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  1. Bacteriophage WO in Wolbachia infecting terrestrial isopods.

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    Braquart-Varnier, Christine; Grève, Pierre; Félix, Christine; Martin, Gilbert

    2005-11-18

    Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular alpha-proteobacteria that infect a wide range of arthropods. They are associated with a number of different reproductive phenotypes in arthropods and nematodes. In isopod crustacean, Wolbachia are responsible for feminization of genetic males in many species, and for cytoplasmic incompatibility in two species. In this paper, we report the first detection of phage WO from Wolbachia infecting terrestrial isopods. All Wolbachia strains tested in this study were infected with phage WO. Based on the orf7 phage sequence, we identified three different phage sequences in four Wolbachia strains. The phage of Wolbachia infecting Armadillidium vulgare seems to be not active, unlike other phages WO previously described in arthropods. PMID:16198306

  2. Bacteriophage WO in Wolbachia infecting terrestrial isopods.

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    Braquart-Varnier, Christine; Grève, Pierre; Félix, Christine; Martin, Gilbert

    2005-11-18

    Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular alpha-proteobacteria that infect a wide range of arthropods. They are associated with a number of different reproductive phenotypes in arthropods and nematodes. In isopod crustacean, Wolbachia are responsible for feminization of genetic males in many species, and for cytoplasmic incompatibility in two species. In this paper, we report the first detection of phage WO from Wolbachia infecting terrestrial isopods. All Wolbachia strains tested in this study were infected with phage WO. Based on the orf7 phage sequence, we identified three different phage sequences in four Wolbachia strains. The phage of Wolbachia infecting Armadillidium vulgare seems to be not active, unlike other phages WO previously described in arthropods.

  3. Time-resolved spectroscopy in ZnWO4 and ZnWO4 : Fe

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Pankratov, V.; Millers, D.; Chernov, S.; Nagirnyi, V.; Kotlov, A.; Watterich, A.

    2003-01-01

    Time-resolved luminescence and absorption of ZnWO4 and ZnWO4:Fe have been studied. The fast decaying luminescence at similar to 1.7 eV is attributed to either Fe2+ or a Fe3+ related center. The two observed stages in luminescence decay kinetics under ionising radiation are suggested to be due to two types of self-trapped excitons.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Synthesis of dumbbell-like Bi2WO6@CaWO4 composite photocatalyst and application in water treatment

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    Zhang, Zhijie; Wang, Wenzhong; Jiang, Dong; Xu, Jiayue

    2014-02-01

    Dumbbell-like Bi2WO6@CaWO4 composite photocatalyst was successfully synthesized via hydrothermal method in one step, in which the Bi2WO6 nanoplates assembled on the surface of the CaWO4 microspheres. The growth mechanism of such a special micro-nano structure was investigated. This structure holds the advantages of both a microstructure and a nanostructure, which can not only ensure the sufficient contact between the Bi2WO6 photocatalyst and the organic molecules, but also favor the sediment of the catalyst particles. Photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB), demonstrated that the Bi2WO6@CaWO4 composite reserved the high photo-activity of Bi2WO6. Besides RhB, the Bi2WO6@CaWO4 composite could also degrade other model pollutants such as methyl orange (MO) and phenol effectively. Moreover, the composite photocatalyst could settle naturally in 15 min, which is beneficial for its separation and recycling.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Zn-WO3 and ZnWO4 for pseudocapacitor applications

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    Kumar, R. Dhilip; Andou, Y.; Karuppuchamy, S.

    2016-05-01

    Nanosized Zn-WO3 and ZnWO4 materials have been prepared by microwave irradiation method. The physico-chemical characterization of the prepared nanomaterials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution-scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) techniques. The size and shape of the ZnWO4 material can be controlled by changing the temperature. The XRD analysis revealed the formation of monoclinic phase of the calcined nanopowder. The HR-SEM images showed the sphere and plate shape particles. The electrochemical behavior of the ZnWO4 modified electrodes was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) techniques. The synthesized material shows the pseudocapacitance. The specific capacitance of 35.70 F/g was achieved for the Zn-WO3 nanopowder.

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization, and Gas Sensing Applications of WO3 Nanobricks

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    Xiao, Jingkun; Song, Chengwen; Dong, Wei; Li, Chen; Yin, Yanyan; Zhang, Xiaoni; Song, Mingyan

    2015-08-01

    WO3 nanobricks are fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method. Morphology and structure of the WO3 nanobricks are characterized by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. Gas sensing properties of the as-prepared WO3 sensor are systematically investigated by a static gas sensing system. The results show that the WO3 nanobricks with defect corners demonstrate good crystallinity, and the mean edge length and wall thickness are 1-1.5 and 400 nm, respectively. The WO3 sensor achieves its maximum sensitivity to 100 ppm ethanol at the optimal operating temperature of 300 °C. Ultra-fast response time (2-3 s) and fast recovery time (4-11 s) of the WO3 sensor toward 100 ppm ethanol are also observed at this optimal operating temperature. Moreover, the WO3 sensor exhibits high selectivity to other gases such as methanol, benzene, hexane, and dichloromethane, indicating its excellent potential application as a gas sensor for ethanol detection.

  13. 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.

  14. Athermal directions and their dispersion in KGd(WO4)2 and KLu(WO4)2 crystals

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    Filippov, V. V.

    2015-12-01

    An analysis of the existence of athermal properties for optically biaxial crystals KGd(WO4)2 and KLu(WO4)2 is performed and compared with that of KY(WO4)2 for monolithic and laser cavity configurations. Short-wavelength limits for athermal behavior in the principal planes of optical indicatrix are found. In KGd(WO4)2 they lie near or in the absorption band. In KLu(WO4)2, one of the two isonomal waves and both isonomal waves in the Np-Nm principal plane of KGd(WO4)2 for the laser cavity configuration have also long-wavelength limits. It is shown that for some wavelengths (one or two in the visible spectrum) and light wave polarization, the optical indicatrix axes can be athermal. In KLuW, for the monolithic configuration, the Np axis is athermal at three wavelengths, two of which lie in the IR region (0.843 and 1.975 μm). All-space athermal directions are determined for KLu(WO4)2 at 2 μm. For the monolithic configuration, they form a cone with its axis parallel to the Np axis and oval cross-section.

  15. NH3 sensing characteristics of nano-WO3 thin films deposited on porous silicon.

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    Sun, Fengyun; Hu, Ming; Sun, Peng; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Bo

    2010-11-01

    The NH3 sensing characteristics of nano-tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films deposited on porous silicon (PS) were investigated in the present study. Porous silicon layer was first prepared by electrochemical etching in an HF-based solution on a p(+)-type silicon substrate. Then, WO3 nano-films were deposited on the porous silicon layer by DC magnetron sputtering. Pt electrodes were deposited on the top surface of the WO3 films to obtain the WO3/PS gas sensor. The WO3 films deposited on PS were characterized by SEM, XRD and XPS. The NH3 sensing characteristics for WO3/PS gas sensor were tested at room temperature and 50 degrees C. The results showed that the NH3 sensing characteristics of WO3/PS were superior to WO3/Al2O3 at room temperature. The sensing mechanism of the nano-WO3 thin films based on PS was also discussed. PMID:21138022

  16. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of CdWO4 and CdS/CdWO4 nanostructures

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    Xu, Weina; Zheng, Chunhua; Hua, Hao; Yang, Qi; Chen, Lin; Xi, Yi; Hu, Chenguo

    2015-02-01

    A facile composite-salt-mediated strategy is employed for the first time to synthesize CdWO4 nanowire and nanoflower arrays on cadmium foil substrates. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties are measured on the electrodes made of the CdWO4 nanowire and nanoflower arrays under the simulated sunlight illumination. Both electrodes display high sensitive response and photocurrent stability. The photocurrent density of the nanowire arrays electrode reach 0.35 mA/cm2, which is about 3 times as much as that of the nanoflower array electrode. To improve the visible light photocurrent response, CdS nanoparticles are deposited on the CdWO4 nanowire arrays to form a CdS/CdWO4 heterojunction. Remarkably enhanced photoresponse is observed on the CdS/CdWO4 heterostructure and the photocurrent intensity is about twice as much as that of the electrode made of the pure CdWO4 nanowire arrays. The photoelectric mechanism is also discussed by the crystal structure and morphology characterization, optical band gap and carrier mobility analysis. This work presents a new design of a photoelectrochemical device for possible applications in photoelectrolysis of water and solar cells or highly sensitive light detection.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Pulsed laser deposition of CdWO4 thin films

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    Kodu, M.; Avarmaa, T.; Jaaniso, R.; Leemets, K.; Mändar, H.; Nagirnyi, V.

    2016-10-01

    Thin CdWO4 films were produced on various substrates by pulsed laser deposition. A method of producing transparent films of high structural and optical quality on MgO substrate was developed. It is based on deposition of an amorphous film from a non-stoichiometric CdWO4-CdO target and a consequent crystallization of the film in oxygen atmosphere at 750 °C. The quality of the films produced was verified by x-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, scanning electron microscopy, Raman and optical spectroscopy.

  20. Photocatalytic water treatment over WO 3 under visible light irradiation combined with ozonation

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    Nishimoto, Shunsuke; Mano, Takayuki; Kameshima, Yoshikazu; Miyake, Michihiro

    2010-11-01

    Photocatalytic water treatment over bare WO 3 under visible light irradiation combined with ozonation (O 3/vis/WO 3) was investigated using an aqueous phenol solution as model wastewater. The O 3/vis/WO 3 treatment exhibited a much higher total organic carbon removal than ozonation alone. Bare WO 3 was found to function as an active visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for decomposition of organic compounds in the presence of ozone, which readily reacts with photoexcited electrons in the conduction band of WO 3.

  1. The WO3/WS2 nanostructures: Preparation, characterization and optical absorption properties

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    Cao, Shixiu; Zhao, Cong; Han, Tao; Peng, Lingling

    2016-07-01

    The WO3/WS2 nanostructures were successfully prepared using a two-step hydrothermal/gas phase method. The physical properties of the nanostructures were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM, UV-visible spectroscopy. The WO3/WS2 nanostructures obtained were coexistence of WO3 and WS2 in the same particle. The WO3/WS2 nanostructures contained a wide and intensive absorption in the UV-visible light region of 245-750 nm, which showed that the WO3/WS2 nanostructures may have a potential application as an UV-visible photocatalyst.

  2. 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. PMID:26726834

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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. PMID:22669278

  6. 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.

  7. Tungsten Trioxide (WO3) Nanoparticles as a New Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Santhosha, A L; Das, Shyamal K; Bhattacharyya, Aninda J

    2016-04-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is investigated for the first time as an anode material for sodium-ion batteries. Pristine WO3 displays a discharge potential plateau at 1 V and exhibits a 1st discharge cycle sodium storage capacity of 640 mAh g-1. Electronic wiring of WO3 with graphene oxide (GO, 1% by weight) led to a significant increase in the storage capacity and cyclability of WO3. As a result, the discharge capacity of 1% GO-WO3 is enhanced to 927 mAh g-1 in the 1st discharge cycle. The electrochemical intercalation of Na in to WO3 and (1%) GO-WO3 as obtained from galvanostatic charge/discharge cycling is also supported by cyclic voltammetry. PMID:27451776

  8. Micro/nano-structured CaWO4/Bi2WO6 composite: synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties for degradation of organic contaminants.

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    Guo, Yadan; Zhang, Gaoke; Gan, Huihui; Zhang, Yalei

    2012-11-01

    The micro/nano-structured CaWO(4)/Bi(2)WO(6) composite was successfully synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal route without using any templates or surfactants. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) and Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) theory. The results indicated that the composite has a two-phase composition: CaWO(4) and Bi(2)WO(6). The photocatalytic activities of the CaWO(4)/Bi(2)WO(6) composite were evaluated for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye and 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation (>420 nm), which were 4.5 times and 2.5 times higher than that of the pure Bi(2)WO(6), respectively. On the basis of the calculated energy band positions, the mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activity for the micro/nano-structured CaWO(4)/Bi(2)WO(6) composite can be attributed to the effective separation of electron-hole pairs.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis of surface sulfated BiWO with enhanced photocatalytic performance.

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    Ju, Yongming; Hong, Jianming; Zhang, Xiuyu; Xu, Zhencheng; Wei, Dongyang; Sang, Yanhong; Fang, Xiaohang; Fang, Jiande; Wang, Zhenxing

    2012-01-01

    Sulfated BiWO (SBiWO) was synthesized by an impregnation method to enhance the visible-light-driven photoactivities of BiWO (BiWO). The characterization results verified that sulfate anion mainly anchored on the catalyst surface greatly extended the visible-light-responsive range without destroying the crystal lattice. Moreover, the SBiWO-based photoactivities were evaluated with the removal of Malachite Green (MG) under UV-Vis irradiation emitted from two microwave-powered electrodeless discharge lamps (MPEDL2) and under visible light (lamda > 420 nm). The results demonstrated that the kinetic constant was increased 2.25 times, varying from 0.1478 (BiWO) to 0.3328 min(-1) (SBiWO-1). Similar results were also obtained for the visible light-driven reaction. Furthermore, radical scavengers such as t-butanol restricted the visible-light induced degradation of MG over BiWO and SBiWO-1. This indicated that the sulfating process increased the generation of reactive oxygen species, which was further verified by molecular probe with salicylic acid. Thus, more blue-shifting at lam = 618 nm was observed over SBiWO. On the basis of the above results, the photocatalytic mechanism over the sulfated catalyst was also discussed. PMID:23534216

  13. Preparation of Pt supported on WO 3-C with enhanced catalytic activity by microwave-pyrolysis method

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    Ye, Jilei; Liu, Jianguo; Zou, Zhigang; Gu, Jun; Yu, Tao

    The WO 3-C hybrid materials are prepared by intermittently microwave-pyrolysis using ammonium tungstate as the precursor, and then Pt nano-particles are deposited by microwave-assited polyol process on WO 3-C. The TEM images show the dispersion of ∼10 nm WO 3 particles size supported on carbon and ∼3 nm Pt metal crystallites supported on WO 3-C. XRD results illustrate that WO 3 presented as monoclinic phase and the content of WO 3 in WO 3/C and Pt/WO 3-C catalysts is further characterized by EDAX. Furthermore, XPS characterizations indicate that the interaction between Pt and WO 3 is dramatically enhanced after heat treatment at 200 °C. The activities of Pt/WO 3-C for the electrochemical oxidation of methanol are compared with Pt/C in acid solution by cyclic voltammetry, CO-stripping and chronoaperometry. Pt/WO 3-C catalyst calcined at 200 °C exhibits the highest activity per electrochemical active surface area for methanol oxidation and is 60 mV more negative for CO electro-oxidation than that of Pt/C and Pt/WO 3-C without heat treatment. The great enhancement of electrochemical performance may be due to the improvement of the synergistic effect between Pt and WO 3 in Pt/WO 3-C catalyst after heat treatment.

  14. Spectroscopic properties of KGd(WO 4) 2 and KGd(WO 4) 2:Ho 3+ single crystals studied by Brillouin and Raman scattering methods

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    Kasprowicz, D.; Runka, T.; Szybowicz, M.; Drozdowski, M.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.; Żmija, J.

    2006-07-01

    KGd(WO 4) 2 single crystals, pure and doped with holmium ions Ho 3+ at 0.5 and 1% concentrations were investigated by Brillouin and Raman scattering methods. Polarized Raman spectra of KGd(WO 4) 2 and KGd(WO 4) 2:Ho 3+ single crystals have been measured at room temperature. The assignment of the Raman-active A g and B g modes have been performed. Brillouin spectra were collected for the acoustic phonons propagating in [100], [001], [101], [-101], [110], [-110], [011] and [0-11] directions in KGd(WO 4) 2 and KGd(WO 4) 2:Ho 3+ single crystals at room temperature. Obtained results have been discussed in terms of the influence of the doping concentration on the lattice dynamics and crystal structure.

  15. 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.

  16. In situ etching WO{sub 3} nanoplates: Hydrothermal synthesis, photoluminescence and gas sensor properties

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    Su, Xintai; Li, Yani; Jian, Jikang; Wang, Jide

    2010-12-15

    A novel hydrothermal process using p-nitrobenzoic acid as structure-directing agent has been employed to synthesize plate-shaped WO{sub 3} nanostructures containing holes. The p-nitrobenzoic acid plays a critical role in the synthesis of such novel WO{sub 3} nanoplates. The morphology, structure and optical property of the WO{sub 3} nanoplates have been characterized by transmission electron microcopy (TEM), scanning electron microcopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). The lateral size of the nanoplates is 500-1000 nm, and the thickness is about 80 nm. The formation mechanism of WO{sub 3} nanoplates is discussed briefly. The gas sensitivity of WO{sub 3} nanoplates was studied to ethanol and acetone at different operation temperatures and concentrations. Furthermore, the WO{sub 3} nanoplate-based gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity for ethanol and acetone as well as quick response and recovery time at low temperature.

  17. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film.

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H

    2015-01-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were <50 nm, while deposited WO3 particles were <20 nm in size. An enhancement in the photocurrent was observed when the TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested. Graphical abstractWO3-surface modified TiO2 film showing better photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity. PMID:25852351

  18. Room temperature NO2-sensing properties of WO3 nanoparticles/porous silicon

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    Yan, Wenjun; Hu, Ming; Zeng, Peng; Ma, Shuangyun; Li, Mingda

    2014-02-01

    WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method with tungsten hexachloride (WCl6) as precursor and deposited onto porous silicon and alumina substrates by dip-coating. The morphology and crystal structure of samples were investigated by means of field emission scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffractometer. It is the experimental results demonstrated by gas sensing tests that WO3 nanoparticles combining with the substrate of porous silicon presented an improved NO2-sensing property at room temperature. Compared to WO3 deposited on alumina working above 100 °C, the WO3 nanoparticles/porous silicon exhibited higher properties upon exposure to sub-ppm concentrations of NO2 gas at room temperature. Additionally, the NO2-sensing performance of WO3 nanoparticles/porous silicon was enhanced markedly, in comparison to pure porous silicon. The mechanism of WO3/porous silicon composite structure on the NO2 sensing was explained in detail.

  19. 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.

  20. Poly(methacrylic acid)-mediated morphosynthesis of PbWO4 micro-crystals

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    Yu, J. G.; Zhao, X. F.; Liu, S. W.; Li, M.; Mann, S.; Ng, D. H. L.

    2007-04-01

    PbWO4 crystals with various morphologies were fabricated via a facile poly(methacrylic acid)-mediated hydrothermal route. Novel microsized PbWO4 single crystals with a needle-like shape as well as other morphologies, such as a fishbone, dendrite, sphere, spindle, ellipsoid, rod, and dumbbell with two dandelion-like heads, could be produced. The presence of PMAA, [Pb2+]/[WO4 2-] molar ratio (R), and aging temperature played key roles in the formation of the PbWO4 needle-like structures. Between temperatures of 60 to 150 °C, the length and photoluminescence intensities of the PbWO4 micro needles significantly increased with aging temperature, while the diameter did not change remarkably. Time-dependent experiments revealed that the formation of PbWO4 microneedles involved an unusual growth process, involving nucleation, oriented assembly and controlled mesoscale restructuring of nanoparticle building blocks.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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}.

  5. Spontaneous and stimulated Raman scattering in ZnWO{sub 4} crystals

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    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Karasik, Aleksandr Ya; Sobol, A A; Chunaev, D S; Shukshin, V E

    2011-04-30

    Spontaneous and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) are studied in ZnWO{sub 4} crystals with a wolframite structure. The polarised Raman scattering spectra corresponding to all the six independent Raman tensor components are measured. The frequencies of the complete set of vibrational modes are identified. The threshold pump energies for SRS in ZnWO{sub 4} and KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals are measured upon excitation by picosecond 1047-nm pulses of a Nd:YLF laser. The SRS gains for ZnWO{sub 4} crystals are determined based on the measured thresholds and spectroscopic parameters of the crystals. (nonlinear optics phenomena)

  6. WO3 nanotubes prepared by a coaxial electrospinning method.

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    Cao, Xingxing; Zhang, Xuebin; Hu, Jixiang; Wang, Yang; Liu, Jia; Wu, Haijun; Feng, Yi

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, WO3 nanotubes were prepared by a coaxial electrospinning method. Firstly, core-shell structured composite fibers were fabricated via coaxial electrospinning under the optimal electro-spinning parameters to get the best composite fibers with uniform diameters and smooth surface, which pure PVA being the core solution and PVA/AMT/alcohol being the shell one, respectively. Secondly, the composite fibers were calcined in air at 600 °C for 4 h to wipe out the pure PVA, leading to the formation of nanotubes. After sintering, the obtained WO3 nanotubes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The XRD show that the resultant materials consist of pure tungsten trioxide (WO3) with good crystallinity, while FESEM and HRTEM images indicate that the materials are nanotubes with rough surface and consist of nanoparticles. The inner diameter and the wall thickness of nanotubes were calculated to be around 100 and 50 nm, respectively. PMID:25936119

  7. 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

  8. Size analysis of nanoparticles extracted from W/O emulsions.

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    Nagelreiter, C; Kotisch, H; Heuser, T; Valenta, C

    2015-07-01

    Nanosized particles are frequently used in many different applications, especially TiO2 nanoparticles as physical filters in sunscreens to protect the skin from UV radiation. However, concerns have arisen about possible health issues caused by nanoparticles and therefore, the assessment of the occurrence of nanoparticles is important in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. In a previous work of our group, a method was presented to extract nanoparticles from O/W emulsions. But to respond to the needs of dry and sensitive skin, sunscreens of the water-in-oil emulsion type are available. In these, assessment of present nanoparticles is also an important issue, so the present study offers a method for extracting nanoparticles from W/O emulsions. Both methods emanate from the same starting point, which minimizes both effort and cost before the beginning of the assessment. By addition of NaOH pellets and centrifugation, particles were extracted from W/O emulsions and measured for their size and surface area by laser diffraction. With the simple equation Q=A/S a distinction between nanoparticles and microparticles was achieved in W/O emulsions, even in commercially available samples. The present method is quick and easy to implement, which makes it cost-effective. PMID:25907509

  9. WO3 nanotubes prepared by a coaxial electrospinning method.

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    Cao, Xingxing; Zhang, Xuebin; Hu, Jixiang; Wang, Yang; Liu, Jia; Wu, Haijun; Feng, Yi

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, WO3 nanotubes were prepared by a coaxial electrospinning method. Firstly, core-shell structured composite fibers were fabricated via coaxial electrospinning under the optimal electro-spinning parameters to get the best composite fibers with uniform diameters and smooth surface, which pure PVA being the core solution and PVA/AMT/alcohol being the shell one, respectively. Secondly, the composite fibers were calcined in air at 600 °C for 4 h to wipe out the pure PVA, leading to the formation of nanotubes. After sintering, the obtained WO3 nanotubes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The XRD show that the resultant materials consist of pure tungsten trioxide (WO3) with good crystallinity, while FESEM and HRTEM images indicate that the materials are nanotubes with rough surface and consist of nanoparticles. The inner diameter and the wall thickness of nanotubes were calculated to be around 100 and 50 nm, respectively.

  10. Size analysis of nanoparticles extracted from W/O emulsions.

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    Nagelreiter, C; Kotisch, H; Heuser, T; Valenta, C

    2015-07-01

    Nanosized particles are frequently used in many different applications, especially TiO2 nanoparticles as physical filters in sunscreens to protect the skin from UV radiation. However, concerns have arisen about possible health issues caused by nanoparticles and therefore, the assessment of the occurrence of nanoparticles is important in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. In a previous work of our group, a method was presented to extract nanoparticles from O/W emulsions. But to respond to the needs of dry and sensitive skin, sunscreens of the water-in-oil emulsion type are available. In these, assessment of present nanoparticles is also an important issue, so the present study offers a method for extracting nanoparticles from W/O emulsions. Both methods emanate from the same starting point, which minimizes both effort and cost before the beginning of the assessment. By addition of NaOH pellets and centrifugation, particles were extracted from W/O emulsions and measured for their size and surface area by laser diffraction. With the simple equation Q=A/S a distinction between nanoparticles and microparticles was achieved in W/O emulsions, even in commercially available samples. The present method is quick and easy to implement, which makes it cost-effective.

  11. 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.

  12. Evaluation of WO2013125543, WO2013146963 and EP2634185: the first Tyk2 inhibitors from Takeda and Sareum.

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    Norman, Peter

    2014-03-01

    Three patent applications, from two different companies, claim structurally novel Tyk2 inhibitors and their uses for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. In EP-2634185 Sareum claims 5-anilino-2-(2-halophenyl)-oxazole-4-carboxamide derivatives which are shown to be nanomolar potency Tyk2 inhibitors with 10 - 100-fold selectivity over JAK1, JAK2 and JAK3. Takeda's WO-2013125543 and WO-2013146963 claim two distinct structural classes of Tyk2 inhibitors. The first application claims inhibitors based on an unusual 1,5-dihydro-4H-pyrazolo[4,3-c]pyridine-4-one scaffold and the second claims 1-(2-arylaminopyrimidin-4-yl)-pyrrolidin-2-one derivatives. One example of the latter was shown to be orally active in an IL-23-induced inflammation model. PMID:24386992

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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    Vemuri, R S; Engelhard, M H; Ramana, C V

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline WO(3) 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 WO(3) 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 ultramicrostructure was significant on the optical properties of WO(3) films. The XPS analyses indicate the formation of stoichiometric WO(3) with tungsten existing in fully oxidized valence state (W(6+)). However, WO(3) films grown at high oxygen concentration (>60%) in the sputtering gas mixture were over stoichiometric with excess oxygen. XRR simulations based on isotropic WO(3) film-SiO(2) interface-Si substrate modeling indicate that the density of WO(3) films is sensitive to the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The spectral transmission of the films increased with increasing oxygen. The band gap of these films increases from 2.78 to 3.25 eV with increasing oxygen. A direct correlation between the film density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO(3) films is established on the basis of the observed results. PMID:22332637

  17. 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. PMID:26866352

  18. Influence of peculiarities of electronic excitation relaxation on luminescent properties of MgWO4

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    Krutyak, N. R.; Spassky, D. A.; Tupitsyna, I. A.; Dubovik, A. M.

    2016-07-01

    Luminescent properties of magnesium tungstate monocrystals grown by two different methods are studied. Only the exciton luminescence of these crystals themselves is observed. Temperature dependence of the low-energy range in the luminescence excitation spectra is described by the Urbach rule. Slope coefficient σ0 = 0.74 obtained from this dependence implies autolocalization of the excitons in MgWO4. The processes of electronic excitations relaxation are considered depending on the structure of valence band in MgWO4 and in other wolframites, ZnWO4 and CdWO4. In contrast to ZnWO4 and CdWO4, the d-states of the cation do not participate in formation of the MgWO4 valence band. Using the excitation spectra measured in the range of the fundamental absorption (4-20 eV), it is shown that this difference manifests itself in relaxation of electronic excitations and may be the cause of the relatively low light yield of MgWO4.

  19. The morphology-dependent photocatalysis for rhodamine B degradation over Bi2WO6 hierarchical nanostructure.

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    Tian, Yue; Fang, Ming; Xu, Wei; Li, Nian; Chen, Yongzhou; Zhang, Lide

    2011-09-01

    In this paper, the nanostructured Bi2WO6 with different hierarchical morphologies was synthesized via a warmly hydrothermal route. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared Bi2WO6 products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and N2-sorption analysis. The photocatalytic efficiency of Bi2WO6 was investigated by photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The present work demonstrated that Bi2WO6 with four different hierarchical structures was effective visible-light-driven photocatalytic functional material for environmental purification. Moreover, the nest-like Bi2WO6 exhibited superior photocatalytic effects on rhodamine B degradation compared with other three Bi2WO6 morphologies. The excellent catalytic effect of the nest-like Bi2WO6 was attributed to its unique structural property and large surface area. The relationship between morphology and photocatalytic performance was discussed in detail. The photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of RhB was also investigated, which revealed the important role of morphology in improving the photocatalyitc activities of Bi2WO6.

  20. Sunlight highly photoactive Bi2WO6-TiO2 heterostructures for rhodamine B degradation.

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    Colón, G; Murcia López, S; Hidalgo, M C; Navío, J A

    2010-07-14

    Highly efficient Bi(2)WO(6)-TiO(2) heterostructures are synthesized by means of a hydrothermal method; they have high photoactivity for the degradation of rhodamine B under sunlike irradiation. An interesting synergetic effect between TiO(2) and Bi(2)WO(6) leads to an improved charge carrier separation mechanism, causing the excellent photocatalytic performance.

  1. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 via modification with polypyrrole

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    Duan, Fang; Zhang, Qianhong; Shi, Dongjian; Chen, Mingqing

    2013-03-01

    Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst modified with different amounts of polypyrrole (PPy) was synthesized by 'in situ' deposition oxidative polymerization of pyrrole. The as-prepared PPy/Bi2WO6 composites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activities of the PPy/Bi2WO6 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine-B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The results indicated that the existence of PPy did not affect the crystal structure and the morphology of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst, but showed great influences on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. Besides, an optimal content of PPy on the surface of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst with the highest photocatalytic ability was discovered, and the obtained PPy/Bi2WO6 photocatalysts showed high stability and did not photocorrode during the photocatalytic process. The possible mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activities of PPy/Bi2WO6 samples was also discussed in this work.

  2. 3D graphene network@WO3 nanowire composites: a multifunctional colorimetric and electrochemical biosensing platform.

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    Ma, Ye; Zhao, Minggang; Cai, Bin; Wang, Wei; Ye, Zhizhen; Huang, Jingyun

    2014-10-01

    A three dimensional graphene network (3DGN)@WO3 nanowire (NW) sensor is proposed which can perform colorimetric and electrochemical sensing techniques to detect H2O2, ascorbic acid and dopamine. The 3DGN provides three functions: anchoring, separating, conducting, while the WO3 NWs maximize surface area and catalyse reactions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Effect of Bisphenol A on invasion ability of human trophoblastic cell line BeWo

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    Wang, Zi-Yi; Lu, Jing; Zhang, Yuan-Zhen; Zhang, Ming; Liu, Teng; Qu, Xin-Lan

    2015-01-01

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a kind of environmental endocrine disruptors (EEDs) that interfere embryo implantation. Trophoblast invasion plays a crucial role during embryo implantation. In this study, the effects of BPA on invasion ability of human trophoblastic cell line BeWo and its possible mechanism were investigated. BeWo cells were exposed to BPA and co-cultured with human endometrial cells to mimic embryo implantation in transwell model. The proliferation and invasion capability of BeWo cells were detected. The expression of E-cadherin, DNMT1, MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 were also analyzed. The results showed that the invasion capability of BeWo was reduced after daily exposure to BPA. BPA had biphasic effect on E-cadherin expression level in BeWo cells and expression level of DNMT1 was decreased when treated with BPA. Moreover, BPA treatment also changed the balance of MMPs/TIMPs in BeWo cells by down-regulating MMP-2, MMP-9 and up-regulating TIMP-1, TIMP-2 with increasing BPA concentration. Taken together, these results showed that BPA treatment could reduce the invasion ability of BeWo cells and alter the expression level of E-cadherin, DNMT1, TIMP-1, TIMP-2, MMP-2, and MMP-9. Our study would help us to understand the possible mechanism of BPA effect on invasion ability of human trophoblastic cell line BeWo. PMID:26823751

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Photoelectrochemical behavior of hierarchically structured Si/WO3 core-shell tandem photoanodes.

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    Coridan, Robert H; Arpin, Kevin A; Brunschwig, Bruce S; Braun, Paul V; Lewis, Nathan S

    2014-05-14

    WO3 thin films have been deposited in a hierarchically structured core-shell morphology, with the cores consisting of an array of Si microwires and the shells consisting of a controlled morphology WO3 layer. Porosity was introduced into the WO3 outer shell by using a self-assembled microsphere colloidal crystal as a mask during the deposition of the WO3 shell. Compared to conformal, unstructured WO3 shells on Si microwires, the hierarchically structured core-shell photoanodes exhibited enhanced near-visible spectral response behavior, due to increased light absorption and reduced distances over which photogenerated carriers were collected. The use of structured substrates also improved the growth rate of microsphere-based colloidal crystals and suggests strategies for the use of colloidal materials in large-scale applications.

  9. Ethanol sensing of SnO2-WO3 core/shell nanowires

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    Park, Sunghoon; Kim, Soohyun; Sun, Gun-Joo; Choi, Seung-Bok; Lee, Sangmin; Lee, Chongmu

    2015-09-01

    SnO2-WO3 core/shell nanowires were synthesized by the thermal evaporation of Sn powders in an oxidizing ambient followed by the thermal evaporation of WO3 powders. Their C2H5OH gas sensing properties were then examined. The C2H5OH gas sensing properties were improved remarkably by formation of the SnO2-WO3 heterostructures. The SnO2-WO3 core/shell nanowire sensors showed a much stronger and faster response to C2H5OH gas than the pristine SnO2-nanowire sensors. The enhanced sensing performance of the SnO2-WO3 core/shell nanowires towards C2H5OH gas can be accounted for by the potential barrier-controlled carrier-transport mechanism combined with the surface-depletion mechanism. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. 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.

  11. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Bozovic, I.

    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.

  12. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Božović, I.

    2015-09-01

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on Y AlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. The dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch are discussed.

  13. 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. PMID:27450332

  14. 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.

  15. Electrochromic Characterization of Electrodeposited WO3 Thin Films

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    Vijayalakshmi, R.; Jayachandran, M.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2002-12-01

    The electrochromic properties of certain transition metal oxides have been studied for several years resulting in commercial films are deposited as thin layers (0.1 to 0.4 microns) onto a transparent conductive automotive mirror and sun-glass products. The largest potential application of electrochromics is in window to regulate heat and light flow. Fabrication cost is one of the greatest barriers for large area development of the smart windows. Tungsten trioxide (WO3) can be colored deeply in with an optical irradiation of appropriate energy (photochromism) or with an applied electric field (electrochromism). These processes have received considerable attention because of their potential application in electrochromic windows, display devices, sensors, and so on. For these purposes, tungsten trioxide films prepared by various physical methods such as molecular beam epitaxy, CVD, etc have been reported. These methods are generally expensive and it is difficult to form large area films. However electrodeposition method is probably most economical method for making the films in addition to its relative ease in forming in large area films. In this paper, tungsten trioxide (WO3) films are prepared through the electrodeposition route and these films are used to study the electrochromic behavior in the various electrolytes by changing the concentrations. When coloration, the film attains deep blue color and in reduced state it becomes colorless. After the ion intercalation, the optical properties are also studied in the UV-Vis-NIR region.

  16. 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.

  17. Tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films for application in advanced energy systems

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    Gullapalli, S. K.; Vemuri, R. S.; Manciu, F. S.; Enriquez, J. L.; Ramana, C. V.

    2010-07-15

    Inherent processes in coal gasification plants produce hazardous hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S), which must be continuously and efficiently detected and removed before the fuel is used for power generation. An attempt has been made in this work to fabricate tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films by radio-frequency reactive magnetron-sputter deposition. The impetus being the use of WO{sub 3} films for H{sub 2}S sensors in coal gasification plants. The effect of growth temperature, which is varied in the range of 30-500 deg. C, on the growth and microstructure of WO{sub 3} thin films is investigated. Characterizations made using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the effect of temperature is significant on the microstructure of WO{sub 3} films. XRD and SEM results indicate that the WO{sub 3} films grown at room temperature are amorphous, whereas films grown at higher temperatures are nanocrystalline. The average grain-size increases with increasing temperature. WO{sub 3} films exhibit smooth morphology at growth temperatures {<=}300 deg. C while relatively rough at >300 deg. C. The analyses indicate that the nanocrystalline WO{sub 3} films grown at 100-300 deg. C could be the potential candidates for H{sub 2}S sensor development for application in coal gasification systems.

  18. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. Ionic liquid- and surfactant-controlled crystallization of WO3 films.

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    Kaper, Helena; Djerdj, Igor; Gross, Silvia; Amenitsch, Heinz; Antonietti, Markus; Smarsly, Bernd M

    2015-07-21

    WO3 films were obtained via evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) using ionic surfactants such as long-chain ionic liquids 1-hexadecyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride and bromide (C16mimCl and C16mimBr, respectively) and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride and bromide (CTAC and CTAB, respectively) as additives. Owing to the presence of the ionic surfactants, WO3 films crystallize in a preferred orientation along the a-axis on different substrates, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction. WO3 films with this orientation show improved electrochromic properties when compared to films with a lower degree of crystallographic orientation, prepared in an analogue fashion. PMID:26102203

  3. 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.

  4. 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}.

  5. Mixing frequency induces [WO4]2- generating blue luminescence

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    Xia, Zhongchao; Yang, Fugui

    2014-02-01

    In the process of investigating end-pumped continuous intra-cavity Raman laser, a strong blue luminescence at wavelength 473 nm (nanometer) in pure [XO4]2- (X = W, Y, …) has been observed. This luminescence is strange and inconsistent with the traditional single up-conversion luminescence theory, scintillation theory. Basing on the optics theory and scintillation crystal theory, we suggest a "mixing frequency inducing blue emission" mechanism to explain the phenomenon. The mixing wavelength 473.4 nm with the four wavelengths of 808, 890, 912, and 1.064 nm stimulates and induces the blue emission of the [WO4]2-. The mechanism is in good harmony with the experiment.

  6. 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.

  7. Electrochemical properties of magnetron sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Madhavi, V.; Kondaiah, P.; Hussain, O. M.; Uthanna, S.

    2013-02-05

    Thin films of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) were deposited on ITO substrates by using RF magnetron sputtering at oxygen and argon atmospheres of 6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2}Pa and 4 Pa respectively. The chemical composition and surface morphology of the WO{sub 3} thin films have been studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) respectively. The results indicate that the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films are nearly stoichiometric. The electrochemical performances of the WO{sub 3} thin films have been evaluated by galvonostatic charging/discharging method. The discharge capacity was 15{mu}Ah/cm{sup 2}{mu}m at the initial cycle and faded rapidly in the first few cycles and stabilized at a lesser stage.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Investigations On Stoichiometry And Melting Behavior Of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Salunke, R. G.; Gosavi, S. W.; Singh, S. G.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Chauhan, A. K.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2010-12-01

    Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies were carried out to understand the melting behavior of the NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}, an important functional material used for the laser production. It has been observed that the stoichiometric NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} composition forms a solution with another phase of the Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}-Y{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} pseudo-binary system. This is found to be detrimental for the growth of single crystals of the material. Therefore, molar fraction in the starting charge was suitably altered to successfully restrict the formation of the undesired phase in the melt. A composition is suggested for the favorable crystal growth of this material.

  11. 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.

  12. Structure and photocatalytic performance of layered HNbWO6 nanosheet aggregation

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    Hu, Li-Fang; Li, Rui; He, Jie; Da, Liang-guo; Lv, Wei; Hu, Jin-song

    2015-01-01

    Layered HNbWO6 nanosheet aggregation (e-HNbWO6) has been assembled by HNbWO6 nanosheet via an exfoliation-restaking route. The as-prepared samples are characterized by means of powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, laser Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic performances of the as-prepared samples are evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results revealed that e-HNbWO6 has a specific surface area of about 156.5 m2 g-1, and exhibits a relatively excellent photocatalytic performance for degradation of MB under UV light.

  13. 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. PMID:27565957

  14. Synthesis of Bi2WO6 Microspheres with Visible-Light Photocatalytic Properties

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    Wan, Gengping; Wang, Guizhen

    2013-12-01

    Bi2WO6 microspheres constructed from nanosheets have been synthesized by a controllable solvothermal route in a large scale. The structure characterizations of the microspheres were investigated in detail by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). On the basis of XRD analysis and SEM observation of the products at different reaction time periods, a growth mechanism of Bi2WO6 microspheres was proposed. UV-Visible diffuse reflectance (DR) spectrum of the prepared Bi2WO6 microspheres demonstrates that they have absorption in the visible light region. The photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 microspheres toward Rhodamine-B (RhB) degradation was investigated and the as-prepared products exhibited good photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB under 300 W Xe lamp light irradiation.

  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. Strong aggregation adsorption of methylene blue from water using amorphous WO3 nanosheets

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    Luo, Jian Yi; Cao, Zhi; Chen, Feng; Li, Li; Lin, Yu Rong; Liang, Bao Wen; Zeng, Qing Guang; Zhang, Mei; He, Xin; Li, Chen

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, authors demonstrate the high performance of the amorphous WO3 nanosheets in the removal of methylene blue (MB) from water. The saturated MB adsorbed amount by using WO3 nanosheets as an adsorbent can reach to 600 mg/g, exceeding the ones of the normal activated carbon powders. Results indicate that the aggregation of adsorbed MB molecules occurs in the porous micro-structures of the amorphous WO3 nanosheets, and a precipitation phenomenon begins to happen when the initial MB concentration reach to 20 mg/L or greater, attributed to the density increase of WO3 nanosheets after their porous micro-structures are adsorbed with enough MB molecules.

  17. SUPERCRITICAL SOLVOTHERMAL SYNTHESIS AND NEAR-INFRARED ABSORBING PROPERTIES OF CsxWO3

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    Guo, Chongshen; Yin, Shu; Huang, Yunfang; Dong, Qiang; Li, Huihui; Sato, Tsugio

    2012-06-01

    CsxWO3 nanoparticles in the range of 20-50 nm have been successfully synthesized by the supercritical solvothermal approach, where after dissolving WCl6 and CsOH in a mixed solution of water, ethanol and oleic acid, the solution was heated at 300°C. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, TEM, HR-TEM, EDS, laser particle size analysis and thermographic measurements. CsxWO3 nanoparticles showed the high transparency in the visible region, excellent shielding performance of the near-infrared light and limited reflectance of light in the range of 200-2700 nm, indicating the strong absorption of NIR light on the nanosized CsxWO3. CsxWO3 nanoparticles also exhibited quick conversion of photo-energy to local heat.

  18. [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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Four-wave-mixing generation of SRS components in BaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} crystals under picosecond excitation

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    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Doroshenko, Maxim E; Ivleva, Lyudmila I; Smetanin, Sergei N; Jelinek, M; Kubecek, V; Jelinkova, H

    2013-07-31

    Four-wave-mixing stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) generation of Stokes and anti-Stokes components in BaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} crystals excited by a 1064-nm pulsed laser with a pulse duration of 18 ps has been investigated. It is shown that, due to the four-wave mixings of SRS components in short ({approx}1 cm) crystals, the generation thresholds of the second and third Stokes components are much lower than the values determined by the cascade SRS mechanism. If the crystal length is increased by a factor of more than four, the mechanism of multiwave SRS becomes similar to the cascade mechanism (without four-wave mixings). Rotation of BaWO{sub 4} crystal makes it possible to control the competition of the processes of four-wave-mixing SRS generation of anti-Stokes and second Stokes components. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Synthesis of bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6) nanoflakes and their field emission investigation

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    Kolhe, P. S.; Bankar, P. K.; Gavhane, D. S.; Sonawane, K. M.; Maiti, N.; More, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    The nanoflakes of Bismuth Tungstate (Bi2WO6) were successfully synthesized by a one-step facile hydrothermal route without using any templates or surfactants and field emission investigations of the Bi2WO6 nanoflakes emitter are reported. Structural and morphological analysis of as-synthesized Bi2WO6 nanoflakes has been carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the field emission characteristics of the Bi2WO6 nanoflakes are found to be superior to the other semiconductor emitters. The synthesized Bi2WO6 nanoflakes emitter delivers current density of ~222.35 μA/cm2 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 Bi2WO6 cathode as an electron source for practical applications in vacuum microelectronic device.

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

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    He, Xiongwu; Yin, Yanling; Guo, Jie; Yuan, Huajun; Peng, Yuehua; Zhou, Yong; Zhao, Ding; Hai, Kuo; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  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. Harnessing and storing visible light using a heterojunction of WO3 and CdS for sunlight-free catalysis.

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    Kim, Seonghun; Park, Yiseul; Kim, Wooyul; Park, Hyunwoong

    2016-08-01

    CdS and WO3 (CdS/WO3) bilayer film electrodes are fabricated to harness solar visible light (λ > 420 nm) and store photogenerated electrons for possible use during periods of unavailable sunlight. The overall film thickness is approximately 50-60 μm, while the CdS underlayer is slightly thinner than WO3 owing to a packing effect. The energetics of CdS and WO3 determined by optical and electrochemical analyses enables cascaded electron transfer from CdS to WO3. The open circuit potential (EOCP) of CdS/WO3 under visible light (approximately -0.35 V vs. SCE) is nearly maintained even in the absence of light, with a marginal decrease (∼0.15 V) in ∼20 h of darkness. Neither CdS nor WO3 alone exhibits such behavior. The electron lifetimes (τ) of CdS and WO3 are each less than 100 s, whereas coupling of the two increases τ to ∼2500 s at the EOCP. In the absence of dissolved O2, τ further increases, suggesting that O2 is the primary electron acceptor. In spite of oxic conditions, CdS/WO3 is capable of continuously reducing Cr(6+) to Cr(3+) and Ag(+) to Ag(0) after removal of visible light. The number of utilized (i.e., stored) electrons in the reductions of Cr(6+) and Ag(+) are estimated to be ∼1.08 × 10(17) and ∼0.87 × 10(17), respectively. The primary role of CdS is to be a visible-light absorber in the 420-565 nm wavelength range, transferring the photogenerated electrons to WO3. The electrons stored in WO3 are gradually released to electron acceptors with suitable redox potentials. PMID:27411566

  19. Top seeded solution growth of KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals

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    Majchrowski, A.; Borowiec, M. T.; Michalski, E.

