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  1. Improved visible light photocatalytic activity of WO3 through CuWO4 for phenol degradation

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    Chen, Haihang; Xiong, Xianqiang; Hao, Linlin; Zhang, Xiao; Xu, Yiming

    2016-12-01

    Development of a visible light photocatalyst is challenging. Herein, we report a significant activity enhancement of WO3 upon addition of CuWO4. Reaction was carried out under visible light for phenol degradation in aqueous suspension in the presence of H2O2. A maximum reaction rate was observed at 1.0 wt% CuWO4, which was 2.1 and 4.3 times those measured with WO3 and CuWO4, respectively. Similar results were also obtained from the photocatalytic formation of OH radicals, and from the electrochemical reduction of O2. A possible mechanism responsible for the improved activity of WO3 is proposed, involving the electron transfer from CuWO4 to WO3, followed by the reduction of H2O2 over WO3.

  2. Improved Charge Separation in WO3/CuWO4 Composite Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

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    Wang, Danping; Bassi, Prince Saurabh; Qi, Huan; Zhao, Xin; Gurudayal; Wong, Lydia Helena; Xu, Rong; Sritharan, Thirumany; Chen, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Porous tungsten oxide/copper tungstate (WO3/CuWO4) composite thin films were fabricated via a facile in situ conversion method, with a polymer templating strategy. Copper nitrate (Cu(NO3)2) solution with the copolymer surfactant Pluronic®F-127 (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA, generic name, poloxamer 407) was loaded onto WO3 substrates by programmed dip coating, followed by heat treatment in air at 550 °C. The Cu2+ reacted with the WO3 substrate to form the CuWO4 compound. The composite WO3/CuWO4 thin films demonstrated improved photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance over WO3 and CuWO4 single phase photoanodes. The factors of light absorption and charge separation efficiency of the composite and two single phase films were investigated to understand the reasons for the PEC enhancement of WO3/CuWO4 composite thin films. The photocurrent was generated from water splitting as confirmed by hydrogen and oxygen gas evolution, and Faradic efficiency was calculated based on the amount of H2 produced. This work provides a low-cost and controllable method to prepare WO3-metal tungstate composite thin films, and also helps to deepen the understanding of charge transfer in WO3/CuWO4 heterojunction. PMID:28773473

  3. Metastable superconductivity of W/WO3 interface

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    Palnichenko, A. V.; Vyaselev, O. M.; Mazilkin, A. A.; Zver`kova, I. I.; Khasanov, S. S.

    2017-03-01

    Metastable W/WO3 interface has been formed at the surface of a tungsten metal bar using a solid state redox reaction of W with powdered WO3. Superconductivity at 35 ≤ T ≤ 75 K in the W/WO3 interfacial layer has been observed by means of the ac magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistance measurements. Comparative analysis of the experimental results infers that the W/WO3 interfacial layer consists of weakly linked superconducting regions.

  4. Growth of BaWO4 fishbone-like nanostructures in w/o microemulsion.

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    Zhang, Xu; Xie, Yi; Xu, Fen; Tian, Xiaobo

    2004-06-01

    BaWO(4) fishbone-like nanostructures with fourfold structural symmetry have been successfully grown in w/o microemulsion. The BaWO(4) fishbone-like nanostructures have four rows of nanorods, epitaxially grown on the stem and perpendicular to the stem. The obtained samples are characterized by means of XRD, TEM, HRTEM, and SEM. It is found that the water content has a large influence on the size of the product and the molar ratio between cations and anions plays an important role in the morphology of the product. It is assumed that site-selective surfactant adsorption may be responsible for the formation of the BaWO(4) fishbone-like nanostructures.

  5. Structural stability and phase transitions in WO3 thin films.

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    Ramana, C V; Utsunomiya, S; Ewing, R C; Julien, C M; Becker, U

    2006-06-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films have been produced by KrF excimer laser (lambda = 248 nm) ablation of bulk ceramic WO3 targets. The crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical composition, and structural stability of the WO3 thin films have been studied in detail. Characterization of freshly grown WO3 thin films has been performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy (RS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) measurements. The results indicate that the freshly grown WO3 thin films are nearly stoichiometric and well crystallized as monoclinic WO3. The surface morphology of the resulting WO3 thin film has grains of approximately 60 nm in size with a root-mean-square (rms) surface roughness of 10 nm. The phase transformations in the WO3 thin films were investigated by annealing in the TEM column at 30-500 degrees C. The phase transitions in the WO3 thin films occur in sequence as the temperature is increased: monoclinic --> orthorhombic --> hexagonal. Distortion and tilting of the WO6 octahedra occurs with the phase transitions and significantly affects the electronic properties and, hence, the electrochemical device applications of WO3.

  6. Detection and phylogenetic analysis of bacteriophage WO in spiders (Araneae).

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    Yan, Qian; Qiao, Huping; Gao, Jin; Yun, Yueli; Liu, Fengxiang; Peng, Yu

    2015-11-01

    Phage WO is a bacteriophage found in Wolbachia. Herein, we represent the first phylogenetic study of WOs that infect spiders (Araneae). Seven species of spiders (Araneus alternidens, Nephila clavata, Hylyphantes graminicola, Prosoponoides sinensis, Pholcus crypticolens, Coleosoma octomaculatum, and Nurscia albofasciata) from six families were infected by Wolbachia and WO, followed by comprehensive sequence analysis. Interestingly, WO could be only detected Wolbachia-infected spiders. The relative infection rates of those seven species of spiders were 75, 100, 88.9, 100, 62.5, 72.7, and 100 %, respectively. Our results indicated that both Wolbachia and WO were found in three different body parts of N. clavata, and WO could be passed to the next generation of H. graminicola by vertical transmission. There were three different sequences for WO infected in A. alternidens and two different WO sequences from C. octomaculatum. Only one sequence of WO was found for the other five species of spiders. The discovered sequence of WO ranged from 239 to 311 bp. Phylogenetic tree was generated using maximum likelihood (ML) based on the orf7 gene sequences. According to the phylogenetic tree, WOs in N. clavata and H. graminicola were clustered in the same group. WOs from A. alternidens (WAlt1) and C. octomaculatum (WOct2) were closely related to another clade, whereas WO in P. sinensis was classified as a sole cluster.

  7. Reactivity of Hydrogen and Methanol on (001) Surfaces of WO3, ReO3, WO3/ReO3 and ReO3/WO3

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    Ling, Sanliang; Mei, Donghai; Gutowski, Maciej S.

    2011-05-16

    Bulk tungsten trioxide (WO3) and rhenium trioxide (ReO3) share very similar structures but display different electronic properties. WO3 is a wide bandgap semiconductor while ReO3 is an electronic conductor. With the advanced molecular beam epitaxy techniques, it is possible to make heterostructures comprised of layers of WO3 and ReO3. These heterostructures might display reactivity different than pure WO3 and ReO3. The interactions of two probe molecules (hydrogen and methanol) with the (001) surfaces of WO3, ReO3, and two heterostructures ReO3/WO3 and WO3/ReO3 were investigated at the density functional theory level. Atomic hydrogen prefers to adsorb at the terminal O1C sites forming a surface hydroxyl on four surfaces. Dissociative adsorption of a hydrogen molecule at the O1C site leads to formation of a water molecule adsorbed at the surface M5C site. This is thermodynamically the most stable state. A thermodynamically less stable dissociative state involves two surface hydroxyl groups O1CH and O2CH. The interaction of molecular hydrogen and methanol with pure ReO3 is stronger than with pure WO3 and the strength of the interaction substantially changes on the WO3/ReO3 and ReO3/WO3 heterostructures. The reaction barriers for decomposition and recombination reactions are sensitive to the nature of heterostructure. The calculated adsorption energy of methanol on WO3(001) of -65.6 kJ/mol is consistent with the previous experimental estimation of -67 kJ/mol. This material is based upon work supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  8. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of oxalic acid using WO3 and stratified WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts under sunlight illumination.

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    Hunge, Y M; Mahadik, M A; Moholkar, A V; Bhosale, C H

    2017-03-01

    The WO3 and stratified WO3/TiO2 thin films are successfully prepared by the spray pyrolysis method. The structural, morphological, compositional and photoelectrocatalytic properties of WO3 and stratified WO3/TiO2 thin films are studied. XRD analysis confirms that films are polycrystalline with monoclinic and tetragonal crystal structures for WO3 and TiO2 respectively. The SEM images clearly show 3D sheeted porous structure of the as-prepared TiO2 forms on WO3 in stratified WO3/TiO2 samples. The synthesized photoelectrodes was used as catalyst for photoelectrocatalytic degradation of oxalic acid in aqueous medium. The rate constant (k) was evaluated as a function of the initial concentration of species. A significant decrease in concentrations of organic species was observed from COD analysis. The photoelectrocatalytic degradation effect is relatively higher in the case of the stratified WO3/TiO2 than WO3 thin film photoelectrode in the degradation of oxalic acid and 83% removal efficiency of oxalic acid is obtained after 180min. Based on the obtained experimental data, the possible photoelectrocatalytic reaction mechanism was proposed. The photoelectrocatalytic experimental results indicate that stratified WO3/TiO2 photoelectrode is the promising material for removing of water pollutants. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. H2O Adsorption on WO3 and WO3-x (001) Surfaces.

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    Albanese, Elisa; Di Valentin, Cristiana; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2017-07-12

    The nature of the interaction of water with the WO3 surface is of crucial importance for the use of this semiconductor oxide in photocatalysis. In this work, we investigate water adsorption and dissociation on both clean and O-deficient (001) WO3 surfaces by means of an accurate DFT approach. The O vacancy formation energy (computed with respect to O2) has been evaluated for all possible surface configurations, and the removal of the terminal O atom along the c axis is found to be preferred, costing about half the corresponding energy in the bulk. The presence of oxygen vacancies leads to a semiconductor to metal transition, confirming the experimental evidence of n-type conductivity in defective WO3 films. H2O preferably adsorbs on WO3 in a molecular undissociated form, due to the presence of W ions at the surface that act as Lewis acid sites. This interaction, about -1 eV per H2O molecule, is not very strong. Contrary to what is usually expected, the presence of oxygen vacancies does not significantly affect H2O adsorption. Finally, we investigated the H2O desorption from a hydroxylated surface. This suggests that the exposure of WO3 to H2 directly results in a hydroxylated surface and the corresponding H2O desorption turns out to be a very efficient mechanism to generate a reduced oxide surface, with important consequences on the electronic structure of this oxide.

  10. Thermoluminescence of PbWO4 irradiated with UV light.

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    Kim, T; Song, K; Woo, J; Kim, T; Whang, C

    2002-01-01

    PbWO4 single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method in argon and air. The glow curves induced by UV light and the absorption spectra of PbWO4 annealed at various temperatures were measured. The glow curves of PbWO4 were strongly dependent on the growing atmospheres. The activation energies of the 110 K peak of PbWO4 grown in argon and the 122 K peak of PbWO4 grown in air were calculated to be 0.23 eV and 0.29 eV, respectively. The ratio of the 2.76 eV emission band to the 2.48 eV or 2.26 eV emission bands of the PbWO4 grown in air was smaller than that of the PbWO4 grown in argon. The glow curve of PbWO4 grown in argon was similar to that of PbWO4 grown in air when the annealing temperatures were increased.

  11. Polarized Raman spectra of the oriented NaY(WO 4) 2 and KY(WO 4) 2 single crystals

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    Macalik, L.; Hanuza, J.; Kaminskii, A. A.

    2000-11-01

    Polarized Raman scattering spectra of the NaY(WO 4) 2 (NYW) single crystal have been measured. Its structure is described in the tetragonal space group isomorphic to CaWO 4 scheelite. The A g, B g and E g spectra were made and discussed in terms of factor group analysis. These spectra are compared to those of monoclinic KY(WO 4) 2 (KYW) single crystals whose structure differs from the other crystal. The NYW unit cell comprises of the isolated WO 4 tetrahedra whereas the KYW structure is built from the WO 6 octahedra joined by WO 2W double bonds and WOW single bridges. The vibrational characteristics of the bridge bond systems are proposed. On this basis, the role of the vibronic transitions for the KYW crystal doped with Eu 3+ ions is discussed.

  12. In situ synthesis of CdS/CdWO4/WO3 heterojunction films with enhanced photoelectrochemical properties

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    Zhan, Faqi; Li, Jie; Li, Wenzhang; Yang, Yahui; Liu, Wenhua; Li, Yaomin

    2016-09-01

    CdS/CdWO4/WO3 heterojunction films on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates are for the first time prepared as an efficient photoanode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen generation by an in situ conversion process. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet visible spectrometry (UV-vis) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The CdS hollow spheres (∼80 nm) sensitized WO3 plate film with a CdWO4 buffer-layer exhibits increased visible light absorption and a significantly improved photoelectrochemical performance. The photocurrent density at 0 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) of the CdS/CdWO4/WO3 anode is ∼3 times higher than that of the CdWO4/WO3 anode, and ∼9 times higher than that of pure WO3 under illumination. The highest incident-photon-to-current-efficiency (IPCE) value increased from 16% to 63% when the ternary heterojunction was formed. This study demonstrates that the synthesis of ternary composite photocatalysts by the in situ conversion process may be a promising approach to achieve high photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of WO3/Ag/WO3 multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes

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    2012-01-01

    The dielectric/metal/dielectric multilayer is suitable for a transparent electrode because of its high-optical and high-electrical properties; however, it is fabricated by an expensive and inefficient multistep vacuum process. We present a WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). This WAW multilayer not only has high transmittance and low resistance but also can be easily and rapidly fabricated. We devised a novel method to deposit a thin WO3 layer by a solution process in an air environment. A tungstic acid solution was prepared from an aqueous solution of Na2WO4 and then converted to WO3 nanoparticles (NPs) by a thermal treatment. Thin WO3 NP layers form WAW multilayer with a thermal-evaporated Ag layer, and they improve the transmittance of the WAW multilayer because of its high transmittance and refractive index. Moreover, the surface of the WO3 layer is homogeneous and flat with low roughness because of the WO3 NP generation from the tungstic acid solution without aggregation. We performed optical simulation and experiments, and the optimized WAW multilayer had a high transmittance of 85% with a sheet resistance of 4 Ω/sq. Finally, PLEDs based on the WAW multilayer anode achieved a maximum luminance of 35,550 cd/m2 at 8 V, and this result implies that the solution-processed WAW multilayer is appropriate for use as a transparent anode in PLEDs. PMID:22587669

  14. Nd:SrWO 4 and Nd:BaWO 4 Raman lasers

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    Šulc, J.; Jelínková, H.; Basiev, T. T.; Doroschenko, M. E.; Ivleva, L. I.; Osiko, V. V.; Zverev, P. G.

    2007-09-01

    Properties of the laser operation and simultaneously stimulated Raman scattering in the SRS-active neodymium doped SrWO4 and BaWO4 crystals coherently end-pumped at wavelength 752 nm by pulsed free-running alexandrite laser radiation were investigated. The Nd3+ ion emission at wavelength λNd ˜ 1.06 μm was corresponding to 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transition. To reach the SRS-self-conversion threshold inside Raman crystal the Nd3+ lasers were operating in a Q-switching regime. For Q-switching LiF:F2- crystal as a saturable absorber was used. Raman self-conversion at wavelength ˜1.17 μm was successfully reached with both tungstate crystals. The shortest generated pulse (1.3 ns FWHM) and highest peak power (615 kW) was obtained with Nd:BaWO4 Raman laser Q-switched by LiF:F2- crystal with initial transmission T0 = 60%. Up to 0.8 mJ was registered at the first Stokes wavelength 1169 nm. Using Q-switched Nd:SrWO4 laser higher energy in Raman emission was obtained (1.23 mJ) but generated pulse was longer (2.9 ns FWHM) resulting in lower peak power (430 kW).

  15. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on WO3.

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    Zheng, Haidong; Tachibana, Yasuhiro; Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh

    2010-12-21

    In research on alternative photoanode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), there is rarely any report on WO(3), probably due to its acidic surface and more positive (vs NHE) conduction band edge position compared to TiO(2) and ZnO. For the first time, dye-sensitized solar cells based on porous WO(3) nanoparticle films were successfully fabricated with efficiency of up to 0.75%. The multicrystalline structure of WO(3) was examined by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. It was found that significant performance enhancement can be obtained from treating the WO(3) nanoparticle film with TiCl(4); the TiCl(4)-treated WO(3) DSCs were recorded with efficiency reaching 1.46%.

  16. Nd:SrWO4 Raman laser

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    Jelinkova, Helena; Sulc, Jan; Doroschenko, Maxim E.; Skornyakov, Vadim V.; Kravtsov, Sergey B.; Basiev, Tasoltan T.; Zverev, Peter G.

    2004-09-01

    Properties of the laser operation and simultaneously stimulated Raman scattering in the new SRS-active neodymium doped SrWO4 crystal coherently end-pumped by alexandrite 752 nm laser radiation were investigated. The maximum generated energy 90 mJ from the free-running Nd3+:SrWO4 laser at 1057 nm wavelength was obtained with the output coupler reflectivity 52%. The slope efficiency reached s = 0.52, the beam characteristic parameters M2 and divergence q were 2.5 +/- 0.1, and 1.5 +/- 0.1 mrad, respectively. Maximal output energy of 1.46 mJ for the fundamental wavelength was obtained for Q-switched Nd3+:SrWO4 oscillator with a double Fabry-Perrot as the output coupler (R = 48%), and with the 5% initial transmission of LiF:F2- saturable absorber. Up to 0.74 mJ energy was registered at the first Stokes frequency. The pulse duration was 5 ns and 2.4 ns for the fundamental and Stokes radiation, respectively. The energy of 1.25 mJ at 1170 nm was obtained for closed Raman resonator with special mirrors. For the case of mode-locking, two dye saturable absorbers (ML51 dye in dichlorethan and 3955 dye in ethanol) were used and SRS radiation in the form of pulse train was observed. The influence of the various Raman laser output couplers reflectivity as well as the initial transmissions of passive absorbers were investigated with the goal of the output energy maximization at the Stokes wavelength. In the output, the total measured energy was 1.8 mJ (for ML51 dye) and 2.4 mJ (for 3955 dye). The SRS output at 1170 nm was approximately 20% of total energy.

  17. Visible-Near-Infrared-Light-Driven Oxygen Evolution Reaction with Noble-Metal-Free WO2-WO3 Hybrid Nanorods.

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    Wang, Song Ling; Mak, Yan Lin; Wang, Shijie; Chai, Jianwei; Pan, Feng; Foo, Maw Lin; Chen, Wei; Wu, Kai; Xu, Guo Qin

    2016-12-13

    Understanding and manipulating the one half-reaction of photoinduced hole-oxidation to oxygen are of fundamental importance to design and develop an efficient water-splitting process. To date, extensive studies on oxygen evolution from water splitting have focused on visible-light harvesting. However, capturing low-energy photons for oxygen evolution, such as near-infrared (NIR) light, is challenging and not well-understood. This report presents new insights into photocatalytic water oxidation using visible and NIR light. WO2-WO3 hybrid nanorods were in situ fabricated using a wet-chemistry route. The presence of metallic WO2 strengthens light absorption and promotes the charge-carrier separation of WO3. The efficiency of the oxygen evolution reaction over noble-metal-free WO2-WO3 hybrids was found to be significantly promoted. More importantly, NIR light (≥700 nm) can be effectively trapped to cause the photocatalytic water oxidation reaction. The oxygen evolution rates are even up to around 220 (λ = 700 nm) and 200 (λ = 800 nm) mmol g(-1) h(-1). These results demonstrate that the WO2-WO3 material is highly active for water oxidation with low-energy photons and opens new opportunities for multichannel solar energy conversion.

  18. Phase transformations upon doping in WO3

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    Wang, Wennie; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2017-06-01

    High levels of doping in WO3 have been experimentally observed to lead to structural transformation towards higher symmetry phases. We explore the structural phase diagram with charge doping through first-principles methods based on hybrid density functional theory, as a function of doping the room-temperature monoclinic phase transitions to the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and finally cubic phase. Based on a decomposition of energies into electronic and strain contributions, we attribute the transformation to a gain in energy resulting from a lowering of the conduction band on an absolute energy scale.

  19. Sustainable Rejuvenation of Electrochromic WO3 Films.

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Niklasson, Gunnar A; Granqvist, Claes G

    2015-12-30

    Devices relying on ion transport normally suffer from a decline of their long-term performance due to irreversible ion accumulation in the host material, and this effect may severely curtail the operational lifetime of the device. In this work, we demonstrate that degraded electrochromic WO3 films can sustainably regain their initial performance through galvanostatic detrapping of Li(+) ions. The rejuvenated films displayed degradation features similar to those of the as-prepared films, thus indicating that the detrapping process is effectively reversible so that long-term performance degradation can be successfully avoided. Detrapping did not occur in the absence of an electric current.

  20. The green emission and local structure of the scintillator PbWO 4

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    Qi, Zeming; Shi, Chaoshu; Zhou, Dongfang; Tang, Honggao; Liu, Tao; Hu, Tiandou

    2001-12-01

    The green emission of lead tungstate (PbWO 4 ) is closely related to structure defects. For studying the mechanism of the green emission, the local structure of PbWO 4 has been first investigated by extended X-ray absorption fine structure using synchrotron radiation. The results indicate that the excess oxygen in air-annealed PbWO 4 exists and forms “WO 4+O i” centers. The green emission of PbWO 4 is not caused by (WO 3+F) centers, but probably originates from the centers of “WO 4+O i”.

  1. Synthesis of S-doped WO3 nanowires with enhanced photocatalytic performance towards dye degradation

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    Han, Fugui; Li, Heping; Fu, Li; Yang, Jun; Liu, Zhong

    2016-05-01

    In this letter, S-doped WO3 nanowires (S-WO3) were prepared using a hydrothermal method followed by a low-temperature solid-state annealing treatment. The synthesized S-WO3 was characterized by SEM, EDX, XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis DRS and photocurrent responses. The results indicated that S could enhance the light harvesting capacity of WO3 nanowires. The photocatalytic performance of the S-WO3 was investigated by photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. Results demonstrated that the photocatalytic activity of the S-WO3 nanowires is much higher than that of pure WO3 nanowires.

  2. Kinetics and mechanism of dye adsorption on WO3 nanoparticles

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    Adhikari, Sangeeta; Mandal, Sandip; Sarkar, Debasish; Kim, Do-Heyoung; Madras, Giridhar

    2017-10-01

    Monoclinic WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple acid catalyzed co-precipitation reaction. Spherical particles with average size ∼55 nm were confirmed from electron microscopy followed by functional, structural and optical characterizations. The adsorption of methylene blue was examined by using WO3 nanoparticles and the capacity was higher than most of the reported studies. The effect of pH and material loading on adsorption was determined. The mechanism of adsorption was examined by XPS and a detailed explanation of surface phenomena was proposed. Regeneration study was carried and a high stability of heat treated WO3 towards adsorption of methylene blue was observed.

  3. WO3 nanopaticles and PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films studied for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Ivanov Boyadjiev, Stefan; Manduca, Bruno; Szűcs, Júlia; Miklós Szilágyi, Imre

    2016-03-01

    WO3 is a widely studied material for electrochromic and photocatalytic applications. In the present study, WO3 nanoparticles with a controlled structure (monoclinic or hexagonal) were obtained by controlled thermal decomposition of hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze in air at 500 °C and 600 °C, respectively. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the monoclinic and hexagonal WO3 nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. In order to study the electrochromic properties of the WO3 nanoparticles, as well to introduce them for self-cleaning photocatalytic surface applications, thin films were prepared from the WO3 particles together with a conductive polymer. For this, PEDOT:PSS was used, which gives excellent opportunities for obtaining transparent and conductive thin films, suitable for both electrochromic and photocatalytic applications. By spin-coating, transparent PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films were prepared, on which cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied. Our initial results for the PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films are promising, suggesting that such composites, after further development, might be successfully used in electrochromic devices and photocatalysis.

  4. Hydrothermally grown nanostructured WO3 films and their electrochromic characteristics

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    Jiao, Zhihui; Sun, Xiao Wei; Wang, Jinmin; Ke, Lin; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2010-07-01

    We report the synthesis of nanostructured tungsten trioxide (WO3) films and their electrochromic characteristics. Plate-like monoclinic WO3 nanostructures were grown directly on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates by a simple and low-cost crystal-seed-assisted hydrothermal method. The growth mechanism of the film is investigated. HRTEM analysis reveals the single crystalline quality of the WO3 nanostructure. The film exhibits tunable transmittance modulation under different voltages and repetitive cycling between the clear and blue states has no deleterious effect on its electrochromic performance after 3000 cycles. The electrochromic device composed of the WO3 film has high electrochromic stability, colour contrast and reasonable switching response with a colouration efficiency of 38.2 cm2 C-1 at 632.8 nm.

  5. Electrochromic device based on electrospun WO{sub 3} nanofibers

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    Dulgerbaki, Cigdem; Maslakci, Neslihan Nohut; Komur, Ali Ihsan; Oksuz, Aysegul Uygun

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3} electrochromic nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning technique. • WO{sub 3} nanofibers switched reversibly from transparent to blue color. • Electrochromic device was assembled using ionic liquid based gel electrolyte. • Significant optical modulation and excellent cycling stability were achieved for ECD. - Abstract: The tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanofibers were grown directly onto an ITO-coated glass via an electrospinning method for electrochromic applications. The electrochromic properties of WO{sub 3} nanofibers were investigated in the presence of different electrolytes including a series of ionic liquids and classic LiClO{sub 4}-PC system. A significant optical modulation of 20.82% at 760 nm, reversible coloration with efficiency of 64.58 cm{sup 2}/C and excellent cycling stability were achieved for the nanofiber electrochromic device (ECD) with ionic liquid based gel electrolyte.

  6. Insight into Charge Separation in WO3/BiVO4 Heterojunction for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Lee, Chang Soo; Jung, Hyejin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Min, Byoung Koun; Kim, Jong Hak; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2017-06-14

    Recently, the WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction has shown promising photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting activity based on its charge transfer and light absorption capability, and notable enhancement of the photocurrent has been achieved via morphological modification of WO3. We developed a graft copolymer-assisted protocol for the synthesis of WO3 mesoporous thin films on a transparent conducting electrode, wherein the particle size, particle shape, and thickness of the WO3 layer were controlled by tuning the interactions in the polymer/sol-gel hybrid. The PEC performance of the WO3 mesoporous photoanodes with various morphologies and the individual heterojunctions with BiVO4 (WO3/BiVO4) were characterized by measuring the photocurrents in the absence/presence of hole scavengers using light absorption spectroscopy and intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy. The morphology of the WO3 photoanode directly influenced the charge separation efficiency within the WO3 layer and concomitant charge collection efficiency in the WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction, showing the smaller sized nanosphere WO3 layer showed higher values than did the plate-like or rod-like one. Notably, we observed that photocurrent density of WO3/BiVO4 was not dependent on the thickness of WO3 film or its charge collection time, implying slow charge flow from BiVO4 to WO3 can be a crucial issue in determining the photocurrent, rather than the charge separation within the nanosphere WO3 layer.

  7. Driving Force for the WO3(001) Surface Relaxation

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    Yakovkin, Ivan N.; Gutowski, Maciej S.

    2007-03-15

    The optimized structure of the WO3(001) surface with various types of termination ((1x1)O, (1x1) WO2, and c(2x2)O) has been simulated using density functional theory with the Perdew-Wang 91 gradient-corrected exchange correlation functional. While energy of bulk WO3 depends weakly on the distortions and tilting of the WO6 octahedra, relaxation the (001) surface results in a significant decrease of surface energy (from 10.2x10-2 eV/Å2 for bulk-extracted, ReO3-like, c(2x2)O-terminated surface to 2.2x10-2 eV/Å2 for the relaxed surface). This feature illustrates important role of surface in formation of crystalline nano-size clusters of WO3. The surface relaxation is accompanied by a dramatic redistribution of density of states near the Fermi level, in particular the transformations of surface electronic states. This redistribution is responsible for the decrease of electronic energy and therefore is suggested to be the driving force for surface relaxation of the WO3(001) surface and, presumably, similar surfaces of other transition metal oxides. Battelle operates PNNL for the USDOE.

  8. Photoluminescence in solid solutions and thin films of tungstates CaWO{sub 4}-CdWO{sub 4}

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    Taoufyq, A.; Mauroy, V.; Guinneton, F.; Valmalette, J-C.; Fiorido, T.; Benlhachemi, A.; Lyoussi, A.; Nolibe, G.; Gavarri, J-R.

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we present two types of studies on the luminescence properties under UV and X-ray excitations of solid solutions Ca{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} and of thin layers of CaWO{sub 4} and CdWO{sub 4}. These tungstate based solid solutions are susceptible to be integrated into new radiation sensors, in order to be used in different fields of applications such as reactor measurements, safeguards, homeland security, nuclear nondestructive assays, LINAC emission radiation measurement. However these complex materials were rarely investigated in the literature. One first objective of our studies was to establish correlations between luminescence efficiency, chemical substitution and the degree of crystallization resulting from elaboration conditions. A second objective will be to determine the efficiency of luminescence properties of thin layers of these materials. In the present work, we focus our attention on the role of chemical substitution on photon emissions under UV and X-ray irradiations. The luminescence spectra of Ca{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} polycrystalline materials have been investigated at room temperature as a function of composition (0≤x≤1). In addition, we present a preliminary study of the luminescence of CaWO{sub 4} and CdWO{sub 4} thin layers: oscillations observed in the case of X-ray excitations in the luminescence spectra are discussed. (authors)

  9. In-situ transmission electron microscopy imaging of formation and evolution of Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} during lithiation of WO{sub 3} nanowires

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    Qi, Kuo; Li, Xiaomin; Sun, Muhua; Huang, Qianming; Wei, Jiake; Xu, Zhi E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn; Wang, Wenlong; Bai, Xuedong E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn; Wang, Enge

    2016-06-06

    The phase transition from monoclinic WO{sub 3} to cubic Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} during lithiation of WO{sub 3} is one of the key features for tungsten oxide as the most used electrochromic material. Conventionally, the lithium intercalation of WO{sub 3} has been studied by building generic layered electrochromic device combining with structural characterization and electrochemistry measurement at macro scale. In-situ transmission electron microscopy (in-situ TEM) has been proposed as a method for revealing the detailed mechanism of structural, physical, and chemical properties. Here, we use in-situ TEM method to investigate the formation and evolution of Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} in real-time during the electrochemical lithiation of WO{sub 3} nanowires. The dynamic lithiation process is recorded by TEM imaging, diffraction, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The WO{sub 3}-Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} phase boundary of reaction front has been observed at high resolution. The timeliness of crystallinity of Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} and the intercalation channels for Li ions are also identified. Moreover, the co-existence of both polycrystalline Li-poor area and amorphous Li-rich phases of Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} was found. Our results provide an insight into the basic lithiation process of WO{sub 3}, which is significantly important for understanding the electrochromic mechanism of tungsten oxide.

  10. In-situ transmission electron microscopy imaging of formation and evolution of LixWO3 during lithiation of WO3 nanowires

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    Qi, Kuo; Li, Xiaomin; Sun, Muhua; Huang, Qianming; Wei, Jiake; Xu, Zhi; Wang, Wenlong; Bai, Xuedong; Wang, Enge

    2016-06-01

    The phase transition from monoclinic WO3 to cubic LixWO3 during lithiation of WO3 is one of the key features for tungsten oxide as the most used electrochromic material. Conventionally, the lithium intercalation of WO3 has been studied by building generic layered electrochromic device combining with structural characterization and electrochemistry measurement at macro scale. In-situ transmission electron microscopy (in-situ TEM) has been proposed as a method for revealing the detailed mechanism of structural, physical, and chemical properties. Here, we use in-situ TEM method to investigate the formation and evolution of LixWO3 in real-time during the electrochemical lithiation of WO3 nanowires. The dynamic lithiation process is recorded by TEM imaging, diffraction, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The WO3-LixWO3 phase boundary of reaction front has been observed at high resolution. The timeliness of crystallinity of LixWO3 and the intercalation channels for Li ions are also identified. Moreover, the co-existence of both polycrystalline Li-poor area and amorphous Li-rich phases of LixWO3 was found. Our results provide an insight into the basic lithiation process of WO3, which is significantly important for understanding the electrochromic mechanism of tungsten oxide.

  11. Photocatalytic properties of h-WO3 nanoparticles obtained by annealing and h-WO3 nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Nagy-Kovács, Teodóra; Lukács, István; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, two different methods for preparing hexagonal WO3 (h-WO3) photocatalysts were used - controlled thermal decomposition and hydrothermal synthesis. WO3 nanoparticles with hexagonal structure were obtained by annealing (NH4)xWO3-y at 500 °C in air. WO3 nanorods were prepared by a hydrothermal method using sodium tungstate Na2WO4, HCl, (COOH)2 and NaSO4 precursors at 200 °C. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles and nanorods were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the h-WO3 nanoparticles and nanorods was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation.

  12. Improved red emission by codoping Li+ in ZnWO4:Eu3+ phosphors

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    Chen, Guiqiang; Wang, Fengli; Yu, Jie; Zhang, Haisheng; Zhang, Xiao

    2017-01-01

    ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors have been synthesized successfully by a microwave-assist hydrothermal process. The phase, morphology and luminescent properties are investigated carefully. The XRD and FTIR results indicate that ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors have the monoclinic phase. The SEM images indicate that ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors are cubes with average particle size about 1 μm. Under the excitation at 395 nm, ZnWO4:Eu3+ and ZnWO4:Eu3+/Li+ phosphors show emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 0, 1, 2 and 3) transitions of Eu3+ ions. The Li+ ion acts as charge compensator and results in the enhancement of emission intensity.

  13. Large single crystal growth of MnWO4-type materials from high-temperature solutions

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    Gattermann, U.; Röska, B.; Paulmann, C.; Park, S.-H.

    2016-11-01

    A simple high-temperature growth apparatus was constructed to obtain large crystals of chemically gradient (In, Na)-doped MnWO4solid-solutions. This paper presents the crystal growth and characterisation of both MnWO4and epitaxially grown (In, Na): MnWO4crystals on MnWO4. These large monolithic crystals were made in two steps: A MnWO4 crystal was grown in the crystallographic main direction [001] applying the Czochralski method, followed by the top seeded growth of (In, Na): MnWO4 solid-solutions with an oriented seed crystal of MnWO4. Such a monolithic crystal will serve to fundamental investigation of coupling properties at boundaries between various multiferroic MnWO4-typesolid-solutions.

  14. Optical Properties and Aging of Gasochromic WO3

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    Ghosh, Rudresh; Baker, Matthew B.; Lopez, Rene

    2008-10-01

    WO3 as a possible optical gas sensor has gained increasing importance with H2 becoming a major fuel of the future. This has led to efforts to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of the gasochromic behavior of WO3. WO3 films were fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Morphological and stoichiometric ratios of films obtained were observed as functions of deposition parameters. We present the optical constants induced by 2% H2:Ar in WO3 films. This allows us to obtain the limits of the gasochromic change in comparison to ion injection. It was found using Langmuir's adsorption equation that at low H2 concentrations a high sensitivity is predicted but the coloration could saturate at 57.9 % of the material's maximum ion adsorption. Poisoning of the films was also addressed by coating with a permeable polydimethylsiloxane layer. It is shown that gasochromic degradation is prevented thus eliminating common atmospheric gases as possible contaminants. Our studies suggest WO3 thin films as highly sensitive and stable optical hydrogen sensors.

  15. Optical Properties and Aging of Gasochromic WO3

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    Ghosh, Rudresh; Baker, Matthew B.; Lopez, Rene

    2009-03-01

    WO3 as a possible optical gas sensor has gained increasing importance with H2 becoming a major fuel of the future. This has led to efforts to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of the gasochromic behavior of WO3. WO3 films were fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Morphological and stoichiometric ratios of films obtained were observed as functions of deposition parameters. We present the optical constants induced by 2% H2:Ar in WO3 films. This allows us to obtain the limits of the gasochromic change in comparison to ion injection. It was found using Langmuir's adsorption equation that at low H2 concentrations a high sensitivity is predicted but the coloration could saturate at 57.9 % of the material's maximum ion adsorption. Poisoning of the films was also addressed by coating with a permeable polydimethylsiloxane layer. It is shown that gasochromic degradation is prevented thus eliminating common atmospheric gases as possible contaminants. Our studies suggest WO3 thin films as highly sensitive and stable optical hydrogen sensors. .

  16. Preparation and physical properties of CuxWO3

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    Koriche, N.; Bessekhouad, Y.; Bouguelia, A.; Trari, M.

    2012-04-01

    We report on the study of WO3 doped with Cu using sol-gel (CuxWO3d) and impregnation (CuxWO3i) methods. All materials are well crystallized and exhibit single phases whose crystallite size ranges from 17 to 100 nm depending on Cu amount and the preparation technique. The conductivity dependence on temperature demonstrates semiconductor behavior and follows the Arrhenius model, with activation energies, Eσ, commonly in the range 0.4-0.6 eV. Moreover, the thermopower study shows that CuxWO3d is mainly of p-type conductivity, whereas CuxWO3i is n-type. The mechanism of conduction is attributed to a small polaron hopping. The doping process is found to decrease the interband transition down to 520 nm depending on the preparation conditions. The photoelectrochemical characterization confirms the conductivity type and demonstrates that the photocurrent Jph increases with Cu-doping. Taking into consideration the activation energy, the flat band potential and the band gap energy, the band positions of each material are proposed according to the preparation method and Cu amount.

  17. Synthesis of high aspect ratio WO2 nanostructures

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    Coşkun, Selim; Koziol, Krzysztof K. K.

    2016-02-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO2) nanorods and nanowires were prepared by the heat treatment of WO2 nanocrystalline powders in the presence of Ar. Nanocrystalline powders produced by a simple water-assisted route at the room temperature were annealed at different temperatures for different durations, which yielded orthorhombic and monoclinic WO2 crystals. Annealing the powders at 700 °C and above resulted in orthorhombic WO2 nanorods/nanowires with an average diameter of 60-70 nm beside the monoclinic WO2 nanocrystalline powders with a diameter of 5 nm. The lengths of the nanorods increased from several 100 nm up to several 10 µm with increasing temperature while their diameters did not change. With increased length, nanowires became more elastic in nature having a cotton-like fabric. The prepared nanostructures have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction measurements, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. An oriented attachment mechanism leading to root growth from a parent structure was proposed.

  18. Photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6/Bi2S3 heterojunctions: the facilitation of exposed facets of Bi2WO6 substrate

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    Yan, Long; Wang, Yufei; Shen, Huidong; Zhang, Yu; Li, Jian; Wang, Danjun

    2017-01-01

    Bi2S3/Bi2WO6 hybrid architectures with exposed (020) Bi2WO6 facets have been synthesized via a controlled anion exchange approach. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals that a small amount of Bi2S3 was formed on the surface of Bi2WO6 during the anion exchange process, thus leading to the transformation from the Bi2WO6 to Bi2S3/Bi2WO6. A rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution was chosen as model organic pollutants to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6 catalysts. Under visible light irradiation, the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6-TAA displayed the excellent visible light photoactivities compared with pure Bi2S3, Bi2WO6 and other composite photocatalysts. The efficient photocatalytic activity of the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6-TAA composite microspheres was ascribed to the constructed heterojunctions and the inner electric field caused by the exposed (020) Bi2WO6 facets. Active species trapping experiments revealed that h+ and O2rad - are the main active species in the photocatalytic process. Furthermore, the as-obtained photocatalysts showed good photocatalytic activity after four recycles. The results presented in this study provide a new concept for the rational design and development of highly efficient photocatalysts.

  19. AgBi(WO4)2 : A New Modification Material to Bi2 WO6 for Enhanced and Stable Visible-Light Photocatalyic Performance.

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    Feng, Cuiyun; Dong, Yuming; Jiang, Pingping; Wang, Guangli; Zhang, Jingjing; Wu, Xiuming; Zhang, Chi

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we report a novel AgBi(WO4 )2 -Bi2 WO6 heterostructure, which was designed and synthesized by using a simple hydrothermal method. Methyl orange was used as a representative dye indicator to evaluate the visible-light catalytic activity and the catalytic mechanism was investigated. The as-synthesized AgBi(WO4 )2 -Bi2 WO6 composite displayed a 43 times higher photocatalytic activity than Bi2 WO6 . Owing to the matched band gap and distinctive heterostructure, AgBi(WO4 )2 -Bi2 WO6 reveals a high visible-light response and high-efficiency utilization of both photogenerated electrons and holes. AgBi(WO4 )2 reveals a similar energy level to and good lattice match with Bi2 WO6 , which are favorable qualities for band bending and fluent electron transfer. Furthermore, the photoexcited electrons can produce oxygen to generate (.) O2 (-) radicals, which is vital for the overall utilization of both holes and electrons. This is the first example of AgBi(WO4 )2 being used as photocatalytic material. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Photoelectrochemical water oxidation on photoanodes fabricated with hexagonal nanoflower and nanoblock WO3.

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    Wang, Nan; Wang, Donge; Li, Mingrun; Shi, Jingying; Li, Can

    2014-02-21

    Hexagonal nanoflower WO3 arrays have been prepared by using RCOO(-) as the structure directing agent in the microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis process. The photoelectrochemical performance of the synthesized hexagonal flower-like WO3 electrode was enhanced compared with the block-like WO3 film.

  1. Biomimetic fabrication of WO3 for water splitting under visible light with high performance

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    Yin, Chao; Zhu, Shenmin; Yao, Fan; Gu, Jiajun; Zhang, Wang; Chen, Zhixin; Zhang, Di

    2013-08-01

    Inspired by the high light-harvesting properties of typical butterfly wings, ceramic WO3 butterfly wings with hierarchical structures of bio-butterfly wings was fabricated using a template of PapilioParis butterfly wings through a sol-gel method. The effect of calcination temperatures on the structures of the ceramic butterfly wings was investigated and the results showed that the WO3 butterfly wing replica calcined at 550 °C (WO3 replica-550) is a single phase and has a high crystallinity and relatively fine hierarchical structure. The average grain size of WO3 replica-550 and WO3 powder are around 32.6 and 42.2 nm, respectively. Compared with pure WO3 powder, WO3 replica-550 demonstrated a higher light-harvesting capability in the region from 460 to 700 nm and more importantly the higher charge separation rate, as evidenced by electron paramagnetic resonance measurements. Photocatalytic O2 evolutions from water were investigated on the ceramic butterfly wings and pure WO3 powder under visible light ( λ > 420 nm). The results showed that the amount of O2 produced from WO3 replica-550 is 50 % higher than that of the pure WO3 powder. The improved photocatalytic performance of WO3 replica-550 is attributed to the quasi-honeycomb structure inherited from the PapilioParis butterfly wings, providing both high light-harvesting efficiency and efficient charge transport through the WO3.

  2. Degradation of methylene blue using porous WO3, SiO2-WO3, and their Au-loaded analogs: adsorption and photocatalytic studies.

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    DePuccio, Daniel P; Botella, Pablo; O'Rourke, Bruce; Landry, Christopher C

    2015-01-28

    A facile sonochemical approach was used to deposit 3-5 nm monodisperse gold nanoparticles on porous SiO2-WO3 composite spheres, as confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High-resolution TEM (HR-TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) further characterized the supported Au nanoparticles within the Au-SiO2-WO3 composite. These analyses showed isolated Au nanoparticles within both SiO2- and WO3-containing regions. Selective etching of the SiO2 matrix from Au-SiO2-WO3 yielded a pure Au-WO3 material with well-dispersed 10 nm Au nanoparticles and moderate porosity. This combined sonochemical-nanocasting technique has not been previously used to synthesize Au-WO3 photocatalysts. Methylene blue (MB) served as a probe for the adsorption capacity and visible light photocatalytic activity of these WO3-containing catalysts. Extensive MB demethylation (azures A, B, C, and thionine) and polymerization of these products occurred over WO3 under dark conditions, as confirmed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Photoirradiation of these suspensions led to further degradation primarily through demethylation and polymerization pathways, regardless of the presence of Au nanoparticles. Ring-opening sulfur oxidation to the sulfone was a secondary photocatalytic pathway. According to UV-vis spectroscopy, pure WO3 materials showed superior MB adsorption compared to SiO2-WO3 composites. Compared to their respective nonloaded catalysts, Au-SiO2-WO3 and Au-WO3 catalysts exhibited enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of MB. Specifically, the rates of MB degradation over Au-WO3 and Au-SiO2-WO3 during 300 min of irradiation were faster than those over their nonloaded counterparts (WO3 and SiO2-WO3). These studies highlight the ability of Au-WO3 to serve as an excellent adsorbant and photodegradation catalyst toward MB.

  3. Intrinsic Defects and H Doping in WO3

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Vasilopoulou, Maria; Davazoglou, Dimitris; Kennou, Stella; Chroneos, Alexander; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2017-01-01

    WO3 is widely used as industrial catalyst. Intrinsic and/or extrinsic defects can tune the electronic properties and extend applications to gas sensors and optoelectonics. However, H doping is a challenge to WO3, the relevant mechanisms being hardly understood. In this context, we investigate intrinsic defects and H doping by density functional theory and experiments. Formation energies are calculated to determine the lowest energy defect states. O vacancies turn out to be stable in O-poor environment, in agreement with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and O-H bond formation of H interstitial defects is predicted and confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. PMID:28098210

  4. Symmetry driven control of optical properties in WO3 films

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    Herklotz, A.; Rus, S. F.; KC, S.; Cooper, V. R.; Huon, A.; Guo, E.-J.; Ward, T. Z.

    2017-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that the optical bandgap of WO3 films can be continuously controlled through uniaxial strain induced by low-energy helium implantation. The insertion of He into epitaxially grown and coherently strained WO3 films can be used to induce single axis out-of-plane lattice expansion of up to 2%. Ellipsometric spectroscopy reveals that the optical bandgap is reduced by about 0.18 eV per percent expansion of the out-of-plane unit cell length. Density functional theory calculations show that this response is a direct result of changes in orbital degeneracy driven by changes in the octahedral rotations and tilts.

  5. Intrinsic Defects and H Doping in WO3

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Vasilopoulou, Maria; Davazoglou, Dimitris; Kennou, Stella; Chroneos, Alexander; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2017-01-01

    WO3 is widely used as industrial catalyst. Intrinsic and/or extrinsic defects can tune the electronic properties and extend applications to gas sensors and optoelectonics. However, H doping is a challenge to WO3, the relevant mechanisms being hardly understood. In this context, we investigate intrinsic defects and H doping by density functional theory and experiments. Formation energies are calculated to determine the lowest energy defect states. O vacancies turn out to be stable in O-poor environment, in agreement with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and O-H bond formation of H interstitial defects is predicted and confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

  6. Facile Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on WO3Nanorods

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    2007-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide nanorods have been generated by the thermal decomposition (450 °C) of tetrabutylammonium decatungstate. The synthesized tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanorods have been characterized by XRD, Raman, SEM, TEM, HRTEM and cyclic voltammetry. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the synthesized WO3nanorods are crystalline in nature with monoclinic structure. The electrochemical experiments showed that they constitute a better electrocatalytic system for hydrogen evolution reaction in acid medium compared to their bulk counterpart.

  7. Phase behaviour of 2D MnWO x and FeWO x ternary oxide layers on Pd(1 0 0)

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    Doudin, N.; Kuhness, D.; Blatnik, M.; Netzer, F. P.; Surnev, S.

    2017-06-01

    The structure and properties of ternary oxide materials at the nanoscale are poorly explored both on experimental and theoretical levels. With this work we demonstrate the successful on-surface synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) ternary oxide, MnWO x and FeWO x , nanolayers on a Pd(1 0 0) surface and the understanding of their new structure and phase behaviour with the help of state-of-art surface structure and spectroscopy techniques. We find that the 2D MnWO x and FeWO x phases, prepared under identical thermodynamic conditions, exhibit similar structural properties, reflecting the similarity of the bulk MnWO4 and FeWO4 phases with the wolframite structure. Structure models of prototypical 2D ternary oxide phases are proposed and discussed in the light of new structure architecture concepts which have no analogues in the bulk.

  8. Synthesis of Shape-Tailored WO3 Micro-/Nanocrystals and the Photocatalytic Activity of WO3/TiO2 Composites

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    Székely, István; Kovács, Gábor; Baia, Lucian; Danciu, Virginia; Pap, Zsolt

    2016-01-01

    A traditional semiconductor (WO3) was synthesized from different precursors via hydrothermal crystallization targeting the achievement of three different crystal shapes (nanoplates, nanorods and nanostars). The obtained WO3 microcrystals were analyzed by the means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). These methods contributed to the detailed analysis of the crystal morphology and structural features. The synthesized bare WO3 photocatalysts were totally inactive, while the P25/WO3 composites were efficient under UV light radiation. Furthermore, the maximum achieved activity was even higher than the bare P25’s photocatalytic performance. A correlation was established between the shape of the WO3 crystallites and the observed photocatalytic activity registered during the degradation of different substrates by using P25/WO3 composites. PMID:28773386

  9. Reactive Sputter Deposition of WO3/Ag/WO3 Film for Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)-Free Electrochromic Devices.

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    Yin, Yi; Lan, Changyong; Guo, Huayang; Li, Chun

    2016-02-17

    Functioning both as electrochromic (EC) and transparent-conductive (TC) coatings, WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) trilayer film shows promising potential application for ITO-free electrochromic devices. Reports on thermal-evaporated WAW films revealed that these bifunctional WAW films have distinct EC characteristics; however, their poor adhesive property leads to rapid degradation of coloring-bleaching cycling. Here, we show that WAW film with improved EC durability can be prepared by reactive sputtering using metal targets. We find that, by introducing an ultrathin tungsten (W) sacrificial layer before the deposition of external WO3, the oxidation of silver, which leads to film insulation and apparent optical haze, can be effectively avoided. We also find that the luminous transmittance and sheet resistance were sensitive to the thicknesses of tungsten and silver layers. The optimized structure for TC coating was obtained to be WO3 (45 nm)/Ag (10 nm)/W (2 nm)/WO3 (45 nm) with a sheet resistance of 16.3 Ω/□ and a luminous transmittance of 73.7%. Such film exhibits compelling EC performance with decent luminous transmittance modulation ΔTlum of 29.5%, fast switching time (6.6 s for coloring and 15.9 s for bleaching time), and long-term cycling stability (2000 cycles) with an applied potential of ±1.2 V. Thicker external WO3 layer (45/10/2/100 nm) leads to larger modulation with maximum ΔTlum of 46.4%, but at the cost of significantly increasing the sheet resistance. The strategy of introducing ultrathin metal sacrificial layer to avoid silver oxidation could be extended to fabricating other oxide-Ag-oxide transparent electrodes via low-cost reactive sputtering.

  10. Multiple Horizontal Transfers of Bacteriophage WO and Host Wolbachia in Fig Wasps in a Closed Community.

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    Wang, Ningxin; Jia, Sisi; Xu, Heng; Liu, Yong; Huang, Dawei

    2016-01-01

    Wolbachia-bacteriophage WO is a good model system for studying interactions between bacteria and viruses. Previous surveys of insect hosts have been conducted via sampling from open or semi-open communities; however, no studies have reported the infection patterns of phage WO of insects living in a closed community. Figs and fig wasps form a peculiar closed community in which the Ficus tree provides a compact syconium habitat for a variety of fig wasp. Therefore, in this study, we performed a thorough survey of Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO infection patterns in a total of 1406 individuals from 23 fig wasps species living on three different fig tree species. The infection rates of Wolbachia and phage WO were 82.6% (19/23) and 39.1% (9/23), respectively. Additionally, phage WO from fig wasps showed strong insect host specificity based on orf7 sequences from fig wasps and 21 other insect species. Probably due to the physical barrier of fig syconium, most phage WO from fig wasps form a specific clade. Phylogenetic analysis showed the absence of congruence between WO and host Wolbachia, WO and insect host, as well as Wolbachia and fig wasps, suggesting that both Wolbachia and phage WO exchanged frequently and independently within the closed syconium. Thus, the infection pattern of bacteriophage WO from fig wasps appeared quite different from that in other insects living outside, although the effect and the transfer routes of phage WO are unclear, which need to be investigated in the future.

  11. Multiple Horizontal Transfers of Bacteriophage WO and Host Wolbachia in Fig Wasps in a Closed Community

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    Wang, Ningxin; Jia, Sisi; Xu, Heng; Liu, Yong; Huang, Dawei

    2016-01-01

    Wolbachia-bacteriophage WO is a good model system for studying interactions between bacteria and viruses. Previous surveys of insect hosts have been conducted via sampling from open or semi-open communities; however, no studies have reported the infection patterns of phage WO of insects living in a closed community. Figs and fig wasps form a peculiar closed community in which the Ficus tree provides a compact syconium habitat for a variety of fig wasp. Therefore, in this study, we performed a thorough survey of Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO infection patterns in a total of 1406 individuals from 23 fig wasps species living on three different fig tree species. The infection rates of Wolbachia and phage WO were 82.6% (19/23) and 39.1% (9/23), respectively. Additionally, phage WO from fig wasps showed strong insect host specificity based on orf7 sequences from fig wasps and 21 other insect species. Probably due to the physical barrier of fig syconium, most phage WO from fig wasps form a specific clade. Phylogenetic analysis showed the absence of congruence between WO and host Wolbachia, WO and insect host, as well as Wolbachia and fig wasps, suggesting that both Wolbachia and phage WO exchanged frequently and independently within the closed syconium. Thus, the infection pattern of bacteriophage WO from fig wasps appeared quite different from that in other insects living outside, although the effect and the transfer routes of phage WO are unclear, which need to be investigated in the future. PMID:26913026

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

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

    2017-04-01

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

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

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

    2017-04-15

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

  14. Tripartite associations among bacteriophage WO, Wolbachia, and host affected by temperature and age in Tetranychus urticae.

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    Lu, Ming-Hong; Zhang, Kai-Jun; Hong, Xiao-Yue

    2012-11-01

    A phage density model of cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI), which means lytic phages reduce bacterial density associated with CI, significantly enhances our understanding of the tripartite associations among bacteriophage WO, Wolbachia and host. However, WO may alternate between lytic and lysogenic life cycles or change phage production under certain conditions including temperature, host age and host species background. Here, extreme temperatures can induce an alteration in the life cycle of WO and change the tripartite associations among WO, Wolbachia and CI. Based on the accumulation of the WO load, WO can transform into the lytic life cycle with increasing age. These findings confirmed that the environment plays an important role in the associations among WO, Wolbachia and host.

  15. Synthesis of a highly reactive form of WO2Cl2, its conversion into nanocrystalline mono-hydrated WO3 and coordination compounds with tetramethylurea.

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    Bortoluzzi, Marco; Evangelisti, Claudio; Marchetti, Fabio; Pampaloni, Guido; Piccinelli, Fabio; Zacchini, Stefano

    2016-10-21

    A new form of WO2Cl2 was obtained by modification of a literature procedure. Both the newly prepared WO2Cl2 and the commercial yellow WO2Cl2 exhibited an orthorhombic structure (powder X-ray diffraction, P-XRD), and their air exposure at room temperature afforded light green and lemon yellow WO3·H2O (orthorhombic phase), respectively. These materials were characterized by P-XRD, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (S-TEM). The analyses revealed the nanocrystalline nature of light green WO3·H2O, and the prevalent amorphism of lemon yellow WO3·H2O. The reactions of grey WO2Cl2 with one and two equivalents of tetramethylurea (tmu), in CH2Cl2 at room temperature, led to the isolation of the trinuclear complex [WO2Cl2(tmu)]3, 1 (45% yield), and the mononuclear one WO2Cl2(tmu)2, 2 (64%), respectively. Compounds 1 and 2 were fully characterized by analytical and spectroscopic methods, single crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) and DFT calculations.

  16. The Te-ni-wo-ha: An Etymological Study.

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    Jolly, Yukiko S.

    1972-01-01

    The designation of the Japanese word class "joshi" (in English known as particles, post-positional case markers, or relationals) by the term te-ni-wo-ha can be traced to the early superimposition of the Chinese writing system on Japanese speech. Because of the structural differences between the two languages and the existence of elements in…

  17. Characterisation and application of WO3 films for electrochromic devices

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    Stapinski, Thomas; Marszalek, Konstanty; Swatowska, Barbara; Stanco, Agnieszka

    2013-07-01

    Electrochromic system is the one of the most popular devices using color memory effect under the influence of an applied voltage. The electrochromic system was produced based on the thin WO3 electrochromic films. Films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering from tungsten targets in a reactive Ar+O2 gas atmosphere of various Ar/O2 ratios. The technological gas mixture pressure was 3 Pa and process temperature 30°C. Structural and optical properties of WO3 films were investigated for as-deposited and heat treated samples at temperature range from 350°C to 450°C in air. The material revealed the dependence of properties on preparation conditions and on post-deposition heat treatment. Main parameters of thin WO3 films: thickness d, refractive index n, extinction coefficient k and energy gap Eg were determined and optimized for application in electrochromic system. The main components of the system were glass plate with transparent conducting oxides, electrolyte, and glass plate with transparent conducting oxides and WO3 layer. The optical properties of the system were investigated when a voltage was applied across it. The electrochromic cell revealed the controllable transmittance depended on the operation voltage.

  18. Morphologically different WO3 nanocrystals in photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Biswas, Soumya Kanti; Baeg, Jin-Ook; Moon, Sang-Jin; Kong, Ki-jeong; So, Won-Wook

    2012-01-01

    Different morphologies of WO3 nanocrystals such as nanorods and nanoplates have been obtained under hydrothermal conditions using ammonium metatungstate as the precursor in presence of different organic acids such as citric, oxalic, and tartaric acid in the reaction medium. Detailed characterization of the crystal structure, particle morphology, and optical band gap of the synthesized powders have been done by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and solid-state UV-visible spectroscopy study. The as-synthesized materials are WO3 hydrates with orthorhombic phase which transform to the hexagonal WO3 through dehydration upon heating at 350 °C. The resultant products are crystalline with nanoscale dimensions. Finally, the photoactivity of the synthesized materials annealed at 500 °C has been compared employing in photoelectrochemical water oxidation under the illumination of AM 1.5G simulated solar light (100 mWcm-2). The photocurrent measurements upon irradiation of light exhibit obvious photocatalytic activity with a photocurrent of about 0.77, 0.61, and 0.65 mAcm-2 for the WO3 film derived with the oxalic acid, tartaric, and citric acid assisting agents, respectively, at 1.8 V versus Ag/AgCl electrode.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic properties in well-ordered mesoporous WO3.

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    Li, Li; Krissanasaeranee, Methira; Pattinson, Sebastian W; Stefik, Morgan; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich; Eder, Dominik

    2010-10-28

    We used polyisoprene-block-ethyleneoxide copolymers as structure-directing agents to synthesise well-ordered and highly-crystalline mesoporous WO(3) architectures that possess improved photocatalytic properties due to enhanced dye-adsorption in absence of diffusion limitation.

  20. Current and voltage noise in WO3 nanoparticle films

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    Hoel, A.; Vandamme, L. K. J.; Kish, L. B.; Olsson, E.

    2002-04-01

    Current and voltage noise measurements have been carried out on nanoparticle WO3 films. The fluctuation dissipation theorem holds, which indicates that the observed noise is an equilibrium phenomenon. Results on the thinnest films show that noise measurements can be used for quality assessment of nanocrystalline insulating films.

  1. Tungsten-based nanomaterials (WO3 & Bi2WO6): Modifications related to charge carrier transfer mechanisms and photocatalytic applications

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    Girish Kumar, S.; Koteswara Rao, K. S. R.

    2015-11-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalysis is an ideal green energy technology for the purification of wastewater. Although titania dominates as the reference photocatalyst, its wide band gap is a bottleneck for extended utility. Thus, search for non-TiO2 based nanomaterials has become an active area of research in recent years. In this regard, visible light absorbing polycrystalline WO3 (2.4-2.8 eV) and Bi2WO6 (2.8 eV) with versatile structure-electronic properties has gained considerable interest to promote the photocatalytic reactions. These materials are also explored in selective functional group transformation in organic reactions, because of low reduction and oxidation potential of WO3 CB and Bi2WO6 VB, respectively. In this focused review, various strategies such as foreign ion doping, noble metal deposition and heterostructuring with other semiconductors designed for efficient photocatalysis is discussed. These modifications not only extend the optical response to longer wavelengths, but also prolong the life-time of the charge carriers and strengthen the photocatalyst stability. The changes in the surface-bulk properties and the charge carrier transfer dynamics associated with each modification correlating to the high activity are emphasized. The presence of oxidizing agents, surface modification with Cu2+ ions and synthesis of exposed facets to promote the degradation rate is highlighted. In depth study on these nanomaterials is likely to sustain interest in wastewater remediation and envisaged to signify in various green energy applications.

  2. Photoelectrochemical Properties and Behavior of α-SnWO4 Photoanodes Synthesized by Hydrothermal Conversion of WO3 Films.

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    Zhu, Zhehao; Sarker, Pranab; Zhao, Chenqi; Zhou, Lite; Grimm, Ronald L; Huda, Muhammad N; Rao, Pratap M

    2017-01-18

    Metal oxides with moderate band gaps are desired for efficient production of hydrogen from sunlight and water via photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Here, we report an α-SnWO4 photoanode synthesized by hydrothermal conversion of WO3 films that achieves photon to current conversion at wavelengths up to 700 nm (1.78 eV). This photoanode is promising for overall PEC water-splitting because the flat-band potential and voltage of photocurrent onset are more negative than the potential of hydrogen evolution. Furthermore, the photoanode utilizes a large portion of the solar spectrum. However, the photocurrent density reaches only a small fraction of that which is theoretically possible. Density functional theory based thermodynamic and electronic structure calculations were performed to elucidate the nature and impact of defects in α-SnWO4 prepared by this synthetic route, from which hole localization at Sn-at-W antisite defects was determined to be a likely cause for the poor photocurrent. Measurements further showed that the photocurrent decreases over time due to surface oxidation, which was suppressed by improving the kinetics of hole transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. Alternative synthetic methods and the addition of protective coatings and/or oxygen evolution catalysts are suggested to improve the PEC performance and stability of this promising α-SnWO4 material.

  3. WO{sub 3} nanoplates, hierarchical flower-like assemblies and their photocatalytic properties

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    Huang, Jianhua Xiao, Liang; Yang, Xiaolong

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: WO{sub 3} nanoplates, hierarchical flower-like assemblies and their visible light-driven photocatalytic properties for degradation of rhodamine B. - Highlights: • Preparation of monoclinic WO{sub 3} by a hydrothermal reaction of PbWO{sub 4} in the presence of HNO{sub 3}. • Single-crystalline WO{sub 3} nanoplates were formed when 4 M HNO{sub 3} solution was used. • WO{sub 3} flowers were assembled by nanoplates when 15 M HNO{sub 3} solution was used. • The products showed excellent visible light-driven photodegradation of rhodamine B. - Abstract: Monoclinic WO{sub 3} was prepared by a hydrothermal reaction of PbWO{sub 4} in the presence of HNO{sub 3}. WO{sub 3} rectangular nanoplates with a side length of 50–150 nm and a thickness of about 25 nm were obtained at 4 M HNO{sub 3} solution. And the single crystal nature was confirmed by the selected area electron diffraction. Whereas WO{sub 3} hierarchical flower-like assemblies with 3–5 μm in diameter were self-organized by nanoplates in the presence of 15 M HNO{sub 3} solution. Compared with commercial WO{sub 3} particles, our products showed an enhancement of photocatalytic properties for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation.

  4. Microwave Intercalation Synthesis of WO3 Nanoplates and Their NO-Sensing Properties

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    Tu, Yue; Li, Qiang; Jiang, Danyu; Wang, Qi; Feng, Tao

    2015-01-01

    Tungsten(VI) oxide (WO3) nanoplates were successfully synthesized by microwave intercalation. Through microwave processing, an intermediate product H2W2O7· xH2O was prepared quickly to greatly decrease the time used to prepare WO3 nanoplates. The crystal structure and morphology of WO3 were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, and selected-area electron diffraction. The morphology of WO3 changed with an increase in calcining temperature. A mixed-potential NO x sensor using planar yttria-stabilized zirconia and WO3 as the sensing electrode (SE) was fabricated, and its performance in NO x detection at high temperature was examined. It was determined that at 500 °C, the sensor with the WO3-nanoplate SE had higher sensitivity to NO than the sensor with a SE consisting of WO3 microparticles. The response of the NO sensor with a WO3-nanoplate SE was linear with the logarithm of NO concentration in the range of 100-1000 ppm. The electrochemical impedance measurements indicate that the electrode reaction that occurred at the triple-phase boundary (TPB) of the sensor with WO3-nanoplate SE was stronger than the reaction that occurred at the TPB of the sensor with WO3-microparticle sensing electrode.

  5. HRTEM Microstructural Characterization of β-WO3 Thin Films Deposited by Reactive RF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Faudoa-Arzate, A.; Arteaga-Durán, A.; Saenz-Hernández, R.J.; Botello-Zubiate, M.E.; Realyvazquez-Guevara, P.R.; Matutes-Aquino, J.A.

