carbon–carbon bond formation upon one-electron oxidation is shown to be a highly versatile approach to the formation of redox polymer films. Although the polymerization of single carbazole units has been proposed earlier, we show that by tethering pairs of carbazoles double sequential dimerization allows for facile formation of redox polymer films with fine control over film thickness. We show that the design of the monomers and in particular the bridging units is key to polymer formation, with the diaminobenzene motif proving advantageous, in terms of the matching to the redox potentials of the monomer and polymer film and thereby avoiding limitations in film thickness (autoinsulation), but introduces unacceptable instability due to the intrinsic redox activity of this moiety. The use of a diimide protecting group both avoids complications due to p-diamino-benzene redox chemistry and provides for a redox polymer in which the photoluminescence of the bis-carbazole moiety can be switched reversibly (on/off) with redox control. The monomer design approach is versatile enabling facile incorporation of additional functional units, such as naphthalene. Here we show that a multicomponent carbazole/naphthalene containing monomer (APCNDI) can form redox polymer films showing both p- and n- conductivity under ambient conditions and allows access to five distinct redox states, and a complex electrochromic response covering the whole of the UV/vis–NIR spectral region. The highly effective quenching of the photoluminescence of both components in poly-APCNDI enables detailed characterization of the redox polymer films. The poly-APCNDI films show extensive charge trapping, which can be read out spectroscopically in the case of films and is characterized as kinetic rather than chemical in origin on the basis of UV/vis–NIR absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopic analyses. The strong resonantly enhanced Raman

  11. Advances in solid polymer electrochemical capacitors for high rate applications

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    Lian, Keryn; Gao, Han

    2011-06-01

    All solid electrochemical capacitors (EC) have been demonstrated using proton conducting silicotungstic acid (SiWA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based polymer electrolytes. Graphite electrodes were utilized for electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC), while RuO2 electrodes were employed as pseudocapacitive electrodes. Both solid EDLC and pseudocapacitors exhibited very high charge/discharge rate capability. Especially for solid EDLC, a charge/discharge rate of 25 V/s and a 10 ms time constant ("factor of merit") were obtained. The rate capability of the solid EC is attributable to thin film thickness, good proton conductivity of the polymer electrolyte, and intimate contact between electrode and electrolyte. These results demonstrate promise of polymer electrolytes as enablers of high rate and high performance solid EC devices.

  12. Physical properties of highly-oriented rhombohedral C60 polymer

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    Tokumoto, M.; Narymbetov, B.; Kobayashi, H.; Makarova, T. L.; Davydov, V. A.; Rakhmania, A. V.; Kashevarova, L. S.

    2000-11-01

    Rhombohedral phase of pressure-temperature treated C60 polymer was investigated by resistivity, X-ray diffraction and ESR measurements. The pure rhombohedral phase of C60 polymer displays highly anisotropic electrical properties, and the conductivity in the polymerized 2D plane exhibits a metallic feature with weak localization. X-ray diffraction measurements have revealed that the diffraction patterns are essentially anisotropic. We have carried out the scanning of a reciprocal space in order to reveal the distribution of diffraction intensities. The result testifies to the high degree of mutual orientations of crystallites in the sample not only along the [001] direction but also in the (001) plane. Apparently the observed mosaicity of the crystal is connected with the highly anisotropic electrical properties of the rhombohedral phase of pressure-treated C60 polymer. A Dysonian ESR absorption lineshape consistent with the metallic nature was observed.

  13. An easily fabricated high performance ionic polymer based sensor network

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    Zhu, Zicai; Wang, Yanjie; Hu, Xiaopin; Sun, Xiaofei; Chang, Longfei; Lu, Pin

    2016-08-01

    Ionic polymer materials can generate an electrical potential from ion migration under an external force. For traditional ionic polymer metal composite sensors, the output voltage is very small (a few millivolts), and the fabrication process is complex and time-consuming. This letter presents an ionic polymer based network of pressure sensors which is easily and quickly constructed, and which can generate high voltage. A 3 × 3 sensor array was prepared by casting Nafion solution directly over copper wires. Under applied pressure, two different levels of voltage response were observed among the nine nodes in the array. For the group producing the higher level, peak voltages reached as high as 25 mV. Computational stress analysis revealed the physical origin of the different responses. High voltages resulting from the stress concentration and asymmetric structure can be further utilized to modify subsequent designs to improve the performance of similar sensors.

  14. Two Gd(III) coordination polymers based on a flexible tricarboxylate: Syntheses, structures, luminescence and catalytic properties

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    Zhu, Yu; Zhu, Min; Liu, Pan; Xia, Li; Wu, Yunlong; Xie, Jimin

    2017-02-01

    Two Gadolinium coordination polymers {[Gd·(TTTA)·(H2O)2]·2H2O}n (1) and [Gd·(TTTA)·DMF]n (2) have been synthesized based on Gd(NO3)3·6H2O and the flexible tripodal ligand 2,2‧,2″-[1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyltris(thio)]tris-acetic acid (H3TTTA) under hydrothermal conditions. In the structure of 1, the tridentate TTTA3- ligands connect the dimeric metal centers into an infinite one dimensional chain. While 2 shows a two dimensional network with tridentate TTTA3- ligands. The two complexes all quench the emission spectra after coordinated to the Gd3+ ions. The catalytic results indicate that two complexes show excellent activities for the cyanosilylation of benzaldehyde and its derivatives. Besides, 2 is better than 1 in the catalytic reactions due to more possibility of metal open sites.

  15. Structural and luminescence properties of Eu3+, Dy3+ and Tb3+ ions in lead germanate glasses obtained by conventional high-temperature melt-quenching technique

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    Żur, Lidia

    2013-06-01

    The subject of this paper is the structural and luminescence properties of selected rare earth ions in lead germanate glasses. Glasses were obtained by conventional high-temperature melt-quenching technique. Europium, dysprosium and terbium ions were chosen as active dopants. The spectroscopic parameters for Eu3+, Dy3+ and Tb3+ ions were determined based on excitation and emission measurements as well as luminescence decay analysis. Especially, the luminescence intensity ratios R/O (Eu3+), Y/B (Dy3+) and G/B (Tb3+) were calculated. Luminescence lifetimes for 5D0 state of Eu3+ ions, 4F9/2 state of Dy3+ ions and 5D4 state of Tb3+ ions were also determined. The amorphous nature and local structure of the studied lead germanate glass systems was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy.

  16. Utilizing Nanofabrication to Construct Strong, Luminescent Materials

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    Chen, Wei; Huang, Gang; Lu, Hong B.; McCready, David E.; Joly, Alan G.; Bovin, Jan-Olov

    2006-05-28

    Luminescent materials have been utilized widely in applications from lighting to sensing. The new development of technologies based on luminescence properties requires the materials to have high luminescence efficiency and mechanical strength. In this article, we report the fabrication of luminescent materials possessing high mechanical strength by nanofabrication with polyvinyl alcohol used as a stabilizer or coupling agent. X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission microscope observations reveal that the nanocomposite sample contains ZnS and ZnO nanoparticles as well as kozoite and sodium nitrate. The mechanical strength and hardness of these nanocomposite materials are higher than polycarbonate and some carbon nanotube reinforced nanocomposites. Strong luminescence is observed in the new nanocomposites and the luminescence intensity does not degrade following up to 30 minutes of X-ray irradiation. Our results indicate that nanofabrication may provide a good method to improve the mechanical strength of luminescent materials for some applications in which high strength luminescent materials are needed.

  17. Luminescent spectroscopy and structural properties of Ce3+-doped low-temperature X1-Y2SiO5 material prepared by polymer-assisted sol-gel method

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    Hamroun, M. S. E.; Guerbous, L.; Bensafi, A.

    2016-04-01

    Cerium (Ce3+)-doped monoclinic X1-Y2SiO5 (YSO)-type oxyorthosilicates powders were prepared by monomer and polymer-assisted sol-gel method. The present work aims to study the influence of ethylene glycol (EG) monomer, polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) polymer, as fuels and nucleating agents for the crystallization, on structural and luminescence properties of the Ce3+ (xCe = 0.01)-doped Y2SiO5. The X-ray diffraction technique, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and steady photoluminescence have been used to characterize the samples. It is found that the types of fuels affect the phase purity and luminescent characteristics of phosphors. All samples exhibit intense violet-blue asymmetric emission band in the range of 370-540 nm with a maximum intensity centered at around 420 nm assigned to the 5d → 4f (2F5/2, 2F7/2) interconfigurational transitions of Ce3+ ion in YSO nanomaterial. Finally, the vibronic coupling parameters are estimated and discussed.

  18. High temperature lithium cells with solid polymer electrolytes

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    Yang, Jin; Eitouni, Hany Basam; Singh, Mohit

    2017-03-07

    Electrochemical cells that use electrolytes made from new polymer compositions based on poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) and other high-softening-temperature polymers are disclosed. These materials have a microphase domain structure that has an ionically-conductive phase and a phase with good mechanical strength and a high softening temperature. In one arrangement, the structural block has a softening temperature of about 210.degree. C. These materials can be made with either homopolymers or with block copolymers. Such electrochemical cells can operate safely at higher temperatures than have been possible before, especially in lithium cells. The ionic conductivity of the electrolytes increases with increasing temperature.

  19. Iptycenes in the design of high performance polymers.

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    Swager, Timothy M

    2008-09-01

    This Account details the use of building blocks known as iptycene units, which are particularly useful in the design of advanced materials because of their three-dimensional, noncompliant structures. Iptycenes are built upon [2,2,2]-ring systems in which the bridges are aromatic rings, and the simplest member of this class of compounds is triptycene. Iptycenes can provide steric blocking, which can prevent strong interactions between polymeric chromophores that have a strong tendency to form nonemissive exciplex complexes. Iptycene-containing conjugated polymers are exceptionally stable and display solution-like emissive spectra and quantum yields in the solid state. This application of iptycenes has enabled new vapor detection methods for ultratrace detection of high explosives that are now used by the U.S. military. The three-dimensional shape of iptycenes creates interstitial space (free volume) around the molecules. This space can confer size selectivity in sensory responses and also promotes alignment in oriented polymers and liquid crystals. Specifically, the iptycene-containing polymers and molecules align in the anisotropic host material in a way that minimizes the free volume. This effect can be used to align molecules contrary to what would be predicted by conventional models on the basis of aspect ratios. In one demonstration, we show that an iptycene polymer aligns orthogonally to the host polymer when stretched, and these structures approximate molecular versions of woven cloth. In liquid crystal solutions, the conjugated iptycene-containing polymers exhibit greater electronic delocalization, and the transport of excited states along the polymer backbone is observed. Structures that preserve high degrees of internal free volume can also be designed to create low dielectric constant insulators. These materials have high temperature stability (>500 degrees C) and hardness that make them potential interlayer dielectric materials for integrated circuits

  20. Synthesis, crystal structures, and luminescent properties of Cd(II) coordination polymers assembled from semi-rigid multi-dentate N-containing ligand

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    Yuan, Gang; Shao, Kui-Zhan; Chen, Lei; Liu, Xin-Xin; Su, Zhong-Min; Ma, Jian-Fang

    2012-12-15

    Three new polymers, [Cd(L){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (1), [Cd{sub 3}(L){sub 2}({mu}{sub 3}-OH){sub 2}({mu}{sub 2}-Cl){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (2), {l_brace}[Cd{sub 2}(L){sub 2}(nic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O{r_brace}{sub n} (3) (HL=5-(4-((1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)methyl)phenyl)-1H-tetrazole, Hnic=nicotinic acid) have been prepared and structurally characterized. Compounds 1 and 2 display 2D monomolecular layers built by the inter-linking single helical chains and L{sup -} ligands connecting chain-like [Cd({mu}{sub 3}-OH)({mu}{sub 2}-Cl)]{sub n} secondary building units, respectively. Compound 3 is constructed from the mixed ligands and possesses a (3,4)-connected framework with (4{center_dot}8{sup 2})(4{center_dot}8{sup 2}{center_dot}10{sup 3}) topology. Moreover, the fluorescent properties of HL ligand and compounds 1-3 are also been investigated. - Graphical abstract: Three new coordination polymers based on the semi-rigid multidentate N-donor ligand have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal reaction. Complexes 1 and 2 exhibit the 2D layers formed by inter-linking single helices and L{sup -} anions bridging 1D chain-like SBUs, respectively. Complex 3 is buit by L{sup -} and assistant nic{sup -} ligands connecting metal centers and possesses a (3,4)-connected framework with (4 Multiplication-Sign 8{sup 2})(4 Multiplication-Sign 8{sup 2} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3}) topology. Moreover, these complexes display fluorescent properties indicating that they may have potential applications as optical materials. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three Cd-compounds were prepared from semi-rigid HL ligand with different N-containing groups. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They exhibit diverse structures from 2D monomolecular layer to 3D covalent framework. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The HL ligands displayed various coordination modes under different reaction conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These compounds exhibit

  1. Synthesis, structures, luminescent and magnetic properties of four coordination polymers with the flexible 1,3-phenylenediacetate ligands

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    Gu, Jin-Zhong; Lv, Dong-Yu; Gao, Zhu-Qing; Liu, Jian-Zhao; Dou, Wei; Tang, Yu

    2011-03-15

    Four coordination polymers, [Zn(pda)(bpy)(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (1), [Cd(pda)(prz)(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} (2), [Co{sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-OH){sub 2}(pda){sub 2}(pyz)]{sub n}.2nH{sub 2}O (3) and [Pr{sub 2}(pda){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (4) (H{sub 2}pda=1,3-phenylendiacetic acid, bpy=4,4'-bipyridine, prz=piperazine and pyz=pyrazine) have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized. Complex 1 is a 1D wheel-like chain structure, which is further extended into a 3D metal-organic supramolecular framework by H-bonds and {pi}-{pi} stacking interactions. Complex 2 is a 1D ladder-like chain structure, which is also further extended into a 3D metal-organic supramolecular framework by H-bonds. Complex 3 possess a 2D sheet structure with infrequent two pairs of double-helix chains. Complex 4 features a 3D structure. Both 1 and 2 display strong blue fluorescent emission at room temperature. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of complexes 3 and 4 exhibit antiferromagnetic interactions between the nearest metal ions, with C=9.99 and 3.43 cm{sup 3} mol{sup -1} K, and {theta}=-23.9 and -46.3 K, respectively. -- Graphical abstract: Four new coordination polymers with 1,3-phenylenediacetate ligands have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized. Complexes 1 and 2 display strong blue fluorescent emission at room temperature. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of 3 and 4 exhibit antiferromagnetic interactions between the nearest metal centers. Display Omitted Research highlights: > Coordinative property of H{sub 2}pda ligand was shown when bonded by different block metals. > Careful selection of co-ligand and metals resulted in dramatic framework evolution. > (c) The compounds constructed with Zn{sup 2+} and Cd{sup 2+} exhibit strong blue fluorescent emission. > The magneto-structural correlation of the complexes constructed with Co{sup 2+} and Pr{sup 3+} was elucidated.

  2. Quickly updatable hologram images with high performance photorefractive polymer composites

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    Tsutsumi, Naoto; Kinashi, Kenji; Nonomura, Asato; Sakai, Wataru

    2012-02-01

    We present here quickly updatable hologram images using high performance photorefractive (PR) polymer composite based on poly(N-vinyl carbazole) (PVCz). PVCz is one of the pioneer materials for photoconductive polymer. PVCz/7- DCST/CzEPA/TNF (44/35/20/1 by wt) gives high diffraction efficiency of 68 % at E = 45 V/μm with fast response speed. Response speed of optical diffraction is the key parameter for real-time 3D holographic display. Key parameter for obtaining quickly updatable hologram images is to control the glass transition temperature lower enough to enhance chromophore orientation. Object image of the reflected coin surface recorded with reference beam at 532 nm (green beam) in the PR polymer composite is simultaneously reconstructed using a red probe beam at 642 nm. Instead of using coin object, object image produced by a computer was displayed on a spatial light modulator (SLM) is used as an object for hologram. Reflected object beam from a SLM interfered with reference beam on PR polymer composite to record a hologram and simultaneously reconstructed by a red probe beam. Movie produced in a computer was recorded as a realtime hologram in the PR polymer composite and simultaneously clearly reconstructed with a video rate.

  3. Charge transport in highly aligned conjugated polymers (Presentation Recording)

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    O'Connor, Brendan; Xue, Xiao; Sun, Tianlei

    2015-10-01

    Charge transport in conjugated polymers has a complex dependence on film morphology. Aligning the polymer chains in the plane of the film simplifies the morphology of the system allowing for insight into the morphological dependence of charge transport. Highly aligned conjugated polymers have also been shown to lead to among the highest reported field effect mobilities in these materials to date. In this talk, a comparison will be made between aligned polymer films processed using two primary methods, nanostructured substrate assisted growth and mechanical strain. A number of polymer systems including P3HT, pBTTT, N2200, and PCDTPT are considered, and the processed films are analyzed in detail with optical spectroscopy, AFM, TEM, and X-ray scattering providing insight into the molecular features that allow for effective alignment. By contrasting the morphology of these films, several insights into underlying charge transport limitations can be made. A number of key morphological features that lead to high field effect mobility and charge transport anisotropy in these films will be discussed. In addition, several unique features of organic thin film transistor device behavior in these systems will be examined including the commonly observed gate voltage dependence of saturated field effect mobility.

  4. High-aspect ratio magnetic nanocomposite polymer cilium

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    Rahbar, M.; Tseng, H. Y.; Gray, B. L.

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a new fabrication technique to achieve ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia micro-patterned from flexible highly magnetic rare earth nanoparticle-doped polymers. We have developed a simple, inexpensive and scalable fabrication method to create cilia structures that can be actuated by miniature electromagnets, that are suitable to be used for lab-on-a chip (LOC) and micro-total-analysis-system (μ-TAS) applications such as mixers and flow-control elements. The magnetic cilia are fabricated and magnetically polarized directly in microfluidic channels or reaction chambers, allowing for easy integration with complex microfluidic systems. These cilia structures can be combined on a single chip with other microfluidic components employing the same permanently magnetic nano-composite polymer (MNCP), such as valves or pumps. Rare earth permanent magnetic powder, (Nd0.7Ce0.3)10.5Fe83.9B5.6, is used to dope polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), resulting in a highly flexible M-NCP of much higher magnetization and remanence [1] than ferromagnetic polymers typically employed in magnetic microfluidics. Sacrificial poly(ethylene-glycol) (PEG) is used to mold the highly magnetic polymer into ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia. Cilia structures with aspect ratio exceeding 8:0.13 can be easily fabricated using this technique and are actuated using miniature electromagnets to achieve a high range of motion/vibration.

  5. High-Performance Polymers Having Low Melt Viscosities

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    Jensen, Brian J.

    2005-01-01

    High-performance polymers that have improved processing characteristics, and a method of making them, have been invented. One of the improved characteristics is low (relative to corresponding prior polymers) melt viscosities at given temperatures. This characteristic makes it possible to utilize such processes as resin-transfer molding and resin-film infusion and to perform autoclave processing at lower temperatures and/or pressures. Another improved characteristic is larger processing windows that is, longer times at low viscosities. Other improved characteristics include increased solubility of uncured polymer precursors that contain reactive groups, greater densities of cross-links in cured polymers, improved mechanical properties of the cured polymers, and greater resistance of the cured polymers to chemical attack. The invention is particularly applicable to poly(arylene ether)s [PAEs] and polyimides [PIs] that are useful as adhesives, matrices of composite materials, moldings, films, and coatings. PAEs and PIs synthesized according to the invention comprise mixtures of branched, linear, and star-shaped molecules. The monomers of these polymers can be capped with either reactive end groups to obtain thermosets or nonreactive end groups to obtain thermoplastics. The synthesis of a polymeric mixture according to the invention involves the use of a small amount of a trifunctional monomer. In the case of a PAE, the trifunctional monomer is a trihydroxy- containing compound for example, 1,3,5-trihydroxybenzene (THB). In the case of a PI, the trifunctional monomer is a triamine for example, triamino pyrimidine or melamine. In addition to the aforementioned trifunctional monomer, one uses the difunctional monomers of the conventional formulation of the polymer in question (see figure). In cases of nonreactive end caps, the polymeric mixtures of the invention have melt viscosities and melting temperatures lower than those of the corresponding linear polymers of equal

  6. Synthesis, structure and luminescent properties of rare earth coordination polymers constructed from paddle-wheel building blocks.

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    Guo, Xiaodan; Zhu, Guangshan; Fang, Qianrong; Xue, Ming; Tian, Ge; Sun, Jinyu; Li, Xiaotian; Qiu, Shilun

    2005-05-30

    A series of three-dimensional (3D) novel coordination polymers M(bpdc)1.5(H2O) x 0.5DMF (M = Tb (1), Ho (2), Er (3), or Y (4)) have been synthesized by reaction of the rare earth ions (M3+) with 4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylic acid (H2bpdc) in a mixed solution of DMF and C2H5OH. They possess the same 3D architectures and crystallize in monoclinic space group C2/c. Two seven-coordinated metal centers and four dimonodentate bpdc groups construct a paddle-wheel building block. These building blocks connect with two carboxyl groups to lead to a one-dimensional inorganic chain, ---M-O-C-O-M---, along the [001] direction. The inorganic chains are linked with two biphenyl groups to form 25.15 A x 17.09 A rhombic channels along the c axis without interpenetration. These complexes exhibit strong fluorescence in the visible region, and complex 3 shows Er3+ characteristic emission in the range of 1450-1650 nm at room temperature. These complexes could be anticipated as potential fluorescent probes and an IR-emitter, respectively.

  7. Four new coordination polymers based on carboxyphenyl-substituted dipyrazinylpyridine ligand: Syntheses, structures, magnetic and luminescence properties

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    Yuan, Fei; Zhang, Lu; Hu, Huai-Ming; Bai, Chao; Xue, Ganglin

    2017-01-01

    Four new coordination polymers, namely, [Co(L)2]n (1) and [Co(L)(tp)0.5]n·nH2O (2), [Zn(L)2]n·0.5nH2O (3) and [Zn(L)(suc)0.5]n·nH2O (4) (HL = 4-(3-carboxyphenyl)-2,6-di(pyrazinyl)pyridine, H2tp = benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, H2suc = succinic acid), were constructed by changing metal ion and introducing auxiliary ligand under hydrothermal condition. X-ray single diffraction studies reveal that compounds 1 and 3 have similar structures and crystallized in the monoclinic system with P21/c space group, which show infinite zigzag chains and are further extended into a 2D supramolecular layer by inter-molecular hydrogen bonds. Compounds 2 and 4 display infinite ladder chains and are further extended into a 3D supramolecular network by inter-molecular hydrogen bonds. Additionally, magnetic and photoluminescence properties of 1-4 have been investigated.

  8. Highly Selective Bifunctional Luminescent Sensor toward Nitrobenzene and Cu(2+) Ion Based on Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks: Synthesis, Structures, and Properties.