    2004-03-01

    Monoclinic KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals have been grown by means of the Top Seeded Solution Growth method from K 2W 2O 7 self-flux containing up to 30 mol% of the crystallized compound. KHo(WO 4) 2 seed was selected from small crystals obtained by spontaneous crystallization and used to grow the first bulky KHo(WO 4) 2 crystal, from which seeds perpendicular to { 1¯ 1 1} and {1 1 0} planes, used in subsequent experiments, were cut out. Crystals grown on these seeds are designated in this paper as 1 1 1 and 1 1 0 crystals, respectively. Properly chosen thermal conditions allowed growth of crystals with one dominating crystallographic plane forming the bottom of the 1 1 1 crystals. Under conditions of very low temperature gradients, growing crystals developed bottoms consisting of several crystallographic planes, while a slightly steeper temperature gradient led to cracking of the growing crystals due to high anisotropy of thermal expansion coefficients, which is characteristic of all double tungstates. It was found that 1 1 1 KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals were much bulkier than 1 1 0 ones, which had a rectangular cross-section elongated in the c direction. The bottom of 1 1 1 KHo(WO 4) 2 crystals was built of one ( 1¯ 1 1) plane, while in 1 1 0 crystals additional planes appeared that could not be eliminated by increasing the temperature gradient because such an increase led to cracking of crystals. As-grown 1 1 1 and 1 1 0 KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals were of good quality, free from such defects as bubbles, cracks, and inclusions. The morphology of KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals was investigated. Miller's indices of crystallographic faces ( h k l ) and edge indices [ u v w ] were found. Positions of the crystallographic axes a, b, and c in relation to growth faces and edges were found as well. The refractive indices and optical axes have been determined. The investigations of absorption spectra of KHo(WO 4) 2 single crystals were performed in a wide spectral range (4000

  20. A Bi2 WO6 -based hybrid photocatalyst with broad spectrum photocatalytic properties under UV, visible, and near-infrared irradiation.

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    Tian, Jian; Sang, Yuanhua; Yu, Guangwei; Jiang, Huaidong; Mu, Xiaoning; Liu, Hong

    2013-09-25

    Near-infrared active photocatalytic properties of Bi2 WO6 nanosheets owing to the oxygen vacancies of the Bi2 WO6 nanosheets are reported. The broad spectrum photocatalyst, Bi2 WO6 -TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures, are obtained by assembling Bi2 WO6 nanocrystals on TiO2 nanobelts. The active light band of the novel hybrid photocatalyst with high photocatalytic activity covers full-spectrum solar light including the UV, visible, and near-infrared ranges.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Structural, electrical and optical properties of TiO 2 doped WO 3 thin films

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    Patil, P. S.; Mujawar, S. H.; Inamdar, A. I.; Shinde, P. S.; Deshmukh, H. P.; Sadale, S. B.

    2005-12-01

    TiO 2 doped WO 3 thin films were deposited onto glass substrates and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated conducting glass substrates, maintained at 500 °C by pyrolytic decomposition of adequate precursor solution. Equimolar ammonium tungstate ((NH 4) 2WO 4) and titanyl acetyl acetonate (TiAcAc) solutions were mixed together at pH 9 in volume proportions and used as a precursor solution for the deposition of TiO 2 doped WO 3 thin films. Doping concentrations were varied between 4 and 38%. The effect of TiO 2 doping concentration on structural, electrical and optical properties of TiO 2 doped WO 3 thin films were studied. Values of room temperature electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and band gap energy ( Eg) were estimated. The films with 38% TiO 2 doping in WO 3 exhibited lowest resistivity, n-type electrical conductivity and improved electrochromic performance among all the samples. The values of thermoelectric power (TEP) were in the range of 23-56 μV/K and the direct band gap energy varied between 2.72 and 2.86 eV.

  5. Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO-B density of Wolbachia A-infected Aedes albopictus mosquito.

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    Ahantarig, A; Trinachartvanit, W; Chauvatcharin, N; Kittayapong, P; Baimai, V

    2008-01-01

    Wolbachia are maternally inherited symbiotic bacteria capable of inducing an extensive range of reproductive abnormalities in their hosts, including cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI). Its density (concentration) is likely to influence the penetrance of CI in incompatible crosses. The variations of Wolbachia density could also be linked with phage WO density. We determined the relative density (relative concentration) of prophage WO orf7 and Wolbachia (phage-to-bacteria ratio) during early developmental and adult stages of singly infected Aedes albopictus mosquito (Wolbachia A-infected) by using real-time quantitative PCR. Phage WO and Wolbachia did not develop at the same rate. Relative Wolbachia density (bacteria-to-host ratio) was high later in development (adult stages) whilst relative prophage WO density (phage-to-bacteria ratio) was low in the adult stages. Furthermore, 12-d-old adults of singly infected female mosquito had the highest Wolbachia density. In contrast, the larval stage 4 (L4) contained the highest prophage WO-B orf7 density. The association of hosts-Wolbachia-phage among diverse species is different. Thus, if phage and Wolbachia are involved in CI mechanism, the information of this association should be acquired for each specific type of organism for future use of population replacement or gene drive system.

  6. Visible-light-induced degradation of rhodamine B by nanosized Bi2WO6.

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    Fu, Hongbo; Pan, Chengshi; Yao, Wenqing; Zhu, Yongfa

    2005-12-01

    Visible-light-induced photodegradation of rhodamine B over nanosized Bi2WO6 has been observed. Bi2WO6 exhibited a high photoactivity to photodegrade rhodamine B in the central pH solution under visible irradiation (lambda > 420 nm). After five recycles for the photodegradation of rhodamine B, the catalyst did not exhibit any significant loss of activity, confirming the photocatalyst is essentially stable. The total organic carbon measurement displayed that a high degree of mineralization was achieved in the present photochemical system. The results of density functional theory calculation illuminated that the visible-light absorption band in the Bi2WO6 catalyst is attributed to the band transition from the hybrid orbitals of Bi6s and O2p to the W5d orbitals. The Bi2WO6-assisted photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine occurs via two competitive processes: a photocatalytic process and a photosensitized process. The transformation of rhodamine is mainly via the photocatalytic process. Kinetic studies by using electron spin resonance and the radical scavenger technologies suggest that *OH is not the dominant photooxidant. Direct hole transfers and O2*- could take part in Bi2WO6 photocatalysis. This study provided a possible treatment approach for organic pollutants by using visible light in aqueous ecosystems.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Design of a highly photocatalytically active ZnO/CuWO4 nanocomposite.

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    Mavrič, T; Valant, M; Forster, M; Cowan, A J; Lavrenčič, U; Emin, S

    2016-12-01

    Here we report the synthesis, photocatalytic activity and mechanistic study of a novel charge separation heterostructure (HTS). A ZnO/CuWO4 HTS material is reported for the first time. The nanocomposite (NC) consist of CuWO4 nanoparticles (ca. 200-400nm) decorated with ZnO nanorods (ca. 30nm, 100nm length) and is shown to be a highly active photocatalyst for the decomposition of model contaminants including methyl orange (MO) and terephthalic acid (TPA). The ZnO/CuWO4 interface is shown to be key in controlling the enhanced activity of the composite material. Transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy studies demonstrate that photoinduced charge transfer across the ZnO/CuWO4 interface increases electron-hole lifetimes by 3 orders of magnitude, from <20μs in ZnO to 30ms in the ZnO/CuWO4 NC sample. Our findings show that through interface design efficient HTS materials can be prepared for a wide range of photocatalytic applications. PMID:27552417

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    2010-02-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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    Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, J. Roland; Lee, Se-Hee

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Novel Bi(2)WO(6)-TiO(2) heterostructures for Rhodamine B degradation under sunlike irradiation.

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    Murcia López, S; Hidalgo, M C; Navío, J A; Colón, G

    2011-01-30

    Highly efficient Bi(2)WO(6)-TiO(2) heterostructure is synthesized by means of a hydrothermal method having highly photoactivity for the degradation of Rhodamine B under sunlike irradiation. From the structural characterization it has been demonstrated that TiO(2) is incorporated on the Aurivillius structure. Interesting synergetic effect between TiO(2) and Bi(2)WO(6) leads to an improved charge carrier separation mechanism, causing the excellent photocatalytic performance under sunlike irradiation. The photocatalytic performance of Bi(2)WO(6) and Bi(2)WO(6)-TiO(2) was compared under different irradiation conditions and using increasing Rhodamine B concentration up to 25 ppm. After the photocatalytic analysis of both systems, the mineralization efficiency of the heterostructure appears significantly higher with respect to Bi(2)WO(6).

  19. 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.

  20. 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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  1. Low-Temperature H2S Detection with Hierarchical Cr-Doped WO3 Microspheres.

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    Wang, Yanrong; Liu, Bin; Xiao, Songhua; Wang, Xinghui; Sun, Leimeng; Li, Han; Xie, Wuyuan; Li, Qiuhong; Zhang, Qing; Wang, Taihong

    2016-04-20

    Hierarchical Cr-doped WO3 microspheres have been successfully synthesized for efficient sensing of H2S gas at low temperatures. The hierarchical structures provide an effective gas diffusion path via well-aligned micro-, meso-, and macroporous architectures, resulting in significant enhancement in sensing response to H2S. The temperature and gas concentration dependence on the sensing properties elucidate that Cr dopants remarkably improve the response and lower the sensor' operating temperature down to 80 °C. Under 0.1 vol % H2S, the response of Cr-doped WO3 sensor is 6 times larger than pristine WO3 sensor at 80 °C. We suggest the increasing number of oxygen vacancies created by Cr dopants to be the underlying reason for enhancement of charge carrier density and accelerated reactions with H2S.

  2. 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

    2014-01-01

    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

  3. 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

  4. Dual Oxygen and Tungsten Vacancies on a WO3 Photoanode for Enhanced Water Oxidation.

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    Ma, Ming; Zhang, Kan; Li, Ping; Jung, Myung Sun; Jeong, Myung Jin; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2016-09-19

    Alleviating charge recombination at the electrode/electrolyte interface by introducing an overlayer is considered an efficient approach to improve photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. A WO3 overlayer with dual oxygen and tungsten vacancies was prepared by using a solution-based reducing agent, LEDA (lithium dissolved in ethylenediamine), which improved the PEC performance of the mesoporous WO3 photoanode dramatically. In comparison to the pristine samples, the interconnected WO3 nanoparticles surrounded by a 2-2.5 nm thick overlayer exhibited a photocurrent density approximately 2.4 times higher and a marked cathodic shift of the onset potential, which is mainly attributed to the facilitative effect on interface charge transfer and the improved conductivity by enhanced charge carrier density. This simple and effective strategy may provide a new path to improve the PEC performance of other photoanodes. PMID:27533279

  5. Electrochromic properties of spray deposited TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films

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    Patil, P. S.; Mujawar, S. H.; Inamdar, A. I.; Sadale, S. B.

    2005-08-01

    TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were deposited onto fluorine-doped tin oxide coated conducting glass substrates using spray pyrolysis technique at 525 °C. The volume percentage of TiO 2 dopant was varied from 13% to 38%. The thin film samples were transparent, uniform and strongly adherent to the substrates. Electrochromical properties of TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were studied with the help of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and chronocoulometry (CC) techniques. It has been found that TiO 2 doping in WO 3 enhances its electrochromic performance. Colouration efficiency becomes almost double and samples exhibit increasingly high reversibility with TiO 2 doping concentrations, in the studied range.

  6. 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

    2016-04-01

    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. PMID:26975634

  7. Reduction of WO 3 to nano-WC by thermo-chemical reaction route

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    Kumar, Akshay; Singh, K.; Pandey, O. P.

    2009-02-01

    Thermo-chemical reaction route has been used to synthesize WC-nanoparticles from WO 3. Two different carbon sources are used to study the effect of these sources on synthesis. The as-prepared samples are characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analyzer (DTA), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results indicate that reduction of WO 3 to WC takes place by the adsorption of carbon at the surface of WO 3 forming porous structure at the defect sites through which carbon diffuses. As the concentration of adsorbed carbon increases the growth of carbon nanotube starts from this site which ultimately gets converted to carbon nano-fibers of higher chemical activity.

  8. Time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy of structurally disordered K3WO3F3 crystals

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    Omelkov, S. I.; Spassky, D. A.; Pustovarov, V. A.; Kozlov, A. V.; Isaenko, L. I.

    2016-08-01

    Three emission centers of exciton-like origin, with distinct relaxation time, emission and excitation spectra were revealed in K3WO3F3 and described taking into account its structural disordering. Low-temperature monoclinic phase of K3WO3F3 features few anion sites with mixed oxygen/fluorine occupancy per [WO3F3] octahedron. Therefore, different kinds of distorted octahedra form, providing different luminescence centers. The time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy technique was applied to distinguish these centers. The simultaneous thermal quenching of them above ∼200 K was qualitatively explained involving dynamic structural disorder of the compound. The energy transfer mechanism between centers was found and tentatively described by the diffusion of excitons. Apart from intrinsic luminescence, the PL of defect-related centers was discovered and the role of shallow charge carrier traps in the low-temperature persistent luminescence was revealed.

  9. 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

    2016-04-01

    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.

  10. The Effect of WO 3 on the Photocatalytic Activity of TiO 2

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    Do, Y. R.; Lee, W.; Dwight, K.; Wold, A.

    1994-01-01

    Samples of WO 3/TiO 2 mixed oxide powders were prepared by two methods: (1) the incipient wetness impregnation of an aqueous ammonia solution of H 2WO 4 onto TiO 2 (P25), followed by heat treatment and (2) the ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis of a mixed isopropanol solution of tungsten(V) pentaethoxide and titanium(IV) tetraisopropoxide. The photocatalytic activities of TiO 2-based catalysts were evaluated by the degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The addition of WO 3 to TiO 2 greatly increased its photocatalytic behavior. This may be related to an increase in the transfer of electrons from the TiO 2 to the outer system, via the formation of an intermediate W(V) species.

  11. 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}.

  12. 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.

  13. Luminescence spectroscopy of K3WO3F3 oxyfluoride crystals

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    Kozlov, A. V.; Pustovarov, V. A.

    2016-09-01

    Spectra of photoluminescence (PL) in region of 1.5-5.5 eV, PL excitation spectra (3-22 eV), PL decay kinetics, the temperature dependence of the PL were measured for single crystals and ceramics K3WO3F3 as well as irradiate ceramics K3WO3F3. Synchrotron radiation was used for low temperature PL experiments with time resolution. Single crystals are transparent in microwave, visible and near UV range, inter-band transition energy is Eg = 4.3 eV. The intrinsic luminescence of tungstates is usually ascribed to the radiative relaxation of exciton-like excitations localized on WO6 octahedra or WO4 tetrahedra. In K3WO3F3 the wide band luminescence in the region of 2.5 eV with the Stokes shift of 1.5 eV with the microsecond decay kinetics is connected with luminescence of triplet self-trapped excitons (STE). This luminescence is formed by electronic transitions in [WO3F3] octahedron. Different distortion of KWOF crystal lattice is manifested in the change of the Stokes shift of STE luminescence band. The 3.2 eV emission band in low-temperature PL spectrum with decay times of 1.8 ns and 11 ns corresponds to singlet STE luminescence. A new 2.9 eV emission band is discovered in low-temperature PL spectrum in the samples irradiated by fast electrons (E = 10 MeV, D = 160 kGy). This emission band is excited not intracenter mechanism, and through the creation of excitons bound on the defects. It is suggested that it is F-like centers of anionic sublattice induced by the mechanism of elastic collision.

  14. Fabrication and photoelectrochemical properties of porous ZnWO{sub 4} film

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    Zhao Xu; Yao Wenqing; Wu Yan; Zhang Shicheng; Yang Haipeng; Zhu Yongfa . E-mail: zhuyf@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

    2006-08-15

    Porous ZnWO{sub 4} films have been fabricated on Indium-tin oxide (ITO) glass and its photoelectrochemical properties and high photocatalytic activities towards degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) has been investigated. Using amorphous heteronuclear complex as precursor and with the addition of polyethylene glycol (PEG, molecular weight=400), the porous ZnWO{sub 4} films have been achieved at the temperature of 500 deg. C via dip-coating method. It is composed of approximately 70 nm-sized particles and exhibits substantial porosity. The textures and porosity of ZnWO{sub 4} films are dependent on preparation factors, such as the ratio of precursor/PEG and the annealing conditions. The formation mechanism of porous ZnWO{sub 4} films was proposed. The porous ZnWO{sub 4} films exhibited high photocatalytic activities towards degrading RhB. The top of valence band and the bottom of the conduction band was estimated to be -0.56 and 3.45 eV (vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE)), respectively. -- Graphical abstract: Current vs. potential curves for ZnWO{sub 4} film treated at various temperatures: ((a) photo 500 deg. C; (b) photo 550 deg. C; (c) photo TiO{sub 2}; (d) dark 500 deg. C; (e) dark 550 deg. C; (f) dark TiO{sub 2}) in (B) in 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution pH 6.0, scan rate=10 mV s{sup -1}.

  15. 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}.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Phase transitions in coprecipitated NiO-WO/sub 3/ system in calcination, reduction, and sulfiding

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    Agievskii, D.A.; Pavlova, L.I.; Landau, M.V.; Kvashonkin, V.I.; Chukin, G.D.

    1986-04-01

    X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy have been used in an investigation of the shaping of phase composition and structure of a coprecipitated NiO-WO/sub 3/ system in calcination, reduction, and sulfiding. It has been shown that calcination, when it leads to the formation of crystalline NiWO/sub 4/, lowers the efficiency of reduction and sulfiding to a considerable degree. A step-temperature sulfiding operation, in comparison with isothermal sulfiding, gives a less ordered structure of the WS/sub 2/, with loose packing of the particles into agglomerates.

  1. Iron-related luminescence centers in ZnWO4 : Fe

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    Nagirnyi, V.; Chernov, S.; Grigorjeva, L.; Jonsson, L.; Kirm, M.; Kotlov, A.; Lushchik, A.; Millers, D.; Nefedov, V. A.; Pankratov, V.; Zadneprovski, B. I.

    A systematic spectroscopic study of single ZnWO4 :Fe crystals with different iron concentrations has been performed under excitation by ultraviolet light, by synchrotron radiation or under photostimulation by near-infrared light. The luminescence of Fe3+-related centres has been studied. It is shown that iron centres of different types efficiently promote the formation of crystal defects at low temperatures. Electrons and holes can be trapped near Fe2+ or Fe3+ ions, which is further revealed in phosphorescence, thermostimulated or photostimulated luminescence. At room temperature the main effect of iron impurity is to reduce the light yield of a ZnWO4 scintillator.

  2. Preparation and photoelectrocatalytic activity of a nano-structured WO{sub 3} platelet film

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    Yagi, Masayuki Maruyama, Syou; Sone, Koji; Nagai, Keiji; Norimatsu, Takayoshi

    2008-01-15

    A tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) film was prepared by calcination from a precursor paste including suspended ammonium tungstate and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The ammonium tungstate suspension was yielded by an acid-base reaction of tungstic acid and an ammonium solution followed by deposition with ethanol addition. Thermogravimetric (TG) analysis showed that the TG profile of PEG is significantly influenced by deposited ammonium tungstate, suggesting that PEG is interacting strongly with deposited ammonium tungstate in the suspension paste. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data indicated that the WO{sub 3} film is crystallized by sintering over 400 deg. C. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) measurement showed that the film is composed of the nano-structured WO{sub 3} platelets. The semiconductor properties of the film were examined by Mott-Schottky analysis to give flat band potential E{sub FB}=0.30 V vs. saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE) and donor carrier density N{sub D}=2.5x10{sup 22} cm{sup -3}, latter of which is higher than previous WO{sub 3} films by two orders of magnitude. The higher N{sub D} was explained by the large interfacial heterojunction area caused by the nano-platelet structure, which apparently increases capacitance per a unit electrode area. The WO{sub 3} film sintered at 550 deg. C produced 3.7 mA cm{sup -2} of a photoanodic current at 1.2 V vs. SCE under illumination with a 500 W xenon lamp due to catalytic water oxidation. This photocurrent was 4.5-12.8 times higher than those for the other control WO{sub 3} films prepared by similar but different procedures. The high catalytic activity could be explained by the nano-platelet structure. The photocurrent was generated on illumination of UV and visible light below 470 nm, and the maximum incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) was 47% at 320 nm at 1.2 V. Technically important procedures for preparation of nano-structured platelets were discussed. - Graphical abstract: A

  3. 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.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Monodispersed WO3 Nanoclusters on TiO2(110)

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    Kim, Jooho; Bondarchuk, Olexsandr; Kay, Bruce D.; White, J. M.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2007-02-15

    A procedure is described for preparing a novel model early transition metal oxide system for catalysis studies?direct sublimation of tungsten trioxide on TiO2(110). Isolated monodispersed cyclic trimers, i.e., (WO3)3, can be formed on TiO2(110) that are thermally stable up to at least 750 K. Although not readily generalizable to monodispersed (WO3)x clusters other than cyclic trimers, this protocol provides an ideal nanocluster platform for carrying out model system catalysis studies over a wide temperature range.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Alcohol Dehydration on Monooxo W=O and Dioxo O=W=O Species

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    Li, Zhenjun; Smid, Bretislav; Kim, Yu Kwon; Matolin, Vladimir; Kay, Bruce D.; Rousseau, Roger J.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2012-08-16

    The dehydration of 1-propanol on nanoporous WO3 films prepared via ballistic deposition at ~20 K has been investigated using temperature programmed desorption, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory. The as deposited films are extremely efficient in 1-propanol dehydration to propene. This activity is correlated with the presence of dioxo O=W=O groups while monooxo W=O species are shown to be inactive. Annealing of the film induces densification that results in the loss of catalytic activity due to annihilation O=W=O species.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. PMID:27644107

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Extremely sensitive and selective NO probe based on villi-like WO3 nanostructures for application to exhaled breath analyzers.

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    Moon, Hi Gyu; Choi, You Rim; Shim, Young-Seok; Choi, Kwon-Il; Lee, Jong-Heun; Kim, Jin-Sang; Yoon, Seok-Jin; Park, Hyung-Ho; Kang, Chong-Yun; Jang, Ho Won

    2013-11-13

    Self-assembled WO3 thin film nanostructures with 1-dimensional villi-like nanofingers (VLNF) have been synthesized on the SiO2/Si substrate with Pt interdigitated electrodes using glancing angle deposition (GAD). Room-temperature deposition of WO3 by GAD resulted in anisotropic nanostructures with large aspect ratio and porosity having a relative surface area, which is about 32 times larger than that of a plain WO3 film. A WO3 VLNF sensor shows extremely high response to nitric oxide (NO) at 200 °C in 80% of relative humidity atmosphere, while responses of the sensor to ethanol, acetone, ammonia, and carbon monoxide are negligible. Such high sensitivity and selectivity to NO are attributed to the highly efficient modualtion of potential barriers at narrow necks between individual WO3 VLNF and the intrinsically high sensitivity of WO3 to NO. The theoretical detection limit of the sensor for NO is expected to be as low as 88 parts per trillion (ppt). Since NO is an approved biomarker of chronic airway inflammation in asthma, unprecedentedly high response and selectivity, and ppt-level detection limit to NO under highly humid environment demonstrate the great potential of the WO3 VLNF for use in high performance breath analyzers.

  13. Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles: Controlled hydrothermal synthesis and enhanced optical properties

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    Guo, Jinxue; Zhou, Xiaoyu; Lu, Yibin; Zhang, Xiao; Kuang, Shaoping; Hou, Wanguo

    2012-12-15

    Monodisperse FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles with specific spindle-like morphology have been synthesized in the presence of citric acid through hydrothermal process. In the synthesis route, citric acid played four roles such as the reducing agent, chelating regents, structure-directing agent and stabilizing agents. In addition, the morphology of FeWO{sub 4} was dramatically tuned by the pH value of the precursor medium. The optical properties of FeWO{sub 4} were investigated with UV-Vis spectra and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic experiments demonstrated that the decomposition efficiency of the monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles is 74% after 30 min of UV irradiation, which displayed remarkable enhanced photodegradation activity compared with ordinary FeWO{sub 4} sample (57%) and normal TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts P-25 (56%). - Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activities. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} were synthesized with hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Citric acid plays key roles in the hydrothermal synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Their morphology can be tuned with pH value of the precursor medium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They show enhanced photocatalytic activities with irradiation of UV light.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2016-02-01

    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. PMID:26781181

  16. 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.

  17. Ultrasmall Biocompatible WO3- x Nanodots for Multi-Modality Imaging and Combined Therapy of Cancers.

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    Wen, Ling; Chen, Ling; Zheng, Shimin; Zeng, Jianfeng; Duan, Guangxin; Wang, Yong; Wang, Guanglin; Chai, Zhifang; Li, Zhen; Gao, Mingyuan

    2016-07-01

    Ultrasmall biocompatible WO3 - x nanodots with an outstanding X-ray radiation sensitization effect are prepared, and demonstrated to be applicable for multi-modality tumor imaging through computed tomography and photoacoustic imaging (PAI), and effective cancer treatment combining both photothermal therapy and radiation therapy.

  18. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; Wang, Y. Q.; Ye, F.; Wang, Jinchen; Fernandez-baca, J. A.; Chu, C. W.

    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

  19. 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

    2016-08-01

    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.

  20. Hierarchical nanostructured WO3-SnO2 for selective sensing of volatile organic compounds.

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    Nayak, Arpan Kumar; Ghosh, Ruma; Santra, Sumita; Guha, Prasanta Kumar; Pradhan, Debabrata

    2015-08-01

    It remains a challenge to find a suitable gas sensing material that shows a high response and shows selectivity towards various gases simultaneously. Here, we report a mixed metal oxide WO3-SnO2 nanostructured material synthesized in situ by a simple, single-step, one-pot hydrothermal method at 200 °C in 12 h, and demonstrate its superior sensing behavior towards volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ammonia, ethanol and acetone. SnO2 nanoparticles with controlled size and density were uniformly grown on WO3 nanoplates by varying the tin precursor. The density of the SnO2 nanoparticles on the WO3 nanoplates plays a crucial role in the VOC selectivity. The responses of the present mixed metal oxides are found to be much higher than the previously reported results based on single/mixed oxides and noble metal-doped oxides. In addition, the VOC selectivity is found to be highly temperature-dependent, with optimum performance obtained at 200 °C, 300 °C and 350 °C for ammonia, ethanol and acetone, respectively. The present results on the cost-effective noble metal-free WO3-SnO2 sensor could find potential application in human breath analysis by non-invasive detection. PMID:26134476

  1. Au nanoparticle-functionalised WO3 nanoneedles and their application in high sensitivity gas sensor devices.

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    Vallejos, Stella; Stoycheva, Toni; Umek, Polona; Navio, Cristina; Snyders, Rony; Bittencourt, Carla; Llobet, Eduard; Blackman, Christopher; Moniz, Savio; Correig, Xavier

    2011-01-01

    A new method of synthesising nanoparticle-functionalised nanostructured materials via Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (AACVD) has been developed. Co-deposition of Au nanoparticles with WO(3) nanoneedles has been used to deposit a sensing layer directly onto gas sensor substrates providing devices with a six-fold increase in response to low concentrations of a test analyte (ethanol). PMID:21103469

  2. 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.

  3. 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. PMID:27433624

  4. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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

    2015-01-06

    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

  5. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of potassium erbium double tungstate KEr(WO4)2

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    Borowiec, M. T.; Dyakonov, V. P.; Wozniak, K.; Dobrzycki, L.; Berkowski, M.; Zubov, E. E.; Michalski, E.; Szewczyk, A.; Gutowska, M. U.; Zayarnyuk, T.; Szymczak, H.

    2007-02-01

    Results of structural, magnetic and specific heat investigations of the potassium erbium double tungstate, KEr(WO4)2, are presented. Potassium erbium double-tungstate KEr(WO4)2 single crystals have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth method (TSSG) and modified Czochralski techniques. It crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal structure (C 2/c space group). The unit cell contains four formula units and is described by parameters a = 10.615(2) Å, b = 10.316(2) Å, c = 7.534(2) Å, β = 130.73(3)°. From the x-ray diffraction measurements the fractional atomic coordinates, displacement parameters and interatomic distances have been determined. The specific heat C(T) of the KEr(WO4)2 crystal has been measured over a temperature range of 0.6-300 K. The susceptibility has been studied at T = 0.25-4.0 K. The magnetic phase transition was observed at a temperature of 0.48 K. The magnetization has been measured in the temperature region from 4.2 to 60 K and in magnetic field up to 1.6 T. A strong anisotropy of magnetic properties was found. The temperature and field dependences of susceptibility and magnetization data were used for both elucidation of character of the magnetic ordering and calculation of the exchange and dipole-dipole interaction energies as well as for determination of the possible magnetic structure of KEr(WO4)2.

  6. Bi 2O 3-WO 3 compounds for photocatalytic applications by solid state and viscous processing

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    Finlayson, A. P.; Ward, E.; Tsaneva, V. N.; Glowacki, B. A.

    Water-splitting photoelectrochemical cells utilising photocatalysts have the potential to become a significant hydrogen source for fuel cells. Historically, the photocatalytic properties of TiO 2 and other compounds have been carefully investigated, but they suffer from poor energy conversion efficiencies for solar radiation. Inspired by the low bandgaps and high electrical conductivities of WO 3 and Bi 2O 3, this study investigates the suitability of compounds within this binary system as efficient photocatalysts. The structure and optical absorption spectra of these compounds have been determined via X-ray diffraction and UV-vis spectroscopy over the range of 300-900 nm. The semiconductor bandgaps of Bi 2O 3, WO 3 and Bi 2WO 6 were found to be 0.2 eV, in agreement with previously reported results. Two sample preparation techniques have been considered—solid-state processing and viscous processing techniques. A custom-built, computerised micro-coextrusion system has been used to prepare intermediate compounds from the WO 3-Bi 2O 3 binary oxide system and the design and optimisation of this technique are discussed.

  7. 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.

  8. A graphene-coupled Bi2WO6 nanocomposite with enhanced photocatalytic performance: a first-principles study.

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    Ren, Fengzhu; Zhang, Jihua; Wang, Yuanxu; Yao, Wenzhi

    2016-05-18

    An experimentally synthesized graphene/Bi2WO6 composite showed an enhancement of the visible-light photocatalytic activity, while the underlying mechanism is not known. Here, first-principles calculations based on density functional theory were performed to explore the various properties of the graphene/Bi2WO6(010) composite aiming at gaining insights into the mechanism of its photocatalytic activity. The stability, electronic properties, charge transfer, and visible-light response were investigated in detail on the Bi2WO6(010) surface coupled with graphene. An analysis of charge distribution and Bader charge shows that there is a strong covalent bonding between graphene and the Bi2WO6(010) surface. The covalent interaction induces a small bandgap in graphene. The interband transition of graphene and the surface states of the Bi2WO6(010) surface would cause the absorption spectrum of graphene/Bi2WO6(010) to cover the entire visible-light region and even the infrared-light region. The photogenerated electrons flow to graphene from the conduction band of Bi2WO6 under the built-in electric field and band edge potential well. Thus, graphene serves as a photogenerated electron collector and transporter which significantly reduces the probability of electron-hole recombination and increases catalytic reaction sites not only on the surface of graphene but on also the surface of Bi2WO6. The decrease of charge recombination is possibly responsible for the enhancement of the visible-light photocatalytic activity of the graphene/Bi2WO6(010) nanocomposite. PMID:27156737

  9. Recent genome reduction of Wolbachia in Drosophila recens targets phage WO and narrows candidates for reproductive parasitism

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    Metcalf, Jason A.; Jo, Minhee; Bordenstein, Sarah R.; Jaenike, John

    2014-01-01

    Wolbachia are maternally transmitted endosymbionts that often alter their arthropod hosts’ biology to favor the success of infected females, and they may also serve as a speciation microbe driving reproductive isolation. Two of these host manipulations include killing males outright and reducing offspring survival when infected males mate with uninfected females, a phenomenon known as cytoplasmic incompatibility. Little is known about the mechanisms behind these phenotypes, but interestingly either effect can be caused by the same Wolbachia strain when infecting different hosts. For instance, wRec causes cytoplasmic incompatibility in its native host Drosophila recens and male killing in D. subquinaria. The discovery of prophage WO elements in most arthropod Wolbachia has generated the hypothesis that WO may encode genes involved in these reproductive manipulations. However, PCR screens for the WO minor capsid gene indicated that wRec lacks phage WO. Thus, wRec seemed to provide an example where phage WO is not needed for Wolbachia-induced reproductive manipulation. To enable investigation of the mechanism of phenotype switching in different host backgrounds, and to examine the unexpected absence of phage WO, we sequenced the genome of wRec. Analyses reveal that wRec diverged from wMel approximately 350,000 years ago, mainly by genome reduction in the phage regions. While it lost the minor capsid gene used in standard PCR screens for phage WO, it retained two regions encompassing 33 genes, several of which have previously been associated with reproductive parasitism. Thus, WO gene involvement in reproductive manipulation cannot be excluded and reliance on single gene PCR should not be used to rule out the presence of phage WO in Wolbachia. Additionally, the genome sequence for wRec will enable transcriptomic and proteomic studies that may help elucidate the Wolbachia mechanisms of altered reproductive manipulations associated with host switching, perhaps among

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of F-doped Cs0.33WO3-xFx particles with improved near infrared shielding ability

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    Liu, Jingxiao; Luo, Jiayu; Shi, Fei; Liu, Suhua; Fan, Chuanyan; Xu, Qiang; Shao, Guolin

    2015-01-01

    F-doped Cs0.33WO3-xFx particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source, and a new kind of heat insulating films were prepared from dispersion of Cs0.33WO3-xFx nanoparticles in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution. The effects of F doping on the crystal structure and morphology of Cs0.33WO3-xFx particles as well as the near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulation properties of Cs0.33WO3-xFx films were investigated. The results indicated that HF acid addition could promote the formation of rod-like Cs0.33WO3-xFx particles during hydrothermal synthesis and increase the yield of Cs0.33WO3-xFx powders. Moreover, the as-prepared films from dispersion solution of Cs0.33WO3-xFx particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped Cs0.33WO3 film. Particularly, the as-prepared Cs0.33WO3-xFx sample with F/W (molar ratio)=0.45 showed best NIR shielding ability and transparent heat insulating performance. The formation mechanism of nanorod-like particles and the effects of F doping on the properties of Cs0.33WO3-xFx products were discussed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Facile fabrication of corrosion-resistant superhydrophobic and superoleophilic surfaces with MnWO(4):Dy(3+) microbouquets.

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    Li, Taohai; Li, Quanguo; Yan, Jing; Li, Feng

    2014-04-21

    Superhydrophobic and superoleophilic MnWO4:Dy(3+) microbouquets were successfully fabricated via a facile hydrothermal process. The surface morphologies and chemical composition were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The wettability of the as-synthesized MnWO4:Dy(3+) microbouquet film was studied by measuring the water contact angle (CA). A static CA for water of 165° and a very low sliding angle (SA) were observed, which were closely related to both the MnWO4:Dy(3+) microbouquet structure and chemical modification. Furthermore, the as-prepared MnWO4:Dy(3+) surface showed superhydrophobicity for some corrosive liquids such as aqueous basic and salt solutions.

  20. 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.

  1. Density-Functional Theory Study of the Effects of Atomic Impurity on the Band Edges of Monoclinic WO3

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    Huda, M. N.; Yan, Y.; Moon, C. Y.; Wei, S. H.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2008-01-01

    The effects of impurities in room-temperature monoclinic WO3 were studied by using the local density approximation to density-functional theory. Our main focus is on nitrogen impurity in WO{sub 3}, where both substitutional and interstitial cases were considered. We have also considered transition-metal atom impurities and some codoping approaches in WO{sub 3}. We find that, in general, band gap reduction was a common result due to the formation of impurity bands in the band gap. Also, the changes of band-edge positions, valence-band maxima and conduction-band minima, were found to depend on the electronic properties of the foreign atom and their concentration. Our results therefore provide guidance for making WO3 a suitable candidate for photoelectrodes for hydrogen generation by water splitting.

  2. Structure of Zr 2(WO 4)(PO 4) 2 from Powder X-Ray Data: Cation Ordering with No Superstructure

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    Evans, J. S. O.; Mary, T. A.; Sleight, A. W.

    1995-11-01

    Department of Chemistry and Center for Advanced Materials Research, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon The ab initio structure determination of Zr2(WO4)(PO4)2 from room temperature powder X-ray diffraction data is reported. This compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnca with a = 9.35451(9), b = 12.31831(9), and c = 9.16711(8) Å. The structure is based on ZrO6 octahedra sharing corners with WO4 and PO4 tetrahedra. Although Zr2(WO4)(PO4)2 is isostructural with Fe2(MoO4)3 and its WO4 and PO4 tetrahedra are well ordered, no superstructure or change in space group is required to account for this ordering.

  3. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalytic films fabricated by layer-by-layer technique from Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoplates and its spectral selectivity

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    Zhang Shicheng Shen Jiandong; Fu Hongbo; Dong Weiyang; Zheng Zhijian; Shi Liyi

    2007-04-15

    Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} multilayer films have been fabricated successfully by a layer-by-layer (LbL) technique from Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoplates, which show higher visible-light photoactivity ({lambda}>420 nm) than that of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoplate powders and P25 TiO{sub 2} films. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Photocatalytic activities of the films were evaluated by the rhodamine B (RhB) decomposition under UV and visible-light irradiation. Thickness and photoactivity of the film can be modified easily by changing the deposition cycles. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} films have the spectral selectivity of the photocatalytic degradation of RhB. Under the wavelength greater than 300 nm, the RhB molecules tend to be transformed to rhodamine over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} films selectively. However, in the case of shorter wavelength ({lambda}=254 nm) light irradiation, the RhB molecules can be photodegraded completely. - Graphical abstract: Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} multilayer film fabricated by layer-by-layer technique.

  4. Study on luminescent properties of Eu3+ doped Gd2WO6, Gd2W2O9 and Gd2(WO4)3 nanophosphors prepared by co-precipitation.

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    Meng, Qingyu; Hua, Ruinian; Chen, Baojiu; Tian, Yue; Lu, Shuchen; Sun, Linan

    2011-01-01

    Eu3+ doped Gd2WO6, Gd2W2O9 and Gd2(WO4)3 nanophosphors with different concentrations have been prepared by co-precipitation. XRD (X-ray diffraction) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy) were used to investigate the structure and morphology. The emission spectra, excitation spectra and fluorescence decay curves were measured, and partial J-O parameters and quantum efficiencies of Eu3+ 5D0 energy level were calculated. Furthermore, concentration quenching curves of Eu3+ in different hosts were drawn. The photoluminescent properties of Eu3+ doped Gd2WO6, Gd2W2O9 and Gd2(WO4)3 nanophosphors have been studied. The results indicate that Eu3+ 5D0-7F2 red luminescence can be effectively excited by 395 nm and 465 nm in Gd2WO6 and Gd2W2O9 hosts, similar to the familiar Gd2(WO4)3:Eu. Especially Gd2W2O9:Eu has strong red emission and high quenching concentration, so it has potential applications for trichromatic white LED as red fluorescent materials. PMID:21446424

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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. 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. PMID:26576930

  11. 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.

  12. 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. PMID:27244429

  13. Phase modification and surface plasmon resonance of Au/WO3 system

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    Bose, R. Jolly; Kavitha, V. S.; Sudarsanakumar, C.; Pillai, V. P. Mahadevan

    2016-08-01

    We report the action of gold as catalyst for the modification of phase from triclinic WO3 to monoclinic W18O49 and nucleation centre for the formation of W18O49 phase, in gold incorporated tungsten oxide films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique. A new band is observed near 925 cm-1 in the Raman spectra of gold incorporated tungsten oxide films which is not observed in the pure tungsten oxide film. The intensity of this band enhances with gold content. A localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) band is observed near the wavelength 604 nm in gold incorporated tungsten oxide films. The integrated intensities of LSPR band and Raman band (∼925 cm-1) can be used for sensing the quantity of gold in the Au/WO3 matrix.

  14. Electric field control of ferroelectric domain structures in MnWO4.

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    Yu, H W; Li, X; Liu, M F; Lin, L; Yan, Z B; Zhou, X H; Liu, J M

    2014-07-30

    Competing interactions make the magnetic structure of MnWO4 highly frustrated, and only the AF2 phase of the three magnetically ordered phases (AF1, AF2, AF3) is ferroelectric. The high frustration may thus allow a possibility to tune the magnetic structure by means of an electric field via magnetoelectric coupling. By using the pyroelectric current method, we measure the remnant ferroelectric polarization in MnWO4 upon application of a poling electric field via two different roadmaps. It is demonstrated that an electric field as low as 10 kV cm(-1) is sufficient to enhance the stability of a ferroelectric AF2 phase at the expense of a non-ferroelectric AF1 phase. This work suggests that electric field induced electrostatic energy, although small due to weak magnetically induced electric polarization, may effectively tune ferroelectric domain structures, and thus the magnetic structure of highly frustrated multiferroic materials.

  15. G0W0 band structure of CdWO4.

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    Laasner, Raul

    2014-03-26

    The full quasiparticle band structure of CdWO4 is calculated within the single-shot GW (G0W0) approximation using maximally localized Wannier functions, which allows one to assess the validity of the commonly used scissor operator. Calculations are performed using the Godby-Needs plasmon pole model and the accurate contour deformation technique. It is shown that while the two methods yield identical band gap energies, the low-lying states are given inaccurately by the plasmon pole model. We report a band gap energy of 4.94 eV, including spin-orbit interaction at the DFT-LDA (density functional theory-local density approximation) level. Quasiparticle renormalization in CdWO4 is shown to be correlated with localization distance. Electron and hole effective masses are calculated at the DFT and G0W0 levels. PMID:24599225

  16. Influence of MoO3 addition on the gasochromism of WO3 thin films

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    Zhang, Zenghai; Wu, Guangming; Gao, Guohua; Wu, Jiandong; Feng, Wei

    2011-02-01

    Pure tungsten oxide thin films apparently show gasochromic performance, based on PdCl2 catalyst. In this paper, adulteration of MoO3 into WO3 sol has been achieved via sol-gel method. FT-IR, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC-TG) and Uv-visible Spectroscopy have been used to analysis the compound sols, films and optical properties for the use of this material as smart windows. FT-IR shows that for the compound, new characteristic absorption bands arise, which is different from pure WO3 or MoO3. DSC-TG shows the phase change during the temperature ascending from 50 to 800°C. The compound thin films performs relatively well in coloring response time, colored extent, coloring-bleaching recycling and gasochromic effect with non-unicity color.

  17. Influence of MoO3 addition on the gasochromism of WO3 thin films

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    Zhang, Zenghai; Wu, Guangming; Gao, Guohua; Wu, Jiandong; Feng, Wei

    2010-10-01

    Pure tungsten oxide thin films apparently show gasochromic performance, based on PdCl2 catalyst. In this paper, adulteration of MoO3 into WO3 sol has been achieved via sol-gel method. FT-IR, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC-TG) and Uv-visible Spectroscopy have been used to analysis the compound sols, films and optical properties for the use of this material as smart windows. FT-IR shows that for the compound, new characteristic absorption bands arise, which is different from pure WO3 or MoO3. DSC-TG shows the phase change during the temperature ascending from 50 to 800°C. The compound thin films performs relatively well in coloring response time, colored extent, coloring-bleaching recycling and gasochromic effect with non-unicity color.

  18. 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.

  19. Passively mode-locked Yb:KLu(WO4)2 oscillators.

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    Griebner, U; Rivier, S; Petrov, V; Zorn, M; Erbert, G; Weyers, M; Mateos, X; Aguiló, M; Massons, J; Díaz, F

    2005-05-01

    We demonstrate passive mode locking based on the novel monoclinic double tungstate crystal Yb:KLu(WO4)2. We report the shortest pulses ever produced with an Yb-doped tungstate laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. A pulse duration of 81 fs has been achieved for an average power of 70 mW at 1046 nm. We compare the performance of the polarization oriented parallel to the Nm- and Np-crystallo-optic axes. Results in the femtosecond and picosecond regime are presented applying either Ti:sapphire or diode laser pumping. The great potential of Yb:KLu(WO4)2 as an active medium for ultrashort pulses is demonstrated for the first time, to our knowledge.

  20. Precipitation Synthesis, Characterization, Morphological Control, and Photocatalyst Application of ZnWO4 Nanoparticles

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    Hosseinpour-Mashkani, S. Mostafa; Maddahfar, Mahnaz; Sobhani-Nasab, Ali

    2016-07-01

    Zinc tungstate nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a precipitation method in the presence of different polymeric surfactants. This study aimed to investigate the effect of different solvents and polymeric surfactants such as carboxymethyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and polyvinyl alcohol on the morphology, particle size, and crystal structure of the final product. The as-synthesized products were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. Furthermore, the hysteresis loop of the zinc tungstate nanoparticles at room temperature revealed paramagnetic behavior. Photocatalysis results revealed that maximum methyl orange decolorization of 85% was achieved with ZnWO4 nanoparticles in 240 min under visible-light irradiation. The saturation magnetization, remanent magnetization, and coercivity of the ZnWO4 nanoparticles were 0.003 emu/g, 0.0005 emu/g, and 110 Oe, respectively.