    2017-01-01

    Though tungsten trioxide (WO3) in bulk, nanosphere, and thin film samples has been extensively studied, few studies have been dedicated to the crystallographic structure of WO3 thin films. In this work, the evolution from amorphous WO3 thin films to crystalline WO3 thin films is discussed. WO3 thin films were fabricated on silicon substrates (Si/SiO2) by RF reactive magnetron sputtering. Once a thin film was deposited, two successive annealing treatments were made: an initial annealing at 400 °C for 6 h was followed by a second annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. Film characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution electron transmission microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The β-WO3 final phase grew in form of columnar crystals and its growth plane was determined by HRTEM. PMID:28772559

  6. Photocatalytic Removal of Microcystin-LR by Advanced WO3-Based Nanoparticles under Simulated Solar Light

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    Zhao, Chao; Li, Dawei; Feng, Chuanping; Zhang, Zhenya; Sugiura, Norio; Yang, Yingnan

    2015-01-01

    A series of advanced WO3-based photocatalysts including CuO/WO3, Pd/WO3, and Pt/WO3 were synthesized for the photocatalytic removal of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) under simulated solar light. In the present study, Pt/WO3 exhibited the best performance for the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. The MC-LR degradation can be described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model. Chloride ion (Cl−) with proper concentration could enhance the MC-LR degradation. The presence of metal cations (Cu2+ and Fe3+) improved the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. This study suggests that Pt/WO3 photocatalytic oxidation under solar light is a promising option for the purification of water containing MC-LR. PMID:25884038

  7. Nanoarchitectonics of a Au nanoprism array on WO3 film for synergistic optoelectronic response

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    Chen, Xiaoqing; Li, Peng; Tong, Hua; Kako, Tetsuya; Ye, Jinhua

    2011-01-01

    A layered photoelectrode consisting of a conductive indium tin oxide substrate, a WO3 nanocrystalline film and an array of Au nanoprisms was fabricated via a multistep process. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy showed that the Au nanoprisms had a uniform size and shape and formed periodic hexagonal patterns on the WO3 film. The optical absorption of the photoelectrode combined the intrinsic absorption of WO3 and plasmonic absorption of Au. Using this photoelectrode, we investigated the effect of the Au nanoprism array on the optoelectronic conversion performance of the WO3 film. Photoelectrochemical measurement indicated that the array substantially enhanced the photocurrent in the WO3 film. Electrochemical impedance measurements revealed that the Schottky junctions formed between Au and WO3 can facilitate the separation of photogenerated carriers as well as the interfacial carrier transfer. In this study, we demonstrate that covering a semiconductor with plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles can improve its optoelectronic conversion efficiency. PMID:27877412

  8. HRTEM Microstructural Characterization of β-WO3 Thin Films Deposited by Reactive RF Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Faudoa-Arzate, A; Arteaga-Durán, A; Saenz-Hernández, R J; Botello-Zubiate, M E; Realyvazquez-Guevara, P R; Matutes-Aquino, J A

    2017-02-17

    Though tungsten trioxide (WO3) in bulk, nanosphere, and thin film samples has been extensively studied, few studies have been dedicated to the crystallographic structure of WO3 thin films. In this work, the evolution from amorphous WO3 thin films to crystalline WO3 thin films is discussed. WO3 thin films were fabricated on silicon substrates (Si/SiO2) by RF reactive magnetron sputtering. Once a thin film was deposited, two successive annealing treatments were made: an initial annealing at 400 °C for 6 h was followed by a second annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. Film characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution electron transmission microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The β-WO3 final phase grew in form of columnar crystals and its growth plane was determined by HRTEM.

  9. Facile synthesis of hierarchical double-shell WO3 microspheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Zhenfeng; Chu, Deqing; Wang, Limin; Wang, Lipeng; Hu, Wenhui; Chen, Xiangyu; Yang, Huifang; Sun, Jingjing

    2017-02-01

    Hierarchical double-shell WO3 microspheres (HDS-WO3) have been successfully obtained through the thermal decomposition of WO3·H2O formed by metal salts as the templates. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, the HDS-WO3 microspheres were analyzed by the Thermogravimetric (TG) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. The synthetic mechanism of the products with hierarchical structures was proposed. The obtained HDS-WO3 exhibits excellent photocatalytic efficiency (84.9%), which is much higher than other WO3 sample under visible light illumination.

  10. WO3 nanorods created by self-assembly of highly crystalline nanowires under hydrothermal conditions.

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    Navarro, Julien R G; Mayence, Arnaud; Andrade, Juliana; Lerouge, Frédéric; Chaput, Frédéric; Oleynikov, Peter; Bergström, Lennart; Parola, Stephane; Pawlicka, Agnieszka

    2014-09-02

    WO3 nanorods and wires were obtained via hydrothermal synthesis using sodium tungstate as a precursor and either oxalic acid, citric acid, or poly(methacrylic acid) as a stabilizing agent. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the organic acids with different numbers of carboxylic groups per molecule influence the final sizes and stacking nanostructures of WO3 wires. Three-dimensional electron diffraction tomography of a single nanocrystal revealed a hexagonal WO3 structure with preferential growth along the c-axis, which was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. WO3 nanowires were also spin-coated onto an indium tin oxide/glass conducting substrate, resulting in the formation of a film that was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Finally, cyclic voltammetry measurements performed on the WO3 thin film showed voltammograms typical for the WO3 redox process.

  11. NixWO2.72 nanorods as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction

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    Xi, Zheng; Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Zhu, Huiyuan; ...

    2017-01-13

    NixWO2.72 nanorods (NRs) are synthesized by a one-pot reaction of Ni(acac)2 and WCl4. In the rod structure, Ni(II) intercalates in the defective perovskite-type WO2.72 and is stabilized. The NixWO2.72 NRs show the x-dependent electrocatalysis for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1M KOH with Ni0.78WO2.72 being the most efficient, even outperforming the commercial Ir-catalyst. Lastly, the synthesis is not limited to NixWO2.72 but can be extended to MxWO2.72 (M = Co, Fe) as well, providing a new class of oxide-based catalysts for efficient OER and other energy conversion reactions.

  12. Tailoring surface states in WO3 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Singh, Trilok; Müller, Ralf; Singh, Jai; Mathur, Sanjay

    2015-08-01

    The dynamics of photo-induced charge carriers are significantly influenced by the surface states of WO3 thin films, which were synthesized by reactive sputtering of tungsten substrates in oxygen plasma. Tailoring the surface properties by (i) hydrogen plasma treatment and (ii) anchoring plasmonic nanoparticles (Au and Ag) altered the light harvesting and charge separation/transport processes of WO3 photoanodes. Upon hydrogen plasma-treatment and coating of noble metal clusters, WO3 films showed enhanced visible light absorption and consequently higher photocurrent density (1.4 mA cm-2) compared to pristine WO3 (0.2 mA cm-2). Enhancement in hydrogen treated WO3 sample was found to be due to the reduction of W(VI) into W(V) centers, which produced substoichiometric WO3-x phases, whereas noble metal particles contributed towards both resonant and non-resonant scattering of incident light thereby increasing photon-to-current conversion efficiency.

  13. Fungus mediated biosynthesis of WO3 nanoparticles using Fusarium solani extract

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    Kavitha, N. S.; Venkatesh, K. S.; Palani, N. S.; Ilangovan, R.

    2017-05-01

    Currently nanoparticles were synthesized by emphasis bioremediation process due to less hazardous, eco-friendly and imperative applications on biogenic process. Fungus mediated biosynthesis strategy has been developed to prepare tungsten oxide nanoflakes (WO3, NFs) using the plant pathogenic fungus F.solani. The powder XRD pattern revealed the monoclinic crystal structure with improved crystalline nature of the synthesized WO3 nanoparticles. FESEM images showed the flake-like morphology of WO3, with average thickness and length around 40 nm and 300 nm respectively. The Raman spectrum of WO3 NFs showed their characteristic vibration modes that revealed the defect free nature of the WO3 NFs. Further, the elemental analysis indicated the stoichiometric composition of WO3 phase.

  14. Enhancement of the photocatalytic activity and electrochemical property of graphene-SrWO4 nanocomposite

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    Liu, Xiaoyan; Nie, Yu; Yang, Hongxun; Sun, Shengnan; Chen, Yingying; Yang, Tongyi; Lin, Shengling

    2016-05-01

    SrWO4 is a promising candidate as not only photocatalyst for the removal of organic pollutants from water, but also electrode material for energy storage devices. However, the drawbacks of its poor adsorptive performance, low electrical conductivity, and high recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pair impede its practical applications. In this work, we have developed a new graphene/SrWO4 nanocomposite synthesized via a facile chemical precipitation method. Characterizations show that SrWO4 nanoparticles with 80 nm or so deposited on the surface of graphene nanosheets. Graphene nanosheets in the graphene-SrWO4 hybrid could increase adsorptive property, improve the electrical conductivity of hybrid, and reduce the recombination of electron-hole pairs. As a kind of photocatalyst or electrode material for supercapacitor, the binary graphene-SrWO4 hybrid presents enhanced photocatalytic activity and electrochemical property compared to pure SrWO4.

  15. Preparation and characterization of WO3 nanoparticles, WO3/TiO2 core/shell nanocomposites and PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Santos, Gustavo dos Lopes; Szżcs, Júlia; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-01

    In this study, monoclinic WO3 nanoparticles were obtained by thermal decomposition of (NH4)xWO3 in air at 600 °C. On them by atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO2 films were deposited, and thus core/shell WO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared. We prepared composites of WO3 nanoparticles with conductive polymer as PEDOT:PSS, and deposited thin films of them on glass and ITO substrates by spin coating. The formation, morphology, composition and structure of the as-prepared pure and composite nanoparticles, as well thin films, were studied by TEM, SEM-EDX and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of both the WO3 and core/shell WO3/TiO2 nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed on the composite PEDOT:PSS/WO3 thin films, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied.

  16. Preparation and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles, WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposites and PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} composite thin films for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Santos, Gustavo dos Lopes; Szűcs, Júlia; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-25

    In this study, monoclinic WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were obtained by thermal decomposition of (NH{sub 4}){sub x}WO{sub 3} in air at 600 °C. On them by atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO{sub 2} films were deposited, and thus core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared. We prepared composites of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with conductive polymer as PEDOT:PSS, and deposited thin films of them on glass and ITO substrates by spin coating. The formation, morphology, composition and structure of the as-prepared pure and composite nanoparticles, as well thin films, were studied by TEM, SEM-EDX and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of both the WO{sub 3} and core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed on the composite PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} thin films, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied.

  17. Phage WO of Wolbachia: lambda of the endosymbiont world

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    Kent, Bethany N.; Bordenstein, Seth R.

    2010-01-01

    The discovery of an extraordinarily high level of mobile elements in the genome of Wolbachia, a widespread arthropod and nematode endosymbiont, suggests that this bacterium could be an excellent model for assessing the evolution and function of mobile DNA in specialized bacteria. Here, we discuss how studies on the temperate bacteriophage WO of Wolbachia have revealed unexpected levels of genomic flux and are challenging previously held views about the clonality of obligate intracellular bacteria. We also discuss the roles that this phage might play in the Wolbachia-arthropod symbiosis, and infer how this research can be translated to combating human diseases vectored by arthropods. We expect that this temperate phage will be a preeminent model system to understand phage genetics, evolution, and ecology in obligate intracellular bacteria. In this sense, phage WO might be likened to phage λ of the endosymbiont world. PMID:20083406

  18. Symmetry driven control of optical properties in WO3 films

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    Herklotz, A.; Rus, S. F.; KC, S.; ...

    2017-06-23

    Optical band gap control of semiconducting thin films is critical for the optimization of photoelectronic and photochemical applications. In this work, we demonstrate that the optical band gap of WO3 films can be continuously controlled through uniaxial strain induced by low-energy helium implantation. We show that the implantation of He into epitaxially grown and coherently strained WO3 films can be used to induce single axis out-of-plane lattice expansion of up to 2%. Ellipsometric spectroscopy reveals that this lattice expansion shifts the absorption spectrum to lower energies and effectively reduces the optical band gap by about 0.18 eV per percent expansionmore » of the out-of-plane unit cell length. Furthermore, density functional calculations show that this response is a direct result of changes in orbital degeneracy driven by changes in the octahedral rotations and tilts.« less

  19. Snake River Plain FORGE Well Data for WO-2

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    Robert Podgorney

    1991-07-29

    Well data for the WO-2 well located in eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho. This data collection includes lithology reports, borehole logs, temperature at depth data, neutron density and gamma data, and rock strength parameters for the WO-2 well. This collection of data has been assembled as part of the site characterization data used to develop the conceptual geologic model for the Snake River Plain site in Idaho, as part of phase 1 of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) initiative. They were assembled by the Snake River Geothermal Consortium (SRGC), a team of collaborators that includes members from national laboratories, universities, industry, and federal agencies, lead by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

  20. Invasion noise in nanoparticle WO3/Au thin film devices

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    Hoel, Anders; Ederth, Jesper; Heszler, Peter; Kish, Laszlo B.; Olsson, Eva; Granqvist, Claes-Goeran

    2001-11-01

    Conduction noise measurements were carried out in the 0.3 to 45 Hz frequency range on Au films covered by a thin layer of tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanoparticles. Exposing the films to alcohol vapor resulted in a gradually increased noise intensity which went through a maximum after an exposure time of the order of 15 min. The maximum noise intensity could increase by several orders of magnitude above the initial level. Longer exposure times made the noise decrease and approach its original value. This effect was not observed in the absence of WO3 nanoparticles. The phenomenon is discussed in terms of a new invasion noise model in which the noise is related to the insertion and extraction of mobile chemical species.

  1. Synthesis and ionic liquid gating of hexagonal WO3 thin films

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    Wu, Phillip M.; Ishii, Satoshi; Tanabe, Kenji; Munakata, Ko; Hammond, R. H.; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu; Geballe, T. H.; Beasley, M. R.

    2015-01-01

    Via thin film deposition techniques, the meta-stable in bulk crystal hexagonal phase of tungsten oxide (hex-WO3) is stabilized as a thin film. The hex-WO3 structure is potentially promising for numerous applications and is related to the structure for superconducting compounds found in WO3. Utilizing ionic liquid gating, carriers were electrostatically induced in the films and an insulator-to-metal transition is observed. These results show that ionic liquid gating is a viable technique to alter the electrical transport properties of WO3.

  2. Photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity of WO3 thin films with underlying Pt nanoparticles.

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    Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2008-11-07

    The photocatalytic oxidation and photoinduced hydrophilicity of thin tungsten trioxide (WO(3)) films coupled with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were investigated. WO(3) films with underlying Pt nanoparticles (WO(3)/Pt/substrate) and those with overlying Pt nanoparticles (Pt/WO(3)/substrate) were synthesized by sputtering and sol-gel methods. Between these films, underlying Pt nanoparticles greatly enhanced the photocatalytic oxidation activity of WO(3) without decreasing the photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. However, overlying Pt nanoparticles deteriorated the hydrophilicity of WO(3) because the Pt nanoparticle surface was hydrophobic. The enhanced photocatalytic reaction by the Pt nanoparticles was attributed to the multi-electron reduction in Pt, which is caused by the injected electrons from the conduction band of WO(3). The relationship between photocatalytic activity and thin film structure, including the size of Pt nanoparticles, the thickness and porosity of the WO(3) layer, were investigated. Consequently, the optimum structure for high performance in both photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity was WO(3) (50 nm)/Pt(1.5 nm)/substrate, and this film exhibited a significant self-cleaning property even under visible light irradiation.

  3. Formation of Monodisperse (WO3)3 Clusters on Ti02(110)

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    Bondarchuk, Olexsandr; Huang, Xin; Kim, Jooho; Kay, Bruce D.; Wang, Lai S.; White, J. M.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2006-07-01

    Monodisperse, adsorbed cyclic trimers of WO3 have been prepared and characterized. Powdered WO3 was sublimed onto TiO2(110) at 300 K. After annealing to 600 K, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images indicated monodispersity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated fully oxidized W6+, and mass microbalance, coupled with STM, indicated that each nanocluster was (WO3)3. Within the STM image of each adsorbed nanocluster, there was structure ascribed, on the basis of density functional theory, to characteristic low-lying unoccupied molecular orbitals of the cyclic isomer of (WO3)3.

  4. Ag Nanoparticle-Sensitized WO3 Hollow Nanosphere for Localized Surface Plasmon Enhanced Gas Sensors.

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    Yao, Yao; Ji, Fangxu; Yin, Mingli; Ren, Xianpei; Ma, Qiang; Yan, Junqing; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-07-20

    Ag nanoparticle (NP)-sensitized WO3 hollow nanospheres (Ag-WO3-HNSs) are fabricated via a simple sonochemical synthesis route. It is found that the Ag-WO3-HNS shows remarkable performance in gas sensors. Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images reveal that the Agx-WO3 adopts the HNS structure in which WO3 forms the outer shell framework and the Ag NPs are grown on the inner wall of the WO3 hollow sphere. The size of the Ag NPs can be controlled by adjusting the addition amount of WCl6 during the reaction. The sensor Agx-WO3 exhibits extremely high sensitivity and selectivity toward alcohol vapor. In particular, the Ag(15nm)-WO3 sensor shows significantly lower operating temperature (230 °C), superior detection limits as low as 0.09 ppb, and faster response (7 s). Light illumination was found to boost the sensor performance effectively, especially at 405 and 900 nm, where the light wavelength resonates with the absorption of Ag NPs and the surface oxygen vacancies of WO3, respectively. The improved sensor performance is attributed to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect.

  5. Surface oxygen vacancies on WO3 contributed to enhanced photothermo-synergistic effect

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    Li, Yingying; Wang, Changhua; Zheng, Han; Wan, Fangxu; Yu, Fei; Zhang, Xintong; Liu, Yichun

    2017-01-01

    Photothermooxidation has demonstrated a high efficiency in the removal of volatile organic compounds in air. Among photothermocatalysts, attention is presently focused on composites of noble metal/metal oxide or metal oxide/metal oxide. Instead, in this work, we present a case of single oxide WO3 subjected to hydrogen treatment as photothermocatalyst. With the increase of hydrogen treatment temperature, the color of WO3 changes from yellow to blue to dark blue and a phase transition from WO3 to WO2.72 to WO2 is accompanied, suggesting an increase of concentration of oxygen vacancy. Photothermocatalytic test against degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde at 60 °C under UV light shows that WO3-x sample with low concentration of oxygen vacancy displays the most significant synergetic effect between photocatalysis and thermocatalysis. Its photothermocatalytic activity in terms of CO2 evolution rate is 5.2 times higher than that of photocatalytic activity. However, WO3-WO2.72 and WO2 with high degree of oxygen deficiency show insignificant synergetic effect between photocatalysis and thermocatalysis. The reason for the different synergistic effect over above samples is believed to lie in balance between decreased activation energy of lattice oxygen and recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes induced by oxygen deficiency.

  6. Metastable Tetragonal CdWO4 Nanoparticles Synthesized with a Solvothermal Method

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    Rondinone, Adam Justin; Travaglini, Dustin H; Pawel, Michelle D; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Dai, Sheng

    2007-01-01

    CdWO{sub 4} has only previously been reported in the monoclinic, or wolframite, phase. Here we report the first metastable, tetragonal or scheelite, CdWO4 nanopowder. The tetragonal CdWO{sub 4} was synthesized by a propylene glycol solvothermal method. The scheelite phase is stabilized by a combination of high surface area and surface complexation by the propylene glycol. The CdWO{sub 4} is stable at 1 bar to 300 C, and converts back to the monoclinic wolframite phase between 300 and 500 C. The nanopowder exhibits cubic morphology and the average particle size of the nanopowder is around 50 nm.

  7. Light-controlled resistive switching of ZnWO{sub 4} nanowires array

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    Zhao, W. X.; Sun, B.; Liu, Y. H.; Wei, L. J.; Li, H. W.; Chen, P.

    2014-07-15

    ZnWO{sub 4} nanowires array was prepared on the titanium substrate by a facile hydrothermal synthesis, in which the average length of ZnWO{sub 4} nanowires is about 2um and the diameter of individual ZnWO{sub 4} nanowire ranges from 50 to 70 nm. The bipolar resistive switching effect of ZnWO{sub 4} nanowires array was observed. Moreover, the performance of the resistive switching device is greatly improved under white light irradiation compared with that in the dark.

  8. Synthesis and ionic liquid gating of hexagonal WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Wu, Phillip M. E-mail: beasley@stanford.edu; Munakata, Ko; Hammond, R. H.; Geballe, T. H.; Beasley, M. R. E-mail: beasley@stanford.edu; Ishii, Satoshi; Tanabe, Kenji; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu

    2015-01-26

    Via thin film deposition techniques, the meta-stable in bulk crystal hexagonal phase of tungsten oxide (hex-WO{sub 3}) is stabilized as a thin film. The hex-WO{sub 3} structure is potentially promising for numerous applications and is related to the structure for superconducting compounds found in WO{sub 3}. Utilizing ionic liquid gating, carriers were electrostatically induced in the films and an insulator-to-metal transition is observed. These results show that ionic liquid gating is a viable technique to alter the electrical transport properties of WO{sub 3}.

  9. Eukaryotic association module in phage WO genomes from Wolbachia

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    Bordenstein, Sarah R.; Bordenstein, Seth R.

    2016-01-01

    Viruses are trifurcated into eukaryotic, archaeal and bacterial categories. This domain-specific ecology underscores why eukaryotic viruses typically co-opt eukaryotic genes and bacteriophages commonly harbour bacterial genes. However, the presence of bacteriophages in obligate intracellular bacteria of eukaryotes may promote DNA transfers between eukaryotes and bacteriophages. Here we report a metagenomic analysis of purified bacteriophage WO particles of Wolbachia and uncover a eukaryotic association module in the complete WO genome. It harbours predicted domains, such as the black widow latrotoxin C-terminal domain, that are uninterrupted in bacteriophage genomes, enriched with eukaryotic protease cleavage sites and combined with additional domains to forge one of the largest bacteriophage genes to date (14,256 bp). To the best of our knowledge, these eukaryotic-like domains have never before been reported in packaged bacteriophages and their phylogeny, distribution and sequence diversity imply lateral transfers between bacteriophage/prophage and animal genomes. Finally, the WO genome sequences and identification of attachment sites will potentially advance genetic manipulation of Wolbachia. PMID:27727237

  10. Eukaryotic association module in phage WO genomes from Wolbachia.

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    Bordenstein, Sarah R; Bordenstein, Seth R

    2016-10-11

    Viruses are trifurcated into eukaryotic, archaeal and bacterial categories. This domain-specific ecology underscores why eukaryotic viruses typically co-opt eukaryotic genes and bacteriophages commonly harbour bacterial genes. However, the presence of bacteriophages in obligate intracellular bacteria of eukaryotes may promote DNA transfers between eukaryotes and bacteriophages. Here we report a metagenomic analysis of purified bacteriophage WO particles of Wolbachia and uncover a eukaryotic association module in the complete WO genome. It harbours predicted domains, such as the black widow latrotoxin C-terminal domain, that are uninterrupted in bacteriophage genomes, enriched with eukaryotic protease cleavage sites and combined with additional domains to forge one of the largest bacteriophage genes to date (14,256 bp). To the best of our knowledge, these eukaryotic-like domains have never before been reported in packaged bacteriophages and their phylogeny, distribution and sequence diversity imply lateral transfers between bacteriophage/prophage and animal genomes. Finally, the WO genome sequences and identification of attachment sites will potentially advance genetic manipulation of Wolbachia.

  11. First-principles reinvestigation of bulk WO3

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    Hamdi, Hanen; Salje, Ekhard K. H.; Ghosez, Philippe; Bousquet, Eric

    2016-12-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we analyze the structural properties of tungsten trioxide WO3. Our calculations rely on density functional theory and the use of the B1-WC hybrid functional, which provides very good agreement with experimental data. We show that the hypothetical high-symmetry cubic reference structure combines several ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive (antipolar cation motions, rotations, and tilts of oxygen octahedra) structural instabilities. Although the ferroelectric instability is the largest, the instability related to antipolar W motions combines with those associated to oxygen rotations and tilts to produce the biggest energy reduction, yielding a P 21/c ground state. This nonpolar P 21/c phase is only different from the experimentally reported P c ground state by the absence of a very tiny additional ferroelectric distortion. The calculations performed on a stoichiometric compound so suggest that the low-temperature phase of WO3 is not intrinsically ferroelectric and that the experimentally observed ferroelectric character might arise from extrinsic defects such as oxygen vacancies. Independently, we also identify never observed R 3 m and R 3 c ferroelectric metastable phases with large polarizations and low energies close to the P 21/c ground state, which makes WO3 a potential antiferroelectric material. The relative stability of various phases is discussed in terms of the anharmonic couplings between different structural distortions, highlighting a very complex interplay.

  12. Electrochromism in sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Batchelor, R.A.; Burdis, M.S.; Siddle, J.R.

    1996-03-01

    There are large variations in the properties of WO{sub 3} sputtered under different conditions and two samples sputtered from an oxide target and reactively sputtered from a metal target were compared in detail. The thin film sputtered from an oxide target was found to color and bleach rapidly in 1 M LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate, while the thin film reactively sputtered from a metal target could be colored deeply, but bleached only slowly. By calculating the rate of change of optical density during cyclic voltammetry, it was possible to directly compare the coloration response with the current/voltage behavior of the electrodes. In both cases at least two lithium insertion reactions appear to occur. The distinction between the two reactions was especially clear in the sample sputtered from a metal target, in which an insertion of high electrochromic efficiency occurred up to Li{sub 0.2}WO{sub 3} and then an insertion of considerably lower electrochromic efficiency up to Li{sub 0.5}WO{sub 3}. Although a small amount of coloration and bleaching continued to occur after switching the reactively sputtered sample to open circuit during the coloration and bleaching cycles; transmission change was largely halted by disconnecting the external current supply. The slow end to the bleach of the reactively sputtered sample corresponded to a reaction of high electrochromic efficiency.

  13. Improvement of radiopurity level of enriched 116CdWO4 and ZnWO4 crystal scintillators by recrystallization

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    Barabash, A. S.; Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; Borovlev, Yu. A.; Cappella, F.; Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R.; Danevich, F. A.; Incicchitti, A.; Kobychev, V. V.; Konovalov, S. I.; Laubenstein, M.; Mokina, V. M.; Polischuk, O. G.; Safonova, O. E.; Shlegel, V. N.; Tretyak, V. I.; Tupitsyna, I. A.; Umatov, V. I.; Zhdankov, V. N.

    2016-10-01

    As low as possible radioactive contamination of a detector plays a crucial role to improve sensitivity of a double beta decay experiment. The radioactive contamination of a sample of 116CdWO4 crystal scintillator by thorium was reduced by a factor ≈10, down to the level 0.01 mBq/kg (228Th), by exploiting the recrystallization procedure. The total alpha activity of uranium and thorium daughters was reduced by a factor ≈3, down to 1.6 mBq/kg. No change in the specific activity (the total α activity and 228Th) was observed in a sample of ZnWO4 crystal produced by recrystallization after removing ≈0.4 mm surface layer of the crystal.

  14. Photocatalytic properties of h-WO{sub 3} nanoparticles obtained by annealing and h-WO{sub 3} nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Nagy-Kovács, Teodóra; Lukács, István; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-25

    In the present study, two different methods for preparing hexagonal WO{sub 3} (h-WO{sub 3}) photocatalysts were used - controlled thermal decomposition and hydrothermal synthesis. WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with hexagonal structure were obtained by annealing (NH{sub 4}){sub x}WO{sub 3-y} at 500 °C in air. WO{sub 3} nanorods were prepared by a hydrothermal method using sodium tungstate Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}, HCl, (COOH){sub 2} and NaSO{sub 4} precursors at 200 °C. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles and nanorods were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the h-WO{sub 3} nanoparticles and nanorods was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation.

  15. Temperature and acidity effects on WO{sub 3} nanostructures and gas-sensing properties of WO{sub 3} nanoplates

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    Zhang, Huili; Liu, Zhifang; Yang, Jiaqin; Guo, Wei; Zhu, Lianjie; Zheng, Wenjun

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Generally, large acid quantity and high temperature are beneficial to the formation of anhydrous WO3, but the acidity effect on the crystal phase is weaker than that of temperature. Large acid quantity is found helpful to the oriented growth of tungsten oxides, forming a nanoplate-like product. - Highlights: • Large acid quantity is propitious to the oriented growth of a WO{sub 3} nanoplate. • Effect of acid quantity on crystal phases of products is weaker than that of temperature. • One step hydrothermal synthesis of WO{sub 3} is facile and can be easily scaled up. • A WO{sub 3} nanoplate shows a fast response and distinct sensing selectivity to acetone gas. - Abstract: WO{sub 3} nanostructures were successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method using Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O and HNO{sub 3} as raw materials. They are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The specific surface area was obtained from N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherm. The effects of the amount of HNO{sub 3}, hydrothermal temperature and reaction time on the crystal phases and morphologies of the WO{sub 3} nanostructures were investigated in detail, and the reaction mechanism was discussed. Large amount of acid is found for the first time to be helpful to the oriented growth of tungsten oxides, forming nanoplate-like products, while hydrothermal temperature has more influence on the crystal phase of the product. Gas-sensing properties of the series of as-prepared WO{sub 3} nanoplates were tested by means of acetone, ethanol, formaldehyde and ammonia. One of the WO{sub 3} nanoplates with high specific surface area and high crystallinity displays high sensitivity, fast response and distinct sensing selectivity to acetone gas.

  16. Annealing dynamics of WO{sub 3} by in situ XRD

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    Righettoni, Marco; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Flame-made WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with closely controlled crystal and grain size. • Dynamic phase transition of annealing of pure and Si-doped WO{sub 3} by in situ XRD. • Irreversible evolution of WO{sub 3} crystallinity by heating/cooling during its annealing. • Si-doping alters the WO{sub 3} crystallinity dynamics and stabilizes nanosized WO{sub 3}. • Flame-made nano-WO{sub 3} can sense NO at the ppb level. - Abstract: Tungsten trioxide is a semiconductor with distinct applications in gas sensors, catalysis, batteries and pigments. As such the transition between its different crystal structures during its annealing are of interest, especially for sensor applications. Here, WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with closely controlled crystal and grain size (9–15 nm) and phase composition are made by flame spray pyrolysis and the formation of different WO{sub 3} phases during annealing is investigated. Most notably, the dynamic phase transition and crystal size evolution of WO{sub 3} during heating and cooling is monitored by in situ X-ray diffraction revealing how metastable WO{sub 3} phases can be captured stably. The effect of Si-doping is studied since it is used in practise to control crystal growth and phase transition during metal oxide synthesis and processing. Finally the influence of annealing on the WO{sub 3} sensing performance of NO, a lung inflammation tracer in the human breath, is explored at the ppb-level.

  17. Hydrogen-treated commercial WO3 as an efficient electrocatalyst for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Cheng, Ling; Hou, Yu; Zhang, Bo; Yang, Shuang; Guo, Jian Wei; Wu, Long; Yang, Hua Gui

    2013-07-07

    The electrocatalytically inactive commercial WO3 can be transformed into an efficient counter electrode (CE) material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) via facile hydrogen treatment. The energy conversion efficiency of the DSCs with the hydrogen-treated WO3 CE was 5.43%, while the corresponding value for commercial WO3 with the stoichiometric surface was only 0.63%.

  18. Effect of crystallization water on the structural and electrical properties of CuWO{sub 4} under high pressure

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    Wang, Li; Yan, Jiejuan; Liu, Cailong; Liu, Xizhe; Han, Yonghao E-mail: cc060109@qq.com; Gao, Chunxiao E-mail: cc060109@qq.com; Ke, Feng; Wang, Qinglin; Li, Yanchun; Ma, Yanzhang

    2015-11-16

    The effect of crystallization water on the structural and electrical properties of CuWO{sub 4} under high pressure has been investigated by in situ X-ray diffraction and alternating current impedance spectra measurements. The crystallization water was found to be a key role in modulating the structural stability of CuWO{sub 4} at high pressures. The anhydrous CuWO{sub 4} undergoes two pressure-induced structural transitions at 8.8 and 18.5 GPa, respectively, while CuWO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O keeps its original structure up to 40.5 GPa. Besides, the crystallization water makes the electrical transport behavior of anhydrous CuWO{sub 4} and CuWO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O quite different. The charge carrier transportation is always isotropic in CuWO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O, but anisotropic in the triclinic and the third phase of anhydrous CuWO{sub 4}. The grain resistance of CuWO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O is always larger than that of anhydrous CuWO{sub 4} in the entire pressure range. By analyzing the relaxation response, we found that the large number of hydrogen bonds can soften the grain characteristic frequency of CuWO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O over CuWO{sub 4} by one order of magnitude.

  19. Lithium-titanate-nanotube-supported WO3 for enhancing transmittance contrast in electrochromics.

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    Dong, Yunbing; Xiong, Chunrong; Zhang, Yilu; Xing, Shuai; Jiang, Hong

    2016-03-11

    Lithium titanate nanotubes (Li-TNTs) have been successfully synthesized. The inner and outer diameters of the nanotubes are 5 nm and 8 nm with an interlayer spacing of 0.83 nm. The nanotubes were in accordance with the Li1.81H0.19Ti2O5 · xH2O phase. The chemical component was Li0.9H1.1Ti2O5 · H2O as determined by ICP-AES. The Li-TNT-supported WO3 nanoparticle (WO3/Li-TNTs) thin film was prepared onto ITO glass via spin-coating and then fabricated with an electrochromic device. The Li ion diffusion coefficient in the WO3/Li-TNT film was 6.1 × 10(-10) cm(2) s(-1), which is eight times higher than that for the pure WO3 film. The transmittance contrast of the pure WO3-based ECD was 53.3% at 600 nm. However, this increased to 74.1% for the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD. Meanwhile, the color-switching times of the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD were apparently shorter than the ones for the WO3-based ECD.

  20. Lithium-titanate-nanotube-supported WO3 for enhancing transmittance contrast in electrochromics

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    Dong, Yunbing; Xiong, Chunrong; Zhang, Yilu; Xing, Shuai; Jiang, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Lithium titanate nanotubes (Li-TNTs) have been successfully synthesized. The inner and outer diameters of the nanotubes are 5 nm and 8 nm with an interlayer spacing of 0.83 nm. The nanotubes were in accordance with the Li1.81H0.19Ti2O5 · xH2O phase. The chemical component was Li0.9H1.1Ti2O5 · H2O as determined by ICP-AES. The Li-TNT-supported WO3 nanoparticle (WO3/Li-TNTs) thin film was prepared onto ITO glass via spin-coating and then fabricated with an electrochromic device. The Li ion diffusion coefficient in the WO3/Li-TNT film was 6.1 × 10-10 cm2 s-1, which is eight times higher than that for the pure WO3 film. The transmittance contrast of the pure WO3-based ECD was 53.3% at 600 nm. However, this increased to 74.1% for the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD. Meanwhile, the color-switching times of the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD were apparently shorter than the ones for the WO3-based ECD.

  1. Optical properties of WO{sub 3} thin films using surface plasmon resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Anjali; Gupta, Vinay E-mail: vgupta@physics.du.ac.in; Tomar, Monika

    2014-01-28

    Indigenously assembled surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique has been exploited to study the thickness dependent dielectric properties of WO{sub 3} thin films. WO{sub 3} thin films (80 nm to 200 nm) have been deposited onto gold (Au) coated glass prism by sputtering technique. The structural, optical properties and surface morphology of the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometer, Raman spectroscopy, and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD analysis shows that all the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films are exhibiting preferred (020) orientation and Raman data indicates that the films possess single phase monoclinic structure. SEM images reveal the variation in grain size with increase in thickness. The SPR reflectance curves of the WO{sub 3}/Au/prism structure were utilized to estimate the dielectric properties of WO{sub 3} thin films at optical frequency (λ = 633 nm). As the thickness of WO{sub 3} thin film increases from 80 nm to 200 nm, the dielectric constant is seen to be decreasing from 5.76 to 3.42, while the dielectric loss reduces from 0.098 to 0.01. The estimated value of refractive index of WO{sub 3} film is in agreement to that obtained from UV-visible spectroscopy studies. The strong dispersion in refractive index is observed with wavelength of incident laser light.

  2. Detecting hydrogen using graphene quantum dots/WO3 thin films

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    Fardindoost, Somayeh; Iraji zad, Azam; Sadat Hosseini, Zahra; Hatamie, Shadie

    2016-11-01

    In the present work we report an approach to resistive hydrogen sensing based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs)/WO3 thin films that work reproducibly at low temperatures. GQDs were chemically synthesized and evenly dispersed in WO3 solution with 1:1 molar ratio. The structural evaluation and crystallization of the prepared films was studied by x-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The SEM images showed uniform distribution of the GQDs in WO3 films with sizes around 50 nm. Raman experiment showed the GQDs are partially reduced with high edge defects as hydroxyl and carboxyl groups which involve both in bridging between WO3 grains via bindings as well as interacting with target gas molecules. GQDs can develop an electron conductive network and shorten the current transport paths inside the sensitive films. As a result, they improved the poor electrical properties and charge transfer of pure WO3. Resistive hydrogen sensing showed significant decrease in the working temperature for GQDs/WO3 films compared to pure WO3 films. The working temperature of about 150 °C with 15 and 40 s response and recovery times are significant characteristics of the introduced sensing structure. Then palladium (Pd) was added as a catalyst in GQDs/WO3 film to make the sensing materials selective to hydrogen. Pd doped film worked at temperature of 120 °C with high selectivity and improved response magnitude to hydrogen gas.

  3. Congruence of Behavioral Symptomatology in Children with ADD/H, ADD/WO, and Learning Disabilities.

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    Stanford, Lisa D.; Hynd, George W.

    1994-01-01

    This study compared parent and teacher behavioral ratings for 77 children (ages 5-16) diagnosed as having attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADD/H), attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity (ADD/WO), or learning disabilities (LD). ADD/WO and LD children were rated similarly on symptoms of withdrawal and impulsivity but differed…

  4. Correlation between surface chemistry, density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films

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    Vemuri, Venkata Rama Ses; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ramana, C.V.

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline WO3 thin films were produced by sputter-deposition by varying the ratio of argon to oxygen in the reactive gas mixture during deposition. The surface chemistry, physical characteristics, and optical properties of nanocrystalline WO3 films were evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and spectrophotometric measurements. The effect of ultra-microstructure was significant on the optical properties of WO3 films. The XPS analyses indicate the formation of stoichiometric WO3 with tungsten existing in fully oxidized valence state (W6+). However, WO3 films grown at high oxygen concentration (>60%) in the sputtering gas mixture were over stoichiometric with excess oxygen. XRR simulations, which are based on isotropic WO3 film - SiO2 interface - Si substrate model, indicate that the density of WO3 films is sensitive to the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The spectral transmission of the films increased with the increasing oxygen. The band gap of these films increases from 2.78 eV to 3.25 eV with increasing oxygen. A direct correlation between the film-density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 films is established based on the observed results.

  5. Strain Accommodation By Facile WO6 Octahedral Distortion and Tilting During WO3 Heteroepitaxy on SrTiO3(001)

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    Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Varga, Tamas; Wang, Chong M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2014-08-27

    In this paper, we show that compared to other BO6 octahedra in ABO3 structured perovskite oxides, the WO6 octahedra in tungsten trioxide (WO3) can withstand a much larger degree of distortion and tilting to accommodate interfacial strain, which in turn strongly impact the nucleation, structure, and defect formation during the epitaxial growth of WO3 on SrTiO3(001). A meta-stable tetragonal phase can be stabilized by epitaxy and a thickness dependent phase transition (tetragonal to monoclinic) is observed. In contrast to misfit dislocations to accommodate the interfacial stain, the facial WO6 octahedral distortion and tilting give rise to three types of planar defects that affect more than 15 monolayers from the interface. These atomically resolved, unusual interfacial defects may significantly alter the electronic, electrochromic, and mechanical properties of the epitaxial films.

  6. Microwave-assisted synthesis and photocatalytic properties of flower-like Bi2WO6 and Bi2O3-Bi2WO6 composite.

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    Li, Zhao-Qian; Chen, Xue-Tai; Xue, Zi-Ling

    2013-03-15

    Flower-like Bi(2)WO(6) and Bi(2)O(3)-Bi(2)WO(6) composite microstructures have been synthesized via a facile and rapid microwave-assisted hydrothermal method through controlling the experimental parameters. The phases and morphologies of the products are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion X-ray analysis (EDX), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Photocatalytic experiments indicate that such Bi(2)O(3)-Bi(2)WO(6) composite possesses higher photocatalytic activity for RhB degradation under visible-light irradiation in comparison with pure Bi(2)O(3) and Bi(2)WO(6). On the basis of the calculated energy band positions, the enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to the effective separation of electron-hole pairs between the two semiconductors. The present study provides a new strategy to design composite materials with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  7. Electrochromic properties of WO3 thin film onto gold nanoparticles modified indium tin oxide electrodes

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    Deng, Jiajia; Gu, Ming; Di, Junwei

    2011-04-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) thin films, electrochemically deposited from hydrogen tetrachloroaurate onto transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film coated glass, have different color prepared by variation of the deposition condition. The color of GNP film can vary from pale red to blue due to different particle size and their interaction. The characteristic of GNPs modified ITO electrodes was studied by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and cyclic voltammetry. WO3 thin films were fabricated by sol-gel method onto the surface of GNPs modified electrode to form the WO3/GNPs composite films. The electrochromic properties of WO3/GNPs composite modified ITO electrode were investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. It was found that the electrochromic performance of WO3/GNPs composite films was improved in comparison with a single component system of WO3.

  8. High photocatalytic capability of self-assembled nanoporous WO3 with preferential orientation of (002) planes.

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    Guo, Yafeng; Quan, Xie; Lu, Na; Zhao, Huimin; Chen, Shuo

    2007-06-15

    Self-assembled nanoporous tungsten oxide (WO3) with preferential orientation (002) planes was successfully synthesized on the tungsten sheet by anodization in a 0.2 wt % NaF and 0.3% (V/V) HF mixture solution in a 1:1 ratio. The pores, of a highly ordered self-assembled structure, had an average size of approximately 70 nm. X-ray diffraction identified a monoclinic WO3 structure and fine preferential orientation of (002) planes. A maximum photoconversion efficiency of 17.2% was obtained for the self-assembled nanoporous WO3 under high-pressure mercury lamp illumination. The photocatalytic (PC) degradation of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in aqueous solution using the self-assembled nanoporous WO3 photocatalyst, performed under both high-pressure mercury lamp and Xe lamp illumination, showed more excellent PC capability than WO3 film and TiO2 nanotube arrays.

  9. Characterization of MAPLE deposited WO3 thin films for electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, S. I.; Stefan, N.; Szilágyi, I. M.; Mihailescu, N.; Visan, A.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Besleaga, C.; Iliev, M. T.; Gesheva, K. A.

    2017-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is a widely studied material for electrochromic applications. The structure, morphology and optical properties of WO3 thin films, grown by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) from monoclinic WO3 nano-sized particles, were investigated for their possible application as electrochromic layers. A KrF* excimer (λ=248 nm, ζFWHM=25 ns) laser source was used in all experiments. The MAPLE deposited WO3 thin films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Cyclic voltammetry measurements were also performed, and the coloring and bleaching were observed. The morpho-structural investigations disclosed the synthesis of single-phase monoclinic WO3 films consisting of crystalline nano-grains embedded in an amorphous matrix. All thin films showed good electrochromic properties, thus validating application of the MAPLE deposition technique for the further development of electrochromic devices.

  10. Gamma-ray irradiation induced bulk photochromism in WO3-P2O5 glass

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    Shen, Wei; Baccaro, Stefania; Cemmi, Alessia; Xu, Xiaoqing; Chen, Guorong

    2015-11-01

    In the present work, photochromism of WO3-P2O5 glass under gamma-ray irradiation was reported. As-prepared glass samples with different WO3 content are all optically transparent in the visible wavelength range thanks to the addition of a small amount of oxidizing couple Sb2O3-NaNO3. The photochromic properties are identified by transmission spectra of the glasses before and after irradiation. The results show that the irradiation induced darkening results from the reduction of W6+ to W5+ or W4+. The existence of WO6 clusters in glasses of high WO3 content is proved by XPS, which is the main reason for the obvious photochromic effects. The WO3-P2O5 glass is a promising candidate in gamma-ray sensitive detector.

  11. Photoactivity and stability of Ag2WO4 for organic degradation in aqueous suspensions

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    Chen, Haihang; Xu, Yiming

    2014-11-01

    Silver tungstate as photocatalyst for water splitting and dye degradation has been reported, but the catalyst stability is not known. In this work, we find that both α- and β-Ag2WO4 are not stable under UV light for the photocatalytic degradation of phenol and azo-dye X3B in aqueous solutions. Comparatively, β-Ag2WO4 was more photoactive, but less stable than α-Ag2WO4. Solid characterization with X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope showed that metallic silver particles were produced with the two catalysts, consequently resulting into decrease in the activity for organic degradation. Measurement of photoluminescence revealed that β-Ag2WO4 had a weaker band gap emission and higher portion of structural defects than α-Ag2WO4. A possible mechanism responsible for the observed difference in photoactivity and stability between the two tungstates is proposed.

  12. Photoelectron spectromicroscopy study of metal-insulator transition in NaxWO3

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    Paul, Sanhita; Ghosh, Anirudha; Dudin, Pavel; Barinov, Alexei; Chakraborty, Anirban; Ray, Sugata; Sarma, D. D.; Oishi, Shuji; Raj, Satyabrata

    2013-07-01

    We have investigated the validity of percolation model, which is quite often invoked to explain the metal-insulator transition in sodium tungsten bronzes, NaxWO3 by photoelectron spectromicroscopy. The spatially resolved direct spectromicroscopic probing on both the insulating and metallic phases of high quality single crystals of NaxWO3 reveals the absence of any microscopic inhomogeneities embedded in the system within the experimental limit. Neither any metallic domains in the insulating host nor any insulating domains in the metallic host have been found to support the validity of percolation model to explain the metal-insulator transition in NaxWO3. The possible origin of insulating phase in NaxWO3 is due to the Anderson localization of all the states near EF. The localization occurs because of the strong disorder arising from random distribution of Na+ ions in the WO3 lattice.

  13. Catalytic activities of noble metal atoms on WO3 (001): nitric oxide adsorption.

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    Ren, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Shuai; Li, Chong; Li, Shunfang; Jia, Yu; Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2015-01-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations within the generalized gradient approximation, we investigate the adsorption of NO molecule on a clean WO3(001) surface as well as on the noble metal atom (Cu, Ag, and Au)-deposited WO3(001) surfaces. We find that on a clean WO3 (001) surface, the NO molecule binds to the W atom with an adsorption energy (E ads) of -0.48 eV. On the Cu- and Ag-deposited WO3(001) surface where such noble metal atoms prefer to adsorb on the hollow site, the NO molecule also binds to the W atom with E ads = -1.69 and -1.41 eV, respectively. This relatively stronger bonding of NO to the W atom is found to be associated with the larger charge transfer of 0.43 e (Cu) and 0.33 e (Ag) from the surface to adsorbed NO. However, unlike the cases of Cu-WO3(001) and Ag-WO3(001), Au atoms prefer to adsorb on the top of W atom. On such an Au-WO3(001) complex, the NO molecule is found to form a bond to the Au atom with E ads = -1.32 eV. Because of a large electronegativity of Au atom, the adsorbed NO molecule captures the less electrons (0.04 e) from the surface compared to the Cu and Ag catalysts. Our findings not only provide useful information about the NO adsorption on a clean WO3(001) surface as well as on the noble metal atoms deposited WO3(001) surfaces but also shed light on a higher sensitive WO3 sensor for NO detection employing noble metal catalysts.

  14. MWCNT/WO{sub 3} nanocomposite photoanode for visible light induced water splitting

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    Yousefzadeh, Samira; Reyhani, Ali; Naseri, Naimeh; Moshfegh, Alireza Z.

    2013-08-15

    The Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/WO{sub 3} nanocomposite thin films with different MWCNT’s weight percentages were prepared by sol–gel method as visible light induced photoanode in water splitting reaction. Weight percentage of MWCNT in the all nanocomposite thin films was confirmed by TGA/DSC analysis. According to XPS analysis, oxygenated groups at the surface of the MWCNT and stoichiometric formation of WO{sub 3} thin films were determined, while the crystalline structure of the nanocomposite samples was studied by XRD indicating (0 0 2) peak of MWCNT in the monoclinic phase of WO{sub 3}. The influence of different weight percentage (wt%) of MWCNT on WO{sub 3} photoactivity showed that the electron conductivity, charge transfer and electron life time had improved as compared with the pure WO{sub 3}. Based on linear sweep voltammetry and chronoamperometry measurements, the (1 wt%) MWCNT/WO{sub 3} nanocomposite thin films photoanode has a maximum photocurrent density of ∼4.5 A/m{sup 2} and electron life time of about 57 s. - Graphical abstract: Photocurrent density versus time at constant potential (0.7 V) for the WO{sub 3} films containing different MWCNT weight percentages annealed at 400 °C under 1000 Wm{sup −2} visible photo-illumination. Display Omitted - Highlights: • MWCNT/ WO{sub 3} nanocomposite thin films were synthesized using sol–gel derived method. • TGA/DSC confirmed the weight percentage of MWCNT in the all nanocomposite thin films. • XPS analysis revealed that WO{sub 3} was attached on the oxygenated group of MWCNT surface. • The Highest Photoelectrochemical activity is achieved for (1 wt%)MWCNT/WO{sub 3} thin film.

  15. The enhanced alcohol-sensing response of ultrathin WO3 nanoplates

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    Chen, Deliang; Hou, Xianxiang; Wen, Hejing; Wang, Yu; Wang, Hailong; Li, Xinjian; Zhang, Rui; Lu, Hongxia; Xu, Hongliang; Guan, Shaokang; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian

    2010-01-01

    Chemical sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanocrystals are of academic and practical significance in industrial processing and environment-related applications. Novel alcohol response sensors using two-dimensional WO3 nanoplates as active elements have been investigated in this paper. Single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates were synthesized through a topochemical approach on the basis of intercalation chemistry (Chen et al 2008 Small 4 1813). The as-obtained WO3 nanoplate pastes were coated on the surface of an Al2O3 ceramic microtube with four Pt electrodes to measure their alcohol-sensing properties. The results show that the WO3 nanoplate sensors are highly sensitive to alcohols (e.g., methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and butanol) at moderate operating temperatures (260-360 °C). For butanol, the WO3 nanoplate sensors have a sensitivity of 31 at 2 ppm and 161 at 100 ppm, operating at 300 °C. For other alcohols, WO3 nanoplate sensors also show high sensitivities: 33 for methanol at 300 ppm, 70 for ethanol at 200 ppm, and 75 for isopropanol at 200 ppm. The response and recovery times of the WO3 nanoplate sensors are less than 15 s for all the test alcohols. A good linear relationship between the sensitivity and alcohol concentrations has been observed in the range of 2-300 ppm, whereas the WO3 nanoparticle sensors have not shown such a linear relationship. The sensitivities of the WO3 nanoplate sensors decrease and their response times become short when the operating temperatures increase. The enhanced alcohol-sensing performance could be attributed to the ultrathin platelike morphology, the high crystallinity and the loosely assembling structure of the WO3 nanoplates, due to the advantages of the effective adsorption and rapid diffusion of the alcohol molecules.

  16. The enhanced alcohol-sensing response of ultrathin WO3 nanoplates.

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    Chen, Deliang; Hou, Xianxiang; Wen, Hejing; Wang, Yu; Wang, Hailong; Li, Xinjian; Zhang, Rui; Lu, Hongxia; Xu, Hongliang; Guan, Shaokang; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian

    2010-01-22

    Chemical sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanocrystals are of academic and practical significance in industrial processing and environment-related applications. Novel alcohol response sensors using two-dimensional WO(3) nanoplates as active elements have been investigated in this paper. Single-crystalline WO(3) nanoplates were synthesized through a topochemical approach on the basis of intercalation chemistry (Chen et al 2008 Small 4 1813). The as-obtained WO(3) nanoplate pastes were coated on the surface of an Al(2)O(3) ceramic microtube with four Pt electrodes to measure their alcohol-sensing properties. The results show that the WO(3) nanoplate sensors are highly sensitive to alcohols (e.g., methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and butanol) at moderate operating temperatures (260-360 degrees C). For butanol, the WO(3) nanoplate sensors have a sensitivity of 31 at 2 ppm and 161 at 100 ppm, operating at 300 degrees C. For other alcohols, WO(3) nanoplate sensors also show high sensitivities: 33 for methanol at 300 ppm, 70 for ethanol at 200 ppm, and 75 for isopropanol at 200 ppm. The response and recovery times of the WO(3) nanoplate sensors are less than 15 s for all the test alcohols. A good linear relationship between the sensitivity and alcohol concentrations has been observed in the range of 2-300 ppm, whereas the WO(3) nanoparticle sensors have not shown such a linear relationship. The sensitivities of the WO(3) nanoplate sensors decrease and their response times become short when the operating temperatures increase. The enhanced alcohol-sensing performance could be attributed to the ultrathin platelike morphology, the high crystallinity and the loosely assembling structure of the WO(3) nanoplates, due to the advantages of the effective adsorption and rapid diffusion of the alcohol molecules.

  17. Revival of "dead" memristive devices: case of WO3-x.

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    Tan, Zheng-Hua; Yang, Rui; Terabe, Kazuya; Yin, Xue-Bing; Guo, Xin

    2016-01-21

    Inappropriate operation could make a memristive device "dead" and cause the loss of resistive switching performance. In this study, the revival of "dead" devices was investigated in the case of WO3-x-based memristive devices. It is believed that inappropriate operation with a high-voltage pulse creates an ordered structure of oxygen vacancies and such an ordered structure makes the normal reset process fail. By precisely controlled voltage sweeping at certain compliance currents, a "dead" device can be revived. The revival operation disrupts the ordered structure by Joule heating and recovers Schottky-like barrier modulation-based switching.

  18. Ion doping effects in multiferroic MnWO4

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    Bahoosh, Safa Golrokh; Wesselinowa, J. M.

    2012-04-01

    We have studied the ion doping effects in multiferroic MnWO4 proposing a microscopic model. It is shown that the exchange interaction constants can be changed due to the different ion doping radii. This leads to reduction of the magnetic phase transition temperature TN by doping with non-magnetic ions, such as Zn, Mg, whereas TN is enhanced by doping with transition metal ions, such as Fe, Co. The different behavior of the temperature T1 (where up-up-down-down collinear spin structure appears) by Fe and Co doping could be explained taking into account the single-ion anisotropy.

  19. Small polaron formation in porous WO3-x nanoparticle films

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    Ederth, J.; Hoel, A.; Niklasson, G. A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    2004-11-01

    Porous tungsten oxide nanoparticle films were prepared by reactive gas evaporation. The structure was studied by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and the oxygen nonstoichiometry was inferred by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, and neutron scattering. Specifically, the films consisted of WO3-x with 0.25

  20. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; ...

    2015-09-09

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on YAlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. Furthermore, the dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch is discussed.

  1. Photoinduced (WO4)3--La3+ center in PbWO4: Electron spin resonance and thermally stimulated luminescence study

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    Laguta, V. V.; Martini, M.; Meinardi, F.; Vedda, A.; Hofstaetter, A.; Meyer, B. K.; Nikl, M.; Mihóková, E.; Rosa, J.; Usuki, Y.

    2000-10-01

    The localization of electrons at W6+ sites perturbed by lanthanum in PbWO4 is studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements. The (WO4)3--La3+ centers are created at the W6+ sites close to La3+ in two different ways: (i) direct trapping of electrons from the conduction band under ultraviolet or x-ray irradiation at T=60 K (ii) retrapping of electrons freed from unperturbed (WO4)3- centers after irradiation at T<40 K followed by heating up to T around 60 K. Electron transfer from La3+-perturbed to unperturbed W6+ sites stimulated by red light illumination is also observed. The proposed mechanism of electron localization at one of four equivalent tungstate ions close to La3+ is based on the pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect, which gives rise to a rhombic distortion of (WO4)3- complex. At T~95-98 K the (WO4)3--La3+ centers are thermally ionized giving rise to a TSL glow peak due to the recombination of detrapped electrons with localized holes. The emission spectrum of the TSL features one band peaking at 2.8 eV. The temperature dependence of both TSL and ESR intensity is analyzed in the frame of a general order recombination model. The thermal ionization energy of (WO4)3--La3+ centers has been calculated to be approximately 0.27 eV.

  2. Luminescence of CaWO4, CaMoO4, and ZnWO4 scintillating crystals under different excitations

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    Mikhailik, V. B.; Kraus, H.; Miller, G.; Mykhaylyk, M. S.; Wahl, D.

    2005-04-01

    The luminescence spectra of CaWO4, CaMoO4, and ZnWO4 scintillating crystals were investigated in the temperature range 8-400K. The excitation photon energy was varied from the ultraviolet (4.5eV ) to the hard x-ray region (35keV). It is found that as the excitation energy decreases the relative intensity of the low-energy luminescence band, attributed to the extrinsic emission of defect centers in CaWO4 and CaMoO4 crystals, increases. This observation is interpreted in terms of the total absorption of incident radiation, i.e., the variation of the mean penetration depth of the photons with their energy. It indicates that the centers responsible for the extrinsic emission in the crystals with scheelite structure are mainly localized in a thin (˜100nm ) surface layer. On the other hand no noticeable changes with the excitation energy were found in the emission spectra of ZnWO4 crystals with wolframite structure. The possible implication of this finding is discussed. The light yield of the crystals is compared at low temperature using monochromatic x-ray excitation and it is shown that ZnWO4 has ˜10% higher light yield than CaWO4, while this parameter has a factor of 4 lower in CaMoO4.

  3. Synthesis of chemically bonded BiOCl@Bi2WO6 microspheres with exposed (0 2 0) Bi2WO6 facets and their enhanced photocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation

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    Ma, Yongchao; Chen, Zhiwei; Qu, Dan; Shi, Jinsheng

    2016-01-01

    Bi2WO6 photocatalysts has been extensively studied for its photocatalytic activity. However, few works have been conducted on hierarchical Bi2WO6 composite photocatalysts with specifically exposed facets. In this work, we report a facile method to synthesize BiOCl@Bi2WO6 hierarchical composite microspheres. Bi2WO6 nanosheets with specifically exposed (0 2 0) facet were directly formed on the surface of BiOCl precursor microspheres via a controlled anion exchange route between BiOCl and Na2WO4. The visible-light photocatalytic activity of the BiOCl@Bi2WO6 heterojunction with exposed (0 2 0) facets (denoted as BiOCl@Bi2WO6) was investigated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The experimental results indicated that the BiOCl@Bi2WO6 composite microsphere with intimate interfacial contacts exhibited improved efficiency for RhB photodegradation in comparison with pure BiOCl and Bi2WO6. The BiOCl@Bi2WO6 composite microsphere also shows high photocatalytic activity for degradation of CIP under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of BiOCl@Bi2WO6-020 hierarchical microspheres can be ascribed to the improved visible light harvesting ability, high charge separation and transfer. This work will make significant contributions toward the exploration of novel heterostructures with high potential in photocatalytic applications.

  4. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and first-principles study of SnWO4

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    Kuzmin, A.; Anspoks, A.; Kalinko, A.; Timoshenko, J.; Kalendarev, R.

    2014-04-01

    The local atomic structure in α- and β-SnWO4 was studied by synchrotron radiation W L3-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy at 10 and 300 K. Strongly distorted WO6 octahedra were found in α-SnWO4, whereas nearly regular WO4 tetrahedra were observed in β-SnWO4, confirming previous results. The structural results obtained were supported by the first-principles calculations, suggesting that the second-order Jahn-Teller effect is responsible for octahedral distortion.

  5. Enhancement of visible-light photocatalytic activity of silver and mesoporous carbon co-modified Bi2WO6

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    Zhao, Qian; Gong, Ming; Liu, Wangping; Mao, Yulin; Le, Shukun; Ju, Shang; Long, Fei; Liu, Xiufang; Liu, Kai; Jiang, Tingshun

    2015-03-01

    Ordered mesoporous carbon CMK-3 was prepared by hard template method using SBA-15 as template, sucrose as carbon source. Flower/sphere-like Bi2WO6 and CMK-3/Bi2WO6 photocatalysts were synthesized by hydrothermal method, and then Ag/Bi2WO6 and Ag/Bi2WO6/CMK-3 composite photocatalysts were prepared via a photoreduction process. The samples were characterized by XRD, UV-vis, TEM (HR-TEM), SEM, N2 physical adsorption and PL and their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The results show that both incorporating of CMK-3 and Ag loading greatly improved the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6, and the content of CMK-3 and silver have an impact on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. The photocatalytic activity of Ag/Bi2WO6/CMK-3 photocatalyst is superior to the activities of CMK-3/Bi2WO6 and Ag/Bi2WO6 under comparable conditions, and Ag/Bi2WO6/CMK-3 photocatalyst has high stability and is easy to be recycled. Also, the mechanism for the enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of CMK-3 and Ag co-modified Bi2WO6 was also investigated.

  6. Ag loaded WO3 nanoplates for efficient photocatalytic degradation of sulfanilamide and their bactericidal effect under visible light irradiation.

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    Zhu, Wenyu; Liu, Jincheng; Yu, Shuyan; Zhou, Yan; Yan, Xiaoli

    2016-11-15

    Sulfonamides (SAs) are extensively used antibiotics and their residues in the water bodies propose potential threat to the public. In this study, degradation efficiency of sulfanilamide (SAM), which is the precursor of SAs, using WO3 nanoplates and their Ag heterogeneous as photocatalysts was investigated. WO3 nanoplates with uniform size were synthesized by a facile one step hydrothermal method. Different amount of Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were loaded onto WO3 nanoplates using a photo-reduction method to generate WO3/Ag composites. The physio-chemical properties of synthesized nanomaterials were systematically characterized. Photodegradation of SAM by WO3 and WO3/Ag composites was conducted under visible light irradiation. The results show that WO3/Ag composites performed much better than pure WO3 where the highest removal rate was 96.2% in 5h. Ag as excellent antibacterial agent also endows certain antibacterial efficiency to WO3, and 100% removal efficiency against Escherichia Coli and Bacillus subtilis could be achieved in 2h under visible light irradiation for all three WO3/Ag composites synthesized. The improved performance in terms of SAM degradation and antibacterial activity of WO3/Ag can be attributed to the improved electron-hole pair separation rate where Ag NPs act as effective electron trapper during the photocatalytic process.

  7. Hierarchically plasmonic photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl nanocrystals coupled with single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates

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    Chen, Deliang; Li, Tao; Chen, Qianqian; Gao, Jiabing; Fan, Bingbing; Li, Jian; Li, Xinjian; Zhang, Rui; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian

    2012-08-01

    The hierarchical photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 have been synthesized by anchoring Ag/AgCl nanocrystals on the surfaces of single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates that were obtained via an intercalation and topochemical approach. The heterogeneous precipitation process of the PVP-Ag+-WO3 suspensions with a Cl- solution added drop-wise was developed to synthesize AgCl@WO3 composites, which were then photoreduced to form Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures in situ. WO3 nanocrystals with various shapes (i.e., nanoplates, nanorods, and nanoparticles) were used as the substrates to synthesize Ag/AgCl@WO3 photocatalysts, and the effects of the WO3 contents and photoreduction times on their visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance were investigated. The techniques of TEM, SEM, XPS, EDS, XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption and UV-vis DR spectra were used to characterize the compositions, phases and microstructures of the samples. The RhB aqueous solutions were used as the model system to estimate the photocatalytic performance of the as-obtained Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures under visible light (λ >= 420 nm) and sunlight. The results indicated that the hierarchical Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 photocatalyst has a higher photodegradation rate than Ag/AgCl, AgCl, AgCl@WO3 and TiO2 (P25). The contents and morphologies of the WO3 substrates in the Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 photocatalysts have important effects on their photocatalytic performance. The related mechanisms for the enhancement in visible-light-driven photodegradation of RhB molecules were analyzed.The hierarchical photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 have been synthesized by anchoring Ag/AgCl nanocrystals on the surfaces of single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates that were obtained via an intercalation and topochemical approach. The heterogeneous precipitation process of the PVP-Ag+-WO3 suspensions with a Cl- solution added drop-wise was developed to synthesize AgCl@WO3 composites, which were then photoreduced to form Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures in

  8. Giant Born effective charges in cubic WO_3.

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    Detraux, Francois; Ghosez, Philippe; Gonze, Xavier

    1997-03-01

    WO3 crystallizes in many different phases. It is also sometimes considered in a reference idealized simple cubic structure (defect-perovskite) where the tungsten is at the center of the cell and the oxygens at the middle of each face. Using a variational formulation of the density functional perturbation theory and a planewave-pseudopotential approach, we compute the Born effective charges for this idealized cubic structure, with an optimized lattice parameter of 3.73 ÅThe values obtained are anomalously large with respect to the nominal ionic charge (+6 on W and -2 on O). For the tungsten atom, the effective charge tensor is isotropic and Z_W= +12.43. For the oxygen, we must consider two different elements corresponding respectively to a displacement of the atom parallel or perpendicular to the W-O bond: Z^*O allel= -9.07 and Z^*O ⊥= -1.66. The giant anomalous contributions to Z^*W and Z^*O allel can be explained by transfer of charge produced by dynamic changes of hybridization between the O-2p and W-5d orbitals.