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    Yang, Lirong; Lian, Chen; Li, Xuefei; Han, Yuyang; Yang, Lele; Cai, Ting; Shao, Caiyun

    2017-05-24

    Two metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), namely, [Ni(DTP)(H2O)]n (I) and [Cd2(DTP)2(bibp)1.5]n (II) (H2DPT = 4'-(4-(3,5-dicarboxylphenoxy) phenyl)-4,2':6',4″-terpyridine; bibp = 1,3-di(1H-imidazol-1-yl)propane), that present structural diversity were solvothermally prepared. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that they consist of {NiN2O4} building units (for I) and {CdO4N2} and {CdO3N3} building units (for II), which are further linked by multicarboxylate H2DPT to construct microporous three-dimensional frameworks. The remarkable character of these frameworks is that coordination polymer II demonstrates highly selective and sensitive bifunctional luminescent sensor toward nitrobenzene and Cu(2+) ion. The fluorescence quenching mechanism of II caused by nitrobenzene is ascribed to electron transfer from electron-rich (II) to electron-deficient nitrobenzene. The result was also evidenced by the density functional theory. Furthermore, anti-ferromagnetic as well as electrochemical characters of Ni-MOF (I) were also investigated in this paper.

  9. Alternative High Performance Polymers for Ablative Thermal Protection Systems

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    Boghozian, Tane; Stackpoole, Mairead; Gonzales, Greg

    2015-01-01

    Ablative thermal protection systems are commonly used as protection from the intense heat during re-entry of a space vehicle and have been used successfully on many missions including Stardust and Mars Science Laboratory both of which used PICA - a phenolic based ablator. Historically, phenolic resin has served as the ablative polymer for many TPS systems. However, it has limitations in both processing and properties such as char yield, glass transition temperature and char stability. Therefore alternative high performance polymers are being considered including cyanate ester resin, polyimide, and polybenzoxazine. Thermal and mechanical properties of these resin systems were characterized and compared with phenolic resin.

  10. High coating of Ru(II) complexes on gold nanoparticles for single particle luminescence imaging in cells.

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    Rogers, Nicola J; Claire, Sunil; Harris, Robert M; Farabi, Shiva; Zikeli, Gerald; Styles, Iain B; Hodges, Nikolas J; Pikramenou, Zoe

    2014-01-18

    Gold nanoparticles are efficiently labelled with a luminescent ruthenium complex, producing 13 and 100 nm diameter, monodisperse red-emissive imaging probes with luminescence lifetimes prolonged over the molecular unit. Single, 100 nm particles are observed in whole cell luminescence imaging which reveals their biomolecular association with chromatin in the nucleus of cancer cells.

  11. Contributions to the Field of High Polymer Chemistry.

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    The report summarizes the activities of the authors’ contract on ’Research In High Polymer Chemistry’ for the period 1962-1972. Summarization is made by listing the scientific publications PhD dissertations that resulted from this contract. (Author)

  12. High Density Polymer-Based Integrated Electgrode Array

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    Maghribi, Mariam N.; Krulevitch, Peter A.; Davidson, James Courtney; Hamilton, Julie K.

    2006-04-25

    A high density polymer-based integrated electrode apparatus that comprises a central electrode body and a multiplicity of arms extending from the electrode body. The central electrode body and the multiplicity of arms are comprised of a silicone material with metal features in said silicone material that comprise electronic circuits.

  13. Integrated Modeling of Polymer Composites Under High Energy Laser Irradiation

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    2015-10-30

    the SThM measurements deviates from standard procedures for neat resin and prepreg composites . Individual carbon fibers are suspended or draped across...AFRL-RX-WP-TR-2016-0071 INTEGRATED MODELING OF POLYMER COMPOSITES UNDER HIGH ENERGY LASER IRRADIATION Brent Volk, Gregory Ehlert...DAVIS, Chief Composite Materials and Processing Section Composite Materials and Processing Section Composite Branch

  14. High efficiency all-polymer tandem solar cells

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    Yuan, Jianyu; Gu, Jinan; Shi, Guozheng; Sun, Jianxia; Wang, Hai-Qiao; Ma, Wanli

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we have reported for the first time an efficient all-polymer tandem cell using identical sub-cells based on P2F-DO:N2200. A high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.70% was achieved, which is among the highest efficiencies for all polymer solar cells and 43% larger than the PCE of single junction cell. The largely improved device performance can be mainly attributed to the enhanced absorption of tandem cell. Meanwhile, the carrier collection in device remains efficient by optimizing the recombination layer and sub-cell film thickness. Thus tandem structure can become an easy approach to effectively boost the performance of current all polymer solar cells. PMID:27226354

  15. Highly uniform Gd2O3 hollow microspheres: template-directed synthesis and luminescence properties.

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    Jia, Guang; You, Hongpeng; Liu, Kai; Zheng, Yuhua; Guo, Ning; Zhang, Hongjie

    2010-04-06

    Well-dispersed, uniform Gd(2)O(3) hollow microspheres have been successfully fabricated via a urea-based homogeneous precipitation method in the presence of colloidal melamine formaldehyde (MF) microspheres as templates, followed by subsequent heat treatment. The main process was carried out under aqueous conditions without any organic solvents, surfactants, or etching agents. The as-obtained Gd(2)O(3) microspheres with a spherical shape and hollow structure are uniform in size and distribution, and the thickness of the shell is about 200 nm. The lanthanide ion (Ln(3+))-doped Gd(2)O(3) hollow microspheres exhibit bright down- and upconversion luminescence with different colors coming from different activator ions under ultraviolet or 980 nm light excitation, which might find potential applications in fields such as drug delivery or biological labeling because of their excellent dispersing and luminescence properties. Furthermore, this synthesis route may be of great significance in the preparation of other hollow spherical materials.

  16. Highly selective luminescent sensing of picric acid based on a water-stable europium metal-organic framework

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    Xia, Tifeng; Zhu, Fengliang; Cui, Yuanjing; Yang, Yu; Wang, Zhiyu; Qian, Guodong

    2017-01-01

    A water-stable metal-organic framework (MOF) EuNDC has been synthesized for selective detection of the well-known contaminant and toxicant picric acid (PA) in aqueous solution. Due to the photo-induced electron transfer and self-absorption mechanism, EuNDC displayed rapid, selective and sensitive detection of PA with a detection limit of 37.6 ppb. Recyclability experiments revealed that EuNDC retains its initial luminescent intensity and same quenching efficiency in each cycle, suggesting high photostability and reusability for long-term sensing applications. The excellent detection performance of EuNDC makes it a promising PA sensing material for practical applications.

  17. High field dielectric properties of anisotropic polymer-ceramic composites

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    Tomer, V.; Randall, C. A.

    2008-10-01

    Using dielectrophoretic assembly, we create anisotropic composites of BaTiO{sub 3} particles in a silicone elastomer thermoset polymer. We study a variety of electrical properties in these composites, i.e., permittivity, dielectric breakdown, and energy density as function of ceramic volume fraction and connectivity. The recoverable energy density of these electric-field-structured composites is found to be highly dependent on the anisotropy present in the system. Our results indicate that x-y-aligned composites exhibit higher breakdown strengths along with large recoverable energy densities when compared to 0-3 composites. This demonstrates that engineered anisotropy can be employed to control dielectric breakdown strengths and nonlinear conduction at high fields in heterogeneous systems. Consequently, manipulation of anisotropy in high-field dielectric properties can be exploited for the development of high energy density polymer-ceramic systems.

  18. High-Performance Nonfullerene Polymer Solar Cells based on Imide-Functionalized Wide-Bandgap Polymers.

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    Fan, Baobing; Zhang, Kai; Jiang, Xiao-Fang; Ying, Lei; Huang, Fei; Cao, Yong

    2017-03-23

    High-performance nonfullerene polymer solar cells (PSCs) are developed by integrating the nonfullerene electron-accepting material 3,9-bis(2-methylene-(3-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)-indanone))-5,5,11,11-tetrakis(4-hexylphenyl)-dithieno[2,3-d:2',3'-d']-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophne) (ITIC) with a wide-bandgap electron-donating polymer PTzBI or PTzBI-DT, which consists of an imide functionalized benzotriazole (TzBI) building block. Detailed investigations reveal that the extension of conjugation can affect the optical and electronic properties, molecular aggregation properties, charge separation in the bulk-heterojunction films, and thus the overall photovoltaic performances. Single-junction PSCs based on PTzBI:ITIC and PTzBI-DT:ITIC exhibit remarkable power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 10.24% and 9.43%, respectively. To our knowledge, these PCEs are the highest efficiency values obtained based on electron-donating conjugated polymers consisting of imide-functionalized electron-withdrawing building blocks. Of particular interest is that the resulting device based on PTzBI exhibits remarkable PCE of 7% with the thickness of active layer of 300 nm, which is among the highest values of nonfullerene PSCs utilizing thick photoactive layer. Additionally, the device based on PTzBI:ITIC exhibits prominent stability, for which the PCE remains as 9.34% after thermal annealing at 130 °C for 120 min. These findings demonstrate the great promise of using this series of wide-bandgap conjugated polymers as electron-donating materials for high-performance nonfullerene solar cells toward high-throughput roll-to-roll processing technology.

  19. Simulated space environmental effects on some experimental high performance polymers

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    Connell, John W.

    1991-01-01

    Organic polymeric materials are currently being considered for long term use (more than 10 years) in structural (adhesives and composite matrices) and functional (films and coatings) applications on spacecraft. Although organic polymers have been utilized successfully in short term missions, the long term durability of these materials in space is of concern. As part of a NASA effort on high performance polymers for potential space applications, various experimental polymeric materials recently synthesized at NASA Langley Research Center were evaluated under simulated space environmental conditions. Experimental resins from blends of acetylene terminated materials, poly(arylene ether)s and low color polyimides were exposed to high energy electron and ultraviolet radiation in an attempt to simulate space environmental effects. Thin films, neat resin moldings and carbon fiber reinforced composites were exposed and the effect on certain polymer properties were determined. This paper reviews recent research involving the effects of various radiation exposures on the physical, optical and mechanical properties of several experimental polymer systems.

  20. Simulated space environmental effects on some experimental high performance polymers

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    Connell, John W.

    1991-01-01

    Organic polymeric materials are currently being considered for long term use (more than 10 years) in structural (adhesives and composite matrices) and functional (films and coatings) applications on spacecraft. Although organic polymers have been utilized successfully in short term missions, the long term durability of these materials in space is of concern. As part of a NASA effort on high performance polymers for potential space applications, various experimental polymeric materials recently synthesized at NASA Langley Research Center were evaluated under simulated space environmental conditions. Experimental resins from blends of acetylene terminated materials, poly(arylene ether)s and low color polyimides were exposed to high energy electron and ultraviolet radiation in an attempt to simulate space environmental effects. Thin films, neat resin moldings and carbon fiber reinforced composites were exposed and the effect on certain polymer properties were determined. This paper reviews recent research involving the effects of various radiation exposures on the physical, optical and mechanical properties of several experimental polymer systems.

  1. Unconventional High Density Vertically Aligned Conducting Polymer

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    2014-08-21

    CVD) method on silicon substrates using iron (Fe) on alumina as a catalyst . The as-grown A-CNT forests have a 1% volume fraction (Vf) of CNTs with...here, consisting of the anode of the conformal coating of oCVD PEDOT on A-CNTs (PEDOT/A-CNTs) and ultra-high density graphene-oxide cathode ( HD -a

  2. The Effects of Supercritical Fluids on High Performance Polymers

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    1989-02-01

    testing was conduted on an Instron Tensile Tester using a 0-100 lb cell fitted with Kallaway Clamps. Tests were run an 10 i samples of yarn drawn at a...degraded. We concluded that in these runs the teperature was too high and the primary reaction was thermal degradation of the polymer. When methanol...temperature of methanol is sufficiently high that thermal degradation processes cxmpete with amide alcoholysis. Similar results were obtained with nylon 6

  3. Incorporation of High Energy Materials Into High Density Polymers

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    1987-09-21

    copolymerized with ethylene and propylene to lead to the final product, and chlorination of a commercial EPDM allowed the chlorinated sites to serve as...testing. II. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES 1. SYNTHESIS OF NEW EPDM GRAFT POLYMERS Two approaches were used to synthesize graft terpolymers on an ethylene ...project. 1𔃼 ,3 Following here is a detailed description of the preparation of polyisobutenyl-dicyclopentadiene and its terpolymerization with ethylene

  4. High performance polymers and polymer matrix composites for spacecraft structural applications

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    Bowles, D. E.; Connell, J. W.

    1992-01-01

    A program implemented by NASA Langley Research Center to develop and evaluate new polymers and polymer matrix composites for spacecraft structural applications is examined. Various polymeric films, moldings, and adhesives are evaluated for resistance to atomic oxygen and high energy electron and UV radiation. Thin films from the poly(arylene ether)s containing phenylphosphine oxide groups and the siloxane-epoxies exhibited minor weight loss compared to Kapton polyimide after exposure. Large doses (greater than 10 exp 9 rads) of electron radiation, simulating 30 yr of exposure in GEO, are found to alter the chemical structure of epoxies by both chain scission and cross-linking. The thermal cycling representative of both LEO and GEO environments can cause microcracking in composites which can in turn affect the dimensional stability and produce mechanical property reductions. The processing and fabrication issues associated with precision composite spacecraft components are also addressed.

  5. High Energy Density Polymer Film Capacitors

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    2006-10-01

    self - healing (failure safe), high current carrying capacitors, Sigma designed an oil printing system to produce segmented ectrode capacitor film...DESIGN AND FABRICATION 4.1 HEAVY EDGE-THIN ELECTRODE DESIGN Self - healing properties of metallized capacitors are enhanced significantly by increasing...are limited to low loss dielectrics such as polypropylene . Lower rep rate applications can beserved with higher loss dielectrics that include

  6. Highly Ordered Single Conjugated Polymer Chain Rod Morphologies

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    Adachi, Takuji; Brazard, Johanna; Chokshi, Paresh; Ganesan, Venkat; Bolinger, Joshua; Barbara, Paul F.

    2010-10-15

    We have reexamined the fluorescence polarization anisotropy of single polymer chains of the prototypical conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) isolated in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix employing improved synthetic samples that contain a much smaller number of tetrahedral chemical defects per chain. The new measurements reveal a much larger fraction of highly anisotropic MEH-PPV chains, with >70% of the chains exhibiting polarization anisotropy values falling in the range of 0.6-0.9. High anisotropy is strong evidence for a rod-shaped conformation. A comparison of the experimental results with coarse grain, beads on a chain simulations reveals that simulations with the usual bead-bead pairwise additive potentials cannot reproduce the observed large fraction of high polarization values. Apparently, this type of potential lacks some yet to be identified molecular feature that is necessary to accurately simulate the experimental results.

  7. Laser welding of polymers using high-power diode lasers

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    Bachmann, Friedrich G.; Russek, Ulrich A.

    2002-06-01

    Laser welding of polymers using high power diode lasers offers specific process advantages over conventional technologies, such as short process times while providing optically and qualitatively valuable weld seams, contactless yielding of the joining energy, absence of process induced vibrations, imposing minimal thermal stress and avoiding particle generation. Furthermore, this method exhibits high integration capabilities and automatization potential. Moreover, because of the current favorable cost development within the high power diode laser market laser welding of polymers has become more and more an industrially accepted joining method. This novel technology permits both, reliable high quality joining of mechanically and electronically highly sensitive micro components and hermetic sealing of macro components. There are different welding strategies available, which are adaptable to the current application. Within the frame of this discourse scientific and also application oriented result concerning laser transmission welding of polymers using preferably diode lasers are presented. Besides the sue laser system the fundamental process strategies as well as decisive process parameters are illustrated. The importance of optical, thermal and mechanical properties is discussed. Applications at real technical components will be presented, demonstrating the industrial implementation capability and the advantages of a novel technology.

  8. Laser welding of polymers using high-power diode lasers

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    Bachmann, Friedrich G.; Russek, Ulrich A.

    2003-09-01

    Laser welding of polymers using high power diode lasers offers specific process advantages over conventional technologies, such as short process times while providing optically and qualitatively valuable weld seams, contactless yielding of the joining energy, absence of process induced vibrations, imposing minimal thermal stress and avoiding particle generation. Furthermore this method exhibits high integration capabilities and automatization potential. Moreover, because of the current favorable cost development within the high power diode laser market laser welding of polymers has become more and more an industrially accepted joining method. This novel technology permits both, reliable high quality joining of mechanically and electronically highly sensitive micro components and hermetic sealing of macro components. There are different welding strategies available, which are adaptable to the current application. Within the frame of this discourse scientific and also application oriented results concerning laser transmission welding of polymers using preferably diode lasers are presented. Besides the used laser systems the fundamental process strategies as well as decisive process parameters are illustrated. The importance of optical, thermal and mechanical properties is discussed. Applications at real technical components will be presented, demonstrating the industrial implementation capability and the advantages of a novel technology.

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis of highly luminescent blue-emitting ZnSe(S) quantum dots exhibiting low toxicity.

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    Mirnajafizadeh, Fatemeh; Ramsey, Deborah; McAlpine, Shelli; Wang, Fan; Reece, Peter; Stride, John Arron

    2016-07-01

    Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) that emit in the visible spectrum are of interest to a number of imaging technologies, not least that of biological samples. One issue that hinders the application of luminescent markers in biology is the potential toxicity of the fluorophore. Here we show that hydrothermally synthesized ZnSe(S) QDs have low cytotoxicity to both human colorectal carcinoma cells (HCT-116) and human skin fibroblast cells (WS1). The QDs exhibited a high degree of crystallinity, with a strong blue photoluminescence at up to 29% quantum yield relative to 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) without post-synthetic UV-irradiation. Confocal microscopy images obtained of HCT-116 cells after incubation with the QDs highlighted the stability of the particles in cell media. Cytotoxicity studies showed that both HCT-116 and WS1 cells retain 100% viability after treatment with the QDs at concentrations up to 0.5g/L, which makes them of potential use in biological imaging applications. Crown Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. High-Nuclear Organometallic Copper(I)-Alkynide Clusters: Thermochromic Near-Infrared Luminescence and Solution Stability.

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    Zhuo, Hong-Yan; Su, Hai-Feng; Cao, Zhao-Zhen; Liu, Wei; Wang, Shu-Ao; Feng, Lei; Zhuang, Gui-Lin; Lin, Shui-Chao; Kurmoo, Mohamedally; Tung, Chen-Ho; Sun, Di; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2016-12-05

    Cu(CF3 COO)2 reacts with tert-butylacetylene (tBuC≡CH) in methanol in the presence of metallic copper powder to give two air-stable clusters, [Cu(I)15 (tBuC≡C)10 (CF3 COO)5 ]⋅tBuC≡CH (1) and [Cu(I)16 (tBuC≡C)12 (CF3 COO)4 (CH3 OH)2 ] (2). The assembly process involves in situ comproportionation reaction between Cu(2+) and Cu(0) and the formation of two different clusters is controlled by reactants concentration. The clusters consist of Cu15 and Cu16 cores co-stabilized by strong by σ- and π-bonded tert-butylethynide and CF3 COO(-) (together with methanol molecule in 2). Their stabilities in solution were confirmed using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in which the cluster core remains intact for 1 in chloroform and acetone, and for 2 in acetonitrile. Strong thermochromic luminescence in the near infrared (NIR) region was observed in the solid-state. Of particular interest, the emission maximum of 1 is red-shifted from 710 nm at 298 K to 793 nm at 93 K, along with a 17-fold fluorescence enhancement. In contrast, 2 exhibits red shift from 298 to 123 K followed by blue shift from 123 to 93 K. The emission wavelength was correlated with the structural parameters using variable-temperature X-ray single-crystal analyses. The rich cuprophilic interaction plays a significant role in the formation of (3) LMCT (tBuC≡C→Cux ) excited state mixed with cluster-centered ((3) CC) characters, which can be considerably influenced by temperature, leading to thermochromic luminescence. The present work provides 1) a new synthetic protocol for the high-nuclear Cu(I) -alkynyl clusters; 2) a comprehensive insight into the mechanism of thermochromic luminescence; 3) unusual emissive materials with the characters of NIR and thermochromic luminescence simultaneously.

  11. High Temperature Polymers for use in Fuel Cells

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    Peplowski, Katherine M.

    2004-01-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is currently working on polymers for fuel cell and lithium battery applications. The desire for more efficient, higher power density, and a lower environmental impact power sources has led to interest in proton exchanges membrane fuels cells (PEMFC) and lithium batteries. A PEMFC has many advantages as a power source. The fuel cell uses oxygen and hydrogen as reactants. The resulting products are electricity, heat, and water. The PEMFC consists of electrodes with a catalyst, and an electrolyte. The electrolyte is an ion-conducting polymer that transports protons from the anode to the cathode. Typically, a PEMFC is operated at a temperature of about 80 C. There is intense interest in developing a fuel cell membrane that can operate at higher temperatures in the range of 80 C- 120 C. Operating the he1 cell at higher temperatures increases the kinetics of the fuel cell reaction as well as decreasing the susceptibility of the catalyst to be poisoned by impurities. Currently, Nafion made by Dupont is the most widely used polymer membrane in PEMFC. Nafion does not function well above 80 C due to a significant decrease in the conductivity of the membrane from a loss of hydration. In addition to the loss of conductivity at high temperatures, the long term stability and relatively high cost of Nafion have stimulated many researches to find a substitute for Nafion. Lithium ion batteries are popular for use in portable electronic devices, such as laptop computers and mobile phones. The high power density of lithium batteries makes them ideal for the high power demand of today s advanced electronics. NASA is developing a solid polymer electrolyte that can be used for lithium batteries. Solid polymer electrolytes have many advantages over the current gel or liquid based systems that are used currently. Among these advantages are the potential for increased power density and design flexibility. Automobiles, computers, and cell phones require

  12. High Temperature Polymers for use in Fuel Cells

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    Peplowski, Katherine M.

    2004-01-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is currently working on polymers for fuel cell and lithium battery applications. The desire for more efficient, higher power density, and a lower environmental impact power sources has led to interest in proton exchanges membrane fuels cells (PEMFC) and lithium batteries. A PEMFC has many advantages as a power source. The fuel cell uses oxygen and hydrogen as reactants. The resulting products are electricity, heat, and water. The PEMFC consists of electrodes with a catalyst, and an electrolyte. The electrolyte is an ion-conducting polymer that transports protons from the anode to the cathode. Typically, a PEMFC is operated at a temperature of about 80 C. There is intense interest in developing a fuel cell membrane that can operate at higher temperatures in the range of 80 C- 120 C. Operating the he1 cell at higher temperatures increases the kinetics of the fuel cell reaction as well as decreasing the susceptibility of the catalyst to be poisoned by impurities. Currently, Nafion made by Dupont is the most widely used polymer membrane in PEMFC. Nafion does not function well above 80 C due to a significant decrease in the conductivity of the membrane from a loss of hydration. In addition to the loss of conductivity at high temperatures, the long term stability and relatively high cost of Nafion have stimulated many researches to find a substitute for Nafion. Lithium ion batteries are popular for use in portable electronic devices, such as laptop computers and mobile phones. The high power density of lithium batteries makes them ideal for the high power demand of today s advanced electronics. NASA is developing a solid polymer electrolyte that can be used for lithium batteries. Solid polymer electrolytes have many advantages over the current gel or liquid based systems that are used currently. Among these advantages are the potential for increased power density and design flexibility. Automobiles, computers, and cell phones require

  13. Highly luminescent two dimensional excitons in atomically thin CdSe nanosheets

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    Halder, O.; Pradhani, A.; Sahoo, P. K.; Satpati, B.; Rath, S.