  1. Electrical Characteristics of WO3-Based CO2-Sensitive Solid-State Microsensor

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    Chao, Shuchi

    1993-09-01

    A WO3-impregnated thin polymer across two closely spaced microelectrodes is employed as a solid-state CO2 microsensor at 1 atm and room temperature. Its function is based on the WO3 transformation to the conducting HXWO3 by intercalation of released protons from CO2 equilibration in the polymer. The response to CO2 concentrations is reversible and linear between ˜0--16% at ˜840 kΩ per 1% change over prolonged operations of ˜80-second switching time. A dependence on residual water in the polymer is detected but exerts no influence on the CO2 response as long as the polymer is not entirely dried out by H2O-free gas.

  2. Formation of W/O microemulsion based on natural glycolipid biosurfactant, mannosylerythritol lipid-a.

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    Worakitkanchanakul, Wannasiri; Imura, Tomohiro; Morita, Tomotake; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Rujiravanit, Ratana; Chavadej, Sumaeth; Kitamoto, Dai

    2008-01-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipid-A (MEL-A) is a glycolipid biosurfactant abundantly produced from soybean oil by microorganisms at a yield of up to 100 g/L. In this study, the formation of water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion based on the single component of MEL-A was confirmed using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and freeze fracture electron microscopy (FF-EM). DLS and FF-EM measurements revealed that the diameter of the microemulsion increases with an increase in water-to-surfactant mole ratio (W(0)) ranging from 20 to 60 nm, and the maximum W(0) value was found to be 20, which is as high as that of soybean lecithin. Glycolipid biosurfactant has a great potential for the formation of W/O microemulsion without using any cosurfactants. PMID:18075224

  3. Hierarchical nanostructured WO3-SnO2 for selective sensing of volatile organic compounds

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    Nayak, Arpan Kumar; Ghosh, Ruma; Santra, Sumita; Guha, Prasanta Kumar; Pradhan, Debabrata

    2015-07-01

    It remains a challenge to find a suitable gas sensing material that shows a high response and shows selectivity towards various gases simultaneously. Here, we report a mixed metal oxide WO3-SnO2 nanostructured material synthesized in situ by a simple, single-step, one-pot hydrothermal method at 200 °C in 12 h, and demonstrate its superior sensing behavior towards volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ammonia, ethanol and acetone. SnO2 nanoparticles with controlled size and density were uniformly grown on WO3 nanoplates by varying the tin precursor. The density of the SnO2 nanoparticles on the WO3 nanoplates plays a crucial role in the VOC selectivity. The responses of the present mixed metal oxides are found to be much higher than the previously reported results based on single/mixed oxides and noble metal-doped oxides. In addition, the VOC selectivity is found to be highly temperature-dependent, with optimum performance obtained at 200 °C, 300 °C and 350 °C for ammonia, ethanol and acetone, respectively. The present results on the cost-effective noble metal-free WO3-SnO2 sensor could find potential application in human breath analysis by non-invasive detection.It remains a challenge to find a suitable gas sensing material that shows a high response and shows selectivity towards various gases simultaneously. Here, we report a mixed metal oxide WO3-SnO2 nanostructured material synthesized in situ by a simple, single-step, one-pot hydrothermal method at 200 °C in 12 h, and demonstrate its superior sensing behavior towards volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ammonia, ethanol and acetone. SnO2 nanoparticles with controlled size and density were uniformly grown on WO3 nanoplates by varying the tin precursor. The density of the SnO2 nanoparticles on the WO3 nanoplates plays a crucial role in the VOC selectivity. The responses of the present mixed metal oxides are found to be much higher than the previously reported results based on single/mixed oxides and

  4. First principles study of the photo-oxidation of water on tungsten trioxide (WO3).

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    Valdés, A; Kroes, G-J

    2009-03-21

    The photo-oxidation of water on the monoclinic P2(1)/nWO(3) (200, 020, and 002) surfaces is investigated using density functional theory calculations, employing the PW91-generalized gradient approximation, and the method developed by Norskov et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 17886 (2004)] based on the free energy differences between the reaction intermediates. We first relax the bulk material unit cell and then investigate the relative stability of different surface terminations of WO(3) and analyze the overpotential needed for the photoelectrolysis of water. We found that the rate limiting step is the transfer of a proton from the surface adsorbed OH to the electrolyte, and that the computed overpotential for O(2) evolution (1.04 V) is available upon illumination of the surface with visible light.

  5. Synthesis, formation mechanism and sensing properties of WO{sub 3} hydrate nanowire netted-spheres

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    Yan, Aihua; Xie, Changsheng; Zeng, Dawen; Cai, Shuizhou; Hu, Mulin

    2010-10-15

    Tungsten oxide hydrate nanowire netted-spheres were successfully synthesized in the glycol solution using a facile solvothermal approach. The nanowires with uniform diameter of 4-6 nm are actually a kind of tungsten oxide hydrate/surfactant hybrid materials. The influence of surfactant, solvent, time and temperature on tailoring morphology was investigated in detail. The possible formation process of WO{sub 3} hydrate nanowire netted-sphere was proposed. Sensing properties of such WO{sub 3} hydrate sensor show that the desirable sensing characteristics towards 100 ppm ammonia gas at 320 {sup o}C were obtained, such as rapid response (18.3 s), high sensitivity, good reproducibility and stability.

  6. Surfactant-assistant solvothermal synthesis of CaWO4:Eu3+ phosphors and luminescence

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    Xu, Huanzhi; Ying, Dongming; Lu, Ading; Wang, Xiaoyan; Hu, Jiankun

    2015-07-01

    CaWO4:Eu3+ phosphors with different morphologies were synthesized by the surfactant-assistant solvothermal process. The structure and luminescent properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, IR, XPS, and spectrophotometer. The XRD and IR results show that the samples have the scheelite phase. The XPS result shows that Eu3+ ions have doped into CaWO4 hosts successfully. PEG-400, En, and EDTA play the key roles in the formation of microspheres with smooth surface, microspheres with rough surface, and microoctahedrons, respectively. All samples show emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 1, 2, 3, 4) transitions of Eu3+ ions. The morphology has obvious influence on the emission intensity. The microspheres with smooth surface have the highest emission intensity, and the microoctahedrons have the lowest emission intensity.

  7. Intense ultraviolet emission from needle-like WO3 nanostructures synthesized by noncatalytic thermal evaporation

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Photoluminescence measurements showed that needle-like tungsten oxide nanostructures synthesized at 590°C to 750°C by the thermal evaporation of WO3 nanopowders without the use of a catalyst had an intense near-ultraviolet (NUV) emission band that was different from that of the tungsten oxide nanostructures obtained in other temperature ranges. The intense NUV emission might be due to the localized states associated with oxygen vacancies and surface states. PMID:21752275

  8. Radiation hardness qualification of PbWO4 scintillation crystals for the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter

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    CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter Group; Adzic, P.; Almeida, N.; Andelin, D.; Anicin, I.; Antunovic, Z.; Arcidiacono, R.; Arenton, M. W.; Auffray, E.; Argiro, S.; Askew, A.; Baccaro, S.; Baffioni, S.; Balazs, M.; Bandurin, D.; Barney, D.; Barone, L. M.; Bartoloni, A.; Baty, C.; Beauceron, S.; Bell, K. W.; Bernet, C.; Besancon, M.; Betev, B.; Beuselinck, R.; Biino, C.; Blaha, J.; Bloch, P.; Borisevitch, A.; Bornheim, A.; Bourotte, J.; Brown, R. M.; Buehler, M.; Busson, P.; Camanzi, B.; Camporesi, T.; Cartiglia, N.; Cavallari, F.; Cecilia, A.; Chang, P.; Chang, Y. H.; Charlot, C.; Chen, E. A.; Chen, W. T.; Chen, Z.; Chipaux, R.; Choudhary, B. C.; Choudhury, R. K.; Cockerill, D. J. A.; Conetti, S.; Cooper, S.; Cossutti, F.; Cox, B.; Cussans, D. G.; Dafinei, I.; Da Silva Di Calafiori, D. R.; Daskalakis, G.; David, A.; Deiters, K.; Dejardin, M.; De Benedetti, A.; Della Ricca, G.; Del Re, D.; Denegri, D.; Depasse, P.; Descamps, J.; Diemoz, M.; Di Marco, E.; Dissertori, G.; Dittmar, M.; Djambazov, L.; Djordjevic, M.; Dobrzynski, L.; Dolgopolov, A.; Drndarevic, S.; Drobychev, G.; Dutta, D.; Dzelalija, M.; Elliott-Peisert, A.; El Mamouni, H.; Evangelou, I.; Fabbro, B.; Faure, J. L.; Fay, J.; Fedorov, A.; Ferri, F.; Franci, D.; Franzoni, G.; Freudenreich, K.; Funk, W.; Ganjour, S.; Gascon, S.; Gataullin, M.; Gentit, F. X.; Ghezzi, A.; Givernaud, A.; Gninenko, S.; Go, A.; Gobbo, B.; Godinovic, N.; Golubev, N.; Govoni, P.; Grant, N.; Gras, P.; Haguenauer, M.; Hamel de Monchenault, G.; Hansen, M.; Haupt, J.; Heath, H. F.; Heltsley, B.; Hintz, W.; Hirosky, R.; Hobson, P. R.; Honma, A.; Hou, G. W. S.; Hsiung, Y.; Huhtinen, M.; Ille, B.; Ingram, Q.; Inyakin, A.; Jarry, P.; Jessop, C.; Jovanovic, D.; Kaadze, K.; Kachanov, V.; Kailas, S.; Kataria, S. K.; Kennedy, B. W.; Kokkas, P.; Kolberg, T.; Korjik, M.; Krasnikov, N.; Krpic, D.; Kubota, Y.; Kuo, C. M.; Kyberd, P.; Kyriakis, A.; Lebeau, M.; Lecomte, P.; Lecoq, P.; Ledovskoy, A.; Lethuillier, M.; Lin, S. W.; Lin, W.; Litvine, V.; Locci, E.; Longo, E.; Loukas, D.; Luckey, P. D.; Lustermann, W.; Ma, Y.; Malberti, M.; Malclès, J.; Maletic, D.; Manthos, N.; Maravin, Y.; Marchica, C.; Marinelli, N.; Markou, A.; Markou, C.; Marone, M.; Matveev, V.; Mavrommatis, C.; Meridiani, P.; Milenovic, P.; Miné, P.; Missevitch, O.; Mohanty, A. K.; Moortgat, F.; Musella, P.; Musienko, Y.; Nardulli, A.; Nash, J.; Nedelec, P.; Negri, P.; Newman, H. B.; Nikitenko, A.; Nessi-Tedaldi, F.; Obertino, M. M.; Organtini, G.; Orimoto, T.; Paganoni, M.; Paganini, P.; Palma, A.; Pant, L.; Papadakis, A.; Papadakis, I.; Papadopoulos, I.; Paramatti, R.; Parracho, P.; Pastrone, N.; Patterson, J. R.; Pauss, F.; Peigneux, J.-P.; Petrakou, E.; Phillips, D. G., II; Piroué, P.; Ptochos, F.; Puljak, I.; Pullia, A.; Punz, T.; Puzovic, J.; Ragazzi, S.; Rahatlou, S.; Rander, J.; Razis, P. A.; Redaelli, N.; Renker, D.; Reucroft, S.; Ribeiro, P.; Rogan, C.; Ronquest, M.; Rosowsky, A.; Rovelli, C.; Rumerio, P.; Rusack, R.; Rusakov, S. V.; Ryan, M. J.; Sala, L.; Salerno, R.; Schneegans, M.; Seez, C.; Sharp, P.; Shepherd-Themistocleous, C. H.; Shiu, J. G.; Shivpuri, R. K.; Shukla, P.; Siamitros, C.; Sillou, D.; Silva, J.; Silva, P.; Singovsky, A.; Sirois, Y.; Sirunyan, A.; Smith, V. J.; Stöckli, F.; Swain, J.; Tabarelli de Fatis, T.; Takahashi, M.; Tancini, V.; Teller, O.; Theofilatos, K.; Thiebaux, C.; Timciuc, V.; Timlin, C.; Titov, M.; Topkar, A.; Triantis, F. A.; Troshin, S.; Tyurin, N.; Ueno, K.; Uzunian, A.; Varela, J.; Verrecchia, P.; Veverka, J.; Virdee, T.; Wang, M.; Wardrope, D.; Weber, M.; Weng, J.; Williams, J. H.; Yang, Y.; Yaselli, I.; Yohay, R.; Zabi, A.; Zelepoukine, S.; Zhang, J.; Y Zhang, L.; Zhu, K.; Y Zhu, R.

    2010-03-01

    Ensuring the radiation hardness of PbWO4 crystals was one of the main priorities during the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment at CERN. The production on an industrial scale of radiation hard crystals and their certification over a period of several years represented a difficult challenge both for CMS and for the crystal suppliers. The present article reviews the related scientific and technological problems encountered.

  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. 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. PMID:24553750

  11. 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.

  12. Effects of Antiviral Drugs on Organic Anion Transport in Human Placental BeWo Cells

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    Kawasaki, Tatsuya; Kamiya, Yuki; Uwai, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Placental drug transfer is important for achieving better pharmacotherapy in pregnant women and in fetuses. In the present study, we examined the effects of anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) and anti-HIV drugs on organic anion transport in human placental BeWo cells. The cellular uptake of two fluorescence organic anions, 8-(2-[fluoresceinyl]aminoethylthio)adenosine-3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate (8-FcAMP) and fluorescein, was temperature and concentration dependent. The Michaelis constant (Km) and the maximum uptake rate (Vmax) for 8-FcAMP transport in BeWo cells were estimated to be 6.45 ± 0.75 μM and 25.55 ± 5.93 pmol/mg protein/10 min, respectively. The Km and Vmax values for fluorescein uptake were estimated to be 31.2 ± 11.8 μM and 510.9 ± 90.6 pmol/mg protein/10 min, respectively. Several known substrates of organic anion transporters in human placenta, including atorvastatin, glibenclamide, estrone-3-sulfate, and rifampin, inhibited cellular uptake of 8-FcAMP and fluorescein in BeWo cells. Transport of 8-FcAMP and fluorescein was inhibited by the antiviral drugs boceprevir, telaprevir, elvitegravir, and maraviroc. These findings suggest that some antiviral drugs are sufficiently potent to influence placental drug transfer and cause drug-drug interactions. PMID:26416870

  13. 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

  14. Surface plasmon resonance response of Au-WO3- x composite films

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    Chen, Bo; Yang, Dongfang; Lin, Chii-Wann

    2009-11-01

    Surface plasmon resonance of metal-dielectric composite thin films formed by noble metal nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric matrix offers a high degree of flexibility and enables many applications such as surface enhanced spectroscopes, and biological and chemical sensing. In this article, Au-WO3- x composite films of various Au contents and thicknesses were prepared by the pulsed laser deposition technique, and their SPR responses were measured in the Kreschmann geometry, using a polarized light beam at 640 nm wavelength. Theoretical calculation of SPR responses based on the Bruggeman or Maxwell-Garnett model with the MacLeod general characteristic matrix method is in obvious discrepancy with experimental measurements but it is able to predict the trend in term of the dependence of SPR responses on Au content and thickness of the Au-WO3- x films. The SPR responses of the Au-WO3- x films when exposed to NO gas molecules were measured and the preliminary results indicated that gas sensing using the SPR responses of metal-dielectric composite films is feasible.

  15. Pressure-induced phase transitions of β-type pyrochlore CsTaWO6

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    Zhang, F. X.; Tracy, C. L.; Shamblin, J.; Palomares, R. I.; Lang, M.; Park, S.; Park, C.; Tkachev, S.; Ewing, R. C.

    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

  16. 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.

  17. 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. PMID:21399578

  18. WO3-x Nanoplates Grown on Carbon Nanofibers for an Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Chen, JiaDong; Yu, DanNi; Liao, WeiSha; Zheng, MengDan; Xiao, LongFei; Zhu, Han; Zhang, Ming; Du, MingLiang; Yao, JuMing

    2016-07-20

    The search for non-noble metal catalysts with high activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is crucial for efficient hydrogen production at low cost and on a large scale. Herein, we report a novel WO3-x catalyst synthesized on carbon nanofiber mats (CFMs) by electrospinning and followed by a carbonization process in a tubal furnace. The morphology and composition of the catalysts were tailored via a simple method, and the hybrid catalyst mats were used directly as cathodes to investigate their HER performance. Notably, the as-prepared catalysts exhibit substantially enhanced activity for the HER, demonstrating a small overpotential, a high exchange current density, and a large cathodic current density. The remarkable electrocatalytic performances result from the poor crystallinity of WO3-x, the high electrical conductivity of WO3-x, and the use of electrospun CNFs. The present work outlines a straightforward approach for the synthesis of transition metal oxide (TMO)-based carbon nanofiber mats with promising applications for the HER. PMID:27356101

  19. 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

    2013-03-01

    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. PMID:23348367

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Effect of recrystallisation on the radioactive contamination of CaWO 4 crystal scintillators

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    Danevich, F. A.; Bailiff, I. K.; Kobychev, V. V.; Kraus, H.; Laubenstein, M.; Loaiza, P.; Mikhailik, V. B.; Nagorny, S. S.; Nikolaiko, A. S.; Nisi, S.; Solsky, I. M.; Warot, G.

    2011-03-01

    Minimising intrinsic radioactivity of crystal scintillators is of particular importance for experiments searching for rare events. We studied the impact of the crystal production process (recrystallisation) on the level of radioactive contamination of CaWO 4 crystal scintillators. Several samples of single crystal scintillators were produced using the recrystallisation procedure. It is shown that this has a significant effect on the radioactive contamination of the crystals. Depending on the stage of recrystallisation the activity due to 210Po (product of 210Pb decay) varies in the range 0.03-1.32 Bq kg -1 while the activity of 238U varies from 0.04 to 0.33 Bq kg -1. We found that uranium is rejected by the crystal with a segregation coefficient ≈0.3. The improvement in radiopurity of CaWO 4 by one order of magnitude due to recrystallisation has been demonstrated. The additional benefit of this process is the improvement in the energy resolution. A programme to develop radiopure CaWO 4 crystal scintillators is discussed briefly.

  5. 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.

  6. Doping PbWO 4 with different ions to increase the light yield

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    Kobayashi, M.; Usuki, Y.; Ishii, M.; Nikl, M.

    2002-06-01

    To search for a possibility to utilize PbWO 4-based scintillators in inexpensive positron emission computed tomography, we have studied the effects of doping PbWO 4 with different ions on the light yield (LY). The LY in PbWO 4, which is undoped except a small concentration of rare-earth 3+ ions to improve the radiation hardness, decay time, mechanical quality, etc., is 25-35 photoelectrons/MeV (pe/MeV) (about 3-4% of LY in BGO) with bialkali photomultiplier for a fixed condition of the crsytal size of 10×10×(20-30) mm 3 and the gate width of 1 μs. For doping with single dopant, the maximum LY obtained was about 49 pe/MeV for Mo 6+. For co-doping with two dopants, the maximum LY of 58 pe/MeV was obtained for Mo 6++Nb 5+. For co-doping with three dopants, we have recently obtained 77 pe/MeV for Mo 6++Cd 2++Sb 5+,3+. The dependence of LY on the gate width indicates creation of medium-speed component in μs range in the samples doped with Mo 6++Cd 2++Sb 5+,3+ or Mo 6++Nb 5+. Their radioluminescence spectra are similar in shape to PWO:Mo 6+.

  7. WO3/Pt nanoparticles promote light-induced lipid peroxidation and lysosomal instability within tumor cells.

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    Clark, Andrea J; Petty, Howard R

    2016-02-19

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. WO3/Pt nanoparticles promote light-induced lipid peroxidation and lysosomal instability within tumor cells.

    PubMed

    Clark, Andrea J; Petty, Howard R

    2016-02-19

    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. PMID:26788907

  11. Effect of direct current density on microstructure of tungsten coating electroplated from Na2WO4-WO3-NaPO3 system

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    Jiang, Fan; Zhang, Yingchun; Sun, Ningbo; Liu, Zhi'ang

    2014-10-01

    Pure tungsten coating with body-centered cubic (bbc) structure was successfully electrodeposited from Na2WO4-WO3-NaPO3 molten salt at 1153 K in atmosphere. The coatings comprised an inner layer of tooth-like grains and an outer layer of columnar grains with a thin diffusion layer of tungsten in the Cu substrate. The effects of current density and electrodeposition duration on the morphology and microstructure of the coatings were investigated in this paper. With increasing of current density from 50 to 80 mA cm-2, the grain size of the tungsten coating increased from 7.01 μm to 12.44 μm. With the increase of the current density, the thickness of the coating changed from 25.92 μm to 34.40 μm, and then dropped to 29.72 μm. The preferred orientation of the coatings changed from (2 2 0) to (2 1 1). With the increasing of duration, the grain size and thickness of tungsten coatings increased while the (2 1 1) favored orientation dot not changed. Because of the low current efficiency at long duration of direct current electrodeposition, it should not be suitable for the electroplating of thick tungsten coating.

  12. 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)

  13. 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. PMID:27262854

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Pt and Pd as catalyst deposited by hydrogen reduction of metal salts on WO3 films for gasochromic application

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    Tahmasebi Garavand, N.; Mahdavi, S. M.; Iraji zad, A.

    2013-05-01

    In this study, tungsten oxide films were deposited by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique. The as-deposited films were annealed at 250 °C in air for 1 h. The surface morphology, microstructure, crystalline phase, and chemical composition of the films were characterized by SEM, XRD and XPS techniques. Pt nanoparticles were deposited onto the tungsten oxide films through a two-step process. First of all, a layer of PtCl2 was coated on the WO3 surface by drop-drying the PtCl2 solution onto the WO3 surface at 60 °C. Consequently, the reduction of the PtCl2 into the metallic Pt nanoparticles was performed at 200 °C. In this study, the effect of the temperature during hydrogen reduction of PtCl2 as well as the influence of operating temperature on the gasochromic performance of Pt-WO3 samples were investigated. Results revealed that the gasochromic responses of the Pt-WO3 samples have attained approximately a constant value at temperatures above 90 °C. On the other hand, their responses are insignificant at temperatures below 90 °C. Additionally, for the sake of comparison, some results of the gasochromic performance of Pd-WO3 films were presented.

  20. 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.

  1. Photoelectrochemical properties and the detection mechanism of Bi2WO6 nanosheet modified TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Pang, Yajun; Xu, Guangqing; Zhang, Xu; Lv, Jun; Shi, Kai; Zhai, Pengbo; Xue, Qianyun; Wang, Xuedong; Wu, Yucheng

    2015-10-28

    Bi2WO6 nanosheet modified TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized by an anodization method combined with sequential chemical bath deposition for enhancement of the photoelectrochemical detection performance. The structures, morphologies and elemental compositions of the nanotube arrays were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry. Bi2WO6 nanosheets were successfully deposited on the tube walls of TiO2 nanotubes. The photoelectrochemical property of Bi2WO6/TiO2 NTAs was determined with chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry using an electrochemical workstation equipped with a UV LED light (365 nm). The optimum detection sensitivity of glucose in water was determined to be 0.244 μA mM(-1) in the linear range from 0 to 2500 μM. Bi2WO6 modification on TiO2 NTAs simultaneously decreased the background photocurrent and increased the current response to organics, resulting in the enhancement of photoelectrochemical detection properties. Mechanisms of the Bi2WO6 modification are discussed by analyzing the photoelectrochemical processes, including optical absorption, charges transfer and surface electrochemical reactions. Direct oxidation by holes rather than indirect oxidation by ˙OH radicals is believed to be a key role in this enhancement.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance of Zn-doped WO(3) photocatalysts for nitrite ions degradation under visible light.

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    Cheng, X F; Leng, W H; Liu, D P; Zhang, J Q; Cao, C N

    2007-08-01

    WO(3) and Zn-doped WO(3) thin films were prepared on indium-tin oxide glass by a dip-coating. The composite films were characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectra, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The effect of preparation conditions (concentration of Zn, annealing temperature, number of layers) on the photocurrent was studied. It was found that the photocurrent under visible light displayed the highest value for 2% Zn-WO(3) films annealed at 400 degrees C. The photocatalytic activity of the Zn-doped WO(3) was evaluated in terms of decay rate of nitrite ions under visible light. The influence of applied potential, initial pH and nitrite concentration on the reaction rate was studied. The experiments demonstrated that NO(2)(-) could be efficiently degraded on the doped photoanode that showed a higher activity than the undoped WO(3) especially under high anodic potential (>0.7 V). The rate of degradation was enhanced in aqueous NaCl solutions. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that the photodegradation mechanism of NO(2)(-) proceeded mainly indirectly via OH radicals. The possible reason of enhancement of reaction rate was also discussed. PMID:17482660

  5. 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.

  6. Flowerlike PtCl 4/Bi 2WO 6 composite photocatalyst with enhanced visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity

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    Duan, Fang; Zheng, Yan; Chen, MingQing

    2011-01-01

    Flowerlike PtCl 4/Bi 2WO 6 composite photocatalyst was successfully synthesized through a simple two-step method involving a template-free hydrothermal process and the following impregnation treatment. The samples were fully characterized by the study of X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-Vis absorption spectra. The results indicated that the doping of Pt species did not affect the crystal structure and the morphology of Bi 2WO 6 photocatalyst, but it had great influences on the photocatalytic activity of Bi 2WO 6 towards rhodamine-B (RhB) degradation. Besides, the Pt species was found to be present as PtCl 4 in the composite samples, and also an optimal Pt species content on the surface of Bi 2WO 6 photocatalyst was discovered with the highest photocatalytic ability. The improved photocatalytic performance could be ascribed to the enhanced interfacial charge transfer and the inhibited recombination of electron-hole pairs. Meanwhile, a possible mechanism for RhB photocatalytic degradation over PtCl 4/Bi 2WO 6 catalyst was also proposed.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Yttrium(III)-containing tungstoantimonate(III) stabilized by tetrahedral WO4(2-) capping unit, [{Y(α-SbW9O31(OH)2)(CH3COO)(H2O)}3(WO4)]17-.

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    Ibrahim, Masooma; Mal, Sib Sankar; Bassil, Bassem S; Banerjee, Abhishek; Kortz, Ulrich

    2011-02-01

    The yttrium(III)-containing tungstoantimonate(III) [{Y(α-SbW(9)O(31)(OH)(2))(CH(3)COO)(H(2)O)}(3)(WO(4))](17-) (1) has been synthesized in a simple one-pot reaction of Y(3+) ions with [α-SbW(9)O(33)](9-) and WO(4)(2-) in a 3:3:1 molar ratio in 1 M LiOAc/AcOH buffer at pH 5.3. Polyanion 1 is composed of three (α-SbW(9)O(33)) units linked by three Y(3+) ions and a capping, tetrahedral WO(4)(2-) capping unit, resulting in an assembly with C(3v) symmetry. The hydrated ammonium-sodium salt of 1 was investigated in the solid state by single-crystal XRD, FT-IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and elemental analyses, and in solution by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy.

  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. PMID:24429973

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27340067

  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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  15. An anion exchange approach to Bi2WO6 hollow microspheres with efficient visible light photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol.

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    Cheng, Hefeng; Huang, Baibiao; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Zeyan; Qin, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Dai, Ying

    2012-10-01

    An anion exchange strategy is explored to synthesize Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres based on the microscale Kirkendall effect. The as-prepared Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres display high CO(2) adsorption capacity and visible light photocatalytic conversion efficiency of CO(2) into methanol without the aid of any co-catalyst. PMID:22914674

  16. 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. PMID:25623076

  17. 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+). PMID:27549400

  18. 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+).

  19. 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.

  20. Execution of energy efficient detection of hydrogen using Pt/WO x /SiC semiconductor structure

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    Zuev, V. V.; Demin, M. V.; Fominskii, V. Yu.; Romanov, R. I.; Grigor'ev, V. V.; Nevolin, V. N.

    2015-09-01

    It has been shown that, at elevated temperatures (˜350°C), the most distinct response to H2 from the thin film structure Pt/WO x /SiC is achieved at registration of change in voltage for the reverse branch of a current-voltage characteristic. Comparative studies of electric current conduction through the structure and over its surface (with deposited Pt film) have led to the conclusion that a change in properties of the Pt/WO x and WO x /SiC interfaces under action of H2 mostly determines efficiency of response of the structure in the case of "transverse" measuring geometry. In the case of a 2% concentration of H2 in air the voltage shift for the reverse branch at a current of ˜10 μA reached 5 V against 2 V on the forward branch and "planar" geometry of measurements.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Ultraviolet to near-infrared downconversion in Yb3+-Na+ codoped Sr2CaWO6

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    Li, Yong; Li, XuZhi; Wei, XianTao; Li, ZhongYuan; Chen, Hongmei; Wang, WenMing; Zhao, Wei; Ji, Yuexia

    2016-07-01

    This study investigated photoluminescent properties of Sr2CaWO6:Yb3+, Na+ phosphor. The samples were successfully synthesized via a solid-state reaction method with various doping concentrations. The phosphor can efficiently absorb ultraviolet photons of 250-350 nm and transfer its absorbed photon energy to Yb3+ ions. Then subsequent quantum cutting between WO6 groups and Yb3+ ions takes place, down-converting an absorbed ultraviolet photon into two photons of 1007 nm radiations. Analyses of decay curves of different samples reveal an efficient energy transfer from WO6 groups to Yb3+ ions. Cooperative energy transfer from host to Yb3+ ions is responsible for downconversion via lifetime analysis. Quantum efficiencies were calculated, and estimated maximum efficiency reached 190%. These phosphors combine wide wavelength absorption in the ultraviolet range with high quantum efficiency, enabling potential application of efficiency enhancement of Si solar cell.

  4. 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.

  5. The effect of WO[sub 3] on the photocatalytic activity of TiO[sub 2

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    Do, Y.R.; Lee, W.; Dwight, K.; Wold, A. )

    1994-01-01

    Samples of WO[sub 3]/TiO[sub 2] mixed oxide powders were prepared by two methods: (1) the incipient wetness impregnation of an aqueous ammonia solution of H[sub 2]WO[sub 4] onto TiO[sub 2] (P25), followed by heart treatment and (2) the ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis of a mixed isopropanol solution of tungsten(V)pentaethoxide and titanium(IV)tetraisopropoxide. The photocatalytic activities of TiO[sub 2]-based catalysts were evaluated by the degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The addition of WO[sub 3] to TiO[sub 2] greatly increased its photocatalytic behavior. This may be related to an increase in the transfer of electrons from the TiO[sub 2] to the outer system, via the formation of an intermediate W(V) species.

  6. The enhanced photoactivity of nanosized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalyst for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol

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    Fu Hongbo Yao Wenqing; Zhang Liwu; Zhu Yongfa

    2008-10-02

    Nanosized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalyst exhibited the enhanced photoactivity for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) under visible irradiation compared to the sample prepared by high-temperature solid reaction. The photoactivity of the catalyst was sensitive to pH variation of the suspension. Nanosized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalyst showed the highest activity at pH 7.2. The photodegradation of 4-CP by nanosized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalyst followed a pseudo-first-order reaction. After three recycling runs for the photodegradation of 4-CP, the activity of the catalyst did not show any significant loss, suggesting that the catalyst was stable under visible irradiation.

  7. 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.

  8. Electron microscopy analyses and electrical properties of the layered Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} phase

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    Taoufyq, A.; Ait Ahsaine, H.; Patout, L.; Benlhachemi, A.; Ezahri, M.; and others

    2013-07-15

    The bismuth tungstate Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was synthesized using a classical coprecipitation method followed by a calcination process at different temperatures. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) analyses. The Rietveld analysis and electron diffraction clearly confirmed the Pca2{sub 1} non centrosymmetric space group previously proposed for this phase. The layers Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}{sup 2+} and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} have been directly evidenced from the HRTEM images. The electrical properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} compacted pellets systems were determined from electrical impedance spectrometry (EIS) and direct current (DC) analyses, under air and argon, between 350 and 700 °C. The direct current analyses showed that the conduction observed from EIS analyses was mainly ionic in this temperature range, with a small electronic contribution. Electrical change above the transition temperature of 660 °C is observed under air and argon atmospheres. The strong conductivity increase observed under argon is interpreted in terms of formation of additional oxygen vacancies coupled with electron conduction. - Graphical abstract: High resolution transmission electron microscopy: inverse fast Fourier transform giving the layered structure of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} phase, with a representation of the cell dimensions (b and c vectors). The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}{sup 2+} and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} sandwiches are visible in the IFFT image. - Highlights: • Using transmission electron microscopy, we visualize the layered structure of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Electrical analyses under argon gas show some increase in conductivity. • The phase transition at 660 °C is evidenced from electrical modification.

  9. Influence of Morphology and Common Oxidants on the Photocatalytic Property of β-SnWO4 Nanoparticles.

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    Raj, Arguine Tes; Thangavel, Sakthivel; Rose, Aleena; Jipsa, C V; Jose, Meera; Nallamuthu, Gouthami; Kim, Sang-Jae; Venugopal, Gunasekaran

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we report a simple, cost effective and surfactant-free method for synthesizing different morphology of β-SnWO4 with irregular, spherical, flake-like and leaf-like structures by using sonochemical method followed by calcination. A well dispersed and highly crystalline β-SnWO4 crystallites with various sizes have been prepared. The samples were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, particle size and Zeta potential analyser. The SEM images reveal the successful preparation of an irregular, spherical, flake-like and leaf-like structure of β-SnWO4. The absorption maximum of as-prepared different structures of β-SnWO4 was observed in visible region. The degradation efficiency was found to be increased in leaf-like structures compared to irregular, spherical and flake-like structures of β-SnWO4. Further, an enhanced photocatalytic effect was observed in leaf-like β-SnWO4 nanoparticles while the common oxidants such as peroxomonosulphate (PMS), peroxodisulphate (PDS) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) were added. The degradation efficiency of these oxidants was found in the order of PMS > H2O2 > PDS. Generally these oxidants act as electron scavengers. From our experimental results, it is found that maximum efficiency of 93% was achieved when PMS was added. This shows the vital role of common oxidants in photocatalytic characteristics and their future applications in waste-water treatment. PMID:27455667

  10. [Growth of codoped CdWO4 crystals by Bridgman method and their optical spectra].

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    Yu, Can; Xia, Hai-Ping; Wang, Dong-Jie; Chen, Hong-Bing

    2011-09-01

    The CdWO4 crystals with good quality in the size of Phi25 mm x 120 mm, doped with Co in 0.5% molar fraction in the raw composition, were grown by the Bridgman method by taking -70 degrees C x cm(-1) of solid-liquid interface and -0.50 mm x h(-1) growth rate. The crystal presents transparence and deep blue. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the crystals. Three absorption peaks at 518, 564 and 655 nm respectively, which are attributed to the overlapping of 4 T1 (4F) --> 4A2 (4F) and 4 T1 (4F) --> 4 T1 (4P) of Co2+ octahedrons, and a wide band centered at 1 863 nm, which is attributed to 4Ti (4F) --> 4 T2 (4F), was observed. The absorption results indicated that the Co ions presented +2 valence in crystal and located within the distorted oxygen octahedrons. The crystal-field parameter D(q) and the Racah parameter B were estimated to be 990 and 726.3 cm(-1) respectively based on the absorption spectra. A fluorescence emission at 778 nm (4T1 (4P) --> 4 T1 (4F)) for codoped CdWO4 crystals was observed under excitation by 520 nm light. It can be deduced from the changes in absorption and emission intensity of different parts of crystal that the concentration of Co2+ ion in crystal increased along growing direction and the effective distribution coefficient of Co2+ ion in CdWO4 crystal is less than 1.

  11. Unique and facile solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous WO3 using a solid precursor and a surfactant template as a photoanode for visible-light-driven water oxidation

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    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous tungsten trioxide (WO3) was prepared from tungstic acid (H2WO4) as a tungsten precursor with dodecylamine (DDA) as a template to guide porosity of the nanostructure by a solvothermal technique. The WO3 sample (denoted as WO3-DDA) prepared with DDA was moulded on an electrode to yield efficient performance for visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data of the WO3-DDA sample calcined at 400°C indicate a crystalline framework of the mesoporous structure with disordered arrangement of pores. N2 physisorption studies show a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area up to 57 m2 g-1 together with type IV isotherms and uniform distribution of a nanoscale pore size in the mesopore region. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images exhibit well-connected tiny spherical WO3 particles with a diameter of ca. 5 to 20 nm composing the mesoporous network. The WO3-DDA electrode generated photoanodic current density of 1.1 mA cm-2 at 1.0 V versus Ag/AgCl under visible light irradiation, which is about three times higher than that of the untemplated WO3. O2 (1.49 μmol; Faraday efficiency, 65.2%) was evolved during the 1-h photoelectrolysis for the WO3-DDA electrode under the conditions employed. The mesoporous electrode turned out to work more efficiently for visible-light-driven water oxidation relative to the untemplated WO3 electrode. PMID:25313301

  12. Preparation of novel Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts and their activities under visible light irradiation

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    He, Guo-Hua; Liang, Can-Jian; Ou, Yu-Da; Liu, Dan-Ni; Fang, Yue-Ping; Xu, Yue-Hua

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Visible-light-driven Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were synthesized. ► Results showed that RhB can be decomposed using a 4 W LED lamp as visible light. ► The coupling of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} and WO{sub 3} enhanced the photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}. - Abstract: Novel visible-light-driven Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis followed by heat treatment, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), BET surface area, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The photocatalytic activities of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were evaluated by the rhodamine B degradation using a LED lamp as visible light irradiation. Compared with pure WO{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the significantly enhanced photocatalytic activities of the Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} composite particles are attributed to the decrease of the recombination rate of photoinduced electron–hole pairs due to the coupling of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} and WO{sub 3} within the composite nanoparticles. Studies of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} composites indicate that one approach to design composite materials with enhanced photocatalytic performance is through coupling Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} with WO{sub 3}, which the lowest energy states for electrons and holes are in different semiconductors.

  13. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Bozovic, I.

    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.

  14. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Strle, J.; Božović, I.

    2015-09-01

    We have grown epitaxial WO{sub 3} films on various single-crystal substrates using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO{sub 4} substrates, films grown on Y AlO{sub 3} substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. The dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch are discussed.

  15. Crystallographic dependence of photocatalytic activity of WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Li, Guoqiang; Varga, Tamas; Yan, Pengfei; Wang, Zhiguo; Wang, Chongmin; Chambers, Scott A; Du, Yingge

    2015-06-21

    We investigated the impact of crystallographic orientation on the photocatalytic activity of single crystalline WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB). A clear effect is observed, with (111) being the most reactive surface, followed by (110) and (001). Photoreactivity is directly correlated with the surface free energy determined by density functional theory calculations. The RhB photodegradation mechanism is found to involve hydroxyl radicals in solution formed from photo-generated holes and differs from previous studies performed on nanoparticles and composites.

  16. Uptake mechanism of valproic acid in human placental choriocarcinoma cell line (BeWo).

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    Ushigome, F; Takanaga, H; Matsuo, H; Tsukimori, K; Nakano, H; Ohtani, H; Sawada, Y

    2001-04-13

    Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant widely used for the treatment of epilepsy. However, valproic acid is known to show fetal toxicity, including teratogenicity. In the present study, to elucidate the mechanisms of valproic acid transport across the blood-placental barrier, we carried out transcellular transport and uptake experiments with human placental choriocarcinoma epithelial cells (BeWo cells) in culture. The permeability coefficient of [3H]valproic acid in BeWo cells for the apical-to-basolateral flux was greater than that for the opposite flux, suggesting a higher unidirectional transport in the fetal direction. The uptake of [3H]valproic acid from the apical side was temperature-dependent and enhanced under acidic pH. In the presence of 50 microM carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxylhydrazone, the uptake of [3H]valproic acid was significantly reduced. A metabolic inhibitor, 10 mM sodium azide, also significantly reduced the uptake of [3H]valproic acid. Therefore, valproic acid is actively transported in a pH-dependent manner on the brush-border membrane of BeWo cells. Kinetic analysis of valproic acid uptake revealed the involvement of a non-saturable component and a saturable component. The Michaelis constant for the saturable transport (K(t)) was smaller under acidic pH, suggesting a proton-linked active transport mechanism for valproic acid in BeWo cells. In the inhibitory experiments, some short-chain fatty acids, such as acetic acid, lactic acid, propanoic acid and butyric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids, such as hexanoic acid and octanoic acid, inhibited the uptake of [3H]valproic acid. The uptake of [3H]valproic acid was also significantly decreased in the presence of 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid, salicylic acid and furosemide, which are well-known inhibitors of the anion exchange system. Moreover, p-aminohippuric acid significantly reduced the uptake of [3H]valproic acid. These results suggest that an active transport

  17. Pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition in α-SnWO4

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    Kuzmin, Alexei; Anspoks, Andris; Kalinko, Aleksandr; Timoshenko, Janis; Kalendarev, Robert; Nataf, Lucie; Baudelet, François; Irifune, Tetsuo; Roy, Pascale

    2016-05-01

    In-situ high-pressure W L1 and L3 edges x-ray absorption and mid-infrared spectroscopies complemented by first-principles calculations suggest the existence of pressure- induced insulator-to-metal transition in α-SnWO4 in the range of 5-7 GPa. Its origin is explained by a symmetrization of metal-oxygen octahedra due to a strong interaction of Sn 5s, W 5d and O 2p states along the b-axis direction, leading to a collapse of the band gap.

  18. High pressure polymorphs and amorphization of upconversion host material NaY(WO4)2

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    Hong, Fang; Yue, Binbin; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Kunz, Martin; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-07-01

    The pressure effect on the structural change of upconversion host material NaY(WO4)2 was studied by using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. A transition from the initial scheelite phase to the M-fergusonite phase occurs near 10 GPa, and another phase transition is found near 27.5 GPa, which could be an isostructural transition without symmetry change. The sample becomes amorphous when the pressure is fully released from high pressure. This work demonstrates the possibility of synthesizing various polymorph structures for non-linear optical applications with a high pressure, chemical doping, or strained thin-film nanostructure process.

  19. Compounds for use in the treatment of mycobacterial infections: a patent evaluation (WO2014049107A1).

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    Pechalrieu, Dany; Lopez, Marie

    2015-06-01

    Tuberculosis is one of the main causes of mortality with 1.5 million deaths a year worldwide. The growing emergence of multi- and extremely resistant strains highlights the urgent need of novel antibiotic strategies. Ethionamide, interfering with the mycobacterial membrane biosynthesis, is used in second-line treatment. This molecule is a prodrug, which requires activation by EthA. The patent described in this evaluation (WO2014049107A1) claimed a new family of molecules and their use as antibiotic treatment against mycobacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. leprae and atypical mycobacteria, either as a single active agent or in combination with antibiotics activable by EthA pathway.

  20. Substituted indoles as HIV-1 non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors: a patent evaluation (WO2015044928).

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    Li, Xiao; Gao, Ping; Zhan, Peng; Liu, Xinyong

    2016-05-01

    The invention described in this patent (WO2015044928) is related to compounds based on the substituted indole scaffold, their synthetic process and application to inhibit HIV-1 replication as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Some of the newly claimed compounds presented improved potency against wild-type (WT) HIV-1 strain in comparison to previously disclosed indole-based NNRTIs and were also shown to be effective against common resistant HIV-1 strains. In light of their novel structural characteristics, simple synthetic route and improved anti-HIV activity, these compounds deserve further study as promising NNRTIs.

  1. WO{sub 3} thin film based multiple sensor array for electronic nose application

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    Ramgir, Niranjan S. E-mail: deepakcct1991@gmail.com; Goyal, C. P.; Datta, N.; Kaur, M.; Debnath, A. K.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.; Goyal, Deepak E-mail: deepakcct1991@gmail.com

    2015-06-24

    Multiple sensor array comprising 16 x 2 sensing elements were realized using RF sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films. The sensor films were modified with a thin layer of sensitizers namely Au, Ni, Cu, Al, Pd, Ti, Pt. The resulting sensor array were tested for their response towards different gases namely H{sub 2}S, NH{sub 3}, NO and C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH. The sensor response values measured from the response curves indicates that the sensor array generates a unique signature pattern (bar chart) for the gases. The sensor response values can be used to get both qualitative and quantitative information about the gas.

  2. Proton intercalated two-dimensional WO3 nano-flakes with enhanced charge-carrier mobility at room temperature

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    Zhuiykov, Serge; Kats, Eugene; Carey, Benjamin; Balendhran, Sivacarendran

    2014-11-01

    Quasi two-dimensional (Q2D) semiconducting metal oxides with enhanced charge carrier mobility hold tremendous promise for nano-electronics, photonics, catalysis, nano-sensors and electrochromic applications. In addition to graphene and metal dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te), 2D sub-stoichiometric WO3-x is gaining importance as a promising semiconductor material for field-effect-transistor (FET) based devices. A combination of high permittivity, suppression of the Coulomb effects, and their stratified structure enhances the carrier mobility in such a material. Additionally, the sub-stoichiometry of this semiconductor oxide allows the reduction of the bandgap and increase of the free charge carriers at the same time. Here, we report for the first time H+ intercalated WO3 FETs, made of Q2D nano-flakes, with enhanced charge-carrier mobility exceeding 319 cm2 V-1 s-1 comparable with the charge-carrier mobility of Q2D dichalcogenides MoS2 and WSe2. Analyses indicate that the enhanced electrical properties of the sub-stoichiometric WO3-x depend on the oxygen vacancies in the intercalated nano-flakes. These findings confirmed that Q2D sub-stoichiometric WO3-x is a promising material for various functional FET devices.Quasi two-dimensional (Q2D) semiconducting metal oxides with enhanced charge carrier mobility hold tremendous promise for nano-electronics, photonics, catalysis, nano-sensors and electrochromic applications. In addition to graphene and metal dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te), 2D sub-stoichiometric WO3-x is gaining importance as a promising semiconductor material for field-effect-transistor (FET) based devices. A combination of high permittivity, suppression of the Coulomb effects, and their stratified structure enhances the carrier mobility in such a material. Additionally, the sub-stoichiometry of this semiconductor oxide allows the reduction of the bandgap and increase of the free charge carriers at the same time. Here, we report

  3. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction beam-induced structural and property changes on WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Du, Y. Varga, T.; Zhang, K. H. L.; Chambers, S. A.

