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Sample records for low-temperature relaxation processes

  1. Stretched Exponential Relaxation of Glasses at Low Temperature.

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    Yu, Yingtian; Wang, Mengyi; Zhang, Dawei; Wang, Bu; Sant, Gaurav; Bauchy, Mathieu

    2015-10-16

    The question of whether glass continues to relax at low temperature is of fundamental and practical interest. Here, we report a novel atomistic simulation method allowing us to directly access the long-term dynamics of glass relaxation at room temperature. We find that the potential energy relaxation follows a stretched exponential decay, with a stretching exponent β=3/5, as predicted by Phillips's diffusion-trap model. Interestingly, volume relaxation is also found. However, it is not correlated to the energy relaxation, but it is rather a manifestation of the mixed alkali effect.

  2. Low-temperature shape relaxation of two-dimensional islands by edge diffusion

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    Combe, Nicolas; Larralde, Hernán

    2000-12-01

    We present a precise microscopic description of the limiting step for low-temperature shape relaxation of two-dimensional islands in which activated diffusion of particles along the boundary is the only mechanism of transport allowed. In particular, we are able to explain why the system is driven irreversibly towards equilibrium. Based on this description, we present a scheme for calculating the duration of the limiting step at each stage of the relaxation process. Finally, we calculate numerically the total relaxation time as predicted by our results and compare it with simulations of the relaxation process.

  3. Quantum Effects at a Proton Relaxation at Low Temperatures

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    Kalytka, V. A.; Korovkin, M. V.

    2016-11-01

    Quantum effects during migratory polarization in multi-well crystals (including multi-well silicates and crystalline hydrates) are investigated in a variable electric field at low temperatures by direct quantum-mechanical calculations. Based on analytical solution of the quantum Liouville kinetic equation in the linear approximation for the polarizing field, the non-stationary density matrix is calculated for an ensemble of non-interacting protons moving in the field of one-dimensional multi-well crystal potential relief of rectangular shape. An expression for the complex dielectric constant convenient for a comparison with experiment and calculation of relaxer parameters is derived using the nonequilibrium polarization density matrix. The density matrix apparatus can be used for analytical investigation of the quantum mechanism of spontaneous polarization of a ferroelectric material (KDP and DKDP).

  4. Low-temperature dielectric relaxation in ferroelectric pyridinium tetrafluoroborate

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    Shin, H. K.

    2015-09-01

    The dielectric behavior of polycrystalline pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, C5NH6BF4, has been investigated in detail at temperatures in the range of 120 K ≤ T ≤ 280 K and frequencies in the range of 10 Hz ≤ ν ≤ 105 Hz. The marked dielectric dispersion observed at temperatures below 205 K was analyzed by using the sum of two different relaxation processes. The temperature dependence of the relaxation time for the main one with dominant strength revealed an excellent fit to the Arrhenius equation with an activation energy E = 2702 ± 6 K and a pre-exponential factor τ0 = 2.2 × 10-11 s. The coupled reorienting motion of the pyridinium cation and the BF4 anion is suggested to account for the main process. The relaxation time for the other weak process also obeys the Arrhenius law with E = 815±14 K and τ0 = 7.9×10-5 s. The origin of the weak process is ascribed to the ferroelectric domain-wall motion.

  5. Understanding Atomic-Scale Features of Low Temperature-Relaxation Dynamics in Metallic Glasses.

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    Wang, B; Shang, B S; Gao, X Q; Wang, W H; Bai, H Y; Pan, M X; Guan, P F

    2016-12-01

    Being a key feature of a glassy state, low temperature relaxation has important implications on the mechanical behavior of glasses; however, the mechanism of low temperature relaxation is still an open issue, which has been debated for decades. By systematically investigating the influences of cooling rate and pressure on low temperature relaxation in the Zr50Cu50 metallic glasses, it is found that even though pressure does induce pronounced local structural change, the low temperature-relaxation behavior of the metallic glass is affected mainly by cooling rate, not by pressure. According to the atomic displacement and connection mode analysis, we further demonstrate that the low temperature relaxation is dominated by the dispersion degree of fast dynamic atoms rather than the most probable atomic nonaffine displacement. Our finding provides the direct atomic-level evidence that the intrinsic heterogeneity is the key factor that determines the low temperature-relaxation behavior of the metallic glasses.

  6. Low temperature dielectric relaxation of poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) by Thermally Stimulated Depolarization Current

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    Mishra Patidar, Manju; Jain, Deepti; Nath, R.; Ganesan, V.

    2016-10-01

    Poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) is a biodegradable and biocompatible polyester that can be produced by renewable resources, like corn. Being non-toxic to human body, PLLA is used in biomedical applications, like surgical sutures, bone fixation devices, or controlled drug delivery. Besides its application studies, very few experiments have been done to study its dielectric relaxation in the low temperature region. Keeping this in mind we have performed a low temperature thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) studies over the temperature range of 80K-400K to understand the relaxation phenomena of PLLA. We could observe a multi modal broad relaxation of small but significant intensity at low temperatures while a sharp and high intense peak around glass transition temperature, Tg∼ 333K, of PLLA has appeared. The fine structure of the low temperature TSDC peak may be attributed to the spherulites formation of crystallite regions inter twinned with the polymer as seen in AFM and appear to be produced due to an isothermal crystallization process. XRD analysis also confirms the semicrystalline nature of the PLLA film.

  7. Low temperature waste form process intensification

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    Fox, K. M.; Cozzi, A. D.; Hansen, E. K.; Hill, K. A.

    2015-09-30

    This study successfully demonstrated process intensification of low temperature waste form production. Modifications were made to the dry blend composition to enable a 50% increase in waste concentration, thus allowing for a significant reduction in disposal volume and associated costs. Properties measurements showed that the advanced waste form can be produced using existing equipment and processes. Performance of the waste form was equivalent or better than the current baseline, with approximately double the amount of waste incorporation. The results demonstrate the feasibility of significantly accelerating low level waste immobilization missions across the DOE complex and at environmental remediation sites worldwide.

  8. Picosecond spin relaxation in low-temperature-grown GaAs

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    Uemura, M.; Honda, K.; Yasue, Y.; Tackeuchi, A.; Lu, S. L.; Dai, P.

    2014-03-24

    The spin relaxation process of low-temperature-grown GaAs is investigated by spin-dependent pump and probe reflectance measurements with a sub-picosecond time resolution. Two very short carrier lifetimes of 2.0 ps and 28 ps, which can be attributed to nonradiative recombinations related to defects, are observed at 10 K. The observed spin polarization shows double exponential decay with spin relaxation times of 46.2 ps (8.0 ps) and 509 ps (60 ps) at 10 K (200 K). The observed picosecond spin relaxation, which is considerably shorter than that of conventional GaAs, indicates the strong relevance of the Elliott-Yafet process as the spin relaxation mechanism. For the first (second) spin relaxation component, the temperature and carrier density dependences of the spin relaxation time indicate that the Bir-Aronov-Pikus process is also effective at temperatures between 10 K and 77 K, and that the D'yakonov-Perel’ process is effective between 125 K (77 K) and 200 K.

  9. Low temperature alteration processes affecting ultramafic bodies

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    Nesbitt, H.W.; Bricker, O.P.

    1978-01-01

    At low temperatures, in the presence of an aqueous solution, olivine and orthopyroxene are not stable relative to the hydrous phases brucite, serpentine and talc. Alteration of dunite and peridotite to serpentine or steatite bodies must therefore proceed via non-equilibrium processes. The compositions of natural solutions emanating from dunites and peridotites demonstrate that the dissolution of forsterite and/or enstatite is rapid compared with the precipitation of the hydrous phases; consequently, dissolution of anhydrous minerals controls the chemistry of such solutions. In the presence of an aqueous phase, precipitation of hydrous minerals is the rate-controlling step. Brucite-bearing and -deficient serpentinites alter at low temperature by non-equilibrium processes, as evidenced by the composition of natural solutions from these bodies. The solutions approach equilibrium with the least stable hydrous phase and, as a consequence, are supersaturated with other hydrous phases. Dissolution of the least stable phase is rapid compared to precipitation of other phases, so that the dissolving mineral controls the solution chemistry. Non-equilibrium alteration of anhydrous ultramafic bodies continues until at least one anhydrous phase equilibrates with brucite, chrysotile or talc. The lowest temperature (at a given pressure) at which this happens is defined by the reaction: 3H2O + 2Mg2SiO4 ??? Mg3Si2O5(OH)4 + Mg(OH)2 (Johannes, 1968, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 19, 309-315) so that non-equilibrium alteration may occur well into greenschist facies metamorphic conditions. ?? 1978.

  10. Vibrational relaxation of diatomic molecules in solids at low temperatures

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    Halcomb, L. L.; Diestler, D. J.

    1984-01-01

    The application of a hemiquantal method to the specific problem of the vibrational relaxation of a diatomic molecule embedded in a one dimensional lattice is presented. The vectorization of a CYBER 205 algorithm which integrates the 1,000 to 10,000 simultaneous hemiquantal differential equations is examined with comments on optimization. Results of the simulations are briefly discussed.

  11. Modeling Low-temperature Geochemical Processes

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    Nordstrom, D. K.

    2003-12-01

    Geochemical modeling has become a popular and useful tool for a wide number of applications from research on the fundamental processes of water-rock interactions to regulatory requirements and decisions regarding permits for industrial and hazardous wastes. In low-temperature environments, generally thought of as those in the temperature range of 0-100 °C and close to atmospheric pressure (1 atm=1.01325 bar=101,325 Pa), complex hydrobiogeochemical reactions participate in an array of interconnected processes that affect us, and that, in turn, we affect. Understanding these complex processes often requires tools that are sufficiently sophisticated to portray multicomponent, multiphase chemical reactions yet transparent enough to reveal the main driving forces. Geochemical models are such tools. The major processes that they are required to model include mineral dissolution and precipitation; aqueous inorganic speciation and complexation; solute adsorption and desorption; ion exchange; oxidation-reduction; or redox; transformations; gas uptake or production; organic matter speciation and complexation; evaporation; dilution; water mixing; reaction during fluid flow; reaction involving biotic interactions; and photoreaction. These processes occur in rain, snow, fog, dry atmosphere, soils, bedrock weathering, streams, rivers, lakes, groundwaters, estuaries, brines, and diagenetic environments. Geochemical modeling attempts to understand the redistribution of elements and compounds, through anthropogenic and natural means, for a large range of scale from nanometer to global. "Aqueous geochemistry" and "environmental geochemistry" are often used interchangeably with "low-temperature geochemistry" to emphasize hydrologic or environmental objectives.Recognition of the strategy or philosophy behind the use of geochemical modeling is not often discussed or explicitly described. Plummer (1984, 1992) and Parkhurst and Plummer (1993) compare and contrast two approaches for

  12. Low-temperature relaxation in kagome bilayer antiferromagnets

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    Ehlers, Georg

    2007-01-01

    The pyrochlore slab (kagome bilayer) compounds SrCr{sub 9x}Ga{sub 12-9x}O{sub 19} (SCGO; x<1) and Ba{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}ZnCr{sub 7x}Ga{sub 10-7x}O{sub 22} (BSZCGO; x<1), are frustrated systems with quite similar magnetic properties of the spin S = 3/2 Cr{sup 3+} ions. Neutron scattering studies have shown that the two compounds have a completely dynamic magnetic response in a broad temperature range. In both systems the development of short-ranged dynamic correlations leads to a low-T state that can be understood as local clusters with antiferromagnetic character. At liquid He temperatures a partial freezing of the magnetic fluctuations is observed as an increase of the elastic resolved response. A large majority of the magnetic moments remain fluctuating and one also observes a low-energy (long-time) relaxation in the vicinity of the macroscopic freezing. Time and temperature dependence of this relaxation appear system dependent without critical behavior, and we conclude that the freezing is a consequence of the establishment of a coherent quantum state.

  13. Low-temperature rotational relaxation in gaseous H2 and D2

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    Ramaswamy, R.; Green, S.; Rabitz, H.

    1977-01-01

    Various potentials have been used for generating scattering cross sections for rotational transitions in hydrogen isotope systems. Low-temperature rates were calculated and the relaxation times compared with the results of sound absorption experiments. It is seen that the existing potentials could still be improved since they do not exactly reproduce the experimental results.

  14. Low-temperature rotational relaxation in gaseous H2 and D2

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    Ramaswamy, R.; Green, S.; Rabitz, H.

    1977-01-01

    Various potentials have been used for generating scattering cross sections for rotational transitions in hydrogen isotope systems. Low-temperature rates were calculated and the relaxation times compared with the results of sound absorption experiments. It is seen that the existing potentials could still be improved since they do not exactly reproduce the experimental results.

  15. Membrane Separation Processes at Low Temperatures

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    Parrish, Clyde

    2002-01-01

    The primary focus of Kennedy Space Center's gas separation activities has been for carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and argon used in oxygen production technologies for Martian in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) projects. Recently, these studies were expanded to include oxygen for regenerative life support systems. Since commercial membrane systems have been developed for separation of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen, initially the studies focused on these membrane systems, but at lower operating temperatures and pressures. Current investigations art examining immobilized liquids and solid sorbents that have the potential for higher selectivity and lower operating temperatures. The gas separation studies reported here use hollow fiber membranes to separate carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and argon in the temperature range from 230 to 300 K. Four commercial membrane materials were used to obtain data at low feed and permeate pressures. These data were used with a commercial solution-diffusion modeling tool to design a system to prepare a buffer gas from the byproduct of a process to capture Martian carbon dioxide. The system was designed to operate, at 230 K with a production rate 0.1 sLpm; Feed composition 30% CO2, 44% N2, and 26% Ar; Feed pressure 104 kPa (780); and Permeate pressure 1 kPa (6 torr); Product concentration 600 ppm CO2. This new system was compared with a similar system designed to operate at ambient temperatures (298 K). The systems described above, along with data, test apparatus, and models are presented.

  16. Low temperature dielectric relaxation in ordinary perovskite ferroelectrics: enlightenment from high-energy x-ray diffraction

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    Ochoa, D. A.; Levit, R.; Fancher, C. M.; ...

    2017-04-05

    We report that ordinary ferroelectrics exhibit a second order phase transition that is characterized by a sharp peak in the dielectric permittivity at a frequency-independent temperature. Furthermore, these materials show a low temperature dielectric relaxation that appears to be a common behavior of perovskite systems. Tetragonal lead zirconate titanate is used here as a model system in order to explore the origin of such an anomaly, since there is no consensus about the physical phenomenon involved in it. Crystallographic and domain structure studies are performed from temperature dependent synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurement. Results indicate that the dielectric relaxation cannot bemore » associated with crystallographic or domain configuration changes. The relaxation process is then parameterized by using the Vogel–Fulcher–Tammann phenomenological equation. Finally, results allow us to hypothesize that the observed phenomenon is due to changes in the dynamic behavior of the ferroelectric domains related to the fluctuation of the local polarization.« less

  17. Low temperature dielectric relaxation in ordinary perovskite ferroelectrics: enlightenment from high-energy x-ray diffraction

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    Ochoa, D. A.; Levit, R.; Fancher, C. M.; Esteves, G.; Jones, J. L.; E García, J.

    2017-05-01

    Ordinary ferroelectrics exhibit a second order phase transition that is characterized by a sharp peak in the dielectric permittivity at a frequency-independent temperature. Furthermore, these materials show a low temperature dielectric relaxation that appears to be a common behavior of perovskite systems. Tetragonal lead zirconate titanate is used here as a model system in order to explore the origin of such an anomaly, since there is no consensus about the physical phenomenon involved in it. Crystallographic and domain structure studies are performed from temperature dependent synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurement. Results indicate that the dielectric relaxation cannot be associated with crystallographic or domain configuration changes. The relaxation process is then parameterized by using the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann phenomenological equation. Results allow us to hypothesize that the observed phenomenon is due to changes in the dynamic behavior of the ferroelectric domains related to the fluctuation of the local polarization.

  18. Relaxation dynamics and exciton energy transfer in the low-temperature phase of MEH-PPV

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    Consani, Cristina; Koch, Federico; Panzer, Fabian; Unger, Thomas; Köhler, Anna; Brixner, Tobias

    2015-06-07

    Understanding the effects of aggregation on exciton relaxation and energy transfer is relevant to control photoinduced function in organic electronics and photovoltaics. Here, we explore the photoinduced dynamics in the low-temperature aggregated phase of a conjugated polymer by transient absorption and coherent electronic two-dimensional (2D) spectroscopy. Coherent 2D spectroscopy allows observing couplings among photoexcited states and discriminating band shifts from homogeneous broadening, additionally accessing the ultrafast dynamics at various excitation energies simultaneously with high spectral resolution. By combining the results of the two techniques, we differentiate between an initial exciton relaxation, which is not characterized by significant exciton mobility, and energy transport between different chromophores in the aggregate.

  19. Low temperature dielectric relaxation and charged defects in ferroelectric thin films

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    Artemenko, A.; Payan, S.; Rousseau, A.; Arveux, E.; Maglione, M.; Levasseur, D.; Guegan, G.

    2013-04-15

    We report a dielectric relaxation in BaTiO{sub 3}-based ferroelectric thin films of different composition and with several growth modes: sputtering (with and without magnetron) and sol-gel. The relaxation was observed at cryogenic temperatures (T < 100 K) for frequencies from 100 Hz up to 10 MHz. This relaxation activation energy is always lower than 200 meV and is very similar to the relaxation that we reported in the parent bulk perovskites. Based on our Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) investigation, we ascribe this dielectric relaxation to the hopping of electrons among Ti{sup 3+}-V(O) charged defects. Being dependent on the growth process and on the amount of oxygen vacancies, this relaxation can be a useful probe of defects in actual integrated capacitors with no need for specific shaping.

  20. Low temperature dielectric relaxation and charged defects in ferroelectric thin films

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    Artemenko, A.; Payan, S.; Rousseau, A.; Levasseur, D.; Arveux, E.; Guegan, G.; Maglione, M.

    2013-04-01

    We report a dielectric relaxation in BaTiO3-based ferroelectric thin films of different composition and with several growth modes: sputtering (with and without magnetron) and sol-gel. The relaxation was observed at cryogenic temperatures (T < 100 K) for frequencies from 100 Hz up to 10 MHz. This relaxation activation energy is always lower than 200 meV and is very similar to the relaxation that we reported in the parent bulk perovskites. Based on our Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) investigation, we ascribe this dielectric relaxation to the hopping of electrons among Ti3+-V(O) charged defects. Being dependent on the growth process and on the amount of oxygen vacancies, this relaxation can be a useful probe of defects in actual integrated capacitors with no need for specific shaping.

  1. Empirical relaxation function and spectral density for underdamped vibrations at low temperatures

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    Toutounji, Mohamad

    2009-03-01

    A new relaxation function which accounts for electronic dephasing (electronic phase loss and excited state lifetime) is presented, whose applicability for underdamped motion at low temperatures is examined in detail. This new empirical relaxation function φ(t ) yields linear and nonlinear spectral/temporal profiles that render accurate dephasing time in the underdamped regime. The relaxation function φ(t ) is normally expressed in terms of the coupling functions Mj' and Mj″ on which the time evolution of the vibrational modes in question depends. The corresponding spectral density, which is a central quantity in probing dynamics, is derived and compared to that of the multimode Brownian oscillator model. Derivation and discussion of the new position and momentum autocorrelation functions in terms of our new spectral density are presented. While the position autocorrelation function plays a key role in representing solvation structure in polar or nonpolar medium, the momentum correlation function projects out the molecular vibrational motion. The Liouville space generating function (LGF) for harmonic and anharmonic systems is expressed in terms of our new empirical φ(t ) and spectral density, leading to more physical observation. Several statistical quantities are derived from the position and momentum correlation function, which in turn contribute to LGF. Model calculations reflecting the infinite population decay in the low temperature limit in linear and nonlinear spectroscopic signals are presented. The herein quantum dipole moment correlation function is compared to that derived in [M. Toutounji, J. Chem. Phys. 118, 5319 (2003)] using mixed quantum-classical dynamics framework, yielding reasonable results, in fact identical at higher temperatures. The results herein are found to be informative, useful, and consistent with experiments.

  2. Low-Temperature Solution Processable Electrodes for Piezoelectric Sensors Applications

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Julin, Tuomas; Rantanen, Ville; Zakrzewski, Mari; Moilanen, Pasi; Lupo, Donald

    2013-05-01

    Piezoelectric thin-film sensors are suitable for a wide range of applications from physiological measurements to industrial monitoring systems. The use of flexible materials in combination with high-throughput printing technologies enables cost-effective manufacturing of custom-designed, highly integratable piezoelectric sensors. This type of sensor can, for instance, improve industrial process control or enable the embedding of ubiquitous sensors in our living environment to improve quality of life. Here, we discuss the benefits, challenges and potential applications of piezoelectric thin-film sensors. The piezoelectric sensor elements are fabricated by printing electrodes on both sides of unmetallized poly(vinylidene fluoride) film. We show that materials which are solution processable in low temperatures, biocompatible and environmental friendly are suitable for use as electrode materials in piezoelectric sensors.

  3. High pressure-low temperature processing of food proteins.

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    Dumay, Eliane; Picart, Laetitia; Regnault, Stéphanie; Thiebaud, Maryse

    2006-03-01

    High pressure-low temperature (HP-LT) processing is of interest in the food field in view of: (i) obtaining a "cold" pasteurisation effect, the level of microbial inactivation being higher after pressurisation at low or sub-zero than at ambient temperature; (ii) limiting the negative impact of atmospheric pressure freezing on food structures. The specific effects of freezing by fast pressure release on the formation of ice I crystals have been investigated on oil in water emulsions stabilized by proteins, and protein gels, showing the formation of a high number of small ice nuclei compared to the long needle-shaped crystals obtained by conventional freezing at 0.1 MPa. It was therefore of interest to study the effects of HP-LT processing on unfolding or dissociation/aggregation phenomena in food proteins, in view of minimizing or controlling structural changes and aggregation reactions, and/or of improving protein functional properties. In the present studies, the effects of HP-LT have been investigated on protein models such as (i) beta-lactoglobulin, i.e., a whey protein with a well known 3-D structure, and (ii) casein micelles, i.e., the main milk protein components, the supramolecular structure of which is not fully elucidated. The effects of HP-LT processing was studied up to 300 MPa at low or sub-zero temperatures and after pressure release, or up to 200 MPa by UV spectroscopy under pressure, allowing to follow reversible structural changes. Pressurisation of approximately 2% beta-lactoglobulin solutions up to 300 MPa at low/subzero temperatures minimizes aggregation reactions, as measured after pressure release. In parallel, such low temperature treatments enhanced the size reduction of casein micelles.

  4. Employing low-temperature barriers to achieve strain-relaxed and high-performance GaN-based LEDs.

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    Lin, Zhiting; Wang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenliang; Lin, Yunhao; Yang, Meijuan; Chen, Shuqi; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-05-30

    The epitaxial structure design of low-temperature barriers has been adopted to promote strain relaxation in multiple quantum well (MQWs) and achieve high-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). With these barriers, the relaxation value of wells increases from 0 to 4.59%. The strain-relaxed mechanism of low-temperature barriers is also discussed. The LED chip with the barriers grown at the TMIn flow of 75 sccm and the growth temperature of 830 °C has an optimal strain relaxation value of 1.53% in wells, and exhibits the largest light output power of 63.83 mW at the injection current of 65 mA, which is higher than that of conventional LED (51.89 mW) by 23%. In-depth studies reveal that the optimal low-temperature barriers remarkably promote the strain relaxation in wells without forming large density of crystalline defects. This achievement of high-efficiency LEDs sheds light on the future solid-state lighting applications.

  5. Low temperature processing of dielectric perovskites for energy storage

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    Singh, N. B.; Schreib, Ben; Devilbiss, Michael; Loiacono, Julian; Arnold, Bradley; Choa, Fow-Sen; Mandal, K. D.

    2016-05-01

    Since the report of high dielectric value was published for the calcium copper titanate of the stoichiometry CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO), several of its analogs such as Yittrium copper titanate Y2/3Cu3Ti4O12 (YCTO), Pr2/3Cu3Ti4O12 (PCTO) and several other compounds have been studied extensively. Most of these materials have demonstrated very high dielectric constants. However, the roadblock is their low resistivity. To overcome this problem, several approaches have been considered, including doping and substitution. In order to solve this problem, we have synthesized the stoichiometric composition and used low temperature processing to grow grains of La2/3Cu3Ti4O12 (LCTO) stoichiometric compound. LCTO with excess copper oxide was also prepared to determine its effect on the morphology and dielectric constant of the stoichiometric LCTO compound. In spite of the low melting point of copper oxide, we observed that excess copper oxide did not show any faster grain growth. Also, the dielectric constant of LCTO was lower than CCTO and unlike CCTO, LCTO showed significant changes as the function of frequency. The measured resistivity was slightly higher than CCTO.

  6. Recrystallization of quartz after low-temperature plasticity - The record of stress relaxation below the seismogenic zone

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    Trepmann, Claudia A.; Hsu, Chen; Hentschel, Felix; Döhler, Katharina; Schneider, Christian; Wichmann, Veronica

    2017-02-01

    Quartz microfabrics in rocks from the Silvretta basal thrust and the Defereggen-Antholz-Vals (DAV) shear zone in the Eastern Alps, are analysed by polarized light and electron microscopy. The microfabrics from both shear zones record a switch from low-temperature plasticity at transient high stress to recrystallization at relaxing stresses at greenschist facies conditions. The development of new grains is dominantly by subgrain rotation and subsequent strain-induced grain-boundary migration in areas of localized high strain developed during initial low-temperature plasticity. The findings suggest that new grains develop at almost random crystallographic orientations at fast rates of stress relaxation (i.e. at low stress), as indicated by recrystallized quartz zones in the Silvretta fault rocks. In contrast, at slow rates of stress relaxation, new grains develop at moderately high stresses with crystallographic preferred orientation characterized by high Schmid factor for basal glide, as indicated by vein quartz samples from the DAV shear zone. Both recorded histories with transient peak stresses and different rates of stress relaxation are interpreted to be related to seismic activity of the fault systems. This study demonstrates that characteristic microfabrics provide important information about the deformation history of natural shear zones developed in different tectonic regimes.

  7. Low-temperature oxidation of magnetite - a humidity sensitive process?

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    Appel, Erwin; Fang, Xiaomin; Herb, Christian; Hu, Shouyun

    2015-04-01

    Extensive multi-parameter palaeoclimate records were obtained from two long-term lacustrine archives at the Tibetan Plateau: the Qaidam basin (2.69-0.08 Ma) and Heqing basin (0.90-0.03 Ma). At present the region of the Qaidam site has an arid climate (<100 mm mean annual precipitation) while the Heqing site is located in the sub-tropical region with monsoonal rainfall. Magnetic properties play a prominent role for palaeoclimate interpretation in both records. Several parameters show a 100 kyr eccentricity cyclicity; in the Qaidam record also the Mid-Pleistocene Transition is seen. Both magnetic records are controlled by different absolute and relative contributions of magnetite and its altered (maghemitized) phases as well as hematite. Weathering conditions likely cause a systematic variation of magnetic mineralogy due to low-temperature oxidation (LTO). Maghemitization is well recognized as an alteration process in submarine basalts but about its relevance for climate-induced weathering in continental environments little is known. Various factors i.e., humidity, temperature, seasonality, duration of specific weathering conditions, and bacterial activity could be responsible for maghemitization (LTO) and transformation to hematite (or goethite) when a critical degree of LTO is reached. These factors may lead to a complex interplay, but one has to note that water acts as an electrolyte for Fe(II) to Fe(III) oxidation at the crystal surface and due to maghemitization-induced lattice shrinking a larger internal particle surface area becomes exposed to oxidation. We suggest that humidity is the most crucial driver for the two studied archives - for the following reasons: (1) The overall parameter variations and catchment conditions are well in agreement with an LTO scenario. (2) In the Qaidam record we observe a direct relationship of a humidity sensitive pollen Ratio with magnetic susceptibility (reflecting the degree of alteration by LTO). (3) In the Heqing record

  8. Inert Anode Life in Low Temperature Reduction Process

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    Bradford, Donald R.

    2005-06-30

    The production of aluminum metal by low temperature electrolysis utilizing metal non-consumable anodes and ceramic cathodes was extensively investigated. Tests were performed with traditional sodium fluoride--aluminum fluoride composition electrolytes, potassium fluoride-- aluminum fluoride electrolytes, and potassium fluoride--sodium fluoride--aluminum fluoride electrolytes. All of the Essential First-Tier Requirements of the joint DOE-Aluminum Industry Inert Anode Road Map were achieved and those items yet to be resolved for commercialization of this technology were identified. Methods for the fabrication and welding of metal alloy anodes were developed and tested. The potential savings of energy and energy costs were determined and potential environmental benefits verified.

  9. Low temperature barriers for use with in situ processes

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    Kim, Dong Sub; Vinegar, Harold J

    2009-06-16

    A method of forming and maintaining a low temperature zone around at least a portion of a subsurface treatment area is described. The method includes reducing a temperature of heat transfer fluid with a refrigeration system. The heat transfer fluid is circulated through freeze well canisters and placed in a formation around at least a portion of the subsurface treatment area. An initial temperature of the heat transfer fluid supplied to a first freeze well canister is in a range from about -35 .degree. C. to about -55 .degree. C. At least one of the well canisters includes carbon steel. The heat transfer fluid is returned to the refrigeration system.

  10. A Low Temperature Analysis of the Boundary Driven Kawasaki Process

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    Maes, Christian; O'Kelly de Galway, Winny

    2013-12-01

    Low temperature analysis of nonequilibrium systems requires finding the states with the longest lifetime and that are most accessible from other states. We determine these dominant states for a one-dimensional diffusive lattice gas subject to exclusion and with nearest neighbor interaction. They do not correspond to lowest energy configurations even though the particle current tends to zero as the temperature reaches zero. That is because the dynamical activity that sets the effective time scale, also goes to zero with temperature. The result is a non-trivial asymptotic phase diagram, which crucially depends on the interaction coupling and the relative chemical potentials of the reservoirs.

  11. In-reactor stress relaxation of selected metals and alloys at low temperatures

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    Causey, A. R.; Carpenter, G. J. C.; MacEwen, S. R.

    1980-05-01

    Sttess relaxation of bent beam specimens under fast neutron irradiation at 340 and 570 K has been studied for a range of materials, as follows: several stainless steels, a maraged steel, AISI4140, Ni, Inconel X-750, Ti, Zircaloy-2, Zr-2.5% Nb and Zr 3 Al. All specimens were in the annealed or solution-treated condition. Where comparisons were possible, the creep coefficients derived from the stress relaxation tests were found to be consistent with other studies of irradiation-induced creep. The steels showed the lowest rates of stress relaxation; the largest rates were observed with Zr-Nb, Ti and Ni. For most materials, the creep coefficient at 340 K was equal to or greater than that at 570 K. Such weak temperature dependence is not easily reconciled with existing models of irradiation creep based on dislocation climb, such as SIPA or climb-induced glide. Rate theory calculations indicate that because the vacancy mobility becomes very low at the lower temperature, recombination should dominate point defect annealing, resulting in a very low creep rate compared to that at the higher temperature. It is shown that the weak temperature dependence observed experimentally cannot be accounted for by the inclusion of more mobile divacancies in the calculation.

  12. Process assessment of small scale low temperature methanol synthesis

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    Hendriyana, Susanto, Herri; Subagjo

    2015-12-01

    Biomass is a renewable energy resource and has the potential to make a significant impact on domestic fuel supplies. Biomass can be converted to fuel like methanol via several step process. The process can be split into following main steps: biomass preparation, gasification, gas cooling and cleaning, gas shift and methanol synthesis. Untill now these configuration still has a problem like high production cost, catalyst deactivation, economy of scale and a huge energy requirements. These problems become the leading inhibition for biomass conversion to methanol, which should be resolved to move towards the economical. To address these issues, we developed various process and new configurations for methanol synthesis via methyl formate. This configuration combining two reactors: the one reactor for the carbonylation of methanol and CO to form methyl formate, and the second for the hydrogenolysis of methyl formate and H2 to form two molecule of methanol. Four plant process configurations were compared with the biomass basis is 300 ton/day. The first configuration (A) is equipped with a steam reforming process for converting methane to CO and H2 for increasing H2/CO ratio. CO2 removal is necessary to avoid poisoning the catalyst. COSORB process used for the purpose of increasing the partial pressure of CO in the feed gas. The steam reforming process in B configuration is not used with the aim of reducing the number of process equipment, so expect lower investment costs. For C configuration, the steam reforming process and COSORB are not used with the aim of reducing the number of process equipment, so expect lower investment costs. D configuration is almost similar to the configuration A. This configuration difference is in the synthesis of methanol which was held in a single reactor. Carbonylation and hydrogenolysis reactions carried out in the same reactor one. These processes were analyzed in term of technical process, material and energy balance and economic

  13. Process assessment of small scale low temperature methanol synthesis

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    Hendriyana; Susanto, Herri Subagjo

    2015-12-29

    Biomass is a renewable energy resource and has the potential to make a significant impact on domestic fuel supplies. Biomass can be converted to fuel like methanol via several step process. The process can be split into following main steps: biomass preparation, gasification, gas cooling and cleaning, gas shift and methanol synthesis. Untill now these configuration still has a problem like high production cost, catalyst deactivation, economy of scale and a huge energy requirements. These problems become the leading inhibition for biomass conversion to methanol, which should be resolved to move towards the economical. To address these issues, we developed various process and new configurations for methanol synthesis via methyl formate. This configuration combining two reactors: the one reactor for the carbonylation of methanol and CO to form methyl formate, and the second for the hydrogenolysis of methyl formate and H{sub 2} to form two molecule of methanol. Four plant process configurations were compared with the biomass basis is 300 ton/day. The first configuration (A) is equipped with a steam reforming process for converting methane to CO and H{sub 2} for increasing H{sub 2}/CO ratio. CO{sub 2} removal is necessary to avoid poisoning the catalyst. COSORB process used for the purpose of increasing the partial pressure of CO in the feed gas. The steam reforming process in B configuration is not used with the aim of reducing the number of process equipment, so expect lower investment costs. For C configuration, the steam reforming process and COSORB are not used with the aim of reducing the number of process equipment, so expect lower investment costs. D configuration is almost similar to the configuration A. This configuration difference is in the synthesis of methanol which was held in a single reactor. Carbonylation and hydrogenolysis reactions carried out in the same reactor one. These processes were analyzed in term of technical process, material and energy

  14. Low Temperature Processing of Core-Shell Baroplastics

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    Gonzalez Leon, Juan A.

    2005-03-01

    Baroplastics are nanophase materials that exhibit the ability to flow and be molded under pressure at reduced temperatures. Core-shell nanoparticle baroplastics comprised of one soft component, such as poly(butyl acrylate), and one glassy component, such as polystyrene, were synthesized by miniemulsion polymerization and processed at temperature as low as 25^oC by compression molding and extrusion. The resulting specimens are clear and well-defined solid objects with a diverse range of mechanical properties depending on composition, ranging from tough, rigid materials to rubbery materials comparable to commercial thermoplastic elastomers. SANS and DSC measurements on the core-shell materials before and after processing reveal pressure induced partial mixing of the hard and soft components, while TEM studies show that the core-shell morphology is substantially retained, even after 20 reprocessing cycles. Mechanical properties of the processed samples were measured to elucidate the effects of processing pressure and temperature and to isolate the role of the pressure-induced miscibility.

  15. Low temperature processable binderless silver inks for flexible electronics

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    Nayak, Arun

    2013-01-01

    A new class of screen-printable conductive silver inks that can be transformed into conductive traces at temperatures below 120°C is presented. The low transformation temperature required for processing these inks renders them suitable for printing on flexible substrates, such as polyester films to form conductive patterns/devices. The ink composition includes silver flakes (average particle size of 0.45 μm-8 μm), an organometallic silver salt, a free radical initiator and a novel dispersant. This binder-free silver ink can be thermally converted into pure metallic patterns containing no binder or any other organic moieties. The initiator catalyzes the decomposition of organometallic silver compounds to produce reactive silver at a relatively lower temperature. The silver thus generated chemically welds the silver flakes. Conductive silver traces with conductivities approaching within two orders of magnitude of elemental silver have been fabricated using these inks. In addition, a novel dispersant comprising amine-carbamate based gels was also developed. These gels act as suitable transport agents for the ink and completely decompose and vaporize during the thermal transformation process. The ink was formulated after careful optimization of the particle sizes of the silver flakes, weight percentages of the silver organometallic salt, silver flakes and amine carbamate gel and the relative molar ratio of the silver salt to the catalyst. These factors influence the conductivity and the mechanical integrity of the printed patterns fabricated from the ink. The inks have also been characterized for their rheological properties to assess their suitability for being processed using commercial roll to roll manufacturing processes such as screen, flexographic or gravure printing. The inks show shear thinning behavior with a viscosity in the range of 5-6.6 Pa.s at 1000 s-1, which within commercially acceptable ranges. Applications of these inks range from interconnect for

  16. Prediction and characterization of biodegradable baroplastics with low temperature processability

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    Lovell, Nathan; Mayes, Anne M.

    2005-03-01

    Interest in biodegradable and biologically-derived materials has prompted substantial research into polyesters like poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA). Although more environmentally benign than conventional thermoplastics, these still require elevated processing temperatures which cause their degradation and preclude their use as matrices for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutics. Here we report on a new class of biodegradable block copolymer, consisting of PLA and one low Tg polyester, that exhibits `baroplastic' behavior. The copolymer components were selected using a compressible blend model to undergo pressure-induced miscibility, allowing their compression molding at temperatures as low as 35^oC.

  17. Low temperature radio-chemical energy conversion processes

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    Gomberg, H.J.

    1986-11-04

    This patent describes a radio-chemical method of converting radiated energy into chemical energy form comprising the steps of: (a) establishing a starting chemical compound in the liquid phase that chemically reacts endothermically to radiation and heat energy to produce a gaseous and a solid constituent of the compound, (b) irradiating the compound in its liquid phase free of solvents to chemically release therefrom in response to the radiation the gaseous and solid constituents, (c) physically separating the solid and gaseous phase constituents from the liquid, and (d) chemically processing the constituents to recover therefrom energy stored therein by the irradiation step (b).

  18. Generation of low-temperature air plasma for food processing

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    Stepanova, Olga; Demidova, Maria; Astafiev, Alexander; Pinchuk, Mikhail; Balkir, Pinar; Turantas, Fulya

    2015-11-01

    The project is aimed at developing a physical and technical foundation of generating plasma with low gas temperature at atmospheric pressure for food industry needs. As known, plasma has an antimicrobial effect on the numerous types of microorganisms, including those that cause food spoilage. In this work an original experimental setup has been developed for the treatment of different foods. It is based on initiating corona or dielectric-barrier discharge in a chamber filled with ambient air in combination with a certain helium admixture. The experimental setup provides various conditions of discharge generation (including discharge gap geometry, supply voltage, velocity of gas flow, content of helium admixture in air and working pressure) and allows for the measurement of the electrical discharge parameters. Some recommendations on choosing optimal conditions of discharge generation for experiments on plasma food processing are developed.

  19. Modified EVA Encapsulant Formulations for Low Temperature Processing: Preprint

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    Mei, Z.; Pern, F. J.; Glick, S. H.

    2001-10-01

    Presented at the 2001 NCPV Program Review Meeting: We have developed several new ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) formulations modified on the basis of NREL patented EVA formulations [1]. The new formulations can be cured to a desired gel content of {approx}80% in the ambient at temperatures 20-30 C lower than the typical conditions in vacuum (i.e. {approx}150 C). Glass/glass laminates showed transmittance spectra that are essentially the same as that of EVA 15295P in the visible and NIR regions but higher in the UV region. Results of fluorescence analysis of the ambient-processed new EVA formulations showed the concentrations of the curing-generated {alpha},{beta}-unsaturated carbonyl chromophores, which are responsible for the UV induced EVA discoloration and photodegradation, were considerably lower than that of EVA 15295P, therefore suggesting a better photochemical stability of new EVA formulations.

  20. High efficiency polycrystalline silicon solar cells using low temperature PECVD process

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    Elgamel, H.E.A.

    1998-10-01

    Conventionally directionally solidified (DS) and silicon film (SF) polycrystalline silicon solar cells are fabricated using gettering and low temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) passivation. Thin layer ({approximately}10 nm) of PECVD SiO{sub 2} is used to passivate the emitter of the solar cell, while direct hydrogen rf plasma and PECVD silicon nitride (Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) are implemented to provide emitter and bulk passivation. It is found in this work that hydrogen rf plasma can significantly improve the solar cell blue and long wavelength responses when it is performed through a thin layer of PECVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. High efficiency DS and SF polycrystalline silicon solar cells have been achieved using a simple solar cell process with uniform emitter, Al/POCL{sub 3} gettering, hydrogen rf plasma/PECVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and PECVD SiO{sub 2} passivation. On the other hand, a comprehensive experimental study of the characteristics of the PECVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer and its role in improving the efficiency of polycrystalline silicon solar cells is carried out in this paper. For the polycrystalline silicon used in this investigation, it is found that the PECVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer doesn`t provide a sufficient cap for the out diffusion of hydrogen at temperatures higher than 500 C. Low temperature ({le}400 C) annealing of the PECVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} provides efficient hydrogen bulk passivation, while higher temperature annealing relaxes the deposition induced stress and improves mainly the short wavelength (blue) response of the solar cells.

  1. Low temperature plasma processing for cell growth inspired carbon thin films fabrication.

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    Kumar, Manish; Piao, Jin Xiang; Jin, Su Bong; Lee, Jung Heon; Tajima, Satomi; Hori, Masaru; Han, Jeon Geon

    2016-09-01

    The recent bio-applications (i.e. bio-sensing, tissue engineering and cell proliferation etc.) are driving the fundamental research in carbon based materials with functional perspectives. High stability in carbon based coatings usually demands the high density deposition. However, the standard techniques, used for the large area and high throughput deposition of crystalline carbon films, often require very high temperature processing (typically >800 °C in inert atmosphere). Here, we present a low temperature (<150 °C) pulsed-DC plasma sputtering process, which enables sufficient ion flux to deposit dense unhydrogenated carbon thin films without any need of substrate-bias or post-deposition thermal treatments. It is found that the control over plasma power density and pulsed frequency governs the density and kinetic energy of carbon ions participating during the film growth. Subsequently, it controls the contents of sp(3) and sp(2) hybridizations via conversion of sp(2) to sp(3) hybridization by ion's energy relaxation. The role of plasma parameters on the chemical and surface properties are presented and correlated to the bio-activity. Bioactivity tests, carried out in mouse fibroblast L-929 and Sarcoma osteogenic (Saos-2) bone cell lines, demonstrate promising cell-proliferation in these films. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Low temperature multi-alkali photocathode processing technique for sealed intensified CCD tubes

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    Doliber, D. L.; Dozier, E. E.; Wenzel, H.; Beaver, E. A.; Hier, R. G.

    1989-01-01

    A low temperature photocathode process has been used to fabricate an intensified CCD visual photocathode image tube, by incorporating a thinned, backside-illumined CCD as the target anode of a digicon tube of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) design. The CCD digicon tube employs the HST's sodium bialkali photocathode and MgF2 substrate, thereby allowing a direct photocathode quantum efficiency comparison between photocathodes produced by the presently employed low temperature process and those of the conventional high temperature process. Attention is given to the processing chamber used, as well as the details of gas desorption and photocathode processing.

  3. Relaxation processes in Aeolian transport

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    Selmani, Houssem; Valance, Alexandre; Ould El Moctar, Ahmed; Dupont, Pascal; Zegadi, Rabah

    2017-06-01

    We investigate experimentally the relaxation process toward the equilibrium regime of saltation transport in the context of spatial inhomogeneous conditions. The relaxation length associated to this process is an important length in aeolian transport. This length stands for the distance needed for the particle flux to adapt to a change in flow conditions or in the boundary conditions at the bed. Predicting the value of this length under given conditions of transport remains an open and important issue. We conducted wind tunnel experiments to document the influence of the upstream particle flux and wind speed on the relaxation process toward the saturated transport state. In the absence of upstream particle flux, data show that the relaxation length is independent of the wind strength (except close to the threshold of transport). In contrast, in the case of a finite upstream flux, the relaxation length exhibits a clear increase with increasing air flow velocity. Moreover, in the latter the relaxation is clearly non-monotonic and presents an overshoot.

  4. Hydration of Rhyolitic Glasses: Comparison Between High- and Low-Temperature Processes

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    Anovitz, L.; Fayek, M.; Cole, D. R.; Carter, T.

    2012-12-01

    While a great deal is known about the interaction between water and rhyolitic glasses and melts at temperatures above the glass transition, the nature of this interaction at lower temperatures is more obscure. Comparisons between high- and low-temperature diffusive studies suggest that several factors play an important role under lower-temperatures conditions that are not significant at higher temperatures. Surface concentrations, which equilibrate quickly at high temperature, change far more slowly as temperatures decrease, and may not equilibrate at room temperature for hundreds or thousands of years. Coupled with temperature-dependent diffusion coefficients this complicates calculation of diffusion profiles as a function of time. A key factor in this process appears to be the inability of "self-stress", caused by the in-diffusing species, to relax at lower temperatures, a result expected below the glass transition. Regions of the glass hydrated at low temperatures are strongly optically anisotropic, and preliminary calculations suggest that the magnitude of stress involved may be very high. On the microstuctural scale, extrapolations of high-temperature FTIR data to lower temperatures suggests there should be little or no hydroxyl present in glasses "hydrated" at low temperatures. Analyses of both block and powder samples suggest that this is generally true in the bulk of the hydrated glass, excluding hydroxyl groups that formed during the initial cooling of the melt. However, hydroxyl do groups appear to be present at the glass surface, where both SIMS and neutron reflectometry data suggest hydration levels may be higher than projected from the bulk of the glass. Isotopic exchange experiments also suggest that bonding is relatively weak, as hydration water exchanges readily with the enviroment. All of these observations lead to the conclusion that the observed stress is due to the presence of interstructural, rather than bonded, water. This likely explains the

  5. Low-Temperature Toughening Mechanism in Thermomechanically Processed High-Strength Low-Alloy Steels

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    Hwang, Byoungchul; Lee, Chang Gil; Kim, Sung-Joon

    2011-03-01

    High-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels were fabricated by varying thermomechanical processing conditions such as rolling and cooling conditions in the intercritical region, and the low-temperature toughening mechanism was investigated in terms of microstructure and the associated grain boundary characteristics. The steels acceleratedly cooled to relatively higher temperature had lower tensile strength than those acceleratedly cooled to room temperature due to the increased volume fraction of granular bainite or polygonal ferrite (PF) irrespective of rolling in the intercritical region, while the yield strength was dependent on intercritical rolling, and start and finish cooling temperatures, which affected the formation of PF and low-temperature transformation phases. The steel rolled in the intercritical region and cooled to 673 K (400 °C) provided the best combination of high yield strength and excellent low-temperature toughness because of the presence of fine PF and appropriate mixture of various low-temperature transformation phases such as granular bainite, degenerate upper bainite (DUB), lower bainite (LB), and lath martensite (LM). Despite the high yield strength, the improvement of low-temperature toughness could be explained by the reduction of overall effective grain size based on the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis data, leading to the decrease in ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT).

  6. Exploring the limits: A low-pressure, low-temperature Haber-Bosch process

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    Vojvodic, Aleksandra; Medford, Andrew James; Studt, Felix; Abild-Pedersen, Frank; Khan, Tuhin Suvra; Bligaard, T.; Nørskov, J. K.

    2014-04-01

    The Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis has been suggested to be the most important invention of the 20th century, and called the ‘Bellwether reaction in heterogeneous catalysis’. We examine the catalyst requirements for a new low-pressure, low-temperature synthesis process. We show that the absence of such a process for conventional transition metal catalysts can be understood as a consequence of a scaling relation between the activation energy for N2 dissociation and N adsorption energy found at the surface of these materials. A better catalyst cannot obey this scaling relation. We define the ideal scaling relation characterizing the most active catalyst possible, and show that it is theoretically possible to have a low pressure, low-temperature Haber-Bosch process. The challenge is to find new classes of catalyst materials with properties approaching the ideal, and we discuss the possibility that transition metal compounds have such properties.

  7. Low-temperature solution-processed p-type vanadium oxide for perovskite solar cells.

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    Sun, Haocheng; Hou, Xiaomeng; Wei, Qiulong; Liu, Huawei; Yang, Kecheng; Wang, Wei; An, Qinyou; Rong, Yaoguang

    2016-06-21

    A low-temperature solution-processed inorganic p-type contact material of vanadium oxide (VOx) was developed to fabricate planar-heterojunction perovskite solar cells. Using a solvent-assisted process, high-quality uniform and compact perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) films were deposited on VOx coated substrates. Due to the high transmittance and quenching efficiency of VOx layers, a power conversion efficiency of over 14% was achieved.

  8. Influence of thermally activated processes on the deformation behavior during low temperature ECAP

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    Fritsch, S.; Scholze, M.; F-X Wagner, M.

    2016-03-01

    High strength aluminum alloys are generally hard to deform. Therefore, the application of conventional severe plastic deformation methods to generate ultrafine-grained microstructures and to further increase strength is considerably limited. In this study, we consider low temperature deformation in a custom-built, cooled equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) tool (internal angle 90°) as an alternative approach to severely plastically deform a 7075 aluminum alloy. To document the maximum improvement of mechanical properties, these alloys are initially deformed from a solid solution heat-treated condition. We characterize the mechanical behavior and the microstructure of the coarse grained initial material at different low temperatures, and we analyze how a tendency for the PLC effect and the strain-hardening rate affect the formability during subsequent severe plastic deformation at low temperatures. We then discuss how the deformation temperature and velocity influence the occurrence of PLC effects and the homogeneity of the deformed ECAP billets. Besides the mechanical properties and these microstructural changes, we discuss technologically relevant processing parameters (such as pressing forces) and practical limitations, as well as changes in fracture behavior of the low temperature deformed materials as a function of deformation temperature.

  9. Joining of Silver Nanomaterials at Low Temperatures: Processes, Properties, and Applications.

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    Peng, Peng; Hu, Anming; Gerlich, Adrian P; Zou, Guisheng; Liu, Lei; Zhou, Y Norman

    2015-06-17

    A review is provided, which first considers low-temperature diffusion bonding with silver nanomaterials as filler materials via thermal sintering for microelectronic applications, and then other recent innovations in low-temperature joining are discussed. The theoretical background and transition of applications from micro to nanoparticle (NP) pastes based on joining using silver filler materials and nanojoining mechanisms are elucidated. The mechanical and electrical properties of sintered silver nanomaterial joints at low temperatures are discussed in terms of the key influencing factors, such as porosity and coverage of substrates, parameters for the sintering processes, and the size and shape of nanomaterials. Further, the use of sintered silver nanomaterials for printable electronics and as robust surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates by exploiting their optical properties is also considered. Other low-temperature nanojoining strategies such as optical welding of silver nanowires (NWs) through a plasmonic heating effect by visible light irradiation, ultrafast laser nanojoining, and ion-activated joining of silver NPs using ionic solvents are also summarized. In addition, pressure-driven joining of silver NWs with large plastic deformation and self-joining of gold or silver NWs via oriented attachment of clean and activated surfaces are summarized. Finally, at the end of this review, the future outlook for joining applications with silver nanomaterials is explored.

  10. Integration of Electrodeposited Ni-Fe in MEMS with Low-Temperature Deposition and Etch Processes.

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    Schiavone, Giuseppe; Murray, Jeremy; Perry, Richard; Mount, Andrew R; Desmulliez, Marc P Y; Walton, Anthony J

    2017-03-22

    This article presents a set of low-temperature deposition and etching processes for the integration of electrochemically deposited Ni-Fe alloys in complex magnetic microelectromechanical systems, as Ni-Fe is known to suffer from detrimental stress development when subjected to excessive thermal loads. A selective etch process is reported which enables the copper seed layer used for electrodeposition to be removed while preserving the integrity of Ni-Fe. In addition, a low temperature deposition and surface micromachining process is presented in which silicon dioxide and silicon nitride are used, respectively, as sacrificial material and structural dielectric. The sacrificial layer can be patterned and removed by wet buffered oxide etch or vapour HF etching. The reported methods limit the thermal budget and minimise the stress development in Ni-Fe. This combination of techniques represents an advance towards the reliable integration of Ni-Fe components in complex surface micromachined magnetic MEMS.

  11. Direct light pattern integration of low-temperature solution-processed all-oxide flexible electronics.

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    Rim, You Seung; Chen, Huajun; Liu, Yongsheng; Bae, Sang-Hoon; Kim, Hyun Jae; Yang, Yang

    2014-09-23

    The rise of solution-processed electronics, together with their processing methods and materials, provides unique opportunities to achieve low-cost and low-temperature roll-to-roll printing of non-Si-based devices. Here, we demonstrate a wafer-scale direct light-patterned, fully transparent, all-solution-processed, and layer-by-layer-integrated electronic device. The deep ultraviolet irradiation of specially designed metal oxide gel films can generate fine-patterned shapes of ∼3 μm, which easily manifest their intrinsic properties at low-temperature annealing. This direct light patterning can be easily applied to the 4 in. wafer scale and diverse pattern shapes and provides feasibility for integrated circuit applications through the penetration of the deep ultraviolet range on the quartz mask. With this approach, we successfully fabricate all-oxide-based high-performance transparent thin-film transistors on flexible polymer substrates.

  12. Integration of Electrodeposited Ni-Fe in MEMS with Low-Temperature Deposition and Etch Processes

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    Schiavone, Giuseppe; Murray, Jeremy; Perry, Richard; Mount, Andrew R.; Desmulliez, Marc P. Y.; Walton, Anthony J.

    2017-01-01

    This article presents a set of low-temperature deposition and etching processes for the integration of electrochemically deposited Ni-Fe alloys in complex magnetic microelectromechanical systems, as Ni-Fe is known to suffer from detrimental stress development when subjected to excessive thermal loads. A selective etch process is reported which enables the copper seed layer used for electrodeposition to be removed while preserving the integrity of Ni-Fe. In addition, a low temperature deposition and surface micromachining process is presented in which silicon dioxide and silicon nitride are used, respectively, as sacrificial material and structural dielectric. The sacrificial layer can be patterned and removed by wet buffered oxide etch or vapour HF etching. The reported methods limit the thermal budget and minimise the stress development in Ni-Fe. This combination of techniques represents an advance towards the reliable integration of Ni-Fe components in complex surface micromachined magnetic MEMS. PMID:28772683

  13. Application of hydrogen injection and oxidation to low temperature solution-processed oxide semiconductors

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    Miyakawa, Masashi; Nakata, Mitsuru; Tsuji, Hiroshi; Fujisaki, Yoshihide; Yamamoto, Toshihiro

    2016-08-01

    Solution-processed oxide semiconductors are promising candidates for the low cost, large scale fabrication of oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs). In this work, a method using hydrogen injection and oxidation (HIO) that allows the low temperature solution processing of oxide semiconductors was demonstrated. We found that this method significantly decreases the concentration of residual species while improving the film densification. Additionally, enhanced TFT performance was confirmed following the use of processing temperatures as low as 300 °C. The proposed process is potentially applicable to the fabrication of a wide variety of solution-processed oxide semiconductors.

  14. Low-temperature optical processing of semiconductor devices using photon effects

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    Sopori, B.L.; Cudzinovic, M.; Symko, M.

    1995-08-01

    In an RTA process the primary purpose of the optical energy incident on the semiconductor sample is to increase its temperature rapidly. The activation of reactions involved in processes such as the formation of junctions, metal contacts, deposition of oxides or nitrides, takes place purely by the temperature effects. We describe the observation of a number of new photonic effects that take place within the bulk and at the interfaces of a semiconductor when a semiconductor device is illuminated with a spectrally broad-band light. Such effects include changes in the diffusion properties of impurities in the semiconductor, increased diffusivity of impurities across interfaces, and generation of electric fields that can alter physical and chemical properties of the interface. These phenomena lead to certain unique effects in an RTA process that do not occur during conventional furnace annealing under the same temperature conditions. Of particular interest are observations of low-temperature alloying of Si-Al interfaces, enhanced activation of phosphorus in Si during drive-in, low-temperature oxidation of Si, and gettering of impurities at low-temperatures under optical illumination. These optically induced effects, in general, diminish with an increase in the temperature, thus allowing thermally activated reaction rates to dominate at higher temperatures.

  15. β relaxation and low-temperature aging in a Au-based bulk metallic glass: From elastic properties to atomic-scale structure

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    Evenson, Z.; Naleway, S. E.; Wei, S.; Gross, O.; Kruzic, J. J.; Gallino, I.; Possart, W.; Stommel, M.; Busch, R.

    2014-05-01

    The slow β relaxation is understood to be a universal feature of glassy dynamics. Its presence in bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) is evidence of a broad relaxation time spectrum that extends to deep within the glassy state. Despite the breadth of research devoted to this phenomenon, its microscopic origin is still not fully understood. The low-temperature aging behavior and atomic structural rearrangements of a Au49Cu26.9Si16.3Ag5.5Pd2.3 BMG are investigated in the regime of the slow β relaxation by employing an ensemble of experimental techniques such as high-intensity synchrotron x-ray scattering, modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), impulse excitation, and dilatometry. Evidence of a distinct slow β-relaxation regime is seen in the form of (1) an excess wing of the DMA loss modulus beginning at ˜50 ∘C, (2) a crossover effect of elastic modulus with isothermal aging at 50∘C, and (3) a broad, nonreversing and largely irreversible sub-Tg endotherm in the MDSC results. Atomic rearrangements occurring at the onset of the measured slow β-relaxation temperature regime were found to be confined mainly to the short-range order length scale while no significant atomic rearrangements occur on the length scale of the medium-range order. Furthermore, evidence is presented that suggests the crossover effect in Young's modulus is due to the evolution of chemical short-range order. These results support the emergent picture of a dynamically heterogeneous glassy structure, in which low-temperature relaxation occurs through atomic rearrangements confined mostly to the short-range order length scale.

  16. Low temperature thermo-chemical pretreatment of dairy waste activated sludge for anaerobic digestion process.

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    Rani, R Uma; Kumar, S Adish; Kaliappan, S; Yeom, Ick-Tae; Banu, J Rajesh

    2012-01-01

    An investigation into the influence of low temperature thermo-chemical pretreatment on sludge reduction in a semi-continuous anaerobic reactor was performed. Firstly, effect of sludge pretreatment was evaluated by COD solubilization, suspended solids reduction and biogas production. At optimized condition (60 °C with pH 12), COD solubilization, suspended solids, reduction and biogas production was 23%, 22% and 51% higher than the control, respectively. Secondly, semi-continuous process performance was studied in a lab-scale semi-continuous anaerobic reactor (5 L), with 4 L working volume. With three operated SRTs, the SRT of 15 days was found to be most appropriate for economic operation of the reactor. Combining pretreatment with anaerobic digestion led to 80.5%, 117% and 90.4% of TS, SS and VS reduction respectively, with an improvement of 103% in biogas production. Thus, low temperature thermo-chemical can play an important role in reducing sludge production.

  17. Low-Temperature Processable Block Copolymers That Preserve the Function of Blended Proteins.

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    Iwasaki, Yasuhiko; Takemoto, Kyohei; Tanaka, Shinya; Taniguchi, Ikuo

    2016-07-11

    Low-temperature processable polymers have attracted increasing interest as ecological materials because of their reduced energy consumption during processing and suitability for making composites with heat-sensitive biomolecules at ambient temperature. In the current study, low-temperature processable biodegradable block copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide (LLA) using polyphosphoester as a macroinitiator. The polymer films could be processed under a hydraulic pressure of 35 MPa. The block copolymer films swelled in water because the polyphosphoester block was partially hydrated. Interestingly, the swelling ratio of the films changed with temperature. The pressure-induced order-to-disorder transition of the block copolymers was characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering; a crystallinity reduction in the block copolymers was observed after application of pressure. The crystallinity of the block copolymers was recovered after removing the applied pressure. The Young's modulus of the block copolymer films increased as the LLA unit content increased. Moreover, the modulus did not change after multiple processing cycles and the recyclability of the block copolymers was also confirmed. Finally, polymer films with embedded proteinase K as a model protein were prepared. The activity of catalase loaded into the polymer films was evaluated after processing at different temperatures. The activity of catalase was preserved when the polymer films were processed at room temperature but was significantly reduced after high-temperature processing. The suitability of low-temperature processable biodegradable polymers for making biofunctional composites without reducing protein activity was clarified. These materials will be useful for biomedical and therapeutic applications.

  18. Low strength wastewater treatment under low temperature conditions by a novel sulfur redox action process.

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    Yamaguchi, T; Bungo, Y; Takahashi, M; Sumino, H; Nagano, A; Araki, N; Imai, T; Yamazaki, S; Harada, H

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this research is to make a novel wastewater treatment process activated by a sulfur-redox cycle action of microbes in low temperature conditions. This action is carried out by sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria (SOB). The process was comprised of a UASB reactor as pre-treatment and an aerobic downflow hanging sponge (DHS) reactor as post-treatment. As the results of reactor operation, the whole process achieved that over 90% of CODcr removal efficiency, less than 30 mgCODcr/L (less than 15 mgBOD/L) of final effluent, at 12 h of HRT and at 8 degrees C of UASB reactor temperature. Acetobacterium sp. was detected as the predominant species by PCR-DGGE method targeting 16SrDNA with band excision and sequence analysis. In the UASB reactor, various species of sulfate-reducing bacterium, Desulfobulbus sp., Desulfovibrio sp., and Desulfomicrobium sp., were found by cloning analysis. In the DHS reactor, Tetracoccus sp. presented as dominant. The proposed sulfur-redox action process was considered as an applicable process for low strength wastewater treatment in low temperature conditions.

  19. Determination of the electric-field gradient and relaxation time measurements in scandium metal at very low temperature

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    Pollack, L.; Smith, E.N.; Parpia, J.M.; Richardson, R.C. )

    1992-06-01

    Results are presented of measurements on a single crystal sample of scandium metal at temperatures down to 100 {mu}K using nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR). Two regimes are found in the relaxation curves; an initial fast relaxation, followed by a slower relaxation consistent with the three exponential recovery expected for an I = 7/2 system in zero external magnetic field. The Korringa constant for this longer time relaxation in the sample is 90 {plus minus} 9 msec K{sup {minus}1}. By observing deviations in the ratio of the intensities of adjacent nuclear spin transitions at the lowest attainable temperatures, the authors were able to make a determination of the sign of the total electric field gradient present in the crystal. Results show that the lowest energy state of the nuclear spin system corresponds to m{sub I} = {plus minus} 7/2. A combination of these deviations and pulse NQR allows this system to be used as an absolute thermometer in the {mu}Kelvin regime.

  20. Low-Temperature Solution Processed Random Silver Nanowire as a Promising Replacement for Indium Tin Oxide.

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    Teymouri, Arastoo; Pillai, Supriya; Ouyang, Zi; Hao, Xiaojing; Liu, Fangyang; Yan, Chang; Green, Martin A

    2017-10-04

    A low-temperature solution-based process for depositing silver nanowire (AgNW) networks for use as transparent conductive top electrode is demonstrated. These AgNWs when applied to Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells outperformed indium tin oxide as the top electrode. Thinner nanowires allow the use of lower temperatures during processing, while longer wires allow lowered sheet resistance for the same surface coverage of NWs, enhancing the transmittance/conductance trade-off. Conductive atomic force microscopy and percolation theory were used to study the quality of the NW network at the microscale. Our optimized network yielded a sheet resistance of 18 Ω/□ and ∼95% transmission across the entire wavelength range of interest for a deposition temperature as low as of 60 °C. Our results show that AgNWs can be used for low-temperature cell fabrication using cheap solution-based processes that could also be promising for other solar cells constrained to low processing temperatures such as organic and perovskite solar cells.

  1. Pilot scale studies on nitritation-anammox process for mainstream wastewater at low temperature.

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    Trojanowicz, Karol; Plaza, Elzbieta; Trela, Jozef

    2016-01-01

    Process of partial nitritation-anammox for mainstream wastewater at low temperature was run in a pilot scale moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) system for about 300 days. The biofilm history in the reactor was about 3 years of growth at low temperature (down to 10 °C). The goal of the studies presented in this paper was to achieve effective partial nitritation-anammox process. Influence of nitrogen loading rate, hydraulic retention time, aeration strategy (continuous versus intermittent) and sludge recirculation (integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) mode) on deammonification process' efficiency and microbial activity in the examined system was tested. It was found that the sole intermittent aeration strategy is not a sufficient method for successful suppression of nitrite oxidizing bacteria in MBBR. The best performance of the process was achieved in IFAS mode. The highest recorded capacity of ammonia oxidizing bacteria and anammox bacteria in biofilm was 1.4 gN/m(2)d and 0.5 gN/m(2)d, respectively, reaching 51% in nitrogen removal efficiency.

  2. Relaxation processes in non-Debye dielectrics

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    Turik, A. V.; Bogatin, A. S.; Andreev, E. V.

    2011-12-01

    The specific features of the relaxation processes in non-Debye dielectrics have been investigated. The nature of the difference between the relaxation frequencies of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss (conductivity) has been explained. It has been shown that the average relaxation frequency of the conductivity is considerably (in some cases, by several orders of magnitude) higher than the relaxation frequency of the dielectric constant owing to an increase in the conductivity spectra of the statistical weight of the relaxation processes with short relaxation times.

  3. Low-temperature processed SnO2 compact layer for efficient mesostructure perovskite solar cells

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    Duan, Jinxia; Xiong, Qiu; Feng, Bingjie; Xu, Yang; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Hao

    2017-01-01

    SnO2 nanoparticle film has been synthesized via low- temperature (∼180 °C) solution-processing and proposed as compact layer in mesostructure perovskite-type solar cell (PSC). Low-temperature processed SnO2 compact layer (cl-SnO2) brings perfect crystal-lattice and band-gap matching between electron selective layer and FTO substrate and close interface-contact between cl-SnO2 and mesoporous TiO2 layer (mp-TiO2), which contributes to suppressing carrier recombination and optimizing device performance. In varied thickness cells, 70 nm cl-SnO2 device exhibits maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE). In order to further restrain photoelectron recombination and improve the photovoltaic performance, the surface modification of cl-SnO2 by SnCl4 aqueous solution has been carried out. The recombination behavior in the cell interior is greatly retarded via SnCl4 treatment and champion PSC after SnCl4 treatment has acquire PCE of 15.07%, which is higher than PCE of cl-TiO2 based PSC fabricated with same mp-TiO2 and perovskite procedures (13.3%). The stability of cl-SnO2 PSC via SnCl4 treatment has also been measured and its PCE reduces to 13.0% after 2 weeks in air.

  4. Information entropy of activation process: Application for low-temperature fluctuations of a myoglobin molecule

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    Stepanov, A. V.