  9. Luminescence in trilanthanumtrichlorotungstate (La 3WO 6Cl 3)

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    Blasse, G.; Dirksen, G. J.; Brixner, L. H.

    1983-03-01

    The luminescence properties of La 3WO 6Cl 3 are reported and discussed. The tungstate group occurs as a trigonal prismatic WO 6-6 complex. The blue luminescence is, for the greater part, quenched at room temperature. No energy migration occurs in this lattice. The decay times are discussed in terms of a simple molecular-orbital (MO) scheme. The luminescence of the following activating ions was studied: Mo 6+, Bi 3+, Eu 3+, Sm 3+, Ce 3+, and Tb 3+. The molybdate group produces a red emission with low efficiency. The Bi 3+ ion induces a narrow band emission with small Stokes shift. This is interpreted using a Bi 3+O 2-W 6+ charge-transfer state. Except for Ce 3+, the rare earth activators show luminescence, but the total transfer efficiency from tungstate to the rare-earth ions is low. This is not due to the one-step tungstate-rare-earth transfer (which is efficient), but to the localized nature of the tungstate excitation. The Eu 3+ charge-transfer band is at very low energies.

  10. Combustion synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline WO3.

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    Morales, Walter; Cason, Michael; Aina, Olawunmi; de Tacconi, Norma R; Rajeshwar, Krishnan

    2008-05-21

    The energy payback time associated with the semiconductor active material is an important parameter in a photovoltaic solar cell device. Thus lowering the energy requirements for the semiconductor synthesis step or making it more energy-efficient is critical toward making the overall device economics more competitive relative to other nonpolluting energy options. In this communication, combustion synthesis is demonstrated to be a versatile and energy-efficient method for preparing inorganic oxide semiconductors such as tungsten trioxide (WO3) for photovoltaic or photocatalytic solar energy conversion. The energy efficiency of combustion synthesis accrues from the fact that high process temperatures are self-sustained by the exothermicity of the combustion process, and the only external thermal energy input needed is for dehydration of the fuel/oxidizer precursor mixture and bringing it to ignition. Importantly, we show that, in this approach, it is also possible to tune the optical characteristics of the oxide semiconductor (i.e., shift its response toward the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum) in situ by doping the host semiconductor during the formative stage itself. As a bonus, the resultant material shows enhanced surface properties such as markedly improved organic dye uptake relative to benchmark samples obtained from commercial sources. Finally, this synthesis approach requires only very simple equipment, a feature that it shares with other "mild" inorganic semiconductor synthesis routes such as sol-gel chemistry, chemical bath deposition, and electrodeposition. The present study constitutes the first use of combustion synthesis for preparing WO3 powder comprising nanosized particles.

  11. Pickering w/o emulsions: drug release and topical delivery.

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    Frelichowska, Justyna; Bolzinger, Marie-Alexandrine; Valour, Jean-Pierre; Mouaziz, Hanna; Pelletier, Jocelyne; Chevalier, Yves

    2009-02-23

    The skin absorption from Pickering emulsions as a new dosage form was investigated for the first time. Pickering emulsions are stabilized by adsorbed solid particles instead of emulsifier molecules. They are promising dosage forms that significantly differ from classical emulsions within several features. The skin permeation of a hydrophilic model penetrant (caffeine) was investigated from a w/o Pickering emulsion and compared to a w/o classical emulsion stabilized with an emulsifier. Both emulsions had the same composition and physicochemical properties in order to focus on the effect of the interfacial layer on the drug release and skin absorption processes. The highest permeation rates were obtained from the Pickering emulsion with a pseudo-steady state flux of 25 microg cm(-2)h(-1), threefold higher than from a classical emulsion (9.7 microg cm(-2)h(-1)). After 24h exposure, caffeine was mostly in the receptor fluid and in the dermis; cumulated amounts of caffeine were higher for the Pickering emulsion. Several physicochemical phenomena were investigated for clearing up the mechanisms of enhanced permeation from the Pickering emulsion. Among them, higher adhesion of Pickering emulsion droplets to skin surface was disclosed. The transport of caffeine adsorbed on silica particles was also considered relevant since skin stripping showed that aggregates of silica particles entered deeply the stratum corneum.

  12. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of cadmium-doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles under simulated solar light

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    Song, Xu Chun; Li, Wen Ting; Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan; Yin, Hao Yong; Zheng, Yi Fan

    2015-03-01

    Novel cadmium-doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles with different Cd contents have been synthesized by a one-step route using ethylene glycol and water as solvents at 180 °C for 12 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized in detailed by SEM, XRD, EDS, HRTEM, UV-Vis DRS, BET techniques, and so on. The results shown that with the increase of the Cd2+ addition, the crystal structure, lattice space, and absorption edge were not significantly changed and the calculated band gap value was 2.58 eV. However, the flower-like Bi2WO6 sphere was gradually destroyed. Simultaneously, the surface area and photocurrent responses of the catalysts were greatly increased. Photocatalytic activity of the Cd-doped Bi2WO6 samples was determined by monitoring the change of RhB concentration under simulated solar light. The results revealed that cadmium doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of Bi2WO6. The Bi2WO6 sample with R Cd = 0.05 displayed the highest photocatalytic activity, and the degradation rate is about two times greater than pure Bi2WO6. Moreover, the Cd-Bi2WO6 photocatalyst remained stable even after five consecutive cycles. A possible mechanism of photocatalytic activity enhancement on basis of the experimental results was proposed.

  13. Structural and gasochromic properties of WO3 films prepared by reactive sputtering deposition

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    Yamamoto, S.; Hakoda, T.; Miyashita, A.; Yoshikawa, M.

    2015-02-01

    The effects of deposition temperature and film thickness on the structural and gasochromic properties of tungsten trioxide (WO3) films used for the optical detection of diluted cyclohexane gas have been investigated. The WO3 films were prepared on SiO2 substrates by magnetron sputtering, with the deposition temperature ranging from 300 to 550 °C in an Ar and O2 gas mixture. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The gasochromic properties of the WO3 films, coated with a catalytic Pt layer, were examined by exposing them to up to 5% cyclohexane in N2 gas. It was found that (001)-oriented monoclinic WO3 films, with a columnar structure, grew at deposition temperatures between 400 and 450 °C. Furthermore, (010)-oriented WO3 films were preferably formed at deposition temperatures higher than 500 °C. The gasochromic characterization of the Pt/WO3 films revealed that (001)-oriented WO3 films, with cauliflower-like surface morphology, were appropriate for the optical detection of cyclohexane gas.

  14. Material and sensing properties of Pd-deposited WO3 thin films.

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    Choi, Gwangpyo; Jin, Guanghu; Park, Si-Hyun; Lee, Woonyoung; Park, Jinseong

    2007-11-01

    The physicochemical and electrical properties of Pd-deposited WO3 thin films were investigated as a function of Pd thickness, annealing temperature, and operating temperature for application as a hydrogen gas sensor. WO3 thin films were deposited on an insulating material using a thermal evaporator. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to evaluate the crystal structure, microstructure, surface roughness, and chemical property of the films, respectively. The deposited films grew into polycrystalline WO3 with a rhombohedral structure after annealing at 500 degrees C. Adding Pd had no effect on the crystallinity, but suppressed the growth of WO3 grains. The Pd was scattered as isolated small spherical particles of PdO2 on the WO3 thin film after annealing at 500 degrees C, while it agglomerated as irregular large particles or diffused into the WO3 after annealing at 600 degrees C. PdO2 reduction under H2 and reoxidation under air were dependent on both the Pd deposition thickness and annealing conditions. The WO3 thin film with a 2-nm-thick Pd deposit showed a good response and recovery to H2 gas at a 250 degrees C operating temperature.

  15. Ultrahigh-efficiency photocatalysts based on mesoporous Pt-WO3 nanohybrids.

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    Wen, Zhenhai; Wu, Wei; Liu, Zhuang; Zhang, Hao; Li, Jinghong; Chen, Junhong

    2013-05-14

    A reliable nanocasting method has been developed to synthesize mesoporous hybrids of platinum (Pt) nanoparticles decorating tungsten trioxide (WO3). The process began with modification of the SBA-15 template with carbon polymers and Pt nanoparticles accompanied by adsorption of W(6+), which was then converted into m-Pt-WO3 composites by heat treatment and subsequent template removal. The synthetic strategy can be easily extended to prepare other mesoporous nanohybrids with metal oxide loaded precious metal composites. Comprehensive characterizations suggest that the as-developed m-Pt-WO3 nanohybrid exhibits unique properties with mesoporous structure, excellent crystalline structure, and high surface area. When the photocatalytic properties of m-Pt-WO3 nanohybrids were systematically investigated, it was revealed that the m-Pt-WO3 nanohybrids showed great promise for degrading the organic dye under visible light irradiation, which shows an excellent photocatalytic activity that far exceeded those of pure phase mesoporous WO3 and commercial TiO2 (P25), and was 10-fold more active than that of the bulk Pt-WO3 catalyst. The as-developed synthetic route opens up a new avenue for designing mesoporous hybrid materials for various applications benefiting from the unique porous structure, high surface area, and synergistic effects among constituents.

  16. Superconducting phase diagram of InxWO3 synthesized by indium deintercalation

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    Bocarsly, Joshua D.; Hirai, Daigorou; Ali, M. N.; Cava, R. J.

    2013-07-01

    We report the superconducting phase diagram of the hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) InxWO3. The InxWO3 samples were prepared by indium deintercalation of the thermodynamically stable parent phase In0.33WO3. By employing this technique, a lowest indium content in the HTB phase of x \\sim 0.07 was achieved, which cannot be obtained by conventional solid-state reaction. In addition, accurately and reproducibly controlled indium content and homogeneous samples enable us to perform a systematic study of the physical properties of InxWO3. Most of the InxWO3 samples exhibit a superconducting transition and the highest transition temperature T_{\\text{c}} = 4.2\\text{K} in InxWO3 was observed at x= 0.11 . The indium content dependence of T_{\\text{c}}(x) shows remarkable similarities to other MxWO3 (M=\\text{K} and Rb) HTBs. Our results reveal the universality of physical properties in the HTB family and give a strategy to achieve higher T_{\\text{c}} in HTBs.

  17. Preparation, structures and photoluminescent enhancement of CdWO 4-TiO 2 composite nanofilms

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    Jia, Runping; Zhang, Guoxin; Wu, Qingsheng; Ding, Yaping

    2006-12-01

    For the first time, Cadmium tungstate (CdWO4)-TiO2 composite nanofilms on a glass substrate were prepared by means of the dip-coating technique, in which collodion was used as a dispersant and film-forming agent. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermo gravimetric and thermal analyses (TG/DTA), FTIR and photoluminescence (PL) methods, respectively. SEM and XRD characterization of these films indicated that CdWO4 particles crystallized in a monoclinic wolframite-type structure whereas TiO2 particles were Anatase phase; and both of them were well distributed in the nanofilms. FTIR spectra proved the presence of CdWO4 on the nanofilms. Photoluminescent results showed that the emitting peak of CdWO4 films blue shifted slightly relative to that of CdWO4 crystal. Moreover, the PL intensity of CdWO4-TiO2 composite nanofilm was much higher than that of CdWO4 nanofilm. We ascribed that the introduction of TiO2 should be responsible for the PL enhancement.

  18. Dual preparation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors

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    Cho, Young-Sik; Huh, Young-Duk

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • Red-emitting BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were prepared in hexane-water bilayer system. • The hydrophobic nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were obtained in hexane. • The hydrophilic micrometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu dendrites were obtained in water. - Abstract: BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were prepared by performing a solvothermal reaction in a water–hexane bilayer system. A barium oleate (and europium oleate) complex was obtained in hexane via a phase transfer reaction involving Ba{sup 2+} (and Eu{sup 3+}) ions in an aqueous solution of sodium oleate. The outer surfaces of the nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were capped by the long alkyl chain of oleate; therefore, the hydrophobic nanometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors preferentially dissolved in the hexane layer. The micrometer-sized BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were obtained in the water layer. The BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors prepared in hexane and water yielded sharp strong absorption and emission peaks at 464 and 615 nm, respectively, due to the {sup 7}F{sub 0} → {sup 5}D{sub 2} and the {sup 5}D{sub 0} →{sup 7} F{sub 2} transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The BaWO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors are good candidate red-emitting phosphors for use in InGaN blue-emitting diodes, which have an emission wavelength of 465 nm.

  19. WO3 nanorolls self-assembled as thin films by hydrothermal synthesis

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    Vankova, S.; Zanarini, S.; Amici, J.; Cámara, F.; Arletti, R.; Bodoardo, S.; Penazzi, N.

    2015-04-01

    We report a novel type of WO3 nanostructure, i.e. nanorolls obtained as a self-assembled thin film on a transparent conductive substrate. The mild conditions of preparation, avoiding the use of HCl, result in an eco-friendly hydrothermal method with reduced crystallization time. FESEM and HR-TEM show that WO3 nanocrystals are made of rolled nanoflakes with a telescope-like appearance at their tip. For their nano-porosity, electrochemical accessibility, good adhesion to substrates and the envisaged presence of nanocavities between the WO3 layers, these materials hold tremendous promise in nano-electronics, electrochromic devices, water photo-splitting cells, Li-ion batteries and nano-templated filters for UV radiation.We report a novel type of WO3 nanostructure, i.e. nanorolls obtained as a self-assembled thin film on a transparent conductive substrate. The mild conditions of preparation, avoiding the use of HCl, result in an eco-friendly hydrothermal method with reduced crystallization time. FESEM and HR-TEM show that WO3 nanocrystals are made of rolled nanoflakes with a telescope-like appearance at their tip. For their nano-porosity, electrochemical accessibility, good adhesion to substrates and the envisaged presence of nanocavities between the WO3 layers, these materials hold tremendous promise in nano-electronics, electrochromic devices, water photo-splitting cells, Li-ion batteries and nano-templated filters for UV radiation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Characterization techniques; additional FESEM micrographs; typical XRD pattern of WO3 nanoroll thin film; typical Nyquist plots at ambient temperature; indicative diameter and length of WO3 NR by varying the PVA chain length; effect of 2000 cycles of electrochemical switching on the STB, STC and ΔT% coloration efficiency of the WO3 NR. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07290a

  20. Enhanced field-emission from SnO2:WO(2.72) nanowire heterostructures.

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    Shinde, Deodatta R; Chavan, Padmakar G; Sen, Shashwati; Joag, Dilip S; More, Mahendra A; Gadkari, S C; Gupta, S K

    2011-12-01

    The field-emission properties of SnO(2):WO(2.72) hierarchical nanowire heterostructure have been investigated. Nanoheterostructure consisting of SnO(2) nanowires as stem and WO(2.72) nanothorns as branches are synthesized in two steps by physical vapor deposition technique. Their field emission properties were recorded. A low turn-on field of ~0.82 V/μm (to draw an emission current density ~10 μA/cm(2)) is achieved along with stable emission for 4 h duration. The emission characteristic shows the SnO(2):WO(2.72) nanoheterostructures are extremely suitable for field-emission applications.

  1. CTAB-assisted ultrasonic synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of WO{sub 3}

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    Sánchez-Martínez, D. Gomez-Solis, C.; Torres-Martinez, Leticia M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3} 2D nanostructures were synthesized by ultrasound method assisted with CTAB. • WO{sub 3} morphology was mainly of rectangular nanoplates with a thickness of ∼50 nm. • The highest surface area value of WO{sub 3} was obtained to lowest concentration of CTAB. • WO{sub 3} activity was attributed to morphology, surface area and the addition of CTAB. • WO{sub 3} nanoplates were able to causing almost complete mineralization of rhB and IC. - Abstract: WO{sub 3} 2D nanostructures have been prepared by ultrasound synthesis method assisted with CTAB using different molar ratios. The formation of monoclinic crystal structure of WO{sub 3} was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The characterization of the WO{sub 3} samples was complemented by analysis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which revealed morphology mainly of rectangular nanoplates with a thickness of around 50 nm and length of 100–500 nm. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was used to confirm the elimination of the CTAB in the synthesized samples. The specific surface area was determinate by the BET method and by means of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) it was determinate the band-gap energy (E{sub g}) of the WO{sub 3} samples. The photocatalytic activity of the WO{sub 3} oxide was evaluated in the degradation reactions of rhodamine B (rhB) and indigo carmine (IC) under Xenon lamp irradiation. The highest photocatalytic activity was observed in the samples containing low concentration of CTAB with morphology of rectangular nanoplates and with higher surface area value than commercial WO{sub 3}. Photodegradation of rhB and IC were followed by means of UV–vis absorption spectra. The mineralization degree of organic dyes by WO{sub 3} photocatalyst was determined by total organic carbon analysis (TOC) reaching percentages of mineralization of 92% for rhB and 50% for IC after 96 h of lamp irradiation.

  2. Nanostructured photoelectrodes based on WO3: applications to photooxidation of aqueous electrolytes.

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    Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto; Caramori, Stefano; Cristino, Vito; Argazzi, Roberto; Meda, Laura; Tacca, Alessandra

    2013-03-21

    Some recent studies mainly addressing the preparation and the modification of nanostructured thin films based on WO(3) and their application to photoelectrolysis of aqueous electrolytes are reviewed with the aim of rationalizing the main factors at the basis of an efficient photoanodic response. WO(3) represents one of the few materials which can achieve efficient water photo-oxidation under visible illumination, stably operating under strongly oxidizing conditions; thus the discussion of the structure-related photoelectrochemical properties of WO(3) thin films and their optimization for achieving almost quantitative photon to electron conversion constitutes the core of this contribution.

  3. Scheelite (CaWO4)-type microphosphors: Facile synthesis, structural characterization and photoluminescence properties

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    Han, Yuanyuan; Wang, Dan; Liang, Danyang; Wang, Shiqi; Lu, Guoxin; Wang, Xiaoyu; Pei, Nana

    2016-11-01

    Scheelite (CaWO4)-type microphosphors were synthesized by the precipitation method assisted with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). All compounds crystallized in the tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). FE-SEM micrographs illustrate the spherical-like morphologies and rough surface. PL spectra indicate the broad emission peak maximum at 613 nm under UV excitation. Luminescence decay curves monitored by 5D 6 -7F 0 transition (λex = 394 nm) of Eu3+ in doped CaWO4 are presented, the curves exhibit a single-exponential feature and the lifetime for doped CaWO4 is 0.61 ms.

  4. Electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into surface mounted metal-organic framework HKUST-1 thin films

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    Yoo, Hyeonseok; Welle, Alexander; Guo, Wei; Choi, Jinsub; Redel, Engelbert

    2017-03-01

    We describe a novel procedure to fabricate WO3@surface-mounted metal-organic framework (SURMOF) hybrid materials by electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into HKUST-1, also termed Cu3(BTC)2 SURMOFs. These materials have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as linear sweep voltammetry. The WO3 semiconductor/SURMOF heterostructures were further tested as hybrid electrodes in their performance for hydrogen evolution reaction from water.

  5. High photocurrent conversion efficiency in self-organized porous WO{sub 3}

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    Berger, S.; Tsuchiya, H.; Ghicov, A.; Schmuki, P.

    2006-05-15

    Self-organized porous structures of WO{sub 3} were grown on tungsten by an anodic oxidation, and their photoelectrochemical properties were characterized. The porous WO{sub 3} layers show a regular morphology with average pore sizes of approximately 70 nm and a pore wall thickness of approximately 10 nm. As formed layers show an amorphous structure but the layers can be altered to a crystalline monoclinic structure by thermal annealing. The annealed porous WO{sub 3} layers show a very high specific photocurrent conversion efficiency.

  6. Electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into surface mounted metal-organic framework HKUST-1 thin films.

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    Yoo, Hyeonseok; Welle, Alexander; Guo, Wei; Choi, Jinsub; Redel, Engelbert

    2017-03-17

    We describe a novel procedure to fabricate WO3@surface-mounted metal-organic framework (SURMOF) hybrid materials by electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into HKUST-1, also termed Cu3(BTC)2 SURMOFs. These materials have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as linear sweep voltammetry. The WO3 semiconductor/SURMOF heterostructures were further tested as hybrid electrodes in their performance for hydrogen evolution reaction from water.

  7. Metal-insulator transition in NaxWO3: Photoemission spectromicroscopy study

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    Paul, Sanhita; Ghosh, Anirudha; Raj, Satyabrata

    2014-04-01

    We have investigated the validity of percolation model, which is quite often invoked to explain the metal-insulator transition in sodium tungsten bronzes, NaxWO3 by photoelectron spectromicroscopy. The spatially resolved direct spectromicroscopic probing on both the insulating and metallic phases of high quality single crystals of NaxWO3 reveals the absence of any microscopic inhomogeneities embedded in the system within the experimental limit. Neither any metallic domains in the insulating host nor any insulating domains in the metallic host have been found to support the validity of percolation model to explain the metal-insulator transition in NaxWO3.

  8. Fabrication and photocatalysis of mesoporous ZnWO{sub 4} with PAMAM as a template

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    Lin Shen Chen Jiebo; Weng Xiulan; Yang Liuyi; Chen Xinqin

    2009-05-06

    Mesoporous ZnWO{sub 4} was prepared with the template of PAMAM. The as-formed samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). It is found that the size of pore is in the range of 5-22 nm and that the porosity of ZnWO{sub 4} is composed of aggregated ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activities towards degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and malachite green (MG) under UV light has been investigated. The formation mechanism of mesoporous structures is proposed.

  9. Synthesis of WC powder through microwave heating of WO3-C mixture

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    Behnami, Amir Karimzadeh; Hoseinpur, Arman; Sakaki, Masoud; Bafghi, Mohammad Sh.; Yanagisawa, Kazumichi

    2017-02-01

    A simple, easy, and low-cost process for the fabrication of tungsten carbide (WC) powder through microwave heating of WO3-C mixtures was developed. Thermodynamic calculations and experimental investigations were carried out for WO3-C and W-C systems, and a formation mechanism was proposed. In the results, for the synthesis of WC, the use of over stoichiometric amount of C together with a specially assembled experimental setup (which effectively retains heat in the system) is necessary. The WC powder is successfully obtained by heating WO3:5C mixture for 900 s in a domestic microwave oven.

  10. Using crystallographic shear to reduce lattice thermal conductivity: high temperature thermoelectric characterization of the spark plasma sintered Magnéli phases WO2.90 and WO2.722.

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    Kieslich, Gregor; Veremchuk, Igor; Antonyshyn, Iryna; Zeier, Wolfgang G; Birkel, Christina S; Weldert, Kai; Heinrich, Christophe P; Visnow, Eduard; Panthöfer, Martin; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Grin, Yuri; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2013-10-07

    Engineering of nanoscale structures is a requisite for controlling the electrical and thermal transport in solids, in particular for thermoelectric applications that require a conflicting combination of low thermal conductivity and low electrical resistivity. We report the thermoelectric properties of spark plasma sintered Magnéli phases WO2.90 and WO2.722. The crystallographic shear planes, which are a typical feature of the crystal structures of Magnéli-type metal oxides, lead to a remarkably low thermal conductivity for WO2.90. The figures of merit (ZT = 0.13 at 1100 K for WO2.90 and 0.07 at 1100 K for WO2.722) are relatively high for tungsten-oxygen compounds and metal oxides in general. The electrical resistivity of WO2.722 shows a metallic behaviour with temperature, while WO2.90 has the characteristics of a heavily doped semiconductor. The low thermopower of 80 μV K(-1) at 1100 K for WO2.90 is attributed to its high charge carrier concentration. The enhanced thermoelectric performance for WO2.90 compared to WO2.722 originates from its much lower thermal conductivity, due to the presence of crystallographic shear and dislocations in the crystal structure. Our study is a proof of principle for the development of efficient and low-cost thermoelectric materials based on the use of intrinsically nanostructured materials rather than artificially structured layered systems to reduce lattice thermal conductivity.

  11. Electrochemical lithium insertion in the solid solution Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Sb{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with Aurivillius framework

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    Martinez-de la Cruz, A. Longoria Rodriguez, F.E.

    2007-10-02

    Following the structural evolution of the Aurivillius crystalline framework in the solid solution Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Sb{sub 2}WO{sub 6} we have carried out an electrochemical lithium insertion study in this system. A slight loss of the specific capacity of the electrochemical cell was observed as amount of Sb was increased. In general, the different compositions within solid solution Bi{sub 2-x}Sb{sub x}WO{sub 6} (0.25 {<=} x {<=} 0.75) exhibited a similar behaviour featured mainly by two semiconstant potential regions located at 1.7 and 0.8 V versus Li{sup +}/Li{sup o}. The oxide Sb{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with Autivillius structure but without Bi was tested as cathode too. The maximum amount of lithium inserted, 13.5 lithium atoms per formula, is the same amount inserted in its homologous bismuth oxide Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}.

  12. Growth and crystallographic characterization of molecular beam epitaxial WO3 and MoO3/WO3 thin films on sapphire substrates

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    Yano, Mitsuaki; Koike, Kazuto; Matsuo, Masayuki; Murayama, Takayuki; Harada, Yoshiyuki; Inaba, Katsuhiko

    2016-09-01

    Molecular beam epitaxy of tungsten trioxide (WO3) on (01 1 bar 2)-oriented (r-plane) sapphire substrates and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) on the WO3 was studied by focusing on their crystallogrhaphic properties. Although polycrystalline monoclinic (γ-phase) WO3 films were grown at 500 °C and they became single-crystalline (0 0 1)-oriented γ-phase at 700 °C, the latter films were oxygen-deficient from stoichiometry and contained dense and deep thermal etchpits. By using a two-step growth method where only the initial 15 nm was grown at 700 °C and the rest part was grown at 500 °C, (0 0 1)-oriented γ-phase single-crystalline WO3 films with stoichiometric composition and smooth surface were obtained. On top of the 15-nm-thick WO3 initiation layer, (1 1 0)-oriented orthorhombic (α-phase) MoO3 films with smooth surface were obtained.

  13. Photoreduction of non-noble metal Bi on the surface of Bi2WO6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis

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    Zhang, Xiaojing; Yu, Shan; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Qian; Zhou, Ying

    2017-02-01

    In this report, Bi2WO6-Bi composite was prepared through an in situ photoreduction method and was characterized systematically by X-Ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The as-prepared Bi2WO6-Bi maintains the same crystal structure with the pristine Bi2WO6 regardless of some surface defects. Nevertheless, these surface defects result in the change of surface oxygen adsorption mode from hydroxyl to molecular oxygen on Bi2WO6. Photocatalytic activity over Bi2WO6-Bi is 2.4 times higher than that of Bi2WO6 towards the degradation of organic dye Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). A deep study shows that cleavage of benzene ring is the main pathway for RhB degradation over Bi2WO6, but both the benzene cleavage and de-ethylation pathway coexist for RhB decomposition in the presence of Bi2WO6-Bi as the photocatalyst. Photoelectrochemical study including transient photocurrent tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements shows that Bi2WO6-Bi could facilitate the charge transfer process compared to Bi2WO6. These data above has indicated a new insight into the promotion mechanism based on Bi related heterostructures.

  14. Experimental and theoretical investigation on photocatalytic activities of 1D Ag/Ag2WO4 nanostructures.

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    Liu, Danqing; Huang, Weicheng; Li, Long; Liu, Lu; Sun, Xiaojun; Liu, Bo; Yang, Bin; Guo, Chongshen

    2017-09-20

    Ag2WO4 is a significant photocatalyst that responds to UV light irradiation only, which greatly hinders it for further practical application for solar light. To address this problem, herein, 1D plasmonic Ag/Ag2WO4 photocatalysts have been fabricated by a successive process including hydrothermal synthesis to obtain Ag2WO4 followed by an additional in situ chemical-reduction process for Ag decoration. Then, the structural features, optical properties, and electronic structures of Ag2WO4 and Ag/Ag2WO4 nanowires were systematically investigated via a combination of theoretical calculations and experimental evidence. The plasmon-enhanced Ag/Ag2WO4 nanowires exhibited higher visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity, which performed a desired photodestruction ratio of 91.2% on methylene blue within 60 min and good stability in five cycles. The Ag decoration greatly facilitates visible-light harvesting and thus promotes photogenerated radical oxidation to dye, which is evidenced by the higher hydroxyl radical level of Ag/Ag2WO4 detected in the ESR test during the photocatalytic process. The theoretical calculation based on density functional theory indicates that Ag nanoparticles formed on the surface of Ag2WO4 could narrow the band gap of Ag2WO4. In addition, the surface plasmon resonance absorption effect and fast charge transfer effect in the metal-semiconductor system contribute to the photocatalytic performance of Ag/Ag2WO4.

  15. Experimental and theoretical investigation on photocatalytic activities of 1D Ag/Ag2WO4 nanostructures

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    Liu, Danqing; Huang, Weicheng; Li, Long; Liu, Lu; Sun, Xiaojun; Liu, Bo; Yang, Bin; Guo, Chongshen

    2017-09-01

    Ag2WO4 is a significant photocatalyst that responds to UV light irradiation only, which greatly hinders it for further practical application for solar light. To address this problem, herein, 1D plasmonic Ag/Ag2WO4 photocatalysts have been fabricated by a successive process including hydrothermal synthesis to obtain Ag2WO4 followed by an additional in situ chemical-reduction process for Ag decoration. Then, the structural features, optical properties, and electronic structures of Ag2WO4 and Ag/Ag2WO4 nanowires were systematically investigated via a combination of theoretical calculations and experimental evidence. The plasmon-enhanced Ag/Ag2WO4 nanowires exhibited higher visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity, which performed a desired photodestruction ratio of 91.2% on methylene blue within 60 min and good stability in five cycles. The Ag decoration greatly facilitates visible-light harvesting and thus promotes photogenerated radical oxidation to dye, which is evidenced by the higher hydroxyl radical level of Ag/Ag2WO4 detected in the ESR test during the photocatalytic process. The theoretical calculation based on density functional theory indicates that Ag nanoparticles formed on the surface of Ag2WO4 could narrow the band gap of Ag2WO4. In addition, the surface plasmon resonance absorption effect and fast charge transfer effect in the metal-semiconductor system contribute to the photocatalytic performance of Ag/Ag2WO4.

  16. Influence of molybdenum doping on the structural, optical and electronic properties of WO3 for improved solar water splitting.

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    Kalanur, Shankara S; Seo, Hyungtak

    2017-09-08

    Doping WO3 with foreign atoms is a very efficient strategy to modify the structural, optical and electronic properties which could influence its photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting activity. In this study, we report a simple and efficient single-step strategy for the fabrication of molybdenum (Mo)-doped WO3 thin films. The characterization results show that doping Mo into WO3 leads to a significant change in the morphology without changing its crystal structure. Elemental mapping and EDS analysis revealed that Mo was homogeneously doped into the crystal lattice of WO3 in the at.% range of 0-10.31. The incorporation of Mo into WO3 reduced the band-gap of WO3 and increased its light absorption ability. Notably, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic valence band-edge analysis confirmed that substitution of Mo into WO3 led to a downward shift in the conduction band minimum without any significant change in the valence band maximum with respect to Fermi level. The fabricated Mo-doped WO3 electrodes exhibited a higher photocurrent compared to undoped WO3 samples under simulated 1.5AM sunlight without the addition of a water oxidation catalyst. The procedure proposed herein provides a simple and systematic approach for the fabrication of band-gap-tailored WO3 photoanodes by Mo doping for efficient PEC water splitting. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  17. Preparation of WO3/g-C3N4 composites and their application in oxidative desulfurization

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    Zhao, Rongxiang; Li, Xiuping; Su, Jianxun; Gao, Xiaohan

    2017-01-01

    WO3/graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) composites were successfully synthesized through direct calcining of a mixture of WO3 and g-C3N4 at 400 °C for 2 h. The WO3 was prepared by calcination of phosphotungstic acid at 550 °C for 4 h, and the g-C3N4 was obtained by calcination of melamine at 520 °C for 4 h. The WO3/g-C3N4 composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Brunner-Emmett-Teller analysis (BET). The WO3/g-C3N4 composites exhibited stronger XRD peaks of WO3 and g-C3N4 than the WO3 and pure g-C3N4. In addition, two WO3 peaks at 25.7° and 26.6° emerged for the 36% -WO3/g-C3N4 composite. This finding indicated that WO3 was highly dispersed on the surface of the g-C3N4 nanosheets and interacted with the nanosheets, which resulted in the appearance of (012) and (022) planes of WO3. The WO3/g-C3N4 composite also exhibited a larger specific surface area and higher degree of crystallization than WO3 or pure g-C3N4, which resulted in high catalytic activity of the catalyst. Desulfurization experiments demonstrated that the desulfurization rate of dibenzothiophene (DBT) in model oil reached 91.2% under optimal conditions. Moreover, the activity of the catalyst was not significantly decreased after five recycles.

  18. Anomalously large Born effective charges in cubic WO3

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    Detraux, F.; Ghosez, Ph.; Gonze, X.

    1997-07-01

    Within density-functional theory, we compute the Born effective charges of tungsten trioxyde in its reference cubic phase (defect-perovskite structure). For the tungsten atom, the effective charge tensor is isotropic, with Z*W=+12.51. For the oxygen atoms, the two independent components of the tensor, corresponding, respectively, to a displacement of the atom parallel or perpendicular to the W-O bond, have the values Z*O||=-9.13 and Z*O⊥=-1.68. Z*W and Z*O|| are anomalously large with respect to the nominal ionic charges (+6 on W and -2 on O), but compatible with the Born effective charges found in related ABO3-perovskite compounds.

  19. Efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting by anodically grown WO3 electrodes.

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    Cristino, Vito; Caramori, Stefano; Argazzi, Roberto; Meda, Laura; Marra, Gian Luigi; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto

    2011-06-07

    The potentiostatic anodization of metallic tungsten has been investigated in different solvent/electrolyte compositions with the aim of improving the water oxidation ability of the tungsten oxide layer. In the NMF/H(2)O/NH(4)F solvent mixture, the anodization leads to highly efficient WO(3) photoanodes, which, combining spectral sensitivity, an electrochemically active surface, and improved charge-transfer kinetics, outperform, under simulated solar illumination, most of the reported nanocrystalline substrates produced by anodization in aqueous electrolytes and by sol-gel methods. The use of such electrodes results in high water electrolysis yields of between 70 and 90% in 1 M H(2)SO(4) under a potential bias of 1 V versus SCE and close to 100% in the presence of methanol.

  20. Sonochromic effect in WO{sup 3} colloidal suspensions

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    Kamat, P.V.; Vinodgopal, K.

    1996-11-13

    In recent years there has been a burst of activities in investigating sonolytic reactions. The usefulness of this technique in synthesizing colloidal semiconductors and metals and dissolution of MnO{sup 2} colloids has also been demonstrated. We have now employed semiconductor colloids to investigate the radical reactions in sonolytic processes. In this study we present our preliminary results from the reaction of WO{sup 3} colloids with sonolytically generated H atoms. Sodium tungstate, oxalic acid, and Acid Orange 7 were obtained from Aldrich. Acid Orange 7 was purified by column chromatography. All other chemicals were analytical reagents of highest available purity. The analysis experiments were carried out with a 640 kHz sonolysis setup of Ultrasonic Energy Systems (Panama City, FL). 24 refs., 4 figs.

  1. Piezo-optic coefficients of CaWO4 crystals

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    Mytsyk, B. G.; Kost', Ya. P.; Demyanyshyn, N. M.; Andrushchak, A. S.; Solskii, I. M.

    2015-01-01

    All components of the piezo-optic coefficient matrix of calcium tungstate crystals, belonging to the 4/ m symmetry class, are determined. The reliability of the piezo-optic effect measurements in CaWO4 crystals is achieved by determining each piezo-optic coefficient from several experimental geometries and is also based on the correlation of the absolute piezo-electric coefficients and the path-difference coefficients. The rotation-shear diagonal coefficients π44 and π66 and three principal piezo-optic coefficients π11, π13, and π31 are refined by the polarization-optical method. It is confirmed that both the interferometric and polarization-optical methods should be used to study the piezo-optic effect with high accuracy. The results show that calcium tungstate is a promising material for acousto-optical and photoelastic modulation.

  2. Characterization of Nanoporous WO3 Films Grown via Ballistic Deposition

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    Smid, Bretislav; Li, Zhenjun; Dohnalkova, Alice; Arey, Bruce W.; Smith, R. Scott; Matolin, Vladimir; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2012-05-17

    We report on the preparation and characterization of high surface area, supported nanoporous tungsten oxide films prepared under different conditions on polished polycrystalline Ta and Pt(111) substrates via direct sublimation of monodispersed gas phase of cyclic (WO3)3 clusters. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy were used to investigate the film morphology on a nanometer scale. The films consist of arrays of separated filaments that are amorphous. The chemical composition and the thermal stability of the films were investigated by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The surface area and the distribution of binding sites on the films are measured as functions of growth temperature, deposition angle, and annealing conditions using temperature programmed desorption of Kr. Films deposited at 20 K and at an incident angle of 65{sup o} from substrate normal display the greatest specific surface area of {approx}560 m2/g.

  3. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R; Stephens, Zachary D; Stavila, Vitalie; Robinson, David B

    2015-02-04

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NT) with WO3 electrodeposited on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its Ti substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. Several adhesion layers were tested, finding that a paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length and WO3 concentration on the EC performance were studied. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast, and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2 materials.

  4. Reflectance modulation with electrochromic Li sub x WO sub 3 films

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    Goldner, R.B.; Berera, G.; Arntz, F.O.; Haas, T.E.; Morel, B.; Wong, K.K.

    1989-01-01

    Reflectance-modulated Smart Glass Windows (or smart windows) is a potentially important application for electrochromic thin films. The question addressed in this paper is, what is the upper bound for the near infrared reflectivity modulation in Li{sub x}WO{sub 3} films Based upon recent research on bulk crystals of Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} and bulk crystals and thin films of polycrystalline Li{sub x}WO{sub 3}, it is concluded that the upper bound is probably close to that of bulk crystals of Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} (x > 0.5) for which near infrared reflectance >90% has been reported. 9 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Eliminating degradation and uncovering ion-trapping dynamics in electrochromic WO3 thin films

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous WO3 thin films are of keen interest as cathodic electrodes in transmittance-modulating electrochromic devices. However, these films suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of optical modulation and reversibility upon extended Li+-ion exchange. Here, we demonstrate that ion-trapping-induced degradation, which is commonly believed to be irreversible, can be successfully eliminated by constant-current-driven de-trapping, i.e., WO3 films can be rejuvenated and regain their initial highly reversible electrochromic performance. Pronounced ion-trapping occurs when x exceeds ~0.65 in LixWO3 during ion insertion. We find two main kinds of Li+-ion trapping sites (intermediate and deep) in WO3, where the intermediate ones are most prevalent. Li+-ions can be completely removed from intermediate traps but are irreversibly bound in deep traps. Our results provide a general framework for developing and designing superior electrochromic materials and devices. PMID:26259104

  6. Synthesis of NiWO4 powder crystals of polyhedron for photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine

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    Hao, Meifeng; Meng, Xiangrui; Miao, Yuqing

    2017-10-01

    The NiWO4 powder crystals were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. It is found that the morphologies of most of NiWO4 particles are the polyhedron including cube, decahedron and dodecahedron et al. The typical cubic structures show the side length around 3 μm. SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and UV-vis were employed to characterize the NiWO4 powder crystals. The band gap value of 1.48 eV was calculated according to UV-vis. The NiWO4 powder crystals exhibit high photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of Rh B under both UV and visible irradiations. Especially, under UV, only 17% Rh B remains after 40 min UV photodegradation and only 80 min is needed for the complete degradation.

  7. Composition control of InN/WO3 nanocomposite by in-situ reactive plasma annealing

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    Saroni, Azianty; Goh, Boon Tong; Alizadeh, Mahdi; Rahman, Saadah Abdul

    2016-05-01

    A composition control and formation of InN/WO3 nanocomposite on the as-grown In2O3 by in-situ reactive plasma annealing was investigated. The reactive plasma annealing changes the facets crystalline In2O3 structure to nanograin structure of InN/WO3 nanocomposite with the grain size of 100-200 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals the formation of In2O3, InN and WO3 nanostructures in the nanocomposite. In-situ reactive plasma annealing enhances the removing of In2O3 and facilitates the formation of InN/WO3 nanocomposite. Furthermore, the reduction of oxygen in In2O3 leads to a decreasing in optical energy gap from 2.91 to 2.63 eV.

  8. Nitrogen doping of nanoporous WO3 layers by NH3 treatment for increased visible light photoresponse.

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    Nah, Yoon-Chae; Paramasivam, Indhumati; Hahn, Robert; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Schmuki, Patrik

    2010-03-12

    Nanoporous WO(3) layers were grown by electrochemical anodization of W in a fluoride containing electrolyte. These layers were exposed to a thermal treatment in NH(3) to achieve nitrogen doping of the material. The morphology, crystal structure, composition and photoresponse of pure and nitrogen doped WO(3) were compared using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical measurements. The results clearly show that successful nitrogen doping into WO(3) layers can be achieved by controlling the temperature and time during the NH(3) treatment. Most importantly, it is demonstrated that for the nitrogen doped WO(3) layers the photocurrent is significantly enhanced in the visible light region.

  9. Visible-light active photocatalytic WO3 films loaded with Pt nanoparticles deposited by sputtering.

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    Murata, Akiyo; Oka, Nobuto; Nakamura, Shinichi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2012-06-01

    Visible-Light active photocatalytic tungsten trioxide (WO3) films were deposited at a substrate temperature of 800 degrees C by dc reactive magnetron sputtering using a W metal target. In addition, Platinum (Pt) was deposited on the WO3 film surfaces at room temperature, also by sputtering. In the early stages of Pt growth, formation of Pt nanoparticles could be expected because of the island structure observed in Volmer-Weber-type growth mode. The surface coverage of Pt on the WO3 films was estimated quantitatively by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and was found to be approximately 60% after 7 s deposition. High resolution electron microscopy (HREM) demonstrated that Pt nanoparticles with a diameter of about 2.5 nm were generated and dispersed uniformly on the entire surface area of the columnar polycrystalline WO3 films. These Pt-loaded films exhibited high photocatalytic activity in the decomposition of acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) under visible light irradiation.

  10. High capacity WO3 film as efficient charge collection electrode for solar rechargeable batteries

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Wang, Xiao-Feng; Zheng, Enqiang; Wei, Yingjin; Sanehira, Yoshitaka; Chen, Gang

    2017-05-01

    In this work, we demonstrated the dye-sensitized solar rechargeable batteries devices sharing a structure of Dye-TiO2/electrolyte/Ni/WO3. The WO3 film was prepared by a simple sol-gel process exhibit high cavities and large surface area allowing efficient chemical/electrical reactions. The WO3 films with 2 ± 0.5 μm in thickness as charge collection electrodes exhibited a high energy density over other materials reported thus far. Under irradiation energy of 7.5 mWcm-2 in the photo-charging, the discharging time sustained 1758 s at the current density of 0.05 mA cm-2 in dark, the first specific discharge capacities of WO3 nano-film reach 40.6 mAh g-1 (0.0244 mAh cm-2). This work substantially pushes forward the easy processing solar rechargeable batteries for future potential applications.

  11. Hydrothermal Fabrication of WO3 Hierarchical Architectures: Structure, Growth and Response

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    Wu, Chuan-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Recently hierarchical architectures, consisting of two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures, are of great interest for potential applications in energy and environmental. Here, novel rose-like WO3 hierarchical architectures were successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared WO3 hierarchical architectures were in fact assembled by numerous nanosheets with an average thickness of ~30 nm. We found that the oxalic acid played a significant role in governing morphologies of WO3 during hydrothermal process. Based on comparative studies, a possible formation mechanism was also proposed in detail. Furthermore, gas-sensing measurement showed that the well-defined 3D WO3 hierarchical architectures exhibited the excellent gas sensing properties towards CO. PMID:28347062

  12. Sonochemically prepared PbWO4 tetragonal-bipyramidal microcrystals and their photoluminescence properties

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    Kannan, S.; Mohanraj, K.; Sivakumar, G.

    2015-03-01

    Lead tungstate (PbWO4) microcrystals were synthesized for the first time, via different concentrations of PVA assisted sonochemical process. The concentration of PVA acts as a structure directing agent and played an important role in the morphological control of resulting PbWO4 microcrystals. The product PbWO4 composing of Pb, W and O and Wsbnd O stretching vibration band of WO4 tetrahedrons were confirmed through XRD, FTIR, FESEM and EDS. The TG/DTA curves showed that the particles are crystallized at room temperature itself and the thermal stability of the product is really good. The optical properties of the product shows extraordinarily high room temperature photoluminescence intensity compared to without PVA assisted product.

  13. Pd Nanoparticles Coupled to WO2.72 Nanorods for Enhanced Electrochemical Oxidation of Formic Acid.

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    Xi, Zheng; Erdosy, Daniel P; Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Duchesne, Paul N; Li, Junrui; Muzzio, Michelle; Li, Qing; Zhang, Peng; Sun, Shouheng

    2017-04-12

    We synthesize a new type of hybrid Pd/WO2.72 structure with 5 nm Pd nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on 50 × 5 nm WO2.72 nanorods. The strong Pd/WO2.72 coupling results in the lattice expansion of Pd from 0.23 to 0.27 nm and the decrease of Pd surface electron density. As a result, the Pd/WO2.72 shows much enhanced catalysis toward electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4; it has a mass activity of ∼1600 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.4-0.85 V (vs RHE) and shows no obvious activity loss after a 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0.4 V. Our work demonstrates an important strategy to enhance Pd NP catalyst efficiency for energy conversion reactions.

  14. Bacteriophage WO Can Mediate Horizontal Gene Transfer in Endosymbiotic Wolbachia Genomes

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    Wang, Guan H.; Sun, Bao F.; Xiong, Tuan L.; Wang, Yan K.; Murfin, Kristen E.; Xiao, Jin H.; Huang, Da W.

    2016-01-01

    Phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is common in free-living bacteria, and many transferred genes can play a significant role in their new bacterial hosts. However, there are few reports concerning phage-mediated HGT in endosymbionts (obligate intracellular bacteria within animal or plant hosts), such as Wolbachia. The Wolbachia-infecting temperate phage WO can actively shift among Wolbachia genomes and has the potential to mediate HGT between Wolbachia strains. In the present study, we extend previous findings by validating that the phage WO can mediate transfer of non-phage genes. To do so, we utilized bioinformatic, phylogenetic, and molecular analyses based on all sequenced Wolbachia and phage WO genomes. Our results show that the phage WO can mediate HGT between Wolbachia strains, regardless of whether the transferred genes originate from Wolbachia or other unrelated bacteria. PMID:27965627

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of Bi2WO6 hierarchical flowers with their photonic and photocatalytic properties

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    Dumrongrojthanath, Phattharanit; Thongtem, Titipun; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Somchai

    2013-02-01

    Bi2WO6 hierarchical multi-layered flower-like assemblies were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 180 °C for 24 h. XRD patterns were specified as pure orthorhombic well-crystallized Bi2WO6 phase. Their FTIR spectra show main absorption bands at 400-1000 cm-1, assigned as the stretching modes of the Bi-O and W-O, and W-O-W bridging stretching modes. SEM analysis shows that the product was 3D hierarchical flower-like assemblies, constructed by orderly arranged 2D layers of nanoplates. The UV-visible absorption shows an absorbance in the ultraviolet region with 3.4 eV band gap. Photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 hierarchical flowers was determined from the degradation of rhodamine-B by Xe light at 88% for 360 min irradiation.

  16. Enhanced electrochemical performance of monoclinic WO3 thin film with redox additive aqueous electrolyte.

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    Shinde, Pragati A; Lokhande, Vaibhav C; Chodankar, Nilesh R; Ji, Taeksoo; Kim, Jin Hyeok; Lokhande, Chandrakant D

    2016-12-01

    To achieve the highest electrochemical performance for supercapacitor, it is very essential to find out a suitable pair of an active electrode material and an electrolyte. In the present work, a simple approach is employed to enhance the supercapacitor performance of WO3 thin film. The WO3 thin film is prepared by a simple and cost effective chemical bath deposition method and its electrochemical performance is tested in conventional (H2SO4) and redox additive [H2SO4+hydroquinone (HQ)] electrolytes. Two-fold increment in electrochemical performance for WO3 thin film is observed in redox additive aqueous electrolyte compared to conventional electrolyte. WO3 thin film showed maximum specific capacitance of 725Fg(-1), energy density of 25.18Whkg(-1) at current density of 7mAcm(-2) with better cycling stability in redox electrolyte. This strategy provides the versatile way for designing the high performance energy storage devices.

  17. Fabrication of luminescent SrWO{sub 4} thin films by a novel electrochemical method

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    Chen Lianping Gao Yuanhong

    2007-10-02

    Highly crystallized SrWO{sub 4} thin films with single scheelite structure were prepared within 60 min by a cell electrochemical method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that SrWO{sub 4} thin films have a tetragonal structure. Scanning electron microscopy examinations reveal that SrWO{sub 4} grains grow well in tetragonal tapers and grains like flowers or bunches, which can usually form by using the electrolysis electrochemical method, have disappeared under cell electrochemical conditions. X-ray photoelectron spectra and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis examinations demonstrate that the composition of the film is consistent with its stoichiometry. These SrWO{sub 4} films show a single blue emission peak (located at 460 nm) using an excitation wave of 230 nm. The speed of cell electrochemical method can be controlled by changing temperature. The optimum treatment temperature is about 50-60 deg. C.

  18. Eliminating degradation and uncovering ion-trapping dynamics in electrochromic WO3 thin films.

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G; Niklasson, Gunnar A

    2015-10-01

    There is keen interest in the use of amorphous WO3 thin films as cathodic electrodes in transmittance-modulating electrochromic devices. However, these films suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of optical modulation and reversibility on extended Li(+)-ion exchange. Here, we demonstrate that ion-trapping-induced degradation, which is commonly believed to be irreversible, can be successfully eliminated by constant-current-driven de-trapping; that is, WO3 films can be rejuvenated and regain their initial highly reversible electrochromic performance. Pronounced ion trapping occurs when x exceeds ∼0.65 in LixWO3 during ion insertion. We find two main kinds of Li(+)-ion-trapping site (intermediate and deep) in WO3, where the intermediate ones are most prevalent. Li(+) ions can be completely removed from intermediate traps but are irreversibly bound in deep traps. Our results provide a general framework for developing and designing superior electrochromic materials and devices.

  19. Eliminating degradation and uncovering ion-trapping dynamics in electrochromic WO3 thin films

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2015-10-01

    There is keen interest in the use of amorphous WO3 thin films as cathodic electrodes in transmittance-modulating electrochromic devices. However, these films suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of optical modulation and reversibility on extended Li+-ion exchange. Here, we demonstrate that ion-trapping-induced degradation, which is commonly believed to be irreversible, can be successfully eliminated by constant-current-driven de-trapping; that is, WO3 films can be rejuvenated and regain their initial highly reversible electrochromic performance. Pronounced ion trapping occurs when x exceeds ~0.65 in LixWO3 during ion insertion. We find two main kinds of Li+-ion-trapping site (intermediate and deep) in WO3, where the intermediate ones are most prevalent. Li+ ions can be completely removed from intermediate traps but are irreversibly bound in deep traps. Our results provide a general framework for developing and designing superior electrochromic materials and devices.

  20. Synthesis and evaluation of α-Ag2WO4 as novel antifungal agent

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    Foggi, Camila C.; Fabbro, Maria T.; Santos, Luís P. S.; de Santana, Yuri V. B.; Vergani, Carlos E.; Machado, Ana L.; Cordoncillo, Eloisa; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2017-04-01

    Because of the need for new antifungal materials with greater potency, microcrystals of α-Ag2WO4, a complex metal oxide, have been synthetized by a simple co-precipitation method, and their antifungal activity against Candida albicans has been investigated. A theoretical model based on clusters that are building blocks of α-Ag2WO4 has been proposed to explain the experimental results.

  1. Light-Driven Au-WO3@C Janus Micromotors for Rapid Photodegradation of Dye Pollutants.

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    Zhang, Qilu; Dong, Renfeng; Wu, Yefei; Gao, Wei; He, Zihan; Ren, Biye

    2017-02-08

    A novel light-driven Au-WO3@C Janus micromotor based on colloidal carbon WO3 nanoparticle composite spheres (WO3@C) prepared by one-step hydrothermal treatment is described. The Janus micromotors can move in aqueous media at a speed of 16 μm/s under 40 mW/cm(2) UV light due to diffusiophoretic effects. The propulsion of such Au-WO3@C Janus micromotors (diameter ∼ 1.0 μm) can be generated by UV light in pure water without any external chemical fuels and readily modulated by light intensity. After depositing a paramagnetic Ni layer between the Au layer and WO3, the motion direction of the micromotor can be precisely controlled by an external magnetic field. Such magnetic micromotors not only facilitate recycling of motors but also promise more possibility of practical applications in the future. Moreover, the Au-WO3@C Janus micromotors show high sensitivity toward extremely low concentrations of sodium-2,6-dichloroindophenol (DCIP) and Rhodamine B (RhB). The moving speed of motors can be significantly accelerated to 26 and 29 μm/s in 5 × 10(-4) wt % DCIP and 5 × 10(-7) wt % RhB aqueous solutions, respectively, due to the enhanced diffusiophoretic effect, which results from the rapid photocatalytic degradation of DCIP and RhB by WO3. This photocatalytic acceleration of the Au-WO3@C Janus micromotors confirms the self-diffusiophoretic mechanism and opens an opportunity to tune the motility of the motors. This work also offers the light-driven micromotors a considerable potential for detection and rapid photodegradation of dye pollutants in water.

  2. Study of electrochromic APCVD WO3-V2O5 films

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    Bodurov, G.; Ivanova, T.; Abrashev, M.; Gesheva, K. A.

    2012-12-01

    WO3-V2O5 thin films were deposited by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD). WO3-V2O5 thin films are investigated related to their potential use as primary electrochromic layers (working electrodes) in Electrochromic Devices. A typical EC Device is a sandwich like structure with two conductive glasses and an electrolyte with working electrodes that possess electrochromic properties. APCVD has the advantages of scalability to large areas with uniform thickness and potentially low cost.

  3. Synthesis and structure of Na+-intercalated WO3(4,4-bipyridyl)0.5.

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    Islah-u-din; Fox, Matthew R; Martin, Hélène; Gainsford, Graeme J; Kennedy, John; Markwitz, Andreas; Telfer, Shane G; Jameson, Geoffrey B; Tallon, Jeffery L

    2010-06-28

    WO3(4,4-bipyridyl)0.5 was doped with Na+ by ion implantation so as to alter the electronic structure. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals layers of corner-shared WO5N octahedra linked by bipyridine. In the observed space group of Pbca, the fully-ordered bipyridyls form cages with Na+ disordered bimodally about the cage centre.

  4. Facile and controlled synthesis of aligned WO3 nanorods and nanosheets as an efficient photocatalyst material.

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    Ahmed, Bilal; Kumar, Sumeet; Ojha, Animesh K; Donfack, P; Materny, A

    2017-03-15

    In this work, we have performed a facile and controlled synthesis of WO3 nanorods and sheets in different crystal phases (triclinic, orthorhombic and monoclinic) of WO3 using the sol-gel method. The detailed structures of the synthesized materials were examined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The shapes and crystal phases of the WO3 nanostructures were found to be highly dependent on the calcination temperature. The variation in crystalline phases and shapes is modified the electronic structure of the samples, which causes a variation in the value of optical band gap. The value of the Raman line intensity ratio I264/I320 has been successfully used to identify the structural transition from the triclinic to the orthorhombic phase of WO3. The PL spectra of the synthesized products excited at wavelengths 380, 400, and 420nm exhibit intense emission peaks that cover the complete visible range (blue-green-red). The emission peaks at ~460 and ~486nm were caused by the near band-edge and band to band transition, respectively. The peaks in spectral range 500-600nm might be originated from the presence of oxygen vacancies lying within the energy band gap. The synthesized WO3 nanostructures showed improved photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of MB dye. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanosheets compared to WO3 nanorods for photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye could be due to the shape of the nanostructured WO3. The sheet type of structure provides more active surface for the interaction of dye molecules compared to the rods, which results in a more efficient degradation of the dye molecules. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Facile and controlled synthesis of aligned WO3 nanorods and nanosheets as an efficient photocatalyst material

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    Ahmed, Bilal; Kumar, Sumeet; Ojha, Animesh K.; Donfack, P.; Materny, A.

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we have performed a facile and controlled synthesis of WO3 nanorods and sheets in different crystal phases (triclinic, orthorhombic and monoclinic) of WO3 using the sol-gel method. The detailed structures of the synthesized materials were examined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The shapes and crystal phases of the WO3 nanostructures were found to be highly dependent on the calcination temperature. The variation in crystalline phases and shapes is modified the electronic structure of the samples, which causes a variation in the value of optical band gap. The value of the Raman line intensity ratio I264/I320 has been successfully used to identify the structural transition from the triclinic to the orthorhombic phase of WO3. The PL spectra of the synthesized products excited at wavelengths 380, 400, and 420 nm exhibit intense emission peaks that cover the complete visible range (blue-green-red). The emission peaks at 460 and 486 nm were caused by the near band-edge and band to band transition, respectively. The peaks in spectral range 500-600 nm might be originated from the presence of oxygen vacancies lying within the energy band gap. The synthesized WO3 nanostructures showed improved photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of MB dye. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanosheets compared to WO3 nanorods for photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye could be due to the shape of the nanostructured WO3. The sheet type of structure provides more active surface for the interaction of dye molecules compared to the rods, which results in a more efficient degradation of the dye molecules.

  6. Temperature Dependence of the Luminescence Decay Time of a PbWO4 Scintillator

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    Shi, Chao-shu; Deng, Jie; Han, Zheng-fu; Xie, Zhi-jian; Liao, Jing-ying; G, Zimmerer; J, Beker; M, Kamada; M, Runne; A, Schröder

    1998-06-01

    Experimental results are given for the temperature dependence of the decay time of the emission at 430 nm from PbWO4 crystal under vacuum-ultraviolet (82 nm) photon excitation in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The structures in the curve are interpreted for the first time by studying the thermoluminescence of PbWO4, which originates from the traps in the crystal.

  7. UV-VUV synchrotron radiation spectroscopy of NiWO4

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    Kuzmin, A.; Pankratov, V.; Kalinko, A.; Kotlov, A.; Shirmane, L.; Popov, A. I.

    2016-07-01

    Photoluminescence and excitation spectra of microcrystalline and nanocrystalline nickel tungstate (NiWO4) were measured using UV-VUV synchrotron radiation source. The origin of the bands is interpreted using comparative analysis with isostructural ZnWO4 tungstate and based on the results of recent first-principles band structure calculations. The influence of the local atomic structure relaxation and of Ni2+ intra-ion d-d transitions on the photoluminescence band intensity are discussed.

  8. [Doctor's degree thesis of Tomasz Adolf Wołkowiński "Carditidis rheumaticae historia"].

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    Stembrowicz, W

    2001-01-01

    In 1817 on the University of Vilnius Faculty of Medicine, T. A. Wołkowiński, a student of the eminent clinician Józef Frank, defended his doctor's degree thesis about a direct relation between rheumatic disease and cardiomegaly. It was probably the first paper in Poland describing with details the rheumatic heart disease. Unfortunately we don't know much about T. A. Wołkowiński's life.

  9. Controllable synthesis of hierarchical nanostructures of CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} via a facile low-temperature route

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    Chen, Z.; Gong, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yuan, Y.P.; Qian, L.W.; Qian, X.F.

    2009-01-08

    CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} nanostructures have been synthesized via a simple microemulsion-mediated route. With careful control of the fundamental experimental parameters including the concentration of reactants, the reaction time and the temperature, the products with different morphologies of dumbbell, coral, rod and dendrite have been obtained, respectively. The possible formation mechanism of these unique morphologies has been proposed based on surfactant self-assembly under different experimental conditions. The as-synthesized CaWO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies exhibit different photoluminescence properties. X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and luminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize these products.

  10. WO3/TiO2 nanotube photoanodes for solar water splitting with simultaneous wastewater treatment.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    Nanostructured WO3/TiO2 nanotubes with properties that enhance solar photoconversion reactions were developed, characterized and tested. The TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti foil, and WO3 was electrodeposited on top of the nanotubes. SEM images show that these materials have the same ordered structure as TiO2 nanotubes, with an external nanostructured WO3 layer. Diffuse reflectance spectra showed an increase in the visible absorption relative to bare TiO2 nanotubes, and in the UV absorption relative to bare WO3 films. Incident simulated solar photon-to-current efficiency increased from 30% (for bare WO3) to 50% (for WO3/TiO2 composites). With the addition of diverse organic pollutants, the photocurrent densities exhibited more than a 5-fold increase. Chemical oxygen demand measurements showed the simultaneous photodegradation of organic pollutants. The results of this work indicate that the unique structure and composition of these composite materials enhance the charge carrier transport and optical properties compared with the parent materials.

  11. Memristive properties of hexagonal WO3 nanowires induced by oxygen vacancy migration

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    2013-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is always oxygen-deficient or non-stoichiometric under atmospheric conditions. Positively charged oxygen vacancies prefer to drift as well as electrons when the electric field is strong enough, which will alter the distribution of oxygen vacancies and then endow WO3 with memristive properties. In Au/WO3 nanowire/Au sandwich structures with two ohmic contacts, the axial distribution of oxygen vacancies and then the electrical transport properties can be more easily modulated by bias voltage. The threshold electric field for oxygen vacancy drifting in single-crystal hexagonal WO3 nanowire is about 106 V/m, one order of magnitude less than that in its granular film. At elevated temperatures, the oxygen vacancy drifts and then the memristive effect can be enhanced remarkably. When the two metallic contacts are asymmetric, the WO3 nanowire devices even demonstrate good rectifying characteristic at elevated temperatures. Based on the drift of oxygen vacancies, nanoelectronic devices such as memristor, rectifier, and two-terminal resistive random access memory can be fabricated on individual WO3 nanowires. PMID:23347429

  12. Influence of annealing temperature of WO3 in photoelectrochemical conversion and energy storage for water splitting.

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    Ng, Charlene; Ng, Yun Hau; Iwase, Akihide; Amal, Rose

    2013-06-12

    The current work demonstrates the importance of WO3 crystallinity in governing both photoenergy conversion efficiency and storage capacity of the flower structured WO3 electrode. The degree of crystallinity of the WO3 electrodes was varied by altering the calcination temperature from 200 to 600 °C. For the self-photochargeability phenomenon, the prevailing flexibility of the short-range order structure at low calcination temperature of 200 °C favors the intercalation of the positive cations, enabling more photoexcited electrons to be stored within WO3 framework. This leads to a larger amount of stored charges that can be discharged in an on-demand manner under the absence of irradiation for H2 generation. The stability of the electrodes calcined at 200 °C, however, is compromised because of the structural instability caused by the abundance insertion of cations. On the other hand, films that were calcined at 400 °C displayed the highest stability toward both intercalation of the cations and photoelectrochemical water splitting performance. Although crystallinty of WO3 was furthered improved at 600 °C heat treatment, the worsened contact between the WO3 platelets and the conducting substrate as induced by the significant sintering has been more detrimental toward the charge transport.

  13. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-01-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching. PMID:27600368

  14. Epitaxial NiWO4 films on Ni(110): Experimental and theoretical study of surface stability

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    Doudin, N.; Pomp, S.; Blatnik, M.; Resel, R.; Vorokhta, M.; Goniakowski, J.; Noguera, C.; Netzer, F. P.; Surnev, S.

    2017-05-01

    Despite the application potential of nickel tungstate (NiWO4) in heterogeneous catalysis, humidity and gas sensing, etc, its surfaces have essentially remained unexplored. In this work, NiWO4 nanoparticles and films with the wolframite structure have been grown via a solid-state reaction of (WO3)3 clusters and a NiO(100) film on a Ni(110) crystal surface and characterized by a variety of experimental techniques, including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), combined with ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations. NiWO4 grows initially as three-dimensional (3D) crystalline nanoparticles displaying mainly two crystalline facets vicinal to the (100) surface, which merge with increasing the (WO3)3 coverage into a quasi-continuous epitaxial film. The DFT results provide an account of the energetics of NiWO4 low index surfaces and highlight the role of faceting in the stabilization of extended polar (100) terraces. These combined experimental and theoretical results show that interaction with a metal substrate and vertical confinement may stabilize oxide nano-objects with high energy facets, able to enhance their reactivity.