    2014-08-04

    Reduction of transition metal oxides can greatly change their physical and chemical properties. Using deposition of WO{sub 3} as a case study, we demonstrate that reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), a surface-sensitive tool widely used to monitor thin-film deposition processes, can significantly affect the cation valence and physical properties of the films through electron-beam induced sample reduction. The RHEED beam is found to increase film smoothness during epitaxial growth of WO{sub 3}, as well as change the electronic properties of the film through preferential removal of surface oxygen.

  4. Synthesis and luminescent properties of spindle-like CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Tian, Yue; Liu, Yu; Hua, Ruinian; Na, Liyan; Chen, Baojiu

    2012-01-15

    Graphical abstract: In this paper, spindle-like CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors were prepared via a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-assisted sonochemical process. Dependence of emission intensity on Sm{sup 3+} ions concentration in the CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor were also calculated via a nonlinear fitting by using the formula y = ax/(1 + bx{sup c}). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples were prepared via a PVP assisted sonochemical process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The color coordinates for 1 mol% Sm{sup 3+} doped CaWO{sub 4} phosphor were calculated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The D-D interaction is responsible for concentration quenching between Sm{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The critical energy transfer distances (R{sub c}) were obtained. -- Abstract: Spindle-like CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors were prepared via a Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-assisted sonochemical process, and characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The XRD results suggested that the prepared samples are single-phase. The FE-SEM images indicated that the prepared CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors are composed of many spindles with maximum average diameter of 150 nm and maximum average length of 500 nm. Under 404 nm excitation, the characteristic emissions corresponding to {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} {yields} {sup 6}H{sub J} (J = 5/2, 7/2, 9/2 and 11/2) transitions of Sm{sup 3+} in CaWO{sub 4} phosphors were observed. The color coordinates for 1 mol% Sm{sup 3+} doped CaWO{sub 4} phosphor were calculated to be (0.595, 0.404). The fluorescent concentration quenching of Sm{sup 3+} doped spindle-like phosphors was studied based on the Van Uitert's model, and it was found that the electric dipole-dipole (D-D) interaction is the dominant energy transfer mechanism between Sm{sup 3+} ions in the CaWO{sub 4}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors. The critical energy transfer distance was

  5. Influence of electron beam irradiation on structural and optical properties of α-Ag2WO4 nanoparticles.

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    A, Sreedevi; K P, Priyanka; K K, Babitha; S, Ganesh; Varghese, T

    2016-09-01

    The influence of 8MeV electron beam irradiation on the structural and optical properties of silver tungstate (α-Ag2WO4) nanoparticles synthesized by chemical precipitation method was investigated. The dose dependent effect of electron irradiation was investigated by various characterization techniques such as, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. Systematic studies confirm that electron beam irradiation induces non-stoichiometry, defects and particle size variation on α-Ag2WO4, which in turn results changes in optical band gap, photoluminescence spectra and Raman bands.

  6. Improved H2S and Cl2 Sensing Characteristics of Pure and Au Incorporated WO3 Thin Films

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    Ramgir, Niranjan S.; Ganapathi, S. Kailasa; Kaur, M.; Mishra, S.; Datta, N.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.; Yakhmi, J. V.

    2011-07-01

    Gas sensing properties of pure and Au incorporated WO3 thin films towards H2S and Cl2 have been investigated. The sensor films were able to detect H2S and Cl2 selectively at an operating temperature of 150 and 200 °C, respectively. Effect of gas concentration and Au loading have been investigated and correlated with the observed sensitivity values. Pure WO3 films exhibited better sensing characteristics towards H2S (S = 17, 10 ppm, 150 °C) while sensor film containing Au thickness of 21.6 nm exhibited a maximum sensitivity towards Cl2 (S = 89, 10 ppm, 200 °C)..

  7. Acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR)/manganous tungstate (MnWO4) nanocomposites: Characterization, mechanical and electrical properties

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    Ramesan, M. T.; Abdu Raheem V., P.; Jayakrishnan, P.; Pradyumnan, P. P.

    2014-10-01

    Nanocomposites of NBR with manganous-tungstate nanoparticles were prepared through vulcanization process. The extent of interaction of nanoparticles with the polymer was studied by FTIR, SEM, XRD, TGA and AC conductivity. FTIR and XRD ascertain the interaction of NBR with MnWO4 nanoparticles. SEM analysis established that the nanopartilces were well dispersed in the macromolecular chain of NBR. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were studied as a function of filler loading. The nanocomposites exhibited enhanced thermal stability as seen in TGA. Conductivity and dielectric properties of nanocomposites increase with increase in concentration of MnWO4 nanoparticles (7phr) and thereafter the value decreases.

  8. Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction Beam-Induced Structural and Property Changes on WO3 Thin Films

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    Du, Yingge; Zhang, Hongliang; Varga, Tamas; Chambers, Scott A.

    2014-08-08

    Reduction of transition metal oxides can greatly change their physical and chemical properties. Using deposition of WO3 as a case study, we demonstrate that reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), a surface-sensitive tool widely used to monitor thin-film deposition processes, can significantly affect the cation valence and physical properties of the films through electron-beam induced sample reduction. The RHEED beam is found to increase film smoothness during epitaxial growth of WO3, as well as change the electronic properties of the film through preferential removal of surface oxygen.

  9. Effect of Na2WO4 on Growth Process and Corrosion Resistance of Micro-arc Oxidation Coatings on 2A12 Aluminum Alloys in CH3COONa Electrolyte

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    Lin, Zhaoqing; Yu, Huijun; He, Siyu; Wang, Diangang; Chen, Chuanzhong

    2016-01-01

    Ceramic coatings were deposited on 2A12 aluminum alloys using micro-arc oxidation (MAO) technology in CH3COONa-Na2WO4 electrolyte. The MAO process was studied by recording the current-time curve. The influences of Na2WO4 concentrations on the coatings in CH3COONa electrolyte were investigated. The results show that the Na2WO4 concentrations affect the MAO process and performances of the coatings directly. Na2WO4 in excess is harmful for the formation of Al2O3 in this electrolyte. The corrosion resistance was enhanced with the decrease of Na2WO4 concentration.

  10. 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

    2016-05-01

    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.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

  11. Coaxial electrospinning of WO3 nanotubes functionalized with bio-inspired Pd catalysts and their superior hydrogen sensing performance

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    Choi, Seon-Jin; Chattopadhyay, Saptarshi; Kim, Jae Jin; Kim, Sang-Joon; Tuller, Harry L.; Rutledge, Gregory C.; Kim, Il-Doo

    2016-04-01

    Macroporous WO3 nanotubes (NTs) functionalized with nanoscale catalysts were fabricated using coaxial electrospinning combined with sacrificial templating and protein-encapsulated catalysts. The macroporous thin-walled nanotubular structures were obtained by introducing colloidal polystyrene (PS) particles to a shell solution of W precursor and poly(vinylpyrrolidone). After coaxial electrospinning with a core liquid of mineral oil and subsequent calcination, open pores with an average diameter of 173 nm were formed on the surface of WO3 NTs due to decomposition of the PS colloids. In addition, catalytic Pd nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using bio-inspired protein cages, i.e., apoferritin, and uniformly dispersed within the shell solution and subsequently on the WO3 NTs. The resulting Pd functionalized macroporous WO3 NTs were demonstrated to be high performance hydrogen (H2) sensors. In particular, Pd-functionalized macroporous WO3 NTs exhibited a very high H2 response (Rair/Rgas) of 17.6 at 500 ppm with a short response time. Furthermore, the NTs were shown to be highly selective for H2 compared to other gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3), and methane (CH4). The results demonstrate a new synthetic method to prepare highly porous nanotubular structures with well-dispersed nanoscale catalysts, which can provide improved microstructures for chemical sensing.Macroporous WO3 nanotubes (NTs) functionalized with nanoscale catalysts were fabricated using coaxial electrospinning combined with sacrificial templating and protein-encapsulated catalysts. The macroporous thin-walled nanotubular structures were obtained by introducing colloidal polystyrene (PS) particles to a shell solution of W precursor and poly(vinylpyrrolidone). After coaxial electrospinning with a core liquid of mineral oil and subsequent calcination, open pores with an average diameter of 173 nm were formed on the surface of WO3 NTs due to decomposition of the PS colloids. In addition

  12. Photothermal ablation cancer therapy using homogeneous CsxWO3 nanorods with broad near-infra-red absorption

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    Guo, Chongshen; Yin, Shu; Yu, Haijun; Liu, Shaoqin; Dong, Qiang; Goto, Takehiro; Zhang, Zhiwen; Li, Yaping; Sato, Tsugio

    2013-06-01

    Recently, photothermal ablation therapy (PTA) employing near-infrared radiation (NIR) has been extensively investigated as an emerging modality for cancer management. However, the clinical translation of this promising approach is limited by the lack of PTA agents with broad NIR absorption, low cost and high photothermal conversion efficiency. Herein, we have developed PEGylated homogeneous CsxWO3 nanorods (a mean size ~69.3 nm × 12.8 nm) with broad photo-absorption (780-2500 nm) as a novel NIR absorbent for PTA treatment of human cancer. The prepared CsxWO3 nanocrystals displayed strong near-infrared optical absorption with a high molar extinction coefficient (e.g. 4.8 × 1010 M-1 cm-1 at 980 nm), thus generated significant amounts of heat upon excitation with near-infrared light. The PTA study in two human carcinoma cell lines (i.e. A549 lung cancer cells and HeLa ovarian cancer cells) demonstrated that CsxWO3 nanorods can efficiently cause cell death via hyperthermia induced lysosome destruction, cytoskeleton protein degradation, DNA damage and thereafter cellular necrosis or apoptosis. Our study also confirmed the migration of healthy cells migrated from unirradiated areas to dead cell cycle, which is essential for tissue reconstruction and wound healing after photodestruction of tumor tissue. The prompted results reported in the current study imply the promising potential of CsxWO3 nanorods for application in PTA cancer therapy.Recently, photothermal ablation therapy (PTA) employing near-infrared radiation (NIR) has been extensively investigated as an emerging modality for cancer management. However, the clinical translation of this promising approach is limited by the lack of PTA agents with broad NIR absorption, low cost and high photothermal conversion efficiency. Herein, we have developed PEGylated homogeneous CsxWO3 nanorods (a mean size ~69.3 nm × 12.8 nm) with broad photo-absorption (780-2500 nm) as a novel NIR absorbent for PTA treatment of human

  13. WO 3/CeO 2/YSZ nanocomposite as a potential catalyst for methanol reforming

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    Natile, Marta Maria; Glisenti, Antonella

    A WO 3/CeO 2/YSZ nanocomposite material [W/Zr nominal atomic ratio = 0.025, Ce/Zr nominal atomic ratio = 0.020] was prepared by wet impregnation and characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopic techniques, X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. Both tungsten and cerium oxides are significantly reduced at the interface with YSZ: Ce(III), in particular, seems to be the prevailing species. The interaction of the WO 3/CeO 2/YSZ nanopowder with pyridine and CO 2 allowed to investigate the acidic/basic sites. Weak contributions at 1602, 1625 and 1647 cm -1 suggest the presence of Lewis and Brønsted acidic sites, whereas basic sites are not evidenced by the interaction with carbon dioxide. The presence of tungsten oxide causes the decrement of the acidic/basic sites, as indicated by the comparison with the results obtained on the CeO 2/YSZ support. Consistently, the interaction with methanol is mainly molecular. The oxidation of methanol was investigated both in the absence and in the presence of water. In the last case carbon dioxide starts forming from room temperature.

  14. Sulfur K-edge XANES for methylene blue in photocatalytic reaction over WO3 nanomaterials

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    Komori, K.; Yoshida, T.; Nomoto, T.; Yamamoto, M.; Tsukada, C.; Yagi, S.; Yajima, M.; Kajita, S.; Ohno, N.

    2015-12-01

    We investigated the photocatalysis of dendritic nanostructured WO3/W composite materials fabricated by He plasma irradiation to tungsten plates, followed by the surface oxidation. The samples promoted the decolorization reaction of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution under near infrared (NIR) light irradiation. To verify the MB molecule is actually decomposed by the photocatalysis of the samples, reaction products were analyzed by S K-edge XANES measurements for the MB solution kept with the samples under the light irradiation or in the dark. By the light irradiation, the σ*(S-C) peak in the XANES spectra reduced and a new peak originated from SO42- species was clearly observed, suggesting that S-C bonds in a MB molecule are broken by the NIR light irradiation and finally the sulfur species exists in the solution in the state of SO42- ion. After the adsorption reaction in the dark, the XANES spectra of the sample surfaces showed a sharp π*(S-C) peaks, indicating that MB molecules are adsorbed on the sample surfaces and stacked each other by the π-π interaction. These results demonstrate that the photocatalytic decomposition of MB molecules really proceeds over WO3/W composite materials even under NIR light irradiation.

  15. Electrochemical study of aqueous asymmetric FeWO4/MnO2 supercapacitor

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    Goubard-Bretesché, Nicolas; Crosnier, Olivier; Buvat, Gaëtan; Favier, Frédéric; Brousse, Thierry

    2016-09-01

    The concept of an asymmetric FeWO4/MnO2 electrochemical capacitor cycled in a neutral aqueous electrolyte is presented for the first time. Commercially available cryptomelane-type MnO2 and synthesized nanocrystalline FeWO4 were used as positive and negative electrode materials, respectively. Prior to assembling the cell, the electrodes have been individually tested in a 5 M LiNO3 electrolyte solution to define both the adequate balance of active material in the supercapacitor and the proper working voltage window. Then, the full asymmetric device has been cycled between 0 and 1.4 V for over 40,000 cycles and subjected to accelerated ageing tests under floating conditions at different voltages, without any significant change on its electrochemical behavior. This remarkable stability shows the interest of developing full oxide-based asymmetric supercapacitors operating in non-toxic aqueous electrolytes that could compete with commercial carbon-based electrochemical double-layer capacitors.

  16. Measurement of nuclear recoil quenching factors in CaWO 4

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    Jagemann, Th.; Feilitzsch, F. v.; Hagn, H.; Jochum, J.; Potzel, W.; Rau, W.; Stark, M.; Westphal, W.

    2006-11-01

    The CRESST experiment, aiming at the direct detection of WIMPs via nuclear recoils, is currently using scintillating CaWO4 crystals. The WIMP-nucleus cross section for elastic scattering as well as the scintillation efficiency differ considerably for recoils from Ca, W and O in these crystals. Therefore a discriminating detector calibration is essential in order to improve WIMP parameter claims. At the tandem accelerator of the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratory (MLL) in Garching, Germany, a neutron scattering facility is operated for the determination of the individual quenching factors (QF) in the bulk of a CaWO4 crystal to better understand the detector response to neutron background and a possible WIMP signal. First measurements at room temperature reveal QF(O) = 7.8 ± 0.3% (recoil energy 1.0-2.2 MeV), QF(Ca) = 6.3 ± 1.6% (recoil energy 0.4-1 MeV), QF(W) < 3.0% (2σ, recoil energy 0.1 MeV).

  17. Tm,Ho:KY(WO4)2 planar waveguide laser

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    Ruiz Madroñero, C. V.; Mateos, X.; Loiko, P.; Yumashev, K.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2016-09-01

    A lattice-matched, 5 at.% Tm, 0.5 at.% Ho-codoped, 5.77 µm-thick KY0.58Gd0.22Lu0.20(WO4)2 active layer with optimized refractive index contrast is grown by liquid phase epitaxy on the (3 1 0) face of pure KY(WO4)2 substrate. Laser operation at 2051 nm (5I7  →  5I8 transition of the Ho3+ ion) is demonstrated with this waveguide pumped at 794 nm. The maximum continuous wave output power amounts to 1.9 mW at 2051 nm corresponding to a slope efficiency of 10.5%. The laser threshold is as low as 1.5 mW of absorbed pump power. The developed structure is promising for single-transverse-mode channel holmium waveguide lasers. Laser operation in 3 at.% Tm-singly doped 4.41 µm thick layer grown on the (3 1 0)-oriented substrate is also demonstrated at 1841 nm with a slope efficiency of 31%.

  18. Electronic Reconstruction of α-Ag2WO4 Nanorods for Visible-Light Photocatalysis.

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    Lin, Zhaoyong; Li, Jiling; Zheng, Zhaoqiang; Yan, Jiahao; Liu, Pu; Wang, Chengxin; Yang, Guowei

    2015-07-28

    α-Ag2WO4 (AWO) has been studied extensively due to its H2 evolution and organic pollution degradation ability under the irradiation of UV light. However, the band gap of AWO is theoretically calculated to be 3.55 eV, resulting in its sluggish reaction to visible light. Herein, we demonstrated that, by using the electronic reconstruction of AWO nanorods upon a unique process of laser irradiation in liquid, these nanorods performed good visible-light photocatalytic organics degradation and H2 evolution. Using commercial AWO powders as the starting materials, we achieved the electronic reconstruction of AWO by a recrystallization of the starting powders upon laser irradiation in liquid and synthesized AWO nanorods. Due to the weak bond energy of AWO and the far from thermodynamic equilibrium process created by laser irradiation in liquid, abundant cluster distortions, especially [WO6] cluster distortions, are introduced into the crystal lattice, the defect density increases by a factor of 2.75, and uneven intermediate energy levels are inset into the band gap, resulting in a 0.44 eV decrease of the band gap, which modified the AWO itself by electronic reconstruction to be sensitive to visible light without the addition of others. Further, the first-principles calculation was carried out to clarify the electronic reconstruction of AWO, and the theoretical results confirmed the deduction based on the experimental measurements.

  19. Antiferromagnetic spin structure and negative thermal expansion of Li2Ni (WO4)2

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    Karna, Sunil K.; Wang, C. W.; Sankar, R.; Avdeev, M.; Singh, A.; Panneer Muthuselvam, I.; Singh, V. N.; Guo, G. Y.; Chou, F. C.

    2015-07-01

    We report the results of a study on the crystal and magnetic structure of Li2Ni (WO4)2 with a neutron diffraction technique. The Ni2 + spins of S = 1 for NiO6 octahedra are coupled via corner-sharing, nonmagnetic double tungstate groups in a super-superexchange route. Two magnetic anomalies at TN 1˜ 18 K and TN 2˜ 13 K are revealed from the measured magnetic susceptibility χ (T), and TN 2 is confirmed to be the onset of a commensurate long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering through neutron diffraction. A negative thermal expansion phenomenon is observed below TN 2, which has been interpreted as a result of competing normal thermal contraction and long-range AF spin ordering through counterbalanced WO4 and NiO6 polyhedral local distortion. The AF spin structure has been modeled and used to show that Ni spins with a saturated magnetic moment of ˜1.90 (27 )μB that lies in the a -c plane approximately 46∘(±10∘) off the a axis. The experimental results are compared and found to be consistent with theoretical calculations using density-functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation plus on-site Coulomb interaction.

  20. Integrated readout electronics for the PbWO{sub 4} photon spectrometer

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    Simpson, M.L.; Alley, G.T.; Awes, T.

    1995-12-31

    The PbWO{sub 4} calorimeter of the ALICE detector is designed to detect the prompt photons to provide direct information on the partonic, early phases of the heavy-ion interaction. The goal is to measure all the photons over a large enough solid angle to reconstruct both {pi}{sup 0}`s and {eta}`s. A proposed readout system for the ALICE PbWO{sub 4} photon spectrometer is presented. In one proposed implementation, light will be detected from each end of the crystals by PIN photodiodes and this signal will be amplified by charge-sensitive amplifiers. The 73,728 channel readout system will accept the preamplifier signals and deliver digitized data to the data collection modules. A readout board will consist of 8-channel, custom front-end chips which form energy and timing signals, and board-level control and communication circuits. Many of the subcircuits proposed for this spectrometer have been developed for use in other applications. The performance of these circuits is shown.

  1. Rapid preparation and magnetodielectric properties of trirutile Cr{sub 2}WO{sub 6}

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    Gaultois, Michael W.; Kemei, Moureen C.; Harada, Jaye K.; Seshadri, Ram

    2015-01-07

    Dense pellets of > 99% purity trirutile Cr{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were prepared in one step from starting oxides using spark plasma sintering, leading to simultaneous reaction and consolidation in 3 min at 1473 K. The reducing environment during processing may be partly responsible for the rapid reaction time in these oxides, with partial reduction of Cr{sup 3+} and the associated oxygen vacancies allowing rapid diffusion of cations. The low-temperature physical properties of Cr{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were examined, and a new transition at T = 5.9 K was observed as an anomaly in the temperature-dependent dielectric permittivity and a corresponding anomaly in the specific heat. A strong enhancement of the magnetocapacitance is observed below this transition temperature at T = 5.9 K and may be associated with a change from collinear spin order to more complex spin order.

  2. Monolayered Bi2WO6 nanosheets mimicking heterojunction interface with open surfaces for photocatalysis

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    Zhou, Yangen; Zhang, Yongfan; Lin, Mousheng; Long, Jinlin; Zhang, Zizhong; Lin, Huaxiang; Wu, Jeffrey C.-S.; Wang, Xuxu

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional-layered heterojunctions have attracted extensive interest recently due to their exciting behaviours in electronic/optoelectronic devices as well as solar energy conversion systems. However, layered heterojunction materials, especially those made by stacking different monolayers together by strong chemical bonds rather than by weak van der Waal interactions, are still challenging to fabricate. Here the monolayer Bi2WO6 with a sandwich substructure of [BiO]+–[WO4]2−–[BiO]+ is reported. This material may be characterized as a layered heterojunction with different monolayer oxides held together by chemical bonds. Coordinatively unsaturated Bi atoms are present as active sites on the surface. On irradiation, holes are generated directly on the active surface layer and electrons in the middle layer, which leads to the outstanding performances of the monolayer material in solar energy conversion. Our work provides a general bottom-up route for designing and preparing novel monolayer materials with ultrafast charge separation and active surface. PMID:26359212

  3. Hadron calorimeter performance with a PbWO4 EM compartment

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    Green, D.

    1996-01-01

    The CMS detector[1] at the LHC has chosen PbWO4 in order to achieve the superior photon energy resolution which is crucial in searching for the 2 photon decay of low mass Higgs bosons. The hadronic compartment is thought to be Cu absorber, since one is immersed in a 4 T magnetic field, read out by scintillator tiles coupled to wavelength shifter (WLS) fibers. The combined performance of this calorimeter is of interest in the study of jets and missing transverse energy (neutrino, SUSY signatures). For this reason, a test was made of the electromagnetic (EM) compartment combined with a reasonable approximation to the baseline HCAL ``barrel`` calorimeter. Data was taken in the H4 CERN beamline. The EM compartment was a 7 {times} 7 square array of PbWO4 crystals, which for the purposes of this study are considered as a single readout in depth (or ``compartment``) [2]. The HCAL module consisted of large scintillator plates with 24 individual longitudinal readout channels. The EM compartment was followed by 10 Cu plates each 3 cm thick, followed by 9 Cu plates each 6 cm thick. This set of absorber plates represented the HCAL compartments inside the coil. The coil itself [1] was approximated as Al and Fe plates, of a total thickness of about 1.4 absorption lengths. The coil mockup was sampled and then followed by 4 plates of 8 cm thick Cu, each with an individual readout which represented a test of the ``Tailcatcher`` concept.

  4. Microsphere morphology tuning and photo-luminescence properties of monoclinic Y2WO6

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    Gao, Hong; Bai, Yulong; Zhang, Junying; Tang, Zilong

    2015-04-01

    Effects of the solution pH value and reaction time on the precursor morphology and photoluminescence properties are investigated for hydrothermally prepared monoclinic Y2WO6 phosphors. In the near-neutral environment, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) surfactant forms small microspheres micelles as template to synthesize microspherical precursor. H+ ions concentration affects the arrangement of negative ionic surfactant SDBS. As a result, jujube-liked and popcorn-like loose microspheres formed at low pH value. When the pH value is 5.2 and the hydrothermal reaction time reaches 24 h, respectively, the strongest luminescent intensity can be obtained. Under this condition, the precursor presented regular microsphere with diameter of 4.0 μm. After high-temperature heat treatment, the obtained phosphor particles still exhibit microsphere-like shape. Therefore, we provide an effective method to tune the morphology of Y2WO6 phosphors and study the relationship between morphology and luminescent performance.

  5. Analysis of SnO2|WO3 Heterocontact Properties during the Detection of Hydrogen Sulphide

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    Suchorska-Woźniak, Patrycja; Rac, Olga; Fiedot, Marta; Teterycz, Helena

    2014-01-01

    The main objective of the paper was the analysis of the properties of SnO2|WO3 heterocontact as well as the determination of its response to 50 ppm of hydrogen sulphide. It was noticed that the sensitivity of the sensor being tested to hydrogen sulphide depended significantly on the polarization direction. When its parameters were compared with those of sensors the gas-sensitive layer of which was made only from one type of metal oxide, a high impact of the heterocontact on the electric charge transport was noticed. The value of the activation energy of the electric conductivity is clearly dependent on the polarization direction. A mechanism of physicochemical processes occurring in a planar sensor with a heterocontact was suggested, and three areas differing in the width of depleted layer, where the inter-phase boundary of SnO2|WO3 had the most essential impact on the parameters of the sensor being tested, were distinguished and described. PMID:25360578

  6. Experimental study on electron transport in high intensity laser solid interaction w/o cone

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    Baton, Sophie; Guillou, P.; Batani, D.; Rousseaux, C.; Kodama, R.; Aglitskiy, Y.

    2005-10-01

    New electron transport results have been obtained in the interaction of a high intensity laser with planar solid target w/o gold cone. The experiment has been performed at the LULI Laboratory with the 100 TW laser facility. The interaction took place either at 1.057 μm or at 0.53 μm wavelength. The targets consist of three layers planar targets molecularly bonded w/o gold cone glued on the front side. The target thickness and the surface size, the target holder, the ASE of the laser and its focalisation point have been varied in order to study their influence on the electron transport. Several diagnostics were implemented: visible rear side imaging, HISAC, X-ray-Kα imaging and spectroscopy and the angular distribution of the emitted protons. In our conditions, no significant cone effect was observed. Nevertheless these results seem to indicate that the behaviour of the fast electrons is highly influenced by the target mass.

  7. Properties of Dy 3+-doped PbWO 4 single crystal grown by modified Bridgman method

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    Huang, Yanlin; Zhu, Wenliang; Feng, Xiqi; Duan, Yong; Man, Zhenyong

    2003-01-01

    Undoped and Dy 3+-doped PbWO 4 single crystals were grown in the same condition by modified Bridgman method. Optical transmittance, X-ray excited luminescence, excitation and emission under UV light, thermoluminescence glow curves and X-ray pulsed excited decays were investigated on Dy 3+:PWO for the first time. Dy 3+-doping has a positive effect similar to that of rare-earth ions La 3+ and Gd 3+, such as improvement of transmittance in the wavelength region of scintillation emission (350-450 nm), compensation of trapping centers that is reflected in the thermoluminescence characteristics and suppression of slow decay component in luminescence kinetics. Analysis of luminescence spectra indicates that energy transfer could take place from the PbWO 4 host to the Dy 3+ ions, followed by characteristic emission line assigned to transition from 4F 9/2 of Dy 3+ ion to lower lying states on basis of the energy level scheme. A tentative concept of energy transfer mechanism is proposed in this paper.

  8. Doping dependence of the adsorption of proteins on proton-doped WO3 film

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    Asimakopoulos, V.; Mastichiadis, C.; Kakabakos, S.; Davazoglou, D.

    2005-01-01

    Configurations consisting of electrochromic (EC) strips of the kind SnO2:F/WO3 were fabricated on glass substrates with dimensions 5 × 5 cm2. For the fabrication, SnO2:F strips were formed first with standard lithography and etching. A tungsten film was subsequently deposited on the patterned substrate by low pressure chemical vapor deposition from W (CO)6 vapors, which was removed from the uncovered (by SnO2:F) parts of the glass substrate and oxidized to WO3 in O2 at 550 °C. These EC strips were colored at various degrees in an aqueous solution of NaCl using potentials varying from 0 to 5 V. After coloration strips were coated with a protein solution with pH varying between 6 and 9, then with a fluorescent antibody, washed and dried. The adsorption of proteins on EC strips was studied by fluorescent microscopy. It was found that rabbit gamma globulins were adsorbed on uncolored strips and as soon as the coloration voltage increased, adsorption decreased. Adsorption was also slightly dependent on pH and increases as the pH decreases

  9. Construction and Nanoscale Detection of Interfacial Charge Transfer of Elegant Z-Scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 Nanowire Arrays.

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    Li, Haijin; Gao, Yuying; Zhou, Yong; Fan, Fengtao; Han, Qiutong; Xu, Qinfeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min; Li, Can; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-09-14

    Elegant Z-scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 nanowire arrays were precisely constructed through a facile step-by-step route. Surface potential change on pristine or In2S3-Au coated WO3 single nanowire under dark and illumination detected through a Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) technique indicates that the vectorial holes transfer of In2S3 → Au → WO3 should occur upon the excitation of both WO3 and In2S3. In such charge transfer processes, the embedded Au nanoparticles in the heterojunction systems act as a charge mediator for electrons in the conduction band of WO3 and holes in the valence band of In2S3. The strong charge carrier separation ability of this structure will finally enhance the oxidation ability of WO3 with high concertation of photogenerated holes and, further, leave the free electrons in the In2S3 with long surviving time. Therefore, the unique Z-scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 heterostructure shows great visible-light activity toward photocatalytic reduction of CO2 in the presence of water vapor into renewable hydrocarbon fuel (methane: CH4). PMID:27483009

  10. Construction and Nanoscale Detection of Interfacial Charge Transfer of Elegant Z-Scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 Nanowire Arrays.

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    Li, Haijin; Gao, Yuying; Zhou, Yong; Fan, Fengtao; Han, Qiutong; Xu, Qinfeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min; Li, Can; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-09-14

    Elegant Z-scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 nanowire arrays were precisely constructed through a facile step-by-step route. Surface potential change on pristine or In2S3-Au coated WO3 single nanowire under dark and illumination detected through a Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) technique indicates that the vectorial holes transfer of In2S3 → Au → WO3 should occur upon the excitation of both WO3 and In2S3. In such charge transfer processes, the embedded Au nanoparticles in the heterojunction systems act as a charge mediator for electrons in the conduction band of WO3 and holes in the valence band of In2S3. The strong charge carrier separation ability of this structure will finally enhance the oxidation ability of WO3 with high concertation of photogenerated holes and, further, leave the free electrons in the In2S3 with long surviving time. Therefore, the unique Z-scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 heterostructure shows great visible-light activity toward photocatalytic reduction of CO2 in the presence of water vapor into renewable hydrocarbon fuel (methane: CH4).

  11. Construction of solid-state Z-scheme carbon-modified TiO2/WO3 nanofibers with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Hu, Junhua; Wang, Lijie; Zhang, Peng; Liang, Changhao; Shao, Guosheng

    2016-10-01

    Carbon-layer-coated TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WTC) were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique (for TiO2/WO3 nanofibers) and hydrothermal method (for carbon shell). The structure characterization results showed that TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WT) were encased within an uniform carbon shell about 10 nm in thickness. By adjusting the content of WO3, the graphitization degree of carbon layer could be controlled, and the WTC nanofibers had remarkable light absorption in the visible region. Furthermore, the photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity were investigated systematically. As expected, the H2-generation rate of the as-prepared composite materials was greatly enhanced compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers (TNFs), TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WT) and TiO2@carbon core/shell nanofibers (TC). The enhanced activities were mainly attributed to the multichannel-improved charge-carrier photosynthetic heterojunction system with the carbon layer on the surface of TiO2 as an electron collector and WO3 as a hole collector, leading to effective charge separation on these components, which were evidenced by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photocurrent analysis. Besides, the addition of WO3 promoted the graphitization of carbon layer, which in turn improved transport of electrons in the carbon layer and also contributed to the performance improvement.

  12. Facile formation of Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX (X = Cl, Br, I) hybrid nanorods with enhanced visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical properties

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    Li, Jingjing; Yu, Caiyun; Zheng, Changcheng; Etogo, Atangana; Xie, Yunlong; Zhong, Yijun; Hu, Yong

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX hybrid nanorods were prepared by a facile in-situ anion exchange reaction. • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods and different X{sup −} ions were reacted in water at room temperature. • The hybrids possess significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical properties. • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgBr hybrids exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity among three samples. • The active species tests were also investigated to confirm photocatalytic mechanism. - Abstract: In this work, we demonstrated a general strategy for the preparation of a series of uniform Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX (X = Cl, Br, I) hybrid nanorods by a facile in-situ anion exchange reaction occurring at room temperature between pregrown Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods and different X{sup −} ions in water. Compared with Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods, further investigation has revealed that the as-prepared hybrid nanorods possess significantly enhanced photocurrent response and photocatalytic activity in degrading methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation. In particular, the Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgBr hybrid nanorods exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity among the three kinds of samples. The active species tests indicate that superoxide anion radicals and photogenerated holes are responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic performance.

  13. Incorporation of Jahn-Teller Cu(2+) Ions into Magnetoelectric Multiferroic MnWO4: Structural, Magnetic, and Dielectric Permittivity Properties of Mn1-xCuxWO4 (x ≤ 0.25).

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    Patureau, Pascaline; Josse, Michaël; Dessapt, Rémi; Mevellec, Jean-Yves; Porcher, Florence; Maglione, Mario; Deniard, Philippe; Payen, Christophe

    2015-11-16

    Polycrystalline samples of Mn1-xCuxWO4 (x ≤ 0.5) have been prepared by a solid-state synthesis as well as from a citrate synthesis at moderate temperature (850 °C). The goal is to study changes in the structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of magnetoelectric type-II multiferroic MnWO4 caused by replacing Jahn-Teller-inactive Mn(2+) (d(5), S = 5/2) ions with Jahn-Teller-active Cu(2+) (d(9), S = 1/2) ions. Combination of techniques including scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray and neutron diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy demonstrates that the polycrystalline samples with low copper content 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25 are solid solution that forms in the monoclinic P2/c space group. Rietveld analyses indicate that Cu atoms substitutes for Mn atoms at the Mn crystallographic site of the MnWO4 structure and suggest random distributions of Jahn-Teller-distorted CuO6 octahedra in the solid solution. Magnetic susceptibility reveals that only 5% of Cu substitution suppresses the nonpolar collinear AF1 antiferromagnetic structure observed in pure MnWO4. Type-II multiferroicity survives a weak Cu substitution rate (x < 0.15). Multiferroic transition temperature and Néel temperature increase as the amount of Cu increases. New trends in some of the magnetic properties and in dielectric behaviors are observed for x = 0.20 and 0.25. Careful analysis of the magnetic susceptibility reveals that the incorporation of Cu into MnWO4 strengthens the overall antiferromagnetic interaction and reduces the magnetic frustration. PMID:26502801

  14. Simultaneous Reduction of Vanadium (V) and Chromium (VI) in Wastewater by Nanosized ZnWO4 Photocatalysis.

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    Zhao, Zengying; Zhang, Baogang; Chen, Daimei; Guo, Zhanhu; Peng, Zhijian

    2016-03-01

    Vanadium (V, V) and chromium (Cr, VI) are simultaneously photocatalytically reduced to less-toxic V(VI) and Cr(III) by mimetic solar light with ZnWO4 nanoparticles prepared by hydrothermal synthesis. The reduction efficiencies can reach 68.8% for V(V) and 97.3% for Cr(VI) in 3 h, respectively, which are comparable to those by microbial fuel cell technology carried out in over 10 days. The prepared ZnWO4 nanoparticles are characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, and Uv-vis-DRS tests. Electrochemical calculation shows high acidity benefits the rapid reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI). In addition, the applied ZnWO4 nanoparticles can be recycled and reused for 5 repeated photocatalytic reduction runs. And after 5 runs, the recycled ZnWO4 nanoparticles can also present good photocatalytic activity with a reduction efficiency of about 60% for V(V) and 90% for Cr(VI). The new procedure on the simultaneous reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI) by photocatalysis may be promisingly applied in contaminated wastewaters, combining the remediation and possible V and Cr recovery. PMID:27455719

  15. Flower-like and hollow sphere-like WO{sub 3} porous nanostructures: Selective synthesis and their photocatalysis property

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    Huang, Jiarui; Xu, Xiaojuan; Gu, Cuiping; Fu, Gujun; Wang, Weizhi; Liu, Jinhuai

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: Nanoflake-based flower-like and hollow microsphere-like hydrated tungsten oxide architectures were selectively synthesized by acidic precipitation of sodium tungstate solution at mild temperature. Several techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric-differential thermalgravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption analyses, were used to characterize the structure and morphology of the products. The experimental results show that the nanoflake-based flower-like and hollow sphere-like WO{sub 3}·H{sub 2}O architectures can be obtained by changing the concentration of sodium tungstate solution. The possible formation process based on the aggregation–recrystallization mechanism is proposed. The corresponding tungsten oxide three-dimensional architectures were obtained after calcination at 450 °C. Finally, the obtained WO{sub 3} three-dimensional architectures were used as photocatalyst in the experiments. Compared with WO{sub 3} microflowers, the as-prepared WO{sub 3} hollow microspheres exhibit superior photocatalytic property on photocatalytic decomposition of Rhodamine B due to their hollow porous hierarchical structures.

  16. Photothermal ablation cancer therapy using homogeneous CsxWO3 nanorods with broad near-infra-red absorption.

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    Guo, Chongshen; Yin, Shu; Yu, Haijun; Liu, Shaoqin; Dong, Qiang; Goto, Takehiro; Zhang, Zhiwen; Li, Yaping; Sato, Tsugio

    2013-07-21

    Recently, photothermal ablation therapy (PTA) employing near-infrared radiation (NIR) has been extensively investigated as an emerging modality for cancer management. However, the clinical translation of this promising approach is limited by the lack of PTA agents with broad NIR absorption, low cost and high photothermal conversion efficiency. Herein, we have developed PEGylated homogeneous CsxWO3 nanorods (a mean size ∼69.3 nm × 12.8 nm) with broad photo-absorption (780-2500 nm) as a novel NIR absorbent for PTA treatment of human cancer. The prepared CsxWO3 nanocrystals displayed strong near-infrared optical absorption with a high molar extinction coefficient (e.g. 4.8 × 10(10) M(-1) cm(-1) at 980 nm), thus generated significant amounts of heat upon excitation with near-infrared light. The PTA study in two human carcinoma cell lines (i.e. A549 lung cancer cells and HeLa ovarian cancer cells) demonstrated that CsxWO3 nanorods can efficiently cause cell death via hyperthermia induced lysosome destruction, cytoskeleton protein degradation, DNA damage and thereafter cellular necrosis or apoptosis. Our study also confirmed the migration of healthy cells migrated from unirradiated areas to dead cell cycle, which is essential for tissue reconstruction and wound healing after photodestruction of tumor tissue. The prompted results reported in the current study imply the promising potential of CsxWO3 nanorods for application in PTA cancer therapy.

  17. Photocatalytic hydrogen production of the CdS/TiO2-WO3 ternary hybrid under visible light irradiation.

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    Chen, Yi-Lin; Lo, Shang-Lien; Chang, Hsiang-Ling; Yeh, Hsiao-Mei; Sun, Liping; Oiu, Chunsheng

    2016-01-01

    An attractive and effective method for converting solar energy into clean and renewable hydrogen energy is photocatalytic water splitting over semiconductors. The study aimed at utilizing organic sacrificial agents in water, modeled by formic acid, in combination with visible light driven photocatalysts to produce hydrogen with high efficiencies. The photocatalytic hydrogen production of cadmium sulfide (CdS)/titanate nanotubes (TNTs) binary hybrid with specific CdS content was investigated. After visible light irradiation for 3 h, the hydrogen production rate of 25 wt% CdS/TNT achieved 179.35 μmol·h(-1). Thanks to the two-step process, CdS/TNTs-WO3 ternary hybrid can better promote the efficiency of water splitting compared with CdS/TNTs binary hybrid. The hydrogen production of 25 wt% CdS/TNTs-WO3 achieved 212.68 μmol·h(-1), under the same condition. Coating of platinum metal onto the WO3 could further promote the reaction. Results showed that 0.2 g 0.1 wt% Pt/WO3 + 0.2 g 25 wt% CdS/TNTs had the best hydrogen production rate of 428.43 μmol·h(-1). The resultant materials were well characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-Vis spectra.

  18. Fabrication and NO2 gas-sensing properties of reduced graphene oxide/WO3 nanocomposite films.

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    Su, Pi-Guey; Peng, Shih-Liang

    2015-01-01

    One-pot polyol process was combined with the metal organic decomposition (MOD) method to fabricate a room-temperature NO2 gas sensor based on tungsten oxide and reduced graphene oxide (RGO/WO3) nanocomposite films. Fourier Transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to analyze the microstructure and morphology of the fabricated films. The electrical and NO2 gas-sensing properties of WO3 to which various amounts of RGO were added were measured in detail as a function of concentration of NO2 gas at room temperature, to elucidate the contribution of RGO to the NO2 gas-sensing capacity. The NO2 gas-sensing mechanism of the RGO/WO3 nanocomposite films were explained by considering their composition and microstructures. The sensor that was based on a nanocomposite film of RGO/WO3 exhibited a strong response to low concentrations of NO2 gas at room temperature, satisfactory linearity and favorable long-term stability. PMID:25476324

  19. Low-Temperature and Solution-Processed Amorphous WO(x) as Electron-Selective Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Kai; Shi, Yantao; Dong, Qingshun; Li, Yu; Wang, Shufeng; Yu, Xufeng; Wu, Mengyao; Ma, Tingli

    2015-03-01

    The electron-selective layer (ESL) is an indispensable component of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and is responsible for the collection of photogenerated electrons. Preparing ESL at a low temperature is significant for future fabrication of flexible PSCs. In this work, solution-processed amorphous WO(x) thin film was prepared facilely at low temperature and used as ESL in PSCs. Results indicated that a large quantity of nanocaves were observed in the WO(x) thin film. In comparison with the conventional TiO2 ESL, the WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable light transmittance but higher electrical conductivity. Compared with the TiO2-based PSCs, PSCs that use WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable photoelectric conversion efficiency, larger short-circuit current density, but lower open-circuit voltage. Electrochemical characterization indicated that the unsatisfied open-circuit voltage and fill factor were caused by the inherent charge recombination. This study demonstrated that this material is an excellent candidate for ESL.

  20. Fabrication and NO2 gas-sensing properties of reduced graphene oxide/WO3 nanocomposite films.

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    Su, Pi-Guey; Peng, Shih-Liang

    2015-01-01

    One-pot polyol process was combined with the metal organic decomposition (MOD) method to fabricate a room-temperature NO2 gas sensor based on tungsten oxide and reduced graphene oxide (RGO/WO3) nanocomposite films. Fourier Transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to analyze the microstructure and morphology of the fabricated films. The electrical and NO2 gas-sensing properties of WO3 to which various amounts of RGO were added were measured in detail as a function of concentration of NO2 gas at room temperature, to elucidate the contribution of RGO to the NO2 gas-sensing capacity. The NO2 gas-sensing mechanism of the RGO/WO3 nanocomposite films were explained by considering their composition and microstructures. The sensor that was based on a nanocomposite film of RGO/WO3 exhibited a strong response to low concentrations of NO2 gas at room temperature, satisfactory linearity and favorable long-term stability.

  1. Shape evolution of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and their photocatalytic properties

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    Xu, Xuetang Ge, Yuanxing Li, Bin Fan, Fangling Wang, Fan

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} micro/nanostructure without any additives. • Dopant and doping level affect the shape evolution and photocatalytic activities. • Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} exhibit superior photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB. - Abstract: Europium-doped bismuth tungstate (Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) was synthesized via hydrothermal method. The composition, structure, and microstructure of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Depending on the doping level, nanoflakes and 3D hierarchical microspheres were formed. The photocatalytic activities of all products obtained were evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine-B under visible light irradiation. A substantially improved photocatalytic performance of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is achieved. This study demonstrates a simple method that could produce stable photocatalysts with greatly enhanced performance.

  2. Fabrication of Wide–Range–Visible Photocatalyst Bi2WO6−x nanoplates via Surface Oxygen Vacancies

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    Lv, Yanhui; Yao, Wenqing; Zong, Ruilong; Zhu, Yongfa

    2016-01-01

    Bi2WO6 as a high visible-light-driven catalyst has been aroused broad interest. However, it can only be excitated by the light with λ < 450 nm and the solar energy utilization need to be improved. Here, the wide–range–visible photoresponse Bi2WO6−x nanoplates were fabricated by introducing surface oxygen vacancies through the controllable hydrogen reduction method. The visible photoresponse wavelength range is extended from 450 nm to more than 600 nm. In addition, the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6−x is also increased and is 2.1 times as high as that of pristine Bi2WO6. The extending of the photoresponse range and the enhancement of the photoactivity both can be attributed to the surface-oxygen-vacancy states. This is because surface-oxygen–vacancy states generated above and partly overlapping of with the valence band (VB) will result in the rising of valence band maximum (VBM), thus broadening the VB width. This approach is proposed to develop many types of wide–range–visible optical materials and to be applicable to many narrow and wide bandgap materials. PMID:26777609

  3. Facile Fabrication of Bi2WO6/Ag2S Heterostructure with Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Performances.