    2015-11-01

    Activation process for unimolecular reaction has been considered by means of radiation theory. The formulae of information entropy of activation have been derived for the Boltzmann-Arrhenius model and the activation process model (APM). The physical meaning of this entropy has been determined. It is a measure of conversion of thermal radiation energy to mechanical energy that moves atoms in a molecule during elementary activation act. It is also a measure of uncertainty of this energy conversion. The uncertainty is due to unevenness of distribution function representing the activation process. It has been shown that Arrhenius dependence is caused by the entropy change. Efficiency comparison of the two models under consideration for low-temperature fluctuations of a myoglobin molecule structure shows that the APM should be favored over the Boltzmann-Arrhenius one.

  5. Low temperature solution process-based defect-induced orange-red light emitting diode

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    Biswas, Pranab; Baek, Sung-Doo; Hoon Lee, Sang; Park, Ji-Hyeon; Jeong Lee, Su; Il Lee, Tae; Myoung, Jae-Min

    2015-01-01

    We report low-temperature solution-processed p-CuO nanorods (NRs)/n-ZnO NRs heterojunction light emitting diode (LED), exploiting the native point defects of ZnO NRs. ZnO NRs were synthesized at 90 °C by using hydrothermal method while CuO NRs were synthesized at 100 °C by using microwave reaction system. The electrical properties of newly synthesized CuO NRs revealed a promising p-type nature with a hole concentration of 9.64 × 1018 cm−3. The current-voltage characteristic of the heterojunction showed a significantly high rectification ratio of 105 at 4 V with a stable current flow. A broad orange-red emission was obtained from the forward biased LED with a major peak at 610 nm which was attributed to the electron transition from interstitial zinc to interstitial oxygen point defects in ZnO. A minor shoulder peak was also observed at 710 nm, corresponding to red emission which was ascribed to the transition from conduction band of ZnO to oxygen vacancies in ZnO lattice. This study demonstrates a significant progress toward oxide materials based, defect-induced light emitting device with low-cost, low-temperature methods. PMID:26648420

  6. Substrate-dependent thermal conductivity of aluminum nitride thin-films processed at low temperature

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    Belkerk, B. E.; Bensalem, S.; Soussou, A.; Carette, M.; Djouadi, M. A.; Scudeller, Y.; Al Brithen, H.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we report on investigation concerning the substrate-dependent thermal conductivity (k) of Aluminum Nitride (AlN) thin-films processed at low temperature by reactive magnetron sputtering. The thermal conductivity of AlN films grown at low temperature (<200 °C) on single-crystal silicon (Si) and amorphous silicon nitride (SiN) with thicknesses ranging from 100 nm to 4000 nm was measured with the transient hot-strip technique. The k values for AlN films on SiN were found significantly lower than those on Silicon consistently with their microstructures revealed by X-ray diffraction, high resolution scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The change in k was due to the thermal boundary resistance found to be equal to 10 × 10{sup −9} Km{sup 2}W{sup −1} on SiN against 3.5 × 10{sup −9} Km{sup 2}W{sup −1} on Si. However, the intrinsic thermal conductivity was determined with a value as high as 200 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} whatever the substrate.

  7. Novel Surface Passivation Technique for Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Perovskite PV Cells.

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    Tripathi, Neeti; Shirai, Yasuhiro; Yanagida, Masatoshi; Karen, Akiya; Miyano, Kenjiro

    2016-02-01

    Low-temperature solution-processed perovskite solar cells are attracting immense interest due to their ease of fabrication and potential for mass production on flexible substrates. However, the unfavorable surface properties of planar substrates often lead to large variations in perovskite crystal size and weak charge extractions at interfaces, resulting in inferior performance. Here, we report the improved performance, reproducibility, and high stability of "p-i-n" planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. The key fabrication process is the addition of the amine-polymer poly[(9,9-bis(3'-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)-alt-2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)] (PFN-P1) to a simple spin-coating process. The PFN-P1 works as a surfactant and helps promote uniform crystallization. As a result, perovskite films with PFN-P1 have a uniform distribution of grain sizes and improved open circuit voltage. Devices with PFN-P1 showed the best efficiency (13.2%), with a small standard deviation (0.40), out of 60 cells. Moreover, ∼90% of the initial efficiency was retained over more than 6 months. Additionally, devices fabricated from PFN-P1 mixed perovskite films showed higher stability under continuous operation at maximum power point over 150 h. Our results show that this approach is simple and effective for improving device performance, reproducibility, and stability by modifying perovskite properties with PFN-P1. Because of the simplicity of the fabrication process and reliable performance increase, this approach marks important progress in low-temperature solution-processed perovskite solar cells.

  8. Defect states in strain-relaxed Si0.7Ge0.3 layers grown at low temperature

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    Mooney, P. M.; Tilly, L.; D'Emic, C. P.; Chu, J. O.; Cardone, F.; LeGoues, F. K.; Meyerson, B. S.

    1997-07-01

    Two shallow hole traps dominate the deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) data for strain-relaxed Si0.7Ge0.3 layers grown on Si(100) by ultrahigh vacuum chemical vapor deposition at temperatures ⩽560 °C. The trap energy levels are at Ev+0.06 and Ev+0.14 eV and trap concentrations are ⩽5×1014 cm-3 in relaxed layers having threading dislocation densities of 2-4×107 cm-2. A logarithmic dependence of the filling rate indicates that these traps are associated with extended defects and this is confirmed by their absence in a sample having no dislocations. The annealing temperature of the DLTS peaks is consistent with the interpretation of these traps as states of defect complexes at dislocations, rather than intrinsic dislocation states or isolated defect complexes. The trap concentrations are proportional to the oxygen concentration in the film, suggesting that oxygen may be a constituent of the defect complex.

  9. Low temperature processed planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells employing silver nanowires as top electrode

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    Zhang, Jianhua; Li, Fushan; Yang, Kaiyu; Veeramalai, Chandrasekar Perumal; Guo, Tailiang

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we reported a low temperature processed planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell employing silver nanowires as the top electrode and ZnO nanoparticles as the electron transport layer. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was grown as the light absorber via two-step spin-coating technique. The as-fabricated perovskite solar cell exhibited the highest power conversion efficiency of 9.21% with short circuit current density of 19.75 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage of 1.02, and fill factor value of 0.457. The solar cell's performance showed negligible difference between the forward and reverse bias scan. This work paves a way for realizing low cost solution processable solar cells.

  10. Process analysis and mechanism investigation of low temperature synthesis of nanoscale calcium hexaboride powder.

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    Zhang, Lin; Feng, Gang; Min, Guanghui

    2014-10-01

    The synthesis of nanoscale CaB6 powder via the low temperature chemical reaction of Calcium chloride (CaCl2) with Sodium Borohyride (NaBH4) in vacuum has been investigated in this study. The reaction temperature was determined by differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis (DSC and TG). Crystallization process was provided through studying the influence of heat preservation time on the crystal particles morphologies in vacuum. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to investigate the phase and structure of CaB6. The characterization for microstructure was performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The elemental analysis was conducted by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is concluded that CaB6 nanoparticles can be successfully prepared under low temperature at 500 degrees C. The results showed that in vacuum, 2 hours heat preservation time is enough for the reaction to complete at this temperature. The average size of crystal grains is 25.1 nm with high crystallinity and cubic shaped, which particles size is at the range of 20-100 nm. Longer heat preservation time more than 2 hours will make CaB6 particles connected together to form hard aggregations, that is the sintering process occurred under this temperature. However, the crystal grain size changed unobviously accompanying the holding time prolong due to the high chemical stability of CaB6. The atomic ratio of B to Ca is 5.37:1, less than but close to its stoichiometric ratio 6:1. The synthesis process and mechanism were investigated in this paper.

  11. Highly Crystalline Nanoparticle Suspensions for Low-Temperature Processing of TiO2 Thin Films.

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    Watté, Jonathan; Lommens, Petra; Pollefeyt, Glenn; Meire, Mieke; De Buysser, Klaartje; Van Driessche, Isabel

    2016-05-25

    In this work, we present preparation and stabilization methods for highly crystalline TiO2 nanoparticle suspensions for the successful deposition of transparent, photocatalytically active TiO2 thin films toward the degradation of organic pollutants by a low temperature deposition method. A proof-of-concept is provided wherein stable, aqueous TiO2 suspensions are deposited on glass substrates. Even if the processing temperature is lowered to 150-200 °C, the subsequent heat treatment provides transparent and photocatalytically active titania thin layers. Because all precursor solutions are water-based, this method provides an energy-efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly synthesis route. The high load in crystalline titania particles obtained after microwave heating opens up the possibility to produce thin coatings by low temperature processing, as a conventional crystallization procedure is in this case superfluous. The impact of the precursor chemistry in Ti(4+)-peroxo solutions, containing imino-diacetic acid as a complexing ligand and different bases to promote complexation was studied as a function of pH, reaction time and temperature. The nanocrystal formation was followed in terms of colloidal stability, crystallinity and particle size. Combined data from Raman and infrared spectroscopy, confirmed that stable titanium precursors could be obtained at pH levels ranging from 2 to 11. A maximum amount of 50.7% crystallinity was achieved, which is one of the highest reported amounts of anatase nanoparticles that are suspendable in stable aqueous titania suspensions. Decoloring of methylene blue solutions by precipitated nanosized powders from the TiO2 suspensions proves their photocatalytic properties toward degradation of organic materials, a key requisite for further processing. This synthesis method proves that the deposition of highly crystalline anatase suspensions is a valid route for the production of photocatalytically active, transparent

  12. Fabrication of zinc ferrite nanocrystals by sonochemical emulsification and evaporation: observation of magnetization and its relaxation at low temperature.

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    Sivakumar, Manickam; Takami, Tsuyoshi; Ikuta, Hiroshi; Towata, Atsuya; Yasui, Kyuichi; Tuziuti, Toru; Kozuka, Teruyuki; Bhattacharya, Dipten; Iida, Yasuo

    2006-08-10

    A new ultrasound assisted emulsion (consisting of rapeseed oil and aqueous solution of Zn(2+) and Fe(2+) acetates) and evaporation protocol has been developed for the synthesis of zinc ferrite (ZnFe(2)O(4)) nanoparticles with narrow size distribution. The as-synthesized sample consisted of crystalline zinc ferrite particles with an average diameter of approximately 4 nm, whereas the average size of the heat-treated ferrite particles increases to approximately 12 nm. To remove the small amount of oil present on the surface of the as-synthesized ferrite sample, heat treatment was carried out at 350 degrees C for 3 h. The as-synthesized and heat-treated ferrites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), TGA/DTA, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. Magnetic measurements show that the nanocrystalline ZnFe(2)O(4), prepared through this technique, is either at par with those obtained in other cases or even more improved. Both the as-synthesized and heat-treated samples reveal relaxation of magnetization. Our study also shows that one can tailor the magnetization and relaxation pattern by suitably controlling the particle size of the nanocrystalline ZnFe(2)O(4). The key features of this method are avoiding (a) the cumbersome conditions that exist in the conventional methods, (b) the usage of necessary additive components (stabilizers or surfactants, precipitants), and (c) calcination requirements. In addition, rapeseed oil has replaced organic nonpolar solvents used in earlier studies. As a whole, this simple straightforward sonochemical approach results in a better pure phase system of nanoferrite with improved magnetic properties.

  13. Graphics processing unit accelerated three-dimensional model for the simulation of pulsed low-temperature plasmas

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    Fierro, Andrew Dickens, James; Neuber, Andreas

    2014-12-15

    A 3-dimensional particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo collision simulation that is fully implemented on a graphics processing unit (GPU) is described and used to determine low-temperature plasma characteristics at high reduced electric field, E/n, in nitrogen gas. Details of implementation on the GPU using the NVIDIA Compute Unified Device Architecture framework are discussed with respect to efficient code execution. The software is capable of tracking around 10 × 10{sup 6} particles with dynamic weighting and a total mesh size larger than 10{sup 8} cells. Verification of the simulation is performed by comparing the electron energy distribution function and plasma transport parameters to known Boltzmann Equation (BE) solvers. Under the assumption of a uniform electric field and neglecting the build-up of positive ion space charge, the simulation agrees well with the BE solvers. The model is utilized to calculate plasma characteristics of a pulsed, parallel plate discharge. A photoionization model provides the simulation with additional electrons after the initial seeded electron density has drifted towards the anode. Comparison of the performance benefits between the GPU-implementation versus a CPU-implementation is considered, and a speed-up factor of 13 for a 3D relaxation Poisson solver is obtained. Furthermore, a factor 60 speed-up is realized for parallelization of the electron processes.

  14. Hybrid transparent electrodes of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes: a low-temperature solution process.

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    Tokuno, Takehiro; Nogi, Masaya; Jiu, Jinting; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2012-05-31

    Hybrid transparent electrodes with silver nanowires (AgNWs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were fabricated on plastic films by a low-temperature solution process. The hybrid transparent electrodes exhibited a sheet resistance of 29.2 Ω/sq with a transparency of 80% when 6 wt.% of SWCNTs was mixed with AgNWs. This sheet resistance was less than one-fourth that of the AgNW transparent electrodes that were prepared using the same method. This reduction in sheet resistance is because the SWCNTs formed bridges between the AgNWs, thus, resulting in high conductivity of the hybrid transparent electrodes. The hybrid electrodes formed on plastic films exhibited high conductivity as well as excellent stability in sheet resistance when tested using a repeated bending test.PACS: 62.23.Hj; 61.48.De; 81.15.-z.

  15. Preliminary operational results of the low temperature-solar industrial-process-heat field tests

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    Kutscher, C. F.; Davenport, R. L.

    1981-06-01

    Three hot water systems and four hot air systems are evaluated. All are low-temperature projects (process heat at temperatures below 212O F). Performance results, project costs, and problems encountered are summarized. Flat-plate, evacuated-tube, and line-focus collectors are all represented in the program, with collector array areas ranging from 2500 to 21,000 sq ft. Collector array efficiencies ranged from 12% to 36% with net system efficiences from 8% to 33%. Low efficiencies are attributable in some cases to high thermal losses and, for the two projects using air collectors, are due in part to high parasitic power consumption. Problems have included industrial effluents on collectors, glazing and absorber surface failures, excessive thermal losses, freezing and overheating, control problems, and data acquisition system failure. With design and data acquisition costs excluded costs of the projects ranged from $25/sq ft to $87/sq ft and $499/MBtu/yr to $1537/MBtu/yr.

  16. Fabrication of multilayer passive electric components using inkjet printing and low temperature laser processing on polymer

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    Ko, Seung Hwan; Chung, Jaewon; Pan, Heng; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2006-02-01

    The low temperature fabrication of passive electrical components (conductor, capacitor) on the flexible polymer substrate is presented in this paper. A drop-on-demand (DOD) ink-jetting system was used to print gold nano-particles suspended in Alpha-Terpineol solvent and PVP in PGMEA solvent to fabricate passive electrical components on flexible polymer substrate. Short pulsed laser ablation enabled finer electrical components to overcome limitation of inkjet process. Continuous Argon ion laser was irradiated locally to evaporate carrier solvent as well as to sinter gold nano-particles. In addition, a self alignment technique for PVP layer was demonstrated taking advantage of the deliberate modification of surface wetting characteristics. Finally, a new selective ablation of multilayered gold nanoparticle film was demonstrated using the ablation threshold difference for sintered and non sintered gold nanoparticles.

  17. Low-temperature baroplastic processing of graphene-based polymer composites by pressure-induced flow

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    Tang, Wei; He, Cheng-en; Wang, Yuanzhen; Yang, Yingkui; Pong Tsui, Chi

    2014-08-01

    Two-stage emulsion polymerization was employed to synthesize nanoparticles consisting of a low glass transition temperature core of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) and a glassy poly(methyl methylacrylate) (PMMA) shell. Incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) into the PBA-PMMA latex produced GO/PBA-PMMA composites after demulsification and graphene/PBA-PMMA composites after chemical reduction of GO. The as-prepared powdery materials were processed into thin films by compression molding at room temperature as the result of a pressure-induced mixing mechanism of microphase-separated baroplastics. The presence of oxygen-containing groups for GO sheets contributed to better dispersion and stronger interface with the matrix, thereby showing greater reinforcement efficiency toward polymers compared to graphene sheets. In addition, both Young's modulus and yield strength for all materials increased with applied pressure and processing time due to better flowability, processability and cohesion at higher pressure and longer time. Low-temperature processing under pressure is of significance for energy conservation, recyclability and environmental protection during plastic processing.

  18. Full Scale Field Trial of the Low Temperature Mercury Capture Process

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    Locke, James; Winschel, Richard

    2012-05-21

    CONSOL Energy Inc., with partial funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory, designed a full-scale installation for a field trial of the Low-Temperature Mercury Control (LTMC) process, which has the ability to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by over 90 percent, by cooling flue gas temperatures to approximately 230°F and absorbing the mercury on the native carbon in the fly ash, as was recently demonstrated by CONSOL R&D on a slip-stream pilot plant at the Allegheny Energy Mitchell Station with partial support by DOE. LTMC has the potential to remove over 90 percent of the flue gas mercury at a cost at least an order of magnitude lower (on a $/lb mercury removed basis) than activated carbon injection. The technology is suitable for retrofitting to existing and new plants, and, although it is best suited to bituminous coal-fired plants, it may have some applicability to the full range of coal types. Installation plans were altered and moved from the original project host site, PPL Martins Creek plant, to a second host site at Allegheny Energy's R. Paul Smith plant, before installation actually occurred at the Jamestown (New York) Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Samuel A. Carlson (Carlson) Municipal Generating Station Unit 12, where the LTMC system was operated on a limited basis. At Carlson, over 60% mercury removal was demonstrated by cooling the flue gas to 220-230°F at the ESP inlet via humidification. The host unit ESP operation was unaffected by the humidification and performed satisfactorily at low temperature conditions.

  19. Nitrogen Turnover Processes in Low Temperatures in an Agricultural Peat Soil

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    Silvennoinen, H. M.; Hämäläinen, R.; Koponen, H. T.; Martikainen, P. J.

    2009-12-01

    Nitrogen (N) cycling in agricultural soils has a key impact on the environment. Agricultural ecosystems are the most important sources of nitrous oxide (N2O), an important greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere. Additionally N fertilizers used to improve plant growth lead to enhanced N leaching and thereby to eutrophication of surrounding aquatic ecosystems. Microbial processes are normally enhanced by increase in temperature. Several recent studies have shown that although N2O emissions from agricultural soils are of microbiological origin, produced mainly in microbial reduction of nitrate (NO3-) via nitric oxide (NO) and N2O to molecular nitrogen (N2) (denitrification), the temperature response of N2O emissions is greatly variable and there is a lot of evidence of high emissions during cold periods (Koponen et al. 2006). Denitrification is, however, regulated by availability of inorganic N and therefore dependant not only on N fertilization but also on N turnover processes in soil. These processes include mineralization of organic N to ammonium (NH4+), oxidation of NH4+ to nitrite and NO3- (nitrification). These processes and their regulation especially in low temperatures are yet poorly understood. In this experiment, gross rates of N mineralization and nitrification and carbon dioxide production were studied in various temperatures ranging from -1.5 to 15 °C. Soil samples were taken from grassland on peat soil in Southern Finland (60o49’N, 23o30’E) on September 8th 2008 from depths of 0-10 cm. Temperature responses of N gross mineralization and nitrification and of microbial respiration were measured in a laboratory experiment. The incubation temperatures used for experiments were 15, 5, 2.5, 1.5, 0.5, 0, -0.5 and -1.5 °C. After 7 d temperature-specific incubation, gross rates of N mineralization and nitrification were determined with pool dilution technique in a 24 h incubation experiment. This study showed that N turnover processes in agricultural peat soil

  20. Low temperature dielectric and conductivity relaxation studies on magnetoelectric Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3

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    Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Shivaraja, I.; Rayaprol, Sudhindra; Angadi, Basavaraj

    2016-05-01

    The single phase perovskite Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 [PFW] was synthesized by modified low - temperature (sintering at 850°C) solid-state reaction. Rietveld refinement ofroom temperature (RT) X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron diffraction (ND) patterns of the samples confirm the single phase formation with cubic structure (Pm-3m). Surface morphology of the compounds was studied by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and average grain size was estimated to be ˜2 µm. The RT dielectric properties of PFW ceramic are studied as a function of frequency from 100 - 1MHz. The temperature dependent (120 - 293K) dielectric properties were studied at few selected frequencies. We found the frequency dependent dielectric constant shows increasing trend with increase in temperature from 120 - 293K, with minimum dielectric loss. The frequency dependence of dielectric loss shows a maximum in between 10 Hz and 1 kHz, confirms the extrinsic phenomena like interfacial polarization due to space charge accumulation at grain boundaries. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical behaviour of PFW in the frequency range from 100 to 1MHz and in the temperature range from 120 - 293 K. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analysed by impedance formalisms and shows the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in the sample. We suggest this low temperature sintered PFW is a suitable candidate for the multilayer ceramic capacitorsandrelated negative temperature coefficient of resistance type (NTCR) behavior like that of semiconductors.

  1. Processing, Microstructure and Electric Properties of Buried Resistors in Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics

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    Dimos, D.B.; Kotula, P.G.; Miera, B.K.; Rodriguez, M.A.; Yang, Pin

    1999-09-17

    The electrical properties were investigated for ruthenium oxide based devitrifiable resistors embedded within low temperature co-fired ceramics. Special attention was given to the processing conditions and their affects on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). Results indicate that the conductance for these buried resistors is limited by tunneling of charge carriers through the thin glass layer between ruthenium oxide particles. A modified version of the tunneling barrier model is proposed to more accurately account for the microstructure ripening observed during thermal processing. The model parameters determined from curve fitting show that charging energy (i.e., the energy required for a charge carrier to tunnel through the glass barrier) is strongly dependent on particle size and particle-particle separation between ruthenium oxide grains. Initial coarsening of ruthenium oxide grains was found to reduce the charging energy and lower the resistance. However, when extended ripening occurs, the increase in particle-particle separation increases the charging energy, reduces the tunneling probability and gives rise to a higher resistance. The trade-off between these two effects results an optimum microstructure with a minimum resistance and TCR. Furthermore, the TCR of these resistors has been shown to be governed by the magnitude of the charging energy. Model parameters determined by our analysis appear to provide quantitative physical interpretations to the microstructural change in the resistor, which in turn, are controlled by the processing conditions.

  2. Low-temperature processing of 'baroplastics' by pressure-induced flow.

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    Gonzalez-Leon, Juan A; Acar, Metin H; Ryu, Sang-Woog; Ruzette, Anne-Valérie G; Mayes, Anne M

    2003-11-27

    The manufacturing of plastics traditionally involves melt processing at temperatures typically greater than 200 degrees C-to enable extrusion or moulding under pressure into desired forms-followed by solidification. This process consumes energy and can cause substantial degradation of polymers and additives (such as flame retardants and ultraviolet stabilizers), limiting plastics performance and recyclability. It was recently reported that the application of pressure could induce melt-like behaviour in the block copolymer polystyrene-block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PBMA), and this behaviour has now been demonstrated in a range of other block copolymer systems. These polymers have been termed baroplastics. However, in each case, the order-to-disorder transition, which gives rise to the accompanying change in rheology from soft solid to melt, was observed at temperatures far exceeding the glass transition temperatures (T(g)) of both components. Here we show that baroplastic systems containing nanophase domains of one high-T(g) and one low-T(g) component can exhibit melt-like flow under pressure at ambient temperature through an apparent semi-solid partial mixing mechanism that substantially preserves the high-T(g) phase. These systems were shredded and remoulded ten times with no evident property degradation. Baroplastics with low-temperature formability promise lower energy consumption in manufacture and processing, reduced use of additives, faster production and improved recyclability, and also provide potential alternatives to current thermoplastic elastomers, rubber-modified plastics, and semi-crystalline polymers.

  3. Processing, microstructure, and electric properties of buried resistors in low-temperature co-fired ceramics

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    Yang, Pin; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Kotula, Paul; Miera, Brandon K.; Dimos, Duane

    2001-04-01

    The electrical properties of ruthenium oxide based devitrifiable resistors embedded within low-temperature co-fired ceramics were investigated from -100{sup o}C to 100{sup o}C. Special attention was given to the processing conditions and their effects on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). Results indicate that within this temperature range the conductance for these buried resistors is limited by tunneling of charge carriers through the thin glass layer between ruthenium oxide particles. A modified version of the tunneling barrier model is proposed to account for the microstructure ripening observed during thermal processing. The model parameters determined from curve fitting show that charging energy (i.e., the energy required for a charge carrier to tunnel through the glass barrier) is strongly dependent on particle size and particle--particle separation between ruthenium oxide grains. Initial coarsening of ruthenium oxide grains was found to reduce the charging energy and lower the resistance. However, when extended ripening occurs, the increase in particle--particle separation increases the charging energy, reduces the tunneling probability and gives rise to a higher resistance. The tradeoff between these two effects results in an optimum microstructure with a minimum resistance and TCR. Furthermore, the TCR of these buried resistors has been shown to be governed by the magnitude of the charging energy. Model parameters determined by our analysis appear to provide quantitative physical interpretations to the microstructural changes in the resistor, which in turn, are controlled by the processing conditions.

  4. Preliminary operational results of the low-temperature solar industrial process heat field tests

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    Kutscher, C.F.; Davenport, R.L.

    1980-06-01

    Six solar industrial process heat field tests have been in operation for a year or more - three are hot water systems and three are hot air systems. All are low-temperature projects (process heat at temperatures below 212/sup 0/F). Performance results gathered by each contractor's data acquisition system are presented and project costs and problems encountered are summarized. Flat-plate, evacuated-tube, and line-focus collectors are all represented in the program, with collector array areas ranging from 2500 to 21,000 ft/sup 2/. Collector array efficiencies ranged from 12% to 36% with net system efficiencies from 8% to 33%. Low efficiencies are attributable in some cases to high thermal losses and, for the two projects using air collectors, are due in part to high parasitic power consumption. Problems have included industrial effluents on collectors, glazing and absorber surface failures, excessive thermal losses, freezing and overheating, control problems, and data acquisition system failure. With design and data acquisition costs excluded costs of the projects ranged from $25/ft/sup 2/ to $87/ft/sup 2/ and $499/(MBtu/yr) to $1537/(MBtu/yr).

  5. Application of Atmospheric-Pressure Microwave Line Plasma for Low Temperature Process

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    Suzuki, Haruka; Nakano, Suguru; Itoh, Hitoshi; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru; Toyoda, Hirotaka

    2015-09-01

    Atmospheric pressure (AP) plasmas have been given much attention because of its high cost benefit and a variety of possibilities for industrial applications. In various kinds of plasma production technique, pulsed-microwave discharge plasma using slot antenna is attractive due to its ability of high-density and stable plasma production. In this plasma source, however, size of the plasma has been limited up to a few cm in length due to standing wave inside a waveguide. To solve this, we have proposed a newly-developed AP microwave plasma source that utilizes not standing wave but travelling wave. By using this plasma source, spatially-uniform AP line plasma with 40 cm in length was realized by pure helium discharge in 60 cm slot and with nitrogen gas additive of 1%. Furthermore, gas temperature as low as 400 K was realized in this device. In this study, as an example of low temperature processes, hydrophilic treatment of PET films was performed. Processing speed increased with pulse frequency and a water contact angle of ~20° was easily obtained within 5 s with no thermal damage to the substrate. To evaluate treatment-uniformity of long line length, PET films were treated by 90 cm slot-antenna plasma and uniform treatment performance was confirmed.

  6. Preliminary operational results of the low temperature solar industrial process heat field tests

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    Kutscher, C. F.; Davenport, R. L.

    1980-06-01

    Six solar industrial process heat field tests have been in operation for a year or more, three are hot water systems and three are hot air systems. All are low temperature projects (process heat at temperatures below 212 F). Performance results gathered by each contractor's data acquisition system are presented and project costs and problems encountered are summarized. Flat plate, evaluated tube, and line focus collectors are all represented with collector array areas ranging from 2500 to 21,000 sq ft. Collector array efficiencies ranged form 12% to 36% with net system efficiencies from 8% to 33%. Low efficiencies are attributable in some cases to high thermal losses and, for the two projects using air collectors, are due in part to high parasitic power consumptions. Problems included industrial effluents on collectors, glazing and absorber surface failures, excessive thermal losses, freezing and overheating, control problems, and data acquisition system failure. With design and data acquisition costs excluded, costs of the projects ranged from $25/sq ft to $87/ sq ft and $499/(MBtu/yr) to $1537/(MBtu/yr).

  7. The Improved Low Temperature Digestion (ILTD) Process: An Economic and Environmentally Sustainable Way of Processing Gibbsitic Bauxites

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    Bánvölgyi, György; Siklósi, Péter, dr

    A short description of the Improved Low Temperature Digestion (ILTD) Process and its experimental background. Presentation of its process flow block diagram and process parameters. In the ILTD Process the bauxite is charged so that the dissolved alumina be fairly close to the equilibrium solubility for gibbsite so that dissolution of gibbsite consume the reactive OH ions in a short reaction time and a significant part of kaolinite remain un-attacked. The bauxite residue (red mud) is separated just after the digestion. The pregnant liquor is submitted to a pressure post-desilication in order to maintain a low dissolved silica content and to make Bayer sodalite for further use. A Case Study elaborated for processing Trombetas bauxite (Brazil) gives a comparison of the ILTD Process with both the Conventional Low Temperature digestion Bayer process and the so-called Sumitomo New Bayer Process. A profit increase of USD 15-50 per ton of alumina is arrived for the ILTD Process compared with the Conventional Process, the most likely range is USD 30-40. Utilisation potential of the bauxite residue (red mud) and that of the new by-product: Bayer-sodalite (desilication product) is shortly discussed. Bayer sodalite can be converted to zeolite at a low cost.

  8. Structural properties of relaxed thin film germanium layers grown by low temperature RF-PECVD epitaxy on Si and Ge (100) substrates

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    Cariou, R.; Ruggeri, R.; Tan, X.; Nassar, J.; Roca i Cabarrocas, P.; Mannino, Giovanni

    2014-07-15

    We report on unusual low temperature (175 °C) heteroepitaxial growth of germanium thin films using a standard radio-frequency plasma process. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveal a perfect crystalline quality of epitaxial germanium layers on (100) c-Ge wafers. In addition direct germanium crystal growth is achieved on (100) c-Si, despite 4.2% lattice mismatch. Defects rising from Ge/Si interface are mostly located within the first tens of nanometers, and threading dislocation density (TDD) values as low as 10{sup 6} cm{sup −2} are obtained. Misfit stress is released fast: residual strain of −0.4% is calculated from Moiré pattern analysis. Moreover we demonstrate a striking feature of low temperature plasma epitaxy, namely the fact that crystalline quality improves with thickness without epitaxy breakdown, as shown by TEM and depth profiling of surface TDD.

  9. Low temperature solution processed high-κ ZrO2 gate dielectrics for nanoelectonics

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    Kumar, Arvind; Mondal, Sandip; Rao, K. S. R. Koteswara

    2016-05-01

    The high-κ gate dielectrics, specifically amorphous films offer salient features such as exceptional mechanical flexibility, smooth surfaces and better uniformity associated with low leakage current density. In this work, ∼35 nm thick amorphous ZrO2 films were deposited on silicon substrate at low temperature (300 °C, 1 h) from facile spin-coating method and characterized by various analytical techniques. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal the formation of amorphous phase ZrO2, while ellipsometry analysis together with the Atomic Force Microscope suggest the formation of dense film with surface roughness of 1.5 Å, respectively. The fabricated films were integrated in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures to check the electrical capabilities. The oxide capacitance (Cox), flat band capacitance (CFB), flat band voltage (VFB), dielectric constant (κ) and oxide trapped charges (Qot) extracted from high frequency (1 MHz) C-V curve are 186 pF, 104 pF, 0.37 V, 15 and 2 × 10-11 C, respectively. The small flat band voltage 0.37 V, narrow hysteresis and very little frequency dispersion between 10 kHz-1 MHz suggest an excellent a-ZrO2/Si interface with very less trapped charges in the oxide. The films exhibit a low leakage current density 4.7 × 10-9 A/cm2 at 1 V. In addition, the charge transport mechanism across the MOSC is analyzed and found to have a strong bias dependence. The space charge limited conduction mechanism is dominant in the high electric field region (1.3-5 V) due to the presence of traps, while the trap-supported tunneling is prevailed in the intermediate region (0.35-1.3 V). Low temperature solution processed ZrO2 thin films obtained are of high quality and find their importance as a potential dielectric layer on Si and polymer based flexible electronics.

  10. Low temperature processing of sulfide and oxide lithium solid electrolytes to bridge ionically resistive boundaries

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    Berbano, Seth Sevidal

    Solid electrolytes are enabling materials for solid-state batteries. The theme of the contributions in this thesis center around low temperature processing of solid electrolytes and their resulting microstructures and ionic conductivities. Solid electrolytes are of interest for safer and more reliable replacements to liquid electrolytes at a wide range of operating temperatures. Using pressure-temperature-assisted densification (200 °C and 190 MPa), ionically resistive pores were minimized and ionic conductivity was maximized in x Li2S + (1-x) P2S5 (x = 0.70, 0.75, 0.80) solid electrolytes. For 0.70 Li2S + 0.30 P2S 5, the powder-in-a-tube method was demonstrated as a method to fabricate 120 mum thin electrolytes with 10-3 S/cm ionic conductivities at 25 °C for large area format batteries. Using cold sintering, the solid electrolyte Li1+xAlx Ge2-x(PO4)3 (x = 0.50) was densified to around 80% theoretical density in minutes at 120 °C and 400 MPa. In order to bridge ionically resistive grain boundaries, a 5 minute post-processing at 650 °C was required. High volume fractions of ceramic electrolyte could be co-sintered with polymer. Up to 95 vol. % Li1.5Al0.5Ge 1.5(PO4)3 + 5 vol. % Poly(vinylidene fluoride hexafluoropropylene) composite electrolytes were cold sintered at 120 °C to densities exceeding 85 %. After soaking in 1 M LiPF6 ethylene carbonate-dimethyl carbonate (50:50 vol. %), composite electrolyte ionic conductivities at 25 °C reached 10-4 S/cm. Using cold sintering, processing and integration of solid electrolytes and other important technical ceramics may now be possible at polymer processing temperatures.

  11. Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Low-Temperature Processed Indium Oxide Electron Selective Layers.

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    Qin, Minchao; Ma, Junjie; Ke, Weijun; Qin, Pingli; Lei, Hongwei; Tao, Hong; Zheng, Xiaolu; Xiong, Liangbin; Liu, Qin; Chen, Zhiliang; Lu, Junzheng; Yang, Guang; Fang, Guojia

    2016-04-06

    Indium oxide (In2O3) as a promising n-type semiconductor material has been widely employed in optoelectronic applications. In this work, we applied low-temperature solution-processed In2O3 nanocrystalline film as an electron selective layer (ESL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) for the first time. By taking advantages of good optical and electrical properties of In2O3 such as high mobility, wide band gap, and high transmittance, we obtained In2O3-based PSCs with a good efficiency exceeding 13% after optimizing the concentration of the precursor solution and the annealing temperature. Furthermore, to enhance the performance of the In2O3-based PSCs, a phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) layer was introduced to modify the surface of the In2O3 film. The PCBM film could fill up the pinholes or cracks along In2O3 grain boundaries to passivate the defects and make the ESL extremely compact and uniform, which is conducive to suppressing the charge recombination. As a result, the efficiency of the In2O3-based PSC was improved to 14.83% accompanied with V(OC), J(SC), and FF being 1.08 V, 20.06 mA cm(-2), and 0.685, respectively.

  12. Low-Temperature, Solution-Processed Molybdenum Oxide Hole-Collection Layer for Organic Photovoltaics

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    Hammond, S. R.; Meyer, J.; Widjonarko, N. E.; Ndione, P. F.; Sigdel, A. K.; Garcia, A.; Miedaner, A.; Lloyd, M. T.; Kahn, A.; Ginley, D. S.; Berry, J. J.; Olson, D. C.

    2012-02-21

    We have utilized a commercially available metal-organic precursor to develop a new, low-temperature, solution-processed molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) hole-collection layer (HCL) for organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices that is compatible with high-throughput roll-to-roll manufacturing. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates complete decomposition of the metal-organic precursor by 115 C in air. Acetonitrile solutions spin-cast in a N{sub 2} atmosphere and annealed in air yield continuous thin films of MoO{sub x}. Ultraviolet, inverse, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopies confirm the formation of MoO{sub x} and, along with Kelvin probe measurements, provide detailed information about the energetics of the MoO{sub x} thin films. Incorporation of these films into conventional architecture bulk heterojunction OPV devices with poly(3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61} butyric acid methyl ester afford comparable power conversion efficiencies to those obtained with the industry-standard material for hole injection and collection: poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The MoO{sub x} HCL devices exhibit slightly reduced open circuit voltages and short circuit current densities with respect to the PEDOT:PSS HCL devices, likely due in part to charge recombination at Mo{sup 5+} gap states in the MoO{sub x} HCL, and demonstrate enhanced fill factors due to reduced series resistance in the MoO{sub x} HCL.

  13. Silicon defects characterization for low temperature ion implantation and RTA process

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    Martirani Paolillo, Diego; Margutti, Giovanni; De Biase, Marco; Barozzi, Mario; Giubertoni, Damiano; Spaggiari, Claudio

    2015-12-01

    In the last years a lot of effort has been directed in order to reduce silicon defects eventually formed during the ion implantation/anneal sequence used in the fabrication of CMOS devices. In this work we explored the effect of ion implant dose rate and temperature on the formation of silicon defects for high fluence 49BF2 implantations. The considered processes (implantation and annealing) conditions are those typically used to form the source/drain regions of p-channel transistors in the submicron technology node and will be detailed in the document. Characterization of implant damage and extended silicon defects left after anneal has been performed by TEM. Dopant distribution and dopant activation has been investigated by SIMS and SRP analysis. We have verified that implant dose rate and temperature modulate the thickness of the amorphous silicon observed after implant, as well as the concentrations of silicon defects left after anneal. Effect of high dose rate low temperature implantation on product device was also evaluated, showing a reduction of leakage current on p-channel transistors. Experimental set up, results and possible explanation will be reported and discussed in the paper.

  14. An atomically controlled Si film formation process at low temperatures using atmospheric-pressure VHF plasma

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    Yasutake, K.; Kakiuchi, H.; Ohmi, H.; Inagaki, K.; Oshikane, Y.; Nakano, M.

    2011-10-01

    To grow epitaxial Si films with atomic- and electronic-level perfection, a high-temperature chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process (>1000 °C) has been generally employed. To reduce the growth temperature below 600 °C but keeping a high deposition rate, other energy sources than thermal heating are required. Atmospheric pressure plasma CVD (AP-PCVD) is considered to be suitable for fabricating high-quality films at high deposition rates due both to the high radical density and to the low ion bombardment against the film surface, because the collision frequency among ions and neutral atoms is high. The present study focuses on the low-temperature growth of epitaxial Si, and experimentally demonstrates that AP-PCVD is capable of growing epitaxial Si films with high perfection applicable for semiconductor devices. It is found that the pre-growth cleaning of the Si surface by H2 AP plasma is effective to grow high-purity Si films, and that the exposure of a film-growing surface to AP plasma during growth is important to form particle-free and defect-free Si films. From the experimental results and the first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of surface atomic reactions, it can be mentioned that both H atoms in the AP plasma and high-density He atoms having thermal kinetic energy contribute to the reduction of growth temperature by supplying considerable energy to the surface.

  15. Regolith layering processes based on studies of low-temperature volatile elements in Apollo core samples

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    Jovanovic, S.; Reed, G. W., Jr.

    1979-01-01

    The concentrations of Hg released at at the most 130 C increase with depth in near-surface samples from cores. This is in response to a daytime thermal gradient with temperatures of approximately 400 K at the surface decreasing to approximately 250 K at greater than 10 cm depth (Keihm and Langseth, 1973). The steepness of the slopes and the depths to which the concentration gradients extend appear to be determined by the color, density and possibly the grain size of the soils. Earlier surface layers can be identified and, in general, are in agreement with other indicators of such layers. Low temperature volatilized Br exhibits trends that parallel those of Hg in a number of cases. This is also true of Br and Hg fractions released in stepwise heating experiments at higher temperatures. The coherence, especially in higher temperature fractions, between these chemically dissimilar elements implies a common physical process of entrapment; possibly one related to the presence of vapor deposits on surfaces and to opening and closing of microcracks and pores.

  16. Robust superhydrophobic transparent coatings fabricated by a low-temperature sol-gel process

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    Huang, Wei-Heng; Lin, Chao-Sung

    2014-06-01

    A coating with robust, superhydrophobic, and transparent properties was fabricated on glass substrates by a sol-gel method at a temperature of 80 °C. The coating was formed in a solution containing silica nanoparticles and silicic acid, in which the ratio of silica nanoparticles and silicic acid was varied to tune the roughness of the coating. Subsequently, the as-deposited coating was dipped with a low surface energy material, 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichloro silane. The coated glass substrate was characterized in terms of surface morphology, optical transmittance, water- and CH2I2-contact angles, and its chemical as well as mechanical stability was evaluated by ultrasonication in ethanol for 120 min. The results showed that the coating had a water contact angle exceeding 160°, a sliding angle lower than 10°, a CH2I2 static contact angle of approximately 150°. The transmittance of the coating was reduced by less than 5% compared to that of the bare glass substrate at wavelengths above 500 nm. Moreover, the properties of the coating hardly changed after the ultrasonication test and still retained the superhydrophobicity after water dropping impact. Because the fabrication process is performed under low temperatures, it is feasible for scale-up production at low energy consumptions.

  17. An Integrated, Low Temperature Process to Capture and Sequester Carbon Dioxide from Industrial Emissions

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    Wendlandt, R. F.; Foremski, J. J.

    2013-12-01

    Laboratory experiments show that it is possible to integrate (1) the chemistry of serpentine dissolution, (2) capture of CO2 gas from the combustion of natural gas and coal-fired power plants using aqueous amine-based solvents, (3) long-term CO2 sequestration via solid phase carbonate precipitation, and (4) capture solvent regeneration with acid recycling in a single, continuous process. In our process, magnesium is released from serpentine at 300°C via heat treatment with ammonium sulfate salts or at temperatures as low as 50°C via reaction with sulfuric acid. We have also demonstrated that various solid carbonate phases can be precipitated directly from aqueous amine-based (NH3, MEA, DMEA) CO2 capture solvent solutions at room temperature. Direct precipitation from the capture solvent enables regenerating CO2 capture solvent without the need for heat and without the need to compress the CO2 off gas. We propose that known low-temperature electrochemical methods can be integrated with this process to regenerate the aqueous amine capture solvent and recycle acid for dissolution of magnesium-bearing mineral feedstocks and magnesium release. Although the direct precipitation of magnesite at ambient conditions remains elusive, experimental results demonstrate that at temperatures ranging from 20°C to 60°C, either nesquehonite Mg(HCO3)(OH)●2H2O or a double salt with the formula [NH4]2Mg(CO3)2●4H2O or an amorphous magnesium carbonate precipitate directly from the capture solvent. These phases are less desirable for CO2 sequestration than magnesite because they potentially remove constituents (water, ammonia) from the reaction system, reducing the overall efficiency of the sequestration process. Accordingly, the integrated process can be accomplished with minimal energy consumption and loss of CO2 capture and acid solvents, and a net generation of 1 to 4 moles of H2O/6 moles of CO2 sequestered (depending on the solid carbonate precipitate and amount of produced H2

  18. PREFACE: Low temperature Plasma in the Processes of Functional Coating Preparation

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    Gali Yunusovich, Dautov; Kashapov Faikovich, Nail; Larionov, Viktor; Gerfanovich Zaripov, Renat; Galyautdinov Tagirovich, Raphael; Ilnaz, Fayrushin; Ramil Nailevich, Kashapov

    2013-12-01

    In November 2013 the V Republican Scientific Technical Conference 'Low-temperature plasma during the deposition of functional coatings' was held in Kazan. The Conference took place from 4-7 November at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and Kazan Federal University chaired by a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan Nail Kashapov, Professor, Doctor of Technical Science, and a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan. At the conference, the participants were offered a wide range of issues affecting the theoretical and computational aspects of the research problems in the physics and technology of low-temperature plasma. There was also a whole series of works devoted to the study of thin films, obtained by low-temperature plasma. For the second year at this conference, work dedicated to the related field of pulsation combustion and low- temperature plasma was considered. In addition much interest is devoted to reports on the exploration of gas discharges with liquid electrolytic electron trodes and the study of dusty plasmas. The VI All-Russian Conference 'Low-temperature plasma during the deposition of functional coatings', an extended version with international participation, is scheduled to take place in November 2014. Nail Kashapov Editor

  19. Determination of regression materials mircohardness, processed by low-temperature plasma dependence on process conditions

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    Khafizov, A. A.; Shakirov, Yu I.; Valiev, R. A.; Valiev, R. I.

    2017-01-01

    The influence of conditions of plasma surface treatment on hardening of carbon steel technological process was analyzed. Hardening was carried out in plasma electrothermal line with an electrolytic cathode. When processing, steel crystal grains are crushed and the structure is changed from ferrite-pearlite to bainite-troostite and martensite, depending on the processing conditions. In this case the surface microhardness increase in 2 - 3 times. The dependence of the carbon steel surface microhardness on the discharge current (2 - 10 A), the distance between the heat source and the surface, the plasma gas flow rate and treatment duration was found. On the basis of multifactor experiment planning methods and the method of least squares, the formula that describes this relationship was found. This allowed to conduct a targeted search of optimal conditions of processes of hardening steel and improve the efficiency and quality of research.

  20. Fractionation of 238U/235U by reduction during low temperature uranium mineralisation processes

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    Murphy, Melissa J.; Stirling, Claudine H.; Kaltenbach, Angela; Turner, Simon P.; Schaefer, Bruce F.

    2014-02-01

    Investigations of ‘stable’ uranium isotope fractionation during low temperature, redox transformations may provide new insights into the usefulness of the 238U/235U isotope system as a tracer of palaeoredox processes. Sandstone-hosted uranium deposits accumulate at an oxidation/reduction interface within an aquifer from the low temperature reduction of soluble U(VI) complexes in groundwaters, forming insoluble U(IV) minerals. This setting provides an ideal environment in which to investigate the effects of redox transformations on 238U/235U fractionation. Here we present the first coupled measurements of 238U/235U isotopic compositions and U concentrations for groundwaters and mineralised sediment samples from the same redox system in the vicinity of the high-grade Pepegoona sandstone-hosted uranium deposit, Australia. The mineralised sediment samples display extremely variable 238U/235U ratios (herein expressed as δUCRM145238, the per-mil deviation from the international NBL standard CRM145). The majority of mineralised sediment samples have δUCRM145238 values between -1.30±0.05 and 0.55±0.12‰, spanning a ca. 2‰ range. However, one sample has an unusually light isotopic composition of -4.13±0.05‰, which suggests a total range of U isotopic variability of up to ca. 5‰, the largest variation found thus far in a single natural redox system. The 238U/235U isotopic signature of the mineralised sediments becomes progressively heavier (enriched in 238U) along the groundwater flow path. The groundwaters show a greater than 2‰ variation in their 238U/235U ratios, ranging from δUCRM145238 values of -2.39±0.07 to -0.71±0.05‰. The majority of the groundwater data exhibit a clear systematic relationship between 238U/235U isotopic composition and U concentration; samples with the lowest U concentrations have the lowest 238U/235U ratios. The preferential incorporation of 238U during reduction of U(VI) to U(IV) and precipitation of uranium minerals leaves

  1. Low-temperature NOx reduction processes using combined systems of pulsed corona discharge and catalysts

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    Kim, H. H.; Takashima, K.; Katsura, S.; Mizuno, A.

    2001-02-01

    In this paper, we will report NOx removal via reduction processes using two types of combined system of pulse corona discharge and catalysts: the single-stage plasma-driven catalyst (PDC) system, and the two-stage plasma-enhanced selective catalytic reduction (PE-SCR) system. Several catalysts, such as γ-alumina catalysts, mechanically mixed catalysts of γ-alumina with BaTiO3 or TiO2, and Co-ZSM-5 were tested. In the PDC system, which is directly activated by the discharge plasma, it was found that the use of additives was necessary to achieve NOx removal by reduction. Removal rates of NO and NOx were linearly increased as the molar ratio of additive to NOx increased. The dependence of NO and NOx removal on the gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) at a fixed specific input energy (SIE) indicates that plasma-induced surface reaction on the catalyst plays an important role in the PDC system. It was found that the optimal GHSV of the PDC system with the γ-alumina catalyst was smaller than 6000 h-1. Mechanical mixing of γ-alumina with BaTiO3 or TiO2 did not enhance NO and NOx removal and γ-alumina alone was found to be the most suitable catalyst. The dielectric constant of the catalyst only influenced the plasma intensity, not the NOx removal. In the PE-SCR system, plasma-treated NOx (mostly NO2) was reduced effectively with NH3 over the Co-ZSM-5 catalyst at a relatively low temperature of 150 °C. Under optimal conditions the energy cost and energy yield were 25 eV/molecule and 21 g-N (kWh)-1, respectively.

  2. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

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    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-05-15

    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through a bottom-up approach. Micron sized flower-like crystals changed to nanorods with increasing hydrothermal temperature. Low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe, after SPS densification, were reported for the first time. This bottom-up synthetic approach can be used to produce phase-pure dense polycrystalline materials for thermoelectrics applications. - Highlights: • SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach. • The role of temperature, time and NaOH content was investigated. • SPS densification allowed for low temperature transport properties measurements. • Transport measurements indicate semiconducting behavior.

  3. Processing urinary endoscopes in a low-temperature steam and formaldehyde autoclave.

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    Gibson, G L

    1977-01-01

    Methods of disinfection and sterilisation of urinary endoscopes are considered. A small mobile low-temperature steam and formaldehyde autoclave (Miniclave 80) is evaluated and shown to be satisfactory for this purpose as judged by a variety of relevant microbiological test pieces. Images PMID:557503

  4. PREFACE: VII Conference on Low Temperature Plasma in the Processes of Functional Coating Preparation

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    Nail, Kashapov

    2016-01-01

    The VII All-Russian (with international participation) Scientific Technical Conference "Low-temperature plasma during the deposition of functional coatings" took place from 4-7 November 2015 at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Kazan Federal University. The conference was attended by over 150 people from Russia and abroad. The participants proposed a wide range of issues affecting the theoretical and experimental aspects of the problems of the physics of low-temperature plasma. We heard the reports of experts from leading universities and research organizations in the field of plasma physics: Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, MEPhI, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, etc. A series of works were devoted to the study of thin films obtained by low-temperature plasma. This year, work dedicated to the related field of heat mass transfer in multiphase media and low-temperature plasma was also presented. Of special interest were reports on the exploration of gas discharges with liquid electrolytic electrodes and the study of dusty plasmas. Kashapov Nail, D.Sc., professor (Kazan Federal University)

  5. Low Temperature Superplasticity of Ti-6Al-4V Processed by Warm Multidirectional Forging (Preprint)

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    2012-07-01

    temperature superplasticity, multidirectional forging , ultrafine grain structure , microstructure evolution 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF...mail.ru, dLee.Semiatin@wpafb.af.mil Keywords: Low-temperature superplasticity, Multidirectional forging , Ultrafine grain structure , Microstructure... Metals Branch Structural Materials Division G.A. Salishchev, E.A. Kudrjavtsev, and S.V. Zherebtsov Belgorod State University July

  6. Distortion behavior of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin in conventional and long, low-temperature processing methods.

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    Kawara, M; Komiyama, O; Kimoto, S; Kobayashi, N; Kobayashi, K; Nemoto, K

    1998-06-01

    There have been many reports on fatal distortion of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin which is still widely used in the field of removable prosthodontics. However, these reports have failed to report quantitatively on polymerization and thermal shrinkage factors. In the present study, we attempted to verify that the shrinkage of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin was caused mainly by thermal contraction after processing. Furthermore, we examined the degree of distortion resulting from long, low-temperature processing, and compared the results with that of the conventional method. The strain gauge and thermo-couple were embedded in a specimen at the time of resin packing. The measurement started from the beginning of processing and continued until the specimen was bench-cooled and immediately before and after it was de-flasked, as well as during seven-day immersion in water at 37 degrees C. The resin expanded when processed by the conventional method. Meanwhile, mild shrinkage, possibly polymerization shrinkage, was observed when the resin was processed by the low-temperature method. This suggested that polymerization shrinkage was compensated for by thermal expansion during processing by the conventional method. Moreover, the shrinkage strains in the period from the completion of processing to immediately after de-flasking, in both the conventional and low-temperature methods, were identical to the theoretical value of thermal shrinkage which we obtained by multiplying the linear coefficients of thermal expansion by temperature differences. The shrinkage strain in the specimen processed by the low-temperature method, measured from the end of processing to immediately after de-flasking, averaged 64% of that in the specimen processed by the conventional method. The results revealed quantitatively that the shrinkage of heat-activated acrylic denture-base resin was mainly thermal shrinkage, and demonstrated the advantage of the low-temperature method in

  7. Mainstream partial nitritation and anammox: long-term process stability and effluent quality at low temperatures.

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    Laureni, Michele; Falås, Per; Robin, Orlane; Wick, Arne; Weissbrodt, David G; Nielsen, Jeppe Lund; Ternes, Thomas A; Morgenroth, Eberhard; Joss, Adriano

    2016-09-15

    The implementation of autotrophic anaerobic ammonium oxidation processes for the removal of nitrogen from municipal wastewater (known as "mainstream anammox") bears the potential to bring wastewater treatment plants close to energy autarky. The aim of the present work was to assess the long-term stability of partial nitritation/anammox (PN/A) processes operating at low temperatures and their reliability in meeting nitrogen concentrations in the range of typical discharge limits below 2  [Formula: see text] and 10 mgNtot·L(-1). Two main 12-L sequencing batch reactors were operated in parallel for PN/A on aerobically pre-treated municipal wastewater (21 ± 5 [Formula: see text] and residual 69 ± 19 mgCODtot·L(-1)) for more than one year, including over 5 months at 15 °C. The two systems consisted of a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and a hybrid MBBR (H-MBBR) with flocculent biomass. Operation at limiting oxygen concentrations (0.15-0.18 [Formula: see text] ) allowed stable suppression of the activity of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria at 15 °C with a production of nitrate over ammonium consumed as low as 16% in the MBBR. Promising nitrogen removal rates of 20-40 mgN·L(-1)·d(-1) were maintained at hydraulic retention times of 14 h. Stable ammonium and total nitrogen removal efficiencies over 90% and 70% respectively were achieved. Both reactors reached average concentrations of total nitrogen below 10 mgN·L(-1) in their effluents, even down to 6 mgN·L(-1) for the MBBR, with an ammonium concentration of 2 mgN·L(-1) (set as operational threshold to stop aeration). Furthermore, the two PN/A systems performed almost identically with respect to the biological removal of organic micropollutants and, importantly, to a similar extent as conventional treatments. A sudden temperature drop to 11 °C resulted in significant suppression of anammox activity, although this was rapidly recovered after the temperature was increased back to 15 °C. Analyses of 16S

  8. Relaxation processes in disaccharide sugar glasses

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    Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Kwon, Hyun-Joung; Seo, Jeong-Ah; Shin, Dong-Myeong; Ha, Ji-Hye; Kim, Hyung-Kook

    2013-02-01

    We represented relaxation processes of disaccharide sugars (anhydrous trehalose and maltose) in supercooled and glassy states by using several spectroscopy techniques which include a broadband dielectric loss spectroscopy, photon correlation spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (Retvield analysis) methods which are powerful tools to measure the dynamics in glass forming materials. In a dielectric loss spectroscopy study, we found that anhydrous trehalose and maltose glasses have an extra relaxation process besides α-, JG β- and γ-relaxations which could be related to a unique property of glycoside bond in disaccharides. In photon correlation spectroscopy study, we found an interesting compressed exponential relaxation at temperatures above 140°C. The q-1 dependence of its relaxation time corresponds to an ultraslow ballistic motion due to the local structure rearrangements. In the same temperature range, we found the glycosidic bond structure changes in trehalose molecule from the Raman and the Retvield X-ray diffraction measurements indicating that the observed compressed exponential relaxation in supercooled liquid trehalose could be resulted in the glycosidic bond structure change. Therefore, the overall results from this study might support the fact that the superior bioprotection ability of disaccharide sugar glasses might originate from this unique relaxation process of glycosidic bond.

  9. Novel Low-Temperature Process for Perovskite Solar Cells with a Mesoporous TiO2 Scaffold.

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    Schulze, Patricia S C; Bett, Alexander J; Winkler, Kristina; Hinsch, Andreas; Lee, Seunghun; Mastroianni, Simone; Mundt, Laura E; Mundus, Markus; Würfel, Uli; Glunz, Stefan W; Hermle, Martin; Goldschmidt, Jan Christoph

    2017-09-13

    The most efficient organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) contain the conventional n-i-p mesoscopic device architecture using a semiconducting TiO2 scaffold combined with a compact TiO2 blocking layer for selective electron transport. These devices achieve high power conversion efficiencies (15-22%) but mainly require high-temperature sintering (>450 °C), which is not possible for temperature-sensitive substrates. Thus far, comparably little effort has been spent on alternative low-temperature (<150 °C) routes to realize high-efficiency TiO2-based PSCs; instead, other device architectures have been promoted for low-temperature processing. In this paper the compatibility of the conventional mesoscopic TiO2 device architecture with low-temperature processing is presented for the first time with the combination of electron beam evaporation for the compact TiO2 and UV treatment for the mesoporous TiO2 layer. Vacuum evaporation is introduced as an excellent deposition technique of uniform compact TiO2 layers, adapting smoothly to the rough fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate surface. Effective removal of organic binders by UV light is shown for the mesoporous scaffold. Entirely low-temperature-processed PSCs with TiO2 scaffold reach encouraging stabilized efficiencies of up to 18.2%. This process fulfills all requirements for monolithic tandem devices with high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells as the bottom cell.

  10. Dynamic processes of indigenous microorganisms from a low-temperature petroleum reservoir during nutrient stimulation.

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    Gao, Pei-Ke; Li, Guo-Qiang; Zhao, Ling-Xia; Dai, Xue-Cheng; Tian, Hui-Mei; Dai, Liu-Bing; Wang, Hong-Bo; Huang, Hai-Dong; Chen, Yue-Hua; Ma, Ting

    2014-02-01

    Compared to medium-high temperature petroleum reservoirs (30°C-73°C), little is known about microbial regulation by nutrients in low-temperature reservoirs. In this study, we report the performance (oil emulsification and biogas production) and community structure of indigenous microorganisms from a low-temperature (22.6°C) petroleum reservoir during nutrient stimulation. Culture-dependent approaches indicated that the number of hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria (HOB), nitrate-reducing bacteria (NRB) and methane-producing bacteria (MPB) increased by between 10- and 1000-fold, while sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were observed at low levels during stimulation. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene indicated that Pseudomonas, Ochrobactrum, Acinetobacter, Halomonas and Marinobacter, which have the capability to produce surfactants, were selectively enriched. Methanoculleus, Methanosaeta, Methanocorpusculum and Methanocalculus showed the largest increase in relative abundance among archaea. Micro-emulsion formed with an average oil droplet diameter of 14.3 μm (ranging between 4.1 μm and 84.2 μm) during stimulation. Gas chromatographic analysis of gas production (186 mL gas/200 mL medium) showed the levels of CO2 and CH4 increased 8.97% and 6.21%, respectively. Similar to medium-high temperature reservoirs, HOB, NRB, SRB and MPB were ubiquitous in the low-temperature reservoir, and oil emulsification and gas production were the main phenomena observed during stimulation. Oil emulsification required a longer duration of time to occur in the low-temperature reservoir. Copyright © 2013 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Nanocrystalline ZnO thin film deposition on flexible substrate by low-temperature sputtering process for plastic displays.

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong-Ki

    2014-10-01

    A low temperature sputter deposition process is adopted to fabricate nanocrystalline ZnO thin films on plastic (polyethylene terepthalate) substrate. Very good crystalline films are synthesized at a substrate temperature around 120 degrees C. Structural and microstructural analyses confirm the proper phase formation of the nanomaterial with an average nanoparticle size around 5-10 nm. Optical transmission analysis of the film deposited on plastic substrate depicts nearly 90% visible transmittance with a direct bandgap around 3.56 eV. This cost-effective, low-temperature fabrication of nanocrystalline thin film with very good structural and optical properties will find important applications in plastic display technology. Also the process is a vacuum-based clean process, which is compatible to CMOS-IC fabrication techniques and therefore, can easily be integrated with modern solid state device fabrication processes for diverse device applications.

  12. Low temperature dielectric and conductivity relaxation studies on magnetoelectric Pb(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3})O{sub 3}

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    Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Shivaraja, I.; Angadi, Basavaraj; Rayaprol, Sudhindra

    2016-05-06

    The single phase perovskite Pb(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3})O{sub 3} [PFW] was synthesized by modified low – temperature (sintering at 850°C) solid-state reaction. Rietveld refinement ofroom temperature (RT) X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron diffraction (ND) patterns of the samples confirm the single phase formation with cubic structure (Pm-3m). Surface morphology of the compounds was studied by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and average grain size was estimated to be ∼2 µm. The RT dielectric properties of PFW ceramic are studied as a function of frequency from 100 - 1MHz. The temperature dependent (120 – 293K) dielectric properties were studied at few selected frequencies. We found the frequency dependent dielectric constant shows increasing trend with increase in temperature from 120 – 293K, with minimum dielectric loss. The frequency dependence of dielectric loss shows a maximum in between 10 Hz and 1 kHz, confirms the extrinsic phenomena like interfacial polarization due to space charge accumulation at grain boundaries. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical behaviour of PFW in the frequency range from 100 to 1MHz and in the temperature range from 120 - 293 K. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analysed by impedance formalisms and shows the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in the sample. We suggest this low temperature sintered PFW is a suitable candidate for the multilayer ceramic capacitorsandrelated negative temperature coefficient of resistance type (NTCR) behavior like that of semiconductors.

  13. Low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide as an alternative electron transporting layer for efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Ke, Weijun; Fang, Guojia; Liu, Qin; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Tao, Hong; Wang, Jing; Lei, Hongwei; Li, Borui; Wan, Jiawei; Yang, Guang; Yan, Yanfa

    2015-06-03

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells with the high efficiencies typically use high-temperature processed TiO2 as the electron transporting layers (ETLs). Here, we demonstrate that low-temperature solution-processed nanocrystalline SnO2 can be an excellent alternative ETL material for efficient perovskite solar cells. Our best-performing planar cell using such a SnO2 ETL has achieved an average efficiency of 16.02%, obtained from efficiencies measured from both reverse and forward voltage scans. The outstanding performance of SnO2 ETLs is attributed to the excellent properties of nanocrystalline SnO2 films, such as good antireflection, suitable band edge positions, and high electron mobility. The simple low-temperature process is compatible with the roll-to-roll manufacturing of low-cost perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates.

  14. Capturing molecular multimode relaxation processes in excitable gases based on decomposition of acoustic relaxation spectra

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    Zhu, Ming; Liu, Tingting; Wang, Shu; Zhang, Kesheng

    2017-08-01

    Existing two-frequency reconstructive methods can only capture primary (single) molecular relaxation processes in excitable gases. In this paper, we present a reconstructive method based on the novel decomposition of frequency-dependent acoustic relaxation spectra to capture the entire molecular multimode relaxation process. This decomposition of acoustic relaxation spectra is developed from the frequency-dependent effective specific heat, indicating that a multi-relaxation process is the sum of the interior single-relaxation processes. Based on this decomposition, we can reconstruct the entire multi-relaxation process by capturing the relaxation times and relaxation strengths of N interior single-relaxation processes, using the measurements of acoustic absorption and sound speed at 2N frequencies. Experimental data for the gas mixtures CO2-N2 and CO2-O2 validate our decomposition and reconstruction approach.

  15. Radicals and Non-Equilibrium Processes in Low-Temperature Plasmas

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    Petrović, Zoran; Mason, Nigel; Hamaguchi, Satoshi; Radmilović-Radjenović, Marija

    2007-06-01

    Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Institute of Physics, Belgrade. Each Symposium has sought to highlight a key topic of plasma research and the 5th EU - Japan symposium explored the role of Radicals and Non-Equilibrium Processes in Low-Temperature Plasmas since these are key elements of plasma processing. Other aspects of technologies for manufacturing integrated circuits were also considered. Unlike bio-medicine and perhaps politics, in plasma processing free radicals are `good radicals' but their kinetics are difficult to understand since there remains little data on their collisions with electrons and ions. One of the goals of the symposium was to facilitate communication between experimentalists and theorists in binary collision physics with plasma modellers and practitioners of plasma processing in order to optimize efforts to provide much needed data for both molecules and radicals of practical importance. The non-equilibrium nature of plasmas is critical in the efficient manufacturing of high resolution structures by anisotropic plasma etching on Si wafers since they allow separate control of the directionality and energy of ions and provide a high level of separation between the mean energies of electrons and ions. As nanotechnologies become practical, plasma processing may play a key role, not only in manufacturing of integrated circuits, but also for self-organization of massively parallel manufacturing of nanostructures. In this Symposium the key issues that are hindering the development of such new, higher resolution technologies were discussed and some possible solutions were proposed. In particular, damage control, fast neutral etching, processes at surface and modeling of profiles were addressed in several of the lectures. A wide range of topics are covered in this book including atomic and molecular collision physics - primarily focused towards formation and analysis of radicals, basic swarm data and breakdown kinetics, basic kinetics of RF and DC

  16. Enhancement of phosphorus removal in a low temperature A(2)/O process by anaerobic phosphorus release of activated sludge.

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    Li, Jianzheng; Jin, Yu; Guo, Yaqiong; He, Junguo

    2013-01-01

    An anaerobic phosphorus release tank was introduced to an anaerobic-anoxic-aerobic (A(2)/O) process treating domestic sewage to enhance the phosphorus removal at low temperature. Phosphorus release of the activated sludge from the second sedimentation tank was evaluated at 14 °C by batch cultures, and the nutrient removal in the modified low temperature A(2)/O process was further investigated at the same temperature. The results showed that the feasible sludge retention time was 14 h for sequencing batch reaction and 12 h for continuous flow operation. The ratio of raw sewage to activated sludge from the second sedimentation tank was 1:1 in volume to meet the demand of carbon resource for the growth of phosphorus release microbes. The feasible chemical oxygen demand (COD) loading rate of the activated sludge in the phosphorus release tank was 0.015-0.02 g COD/g MLSS (mixed liquor suspended solids) and the nitrate concentration should be less than 5 mg/L. The phosphorus release was doubled when the sludge was blended intermittently and gently. The anaerobic phosphorus release of the activated sludge improved the phosphate removal remarkably, as well as the removal of NH4(+)-N and total nitrogen (TN) in the modified low temperature A(2)/O process. The effluent COD, NH4(+)-N, TN and total phosphorus could meet a stricter discharge standard.