  15. Highly sensitive and selective trimethylamine sensors based on WO3 nanorods decorated with Au nanoparticles

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    Liu, Lu; Song, Peng; Yang, Zhongxi; Wang, Qi

    2017-06-01

    One-dimensional tungsten oxide (WO3) gas sensing materials have been widely used for the detection of trimethylamine (TMA) gas. Furthermore, it is believed that an effective method to improve the gas sensing performance is to introduce noble metals into sensing materials. In this work, a novel gas sensing material was prepared by decorating Au nanoparticles on WO3 nanorods. Based on field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM/EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the morphology and microstructure of as-prepared samples were characterized. Results show that Au nanoparticles with diameter of 13-15 nm are loaded on the surface of WO3 nanorods with length of about 1-2 μm and width of 50-80 nm. Gas sensing tests reveal that the Au@WO3 sensor has remarkably enhanced response to TMA gas compared with pure WO3 nanorods. In addition, and the gas sensing mechanism has been investigated based on the experimental results. The superior sensing features indicate the present Au@WO3 nanocomposites are promising for gas sensors, which can be used in the detection of the trimethylamine gas and this work provides insights and strategies for the fabrication of sensing materials.

  16. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation.

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-09-07

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching.

  17. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-09-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching.

  18. Phonon properties of nanosized MnWO{sub 4} with different size and morphology

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    Maczka, MirosLaw; Ptak, Maciej; Kurnatowska, Michalina; Kepinski, Leszek; Tomaszewski, PaweL; Hanuza, Jerzy

    2011-09-15

    Highly hierarchical barlike and flowerlike MnWO{sub 4} microcrystals have been synthesized for the first time by a hydrothermal method, where ethanolamine (EA) and cetyltrimethylamonnium bromide (CTAB) play important roles in directing growth and self-assembly of these structures. The possible formation process has been proposed. In addition, platelike nanosized MnWO{sub 4} was also synthesized by annealing of a precursor obtained by coprecipitation method. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman and IR methods. Raman spectra showed relatively weak dependence on particle size and morphology of the particles. In contrast to this behavior, IR-active bands showed pronounced shifts and changes in relative intensities on particle size and the morphology. Origin of this behavior is discussed. - Graphical Abstract: SEM images of MnWO{sub 4} particles prepared by hydrothermal process at 150 deg. C (left panel) and 200 deg. C (right panel). Highlights: > Hydrothermal synthesis with ethanolamine enables growth of hierarchical nanosized MnWO{sub 4} particles. > Annealing of a precursor obtained by coprecipitation method enables growth of platelike MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles. > Raman and IR spectra of MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles depend on both size and morphology of the nanoparticles. > We discuss origin of this behavior.

  19. MWCNT/WO3 nanocomposite photoanode for visible light induced water splitting

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    Yousefzadeh, Samira; Reyhani, Ali; Naseri, Naimeh; Moshfegh, Alireza Z.

    2013-08-01

    The Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/WO3 nanocomposite thin films with different MWCNT’s weight percentages were prepared by sol-gel method as visible light induced photoanode in water splitting reaction. Weight percentage of MWCNT in the all nanocomposite thin films was confirmed by TGA/DSC analysis. According to XPS analysis, oxygenated groups at the surface of the MWCNT and stoichiometric formation of WO3 thin films were determined, while the crystalline structure of the nanocomposite samples was studied by XRD indicating (0 0 2) peak of MWCNT in the monoclinic phase of WO3. The influence of different weight percentage (wt%) of MWCNT on WO3 photoactivity showed that the electron conductivity, charge transfer and electron life time had improved as compared with the pure WO3. Based on linear sweep voltammetry and chronoamperometry measurements, the (1 wt%) MWCNT/WO3 nanocomposite thin films photoanode has a maximum photocurrent density of ~4.5 A/m2 and electron life time of about 57 s.

  20. Investigation of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS), cyclic voltammetric analyses of WO3 films and their electrochromic response in FTO/WO3/electrolyte/FTO cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Jayachandran, M.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2006-06-01

    Electrochromic thin films of tungsten oxide (WO3) were prepared on transparent conducting oxide substrates, i.e., fluorine doped tin oxide coated (FTO or SnO2:F) glass and microscopic glass substrates by the electron beam evaporation technique using pure WO3 (99.99%) pellets at various substrate temperatures (i.e., Tsub = room temperature (RT, 30 °C), 100 °C and 200 °C). The films were prepared under vacuum of the order of 1 × 10-5 mbar. The room temperature prepared films were further post-heat-treated (Tanne) at 200 and 300 °C for about 1 h in the vacuum environment. The prepared films are in monoclinic phase. The chemical composition has been characterized by using the XPS technique. The W 4f and O 1s core levels of WO3 films have been studied on the samples. The obtained core level binding energies revealed the WO3 films contained six-valent tungsten (W6+). The electrochemical nature of the films was studied by a three-electrode electrochemical cell in the configuration of FTO/WO3/H2SO4/Pt, SCE, using the cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. Electrochromic devices (ECDs) of the general type FTO/WO3/electrolyte/FTO were studied. The films produced at higher substrate temperature show smaller modulation of the visible spectrum, compared with the films produced at lower temperatures. The significant chemical bonding nature associated with the coloring/bleaching process which follows the H+ ion incorporation in the film is studied by FTIR analysis. The W-O-W framework peak was observed at 563 cm-1 and confirms the stability of the films in the electrochemical analysis. The results obtained from cyclic voltammetry technique and ECD cell characterization are used to emphasize the suitability for some applications of the solar control systems.

  1. Comparative studies of monoclinic and orthorhombic WO3 films used for hydrogen sensor fabrication on SiC crystal

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    Zuev, V. V.; Grigoriev, S. N.; Romanov, R. I.; Fominski, V. Y.; Volosova, M. A.; Demin, M. V.

    2016-09-01

    Amorphous WOx films were prepared on the SiC crystal by using two different methods, namely, reactive pulsed laser deposition (RPLD) and reactive deposition by ion sputtering (RDIS). After deposition, the WOx films were annealed in an air. The RISD film possessed a m-WO3 structure and consisted of closely packed microcrystals. Localized swelling of the films and micro-hills growth did not destroy dense crystal packing. RPLD film had layered β-WO3 structure with relatively smooth surface. Smoothness of the films were destroyed by localized swelling and the micro-openings formation was observed. Comparative study of m-WO3/SiC, Pt/m-WO3/SiC, and P-WO3/SiC samples shows that structural characteristics of the WO3 films strongly influence on the voltage/current response as well as on the rate of current growth during H2 detection at elevated temperatures.

  2. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of WO3-fullerene/TiO2 catalysts under visible light

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    2011-01-01

    WO3-treated fullerene/TiO2 composites (WO3-fullerene/TiO2) were prepared using a sol-gel method. The composite obtained was characterized by BET surface area measurements, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-vis analysis. A methyl orange (MO) solution under visible light irradiation was used to determine the photocatalytic activity. Excellent photocatalytic degradation of a MO solution was observed using the WO3-fullerene, fullerene-TiO2, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 composites under visible light. An increase in photocatalytic activity was observed, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 has the best photocatalytic activity; it may attribute to the increase of the photo-absorption effect by the fullerene and the cooperative effect of the WO3. PMID:21774800

  3. DFT study of CO sensing mechanism on hexagonal WO3 (0 0 1) surface: The role of oxygen vacancy

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    Tian, FengHui; Zhao, Linghuan; Xue, Xu-Yan; Shen, Yaoyao; Jia, Xiangfeng; Chen, Shougang; Wang, Zonghua

    2014-08-01

    In this work, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to study the adsorption of CO on the oxygen deficient hexagonal WO3 (h-WO3) (0 0 1) surface. Two different situations including the O- and WO-terminated h-WO3 (0 0 1) surfaces are considered. The influence of surface defect density is also concerned. Calculations proposed that the oxygen vacancy exert negative effects on the sensing ability of the h-WO3 material. Under relatively higher defect density, the presence of the oxygen vacancy on both of the O and WO-terminated (0 0 1) surfaces all decreases their sensitivity to CO gas to some extent, while they are still sensitive enough to detect CO gas with the charge transfers of 0.498 and 0.129 e, respectively. Whereas, under lower defect density, calculations indicated that the sensitivity of the material can be lowered largely.

  4. Constructing TiO2 decorated Bi2WO6 architectures with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Yang, Zhiyuan; Chen, Lu; Yang, Yun; Wang, Junjie; Huang, Yongkui; Liu, Xiaoxia; Yang, Shuijin

    2017-06-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles modified Bi2WO6 photocatalysts were prepared via a facile hydrothermal process. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared TiO2/Bi2WO6 composites was investigated sufficiently by the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB), tetracycline hydrochloride (TC) and ciprofloxacin (CIP). The TiO2/Bi2WO6 composites, in which the molar ratio of TiO2 to Bi2WO6 is 1:1, exhibited optimum photocatalytic activity, which is found to increase by about 2.4 times more than that of pristine Bi2WO6 for the photodegradation of TC. The enhanced photocatalytic activity may be attributed to the higher surface area and the highly efficient charge separation between Bi2WO6 nanosheets and TiO2 nanoparticles. The mechanism of the photocatalysts is investigated by the determination of reactive species in the photocatalytic reactions, the photoluminescence measurement and photoelectrochemical analyses.

  5. Continuous-wave laser operation of Tm and Hoco-doped NaY(WO(4))(2) and NaLu(WO(4))(2) crystals.

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    Han, X; Fusari, F; Serrano, M D; Lagatsky, A A; Cano-Torres, J M; Brown, C T A; Zaldo, C; Sibbett, W

    2010-03-15

    Tetragonal single crystals of NaT(WO(4))(2) (T = Y or Lu) co-doped with Tm(3+) and Ho(3+) ions have been employed for broadly tunable and efficient room-temperature laser operation at around 2 mum. With Ti:sapphire laser pumping at 795 nm, a slope efficiency and a maximum output power as high as 48% and 265 mW, respectively, have been achieved at 2050 nm from a Tm,Ho:NaY(WO(4))(2) crystal. Tuning from 1830 nm to 2080 nm has also been obtained using an intracavity Lyot filter.

  6. Inductive effect of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) on morphology and photocatalytic performance of Bi2WO6

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    Zhang, Qiang; Chen, Jinxing; Xie, Yunyun; Wang, Mozhen; Ge, Xuewu

    2016-04-01

    Bi2WO6 has great potential applications in the field of photocatalyst due to its excellent visible-light photocatalytic performance. This work studied the detailed morphological evolution of Bi2WO6 particles synthesized in a simple hydrothermal system induced by the stabilizer poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP). The XRD and HRTEM results show PVP would not change the crystal structure of Bi2WO6, but the distribution of PVP on the initially formed Bi2WO6 nanosheets will induce the crystal growth, resulting in a distinct morphology evolution of Bi2WO6 with the increase of the concentration of PVP. At the same time, with the increase of the molecular weight of PVP, the morphology of Bi2WO6 varied from simple sheet-like (S-BWO) to some complicated morphology, such as flower-like (F-BWO), red blood cell-like (B-BWO), and square-pillar-like (SP-BWO). The photocatalytic performances of Bi2WO6 with various morphologies on the decomposition of RhB under visible light irradiation reveal that S-BWO has the best photocatalytic performance, while SP-BWO has the worst. This work not only gives the explanation of the inductive effect of PVP molecular chains on the morphological formation of Bi2WO6 particles, but also provides the controllable way to the preparation of Bi2WO6 with various morphologies taking advantage of the stabilizer PVP.

  7. WO3-enhanced TiO2 nanotube photoanodes for solar water splitting with simultaneous wastewater treatment.

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R; Robinson, David B

    2013-12-11

    Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures with optimal properties that enhance solar photoconversion reactions were developed, characterized, and tested. The TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti foil and used as substrates for WO3 electrodeposition. The WO3 electrodeposition parameters were controlled to develop unique WO3 nanostructures with enhanced photoelectrochemical properties. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the nanomaterials with optimal photocurrent density have the same ordered structure as TiO2 nanotubes, with an external tubular nanostructured WO3 layer. Diffuse reflectance spectra showed an increase in the visible absorption relative to bare TiO2 nanotubes and in the UV absorption relative to bare WO3 films. Incident simulated solar photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) increased from 30% (for bare WO3) to 50% (for tubular WO3/TiO2 composites). With the addition of diverse organic pollutants, the photocurrent densities exhibited more than a 5-fold increase. Chemical oxygen demand measurements showed the simultaneous photodegradation of organic pollutants. The results of this work showed that the unique structure and composition of these composite WO3/TiO2 materials enhance the IPCE efficiencies, optical properties, and photodegradation performance compared with the parent materials.

  8. Effect of fluorine, nitrogen, and carbon impurities on the electronic and magnetic properties of WO{sub 3}

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    Shein, I. R.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    2013-06-15

    Within electron density functional theory with the use of the Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP), the effect of the sp substitutional impurities of fluorine (n-type dopant), nitrogen, and carbon (p-type dopants) on the electronic and magnetic properties of tungsten trioxide WO{sub 3} is studied. It is established that these impurities induce the transformation of tungsten trioxide (nonmagnetic semiconductor) into nonmagnetic metal (WO{sub 3}:F), magnetic semimetal (WO{sub 3}:N), or magnetic metal (WO{sub 3}:C) states.

  9. Thermal effects associated with the Raman spectroscopy of WO3 gas-sensor materials.

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    Garcia-Sanchez, Raul F; Ahmido, Tariq; Casimir, Daniel; Baliga, Shankar; Misra, Prabhakar

    2013-12-19

    Metal oxides are suitable for detecting, through conductive measurements, a variety of reducing and oxidizing gases in environmental and sensing applications. Metal-oxide gas sensors can be developed with the goal of sensing gases under specific conditions and, as a whole, are heavily dependent on the manufacturing process. Tungsten oxide (WO3) is a promising metal-oxide material for gas-sensing applications. The purpose of this paper is to determine the existence of a correlation between thermal effects and the changes in the Raman spectra for multiple WO3 structures. We have obtained results utilizing Raman spectroscopy for three different structures of WO3 (monoclinic WO3 on Si substrate, nanopowder, and nanowires) that have been subjected to temperatures in the range of 30-160 °C. The major vibrational modes of the WO3:Si and the nanopowder samples, located at ~807, ~716, and ~271 cm(-1), correspond to the stretching of O-W-O bonds, the stretching of W-O, and the bending of O-W-O, respectively; these are consistent with a monoclinic WO3 structure. However in the nanowires sample only asymmetric stretching of the W-O bonds occurs, resulting in a 750 cm(-1) band, and the bending of the O-W-O mode (271 cm(-1)) is a stretching mode (239 cm(-1)) instead, suggesting the nanowires are not strictly monoclinic. The most notable effect of increasing the temperature of the samples is the appearance of the bending mode of W-OH bonds in the approximate range of 1550-1150 cm(-1), which is related to O-H bonding caused by humidity effects. In addition, features such as those at 750 cm(-1) for nanowires and at 492 and 670 cm(-1) for WO3:Si disappear as the temperature increases. A deeper understanding of the effect that temperature has on the Raman spectral characteristics of a metal oxide such as WO3 has helped to extend our knowledge regarding the behavior of metal oxide-gas interactions for sensing applications. This, in turn, will help to develop theoretical models for

  10. Experimental and theoretical investigation of a mesoporous KxWO3 material having superior mechanical strength

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    Dey, Sonal; Anderson, Sean T.; Mayanovic, Robert A.; Sakidja, Ridwan; Landskron, Kai; Kokoszka, Berenika; Mandal, Manik; Wang, Zhongwu

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous materials with tailored properties hold great promise for energy harvesting and industrial applications. We have synthesized a novel tungsten bronze mesoporous material (KxWO3; x ~ 0.07) having inverse FDU-12 type pore symmetry and a crystalline framework. In situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements of the mesoporous K0.07WO3 show persistence of a highly ordered meso-scale pore structure to high pressure conditions (~18.5 GPa) and a material with remarkable mechanical strength despite having ~35% porosity. Pressure dependent in situ SAXS measurements reveal a bulk modulus κ = 44 +/- 4 GPa for the mesoporous KxWO3 which is comparable to the corresponding value for the bulk monoclinic WO3 (γ-WO3). Evidence from middle angle (MAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Raman spectroscopy shows that the presence of potassium leads to the formation of a K-bearing orthorhombic tungsten bronze (OTB) phase within a monoclinic WO3 host structure. Our ab initio molecular dynamics calculations show that the formation of the OTB phase provides superior strength to the mesoporous K0.07WO3.Mesoporous materials with tailored properties hold great promise for energy harvesting and industrial applications. We have synthesized a novel tungsten bronze mesoporous material (KxWO3; x ~ 0.07) having inverse FDU-12 type pore symmetry and a crystalline framework. In situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements of the mesoporous K0.07WO3 show persistence of a highly ordered meso-scale pore structure to high pressure conditions (~18.5 GPa) and a material with remarkable mechanical strength despite having ~35% porosity. Pressure dependent in situ SAXS measurements reveal a bulk modulus κ = 44 +/- 4 GPa for the mesoporous KxWO3 which is comparable to the corresponding value for the bulk monoclinic WO3 (γ-WO3). Evidence from middle angle (MAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), high

  11. Synthesis and photoactivity enhancement of Ba doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst

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    Li, Wen Ting; Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan; Yin, Hao Yong; Zheng, Yi Fan; Song, Xu Chun

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • The Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst have been synthesized by a hydrothermal route. • The photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was greatly enhanced by Ba-doping. • The effect of Ba on the catalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was studied and discussed. - Abstract: In this study, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} doped with different barium contents were successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal route at 180 °C for 12 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized in detailed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffusere flectance spectroscopy (UV–vis DRS) and Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) theory. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated solar light. As a result, the photocatalytic properties were enhanced after Ba doping and the Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with R{sub Ba} = 0.15 showed the highest photocatalytic activities of 96.3% RhB was decomposed in 50 min. Close investigation revealed that the proper Ba doped into Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} could not only increases its BET surface area, decrease its crystalline size, but also act as electron traps and facilitate the separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were further investigated.

  12. Guanidine sulfate-assisted synthesis of hexagonal WO3 nanoparticles with enhanced adsorption properties.

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    Mu, Wanjun; Li, Mei; Li, Xingliang; Ma, Zongping; Zhang, Rui; Yu, Qianhong; Lv, Kai; Xie, Xiang; He, Jiaheng; Wei, Hongyuan; Jian, Yuan

    2015-04-28

    Large surface area hexagonal phase WO3 (h-WO3) nanowires were synthesized by a hydrothermal route with the assistance of C2H12N6O4S. They were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, BET, FT-IR and XPS. It is shown that C2H12N6O4S not only acts as a stabilizer to facilitate the generation of a metastable hexagonal phase, but also functions as a structure directing agent to assist the construction of nanowires. The obtained h-WO3 possesses a large specific surface area and numerous adsorption functional groups such as -OH groups. These characteristics result in an excellent adsorption performance for the removal of strontium from acidic aqueous solutions. A maximum adsorption capacity of 52.93 mg g(-1) was achieved on the h-WO3 prepared in the presence of C2H12N6O4S. This value is almost two times higher than that of bare h-WO3 (no C2H12N6O4S). The effects of pH, contact time, initial Sr(2+) concentration and ion strength on Sr(2+) removal from the solution by h-WO3 were systematically investigated. The adsorption mechanism involving the combination of electrostatic attraction and ion exchange for the adsorption of Sr(2+) is proposed. Based on our results, h-WO3 with high adsorption capacity and good surface characteristics exhibits great potential for the removal of Sr(2+) from radioactive wastewater.

  13. WO-Type Wolf-Rayet Stars: the Last Hurrah of the Most Massive Stars?

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    Massey, Philip

    2014-10-01

    WO-type Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars are considered the final evolutionary stage of the highest mass stars, immediate precursors to Type Ic (He-poor) core-collapse supernovae. These WO stars are rare, and until recently only 6 were known. Our knowledge about their physical properties is mostly based on a single object, Sand 2 in the LMC. It was the only non-binary WO star both bright and unreddened enough that its FUV and NUV spectra could be obtained by FUSE and HST/FOS. A non-LTE analysis showed that Sand 2 is very hot and its (C+O)/He abundance ratio is higher than that found in WC-type WRs, suggesting it is indeed highly evolved. However, the O VI resonance doublet in the FUV required a considerably cooler temperature (120,000 K) model than did the optical O VI lines (170,000 K). Further, the enhanced chemical abundances did not match the predictions of stellar evolutionary models. Another non-LTE study found a 3x higher (C+O)/He abundance ratio and a cooler temperature. We have recently discovered two other bright, single, and lightly reddened WOs in the LMC, allowing us to take a fresh look at these important objects. Our newly found WOs span a range in excitation type, from WO1 (the highest) to WO4 (the lowest). Sand 2 is intermediate (WO3). We propose to use COS to obtain FUV and NUV data of all three stars for as comprehensive a study as is currently possible. These UV data will be combined with our optical Magellan spectra for a detailed analysis with CMFGEN with the latest atomic data. Knowing the degree of chemical evolution of these WO stars is crucial to determining their evolutionary status, and thus in understanding the final stages of the most massive stars.

  14. Structural evolution, growth mechanism and photoluminescence properties of CuWO4 nanocrystals.

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    Souza, E L S; Sczancoski, J C; Nogueira, I C; Almeida, M A P; Orlandi, M O; Li, M S; Luz, R A S; Filho, M G R; Longo, E; Cavalcante, L S

    2017-09-01

    Copper tungstate (CuWO4) crystals were synthesized by the sonochemistry (SC) method, and then, heat treated in a conventional furnace at different temperatures for 1h. The structural evolution, growth mechanism and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these crystals were thoroughly investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns, micro-Raman spectra and Fourier transformed infrared spectra indicated that crystals heat treated and 100°C and 200°C have water molecules in their lattice (copper tungstate dihydrate (CuWO4·2H2O) with monoclinic structure), when the crystals are calcinated at 300°C have the presence of two phase (CuWO4·2H2O and CuWO4), while the others heat treated at 400°C and 500°C have a single CuWO4 triclinic structure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed a change in the morphological features of these crystals with the increase of the heat treatment temperature. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution-TEM images and selected area electron diffraction were employed to examine the shape, size and structure of these crystals. Ultraviolet-Visible spectra evidenced a decrease of band gap values with the increase of the temperature, which were correlated with the reduction of intermediary energy levels within the band gap. The intense photoluminescence (PL) emission was detected for the sample heat treat at 300°C for 1h, which have a mixture of CuWO4·2H2O and CuWO4 phases. Therefore, there is a synergic effect between the intermediary energy levels arising from these two phases during the electronic transitions responsible for PL emissions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Synthesis of WO 3 nanoparticles for superthermites by the template method from silica spheres

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    Gibot, Pierre; Comet, Marc; Vidal, Loic; Moitrier, Florence; Lacroix, Fabrice; Suma, Yves; Schnell, Fabien; Spitzer, Denis

    2011-05-01

    Nanosized WO 3 tungsten trioxide was prepared by calcination of H 3P 4W 12O 40· xH 2O phosphotungstic acid, previously dissolved in a silica colloidal solution. The influence of the silica spheres/tungsten precursor weight ratio ( x) was investigated. The pristine oxide powders were characterized by XRD, nitrogen adsorption, SEM and TEM techniques. A specific surface area and a pore volume of 64.2 m 2 g -1 and 0.33 cm 3 g -1, respectively, were obtained for the well-crystallized WO 3 powder prepared with x = 2/3 and after the removal of the silica template. The WO 3 particles exhibit a sphere-shaped morphology with a particle size of 13 and 320 nm as function of the x ratio. The performance and the sensitivity levels of the thermites prepared from aluminium nanoparticles mixed with (i) the smallest tungsten (VI) oxide material and (ii) the microscale WO 3 were compared. The combustion of these energetic composites was investigated by time resolved cinematography (TRC). This unconventional experimental technique consists to ignite the dried compressed composites by using a CO 2 laser beam, in order to determine their ignition delay time (IDT) and their combustion rate. The downsizing WO 3 particles improves, without ambiguity, the energetic performances of the WO 3/Al thermite. For instance, the ignition delay time was greatly shortened from 54 ± 10 ms to 5.7 ± 0.2 ms and the combustion velocity was increased by a factor 50 to reach a value of 4.1 ± 0.3 m/s. In addition, the use of WO 3 nanoparticles sensitizes the mixture to mechanical stimuli but decreases the sensitivity to electrostatic discharge.

  16. Deactivation of the TiO2 photocatalyst by coupling with WO3 and the electrochemically assisted high photocatalytic activity of WO3.

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    Tada, Hiroaki; Kokubu, Akio; Iwasaki, Mitsunobu; Ito, Seisihro

    2004-05-25

    Patterned TiO2 stripes were formed on a sol-gel crystalline WO3 film by using a chemically modified sol-gel method (pat-TiO2/WO3), and the coupling effect on the photocatalytic activity was studied. Although the photoinduced electron transfer from TiO2 to WO3 was confirmed by labeling and visualization of the reduction sites with Ag particles, the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 for both the gas-phase oxidation of CH3CHO and the liquid-phase oxidation of 2-naphthol decreased significantly with the coupling. This finding was rationalized in terms of the decrease in the rate of the electron transfer from the semiconductor-(s) to 02 with the coupling, which was estimated from the kinetic analysis of the photopotential relaxation. When the excited electrons were removed by a SnO2 underlayer, the WO3 film exhibited a high photocatalytic activity exceeding that of TiO2 for the oxidation of 2-naphthol.

  17. Structural, vibrational and luminescence properties of the (1−x)CaWO{sub 4}−xCdWO{sub 4} system

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    Taoufyq, A.; Guinneton, F.; Valmalette, J-C.; Arab, M.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bakiz, B.; Villain, S.; and others

    2014-11-15

    In the present work, we investigate the structural, microstructural, vibrational and luminescence properties of the system (1−x)CaWO{sub 4}−xCdWO{sub 4} with x ranging between 0 and 1. Polycrystalline samples were elaborated using a coprecipitation technique followed by thermal treatment at 1000 °C. The samples were then characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and luminescence analyses. X-ray diffraction profile analyses using Rietveld method showed that two kinds of solid solutions Ca{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} having scheelite and wolframite structures, with respectively tetragonal and monoclinic crystal cells, were observed, with a biphasic system for compositions x=0.6 and 0.7. The scanning electron microscopy experiments showed a complex evolution of morphologies and crystallite sizes as x increased. The vibration modes of Raman spectra were characteristic of composition-dependent disordered solid solutions with decreasing wavenumbers as x increased. Luminescence experiments were performed under UV-laser light irradiation. The energies of emission bands increased linearly with cadmium composition x. The integrated intensity of luminescence reached a maximum value for the substituted wolframite phase with composition x=0.8. - Graphical abstract: Luminescence on UV excitation (364.5 nm) of (1−x)CaWO{sub 4−x}CdWO{sub 4} system, elaborated from coprecipitation technique at 1000 °C, with 0WO{sub 4} polycrystalline phases with 0≤x≤0.5. (b) Maximum of luminescence intensity for the composition x=0.8. - Highlights: • Solid solutions Ca{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} are elaborated from coprecipitation technique. • The structures of two types of solid solutions are refined using Rietveld method. • A maximum of luminescence is obtained for an intermediate composition x=0.8.

  18. Chromic mechanism in amorphous WO{sub 3} films

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    Zhang, J G; Benson, D K; Tracy, C E; Deb, S K; Czanderna, A W; Bechinger, C

    1996-11-01

    The authors propose a new model for the chromic mechanism in amorphous tungsten oxide films (WO{sub 3{minus}y}{center_dot}nH{sub 2}O). This model not only explains a variety of seemingly conflicting experimental results reported in the literature that cannot be explained by existing models, it also has practical implications with respect to improving the coloring efficiency and durability of electrochromic devices. According to this model, a typical as-deposited tungsten oxide film has tungsten mainly in W{sup 6+} and W{sup 4+} states and can be represented as W{sub 1{minus}y}{sup 6+} W{sub y}{sup 4+}O{sub 3{minus}y}{center_dot}nH{sub 2}O. The proposed chromic mechanism is based on the small polaron transition between the charge-induced W{sup 5+} state and the original W{sup 4+} state instead of the W{sup 5+} and W{sup 6+} states as suggested in previous models. The correlation between the electrochromic and photochromic behavior in amorphous tungsten oxide films is also discussed.

  19. TiO2(B) nanoparticle-functionalized WO3 nanorods with enhanced gas sensing properties.

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    Zhang, Hongxin; Wang, Shurong; Wang, Yanshuang; Yang, Jiedi; Gao, Xueling; Wang, Liwei

    2014-06-14

    In this work, TiO2(B) nanoparticle (NP)-functionalized WO3 nanorods (NRs) were synthesized by a two-step solution strategy, with a hydrothermal process for WO3 NRs and hydrolyzation of Ti(OBu)4 for the functionalization of TiO2(B) NPs. Various techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), were employed to investigate the morphology, microstructure, crystalline nature and chemical composition of the prepared TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs. SEM and TEM results revealed that the TiO2(B)-WO3 composite showed a rod-like nanostructure with a diameter in the range from 93 to 154 nm and a rough surface, which could increase the accessible surface area and the amount of surface active sites, thus improving the properties or performance of the as-prepared composite NRs. XRD and XPS analysis clearly verified that monoclinic TiO2(B) NPs, a metastable polymorph of TiO2, were successfully supported on the WO3 NRs. Gas sensing measurement results for several common reductive organic gases such as acetone, ethanol, ether, methanol and formaldehyde demonstrated that the sensor based on the as-obtained TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs exhibited obviously enhanced responses compared with a pure WO3 NR based sensor, as well as fast response-recovery speeds, good reproducibility and good stability, indicating their promising application in gas sensors. The excellent gas sensing performance could be attributed to the unique 1D rod-like nanostructure with a rough surface, the existence of TiO2-WO3 heterojunctions and the catalytic effect of the TiO2(B) NPs. The as-prepared TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs will also have very good prospects in electrochromic devices and catalysis applications.

  20. Nanobrick-like WO3 thin films: Hydrothermal synthesis and electrochromic application

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    Kondalkar, V. V.; Kharade, R. R.; Mali, S. S.; Mane, R. M.; Patil, P. B.; Patil, P. S.; Choudhury, S.; Bhosale, P. N.

    2014-09-01

    Nanobrick-like WO3 thin films have been synthesized via facile hydrothermal route. Nanostructured WO3 thin films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the intentional properties such as phase structure, optical properties and surface morphology. Moreover electrochromic (EC) performance of WO3 thin film was investigated in 0.5 M LiClO4/PC by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronocoulometry (CC) and chronoamperometry (CA). The value of diffusion coefficient (D) was determined from anodic peak current and was found to be 1.51 × 10-9 cm2/s. The response time of 6.9 s for bleaching (tb) and 9.7 s for coloration (tc) was observed with excellent reversibility 76%. The coloration efficiency for nanobricks WO3 is 39.24 cm2/C. CIE 1931 L∗ab values for colored and bleached films were estimated at 2° observer using D-65 illumination. The electrochromic studies show highly reversible and the stable nature of WO3 thin film which provides a versatile and promising application towards the fabrication of smart windows.

  1. Synthesis of ZnWO4 Electrode with tailored facets: Deactivating the Microorganisms through Photoelectrocatalytic methods

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    Zhan, Su; Zhou, Feng; Huang, Naibao; Liu, Yujun; He, Qiuchen; Tian, Yu; Yang, Yifan; Ye, Fei

    2017-01-01

    The exotic invasive species from the ballast water in the ship will bring about serious damages to ecosystem. Photocatalyst films have been widely studied for sterilization. In this study, ZnWO4 with different exposed facets was synthesized by hydrothermal method, and ZnWO4 film electrodes have been applied in ballast water treatment through the electro-assisted photocatalytic system. Then the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), Field emission on scanning electron microcopy (FE-SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), BET specific surface area analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). ZnWO4 with an appropriate exposure of (0 1 1) facets ratio exhibited the best photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities. The microorganisms deactivated completely in 10 min by ZnWO4 films with 3 V bias. The mechanisms of (0 1 1) facets enhanced the photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities which were deduced based on the calculated result from the first principles. Simultaneously, appropriate exposed facets and applied bias could reduce the recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, and improve the photocatalytic activities of ZnWO4.

  2. Oxygen partial pressure effects on the magnetron sputtered WO3 films

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    Merhan Muğlu, G.; Gür, E.

    2016-04-01

    Electrochromism is changing color of a substance in response to the applied an external electric field and the phenomenon is reversible. WO3 is very attractive material due to its electrochromic properties as well as it is also attractive for many different applications such as gas sensors, phosphorous screen, textile, glass industry. In this study, it is aimed to provide optimization of the optical and structural characteristics of WO3 by changing the growth parameters mainly the oxygen partial pressure. The partial pressure of oxygen was changed with increments of 0.7 mTorr. For the analysis, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), absorption, Raman spectroscopy measurements were used. When O2 gas increased, peaks belong to the WO3 was observed in XRD patterns at the 2 theta angles of 23.0, 11.0, 23.5 and 28.5 angles corresponding to the (002), (020) and (220) planes, respectively. This shows that there is a significant effect of increasing O2 partial pressure in the formation of WO3 films. The bandgap energy of the WO3 thin films are found to be around 3.0 eV. Raman measurements showed vibrational modes of W-O-W stretching and bending modes which shows small shifts depending on the partial pressures of the O2. Obtained results indicated that better crystal structure is obtained with higher O2 gas partial pressure.

  3. A study of Ti-doped WO3 thin films using comparative theoretical and experimental approach

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    Paez, Aurelio

    Metal oxides like Tungsten Oxide (WO3) are well documented and characterized in the literature, with uses in darkening windows and mirrors, flat computer displays, solar panel cooling, and sensors (of interest in this study). Ti doping of WO3 is less documented and the focus of this study. Sample thin films of pure WO3 and varyingly Ti doped WO3 were prepared using Radio Frequency magnetron sputtering (RF) (13.56 MHz) to grow thin films on a silicon substrate. This study aims to compare multiple Ti doping percentages in WO3 theoretically and then compare with experimental data taken from thin films of various Ti doping levels grown at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 400 0°C. Characterization of the materials was to be conducted using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and other theoretical and simulated approaches. Theoretical calculations optimized Ti doping at somewhere between 6.25% and 12%. Experimental data indicates that under the given growing conditions optimal Ti doping is 5%. The percentage of Ti may be able to be increased and the material retain desired characteristics with an increased growth temperature above 400 0°C as annealing samples post-growth has no positive impact on the thin film structure.

  4. The Facile Hydrothermal Preparation of Orthorhombic WO3 With (001) Facet and Its Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Deng, Xiaoyan; Dou, Jinbiao; Li, Fenfen; Gao, Hongtao; Liu, Guangjun

    2015-12-01

    The orthorhombic WO3 nanoplates with (001) facet were fabricated via a facile hydrothermal process, using HBF4 as the acid source. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), respectively. It indicated that the obtained product was orthorhombic WO3 (JCPDS No. 20-1324). And the energy gap was estimated to be 2.52 eV by the intersection point of the tangent of the absorption edge and the baseline. It was affirmed that WO3 crystalline grew along the (001) direction, indicating the product was exposed with (001) facet. The photocatalytic activity of (001) WO3 nanoplates was investigated on the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). It demonstrated that photocatalysts exhibited obvious photocatalytic performance under visible light irradiation. The degradation rate of RhB with the typical product reached 95% after being irradiated for 5 h. It indicated that the photocatalytic efficiency of WO3 could be improved by controlling the crystal growth and its morphology.

  5. Facile Fabrication of Sandwich Structured WO3 Nanoplate Arrays for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Feng, Xiaoyang; Chen, Yubin; Qin, Zhixiao; Wang, Menglong; Guo, Liejin

    2016-07-20

    Herein, sandwich structured tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanoplate arrays were first synthesized for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting via a facile hydrothermal method followed by an annealing treatment. It was demonstrated that the annealing temperature played an important role in determining the morphology and crystal phase of the WO3 film. Only when the hydrothermally prepared precursor was annealed at 500 °C could the sandwich structured WO3 nanoplates be achieved, probably due to the crystalline phase transition and increased thermal stress during the annealing process. The sandwich structured WO3 photoanode exhibited a photocurrent density of 1.88 mA cm(-2) and an incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) as high as 65% at 400 nm in neutral Na2SO4 solution under AM 1.5G illumination. To our knowledge, this value is one of the best PEC performances for WO3 photoanodes. Meanwhile, simultaneous hydrogen and oxygen evolution was demonstrated for the PEC water splitting. It was concluded that the high PEC performance should be attributed to the large electrochemically active surface area and active monoclinic phase. The present study can provide guidance to develop highly efficient nanostructured photoelectrodes with the favorable morphology.

  6. A visible-light active TiO2 photocatalyst multilayered with WO3.

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    Jia, Junjun; Taniyama, Kenta; Imura, Masaaki; Kanai, Toshimasa; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2017-07-14

    Sputter-deposited TiO2 films with high visible-light photocatalytic activity were successfully realized by a hybrid TiO2/Pt/WO3 film structure with Pt nanoparticles uniformly distributed at the interface of the TiO2 and WO3 films. The TiO2/Pt/WO3 hybrid films enable the complete decomposition of CH3CHO under visible-light irradiation. The water contact angle of the TiO2/Pt/WO3 hybrid films reaches below 5° under visible-light irradiation. Pt nanoparticles are considered to act as a cocatalyst to improve the electron-hole separation efficiency. We demonstrate that the photogenerated holes in WO3 are transferred to the surface of the TiO2 film with less hole-trapping and induce high visible-light photocatalytic activity and hydrophilic behavior, and the photogenerated electrons are accumulated in the Pt nanoparticles. The highly hydrophilic thin films with high visible-light photocatalytic activity can be applied to various indoor products possessing self-cleaning and antifogging properties.

  7. Agx@WO3 core-shell nanostructure for LSP enhanced chemical sensors

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    Xu, Lijie; Yin, Ming-Li; (Frank) Liu, Shengzhong

    2014-01-01

    Exceptional properties of graphene have triggered intensive research on other 2D materials. Surface plasmon is another subject being actively explored for many applications. Herein we report a new class of core-shell nanostructure in which the shell is made of a 2D material for effective plasmonic propagation. We have designed a much enhanced chemical sensor made of plasmonic Agx@(2D-WO3) that combines above advantages. Specifically, the sensor response increases from 38 for Agx-WO3 mixture to 217 for the Agx@(2D-WO3) core-shell structure; response and recovery time are shortened considerably to 2 and 5 seconds; and optimum sensor working temperature is lowered from 370°C to 340°C. Light irradiation is found to increase the Agx@(2D-WO3) sensor response, particularly at blue wavelength where it resonates with the absorption of Ag nanoparticles. Raman scattering shows significantly enhanced intensity for both the 2D-WO3 shell and surface adsorbates. Both the resonance sensor enhancement and the Raman suggest that the improved sensor performance is due to nanoplasmonic mechanism. It is demonstrated that (1) 2D material can be used as the shell component of a core-shell nanostructure, and (2) surface plasmon can effectively boost sensor performance. PMID:25339285

  8. Synthesis and characterization of WO{sub 3} spherical nanoparticles and nanorods

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    Adhikari, Sangeeta; Sarkar, Debasish Maiti, Himadri Sekhar

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Two different morphology WO{sub 3} nanoparticles are synthesized by a simple and new wet chemical route through control over pH, temperature and structure directing agents. Reaction mechanism has been proposed for the formation of different morphologies. Nanorod WO{sub 3} has better crystallinity with less specific surface area compared to the spherical nanoparticles. Comparable band gaps are obtained for both the nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Spherical WO{sub 3} nanoparticle and nanorod synthesis mechanisms proposed. • Thermal analysis and spectroscopy confirms the intermediate reactions. • Both of the morphology has pure and monoclinic phase with identical band gap energy. - Abstract: Simple and new wet chemical routes are adopted for the synthesis of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) nanopowders having two different morphologies such as spherical and rod-like. Acid catalyzed exothermic reaction and a structure directing reagent have been used to control the formation of spherical and rod shaped nanoparticles, respectively. Thermal analysis and FTIR spectral data have been used to confirm the formation of the intermediate and the ultimate reaction products. X-ray and Raman spectroscopic data indicate the monoclinic structure of both forms of the particles. Rod shaped WO{sub 3} particles exhibit better crystallinity and low specific surface area compared to those exhibited by spherical particles. Band gaps are found to be nearly identical irrespective of the morphology.

  9. Characterization of nanosized Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Nihtianova, D.; Velichkova, N.; Nikolova, R.; Koseva, I.; Yordanova, A.; Nikolov, V.

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: TEM method allows to detect small quantities of impurities not detectable by other methods. In our case impurities of W{sub 5}O{sub 14} are detected in Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanopowder. Highlights: {yields} Nanosized Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} by simple co-precipitation method. {yields} Spherical particles with mean size of 22 nm distributed between 10 and 40 nm at 630 {sup o}C. {yields} XRD, DTA and TEM confirm well defined products with perfect structure. {yields} TEM locality allows detection of impurities not detectable by XRD and DTA. -- Abstract: Nanosized aluminum tungstate Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} was prepared by co-precipitation reaction between Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} and Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} aqueous solutions. The powder size and shape, as well as size distribution are estimated after different conditions of powder preparation. The purity of the final product was investigated by XRD and DTA analyses, using the single crystal powder as reference. Between the specimen and the reference no difference was detected. The crystal structure of Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanosized powder was confirmed by TEM (SAED, HRTEM). In additional, TEM locality allows to detect some W{sub 5}O{sub 14} impurities, which are not visible by conventional X-ray powder diffraction and thermal analyses.

  10. Fabrication of core/shell ZnWO4/carbon nanorods and their Li electroactivity

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    Shim, Hyun-Woo; Lim, Ah-Hyeon; Lee, Gwang-Hee; Jung, Hang-Chul; Kim, Dong-Wan

    2012-01-01

    Carbon-coated ZnWO4 [C-ZW] nanorods with a one-dimensional core/shell structure were synthesised using hydrothermally prepared ZnWO4 and malic acid as precursors. The effects of the carbon coating on the ZnWO4 nanorods are investigated by thermogravimetry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The coating layer was found to be in uniform thickness of approximately 3 nm. Moreover, the D and G bands of carbon were clearly observed at around 1,350 and 1,600 cm-1, respectively, in the Raman spectra of the C-ZW nanorods. Furthermore, lithium electroactivities of the C-ZW nanorods were evaluated using cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling. In particular, the formed C-ZW nanorods exhibited excellent electrochemical performances, with rate capabilities better than those of bare ZnWO4 nanorods at different current rates, as well as a coulombic efficiency exceeding 98%. The specific capacity of the C-ZW nanorods maintained itself at approximately 170 mAh g-1, even at a high current rate of 3 C, which is much higher than pure ZnWO4 nanorods.

  11. Gas sensing studies of pulsed laser deposition deposited WO3 nanorod based thin films.

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    Ahmad, Muhammad Z; Kang, Joonhee; Zoolfakar, Ahmad S; Sadek, Abu Z; Wlodarski, Wojtek

    2013-12-01

    WO3 nanorod based thin films were deposited via pulsed laser deposition onto quartz conductometric transducers with pre-patterned gold interdigitated transducers (IDT) employing the shortest wavelength (193 nm) ArF excimer laser. Micro-characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to study surface morphology and crystal structure. It was observed that the fabricated films showed nanocolumnar features perpendicular to the surface. The measured sizes of the nanorods were found to be approximately -50 nm in diameter. The high resolution TEM (HRTEM) image of the nanorods based WO3 showed the WO3 lattice spacing of 3.79 angstroms corresponding to the (020) plane of monoclinic WO3. Gas sensing characterizations of the developed sensors were tested towards hydrogen and ethanol at temperatures between room and 400 degrees C. The sensor exhibited high response towards H2 and ethanol at operating temperatures of 170 and 400 degrees C, respectively. The excellent sensing characteristics of WO3 films towards ethanol and H2 at low concentrations offer great potential for low cost and stable gas sensing.

  12. Characterization of PLD grown WO3 thin films for gas sensing

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Georgieva, Velichka; Stefan, Nicolaie; Stan, George E.; Mihailescu, Natalia; Visan, Anita; Mihailescu, Ion N.; Besleaga, Cristina; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2017-09-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with the aim to be applied in gas sensors. The films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and profilometry. To study the gas sensing behavior of these WO3 films, they were deposited on quartz resonators and the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method was applied to analyze their gas sensitivity. Synthesis of tetragonal-WO3 films starting from a target with predominantly monoclinic WO3 phase was observed. The films deposited at 300 °C presented a surface topology favorable for the sorption properties, consisting of a film matrix with protruding craters/cavities. QCM prototype sensors with such films were tested for NO2 sensing. The PLD grown WO3 thin films show good sensitivity and fast reaction at room temperature, even in as-deposited state. With the presented technology, the manufacturing of QCM gas sensors is simple, fast and cost-effective, and it is also suitable for energy-effective portable equipment for on-line monitoring of environmental changes.

  13. Electrical characterization of H2S adsorption on hexagonal WO3 nanowire at room temperature

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    Liu, Binquan; Tang, Dongsheng; Zhou, Yong; Yin, Yanling; Peng, Yuehua; Zhou, Weichang; Qin, Zhu'ai; Zhang, Yong

    2014-10-01

    We have characterized the electrical transport properties of Au/WO3 nanowire/Au devices in ambient air and gaseous H2S to investigate the adsorption kinetics of H2S molecules on the surface of WO3 nanowire at room temperature. The WO3 nanowire devices exhibit increasing linear conductance and electrical hysteresis in H2S. Furthermore, the contact type between Au electrode and WO3 nanowire can be converted from original ohmic/Schottky to Schottky/ohmic after being exposed to H2S. These results suggest that adsorbed H2S molecules are oxidized by holes to form hydrogen ions and S atoms, which will result in formation of hydrogen tungsten bronze and desorption of previously chemically adsorbed H2O molecules. Adsorbed H2S molecules can also oxidize previously adsorbed and ionized oxygen, which will release the electrons from the ionized oxygen and then weaken upward band bending at the surface of WO3 nanowire.

  14. Cycloidal magnetism driven ferroelectricity in double tungstate LiFe (WO4)2

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    Liu, Meifeng; Lin, Lingfang; Zhang, Yang; Li, Shaozhen; Huang, Qingzhen; Garlea, V. Ovidiu; Zou, Tao; Xie, Yunlong; Wang, Yu; Lu, Chengliang; Yang, Lin; Yan, Zhibo; Wang, Xiuzhang; Dong, Shuai; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2017-05-01

    Tungstates A WO4 with the wolframite structure characterized by the A O6 octahedral zigzag chains along the c axis can be magnetic if A =Mn , Fe, Co, Cu, Ni. Among them, MnWO4 is a unique member with a cycloid Mn2 + spin order developed at low temperature, leading to an interesting type-II multiferroic behavior. However, so far no other multiferroic material in the tungstate family has been found. In this work, we present the synthesis and the systematic study of the double tungstate LiFe (WO4)2 . Experimental characterizations including structural, thermodynamic, magnetic, neutron powder diffraction, and pyroelectric measurements unambiguously confirm that LiFe (WO4)2 is the secondly found multiferroic system in the tungstate family. The cycloidal magnetism driven ferroelectricity is also verified by density functional theory calculations. Although here the magnetic couplings between Fe ions are indirect, namely via the so-called super-super-exchanges, the temperatures of magnetic and ferroelectric transitions are surprisingly much higher than those of MnWO4.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical studies of nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} as platinum support for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Farsi, Hossein; Barzgari, Zahra

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} was fabricated by co-precipitation method. • Platinum was electrodeposited onto the surface prepared nanostructured CaWO{sub 4}. • Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite demonstrate good oxygen reduction reaction activity. - Abstract: In the present work, we employed nanostructured calcium tungstate as a supporting material for platinum, a well-known electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction. The co-precipitation method has been utilized to synthesize nanostructured calcium tungstate from aqueous solution. The structure and morphology of the obtained CaWO{sub 4} were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Preparation of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite catalyst was carried out by electrodeposition of Pt onto the surface of CaWO{sub 4}/graphite electrode. The physical properties of the catalyst were determined by scanning electron microscopy analysis and energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX). The electrochemical activity of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was investigated in acid solution by cyclic voltammetry measurements, linear sweep voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite has higher electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction in comparison with Pt/graphite catalyst.

  16. Enhancement of photoelectric response of bacteriorhodopsin by multilayered WO3 x H2O nanocrystals/PVA membrane.

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    Li, Rui; Hu, Fengping; Bao, Qiaoliang; Bao, Shujuan; Qiao, Yan; Yu, Shucong; Guo, Jun; Li, Chang Ming

    2010-02-07

    For the first time, a multilayered WO(3) x H(2)O/PVA membrane on bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is constructed to significantly enhance the photoelectric response of bR by the spillover effect of WO(3) x H(2)O nanocrystals, providing great potential in its important applications in bioelectronics and proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  17. H.sub.2O doped WO.sub.3, ultra-fast, high-sensitivity hydrogen sensors

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    Liu, Ping [Denver, CO; Tracy, C Edwin [Golden, CO; Pitts, J Roland [Lakewood, CO; Lee, Se-Hee [Lakewood, CO

    2011-03-22

    An ultra-fast response, high sensitivity structure for optical detection of low concentrations of hydrogen gas, comprising: a substrate; a water-doped WO.sub.3 layer coated on the substrate; and a palladium layer coated on the water-doped WO.sub.3 layer.

  18. Flexible electrochromics: magnetron sputtered tungsten oxide (WO3-x) thin films on Lexan (optically transparent polycarbonate) substrates

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    Uday Kumar, K.; Murali, Dhanya S.; Subrahmanyam, A.

    2015-06-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3-x) based electrochromics on flexible substrates is a topic of recent interest. The present communication reports the electrochromic properties of WO3-x thin films grown on lexan, an optically transparent polycarbonate thermoplastic substrate. The WO3-x films are prepared at room temperature (300 K) by the reactive DC magnetron sputtering technique. The physical properties of metal oxide thin films are known to be controlled by the oxygen stoichiometry of the film. In the present work, the WO3-x thin films are prepared by varying the oxygen flow rates. All the WO3-x thin films are amorphous in nature. The electrochromic performance of the WO3-x thin films is evaluated by cyclic voltammetry measurements on tin doped indium oxide (ITO) coated lexan and glass substrates. The optical band gap of WO3-x thin films grown on lexan substrates (at any given oxygen flow rate) is significantly higher than those grown on glass substrates. The coloration efficiency of WO3-x thin films (at an oxygen flow rate of 10 sccm) on lexan substrates is: 143.9 cm2 C-1 which is higher compared to that grown on glass: 90.4 cm2 C-1.

  19. A comparative study of humidity sensing and photocatalytic applications of pure and nickel (Ni)-doped WO3 thin films

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    Ramkumar, S.; Rajarajan, G.

    2017-06-01

    Nanocrystalline of pristine and nickel (Ni)-doped tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films was deposited by chemical bath deposition method. The concentrations of Ni ions were varied from 0 to 10 wt%. In order to improve the crystallinity of the films were annealed at 600 °C for 2 h in the ambient atmosphere. X-ray diffraction results reveal that the WO3 doped with nickel crystallizes in monoclinic structure and the results are in good agreement with the standard JCPDS data (card no: 83-0951). AFM micrographs reveal that average grain size of about 27-39 nm for pure and Ni-doped WO3 thin films. In addition, the band gap of the Ni-doped WO3 nanostructures is facilely tunable by controlling the Ni contents. The humidity sensor setup was fabricated and measured for pure and Ni-doped WO3 thin film sensor with various level of RH (10-90%). The Ni-doped WO3 sensor showed fast response and high sensitivity than pure WO3. The photocatalytic activities of the films were evaluated by degradation of methyl orange, methylene blue and phenol in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanostructures could be remarkably enhanced by doping the Ni impurity.

  20. Influences of porous structurization and Pt addition on the improvement of photocatalytic performance of WO3 particles.

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    Arutanti, Osi; Nandiyanto, Asep Bayu Dani; Ogi, Takashi; Kim, Tae Oh; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2015-02-11

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) displays excellent performance in solar-related material applications. However, this material is rare and expensive. Therefore, developing efficient materials using smaller amounts of WO3 is inevitable. In this study, we investigated how to create high photocatalytic performance of WO3 particles containing platinum (Pt, as a co-catalyst) and homogeneously spherical macropores (as a medium to enable access of large molecules and light penetration into the remote internal regions of the catalyst). The present particles were prepared by spray drying of a precursor solution containing WO3 nanoparticles, Pt solution, and polystyrene (PS) spheres (as a colloidal template). Photocatalytic studies showed that changes in particle morphology (from dense with smooth surfaces, to dense with rough surfaces, to porous structures) and added Pt effectively improved the photocatalytic performance over WO3 nanoparticles. Our results showed that the best precursor (prepared using a PS/WO3 mass ratio of 0.32 and containing Pt co-catalyst) provided WO3 particles with a photocatalytic rate of more than 5 times that of pure 10 nm WO3 nanoparticles. Moreover, the catalyst can be effectively recycled without an apparent decrease in its photocatalytic activity. The experimental results were also supported by a proposal mechanism of the photocatalytic reaction phenomenon.

  1. Photocatalytic energy storage ability of TiO2-WO3 composite prepared by wet-chemical technique.

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    Cao, Linglin; Yuan, Jian; Chen, Mingxia; Shangguan, Wenfeng

    2010-01-01

    TiO2-WO3 hybrid photocatalysts were prepared using wet-chemical technique, and their energy storage performance was characterized by electrochemical galvanostatic method. TiO2 powder was coupled with WO3 powder, which was used as electron pool and the reductive energy could be stored in. As a result, the prepared TiO2-WO3 had good energy storage ability while pure TiO2 showed no capacity and pure WO3 showed quite low performance. The energy storage ability was affected by the crystal structure of WO3 and calcination temperature. The photocatalyst had better capacity when WO3 had low degree of crystallinity, since its loose structure made it easier for electrons and cations to pass through. The photocatalytic energy storage performance was also affected by the molar ratio of TiO2 to WO3. Energy storage capacity was significantly dependent on the composition, reaching the maximum value at TiO2/WO3 1:1 (mol/mol).

  2. Surface Morphology and Sensing Property of NiO-WO3 Thin Films Prepared by Thermal Evaporation

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    Na, Dong-myong; Satyanarayana, L.; Choi, Gwang-Pyo; Shin, Yong-Jin; Park, Jin Seong

    2005-01-01

    WO3 and NiO-WO3 thin films of various thicknesses were deposited on an Al2O3-Si (alumina-silicon) substrate using high vacuum thermal evaporation. After annealing at 500°C for 30 minutes in air, the crystallanity and surface morphology of WO3 and NiO-WO3 thin films were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). It is observed that the WO3 thin films were resulted in cracks between the polycrystalline grains and the grain growth was increased with increasing thickness causing deteriorated sensing characteristics of the films. On the other hand, an optimum deposition of NiO on WO3 thin film has inhibited the grain growth and improved the sensitivity of the films. The inhibition is limited to a certain thickness of WO3 and NiO content (mol %) of inclusion and below or above this limitation the grain growth could not be suppressed. Moreover, the deposition sequence of NiO and WO3 is also playing a significant role in controlling the grain growth. A probable mechanism for the control of grain growth and improving the sensing property has been discussed.

  3. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of phthalic acid using spray deposited stratified WO3/ZnO thin films under sunlight illumination

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    Hunge, Y. M.; Mahadik, M. A.; Moholkar, A. V.; Bhosale, C. H.

    2017-10-01

    In the present work, stratified WO3/ZnO thin films have been prepared by simple chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The structural, morphological, compositional and photoelectrocatalytic properties of the stratified WO3/ZnO thin films are studied. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) study shows that, both short circuit current (Isc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) are (Isc = 1.023 mA and Voc = 0.980 V) relatively high at 40 ml spraying quantity of ZnO solution on pre-deposited WO3 thin films. XRD analysis reveals that stratified WO3/ZnO thin films are polycrystalline with monoclinic and hexagonal crystal structures for WO3 and ZnO respectively. The specific surface area of the stratified WO3/ZnO thin film is found to be 48.12 m2 g-1. The enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity of stratified WO3/ZnO is mainly due to the suppressing the recombination of photo generated electron-hole pairs. The end result shows that the degradation percentage of phthalic acid (PA) using stratified WO3/ZnO photo electrode has reached 63.63% after 320 min. under sunlight illumination. The amount of mineralization of phthalic acid is studied with the help of chemical oxygen demand (COD) measurement.

  4. ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu system with enhanced photocatalytic activity by photo-Fenton-like synergistic reaction

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    Song, Jimei; Wang, Hong; Hu, Gang; Zhao, Shaojuan; Hu, Haiqin; Jin, Baokang

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► A novel coupled system of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu exhibited much higher catalytic activity than pure ZnWO{sub 4} with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} under UV-light irradiation. ► The enhanced catalytic activity of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu system was due to the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and Fenton-like process. ► The possible mechanism of the synergistic effect was proposed. -- Abstract: A novel coupled system of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu, combining two different advanced oxidation processes of photocatalysis and Fenton-like for the degradation of organic dyes, was successfully synthesized. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The nanosized ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu samples exhibited much higher catalytic activity than pure ZnWO{sub 4}. In the presence of the ZC-0.2, the MB solution was completely degraded (the degradation ratio reached 97.79%); while for the ZC-0, the degradation ratio was only 72.29%. The effects of the amount of Cu on the photocatalytic performance of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu were investigated in detail. The result showed that the synergistic effect between Cu and ZnWO{sub 4} played a key role. The possible mechanism of the synergistic system was proposed.

  5. High activity of Pd-WO3/C catalyst as anodic catalyst for direct formic acid fuel cell

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    Feng, Ligang; Yan, Liang; Cui, Zhiming; Liu, Changpeng; Xing, Wei

    2011-03-01

    Pd nanoparticles supported on the WO3/C hybrid are prepared by a two-step procedure and the catalysts are studied for the electrooxidation of formic acid. For the purpose of comparison, phosphotungstic acid (PWA) and sodium tungstate are used as the precursor of WO3. Both the Pd-WO3/C catalysts have much higher catalytic activity for the electrooxidation of formic acid than the Pd/C catalyst. The Pd-WO3/C catalyst prepared from PWA shows the best catalytic activity and stability for formic acid oxidation; it also shows the maximum power density of approximately 7.6 mW cm-2 when tested with a small single passive fuel cell. The increase of electrocatalytic activity and stability is ascribed to the interaction between the Pd and WO3, which promotes the oxidation of formic acid in the direct pathway. The precursors used for the preparation of the WO3/C hybrid support have a great effect on the performance of the Pd-WO3/C catalyst. The WO3/C hybrid support prepared from PWA is beneficial to the dispersion of Pd nanoparticles, and the catalyst has potential application for direct formic acid fuel cell.

  6. ZnO nanoplates surfaced-decorated by WO3 nanorods for NH3 gas sensing application

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    Dien Nguyen, Dac; Do, Duc Tho; Hien Vu, Xuan; Vuong Dang, Duc; Chien Nguyen, Duc

    2016-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoplates and tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal treatment from zinc nitrate/potassium hydroxide and sodium tungstate/hydrochloric acid, respectively. The structure, morphology and compositions of the as-prepared WO3/ZnO nano-composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The obtained ZnO nanoplates have regular shape, single-crystal wurtzite structure with the thickness of 40 nm and 200 versus 400 nm in lateral dimensions. The WO3 nanorods possess the average diameter of 20 nm and the length of approximately 120 nm which were distributed on the surfaces of ZnO nanoplates. The WO3/ZnO nano-composites were prepared by grinding WO3 nanorods powder with ZnO nanoplates powder in various weight ratios (1:2, 1:1 and 2:1). The NH3 gas sensing properties of WO3/ZnO nano-composites were examined through the electrical resistance measurement. The gas sensing performance of the WO3/ZnO composite with weight ratio of 1:1 was better compared with that of other samples. For this sample, the maximum response to 300 ppm NH3 was 24 at the operating temperature of 250 °C. In addition, the gas sensing mechanism of the WO3/ZnO composites was discussed.

  7. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures with excellent photocatalysis and recycle properties.

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    Hou, Ya-Fei; Liu, Shu-Juan; Zhang, Jing-huai; Cheng, Xiao; Wang, You

    2014-01-21

    One-dimensional mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures are prepared using a hydrothermal method and their photocatalysis and recycle properties are investigated. Experimental results indicate that anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are coupled with hierarchical Bi2WO6 hollow tubes on their surfaces. The TiO2-Bi2WO6 structure has a mesoporous wall and the pores in the wall are on average 21 nm. The hierarchical TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity in comparison with P25, pure Bi2WO6 hollow tube and mechanical mixture of Bi2WO6 tube and TiO2 nanoparticle in the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated sunlight irradiation. The as-prepared TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures can be easily recycled through sedimentation and they retains their high photocatalytic activity during the cycling use in the simulated sunlight-driving photodegradation process of RhB. The prepared mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 with hollow superstructure is therefore a promising candidate material for water decontamination use.

  8. The band structure of WO3 and non-rigid-band behaviour in Na0.67WO3 derived from soft x-ray spectroscopy and density functional theory.

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    Chen, B; Laverock, J; Piper, L F J; Preston, A R H; Cho, S W; DeMasi, A; Smith, K E; Scanlon, D O; Watson, G W; Egdell, R G; Glans, P-A; Guo, J-H

    2013-04-24

    The electronic structure of single-crystal WO3 and Na0.67WO3 (a sodium-tungsten bronze) has been measured using soft x-ray absorption and resonant soft x-ray emission oxygen K-edge spectroscopies. The spectral features show clear differences in energy and intensity between WO3 and Na0.67WO3. The x-ray emission spectrum of metallic Na0.67WO3 terminates in a distinct Fermi edge. The rigid-band model fails to explain the electronic structure of Na0.67WO3 in terms of a simple addition of electrons to the conduction band of WO3. Instead, Na bonding and Na 3s-O 2p hybridization need to be considered for the sodium-tungsten bronze, along with occupation of the bottom of the conduction band. Furthermore, the anisotropy in the band structure of monoclinic γ-WO3 revealed by the experimental spectra with orbital-resolved geometry is explained via density functional theory calculations. For γ-WO3 itself, good agreement is found between the experimental O K-edge spectra and the theoretical partial density of states of O 2p orbitals. Indirect and direct bandgaps of insulating WO3 are determined from extrapolating separations between spectral leading edges and accounting for the core-hole energy shift in the absorption process. The O 2p non-bonding states show upward band dispersion as a function of incident photon energy for both compounds, which is explained using the calculated band structure and experimental geometry.

  9. The band structure of WO3 and non-rigid-band behaviour in Na0.67WO3 derived from soft x-ray spectroscopy and density functional theory

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    Chen, B.; Laverock, J.; Piper, L. F. J.; Preston, A. R. H.; Cho, S. W.; DeMasi, A.; Smith, K. E.; Scanlon, D. O.; Watson, G. W.; Egdell, R. G.; Glans, P.-A.; Guo, J.-H.

    2013-04-01

    The electronic structure of single-crystal WO3 and Na0.67WO3 (a sodium-tungsten bronze) has been measured using soft x-ray absorption and resonant soft x-ray emission oxygen K-edge spectroscopies. The spectral features show clear differences in energy and intensity between WO3 and Na0.67WO3. The x-ray emission spectrum of metallic Na0.67WO3 terminates in a distinct Fermi edge. The rigid-band model fails to explain the electronic structure of Na0.67WO3 in terms of a simple addition of electrons to the conduction band of WO3. Instead, Na bonding and Na 3s-O 2p hybridization need to be considered for the sodium-tungsten bronze, along with occupation of the bottom of the conduction band. Furthermore, the anisotropy in the band structure of monoclinic γ-WO3 revealed by the experimental spectra with orbital-resolved geometry is explained via density functional theory calculations. For γ-WO3 itself, good agreement is found between the experimental O K-edge spectra and the theoretical partial density of states of O 2p orbitals. Indirect and direct bandgaps of insulating WO3 are determined from extrapolating separations between spectral leading edges and accounting for the core-hole energy shift in the absorption process. The O 2p non-bonding states show upward band dispersion as a function of incident photon energy for both compounds, which is explained using the calculated band structure and experimental geometry.

  10. Synthesis and room-temperature NO2 gas sensing properties of a WO3 nanowires/porous silicon hybrid structure

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    Zeng, Peng; Zhang, Ping; Hu, Ming; Ma, Shuang-Yun; Yan, Wen-Jun

    2014-05-01

    We report on the fabrication and performance of a room-temperature NO2 gas sensor based on a WO3 nanowires/porous silicon hybrid structure. The W18O49 nanowires are synthesized directly from a sputtered tungsten film on a porous silicon (PS) layer under heating in an argon atmosphere. After a carefully controlled annealing treatment, WO3 nanowires are obtained on the PS layer without losing the morphology. The morphology, phase structure, and crystallinity of the nanowires are investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Comparative gas sensing results indicate that the sensor based on the WO3 nanowires exhibits a much higher sensitivity than that based on the PS and pure WO3 nanowires in detecting NO2 gas at room temperature. The mechanism of the WO3 nanowires/PS hybrid structure in the NO2 sensing is explained in detail.

  11. Signature of polaron formation in Na0.025WO3: Photoemission and X-ray diffraction investigations

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    Paul, Sanhita; Ghosh, Anirudha; Raj, Satyabrata

    2013-06-01

    We have carried out temperature dependent high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction studies on non-stoichiometric sodium tungsten bronzes (NaxWO3 for x=0.025). Our photoemission investigation shows evidence for polaron formation at the valence band edge and the photoemission spectra collected in different modes of the electron analyzer suggest that the density of states at valence band edge gradually moves to other k-points in the Brillouin zone with increasing temperature and explain the dynamics of polaron formation in Na0.025WO3. Infact our x-ray diffraction measurements reveal a structural modification of Na0.025WO3 around 230K. The corner sharing WO6 octadedra gets sufficiently distorted at low temperature due to displacement of tugsten and oxygen atoms from their mean position. This structural modification induces polaron formation in Na0.025WO3 below 230K.

  12. Preparation, structures and photoluminescent enhancement effect of PbWO4-TiO2 composite nanofilms

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    Run-Ping, Jia; Guo-Xin, Zhang; Qing-Sheng, Wu

    2006-12-01

    A novel route for preparing PbWO4-TiO2 nanofilms on a glass substrate is firstly proposed. The collodion is used as a dispersant and film-forming agent. The nanofilms are characterized through SEM, XRD, TG/DTA, PL and IR, respectively. The results of XRD indicate PbWO4 particles with tetragonal scheelite structure and TiO2 particles with Anatase phase, and SEM shows they are well dispersed in the substrate. Compared with nanoparticles, when TiO2 nanoparticles are added in 5% ratio, the PL intensities at 395 nm of PbWO4 nanofilms are enhanced obviously. IR spectrum reveals a large absorption band between 750 and 870 cm-1, which is the W-O stretching vibration in WO4 tetrahedron.

  13. Sunlight driven photocatalytic water splitting using nanostructured bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6)

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    Radha, R.; Sakar, M.; Bharathkumar, S.; Balakumar, S.

    2017-05-01

    Sunlight driven photocatalytic water splitting properties of nanosized Bi2WO6 have been demonstrated. Upon the structural confirmation using XRD and Raman studies, the band edge offset deduced from UV-DRS spectra showed that the energy band structure of Bi2WO6 is manifested due to electronic transition in the hybridized orbital of Bi6s and O2p to the W5d orbital. The observed Bi2WO6 nanoparticulates-assisted H2 generation from glycerol-water mixture may be attributed to the following two competitive phenomena: (i) the photocatalytic degradation of glycerol and (ii) photocatalytic splitting of water molecules, where glycerol acts as a sacrificial agent. This study sheds lights on the photocatalytic reformation of contaminated aqueous ecosystems as a green resource to produce hydrogen energy.

  14. Nanoporous WO3-Fe2O3 films; structural and photo-electrochemical characterization

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    Solarska, Renata; Bieńkowski, Krzysztof; Królikowska, Agata; Dolata, Mirosław; Augustyński, Jan

    2014-09-01

    We investigated the structure and photo-electrochemical properties for water splitting of tungsten trioxide-ferric oxide thin films formed by spray pyrolysis. While annealing at 600°C produces films consisting of a mixture of monoclinic WO3 and hematite α-Fe2O3, the heating at a temperature above 1000°C affords formation of ferric tungstate Fe2WO6. Both kinds of films exhibit optical absorption range comparable or exceeding that of α-Fe2O3. Another important feature is a decreased rate of charge recombination of the mixed-oxide Fe2O3-WO3 with respect to the ferric oxide photo-anodes.

  15. Effect of Pt Nanoparticles on the Optical Gas Sensing Properties of WO3 Thin Films

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    Qadri, Muhammad U.; Diaz Diaz, Alex Fabian; Cittadini, Michaela; Martucci, Alessandro; Pujol, Maria Cinta; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Llobet, Eduard; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc

    2014-01-01

    Thin films of tungsten trioxide were deposited on quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Different annealing temperatures in the range from 423 to 973 K were used under ambient atmosphere. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure and optical properties of the resulting WO3 thin films were studied. The surface morphology of the films is composed of grains with an average size near 70 nm for the films annealed between 773 and 973 K. Some of the WO3 thin films were also coated with Pt nanoparticles of about 45 nm in size. Spectrometric measurements of transmittance were carried out for both types of WO3 samples in the wavelength range from 200–900 nm, to determine the effect of the exposure to two different gases namely H2 and CO. Films showed fast response and recovery times, in the range of few seconds. The addition of Pt nanoparticles enables reducing the operation temperature to room temperature. PMID:24977386

  16. Understanding the synergistic effect of WO3-BiVO4 heterostructures by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Shi, Xinjian; Herraiz-Cardona, Isaac; Bertoluzzi, Luca; Lopez-Varo, Pilar; Bisquert, Juan; Park, Jong Hyeok; Gimenez, Sixto

    2016-04-07

    WO3-BiVO4 n-n heterostructures have demonstrated remarkable performance in photoelectrochemical water splitting due to the synergistic effect between the individual components. Although the enhanced functional capabilities of this system have been widely reported, in-depth mechanistic studies explaining the carrier dynamics of this heterostructure are limited. The main goal is to provide rational design strategies for further optimization as well as to extend these strategies to different candidate systems for solar fuel production. In the present study, we perform systematic optoelectronic and photoelectrochemical characterization to understand the carrier dynamics of the system and develop a simple physical model to highlight the importance of the selective contacts to minimize bulk recombination in this heterostructure. Our results collectively indicate that while BiVO4 is responsible for the enhanced optical properties, WO3 controls the transport properties of the heterostructured WO3-BiVO4 system, leading to reduced bulk recombination.

  17. Nanocasting Synthesis of Ultrafine WO3 Nanoparticles for Gas Sensing Applications.

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    Kamali Heidari, Elham; Marzbanrad, Ehsan; Zamani, Cyrus; Raissi, Babak

    2009-11-21

    Ultrafine WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by nanocasting route, using mesoporous SiO2 as a template. BET measurements showed a specific surface area of 700 m 2/gr for synthesized SiO2, while after impregnation and template removal, this area was reduced to 43 m 2/gr for WO3 nanoparticles. HRTEM results showed single crystalline nanoparticles with average particle size of about 5 nm possessing a monoclinic structure, which is the favorite crystal structure for gas sensing applications. Gas sensor was fabricated by deposition of WO3 nanoparticles between electrodes via low frequency AC electrophoretic deposition. Gas sensing measurements showed that this material has a high sensitivity to very low concentrations of NO2 at 250°C and 300°C.

  18. Facile synthesis of hierarchical hollow mesoporous Ag/WO3 spheres with high photocatalytic performance.

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    Liu, Baixiong; Wang, Jinshu; Li, Hongyi; Wu, Junshu; Zhou, Meiling; Zuo, Tieyong

    2013-06-01

    Hollow mesoporous tungsten trioxide spheres (HMTTS) have been synthesized by spray drying method combined with proper calcination and Ag/HMTTS are prepared on the basis of a silver mirror reaction. HMTTS are composed of nanoparticles with diameter of 20-70 nm. The accumulation of nanoparticles generates pores with the mean pore size of about 45 nm. The formation mechanism of hollow mesoporous structure is studied in this work. Ag in WO3 narrows the band gap and derceases the recombination possibility of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, which enhance photocatalytic activity of Ag/WO3 composites. The degradation rate of methylene blue is 98.16% under UV light illumination for 75 min and 49.07% under visible light irradiation for 150 min by Ag/WO3 composites.

  19. Effect of Pt nanoparticles on the optical gas sensing properties of WO3 thin films.

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    Qadri, Muhammad U; Diaz, Alex Fabian Diaz; Cittadini, Michaela; Martucci, Alessandro; Pujol, Maria Cinta; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Llobet, Eduard; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc

    2014-06-27

    Thin films of tungsten trioxide were deposited on quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Different annealing temperatures in the range from 423 to 973 K were used under ambient atmosphere. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure and optical properties of the resulting WO3 thin films were studied. The surface morphology of the films is composed of grains with an average size near 70 nm for the films annealed between 773 and 973 K. Some of the WO3 thin films were also coated with Pt nanoparticles of about 45 nm in size. Spectrometric measurements of transmittance were carried out for both types of WO3 samples in the wavelength range from 200-900 nm, to determine the effect of the exposure to two different gases namely H2 and CO. Films showed fast response and recovery times, in the range of few seconds. The addition of Pt nanoparticles enables reducing the operation temperature to room temperature.

  20. Metal-insulator transition in Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}: Photoemission spectromicroscopy study

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    Paul, Sanhita Ghosh, Anirudha Raj, Satyabrata

    2014-04-24

    We have investigated the validity of percolation model, which is quite often invoked to explain the metal-insulator transition in sodium tungsten bronzes, Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} by photoelectron spectromicroscopy. The spatially resolved direct spectromicroscopic probing on both the insulating and metallic phases of high quality single crystals of Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} reveals the absence of any microscopic inhomogeneities embedded in the system within the experimental limit. Neither any metallic domains in the insulating host nor any insulating domains in the metallic host have been found to support the validity of percolation model to explain the metal-insulator transition in Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}.

  1. Degradation of dimethylformamide on the surface of the nanosized WO3 films studied by infrared spectroscopy

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    Gavrilyuk, A. I.

    2016-07-01

    Here I report on the degradation of dimethylformamide on the surface of the nanosized WO3 films under the action of light. Dimethylformamide, a substance that has a series of interesting properties, was adsorbed on the surface of the WO3 films and its adsorption mechanism and transformations under the action of light have been investigated with the help of the IR spectroscopy. The spirit of the research is that both DMF modifications have been used i.e., conventional and that with the substitution of hydrogen atoms by deuterium. Formation of two weak bonds (donor-acceptor bond and hydrogen bond) provides a great catalytic effect for photo-initiated proton-coupled electron transfer from the adsorbed molecules to the WO3 film surface. The mechanism of the detachment of hydrogen atoms and subsequent transformation of the adsorbed molecules has been investigated and discussed.

  2. Synthesis of CaWO4 nanocolloidal suspension via pulsed laser ablation and its optical properties

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    Ryu, Jeong Ho; Park, Gyeong Seon; Kim, Kang Min; Lim, Chang Sung; Yoon, Jong-Won; Shim, Kwang Bo

    2007-09-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in the liquid phase was successfully employed to synthesize calcium tungstate (CaWO4) nanocolloidal suspension. The crystalline phase, particle morphology and laser ablation mechanism for the colloidal nanoparticles were investigated using XRD, TEM and SEM. The obtained colloidal suspension consisted of well-dispersed CaWO4 nanoparticles which showed a spherical shape with sizes ranging from 5 to 30 nm. The laser ablation and the nanoparticle forming process were discussed under consideration of the photo-ablation mechanism, where the nanoparticles were generated by rapid condensation of the plume in high pressured ethanol vapor. The optical properties of the prepared CaWO4 colloidal nanoparticles were analyzed in detail using XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and PL spectrophotometry. The optical band gap was estimated by Tauc and Menths law.

  3. Surface Functionalization of WO3 Thin Films with (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane and Succinic Anhydride

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    Ta, Thi Kieu Hanh; Tran, Thi Nhu Hoa; Tran, Quang Minh Nhat; Pham, Duy Phong; Pham, Kim Ngoc; Cao, Thi Thanh; Kim, Yong Soo; Tran, Dai Lam; Ju, Heongkyu; Phan, Bach Thang

    2017-06-01

    We report effects of oxygen plasma treatment on the surface functionalization of WO3 thin films with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and succinic anhydride (SA). X-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate the existence of the WO3 phase. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurement shows clear bands at 1040 cm-1 (Si-O-Si), 1556 cm-1 (N-H), 1655 cm-1 (C=O), 2937 cm-1 (C-H) and 3298 cm-1 (N-H), confirming the surface functionalization efficiency enhanced by prior treatment of oxygen plasma. It thus follows that the prior oxygen plasma treatment activates hydroxylation with more -OH groups on the WO3 surface, which can pave a highly efficient way to the surface functionalization by APTES and SA.

  4. Photoelectrochemical conversion in a WO3 coated p-Si photoelectrode: Effect of annealing temperature

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    Yoon, Ki Hyun; Shin, Choul Woo; Kang, Dong Heon

    1997-05-01

    The photoelectrochemical properties of a p-type silicon (100) electrode coated with tungsten oxide thin film were investigated as a function of annealing temperature. The variation in the annealing temperature affected the photocurrent of a WO3/p-Si electrode. A maximum photocurrent was obtained when the 500 Å WO3 thin film coated p-Si electrode was annealed at 350 °C for 1 h. A further increase in the annealing temperature and film thickness degraded the photocurrent. This can be explained in terms of electrical resistivity, carrier concentration, and depletion layer width. A WO3 thin film deposition on the p-Si shifted the flatband potential of the p-Si electrode by 0.3 V in the anodic direction, resulting in an improvement in conversion efficiency. These results are supported by x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, and capacitance measurements.

  5. Improved luminescence of CaWO4:Eu3+ microspheres by codoping Gd3+

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    Chen, Guiqiang; Wang, Fengli; Ji, Wenchao; Liu, Yanxia; Zhang, Xiao

    2016-02-01

    CaWO4:Eu3+/Gd3+ samples have been synthesized through a hydrothermal process with the assistant of trisodium citrate. The phase and morphology of samples have been characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM and TEM. The XRD results indicate that the samples have the pure scheelite phase. The SEM and TEM images show that the samples are microspheres containing lots of nanoparticles. The luminescent properties of CaWO4:Eu3+/Gd3+ samples also have been measured. Under the excitation at 278 nm, CaWO4:Eu3+/Gd3+ samples show characteristic emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions of Eu3+ ions. The codoping Gd3+ ions can improve the emission intensity highly. Also, the samples show good thermal stability.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of assembled sphere-like WO3 architectures and their gas-sensing properties

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    Zhang, Hejing; Liu, Tianmo; Huang, Long; Guo, Weiwei; Liu, Dejun; Zeng, Wen

    2012-04-01

    Unique assembled sphere-like WO3 architectures were successfully synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method in the presence of malic acid followed by subsequent heat treatment. We found that malic acid played a significant role in governing morphologies of WO3·xH2O precursors during hydrothermal process. A possible formation mechanism was also proposed in detail. Experimental results showed that the optimized hydrothermal precursor could be dehydrated to mixed composition of hexagonal and monoclinic WO3 with the unique sphere-like porous architecture after being annealed at 400 °C for 2.5 h. Besides, gas-sensing measurement indicated that the well-defined 3D assembled sphere-like architectures exhibited the highest sensor response to ethanol at the optimal temperature of 250 °C among the samples.

  7. Structural investigations of TiO2-WO3-Au porous composites

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    Rusu, M.; Baia, M.; Pap, Zs.; Danciu, V.; Baia, L.

    2014-09-01

    In the present study, a morpho-structural analysis of heat treated TiO2-WO3-Au aerogel composites is presented. Simultaneously, the influence of the loaded Au nanoparticles on the morphological and structural characteristics of the TiO2-WO3 aerogel is also analyzed. X-ray diffraction data (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy measurements indicated that TiO2 crystallizes mainly in anatase phase, while the WO3 structure remains amorphous. The morphological features of the samples, i.e. crystallites mean size, particle size distribution, and specific surface area of the pores, are investigated by using XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and N2 adsorption/desorption, respectively. The results indicate a decrease in size of the titania crystallites as the tungsten oxide content increases. The diffuse reflectance spectra modified by applying a Kubelka-Munk transformation reveal that the presence of gold nanoparticles improves the material's response in the visible domain.

  8. Nitrogen-incorporation induced changes in the microstructure of nanocrystalline WO3 thin films

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    Vemuri, Venkata Rama Sesha R.; Noor-A-Alam, M.; Gullapalli, Satya K.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ramana, C.V.

    2011-12-30

    Nitrogen doped tungsten oxide (WO3) films were grown by reactive magnetron sputter-deposition by varying the nitrogen content in the reactive gas mixture keeping the deposition temperature fixed at 400 C. The crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical composition, and electrical resistivity of nitrogen doped WO3 films were evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrical conductivity measurements. The results indicate that the nitrogen-doping induced changes in the microstructure and electrical properties of WO3 films are significant. XRD measurements coupled with SEM analysis indicates that the increasing nitrogen content decreases the grain size and crystal quality. The nitrogen concentration increases from 0 at.% to 1.35 at.% with increasing nitrogen flow rate from 0 to 20 sccm. The corresponding dc electrical conductivity of the films had shown a decreasing trend with increasing nitrogen content.

  9. Improved Gas Response at Room Temperature of Activated Nanocrystalline WO3 Films

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    Reyes, L. F.; Saukko, S.; Hoel, A.; Lantto, V.; Granqvist, C. G.; Lappalainen, J.

    2004-01-01

    Advanced reactive gas deposition was used to produce pure and Auactivated nanocrystalline WO3 films for gas-sensing studies. Many different methods such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize structural properties of the films. The WO3 particles in the films had the high-temperature tetragonal crystal structure after deposition, and the average crystallite size was about 10nm. The effect of sintering on structural, electrical, and gassensing properties of both pure and Au-activated WO3 films was also studied. Gas response experiments with films on alumina substrate were done at different operation temperatures, from room temperature up to about 450°C, at exposure to different concentrations of H2S and H2 in dry synthetic air.

  10. Anomalous spin state of Fe in double perovskite oxide Sr 2FeWO 6

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    Kawanaka, H.; Hase, I.; Toyama, S.; Nishihara, Y.

    2000-07-01

    In the series of Sr 2FeTO 6 (T=4d or 5d), the valence of Fe is 3+ in most of the compounds. However, recently we have found that the Sr 2FeWO 6 has Fe 2+ state. Sr 2FeWO 6 is an insulator with an antiferromagnetic transition temperature of 37 K. From the Mössbauer experiment, below ∼20 K, a center shift of +1.2 mm/ s relative to metallic iron and a quadrupole splitting of 1.9 mm/ s are obtained. The quadrupole splitting has strong temperature dependence. The hyperfine field is ∼110 kOe which seems to be quite small. We concluded that the iron ground state of Sr 2FeWO 6 is Fe 2+ high-spin ( S=2) state.

  11. Understanding the Potential of WO3 Based Sensors for Breath Analysis

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    Staerz, Anna; Weimar, Udo; Barsan, Nicolae

    2016-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide is the second most commonly used semiconducting metal oxide in gas sensors. Semiconducting metal oxide (SMOX)-based sensors are small, robust, inexpensive and sensitive, making them highly attractive for handheld portable medical diagnostic detectors. WO3 is reported to show high sensor responses to several biomarkers found in breath, e.g., acetone, ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, toluene, and nitric oxide. Modern material science allows WO3 samples to be tailored to address certain sensing needs. Utilizing recent advances in breath sampling it will be possible in the future to test WO3-based sensors in application conditions and to compare the sensing results to those obtained using more expensive analytical methods. PMID:27801881

  12. Synthesis and photo-degradation application of WO3/TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Lv, Kezhen; Li, Jie; Qing, Xiaoxia; Li, Wenzhang; Chen, Qiyuan

    2011-05-15

    A WO(3)/TiO(2) composite, hollow-sphere photocatalyst with average diameter of 320 nm and shell thickness of 50 nm was successfully prepared using a template method. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra illustrated that the main absorption edges of the WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres were red-shifted compared to the TiO(2) hollow spheres, indicating an extension of light absorption into the visible region of the composite photocatalyst. The WO(3) and TiO(2) phases were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. BET isotherms revealed that the specific surface area and average pore diameter of the hollow spheres were 40.95 m(2)/g and 19 nm, respectively. Photocatalytic experiments indicate that 78% MB was degraded by WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres under visible light within 80 min. Under the same conditions, only 24% MB can be photodegraded by TiO(2). The photocatalytic mineralization of MB, catalyzed by TiO(2) and WO(3)/TiO(2), proceeded at a significantly higher rate under UV irradiation than that under visible light, and more significant was the increase in the apparent rate constant with the WO(3)/TiO(2) composite semiconductor material which was 3.2- and 3.5-fold higher than with the TiO(2) material under both UV and visible light irradiation. The increased photocatalytic activity of the coupled nanocomposites was attributed to photoelectron/hole separation efficiency and the extension of the wavelength range of photoexcitation.

  13. Photoluminescence in the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} system at room temperature

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    Porto, S.L.; Longo, E.; Simoes, L.G.P.; Lima, S.J.G.; Ferreira, J.M.; Soledade, L.E.B.; Espinoza, J.W.M.; Cassia-Santos, M.R.; Maurera, M.A.M.A.; Paskocimas, C.A.; Santos, I.M.G. Souza, A.G.

    2008-08-15

    In this work, a study was undertaken about the structural and photoluminescent properties, at room temperature, of powder samples from the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} (x=0-1.0) system, synthesized by a soft chemical method and heat treated between 400 and 700 deg. C. The material was characterized using Infrared, UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy and XRD. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, which is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}. The PL emission spectra could be separated into two Gaussian curves. The lower wavelength peak is placed around 530 nm, and the higher wavelength peak at about 690 nm. Similar results were reported in the literature for both CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}. - Graphical abstract: The structural and room temperature photoluminescence of Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO4 synthesized by a soft chemical method was studied. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, that is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}.

  14. One-dimensional WO{sub 3} and its hydrate: One-step synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterization

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    Iwu, Kingsley O.; Galeckas, Augustinas; Rauwel, Protima; Kuznetsov, Andrej Y.; Norby, Truls

    2012-01-15

    We report on a one-step hydrothermal growth of one-dimensional (1D) WO{sub 3} nanostructures, using urea as 1D growth-directing agent and a precursor free of metals other than tungsten. By decreasing the pH of the starting solution, the size of the nanostructures was reduced significantly, this development being accompanied by the realization of phase pure hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanorods (elimination of monoclinic impurity phase) and a red shift in optical absorption edge. Surface analyses indicated the presence of reduced tungsten species in the WO{sub 3} nanostructures, which increased two-fold in a hydrated WO{sub 3} phase obtained with further decrease in pH. We suggest that oxygen vacancies are responsible for this defect state in WO{sub 3}, while protons are responsible or contribute significantly to the same in the hydrated phase. - Graphical abstract: The figure illustrates the role of pH in morphological and absorption edge evolution of WO{sub 3} (hydrate) as well as the variation in the concentration of defect electrons between anhydrous and hydrated WO{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer WO{sub 3} nanorods prepared in a one step procedure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HCl (aq) enables phase pure WO{sub 3} nanorods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HCl (aq) induces significant reduction in dimension of and red shift in absorption edge of nanorods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer W{sup 5+} detected in hydrothermal WO{sub 3} phase, the concentration of which increases in the hydrated phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer W{sup 5+} from the two phases due to different positive defects.

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of uniform WO{sub 3} submicrospheres using thiourea as an assistant agent

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    Su, X.T.; Xiao, F.; Lin, J.L.; Jian, J.K.; Li, Y.N.; Sun, Q.J.; Wang, J.D.

    2010-08-15

    Nearly monodisperse tungsten trioxide submicrospheres have been synthesized with tungsten acid and HCl as the starting materials and thiourea as a structure-directing agent through a facile hydrothermal method. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray, respectively. The results show that the WO{sub 3} submicrospheres are monodisperse with a diameter of about 800-1000 nm. The morphology of the products gradually evolutes from rods to spheres with increase of the reaction time. The formation mechanism of the WO{sub 3} submicrospheres is primarily discussed.

  16. Exposure of WO3 Photoanodes to Ultraviolet Light Enhances Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Li, Tengfei; He, Jingfu; Peña, Bruno; Berlinguette, Curtis P

    2016-09-28

    Exposure of WO3 photoanodes to sustained irradiation by ultraviolet (UV) light induces a morphology change that enhances the photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). A 30% enhancement in photocurrent density at 1.23 V vs RHE was measured despite a nominal change in onset potential. A structural and electrochemical analysis of the films before and after exposure to UV irradiation indicates that a higher film porosity and correspondingly higher specific surface area is responsible for the enhancement in PEC activity. The effect of prolonged UV irradiation on the WO3 films is fundamentally different to that which was previously observed for BiVO4 films.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of NiWO4 crystals for high performance non-enzymatic glucose biosensors

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    Mani, Sivakumar; Vediyappan, Veeramani; Chen, Shen-Ming; Madhu, Rajesh; Pitchaimani, Veerakumar; Chang, Jia-Yaw; Liu, Shang-Bin

    2016-01-01

    A facile hydrothermal route for the synthesis of ordered NiWO4 nanocrystals, which show promising applications as high performance non-enzymatic glucose sensor is reported. The NiWO4-modified electrodes showed excellent sensitivity (269.6 μA mM−1 cm−2) and low detection limit (0.18 μM) for detection of glucose with desirable selectivity, stability, and tolerance to interference, rendering their prospective applications as cost-effective, enzyme-free glucose sensors. PMID:27087561

  18. End pumped yellow laser performance of Dy3+:ZnWO4

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    Xia, Zhongchao; Yang, Fugui; Qiao, Liang; Yan, Fengpo

    2017-03-01

    We report an end pumped single transverse-mode (TEM00) yellow laser based on Dy3+:ZnWO4 crystal. The pump light is InGaN blue laser diode at 450 nm with the maximum power of 1.5 W. A 3 cm length Dy3+:ZnWO4 crystal served as the gain medium. By way of the square filter, we discuss the TEM00 properties. In continuous-wave operation and single transverse-mode, a maximum output power of 0.110 W and a slope efficiency of 13.0% are achieved at an emission wavelength of 575 nm.

  19. Surface morphology-controlled fabrication of Na2WO4 films with high structural stability

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    Yang, Dachi; Hernandez, Jose A.; Katiyar, Ram S.; Fonseca, Luis F.

    2016-06-01

    Films with designed surface morphologies are of great importance for high-performance devices and other applications such as gas sensors and catalysts. Na2WO4 films with various surface morphologies have been fabricated via physical evaporation inside the chamber created by approaching mouth to mouth two alumina boats containing precursors and by covering alumina boat with aluminum foil, respectively. The temperature-dependence Raman investigation reveals red shifting of the Raman peaks with increasing temperature in all cases. The observed Raman shifts are relatively small confirming high stability of the Na2WO4 films within the investigated temperature range.

  20. Ab-initio structure determination of β-La 2WO 6

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    Chambrier, M.-H.; Kodjikian, S.; Ibberson, R. M.; Goutenoire, F.

    2009-02-01

    The structure of the low-temperature form of β-La 2WO 6 has been determined from laboratory X-ray, neutron time-of-flight and electron diffraction data. This tungstate crystallizes in the non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic space group (no. 19) P2 12 12 1, with Z=8, a=7.5196(1) Å, b=10.3476(1) Å, c=12.7944(2) Å, and a measured density 7.37(1) g cm -3. The structure consists of tungsten [WO 6] octahedra and tetrahedral [OLa 4]. Tungsten polyhedra are connected such that [W 2O 11] 10- units are formed.

  1. Structural analysis and optical properties of the Bi2–xYxWO6 system

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    Pasternak, S.; Levy, D.; Paz, Y.

    2016-01-01

    Photocatalytic conversion of solar energy into chemical energy has attracted considerable interest for several decades. One compound already reported as a visible-light-active photocatalyst for water splitting is BiYWO6, a member of the Bi2–xYxWO6 family of compounds. The structural and optical properties of other members of this family have not been reported to date. In this work, we synthesized various compositions of Bi2–xYxWO6, studied their optical properties, and report their structural parameters obtained by utilizing powder diffraction coupled with Rietveld refinement. PMID:28066155

  2. Distinctions in the Raman Spectroscopy Features of WO3 Materials with Increasing Temperature

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    Garcia-Sanchez, Raul F.; Misra, Prabhakar

    2014-06-01

    Metal oxides are widely used in gas sensor applications due to their low cost, easy production and selectivity. Tungsten Oxide (WO3) is one of the most used metal oxides in the detection of Nitrogen gases (NOx). The purpose of this research is to determine if the Raman features of a metal oxide gas sensor can serve as tools to make estimates regarding the sensor capabilities related to the target gases. This research will be used for gas sensing of oxidizing/reducing toxic gases (i.e. H2S, NOx, SO2, etc.) and finding the effect that temperature, gas concentration, type of gas, exposure time and other variables have on the Raman spectra of metal oxides. In this experiment, the temperature was increased from 30-160 °C and the Raman data was taken using a 780 nm infrared laser. In two of the samples, WO3 on Silicon substrate and WO3 nanopowder, we found vibrational modes at 807, 716 and 271 cm-1, which are indicators of a monoclinic WO3 structure. The WO3 nanowires samples exhibit the O-W-O bond stretching feature is present and asymmetric stretching of the W-O bonds occurs, resulting in a 750 cm-1 band. The intensity of Raman features such as 750 cm-1 for nanowires and 492 and 670 cm-1 for WO3 on Silicon substrate begins to decay as temperature increases. Additionally, the vibrational modes related to O-H and W-OH become more pronounced as temperature increases due to those bonds reacting more strongly to the temperature change than the normal W-O bonds related to the original lattice structure. Finally, all samples have low-frequency phonon mode markers associated with temperature change, and in most cases these change as temperature increases. The understanding of the thermal effects will help develop theoretical models for the identification of specific metal oxide-gas relationships and provide a supplemental way of observing gas adsorption in addition to current conductivity measurements.

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis of NiWO4 crystals for high performance non-enzymatic glucose biosensors

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    Mani, Sivakumar; Vediyappan, Veeramani; Chen, Shen-Ming; Madhu, Rajesh; Pitchaimani, Veerakumar; Chang, Jia-Yaw; Liu, Shang-Bin

    2016-04-01

    A facile hydrothermal route for the synthesis of ordered NiWO4 nanocrystals, which show promising applications as high performance non-enzymatic glucose sensor is reported. The NiWO4-modified electrodes showed excellent sensitivity (269.6 μA mM-1 cm-2) and low detection limit (0.18 μM) for detection of glucose with desirable selectivity, stability, and tolerance to interference, rendering their prospective applications as cost-effective, enzyme-free glucose sensors.

  4. Electronic polarizability and interaction parameter of gadolinium tungsten borate glasses with high WO{sub 3} content

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    Taki, Yukina; Shinozaki, Kenji; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Dimitrov, Vesselin; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2014-12-15

    Glasses with the compositions of 25Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}–xWO{sub 3}–(75−x)B{sub 2}O{sub 3} with x=25–65 were prepared by using a conventional melt quenching method, and their electronic polarizabilities, optical basicities Λ(n{sub o}), and interaction parameters A(n{sub o}) were estimated from density and refractive index measurements in order to clarify the feature of electronic polarizability and bonding states in the glasses with high WO{sub 3} contents. The optical basicity of the glasses increases monotonously with the substitution of WO{sub 3} for B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and contrary the interaction parameter decreases monotonously with increasing WO{sub 3} content. A good linear correlation was observed between Λ(n{sub o}) and A(n{sub o}) and between the glass transition temperature and A(n{sub o}). It was proposed that Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxide belongs to the category of basic oxide with a value of A(n{sub o})=0.044 Å{sup −3} as similar to WO{sub 3}. The relationship between the glass formation and electronic polarizability in the glasses was discussed, and it was proposed that the glasses with high WO{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} contents would be a floppy network system consisting of mainly basic oxides. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the correlation between the optical basicity and interaction parameter in borate-based glasses. The data obtained in the present study for Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}–WO{sub 3}–B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses are locating in the correlation line for other borate glasses. These results shown in Fig. 8 clearly demonstrate that Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}–WO{sub 3}–B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses having a wide range of optical basicity and interaction parameter are regarded as glasses consisting of acidic and basic oxides. - Highlights: • Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}–WO{sub 3}–B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses with high WO{sub 3} contents were prepared. • Electronic polarizability and interaction parameter were estimated. • Optical basicity increases

  5. Synthesis and characterization of novel WO{sub 3} loaded Ag–ZnO and its photocatalytic activity

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    Subash, B.; Krishnakumar, B.; Pandiyan, V.; Swaminathan, M.; Shanthi, M.

    2013-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► A novel WO{sub 3} loaded Ag–ZnO was prepared by a simple solvothermal method. ► ‘Ag’ traps the electron from both ZnO and WO{sub 3} reducing electro–hole recombination. ► WO{sub 3}–Ag–ZnO is more efficient than Ag–ZnO, WO{sub 3}–ZnO, Ag–WO{sub 3} and undoped catalysts. ► WO{sub 3}–Ag–ZnO material will be much useful for the treatment of dye effluents. -- Abstract: A novel WO{sub 3} loaded Ag–ZnO photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by a simple solvothermal method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) images, energy dispersive spectrum (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}–Ag–ZnO was investigated for the degradation of RR 120 and RO 4 dyes in aqueous solution using UV-A light. WO{sub 3}–Ag–ZnO is found to be more efficient than Ag–ZnO, WO{sub 3}–ZnO, Ag–WO{sub 3}, commercial ZnO, prepared ZnO, TiO{sub 2}-P25 and TiO{sub 2} (Merck) at neutral pH for the mineralization of dyes. First time we have reported that novel WO{sub 3} loaded Ag–ZnO has been found to be very efficient for two azo dyes removal when compared to commercially available catalyst (Degussa P25, ZnO (Merck) and TiO{sub 2} (Merck)). The mineralization of dyes has been confirmed by chemical oxygen demand (COD) measurements. A mechanism of degradation has been proposed for the higher efficiency of WO{sub 3}–Ag–ZnO.

  6. Numerical model of the catchments of the oziąbel and wołczyński strumień rivers - Wołczyn municipality

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    Olichwer, Tomasz; Wcisło, Marek; Staśko, Stanisław; Buczyński, Sebastian; Modelska, Magdalena; Tarka, Robert

    2012-10-01

    The article presents a numerical model designed for determining groundwater dynamics and water balance of the catchments of the Oziąbel (Czarna Woda) river and the Wołczyński Strumień river in Wołczyn region. Hydrogeological mapping and modelling research covered the area of 238.9 km2. As a result of measurements performed in 2008-2009, flows were determined in major rivers and water table positions were measured at 26 points. In the major part of the area described, the water table, lying at the depth of 1.5-18.7 m, has unconfined character, and the aquifer is built of Neogene (Quaternary) sands and gravels. In the area under study, groundwaters are drawn from 6 wells with total withdrawal of 6133 m3/d. The numerical modelling was performed with the use of Visual Modflow 3.1.0 software. The area was partitioned by a discretization grid with a step size l = 250 m. The conceptual model of the hydrogeological system is based on hydrological data gathered over a period of one year, data from HYDRO bank database, cross-sections and maps. The boundaries of the modelled hydrogeological system were established on the watersheds of the Wołczyński Strumień river and the Oziąbel river, apart from the areas where they run together. The modelled area was extended (271.5 km2) around the Wołczyński Strumień river catchment to achieve a more effective mapping of the anthropogenic impact on its balance and the hydrodynamic system of the catchment area. The structure is characterised by the occurrence of one or rarely two aquifers separated by a pack of Quaternary clays. The investigation produced a detailed water balance and its components.

  7. Dopant-dependent reflectivity and refractive index of microcrystalline HxWO3 and LixWO3 bronze thin films.

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    Hussain, Zahid

    2002-11-01

    Reflectivity spectra of HxWO3 and LiWO3 thin films were measured over the photon energy range from 0.4 to 4.2 eV. It was found that microcrystalline tungsten bronzes have reflectances of 8%-30% over the dopant concentration range x (0 < or = x < or = 0.25). Values for the real part of refractive index n were also determined from the refined reflectivity data. The optical data are interpreted by use of a modified Drude-Zener model together with a single-oscillator model to differentiate between bound and free electronic states. The values of high-frequency dielectric constant epsilon(hf) of MxWO3 (M = H+, Li+) bronzes were determined from the refractive-index data for estimation of the effective electronic masses involved in optical and polaronic transitions. A single-oscillator model showed that oscillator energy Ea and dispersion energy Ed increased and decreased, respectively, with increasing x values, opposite what occurs in crystalline tungsten bronzes. These findings support the fact that Bloch electrons are almost absent; instead, the polaronic species (W5+ and W4+) are assumed to control the reflectivity modifications (or variations in the refractive index) that are associated with the microcrystalline tungsten bronzes.

  8. Bifunctional MoO3-WO3/Ag/MoO3-WO3 Films for Efficient ITO-Free Electrochromic Devices.

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    Dong, Wenjie; Lv, Ying; Xiao, Lili; Fan, Yi; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Xingyuan

    2016-12-14

    Dielectric-metal-dielectric (DMD) trilayer films, served as both electrochromic (EC) film and transparent conductor (TC), have exhibited great potential application in low-cost, ITO-free electrochromic devices (ECDs). However, recent reports on the DMD-based ECDs revealed that the response time and the optical modulation properties were not very satisfactory. Here, the mixed MoO3-WO3 materials were first introduced as the dielectric layer to construct an EC-TC bifunctional MoO3-WO3/Ag/MoO3-WO3 (MWAMW) film, which demonstrates strong and broad-band optical modulation in the visible light region, fast color-switching time (2.7 s for coloration and 4.1 s for bleaching), along with high coloration efficiency (70 cm(2) C(-1)). The electrical structure and electrochemical reaction kinetics analysis revealed that the improved EC performances are associated with the increased electron intervalence transition together with the fast charge-transfer and ion-diffusion dynamics.

  9. Ultrafast coloring-bleaching performance of nanoporous WO3-SiO2 gasochromic films doped with Pd catalyst.

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    Li, Dezeng; Wu, Guangming; Gao, Guohua; Shen, Jun; Huang, Fuqiang

    2011-12-01

    The gasochromic performance and durability of WO(3)-based films can be improved by doping SiO(2) particles within WO(3) matrix forming nanoporous supporting network and dispersing Pd catalyst inside films with enhanced catalytic activity. Nanoporous WO(3)-SiO(2) composite films loaded with Pd catalyst were prepared by sol-gel dip-coating process and served as an active chromogenic layer to fabricate a double-glazed gasochromic device. The structure, morphology, optical properties and gasochromic performance of WO(3)-SiO(2) films were fully investigated. The WO(3)-SiO(2) films exhibit excellent gasochromic performance with ultrafast coloring rate of 14.8% per second (%/s) (WO(3): 2.84%/s) and bleaching rate of 44.1%/s (WO(3): 7.18%/s). The transmittance changed between 17.8 and 74.6% during coloring-bleaching cycles, and totally reversibility and stability were achieved. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  10. Synthesis of polyethylene glycol (PEG) assisted tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoparticles for L-dopa bio-sensing applications.

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    Hariharan, V; Radhakrishnan, S; Parthibavarman, M; Dhilipkumar, R; Sekar, C

    2011-09-30

    Nanocrystalline tungsten oxides (WO(3-δ)) are currently receiving a lot of attention because of their interesting electrical, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties. In this report, we present the synthesis of PEG assisted tungsten oxide (WO(3)) nanoparticles by simple household microwave irradiation (2.45 GHz) method. The samples were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis (TG/DTA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible diffusion reflectance spectroscopy (UV-VIS-DRS), cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Powder XRD results revealed that both the samples prepared with and without surfactant crystallize in the orthorhombic structure corresponding to WO(3) · H(2)O phase. Subsequent annealing under identical conditions (600°C/air/6h) led to significantly different products i.e. monoclinic W(17)O(47) from surfactant free sample and orthorhombic WO(3) from PEG assisted sample. Blue emission was observed through UV-VIS-DRS with blue shift and the band gap energy was estimated as 2.7 and 3.28 eV for PEG assisted as prepared (WO(3) · H(2)O) and annealed samples (WO(3)) respectively. Electrochemical measurements have been performed on all the samples deposited on the surface of glassy carbon (GC) electrode which showed high sensitivity and good selectivity for PEG assisted sample (WO(3) · H(2)O) for the direct detection of L-dopa. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Experimental and theoretical investigation of a mesoporous K(x)WO3 material having superior mechanical strength.

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    Dey, Sonal; Anderson, Sean T; Mayanovic, Robert A; Sakidja, Ridwan; Landskron, Kai; Kokoszka, Berenika; Mandal, Manik; Wang, Zhongwu

    2016-02-07

    Mesoporous materials with tailored properties hold great promise for energy harvesting and industrial applications. We have synthesized a novel tungsten bronze mesoporous material (K(x)WO3; x ∼ 0.07) having inverse FDU-12 type pore symmetry and a crystalline framework. In situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements of the mesoporous K(0.07)WO3 show persistence of a highly ordered meso-scale pore structure to high pressure conditions (∼18.5 GPa) and a material with remarkable mechanical strength despite having ∼35% porosity. Pressure dependent in situ SAXS measurements reveal a bulk modulus κ = 44 ± 4 GPa for the mesoporous K(x)WO3 which is comparable to the corresponding value for the bulk monoclinic WO3 (γ-WO3). Evidence from middle angle (MAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Raman spectroscopy shows that the presence of potassium leads to the formation of a K-bearing orthorhombic tungsten bronze (OTB) phase within a monoclinic WO3 host structure. Our ab initio molecular dynamics calculations show that the formation of the OTB phase provides superior strength to the mesoporous K(0.07)WO3.

  12. Physical properties and surface/interface analysis of nanocrystalline WO3 films grown under variable oxygen gas flow rates

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    Vemuri, R. S.; Carbjal-Franco, G.; Ferrer, D. A.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ramana, Chintalapalle V.

    2012-10-15

    Nanocrystalline WO3 films were grown by reactive magnetron sputter-deposition in a wide range of oxygen gas flow rates while keeping the deposition temperature fixed at 400 oC. The physical characteristics of WO3 films were evaluated using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. Physical characterization indicates that the thickness, grain size, and density of WO3 films are sensitive to the oxygen gas flow rate during deposition. XRD data indicates the formation of tetragonal WO3 films. The grain size increases from 21 to 25 nm with increasing oxygen gas flow rate to 65%, at which point the grain size exhibits a decreasing trend to attain the lowest value of 15 nm at 100% oxygen. TEM analysis provides a model consisting of isotropic WO3 film (nanocrystalline)-SiO2 interface (amorphous)-Si(100) substrate. XRR simulations, which are based on this model, provide excellent agreement to the experimental data indicating that the normalized thickness of WO3 films decreases with the increasing oxygen gas flow rate. The density of WO3 films increases with increasing oxygen gas flow rate.

  13. Enhanced structural and optical properties of the polyaniline-calcium tungstate (PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite for electronics applications

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    Sabu, N. Aloysius; Francis, Xavier; Anjaly, Jose; Sankararaman, S.; Varghese, Thomas

    2017-06-01

    In this article, we report the synthesis and characterization of polyaniline-calcium tungstate nanocomposite, a novel material for potential applications. The PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite was prepared by in situ oxidative polymerization of aniline in the presence of CaWO4 nanoparticles dispersed in ethanol. Investigations using X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite of PANI with CaWO4 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy revealed almost uniform distribution of CaWO4 nanoparticles in the polyaniline matrix. These studies also confirmed electronic structure modification as a result of incorporating CaWO4 nanoparticles in PANI. Composite formation resulted in large decrease in the optical band gap and enhanced photoluminescence. The augmented structural, optical and photoluminescence properties of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite can be used to explore potential applications in micro- and optoelectronics. This is the first report presenting synthesis and characterization of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite.

  14. Reduced graphene oxide wrapped Bi2WO6 hybrid with ultrafast charge separation and improved photoelectrocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Huan; Liang, Yinghua; Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan; Cui, Wenquan

    2017-01-01

    A reduced graphene oxide (rGO) wrapped Bi2WO6 (Bi2WO6@rGO) hybrid as photoelectrode for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of organic pollutants is reported, which exhibited excellent charge separation and photoconversion efficiency. The core@shell structured Bi2WO6@rGO photoelectrode yielded a pronounced 1.56-fold and 23.8-fold photocurrent density at 1.0 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE), than that of loading structured Bi2WO6-rGO and pure Bi2WO6. The Bi2WO6@rGO hybrid exhibited enhanced photoelectrocatalytic efficiency for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB), which was 43.0% and 65.6% higher than that of photocatalytic (PC) and electrocatalytic (EC) processes, respectively. The enhancement in PEC degradation of RhB benefited from: (1) a strong interaction and a wide range of conjugation were formed in the core@shell system; (2) a 0.26 V of flat band potential was negatively shifted in case of Bi2WO6@rGO composite; (3) the photogenerated electrons and holes could be spatially separated by external electric potentials.

  15. Improved WO3 photocatalytic efficiency using ZrO2 and Ru for the degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin.

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    Gar Alalm, Mohamed; Ookawara, Shinichi; Fukushi, Daisuke; Sato, Akira; Tawfik, Ahmed

    2016-01-25

    The photocatalytic degradation of carbofuran (pesticide) and ampicillin (pharmaceutical) using synthesized WO3/ZrO2 nanoparticles under simulated solar light was investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectra analyses were used to characterize the prepared catalysts. The optimum ratio of WO3 to ZrO2 was determined to be 1:1 for the degradation of both contaminants. The degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin by WO3/ZrO2 after 240 min of irradiation was 100% and 96%, respectively. Ruthenium (Ru) was employed as an additive to WO3/ZrO2 to enhance the photocatalytic degradation rate. Ru/WO3/ZrO2 exhibited faster degradation rates than WO3/ZrO2. Furthermore, 100% and 97% degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin, respectively, was achieved using Ru/WO3/ZrO2 after 180 min of irradiation. The durability of the catalyst was investigated by reusing the same suspended catalyst, which achieved 92% of its initial efficiency. The photocatalytic degradation of ampicillin and carbofuran followed pseudo-first order kinetics according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model.

  16. Hierarchical Bi2WO6 architectures decorated with Pd nanoparticles for enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities

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    Zhang, Jinniu; Chen, Tianhua; Lu, Hongbing; Yang, Zhibo; Yin, Feng; Gao, Jianzhi; Liu, Qianru; Tu, Yafang

    2017-05-01

    A new kind of hierarchical Pd-Bi2WO6 architecture decorated with different molar ratios of Pd to Bi, has been fabricated by a hydrothermal process, followed by a chemical deposition method. The photocatalytic activities of the pure Bi2WO6 and Pd-Bi2WO6 nanocatalyst were examined in the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dyes and phenol under visible light. The photocatalytic results showed that the Pd-Bi2WO6 nanocomposites possessed observably enhanced photocatalytic activities. Particularly, the 2.0% Pd loaded Bi2WO6 had the highest photocatalytic activity, exhibiting a nearly complete degradation of 30 mg/L RhB and 10 mg/L phenol within only 50 and 60 min, respectively. In addition, the trapping experiment results indicated that the photo-generated holes (h+) and rad O2- played a crucial role in the degradation of RhB. According to the experimental results, the photocatalytic degradation mechanism of Pd-Bi2WO6 was also proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activities were ascribed to the combined effects of the highly efficient separation of electrons and holes, improved visible light utilization and increased BET specific surface areas of the Pd-Bi2WO6 nanocomposites.

  17. Constructing WO3/TiO2 composite structure towards sufficient use of solar energy.

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    Su, Dan; Wang, Jingyu; Tang, Yupan; Liu, Cheng; Liu, Lifei; Han, Xijiang

    2011-04-14

    A WO(3)/TiO(2) composite is constructed with the ability to degrade organic molecules under visible irradiation, which is newly explored by UV pre-irradiation. The long lasting visible-light photoactivity and the consecutive photocatalytic process will benefit the efficient use of solar energy.

  18. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Ammonia Sensing Properties of WO3/Fe2O3 Nanorod Composites

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    Dien, Nguyen Dac; Phuoc, Luong Huu; Hien, Vu Xuan; Vuong, Dang Duc; Chien, Nguyen Duc

    2017-06-01

    WO3 nanorods (NRs) and α-Fe2O3 NRs were fabricated by hydrothermal treatment. Composites of these materials were created by mixing with ratios of 1:2, 1:1 and 2:1 in weight. Morphology, structure and composition characteristics of the WO3/Fe2O3 NRs composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analyses. The results of sensing measurements indicated that the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 2:1 exhibited fairly good sensitivity toward NH3 at 300°C and the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 1:1 can be used as a NH3 sensor with an operating temperature of 350°C. Selectivity and response-recovery times are suitable for practical applications. Finally, the mechanism for the improvement in the gas-sensing property was discussed.

  19. Flame Synthesized Single Crystal Nanocolumn-Structured WO3 Thin Films for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Ding, Jin-Rui; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    2016-02-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films have been found as an active visible light driven photoanode material for photoelectrochemical water splitting due to its good stability in aqueous solution and energetically favorable valence band position for water oxidation. Morphology control, which determines the performance of WO3 photoanode, is one of most focuses of recent research interests. In this work, we successfully prepared monoclinic WO3 thin films on ITO glass at low range of substrate temperature with a fabrication rate around 100 nm per minute by using aerosol flame deposition process. Single crystal nanocolumns with both triangular pyramid-like and triangular prism-like structure were obtained at certain process conditions. Photoelectrochemical properties of photoelectrodes assembled with both structured WO3 thin films were investigated. The prism-like nanocolumn-structured thin film generated the current density of 1.58 mAcm(-2) at potential of 1.0 V versus Ag/AgCl in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution under illumination of AM 1.5 simulated solar light (100 mVcm(-2)). It presented superior photoelectrochemical performance to pyramid-like nanocolumn-structured WO3 thin film.

  20. Effect of structure and size on the electrical properties of nanocrystalline WO3 films.

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    Vemuri, R S; Bharathi, K Kamala; Gullapalli, S K; Ramana, C V

    2010-09-01

    Nanocrystalline WO3 films were grown by reactive magnetron sputter-deposition by varying the substrate temperature in the range of 303(RT)-673 K. The structure and electrical transport properties of WO3 films were evaluated using X-ray diffraction and dc electrical conductivity measurements. The effect of ultramicrostructure and grain-size was significant on the electrical properties of WO3 films. DC conductivity variation of the WO3 films measured in the temperature range of 120-300 K reveals their semiconducting nature. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity curves exhibit two distinct regions indicative of two different types of electrical transport mechanisms. Analysis of the conductivity indicates that the small polaron and variable-range-hopping mechanisms are operative in 180-300 K and 120-180 K temperature regions, respectively. The density of localized states at the Fermi level, N(EF), has been calculated and it was found to be ∼1×10(19) eV(-1) cm(-3) for all the films.

  1. Thermally and photostimulated recombination processes in PbWO4 crystals at low temperatures

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    Novosad, S. S.; Kostyk, L. V.; Novosad, I. S.; Solskii, I. M.

    2010-11-01

    We have studied thermally and photostimulated recombination processes in PbWO4 crystals in the temperature interval 90-295 K. We have shown that after x-ray excitation of the crystal at 90 K, the thermally stimulated luminescence curve shows a relatively intense peak at 110 K and weak peaks at about 173, 191, and 232 K. Exposure of the PbWO4 crystal to IR radiation after excitation by x-ray photons leads to the appearance of photostimulated flash luminescence, a significant decrease in the intensity of the 110 K peak, and a shift of that peak to the 116 K region. But long-wavelength illumination has less of an effect on the intensity and position of the higher temperature peaks. It is assumed that F- centers are formed in the PbWO4 crystal at 90 K during x-ray exposure. The thermal light sum released by IR illumination in the temperature region 90-150 K has a maximum at ≈108 K. The nature of this maximum is connected with the complex centers [Pb3+ + (WO3-F-)]. Optical and thermal degradation of these centers leads to the appearance of emission in the green region of the localized exciton spectrum.

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Ammonia Sensing Properties of WO3/Fe2O3 Nanorod Composites

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    Dien, Nguyen Dac; Phuoc, Luong Huu; Hien, Vu Xuan; Vuong, Dang Duc; Chien, Nguyen Duc

    2017-01-01

    WO3 nanorods (NRs) and α-Fe2O3 NRs were fabricated by hydrothermal treatment. Composites of these materials were created by mixing with ratios of 1:2, 1:1 and 2:1 in weight. Morphology, structure and composition characteristics of the WO3/Fe2O3 NRs composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analyses. The results of sensing measurements indicated that the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 2:1 exhibited fairly good sensitivity toward NH3 at 300°C and the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 1:1 can be used as a NH3 sensor with an operating temperature of 350°C. Selectivity and response-recovery times are suitable for practical applications. Finally, the mechanism for the improvement in the gas-sensing property was discussed.

  3. Environmentally friendly aqueous solution synthesis of hierarchical CaWO4 microspheres at room temperature.

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    Wang, Wenshou; Zhen, Liang; Xu, Chengyan; Zhang, Baoyou; Shao, Wenzhu

    2008-03-01

    An environmentally friendly route for the synthesis of hierarchical CaWO4 microspheres with novel morphology at room temperature has been successfully developed. CaCl2 and Na2WO4 were used as reaction regents, and distilled water was used as an environmentally friendly solvent. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence spectroscopy. This green wet-chemical route provides a simple, one-step, low-cost approach for the large-scale synthesis of hierarchical CaWO4 microspheres with relatively uniform diameters of 3-6 microm. The hierarchical microspheres are built up with numerous nanorods with an average diameter of 50 nm, which are radially oriented to the microsphere center. SEM observations of different intermediates indicate the possible growth process, in which the hierarchical structure growth is from nuclei through kayak-like, rod-like, peanut-like, dumbbell-like, and peach-like structures to final microspheres, via "self-assembled preferential end growth" of kayak-like particles in aqueous solution. The hierarchical CaWO4 microspheres exhibit a strong, broad blue emission peak of 412 nm.

  4. Formation and electrochemical characterization of anodic ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide nanotubular arrays

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    Whitman, Stuart R.; Raja, Krishnan S.

    2014-06-01

    ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide nanotubes were synthesized by a simple electrochemical anodization route. The oxide nanotubes contained a mixture of metastable hexagonal WO3 and monoclinic (and orthorhombic) ZrO2 phases, as well as a mixed-oxide ZrW2O8 phase that showed a metastable tetragonal symmetry. Evaluation of photo-activity of the materials showed generation of photo-potentials of -85 mV and -230 mV in the as-anodized and annealed conditions. Because of the mismatch in the band edge positions of the WO3 and ZrO2 phases and the resultant relaxation of photo-generated charge carriers, no significant photo-current density could be observed. The arrays of oxide nanotubes are considered for electrochemical capacitor application because of their morphology-assisted fast charge/discharge kinetics and large surface area. Presence of a large concentration of charge defects (on the order of 1021 cm-3) and the reported high proton conductivity of the ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide rendered high capacitance, which decreased with an increase in the scan rate of cyclic voltammetry. The highest measured capacitance was 40.03 mF/cm2 at a scan rate of 10 mV/s and the lowest was 1.93 mF/cm2 at 1 V/s in 1 M sulfuric acid solution.

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis and NH3 gas sensing property of WO3 nanorods at low temperature

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    Dien Nguyen, Dac; Vuong Dang, Duc; Chien Nguyen, Duc

    2015-09-01

    One-dimensional self-assembled single-crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanostructures were synthesized by wet chemical-assisted hydrothermal processing at 120 °C for 24 h using sodium tungstate and hydrochloric acid. Urchin-like hierarchical nanorods (petal size: ∼16 nm diameter and 110 nm length) were obtained. The samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Sensors based on WO3 nanorods were fabricated by coating them on SiO2/Si substrate attached with Pt interdigitated electrodes. NH3 gas-sensing properties of WO3 nanorods were measured at different temperatures ranging from 50 °C to 350 °C and the response was evaluated as a function of ammonia gas concentration. The gas-sensing results reveal that WO3 nanorods sensor exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity to NH3 at low operating temperature (50 °C). The maximum response reached at 50 °C was 192 for 250 ppm NH3, with response and recovery times of 10 min and 2 min, respectively.

  6. Piperidine and pyrrolidine analogs as glycogen synthase activators; a patent evaluation (WO2011058122).

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    Uto, Yoshikazu

    2012-01-01

    A small series of piperidine analogs that effectively activate glycogen synthase (GS) was prepared in WO2011058122. The treatment or prophylaxis of metabolic disease and disorders by these novel GS activators is claimed. These compounds represent further variations around a structural motif explored in the prior patent publications by Roche.

  7. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; ...

    2015-12-15

    There are various orders in multiferroic materials with a frustrated spiral spin modulation inducing a ferroelectric state are extremely sensitive to small perturbations such as magnetic and electric fields, external pressure, or chemical substitutions. A classical multiferroic, the mineral Hubnerite with chemical formula MnWO4, shows three different magnetic phases at low temperature. The intermediate phase between 7.5K < T < 12.7K is multiferroic and ferroelectricity is induced by an inversion symmetry breaking spiral Mn-spin order and strong spin-lattice interactions. Furthermore, the substitution of Ni2+ (spin 1) for Mn2+ (spin 5/2) in MnWO4 and its effects on the magnetic and multiferroicmore » phases are studied. The ferroelectric phase is stabilized for low Ni content (up to 10%). Upon further Ni doping, the polarization in the ferroelectric phase is quickly suppressed while a collinear and commensurate magnetic phase, characteristic of the magnetic structure in NiWO4, appears first at higher temperature, gradually extends to lower temperature, and becomes the ground state above 30% doping. Between 10% and 30%, the multiferroic phase coexists with the collinear commensurate phase. In this concentration region, the spin spiral plane is close to the a-b plane which explains the drop of the ferroelectric polarization. Finally, the phase diagram of Mn1-xNixWO4 is derived by a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electric polarization, and neutron scattering measurements.« less

  8. Simple route to (NH4)(x)WO3 nanorods for near infrared absorption.

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    Guo, Chongshen; Yin, Shu; Dong, Qiang; Sato, Tsugio

    2012-06-07

    Described here is how to synthesize one-dimensional ammonium tungsten bronze ((NH(4))(x)WO(3)) by a facile solvothermal approach in which ethylene glycol and acetic acid were employed as solvents and ammonium paratungstate was used as a starting material, as well as how to develop the near infrared absorption properties of (NH(4))(x)WO(3) nanorods for application as a solar light control filter. The as-obtained product was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetry (TG), atomic force microscope (AFM) and UV-Vis-NIR spectra. The SEM and TEM images clearly revealed that the obtained sample possessed rod/fiber-like morphologies with diameters around 120 nm. As determined by UV-Vis-NIR optical measurement, the thin film consisted of (NH(4))(x)WO(3) nanoparticles, which can selectively transmit most visible lights, but strongly absorb the near-infrared (NIR) lights and ultraviolet rays. These interesting optical properties make the (NH(4))(x)WO(3) nanorods suitable for the solar control windows.

  9. Enhanced photocatalytic activity in anodized WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotubes

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    Nazari, M.; Golestani-Fard, F.; Bayati, R.; Eftekhari-Yekta, B.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, TiO2 and WO3-grafted TiO2 nanotubes were grown via anodizing of titanium substrates in tungstate containing electrolytes. The samples were characterized in detail by XRD, XPS, SEM, EDX, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry techniques. Besides, photocatalytic characteristics were evaluated through measuring the degradation rate of 4-chlorophenol to establish a correlation between structure and photochemical properties. We were able to control morphology and growth mode of nanotubes from a tubular to a worm-like structure by changing the electrolyte composition. The samples possessed an anatase-rutile matrix where the anatase/rutile ratio was found to increase with the concentration of tungstate in the electrolyte. We attributed this observation to change in electrical conductivity of the electrolyte and the heat generated on the substrates. It was unambiguously revealed that a composite of WO3 and TiO2 forms and, in parallel, tungsten is doped into the crystalline lattice of TiO2. The maximum photocatalytic reaction rate constant for TiO2 and WO3-TiO2 samples was determined to be 0.0131 and 0.0174 min-1 respectively. The grafting TiO2 nanotubes with WO3 enhances the photocatalytic activity mainly due to the hindrance of charge carrier recombination and the formation of a more acidic surface. We established a correlation between structure, stoichiometry, and photocatalytic characteristics of nanotubes.

  10. Electrochemical Performance of Morphologically Different Bi2WO6 Nanostructures Synthesized via a Hydrothermal Route

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    Wang, Fei; Yang, Hua; Zhang, Haimin; Su, Junyan; Wang, Xiangxian

    2017-01-01

    Morphologically different Bi2WO6 nanostructures have been synthesized via a hydrothermal route, where the morphology was tailored by varying the pH value of the precursor solution. The samples prepared at pH 1, 7, and 11 consisted of flower-like hierarchical structures with average diameter of 7 μm, irregular flake-like structures with average thickness of 90 nm, and uniform spherical structures with average size of 85 nm, respectively. The electrochemical performance of the as-prepared Bi2WO6 samples was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In 1 M KOH electrolyte at current density of 0.5 mA cm-2, the specific capacitance of the Bi2WO6 with flower-like hierarchical, flake-like, and spherical structure was measured to be 255 F g-1, 214 F g-1, and 412 F g-1, respectively. After 850 charge-discharge cycles at current density of 3 mA cm-2, the capacitance of the three samples remained at 87%, 78%, and 95% of the initial value, respectively. Among the three types of Bi2WO6 morphology, the spherical structure delivered the best electrochemical performance.

  11. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R.; Stephens, Zachary D.; Stavila, Vitalie; ...

    2015-01-06

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NT) with WO3 electrodeposited on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its Ti substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. Several adhesion layers were tested, finding that a paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length and WO3 concentration on the EC performancemore » were studied. As a result, the composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast, and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2 materials« less

  12. Characterization of MeWO 4 (Me = Ba, Sr and Ca) nanocrystallines prepared by sonochemical method

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    Thongtem, Titipun; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Somchai

    2008-09-01

    Metal tungstates (MeWO 4, Me = Ba, Sr and Ca) were successfully prepared using the corresponding Me(NO 3) 2·2H 2O and Na 2WO 4·2H 2O in ethylene glycol by the 5 h sonochemical process. The tungstate phases with scheelite structure were detected with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Their calculated lattice parameters are in accord with those of the JCPDS cards. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the presence of nanoparticles composing the products. Their average sizes are 42.0 ± 10.4, 18.5 ± 5.1 and 13.1 ± 3.3 nm for Me = Ba, Sr and Ca, respectively. Interplanar spaces of the crystals were also characterized with high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). Their crystallographic planes are aligned in systematic array. Six different vibration wavenumbers were detected using Raman spectrometer and are specified as ν1(A g), ν3(B g), ν3(E g), ν4(B g), ν2(A g) and free rotation. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra provided the evidence of scheelite structure with W-O anti-symmetric stretching vibration of [WO 4] 2- tetrahedrons at 786-883 cm -1. Photoluminescence emission of the products was detected over the range of 384-416 nm.

  13. Lattice dynamics study of scheelite tungstates under high pressure I. BaWO4

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    Manjón, F. J.; Errandonea, D.; Garro, N.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Radescu, S.; López-Solano, J.; Mujica, A.; Muñoz, A.

    2006-10-01

    Room-temperature Raman scattering has been measured in barium tungstate (BaWO4) up to 16GPa . We report the pressure dependence of all the Raman active first-order phonons of the tetragonal scheelite phase ( BaWO4-I , space group I41/a ), which is stable at normal conditions. As pressure increases the Raman spectrum undergoes significant changes around 6.9GPa due to the onset of the structural phase transition to the monoclinic BaWO4-II phase (space group P21/n ). This transition is only completed above 9.5GPa . A further change in the spectrum is observed at 7.5GPa related to a scheelite-to-fergusonite transition. The scheelite, BaWO4-II , and fergusonite phases coexist up to 9.0GPa due to the sluggishness of the I→II phase transition. Further to the experimental study, we have performed ab initio lattice dynamics calculations that have greatly helped us in assigning and discussing the pressure behavior of the observed Raman modes of the three phases.

  14. Lattice dynamics study of scheelite tungstates under high pressure II. PbWO4

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    Manjon, F. J.; Errandonea, D.; Garro, N.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; López-Solano, J.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Radescu, S.; Mujica, A.; Muñoz, A.

    2006-10-01

    Room-temperature Raman scattering has been measured in lead tungstate up to 17GPa . We report the pressure dependence of all the Raman modes of the tetragonal scheelite phase ( PbWO4-I or stolzite, space group I41/a ), which is stable at ambient conditions. Upon compression the Raman spectrum undergoes significant changes around 6.2GPa due to the onset of a partial structural phase transition to the monoclinic PbWO4-III phase (space group P21/n ). Further changes in the spectrum occur at 7.9GPa , related to a scheelite-to-fergusonite transition. This transition is observed due to the sluggishness and kinetic hindrance of the I→III transition. Consequently, we found the coexistence of the scheelite, PbWO4-III , and fergusonite phases from 7.9to9GPa , and of the last two phases up to 14.6GPa . We have performed ab initio lattice-dynamics calculations, which have greatly helped us in assigning the Raman modes of the three phases and discussing their pressure dependence. The Raman modes of the free WO4 molecule are discussed.

  15. Electrochromism and photocatalysis in dendrite structured Ti:WO3 thin films grown by sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A.

    2015-12-01

    Titanium doped tungsten oxide (Ti:WO3) thin films with dendrite surface structures were grown by co-sputtering titanium and tungsten in Ar + O2 atmosphere. Ti:WO3 thin films were deposited at oxygen flow rates corresponding to pressures in the range 1.0 × 10-3-5.0 × 10-3 mbar. Argon flow rate and sputtering power densities for titanium (2 W/cm2) and tungsten (3 W/cm2) were kept constant. Ti:WO3 films deposited at an oxygen pressure of 5 × 10-3 mbar are found to be better electrochromic and photocatalytic. They have high optical modulation (80% at λ = 550 nm), coloration efficiency (60 cm2/C at λ = 550 nm), electron/ion storage and removal capacity (Qc: -22.01 mC/cm2, Qa: 17.72 mC/cm2), reversibility (80%) and methylene blue decomposition rate (-1.38 μmol/l d). The combined effects of titanium doping, dendrite surface structures and porosity leads to significant enhancement in the electrochromic and photocatalytic properties of Ti:WO3 films.

  16. Synthesis of carbon doped WO3·0.33H2O hierarchical photocatalyst with improved photocatalytic activity

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    Zheng, Yi; Chen, Gang; Yu, Yaoguang; Zhou, Yansong; He, Fang

    2016-01-01

    A carbon doping method is developed to overcome the drawback of conventional carbon doping method. The carbon dopant is synthesized by treating carbon with dilute nitric acid through hydrothermal process. Carbon-doped WO3·0.33H2O (Csbnd WO3·0.33H2O) is obtained by adding the carbon dopant solution, and then through an additional hydrothermal process. Based on XRD, Raman and XPS, carbon have been incorporated into the interstitial position of WO3·0.33H2O unit cell rather than substitution of oxygen in lattice of WO3·0.33H2O, which induces distortion of WO6 octahedron and lattice defect. In addition, carbon doping also induces the emergence of new level above the valence band. The new level increases the migration pathway of photo-generated carriers, which reduces the recombination rate of photo-generated carriers. The changes of band structure, distortion of WO6 octahedron and lattice defect are beneficial to improve the photocatalytic performance of WO3·0.33H2O. Compared with pristine WO3·0.33H2O, Csbnd WO3·0.33H2O display better photocatalytic performance on degradation of rhodamine B (RhB), which include the faster de-ethylation process and cycloreversion process. Moreover, the experiments of radical quenchers confirmed that the h+ display the main influence on degradation of RhB. This study implies that carbon can be doped into some metal oxide hydrates through a mild preparation process, which provides a possible way for the synthesis of carbon doped thermal unstable materials.

  17. High photocatalytic performance of BiOI/Bi2WO6 toward toluene and Reactive Brilliant Red

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    Li, Huiquan; Cui, Yumin; Hong, Wenshan

    2013-01-01

    BiOI sensitized nano-Bi2WO6 photocatalysts with different BiOI contents were successfully synthesized by a facile deposition method at room temperature, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of BiOI/Bi2WO6 was evaluated by the photo-degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red (X-3B) in suspended solution and toluene in gas phase. It has been shown that the BiOI/Bi2WO6 catalysts exhibit a coexistence of both tetragonal BiOI and orthorhombic Bi2WO6 phases. With increasing BiOI content, the absorption intensity of BiOI/Bi2WO6 catalysts increases in the 380-600 nm region and the absorption edge shifts significantly to longer wavelengths as compared to pure Bi2WO6. The 13.2% BiOI/Bi2WO6 catalyst exhibits obviously higher UV and visible light photocatalytic activities than commercial P25, pure Bi2WO6 and BiOI, for the photodegradation of toluene and X-3B. The remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities can be attributed to the fact that the proper BiOI sensitized nano-Bi2WO6 increase its BET surface area, decrease band-gap energy, enhance absorption in the 380-600 nm region and inhibit the recombination of photo-induced carriers.

  18. NO{sub 2} gas sensing of flame-made Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} thick films

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    Samerjai, Thanittha; Tamaekong, Nittaya; Liewhiran, Chaikarn; Wisitsoraat, Anurat; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2014-06-01

    Unloaded WO{sub 3} and 0.25–1.0 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles for NO{sub 2} gas detection were synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) and characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The BET surface area (SSA{sub BET}) of the nanoparticles was measured by nitrogen adsorption. The NO{sub 2} sensing properties of the sensors based on unloaded and Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were investigated. The results showed that the gas sensing properties of the Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensors were excellent to those of the unloaded one. Especially, 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensor showed highest response to NO{sub 2} than the others at low operating temperature of 150 °C. - Graphical abstract: The response of 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO3 sensor was 637 towards NO{sub 2} concentration of 10 ppm at 150 °C. - Highlights: • Unloaded and Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles for NO{sub 2} gas detection were synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP). • Gas sensing properties of the Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensors were excellent to those of the unloaded one. • 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensor showed highest response to NO{sub 2} at low operating temperature of 150 °C.

  19. Solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 modified with WO3 on the degradation of an organophosphorus pesticide.

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    Ramos-Delgado, N A; Gracia-Pinilla, M A; Maya-Treviño, L; Hinojosa-Reyes, L; Guzman-Mar, J L; Hernández-Ramírez, A

    2013-12-15

    In this study, the solar photocatalytic activity (SPA) of WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts synthesized by the sol-gel method with two different percentages of WO3 (2 and 5%wt) was evaluated using malathion as a model contaminant. For comparative purpose bare TiO2 was also prepared by sol-gel process. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy (DRUV-vis), specific surface area by the BET method (SSABET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy with a high annular angle dark field detector (STEM-HAADF). The XRD, Raman, HRTEM and STEM-HAADF analyses indicated that WO3 was present as a monoclinic crystalline phase with nanometric cluster sizes (1.1 ± 0.1 nm for 2% WO3/TiO2 and 1.35 ± 0.3 nm for 5% WO3/TiO2) and uniformly dispersed on the surface of TiO2. The particle size of the materials was 19.4 ± 3.3 nm and 25.6 ± 3 nm for 2% and 5% WO3/TiO2, respectively. The SPA was evaluated on the degradation of commercial malathion pesticide using natural solar light. The 2% WO3/TiO2 photocatalyst exhibited the best photocatalytic activity achieving 76% of total organic carbon (TOC) abatement after 300 min compared to the 5% WO3/TiO2 and bare TiO2 photocatalysts, which achieved 28 and 47% mineralization, respectively. Finally, experiments were performed to assess 2% WO3/TiO2 catalyst activity on repeated uses; after several successive cycles its photocatalytic activity was retained showing long-term stability.

  20. Observation on long afterglow of Tb{sup 3+} in CaWO{sub 4}

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    Wu, Haoyi; Hu, Yihua; Kang, Fengwen; Chen, Li; Wang, Xiaojuan; Ju, Guifang; Mu, Zhongfei

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: The afterglow of Tb{sup 3+} is observed in CaWO{sub 4} matrix. The main emission of the afterglow is ascribed to the {sup 5}D{sub 4} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 5} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 6}. Emission due to {sup 5}D{sub 3} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 4} and {sup 5}D{sub 3} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 5} is weak. The cross-relaxation dominate the afterglow emission and it enhances the transition from {sup 5}D{sub 4} whereas from {sup 5}D{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A green long afterglow is observed from Tb{sup 3+} in CaWO{sub 4} matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two traps which may have a strong influence on the afterglow properties are revealed by TL. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A mechanism model based on energy transfer from WO{sub 4}{sup 2-} group to Tb{sup 3+} followed by cross-relaxation is proposed. -- Abstract: The Tb{sup 3+} doped CaWO{sub 4} phosphors are synthesized via high temperature solid state reaction. The X-ray diffraction shows that small amount of Tb{sup 3+} does not have a significant influence on the structure of CaWO{sub 4}. A broad absorption band of the WO{sub 4}{sup 2-} group is observed from photoluminescence and the energy transfer from WO{sub 4}{sup 2-} group to Tb{sup 3+} ions induces the f-f transition. The cross-relaxation between two adjacent Tb{sup 3+} ions weakens {sup 5}D{sub 3}-{sup 7}F{sub j} transitions and enhances the {sup 5}D{sub 4}-{sup 7}F{sub j} transitions, leading to a green long afterglow of the phosphors. The thermoluminescence curves centered around 75 Degree-Sign C reveal the trap depth for afterglow generation is about 0.74-0.77 eV. The optimum Tb{sup 3+} concentration for afterglow properties is about 1%. A deep hole trap is induced when Tb{sup 3+} concentration exceeds 1% and it suppresses the thermoluminescence and the decay properties.

  1. Unprecedented Dawson isomerism induced by a central [WO5] and four 45°-rotated belt square pyramids.

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    Xu, Xin; Dong, Huan-Li; Sang, Rui-Li; Xu, Li

    2012-12-28

    The seventh type of Wells-Dawson isomer, δ-[(WO(5))W(17)Cu(H(2)O)O(55)](10-) (1a) was obtained as a consequence of the formation of the first central square-pyramidal [WO(5)] moiety that results in a 45° rotation of the four belt [CuO(5)]/[WO(5)] square pyramids, establishing a new type of WD isomerism involving the rotation of the belt polyhedra, that were previously believed to stay unchanged.

  2. On the low-lying states of WO - A comparison with CrO and MoO

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    Nelin, C. J.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The four low-lying states of WO were investigated and compared with similar states of CrO and MoO. For all these systems the ground state is 5 Pi, but the ordering of the upper states is different between WO and either CrO or MoO. The difference in the state ordering arises in part from the fact that in WO all of the states are formed from W(+) in a d4S1 configuration, whereas in both CrO and MoO some states are formed from the d5 configuration and others from the d4S1 configuration.

  3. Apparent mismatch between extended x-ray absorption fine structure and diffraction structures of crystalline metastable WO3 phases.

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    Moscovici, J; Rougier, A; Laruelle, S; Michalowicz, A

    2006-09-28

    The local structure of monoclinic, monohydrate, hexagonal, and pyrochlore WO3 phases was investigated by the extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy as preliminary studies of model compounds of amorphous and thin film WO3 based electrochromic species. In the four cases, we found a large W-O distribution of distances ranging from 1.70 to 2.35 A. The apparent discrepancy of these results and previously published crystal structures are discussed and interpreted as the detection of vacancies and local distortion disorder.

  4. XAFS Study of Active Tungsten Species on WO3/TiO2 as a Catalyst for Photo-SCR

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    Yamazoe, Seiji; Masutani, Yasuyuki; Shishido, Tetsuya; Tanaka, Tsunehiro

    2007-02-02

    The activity of the photo-assisted selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 (photo-SCR) was enhanced by the addition of WO3 to TiO2. From the result of XAFS analysis, the W species on TiO2 had a WO4 tetrahedral structure and agglutination took place as the addition of WO3 was increased. We conclude that the isolated W species enhances the surface acidity and photo-SCR activity whereas the agglutinated W species is an inactive species.

  5. Temperature dependent x-ray diffraction study of lightly doped Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}

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    Paul, Sanhita; Mukherjee, G. D.; Ghosh, Anirudha; Raj, Satyabrata; Oishi, S.

    2011-03-21

    Temperature dependent x-ray diffraction studies have been carried out on nonstoichiometric lightly doped sodium tungsten bronze (Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} for x=0.025). The investigation reveals a structural modification around 230 K. Although the high and low temperature phases are monoclinic but at low temperature the corner sharing WO{sub 6} octahedra get significantly distorted due to displacement of tungsten and oxygen atoms from its mean position. This structural modification induces polaron formation in Na{sub 0.025}WO{sub 3} below 230 K.

  6. Theory of the Color Change of NaxWO3 as a Function of Na-Charge Doping

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    Xue, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, P.

    2009-01-01

    We report theoretical investigations of the coloration of WO{sub 3} upon charge insertion using sodium tungsten bronze (Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}) as a model system. Our results explain well the systematic color change of Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} from dark blue to violet, red-orange, and finally to golden yellow as sodium concentration x increases from 0.3 to unity. Proper accounts for both the interband and the intraband contributions to the optical response are found to be very important for a detailed understanding of the coloration mechanism in this system.

  7. The assemblage WO2 + H2O as a steady-state hydrogen source in moderately reduced hydrothermal experiments

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    Cygan, G.L.; I-Ming, Chou

    1990-01-01

    The values of fH2 for the assemblage WO2 + WO2.72 + H2O (designated as WO) have been measured in sealed Au capsules under an external pressure of 2 kbar CH4 and between 650 and 800??C using Ag-AgBr-HBr sensors of fH2. The fH2 values obtained can be represented by the equation log(fWOH2)2kbar,T(??0.06) = (-1924.9 ??(T,K) + 4.06 and are found to be slightly greater than those associated with the previously calibrated C-CH4 buffer. -from Authors

  8. On the low-lying states of WO - A comparison with CrO and MoO

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    Nelin, C. J.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The four low-lying states of WO were investigated and compared with similar states of CrO and MoO. For all these systems the ground state is 5 Pi, but the ordering of the upper states is different between WO and either CrO or MoO. The difference in the state ordering arises in part from the fact that in WO all of the states are formed from W(+) in a d4S1 configuration, whereas in both CrO and MoO some states are formed from the d5 configuration and others from the d4S1 configuration.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of ultrathin WO3 nanodisks utilizing long-chain poly(ethylene glycol).

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    Wolcott, Abraham; Kuykendall, Tev R; Chen, Wei; Chen, Shaowei; Zhang, Jin Z

    2006-12-21

    Metal oxide nanostructures hold great potential for photovoltaic (PV), photoelectrochemical (PEC), and photocatalytic applications. Whereas thin films of various materials of both nanoparticle and nanorod morphologies have been widely investigated, there have been few inquiries into nanodisk structures. Here, we report the synthesis of ultrathin WO3 nanodisks using a wet chemical route with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a surface modulator. The reported nanodisk structure is based on the interaction of the nonionic 10000 g/mol PEG molecules with tungsten oxoanion precursors. The WO3 nanostructures formed are dominated by very thin disks with dimensions on the nanometer to micrometer scale. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images reveal the structures to have dimensions on the order of 350-1000 nm in length, 200-750 nm in width, and 7-18 nm in thickness and possessing textured single-crystalline features. A number of analytical techniques were used to characterize the WO3 nanodisks, including selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman scattering spectroscopy, UV-visible spectrophotometry, and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The growth of the WO3 nanodisks was inhibited in the [010] crystal direction, leading to ultrathin morphologies in the monoclinic crystal phase. The large flat surface area and high aspect ratio of the WO3 nanodisks are potentially useful in PEC cells for hydrogen production via direct water splitting, as has been demonstrated in a preliminary experiment with external bias.

  10. Electrochemical and electrochromic properties of layer-by-layer films from WO(3) and chitosan.

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    Huguenin, Fritz; Gonzalez, Ernesto R; Oliveira, Osvaldo N

    2005-07-07

    The design of improved materials for electrochromic applications now involves extensive use of novel composites, thus requiring an investigation of the mechanisms responsible for electrochromism in these structures. Using films of WO(3) and chitosan produced with the layer-by-layer (LBL) technique, we demonstrate that characteristics such as the number of electrochemical active sites (K), the molar absorption coefficient (epsilon), and the electrochromic efficiency (eta) can be obtained using the quadratic logistic equation (QLE). The complexation ability between chitosan and WO(3) allowed the growth of visually uniform multilayers of the composite, with the same amount of material adsorbed in each deposition cycle. By fitting the absorbance changes (DeltaA) resulting from the electronic intervalence transfer from W(V) to W(VI) sites in four-bilayer LBL films of WO(3)/chitosan and WO(3)/chitosan with ethanol in the precursor dispersion, K was estimated to be ca. 5.5 x 10(-8) mol cm(-2) and 3.6 x 10(-8) mol cm(-2), respectively. The molar absorption coefficient and electrochromic efficiency vary with the charge injected because of the saturation of W(V) sites and the dissipation and feedback effects implicit in the QLE associated with ion-network interactions, such as the proton trapping effect. The LBL film of WO(3)/chitosan showed a smaller molar absorption coefficient and electrochromic efficiency than that containing ethanol because of a greater proton trapping effect for the LBL film with no ethanol. This enhanced trapping effect was seen as a decrease in the electronic flux involved in intervalence transfer in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments.

  11. Polymorphism in Strontium Tungstate SrWO4 under Quasi-Hydrostatic Compression.

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    Santamaria-Perez, David; Errandonea, Daniel; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Placida; Muñoz, Alfonso; Lacomba-Perales, Raul; Polian, Alain; Meng, Yue

    2016-10-03

    The structural and vibrational properties of SrWO4 have been studied experimentally up to 27 and 46 GPa, respectively, by angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements as well as using ab initio calculations. The existence of four polymorphs upon quasi-hydrostatic compression is reported. The three phase transitions were found at 11.5, 19.0, and 39.5 GPa. The ambient-pressure SrWO4 tetragonal scheelite-type structure (S.G. I41/a) undergoes a transition to a monoclinic fergusonite-type structure (S.G. I2/a) at 11.5 GPa with a 1.5% volume decrease. Subsequently, at 19.0 GPa, another structural transformation takes place. Our calculations indicate two possible post-fergusonite phases, one monoclinic and the other orthorhombic. In the diffraction experiments, we observed the theoretically predicted monoclinic LaTaO4-type phase coexisting with the fergusonite-type phase up to 27 GPa. The coexistence of the two phases and the large volume collapse at the transition confirm a kinetic hindrance typical of first-order phase transitions. Significant changes in Raman spectra suggest a third pressure-induced transition at 39.5 GPa. The conclusions extracted from the experiments are complemented and supported by ab initio calculations. Our data provides insight into the structural mechanism of the first transition, with the formation of two additional W-O contacts. The fergusonite-type phase can be therefore considered as a structural bridge between the scheelite structure, composed of [WO4] tetrahedra, and the new higher pressure phases, which contain [WO6] octahedra. All the observed phases are compatible with the high-pressure structural systematics predicted for ABO4 compounds using crystal-chemistry arguments such as the diagram proposed by Bastide.

  12. Physical properties of rf magnetron sputter deposited NiO:WO3 thin films

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    Usha, K. S.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Ichimura, M.

    2015-01-01

    The present study describes various physical properties of mixed nickel-tungsten oxide (NiO:WO3) (95:5) thin films prepared on glass substrate by rf magnetron sputtering due to the variation in rf power (100, 150, and 200 W). X-ray diffraction study shows that all the deposited films are amorphous in nature. The maximum transmittance of 97% in the infrared region was observed for the film deposited at 100 W rf power. A systematic reduction in the optical band gap is observed with increasing rf power, which is associated with the rf power induced effect leading to the production of localized states near the band edges of NiO:WO3. The Urbach energy (EU) value was found to increase with rf power, which may be due to the increased defects in the NiO matrix. From the optical study, we have evaluated various parameters such as refractive index, packing density, lattice dielectric constant, ratio between free carrier density and free carrier effective mass, plasma frequency, and dispersion energy parameters, etc. These results are discussed and correlated well with the light of possible mechanisms underlying the phenomena. The compositional purity of the film was confirmed by energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX) and Auger electron spectroscopic (AES) measurements. The Raman spectra of NiO:WO3 films show two peaks corresponding to one-phonon LO mode at 560 cm-1 and two-phonon LO mode at 1100 cm-1 due to the vibrations of Ni-O bonds and a strong peak at 860 cm-1 corresponds to the stretching vibration of W-O pair in the WO6 group. The band edge emission at 369 nm was observed in photoluminescence spectra.

  13. Apical and basolateral transferrin receptors in polarized BeWo cells recycle through separate endosomes

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    1991-01-01

    Contrary to most other epithelia, trophoblasts in the human placenta, which form the physical barrier between the fetal and the maternal blood circulation, express high numbers of transferrin receptors on their apical cell surface. This study describes the establishment of a polarized trophoblast-like cell line BeWo, which exhibit a high expression of transferrin receptors on the apex of the cells. Cultured on permeable filter supports, BeWo cells formed a polarized monolayer with microvilli on their apical cell surface. Across the monolayer a transepithelial resistance developed of approximately 600 omega.cm2 within 4 d. Depletion of Ca2+ from the medium decreased the resistance to background levels, showing its dependence on the integrity of tight junctions. Within the same period of time the secretion of proteins became polarized. In addition, the compositions of integral membrane proteins at the apical and basolateral plasma membrane domains were distinct as determined by domain-selective iodination. Similar to placental trophoblasts, binding of 125I-labeled transferrin to BeWo monolayers revealed that the transferrin receptor was expressed at both plasma membrane domains. Apical and basolateral transferrin receptors were found in a 1:2 surface ratio and exhibited identical dissociation constants and molecular weights. After uptake, transferrin recycled predominantly to the domain of administration, indicating separate recycling pathways from the apical and basolateral domain. This was confirmed by using diaminobenzidine cytochemistry, a technique by which colocalization of endocytosed 125I-labeled and HRP-conjugated transferrin can be monitored. No mixing of the two types of ligands was observed, when both ligands were simultaneously internalized for 10 or 60 min from opposite domains, demonstrating that BeWo cells possess separate populations of apical and basolateral early endosomes. In conclusion, the trophoblast-like BeWo cell line can serve as a unique

  14. WoSIS: providing standardised soil profile data for the world

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    Batjes, Niels H.; Ribeiro, Eloi; van Oostrum, Ad; Leenaars, Johan; Hengl, Tom; Mendes de Jesus, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the World Soil Information Service (WoSIS) is to serve quality-assessed, georeferenced soil data (point, polygon, and grid) to the international community upon their standardisation and harmonisation. So far, the focus has been on developing procedures for legacy point data with special attention to the selection of soil analytical and physical properties considered in the GlobalSoilMap specifications (e.g. organic carbon, soil pH, soil texture (sand, silt, and clay), coarse fragments ( < 2 mm), cation exchange capacity, electrical conductivity, bulk density, and water holding capacity). Profile data managed in WoSIS were contributed by a wide range of soil data providers; the data have been described, sampled, and analysed according to methods and standards in use in the originating countries. Hence, special attention was paid to measures for soil data quality and the standardisation of soil property definitions, soil property values, and soil analytical method descriptions. At the time of writing, the full WoSIS database contained some 118 400 unique shared soil profiles, of which some 96 000 are georeferenced within defined limits. In total, this corresponds with over 31 million soil records, of which some 20 % have so far been quality-assessed and standardised using the sequential procedure discussed in this paper. The number of measured data for each property varies between profiles and with depth, generally depending on the purpose of the initial studies. Overall, the data lineage strongly determined which data could be standardised with acceptable confidence in accord with WoSIS procedures, corresponding to over 4 million records for 94 441 profiles. The publicly available data - WoSIS snapshot of July 2016 - are persistently accessible from ISRIC WDC-Soils through doi:10.17027/isric-wdcsoils.20160003.

  15. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers and comparision of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO2 compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO3 compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO2 compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  16. Dehydration, Dehydrogenation, and Condensation of Alcohols on Supported Oxide Catalysts Based on Cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 Clusters

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    Rousseau, Roger J.; Dixon, David A.; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2014-01-01

    Supported early transition metal oxides have important applications in numerous catalytic reactions. In this article we review preparation and activity of well-defined model WO3 and MoO3 catalysts prepared via deposition of cyclic gas-phase (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters generated by sublimation of WO3 and MoO3 powders. Conversion of small aliphatic alcohols to alkenes, aldehydes/ketons, and ethers is employed to probe the structure-activity relationships on model WO3 and MoO3 catalysts ranging from unsupported (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters embedded in alcohol matrices, to (WO3)3 clusters supported on surfaces of other oxides, and epitaxial and nanoporous WO3 films. Detailed theoretical calculations reveal the underlying reaction mechanisms and provide insight into the origin of the differences in the WO3 and MoO3 reactivity. For the range of interrogated (WO3)3 they further shed light into the role structure and binding of (WO3)3 clusters with the support play in determining their catalytic activity.

  17. Size- and shape-controlled conversion of tungstate-based inorganic-organic hybrid belts to WO3 nanoplates with high specific surface areas.

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    Chen, Deliang; Gao, Lian; Yasumori, Atsuo; Kuroda, Kazuyuki; Sugahara, Yoshiyuki

    2008-10-01

    Two-dimensional monoclinic WO(3) nanoplates with high specific surface areas are synthesized through a novel conversion process using tungstate-based inorganic-organic hybrid micro/nanobelts as precursors. The process developed involves a topochemical transformation of tungstate-based inorganic-organic hybrid belts into WO(3) nanoplates via an intermediate product of H(2)WO(4) nanoplates, utilizing the similarity of the W-O octahedral layers in both H(2)WO(4) and WO(3). The as-obtained WO(3) nanoplates show a single-crystalline nanostructure with the smallest side along the [001] direction. The WO(3) nanoplates are 200-500 nm x 200-500 nm x 10-30 nm in size, and their specific surface areas are up to 180 m(2) g(-1). Photocatalytic measurements of visible-light-driven oxidation of water for O(2) generation in the presence of Ag(+) ions indicate that the activity of the as-obtained WO(3) nanoplates is one order of magnitude higher than that of commercially available WO(3) powders.

  18. Forskolin-induced differentiation of BeWo cells stimulates increased tumor growth in the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) of the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) egg.

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    Schneider, Ralf; Borges, Marcus; Kadyrov, Mamed

    2011-05-01

    Invasiveness of BeWo cells has been assessed in a variety of assay systems including matrigel and mouse. At the same time BeWo cells are mostly used as model system for trophoblast fusion. Here we aimed to test the properties of BeWo cells in a combined approach. We forced BeWo cells to differentiate by culturing the cells in the presence of forskolin and then used these cells for invasion assays on the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) of the turkey. The chorioallantoic membranes of turkey eggs were incubated with medium containing forskolin, BeWo cells cultured in medium alone, BeWo cells cultured in forskolin and washed, and BeWo cells cultured in forskolin and used directly for application. Suspensions were applied onto ten CAM per condition. For local tumor formation eggs were checked for tumor development every 24h macroscopically for up to 12 days and immunohistochemistry for cytokeratin 18 and Ki-67 were used for further analysis. Forskolin alone did not have any deleterious effect on the CAM. When the CAM was incubated with BeWo cells cultured in medium 40% of the eggs developed a macroscopically visible tumor. BeWo cells stimulated with forskolin and washed induced tumor growth in 50% of the eggs, while forskolin stimulated BeWo cells applied directly onto the CAM induced tumor growth in 70% of the eggs. Forced differentiation of BeWo cells by forskolin may lead to syncytial fusion in a plastic culture dish. Under the conditions used here, i.e. in direct contact to a living tissue, forskolin-induced differentiation of BeWo cells leads to an increase in tumor formation in the CAM. Thus BeWo cells may use signaling pathways to decide for both differentiation pathways similar to primary trophoblast depending on the environment.

  19. Improving photo-stability and charge transport properties of Cu2O/CuO for photo-electrochemical water splitting using alternate layers of WO3 or CuWO4 produced by the same route

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    Jamali, Soolmaz; Moshaii, Ahmad

    2017-10-01

    We report on remarkable stability improvement of Cu2O nanostructured thin films by deposition of a thin layer of WO3 or CuWO4 as an efficient photocathode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The modification of Cu2O thin films by WO3 or CuWO4 has been carried out by the same synthesization process just with different annealing temperatures. It is shown that the Cu2O nanostructures can partly be converted to CuO during the annealing process. The amount of conversion of Cu2O to CuO depends on the annealing temperature and its duration. The best photocurrent densities of -1.9 and -2.8 mA/cm2 have been obtained from the Cu2O/CuO/WO3 and CuO/CuWO4 heterostructures, respectively, which are at least 3 and 4 times higher than that of the bare Cu2O (-0.6 mA/cm2). Also, the stability improvement results show that the remaining photocurrent after 40 min for the WO3 or CuWO4 modifications reach to about 40% and 61%, which in comparison to the bare Cu2O (10%) are 4 and 6 times better, respectively. By performing various characterizations, it is shown that the improved photoresponse of the modified heterostructures is originated from more absorption of the light and consequently more photocurrent generation in the modified samples in addition to the enhanced charge transfer at the interface of photocathode/electrolyte.

  20. Advancing the Chemistry of CuWO4 for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Lhermitte, Charles R; Bartlett, Bart M

    2016-06-21

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are an ongoing area of exploration that provide a means of converting solar energy into a storable chemical form (molecular bonds). In particular, using PEC cells to drive the water splitting reaction to obtain H2 could provide a clean and sustainable route to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. Since the discovery of catalytic water splitting on TiO2 photoelectrodes by Fujishima and Honda, significant efforts have been directed toward developing high efficiency metal oxides to use as photocatalysts for this reaction. Improving the efficiency of PEC cells requires developing chemically stable, and highly catalytic anodes for the oxygen-evolution reaction (OER). This water oxidation half reaction requires four protons and four electrons coupling in two bond making steps to form O2, which limits the rate. Our group has accelerated efforts in CuWO4 as a candidate for PEC OER chemistry. Its small band gap of 2.3 eV allows for using visible light to drive OER, and the reaction proceeds with a high degree of chemoselectivity, even in the presence of more kinetically accessible anions such as chloride, which is common to seawater. Furthermore, CuWO4 is a chemically robust material when subjected to the highly oxidizing conditions of PEC OER. The next steps for accelerating research using this (and other), ternary phase oxides, is to move beyond reporting the basic PEC measurements to understanding fundamental chemical reaction mechanisms operative during OER on semiconductor surfaces. In this Account, we outline the process for PEC OER on CuWO4 thin films with emphasis on the chemistry of this reaction, the reaction rate and selectivity (determined by controlled-potential coulometry and oxygen-detection experiments). We discuss key challenges with CuWO4 such as slow kinetics and the presence of an OER-mediating mid-gap state, probed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We propose that this mid-gap state imparts the observed

  1. Correction: Iron-doping-enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting performance of nanostructured WO3: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Zhang, Teng; Zhu, Zonglong; Chen, Haining; Bai, Yang; Xiao, Shuang; Zheng, Xiaoli; Xue, Qingzhong; Yang, Shihe

    2015-09-07

    Correction for 'Iron-doping-enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting performance of nanostructured WO3: a combined experimental and theoretical study' by Teng Zhang et al., Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 2933-2940.

  2. Electrosprayed heterojunction WO3/BiVO4 films with nanotextured pillar structure for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Mali, Mukund G.; Yoon, Hyun; Kim, Min-woo; Swihart, Mark T.; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Yoon, Sam S.

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate that the addition of a tungsten oxide (WO3) layer beneath a bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photocatalyst layer with a nanotextured pillar morphology significantly increases the photocurrent density in photoelectrochemical water splitting. The WO3-BiVO4 bilayer films produced a photocurrent of up to 3.3 mA/cm2 under illumination at 100 mW/cm2 (AM1.5 spectrum). The bilayer film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and photoelectrochemical methods, which confirmed the superiority of the bilayer film in terms of its morphology and charge separation and transport ability. Both WO3 and BiVO4 were deposited by electrostatic spraying under open-air conditions, which resulted in nanotextured pillars of BiVO4 atop a smooth WO3 film. The optimal coating conditions are also reported.

  3. Convenient synthesis of twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Jin; Peng, Li-Li; Tang, Ying; Wu, Huijie

    2017-06-01

    Novel twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals have been prepared via a convenient aqueous solution route at room temperature under the assistance of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). The product was characterized by XRD, EDX, SEM, TEM, UV-vis and PL and BET techniques. It was found that β-CD plays an important role in the forming of twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals. A five-step growth mechanism was proposed to explain the formation of such twin-Christmas tree-like structures. The photocatalytic performance of PbWO4 microcrystals was evaluated by measuring the decomposition rate of methylene blue (MB) and malachite green (MG) solution under the UV irradiation, and the photocatalytic results indicated that as-prepared PbWO4 microcrystals exhibit good and versatile photocatalytic activity as well as excellent recyclability.

  4. A precursor route to single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates with an uneven surface and enhanced sensing properties.

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    Zou, Xiao-Xin; Li, Guo-Dong; Wang, Pei-Pei; Su, Juan; Zhao, Jun; Zhou, Li-Jing; Wang, Yu-Ning; Chen, Jie-Sheng

    2012-08-28

    A W-containing inorganic-organic nanohybrid with a plate-like morphology has been successfully prepared through a nonaqueous synthetic route using WCl(6) as the tungsten source and benzyl alcohol as the solvent. The as-prepared hybrid nanomaterial was used directly as an efficient precursor for the formation of WO(3) nanoplates via a simple thermal treatment process. The as-obtained WO(3) material maintains the plate-like morphology of the precursor and possesses a unique uneven surface structure. It is noted that the use of a inorganic-organic hybrid precursor is essential for the creation of an uneven surface on the WO(3) nanoplates, which exhibit high sensitivity and selectivity for the detection of acetone vapour at a relatively low operating temperature (200 °C). The excellent sensing performance of the WO(3) nanomaterial is attributed to its unique uneven surface structure besides the small particle size and ultrathin morphology.

  5. Effect of Oral Administration of Tungsten Trioxide (WO3) Particles on Hispathological Feature of liver and kidney in Rat

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    Munawaroh, H. S. H.; Nandiyanto, A. B. D.; Gumilar, G. G.; Widi, A.; Subangkit, M.

    2017-03-01

    This study aims to investigate the toxicity and histopathology of tungsten trioxide (WO3) administration on rat’s liver and kidney. The LD50 of WO3 was determined and the sub acute toxicity was evaluated by orally administration of 5000 mg kg-1 of WO3 to rat for 14 consecutive days. Parameter of blood cells, ALT, creatinine, and BUN were experimentally measured. The toxicological evaluation showed that WO3 is a non toxic compound with the LD50 higher that 5000 mg kg-1. No biochemical change was observed for creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen parameter. In contrast, ALT parameter shows higher value in the experiment than that in the control group. Histopathological changes on rat’s liver and kidney were also studied. Small defects in rat’s liver and kidney were found, which may interfere the functional of related enzymes.

  6. Spectral properties and energy transfer in PbWO(4) co-doped with Cr(3+) and F(-).

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    Li, Weifeng; Feng, Xiqi; Duan, Chengjun; Zhao, Jingtai; Cao, Dunhua; Gu, Mu

    2006-07-05

    A Cr(3+), F(-)-co-doped PbWO(4) crystal was grown by the Czochralski method and its spectroscopic properties were investigated. In addition to the intrinsic luminescence of PbWO(4), the sample showed [Formula: see text] radiation of Cr(3+) excited by x-radiation or UV-vis light. This indicated that the Cr(3+) is submitted to a strong crystal field and a doping mechanism is hereby proposed that Cr(3+) replaces W(6+) with the cooperation of F(-). The reabsorption and resonant energy transfer mechanisms from host to Cr(3+) were studied. As a result, the PbWO(4) intrinsic emission was intensively suppressed and the [Formula: see text] luminescence increased when excited by x-radiation compared to excitation by UV-vis light, and the decay constants of PbWO(4) host scintillation reduce. The significant [Formula: see text] luminescence of this material may be of interest for further application.

  7. Structural and optical modifications of the Ag2WO4/CoPc nanocomposite for potential applications

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    Sreedevi, A.; Priyanka, K. P.; Babitha, K. K.; Jaseentha, O. P.; Varghese, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    The silver tungstate/cobalt phthalocyanine nanocomposite (Ag2WO4/CoPc was prepared by the simple solvent evaporation method. The as-synthesized nanocomposite was characterized by thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The structural characterization confirms the formation of the Ag2WO4/CoPc nanocomposite. The ultraviolet-visible spectrum for the Ag2WO4/CoPc nanocomposite shows extended visible absorption in the wavelength range 670-735nm. Photoluminescence spectrum of the nanocomposite shows large intensity and violet-blue emission when excited with near-ultraviolet light. The present study suggests that the synthesized Ag2WO4/CoPc nanocomposite can be a promising material for constructing light emitting diodes, solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

  8. One-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures for enhanced hydrogen generation

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    Gao, Hongqing; Zhang, Peng; Hu, Junhua; Pan, Jimin; Fan, Jiajie; Shao, Guosheng

    2017-01-01

    One-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures were fabricated by integrating a facile electrospinning technique and subsequent annealing in air. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, were used to characterize the as-fabricated samples. The results showed that the H2-generation of the as-fabricated one-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures (S2) was greatly enhanced compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers (S0) and TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (S1). The enhanced photocatalyst activities were mainly attributed to the solid-state Z-scheme photosynthetic heterojunction system with Pt nanoparticle as an electron collector and WO3 as a hole collector, leading to effective charge separation on these semiconductors, which were evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photocurrent analysis.

  9. THE DISCOVERY OF A RARE WO-TYPE WOLF-RAYET STAR IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD

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    Neugent, Kathryn F.; Massey, Philip; Morrell, Nidia E-mail: phil.massey@lowell.edu

    2012-12-01

    While observing OB stars within the most crowded regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, we happened upon a new Wolf-Rayet (WR) star in Lucke-Hodge 41, the rich OB association that contains S Doradus and numerous other massive stars. At first glance the spectrum resembled that of a WC4 star, but closer examination showed strong O VI {lambda}{lambda}3811, 34 lines, leading us to classify it as a WO4. This is only the second known WO in the LMC, and the first known WO4 (the other being a WO3). This rarity is to be expected due to these stars' short lifespans as they represent the most advanced evolutionary stage in a massive star's lifetime before exploding as supernovae. This discovery shows that while the majority of WRs within the LMC have been discovered, there may be a few WRs left to be found.

  10. Microwave selective heating for size effect of water droplet in W/O emulsion with sorbitan fatty acid monostearate surfactant

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    Sumi, Takuya; Horikoshi, Satoshi

    2015-09-01

    A stable water/oil (W/O) emulsion was prepared by adjustment with sorbitan fatty acid monoester surfactants. The prepared W/O emulsion was stable for 60 min in the atmosphere; however, the formation of non-uniform water droplets in the height of the emulsion in the quartz tube reactor were observed by the backscattering measurements with an infrared laser at 850 nm. The increase of temperature under microwave irradiation was influenced sensitively by the position of those water droplets. Those results were caused from the size and concentration of water droplets in the W/O emulsion. On the other hand, selective heating of the water droplets caused heating of the entire W/O emulsion, although the temperature difference between the water droplets and the oil phase was 20 °C.

  11. Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in TiO2, WO3, SnO2, TiO2/WO3 and TiO2/SnO2 systems.

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    Lin, Cheng-Fang; Wu, Chung-Hsin; Onn, Zong-Nan

    2008-06-15

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate the degradation performance of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) using TiO2/WO3 and TiO2/SnO2 systems. A BET surface area analyzer, UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) were employed to characterize the photocatalyst. The band edge wavelength increased to 475 nm and gap energy decreased to 2.61 eV in the TiO2/WO3 system as compare to the single TiO2. Although the specific surfaces area of TiO2/WO3 decreases due to its larger size as compared to either TiO2 or WO3, the 4-CP degradation efficiency significantly increased as compared to single TiO2 or WO3 system at 435 nm wavelength. The TiO2/WO3 degradation of 4-CP at 369 nm was in fact inhibited. For TiO2/SnO2, the degradation efficiency also suffered at 369 nm, and only slightly increased compared to otherwise hardly 4-CP degraded in single TiO2 or SnO2 system. Since there is a significant accumulation of byproducts, the buildup of these intermediates on the catalyst surface may be responsible for their poor performance.

  12. Gal-1 silenced trophoblast tumor cells (BeWo) show decreased syncytium formation and different miRNA production compared to non-target silenced BeWo cells

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    Hutter, Stefan; Morales-Prieto, Diana M.; Andergassen, Ulrich; Tschakert, Lisa; Kuhn, Christina; Hofmann, Simone; Markert, Udo R.; Jeschke, Udo

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Galectin-1 (gal-1), a member of the mammalian β-galactoside-binding proteins, exerts biological effects by recognition of glycan ligands, including those involved in cell adhesion and growth regulation. In previous studies, we demonstrated that gal-1 induces cell differentiation processes on the membrane of choriocarcinoma cells BeWo, including the receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) REarranged during Transfection (RET), Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2) and Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR3). Furthermore, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases (MAPK) and serine/threonine kinases were phosphorylated by gal-1. In addition, gal-1 in trophoblast cells in vitro induced syncytium formation especially after concentration dependent stimulation of the cells with this galectin. This is in contrast to MAPK-inhibitor U0126 that reduced syncytium formation of BeWo cells. The aim of this study was to analyze the syncytium formation abilities of BeWo cells that were gal-1 silenced. We found a significantly reduced syncytium formation rate in gal-1 silenced BeWo cells. In addition, these cells show a different miRNA expression profile. In summary, we found that gal-1 is a major trigger for fusion processes in BeWo cells. This function is accompanied by different regulation of miRNA synthesis in the BeWo cell culture model. PMID:26418280

  13. Synthesis of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles by citric acid-assisted precipitation and evaluation of their photocatalytic properties

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    Sánchez-Martínez, D.; Martínez-de la Cruz, A.; López-Cuéllar, E.

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple citric acid-assisted precipitation. ► WO{sub 3} photocatalyst was able to the partial mineralization of rhB, IC and MO. ► WO{sub 3} can be considered as a photocatalyst active under visible light irradiation. -- Abstract: WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by citric acid-assisted precipitation method using a 1:1.5 molar ratio of ammonium paratungstate hydrate (H{sub 42}N{sub 10}O{sub 42}W{sub 12}·xH{sub 2}O):citric acid (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 7}). The formation of monoclinic crystal structure of WO{sub 3} at different temperatures was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The characterization of the samples synthesized was complemented by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer–Emmitt–Teller surface area (BET) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). According to the thermal treatment followed during the synthesis of WO{sub 3}, the morphology of the nanoparticles formed was characterized by rectangular and ovoid shapes. The photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3} obtained under different experimental conditions was evaluated in the degradation of rhodamine B (rhB), indigo carmine (IC), methyl orange (MO), and Congo red (CR) in aqueous solution under UV and UV–vis radiation. The highest photocatalytic activity was observed in the sample obtained by thermal treatment at 700 °C. In general, the sequence of degradation of the organic dyes was: indigo carmine (IC) > rhodamine B (rhB) > methyl orange (MO) > Congo red (CR). The mineralization degree of organic dyes by WO{sub 3} photocatalysts was determined by total organic carbon analysis (TOC) reaching percentages of mineralization of 82% (rhB), 85% (IC), 28% (MO), and 7% (CR) for 96 h of lamp irradiation.

  14. Studies on RF sputtered (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x thin films for smart window applications

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    Meenakshi, M.; Sivakumar, R.; Perumal, P.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2016-05-01

    V2O5 doped WO3 targets for RF sputtering thin film deposition were prepared for various compositions. Thin films of (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x were deposited on to glass substrates using these targets. Structural characteristics of the prepared targets and thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction. Laser Raman studies were carried out on the thin films to confirm the compound formation.

  15. Understanding the conductive channel evolution in Na:WO3-x-based planar devices

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    Shang, Dashan; Li, Peining; Wang, Tao; Carria, Egidio; Sun, Jirong; Shen, Baogen; Taubner, Thomas; Valov, Ilia; Waser, Rainer; Wuttig, Matthias

    2015-03-01

    An ion migration process in a solid electrolyte is important for ion-based functional devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromics, gas sensors, and resistive switching systems. In this study, a planar sandwich structure is prepared by depositing tungsten oxide (WO3-x) films on a soda-lime glass substrate, from which Na+ diffuses into the WO3-x films during the deposition. The entire process of Na+ migration driven by an alternating electric field is visualized in the Na-doped WO3-x films in the form of conductive channel by in situ optical imaging combined with infrared spectroscopy and near-field imaging techniques. A reversible change of geometry between a parabolic and a bar channel is observed with the resistance change of the devices. The peculiar channel evolution is interpreted by a thermal-stress-induced mechanical deformation of the films and an asymmetric Na+ mobility between the parabolic and the bar channels. These results exemplify a typical ion migration process driven by an alternating electric field in a solid electrolyte with a low ion mobility and are expected to be beneficial to improve the controllability of the ion migration in ion-based functional devices, such as resistive switching devices.An ion migration process in a solid electrolyte is important for ion-based functional devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromics, gas sensors, and resistive switching systems. In this study, a planar sandwich structure is prepared by depositing tungsten oxide (WO3-x) films on a soda-lime glass substrate, from which Na+ diffuses into the WO3-x films during the deposition. The entire process of Na+ migration driven by an alternating electric field is visualized in the Na-doped WO3-x films in the form of conductive channel by in situ optical imaging combined with infrared spectroscopy and near-field imaging techniques. A reversible change of geometry between a parabolic and a bar channel is observed with the resistance change of the

  16. Facile synthesis of 2-D Cu doped WO3 nanoplates with structural, optical and differential anti cancer characteristics

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Iqbal, Javed; Gul, Asma; Ahmed, Waqqar; Ismail, M.

    2017-04-01

    Simple chemical co-precipitation method has been employed to synthesize two dimensional copper (Cu) doped tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoplates. A numbers of characterization techniques have been used to investigate their structural, optical and biocompatible anti cancer properties. The XRD results have confirmed the monoclinic crystal structure of WO3 nanoplates, and also successful doping of Cu ions into the WO3 crystal lattice. The presence of functional groups and chemical bonding have been verified through FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The SEM images demonstrate that both undoped and Cu doped WO3 samples have squares plate like morphology. The EDX spectra confirm the presence of Cu, W and O ions. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) analysis has revealed a substantial red-shift in the absorption edge and a decrease in the band gap energy of nanoplates with Cu doping. Photoluminescence spectroscopy has been used to study the presence of defects like oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the differential cytotoxic properties of Cu doped WO3 samples have been evaluated against human breast (MCF-7) and liver (Hep-2) cancer cells with ectocervical epithelial (HECE) healthy cells. The present findings confirm that the Cu doped WO3 nanoplates can be used as an efficient biocompatible anti cancer agent.

  17. Modified WO3 nanorod with Pt nanoparticle as retrievable materials in catalytic and photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of alcohols

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    Hosseini, Farnaz; Safaei, Elham; Mohebbi, Sajjad

    2017-07-01

    This study has focused on catalytic and photocatalytic oxidation of aromatic alcohols using WO3 nanorod and a series of Pt/WO3 nanocomposite Pt nanoparticles was loaded on WO3 nanorod with several mass ratios 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 via a photoreduction process (PRP) and characterized by TEM, FE-SEM imaging, EDAX, XRD, DRS, ICP, and XPS. WO3 nanorods were obtained monodispersed with average 40-nm diameter and square cross section without significant size change by the loading of platinum nanoparticles on it. Progress of oxidation reaction was monitored by GC and the yield of aerobic photocatalytic oxidation of alcohols reached up to 98% for Pt/WO3 and 69% for WO3 while, no oxidation was detected in the absence of light. The highest photocatalytic performance was obtained for mass ratio 0.2 with the selectivity >99%. So, this nanocomposite has potentials to be used as high-performance heterogeneous catalyst and photocatalyst under visible light irradiation with advantages of high activity, high selectivity, and reusability.

  18. Preparation of hexagonal WO{sub 3} from hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze for sensing NH{sub 3}

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    Szilagyi, Imre Miklos Wang Lisheng; Gouma, Pelagia-Irene; Balazsi, Csaba; Madarasz, Janos; Pokol, Gyoergy

    2009-03-05

    Hexagonal tungsten oxide (h-WO{sub 3}) was prepared by annealing hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze, (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.07}(NH{sub 3}){sub 0.04}(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.09}WO{sub 2.95}. The structure, composition and morphology of h-WO{sub 3} were studied by XRD, XPS, Raman, {sup 1}H MAS (magic angle spinning) NMR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and BET-N{sub 2} specific surface area measurement, while its thermal stability was investigated by in situ XRD. The h-WO{sub 3} sample was built up by 50-100 nm particles, had an average specific surface area of 8.3 m{sup 2}/g and was thermally stable up to 450 deg. C. Gas sensing tests showed that h-WO{sub 3} was sensitive to various levels (10-50 ppm) of NH{sub 3}, with the shortest response and recovery times (1.3 and 3.8 min, respectively) to 50 ppm NH{sub 3}. To this NH{sub 3} concentration, the sensor had significantly higher sensitivity than h-WO{sub 3} samples prepared by wet chemical methods.

  19. Fe3O4/WO3 hierarchical core-shell structure: high-performance and recyclable visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Xi, Guangcheng; Yue, Bing; Cao, Junyu; Ye, Jinhua

    2011-04-26

    A facile solvothermal epitaxial growth combined with a mild oxidation route has been developed for the fabrication of a magnetically recyclable Fe(3)O(4)/WO(3) core-shell visible-light photocatalyst. In this core-shell structured photocatalyst, visible-light-active WO(3) nanoplates (the shells) with high surface area are used as a medium to harvest absorbed photons and convert them to photogenerated charges, while conductive Fe(3)O(4) microspheres (the cores) are used as charge collectors to transport the photogenerated charges. This is a new role for magnetite. The Fe(3)O(4)/WO(3) core-shell structured photocatalysts possess large surface-exposure area, high visible-light-absorption efficiency, stable recyclability, and efficient charge-separation properties, the combination of which has rarely been reported in other visible-light-active photocatalysts. Photoelectrochemical investigations verify that the core-shell structured Fe(3)O(4)/WO(3) has a more effective photoconversion capability than pure WO(3) or Fe(3)O(4). At the same time, the visible-light photocatalytic ability of the Fe(3)O(4)/WO(3) photocatalyst has significantly enhanced activity in the photodegradation of organic-dye materials. The results presented herein provide new insights into core-shell materials as high-performance visible-light photocatalysts and their potential use in environmental protection. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Platinum/mesoporous WO3 as a carbon-free electrocatalyst with enhanced electrochemical activity for methanol oxidation.

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    Cui, Xiangzhi; Shi, Jianlin; Chen, Hangrong; Zhang, Lingxia; Guo, Limin; Gao, Jianhua; Li, Jingbo

    2008-09-25

    A new type of carbon-free electrode catalyst, Pt/mesoporous WO3 composite, has been prepared and its electrochemical activity for methanol oxidation has been investigated. The mesoporous tungsten trioxide support was synthesized by a replicating route and the mesoporous composties with Pt loaded were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen sorption, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), line scan voltammetry (LSV) and chronoamperometry (CA) were adopted to characterize the electrochemical activities of the composites. The mesoporous WO3 showed high surface area, ordered pore structure, and nanosized wall thickness of about 6-7 nm. When a certain amount of Pt nanoparticles were dispersed in the pore structure of mesoporous WO3, the resultant mesostructured Pt/WO3 composites exhibit high electro-catalytic activity toward methanol oxidation. The overall electro-catalytic activities of 20 wt % Pt/WO3 composites are significantly higher than that of commercial 20 wt % Pt/C catalyst and are comparable to the 20 wt % PtRu/C catalyst in the potential region of 0.5-0.7 V. The enhanced electro-catalytic activity is attributed to be resulted from the assistant catalytic effect and the mesoporous structure of WO3 supports.

  1. Preparation and modification of hierarchical nanostructured Bi2WO6 with high visible light-induced photocatalytic activity.

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    Gui, Ming-Sheng; Zhang, Wei-De

    2011-07-01

    Hierarchical nanostructured Bi(2)WO(6) micro-clews were synthesized by a solvothermal process with mixed solvents and formaldehyde. The hierarchical Bi(2)WO(6) micro-clews, with an average diameter of ca. 1.0 µm, consisted of nano-sheets assembled in a special fashion and the formation process mainly went through an Ostwald ripening-anisotropic growth and self-assembling process. The Bi(2)WO(6) micro-clews were further modified by Bi(2)O(3) to fabricate heterojunction photocatalysts, where Bi(2)O(3) nanoparticles were uniformly assembled on the surface of Bi(2)WO(6) nano-sheets. Compared with pure Bi(2)WO(6) and Bi(2)O(3), the composite photocatalyst exhibits higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light. On the basis of characterization by x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopies, a mechanism was proposed to account for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the Bi(2)O(3)/Bi(2)WO(6) heterojunction.

  2. CuWO4 Nanoflake Array-Based Single-Junction and Heterojunction Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Ye, Wen; Chen, Fengjiao; Zhao, Feipeng; Han, Na; Li, Yanguang

    2016-04-13

    Over recent years, tremendous efforts have been invested in the search and development of active and durable semiconductor materials for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, particularly for photoanodes operating under a highly oxidizing environment. CuWO4 is an emerging candidate with suitable band gap and high chemical stability. Nevertheless, its overall solar-to-electricity remains low because of the inefficient charge separation process. In this work, we demonstrate that this problem can be partly alleviated through designing three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures. CuWO4 nanoflake arrays on conducting glass are prepared from the chemical conversion of WO3 templates. Resulting electrode materials possess large surface areas, abundant porosity and small thickness. Under illumination, our CuWO4 nanoflake array photoanodes exhibit an anodic current density of ∼0.4 mA/cm(2) at the thermodynamic potential of water splitting in pH 9.5 potassium borate buffer--the largest value among all available CuWO4-based photoanodes. In addition, we demonstrate that their performance can be further boosted to >2 mA/cm(2) by coupling with a solution-cast BiVO4 film in a heterojunction configuration. Our study unveils the great potential of nanostructured CuWO4 as the photoanode material for PEC water oxidation.

  3. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of WO3/Ti photoanode due to in situ formation of a thin interfacial composite layer

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    Lee, Won Jae; Shinde, Pravin S.; Go, Geun Ho; Doh, Chil Hoon

    2013-04-01

    Nanostructured WO3 thin films were prepared on titanium sheet substrates using a doctor blade technique. X-ray diffraction, Raman and field emission scanning electron microscopy studies revealed that the synthesized WO3 films are having monoclinic crystal structure, porous, polycrystalline with average grain size of ∼50 nm. The photoelectrochemical responses of WO3 films prepared on treated Ti sheets were recorded in 0.5 M H2SO4 electrolyte under simulated 100 mW/cm2 illumination. WO3 film prepared on polished Ti sheet showed considerable enhancement in photocurrent as compared to WO3 films made on unpolished and pre-oxidized Ti sheets. These results suggest that in situ formation of a thin WOx-TiOy interfacial composite layer and improved adhesion of WO3 nanoparticles owing to increased reactive sites on polished Ti substrate play a significant role in enhancing the photoresponse. Such photoanodes are potential candidates in photoelectrochemical water splitting system for hydrogen generation.

  4. Synthesis of bismuth tungstate (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) nanoflakes and their field emission investigation

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    Kolhe, P. S.; Sonawane, K. M.; Bankar, P. K.; Gavhane, D. S.; More, M. A.; Maiti, N.

    2016-05-23

    The nanoflakes of Bismuth Tungstate (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) were successfully synthesized by a one-step facile hydrothermal route without using any templates or surfactants and field emission investigations of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes emitter are reported. Structural and morphological analysis of as-synthesized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes has been carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the field emission characteristics of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes are found to be superior to the other semiconductor emitters. The synthesized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes emitter delivers current density of ~222.35 μA/cm{sup 2} at an applied electric field of ~7.2 V/μm. The emission current stability investigated at pre-set value of ~2 μA is observed to be fairly good. These observed results demonstrate potential candidate of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} cathode as an electron source for practical applications in vacuum microelectronic device.

  5. WO3 Nanofiber-Based Biomarker Detectors Enabled by Protein-Encapsulated Catalyst Self-Assembled on Polystyrene Colloid Templates.

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    Choi, Seon-Jin; Kim, Sang-Joon; Cho, Hee-Jin; Jang, Ji-Soo; Lin, Yi-Min; Tuller, Harry L; Rutledge, Gregory C; Kim, Il-Doo

    2016-02-17

    A novel catalyst functionalization method, based on protein-encapsulated metallic nanoparticles (NPs) and their self-assembly on polystyrene (PS) colloid templates, is used to form catalyst-loaded porous WO3 nanofibers (NFs). The metallic NPs, composed of Au, Pd, or Pt, are encapsulated within a protein cage, i.e., apoferritin, to form unagglomerated monodispersed particles with diameters of less than 5 nm. The catalytic NPs maintain their nanoscale size, even following high-temperature heat-treatment during synthesis, which is attributed to the discrete self-assembly of NPs on PS colloid templates. In addition, the PS templates generate open pores on the electrospun WO3 NFs, facilitating gas molecule transport into the sensing layers and promoting active surface reactions. As a result, the Au and Pd NP-loaded porous WO3 NFs show superior sensitivity toward hydrogen sulfide, as evidenced by responses (R(air)/R(gas)) of 11.1 and 43.5 at 350 °C, respectively. These responses represent 1.8- and 7.1-fold improvements compared to that of dense WO3 NFs (R(air)/R(gas) = 6.1). Moreover, Pt NP-loaded porous WO3 NFs exhibit high acetone sensitivity with response of 28.9. These results demonstrate a novel catalyst loading method, in which small NPs are well-dispersed within the pores of WO3 NFs, that is applicable to high sensitivity breath sensors.

  6. A facile synthesis of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles by microwave assisted technique and its application in photocatalysis

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    Garadkar, K.M.; Ghule, L.A.; Sapnar, K.B.; Dhole, S.D.

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline ZnWO{sub 4} particles were successfully prepared by a microwave method. ► Spherical morphology with a 10 nm size. ► The band is 3.4 eV. ► The photodegradation of RhB was 95% within 25 min. - Abstract: A simple microwave assisted technique has been successfully developed to synthesize ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles. The X-ray diffraction results indicated that the synthesized nanoparticles exhibited only wolframite structure. Structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles have been analyzed by XRD, SEM, TEM EDAX, UV–vis and FT-IR spectral measurements. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image revealed that particle size of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles was found to be 10 nm, the band-gap of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles was found to be 3.4 eV. The photocatalytic activities for aqueous Rhodamine B and Methylene Blue samples were investigated and observed that ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibited highly enhanced photocatalytic activity towards RhB than MB.

  7. Atomic layer deposition of diisopropylaminosilane on WO3(001) and W(110): a density functional theory study.

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    Lee, Kyungtae; Lee, Woojin; Lee, Hyo Sug; Shin, Jaikwang; Park, Jieun; Lee, Seongsuk; Choi, Samjong; Kim, Sueryeon; Kim, Jinseong; Shim, Youngseon

    2016-10-26

    The decomposition reactions of the Si precursor, diisopropylaminosilane (DIPAS), on W(110) and hydroxylated WO3(001) surfaces are investigated to elucidate the initial reaction mechanism of the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process using density functional theory (DFT) calculations combined with ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The decomposition reaction of DIPAS on WO3(001) consists of two steps: Si-N dissociative chemisorption and decomposition of SiH3*. It is found that the Si-N bond cleavage of DIPAS is facile on WO3(001) due to hydrogen bonding between the surface OH group and the N atom of DIPAS. The rate-determining step of DIPAS decomposition on WO3(001) is found to be the Si-H dissociation reaction of the SiH3* reaction intermediate which has an activation barrier of 1.19 eV. On the contrary, sequential Si-H dissociation reactions first occur on W(110) and then the Si-N dissociation reaction of the C5H7NSi* reaction intermediate is found to be the rate-determining step, which has an activation barrier of 1.06 eV. As a result, the final products in the DIPAS decomposition reaction on WO3(001) are Si* and SiH*, whereas Si* atoms remain with carbon impurities on W(110), which imply that the hydroxylated WO3 surface is more efficient for the ALD process.

  8. Bi2WO6 nano- and microstructures: shape control and associated visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities.

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    Zhang, Lisha; Wang, Wenzhong; Zhou, Lin; Xu, Haolan

    2007-09-01

    The shape-controlled synthesis of nano- and microstructured materials has opened up new possibilities to improve their physical and chemical properties. In this work, new types of Bi(2)WO(6) with complex morphologies, namely, flowerlike, tyre- and helixlike, and platelike shapes, have been controllably synthesized by a facile hydrothermal process. The benefits of the present work also stem from the first report on the transformation of Bi(2)WO(6) from three-dimensional (3D) flowerlike superstructures to 2D platelike structures, and on the formation of tyre- and helixlike Bi(2)WO(6) superstructures. UV/Vis absorption spectra show that the optical properties of Bi(2)WO(6) samples are relevant to their size and shape. More importantly, the photocatalytic activities of Bi(2)WO(6) nano- and microstructures are strongly dependent on their shape, size, and structure for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic activities of these Bi(2)WO(6) nano- and microstructures are further investigated.

  9. Immobilization of WO{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} on macroscopic silica fiber via CNFs template

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    Wu, Qiang Zhao, Li; Han, Ruobing

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: Uniform immobilization of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) or molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) on silica fiber was successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as template. FE-SEM coupled with XRD analysis confirmed the template effect and the existence of WO{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} immobilized on silica fiber. It is expected that such materials with direct macroscopic shapes would hold promise as highly functionalized materials for potential practical applications, especially in photocatalysis. - Highlights: • WO{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} with macroscopic shapes were successfully obtained. • WO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3} immobilization depended on CNFs templates. • FE-SEM and XRD confirmed the structure and phase composition. - Abstract: Uniform immobilization of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) or molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) on silica fiber was successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as template. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), coupled with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the template effect and the existence of WO{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} immobilized on silica fiber. It is expected that such materials with direct macroscopic shapes would hold promise as highly functionalized materials for potential practical applications, especially in photocatalysis.

  10. Nanospherical composite of WO3 wrapped NaTaO3: Improved photodegradation of tetracycline under visible light irradiation

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    Qu, Lingnan; Lang, Junyu; Wang, Shuwei; Chai, Zhanli; Su, Yiguo; Wang, Xiaojing

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, WO3-wrapped NaTaO3 nanospheres photocatalysts with different W/Ta molar ratios were successfully prepared via a facile hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission and scan electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FT-IR spectrum, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and Barrett-Emmett-Teller technique. The photocatalytic activities for degrading tetracycline hydrochloride under visible light irradiation were examined. The results indicated that the as-prepared NaTaO3@WO3 photocatalysts showed the obvious enhancement in the tetracycline hydrochloride degradation ratio, compared with the pure NaTaO3 and WO3 under visible light irradiation. The optimum percentage of NaTaO3@WO3 composites with a 60.88% degradation rate was W:Ta = 0.3:1 in mole, which was mainly attributed to the effective separation of the photo-generated electron and hole as well as the expanding of the absorption edge to the visible region due to the spherical heterojunction by wrapping WO3 on the surface of NaTaO3. The radicals trapping experiments demonstrated that there were multiple active species during the degrading process of TC. The possible mechanism of tetracycline hydrochloride degradation by NaTaO3@WO3 composite was also proposed.

  11. Optical absorption and emission properties of Nd 3+ in TeO 2 -WO 3 and TeO 2 -WO 3 -CdO glasses

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    Bilir, G.; Ozen, G.

    2011-11-01

    Effects of WO 3 and CdO on the spectroscopic properties of Nd 3+ doped tellurite glasses were investigated. The optical band gaps and Urbach energies of the samples were determined using the dependence of the absorption coefficient on the photon energy. The Urbach energies were found to vary from 0.18 to 0.25 eV as the WO 3 content in the binary glasses decreased from 20.0 to 10.0 mol% while the optical band gap of the same glasses did not show an appreciable dependence on the glass composition. Judd-Ofelt ( Ωt) parameters were calculated from the optical absorption spectra measured at room temperature. In all the glasses the J-O parameters follow the same trend as Ω2> Ω6> Ω4. The J-O intensity parameters were used to compute the radiative properties such as the radiative transition probabilities ( Aed), branching ratios ( β) and radiative lifetimes ( τr) for all the possible fluorescence bands. The fluorescence spectra obtained upon 805.2 nm excitation exhibited an intense emission band centered at 1064 nm ( 4F 3/2→ 4I 11/2) and two weak bands at 910 nm ( 4F 3/2→ 4I 9/2), and 1340 nm ( 4F 3/2→ 4I 13/2). The stimulated emission cross-section for the 1064 nm emission was determined using the emission spectra. The highest gain bandwidth ( σe×Δ λP) was determined to be 155.4 for the 0.79TeO 2-0.15WO 3-0.05CdO ternary glass composition, which could be more useful as promising material for the design and development of fiber amplifiers and lasers.

  12. Synthesis of TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles via sonochemical approach for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under visible light illumination.

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    Anandan, Sambandam; Sivasankar, Thirugnanasambandam; Lana-Villarreal, Teresa

    2014-11-01

    Through an ultrasound assisted method, TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature. The XRD pattern of as-prepared TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles matches well with that of pure monoclinic WO3 and rutile TiO2 nanoparticles. TEM images show that the prepared TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles consist of mixed square and hexagonal shape particles about 8-12nm in diameter. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles was tested for the degradation of a wastewater containing methylene blue (MB) under visible light illumination. The TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles exhibits a higher degradation rate constant (6.72×10(-4)s(-1)) than bare TiO2 nanoparticles (1.72×10(-4)s(-1)) under similar experimental conditions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. The interface transport of V 2O 5 and WO 3 into CaMo(W)O 4 stimulated by an electric field

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    Guseva, A.; Neiman, A.; Konisheva, E.; Trifonova, M.; Gorbunova, E.

    2002-06-01

    An electric field applied to the CaWO 4/V 2O 5, CaMoO 4/V 2O 5 and CaMoO 4/WO 3 systems causes grain boundary and surface transports of oxides having a low surface energy (V 2O 5 and WO 3) and their segregation on the grain surface. It was found that V 2O 5 penetrates to the inner surface of CaWO 4 much more intensively when the V 2O 5 briquette bears a negative potential: (-)V 2O 5|CaWO 4(+). The penetration of V 2O 5 and WO 3 to the inner surface of the CaMoO 4 ceramic is accompanied by a chemical interaction.

  14. A significant cathodic shift in the onset potential and enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting using Au nanoparticles decorated WO3 nanorod array.

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    Xu, Fang; Yao, Yanwen; Bai, Dandan; Xu, Ruishu; Mei, Jingjing; Wu, Dapeng; Gao, Zhiyong; Jiang, Kai

    2015-11-15

    Au nanoparticles decorated WO3 nanorod array was prepared and applied for solar water oxidation. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscop images showed that Au distributed on the surface of WO3 nanorod array. The surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles contributed to the enhancement of photoelectrochemical performance of Au-WO3 photoanode, such as enhanced photocurrent density of 1.17mA/cm(2) at 1.0V vs Ag/AgCl, a cathodic shift of onset of ∼0.2V and higher stability. UV-vis absorption, electrochemical impedance and Mott-Schottky measurements proved that Au-WO3 photoanode has enhanced light absorption, lower transfer resistance, increased photogenerated carriers density and higher hole injection yield. Therefore, Au-WO3 photoanode exhibited higher photoelectrochemical performance than WO3 photoanode.

  15. A hierarchically porous anatase TiO2 coated-WO3 2D IO bilayer film and its photochromic properties.

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    Li, Hua; Wu, Huazhong; Xiao, Jiajia; Su, Yanli; Robichaud, Jacques; Brüning, Ralf; Djaoued, Yahia

    2016-01-18

    A hierarchically porous anatase TiO2 coated-WO3 2D inverse opal (IO) bilayer film was fabricated on ITO glass using a layer by layer route with a hierarchically porous TiO2 top layer and an ordered super-macroporous WO3 2D IO bottom layer. This novel TiO2 coated-WO3 2D IO bilayer film was evaluated for photochromic applications.

  16. Synthesis of multiple-shell WO3 hollow spheres by a binary carbonaceous template route and their applications in visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Xi, Guangcheng; Yan, Yan; Ma, Qiang; Li, Junfang; Yang, Haifeng; Lu, Xiaojing; Wang, Chao

    2012-10-29

    Hollow go lightly: well-defined multiple-shell WO(3) hollow spheres were synthesized by a facile binary carbonaceous spheres template route. Compared with single-shell WO(3) hollow spheres, the unusual porous multiple-shell structure of the WO(3) hollow spheres proves to greatly enhance photocatalytic activity toward degradation of organic pollutants under visible-light irradiation. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Solvothermal synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic performance of Zn-rich ZnWO4 nanocrystals

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    Wang, Yunjian; Liping, Li; Li, Guangshe

    2017-01-01

    Present work focuses on the surface composition disorder, its origin and relevance to photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of ZnWO4 nanocrystals. ZnWO4 nanoparticles were synthesized under solvothermal conditions, in which formic acid was employed for both the nonstoichiometry and kinetic size control. Nonstoichiometry ranging from 1.05 to 1.18 was originated from the surface Zn-rich disorder layer, as reflected by an excess of cation Zn2+ in the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a new Raman vibration mode at about 930 cm-1 and HR-TEM images. Surface Zn-rich disorder layer has shown a great impact on the structure and properties, including lattice expansion, band-gap narrowing, luminescence enhancement, as well as photocatalytic weakening effect. The investigation on surface composition disorder of multi-component oxides is helpful to deeply understand their formation process and further to find a new functionality optimizing approach.

  18. Highly transparent Bi2MoO6- and Bi2WO6-polymer nanocomposites.

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    Wollmann, P; Grothe, J; Ziegler, C; Kaskel, S

    2011-04-01

    A combined method of precipitation, phase transfer into organic solvent, solvothermal treatment and subsequent in situ polymerization was used to integrate nanocrystalline Bi2MoO6- and Bi2WO6-particles into a polymer matrix of poly-laurylacrylate. The presented method offers a new and gentle way to produce highly transparent bulk nanocomposites containing evenly distributed Bi2MoO6- and Bi2WO6-nanoparticles. Characterization results of DLS-, XRD-, REM- and TEM-measurements are presented as well as solid state UV/VIS-measurements of the particles. The transparent nanocomposites were characterized using UV/VIS-spectroscopy and ellipsometry. All composites show a good transmission in the range from 800-400 nm. The particle content of the nanocomposites was measured with TG-measurements.

  19. Sub-nanosecond Yb:KLu(WO4)2 microchip laser.

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    Loiko, P; Serres, J M; Mateos, X; Yumashev, K; Yasukevich, A; Petrov, V; Griebner, U; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2016-06-01

    A diode-pumped Yb:KLu(WO4)2 microchip laser passively Q-switched by a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber generated a maximum average output power of 590 mW at 1031 nm with a slope efficiency of 55%. The pulse characteristics were 690 ps/47.6 μJ at a pulse repetition frequency of 12.4 kHz. The output beam had an excellent circular profile with M2<1.05. Yb:KLu(WO4)2 is very promising for ultrathin sub-ns microchip lasers.

  20. Insulator to metal transition in WO3 induced by electrolyte gating

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; ...

    2017-07-03

    Tungsten oxide and its associated bronzes (compounds of tungsten oxide and an alkali metal) are well known for their interesting optical and electrical characteristics. We have modified the transport properties of thin WO3 films by electrolyte gating using both ionic liquids and polymer electrolytes. We are able to tune the resistivity of the gated film by more than five orders of magnitude, and a clear insulator-to-metal transition is observed. To clarify the doping mechanism, we have performed a series of incisive operando experiments, ruling out both a purely electronic effect (charge accumulation near the interface) and oxygen-related mechanisms. We proposemore » instead that hydrogen intercalation is responsible for doping WO3 into a highly conductive ground state and provide evidence that it can be described as a dense polaronic gas.« less

  1. Graphene Q-switched Tm:KY(WO4)2 waveguide laser

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    Kifle, E.; Mateos, X.; Loiko, P.; Yumashev, K.; Yasukevich, A.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2017-04-01

    We report on the first Tm3+-doped double tungstate waveguide laser passively Q-switched by a graphene saturable absorber using a 12.4 µm-thick 3 at.% Tm:KY0.58Gd0.22Lu0.17(WO4)2 epitaxial layer grown on a (0 1 0)-oriented pure KY(WO4)2 substrate. This laser generated 5.8 nJ/195 ns pulses at 1831.8 nm corresponding to a pulse repetition frequency of 1.13 MHz. These are the shortest pulses achieved in passively Q-switched Tm waveguide lasers. The laser slope efficiency was 9% and the Q-switching conversion efficiency reached 45%. Graphene is promising for the generation of ns pulses at ~2 µm in Tm3+-doped double tungstate waveguide lasers operating in the MHz-range.

  2. Fabrication and high temperature electronic behaviors of n-WO3 nanorods/p-diamond heterojunction

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    Wang, Liying; Cheng, Shaoheng; Wu, Chengze; Pei, Kai; Song, Yanpeng; Li, Hongdong; Wang, Qinglin; Sang, Dandan

    2017-01-01

    This work explores the temperature-dependent characteristic and carrier transport behavior of a heterojunction of n-WO3 nanorods (NRs)/p-diamond. The n-type WO3 NRs grown by the hydrothermal method were deposited on a p-type boron-doped diamond film. The p-n heterojunction devices showed good thermal stability and have rectification characteristic from room temperature up to 290 °C. With increasing temperature, the turn-on voltages were decreased, and the rectification ratios were relatively high. The calculated ideality factor of the device decreased monotonously with increased temperature. The carrier transport mechanisms at different applied bias voltages following Ohmic laws, recombination-tunneling, and space-charge-limited current conduction of the heterojunction are discussed depending on temperature.

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2/WO3 compositions and their photocatalytic activity

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    Pyachin, Sergey A.; Karpovich, Natalia F.; Zaitsev, Alexey V.; Makarevich, Konstantin S.; Burkov, Alexander A.; Ustinov, Alexander Yu.

    2016-11-01

    Photocatalytic activity, optical properties, thermal stability, phase patterns and morphology of nano-size TiO2/WO3 compositions obtained from organic precursors through hydrothermal synthesis have been studied. It has been shown that doping of anatase nanoparticles with tungsten W+6 results in particle diameter reduction from 35 to 10 nm; decrease in width of the band gap from 3.15 eV to 2.91 eV and increase in temperature of phase transition of anatase to rutile up to 980oC. Catalytic activity of TiO2/WO3 (4 mol.%) composition under photochemical methylene blue (MB) oxidation by simulated solar light exceeds that of undoped anatase (obtained in the same way) 6-fold.

  4. Crystal Structure and Phase Transitions of Sr2CdWO6

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    Gateshki,M.; Igartua, J.; Faik, A.

    2007-01-01

    The crystal structure of Sr2CdWO6, prepared by solid state reaction, was determined by high-resolution X-ray diffraction at different temperatures. At room temperature, this compound has a monoclinic structure (space group P21/n) with a=5.7463(1), b=5.8189(1), c=8.1465(1), {beta}=90.071(1). At 1105 K the structure is converted to tetragonal (space group I4/m). Diffraction data also suggest that a cubic phase exists above 1220 K. Comparing the phase transition temperatures of Sr2CdWO6 with those of other compounds of the Sr2MWO6 family reported previously, it was observed that the transition temperatures are higher in compounds with low-tolerance factors. At the same time, the temperature range in which the intermediate tetragonal phase exists is reduced.

  5. Facile Preparation of Porous WO3 Film for Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Natural Seawater

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    Shi, Yonghong; Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Feng, Juan; Li, Huajing; Zhou, Wanyi

    2017-08-01

    Sunlight-driven natural seawater splitting provides a promising way for large-scale conversion and storage of solar energy. Here, we develop a facile and low-cost method via a deposition-annealing technique to fabricate porous WO3 film and demonstrate its application as a photoanode for natural seawater splitting. The WO3 film yields a photocurrent density of 1.95 mA cm-2 and possesses excellent stability at 1.23 V (versus RHE), under the illumination of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5G). The photoelectrochemical performance is ascribed to the large surface area and good permeation of the electrolyte into the porous film. Furthermore, the photocurrent density remains almost the same during 3 h continuous light irradiation. The evolution of chlorine gas from seawater splitting was determined with qualitative and quantitative analyses, with a Faradic efficiency of about 56%.

  6. Synthesis and characterizations of isolated WO4 anchored on mesoporous TiTUD-1 support

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    Pachamuthu, Muthusamy P.; Maheswari, Rajamanickam; Ramanathan, Anand

    2017-04-01

    The titanium incorporated mesoporous silicate TUD-1 (Si/Ti ratio 40) was synthesized by non-surfactant route, and utilized as a support for tungstate (WO42-) species with variable loading (5-30 wt%). The structural and textural properties of these samples were evaluated from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 physisorption studies. Diffuse reflectance UV-vis (DR UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Fourier transform Raman (FT Raman) spectra evidenced the Ti4+ coordination and the formation of WO42- species, further supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies. Scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDAX), High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) further support the materials morphology corroborating other characterizations. The catalytic activities of these materials were tested in the liquid phase, solvent free esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol. About 95% of acetic acid conversion resulted by these catalysts with 8 h of reaction time.

  7. Defect engineering of two-dimensional WO3 nanosheets for enhanced electrochromism and photoeletrochemical performance

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    Zhou, Xiaofang; Zheng, Xiaoli; Yan, Bo; Xu, Tao; Xu, Qun

    2017-04-01

    The capability of introduction of oxygen vacancies in a controlled way has emerged as the heart of modern transition metal oxide semiconductor chemistry. As chemical defects, the oxygen vacancies have been proposed as electron donors, which are prone to increase carrier density and promote charge carrier separation. Herein, we have successfully prepared 2D WO3 ultrathin nanosheets with abundant surface oxygen vacancies by a combination of facile solvothermal reaction and hydrogenation method. The resultant hydrogenated WO3 ultrathin nanosheets exhibit remarkable electrochromism and photocatalytic performances compared with the non-hydrogenated samples, mainly due to their increased oxygen vacancies, narrowed band gap coupled with fast charge transfer and enhanced adsorption of visible light.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanostructures prepared by an aged-hydrothermal method

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    Huirache-Acuna, R.; Paraguay-Delgado, F.; Albiter, M.A.; Lara-Romero, J.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.

    2009-09-15

    Nanostructures of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) have been successfully synthesized by using an aged route at low temperature (60 deg. C) followed by a hydrothermal method at 200 deg. C for 48 h under well controlled conditions. The material was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Specific Surface Area (S{sub BET}) were measured by using the BET method. The lengths of the WO{sub 3} nanostructures obtained are between 30 and 200 nm and their diameters are from 20 to 70 nm. The growth direction of the tungsten oxide nanostructures was determined along [010] axis with an inter-planar distance of 0.38 nm.

  9. Structural, microstructural and vibrational analyses of the monoclinic tungstate BiLuWO{sub 6}

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    Ait Ahsaine, H.; Taoufyq, A.; Patout, L.; Ezahri, M.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bakiz, B.; Villain, S.; Guinneton, F.; Gavarri, J.-R.

    2014-10-15

    The bismuth lutetium tungstate phase BiLuWO{sub 6} has been prepared using a solid state route with stoichiometric mixtures of oxide precursors. The obtained polycrystalline phase has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy. In the first step, the crystal structure has been refined using Rietveld method: the crystal cell was resolved using monoclinic system (parameters a, b, c, β) with space group A2/m. SEM images showed the presence of large crystallites with a constant local nominal composition (BiLuW). TEM analyses showed that the actual local structure could be better represented by a superlattice (a, 2b, c, β) associated with space groups P2 or P2/m. The Raman spectroscopy showed the presence of vibrational bands similar to those observed in the compounds BiREWO{sub 6} with RE=Y, Gd, Nd. However, these vibrational bands were characterized by large full width at half maximum, probably resulting from the long range Bi/Lu disorder and local WO{sub 6} octahedron distortions in the structure. - Graphical abstract: The average structure of BiLuWO{sub 6} determined from X-ray diffraction data can be represented by A2/m space group. Experimental Electron Diffraction patterns along the [0vw] zone axes of the monoclinic structure and associated simulated patterns show the existence of a monoclinic superstructure with space group P2 or P2/m. - Highlights: • A new monoclinic BiLuWO{sub 6} phase has been elaborated from solid-state reaction. • The space group of the monoclinic disordered average structure should be A2/m. • Transmission electron microscopy leads to a superlattice with P2/m space group. • Raman spectroscopy suggests existence of local disorder.

  10. Benzisoxazole analogs as glycogen synthase activators, a patent evaluation (WO2011057956).

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    Uto, Yoshikazu

    2012-06-01

    A small series of benzisoxazole analogs that effectively activate glycogen synthase (GS) was prepared in WO2011057956. These novel GS activators are claimed to be beneficial for the treatment or prophylaxis of metabolic disease and disorders. The 1,2-benzisoxazole-3-ol moiety is utilized in the present patent as a bioisoster of benzoic acid, which has often been employed in prior examples of the GS activators.

  11. Consolidation and Fabrication Techniques for Vanadium-20 w/o Titanium (TV-20)

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    1965-02-01

    Electron - beam Melting Furnace . 15 3 . Schematic Drawing of 60 -kW NRC Electron - beam Melting Furnace...21 7 . A Se rie s of Vanadium- Titanium Pre s sed Briquets b efo re and afte r Welding to Form a Drip Rod for Electron - beam Melting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2...Rolling Schedule s . . . . . . . . . . . 42 VIII . Die Siz e s Used in Drawing V - 20w/o Ti Tubing 5 7 IX . Influenc e of Electron - beam

  12. [Characterization of pure and doped amorphous WO3 films by Raman spectroscopy].

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    Lü, Gang; Wu, Yong-Gang; Wu, He-Yun; Xia, Zi-Huan; Liu, Ren-Chen

    2012-11-01

    Pure, TiO2-doped and TiO2/Ag-doped WO3 films were prepared by evaporation and electron beam evaporating. Raman spectroscopy and chronoamperometry were used to characterize the electrochromic properties of the samples. The correlation between the relative intensity of the Raman peaks, corresponding to the Raman sharp peak of the crystalline phase at 810 cm(-1) is negative, that is to say the higher the relative intensity of the Raman peaks, the smaller the coloration efficiency.

  13. PbWO4 crystals for the CMS electro-magnetic calorimeter

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    Organtini, Giovanni

    1997-02-01

    In this paper results obtained by the CMS collaboration in the study of the properties of PbWO4 crystals chosen to construct the electro-magnetic calorimeter for the CMS experiment at LHC are reported. The main activities carried out by the collaboration during 1995/1996 were devoted to the definition of the properties of the crystals needed to fully characterise them for the final calorimeter assembly.

  14. PbWO 4 crystals for the CMS electro-magnetic calorimeter

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    Organtini, Giovanni; CMS Collaboration

    1998-02-01

    In this paper results obtained by the CMS collaboration in the study of the properties of PbWO 4 crystals chosen to construct the electro-magnetic calorimeter for the CMS experiment at LHC are reported. The main activities carried out by the collaboration during 1995/1996 were devoted to the definition of the properties of the crystals needed to fully characterise them for the final calorimeter assembly.

  15. 5-Hydroxymethyl-oxazolidin-2-one antibacterials. Actelion Pharmaceuticals: WO2008062379.

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    Phillips, Oludotun A; Sharaf, Leyla H

    2009-04-01

    The application, WO2008062379, claims chimeric compounds comprising chemically linked 5-hydroxymethyl-oxazolidinone and tetracyclic-quinolone moieties. The claimed compounds are potent expanded-range antibacterial agents against selected gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, which may exhibit dual mode of action as inhibitors of topoisomarases IV and protein synthesis. The structures of the compounds suggest that the linkers are chemically and biochemically stable. This application represents part of recently initiated research efforts at Actelion.

  16. Quantitative hole collection for photoelectrochemical water oxidation with CuWO4.

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    Gao, Yuan; Hamann, Thomas W

    2017-01-19

    The hole collection efficiency of water oxidation was evaluated for CuWO4 electrodes from comparisons of the photocurrent of H2O2 and Na2SO3 oxidation as well as intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) measurements. We found current multiplication using H2O2, however use of Na2SO3 and IMPS revealed quantitative water oxidation at 1.23 V vs. RHE.

  17. Development of w/o microemulsion for transdermal delivery of iodide ions.

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    Lou, Hao; Qiu, Ni; Crill, Catherine; Helms, Richard; Almoazen, Hassan

    2013-03-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion which can be utilized as a transdermal delivery for iodide ions. Several w/o microemulsion formulations were prepared utilizing Span 20, ethanol, Capryol 90®, and water. The selected formulations had 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, and a maximum of 23% w/w water content. Potassium iodide (KI) was incorporated in all formulations at 5% w/v. Physicochemical characterizations were conducted to evaluate the structure and stability. These studies included: mean droplet size, pH, viscosity, conductivity, and chemical stability tests. In vitro human skin permeation studies were conducted to evaluate the diffusion of the iodide ion through human skin. The w/o microemulsion formulations were stable and compatible with iodide ions with water content ranging from 5% to 23% w/w. The addition of KI influenced the physicochemical properties of microemulsion as compared to blank microemulsion formulations. In vitro human skin permeation studies indicated that selected formulations improved iodide ion diffusion significantly as compared to control (KI solution; P value<0.05). Iodide ions were entrapped within the aqueous core of w/o microemulsion. Span 20, ethanol and Capryol 90 protected the iodide ions against oxidation and formed a stable microemulsion. It is worth to note that according to Hofmeister series, iodide ions tend to lower the interfacial tension between water and oil and consequently enhance overall stability. This work illustrates that microemulsion system can be utilized as a vehicle for the transdermal administration of iodide.

  18. Pressure-induced phase transitions in Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Garg, Nandini . E-mail: nandini@magnum.barc.ernet.in; Panchal, Vinod; Tyagi, A.K.; Sharma, Surinder M.

    2005-04-15

    The high pressure behavior of aluminum tungstate [Al{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}] has been investigated up to {approx}18GPa with the help of Raman scattering studies. Our results confirm the recent observations of two reversible phase transitions below 3GPa. In addition, we find that this compound undergoes two more phase transitions at {approx}5.3 and {approx}6GPa before transforming irreversibly to an amorphous phase at {approx}14GPa.

  19. Heterojunction-based two-dimensional N-doped TiO(2)/WO(3) composite architectures for photocatalytic treatment of hazardous organic vapor.

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    Lee, Joon Yeob; Jo, Wan-Kuen

    2016-08-15

    Two-dimensional nanosheet structures of N-doped TiO2/WO3 composites (WO3-N-TNSs) with varying WO3 loadings were synthesized by incorporating WO3 and N sources into sonochemically prepared TiO2 nanosheets (TNSs). These nanostructures were employed as photocatalysts, and their efficacy in the decomposition of hazardous hexane vapor was investigated. The photocatalytic efficiencies of the WO3-N-TNS composites were higher than those of N-doped TNS (N-TNS), which in turn were higher than the corresponding values for un-doped TNS. These variations were ascribed to the different light absorbance efficiencies, adsorption abilities, and charge carrier separations between the samples. An optimal WO3 loading for the performance of WO3-N-TNS was determined. Interestingly, the photocatalytic efficiency for hexane mixed with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) was lower than that for pure hexane, whereas the degradation efficiency for IPA did not vary with the feed method. Also investigated were the hexane conversion into CO2 over a representative WO3-N-TNS sample, the durability of the photocatalyst, and potential byproduct formation. Based on measurements of the hydroxyl radical population, a heterojunction-type mechanism was considered more plausible than a direct Z-scheme-type mechanism for the photocatalytic decomposition of hexane over the WO3-N-TNS photocatalysts. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Dehydration, dehydrogenation, and condensation of alcohols on supported oxide catalysts based on cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters.

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    Rousseau, Roger; Dixon, David A; Kay, Bruce D; Dohnálek, Zdenek

    2014-11-21

    Supported early transition metal oxides have important applications in numerous catalytic reactions. In this article, we review the synthesis and activity of well-defined model WO3 and MoO3 catalysts that are prepared via deposition of cyclic gas-phase (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters generated by sublimation of WO3 and MoO3 powders. Conversion of small aliphatic alcohols to alkenes, aldehydes/ketones, and ethers is employed to probe the structure-activity relationships on model catalysts ranging from unsupported (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters embedded in alcohol matrices, to (WO3)3 clusters supported on surfaces of other oxides, and epitaxial and nanoporous WO3 films. Detailed theoretical calculations reveal the underlying reaction mechanisms and provide insight into the origin of the differences in the WO3 and MoO3 reactivity. The catalytic activity for a range of interrogated (WO3)3 motifs (from unsupported clusters to nanoporous films) further sheds light onto the role structure and binding of (WO3)3 clusters with the support play in determining their catalytic activity.

  1. Fabrication and photocatalytic activity enhanced mechanism of direct Z-scheme g-C3N4/Ag2WO4 photocatalyst

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    Zhu, Bicheng; Xia, Pengfei; Li, Yao; Ho, Wingkei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    Herein, a direct Z-scheme graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)/silver tungstate (Ag2WO4) photocatalyst was prepared by a facile in situ precipitation method using g-C3N4 as a support and silver nitrate as a precursor. X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and elemental mapping demonstrated that β-Ag2WO4 nanoparticles were evenly distributed on the surface of g-C3N4 nanosheets, which acted as a support for the nucleation and growth of β-Ag2WO4 and inhibited the phase transformation of metastable β-Ag2WO4 to stable α-Ag2WO4. Photocatalytic experiments indicated that the g-C3N4/Ag2WO4 nanocomposite photocatalyst displayed a better photocatalytic activity than pure g-C3N4 and Ag2WO4 toward the degradation of methyl orange. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of g-C3N4/Ag2WO4 could be well explained by a direct Z-scheme photocatalytic mechanism. This mechanism was related to the efficient space separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and the great oxidation and reduction capabilities of the g-C3N4/Ag2WO4 system. This work provided new insights into the design and fabrication of g-C3N4-based direct Z-scheme photocatalysts.

  2. Direct observation of photoinduced charge redistribution of WO3-TiO2 double layer nanocomposite films by photoassisted Kelvin force microscopy

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    Wang, S. J.; Cheng, G.; Jiang, X. H.; Li, Y. C.; Huang, Y. B.; Du, Z. L.

    2006-05-01

    The microscopic photoinduced charge redistribution between heterogeneous semiconductor nanofilms of WO3 and TiO2 double layers (written as WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite films) was directly observed using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KFM) coupled with an UV light source. Under illumination the surface potential morphologies of WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite films changed from 162to592mV, which was associated with the photoinduced charge transfer between WO3 and TiO2 nanoparticles due to the energy level alignment between them. This improved technique of photoassisted KFM was presented to visualize the photoinduced charge transfer between different semiconductor nanoparticles on microscopic scale.

  3. Nanostructured WO3 /BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Pihosh, Yuriy; Turkevych, Ivan; Mawatari, Kazuma; Asai, Tomohiro; Hisatomi, Takashi; Uemura, Jin; Tosa, Masahiro; Shimamura, Kiyoshi; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari; Kitamori, Takehiko

    2014-09-24

    Nanostructured photoanodes based on well-separated and vertically oriented WO3 nanorods capped with extremely thin BiVO4 absorber layers are fabricated by the combination of Glancing Angle Deposition and normal physical sputtering techniques. The optimized WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode modified with Co-Pi oxygen evolution co-catalyst shows remarkably stable photocurrents of 3.2 and 5.1 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode in a stable Na2 SO4 electrolyte under simulated solar light at the standard 1 Sun and concentrated 2 Suns illumination, respectively. The photocurrent enhancement is attributed to the faster charge separation in the electronically thin BiVO4 layer and significantly reduced charge recombination. The enhanced light trapping in the nanostructured WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode effectively increases the optical thickness of the BiVO4 layer and results in efficient absorption of the incident light. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. TiO2/WO3 photoactive bilayers in the UV-Vis light region

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    Vasilaki, E.; Vernardou, D.; Kenanakis, G.; Vamvakaki, M.; Katsarakis, N.

    2017-04-01

    In this work, photoactive bilayered films consisting of anatase TiO2 and monoclinic WO3 were synthesized by a sol-gel route. Titanium isopropoxide and tungsten hexachloride were used as metal precursors and deposition was achieved by spin-coating on Corning glass substrates. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, UV-Vis, and Raman spectroscopy, as well as field emission scanning electron microscopy. The prepared immobilized catalysts were tested for their photocatalytic performance by the decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous matrices, under UV-Vis light irradiation. The annealing process influenced the crystallinity of the bilayered films, while the concentration of the tungsten precursor solution and the position of the tungsten trioxide layer further affected their photocatalytic performance. In particular, the photocatalytic performance of the bilayered films was optimized at a concentration of 0.1 M of the WO3 precursor solution, when deposited as an overlying layer on TiO2 by two annealing steps ( 76% methylene blue decolorization in 300 min of irradiation versus 59% in the case of a bare TiO2 film). In general, the coupled layer catalysts exhibited superior photoactivity compared to that of bare TiO2 films with WO3 acting as an electron trap, resulting, therefore, in a more efficient electron-hole separation and inhibiting their recombination.

  5. WO3/Pt nanoparticles promote light-induced lipid peroxidation and lysosomal instability within tumor cells

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    Clark, Andrea J.; Petty, Howard R.

    2016-02-01

    Although metal-metal oxide nanoparticles have attracted considerable interest as catalysts, they have attracted little interest in nanomedicine. This is likely due to the fact that metal oxide semiconductors generally require biologically harmful ultraviolet excitation. In contrast, this study focuses upon WO3/Pt nanoparticles, which can be excited by visible light. To optimize the nanoparticles’ catalytic performance, platinization was performed at alkaline pH. These nanoparticles destroyed organic dyes, consumed dissolved oxygen and produced hydroxyl radicals. 4T1 breast cancer cells internalized WO3/Pt nanoparticles within the membrane-bound endo-lysosomal compartment as shown by electron and fluorescence microscopy. During visible light exposure, but not in darkness, WO3/Pt nanoparticles manufacture reactive oxygen species, promote lipid peroxidation, and trigger lysosomal membrane disruption. As cells of the immune system degrade organic molecules, produce reactive oxygen species, and activate the lipid peroxidation pathway within target cells, these nanoparticles mimic the chemical attributes of immune effector cells. These biomimetic nanoparticles should become useful in managing certain cancers, especially ocular cancer.

  6. Carbon materials as additives to WO3 for an enhanced conversion of simulated solar light

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    Carmona, Rocío; Velasco, Leticia; Laurenti, Enzo; Maurino, Valter; Ania, Conchi

    2016-02-01

    We have explored the impact of the incorporation of nanoporous carbons as additives to tungsten oxide on the photocatalytic degradation of two recalcitrant pollutants: rhodamine B and phenol, under simulated solar light. For this purpose, WO3/carbon mixtures were prepared using three carbon materials with different properties (in terms of porosity, structural order and surface chemistry). Despite the low carbon content used (2 wt. %), a significant increase in the photocatalytic performance of the semiconductor was observed for all the catalysts. Moreover, the influence of the carbon additive on the performance of the photocatalysts was found to be very different for the two pollutants. Carbon additives of hydrophobic nature increased the photodegradation yield of phenol compared to bare WO3, likely due to the higher affinity and stronger interactions of phenol molecules towards basic nanoporous carbons. Oppositely, the use of acidic carbon additives led to higher rhodamine B conversions due to increased acidity of the WO3/carbon mixtures and the stronger affinity of the pollutant for acidic catalyst’s surfaces. As a result, the photooxidation of rhodamine B is favored by means of a coupled (photosensitized and photocatalytic) degradation mechanism. All these results highlight the importance of favoring the interactions of the pollutant with the catalyst’s surface through a detailed design of the features of the photocatalyst.

  7. Coloration and Depth Distribution of Cations Electrochemically-inserted into Electrochromic WO3 Thin Films

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    Kawai, Miho; Sakida, Shinichi; Benino, Yasuhiko; Nanba, Tokuro

    2011-10-01

    Li+ and H+ ions were electrochemically inserted into amorphous WO3 films prepared on an ITO-coated glass substrate by an R.F. magnetron sputtering method under Ar/O2 flow ratios of 4/1 (SP1)and 1/1 (SP2). The cation distribution was estimated indirectly by depth profiles of refractive-index obtained from prism coupler measurements and was evaluated directly by glow discharge spectrometry (GDS). H+ ions inserted were segregated only at deeper region around ITO electrode, which was independent to the preparing condition. In the case of Li+ insertion into SP1 film, Li+ ions were initially segregated at around ITO electrode, and after further insertions, they were also distributed at around the surface of WO3 film. In SP1 film, Li+ ions at around ITO electrode seemed to contribute to coloration. In SP2 film, however, Li+ ions subsequently inserted, which were uniformly distributed in the film, were only involved in coloration. The difference in depth distribution and coloration was due to the difference in atomic structure of WO3 films.

  8. Highly crystalline WO3 thin films with ordered 3D mesoporosity and improved electrochromic performance.

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    Brezesinski, Torsten; Rohlfing, Dina Fattakhova; Sallard, Sébastien; Antonietti, Markus; Smarsly, Bernd M

    2006-10-01

    WO3 thin layers with nanometer-scale periodicity were prepared by evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) using a novel amphiphilic block-copolymer template (poly(ethylene-co-butylene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)). The evolution of the mesoporous ordered network and the crystallinity of the framework were monitored by 2D-SAXS, WAXS, SEM, XPS, and porosimetry. By annealing the films, the pore-wall crystallinity is adjusted between fully amorphous and highly crystalline without mesostructural degradation. Thus, the crystalline-film framework is composed of phase-pure monoclinic WO3 nanoparticles (12-14 nm in size). Furthermore, heat treatment transforms the originally spherical mesopores into ellipsoids, resulting in a unidirectionally shrunken, but still well-defined and fully accessible bcc mesopore architecture. The influence of mesoporosity and crystallinity on electrochemical/electrochromic characteristics was addressed by monitoring electrochemical features and the absorption changes during Li insertion/extraction (repetitive potentiostatic cycling). Both the amorphous and crystalline mesoporous films possess electrochromic response times on the order of only seconds, which are attributable to the facilitated insertion of guest ions due to shortening of the diffusion path lengths. Also, the insertion/extraction reversibility of crystalline WO3 layers with 3D mesoporosity is improved compared to amorphous ones and reaches values close to 100%.

  9. Pressure-induced phase transitions of β-type pyrochlore CsTaWO6

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    Zhang, F. X.; Tracy, C. L.; Shamblin, J.; ...

    2016-09-30

    The β-type pyrochlore CsTaWO6 was studied by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering methods up to pressures of 43 GPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). With increasing pressure, the cubic pyrochlore in space group of Fd-3¯m with combining macron]m transforms to an orthorhombic structure (space group: Pnma) at 5.9 GPa and then to a monoclinic structure (space group: P21/c) at ~18 GPa. The structural evolution in CsTaWO6 is a continuous process and experimental results suggest that the initial cubic phase has a tetragonal distortion at ambient conditions. Both XRD and Raman measurements indicate that the pressure-induced phase transitionsmore » in CsTaWO6 are reversible. Lastly, these results may provide a structural explanation of previous experimental resistivity measurement results for the isostructural superconductor K(Cs)Os2O6 at high pressure conditions.« less

  10. Facile Solvothermal Synthesis and Gas Sensitivity of Graphene/WO3 Nanocomposites

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    Gui, Yanghai; Yuan, Junhua; Wang, Weiming; Zhao, Jianbo; Tian, Junfeng; Xie, Bing

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has attracted enormous attention owing to its extraordinary properties, while graphene-based nanocomposites hold promise for many applications. In this paper, we present a two-step exploitation method for preparation of graphene oxides and a facile solvothermal route for preparation of few-layer graphene nanosheets and graphene/WO3 nanocomposites in an ethanol-distilled water medium. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and gas-sensing test. The resistivity of the thick-film gas sensors based on sandwich-like graphene/WO3 nanocomposites can be controlled by varying the amount of graphene in the composites. Graphene/WO3 nanocomposites with graphene content higher than 1% show fast response, high selectivity and fine sensitivity to NOx. PMID:28788695

  11. K-enriched WO3 nanobundles: high electrical conductivity and photocurrent with controlled polarity.

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    Hu, Zhibin; Ji, Zhuan; Lim, Wilson Weicheng; Mukherjee, Bablu; Zhou, Chenggang; Tok, Eng Soon; Sow, Chorng-Haur

    2013-06-12

    Potassium ions are successfully intercalated into WO3 nanobundles with the integrity of the pseudo-orthorhombic structure remaining intact. The nanobundles display a 5-fold increase in the electrical conductivity. It changes from a value of 10(-4) Sm(-1) for pure WO3 to 40 Sm(-1) upon potassium intercalation. The electrical conductivity also increases by ~200 times as temperature increases from 23 to 200 °C whereby analysis shows a thermal activation energy of ~1 eV. Density functional theory calculations show that K ions cause the reduction of the surrounding W atoms and lead to an increase in the electron population in the conduction band. Hence, the conductivity of the K-WO3 nanobundles is greatly enhanced. The calculated band structure also shows a gap of 1 eV that is consistent with the measured thermal activation energy. Upon illumination of focused laser beam, individual and isolated nanobundle displays significant photon induced current (9 nA) without external bias at low laser power (2 mW); the amplitude and polarity of photocurrent could be controlled by location of laser spot.

  12. Electrochemical Nanolithography on Amorphous WO3 Thin Films Using Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Air

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    Qiu, Hong; Lu, Yong-Feng; Mai, Zhi-Hong

    2001-11-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films have shown interesting properties as lithography resist materials. In this study, the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was used in air for nanometer etching of α-WO3-x thin films, an n-type semiconductor. The current-voltage (I-V) curve was found to be affected by the water layer absorbed on the surface. For low voltage (< 3 V) with long duration (˜ 10 s) or high voltage pulse (> 3 V) with short pulsewidth (˜ 200 ms), holes were formed on the film surface at high humidity (> 70%) by applying a pulse voltage. A threshold voltage existed for hole formation. Higher pulse voltage and negative polarity corresponded to larger modified size. All the structures formed in STM images were topographical in nature by comparison with the AFM images. The hole formation was reasonably attributed to electrochemistry and high dissolution of WO3 in high pH solutions, which was co-manifested by links between the holes and eroded materials on the surface. Alkaline solutions instead of deionized water were chosen to act in the tip-surface gap. Alkaline ions being expelled from the tip due to electric polarity demonstrated the ion movement and their effect on etching. Lines of nanometer width were fabricated.

  13. Substituted indole Mcl-1 inhibitors: a patent evaluation (WO2015148854A1).

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    Song, Ting; Wang, Ziqian; Zhang, Zhichao

    2016-10-04

    The myeloid cell leukemia 1 (Mcl-1) protein, an anti-apoptotic member of Bcl-2 family, plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of many cancers and is listed in the 'top ten' pathological factors across the diversity of human cancers. The patent described in this evaluation (WO2015148854A1) claimed substituted indole Mcl-1 inhibitors for the treatment of diseases and conditions (e.g., cancer) characterized by the over-expression or dysregulation of Mcl-1 proteins. A variety of 2-position substituents distinguished indole Mcl-1 inhibitors claimed in this patent from another two patents by AbbVie Inc. (WO2008131000A2 and WO2008130970A1). They exhibited low-nanomolar binding affinities and >100-fold selectivity over Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL in vitro, and low-micromolar killing abilities against a panel of tumour cell lines. Moreover, the compounds in this patent revealed that the structural basis for selective Mcl-1 inhibitors may not completely depend on the 5 known binding hot-spots, and conformational flexibility of Mcl-1 protein could contribute to the binding specificity.

  14. A preliminary survey for Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO infections in Indian mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae).

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    Ravikumar, H; Ramachandraswamy, N; Sampathkumar, S; Prakash, B M; Huchesh, H C; Uday, J; Puttaraju, H P

    2010-12-01

    Maternally inherited Wolbachia endosymbiotic bacteria are known to induce various kinds of reproductive alterations in their arthropod hosts. It has been proposed that this bacterium can be used as a tool for gene drive system in mosquitoes and also for the reduction of population size and modulating population age structure in order to reduce disease transmission. In the present study, we carried out a survey to determine the prevalence of Wolbachia and its phage WO infection in Indian mosquitoes and classified Wolbachia infection into groups A and B based on extensive polymerase chain reaction assay using Wolbachia specific wsp and orf7 gene primers. Out of 20 fieldcaught mosquito species, eight species have shown to be infected. Singly infected with Wolbachia A was found in two species and B group found in four species, while double infection with AB group were found in two species. All the screened mosquito species with positive Wolbachia infection were also infected with phage WO. The knowledge of variation in Wolbachia and phage WO infection rates and inferred susceptibility to infection among different mosquito genera has fundamental implications for designing and successful application of Wolbachia based vector-borne disease control strategies.

  15. High temperature stable W/O emulsions prepared with in-situ hydrophobically modified rodlike sepiolite.

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    Zhang, Li; Li, Zhenbang; Wang, Lei; Sun, Dejun

    2017-05-01

    Hydrophobic modification can influence interparticle interaction, their interfacial adsorption, and stability of particle-stabilized emulsions. Emulsions stabilized by rodlike particles are more stable than those prepared with spherical particles even at low concentrations. Moreover, interfacial adsorption of particles will be tuned by controlling the modification. Thus, it is possible to prepare stable W/O emulsions with in-situ modified rodlike particles. Rodlike sepiolite particles were in-situ modified in oil using dimethyldioctadecylammonium chloride (DODMAC). High salinity solution (water) in paraffin oil (W/O) emulsion was prepared with the modified particles. Stability of emulsions at room temperature and after aging at 160°C for 24h was studied. Mechanism of emulsion stability was explored by rheological measurements and confocal fluorescent microscopy. Remarkable stability against coalescence was found at high temperature. The enhanced stability is due to the high viscosity of continuous phase. Moreover, modification of sepiolite particles at high DOMDAC concentrations enhances particle adsorption at water-oil interfaces and network in continuous phase, which improve the stability against sedimentation and coalescence of the W/O emulsions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Gas Sensor Based on 3-D WO3 Inverse Opal: Design and Applications

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    Xing, Ruiqing; Du, Yang; Zhao, Xiaonan; Zhang, Xiu

    2017-01-01

    A three-dimensional inverse opal (3DIO) WO3 architecture has been synthesized via a simple sacrificial template method. Morphology features of the 3DIO were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and its structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The shrinking ratio of the PMMA spheres was ~28.2% through measuring the distribution of the PMMA spheres and 3DIO WO3 center-to-center distance between the spheres and macropores, respectively. Beyond that, the 3DIO gas sensing properties were investigated systematically and the sensing mechanism of 3DIO WO3 was proposed. The results indicated that the response of the 3DIO sensor possessed excellent sensitivity to acetone gas, especially at trace levels. The 3DIO gas sensor response was ~7 to 5 ppm of acetone and could detect acetone low to 0.2 ppm effectively, which was in close proximity to the theoretical low detection limit of 0.14 ppm when Ra/Rg ≥ 1.2 was used as the criterion for reliable gas sensing. All in all, the obvious satisfaction of the gas-sensing properties was ascribed to the structure of the 3DIO, and the sensor could be a promising novel device in the future. PMID:28353672

  17. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Stephens, Zachary Dan.; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with WO3 electrodeposited homogeneously on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. A paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length on the current density and the EC contrast of the material were studied. The EC redox reaction seen in this material is diffusion- limited, having relatively fast reaction rates at the electrode surface. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2.

  18. Spectroscopy of tetragonal Eu:NaGd(WO4)2 crystal

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    Loiko, P. A.; Vilejshikova, E. V.; Mateos, X.; Serres, J. M.; Dashkevich, V. I.; Orlovich, V. A.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Yumashev, K. V.; Grigoriev, S. V.; Vatnik, S. M.; Bagaev, S. N.; Pavlyuk, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    We report on growth and detailed spectroscopic study of Eu3+-doped tetragonal sodium gadolinium double tungstate, Eu:NaGd(WO4)2, a new promising crystal for deep-red lasers. Large-volume crystal doped with 4.9 at.% Eu is grown by Czochralski method along the [001] crystallographic direction. Absorption of Eu3+ ions is studied at room temperature (RT) and at 6 K. For the absorption band related to the 7F1 → 5D1 transition suitable for pumping of Eu:NaGd(WO4)2, the maximum cross-section is σabs = 1.2 × 10-21 cm2 at 535.5 nm with the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 3.1 nm (at RT, for E || a polarization). For the 5D0 → 7F4 transition, the maximum stimulated-emission cross-section is σSE = 1.6 × 10-21 cm2 at 698.3 nm (RT, E || c polarization). Lifetime of the 5D0 state is 490 ± 10 μs (at RT). Under UV excitation, Eu:NaGd(WO4)2 provides intense red emission with CIE coordinates (x = 0.671, y = 0.329).

  19. Non-equilibrium Phonons in CaWO4: Issues for Phonon Mediated Particle Detectors

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    Msall, Madeleine; Head, Timothy; Jumper, Daniel

    2009-03-01

    The CRESST experiment looks for evidence of dark matter particles colliding with nuclei in CaWO4, using cryogenic bolometers sensitive to energy deposition ˜ 10 keV with a few percent accuracy. Calibration of the energy deposited in the phonon system depends upon the details of the evolution of the non-equilibrium energy in the CaWO4 absorber. Our phonon images sensitively measure variations in angular phonon flux, providing key information about the elastic constants and scattering rates that determine the energy evolution. Phonon pulses, created by focused photoexcitation of a 150 nm Cu film, are detected after propagation through 3 mm of CaWO4. The 20 ns Ar-ion laser pulse creates a localized (10-3 mm^2) source of 10-20 K blackbody phonons. The sample is at 2 K. Our images show that the elastic constants derived from ultrasonic velocities along high symmetry axes do not accurately predict the total phonon flux along non-symmetry directions. We present new data on the dependence of phonon flux on excitation level and discuss the influence of isotope and anharmonic decay on the shape of phonon pulses in these ultrapure samples. Thanks to J.P. Wolfe and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Urbana, IL, for partial support of this work.

  20. Preparation and characterization of W/O microemulsion for removal of oily make-up cosmetics.

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    Kim, E J; Kong, B J; Kwon, S S; Jang, H N; Park, S N

    2014-12-01

    In the present study, W/O microemulsions (MEs) were prepared for efficient removal of oily make-up cosmetics and the detergency characteristics were studied. The W/O MEs were prepared by mixing of a spontaneous emulsifier, cosurfactant and oil, and solubilizing the mixture during addition of water. The wettability and emulsifying activity were, respectively, evaluated by measuring contact angle and absorbance after preparing a total of 20 samples using three emulsifying systems and seven oils. Based on the results, a lower viscosity of the oil component is favourable for higher wettability, and the lower the viscosity of the emulsifying systems, the higher the wettability of the ME. Except in the case of oleic acid (OA), oils having high polarity showed significant emulsifying activity. The equation describing [detergency(ΔE)=98.1wettability(cosθ)+120.5EAI(emulsifyingactivityindex)-77.1] was derived from the detergency measurement results, and it was verified that the wettability contributed more significantly to the detergency than the emulsifying activity. These results suggest that the prepared W/O microemulsions can be utilized as cleaning agents for efficient removal of oily make-up cosmetics. © 2014 Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Société Française de Cosmétologie.

  1. Visible-light-driven Bi 2 O 3 /WO 3 composites with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Adhikari, Shiba P.; Dean, Hunter; Hood, Zachary D.; ...

    2015-10-19

    Semiconductor heterojunctions (composites) have been shown to be effective photocatalytic materials to overcome the drawbacks of low photocatalytic efficiency that results from electron–hole recombination and narrow photo-response range. We prepared a novel visible-light-driven Bi2O3/WO3 composite photocatalyst by hydrothermal synthesis. The composite was characterized by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to better understand the structures, compositions, morphologies and optical properties. Bi2O3/WO3 heterojunction was found to exhibit significantly higher photocatalytic activity towards the decomposition of Rhodaminemore » B (RhB) and 4-nitroaniline (4-NA) under visible light irradiation compared to that of Bi2O3 and WO3. A tentative mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the heterostructured composite is discussed based on observed activity, band position calculations, photoluminescence, and electrochemical impedance data. Our study provides a new strategy for the design of composite materials with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance.« less

  2. Photoelectrochemical behavior of nanostructured WO3 thin-film electrodes: The oxidation of formic acid.

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    Monllor-Satoca, Damián; Borja, Luis; Rodes, Antonio; Gómez, Roberto; Salvador, Pedro

    2006-12-11

    Nanostructured tungsten trioxide thin-film electrodes are prepared on conducting glass substrates by either potentiostatic electrodeposition from aqueous solutions of peroxotungstic acid or direct deposition of WO3 slurries. Once treated thermally in air at 450 degrees C, the electrodes are found to be composed of monoclinic WO3 grains with a particle size around 30-40 nm. The photoelectrochemical behavior of these electrodes in 1 M HClO4 apparently reveals a low degree of electron-hole recombination. Upon addition of formic acid, the electrode showed the current multiplication phenomenon together with a shift of the photocurrent onset potential toward less positive values. Photoelectrochemical experiments devised on the basis of a kinetic model reported recently [I. Mora-Seró, T. Lana-Villarreal, J. Bisquert, A. Pitarch, R. Gómez, P. Salvador, J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 3371] showed that an interfacial mechanism of inelastic, direct hole transfer takes place in the photooxidation of formic acid. This behavior is attributed to the tendency of formic acid molecules to be specifically adsorbed on the WO3 nanoparticles, as evidenced by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy.

  3. Lattice and spin dynamics in a low-symmetry antiferromagnet NiWO4

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    Prosnikov, M. A.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Smirnov, A. N.; Volkov, M. P.; Pisarev, R. V.; Becker, P.; Bohatý, L.

    2017-07-01

    Lattice and magnetic dynamics of NiWO4 single crystals were studied with the use of polarized Raman spectroscopy in a wide temperature range of 10-300 K including the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature TN=62 K. Static magnetic measurements were used for characterizing the single crystals. All Raman-active phonons predicted by the group theory were observed and characterized. Magnetic symmetry analysis was used to determine possible magnetic space groups for NiWO4 which can be also applied to any other isostructural crystal with the same magnetic propagation vector k =(1 /2 ,0 ,0 ) . Although the magnetic structure of NiWO4 is relatively simple, a rich set of narrow and broad magnetic excitations with different polarization properties and temperature behavior in the very broad frequency range of 10-200 cm-1 was observed, with some modes surviving at temperatures much higher than TN up to 220 K. Part of the magnetic excitations were identified as acoustic and optical spin-wave branches which allowed us to construct exchange structure and estimate exchange and anisotropy constants with the use of linear spin-wave theory.

  4. Heme-mediated apoptosis and fusion damage in BeWo trophoblast cells

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    Liu, Mingli; Hassana, Salifu; Stiles, Jonathan K.

    2016-01-01

    Placental malaria (PM) is a complication associated with malaria infection during pregnancy that often leads to abortion, premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction and low birth weight. Increased levels of circulating free heme, a by-product of Plasmodium-damaged erythrocytes, is a major contributor to inflammation, tissue damage and loss of blood brain barrier integrity associated with fatal experimental cerebral malaria. However, the role of heme in PM remains unknown. Proliferation and apoptosis of trophoblasts and fusion of the mononucleated state to the syncytial state are of major importance to a successful pregnancy. In the present study, we examined the effects of heme on the viability and fusion of a trophoblast-derived cell line (BeWo). Results indicate that heme induces apoptosis in BeWo cells by activation of the STAT3/caspase-3/PARP signaling pathway. In the presence of forskolin, which triggers trophoblast fusion, heme inhibits BeWo cell fusion through activation of STAT3. Understanding the effects of free plasma heme in pregnant women either due to malaria, sickle cell disease or other hemolytic diseases, will enable identification of high-risk women and may lead to discovery of new drug targets against associated adverse pregnancy outcome. PMID:27796349

  5. Competitive Oxidation and Reduction of Aliphatic Alcohols over (WO3)3 Clusters

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    Kim, Yu K.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Kay, Bruce D.; Rousseau, Roger J.

    2009-06-04

    The reactions of C1 to C4 aliphatic alcohols over (WO3)3 clusters were studied experimentally and theoretically using temperature-programmed desorption, infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory. The results reveal that all C1 to C4 aliphatic alcohols readily react with (WO3)3 clusters by heterolytic cleavage of the RO-H bond to give alkoxy (RO ) bound to W(VI) centers and a proton (H+) attached to the terminal oxygen atom of a tungstyl group (W=O). Two protons adsorbed onto the cluster readily react with the doubly-bonded oxygen to from a water molecule that desorbs at 200-300 K and the alkoxy that undergoes decomposition at higher temperatures into the corresponding alkene, aldehyde, and/or ether. Our theory predicts that all three channels proceed over the W(VI) Lewis acid site with energy barriers of 30-40 kcal/mol, where dehydration is favored over the others. We also present further analysis of the yield and reaction temperature as a function of the alkyl substituents and discuss the origin of the reaction selectivity among the three reaction channels.

  6. Ab-initio structure determination of {beta}-La{sub 2}WO{sub 6}

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    Chambrier, M-H.; Kodjikian, S.; Ibberson, R.M.; Goutenoire, F.

    2009-02-15

    The structure of the low-temperature form of {beta}-La{sub 2}WO{sub 6} has been determined from laboratory X-ray, neutron time-of-flight and electron diffraction data. This tungstate crystallizes in the non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic space group (no. 19) P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with Z=8, a=7.5196(1) A, b=10.3476(1) A, c=12.7944(2) A, and a measured density 7.37(1) g cm{sup -3}. The structure consists of tungsten [WO{sub 6}] octahedra and tetrahedral [OLa{sub 4}]. Tungsten polyhedra are connected such that [W{sub 2}O{sub 11}]{sup 10-} units are formed. - Graphical abstract: Projection of La{sub 2}WO{sub 6} structure along [100]. The structure could be described by [W{sub 2}O{sub 11}]{sup -10} structural unit formed by two corner-sharing octahedra.

  7. BiVO(4)/CuWO(4) heterojunction photoanodes for efficient solar driven water oxidation.

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    Pilli, Satyananda Kishore; Deutsch, Todd G; Furtak, Thomas E; Brown, Logan D; Turner, John A; Herring, Andrew M

    2013-03-07

    BiVO(4)/CuWO(4) heterojunction electrodes were prepared using spray deposition of a highly porous bismuth vanadate film onto the surface of an electrodeposited three dimensional network connected copper tungstate. Bilayer BiVO(4)/CuWO(4)/fluorine doped tin oxide glass (FTO) electrodes demonstrated higher photocurrent magnitudes than either with BiVO(4)/FTO or CuWO(4)/FTO electrodes in 1.0 M Na(2)SO(4) electrolyte buffered at pH 7. The photocurrent is enhanced by the formation of the heterojunction that aids charge carrier collection brought about by the band edge offsets. When the pH 7 buffered electrolytes contained 1.0 M bicarbonate is employed instead of 1.0 M sulfate, the charge transfer resistance was decreased. This led to nearly 1.8 times the photocurrent density at 1.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The photocurrent was stable over 24 hours in bicarbonate electrolyte.

  8. Radiopurity of CaWO4 crystals for direct dark matter search with CRESST and EURECA

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    Münster, A.; Sivers, M. v.; Angloher, G.; Bento, A.; Bucci, C.; Canonica, L.; Erb, A.; Feilitzsch, F. v.; Gorla, P.; Gütlein, A.; Hauff, D.; Jochum, J.; Kraus, H.; Lanfranchi, J.-C.; Laubenstein, M.; Loebell, J.; Ortigoza, Y.; Petricca, F.; Potzel, W.; Pröbst, F.; Puimedon, J.; Reindl, F.; Roth, S.; Rottler, K.; Sailer, C.; Schäffner, K.; Schieck, J.; Scholl, S.; Schönert, S.; Seidel, W.; Stodolsky, L.; Strandhagen, C.; Strauss, R.; Tanzke, A.; Uffinger, M.; Ulrich, A.; Usherov, I.; Wawoczny, S.; Willers, M.; Wüstrich, M.; Zöller, A.

    2014-05-01

    The direct dark matter search experiment CRESST uses scintillating CaWO4 single crystals as targets for possible WIMP scatterings. An intrinsic radioactive contamination of the crystals as low as possible is crucial for the sensitivity of the detectors. In the past CaWO4 crystals operated in CRESST were produced by institutes in Russia and the Ukraine. Since 2011 CaWO4 crystals have also been grown at the crystal laboratory of the Technische Universität München (TUM) to better meet the requirements of CRESST and of the future tonne-scale multi-material experiment EURECA. The radiopurity of the raw materials and of first TUM-grown crystals was measured by ultra-low background γ-spectrometry. Two TUM-grown crystals were also operated as low-temperature detectors at a test setup in the Gran Sasso underground laboratory. These measurements were used to determine the crystals' intrinsic α-activities which were compared to those of crystals produced at other institutes. The total α-activities of TUM-grown crystals as low as 1.23±0.06 mBq/kg were found to be significantly smaller than the activities of crystals grown at other institutes typically ranging between ~ 15 mBq/kg and ~ 35 mBq/kg.

  9. Spectroscopic and laser characterization of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystal

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    Loiko, P. A.; Serres, J. M.; Mateos, X.; Demesh, M. P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Yumashev, K. V.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a comprehensive spectroscopic and laser characterization of monoclinic Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystals. Stimulated-emission cross-section spectra corresponding to the 3F4 → 3H6 transition of Tm3+ ions are determined. The radiative lifetime of the 3F4 state of Tm3+ ions is 0.82 ms. The maximum Yb3+ → Tm3+ energy transfer efficiency is 83.9% for 5 at.% Yb - 8 at.% Tm doping. The fractional heat loading for Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 is 0.45 ± 0.05. Using a hemispherical cavity and 5 at.% Yb - 6 at.% Tm doped crystal, a maximum CW power of 227 mW is achieved at 1.983-2.011 μm with a maximum slope efficiency η = 14%. In the microchip laser set-up, the highest slope efficiency is 20% for a 5 at.% Yb- 8 at.% Tm doped crystal with a maximum output power of 201 mW at 1.99-2.007 μm. Operation of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 as a vibronic laser emitting at 2.081-2.093 μm is also demonstrated.

  10. Optical properties and photocatalytic activities of tungsten oxide (WO3) with platinum co-catalyst addition

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    Widiyandari, Hendri; Firdaus, Iqbal; Kadarisman, Vincencius Gunawan Slamet; Purwanto, Agus

    2016-02-01

    This research reported the optical properties and photocatalytic activities of tungsten oxide with platinum co-catalyst addition (WO3/Pt) film. The platinum was deposited on the surface of WO3 particle using photo deposition method, while the film formation of WO3/Pt on the glass substrate was prepared using spray deposition method. The addition of Pt of 0, 1, 2, and 4 wt.% resulted that the energy band gap value of the films were shifted to 2.840, 2.752, 2.623 and 2.507 eV, respectively. The as-prepared films were tested for methylene blue (MB) dye photo-degradation using the LED (light emitting diode) lamp as a visible domestic source light. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity was observed after the addition of Pt as a co-catalyst. The degradation kinetics analysis of the photo-catalyst showed that the Pt addition resulted increasing of photo-catalysis reaction rate constant, k.

  11. Formaldehyde Polymerization on (WO3)3/TiO2(110) Model Catalyst

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    Kim, Jooho; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2010-10-14

    Polymerization of formaldehyde, H2CO, was studied under ultrahigh vacuum conditions on a model catalyst consisting of monodispersed (WO3)3 clusters anchored on TiO2(110. Formaldehyde oligomers, (H2CO)n, desorbing from the polymer that formed on the catalyst surface are detected between 250 and 325 K in temperature programmed desorption experiments. At least two monolayers (ML) of H2CO are required on the surface to observe (H2CO)n desorption and the amount saturates for H2CO coverages in excess of ~30 ML. The presence of H2CO multilayers is required for the polymerization to take place indicating that it had to occur below 100 K. The saturation amount increases with increasing coverage of (WO3)3 clusters with the highest amount of ~13 ML observed on 1.2 (WO3)3/nm2 . No (H2CO)n desorption was observed on the bare TiO2(110) surface.

  12. Characterisation of thermal annealed WO x on p-type silicon for hole-selective contacts

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    Lee, Chang-Yeh; Aziz, Mohammad Izzat Abdul; Wenham, Stuart; Hoex, Bram

    2017-08-01

    Carrier-selective contacts have recently gained significant interest in the photovoltaic community. Apart from their minority and majority carrier properties, their thermal stability is also important from an application viewpoint. In this paper, we present a detailed study of the thermal stability of WO x , which is a promising hole-selective contact for silicon wafer solar cells. The film properties are studied after a post deposition annealing in the 200 to 800 °C temperature range. Fourier infrared transmission and X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that WO x films remain amorphous for annealing temperatures below 300 °C. For higher annealing temperatures, the film crystallises and a reduction in oxygen content is observed after 800 °C post deposition annealing. The resistance of the test structure Al/Si(p)/WO x /Al decreases rapidly at 600 °C. A minimum resistance of ∼32 mΩ·cm2 was achieved after annealing at 700 °C. Photoluminescence imaging indicates that the minority carrier recombination significantly increases for annealing temperatures above 600 °C.

  13. Room-temperature deposition of nanocrystalline PbWO 4 thin films by pulsed laser ablation

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    Ryu, J. H.; Yoon, J.-W.; Shim, K. B.; Koshizaki, N.

    2006-07-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) was applied to synthesize nanocrystalline PbWO4 thin films onto glass substrates. The effects of Ar background gas pressure on phase evolution, microstructures and optical characteristics of PbWO4 thin films were investigated in detail. The PLA processes were carried out at room temperature without substrate heating or post-annealing treatment. XRD and HR-TEM results revealed that the PbWO4 thin films are composed of nanocrystalline and amorphous phases. Moreover, the films contained a high density of lattice defects such as twin boundaries and edge dislocations. The crystallite size and crystallinity increased, which were associated with a change in surface morphology as the Ar pressure increased. Reduced tungsten states W5+ or W4+ induced by oxygen vacancies were observed at 10 Pa and the atomic concentration of all constituent element was almost stoichiometric, especially the [Pb]/[W] ratio, which was nearly unity above 50 Pa. The optical energy band-gap was 3.03 eV at 50 Pa and increased to 3.35 eV at 100 Pa, which are narrower than the reported value (4.20 eV). This optical band-gap narrowing could be attributed to localized band-tail states and new energy levels induced by the amorphous structure and inherent lattice defects.

  14. Self-bleaching mechanism of electrochromic WO{sub 3} films

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    Zhang, J.G.; Benson, D.K.; Tracy, C.E.; Webb, J.; Deb, S.K.

    1993-12-31

    The authors report the first investigation of the self-bleaching behavior of electrochemically colored WO{sub 3} films. These films exhibit accelerated self-bleaching behavior over an 8-hour period when exposed to ambient air and show negligible or limited transmittance changes in other environments. The rate of self-bleaching in these films also depends on their preparation conditions, the electrolytes used in the coloring process, and film thickness and roughness. Self-bleaching in a WO{sub 3} film colored by lithium ions can be attributed mainly to the reaction between Li{sup +} ions and water vapor, but self-bleaching in WO{sub 3} films colored by protons may be mainly due to the reaction between H{sup +} and oxygen. The fast self-bleaching of the films in their early stages is dominated by the reaction of surface Li{sup +} or H{sup +} ions which are in direct contact with the reactive gases. The rate of self-bleaching increases with increasing film surface roughness but decreases with film thickness. The latter stages of self-bleaching exhibit a slower transmittance increase and are limited by diffusion of the reaction species.

  15. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers and comparision of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-15

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO{sub 2} compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. - Graphical abstract: The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers. • Perovskite solar cell with 15 nm-thick WO{sub 3} compact layer achieved PCE of 10.14%. • Perovskite solar cell with 60 nm-thick TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved PCE of 12.64%.

  16. Low-temperature synthesis of homogeneous solid solutions of scheelite-structured Ca1-xSrxWO4 and Sr1-xBaxWO4 nanocrystals

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    Culver, Sean P.; Greaney, Matthew J.; Tinoco, Antonio; ...

    2015-07-24

    Here, a series of compositionally complex scheelite-structured nanocrystals of the formula A1-xA’xWO4 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) have been prepared under benign synthesis conditions using the vapor diffusion sol–gel method. Discrete nanocrystals with sub-20 nm mean diameters were obtained after kinetically controlled hydro- lysis and polycondensation at room temperature, followed by composition-dependent thermal aging at or below 60 °C. Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction data and Raman spectroscopy verified the synthesis of continuous and phase-pure nanocrystal solid solutions across the entire composition space for A1-xA’xWO4, where 0 ≤ x ≤ 1. Elemental analysis by X-ray photoelectron and inductively coupled plasma-more » atomic emission spectroscopies demonstrated excellent agreement between the nominal and experi- mentally determined elemental stoichiometries, while energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy illustrated good spatial elemental homogeneity within these nanocrystals synthesized under benign conditions.« less

  17. Numerical simulation and experimental study of PbWO4/EPDM and Bi2WO6/EPDM for the shielding of γ-rays

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    Song, Chi; Zheng, Jian; Zhang, Quan-Ping; Li, Yin-Tao; Li, Ying-Jun; Zhou, Yuan-Lin

    2016-08-01

    The MCNP5 code was employed to simulate the γ-ray shielding capacity of tungstate composites. The experimental results were applied to verify the applicability of the Monte Carlo program. PbWO4 and Bi2WO6 were prepared and added into ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) to obtain the composites, which were tested in the γ-ray shielding. Both the theoretical simulation and experiments were carefully chosen and well designed. The results of the two methods were found to be highly consistent. In addition, the conditions during the numerical simulation were optimized and double-layer γ-ray shielding systems were studied. It was found that the γ-ray shielding performance can be influenced not only by the material thickness ratio but also by the arrangement of the composites. Supported by Research Funds of Southwest University of Science and Technology (15zx7159) and Open Fund of State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Sichuan Province (13zxfk07)

  18. Evaluate humidity sensing properties of novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material

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    Lin, Wang-De; Lai, De-Sheng; Chen, Min-Hung; Wu, Ren-Jang; Chen, Fu-Chou

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} (1:1) showed better humidity sensing properties than others within the range of 12–90% relative humidity (RH), the response and recovery time were about 20 s and 160 s, respectively. Compared to the previous studies, the prepared sensor exhibits higher sensitivity (S = 451) and the low hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. - Highlights: • Novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material was prepared for humidity sensor. • The sensor exhibits higher sensitivity (S = 451). • Low hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. - Abstract: A novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material was prepared using a different proportion of TiO{sub 2} and WO{sub 3} to that investigated in previous studies. The obtained mesoporous material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption techniques. The humidity-sensing properties were measured using an inductance, capacitance and resistance analyzer. The results demonstrated that the TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} sample with a ratio of 1:1 showed better humidity sensing properties. Compared to previous studies, the prepared sensor exhibited higher sensitivity (S = 451) and the lower hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. Complex impedance analysis indicated that the enhanced humidity sensitivity was probably due to spherical Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area and the hetero-junction between TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} thin films, while the impedance varied about three orders of magnitude. Our results demonstrated the potential application of TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite for fabricating high performance humidity sensors.

  19. Relating n-pentane isomerization activity to the tungsten surface density of WO(x)/ZrO2.

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    Soultanidis, Nikolaos; Zhou, Wu; Psarras, Antonis C; Gonzalez, Alejandro J; Iliopoulou, Eleni F; Kiely, Christopher J; Wachs, Israel E; Wong, Michael S

    2010-09-29

    Zirconia-supported tungsten oxide (WO(x)/ZrO(2)) is considered an important supported metal oxide model acid catalyst, for which structure-property relationships have been studied for numerous acid-catalyzed reactions. The catalytic activity for xylene isomerization, alcohol dehydration, and aromatic acylation follows a volcano-shape dependence on tungsten surface density. However, WO(x)/ZrO(2) has not been studied for more acid-demanding reactions, like n-pentane isomerization, with regard to surface density dependence. In this work, WO(x)/ZrO(2) was synthesized using commercially available amorphous ZrO(x)(OH)(4-2x) and model crystalline ZrO(2) as support precursors. They were analyzed for n-pentane isomerization activity and selectivity as a function of tungsten surface density, catalyst support type, and calcination temperature. Amorphous ZrO(x)(OH)(4-2x) led to WO(x)/ZrO(2) (WZrOH) that exhibited maximum isomerization activity at ∼5.2 W·nm(-2), and the crystalline ZrO(2) led to a material (WZrO(2)) nearly inactive at all surface densities. Increasing the calcination temperature from 773 to 973 K increased the formation of 0.8-1 nm Zr-WO(x) clusters detected through direct imaging on an aberration-corrected high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). Calcination temperature further increased catalytic activity by at least two times. Brønsted acidity was not affected but Lewis acidity decreased in number, as quantified via pyridine adsorption infrared spectroscopy. WO(x)/ZrO(2) exhibited isomerization activity that peaked within the first 2 h time-on-stream, which may be due to Zr-WO(x) clusters undergoing an activation process.

  20. Enhancement of photocatalytic properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles by Pt deposition

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    Mohamed, R.M.; Aazam, E.S.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pt/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was used for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye. • Photocatalytic degradation was dependent on wt% of Pt reaction time, and weight of catalyst. • Kinetic study revealed that the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye followed the first order. • Catalyst re-use revealed the present photocatalyst remain effective and active after five cycles. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles were prepared using a hydrothermal method, and Pt was immobilized on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} via a photo-assisted deposition (PAD) method. The samples produced were characterized using X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence emission spectra, transmission electron microscopy, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, and surface area measurements. Furthermore, the catalytic performance of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Pt/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} samples was examined in the degradation of methyl orange dye (MO) under visible light. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) results, which showed the presence of peaks assigned to the Pt–Pt at approximately 2.50 Å, indicate the formation of nanoscale Pt features. The UV–vis spectral analysis detected a red shift after loading the Pt into the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The maximum degradation efficiency achieved was 100% with 0.3 Pt/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as the photocatalyst after a 30-min reaction time. The catalyst could be reused without any loss in activity for the first five cycles.

  1. Efficient water disinfection with Ag2WO4-doped mesoporous g-C3N4 under visible light.

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    Li, Yi; Li, Yanan; Ma, Shuanglong; Wang, Pengfei; Hou, Qianlei; Han, Jingjing; Zhan, Sihui

    2017-09-15

    Ag2WO4/g-C3N4 composite photocatalyst was synthesized by polymerization of thiourea and ammonia chloride combined with the deposition-precipitation method, which was applied as an efficient visible-light driven photocatalyst for inactivating Escherichia coli (E. coli). The physicochemical properties of these photocatalysts were systematically characterized by various techniques such as SEM, TEM, XRD, FT-IR, BET, UV-vis DRS and PL. The synthesized photocatalysts exhibited outstandingly enhanced photocatalytic disinfection efficiency compared with that of pure g-C3N4 and Ag2WO4 under visible light. Furthermore, the optimal mass ratio of the Ag2WO4 to g-C3N4 was 5wt%, and a number of live bacteria could be completely inactivated with Ag2WO4(5%)/g-C3N4 (100μg/mL) after 90min under visible light irradiation. The high disinfection efficiency is due to the synergetic effect between g-C3N4 and Ag2WO4, including a good distribution of Ag2WO4 particles on the surface of g-C3N4 and an improved separation rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The enhanced disinfection mechanism was also investigated using photogenerated current densities and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Considering the bulk availability and excellent disinfection activity of Ag2WO4/g-C3N4 composite, it is a promising solar-driven photocatalyst for cleaning the microbial contaminated water. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Preparation and characterization of zinc and copper co-doped WO3 nanoparticles: Application in photocatalysis and photobiology.

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    Mohammadi, Sanaz; Sohrabi, Maryam; Golikand, Ahmad Nozad; Fakhri, Ali

    2016-08-01

    In this study, pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles samples were prepared by precipitation and co-precipitation methods. These nanoparticles were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The synthesized pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles have smart optical properties and average sizes with 3.2, 3.12, 3.08 and 2.97eV of band-gap, 18.1, 23.2, 25.7 and 30.2nm, respectively. Photocatalytic activity of four nanoparticles was studying towards degradation of gentamicin antibiotic under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. The result showed that Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 possessed high photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanoparticles could be remarkably increased by doping the Zn and Cu impurity. This can be attributed to the fact that the red shift of absorption edge and the trapping effect of the mono and co-doped WO3 nanoparticles. The research result presents a general and effective way to prepare different photocatalysts with enhanced visible and UV light-driven photocatalytic performance. Antibacterial activity of four different WO3 nanoparticles against Escherichia coli bacterium has been assessed by the agar disc method under light irradiation and dark medium. It is concluded from the present findings that WO3 nanoparticles can be used as an efficient antibacterial agent.

  3. Manifestation of different types of tungsten coordination polyhedra in vibrational spectra of europium-doped LnWO{sub 4}Cl and La{sub 3}WO{sub 6}Cl{sub 3}

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    Tsaryuk, V.I.; Venskovskii, N.U.; Zolin, V.F.; Markushev, V.M.; Ngassapa, F.N.B.; Tararov, A.V.; Tupoleva, A.L. |

    1993-11-01

    A correlation between the peculiarities of the vibrational spectra of Eu{sup 3+}-doped central symmetric chlorotungstates GdWO{sub 4}Cl, LaWO{sub 4}Cl, La{sub 3}W{sub 6}Cl{sub 3} and tungsten coordination characteristics is investigated for the cases when the coordination number successively increases from four to six. The high-frequency stretching vibration of the tungstate anion is shown to change its frequency from 994 cm{sup {minus}1} for tetrahedral coordination to 77 cm{sup {minus}1} for a trigonal prism-shaped coordination polyhedron. The effect of the fifth oxygen atom on the vibrations of the tetrahedral anion depends on the strength of its bonding with tungsten; it can manifest itself in lowering the stretching vibration frequencies. Band broadening in the Eu{sup 3+} vibronic spectra and loss in correspondence between the vibronic and Raman spectra in the GdWo{sub 4}Cl, LaWO{sub 4}Cl, La{sub 3}WO{sub 6}Cl{sub 3} sequence indicate a loss in individuality of the molecular anions.

  4. A templated method to Bi2WO6 hollow microspheres and their conversion to double-shell Bi2O3/Bi2WO6 hollow microspheres with improved photocatalytic performance.

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    Li, Xiaona; Huang, Renkun; Hu, Yanhua; Chen, Yongjuan; Liu, Wenjun; Yuan, Rusheng; Li, Zhaohui

    2012-06-04

    Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres with dimension of ca. 1.5 μm were synthesized via a hydrothermal method using polystyrene particles as the template. The as-prepared Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres can be further transformed to double-shell Bi(2)O(3)/Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres. The samples were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, N(2)-sorption Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, UV-vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The as-formed double-shell Bi(2)O(3)/Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity due to the hollow nature and formation of the p-n junction between p-type Bi(2)O(3) and n-type Bi(2)WO(6). The study provides a general and effective method in the fabrication of composition and dimension-tunable composite hollow microspheres with sound heterojunctions that may show a variety of applications.

  5. Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Technology of WO3 for Electrochromic and Related Applications (Invited Paper)

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    Deb, S. K.

    2008-02-01

    Since the discovery of the electrochromic (EC) effect in transition metal oxides in the mid-1960s, intense research and development work spanning four decades has led to many exciting developments in the science and technology of this class of materials. Tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) has emerged as one of the key materials, not only for EC devices, but also for many other related applications. After many years of technology development efforts, WO{sub 3}-based EC 'smart windows' have finally emerged as a viable commercial product. In spite of enormous progress being made on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of amorphous and crystalline WO{sub 3}, a detailed understanding of the EC effect in this material still remains somewhat qualitative. Although theoretical models based on intervalence charge transfer and polaron formation have been widely accepted, these models are still unable to explain some of the experimental results on the coloration phenomena. The coloration in WO{sub 3} is a structure-sensitive phenomenon, and excess electrons can be either localized or delocalized. The presence of structural defects such as oxygen vacancies, impurities, and degree of disorder plays a crucial role in determining the coloration efficiency. Although significant progress has been made in recent years on the calculation of electronic structure and defect properties of both amorphous and crystalline WO{sub 3}, the structural complexity of the material presents many challenges and opportunities for theoretical computation. The unique ability to induce bistable optical and electrical properties in WO{sub 3} by a variety of excitation sources has led to many devices of significant technological interest. Some of the applications currently being pursued include the photoelectrochemical cell for solar energy conversion and storage; photoelectrochemical splitting of water to generate hydrogen; chemical and biological sensors based on the gasochromic effect; photo- and

  6. Low Thermal Gradient Czochralski growth of large CdWO{sub 4} crystals and electronic properties of (010) cleaved surface

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    Atuchin, V.V.; Galashov, E.N.; Khyzhun, O.Y.; Bekenev, V.L.; Pokrovsky, L.D.; Borovlev, Yu.A.; Zhdankov, V.N.

    2016-04-15

    The crystal growth of large high-quality inclusion-free CdWO4 crystals, 110 mm in diameter and mass up to 20 kg, has been carried out by the Low Thermal Gradient Czochralski (LTG Cz) technique. The high-purity CdWO{sub 4}(010) surface has been prepared by cleavage and high structural quality of the surface has been verified by RHEED, revealing a system of Kikuchi lines. The chemical state and electronic structure of the surface have been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). The total and partial densities of states of the CdWO{sub 4} tungstate were calculated employing the first-principles full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The results indicate that the principal contributors to the valence band of CdWO{sub 4} are the Cd 4d, W 5d and O 2p states which contribute mainly at the bottom, in the central portion and at the top of the valence band, respectively, with also significant contributions of the mentioned states throughout the whole CdWO{sub 4} valence-band region. With respect to the occupation of the O 2p states, the results of the FP-LAPW calculations are confirmed by comparison on a common energy scale of the XPS valence-band spectrum and the XES band representing the energy distribution of the O 2p states in this compound. Additionally, the FP-LAPW data allow us to conclude that the CdWO{sub 4} tungstate is a non-direct semiconductor. - Highlights: • Large high-quality CdWO{sub 4} crystals, up to 115 mm in diameter and mass up to 20 kg, have been grown. • The high-purity cleaved CdWO{sub 4}(010) surface has been studied by the XPS and XES methods. • The principal contributors to the CdWO{sub 4} valence band are the Cd 4d, W 5d and O 2p states.

  7. Improvement of Performance and Stability of Polymer Photovoltaic Cells by WO3/CUPC as Anode Buffer Layers

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    Varnamkhasti, M. G.; Shahriaria, E.

    2015-05-01

    In this work, bulk-hetrojunction polymer photovoltaic cells based on poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) were fabricated with tungsten oxide (WO3) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as anodic buffer layers. The WO3 plays an important role in reducing the interfacial resistance, efficiently extracting holes and good band structure matching between the work function of the anode and the highest occupied molecular orbital of the organic material. The insertion of CuPc improves the device In this work, bulk-hetrojunction polymer photovoltaic cells based on poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): [6, 6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methylester (PCBM) were fabricated with tungsten oxide (WO3) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as anodic buffer layers. The WO3 plays animportant role in reducing the interfacial resistance, efficiently extracting holes and good band structure matching between the workfunction of the anode and the highest occupied molecular orbital of the organic material. The insertion of CuPc improves the device performance and expands the absorption spectra range of the photovoltaic devices. The effects of WO3 and CuPc thickness on the performance of the photovoltaic devices were investigated. The optimum thicknesses of WO3 and CuPc were 10 nm and 8 nm, respectively. The obtained power conversion efficiency of optimized cell was about 4.21%. Also, the device performance was analyzed based on thesurface roughness of bare ITO and ITO that was covered with poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) or WO3/CuPc. The device stability in an ambient atmosphere without encapsulation under continuous light irradiation was also investigated.For the cell with PEDOT:PSS, the power conversion efficiency reduced down to 50% of the maximum value (half-life) after light irradiation for 12 h, while the half-life of device for WO3/CuPc was about 120 h. Therefore, the lifetime of unpackaged devices was improved with

  8. Iron-doping-enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting performance of nanostructured WO3: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Zhang, Teng; Zhu, Zonglong; Chen, Haining; Bai, Yang; Xiao, Shuang; Zheng, Xiaoli; Xue, Qingzhong; Yang, Shihe

    2015-02-21

    In this paper, we have studied Fe-doping of nanostructured tungsten trioxide (WO3) and its pronounced effect in promoting the photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting performance. Vertically aligned Fe-doped WO3 nanoflakes on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) were synthesized via the hydrothermal method. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the Fe(3+) substitution at the W(6+) site in the prepared films. Broadened visible light absorption was observed in doped films, likely due to the formation of extra band states through doping. The Fe-doping was shown to greatly improve the PEC water splitting performance of WO3. More specifically, the 2 mol% Fe-doped WO3 achieved a photocurrent density of 0.88 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE, approximately 30% higher than that of the undoped WO3 (0.69 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE). This enhancement was attributed to the reduced band gap and the doping-enhanced charge carrier density as confirmed by the absorption spectra and the Mott-Schottky plots, respectively. Finally, first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirmed that the formation of oxygen vacancies was favored after Fe-doping, contributing to the increased charge carrier density in slightly doped films.

  9. Mo incorporation in WO{sub 3} thin film photoanodes: Tailoring the electronic structure for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

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    Baer, M.; Weinhardt, L.; Marsen, B.; Cole, B.; Gaillard, N.; Miller, E.; Heske, C.

    2010-01-18

    The electronic surface structure of Mo-incorporated WO{sub 3} (''WO{sub 3}:Mo'') is investigated using direct and inverse photoemission and compared to that of pure (Mo-free) WO{sub 3}. The films are found to be n-type with an electronic surface band gap of 3.27 (+-0.15) eV. The conduction band minimum (valence band maximum) is 0.64 (+-0.10) eV above [2.63 (+-0.10) eV below] the Fermi level and at most 0.38 (+-0.11) eV above the H{sup +}/H{sub 2} reduction potential [at least 1.66 (+-0.11) eV below the H{sub 2}O/O{sub 2} oxidation potential]. The findings suggest an explanation why WO{sub 3}:Mo/WO{sub 3} bilayer structures show improved photoelectrochemical performance compared to respective single layer photoanodes.

  10. Porous Au-embedded WO3 Nanowire Structure for Efficient Detection of CH4 and H2S

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    Minh Vuong, Nguyen; Kim, Dojin; Kim, Hyojin

    2015-01-01

    We developed a facile method to fabricate highly porous Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures for efficient sensing of CH4 and H2S gases. Highly porous single-wall carbon nanotubes were used as template to fabricate WO3 nanowire structures with high porosity. Gold nanoparticles were decorated on the tungsten nanowires by dipping in HAuCl4 solution, followed by oxidation. The surface morphology, structure, and electrical properties of the fabricated WO3 and Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and current–voltage measurements. Formation of a nanowire structure resulted in significant enhancement in sensing response to H2S and CH4 gases. Furthermore, Au embedment into the WO3 nanowire structures remarkably improved the performance of the sensors. The increase in response performance of sensors and adsorption–desorption kinetic processes on the sensing layers were discussed in relation with the role of Au embedment. PMID:26087355

  11. Effects of Ti addiction in WO 3 thin film ammonia gas sensor prepared by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hu, Ming; Yong, Cholyun; Feng, Youcai; Lv, Yuqiang; Han, Lei; Liang, Jiran; Wang, Haopeng

    2006-11-01

    WO 3 sensing films (1500 Å) were deposited using dc reactive magnetron sputtering method on alumina substrate on which patterned interdigital Pt electrodes were previously formed. The additive Ti was sputtered with different thickness (100-500 Å) onto WO 3 thin films and then the films as-deposited were annealed at 400°C in air for 3h. The crystal structure and chemical composition of the films were characterized by XRD and XPS analysis. The effect of Ti addition on sensitive properties of WO 3 thin film to the NH 3 gas was then discussed. WO 3 thin films added Ti revealed excellent sensitivity and response characteristics in the presence of low concentration of NH 3 (5-400 ppm) gas in air at 200°C operating temperature. Especially,in case 300 Å thickness of additive Ti, WO 3 thin films have a promotional effect on the response speed to NH 3 and selectivity enhanced with respect to other gases (CO, C IIH 5OH, CH 4). The influence of different substrates, including alumina, silicon and glass, on sensitivity to NH 3 gas has also been investigated.

  12. Properties of WO3-x Electrochromic Thin Film Prepared by Reactive Sputtering with Various Post Annealing Temperatures

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    Kim, Min Hong; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2013-11-01

    The WO3-x thin films were prepared on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass at 0.7 oxygen flow ratio [O2/(Ar+O2)] using the facing targets sputtering (FTS) system at room temperature. In order to obtain the annealing effect, as-deposited thin films were annealed at temperatures of 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 °C for 1 h in open air. The structural properties of the WO3-x thin film were measured using an X-ray diffractometer. The WO3-x thin films annealed at up to 300 °C indicated amorphous properties, while those annealed above 400 °C indicated crystalline properties. The electrochemical and optical properties of WO3-x thin films were measured using cyclic voltammetry and a UV/vis spectrometer. The maximum value of coloration efficiency obtained was 34.09 cm2/C for thin film annealed at 200 °C. The WO3-x thin film annealed at 200 °C showed superior electrochromic properties.

  13. Preparation and characterization of spray deposited n-type WO{sub 3} thin films for electrochromic devices

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    Sivakumar, R.; Moses Ezhil Raj, A.; Subramanian, B.; Jayachandran, M.; Trivedi, D.C.; Sanjeeviraja, C

    2004-08-03

    The n-type tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) polycrystalline thin films have been prepared at an optimized substrate temperature of 250 deg. C by spray pyrolysis technique. Precursor solution of ammonium tungstate ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}WO{sub 4}) was sprayed onto the well cleaned, pre-heated fluorine doped tin oxide coated (FTO) and glass substrates with a spray rate of 15 ml/min. The structural, surface morphological and optical properties of the as-deposited WO{sub 3} thin films were studied. Mott-Schottky (M-S) studies of WO{sub 3}/FTO electrodes were conducted in Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution to identify their nature and extract semiconductor parameters. The electrochromic properties of the as-deposited and lithiated WO{sub 3}/FTO thin films were analyzed by employing them as working electrodes in three electrode electrochemical cell using an electrolyte containing LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate (PC) solution.

  14. Structural and electronic engineering of 3DOM WO3 by alkali metal doping for improved NO2 sensing performance.

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    Wang, Zhihua; Fan, Xiaoxiao; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-05-19

    Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and excellent selectivity. More importantly, the response of 3DOM WO3/Li to 500 ppb NO2 was up to 55 at room temperature (25 °C). The especially high response to ppb level NO2 at room temperature (25 °C) in this work has a very important practical significance. The best sensing performance of 3DOM WO3/Li could be ascribed to the most structure defects and the highest carrier mobility. And the possible gas sensing mechanism based on the model of the depletion layer was proposed to demonstrate that both structural and electronic properties are responsible for the NO2 sensing behavior.

  15. Effects of phytoestrogen extracts isolated from flax on hormone production of trophoblast tumour cells Jeg 3 and BeWo.

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    Richter, D U; Abarzua, S; Chrobak, M; Piechulla, B; Vrekoussis, T; Makrigiannakis, A; Scholz, C; Kuhn, C; Schulze, S; Kupka, M S; Friese, K; Jeschke, U

    2012-04-01

    AIM AND SETTING: To test the effects of crude extracts from flax (Linum usitatissimum) on progesterone and estradiol and ERα and β/PR production in choriocarcinoma cell lines Jeg 3 and BeWo. Tumor trophoblast cells (Jeg 3 and BeWo) were incubated in the presence of different concentrations of the flax crude extracts. Estradiol and progesterone production was measured. Estrogen receptor α and β as well as progesterone receptor expressions were also assessed. In Jeg 3 cells, progesterone production was downregulated by flax root and leaves extract, while in BeWo cells only flax root extract did manage to downregulate progesterone production. ERβ expression was significantly downregulated by flax root and flax leaves extract in both cell lines; on the contrary, ERα expression was increased by flax leaves extract in BeWo cells. PR expression was downregulated by flax leaves extract in Jeg 3 and by flax root extract in BeWo cells. Flax extracts derived from leaves and especially from roots can modify progesterone and possibly estradiol production, while at the same time they seem to alter ERβ expression. Further studies on animal models and adequately designed retrospective epidemiological studies are imperative to clarify this role upon progesterone.

  16. Insight into the Mechanism of CO Oxidation on WO3(001) Surfaces for Gas Sensing: A DFT Study

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    Jin, Hua; Zhou, Hegen; Zhang, Yongfan

    2017-01-01

    The mechanism of CO oxidation on the WO3(001) surface for gas sensing performance has been systematically investigated by means of first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results show that the oxidation of CO molecule on the perfect WO3(001) surface induces the formation of surface oxygen vacancies, which results in an increase of the surface conductance. This defective WO3(001) surface can be re-oxidized by the O2 molecules in the atmosphere. During this step, the active O2− species is generated, accompanied with the obvious charge transfer from the surface to O2 molecule, and correspondingly, the surface conductivity is reduced. The O2− species tends to take part in the subsequent reaction with the CO molecule, and after releasing CO2 molecule, the perfect WO3(001) surface is finally reproduced. The activation energy barriers and the reaction energies associated with above surface reactions are determined, and from the kinetics viewpoint, the oxidation of CO molecule on the perfect WO3(001) surface is the rate-limiting step with an activation barrier of about 0.91 eV. PMID:28817079

  17. Porous Au-embedded WO3 Nanowire Structure for Efficient Detection of CH4 and H2S.

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    Vuong, Nguyen Minh; Kim, Dojin; Kim, Hyojin

    2015-06-18

    We developed a facile method to fabricate highly porous Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures for efficient sensing of CH4 and H2S gases. Highly porous single-wall carbon nanotubes were used as template to fabricate WO3 nanowire structures with high porosity. Gold nanoparticles were decorated on the tungsten nanowires by dipping in HAuCl4 solution, followed by oxidation. The surface morphology, structure, and electrical properties of the fabricated WO3 and Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and current-voltage measurements. Formation of a nanowire structure resulted in significant enhancement in sensing response to H2S and CH4 gases. Furthermore, Au embedment into the WO3 nanowire structures remarkably improved the performance of the sensors. The increase in response performance of sensors and adsorption-desorption kinetic processes on the sensing layers were discussed in relation with the role of Au embedment.

  18. Electrical characterization of H{sub 2}S adsorption on hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanowire at room temperature

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    Liu, Binquan; Tang, Dongsheng Zhou, Yong; Yin, Yanling; Peng, Yuehua; Zhou, Weichang; Qin, Zhu'ai; Zhang, Yong

    2014-10-28

    We have characterized the electrical transport properties of Au/WO{sub 3} nanowire/Au devices in ambient air and gaseous H{sub 2}S to investigate the adsorption kinetics of H{sub 2}S molecules on the surface of WO{sub 3} nanowire at room temperature. The WO{sub 3} nanowire devices exhibit increasing linear conductance and electrical hysteresis in H{sub 2}S. Furthermore, the contact type between Au electrode and WO{sub 3} nanowire can be converted from original ohmic/Schottky to Schottky/ohmic after being exposed to H{sub 2}S. These results suggest that adsorbed H{sub 2}S molecules are oxidized by holes to form hydrogen ions and S atoms, which will result in formation of hydrogen tungsten bronze and desorption of previously chemically adsorbed H{sub 2}O molecules. Adsorbed H{sub 2}S molecules can also oxidize previously adsorbed and ionized oxygen, which will release the electrons from the ionized oxygen and then weaken upward band bending at the surface of WO{sub 3} nanowire.

  19. Application of Black Pearl carbon-supported WO 3 nanostructures as hybrid carriers for electrocatalytic RuSe x nanoparticles

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    Miecznikowski, Krzysztof; Kulesza, Pawel J.; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2011-07-01

    RuSe x electrocatalytic nanoparticles were deposited onto hybrid carriers composed of Black Pearl carbon-supported tungsten oxide; and the resulting system's electrochemical activity was investigated during oxygen reduction reaction. The tungsten oxide-utilizing and RuSe x nanoparticle-containing materials were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electrochemical diagnostic techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and rotating ring-disk voltammetry. Application of Black Pearl carbon carriers modified with ultra-thin films of WO 3 as matrices (supports) for RuSe x catalytic centers results during electroreduction of oxygen in 0.5 mol dm -3 H 2SO 4 (under rotating disk voltammetric conditions) in the potential shift of ca. 70 mV towards more positive values relative to the behavior of the analogous WO 3-free system. Also the percent formation (at ring in the rotating ring-disk voltammetry) of the undesirable hydrogen peroxide has been decreased approximately twice by utilizing WO 3-modified carbon carriers. The results are consistent with the bifunctional mechanism in which oxygen reduction is initiated at RuSe x centers and the hydrogen peroxide intermediate is reductively decomposed at reactive WO 3-modified Black Pearl supports. The electrocatalytic activity of the system utilizing WO 3-modified Black Pearl supports has been basically unchanged upon addition of acetic acid, formic acid or methyl formate to the sulfuric acid supporting electrolyte.

  20. Efficient red phosphor double-perovskite Ca3WO6 with A-site substitution of Eu3+.

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    Zhao, Xin; Wang, Jiajia; Fan, Li; Ding, Yufeng; Li, Zhaosheng; Yu, Tao; Zou, Zhigang

    2013-10-07

    Luminescent properties of Eu(3+) activated double perovskite structure Ca3WO6 were investigated. It emits an ideal red color centered at the wavelength of 618 nm with suitable excitation from f-f transitions of Eu(3+) ions (360-550 nm) matching the near ultraviolet and blue LEDs. Charge compensation effect of Li(+), Na(+), and K(+) was investigated, and K(+) proved to be the best. The co-doping ion K(+) has a great effect on the lattice distortion of the host matrix Ca3WO6, which facilitates the red emission of Eu(3+). The substitution site for Ca in Ca3WO6 was analyzed in detail by Raman spectra and calculation results. A-site substitution is responsible for the red emission of Eu(3+) activated Ca3WO6. The integrated emission intensity of optimal Ca3WO6:K(+),Eu(3+) excited at 395 nm is about 3.5 times greater than that of Y2O2S:Eu(3+) commercial phosphors, which makes it a promising red phosphor for white LEDs.

  1. Localized excitons and defects in PbWO4 single crystals: a luminescence and photo-thermally stimulated disintegration study

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    Krasnikov, A.; Nikl, M.; Zazubovich, S.

    The cover picture refers to the article by Aleksei Krasnikov et al., that was selected as Editor's Choice [1]. It depicts a fragment of a lead tungstate (PbWO4) crystal lattice structure and illustrates the complex anion (WO4)2- tetrahedra bonded to the Pb2+ cation. Perturbation of the (WO4)2- tetrahedra by defects nearby results in exciton localization near the defects and a slightly different emission spectrum, which is shown in the diagram. Localized excitons are evidenced for the first time in the PbWO4 structure. Under selective irradiation of PbWO4 crystals in the ultraviolet spectral region, the decay of various localized excitons into stable defects takes place, which can be detected by a sensitive thermally stimulated luminescence method. Aleksei Krasnikov is a PhD student at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Martin Nikl holds a position as a senior scientist and head of the Laboratory of Luminescence and Scintillation Materials at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Svetlana Zazubovich is a senior scientist at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. The research groups of Martin Nikl and Svetlana Zazubovich have been collaborating closely for the last 15 years mainly in the field of optical spectroscopy of wide band-gap scintillation materials

  2. Enhancement of the photoelectrochemical performance of CuWO4 films for water splitting by hydrogen treatment

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    Tang, Yulin; Rong, Nannan; Liu, Feila; Chu, Mengsha; Dong, Hongmei; Zhang, Yunhuai; Xiao, Peng

    2016-01-01

    CuWO4 films with feature particle sizes of 100-200 nm and thickness up to 700-900 nm on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis. The prepared CuWO4 films were treated in hydrogen atmosphere at constant temperature 300 °C for different annealing time and used for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. Compared with pristine CuWO4 film, the optimized hydrogen-treated CuWO4 film presented three times enhanced photocurrent density of 0.75 mA/cm2 at 1.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl in 0.1 M Na2SO4 solution under the illumination. The donor density of hydrogenated CuWO4 film determined by Mott-Schottky analysis was improved one order of magnitude as well. The enhanced photoelectrochemical activity could be attributed to the formation of oxygen vacancies after hydrogen treatment, which facilitated the charge transport and collection.

  3. Redetermination of the structure of ALa2WO7 (A=Ba, Sr) with fluorite-like metal ordering

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    Fu, W. T.; IJdo, D. J. W.; Bontenbal, A.

    2013-05-01

    The crystal structures of ALa2WO7 (A=Ba, and Sr) at room temperature were re-determined by the Rietveld method using the combined X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The compounds are confirmed to be isomorphic, crystallizing in the space group P1121/b. In ALa2WO7 the ordering of metal atoms is fluorite-like, but it differs from that of the fluorite-defect compounds of the formula Ln3MO7 (Ln=lanthanide or Y, M=pentavalent metal). The structure of ALa2WO7 consists of isolated WO6 octahedra, whereas in the normal Ln3MO7 the MO6 octahedra share corners forming one-dimensional chains. Although ALa2WO7 has a centric space group, La ions are not situate at the centre of symmetry, which explains the 5D0→7F2 transition being dominant in emission spectrum of Eu-doped materials.

  4. Convenient synthesis of peony-like FeWO4 with super adsorbent properties for efficient degradation of organic dye

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    Deng, Xixi; Xie, Guomeng; Liu, Xin; Wu, Yi; Qin, Lizhao; Li, Qing

    2017-07-01

    Uniform peony-like FeWO4 (average diameter 430 nm) was synthesized by using a convenient solvothermal route in the presence of ethylene glycol and β-cyclodextrin. Using some research techniques, it was verified that the product is phase-pure and well-crystalline peony-like FeWO4, which was made up of many small nanosheets with a thickness of about 10 nm. The specific surface area and the band gap energy of the peony-like FeWO4 were 67.836 m2 g-1 and 1.87 eV, respectively. The product showed an extremely fast adsorbent speed and an excellent adsorbtion capacity for organic dyes. In particular, for methylene blue (MB), the adsorption capacities of the peony-like FeWO4 reached as high as 69.4 mg g-1 in only 5 min. The pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir isotherm model showed good fit with the adsorption data. According to the Langmuir isotherm model, the maximum adsorption capacity was 79.18 mg g-1 for MB. In addition, in the presence of H2O2, the peony-like FeWO4 showed good catalytic performance such that 98% of MB was degraded in only 32 min.

  5. Hierarchical Nanostructured WO3 with Biomimetic Proton Channels and Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductivity for Electrochemical Energy Storage.

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    Chen, Zheng; Peng, Yiting; Liu, Fang; Le, Zaiyuan; Zhu, Jian; Shen, Gurong; Zhang, Dieqing; Wen, Meicheng; Xiao, Shuning; Liu, Chi-Ping; Lu, Yunfeng; Li, Hexing

    2015-10-14

    Protein channels in biologic systems can effectively transport ions such as proton (H(+)), sodium (Na(+)), and calcium (Ca(+)) ions. However, none of such channels is able to conduct electrons. Inspired by the biologic proton channels, we report a novel hierarchical nanostructured hydrous hexagonal WO3 (h-WO3) which can conduct both protons and electrons. This mixed protonic-electronic conductor (MPEC) can be synthesized by a facile single-step hydrothermal reaction at low temperature, which results in a three-dimensional nanostructure self-assembled from h-WO3 nanorods. Such a unique h-WO3 contains biomimetic proton channels where single-file water chains embedded within the electron-conducting matrix, which is critical for fast electrokinetics. The mixed conductivities, high redox capacitance, and structural robustness afford the h-WO3 with unprecedented electrochemical performance, including high capacitance, fast charge/discharge capability, and very long cycling life (>50,000 cycles without capacitance decay), thus providing a new platform for a broad range of applications.

  6. Performance analysis of CRF-based learning for processing WoT application requests expressed in natural language.

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    Yoon, Young

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effectiveness of a CRF-based learning method for identifying necessary Web of Things (WoT) application components that would satisfy the users' requests issued in natural language. For instance, a user request such as "archive all sports breaking news" can be satisfied by composing a WoT application that consists of ESPN breaking news service and Dropbox as a storage service. We built an engine that can identify the necessary application components by recognizing a main act (MA) or named entities (NEs) from a given request. We trained this engine with the descriptions of WoT applications (called recipes) that were collected from IFTTT WoT platform. IFTTT hosts over 300 WoT entities that offer thousands of functions referred to as triggers and actions. There are more than 270,000 publicly-available recipes composed with those functions by real users. Therefore, the set of these recipes is well-qualified for the training of our MA and NE recognition engine. We share our unique experience of generating the training and test set from these recipe descriptions and assess the performance of the CRF-based language method. Based on the performance evaluation, we introduce further research directions.

  7. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity by Cu2O-coupled flower-like Bi2WO6 structures

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    Liu, Li; Ding, Lan; Liu, Yongguang; An, Weijia; Lin, Shuanglong; Liang, Yinghua; Cui, Wenquan

    2016-02-01

    Cu2O nanodots decorated flower-like Bi2WO6 were prepared via an interfacial self-assembly method. The Cu2O nanodots, with an average diameters of 20 nm, were dispersed on the surface of Bi2WO6 uniformly, as evidenced by characterization of the structure and composition. The as-prepared Cu2O/Bi2WO6 hybrid photocatalysts revealed the lower charge-transfer resistance, higher photocurrent intensity and the outstanding photocatalytic activity. The 3 wt% Cu2O/Bi2WO6 composites showed the highest degrade rate for methylene blue (MB), which was 2.14 and 12.25 times that of the pure Bi2WO6 and Cu2O, respectively. Significantly, the superior stability was also observed in the five cyclic runs. The enhanced photocatalytic performance was attributed to the enhancement of visible light absorption efficiency as well as the efficient photo-generated charge separation originated from a strong interaction in the intimately contact interface, which was confirmed by the results of photocurrent and EIS measurements. Based on the experimental results, a mechanisms on enhancement of photocatalytic activity have been emphasized.

  8. Preparation and optimization of CdWO4-polymer nano-composite film as an alpha particle counter

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    Ziluei, Hossein; Azimirad, Rouhollah; Mojtahedzadeh Larijani, Majid; Ziaie, Farhoud

    2017-04-01

    In this research work, CdWO4/polymer composite films with different thicknesses were prepared using Poly-methyl acrylate polymer and synthesized CdWO4 powder. The CdWO4 powder was synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method in the laboratory. X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy proved that the CdWO4 powder was successfully prepared. Moreover, photoluminescence analysis showed that adding polymer does not change the emission peak of CdWO4. Also, the responses of all samples were measured using an 241Am alpha source with 1860 Bq activity. Results showed that the sample having thickness of 177 mg/cm2 has the best counting efficiency (over 2π geometry) among the others. The efficiency measurement was further evaluated using a 230Th source whose activity is 190.7 Bq. It revealed that the counting efficiency of this sample for both 241Am and 230Th was nearly equal.

  9. WO3∕SiO2 composite optical films for the fabrication of electrochromic interference filters.

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    Baloukas, Bill; Martinu, Ludvik

    2012-06-01

    New security devices based on innovative technologies and ideas are essential in order to limit counterfeiting's profound impact on our economy and society. Interference security image structures have been in circulation for more than 20 years, but commercially available iridescent products now represent a potential threat. Therefore, the introduction of active materials, such as electrochromic WO3, to present-day optical security devices offers interesting possibilities. We have previously proposed electrochromic interference filters based on porous and dense WO3, which possessed an angle-dependent and voltage-driven color shift. However, the low index contrast required filters with a high number of layers. In this article, we increase the index contrast (0.61) by mixing WO3 with SiO2 and study the physical and electrochromic properties of mixtures. We next combine high and low index films in tandem configurations to observe the bleaching/coloration dynamics. To account for the film performance, we propose a simple explanation based on the differences in electron diffusion coefficients. An 11 layer electrochromic interference filter (EIF) based on the alternation of pure WO3 and (WO3)0.17(SiO2)0.83 films with a blue to purple angular color shift is then presented. Finally, we discuss possible applications of these EIFs for security.

  10. Simultaneous Synthesis of WO3-x Quantum Dots and Bundle-Like Nanowires Using a One-Pot Template-Free Solvothermal Strategy and Their Versatile Applications.

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    Wang, Yao; Wang, Xiaoxia; Xu, Yuanhong; Chen, Tao; Liu, Mengli; Niu, Fushuang; Wei, Shuang; Liu, Jingquan

    2017-04-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3-x ), a new alternative to conventional semiconductor material, has attracted numerous attentions owning to its widespread potential applications. Various methods have been reported for the synthesis of WO3-x nanostructures such as nanowires or nanodots. However, templates or surfactants are often required for the synthesis, which significantly complicate the process and hinder the broad applications. Herein, one-pot template/surfactant-free solvothermal method is proposed to synthesize the WO3-x nanostructures including fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) and bundle-like nanowires simultaneously. The as-prepared WO3-x QDs can be well dispersed in aqueous medium, exhibit excellent photoluminescent properties, and show an average size of 3.25 ± 0.25 nm as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the diameter of the WO3-x nanowires is found to be about 27.5 nm as manifested by the scanning electron microscope images. The generation mechanism for these two WO3-x nanostructures are systematically studied and proposed. The WO3-x QDs have been successfully applied in efficient fluorescent staining and specific ferric ion detection. Moreover, the WO3-x nanowires can be utilized as effective dielectric materials for electromagnetic wave absorption.

  11. Facile fabrication of crack-free large-area 2D WO3 inverse opal films by a 'dynamic hard-template' strategy on ITO substrates.

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    Li, Hua; Thériault, Jolaine; Rousselle, Bruno; Subramanian, Balaji; Robichaud, Jacques; Djaoued, Yahia

    2014-02-28

    A 'dynamic hard-template' infiltration strategy for crack-free large-area synthesis of 2D WO3 inverse opal (IO) films on ITO substrates using a wide range of sizes of sacrificial PS spheres is reported. Thus prepared WO3 IO films were successfully used as an active electrode in the fabrication of an electrochromic device.

  12. Construction of 3D V2O5/hydrogenated-WO3 nanotrees on tungsten foil for high-performance pseudocapacitors.

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    Wang, Fengmei; Li, Yuanchang; Cheng, Zhongzhou; Xu, Kai; Zhan, Xueying; Wang, Zhenxing; He, Jun

    2014-06-28

    3D semiconductor nanostructures have proved to be a rich system for the exploring of high-performance pseudocapacitors. Herein, a novel 3D WO3 nanotree on W foil is developed via a facile and green method. Both capacitance and conductivity of the WO3 nanotree electrode are greatly improved after hydrogenation treatment (denoted as H-WO3). First-principles calculation based on the experiments reveals the mechanism of the hydrogenation treatment effect on the 3D WO3 nanotrees. The surface O of 3D WO3 nanotrees gains electrons from the adsorbed H, and consequently certain electrons are back-donated to the neighboring W, thus providing the conducting channel on the surface. Ultrathin V2O5 films were coated on the H-WO3 nanotrees via a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly electrochemical technique. This V2O5/H-WO3 electrode exhibited a remarkable specific capacitance of 1101 F g(-1) and an energy density of 98 W h kg(-1). The solid-state device based on the V2O5/H-WO3 electrodes shows excellent stability and practical application. Our work opens up the potential broad application of hydrogenation treatment of semiconductor nanostructures in pseudocapacitors and other energy storage devices.

  13. In situ synthesis of Bi2S3 sensitized WO3 nanoplate arrays with less interfacial defects and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Liu, Canjun; Yang, Yahui; Li, Wenzhang; Li, Jie; Li, Yaomin; Chen, Qiyuan

    2016-03-01

    In this study, Bi2S3 sensitive layer has been grown on the surface of WO3 nanoplate arrays via an in situ approach. The characterization of samples were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results show that the Bi2S3 layer is uniformly formed on the surface of WO3 nanoplates and less interfacial defects were observed in the interface between the Bi2S3 and WO3. More importantly, the Bi2S3/WO3 films as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells display the enhanced PEC performance compared with the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared by a sequential ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. In order to understand the reason for the enhanced PEC properties, the electron transport properties of the photoelectrodes were studied by using the transient photocurrent spectroscopy and intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS). The Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach have a greater transient time constant and higher electron transit rate. This is most likely due to less interfacial defects for the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach, resulting in a lower resistance and faster carrier transport in the interface between WO3 and Bi2S3.

  14. In situ synthesis of Bi2S3 sensitized WO3 nanoplate arrays with less interfacial defects and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Liu, Canjun; Yang, Yahui; Li, Wenzhang; Li, Jie; Li, Yaomin; Chen, Qiyuan

    2016-01-01

    In this study, Bi2S3 sensitive layer has been grown on the surface of WO3 nanoplate arrays via an in situ approach. The characterization of samples were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results show that the Bi2S3 layer is uniformly formed on the surface of WO3 nanoplates and less interfacial defects were observed in the interface between the Bi2S3 and WO3. More importantly, the Bi2S3/WO3 films as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells display the enhanced PEC performance compared with the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared by a sequential ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. In order to understand the reason for the enhanced PEC properties, the electron transport properties of the photoelectrodes were studied by using the transient photocurrent spectroscopy and intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS). The Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach have a greater transient time constant and higher electron transit rate. This is most likely due to less interfacial defects for the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach, resulting in a lower resistance and faster carrier transport in the interface between WO3 and Bi2S3. PMID:26988275

  15. Oxygen vacancy induced Bi2WO6 for the realization of photocatalytic CO2 reduction over the full solar spectrum: from the UV to the NIR region.

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    Kong, Xin Ying; Choo, Yen Yee; Chai, Siang-Piao; Soh, Ai Kah; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2016-12-06

    Photocatalytic CO2 reduction over the UV-Vis-NIR broad spectrum was realized for the first time. The presence of surface oxygen vacancy defects on Bi2WO6 resulted in significant photocatalytic enhancement over the pristine counterpart under UV and visible light irradiation. Meanwhile, the photocatalytic responsiveness of Bi2WO6-OV was successfully extended to the NIR region.

  16. High-Quality Draft Genome Sequence of Arthrobacter sp. OY3WO11, a Strain That Inhibits the Growth of Phytophthora infestans.

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    Town, Jennifer; Audy, Patrice; Boyetchko, Susan M; Dumonceaux, Tim J

    2016-06-23

    Arthrobacter sp. strain OY3WO11 inhibits the growth of the potato pathogen Phytophthora infestans in in vivo growth challenge assays. We determined the draft genome sequence of this strain, assembling it into 3 scaffolds of 4.2 Mbp total length. OY3WO11 may represent a novel species of Arthrobacter. Copyright © 2016 Town et al.

  17. Crystallization and photoluminescence properties of α-RE2(WO4)3 (RE: Gd, Eu) in rare-earth tungsten borate glasses

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    Wang, Yong; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2013-03-01

    Glasses with the compositions of 22.5RE2O3-47.5WO3-30B2O3 (mol%) (RE: Gd, Eu) were prepared by a conventional melt quenching method, and α-Gd2(WO4)3 and α-Eu2(WO4)3 crystals were synthesized through their crystallization. The two types of WO4 tetrahedra present in α-RE2(WO4)3 provide the Raman bands at 931-934 cm-1 for WIIO4 tetrahrdra with much distortions and at 946-950 cm-1 for WIO4 tetrahedra with a near regular symmetry. The crystallized samples containing α-Eu2(WO4)3 exhibit strong red emissions under the excitation at 396 and 467 nm, although the base glass has no photoluminescence emission. α-Gd2(WO4)3 and α-Eu2(WO4)3 crystals were patterned on the glass surface by irradiations of a continuous wave Yb:YVO4 fiber laser (wavelength: 1080 nm).

  18. Effect of WO3 nanoparticle loading on the microstructural, mechanical and corrosion resistance of Zn matrix/TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite coatings for marine application

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    Popoola, A. P. I.; Daniyan, A. A.; Umoru, L. E.; Fayomi, O. S. I.

    2017-03-01

    In this study, for marine application purposes, we evaluated the effect of process parameter and particle loading on the microstructure, mechanical reinforcement and corrosion resistance properties of a Zn-TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite produced via electrodeposition. We characterized the morphological properties of the composite coatings with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS). We carried out mechanical examination using a Dura Scan hardness tester and a CERT UMT-2 multi-functional tribological tester. We evaluated the corrosion properties by linear polarization in 3.5% NaCl. The results show that the coatings exhibited good stability and the quantitative particle loading greatly enhanced the structural and morphological properties, hardness behavior and corrosion resistance of the coatings. We observed the precipitation of this alloy on steel is greatly influenced by the composite characteristics.

  19. Effect of WO3 nanoparticle loading on the microstructural, mechanical and corrosion resistance of Zn matrix/TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite coatings for marine application

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    Popoola, A. P. I.; Daniyan, A. A.; Umoru, L. E.; Fayomi, O. S. I.

    2017-01-01

    In this study, for marine application purposes, we evaluated the effect of process parameter and particle loading on the microstructure, mechanical reinforcement and corrosion resistance properties of a Zn-TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite produced via electrodeposition. We characterized the morphological properties of the composite coatings with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS). We carried out mechanical examination using a Dura Scan hardness tester and a CERT UMT-2 multi-functional tribological tester. We evaluated the corrosion properties by linear polarization in 3.5% NaCl. The results show that the coatings exhibited good stability and the quantitative particle loading greatly enhanced the structural and morphological properties, hardness behavior and corrosion resistance of the coatings. We observed the precipitation of this alloy on steel is greatly influenced by the composite characteristics.

  20. Synthesis, energy transfer and luminescence properties of Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Cao, Renping; Xu, Haidong; Luo, Wenjie; Luo, Zhiyang; Guo, Siling; Xiao, Fen; Ao, Hui

    2016-09-15

    Graphical abstract: PL spectra of Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+} and Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphors with excitation at 407 nm, and the corresponding CIE chromaticity diagram and chromaticity coordinates. - Highlights: • Novel Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphor is synthesized by solid-state reaction method in air. • Emission intensity of Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor is enhanced ∼2 times after co-doped Bi{sup 3+} ion. • Charge compensation and energy transfer may be explained via luminescence properties. • Luminous mechanism is analyzed by energy level diagrams of WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} group, Sm{sup 3+} and Bi{sup 3+} ions. - Abstract: Novel Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphor is synthesized by solid-state reaction method in air. Host Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6} with excitation 300 nm emits blue light. Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor with excitation 300 and 338 nm emits yellow light. Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor with excitation 300 nm exhibits tunable emission from blue to red light by increasing Sm{sup 3+} doping concentration from 0 to 8 mol%, however, only emits red light with excitation 407 nm. Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphor with excitation 300 and 338 nm emits red light. The optimal Sm{sup 3+} doping concentration is ∼5 mol% in Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor. After Bi{sup 3+} ion is co-doped, luminescence properties of Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor can be improved obviously because of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} as fluxing agent role and energy transfer from Bi{sup 3+} to Sm{sup 3+} ions. The possible luminous mechanism of Ca{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6}:Sm{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+} phosphor is analyzed and explained by simplified energy level diagrams of WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} group, Bi{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} ions.

  1. Fabrication and properties of a branched (NH₄)xWO₃ nanowire array film and a porous WO3 nanorod array film.

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    Liu, Ya; Zhao, Liang; Su, Jinzhan; Li, Mingtao; Guo, Liejin

    2015-02-18

    We describe the successful fabrication of a three-dimensional branched (NH4)xWO3 nanowire array film on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass by a facile one-step hydrothermal method. The porous WO3 nanorod array film formed after heat treatment and recrystallization. Specifically, the branched (NH4)xWO3 nanowire array film has very thin nanowires that were about 10 nm in diameter. The results of an optical and photoelectrochemical test show that the branched (NH4)xWO3 nanowire array film could be used as a near-infrared shielder, while the porous WO3 nanorod array film can be used as a photoanode for water splitting. Moreover, the morphology, structure, and composition of the as-prepared films are revealed, and the related changes caused by heat treatment are discussed in detail.

  2. Surface characterization studies on the interaction of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalyst for low temperature SCR of NO with NH3

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    Zhang, Shule; Zhong, Qin

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed at elucidating the surface characterization of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalyst to investigate the interaction of V, W and Ti species for the improvement of the catalytic activity in the SCR reaction at low-temperature. Analysis by XRD, UV-vis, PL spectra and DFT theoretical calculations, XPS, EPR and in situ DRIFT showed that WO3 could interact with TiO2 to improve the electrons transfer, and the WO3 hybridization with V2O5 could also improve the reducibility and formation of reduced V2O5 species for the V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalyst. These aspects resulted in the NO oxidation and NO3 - decomposition that were responsible for the high catalytic activity of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalyst.

  3. Enhanced photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells via the incorporation of one dimensional luminescent BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires.

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    Wang, Yuping; Qu, Yang; Pan, Kai; Wang, Guofeng; Li, Yadong

    2016-09-25

    One dimensional hierarchical BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires have been prepared via a hydrothermal method for the first time. The obtained BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires are not only a promising down-conversion luminescence material, but also can be used to improve the efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells, resulting an efficiency of 7.66%, which is a noticeable enhancement of 15% compared to the cell without BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires. We suggest that the enhancement of the efficiencies of the TiO2-BaWO4:Eu(3+) composite cells was mainly related to the light scattering of BaWO4:Eu(3+).

  4. Charge Density Wave and Crystal Structure of KxWO3 (x=0.20 and 0.22) Prepared by Hybrid Microwave Method

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    Chen, Runze; Gao, Chaojun; Bu, Kun; Hao, Xiaoyu; Wang, Zichen; Wen, Lianjun; Guo, Juan; Chao, Mingju; Liang, Erjun; Yang, Lihong; Dong, Cheng

    2017-02-01

    Potassium tungsten bronzes KxWO3 (x=0.20 and 0.22) with the coexistence of charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity (SC) were prepared from K2WO4, WO3 and W powders using a hybrid microwave method. The structure refinement confirmed that all samples had a pure hexagonal phase with the space group of P63 /mcm. The distortion degree of W-O octahedron declines with x and is independent of synthesis condition for the same x (=0.20). The CDW transition is studied as a function of residual resistivity ratio. By increasing the crystallinity of sample, this transition can be suppressed, which is probably attributed to the interaction between CDW and defects in crystallites. The CDW transition temperature increases with x, which may be related to the decline of the distortion degree of W-O octahedron. The competition between CDW and SC is observed according to the resistivity and magnetization measurements.

  5. Optical and electrochemical properties of the protonic state electrochromic device: NiOx/Ta2O5/WO3-x

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    Li, Zhuying; Ye, Liu; Zhang, Minliang; Shun, Chonglou

    2009-05-01

    In the present investigation, the electrochromic properties of a protonic solid state device: WO3 / Ta2O5 / NiOx prepared at room temperature (300K) is reported. The non-stoichiometric tungsten oxide thin film (100nm), the tantalum oxide thin film (360nm) and the nickel oxide thin film (50nm) are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique on ITO coated glass; The transmittance variation for Li+ device is +30% and for Ta+ device is -2%. The optical band gap for WO3 film is 3.11eV, for WO3 / Ta2O5 / NiOx multilayer films is 2.98eV.

  6. Preparation of nano-polycrystalline WO3 thin films and their solid-state electrochromic display devices.

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    Luo, Jianyi; Zeng, Qingguang; Long, Yongbing; Wang, Yi

    2013-02-01

    In this paper, nano-polycrystalline WO3 thin films with the thickness in the range of 100-200 nm have been uniformly prepared on the designed regions of ITO (indium tin oxide) glass substrates by thermal evaporation deposition. Their crystal structures, surface morphologies and uniformities are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. The solid-state electrochromic display (ECD) devices based on these nano-polycrystalline WO3 thin films have been also fabricated and have demonstrated to have better performance than normal thin films, including shorter response time, higher contrast, and furthermore, higher stability to keep the colored state without power consumption. These results demonstrate nano-polycrystalline WO3 thin films can be applied to improve the performance of ECD devices, especially suitable to static display.

  7. A ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene nanocomposite adsorbent: facile preparation and efficient removal of Rhodamine B

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    Zhang, Yong-qiang; Li, Xiao-hui; Lü, Jie; Si, Chong-dian; Liu, Guang-jun; Gao, Hong-tao; Wang, Pi-bo

    2014-08-01

    Ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene (TWG) nanocomposites were prepared by a facile salt-ultrasonic assisted hydrothermal method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption. Both anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic WO3 formed in the nanocomposites, along with a highly disordered overlay of individual graphene nanosheets. Polyhedral and spherical TiO2 and WO3 nanoparticles of uniform size 10-30 nm were densely anchored to the graphene sheets. The maximum specific surface area of the products was 144.59 m2·g-1. The products showed clear abilities for the removal of Rhodamine B in the absence of illumination. Furthermore, the adsorption activity of the products exhibited only a slight decrease after three successive cycles. The results demonstrate that the ternary nanocomposites could be used as a high-efficiency adsorbent for the removal of environmental contaminants.

  8. Exchange-Induced Negative-U Charge Order in N-Doped WO3: A Spin-Peierls-Like System

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    Huda, M. N.; Yan, Y.; Wei, S.-H.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2009-01-01

    An unconventional spin-Peierls-type distortion was found in a nonmagnetic atom N doped pseudo-one-dimensional WO{sub 3} system. The periodicity of the initial ferromagnetic WO{sub 3}:N is doubled in one direction, and the band gap opens up due to this distortion. The magnetic moment at the N site is asymmetric in the distorted system, and the interaction between the localized spin is very weak. We show that the large exchange interaction of the nitrogen 2p atomic orbital and the pseudo-one-dimensional W-O-W chain in monoclinic WO{sub 3} structure is the origin of this spin-Peierls-like transition that leads to the stabilization of an unusual negative-U charge-ordered system.

  9. Insulator-to-metal transition of WO3 epitaxial films induced by electrochemical Li-ion intercalation

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    Yoshimatsu, Kohei; Soma, Takuto; Ohtomo, Akira

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the systematic evolution of the structural and electronic properties of Li x WO3 films induced by Li-ion electrochemical reactions. Chronoamperometric Li-ion intercalation could control the Li content up to x ∼ 0.5. The resistivity decreased abruptly with increasing x, and the films underwent an insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) within a range of 0.2 < x < 0.24, which was consistent with the IMT of cubic Na x WO3. X-ray diffraction analyses revealed the coexistence of tetragonal and cubic phases across the IMT, suggesting that the alkaline ion content was the primary factor in the metallic conductivity of the ReO3-type WO3 system.

  10. WO3/Pt nanoparticles are NADPH oxidase biomimetics that mimic effector cells in vitro and in vivo

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    Clark, Andrea J.; Coury, Emma L.; Meilhac, Alexandra M.; Petty, Howard R.

    2016-02-01

    To provide a means of delivering an artificial immune effector cell-like attack on tumor cells, we report the tumoricidal ability of inorganic WO3/Pt nanoparticles that mimic a leukocyte’s functional abilities. These nanoparticles route electrons from organic structures and electron carriers to form hydroxyl radicals within tumor cells. During visible light exposure, WO3/Pt nanoparticles manufacture hydroxyl radicals, degrade organic compounds, use NADPH, trigger lipid peroxidation, promote lysosomal membrane disruption, promote the loss of reduced glutathione, and activate apoptosis. In a model of advanced breast cancer metastasis to the eye’s anterior chamber, we show that WO3/Pt nanoparticles prolong the survival of 4T1 tumor-bearing Balb/c mice. This new generation of inorganic photosensitizers do not photobleach, and therefore should provide an important therapeutic advance in photodynamic therapy. As biomimetic nanoparticles destroy targeted cells, they may be useful in treating ocular and other forms of cancer.

  11. Crystal growth and spectral properties of Pr{sup 3+}:La{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Gong Xinghong; Xiong Feibing; LinYanfu; Tan Qiguang; Luo Zundu; Huang Yidong . E-mail: huyd@fjirsm.ac.cn

    2007-03-22

    Pr{sup 3+}-doped La{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} single crystal with dimensions up to O 20 mm x 35 mm has been grown by the Czochralski method. The structure of the Pr{sup 3+}:La{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal was determined by the X-ray powder diffraction and the Pr{sup 3+} concentration in this crystal was determined. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of Pr{sup 3+}:La{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal were measured at room temperature, and the fluorescence lifetime of main emission multiplets were estimated from the recorded decay curves. The spectral properties related to laser performance of the crystal were evaluated.

  12. White Lighting Upconversion in Tm3+/Ho3+/Yb3+ Co-Doped CaWO4

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    Chung, Jun Ho; Yeop Lee, Sang; Shim, Kwang Bo; Ryu, Jeong Ho

    2012-05-01

    Controllable white upconversion (UC) luminescence was obtained from Tm3+/Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped CaWO4. Under the excitation of a 980 nm single wavelength laser diode, the Tm3+/Ho3+/Yb3+-codoped CaWO4 exhibited bright white UC luminescence composed of blue emission from Tm3+ and green and red emissions from Ho3+ visible to the naked eye. The intensity ratios of green, red, and blue UC emissions varied with Tm3+/Ho3+ concentrations, which can control white UC emission ranging from the cool to the warm region. Various white UC colors can be easily changed by adjusting the Tm3+/Ho3+ concentrations in the CaWO4 matrix.

  13. Hollow Sodium Tungsten Bronze (Na0.15WO3) Nanospheres: Preparation, Characterization, and Their Adsorption Properties.

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    Hou, Jing; Zuo, Guanke; Shen, Guangxia; Guo, He; Liu, Hui; Cheng, Ping; Zhang, Jingyan; Guo, Shouwu

    2009-07-17

    We report herein a facile method for the preparation of sodium tungsten bronzes hollow nanospheres using hydrogen gas bubbles as reactant for chemical reduction of tungstate to tungsten and as template for the formation of hollow nanospheres at the same time. The chemical composition and the crystalline state of the as-prepared hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres were characterized complementarily, and the hollow structure formation mechanism was proposed. The hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres showed large Brunauer-Emment-Teller specific area (33.8 m2 g-1), strong resistance to acids, and excellent ability to remove organic molecules such as dye and proteins from aqueous solutions. These illustrate that the hollow nanospheres of Na0.15WO3should be a useful adsorbent.

  14. Photoelectrochemical conversion in a WO{sub 3} coated p-Si photoelectrode: Effect of annealing temperature

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    Yoon, K.H.; Shin, C.W.; Kang, D.H.

    1997-05-01

    The photoelectrochemical properties of a p-type silicon (100) electrode coated with tungsten oxide thin film were investigated as a function of annealing temperature. The variation in the annealing temperature affected the photocurrent of a WO{sub 3}/p-Si electrode. A maximum photocurrent was obtained when the 500 {Angstrom} WO{sub 3} thin film coated p-Si electrode was annealed at 350{degree}C for 1 h. A further increase in the annealing temperature and film thickness degraded the photocurrent. This can be explained in terms of electrical resistivity, carrier concentration, and depletion layer width. A WO{sub 3} thin film deposition on the p-Si shifted the flatband potential of the p-Si electrode by 0.3 V in the anodic direction, resulting in an improvement in conversion efficiency. These results are supported by x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, and capacitance measurements. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Room-temperature resistive H2 sensing response of Pd/WO3 nanocluster-based highly porous film

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    Zhao, Meng; Huang, Jian Xing; Ong, Chung Wo

    2012-08-01

    Hydrogen- (H2-) induced resistive response of palladium (Pd) coated tungsten oxide (WO3) films prepared by using supersonic cluster beam deposition (SCBD) was investigated. An SCBD WO3 film is found to be constructed of WO3 nanoclusters of diameters of 3-5 nm. The nanoclusters are loosely connected to form a structure of high porosity around 66%. With this structure, the film exhibits many excellent room-temperature H2 sensing properties, including high sensitivity, broad detectable range of H2 concentration, low detection limit, fast response rate, excellent cyclic stability (>2400 cycles), high selectivity against vapor of many organic compounds, mild ambient pressure dependence and many other advantages such as low power consumption, miniaturizability and high batch-to-batch reproducibility. These findings are useful for making new high-quality H2 sensors for monitoring the leakage of H2 and ensuring safe use of this gas.

  16. Hollow Sodium Tungsten Bronze (Na0.15WO3) Nanospheres: Preparation, Characterization, and Their Adsorption Properties

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    2009-01-01

    We report herein a facile method for the preparation of sodium tungsten bronzes hollow nanospheres using hydrogen gas bubbles as reactant for chemical reduction of tungstate to tungsten and as template for the formation of hollow nanospheres at the same time. The chemical composition and the crystalline state of the as-prepared hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres were characterized complementarily, and the hollow structure formation mechanism was proposed. The hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres showed large Brunauer–Emment–Teller specific area (33.8 m2 g−1), strong resistance to acids, and excellent ability to remove organic molecules such as dye and proteins from aqueous solutions. These illustrate that the hollow nanospheres of Na0.15WO3should be a useful adsorbent. PMID:20596394

  17. In-situ observation of self-regulated switching behavior in WO{sub 3-x} based resistive switching devices

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    Hong, D. S.; Wang, W. X.; Chen, Y. S. Sun, J. R.; Shen, B. G.

    2014-09-15

    The transmittance of tungsten oxides can be adjusted by oxygen vacancy (V{sub o}) concentration due to its electrochromic property. Here, we report an in-situ observation of resistive switching phenomenon in the oxygen-deficient WO{sub 3-x} planar devices. Besides directly identifying the formation/rupture of dark-colored conductive filaments in oxide layer, the stripe-like WO{sub 3-x} device demonstrated self-regulated switching behavior during the endurance testing, resulting in highly consistent switching parameters after a stabilizing process. For very high V{sub o}s mobility was demonstrated in the WO{sub 3-x} film by the pulse experiment, we suggested that the electric-field-induced homogeneous migration of V{sub o}s was the physical origin for such unique switching characteristics.

  18. Heterogeneous photo-Fenton decolorization of methylene blue over LiFe(WO4)2 catalyst.

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    Ji, Fei; Li, Chaolin; Zhang, Jiahuan; Deng, Lei

    2011-02-28

    Heterogeneous photo-Fenton process using LiFe(WO(4))(2) as catalyst was studied to degrade Methylene blue (MB) dye in aqueous solution. The results indicated that LiFe(WO(4))(2) could effectively catalyze the decolorization of MB in the presence of UV light and H(2)O(2). The effects of different parameters such as amounts of catalyst, H(2)O(2) concentration, initial pH of the dye solution, initial dye concentration and UV light intensity on the decolorization efficiency of the process were investigated. It was found that LiFe(WO(4))(2) possessed a wide applicable pH range. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was applied to investigate the transformation between Fe(III) and Fe(II). It was also observed that catalytic behavior could be reproduced in consecutive experiments without a considerable drop in the process efficiency.

  19. Facile synthesis of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Fengjun; Wang, Zhi; Wang, Tianye; Jia, Liwei; Wang, Chao; Zhang, Shengyu

    2016-03-01

    In this study, Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge composite photocatalyst was successfully synthesized via a facile two-step approach. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance, and scanning electron microscopy. The Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 photocatalyst was successfully loaded on polyurethane sponge and the composite displayed enhanced absorption in the ultraviolet-to-visible light region. Furthermore, the composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity and reusability towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light. This work demonstrates a facile method for synthesizing Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced photocatalytic activity and easy immobilization of the photocatalyst for application in environmental purification.

  20. Study on the decomposition of trace benzene over V2O5-WO3 ...

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    Commercial and laboratory-prepared V2O5–WO3/TiO2-based catalysts with different compositions were tested for catalytic decomposition of chlorobenzene (ClBz) in simulated flue gas. Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (REMPI-TOFMS) was employed to measure real-time, trace concentrations of ClBz contained in the flue gas before and after the catalyst. The effects of various parameters, including vanadium content of the catalyst, the catalyst support, as well as the reaction temperature on decomposition of ClBz were investigated. The results showed that the ClBz decomposition efficiency was significantly enhanced when nano-TiO2 instead of conventional TiO2 was used as the catalyst support. No promotion effects were found in the ClBz decomposition process when the catalysts were wet-impregnated with CuO and CeO2. Tests with different concentrations (1,000, 500, and 100 ppb) of ClBz showed that ClBz-decomposition efficiency decreased with increasing concentration, unless active sites were plentiful. A comparison between ClBz and benzene decomposition on the V2O5–WO3/TiO2-based catalyst and the relative kinetics analysis showed that two different active sites were likely involved in the decomposition mechanism and the V=O and V-O-Ti groups may only work for the degradation of the phenyl group and the benzene ring rather than the C-Cl bond. V2O5-WO3/TiO2 based catalysts, that have been used for destruction of a wide variet