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    Tang, Rongfeng; Su, Huaifen; Sun, Yuanwei; Zhang, Xianxi; Li, Lei; Liu, Caihua; Wang, Bingquan; Zeng, Suyuan; Sun, Dezhi

    2016-12-01

    In this report, a novel photocatalyst based on Bi2WO6/Ag2S heterostructures was prepared by a 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-assisted route at room temperature. Compared to bare Bi2WO6 and Ag2S nanoparticles, the as-formed Bi2WO6/Ag2S heterostructures exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B (Rh B) under visible-light irradiation. This kind of enhancement in the photocatalytic activity is considered to be the synergistic effects of both the effective electron-hole separation and expansion of the light-absorption range. The pH of the solution is of vital importance to the photocatalytic activity of the as-formed Bi2WO6/Ag2S heterostructures. Under low pH value, the photosensitization process is suppressed, while under higher pH value, the photosensitization process is favored. The mechanism of the photocatalytic process was proposed by the active-species-trapping experiments, indicating that the photogenerated holes (h(+)) play a crucial role in the degradation of Rh B under visible light. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of this heterostructure makes it a promising material for the treatment of dye-containing wastewater.

  4. In situ growth of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 under electron irradiation: probing the physical principles

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    San-Miguel, Miguel A.; da Silva, Edison Z.; Zannetti, Sonia M.; Cilense, Mario; Fabbro, Maria T.; Gracia, Lourdes; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2016-06-01

    Exploiting the plasmonic behavior of Ag nanoparticles grown on α-Ag2WO4 is a widely employed strategy to produce efficient photocatalysts, ozone sensors, and bactericides. However, a description of the atomic and electronic structure of the semiconductor sites irradiated by electrons is still not available. Such a description is of great importance to understand the mechanisms underlying these physical processes and to improve the design of silver nanoparticles to enhance their activities. Motivated by this, we studied the growth of silver nanoparticles to investigate this novel class of phenomena using both transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. A theoretical framework based on density functional theory calculations (DFT), together with experimental analysis and measurements, were developed to examine the changes in the local geometrical and electronic structure of the materials. The physical principles for the formation of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 by electron beam irradiation are described. Quantum mechanical calculations based on DFT show that the (001) of α-Ag2WO4 displays Ag atoms with different coordination numbers. Some of them are able to diffuse out of the surface with a very low energy barrier (less than 0.1 eV), thus, initiating the growth of metallic Ag nanostructures and leaving Ag vacancies in the bulk material. These processes increase the structural disorder of α-Ag2WO4 as well as its electrical resistance as observed in the experimental measurements.

  5. Mesoscale modeling of photoelectrochemical devices: light absorption and carrier collection in monolithic, tandem, Si|WO3 microwires.

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    Fountaine, Katherine T; Atwater, Harry A

    2014-10-20

    We analyze mesoscale light absorption and carrier collection in a tandem junction photoelectrochemical device using electromagnetic simulations. The tandem device consists of silicon (E(g,Si) = 1.1 eV) and tungsten oxide (E(g,WO3) = 2.6 eV) as photocathode and photoanode materials, respectively. Specifically, we investigated Si microwires with lengths of 100 µm, and diameters of 2 µm, with a 7 µm pitch, covered vertically with 50 µm of WO3 with a thickness of 1 µm. Many geometrical variants of this prototypical tandem device were explored. For conditions of illumination with the AM 1.5G spectra, the nominal design resulted in a short circuit current density, J(SC), of 1 mA/cm(2), which is limited by the WO3 absorption. Geometrical optimization of photoanode and photocathode shape and contact material selection, enabled a three-fold increase in short circuit current density relative to the initial design via enhanced WO3 light absorption. These findings validate the usefulness of a mesoscale analysis for ascertaining optimum optoelectronic performance in photoelectrochemical devices.

  6. Simultaneous Reduction of Vanadium (V) and Chromium (VI) in Wastewater by Nanosized ZnWO4 Photocatalysis.

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    Zhao, Zengying; Zhang, Baogang; Chen, Daimei; Guo, Zhanhu; Peng, Zhijian

    2016-03-01

    Vanadium (V, V) and chromium (Cr, VI) are simultaneously photocatalytically reduced to less-toxic V(VI) and Cr(III) by mimetic solar light with ZnWO4 nanoparticles prepared by hydrothermal synthesis. The reduction efficiencies can reach 68.8% for V(V) and 97.3% for Cr(VI) in 3 h, respectively, which are comparable to those by microbial fuel cell technology carried out in over 10 days. The prepared ZnWO4 nanoparticles are characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, and Uv-vis-DRS tests. Electrochemical calculation shows high acidity benefits the rapid reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI). In addition, the applied ZnWO4 nanoparticles can be recycled and reused for 5 repeated photocatalytic reduction runs. And after 5 runs, the recycled ZnWO4 nanoparticles can also present good photocatalytic activity with a reduction efficiency of about 60% for V(V) and 90% for Cr(VI). The new procedure on the simultaneous reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI) by photocatalysis may be promisingly applied in contaminated wastewaters, combining the remediation and possible V and Cr recovery.

  7. Enhanced Performance of nano-Bi2WO6-Graphene as Pseudocapacitor Electrodes by Charge Transfer Channel

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    Zhang, Jun; Liu, Pengliang; Zhang, Yupeng; Xu, Guolong; Lu, Zhengda; Wang, Xiyu; Wang, Yan; Yang, Lingxia; Tao, Xi; Wang, Hongbo; Zhang, Erpan; Xi, Junhua; Ji, Zhenguo

    2015-01-01

    The nano-Bi2WO6/reduced graphene oxide composite obtained by a simple hydrothermal reaction demonstrates a larger specific capacitance of 922 F/g at a charge and discharge currents of 3 A/g with longer cycle life. The As comparison, pristine Bi2WO6 nanoparticles have poor specific capacitance of 574 F/g at a charge and discharge currents of 2 A/g with weak cycle life. Though analyzing the Cyclic voltammetry curves, it is found that there are two oxidation reaction occurring in the materials: oxidation of Bi (III) to Bi (IV) and Bi (III) to Bi (V). The oxidation of Bi (III) to Bi (IV) is reversible while Bi (III) to Bi (V) will cause nonreversible destroy on structure. In this nano-Bi2WO6/reduced graphene oxide composite, graphene with well conductivity will enhance the electrically conducting as charge transfer channel, so that electrons will be transfer much faster in oxidation and most Bi (III) is oxidized to be Bi (IV) which ensure larger specific capacitance and long cycle life. This nano-Bi2WO6/reduced graphene oxide composite has application prospect in high-performance pseudo-capacitors. PMID:25720545

  8. Synthesis and characterization of WO 3 nanoparticles prepared by the precipitation method: Evaluation of photocatalytic activity under vis-irradiation

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    Martínez-de la Cruz, A.; Martínez, D. Sánchez; Cuéllar, E. López

    2010-01-01

    WO 3 nanoparticles were synthesized by the precipitation method varying the time employed in the formation of their precursor in aqueous media and the calcination temperature. The WO 3 crystallization process and morphology of the synthesized samples were followed by the XRD, TEM and SEM techniques. The effects of the calcination temperature on the surface area and optical properties of the WO 3 nanoparticles were also investigated. Nanoparticles with morphologies such as square and rectangular plates and ovoid forms were observed for the different experimental conditions. WO 3 nanoparticles with different morphologies were tested for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes. In general, the photocatalysts showed a capacity to bleach the dye solution in the following sequence: indigo carmine (IC) > rhodamine B (rhB) > congo red (CR). The extent of mineralization was determined by means of total organic carbon (TOC) measurements, which showed a satisfactory TOC reduction (93%, within 75 h) only for IC. This value was even better than the one concerning the P-25 Degussa reference.

  9. Low-Temperature and Solution-Processed Amorphous WO(x) as Electron-Selective Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Kai; Shi, Yantao; Dong, Qingshun; Li, Yu; Wang, Shufeng; Yu, Xufeng; Wu, Mengyao; Ma, Tingli

    2015-03-01

    The electron-selective layer (ESL) is an indispensable component of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and is responsible for the collection of photogenerated electrons. Preparing ESL at a low temperature is significant for future fabrication of flexible PSCs. In this work, solution-processed amorphous WO(x) thin film was prepared facilely at low temperature and used as ESL in PSCs. Results indicated that a large quantity of nanocaves were observed in the WO(x) thin film. In comparison with the conventional TiO2 ESL, the WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable light transmittance but higher electrical conductivity. Compared with the TiO2-based PSCs, PSCs that use WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable photoelectric conversion efficiency, larger short-circuit current density, but lower open-circuit voltage. Electrochemical characterization indicated that the unsatisfied open-circuit voltage and fill factor were caused by the inherent charge recombination. This study demonstrated that this material is an excellent candidate for ESL. PMID:26262648

  10. Photocatalytic hydrogen production of the CdS/TiO2-WO3 ternary hybrid under visible light irradiation.

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    Chen, Yi-Lin; Lo, Shang-Lien; Chang, Hsiang-Ling; Yeh, Hsiao-Mei; Sun, Liping; Oiu, Chunsheng

    2016-01-01

    An attractive and effective method for converting solar energy into clean and renewable hydrogen energy is photocatalytic water splitting over semiconductors. The study aimed at utilizing organic sacrificial agents in water, modeled by formic acid, in combination with visible light driven photocatalysts to produce hydrogen with high efficiencies. The photocatalytic hydrogen production of cadmium sulfide (CdS)/titanate nanotubes (TNTs) binary hybrid with specific CdS content was investigated. After visible light irradiation for 3 h, the hydrogen production rate of 25 wt% CdS/TNT achieved 179.35 μmol·h(-1). Thanks to the two-step process, CdS/TNTs-WO3 ternary hybrid can better promote the efficiency of water splitting compared with CdS/TNTs binary hybrid. The hydrogen production of 25 wt% CdS/TNTs-WO3 achieved 212.68 μmol·h(-1), under the same condition. Coating of platinum metal onto the WO3 could further promote the reaction. Results showed that 0.2 g 0.1 wt% Pt/WO3 + 0.2 g 25 wt% CdS/TNTs had the best hydrogen production rate of 428.43 μmol·h(-1). The resultant materials were well characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-Vis spectra. PMID:27054739

  11. Proton intercalated two-dimensional WO3 nano-flakes with enhanced charge-carrier mobility at room temperature.

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    Zhuiykov, Serge; Kats, Eugene; Carey, Benjamin; Balendhran, Sivacarendran

    2014-12-21

    Quasi two-dimensional (Q2D) semiconducting metal oxides with enhanced charge carrier mobility hold tremendous promise for nano-electronics, photonics, catalysis, nano-sensors and electrochromic applications. In addition to graphene and metal dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te), 2D sub-stoichiometric WO(3-x) is gaining importance as a promising semiconductor material for field-effect-transistor (FET) based devices. A combination of high permittivity, suppression of the Coulomb effects, and their stratified structure enhances the carrier mobility in such a material. Additionally, the sub-stoichiometry of this semiconductor oxide allows the reduction of the bandgap and increase of the free charge carriers at the same time. Here, we report for the first time H(+) intercalated WO(3) FETs, made of Q2D nano-flakes, with enhanced charge-carrier mobility exceeding 319 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) comparable with the charge-carrier mobility of Q2D dichalcogenides MoS(2) and WSe(2). Analyses indicate that the enhanced electrical properties of the sub-stoichiometric WO(3-x) depend on the oxygen vacancies in the intercalated nano-flakes. These findings confirmed that Q2D sub-stoichiometric WO(3-x) is a promising material for various functional FET devices. PMID:25367432

  12. Fabrication of Wide-Range-Visible Photocatalyst Bi2WO6-x nanoplates via Surface Oxygen Vacancies

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    Lv, Yanhui; Yao, Wenqing; Zong, Ruilong; Zhu, Yongfa

    2016-01-01

    Bi2WO6 as a high visible-light-driven catalyst has been aroused broad interest. However, it can only be excitated by the light with λ < 450 nm and the solar energy utilization need to be improved. Here, the wide-range-visible photoresponse Bi2WO6-x nanoplates were fabricated by introducing surface oxygen vacancies through the controllable hydrogen reduction method. The visible photoresponse wavelength range is extended from 450 nm to more than 600 nm. In addition, the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6-x is also increased and is 2.1 times as high as that of pristine Bi2WO6. The extending of the photoresponse range and the enhancement of the photoactivity both can be attributed to the surface-oxygen-vacancy states. This is because surface-oxygen-vacancy states generated above and partly overlapping of with the valence band (VB) will result in the rising of valence band maximum (VBM), thus broadening the VB width. This approach is proposed to develop many types of wide-range-visible optical materials and to be applicable to many narrow and wide bandgap materials.

  13. Degradation and mineralization of bisphenol A by mesoporous Bi2WO6 under simulated solar light irradiation.

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    Wang, Chunying; Zhang, Hao; Li, Fang; Zhu, Lingyan

    2010-09-01

    Bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6) catalysts of different morphology were synthesized with a hydrothermal method by controlling the pH of the reaction solution. The properties of the synthesized catalysts were characterized and all catalysts presented high photoabsorption capacity in the range of UV light to visible light around 450 nm. The surface area of the catalysts decreased but the crystallinity increased with the pH of the hydrothermal reaction solution in the range of 4-11. It was found that the crystallinity of the catalysts played an important role on their degradation capacity to Bisphenol A (BPA). Bi2WO6 catalyst prepared at pH 11 displayed a mesoporous structure and it showed the highest photocatalytic activity to degrade BPA under simulated solar light irradiation. Nearly 100% of BPA with original concentration at 20 ppm was removed after 30 min irradiation in a solution with pH 10 and Bi2WO6 amount of 1.0 g L(-1). Furthermore, 86.6 and 99.1% of the total organic carbon was eliminated after 60 and 120 min irradiation, respectively. Only one intermediate at m/z 133 was observed by LC/MS and a simple pathway of BPA degradation by Bi2WO6 was proposed. PMID:20704289

  14. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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

    2015-01-06

    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 performance 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

  15. In situ growth of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 under electron irradiation: probing the physical principles.

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    San-Miguel, Miguel A; da Silva, Edison Z; Zannetti, Sonia M; Cilense, Mario; Fabbro, Maria T; Gracia, Lourdes; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2016-06-01

    Exploiting the plasmonic behavior of Ag nanoparticles grown on α-Ag2WO4 is a widely employed strategy to produce efficient photocatalysts, ozone sensors, and bactericides. However, a description of the atomic and electronic structure of the semiconductor sites irradiated by electrons is still not available. Such a description is of great importance to understand the mechanisms underlying these physical processes and to improve the design of silver nanoparticles to enhance their activities. Motivated by this, we studied the growth of silver nanoparticles to investigate this novel class of phenomena using both transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. A theoretical framework based on density functional theory calculations (DFT), together with experimental analysis and measurements, were developed to examine the changes in the local geometrical and electronic structure of the materials. The physical principles for the formation of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 by electron beam irradiation are described. Quantum mechanical calculations based on DFT show that the (001) of α-Ag2WO4 displays Ag atoms with different coordination numbers. Some of them are able to diffuse out of the surface with a very low energy barrier (less than 0.1 eV), thus, initiating the growth of metallic Ag nanostructures and leaving Ag vacancies in the bulk material. These processes increase the structural disorder of α-Ag2WO4 as well as its electrical resistance as observed in the experimental measurements. PMID:27114472

  16. Study on photocurrent of bilayers photoanodes using different combination of WO{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Memar, Amir; Daud, Wan Ramli Wan; Eftekhari, Ehsan; Minggu, Lorna Jeffery; Hosseini, Soraya

    2010-08-15

    Bilayer photoanodes were prepared onto glass substrates (FTO) in order to improve generated photocurrents using UV-vis light by water splitting process. A comparative study of photocatalytic was performed over the films surface using Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3,} WO{sub 3} and mixture of bicomponents (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}:WO{sub 3}). Different types of films were prepared using Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3,} WO{sub 3} and bicomponents (mixture) on FTO substrates. The films were grown by sol gel method with the PEG-300 as the structure-directing agent. The photo-generated of the samples were determined by measuring the currents and voltages under illumination of UV-vis light. The morphology, structure and related composition distribution of the films have been characterized by SEM, XRD and EDX respectively. Photocurrent measurements indicated surface roughness as the effective parameter in this study. The deposited surfaces by bicomponents or mixture are flat without any feature on the surface while the deposited surfaces by WO{sub 3} appears rough surface as small round (egg-shaped particles) and cauliflower-like. The surface deposited by Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} show rough no as well as WO{sub 3} surface. The deposited surfaces by WO{sub 3} reveal the higher value of photocurrent measurement due to surface roughness. Indeed, the roughness can be effective in increasing contact surface area between film and electrolyte and diffuse reflection (light scattering effect). The solution (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}:WO{sub 3}) shows the low photocurrent value in compare to WO{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hat it may be due to decomposition the compound at 450 {+-} 1 C to iron-tungstate Fe{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}. (author)

  17. Oxalic acid mediated synthesis of WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O nanoplates and self-assembled nanoflowers under mild conditions

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    Li Linzhi; Zhao Jingzhe; Wang Yi; Li Yunling; Ma Dechong; Zhao Yan; Hou Shengnan; Hao Xinli

    2011-07-15

    Tungsten oxide hydrate (WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O) nanoplates and flower-like assemblies were successfully synthesized via a simple aqueous method. The effects of reaction parameters in solution on the preparation were studied. Nanoplates and nanoflowers can be selectively prepared by changing the amount of H{sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4}. In-situ assembly of nanoplates to nanoflowers was also proposed for the formation of assembled nanostructures. In addition, the reaction time and temperature have important effects on the sizes of the as-obtained samples. Crystal structure, morphology, and composition of final nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optical properties of the synthesized samples and the growth mechanism were studied by UV-vis detection. Degradation experiments of Rhodamine B (RhB) were also performed on samples of nanoplates and nanoflowers under visible light illumination. Nanoflower sample exhibited preferable photocatalytic property to nanoplate sample. - Graphical abstract: The oxalic acid has a key role for the structure of WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O evolution from plates to flowers and the dehydration process of WO{sub 3}.2H{sub 2}O to WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O. Highlights: > Tungsten oxides hydrate was synthesized via a simple aqueous method. > The size of WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O was controlled by the reaction time and temperature. > The assembly of WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O nanoplates to nanoflowers was achieved with higher H{sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4}/Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} ratio. > Oxalic acid has a key role in the dehydration process of WO{sub 3}.2H{sub 2}O to WO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O.

  18. Synthesis and photoluminescence of Tb{sup 3+} Activated NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors

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    Liu, Xiaohua; Xiang, Wendou; Chen, Fengming; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Zhengfa

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The phosphor powders of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} were prepared by solid state reaction. The dependence of luminescence intensity on the Tb{sup 3+} concentration was investigated. Highlights: ► We synthesize NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphors by the solid-state reaction technique. ► We observe and explain the blue shifting of excitation peak positions of CTBs. ► The PL from {sup 5}D{sub 3} level become less probable with increasing the Tb{sup 3+} content. ► The PL intensity increases with Tb{sup 3+} content without concentration quenching. ► NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} has potential application as a green emitting phosphor in lamps. -- Abstract: The novel yellowish green phosphor powders of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with Tb{sup 3+} were prepared by solid-state reaction. The powder samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the phosphors sintered at 900 °C for 6 h were a pure NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phase for all the Tb{sup 3+} doping concentrations. The room temperature excitation spectra vary with the Tb{sup 3+} concentration and consist of an intense charge transfer band of WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} group and weak intra-4f{sup 8} transition absorption peaks of Tb{sup 3+} ions. The photoluminescence spectra, excited at the peak wavelengths of charge transfer bands, consist of the characteristic Tb{sup 3+} emission transitions from {sup 5}D{sub 3} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} excited levels to {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 3–6) levels. The dependence of luminescence intensity on the Tb{sup 3+} concentration in NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb phosphors was investigated.

  19. Global coordination and standardisation in marine biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and related databases.

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    Costello, Mark J; Bouchet, Philippe; Boxshall, Geoff; Fauchald, Kristian; Gordon, Dennis; Hoeksema, Bert W; Poore, Gary C B; van Soest, Rob W M; Stöhr, Sabine; Walter, T Chad; Vanhoorne, Bart; Decock, Wim; Appeltans, Ward

    2013-01-01

    The World Register of Marine Species is an over 90% complete open-access inventory of all marine species names. Here we illustrate the scale of the problems with species names, synonyms, and their classification, and describe how WoRMS publishes online quality assured information on marine species. Within WoRMS, over 100 global, 12 regional and 4 thematic species databases are integrated with a common taxonomy. Over 240 editors from 133 institutions and 31 countries manage the content. To avoid duplication of effort, content is exchanged with 10 external databases. At present WoRMS contains 460,000 taxonomic names (from Kingdom to subspecies), 368,000 species level combinations of which 215,000 are currently accepted marine species names, and 26,000 related but non-marine species. Associated information includes 150,000 literature sources, 20,000 images, and locations of 44,000 specimens. Usage has grown linearly since its launch in 2007, with about 600,000 unique visitors to the website in 2011, and at least 90 organisations from 12 countries using WoRMS for their data management. By providing easy access to expert-validated content, WoRMS improves quality control in the use of species names, with consequent benefits to taxonomy, ecology, conservation and marine biodiversity research and management. The service manages information on species names that would otherwise be overly costly for individuals, and thus minimises errors in the application of nomenclature standards. WoRMS' content is expanding to include host-parasite relationships, additional literature sources, locations of specimens, images, distribution range, ecological, and biological data. Species are being categorised as introduced (alien, invasive), of conservation importance, and on other attributes. These developments have a multiplier effect on its potential as a resource for biodiversity research and management. As a consequence of WoRMS, we are witnessing improved communication within the

  20. Global Coordination and Standardisation in Marine Biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Related Databases

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    Bouchet, Philippe; Boxshall, Geoff; Fauchald, Kristian; Gordon, Dennis; Hoeksema, Bert W.; Poore, Gary C. B.; van Soest, Rob W. M.; Stöhr, Sabine; Walter, T. Chad; Vanhoorne, Bart; Decock, Wim

    2013-01-01

    The World Register of Marine Species is an over 90% complete open-access inventory of all marine species names. Here we illustrate the scale of the problems with species names, synonyms, and their classification, and describe how WoRMS publishes online quality assured information on marine species. Within WoRMS, over 100 global, 12 regional and 4 thematic species databases are integrated with a common taxonomy. Over 240 editors from 133 institutions and 31 countries manage the content. To avoid duplication of effort, content is exchanged with 10 external databases. At present WoRMS contains 460,000 taxonomic names (from Kingdom to subspecies), 368,000 species level combinations of which 215,000 are currently accepted marine species names, and 26,000 related but non-marine species. Associated information includes 150,000 literature sources, 20,000 images, and locations of 44,000 specimens. Usage has grown linearly since its launch in 2007, with about 600,000 unique visitors to the website in 2011, and at least 90 organisations from 12 countries using WoRMS for their data management. By providing easy access to expert-validated content, WoRMS improves quality control in the use of species names, with consequent benefits to taxonomy, ecology, conservation and marine biodiversity research and management. The service manages information on species names that would otherwise be overly costly for individuals, and thus minimises errors in the application of nomenclature standards. WoRMS' content is expanding to include host-parasite relationships, additional literature sources, locations of specimens, images, distribution range, ecological, and biological data. Species are being categorised as introduced (alien, invasive), of conservation importance, and on other attributes. These developments have a multiplier effect on its potential as a resource for biodiversity research and management. As a consequence of WoRMS, we are witnessing improved communication within the

  1. Nanocrystalline Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles: Effects of N{sub 2} annealing on microstructure and near-infrared shielding characteristics

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    Liu, Jing-Xiao; Shi, Fei; Dong, Xiao-Li; Xu, Qiang; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2013-10-15

    In order to further improve the near-infrared shielding properties of cesium tungsten bronze (Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3}) for solar filter applications, Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles were prepared by solvothermal reaction method and the effects of nitrogen annealing on the microstructure and near-infrared shielding properties of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} were investigated. The obtained Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectrophotometer. The results indicate that nanosheet-like Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles with hexagonal structure began to transform into nanorods after annealed at temperature higher than 600 °C. The near-infrared shielding properties of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles could be further improved by N{sub 2} annealing at 500–700 °C. Particularly, the 500 °C-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples in the N{sub 2} atmosphere showed best near-infrared shielding properties. It was suggested that the excellent near-infrared shielding ability of the 500 °C-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples is correlated with its minimum O/W atomic ratio and most oxygen vacancies. Highlights: • N{sub 2} annealing could further improve the near-infrared (NIR) shielding of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3}. • Effects of N{sub 2} annealing on microstructure and NIR shielding of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} were studied. • The 500 °C-N{sub 2}-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} exhibited minimum O/W ratio and most oxygen vacancies. • The 500 °C-N{sub 2}-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles exhibited best NIR shielding properties.

  2. Tunable work function of a WO{sub x} buffer layer for enhanced photocarrier collection of pin-type amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Fang Liang; Baik, Seung Jae; Kang, Sang Jung; Seo, Jung Won; Jeon, Jin-Wan; Lim, Koeng Su; Kim, Jeong Won; Kim, Yoon Hak

    2011-05-15

    An in situ postdeposition ultraviolet treatment was proposed to improve the electrical properties of a tungsten oxide (WO{sub x}) buffer layer of pin-type amorphous silicon-based solar cell. Based on the x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and the activation energy measurements, it was found that the work function of WO{sub x} is tunable by ultraviolet light treatment, and the collection performance of solar cells incorporating WO{sub x} with the lower work function is further improved. Moreover, the optimal band alignment scheme for a window layer is discussed in terms of obtaining enhanced carrier collection without open circuit voltage degradation.

  3. Nanoscale Heterostructures Based on Fe2O3@WO3-x Nanoneedles and Their Direct Integration into Flexible Transducing Platforms for Toluene Sensing.

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    Vallejos, Stella; Gràcia, Isabel; Figueras, Eduardo; Cané, Carles

    2015-08-26

    Nanoscale heterostructures based on WO3-x nanoneedles functionalized with Fe2O3 nanoparticles are integrated directly into flexible polymer-based transducing platforms via aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition. Results demonstrate that the incorporation of Fe2O3 nanoparticles at the surface of WO3-x nanoneedles enhances the electronic and sensing properties of WO3-x, providing a 6-fold increase in sensitivity to toluene and low cross-sensitivity to hydrogen and ethanol. These enhanced-sensing properties are comparable to those obtained via functionalization with precious metal (Pt) nanoparticles, which are commonly used to enhance sensor performance. PMID:26251867

  4. Structural peculiarities and Raman spectra of TeO{sub 2}/WO{sub 3}-based glasses: A fresh look at the problem

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    Mirgorodsky, Andreie; Colas, Maggy; Smirnov, Mikhael; Merle-Mejean, Therese; El-Mallawany, Raouf; Thomas, Philippe

    2012-06-15

    Ideas currently dominating the field of structural studies of TeO{sub 2}-based glasses are critically considered. A new physically and chemically consistent approach to the constitution of binary TeO{sub 2}-WO{sub 3} glasses is proposed, in which the reasoning coming from the Raman spectra reexamination are correlated with the basic principles of thermodynamics. Separation into two phases is suggested in such glasses. One phase is TeO{sub 2}, and another is Te(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} consisting of tetrahedral [WO{sub 4}]{sup 2-} anions and of Te{sup 4+} cations. Supplementary M{sub n}O{sub k} oxides added to the glasses are found incorporated in the former phase, thus producing solid solutions (for M=Ti, Nb) or tellurite compounds (for M=Nd). - Graphical abstract: Raman scattering spectra of TeO{sub 2}-based glasses with the following compositions (mol%): (a) pure TeO{sub 2}, (b) 85TeO{sub 2}-15WO{sub 3}, (c) 80TeO{sub 2}-15WO{sub 3}-5TiO{sub 2} ,(d) 80TeO{sub 2}-10WO{sub 3}-5TiO{sub 2}-5Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, (e) 80TeO{sub 2}-12WO{sub 3}-5TiO{sub 2}-3 Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, (f) 80TeO{sub 2}-10WO{sub 3}-5TiO{sub 2}-5Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural studies of TeO{sub 2}-WO{sub 3} glasses are critically considered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The oxide glass formation is analyzed from Raman spectra and thermodynamic principles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Separation into two phases, TeO{sub 2} and Te(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}, is intrinsic in such glasses. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2} or Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} addition to TeO{sub 2}-WO{sub 3} glasses leads to produce solid solutions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition to TeO{sub 2}-WO{sub 3} glasses leads to produce a tellurite compound.

  5. Nano Ag@AgBr surface-sensitized Bi2WO6 photocatalyst: oil-in-water synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic degradation

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    Lin, Shuanglong; Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan; Liang, Yinghua; Cui, Wenquan

    2015-01-01

    Nano Ag@AgBr decorated on the surface of flower-like Bi2WO6 (hereafter designated Ag@AgBr/Bi2WO6) were prepared via a facile oil-in-water self-assembly method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), etc. The characterization results indicated that nano Ag@AgBr was observed to be evenly dispersed on the surface of Bi2WO6, and was approximately 20 nm in size. Ag@AgBr/Bi2WO6 composites exhibited excellent UV-vis absorption, due to quantum dimension effect of Ag@AgBr, the surface plasmonic resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles and the special flower-like structure of Bi2WO6. The photoelectrochemical measurement verified that the suitable band potential of Ag@AgBr and Bi2WO6 and the existence of metal Ag resulted in the high efficiency in charge separation of the composite. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgBr/Bi2WO6 samples were examined under visible-light irradiation for the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The composite presented excellent photocatalytic activity due to the synergetic effect of Bi2WO6, AgBr, and Ag nanoparticles. The Ag@AgBr(20 wt.%)/Bi2WO6 sample exhibited the best photocatalytic activity, degrading 95.03% MB after irradiation for 2 h, which was respectively 1.29 times and 1.28 times higher than that of Ag@AgBr and Bi2WO6 photocatalyst. Meanwhile, phenol and salicylic acid were degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Bi2WO6. Additionally, studies performed using radical scavengers indicated that O2-•, •OH and Br0 acted as the main reactive species. Based on above, a photocatalytic mechanism for organics degradation over Ag@AgBr/Bi2WO6 was proposed.

  6. Layer-by-layer TiO(2)/WO(3) thin films as efficient photocatalytic self-cleaning surfaces.

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    Patrocinio, Antonio Otavio T; Paula, Leonardo F; Paniago, Roberto M; Freitag, Janna; Bahnemann, Detlef W

    2014-10-01

    New TiO2/WO3 films were produced by the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique and successfully applied as self-cleaning photocatalytic surfaces. The films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates from the respective metal oxide nanoparticles obtained by the sol-gel method. Thirty alternative immersions in pH = 2 TiO2 and pH = 10 WO3 sols resulted in ca. 400 nm thick films that exhibited a W(VI)/Ti(IV) molar ratio of 0.5, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy, along with atomic force images, showed that the resulting layers are constituted by aggregates of very small nanoparticles (<20 nm) and exhibited nanoporous and homogeneous morphology. The electronic and optical properties of the films were investigated by UV-vis spectrophotometry and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The films behave as nanoscale heterojunctions, and the presence of WO3 nanoparticles caused a decrease in the optical band gap of the bilayers compared to that of pure LbL TiO2 films. The TiO2/WO3 thin films exhibited high hydrophilicity, which is enhanced after exposition to UV light, and they can efficiently oxidize gaseous acetaldehyde under UV(A) irradiation. Photonic efficiencies of ξ = 1.5% were determined for films constituted by 30 TiO2/WO3 bilayers in the presence of 1 ppm of acetaldehyde, which are ∼2 times higher than those observed for pure LbL TiO2 films. Therefore, these films can act as efficient and cost-effective layers for self-cleaning, antifogging applications.

  7. Rattle-type hollow CaWO4:Tb(3+)@SiO2 nanocapsules as carriers for drug delivery.

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    Zhai, Xuefeng; Yu, Min; Cheng, Ziyong; Hou, Zhiyao; Ma, Ping'an; Yang, Dongmei; Kang, Xiaojiao; Dai, Yunlu; Wang, Dong; Lin, Jun

    2011-12-28

    Rattle-type hollow nanocapsules are among of the most promising candidates as drug carriers owing to their huge inner space and multifunctional material combination. In this paper, rattle-type hollow CaWO(4):Tb(3+)@SiO(2) nanocapsules with a diameter of 100-110 nm and a wall thickness around 10 nm were fabricated. The hollow silica nanospheres were used as nano-reactors and the luminescent core of CaWO(4):Tb(3+) was post-filled into the nano-reactors by a vacuum nano-casting route combined with a Pechini-type sol-gel method. Subsequently, doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), a model of an anti-cancer drug, is loaded into the CaWO(4):Tb(3+)@SiO(2) nanocapsules and their cell cytotoxicity, cancer cell uptake and drug release behavior are investigated in vitro. The prepared multifunctional inorganic nanocapsules show a loading capacity for DOX as high as 124 mg g(-1) and sustained-release properties. The release profile of the drug from DOX-loaded nanocapsules can last over five days. Besides, the blank CaWO(4):Tb(3+)@SiO(2) shows very low cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines (HeLa cell) while the DOX-loaded nanocapsules exhibit relatively high efficiency for killing of HeLa cells. The rapid cancer cell uptake process is observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The results indicate that a rattle-type hollow CaWO(4):Tb(3+)@SiO(2) nanocapsule has the potential to be used as drug carrier in therapy. Moreover, it is possible to extend the synthetic strategy in this study to other rattle-type multifunctional composites to meet various demands.

  8. Layer-by-layer TiO(2)/WO(3) thin films as efficient photocatalytic self-cleaning surfaces.

    PubMed

    Patrocinio, Antonio Otavio T; Paula, Leonardo F; Paniago, Roberto M; Freitag, Janna; Bahnemann, Detlef W

    2014-10-01

    New TiO2/WO3 films were produced by the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique and successfully applied as self-cleaning photocatalytic surfaces. The films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates from the respective metal oxide nanoparticles obtained by the sol-gel method. Thirty alternative immersions in pH = 2 TiO2 and pH = 10 WO3 sols resulted in ca. 400 nm thick films that exhibited a W(VI)/Ti(IV) molar ratio of 0.5, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy, along with atomic force images, showed that the resulting layers are constituted by aggregates of very small nanoparticles (<20 nm) and exhibited nanoporous and homogeneous morphology. The electronic and optical properties of the films were investigated by UV-vis spectrophotometry and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The films behave as nanoscale heterojunctions, and the presence of WO3 nanoparticles caused a decrease in the optical band gap of the bilayers compared to that of pure LbL TiO2 films. The TiO2/WO3 thin films exhibited high hydrophilicity, which is enhanced after exposition to UV light, and they can efficiently oxidize gaseous acetaldehyde under UV(A) irradiation. Photonic efficiencies of ξ = 1.5% were determined for films constituted by 30 TiO2/WO3 bilayers in the presence of 1 ppm of acetaldehyde, which are ∼2 times higher than those observed for pure LbL TiO2 films. Therefore, these films can act as efficient and cost-effective layers for self-cleaning, antifogging applications. PMID:25216058

  9. Atomistic Conversion Reaction Mechanism of WO3 in Secondary Ion Batteries of Li, Na, and Ca.

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    He, Yang; Gu, Meng; Xiao, Haiyan; Luo, Langli; Shao, Yuyan; Gao, Fei; Du, Yingge; Mao, Scott X; Wang, Chongmin

    2016-05-17

    Intercalation and conversion are two fundamental chemical processes for battery materials in response to ion insertion. The interplay between these two chemical processes has never been directly seen and understood at atomic scale. Here, using in situ HRTEM, we captured the atomistic conversion reaction processes during Li, Na, Ca insertion into a WO3 single crystal model electrode. An intercalation step prior to conversion is explicitly revealed at atomic scale for the first time for Li, Na, Ca. Nanoscale diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamic simulations revealed that after intercalation, the inserted ion-oxygen bond formation destabilizes the transition-metal framework which gradually shrinks, distorts and finally collapses to an amorphous W and Mx O (M=Li, Na, Ca) composite structure. This study provides a full atomistic picture of the transition from intercalation to conversion, which is of essential importance for both secondary ion batteries and electrochromic devices.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of micrometer doping CaWO4 phosphors assisted by polymerization

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

    2016-07-01

    CaWO4 crystals were prepared by hydrothermal method assisting with phenol-formaldehyde polymer. The morphology can be controlled by polymer, and X-ray diffraction patterns results present a scheelite-type tetragonal structure, characteristic infrared active modes for O-W-O in the range from 500 cm-1 to 4000 cm-1 by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques. Raman results indicate that the crystals possess seven Raman active modes in the range from 100 cm-1 to 1000 cm-1. A scanning electron microscopy study reveals that the particles exhibit uniform morphology. Luminescent properties were investigated by photoluminescence measurements, multicolor phosphors were obtained when Ca2+ was substituted partly by lanthanide ions.

  11. Lasing with conical diffraction feature in the KGd(WO4)2:Nd biaxial crystal

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    Brenier, Alain

    2016-09-01

    With an experimental set-up designed to record simultaneously the far-field and the near-field patterns, we got lasing with feature of conical diffraction in the biaxial Nd3+-doped KGd(WO4)2 crystal. The key-point is that the lasing direction is not single and is constituted by an angular distribution including the optical axis. Very slight changes of crystal orientation leads to crescent shape 1068-nm light distributions in the near-field. The beam launched towards the biaxial crystal is mainly linear polarized with its intensity in agreement with the Nd fluorescence angular distribution. A theoretical background is provided, including the monoclinic and triclinic symmetries and laser amplification including elliptical modes and cavity round trip.

  12. Stability and Demulsification of Water-in-Crude Oil (w/o) Emulsions Via Microwave Heating

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    Nour, Abdurahman. H.; Rosli; Yunus, Mohd.

    Formation of emulsions during oil production and processing is a costly problem, both in terms of chemicals used and production losses. Experimental data are presented to show the influences of Triton X-100, Low sulphur Wax Residue (LSWR), Sorbitan monooleate (Span 83) and Sodium Dedocyl Sulphate (SDDS) on the stability and microwave demulsification of emulsions. It was found that emulsion stability was related to some parameters such as, the surfactant concentrations, water-oil phase ratio (10-90%), temperature and agitation speed. For economic and operational reasons, it is necessary to separate the water completely from the crude oils before transporting or refining them. In this regard, the present study found that microwave radiation method can enhance the demulsification of water-in-oil (w/o) emulsions in a very short time compared to the conventional heating methods.

  13. Understanding Electrical Conduction States in WO3 Thin Films Applied for Resistive Random-Access Memory

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    Ta, Thi Kieu Hanh; Pham, Kim Ngoc; Dao, Thi Bang Tam; Tran, Dai Lam; Phan, Bach Thang

    2016-05-01

    The electrical conduction and associated resistance switching mechanism of top electrode/WO3/bottom electrode devices [top electrode (TE): Ag, Ti; bottom electrode (BE): Pt, fluorine-doped tin oxide] have been investigated. The direction of switching and switching ability depended on both the top and bottom electrode material. Multiple electrical conduction mechanisms control the leakage current of such switching devices, including trap-controlled space-charge, ballistic, Ohmic, and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling effects. The transition between electrical conduction states is also linked to the switching (SET-RESET) process. This is the first report of ballistic conduction in research into resistive random-access memory. The associated resistive switching mechanisms are also discussed.

  14. Insulator to Metal Transition in WO3 Induced by Electrolyte Gating

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    Leng, Xiang; Pereiro, Juan; Strle, Jure; Bollinger, Anthony; Bozovic, Ivan; Litombe, Nick; Dubuis, Guy; Pavuna, Davor

    2014-03-01

    We have modified the transport properties of thin WO3 films by the electric field effect using ionic liquids and solid electrolytes. Atomically flat films were prepared on different substrates by RF sputtering. The huge electric field that is generated in the double-layer induces an extraordinarily large change of the mobile charge carrier density in the sample. The sheet resistance of the gated film drops by more than 10 orders of magnitude at the lowest temperature, and a clear insulator-to-metal transition is observed. The thickness dependence has been studied and the mechanism of doping by electrolyte gating will be discussed. X.L. was supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. I.B. and A.B. were supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  16. Disclinations in C60 molecular layers on WO2/W (110 ) surfaces

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    Bozhko, S. I.; Taupin, V.; Lebyodkin, M.; Fressengeas, C.; Levchenko, E. A.; Radikan, K.; Lübben, O.; Semenov, V. N.; Shvets, I. V.

    2014-12-01

    A scanning tunneling microscopy study of a planar close-packed C60 hexagonal molecular layer on a WO2/W (110 ) substrate reveals the existence of C60 domains exhibiting two preferred orientations at an angle with an underlying periodic groove structure in the substrate. An analysis of the van der Waals interactions between substrate and layer retrieves the observed misorientations as those corresponding to minima in the interaction energy of the substrate-layer system. The misorientation between two C60 domains is accommodated in a tilt boundary by a linear array of molecular structural units identified as disclination dipoles, i.e., rotational defects in the hexagonal structure of the layer. A field theory of disclinations and dislocations is used to construct maps of the elastic energy, strains, curvatures, and stresses induced by the lattice defects over the layer. The predicted regions of high compression are found to overlap with those where the fullerene molecules do not undergo rotation.

  17. Antibodies to human angiopoietin-like protein 3: a patent evaluation of WO2012174178.

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    Nakajima, Katsuyuki; Kobayashi, Junji

    2014-01-01

    The patent WO2012174178 claims the effect of a fully human antibody or antigen-binding fragment of a human antibody which specifically binds and neutralizes, inhibits, blocks, abrogates, reduces or interferes with the activity of human angiopoietin-like protein 3 (hANGPTL3). The effects of human anti-hANGPTL3 mainly inhibit lipoprotein lipase activity and decrease triglyceride levels. In addition, it reduces plasma TC and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in normal mice and mice with hyperlipoidemia and mimics the plasma profile of human familial combined hypolipidemia. The antibodies are useful in treating diseases or disorders associated with ANGPTL3, such as hyperlipidemia, hyperlipoproteinemia and other dyslipidemias. Furthermore, the anti-hANGPTL3 antibodies can be administered to a subject to prevent or treat abnormal lipid metabolism which causes or enhances the induction of cardiovascular diseases.

  18. Atomistic Conversion Reaction Mechanism of WO3 in Secondary Ion Batteries of Li, Na, and Ca.

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    He, Yang; Gu, Meng; Xiao, Haiyan; Luo, Langli; Shao, Yuyan; Gao, Fei; Du, Yingge; Mao, Scott X; Wang, Chongmin

    2016-05-17

    Intercalation and conversion are two fundamental chemical processes for battery materials in response to ion insertion. The interplay between these two chemical processes has never been directly seen and understood at atomic scale. Here, using in situ HRTEM, we captured the atomistic conversion reaction processes during Li, Na, Ca insertion into a WO3 single crystal model electrode. An intercalation step prior to conversion is explicitly revealed at atomic scale for the first time for Li, Na, Ca. Nanoscale diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamic simulations revealed that after intercalation, the inserted ion-oxygen bond formation destabilizes the transition-metal framework which gradually shrinks, distorts and finally collapses to an amorphous W and Mx O (M=Li, Na, Ca) composite structure. This study provides a full atomistic picture of the transition from intercalation to conversion, which is of essential importance for both secondary ion batteries and electrochromic devices. PMID:27071488

  19. Hole capture in PbWO{sub 4}:Mo,La(Y) scintillator crystals

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    Laguta, V. V.; Buryi, M.; Nikl, M.; Rosa, J.; Zazubovich, S.

    2011-03-01

    The processes of hole localization in PbWO{sub 4}:Mo,La(Y) single crystals were investigated by electron spin resonance. It was found that the holes created by uv irradiation are trapped at the regular oxygen ions in the vicinity of perturbing defects such as lead vacancies, impurity ions (La,Y), and other lattice imperfections. This leads to a variety of O{sup -} centers which differ in both the thermal stability (from about 160 K up to 240 K) and spectroscopic parameters. The thermal release of such trapped holes and their subsequent recombination with electrons stored at different traps, including (MoO{sub 4}){sup 3-} complexes, are accompanied by the appearance of the thermally stimulated luminescence peaks located at around 190 K and in the 225-250 K range.

  20. Voigt wave investigation in the KGd(WO4)2:Nd biaxial laser crystal

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    Brenier, Alain

    2015-07-01

    We have investigated the Nd3+-doped KGd(WO4)2 biaxial laser crystal for wave propagation directions in the vicinity of the optical axis at wavelengths tunable around 800 nm. The angular absorption distribution was found to be strongly anisotropic. Increasing absorption, the optical axis splits in two new ones able to propagate unchanged a left or a right circularly polarized light and able to propagate a circularly polarized Voigt wave with a linear spatial dependence. The intensities of the transmitted light in different configurations of polarizations were investigated. The angular displacement of the two optical axes versus the absorbed wavelengths was measured and explained with a single oscillator model. The light energy propagation was found distributed inside a crescent-shaped area.