  17. Low-temperature solution processing of palladium/palladium oxide films and their pH sensing performance.

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    Qin, Yiheng; Alam, Arif U; Pan, Si; Howlader, Matiar M R; Ghosh, Raja; Selvaganapathy, P Ravi; Wu, Yiliang; Deen, M Jamal

    2016-01-01

    Highly sensitive, easy-to-fabricate, and low-cost pH sensors with small dimensions are required to monitor human bodily fluids, drinking water quality and chemical/biological processes. In this study, a low-temperature, solution-based process is developed to prepare palladium/palladium oxide (Pd/PdO) thin films for pH sensing. A precursor solution for Pd is spin coated onto pre-cleaned glass substrates and annealed at low temperature to generate Pd and PdO. The percentages of PdO at the surface and in the bulk of the electrodes are correlated to their sensing performance, which was studied by using the X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. Large amounts of PdO introduced by prolonged annealing improve the electrode's sensitivity and long-term stability. Atomic force microscopy study showed that the low-temperature annealing results in a smooth electrode surface, which contributes to a fast response. Nano-voids at the electrode surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscope, indicating a reason for the long-term degradation of the pH sensitivity. Using the optimized annealing parameters of 200°C for 48 h, a linear pH response with sensitivity of 64.71±0.56 mV/pH is obtained for pH between 2 and 12. These electrodes show a response time shorter than 18 s, hysteresis less than 8 mV and stability over 60 days. High reproducibility in the sensing performance is achieved. This low-temperature solution-processed sensing electrode shows the potential for the development of pH sensing systems on flexible substrates over a large area at low cost without using vacuum equipment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. On the origin of high-temperature ferromagnetism in the low-temperature-processed Mn-Zn-O system.

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    Kundaliya, Darshan C; Ogale, S B; Lofland, S E; Dhar, S; Metting, C J; Shinde, S R; Ma, Z; Varughese, B; Ramanujachary, K V; Salamanca-Riba, L; Venkatesan, T

    2004-10-01

    The recent discovery of ferromagnetism above room temperature in low-temperature-processed MnO(2)-ZnO has generated significant interest. Using suitably designed bulk and thin-film studies, we demonstrate that the ferromagnetism in this system originates in a metastable phase rather than by carrier-induced interaction between separated Mn atoms in ZnO. The ferromagnetism persists up to approximately 980 K, and further heating transforms the metastable phase and kills the ferromagnetism. By studying the interface diffusion and reaction between thin-film bilayers of Mn and Zn oxides, we show that a uniform solution of Mn in ZnO does not form under low-temperature processing. Instead, a metastable ferromagnetic phase develops by Zn diffusion into the Mn oxide. Direct low-temperature film growth of Zn-incorporated Mn oxide by pulsed laser deposition shows ferromagnetism at low Zn concentration for an optimum oxygen growth pressure. Our results strongly suggest that the observed ferromagnetic phase is oxygen-vacancy-stabilized Mn(2-x)Zn(x)O(3-delta.).

  19. Low-temperature bonding process for the fabrication of hybrid glass-membrane organ-on-a-chip devices

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    Pocock, Kyall J.; Gao, Xiaofang; Wang, Chenxi; Priest, Craig; Prestidge, Clive A.; Mawatari, Kazuma; Kitamori, Takehiko; Thierry, Benjamin

    2016-10-01

    The integration of microfluidics with living biological systems has paved the way to the exciting concept of "organs-on-a-chip," which aims at the development of advanced in vitro models that replicate the key features of human organs. Glass-based devices have long been utilized in the field of microfluidics but the integration of alternative functional elements within multilayered glass microdevices, such as polymeric membranes, remains a challenge. To this end, we have extended a previously reported approach for the low-temperature bonding of glass devices that enables the integration of a functional polycarbonate porous membrane. The process was initially developed and optimized on specialty low-temperature bonding equipment (μTAS2001, Bondtech, Japan) and subsequently adapted to more widely accessible hot embosser units (EVG520HE Hot Embosser, EVG, Austria). The key aspect of this method is the use of low temperatures compatible with polymeric membranes. Compared to borosilicate glass bonding (650°C) and quartz/fused silica bonding (1050°C) processes, this method maintains the integrity and functionality of the membrane (Tg 150°C for polycarbonate). Leak tests performed showed no damage or loss of integrity of the membrane for up to 150 h, indicating sufficient bond strength for long-term cell culture. A feasibility study confirmed the growth of dense and functional monolayers of Caco-2 cells within 5 days.

  20. Low temperature adsorption and site-conversion process of CO on the Ni(111) surface

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    Beniya, Atsushi; Isomura, Noritake; Hirata, Hirohito; Watanabe, Yoshihide

    2012-12-01

    Low-temperature (25 K) adsorption states and the site conversion of adsorbed CO between the ontop and the hollow sites on Ni(111) were studied by means of temperature programmed desorption and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor of desorption were estimated to be 1.2 eV and 2.6 × 1013 s- 1, respectively, in the limit of zero coverage. At low coverage, CO molecules preferentially adsorbed at the hollow sites below 100 K. With increasing temperature, the ontop sites were also occupied. Using a van't Hoff plot, the enthalpy and the entropy differences between the hollow and ontop CO were estimated to be 36 meV and 0.043 meV K- 1, respectively, and the vibrational entropy difference was estimated to be 0.085 meV K- 1. The positive entropy difference was the result of the low-energy frustrated translational mode of the ontop CO, which was estimated to be 4.6 ± 0.3 meV. With the harmonic approximation, the upper limit of the activation energy of site hopping from ontop sites to hollow sites was estimated to be 61 meV. In addition, it was suggested that the activation energy of hollow-to-hollow site hopping via a bridge site was less than 37 meV.

  1. Structural, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of chemically processed, low temperature sintered piezoelectric BZT-BCT ceramics

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    Roy, Subir; Maharana, Rajalaxmi; Rangaswamy Reddy, S.; Singh, Sarabjit; Kumar, Pawan; Karthik, T.; Asthana, Saket; Bhanu Prasad, V. V.; Kamat, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3) nanopowders were synthesized at very low temperature using a soft chemical approach. The synthesized powders and the consolidated disks were structurally characterized thoroughly by XRD, SEM, TEM and EPMA and also by ultraviolet and Raman spectroscopy. The 1350 °C sintered BZT-BCT disk displayed the highest density, underwent diffused phase transition centered at ˜100 °C and showed the highest dielectric constant (8917) and lowest dielectric loss (0.015). The sintered BZT-BCT sample with the highest density showed a maximum polarization (P max) of 13 μC cm-2 and remnant polarization of 6 μC cm-2. The same sample exhibited very high electrostrain of ˜0.12% under a relatively low electrical field of 3.5 kV mm-1.

  2. Low-Temperature Oxidation of Fine UO2 Powders: A Process of Nanosized Domain Development.

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    Leinders, Gregory; Pakarinen, Janne; Delville, Rémi; Cardinaels, Thomas; Binnemans, Koen; Verwerft, Marc

    2016-04-18

    The nanostructure and phase evolution in low-temperature oxidized (40-250 °C), fine UO2 powders (<200 nm) have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The extent of oxidation was also measured via in situ thermogravimetric analysis. The oxidation of fine powders was found to proceed differently as compared to oxidation of coarse-grained UO2. No discrete surface oxide layer was observed and no U3O8 was formed, despite the high degree of oxidation (up to O/U = 2.45). Instead, nanosized (5-15 nm) amorphous nuclei (interpreted as amorphous UO3), unmodulated and modulated U4O9, and a continuous range of U3O7-z phases with varying tetragonal distortion (c/a > 1) were observed. Oxidation involves formation of higher uranium oxides in nanodomains near the grain surface which, initially, have a disordered defect structure ("disordered U4O9"). As oxidation progresses, domain growth increases and the long-period modulated structure of U4O9 develops ("ordered U4O9"). A similar mechanism is understood to happen also in U3O7-z.

  3. RELAXATION PROCESSES IN SOLAR WIND TURBULENCE

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    Servidio, S.; Carbone, V.; Gurgiolo, C.; Goldstein, M. L.

    2014-07-10

    Based on global conservation principles, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) relaxation theory predicts the existence of several equilibria, such as the Taylor state or global dynamic alignment. These states are generally viewed as very long-time and large-scale equilibria, which emerge only after the termination of the turbulent cascade. As suggested by hydrodynamics and by recent MHD numerical simulations, relaxation processes can occur during the turbulent cascade that will manifest themselves as local patches of equilibrium-like configurations. Using multi-spacecraft analysis techniques in conjunction with Cluster data, we compute the current density and flow vorticity and for the first time demonstrate that these localized relaxation events are observed in the solar wind. Such events have important consequences for the statistics of plasma turbulence.

  4. Reduced water vapor transmission rates of low-temperature solution-processed metal oxide barrier films via ultraviolet annealing

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    Park, Seonuk; Jeong, Yong Jin; Baek, Yonghwa; Kim, Lae Ho; Jang, Jin Hyuk; Kim, Yebyeol; An, Tae Kyu; Nam, Sooji; Kim, Se Hyun; Jang, Jaeyoung; Park, Chan Eon

    2017-08-01

    Here, we report the fabrication of low-temperature sol-gel-derived aluminum oxide (AlOx) films via ultraviolet (UV) annealing and the investigation of their water vapor blocking properties by measuring the water vapor transmission rates (WVTRs). The UV annealing process induced the formation of a dense metal-oxygen-metal bond (Al-O-Al structure) at low temperatures (<200 °C) that are compatible with commercial plastic substrates. The density of the UV-annealed AlOx thin film at 180 °C was comparable to that of AlOx thin films that have been thermally annealed at 350 °C. Furthermore, the UV-annealed AlOx thin films exhibited a high optical transparency in the visible region (>99%) and good electrical insulating properties (∼10-7 A/cm2 at 2 MV/cm). Finally, we confirmed that a dense AlOx thin film was successfully deposited onto the plastic substrate via UV annealing at low temperatures, leading to a substantial reduction in the WVTRs. The Ca corrosion test was used to measure the WVTRs of AlOx thin films deposited onto polyethylene naphthalate or polyimide substrates, determined to be 0.0095 g m-2 day-1 (25 °C, 50% relative humidity) and 0.26 g m-2 day-1, respectively.

  5. Sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors from low temperature to high temperature

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, Md; Somer, M.

    2016-08-01

    As the "low activation" superconductor, Mg11B2 has a potential application in superconducting coils for fusion reactor. In present work, the sintering process and critical current density of low activation Mg11B2 superconductors were systemically studied from low temperature to high temperature. It was found that the Jc and Hirr values of Mg11B2 bulks in present work are both obviously higher than that of those samples prepared in previous studies. Furthermore, the low-temperature sintered samples exhibit better Jc performance at high fields than the high-temperature sintered samples, due to strong grain boundaries pinning. On the other hand, the high-temperature sintered samples have higher Jc at low fields compared to low-temperature sintered samples, mainly owing to their better crystallinity and grain connectivity. The highest Jc value (2.20 ×105 A cm-2 at 20 K, self-field) is obtained in the Mg11B2 sample sintered at 850 °C for 45 min.

  6. Low-temperature dynamics of long-ranged spin-glasses: full hierarchy of relaxation times via real-space renormalization

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    Monthus, Cécile

    2014-08-01

    We consider the long-ranged Ising spin-glass with random couplings decaying as a power-law of the distance, in the region of parameters where the spin-glass phase exists with a positive droplet exponent. For the Metropolis single-spin-flip dynamics near zero temperature, we construct via real-space renormalization the full hierarchy of relaxation times of the master equation for any given realization of the random couplings. We then analyze the probability distribution of dynamical barriers as a function of the spatial scale. This real-space renormalization procedure represents a simple explicit example of the droplet scaling theory, where the convergence towards local equilibrium on larger and larger scales is governed by a strong hierarchy of activated dynamical processes, with valleys within valleys.

  7. Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Zinc Tin Oxide Film as a Cathode Interlayer for Organic Solar Cells.

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    Wei, Jiajun; Yin, Zhigang; Chen, Shan-Ci; Zheng, Qingdong

    2017-02-22

    In this study, Sn-doped ZnO (ZTO) is prepared by a sol-gel method and is employed as an electron transport material for organic solar cells (OSCs). After Sn modification, the fabricated ZTO films exhibited better charge transport properties and smoother surface morphology, especially for those processed at a low temperature of 120 °C. By incorporation of the high-temperature (200 °C) processed ZTO films, inverted OSCs showed the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9.32%, which is higher than those based on the same temperature processed ZnO films. For the devices based on the low-temperature processed ZTO, a high PCE over 9.0% with long-term stability was achieved, which is much better than those based on the same temperature processed ZnO (8.46% PCE). Here, the ZTO films can be fabricated without high-temperature annealing, demonstrating their great potential as electron transport layers for efficient flexible OSCs.

  8. Relaxation processes of densified silica glass

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    Cornet, Antoine; Martinez, Valérie; de Ligny, Dominique; Champagnon, Bernard; Martinet, Christine

    2017-03-01

    Densified SiO2 glasses, obtained from different pressure and temperature routes, have been annealed over a wide range of temperatures far below the glass transition temperature (500 °C-900 °C). Hot and cold compressions were useful to separate the effects of pressure and the compression temperature. In situ micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to follow the structural evolution during the thermal relaxation. A similar glass structure between the non-densified silica and the recovered densified silica after the temperature annealing demonstrates a perfect recovery of the non-densified silica glass structure. While the density decreases monotonically, the structural relaxation takes place through a more complex mechanism, which shows that density is not a sufficient parameter to fully characterize the structure of densified silica glass. The relaxation takes place through a transitory state, consisting in an increase of the network inhomogeneity, shown by an increase in the intensity of the D2 band which is associated with 3 membered rings. The activation energy of these processes is 255 ± 45 kJ/mol for the hot compressed samples. The kinetic is overall faster for the cold compressed samples. In that last case, the relaxation is partially activated by internal stresses release.

  9. Improved quality of graphene in the absence of hydrogen in a low-temperature growth process using an alcohol precursor

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    Choi, Kyeonggon; Lee, Kiyeol; Jeong, Jaehoon; Ye, Jongpil

    2017-03-01

    We present the results of low-temperature growth of graphene on polycrystalline copper foil surfaces at 800 °C by using low-pressure chemical-vapor deposition of alcohol precursors. The structural quality of the graphene sample was found to depend significantly on the ambient conditions during the annealing and the growth processes. The improved quality of graphene grown in an oxidizing environment was found to be associated with a lower nucleation density, suggesting that chemisorbed oxygen atoms play a critical role in determining the quality of graphene.

  10. New anelastic relaxation effect in Y-Ba-Cu-O at low temperature: A Snoek-type peak due to oxygen diffusion

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    Cannelli, G.; Cantelli, R.; Cordero, F.

    1988-10-01

    Internal friction and resonant frequency measurements have been carried out in YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 2/O/sub 7-//sub x/, after oxygen outgassing the material becomes semiconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 2/O/sub 6/ and the anelastic processes observed in the superconducting samples are suppressed. Instead, a new intense effect appears: the process is thermally activated (shifting from 56 to 75 K when the frequency changes from 1.1 to 17.4 kHz) with an activation energy E/sub s/ = 0.11 eV, and is only 25% broader than a single relaxation time process. It is attributed to the stress-induced hopping of residual free oxygen and the derived diffusion coefficient is D = 4 x 10/sup -4/exp(-0.11 eV/kT)cm/sup 2//sec, which extrapolated to room temperature is comparable with that of hydrogen in transition metals.

  11. Membrane lipid unsaturation modulates processing of the photosystem II reaction-center protein D1 at low temperatures.

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    Kanervo, E; Tasaka, Y; Murata, N; Aro, E M

    1997-01-01

    The role of membrane lipid unsaturation in the restoration of photosystem II (PSII) function and in the synthesis of the D1 protein at different temperatures after photoinhibition was studied in wild-type cells and a mutant of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 with genetically inactivated desaturase genes. We show that posttranslational carboxyl-terminal processing of the precursor form of the D1 protein is an extremely sensitive reaction in the PSII repair cycle and is readily affected by low temperatures. Furthermore, the threshold temperature at which perturbations in D1-protein processing start to emerge is specifically dependent on the extent of thylakoid membrane lipid unsaturation, as indicated by comparison of wild-type cells with the mutant defective in desaturation of 18:1 fatty acids of thylakoid membranes. When the temperature was decreased from 33 degrees C (growth temperature) to 18 degrees C, the inability of the fatty acid mutant to recover from photoinhibition was accompanied by a failure to process the newly synthesized D1 protein, which accumulated in considerable amounts as an unprocessed precursor D1 protein. Precursor D1 integrated into PSII monomer and dimer complexes even at low temperatures, but no activation of oxygen evolution occurred in these complexes in mutant cells defective in fatty acid unsaturation. PMID:9232871

  12. Efficient polymer solar cells enabled by low temperature processed ternary metal oxide as electron transport interlayer with large stoichiometry window.

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    Leong, Wei Lin; Ren, Yi; Seng, Hwee Leng; Huang, Zihao; Chiam, Sing Yang; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2015-06-03

    Highly efficient organic photovoltaic cells are demonstrated by incorporating low temperature solution processed indium zinc oxide (IZO) as cathode interlayers. The IZOs are synthesized using a combustion synthesis method, which enables low temperature processes (150-250 °C). We investigated the IZO films with different electron mobilities (1.4×10(-3) to 0.23 cm2/(V·s)), hydroxide-oxide content (38% to 47%), and surface roughness (0.19-5.16 nm) by modulating the ternary metal oxide stoichiometry. The photovoltaic performance was found to be relatively insensitive to the composition ratio of In:Zn over the range of 0.8:0.2 to 0.5:0.5 despite the differences in their electrical and surface properties, achieving high power conversion efficiencies of 6.61%-7.04%. Changes in composition ratio of IZO do not lead to obvious differences in energy levels, diode parameters and morphology of the photoactive layer, as revealed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), dark current analysis and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) measurements, correlating well with the large IZO stoichiometry window that enables efficient photovoltaic devices. Our results demonstrate the robustness of this ETL system and provide a convenient approach to realize a wide range of multicomponent oxides and compatible with processing on flexible plastic substrates.

  13. Thin-film copper indium gallium selenide solar cell based on low-temperature all-printing process.

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    Singh, Manjeet; Jiu, Jinting; Sugahara, Tohru; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2014-09-24

    In the solar cell field, development of simple, low-cost, and low-temperature fabrication processes has become an important trend for energy-saving and environmental issues. Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells have attracted much attention due to the high absorption coefficient, tunable band gap energy, and high efficiency. However, vacuum and high-temperature processing in fabrication of solar cells have limited the applications. There is a strong need to develop simple and scalable methods. In this work, a CIGS solar cell based on all printing steps and low-temperature annealing is developed. CIGS absorber thin film is deposited by using dodecylamine-stabilized CIGS nanoparticle ink followed by printing buffer layer. Silver nanowire (AgNW) ink and sol-gel-derived ZnO precursor solution are used to prepare a highly conductive window layer ZnO/[AgNW/ZnO] electrode with a printing method that achieves 16 Ω/sq sheet resistance and 94% transparency. A CIGS solar cell based on all printing processes exhibits efficiency of 1.6% with open circuit voltage of 0.48 V, short circuit current density of 9.7 mA/cm(2), and fill factor of 0.34 for 200 nm thick CIGS film, fabricated under ambient conditions and annealed at 250 °C.

  14. Efficient planar Sb2S3 solar cells using a low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide electron conductor.

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    Lei, Hongwei; Yang, Guang; Guo, Yaxiong; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Dai, Xin; Zheng, Xiaolu; Ke, Weijun; Tao, Hong; Chen, Zhao; Li, Borui; Fang, Guojia

    2016-06-28

    Efficient planar antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) heterojunction solar cells have been made using chemical bath deposited (CBD) Sb2S3 as the absorber, low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide (SnO2) as the electron conductor and poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as the hole conductor. A solar conversion efficiency of 2.8% was obtained at 1 sun illumination using a planar device consisting of F-doped SnO2 substrate/SnO2/CBD-Sb2S3/P3HT/Au, whereas the solar cells based on a titanium dioxide (TiO2) electron conductor exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 1.9%. Compared with conventional Sb2S3 sensitized solar cells, the high-temperature processed mesoscopic TiO2 scaffold is no longer needed. More importantly, a low-temperature solution-processed SnO2 layer was introduced for electron transportation to substitute the high-temperature sintered dense blocking TiO2 layer. Our planar solar cells not only have simple geometry with fewer steps to fabricate but also show enhanced performance. The higher efficiency of planar Sb2S3 solar cell devices based on a SnO2 electron conductor is attributed to their high transparency, uniform surface, efficient electron transport properties of SnO2, suitable energy band alignment, and reduced recombination at the interface of SnO2/Sb2S3.

  15. Low temperature stabilization process for production of carbon fiber having structural order

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    Rios, Orlando; McGuire, Michael Alan; More, Karren Leslie; Tenhaeff, Wyatt Evan; Menchhofer, Paul A.; Paulauskas, Felix Leonard

    2017-08-15

    A method for producing a carbon fiber, the method comprising: (i) subjecting a continuous carbon fiber precursor having a polymeric matrix in which strength-enhancing particles are incorporated to a stabilization process during which the carbon fiber precursor is heated to within a temperature range ranging from the glass transition temperature to no less than 20.degree. C. below the glass transition temperature of the polymeric matrix, wherein the maximum temperature employed in the stabilization process is below 400.degree. C., for a processing time within said temperature range of at least 1 hour in the presence of oxygen and in the presence of a magnetic field of at least 1 Tesla, while said carbon fiber precursor is held under an applied axial tension; and (ii) subjecting the stabilized carbon fiber precursor, following step (i), to a carbonization process. The stabilized carbon fiber precursor, resulting carbon fiber, and articles made thereof are also described.

  16. Novel Low Temperature Processing for Enhanced Properties of Ion Implanted Thin Films and Amorphous Mixed Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Vemuri, Rajitha

    This research emphasizes the use of low energy and low temperature post processing to improve the performance and lifetime of thin films and thin film transistors, by applying the fundamentals of interaction of materials with conductive heating and electromagnetic radiation. Single frequency microwave anneal is used to rapidly recrystallize the damage induced during ion implantation in Si substrates. Volumetric heating of the sample in the presence of the microwave field facilitates quick absorption of radiation to promote recrystallization at the amorphous-crystalline interface, apart from electrical activation of the dopants due to relocation to the substitutional sites. Structural and electrical characterization confirm recrystallization of heavily implanted Si within 40 seconds anneal time with minimum dopant diffusion compared to rapid thermal annealed samples. The use of microwave anneal to improve performance of multilayer thin film devices, e.g. thin film transistors (TFTs) requires extensive study of interaction of individual layers with electromagnetic radiation. This issue has been addressed by developing detail understanding of thin films and interfaces in TFTs by studying reliability and failure mechanisms upon extensive stress test. Electrical and ambient stresses such as illumination, thermal, and mechanical stresses are inflicted on the mixed oxide based thin film transistors, which are explored due to high mobilities of the mixed oxide (indium zinc oxide, indium gallium zinc oxide) channel layer material. Semiconductor parameter analyzer is employed to extract transfer characteristics, useful to derive mobility, subthreshold, and threshold voltage parameters of the transistors. Low temperature post processing anneals compatible with polymer substrates are performed in several ambients (oxygen, forming gas and vacuum) at 150 °C as a preliminary step. The analysis of the results pre and post low temperature anneals using device physics fundamentals

  17. High Performance, Low Temperature Solution-Processed Barium and Strontium Doped Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    2013-01-01

    Amorphous mixed metal oxides are emerging as high performance semiconductors for thin film transistor (TFT) applications, with indium gallium zinc oxide, InGaZnO (IGZO), being one of the most widely studied and best performing systems. Here, we investigate alkaline earth (barium or strontium) doped InBa(Sr)ZnO as alternative, semiconducting channel layers and compare their performance of the electrical stress stability with IGZO. In films fabricated by solution-processing from metal alkoxide precursors and annealed to 450 °C we achieve high field-effect electron mobility up to 26 cm2 V–1 s–1. We show that it is possible to solution-process these materials at low process temperature (225–200 °C yielding mobilities up to 4.4 cm2 V–1 s–1) and demonstrate a facile “ink-on-demand” process for these materials which utilizes the alcoholysis reaction of alkyl metal precursors to negate the need for complex synthesis and purification protocols. Electrical bias stress measurements which can serve as a figure of merit for performance stability for a TFT device reveal Sr- and Ba-doped semiconductors to exhibit enhanced electrical stability and reduced threshold voltage shift compared to IGZO irrespective of the process temperature and preparation method. This enhancement in stability can be attributed to the higher Gibbs energy of oxidation of barium and strontium compared to gallium. PMID:24511184

  18. New Ultrasonic Controller and Characterization System for Low Temperature Drying Process Intensification

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    Andrés, R. R.; Blanco, A.; Acosta, V. M.; Riera, E.; Martínez, I.; Pinto, A.

    Process intensification constitutes a high interesting and promising industrial area. It aims to modify conventional processes or develop new technologies in order to reduce energy needs, increase yields and improve product quality. It has been demonstrated by this research group (CSIC) that power ultrasound have a great potential in food drying processes. The effects associated with the application of power ultrasound can enhance heat and mass transfer and may constitute a way for process intensification. The objective of this work has been the design and development of a new ultrasonic system for the power characterization of piezoelectric plate-transducers, as excitation, monitoring, analysis, control and characterization of their nonlinear response. For this purpose, the system proposes a new, efficient and economic approach that separates the effect of different parameters of the process like excitation, medium and transducer parameters and variables (voltage, current, frequency, impedance, vibration velocity, acoustic pressure and temperature) by observing the electrical, mechanical, acoustical and thermal behavior, and controlling the vibrational state.

  19. Low-temperature catalytic gasification of food processing wastes. 1995 topical report

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    Elliott, D.C.; Hart, T.R.

    1996-08-01

    The catalytic gasification system described in this report has undergone continuing development and refining work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for over 16 years. The original experiments, performed for the Gas Research Institute, were aimed at developing kinetics information for steam gasification of biomass in the presence of catalysts. From the fundamental research evolved the concept of a pressurized, catalytic gasification system for converting wet biomass feedstocks to fuel gas. Extensive batch reactor testing and limited continuous stirred-tank reactor tests provided useful design information for evaluating the preliminary economics of the process. This report is a follow-on to previous interim reports which reviewed the results of the studies conducted with batch and continuous-feed reactor systems from 1989 to 1994, including much work with food processing wastes. The discussion here provides details of experiments on food processing waste feedstock materials, exclusively, that were conducted in batch and continuous- flow reactors.

  20. Creep study of mechanisms involved in low-temperature superplasticity of UFG Ti-6Al-4V processed by SPD

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    Kral, Petr; Dvorak, Jiri; Blum, Wolfgang; Kudryavtsev, Egor; Zherebtsov, Sergey; Salishchev, Gennady; Kvapilova, Marie; Sklenicka, Vaclav

    2016-06-15

    The deformation kinetics of ultrafine-grained Ti-6Al-4V with mean (sub)grain size about 150 nm (produced by isothermal multiaxial forging) and superplastic properties at the relatively low temperature of 873 K was investigated in compression and tension over a large range of strain rates from 10{sup −7} to 10{sup −2} s{sup −1}. Electron microscopic observations showed that the grains coarsen during deformation towards the quasi-stationary spacing w{sub qs} of strain induced boundaries. In spite of the grain coarsening the grains were generally smaller than w{sub qs} allowing high-angle boundaries to dominate the quasi-stationary strength. Texture measurements indicate that dislocation glide plays a large role in deformation. Glide in this alloy is significantly influenced by solid solution strengthening leading to a stress sensitivity of strain rate of n = 3. The present ultrafine-grained Ti alloy displays a stress sensitivity exponent n = 2 over an extended stress range where its superplastic behavior is optimal. While the deformation kinetics of present ultrafine-grained Ti alloy can be roughly explained by the traditional formula for superplastic flow, the significant discrepancy to the measured values suggests that solid solution strengthening must be taken into account to get a complete insight. - Highlights: • The UFG Ti-6Al-4V alloy behaves superplastically at low temperature of 873 K. • Grain coarsening at low stresses limits superplasticity of UFG Ti alloy. • Solute strengthening plays an important role in low-temperature superplasticity. • Acceleration of creep in UFG Ti alloy is caused by processes related to hab.

  1. Highly Efficient Reproducible Perovskite Solar Cells Prepared by Low-Temperature Processing.

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    Hu, Hao; Wong, Ka Kan; Kollek, Tom; Hanusch, Fabian; Polarz, Sebastian; Docampo, Pablo; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas

    2016-04-23

    In this work, we describe the role of the different layers in perovskite solar cells to achieve reproducible, ~16% efficient perovskite solar cells. We used a planar device architecture with PSS on the bottom, followed by the perovskite layer and an evaporated C60 layer before deposition of the top electrode. No high temperature annealing step is needed, which also allows processing on flexible plastic substrates. Only the optimization of all of these layers leads to highly efficient and reproducible results. In this work, we describe the effects of different processing conditions, especially the influence of the C60 top layer on the device performance.

  2. Low Temperature Solution-Processed Sb:SnO2 Nanocrystals for Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Bai, Yang; Fang, Yanjun; Deng, Yehao; Wang, Qi; Zhao, Jingjing; Zheng, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Yang; Huang, Jinsong

    2016-09-22

    Inorganic metal oxide electron-transport layers (ETLs) have the potential to yield perovskite solar cells with improved stability, but generally need high temperature to form conductive and defect-less forms, which is not compatible with the fabrication of flexible and tandem solar cells. Here, we demonstrate a facile strategy for developing efficient inorganic ETLs by doping SnO2 nanocrystals (NCs) with a small amount of Sb using a low-temperature solution-processed method. The electrical conductivity was remarkably enhanced by Sb-doping, which increased the carrier concentration in Sb:SnO2 NCs. Moreover, the upward shift of the Fermi level owing to doping results in improved energy level alignment, which led to reduced charge recombination, and thus longer electron recombination lifetime and improved open-circuit voltage (VOC ). Therefore, Sb-doping of SnO2 significantly enhanced the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite devices by increasing the fill factor and VOC , and reducing photocurrent hysteresis, extending the potential application of low-temperature-processed ETLs in future flexible and tandem solar cells. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Low temperature EL2 recovery started by 1.06 μm nanosecond pulses: An autocatalytic process?

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    Cruz, Júnio M. R.; Fávero, Priscila P.

    2006-04-01

    The kinetics of the low temperature recovery from metastable EL2 centers in GaAs, induced by strong 1.06 μm laser pulses, have been observed by measuring the time dependent transmittance of a very weak CW 1.05 μm laser beam. Besides an initial fast recovery caused by the laser pulse, the action of the laser also triggers a much slower recovery, whose behavior resembles that of the autocatalytic thermal recovery process described by Fukuyama et al. [Phys. Rev. B 67 (2003) 113202]. As in the autocatalytic process, we observe a time-lag between the pulse and the beginning of the recovery, known as incubation time, which is reduced as the pulsed laser intensity increases. On the other hand, differently from the thermal recovery, the recovery induced by the pulsed laser is incomplete, and its rate increases with the intensity of pulsed laser and the probe laser as well. The results suggest that the pulsed laser “activates” a certain number of centers which can then undergo a low temperature recovery.

  4. Microstructure and Properties of Cu Coating Fabricated onto Diamond-Cu Substrate by Low-Temperature HVOF Process

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    Liu, Min; Yang, Kun; Deng, Chun-ming; Deng, Chang-guang; Zhou, Ke-song

    2016-12-01

    Diamond-Cu composites have been considered to be the next generation of electronic packing materials. One of the key stumbles for such an application is the joining problem between diamond-Cu composites and other materials due to the poor wettability of the diamond particles in the composites. In order to overcome this hurdle, pure Cu powder was thermally sprayed onto diamond-Cu substrate by low-temperature high-velocity oxygen fuel spraying process. Microstructure and some fundamental properties of the coating obtained were systematically investigated, and morphologies of the single splat deposited on the diamond-Cu substrate were also observed. The splats obtained have good adhesion with the substrate as fine particles flattened sufficiently, while the coarse particles were significantly deformed. The coating was quite dense with porosity lower than 1%, oxygen content under 0.5% and thermal conductivity about 266 Wm-1 K-1 and still remained on the diamond-Cu substrate after 50 thermal shock cycles between 300 °C and water bath at room temperature. Meanwhile, the solderability of the coating was significantly improved. Therefore, Cu coating deposited on diamond-Cu substrate by low-temperature high-velocity oxygen fuel spraying process can be beneficial in electronic industry assisting with soldering and improved wettability for joining of other materials.

  5. Rapid low-temperature epitaxial growth using a hot-element assisted chemical vapor deposition process

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    Iwancizko, Eugene; Jones, Kim M.; Crandall, Richard S.; Nelson, Brent P.; Mahan, Archie Harvin

    2001-01-01

    The invention provides a process for depositing an epitaxial layer on a crystalline substrate, comprising the steps of providing a chamber having an element capable of heating, introducing the substrate into the chamber, heating the element at a temperature sufficient to decompose a source gas, passing the source gas in contact with the element; and forming an epitaxial layer on the substrate.

  6. Low temperature processing of ultra-pure cellulose fibers into nylon 6 and other thermoplastics

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    Rod Jacobson; Dan Caulfield; Karl Sears; John Underwood

    2002-01-01

    The objective of this research was to develop a stable process for compound ultra-pure cellulose fibers into polyamides. This has been a difficult procedure and has taken years of trial and error to understand the viscosity shear heating effects associated with compounding cellulose into high-melting point engineering thermoplastics. The evolution of the low...

  7. Monte Carlo study of vibrational relaxation processes

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    Boyd, Iain D.

    1991-01-01

    A new model is proposed for the computation of vibrational nonequilibrium in the direct simulation Monte Carlo method (DSMC). This model permits level to level vibrational transitions for the first time in a Monte Carlo flowfield simulation. The model follows the Landau-Teller theory for a harmonic oscillator in which the rates of transition are related to an experimental correlation for the vibrational relaxation time. The usual method for simulating such processes in the DSMC technique applies a constant exchange probability to each collision and the vibrational energy is treated as a continuum. A comparison of these two methods is made for the flow of nitrogen over a wedge. Significant differences exist for the vibrational temperatures computed. These arise as a consequence of the incorrect application of a constant exchange probability in the old method. It is found that the numerical performances of the two vibrational relaxation models are equal.

  8. Low Temperature Processed Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Device by Oxidation Effect from Capping Layer

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Zhenwei; Al-Jawhari, Hala A.; Nayak, Pradipta K.; Caraveo-Frescas, J. A.; Wei, Nini; Hedhili, M. N.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2015-01-01

    In this report, both p- and n-type tin oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) were simultaneously achieved using single-step deposition of the tin oxide channel layer. The tuning of charge carrier polarity in the tin oxide channel is achieved by selectively depositing a copper oxide capping layer on top of tin oxide, which serves as an oxygen source, providing additional oxygen to form an n-type tin dioxide phase. The oxidation process can be realized by annealing at temperature as low as 190°C in air, which is significantly lower than the temperature generally required to form tin dioxide. Based on this approach, CMOS inverters based entirely on tin oxide TFTs were fabricated. Our method provides a solution to lower the process temperature for tin dioxide phase, which facilitates the application of this transparent oxide semiconductor in emerging electronic devices field. PMID:25892711

  9. Modified Phenylethynyl Containing Imides for Secondary Bonding: Non-Autoclave, Low Temperature Processable Adhesives

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    Dezern, James F. (Technical Monitor); Chang, Alice C.

    1999-01-01

    As part of a program to develop structural adhesives for high performance aerospace applications, research continued on the development of modified phenylethynyl containing imides, LaRC(trademark)MPEIs. In previous reports, the polymer properties were controlled by varying the molecular weight, the amount of branching, and the phenylethynyl content and by blending with low molecular weight materials. This research involves changing the flexibility in the copolyimide backbone of the branched, phenylethynyl terminated adhesives. These adhesives exhibit excellent processability at pressures as low as 15 psi and temperatures as low as 288 C. The Ti/Ti lap shear specimens are processable in an autoclave or a temperature programmable oven under a vacuum bag at 288-300 C without external pressure. The cured polymers exhibit high mechanical properties and excellent solvent resistance. The chemistry and properties of these adhesives are presented.

  10. Highly conductive p-type amorphous oxides from low-temperature solution processing

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    Li Jinwang; Tokumitsu, Eisuke; Koyano, Mikio; Mitani, Tadaoki; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2012-09-24

    We report solution-processed, highly conductive (resistivity 1.3-3.8 m{Omega} cm), p-type amorphous A-B-O (A = Bi, Pb; B = Ru, Ir), processable at temperatures (down to 240 Degree-Sign C) that are compatible with plastic substrates. The film surfaces are smooth on the atomic scale. Bi-Ru-O was analyzed in detail. A small optical bandgap (0.2 eV) with a valence band maximum (VBM) below but very close to the Fermi level (binding energy E{sub VBM} = 0.04 eV) explains the high conductivity and suggests that they are degenerated semiconductors. The conductivity changes from three-dimensional to two-dimensional with decreasing temperature across 25 K.

  11. VUV diagnostics of electron impact processes in low temperature molecular hydrogen plasma

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    Komppula, J.; Tarvainen, O.

    2015-08-01

    Novel methods for diagnostics of molecular hydrogen plasma processes, such as ionization, production of high vibrational levels, dissociation of molecules via excitation to singlet and triplet states and production of metastable states, are presented for molecular hydrogen plasmas in corona equilibrium. The methods are based on comparison of rate coefficients of plasma processes and optical emission spectroscopy of lowest singlet and triplet transitions, i.e. Lyman band ({{B}1}Σ\\text{u}+\\to {{X}1}Σ\\text{g}+ ) and molecular continuum ({{a}3}Σ\\text{g}+\\to {{b}3}Σ\\text{u}+ ), of the hydrogen molecule in the VUV wavelength range. Comparison of rate coefficients of spin-allowed and/or spin-forbidden excitations reduces the uncertainty caused by the non-equilibrium distributions of electron energy and molecular vibrational level, which are typically known poorly in plasma sources. The described methods are applied to estimate the rates of various plasma processes in a filament arc discharge.

  12. Simulation of the Thermal Process of Butt Welding of Polyethylene Pipes at Low Temperatures

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    Starostin, N. P.; Ammosova, O. A.

    2016-05-01

    A theoretical study has been made of the thermal process of welding polyethylene pipes for gas pipelines at low ambient air temperatures. The mathematical model used takes into account the heat of the phase transition in the temperature range, as well as the thermal effect of the fin formed by the slip. Computing experiments have shown that it is possible to control the temperature regime in welding at low ambient air temperatures and provide, in the thermal influence zone, the same change in the temperature field as at permissible air temperatures.

  13. Linear topology in amorphous metal oxide electrochromic networks obtained via low-temperature solution processing

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    Llordés, Anna; Wang, Yang; Fernandez-Martinez, Alejandro; Xiao, Penghao; Lee, Tom; Poulain, Agnieszka; Zandi, Omid; Saez Cabezas, Camila A.; Henkelman, Graeme; Milliron, Delia J.

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous transition metal oxides are recognized as leading candidates for electrochromic window coatings that can dynamically modulate solar irradiation and improve building energy efficiency. However, their thin films are normally prepared by energy-intensive sputtering techniques or high-temperature solution methods, which increase manufacturing cost and complexity. Here, we report on a room-temperature solution process to fabricate electrochromic films of niobium oxide glass (NbOx) and `nanocrystal-in-glass’ composites (that is, tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanocrystals embedded in NbOx glass) via acid-catalysed condensation of polyniobate clusters. A combination of X-ray scattering and spectroscopic characterization with complementary simulations reveals that this strategy leads to a unique one-dimensional chain-like NbOx structure, which significantly enhances the electrochromic performance, compared to a typical three-dimensional NbOx network obtained from conventional high-temperature thermal processing. In addition, we show how self-assembled ITO-in-NbOx composite films can be successfully integrated into high-performance flexible electrochromic devices.

  14. Linear topology in amorphous metal oxide electrochromic networks obtained via low-temperature solution processing.

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    Llordés, Anna; Wang, Yang; Fernandez-Martinez, Alejandro; Xiao, Penghao; Lee, Tom; Poulain, Agnieszka; Zandi, Omid; Saez Cabezas, Camila A; Henkelman, Graeme; Milliron, Delia J

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous transition metal oxides are recognized as leading candidates for electrochromic window coatings that can dynamically modulate solar irradiation and improve building energy efficiency. However, their thin films are normally prepared by energy-intensive sputtering techniques or high-temperature solution methods, which increase manufacturing cost and complexity. Here, we report on a room-temperature solution process to fabricate electrochromic films of niobium oxide glass (NbOx) and 'nanocrystal-in-glass' composites (that is, tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanocrystals embedded in NbOx glass) via acid-catalysed condensation of polyniobate clusters. A combination of X-ray scattering and spectroscopic characterization with complementary simulations reveals that this strategy leads to a unique one-dimensional chain-like NbOx structure, which significantly enhances the electrochromic performance, compared to a typical three-dimensional NbOx network obtained from conventional high-temperature thermal processing. In addition, we show how self-assembled ITO-in-NbOx composite films can be successfully integrated into high-performance flexible electrochromic devices.

  15. Low temperature hydrothermal processing of organic contaminants in Hanford tank waste

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    Jones, E.O.; Pederson, L.R.; Freeman, H.D.; Schmidt, A.J. ); Babad, H. )

    1993-02-01

    Batch and continuous flow reactor tests at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) have shown that organics similar to those present in the single-shell and double-shell underground storage tanks at Hanford can be decomposed in the liquid phase at relatively mild temperatures of 150[degree]C to 350[degree]C in an aqueous process known as hydrothermal processing (HTP). The organics will react with the abundant oxidants such s nitrite already present in the Hanford tank waste to form hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane, and ammonia. No air or oxygen needs to be added to the system. Ferrocyanides and free cyanide will hydrolyze at similar temperatures to produce formate and ammonia and may also react with nitrates or other oxides. During testing, the organic carbon was transformed first to oxalate at[approximately]310[degree]C and completely oxidized to carbonate at [approximately]350[degree]C accompanied by hydroxide consumption. Solids were formed at higher temperatures, causing a small-diameter outlet tube to plug. The propensity for plugging was reduced by diluting the feed with concentrated hydroxide.

  16. Low temperature hydrothermal processing of organic contaminants in Hanford tank waste

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    Jones, E.O.; Pederson, L.R.; Freeman, H.D.; Schmidt, A.J.; Babad, H.

    1993-02-01

    Batch and continuous flow reactor tests at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) have shown that organics similar to those present in the single-shell and double-shell underground storage tanks at Hanford can be decomposed in the liquid phase at relatively mild temperatures of 150{degree}C to 350{degree}C in an aqueous process known as hydrothermal processing (HTP). The organics will react with the abundant oxidants such s nitrite already present in the Hanford tank waste to form hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane, and ammonia. No air or oxygen needs to be added to the system. Ferrocyanides and free cyanide will hydrolyze at similar temperatures to produce formate and ammonia and may also react with nitrates or other oxides. During testing, the organic carbon was transformed first to oxalate at{approximately}310{degree}C and completely oxidized to carbonate at {approximately}350{degree}C accompanied by hydroxide consumption. Solids were formed at higher temperatures, causing a small-diameter outlet tube to plug. The propensity for plugging was reduced by diluting the feed with concentrated hydroxide.

  17. 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

    2015-03-05

    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.

  18. Characterization of low temperature graphene synthesis in inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition process with optical emission spectroscopy.

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    Ma, Yifei; Kim, Daekyoung; Jang, Haegyu; Cho, Sung Min; Chae, Heeyeop

    2014-12-01

    Low-temperature graphene was synthesized at 400 degrees C with inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process. The effects of plasma power and flow rate of various carbon containing precursors and hydrogen on graphene properties were investigated with optical emission spectroscopy (OES). Various radicals monitored by OES were correlated with graphene film properties such as sheet resistance, I(D)/I(G) ratio of Raman spectra and transparency. C2H2 was used as a main precursor and the increase of plasma power enhanced intensity of carbon (C2) radical OES intensity in plasma, reduced sheet resistance and increased transparency of graphene films. The reduced flow rate of C2H2 decreased sheet resistance and increased transparency of graphene films in the range of this study. H2 addition was found to increase sheet resistance, transparency and attributed to reduction of graphene grain and etching graphene layers. OES analysis showed that C2 radicals contribute to graphite networking and sheet resistance reduction. TEM and AFM were applied to provide credible information that graphene had been successfully grown at low temperature.

  19. High-pressure freezing and low-temperature processing of plant tissue samples for electron microscopy.

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    Karahara, Ichirou; Kang, Byung-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Use of electron tomography methods improves image resolution of transmission electron microscopy especially in the z-direction, enabling determination of complicated 3D structures of organelles and cytoskeleton arrays. The increase in resolution necessitates preservation of cellular structures close to the native states with minimum artifacts. High-pressure freezing (HPF) that immobilizes molecules in the cell instantaneously has been used to avoid damages caused by convention chemical fixation. Despite the advantages of HPF, cells could still be damaged during dissection prior to HPF. Therefore, it is critical to isolate cells/tissues of interest quickly and carefully. The samples frozen by HPF are often processed by freeze substitution (FS), and FS should be carried out under appropriate conditions. Here we describe dissection, HPF, and FS methods that we have utilized to prepare plant samples for electron tomography/immuno-electron microscopy.

  20. Experimental determination of barium isotope fractionation during diffusion and adsorption processes at low temperatures

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    van Zuilen, Kirsten; Müller, Thomas; Nägler, Thomas F.; Dietzel, Martin; Küsters, Tim

    2016-08-01

    Variations in barium (Ba) stable isotope abundances measured in low and high temperature environments have recently received increasing attention. The actual processes controlling Ba isotope fractionation, however, remain mostly elusive. In this study, we present the first experimental approach to quantify the contribution of diffusion and adsorption on mass-dependent Ba isotope fractionation during transport of aqueous Ba2+ ions through a porous medium. Experiments have been carried out in which a BaCl2 solution of known isotopic composition diffused through u-shaped glass tubes filled with silica hydrogel at 10 °C and 25 °C for up to 201 days. The diffused Ba was highly fractionated by up to -2.15‰ in δ137/134Ba, despite the low relative difference in atomic mass. The time-dependent isotope fractionation can be successfully reproduced by a diffusive transport model accounting for mass-dependent differences in the effective diffusivities of the Ba isotope species (D137Ba /D134Ba =(m134 /m137) β). Values of β extracted from the transport model were in the range of 0.010-0.011. Independently conducted batch experiments revealed that adsorption of Ba onto the surface of silica hydrogel favoured the heavier Ba isotopes (α = 1.00015 ± 0.00008). The contribution of adsorption on the overall isotope fractionation in the diffusion experiments, however, was found to be small. Our results contribute to the understanding of Ba isotope fractionation processes, which is crucial for interpreting natural isotope variations and the assessment of Ba isotope ratios as geochemical proxies.

  1. Thermally and photostimulated recombination processes in PbWO4 crystals at low temperatures

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    Novosad, S. S.; Kostyk, L. V.; Novosad, I. S.; Solskii, I. M.

    2010-11-01

    We have studied thermally and photostimulated recombination processes in PbWO4 crystals in the temperature interval 90-295 K. We have shown that after x-ray excitation of the crystal at 90 K, the thermally stimulated luminescence curve shows a relatively intense peak at 110 K and weak peaks at about 173, 191, and 232 K. Exposure of the PbWO4 crystal to IR radiation after excitation by x-ray photons leads to the appearance of photostimulated flash luminescence, a significant decrease in the intensity of the 110 K peak, and a shift of that peak to the 116 K region. But long-wavelength illumination has less of an effect on the intensity and position of the higher temperature peaks. It is assumed that F- centers are formed in the PbWO4 crystal at 90 K during x-ray exposure. The thermal light sum released by IR illumination in the temperature region 90-150 K has a maximum at ≈108 K. The nature of this maximum is connected with the complex centers [Pb3+ + (WO3-F-)]. Optical and thermal degradation of these centers leads to the appearance of emission in the green region of the localized exciton spectrum.

  2. Low-temperature synthesis of MgB2 via powder metallurgy processing

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    Birol, Yucel

    2016-12-01

    Ball-milled Mg/B2O3 powder blends reveal interpenetrating layers of deformed magnesium and boron oxide grains that are increasingly refined with increasing milling time. Boron oxide is reduced by Mg and MgO thus formed reacts with the remaining B2O3 to produce Mg3(BO3)2 during ball milling for 30 min. Both B2O3 and Mg3(BO3)2 react with Mg to produce MgB2 upon further ball milling. An annealing treatment can be employed when ball milling is performed for less than 1 h as thermal exposure of the ball-milled Mg/B2O3 powder blends also leads to the formation of MgB2. The above reactions take place between 500 and 700 °C when the Mg/B2O3 powder blend is ball milled for 30 min, and between 450 and 550 °C, after ball milling for 1 h. This is a very attractive route owing to processing temperatures where the volatility of Mg is no longer a problem.

  3. Single molecule manipulation at low temperature and laser scanning tunnelling photo-induced processes analysis through time-resolved studies.

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    Riedel, Damien

    2010-07-07

    This paper describes, firstly, the statistical analysis used to determine the processes that occur during the manipulation of a single molecule through electronically induced excitations with a low temperature (5 K) scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). Various molecular operation examples are described and the ability to probe the ensuing molecular manipulation dynamics is discussed within the excitation context. It is, in particular, shown that such studies can reveal reversible manipulation for tuning dynamics through variation of the excitation energy. Secondly, the photo-induced process arising from the irradiation of the STM junction is also studied through feedback loop dynamics analysis, allowing us to distinguish between photo-thermally and photo-electronically induced signals. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd

  4. Low-temperature and solution-processed indium tin oxide films and their applications in flexible transparent capacitive pressure sensors

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    Yu, Jian; Chen, Sujie; Wang, Nana; Ye, Zhizhen; Qi, Hang; Guo, Xiaojun; Jin, Yizheng

    2016-04-01

    It is of great interest to fabricate indium tin oxide (ITO) films by solution-based techniques at low temperatures. Here, we combined the use of colloidal ITO nanoflowers synthesized by the strategy of limited ligand protection and oxygen plasma treatment which effectively remove the surface ligands of ITO nanocrystals to meet this goal. These efforts led to high-quality ITO films with resistivity as low as 2.33 × 10-2 Ω cm, which is the best result for solution-processed ITO nanocrystal films deposited at temperatures lower than 200 °C. The annealing-free processing allowed us to deposit ITO nanoflower films onto plastic substrates and apply them in flexible capacitive pressure sensors. The single-pixel device showed decent sensitivity and reproducibility, and the arrayed sensors exhibited good spatial resolution.

  5. Zoned chondrules in Semarkona: Evidence for high-and low-temperature processing

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    Grossman, J.N.; Alexander, C.M. O'D.; Wang, Jingyuan; Brearley, A.J.

    2002-01-01

    between altered glass and surrounding matrix and rim material. Calcium was mainly lost during this process, and other nonvolatile elements may have been mobile as well. Some unzoned, low-FeO chondrules appear to have fully altered mesostasis.

  6. Low-temperature laser processes for synthesizing (100)-textured Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films on Si substrate

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    Chu, Y. H.; Lin, S. J.; Liu, K. S.; Lin, I. N.

    2005-10-01

    High-performance Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, PZT, thin films were synthesized on Si substrates by using low-temperature laser-assisted processes, which combine pulsed laser deposition (PLD), laser lift-off (LLO) and laser-annealing (LA) processes. The PZT films were first grown on sapphire substrates at 400 °C, using Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3, BMT, as seeding layer, by the PLD process, and were then transferred to Si substrates at room temperature by a LLO transferring process. Utilization of the BMT layer is of critical importance in those processes, since it acted as a nucleation layer for the synthesis of the PZT thin films on the sapphire substrates and, at the same time, served as a sacrificial layer during laser irradiation in the LLO process. After the LLO process, the surfaces of the PZT films were recovered by the LA process for removing the damage induced by the LLO process. A thin BMT (˜30 nm) layer is randomly oriented, resulting in non-textured PZT films with good ferroelectric properties, viz. Pr=20.6 μC/cm2 and Ec=126 kV/cm, whereas a thick BMT (˜100 nm) layer is (100) preferentially oriented, leading to (100)-textured PZT films with markedly better ferroelectric properties, viz. Pr=34.4 μC/cm2 and Ec=360 kV/cm.

  7. Dynamics of the phase formation process upon the low temperature selenization of Cu/In-multilayer stacks

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    Oertel, M.; Ronning, C.

    2015-03-01

    Phase reactions occurring during a low temperature selenization of thin In/Cu-multilayer stacks were investigated by ex-situ x-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Therefore, dc-sputtered In/Cu-multilayers onto molybdenum coated soda lime glass were selenized in a high vacuum system at temperatures between 260 and 340 °C with different dwell times and selenium supply. The combination of the results of the phase analysis by XRD and the measurements of the in-depth elemental distribution by EDS allowed a conclusion on the occurring reactions within the layer depth. We found two CuInSe2 formation processes depending on the applied temperature. Already, at a heater temperature of 260 °C, the CuInSe2 formation can occur by the reaction of Cu2-xSe with In4Se3 and Se. At 340 °C, CuInSe2 is formed by the reaction of Cu2-xSe with InSe and Se. Because both reactions need additional selenium, the selenium supply during the selenization can shift the reaction equilibria either to the metal binaries side or to the CuInSe2 side. Interestingly, a lower selenium supply shifts the equilibrium to the CuInSe2 side, because the amount of selenium incorporated into the metallic layer is higher for a lower selenium supply. Most likely, a larger number of grain boundaries are the reason for the stronger selenium incorporation. The results of the phase formation studies were used to design a two stage selenization process to get a defined structure of an indium selenide- and a copper selenide-layer at low temperatures as the origin for a controlled interdiffusion to form the CuInSe2-absorber-layer at higher temperatures. The approach delivers a CuInSe2 absorber which reach total area efficiencies of 11.8% (13.0% active area) in a CuInSe2-thin-film solar cell. A finished formation of CuInSe2 at low temperature was not observed in our experiments but is probably possible for longer dwell times.

  8. Dynamics of the phase formation process upon the low temperature selenization of Cu/In-multilayer stacks

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    Oertel, M. Ronning, C.

    2015-03-14

    Phase reactions occurring during a low temperature selenization of thin In/Cu-multilayer stacks were investigated by ex-situ x-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Therefore, dc-sputtered In/Cu-multilayers onto molybdenum coated soda lime glass were selenized in a high vacuum system at temperatures between 260 and 340 °C with different dwell times and selenium supply. The combination of the results of the phase analysis by XRD and the measurements of the in-depth elemental distribution by EDS allowed a conclusion on the occurring reactions within the layer depth. We found two CuInSe{sub 2} formation processes depending on the applied temperature. Already, at a heater temperature of 260 °C, the CuInSe{sub 2} formation can occur by the reaction of Cu{sub 2−x}Se with In{sub 4}Se{sub 3} and Se. At 340 °C, CuInSe{sub 2} is formed by the reaction of Cu{sub 2−x}Se with InSe and Se. Because both reactions need additional selenium, the selenium supply during the selenization can shift the reaction equilibria either to the metal binaries side or to the CuInSe{sub 2} side. Interestingly, a lower selenium supply shifts the equilibrium to the CuInSe{sub 2} side, because the amount of selenium incorporated into the metallic layer is higher for a lower selenium supply. Most likely, a larger number of grain boundaries are the reason for the stronger selenium incorporation. The results of the phase formation studies were used to design a two stage selenization process to get a defined structure of an indium selenide- and a copper selenide-layer at low temperatures as the origin for a controlled interdiffusion to form the CuInSe{sub 2}-absorber-layer at higher temperatures. The approach delivers a CuInSe{sub 2} absorber which reach total area efficiencies of 11.8% (13.0% active area) in a CuInSe{sub 2}-thin-film solar cell. A finished formation of CuInSe{sub 2} at low temperature was not observed in our experiments but is probably

  9. Low temperature synthesis and characterization of rosette-like nanostructures of ZnO using solution process

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    Wahab, Rizwan; Ansari, S. G.; Seo, Hyung-Kee; Kim, Young Soon; Suh, Eun-Kyung; Shin, Hyung-Shik

    2009-02-01

    Rosette-like structures of ZnO were synthesized at low temperature (60 °C) using solution process over 20 min of time. Hydroxylamine hydrochloride was used as capping agent with zinc nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide. Transition from triangular shaped plate like particles to rosette-like structure and to individual nanorods is observed with increasing refluxing temperature. Single-crystalline nature with wurtzite hexagonal phase is confirmed from transmission electron microscopic observations. Photoelectron spectroscopic measurement presented spectra close to the standard bulk ZnO, with an O 1s peak composed of surface adsorbed O-H group, O 2- in the oxygen vacancies on ZnO structure and ZnO.

  10. Thermally Stable Mesoporous Perovskite Solar Cells Incorporating Low-Temperature Processed Graphene/Polymer Electron Transporting Layer.

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    Tong, Shi Wun; Balapanuru, Janardhan; Fu, Deyi; Loh, Kian Ping

    2016-11-02

    In the short time since its discovery, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attained high power conversion efficiency but their lack of thermal stability remains a barrier to commercialization. Among the experimentally accessible parameter spaces for optimizing performance, identifying an electron transport layer (ETL) that forms a thermally stable interface with perovskite and which is solution-processable at low-temperature will certainly be advantageous. Herein, we developed a mesoporous graphene/polymer composite with these advantages when used as ETL in CH3NH3PbI3 PSCs, and a high efficiency of 13.8% under AM 1.5G solar illumination could be obtained. Due to the high heat transmission coefficient and low isoelectric point of mesoporous graphene-based ETL, the PSC device enjoys good chemical and thermal stability. Our work demonstrates that the mesoporous graphene-based scaffold is a promising ETL candidate for high performance and thermally stable PSCs.

  11. Low-Temperature, Solution-Processed, Transparent Zinc Oxide-Based Thin-Film Transistors for Sensing Various Solvents.

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    You, Hsin-Chiang; Wang, Cheng-Jyun

    2017-02-26

    A low temperature solution-processed thin-film transistor (TFT) using zinc oxide (ZnO) film as an exposed sensing semiconductor channel was fabricated to detect and identify various solution solvents. The TFT devices would offer applications for low-cost, rapid and highly compatible water-soluble detection and could replace conventional silicon field effect transistors (FETs) as bio-sensors. In this work, we demonstrate the utility of the TFT ZnO channel to sense various liquids, such as polar solvents (ethanol), non-polar solvents (toluene) and deionized (DI) water, which were dropped and adsorbed onto the channel. It is discussed how different dielectric constants of polar/non-polar solvents and DI water were associated with various charge transport properties, demonstrating the main detection mechanisms of the thin-film transistor.

  12. Solution Combustion Synthesis: Low-Temperature Processing for p-Type Cu:NiO Thin Films for Transparent Electronics.

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    Liu, Ao; Zhu, Huihui; Guo, Zidong; Meng, You; Liu, Guoxia; Fortunato, Elvira; Martins, Rodrigo; Shan, Fukai

    2017-09-01

    Low-temperature solution processing opens a new window for the fabrication of oxide semiconductors due to its simple, low cost, and large-area uniformity. Herein, by using solution combustion synthesis (SCS), p-type Cu-doped NiO (Cu:NiO) thin films are fabricated at a temperature lower than 150 °C. The light doping of Cu substitutes the Ni site and disperses the valence band of the NiO matrix, leading to an enhanced p-type conductivity. Their integration into thin-film transistors (TFTs) demonstrates typical p-type semiconducting behavior. The optimized Cu5% NiO TFT exhibits outstanding electrical performance with a hole mobility of 1.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) , a large on/off current ratio of ≈10(4) , and clear switching characteristics under dynamic measurements. The employment of a high-k ZrO2 gate dielectric enables a low operating voltage (≤2 V) of the TFTs, which is critical for portable and battery-driven devices. The construction of a light-emitting-diode driving circuit demonstrates the high current control capability of the resultant TFTs. The achievement of the low-temperature-processed Cu:NiO thin films via SCS not only provides a feasible approach for low-cost flexible p-type oxide electronics but also represents a significant step toward the development of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor circuits. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Low-temperature atomic layer deposition of TiO{sub 2} thin layers for the processing of memristive devices

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    Porro, Samuele Conti, Daniele; Guastella, Salvatore; Ricciardi, Carlo; Jasmin, Alladin; Pirri, Candido F.; Bejtka, Katarzyna; Perrone, Denis; Chiolerio, Alessandro

    2016-01-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) represents one of the most fundamental techniques capable of satisfying the strict technological requirements imposed by the rapidly evolving electronic components industry. The actual scaling trend is rapidly leading to the fabrication of nanoscaled devices able to overcome limits of the present microelectronic technology, of which the memristor is one of the principal candidates. Since their development in 2008, TiO{sub 2} thin film memristors have been identified as the future technology for resistive random access memories because of their numerous advantages in producing dense, low power-consuming, three-dimensional memory stacks. The typical features of ALD, such as self-limiting and conformal deposition without line-of-sight requirements, are strong assets for fabricating these nanosized devices. This work focuses on the realization of memristors based on low-temperature ALD TiO{sub 2} thin films. In this process, the oxide layer was directly grown on a polymeric photoresist, thus simplifying the fabrication procedure with a direct liftoff patterning instead of a complex dry etching process. The TiO{sub 2} thin films deposited in a temperature range of 120–230 °C were characterized via Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical current–voltage measurements taken in voltage sweep mode were employed to confirm the existence of resistive switching behaviors typical of memristors. These measurements showed that these low-temperature devices exhibit an ON/OFF ratio comparable to that of a high-temperature memristor, thus exhibiting similar performances with respect to memory applications.

  14. Dislocation density and strain-relaxation in Ge1-xSnx layers grown on Ge/Si (0 0 1) by low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy

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    Khiangte, Krista R.; Rathore, Jaswant S.; Sharma, Vaibhav; Bhunia, Swagata; Das, Sudipta; Fandan, Rajveer S.; Pokharia, Ravinder S.; Laha, Apurba; Mahapatra, Suddhasatta

    2017-07-01

    The density and origin of dislocations in a variety of molecular-beam-epitaxy-(MBE)-grown Ge1-xSnx/Ge/Si (0 0 1) heterostructures, with Sn-content varying from 0.4 to 5.2%, have been investigated systematically by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). In particular, using the approach due to Kaganer et al. (V.M. Kaganer et al., Phys. Rev. B 72, 045423 (2005)) for the first time to the Ge1-xSnx alloy, it is demonstrated that reliable estimates of both edge and screw dislocation densities can be obtained from HRXRD data. Based on the correlations of strain relaxation and dislocation densities of the alloy epilayers and the underlying Ge buffer layers, we observe that dislocations threading from the latter predominantly contribute to the strain relaxation of the former. Thus, Ge1-xSnx epilayers of sub-critical thicknesses can be made to relax significantly by growing them on partially-relaxed, relatively-thin Ge buffer layers. This may be promising for the realization of Ge1-xSnx epilayers with direct electronic band gap.

  15. Low Temperature Locally-Controlled Growth of Wide Bandgap Nitride and Diamond Films via Plasmon Resonance-Excited Kinetic Processes

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    2015-06-18

    generation of low -temperature, electrochemical and photochemical potentials within the optical near-field of nanoscale plasmonic structures. We have...worked to develop a plasmon-driven source for controlled deposition of nitrogen precursors for low temperature nitride film growth using...cryogenically cooled, plasmonically active patterned substracts . Separately, we have also performed theoretical and experimental identification of a newly

  16. Low Temperature Processing of Nanocrystalline Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thick Films and Ceramics by a Modified Sol-Gel Route

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    Zhu, Weiguang; Wang, Zhihong; Zhao, Changlei; Tan, Ooi Kiang; Hng, Huey Hoon

    2002-11-01

    Dispersing fine particles into a sol-gel matrix is a promising process to get a thick 0-3 composite coating layer. In this paper, we have further improved this modified sol-gel process by nanocrystalline composite technique to realize the low temperature annealing. Dense Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) thick films of 10 to 50 μm in thickness have been obtained on the platinum-coated silicon substrates by spin-coating at sintering temperature of 600-700°C and fully developed submicron-sized grains have been demonstrated in screen-printing piezoelectric films on alumina substrates at sintering temperature of 700-800°C. The dependence of various properties such as microstructure, crystallization, ferroelectric and dielectric properties of such made thick films on the processing parameters have been investigated. For a 10 μm-thick film spin-coated on silicon wafer, the dielectric loss and relative permittivity are 0.010 and 1024, respectively, at 1 kHz. The remanent polarization (Pr) and the coercive field (Ec) are 13.6 μC/cm2 and 34.5 kV/cm, respectively. Obviously, such made thick film has comparable properties with bulk PZT ceramic. This novel technique can be extensively used in sol-gel, screen-printing, tape-casting, even in traditional ceramic process to reduce the process temperature.

  17. [Startup, stable operation and process failure of EBPR system under the low temperature and low dissolved oxygen condition].

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    Ma, Juan; Li, Lu; Yu, Xiao-Jun; Wei, Xue-Fen; Liu, Juan-Li

    2015-02-01

    A sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was started up and operated with alternating anaerobic/oxic (An/O) to perform enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) under the condition of 13-16 degrees C. The results showed that under the condition of low temperature, the EBPR system was successfully started up in a short time (<6 d). The reactor achieved a high and stable phosphorus removal performance with an influent phosphate concentration of 20 mg x L(-1) and the dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration of 2 mg x L(-1). The effluent phosphate concentration was lower than 0.5 mg x L(-1). It was found that decreasing DO had an influence on the steady operation of EBPR system. As DO concentration of aerobic phase decreased from 2 mg x L(-1) to 1 mg x L(-1), the system could still perform EBPR and the phosphorus removal efficiency was greater than 97.4%. However, the amount of phosphate released during anaerobic phase was observed to decrease slightly compared with that of 2 mg x L(-1) DO condition. Moreover, the phosphorus removal performance of the system deteriorated immediately and the effluent phosphate concentration couldn't meet the national integrated wastewater discharge standard when DO concentration was further lowered to 0.5 mg x L(-1). The experiments of increasing DO to recover phosphorus removal performance of the EBPR suggested the process failure resulted from low DO was not reversible in the short-term. It was also found that the batch tests of anoxic phosphorus uptake using nitrite and nitrate as electron acceptors had an impact on the stable operation of EBPR system, whereas the resulting negative influence could be recovered within 6 cycles. In addition, the mixed liquid suspended solids (MLSS) of the EBPR system remained stable and the sludge volume index (SVI) decreased to a certain extend in a long run, implying long-term low temperature and low DO condition favored the sludge sedimentation.

  18. Low Temperature Distillation for Desalination

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    Schultz, William

    2013-11-01

    We examine a unique configuration that combines the evaporator and condenser in a low temperature distillation process. The low temperature (pressure) container is designed to use waste heat from a power plant as the hot source and a water reservoir as the cold source. Fresh and saline streams of droplets in close proximity create interesting hydrodynamic challenges for the directional stability of the droplets.

  19. Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Kesterite Solar Cell Based on in Situ Deposition of Ultrathin Absorber Layer.