    2014-05-01

    Atomically thin Cadmium Selenide (CdSe) nanosheets have been synthesized using a surfactant mediated growth technique. The transmission electron microscopy studies confirm the presence of single layered nanosheets with thickness 1.31 nm and their stacking structures which are complemented by the small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The strongly bound and polarized character of two dimensional excitonic states with enhanced oscillator strength yielding distinct narrow blue luminescence has been observed from the CdSe nanosheets using room temperature based optical studies.

  14. Highly luminescent two dimensional excitons in atomically thin CdSe nanosheets

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    Halder, O.; Pradhani, A.; Rath, S.; Sahoo, P. K.; Satpati, B.

    2014-05-05

    Atomically thin Cadmium Selenide (CdSe) nanosheets have been synthesized using a surfactant mediated growth technique. The transmission electron microscopy studies confirm the presence of single layered nanosheets with thickness 1.31 nm and their stacking structures which are complemented by the small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The strongly bound and polarized character of two dimensional excitonic states with enhanced oscillator strength yielding distinct narrow blue luminescence has been observed from the CdSe nanosheets using room temperature based optical studies.

  15. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  16. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  17. Flexible Polymer/Metal/Polymer and Polymer/Metal/Inorganic Trilayer Transparent Conducting Thin Film Heaters with Highly Hydrophobic Surface.

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    Kang, Tae-Woon; Kim, Sung Hyun; Kim, Cheol Hwan; Lee, Sang-Mok; Kim, Han-Ki; Park, Jae Seong; Lee, Jae Heung; Yang, Yong Suk; Lee, Sang-Jin

    2017-09-27

    Polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic trilayer-structured transparent electrodes with fluorocarbon plasma polymer thin film heaters have been proposed. The polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic transparent conducting thin films fabricated on a large-area flexible polymer substrate using a continuous roll-to-roll sputtering process show excellent electrical properties and visible-light transmittance. They also exhibit water-repelling surfaces to prevent wetting and to remove contamination. In addition, the adoption of a fluorocarbon/metal/fluorocarbon film permits an outer bending radius as small as 3 mm. These films have a sheet resistance of less than 5 Ω sq(-1), sufficient to drive light-emitting diode circuits. The thin film heater with the fluorocarbon/Ag/SiNx structure exhibits excellent heating characteristics, with a temperature reaching 180 °C under the driving voltage of 13 V. Therefore, the proposed polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic transparent conducting electrodes using polymer thin films can be applied in flexible and rollable displays as well as automobile window heaters and other devices.

  18. High Strain Rate Behavior of Polymer Matrix Composites Analyzed

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    Goldberg, Robert K.; Roberts, Gary D.

    2001-01-01

    Procedures for modeling the high-speed impact of composite materials are needed for designing reliable composite engine cases that are lighter than the metal cases in current use. The types of polymer matrix composites that are likely to be used in such an application have a deformation response that is nonlinear and that varies with strain rate. To characterize and validate material models that could be used in the design of impactresistant engine cases, researchers must obtain material data over a wide variety of strain rates. An experimental program has been carried out through a university grant with the Ohio State University to obtain deformation data for a representative polymer matrix composite for strain rates ranging from quasi-static to high rates of several hundred per second. This information has been used to characterize and validate a constitutive model that was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

  19. High-Performance Polymers for Membrane CO2 /N2 Separation.

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    Liu, Junyi; Hou, Xianda; Park, Ho Bum; Lin, Haiqing

    2016-11-02

    This Concept examines strategies to design advanced polymers with high CO2 permeability and high CO2 /N2 selectivity, which are the key to the success of membrane technology for CO2 capture from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Specifically, polymers with enhanced CO2 solubility and thus CO2 /N2 selectivity are designed by incorporating CO2 -philic groups in polymers such as poly(ethylene oxide)-containing polymers and poly(ionic liquids); polymers with enhanced CO2 diffusivity and thus CO2 permeability are designed with contorted rigid polymer chains to obtain high free volume, such as polymers with intrinsic microporosity and thermally rearranged polymers. The underlying rationales for materials design are discussed and polymers with promising CO2 /N2 separation properties for CO2 capture from flue gas are highlighted. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Highly Stable Sodium Batteries Enabled by Functional Ionic Polymer Membranes.

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    Wei, Shuya; Choudhury, Snehashis; Xu, Jun; Nath, Pooja; Tu, Zhengyuan; Archer, Lynden A

    2017-01-23

    A sodium metal anode protected by an ion-rich polymeric membrane exhibits enhanced stability and high-Columbic efficiency cycling. Formed in situ via electropolymerization of functional imidazolium-type ionic liquid monomers, the polymer membrane protects the metal against parasitic reactions with electrolyte and, for fundamental reasons, inhibits dendrite formation and growth. The effectiveness of the membrane is demonstrated using direct visualization of sodium electrodeposition.

  1. Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry of Substituted Silane High Polymers,

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    1988-08-01

    REPORT NO. 170) ’ Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry of Substituted Silane High Polymers* T. Mgnea, . Baaji R. by T. Magnera, V. Balaji, R...reverse it necessary and identify by block number) Laser ablation of a variety of polysilanes at 308 nm using fluences of 150-250 m./Q per pulse, well...rapid ablation of neat solid polysilanes with UV laser light suggested their potential utility as self-developing phocoresists. 3 Further interest in this

  2. Optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence efficiencies for high-energy heavy charged particle irradiation in Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Gaza, R.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Soares, C. G.

    2004-01-01

    The thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL) response to high energy heavy-charged particles (HCPs) was investigated for two types of Al2O3:C luminescence dosimeters. The OSL signal was measured in both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed mode. The efficiencies of the HCPs at producing TL or OSL, relative to gamma radiation, were obtained using four different HCPs beams (150 MeV/u 4He, 400 MeV/u 12C, 490 MeV/u 28Si, and 500 MeV/u 56Fe). The efficiencies were determined as a function of the HCP linear energy transfer (LET). It was observed that the efficiency depends on the type of detector, measurement technique, and the choice of signal. Additionally, it is shown that the shape of the CW-OSL decay curve from Al2O3:C depends on the type of radiation, and, in principle, this can be used to extract information concerning the LET of an unknown radiation field. The response of the dosimeters to low-LET radiation was also investigated for doses in the range from about 1-1000 Gy. These data were used to explain the different efficiency values obtained for the different materials and techniques, as well as the LET dependence of the CW-OSL decay curve shape. c2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Aluminate Red Phosphor in Light-Emitting Diodes: Theoretical Calculations, Charge Varieties, and High-Pressure Luminescence Analysis.

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    Zhang, Niumiao; Tsai, Yi-Ting; Fang, Mu-Huai; Ma, Chong-Geng; Lazarowska, Agata; Mahlik, Sebastian; Grinberg, Marek; Chiang, Chang-Yang; Zhou, Wuzong; Lin, Jauyn Grace; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Zheng, Jiming; Guo, Chongfeng; Liu, Ru-Shi

    2017-07-19

    Searching for a non-rare-earth-based oxide red-emitting phosphor is crucial for phosphor-converted light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In this study, we optimized a blue and UV-light excited Sr4Al14O25:Mn phosphor exhibiting red emission peaked at ∼653 nm, which was successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction. The crystal structure, micromorphology, and luminescent properties of Sr4Al14O25:Mn phosphors were characterized by X-ray Rietveld refinement, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectra. The band gap and electronic structure of Sr4Al14O25 were analyzed by density functional theory calculations using the hybrid exchange-correlation functional. The crystal field environment effect of Al sites from introducing activator Mn ions was investigated with the aid of Raman (27)Al nuclear magnetic resonance spectra and electron spin resonance. The pressure dependent luminescent properties and decay time of this compound were presented. The tricolor display spectrum by combining blue InGaN chips, commercial β-SiAlON:Eu(2+) green phosphor, and Sr4Al14O25:Mn red phosphor were evaluated for commercial applications: using the present Sr4Al14O25:Mn red phosphor converted LED as a backlighting source.

  4. Optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence efficiencies for high-energy heavy charged particle irradiation in Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Gaza, R.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Soares, C. G.

    2004-01-01

    The thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL) response to high energy heavy-charged particles (HCPs) was investigated for two types of Al2O3:C luminescence dosimeters. The OSL signal was measured in both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed mode. The efficiencies of the HCPs at producing TL or OSL, relative to gamma radiation, were obtained using four different HCPs beams (150 MeV/u 4He, 400 MeV/u 12C, 490 MeV/u 28Si, and 500 MeV/u 56Fe). The efficiencies were determined as a function of the HCP linear energy transfer (LET). It was observed that the efficiency depends on the type of detector, measurement technique, and the choice of signal. Additionally, it is shown that the shape of the CW-OSL decay curve from Al2O3:C depends on the type of radiation, and, in principle, this can be used to extract information concerning the LET of an unknown radiation field. The response of the dosimeters to low-LET radiation was also investigated for doses in the range from about 1-1000 Gy. These data were used to explain the different efficiency values obtained for the different materials and techniques, as well as the LET dependence of the CW-OSL decay curve shape. c2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Independent Composition and Size Control for Highly Luminescent Indium-Rich Silver Indium Selenide Nanocrystals.

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    Yarema, Olesya; Yarema, Maksym; Bozyigit, Deniz; Lin, Weyde M M; Wood, Vanessa

    2015-11-24

    Ternary I-III-VI nanocrystals, such as silver indium selenide (AISe), are candidates to replace cadmium- and lead-based chalcogenide nanocrystals as efficient emitters in the visible and near IR, but, due to challenges in controlling the reactivities of the group I and III cations during synthesis, full compositional and size-dependent behavior of I-III-VI nanocrystals is not yet explored. We report an amide-promoted synthesis of AISe nanocrystals that enables independent control over nanocrystal size and composition. By systematically varying reaction time, amide concentration, and Ag- and In-precursor concentrations, we develop a predictive model for the synthesis and show that AISe sizes can be tuned from 2.4 to 6.8 nm across a broad range of indium-rich compositions from AgIn11Se17 to AgInSe2. We perform structural and optical characterization for representative AISe compositions (Ag0.85In1.05Se2, Ag3In5Se9, AgIn3Se5, and AgIn11Se17) and relate the peaks in quantum yield to stoichiometries exhibiting defect ordering in the bulk. We optimize luminescence properties to achieve a record quantum yield of 73%. Finally, time-resolved photoluminescence measurements enable us to better understand the physics of donor-acceptor emission and the role of structure and composition in luminescence.

  6. Highly luminescent lanthanide complexes with novel bis-β-diketone ligand: synthesis, characterization and photoluminescent properties.

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    Li, Hong-Feng; Li, Guang-Ming; Chen, Peng; Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Peng-Fei

    2012-11-01

    A biphenyl-linked bis-β-diketone ligand, 3,3'-bis(3-phenyl-3-oxopropanol)biphenyl (BPB) has been prepared for the syntheses of a series of dinuclear lanthanide complexes. The ligand bears two benzoyl β-diketonate sites linked by a 3,3'-biphenyl spacer. Reaction of the doubly negatively charged bis-bidenate ligand with lanthanide ions forms triple-stranded dinuclear complexes Ln(2)(BPB)(3) (Ln=Nd (1), Sm (2), Eu (3), Yb (4) and Gd (5)). Electrospray mass spectrometry is used to identify the formation of the triple-stranded dinuclear complexes 1-5, which have been further characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. The complexes display strong visible and NIR luminescence upon excitation at ligands bands around 360 nm, depending on the choice of the lanthanides, and the emission quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes of 2-3 have been determined. It shows that the biphenyl-linked ligand BPB is a more efficient sensitizer than the monodiketone ligand DBM (dibenzoylmethane), through the comparisons of Ln(2)(BPB)(3) and Ln(DBM)(3) on their photoluminescent properties.

  7. Highly Enhanced Cooperative Upconversion Luminescence through Energy Transfer Optimization and Quenching Protection.

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    Xue, Meng; Zhu, Xingjun; Qiu, Xiaochen; Gu, Yuyang; Feng, Wei; Li, Fuyou

    2016-07-20

    Upconversion luminescence nanomaterials have shown great potential in biological and physical applications because of their unique properties. However, limited research exists on the cooperative sensitization upconversion emission in Tb(3+) ions over Er(3+) ions and Tm(3+) ions because of its low efficiency. Herein, by optimizing the doping ratio of sensitizer and activator to maximize the utilization of the photon energy and introducing the CaF2 inert shell to shield sensitizer from quenchers, we synthesize ultrasmall NaYbF4:Tb@CaF2 nanoparticles with a significant enhancement (690-fold) in cooperative sensitization upconversion emission intensity, compared with the parent NaYbF4:Tb. The lifetime of Tb(3+) emission in NaYbF4:Tb@CaF2 nanoparticles is prolonged extensively to ∼3.5 ms. Furthermore, NaYbF4:Tb@CaF2 was applied in in vitro and in vivo bioimaging. The presented luminescence enhancement strategy provides cooperative sensitization upconversion with new opportunities for bioapplication.

  8. High-resolution Thermal Micro-imaging Using Europium Chelate Luminescent Coatings.

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    Benseman, Timothy M; Hao, Yang; Vlasko-Vlasov, Vitalii K; Welp, Ulrich; Koshelev, Alexei E; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Divan, Ralu; Keiser, Courtney; Watanabe, Chiharu; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2017-04-16

    Micro-electronic devices often undergo significant self-heating when biased to their typical operating conditions. This paper describes a convenient optical micro-imaging technique which can be used to map and quantify such behavior. Europium thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (EuTFC) has a 612 nm luminescence line whose activation efficiency drops strongly with increasing temperature, due to T-dependent interactions between the Eu(3+) ion and the organic chelating compound. This material may be readily coated on to a sample surface by thermal sublimation in vacuum. When the coating is excited with ultraviolet light (337 nm) an optical micro-image of the 612 nm luminescent response can be converted directly into a map of the sample surface temperature. This technique offers spatial resolution limited only by the microscope optics (about 1 micron) and time resolution limited by the speed of the camera employed. It offers the additional advantages of only requiring comparatively simple and non-specialized equipment, and giving a quantitative probe of sample temperature.

  9. High pressure luminescence spectra of CaMoO4:Pr3+.

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    Mahlik, S; Grinberg, M; Cavalli, E; Bettinelli, M

    2012-05-30

    Steady state and time resolved luminescence measurements of CaMoO(4) doped with Pr(3+) as a function of hydrostatic pressure in the 1-175 kbar range are presented. It has been observed that with increasing pressure the spectral features shift towards lower energies, the decay times of both (3)P(0) and (1)D(2) emitting levels become shorter and the intensity of the (3)P(0) emission decreases to complete quenching at about 110 kbar, whereas that of the (1)D(2) emission increases in the 0-100 kbar range and then rapidly decreases when the pressure exceeds 127 kbar. A variation of the structure of the spectral manifolds indicates that a pressure induced phase transition of the host lattice occurs in the 80-100 kbar range. The quenching of the luminescence and the shortening of the decay times have been accounted for by means of a model that takes into account the role played by a praseodymium trapped exciton in the excited state dynamics of the investigated material.

  10. High pressure luminescence spectra of CaMoO4:Pr3+

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    Mahlik, S.; Grinberg, M.; Cavalli, E.; Bettinelli, M.

    2012-05-01

    Steady state and time resolved luminescence measurements of CaMoO4 doped with Pr3+ as a function of hydrostatic pressure in the 1-175 kbar range are presented. It has been observed that with increasing pressure the spectral features shift towards lower energies, the decay times of both 3P0 and 1D2 emitting levels become shorter and the intensity of the 3P0 emission decreases to complete quenching at about 110 kbar, whereas that of the 1D2 emission increases in the 0-100 kbar range and then rapidly decreases when the pressure exceeds 127 kbar. A variation of the structure of the spectral manifolds indicates that a pressure induced phase transition of the host lattice occurs in the 80-100 kbar range. The quenching of the luminescence and the shortening of the decay times have been accounted for by means of a model that takes into account the role played by a praseodymium trapped exciton in the excited state dynamics of the investigated material.

  11. Highly luminescent lanthanide complexes with novel bis-β-diketone ligand: Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescent properties

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    Li, Hong-Feng; Li, Guang-Ming; Chen, Peng; Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Peng-Fei

    2012-11-01

    A biphenyl-linked bis-β-diketone ligand, 3,3'-bis(3-phenyl-3-oxopropanol)biphenyl (BPB) has been prepared for the syntheses of a series of dinuclear lanthanide complexes. The ligand bears two benzoyl β-diketonate sites linked by a 3,3'-biphenyl spacer. Reaction of the doubly negatively charged bis-bidenate ligand with lanthanide ions forms triple-stranded dinuclear complexes Ln2(BPB)3 (Ln = Nd (1), Sm (2), Eu (3), Yb (4) and Gd (5)). Electrospray mass spectrometry is used to identify the formation of the triple-stranded dinuclear complexes 1-5, which have been further characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. The complexes display strong visible and NIR luminescence upon excitation at ligands bands around 360 nm, depending on the choice of the lanthanides, and the emission quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes of 2-3 have been determined. It shows that the biphenyl-linked ligand BPB is a more efficient sensitizer than the monodiketone ligand DBM (dibenzoylmethane), through the comparisons of Ln2(BPB)3 and Ln(DBM)3 on their photoluminescent properties.

  12. Developing Flexible, High Performance Polymers with Self-Healing Capabilities

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    Jolley, Scott T.; Williams, Martha K.; Gibson, Tracy L.; Caraccio, Anne J.

    2011-01-01

    Flexible, high performance polymers such as polyimides are often employed in aerospace applications. They typically find uses in areas where improved physical characteristics such as fire resistance, long term thermal stability, and solvent resistance are required. It is anticipated that such polymers could find uses in future long duration exploration missions as well. Their use would be even more advantageous if self-healing capability or mechanisms could be incorporated into these polymers. Such innovative approaches are currently being studied at the NASA Kennedy Space Center for use in high performance wiring systems or inflatable and habitation structures. Self-healing or self-sealing capability would significantly reduce maintenance requirements, and increase the safety and reliability performance of the systems into which these polymers would be incorporated. Many unique challenges need to be overcome in order to incorporate a self-healing mechanism into flexible, high performance polymers. Significant research into the incorporation of a self-healing mechanism into structural composites has been carried out over the past decade by a number of groups, notable among them being the University of I1linois [I]. Various mechanisms for the introduction of self-healing have been investigated. Examples of these are: 1) Microcapsule-based healant delivery. 2) Vascular network delivery. 3) Damage induced triggering of latent substrate properties. Successful self-healing has been demonstrated in structural epoxy systems with almost complete reestablishment of composite strength being achieved through the use of microcapsulation technology. However, the incorporation of a self-healing mechanism into a system in which the material is flexible, or a thin film, is much more challenging. In the case of using microencapsulation, healant core content must be small enough to reside in films less than 0.1 millimeters thick, and must overcome significant capillary and surface

  13. Selective phase synthesis of a high luminescence Gd2O3:Eu nanocrystal phosphor through direct solution combustion.

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    Xia, Guodong; Wang, Sumei; Zhou, Shengming; Xu, Jun

    2010-08-27

    A Gd(2)O(3):Eu nanocrystal phosphor has been directly synthesized by a mild solution combustion method with a single step approach while avoiding further thermal annealing. The as-combusted Gd(2)O(3):Eu powders have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectra. The ratio of citric acid to metal nitrate (C/M) has a critical impact on the phase composition and crystallization of as-combusted Gd(2)O(3):Eu. An optimal C/M ratio of 0.7 gave highly crystalline powders with a single cubic phase, and a high luminescence intensity comparable with that of a commercial Y(2)O(3):Eu phosphor, even without further thermal annealing. This direct solution combustion method can be used to prepare a variety of high quality oxide nanocrystals.

  14. Selective phase synthesis of a high luminescence Gd2O3:Eu nanocrystal phosphor through direct solution combustion

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    Xia, Guodong; Wang, Sumei; Zhou, Shengming; Xu, Jun

    2010-08-01

    A Gd2O3:Eu nanocrystal phosphor has been directly synthesized by a mild solution combustion method with a single step approach while avoiding further thermal annealing. The as-combusted Gd2O3:Eu powders have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectra. The ratio of citric acid to metal nitrate (C/M) has a critical impact on the phase composition and crystallization of as-combusted Gd2O3:Eu. An optimal C/M ratio of 0.7 gave highly crystalline powders with a single cubic phase, and a high luminescence intensity comparable with that of a commercial Y2O3:Eu phosphor, even without further thermal annealing. This direct solution combustion method can be used to prepare a variety of high quality oxide nanocrystals.

  15. Fabrication and characterization of highly luminescent Er3+:Al2O3 thin films with optimized growth parameters

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    Nayar, Priyanka; Zhu, Xue-Yi; Yang, Fuyi; Lu, Minghui; Lakshminarayana, G.; Liu, Xiao Ping; Chen, Yan-Feng; Kityk, I. V.

    2016-10-01

    Erbium doped amorphous alumina thin films were fabricated using Co-sputtering technique in various depositions runs with varying parameters for optimizing the deposition parameters to obtain the films with best optical performance. The main subject of investigation includes the effects of change in various deposition parameters such as substrate heating, radio frequency (RF) power and oxygen pressure inside the chamber while deposition. High quality as-deposited films with various Er concentrations and low carbon content have been confirmed by XPS. Substrate heating ∼500 °C was found to be very effective in getting highly dense films with high refractive index of 1.70 at 1530-1570 nm emission band. The Er3+-doped films showed very intense near-infrared luminescence peak at 1550 nm even without any post-deposition annealing treatment.

  16. Conducting polymer nanowire arrays for high performance supercapacitors.

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    Wang, Kai; Wu, Haiping; Meng, Yuena; Wei, Zhixiang

    2014-01-15

    This Review provides a brief summary of the most recent research developments in the fabrication and application of one-dimensional ordered conducting polymers nanostructure (especially nanowire arrays) and their composites as electrodes for supercapacitors. By controlling the nucleation and growth process of polymerization, aligned conducting polymer nanowire arrays and their composites with nano-carbon materials can be prepared by employing in situ chemical polymerization or electrochemical polymerization without a template. This kind of nanostructure (such as polypyrrole and polyaniline nanowire arrays) possesses high capacitance, superior rate capability ascribed to large electrochemical surface, and an optimal ion diffusion path in the ordered nanowire structure, which is proved to be an ideal electrode material for high performance supercapacitors. Furthermore, flexible, micro-scale, threadlike, and multifunctional supercapacitors are introduced based on conducting polyaniline nanowire arrays and their composites. These prototypes of supercapacitors utilize the high flexibility, good processability, and large capacitance of conducting polymers, which efficiently extend the usage of supercapacitors in various situations, and even for a complicated integration system of different electronic devices.