  1. Synthesis, vibrational and luminescence studies on Eu3+:KY(WO4)2 red phosphors

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    Rasu, K. Kavi; Durairajan, A.; Balaji, D.; Babu, S. Moorthy

    2015-06-01

    Eu3+:KY(WO4)2 (Eu3+:KYW) phosphors were synthesized by sol-gel method using citric acid as a chelator and ethylene glycol as a binder. The crystallinity, organic liberation and tungstate bridge formation and excitation and emission properties of the synthesized phosphors were characterized by powder XRD, FT-IR, Raman and fluorescence analysis respectively. Powder XRD confirms the formation of monoclinic crystalline structure with space group C2/c. Organic liberation with respect to thermal treatments was analyzed in FT-IR. Raman results indicate different vibration mode related to monoclinic structure. The strong red emission at 615 nm (5D0→ 7F2) of the phosphors under the near UV excitation was examined by the fluorescence studies.

  2. Photoresponse in thin films of WO{sub 3} grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Roy Moulik, Samik; Samanta, Sudeshna; Ghosh, Barnali

    2014-06-09

    We report, the photoresponse behaviour of Tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) films of different surface morphology, grown by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Growth parameters for PLD were changed for two substrates SiO{sub 2}/Si (SO) and SrTiO{sub 3} (STO), such a way which, result nanocrystalline film on SO and needle like structured film on STO. The photoresponse is greatly modified in these two films because of two different surface morphologies. The nanocrystalline film (film on SO) shows distinct photocurrent (PC) ON/OFF states when light was turned on/off, the enhancement of PC is ∼27%. Whereas, the film with needle like structure (film on STO) exhibits significantly enhanced persistent photocurrent even in light off condition, in this case, the enhancement of PC ∼ 50% at room temperature at lowest wavelength (λ = 360 nm) at a nominal bias voltage of 0.1 V.

  3. A Cs(x)WO3/ZnO nanocomposite as a smart coating for photocatalytic environmental cleanup and heat insulation.

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    Wu, Xiaoyong; Yin, Shu; Xue, Dongfeng; Komarneni, Sridhar; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-10-28

    A novel CsxWO3/ZnO smart coating was proposed to achieve multiple functions, such as heat insulation, photodecomposition of toxic NO gas, blocking of harmful UV light, etc. In this composite coating, CsxWO3 nanorods were used as a NIR and UV light shielding material while ZnO nanoparticles were utilized as a photocatalyst and a material to enhance visible light transmittance and block UV light. When the mass ratio of CsxWO3/ZnO was 1, the composite coating possessed a very good visible light transmittance of over 80% and an excellent UV-shielding ability. This novel coating showed heat insulation that is superior to the ITO coating and photocatalytic decontamination of NO gas that is superior to the standard TiO2 (P25). The proposed CsxWO3/ZnO smart coating is a promising material not only for energy saving but also for environmental cleanup.

  4. Enhanced electrical properties in sub-10-nm WO3 nanoflakes prepared via a two-step sol-gel-exfoliation method

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    2014-01-01

    The morphology and electrical properties of orthorhombic β-WO3 nanoflakes with thickness of ~7 to 9 nm were investigated at the nanoscale with a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), current sensing force spectroscopy atomic force microscopy (CSFS-AFM, or PeakForce TUNA™), Fourier transform infra-red absorption spectroscopy (FTIR), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and Raman spectroscopy techniques. CSFS-AFM analysis established good correlation between the topography of the developed nanostructures and various features of WO3 nanoflakes synthesized via a two-step sol-gel-exfoliation method. It was determined that β-WO3 nanoflakes annealed at 550°C possess distinguished and exceptional thickness-dependent properties in comparison with the bulk, micro and nanostructured WO3 synthesized at alternative temperatures. PMID:25221453

  5. W/O emulsions: solvent phase separation for pH determination.

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    Bungard, A; Hameyer, P; Metzelaars, J

    1996-12-01

    Synopsis The aim of this investigation was to find a measure for the phase separation by substances capable of rapidly demulsifying emulsions, which is necessary for the correct determination of the pH in cosmetic W/O emulsions. Results are reported for pH determination in the separated water phase of W/O emulsions containing metal soaps, micropigments and thermally unstable active agents. Of the substances investigated - solvents of different polarity and electrolytes - the best were mixtures of the polar butanol, which has a surfactant-like molecular structure and limited oil and water solubility, and the low polar trichloromethane which in particular has strong fat- and wax-dissolving properties. The combination achieved within 10 to 20 min at room temperature complete phase separations. Stable preparations, based on a polymer emulsifier (cetyl dimethicone copolyol), were demulsified as well as metal soap stabilized creams which characteristically contain a high amount of stabilizing waxes. The so-called solvent phase separation method was confirmed by using model preparations of known pH. During the investigation of model emulsions matching those used in practice, it was found, for example, that magnesium and aluminium stearate as well as various types of micronized zinc oxide which are dissolved or dispersed in the oil phase can shift the pH of the aqueous phase during manufacture from an initial acidic value through neutral to pH 8-10. Time-related and temperature-related changes in pH in formulations containing thermally unstable additives such as dihydroxyacetone or urea can be easily monitored. PMID:19245446

  6. W/O emulsions: solvent phase separation for pH determination.

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    Bungard, A; Hameyer, P; Metzelaars, J

    1996-12-01

    Synopsis The aim of this investigation was to find a measure for the phase separation by substances capable of rapidly demulsifying emulsions, which is necessary for the correct determination of the pH in cosmetic W/O emulsions. Results are reported for pH determination in the separated water phase of W/O emulsions containing metal soaps, micropigments and thermally unstable active agents. Of the substances investigated - solvents of different polarity and electrolytes - the best were mixtures of the polar butanol, which has a surfactant-like molecular structure and limited oil and water solubility, and the low polar trichloromethane which in particular has strong fat- and wax-dissolving properties. The combination achieved within 10 to 20 min at room temperature complete phase separations. Stable preparations, based on a polymer emulsifier (cetyl dimethicone copolyol), were demulsified as well as metal soap stabilized creams which characteristically contain a high amount of stabilizing waxes. The so-called solvent phase separation method was confirmed by using model preparations of known pH. During the investigation of model emulsions matching those used in practice, it was found, for example, that magnesium and aluminium stearate as well as various types of micronized zinc oxide which are dissolved or dispersed in the oil phase can shift the pH of the aqueous phase during manufacture from an initial acidic value through neutral to pH 8-10. Time-related and temperature-related changes in pH in formulations containing thermally unstable additives such as dihydroxyacetone or urea can be easily monitored.

  7. Tuning the hopping conductivity of WO3 films by ion bombardment at different temperatures

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    Heinz, B.; Merz, M.; Widmayer, P.; Ziemann, P.

    2001-10-01

    WO3 films, either prepared by sputtering or evaporation under high or ultrahigh vacuum conditions, were irradiated with He+ and Ar+ ions (energy range 300-350 keV) at ambient and low temperatures (77-100 K). The resulting ion induced changes of the optical absorption as well as of the electrical conductivity could be determined on one and the same sample, which enables the variable range hopping (VRH) model to be tested under the assumption that the density of irradiation induced color centers is proportional to the electronic density of states contributing to the hopping conductivity. It is found that the data obtained at 300 K for He+ and Ar+ bombardment can be described within the VRH model by one common conductivity versus absorption curve, even though the effectiveness per projectile of the heavier ion for coloration as well as for increasing the conductivity is much higher. This is different at low temperatures. While the ion induced coloration is practically independent of the irradiation temperature for both projectiles, the effectiveness per projectile to enhance the conductivity is interchanged. This is attributed to the additional damage produced by the heavier ion at low temperatures resulting in strongly impeded hopping processes. Consistent with the VRH model, the temperature dependence of the conductivity of ion bombarded WO3 films follow the Mott "T-1/4" law, if the ion induced conductivity is not too high. For very high ion fluences clear deviations from the VRH model are observed for the conductivity versus absorption curves accompanied by a shift of the above power laws from T-1/4 towards T-1/2.

  8. Maximizing the photo catalytic and photo response properties of multimodal plasmonic Ag/WO(3-x) heterostructure nanorods by variation of the Ag size.

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    Ghosh, Sirshendu; Saha, Manas; Paul, Sumana; De, S K

    2015-11-21

    High quality nearly monodisperse colloidal WO3-x nanorods with an aspect ratio ∼18 were synthesized using the thermal decomposition technique. The effects of a capping agent and an activating agent on the nanorod aspect ratio have been studied. Excess carrier concentration due to large oxygen vacancy and smaller width of the nanorods compared to the Bohr exciton radius gives rise to an increase of the band gap. Shape anisotropy in nanorods results in two plasmonic absorbance bands at about 890 nm and 5900 nm corresponding to short axis and long axis plasmon modes. The short axis mode reveals an excellent plasmonic sensitivity of ∼345 nm per refractive index. A plasmonic photocatalysis process based on WO3-x nanorods has been developed to synthesize Ag/WO3-x heterostructures consisting of multiple Ag dots with ∼2 nm size, randomly decorated on the surface of the WO3-x nanorods. Long time irradiation leads to an increase in the size (5 nm) of Ag nanocrystals concomitant with decrease in the number of Ag nanocrystals attached per WO3-x nanorod. Plasmonic photocatalysis followed by thermal annealing produces only one Ag nanocrystal of size ∼10 nm on each WO3-x nanorod. Red shifting and broadening of plasmon bands of Ag nanocrystals and WO3-x nanorods confirm the formation of heterostructures between the metal and semiconductor. Detailed transmission electron micrograph analysis indicates the epitaxial growth of Ag nanocrystals onto WO3-x nanorods. A high photocurrent gain of about 4000 is observed for Ag (10 nm)/WO3-x heterostructures. The photodegradation rate for Rhodamine-B and methylene blue is maximum for Ag (10 nm)/WO3-x heterostructures due to efficient electron transfer from WO3-x nanorods to Ag nanocrystals. Metal plasmon-semiconductor exciton coupling, prominent plasmon absorbance of metal nanoparticles, and formation of an epitaxial interface are found to be the important factors to achieve the maximum photocatalytic activity and fabrication of a

  9. α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} flower-like mesostructures with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Wu, Qing-Song; Feng, Yan; Zhang, Guo-Ying Sun, Ya-Qiu; Xu, Yan-Yan; Gao, Dong-Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterostructures were facilely fabricated by an impregnation method. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} matrix was modified by α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles of 10–20 nm on the surface. • The visible-light absorption region of the composite was effectively red-shifted. • The composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity to RhB below Fe-0.4%. • The band gap coupling effect between α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was interpreted. - Abstract: α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} mesostructures were facilely prepared by an impregnation method. The characterizations of phase structure, morphology, microstructure, UV–vis absorption, photoluminescence, BET and solar simulated photocatalytic behavior were systematically conducted. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterostructure with a Fe mass percentage in 0.05–0.2% presented obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B than pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. In particular, the apparent reaction rate constant with Fe-0.1% was 2.24-folds of that of pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra showed that the modification of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} broadened the visible light absorption of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The decreased photoluminescence indicated an effective suppression of the recombination of electron–hole pairs at Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} interface. The band-gap coupling effect between Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was interpreted via comparison of relative valence and conductance potentials, which confirmed an irreversible flow of electrons and holes in the interface of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. Moreover, the composite showed excellent circulation stability, suggesting potential application in dealing with environmental pollutions.

  10. Hexagonal phase WO{sub 3} nanorods: Hydrothermal preparation, formation mechanism and its photocatalytic O{sub 2} production under visible-light irradiation

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    Peng, Tianyou; Ke, Dingning; Xiao, Jiangrong; Wang, Li; Hu, Jun; Zan, Ling

    2012-10-15

    WO{sub 3} with various morphologies and crystal phases were prepared via a hydrothermal process in the presence of different Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} concentrations. Experimental results indicated that the preferred growth face ((200) crystal plane) of hexagonal WO{sub 3} could adsorb abundant Na{sup +}, which induced the WO{sub 3} growing along [001] crystal direction to form nanorods, and hexagonal phase WO{sub 3} nanorods with diameter of 30-150 nm and length of 0.5-5 {mu}m were obtained in the presence of 0.25 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, while excessive Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} led to a mixed crystal consisting of cubic H{sub 2}W{sub 2}O{sub 7} and hexagonal WO{sub 3}. The photoactivities for O{sub 2} evolution for various products were investigated by using Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} as a sacrificial reagent under visible-light irradiation, and the hexagonal phase WO{sub 3} nanorods show a better photoactivity than the other products with different morphologies and crystal phases due to its fast three-dimensional photogenerated carrier transfer along its special rod-shaped structure. - Graphical abstract: As a preferred growth plane, (200) plane of h-WO{sub 3} can adsorb abundant of Na{sup +}, which induces the WO{sub 3} growing along [001] direction to form nanorods with high length-diameter ratio. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer WO{sub 3} with various morphologies were hydrothermally prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanorods with diameter of 30-150 nm can be obtained from 0.25 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanorods show a better photoactivity than the other products. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The good photoactivity can be due to its fast carrier transfer along its rod-shaped structure.

  11. Three-dimensional Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O heterostructures for improving photocatalytic activity

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    He, Xiaoyu; Hu, Chenguo; Xi, Yi; Zhang, Kaiyou; Hua, Hao

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O 3D network heterostructures are prepared via a simple precipitatation method. • Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O networks exhibit much enhanced photocatalytic activity. • High photocatalytic activity is attributed to its heterostructure and 3D architectures. - Abstract: Three-dimensional Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O heterostructures were fabricated by loading Ag{sub 2}O nanoparticles on WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O 3D networks via a simple chemical precipitation method. The Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O heterostructures exhibited much enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under simulated solar light irradiation. The optimal molar ratio of Ag{sub 2}O and WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O is 1:2. The outstanding photocatalytic activity of the Ag{sub 2}O/WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O can be attributed to its large surface area of the three-dimensional networks, the enhanced sunlight absorption and the prevention of electrons–holes combination from the heterostructures. The experiment result demonstrates that wide band gap semiconductor (WO{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O) modified by narrow band gap metal oxide (Ag{sub 2}O) with 3D architecture will be an effective route to enhance its photocatalytic activity.

  12. Solvent directed fabrication of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures with different morphologies: Synthesis and their shape-dependent photocatalytic properties

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    Mi, Yuwei; Zeng, Suyuan; Li, Lei; Zhang, Qingfu; Wang, Suna; Liu, Caihua; Sun, Dezhi

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: The morphologies of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures can be easily tuned by altering the solvent composition during the reaction, which will yield flower-like, pancake-like and tubular nanostructures, respectively. Highlights: ► The morphologies of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} can be controlled by tuning the solvent composition. ► The effects of solvent on the morphologies of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were carefully investigated. ► The growth mechanisms for the as-prepared samples were investigated. ► The morphologies of the samples greatly affect their photocatalytic activities. -- Abstract: In this work, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with complex morphologies, namely, flower-like, pancake-like, and tubular shapes have been controllably synthesized by a facile solvothermal process. The as-obtained samples are systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The effects of solvents on the morphologies of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures are systematically investigated. According to the time-dependent experiments, a two-step growth mode basing on Ostwald ripening process and self-assembly has been proposed for the formation of the flower-like and pancake-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures. The photocatalytic properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures are strongly dependent on their shapes, sizes, and structures for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The deduced reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic activities of these Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanostructures are further discussed.

  13. TiO{sub 2} nanobelts photocatalysts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals: Preparation and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Yang; Wu, Wenjian; Wu, Mingzai; Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Sun, Zhaoqi; Li, Guang; Liu, Xiansong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Zheng, Xiuwen

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals have been prepared. • The introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals can induce red-shift of absorption edge. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites show higher photocatalytic activity than TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites have long-time recyclable ability of photodegradation. - Abstract: In this paper, the controllable preparation of one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals based on Ti foils was reported using two-step hydrothermal treatment method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement results exhibited the binding energy changes of Ti and O elements, implying the strong adhesion of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals onto the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) absorption spectra showed that the introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals could induce the red-shift of absorption edge and exhibited a broad absorption band in the visible region, which extended the scope of absorption spectrum and help to improve the photocatalytic degradation efficiency. The photocatalytic experiment results revealed that Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites possess higher photocatalytic activities toward methyl orange than pure TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The degradation efficiency of 90% after 5 cycles indicated that the as-prepared composite photocatalysts exhibited excellent long-time recyclable ability for the degradation of contaminants.

  14. Highly Efficient Electronic Sensitization of Non-oxidized Graphene Flakes on Controlled Pore-loaded WO3 Nanofibers for Selective Detection of H2S Molecules

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    Choi, Seon–Jin; Choi, Chanyong; Kim, Sang-Joon; Cho, Hee-Jin; Hakim, Meggie; Jeon, Seokwoo; Kim, Il–Doo

    2015-01-01

    Tailoring of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures, which possess controlled pore size and concentration, is of great value to accurately detect various volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath, which act as potential biomarkers for many health conditions. In this work, we have developed a very simple and robust route for controlling both the size and distribution of spherical pores in electrospun WO3 nanofibers (NFs) via a sacrificial templating route using polystyrene colloids with different diameters (200 nm and 500 nm). A tentacle-like structure with randomly distributed pores on the surface of electrospun WO3 NFs were achieved, which exhibited improved surface area as well as porosity. Porous WO3 NFs with enhanced surface area exhibited high gas response (Rair/Rgas = 43.1 at 5 ppm) towards small and light H2S molecules. In contrast, porous WO3 NFs with maximized pore diameter showed a high response (Rair/Rgas = 2.8 at 5 ppm) towards large and heavy acetone molecules. Further enhanced sensing performance (Rair/Rgas = 65.6 at 5 ppm H2S) was achieved by functionalizing porous WO3 NFs with 0.1 wt% non-oxidized graphene (NOGR) flakes by forming a Schottky barrier (ΔΦ = 0.11) at the junction between the WO3 NFs (Φ = 4.56 eV) and NOGR flakes (Φ = 4.67 eV), which showed high potential for the diagnosis of halitosis.

  15. Crystal structure and superconductivity of rubidium tungsten bronzes Rb{sub x}WO{sub 3} prepared by a hybrid microwave method

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    Guo Juan Dong Cheng; Yang Lihong; Chen Hong

    2008-04-01

    The rubidium tungsten bronzes Rb{sub x}WO{sub 3} have been prepared from Rb{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, WO{sub 3} and W powders using hybrid microwave method. The single hexagonal phase samples can be obtained as actual rubidium content x in the range of 0.21-0.33, and their lattice parameters a and c linearly drop and rise with the increase of rubidium content respectively. For samples with x = 0.14, 0.16, 0.18, the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} from resistivity measurements does not change with the rubidium content, while T{sub c} from susceptibility measurements shows a decrease from 5.3 K for x = 0.14 to 4.8 K for x = 0.18. The charge density wave (CDW) transition appears in Rb{sub 0.21}WO{sub 3}, Rb{sub 0.23}WO{sub 3} and Rb{sub 0.25}WO{sub 3} at about 200-260 K. The CDW transition is most obvious in Rb{sub 0.23}WO{sub 3} which shows the lowest degree of crystallization among the samples.

  16. A novel nitrite biosensor based on the direct electron transfer hemoglobin immobilized in the WO3 nanowires with high length-diameter ratio.

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    Liu, Hui; Duan, Congyue; Yang, Chenhui; Chen, Xianjin; Shen, Wanqiu; Zhu, Zhenfeng

    2015-08-01

    WO3 nanowires (WO3NWs) with high length-diameter ratio have been synthesized through a simple synthetic route without any additive and then used to immobilize hemoglobin (Hb) to fabricate a mediator-free biosensor. The morphology and structure of WO3NWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Spectroscopic and electrochemical results revealed that WO3NWs are an excellent immobilization matrix with biocompatibility for redox protein, affording good protein bioactivity and stability. Meanwhile, due to unique morphology and property of the WO3 nanowires, the direct electron transfer of Hb is facilitated and the prepared biosensors displayed good performance for the detection of nitrite with a wide linear range of 1 to 4200 μM, as well as an extremely low detection limit of 0.28 μM. The WO3 nanowires with high length-diameter ratio could be a promising matrix for the fabrication of mediator-free biosensors, and may find wide potential applications in environmental analysis and biomedical detection.

  17. Sonochemical degradation of methyl orange in the presence of Bi2WO6: Effect of operating parameters and the generated reactive oxygen species.

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    He, Ling-Ling; Liu, Xian-Ping; Wang, Yong-Xia; Wang, Zhi-Xin; Yang, Yan-Jie; Gao, Yan-Ping; Liu, Bin; Wang, Xin

    2016-11-01

    The Bi2WO6 was prepared by the hydrothermal method and its sonocatalytic activity was studied in the degradation of methyl orange (MO) solutions. The effects of catalytic activity of Bi2WO6 on dye were inspected by the change in absorbance of dye with UV-vis spectrometer. The influences of operational parameters such as the addition amount of Bi2WO6, pH, the initial concentration of dyes, ultrasonic power and irradiation time on the degradation ratio were investigated. In addition, the obtained results indicated that the kinetics of sonochemical reactions of MO were consistent with the pseudo first-order kinetics and Bi2WO6 had excellent reusability and stability during the sonochemical degradation processes. The generation and kinds of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their influence on the sonochemical degradation of MO were determined by the methods of oxidation-extraction spectrophotometry and ROS scavengers. The results indicate that the degradation of MO in the presence of Bi2WO6 under ultrasonic irradiation is related to the generation of ROS, in which both singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O2) and hydroxyl radical (OH) play important roles in the sonochemical degradation of MO. These experimental results provide a sound foundation for the further development of Bi2WO6 as a sonocatalyst in wastewater treatment. PMID:27245960

  18. Study of two tungstates Ca0.5 Cd0.5 WO4 and Ca0.2 Cd0.8 WO4 by transmission electron microscopy.

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    Taoufyq, A; Patout, L; Guinneton, F; Benlhachemi, A; Bakiz, B; Villain, S; Lyoussi, A; Nolibe, G; Gavarri, J-R

    2015-01-01

    To better understand the role of crystal structures and local disorder in the photonic properties of the system (1 - x)CaWO4  - xCdWO4 with 0 < x < 1, two specific phases with compositions x = 0.5 (scheelite phase) and 0.8 (wolframite phase) have been studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopies. High-resolution electron microscopy images and image simulations, associated with X-ray diffraction data, allowed confirming the lattices and space groups I41 /a and P2/c of the two scheelite and wolframite phases, at the local scale. The electron microscopy data show the existence of a high degree of crystallization associated with statistical distribution of Ca or Cd atoms on a Ca1- x Cdx site in each lattice. PMID:26372831

  19. Sliding charge density wave in the monophosphate tungsten bronze (PO2)4(WO3)2m with alternate stacking of m=4 and m=6 WO3 layers

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    Foury-Leylekian, P.; Sandré, E.; Ravy, S.; Pouget, J.-P.; Elkaim, E.; Roussel, P.; Groult, D.; Labbé, Ph.

    2002-08-01

    The monophosphate tungsten bronzes (PO2)4(WO3)2m form family of two-dimensional metals which exhibit charge density wave (CDW) instabilities. These materials are generally built by the regular stacking of (a,b) layers in which chains made of segments of m WO6 octahedra directed along the a and a+/-b directions are delimited. Their electronic structure thus originates from quasi-one-dimensional (1D) bands located on these chains. As a consequence their Fermi surface (FS) exhibits large flat portions whose nesting gives rise to successive CDW instabilities. Here we present a structural study of the CDW instability of the (PO2)4(WO3)10 member formed by the alternate stacking of layers built with segments of m=4 and m=6 WO6 octahedra. Its ab initio electronic structure calculation shows that the FS of this member exhibits large flat portions which can be extremely well nested. Its best nesting wave vector accounts for the modulation wave vector stabilized by the CDW transition which occurs at 156 K. Because of the regular stacking of layers of different m values the FS is slightly split. The unusual thermal dependence of the x-ray satellite intensity provides evidence that the two types of layers become modulated at different temperature. This also leads to a slight thermal sliding of the CDW-nesting modulation wave vector, which can be accounted for within the framework of a Landau-Ginzburg theory. In addition, the observation of a global hysteresis in the thermal cycling of the satellite intensity, as well as the degradation of the interlayer order upon cooling, suggest the formation of a disordered lattice of dilute solitons. Such solitons allow to accomodate the charge transferred between the two types of layer. Finally the relevance of local charge transfers, at intergrowth defects, for example, to create pinned discommensurations that break the CDW coherence is emphasized in this whole family of bronzes.

  20. Sequence of phase transitions induced by chemical composition and high temperature in [Ba2CaWO6](1-x)[Sr2CaWO6]x double perovskite tungsten oxides

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    Mirinioui, F.; Manoun, Bouchaib; Tamraoui, Y.; Lazor, P.

    2015-12-01

    [Ba2CaWO6]1-x[Sr2CaWO6]x (0≤x≤1) materials were synthesized by the high temperature solid state reaction and firing methods, and characterized using techniques of X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The crystal structures were determined by Rietveld refinements on the laboratory X-ray powder diffraction data. As a function of composition, upon increasing the strontium content, the samples exhibit a sequence of three phase transitions: from cubic (Fm 3 ̅m) to tetragonal (I4/m) to monoclinic structural phases (I2/m, P21/n). These transitions have been confirmed by Raman studies Fm 3 bar m x = 0 → I 4 / m 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 → I 2 / m 0.3 ≤ x ≤ 0.5 → P21 / n 0.6 ≤ x ≤ 1 Furthermore, increasing the temperature for the compositions [Ba2CaWO6]1-x[Sr2CaWO6]x (0.1≤x<1), manifests the P21/n to I2/m, the I2/m to I4/m and the I4/m to Fm 3 ̅m phase transitions. For the compositions (0.1≤x≤0.2) the tetragonal to cubic phase transition is well illustrated. For the room temperature I2/m monoclinic compositions, two phase transitions were observed for all the compositions with x ranging from 0.3 to 0.5: from the monoclinic (I2/m) to tetragonal (I4/m), and from I4/m to Fm 3 ̅m structures. Finally, for the room temperature P21/n monoclinic compositions, only two phase transitions are observed in the temperature range probed by Raman spectroscopy, the temperature was not high enough to reach the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition.

  1. Magnetic switching and phase competition in the multiferroic antiferromagnet Mn1−xFexWO4

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    Ye, Feng; Ren, Y.; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Mook Jr, Herbert A; Lynn, J. W.; Chaudhury, R. P.; Wang, Y. Q.; Lorenz, Bernd; Chu, C. W.

    2008-01-01

    Elastic neutron scattering is used to study the spin correlations in the multiferroic Mn1−xFexWO4 with x=0.035, 0.05, and 0.10. The noncollinear incommensurate ICM magnetic structure associated with the ferroelectric FE phase in pure MnWO4 is suppressed at x=0.035 and completely absent at x=0.10. The ICM spin order and FE phase can be restored by applying a magnetic field along the spin easy axis. The low-T commensurate magnetic structure extends in both H/T with increasing Fe concentration. The systematic evolution of the magnetic and electric properties indicates that the noncollinear ICM spin order results from competing magnetic interactions and its stabilization can be tuned by the internal x or external magnetic-field perturbations.

  2. A high power diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG/BaWO4 Raman laser at 1103 nm

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    Li, Lei; Zhang, Xingyu; Liu, Zhaojun; Wang, Qingpu; Cong, Zhenhua; Zhang, Yuangeng; Wang, Weitao; Wu, Zhenguo; Zhang, Huaijin

    2013-04-01

    Pulsed operation at 1103 nm of a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser with intracavity Raman shifting in BaWO4 is reported. The first Stokes wavelength at 1103 nm was generated by a Raman shift of 332 cm-1 from the fundamental wave (1064 nm). A maximum power at 1103 nm of 9.4 W was obtained for a diode pump power of 115 W at a pulse repetition rate of 15 kHz. The pump-to-Stokes conversion efficiency was up to 8.2%. When the output power at 1103 nm was over 7 W, a second Stokes line at 1145 nm was also observed in the experiment. Our research indicates that efficient Raman conversion can be realized by a Raman frequency shift at 332 cm-1 in BaWO4 Raman lasers.

  3. Photocatalytic activity of the modified composite photocatalyst by introducing the rich-nitrogen complex to the Bi2WO6

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    Wang, Zhi-Nan; Bai, Feng-Ying; Wang, Xuan; Shang, Di; Xing, Yong-Heng

    2016-06-01

    A metal-organic complex [Cd2(L)(N3)4]·DMF was prepared by the reaction of Cd(NO3)2·4H2O, NaN3 and ligand L (L: 1,4-bis(bis(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methyl)benzene) in a DMF system. And the complex was characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric technology, X-ray powder diffraction and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, the complex was combined with Bi2WO6 to form a composite, which was used as photocatalyst to degrade the basic dye methylene blue (MB) under the Xe lamp irradiation. The result revealed that the photocatalytic activity of the composite was better than that of the pure Bi2WO6 and the complex. In addition, the mechanism of the photocatalysis was also studied.

  4. Mesoporous WO3 Nanofibers with Protein-Templated Nanoscale Catalysts for Detection of Trace Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath.

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    Kim, Sang-Joon; Choi, Seon-Jin; Jang, Ji-Soo; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Hakim, Meggie; Tuller, Harry L; Kim, Il-Doo

    2016-06-28

    Highly selective detection, rapid response (<20 s), and superior sensitivity (Rair/Rgas> 50) against specific target gases, particularly at the 1 ppm level, still remain considerable challenges in gas sensor applications. We propose a rational design and facile synthesis concept for achieving exceptionally sensitive and selective detection of trace target biomarkers in exhaled human breath using a protein nanocage templating route for sensitizing electrospun nanofibers (NFs). The mesoporous WO3 NFs, functionalized with well-dispersed nanoscale Pt, Pd, and Rh catalytic nanoparticles (NPs), exhibit excellent sensing performance, even at parts per billion level concentrations of gases in a humid atmosphere. Functionalized WO3 NFs with nanoscale catalysts are demonstrated to show great promise for the reliable diagnosis of diseases. PMID:27166639

  5. WO3-α-Fe2O3 composite photoelectrodes with low onset potential for solar water oxidation.

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    Zhao, Peng; Kronawitter, Coleman X; Yang, Xiaofang; Fu, Jie; Koel, Bruce E

    2014-01-28

    The physical and photoelectrochemical properties of a composite oxide photoelectrode comprised of α-Fe2O3 and WO3 crystals is investigated. The composite films exhibit a water oxidation photocurrent onset potential as low as 0.43 V vs. RHE, a value considerably lower than that of pure α-Fe2O3 photoanodes prepared in comparable synthesis conditions. This result represents one of the lowest onset potentials measured for hematite-based PEC water oxidation systems. Compositional analysis by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy indicates the composition of the films differs between the surfaces and bulk, with tungsten found to be concentrated in the surface region. Post-reaction Raman spectroscopy characterization demonstrates that water interacts with surface WO3 crystals, an event that is associated with the formation of a hydrated form of the oxide.

  6. Preparation, characterization of C/Fe-Bi2WO6 nanosheet composite and degradation application of norfloxacin in water.

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    Chen, Shijie; Li, Yingjie; Lü, Renjiang; Wang, Peng

    2013-08-01

    A novel C/Fe-Bi2WO6 nanosheet composite photocatalyst combining the properties of both semiconductor and Fenton like catalyst was prepared via a two-step method involving Resin carbonization and hydrothermal process. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements. Structure analyses indicated that C/Fe-Bi2WO6 presented a nanosheet and macro-meso dual porosity structure. The as-prepared composite exhibited high efficiency in the photocatalytic decomposition of norfloxacin (NOR) by the assistance of H2O2. This method is promising due to its inexpensive starting materials and good photocatalyst for degradation of emerging micropollutants. PMID:23882806

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoluminescence of SrWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} novel green phosphor

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    Liao Jinsheng; Qiu Bao; Wen Herui; Chen Jinglin; You Weixiong

    2009-09-15

    Tb{sup 3+}-doped SrWO{sub 4} phosphors with a scheelite structure have been prepared by hydrothermal reaction. X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra and decay curve were used to characterize the resulting samples. Scanning electron microscopy image showed that the obtained SrWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphors appeared to be nearly spherical and their sizes ranged from 1 to 3 {mu}m. Photoluminescence spectra indicated the phosphors emitted strong green light centered at 545 nm under ultraviolet light excitation. Because 12 at.% SWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphor exhibits intensive green emission under 254 nm excitation in comparison with the commercial green fluorescent lamp phosphor (LaPO{sub 4}:Ce,Tb), the excellent luminescence properties make it a new promising green phosphor for fluorescent lamps application.

  8. Continuous-wave diode-pumped operation of an Yb:NaLa(WO 4) 2 laser at room temperature

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    Liu, Junhai; María Cano-Torres, José; Esteban-Betegón, Fátima; Dolores Serrano, María; Cascales, Concepción; Zaldo, Carlos; Rico, Mauricio; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin

    2007-04-01

    Room-temperature continuous-wave (cw) laser operation is demonstrated with the newly developed Yb:NaLa(WO 4) 2 disordered crystal by end-pumping with a fiber-coupled diode laser. A maximum output power of 330 mW is obtained with an optical efficiency of 4.9% and a slope efficiency of 6.3% with respect to the incident pump power. The efficiencies in terms of the absorbed pump power are roughly three times higher. Sellmeier dispersion curves for the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices of the NaLa(WO 4) 2 host are reported along with crystallographic and spectroscopic properties related to the Yb 3+-doping.

  9. Nanochemistry-derived Bi2WO6 nanostructures: towards production of sustainable chemicals and fuels induced by visible light.

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    Zhang, Nan; Ciriminna, Rosaria; Pagliaro, Mario; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2014-08-01

    Low cost and easily made bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6) could be one of the key technologies to make chemicals and fuels from biomass, atmospheric carbon dioxide and water at low cost using solar radiation as an energy source. Its narrow band gap (2.8 eV) enables ideal visible light (λ > 400 nm) absorption. Yet, it is the material's shape, namely the superstructure morphology wisely created via a nanochemistry approach, which leads to better electron-hole separation and much higher photoactivity. Recent results coupled to the versatile photochemistry of this readily available semiconductor suggest that the practical application of nanochemistry-derived Bi2WO6 nanostructures for the synthesis of value-added fine chemicals and fuel production is possible. We describe progress in this important field of chemical research from a nanochemistry viewpoint, and identify opportunities for further progress.

  10. Single crystal growth of Yb doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and structural and spectroscopic studies

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    Singh, S. G.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Tiwari, B.; Tyagi, M.

    2014-04-24

    High quality single crystals of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with 5 mol % Yb and oriented along <001> have been grown by the Czochralski technique in Ar atmosphere. The tetragonal space group I41/a accounts for all the reflections observed in the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Polarized optical spectroscopy at room temperature revealed a direction dependence of absorption at different wavelength. As a novel uniaxial laser host for Yb{sup 3+}, NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} is characterized with respect to its transparency and band-edge. The emission spectrum of Yb{sup 3+} (excitation: 980-990 nm diode laser) was also recorded.

  11. Mechanisms behind blue, green, and red photoluminescence emissions in CaWO4 and CaMoO4 powders

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    Campos, A. B.; Simões, A. Z.; Longo, E.; Varela, J. A.; Longo, V. M.; de Figueiredo, A. T.; De Vicente, F. S.; Hernandes, A. C.

    2007-07-01

    A combined experimental and theoretical study was conducted to analyze the photoluminescence (PL) properties of ordered and disordered CaWO4 (CW) and CaMoO4 (CM) powders. Two mechanisms were found to be responsible for photoluminescence emission in CW and CM powders. The first one, in the disordered powders, was caused by oxygen complex vacancies [MO3•VOx], [MO3•VO•] and [MO3•VO••], where M =W or Mo, which leads to additional levels in the band gap. The second mechanism, in ordered powders, was caused by an intrinsic slight distortion of the [WO4] or [MoO4] tetrahedral in the short range.

  12. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; Wang, Y. Q.; Ye, F.; Wang, Jinchen; Fernandez-baca, J. A.; Chu, C. W.

    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 multiferroic 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.

  13. Effect of Sensors on the Reliability and Control Performance of Power Circuits in the Web of Things (WoT)

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    Bae, Sungwoo; Kim, Myungchin

    2016-01-01

    In order to realize a true WoT environment, a reliable power circuit is required to ensure interconnections among a range of WoT devices. This paper presents research on sensors and their effects on the reliability and response characteristics of power circuits in WoT devices. The presented research can be used in various power circuit applications, such as energy harvesting interfaces, photovoltaic systems, and battery management systems for the WoT devices. As power circuits rely on the feedback from voltage/current sensors, the system performance is likely to be affected by the sensor failure rates, sensor dynamic characteristics, and their interface circuits. This study investigated how the operational availability of the power circuits is affected by the sensor failure rates by performing a quantitative reliability analysis. In the analysis process, this paper also includes the effects of various reconstruction and estimation techniques used in power processing circuits (e.g., energy harvesting circuits and photovoltaic systems). This paper also reports how the transient control performance of power circuits is affected by sensor interface circuits. With the frequency domain stability analysis and circuit simulation, it was verified that the interface circuit dynamics may affect the transient response characteristics of power circuits. The verification results in this paper showed that the reliability and control performance of the power circuits can be affected by the sensor types, fault tolerant approaches against sensor failures, and the response characteristics of the sensor interfaces. The analysis results were also verified by experiments using a power circuit prototype. PMID:27608020

  14. Effect of Sensors on the Reliability and Control Performance of Power Circuits in the Web of Things (WoT).

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    Bae, Sungwoo; Kim, Myungchin

    2016-09-06

    In order to realize a true WoT environment, a reliable power circuit is required to ensure interconnections among a range of WoT devices. This paper presents research on sensors and their effects on the reliability and response characteristics of power circuits in WoT devices. The presented research can be used in various power circuit applications, such as energy harvesting interfaces, photovoltaic systems, and battery management systems for the WoT devices. As power circuits rely on the feedback from voltage/current sensors, the system performance is likely to be affected by the sensor failure rates, sensor dynamic characteristics, and their interface circuits. This study investigated how the operational availability of the power circuits is affected by the sensor failure rates by performing a quantitative reliability analysis. In the analysis process, this paper also includes the effects of various reconstruction and estimation techniques used in power processing circuits (e.g., energy harvesting circuits and photovoltaic systems). This paper also reports how the transient control performance of power circuits is affected by sensor interface circuits. With the frequency domain stability analysis and circuit simulation, it was verified that the interface circuit dynamics may affect the transient response characteristics of power circuits. The verification results in this paper showed that the reliability and control performance of the power circuits can be affected by the sensor types, fault tolerant approaches against sensor failures, and the response characteristics of the sensor interfaces. The analysis results were also verified by experiments using a power circuit prototype.

  15. Effect of Sensors on the Reliability and Control Performance of Power Circuits in the Web of Things (WoT).

    PubMed

    Bae, Sungwoo; Kim, Myungchin

    2016-01-01

    In order to realize a true WoT environment, a reliable power circuit is required to ensure interconnections among a range of WoT devices. This paper presents research on sensors and their effects on the reliability and response characteristics of power circuits in WoT devices. The presented research can be used in various power circuit applications, such as energy harvesting interfaces, photovoltaic systems, and battery management systems for the WoT devices. As power circuits rely on the feedback from voltage/current sensors, the system performance is likely to be affected by the sensor failure rates, sensor dynamic characteristics, and their interface circuits. This study investigated how the operational availability of the power circuits is affected by the sensor failure rates by performing a quantitative reliability analysis. In the analysis process, this paper also includes the effects of various reconstruction and estimation techniques used in power processing circuits (e.g., energy harvesting circuits and photovoltaic systems). This paper also reports how the transient control performance of power circuits is affected by sensor interface circuits. With the frequency domain stability analysis and circuit simulation, it was verified that the interface circuit dynamics may affect the transient response characteristics of power circuits. The verification results in this paper showed that the reliability and control performance of the power circuits can be affected by the sensor types, fault tolerant approaches against sensor failures, and the response characteristics of the sensor interfaces. The analysis results were also verified by experiments using a power circuit prototype. PMID:27608020

  16. Band gap states in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films studied by soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry.

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    Johansson, M B; Kristiansen, P T; Duda, L; Niklasson, G A; Österlund, L

    2016-11-30

    Nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering have been studied using soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements reveal band gap states in sub-stoichiometric γ-WO3-x with x  =  0.001-0.005. The energy positions of these states are in good agreement with recently reported density functional calculations. The results were compared with optical absorption measurements in the near infrared spectral region. An optical absorption peak at 0.74 eV is assigned to intervalence transfer of polarons between W sites. A less prominent peak at energies between 0.96 and 1.16 eV is assigned to electron excitation of oxygen vacancies. The latter results are supported by RIXS measurements, where an energy loss in this energy range was observed, and this suggests that electron transfer processes involving transitions from oxygen vacancy states can be observed in RIXS. Our results have implications for the interpretation of optical properties of WO3, and the optical transitions close to the band gap, which are important in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications. PMID:27660919

  17. Low-Temperature Ozone Exposure Technique to Modulate the Stoichiometry of WO(x) Nanorods and Optimize the Electrochromic Performance

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    Lin, F.; Li, C. P.; Chen, G.; Tenent, R. C.; Wolden, C. A.; Gillaspie, D. T.; Dillon, A. C.; Richards, R. M.; Engtrakul, C.

    2012-06-29

    A low-temperature ozone exposure technique was employed for the post-treatment of WO{sub x} nanorod thin films fabricated from hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) and ultrasonic spray deposition (USD) techniques. The resulting films were characterized with x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stoichiometry and surface crystallinity of the WO{sub x} thin films were subsequently modulated upon ozone exposure and thermal annealing without particle growth. The electrochromic performance was studied in a LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte, and the results suggest that the low-temperature ozone exposure technique is superior to the traditional high-temperature thermal annealing (employed to more fully oxidize the WO{sub x}). The optical modulation at 670 nm was improved from 35% for the as-deposited film to 57% for the film after ozone exposure at 150 C. The coloration efficiency was improved and the switching speed to the darkened state was significantly accelerated from 18.0 s for the as-deposited film to 11.8 s for the film after the ozone exposure. The process opens an avenue for low-temperature and cost-effective manufacturing of electrochromic films, especially on flexible polymer substrates.

  18. Upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials.

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    Liu, Jing; Kaczmarek, Anna M; Billet, Jonas; Van Driessche, Isabel; Van Deun, Rik

    2016-08-14

    Uniform mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials have been successfully synthesised by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology of these upconversion materials could be changed to different shapes and the size could also be decreased from the micro- to nano-scale by varying the type of surfactant used. It was observed that before heat treatment, the materials show relatively weak green light emission under excitation at 975 nm, whereas after heat treatment, the intensity of the upconversion luminescence increases dramatically while the intensity of the red component decreases relatively. By adjusting the molybdate/tungstate ratio, it was found that the samples with a higher molybdate content have stronger luminescence properties. XRD measurements have been done to investigate the structure of the mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 upconversion materials. The effect of heat treatment at different temperatures on the emission spectra and XRD patterns has also been studied. TG-DTA was used to further confirm the most suitable temperature for heat treatment. The luminescence lifetimes and CIE coordinates for these samples were also determined. Additionally it was found that Gd(3+) co-doping could further increase the upconversion luminescence from these mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 materials. Finally, monitoring the upconversion luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power confirmed the upconversion process to be a two-photon absorption mechanism.

  19. Web-of-Objects (WoO)-based context aware emergency fire management systems for the Internet of Things.

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    Shamszaman, Zia Ush; Ara, Safina Showkat; Chong, Ilyoung; Jeong, Youn Kwae

    2014-02-13

    Recent advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Web of Things (WoT) accompany a smart life where real world objects, including sensing devices, are interconnected with each other. The Web representation of smart objects empowers innovative applications and services for various domains. To accelerate this approach, Web of Objects (WoO) focuses on the implementation aspects of bringing the assorted real world objects to the Web applications. In this paper; we propose an emergency fire management system in the WoO infrastructure. Consequently, we integrate the formation and management of Virtual Objects (ViO) which are derived from real world physical objects and are virtually connected with each other into the semantic ontology model. The charm of using the semantic ontology is that it allows information reusability, extensibility and interoperability, which enable ViOs to uphold orchestration, federation, collaboration and harmonization. Our system is context aware, as it receives contextual environmental information from distributed sensors and detects emergency situations. To handle a fire emergency, we present a decision support tool for the emergency fire management team. The previous fire incident log is the basis of the decision support system. A log repository collects all the emergency fire incident logs from ViOs and stores them in a repository.

  20. Photoinduced oxygen-vacancy related centers in PbWO4: Electron spin resonance and thermally stimulated luminescence study

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    Laguta, V. V.; Martini, M.; Vedda, A.; Rosetta, E.; Nikl, M.; Mihokovo, E.; Bohacek, P.; Rosa, J.; Hofstatter, A.; Meyer, B. K.; Usuki, Y.

    Using electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) three different electron traps based on regular W sites perturbed by oxygen vacancies have been identified in PbWO4 . Analysis of ESR spectra parameters ( g -factor values and principal axes orientations) has shown that revealed centers are (WO3 )(-) vacancy containing complex anions associated with a defect in Pb sublattice: (WO3)(-) -A(Pb) complexes. One of the centers (W-1) is thermally stable up to 350-370 K, while the other two (W-2 and W-3 ) only to 270-290 K. Above these temperatures trapped electrons become free and recombine with localized holes, giving rise to TSL glow peaks at T approximate to 323 K and 365 K. Using the initial rise method the 323 K TSL peak-shape was fitted allowing the first order recombination kinetic that gives trap parameters E = 0.88 eV and s similar or equal to 5* 10(12) 1/s.

  1. Web-of-Objects (WoO)-Based Context Aware Emergency Fire Management Systems for the Internet of Things

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    Shamszaman, Zia Ush; Ara, Safina Showkat; Chong, Ilyoung; Jeong, Youn Kwae

    2014-01-01

    Recent advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Web of Things (WoT) accompany a smart life where real world objects, including sensing devices, are interconnected with each other. The Web representation of smart objects empowers innovative applications and services for various domains. To accelerate this approach, Web of Objects (WoO) focuses on the implementation aspects of bringing the assorted real world objects to the Web applications. In this paper; we propose an emergency fire management system in the WoO infrastructure. Consequently, we integrate the formation and management of Virtual Objects (ViO) which are derived from real world physical objects and are virtually connected with each other into the semantic ontology model. The charm of using the semantic ontology is that it allows information reusability, extensibility and interoperability, which enable ViOs to uphold orchestration, federation, collaboration and harmonization. Our system is context aware, as it receives contextual environmental information from distributed sensors and detects emergency situations. To handle a fire emergency, we present a decision support tool for the emergency fire management team. The previous fire incident log is the basis of the decision support system. A log repository collects all the emergency fire incident logs from ViOs and stores them in a repository. PMID:24531299

  2. Tuning oxygen vacancy photoluminescence in monoclinic Y2WO6 by selectively occupying yttrium sites using lanthanum

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    Ding, Bangfu; Han, Chao; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Junying; Wang, Rongming; Tang, Zilong

    2015-01-01

    The effect of isovalent lanthanum (La) doping on the monoclinic Y2WO6 photoluminescence was studied. Introducing the non-activated La3+ into Y2WO6 brings new excitation bands from violet to visible regions and strong near-infrared emission, while the bands position and intensity depend on the doping concentration. It is interesting to find that doping La3+ into Y2WO6 promotes the oxygen vacancy formation according to the first-principle calculation, Raman spectrum, and synchrotron radiation analysis. Through the Rietveld refinement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, La3+ is found to mainly occupy the Y2 (2f) site in low-concentration doped samples. With increasing doping concentration, the La3+ occupation number at the Y3 (4g) site increases faster than those at the Y1 (2e) and Y2 (2f) sites. When La3+ occupies different Y sites, the localized energy states caused by the oxygen vacancy pair change their position in the forbidden band, inducing the variation of the excitation and emission bands. This research proposes a feasible method to tune the oxygen vacancy emission, eliminating the challenge of precisely controlling the calcination atmosphere. PMID:25821078

  3. Interfacial properties of the enhanced visible-light plasmonic Ag/Bi2WO6 (0 0 1) nanocomposite

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    Wang, Fang; Cao, Kun; Wu, Yi; Zhang, Kun-Hao; Zhou, Ying

    2016-01-01

    First principle calculations are performed to study the interfacial photoelectric properties of Agn/Bi2WO6 (0 0 1) (n = 1, 2, 3, 4) hybrid photocatalyst. The parallel adsorption of Ag cluster leads to more energetic favorable structures due to stronger interfacial interactions. The positive charged Ag cluster may act as excited electron traps and facilitate the electron-hole separation. In particular, hybridization between Ag 5s and O 2p leads to the formation of isolated energy levels above the valence bands, and they become more dispersed with broader bandwidth with the increment of silver cluster size, which is responsible for the enhanced absorption in visible-light region. In the deep valence region, Ag 4d orbital turns more delocalized and hybrid with O 2p states as the cluster size increases, which contributes to more covalent bond feature of Ag-O. Moreover, optical spectra demonstrate obvious red-shifts of the absorption edge with the increment of silver content, which enhances efficiently the visible-light photocatalytic activities of Bi2WO6 (0 0 1). The study provides insights into the enhanced photocatalyic mechanism of Ag/Bi2WO6 (0 0 1) and aids in the design of noble metal loaded visible-light plasmonic photocatalyst.

  4. Fabrication and morphology control of BaWO{sub 4} thin films by microwave assisted chemical bath deposition

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    Wang Rui; Liu Chen; Zeng Jia; Li KunWei; Wang Hao

    2009-04-15

    Highly crystallized barium tungstate (BaWO{sub 4}) thin films with dumbbell-like, kernel-like, bowknot-like and cauliflower-like microstructure were synthesized from an aqueous solution containing barium nitrate, ethylenediamine tetraacetate acid disodium and sodium tungstate, via mild microwave assisted chemical bath deposition process. The resulting BaWO{sub 4} films with different morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction spectrum, scanning electron microscope, Raman and photoluminescence spectra. The results indicate that the morphologies of final products significantly depend on the reaction conditions including the reaction time, the initial concentration of precursor reagent and the physicochemical characteristics of the substrates. Furthermore, the oriented aggregation mechanism is proposed as a possible formation mechanism of the films with specific morphologies. - Graphical abstract: Highly crystallized BaWO{sub 4} thin films with controllable morphologies have been synthesized via mild microwave assisted chemical bath deposition. The oriented aggregation mechanism has been proposed as the possible formation mechanism of specific films.

  5. Highly flexible room temperature NO2 sensor based on WO3 nanoparticles loaded MWCNTs-RGO hybrid

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    Yaqoob, Usman; Chung, Gwiy-Sang

    2016-02-01

    Fabrication and characterizations of a flexible NO2 sensor based on tungsten trioxide nanoparticles-loaded multi-walled carbon nanotubes-reduced graphene oxide hybrid (WO3 NPs-loaded MWCNTs-RGO) on a polyimide/polyethylene terephthalate (PI/PET) substrate have been investigated. A viscous gel of the hybrid materials (WO3-MWCNTs-RGO) was prepared with the assistance of α-terpineol. To observe the physical and crystalline properties of hybrid materials FESEM, TEM and XRD was carried-out. Afterwards, sensor was fabricated by drop casting hybrid solution between two fingers gold (Au) electrodes. Finally, gas sensing properties were taken out in open air environment. The sensor showed excellent sensing performance towards NO2 including a maximum response of 17% (to 5 ppm), a limit of detection (LOD) of 1 ppm, and relatively short response/recovery time (7/15 min). The sensing behaviors of the fabricated flexible sensor were evaluated systematically at different curvature angles (0-90°) and after several times bending and relaxing (0-107). The sensor exhibited excellent mechanical flexibility and sensing properties at room temperature without any significant performance degradation even at a curvature angle of 90° and after 106 times bending and relaxing process. The results indicates that economical, light weight and mechanical robustness of the proposed WO3 NPs-MWCNTs- RGO hybrid based sensor can be a promising building block for the development of high performance flexible NO2 sensors.

  6. Upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials.

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    Liu, Jing; Kaczmarek, Anna M; Billet, Jonas; Van Driessche, Isabel; Van Deun, Rik

    2016-08-14

    Uniform mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials have been successfully synthesised by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology of these upconversion materials could be changed to different shapes and the size could also be decreased from the micro- to nano-scale by varying the type of surfactant used. It was observed that before heat treatment, the materials show relatively weak green light emission under excitation at 975 nm, whereas after heat treatment, the intensity of the upconversion luminescence increases dramatically while the intensity of the red component decreases relatively. By adjusting the molybdate/tungstate ratio, it was found that the samples with a higher molybdate content have stronger luminescence properties. XRD measurements have been done to investigate the structure of the mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 upconversion materials. The effect of heat treatment at different temperatures on the emission spectra and XRD patterns has also been studied. TG-DTA was used to further confirm the most suitable temperature for heat treatment. The luminescence lifetimes and CIE coordinates for these samples were also determined. Additionally it was found that Gd(3+) co-doping could further increase the upconversion luminescence from these mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 materials. Finally, monitoring the upconversion luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power confirmed the upconversion process to be a two-photon absorption mechanism. PMID:27396395

  7. Topical delivery of urea encapsulated in biodegradable PLGA microparticles: O/W and W/O creams.

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    Haddadi, Azita; Aboofazeli, Reza; Erfan, Mohammad; Farboud, Effat Sadat

    2008-09-01

    This study describes the formulation and characterization of O/W and W/O creams containing urea-loaded microparticles prepared with poly (D, L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) in order to encapsulate and stabilize urea. The solvent evaporation method was used for preparing PLGA microparticles containing urea. The microparticles size was evaluated by laser light diffractometry. The resulting microparticles were then incorporated in O/W and W/O creams and stability and the release pattern from the creams was evaluated by UV-spectrophotometry. The particle size of PLGA microparticles was in the range of 1-5 microm and most microparticles had a particle size smaller than 3 microm. The encapsulation efficiency was calculated as 40.5% +/- 3.4. This study also examined release pattern of urea which varied among different formulations. The results showed that the release from O/W creams followed Higuchi kinetics while the release from W/O creams showed the zero order kinetics and the creams containing microparticulated urea had slower release than free urea creams.

  8. Facile synthesis of PbWO4: Applications in photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes under visible light

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    Saraf, Rohit; Shivakumara, C.; Behera, Sukanti; Nagabhushana, H.; Dhananjaya, N.

    2015-02-01

    Stolzite polymorph of PbWO4 catalyst was prepared by the facile room temperature precipitation method. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld analysis using powder X-ray data. PbWO4 was crystallized in the scheelite-type tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed leaf like morphology. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit broad blue emission (425 nm) under the excitation of 356 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue, Rhodamine B and Methyl orange dyes were measured under visible illumination. The 100% dye degradation was observed for MB and RhB dyes within 60 and 105 min. The rate constant was found to be in the decreasing order of MB > RhB > MO which followed the 1st order kinetic mechanism. Therefore, PbWO4 can be a potential candidate for blue component in white LEDs and also acts as a catalyst for the treatment of toxic and non-biodegradable organic pollutants in water.

  9. Facile synthesis of PbWO4: applications in photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes under visible light.

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    Saraf, Rohit; Shivakumara, C; Behera, Sukanti; Nagabhushana, H; Dhananjaya, N

    2015-02-01

    Stolzite polymorph of PbWO4 catalyst was prepared by the facile room temperature precipitation method. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld analysis using powder X-ray data. PbWO4 was crystallized in the scheelite-type tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed leaf like morphology. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit broad blue emission (425 nm) under the excitation of 356 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue, Rhodamine B and Methyl orange dyes were measured under visible illumination. The 100% dye degradation was observed for MB and RhB dyes within 60 and 105 min. The rate constant was found to be in the decreasing order of MB>RhB>MO which followed the 1st order kinetic mechanism. Therefore, PbWO4 can be a potential candidate for blue component in white LEDs and also acts as a catalyst for the treatment of toxic and non-biodegradable organic pollutants in water.

  10. Photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B by Bi(2)WO(6) with electron accepting agent under microwave irradiation: mechanism and pathway.

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    He, Zhong; Sun, Cheng; Yang, Shaogui; Ding, Youchao; He, Huan; Wang, Zhiliang

    2009-03-15

    Bi(2)WO(6) was successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and BET. As a result, Bi(2)WO(6) crystals displayed mainly square-plate-like morphologies with a short edge and the average crystalline size was in the range of 50-150 nm. Then microwave-assisted photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) using Bi(2)WO(6) was investigated. The results illustrated that RhB (10 mg/L) was bleached effectively and the removal efficiency was about 94% in 60 min. Effect of electron accepting agent (air, H(2)O(2)) on the degradation efficiency of RhB was also examined. Degradation intermediates of RhB in the presence of H(2)O(2) were identified by LC/MS/MS and GC/MS. All five N-de-ethylated intermediates were monitored by LC/MS/MS easily, and seven organic acids such as succinic acid, benzoic acid, adipic acid, 3-hydroxybenzoic acid, phthalic acid, etc., were also detected by GC/MS. The possible degradation mechanism of RhB in the presence of H(2)O(2) included four processes: N-de-ethylation, chromophore cleavage, opening-ring and mineralization, which coexisted in microwave-assisted photocatalytic system.

  11. Band gap states in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films studied by soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry

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    Johansson, M. B.; Kristiansen, P. T.; Duda, L.; Niklasson, G. A.; Österlund, L.

    2016-11-01

    Nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering have been studied using soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements reveal band gap states in sub-stoichiometric γ-WO3-x with x  =  0.001-0.005. The energy positions of these states are in good agreement with recently reported density functional calculations. The results were compared with optical absorption measurements in the near infrared spectral region. An optical absorption peak at 0.74 eV is assigned to intervalence transfer of polarons between W sites. A less prominent peak at energies between 0.96 and 1.16 eV is assigned to electron excitation of oxygen vacancies. The latter results are supported by RIXS measurements, where an energy loss in this energy range was observed, and this suggests that electron transfer processes involving transitions from oxygen vacancy states can be observed in RIXS. Our results have implications for the interpretation of optical properties of WO3, and the optical transitions close to the band gap, which are important in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

  12. Effects of ytterbium on electrical and optical properties of BCP/Ag/WO3 transparent electrode based organic photovoltaic cells

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    Oh, Il Soo; Ji, Chan Hyuk; Oh, Se Young

    2016-01-01

    This study introduces dielectric/metal/dielectric multilayers based on a WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) anode and Yb/BCP/Ag/WO3 (Yb/BAW) cathode for use in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). Here, the Yb/BCP hybrid multilayer provides an effective electron transport layer (ETL), while the Yb doping ensures that voltage loss due to interfacial band bending is effectively suppressed. Transparent OPVs produced with a structure of WAW/P3HT:PCBM/Yb/BAW are shown to exhibit a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of up to 2.42%, achieving a 65.4% fill factor (FF) under one sun irradiation. These results indicate that the use of Yb in transparent OPVs is vastly superior to other ETLs, as it improves the majority of critical parameters such as short circuit current (Jsc), fill factor (FF) and PCE. This is attributed to a decrease in the series resistance and increase in the shunt resistance, while an increase in electron mobility also helps to ensure faster sweep out. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  13. Economic Costs of a Postrelease Intervention for Incarcerated Female Substance Abusers: Recovery Management Checkups for Women Offenders (RMC-WO)

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    McCollister, Kathryn E.; Scott, Christy K.; Dennis, Michael L.; Freitas, Derek M.; French, Michael T.; Funk, Rodney R.

    2015-01-01

    This study estimates the economic costs of Recovery Management Checkups for Women Offenders (RMC-WO), highlighting the unique mix of services and differential costs between two distinct phases of the intervention. Participants were randomly assigned to quarterly outcome monitoring (OM) only (n=242) or OM plus Recovery Management Checkups (OM-plus-RMC) (n=238). The OM-only condition has a total annual economic cost of $76,010, which equates to $81 quarterly per person. The average cost per OM interview completed is $86. OM-plus-RMC generates a total annual economic cost of $126,717, or $137 quarterly per person. The cost per interview completed is $147 and the cost per intervention session completed is $161. RMC-WO has a relatively modest additional cost compared with the average costs of post-release supervision, which can range from $3.42 ($1,250) per day (year) for probationers to $7.47 ($2,750) per day (year) for parolees. The clinical, economic, and policy implications of incorporating RMC-WO into existing corrections and/or community-based treatment settings are discussed. PMID:27030790

  14. Radiopurity of CaWO{sub 4} crystals for direct dark matter search with CRESST and EURECA

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    Münster, A.; Sivers, M. v.; Erb, A.; Feilitzsch, F. v.; Gütlein, A.; Lanfranchi, J.-C.; Potzel, W.; Angloher, G.; Bento, A.; Hauff, D.; Petricca, F.; Pröbst, F.; Bucci, C.; Canonica, L.; Gorla, P.; Laubenstein, M.; Jochum, J.; Loebell, J.; Kraus, H.; Ortigoza, Y. E-mail: msivers@ph.tum.de; and others

    2014-05-01

    The direct dark matter search experiment CRESST uses scintillating CaWO{sub 4} 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 CaWO{sub 4} crystals operated in CRESST were produced by institutes in Russia and the Ukraine. Since 2011 CaWO{sub 4} 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.

  15. Effect of WO 3 on the spectroscopic properties in Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped bismuth-borate glasses

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    Wang, Jun; Zhou, Yaxun; Dai, Shixun; Xu, Tiefeng; Nie, Qiuhua

    2007-11-01

    The spectroscopic properties of Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped Bi 2O 3-B 2O 3-WO 3 (BBW) glasses were analyzed and discussed. The effect of WO 3 content on the absorption spectra, the Judd-Ofelt parameters Ω t ( t=2, 4, 6), emission spectra and the lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition were also investigated. With the substitution of WO 3 for B 2O 3, the measured lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition increase from 0.98 to 1.31 ms and from 38.2% to 49.2%, respectively. The effective width of emission band and the emission cross-section both decrease slightly. And the emission spectra is analyzed via the different curve ( σe- σa) of BBW glasses, the influence of OH - is also discussed.

  16. Solid-base loaded WO{sub 3} photocatalyst for decomposition of harmful organics under visible light irradiation

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    Kako, Tetsuya; Meng, Xianguang; Ye, Jinhua

    2015-10-01

    Composite of NaBiO{sub 3}-loaded WO{sub 3} with a mixing ratio of 10:100 was prepared for photocatalytic harmful-organic-contaminant decomposition. The composite properties were measured using X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis), and valence band-X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (VB-XPS). The results exhibited that the potentials for top of the valence band and bottom of conduction band for NaBiO{sub 3} can be estimated, respectively, as +2.5 V and -0.1 to 0 V. Furthermore, WO{sub 3}, NaBiO{sub 3}, and the composite showed IPA oxidation properties under visible-light irradiation. Results show that the composite exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity about 2-propanol (IPA) decomposition into CO{sub 2} than individual WO{sub 3} or NaBiO{sub 3} because of charge separation promotion and the base effect of NaBiO{sub 3}.

  17. Band gap states in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films studied by soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry.

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    Johansson, M B; Kristiansen, P T; Duda, L; Niklasson, G A; Österlund, L

    2016-11-30

    Nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering have been studied using soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements reveal band gap states in sub-stoichiometric γ-WO3-x with x  =  0.001-0.005. The energy positions of these states are in good agreement with recently reported density functional calculations. The results were compared with optical absorption measurements in the near infrared spectral region. An optical absorption peak at 0.74 eV is assigned to intervalence transfer of polarons between W sites. A less prominent peak at energies between 0.96 and 1.16 eV is assigned to electron excitation of oxygen vacancies. The latter results are supported by RIXS measurements, where an energy loss in this energy range was observed, and this suggests that electron transfer processes involving transitions from oxygen vacancy states can be observed in RIXS. Our results have implications for the interpretation of optical properties of WO3, and the optical transitions close to the band gap, which are important in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

  18. Solvothermal, chloroalkoxide-based synthesis of monoclinic WO(3) quantum dots and gas-sensing enhancement by surface oxygen vacancies.

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    Epifani, Mauro; Comini, Elisabetta; Díaz, Raül; Andreu, Teresa; Genç, Aziz; Arbiol, Jordi; Siciliano, Pietro; Faglia, Guido; Morante, Joan R

    2014-10-01

    We report for the first time the synthesis of monoclinic WO3 quantum dots. A solvothermal processing at 250 °C in oleic acid of W chloroalkoxide solutions was employed. It was shown that the bulk monoclinic crystallographic phase is the stable one even for the nanosized regime (mean size 4 nm). The nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, High resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. It was concluded that they were constituted by a core of monoclinic WO3, surface covered by unstable W(V) species, slowly oxidized upon standing in room conditions. The WO3 nanocrystals could be easily processed to prepare gas-sensing devices, without any phase transition up to at least 500 °C. The devices displayed remarkable response to both oxidizing (nitrogen dioxide) and reducing (ethanol) gases in concentrations ranging from 1 to 5 ppm and from 100 to 500 ppm, at low operating temperatures of 100 and 200 °C, respectively. The analysis of the electrical data showed that the nanocrystals were characterized by reduced surfaces, which enhanced both nitrogen dioxide adsorption and oxygen ionosorption, the latter resulting in enhanced ethanol decomposition kinetics.

  19. Maximizing the photo catalytic and photo response properties of multimodal plasmonic Ag/WO3-x heterostructure nanorods by variation of the Ag size

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    Ghosh, Sirshendu; Saha, Manas; Paul, Sumana; de, S. K.

    2015-10-01

    High quality nearly monodisperse colloidal WO3-x nanorods with an aspect ratio ~18 were synthesized using the thermal decomposition technique. The effects of a capping agent and an activating agent on the nanorod aspect ratio have been studied. Excess carrier concentration due to large oxygen vacancy and smaller width of the nanorods compared to the Bohr exciton radius gives rise to an increase of the band gap. Shape anisotropy in nanorods results in two plasmonic absorbance bands at about 890 nm and 5900 nm corresponding to short axis and long axis plasmon modes. The short axis mode reveals an excellent plasmonic sensitivity of ~345 nm per refractive index. A plasmonic photocatalysis process based on WO3-x nanorods has been developed to synthesize Ag/WO3-x heterostructures consisting of multiple Ag dots with ~2 nm size, randomly decorated on the surface of the WO3-x nanorods. Long time irradiation leads to an increase in the size (5 nm) of Ag nanocrystals concomitant with decrease in the number of Ag nanocrystals attached per WO3-x nanorod. Plasmonic photocatalysis followed by thermal annealing produces only one Ag nanocrystal of size ~10 nm on each WO3-x nanorod. Red shifting and broadening of plasmon bands of Ag nanocrystals and WO3-x nanorods confirm the formation of heterostructures between the metal and semiconductor. Detailed transmission electron micrograph analysis indicates the epitaxial growth of Ag nanocrystals onto WO3-x nanorods. A high photocurrent gain of about 4000 is observed for Ag (10 nm)/WO3-x heterostructures. The photodegradation rate for Rhodamine-B and methylene blue is maximum for Ag (10 nm)/WO3-x heterostructures due to efficient electron transfer from WO3-x nanorods to Ag nanocrystals. Metal plasmon-semiconductor exciton coupling, prominent plasmon absorbance of metal nanoparticles, and formation of an epitaxial interface are found to be the important factors to achieve the maximum photocatalytic activity and fabrication of a high speed

  20. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 with WO3-TiO2 Catalysts: Influence of Catalyst Synthesis Method

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel E.

    2016-02-02

    A series of supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts was prepared by a new synthesis procedure involving co-precipitation of an aqueous TiO(OH)2 and (NH4)10W12O41*5H2O slurry under controlled pH conditions. The morphological properties, molecular structures, surface acidity and surface chemistry of the supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts were determined with BET, in situ Raman, in situ IR and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) spectroscopy, respectively. Isotopic 18O-16O exchange demonstrated that tungsten oxide was exclusively present as surface WOx species on the TiO2 support with mono-oxo W=O coordination. In contrast to previous studies employing impregnation synthesis that found only surface one mono-oxo O=WO4 site on TiO2, the co-precipitationmore » procedure resulted in the formation of two distinct surface WOx species: mono-oxo O=WO4 (~1010-1017 cm-1) on low defect density patches of TiO2 and a second mono-oxo O=WO4 (~983-986 cm-1) on high defect density patches of TiO2. The concentration of the second WOx surface species increases as a function of solution pH. Both surface WOx sites, however, exhibited the same NO/NH3 SCR reactivity. The co-precipitated WO3-TiO2 catalysts synthesized in alkaline solutions exhibited enhanced performance for the NO/NH3 SCR reaction that is ascribed to the greater number of surface defects on the resulting TiO2 support. For the co-precipitated catalyst prepared at pH10, surface NH4+ species on Br nsted acid sites were found to be more reactive than surface NH3* species on Lewis acid sites for SCR of NO with NH3.« less

  1. Novel microwave assisted sol–gel synthesis (MW-SGS) and electrochromic performance of petal like h-WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Kharade, Rohini R.; Patil, K.R.; Patil, P.S.; Bhosale, P.N.

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Electrochromic intercalation and deintercalation of Li{sup +} ions and electrons is facilitated by providing hexagonal tunnel, trigonal cavity and square window which allows easy and fast insertion and extraction of ions. Highlights: ► Novel two step MW-SGS is first time employed to prepare WO{sub 3} thin films. ► MW-SGS is simple and cost effective technique for preparation of nanostructures. ► Petal-like hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanodisks were successfully deposited. ► O/W ratio calculated by XPS studies is 2.89. ► Good electrochromic performance suggests practical usability of proposed technique. -- Abstract: Use of domestic microwave oven is first time employed for chemical deposition of nanocrystalline hexagonal WO{sub 3} (h-WO{sub 3}) thin films. Low cost precursors like sodium tungstate, hydrochloric acid, oxalic acid and potassium sulfate signifies cost effectiveness of this thin film fabrication route. Scanning electron microscopy images reveal formation of petal like nanodisks. A number of analytical techniques were used to characterize the WO{sub 3} petal like nanodisks, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, UV–visible spectrophotometry and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies revealed 2.89 O/W atomic ratio. The electrical transport studies on WO{sub 3} thin films show semiconducting behavior with n-type semiconductivity. The value of determined coloration efficiency is 57.90 cm{sup 2}/C. The mechanism of Li{sup +} intercalation and deinercalation in h-WO{sub 3} matrix is proposed for enhanced electrochromism.

  2. Irreversible thermochromic response of RF sputtered nanocrystalline BaWO4 films for smart window applications

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    Anil Kumar, C.; Santhosh Kumar, T.; Pamu, D.

    2015-10-01

    We report irreversible thermochromic behaviour of BaWO4 (BWO) films for the first time. BWO films have been deposited at different substrate temperatures (RT, 200, 400, 600 and 800 °C) using RF magnetron sputtering in pure argon plasma. BWO films deposited at 800 °C exhibit crystalline nature. Also, BWO films deposited in the temperature range of 400 - 600 °C exhibit WO3 as a secondary phase and its weight percentage decreases with an increase in deposition temperature, whereas the films deposited at 800 °C exhibited pure tetragonal phase. FESEM images revealed that as the average particle sizes of the films are higher as compared with the thickness of the films and is explained based on Avrami type nucleation and growth. The transmittance of the films decreases with an increase in deposition temperature up to 600 °C and increases thereafter. Films deposited at 600 °C show ≤ 20% transmittance, looking at the films deposited at room temperature and 800 °C exhibits 90 and 70%, respectively. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films show profound dependence on crystallinity and packing density. The optical bandgap of BWO films increases significantly with an increase in O2% during the deposition. The optical bandgap of the BWO films deposited at different temperatures in pure argon plasma, are in the range of 3.7 to 3.94 eV whereas the films deposited at 600 °C under different O2 plasma are in the range of 3.6 - 4.5 eV. The formations of colour centres are associated with the oxygen vacancies, which are clearly seen from the optical bandgap studies. The observed irreversible thermochromic behaviour in BWO films is attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies that arises due to the electrons trapped at oxygen vacancies causing an inter valence charge transfer of W5+ to W6+ and is confirmed through the change in the optical density (ΔOD). Further, the Raman spectra are being used to quantify the presence of oxygen vacancies and the

  3. Synthesis and characterization of F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles with improved near infrared shielding ability

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    Liu, Jingxiao; Luo, Jiayu; Shi, Fei Liu, Suhua; Fan, Chuanyan; Xu, Qiang; Shao, Guolin

    2015-01-15

    F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source, and a new kind of heat insulating films were prepared from dispersion of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} nanoparticles in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution. The effects of F doping on the crystal structure and morphology of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles as well as the near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulation properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films were investigated. The results indicated that HF acid addition could promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles during hydrothermal synthesis and increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders. Moreover, the as-prepared films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3} film. Particularly, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} sample with F/W (molar ratio)=0.45 showed best NIR shielding ability and transparent heat insulating performance. The formation mechanism of nanorod-like particles and the effects of F doping on the properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} products were discussed. - Graphical abstract: F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source. HF acid addition in the precursor solution could increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders and promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles. Moreover, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped

  4. Increasing student engagement in science through field-based research: University of Idaho's WoW STEMcore Program

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    Squires, A. L.; Boylan, R. D.; Rittenburg, R.; Boll, J.; Allan, P.

    2013-12-01

    A recent statewide survey assessing STEM perceptions in Idaho showed that high school student interest in science and preparation for college are declining. To address this decline we are piloting an interdisciplinary, community and field-based water science education approach for 10th - 12th grade science courses during the 2013-14 school year called WoW STEMcore. The program is led by graduate students in the University of Idaho (UI) Waters of the West (WoW) program. Our methods are based on proven best practices from eight years of NSF GK-12 experience at UI and over a decade of GK-12 experience at more than 300 programs in the U.S. WoW STEMcore works to strengthen partnerships between WoW graduate students, high school teachers, and regional organizations that work on natural resource management or place-based science education with the intent of sustaining and merging efforts to increase scientific literacy among high school students and to better prepare them for higher education. In addition, graduate students gain outreach, education and communication experience and teachers are exposed to new and relevant research content and methods. WoW STEMcore is fostering these partnerships through water themed projects at three northern Idaho high schools. The pilot program will culminate in Spring 2014 with a regional Water Summit in which all participating students and partners will converge at a two-day youth scientific conference and competition where they can showcase their research and the skills they gained over the course of the year. We hypothesize that through a graduate student-led, field-based program that gets students out of the classroom and thinking about water resource issues in their communities, we will 1) fuel high school students' interest in science through hands on and inquiry-based pedagogy and 2) improve preparation for higher education by providing graduate student mentors to discuss the pathway from high school to college to a career. In

  5. Breath acetone monitoring by portable Si:WO3 gas sensors

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    Righettoni, Marco; Tricoli, Antonio; Gass, Samuel; Schmid, Alex; Amann, Anton; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2013-01-01

    Breath analysis has the potential for early stage detection and monitoring of illnesses to drastically reduce the corresponding medical diagnostic costs and improve the quality of life of patients suffering from chronic illnesses. In particular, the detection of acetone in the human breath is promising for non-invasive diagnosis and painless monitoring of diabetes (no finger pricking). Here, a portable acetone sensor consisting of flame-deposited and in situ annealed, Si-doped epsilon-WO3 nanostructured films was developed. The chamber volume was miniaturized while reaction-limited and transport-limited gas flow rates were identified and sensing temperatures were optimized resulting in a low detection limit of acetone (~20 ppb) with short response (10–15 s) and recovery times (35–70 s). Furthermore, the sensor signal (response) was robust against variations of the exhaled breath flow rate facilitating application of these sensors at realistic relative humidities (80–90%) as in the human breath. The acetone content in the breath of test persons was monitored continuously and compared to that of state-of-the-art proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Such portable devices can accurately track breath acetone concentration to become an alternative to more elaborate breath analysis techniques. PMID:22790702

  6. Development of Ag/WO3/ITO thin film memristor using spray pyrolysis method

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    Dongale, T. D.; Mohite, S. V.; Bagade, A. A.; Gaikwad, P. K.; Patil, P. S.; Kamat, R. K.; Rajpure, K. Y.

    2015-11-01

    The unique nonlinear relationship between charge and magnetic flux along with the pinched hysteresis loop in I- V plane provide memory with resistance combinations of attribute to Memristor which lead to their novel applications in non volatile memory, nonlinear dynamics, analog computations and neuromorphic biological systems etc. The present paper reports development of Ag/WO3/ITO thin film memristor device using spray pyrolysis method. The structural, morphological and electrical properties of the thin film memristor device are further characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and semiconductor device analyzer. The memristor is simulated using linear dopent drift model to ascertain the theoretical and experimental conformations. For the simulation purpose, the width of doped region (w) limited to the interval [0, D] is considered as a state variable along with the window function characterized by the equation f ( x) = w (1 - w). The reported memristor device exhibits the symmetric pinched hysteresis loop in I- V plane within the low operating voltage (±1 V). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. An on sun parametric study of solar hydrogen production using WO{sub 3} photoanodes

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    Halford, Christopher K.; Boehm, Robert F.

    2011-01-15

    The solar production of hydrogen using photoactive electrodes is a topic receiving much attention in recent years. The use of thin metal oxide films as photoanodes allows the water splitting reaction to occur at a much lower applied voltage than would be necessary with a straight electrolysis process. The University of Nevada Las Vegas in collaboration with the UK based firm Hydrogen Solar and funded by the United States Department of Energy, has developed a prototype of this type of cell using a WO{sub 3} photoanode. An on-sun test facility has been constructed by the UNLV Center for Energy Research (CER) where a study is being conducted with regard to the effects various design parameters on the rate of hydrogen evolution. Parameters being studied include electrolyte temperature, electrolyte flow rate, electrolyte resistivity, applied voltage, and membrane to electrode spacing. The data collected is used in a parametric study of the cell performance. The results of this study are then used to establish general trends as to the effects of these parameters on the performance of the cells outside of a laboratory environment. (author)

  8. Characterization of PbWO4 crystals for high-energy physics experiments

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    Kim, M. J.; Park, H.; Kim, H. J.

    2016-09-01

    High-energy physics (HEP) experiments have employed many new types of scintillators. Specifically, bismuth germanate, thallium-doped cesium iodide, and lead tungstate (PbWO4, PWO) have been used for the L3 experiment; CLEO II, Belle and BES-III; and CMS, respectively. PWO has particularly beneficial properties, such as high density, fast decay time, short radiation length and radiation hardness. In this study, we tested the PWO crystals at low temperatures to determine their applicability in future calorimeters. Various crystals from the Proton Antiproton Annihilations at Darmstadt (PANDA) experiment in Giessen, the Bogoroditsk Techno-Chemical Plant (BTCP) in Russia and by Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) in China were investigated. We studied the scintillation properties of PWO crystals, such as their X-ray luminescence, relative light yields, absolute light yields, energy resolutions, decay times and longitudinal uniformities of their light yields. In addition, we measured the temperature dependences of the light yields and decay times by using a 137Cs γ-ray source. The emission spectra of the PWO crystals consisted of a broad band from 350 nm to 700 nm, and the peak emission wavelength in each spectrum was 420 nm. The emission spectra of the PWO crystals from SICCAS were slightly shifted to longer wavelengths compared with those of the crystals from the other institutions.

  9. Heterogeneous WSx/WO3 thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes for sodium-ion batteries

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    Ryu, Won -Hee; Wilson, Hope; Sohn, Sungwoo; Li, Jinyang; Tong, Xiao; Shaulsky, Evyatar; Schroers, Jan; Elimelech, Menachem; Taylor, Andre D.

    2016-01-25

    Heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architectures promise to enable considerable improvement in future energy storage devices. In this study, we report on a tailored synthetic strategy used to create heterogeneous tungsten sulfide/oxide core–shell nanofiber materials with vertically and randomly aligned thorn-bush features, and we evaluate them as potential anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries. The WSx (2 ≤ x ≤ 3, amorphous WS3 and crystalline WS2) nanofiber is successfully prepared by electrospinning and subsequent calcination in a reducing atmosphere. To prevent capacity degradation of the WSx anodes originating from sulfur dissolution, a facile post-thermal treatment in air is applied tomore » form an oxide passivation surface. Interestingly, WO3 thorn bundles are randomly grown on the nanofiber stem, resulting from the surface conversion. We elucidate the evolving morphological and structural features of the nanofibers during post-thermal treatment. The heterogeneous thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes deliver a high second discharge capacity of 791 mAh g–1 and improved cycle performance for 100 cycles compared to the pristine WSx nanofiber. Lastly, we show that this hierarchical design is effective in reducing sulfur dissolution, as shown by cycling analysis with counter Na electrodes.« less

  10. An efficient 1103 nm Nd:YAG/BaWO4 Raman laser

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    Sun, W. J.; Wang, Q. P.; Liu, Z. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Wang, G. T.; Bai, F.; Lan, W. X.; Wan, X. B.; Zhang, H. J.

    2011-07-01

    A compact efficient Raman laser at 1103.2 nm is realized within a diode-end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switched 1064.2 nm Nd:YAG laser. A 46-mm-long BaWO4 crystal is used as the active medium and its 332 cm-1 Raman mode is employed to finish the conversion from 1064.2 nm fundamental laser to 1103.2 nm Raman laser. At an incident pump power of 7.55 W, the first-Stokes power of 1.23 W at 1103.2 nm is obtained at a repetition rate of 17 kHz, corresponding to a diode-to-Stokes conversion efficiency of 16.3%. Pulse width is measured to be 27 ns and the peak power is 2.6 kW. The beam quality factors (M2) in the two orthogonal directions are 2.0±0.2 and 1.8±0.2, respectively.

  11. Characterization and performance of WO{sub 3}:Mo/Nafion-H{trademark} electrochromic device

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    Pennisi, A.; Simone, F.

    1994-12-31

    Here are presented the results of electrochemical and optical measurements on tungsten trioxide, molybdenum doped (WO{sub 3}:Mo) thin films, electrochemically deposited, assembled with Nafion-H in order to realize an electrochromic (EC) device. The polymer that permits the ionic exchange has a residual viscosity, so that the authors` device cannot be defined as a really solid state device. A good reason for the use of this polymer is its very high proton storage capability, so that, in their devices, it is possible to avoid the presence of a specific ion storage counterelectrode. In this work the authors compare also the electrochromic behavior of devices in dependence on the thermal treatment operated on the electrochemical films after deposition. Analysis has been carried on to reveal morphological characteristics of surface, thickness and stoichiometry of EC compound. Particular attention is paid to the potential waveform used to bias the devices, in order to optimize their performance and to avoid problems of stability and degradation.

  12. Electronic structure of ordered double perovskite Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6}

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Choudhary, B. K.; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} (BCoW) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1200 °C. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis of the XRD pattern. The crystal structure is cubic, space group Fm-3m (No. 225) with the lattice parameter, a = 8.210. Optical band-gap of the present system has been calculated using the UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk function, it’s value being 2.45 eV. A detailed study of the electronic properties has also been carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) techniques implemented on WIEN2k. Importance of electron-electron interaction between the Co ions leading to half-metallic behavior, crystal and exchange splitting together with the hybridization between O and Co, W has been investigated using the total and partial density of states.

  13. Highly sensitive and selective WO3 nanoparticle gas sensor operating in thermally modulated dynamic mode

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    Ionescu, Radu; Hoel, Anders; Granqvist, Claes-Goran; Llobet, Eduard; Heszler, Peter

    2004-05-01

    Nanoparticle films of crystalline WO3, designed for gas sensing applications, were deposited on alumina substrates by reactive gas deposition. H2S, ethanol vapour, and binary mixtures of ethanol/H2S, ethanol/NO2 and H2S/NO2 were used in different concentrations for testing the performance of the sensor device. The sensor was operated in dynamic mode by modulating its temperature between 150 and 250 °C. Coefficients were extracted by applying Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) methods to the dynamic resistance response of the sensor. These coefficients were then used as inputs for pattern recognition methods to extract both quantitative (concentration) and qualitative (chemical selectivity) information about the test gases. After sensor calibration, it was possible to detect as little as 200 ppb of ethanol and 20 ppb of H2S with good accuracy. Furthermore, ethanol and H2S could be detected with good sensitivity and selectivity in the presence of both reducing and oxidising gases.

  14. Breath acetone monitoring by portable Si:WO3 gas sensors.

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    Righettoni, Marco; Tricoli, Antonio; Gass, Samuel; Schmid, Alex; Amann, Anton; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2012-08-13

    Breath analysis has the potential for early stage detection and monitoring of illnesses to drastically reduce the corresponding medical diagnostic costs and improve the quality of life of patients suffering from chronic illnesses. In particular, the detection of acetone in the human breath is promising for non-invasive diagnosis and painless monitoring of diabetes (no finger pricking). Here, a portable acetone sensor consisting of flame-deposited and in situ annealed, Si-doped epsilon-WO(3) nanostructured films was developed. The chamber volume was miniaturized while reaction-limited and transport-limited gas flow rates were identified and sensing temperatures were optimized resulting in a low detection limit of acetone (∼20ppb) with short response (10-15s) and recovery times (35-70s). Furthermore, the sensor signal (response) was robust against variations of the exhaled breath flow rate facilitating application of these sensors at realistic relative humidities (80-90%) as in the human breath. The acetone content in the breath of test persons was monitored continuously and compared to that of state-of-the-art proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Such portable devices can accurately track breath acetone concentration to become an alternative to more elaborate breath analysis techniques. PMID:22790702

  15. Energetic and solvation effects at photoanode-catalyst interfaces: IrO2 /WO3

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    Ping, Yuan; Goddard, William, III; Galli, Giulia

    2015-03-01

    One key challenge in building photo-electrochemical cells to split water is to engineer interfaces between photo-electrodes and catalysts that are stable in harsh pH conditions and permit optimal charge transfer. Iridium oxide is the only known catalyst for oxygen evolution stable in acidic conditions and hence a good candidate to be interfaced with photo-anodes. Using ab initio calculations, we investigated the structural and electronic properties of tungsten trioxide surfaces interfaced with an iridium dioxide thin film. We built a microscopic model of the interface that exhibits a formation energy lower than the surface energy of the most stable IrO2 surface, in spite of a large lattice mismatch, and we found no impurity states pinning the Fermi level. Both within Density Functional and many body perturbation theory (GW), we found that the two oxides form undesirable Ohmic contacts, when an IrO2 thin film fully covers WO3. However, our calculations predicted that if the morphology of the catalyst allows for partial exposure of the two oxides to water, then Schottky barriers may be formed, which favor charge transfer and hence water splitting. This work suggests ways to optimize light-absorber-catalyst interfaces for optimal charge transport. This work is supported by Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

  16. Polymerization of Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde on Ordered (WO3)3 Films on Pt(111)

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    Li, Zhenjun; Zhang, Zhenrong; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2011-05-19

    Polymerization of formaldehyde, H2CO, and acetaldehyde, CH3CHO, was studied under ultrahigh vacuum conditions on a model catalyst consisting of an ultra-thin WO3 film supported on Pt(111). The onset of polymerization is observed at very low temperatures of 70 and 80 K for H2CO and CH3CHO, respectively, as documented by the evolution of the IRAS spectra. The amount of polymer increases with increasing coverage and saturates at 5 and 8 monolayers (ML) for the H2CO and CH3CHO multilayer films that are thicker than 10 and 15 ML, respectively. Upon heating, the polymers decompose around 250 and 190 K for H2CO and CH3CHO, respectively, as evidenced mass spectrometrically by the desorption of their monomers and oligomers into the gas phase. The heats of H2CO and CH3CHO sublimation and polymerization determined based on our experiments are in good agreement with previously published values.

  17. The hole trappers related to lead vacancy in PbWO 4 crystal

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    Tingyu, Liu; Qiren, Zhang; Songlin, Zhuang

    2004-10-01

    Several lattice structures around a lead vacancy V Pb2- in PbWO 4 (PWO) are optimized using a plane-wave pseudo-potential formulation within the framework of density function theory, with generalized gradient correction in the form of Perdew-Wang-91. The electronic structures around V Pb2- in the PWO crystal are studied using the molecular-cluster model within the framework of the fully relativistic self-consistent Dirac-Slater theory by using a numerically discrete variational (DV-Xα) method. By analyzing the lattice relaxation and electronic structures around V Pb2- we can reasonably believe that once V Pb2- is formed in PWO crystal, O 2- turns to be prior to trap holes to compensate the electrical negativity of V Pb2- Pb 2+ may never be the hole-trap compensating V Pb2- and Pb 3+ and Pb 4+ in PWO crystal may not actually exist. The possible defect micro-model caused by V Pb2- in the as-grown PWO crystal is that each V Pb2- creates a V K+-V F- aggregate color center.

  18. Spin wave excitations in the tetragonal double perovskite Sr2CuWO6

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    Walker, H. C.; Mustonen, O.; Vasala, S.; Voneshen, D. J.; Le, M. D.; Adroja, D. T.; Karppinen, M.

    2016-08-01

    Sr2CuWO6 is a double perovskite proposed to be at the border between two- and three-dimensional magnetism, with a square lattice of S =1/2 Cu2 + ions. We have used inelastic neutron scattering to investigate the spin wave excitations of the system, to find out how they evolve as a function of temperature, as well as to obtain information about the magnetic exchange interactions. We observed well defined dispersive spin wave modes at 6 K, which partially survive above the magnetic ordering temperature TN=24 K. Linear spin wave theory is used to determine the exchange interactions revealing them to be highly two dimensional in nature. Density functional theory calculations are presented supporting this experimental finding, which is in contrast to a previous ab initio study of the magnetic interactions. Our analysis confirms that not the nearest neighbor, but the next nearest neighbor interactions in the tetragonal a b plane are the strongest. Low incident energy measurements reveal the opening of a 0.6(1) meV gap below TN, which suggests the presence of a very weak single ion anisotropy term in the form of an easy axis along a ̂.

  19. Temperature-dependent spectroscopy and microchip laser operation of Nd:KGd(WO4)2

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    Loiko, P.; Yoon, S. J.; Serres, J. M.; Mateos, X.; Beecher, S. J.; Birch, R. B.; Savitski, V. G.; Kemp, A. J.; Yumashev, K.; Griebner, U.; Petrov, V.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.; Mackenzie, J. I.

    2016-08-01

    High-resolution absorption and stimulated-emission cross-section spectra are presented for monoclinic Nd:KGd(WO4)2 (Nd:KGW) laser crystals in the temperature range 77-450 K. At room-temperature, the maximum stimulated emission cross-section is σSE = 21.4 × 10-20 cm2 at 1067.3 nm, for light polarization E || Nm. The lifetime of the 4F3/2 state of Nd3+ in KGW is practically temperature independent at 115 ± 5 μs. Measurement of the energy transfer upconversion parameter for a 3 at.% Nd:KGW crystal proved that this was significantly smaller than for alternative hosts, ∼2.5 × 10-17 cm3/s. When cut along the Ng optical indicatrix axis, the Nd:KGW crystal was configured as a microchip laser, generating ∼4 W of continuous-wave output at 1067 nm with a slope efficiency of 61% under diode-pumping. Using a highly-doped (10 at.%) Nd:KGW crystal, the slope efficiency reached 71% and 74% when pumped with a laser diode and a Ti:Sapphire laser, respectively. The concept of an ultrathin (250 μm) Nd:KGW microchip laser sandwiched between two synthetic diamond heat-spreaders is demonstrated.

  20. Study of multiferroic properties of Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic for device application

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    Rout, Jyoshna; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-09-01

    The Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic was prepared using a standard solid-state reaction technique. Preliminary analysis of X-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of single-phase compound with orthorhombic crystal symmetry. The surface morphology of the material captured using scanning electron microscope (SEM) exhibits formation of a densely packed microstructure. Comprehensive study of dielectric properties showed two anomalies at 200∘C and 450∘C: first one may be related to magnetic whereas second one may be related to ferroelectric phase transition. The field dependent magnetic study of the material shows the existence of small remnant magnetization (Mr) of 0.052emμ/g at room temperature. The existence of magneto-electric (ME) coupling coefficient along with above properties confirms multi-ferroic characteristics of the compound. Selected range temperature and frequency dependent electrical parameters (impedance, modulus, conductivity) of the compound shows that electric properties are correlated to its microstructure. Detailed studies of frequency dependence of ac conductivity suggest that the material obeys Jonscher’s universal power law.

  1. Preparation and visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalysts

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    Gui Mingsheng; Zhang Weide; Su Qingxi; Chen Caihong

    2011-08-15

    The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalysts were prepared by a two-step solvothermal process using Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}-ethylene glycol solution as Bi source. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The heterostructure catalysts are composed of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles as modifier and 3D Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres as substrate. Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with diameters of about 10-15 nm are tightly grown on the lateral surface of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres. The hierarchical Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres exhibit higher photocatalytic activity than the single phase Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} or Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light illumination ({lambda}>420 nm). The enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction catalysts can be ascribed to their improved light absorption property and the reduced recombination of the photoexcited electrons and holes during the photocatalytic reaction. The effect of loading amount of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the catalytic performance of the heterojunction catalysts was also investigated and the optimal content of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} is 3 wt%. The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalysts are essentially stable during the photocatalytic process. - Graphical abstract: The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction catalysts were constructured with improved photocatalytic activity, which can be ascribed to their improved light absorption property and the reduced recombination rate between photoexcited electrons and holes. Highlights: > Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalysts. > Effective separation of photoexcited electrons and holes. > High visible light photocatalytic activity.

  2. Hydrothermal synthesis of WO3·H2O with different nanostructures from 0D to 3D and their gas sensing properties

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    Yu, Yangchun; Zeng, Wen; Xu, Mengxue; Peng, Xianghe

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, WO3·H2O with different nanostructures from 0D to 3D were successfully synthesized via a simple yet cost-effective hydrothermal method with the assistance of surfactants. The structures and morphologies of products were investigated by XRD and SEM. Besides, we systematically explained the evolution process and formation mechanisms of different WO3·H2O morphologies. It is noted that both the kinds and amounts of surfactants strongly affect the formation of WO3·H2O crystals, as reflected in the tailoring of WO3·H2O morphologies. Furthermore, the gas sensing performance of the as-prepared samples towards methanol was also investigated. 3D flower-like hierarchical architecture displayed outstanding response to target gas among the four samples. We hoped our results could be of great benefit to further investigations of synthesizing different dimensional WO3·H2O nanostructures and their gas sensing applications.

  3. Visible-light responsive photocatalytic fuel cell based on WO(3)/W photoanode and Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode for simultaneous wastewater treatment and electricity generation.

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    Chen, Quanpeng; Li, Jinhua; Li, Xuejin; Huang, Ke; Zhou, Baoxue; Cai, Weimin; Shangguan, Wenfeng

    2012-10-16

    A visible-light driven photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC) system comprised of WO(3)/W photoanode and Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode was established for organic compounds degradation with simultaneous electricity generation. The central idea for its operation is the mismatched Fermi levels between the two photoelectrodes. Under light illumination, the Fermi level of WO(3)/W photoanode is higher than that of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode. An interior bias can be produced based on which the electrons of WO(3)/W photoanode can transfer from the external circuit to combine with the holes of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode then generates the electricity. In this manner, the electron/hole pairs separations at two photoelectrodes are facilitated to release the holes of WO(3)/W photoanode and electrons of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode. Organic compounds can be decomposed by the holes of WO(3)/W photoanode due to its high oxidation power (+3.1-3.2 V(NHE)). The results demonstrated that various model compounds including phenol, Rhodamine B, and Congo red can be successfully decomposed in this PFC system, with the degradation rate after 5 h operation were obtained to be 58%, 63%, and 74%, respectively. The consistent operation for continuous water treatment with the electricity generation at a long time scale was also confirmed from the result. The proposed PFC system provides a self-sustained and energy-saving way for simultaneous wastewater treatment and energy recovery.

  4. Growth, Thermal and Spectral Properties of Er3+-Doped and Er3+/Yb3+-Codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 Crystals

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    Xiao, Bin; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Yisheng; Wang, Guofu

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the growth and spectral properties of Er3+-doped and Er3+/Yb3+-codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystals. The Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 56 mm×28 mm×9 mm and Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 52 mm×24 mm×8 mm were obtained by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. Thermal expansion coefficients and thermal conductivity of both crystals were measured. The spectroscopic characterizations of both crystals were investigated. The spectroscopic analysis reveals that the Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal has much better optical properties than the Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal, thus it may become a potential candidate for solid-state laser gain medium material. PMID:22808214

  5. Template-free synthesis of ZnWO{sub 4} powders via hydrothermal process in a wide pH range

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    Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Zhu, Gangqiang; Xu, Yunhua

    2010-12-15

    ZnWO{sub 4} powders with different morphologies were fabricated through a template-free hydrothermal method at 180 {sup o}C for 8 h in a wide pH range. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible and luminescence spectrophotometers were applied to study the effects of pH values on crystallinity, morphology, optical and luminescence properties. The XRD results showed that the WO{sub 3} + ZnWO{sub 4}, ZnWO{sub 4}, and ZnO phases could form after hydrothermal processing at 180 {sup o}C for 8 h with the pH values of 1, 3-11, and 13, respectively. The SEM and TEM observation revealed that the morphological transformation of ZnWO{sub 4} powders occurred with an increase in pH values as follows: star anise-, peony-, and desert rose-like microstructures and soya bean- and rod-like nanostructures. The highest luminescence intensity was found to be in sample consisting of star anise-like crystallites among all the samples due to the presence of larger particles with high crystallinity resulted from the favorable pH under the current hydrothermal conditions.

  6. Enhanced photoluminescence of SrWO4:Eu3+ red phosphor synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction method at room temperature

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    Peter, Anthuvan John; Banu, I. B. Shameem

    2015-06-01

    Optically efficient europium activated alkaline earth metal tungstate nano phosphor (SrWO4) with different doping concentrations have been synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction at room temperature for the first time. The XRD and Raman spectra results indicated that the prepared powders exhibit a scheelite-type tetragonal structure. FTIR spectra exhibited a high absorption band situated at around 854 cm-1, which was ascribed to the W-O antisymmetric stretching vibrations into the [WO4]2- tetrahedron groups. Analysis of the emission spectra with different Eu3+ concentrations revealed that the optimum dopant concentration for SrWO4: x Eu3+ phosphor is about 8 mol% of Eu3+.The red emission intensity of the SSM prepared SrWO4: 0.08Eu3+ phosphors are 2 times greater than that of the commercial Y2O2S: Eu3+ red phosphor prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. All the results indicate that the phosphor is a promising red phosphor pumped by NUV InGaN chip for fabricating WLED.

  7. WO3/CeO2/TiO2 Catalysts for Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO(x) by NH3: Effect of the Synthesis Method.

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    Michalow-Mauke, Katarzyna A; Lu, Ye; Ferri, Davide; Graule, Thomas; Kowalski, Kazimierz; Elsener, Martin; Kröcher, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    WO3/CeO2/TiO2, CeO2/TiO2 and WO3/TiO2 catalysts were prepared by wet impregnation. CeO2/TiO2 and WO3/TiO2 showed activity towards the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO(x) by NH3, which was significantly improved by subsequent impregnation of CeO/TiO2 with WO3. Catalytic performance, NH3 oxidation and NH3 temperature programmed desorption of wet-impregnated WO3/CeO2/TiO2 were compared to those of a flame-made counterpart. The flame-made catalyst exhibits a peculiar arrangement of W-Ce-Ti-oxides that makes it very active for NH3-SCR. Catalysts prepared by wet impregnation with the aim to mimic the structure of the flame-made catalyst were not able to fully reproduce its activity. The differences in the catalytic performance between the investigated catalysts were related to their structural properties and the different interaction of the catalyst components.

  8. Enhanced near-infrared shielding ability of (Li,K)-codoped WO3 for smart windows: DFT prediction validated by experiment.

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    Yang, Chenxi; Chen, Jian-Feng; Zeng, Xiaofei; Cheng, Daojian; Huan, Haifeng; Cao, Dapeng

    2016-02-19

    By means of hybrid density functional theory (DFT) computations, we found that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 shows a significantly enhanced near-infrared (NIR) absorption ability for smart windows, and investigated the influence of doping through the analysis of the electronic structures of pure and doped hexagonal WO3. Furthermore, this codoped material, with a hexagonal tungsten bronze nanostructure, was successfully prepared via a simple one-step hydrothermal reaction for the first time. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the as-prepared products possessed a nanorod-like morphology with diameters of about 5-10 nm. It was demonstrated that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 presents a better NIR absorption ability than pure, Li-monodoped or K-monodoped WO3, which is in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. The experiment and simulation results reveal that this enhanced optical property in NIR can be explained by the existence of high free electrons existing in (Li,K)-codoped WO3.

  9. New tungsten trioxide hydrate, WO/sub 3/. 1/3 H/sub 2/O: preparation, characterization, and crystallographic study

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    Gerand, B.; Nowogrocki, G.; Figlarz, M.

    1981-07-15

    A new hydrate of tungsten trioxide, WO/sub 3/.1/3 H/sub 2/O has been obtained by hydrothermal treatment at 120/sup 0/C of an aqueous suspension of either tungstic acid gel or crystallized dihydrate. This hydrate has been characterized by different methods. A crystallograhic study was carried out from x-ray powder diffraction. The hydrate crystallizes in the orthorhombic system: a = 7.359(3) A, b = 12.513(6) A, c = 7.704(5) A, Z = 12. The existence of structural relationships between the hydrate, WO/sub 3/.1/3 H/sub 2/O, and the product of dehydration, hexagonal WO/sub 3/, has permitted us to propose a structural model in agreement with the experimental data. WO/sub 3/.1/3 H/sub 2/O must be regarded as an interesting compound because its dehydration leads to a new anhydrous tungsten trioxide, hexagonal WO/sub 3/.

  10. Deuteron irradiation of W and WO3 for production of high specific activity (186)Re: Challenges associated with thick target preparation.

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    Balkin, Ethan R; Gagnon, Katherine; Strong, Kevin T; Smith, Bennett E; Dorman, Eric F; Emery, Robert C; Pauzauskie, Peter J; Fassbender, Michael E; Cutler, Cathy S; Ketring, Alan R; Jurisson, Silvia S; Wilbur, D Scott

    2016-09-01

    This investigation evaluated target fabrication and beam parameters for scale-up production of high specific activity (186)Re using deuteron irradiation of enriched (186)W via the (186)W(d,2n)(186)Re reaction. Thick W and WO3 targets were prepared, characterized and evaluated in deuteron irradiations. Full-thickness targets, as determined using SRIM, were prepared by uniaxially pressing powdered natural abundance W and WO3, or 96.86% enriched (186)W, into Al target supports. Alternatively, thick targets were prepared by pressing (186)W between two layers of graphite powder or by placing pre-sintered (1105°C, 12h) natural abundance WO3 pellets into an Al target support. Assessments of structural integrity were made on each target prepared. Prior to irradiation, material composition analyses were conducted using SEM, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. Within a minimum of 24h post irradiation, gamma-ray spectroscopy was performed on all targets to assess production yields and radionuclidic byproducts. Problems were encountered with the structural integrity of some pressed W and WO3 pellets before and during irradiation, and target material characterization results could be correlated with the structural integrity of the pressed target pellets. Under the conditions studied, the findings suggest that all WO3 targets prepared and studied were unacceptable. By contrast, (186)W metal was found to be a viable target material for (186)Re production. Thick targets prepared with powdered (186)W pressed between layers of graphite provided a particularly robust target configuration.

  11. Self-assembled WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures for photothermal therapy with a 915 nm laser rather than the common 980 nm laser.

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    Li, Bo; Zhang, Yuxin; Zou, Rujia; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Bingjie; An, Lei; Yin, Fei; Hua, Yingqi; Hu, Junqing

    2014-04-28

    Photothermal therapy (PTT) is limited by unsuitable photothermal agents and near-infrared (NIR) light. Herein, self-assembled PEGylated WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures, which could serve as excellent laser-cavity mirrors, were successfully prepared via a simple one-pot solvothermal route. The as-prepared WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures displayed strong near-infrared absorption. The absorption of pure water at 980 nm is 30 times higher than that at 915 nm, and the temperature of water only increased by 3.4 °C under the irradiation of a 915 nm laser with a power density of 1.0 W cm(-2) for 10 min, while the temperature of water increased as much as 15.1 °C for the 980 nm laser. With continuous excitation by 915 nm light, the photothermal conversion efficiency of these WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures was evaluated to be 28.1%. Thus, the WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures could serve as excellent laser-cavity mirrors of a 915 nm laser. The PTT study on cancer cells in vivo demonstrated that the WO3-x hierarchical nanostructures can generate enough heat for efficient photothermal therapy of cancer cells under the irradiation of a 915 nm laser with a power density of 1.2 W cm(-2) over a short period (5-10 min).

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

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen; Ghayeb, Yousef

    2016-06-01

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

  13. Vibrational properties of Nd3+, Eu3+, Er3+ and Ho3+ doped KGd(WO4)2 single crystals studied by Raman scattering method

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    Kasprowicz, D.; Runka, T.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.; Drozdowski, M.

    2009-08-01

    The polarized Raman spectra of KGd(WO4)2 single crystals doped with rare earth ions Nd3+, Eu3+, Ho3+ and Er3+ were carried out in the range of internal and external vibrations 20-1000 cm-1 at room temperature. No significant influence of rare earth ions doping on the band positions was observed. However, most of detected in y(xx) z and y(xy) z scattering geometry Raman bands exhibit depolarization. The highest depolarization ratio is observed for the bands at 526, 684 and 766 cm-1 assigned to the stretching vibrations of the WOOW oxygen bridge bonds. While, the bands at 348, 371 and 899 cm-1 assigned to the bending and stretching vibrations of WO2-4 tetrahedra, are almost fully polarized for all investigated crystals. The depolarization of bands is due to distortion of WO2-4 tetrahedra and WOOW bridge bonds forming the structure of KGd(WO4)2. Moreover, the lowest degree of depolarization for analyzed bands was observed for KGd(WO4)2:Nd crystals, which exhibits less affected vibrational spectra by doping ions than other investigated crystals.

  14. Enhanced near-infrared shielding ability of (Li,K)-codoped WO3 for smart windows: DFT prediction validated by experiment

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    Yang, Chenxi; Chen, Jian-Feng; Zeng, Xiaofei; Cheng, Daojian; Huang, Haifeng; Cao, Dapeng

    2016-02-01

    By means of hybrid density functional theory (DFT) computations, we found that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 shows a significantly enhanced near-infrared (NIR) absorption ability for smart windows, and investigated the influence of doping through the analysis of the electronic structures of pure and doped hexagonal WO3. Furthermore, this codoped material, with a hexagonal tungsten bronze nanostructure, was successfully prepared via a simple one-step hydrothermal reaction for the first time. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the as-prepared products possessed a nanorod-like morphology with diameters of about 5-10 nm. It was demonstrated that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 presents a better NIR absorption ability than pure, Li-monodoped or K-monodoped WO3, which is in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. The experiment and simulation results reveal that this enhanced optical property in NIR can be explained by the existence of high free electrons existing in (Li,K)-codoped WO3.

  15. Enhanced near-infrared shielding ability of (Li,K)-codoped WO3 for smart windows: DFT prediction validated by experiment.

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    Yang, Chenxi; Chen, Jian-Feng; Zeng, Xiaofei; Cheng, Daojian; Huan, Haifeng; Cao, Dapeng

    2016-02-19

    By means of hybrid density functional theory (DFT) computations, we found that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 shows a significantly enhanced near-infrared (NIR) absorption ability for smart windows, and investigated the influence of doping through the analysis of the electronic structures of pure and doped hexagonal WO3. Furthermore, this codoped material, with a hexagonal tungsten bronze nanostructure, was successfully prepared via a simple one-step hydrothermal reaction for the first time. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the as-prepared products possessed a nanorod-like morphology with diameters of about 5-10 nm. It was demonstrated that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 presents a better NIR absorption ability than pure, Li-monodoped or K-monodoped WO3, which is in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. The experiment and simulation results reveal that this enhanced optical property in NIR can be explained by the existence of high free electrons existing in (Li,K)-codoped WO3. PMID:26783034

  16. Enhanced near-infrared shielding ability of (Li,K)-codoped WO3 for smart windows: DFT prediction validated by experiment

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    Yang, Chenxi; Chen, Jian-Feng; Zeng, Xiaofei; Cheng, Daojian; Huang, Haifeng; Cao, Dapeng

    2016-02-01

    By means of hybrid density functional theory (DFT) computations, we found that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 shows a significantly enhanced near-infrared (NIR) absorption ability for smart windows, and investigated the influence of doping through the analysis of the electronic structures of pure and doped hexagonal WO3. Furthermore, this codoped material, with a hexagonal tungsten bronze nanostructure, was successfully prepared via a simple one-step hydrothermal reaction for the first time. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the as-prepared products possessed a nanorod-like morphology with diameters of about 5–10 nm. It was demonstrated that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 presents a better NIR absorption ability than pure, Li-monodoped or K-monodoped WO3, which is in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. The experiment and simulation results reveal that this enhanced optical property in NIR can be explained by the existence of high free electrons existing in (Li,K)-codoped WO3.

  17. A study on the radiation resistance of CdWO4 thin-film scintillators deposited by using an electron-beam physical vapor deposition method

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    Park, Seyong; Yoon, Young Soo

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we report the first successful fabrication of CdWO4 thin film scintillators deposited on quartz glass substrates by using an electron-beam physical vapor deposition method. The films were dense, uniform, and crack-free. CdWO4 thin-film samples of varying thicknesses were investigated by using structural and optical characterization techniques. An optimized thickness for the CdWO4 thin-film scintillators was discovered. The scintillation and the optical properties were found to depend strongly on the annealing process. The annealing process resulted in thin films with a distinct crystal structure and with improved transparency and scintillation properties. For potential applications in gamma-ray energy storage systems, photoluminescence measurements were performed using gamma rays at a dose rate of 10 kGy h-1.

  18. Preparation and properties of all-solid-state inorganic thin film glass/ITO/WO3/LiNbO3/NiOx/ITO electrochromic device

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    Wu, Zhonghou; Diao, Xungang; Dong, Guobo

    2016-01-01

    The all-thin-film inorganic electrochromic device (ECD) with LiNbO3 as the ion conductor layer was prepared. The ECD was fabricated monolithically in a same vacuum chamber layer by layer using DC reactive sputtering for WO3, NiOx and ITO, and radio frequency (RF) sputtering for LiNbO3. The properties and performance of WO3 thin film and the ECD were studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectrometry. WO3 thin film has more than 60% optical modulation with porous amorphous structure. The visible transmittance modulation of the ECD is more than 65%, and the response time of coloring and bleaching are 45 s and 25 s, respectively.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of hierarchical multilayered flower-like assemblies of Ag doped Bi2WO6 and their photocatalytic activities

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

    2013-12-01

    In this research, 0-3 mol% Ag doped Bi2WO6 hierarchical multilayered flower-like assemblies were successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method at 180 °C for 24 h. The XRD, FE-SEM, FTIR and Raman analyses revealed the presence of flower-like Russellite Bi2WO6 structures which were constructed from a large number of orderly arranged 2D layers of interconnected nanoplates. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under Xe visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The 3 mol% Ag doped Bi2WO6 showed the highest photocatalytic activities of 98.20% within 180 min.

  20. SnO2/WO3 core-shell nanorods and their high reversible capacity as lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Xue, Xin-Yu; He, Bin; Yuan, Shuang; Xing, Li-Li; Chen, Zhao-Hui; Ma, Chun-hua

    2011-09-30

    WO(3) nanorods are uniformly coated with SnO(2) nanoparticles via a facile wet-chemical route. The reversible capacity of SnO(2)/WO(3) core-shell nanorods is 845.9 mA h g(-1), higher than that of bare WO(3) nanorods, SnO(2) nanostructures, and traditional theoretical results. Such behavior can be attributed to a novel mechanism by which nanostructured metallic tungsten makes extra Li(2)O (from SnO(2)) reversibly convert to Li(+). This mechanism is confirmed by x-ray diffraction results. Our results open a way for enhancing the reversible capacity of alloy-type metal oxide anode materials.

  1. Surfactant-free synthesis of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} multilayered disks with visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity

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    Xu Chunxiao; Wei Xiao; Guo Yanmin; Wu Hanqi; Ren Zhaohui; Xu Gang; Shen Ge; Han Gaorong

    2009-08-05

    The synthesis of bismuth tungstate (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) multilayered disk which was constructed by oriented square nanoplates was easily realized via a simple surfactant-free hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to investigate the as-obtained product. The results indicated that the three-dimensional (3D) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} multilayered disk was constructed by self-assembly of square nanoplates via a perfect oriented manner. The formation mechanism of the product was carefully investigated on the basis of the results of time-dependent experiments. In addition, studies of the photocatalytic property demonstrated that the as-obtained Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} could exhibit excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB).

  2. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities and mechanism insight of BiVO4/Bi2WO6 composites with virus-like structures

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    Xue, Song; Wei, Zhiwei; Hou, Xiaoyi; Xie, Wenhe; Li, Suyuan; Shang, Xiaonan; He, Deyan

    2015-11-01

    BiVO4/Bi2WO6 composite photocatalysts with virus-like structures have been prepared through a simple solvothermal synthesis without using any surfactant and template. The morphology formation and photocatalytic activity of the composites were explored as a function of the molar percentage of BiVO4. The results showed that the BiVO4/Bi2WO6 composite with a 50% molar percentage of BiVO4 exhibited an excellent photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B, the degradation percentage can reach 91% within 60 min. A photo-induced interfacial charge transfer process for the separation and transport of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs has been demonstrated to play a critical role in the enhanced photocatalytic performance of the BiVO4/Bi2WO6 composites.

  3. Effects of Na2MoO4 and Na2WO4 on molybdenum and tungsten electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC)

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    Williams, R. M.; Wheeler, B. L.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Loveland, M. E.; Bankston, C. P.

    1988-01-01

    The effects of adding Na2MoO4 and Na2WO4 to porous Mo and W electrodes, respectively, on the performance and impedance characteristics of the electrodes in an alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) were investigated. It was found that corrosion of the porous electrode by Na2MoO4 or Na2WO4 to form Na2MO3O6 and WO2, respectively, and recrystallization of the Mo or W as the salt evaporates, result in major morphological changes including a loss of columnar structure and a significant increase in porosity. This effect is more pronounced in Na2MoO4/Mo electrodes, due to the lower stability of Na2MoO4.

  4. Highly Efficient Electronic Sensitization of Non-oxidized Graphene Flakes on Controlled Pore-loaded WO3 Nanofibers for Selective Detection of H2S Molecules

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    Choi, Seon–Jin; Choi, Chanyong; Kim, Sang-Joon; Cho, Hee-Jin; Hakim, Meggie; Jeon, Seokwoo; Kim, Il–Doo

    2015-01-01

    Tailoring of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures, which possess controlled pore size and concentration, is of great value to accurately detect various volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath, which act as potential biomarkers for many health conditions. In this work, we have developed a very simple and robust route for controlling both the size and distribution of spherical pores in electrospun WO3 nanofibers (NFs) via a sacrificial templating route using polystyrene colloids with different diameters (200 nm and 500 nm). A tentacle-like structure with randomly distributed pores on the surface of electrospun WO3 NFs were achieved, which exhibited improved surface area as well as porosity. Porous WO3 NFs with enhanced surface area exhibited high gas response (Rair/Rgas = 43.1 at 5 ppm) towards small and light H2S molecules. In contrast, porous WO3 NFs with maximized pore diameter showed a high response (Rair/Rgas = 2.8 at 5 ppm) towards large and heavy acetone molecules. Further enhanced sensing performance (Rair/Rgas = 65.6 at 5 ppm H2S) was achieved by functionalizing porous WO3 NFs with 0.1 wt% non-oxidized graphene (NOGR) flakes by forming a Schottky barrier (ΔΦ = 0.11) at the junction between the WO3 NFs (Φ = 4.56 eV) and NOGR flakes (Φ = 4.67 eV), which showed high potential for the diagnosis of halitosis. PMID:25626399

  5. Highly efficient visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts

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    Chaiwichian, Saranyoo; Inceesungvorn, Burapat; Wetchakun, Khatcharin; Phanichphant, Sukon; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong; Wetchakun, Natda

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts were obtained using hydrothermal method. • Physicochemical properties played a significant role on photocatalytic efficiency. • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/BiVO{sub 4} heterogeneous structures were greatly enhanced for degradation of MB. • A tentative mechanism of charge transfer process in MB degradation was proposed. - Abstract: The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts were synthesized by hydrothermal method. Physical properties of the heterojunction photocatalyst samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The XRD results indicated that BiVO{sub 4} retain monoclinic and tetragonal structures, while Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} presented as orthorhombic structure. The Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) adsorption–desorption of nitrogen gas for specific surface area determination at the temperature of liquid nitrogen was performed on all samples. UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV–vis DRS) were used to identify the absorption range and band gap energy of the heterojunction photocatalysts. The photocatalytic performance of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts was studied via the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The results indicated that the heterojunction photocatalyst at 0.5:0.5 mole ratio of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}:BiVO{sub 4} shows the highest photocatalytic activity.

  6. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the Fab fragment of WO2, an antibody specific for the Aβ peptides associated with Alzheimer’s disease

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    Wun, Kwok S.; Miles, Luke A.; Crespi, Gabriela A. N.; Wycherley, Kaye; Ascher, David B.; Barnham, Kevin J.; Cappai, Roberto; Beyreuther, Konrad; Masters, Colin L.; Parker, Michael W.; McKinstry, William J.

    2008-05-01

    Crystallization and X-ray diffraction data collection of the Fab fragment of the monoclonal antibody WO2 in the absence or presence of amyloid β peptides associated with Alzheimer’s disease are reported. The murine monoclonal antibody WO2 specifically binds the N-terminal region of the amyloid β peptide (Aβ) associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This region of Aβ has been shown to be the immunodominant B-cell epitope of the peptide and hence is considered to be a basis for the development of immunotherapeutic strategies against this prevalent cause of dementia. Structural studies have been undertaken in order to characterize the molecular basis for antibody recognition of this important epitope. Here, details of the crystallization and X-ray analysis of the Fab fragment of the unliganded WO2 antibody in two crystal forms and of the complexes that it forms with the truncated Aβ peptides Aβ{sub 1–16} and Aβ{sub 1–28} are presented. These crystals were all obtained using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 295 K. Crystals of WO2 Fab were grown in polyethylene glycol solutions containing ZnSO{sub 4}; they belonged to the orthorhombic space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1} and diffracted to 1.6 Å resolution. The complexes of WO2 Fab with either Aβ{sub 1–@}@{sub 16} or Aβ{sub 1–28} were cocrystallized from polyethylene glycol solutions. These two complex crystals grew in the same space group, P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, and diffracted to 1.6 Å resolution. A second crystal form of WO2 Fab was grown in the presence of the sparingly soluble Aβ{sub 1–42} in PEG 550 MME. This second form belonged to space group P2{sub 1} and diffracted to 1.9 Å resolution.

  7. Caspase-8 activity is part of the BeWo trophoblast cell defense mechanisms against Trypanosoma cruzi infection.

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    Carrillo, Ileana; Droguett, Daniel; Castillo, Christian; Liempi, Ana; Muñoz, Lorena; Maya, Juan Diego; Galanti, Norbel; Kemmerling, Ulrike

    2016-09-01

    Congenital Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that must cross the placental barrier during transmission. The trophoblast constitutes the first tissue in contact with the maternal-blood circulating parasite. Importantly, the congenital transmission rates are low, suggesting the presence of local placental defense mechanisms. Cellular proliferation and differentiation as well as apoptotic cell death are induced by the parasite and constitute part of the epithelial turnover of the trophoblast, which has been suggested to be part of those placental defenses. On the other hand, caspase-8 is an essential molecule in the modulation of trophoblast turnover by apoptosis and by epithelial differentiation. As an approach to study whether T. cruzi induced trophoblast turnover and infection is mediated by caspase-8, we infected BeWo cells (a trophoblastic cell line) with the parasite and determined in the infected cells the expression and enzymatic activity of caspase-8, DNA synthesis (as proliferation marker), β-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) (as differentiation marker) and activity of Caspase-3 (as apoptotic death marker). Parasite load in BeWo cells was measured by DNA quantification using qPCR and cell counting. Our results show that T. cruzi induces caspase-8 activity and that its inhibition increases trophoblast cells infection while decreases parasite induced cellular differentiation and apoptotic cell death, but not cellular proliferation. Thus, caspase-8 activity is part of the BeWo trophoblast cell defense mechanisms against T. cruzi infection. Together with our previous results, we suggest that the trophoblast turnover is part of local placental anti-parasite mechanisms.

  8. Influence of working gas pressure on structure and properties of WO3 films reactively deposited by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Takahashi, T.; Tanabe, J.; Yamada, N.; Nakabayashi, H.

    2003-07-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) films with thickness of 0.9-6.7 μm have been deposited on glass-slide substrates, using rf magnetron sputtering in an atmosphere of mixture 80% Ar and 20% O2. The as-deposited films had a dark metallic color, like the W target, at a working gas pressure PW of 1 mTorr. Yellow films resulted at a PW of 3 mTorr. With a further increase of PW, the film color changed to pale yellow. From the x-ray diffraction patterns, the as-deposited films were polycrystalline crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal structure with high c-axis orientation perpendicular to the film plane. The optical transmittance of the films deposited at a PW of 1 mTorr is nearly zero. However, the transmittance of the films deposited at other PW are larger than 70% in the wavelength, λ, ranging from 500 to 900 nm. With decreasing λ to 400 nm, the transmittance decreases steeply to zero. The λ at this absorption edge is longer than that in TiO2 and comes in the visible region. The surface morphology of the films depends on PW. This different morphology may be attributed to the effect of the substrate heating by plasma emission because of the high plasma density at higher PW. The morphology of the films may also depend on the crystallinity of the WO3 films. As PW increased, the surfaces of the films became rougher but the grain sizes of the films did not always become larger. The WO3 films deposited in this study may be used for the underlayer of TiO2 photocatalyst.

  9. Further study on different dopings into PbWO 4 single crystals to increase the scintillation light yield

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    Kobayashi, M.; Usuki, Y.; Ishii, M.; Itoh, M.; Nikl, M.

    2005-03-01

    Since we presented our preliminary result (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 486 (2002) 170) at SCINT2001, we have continued our efforts to increase the light yield (LY) of PbWO 4 scintillators by extending different dopings with an aim to find a possibility of using PbWO 4 successfully in Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Overall result obtained for single doping as well as double and tripple co-dopings are summarized, including decay characteristics and radiation hardness. The LY in non-doped PbWO 4 crystals with a size of 10×10×(20-30) mm 3 is 25-35 photolectrons/MeV (phe/MeV) corresponding to 3-4% of the LY in BGO, when measured with a bialkali photomultiplier during a gate of ˜1 μs. The maximum LY increased to 49 phe/MeV for single doping with Mo 6+, 80 phe/MeV for double co-doping of Mo 6++Sb 5+, and ˜85 phe/MeV for tripple co-doping of Mo 6++Cd 2++Sb 5+. The radiation hardness is larger than 10 5 Gy for each of the samples co-doped with Mo 6++Sb 5+ and Mo 6++Cd 2++Sb 5+, while it is much poorer in PWO:Mo 6+. In each of these co-doped samples, a medium-speed green emission in the microsecond range is created besides the fundamental fast (˜a few nanoseconds range) blue one, giving a peak at ˜500 nm in the radioluminescence spectrum similarly as in PWO:Mo 6+.

  10. The Wolbachia WO bacteriophage proteome in the Aedes albopictus C/wStr1 cell line: evidence for lytic activity?

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    Baldridge, Gerald D; Markowski, Todd W; Witthuhn, Bruce A; Higgins, LeeAnn; Baldridge, Abigail S; Fallon, Ann M

    2016-01-01

    Wolbachia pipientis (Rickettsiales), an obligate intracellular alphaproteobacterium in insects, manipulates host reproduction to maximize invasion of uninfected insect populations. Modification of host population structure has potential applications for control of pest species, particularly if Wolbachia can be maintained, manipulated, and genetically engineered in vitro. Although Wolbachia maintains an obligate mutualism with genome stability in nematodes, arthropods can be co-infected with distinct Wolbachia strains, and horizontal gene transfer between strains is potentially mediated by WO phages encoded within Wolbachia genomes. Proteomic analysis of a robust, persistent infection of a mosquito cell line with wStr from the planthopper, Laodelphax striatellus, revealed expression of a full array of WO phage genes, as well as nine of ten non-phage genes that occur between two distinct clusters of WOMelB genes in the genome of wMel, which infects Drosophila melanogaster. These non-phage genes encode potential host-adaptive proteins and are expressed in wStr at higher levels than phage structural proteins. A subset of seven of the non-phage genes is flanked by highly conserved non-coding sequences, including a putative promoter element, that are not present in a syntenically arranged array of homologs in plasmids from three tick-associated Rickettsia spp. These studies expand our understanding of wStr in a host cell line derived from the mosquito, Aedes albopictus, and provide a basis for investigating conditions that favor the lytic phase of the WO phage life cycle and recovery of infectious phage particles.

  11. Effect of the thermodynamic properties of W/O microemulsions on samarium oxide nanoparticle size.

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    Zhu, Wenqing; Xu, Lei; Ma, Jin; Yang, Rui; Chen, Yashao

    2009-12-01

    In this work, we report the preparation of the Sm2O3 nanoparticle precursors (Sm(OH)3) via a simple W/O microemulsion process, in which microemulsions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/alkanol/1-octane/Sm(NO3)3 aqueous solution were added into sodium hydroxide (NaOH) aqueous solutions. The Sm2O3 nanoparticles were then prepared by calcining the precursors at 900 degrees C. Particularly, DeltaG(c-->i), which is the change in standard Gibbs free energy for transferring cosurfactant from the continuous phase to the microemulsion interface and can be used to estimate the thermodynamic properties of microemulsions, was determined using the dilution method. The effects of alkanol carbon chain length (1-pentanol, 1-hexanol, 1-heptanol and 1-octanol) and the reaction temperatures (298, 308, 318 and 328 K) on both DeltaG(c-->i) and Sm2O3 nanoparticle size have been investigated. Specifically, the Sm2O3 nanoparticle size, when calcined at 900 degrees C, was found to be mainly controlled by DeltaG(c-->i), and was thereby affected by the thermodynamic properties of microemulsions. The obtained products were characterized by DSC-TGA, XRD, TEM and UV-Vis. The results showed that DeltaG(c-->i) decreased with the increase in both the length of alkanol carbon chain and the reaction temperature, and the average size of Sm2O3 nanoparticles decreased as DeltaG(c-->i) decreased. The effect of microemulsion thermodynamic properties on Sm2O3 nanoparticle size reported here can provide some insights in controllable preparation of other rare earth oxide nanoparticles via the microemulsion route. PMID:19740477

  12. Effect of Experimental Parameters on the Hydrothermal Synthesis of Bi2WO6 Nanostructures.

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    Cui, Ziming; Yang, Hua; Wang, Bin; Li, Ruishan; Wang, Xiangxian

    2016-12-01

    Bi2WO6 nanostructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal route, where the effect of various experimental parameters on the products was investigated. It is demonstrated that the sample morphology and size is highly dependent on the NaOH content (or pH value). At C NaOH = 0-0.0175 mol (pH range of 1-4), the prepared samples present flower-like hierarchical microspheres which are constructed from thin nanosheets via the self-assembly process. The size of the hierarchical microspheres exhibits a decreasing trend with increasing the NaOH content, from 7 μm at C NaOH = 0 mol to 1.5 μm at C NaOH = 0.0175 mol. At C NaOH = 0.03-0.0545 mol (pH: 5-9), the prepared samples exhibit irregular flake-like structures, and their size increases with the increase in NaOH content. At C NaOH = 0.055-0.05525 mol (pH: 10-11), the prepared samples are composed of uniform sphere-like particles with an average size of 85 nm. Compared to the NaOH content, the reaction temperature and time has a relatively small effect on the product morphology and size. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) under irradiation of simulated sunlight. Among these samples, the samples composed of flower-like hierarchical microspheres have relatively high photocatalytic activity. In particular, the microspheres prepared at C NaOH = 0.01 mol exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity, and the degradation percentage reaches 99 % after 2 h of irradiation.

  13. Effect of Experimental Parameters on the Hydrothermal Synthesis of Bi2WO6 Nanostructures

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    Cui, Ziming; Yang, Hua; Wang, Bin; Li, Ruishan; Wang, Xiangxian

    2016-04-01

    Bi2WO6 nanostructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal route, where the effect of various experimental parameters on the products was investigated. It is demonstrated that the sample morphology and size is highly dependent on the NaOH content (or pH value). At C NaOH = 0-0.0175 mol (pH range of 1-4), the prepared samples present flower-like hierarchical microspheres which are constructed from thin nanosheets via the self-assembly process. The size of the hierarchical microspheres exhibits a decreasing trend with increasing the NaOH content, from 7 μm at C NaOH = 0 mol to 1.5 μm at C NaOH = 0.0175 mol. At C NaOH = 0.03-0.0545 mol (pH: 5-9), the prepared samples exhibit irregular flake-like structures, and their size increases with the increase in NaOH content. At C NaOH = 0.055-0.05525 mol (pH: 10-11), the prepared samples are composed of uniform sphere-like particles with an average size of 85 nm. Compared to the NaOH content, the reaction temperature and time has a relatively small effect on the product morphology and size. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) under irradiation of simulated sunlight. Among these samples, the samples composed of flower-like hierarchical microspheres have relatively high photocatalytic activity. In particular, the microspheres prepared at C NaOH = 0.01 mol exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity, and the degradation percentage reaches 99 % after 2 h of irradiation.

  14. Discovery of a [WO] central star in the planetary nebula Th 2-A

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Gamen, R.; Díaz, R. J.; Niemela, V. S.

    2008-09-01

    Context: About 2500 planetary nebulae are known in our Galaxy but only 224 have central stars with reported spectral types in the Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (Acker et al. 1992; Acker et al. 1996). Aims: We have started an observational program aiming to increase the number of PN central stars with spectral classification. Methods: By means of spectroscopy and high resolution imaging, we identify the position and true nature of the central star. We carried out low resolution spectroscopic observations at CASLEO telescope, complemented with medium resolution spectroscopy performed at Gemini South and Magellan telescopes. Results: As a first outcome of this survey, we present for the first time the spectra of the central star of the PN Th 2-A. These spectra show emission lines of ionized C and O, typical in Wolf-Rayet stars. Conclusions: We identify the position of that central star, which is not the brightest one of the visual central pair. We classify it as of type [WO 3]pec, which is consistent with the high excitation and dynamical age of the nebula. Based on data collected at (i) the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina y Universidades Nacionales de La Plata, Córdoba y San Juan, Argentina; (ii) the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile; (iii) the 8 m Gemini South Telescope, Chile.

  15. Block Copolymer-Encapsulated CaWO4 Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Formulation, and Characterization.

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    Lee, Jaewon; Rancilio, Nicholas J; Poulson, Jean M; Won, You-Yeon

    2016-04-01

    We envision that CaWO4 (CWO) nanocrystals have the potential for use in biomedical imaging and therapy because of the unique ways this material interacts with high-energy radiation. These applications, however, require development of nanoparticle (NP) formulations that are suitable for in vivo applications; primarily, the formulated nanoparticles should be sufficiently small, chemically and biologically inert, and stable against aggregation under physiological conditions. The present study demonstrates one such method of formulation, in which CWO nanoparticles are encapsulated in bioinert block copolymer (BCP) micelles. For this demonstration, we prepared three different CWO nanocrystal samples having different sizes (3, 10, and 70 nm in diameter) and shapes (elongated vs truncated rhombic). Depending on the specific synthesis method used, the as-synthesized CWO NPs contain different surfactant materials (citric acid or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide or a mixture of oleic acid and oleylamine) in the coating layers. Regardless of the type of surfactant, the original surfactant coating can be replaced with a new enclosure formed by BCP materials using a solvent-exchange method. Two types of BCPs have been tested: poly(ethylene glycol-block-n-butyl acrylate) (PEG-PnBA) and poly(ethylene glycol-block-D,L-lactic acid) (PEG-PLA). Both BCPs are able to produce fully PEGylated CWO NPs that are stable against aggregation under physiological salt conditions for very long periods of time (at least three months). The optical and radio luminescence properties of both BCP-encapsulated and surfactant-coated CWO NPs were extensively characterized. The study confirms that the BCP coating structure does not influence the luminescence properties of CWO NPs. PMID:26998964

  16. Recent advances in the development of scheelite-like MT1-xLnx(WO4)2 lasers

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    Zaldo, Carlos; Cascales, Concepción; Serrano, María Dolores; Han, Xiumei

    2010-04-01

    Tetragonal NaT(WO4)2, T= trivalent Y, La, Gd and Lu, single crystals doped with Yb3+ or Tm3+ have shown efficient room temperature laser operation at λ~1.05 μm and λ~1.95 μm, respectively. The broad bandwidth of the optical transitions of these lanthanides is of particular interest for diode-laser-pumped tunable and mode-locked femtosecond lasers. The present knowledge about these crystals and their applications as solid state lasers is overviewed. Results of new material preparation directions to produce epilayers and nano-, micro-particles of these compounds are described.

  17. Eye-safe Nd :YVO{sub 4} laser with intracavity SRS in a BaWO{sub 4} crystal

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    Zverev, Petr G; Ivleva, Lyudmila I

    2012-01-31

    A compact diode-pumped eye-safe Nd : YVO{sub 4} laser with an acousto-optic Q-switch and an intracavity BaWO{sub 4} Raman converter is developed. The laser power at a wavelength of 1536 nm with a pulse repetition rate of 20 kHz is 0.6 W, the diode-to-Stokes slope conversion efficiency reaches 44 %. Laser pulses with an energy of 35 {mu}J and a duration of 10 ns are achieved at a repetition rate of 15 kHz.

  18. Aging of the nanosized photochromic WO3 films and the role of adsorbed water in the photochromism

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    Gavrilyuk, A. I.

    2016-02-01

    Here it has been reported on aging of the nanosized WO3 film, which is revealed is continuous reduction of the photochromic sensitivity over time. Water molecules physically adsorbed on the film surface from ambient air form donor-acceptor and hydrogen bonds, changing gradually the adsorption state to chemisorption which prevents an access of organic molecules that serve as hydrogen donors by the photochromism. The mechanism of the process has been investigated and discussed. The role of water in the photochromism has been highlighted. The difference in the efficiency for being of a hydrogen donor in the photochromic process between water and organic molecules is discussed.

  19. Modulation of the Reactivity of a WO3/Al Energetic Material with Graphitized Carbon Black as Additive

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    Bach, Arnaud; Gibot, Pierre; Vidal, Loïc; Gadiou, Roger; Spitzer, Denis

    2015-10-01

    Although pyrotechnic performance is fundamental, the strong mechanical and electrostatic intrinsic sensitivities of nanothermite energetic composites represent an obstacle to their development. The addition of a ternary component to the classical binary energetic composite appears to be a promising idea to overcome the problem. A carbon black additive (V3G) was used on a WO3/Al nanothermite. The effect of the pristine and modified carbon particles on the mechanical and electrical sensitivities of the composites was measured together with the pyrotechnic properties. The results show a complete desensitization to friction with a ball-milled carbon when the combustion velocity is slightly reduced.

  20. WO3/CeO2-ZrO2, a promising catalyst for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3 in diesel exhaust.

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    Li, Ye; Cheng, Hao; Li, Deyi; Qin, Yongsheng; Xie, Yuming; Wang, Shudong

    2008-03-28

    A WO3/CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst system was discovered for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3; the catalyst (10 wt% WO3 loading) showed nearly 100% NOx conversion in a temperature range of 200-500 degrees C, at a space velocity of 90 000 h(-1) in a simulated diesel exhaust containing 550 ppm NOx (NO : NO2 feed ratio at 1.0), 10 vol% H2O and 10 vol% CO2; the catalyst also exhibited high temperature stability.