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    Hou, Yi; Azimi, Hamed; Gasparini, Nicola; Salvador, Michael; Chen, Wei; Khanzada, Laraib S; Brandl, Marco; Hock, Rainer; Brabec, Christoph J

    2015-09-30

    The production of high-performance, solution-processed kesterite Cu2ZnSn(Sx,Se1-x)4 (CZTSSe) solar cells typically relies on high-temperature crystallization processes in chalcogen-containing atmosphere and often on the use of environmentally harmful solvents, which could hinder the widespread adoption of this technology. We report a method for processing selenium free Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) solar cells based on a short annealing step at temperatures as low as 350 °C using a molecular based precursor, fully avoiding highly toxic solvents and high-temperature sulfurization. We show that a simple device structure consisting of ITO/CZTS/CdS/Al and comprising an extremely thin absorber layer (∼110 nm) achieves a current density of 8.6 mA/cm(2). Over the course of 400 days under ambient conditions encapsulated devices retain close to 100% of their original efficiency. Using impedance spectroscopy and photoinduced charge carrier extraction by linearly increasing voltage (photo-CELIV), we demonstrate that reduced charge carrier mobility is one limiting parameter of low-temperature CZTS photovoltaics. These results may inform less energy demanding strategies for the production of CZTS optoelectronic layers compatible with large-scale processing techniques.

  20. Dielectric relaxation processes in solid and supercooled liquid solutions of acetaminophen and nifedipine

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    El Goresy, Tarek; Böhmer, Roland

    2007-05-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy was used to study supercooled liquid and glassy mixtures of acetaminophen and nifedipine. The glass transition temperature Tg was found to vary continuously as a function of the acetaminophen concentration x, indicating complete miscibility of these drugs. The steepness index m characterizing the α-relaxation as well as the dispersion width of this process were almost independent of x. A weak Johari Goldstein β-relaxation was identified by its typical decoupling from the α-process. A well-resolved low-temperature γ-relaxation was found and ascribed to a side group motion, predominantly of the nifedipine molecule. The energy barriers hindering this motion exhibit a wide distribution, with a mean value of typically about 3500 K.

  1. Characteristics of the secondary relaxation process in soft colloidal suspensions

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    Saha, Debasish; Joshi, Yogesh M.; Bandyopadhyay, Ranjini

    2015-11-01

    A universal secondary relaxation process, known as the Johari-Goldstein (J-G) β-relaxation process, appears in glass formers. It involves all parts of the molecule and is particularly important in glassy systems because of its very close relationship with the α-relaxation process. However, the absence of a J-G β-relaxation mode in colloidal glasses raises questions regarding its universality. In the present work, we study the microscopic relaxation processes in Laponite suspensions, a model soft glassy material, by dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments. α- and β-relaxation timescales are estimated from the autocorrelation functions obtained by DLS measurements for Laponite suspensions with different concentrations, salt concentrations and temperatures. Our experimental results suggest that the β-relaxation process in Laponite suspensions involves all parts of the constituent Laponite particle. The ergodicity breaking time is also seen to be correlated with the characteristic time of the β-relaxation process for all Laponite concentrations, salt concentrations and temperatures. The width of the primary relaxation process is observed to be correlated with the secondary relaxation time. The secondary relaxation time is also very sensitive to the concentration of Laponite. We measure primitive relaxation timescales from the α-relaxation time and the stretching exponent (β) by applying the coupling model for highly correlated systems. The order of magnitude of the primitive relaxation time is very close to the secondary relaxation time. These observations indicate the presence of a J-G β-relaxation mode for soft colloidal suspensions of Laponite.

  2. Distributed relaxation processes in sensory adaptation.

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    Thorson, J; Biederman-Thorson, M

    1974-01-18

    Dynamic description of most receptors, even in their near-linear ranges, has not led to understanding of the underlying physical events-in many instances because their curious transfer functions are not found in the usual repertoire of integral-order control-system analysis. We have described some methods, borrowed from other fields, which allow one to map any linear frequency response onto a putative weighting over an ensemble of simpler relaxation processes. One can then ask whether the resultant weighting of such processes suggests a corresponding plausible distribution of values for an appropriate physical variable within the sensory transducer. To illustrate this approach, we have chosen the fractional-order low-frequency response of Limulus lateral-eye photoreceptors. We show first that the current "adapting-bump" hypothesis for the generator potential can be formulated in terms of local first-order relaxation processes in which local light flux, the cross section of rhodopsin for photon capture, and restoration rate of local conductance-changing capability play specific roles. A representative spatial distribution for one of these parameters, which just accounts for the low-frequency response of the receptor, is then derived and its relation to cellular properties and recent experiments is examined. Finally, we show that for such a system, nonintegral-order dynamics are equivalent to nonhyperbolic statics, and that the efficacy distribution derived to account for the small-signal dynamics in fact predicts several decades of near-logarithmic response in the steady state. Encouraged by the result that one plausible proposal can account approximately for both the low-frequency dynamics (the transfer function s(k)) and the range-compressing statics (the Weber-Fechner relationship) measured in this photoreceptor, we have described some formally similar applications of these distributed effects to the vertebrate retina and to analogous properties of

  3. Novel Combination of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Low Temperature Processed Compact TiO2 Layer via Anodic Oxidation.

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    Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Wen, Hongbin; Wu, Yuxiang; Huang, Like; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled.

  4. Characterisation of odorant compounds and their biochemical formation in green tea with a low temperature storage process.

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    Katsuno, Tsuyoshi; Kasuga, Hisae; Kusano, Yumi; Yaguchi, Yoshihiro; Tomomura, Miho; Cui, Jilai; Yang, Ziyin; Baldermann, Susanne; Nakamura, Yoriyuki; Ohnishi, Toshiyuki; Mase, Nobuyuki; Watanabe, Naoharu

    2014-04-01

    We produced low temperature (15 °C) processed green tea (LTPGT) with higher aroma contents than normal green tea (Sencha). Normal temperature processed green tea (NTPGT), involved storing at 25 °C, and Sencha had no storing process. Sensory evaluation showed LTPGT had higher levels of floral and sweet odorants than NTPGT and Sencha. Aroma extract dilution analysis and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-olfactometry indicated LTPGT had 12 aroma compounds with high factor dilution values (FD). Amongst LTPGT's 12 compounds, indole, jasmine lactone, cis-jasmone, coumarin, and methyl epijasmonate contributed to floral, fruity and sweet characters. In particular, indole increased initially, peaking at 16 h, then gradually decreased. Feeding experiments suggested [(15)N]indole and [(15)N]oxygenated indoles (OX-indoles) were produced from [(15)N]anthranilic acid. We proposed the increase in indole was due to transformation of anthranilic acid during the 16 h storage and the subsequent decline in indole level was due to its conversion to OX-indoles. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Low-temperature-processed efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells for bifacial and tandem applications.

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    Fu, Fan; Feurer, Thomas; Jäger, Timo; Avancini, Enrico; Bissig, Benjamin; Yoon, Songhak; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2015-11-18

    Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells are highly attractive for a wide range of applications, such as bifacial and tandem solar cells; however, the power conversion efficiency of semi-transparent devices still lags behind due to missing suitable transparent rear electrode or deposition process. Here we report a low-temperature process for efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells. A hybrid thermal evaporation-spin coating technique is developed to allow the introduction of PCBM in regular device configuration, which facilitates the growth of high-quality absorber, resulting in hysteresis-free devices. We employ high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide as transparent rear electrode by room-temperature radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, yielding a semi-transparent solar cell with steady-state efficiency of 14.2% along with 72% average transmittance in the near-infrared region. With such semi-transparent devices, we show a substantial power enhancement when operating as bifacial solar cell, and in combination with low-bandgap copper indium gallium diselenide we further demonstrate 20.5% efficiency in four-terminal tandem configuration.

  6. Recovery of iron from copper tailings via low-temperature direct reduction and magnetic separation: process optimization and mineralogical study

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    Jiao, Rui-min; Xing, Peng; Wang, Cheng-yan; Ma, Bao-zhong; Chen, Yong-Qiang

    2017-09-01

    Currently, the majority of copper tailings are not effectively developed. Worldwide, large amounts of copper tailings generated from copper production are continuously dumped, posing a potential environmental threat. Herein, the recovery of iron from copper tailings via low-temperature direct reduction and magnetic separation was conducted; process optimization was carried out, and the corresponding mineralogy was investigated. The reduction time, reduction temperature, reducing agent (coal), calcium chloride additive, grinding time, and magnetic field intensity were examined for process optimization. Mineralogical analyses of the sample, reduced pellets, and magnetic concentrate under various conditions were performed by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry to elucidate the iron reduction and growth mechanisms. The results indicated that the optimum parameters of iron recovery include a reduction temperature of 1150°C, a reduction time of 120 min, a coal dosage of 25%, a calcium chloride dosage of 2.5%, a magnetic field intensity of 100 mT, and a grinding time of 1 min. Under these conditions, the iron grade in the magnetic concentrate was greater than 90%, with an iron recovery ratio greater than 95%.

  7. Low temperature deposition of ZnO semiconductor thin films on a PEN substrate by a solution process

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    Tsay, Chien-Yie; Wu, Pei-Wen

    2013-07-01

    Low-temperature processed ZnO semiconductor films were deposited onto polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) plastic substrates by a spin coating technique using ZnO nanoparticle (NP) dispersion. The ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the hydrothermal method, and solution processable dispersion was used to disperse the ZnO NPs in a mixed aqueous solution with a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) dispersant agent. The effects of annealing temperature (from 150°C to 250°C) on the electrical properties of glass/ZnO film samples are reported. The optimized annealing condition (200°C) was applied for ZnO film deposited on a PEN substrate. Comparative electrical properties of the PEN/ZnO film samples before and after bending tests are also presented. Experimental results show that the electrical resistivity of the PEN/ZnO film sample was 1.91 × 104 Ω cm with a Hall mobility of 45.9 cm2/Vs. After bending tests, the electrical resistivity was raised to 1.26 × 105 Ω cm and the Hall mobility was reduced to 31.0 cm2/Vs.

  8. Low-temperature Fabrication Process for Integrated High-Aspect Ratio Metal Oxide Nanostructure Semiconductor Gas Sensors

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    Clavijo, William P.

    This work presents a new low-temperature fabrication process of metal oxide nanostructures that allows high-aspect ratio zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanowires and nanotubes to be readily integrated with microelectronic devices for sensor applications. This process relies on a new method of forming a close-packed array of self-assembled high-aspect-ratio nanopores in an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template in a thin (2.5 microm) aluminum film deposited on a silicon and lithium niobate substrate (LiNbO3). This technique is in sharp contrast to traditional free-standing thick film methods and the use of an integrated thin aluminum film greatly enhances the utility of such methods. We have demonstrated the method by integrating ZnO nanowires, TiO2 nanowires, and multiwall TiO2 nanotubes onto the metal gate of a MOSFET (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor), and the delay line of a surface acoustic wave (SAW) device to form an integrated ChemFET (Chemical Field-Effect Transistor) and a orthogonal frequency coded (OFC) SAW gas sensor. The resulting metal oxide nanostructures of 1-1.7 microm in height and 40-100 nm in diameter offer an increase of up to 220X the surface area over a standard flat metal oxide film for sensing applications.

  9. Low-temperature-processed efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells for bifacial and tandem applications

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    Fu, Fan; Feurer, Thomas; Jäger, Timo; Avancini, Enrico; Bissig, Benjamin; Yoon, Songhak; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.

    2015-01-01

    Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells are highly attractive for a wide range of applications, such as bifacial and tandem solar cells; however, the power conversion efficiency of semi-transparent devices still lags behind due to missing suitable transparent rear electrode or deposition process. Here we report a low-temperature process for efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells. A hybrid thermal evaporation–spin coating technique is developed to allow the introduction of PCBM in regular device configuration, which facilitates the growth of high-quality absorber, resulting in hysteresis-free devices. We employ high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide as transparent rear electrode by room-temperature radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, yielding a semi-transparent solar cell with steady-state efficiency of 14.2% along with 72% average transmittance in the near-infrared region. With such semi-transparent devices, we show a substantial power enhancement when operating as bifacial solar cell, and in combination with low-bandgap copper indium gallium diselenide we further demonstrate 20.5% efficiency in four-terminal tandem configuration. PMID:26576667

  10. Ultra-Slow Dielectric Relaxation Process in Polyols

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    Yomogida, Yoshiki; Minoguchi, Ayumi; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2004-04-01

    Dielectric relaxation processes with relaxation times larger than that for the structural α process are reported for glycerol, xylitol, sorbitol and their mixtures for the first time. Appearance of this ultra-slow process depends on cooling rate. More rapid cooling gives larger dielectric relaxation strength. However, relaxation time is not affected by cooling rate and shows non-Arrhenius temperature dependence with correlation to the α process. It can be considered that non-equilibrium dynamic structure causes the ultra-slow process. Scale of such structure would be much larger than that of the region for the cooperative molecular orientations for the α process.

  11. Efficacy of low-temperature high hydrostatic pressure processing in inactivating Vibrio parahaemolyticus in culture suspension and oyster homogenate.

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    Phuvasate, Sureerat; Su, Yi-Cheng

    2015-03-02

    Culture suspensions of five clinical and five environmental Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains in 2% NaCl solution were subjected to high pressure processing (HPP) under various conditions (200-300MPa for 5 and 10 min at 1.5-20°C) to study differences in pressure resistance among the strains. The most pressure-resistant and pressure-sensitive strains were selected to investigate the effects of low temperatures (15, 5 and 1.5°C) on HPP (200 or 250MPa for 5 min) to inactivate V. parahaemolyticus in sterile oyster homogenates. Inactivation of V. parahaemolyticus cells in culture suspensions and oyster homogenates was greatly enhanced by lowering the processing temperature from 15 to 5 or 1.5°C. A treatment of oyster homogenates at 250MPa for 5 min at 5°C decreased the populations of V. parahaemolyticus by 6.2logCFU/g for strains 10290 and 100311Y11 and by >7.4logCFU/g for strain 10292. Decreasing the processing temperature of the same treatment to 1.5°C reduced all the V. parahaemolyticus strains inoculated to oyster homogenates to non-detectable (<10CFU/g) levels. Factors including pressure level, processing temperature and time all need to be considered for developing effective HPP for eliminating pathogens from foods. Further studies are needed to validate the efficacy of the HPP (250MPa for 5 min at 1.5°C) in inactivating V. parahaemolyticus cells in whole oysters. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Thermodynamic theory explains the temperature optima of soil microbial processes and high Q10 values at low temperatures.

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    Schipper, Louis A; Hobbs, Joanne K; Rutledge, Susanna; Arcus, Vickery L

    2014-11-01

    Our current understanding of the temperature response of biological processes in soil is based on the Arrhenius equation. This predicts an exponential increase in rate as temperature rises, whereas in the laboratory and in the field, there is always a clearly identifiable temperature optimum for all microbial processes. In the laboratory, this has been explained by denaturation of enzymes at higher temperatures, and in the field, the availability of substrates and water is often cited as critical factors. Recently, we have shown that temperature optima for enzymes and microbial growth occur in the absence of denaturation and that this is a consequence of the unusual heat capacity changes associated with enzymes. We have called this macromolecular rate theory - MMRT (Hobbs et al., , ACS Chem. Biol. 8:2388). Here, we apply MMRT to a wide range of literature data on the response of soil microbial processes to temperature with a focus on respiration but also including different soil enzyme activities, nitrogen and methane cycling. Our theory agrees closely with a wide range of experimental data and predicts temperature optima for these microbial processes. MMRT also predicted high relative temperature sensitivity (as assessed by Q10 calculations) at low temperatures and that Q10 declined as temperature increases in agreement with data synthesis from the literature. Declining Q10 and temperature optima in soils are coherently explained by MMRT which is based on thermodynamics and heat capacity changes for enzyme-catalysed rates. MMRT also provides a new perspective, and makes new predictions, regarding the absolute temperature sensitivity of ecosystems - a fundamental component of models for climate change. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. High performance solid oxide fuel cells based on tri-layer yttria-stabilized zirconia by low temperature sintering process

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    Liu, Ze; Zheng, Zi-wei; Han, Min-fang; Liu, Mei-lin

    Performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) depends critically on the composition and microstructure of the electrodes. It is fabricated a dense yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte layer sandwiched between two porous YSZ layers at low temperature. The advantages of this structure include excellent structural stability and unique flexibility for evaluation of new electrode materials for SOFC applications, which would be difficult or impossible to be evaluated using conventional cell fabrication techniques because of incompatibility with YSZ under processing conditions. The porosity of porous YSZ increases from 65.8% to 68.6% as the firing temperature decreased from 1350 to 1200 °C. The open cell voltages of the cells based on the tri-layers of YSZ, co-fired using a two-step sintering at 1200 °C, are above 1.0 V at 700-800 °C, and the peak power densities of cells infiltrated LSCF and Pd-SDC electrodes are about 525, 733, and 935 mW cm -2 at 700, 750, and 800 °C, respectively.

  14. Structural and optical properties of CuO layered hexagonal discs synthesized by a low-temperature hydrothermal process

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    Abaker, M.; Umar, Ahmad; Baskoutas, S.; Kim, S. H.; Hwang, S. W.

    2011-04-01

    Layered hexagonal discs of CuO were synthesized on a large scale via low-temperature hydrothermal growth process at 130 °C using copper nitrate, hexamethylenediamine and NH4OH. The detailed morphological investigations by field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) clearly revealed that the synthesized CuO structures are made by the well layer-by-layer accumulation of several sheets which arranged themselves in such a special manner that they exhibit the hexagonal discs of CuO. The detailed structural characterizations of the hexagonal CuO discs were done by high-resolution TEM and x-ray diffraction which confirmed that the synthesized structures possessing well nanocrystalline nature and monoclinic structure. The purity and composition of the synthesized products were examined using energy dispersive spectroscopy, elemental mapping and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Using UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature we obtained indirect and direct band gap values slightly blue shifted to the bulk values. Finally, a plausible growth mechanism has been proposed for the formation of CuO layered hexagonal discs.

  15. Rapid low-temperature processing of metal-oxide thin film transistors with combined far ultraviolet and thermal annealing

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    Leppäniemi, J. Ojanperä, K.; Kololuoma, T.; Huttunen, O.-H.; Majumdar, H.; Alastalo, A.; Dahl, J.; Tuominen, M.; Laukkanen, P.

    2014-09-15

    We propose a combined far ultraviolet (FUV) and thermal annealing method of metal-nitrate-based precursor solutions that allows efficient conversion of the precursor to metal-oxide semiconductor (indium zinc oxide, IZO, and indium oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) both at low-temperature and in short processing time. The combined annealing method enables a reduction of more than 100 °C in annealing temperature when compared to thermally annealed reference thin-film transistor (TFT) devices of similar performance. Amorphous IZO films annealed at 250 °C with FUV for 5 min yield enhancement-mode TFTs with saturation mobility of ∼1 cm{sup 2}/(V·s). Amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films annealed for 15 min with FUV at temperatures of 180 °C and 200 °C yield TFTs with low-hysteresis and saturation mobility of 3.2 cm{sup 2}/(V·s) and 7.5 cm{sup 2}/(V·s), respectively. The precursor condensation process is clarified with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Introducing the FUV irradiation at 160 nm expedites the condensation process via in situ hydroxyl radical generation that results in the rapid formation of a continuous metal-oxygen-metal structure in the film. The results of this paper are relevant in order to upscale printed electronics fabrication to production-scale roll-to-roll environments.

  16. On Relaxation Processes in Collisionless Mergers

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    Valluri, Monica; Vass, Ileana M.; Kazantzidis, Stelios; Kravtsov, Andrey V.; Bohn, Courtlandt L.

    2007-04-01

    We analyze N-body simulations of halo mergers to investigate the mechanisms responsible for driving mixing in phase space and the evolution to dynamical equilibrium. We focus on mixing in energy and angular momentum and show that mixing occurs in a steplike fashion following pericenter passages of the halos. This makes mixing during a merger unlike other well-known mixing processes such as phase mixing and chaotic mixing, whose rates scale with local dynamical time. We conclude that the mixing process that drives the system to equilibrium is primarily a response to energy and angular momentum redistribution that occurs due to impulsive tidal shocking and dynamical friction rather than a result of chaotic mixing in a changing potential. We also analyze the merger remnants to determine the degree of mixing at various radii by monitoring changes in radius, energy, and angular momentum of particles. We confirm previous findings that show that the majority of particles retain strong memory of their original kinetic energies and angular momenta, but do experience changes in their potential energies owing to the tidal shocks they experience during pericenter passages. Finally, we show that a significant fraction of mass (~40%) in the merger remnant lies outside its formal virial radius, and that this matter is ejected roughly uniformly from all radii outside the inner regions. This highlights the fact that mass, in its standard virial definition, is not additive in mergers. We discuss the implications of these results for our understanding of relaxation in collisionless dynamical systems.

  17. Low Temperature Adaptation Is Not the Opposite Process of High Temperature Adaptation in Terms of Changes in Amino Acid Composition

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    Yang, Ling-Ling; Tang, Shu-Kun; Huang, Ying; Zhi, Xiao-Yang

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies focused on psychrophilic adaptation generally have demonstrated that multiple mechanisms work together to increase protein flexibility and activity, as well as to decrease the thermostability of proteins. However, the relationship between high and low temperature adaptations remains unclear. To investigate this issue, we collected the available predicted whole proteome sequences of species with different optimal growth temperatures, and analyzed amino acid variations and substitutional asymmetry in pairs of homologous proteins from related species. We found that changes in amino acid composition associated with low temperature adaptation did not exhibit a coherent opposite trend when compared with changes in amino acid composition associated with high temperature adaptation. This result indicates that during their evolutionary histories the proteome-scale evolutionary patterns associated with prokaryotes exposed to low temperature environments were distinct from the proteome-scale evolutionary patterns associated with prokaryotes exposed to high temperature environments in terms of changes in amino acid composition of the proteins. PMID:26614525

  18. Enhanced Performance of Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Using Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Al-Doped SnO2 as Electron Transport Layers

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    Chen, Hao; Liu, Detao; Wang, Yafei; Wang, Chenyun; Zhang, Ting; Zhang, Peng; Sarvari, Hojjatollah; Chen, Zhi; Li, Shibin

    2017-03-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) appear to be the ideal future candidate for photovoltaic applications owing to the rapid development in recent years. The electron transport layers (ETLs) prepared by low-temperature process are essential for widespread implementation and large-scale commercialization of PSCs. Here, we report an effective approach for producing planar PSCs with Al3+ doped SnO2 ETLs prepared by using a low-temperature solution-processed method. The Al dopant in SnO2 enhanced the charge transport behavior of planar PSCs and increased the current density of the devices, compared with the undoped SnO2 ETLs. Moreover, the enhanced electrical property also improved the fill factors (FF) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the solar cells. This study has indicated that the low-temperature solution-processed Al-SnO2 is a promising ETL for commercialization of planar PSCs.

  19. Structure engineering of hole-conductor free perovskite-based solar cells with low-temperature-processed commercial carbon paste as cathode.

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    Zhang, Fuguo; Yang, Xichuan; Wang, Haoxin; Cheng, Ming; Zhao, Jianghua; Sun, Licheng

    2014-09-24

    Low-temperature-processed (100 °C) carbon paste was developed as counter electrode material in hole-conductor free perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cells to substitute noble metallic materials. Under optimized conditions, an impressive PCE value of 8.31% has been achieved with this carbon counter electrode fabricated by doctor-blading technique. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrates good charge transport characteristics of low-temperature-processed carbon counter electrode. Moreover, this carbon counter electrode-based perovskite solar cell exhibits good stability over 800 h.

  20. Ultraslow dielectric relaxation process in supercooled polyhydric alcohols

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    Yomogida, Yoshiki; Minoguchi, Ayumi; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2006-04-01

    Complex permittivity was obtained on glycerol, xylitol, sorbitol and sorbitol-xylitol mixtures in the supercooled liquid state in the frequency range between 10μHz and 500MHz at temperatures near and above the glass transition temperature. For all the materials, a dielectric relaxation process was observed in addition to the well-known structural α and Johari-Goldstein β relaxation process [G. P. Johari and M. Goldstein, J. Chem. Phys. 53, 2372 (1970)]. The relaxation time for the new process is always larger than that for the α process. The relaxation time shows non-Arrhenius temperature dependence with correlation to the behavior of the α process and it depends on the molecular size systematically. The dielectric relaxation strength for the new process shows the effect of thermal history and decreases exponentially with time at a constant temperature. It can be considered that a nonequilibrium dynamics causes the new process.

  1. Relaxation processes in administered-rate pricing

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    Hawkins, Raymond J.; Arnold, Michael R.

    2000-10-01

    We show how the theory of anelasticity unifies the observed dynamics and proposed models of administered-rate products. This theory yields a straightforward approach to rate model construction that we illustrate by simulating the observed relaxation dynamics of two administered rate products. We also demonstrate how the use of this formalism leads to a natural definition of market friction.

  2. Local spin dynamics at low temperature in the slowly relaxing molecular chain [Dy(hfac)3(NIT(C6H4OPh))]: A μ{sup +} spin relaxation study

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    Arosio, Paolo Orsini, Francesco; Corti, Maurizio; Mariani, Manuel; Bogani, Lapo; Caneschi, Andrea; Lago, Jorge; Lascialfari, Alessandro

    2015-05-07

    The spin dynamics of the molecular magnetic chain [Dy(hfac){sub 3}(NIT(C{sub 6}H{sub 4}OPh))] were investigated by means of the Muon Spin Relaxation (μ{sup +}SR) technique. This system consists of a magnetic lattice of alternating Dy(III) ions and radical spins, and exhibits single-chain-magnet behavior. The magnetic properties of [Dy(hfac){sub 3}(NIT(C{sub 6}H{sub 4}OPh))] have been studied by measuring the magnetization vs. temperature at different applied magnetic fields (H = 5, 3500, and 16500 Oe) and by performing μ{sup +}SR experiments vs. temperature in zero field and in a longitudinal applied magnetic field H = 3500 Oe. The muon asymmetry P(t) was fitted by the sum of three components, two stretched-exponential decays with fast and intermediate relaxation times, and a third slow exponential decay. The temperature dependence of the spin dynamics has been determined by analyzing the muon longitudinal relaxation rate λ{sub interm}(T), associated with the intermediate relaxing component. The experimental λ{sub interm}(T) data were fitted with a corrected phenomenological Bloembergen-Purcell-Pound law by using a distribution of thermally activated correlation times, which average to τ = τ{sub 0} exp(Δ/k{sub B}T), corresponding to a distribution of energy barriers Δ. The correlation times can be associated with the spin freezing that occurs when the system condenses in the ground state.

  3. Colossal photo-conductive gain in low temperature processed TiO2 films and their application in quantum dot solar cells

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    Mandal, Debranjan; Goswami, Prasenjit N.; Rath, Arup K.

    2017-03-01

    Colloidal quantum dot (QD) solar cells have seen remarkable progress in recent past to reach the certified efficiency of 10.6%. Anatase titanium oxide (TiO2) is a widely studied n-type widow layer for the collection of photogenerated electrons in QD solar cells. Requirement of high temperature (˜500 °C) processing steps proved to be disadvantageous for its applications in flexible solar cells and roll to roll processing, and it also has adverse commercial implications. Here, we report that solar light exposure to low temperature processed (80 °C-150 °C) TiO2 and niobium doped TiO2 films leads to unprecedented enhancement in their electron densities and electron mobilities, which enables them to be used as efficient n-type layers in quantum dot solar cells. Such photoinduced high conducting states in these films show gradual decay over hours after the light bias is taken off and can be retrieved under solar illumination. On the contrary, TiO2 films processed at 500 °C show marginal photo induced enhancements in their characteristics. In bilayer configuration with PbS QDs, photovoltaic devices based on low temperature processed TiO2 films show improved performance over high temperature processed TiO2 films. The stability of photovoltaic devices also improved in low temperature processed TiO2 films under ambient working conditions.

  4. Difference and similarity of dielectric relaxation processes among polyols

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    Minoguchi, Ayumi; Kitai, Kei; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2003-09-01

    Complex permittivity measurements were performed on sorbitol, xylitol, and sorbitol-xylitol mixture in the supercooled liquid state in an extremely wide frequency range from 10 μHz to 500 MHz at temperatures near and above the glass transition temperature. We determined detailed behavior of the relaxation parameters such as relaxation frequency and broadening against temperature not only for the α process but also for the β process above the glass transition temperature, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. Since supercooled liquids are in the quasi-equilibrium state, the behavior of all the relaxation parameters for the β process can be compared among the polyols as well as those for the α process. The relaxation frequencies of the α processes follow the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann manner and the loci in the Arrhenius diagram are different corresponding to the difference of the glass transition temperatures. On the other hand, the relaxation frequencies of the β processes, which are often called as the Johari-Goldstein processes, follow the Arrhenius-type temperature dependence. The relaxation parameters for the β process are quite similar among the polyols at temperatures below the αβ merging temperature, TM. However, they show anomalous behavior near TM, which depends on the molecular size of materials. These results suggest that the origin of the β process is essentially the same among the polyols.

  5. The influence of the secondary relaxation processes on the structural relaxation in glass-forming materials.

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    Khamzin, A A; Popov, I I; Nigmatullin, R R

    2013-06-28

    In the frame of fractional-kinetic approach, the model of the structural α-relaxation in the presence of the secondary β-relaxation processes is suggested. The model is based on the rigorous bond between β-processes with α-process and leads to the generalized and justified expression for the complex dielectric permittivity (CDP). It allows to form a new sight on the problem of the fitting of multi-peak structure of the dielectric loss spectra in glass-forming materials. The consistency of the CDP expressions obtained is based on a good fit of experimental data for binary methanol-water mixtures.

  6. Efficient "light-soaking"-free inverted organic solar cells with aqueous solution processed low-temperature ZnO electron extraction layers.

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    Wei, Wei; Zhang, Chunfu; Chen, Dazheng; Wang, Zhizhe; Zhu, Chunxiang; Zhang, Jincheng; Lu, Xiaoli; Hao, Yue

    2013-12-26

    Low-temperature processes are unremittingly pursued in the fabrication of organic solar cells. The paper reports that the highly efficient and "light-soaking"-free inverted organic solar cell can be achieved by using ZnO thin films processed from the aqueous solution method at a low temperature. The inverted organic solar with an aqueous-processed ZnO thin film annealed at 150 °C shows an efficiency of 3.79%. Even when annealed at a temperature as low as 80 °C, the device still shows an efficiency of 3.71%. With the proper annealing temperature of 80 °C, the flexible device, which shows an efficiency of 3.56%, is fabricated on PET. This flexible device still keeps the efficiency above 3.40% after bent for 1000 times with a curvature radius of 50 mm. In contrast, a low annealing temperature leads to an inferior device performance when the ZnO thin film is processed from the widely used sol-gel method. The device with sol-gel processed ZnO annealed at 150 °C only shows a PCE of 1.3%. Furthermore, the device shows a strong "light-soaking" effect, which is not observed in the device containing an aqueous-processed ZnO thin film. Our results suggest that the adopted aqueous solution method is a more efficient low temperature technique, compared with the sol-gel method.

  7. Auger recombination as the dominant recombination process in indium nitride at low temperatures during steady-state photoluminescence

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    Seetoh, I. P.; Soh, C. B.; Fitzgerald, E. A.; Chua, S. J.

    2013-03-11

    Auger recombination in InN films grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition was studied by steady-state photoluminescence at different laser excitation powers and sample temperatures. It was dominant over radiative recombination and Shockley-Read-Hall recombination at low temperatures, contributing to the sub-linear relationship between the integrated photoluminescence intensity and laser excitation power. Auger recombination rates increased gradually with temperature with an activation energy of 10-17 meV, in good agreement with values from transient photoluminescence reported in literature. As the Auger recombination rates were independent of material quality, they may form an upper limit to the luminous efficiency of InN.

  8. Low-temperature, solution-processed indium-oxide thin-film transistors fabricated by using an ultraviolet-ozone treatment

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    Kim, Hoon; Kang, Chan-mo; Oh, Yeon-Wha; Ryu, Jin Hwa; Baek, Kyu-Ha; Do, Lee-Mi

    2016-04-01

    For the fabrication of low-temperature solution-processed metal-oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs), alternative annealing processes have recently been studied for reduced fabrication cost and applications to flexible devices. Indium nitrate solution has been proposed as a precursor for the low-temperature solution-processed TFTs. However, due to its high decomposition temperature, achieving a high-performance indium-oxide (In2O3) TFT at temperatures below 200°C is still difficult. In this study, for improved metal-oxide formation in low-temperature solution-processed In2O3 TFT, indium nitrate film was exposed to UV-ozone for 30 min before annealing at 200°C. The smooth scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of the UV-ozone treated film implies that the indium nitrates are condensed after treatment. In addition, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) data suggest that UV-ozone decreases the number of oxygen vacancies and increases the number of metal-oxygen-metal bonds in the indium-oxide films. As a result, high electrical device performance was achieved with an improved Ion/off ratio (˜107) and mobility (1.25 cm2V -1s -1).

  9. A Low-Temperature, Solution-Processable Organic Electron-Transporting Layer Based on Planar Coronene for High-performance Conventional Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhu, Zonglong; Xu, Jing-Qi; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Liu, Hongbin; Li, Zhong'an; Li, Xiaosong; Chen, Hongzheng; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2016-12-01

    A low-temperature, solution-processable organic electron-transporting material (ETM) is successfully developed for efficient conventional n-i-p perovskite solar cells (PVSCs). This ETM can show a high efficiency over 17% on rigid device and 14.2% on flexible PVSC. To the best of our knowledge, this efficiency is among the highest values reported for flexible n-i-p PVSCs with negligible hysteresis thus far.

  10. Low-temperature solution-processed hydrogen molybdenum and vanadium bronzes for an efficient hole-transport layer in organic electronics.

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    Xie, Fengxian; Choy, Wallace C H; Wang, Chuandao; Li, Xinchen; Zhang, Shaoqing; Hou, Jianhui

    2013-04-11

    A simple one-step method is reported to synthesize low-temperature solution-processed transition metal oxides (TMOs) of molybdenum oxide and vanadium oxide with oxygen vacancies for a good hole-transport layer (HTL). The oxygen vacancy plays an essential role for TMOs when they are employed as HTLs: TMO films with excess oxygen are highly undesirable for their application in organic electronics.

  11. Fabrication and Characterization of 3D-Printed Highly-Porous 3D LiFePO₄ Electrodes by Low Temperature Direct Writing Process.

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    Liu, Changyong; Cheng, Xingxing; Li, Bohan; Chen, Zhangwei; Mi, Shengli; Lao, Changshi

    2017-08-10

    LiFePO₄ (LFP) is a promising cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. In this study, low temperature direct writing (LTDW)-based 3D printing was used to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) LFP electrodes for the first time. LFP inks were deposited into a low temperature chamber and solidified to maintain the shape and mechanical integrity of the printed features. The printed LFP electrodes were then freeze-dried to remove the solvents so that highly-porous architectures in the electrodes were obtained. LFP inks capable of freezing at low temperature was developed by adding 1,4 dioxane as a freezing agent. The rheological behavior of the prepared LFP inks was measured and appropriate compositions and ratios were selected. A LTDW machine was developed to print the electrodes. The printing parameters were optimized and the printing accuracy was characterized. Results showed that LTDW can effectively maintain the shape and mechanical integrity during the printing process. The microstructure, pore size and distribution of the printed LFP electrodes was characterized. In comparison with conventional room temperature direct ink writing process, improved pore volume and porosity can be obtained using the LTDW process. The electrochemical performance of LTDW-fabricated LFP electrodes and conventional roller-coated electrodes were conducted and compared. Results showed that the porous structure that existed in the printed electrodes can greatly improve the rate performance of LFP electrodes.

  12. Fabrication and Characterization of 3D-Printed Highly-Porous 3D LiFePO4 Electrodes by Low Temperature Direct Writing Process

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    Cheng, Xingxing; Li, Bohan; Chen, Zhangwei; Mi, Shengli; Lao, Changshi

    2017-01-01

    LiFePO4 (LFP) is a promising cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. In this study, low temperature direct writing (LTDW)-based 3D printing was used to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) LFP electrodes for the first time. LFP inks were deposited into a low temperature chamber and solidified to maintain the shape and mechanical integrity of the printed features. The printed LFP electrodes were then freeze-dried to remove the solvents so that highly-porous architectures in the electrodes were obtained. LFP inks capable of freezing at low temperature was developed by adding 1,4 dioxane as a freezing agent. The rheological behavior of the prepared LFP inks was measured and appropriate compositions and ratios were selected. A LTDW machine was developed to print the electrodes. The printing parameters were optimized and the printing accuracy was characterized. Results showed that LTDW can effectively maintain the shape and mechanical integrity during the printing process. The microstructure, pore size and distribution of the printed LFP electrodes was characterized. In comparison with conventional room temperature direct ink writing process, improved pore volume and porosity can be obtained using the LTDW process. The electrochemical performance of LTDW-fabricated LFP electrodes and conventional roller-coated electrodes were conducted and compared. Results showed that the porous structure that existed in the printed electrodes can greatly improve the rate performance of LFP electrodes. PMID:28796182

  13. Evaluation of limiting factors affecting photovoltaic performance of low-temperature-processed TiO₂ films in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lee, Taek-Yong; Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2014-04-14

    Limiting factors affecting photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cell employing low-temperature-processed TiO2 films were investigated. TiO2 films were prepared at a low temperature of 200 °C using the normal alcohol-containing binder-free TiO2 paste (LT200). Their photovoltaic performance was compared to a high-temperature (550 °C) annealed TiO2 film prepared using a polymer binder containing TiO2 paste (HT550). Compared to the proportional increase in conversion efficiency with TiO2 film thickness upto 14 μm for HT550, the increase in efficiency was terminated at relatively smaller thickness of about 8 μm for LT200 mainly due to unaugmented photocurrent. From the transient photocurrent-voltage studies, the electron transport rate was found to be almost identical, while charge recombination was one order of magnitude faster for LT200. Consequently, the electron diffusion length was more than 2-3 times shorter for LT200 than for HT550. Electron diffusion length and electron life time obtained from electrochemical impedance analysis were well consistent with those observed from transient measurement. Density of states (DOS) was evaluated to be shallow and narrow in LT200, which was responsible for limiting photovoltaic performance in the low-temperature processed TiO2 film.

  14. Optimization of Cu/activated carbon catalyst in low temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO process using response surface methodology.

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    Amanpour, Javad; Salari, Dariush; Niaei, Aligholi; Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi; Panahi, Parvaneh Nakhostin

    2013-01-01

    Preparation of Cu/Activated Carbon (Cu/AC) catalyst was optimized for low temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO by using response surface methodology. A central composite design (CCD) was used to investigate the effects of three independent variables, namely pre-oxidization degree (HNO3%), Cu loading (wt.%) and calcination temperature on NO conversion efficiency. The CCD was consisted of 20 different preparation conditions of Cu/AC catalysts. The prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD and SEM techniques. Predicting NO conversion was carried out using a second order model obtained from designed experiments and statistical software Minitab 14. Regression and Pareto graphic analysis showed that all of the chosen parameters and some interactions were effective on the NO conversion. The optimal values were pre-oxidization in 10.2% HNO3, 6.1 wt.% Cu loading and 480°C for calcination temperature. Under the optimum condition, NO conversion (94.3%) was in a good agreement with predicted value (96.12%).

  15. Amorphous Tin Oxide as a Low-Temperature-Processed Electron-Transport Layer for Organic and Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Barbé, Jérémy; Tietze, Max L; Neophytou, Marios; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Labban, Abdulrahman El; Abulikemu, Mutalifu; Yue, Wan; Mohammed, Omar F; McCulloch, Iain; Amassian, Aram; Del Gobbo, Silvano

    2017-04-05

    Chemical bath deposition (CBD) of tin oxide (SnO2) thin films as an electron-transport layer (ETL) in a planar-heterojunction n-i-p organohalide lead perovskite and organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is reported. The amorphous SnO2 (a-SnO2) films are grown from a nontoxic aqueous bath of tin chloride at a very low temperature (55 °C) and do not require postannealing treatment to work very effectively as an ETL in a planar-heterojunction n-i-p organohalide lead perovskite or organic BHJ solar cells, in lieu of the commonly used ETL materials titanium oxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO), respectively. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy measurements on the glass/indium-tin oxide (ITO)/SnO2/methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3)/2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene device stack indicate that extraction of photogenerated electrons is facilitated by a perfect alignment of the conduction bands at the SnO2/MAPbI3 interface, while the deep valence band of SnO2 ensures strong hole-blocking properties. Despite exhibiting very low electron mobility, the excellent interfacial energetics combined with high transparency (Egap,optical > 4 eV) and uniform substrate coverage make the a-SnO2 ETL prepared by CBD an excellent candidate for the potentially low-cost and large-scale fabrication of organohalide lead perovskite and organic photovoltaics.

  16. Attaining Low Temperatures

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    Wheatley, John D.; Van Till, Howard J.

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the definition of temperature and the concept of order in non-mathematical terms. Describes the cooling techniques necessary in low temperature physics research, including magnetic cooling, the use of the Pomeranchuk Effect, and dilution refrigeration. Outlines the types of phenomena observed in matter within various temperature ranges…

  17. Low temperature fluid blender

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    Repas, G. A.

    1971-01-01

    Blender supplies hydrogen at temperatures from 289 deg K to 367 deg K. Hydrogen temperature is controlled by using blender to combine flow from liquid hydrogen tank /276 deg K/ and gaseous hydrogen cylinder /550 deg K/. Blenders are applicable where flow of controlled low-temperature fluid is desired.

  18. Attaining Low Temperatures

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    Wheatley, John D.; Van Till, Howard J.

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the definition of temperature and the concept of order in non-mathematical terms. Describes the cooling techniques necessary in low temperature physics research, including magnetic cooling, the use of the Pomeranchuk Effect, and dilution refrigeration. Outlines the types of phenomena observed in matter within various temperature ranges…

  19. A low-temperature process for the denitration of Hanford single-shell tank, nitrate-based waste utilizing the nitrate to ammonia and ceramic (NAC) process

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    Mattus, A.J.; Lee, D.D.; Dillow, T.A.; Farr, L.L.; Loghry, S.L.; Pitt, W.W.; Gibson, M.R.

    1994-12-01

    Bench-top feasibility studies with Hanford single-shell tank (SST) simulants, using a new, low-temperature (50 to 60C) process for converting nitrate to ammonia and ceramic (NAC), have conclusively shown that between 85 to 99% of the nitrate can be readily converted. In this process, aluminum powders or shot can be used to convert alkaline, nitrate-based supernate to ammonia and an aluminum oxide-sodium aluminate-based solid which might function as its own waste form. The process may actually be able to utilize already contaminated aluminum scrap metal from various DOE sites to effect the conversion. The final, nearly nitrate-free ceramic-like product can be pressed and sintered like other ceramics. Based upon the starting volumes of 6.2 and 3.1 M sodium nitrate solution, volume reductions of 50 to 55% were obtained for the waste form produced, compared to an expected 35 to 50% volume increase if the Hanford supernate were grouted. Engineering data extracted from bench-top studies indicate that the process will be very economical to operate, and data were used to cost a batch, 1,200-kg NO{sub 3}/h plant for working off Hanford SST waste over 20 years. Their total process cost analysis presented in the appendix, indicates that between $2.01 to 2.66 per kilogram of nitrate converted will be required. Additionally, data on the fate of select radioelements present in solution are presented in this report as well as kinetic, operational, and control data for a number of experiments. Additionally, if the ceramic product functions as its own waste form, it too will offer other cost savings associated with having a smaller volume of waste form as well as eliminating other process steps such as grouting.

  20. Combined modified atmosphere packaging and low temperature storage delay lignification and improve the defense response of minimally processed water bamboo shoot

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    2013-01-01

    Background Minimally processed water bamboo shoot (WBS) lignifies and deteriorates rapidly at room temperature, which limits greatly its marketability. This study was to investigate the effect of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on the sensory quality index, lignin formation, production of radical oxygen species (ROS) and activities of scavenging enzymes, membrane integrity and energy status of minimally processed WBS when packaged with or without the sealed low-density polyethylene (LDPE) bags, and then stored at 20°C for 9 days or 2°C for 60 days. Results The sensory quality of minimally processed WBS decreased quickly after 6 days of storage at 20°C. Low temperature storage maintained a higher sensory quality index within the first 30 days, but exhibited higher contents of lignin and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as compared with non-MAP shoots at 20°C. Combined MAP and low temperature storage not only maintained good sensory quality after 30 days, but also reduced significantly the increases in lignin content, superoxide anion (O2.-) production rate, H2O2 content and membrane permeability, maintained high activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX), and reduced the increase in activities of lipase, phospholipase D (PLD) and lipoxygenase (LOX). Furthermore, the minimally processed WBS under MAP condition exhibited higher energy charge (EC) and lower adenosine monophosphate (AMP) content by the end of storage (60 days) at 2°C than those without MAP or stored for 9 days at 20°C. Conclusion These results indicated that MAP in combination with low temperature storage reduced lignification of minimally processed WBS, which was closely associated with maintenance of energy status and enhanced activities of antioxidant enzymes, as well as reduced alleviation of membrane damage caused by ROS. PMID:24006941

  1. Resource Paper: Molecular Excited State Relaxation Processes.

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    Rhodes, William

    1979-01-01

    Develops the concept of oscillatory v dissipative limits as it applies to electronic excited state processes in molecular systems. Main emphasis is placed on the radiative and nonradiative dynamics of the excited state of a molecule prepared by interaction with light or some other excitation source. (BT)

  2. Structural and microscopic relaxation processes in liquid hydrogen fluoride.

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    Angelini, R; Giura, P; Monaco, G; Ruocco, G; Sette, F; Verbeni, R

    2002-06-24

    The high frequency collective dynamics of liquid hydrogen fluoride is studied by inelastic x-ray scattering on the coexistence curve at T = 239 K. The comparison with existing molecular dynamics simulations shows the existence of two active relaxation processes with characteristic time scales in the subpicosecond range. The observed scenario is very similar to that found in liquid water. This suggests that hydrogen bonded liquids behave similarly to other very different systems as simple and glass forming liquids, thus indicating that these two relaxation processes are universal features of the liquid state.

  3. A low-temperature, solution-processed high-k dielectric for low-voltage, high-performance organic field-effect transistors (OFETs)

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    Su, Y. R.; Xie, W. G.; Li, Y.; Shi, Y.; Zhao, N.; Xu, J. B.

    2013-03-01

    We report here a low-temperature, solution-processed high-k dielectric, which can be used effectively to achieve high-performance, low-voltage organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). A CuPc device based on the solution-processed dielectric possessed a mobility of 0.15 cm2 V-1 s-1 under a voltage of only -2 V, which is more than one order of magnitude higher than that obtained on traditional 300 nm SiO2 under -40 V. Detailed studies by atomic force microscopy and grazing incidence x- ray diffraction reveal that the high performance can be attributed to the crystallized interconnected rod-like structure of CuPc molecules in the initial growth on ATO. Pentacene and rubrene single crystal FETs on the solution-processed dielectric also exhibit higher performance than those on 300 nm SiO2. Our findings suggest that the low-temperature, solution-processed high-k dielectric can be a plausible choice for fabrication of high-performance low-voltage OFETS, and also provide some clues in designing effective high-k dielectrics.

  4. Facile and environmentally friendly solution-processed aluminum oxide dielectric for low-temperature, high-performance oxide thin-film transistors.

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    Xu, Wangying; Wang, Han; Xie, Fangyan; Chen, Jian; Cao, Hongtao; Xu, Jian-Bin

    2015-03-18

    We developed a facile and environmentally friendly solution-processed method for aluminum oxide (AlOx) dielectrics. The formation and properties of AlOx thin films under various annealing temperatures were intensively investigated by thermogravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), impedance spectroscopy, and leakage current measurements. The sol-gel-derived AlOx thin film undergoes the decomposition of organic residuals and nitrate groups, as well as conversion of aluminum hydroxides to form aluminum oxide, as the annealing temperature increases. Finally, the AlOx film is used as gate dielectric for a variety of low-temperature solution-processed oxide TFTs. Above all, the In2O3 and InZnO TFTs exhibited high average mobilities of 57.2 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and 10.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), as well as an on/off current ratio of ∼10(5) and low operating voltages of 4 V at a maximum processing temperature of 300 °C. Therefore, the solution-processable AlOx could be a promising candidate dielectric for low-cost, low-temperature, and high-performance oxide electronics.

  5. Quantum conversion enhancement with TiO(x) compact layers for ITO-plastic-film-based low-temperature-processed dye-sensitized photoelectrodes.

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    Morita, Saori; Ikegami, Masashi; Wei, Tzu-Chien; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2014-04-14

    A plastic substrate-based dye-sensitized photoelectrode was fabricated with a thin mesoporous titania film prepared on a TiO(x)-coated indium tin oxide-polyethylene naphthalate (ITO-PEN) substrate by a low-temperature process. The 3.5 μm-thick titania film sensitized with an indoline dye (D205) yielded a power conversion efficiency of 5.2%, with the internal quantum efficiency reaching 100%. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Modeling of Dielectric Relaxation Processes in Moist Sand Rocks

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    Bobrov, P. P.; Krasnoukhova, V. N.; Kroshka, E. S.; Lapina, A. S.

    2017-08-01

    The results of experimental measurements in the frequency range 10 kHz - 1 GHz of the complex dielectric permittivity of quartz granule powders of various sizes moistened with distilled water and a salt solution are presented. On the basis of these results, a relaxation model has been constructed that makes it possible to separate the influence of relaxation processes caused by polarization of the water-mineral and water-air interfaces on the complex dielectric permittivity. The model parameters are found for various granule sizes and solution concentrations. It is shown that the relaxation time of both processes decreases with decreasing granule size and increasing the concentration of the solution. A different character of the dielectric permittivity hysteresis at different frequencies with a decrease/increase in the water saturation coefficient is explained. The prospects of using the dielectric method for determining the petrophysical characteristics of rocks are discussed.

  7. Effect of asymmetric strain relaxation on dislocation relaxation processes in heteroepitaxial semiconductors

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    Andersen, D.; Hull, R.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of asymmetric interfacial strain configurations upon the generation of misfit dislocation arrays in lattice mismatched epitaxy is considered. For example, elastic strain relaxation for Si1-xGex/Si(110) films is uniaxial, assuming glide on {111} planes as expected for the diamond cubic system, which leads to asymmetric strain relief. Here, we extend our previously developed relaxation model for generation of dislocation arrays in SiGe/Si, by accounting for how the different energetics of asymmetrically strained films affect the kinetics of the relaxation process. Similarly, non-polar III-nitride epitaxial films have asymmetric strain from the outset of growth due to the different c/a lattice parameter ratios. In both systems, the asymmetric strain is represented by an additional term in the misfit dislocation applied stress equation. In SiGe/Si(110), a simple elasticity analysis of the strain produced by the uniaxial array of dislocations predicts that the relaxation orthogonal to the dislocation line direction occurs at a faster rate than predicted by purely biaxial strain relief due to the contributions of the strain parallel to the dislocations. This difference is because the strain parallel to the dislocation line directions continues to resolve stress onto the misfit dislocations even as the orthogonal strain is minimized. As a result, the minimum strain energy is predicted to occur for a dislocation spacing, which produces tensile layer strain in the orthogonal direction. Such tensile strain may modify the (opto)electronic properties of a Si, Ge, or GeSi epilayer but is only predicted to occur for advanced stages of relaxation. These asymmetric derivations are applicable to any thin film system where strain is not strictly biaxial.

  8. Low-temperature synthesis of CuFeO{sub 2} (delafossite) at 70 °C: A new process solely by precipitation and ageing

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    John, Melanie; Heuss-Aßbichler, Soraya; Park, So-Hyun; Ullrich, Aladin; Benka, Georg; Petersen, Nikolai; Rettenwander, Daniel; Horn, Siegfried R.

    2016-01-15

    This study presents a new low temperature synthesis method to obtain pure delafossite (Cu{sup 1+}Fe{sup 3+}O{sub 2}) at a temperature of 70 °C within 24 h. For the first time delafossite is synthesized solely by precipitation and subsequent ageing process and without usage of any additives controlling the oxidation state of copper. The synthesized material, called LT-delafossite, consists of pure Cu{sup 1+}Fe{sup 3+}O{sub 2} exclusive of any side products. Rietveld analysis confirms the presence of both 3R (space group (SG): R-3m) and 2H (SG: P6{sub 3}/mmc) polytypes in LT-delafossite. Electron microscopy images show nanometer-sized hexagonal plates with a diameter <500 nm and a thickness of <30 nm. Measurements of the magnetic susceptibility from 2 K to 350 K in zero-field show one peak ∼18.5 K, which is attributed to an AFM phase transition. Zero-field-cooled magnetization data between −14 T and +14 T at 2 K revealed an s-shape form around the origin having no remanent magnetization. - Highlights: • New process: low temperature synthesis of pure CuFeO{sub 2} nanoparticles. • Synthesis at 70 °C within 24 h solely by precipitation and ageing. • Nanoparticle characterization by XRD, FTIR, SEM, ICP–OES, TEM and Mößbauer. • Special magnetic properties of nano-sized CuFeO{sub 2} synthesized at low temperatures.

  9. Organic-free Anatase TiO₂ Paste for Efficient Plastic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells and Low Temperature Processed Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Fu, Nianqing; Huang, Chun; Liu, Yan; Li, Xing; Lu, Wei; Zhou, Limin; Peng, Feng; Liu, Yanchun; Huang, Haitao

    2015-09-02

    Recently, the synthesis of fine TiO2 paste with organic-free binder emerged as an indispensable technique for plastic photovoltaics due to the low temperature processing requirement. In this study, pure anatase TiO2 nanoparticles and organic-free TiO2-sol were successfully synthesized individually in organic-free solution. By mixing the pure anatase TiO2 with the newly developed TiO2-sol binder, mechanically robust and well-interconnected TiO2 films were prepared via UV-irradiation at low temperature for applications in plastic dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs). The structural, electrical, and photovoltaic properties of the films as well as the devices were investigated by various techniques. The dye-loading amount of the obtained film is 2.6 times that of the P25 electrodes. As revealed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results, the film derived from the as-prepared anatase TiO2 paste (A-TiO2) exhibits much smaller charge transport resistance and lower electron recombination rate than the P25 film, while the introduction of TiO2-sol into the paste can further remarkably decrease the resistance of the produced film (AS-TiO2). The p-DSSCs employing AS-TiO2 photoanode yield a high efficiency up to 7.51%, which is 86% higher than the P25 reference cells and also 31% higher than the A-TiO2 cell. As a proof of concept, the newly developed AS-TiO2 paste was also applied to low temperature processed perovskite solar cells (PSCs), and a promising high efficiency up to 9.95% was achieved.

  10. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel dip-coating process at low temperature

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    Kim, Soaram; Nam, Giwoong; Yoon, Hyunsik; Park, Hyunggil; Choi, Hyonkwang; Kim, Jong Su; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O.; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-07-01

    Sol-gel dip-coating was used to prepare ZnO thin films with relaxed residual stress by lowering the deposition temperature from room temperature (25°C) to -25°C. The effect of deposition temperature on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the films was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and reflectance accessory, and the van der Pauw method. All the thin films were deposited successfully onto quartz substrates and exhibited fibrous root morphology. At low temperature, the deposition rate was higher than at room temperature (RT) because of enhanced viscosity of the films. Further, lowering the deposition temperature affected the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films. The surface morphology, residual stress, PL properties, and optical transmittance and reflectance of the films were measured, and this information was used to determine the absorption coefficient, optical band gap, Urbach energy, refractive index, refractive index at infinite wavelength, extinction coefficient, single-oscillator energy, dispersion energy, average oscillator wavelength, moments M -1 and M -3, dielectric constant, optical conductivity, and electrical resistivity of the ZnO thin films.

  11. A Low Temperature, Solution-Processed Poly(4-vinylphenol), YO(x) Nanoparticle Composite/Polysilazane Bi-Layer Gate Insulator for ZnO Thin Film Transistor.

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    Shin, Hyeonwoo; Kang, Chan-Mo; Chae, Hyunsik; Kim, Hyun-Gwan; Baek, Kyu-Ha; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Park, Man-Young; Do, Lee-Mi; Lee, Changhee

    2016-03-01

    Low temperature, solution-processed metal oxide thin film transistors (MEOTFTs) have been widely investigated for application in low-cost, transparent, and flexible electronics. To enlarge the application area, solution-processed gate insulators (GI) have been investigated in recent years. We investigated the effects of the organic/inorganic bi-layer GI to ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). PVP, YO(x) nanoparticle composite, and polysilazane bi-layer showed low leakage current (-10(-8) A/cm2 in 2 MV), which are applicable in low temperature processed MEOTFTs. Polysilazane was used as an interlayer between ZnO and PVP, YO(x) nanoparticle composite as a good charge transport interface with ZnO. By applying the PVP, YO(x), nanoparticle composite/polysilazane bi-layer structure to ZnO TFTs, we successfully suppressed the off current (I(off)) to -10(-11) and fabricated good MEOTFTs in 180 degrees C.

  12. Genetic algorithm-assisted optimization of nanoporous TiO₂ for low-temperature processable photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Soyoung; Sohn, Kee-Sun; Pyo, Myoungho

    2011-03-14

    Genetic algorithm (GA), a promising optimization process in Heuristics, has proven to be a powerful tool in controlling the nanostructure of low-temperature processable photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). For photoanodes that are composed of various sizes of TiO₂ nanoparticles and multiwalled carbon nanotubes in a double-layer configuration, the best composition was determined based on the objective functions of cell efficiency (η) and its variance. The latter function was chosen since TiO₂ dispersions with no organic binders often aggravated the efficiency of reproducibility. From a total of 64,536 cases, 24 different cases (6 samples prepared for each composition) per generation were selected, and their objective functions were compared. GA was effective in the optimization of photoanodes, and resulted in a cell efficiency of 7.3 ± 0.2% with a short circuit current of 13.8 ± 0.4 mA cm(-2), an open circuit voltage of 0.737 ± 0.006 V, and a fill factor of 71.8 ± 0.6% after 3 generations. The η of 7.3 ± 0.2% is the highest value for low-temperature processable dye-sensitized solar cells prepared without further treatment of TiO₂ films to enhance interparticle connections.

  13. A solution-processed quaternary oxide system obtained at low-temperature using a vertical diffusion technique

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    Yoon, Seokhyun; Kim, Si Joon; Tak, Young Jun; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2017-01-01

    We report a method for fabricating solution-processed quaternary In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) at low annealing temperatures using a vertical diffusion technique (VDT). The VDT is a deposition process for spin-coating binary and ternary oxide layers consecutively and annealing at once. With the VDT, uniform and dense quaternary oxide layers were fabricated at lower temperatures (280 °C). Compared to conventional IGZO and ternary In-Zn-O (IZO) thin films, VDT IGZO thin film had higher density of the metal-oxide bonds and lower density of the oxygen vacancies. The field-effect mobility of VDT IGZO TFT increased three times with an improved stability under positive bias stress than IZO TFT due to the reduction in oxygen vacancies. Therefore, the VDT process is a simple method that reduces the processing temperature without any additional treatment for quaternary oxide semiconductors with uniform layers. PMID:28230088

  14. Application of the upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) process for treatment of complex wastewaters at low temperatures

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    Koster, I.W.; Lettinga, G.

    1985-10-01

    The feasibility of the upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) process for the treatment of potato starch wastewater at low ambient temperatures was demonstrated by operating two 5.65 l reactors at 14 degrees C and 20 degrees C, respectively. The organic space loading rates achieved in these laboratory-scale reactors were 3 kg COD/cubic m/day at 14 degrees C and 4-5 kg COD/cubic m/day at 20 degrees C. The corresponding sludge loading rates were 0.12 kg COD/kg VSS/day at 14 degrees C and 0.16-0.18 kg COD/kg VSS/day at 20 degrees C. These findings are of considerable practical importance because application of anaerobic treatment at low ambient temperatures will lead to considerable savings in energy needed for operating the process. As compared with various other anaerobic wastewater treatment processes, a granular sludge upflow process represents one of the best options developed so far. Although the overall sludge yield under psychrophilic conditions is slightly higher than under optimal mesophilic conditions, this doesn't seriously hamper the operation of the process. The extra sludge yield, due to accumulation of slowly hydrolyzing substrate ingredients, was 4.75% of the COD input at 14 degrees C and 1.22% of the COD input at 20 degrees C. 26 references.

  15. Glass transition and relaxation processes of nanocomposite polymer electrolytes.

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    Money, Benson K; Hariharan, K; Swenson, Jan

    2012-07-05

    This study focus on the effect of δ-Al(2)O(3) nanofillers on the dc-conductivity, glass transition, and dielectric relaxations in the polymer electrolyte (PEO)(4):LiClO(4). The results show that there are three dielectric relaxation processes, α, β, and γ, in the systems, although the structural α-relaxation is hidden in the strong conductivity contribution and could therefore not be directly observed. However, by comparing an enhanced dc-conductivity, by approximately 2 orders of magnitude with 4 wt % δ-Al(2)O(3) added, with a decrease in calorimetric glass transition temperature, we are able to conclude that the dc-conductivity is directly coupled to the hidden α-relaxation, even in the presence of nanofillers (at least in the case of δ-Al(2)O(3) nanofillers at concentrations up to 4 wt %). This filler induced speeding up of the segmental polymer dynamics, i.e., the α-relaxation, can be explained by the nonattractive nature of the polymer-filler interactions, which enhance the "free volume" and mobility of polymer segments in the vicinity of filler surfaces.

  16. Low-Temperature All-Solution-Processed Transparent Silver Nanowire-Polymer/AZO Nanoparticles Composite Electrodes for Efficient ITO-Free Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Xiaoqin; Wu, Jiang; Wang, Jiantai; Yang, Qingqing; Zhang, Baohua; Xie, Zhiyuan

    2016-12-21

    We present a kind of all-solution-processed transparent conductive film comprising of silver nanowire (AgNW), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles (AZO NPs) composite (APA) by layer-by-layer blade-coating on glass substrate at low temperature. This kind of transparent APA film exhibits high transmittance at a wide range of 400-700 nm. The sheet resistance of the APA film can be as low as 21 Ω sq(-1) with transmittance over 94% at 550 nm. The introduction of PVB significantly improves the APA composite adhesion to glass substrate. The overlaid coating of AZO NPs not only reduces the sheet resistance but also improves the ambient and thermal stability of the APA film. This highly conductive and transparent APA film on glass substrate is employed as the bottom electrode to fabricate high-efficiency polymer solar cells (PSCs). A power conversion efficiency of 8.98% is achieved for the PBDTTT-EFT:PC71BM PSCs employing the APA composite as transparent bottom electrode, close to 9.54% of the control device fabricated on the commercial indium tin oxide substrate. As it can be easily prepared with all-solution-processed blade-coating method at low temperature, this kind of AgNW-based composite film is promising to integrate with roll-to-roll manufacturing of flexible PSCs.

  17. Highly Efficient p-i-n Perovskite Solar Cells Utilizing Novel Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Hole Transport Materials with Linear π-Conjugated Structure.

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    Li, Yang; Xu, Zheng; Zhao, Suling; Qiao, Bo; Huang, Di; Zhao, Ling; Zhao, Jiao; Wang, Peng; Zhu, Youqin; Li, Xianggao; Liu, Xicheng; Xu, Xurong

    2016-09-01

    Alternative low-temperature solution-processed hole-transporting materials (HTMs) without dopant are critical for highly efficient perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, two novel small molecule HTMs with linear π-conjugated structure, 4,4'-bis(4-(di-p-toyl)aminostyryl)biphenyl (TPASBP) and 1,4'-bis(4-(di-p-toyl)aminostyryl)benzene (TPASB), are applied as hole-transporting layer (HTL) by low-temperature (sub-100 °C) solution-processed method in p-i-n PSCs. Compared with standard poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) HTL, both TPASBP and TPASB HTLs can promote the growth of perovskite (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) film consisting of large grains and less grain boundaries. Furthermore, the hole extraction at HTL/CH3 NH3 PbI3 interface and the hole transport in HTL are also more efficient under the conditions of using TPASBP or TPASB as HTL. Hence, the photovoltaic performance of the PSCs is dramatically enhanced, leading to the high efficiencies of 17.4% and 17.6% for the PSCs using TPASBP and TPASB as HTL, respectively, which are ≈40% higher than that of the standard PSC using PEDOT:PSS HTL. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Low Temperature Powder Coating

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    2011-02-09

    Patterson AFB, OH David Piatkowski, Chris Mahendra NAVAIR James Davila, Chris Geib SAIC Beavercreek, OH O G D E N A I R L O G I S T I C S C E N T...PUBLICATIONS Geib , C.W., Davila J.A., Patterson W., et al. “Low Temperature Cure Powder Coating, ESTCP Project WP-0614.” Joint Services Environmental...Management Conference, Columbus, Ohio. 21 – 24 May 2007. Geib , C.W., Davila J.A., Patterson W., et al. “Advances and Testing of Powder Coatings for Aerospace

  19. Low temperature diffusion process using rare earth-Cu eutectic alloys for hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets

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    Akiya, T. Sepehri-Amin, H.; Ohkubo, T.; Liu, J.; Hono, K.; Hioki, K.; Hattori, A.

    2014-05-07

    The low temperature grain boundary diffusion process using RE{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} (RE = Pr, Nd) eutectic alloy powders was applied to sintered and hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets. Although only marginal coercivity increase was observed in sintered magnets, a substantial enhancement in coercivity was observed when the process was applied to hot-deformed anisotropic bulk magnets. Using Pr{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} eutectic alloy as a diffusion source, the coercivity was enhanced from 1.65 T to 2.56 T. The hot-deformed sample expanded along c-axis direction only after the diffusion process as RE rich intergranular layers parallel to the broad surface of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B are thickened in the c-axis direction.

  20. Low temperature conversion (LTC)--an alternative method to treat sludge generated in an industrial wastewater treatment station--batch and continuous process comparison.

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    Vieira, G E G; Romeiro, G A; Sella, S M; Damasceno, R N; Pereira, R G

    2009-02-01

    In this work low temperature conversion (LTC) process was applied in a dried sludge from a petrochemical industry wastewater treatment station located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was performed in two modes: continuous and batch-scale. This process produced a pyrolysis oil (continuous 14%; batch-scale 40% yield); pyrolytic char (continuous 46%; batch-scale 56% yield); gas and water. Pyrolysis oil fraction was analyzed by gas chromatographic mass spectrometry (GCMS) and the main components identified were toluene, ethylbenzene, styrene, isopropyl benzene, alpha-methylstyrene, butanenitrile and 1,3- biphenyl propane. Metals content, sulfur content and calorific value have been determined for the pyrolysis oil fraction. The results showed that the pyrolysis oil obtained could be used for industrial purposes and/or as energetic matrix.

  1. Characterization of Perovskite Films Grown by a Novel Low-Temperature Process for Uncooled IR Detector Applications

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    2008-12-01

    the substrates to excessive temperatures or caustic chemicals, and the entire process must be scalable to wafer-level fabrication techniques. 2 ...not display a currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE DEC 2008 2 . REPORT TYPE N/A 3. DATES COVERED - 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE...a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std Z39-18 2

  2. A Dry-Etch Process for Low Temperature Superconducting Transition Edge Sensors for Far Infrared Bolometer Arrays

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    Allen, Christine A.; Chervenak, James A.; Hsieh, Wen-Ting; McClanahan, Richard A.; Miller, Timothy M.; Mitchell, Robert; Moseley, S. Harvey; Staguhn, Johannes; Stevenson, Thomas R.