  17. Thin polymer etalon arrays for high-resolution photoacoustic imaging

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    Hou, Yang; Huang, Sheng-Wen; Ashkenazi, Shai; Witte, Russell; O’Donnell, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    Thin polymer etalons are demonstrated as high-frequency ultrasound sensors for three-dimensional (3-D) high-resolution photoacoustic imaging. The etalon, a Fabry-Perot optical resonator, consists of a thin polymer slab sandwiched between two gold layers. It is probed with a scanning continuous-wave (CW) laser for ultrasound array detection. Detection bandwidth of a 20-μm-diam array element exceeds 50 MHz, and the ultrasound sensitivity is comparable to polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) equivalents of similar size. In a typical photoacoustic imaging setup, a pulsed laser beam illuminates the imaging target, where optical energy is absorbed and acoustic waves are generated through the thermoelastic effect. An ultrasound detection array is formed by scanning the probing laser beam on the etalon surface in either a 1-D or a 2-D configuration, which produces 2-D or 3-D images, respectively. Axial and lateral resolutions have been demonstrated to be better than 20 μm. Detailed characterizations of the optical and acoustical properties of the etalon, as well as photoacoustic imaging results, suggest that thin polymer etalon arrays can be used as ultrasound detectors for 3-D high-resolution photoacoustic imaging applications. PMID:19123679

  18. New high-throughput methods of investigating polymer electrolytes

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    Alcock, Hannah J.; White, Oliver C.; Jegelevicius, Grazvydas; Roberts, Matthew R.; Owen, John R.

    2011-03-01

    Polymer electrolyte films have been prepared by solution casting techniques from precursor solutions of a poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), lithium-bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide (LiTFSI), and propylene carbonate (PC). Arrays of graded composition were characterised by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) using high throughput techniques. Impedance analysis showed the resistance of the films as a function of LiTFSI, PC and polymer content. The ternary plot of conductivity shows an area that combines a solid-like mechanical stability with high conductivity, 1 × 10-5 S cm-1 at the composition 0.55/0.15/0.30 wt% PVdF-HFP/LiTFSI/PC, increasing with PC content. In regions with less than a 50 wt% fraction of PVdF-HFP the films were too soft to give meaningful results by this method. The DSC measurements on solvent free, salt-doped polymers show a reduced crystallinity, and high throughput XRD patterns show that non-polar crystalline phases are suppressed by the presence of LiTFSI and PC.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties of europium complexes with 2,4,6-tris-(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine as highly efficient sensitizers.

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    Kang, Jie; Chen, Ying-Nan; Wang, Ai-Ling; Li, Hai-Yan; Qu, Yan-Rong; Zhang, Hai-Xia; Chu, Hai-Bin; Zhao, Yong-Liang

    2015-12-01

    Using 2,4,6-tris-(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine (TPTZ) as a neutral ligand, and p-hydroxybenzoic acid, terephthalic acid and nitrate as anion ligands, five novel europium complexes have been synthesized. These complexes were characterized using elemental analysis, rare earth coordination titrations, UV/vis absorption spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy. Luminescence spectra, luminescence lifetime and quantum efficiency were investigated and the mechanism discussed in depth. The results show that the complexes have excellent emission intensities, long emission lifetimes and high quantum efficiencies. The superior luminescent properties of the complexes may be because the triplet energy level of the ligands matches well with the lowest excitation state energy level of Eu(3+). Moreover, changing the ratio of the ligands and metal ions leads to different luminescent properties. Among the complexes, Eu2(TPTZ)2(C8H4O4)(NO3)4(C2H5OH)·H2O shows the strongest luminescence intensity, longest emission lifetime and highest quantum efficiency.

  20. HCN Polymers: Toward Structure Comprehension Using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

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    Bonnet, Jean-Yves; Thissen, Roland; Frisari, Ma; Vuitton, Veronique; Quirico, Eric; Le Roy, Léna; Fray, Nicolas; Cottin, Hervé; Horst, Sarah; Yelle, Roger

    A lot of solar system materials, including cometary ices and Titan aerosols, contain dark matter that can be interpreted as complex nitrogen bearing organic matter [1]. In laboratory experi-ments, HCN polymers are thus analogs of great interest. In fact they may be present in Titan atmosphere and in comet nuclei and then reprocessed as a CN distributed source [2], when ices began to sublimate and ejects from the nucleus organic matter grains [3]. The presence of HCN polymers is suggested because HCN molecule has been directly observed in 1P/Halley comet [4] and others. HCN polymers are also of prebiotic interest [5] as it can form amino acid under hydrolysis conditions. Even if they have been studied during the last decades, their chemical composition and structure are still poorly understood, and a great analytical effort has to be continued. In this way we present a high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and a high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (MS/HRMS) analysis of HCN polymers. It was shown [6] that this is a suitable technique to elucidate composition and structure of the soluble part of tholins analogs of Titan's atmosphere aerosols. HCN polymers have never been studied by HRMS, thus we used a LTQ-Orbitrap XL high resolution mass spectrometer to analyse the HCN polymers. These are produced at LISA by direct polymerisation of pure liquid HCN, catalyzed by ammonia. HCN polymers have been completely dissolved in methanol and then injected in the mass spectrometer by ElectroSpray Ionization (ESI). This atmospheric pressure ionization process produces protonated or deprotonated ions, but it does not fragment molecules. Thus HRMS, allows a direct access to the stoechiometry of all the ionizable molecules present in the samples. Fragmentation analyses (MS/MS) of selected ions have also been performed. Thess analysis provide information about the different chemical fonctionnalities present in HCN poly-mers and also about their structure. Thus we are able to

  1. Tough, high performance, addition-type thermoplastic polymers

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    Pater, Ruth H. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A tough, high performance polyimide is provided by reacting a triple bond conjugated with an aromatic ring in a bisethynyl compound with the active double bond in a compound containing a double bond activated toward the formation of a Diels-Adler type adduct, especially a bismaleimide, a biscitraconimide, or a benzoquinone, or mixtures thereof. Addition curing of this product produces a high linear polymeric structure and heat treating the highly linear polymeric structure produces a thermally stable aromatic addition-type thermoplastic polyimide, which finds utility in the preparation of molding compounds, adhesive compositions, and polymer matrix composites.

  2. High Surface Area Conducting Polymer Composites for Hydrogen Storage

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    Gutowska, Anna; Tarasevich, Barbara; Shin, Yongsoon; Ferris, Kim; Linehan, John; White, James

    2004-03-01

    We are investigating high surface area mesoporous conducting polymer composites as new materials for on-board hydrogen storage. A recent study reported significant levels of hydrogen storage in two conducting polymers, polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPy) (8 wtPANI).1 We have used templated synthesis methods to obtain PPy and PANI composites with mesoporous structure. We have designed composites that offer a combination of several desirable properties: - favorable wt. - multiple mechanisms of hydrogen storage (physi-, chemi-sorption, and voids available for gas compression), and high surface area meoporous morphology for enhanced gas-material interactions and greater control of gas transport. Our experimental approaches to materials design were supported by computational methods aimed at developing predictive capabilities for the structure-property relationship (SPR) of electronic structure effects on hydrogen storage capacity in conducting polymers. Computational methods were also used to support design of mesoporous structures for optimized gas-material interactions and effective diffusion control of gas transport. 1. Cho, J. J.; Song, K. S.; Kim, J. W.; Kim, T. H.; Choo, K. Fuel Chemistry Div. Reprints 2002, 47, 790.

  3. Single chain stochastic polymer modeling at high strain rates.

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    Harstad, E. N.; Harlow, Francis Harvey,; Schreyer, H. L.

    2001-01-01

    Our goal is to develop constitutive relations for the behavior of a solid polymer during high-strain-rate deformations. In contrast to the classic thermodynamic techniques for deriving stress-strain response in static (equilibrium) circumstances, we employ a statistical-mechanics approach, in which we evolve a probability distribution function (PDF) for the velocity fluctuations of the repeating units of the chain. We use a Langevin description for the dynamics of a single repeating unit and a Lioville equation to describe the variations of the PDF. Moments of the PDF give the conservation equations for a single polymer chain embedded in other similar chains. To extract single-chain analytical constitutive relations these equations have been solved for representative loading paths. By this process we discover that a measure of nonuniform chain link displacement serves this purpose very well. We then derive an evolution equation for the descriptor function, with the result being a history-dependent constitutive relation.

  4. Ultra-high molecular weight silphenylene-siloxane polymers

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    Patterson, W. J.; Hundley, N. H.; Ludwick, L. M.

    1984-01-01

    Silphenylene-siloxane copolymers with molecular weights above one million were prepared using a two stage polymerization technique. The technique was successfully scaled up to produce 50 grams of this high polymer in a single run. The reactive monomer approach was also investigated using the following aminosilanes: bis(dimethylamino)dimethylsilane, N,N-bis(pyrrolidinyl)dimethylsilane and N,N-bis(gamma-butyrolactam)dimethylsilane). Thermal analyses were performed in both air and nitrogen. The experimental polymers decomposed at 540 to 562 C, as opposed to 408 to 426 C for commercial silicones. Differential scanning calorimetry showed a glass transition (Tg) at -50 to -55 C for the silphenylene-siloxane copolymer while the commercial silicones had Tg's at -96 to -112 C.

  5. Spectral fingerprinting of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in high-volume ambient air samples by constant energy synchronous luminescence spectroscopy

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    Kerkhoff, M.J.; Lee, T.M.; Allen, E.R.; Lundgren, D.A.; Winefordner, J.D.

    1985-01-01

    A high-volume sampler fitted with a glass-fiber filter and backed by polyurethane foam (PUF) was employed to collect airborne particulate and gas-phase polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in ambient air. Samples were collected from four sources representing a range of environmental conditions: gasoline engine exhaust, diesel engine exhaust, air near a heavily traveled interstate site, and air from a moderately polluted urban site. Spectral fingerprints of the unseparated particulate and gas-phase samples were obtained by constant energy synchronous luminescence spectroscopy (CESLS). Five major PAHs in the gas-phase extracts were characterized and estimated. The compatibility of a high-volume sampling method using polyurethane foam coupled with CESLS detection is explored for use as a screening technique for PAHs in ambient air. ?? 1985 American Chemical Society.

  6. Highly luminescent water-soluble quaternary Zn-Ag-In-S quantum dots for tumor cell-targeted imaging.

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    Deng, Dawei; Cao, Jie; Qu, Lingzhi; Achilefu, Samuel; Gu, Yueqing

    2013-04-14

    Exploring the synthesis and biomedical applications of biocompatible quantum dots (QDs) is currently one of the fastest growing fields of nanotechnology. Hence, in this work, we present a facile approach to produce water-soluble (cadmium-free) quaternary Zn-Ag-In-S (ZAIS) QDs. Their efficient photoluminescence (PL) emissions can be tuned widely in the range of 525-625 nm by controlling the size and composition of the QDs with the PL quantum yields (QYs) of 15-30%. These highly luminescent ZAIS QDs are less toxic due to the absence of highly toxic cadmium, and can be versatilely modified by a DHLA-PEG-based ligand. Importantly, after being modified by tumor cell-specific targeting ligands (e.g., folate and RGD peptide), the PEGylated quaternary QDs show potential applications in tumor cell imaging as a promising alternative for Cd-based QDs.

  7. Beryl-II, a high-pressure phase of beryl: Raman and luminescence spectroscopy to 16.4 GPa

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    O'Bannon, Earl; Williams, Quentin

    2016-10-01

    The Raman and Cr3+ and V2+ luminescence spectra of beryl and emerald have been characterized up to 15.0 and 16.4 GPa, respectively. The Raman spectra show that an E 1g symmetry mode at 138 cm-1 shifts negatively by -4.57 (±0.55) cm-1/GPa, and an extrapolation of the pressure dependence of this mode indicates that a soft-mode transition should occur near 12 GPa. Such a transition is in accord with prior theoretical results. Dramatic changes in Raman mode intensities and positions occur between 11.2 and 15.0 GPa. These changes are indicative of a phase transition that primarily involves tilting and mild distortion of the Si6O18 rings. New Raman modes are not observed in the high-pressure phase, which indicates that the local bonding environment is not altered dramatically across the transition (e.g., changes in coordination do not occur). Both sharp line and broadband luminescence are observed for both Cr3+ and V2+ in emerald under compression to 16.4 GPa. The R-lines of both Cr3+ and V2+ shift to lower energy (longer wavelength) under compression. Both R-lines of Cr3+ split at ~13.7 GPa, and the V2+ R1 slope changes at this pressure and shifts more rapidly up to ~16.4 GPa. The Cr3+ R-line splitting and FWHM show more complex behavior, but also shift in behavior at ~13.7 GPa. These changes in the pressure dependency of the Cr3+ and V2+ R-lines and the changes in R-line splitting and FWHM at ~13.7 GPa further demonstrate that a phase transition occurs at this pressure, in good agreement with our Raman results. The high-pressure phase of beryl appears to have two Al sites that become more regular under compression. Hysteresis is not observed in our Raman or luminescence spectra on decompression, suggesting that this transition is second order in nature: The occurrence of a second-order transition near this pressure is also in accord with prior theoretical results. We speculate that the high-pressure phase (beryl-II) might be a mildly modulated structure, and/or that

  8. Tough, Microcracking-Resistant, High-Temperature Polymer

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    Pater, Ruth H.; Razon, Pert; Smith, Ricky; Working, Dennis; Chang, Alice; Gerber, Margaret

    1990-01-01

    Simultaneous synthesis from thermosetting and thermoplastic components yields polyimide with outstanding properties. Involves process in which one polymer cross-linked in immediate presence of other, undergoing simultaneous linear chain extension. New material, LaRC-RP40 synthesized from high-temperature thermosetting imide prepolymer and from thermoplastic monomer. Three significantly improved properties: toughness, resistance to microcracking, and glass-transition temperature. Shows promise as high-temperature matrix resin for variety of components of aircraft engines and for use in other aerospace structures.

  9. Metallic behaviour of acid doped highly conductive polymers.

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    Massonnet, Nicolas; Carella, Alexandre; de Geyer, Arnaud; Faure-Vincent, Jérôme; Simonato, Jean-Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Conductive polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) are used in a wide range of applications as transparent electrodes, hole injecting layers or thermoelectric materials for room-temperature applications. However, progress is needed to enhance the electrical conductivities of the materials and to provide understanding about their structure-transport relationships. This work presents the synthesis of highly conductive PEDOT-based polymers using iron(iii) trifluoromethanesulfonate as oxidant for the first time. The metallic behaviour of the polymer is revealed by conductivity monitoring from 3 to 300 K. The electrical conductivity is further improved (to 2273 S cm(-1)) using acids, leading to a positive temperature coefficient of resistivity at an unprecedented 45.5% oxidation state. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) analyses demonstrate a complete replacement of the trifluoromethanesulfonate anions by hydrogen sulphate counter ions. This substitution results in an increased concentration of charge carriers (measured in organic electrochemical transistors) along with an enhancement of the mean size of crystalline domains, highlighted by small and wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS), which explains the 80% increase of electrical conductivity.

  10. The functionality and cost advantages of high-performance polymers.

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    Young, Mark

    2003-09-01

    Acetals remain extremely important for medical devices, particularly in gears, springs and other mechanisms, although going forward with progressively lower emission targets is likely to require a combination of low-emission grades and tighter processing controls. Nylon and PBT materials have a continued importance in achieving the combination of mechanical performance, biocompatibility (a range of grades are available that have been tested successfully against USP 23 Class VI) and sterilisation performance (dependent on grade and type of sterilisation). Materials such as liquid crystal polymer are progressively more important for their barrier properties, high temperature performance and all-round sterilisation performance. Polycarbonates and cyclic olefin copolymers continue to find new applications, often where clarity is important; transparent Nylons and other olefinic materials are also valuable in this area. With the continuing advances in raw materials and polymer processes, careful choices can produce some worthy advances in device technology, although utilising the technologies effectively still depends on working forwards from the user/patient need and desired functionality. Whether considering developing a new device using plastics, or reconsidering further development of an existing device, engineering polymers can provide the key to something better.

  11. Highly Efficient Luminescent Metal-Organic Framework for the Simultaneous Detection and Removal of Heavy Metals from Water.

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    Rudd, Nathan D; Wang, Hao; Fuentes-Fernandez, Erika M A; Teat, Simon J; Chen, Feng; Hall, Gene; Chabal, Yves J; Li, Jing

    2016-11-09

    We have designed and synthesized an isoreticular series of luminescent metal-organic frameworks (LMOFs) by incorporating a strongly emissive molecular fluorophore and functionally diverse colinkers into Zn-based structures. The three-dimensional porous networks of LMOF-261, -262, and -263 represent a unique/new type of nets, classified as a 2-nodal, (4,4)-c net (mot-e type) with 4-fold, class IIIa interpenetration. All compounds crystallize in a body-centered tetragonal crystal system (space group I41/a). A systematic study has been implemented to analyze their interactions with heavy metals. LMOF-263 exhibits impressive water stability, high porosity, and strong luminescence, making it an excellent candidate as a fluorescent chemical sensor and adsorbent for aqueous contaminants. It is extremely responsive to toxic heavy metals at a parts per billion level (3.3 ppb Hg(2+), 19.7 ppb Pb(2+)) and demonstrates high selectivity for heavy metals over light metals, with detection ratios of 167.4 and 209.5 for Hg(2+)/Ca(2+) and Hg(2+)/Mg(2+), respectively. Mixed-metal adsorption experiments also show that LMOF-263 selectively adsorbs Hg(2+) over other heavy metal ions in addition to light metals. The Pb(2+) KSV value for LMOF-263 (55,017 M(-1)) is the highest among LMOFs reported to date, and the Hg(2+) KSV value is the second highest (459,446 M(-1)). LMOF-263 exhibits a maximum adsorption capacity of 380 mg Hg(2+)/g. The Hg(2+) adsorption process follows pseudo-second-order kinetics, removing 99.1% of the metal within 30 min. An in situ XPS study provides insight to help understand the interaction mechanism between Hg(2+) and LMOF-263. No other MOFs have demonstrated such a high performance in both the detection and the capture of Hg(2+) from aqueous solution.

  12. High frequency electromagnetic interference shielding magnetic polymer nanocomposites

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    He, Qingliang

    Electromagnetic interference is one of the most concerned pollution and problem right now since more and more electronic devices have been extensively utilized in our daily lives. Besides the interference, long time exposure to electromagnetic radiation may also result in severe damage to human body. In order to mitigate the undesirable part of the electromagnetic wave energy and maintain the long term sustainable development of our modern civilized society, new technology development based researches have been made to solve this problem. However, one of the major challenges facing to the electromagnetic interference shielding is the relatively low shielding efficiency and the high cost as well as the complicated shielding material manufacture. From the materials science point of view, the key solutions to these challenges are strongly depended on the breakthrough of the current limit of shielding material design and manufacture (such as hierarchical material design with controllable and predictable arrangement in nanoscale particle configuration via an easy in-situ manner). From the chemical engineering point of view, the upgrading of advanced material shielding performance and the enlarged production scale for shielding materials (for example, configure the effective components in the shielding material in order to lower their usage, eliminate the "rate-limiting" step to enlarge the production scale) are of great importance. In this dissertation, the design and preparation of morphology controlled magnetic nanoparticles and their reinforced polypropylene polymer nanocomposites will be covered first. Then, the functionalities of these polymer nanocomposites will be demonstrated. Based on the innovative materials design and synergistic effect on the performance advancement, the magnetic polypropylene polymer nanocomposites with desired multifunctionalities are designed and produced targeting to the electromagnetic interference shielding application. In addition

  13. A robust and luminescent covalent organic framework as a highly sensitive and selective sensor for the detection of Cu(2+) ions.

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    Li, Zhongping; Zhang, Yuwei; Xia, Hong; Mu, Ying; Liu, Xiaoming

    2016-05-05

    A hydrogen bond assisted azine-linked covalent organic framework, COF-JLU3, was synthesized under solvothermal conditions. Combining excellent crystallinity, porosity, stability and luminescence, it can be the first COF as a fluorescent sensor for toxic metal ions, exhibiting high sensitivity and selectivity to Cu(2+).

  14. Bright CuInS2/CdS nanocrystal phosphors for high-gain full-spectrum luminescent solar concentrators.

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    Knowles, Kathryn E; Kilburn, Troy B; Alzate, Dane G; McDowall, Stephen; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2015-06-04

    The performance of colloidal CuInS2/CdS nanocrystals as phosphors for full-spectrum luminescent solar concentrators has been examined. Their combination of large solar absorption, high photoluminescence quantum yields, and only moderate reabsorption produces the highest projected flux gains of any nanocrystal luminophore to date.

  15. Dynamics of polydots: Soft luminescent polymeric nanoparticles

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    Maskey, Sabina; Osti, Naresh C.; Grest, Gary S.; ...

    2016-03-04

    The conformation and dynamics of luminescent polymers collapsed into nanoparticles or polydots were studied using fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, providing a first insight into their internal dynamics. Controlling the conformation and dynamics of confined polymers is essential for realization of the full potential of polydots in nanomedicine and biotechnology. Specifically, the shape and internal dynamics of polydots that consist of highly rigid dialkyl p-phenylene ethynylene (PPE) are probed as a function of temperature. At room temperature, the polydots are spherical without any correlations between the aromatic rings on the PPE backbone. With increasing temperature, they expand and becomemore » slightly aspherical; however, the polymers remain confined. The coherent dynamic structure factor reveals that the internal motion of the polymer backbone is arrested, and the side chains dominate the internal dynamics of the polydots. Lastly, these new soft nanoparticles retain their overall shape and dynamics over an extended temperature range, and their conformation is tunable via their degree of expansion.« less

  16. Absorption and Luminescence Studies of Some Highly Fluorescent Derivatives of Vitamin B1; Solvent and pH Effects

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    Marciniak, B.; Koput, J.; Kozubek, H.