    2003-01-01

    The next generation of ultra-low power bolometer arrays, with applications in far infrared imaging, spectroscopy and polarimetry, utilizes a superconducting bilayer as the sensing element to enable SQUID multiplexed readout. Superconducting transition edge sensors (TES s) are being produced with dual metal systems of superconductinghormal bilayers. The transition temperature (Tc) is tuned by altering the relative thickness of the superconductor with respect to the normal layer. We are currently investigating MoAu and MoCu bilayers. We have developed a dry-etching process for MoAu TES s with integrated molybdenum leads, and are working on adapting the process to MoCu. Dry etching has the advantage over wet etching in the MoAu system in that one can achieve a high degree of selectivity, greater than 10, using argon ME, or argon ion milling, for patterning gold on molybdenum. Molybdenum leads are subsequently patterned using fluorine plasma.. The dry-etch technique results in a smooth, featureless TES with sharp sidewalls, no undercutting of the Mo beneath the normal metal, and Mo leads with high critical current. The effects of individual processing parameters on the characteristics of the transition will be reported.

  3. A Dry-Etch Process for Low Temperature Superconducting Transition Edge Sensors for Far Infrared Bolometer Arrays

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    Allen, Christine A.; Chervenak, James A.; Hsieh, Wen-Ting; McClanahan, Richard A.; Miller, Timothy M.; Mitchell, Robert; Moseley, S. Harvey; Staguhn, Johannes; Stevenson, Thomas R.

    2003-01-01

    The next generation of ultra-low power bolometer arrays, with applications in far infrared imaging, spectroscopy and polarimetry, utilizes a superconducting bilayer as the sensing element to enable SQUID multiplexed readout. Superconducting transition edge sensors (TES s) are being produced with dual metal systems of superconductinghormal bilayers. The transition temperature (Tc) is tuned by altering the relative thickness of the superconductor with respect to the normal layer. We are currently investigating MoAu and MoCu bilayers. We have developed a dry-etching process for MoAu TES s with integrated molybdenum leads, and are working on adapting the process to MoCu. Dry etching has the advantage over wet etching in the MoAu system in that one can achieve a high degree of selectivity, greater than 10, using argon ME, or argon ion milling, for patterning gold on molybdenum. Molybdenum leads are subsequently patterned using fluorine plasma.. The dry-etch technique results in a smooth, featureless TES with sharp sidewalls, no undercutting of the Mo beneath the normal metal, and Mo leads with high critical current. The effects of individual processing parameters on the characteristics of the transition will be reported.

  4. Energy efficient production of hydrogen and syngas from biomass: development of low-temperature catalytic process for cellulose gasification.

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    Asadullah, Mohammad; Ito, Shin-ichi; Kunimori, Kimio; Yamada, Muneyoshi; Tomishige, Keiichi

    2002-10-15

    The Rh/CeO2/M (M = SiO2, Al2O3, and ZrO2) type catalysts with various compositions have been prepared and investigated in the gasification of cellulose, a model compound of biomass, in a fluidized bed reactor at 500-700 degrees C. The conventional nickel and dolomite catalysts have also been investigated. Among the catalysts, Rh/CeO2/SiO2 with 35% CeO2 has been found to be the best catalyst with respect to the carbon conversion to gas and product distribution. The steam addition contributed to the complete conversion of cellulose to gas even at 600 degrees C. Lower steam supply gave the syngas and higher steam supply gave the hydrogen as the major product. Hydrogen and syngas from cellulose or cellulosic biomass gasification are environmentally super clean gaseous fuels for power generation. Moreover, the syngas derived liquid fuels such as methanol, dimethyl ether, and synthetic diesels are also super clean transportation fuels. However, the use of cellulose or cellulosic biomass for energy source through the gasification is challenging because of the formation of tar and char during the gasification process. It is interesting that no tar or char was finally formed in the effluent gas at as low as 500-600 degrees C using Rh/CeO2/SiO2(35) catalyst in this process.

  5. Low-temperature synthesis of soluble and processable organic-capped anatase TiO2 nanorods.

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    Cozzoli, P Davide; Kornowski, Andreas; Weller, Horst

    2003-11-26

    We demonstrate the controlled growth of high aspect ratio anatase TiO2 nanorods by hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in oleic acid (OLEA) as surfactant at a temperature as low as 80 degrees C. Chemical modification of TTIP by OLEA is proven to be a rational strategy to tune the reactivity of the precursor toward water. The most influential factors in shape control of the nanoparticles are investigated by simply manipulating their growth kinetics. The presence of tertiary amines or quaternary ammonium hydroxides as catalysts is essential to promote fast crystallization under mild conditions. The novelty of the present approach relies on the large-scale production of organic-capped TiO2 nanocrystals to which standard processing of colloidal nanocrystals, such as surface ligand exchange, can be applied for the first time. Concentrated colloidal titania dispersions can be prepared for a number of fundamental studies in homogeneous solutions and represent a new source of easily processable oxide material for many technological applications.

  6. [Effective factors of flocculation-DAF pilot process treating water with low temperature and low turbidity from Miyun reservoir].

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    Wang, Y; Tang, H; Song, Q; Pang, H

    2001-01-01

    The hydraulic parameters in coagulation, flocculation and flotation units of DAF pilot process were systematically investigated when employing flocculants AS and PAC respectively. In general, the available parameters for PAC are more favorable in DAF process. For PAC as a flocculant during DAF run, the favorable coagulation rapid mixing time is 15 s, the flocculant mixing time is no less than 5 minutes. However for AS, the corresponding time values are greater than 30 s and more than 7.5 minutes respectively. The available coagulation mixing intensity is 300-1000 s-1. The available flocculation mixing intensity (average G) is 40-140 s-1, and the GT (average) value is greater than 2 x 10(4). Both equal-speed mixing and two or three stages mixing could provide slight better turbidity removal. For MJ model nozzle, the suitable recycle ratio is 5.0%-8.3% at dispersed pressure of 2.5-3.3 kg.cm2. The detention time and hydraulic intensity in contact zone of DAF tank have important effects on DAF turbidity removal.

  7. Plasma nitriding process by direct current glow discharge at low temperature increasing the thermal diffusivity of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Prandel, L. V.; Somer, A.; Assmann, A.; Camelotti, F.; Costa, G.; Bonardi, C.; Jurelo, A. R.; Rodrigues, J. B.; Cruz, G. K.

    2013-02-14

    This work reports for the first time on the use of the open photoacoustic cell technique operating at very low frequencies and at room temperature to experimentally determine the thermal diffusivity parameter of commercial AISI304 stainless steel and AISI304 stainless steel nitrided samples. Complementary measurements of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were also performed. The results show that in standard AISI 304 stainless steel samples the thermal diffusivity is (4.0 {+-} 0.3) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. After the nitriding process, the thermal diffusivity increases to the value (7.1 {+-} 0.5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. The results are being associated to the diffusion process of nitrogen into the surface of the sample. Carrying out subsequent thermal treatment at 500 Degree-Sign C, the thermal diffusivity increases up to (12.0 {+-} 2) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. Now the observed growing in the thermal diffusivity must be related to the change in the phases contained in the nitrided layer.

  8. Controlling Growth High Uniformity Indium Selenide (In2Se3) Nanowires via the Rapid Thermal Annealing Process at Low Temperature.

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    Hsu, Ya-Chu; Hung, Yu-Chen; Wang, Chiu-Yen

    2017-09-15

    High uniformity Au-catalyzed indium selenide (In2Se3) nanowires are grown with the rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatment via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. The diameters of Au-catalyzed In2Se3 nanowires could be controlled with varied thicknesses of Au films, and the uniformity of nanowires is improved via a fast pre-annealing rate, 100 °C/s. Comparing with the slower heating rate, 0.1 °C/s, the average diameters and distributions (standard deviation, SD) of In2Se3 nanowires with and without the RTA process are 97.14 ± 22.95 nm (23.63%) and 119.06 ± 48.75 nm (40.95%), respectively. The in situ annealing TEM is used to study the effect of heating rate on the formation of Au nanoparticles from the as-deposited Au film. The results demonstrate that the average diameters and distributions of Au nanoparticles with and without the RTA process are 19.84 ± 5.96 nm (30.00%) and about 22.06 ± 9.00 nm (40.80%), respectively. It proves that the diameter size, distribution, and uniformity of Au-catalyzed In2Se3 nanowires are reduced and improved via the RTA pre-treated. The systemic study could help to control the size distribution of other nanomaterials through tuning the annealing rate, temperatures of precursor, and growth substrate to control the size distribution of other nanomaterials. Graphical Abstract Rapid thermal annealing (RTA) process proved that it can uniform the size distribution of Au nanoparticles, and then it can be used to grow the high uniformity Au-catalyzed In2Se3 nanowires via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. Comparing with the general growth condition, the heating rate is slow, 0.1 °C/s, and the growth temperature is a relatively high growth temperature, > 650 °C. RTA pre-treated growth substrate can form smaller and uniform Au nanoparticles to react with the In2Se3 vapor and produce the high uniformity In2Se3 nanowires. The in situ annealing TEM is used to realize the effect of heating rate on Au nanoparticle

  9. Low-temperature, solution-processed MoO(x) for efficient and stable organic solar cells.

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    Zilberberg, Kirill; Gharbi, Houssem; Behrendt, Andreas; Trost, Sara; Riedl, Thomas

    2012-03-01

    Sol-gel processed MoO(x) (sMoO(x)) hole-extraction layers for organic solar cells are reported. A Bis(2,4-pentanedionato)molybdenum(VI)dioxide/isopropanol solution is used and only a moderate thermal post deposition treatment at 150 °C in N(2) ambient is required to achieve sMoO(x) layers with a high work-function of 5.3 eV. We demonstrate that in P3HT:PC(60)BM organic solar cells (OSCs) our sMoO(x) layers lead to a high filling factor of about 65% and an efficiency of 3.3% comparable to that of reference devices with thermally evaporated MoO(3) layers (eMoO(3)). At the same time, a substantially improved stability of the OSCs compared to devices using a PEDOT:PSS hole extraction layer is evidenced. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  10. Low-temperature processed electron collection layers of graphene/TiO2 nanocomposites in thin film perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Ball, James M; Barea, Eva M; Abate, Antonio; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Huang, Jian; Saliba, Michael; Mora-Sero, Iván; Bisquert, Juan; Snaith, Henry J; Nicholas, Robin J

    2014-02-12

    The highest efficiencies in solution-processable perovskite-based solar cells have been achieved using an electron collection layer that requires sintering at 500 °C. This is unfavorable for low-cost production, applications on plastic substrates, and multijunction device architectures. Here we report a low-cost, solution-based deposition procedure utilizing nanocomposites of graphene and TiO2 nanoparticles as the electron collection layers in meso-superstructured perovskite solar cells. The graphene nanoflakes provide superior charge-collection in the nanocomposites, enabling the entire device to be fabricated at temperatures no higher than 150 °C. These solar cells show remarkable photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency up to 15.6%. This work demonstrates that graphene/metal oxide nanocomposites have the potential to contribute significantly toward the development of low-cost solar cells.

  11. Split CV mobility at low temperature operation of Ge pFinFETs fabricated with STI first and last processes

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    Oliveira, A. V.; Simoen, E.; Agopian, P. G. D.; Martino, J. A.; Mitard, J.; Witters, L.; Langer, R.; Collaert, N.; Thean, A.; Claeys, C.

    2016-11-01

    The effective hole mobility of long strained Ge pFinFETs, fabricated with shallow trench isolation (STI) first and last approaches, is systematically evaluated from room temperature down to 77 K, from planar-like (100 nm) to narrow (20 nm) devices. The goal is to identify the dominant scattering mechanism. Here, the split capacitance-voltage (CV) technique has been applied, based on combined current-voltage (I-V) and CV measurements. It is shown that even at 77 K, the phonon scattering mechanism dominates the STI last process, while the Coulomb scattering strongly affects the STI first approach. On the other hand, the latter shows slightly higher hole mobility compared to the STI last counterpart.

  12. A low-temperature processed environment-friendly full-organic carrier collection layer for polymer solar cells

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    Shi, Ai-Li; Li, Yan-Qing E-mail: zhangdd@suda.edu.cn Jiang, Xiao-Chen; Ma, Zhong-Sheng; Wang, Qian-Kun; Guo, Zhen-Yu; Zhang, Dan-Dan E-mail: zhangdd@suda.edu.cn Lee, Shuit-Tong; Tang, Jian-Xin E-mail: zhangdd@suda.edu.cn

    2014-08-04

    We constructed a concept of the full-organic carrier collection layer (CCL) used for polymer solar cells. The CCL is composed of dipyrazino[2,3-f:2′,3′-h]quinoxaline-2,3,6,7,10,11-hexacarbonitrile as hole collection layer (HCL) and chlorine-free solvents (formic acid (FA)) processed 4,7-Diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (Bphen) as electron collection layer, exhibiting good solubility, and environmental protection. The FA based device shows ideal power conversion efficiency (3.75%), which is higher than that of control device (3.6%). Besides, the HCL shows a different mechanism in hole extraction by functioning as a charge recombination zone for electrons injected from anode and holes extracted from the donor materials.

  13. Large Perovskite Grain Growth in Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Planar p-i-n Solar Cells by Sodium Addition.

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    Bag, Santanu; Durstock, Michael F

    2016-03-02

    Thin-film p-i-n type planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells have the advantage of full low temperature solution processability and can, therefore, be adopted in roll-to-roll production and flexible devices. One of the main challenges with these devices, however, is the ability to finely control the film morphology during the deposition and crystallization of the perovskite layer. Processes suitable for optimization of the perovskite layer film morphology with large grains are highly desirable for reduced recombination of charge carriers. Here, we show how uniform thin films with micron size perovskite grains can be made through the use of a controlled amount of sodium ions in the precursor solution. Large micrometer-size CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite grains are formed during low-temperature thin-film growth by adding sodium ions to the PbI2 precursor solution in a two-step interdiffusion process. By adjusting additive concentration, film morphologies were optimized and the fabricated p-i-n planar perovskite-PCBM solar cells showed improved power conversion efficiences (an average of 3-4% absolute efficiency enhancement) compared to the nonsodium based devices. Overall, the additive enhanced grain growth process helped to reach a high 14.2% solar cell device efficiency with low hysteresis. This method of grain growth is quite general and provides a facile way to fabricate large-grained CH3NH3PbI3 on any arbitrary surface by an all solution-processed route.

  14. Inverted planar NH2CH=NH2PbI3 perovskite solar cells with 13.56% efficiency via low temperature processing.

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    Yuan, Da-Xing; Gorka, Adam; Xu, Mei-Feng; Wang, Zhao-Kui; Liao, Liang-Sheng

    2015-08-14

    In this work, NH2CH=NH2PbI3 (FAPbI3) was employed for light harvesting in inverted planer perovskite solar cells for the first time. Except for the silver cathode, all layers were solution-processed under or below 140 °C. The effect of the annealing process on device performance was investigated. The FAPbI3 solar cells based on a slowed-down annealing shows superior performance compared to the CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3)-based devices, especially for the short circuit current density. A power conversion efficiency of 13.56% was obtained with high short circuit current density of 21.48 mA cm(-2). This work paves the way for low-temperature fabrication of efficient inverted planer structure FAPbI3 perovskite solar cells.

  15. Fast algorithm for relaxation processes in big-data systems

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    Hwang, S.; Lee, D.-S.; Kahng, B.

    2014-10-01

    Relaxation processes driven by a Laplacian matrix can be found in many real-world big-data systems, for example, in search engines on the World Wide Web and the dynamic load-balancing protocols in mesh networks. To numerically implement such processes, a fast-running algorithm for the calculation of the pseudoinverse of the Laplacian matrix is essential. Here we propose an algorithm which computes quickly and efficiently the pseudoinverse of Markov chain generator matrices satisfying the detailed-balance condition, a general class of matrices including the Laplacian. The algorithm utilizes the renormalization of the Gaussian integral. In addition to its applicability to a wide range of problems, the algorithm outperforms other algorithms in its ability to compute within a manageable computing time arbitrary elements of the pseudoinverse of a matrix of size millions by millions. Therefore our algorithm can be used very widely in analyzing the relaxation processes occurring on large-scale networked systems.

  16. Effects of interactions on the relaxation processes in magnetic nanostructures

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    Atkinson, Lewis J.; Ostler, Thomas A.; Hovorka, O.; Wang, K. K.; Lu, B.; Ju, G. P.; Hohlfeld, J.; Bergman, B.; Koopmans, B.; Chantrell, Roy W.

    2016-10-01

    Controlling the relaxation of magnetization in magnetic nanostructures is key to optimizing magnetic storage device performance. This relaxation is governed by both intrinsic and extrinsic relaxation mechanisms and with the latter strongly dependent on the interactions between the nanostructures. In the present work we investigate laser induced magnetization dynamics in a broadband optical resonance type experiment revealing the role of interactions between nanostructures on the relaxation processes of granular magnetic structures. The results are corroborated by constructing a temperature dependent numerical micromagnetic model of magnetization dynamics based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. The model predicts a strong dependence of damping on the key material properties of coupled granular nanostructures in good agreement with the experimental data. We show that the intergranular, magnetostatic and exchange interactions provide a large extrinsic contribution to the damping. Finally we show that the mechanism can be attributed to an increase in spin-wave degeneracy with the ferromagnetic resonance mode as revealed by semianalytical spin-wave calculations.

  17. Spacecraft Charging in Low Temperature Environments

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    Parker, Linda N.

    2007-01-01

    Spacecraft charging in plasma and radiation environments is a temperature dependent phenomenon due to the reduction of electrical conductivity in dielectric materials at low temperatures. Charging time constants are proportional to l/conductivity may become very large (on the order of days to years) at low temperatures and accumulation of charge densities in insulators in charging environments traditionally considered benign at ambient temperatures may be sufficient to produce charge densities and electric fields of concern in insulators at low temperatures. Low temperature charging is of interest because a number of spacecraft-primarily infrared astronomy and microwave cosmology observatories-are currently being design, built, and or operated at very cold temperatures on the order of 40K to 100K. This paper reviews the temperature dependence of spacecraft charging processes and material parameters important to charging as a function of temperature with an emphasis on low temperatures regimes.

  18. Dual role of boron in improving electrical performance and device stability of low temperature solution processed ZnO thin film transistors

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    Gandla, Srinivas; Gollu, Sankara Rao; Sharma, Ramakant; Sarangi, Venkateshwarlu; Gupta, Dipti

    2015-10-12

    In this paper, we have demonstrated the dual role of boron doping in enhancing the device performance parameters as well as the device stability in low temperatures (200 °C) sol-gel processed ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). Our studies suggest that boron is able to act as a carrier generator and oxygen vacancy suppressor simultaneously. Boron-doped ZnO TFTs with 8 mol. % of boron concentration demonstrated field-effect mobility value of 1.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and threshold voltage of 6.2 V, respectively. Further, these devices showed lower shift in threshold voltage during the hysteresis and bias stress measurements as compared to undoped ZnO TFTs.

  19. Dye removal of activated carbons prepared from NaOH-pretreated rice husks by low-temperature solution-processed carbonization and H3PO4 activation.

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    Chen, Yun; Zhai, Shang-Ru; Liu, Na; Song, Yu; An, Qing-Da; Song, Xiao-Wei

    2013-09-01

    A coupling of low-temperature sulfuric acid-assisted carbonization and H3PO4 activation was employed to convert NaOH-pretreated rice husks into activated carbons with extremely high surface area (2028 m(2) g(-1)) and integrated characteristics. The influences of the activation temperature and impregnation ratio on the surface area, pore volume of activated carbons were thoroughly investigated. The morphology and surface chemistry of activated carbons were characterized using N2 sorption, FTIR, XPS, SEM, TEM, etc. The adsorption capacity of resulting carbons obtained under optimum preparation conditions was systematically evaluated using methylene blue under various simulated conditions. The adsorption process can be well described by both Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo-second order kinetics models; and the maximum monolayer capacity of methylene blue was ca. 578 mg g(-1).

  20. Effects of fermentation time and low temperature during the production process of Thai pickled fish (pla-som) on the viability and infectivity of Opisthorchis viverrini metacercariae.

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    Onsurathum, Sudarat; Pinlaor, Porntip; Haonon, Ornuma; Chaidee, Apisit; Charoensuk, Lakhanawan; Intuyod, Kitti; Boonmars, Thidarut; Laummaunwai, Porntip; Pinlaor, Somchai

    2016-02-02

    Contamination of a popular fermented fish dish, pla-som, by Opisthorchis viverrini metacercariae (OVMC) is a possible cause of carcinogenic liver fluke infection in Thailand. Affected individuals are at risk of bile duct cancer, which is a major health problem for people in the Greater Mekong Subregion. In order to investigate concerns about food safety, we studied the effects of fermentation time and low temperature on the viability and infectivity of OVMC during the pla-som production process. Pla-som was prepared at room temperature for up to 1 week in duplicate experiments using cyprinid freshwater fish obtained from an O. viverrini-endemic area. OVMC were then isolated and identified under a stereomicroscope. Complete and viable OVMC were found on days 1-4 of fermentation, while their morphology was degenerated thereafter. After OVMC were fed to hamsters, the percentage of the worm recovery after 1 to 2 months of infection was 52%, 44.7%, 11.3% and 1% for days 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. In order to measure the effect of low temperature on OVMC, fish were kept in a refrigerator (4 °C) for up to five days and then subsequently fermented for three days. In fish stored in a refrigerator for 1 and 2 days, viable OVMC were clearly observed and were able to infect hamsters, a worm-recovery percentage of 3.3% and 12.7%, respectively. By contrast, in pla-som prepared from fish stored for 3 to 5 days, OVMC were degenerated and could not infect the host. In conclusion, pla-som fermentation for more than four days and refrigerating fish for three days before pla-som processing can prevent O. viverrini infection. This study may increase awareness of fermented-fish dish preparation to prevent liver fluke infection.

  1. Defect formation in Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films due to the presence of potassium during growth by low temperature co-evaporation process

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    Pianezzi, F. Reinhard, P.; Chirilă, A.; Nishiwaki, S.; Bissig, B.; Buecheler, S.; Tiwari, A. N.

    2013-11-21

    Doping the Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) absorber layer with alkaline metals is necessary to process high efficiency solar cells. When growth of CIGS solar cells is performed on soda-lime glass (SLG), the alkaline elements naturally diffuse from the substrate into the absorber layer. On the other hand, when CIGS is grown on alkaline free substrates, the alkaline metals have to be added from another source. In the past, Na was believed to be the most important dopant of the alkaline elements, even though K was also observed to diffuse into CIGS from the SLG. Recently, the beneficial effect of a post deposition treatment with KF was pointed out and enabled the production of a 20.4% CIGS solar cell grown at low substrate temperature (<500 °C). However, possible negative effects of the presence or addition of the alkaline impurities during the low temperature growth process were observed for Na, but were not investigated for K so far. In this study, we investigate in detail the role of K on the defect formation in CIGS layers deposited at low temperature on alkaline free polyimide with intentional addition of K during selected time intervals of the CIGS layer growth. By means of admittance spectroscopy and deep level transient spectroscopy, we identify a deep minority carrier trap at around 280 meV below the conduction band E{sub C} in CIGS layers grown with K. Its influence on recombination and minority carrier lifetime in the absorber layer is investigated with external quantum efficiency measurements and time-resolved photoluminescence. Furthermore, to support the experimental findings device simulations were performed using the software SCAPS.

  2. Approaches to label-free flexible DNA biosensors using low-temperature solution-processed InZnO thin-film transistors.

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    Jung, Joohye; Kim, Si Joon; Lee, Keun Woo; Yoon, Doo Hyun; Kim, Yeong-Gyu; Kwak, Hee Young; Dugasani, Sreekantha Reddy; Park, Sung Ha; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-05-15

    Low-temperature solution-processed In-Zn-O (IZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) exhibiting a favorable microenvironment for electron transfer by adsorbed artificial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) have extraordinary potential for emerging flexible biosensor applications. Superb sensing ability to differentiate even 0.5 μL of 50 nM DNA target solution was achieved through using IZO TFTs fabricated at 280 °C. Our IZO TFT had a turn-on voltage (V(on)) of -0.8 V, on/off ratio of 6.94 × 10(5), and on-current (I(on)) value of 2.32 × 10(-6)A in pristine condition. A dry-wet method was applied to immobilize two dimensional double crossover tile based DNA nanostructures on the IZO surface, after which we observed a negative shift of the transfer curve accompanied by a significant increase in the Ion and degradation of the Von and on/off ratio. As the concentration of DNA target solution increased, variances in these parameters became increasingly apparent. The sensing mechanism based on the current evolution was attributed to the oxidation of DNA, in which the guanine nucleobase plays a key role. The sensing behavior obtained from flexible biosensors on a polymeric substrate fabricated under the identical conditions was exactly analogous. These results compare favorably with the conventional field-effect transistor based DNA sensors by demonstrating remarkable sensitivity and feasibility of flexible devices that arose from a different sensing mechanism and a low-temperature process, respectively.

  3. Energy-transfer and exciton-state relaxation processes in allophycocyanin

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    Beck, W.F.; Sauer, K.

    1992-05-28

    The authors have employed picosecond spectroscopic techniques to characterize the photophysics of the phycocyanobilin chromophores in linker-free allophycocyanin isolated from the cyanobactrium Synechococcus PCC 6301 (AN112 mutant). In analogy with the known structure of the related phycobiliprotein C-phycocyanin, allophycocyanin is probably organized as a ringlike homotrimer; the monomeric units are composed of an {alpha} and a {beta} subunit, each of which binds a phycocyanobilin chromophore via a thioether linkage to a cysteine residue at amino acid position 84. The authors observe bidirectional excitation transfer in the {alpha}{beta} monomer between the {alpha}84 and {beta}84 chromophores with a 140-ps time constant. The authors assign an ultrafast (<2-ps time constant) anisotropy and photobleaching transient observed only in ({alpha}{beta}){sub 3} trimers to an interexciton level transition; the transient occurs with a polarization change that is consistent with a transition between the orthogonal upper and lower exciton states. The upper exciton state also relaxes directly to the ground state through a decay process with a 45-ps time constant. They attribute the heterogeneous relaxation of the upper exciton state through these two paths to an inhomogeneous broadening due to site heterogeneity, which was previously observed in C-phycocyanin in hole-burning experiments at low temperature. Excitation transfer among the degenerate lower exciton states is detected in terms of a 70-ps anisotropy decay observed in the photobleaching and stimulated emission. The interexcition level transition rapidly concentrates excitation in the lower exciton state of allophycocyanin ({alpha}{beta}){sub 3} trimers; this kind of spectral relaxation process may be important in facilitating directional excitation transfer in reaction center/light-harvesting protein assemblies. 47 refs., 8 figs.

  4. Low-Temperature Supercapacitors

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    Brandon, Erik J.; West, William C.; Smart, Marshall C.

    2008-01-01

    An effort to extend the low-temperature operational limit of supercapacitors is currently underway. At present, commercially available non-aqueous supercapacitors are rated for a minimum operating temperature of -40 C. A capability to operate at lower temperatures would be desirable for delivering power to systems that must operate in outer space or in the Polar Regions on Earth. Supercapacitors (also known as double-layer or electrochemical capacitors) offer a high power density (>1,000 W/kg) and moderate energy density (about 5 to 10 Wh/kg) technology for storing energy and delivering power. This combination of properties enables delivery of large currents for pulsed applications, or alternatively, smaller currents for low duty cycle applications. The mechanism of storage of electric charge in a supercapacitor -- at the electrical double-layer formed at a solid-electrode/liquid-electrolyte interface -- differs from that of a primary or secondary electrochemical cell (i.e., a battery) in such a manner as to impart a long cycle life (typically >10(exp 6) charge/discharge cycles).

  5. Low Temperature Plasma Medicine

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    Graves, David

    2013-10-01

    Ionized gas plasmas near room temperature are used in a remarkable number of technological applications mainly because they are extraordinarily efficient at exploiting electrical power for useful chemical and material transformations near room temperature. In this tutorial address, I will focus on the newest area of low temperature ionized gas plasmas (LTP), in this case operating under atmospheric pressure conditions, in which the temperature-sensitive material is living tissue. LTP research directed towards biomedical applications such as sterilization, surgery, wound healing and anti-cancer therapy has seen remarkable growth in the last 3-5 years, but the mechanisms responsible for the biomedical effects have remained mysterious. It is known that LTP readily create reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). ROS and RNS (or RONS), in addition to a suite of other radical and non-radical reactive species, are essential actors in an important sub-field of aerobic biology termed ``redox'' (or oxidation-reduction) biology. I will review the evidence suggesting that RONS generated by plasmas are responsible for their observed therapeutic effects. Other possible bio-active mechanisms include electric fields, charges and photons. It is common in LTP applications that synergies between different mechanisms can play a role and I will review the evidence for synergies in plasma biomedicine. Finally, I will address the challenges and opportunities for plasma physicists to enter this novel, multidisciplinary field.

  6. Low Temperature Rosseland Opacities

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    Alexander, D. R.

    1994-05-01

    A new, comprehensive set of low temperature opacity data for atoms and molecules has been assembled. From this basic data set, Rosseland and Planck mean opacities have been computed for temperatures between 12,500 K and 700 K. In addition to the standard continuous absorbers, atomic line absorption (with more than 8 million lines), molecular line absorption (with nearly 60 million lines), and grain absorption and scattering (by silicates, iron, carbon, and SiC) have been included. The absorption due to lines is computed monochromatically and included in the mean with the Opacity Sampling technique. Grains are assumed to form in chemical equilibrium and to form into a continuous distribution of ellipsoids which are randomly oriented. Agreement of these opacities with other recent tabulations of opacities (including OP (M. J. Seaton 1994, MNRAS, 266, 805) and OPAL (F. J. Rogers & C. A. Iglesias 1992, ApJS, 79, 507)) for temperatures above 5,000 K is excellent. It is shown that opacities which neglect molecules become unreliable for temperatures below 5,000 K. Similarly, grains must be included in the computation for temperatures below 1,000 - 1,700 K, depending upon the density. Opacity tables can be prepared for a wide variety of chemical compositions, and will be provided upon request. This research is supported by NSF grant AST-9217946.

  7. Formation of Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 nanoparticles by urea-based low-temperature hydrothermal process

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    Cheng, Ming-Yao; Hwang, Ding-Han; Sheu, Hwo-Shuenn; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    The synthesis and formation mechanism of the nano-sized Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 particles prepared by a urea-based low-temperature hydrothermal process was investigated in this study. From ex situ X-ray diffraction and induced coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy investigations, it was found that large quantities of cerium hydroxide co-precipitated with some samarium hydroxide at the initial stage of the hydrothermal process. The remaining Sm 3+ ions in the solutions were further hydrolyzed and deposited on the surface of the cerium hydroxide-rich precipitates to form a core-shell-like structure. During the hydrothermal process, the core-shell-like structure transformed to a single cubic fluorite phase which is due to the incorporation of the deposited samarium hydroxide into the cerium oxide-rich core. Further, the average grain size of the synthesized nanocrystalline Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 was reduced with increasing the urea concentration in the solution. The density of the disk prepared with the synthesized Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 powders was found to increase with a decrease in the grain size of Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9. The existence of SO 4 2- anions in the SDC powders prepared at low-urea concentration may result in the SDC disks with low density due to their decomposition during sintering process.

  8. Low temperature circulating fluidized bed gasification and co-gasification of municipal sewage sludge. Part 1: Process performance and gas product characterization.

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    Thomsen, Tobias Pape; Sárossy, Zsuzsa; Gøbel, Benny; Stoholm, Peder; Ahrenfeldt, Jesper; Frandsen, Flemming Jappe; Henriksen, Ulrik Birk

    2017-08-01

    Results from five experimental campaigns with Low Temperature Circulating Fluidized Bed (LT-CFB) gasification of straw and/or municipal sewage sludge (MSS) from three different Danish municipal waste water treatment plants in pilot and demonstration scale are analyzed and compared. The gasification process is characterized with respect to process stability, process performance and gas product characteristics. All experimental campaigns were conducted at maximum temperatures below 750°C, with air equivalence ratios around 0.12 and with pure silica sand as start-up bed material. A total of 8600kg of MSS dry matter was gasified during 133h of operation. The average thermal loads during the five experiments were 62-100% of nominal capacity. The short term stability of all campaigns was excellent, but gasification of dry MSS lead to substantial accumulation of coarse and rigid, but un-sintered, ash particles in the system. Co-gasification of MSS with sufficient amounts of cereal straw was found to be an effective way to mitigate these issues as well as eliminate thermal MSS drying requirements. Characterization of gas products and process performance showed that even though gas composition varied substantially, hot gas efficiencies of around 90% could be achieved for all MSS fuel types. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. [Low temperature plasma technology for biomass refinery].

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    Fu, Xiaoguo; Chen, Hongzhang

    2014-05-01

    Biorefinery that utilizes renewable biomass for production of fuels, chemicals and bio-materials has become more and more important in chemical industry. Recently, steam explosion technology, acid and alkali treatment are the main biorefinery treatment technologies. Meanwhile, low temperature plasma technology has attracted extensive attention in biomass refining process due to its unique chemical activity and high energy. We systemically summarize the research progress of low temperature plasma technology for pretreatment, sugar platflow, selective modification, liquefaction and gasification in biomass refinery. Moreover, the mechanism of low temperature plasma in biorefinery and its further development were also discussed.

  10. Relaxation Processes within Flux Ropes in Solar Wind

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    Telloni, D.; Carbone, V.; Perri, S.; Bruno, R.; Lepreti, F.; Veltri, P.

    2016-08-01

    Flux ropes are localized structures in space plasma whose tube-like organized magnetic configuration can be well approximated by a force-free field model. Both numerical simulations and simple models suggest that the ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) can relax toward a minimum energy state, where magnetic helicity is conserved, characterized by force-free magnetic fields (Taylor relaxation). In this paper, we evaluate MHD rugged invariants within more than 100 flux ropes identified in the solar wind at 1 AU, showing that the magnetic and cross-helicity content carried out by these structures tend to be “attracted” toward a particular subphase in the parameter plane. The final configuration of the MHD rugged invariants in the parameter plane suggests indeed that flux ropes represent well-organized structures coming from the dynamical evolution of MHD turbulent cascade. These observational results, along with a simple model based on a truncated set of nonlinear ordinary differential equations for both the velocity and magnetic field Fourier coefficients, thus, support a scenario in which the flux ropes naturally come out from the ideal MHD decay to large-scale magnetic field in space plasmas, probably governed by relaxation processes similar to those observed in laboratory plasmas.

  11. Periodically pulsed wet annealing approach for low-temperature processable amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors with high electrical performance and ultrathin thickness

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    Kim, Ye Kyun; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Yun, Myeong Gu; Cho, Sung Woon; Kang, Won Jun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a simple and controllable “wet pulse annealing” technique for the fabrication of flexible amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) processed at low temperature (150 °C) by using scalable vacuum deposition is proposed. This method entailed the quick injection of water vapor for 0.1 s and purge treatment in dry ambient in one cycle; the supply content of water vapor was simply controlled by the number of pulse repetitions. The electrical transport characteristics revealed a remarkable performance of the a-IGZO TFTs prepared at the maximum process temperature of 150 °C (field-effect mobility of 13.3 cm2 V‑1 s‑1 Ion/Ioff ratio ≈ 108 reduced I-V hysteresis), comparable to that of a-IGZO TFTs annealed at 350 °C in dry ambient. Upon analysis of the angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the good performance was attributed to the effective suppression of the formation of hydroxide and oxygen-related defects. Finally, by using the wet pulse annealing process, we fabricated, on a plastic substrate, an ultrathin flexible a-IGZO TFT with good electrical and bending performances.

  12. Low-Temperature Solution-Processed SnO2 Nanoparticles as a Cathode Buffer Layer for Inverted Organic Solar Cells.

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    Tran, Van-Huong; Ambade, Rohan B; Ambade, Swapnil B; Lee, Soo-Hyoung; Lee, In-Hwan

    2017-01-18

    SnO2 recently has attracted particular attention as a powerful buffer layer for organic optoelectronic devices due to its outstanding properties such as high electron mobility, suitable band alignment, and high optical transparency. Here, we report on facile low-temperature solution-processed SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in applications for a cathode buffer layer (CBL) of inverted organic solar cells (iOSCs). The conduction band energy of SnO2 NPs estimated by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy was 4.01 eV, a salient feature that is necessary for an appropriate CBL. Using SnO2 NPs as CBL derived from a 0.1 M precursor concentration, P3HT:PC60BM-based iOSCs showed the best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.9%. The iOSC devices using SnO2 NPs as CBL revealed excellent long-term device stabilities, and the PCE was retained at ∼95% of its initial value after 10 weeks in ambient air. These solution-processed SnO2 NPs are considered to be suitable for the low-cost, high throughput roll-to-roll process on a flexible substrate for optoelectronic devices.

  13. Periodically pulsed wet annealing approach for low-temperature processable amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors with high electrical performance and ultrathin thickness

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    Kim, Ye Kyun; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Yun, Myeong Gu; Cho, Sung Woon; Kang, Won Jun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a simple and controllable “wet pulse annealing” technique for the fabrication of flexible amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) processed at low temperature (150 °C) by using scalable vacuum deposition is proposed. This method entailed the quick injection of water vapor for 0.1 s and purge treatment in dry ambient in one cycle; the supply content of water vapor was simply controlled by the number of pulse repetitions. The electrical transport characteristics revealed a remarkable performance of the a-IGZO TFTs prepared at the maximum process temperature of 150 °C (field-effect mobility of 13.3 cm2 V−1 s−1; Ion/Ioff ratio ≈ 108; reduced I-V hysteresis), comparable to that of a-IGZO TFTs annealed at 350 °C in dry ambient. Upon analysis of the angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the good performance was attributed to the effective suppression of the formation of hydroxide and oxygen-related defects. Finally, by using the wet pulse annealing process, we fabricated, on a plastic substrate, an ultrathin flexible a-IGZO TFT with good electrical and bending performances. PMID:27198067

  14. Ohmic contact on n- and p-type ion-implanted 4H-SiC with low-temperature metallization process for SiC MOSFETs

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    Shimizu, Haruka; Shima, Akio; Shimamoto, Yasuhiro; Iwamuro, Noriyuki

    2017-04-01

    The ohmic contact on n- and p-type SiC regions with the same contact metal is a key process in regard to creating high-performance MOSFETs and insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The dependence of the contact resistance on n- and p-type SiC regions on ion species, dose, and implantation temperature was investigated. The results of such an investigation revealed that the amorphization of the SiC surface and the generation of 3C-SiC produce a low contact resistance without the need for a high-temperature metallization process. The contact resistances of 2.1 × 10-6 Ω cm2 on the n-type SiC region and 1.3 × 10-3 Ω cm2 on the p-type SiC region were obtained with high-dose ion implantation at room temperature on the n-type SiC region, high-dose ion implantation at high temperature on the p-type SiC region, and a titanium-based contact electrode. A SiC MOSFET was fabricated with the low-temperature ohmic contact process. The positive-bias gate leakage current markedly increased. It can be deduced that high-dose ion implantation at room temperature on the n-type SiC region degrades surface roughness on the N+ source region.

  15. A Block-Asynchronous Relaxation Method for Graphics Processing Units

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    Antz, Hartwig; Tomov, Stanimire; Dongarra, Jack; Heuveline, Vincent

    2011-11-30

    In this paper, we analyze the potential of asynchronous relaxation methods on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). For this purpose, we developed a set of asynchronous iteration algorithms in CUDA and compared them with a parallel implementation of synchronous relaxation methods on CPU-based systems. For a set of test matrices taken from the University of Florida Matrix Collection we monitor the convergence behavior, the average iteration time and the total time-to-solution time. Analyzing the results, we observe that even for our most basic asynchronous relaxation scheme, despite its lower convergence rate compared to the Gauss-Seidel relaxation (that we expected), the asynchronous iteration running on GPUs is still able to provide solution approximations of certain accuracy in considerably shorter time then Gauss- Seidel running on CPUs. Hence, it overcompensates for the slower convergence by exploiting the scalability and the good fit of the asynchronous schemes for the highly parallel GPU architectures. Further, enhancing the most basic asynchronous approach with hybrid schemes – using multiple iterations within the ”subdomain” handled by a GPU thread block and Jacobi-like asynchronous updates across the ”boundaries”, subject to tuning various parameters – we manage to not only recover the loss of global convergence but often accelerate convergence of up to two times (compared to the effective but difficult to parallelize Gauss-Seidel type of schemes), while keeping the execution time of a global iteration practically the same. This shows the high potential of the asynchronous methods not only as a stand alone numerical solver for linear systems of equations fulfilling certain convergence conditions but more importantly as a smoother in multigrid methods. Due to the explosion of parallelism in todays architecture designs, the significance and the need for asynchronous methods, as the ones described in this work, is expected to grow.

  16. Alternate current conductivity in BSb films prepared by PLD technique: Electron transport processes in low-temperature range (10-275 K)

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    Das, Shirsendu; Bhunia, Ritamay; Hussain, Shamima; Bhar, Radhaballabh; Kumar Pal, Arun

    2017-04-01

    This study is focused on the measurement of alternate current (a.c.) electrical conductivity of BSb films, deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates at 673K by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The frequency-dependent a.c. conductivity is measured as a function of temperature (10-275K) and frequency (100Hz-100kHz). The transport processes governing the electrical conduction processes in this material are analyzed critically. It is observed from FESEM micrograph that the film is composed of small discrete grain with sizes varying in the range 6-12nm. It is interesting to notice from \\lnσ_ac versus 1000/T plot that there are three distinct zones: i) Semiconductor zone at high temperature from 275 to 150K, ii) Insulator zone at low temperature from 70 to 10K and iii) an abrupt change of the \\lnσ_ac versus 1000/T plot at ˜ 75 indicating MIS transition occurring in this BSb film. We found that the activation energy for the BSb films in the lower-temperature range was quite low ˜ 6 to 41neV, while that in the higher-temperature range was 20 to 50meV.

  17. Energy from low temperature differences

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    Parsons, B. K.

    1985-05-01

    A number of energy conservation and alternative energy approaches utilize a low temperature heat source. Applications in this category include: solar ponds, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), low temperature solar thermal, geothermal, and waste heat recovery and bottoming cycles. Low temperature power extraction techniques are presented and the differences between closed and open Rankine power cycles are discussed. Specific applications and technical areas of current research in OTEC along with a breakdown of plant operating conditions and a rough cost estimate illustrate how the use of low temperature power conversion technology can be cost effective.

  18. The Effect of Oral Intake of Low-Temperature-Processed Whey Protein Concentrate on Colitis and Gene Expression Profiles in Mice

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    Jayatilake, Sharmila; Arai, Katsuhito; Kumada, Nanami; Ishida, Yoshiko; Tanaka, Ichiro; Iwatsuki, Satoru; Ohwada, Takuji; Ohnishi, Masao; Tokuji, Yoshihiko; Kinoshita, Mikio

    2014-01-01

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology and can lead to inflammation and cancer. Whey proteins contain many bioactive peptides with potential health benefits against IBD. We investigated the effect of low-temperature-processed whey protein concentrate (LWPC) on the suppression of IBD by using a dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis model in BALB/c mice. Oral intake of LWPC resulted in improved recovery of body weight in mice. Histological analysis showed that the epithelium cells of LWPC-treated mice were healthier and that lymphocyte infiltration was reduced. The increase in mucin due to the LWPC also reflected reduced inflammation in the colon. Transcriptome analysis of the colon by DNA microarrays revealed marked downregulation of genes related to immune responses in LWPC-fed mice. In particular, the expression of interferon gamma receptor 2 (Ifngr2) and guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs) was increased by DSS treatment and decreased in LWPC-fed mice. These findings suggest that LWPCs suppress DSS-induced inflammation in the colon by suppressing the signaling of these cytokines. Our findings suggest that LWPCs would be an effective food resource for suppressing IBD symptoms. PMID:28234324

  19. Reducing Hysteresis and Enhancing Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells Using Low-Temperature Processed Y-Doped SnO2 Nanosheets as Electron Selective Layers.

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    Yang, Guang; Lei, Hongwei; Tao, Hong; Zheng, Xiaolu; Ma, Junjie; Liu, Qin; Ke, Weijun; Chen, Zhiliang; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Chen, Zhao; Qin, Minchao; Lu, Xinhui; Yan, Yanfa; Fang, Guojia

    2017-01-01

    Despite the rapid increase of efficiency, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) still face some challenges, one of which is the current-voltage hysteresis. Herein, it is reported that yttrium-doped tin dioxide (Y-SnO2 ) electron selective layer (ESL) synthesized by an in situ hydrothermal growth process at 95 °C can significantly reduce the hysteresis and improve the performance of PSCs. Comparison studies reveal two main effects of Y doping of SnO2 ESLs: (1) it promotes the formation of well-aligned and more homogeneous distribution of SnO2 nanosheet arrays (NSAs), which allows better perovskite infiltration, better contacts of perovskite with SnO2 nanosheets, and improves electron transfer from perovskite to ESL; (2) it enlarges the band gap and upshifts the band energy levels, resulting in better energy level alignment with perovskite and reduced charge recombination at NSA/perovskite interfaces. As a result, PSCs using Y-SnO2 NSA ESLs exhibit much less hysteresis and better performance compared with the cells using pristine SnO2 NSA ESLs. The champion cell using Y-SnO2 NSA ESL achieves a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 17.29% (16.97%) when measured under reverse (forward) voltage scanning and a steady-state efficiency of 16.25%. The results suggest that low-temperature hydrothermal-synthesized Y-SnO2 NSA is a promising ESL for fabricating efficient and hysteresis-less PSC.

  20. The Effect of Oral Intake of Low-Temperature-Processed Whey Protein Concentrate on Colitis and Gene Expression Profiles in Mice.

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    Jayatilake, Sharmila; Arai, Katsuhito; Kumada, Nanami; Ishida, Yoshiko; Tanaka, Ichiro; Iwatsuki, Satoru; Ohwada, Takuji; Ohnishi, Masao; Tokuji, Yoshihiko; Kinoshita, Mikio

    2014-06-13

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology and can lead to inflammation and cancer. Whey proteins contain many bioactive peptides with potential health benefits against IBD. We investigated the effect of low-temperature-processed whey protein concentrate (LWPC) on the suppression of IBD by using a dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis model in BALB/c mice. Oral intake of LWPC resulted in improved recovery of body weight in mice. Histological analysis showed that the epithelium cells of LWPC-treated mice were healthier and that lymphocyte infiltration was reduced. The increase in mucin due to the LWPC also reflected reduced inflammation in the colon. Transcriptome analysis of the colon by DNA microarrays revealed marked downregulation of genes related to immune responses in LWPC-fed mice. In particular, the expression of interferon gamma receptor 2 (Ifngr2) and guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs) was increased by DSS treatment and decreased in LWPC-fed mice. These findings suggest that LWPCs suppress DSS-induced inflammation in the colon by suppressing the signaling of these cytokines. Our findings suggest that LWPCs would be an effective food resource for suppressing IBD symptoms.

  1. Influence of Y-doped induced defects on the optical and magnetic properties of ZnO nanorod arrays prepared by low-temperature hydrothermal process.

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    Kung, Chung-Yuan; Young, San-Lin; Chen, Hone-Zern; Kao, Ming-Cheng; Horng, Lance; Shih, Yu-Tai; Lin, Chen-Cheng; Lin, Teng-Tsai; Ou, Chung-Jen

    2012-07-07

    One-dimensional pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and Y-doped ZnO nanorod arrays have been successfully fabricated on the silicon substrate for comparison by a simple hydrothermal process at the low temperature of 90°C. The Y-doped nanorods exhibit the same c-axis-oriented wurtzite hexagonal structure as pure ZnO nanorods. Based on the results of photoluminescence, an enhancement of defect-induced green-yellow visible emission is observed for the Y-doped ZnO nanorods. The decrease of E2(H) mode intensity and increase of E1(LO) mode intensity examined by the Raman spectrum also indicate the increase of defects for the Y-doped ZnO nanorods. As compared to pure ZnO nanorods, Y-doped ZnO nanorods show a remarked increase of saturation magnetization. The combination of visible photoluminescence and ferromagnetism measurement results indicates the increase of oxygen defects due to the Y doping which plays a crucial role in the optical and magnetic performances of the ZnO nanorods.

  2. Influence of Microstructure and Process Conditions on Simultaneous Low-Temperature Surface Hardening and Bulk Precipitation Hardening of Nanoflex®

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    Bottoli, Federico; Winther, Grethe; Christiansen, Thomas L.; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2015-11-01

    Precipitation hardening martensitic stainless steel Nanoflex was low-temperature nitrided or nitrocarburized. In these treatments, simultaneous hardening of the bulk, by precipitation hardening, and the surface by dissolving nitrogen/carbon can be obtained because the treatment temperatures and times for these essentially different hardening mechanisms are compatible. The effect of the processing history of the steel on the nitrided/nitrocarburized case was investigated by varying the amounts of austenite and martensite through variation of the degree of plastic deformation by tensile strain, deep cooling, and deliberate manipulation of the austenite stability. The nitrided/nitrocarburized case was investigated with reflected light microscopy, hardness-depth profiling, X-ray diffraction analysis, and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that a microstructure consisting of martensite results in the deepest nitrided case, while a shallow case develops on a microstructure consisting of austenite. For an initial microstructure consisting of both martensite and austenite a non-uniform case depth is achieved. Simultaneous bulk and surface hardening is only possible for martensite because the precipitation hardening does not occur in an austenite matrix.

  3. Photochemical process on chloromethyl formate and vinyl formate in low-temperature matrices: infrared spectra and ab initio calculations on chloromethanol and vinyl alcohol

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    Kunttu, H.; Dahlqvist, M.; Murto, J.; Raesaenen, M.

    1988-03-24

    The UV decomposition of chloromethyl formate and vinyl formate has been studied in low-temperature noble gas matrices at wavelengths between 200 and 260 nm. Two distinct channels in cage photolysis were observed: (i) ClH/sub 2/COCHO ..-->.. ClH/sub 2/COH + CO; H/sub 2/CCHOCHO ..-->.. H/sub 2/CCHOH + CO. (ii) ClH/sub 2/COCHO ..-->.. H/sub 2/CO + HCl + CO; H/sub 2/CCHOCHO ..-->.. CH/sub 3/CHO + CO. There is a well-established wavelength dependence influencing the product ratios in these photochemical processes. Decomposition due to irradiation at wavelengths near 250 nm prefers channel i, where the formic acid esters decompose to the corresponding alcoholic species, chloromethanol (a new compound), and vinyl alcohol. On the other hand, at shorter wavelengths, channel ii dominates. Neither chloromethanol nor vinyl alcohol were observed to decompose at wavelengths above 200 nm. The photoprocesses of vinyl formate were also studied in NO-doped Ar matrices as well as in solid Xe in order to get information concerning the mechanisms of photochemical decomposition of formic acid esters. The assignment of the vibrational spectra is based on ab inito calculations performed at the Hartree-Fock 6-31G** level for chloromethanol and at the MP2/6-31G** level for vinyl alcohol. A detailed vibrational analysis is given for chloromethanol, chloromethanol-O-d, and vinyl alcohol.

  4. [Brain activity during different stages of the relaxation process].

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    gorev, A S; Kovaleva, A V; Panova, E N; Gorbacheva, A K

    2012-01-01

    A group of adults participated in experiment in which they were asked to reach relaxed state by using relaxation techniques (active relaxation) and to maintain this state without any technique (passive relaxation). Some changes of EEG-characteristics during relaxation were analyzed. This experiment includes four situations (different functional states): baselinel, active relaxation, passive relaxation, baseline2. EEG was recorded from 10 cortical leads: O1, O2, TPO (left and right), P3, P4, C3, C4, F3 and F4. A comparative EEG analysis was done for 10 frequency bands from 5 to 40 Hz. In each experimental situation we revealed general trends for EEG parameters and also some specific changes in EEG, which characterized brain organization during passive and active relaxed states.

  5. Low-temperature thermal properties of a hyperaged geological glass

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    Pérez-Castañeda, Tomás; Jiménez Riobóo, Rafael J.; Ramos, Miguel A.

    2013-07-01

    We have measured the specific heat of amber from the Dominican Republic, an ancient geological glass about 20 million years old, in the low-temperature range 0.6 K ≤ T ≤ 26 K, in order to assess the effects of its natural stabilization (hyperageing) process on the low-temperature glassy properties, i.e. boson peak and two-level systems. We have also conducted modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments to characterize the thermodynamic state of our samples. We found that calorimetric curves exhibit a huge ageing signal ΔH ≈ 5 J g-1 in the first upscan at the glass transition Tg = 389 K, that completely disappears after heating up (rejuvenating) the sample to T = 395 K for 3 h. To independently evaluate the phonon contribution to the specific heat, Brillouin spectroscopy was performed in the temperature range 80 K ≤ T ≤ 300 K. An expected increase in the Debye level was observed after rejuvenating the Dominican amber. However, no significant change was observed in the low-temperature specific heat of glassy amber after erasing its thermal history: both its boson peak (i.e., the maximum in the Cp/T3 representation) and the density of tunnelling two-level systems (i.e., the Cp ˜ T contribution at the lowest temperatures) remained essentially the same. Also, a consistent analysis using the soft-potential model of our Cp data and earlier thermal-conductivity data found in the literature further supports our main conclusion, namely, that these glassy ‘anomalous’ properties at low temperatures remain essentially invariant after strong relaxational processes such as hyperageing.

  6. Influence of inelastic Rydberg atom-atom collisional process on kinetic and optical properties of low-temperature laboratory and astrophysical plasmas

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    Klyucharev, A. N.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Mihajlov, A. A.; Ignjatović, Lj M.

    2010-11-01

    Elementary processes in plasma phenomena traditionally attract physicist's attention. The channel of charged-particle formation in Rydberg atom-atom thermal and sub-thermal collisions (the low temperature plasmas conditions) leads to creation of the molecular ions - associative ionization (AI). atomic ions - Penning-like ionization (PI) and the pair of the negative and positive ions. In our universe the chemical composition of the primordial gas consists mainly of Hydrogen and Helium (H, H-, H+, H2, He,He+). Hydrogen-like alkali-metal Lithium (Li, Li+,Li-) and combinations (HeH+, LiH-, LiH+). There is a wide range of plasma parameters in which the Rydberg atoms of the elements mentioned above make the dominant contribution to ionization and that process may be regarded as a prototype of the elementary process of light excitation energy transformation into electric one. The latest stochastic version of chemi-ionisation (AI+PI) on Rydberg atom-atom collisions extends the treatment of the "dipole resonant" model by taking into account redistribution of population over a range of Rydberg states prior to ionization. This redistribution is modelled as diffusion within the frame of stochastic dynamic of the Rydberg electron in the Rydberg energy spectrum. This may lead to anomalies of Rydberg atom spectra. Another result obtained in recent time is understanding that experimental results on chemi-ionization relate to the group of mixed Rydberg atom closed to the primary selected one. The Rydberg atoms ionisation theory today makes a valuable contribution in the deterministic and stochastic approaches correlation in atomic physic.

  7. Electronic Relaxation Processes of Transition Metal Atoms in Helium Nanodroplets

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    Kautsch, Andreas; Lindebner, Friedrich; Koch, Markus; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2014-06-01

    Spectroscopy of doped superfluid helium nanodroplets (He_N) gives information about the influence of this cold, chemically inert, and least interacting matrix environment on the excitation and relaxation dynamics of dopant atoms and molecules. We present the results from laser induced fluorescence (LIF), photoionization (PI), and mass spectroscopy of Cr and Cu doped He_N. From these results, we can draw a comprehensive picture of the complex behavior of such transition metal atoms in He_N upon photo-excitation. The strong Cr and Cu ground state transitions show an excitation blueshift and broadening with respect to the bare atom transitions which can be taken as indication for the solvation inside the droplet. From the originally excited states the atoms relax to energetically lower states and are ejected from the He_N. The relaxation processes include bare atom spin-forbidden transitions, which clearly bears the signature of the He_N influence. Two-color resonant two-photon ionization (2CR2PI) also shows the formation of bare atoms and small Cr-He_n and Cu-He_n clusters in their ground and metastable states ^c. Currently, Cr dimer excitation studies are in progress and a brief outlook on the available results will be given. C. Callegari and W. E. Ernst, Helium Droplets as Nanocryostats for Molecular Spectroscopy - from the Vacuum Ultraviolet to the Microwave Regime, in Handbook of High-Resolution Spectroscopy, eds. M. Quack and F. Merkt, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2011. A. Kautsch, M. Koch, and W. E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. A, 117 (2013) 9621-9625, DOI: 10.1021/jp312336m F. Lindebner, A. Kautsch, M. Koch, and W. E. Ernst, Int. J. Mass Spectrom. (2014) in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2013.12.022 M. Koch, A. Kautsch, F. Lackner, and W. E. Ernst, submitted to J. Phys. Chem. A

  8. Low-temperature, solution-processed ZrO2:B thin film: a bifunctional inorganic/organic interfacial glue for flexible thin-film transistors.

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    Park, Jee Ho; Oh, Jin Young; Han, Sun Woong; Lee, Tae Il; Baik, Hong Koo

    2015-03-04

    A solution-processed boron-doped peroxo-zirconium oxide (ZrO2:B) thin film has been found to have multifunctional characteristics, providing both hydrophobic surface modification and a chemical glue layer. Specifically, a ZrO2:B thin film deposited on a hydrophobic layer becomes superhydrophilic following ultraviolet-ozone (UVO) treatment, whereas the same treatment has no effect on the hydrophobicity of the hydrophobic layer alone. Investigation of the ZrO2:B/hydrophobic interface layer using angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR XPS) confirmed it to be chemically bonded like glue. Using the multifunctional nature of the ZrO2:B thin film, flexible amorphous indium oxide (In2O3) thin-film transistors (TFTs) were subsequently fabricated on a polyimide substrate along with a ZrO2:B/poly-4-vinylphenol (PVP) dielectric. An aqueous In2O3 solution was successfully coated onto the ZrO2:B/PVP dielectric, and the surface and chemical properties of the PVP and ZrO2:B thin films were analyzed by contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface-engineered PVP dielectric was found to have a lower leakage current density (Jleak) of 4.38 × 10(-8) A/cm(2) at 1 MV/cm, with no breakdown behavior observed up to a bending radius of 5 mm. In contrast, the electrical characteristics of the flexible amorphous In2O3 TFT such as on/off current ratio (Ion/off) and electron mobility remained similar up to 10 mm of bending without degradation, with the device being nonactivated at a bending radius of 5 mm. These results suggest that ZrO2:B thin films could be used for low-temperature, solution-processed surface-modified flexible devices.

  9. Up-cycling waste glass to minimal water adsorption/absorption lightweight aggregate by rapid low temperature sintering: optimization by dual process-mixture response surface methodology.

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    Velis, Costas A; Franco-Salinas, Claudia; O'Sullivan, Catherine; Najorka, Jens; Boccaccini, Aldo R; Cheeseman, Christopher R

    2014-07-01

    Mixed color waste glass extracted from municipal solid waste is either not recycled, in which case it is an environmental and financial liability, or it is used in relatively low value applications such as normal weight aggregate. Here, we report on converting it into a novel glass-ceramic lightweight aggregate (LWA), potentially suitable for high added value applications in structural concrete (upcycling). The artificial LWA particles were formed by rapidly sintering (<10 min) waste glass powder with clay mixes using sodium silicate as binder and borate salt as flux. Composition and processing were optimized using response surface methodology (RSM) modeling, and specifically (i) a combined process-mixture dual RSM, and (ii) multiobjective optimization functions. The optimization considered raw materials and energy costs. Mineralogical and physical transformations occur during sintering and a cellular vesicular glass-ceramic composite microstructure is formed, with strong correlations existing between bloating/shrinkage during sintering, density and water adsorption/absorption. The diametrical expansion could be effectively modeled via the RSM and controlled to meet a wide range of specifications; here we optimized for LWA structural concrete. The optimally designed LWA is sintered in comparatively low temperatures (825-835 °C), thus potentially saving costs and lowering emissions; it had exceptionally low water adsorption/absorption (6.1-7.2% w/wd; optimization target: 1.5-7.5% w/wd); while remaining substantially lightweight (density: 1.24-1.28 g.cm(-3); target: 0.9-1.3 g.cm(-3)). This is a considerable advancement for designing effective environmentally friendly lightweight concrete constructions, and boosting resource efficiency of waste glass flows.

  10. Low temperature reactive bonding

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Bionta, Richard M.

    1995-01-01

    The joining technique requires no external heat source and generates very little heat during joining. It involves the reaction of thin multilayered films deposited on faying surfaces to create a stable compound that functions as an intermediate or braze material in order to create a high strength bond. While high temperatures are reached in the reaction of the multilayer film, very little heat is generated because the films are very thin. It is essentially a room temperature joining process.

  11. Low temperature reactive bonding

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; Bionta, R.M.

    1995-06-23

    Disclosed is a joining technique that requires no external heat source and generates very little heat. It involves the reaction of thin multilayered films deposited on faying (closely fit or joining) surfaces to create a stable compound that functions as an intermediate or braze material in order to create a high strength bond. While high temperatures are reached in the reaction of the multilayer film, very little heat is generated because the films are very thin. It is essentially a room temperature joining process. It can be used for joining silicon wafers and integrated circuits.

  12. Oxygen "getter" effects on microstructure and carrier transport in low temperature combustion-processed a-InXZnO (X = Ga, Sc, Y, La) transistors.

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    Hennek, Jonathan W; Smith, Jeremy; Yan, Aiming; Kim, Myung-Gil; Zhao, Wei; Dravid, Vinayak P; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2013-07-24

    In oxide semiconductors, such as those based on indium zinc oxide (IXZO), a strong oxygen binding metal ion ("oxygen getter"), X, functions to control O vacancies and enhance lattice formation, hence tune carrier concentration and transport properties. Here we systematically study, in the IXZO series, the role of X = Ga(3+) versus the progression X = Sc(3+) → Y(3+) → La(3+), having similar chemical characteristics but increasing ionic radii. IXZO films are prepared from solution over broad composition ranges for the first time via low-temperature combustion synthesis. The films are characterized via thermal analysis of the precursor solutions, grazing incidence angle X-ray diffraction (GIAXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with high angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging. Excellent thin-film transistor (TFT) performance is achieved for all X, with optimal compositions after 300 °C processing exhibiting electron mobilities of 5.4, 2.6, 2.4, and 1.8 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for Ga(3+), Sc(3+), Y(3+), and La(3+), respectively, and with I(on)/I(off) = 10(7)-10(8). Analysis of the IXZO TFT positive bias stress response shows X = Ga(3+) to be superior with mobilities (μ) retaining >95% of the prestress values and threshold voltage shifts (ΔV(T)) of <1.6 V, versus <85% μ retention and ΔV(T) ≈ 20 V for the other trivalent ions. Detailed microstructural analysis indicates that Ga(3+) most effectively promotes oxide lattice formation. We conclude that the metal oxide lattice formation enthalpy (ΔH(L)) and metal ionic radius are the best predictors of IXZO oxygen getter efficacy.

  13. Influence Of Inelastic Ridberg Atom-Atom Collisional Process On Kinetic And Optical Properties Of Low-Temperature Laboratory And Astrophysical Plasmas

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    Klyucharev, A. N.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Mihajlov, A. A.; Ignjatovic, Lj. M.

    2010-07-01

    Elementary processes in plasma phenomena traditionally attract physicist`s attention. The channel of charged-particle formation in Rydberg Atom-Atom thermal and subthermal collisions (the low temperature plasmas conditions) leads to creation of the molecular ions - associative ionization (AI), atomic ions - penning-like ionization (PI) and the pair of the negative and positive ions. In our universe the chemical composition of the primordial gas consists mainly of Hydrogen and Helium (H, H- , H+, H2, He, He+ ), Hydrogen-like alkali-metal Litium (Li, Li+, Li-) and combinations (HeH+ , LiH- , LiH+). There is a wide range of plasma parameters in which the Rydberg Atoms of the elements called above make the dominant construction to ionization and that process may be regarded as a prototype of the elementary process of light excitation energy transformation into electric one. The first series of quantitative measurements of the rate constants for Rydberg Atoms starts in 1978 (Devdariani, Klyucharev et al.). The method of AI and PI calculations, so-called "dipole resonant" mechanism proposed in 1971 (Smirnov, Mihaylov) was used in semiclassical (Mihailov and Janev 1981) and quantum mechanical theories (Duman, Shmatov, 1980). The latest stochastic version of chemi-ionisation (AI+PI) on Rydberg Atom - Atom collisions extends the treatment of the "dipole resonant" model by taking into account redistribution of population over a range of Rydberg states prior to ionization. This redistribution is modeled as diffusion in the frame of stochastic dynamic of the Rydberg electron in the Rydberg energy spectrum (Bezuglov, Borodin, Klyucharev et al. 1997). Such approach makes it possible to operate on efficiently of inelastic collisional processes and sometimes to operate on time of Rydberg Atoms life. This may lead to anomalies of Rydberg Atoms spectra. Another result obtained in recent time is understanding that experimental results on chemi-ionization relate to the group of mixed

  14. Low temperature hot corrosion

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    Chiang, K. T.; Pettit, F. S.; Meier, G. H.

    1983-01-01

    The reaction of Co-Cr, Ni-Cr, Co-Cr-Al, and Ni-Cr-Al alloys with Na2SO4 in the presence of SO3 at temperatures between 700 and 750 C leads to the formation of liquid CoSO4-Na2SO4 or NiSO4-Na2SO4 deposits on the alloy surface. The formation of Cr2O3 and/or Al2O3 below this deposit results in a locally low P(O2) and a higher P(S2) and P(SO2). It is noted that these conditions can prevent protective oxide formation either by sulfide formation in the alloy, which localizes the Cr and/or Al in discrete particles, or by acid fluxing involving a reaction between Al2O3 or Cr2O3 and SO2 to form a salt-soluble species and subsequent reprecipitation as porous oxides in regions of higher P(O2). These processes may occur simultaneously, although a given alloy generally exhibits features of predominantly one type. Here, the Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-Al alloys, and to some extent the Co-Cr alloys, exhibit features indicative of the sulfidation mechanism, whereas the morphology for the Co-Cr-Al alloy is more consistent with a predominant acid fluxing mechanism.

  15. Fluid-rock interaction and evolution of a high-pressure/low-temperature vein system in eclogite from New Caledonia: insights into intraslab fluid flow processes

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    Taetz, Stephan; John, Timm; Bröcker, Michael; Spandler, Carl

    2016-11-01

    A complex high-pressure/low-temperature vein system that cross-cuts eclogitic host rocks of the Pouébo Eclogite Melange (northern New Caledonia) records the prograde blueschist-to-eclogite transition and associated formation of garnet-quartz-phengite veins. Geothermobarometry (Grt-Cpx-Ph, Zr-in-rutile) and pseudosection calculations indicate peak metamorphic conditions of ca. 540 °C and 1.9-2.2 GPa. Petrological and geochemical observations as well as pseudosection modelling suggest that the main vein network is formed by dehydration processes that collected internally derived fluids related to the breakdown of hydrous phases (amphibole, chlorite, epidote) during prograde metamorphism. The lower solid volume of the newly formed phases and the associated increase in pore fluid pressure lead to the formation of veins that allowed for accumulation and channelized evacuation of these fluids. Such veins do not show metasomatic alteration selvages because the fluid-rock system had been in chemical equilibrium. A second vein type (transport veins) records the superimposed influx of external fluids with slightly different composition that most likely are related to similar dehydration reactions in other parts of the subducting slab. Due to the source-rock-imposed compositional differences, these fluids are not in equilibrium with the infiltrated rock volume and induce the formation of distinct metasomatic selvages by dissolution-precipitation processes. Mass-balance calculations show that Ca, Na and Li are added to the selvage by the external fluid. LILE and to a lesser extend also HREE are mobilized and removed from the selvage. The LREE are predominantly buffered by newly formed minerals (e.g. epidote). Petrological evidence implies that the studied vein system formed while the sample was still part of a coherent subducting slab. Rb-Sr geochronology indicates that this occurred at 38.2 ± 0.3 Ma. This age is ca. 6 myr younger than the hitherto presumed peak metamorphic

  16. Sensors for low temperature application

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    Henderson, Timothy M.; Wuttke, Gilbert H.

    1977-01-01

    A method and apparatus for low temperature sensing which uses gas filled micro-size hollow glass spheres that are exposed in a confined observation area to a low temperature range (Kelvin) and observed microscopically to determine change of state, i.e., change from gaseous state of the contained gas to condensed state. By suitable indicia and classification of the spheres in the observation area, the temperature can be determined very accurately.

  17. Low Temperature Research in Microgravity

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    Strayer, D.

    1993-01-01

    The recent flight of the Lambda Point Experiment has demonstrated the potential for performing precise tests of fundamental theories using low temperature techniques in Earth orbit. NASA's Microgravity Science and Applications Division has established a program of successor expermients to investigate other aspects of condensed matter physics using the same low temperature flight facility. This paper describes the new investigations that have been chosen for flight experiments, and those selected for ground-based studies that could lead to flight experiments later.

  18. Low Temperature Research in Microgravity

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    Strayer, D.

    1993-01-01

    The recent flight of the Lambda Point Experiment has demonstrated the potential for performing precise tests of fundamental theories using low temperature techniques in Earth orbit. NASA's Microgravity Science and Applications Division has established a program of successor expermients to investigate other aspects of condensed matter physics using the same low temperature flight facility. This paper describes the new investigations that have been chosen for flight experiments, and those selected for ground-based studies that could lead to flight experiments later.

  19. Final technical report to Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences. ''Oxide ceramic alloys and microlaminates'' (1996-1999) and ''Low temperature processing and kinetics of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites with large interfacial areas'' (1999-2000)

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    Chen, I-Wei

    2001-03-26

    We have discovered a novel two-step sintering method that opened up a low temperature processing window within which fully dense nanocrystalline yttrium oxide was obtained with no concurrent grain growth during final-stage sintering. We have developed a new method of processing laminate ceramics using deformation processing in the green state. We have lastly developed a colloidal processing technique to encapsulate biomolecules at ambient, neutral-pH, aqueous conditions.

  20. Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Thiophene-Sulfur-Doped Planar ZnO Nanorods as Electron-Transporting Layers for Enhanced Performance of Organic Solar Cells.

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    Ambade, Swapnil B; Ambade, Rohan B; Bagde, Sushil S; Eom, Seung Hun; Mane, Rajaram S; Shin, Won Suk; Lee, Soo-Hyoung

    2017-02-01

    1-D ZnO represents a fascinating class of nanostructures that are significant to optoelectronics. In this work, we investigated the use of an eco-friendly, metal free in situ doping through a pure thiophene-sulfur (S) on low temperature processed (<95 °C) and annealed (<170 °C), planar 1-D ZnO nanorods (ZnRs) spin-coated as a hole-blocking and electron transporting layer (ETL) for inverted organic solar cells (iOSCs). The TEM, HRTEM, XPS, FT-IR, EDS and Raman studies clearly reveal that the thiophene-S (Thi-S) atom is incorporated on planar ZnRs. The investigations in electrical properties suggest the enhancement in conductivity after Thi-S doping on 1-D ZnRs. The iOSCs of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT: PC60BM) photoactive layer containing thiophene-S doped planar ZnRs (Thi-S-PZnRs) as ETL exhibits power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.68% under simulated AM 1.5 G, 100 mW cm(-2) illumination. The ∼47% enhancement in PCE compared with pristine planar ZnRs (PCE = 2.38%) ETL is attributed to a combination of desirable energy level alignment, morphological modification, increased conductivity and doping effect. The universality of Thi-S-PZnRs ETL is demonstrated by the highest PCE of 8.15% in contrast to 6.50% exhibited by the iOSCs of ZnRs ETL for the photoactive layer comprising of poly[4,8-bis(5-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b;4,5-b]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexyl)-3-fluorothieno[3,4-b]thiophene-)-2-carboxylate-2-6-diyl)]: phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PTB7-Th: PCB71M). This enhancement in PCE is observed to be driven mainly through improved photovoltaic parameters like fill factor (ff) as well as photocurrent density (Jsc), which are assigned to increased conductivity, exciton dissociation, and effective charge extraction, while; better ohmic contact, reduced charge recombination, and low leakage current density resulted in increased Voc.

  1. A Solution-Processable Liquid-Crystalline Semiconductor for Low-Temperature-Annealed Air-Stable N-Channel Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Ozdemir, Resul; Choi, Donghee; Ozdemir, Mehmet; Kim, Hyekyoung; Kostakoğlu, Sinem Tuncel; Erkartal, Mustafa; Kim, Hyungsug; Kim, Choongik; Usta, Hakan

    2017-04-05

    A new solution-processable and air-stable liquid-crystalline n-channel organic semiconductor (2,2'-(2,8-bis(5-(2-octyldodecyl)thiophen-2-yl)indeno[1,2-b]fluorene-6,12-diylidene)dimalononitrile, α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT) with donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) π conjugation has been designed, synthesized, and fully characterized. The new semiconductor exhibits a low LUMO energy (-4.19 eV) and a narrow optical bandgap (1.35 eV). The typical pseudo-focal-conic fan-shaped texture of a hexagonal columnar liquid-crystalline (LC) phase was observed over a wide temperature range. The spin-coated semiconductor thin films show the formation of large (≈0.5-1 μm) and highly crystalline platelike grains with edge-on molecular orientations. Low-temperature-annealed (50 °C) top-contact/bottom-gate OFETs have provided good electron mobility values as high as 0.11 cm(2)  (V s)(-1) and high Ion /Ioff ratios of 10(7) to 10(8) with excellent ambient stability. This indicates an enhancement of two orders of magnitude (100×) when compared with the β-substituted parent semiconductor, β-DD-TIFDMT (2,2'-(2,8-bis(3-dodecylthiophen-2-yl)indeno[1,2-b]fluorene-6,12-diylidene)dimalononitrile). The current rational alkyl-chain engineering route offers great advantages for D-A-D π-core coplanarity in addition to maintaining good solubility in organic solvents, and leads to favorable optoelectronic/physicochemical characteristics. These remarkable findings demonstrate that α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT is a promising semiconductor material for the development of n-channel OFETs on flexible plastic substrates and LC-state annealing of the columnar liquid crystals can lower the electron mobility for transistor-type charge transport. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Identification of dipole disorder in low temperature solution processed oxides: its utility and suppression for transparent high performance solution-processed hybrid electronics.

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    Banger, Kulbinder; Warwick, Christopher; Lang, Jiang; Broch, Katharina; Halpert, Jonathan E; Socratous, Josephine; Brown, Adam; Leedham, Timothy; Sirringhaus, Henning

    2016-10-01

    The ability to deposit high-quality inorganic semiconductors and dielectrics from solution at low process temperatures (∼200 °C) has become a very important research focus. During the course of our investigation, we identify the presence of an induced dipole present in solid state solution processed inorganic oxide insulator layers processed at reduced temperature (200-350 °C) from either molecular precursors, or well-dispersed metal oxide nanoparticles. Chemical composition analysis coupled with electrical measurements shows that the dielectric instability occurs due to proton migration via the Grotthuss mechanism inducing a long lived dipole disorder. Thus we established conditions for suppressing this effect to afford "ideal" high-k dielectric layer. Using this methodology, solution processed all inorganic thin film transistors (TFTs) with charge carrier mobilities exceeding 6 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) operating at low voltage (5 V) have been achieved. In addition, we show the broad utility of the perovskite high-k dielectric when processed with state of the art polymer and single crystal organic semiconductors yielding mobilities of approx. 7 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at only 4 V. These transparent devices demonstrate excellent electrical device stability and a threshold voltage shift of only 0.41 V over 14 h, which is comparable, or better than sputtered oxide films.

  3. Low temperature synthesis of methyl formate

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    Mahajan, Devinder; Slegeir, William A.; Sapienza, Richard S.; O'Hare, Thomas E.

    1986-01-01

    A gas reaction process for the preferential production of methyl formate over the co-production of methanol wherein the reactant ratio of CO/H.sub.2 is upgraded and this reaction takes place at low temperatures of 50.degree.-150.degree. C. and moderate pressures of .gtoreq.100 psi.

  4. Dissociative recombination coefficient for low temperature equilibrium cesium plasma

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    Momozaki, Yoichi; El-Genk, Mohamed S.

    2002-07-01

    The dissociative recombination (DR) coefficient in decaying low temperature Cs plasma is calculated based on the experimentally measured relaxation time of decaying Cs plasma by L. P. Harris [J. Appl. Phys. 36, 1543 (1965)]. Results showed that DR is the dominant recombination process over three-body recombination at T<1650 K and PCs of 0.5-20 Torr (67-2666 Pa). The estimated DR coefficient for Cs is between 10-12 and 10-13 m3/s at T<1750 K and PCs of 0.5-20 Torr. Although theory predicts that DR coefficient solely depends on temperature, the present results show pressure dependency. For typical operating conditions in thermionic converters (T<1650 K and PCsless-than-or-equal400 Pa), DR is constant and approx5.26 x10-13 m3/s.

  5. Reducing congestion on complex networks by dynamic relaxation processes

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    Macri, Pablo A.; Pastore y Piontti, Ana L.; Braunstein, Lidia A.

    2007-12-01

    We study the effects of relaxational dynamics on the congestion pressure in general transport networks. We show that the congestion pressure is reduced in scale-free networks if a relaxation mechanism is utilized, while this is in general not the case for non-scale-free graphs such as random graphs. We also present evidence supporting the idea that the emergence of scale-free networks arise from optimization mechanisms to balance the load of the networks nodes.

  6. Synthesis of Nanocrystalline CaWO4 as Low-Temperature Co-fired Ceramic Material: Processing, Structural and Physical Properties

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    Vidya, S.; Solomon, Sam; Thomas, J. K.

    2013-01-01

    Nanocrystalline scheelite CaWO4, a promising material for low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) applications, has been successfully synthesized through a single-step autoignition combustion route. Structural analysis of the sample was performed by powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The XRD analysis revealed that the as-prepared sample was single phase with scheelite tetragonal structure. The basic optical properties and optical constants of the CaWO4 nanopowder were studied using ultraviolet (UV)-visible absorption spectroscopy, which showed that the material was a wide-bandgap semiconductor with bandgap of 4.7 eV at room temperature. The sample showed poor transmittance in the ultraviolet region but maximum transmission in the visible/near-infrared regions. The photoluminescence spectra recorded at different temperatures showed intense emission in the green region. The particle size estimated from transmission electron microscopy was 23 nm. The feasibility of CaWO4 for LTCC applications was studied from its sintering behavior. The sample was sintered at a relatively low temperature of 810°C to high density, without using any sintering aid. The surface morphology of the sintered sample was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The dielectric constant and loss factor of the sample measured at 5 MHz were found to be 10.50 and 1.56 × 10-3 at room temperature. The temperature coefficient of the dielectric constant was -88.71 ppm/°C. The experimental results obtained in this work demonstrate the potential of nano-CaWO4 as a low-temperature co-fired ceramic as well as an excellent luminescent material.

  7. Manufacturing Demonstration Facility: Low Temperature Materials Synthesis

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    Graham, David E.; Moon, Ji-Won; Armstrong, Beth L.; Datskos, Panos G.; Duty, Chad E.; Gresback, Ryan; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Jacobs, Christopher B.; Jellison, Gerald Earle; Jang, Gyoung Gug; Joshi, Pooran C.; Jung, Hyunsung; Meyer, III, Harry M.; Phelps, Tommy

    2015-06-30

    The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) low temperature materials synthesis project was established to demonstrate a scalable and sustainable process to produce nanoparticles (NPs) for advanced manufacturing. Previous methods to chemically synthesize NPs typically required expensive, high-purity inorganic chemical reagents, organic solvents and high temperatures. These processes were typically applied at small laboratory scales at yields sufficient for NP characterization, but insufficient to support roll-to-roll processing efforts or device fabrication. The new NanoFermentation processes described here operated at a low temperature (~60 C) in low-cost, aqueous media using bacteria that produce extracellular NPs with controlled size and elemental stoichiometry. Up-scaling activities successfully demonstrated high NP yields and quality in a 900-L pilot-scale reactor, establishing this NanoFermentation process as a competitive biomanufacturing strategy to produce NPs for advanced manufacturing of power electronics, solid-state lighting and sensors.

  8. Dynamics of supercooled liquid and plastic crystalline ethanol: Dielectric relaxation and AC nanocalorimetry distinguish structural α- and Debye relaxation processes

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    Chua, Y. Z.; Young-Gonzales, A. R.; Richert, R.; Ediger, M. D.; Schick, C.

    2017-07-01

    Physical vapor deposition has been used to prepare glasses of ethanol. Upon heating, the glasses transformed into the supercooled liquid phase and then crystallized into the plastic crystal phase. The dynamic glass transition of the supercooled liquid is successfully measured by AC nanocalorimetry, and preliminary results for the plastic crystal are obtained. The frequency dependences of these dynamic glass transitions observed by AC nanocalorimetry are in disagreement with conclusions from previously published dielectric spectra of ethanol. Existing dielectric loss spectra have been carefully re-evaluated considering a Debye peak, which is a typical feature in the dielectric loss spectra of monohydroxy alcohols. The re-evaluated dielectric fits reveal a prominent dielectric Debye peak, a smaller and asymmetrically broadened peak, which is identified as the signature of the structural α-relaxation and a Johari-Goldstein secondary relaxation process. This new assignment of the dielectric processes is supported by the observation that the AC nanocalorimetry dynamic glass transition temperature, Tα, coincides with the dielectric structural α-relaxation process rather than the Debye process. The combined results from dielectric spectroscopy and AC nanocalorimetry on the plastic crystal of ethanol suggest the occurrence of a Debye process also in the plastic crystal phase.

  9. Dynamics of supercooled liquid and plastic crystalline ethanol: Dielectric relaxation and AC nanocalorimetry distinguish structural α- and Debye relaxation processes.

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    Chua, Y Z; Young-Gonzales, A R; Richert, R; Ediger, M D; Schick, C

    2017-07-07

    Physical vapor deposition has been used to prepare glasses of ethanol. Upon heating, the glasses transformed into the supercooled liquid phase and then crystallized into the plastic crystal phase. The dynamic glass transition of the supercooled liquid is successfully measured by AC nanocalorimetry, and preliminary results for the plastic crystal are obtained. The frequency dependences of these dynamic glass transitions observed by AC nanocalorimetry are in disagreement with conclusions from previously published dielectric spectra of ethanol. Existing dielectric loss spectra have been carefully re-evaluated considering a Debye peak, which is a typical feature in the dielectric loss spectra of monohydroxy alcohols. The re-evaluated dielectric fits reveal a prominent dielectric Debye peak, a smaller and asymmetrically broadened peak, which is identified as the signature of the structural α-relaxation and a Johari-Goldstein secondary relaxation process. This new assignment of the dielectric processes is supported by the observation that the AC nanocalorimetry dynamic glass transition temperature, Tα, coincides with the dielectric structural α-relaxation process rather than the Debye process. The combined results from dielectric spectroscopy and AC nanocalorimetry on the plastic crystal of ethanol suggest the occurrence of a Debye process also in the plastic crystal phase.

  10. Low Temperature Trapping: from Reactions to Spectroscopy

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    Schlemmer, S.; Asvany, O.; Brunken, S.

    2013-06-01

    The kinetics of ion - molecule reactions are investigated in higher-order multipole traps by observation of the temporal evolution of mass selected parent ions in the presence of a neutral reaction partner. Rate coeffients for fast reactions (proceeding at collision rate) and very slow reactions (taking millions of collisions) are determined over a wide range of temperatures. Endothermic or hindered reactions can be promoted by excitation of the ion via absorption of a photon. Scanning the photon energy while detecting the number of product ions establishes an action spectroscopy method which we developed over the last 10-15 years and termed LIR: laser or light induced reactions. The main advantages of LIR are mass selection of the parent ion and low temperature conditions in the trap. Long storage times in combination with a near unity detection efficiency make LIR one of the most sensitive spectroscopy methods. The status quo of LIR will be discussed on selected examples. Recent measurements are concerned with ro-vibrational spectra of CH_2D^+ and CH_5^+ at highest resolution using cw OPO radiation. In the particular case of CH_5^+, the lines in the mid IR have been measured at a nominal temperature of 10 K and a frequency comb has been used for absolute calibration. Line positions can be determined to an accuracy which shall enable us in the future to obtain rotational spectra in a THz-IR double resonance approach. We tested the feasibility of this two photon method recently on H_2D^+. S. Schlemmer, T. Kuhn, E. Lescop, and D. Gerlich, Laser excited N_2^+ in a 22-Pole Trap: Experimental Studies of Rotational Relaxation Processes, Int. J. Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes, 185-187, 589-602, (1999), S.D. Ivanov, O. Asvany, A. Witt, E. Hugo, G. Mathias, B. Redlich, D. Marx and S. Schlemmer, Quantum-induced symmetry breaking explains infrared spectra of CH_5^+ isotopologues, Nature Chemistry, 2, 298-302 (2010) S. Gaertner, J. Krieg, A. Klemann, O. Asvany and S

  11. Catalysts for low temperature oxidation

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    Toops, Todd J.; Parks, III, James E.; Bauer, John C.

    2016-03-01

    The invention provides a composite catalyst containing a first component and a second component. The first component contains nanosized gold particles. The second component contains nanosized platinum group metals. The composite catalyst is useful for catalyzing the oxidation of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, and other pollutants at low temperatures.

  12. Low-temperature magnetic refrigerator

    DOEpatents

    Barclay, J.A.

    1983-05-26

    The invention relates to magnetic refrigeration and more particularly to low temperature refrigeration between about 4 and about 20 K, with an apparatus and method utilizing a belt of magnetic material passed in and out of a magnetic field with heat exchangers within and outside the field operably disposed to accomplish refrigeration.

  13. Low temperature cross linking polyimides

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    Serafini, T. T.; Delvigs, P. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A polyimide is formed by cross linking a prepolymer formed by reacting a polyfunctional ester, a polyfunctional amine, and an end-capping unit. By providing an end-capping unit, the prepolymer is curable at a relatively low temperature of about 175 to 245 C.

  14. Development of low temperature battery

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    Armstrong, G. M.

    1967-01-01

    Self-contained low temperature battery system consisting of a magnesium anode, potassium thiocyanate-ammonia electrolyte and a cathode composed of a mixture of sulfur, carbon, and mercuric sulfate operates for at least seventy-two hours within a discharge temperature range of plus 20 degrees C to minus 90 degrees C.

  15. Low-temperature magnetic refrigerator

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    Barclay, John A.

    1985-01-01

    The disclosure is directed to a low temperature 4 to 20 K. refrigeration apparatus and method utilizing a ring of magnetic material moving through a magnetic field. Heat exchange is accomplished in and out of the magnetic field to appropriately utilize the device to execute Carnot and Stirling cycles.

  16. Study of Mass Diffusion and Relaxation Processes in Polymer Systems by Laser Induced Holographic Grating Relaxation and Dynamic Light Scattering.

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    Xia, Jiulin

    The diffusion of dye molecules in various polymer systems is studied using the Laser Induced Holographic Grating Relaxation technique. The diffusion coefficients of camphorquinone (CQ), thymoquinone (TQ), diacetyl (DA) and azo compounds in these polymers are studied as a function of temperature, properties of both the polymers and the dye molecules. The effects of additives are also investigated. Due to the chemical reversibility of the azo compounds, the kinetics of their chemical processes are also analyzed. The mutual diffusion coefficients in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) compatible polymer blends are measured by dynamic light scattering as a function of the molecular weight of PEO while keeping the molecular weight of PMMA fixed. The polymer chain relaxation processes of poly(isobornyl methacrylate) (PIMA) are also studied by using dynamic light scattering.

  17. Inverted InP quantum dot light-emitting diodes using low-temperature solution-processed metal-oxide as an electron transport layer

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    Jang, Ilwan; Kim, Jiwan; Ippen, Christian; Greco, Tonino; Oh, Min Suk; Lee, Jeongno; Kim, Won Keun; Wedel, Armin; Jong Han, Chul; Park, Sung Kyu

    2015-02-01

    The present work shows the inverted InP quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) with inorganic metal oxide layers. In the inverted structure of ITO/ZnO/InP QDs/CBP/MoO3/Al, a sol-gel derived ZnO film was used as an electron transport layer (ETL) and MoO3 was used as a hole injection layer (HIL). In contrary to high annealing temperature (>200 °C) for conventional ZnO films, low temperature annealing (˜150 °C) was performed for sol-gel derived ZnO film. The performance of the inverted QD-LEDs was efficiently improved by optimization of the annealing time and temperature of ZnO ETL. The current efficiency was significantly improved about 215% by lowering annealing temperature of ZnO ETL.

  18. Metal Acetylacetonate Series in Interface Engineering for Full Low-Temperature-Processed, High-Performance, and Stable Planar Perovskite Solar Cells with Conversion Efficiency over 16% on 1 cm(2) Scale.

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    Chen, Wei; Xu, Leiming; Feng, Xiyuan; Jie, Jiansheng; He, Zhubing

    2017-02-14

    A series of metal acetylacetonates produced by a full low-temperature (below 100 °C) process are successfully employed to obtain both "multistable" and high-performance planar-inverted perovskite solar cells. All the three kinds of champion cells in small area exhibit over 18% in conversion-efficiency with negligible hysteresis, along with above 16% in conversion-efficiency for planar PSCs in an aperture area of over 1 cm(2) .

  19. A Low-Temperature, Solution-Processable, Cu-Doped Nickel Oxide Hole-Transporting Layer via the Combustion Method for High-Performance Thin-Film Perovskite Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Jung, Jae Woong; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2015-12-16

    Low-temperature, solution-processable Cu-doped NiOX (Cu:NiOx ), prepared via combustion chemistry, is demonstrated as an excellent hole-transporting layer (HTL) for thin-film perovskite solar cells (PVSCs). Its good crystallinity, conductivity, and hole-extraction properties enable the derived PVSC to have a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 17.74%. Its general applicability for various elecrode materials is also revealed.

  20. Low temperature selective absorber research

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    Herzenberg, S. A.; Silberglitt, R.

    1982-04-01

    Research carried out since 1979 on selective absorbers is surveyed, with particular attention given to the low-temperature coatings seen as promising for flat plate and evacuated tube applications. The most thoroughly investigated absorber is black chrome, which is highly selective and is the most durable low-temperature absorber. It is believed that other materials, because of their low cost and lower content of strategic materials, may eventually supplant black chrome. Among these candidates are chemically converted black nickel; anodically oxidized nickel, zinc, and copper composites; and nickel or other low-cost multilayer coatings. In reviewing medium and high-temperature research, black chrome, multilayer coatings and black cobalt are seen as best medium-temperature candidates. For high temperatures, an Al2O3/Pt-Al203 multilayer composite or the zirconium diboride coating is preferred.

  1. Reinforced ploymers at low temperatures

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    Hartwig, G.

    1982-01-01

    The low electrical and thermal conductivity, high specific strength, and excellent fatigue behavior of fiber-reinforced composites make them a necessary supplement and sometimes a favored alternative to metals for lowtemperature technology. This survey details these features and also examines the drawbacks of high brittleness and low interlaminar shear strength of such polymers as fiberglass, carbon-fiber, and Kevlar-fiber expoxies. Stress-strain curves, tables which list the stiffness, strength, fatigue, thermal-insular, electrical-insular, thermal contraction and workability properties at low temperatures, and microphotographs of those composites are presented. Among the results are the findings that carbon-fiber composites exhibit a very high mechanical stiffness or strength, comparable to or higher than that of steel, and that at low temperatures carbon-fiber composites have a much higher insulation capacity than steel. A combination of strong carbon-fibers and tough glass fibers results in a superior composite than either fiber alone.

  2. The time dependence of rock healing as a universal relaxation process, a tutorial

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    Snieder, Roel; Sens-Schönfelder, Christoph; Wu, Renjie

    2016-10-01

    The material properties of earth materials often change after the material has been perturbed (slow dynamics). For example, the seismic velocity of subsurface materials changes after earthquakes, and granular materials compact after being shaken. Such relaxation processes are associated by observables that change logarithmically with time. Since the logarithm diverges for short and long times, the relaxation can, strictly speaking, not have a log-time dependence. We present a self-contained description of a relaxation function that consists of a superposition of decaying exponentials that has log-time behavior for intermediate times, but converges to zero for long times, and is finite for t = 0. The relaxation function depends on two parameters, the minimum and maximum relaxation time. These parameters can, in principle, be extracted from the observed relaxation. As an example, we present a crude model of a fracture that is closing under an external stress. Although the fracture model violates some of the assumptions on which the relaxation function is based, it follows the relaxation function well. We provide qualitative arguments that the relaxation process, just like the Gutenberg-Richter law, is applicable to a wide range of systems and has universal properties.

  3. The time dependence of rock healing as a universal relaxation process, a tutorial

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    Snieder, Roel; Sens-Schönfelder, Christoph; Wu, Renjie

    2017-01-01

    The material properties of earth materials often change after the material has been perturbed (slow dynamics). For example, the seismic velocity of subsurface materials changes after earthquakes, and granular materials compact after being shaken. Such relaxation processes are associated by observables that change logarithmically with time. Since the logarithm diverges for short and long times, the relaxation can, strictly speaking, not have a log-time dependence. We present a self-contained description of a relaxation function that consists of a superposition of decaying exponentials that has log-time behaviour for intermediate times, but converges to zero for long times, and is finite for t = 0. The relaxation function depends on two parameters, the minimum and maximum relaxation time. These parameters can, in principle, be extracted from the observed relaxation. As an example, we present a crude model of a fracture that is closing under an external stress. Although the fracture model violates some of the assumptions on which the relaxation function is based, it follows the relaxation function well. We provide qualitative arguments that the relaxation process, just like the Gutenberg-Richter law, is applicable to a wide range of systems and has universal properties.

  4. Intergranular fracture in some precipitation-hardened aluminum alloys at low temperatures

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    Kuramoto, S.; Itoh, G.; Kanno, M.

    1996-10-01

    Intergranular fracture at low temperatures from room temperature down to 4.2 K has been studied in some precipitation-hardened aluminum alloys. Microscopic appearance of intergranular facets is revealed to be greatly affected by the microstructure adjacent to the grain boundaries (GBs). When large precipitates on GBs and wide precipitation-free zones (PFZs) are present, coalescence of microvoids initiated at the GB precipitates causes the intergranular fracture with dimples. This fracture process is found to be unaffected by deformation temperature. On the other hand, in the presence of fine precipitates on GBs and narrow PFZs, matrix slip localization exerts significant influence on the fracture behavior. At low temperatures, large stress concentration at GBs leads to intergranular fracture, forming sharp ledges on the fracture surfaces, while at room temperature, the dynamic recovery process is thought to relax such stress concentration, resulting in a transgranular ductile rupture.

  5. Low-Temperature Process for Atomic Layer Chemical Vapor Deposition of an Al2O3 Passivation Layer for Organic Photovoltaic Cells.

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    Kim, Hoonbae; Lee, Jihye; Sohn, Sunyoung; Jung, Donggeun

    2016-05-01

    Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells have drawn extensive attention due to their light weight, cost efficiency, portability, and so on. However, OPV cells degrade quickly due to organic damage by water vapor or oxygen penetration when the devices are driven in the atmosphere without a passivation layer. In order to prevent damage due to water vapor or oxygen permeation into the devices, passivation layers have been introduced through methods such as sputtering, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, and atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD). In this work, the structural and chemical properties of Al2O3 films, deposited via ALCVD at relatively low temperatures of 109 degrees C, 200 degrees C, and 300 degrees C, are analyzed. In our experiment, trimethylaluminum (TMA) and H2O were used as precursors for Al2O3 film deposition via ALCVD. All of the Al2O3 films showed very smooth, featureless surfaces without notable defects. However, we found that the plastic flexible substrate of an OPV device passivated with 300 degrees C deposition temperature was partially bended and melted, indicating that passivation layers for OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates need to be formed at temperatures lower than 300 degrees C. The OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates were passivated by the Al2O3 film deposited at the temperature of 109 degrees C. Thereafter, the photovoltaic properties of passivated OPV cells were investigated as a function of exposure time under the atmosphere.

  6. Effect of thermo-mechanical processing on the material properties at low temperature of a large size Al-Ni stabilized Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting cable

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    Langeslag, S. A. E.; Curé, B.; Sgobba, S.; Dudarev, A.; ten Kate, H. H. J.; Neuenschwander, J.; Jerjen, I.

    2014-01-01

    For future high-resolution particle experiments, a prototype for a 60 kA at 5 T, 4.2 K class conductor is realized by co-extrusion of a large, 40-strand Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting cable with a precipitation type Al-0.1wt.%Ni stabilizer. Microalloying with nickel contributes to the strength of the stabilizer, and avoids significant degradation in residual resistivity ratio, owing to its low solid solubility in aluminum. Sections of the conductor are work hardened to increase the mechanical properties of the as-extruded temper. Mechanical and resistivity characteristics are assessed as function of the amount of work hardening, at room temperature as well as at 4.2 K. Thermal treatments, like resin curing after coil winding, can cause partial annealing of the cold-worked material and reverse the strengthening effect. However, targeted thermal treatments, applied at relatively low temperature can result in precipitation hardening. The depletion of nickel in the aluminum-rich matrix around the precipitates results in an increased strength and a decreased effect of nickel on the thermal and electrical resistivity of the material. The present work aims at identifying an optimal work hardening sequence, and an optimal thermal treatment, possibly coinciding with a suitable coil resin curing cycle, for the Al-Ni stabilized superconductor.

  7. Long-time relaxation processes in the nonlinear Schroedinger equation

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    Ovchinnikov, Yu. N.; Sigal, I. M.

    2011-03-15

    The nonlinear Schroedinger equation, known in low-temperature physics as the Gross-Pitaevskii equation, has a large family of excitations of different kinds. They include sound excitations, vortices, and solitons. The dynamics of vortices strictly depends on the separation between them. For large separations, some kind of adiabatic approximation can be used. We consider the case where an adiabatic approximation can be used (large separation between vortices) and the opposite case of a decay of the initial state, which is close to the double vortex solution. In the last problem, no adiabatic parameter exists (the interaction is strong). Nevertheless, a small numerical parameter arises in the problem of the decay rate, connected with an existence of a large centrifugal potential, which leads to a small value of the increment. The properties of the nonlinear wave equation are briefly considered in the Appendix A.

  8. Relaxation processes and glass transition in confined 1,4-polybutadiene films: A Molecular Dynamics study

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    Paul, Wolfgang; Solar, Mathieu

    We will present results from Molecular Dynamics simulations of a chemically realistic model of 1,4-polybutadiene (PB) chains confined by graphite walls. Relaxation processes in this system are heterogeneous and anisotropic. We will present evidence for a slow additional relaxation process related to chain desorption from the walls. We also study the structural relaxation resolved with respect to the distance from the graphite walls and show the influence of structural changes on the relaxation behavior. The temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation in layers of different thickness near the walls shows no indication of a shift of Tg as a function of thickness when analyzed with a Vogel-Fulcher fit. We explain this by the importance of intramolecular dihedral barriers for the glass transition in PB which dominate over the density changes next to a wall except for a 1 nm thick layer directly at the wall.

  9. The process of growing Cr2O3 thin films on α-Al2O3 substrates at low temperature by r.f. magnetron sputtering

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    Gao, Yin; Leiste, Harald; Stueber, Michael; Ulrich, Sven

    2017-01-01

    Cr2O3 thin films with a thickness of 180 nm are grown on c-plane α-Al2O3 (0001) single crystal substrates at a substrate temperature of 320 °C by non-reactive radio frequency magnetron sputtering. Phase formation and composition are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy analysis. Additional information such as in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameters, strain relaxation and texture are obtained by reciprocal space mappings (RSMs) and pole figure measurements. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been carried out in order to study the microstructure and further confirm the orientation and epitaxial relationship between films and substrates.

  10. Relativistic Sommerfeld Low Temperature Expansion

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    Lourenço, O.; Dutra, M.; Delfino, A.; Sá Martins, J. S.

    We derive a relativistic Sommerfeld expansion for thermodynamic quantities in many-body fermionic systems. The expansion is used to generate the equation of state of the Walecka model and its isotherms. We find that these results are in good agreement with numerical calculations, even when the expansion is truncated at its lowest order, in the low temperature regime, defined by T/xf ≪ 1. Although the interesting region near the liquid-gas phase transition is excluded by this criterion, the expansion may still find usefulness in the study of very cold nuclear matter systems, such as neutron stars.

  11. LOW TEMPERATURE CATHODE SUPPORTED ELECTROLYTES

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    Harlan U. Anderson; Wayne Huebner; Igor Kosacki

    2000-09-30

    This project has three main goals: Thin Films Studies, Preparation of Graded Porous Substrates and Basic Electrical Characterization and testing of Planar Single Cells. During this time period substantial progress has been made in developing low temperature deposition techniques to produce dense, nanocrystalline yttrium-stabilized zirconia films on both dense oxide and polymer substrates. Microstructural changes in unsupported nanocrystalline yttrium stabilized zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}:16%Y, or YSZ) thin films were examined as a function of temperature and annealing time in order to determine the grain growth exponent and the mechanisms of pinhole formation. Grain growth and pinhole formation were measured using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), normal imaging mode transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction, and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDS). Grain growth was found to vary with a time exponent of about one half before pinhole formation and about one third after. Pinhole formation in 70 nm thick films occurred at temperatures near 600 C, corresponding to a grain size of about 15 nm, or a grain size to film thickness ration of approximately 0.25. The deposition of films on porous substrates is hampered by the penetration of the polymer precursor solution into the substrate whose pores as > 0.2 {micro}m, therefore much attention has to be paid to the development of porous colloidal oxide films onto surfaces. Thus during this line period we have been studying these films. Optical properties have proven to be an excellent way to study the quality of these nanoporous films. The influence of porosity and densification on optical properties of films on sapphire substrates that were prepared from water colloidal suspensions of small ({approx}5nm) particles of ceria was investigated. The colloidal ceria films have initially very porous structure (porosity about 50%) and densification starts at about 600 C accompanied by

  12. Griffith Saponite as an Analog for Clay Minerals at Yellowknife Bay in Gale Crater, Mars: A Marker for Low-temperature Hydrothermal Processes

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    Morris, R.V.; Treiman, A. H.; Agresti, D. G.; Graff, T. G.; Achilles, C. N.; Rampe, E. B.; Bristow, T. F.; Ming, D. W.; Blake, D. F.; Vaniman, D. T.; hide

    2014-01-01

    The CheMin X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity in Gale Crater, Mars, discovered smectite in drill fines of the Sheepbed mudstone at Yellowknife Bay (YNB). The mudstone has a basaltic composition, and the XRD powder diffraction pattern shows smectite 02l diffraction bands peaking at 4.59 A for targets John Klein and Cumberland, consistent with tri-octahedral smectites (saponite). From thermal analysis, the saponite abundance is 20 wt. %. Among terrestrial analogues we have studied, ferrian saponite from Griffith Park (Los Angeles, CA) gives the best match to the position of the 02l diffraction band of YNB saponites. Here we describe iron-rich saponites from a terrestrial perspective, with a focus on Griffith saponite, and discuss their implications for the mineralogy of Sheepbed saponite and its formation pathways. Iron-rich saponite: Iron-rich saponite on the Earth is recognized as a low-temperature (<100 C), authigenic alteration product of basalt [e.g., 4-16]. In the discussion that follows, we reference the position of the 02l band because it is a measure of the unit cell 'b' dimension of the octahedral layer and thus the cations (including Fe redox state) in the octahedral layer. Ordinarily, the 06l band near 1.5 A is used to determine the 'b' dimension of smectite, but this band is not accessible with MSL CheMin instrument. For reference, a ferrosaponite (i.e., Fe2+ saponite) studied by [15] has a 02l spacing of 4.72 A and Fe3+/?Fe = 0.27 [15]. Samples of terrestrial ferrosaponite, however, are reported to oxidize on the timescale of days when removed from their natural environment and not protected from oxidation. The Griffith saponite is Mg-rich ferrian saponite, and sample AMNH 89172 has an 02l spacing of 4.59 A (same as the Sheepbed saponites) and Fe3+/?Fe = 0.64 [3]. This similarity suggests that Sheepbed saponites are ferrian (incompletely oxidized ferrosaponite). More oxidized Griffith saponites (Fe3

  13. A Molecular Dynamics Study of Relaxation Processes at a Detonation Wave Front

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    Kawakatsu, Toshihiro; Ueda, Akira

    1988-09-01

    Energy relaxation processes at a detonation wave front are studied with use of the molecular dynamics method. The model system is a hard disk system which undergoes an exothermic isomerization reaction \\includegraphics{dummy.eps}, where \\varDelta Q is a reaction heat. Computations are performed for several values of the molar fraction of each species. Almost all the chemical energy of A particles is released when the detonation wave front passes. It is found that this relaxation process is composed of two kinds of time regions; one is a rapid decay process caused by non-correlated reactive collisions and the other a slow relaxation by the thermodynamic relaxation and/or the cage effect of particles.

  14. Binary nucleation at low temperatures

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    Zahoransky, R. A.; Peters, F.

    1985-01-01

    The onset of homogeneous condensation of binary vapors in the supersaturated state is studied in ethanol/n-propanol and water/ethanol via their unsteady expansion in a shock tube at temperatures below 273 K. Ethanol/n-propanol forms a nearly ideal solution, whereas water/ethanol is an example of a strongly nonideal mixture. Vapor mixtures of various compositions are diluted in dry air at small mole fractions and expanded in the driver section from room temperature. The onset of homogeneous condensation is detected optically and the corresponding thermodynamic state is evaluated. The experimental results are compared with the binary nucleation theory, and the particular problems of theoretical evaluation at low temperatures are discussed.

  15. Low temperature boron doped diamond

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    Zeng, Hongjun; Arumugam, Prabhu U.; Siddiqui, Shabnam; Carlisle, John A.

    2013-06-01

    Low temperature boron doped diamond (LT-BDD) film deposited under 600 °C (460 °C minimum) has been reported. Study reveals that the deposition temperature and boron dopant cause nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) instead of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD®). Unlike conventional NCD, LT-BDD has faster renucleation rate, which ensures a low surface roughness (approximately 10 nm at 0.6 μm thickness). The overall characteristics of LT-BDD are mixed with the characteristics of conventional NCD and UNCD. Raman spectrum and electrochemical characterization prove that the quality of LT-BDD is similar to those grown under 650-900 °C. LT-BDD enables diamond applications on microelectromechanical systems, bio- and optical technologies.

  16. Elucidation of Dual Magnetic Relaxation Processes in Dinuclear Dysprosium(III) Phthalocyaninato Triple-Decker Single-Molecule Magnets Depending on the Octacoordination Geometry.

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    Katoh, Keiichi; Aizawa, Yu; Morita, Takaumi; Breedlove, Brian K; Yamashita, Masahiro

    2017-08-07

    When applying single-molecule magnets (SMMs) to spintronic devices, control of the quantum tunneling of the magnetization (QTM) as well as a spin-lattice interactions are important. Attempts have been made to use not only coordination geometry but also magnetic interactions between SMMs as an exchange bias. In this manuscript, dinuclear dysprosium(III) (Dy(III) ) SMMs with the same octacoordination geometry undergo dual magnetic relaxation processes at low temperature. In the dinuclear Dy(III) phthalocyaninato (Pc(2-) ) triple-decker type complex [(Pc)Dy(ooPc)Dy(Pc)] (1) (ooPc(2-) =2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octakis(octyloxy)phthalocyaninato) with a square-antiprismatic (SAP) geometry, the ground state is divided by the Zeeman effect, and level intersection occurs when a magnetic field is applied. Due to the ground state properties of 1, since the Zeeman diagram where the levels intersect in an Hdc of 2500 Oe, two kinds of QTM and direct processes occur. However, dinuclear Dy(III) -Pc systems with C4 geometry, which have a twist angle (ϕ) of less than 45° do not undergo dual magnetic relaxation processes. From magnetic field and temperature dependences, the dual magnetic relaxation processes were clarified. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. The Reductive Dehydration of Cellulose by Solid/Gas Reaction with TiCl4 at Low Temperature: A Cheap, Simple, and Green Process for Preparing Anatase Nanoplates and TiO2 /C Composites.

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    Plumejeau, Sandrine; Rivallin, Matthieu; Brosillon, Stephan; Ayral, André; Heux, Laurent; Boury, Bruno

    2016-11-21

    Metal oxides and metal oxide/carbon composites are entering the development of new technologies and should therefore to be prepared by sustainable chemistry processes. Therefore, a new aspect of the reactivity of cellulose is presented through its solid/gas reaction with vapour of titanium(IV) chloride in anhydrous conditions at low temperature (80 °C). This reaction leads to two transformations both for cellulose and titanium(IV) chloride. A reductive dehydration of cellulose is seen at the lowest temperature ever reported and results in the formation of a carbonaceous fibrous solid as the only carbon-containing product. Simultaneously, the in situ generation of water leads to the formation of titanium dioxide with an unexpected nanoplate morphology (ca. 50 nm thickness) and a high photocatalytic activity. We present the evidence showing the evolution of the cellulose and the TiO2 nanostructure formation, along with its photocatalytic activity. This low-temperature process avoids any other reagents and is among the greenest processes for the preparation of anatase and also for TiO2 /carbon composites. The anisotropic morphology of TiO2 questions the role of the cellulose on the growing process of these nanoparticles.

  18. Low temperature plasma sintering of silver nanoparticles

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    Ma, Siyuan; Bromberg, Vadim; Liu, Liang; Egitto, Frank D.; Chiarot, Paul R.; Singler, Timothy J.

    2014-02-01

    The fabrication of flexible electronics using the deposition of solution-processed nanomaterials generally requires low-temperature post-processing to optimize functionality. We studied sintering of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) films on glass substrates by applying argon (Ar) plasma to achieve improved electrical conductivity. This process meets the low temperature processing requirements for standard low-cost polymeric flexible substrates. The relationship between plasma parameters (such as power and sintering time) versus sintering results (such as electrical sheet resistance, sintered structure depth, materials composition variation, and film nanostructure) is reported for 23 and 77 nm diameter AgNPs. In addition, plasma processing typically induces a small surface thermal effect. We monitored the surface temperatures of the AgNP films in-situ during plasma sintering. By sintering control groups at these monitored surface temperatures using a vacuum oven, we confirmed that the resistivity due to plasma sintering is less than that produced by thermal sintering. Our data show that, the measured lowest resistivities for plasma sintered AgNP films are about only 5 and 12 times greater than the bulk Ag resistivity for 23 and 77 nm, respectively.

  19. Investigation of the shear-mechanical and dielectric relaxation processes in two monoalcohols close to the glass transition

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    Jakobsen, Bo; Maggi, Claudio; Christensen, Tage; Dyre, Jeppe C.

    2008-11-01

    Shear-mechanical and dielectric measurements on the two monohydroxy (monoalcohol) molecular glass formers 2-ethyl-1-hexanol and 2-butanol close to the glass-transition temperature are presented. The shear-mechanical data are obtained using the piezoelectric shear-modulus gauge method covering frequencies from 1 mHz to 10 kHz. The shear-mechanical relaxation spectra show two processes, which follow the typical scenario of a structural (alpha) relaxation and an additional (Johari-Goldstein) beta relaxation. The dielectric relaxation spectra are dominated by a Debye-type peak with an additional non-Debye peak visible. This Debye-type relaxation is a common feature peculiar to monoalcohols. The time scale of the non-Debye dielectric relaxation process is shown to correspond to the mechanical structural (alpha) relaxation. Glass-transition temperatures and fragilities are reported based on the mechanical alpha relaxation and the dielectric Debye-type process, showing that the two glass-transition temperatures differ by approximately 10 K and that the fragility based on the Debye-type process is a factor of 2 smaller than the structural fragility. If a mechanical signature of the Debye-type relaxation exists in these liquids, its relaxation strength is at most 1% and 3% of the full relaxation strength of 2-butanol and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol, respectively. These findings support the notion that it is the non-Debye dielectric relaxation process that corresponds to the structural alpha relaxation in the liquid.

  20. Method of Relaxation Moments for Studying Nonlinear Locally Nonequilibrium Processes of Transfer of Polymeric Systems

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    Popov, V. I.

    2015-01-01

    A method for simulating the processes of transfer of thermodynamic systems with polymeric microstructure is considered. The method is based on the classical locally equilibrium medium-state entropy concept expanded by the introduction of a structural tensor parameter whose evolution characterizes the nonlinear anisotropic relaxation properties of a thermodynamic system and the associated transfer phenomena. The dynamic, thermal, and mass transfer characteristics of macrotransfer are determined by corresponding integrals of relaxation moments.

  1. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility Project

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    Chui, T.; Holmes, W.; Lai, A.; Croonquist, A.; Eraker, J.; Abbott, R.; Mills, G.; Mohl, J.; Craig, J.; Balachandra, B.; Gannon, J.

    2000-01-01

    We describe the design and development of the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility, which is intended to provide a unique environment of low temperature and microgravity for the scientists to perform breakthrough investigations on board the International Space Station.

  2. The low temperature microgravity physics facility

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    Pensinger, J. F.; Croonquist, A P.; Liu, F. C.; Larson, M. E.; Chui, T. C.

    2002-01-01

    The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility currently in the design phase is a multiple user and multiple flight facility intended to provide a long duration low temperature environment onboard the International Space Station.

  3. The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility

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    Pensinger, J. F.; Chui, T.; Croonquist, A.; Larson, M.; Liu, F.

    2002-01-01

    The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility currently in the design phase is a multiple user and multiple flight facility intended to provide a long duration low temperature environment onboard the International Space Station.

  4. Direct simulation Monte Carlo modeling of relaxation processes in polyatomic gases

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    Pfeiffer, M. Nizenkov, P. Mirza, A. Fasoulas, S.

    2016-02-15

    Relaxation processes of polyatomic molecules are modeled and implemented in an in-house Direct Simulation Monte Carlo code in order to enable the simulation of atmospheric entry maneuvers at Mars and Saturn’s Titan. The description of rotational and vibrational relaxation processes is derived from basic quantum-mechanics using a rigid rotator and a simple harmonic oscillator, respectively. Strategies regarding the vibrational relaxation process are investigated, where good agreement for the relaxation time according to the Landau-Teller expression is found for both methods, the established prohibiting double relaxation method and the new proposed multi-mode relaxation. Differences and applications areas of these two methods are discussed. Consequently, two numerical methods used for sampling of energy values from multi-dimensional distribution functions are compared. The proposed random-walk Metropolis algorithm enables the efficient treatment of multiple vibrational modes within a time step with reasonable computational effort. The implemented model is verified and validated by means of simple reservoir simulations and the comparison to experimental measurements of a hypersonic, carbon-dioxide flow around a flat-faced cylinder.

  5. Direct simulation Monte Carlo modeling of relaxation processes in polyatomic gases

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    Pfeiffer, M.; Nizenkov, P.; Mirza, A.; Fasoulas, S.

    2016-02-01

    Relaxation processes of polyatomic molecules are modeled and implemented in an in-house Direct Simulation Monte Carlo code in order to enable the simulation of atmospheric entry maneuvers at Mars and Saturn's Titan. The description of rotational and vibrational relaxation processes is derived from basic quantum-mechanics using a rigid rotator and a simple harmonic oscillator, respectively. Strategies regarding the vibrational relaxation process are investigated, where good agreement for the relaxation time according to the Landau-Teller expression is found for both methods, the established prohibiting double relaxation method and the new proposed multi-mode relaxation. Differences and applications areas of these two methods are discussed. Consequently, two numerical methods used for sampling of energy values from multi-dimensional distribution functions are compared. The proposed random-walk Metropolis algorithm enables the efficient treatment of multiple vibrational modes within a time step with reasonable computational effort. The implemented model is verified and validated by means of simple reservoir simulations and the comparison to experimental measurements of a hypersonic, carbon-dioxide flow around a flat-faced cylinder.

  6. Probing of structural relaxation times in the glassy state of sucrose and trehalose based on dynamical properties of two secondary relaxation processes

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    Kaminski, K.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Paluch, M.; Kaminska, E.

    2011-06-15

    Time-dependent isothermal dielectric measurements were carried out deeply in the glassy state on two very important saccharides: sucrose and trehalose. In both compounds two prominent secondary relaxation processes were identified. The faster one is an inherent feature of the whole family of carbohydrates. The slower one can also be detected in oligo- and polysaccharides. It was shown earlier that the {beta} process is the Johari-Goldstein (JG) relaxation coupled to motions of the glycosidic linkage, while the {gamma} relaxation originates from motions of the exocyclic hydroxymethyl unit. Recently, it was shown that the JG relaxation process can be used to determine structural relaxation times in the glassy state [R. Casalini and C. M. Roland, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 035701 (2009)]. In this paper we present the results of an analysis of the data obtained during aging using two independent approaches. The first was proposed by Casalini and Roland, and the second one is based on the variation of the dielectric strength of the secondary relaxation process during aging [J. K. Vij and G. Power, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 357, 783 (2011)]. Surprisingly, we found that the estimated structural relaxation times in the glassy state of both saccharides are almost the same, independent of the type of secondary mode. This finding calls into question the common view that secondary modes of intramolecular origin do not provide information about the dynamics of the glassy state.

  7. Properties of ferrites at low temperatures (invited)

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    Dionne, G.F.

    1997-04-01

    At cryogenic temperatures magnetic properties of ferrites change significantly from their values at room temperature, which has been the main regime for most device applications. Recently, microwave ferrite devices with superconducting microstrip circuits have been demonstrated at a temperature of 77 K with virtually no electrical conduction losses. Conventional ferrimagnetic garnet and spinel compositions, however, are not generally optimized for low temperatures and may require chemical redesign if the full potential of these devices is to be realized. Saturation magnetizations increase according to the Brillouin{endash}Weiss function dependence that is characteristic of all ferromagnetic materials. Increased magnetocrystalline anisotropy and magnetostriction can have large effects on hysteresis loop squareness and coercive fields that are essential for stable phase shift and efficient switching. Rare-earth impurities and other ions with short spin-lattice relaxation times can cause increased microwave losses. In this article, the basic magnetochemistry pertaining to ferrites will be examined for adaptation of ferrite technology to cryogenic environments. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Viscoelastic characterization of compacted pharmaceutical excipient materials by analysis of frequency-dependent mechanical relaxation processes

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    Welch, K.; Mousavi, S.; Lundberg, B.; Strømme, M.

    2005-09-01

    A newly developed method for determining the frequency-dependent complex Young's modulus was employed to analyze the mechanical response of compacted microcrystalline cellulose, sorbitol, ethyl cellulose and starch for frequencies up to 20 kHz. A Debye-like relaxation was observed in all the studied pharmaceutical excipient materials and a comparison with corresponding dielectric spectroscopy data was made. The location in frequency of the relaxation peak was shown to correlate to the measured tensile strength of the tablets, and the relaxation was interpreted as the vibrational response of the interparticle hydrogen and van der Waals bindings in the tablets. Further, the measured relaxation strength, holding information about the energy loss involved in the relaxation processes, showed that the weakest material in terms of tensile strength, starch, is the material among the four tested ones that is able to absorb the most energy within its structure when exposed to external perturbations inducing vibrations in the studied frequency range. The results indicate that mechanical relaxation analysis performed over relatively broad frequency ranges should be useful for predicting material properties of importance for the functionality of a material in applications such as, e.g., drug delivery, drug storage and handling, and also for clarifying the origin of hitherto unexplained molecular processes.

  9. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Vertically Align ZnO Layer on ITO Glass: The Role of Seed Layer and Hydrothermal Process

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    Sholehah, Amalia; Achmad, NurSumiati; Dimyati, Arbi; Dwiyanti, Yanyan; Partuti, Tri

    2017-05-01

    ZnO thin layer has a broad potential application in optoelectronic devices. In the present study, vertically align ZnO layers on ITO glass were synthesized using wet chemical method. The seed layers were prepared using electrodeposition method at 3°C. After that, the growing process was carried out using chemical bath deposition (CBD) at 90°C. To improve the structural property of the ZnO layers, hydrothermal technique was used subsequently. Results showed that seeding layer has a great influence on the physical properties of the ZnO layers. Moreover, hydrothermal process conducted after the ZnO growth can enhance the morphological property of the layers. From the experiments, it is found that the ZnO layers has diameter of ∼60 nm with increasing thickness from ∼0.8 to 1.2 μm and band-gap energies of ∼3.2 eV.

  10. CO2 Capture and Regeneration at Low Temperatures: Novel Non-Aqueous CO2 Solvents and Capture Process with Substantially Reduced Energy Penalties

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    2010-07-01

    IMPACCT Project: RTI is developing a solvent and process that could significantly reduce the temperature associated with regenerating solvent and CO2 captured from the exhaust gas of coal-fired power plants. Traditional CO2 removal processes using water-based solvents require significant amount of steam from power plants in order to regenerate the solvent so it can be reused after each reaction. RTI’s solvents can be better at absorbing CO2 than many water-based solvents, and are regenerated at lower temperatures using less steam. Thus, industrial heat that is normally too cool to re-use can be deployed for regeneration, rather than using high-value steam. This saves the power plant money, which results in increased cost savings for consumers.

  11. Sintering and characterization of SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} obtained by high-pressure processing at low temperatures

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    Souza, Ricson R.; Kirchner, Rejane K.; Jurado, Jose R.; Pereira, Altair S.; Sousa, Vânia C.

    2016-01-15

    High-pressure processing is a very attractive approach for the production of materials with new and/or improved properties. In this work, pressures in the order of 7.7 GPa and 2.5 GPa were induced in SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} samples at different temperatures placed in a specific reaction cell and generated different effects on phase formation. The microstructural evolution during high-pressure processing was investigated by scanning electron microscopy in association with energy dispersion spectroscopy and with the support of an X-ray diffraction analyzer. Frequency response analysis was used to obtain the dielectric curves by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} single-phase sample, treated at 2.5 GPa and 900 °C, was used to evaluate the electrical properties, obtaining a dielectric response similar to SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} samples sintered by conventional processes at temperatures above 1000 °C. In addition, by this method, it was possible to obtain ceramics with uniform microstructure and a relative density of 93%. - Highlights: • The first production of SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} using the technique of high-pressure processing. • The ability to produce single-phase SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} treated at 2.5 GPa and 900 °C. • The electrical properties are compatible with SBT sintered at high temperatures.

  12. Dielectric relaxation process of a partially unwound helical structure in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Choudhary, Amit; Bawa, Ambika; Rajesh; Singh, Surinder P; Biradar, Ashok M

    2017-06-01

    The fluctuations of unwound helical structure have been observed in deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) and conventional FLC sample cells. The helix is partially unwound by strong anchoring on the substrates. In such sample cells, the helical decarlization lines are not observed in the texture under crossed polarized microscope. The dielectric spectroscopy is employed to observe the behavior of dielectric relaxation processes in these sample cells. A dielectric relaxation process is observed at a lower frequency than the Goldstone mode processes in DHFLC and FLC, which we call partially unwound helical mode (p-UHM). However, the p-UHM process is not observed in the sample cell in which the helical lines appear. The application of various amplitudes of probing ac voltages on this mode has shown the higher frequency shift, i.e., the larger the amplitude of ac voltage, the higher is the relaxation frequency of p-UHM. At sufficient amplitude of applied probing ac voltage, the p-UHM merges with the Goldstone mode process and is difficult to detect. However, the Goldstone mode relaxation frequency is almost independent of the cell geometry and sample configuration. The electro-optical behavior of the p-UHM has also been confirmed by electro-optical technique. The dielectric relaxation of UHM at a frequency lower than the Goldstone mode is interpreted as the fluctuation of partially unwound helix.

  13. Dielectric relaxation process of a partially unwound helical structure in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Choudhary, Amit; Bawa, Ambika; Rajesh, Singh, Surinder P.; Biradar, Ashok M.

    2017-06-01

    The fluctuations of unwound helical structure have been observed in deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) and conventional FLC sample cells. The helix is partially unwound by strong anchoring on the substrates. In such sample cells, the helical decarlization lines are not observed in the texture under crossed polarized microscope. The dielectric spectroscopy is employed to observe the behavior of dielectric relaxation processes in these sample cells. A dielectric relaxation process is observed at a lower frequency than the Goldstone mode processes in DHFLC and FLC, which we call partially unwound helical mode (p-UHM). However, the p-UHM process is not observed in the sample cell in which the helical lines appear. The application of various amplitudes of probing ac voltages on this mode has shown the higher frequency shift, i.e., the larger the amplitude of ac voltage, the higher is the relaxation frequency of p-UHM. At sufficient amplitude of applied probing ac voltage, the p-UHM merges with the Goldstone mode process and is difficult to detect. However, the Goldstone mode relaxation frequency is almost independent of the cell geometry and sample configuration. The electro-optical behavior of the p-UHM has also been confirmed by electro-optical technique. The dielectric relaxation of UHM at a frequency lower than the Goldstone mode is interpreted as the fluctuation of partially unwound helix.

  14. The logarithmic relaxation process and the critical temperature of liquids in nano-confined states

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    Chen, Changjiu; Wong, Kaikin; Mole, Richard A.; Yu, Dehong; Chathoth, Suresh M.

    2016-01-01

    The logarithmic relaxation process is the slowest of all relaxation processes and is exhibited by only a few molecular liquids and proteins. Bulk salol, which is a glass-forming liquid, is known to exhibit logarithmic decay of intermediate scattering function for the β-relaxation process. In this article, we report the influence of nanoscale confinements on the logarithmic relaxation process and changes in the microscopic glass-transition temperature of salol in the carbon and silica nanopores. The generalized vibrational density-of-states of the confined salol indicates that the interaction of salol with ordered nanoporous carbon is hydrophilic in nature whereas the interaction with silica surfaces is more hydrophobic. The mode-coupling theory critical temperature derived from the QENS data shows that the dynamic transition occurs at much lower temperature in the carbon pores than in silica pores. The results of this study indicate that, under nano-confinements, liquids that display logarithmic β-relaxation phenomenon undergo a unique glass transition process. PMID:27671486

  15. The logarithmic relaxation process and the critical temperature of liquids in nano-confined states

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    Chen, Changjiu; Wong, Kaikin; Mole, Richard A.; Yu, Dehong; Chathoth, Suresh M.

    2016-09-01

    The logarithmic relaxation process is the slowest of all relaxation processes and is exhibited by only a few molecular liquids and proteins. Bulk salol, which is a glass-forming liquid, is known to exhibit logarithmic decay of intermediate scattering function for the β-relaxation process. In this article, we report the influence of nanoscale confinements on the logarithmic relaxation process and changes in the microscopic glass-transition temperature of salol in the carbon and silica nanopores. The generalized vibrational density-of-states of the confined salol indicates that the interaction of salol with ordered nanoporous carbon is hydrophilic in nature whereas the interaction with silica surfaces is more hydrophobic. The mode-coupling theory critical temperature derived from the QENS data shows that the dynamic transition occurs at much lower temperature in the carbon pores than in silica pores. The results of this study indicate that, under nano-confinements, liquids that display logarithmic β-relaxation phenomenon undergo a unique glass transition process.

  16. Influence of process time on microstructure and properties of 17-4PH steel plasma nitrocarburized with rare earths addition at low temperature

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    Yan, M. F.; Liu, R. L.

    2010-08-01

    17-4PH stainless steel was plasma nitrocarburized at 430 °C for different time with rare earths (RE) addition. Plasma RE nitrocarburized layers were studied by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analyzer, X-ray diffraction, microhardness tests, pin-on-disc tribometer and anodic polarization tests. The results show that rare earths atoms can diffuse into the surface of 17-4PH steel. The modified layer depths increase with increasing process time and the layer growth conforms approximately to the parabolic law. The phases in the modified layer are mainly of γ'-Fe 4N, nitrogen and carbon expanded martensite (α' N) as well as some incipient CrN at short time (2 h). With increasing of process time, the phases of CrN and γ'-Fe 4N increase but α' N decomposes gradually. Interestingly, the peaks of γ'-Fe 4N display a high (2 0 0) plane preferred orientation. The hardness of the modified specimen is more than 1340 HV, which is about 3.7 times higher than that of untreated one. The friction coefficients and wear rates of specimens can be dramatically decreased by plasma RE nitrocarburizing. The surface hardness and the friction coefficients decrease gradually with increasing process time. The corrosion test shows that the 8 h treated specimen has the best corrosion resistance with the characterization of lower corrosion current density, a higher corrosion potential and a large passive region as compared with those of untreated one.

  17. Low-temperature processed Schottky-gated field-effect transistors based on amorphous gallium-indium-zinc-oxide thin films

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    Lorenz, M.; Lajn, A.; Frenzel, H.; v. Wenckstern, H.; Grundmann, M.; Barquinha, P.; Martins, R.; Fortunato, E.

    2010-12-01

    We have investigated the electrical properties of metal-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MESFET) based on amorphous oxide semiconductor channels. All functional parts of the devices were sputter-deposited at room temperature. The influence on the electrical properties of a 150 °C annealing step of the gallium-indium-zinc-oxide channel is investigated. The MESFET technology offers a simple route for processing of the transistors with excellent electrical properties such as low subthreshold swing of 112 mV/decade, gate sweep voltages of 2.5 V, and channel mobilities up to 15 cm2/V s.

  18. Low Temperature Reflectance Spectra of Titan Tholins

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    Roush, T. L.; Dalton, J. B.; Fonda, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Compositional interpretation of remotely obtained reflectance spectra of outer solar system surfaces is achieved by a variety of methods. These include matching spectral curves, matching spectral features, quantitative spectral interpretation, and theoretical modeling of spectra. All of these approaches rely upon laboratory measurements of one kind or another. The bulk of these laboratory measurements are obtained with the sample of interest at ambient temperatures and pressures. However, surface temperatures of planets, satellites, and asteroids in the outer solar system are significantly cooler than ambient laboratory conditions on Earth. The infrared spectra of many materials change as a function of temperature. As has been recently demonstrated it is important to assess what effects colder temperatures have on spectral properties and hence, compositional interpretations. Titan tholin is a solid residue created by energetic processing of H-, C-, and N-bearing gases. Such residues can also be created by energetic processing if the gases are condensed into ices. Titan tholin has been suggested as a coloring agent for several surfaces in the outer solar system. Here we report laboratory measurements of Titan tholin at a temperature of 100 K and compare these to measurements of the same sample near room temperature. At low temperature the absorption features beyond 1 micrometer narrow slightly. At wavelengths greater than approx. 0.8 micrometer the overall reflectance of the sample decreases slightly making the sample less red at low temperatures. We will discuss the implications of the laboratory measurements for interpretation of cold outer solar system surfaces.

  19. Low Temperature Decomposition Rates for Tetraphenylborate Ion

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    Walker, D.D.

    1998-11-18

    Previous studies indicated that palladium is catalyzes rapid decomposition of alkaline tetraphenylborate slurries. Additional evidence suggest that Pd(II) reduces to Pd(0) during catalyst activation. Further use of tetraphenylborate ion in the decontamination of radioactive waste may require removal of the catalyst or cooling to temperatures at which the decomposition reaction proceeds slowly and does not adversely affect processing. Recent tests showed that tetraphenylborate did not react appreciably at 25 degrees Celsius over six months suggesting the potential to avoid the decomposition at low temperatures. The lack of reaction at low temperature could reflect very slow kinetics at the lower temperature, or may indicate a catalyst ''deactivation'' process. Previous tests in the temperature range 35 to 70 degrees Celsius provided a low precision estimate of the activation energy of the reaction with which to predict the rate of reaction at 25 percent Celsius. To understand the observations at 25 degrees Celsius, experiments must separate the catalyst activation step and the subsequent reaction with TPB. Tests described in this report represent an initial attempt to separate the two steps and determine the rate and activation energy of the reaction between active catalyst and TPB. The results of these tests indicate that the absence of reaction at 25 degrees Celsius was caused by failure to activate the catalyst or the presence of a deactivating mechanism. In the presence of activated catalyst, the decomposition reaction rate is significant.

  20. Low-temperature Condensation of Carbon

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    Krasnokutski, S. A.; Goulart, M.; Gordon, E. B.; Ritsch, A.; Jäger, C.; Rastogi, M.; Salvenmoser, W.; Henning, Th.; Scheier, P.

    2017-10-01

    Two different types of experiments were performed. In the first experiment, we studied the low-temperature condensation of vaporized graphite inside bulk liquid helium, while in the second experiment, we studied the condensation of single carbon atoms together with H2, H2O, and CO molecules inside helium nanodroplets. The condensation of vaporized graphite leads to the formation of partially graphitized carbon, which indicates high temperatures, supposedly higher than 1000°C, during condensation. Possible underlying processes responsible for the instant rise in temperature during condensation are discussed. This suggests that such processes cause the presence of partially graphitized carbon dust formed by low-temperature condensation in the diffuse interstellar medium. Alternatively, in the denser regions of the ISM, the condensation of carbon atoms together with the most abundant interstellar molecules (H2, H2O, and CO), leads to the formation of complex organic molecules (COMs) and finally organic polymers. Water molecules were found not to be involved directly in the reaction network leading to the formation of COMs. It was proposed that COMs are formed via the addition of carbon atoms to H2 and CO molecules ({{C}}+{{{H}}}2\\to {HCH},{HCH}+{CO}\\to {{OCCH}}2). Due to the involvement of molecular hydrogen, the formation of COMs by carbon addition reactions should be more efficient at high extinctions compared with the previously proposed reaction scheme with atomic hydrogen.