    1990-08-01

    The influence of solvent on the UV-visible absorption and luminescence spectra of some highly fluorescent vitamin B1 derivatives, the products of the reaction of N-methylated vitamin B1 with cytidine (I), adenosine (II) and 2-amino-4-methylpyridine (III) is studied. Spectroscopic manifestations of protonation of I and II are also investigated using a semiempirical INDO/S CI method. Singlet and triplet energy levels of the free ion and several protonated species are calculated, and transition energies and oscillator strengths are compared with the experimental spectra. Calculated charge densities on heteroatoms in the ground and excited singlet and triplet states are correlated with changes of the experimental pKa values with excitation. The results for I and II are compared with those for the trimethylated pyrichrominium ion (III) previously studied

  17. High-efficiency all-polymer solar cells based on a pair of crystalline low-bandgap polymers.

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    Mu, Cheng; Liu, Peng; Ma, Wei; Jiang, Kui; Zhao, Jingbo; Zhang, Kai; Chen, Zhihua; Wei, Zhanhua; Yi, Ya; Wang, Jiannong; Yang, Shihe; Huang, Fei; Facchetti, Antonio; Ade, Harald; Yan, He

    2014-11-12

    All-polymer solar cells based on a pair of crystalline low-bandgap polymers (NT and N2200) are demonstrated to achieve a high short-circuit current density of 11.5 mA cm-2 and a power conversion efficiency of up to 5.0% under the standard AM1.5G spectrum with one sun intensity. The high performance of these NT:N2200-based cells can be attributed to the low optical bandgaps of the polymers and the reasonably high and balanced electron and hole mobilities of the NT:N2200 blends due to the crystalline nature of the two polymers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. High Seebeck effects from conducting polymer: Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) based thin-film device with hybrid metal/polymer/metal architecture

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    Stanford, Michael G; Wang, Hsin; Ivanov, Ilia N; Hu, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Conductive polymers are of particular interest for thermoelectric applications due to their low thermal conductivity and relatively high electrical conductivity. In this study, commercially available conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) was used in a hybrid metal/polymer/metal thin film design in order to achieve a high Seebeck coefficient with the value of 252lV/k on a relatively low temperature scale. Polymer film thickness was varied in order to investigate its influence on the Seebeck effect. The high Seebeck coefficient indicates that the metal/polymer/metal design can develop a large entropy difference in internal energy of charge carriers between high and low-temperature metal electrodes to develop electrical potential due to charge transport in conducting polymer film through metal/polymer interface. Therefore, the metal/polymer/metal structure presents a new design to combine inorganic metals and organic polymers in thin-film form to develop Seebeck devices

  19. Rheological properties of polymer melts with high elasticity

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    Feranc, Jozef; Matvejová, Martina; Alexy, Pavol; Pret'o, Jozef; Hronkovič, Ján

    2017-05-01

    In the recent years efforts to complex description of the rheological characteristic increase even in the case of polymeric blends with high part of elastic deformation. However, unlike the most thermoplastic these blends have a certain specific features. Besides the already mentioned the higher part of elastic deformation it is especially higher viscosity, which are shown mainly for the measurement in the range of high shear rates. For this reason, the presented work is focused on the description of measurement methodology for blends with high part of elastic deformation using capillary rheometer. The measurements were carried out on a commercial polymer blend with trade name A517 based on rubbery polymer. Capillary rheometer Gottfert RG 75 was used, with diameter of chamber 15 mm. Measurements were performed using capillaries with different ratio of length/diameter at temperature 100°C. Because of existence elastic part of deformation, it is not possible to achieve a steady state pressure using measurements at constant volumetric flow at high shear rates. Therefore we decided to measure the flow characteristic using isobaric mode.

  20. Determination of Tensile Properties of Polymers at High Strain Rates

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    Reiter, M.; Major, Z.

    2010-06-01

    In the field of high rate testing of polymers the measured properties are highly dependent on the applied methodology. Hence, the test setup as whole but in particular also the geometrical type of specimen plays a decisive role. The widely used standard for the determination of tensile properties of polymers (ISO527-2) was extended by a novel standard (ISO18872:2007), which is targeted on the determination of tensile properties at high strain rates. In this standard also a novel specimen shape is proposed. Hand in hand with the introduction of new specimen geometry the question of comparability arises. To point out the differences in stress-strain response of the ISO18872 specimen and the ISO527-2 multipurpose specimen tensile tests over a wide loading rate range were conducted in this paper. A digital image correlation system in combination with a high speed camera was used to characterize the local material behaviour. Different parameters like nominal stress, true stress, nominal strain, true strain as well as volumetric strain were determined and used to compare the two specimen geometries.

  1. Rapid prototyping polymers for microfluidic devices and high pressure injections.

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    Sollier, Elodie; Murray, Coleman; Maoddi, Pietro; Di Carlo, Dino

    2011-11-21

    Multiple methods of fabrication exist for microfluidic devices, with different advantages depending on the end goal of industrial mass production or rapid prototyping for the research laboratory. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) has been the mainstay for rapid prototyping in the academic microfluidics community, because of its low cost, robustness and straightforward fabrication, which are particularly advantageous in the exploratory stages of research. However, despite its many advantages and its broad use in academic laboratories, its low elastic modulus becomes a significant issue for high pressure operation as it leads to a large alteration of channel geometry. Among other consequences, such deformation makes it difficult to accurately predict the flow rates in complex microfluidic networks, change flow speed quickly for applications in stop-flow lithography, or to have predictable inertial focusing positions for cytometry applications where an accurate alignment of the optical system is critical. Recently, other polymers have been identified as complementary to PDMS, with similar fabrication procedures being characteristic of rapid prototyping but with higher rigidity and better resistance to solvents; Thermoset Polyester (TPE), Polyurethane Methacrylate (PUMA) and Norland Adhesive 81 (NOA81). In this review, we assess these different polymer alternatives to PDMS for rapid prototyping, especially in view of high pressure injections with the specific example of inertial flow conditions. These materials are compared to PDMS, for which magnitudes of deformation and dynamic characteristics are also characterized. We provide a complete and systematic analysis of these materials with side-by-side experiments conducted in our lab that also evaluate other properties, such as biocompatibility, solvent compatibility, and ease of fabrication. We emphasize that these polymer alternatives, TPE, PUMA and NOA, have some considerable strengths for rapid prototyping when bond

  2. Ladder polymers for use as high temperature stable resins or coatings

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    Meador, Mary Ann (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    An object of the invention is to synthesize a new class of ladder and partial ladder polymers. In accordance with the invention, the new class of ladder and partial ladder polymers are synthesized by polymerizing a bis-dienophile with a bis-diene. Another object of the invention is to provide a fabricated, electrically conducting, void free composite comprising the new class of the ladder and partial ladder polymers described above. The novelty of the invention relates to a new class of ladder and partial ladder polymers and a process for synthesizing these polymers. These polymers are soluble in common organic solvents and are characterized with a unique dehydration property at temperatures of 300 to 400 C to provide thermo-oxidatively stable pentiptycene units along the polymeric backbone. These polymers are further characterized with high softening points and good thermo-oxidative stability properties. Thus these polymers have potential as processable, matrix resins for high temperature composite applications.

  3. A one-dimensional polyoxometalate-based polymer [Cu(DMF)₆][PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀Cu(DMF)₄]·DMF: crystal structure and luminescent properties.

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    Bai, Yan; Zheng, Guang-Shui; Dang, Dong-Bin; Gao, Hui; Qi, Ze-Yan; Niu, Jing-Yang

    2010-11-01

    The polyoxometalate-based 1D coordination polymer [[Cu(DMF)₆][PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀Cu(DMF)₄]·DMF1 was synthesized and characterized by IR, UV spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Each Cu(II) center has a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. Cu(1) center interconnects with two [PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀]⁴⁻ anion subunits and each [PMo(V)Mo(VI)(11)O(40)]⁴⁻ polyoxoanion acts as a didentate ligand to link two Cu centers through two terminal oxygen atoms to form a one-dimensional chain structure. The luminescent properties of 1 in the solution and in the solid state were investigated, respectively. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Response of polymer composites to high and low velocity impact

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    Hsieh, C. Y.; Mount, A.; Jang, B. Z.; Zee, R. H.

    1990-01-01

    The present investigation of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites' impact characteristics employed a drop tower for the low-velocity impact case and a novel, projectile instantaneous velocity-measuring sensor for high-velocity impact. Attention was given to the energy loss of projectiles in composites reinforced with polyethylene, kevlar, and graphite. Two distinct energy-loss mechanisms are noted, the first of which is due to the actual fracture process while the other is due to the generation of friction heat. The drop-tower impact-test results furnish the strain-rate dependence of the energy loss.

  5. High-Voltage Solid Polymer Batteries for Electric Drive Vehicles

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    Eitouni, Hany; Yang, Jin; Pratt, Russell; Wang, Xiao; Grape, Ulrik

    2014-09-29

    The purpose of this project was for Seeo to develop a high energy lithium based technology with targets of over 500 Wh/l and 325 Wh/kg. Seeo would leverage the work already achieved with its unique proprietary solid polymer DryLyteTM technology in cells which had a specific energy density of 220 Wh/kg. The development work was focused on establishing a dual electrolyte system, coated cathode particle techniques, various types of additives, and different conductive salts. The program had a duration of three years, with Seeo delivering the final cells at the end of 2014 for evaluation by a DOE laboratory.

  6. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-01-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to −150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed. PMID:26382318

  7. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties.

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-09-18

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  8. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-09-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  9. High-performance all-polymer solar cells via side-chain engineering of the polymer acceptor: the importance of the polymer packing structure and the nanoscale blend morphology.

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    Lee, Changyeon; Kang, Hyunbum; Lee, Wonho; Kim, Taesu; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Woo, Han Young; Wang, Cheng; Kim, Bumjoon J

    2015-04-17

    The effectiveness of side-chain engineering is demonstrated to produce highly efficient all-polymer solar cells (efficiency of 5.96%) using a series of naphthalene diimide-based polymer acceptors with controlled side chains. The dramatic changes in the polymer packing, blend morphology, and electron mobility of all-polymer solar cells elucidate clear trends in the photovoltaic performances.

  10. A New Strategy to Construct Low Bandgap Polymer Acceptor for High Performance All-Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Li, Yongfang; Zhang, Zhi-Guo; Yang, Yankang; Yao, Jia; Xue, Lingwei; Chen, Shanshan; Li, Xiaojun; Morrison, William; Yang, Changduk

    2017-08-29

    All polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) offer unique morphology stability for the application as flexible devices, but the lack of high performance polymer acceptors limits their power conversion efficiency (PCE) lower than the PSCs based on fullerene derivative or organic small molecule acceptors. We herein demonstrate a strategy to synthesize a high performance polymer acceptor PZ1 by embedding an acceptor-donor-acceptor building block into the polymer main chain. PZ1 possesses broad absorption with a low bandgap of 1.55 eV and high absorption coefficient (1.3 × 105 cm-1). The all-PSCs with a wide bandgap polymer PBDT-T as donor and PT1 as acceptor demonstrated a record high PCE of 9.19% for the all-PSCs. The success of our polymerization strategy can provide a new way to develop efficient polymer acceptors for all-PSCs. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. A high performance ceramic-polymer separator for lithium batteries

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    Kumar, Jitendra; Kichambare, Padmakar; Rai, Amarendra K.; Bhattacharya, Rabi; Rodrigues, Stanley; Subramanyam, Guru

    2016-01-01

    A three-layered (ceramic-polymer-ceramic) hybrid separator was prepared by coating ceramic electrolyte [lithium aluminum germanium phosphate (LAGP)] over both sides of polyethylene (PE) polymer membrane using electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) technique. Ionic conductivities of membranes were evaluated after soaking PE and LAGP/PE/LAGP membranes in a 1 Molar (1M) lithium hexafluroarsenate (LiAsF6) electrolyte in ethylene carbonate (EC), dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and ethylmethyl carbonate (EMC) in volume ratio (1:1:1). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were employed to evaluate morphology and structure of the separators before and after cycling performance tests to better understand structure-property correlation. As compared to regular PE separator, LAGP/PE/LAGP hybrid separator showed: (i) higher liquid electrolyte uptake, (ii) higher ionic conductivity, (iii) lower interfacial resistance with lithium and (iv) lower cell voltage polarization during lithium cycling at high current density of 1.3 mA cm-2 at room temperature. The enhanced performance is attributed to higher liquid uptake, LAGP-assisted faster ion conduction and dendrite prevention. Optimization of density and thickness of LAGP layer on PE or other membranes through manipulation of PVD deposition parameters will enable practical applications of this novel hybrid separator in rechargeable lithium batteries with high energy, high power, longer cycle life, and higher safety level.

  12. Hierarchical nanostructured conducting polymer hydrogel with high electrochemical activity

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    Pan, Lijia; Yu, Guihua; Zhai, Dongyuan; Lee, Hye Ryoung; Zhao, Wenting; Liu, Nian; Wang, Huiliang; Tee, Benjamin C.-K.; Shi, Yi; Cui, Yi; Bao, Zhenan

    2012-01-01

    Conducting polymer hydrogels represent a unique class of materials that synergizes the advantageous features of hydrogels and organic conductors and have been used in many applications such as bioelectronics and energy storage devices. They are often synthesized by polymerizing conductive polymer monomer within a nonconducting hydrogel matrix, resulting in deterioration of their electrical properties. Here, we report a scalable and versatile synthesis of multifunctional polyaniline (PAni) hydrogel with excellent electronic conductivity and electrochemical properties. With high surface area and three-dimensional porous nanostructures, the PAni hydrogels demonstrated potential as high-performance supercapacitor electrodes with high specific capacitance (∼480 F·g-1), unprecedented rate capability, and cycling stability (∼83% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles). The PAni hydrogels can also function as the active component of glucose oxidase sensors with fast response time (∼0.3 s) and superior sensitivity (∼16.7 μA·mM-1). The scalable synthesis and excellent electrode performance of the PAni hydrogel make it an attractive candidate for bioelectronics and future-generation energy storage electrodes. PMID:22645374

  13. Pure zinc sulfide quantum dot as highly selective luminescent probe for determination of hazardous cyanide ion.

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Rajabi, Hamid Reza

    2014-03-01

    A rapid and simple fluorescence method is presented for selective and sensitive determination of hazardous cyanide ion in aqueous solution based on functionalized zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dot (QD) as luminescent prob. The ultra-small ZnS QDs were synthesized using a chemical co-precipitation method in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol (ME) as an efficient capping agent. The prepared pure ZnS QDs was applied as an optical sensor for determination of cyanide ions in aqueous solutions. ZnS nanoparticles have exhibited a strong fluorescent emission at about 424 nm. The fluorescence intensity of QDs is linearly proportional to the cyanide ion concentration in the range 2.44×10(-6) to 2.59×10(-5)M with a detection limit of 1.70×10(-7)M at pH11. The designed fluorescent sensor possesses remarkable selectivity for cyanide ion over other anions such as Cl(-), Br(-), F(-), I(-), IO3(-), ClO4(-), BrO3(-), CO3(2-), NO2(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), S2O4(2-), C2O4(2-), SCN(-), N3(-), citrate and tartarate with negligible influences on the cyanide detection by fluorescence spectroscopy.

  14. Nonstoichiometry and luminescent properties of ZnSe crystals grown from the melt at high pressures

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    Khanh, Tran; Mozhevitina, Elena; Khomyakov, Andrew; Avetisov, Roman; Davydov, Albert; Chegnov, Vladimir; Antonov, Vladimir; Kobeleva, Svetlana; Zhavoronkov, Nikolai; Avetissov, Igor

    2017-01-01

    50 mm diameter ZnSe crystals have been grown from the melt by a vertical Bridgman technique at 100 atm argon pressure in a graphite crucible. 3D impurities concentration and nonstoichiometry mappings of the grown crystals have been defined by ICP-MS and a direct physic-chemical method, correspondingly. Photoluminescence mapping of the analyzed crystal has been done. It was found out that along the crystal height the nonstoichiometry changed from Se excess over stoichiometrical composition in the cone (bottom) part to Zn excess in the tail (upper) part passing through the stoichiometrical composition in the cylindrical part of the crystal. Metal impurities concentrated in the upper part of the crystal. The gas-forming impurities (H, C, O, N, F) had stochastic distribution but Cl impurity concentrated in the crystal peripheral part (near the crucible walls). It was found out that the as-grown crystal had a single wide PL peal with maximum of 583 nm. A proposal about complex structure luminescent center based on Cl dopant an overstoichiometric Se has been made.

  15. Highly luminescent bis-diketone lanthanide complexes with triple-stranded dinuclear structure.

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    Li, Hong-Feng; Yan, Peng-Fei; Chen, Peng; Wang, Yan; Xu, Hui; Li, Guang-Ming

    2012-01-21

    A new bis-β-diketone, 3,3'-bis(4,4,4-trifluoro-1,3-dioxobutyl)biphenyl (BTB), has been designed and prepared for the synthesis of a series of dinuclear lanthanide complexes [Ln(2)(BTB)(3)(C(2)H(5)OH)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] [Ln = Eu (1), Gd (2)], [Ln(2)(BTB)(3)(DME)(2)] [Ln = Nd (3), Yb (4); DME = ethylene glycol dimethyl ether] and [Eu(2)(BTB)(3)(L)(2)] [L = 2,2-bipydine (5); 1,10-phenanthroline (6); 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (7)]. Complexes 1-7 have been characterized by various spectroscopic techniques and their photophysical properties are investigated. X-ray crystallographical analysis reveals that complexes 1, 3 and 4 adopt triple-stranded dinuclear structures which are formed by three bis-bidentate ligands with two lanthanide ions. The complexes 1 and 3-7 display strong visible red or NIR luminescence upon irradiation at ligand band around 372 nm, depending on the choice of the lanthanide. The solid-state photoluminescence quantum yields and the lifetimes of Eu(3+) complexes are determined and described.

  16. Dating loess with high temperature IRSL signals from polymineral fine grains: luminescence characteristics and comparison with conventional techniques

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    Thiel, C.; Buylaert, J.-P.; Murray, A. S.; Tsukamoto, S.; Jain, M.; Frechen, M.

    2009-04-01

    % of the given dose). This high temperature signal is also bleachable by daylight, as confirmed by the values of De observed in young samples and by performing controlled laboratory bleaching experiments. The enhanced post-IR IR dating protocol was applied to loess samples from Austria and Japan and compared with standard IRSL at 50°C and quartz OSL measurements. First results suggest that there is good agreement for the younger samples of Weichselian age but that the ages begin to deviate for the older samples. Final results, including a comparison with independent age control provided by known age tephra layers for the Japan samples (Watanuki et al., 2005), will be presented. Buylaert, J. P., Murray, A. S., Thomsen, K. J., Jain, M., accepted. Testing the potential of an elevated temperature IRSL signal from K-feldspar. Radiation Measurements, Special Issue, LED08. Murray, A. S., Buylaert, J. P., Thomsen, K. J., Jain, M., accepted. The Effect of Preheating on the IRSL Signal from Feldspar. Radiation Measurements, Special Issue, LED08. Thomsen, K. J., Murray, A. S., Jain, M., Bøtter-Jensen, L., 2008. Laboratory fading rates of various luminescence signals from feldspar-rich sediment extracts. Radiation Measurements, 43, 1474-1486. Watanuki, T., Murray, A. S., Tsukamoto, S., 2005. Quartz and polymineral luminescence dating of Japanese loess over the last 0.6 Ma: Comparison with an independent chronology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 240, 774-789.

  17. High Cycle-life Shape Memory Polymer at High Temperature

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    Kong, Deyan; Xiao, Xinli

    2016-01-01

    High cycle-life is important for shape memory materials exposed to numerous cycles, and here we report shape memory polyimide that maintained both high shape fixity (Rf) and shape recovery (Rr) during the more than 1000 bending cycles tested. Its critical stress is 2.78 MPa at 250 °C, and the shape recovery process can produce stored energy of 0.218 J g−1 at the efficiency of 31.3%. Its high Rf is determined by the large difference in storage modulus at rubbery and glassy states, while the high Rr mainly originates from its permanent phase composed of strong π-π interactions and massive chain entanglements. Both difference in storage modulus and overall permanent phase were preserved during the bending deformation cycles, and thus high Rf and Rr were observed in every cycle and the high cycle-life will expand application areas of SMPs enormously. PMID:27641148

  18. High Cycle-life Shape Memory Polymer at High Temperature

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    Kong, Deyan; Xiao, Xinli

    2016-09-01

    High cycle-life is important for shape memory materials exposed to numerous cycles, and here we report shape memory polyimide that maintained both high shape fixity (Rf) and shape recovery (Rr) during the more than 1000 bending cycles tested. Its critical stress is 2.78 MPa at 250 °C, and the shape recovery process can produce stored energy of 0.218 J g‑1 at the efficiency of 31.3%. Its high Rf is determined by the large difference in storage modulus at rubbery and glassy states, while the high Rr mainly originates from its permanent phase composed of strong π-π interactions and massive chain entanglements. Both difference in storage modulus and overall permanent phase were preserved during the bending deformation cycles, and thus high Rf and Rr were observed in every cycle and the high cycle-life will expand application areas of SMPs enormously.

  19. Metal Coordination Polymers as Potential High-Energy Lithographic Resists

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    1989-05-15

    resists,I ~ ~ ~ 1-&obalt polymers--- - dfiroiuinpIrms (CotiueC-positive6 resjits ,-beta- diketones 19 At8tTRACT (Cniu nreverse ifnecessary and odentify by...have synthesized several cobalt(III) coordi- nation polymers, one of which was briefly described earlier (5,6). The general synthesis for three... diketones from ad- jacent units in the polymer chains. The corresponding sulfone polymer can be synthesized from the oxidation of the sulfoxide

  20. Luminescent zinc and cadmium complexes incorporating 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate and a protonated kinked organodiimine: From a hydrogen-bonded layer motif to thermally robust two-dimensional coordination polymers

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    Braverman, Maxwell A.; Supkowski, Ronald M.; LaDuca, Robert L.

    2007-06-15

    Hydrothermal treatment of zinc chloride, 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (H{sub 3}BTC), and 4,4'-dipyridylamine (dpa) afforded two different complexes depending on reaction conditions, which were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. Under acidic conditions, a discrete neutral molecular species with formulation [Zn(HBTC){sub 2}(Hdpa){sub 2}] (1) was isolated, which aggregates into two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded layers. Under more basic conditions, the two-dimensional layered coordination polymer [Zn(BTC)(Hdpa)] (2) is obtained, which manifests covalent linkage of [Zn(BTC)(Hdpa)] serpentine chain motifs into 3-connected undulating 4.8{sup 2} topology 2-D layers. Both 1 and 2 possess tetrahedral coordination at Zn. Use of cadmium nitrate in the synthesis resulted in [Cd(BTC)(H{sub 2}O)(Hdpa)] (3), which displays a similar layer topology as 2 but with significant adjustments imparted by octahedral coordination at Cd. In all cases, supramolecular hydrogen bonding promoted by Hdpa ligands provide an important assistive structure-directing role. All materials display blue luminescence upon excitation with ultraviolet light, ascribed to intraligand transitions. Crystallographic data: 1: monoclinic, C2/c, a=25.389(6) A, b=9.811(2) A, c=17.309(4) A, and {beta}=128.957(3){sup o}, 2: monoclinic, P2{sub 1}/c, a=13.212(17)c, b=17.15(2) A, c=7.506(10) A, and {beta}=93.71(2){sup o}, and 3: monoclinic, C2/c, a=14.241(6) A, b=15.218(6) A, c=17.976(7) A, and {beta}=109.330(6){sup o}. - Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal synthesis has afforded a family of luminescent complexes based on divalent d {sup 10} cations with 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate (BTC) and 4,4'-dipyridylamine (dpa) ligands. [Zn(HBTC){sub 2}(Hdpa){sub 2}] (1) is a discrete neutral molecular species. [Zn(BTC)(Hdpa)] (2, pictured) and [Cd(BTC)(H{sub 2}O)(Hdpa)] (3) are 2-D coordination polymers with different morphologies depending on coordination geometry at the

  1. Photoconductive Cathode Interlayer for Highly Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Nian, Li; Zhang, Wenqiang; Zhu, Na; Liu, Linlin; Xie, Zengqi; Wu, Hongbin; Würthner, Frank; Ma, Yuguang

    2015-06-10

    A highly photoconductive cathode interlayer was achieved by doping a 1 wt % light absorber, such as perylene bisimide, into a ZnO thin film, which absorbs a very small amount of light but shows highly increased conductivity of 4.50 × 10(-3) S/m under sunlight. Photovoltaic devices based on this kind of photoactive cathode interlayer exhibit significantly improved device performance, which is rather insensitive to the thickness of the cathode interlayer over a broad range. Moreover, a power conversion efficiency as high as 10.5% was obtained by incorporation of our photoconductive cathode interlayer with the PTB7-Th:PC71BM active layer, which is one of the best results for single-junction polymer solar cells.

  2. Performance of a high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyser

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    Xu, Wu; Scott, Keith; Basu, Suddhasatwa

    A high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyser (PEMWE) was investigated at temperatures between 80 and 130 °C and pressures between 0.5 and 4 bar. Nanometer size Ru 0.7Ir 0.3O 2 and Pt/C were employed as anode and cathode catalysts respectively. The catalyst coated on membrane (CCM) method was used to fabricate the membrane electrode assemblies. The membrane, oxygen evolution catalysts and MEAs were characterized with SEM, XRD and TEM. The influence of high temperature and pressure was investigated using in situ electrochemical measurements. Increasing temperature and pressure produced higher current densities for oxygen evolution, and smaller terminal voltages. The high temperature PEMWE achieved a voltage of 1.51 V at a current density of 1 A cm -2, at 130 °C and 4 bar pressure.

  3. Surprising high hydrophobicity of polymer networks from hydrophilic components.

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    Attanasio, Agnese; Bayer, Ilker S; Ruffilli, Roberta; Ayadi, Farouk; Athanassiou, Athanassia

    2013-06-26

    We report a simple and inexpensive method of fabricating highly hydrophobic novel materials based on interpenetrating networks of polyamide and poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) hydrophilic components. The process is a single-step solution casting from a common solvent, formic acid, of polyamide and ethyl cyanoacrylate monomers. After casting and subsequent solvent evaporation, the in situ polymerization of ethyl cyanoacrylate monomer forms polyamide-poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) interpenetrating network films. The interpenetrating networks demonstrate remarkable waterproof properties allowing wettability control by modulating the concentration of the components. In contrast, pure polyamide and poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) films obtained from formic acid solutions are highly hygroscopic and hydrophilic, respectively. The polymerization of ethyl cyanoacrylate in the presence of polyamide promotes molecular interactions between the components, which reduce the available hydrophilic moieties and render the final material hydrophobic. The wettability, morphology, and thermo-physical properties of the polymeric coatings were characterized. The materials developed in this work take advantage of the properties of both polymers in a single blend and above all, due to their hydrophobic nature and minimal water uptake, can extend the application range of the individual polymers where water repellency is required.

  4. High dielectric constant polymer nanocomposites for embedded capacitor applications

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    Lu, Jiongxin

    Driven by ever growing demands of miniaturization, increased functionality, high performance and low cost for microelectronic products and packaging, embedded passives will be one of the key emerging techniques for realizing the system integration which offer various advantages over traditional discrete components. Novel materials for embedded capacitor applications are in great demand, for which a high dielectric constant ( k), low dielectric loss and process compatibility with printed circuit boards are the most important prerequisites. To date, no available material satisfies all these prerequisites and research is needed to develop materials for embedded capacitor applications. Conductive filler/polymer composites are likely candidate material because they show a dramatic increase in their dielectric constant close to the percolation threshold. One of the major hurdles for this type of high-k composites is the high dielectric loss inherent in these systems. In this research, material and process innovations were explored to design and develop conductive filler/polymer nanocomposites based on nanoparticles with controlled parameters to fulfill the balance between sufficiently high-k and low dielectric loss, which satisfied the requirements for embedded capacitor applications. This work involved the synthesis of the metal nanoparticles with different parameters including size, size distribution, aggregation and surface properties, and an investigation on how these varied parameters impact the dielectric properties of the high-k nanocomposites incorporated with these metal nanoparticles. The dielectric behaviors of the nanocomposites were studied systematically over a range of frequencies to determine the dependence of dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent and dielectric strength on these parameters.

  5. Photochromic Terbium Phosphonates with Photomodulated Luminescence and Metal Ion Sensitive Detection.

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    Yang, Weiting; Tian, Hong-Rui; Li, Jian-Ping; Hui, Yuan-Feng; He, Xiang; Li, Jiyang; Dang, Song; Xie, Zhigang; Sun, Zhong-Ming

    2016-10-17

    Rational selection and modification of rare earth metal centers and photoactive organic linkers enables designable multiphotofunctionality to come to fruition in new hybrid coordination polymer materials. By using a viologen-functionalized diphosphonate linker, two terbium phosphonate compounds (Tb-1 and Tb-2) have been constructed, which display reversible photochromic reactions in response to UV light and soft X-ray irradiation. In addition, the photo-induced electron-transfer reaction can modulate the luminescent emission to thus realize photoluminescence switching behavior. Furthermore, both terbium phosphonates can serve as highly sensitive sensors to probe Cu(2+) in solution through their luminescence. Thus, they represent the first photochromic examples of lanthanide phosphonate-based materials with photomodulated luminescence and sensitive detection of metal ions.

  6. Covalently-bonded grafting of [Ln3(Benzimidazole)4]-arrayed (Ln = Tb, Nd, Yb or Er) complex monomers into PNBE (poly(norbornene)) with highly luminous color-purity green-light or efficient NIR luminescence

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    Liu, Lin; Fu, Guorui; Feng, Heini; Guan, Jiaqing; Li, Fengping; Lü, Xingqiang; Wong, Wai-Kwok; Jones, Richard A.

    2017-07-01

    Within series of Ln3-grafted polymers Poly({[Ln3(L)4(NO3)6]·(NO3)·(H3O)2}-co-NBE) (Ln = La, 1; Ln = Eu, 2; Ln = Tb, 3; Ln = Nd, 4; Ln = Yb, 5; Ln = Er, 6 or Ln = Gd, 7) obtained from ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene (NBE) with each of allyl-functionalized complex monomers {[Ln3(L)4(NO3)6]·(NO3)·(H3O)2} (HL = 4-allyl-2-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-6-methoxyphenol), PNBE-assisted effective energy transfer renders Poly(3-co-NBE) Tb3+-centered highly luminous color-purity green-light with an attractive quantum yield of 87% and efficient near-infrared (NIR) luminescence (ΦNdL = 0.61%; ΦYbL = 1.47% and ΦErL = 0.03%) for Nd3+-, Yb3+- or Er3+-grafted polymers.

  7. Sonochemical synthesis of highly luminescent Ln2O3:Eu3+ (Y, La, Gd) nanocrystals

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    Alammar, Tarek; Cybinska, Joanna; Campbell, Paul S.; ...

    2015-05-12

    In this study, sonication of Ln(CH3COO)3·H2O, Eu(CH3COO)3·H2O and NaOH dissolved in the ionic liquid-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonylamide lead to Ln(OH)3:Eu (Ln: Gd, La, Y) nanoparticles. Subsequent calcination at 800 °C for 3 h allowed to obtain Ln2O3:Eu nanopowders. Gd2O3 and Y2O3 were obtained in the C-type lanthanide sequioxide structure, whereas La2O3 crystallized in the A-type. Structure, morphology, and luminescent properties of the nano-oxides were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dispersive X-ray (EDX), and photoluminescence (PL). SEM studies revealed that the synthesized Gd2O3:Eu, La2O3:Eu, and Y2O3:Eu formed nano-spindle, -sheets, and -rods in shape, respectively. The nanoscale materials showmore » very efficient red emission due to the intraconfigurational f–f transitions of Eu3+. The quantum yields for Ln2O3:Eu (5%) were determined to be 4.2% for Ln=Gd, 13.8% for Ln=Y and 5.2% for Ln=La. The asymmetric ratio I02/I01 of Eu3+ varies from 5.3 for Gd2O3, to 5.6 for Y2O3 to 6.5 for La2O3, which increased the color chromaticity.« less

  8. Highly Efficient and Excitation Tunable Two-Photon Luminescence Platform For Targeted Multi-Color MDRB Imaging Using Graphene Oxide

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    Pramanik, Avijit; Fan, Zhen; Chavva, Suhash Reddy; Sinha, Sudarson Sekhar; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2014-01-01

    Multiple drug-resistance bacteria (MDRB) infection is one of the top three threats to human health according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the large penetration depth and reduced photodamage, two-photon imaging is an highly promising technique for clinical MDRB diagnostics. Since most commercially available water-soluble organic dyes have low two-photon absorption cross-section and rapid photobleaching tendency, their applications in two-photon imaging is highly limited. Driven by the need, in this article we report extremely high two-photon absorption from aptamer conjugated graphene oxide (σ2PA = 50800 GM) which can be used for highly efficient two-photon fluorescent probe for MDRB imaging. Reported experimental data show that two-photon photoluminescence imaging color, as well as luminescence peak position can be tuned from deep blue to red, just by varying the excitation wavelength without changing its chemical composition and size. We have demonstrated that graphene oxide (GO) based two-photon fluorescence probe is capable of imaging of multiple antibiotics resistance MRSA in the first and second biological transparency windows using 760–1120 nm wavelength range. PMID:25125143

  9. Highly Efficient and Excitation Tunable Two-Photon Luminescence Platform For Targeted Multi-Color MDRB Imaging Using Graphene Oxide

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    Pramanik, Avijit; Fan, Zhen; Chavva, Suhash Reddy; Sinha, Sudarson Sekhar; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2014-08-01

    Multiple drug-resistance bacteria (MDRB) infection is one of the top three threats to human health according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the large penetration depth and reduced photodamage, two-photon imaging is an highly promising technique for clinical MDRB diagnostics. Since most commercially available water-soluble organic dyes have low two-photon absorption cross-section and rapid photobleaching tendency, their applications in two-photon imaging is highly limited. Driven by the need, in this article we report extremely high two-photon absorption from aptamer conjugated graphene oxide (σ2PA = 50800 GM) which can be used for highly efficient two-photon fluorescent probe for MDRB imaging. Reported experimental data show that two-photon photoluminescence imaging color, as well as luminescence peak position can be tuned from deep blue to red, just by varying the excitation wavelength without changing its chemical composition and size. We have demonstrated that graphene oxide (GO) based two-photon fluorescence probe is capable of imaging of multiple antibiotics resistance MRSA in the first and second biological transparency windows using 760-1120 nm wavelength range.

  10. Polymers, Polymers, Everywhere! A Workshop for Pre-High School Teachers and Students.

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    Sherman, Marie

    1987-01-01

    Described is a workshop for grades 5-8 school teachers and students related to synthetic polymers. Participants become familiar with polymer theory and practice experiments they can use in class. Sources of materials used in the workshop are listed. (RH)

  11. Luminescent metal-organic framework-functionalized graphene oxide nanocomposites and the reversible detection of high explosives

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    Lee, Ji Ha; Jaworski, Justyn; Jung, Jong Hwa

    2013-08-01

    Achieving both high specificity and sensitivity are essential for gas phase chemical detection systems. Recent implementation of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have shown great success in separation and storage systems for specific gas molecules. By implementing a MOF structure comprised of Zn2+ coordinated trans-stilbene derivatives, a gas responsive material has been created which exhibits a high photoluminescence quantum yield, offering new opportunities for chemical sensors. Here, we reveal a nanocomposite material, assembled from azobenzene functionalized graphene oxide and stilbene-MOF, that is capable of luminescent quenching by explosive gases. This unique system displays selectivity to dinitrotoluene (71% quenching) over trinitrotoluene (20% quenching) with sub ppm sensitivity and response times of less than a minute. We show that this implementation of a graphene-based MOF composite provides a unique strategy in the development of molecularly well-defined materials having rapid, reversible, and gas selective fluorescent quenching capabilities. This opens the way for new advances in the assembly of low density frameworks using isomerization suppressed materials.Achieving both high specificity and sensitivity are essential for gas phase chemical detection systems. Recent implementation of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have shown great success in separation and storage systems for specific gas molecules. By implementing a MOF structure comprised of Zn2+ coordinated trans-stilbene derivatives, a gas responsive material has been created which exhibits a high photoluminescence quantum yield, offering new opportunities for chemical sensors. Here, we reveal a nanocomposite material, assembled from azobenzene functionalized graphene oxide and stilbene-MOF, that is capable of luminescent quenching by explosive gases. This unique system displays selectivity to dinitrotoluene (71% quenching) over trinitrotoluene (20% quenching) with sub ppm sensitivity and

  12. Low-Cost Manufacturing of High- Temperature Polymer Composites

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    Sutter, James K.

    1998-01-01

    Major goals of NASA and the Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology (IHPTET) initiative include improvements in the affordability of propulsion systems, significant increases in the thrust/weight ratio, and increases in the temperature capability of components of gas turbine engines. Members of NASA Lewis Research Center's HITEMP project worked cooperatively with Allison Advanced Development Corporation to develop a manufacturing method to produce low-cost components for gas turbine engines. Affordability for these polymer composites is defined by the savings in acquisition and life-cycle costs associated with engine weight reduction. To lower engine component costs, the Lewis/Allison team focused on chopped graphite fiber/polyimide resin composites. The high-temperature polyimide resin chosen, PMR-II-50, was developed at NASA Lewis.

  13. High index contrast polymer waveguide platform for integrated biophotonics.

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    Halldorsson, Jennifer; Arnfinnsdottir, Nina B; Jonsdottir, Asta B; Agnarsson, Björn; Leosson, Kristjan

    2010-07-19

    We present detailed characterization of a unique high-index-contrast integrated optical polymer waveguide platform where the index of the cladding material is closely matched to that of water. Single-mode waveguides designed to operate across a large part of the visible spectrum have been fabricated and waveguide properties, including mode size, bend loss and evanescent coupling have been modeled using effective-index approximation, finite-element and finite-difference time domain methods. Integrated components such as directional couplers for wavelength splitting and ring resonators for refractive-index or temperature sensing have been modeled, fabricated and characterized. The waveguide platform described here is applicable to a wide range of biophotonic applications relying on evanescent-wave sensing or excitation, offering a high level of integration and functionality. The technology is biocompatible and suitable for wafer-level mass production.

  14. Inkjet printed organic electrochemical transistors with highly conducting polymer electrolytes

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    Afonso, Mónica; Morgado, Jorge; Alcácer, Luís

    2016-10-01

    Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECTs) were fabricated with two kinds of highly conducting polymer electrolytes, one with cations of small dimensions (Li+) and the other with cations of large dimensions (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium, EMI+). All OECTs exhibit transconductance values in the millisiemens range. Those with the larger EMI+ cations reach higher transconductance values and the saturated region of their I(V) characteristics extends to drain negative voltages of the order of -2 V without breakdown. These OECTs aim at potential applications for which it is relevant to use a solid polymer electrolyte instead of an aqueous electrolyte, namely, for integration in complex devices or in sensors and transducers where the electrolyte film may act as a membrane to prevent direct contact of the active material (PEDOT:PSS) with the biological media. The choice of electrolytes with cations of disparate sizes aims at assessing the nature (Faradaic or capacitive) of the processes occurring at the electrolyte/channel interface. The results obtained are consistent with a Faradaic-based operation mechanism.

  15. Fractionating Polymer Microspheres as Highly Accurate Density Standards.

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    Bloxham, William H; Hennek, Jonathan W; Kumar, Ashok A; Whitesides, George M

    2015-07-21

    This paper describes a method of isolating small, highly accurate density-standard beads and characterizing their densities using accurate and experimentally traceable techniques. Density standards have a variety of applications, including the characterization of density gradients, which are used to separate objects in a variety of fields. Glass density-standard beads can be very accurate (±0.0001 g cm(-3)) but are too large (3-7 mm in diameter) for many applications. When smaller density standards are needed, commercial polymer microspheres are often used. These microspheres have standard deviations in density ranging from 0.006 to 0.021 g cm(-3); these distributions in density make these microspheres impractical for applications demanding small steps in density. In this paper, commercial microspheres are fractionated using aqueous multiphase systems (AMPS), aqueous mixture of polymers and salts that spontaneously separate into phases having molecularly sharp steps in density, to isolate microspheres having much narrower distributions in density (standard deviations from 0.0003 to 0.0008 g cm(-3)) than the original microspheres. By reducing the heterogeneity in densities, this method reduces the uncertainty in the density of any specific bead and, therefore, improves the accuracy within the limits of the calibration standards used to characterize the distributions in density.

  16. High discharge capacity solid composite polymer electrolyte lithium battery

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    Chen, Y. T.; Chuang, Y. C.; Su, J. H.; Yu, H. C.; Chen-Yang, Y. W.

    2011-03-01

    In this study, a series of nanocomposite polymer electrolytes (CPEs), PAN/LiClO4/SAP, with high conductivity are prepared based on polyacrylonitrile (PAN), LiClO4 and low content of the silica aerogel powder (SAP) prepared by the sol-gel method with ionic liquid (IL) as the template. The effect of addition of SAP on the properties of the CPEs is investigated by FTIR, AC impedance, linear sweep voltagrams and cyclic voltammetry measurements as well as the charge-discharge performance. It is found that the ionic conductivity of the CPE is significantly improved by addition of SAP. The maximum ambient ionic conductivity of CPEs is about 12.5 times higher than that without addition of SAP. The results of the voltammetry measurements of CPE-3, which contained 3 wt% of SAP, show that the anodic and cathodic peaks are well maintained after 100 cycles, showing excellent electrochemical stability and cyclability over the potential range between 0 V and 4 V vs. Li/Li+. Besides, the room temperature discharge capacity measured at 0.5C for the coin cell based on CPE-3 is 120 mAh g-1 and the capacity is retained after 20 cycles discharge, indicating the potential for practical use. This is perhaps the first report of the room temperature charge-discharge performance on the solid composite polymer electrolyte to the best of our knowledge.

  17. Synthesis, structure, and luminescence property of a series of Ag-Ln coordination polymers with the N-heterocyclic carboxylato ligand

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    Jin, Jing; Chen, Chong; Gao, Yan; Zhao, Ran; Wang, Xiuyan; Lü, Chunxin; Chi, Yuxian; Niu, Shuyun

    2016-03-01

    Six Ln-Ag coordination polymers {[LnAg2(IN)4(H2O)5]·NO3·2H2O}n (Ln=Ho (1) and Tb (2), HIN=isonicotinic acid), {[PrAg2(IN)4(H2O)2]·NO3·H2O}n (3), [LnAg(pdc)2]n (Ln=Eu(4) and Pr (5), H2pdc=3,4-pyridine-dicarboxylic acid) and [NdAg(bidc)2(H2O)4]n (6) (H2bidc=benzimidazole-5,6-dicarboxylic acid) have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, IR, UV-vis-NIR absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra and thermogravimetric analysis. Structural analyses reveal that the six polymers exhibit 0D (polymer (1)), 1D (polymer (2)), 2D (polymers (3) and (5)) and 3D (polymers (4) and (6)) infinite structures, respectively. Polymers (1)-(6) exhibit the Ln(III) characteristic emission in the near-infrared (NIR) region or in the visible region. Especially, the NIR emission bands of polymers 1, 5 and 6 evidently present shift or splitting due to formation of the Ln-Ag coordination polymers. This can be attributed to the tune of inner levels in Ln-Ag system caused by the interact and influence between the 4d orbital of the Ag(I) ion and the 4f orbital of the Ln(III) ion, which can be confirmed by the UV-vis-NIR absorption spectra of the polymers. In addition, the distortion of coordination geometry as well as difference of the coordination number around the Ag(I) ion affect the structure framework.

  18. High-G Verification of Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) Pouch Cells

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    2016-05-19

    UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED AD-E403 766 Technical Report ARMET-TR-15067 HIGH-G VERIFICATION OF LITHIUM- POLYMER (LI-PO) POUCH...TITLE AND SUBTITLE HIGH-G VERIFICATION OF LITHIUM- POLYMER (LI-PO) POUCH CELLS 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...causing re-evaluation of power sources. This report evaluates two types of lithium- polymer cells for use in high acceleration environments for

  19. Bifunctional star-burst amorphous molecular materials for OLEDs: achieving highly efficient solid-state luminescence and carrier transport induced by spontaneous molecular orientation.

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    Kim, Jun Yun; Yasuda, Takuma; Yang, Yu Seok; Adachi, Chihaya

    2013-05-21

    Bifunctional star-burst amorphous molecular materials displaying both efficient solid-state luminescence and high hole-transport properties are developed in this study. A high external electroluminescence quantum efficiency up to 5.9% is attained in OLEDs employing the developed amorphous materials. It is revealed that the spontaneous horizontal orientation of these light-emitting molecules in their molecular-condensed states leads to a remarkable enhancement of the electroluminescence efficiencies and carrier-transport properties.

  20. Highly branched polymers with polymyxin end groups responsive to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Sarker, Prodip; Shepherd, Joanna; Swindells, Kathryn; Douglas, Ian; MacNeil, Sheila; Swanson, Linda; Rimmer, Stephen

    2011-01-10

    Polymyxin peptide conjugated to the end groups of highly branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) was shown to bind to a Gram negative bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa . The nonbound polymer had a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) above 60 °C. However, binding caused aggregation, which was disrupted on cooling of the bacteria and polymer mixture. The data indicate that polymer binding of bacteria occurred by interaction of the end groups with lipopolysaccharide and that the binding decreased the LCST to below 37 °C. Cooling then progressed the polymer/bacteria aggregate through a bound LCST into an open polymer coil conformation that was not adhesive to P. aeruginosa .

  1. Highly Luminescent Phase-Stable CsPbI3 Perovskite Quantum Dots Achieving Near 100% Absolute Photoluminescence Quantum Yield.

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    Liu, Feng; Zhang, Yaohong; Ding, Chao; Kobayashi, Syuusuke; Izuishi, Takuya; Nakazawa, Naoki; Toyoda, Taro; Ohta, Tsuyoshi; Hayase, Shuzi; Minemoto, Takashi; Yoshino, Kenji; Dai, Songyuan; Shen, Qing

    2017-09-19

    Perovskite quantum dots (QDs) as a new type of colloidal nanocrystals have gained significant attention for both fundamental research and commercial applications owing to their appealing optoelectronic properties and excellent chemical processability. For their wide range of potential applications, synthesizing colloidal QDs with high crystal quality is of crucial importance. However, like most common QD systems such as CdSe and PbS, those reported perovskite QDs still suffer from a certain density of trapping defects, giving rise to detrimental nonradiative recombination centers and thus quenching luminescence. In this paper, we show that a high room-temperature photoluminescence quantum yield of up to 100% can be obtained in CsPbI3 perovskite QDs, signifying the achievement of almost complete elimination of the trapping defects. This is realized with our improved synthetic protocol that involves introducing organolead compound trioctylphosphine-PbI2 (TOP-PbI2) as the reactive precursor, which also leads to a significantly improved stability for the resulting CsPbI3 QD solutions. Ultrafast kinetic analysis with time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy evidence the negligible electron or hole-trapping pathways in our QDs, which explains such a high quantum efficiency. We expect the successful synthesis of the "ideal" perovskite QDs will exert profound influence on their applications to both QD-based light-harvesting and -emitting devices.

  2. Material for a luminescent solar concentrator

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    Andrews, L.J.

    1984-01-01

    A material for use in a luminescent solar concentrator, formed by ceramitizing the luminescent ion Cr/sup 3 +/ with a transparent ceramic glass containing mullite. The resultant material has tiny Cr/sup 3 +/-bearing crystallites dispersed uniformly through an amorphous glass. The invention combines the high luminescent efficiency of Cr/sup 3 +/ in the crystalline phase with the practical and economical advantages of glass technology.

  3. Syntheses, crystal structures, and luminescence of two lanthanide coordination polymers based on 5-(3‧,4‧-bis(tetrazol-5″-yl)phenoxy)isophthalic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Chen, Xiaoli; Li, Congcong; Ai, Fengfeng; Qu, Xu; Liu, Kang

    2017-04-01

    Two new lanthanide coordination polymers, [Ln(btpa)(phen)2(OH)]n·nH2O (Ln= Tb 1, Pr 2) (H2btpa=5-(3‧,4‧-bis(tetrazol-5″-yl)phenoxy)isophthalic acid, phen=1,10-phenanthroline), have been successfully synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, TGA and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. Coordination polymers 1-2 are isomorphism structures, showing a 1D chain bearing hooks structure. LnⅢ ion in 1-2 adopt nine-coordinated mode to construct a tricapped trigonal prism configuration. The adjacent chains form a 2D supramolecular network via π … π stacking interactions between the pyridine rings of phen ligands. Then the neighbouring 2D supramolecular networks recognizing each other form a 3D supramolecular structure through π … π interaction between benzene rings of (btpa)2- ligands. The luminescence experiments show that TbIII complex exhibits typical metal-centered emissions in the visible region in the solid state.

  4. A luminescent down-shifting and moth-eyed anti-reflective film for highly efficient photovoltaic devices

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    Ghymn, Yong H.; Jung, Kinam; Shin, Myunghun; Ko, Hyungduk

    2015-11-01

    Adhesive polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films were developed to increase the performance of photovoltaic devices. The films combined two separate features of moth-eye patterns to reduce the reflection of incident light at the film surface and luminescent down-shifting (LDS) CdZnS/ZnS-core/shell quantum dots (QDs) to convert ultraviolet (UV) radiation into visible light at 445 nm. The films were both flexible and self-adhesive, easily attachable to any surface of a solar cell module. By simply attaching the developed films on high-efficiency GaAs solar cells, the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency of the solar cells increased to 33.8 mA cm-2 and 28.7%, by 1.1 mA cm-2 and 0.9 percentage points in absolute values, respectively. We showed that the enhancement of the GaAs solar cells was attributed to both the anti-reflection (AR) properties of the moth-eye patterns and the LDS of QDs using a scattering matrix method and external quantum efficiency measurements. The developed films are versatile in application for solar cells, and expected to aid in overcoming limits of material absorption and device structures.Adhesive polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films were developed to increase the performance of photovoltaic devices. The films combined two separate features of moth-eye patterns to reduce the reflection of incident light at the film surface and luminescent down-shifting (LDS) CdZnS/ZnS-core/shell quantum dots (QDs) to convert ultraviolet (UV) radiation into visible light at 445 nm. The films were both flexible and self-adhesive, easily attachable to any surface of a solar cell module. By simply attaching the developed films on high-efficiency GaAs solar cells, the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency of the solar cells increased to 33.8 mA cm-2 and 28.7%, by 1.1 mA cm-2 and 0.9 percentage points in absolute values, respectively. We showed that the enhancement of the GaAs solar cells was attributed to both the anti

  5. Synthesis, structure, and luminescence property of a series of Ag–Ln coordination polymers with the N-heterocyclic carboxylato ligand

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    Jin, Jing Chen, Chong; Gao, Yan; Zhao, Ran; Wang, Xiuyan; Lü, Chunxin; Chi, Yuxian; Niu, Shuyun

    2016-03-15

    Six Ln–Ag coordination polymers {[LnAg_2(IN)_4(H_2O)_5]·NO_3·2H_2O}{sub n} (Ln=Ho (1) and Tb (2), HIN=isonicotinic acid), {[PrAg_2(IN)_4(H_2O)_2]·NO_3·H_2O}{sub n} (3), [LnAg(pdc){sub 2}]{sub n} (Ln=Eu(4) and Pr (5), H{sub 2}pdc=3,4-pyridine-dicarboxylic acid) and [NdAg(bidc){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sub n} (6) (H{sub 2}bidc=benzimidazole-5,6-dicarboxylic acid) have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, IR, UV–vis-NIR absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra and thermogravimetric analysis. Structural analyses reveal that the six polymers exhibit 0D (polymer (1)), 1D (polymer (2)), 2D (polymers (3) and (5)) and 3D (polymers (4) and (6)) infinite structures, respectively. Polymers (1)–(6) exhibit the Ln(III) characteristic emission in the near-infrared (NIR) region or in the visible region. Especially, the NIR emission bands of polymers 1, 5 and 6 evidently present shift or splitting due to formation of the Ln–Ag coordination polymers. This can be attributed to the tune of inner levels in Ln–Ag system caused by the interact and influence between the 4d orbital of the Ag(I) ion and the 4f orbital of the Ln(III) ion, which can be confirmed by the UV–vis-NIR absorption spectra of the polymers. In addition, the distortion of coordination geometry as well as difference of the coordination number around the Ag(I) ion affect the structure framework. - Graphical abstract: Six Ag–Ln coordination polymers have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized. The photoluminescence properties were studied. The distortion of coordination geometry of Ag(I) ion affect structure framework. Introduction of Ag(I) cause wonderful changes to the NIR emission of Ln(III) ions. - Highlights: • Six Ln–Ag polymers have been synthesized and characterized. • The distortion of coordination geometry of Ag(I) ion affect structure framework. • Introduction of Ag(I) cause wonderful changes to the NIR

  6. Nanoparticle-assisted high photoconductive gain in composites of polymer and fullerene.

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    Chen, Hsiang-Yu; Lo, Michael K F; Yang, Guanwen; Monbouquette, Harold G; Yang, Yang

    2008-09-01

    Polymer-inorganic nanocrystal composites offer an attractive means to combine the merits of organic and inorganic materials into novel electronic and photonic systems. However, many applications of these composites are limited by the solubility and distribution of the nanocrystals in the polymer matrices. Here we show that blending CdTe nanoparticles into a polymer-fullerene matrix followed by solvent annealing can achieve high photoconductive gain under low applied voltages. The surface capping ligand renders the nanoparticles highly soluble in the polymer blend, thereby enabling high CdTe loadings. An external quantum efficiency as high as approximately 8,000% at 350 nm was achieved at -4.5 V. Hole-dominant devices coupled with atomic force microscopy images show a higher concentration of nanoparticles near the cathode-polymer interface. The nanoparticles and trapped electrons assist hole injection into the polymer under reverse bias, contributing to efficiency values in excess of 100%.

  7. Tunable high aspect ratio polymer nanostructures for cell interfaces

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    Beckwith, Kai Sandvold; Cooil, Simon P.; Wells, Justin W.; Sikorski, Pawel

    2015-04-01

    Nanoscale topographies and chemical patterns can be used as synthetic cell interfaces with a range of applications including the study and control of cellular processes. Herein, we describe the fabrication of high aspect ratio nanostructures using electron beam lithography in the epoxy-based polymer SU-8. We show how nanostructure geometry, position and fluorescence properties can be tuned, allowing flexible device design. Further, thiol-epoxide reactions were developed to give effective and specific modification of SU-8 surface chemistry. SU-8 nanostructures were made directly on glass cover slips, enabling the use of high resolution optical techniques such as live-cell confocal, total internal reflection and 3D structured illumination microscopy to investigate cell interactions with the nanostructures. Details of cell adherence and spreading, plasma membrane conformation and actin organization in response to high aspect ratio nanopillars and nanolines were investigated. The versatile structural and chemical properties combined with the high resolution cell imaging capabilities of this system are an important step towards the better understanding and control of cell interactions with nanomaterials.Nanoscale topographies and chemical patterns can be used as synthetic cell interfaces with a range of applications including the study and control of cellular processes. Herein, we describe the fabrication of high aspect ratio nanostructures using electron beam lithography in the epoxy-based polymer SU-8. We show how nanostructure geometry, position and fluorescence properties can be tuned, allowing flexible device design. Further, thiol-epoxide reactions were developed to give effective and specific modification of SU-8 surface chemistry. SU-8 nanostructures were made directly on glass cover slips, enabling the use of high resolution optical techniques such as live-cell confocal, total internal reflection and 3D structured illumination microscopy to investigate cell

  8. Rheological investigation of highly filled polymers: Effect of molecular weight

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    Hnatkova, Eva; Hausnerova, Berenika; Hales, Andrew; Jiranek, Lukas; Vera, Juan Miguel Alcon

    2015-04-01

    The paper deals with rheological properties of highly filled polymers used in powder injection molding. Within the experimental framework seven PIM feedstocks based on superalloy Inconel 718 powder were prepared. Each feedstock contains the fixed amount of powder loading and the same composition of binder system consisting of three components: polyethylene glycol (PEG) differing in molecular weight, poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and stearic acid (SA). The aim is to investigate the influence of PEG's molecular weight on the flow properties of feedstocks. Non-Newtonian indices, representing the shear rate sensitivity of the feedstocks, are obtained from a polynomial fit, and found to vary within measured shear rates range from 0.2 to 0.8. Temperature effect is considered via activation energies, showing decreasing trend with increasing of molecular weight of PEG (except of feedstock containing 1,500 g.mol-1 PEG).

  9. Dispersion-engineered and highly nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Frosz, Michael H.; Nielsen, Kristian; Hlubina, Petr; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2009-05-01

    We demonstrate dispersion-engineering of microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs) made of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). A significant shift of the total dispersion from the material dispersion is confirmed through measurement of the mPOF dispersion using white-light spectral interferometry. The influence of strong loss peaks on the dispersion (through the Kramers-Kronig relations) is investigated theoretically. It is found that the strong loss peaks of PMMA above 1100 nm can significantly modify the dispersion, while the losses below 1100 nm only modify the dispersion slightly. To increase the nonlinearity of the mPOFs we investigated doping of PMMA with the highly-nonlinear dye Disperse Red 1. Both doping of a PMMA cane and direct doping of a PMMA mPOF was performed.

  10. Synthesis and photophysical characterization of highly luminescent silica films doped with substituted 2-hydroxyphthalamide (IAM) terbium complexes.

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    Armelao, Lidia; Bottaro, Gregorio; Quici, Silvio; Cavazzini, Marco; Scalera, Chiara; Accorsi, Gianluca

    2011-11-21

    Innovative Tb(3+) antenna complexes employing two different substituted 2-hydroxyphthalamide ligands (HxOH-IAM and bis-HxOH-IAM) acting simultaneously as coordinating sites and light collector units have been synthesized and successively anchored in silica layers by the sol-gel technique. The complexes show remarkable photoluminescence (PL) quantum yields in methanol solution, as high as 0.30 and 0.40 for (HxOH-IAM)(4)⊂Tb(3+) and (bis-HxOH-IAM)(2)⊂Tb(3+), respectively. The grafting of the Tb(3+) complexes in silica single layers accomplished by exploiting the terminal hydroxyl groups of the IAM chains results in highly transparent and homogeneous films displaying bright green emission and PL efficiencies of up to 0.40. The silica layers containing the (bis-HxOH-IAM)(2)⊂Tb(3+) show remarkable photostability even under prolonged and continuous irradiation (up to 3.5 h). The nature of the IAM ligands allows the photoexcitation of the complexes at wavelengths even longer than 350 nm, which is a spectral window suitable to develop luminescent lanthanide probes dedicated to bioanalyses and bioimaging applications.

  11. A luminescent metal organic framework with high sensitivity for detecting and removing copper ions from simulated biological fluids.

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    Zheng, Tian-Tian; Zhao, Jiao; Fang, Zhou-Wen; Li, Meng-Ting; Sun, Chun-Yi; Li, Xiao; Wang, Xin-Long; Su, Zhong-Min

    2017-02-21

    The crystal structure of Cd-MOF-74 was obtained for the first time that possesses high sensitivity for the detection of copper ions from water and simulated biological fluids based on changes in luminescent intensity. Furthermore, Cd-MOF-74 could selectively remove Cu(2+) from simulated biological fluids that contain Mg(2+), Co(2+), Zn(2+), Fe(2+), Ni(2+), Na(+), and K(+). The adsorption capacity of this adsorbent for copper ions reached 189.5 mg g(-1) and it quickly adsorbed copper ions within 10 minutes under 10 ppm Cu(2+) in the simulated biological system. XPS, PXRD, and gas adsorption measurements revealed that this high sensitivity and selectivity of Cd-MOF-74 resulted from the partial substitution of Cd(2+) by Cu(2+) in the framework. Although many MOF materials have been employed for sensor or selective adsorption of Cu(2+), Cd-MOF-74 is the first example of MOFs showing both capabilities in simulated biological fluids, which represents a pioneering work that extends the applications of MOF materials in the biological field.

  12. Luminescent metal-organic framework-functionalized graphene oxide nanocomposites and the reversible detection of high explosives.

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    Lee, Ji Ha; Jaworski, Justyn; Jung, Jong Hwa

    2013-09-21

    Achieving both high specificity and sensitivity are essential for gas phase chemical detection systems. Recent implementation of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have shown great success in separation and storage systems for specific gas molecules. By implementing a MOF structure comprised of Zn(2+) coordinated trans-stilbene derivatives, a gas responsive material has been created which exhibits a high photoluminescence quantum yield, offering new opportunities for chemical sensors. Here, we reveal a nanocomposite material, assembled from azobenzene functionalized graphene oxide and stilbene-MOF, that is capable of luminescent quenching by explosive gases. This unique system displays selectivity to dinitrotoluene (71% quenching) over trinitrotoluene (20% quenching) with sub ppm sensitivity and response times of less than a minute. We show that this implementation of a graphene-based MOF composite provides a unique strategy in the development of molecularly well-defined materials having rapid, reversible, and gas selective fluorescent quenching capabilities. This opens the way for new advances in the assembly of low density frameworks using isomerization suppressed materials.

  13. High Temperature Resistant Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Polymers: An Architectural Study

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    2007-04-18

    DATES COVERED July 10 2003 – January 09 2007 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE High Temperature Resistant Organic/ Inorganic Hybrid Polymers: An...Supramolecular Chemistry, High Temperature Materials, Organic Inorganic Hybrid Materials, Sensors 15. NUMBER OF PAGES 16...298-102 Enclosure 1 2 High Temperature Resistant Organic/ Inorganic Hybrid Polymers: An Architectural Study DAAD19-03-1-0208 PIs Stuart

  14. New infrared transmitting material via inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur to prepare high refractive index polymers.

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    Griebel, Jared J; Namnabat, Soha; Kim, Eui Tae; Himmelhuber, Roland; Moronta, Dominic H; Chung, Woo Jin; Simmonds, Adam G; Kim, Kyung-Jo; van der Laan, John; Nguyen, Ngoc A; Dereniak, Eustace L; Mackay, Michael E; Char, Kookheon; Glass, Richard S; Norwood, Robert A; Pyun, Jeffrey

    2014-05-21

    Polymers for IR imaging: The preparation of high refractive index polymers (n = 1.75 to 1.86) via the inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur is reported. High quality imaging in the near (1.5 μm) and mid-IR (3-5 μm) regions using high refractive index polymeric lenses from these sulfur materials was demonstrated.

  15. Detrimental nonlocality in luminescence measurements

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    Pluska, Mariusz; Czerwinski, Andrzej

    2017-08-01

    Luminescence studies are used to investigate the local properties of various light-emitting materials. A critical issue of these studies is presented that the signals often lack all advantages of luminescence-studies of high locality, and may originate from an extended spatial region of even a few millimeters in size or the whole sample, i.e., places other than intended for investigation. This is a key problem for research and development in photonics. Due to this nonlocality, information indicating defects, irregularities, nonuniformities and inhomogeneities is lost. The issue refers to typical structures with a strong built-in electric field. Such fields exist intentionally in most photonic structures and occur unintentionally in many other materials investigated by applied physics. We reveal [using test samples prepared with focused ion beam (FIB) on an AlGaAs/GaAs laser heterostructure with an InGaAs quantum well (QW)] that nonlocality increases at low temperatures. This is contrary to the widely expected outcome, as low-temperature luminescence measurements are usually assumed to be free from disturbances. We explain many effects observed due to nonlocality in luminescence studies and prove that separation of the investigated area by focused ion beam milling is a practical solution enabling truly local luminescence measurements. All conclusions drawn using the example of cathodoluminescence are useful for other luminescence techniques.

  16. Thermally Stable White Emitting Eu(3+) Complex@Nanozeolite@Luminescent Glass Composite with High CRI for Organic-Resin-Free Warm White LEDs.

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    Zhang, Jinhui; Gong, Shuming; Yu, Jinbo; Li, Peng; Zhang, Xuejie; He, Yuwei; Zhou, Jianbang; Shi, Rui; Li, Huanrong; Peng, Aiyun; Wang, Jing

    2017-03-01

    Nowadays, it is still a great challenge for lanthanide complexes to be applied in solid state lighting, especially for high-power LEDs because they will suffer severe thermal-induced luminescence quenching and transmittance loss when LEDs are operated at high current. In this paper, we have not only obtained high efficient and thermally chemical stable red emitting hybrid material by introducing europium complex into nanozeolite (NZ) functionalized with the imidazolium-based stopper but also abated its thermal-induced transmittance loss and luminescence quenching behavior via coating it onto a heat-resistant luminescent glass (LG) with high thermal conductivity (1.07 W/mK). The results show that the intensity at 400 K for Eu(PPO)n-C4Si@NZ@LG remains 21.48% of the initial intensity at 300 K, which is virtually 153 and 13 times the intensity of Eu(PPO)3·2H2O and Eu(PPO)n-C4Si@NZ, respectively. Moreover, an organic-resin-free warm white LEDs device with a low CCT of 3994K, a high Ra of 90.2 and R9 of 57.9 was successfully fabricated simply by combining NUV-Chip-On-Board with a warm white emitting glass-film composite (i.e., yellowish-green emitting luminescent glass coated with red emitting hybrid film). Our method and results provide a feasible and promising way for lanthanide complexes to be used for general illumination in the future.

  17. Utilization of star-shaped polymer architecture in the creation of high-density polymer brush coatings for the prevention of platelet and bacteria adhesion.

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    Totani, Masayasu; Ando, Tsuyoshi; Terada, Kayo; Terashima, Takaya; Kim, Ill Yong; Ohtsuki, Chikara; Xi, Chuanwu; Kuroda, Kenichi; Tanihara, Masao

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate utilization of star-shaped polymers as high-density polymer brush coatings and their effectiveness to inhibit the adhesion of platelets and bacteria. Star polymers consisting of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and/or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), were synthesized using living radical polymerization with a ruthenium catalyst. The polymer coatings were prepared by simple drop casting of the polymer solution onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surfaces and then dried. Among the star polymers prepared in this study, the PHEMA star polymer (star-PHEMA) and the PHEMA/PMMA (mol. ratio of 71/29) heteroarm star polymer (star-H71M29) coatings showed the highest percentage of inhibition against platelet adhesion (78-88% relative to noncoated PET surface) and Escherichia coli (94-97%). These coatings also showed anti-adhesion activity against platelets after incubation in Dulbecco's phosphate buffered saline or surfactant solution for 7 days. In addition, the PMMA component of the star polymers increased the scratch resistance of the coating. These results indicate that the star-polymer architecture provides high polymer chain density on PET surfaces to prevent adhesion of platelets and bacteria, as well as coating stability and physical durability to prevent exposure of bare PET surfaces. The star polymers provide a simple and effective approach to preparing anti-adhesion polymer coatings on biomedical materials against the adhesion of platelets and bacteria.

  18. Utilization of star-shaped polymer architecture in the creation of high-density polymer brush coatings for the prevention of platelet and bacteria adhesion

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    Totani, Masayasu; Terada, Kayo; Terashima, Takaya; Kim, Ill Yong; Ohtsuki, Chikara; Xi, Chuanwu; Tanihara, Masao

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate utilization of star-shaped polymers as high-density polymer brush coatings and their effectiveness to inhibit the adhesion of platelets and bacteria. Star polymers consisting of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and/or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), were synthesized using living radical polymerization with a ruthenium catalyst. The polymer coatings were prepared by simple drop casting of the polymer solution onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surfaces and then dried. Among the star polymers prepared in this study, the PHEMA star polymer (star-PHEMA) and the PHEMA/PMMA (mol. ratio of 71/29) heteroarm star polymer (star-H71M29) coatings showed the highest percentage of inhibition against platelet adhesion (78–88% relative to noncoated PET surface) and Escherichia coli (94–97%). These coatings also showed anti-adhesion activity against platelets after incubation in Dulbecco's phosphate buffered saline or surfactant solution for 7 days. In addition, the PMMA component of the star polymers increased the scratch resistance of the coating. These results indicate that the star-polymer architecture provides high polymer chain density on PET surfaces to prevent adhesion of platelets and bacteria, as well as coating stability and physical durability to prevent exposure of bare PET surfaces. The star polymers provide a simple and effective approach to preparing anti-adhesion polymer coatings on biomedical materials against the adhesion of platelets and bacteria. PMID:25485105

  19. High yield sample preconcentration using a highly ion-conductive charge-selective polymer.

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    Chun, Honggu; Chung, Taek Dong; Ramsey, J Michael

    2010-07-15

    The development and analysis of a microfluidic sample preconcentration system using a highly ion-conductive charge-selective polymer [poly-AMPS (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid)] is reported. The preconcentration is based on the phenomenon of concentration polarization which develops at the boundaries of the poly-AMPS with buffer solutions. A negatively charged polymer, poly-AMPS, positioned between two microchannels efficiently extracts cations through its large cross section, resulting in efficient anion sample preconcentration. The present work includes the development of a robust polymer that is stable over a wide range of buffers with varying chemical compositions. The sample preconcentration effect remains linear to over 3 mM (0.15 pmol) and 500 microM (15 fmol) for fluorescein and TRITC-tagged albumin solutions, respectively. The system can potentially be used for concentrating proteins on microfluidic devices with subsequent analysis for proteomic applications.

  20. All-Polymer Solar Cells Based on Absorption-Complementary Polymer Donor and Acceptor with High Power Conversion Efficiency of 8.27%.

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    Gao, Liang; Zhang, Zhi-Guo; Xue, Lingwei; Min, Jie; Zhang, Jianqi; Wei, Zhixiang; Li, Yongfang

    2016-03-02

    High-efficiency all-polymer solar cells with less thickness-dependent behavior are demonstrated by using a low bandgap n-type conjugated polymer N2200 as acceptor and an absorption-complementary difluorobenzotriazole-based medium-bandgap polymer J51 as donor.

  1. Fluoro-Substituted n-Type Conjugated Polymers for Additive-Free All-Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with High Power Conversion Efficiency of 6.71.

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    Jung, Jae Woong; Jo, Jea Woong; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Liu, Feng; Jo, Won Ho; Russell, Thomas P; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2015-06-03

    Fluorinated n-type conjugated polymers are used as efficient electron acceptor to demonstrate high-performance all-polymer solar cells. The exciton generation, dissociation, and charge-transporting properties of blend films are improved by using these fluorinated n-type polymers to result in enhanced photocurrent and suppressed charge recombination.

  2. Polymer Acceptor Based on Double B←N Bridged Bipyridine (BNBP) Unit for High-Efficiency All-Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Long, Xiaojing; Ding, Zicheng; Dou, Chuandong; Zhang, Jidong; Liu, Jun; Wang, Lixiang

    2016-08-01

    A novel polymer acceptor based on the double B←N bridged bipyridine building block is reported. All-polymer solar cells based on the new polymer acceptor show a power conversion efficiency of as high as 6.26% at a photon energy loss of only 0.51 eV.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and optical studies of highly luminescent ZnS nanoparticles associated with hypromellose matrix as a green and novel stabilizer.

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    Tiwari, Ashish; Khan, S A; Kher, R S; Dhoble, S J

    2014-09-01

    ZnS nanoparticles stabilized by a carbohydrate-based matrix, hypromellose (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) were prepared via a wet chemical method. The nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electon microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. X-Ray diffraction patterns revealed a zinc blende structure. Thermogravimetric analysis suggested that polymer attached to the surface decomposes at 700 °C. Absorption measurements were carried out and calculation of the diameter polydispersity index (DPI) suggests the formation of monodisperse nanoparticles. The optical properties of the as-prepared samples were studied by UV/vis spectroscopy and steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The PL studies indicate the applicability of these nanoparticles as biocompatible sensors or luminescence markers in future.

  4. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of highly luminescent ZnSe-based quantum dots with a quantum yield higher than 90%

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    Lee, Yong-Shin; Nakano, Kaoru; Bu, Hang-Beom; Gwi Kim, Dae

    2017-06-01

    Highly luminescent ZnSe-based quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The characteristics of the ZnSe precursor solution strongly influenced the photoluminescence (PL) quantum yields (QYs) of the QDs. The PL QY of ZnSe-core QDs synthesized under the optimum conditions reached 60%. Furthermore, the PL QY further increased to higher than 90% when a ZnS shell was applied to prepare ZnSe/ZnS-core/shell QDs.

  5. 2-and 1-D coordination polymers of Dy(III) and Ho(III) with near infrared and visible luminescence by efficient charge-transfer antenna ligand

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    Oylumluoglu, Gorkem; Coban, Mustafa Burak; Kocak, Cagdas; Aygun, Muhittin; Kara, Hulya

    2017-10-01

    Two new lanthanide-based coordination complexes, [Dy(2-stp).2(H2O)]n (1) and {[Ho(2-stp).3(H2O)]·(H2O)}n (2) [2-stp = 2-sulfoterephthalic acid] were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction and characterized by elemental analysis, UV, IR, single crystal X-ray diffraction and solid state photoluminescence. DyIII and HoIII atoms are eight-coordinated and adopt a distorted square-antiprismatic geometry in complexes 1 and 2, respectively. In compound 1, Dy atoms are coordinated by four bridging 2-stp ligands forming two-dimensional (2D) layer, while Ho atoms by three bridging 2-stp ligands creating one dimensional (1D) double chains in 2. In addition, complexes 1 and 2 display in the solid state and at room temperature an intense yellow emission, respectively; this photoluminescence is achieved by an indirect process (antenna effect). The excellent luminescent performances make these complexes very good candidates for potential luminescence materials.

  6. Lanthanides post-functionalized indium metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for luminescence tuning, polymer film preparation and near-UV white LED assembly.

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    Wu, Jing-Xing; Yan, Bing

    2016-11-22

    A class of hybrid materials based on indium 2,2'-bipyridine-5,5'-dicarboxylate metal-organic frameworks, In(OH)bpydc, was synthesized by postsynthetic introduction with lanthanide ions (Eu(3+), Tb(3+) and Sm(3+)). The structure, thermal stability, morphology and more detailed information about these materials were characterized by XRD, DSC, BET, FTIR, SEM and so forth. The further study of luminescent properties in detail showed that these compounds possess characteristic emission, and the In-MOF-Eu maintains different colors of light from blue-green to red under different excitation wavelengths (excited at 400 nm to 320 nm), which includes the near-white light region (the color coordinates are X = 0.34, Y = 0.36). It is a remarkable fact that the trend of ligand-central emission is opposite to that of the characteristic emission of Eu(3+). Moreover, a kind of thin film and assembled white light near-UV LED based on the optically lanthanide-functionalized MOFs was prepared in order to extend their potential applications; both of them lead to desirable white light (X = 0.34, Y = 0.36; X = 0.35, Y = 0.37). In addition, the matrix does not affect the white luminescence.

  7. Stacked Polymer nanofiber array for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Wang, Shiren; Qiu, Jenny

    2015-03-01

    The vertically aligned polyaniline (PANI) nanowires arrays and monolayer graphene sheets were layer-by-layered deposited to specific substrate for tailored structures. Driven by external voltage, aniline molecules and graphene oxide were alternatively assembled for hierarchical porous three-dimensional nanostructures while graphene oxide was in-situ reduced to graphene during the assembly process. As-produced stacked arrays were used as the electrodes of an ultra-capacitor, and an unusual electrochemical behavior was discovered. The capacitance increases as the stack of nanowire arrays increases, resulting in high energy density and high power density at same time. Further analysis found that the distinctive electrochemical behavior originates from the electrode/electrolyte interactions and the dependence on the diffusion and charge transferring process. The specific energy density was as high as 137 Wh/Kg while power density is in excess of 2000 W/Kg. This work pointed a simple pathway to tailor polymer structure and electrochemistry for robust design of high-performance ultra-capacitor at a limited lateral size. National Science Foundation.

  8. Micromechanical characterization tools for highly-filled polymers

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    Groves, S; DeTeresa, S; Cunningham, B; Ciarlo, D; Allen, D; Clayton, K; Yoon, C

    2000-02-16

    We are attempting to characterize and model the micromechanical response of highly-filled polymers. In this class of materials, the continuous plastic binder used to bond the highly-filled material dominates the observed viscoelastic response. As a result, realistic lifetime analysis of these materials will require a thorough understanding of the contribution of the plastic binder. Laboratory applications of these materials include plastic bonded explosives, propellants, a variety of specialized filled organic materials for stockpile systems, and highly filled epoxy dielectric materials for the National Ignition Facility. We have explored numerous techniques to characterize the local microstructure of plastic bonded explosives. However, insufficient funding was obtained to bring these technologies to maturity, nevertheless our present tool set is significantly better than 2 years ago. We have also made some progress in developing an appropriate micromechanical constitutive modeling framework, based on a finite element method incorporating a cohesive zone model to represent the binder contribution within a Voronoi tesselation mesh structure for the PBX grains. A second modeling approach was used to incorporate analytical micromechanics (generalized self-consistent schemes). However, preliminary theoretical analysis strongly suggested that this approach would be invalid for such extremely high-filled systems like PBX.

  9. A luminescent down-shifting and moth-eyed anti-reflective film for highly efficient photovoltaic devices.

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    Ghymn, Yong H; Jung, Kinam; Shin, Myunghun; Ko, Hyungduk

    2015-11-28

    Adhesive polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films were developed to increase the performance of photovoltaic devices. The films combined two separate features of moth-eye patterns to reduce the reflection of incident light at the film surface and luminescent down-shifting (LDS) CdZnS/ZnS-core/shell quantum dots (QDs) to convert ultraviolet (UV) radiation into visible light at 445 nm. The films were both flexible and self-adhesive, easily attachable to any surface of a solar cell module. By simply attaching the developed films on high-efficiency GaAs solar cells, the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency of the solar cells increased to 33.8 mA cm(-2) and 28.7%, by 1.1 mA cm(-2) and 0.9 percentage points in absolute values, respectively. We showed that the enhancement of the GaAs solar cells was attributed to both the anti-reflection (AR) properties of the moth-eye patterns and the LDS of QDs using a scattering matrix method and external quantum efficiency measurements. The developed films are versatile in application for solar cells, and expected to aid in overcoming limits of material absorption and device structures.

  10. Highly uniform hollow GdF3 spheres: controllable synthesis, tuned luminescence, and drug-release properties.

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    Lv, Ruichan; Gai, Shili; Dai, Yunlu; Niu, Na; He, Fei; Yang, Piaoping

    2013-11-13

    In this paper, uniform hollow mesoporous GdF3 micro/nanospheres were successfully prepared by a facile two-step synthesis route without using any surfactant, catalyst, and further calcination process. The precursor Gd(OH)CO3 spheres are prepared by a coprecipitation process. After that, uniform and size-tunable GdF3 hollow spheres were easily coprecipitated with NaBF4 at the sacrifice of the precursor with low temperature and short reaction time. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution TEM, N2 adsorption/desorption, and up-conversion (UC) photoluminescence spectra were used to characterize the as-obtained products. It is found that the initial pH value and NaBF4/Gd(3+) molar ratios play important roles in the structures, sizes, and phases of the hollow products. The growth mechanism of the hollow spheres has been systematically investigated based on the Kirkendall effect. Under 980 nm IR laser excitation, UC luminescence of the as-prepared Yb(3+)/Er(3+)-codoped GdF3 hollow spheres can be changed by a simple adjustment of the concentration of the Yb(3+) ion. Enhanced red emission is obtained by introducing Li(+) ions in GdF3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+). Furthermore, a doxorubicin release experiment and a 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide cytotoxicity assay reveal that the product has potential application in drug delivery and targeted cancer therapy.

  11. Highly Luminescent Carbon Dots Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis and Evaluation of Their Toxicity to Physa acuta.

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    Sun, Xiaobo; Jin, Xiaozhe; Pan, Wei; Guo, Enmian; Liu, Weijian; Li, Denghui; Lu, Kunchao; Si, Shuxin; Zhang, Nianxing; Jia, Zhenzhen; Shi, Yanping; Li, Qianqian; Wang, Jinping

    2016-01-01

    As a newly emerging class of nanomaterials, carbon dots have increasingly attracted researchers' attention. However, their potentially adverse environmental effects are yet largely unknown. In this work, the highly luminescent carbon dots were synthesized by microwave-assisted pyrolysis of tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (Tris) and citric acid. Then acute and chronic toxicities of carbon dots to Physa acuta (P. acuta), as well as their effect on reproduction, were evaluated using the as-synthesized dots as an example. The quantum yield of the as-synthesized carbon dots was up to 53.5% excited at 360 nm with the most fluorescent fraction of 82.6% after simple purification by gel column. The results showed that no acute but chronic toxicities to P. acuta exposed to different treatment concentrations of the as-synthesized carbon dots were observed with dose- dependence. In addition, the fecundity of P. acuta was promoted significantly by the carbon dots at the concentrations of 0.5 and 1.0 mg/mL, yet inhibited at the concentration of 3.0 mg/mL after 12-day exposure. Mainly distributing in the visceral mass might be responsible for the effects of the carbon dots on the survival and fecundity of P. acuta. And there was no further evidence to confirm that the carbon dots can cause malformation in developing embryos.

  12. Hybrid luminescence materials assembled by [Ln(DPA)3]3- and mesoporous host through ion-pairing interactions with high quantum efficiencies and long lifetimes

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    Li, Qing-Feng; Yue, Dan; Lu, Wei; Zhang, Xinlei; Li, Chunyang; Wang, Zhenling

    2015-02-01

    A kind of mesoporous hybrid luminescence material was assembled through the ion exchange method between [Ln(DPA)3]3- and ionic liquid functionalized SBA-15. [Ln(DPA)3]3- was successfully anchored onto positive-charge modified SBA-15 by the strong electrostatic interaction. In [Ln(DPA)3]3-, Ln3+ ions are in 9-fold coordination through six oxygen atoms of carboxyl groups and three nitrogen atoms of pyridine units, leaving no coordination site for water molecules. Therefore the hybrids possess prominent luminescent properties, SBA-15-IMI-Tb(DPA)3 and SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 exhibit high quantum yield values of 63% and 79%, and long lifetimes values of 2.38 ms and 2.34 ms, respectively. Especially, SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 presents a high color purity, and the red/orange intensity ratio is as high as 7.6. The excellent luminescence properties and ordered mesoporous structures give rise to many potential applications in optical and electronic areas.

  13. All-in-One: Achieving Robust, Strongly Luminescent and Highly Dispersible Hybrid Materials by Combining Ionic and Coordinate Bonds in Molecular Crystals.

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    Liu, Wei; Zhu, Kun; Teat, Simon J; Dey, Gangotri; Shen, Zeqing; Wang, Lu; O'Carroll, Deirdre M; Li, Jing

    2017-07-12

    Extensive research has been pursued to develop low-cost and high-performance functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials for clean/renewable energy related applications. While great progress has been made in the recent years, some key challenges remain to be tackled. One major issue is the generally poor stability of these materials, which originates from relatively fragile/weak bonds between inorganic and organic constituents. Herein, we report a unique "all-in-one" (AIO) approach in constructing robust structures with desired properties. Such approach allows formation of both ionic and coordinate bonds within a molecular cluster, which greatly enhances structural stability while maintaining the molecular identity of the cluster and its high luminescence. The novel AIO structures are composed of various anionic (CumIm+n)(n-) clusters and cationic N-ligands. They exhibit high luminescence efficiency, significantly improved chemical, thermal and moisture stability, and excellent solution processability. Both temperature dependent photoluminescence experiments and DFT calculations are performed to investigate the luminescence origin and emission mechanism of these materials, and their suitability as energy-saving LED lighting phosphors is assessed. This study offers a new material designing strategy that may be generalized to many other material classes.

  14. Hybrid luminescence materials assembled by [Ln(DPA)3]3− and mesoporous host through ion-pairing interactions with high quantum efficiencies and long lifetimes

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    Li, Qing-Feng; Yue, Dan; Lu, Wei; Zhang, Xinlei; Li, Chunyang; Wang, Zhenling

    2015-01-01

    A kind of mesoporous hybrid luminescence material was assembled through the ion exchange method between [Ln(DPA)3]3− and ionic liquid functionalized SBA-15. [Ln(DPA)3]3− was successfully anchored onto positive-charge modified SBA-15 by the strong electrostatic interaction. In [Ln(DPA)3]3−, Ln3+ ions are in 9-fold coordination through six oxygen atoms of carboxyl groups and three nitrogen atoms of pyridine units, leaving no coordination site for water molecules. Therefore the hybrids possess prominent luminescent properties, SBA-15-IMI-Tb(DPA)3 and SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 exhibit high quantum yield values of 63% and 79%, and long lifetimes values of 2.38 ms and 2.34 ms, respectively. Especially, SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 presents a high color purity, and the red/orange intensity ratio is as high as 7.6. The excellent luminescence properties and ordered mesoporous structures give rise to many potential applications in optical and electronic areas. PMID:25669156

  15. Thermodynamics of water sorption in high performance glassy thermoplastic polymers

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    Scherillo, Giuseppe; Petretta, Mauro; Galizia, Michele; La Manna, Pietro; Musto, Pellegrino; Mensitieri, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    Sorption thermodynamics of water in two glassy polymers, polyetherimide (PEI) and polyetheretherketone (PEEK), is investigated by coupling gravimetry and on line FTIR spectroscopy in order to gather information on the total amount of sorbed water as well as on the different species of water molecules absorbed within the polymers, addressing the issue of cross- and self-interactions occurring in the polymer/water systems. Water sorption isotherms have been determined at temperatures ranging from 30 to 70°C while FTIR spectroscopy has been performed only at 30°C. The experimental analysis provided information on the groups present on the polymer backbones involved in hydrogen bonding interactions with absorbed water molecules. Moreover, it also supplied qualitative indications about the different “populations” of water molecules present within the PEEK and a quantitative assessment of these “populations” in the case of PEI. The results of the experimental analysis have been interpreted using an equation of state theory based on a compressible lattice fluid model for the Gibbs energy of the polymer-water mixture, developed by extending to the case of out of equilibrium glassy polymers a previous model intended for equilibrium rubbery polymers. The model accounts for the non-equilibrium nature of glassy polymers as well as for mean field and for hydrogen bonding interactions, providing a satisfactory quantitative interpretation of the experimental data. PMID:24860802

  16. Affordable, Lightweight, Highly Conductive Polymer Composite Electronic Packaging Structures

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    1996-06-01

    matrix composite materials and how various material designs can be utilized in various structural/thermal configurations to produce electronic housings and...conductive polymer composite electronic packaging (i.e., electronic housings and heat sinks). The research will center on predominately polymer

  17. High-yield boron nitride nanosheets from 'chemical blowing': towards practical applications in polymer composites.

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    Wang, Xuebin; Pakdel, Amir; Zhi, Chunyi; Watanabe, Kentaro; Sekiguchi, Takashi; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2012-08-08

    An improved 'chemical blowing' route presuming atmospheric-pressure pre-treatment and moderate heating rate of designated precursors was developed to synthesize ultra-thin boron nitride (BN) nanosheets with high yield and large lateral dimensions. The yield reached as high as 40 wt% with respect to raw materials (ammonia borane). The strong oxygen-related ultraviolet luminescence together with a blue emission of these BN nanosheets was then documented and analyzed. This implies potential applications in solid-state lighting, ultraviolet lasing and full-color luminescence. Mechanical strength of different polymeric composites with a small fraction of BN nanosheet fillers was dramatically increased by tens of per cent, while high transparency of composite materials was still maintained in the visible optical range. The increased yield and reduced cost of BN nanosheets should promote their wide practical applications in various composites.

  18. Upconversion luminescence nanosensor for TNT selective and label-free quantification in the mixture of nitroaromatic explosives.

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    Ma, Yingxin; Wang, Leyu

    2014-03-01

    This paper reports a rapid, sensitive, and selective nanosensor for the detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in the mixture aqueous solution of nitroaromatics independent of immunoassay or molecularly imprinted technology and complicated instruments. Despite many strategies including immunoassay and molecularly imprinted technologies been successfully developed for the detection of TNT, it is not easy to differentiate TNT from 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) due to their very similar chemical structures and properties. In this work, the amine functionalized NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) upconversion luminescence nanoparticles (UCNPs) whose excitation (980 nm) and emission (543 nm) wavelength were far from the absorbance bands of other usual interference nitroaromatics including 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), nitrobenzene (NB), and especially TNP, were utilized as the luminescent nanosensors for TNT luminescence detection. To make these UCNPs highly water stable and render the charge transfer from UCNPs to TNT easier, amino groups were introduced onto the surface of the UCNPs by coating a polymer layer of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) hybridized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS). After binding with TNT through amino groups on the UCNPs, the naked eye visible green upconversion luminescence of the UCNPs was dramatically quenched and thus a sensitive UC luminescence nanosensor was developed for TNT detection. However, other nitroaromatics including TNP, DNT, and NB have no influence on the green UC luminescence and thus no influence on the TNT detection. The luminescence intensity is negatively proportional to the concentration of TNT in the range of 0.01-9.0 µg/mL with the 3σ limit of detection (LOD) of 9.7 ng/mL. The present studies provide a novel and facile strategy to fabricate the upconversion luminescence sensors with highly selective recognition ability in aqueous media and are desirable for label free analysis of TNT in mixed solution independent of

  19. Effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence of Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Whitley, V. H.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Akselrod, A. E.; Akselrod, M. S.

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of Al2O3:C, principally on the shape of the OSL decay curve and on the OSL sensitivity. The effect of the degree of deep trap filling on the OSL was also studied by monitoring the sensitivity changes after doses of beta irradiation and after step-annealing of samples previously irradiated with high doses. The OSL response to dose shows a linear-supralinear-saturation behavior, with a decrease in the response for doses higher than those required for saturation. This behavior correlates with the sensitivity changes observed in the samples annealed only to 773 K, which show sensitization for doses up to 20-50 Gy and desensitization for higher doses. Data from the step-annealing study leads to the suggestion that the sensitization is caused by the filling of deep electron traps, which become thermally unstable at 1100-1200 K, whereas the desensitization is caused by the filling of deep hole traps, which become thermally unstable at 800-875 K, along with a concomitant decrease in the concentration of recombination centers (F+ -centers). Changes in the shape of the OSL decay curves are also observed at high doses, the decay becoming faster as the dose increases. These changes in the OSL decay curves are discussed in terms of multiple overlapping components, each characterized by different photoionization cross-sections. However, using numerical solutions of the rate equations for a simple model consisting of a main trap and a recombination center, it is shown that the kinetics of OSL process may also be partially responsible for the changes in the OSL curves at high doses in Al2O3:C. Finally, the implication of these results for the dosimetry of heavy charged particles is discussed. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence of Al2O3:C.

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    Yukihara, E G; Whitley, V H; McKeever, S W S; Akselrod, A E; Akselrod, M S

    2004-06-01

    This paper examines the effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of Al2O3:C, principally on the shape of the OSL decay curve and on the OSL sensitivity. The effect of the degree of deep trap filling on the OSL was also studied by monitoring the sensitivity changes after doses of beta irradiation and after step-annealing of samples previously irradiated with high doses. The OSL response to dose shows a linear-supralinear-saturation behavior, with a decrease in the response for doses higher than those required for saturation. This behavior correlates with the sensitivity changes observed in the samples annealed only to 773 K, which show sensitization for doses up to 20-50 Gy and desensitization for higher doses. Data from the step-annealing study leads to the suggestion that the sensitization is caused by the filling of deep electron traps, which become thermally unstable at 1100-1200 K, whereas the desensitization is caused by the filling of deep hole traps, which become thermally unstable at 800-875 K, along with a concomitant decrease in the concentration of recombination centers (F+ -centers). Changes in the shape of the OSL decay curves are also observed at high doses, the decay becoming faster as the dose increases. These changes in the OSL decay curves are discussed in terms of multiple overlapping components, each characterized by different photoionization cross-sections. However, using numerical solutions of the rate equations for a simple model consisting of a main trap and a recombination center, it is shown that the kinetics of OSL process may also be partially responsible for the changes in the OSL curves at high doses in Al2O3:C. Finally, the implication of these results for the dosimetry of heavy charged particles is discussed. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.