  1. LOW TEMPERATURE CATHODE SUPPORTED ELECTROLYTES

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    Harlan U. Anderson

    2000-03-31

    This project has three main goals: Thin Films Studies, Preparation of Graded Porous Substrates and Basic Electrical Characterization and Testing of Planar Single Cells. During this time period substantial progress has been made in developing low temperature deposition techniques to produce dense, nanocrystalline yttrium-stabilized zirconia films on both dense oxide and polymer substrates. Progress has been made in the preparation and characterization of thin electrolytes and porous LSM substrates. Both of these tasks are essentially on or ahead of schedule. In our proposal, we suggested that the ZrO{sub 2}/Sc system needed to be considered as a candidate as a thin electrolyte. This was because microcrystalline ZrO{sub 2}/Sc has a significantly higher ionic conductivity than YSZ, particularly at the lower temperatures. As a result, some 0.5 micron thick film of ZrO{sub 2}/16% Sc on an alumina substrate (grain size 20nm) was prepared and the electrical conductivity measured as a function of temperature and oxygen activity. The Sc doped ZrO{sub 2} certainly has a higher conductivity that either 20nm or 2400nm YSZ, however, electronic conductivity dominates the conductivity for oxygen activities below 10{sup -15}. Whereas for YSZ, electronic conductivity is not a problem until the oxygen activity decreases below 10{sup -25}. These initial results show that the ionic conductivity of 20nm YSZ and 20nm ZrO{sub 2}/16% Sc are essentially the same and the enhanced conductivity which is observed for Sc doping in microcrystalline specimens is not observed for the same composition when it is nanocrystalline. In addition they show that the electronic conductivity of Sc doped ZrO{sub 2} is at least two orders of magnitude higher than that observed for YSZ. The conclusion one reaches is that for 0.5 to 1 micron thick nanocrystalline films, Sc doping of ZrO{sub 2} has no benefits compared to YSZ. As a result, electrolyte films of ZrO{sub 2}/Sc should not be considered as candidates

  2. Li-Assisted Low-Temperature Phase Transitions in Solution-Processed Indium Oxide Films for High-Performance Thin Film Transistor

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    Nguyen, Manh-Cuong; Jang, Mi; Lee, Dong-Hwi; Bang, Hyun-Jun; Lee, Minjung; Jeong, Jae Kyeong; Yang, Hoichang; Choi, Rino

    2016-01-01

    Lithium (Li)-assisted indium oxide (In2O3) thin films with ordered structures were prepared on solution-processed zirconium oxide (ZrO2) gate dielectrics by spin-casting and thermally annealing hydrated indium nitrate solutions with different Li nitrate loadings. It was found that the Li-assisted In precursor films on ZrO2 dielectrics could form crystalline structures even at processing temperatures (T) below 200 °C. Different In oxidation states were observed in the Li-doped films, and the development of such states was significantly affected by both temperature and the mol% of Li cations, [Li+]/([In3+] + [Li+]), in the precursor solutions. Upon annealing the Li-assisted precursor films below 200 °C, metastable indium hydroxide and/or indium oxyhydroxide phases were formed. These phases were subsequently transformed into crystalline In2O3 nanostructures after thermal dehydration and oxidation. Finally, an In2O3 film doped with 13.5 mol% Li+ and annealed at 250 °C for 1 h exhibited the highest electron mobility of 60 cm2 V−1 s−1 and an on/off current ratio above 108 when utilized in a thin film transistor. PMID:27121951

  3. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions.

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    Chen, Chong; Li, Chunxi; Li, Fumin; Wu, Fan; Tan, Furui; Zhai, Yong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-based solar cells. The influence of the thickness of the as-prepared CuInS2 film on the performance of the ITO/CuInS2(n)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cells was investigated. The ITO/CuInS2(2)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cell showed the best performance and achieved power conversion efficiency up to 5.30%.

  4. New insight into the promoting role of process on the CeO₂-WO₃/TiO₂ catalyst for NO reduction with NH₃ at low-temperature.

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    Zhang, Shule; Zhong, Qin; Shen, Yuge; Zhu, Li; Ding, Jie

    2015-06-15

    This study aimed at investigating the reason of high catalytic activity for CeO2-WO3/TiO2 catalyst from the aspects of WO3 interaction with other species and the NO oxidation process. Analysis by X-ray diffractometry, photoluminescence spectra, diffuse reflectance UV-visible, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, density functional theory calculations, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, temperature-programmed-desorption of NO and in situ diffuse reflectance infrared transform spectroscopy showed that WO3 could interact with CeO2 to improve the electron gaining capability of CeO2 species. In addition, WO3 species acted as electron donating groups to transfer the electrons to CeO2 species. The two aspects enhanced the formation of reduced CeO2 species to improve the formation of superoxide ions. Furthermore, the Ce species were the active sites for the NO adsorption and the superoxide ions over the catalyst needed oxidizing the adsorbed NO to improve the NO oxidation. This process was responsible for the high catalytic activity of CeO2-WO3/TiO2 catalyst. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Low-Temperature Crystallization of PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3 Film Induced by High-Oxygen-Pressure Processing

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    Zhang, Xiaodong; Meng, Xiangjian; Sun, Jinglan; Lin, Tie; Ma, Jianhua; Chu, Junhao; Dho, Joonghoe

    2008-09-01

    A 300-nm-thick PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3 [PZT(30/70)] film was sputtered onto LaNiO3 (LNO)/Si(100) substrates at a substrate temperature of 200 °C and then annealed under an oxygen pressure of 4 MPa at 400 °C. The amorphous phase of the as-sputtered PZT(30/70) film was transformed to a highly (h00)-oriented perovskite phase by high-oxygen-pressure-processing (HOPP). The results of electrical measurements such as of polarization (P) as functions of applied electric field (E) (P-E hysteresis loops), the capacitance as functions of the applied dc electric field (C-E loops), and the dielectric constant (ɛr) and dissipation factor (tan δ) suggested that ferroelectric properties of PZT(30/70) films were largely improved by HOPP. We consider that HOPP is compatible with currently existing silicon-based technology, which is characterized by incorporating sputtering and a processing temperature limit of ˜450 °C. The P-E hyteresis loops obtained from a prototype of 128 ×128 uncooled infrared detector arrays prepared by HOPP supported the good ferroelectricity with a high pyroelectric coefficient.

  6. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions

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    2014-01-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-based solar cells. The influence of the thickness of the as-prepared CuInS2 film on the performance of the ITO/CuInS2(n)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cells was investigated. The ITO/CuInS2(2)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cell showed the best performance and achieved power conversion efficiency up to 5.30%. PMID:25278818

  7. Fast and low-temperature sintering of silver complex using oximes as a potential reducing agent for solution-processible, highly conductive electrodes

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    Yoo, Ji Hoon; Han, Dae Sang; Park, Su Bin; Chae, Jangwoo; Kim, Ji Man; Kwak, Jeonghun

    2014-11-01

    Highly conductive, solution-processed silver thin-films were obtained at a low sintering temperature of 100 °C in a short sintering time of 10 min by introducing oximes as a potential reductant for silver complex. The thermal properties and reducibility of three kinds of oximes, acetone oxime, 2-butanone oxime, and one dimethylglyoxime, were investigated as a reducing agent, and we found that the thermal decomposition product of oximes (ketones) accelerated the conversion of silver complex into highly conductive silver at low sintering temperature in a short time. Using the acetone oxime, the silver thin-film exhibited the lowest surface resistance (0.91 Ω sq-1) compared to those sing other oximes. The silver thin-film also showed a high reflectance of 97.8%, which is comparable to evaporated silver films. We also demonstrated inkjet printed silver patterns with the oxime-added silver complex inks.

  8. β-NaVOPO4 obtained by a low-temperature synthesis process: A new 3.3 V cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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    He, Guang; Huq, Ashfia; Manthiram, Arumugam; ...

    2016-02-02

    Vanadyl phosphates (VOPO4) represent a class of attractive cathodes in lithium-ion batteries. However, the exploration of this type of materials in sodium-ion batteries is rare. Here, we report for the first time the synthesis of orthorhombic β-NaVOPO4 by first chemically extracting lithium from beta-LiVOPO4 and then inserting sodium into the obtained β-VOPO4 by a microwave-assisted solvothermal process with NaI, which serves both as a reducing agent and sodium source. Intermediate NaxVOPO4 compositions with x = 0.3, 0.5, and 0.8 have also been obtained by controlling the amount of NaI in the reaction mixture. Joint Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray diffractionmore » (XRD) and neutron diffraction confirms that the fully sodiated β-NaVOPO4 is isostructural with the lithium counterpart β-LiVOPO4. Bond valence sum maps suggest that sodium ions possibly diffuse along the [010] direction in the lattice, similar to the ionic conduction pathway in β-LiVOPO4. Although the initial discharge capacity is low due to the protons in the structure, it steadily increases with cycling with a long plateau at 3.3 V. As a result, ex situ XRD data of cycled β-VOPO4 and β-NaVOPO4 electrodes confirm the reversible reaction in sodium cells involving the V4+/V5+ redox couple.« less

  9. Low temperature synthesis of CaO-SiO2 glasses having stable liquid-liquid immiscibility by the sol-gel process

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    Bansal, N. P.

    1992-01-01

    Calcium silicate glass compositions lying within the liquid-liquid immiscibility dome of the phase diagram, which could not have been prepared by the conventional melting method, were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Hydrolysis and polycondensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) solutions containing up to 20 mol percent calcium nitrate resulted in the formation of clear and transparent gels. The gel formation time decreased with increase in water: TEOS mole ratio, calcium content, and the reaction temperature. Smaller values of gel times in the presence of calcium nitrate are probably caused by lowering of the ionic charge on the sol particles by the salt present. The gelation activation energy, E(sub gel), was evaluated from temperature dependence of the gel time. Presence of Ca(2+) ions or the water:TEOS mole ratio did not have an appreciable effect on the value of E(sub gel). Presence of glycerol in the solution helped in the formation of crack-free monolithic gel specimens. Chemical and structural changes occurring in the gels, as a function of the heat treatments, have been monitored using DTA, TGA, IR-spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, surface area and pore size distribution measurements.

  10. Low temperature synthesis of CaO-SiO2 glasses having stable liquid-liquid immiscibility by sol-gel process

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Calcium silicate glass compositions lying within the liquid-liquid immiscibility dome of the phase diagram, which could not have been prepared by the conventional melting method, were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Hydrolysis and polycondensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) solutions containing up to 20 mol percent calcium nitrate resulted in the formation of clear and transparent gels. The gel formation time decreased with increase in water:TEOS mole ratio, calcium content, and the reaction temperature. Smaller values of gel times in the presence of calcium nitrate are probably caused by lowering of the ionic charge on the sol particles by the salt present. The gelation activation energy, E(sub gel), was evaluated from temperature dependence of the gel time. Presence of Ca(2+) ions or the water:TEOS mole ratio did not have an appreciable effect on the value of E(sub gel). Presence of glycerol in the solution helped in the formation of crack-free monolithic gel specimens. Chemical and structural changes occurring in the gels, as a function of the heat treatments, have been monitored using DTA, TGA, IR-spectroscopy, x ray diffraction, surface area and pore size distribution measurements.

  11. Low temperature synthesis of CaO-SiO2 glasses having stable liquid-liquid immiscibility by the sol-gel process

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    Bansal, N. P.

    1992-01-01

    Calcium silicate glass compositions lying within the liquid-liquid immiscibility dome of the phase diagram, which could not have been prepared by the conventional melting method, were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Hydrolysis and polycondensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) solutions containing up to 20 mol percent calcium nitrate resulted in the formation of clear and transparent gels. The gel formation time decreased with increase in water: TEOS mole ratio, calcium content, and the reaction temperature. Smaller values of gel times in the presence of calcium nitrate are probably caused by lowering of the ionic charge on the sol particles by the salt present. The gelation activation energy, E(sub gel), was evaluated from temperature dependence of the gel time. Presence of Ca(2+) ions or the water:TEOS mole ratio did not have an appreciable effect on the value of E(sub gel). Presence of glycerol in the solution helped in the formation of crack-free monolithic gel specimens. Chemical and structural changes occurring in the gels, as a function of the heat treatments, have been monitored using DTA, TGA, IR-spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, surface area and pore size distribution measurements.

  12. Manifestation of reversal conductivity on high pressurizing of solution-processed ZnSnO thin-film transistors at low temperature

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    Rim, Y. S.; Ahn, B.-D.; Park, J.-S.; Kim, H. J.

    2014-01-01

    We have investigated the reversal of conductivity of solution-processed ZnSnO (ZTO) films and thin-film transistors (TFTs) under high-pressure annealing (HPA) in terms of the field-effect mobility. When the ZTO TFTs had Zn : Sn ratios of 1 : 1 and 2 : 1 under HPA, the value of the field-effect mobility showed a reversal phenomenon compared to TFTs without HPA. This result was attributed to the increase in conductivity due to the Fermi level being shifted up near the conduction band minimum by Sn activation under HPA. Furthermore, strong hybridization of the Sn 5s and the oxygen 2p orbitals was induced by HPA. As a result, HPA could contribute to the orbital splitting related to electron transport in the conduction band. In addition, the reliability of the HPA-ZTO TFT was more stable than without HPA because of the reduction in interface charge traps.

  13. Fabrication of highly oriented lead-free (Na, K)NbO 3 thin films at low temperature by Sol-Gel process

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    Tanaka, Kiyotaka; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi; Ohsato, Hitoshi

    2006-09-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric (Na 0.5K 0.5)NbO 3 (NKN) thin films were fabricated on SiO 2/Si substrates by sol-gel process. The NKN precursor solution was prepared from Na-ethoxide, K-ethoxide, Nb-pentaethoxide, and 2-methoxyethanol. From thermogravimetry differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) curve of the precursor dried-gel, weight loss and exothermic peaks appeared at about 300-500 °C at heating period. By using optimum fabrication conditions established from the TG-DTA, highly oriented single- phase NKN thin films were obtained at 500 °C by spin-coating technique. Average grain size and root mean square roughness obtained from atomic force microscope (AFM) image of the NKN thin film sintered at 500 °C were estimated to be about 250 and 8.35 nm, respectively. From TG curve, crystallinity and surface morphology, it is found that volatilization of alkaline elements seems to have been suppressible at temperature lower than 600 °C.

  14. Relaxation Process of Interacting Two-mode System Influenced by Markovian Thermal Reservoirs

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    Ban, Masashi

    2017-02-01

    Two different models of a relaxation process are considered for a linearly interacting two-mode system under the influence of independent Markovian thermal reservoirs. One is to describe the relaxation process of bare particles and the other is to describe the one of quasi particles which are derived from bare particles by the Bogoliubov transformation. The difference is that the former does not includes the effect of the inter-mode interaction on the damping operator while the latter does. The equations of motion are solved algebraically by making use of non-equilibrium thermo field dynamics. The relaxation processes in the two models are investigated in detail. The results are applied for investigating a non-ideal beam splitter with photon loss and noise addition.

  15. Relaxation Process of Interacting Two-mode System Influenced by Markovian Thermal Reservoirs

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    Ban, Masashi

    2016-11-01

    Two different models of a relaxation process are considered for a linearly interacting two-mode system under the influence of independent Markovian thermal reservoirs. One is to describe the relaxation process of bare particles and the other is to describe the one of quasi particles which are derived from bare particles by the Bogoliubov transformation. The difference is that the former does not includes the effect of the inter-mode interaction on the damping operator while the latter does. The equations of motion are solved algebraically by making use of non-equilibrium thermo field dynamics. The relaxation processes in the two models are investigated in detail. The results are applied for investigating a non-ideal beam splitter with photon loss and noise addition.

  16. β-NaVOPO4 obtained by a low-temperature synthesis process: A new 3.3 V cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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    He, Guang; Huq, Ashfia; Manthiram, Arumugam; Kan, Wang Hay

    2016-02-02

    Vanadyl phosphates (VOPO4) represent a class of attractive cathodes in lithium-ion batteries. However, the exploration of this type of materials in sodium-ion batteries is rare. Here, we report for the first time the synthesis of orthorhombic β-NaVOPO4 by first chemically extracting lithium from beta-LiVOPO4 and then inserting sodium into the obtained β-VOPO4 by a microwave-assisted solvothermal process with NaI, which serves both as a reducing agent and sodium source. Intermediate NaxVOPO4 compositions with x = 0.3, 0.5, and 0.8 have also been obtained by controlling the amount of NaI in the reaction mixture. Joint Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron diffraction confirms that the fully sodiated β-NaVOPO4 is isostructural with the lithium counterpart β-LiVOPO4. Bond valence sum maps suggest that sodium ions possibly diffuse along the [010] direction in the lattice, similar to the ionic conduction pathway in β-LiVOPO4. Although the initial discharge capacity is low due to the protons in the structure, it steadily increases with cycling with a long plateau at 3.3 V. As a result, ex situ XRD data of cycled β-VOPO4 and β-NaVOPO4 electrodes confirm the reversible reaction in sodium cells involving the V4+/V5+ redox couple.

  17. Analysis of Schottky Contact Formation in Coplanar Au/ZnO/Al Nanogap Radio Frequency Diodes Processed from Solution at Low Temperature.

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    Semple, James; Rossbauer, Stephan; Anthopoulos, Thomas D

    2016-09-07

    Much work has been carried out in recent years in fabricating and studying the Schottky contact formed between various metals and the n-type wide bandgap semiconductor zinc oxide (ZnO). In spite of significant progress, reliable formation of such technologically interesting contacts remains a challenge. Here, we report on solution-processed ZnO Schottky diodes based on a coplanar Al/ZnO/Au nanogap architecture and study the nature of the rectifying contact formed at the ZnO/Au interface. Resultant diodes exhibit excellent operating characteristics, including low-operating voltages (±2.5 V) and exceptionally high current rectification ratios of >10(6) that can be independently tuned via scaling of the nanogap's width. The barrier height for electron injection responsible for the rectifying behavior is studied using current-voltage-temperature and capacitance-voltage measurements (C-V) yielding values in the range of 0.54-0.89 eV. C-V measurements also show that electron traps present at the Au/ZnO interface appear to become less significant at higher frequencies, hence making the diodes particularly attractive for high-frequency applications. Finally, an alternative method for calculating the Richardson constant is presented yielding a value of 38.9 A cm(-2) K(-2), which is close to the theoretically predicted value of 32 A cm(-2) K(-2). The implications of the obtained results for the use of these coplanar Schottky diodes in radio frequency applications is discussed.

  18. Real-time observation of cascaded electronic relaxation processes in p-Fluorotoluene

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    Hao, Qiaoli; Deng, Xulan; Long, Jinyou; Wang, Yanmei; Abulimiti, Bumaliya; Zhang, Bing

    2017-08-01

    Ultrafast electronic relaxation processes following two photoexcitation of 400 nm in p-Fluorotoluene (pFT) have been investigated utilizing time-resolved photoelectron imaging coupled with time-resolved mass spectroscopy. Cascaded electronic relaxation processes started from the electronically excited S2 state are directly imaged in real time and well characterized by two distinct time constants of 85 ± 10 fs and 2.4 ± 0.3 ps. The rapid component corresponds to the lifetime of the initially excited S2 state, including the structure relaxation from the Franck-Condon region to the conical intersection of S2/S1 and the subsequent internal conversion to the highly excited S1 state. While, the slower relaxation constant is attributed to the further internal conversion to the high levels of S0 from the secondarily populated S1 locating in the channel three region. Moreover, dynamical differences with benzene and toluene of analogous structures, including, specifically, the slightly slower relaxation rate of S2 and the evidently faster decay of S1, are also presented and tentatively interpreted as the substituent effects. In addition, photoelectron kinetic energy and angular distributions reveal the feature of accidental resonances with low-lying Rydberg states (the 3p, 4s and 4p states) during the multi-photon ionization process, providing totally unexpected but very interesting information for pFT.

  19. Efficient prepreg recycling at low temperatures

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    Pannkoke, Kord; Oethe, Marcus; Busse, Jürgen

    When manufacturing fibre reinforced plastics engineers are still confronted with a lack of experience concerning efficient recycling methods for prepreg cutting waste. Normally, the prepregs are cured and subsequently milled to use them as a filler material for polymers. However, this method is expensive and it is difficult to find applications for the milled FRP. An alternative method to recycle CFRP prepregs will be presented in this paper. Cutting the uncured prepreg waste was done by means of a saw mill which was cooled down to low temperatures. Working temperatures of -30°C are sufficient to harden the uncured resin and to achieve cuttable prepregs. Furthermore, post-curing during the cutting process is avoided with this technique. The result is a `cotton'-like matted structure with random fibre orientation and fibre length distribution. Subsequent curing was done by means of a press and an autoclave, respectively. It will be shown by means of tension and bending tests that low-temperature cutting of uncured prepregs is a way to partly conserve the high valuation of FRP during recycling. Furthermore, it offers possibilities for various applications.

  20. Coal desulfurization by low-temperature chlorinolysis

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    Hsu, G. C.; Kalvinskas, J. J.; Ganguli, P. S.; Gavalas, G. R.

    1977-01-01

    Among the three principal methods for precombustion desulfurization of coal, which include physical depyriting, chemical desulfurization, and coal conversion to low-sulfur liquid and gaseous fuels, the potential of chemical methods looks promising in terms of both total sulfur removal and processing cost. The principal chemical methods for coal desulfurization involve treatment with either oxidizing agents or basic media at elevated temperature and pressure. A description is given of some recent experimental results which show the feasibility of removing sulfur, particularly organic sulfur, from high-sulfur coals by a simple method of low-temperature chlorinolysis followed by hydrolysis and dechlorination. The chemical feasibility of sulfur removal by chlorinolysis rather than the detailed engineering process is emphasized.

  1. Energy thresholds of discrete breathers in thermal equilibrium and relaxation processes

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    Ming, Yi; Ling, Dong-Bo; Li, Hui-Min; Ding, Ze-Jun

    2017-06-01

    So far, only the energy thresholds of single discrete breathers in nonlinear Hamiltonian systems have been analytically obtained. In this work, the energy thresholds of discrete breathers in thermal equilibrium and the energy thresholds of long-lived discrete breathers which can remain after a long time relaxation are analytically estimated for nonlinear chains. These energy thresholds are size dependent. The energy thresholds of discrete breathers in thermal equilibrium are the same as the previous analytical results for single discrete breathers. The energy thresholds of long-lived discrete breathers in relaxation processes are different from the previous results for single discrete breathers but agree well with the published numerical results known to us. Because real systems are either in thermal equilibrium or in relaxation processes, the obtained results could be important for experimental detection of discrete breathers.

  2. Rheological Fluids under Perturbation: Reconstruction and Relaxation Processes

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    de La Calleja, Elsa Maria; Carrillo, Jose Luis

    2006-03-01

    We study the evolution of the structure of electro rheological as well as magneto rheological fluids in the presence of perturbation fields. We have previously shown that the fibrous structure acquired by these dispersions in the presence of a static, electric or magnetic, field has multifractal characteristics[1]. If in addition to the static field a perpendicular pulsed field is applied, under certain conditions it is possible to rearrange the structure into an ordered one[2]. Based on the measured mass fractal dimension and the radial distribution of mass, we discuss these processes and other structural characteristics of the system approaching these phenomena as a glass transition. [1] J. L. Carrillo, F. Donado, and M. E. Mendoza: Fractal patterns, cluster dynamics, and elastic properties. Phys. Rev. E 68, 061509 (2003); J. L. Carrillo, M. E. Mendoza, and F. Donado: Fractal patterns and aggregation processes in rheological dispersions. J. Stat. Mech. P06001 (2005). [2] J. L. Carrillo, E. M. De la Calleja, M. E. Mendoza, and F. Donado, Ferroelectrics (in press).

  3. Potato Processing from Low Temperature Storage

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    Everyone who grows or stores potatoes for chips or fries knows how challenging it is to deliver tubers that consistently produce light-colored fried products that meet processor and consumer expectations. Many factors contribute to dark color formation, including heat and water stress during tuber d...

  4. Relaxation processes in a lower disorder order transition diblock copolymer.

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Ezquerra, Tiberio A; Hernández, Rebeca; Sprung, Michael; Nogales, Aurora

    2015-02-14

    The dynamics of lower disorder-order temperature diblock copolymer leading to phase separation has been observed by X ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Two different modes have been characterized. A non-diffusive mode appears at temperatures below the disorder to order transition, which can be associated to compositional fluctuations, that becomes slower as the interaction parameter increases, in a similar way to the one observed for diblock copolymers exhibiting phase separation upon cooling. At temperatures above the disorder to order transition TODT, the dynamics becomes diffusive, indicating that after phase separation in Lower Disorder-Order Transition (LDOT) diblock copolymers, the diffusion of chain segments across the interface is the governing dynamics. As the segregation is stronger, the diffusive process becomes slower. Both observed modes have been predicted by the theory describing upper order-disorder transition systems, assuming incompressibility. However, the present results indicate that the existence of these two modes is more universal as they are present also in compressible diblock copolymers exhibiting a lower disorder-order transition. No such a theory describing the dynamics in LDOT block copolymers is available, and these experimental results may offer some hints to understanding the dynamics in these systems. The dynamics has also been studied in the ordered state, and for the present system, the non-diffusive mode disappears and only a diffusive mode is observed. This mode is related to the transport of segment in the interphase, due to the weak segregation on this system.

  5. Relaxation processes in a lower disorder order transition diblock copolymer

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Nogales, Aurora

    2015-02-14

    The dynamics of lower disorder-order temperature diblock copolymer leading to phase separation has been observed by X ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Two different modes have been characterized. A non-diffusive mode appears at temperatures below the disorder to order transition, which can be associated to compositional fluctuations, that becomes slower as the interaction parameter increases, in a similar way to the one observed for diblock copolymers exhibiting phase separation upon cooling. At temperatures above the disorder to order transition T{sub ODT}, the dynamics becomes diffusive, indicating that after phase separation in Lower Disorder-Order Transition (LDOT) diblock copolymers, the diffusion of chain segments across the interface is the governing dynamics. As the segregation is stronger, the diffusive process becomes slower. Both observed modes have been predicted by the theory describing upper order-disorder transition systems, assuming incompressibility. However, the present results indicate that the existence of these two modes is more universal as they are present also in compressible diblock copolymers exhibiting a lower disorder-order transition. No such a theory describing the dynamics in LDOT block copolymers is available, and these experimental results may offer some hints to understanding the dynamics in these systems. The dynamics has also been studied in the ordered state, and for the present system, the non-diffusive mode disappears and only a diffusive mode is observed. This mode is related to the transport of segment in the interphase, due to the weak segregation on this system.

  6. Final Report: Wetted Cathodes for Low-Temperature Aluminum Smelting

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    Brown, Craig W

    2002-09-30

    A low-temperature aluminum smelting process being developed differs from the Hall-Heroult process in several significant ways. The low-temperature process employs a more acidic electrolyte than cryolite, an alumina slurry, oxygen-generating metal anodes, and vertically suspended electrodes. Wetted and drained vertical cathodes are crucial to the new process. Such cathodes represent a significant portion of the capital costs projected for the new technology. Although studies exist of wetted cathode technology with Hall-Heoult cells, the differences make such a study desirable with the new process.

  7. Low temperature CVD growth of ultrathin carbon films

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    Yang, Chao; Wu, Peng; Gan, Wei; Habib, Muhammad; Xu, Weiyu; Fang, Qi; Song, Li

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate the low temperature, large area growth of ultrathin carbon films by chemical vapor deposition under atmospheric pressure on various substrates. In particularly, uniform and continuous carbon films with the thickness of 2-5 nm were successfully grown at a temperature as low as 500 oC on copper foils, as well as glass substrates coated with a 100 nm thick copper layer. The characterizations revealed that the low-temperature-grown carbon films consist on few short, curved graphene layers and thin amorphous carbon films. Particularly, the low-temperature grown samples exhibited over 90% transmittance at a wavelength range of 400-750 nm and comparable sheet resistance in contrast with the 1000oC-grown one. This low-temperature growth method may offer a facile way to directly prepare visible ultrathin carbon films on various substrate surfaces that are compatible with temperatures (500-600oC) used in several device processing technologies.

  8. Low temperature catalyst system for methanol production

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    Sapienza, R.S.; Slegeir, W.A.; O'Hare, T.E.

    1984-04-20

    This patent discloses a catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (150/sup 0/C) and preferably in the range 80 to 120/sup 0/C used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The catalyst components are used in slurry form and comprise (1) a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH-ROH-M(OAc)/sub 2/ where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1 to 6 carbon atoms and (2) a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. For the first component, Nic is preferred (where M = Ni and R = tertiary amyl). For the second component, Mo(CO)/sub 6/ is preferred. The mixture is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  9. Low temperature catalysts for methanol production

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    Sapienza, R.S.; Slegeir, W.A.; O'Hare, T.E.; Mahajan, D.

    1986-09-30

    A catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (below about 160 C) and preferably in the range 80--120 C used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen are disclosed. The catalyst is used in slurry form and comprises a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH--RONa-M(OAc)[sub 2] where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1--6 carbon atoms. This catalyst is preferably used alone but is also effective in combination with a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. The preferred catalyst precursor is Nic (where M = Ni and R = tertiary amyl). Mo(CO)[sub 6] is the preferred metal carbonyl if such component is used. The catalyst is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  10. Calorimetric Measurements at Low Temperatures in Toluene Glass and Crystal

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    Alvarez-Ney, C.; Labarga, J.; Moratalla, M.; Castilla, J. M.; Ramos, M. A.

    2017-04-01

    The specific heat of toluene in glass and crystal states has been measured both at low temperatures down to 1.8 K (using the thermal relaxation method) and in a wide temperature range up to the liquid state (using a quasiadiabatic continuous method). Our measurements therefore extend earlier published data to much lower temperatures, thereby allowing to explore the low-temperature "glassy anomalies" in the case of toluene. Surprisingly, no indication of the existence of tunneling states is found, at least within the temperature range studied. At moderate temperatures, our data either for the glass or for the crystal show good agreement with those found in the literature. Also, we have been able to prepare bulk samples of toluene glass by only doping with 2% mol ethanol instead of with higher impurity doses used by other authors.

  11. Probing of structural relaxation times in the glassy state of sucrose and trehalose based on dynamical properties of two secondary relaxation processes

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    Kaminski, K.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Kaminska, E.; Paluch, M.

    2011-06-01

    Time-dependent isothermal dielectric measurements were carried out deeply in the glassy state on two very important saccharides: sucrose and trehalose. In both compounds two prominent secondary relaxation processes were identified. The faster one is an inherent feature of the whole family of carbohydrates. The slower one can also be detected in oligo- and polysaccharides. It was shown earlier that the β process is the Johari-Goldstein (JG) relaxation coupled to motions of the glycosidic linkage, while the γ relaxation originates from motions of the exocyclic hydroxymethyl unit. Recently, it was shown that the JG relaxation process can be used to determine structural relaxation times in the glassy state [R. Casalini and C. M. Roland, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.102.035701 102, 035701 (2009)]. In this paper we present the results of an analysis of the data obtained during aging using two independent approaches. The first was proposed by Casalini and Roland, and the second one is based on the variation of the dielectric strength of the secondary relaxation process during aging [J. K. Vij and G. Power, J. Non-Cryst. SolidsJNCSBJ0022-309310.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2010.07.067 357, 783 (2011)]. Surprisingly, we found that the estimated structural relaxation times in the glassy state of both saccharides are almost the same, independent of the type of secondary mode. This finding calls into question the common view that secondary modes of intramolecular origin do not provide information about the dynamics of the glassy state.

  12. Low Temperature Thermometry Using Inexpensive Silicon Diodes.

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    Waltham, N. R.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Describes the use of silicon diodes for low temperature thermometry in the teaching laboratory. A simple and inexpensive circuit for display of the diode forward voltage under constant current conditions is described, and its application in the evaluation of low cost silicon diodes as low temperature thermometers is presented. (SK)

  13. Low Temperature Thermometry Using Inexpensive Silicon Diodes.

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    Waltham, N. R.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Describes the use of silicon diodes for low temperature thermometry in the teaching laboratory. A simple and inexpensive circuit for display of the diode forward voltage under constant current conditions is described, and its application in the evaluation of low cost silicon diodes as low temperature thermometers is presented. (SK)

  14. Solution-processable LaZrOx/SiO2 gate dielectric at low temperature of 180 °C for high-performance metal oxide field-effect transistors.

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    Je, So Yeon; Son, Byeong-Geun; Kim, Hyun-Gwan; Park, Man-Young; Do, Lee-Mi; Choi, Rino; Jeong, Jae Kyeong

    2014-11-12

    Although solution-processable high-k inorganic dielectrics have been implemented as a gate insulator for high-performance, low-cost transition metal oxide field-effect transistors (FETs), the high-temperature annealing (>300 °C) required to achieve acceptable insulating properties still limits the facile realization of flexible electronics. This study reports that the addition of a 2-dimetylamino-1-propanol (DMAPO) catalyst to a perhydropolysilazane (PHPS) solution enables a significant reduction of the curing temperature for the resulting SiO2 dielectrics to as low as 180 °C. The hydrolysis and condensation of the as-spun PHPS film under humidity conditions were enhanced greatly by the presence of DMAPO, even at extremely low curing temperatures, which allowed a smooth surface (roughness of 0.31 nm) and acceptable leakage characteristics (1.8 × 10(-6) A/cm(2) at an electric field of 1MV/cm) of the resulting SiO2 dielectric films. Although the resulting indium zinc oxide (IZO) FETs exhibited an apparent high mobility of 261.6 cm(2)/(V s), they suffered from a low on/off current (ION/OFF) ratio and large hysteresis due to the hygroscopic property of silazane-derived SiO2 film. The ION/OFF value and hysteresis instability of IZO FETs was improved by capping the high-k LaZrOx dielectric on a solution-processed SiO2 film via sol-gel processing at a low temperature of 180 °C while maintaining a high mobility of 24.8 cm(2)/(V s). This superior performance of the IZO FETs with a spin-coated LaZrOx/SiO2 bilayer gate insulator can be attributed to the efficient intercalation of the 5s orbital of In(3+) ion in the IZO channel, the good interface matching of IZO/LaZrOx and the carrier blocking ability of PHPS-derived SiO2 dielectric film. Therefore, the solution-processable LaZrOx/SiO2 stack can be a promising candidate as a gate dielectric for low-temperature, high-performance, and low-cost flexible metal oxide FETs.

  15. Numerical methods for TVD transport and coupled relaxing processes in gases and plasmas

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    Cambier, Jean-Luc

    1990-01-01

    The construction of second-order upwind schemes for nonequilibrium plasmas, for both one- and two-fluid formulations is demonstrated. Coupled relaxation processes, including ionization kinetics and radiative processes and their algorithms for nonequilibrium, multiple temperature conditions are described as well. The paper applies the numerical techniques on some simple test cases, points out critical problems and their solutions, and makes qualitative comparisons with known results, whenever possible.

  16. Self-consistent approach to the description of relaxation processes in classical multiparticle systems

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    Mokshin, A. V.

    2015-04-01

    The concept of time correlation functions is a very convenient theoretical tool in describing relaxation processes in multiparticle systems because, on one hand, correlation functions are directly related to experimentally measured quantities (for example, intensities in spectroscopic studies and kinetic coefficients via the Kubo-Green relation) and, on the other hand, the concept is also applicable beyond the equilibrium case. We show that the formalism of memory functions and the method of recurrence relations allow formulating a self-consistent approach for describing relaxation processes in classical multiparticle systems without needing a priori approximations of time correlation functions by model dependences and with the satisfaction of sum rules and other physical conditions guaranteed. We also demonstrate that the approach can be used to treat the simplest relaxation scenarios and to develop microscopic theories of transport phenomena in liquids, the propagation of density fluctuations in equilibrium simple liquids, and structure relaxation in supercooled liquids. This approach generalizes the mode-coupling approximation in the Götze-Leutheusser realization and the Yulmetyev-Shurygin correlation approximations.

  17. Low temperature thermoluminescence of annealed LiF:Mg, Cu, P

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    Yang, B.; Gao, H.; Townsend, P. D.

    2006-06-01

    Two main thermoluminescence peaks at 123 and 135 K, plus some weaker features near 65, 95, 242 and 265 K, have been observed in LiF:Mg, Cu, P dosimeter samples that had been annealed at 240 °C. The photon wavelengths in the main peaks span the spectral range from 250 to 470 nm and the maximum intensity is near 310 nm. The origin of these main TL peaks at 123 and 135 K are discussed in terms of a range of defect complexes linked to intrinsic defects. In particular the temperatures match the annealing stages for defect perturbed F-H and VK-e type recombination, respectively. The 65 K feature is considered as the result of electron-hole recombination via relaxed exciton decay. These models suggest reasons for the differences between the various emission bands and the longer wavelength emission linked to high temperature electron decay processes. High temperature annealing modifies the component low temperature TL features with annealing up to ∼300 °C resulting in low temperature TL signal loss, but with partial recovery found for all the low temperature TL peaks when the samples were annealed at higher temperatures up to 390 °C. It is suggested that the intensity loss and the recovery are the summation of numerous effects from a wide range of defect complex variations which exist in these heavily doped materials. The low temperature data offer further insights into the changes which occur in the structures related to optimising the high temperature TL dosimetry.

  18. Changes in Osmotic Pressure and Mucilage during Low-Temperature Acclimation of Opuntia ficus-indica.

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    Goldstein, G; Nobel, P S

    1991-11-01

    Opuntia ficus-indica, a Crassulacean acid metabolism plant cultivated for its fruits and cladodes, was used to examine chemical and physiological events accompanying low-temperature acclimation. Changes in osmotic pressure, water content, low molecular weight solutes, and extracellular mucilage were monitored in the photosynthetic chlorenchyma and the water-storage parenchyma when plants maintained at day/night air temperatures of 30/20 degrees C were shifted to 10/0 degrees C. An increase in osmotic pressure of 0.13 megapascal occurred after 13 days at 10/0 degrees C. Synthesis of glucose, fructose, and glycerol accounted for most of the observed increase in osmotic pressure during the low-temperature acclimation. Extracellular mucilage and the relative apoplastic water content increased by 24 and 10%, respectively, during exposure to low temperatures. These increases apparently favor the extracellular nucleation of ice closer to the equilibrium freezing temperature for plants at 10/0 degrees C, which could make the cellular dehydration more gradual and less damaging. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies helped elucidate the cellular processes during ice formation, such as those revealed by changes in the relaxation times of two water fractions in the chlorenchyma. The latter results suggested a restricted mobility of intracellular water and an increased mobility of extracellular water for plants at 10/0 degrees C compared with those at 30/20 degrees C. Increased mobility of extracellular water could facilitate extracellular ice growth and thus delay the potentially lethal intracellular freezing during low-temperature acclimation.

  19. Low Temperature Aluminum Dissolution Of Sludge Waste

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    Keefer, M.T.; Hamm, B.A.; Pike, J.A.

    2008-07-01

    primarily of radioactive wastes containing a very high aluminum concentration. Based on initial laboratory testing and previous sludge characterization, aluminum in this sludge could be dissolved at low temperature (no more than 65 deg. C) in a concentrated caustic solution. The amount of aluminum predicted to dissolve under these conditions ranged from 25% to 80%. An opportunity existed to remove a significant amount of aluminum prior to vitrification in DWPF and increase the level of understanding of the effects of caustic dissolution of aluminum at lower temperatures. This paper presents the results of a real waste laboratory demonstration and full-scale implementation of a low temperature aluminum dissolution process which should be considered as a viable means to reduce radioactive sludge mass and reduce the amount of waste to be vitrified. (authors)

  20. LOW TEMPERATURE CATHODE SUPPORTED ELECTROLYTES

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    Harlan U. Anderson; Wayne Huebner; Igor Kosacki

    2001-09-30

    This project has three main goals: Thin Films Studies, Preparation of Graded Porous Substrates and Basic Electrical Characterization and testing of Planar Single Cells. In this portion of study we have focused on producing YSZ films on porous LSM substrates. When using the polymer precursor there are a number of obstacles to overcome in order to form dense electrolyte layers on porous substrates (cathode or anode). Probably the most difficult problems are: (1) Extreme penetration of the polymer into the substrate must be prevented. (2) Shrinkage cracking must be avoided. (3) Film thickness in the 1 to 5{micro}m range must be achieved. We have demonstrated that cracking due to shrinkage involved during the elimination of solvents and organic matter and densification of the remaining oxide is not a problem as long as the resulting oxide film is < {approx} 0.15 {micro}m in thickness. We have also shown that we can make thicker films by making multiple depositions if the substrate is smooth (roughness {le} 0.1 {micro}m) and contains no surface pores > 0.2 {micro}m. The penetration of the polymer into the porous substrate can be minimized by increasing the viscosity of the polymer and reducing the largest pore at the surface of the substrate to {le} 0.2 {micro}m. We have shown that this can be done, but we have also shown that it is difficult to make dense films that are defect free with areas > 1 cm{sup 2}. This is because of the roughness of the substrate and the difficulty in making a substrate which does not have surface voids > 0.2 {micro}m. Thus the process works well for dense, smooth substrates for films < 1 {micro}m thick, but is difficult to apply to rough, porous surfaces and to make film thickness > 1 {micro}m. As a result of these problems, we have been addressing the issue of how to make dense films in the thickness range of 1 to 5 {micro}m on sintered porous substrates without introducing cracks and holes due to shrinkage and surface voids? These

  1. Decoupling of viscosity and relaxation processes in supercooled water: a molecular dynamics study with the TIP4P/2005f model.

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    Guillaud, Emmanuel; Merabia, Samy; de Ligny, Dominique; Joly, Laurent

    2017-01-18

    During the last few decades, many experimental and numerical studies have tried to understand the special dynamics of water at low temperatures by measuring structural relaxation times or shear viscosity, but their conclusions strongly depended on the chosen observable and on the range of temperatures considered. Moreover, recent work [J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 12A526] showed that viscosity and relaxation times could decouple at low temperature in a model binary mixture, raising questions on their equivalence to study supercooled water. Here we used molecular dynamics simulations with the promising TIP4P/2005f water force field to investigate the behavior of both the shear viscosity and the relaxation times of water in a large range of temperatures, in order to get a consistent picture of the dynamics of supercooled water. We show that the TIP4P/2005f model reproduces accurately the experimental values of both the viscosity and the diffusion coefficient over a very large range of temperatures. Focusing first on the structural relaxation dynamics, we observe a decoupling between the so-called α- and β-relaxation times of water at ca. 350 K, suggesting a supercooled-like dynamics over a very large domain of temperatures. By computing shear viscosity over this domain, we compare the accuracy of several phenomenological laws for low temperature dynamics of water to describe both viscosity and α-relaxation time. Unlike what is usually admitted, our tests suggest those quantities are not coupled at low temperatures, and thus should not be considered equivalent. In particular, deviations from the Stokes-Einstein relation appear at lower temperatures for the viscosity than for the α-relaxation time. These results open new perspectives to understand the dynamics of supercooled water and show the performance of the TIP4P/2005f force field to characterize it.

  2. Study of relaxation and transport processes by means of AFM based dielectric spectroscopy

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    Miccio, Luis A.

    2014-05-15

    Since its birth a few years ago, dielectric spectroscopy studies based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) have gained a growing interest. Not only the frequency and temperature ranges have become broader since then but also the kind of processes that can be studied by means of this approach. In this work we analyze the most adequate experimental setup for the study of several dielectric processes with a spatial resolution of a few nanometers by using force mode AFM based dielectric spectroscopy. Proof of concept experiments were performed on PS/PVAc blends and PMMA homopolymer films, for temperatures ranging from 300 to 400 K. Charge transport processes were also studied by this approach. The obtained results were analyzed in terms of cantilever stray contribution, film thickness and relaxation strength. We found that the method sensitivity is strongly coupled with the film thickness and the relaxation strength, and that it is possible to control it by using an adequate experimental setup.

  3. New relaxation processes in diluted Ho2Ti2O7

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    Gardner, Jason; Ehlers, Georg

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the spin relaxation in diluted spin ice Ho{sub 2-x}R{sub x}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (R = La or Y) by means of neutron scattering. Remarkably, doping with nonmagnetic ions does not relieve the geometrical frustration and the dynamics of the freezing is unaltered whilst the cubic unit cell is maintained. When the nonmagnetic substitution starts to distort the lattice, a new relaxation process is revealed. We present new data from several diluted spin ice samples where Arrhenius behavior observed in the parent compound, Ho{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} is superseded by other processes including a quantum tunnelling process.

  4. Relaxation times of the two-phonon processes with spin-flip and spin-conserving in quantum dots

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    Wang, Zi-Wu; Liu, Lei; Li, Shu-Shen

    2014-04-07

    We perform a theoretical investigation on the two-phonon processes of the spin-flip and spin-conserving relaxation in quantum dots in the frame of the Huang-Rhys' lattice relaxation model. We find that the relaxation time of the spin-flip is two orders of magnitude longer than that of the spin-conserving, which is in agreement with previous experimental measurements. Moreover, the opposite variational trends of the relaxation time as a function of the energy separation for two-phonon processes are obtained in different temperature regime. The relaxation times display the oscillatory behaviors at the demarcation point with increasing magnetic field, where the energy separation matches the optical phonon energy and results in the optical phonon resonance. These results are useful in understanding the intraband levels' relaxation in quantum dots and could be helpful in designing photoelectric and spin-memory devices.

  5. Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program

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    Patterson, Richard L.; Dickman, John E.; Hammoud, Ahmad; Gerber, Scott

    1997-01-01

    Many space and some terrestrial applications would benefit from the availability of low-temperature electronics. Exploration missions to the outer planets, Earth-orbiting and deep-space probes, and communications satellites are examples of space applications which operate in low-temperature environments. Space probes deployed near Pluto must operate in temperatures as low as -229 C. Figure 1 depicts the average temperature of a space probe warmed by the sun for various locations throughout the solar system. Terrestrial applications where components and systems must operate in low-temperature environments include cryogenic instrumentation, superconducting magnetic energy storage, magnetic levitation transportation system, and arctic exploration. The development of electrical power systems capable of extremely low-temperature operation represents a key element of some advanced space power systems. The Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program at NASA Lewis Research Center focuses on the design, fabrication, and characterization of low-temperature power systems and the development of supporting technologies for low-temperature operations such as dielectric and insulating materials, power components, optoelectronic components, and packaging and integration of devices, components, and systems.

  6. LOW TEMPERATURE CATHODE SUPPORTED ELECTROLYTES

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    Harlan U. Anderson; Fatih Dogan; Vladimir Petrovsky

    2003-03-31

    This report represents a summary of the work carried out on this project which started October 1999 and ended March 2003. A list of the publications resulting from the work are contained in Appendix A. The most significant achievements are: (1) Dense nanocrystalline zirconia and ceria films were obtained at temperatures < 400 C. (2) Nanocrystalline films of both ceria and zirconia were characterized. (3) We showed that under anodic conditions 0.5 to 1 micron thick nanocrystalline films of Sc doped zirconia have sufficient electronic conductivity to prevent them from being useful as an electrolyte. (4) We have developed a process by which dense 0.5 to 5 micron thick dense films of either YSZ or ceria can be deposited on sintered porous substrates which serve as either the cathode or anode at temperatures as low as 400 C. (5) The program has provided the research to produce two PhD thesis for students, one is now working in the solid oxide fuel cell field. (6) The results of the research have resulted in 69 papers published, 3 papers submitted or being prepared for publication, 50 oral presentations and 3 patent disclosures.

  7. Low Temperature Sintering of PZT

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    Medesi, A.; Greiner, T.; Benkler, M.; Megnin, C.; Hanemann, T.

    2014-11-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and characterization of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films fired in a liquid-phase sintering process at 900 °C in air. In detail the manufacturing of piezoelectric multilayers with internal pure silver (Tm = 961 °C) electrodes are reported. The feasibility of ten sintering aids in two different volume fractions was investigated for a commercial hard PZT powder (PIC 181, PI Ceramics) with respect to density, microstructure, mechanical behaviour, and piezoelectric properties. Li2O, Li2CO3, PbO, MnO2, V2O5, CuO, Bi2O3, the eutectic mixtures Cu2O·PbO and PbO·WO3 and the ternary system Li2CO3·Bi2O3·CuO (LBCu) have been tested as liquid phase sintering aids. The combination of PZT with LBCu showed the best results. With 5 vol.% LBCu an average relative density of 97% and a characteristic breaking strength of 77 MPa was achieved. Composition of PZT with 2 vol.% LBCu exhibits the highest averaged piezoelectrical charge constant (d33) of 181 pC/N.

  8. Application of hydrogenation to low-temperature cleaning of the Si(001) surface in the processes of molecular-beam epitaxy: Investigation by scanning tunneling microscopy, reflected high-energy electron diffraction, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy

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    Arapkina, L. V.; Krylova, L. A.; Chizh, K. V.; Chapnin, V. A.; Uvarov, O. V.; Yuryev, V. A.

    2012-07-01

    Structural properties of the clean Si(001) surface obtained as a result of low-temperature (470-650 °C) pre-growth annealings of silicon wafers in a molecular-beam epitaxy chamber have been investigated. To decrease the cleaning temperature, a silicon surface was hydrogenated in the process of a preliminary chemical treatment in HF and NH4F aqueous solutions. It has been shown that smooth surfaces composed of wide terraces separated by monoatomic steps can be obtained by dehydrogenation at the temperatures ≳600 °C, whereas clean surfaces obtained at the temperatures <600 °C are rough. It has been found that there exists a dependence of structural properties of clean surfaces on the temperature of hydrogen thermal desorption and the process of the preliminary chemical treatment. The frequency of detachment/attachment of Si dimers from/to the steps and effect of the Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier on ad-dimer migration across steps have been found to be the most probable factors determining a degree of the resultant surface roughness.

  9. Efficient indium-tin-oxide free inverted organic solar cells based on aluminum-doped zinc oxide cathode and low-temperature aqueous solution processed zinc oxide electron extraction layer

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    Chen, Dazheng; Zhang, Chunfu Wang, Zhizhe; Zhang, Jincheng; Tang, Shi; Wei, Wei; Sun, Li; Hao, Yue

    2014-06-16

    Indium-tin-oxide (ITO) free inverted organic solar cells (IOSCs) based on aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) cathode, low-temperature aqueous solution processed zinc oxide (ZnO) electron extraction layer, and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl):[6, 6]-phenyl C{sub 61} butyric acid methyl ester blend were realized in this work. The resulted IOSC with ZnO annealed at 150 °C shows the superior power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.01%, if decreasing the ZnO annealing temperature to 100 °C, the obtained IOSC also shows a PCE of 2.76%, and no light soaking issue is observed. It is found that this ZnO film not only acts as an effective buffer layer but also slightly improves the optical transmittance of AZO substrates. Further, despite the relatively inferior air-stability, these un-encapsulated AZO/ZnO IOSCs show comparable PCEs to the referenced ITO/ZnO IOSCs, which demonstrates that the AZO cathode is a potential alternative to ITO in IOSCs. Meanwhile, this simple ZnO process is compatible with large area deposition and plastic substrates, and is promising to be widely used in IOSCs and other relative fields.

  10. Improved Low Temperature Performance of Supercapacitors

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    Brandon, Erik J.; West, William C.; Smart, Marshall C.; Gnanaraj, Joe

    2013-01-01

    Low temperature double-layer capacitor operation enabled by: - Base acetonitrile / TEATFB salt formulation - Addition of low melting point formates, esters and cyclic ethers center dot Key electrolyte design factors: - Volume of co-solvent - Concentration of salt center dot Capacity increased through higher capacity electrodes: - Zeolite templated carbons - Asymmetric cell designs center dot Continuing efforts - Improve asymmetric cell performance at low temperature - Cycle life testing Motivation center dot Benchmark performance of commercial cells center dot Approaches for designing low temperature systems - Symmetric cells (activated carbon electrodes) - Symmetric cells (zeolite templated carbon electrodes) - Asymmetric cells (lithium titanate/activated carbon electrodes) center dot Experimental results center dot Summary

  11. Improved Low Temperature Performance of Supercapacitors

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    Brandon, Erik J.; West, William C.; Smart, Marshall C.; Gnanaraj, Joe

    2013-01-01

    Low temperature double-layer capacitor operation enabled by: - Base acetonitrile / TEATFB salt formulation - Addition of low melting point formates, esters and cyclic ethers center dot Key electrolyte design factors: - Volume of co-solvent - Concentration of salt center dot Capacity increased through higher capacity electrodes: - Zeolite templated carbons - Asymmetric cell designs center dot Continuing efforts - Improve asymmetric cell performance at low temperature - Cycle life testing Motivation center dot Benchmark performance of commercial cells center dot Approaches for designing low temperature systems - Symmetric cells (activated carbon electrodes) - Symmetric cells (zeolite templated carbon electrodes) - Asymmetric cells (lithium titanate/activated carbon electrodes) center dot Experimental results center dot Summary

  12. Low-temperature full wafer adhesive bonding

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    Niklaus, Frank; Enoksson, Peter; Kälvesten, Edvard; Stemme, Göran

    2001-03-01

    We have systematically investigated the influence of different bonding parameters on void formation in a low-temperature adhesive bonding process. As a result of these studies we present guidelines for void free adhesive bonding of 10 cm diameter wafers. We have focused on polymer coatings with layer thicknesses between 1 µm and 18 µm. The tested polymer materials were benzocyclobutene (BCB) from Dow Chemical, a negative photoresist (ULTRA-i 300) and a positive photoresist (S1818) from Shipley, a polyimide (HTR3) from Arch Chemical and two different polyimides (PI2555 and PI2610) from DuPont. The polymer material, the bonding pressure and the pre-curing time and temperature for the polymer significantly influence void formation at the bond interface. High bonding pressure and optimum pre-curing times/temperatures counteract void formation. We present the process parameters to achieve void-free bonding with the BCB coating and with the ULTRA-i 300 photoresist coating as adhesive materials. Excellent void-free and strong bonds have been achieved by using BCB as the bonding material which requires a minimum bonding temperature of 180 °C.

  13. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of tunneling in quantum solids at very low temperatures.

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    Sullivan, N S

    2015-11-01

    A review is given of recent NMR experiments at ultra-low temperatures that explore properties of quantum fluids and solids in regimes where unusual dynamics characterizes the low temperature behavior. It is shown how careful analysis of the NMR spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxation rates and spectral properties can determine fundamental thermodynamic features that are otherwise difficult to observe using standard thermodynamic methods. The review focuses on the observation of the diffusion of vacancies and isotopic impurities in solid hydrogen and solid helium by quantum tunneling at low temperatures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Lattice-assisted proton hopping in oxides at low temperatures

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    Samgin, A. L.

    2013-12-01

    Stimulated diffusion of protons in oxides such as ABO3 crystals and rutile TiO2 is discussed in the context of quantum Brownian motion. A self-consistent lattice-assisted proton hopping (LAPH) model is developed by going from white noise (characteristic of the standard stochastic theory of superionic conduction) to colored noise in the Markovian limit. This model differs from the commonly used ion jump models in that the hydrogen diffusion rate prefactor is identified as a quantity proportional to the frequency of phonon assistance. Application of the quantum fluctuation-dissipation theorem suggests that the dynamic activation energy for diffusion is a function of a bath-mode frequency. The LAPH model can predict enhanced rates of barrier jumping at room temperature compared to thermally activated proton diffusion. This indicates that low-temperature solid oxide devices are potential candidates for use in hydrogen energy research. The LAPH model offers a valid explanation for the mechanism of high protonic mobility recently observed for TiO2 in a picosecond transient pump-probe experiment. This unexpected dominant lattice relaxation channel must be considered as a new classical-like (but low-temperature) proton transfer mechanism. For vibration-assisted protonic jumps to occur at low temperature, the phonon assistance must be classified as a low-frequency vibration specific to each lattice.

  15. Low-Temperature Electronic Components Being Developed

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    Patterson, Richard L.; Hammond, Ahmad

    1999-01-01

    In many future NASA missions, such as deep space planetary exploration and the Next Generation Space Telescope, electrical components and systems must operate reliably and efficiently in extremely low temperature environments. Most modern electronic components cannot operate below moderately low operating temperatures (-40 to -55 C). The low-temperature electronics program at the NASA Lewis Research Center is focusing on the development and characterization of low-temperature components and the integration of the developed devices into demonstrable very low-temperature (-200 C) power systems such as dc-dc converters. Such low-temperature electronics will not only tolerate hostile environments but also will reduce system size and weight by eliminating radioisotope heating units, thereby reducing launch cost, improving reliability and lifetime, and increasing energy densities. Low-temperature electronic components will also have a great influence on terrestrial applications such as medical instrumentation, magnetic levitation transportation systems, and arctic and antarctic exploration. Lewis researchers are now performing extensive evaluations of commercially available as well as custom-made devices. These include various types of energy storage and signal capacitors, power switching devices, magnetic and superconducting materials, and primary lithium batteries, to name a few.

  16. Low temperature catalysts for methanol production

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    Sapienza, Richard S.; Slegeir, William A.; O'Hare, Thomas E.; Mahajan, Devinder

    1986-01-01

    A catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (below about 160.degree. C.) and preferably in the range 80.degree.-120.degree. C. used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen is disclosed. The catalyst is used in slurry form and comprises a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH--RONa--M(OAc).sub.2 where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1-6 carbon atoms. This catalyst is preferably used alone but is also effective in combination with a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. The preferred catalyst precursor is Nic (where M=Ni and R=tertiary amyl). Mo(CO).sub.6 is the preferred metal carbonyl if such component is used. The catalyst is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  17. Low temperature catalysts for methanol production

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    Sapienza, Richard S.; Slegeir, William A.; O'Hare, Thomas E.; Mahajan, Devinder

    1986-01-01

    A catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (below about 160.degree. C.) and preferably in the range 80.degree.-120.degree. C. used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen is disclosed. The catalyst is used in slurry form and comprises a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH--RONa--M(OAc).sub.2 where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1-6 carbon atoms. This catalyst is preferably used alone but is also effective in combination with a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. The preferred catalyst precursor is Nic (where M=Ni and R=tertiary amyl). Mo(CO).sub.6 is the preferred metal carbonyl if such component is used. The catalyst is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  18. Low temperature catalysts for methanol production

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    Sapienza, R.S.; Slegeir, W.A.; O'Hare, T.E.; Mahajan, D.

    1986-10-28

    A catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (below about 160 C) and preferably in the range 80--120 C used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen are disclosed. The catalyst is used in slurry form and comprises a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH--RONa-M(OAc)[sub 2] where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1-6 carbon atoms. This catalyst is preferably used alone but is also effective in combination with a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. The preferred catalyst precursor is NiC (where M = Ni and R = tertiary amyl). Mo(CO)[sub 6] is the preferred metal carbonyl if such component is used. The catalyst is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  19. Low Temperature Catalyst for NH3 Removal

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    Monje, Oscar; Melendez, Orlando

    2013-01-01

    Air revitalization technologies maintain a safe atmosphere inside spacecraft by the removal of C02, ammonia (NH3), and trace contaminants. NH3 onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is produced by crew metabolism, payloads, or during an accidental release of thermal control refrigerant. Currently, the ISS relies on removing NH3 via humidity condensate and the crew wears hooded respirators during emergencies. A different approach to cabin NH3 removal is to use selective catalytic oxidation (SCO), which builds on thermal catalytic oxidation concepts that could be incorporated into the existing TCCS process equipment architecture on ISS. A low temperature platinum-based catalyst (LTP-Catalyst) developed at KSC was used for converting NH3 to H20 and N2 gas by SCO. The challenge of implementing SCO is to reduce formation of undesirable byproducts like NOx (N20 and NO). Gas mixture analysis was conducted using FTIR spectrometry in the Regenerable VOC Control System (RVCS) Testbed. The RVCS was modified by adding a 66 L semi-sealed chamber, and a custom NH3 generator. The effect of temperature on NH3 removal using the LTP-Catalyst was examined. A suitable temperature was found where NH3 removal did not produce toxic NO, (NO, N02) and N20 formation was reduced.

  20. Low temperature catalysts for methanol production

    DOEpatents

    Sapienza, R.S.; Slegeir, W.A.; O'Hare, T.E.; Mahajan, D.

    1985-03-12

    A catalyst and process useful at low temperatures (below about 160/sup 0/C) and preferably in the range 80 to 120/sup 0/C used in the production of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen is disclosed. The catalyst is used in slurry form and comprises a complex reducing agent derived from the component structure NaH-RONa-M(OAc)/sub 2/ where M is selected from the group consisting of Ni, Pd, and Co and R is a lower alkyl group containing 1 to 6 carbon atoms. This catalyst is preferably used alone but is also effective in combination with a metal carbonyl of a group VI (Mo, Cr, W) metal. The preferred catalyst precursor is Nic (where M = Ni and R = tertiary amyl). Mo(CO)/sub 6/ is the preferred metal carbonyl if such component is used. The catalyst is subjected to a conditioning or activating step under temperature and pressure, similar to the parameters given above, to afford the active catalyst.

  1. Uncertainty management by relaxation of conflicting constraints in production process scheduling

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    Dorn, Juergen; Slany, Wolfgang; Stary, Christian

    1992-01-01

    Mathematical-analytical methods as used in Operations Research approaches are often insufficient for scheduling problems. This is due to three reasons: the combinatorial complexity of the search space, conflicting objectives for production optimization, and the uncertainty in the production process. Knowledge-based techniques, especially approximate reasoning and constraint relaxation, are promising ways to overcome these problems. A case study from an industrial CIM environment, namely high-grade steel production, is presented to demonstrate how knowledge-based scheduling with the desired capabilities could work. By using fuzzy set theory, the applied knowledge representation technique covers the uncertainty inherent in the problem domain. Based on this knowledge representation, a classification of jobs according to their importance is defined which is then used for the straightforward generation of a schedule. A control strategy which comprises organizational, spatial, temporal, and chemical constraints is introduced. The strategy supports the dynamic relaxation of conflicting constraints in order to improve tentative schedules.

  2. Growth and relaxation processes in Ge nanocrystals on free-standing Si(001) nanopillars.

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    Kozlowski, G; Zaumseil, P; Schubert, M A; Yamamoto, Y; Bauer, J; Schülli, T U; Tillack, B; Schroeder, T

    2012-03-23

    We study the growth and relaxation processes of Ge crystals selectively grown by chemical vapour deposition on free-standing 90 nm wide Si(001) nanopillars. Epi-Ge with thickness ranging from 4 to 80 nm was characterized by synchrotron based x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. We found that the strain in Ge nanostructures is plastically released by nucleation of misfit dislocations, leading to degrees of relaxation ranging from 50 to 100%. The growth of Ge nanocrystals follows the equilibrium crystal shape terminated by low surface energy (001) and {113} facets. Although the volumes of Ge nanocrystals are homogeneous, their shape is not uniform and the crystal quality is limited by volume defects on {111} planes. This is not the case for the Ge/Si nanostructures subjected to thermal treatment. Here, improved structure quality together with high levels of uniformity of the size and shape is observed.

  3. Low temperature deformation detwinning - a reverse mode of twinning.

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    Wang, Y. D.; Liu, W.; Lu, L.; Ren, Y.; Nie, Z. H.; Almer, J.; Cheng, S.; Shen, Y. F.; Zuo, L.; Liaw, P. K.; Lu, K.

    2010-01-01

    The origin of the plasticity in bulk nanocrystalline metals have, to date, been attributed to the grain-boundary-mediated process, stress-induced grain coalescence, dislocation plasticity, and/or twinning. Here we report a different mechanism - detwinning, which operates at low temperatures during the tensile deformation of an electrodeposited Cu with a high density of nanosized growth twins. Both three-dimensional XRD microscopy using the Laue method with a submicron-sized polychromatic beam and high-energy XRD technique with a monochromatic beam provide the direct experimental evidences for low temperature detwinning of nanoscale twins.

  4. Instrument for Measuring Thermal Conductivity of Materials at Low Temperatures

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    Fesmire, James; Sass, Jared; Johnson, Wesley

    2010-01-01

    With the advance of polymer and other non-metallic material sciences, whole new series of polymeric materials and composites are being created. These materials are being optimized for many different applications including cryogenic and low-temperature industrial processes. Engineers need these data to perform detailed system designs and enable new design possibilities for improved control, reliability, and efficiency in specific applications. One main area of interest is cryogenic structural elements and fluid handling components and other parts, films, and coatings for low-temperature application. An important thermal property of these new materials is the apparent thermal conductivity (k-value).

  5. Enhanced low-temperature impact toughness of nanostructured Ti

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    Stolyarov, V.V.; Valiev, R.Z.; Zhu, Y.T.

    2006-01-23

    Impact toughness is one of the major mechanical properties for structural materials. It is generally observed that in coarse-grained materials the impact toughness decreases with decreasing testing temperature. Here, we report that the impact toughness of nanostructured Ti processed by severe plastic deformation is enhanced at low temperatures of -70 deg. C and -196 deg. C, a unique phenomenon that contradicts the observations in coarse-grained materials. The enhanced impact toughness is attributed to the increased strength and ductility of nanostructured Ti as well as smaller fracture dimples at lower temperatures. This result demonstrates the advantage of using nanostructured Ti in low-temperature applications.

  6. Preparation and characterization of low-temperature expandable graphite

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    Ying Zongrong Lin Xuemei; Qi Yu; Luo Jie

    2008-10-02

    The low-temperature expandable graphite was successfully prepared with perchloric acid, phosphoric acid and KMnO{sub 4} by chemical process. The optimum weight ratio of perchloric acid to phosphoric acid in mixed acid was 1:0.2, and the weight ratio of the mixed acid, KMnO{sub 4} and natural flake graphite was preferably 1.5:0.1:1. The expanded volume can reach 260 mL/g at a relatively low temperature of 300 deg. C. Meanwhile, the prepared samples were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction.

  7. Photosynthesis, photoinhibition and low temperature acclimation in cold tolerant plants.

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    Huner, N P; Oquist, G; Hurry, V M; Krol, M; Falk, S; Griffith, M

    1993-07-01

    Cold acclimation requires adjustment to a combination of light and low temperature, conditions which are potentially photoinhibitory. The photosynthetic response of plants to low temperature is dependent upon time of exposure and the developmental history of the leaves. Exposure of fully expanded leaves of winter cereals to short-term, low temperature shiftsinhibits whereas low temperature growthstimulates electron transport capacity and carbon assimilation. However, the photosynthetic response to low temperature is clearly species and cultivar dependent. Winter annuals and algae which actively grow and develop at low temperature and moderate irradiance acquire a resistance to irradiance 5- to 6-fold higher than their growth irradiance. Resistance to short-term photoinhibition (hours) in winter cereals is a reflection of the increased capacity to keep QA oxidized under high light conditions and low temperature. This is due to an increased capacity for photosynthesis. These characteristics reflect photosynthetic acclimation to low growth temperature and can be used to predict the freezing tolerance of cereals. It is proposed that the enhanced photosynthetic capacity reflects an increased flux of fixed carbon through to sucrose in source tissue as a consequence of the combined effects of increased storage of carbohydrate as fructans in the vacuole of leaf mesophyll cells and an enhanced export to the crown due to its increased sink activity. Long-term exposure (months) of cereals to low temperature photoinhibition indicates that this reduction of photochemical efficiency of PS II represents a stable, long-term down regulation of PS II to match the energy requirements for CO2 fixation. Thus, photoinhibition in vivo should be viewed as the capacity of plants to adjust photosynthetically to the prevailing environmental conditions rather than a process which necessarily results in damage or injury to plants. Not all cold tolerant, herbaceous annuals use the same

  8. Electronics Demonstrated for Low- Temperature Operation

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    Patterson, Richard L.; Hammond, Ahmad; Gerber, Scott S.

    2000-01-01

    The operation of electronic systems at cryogenic temperatures is anticipated for many NASA spacecraft, such as planetary explorers and deep space probes. For example, an unheated interplanetary probe launched to explore the rings of Saturn would experience an average temperature near Saturn of about 183 C. Electronics capable of low-temperature operation in the harsh deep space environment also would help improve circuit performance, increase system efficiency, and reduce payload development and launch costs. An ongoing research and development program on low-temperature electronics at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field is focusing on the design of efficient power systems that can survive and exploit the advantages of low-temperature environments. The targeted systems, which are mission driven, include converters, inverters, controls, digital circuits, and special-purpose circuits. Initial development efforts successfully demonstrated the low-temperature operation and cold-restart of several direct-current/direct-current (dc/dc) converters based on different types of circuit design, some with superconducting inductors. The table lists some of these dc/dc converters with their properties, and the photograph shows a high-voltage, high-power dc/dc converter designed for an ion propulsion system for low-temperature operation. The development efforts of advanced electronic systems and the supporting technologies for low-temperature operation are being carried out in-house and through collaboration with other Government agencies, industry, and academia. The Low Temperature Electronics Program supports missions and development programs at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center. The developed technologies will be transferred to commercial end users for applications such as satellite infrared sensors and medical diagnostic equipment.

  9. Carbon fiber production at low temperatures from polyacrylonitrile

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    Cagliostro, D. E.

    1980-01-01

    Recent safety considerations have sought to lower the electrical conductivity of carbon fibers. Carbon fibers produced from polyacrylonitrile at low carbonization temperatures (600-900 C) possess low electrical conductivity but do not possess adequate strength. Low-temperature processes are described which improve fiber strength but do not increase electrical conductivity substantially. The processes result in a carbon fiber with nearly twice the tensile strength compared to the old process. Process development and its effect on fiber properties are reported.

  10. Dielectric properties and fluctuating relaxation processes of poly(methyl methacrylate) based polymeric nanocomposite electrolytes

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    Sengwa, R. J.; Choudhary, Shobhna

    2014-06-01

    Solid polymer nanocomposite electrolytes (SPNEs) consisted of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) of molar ratio C=O:Li+=4:1 with varying concentration of montmorillonite (MMT) clay as nanofiller have been prepared by classical solution casting and high intensity ultrasonic assisted solution casting methods. The dielectric/electrical dispersion behaviour of these electrolytes was studied by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy at ambient temperature. The dielectric loss tangent and electric modulus spectra have been analyzed for relaxation processes corresponding to the side groups rotation and the segmental motion of PMMA chain, which confirm their fluctuating behaviour with the sample preparation methods and also with change of MMT concentration. The feasibility of these relaxation fluctuations has been explained using a transient complex structural model based on Lewis acid-base interactions. The low permittivity and moderate dc ionic conductivity at ambient temperature suggest the suitability of these electrolytes in fabrication of ion conducting electrochromic devices and lithium ion batteries. The amorphous behaviour and the exfoliated/intercalated MMT structures of these nanocomposite electrolytes were confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements.

  11. Systemic low temperature signaling in Arabidopsis.

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    Gorsuch, Peter A; Sargeant, Alexander W; Penfield, Steven D; Quick, W Paul; Atkin, Owen K

    2010-09-01

    When leaves are exposed to low temperature, sugars accumulate and transcription factors in the C-repeat binding factor (CBF) family are expressed, which, together with CBF-independent pathways, are known to contribute to the cold acclimation process and an increase in freezing tolerance. What is not known, however, is whether expression of these cold-regulated genes can be induced systemically in response to a localized cold treatment. To address this, pre-existing, mature leaves of warm-grown Arabidopsis thaliana were exposed to a localized cold treatment (near 10 °C) whilst conjoined newly developing leaves continued only to experience warmer temperatures. In initial experiments on wild-type A. thaliana (Col-0) using real-time reverse transcription--PCR (RT-PCR) we observed that some genes--including CBF genes, certain downstream cold-responsive (COR) targets and CBF-independent transcription factors--respond to a direct 9 °C treatment of whole plants. In subsequent experiments, we found that the treatment of expanded leaves with temperatures near 10 °C can induce cold-associated genes in conjoined warm-maintained tissues. CBF1 showed a particularly strong systemic response, although CBF-independent transcription factors also responded. Moreover, the localized cold treatment of A. thaliana (C24) plants with a luciferase reporter fused to the promoter region of KIN2 indicated that in warm-maintained leaves, KIN2 might respond to a systemic signal from remote, directly cold-treated leaves. Collectively, our study provides strong evidence that the processes involved in cold acclimation are partially mediated by a signal that acts systemically. This has the potential to act as an early-warning system to enable developing leaves to cope better with the cold environment in which they are growing.

  12. Low-temperature phase transformation of CZTS thin films

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    Zhao, Wei; Du, Lin-Yuan; Liu, Lin-Lin; Sun, Ya-Li; Liu, Zhi-Wei; Teng, Xiao-Yun; Xie, Juan; Liu, Kuang; Yu, Wei; Fu, Guang-Sheng; Gao, Chao

    2017-04-01

    The low temperature phase transformation in the Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) films was investigated by laser annealing and low temperature thermal annealing. The Raman measurements show that a-high-power laser annealing could cause a red shift of the Raman scattering peaks of the kesterite (KS) structure and promotes the formation of the partially disordered kesterite (PD-KS) structure in the CZTS films, and the low-temperature thermal annealing only shifts the Raman scattering peak of KS phase by several wavenumber to low frequency and the broads Raman peaks in the low frequency region. Moreover, the above two processes were reversible. The Raman analyses of the CZTS samples prepared under different process show that the PD-KS structure tends to be found at low temperatures and low sulfur vapor pressures. Our results reveal that the control of the phase structure in CZTS films is feasible by adjusting the preparation process of the films. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation for Youth Fund of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. A2016201087), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20131301120003), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11504078 and 61504054).

  13. [Modification of placenta blood serum proteins under low temperature effect].

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    Fal'ko, O V; Zemlianskikh, N G; Lipina, O V; Prokopiuk, O S

    2013-01-01

    Changes in environmental physical and chemical factors upon freeze-thawing and low temperature storage of biological samples can result in impairments of protein structures. This work specifies spontaneous and diamide-induced protein aggregations of placenta blood serum stored at -20 degrees and -196 degrees C during 2 years with SDS-PAGE. It was shown that storage of placenta blood serum at low temperatures did not cause any quantitative and qualitative changes in fraction distribution of proteins denatured with SDS in comparison to the native samples which were not frozen. Application of beta-mercaptoethanol revealed that placenta blood serum proteins upon freeze-thawing did not form spontaneous aggregates linked by disulphide bridges. Oxidation of amino acid sulfhydryl groups induced by diamide and accompanied by high molecular aggregate formation proved to be a quite effective way for indirect estimation of structural changes in protein upon low temperature effects. In samples thawed after low temperature storage the protein aggregation with 4 microM diamide was significantly higher than in native serum. These discrepancies between native and frozen-thawed samples are stipulated by impairments of protein structure under low temperature and increased in accessibility of reactive SH-groups of proteins for oxidation with diamide. Structural changes in placenta blood serum proteins, which caused by low temperatures and revealed by elevated sensibility to diamide-induced aggregate formation, did not depend on temperature (-20 degrees and -196 degrees C) and storage terms (2 years and 3 weeks). They reflect protein reaction to freeze-thawing processes and could be sequence of ice crystal formation which takes place in unprotected media.

  14. Prototype Low Temperature Low Power Cryocooler,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-02-01

    Zimmerman successfully operated a point-Contact Nb SQUID on a four- stage stirling cycle cryocooler with a mechanical drive power of approxi- mately 15...AD-ADL2 622 LAKE SHORE CRYOTRONICS INC WESTERVILLE OH F/6 13/1 PROTOTYPE LOW TEMPERATURE LOW POWER CRYOCOOLER ,(U) FE13 82 W G P IERC E N0001INROC...pPrototype Low Temperature Low Power Cryocooler // It by Warren G. Pierce February 1982 Prepared under Contract No. N00014-80-C-0825 by LAKE SHORE

  15. Low-temperature properties of aviation fuels

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    Brunton, C.; Voisey, M.A.; Willcock, C.R.

    1983-01-01

    A review is presented of work on the low-temperature properties of aviation turbine fuels that has been carried out in recent years at Thornton Research Centre. Details of both simulated full-scale aircraft tank tests and laboratory evaluations are included. Zero holdup is considered as a low-temperature specification parameter and a novel method for measuring its value is described. Experimental results are presented which demonstrate that a change from a freezing point to a flow criterion could provide an increase in fuel availability without prejudicing flight safety.

  16. Low temperature monitoring system for subsurface barriers

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    Vinegar, Harold J.; McKinzie, II. Billy John

    2009-08-18

    A system for monitoring temperature of a subsurface low temperature zone is described. The system includes a plurality of freeze wells configured to form the low temperature zone, one or more lasers, and a fiber optic cable coupled to at least one laser. A portion of the fiber optic cable is positioned in at least one freeze well. At least one laser is configured to transmit light pulses into a first end of the fiber optic cable. An analyzer is coupled to the fiber optic cable. The analyzer is configured to receive return signals from the light pulses.

  17. Correlation and relaxation times for a stochastic process with a fat-tailed steady-state distribution

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    Liu, Z.; Serota, R. A.

    2017-05-01

    We study a stochastic process defined by the interaction strength for the return to the mean and a stochastic term proportional to the magnitude of the variable. Its steady-state distribution is the Inverse Gamma distribution, whose power-law tail exponent is determined by the ratio of the interaction strength to stochasticity. Its time-dependence is characterized by a set of discrete times describing relaxation of respective cumulants to their steady-state values. We show that as the progressively lower cumulants diverge with the increase of stochasticity, so do their relaxation times. We analytically evaluate the correlation function and show that it is determined by the longest of these times, namely the inverse interaction strength, which is also the relaxation time of the mean. We also investigate relaxation of the entire distribution to the steady state and the distribution of relaxation times, which we argue to be Inverse Gaussian.

  18. Polymorphous-Crystalloid Structure and Relaxation Processes in Some Chalcogenide Glass-Forming Substances

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-06-01

    structure is absent. Azoulay in 1975 [21], heating glasses of Ge-Se system with 15-30 at.% Ge content up to temperatures of 280-300 0C, discovered in...at.% Ge only GeSe 2 phase can be formed. Therefore, Azoulay appears to be the first who discovered LTPM GeSe2 and observed the phase transition LTPM...HTPM which can be interpreted as the process of relaxation of crystalline GeSe 2 at temperature increase. The confirmation of the fact that Azoulay

  19. Isolated many-body quantum systems far from equilibrium: Relaxation process and thermalization

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    Torres-Herrera, E. J.; Santos, Lea F.

    2014-10-15

    We present an overview of our recent numerical and analytical results on the dynamics of isolated interacting quantum systems that are taken far from equilibrium by an abrupt perturbation. The studies are carried out on one-dimensional systems of spins-1/2, which are paradigmatic models of many-body quantum systems. Our results show the role of the interplay between the initial state and the post-perturbation Hamiltonian in the relaxation process, the size of the fluctuations after equilibration, and the viability of thermalization.

  20. Relaxation process of quantum system: Stochastic Liouville equation and initial correlation

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    Ban, Masashi; Kitajima, Sachiko; Shibata, Fumiaki

    2010-08-15

    Time evolution of a quantum system which is influenced by a stochastically fluctuating environment is studied by means of the stochastic Liouville equation. The two different types of the stochastic Liouville equation and their relation are discussed. The stochastic Liouville equation is shown to be derived from the quantum master equation of the Lindblad under certain conditions. Relaxation processes of single and bipartite quantum systems which are initially correlated with a stochastic environment are investigated. It is shown the possibility that the stochastic fluctuation can create coherence and entanglement of a quantum system with the assistance of the initial correlation. The results are examined in the pure dephasing processes of qubits, which are caused by the nonstationary Gauss-Markov process and two-state jump Markov process.

  1. Faster Monte Carlo simulations at low temperatures. The waiting time method

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    Dall, Jesper; Sibani, Paolo

    2001-11-01

    We discuss a rejectionless global optimization technique which, while being technically similar to the recently introduced method of Extremal Optimization, still relies on a physical analogy with a thermalizing system. This method can be used at constant temperature or combined with annealing techniques, and is especially well suited for studying the low temperature relaxation of complex systems as glasses and spin glasses.

  2. Dynamical fingerprints for probing individual relaxation processes in biomolecular dynamics with simulations and kinetic experiments

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    Noe, F; Diadone, Isabella; Lollmann, Marc; Sauer, Marcus; Chondera, John D; Smith, Jeremy C

    2011-01-01

    There is a gap between kinetic experiment and simulation in their views of the dynamics of complex biomolecular systems. Whereas experiments typically reveal only a few readily discernible exponential relaxations, simulations often indicate complex multistate behavior. Here, a theoretical framework is presented that reconciles these two approaches. The central concept is dynamical fingerprints which contain peaks at the time scales of the dynamical processes involved with amplitudes determined by the experimental observable. Fingerprints can be generated from both experimental and simulation data, and their comparison by matching peaks permits assignment of structural changes present in the simulation to experimentally observed relaxation processes. The approach is applied here to a test case interpreting single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy experiments on a set of fluorescent peptides with molecular dynamics simulations. The peptides exhibit complex kinetics shown to be consistent with the apparent simplicity of the experimental data. Moreover, the fingerprint approach can be used to design new experiments with site-specific labels that optimally probe specific dynamical processes in the molecule under investigation.

  3. Utilization of Low Temperatures in Electrical Machines,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-09-08

    parts of superconduct- ing machines. These are: the Cryotechnic Laboratory for Mechanical Studies and the Low Temperature Laboratory. Laboratory...research background The Cryotechnic Laboratory for Mechanical Studies of Materials was organized and suitably equipped in 1974. Its aim is to study

  4. Industrial Applications of Low Temperature Plasmas

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    Bardsley, J N

    2001-03-15

    The use of low temperature plasmas in industry is illustrated by the discussion of four applications, to lighting, displays, semiconductor manufacturing and pollution control. The type of plasma required for each application is described and typical materials are identified. The need to understand radical formation, ionization and metastable excitation within the discharge and the importance of surface reactions are stressed.

  5. Low temperature thermophysical properties of lunar soil

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    Cremers, C. J.

    1973-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of lunar fines samples from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions, determined at low temperatures as a function of temperature and various densities, are reviewed. It is shown that the thermal conductivity of lunar soil is nearly the same as that of terrestrial basaltic rock under the same temperature and pressure conditions.

  6. Fuzzy Logic Controller for Low Temperature Application

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    Hahn, Inseob; Gonzalez, A.; Barmatz, M.

    1996-01-01

    The most common temperature controller used in low temperature experiments is the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller due to its simplicity and robustness. However, the performance of temperature regulation using the PID controller depends on initial parameter setup, which often requires operator's expert knowledge on the system. In this paper, we present a computer-assisted temperature controller based on the well known.

  7. Second Skin Protection against Low Temperature Exposure.

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    against injurious effects from exposure to low temperatures. Vinyl plastisols with good viscosity stability have been developed. Accelerators are...of plasticol or silicone rubber foamed on the skin for thermal insulation and thin dense covering layer of plastisol or silicone rubber for abrasion resistance.

  8. One and two-phonon processes of the spin-flip relaxation in quantum dots: Spin-phonon coupling mechanism

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    Wang, Zi-Wu; Li, Shu-Shen

    2012-07-01

    We investigate the spin-flip relaxation in quantum dots using a non-radiation transition approach based on the descriptions for the electron-phonon deformation potential and Fröhlich interaction in the Pavlov-Firsov spin-phonon Hamiltonian. We give the comparisons of the electron relaxations with and without spin-flip assisted by one and two-phonon processes. Calculations are performed for the dependence of the relaxation time on the external magnetic field, the temperature and the energy separation between the Zeeman sublevels of the ground and first-excited state. We find that the electron relaxation time of the spin-flip process is more longer by three orders of magnitudes than that of no spin-flip process.

  9. Composite Materials for Low-Temperature Applications

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    2008-01-01

    Composite materials with improved thermal conductivity and good mechanical strength properties should allow for the design and construction of more thermally efficient components (such as pipes and valves) for use in fluid-processing systems. These materials should have wide application in any number of systems, including ground support equipment (GSE), lunar systems, and flight hardware that need reduced heat transfer. Researchers from the Polymer Science and Technology Laboratory and the Cryogenics Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center were able to develop a new series of composite materials that can meet NASA's needs for lightweight materials/composites for use in fluid systems and also expand the plastic-additive markets. With respect to thermal conductivity and physical properties, these materials are excellent alternatives to prior composite materials and can be used in the aerospace, automotive, military, electronics, food-packaging, and textile markets. One specific application of the polymeric composition is for use in tanks, pipes, valves, structural supports, and components for hot or cold fluid-processing systems where heat flow through materials is a problem to be avoided. These materials can also substitute for metals in cryogenic and other low-temperature applications. These organic/inorganic polymeric composite materials were invented with significant reduction in heat transfer properties. Decreases of 20 to 50 percent in thermal conductivity versus that of the unmodified polymer matrix were measured. These novel composite materials also maintain mechanical properties of the unmodified polymer matrix. These composite materials consist of an inorganic additive combined with a thermoplastic polymer material. The intrinsic, low thermal conductivity of the additive is imparted into the thermoplastic, resulting in a significant reduction in heat transfer over that of the base polymer itself, yet maintaining most of the polymer's original properties. Normal

  10. Low Temperature Surface Carburization of Stainless Steels

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    Collins, Sunniva R; Heuer, Arthur H; Sikka, Vinod K

    2007-12-07

    Low-temperature colossal supersaturation (LTCSS) is a novel surface hardening method for carburization of austenitic stainless steels (SS) without the precipitation of carbides. The formation of carbides is kinetically suppressed, enabling extremely high or colossal carbon supersaturation. As a result, surface carbon concentrations in excess of 12 at. % are routinely achieved. This treatment increases the surface hardness by a factor of four to five, improving resistance to wear, corrosion, and fatigue, with significant retained ductility. LTCSS is a diffusional surface hardening process that provides a uniform and conformal hardened gradient surface with no risk of delamination or peeling. The treatment retains the austenitic phase and is completely non-magnetic. In addition, because parts are treated at low temperature, they do not distort or change dimensions. During this treatment, carbon diffusion proceeds into the metal at temperatures that constrain substitutional diffusion or mobility between the metal alloy elements. Though immobilized and unable to assemble to form carbides, chromium and similar alloying elements nonetheless draw enormous amounts of carbon into their interstitial spaces. The carbon in the interstitial spaces of the alloy crystals makes the surface harder than ever achieved before by more conventional heat treating or diffusion process. The carbon solid solution manifests a Vickers hardness often exceeding 1000 HV (equivalent to 70 HRC). This project objective was to extend the LTCSS treatment to other austenitic alloys, and to quantify improvements in fatigue, corrosion, and wear resistance. Highlights from the research include the following: • Extension of the applicability of the LTCSS process to a broad range of austenitic and duplex grades of steels • Demonstration of LTCSS ability for a variety of different component shapes and sizes • Detailed microstructural characterization of LTCSS-treated samples of 316L and other alloys

  11. NQR spin-echo methods at very low temperatures

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    Goudemond, I.P.; Keartland, J.M.; Hoch, M.J.R. )

    1991-03-01

    Pulsed methods may be successfully used in very-low-temperature NMR or NQR experiments provided good thermal anchoring of the sample is achieved. In order to reduce heating effects, it is advantageous to use rf pulses that are shorter than the standard magnetization tipping pulses used at higher temperatures. The study describes the use of short nonstandard rf pulses in NQR spin-echo experiments on powdered samples. Theoretical density-matrix calculations were carried out, and the resulting expression for the echo amplitude confirmed by experiment. Measurements were made on a powder sample of high-purity semimetallic arsenic using a sample probe designed for use in a dilution refrigerator. Preliminary spin-lattice relaxation-time measurements show that the Korringa relation holds in arsenic down to 150 mK.

  12. Light-Soaking-Free Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with an Efficiency of 10.5% by Compositional and Surface Modifications to a Low-Temperature-Processed TiO2 Electron-Transport Layer.

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    Yan, Yu; Cai, Feilong; Yang, Liyan; Li, Jinghai; Zhang, Yiwei; Qin, Fei; Xiong, Chuanxi; Zhou, Yinhua; Lidzey, David G; Wang, Tao

    2017-01-01

    Compositional modification and surface treatments of a TiO2 film prepared by a low-temperature route are carried out by a new promising method. Inverted polymer solar cells incorporating the post-treated TiO2 :TOPD electron-transport layer achieve the highest efficiency of 10.5%, and more importantly, eliminate the light-soaking problem that is commonly observed in metal-oxide-based inverted polymer solar cells.

  13. Unusual eigenvalue spectrum and relaxation in the Lévy-Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process

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    Janakiraman, Deepika; Sebastian, K. L.

    2014-10-01

    We consider the rates of relaxation of a particle in a harmonic well, subject to Lévy noise characterized by its Lévy index μ. Using the propagator for this Lévy-Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process (LOUP), we show that the eigenvalue spectrum of the associated Fokker-Planck operator has the form (n+mμ)ν where ν is the force constant characterizing the well, and n ,m∈N. If μ is irrational, the eigenvalues are all nondegenerate, but rational μ can lead to degeneracy. The maximum degeneracy is shown to be 2. The left eigenfunctions of the fractional Fokker-Planck operator are very simple while the right eigenfunctions may be obtained from the lowest eigenfunction by a combination of two different step-up operators. Further, we find that the acceptable eigenfunctions should have the asymptotic behavior |x|-n1-n2μ as |x|→∞, with n1 and n2 being positive integers, though this condition alone is not enough to identify them uniquely. We also assert that the rates of relaxation of LOUP are determined by the eigenvalues of the associated fractional Fokker-Planck operator and do not depend on the initial state if the moments of the initial distribution are all finite. If the initial distribution has fat tails, for which the higher moments diverge, one can have nonspectral relaxation, as pointed out by Toenjes et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 150602 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.150602].

  14. Effect of annealing and cobalt content on relaxation and crystallization behavior of zirconium based bulk metallic glasses

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    Dong, Yue; Wunderlich, Rainer; Fecht, Hans-Jörg

    2017-08-01

    The effects of annealing and cobalt content on relaxation and the crystallization process of Zr64Ni10Al7Cu19 bulk metallic glasses were investigated. β-relaxation occurs during annealing, leading to increased endotherm before crystallization. α-relaxation during high temperature annealing (higher than Tg) affects the crystallization process. The introduction of cobalt leads to an inhomogeneous amorphous structure and two-step crystallization due to the positive mixing enthalpy between cobalt and copper. Non-affine thermal strain arising from low temperature annealing of heterogeneous structure leads to a reduced endotherm phenomenon during relaxation on the DSC curves and a reduction in hardness.

  15. Low-temperature thermochronology applied to ancient settings

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    Enkelmann, Eva; Garver, John I.

    2016-01-01

    Low-temperature thermochronometric dating techniques are commonly used to reveal and quantify the spatial and temporal pattern of cooling and exhumation in many active mountain belts. These methods illuminate the relationship between rock exhumation, and the processes that bring rock to the surface, including climate-driven surface processes. Thermochronological studies on rocks in ancient settings (Precambrian and Paleozoic) are far more complicated, and in general have largely failed to reveal exhumation processes in orogenic belts, mainly due to imprecision of the technique, complications from radiation damage, and subsequent resetting. However, in a few locations, remnants of the exhumation record of ancient orogens may be studied with low-temperature dating techniques and in these cases we can gather first-order information on tectonics, thermal events, and exhumation processes that have occurred in the deep past. Here we provide an overview of the most common low-temperature thermochronology methods of fission-track and (U-Th)/He dating of apatite and zircon and discuss methodological challenges in their application to old settings. We review several case studies from the Northern Appalachians, central Argentina, the Canadian Shield, central Wyoming, and the European Variscides where thermochronology data have been successful in reconstructing geologic processes in deep-time that have affected the upper crust. With these examples we provide sampling strategies and analytical approaches that partly circumvent issues related to radiation damage in old mineral grains that result in changes in the retention of helium and fission tracks.

  16. Slow processes in viscous liquids: Stress and structural relaxation, chemical reaction freezing, crystal nucleation and microemulsion arrest, in relation to liquid fragility

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    Angell, C. A.; Alba, C.; Arzimanoglou, A.; Fan, J.; Böhmer, R.; Lu, Q.; Sanchez, E.; Senapati, H.; Tatsumisago, M.

    1992-05-01

    We review a variety of measurements on model systems in the medium viscosity range which seem consistent with both thermodynamical (entropy vanishing) and dynamical (mode coupling) origins of glassy behavior and then examine behavior near and below Tg to seek relations between liquid fragility and the non-exponential and non-linear aspects of liquid relaxation processes. We include the model ionic system Ca(NO3)2-KNO3 and analogs, van der Waals systems, and the covalently-bonded system Ge-As-Se in which the relation of liquid properties to the vector percolation concepts of Phillips and Thorpe can be conveniently studied. With some basic phenomenology in the liquid state itself thereby established, we turn attention to longer length-scale processes occurring in viscous liquid media. Among these will be the kinetics of nucleation of crystals, the freezing of microemulsion droplet sizes during continuous cooling of temperature sensitive microemulsions, and the freezing of chemical reactions during continuous cooling or continuous evaporation of solvent. The latter freezings can occur at temperatures which are far above the solvent glass transition temperature depending on solvent fragility, which may be a consideration in the strategies adopted by nature in preservation of plant and insect integrity in cold and arid climates. Finally we consider the slowing down which occurs in liquids with density maxima like water and SiO2 which appear to have, as their low temperature metastable limits, spinodal instabilities (with associated divergences in physical properties) in place of the usual ideal glass transitions. So far little studied for lack of tractable slow systems, these offer a new and challenging arena for relaxation studies.

  17. Computer simulation of low-temperature ceramics with a hierarchical structure synthesis

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    Leitsin, Vladimir; Ponomarev, Sergey; Dmitrieva, Maria

    2015-10-01

    Low-temperature ceramics has been widely used in modern materials production, especially radio engineering and medical supplies. Creation of a comprehensive computer model of the processes of low-temperature ceramics synthesis allows to investigate the kinetics of sintering processes and get the forecast of structural and geometric characteristics.

  18. Kolmogorov Turbulence in Low-Temperature Superflows

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    Nore, C.; Brachet, M.E.; Abid, M.

    1997-05-01

    Low-temperature decaying superfluid turbulence is studied using the nonlinear Schroedinger equation in the geometry of the Taylor-Green (TG) vortex flow with resolutions up to 512{sup 3}. The rate of (irreversible) kinetic energy transfer in the superfluid TG vortex is found to be comparable to that of the viscous TG vortex. At the moment of maximum dissipation, the energy spectrum of the superflow has an inertial range compatible with Kolmogorov`s scaling. Physical-space visualizations show that the vorticity dynamics of the superflow is similar to that of the viscous flow, including vortex reconnection. The implications to experiments in low-temperature helium are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  19. Building a Cryogen Efficient Low Temperature Lab

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    Davis, John

    2015-03-01

    Over the past few years we have built a new low temperature laboratory at the University of Alberta to study quantum optomechanics and superfluids in confined geometries. With liquid helium at 11/liter in Alberta, helium consumption was a top concern, but so was vibration for optomechanics experiments and magnet stability for ultra-low temperature experiments. I will describe the wet system we have constructed, along with our automated helium recovery and delivery system. Currently our system runs, fully loaded with a sensitive optomechanics experiment at 9 mK, with a waste of one liquid liter equivalent per day of operation - with room for improvement. This may provide a model for both new laboratories and upgrades to existing wet systems.

  20. Cyclic and low temperature effects on microcircuits

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    Weissflug, V. A.; Sisul, E. V.

    1977-01-01

    Cyclic temperature and low temperature operating life tests, and pre-/post-life device evaluations were used to determine the degrading effects of thermal environments on microcircuit reliability. Low power transistor-transistor-logic gates and linear devices were included in each test group. Device metallization systems included aluminum metallization/aluminum wire, aluminum metallization/gold wire, and gold metallization/gold wire. Fewer than 2% electrical failures were observed during the cyclic and low temperature life tests and the post-life evaluations revealed approximately 2% bond pull failures. Reconstruction of aluminum die metallization was observed in all devices and the severity of the reconstruction appeared to be directly related to the magnitude of the temperature excursion. All types of bonds except the gold/gold bonds were weakened by exposure to repeated cyclic temperature stress.

  1. Low-temperature sterilization and new technologies.

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    Goveia, Vania Regina; Pinheiro, Silma Maria Cunha; Graziano, Kazuko Uchikawa

    2007-01-01

    The new low-temperature sterilization technologies are presented as an alternative to the use of ethylene oxide. This review was performed in order to identify evidences of the antimicrobial activity, toxicity, adverse events and the applicability of these technologies. The research was carried through the electronic databases MEDLINE and LILACS up to 2005. The authors analyzed 10 articles in this survey. The studies about the efficacy of these sterilization methods constitute experimental and comparative research that showed the influence of the extension and diameter of the lumen, besides the presence of crystal salts. Thus, choosing the correct equipment is essential, as well as the assurance of the cleansing of the devices, which interfere with the effectiveness of the low-temperature sterilization. These technologies present limitations regarding the sterilization of graft bone and affect the materials properties.

  2. Influence of relaxation processes on the evaluation of the metastable defect density in Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}

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    Maciaszek, M.; Zabierowski, P.

    2016-06-07

    In this contribution, we investigated by means of numerical simulations the influence of relaxation processes related to metastable defects on electrical characteristics of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}. In particular, we analyzed the relaxation of a metastable state induced by illumination at a fixed temperature as well as the dependence of the hole concentration on the temperature during cooling. The knowledge of these two relaxation processes is crucial in the evaluation of the hole concentration in the relaxed state and after light soaking. We have shown that the distribution of the metastable defects can be considered frozen below 200 K. The hole capture cross section was estimated as ∼3 × 10{sup −15} cm{sup 2}. It was shown that the usually used cooling rates may lead to relevant changes of the hole concentration. We calculated the lower limit of the hole concentration after cooling, and we presented how it depends on densities of shallow acceptors and metastable defects. Moreover, we proposed a method which allows for the evaluation of shallow acceptor and metastable defect densities from two capacitance-voltage profiles measured in the relaxed and light soaking states. Finally, we indicated experimental conditions in which the influence of relaxation processes on the accuracy of this method is the smallest.

  3. Uncovering Molecular Relaxation Processes with Nonlinear Spectroscopies in the Deep UV

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    West, Brantley Andrew

    Conical intersections mediate internal conversion dynamics that compete with even the fastest nuclear motions in molecular systems. Traditional kinetic models do not apply in this regime of commensurate electronic and nuclear motion because the surroundings do not maintain equilibrium throughout the relaxation process. This dissertation focuses on uncovering the physics associated with vibronic interactions at conical intersections. Of particular interest are coherent nuclear motions driven by steep excited state potential energy gradients. Technical advances have only recently made these dynamics accessible in many systems including DNA nucleobases and cyclic polyene molecules. Optical analogues of multidimensional NMR spectroscopies have recently yielded transformative insight in relaxation processes ranging from energy transfer in photosynthesis to bond making and breaking in liquids. Prior to the start of this research, such experiments had only been conducted at infrared and visible wavelengths. Applications in the ultraviolet were motivated by studies of numerous biological systems (e.g., DNA, proteins), but had been challenged by technical issues. The work presented in this dissertation combines pulse generation techniques developed in the optical physics community with spectroscopic techniques largely pioneered by physical chemists to implement two-dimensional ultraviolet spectroscopy (2DUV). This technique is applied at the shortest wavelengths and with the best signal-to-noise ratios reported to date. Sub-picosecond excited state deactivation processes provide photo stability to the DNA double helix. Vibrational energy transfer from the solute to surrounding solvent enables relaxation of the highly non-equilibrium ground state produced by fast internal conversion. In this dissertation, nonlinear spectroscopies carried out at cryogenic temperatures are used to uncover the particular nuclear modes in the solvent that primarily accept vibrational energy from

  4. Low-Temperature Hydrothermal Resource Potential Estimate

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    Katherine Young

    2016-06-30

    Compilation of data (spreadsheet and shapefiles) for several low-temperature resource types, including isolated springs and wells, delineated area convection systems, sedimentary basins and coastal plains sedimentary systems. For each system, we include estimates of the accessible resource base, mean extractable resource and beneficial heat. Data compiled from USGS and other sources. The paper (submitted to GRC 2016) describing the methodology and analysis is also included.

  5. Low-Temperature Hydrothermal Resource Potential

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    Katherine Young

    2016-06-30

    Compilation of data (spreadsheet and shapefiles) for several low-temperature resource types, including isolated springs and wells, delineated area convection systems, sedimentary basins and coastal plains sedimentary systems. For each system, we include estimates of the accessible resource base, mean extractable resource and beneficial heat. Data compiled from USGS and other sources. The paper (submitted to GRC 2016) describing the methodology and analysis is also included.

  6. Advanced Regenerators for Very Low Temperature Cryocoolers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-02-01

    Ray Radebaugh of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado. The analyses of the very low temperature thermal properties...2rh. 15 Radebaugh (Bib. 21) has shown that AP can be equated to a loss 6P in gross refrigeration rate OE by 6p = 7r 6E AP/(PH - PJ where AP is the...refrigeration minus resultant enthalpy flow) occurs at a smaller phase angle. Radebaugh (Bib. 20, 21) derived the analytic relationships among these

  7. Thermodynamic power stations at low temperatures

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    Malherbe, J.; Ployart, R.; Alleau, T.; Bandelier, P.; Lauro, F.

    The development of low-temperature thermodynamic power stations using solar energy is considered, with special attention given to the choice of the thermodynamic cycle (Rankine), working fluids (frigorific halogen compounds), and heat exchangers. Thermomechanical conversion machines, such as ac motors and rotating volumetric motors are discussed. A system is recommended for the use of solar energy for irrigation and pumping in remote areas. Other applications include the production of cold of fresh water from brackish waters, and energy recovery from hot springs.

  8. Low-Temperature Spacecraft: Challenges/Opportunities

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    Dickman, J. E.; Patterson, R. L.; Overton, E.; Hammoud, A. N.; Gerber, S. S.

    2001-01-01

    Imagine sending a spacecraft into deep space that operates at the ambient temperature of its environment rather than hundreds of degrees Kelvin warmer. The average temperature of a spacecraft warmed only by the sun drops from 279 K near the Earth's orbit to 90 K near the orbit of Saturn, and to 44 K near Pluto's orbit. At present, deep space probes struggle to maintain an operating temperature near 300 K for the onboard electronics. To warm the electronics without consuming vast amounts of electrical energy, radioisotope heater units (RHUs) are used in vast numbers. Unfortunately, since RHU are always 'on', an active thermal management system is required to reject the excess heat. A spacecraft designed to operate at cryogenic temperatures and shielded from the sun by a large communication dish or solar cell array could be less complex, lighter, and cheaper than current deep space probes. Before a complete low-temperature spacecraft becomes a reality, there are several challenges to be met. Reliable cryogenic power electronics is one of the major challenges. The Low-Temperature Power Electronics Research Group at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) has demonstrated the ability of some commercial off the shelf power electronic components to operate at temperatures approaching that of liquid nitrogen (77 K). Below 77 K, there exists an opportunity for the development of reliable semiconductor power switching technologies other than bulk silicon CMOS. This paper will report on the results of NASA GRC's Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program and discuss the challenges to (opportunities for) the creation of a low-temperature spacecraft.

  9. Low temperature FMR linewidth in reentrant magnets

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    Belozorov, D.P.; Vertiy, A.A.; Golik, A.V.; Tarapov, S.I.

    1994-03-01

    The FMR linewidth is studied experimentally for reentrant magnets (Fe{sub x}Ni{sub 100{minus}x}){sub 77}B{sub 13}Si{sub 10} in the temperature interval 0.3K < T < 200K, for frequencies 68 GHz < {h_bar}{omega}/kT < 78 GHz. The low temperature interval down to T {approx} 0.3K is thoroughly explored. The linewidth behavior agrees qualitatively with the theoretical model.

  10. Relaxation dynamics of the phase transformation process at its ripening stage

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    Alexandrov, D. V.

    2015-06-01

    A complete analytical solution of the integro-differential model describing the transient phase transformation process at the Ostwald ripening stage is constructed. A new theoretical approach developed here is based on the recent theory (Alexandrov 2015 J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 48 035103), where a new method was developed to account for the initial state (initial distribution function) at the ripening stage. The obtained relaxation solution contains two contributions proportional to {{e}-τ } (classical term) and {{e}-4τ /3} (the term predicted by Slezov), where τ is the dimensionless time. The distribution function obtained is more broad than the Lifshitz-Slyozov solution, lies below it, and has a supplementary tail on the right of the blocking point u=3/2, where u is the dimensionless spatial coordinate. The distribution function relaxes to earlier known solutions and is in good agreement with experimental data. The dynamics of number density and average radius of crystals is studied. The role of ‘diffusion’ term in the kinetic equation is discussed.

  11. Minimizing material damage using low temperature irradiation

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    Craven, E.; Hasanain, F.; Winters, M.

    2012-08-01

    Scientific advancements in healthcare driven both by technological breakthroughs and an aging and increasingly obese population have lead to a changing medical device market. Complex products and devices are being developed to meet the demands of leading edge medical procedures. Specialized materials in these medical devices, including pharmaceuticals and biologics as well as exotic polymers present a challenge for radiation sterilization as many of these components cannot withstand conventional irradiation methods. The irradiation of materials at dry ice temperatures has emerged as a technique that can be used to decrease the radiation sensitivity of materials. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of low temperature irradiation on a variety of polymer materials, and over a range of temperatures from 0 °C down to -80 °C. The effectiveness of microbial kill is also investigated under each of these conditions. The results of the study show that the effect of low temperature irradiation is material dependent and can alter the balance between crosslinking and chain scission of the polymer. Low temperatures also increase the dose required to achieve an equivalent microbiological kill, therefore dose setting exercises must be performed under the environmental conditions of use.

  12. Honeycomb artificial spin ice at low temperatures

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    Zeissler, Katharina; Chadha, Megha; Cohen, Lesley; Branford, Will

    2015-03-01

    Artificial spin ice is a macroscopic playground for magnetically frustrated systems. It consists of a geometrically ordered but magnetically frustrated arrangement of ferromagnetic macros spins, e.g. an arrangement of single domain ferromagnetic nanowires on a honeycomb lattice. Permalloy and cobalt which have critical temperature scales far above 290 K, are commonly used in the construction of such systems. Previous measurements have shown unusual features in the magnetotransport signature of cobalt honeycomb artificial spin ice at temperatures below 50 K which are due to changes in the artificial spin ice's magnetic reversal. In that case, the artificial spin ice bars were 1 micron long, 100 nm wide and 20 nm thick. Here we explore the low temperature magnetic behavior of honeycomb artificial spin ice structures with a variety of bar dimensions, indirectly via electrical transport, as well as, directly using low temperature magnetic imaging techniques. We discuss the extent to which this change in the magnetic reversal at low temperatures is generic to the honeycomb artificial spin ice geometry and whether the bar dimensions have an influence on its onset temperature. The EPSRC (Grant No. EP/G004765/1; Grant No. EP/L504786/1) and the Leverhulme Trust (Grant No. RPG 2012-692) funded this scientific work.

  13. Dynamical States of Low Temperature Cirrus

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    Barahona, D.; Nenes, A.

    2011-01-01

    Low ice crystal concentration and sustained in-cloud supersaturation, commonly found in cloud observations at low temperature, challenge our understanding of cirrus formation. Heterogeneous freezing from effloresced ammonium sulfate, glassy aerosol, dust and black carbon are proposed to cause these phenomena; this requires low updrafts for cirrus characteristics to agree with observations and is at odds with the gravity wave spectrum in the upper troposphere. Background temperature fluctuations however can establish a dynamical equilibrium between ice production and sedimentation loss (as opposed to ice crystal formation during the first stages of cloud evolution and subsequent slow cloud decay) that explains low temperature cirrus properties. This newly-discovered state is favored at low temperatures and does not require heterogeneous nucleation to occur (the presence of ice nuclei can however facilitate its onset). Our understanding of cirrus clouds and their role in anthropogenic climate change is reshaped, as the type of dynamical forcing will set these clouds in one of two preferred microphysical regimes with very different susceptibility to aerosol.

  14. Low-temperature acoustic properties of nanostructured zirconium obtained by intensive plastic deformation

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    Vatazhuk, E. N.; Pal-Val, P. P.; Natsik, V. D.; Pal-Val, L. N.; Tikhonovsky, M. A.; Velikodny, A. N.; Khaimovich, P. A.

    2011-02-01

    The temperature dependences of the logarithmic decrement and dynamic Young's modulus of polycrystalline coarse-grained and nanostructured Zr are studied at temperatures of 2.5-340K. A nanostructured state of samples with grain sizes on the order of 100nm was produced by intensive plastic deformation (IPD). The measurements were made using a two-component vibrator technique at frequencies of 73-350kHz. A relaxation peak in the internal friction near 250K was discovered in the coarse-grained, annealed Zr which is retained after IPD, but its height increases by roughly a factor of 10 and the localization temperature shifts to lower values. In addition, after IPD a new internal friction peak shows up at moderately low temperatures near 80K. The activation parameters for the observed peaks are estimated and it is shown that they arise from different thermally activated dislocation processes: interactions of dislocations with impurities and kink pair formation in dislocations. It was found that IPD is accompanied by a significant (1-8%) reduction in the Young's modulus because of quasistatic and dynamic dislocation effects. A glass-like anomaly appears in the temperature dependence of the Young's modulus of nanostructured Zr at T <20K which may be determined by tunnelling and thermally activated relaxation of quasilocal excitations.

  15. Convective heat transfer to low-temperature fluids

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    Graham, R. W.; Hendricks, R. C.; Simoneau, R. J.

    1974-01-01

    Research into forced and natural convection processes in low-temperature (cryogenic) fluids is reviewed with primary emphasis on forced convection. Boundaries of the near-critical region are defined, fluid properties near the critical state are discussed, and heat-transfer processes around the critical point are described. The thermodynamics of the critical point is analyzed together with transport properties of a near-critical fluid, and the quantum states of low-temperature molecular hydrogen (para and ortho) are discussed. Experimental work on heat transfer in free, natural, and forced convection systems is briefly summarized. Graham's (1969) penetration model for near-critical fluids is outlined, near-critical heat transfer is discussed in relation to conventional geometric effects, and the effects of curvature on the properties of near-critical hydrogen are noted. Theoretical considerations in free and forced convection are examined.

  16. Analysis of Low-Temperature Utilization of Geothermal Resources

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    Anderson, Brian

    2015-06-30

    Full realization of the potential of what might be considered “low-grade” geothermal resources will require that we examine many more uses for the heat than traditional electricity generation. To demonstrate that geothermal energy truly has the potential to be a national energy source we will be designing, assessing, and evaluating innovative uses for geothermal-produced water such as hybrid biomass-geothermal cogeneration of electricity and district heating and efficiency improvements to the use of cellulosic biomass in addition to utilization of geothermal in district heating for community redevelopment projects. The objectives of this project were: 1) to perform a techno-economic analysis of the integration and utilization potential of low-temperature geothermal sources. Innovative uses of low-enthalpy geothermal water were designed and examined for their ability to offset fossil fuels and decrease CO2 emissions. 2) To perform process optimizations and economic analyses of processes that can utilize low-temperature geothermal fluids. These processes included electricity generation using biomass and district heating systems. 3) To scale up and generalize the results of three case study locations to develop a regionalized model of the utilization of low-temperature geothermal resources. A national-level, GIS-based, low-temperature geothermal resource supply model was developed and used to develop a series of national supply curves. We performed an in-depth analysis of the low-temperature geothermal resources that dominate the eastern half of the United States. The final products of this study include 17 publications, an updated version of the cost estimation software GEOPHIRES, and direct-use supply curves for low-temperature utilization of geothermal resources. The supply curves for direct use geothermal include utilization from known hydrothermal, undiscovered hydrothermal, and near-hydrothermal EGS resources and presented these results at the Stanford

  17. Low-Temperature Synthesis Routes to Intermetallic Superconductors

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    Schaak, Raymond E

    2008-01-08

    Over the past few years, our group has gained expertise at developing low-temperature solution-based synthetic pathways to complex nanoscale solids, with particular emphasis on nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds. Our synthetic capabilities are providing tools to reproducibly generate intermetallic nanostructures with simultaneous control over crystal structure, composition, and morphology. This DOE-funded project aims to expand these capabilities to intermetallic superconductors. This could represent an important addition to the tools that are available for the synthesis and processing of intermetallic superconductors, which traditionally utilize high-temperature, high-pressure, thin film, or gas-phase vacuum deposition methods. Our current knowledge of intermetallic superconductors suggests that significant enhancements could result from the inherent benefits of low-temperature solution synthesis, e.g. metastable phase formation, control over nanoscale morphology to facilitate size-dependent property studies, robust and inexpensive processability, low-temperature annealing and consolidation, and impurity incorporation (for doping, stoichiometry control, flux pinning, and improving the critical fields). Our focus is on understanding the superconducting properties as a function of synthetic route, crystal structure, crystallite size, and morphology, and developing the synthetic tools necessary to accomplish this. This research program can currently be divided into two classes of superconducting materials: intermetallics (transition metal/post transition metal) and metal carbides/borides. Both involve the development and exploitation of low-temperature synthesis routes followed by detailed characterization of structures and properties, with the goal of understanding how the synthetic pathways influence key superconducting properties of selected target materials. Because of the low-temperature methods used to synthesize them and the nanocrystalline morphologies

  18. Method and apparatus for low temperature destruction of halogenated hydrocarbons

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    Reagen, William Kevin; Janikowski, Stuart Kevin

    1999-01-01

    A method and apparatus for decomposing halogenated hydrocarbons are provided. The halogenated hydrocarbon is mixed with solvating agents and maintained in a predetermined atmosphere and at a predetermined temperature. The mixture is contacted with recyclable reactive material for chemically reacting with the recyclable material to create dehalogenated hydrocarbons and halogenated inorganic compounds. A feature of the invention is that the process enables low temperature destruction of halogenated hydrocarbons.

  19. Kinetics of low-temperature transitions and a reaction rate theory from non-equilibrium distributions

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    Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Coutinho, Nayara Dantas; Carvalho-Silva, Valter Henrique

    2017-03-01

    This article surveys the empirical information which originated both by laboratory experiments and by computational simulations, and expands previous understanding of the rates of chemical processes in the low-temperature range, where deviations from linearity of Arrhenius plots were revealed. The phenomenological two-parameter Arrhenius equation requires improvement for applications where interpolation or extrapolations are demanded in various areas of modern science. Based on Tolman's theorem, the dependence of the reciprocal of the apparent activation energy as a function of reciprocal absolute temperature permits the introduction of a deviation parameter d covering uniformly a variety of rate processes, from those where quantum mechanical tunnelling is significant and d < 0, to those where d > 0, corresponding to the Pareto-Tsallis statistical weights: these generalize the Boltzmann-Gibbs weight, which is recovered for d = 0. It is shown here how the weights arise, relaxing the thermodynamic equilibrium limit, either for a binomial distribution if d > 0 or for a negative binomial distribution if d < 0, formally corresponding to Fermion-like or Boson-like statistics, respectively. The current status of the phenomenology is illustrated emphasizing case studies; specifically (i) the super-Arrhenius kinetics, where transport phenomena accelerate processes as the temperature increases; (ii) the sub-Arrhenius kinetics, where quantum mechanical tunnelling propitiates low-temperature reactivity; (iii) the anti-Arrhenius kinetics, where processes with no energetic obstacles are rate-limited by molecular reorientation requirements. Particular attention is given for case (i) to the treatment of diffusion and viscosity, for case (ii) to formulation of a transition rate theory for chemical kinetics including quantum mechanical tunnelling, and for case (iii) to the stereodirectional specificity of the dynamics of reactions strongly hindered by the increase of temperature

  20. Relaxation Processes in Aqueous Systems upon X-ray Ionization: Entanglement of Electronic and Nuclear Dynamics.

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    Slavíček, Petr; Kryzhevoi, Nikolai V; Aziz, Emad F; Winter, Bernd

    2016-01-21

    The knowledge of primary processes following the interaction of high-energy radiation with molecules in liquid phase is rather limited. In the present Perspective, we report on a newly discovered type of relaxation process involving simultaneous autoionization and proton transfer between adjacent molecules, so-called proton transfer mediated charge separation (PTM-CS) process. Within PTM-CS, transients with a half-transferred proton are formed within a few femtoseconds after the core-level ionization event. Subsequent nonradiative decay of the highly nonequilibrium transients leads to a series of reactive species, which have not been considered in any high-energy radiation process in water. Nonlocal electronic decay processes are surprisingly accelerated upon proton dynamics. Such strong coupling of electronic and nuclear dynamics is a general phenomenon for hydrogen-bonded systems, however, its probability correlates strongly with hydration geometry. We suggest that the newly observed processes will impact future high-energy radiation-chemistry-relevant modeling, and we envision application of autoionization spectroscopy for identification of solution structure details.

  1. Low-Temperature Plasma Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Khare, Bishun; Meyyappan, M.

    2004-01-01

    A low-temperature plasma process has been devised for attaching specified molecular groups to carbon nanotubes in order to impart desired chemical and/or physical properties to the nanotubes for specific applications. Unlike carbon-nanotube- functionalization processes reported heretofore, this process does not involve the use of wet chemicals, does not involve exposure of the nanotubes to high temperatures, and generates very little chemical residue. In addition, this process can be carried out in a relatively simple apparatus and can readily be scaled up to mass production.

  2. Critical behavior of the absorbing state transition in the contact process with relaxing immunization

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    Cruz, Claudia P. T.; Lyra, M. L.; Fulco, U. L.; Corso, Gilberto

    2012-11-01

    We introduce a model for the Contact Process with relaxing immunization CPRI. In this model, local memory is introduced by a time and space dependence of the contamination probability. The model has two parameters: a typical immunization time τ and a maximum contamination probability a. The system presents an absorbing state phase transition whenever the contamination probability a is above a minimum threshold. For short immunization times, the system evolves to a statistically stationary active state. Above τc(a), immunization predominates and the system evolves to the absorbing vacuum state. We employ a finite-size scaling analysis to show that the transition belongs to the standard directed percolation universality class. The critical immunization time diverges in the limit of a→1. In this regime, the density of active sites decays exponentially as τ increases, but never reaches the vacuum state in the thermodynamic limit.

  3. Relaxational processes in the one-dimensional Ising model with long-range interactions

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    Tomita, Yusuke

    2016-12-01

    Relaxational processes in ordered phases of one-dimensional Ising models with long-range interactions are investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. Three types of spin model, the pure ferromagnetic, the diluted ferromagnetic, and the spin glass models, are examined. The effective dimension of the one-dimensional systems are controlled by a parameter σ , which tunes the rate of interaction decay. Systematical investigations of droplet dynamics, from the lower to the upper critical dimension, are conducted by changing the value of σ . Comparing numerical data with the droplet theory, it is found that the surface dimension of droplets is distributed around the effective dimension. The distribution in the surface dimension makes the droplet dynamics complex and extremely enhances dynamical crossover.

  4. Relaxational processes in the one-dimensional Ising model with long-range interactions.

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    Tomita, Yusuke

    2016-12-01

    Relaxational processes in ordered phases of one-dimensional Ising models with long-range interactions are investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. Three types of spin model, the pure ferromagnetic, the diluted ferromagnetic, and the spin glass models, are examined. The effective dimension of the one-dimensional systems are controlled by a parameter σ, which tunes the rate of interaction decay. Systematical investigations of droplet dynamics, from the lower to the upper critical dimension, are conducted by changing the value of σ. Comparing numerical data with the droplet theory, it is found that the surface dimension of droplets is distributed around the effective dimension. The distribution in the surface dimension makes the droplet dynamics complex and extremely enhances dynamical crossover.

  5. Nonlinear structural response using adaptive dynamic relaxation on a massively-parallel-processing system

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    Oakley, David R.; Knight, Norman F., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    A parallel adaptive dynamic relaxation (ADR) algorithm has been developed for nonlinear structural analysis. This algorithm has minimal memory requirements, is easily parallelizable and scalable to many processors, and is generally very reliable and efficient for highly nonlinear problems. Performance evaluations on single-processor computers have shown that the ADR algorithm is reliable and highly vectorizable, and that it is competitive with direct solution methods for the highly nonlinear problems considered. The present algorithm is implemented on the 512-processor Intel Touchstone DELTA system at Caltech, and it is designed to minimize the extent and frequency of interprocessor communication. The algorithm has been used to solve for the nonlinear static response of two and three dimensional hyperelastic systems involving contact. Impressive relative speedups have been achieved and demonstrate the high scalability of the ADR algorithm. For the class of problems addressed, the ADR algorithm represents a very promising approach for parallel-vector processing.

  6. Low-temperature friction-stir welding of 2024 aluminum

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    Benavides, S.; Li, Y.; Murr, L.E.; Brown, D.; McClure, J.C.

    1999-09-10

    Solid-state, friction-stir welding (FSW) has been demonstrated to involve dynamic recrystallization producing ultra-fine, equiaxed grain structures to facilitate superplastic deformation as the welding or joining mechanism. Since the recrystallization temperature also decreases with increasing strain rate, the FSW process is somewhat complicated because the ambient temperature, the frictional heating fraction, and the adiabatic heating fraction (proportional to the product of strain and strain-rate) will all influence both the recrystallization and grain growth within the FSW zone. Significantly reducing the ambient temperature of the base metal or work pieces to be welded would be expected to reduce the residual weld-zone grain size. The practical consequences of this temperature reduction would be the achievement of low-temperature welding. This study compares the residual grain sizes and microstructures in 2024 Al friction-stir welded at room temperature ({approximately} 30 C) and low temperature ({minus} 30 C).

  7. Low-temperature synthesis of carbon nanotubes on iron nanopowders

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    Partizan, G.; Mansurov, B. Z.; Medyanova, B. S.; Koshanova, А B.; Mansurova, M. E.; Aliyev, B. А; Jiang, Xin

    2016-11-01

    This work presents the results of experiments on synthesis of carbon nanostructures by the method of thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using iron nanopowders obtained by the method of electrical explosion of wires as catalysts. The process parameters that are optimal for low-temperature growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been identified during performed experiments. Results of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray analysis showed that samples grown at temperatures below the normally used have the highest crystallinity. Studies by scanning electron microscopy using SE2 mode and results of transmission electron microscopy indicate that the synthesized structures are multi-walled CNTs with the metal clusters inside the channel of the tube. The experimental modes of synthesis of CNTs by low-temperature CVD using iron nanopowders as catalyst have been found for the first time.

  8. Performance of a pilot-scale sewage treatment: an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) and a down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) reactors combined system by sulfur-redox reaction process under low-temperature conditions.

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    Takahashi, Masanobu; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Kuramoto, Yoshiharu; Nagano, Akihiro; Shimozaki, Satoshi; Sumino, Haruhiko; Araki, Nobuo; Yamazaki, Shinichi; Kawakami, Shuji; Harada, Hideki

    2011-01-01

    Performance of a wastewater treatment system utilizing a sulfur-redox reaction of microbes was investigated using a pilot-scale reactor that was fed with actual sewage. The system consisted of an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor and a down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) reactor with a recirculation line. Consequently, the total CODCr (465±147 mg L(-1); total BOD of 207±68 mg L(-1)) at the influent was reduced (70±14 mg L(-1); total BOD of 9±2 mg L(-1)) at the DHS effluent under the conditions of an overall hydraulic retention time of 12 h, a recirculation ratio of 2, and a low-sewage temperature of 7.0±2.8 °C. A microbial analysis revealed that sulfate-reducing bacteria contributed to the degradation of organic matter in the UASB reactor even in low temperatures. The utilized sulfur-redox reaction is applicable for low-strength wastewater treatment under low-temperature conditions. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Low temperature elastic behavior of rocks

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    Ulrich, T. J.; Darling, T. W.; McCall, K. R.; Fenn, J.

    2002-12-01

    The resonant frequencies of a material sample are directly related to the elastic constants characterizing the sample. Thus, by studying trends in resonant frequencies as a function of temperature, the elastic behavior of the sample may be inferred, and changes in the physical properties of the material may be tracked (for example, phase changes). Historically, tracking the resonant frequencies of a crystalline sample as a function of temperature is one of the most sensitive methods for identifying phase changes in the sample. We are using Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) to track the resonant frequencies of rock samples at low temperatures. Our initial measurements showed unexpected behavior in a millimeter-sized sample of Berea sandstone in the temperature range from 77 K to 300 K [Ulrich and Darling, 2001], including hysteresis in the temperature dependence of the resonant frequencies, and softening rather than hardening as the temperature decreases. A second experimental apparatus has been developed to make RUS measurements on samples up to 2 cm by 3 cm by 8 cm in size, and over the temperature range 77 K - 400 K. RUS measurements using the new experimental system have been made on several rock samples, as well as several standards, and will be described in this talk. In general, the rock samples exhibit anomalous elastic behavior, consistent with the initial measurements on much smaller samples. Similar elastic phenomena, with similar activation energies, are seen in these rocks in room temperature measurements of resonant frequency versus strain [Tencate and Shankland, 1996]. Thus, low temperature measurements could provide insight into the mechanisms for the nonlinear elastic behavior of rocks and other materials. Ulrich T.J., Darling T.W., Observation of anomalous elastic behavior in rock at low temperatures. Geophys. Res. Let., Vol. 28, No. 11, pgs. 2293-2296, June 1, 2001. Tencate J.A., Shankland, T.J., Slow dynamics in the nonlinear response of

  10. Vapor pressures of acetylene at low temperatures

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    Masterson, C. M.; Allen, John E., Jr.; Kraus, G. F.; Khanna, R. K.

    1990-01-01

    The atmospheres of many of the outer planets and their satellites contain a large number of hydrocarbon species. In particular, acetylene (C2H2) has been identified at Jupiter, Saturn and its satellite Titan, Uranus and Neptune. In the lower atmospheres of these planets, where colder temperatures prevail, the condensation and/or freezing of acetylene is probable. In order to obtain accurate models of the acetylene in these atmospheres, it is necessary to have a complete understanding of its vapor pressures at low temperatures. Vapor pressures at low temperatures for acetylene are being determined. The vapor pressures are measured with two different techniques in order to cover a wide range of temperatures and pressures. In the first, the acetylene is placed in a sample tube which is immersed in a low temperature solvent/liquid nitrogen slush bath whose temperature is measured with a thermocouple. The vapor pressure is then measured directly with a capacitance manometer. For lower pressures, a second technique which was called the thin-film infrared method (TFIR) was developed. It involves measuring the disappearance rate of a thin film of acetylene at a particular temperature. The spectra are then analyzed using previously determined extinction coefficient values, to determine the disappearance rate R (where R = delta n/delta t, the number of molecules that disappear per unit time). This can be related to the vapor pressure directly. This technique facilitates measurement of the lower temperatures and pressures. Both techniques have been calibrated using CO2, and have shown good agreement with the existing literature data.

  11. Changes in Osmotic Pressure and Mucilage during Low-Temperature Acclimation of Opuntia ficus-indica 1

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    Goldstein, Guillermo; Nobel, Park S.

    1991-01-01

    Opuntia ficus-indica, a Crassulacean acid metabolism plant cultivated for its fruits and cladodes, was used to examine chemical and physiological events accompanying low-temperature acclimation. Changes in osmotic pressure, water content, low molecular weight solutes, and extracellular mucilage were monitored in the photosynthetic chlorenchyma and the water-storage parenchyma when plants maintained at day/night air temperatures of 30/20°C were shifted to 10/0°C. An increase in osmotic pressure of 0.13 megapascal occurred after 13 days at 10/0°C. Synthesis of glucose, fructose, and glycerol accounted for most of the observed increase in osmotic pressure during the low-temperature acclimation. Extracellular mucilage and the relative apoplastic water content increased by 24 and 10%, respectively, during exposure to low temperatures. These increases apparently favor the extracellular nucleation of ice closer to the equilibrium freezing temperature for plants at 10/0°C, which could make the cellular dehydration more gradual and less damaging. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies helped elucidate the cellular processes during ice formation, such as those revealed by changes in the relaxation times of two water fractions in the chlorenchyma. The latter results suggested a restricted mobility of intracellular water and an increased mobility of extracellular water for plants at 10/0°C compared with those at 30/20°C. Increased mobility of extracellular water could facilitate extracellular ice growth and thus delay the potentially lethal intracellular freezing during low-temperature acclimation. PMID:16668536

  12. Statistical Modeling Applied to Deformation-Relaxation Processes in a Composite Biopolymer Network Induced by Magnetic Field.

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    Tarrío-Saavedra, Javier; González, Cécilia Galindo; Naya, Salvador; López-Beceiro, Jorge; Ponton, Alain

    2017-01-01

    This study investigated a methodology based on image processing and statistics to characterize and model the deformation upon controlled and uniform magnetic field and the relaxation under zero field of droplets observed in aqueous solutions of sodium alginate incorporating magnetic maghemite nanoparticles stabilized by adsorption of citrate ions. The changes of droplet geometry were statistically analyzed using a new approach based on the data obtained from optical microscopy, image processing, nonlinear regression, evolutionary optimization, analysis of variance and resampling. Image enhancement and then image segmentation (Gaussian mixture modeling) processes were applied to extract features with reliable information of droplets dimensions from optical micrographs. The droplets deformation and relaxation trends were accurately adjusted by the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) function and a mean relaxation time was obtained by fitting the time evolution of geometry parameters. It was found to be proportional to the initial radius of the spherical droplets and was associated to interfacial tension.

  13. Study of energy relaxation processes of the surface produced negative ions by using 3D3V-PIC simulation

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    Miyamoto, K.; Goto, I.; Nishioka, S.; Hatayama, A.; Hiratsuka, J.; Hanada, M.; Kojima, A.

    2017-08-01

    The energy relaxation processes of the surface produced H- ions due to the Coulomb collision and the charge exchange collision is verified by using 3D3V-PIC (three dimensions in real space and three dimensions in velocity space particle in cell) simulation. Under the present simulation condition (ne = 1.0 × 1018 m-3, TH+ = 0.25 eV, TH- = 1.5 eV (the initial temperature of the surface produced H- ion), nH/nH2 =0.5, nH = 9.4 × 1018 m-3, TH = 0.1 eV), it is indicated the Coulomb collision is dominant for the energy relaxation processes. Moreover, it is indicated from the emittance diagrams that the H- ion beam optics is improved by the energy relaxation processes.

  14. Statistical Modeling Applied to Deformation-Relaxation Processes in a Composite Biopolymer Network Induced by Magnetic Field

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    Tarrío-Saavedra, Javier; González, Cécilia Galindo; Naya, Salvador; López-Beceiro, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    This study investigated a methodology based on image processing and statistics to characterize and model the deformation upon controlled and uniform magnetic field and the relaxation under zero field of droplets observed in aqueous solutions of sodium alginate incorporating magnetic maghemite nanoparticles stabilized by adsorption of citrate ions. The changes of droplet geometry were statistically analyzed using a new approach based on the data obtained from optical microscopy, image processing, nonlinear regression, evolutionary optimization, analysis of variance and resampling. Image enhancement and then image segmentation (Gaussian mixture modeling) processes were applied to extract features with reliable information of droplets dimensions from optical micrographs. The droplets deformation and relaxation trends were accurately adjusted by the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) function and a mean relaxation time was obtained by fitting the time evolution of geometry parameters. It was found to be proportional to the initial radius of the spherical droplets and was associated to interfacial tension. PMID:28081239

  15. Cryocoolers near their low-temperature limit

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    de Waele, A. T. A. M.

    2015-07-01

    This paper analyses the recently-observed temperature-time dependence in a GM-cooler near its low-temperature limit. The paper mainly focusses on GM-coolers with 4He as the working fluid, but some attention is also paid to pulse-tube refrigerators (PTR's) using 3He and many features of the treatment equally apply to Stirling coolers. Ample attention is paid to the thermodynamics of the cycle by considering the isentropes in the Tp-diagrams of 4He and 3He. The role of the line, where the thermal expansion coefficient is zero, is emphasized. Some fundamental thermodynamic relationships are derived.

  16. The development of low temperature curing adhesives

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    Green, H. E.; Sutherland, J. D.; Hom, J. M.; Sheppard, C. H.

    1975-01-01

    An approach for the development of a practical low temperature (293 K-311 K/68 F-100 F) curing adhesive system based on a family of amide/ester resins was studied and demonstrated. The work was conducted on resin optimization and adhesive compounding studies. An improved preparative method was demonstrated which involved the reaction of an amine-alcohol precursor, in a DMF solution with acid chloride. Experimental studies indicated that an adhesive formulation containing aluminum powder provided the best performance when used in conjunction with a commercial primer.

  17. Ionometric determination of fluorides at low temperatures

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    Kostyukova, I.S.; Ennan, A.A.; Dzerzhko, E.K.; Leivikova, A.A.

    1995-12-01

    A method for determining fluoride ions in solution at low temperatures using a solid-contact fluorine-selective electrode (FSE) has been developed. The effect of temperature (60 to -15{degrees}C) on the calibration slope, potential equilibrium time, and operational stability is studied; the effect of an organic additive (cryoprotector) on the calibration slope is also studied. The temperature relationships obtained for the solid-contact FSEs allow appropriate corrections to be applied to the operational algorithm of the {open_quotes}Ftoring{close_quotes} hand-held semiautomatic HF gas analyzer for the operational temperature range of -16 to 60{degrees}C.

  18. Investigations of Low Temperature Time Dependent Cracking

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    Van der Sluys, W A; Robitz, E S; Young, B A; Bloom, J

    2002-09-30

    The objective of this project was to investigate metallurgical and mechanical phenomena associated with time dependent cracking of cold bent carbon steel piping at temperatures between 327 C and 360 C. Boiler piping failures have demonstrated that understanding the fundamental metallurgical and mechanical parameters controlling these failures is insufficient to eliminate it from the field. The results of the project consisted of the development of a testing methodology to reproduce low temperature time dependent cracking in laboratory specimens. This methodology was used to evaluate the cracking resistance of candidate heats in order to identify the factors that enhance cracking sensitivity. The resultant data was integrated into current available life prediction tools.

  19. Low-temperature heat transfer in nanowires.

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    Glavin, B A

    2001-05-07

    A new regime of low-temperature heat transfer in suspended nanowires is predicted. It takes place when (i) only "acoustic" phonon modes of the wire are thermally populated and (ii) phonons are subject to the effective elastic scattering. Qualitatively, the main peculiarities of heat transfer originate due to the appearance of the flexural modes with high density of states in the wire phonon spectrum. They give rise to the T(1/2) temperature dependence of the wire thermal conductance. Experimental situations where the new regime is likely to be detected are discussed.

  20. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

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    Cao, Bingchen; Shen, Xiaonan; Shang, Jingzhi; Cong, Chunxiao; Yang, Weihuang; Eginligil, Mustafa E-mail: meginligil@ntu.edu.sg; Yu, Ting E-mail: meginligil@ntu.edu.sg

    2014-11-01

    High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup), while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization.