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  1. Effect of metal ions (Sn and Zn) on the thermal property of akaganeite nanorods

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    Wang, Wei-Wei; Yao, Jia-Liang

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Compared with β-FeOOH and Zn doped β-FeOOH, the thermal stability of tin doped β-FeOOH increases both in solution and air. Zn and Sn ions doping favor the formation of rod like shape β-FeOOH. Highlights: ► The addition of tin ions increases the thermal stability of β-FeOOH nanorods both in solution and air. ► Tin ions doped β-FeOOH nanorods show higher decomposition temperature (ΔT = 200 °C). ► The presence of tin and zinc ions is favor of the formation of rod like shape. -- Abstract: The electrical, optical, and adsorption properties of akaganeite (β-FeOOH) can be modified by doping or combining with variety of elements. We prepared metal ions (Sn, Zn) doped β-FeOOH using β-FeOOH nanorods as the precursor by the hydrothermal method and investigated the effect of metal ions (Sn, Zn) on the thermal property of β-FeOOH nanorods. The doping of metal ions (Sn, Zn) was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and atomic emission spectrometer analysis. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis showed that they have different thermal decomposition temperatures. β-FeOOH nanorods and Zn doped β-FeOOH nanorods were transformed into α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles at 400 °C. While Sn doped β-FeOOH nanorods should be heated to higher temperature (600 °C). Sn doped β-FeOOH nanorods showed higher thermal stability due to the Sn ions binding with the framework of β-FeOOH. Both Sn and Zn ions doped β-FeOOH remained the rod like shape.

  2. Study on structural, optical properties of solvothermally synthesized Ni doped CdS nanorods

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    Kaur, Kamaldeep Verma, N. K.

    2015-05-15

    Undoped and alkali metal i.e Ni doped CdS nanorods (Cd{sub x}Ni{sub 1-x}S) with (x = 0.0, 0.3,) has been synthesized by using a convenient solvothermal technique. In order to confirm the structure of the synthesized nanorods X-ray diffraction (XRD) has been done which reveals the formation of hexagonal phase of the dilute magnetic semiconducting nanorods having size of undoped 27.79nm and doped 17.49nm. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis depicts the presence of elements Cd, Ni and S in their stoichiometric ratio. Optical behavior of undoped and doped nanorods has been investigated. UV-visible spectra show the blue shift in the band gap, as compared to the bulk CdS which may be due the quantum confinement occurs in the nanostructures. Morphological analysis has been done with the help of Transmission electron microscope which confirms the polycrystalline nature of the synthesized nanorods.

  3. Alternative motif toward high-quality wurtzite MnSe nanorods via subtle sulfur element doping.

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    Zhou, Bo; Yang, Xinyi; Sui, Yongming; Xiao, Guanjun; Wei, Yingjin; Zou, Bo

    2016-04-28

    The manipulated synthesis of high-quality semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) is of high significance with respect to the exploration of their properties and their corresponding applications. Nevertheless, the preparation of metastable-phase NCs still remains a great challenge due to their high kinetic barriers and harsh synthetic conditions. Herein, we demonstrated the fabrication of high-quality MnSe nanorods with a metastable wurtzite structure via a subtle sulfur-doping strategy. Based on the UV-vis absorption spectra, manganese polysulfide clusters were formed by mixing oleylamine-sulfur and oleylamine-manganese solutions at room temperature. The existence of manganese polysulfide clusters with polymeric sulfur structures makes the system more reactive, inducing fast wurtzite-phase nucleation. This can overcome the natural kinetic barrier of wurtzite MnSe and lead to subsequent growth of targeted NCs. On the other hand, no sulfur doping would produce MnSe NCs in a thermodynamically favorable rock-salt phase. As expected, different doping contents and sulfur sources also resulted in the formation of high-quality wurtzite MnSe nanorods. This success establishes that a facile strategy can be anticipated to synthesize high-quality metal chalcogenide NCs with a metastable phase, especially wurtzite nanorods, for potential applications from spintronics to solar cells. PMID:27064941

  4. Chemical sensing and imaging with metallic nanorods.

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    Murphy, Catherine J; Gole, Anand M; Hunyadi, Simona E; Stone, John W; Sisco, Patrick N; Alkilany, Alaaldin; Kinard, Brian E; Hankins, Patrick

    2008-02-01

    In this Feature Article, we examine recent advances in chemical analyte detection and optical imaging applications using gold and silver nanoparticles, with a primary focus on our own work. Noble metal nanoparticles have exciting physical and chemical properties that are entirely different from the bulk. For chemical sensing and imaging, the optical properties of metallic nanoparticles provide a wide range of opportunities, all of which ultimately arise from the collective oscillations of conduction band electrons ("plasmons") in response to external electromagnetic radiation. Nanorods have multiple plasmon bands compared to nanospheres. We identify four optical sensing and imaging modalities for metallic nanoparticles: (1) aggregation-dependent shifts in plasmon frequency; (2) local refractive index-dependent shifts in plasmon frequency; (3) inelastic (surface-enhanced Raman) light scattering; and (4) elastic (Rayleigh) light scattering. The surface chemistry of the nanoparticles must be tunable to create chemical specificity, and is a key requirement for successful sensing and imaging platforms. PMID:18209787

  5. A molecular approach to Cu doped ZnO nanorods with tunable dopant content.

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    Pashchanka, Mikhail; Hoffmann, Rudolf C; Gurlo, Aleksander; Swarbrick, Janine C; Khanderi, Jayaprakash; Engstler, Jörg; Issanin, Alexander; Schneider, Jörg J

    2011-04-28

    A novel molecular approach to the synthesis of polycrystalline Cu-doped ZnO rod-like nanostructures with variable concentrations of introduced copper ions in ZnO host matrix is presented. Spectroscopic (PLS, variable temperature XRD, XPS, ELNES, HERFD) and microscopic (HRTEM) analysis methods reveal the +II oxidation state of the lattice incorporated Cu ions. Photoluminescence spectra show a systematic narrowing (tuning) of the band gap depending on the amount of Cu(II) doping. The advantage of the template assembly of doped ZnO nanorods is that it offers general access to doped oxide structures under moderate thermal conditions. The doping content of the host structure can be individually tuned by the stoichiometric ratio of the molecular precursor complex of the host metal oxide and the molecular precursor complex of the dopant, Di-aquo-bis[2-(methoxyimino)-propanoato]zinc(II) 1 and -copper(II) 2. Moreover, these keto-dioximato complexes are accessible for a number of transition metal and lanthanide elements, thus allowing this synthetic approach to be expanded into a variety of doped 1D metal oxide structures.

  6. Stabilization of DNA liquid crystals on doping with gold nanorods.

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    Brach, Katarzyna; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Gordel, Marta; Samoc, Marek

    2016-03-14

    We report on the impact of doping with gold nanorods (NRs) on the formation and stability of DNA liquid crystals (LCs). Cetyl trimethylammonium (CTAB)-stabilized gold NRs were synthesized using the wet chemistry method. Different textures of cholesteric and columnar mesophases, as well as phase transitions, were observed using a polarized light microscope. It was found that liquid crystalline phases formed in the samples were qualitatively the same and the phase appearance sequence was preserved in the samples regardless of the doping. We show that depending on the concentration of gold NRs present in the phase, nanoparticle-doped cholesteric and columnar hexagonal phases existed in wider temperature ranges compared to pure DNA LCs. The potential applications of these liquid crystal-nanoparticle hybrid systems may include the fabrication of new optoelectronic devices and sensors.

  7. Plasmonic Fano resonances in metallic nanorod complexes.

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    Yang, Zhong-Jian; Hao, Zhong-Hua; Lin, Hai-Qing; Wang, Qu-Quan

    2014-05-21

    Plasmonic Fano resonances (FRs) in nanostructures have been extensively studied in recent years. Nanorod-based complexes for FRs have also attracted much attention. The basic optical properties and fabrication technology of different kinds of plasmonic nanorods have been greatly developed over the last several years. The mutipole plasmon resonances and their flexible adjustment ranges on nanorods make them promising for FR modifications and structure diversity. In this paper, we review some recently studied plasmonic nanorod based nanostructures for FRs, including single nanorods, dimers, mutipole rods and nanorod-nanoparticle hybrids. The corresponding applications of the FRs are also briefly discussed.

  8. Phase transformation and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanorods

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    Datta, Anuja Panda, Subhendu K.; Chaudhuri, Subhadra

    2008-09-15

    ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu have been prepared by simple solvothermal process. With gradual increase in the Cu concentration, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed. Twins and stacking faults were developed due to atomic rearrangement in the heavily doped ZnS nanorods during phase transformation. UV-vis-NIR absorbance spectroscopy ruled out the presence of any impure Cu-S phase. The doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR with peaks at 370, 492-498, 565 and 730 nm. The UV region peak is due to the near-band-edge transition, whereas, the green peak can be related to emission from elementary sulfur species on the surfaces of the nanorods. The orange emission at 565 nm may be linked to the recombination of electrons at deep defect levels and the Cu(t{sub 2}) states present near the valence band of ZnS. The near IR emission possibly originated from transitions due to deep-level defects. - Graphical abstract: ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu has been prepared by simple solvothermal route. Interestingly, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed with gradual increase in the Cu concentration. Doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR, which is also a rare observation.

  9. Doping concentration dependence of microstructure and magnetic behaviours in Co-doped TiO2 nanorods

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    2014-01-01

    Co-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods with different doping concentrations were fabricated by a molten salt method. It is found that the morphology of TiO2 changes from nanorods to nanoparticles with increasing doping concentration. The mechanism for the structure and phase evolution is investigated in detail. Undoped TiO2 nanorods show strong ferromagnetism at room temperature, whereas incorporating of Co deteriorates the ferromagnetic ordering. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) results demonstrate that the ferromagnetism is associated with Ti vacancy. PMID:25593558

  10. Synthesis and characterization of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods chemically grown on flexible substrate

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    Shabannia, R.

    2016-08-01

    Vertically aligned undoped and Cu-doped ZnO nanorods array were successfully grown on flexible substrate by chemical bath deposition method at a low 0074emperature. The fabricated materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. XRD analysis showed that Cu doping improves the crystallinity of the fabricated ZnO nanorods. The mean diameter and bending of the ZnO nanorods increase with an increase of Cu doping, but the density of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods almost unchanged. Room temperature PL measurement displayed increased intensity in UV peak and decreased visible peak after Cu doping.

  11. Ethylene Glycol Assisted Synthesis of Fluorine Doped Tin Oxide Nanorods Using Improved Spray Pyrolysis Deposition Method

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    Liyanage, Devinda; Mudiyanselage Navaratne Bandara, Herath; Jayaweera, Viraj; Murakami, Kenji

    2013-08-01

    Fluorine-doped tin oxide nanorod transparent thin films were fabricated with SnCl4·5H2O, NH4F, and ethylene glycol (EG) using an improved spray pyrolysis deposition technique. The fabricated nanorods showed a low resistance of 15.3 Ω/sq and a good transparency of 70.8%. The nanorods have a higher surface area than the conventionally used thin films.

  12. Work functions and transport properties of finite metallic hexaboride nanorods

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    Wang, Lu; Luo, Guangfu; Sabirianov, Renat F.; Mei, Wai-Ning; Valencia, Daniel; Sierra Llavina, Carlos H.; Lu, Jun-Qiang; Cheung, Chin Li

    2014-03-01

    We performed density functional theory calculations of finite metallic hexaboride LaB6 nanorods, which are regarded as good thermoelectric materials for their low work functions. Our purpose is to facilitate the research and manufacture of metal hexaboride probes, thus we study extensively the work functions and electron transport properties of these finite nanorods. The work functions were deducted from the calculated electrostatic potential and the Fermi energy. We found that these finite LaB6 nanorods have low work functions similar to their infinite counterpart. To further investigate the electron transport properties, we adopted the combined Landauer-Buttiker formalism and non-equilibrium Green's function technique to compute the transmission coefficients near the Fermi level and found that the finite LaB6 nanorods can be converted from metallic to semiconducting by applying a gate voltage larger than 10 V.

  13. Alternative motif toward high-quality wurtzite MnSe nanorods via subtle sulfur element doping

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    Zhou, Bo; Yang, Xinyi; Sui, Yongming; Xiao, Guanjun; Wei, Yingjin; Zou, Bo

    2016-04-01

    The manipulated synthesis of high-quality semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) is of high significance with respect to the exploration of their properties and their corresponding applications. Nevertheless, the preparation of metastable-phase NCs still remains a great challenge due to their high kinetic barriers and harsh synthetic conditions. Herein, we demonstrated the fabrication of high-quality MnSe nanorods with a metastable wurtzite structure via a subtle sulfur-doping strategy. Based on the UV-vis absorption spectra, manganese polysulfide clusters were formed by mixing oleylamine-sulfur and oleylamine-manganese solutions at room temperature. The existence of manganese polysulfide clusters with polymeric sulfur structures makes the system more reactive, inducing fast wurtzite-phase nucleation. This can overcome the natural kinetic barrier of wurtzite MnSe and lead to subsequent growth of targeted NCs. On the other hand, no sulfur doping would produce MnSe NCs in a thermodynamically favorable rock-salt phase. As expected, different doping contents and sulfur sources also resulted in the formation of high-quality wurtzite MnSe nanorods. This success establishes that a facile strategy can be anticipated to synthesize high-quality metal chalcogenide NCs with a metastable phase, especially wurtzite nanorods, for potential applications from spintronics to solar cells.The manipulated synthesis of high-quality semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) is of high significance with respect to the exploration of their properties and their corresponding applications. Nevertheless, the preparation of metastable-phase NCs still remains a great challenge due to their high kinetic barriers and harsh synthetic conditions. Herein, we demonstrated the fabrication of high-quality MnSe nanorods with a metastable wurtzite structure via a subtle sulfur-doping strategy. Based on the UV-vis absorption spectra, manganese polysulfide clusters were formed by mixing oleylamine-sulfur and oleylamine

  14. Electronic structure of Co-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Neffati, Ahmed; Souissi, Hajer; Kammoun, Souha

    2012-10-01

    The optical transmission spectra, the photoluminescence (PL), and the photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods Zn1-xCoxO (x = 0.01, 0.10) were measured by Loan et al. [J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42, 065412 (2009)] in the region 1.5-4 eV. These spectra exhibit a group of ultraviolet narrow lines in the region of 3.0-3.4 eV related to the near-band-edge emission of the host ZnO materials and a group of emission lines in the red region of 1.8-1.9 eV assigned to the radiative transitions within the tetrahedral Co2+ ions in the ZnO host crystal. The group of lines in the visible region provides important information about the electronic structure of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods. This work investigates a theoretical crystal-field analysis of the visible lines associated to the Co2+ ion transition occupying a Td site symmetry in ZnO host crystal. A satisfactory correlations were obtained between experimental and calculated energy levels. The electronic structure was compared with the reported for cobalt transition ion doped in ZnO nanoparticles and bulk crystals [Volbers et al., Appl. Phys. A 88, 153 (2007) and H. J. Schulz and M. Thiede, Phys. Rev. B 35, 18 (1987)]. In order to explain the existence of excitation peaks observed near the band edge of the ZnO host, an energy transfer mechanism is proposed.

  15. Low-temperature growth and optical properties of Ce-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Yang, Jinghai; Gao, Ming; Yang, Lili; Zhang, Yongjun; Lang, Jihui; Wang, Dandan; Wang, Yaxin; Liu, Huilian; Fan, Hougang

    2008-12-01

    Ce-doped ZnO nanorods were prepared by sol-gel method with low annealing temperature of 500 °C. The effects of Ce doping on the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods were investigated in detail. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and Raman-scattering spectroscopy measurements. The XRD results showed that Ce was doped into ZnO nanorods because of no diffraction peaks of Ce or cerium oxide in the pattern. The synthesis temperature of Ce-doped ZnO nanorods decreased from 900 to 500 °C compared to that of pure ZnO nanorods. Compared with pure ZnO, UV peaks shifted towards the blue color and the intensity of visible peaks decreased after Ce doping. The PL properties of Ce-doped ZnO nanorods depend on both the synthesis temperatures and the dopant. In Raman spectra of doped samples, some classical modes, such as A 1 and E 1 modes, disappear, and the E 2 modes blue shift.

  16. Synthesis and magnetic properties of Cu doped ZnO nanorods via radio frequency plasma deposition

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    Wu, Z. F.; Wu, X. M.; Chen, X. M.; Wang, X. F.; Zhuge, L. J.

    2008-07-14

    Well-aligned Cu doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized by simple radio frequency plasma deposition in the absence of extra catalysts. The synthesized nanorods having a typical average diameter of about 60 nm, were about 700 nm in length and well aligned along the normal direction of the substrate. Magnetic measurements indicate that the nanorods are ferromagnetic at room temperature. The presence of considerable oxygen vacancies in the nanorods does allow possible defect mediated mechanisms (e.g., bound magnetic polarons) for mediating exchange coupling of the dopant Cu ions resulting in room temperature ferromagnetism.

  17. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls

  18. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls

  19. UV light sensing properties of Sm doped vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Kumar, D. Ranjith; Ranjith, K. S.; Rajendrakumar, R. T.

    2015-06-24

    Samarium doped ZnO nanorods were grown on silicon substrate by using vapor phase transport method (VPT) with the growth temperature of 950°C. The synthesized nanorods were characterized by XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectra, and photocurrent measurements. The XRD result revealed that Sm was successfully doped into lattice plane of hexagonal ZnO nanorods. The FESEM result confirms the pure ZnO has nanorod like morphology with an average diameter and length of 130nm and 10µm respectively. The above observation is supported by the Micro-Raman spectroscopy result. The photocurrent in the visible region has been significantly enhanced due to deposition of Sm on the surface of the ZnO nanorods. Sm acts as a visible sensitizer because of its lower band gap compared to ZnO.

  20. Structural, morphological and optical investigations on Sm{sup 3+} doped gadolinium oxide nanorods

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    Boopathi, G.; Mohan, R.; Raj, S. Gokul; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    One dimensional uniform Sm{sup 3+} doped gadolinium hydroxide nanorods have been prepared via simple co– precipitation technique at 60 °C temperature for 1 hour. The samples were calcinated at 750 °C to obtain Sm{sup 3+} doped gadolinium oxide nanorods. The 1D nanorods were then subjected to different characterization techniques to ascertain its structural stability and its morphology were investigated using high–resolution transmission electron microscopy. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometry was investigated and the obtained results were discussed in detail.

  1. Metallic nanorods array for magnified subwavelength imaging (Presentation Recording)

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    Ohashi, Yoshiro; Ranjan, Bikas; Saito, Yuika; Verma, Prabhat

    2015-08-01

    Earlier, our group proposed a lens made of metallic nanorods, stacked in 3D arrays tapered in a conical shape. This nanolens could theoretically realize super-resolution color imaging in the visible range. The image could be magnified and transferred through metallic nanorods array. Lithography or self-assembly are common ways to fabricate such nanostructured devices. However, to precisely arrange nanorods is challenging due to the limitations to scale down components, and to increase accuracy of assembling particles in large area. Here we experimentally demonstrated 2D nanolens with long chains of metallic nanorods placed at tapered angles in a fan-like shape to magnify images. In the fabrication, we chemically synthesized gold nanorods coated with CTAB surfactant to ensure a 10 nm gap between the rods for the resonance control of nanolens. And we prepared trenches patterned by FIB lithography on a PMMA coated glass substrate. The different hydrophobicity of PMMA and CTAB coats enabled to optimize capillary force in gold nanorod solution and selectively assemble nanorods into hydrophilic trenches. Finally, we obtained 2D nanolens after lift-off of the PMMA layer. We numerically estimated the resonance property of nanorods chain and found a broad peak in the visible range located at a wavelength of 727 nm. The broadness of this peak (~178 nm) confirms that a broad range of wavelength can be resonant with this structure. This phenomenon was also confirmed experimentally by optical measurements. These results show that the combination of lithography and self-assembly has the potential to realize plasmonic nanolens.

  2. Fast Responsive Gas Sensor of Vertically Aligned Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Nanorod Thin Film

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    Cho, Chan-Woo; Lee, Jong-Heun; Riu, Doh-Hyung; Kim, Chang-Yeoul

    2012-04-01

    We prepared fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) nanorod films and a conventional FTO thin film for the application of a semiconducting gas sensor by spray pyrolysis method. The lengths of FTO nanorods (FTON, 100 and 500 nm) were controlled by changing deposition times, and FTO thin film (FTOT) was also prepared as a reference. The gas sensitivity test shows FTON with long nanorods had higher sensitivity for both hydrogen and ethanol gases but slow response and recovery times, despite an advantage of the higher gas sensitivity. FTO nanorod film with short length about 100 nm showed relatively lower sensitivity, but fast gas response and recovery characteristics. The fast response and recovery for the analyte gases are attributed to the conductance of FTO nanorods, which is closely related to the diameter and length of nanorods.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Co-doped ZnO Dilute Magnetic Semiconducting Nanorods

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    Das, N.; Khanra, S.; Bhamidipati, S.; Manivannan, K.; Kahol, P.; Ghosh, K.

    2012-02-01

    Transition-metal doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconducting nanomaterials are considered as ideal systems for carrying out research in the field of spintronics as they can successfully combine magnetism and electronics in a single substance. ZnO is a wurtzite-type wide-bandgap semiconductor of the II-VI semiconductor group with band gap energy of 3.37 eV. Hydrothermal synthesis of undoped ZnO and Co-doped ZnO nanorods is carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2.6H2O, Co(C2H3OO)2.4 H2O, and using NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying the process parameters such as molarity (0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M) and pH (8-11) of the precursors, growth temperature (130^oC), and annealing time during the hydrothermal Process. Structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties are studied using various techniques such as XRD, SEM, UV-vis spectroscopy, and SQUID magnetometer. XRD and SEM studies reveal nanorods with hexagonal wurtzite structure with length in the range of 200 to 500 nm, and cross section in the range of 30 to 60 nm. Detailed structural, optical, and magnetic properties will be discussed in this presentation.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Mg-doped ZnO Nanorods for Biomedical Applications

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    Gemar, H.; Das, N. C.; Wanekaya, A.; Delong, R.; Ghosh, K.

    2013-03-01

    Nanomaterials research has become a major attraction in the field of advanced materials research in the area of Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science. Bio-compatible and chemically stable metal nanoparticles have biomedical applications that includes drug delivery, cell and DNA separation, gene cloning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This research is aimed at the fabrication and characterization of Mg-doped ZnO nanorods. Hydrothermal synthesis of undoped ZnO and Mg-doped ZnO nanorods is carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2 .6H2O, MgSO4, and using NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying the process parameters such as molarity (0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M) and pH (8-11) of the precursors, growth temperature (130°C), and annealing time during the hydrothermal Process. Structural, morphological, and optical properties are studied using various techniques such as XRD, SEM, UV-vis and PL spectroscopy. Detailed structural, and optical properties will be discussed in this presentation. This work is partially supported by National Cancer Institute (1 R15 CA139390-01).

  5. Cu-doped ZnO nanorod arrays: the effects of copper precursor and concentration.

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    Babikier, Musbah; Wang, Dunbo; Wang, Jinzhong; Li, Qian; Sun, Jianming; Yan, Yuan; Yu, Qingjiang; Jiao, Shujie

    2014-01-01

    Cu-doped ZnO nanorods have been grown at 90°C for 90 min onto a quartz substrate pre-coated with a ZnO seed layer using a hydrothermal method. The influence of copper (Cu) precursor and concentration on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnO nanorods was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the nanorods grown are highly crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure grown along the c-axis. The lattice strain is found to be compressive for all samples, where a minimum compressive strain of -0.114% was obtained when 1 at.% Cu was added from Cu(NO3)2. Scanning electron microscopy was used to investigate morphologies and the diameters of the grown nanorods. The morphological properties of the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods were influenced significantly by the presence of Cu impurities. Near-band edge (NBE) and a broad blue-green emission bands at around 378 and 545 nm, respectively, were observed in the photoluminescence spectra for all samples. The transmittance characteristics showed a slight increase in the visible range, where the total transmittance increased from approximately 80% for the nanorods doped with Cu(CH3COO)2 to approximately 90% for the nanorods that were doped with Cu(NO3)2.

  6. Fabrication of tunable hydrophobic surface of ZnO nanorods with Cu doping

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Thangavel, R.

    2015-08-28

    In this work, tunable wettability of the Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanorod surface with Cu doping prepared by a hydrothermal method. These grown samples were characterized by XRD, FESEM, AFM and water contact angle measurements. The wettability of the ZnO nanorods surface area was controlled and tuned by different concentration of copper doping. It was found that the hydrophobic surface of doped ZnO Nanorods shows a maximum and minimum contact angle of about 156.60° and 136.36° was achieved with doping concentration of 10 and 20 M % respectively. Further, the surface properties such as surface energy and work of adhesion were calculated for undoped and Cu doped ZnO nanostructure surfaces. These nanosructures can be potentially applicable to enlarge time honoured application of ZnO based electronic devices.

  7. Fabrication of tunable hydrophobic surface of ZnO nanorods with Cu doping

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Thangavel, R.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, tunable wettability of the Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanorod surface with Cu doping prepared by a hydrothermal method. These grown samples were characterized by XRD, FESEM, AFM and water contact angle measurements. The wettability of the ZnO nanorods surface area was controlled and tuned by different concentration of copper doping. It was found that the hydrophobic surface of doped ZnO Nanorods shows a maximum and minimum contact angle of about 156.60° and 136.36° was achieved with doping concentration of 10 and 20 M % respectively. Further, the surface properties such as surface energy and work of adhesion were calculated for undoped and Cu doped ZnO nanostructure surfaces. These nanosructures can be potentially applicable to enlarge time honoured application of ZnO based electronic devices.

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Mohan, Rajneesh; Krishnamoorthy, Karthikeyan; Kim, Sang-Jae

    2012-03-01

    Cu-doped ZnO nanorods with different Cu concentrations were synthesized through the vapor transport method. The synthesized nanorods were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy. The XRD results revealed that Cu was successfully doped into ZnO lattice. The FE-SEM images showed that the undoped ZnO has needle like morphology whereas Cu-doped ZnO samples have rod like morphology with an average diameter and length of 60-90 nm and 1.5-3 μm respectively. The red shift in band edge absorption peak in UV-vis absorbance spectrum with increasing Cu content also confirm the doping of Cu in ZnO nanorods. The photocatalytic activity of pure and Cu-doped ZnO samples was studied by the photodegradation of resazurin (Rz) dye. Both pure ZnO and the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods effectively removed the Rz in a short time. This photodegradation of Rz followed the pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. ZnO nanorods with increasing Cu doping exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity. The pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant for 15 % Cu-doped ZnO is equal to 10.17×10-2min-1 about double of that with pure ZnO. The increased photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO is attributed to intrinsic oxygen vacancies due to high surface to volume ratio in nanorods and extrinsic defect due to Cu doping.

  9. Optoelectrical and magnetic characteristics of Mn doped Zn1-xSnxO nanorods

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    Hsu, Tsung-Yin; Lai, Shang-Hung; Hsieh, Hui-Huang; Lan, Ming-Der; Su, Chih-Chuan; Ho, Mon-Shu

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes a new method of fabricating Mn doped Zn1-xSnxO nanorod arrays on a silicon (111) substrate. The proposed method is a gold catalytic vapor-liquid-solid mechanism in a multi-layer deposition process using nanosphere lithographic patterning. Each step of the growth process was monitored using atomic force microscopy to ensure uniformity in the patterns and nanorods. The crystal structure and characteristics of the Mn doped Zn1-xSnxO nanaorods were determined using the X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and electron diffraction patterns corresponding to the selected area. The lattice constant along the Z-axis was calculated from the indexed pattern, as approximately 5.1 Å. This differs slightly from what was expected for undoped ZnO nanorods. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry provided information related to the chemistry of the ZnO nanorods and electro-optical properties at 363 nm were determined from photoluminescence emissions. Using conductive AFM, the band gap for single doped-ZnO nanorods was determined to be 3-3.45 eV. The magnetic properties were characterized by the measurement of a hysteresis loop. This investigation demonstrates the outstanding potential of patterned Mn doped Zn1-xSnxO nanorods for applications requiring dilute magnetic semiconductors in the future.

  10. Fabrication and characterization of metal-semiconductor-metal nanorod using template synthesis

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    Kim, Kyohyeok; Kwon, Namyong; Hong, Junki; Chung, Ilsub

    2009-07-15

    The authors attempted to fabricate and characterize one dimensional metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) nanorod using a template. Cadmium selenide (CdSe) and polypyrrole (Ppy) were chosen as n-type and p-type semiconductor materials, respectively, whereas Au was chosen as a metal electrode. The fabrication of the nanorod was achieved by ''template synthesis'' method using polycarbonate membrane. The structure of the fabricated nanorod was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. In addition, the electrical properties of MSM nanorods were characterized using scanning probe microscopy (Seiko Instruments, SPA 300 HV) by probing with a conductive cantilever. I-V characteristics as a function of the temperature give the activation energy, as well as the barrier height of a metal-semiconductor contact, which is useful to understand the conduction mechanism of MSM nanorods.

  11. Noble metal nanodisks epitaxially formed on ZnO nanorods and their effect on photoluminescence

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    Chu, Sheng; Ren, Jingjian; Yan, Dong; Huang, Jian; Liu, Jianlin

    2012-07-01

    Triangular and hexagonal shaped noble metal (Au, Ag, Pt, Pd) nanodisks were synthesized on the top facets of ZnO nanorods via simple deposition-annealing method. Other metals (Ni, Cu, Cr, Pb, Al) only formed irregular shaped nanostructures on ZnO nanorods. The morphology, elemental composition, as well as growth mechanism of the metal nanodisks/ZnO nanorod composite materials were studied. The localized surface plasmon resonant effects from different metal nanodisks on the photoluminescence of ZnO nanorods were investigated. It was demonstrated that the carriers transfer between the metal nanodisks and ZnO can efficiently manipulate the photoluminescence intensities from the nanorods.

  12. Nanoscale size effects in crystallization of metallic glass nanorods

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    Sohn, Sungwoo; Jung, Yeonwoong; Xie, Yujun; Osuji, Chinedum; Schroers, Jan; Cha, Judy J.

    2015-01-01

    Atomistic understanding of crystallization in solids is incomplete due to the lack of appropriate materials and direct experimental tools. Metallic glasses possess simple metallic bonds and slow crystallization kinetics, making them suitable to study crystallization. Here, we investigate crystallization of metallic glass-forming liquids by in-situ heating metallic glass nanorods inside a transmission electron microscope. We unveil that the crystallization kinetics is affected by the nanorod diameter. With decreasing diameters, crystallization temperature decreases initially, exhibiting a minimum at a certain diameter, and then rapidly increases below that. This unusual crystallization kinetics is a consequence of multiple competing factors: increase in apparent viscosity, reduced nucleation probability and enhanced heterogeneous nucleation. The first two are verified by slowed grain growth and scatter in crystallization temperature with decreasing diameters. Our findings provide insight into relevant length scales in crystallization of supercooled metallic glasses, thus offering accurate processing conditions for predictable metallic glass nanomolding. PMID:26323828

  13. Nanoscale size effects in crystallization of metallic glass nanorods.

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    Sohn, Sungwoo; Jung, Yeonwoong; Xie, Yujun; Osuji, Chinedum; Schroers, Jan; Cha, Judy J

    2015-09-01

    Atomistic understanding of crystallization in solids is incomplete due to the lack of appropriate materials and direct experimental tools. Metallic glasses possess simple metallic bonds and slow crystallization kinetics, making them suitable to study crystallization. Here, we investigate crystallization of metallic glass-forming liquids by in-situ heating metallic glass nanorods inside a transmission electron microscope. We unveil that the crystallization kinetics is affected by the nanorod diameter. With decreasing diameters, crystallization temperature decreases initially, exhibiting a minimum at a certain diameter, and then rapidly increases below that. This unusual crystallization kinetics is a consequence of multiple competing factors: increase in apparent viscosity, reduced nucleation probability and enhanced heterogeneous nucleation. The first two are verified by slowed grain growth and scatter in crystallization temperature with decreasing diameters. Our findings provide insight into relevant length scales in crystallization of supercooled metallic glasses, thus offering accurate processing conditions for predictable metallic glass nanomolding.

  14. Ag-doped ZnO nanorods synthesized by two-step method

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    Chen, Xian-Mei; Ji, Yong; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Zhao, Xian-Wei

    2012-11-01

    A two-step method is adopted to synthesize Ag-doped ZnO nanorods. A ZnO seed layer is first prepared on a glass substrate by thermal decomposition of zinc acetate. Ag-doped ZnO nanorods are then assembled on the ZnO seed layer using the hydrothermal method. The influences of the molar percentage of Ag ions to Zn ions (RAg/Zn) on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO nanorods obtained are carefully studied using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and spectrophotometry. Results indicate that Ag ions enter into the crystal lattice through the substitution of Zn ions. The (002) c-axis-preferred orientation of the ZnO nanorods decreases as RAg/Zn increases. At RAg/Zn > 1.0%, ZnO nanorods lose their c-axis-preferred orientation and generate Ag precipitates from the ZnO crystal lattice. The average transmissivity in the visible region first increases and then decreases as RAg/Zn increases. The absorption edge is first blue shifted and then red shifted. The influence of Ag doping on the average head face, and axial dimensions of the ZnO nanorods may be optimized to improve the average transmissivity at RAg/Zn < 1.0%.

  15. Above room-temperature ferromagnetism of Mn delta-doped GaN nanorods

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    Lin, Y. T.; Wadekar, P. V.; Kao, H. S.; Chen, T. H.; Chen, Q. Y.; Tu, L. W.; Huang, H. C.; Ho, N. J.

    2014-02-10

    One-dimensional nitride based diluted magnetic semiconductors were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Delta-doping technique was adopted to dope GaN nanorods with Mn. The structural and magnetic properties were investigated. The GaMnN nanorods with a single crystalline structure and with Ga sites substituted by Mn atoms were verified by high-resolution x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering, respectively. Secondary phases were not observed by high-resolution x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. In addition, the magnetic hysteresis curves show that the Mn delta-doped GaN nanorods are ferromagnetic above room temperature. The magnetization with magnetic field perpendicular to GaN c-axis saturates easier than the one with field parallel to GaN c-axis.

  16. [Preparation of procion brilliant blue-doped silica nanorods and their recognition properties for proteins].

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    Deng, Qiliang; Chen, Yang; Wu, Jianhua; Li, Yanli; Liu, Chunjing; Song, Weijing

    2011-09-01

    Protein enrichment and separation is one of the pivotal preliminary steps of proteomics studies, which is important to medical diagnosis and treatment. In this study, procion brilliant blue-doped silica nanorod was prepared via self-assembly sol-gel technology without any additional template. Procion brilliant blue was covalently linked to 3-aminopropyltriethyloxy silane in ethanol. Tetraethylorthosilane (TEOS) was then added into the mixture, subsequently hydrolyzed and co-condensed for 3 h under stirring. The resulted nanorods were isolated by centrifugation, re-dispersed in deionized water, and centrifuged again. This wash process was repeated three times. Finally, the nanorods were dried under vacuum. Procion brilliant blue acted simultaneously as a self-assembly template during the preparation process, and subsequently as recognition probe for proteins. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image showed that the nanotubes were 2-16 microm in length and 200-500 nm in diameter. The obtained nanorods were further characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSA), separately. All these results indicated that procion brilliant blue were successfully doped into silica nanorods. The recognition property of nanorods for bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated under static condition. The resulted nanorods showed high binding capacity (57.6 mg/g) for BSA and fast adsorption equilibrium (within 60 min). The nanorods were also evaluated with four typical proteins, hemoglobin, trypsin, lysozyme and pepsin, with different relative molecular masses and isoelectric points. The results indicated that the prepared nanorods exhibited the highest binding capacity for trypsin (87.5 mg/g) and the least binding for hemoglobin (Hb, 3.0 mg/g). This easy preparation protocol and excellent recognition property make the prepared materials a bright future in proteomics research. PMID:22233075

  17. Structural and optical properties of Nd{sup 3+} doped gadolinium oxide 1D nanorods

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    Boopathi, G. Mohan, R.; Raj, S. Gokul; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Neodymium doped gadolinium hydroxide [Nd:Gd(OH)3] nanorods were successfully synthesized at 60 °C through co-precipitation method. The dopant percentage was maintained at 5% and calcination was done at 750 °C temperature for 1 hour to form the respective neodymium doped gadolinium oxide [Nd:Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}] nanorods. The as-formed and annealed products were investigated in detail by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometry.

  18. Structure and photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Zhao, Jing; Wang, Li; Yan, Xiaoqin; Yang, Ya; Lei, Yang; Zhou, Jing; Huang, Yunhua; Gu, Yousong; Zhang, Yue

    2011-08-15

    Graphical abstract: Degradation rates of rhodamine B by Zn{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}O photocatalyst. Highlights: {yields} The Ni-doped ZnO nanorods show a new band at {approx}130 cm{sup -1} in Raman spectra at room temperature. We conclude this mode is caused by an ordered arrangement of Ni dopants in the ZnO lattice. {yields} When the Ni-doping concentration raises, the band gap first increases and then decreases. {yields} The ZnO nanorods with different Ni-doping concentraton all exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than un-doped ZnO. The order of photocatalytic activities is Zn{sub 0.95}Ni{sub 0.05}O > Zn{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O > Zn{sub 0.98}Ni{sub 0.02}O > ZnO. -- Abstract: The one-dimensional (1D) Zn{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}O (x = 0, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10) nanorods have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. New bands show at {approx}130 cm{sup -1} in the Raman spectra of Ni-doped ZnO nanorods and their relative intensity depends on the doping concentration of nickel. The optical band gap of the ZnO nanorods have been tuned by Ni-doping, which is revealed by absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activity of Zn{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}O was studied by comparing the degradation rate of rhodamine B (RB) under UV-light irradiation. It was found that Zn{sub 0.95}Ni{sub 0.05}O exhibited the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiency among the samples.

  19. Selective Detection of NO2 Using Cr-Doped CuO Nanorods

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    Kim, Kang-Min; Jeong, Hyun-Mook; Kim, Hae-Ryong; Choi, Kwon-Il; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2012-01-01

    CuO nanosheets, Cr-doped CuO nanosheets, and Cr-doped CuO nanorods were prepared by heating a slurry containing Cu-hydroxide/Cr-hydroxide. Their responses to 100 ppm NO2, C2H5OH, NH3, trimethylamine, C3H8, and CO were measured. For 2.2 at% Cr-doped CuO nanorods, the response (Ra/Rg, Ra: resistance in air, Rg: resistance in gas) to 100 ppm NO2 was 134.2 at 250 °C, which was significantly higher than that of pure CuO nano-sheets (Ra/Rg = 7.5) and 0.76 at% Cr-doped CuO nanosheets (Ra/Rg = 19.9). In addition, the sensitivity for NO2 was also markedly enhanced by Cr doping. Highly sensitive and selective detection of NO2 in 2.2 at% Cr-doped CuO nanorods is explained in relation to Cr-doping induced changes in donor density, morphology, and catalytic effects. PMID:22969384

  20. Multifunctional particles: Magnetic nanocrystals and gold nanorods coated with fluorescent dye-doped silica shells

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    Heitsch, Andrew T.; Smith, Danielle K.; Patel, Reken N.; Ress, David; Korgel, Brian A.

    2008-07-15

    Multifunctional colloidal core-shell nanoparticles of magnetic nanocrystals (of iron oxide or FePt) or gold nanorods encapsulated in silica shells doped with the fluorescent dye, Tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)dichlororuthenium(II) hexahydrate (Rubpy) were synthesized. The as-prepared magnetic nanocrystals are initially hydrophobic and were coated with silica using a microemulsion approach, while the as-prepared gold nanorods are hydrophilic and were coated with silica using a Stoeber type of process. Each approach yielded monodisperse nanoparticles with uniform fluorescent dye-doped silica shells. These colloidal heterostructures have the potential to be used as dual-purpose tags-exhibiting a fluorescent signal that could be combined with either dark-field optical contrast (in the case of the gold nanorods), or enhanced contrast in magnetic resonance images (in the case of magnetic nanocrystal cores). The optical and magnetic properties of the fluorescent silica-coated gold nanorods and magnetic nanocrystals are reported. - Graphical abstract: Colloidal gold nanorods and iron platinum and iron oxide nanocrystals were encapsulated with fluorescent dye-doped silica shells using a generic coating strategy. These heterostructures are promising contrast agents for dual-mode medical imaging. Their optical and magnetic properties were studied and are reported here.

  1. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-21

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn{sup 2+} interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  2. Effect of silver doping on the current-voltage characteristic of PbS nanorods

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    Mandal, Arup Ratan; Bekturganova, Aizhan; Ishteev, Artur; Choudhury, Sandip Paul; Karunakaran, Gopalu; Kunetsov, Denis

    2016-05-01

    We report on field emission property from a single nanorod measured by using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. It has been shown that field emission from nanorods of small band gap semiconductor is significantly increasing by doping. The current transport mechanism is explained using double barrier tunnel junction formalism. It is observed experimentally that the Fowler-Nordheim tunnelling mechanism is dominant and governs the transport mechanism. The transport properties of PbS nanostructures in the form of nanorod are investigated in terms of various conduction mechanism. The minimum voltage necessary for triggering Fowler-Nordheim tunnelling under the revised biased for intrinsic sample ~0.95 V and decreases to ~0.67 V for increase doping concentration up to 1.76 wt%.

  3. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation.

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-28

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10(-3) s(-1). The La(3+), Sm(3+), Eu(3+) and Er(3+) doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products. PMID:26400095

  4. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-09-10

    In this paper, a two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE–TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE–TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu–TiO2more » NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. Finally, we further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.« less

  5. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation.

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-28

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10(-3) s(-1). The La(3+), Sm(3+), Eu(3+) and Er(3+) doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.

  6. Surface Engineered Doping of Hematite Nanorod Arrays for Improved Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

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    Shen, Shaohua; Zhou, Jigang; Dong, Chung-Li; Hu, Yongfeng; Tseng, Eric Nestor; Guo, Penghui; Guo, Liejin; Mao, Samuel S.

    2014-01-01

    Given the narrow band gap enabling excellent optical absorption, increased charge carrier density and accelerated surface oxidation reaction kinetics become the key points for improved photoelectrochemical performances for water splitting over hematite (α-Fe2O3) photoanodes. In this study, a facile and inexpensive method was demonstrated to develop core/shell structured α-Fe2O3 nanorod arrays. A thin, Ag-doped overlayer of ~2–3 nm thickness was formed along α-Fe2O3 nanorods via ultrasonication treatment of solution-based β-FeOOH nanorods in Ag precursor solution followed by high temperature annealing. The obtained α-Fe2O3/AgxFe2−xO3 core/shell nanorod films demonstrated much higher photoelectrochemical performances as photoanodes than the pristine α-Fe2O3 nanorod film, especially in the visible light region; the incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) at 400 nm was increased from 2.2% to 8.4% at 1.23 V vs. RHE (Reversible hydrogen electrode). Mott-Schottky analysis and X-ray absorption spectra revealed that the Ag-doped overlayer not only increased the carrier density in the near-surface region but also accelerated the surface oxidation reaction kinetics, synergistically contributing to the improved photoelectrochemical performances. These findings provide guidance for the design and optimization of nanostructured photoelectrodes for efficient solar water splitting. PMID:25316219

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

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

    2015-03-16

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

  8. Synthesis and photocatalytic property of N-doped TiO 2 nanorods and nanotubes with high nitrogen content

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    He, Z.; He, H. Y.

    2011-11-01

    Nano N-doped TiO2 nanotubes were fabricated by hydrothermally treating N-doped TiO2 nanorods in a 8 M NaOH solution at 110 °C for 20 h. The N-doped TiO2 nanorods were synthesized by a solvothermal process with precursor solution containing titanium sulfate, urea, and dichloroethane. The N-doped TiO2 nanorods and nanotubes were characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The nitrogen contents of the N-doped TiO2 nanorods and nanotubes were reached to high values of 36.9 at.% and 25.7 at.%, respectively. The nitrogen doping narrowed the band gap of the N-doped TiO2 nanorods and nanotubes and introduced indirect band gap to the powders, which respectively extended the absorption edge to visible light and infrared region. The nanotubes showed larger specific surface area and greater degradation efficiency to methyl orange than the nanorods.

  9. Eradication of Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria by Ni Doped ZnO Nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical characteristics

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mansoor, Qaisar; Mahmood, Arshad; Ahmad, Amaar

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, ZnO nanorods doped with varying amounts of Ni have been prepared by chemical co-precipitation technique. Structural investigations provide the evidence that Ni is successfully doped into ZnO host matrix without having any secondary phases. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal the formation of rodlike structure of undoped ZnO with average length and diameter of 1 μm and 80 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results show that the E1LO phonons mode band shifts to the higher values with Ni doping, which is attributed to large amount of crystal defects. Ni doping is also found to greatly influence the optical properties of ZnO nanorods. The influence of Ni doping on antibacterial characteristics of ZnO nanorods have been studied by measuring the growth curves of Escherichia coli (E. coli), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) bacteria in the presence of prepared nanorods. ZnO nanorods antibacterial potency is found to increase remarkably with Ni doping against S. aureus and P. aeruginosa microbials, which might possibly be due to the increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Interestingly, it is observed that Ni doped ZnO nanorods completely eradicates these multi-drug resistant bacteria.

  10. Metal-doped organic foam

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    Rinde, James A.

    1982-01-01

    Organic foams having a low density and very small cell size and method for producing same in either a metal-loaded or unloaded (nonmetal loaded) form are described. Metal-doped foams are produced by soaking a polymer gel in an aqueous solution of desired metal salt, soaking the gel successively in a solvent series of decreasing polarity to remove water from the gel and replace it with a solvent of lower polarity with each successive solvent in the series being miscible with the solvents on each side and being saturated with the desired metal salt, and removing the last of the solvents from the gel to produce the desired metal-doped foam having desired density cell size, and metal loading. The unloaded or metal-doped foams can be utilized in a variety of applications requiring low density, small cell size foam. For example, rubidium-doped foam made in accordance with the invention has utility in special applications, such as in x-ray lasers.

  11. Degenerate doping of metallic anodes

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    Friesen, Cody A; Zeller, Robert A; Johnson, Paul B; Switzer, Elise E

    2015-05-12

    Embodiments of the invention relate to an electrochemical cell comprising: (i) a fuel electrode comprising a metal fuel, (ii) a positive electrode, (iii) an ionically conductive medium, and (iv) a dopant; the electrodes being operable in a discharge mode wherein the metal fuel is oxidized at the fuel electrode and the dopant increases the conductivity of the metal fuel oxidation product. In an embodiment, the oxidation product comprises an oxide of the metal fuel which is doped degenerately. In an embodiment, the positive electrode is an air electrode that absorbs gaseous oxygen, wherein during discharge mode, oxygen is reduced at the air electrode. Embodiments of the invention also relate to methods of producing an electrode comprising a metal and a doped metal oxidation product.

  12. Hybrid Semiconductor-Metal Nanorods as Photocatalysts.

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    Ben-Shahar, Yuval; Banin, Uri

    2016-08-01

    Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles manifest combined and often synergistic properties exceeding the functionality of the individual components, thereby opening up interesting opportunities for controlling their properties through the direct manipulation of their unique semiconductor-metal interface. Upon light absorption, these structures exhibit spatial charge separation across the semiconductor-metal junction. A significant and challenging application involves the use of these nanoparticles as photocatalysts. Through this process, the charge carriers transferred to the metal co-catalyst are available as reduction or oxidation reagents to drive the surface chemical reactions. In this review, we discuss synthesis approaches that offer a high degree of control over the hybrid nanoparticle structure and composition, the number of catalytic sites and the interfacial characteristics, including examples of a variety of photocatalyst architectures. We describe the structural and surface effects with regard to the functionality of hybrid nanosystems in photocatalysis, along with the effects of solution and chemical conditions on photocatalytic activity and efficiency. We conclude with a perspective on the rational design of advanced semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles towards their functionality as highly efficient photocatalysts. PMID:27573406

  13. Hybrid Semiconductor-Metal Nanorods as Photocatalysts.

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    Ben-Shahar, Yuval; Banin, Uri

    2016-08-01

    Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles manifest combined and often synergistic properties exceeding the functionality of the individual components, thereby opening up interesting opportunities for controlling their properties through the direct manipulation of their unique semiconductor-metal interface. Upon light absorption, these structures exhibit spatial charge separation across the semiconductor-metal junction. A significant and challenging application involves the use of these nanoparticles as photocatalysts. Through this process, the charge carriers transferred to the metal co-catalyst are available as reduction or oxidation reagents to drive the surface chemical reactions. In this review, we discuss synthesis approaches that offer a high degree of control over the hybrid nanoparticle structure and composition, the number of catalytic sites and the interfacial characteristics, including examples of a variety of photocatalyst architectures. We describe the structural and surface effects with regard to the functionality of hybrid nanosystems in photocatalysis, along with the effects of solution and chemical conditions on photocatalytic activity and efficiency. We conclude with a perspective on the rational design of advanced semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles towards their functionality as highly efficient photocatalysts.

  14. Ultra-violet Sensing Characteristic and Field Emission Properties of Vertically Aligned Aluminum Doped Zinc Oxide Nanorod Arrays

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    Mamat, M. H.; Malek, M. F.; Musa, M. Z.; Khusaimi, Z.; Rusop, M.

    2011-05-25

    Ultra-violet (UV) sensing behavior and field emission characteristic have been investigated on vertically aligned aluminum (Al) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays prepared using sol-gel immersion method. Uniform and high coverage density of ZnO nanorod arrays have been successfully deposited on seeded-catalyst coated substrates. The synthesized nanorods have diameter sizes between 50 nm to 150 nm. The XRD spectra show Al doped ZnO nanorod array has high crystallinity properties with the dominancy of crystal growth along (002) plane or c-axis. UV photoresponse measurement indicates that Al doped ZnO nanorod array sensitively detects UV light as shown by conductance increment after UV illumination exposure. The nanorod array shows good field emission properties with low turn on field and threshold field at 2.1 V/{mu}m and 5.6 V/{mu}m, respectively. The result suggested that Al doped ZnO nanorod arrays prepared by low-cost sol-gel immersion method show promising result towards fabrication of multi applications especially in UV photoconductive sensor and field emission displays.

  15. Multifunctional Particles: Magnetic Nanocrystals and Gold Nanorods Coated with Fluorescent Dye-Doped Silica Shells

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    Heitsch, Andrew T.; Smith, Danielle K.; Patel, Reken E.; Ress, David; Korgel, Brian A.

    2008-01-01

    Multifunctional colloidal core-shell nanoparticles of magnetic nanocrystals (of iron oxide or FePt) or gold nanorods encapsulated in silica shells doped with the fluorescent dye, Tris(2,2′-bipyridyl)dichlororuthenium(II) hexahydrate (Rubpy) were synthesized. The as-prepared magnetic nanocrystals are initially hydrophobic and were coated with silica using a microemulsion approach, while the as-prepared gold nanorods are hydrophilic and were coated with silica using a Stöber-type of process. Each approach yielded monodisperse nanoparticles with uniform fluorescent dye-doped silica shells. These colloidal heterostructures have the potential to be used as dual-purpose tags—exhibiting a fluorescent signal that could be combined with either dark-field optical contrast (in the case of the gold nanorods), or enhanced contrast in magnetic resonance images (in the case of magnetic nanocrystal cores). The optical and magnetic properties of the fluorescent silica-coated gold nanorods and magnetic nanocrystals are reported. PMID:19578476

  16. Raman scattering in Me-doped ZnO nanorods (Me = Mn, Co, Cu and Ni) prepared by thermal diffusion.

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    Phan, The Long; Vincent, Roger; Cherns, David; Nghia, Nguyen Xuan; Ursaki, V V

    2008-11-26

    We have investigated normal and resonant Raman scattering in Me-doped ZnO nanorods (Me = Mn, Co, Cu and Ni) prepared by thermal diffusion. Experimental results show that the normal Raman spectra consist of the conventional modes associated with wurtzite ZnO and impurity-related additional modes. Under resonant conditions, only longitudinal optical (LO) phonon scattering and its overtones are observed. The number of LO phonon lines and their relative intensity depend on the doping element and level. For the nanorods doped with Cu and Ni, we have observed LO phonon overtones up to eleventh order. This situation does not happen for the Mn-doped nanorods, which show only five LO phonon modes. By co-doping Mn and Co into the ZnO host lattice, however, the LO phonon overtones up to eleventh order are observed again. The nature of this phenomenon is explained by means of the study of XRD, TEM and photoluminescence.

  17. Thermoluminesence of gamma rays irradiated CaSO4 nanorods doped with different elements

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    Salah, Numan

    2015-01-01

    Nanorods of calcium sulfate (CaSO4) activated by Ag, Cu, Dy, Eu and Tb were synthesized by the co-precipitation technique. They were irradiated by γ-rays in a wide range of exposures and studied for their thermoluminesence (TL) properties. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra. SEM images show that the samples doped with rare earths elements (i.e. Dy, Eu and Tb) have thinner nanorods than the other samples, while XRD pattern shows a complete crystalline structures in a monoclinic phase. The TL glow curves of these samples show two components. The first one include low temperature glow peaks at around 125 °C, while the second component shows high temperature peaks in the range 230-270 °C. These glow peaks diver from sample to sample by their TL intensity. The TL results are promising, particularly that of Tb and Eu. Tb doped sample is found to be a highly TL sensitive with a prominent glow peak at around 270 °C, while Eu has created very active, high dense electron traps. The later shows quite linear response in the whole studied exposures i.e. 10 Gy-10 kGy. These results show that Eu or Tb doped CaSO4 nanorods might be proper candidates as dosimeters for high doses of ionizing radiations used in irradiation of foods and seeds.

  18. Magnesium-doped zinc oxide nanorod-nanotube semiconductor/p-silicon heterojunction diodes

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    Caglar, Yasemin; Görgün, Kamuran; Ilican, Saliha; Caglar, Mujdat; Yakuphanoğlu, Fahrettin

    2016-08-01

    Nanostructured zinc oxide material is usable in electronic device applications such as light-emitting diodes, heterojunction diode, sensors, solar cell due to its interesting electrical conductivity and optical properties. Magnesium-doped zinc oxide nanorod (NR)-nanotube (NT) films were grown by microwave-assisted chemical bath deposition to fabricate ZnO-based heterojunction diode. It is found that ZnO hexagonal nanorods turn into hexagonal nanotubes when the Mg doping ratio is increased from 1 to 10 %. The values of the optical band gap for 1 % Mg-doped ZnO NR and 10 % Mg-doped ZnO NT films are found to be 3.14 and 3.22 eV, respectively. The n-ZnO:Mg/p-Si heterojunction diodes were fabricated. The diodes exhibited a rectification behavior with ideality factor higher than unity due to the presence of surface states in the junction and series resistance. The obtained results indicate that Mg doping improves the electrical and optical properties of ZnO.

  19. Enhanced piezoelectric output voltage and Ohmic behavior in Cr-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Sinha, Nidhi; Ray, Geeta; Godara, Sanjay; Gupta, Manoj K.; Kumar, Binay

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Low cost highly crystalline Cr-doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized. • Enhancement in dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were observed. • A high output voltage was obtained in AFM. • Cr-doping resulted in enhanced conductivity and better Ohmic behavior in ZnO/Ag contact. - Abstract: Highly crystalline Cr-doped ZnO nanorods (NRs) were synthesized by solution technique. The size distribution was analyzed by high resolution tunneling electron microscope (HRTEM) and particle size analyzer. In atomic force microscope (AFM) studies, peak to peak 8 mV output voltage was obtained on the application of constant normal force of 25 nN. It showed high dielectric constant (980) with phase transition at 69 °C. Polarization vs. electric field (P–E) loops with remnant polarization (6.18 μC/cm{sup 2}) and coercive field (0.96 kV/cm) were obtained. In I–V studies, Cr-doping was found to reduce the rectifying behavior in the Ag/ZnO Schottky contact which is useful for field effect transistor (FET) and solar cell applications. With these excellent properties, Cr-doped ZnO NRs can be used in nanopiezoelectronics, charge storage and ferroelectric applications.

  20. Highly active lanthanum doped ZnO nanorods for photodegradation of metasystox.

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    Korake, P V; Dhabbe, R S; Kadam, A N; Gaikwad, Y B; Garadkar, K M

    2014-01-01

    La-doped ZnO nanorods with different La contents were synthesized by microwave assisted method and characterized by various sophisticated techniques such as XRD, UV-Vis., EDS, XPS, SEM and TEM. The XRD patterns of the La-doped ZnO indicate hexagonal crystal structure with an average crystallite size of 30nm. It was found that the crystallite size of La-doped ZnO is much smaller as compared to pure ZnO and decreases with increasing La content. The photocatalytic activity of 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO in the degradation of metasystox was studied. It was observed that degradation efficiency of metasystox over La-doped ZnO increases up to 0.5mol% doping then decreases for higher doping levels. Among the catalyst studied, the 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO was the most active, showing high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of metasystox. The maximum reduction of concentration of metasystox was observed under static condition at pH 8. Reduction in the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of metasystox was observed after 150min. The cytotoxicological studies of meristematic root tip cells of Allium cepa were studied. The results obtained indicate that photocatalytically degraded products of metasystox were less toxic as compared to metasystox. PMID:24231392

  1. Effect of Cobalt Concentration and Oxygen Vacancy on Magnetism of Co Doped ZnO Nanorods.

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    Li, Congli; Che, Ping; Sun, Changyan; Li, Wenjun

    2016-03-01

    Zn(1-x)Co(x)O (x = 0-0.07) single-crystalline nanorods were prepared by a modified microemulsion route. The crystalline structure, morphology, optical, and hysteresis loop at low and room temperature of as-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, TEM, PL spectra, and magnetic measurement respectively. The nanorods are 80-250 nm in diameter and about 3 μm in length. X-ray diffraction data, TEM images confirm that the materials synthesized in optimal conditions are ZnO:Co single crystalline solid solution without any impurities related to Co. The PL spectra show that the ferromagnetic samples exhibit strong Zn interstitials and oxygen vacancy emission indicating defects may stabilize ferromagnetic order in the obtained diluted magnetic semiconductors. Magnetic measurements show that the Zn(1-x)Co(x)O nanorods exist obvious ferromagnetic characteristics with T(c) above 300 K. M(s) and coercivities first increase and then decrease with dopant concentration increasing, reaching the highest for 3% doping level. The structural and magnetic properties of these samples support the hypothesis that the FM of DMS nanorods is due to a defect mediated mechanism instead of cobalt nanoclusters and carrier mediated. PMID:27455697

  2. Effect of Cobalt Concentration and Oxygen Vacancy on Magnetism of Co Doped ZnO Nanorods.

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    Li, Congli; Che, Ping; Sun, Changyan; Li, Wenjun

    2016-03-01

    Zn(1-x)Co(x)O (x = 0-0.07) single-crystalline nanorods were prepared by a modified microemulsion route. The crystalline structure, morphology, optical, and hysteresis loop at low and room temperature of as-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, TEM, PL spectra, and magnetic measurement respectively. The nanorods are 80-250 nm in diameter and about 3 μm in length. X-ray diffraction data, TEM images confirm that the materials synthesized in optimal conditions are ZnO:Co single crystalline solid solution without any impurities related to Co. The PL spectra show that the ferromagnetic samples exhibit strong Zn interstitials and oxygen vacancy emission indicating defects may stabilize ferromagnetic order in the obtained diluted magnetic semiconductors. Magnetic measurements show that the Zn(1-x)Co(x)O nanorods exist obvious ferromagnetic characteristics with T(c) above 300 K. M(s) and coercivities first increase and then decrease with dopant concentration increasing, reaching the highest for 3% doping level. The structural and magnetic properties of these samples support the hypothesis that the FM of DMS nanorods is due to a defect mediated mechanism instead of cobalt nanoclusters and carrier mediated.

  3. Synthesis and optical characteristics of yttrium-doped zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown by hydrothermal method.

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    Park, Hyunggil; Kim, Younggyu; Ji, Iksoo; Lee, Sang-Heon; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jin Soo; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-11-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal growth on a quartz substrate with various post-annealing temperatures. To investigate the effects of post-annealing on the optical properties and parameters of the nanorods, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) measurement, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy were used. From the XRD investigation, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and the dislocation density of the nanorods was found to increase with an increase in the post-annealing temperature. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near band edge (NBE) emission peak in the UV region also increases with an increase in the temperature of post-annealing. The deep level emission (DLE) peak in the visible region changes with various post-annealing temperatures, and its intensity increases remarkably with post-annealing at 800 degrees C. In this paper, changes in the optical parameters of the nanorods caused by variation in the behavior of Y during post-annealing was investigated, with properties such as absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dispersion parameters being obtained from transmittance and reflectance analysis.

  4. Synthesis and in-depth analysis of highly ordered yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method and its mechanical analysis

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    Nathanael, A. Joseph; Mangalaraj, D.; Hong, S.I.; Masuda, Y.

    2011-12-15

    In this study, undoped and yttrium (Y) doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite crystals were synthesized by the hydrothermal method at 180 Degree-Sign C for 24 h. Highly ordered and oriented hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by yttrium doping and their nanostructure and physical properties were compared with those of undoped HAp rods. FESEM images showed that the doping with Y ions reduced the diameter (from 25 nm to 15 nm) and increased the length (from 95 nm to 115 nm) of the synthesized rods. The aspect ratio of the undoped and Y-doped nanorods were calculated to be 4.303 (SD = 0.0959) and 7.61 (SD = 0.0355), respectively. Specific surface area (SSA) analysis showed that SSA also increased from 66.74 m{sup 2}/g to 68.57 m{sup 2}/g with the addition of yttrium. Y-doped HAp nanorod reinforced HMWPE composites displayed the better mechanical performance than those reinforced with pure HAp nanorods. The possible strengthening of nanorods and the increase of SSA due to the reduction in the size of nanorods in the presence of yttrium may have contributed to the strengthening of Y-doped HAp/HMWPE composites. - Graphical Abstract: Highly ordered and oriented yttrium doped hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. For undoped HAp the average length of the nanorod is 95 nm with mean diameter of 24 nm and for a Y doped nanorod the average length is {approx} 115 nm and the mean diameter is 15 nm. Mechanical analysis was carried out by polymer/nanoparticle composite method. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanorods have highly uniform size distribution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium substitution and nanostructure formation was confirmed by careful analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical strength was analyzed by polymer nanoparticle reinforcement method.

  5. Improve photovoltaic performance of titanium dioxide nanorods based dye-sensitized solar cells by Ca-doping

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    Li, Weixin; Yang, Junyou Zhang, Jiaqi; Gao, Sheng; Luo, Yubo; Liu, Ming

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanorods doped with Ca ions were synthesized by one-step hydrothermal method. • The flat band edge of rutile TiO{sub 2} shifted positively via Ca-doping. • The photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on TiO{sub 2} electrode was much enhanced by Ca-doping. • A relatively high open circuit voltage was obtained by adopting Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods electrode. - Abstract: Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays were prepared via the one-step hydrothermal method successfully, and the effect of Ca ions content on the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells has been fully discussed in the paper. Although no obvious change on the microstructure and morphology was observed by field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope for the Ca-doped samples, the results of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that Ti{sup 4+} was substituted with Ca{sup 2+} successfully. UV–vis spectroscopy results revealed that the flat band edge shifted positively by Ca ions doping. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells based on the 2 mol% Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} electrode was 43% higher than that of the undoped one due to the less recombination possibility.

  6. Crystal Structure Anisotropy Explains Anomalous Elastic Properties of Metal Nanorods

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    Goupalov, Serguei

    2014-03-01

    It is demonstrated that the frequency of the extensional vibrational mode of a nanorod made of an elastically anisotropic crystalline material deviates widely from the predictions of the theories based on the analysis of the long-wavelength limit. The dispersion relation for the fundamental extensional mode of a gold rod grown in the [ 100 ] direction is calculated and found to be in an excellent agreement with experimental data obtained from the transient optical absorption measurements on gold nanorods.[1] This explains an anomaly in the elastic properties of nanorods which was previously attributed to a 26% decrease in Young's modulus for nanorods compared to its bulk value.

  7. Fabrication and resistive switching characteristics of high compact Ga-doped ZnO nanorod thin film devices

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    Yao, I.-Chuan; Lee, Dai-Ying; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen; Lin, Pang

    2012-04-01

    This study investigates the resistive switching behavior of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) nanorod thin films with various Ga/Zn molar ratios. Vertically well-aligned and uniform GZO nanorod thin films were successfully grown on Au/Ti/SiO2/p-Si substrates using an aqueous solution method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that GZO nanorods have [0001] highly preferred orientation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations show the formation of highly ordered and dense nanorod thin films. These compact GZO nanorod thin films can be used to make resistive switching memory devices. Such memory devices can be reversibly switched between ON and OFF states, with a stable resistance ratio of ten times, narrow dispersion of ON and OFF voltages, and good endurance performance of over 100 cycles. The resistive switching mechanism in these devices is related to the formation and rupture of conducting filaments consisting of oxygen vacancies, occurring at interfaces between GZO nanorods (grain boundaries). Results show that the resulting compact GZO nanorod thin films have a high potential for resistive memory applications.

  8. Enhanced UV absorbance and photoluminescence properties of ultrasound assisted synthesized gold doped ZnO nanorods

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    Sahu, Dojalisa; Panda, N. R.; Acharya, B. S.; Panda, A. K.

    2014-06-01

    Au doped ZnO (ZnO:Au) nanostructures were synthesized by ultrasound assisted wet chemical method. The concentration of dopant was varied and both structural and optical properties of ZnO:Au were investigated. The crystal structure and morphology of the samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results showed the formation of nanorods of ZnO:Au having wurtzite structure and c-axis orientation. Gradual increase in crystallite size and bond length was also observed with the increase in gold concentration in ZnO intending the expansion of lattice after gold doping. The optical absorption measurements showed high ultraviolet (UV) absorbance property of ZnO:Au with sharp and intense absorption band in this region as compared to pristine ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed excitonic emission band of ZnO around 390 nm for both undoped and Au doped ZnO nanoparticles. Further, a strong emission around 467 nm was observed in the PL spectra of ZnO/ZnO:Au which was attributed to the transitions related to excess of oxygen vacancies. Interestingly, a new band was observed at 582 nm for doped ZnO samples which grew in intensity with doping concentration. This band was ascribed to the gold nanoparticle adsorbed on the surface of ZnO.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of Co-doped Gd2O3 nanorods

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    Patel, Sandeep K. S.; Dhak, Prasanta; Kim, Min-Kwan; Lee, Jae-Hyeok; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Sang-Koog

    2016-04-01

    Cobalt-doped Gd2O3 (Gd2-xCoxO3, 0≤x≤0.06) nanorods of about 100 nm diameter and 2 μm length were synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method. XRD, Raman, XPS, and TEM measurements showed the samples to have a single cubic phase structure of Gd2O3 doped with Co2+ cations, without any cobalt clusters. All the samples showed paramagnetism at room temperature as well as at 5 K. The samples' high magnetization values at 5 K were due to reduction of the thermal randomization of the magnetic spins. The Curie-Weiss fitting of the magnetic data reflected antiferromagnetism along with paramagnetism due to the exchange interactions of Gd3+ via O2- ions and coupling between Co2+-Co2+ pairs.

  10. Role of Cl doping on the growth and relaxation dynamics of ZnO nanorods synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Gautam, Khyati; Singh, Inderpreet; Bhatnagar, P. K.; Peta, Koteswara Rao

    2016-10-01

    The potential of Cl doping for tuning the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures has been examined. The Cl concentration in the ZnO structure was evaluated using EDAX analysis. SEM micrographs illustrated that morphology of ZnO changes from nanorods to nanodisks and finally to nanoflakes with increase in doping level. The XRD analysis also confirmed reduction in vertical growth of ZnO, showing suppression of (0 0 2) peak with Cl doping. Photoluminescence studies revealed that substitutional doping of Cl suppresses the green emission by occupying O sites and promotes blue emission by inducing Zn vacancies in the lattice structure.

  11. Magnetic and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO vertically aligned nanorods synthesized by hydrothermal technique

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    Panda, J.; Sasmal, I.; Nath, T. K.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we have reported the synthesis of high quality vertically aligned undoped and Mn-doped ZnO single crystalline nanorods arrays on Si (100) substrates using two steps process, namely, initial slow seed layer formation followed by solution growth employing wet chemical hydrothermal method. The shapes of the as grown single crystalline nanorods are hexagonal. The diameter and length of the as grown undoped ZnO nanorods varies in the range of 80-150 nm and 1.0 - 1.4 μm, respectively. Along with the lattice parameters of the hexagonal crystal structure, the diameter and length of Mn doped ZnO nanorods are found to increase slightly as compared to the undoped ZnO nanorods. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the presence of Mn atoms in Mn2+ state in the single crystalline ZnO nanorods. The recorded photoluminescence spectrum contains two emissions peaks having UV exciton emissions along with a green-yellow emission. The green-yellow emissions provide the evidence of singly ionized oxygen vacancies. The magnetic field dependent magnetization measurements [M (H)] and zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization [M(T)] measurements have been carried out at different isothermal conditions in the temperature range of 5-300 K. The Mn doped ZnO nanorods clearly show room temperature ferromagnetic ordering near room temperature down to 5 K. The observed magnetization may be attributed to the long range ferromagnetic interaction between bound magnetic polarons led by singly charged oxygen vacancies.

  12. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-09-10

    In this paper, a two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE–TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE–TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu–TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. Finally, we further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.

  13. Quantitation of metal content in the silver-assisted growth of gold nanorods.

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    Orendorff, Christopher J; Murphy, Catherine J

    2006-03-01

    The seed-mediated approach to making gold nanorods in aqueous surfactant solutions has become tremendously popular in recent years. Unlike the use of strong chemical reductants to make spherical gold nanoparticles, the growth of gold nanorods requires weak reducing conditions, leading to an unknown degree of gold reduction. The metal content of gold nanorods, made in high yield in the presence of silver ion, is determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Through the use of the known gold concentration in nanorods, molar extinction coefficients are calculated for nanorods of varying aspect ratios from 2.0 to 4.5. The extinction coefficients at the longitudinal plasmon band peak maxima for these nanorods vary from 2.5x10(9) to 5.5x10(9) M-1 cm-1, respectively, on a per-particle basis. Many of the gold ions present in the growth solution remain unreacted; insights into the growth mechanism of gold nanorods are discussed. PMID:16509687

  14. Luminescence properties of pure and doped CaSO4 nanorods irradiated by 15 MeV e-beam

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    Salah, Numan; Alharbi, Najlaa D.; Enani, Mohammad A.

    2014-01-01

    Calcium sulfate (CaSO4) doped with proper activators is a highly sensitive phosphor used in different fields mainly for radiation dosimetry, lighting and display applications. In this work pure and doped nanorods of CaSO4 were produced by the co-precipitation technique. Samples from this material doped with Ag, Cu, Dy, Eu and Tb were exposed to different doses of 15 MeV e-beam and studied for their thermoluminesence (TL) and photoluminescence (PL) properties. Color center formation leading to PL emissions were investigated before and after e-beam irradiation. The samples doped with rare earths elements (i.e. Dy, Eu and Tb) were observed to have thinner nanorods than the other samples and have higher absorption in the UV region. The Ag and Tb doped samples have poor TL response to e-beam, while those activated by Cu, Dy and Eu have strong glow peaks at around 123 °C. Quite linear response curves in the whole studied exposures i.e. 0.1-100 Gy were also observed in Cu and Dy doped samples. The PL results show that pure CaSO4 nanorods have active color centers without irradiation, which could be enriched/modified by these impurities mainly rare earths and further enhanced by e-beam irradiation. Eu3+ → Eu2+ conversion is clearly observed in Eu doped sample after e-beam irradiation. These results show that these nanorods might be useful in lighting and display devices development.

  15. Metal molybdate nanorods as non-precious electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction

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    Wu, Tian; Zhang, Lieyu

    2015-12-01

    Development of non-precious electrocatalysts with applicable electrocatalytic activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is important to fulfill broad-based and large-scale applications of metal/air batteries and fuel cells. Herein, nickel and cobalt molybdates with uniform nanorod morphology are synthesized using a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The ORR activity of the prepared metal molybdate nanorods in alkaline media are investigated by using cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and chronoamperomety in rotating disk electrode (RDE) techniques. The present study suggests that the prepared metal molybdate nanorods exhibit applicable electrocatalytic activities towards the ORR in alkaline media, promising the applications as non-precious cathode in fuel cells and metal-air batteries.

  16. CeO2 nanorods-supported transition metal catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Mock, Samantha A; Sharp, Shannon E; Stoner, Thomas R; Radetic, Michael J; Zell, Elizabeth T; Wang, Ruigang

    2016-03-15

    A catalytically active oxide support in combination with metal catalysts is required in order to achieve better low temperature activity and selectivity. Here, we report that CeO2 nanorods with a superior surface oxygen release/storage capability were used as an active support of transition metal (TM) catalysts (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) for CO oxidation reaction. The as-prepared CeO2 nanorods supported 10 wt% TM catalysts were highly active for CO oxidation at low temperature, except for the Fe sample. It is found that the 10%Cu-CeO2 catalyst performed best, and it provided a lower light-off temperature with T50 (50% conversion) at 75 °C and T100 (100% conversion) of CO to CO2 at 194 °C. The atomic level surface structure of CeO2 nanorods was investigated in order to understand the improved low temperature catalytic activity. The richness of surface roughness and various defects (voids, lattice distortion, bending, steps, twinning) on CeO2 nanorods could facilitate oxygen release and storage. According to XRD and Raman analysis, copper species migrate into the bulk CeO2 nanorods to a greater degree. Since CO adsorbed over the surface of the catalyst/support is detrimental to its catalytic activity, the surface defects on the CeO2 nanorods and CeO2-TM interactions were critical to the enhanced activity.

  17. CeO2 nanorods-supported transition metal catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Mock, Samantha A; Sharp, Shannon E; Stoner, Thomas R; Radetic, Michael J; Zell, Elizabeth T; Wang, Ruigang

    2016-03-15

    A catalytically active oxide support in combination with metal catalysts is required in order to achieve better low temperature activity and selectivity. Here, we report that CeO2 nanorods with a superior surface oxygen release/storage capability were used as an active support of transition metal (TM) catalysts (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) for CO oxidation reaction. The as-prepared CeO2 nanorods supported 10 wt% TM catalysts were highly active for CO oxidation at low temperature, except for the Fe sample. It is found that the 10%Cu-CeO2 catalyst performed best, and it provided a lower light-off temperature with T50 (50% conversion) at 75 °C and T100 (100% conversion) of CO to CO2 at 194 °C. The atomic level surface structure of CeO2 nanorods was investigated in order to understand the improved low temperature catalytic activity. The richness of surface roughness and various defects (voids, lattice distortion, bending, steps, twinning) on CeO2 nanorods could facilitate oxygen release and storage. According to XRD and Raman analysis, copper species migrate into the bulk CeO2 nanorods to a greater degree. Since CO adsorbed over the surface of the catalyst/support is detrimental to its catalytic activity, the surface defects on the CeO2 nanorods and CeO2-TM interactions were critical to the enhanced activity. PMID:26745742

  18. Thermo-electrochemical selective growth of ZnO nanorods on any noble metal electrodes

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    You, Xueqiu; Park, Jungil; Choi, Jae-hoon; Pak, James Jungho

    2010-10-01

    Selective growth of ZnO nanorods has been successfully performed on the patterned Au/Ti metal electrode regions on a glass substrate by using a seeded thermo-electrochemical method in an acidic growth solution. The selective growth mechanism of the thermo-electrochemical method was proposed by using a series of chemical reactions for the first time. The thermo-electrochemical selective ZnO growth was performed on the cathode electrode at a temperature below 90 °C. A ZnO seed layer was precoated and selectively etched away from the non-metal regions in order to create the patterned selective nucleation sites on which the precursors are transferred and crystallized into ZnO nanorods. Both the dimensions and the placements of the ZnO nanorods have been simultaneously controlled. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry showed that the selectively grown ZnO nanorods consist of only Zn and O, indicating that the selectively grown ZnO nanorods are pure and contamination free. XRD and electron diffraction patterns revealed that the obtained ZnO nanorods have a wurtzite single-crystal structure.

  19. Enhanced performance of branched TiO{sub 2} nanorod based Mn-doped CdS and Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cell

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    Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Lee, Jae-Cheol; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-04-28

    TiO{sub 2} branched nanostructures could be efficient as photoanodes for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) due to their large surface area for QD deposition. In this study, Mn-doped CdS/Mn-doped CdSe deposited branched TiO{sub 2} nanorods were fabricated to enhance the photovoltaic performance of QDSCs. Mn doping in CdS and CdSe retards the recombination losses of electrons, while branched TiO{sub 2} nanorods facilitate effective electron transport and compensate for the low surface area of the nanorod structure. As a result, the charge-transfer resistance (R{sub CT}), electron lifetime (τ{sub e}), and the amount of QD deposition were significantly improved with branched TiO{sub 2} nanorod based Mn-doped CdS/Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cell.

  20. A catalyst-free growth of aluminum-doped ZnO nanorods by thermal evaporation

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    2014-01-01

    The growth of Al:ZnO nanorods on a silicon substrate using a low-temperature thermal evaporation method is reported. The samples were fabricated within a horizontal quartz tube under controlled supply of O2 gas where Zn and Al powders were previously mixed and heated at 700°C. This allows the reactant vapors to deposit onto the substrate placed vertically above the source materials. Both the undoped and doped samples were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. It was observed that randomly oriented nanowires were formed with varying nanostructures as the dopant concentrations were increased from 0.6 at.% to 11.3 at.% with the appearance of ‘pencil-like’ shape at 2.4 at.%, measuring between 260 to 350 nm and 720 nm in diameter and length, respectively. The HRTEM images revealed nanorods fringes of 0.46 nm wide, an equivalent to the lattice constant of ZnO and correspond to the (0001) fringes with regard to the growth direction. The as-prepared Al:ZnO samples exhibited a strong UV emission band located at approximately 389 nm (E g  = 3.19 eV) with multiple other low intensity peaks appeared at wavelengths greater than 400 nm contributed by oxygen vacancies. The results showed the importance of Al doping that played an important role on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures. This may led to potential nanodevices in sensor and biological applications. PMID:24948885

  1. Synthesis and characterization of Cr-doped ZnO nanorod-array photocatalysts with improved activity

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    Chang, Chi-Jung Yang, Tsung-Lin; Weng, Yu-Ching

    2014-06-01

    Immobilized photocatalysts with high catalytic activity under UV light were prepared by growing Cr-doped ZnO nanorods on glass substrates by a hydrothermal method. The effects of Cr dopant on the surface texture, crystallinity, surface chemistry, and photoinduced charge separation and their relation with the photocatalytic degradation of Cr-doped ZnO were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectra, photoelectrochemical scanning electrochemical microscopy, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Adding the appropriate amount of Cr dopant is a powerful way to enhance the separation of charge carriers in ZnO photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity was improved due to the increase in surface oxygen vacancies, the separation of charge carriers, modification of the band gap, and the large surface area of the doped ZnO nanorod photocatalyst. - Graphical abstract: Photoinduced charge separation and its relation with the photocatalytic degradation activity of Cr-doped ZnO were investigated by photoelectrochemical scanning electrochemical microscopy. - Highlights: • Cr dopant enhances separation of charge carries in ZnO nanorod photocatalyst. • Photoinduced charge carries separation monitored by PEC-SECM. • The higher the photocurrent is, the higher the photocatalytic activity is. • Degradation of DB86 dye solutions under visible light finished within 50 min. • Higher activity due to more oxygen vacancy, tuned band gap and more surface area.

  2. Synergistic effect on the visible light activity of Ti3+ doped TiO2 nanorods/boron doped graphene composite

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    Xing, Mingyang; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Jinlong

    2014-01-01

    TiO2/graphene (TiO2-x/GR) composites, which are Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 nanorods decorated on boron doped graphene sheets, were synthesized via a simple one-step hydrothermal method using low-cost NaBH4 as both a reducing agent and a boron dopant on graphene. The resulting TiO2 nanorods were about 200 nm in length with exposed (100) and (010) facets. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Raman, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The XRD results suggest that the prepared samples have an anatase crystalline structure. All of the composites tested exhibited improved photocatalytic activities as measured by the degradation of methylene blue and phenol under visible light irradiation. This improvement was attributed to the synergistic effect of Ti3+ self-doping on TiO2 nanorods and boron doping on graphene. PMID:24974890

  3. Cobalt-phosphate-assisted photoelectrochemical water oxidation by arrays of molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods.

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    Lin, Yan-Gu; Hsu, Yu-Kuei; Chen, Ying-Chu; Lee, Bing-Wei; Hwang, Jih-Shang; Chen, Li-Chyong; Chen, Kuei-Hsien

    2014-09-01

    We report the first demonstration of cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi)-assisted molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods (Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O NRs) as visible-light-sensitive photofunctional electrodes to fundamentally improve the performance of ZnO NRs for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. A maximum photoconversion efficiency as high as 1.05% was achieved, at a photocurrent density of 1.4 mA cm(-2). More importantly, in addition to achieve the maximum incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) value of 86%, it could be noted that the IPCE of Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes under monochromatic illumination (450 nm) is up to 12%. Our PEC performances are comparable to those of many oxide-based photoanodes in recent reports. The improvement in photoactivity of PEC water splitting may be attributed to the enhanced visible-light absorption, increased charge-carrier densities, and improved interfacial charge-transfer kinetics due to the combined effect of molybdenum incorporation and Co-Pi modification, contributing to photocatalysis. The new design of constructing highly photoactive Co-Pi-assisted Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes enriches knowledge on doping and advances the development of high-efficiency photoelectrodes in the solar-hydrogen field.

  4. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO nanorods with hidden secondary phases

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    Wang, Xuefeng; Zheng, Rongkun; Liu, Zongwen; Ho, Ho-pui; Xu, Jianbin; Ringer, Simon P.

    2008-11-01

    Co-doped ZnO nanorods (composition: Zn0.955Co0.045O) were grown by a simple surfactant-assisted hydrothermal technique. The morphological, structural, optical and magnetic properties of the as-prepared nanorods were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, micro-cathodoluminescence, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The results showed that the sample had rod-like morphology and that the preferential growth direction was along the c axis. While Co was successfully doped into the ZnO wurtzite lattice structure as revealed by several characterization techniques, hidden secondary phases of ZnyCo3-yO4 (0<=y<=1) were also clearly detected by the micro-Raman spectroscopic technique. We propose that the predominant diffusion-limited Ostwald ripening crystal growth mechanism under the hydrothermal coarsening yielded such phase segregation. VSM results showed that the nanorods displayed relatively weak room-temperature ferromagnetism. We suggest that the origin of the ferromagnetism is probably due to the presence of the mixed cation valence of Co via a d-d double-exchange mechanism rather than the real doping effect. It is essential to control the crystal growth mechanism and defect states associated with the ferromagnetism in order to realize the intrinsic diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  5. High performance of Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on the vertical ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Hou, Juan; Zhao, Haifeng; Huang, Fei; Jing, Qun; Cao, Haibin; Wu, Qiang; Peng, Shanglong; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-09-01

    Doping transition metal ions Mn2+ to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are extremely interesting for the development of photovoltaic devices. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) are able to show promising power conversion efficiencies (PCE) by employing Mn2+ doped QDs. Herein we achieve effective CdS/Mnsbnd CdSe/ZnS QDs co-sensitized vertical ZnO nanorod arrays film that provides an appreciable enhancement in photovoltaic performance. The measured PCE of the solar cells with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs is 4.14%, which is higher than the efficiency of 2.91% for the solar cells without Mn2+ or a ∼42% increase. The improvement in PCE is ascribed to a higher open-circuit voltage (Voc = 0.74 V) and a superior short-circuit current density (Jsc = 12.6 mA cm-2) with the introduction of Mn2+ into CdSe QDs. The enhancement seen with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs are investigated and explained by the fact that the enhanced light absorption and reduced charge recombination by the formation of Mnsbnd CdSe passivation layer covering the QDs.

  6. Structural and optical properties of highly crystalline Ce, Eu and co-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Murugadoss, G.; Jayavel, R.; Rajesh Kumar, M.

    2015-06-01

    Different concentrations of europium (Eu), cerium (Ce) doped and co-doped ZnO:Eu (1%), Ce (1%) nanorods were successfully synthesized by chemical method using Polyvinylpyrrolidone as a surfactant. Crystalline phase, morphology, functional groups, optical absorption, emission and thermal properties of prepared samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR), UV-visible, Photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometer and thermogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) analysis. The XRD study showed high crystalline nature of the products with nanoscale regime. Optical study showed shifting the absorption and emission spectra toward higher wavelength side when increasing the doping concentrations. Mainly, this is first time observed a red emission peak at 660 nm for Ce (3%) doped ZnO. Additionally, co-doped ZnO:Eu (1%), Ce (1%) nanorods were synthesized and studied their optical properties. This work demonstrates that simply modified their optical absorption and emission of ZnO by introducing rare earth ions can be used as an effective electrode material in solar cell applications, optoelectronic devices and photocatalysis analysis.

  7. Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods as high-performance anode material for energy storage

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    Zhai, Yanjun; Xu, Liqiang; Qian, Yitai

    2016-09-01

    Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods with high yields were conveniently prepared by a hydrothermal method followed by an acid-treatment process. It is found that Ce uniformly distributes in the α-FeOOH nanorod nanostructures through elemental mapping analysis. The 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode displayed excellent cycling performance with a high discharge capacity of 830 mA h g-1 after 800 charge/discharge cycles at a high current of 2000 mA g-1. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to the improved electronic conductivity, Li-ion diffusion kinetics and structure stability after Ce doping. Furthermore, a 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH//LiFePO4 lithium ion cell with an initial discharge capacity of 580 mA h g-1 at 1000 mA g-1 based on the total weight of the anode material has been fabricated for the first time. The obtained 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode as anode material for sodium-ion batteries also exhibits a high initial discharge capacity of 587 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1.

  8. Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods as high-performance anode material for energy storage

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    Zhai, Yanjun; Xu, Liqiang; Qian, Yitai

    2016-09-01

    Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods with high yields were conveniently prepared by a hydrothermal method followed by an acid-treatment process. It is found that Ce uniformly distributes in the α-FeOOH nanorod nanostructures through elemental mapping analysis. The 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode displayed excellent cycling performance with a high discharge capacity of 830 mA h g-1 after 800 charge/discharge cycles at a high current of 2000 mA g-1. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to the improved electronic conductivity, Li-ion diffusion kinetics and structure stability after Ce doping. Furthermore, a 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH//LiFePO4 lithium ion cell with an initial discharge capacity of 580 mA h g-1 at 1000 mA g-1 based on the total weight of the anode material has been fabricated for the first time. The obtained 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode as anode material for sodium-ion batteries also exhibits a high initial discharge capacity of 587 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1.

  9. Enhancement of two photon absorption with Ni doping in the dilute magnetic semiconductor ZnO crystalline nanorods

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    Rana, Amit Kumar; Kumar, Yogendra; Arjunan, M.S.; Sen, Somaditya; Shirage, Parasharam M. E-mail: paras.shirage@gmail.com; J, Aneesh; Adarsh, K. V.

    2015-12-07

    In this letter, we have investigated the third-order optical nonlinearities of high-quality Ni doped ZnO nanorods crystallized in wurtzite lattice, prepared by the wet chemical method. In our experiments, we found that the two photon absorption coefficient (β) increases by as much as 14 times, i.e., 7.6 ± 0.4 to 112 ± 6 cm/GW, when the Ni doping is increased from 0% to 10%. The substantial enhancement in β is discussed in terms of the bandgap scaling and Ni doping. Furthermore, we also show that the optical bandgap measured by UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopies, continuously redshift with increasing Ni doping concentration. We envision that the strong nonlinear optical properties together with their dilute magnetic effects, they form an important class of materials for potential applications in magneto-optical and integrated optical chips.

  10. Enhancement of two photon absorption with Ni doping in the dilute magnetic semiconductor ZnO crystalline nanorods

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    Rana, Amit Kumar; J, Aneesh; Kumar, Yogendra; M. S, Arjunan; Adarsh, K. V.; Sen, Somaditya; Shirage, Parasharam M.

    2015-12-01

    In this letter, we have investigated the third-order optical nonlinearities of high-quality Ni doped ZnO nanorods crystallized in wurtzite lattice, prepared by the wet chemical method. In our experiments, we found that the two photon absorption coefficient (β) increases by as much as 14 times, i.e., 7.6 ± 0.4 to 112 ± 6 cm/GW, when the Ni doping is increased from 0% to 10%. The substantial enhancement in β is discussed in terms of the bandgap scaling and Ni doping. Furthermore, we also show that the optical bandgap measured by UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopies, continuously redshift with increasing Ni doping concentration. We envision that the strong nonlinear optical properties together with their dilute magnetic effects, they form an important class of materials for potential applications in magneto-optical and integrated optical chips.

  11. Metal-doped organic gels and method thereof

    DOEpatents

    Satcher, Jr., Joe H.; Baumann, Theodore F.

    2007-10-23

    Disclosed herein is a sol-gel polymerization process for synthesizing metal-doped organic gels. The process polymerizes metal salts of hydroxylated benzenes or hydroxylated benzene derivatives with alkyl or aryl aldehydes to form metal-doped, wet, organic gels. The gels can then be dried by supercritical solvent extraction to form metal-doped aerogels or by evaporation to form metal-doped xerogels. The aerogels and xerogels can then be pyrolyzed.

  12. Metal-doped organic gels and method thereof

    DOEpatents

    Satcher, Jr., Joe H.; Baumann, Theodore F.

    2003-09-02

    Disclosed herein is a sol-gel polymerization process for synthesizing metal-doped organic gels. The process polymerizes metal salts of hydroxylated benzenes or hydroxylated benzene derivatives with alkyl or aryl aldehydes to form metal-doped, wet, organic gels. The gels can then be dried by supercritical solvent extraction to form metal-doped aerogels or by evaporation to form metal-doped xerogels. The aerogels and xerogels can then be pyrolyzed.

  13. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Eu²⁺- and Eu³⁺-Doped SrAIF₅ Nanorods.

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    Zhang, Wei; Hua, Ruinian; Zhao, Jun; Tang, Dongxin; Zhao, Xin; Na, Liyan; Zhang, Jinsu; Chen, Baojiu

    2016-01-01

    Eu²⁺- and Eu³⁺-doped SrAIF₅ nanorods were synthesized via a hydrothermal process. The crystal structure and morphology of the final products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The prepared nanorods' diameters range from 40 to 50 nm, and lengths range from 400 nm to 2 µm along with the doped concentration of rare earth. The f-f transitions of Eu²⁺ can be observed in the SrAlF₅:Eu²⁺ nanorods at room temperature, and the photo-luminescent (PL) properties of SrAlF₅:Eu³⁺ nanorods are also described. PMID:27398485

  14. Optimal metal domain size for photocatalysis with hybrid semiconductor-metal nanorods

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    Ben-Shahar, Yuval; Scotognella, Francesco; Kriegel, Ilka; Moretti, Luca; Cerullo, Giulio; Rabani, Eran; Banin, Uri

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanostructures offer a highly controllable platform for light-induced charge separation, with direct relevance for their implementation in photocatalysis. Advances in the synthesis allow for control over the size, shape and morphology, providing tunability of the optical and electronic properties. A critical determining factor of the photocatalytic cycle is the metal domain characteristics and in particular its size, a subject that lacks deep understanding. Here, using a well-defined model system of cadmium sulfide-gold nanorods, we address the effect of the gold tip size on the photocatalytic function, including the charge transfer dynamics and hydrogen production efficiency. A combination of transient absorption, hydrogen evolution kinetics and theoretical modelling reveal a non-monotonic behaviour with size of the gold tip, leading to an optimal metal domain size for the most efficient photocatalysis. We show that this results from the size-dependent interplay of the metal domain charging, the relative band-alignments, and the resulting kinetics. PMID:26783194

  15. Optimal metal domain size for photocatalysis with hybrid semiconductor-metal nanorods

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    Ben-Shahar, Yuval; Scotognella, Francesco; Kriegel, Ilka; Moretti, Luca; Cerullo, Giulio; Rabani, Eran; Banin, Uri

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanostructures offer a highly controllable platform for light-induced charge separation, with direct relevance for their implementation in photocatalysis. Advances in the synthesis allow for control over the size, shape and morphology, providing tunability of the optical and electronic properties. A critical determining factor of the photocatalytic cycle is the metal domain characteristics and in particular its size, a subject that lacks deep understanding. Here, using a well-defined model system of cadmium sulfide-gold nanorods, we address the effect of the gold tip size on the photocatalytic function, including the charge transfer dynamics and hydrogen production efficiency. A combination of transient absorption, hydrogen evolution kinetics and theoretical modelling reveal a non-monotonic behaviour with size of the gold tip, leading to an optimal metal domain size for the most efficient photocatalysis. We show that this results from the size-dependent interplay of the metal domain charging, the relative band-alignments, and the resulting kinetics.

  16. Optimal metal domain size for photocatalysis with hybrid semiconductor-metal nanorods.

    PubMed

    Ben-Shahar, Yuval; Scotognella, Francesco; Kriegel, Ilka; Moretti, Luca; Cerullo, Giulio; Rabani, Eran; Banin, Uri

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanostructures offer a highly controllable platform for light-induced charge separation, with direct relevance for their implementation in photocatalysis. Advances in the synthesis allow for control over the size, shape and morphology, providing tunability of the optical and electronic properties. A critical determining factor of the photocatalytic cycle is the metal domain characteristics and in particular its size, a subject that lacks deep understanding. Here, using a well-defined model system of cadmium sulfide-gold nanorods, we address the effect of the gold tip size on the photocatalytic function, including the charge transfer dynamics and hydrogen production efficiency. A combination of transient absorption, hydrogen evolution kinetics and theoretical modelling reveal a non-monotonic behaviour with size of the gold tip, leading to an optimal metal domain size for the most efficient photocatalysis. We show that this results from the size-dependent interplay of the metal domain charging, the relative band-alignments, and the resulting kinetics.

  17. Hydrothermal growth and conductivity enhancement of (Al, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanorods thin films

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Mahapatra, Preetilata; Thangavel, R.

    2016-05-01

    The incorporation of Al, Cu co-doping in ZnO host lattice plays an important role in modification of structural, optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present work, we were grown one dimensional ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different concentration of Al (0%~5%) and Cu was kept 20 M% on ITO glass substrates using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the codoping on the surface morphology and the electrical and optical performances of the doped ZnO NRs as photo anodes for solar water splitting applications. The crystallite size of NRs shows tuning in the band gap between 3.194 (Zn0.79Al0.01Cu0.2O) to 3.212 eV (Zn0.75Al0.05Cu0.2O) with Aluminium doping concentration and a remarkable improvement in current density (J) from 0.05 mA/cm2 to 4.98 mA/cm2 was achieved by incorporating Al and Cu has a critical effect of ZnO nanorods.

  18. Self-Catalyzed Growth of Vertically Aligned InN Nanorods by Metal-Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy.

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    Tessarek, C; Fladischer, S; Dieker, C; Sarau, G; Hoffmann, B; Bashouti, M; Göbelt, M; Heilmann, M; Latzel, M; Butzen, E; Figge, S; Gust, A; Höflich, K; Feichtner, T; Büchele, M; Schwarzburg, K; Spiecker, E; Christiansen, S

    2016-06-01

    Vertically aligned hexagonal InN nanorods were grown mask-free by conventional metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy without any foreign catalyst. The In droplets on top of the nanorods indicate a self-catalytic vapor-liquid-solid growth mode. A systematic study on important growth parameters has been carried out for the optimization of nanorod morphology. The nanorod N-polarity, induced by high temperature nitridation of the sapphire substrate, is necessary to achieve vertical growth. Hydrogen, usually inapplicable during InN growth due to formation of metallic indium, and silane are needed to enhance the aspect ratio and to reduce parasitic deposition beside the nanorods on the sapphire surface. The results reveal many similarities between InN and GaN nanorod growth showing that the process despite the large difference in growth temperature is similar. Transmission electron microscopy, spatially resolved energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy have been performed to analyze the structural properties. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence investigations are carried out to verify the optical activity of the InN nanorods. The InN nanorods are expected to be the material of choice for high-efficiency hot carrier solar cells. PMID:27187840

  19. Air- and water-resistant noble metal coated ferromagnetic cobalt nanorods.

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    Lentijo-Mozo, Sergio; Tan, Reasmey P; Garcia-Marcelot, Cécile; Altantzis, Thomas; Fazzini, Pier-Francesco; Hungria, Teresa; Cormary, Benoit; Gallagher, James R; Miller, Jeffrey T; Martinez, Herve; Schrittwieser, Stefan; Schotter, Joerg; Respaud, Marc; Bals, Sara; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Gatel, Christophe; Soulantica, Katerina

    2015-03-24

    Cobalt nanorods possess ideal magnetic properties for applications requiring magnetically hard nanoparticles. However, their exploitation is undermined by their sensitivity toward oxygen and water, which deteriorates their magnetic properties. The development of a continuous metal shell inert to oxidation could render them stable, opening perspectives not only for already identified applications but also for uses in which contact with air and/or aqueous media is inevitable. However, the direct growth of a conformal noble metal shell on magnetic metals is a challenge. Here, we show that prior treatment of Co nanorods with a tin coordination compound is the crucial step that enables the subsequent growth of a continuous noble metal shell on their surface, rendering them air- and water-resistant, while conserving the monocrystallity, metallicity and the magnetic properties of the Co core. Thus, the as-synthesized core-shell ferromagnetic nanorods combine high magnetization and strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, even after exposure to air and water, and hold promise for successful implementation in in vitro biodiagnostics requiring probes of high magnetization and anisotropic shape.

  20. Temperature threshold for nanorod structuring of metal and oxide films grown by glancing angle deposition

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    Deniz, Derya; Lad, Robert J.

    2011-01-15

    Thin films of tin (Sn), aluminum (Al), gold (Au), ruthenium (Ru), tungsten (W), ruthenium dioxide (RuO{sub 2}), tin dioxide (SnO{sub 2}), and tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) were grown by glancing angle deposition (GLAD) to determine the nanostructuring temperature threshold, {Theta}{sub T}, above which adatom surface diffusion becomes large enough such that nanorod morphology is no longer formed during growth. The threshold was found to be lower in metals compared to oxides. Films were grown using both dc and pulsed dc magnetron sputtering with continuous substrate rotation over the temperature range from 291 to 866 K. Film morphologies, structures, and compositions were characterized by high resolution scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Films were also grown in a conventional configuration for comparison. For elemental metals, nanorod structuring occurs for films with melting points higher than that of Al (933 K) when grown at room temperature with a rotation rate of {approx}5 rpm, corresponding to a value of {Theta}{sub T}{approx_equal}0.33{+-}0.01. For the oxide films, a value of {Theta}{sub T}{approx_equal}0.5 was found, above which GLAD nanorod structuring does not occur. The existence of a nanostructuring temperature threshold in both metal and oxide GLAD films can be attributed to greater adatom mobilities as temperature is increased resulting in nonkinetically limited film nucleation and growth processes.

  1. Metal Oleate Induced Etching and Growth of Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Nanorods, and Their Heterostructures.

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    Oh, Nuri; Shim, Moonsub

    2016-08-24

    Unexpected etching of nanocrystals, nanorods, and their heterostructures by one of the most commonly used metal precursors, metal oleates, is reported. Zn oleate is shown to etch CdS nanorods anisotropically, where the length decreases without a significant change in the diameter. Sodium oleate enhances the etch rate, whereas oleic acid alone does not cause etching, indicating the importance of the countercation on the rate of oleate induced etching. Subsequent addition of Se precursors to the partially etched nanorods in Zn oleate solution can lead to epitaxial growth of CdSe particles rather than the expected ZnSe growth, despite an excess amount of Zn precursors being present. The composition of this epitaxial growth can be varied from CdSe to ZnSe, depending on the amount of excess oleic acid or the reaction temperature. Similar tuning of composition can be observed when starting with collinear CdSe/CdS/CdSe rod/rod/rod heterostructures and spherical CdS (or CdSe/CdS core/shell) nanocrystals. Conversion of collinear rod/rod/rod structures to barbells and interesting rod growth from nearly spherical particles among other structures can also result due to the initial etching effect of metal oleates. These observations have important implications on our understanding of nanocrystal heterostructure synthesis and open up new routes to varying the composition and morphology of these materials. PMID:27485673

  2. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO and Ni doped ZnO nanorods by thermal decomposition method for spintronics application

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    Saravanan, R.; Santhi, Kalavathy; Sivakumar, N.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2012-05-15

    Zinc oxide nanorods and diluted magnetic semiconducting Ni doped ZnO nanorods were prepared by thermal decomposition method. This method is simple and cost effective. The decomposition temperature of acetate and formation of oxide were determined by TGA before the actual synthesis process. The X-ray diffraction result indicates the single phase hexagonal structure of zinc oxide. The transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images show rod like structure of ZnO and Ni doped ZnO samples with the diameter {approx} 35 nm and the length in few micrometers. The surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The Ni doped ZnO exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism. This diluted magnetic semiconducting Ni doped ZnO nanorods finds its application in spintronics. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method used is very simple and cost effective compared to all other methods for the preparation DMS materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO and Ni doped ZnO nanorods Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ferromagnetism at room temperature.

  3. Nano-porous architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods grown on graphene to enable synergetic effects of supercapacitance.

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    Fan, H S; Wang, H; Zhao, N; Xu, J; Pan, F

    2014-12-18

    A novel nano-porous 3D architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods arrays grown on the surface of graphene has been prepared by carbonizing polyaniline/graphene oxide (PANI-GO) composite with PANI nanorod arrays on both sides of GO nanosheets. The obtained carbon materials are entirely composed of regularly grown carbon nanorods on graphene with height of about 100 nm and width about 30 nm, showing porous property due to the decomposition of PANI chains. The morphology of PANI grown on GO at the different growth stages was investigated to demonstrate the mechanism of the finally hierarchical architecture formation. Due to its large specific surface area and incorporation of the nitrogen groups into the carbon matrix, the obtained 3D carbon material enhances the ionic transport and the super-capacitance by synergetic effect of both double-layer and faradaic capacitances. This study provides a controllable approach to fabricate hierarchical carbon material based on conducting polymers and graphene oxide with promising applications in the high-rate electrode material of supercapacitors.

  4. Nano-porous architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods grown on graphene to enable synergetic effects of supercapacitance

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    Fan, H. S.; Wang, H.; Zhao, N.; Xu, J.; Pan, F.

    2014-12-01

    A novel nano-porous 3D architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods arrays grown on the surface of graphene has been prepared by carbonizing polyaniline/graphene oxide (PANI-GO) composite with PANI nanorod arrays on both sides of GO nanosheets. The obtained carbon materials are entirely composed of regularly grown carbon nanorods on graphene with height of about 100 nm and width about 30 nm, showing porous property due to the decomposition of PANI chains. The morphology of PANI grown on GO at the different growth stages was investigated to demonstrate the mechanism of the finally hierarchical architecture formation. Due to its large specific surface area and incorporation of the nitrogen groups into the carbon matrix, the obtained 3D carbon material enhances the ionic transport and the super-capacitance by synergetic effect of both double-layer and faradaic capacitances. This study provides a controllable approach to fabricate hierarchical carbon material based on conducting polymers and graphene oxide with promising applications in the high-rate electrode material of supercapacitors.

  5. Nano-porous architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods grown on graphene to enable synergetic effects of supercapacitance

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    Fan, H. S.; Wang, H.; Zhao, N.; Xu, J.; Pan, F.

    2014-01-01

    A novel nano-porous 3D architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods arrays grown on the surface of graphene has been prepared by carbonizing polyaniline/graphene oxide (PANI-GO) composite with PANI nanorod arrays on both sides of GO nanosheets. The obtained carbon materials are entirely composed of regularly grown carbon nanorods on graphene with height of about 100 nm and width about 30 nm, showing porous property due to the decomposition of PANI chains. The morphology of PANI grown on GO at the different growth stages was investigated to demonstrate the mechanism of the finally hierarchical architecture formation. Due to its large specific surface area and incorporation of the nitrogen groups into the carbon matrix, the obtained 3D carbon material enhances the ionic transport and the super-capacitance by synergetic effect of both double-layer and faradaic capacitances. This study provides a controllable approach to fabricate hierarchical carbon material based on conducting polymers and graphene oxide with promising applications in the high-rate electrode material of supercapacitors. PMID:25519206

  6. Gas-phase synthesis of nitrogen-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods by microwave plasma torch at atmospheric pressure

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    Hong, Yong Cheol; Kim, Jong Hun; Bang, Chan Uk; Uhm, Han Sup

    2005-11-15

    Nitrogen (N)-doped titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanorods were directly synthesized via decomposition of gas-phase titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) by an atmospheric microwave plasma torch. X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscope, field-emission transmission electron microscope, and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) have been employed to investigate fraction of the anatase and rutile phases, diameter and length, and chemical composition of the nanorods, respectively. The diameters of the nanorods are approximately 30-80 nm and the length is several micrometers. EELS data show that incorporation of N into the O site of TiO{sub 2} nanorods was enhanced in N{sub 2} gas by the microwave plasma torch. Also, a growth model of the rods was proposed on the basis of vapor-liquid-solid mechanism.

  7. Mica sheets with embedded metal nanorods: Chemical imaging in a topographically smooth structure

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    Graca, Malgorzata; Turner, Jeff; Marshall, Michael; Granick, Steve

    2007-09-15

    We demonstrate the concept to combine topographical smoothness and plasmonic properties to produce flat substrates with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy activity--properties that may find use in nanotribology and other thin film applications. Preliminary findings to this end are described. A dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB) system is used to drill large arrays of small pores in single crystals of mica, 2-6 {mu}m thick, yielding controlled cross sections (squares, triangles, and circles), sizes (100 nm to many microns), and arrangements (square, hexagonal, and random). When filled with metals, arrays result to embedded nanorods with their long axis oriented normal to the surface. As an extension of this method, arrays of nanorods standing perpendicular to a supporting surface can also be produced.

  8. Role of sp-d exchange interactions in room-temperature photoluminescence and ferromagnetism of CuCo Co-doped ZnO nanorods.

    PubMed

    Iqbal, Javed; Wang, Baiqi; Liu, Xiaofang; Zhu, Huichao; Yu, Dapeng; Yu, Ronghai

    2009-12-01

    CuCo co-doped ZnO nanorods have been synthesized via a soft chemistry route without using any surfactant, seed and catalyst. Structural analyses reveal that the samples of nominal compositions Cu0.01Co0.02Zn0.97O and Cu0.02Co0.01Zn0.97O have single hexagonal wurtzite structure without forming any extra secondary phase. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the Cu co-doping in Co doped ZnO nanorods strongly influences the optical band structure and gives significant red shifts in the PL spectra. Furthermore, magnetic measurements of CuCo co-doped ZnO nanorods exhibit obvious room temperature ferromagnetism at low concentrations of Cu (< 1%) co-doping, while at higher concentrations of Cu co-doping, magnetization drops off sharply. An experimental relationship has been found to explain the redshift of E(g) edge in PL and the origin of observed ferromagnetism as function of Cu co-dopant concentration due to the spin exchange interactions between the sp band and localized spins of d electrons of dopants, which is useful for future semiconductor based spintronic devices.

  9. High-order harmonics in a quantum dot and metallic nanorod complex.

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    Yang, Wen-Xing

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in a semiconductor quantum dot (SQD) and metallic nanorod (MNR) complex driven by a moderate intensity (<10(12)  W/cm(2)) frequency-chirped Gaussian few-cycle pulse. Our numerical results indicate that the cutoff energy of the HHG can be controlled by optimizing the shape of the MNR and surface-to-surface distance between the SQD and the MNR. We also show that the extreme ultraviolet supercontinuum harmonics (25 eV maximal photon energy) and isolated ultrashort pulses (2.67-4.36 fs FWHM) are achievable. PMID:26512479

  10. Microfluidic-based metal enhanced fluorescence for capillary electrophoresis by Ag nanorod arrays

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    Xiao, Chenyu; Cao, Zhen; Deng, Junhong; Huang, Zhifeng; Xu, Zheng; Fu, Junxue; Yobas, Levent

    2014-06-01

    As metal nanorods show much higher metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) than metal nanospheres, microfluidic-based MEF is first explored with Ag nanorod (ND) arrays made by oblique angle deposition. By measuring the fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) solution sandwiched between the Ag NDs and a piece of cover slip, the enhancement factors (EFs) are found as 3.7 ± 0.64 and 6.74 ± 2.04, for a solution thickness at 20.8 μm and 10 μm, respectively. Because of the strong plasmonic coupling between the adjacent Ag NDs, only the emission of the fluorophores present in the three-dimensional NDs array gets enhanced. Thus, the corresponding effective enhancement factors (EEFs) are revealed to be relatively close, 259 ± 92 and 340 ± 102, respectively. To demonstrate the application of MEF in microfluidic systems, a multilayer of SiO2 NDs/Ag NDs is integrated with a capillary electrophoresis device. At a microchannel depth of 10 μm, an enhancement of 6.5 fold is obtained for amino acids separation detection. These results are very encouraging and open the possibility of MEF applications for the Ag ND arrays decorated microchannels. With the miniaturization of microfluidic devices, microfluidic-based MEF by Ag ND arrays will likely find more applications with further enhancement.

  11. Hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods: Large-scale synthesis and high photocatalytic activity

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    Xu Hua; Zheng Zhi; Zhang Lizhi Zhang Hailu; Deng Feng

    2008-09-15

    In this study, we report the synthesis of hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods photocatalyst on a large scale via a soft interface approach. This catalyst showed much higher photocatalytic activity than the famous commercial titania (Degussa P25) under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm). The resulting sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), nitrogen adsorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, {sup 1}H solid magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy. On the basis of characterization results, we found that the doping of chlorine resulted in red shift of absorption and higher surface acidity as well as crystal defects in the photocatalyst, which were the reasons for high photocatalytic activity of chlorine-doped TiO{sub 2} under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm). These hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods are very attractive in the fields of environmental pollutants removal and solar cell because of their easy separation and high activity. - Graphical abstract: Hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods photocatalyst were synthesized on a large scale via a soft interface approach. This catalyst showed much higher photocatalytic activity than the famous commercial titania (Degussa P25) under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm)

  12. Effect of Nb-doped TiO2 on nanocomposited aligned ZnO nanorod/TiO2:Nb for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Saurdi, I.; Shafura, A. K.; Azhar, N. E. A.; Ishak, A.; Malek, M. F.; Alrokayan, A. H. Salman; Khan, Haseeb A.; Mamat, M. H.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    The Nb-doped TiO2 films were deposited on glass substrate at different Nb concentrations of 0 at.%, 1 at.%, 3 at.%, 5 at.% and 7 at.%, respectively and their electrical and structural properties were investigated. Subsequently, the Nb-doped TiO2 films were deposited on top of aligned ZnO Nanorod on ITO glass substrates using spin coating technique. The nanocomposited aligned ZnO nanorod/Nb-doped TiO2 (TiO2:Nb) were coated with different Nb concentrations of 0 at.%, 1 at.%, 3 at.%, 5 at.% and 7 at.%, respectively. The Dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated from the nanocomposited aligned ZnO nanorod/TiO2:Nb photoanodes and their effects on the performance of the DSSCs were investigated. From the solar simulator measurement of DSSC the solar energy conversion efficiency (η) of 5.376% under AM 1.5 was obtained for the ZnO nanorod/TiO2:Nb-5at.%.

  13. Ag-DNA Emitter: Metal Nanorod or Supramolecular Complex?

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    Ramazanov, Ruslan R; Sych, Tomash S; Reveguk, Zakhar V; Maksimov, Dmitriy A; Vdovichev, Artem A; Kononov, Alexei I

    2016-09-15

    Ligand-stabilized luminescent metal clusters, in particular, DNA-based Ag clusters, are now employed in a host of applications such as sensing and bioimaging. Despite their utility, the nature of their excited states as well as detailed structures of the luminescent metal-ligand complexes remain poorly understood. We apply a new joint experimental and theoretical approach based on QM/MM-MD simulations of the fluorescence excitation spectra for three Ag clusters synthesized on a 12-mer DNA. Contrary to a previously proposed "rod-like" model, our results show that (1) three to four Ag atoms suffice to form a partially oxidized nanocluster emitting in visible range; (2) charge transfer from Ag cluster to DNA contributes to the excited states of the complexes; and (3) excitation spectra of the clusters are strongly affected by the bonding of Ag atoms to DNA bases. The presented approach can also provide a practical way to determine the structure and properties of other luminescent metal clusters. PMID:27564452

  14. Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and nanorod barcodes

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Scher, Erik C.; Manna, Liberato

    2013-03-26

    Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and shapped nanorods are disclosed comprising Group II-VI, Group III-V and Group IV semiconductors and methods of making the same. Also disclosed are nanorod barcodes using core/shell nanorods where the core is a semiconductor or metal material, and with or without a shell. Methods of labeling analytes using the nanorod barcodes are also disclosed.

  15. Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and nanorod barcodes

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Scher, Erik C.; Manna, Liberato

    2010-12-14

    Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and shaped nanorods are disclosed comprising Group II-VI, Group III-V and Group IV semiconductors and methods of making the same. Also disclosed are nanorod barcodes using core/shell nanorods where the core is a semiconductor or metal material, and with or without a shell. Methods of labeling analytes using the nanorod barcodes are also disclosed.

  16. Hydrogen Spillover between Single Gold Nanorods and Metal Oxide Supports: A Surface Plasmon Spectroscopy Study.

    PubMed

    Collins, Sean S E; Cittadini, Michela; Pecharromán, Carlos; Martucci, Alessandro; Mulvaney, Paul

    2015-08-25

    We used dark field spectroscopy to monitor the dissociation of hydrogen on single gold nanoparticles embedded in metal oxide supports. Individual gold nanorods were monitored in real time to reveal the peak position, the full width at half-maximum, and the relative intensity of the surface plasmon resonances during repeated N2-H2-N2 and air-H2-air cycles. Shifts in the spectra are shown to be due to changes in electron density and not to refractive index shifts in the environment. We demonstrate that hydrogen does not dissociate on gold nanorods (13 nm × 40 nm) at room temperature when in contact with silica and that electrons or hydrogen atoms migrate from Pt nanoparticles to Au nanoparticles through the supporting metal oxide at room temperature. However, this spillover mechanism only occurs for semiconducting oxides (anatase TiO2 and ZnO) and does not occur for Au and Pt nanoparticles embedded in silica. Finally, we show that hydrogen does dissociate directly on anatase surfaces at room temperature during air-H2-air cycles. Our results show that hydrogen spillover, surface dissociation of reactants, and surface migration of chemical intermediates can be detected and monitored in real time at the single particle level.

  17. Resistive switching characteristics of a compact ZnO nanorod array grown directly on an Al-doped ZnO substrate

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    Yoo, E. J.; Shin, J. Y.; Yoon, T. S.; Kang, C. J.; Choi, Y. J.

    2016-07-01

    ZnO’s resistive switching properties have drawn much attention because ZnO has a simple chemical composition and is easy to manipulate. The propulsion mechanism for resistive switching in ZnO is based on a conducting filament that consists of oxygen vacancies. In the case of film structure, the random formation of the conducting filaments occasionally leads to unstable switching characteristics. Limiting the direction in which the conducting filaments are formed is one way to solve this problem. In this study, we demonstrate reliable resistive switching behavior in a device with an Au/compact ZnO nanorod array/Al-doped ZnO structure with stable resistive switching over 105 cycles and a long retention time of 104 s by confining conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods. The restrictive formation of conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods is observed directly using conductive atomic force microscopy.

  18. Controllable growth of vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays for all-oxide solid-state DSSCs

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    Asemi, Morteza; Ghanaatshoar, Majid

    2016-09-01

    In this study, vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays as photoanodes were successfully grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide by hydrothermal method. Structural analysis showed that bismuth was successfully incorporated into the TiO2 lattice at low concentration, but at higher concentration, phase segregation of Bi2O3 in the TiO2 matrix was occurred. TiO2 nanorods with 3 % bismuth concentration had minimum electrical resistivity. As the solid-state electrolyte, Mg-doped CuCrO2 nanoparticles with p-type conductivity were synthesized by sol-gel method. The fabricated all-oxide solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with Bi-doped TiO2 nanorods displayed better photovoltaic performance due to the presence of Bi. The improved cell performance was correlated with the higher dye loading, slower charge recombination rate and the higher electrical conductivity of the photoanodes. After mechanical pressing, the all-oxide solid-state DSSC exhibited enhanced photovoltaic performance due to the formation of the large neck between adjacent nanoparticles by mechanical sintering. The open-circuit photovoltage decay measurement of the devices and electrical conductivity of the nanoparticles before and after pressing revealed that the mechanical pressing technique reduces charge recombination rate and facilitates electron transport through the interconnected nanoparticles.

  19. Highly selective electrodeposition of sub-10 nm crystalline noble metallic nanorods inside vertically aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xuyang; Wang, Ranran; Wu, Qiang; Zhang, Xiaohua; Yang, Zhaohui; Guo, Jun; Chen, Muzi; Tang, Minghua; Cheng, Yajun; Chu, Haibin

    2016-07-01

    In this paper crystalline noble metallic nanorods including Au and Ag with sub-10 nm diameter, are encapsulated within prealigned and open-ended multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) through an electrodeposition method. As the external surface of CNTs has been insulated by the epoxy the CNT channel becomes the only path for the mass transport as well as the nanoreactor for the metal deposition. Highly crystallized Au and Ag2O nanorods parallel to the radial direction of CNTs are confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray powder diffraction spectroscopy. The Ag2O nanorods are formed by air oxidation on the Ag metals and show a single crystalline structure with (111) planes. The Au nanorods exhibit a complex crystalline structure including twin-crystal and lattice dislocation with (111) and (200) planes. These crystalline noble metallic nanostructures may have important applications for nanocatalysts for fuel cells as well as nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices. This method is deemed to benefit the precise deposition of other crystalline nanostructures inside CNTs with a small diameter.

  20. Highly selective electrodeposition of sub-10 nm crystalline noble metallic nanorods inside vertically aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Xuyang; Wang, Ranran; Wu, Qiang; Zhang, Xiaohua; Yang, Zhaohui; Guo, Jun; Chen, Muzi; Tang, Minghua; Cheng, Yajun; Chu, Haibin

    2016-07-01

    In this paper crystalline noble metallic nanorods including Au and Ag with sub-10 nm diameter, are encapsulated within prealigned and open-ended multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) through an electrodeposition method. As the external surface of CNTs has been insulated by the epoxy the CNT channel becomes the only path for the mass transport as well as the nanoreactor for the metal deposition. Highly crystallized Au and Ag2O nanorods parallel to the radial direction of CNTs are confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray powder diffraction spectroscopy. The Ag2O nanorods are formed by air oxidation on the Ag metals and show a single crystalline structure with (111) planes. The Au nanorods exhibit a complex crystalline structure including twin-crystal and lattice dislocation with (111) and (200) planes. These crystalline noble metallic nanostructures may have important applications for nanocatalysts for fuel cells as well as nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices. This method is deemed to benefit the precise deposition of other crystalline nanostructures inside CNTs with a small diameter.

  1. Synthesis and nanorod growth of n-type phthalocyanine on ultrathin metal films by chemical vapor deposition

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    Koshiba, Yasuko; Nishimoto, Mihoko; Misawa, Asuka; Misaki, Masahiro; Ishida, Kenji

    2016-03-01

    The thermal behavior of 1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene (TCNB), the synthesis of metal-2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octacyanophthalocyanine-metal [MPc(CN)8-M] (M = Cu, Fe, Ni) complexes by the tetramerization of TCNB, and the growth of MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were investigated. By chemical vapor deposition (CVD) in vacuum, MPc(CN)8 molecules were synthesized and MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were formed on all substrates. Among them, CuPc(CN)8 molecules were synthesized in high yield, and CuPc(CN)8-Cu nanorods were deposited uniformly and in high density, with diameters and lengths of 70-110 and 200-700 nm, respectively. The differences in the growth of MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were mainly attributed to the stability of the MPc(CN)8-M complex, the oxidation of ultrathin metal films, and the diffusion of metal atoms. Additionally, the tetramerization of TCNB by CVD at atmospheric pressure was performed on ultrathin Cu films, and the synthesis of CuPc(CN)8 molecules was observed by in situ UV-vis spectroscopy. CVD under atmospheric pressure is also useful for the synthesis of CuPc(CN)8 molecules.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it. PMID:22222067

  3. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer.

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    Baek, Seong-Ho; Noh, Bum-Young; Park, Il-Kyu; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-01-05

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it.

  4. Preparation of Metal Oxide/Au Coaxial Nano-rod Membrane for Photo-energy Conversion System

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    Yamada, Katsumi; Kimura, Gyosuke; Shirataki, Tatsuya; Fukai, Kaoru

    Coaxial nano-rod membranes of metal oxides such as TiO2 and ZnO were prepared by low temperature electrochemical deposition from aqueous solution on Au nano-rod membrane electrode. Photogalvanic measurements showed the photocurrent at +0.4 V of a TiO2 coaxial nano-rod cell (+23.7 μA cm-2) was approximately 4.3 times larger than that of a TiO2 film on a planar Au electrode (+5.5 μA cm-2). The difference in photocurrent is not only due to the difference in the active electrode surface area, but rather from the improvements of light harvesting and/or carrier generation.

  5. Properties of Transition Metal Doped Alumina

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    Nykwest, Erik; Limmer, Krista; Brennan, Ray; Blair, Victoria; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Crystallographic texture can have profound effects on the properties of a material. One method of texturing is through the application of an external magnetic field during processing. While this method works with highly magnetic systems, doping is required to couple non-magnetic systems with the external field. Experiments have shown that low concentrations of rare earth (RE) dopants in alumina powders have enabled this kind of texturing. The magnetic properties of RE elements are directly related to their f orbital, which can have as many as 7 unpaired electrons. Since d-block elements can have as many as 5 unpaired electrons the effects of substitutional doping of 3d transition metals (TM) for Al in alpha (stable) and theta (metastable) alumina on the local structure and magnetic properties, in addition to the energetic cost, have been calculated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. This study has led to the development of general guidelines for the magnetic moment distribution at and around the dopant atom, and the dependence of this distribution on the dopant atom type and its coordination environment. It is anticipated that these findings can aid in the selection of suitable dopants help to guide parallel experimental efforts. This project was supported in part by an internship at the Army Research Laboratory, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, along with a grant of computer time from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

  6. Shape and surface chemistry effects on the cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of metallic nanorods and nanospheres.

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    Favi, Pelagie Marlene; Valencia, Mariana Morales; Elliott, Paul Robert; Restrepo, Alejandro; Gao, Ming; Huang, Hanchen; Pavon, Juan Jose; Webster, Thomas Jay

    2015-12-01

    Metallic nanoparticles (such as gold and silver) have been intensely studied for wound healing applications due to their ability to be easily functionalized, possess antibacterial properties, and their strong potential for targeted drug release. In this study, rod-shaped silver nanorods (AgNRs) and gold nanorods (AuNRs) were fabricated by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD), and their cytotoxicity toward human skin fibroblasts were assessed and compared to sphere-shaped silver nanospheres (AgNSs) and gold nanospheres (AuNSs). Results showed that the 39.94 nm AgNSs showed the greatest toxicity with fibroblast cells followed by the 61.06 nm AuNSs, ∼556 nm × 47 nm (11.8:1 aspect ratio) AgNRs, and the ∼534 nm × 65 nm (8.2:1 aspect ratio) AuNRs demonstrated the least amount of toxicity. The calculated IC50 (50% inhibitory concentration) value for the AgNRs exposed to fibroblasts was greater after 4 days of exposure (387.3 μg mL(-1)) compared to the AgNSs and AuNSs (4.3 and 23.4 μg mL(-1), respectively), indicating that these spherical metallic nanoparticles displayed a greater toxicity to fibroblast cells. The IC50 value could not be measured for the AuNRs due to an incomplete dose response curve. The reduced cell toxicity with the presently developed rod-shaped nanoparticles suggests that they may be promising materials for use in numerous biomedical applications.

  7. Shape and surface chemistry effects on the cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of metallic nanorods and nanospheres.

    PubMed

    Favi, Pelagie Marlene; Valencia, Mariana Morales; Elliott, Paul Robert; Restrepo, Alejandro; Gao, Ming; Huang, Hanchen; Pavon, Juan Jose; Webster, Thomas Jay

    2015-12-01

    Metallic nanoparticles (such as gold and silver) have been intensely studied for wound healing applications due to their ability to be easily functionalized, possess antibacterial properties, and their strong potential for targeted drug release. In this study, rod-shaped silver nanorods (AgNRs) and gold nanorods (AuNRs) were fabricated by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD), and their cytotoxicity toward human skin fibroblasts were assessed and compared to sphere-shaped silver nanospheres (AgNSs) and gold nanospheres (AuNSs). Results showed that the 39.94 nm AgNSs showed the greatest toxicity with fibroblast cells followed by the 61.06 nm AuNSs, ∼556 nm × 47 nm (11.8:1 aspect ratio) AgNRs, and the ∼534 nm × 65 nm (8.2:1 aspect ratio) AuNRs demonstrated the least amount of toxicity. The calculated IC50 (50% inhibitory concentration) value for the AgNRs exposed to fibroblasts was greater after 4 days of exposure (387.3 μg mL(-1)) compared to the AgNSs and AuNSs (4.3 and 23.4 μg mL(-1), respectively), indicating that these spherical metallic nanoparticles displayed a greater toxicity to fibroblast cells. The IC50 value could not be measured for the AuNRs due to an incomplete dose response curve. The reduced cell toxicity with the presently developed rod-shaped nanoparticles suggests that they may be promising materials for use in numerous biomedical applications. PMID:26053238

  8. Origin of p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO nanorods and the local structure around Sb ions

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    Liang, J. K.; Su, H. L.; Chuang, P. Y.; Kuo, C. L.; Huang, S. Y.; Chan, T. S.; Wu, Y. C.; Huang, J. C. A.

    2015-05-01

    To probe the origin of p-type conductivity in Sb-doped ZnO, a careful and detailed synchrotron radiation study was performed. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations provided the evidence for the formation of the complex defects comprising substitution Sb ions at Zn sites (SbZn) and Zn vacancies within the Sb-doped ZnO lattice. Such complex defects result in the increases of Sb-O coordination number and the Sb valence and thereby lead to the p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO. The back-gate field-effect-transistors based on single nanorod of Sb-doped ZnO were constructed, and the stable p-type conduction behavior was confirmed.

  9. Origin of p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO nanorods and the local structure around Sb ions

    SciTech Connect

    Liang, J. K.; Su, H. L. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn Wu, Y. C. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn; Chuang, P. Y.; Kuo, C. L.; Huang, S. Y.; Chan, T. S.; Huang, J. C. A. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn

    2015-05-25

    To probe the origin of p-type conductivity in Sb-doped ZnO, a careful and detailed synchrotron radiation study was performed. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations provided the evidence for the formation of the complex defects comprising substitution Sb ions at Zn sites (Sb{sub Zn}) and Zn vacancies within the Sb-doped ZnO lattice. Such complex defects result in the increases of Sb-O coordination number and the Sb valence and thereby lead to the p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO. The back-gate field-effect-transistors based on single nanorod of Sb-doped ZnO were constructed, and the stable p-type conduction behavior was confirmed.

  10. A study of the optical properties of metal-doped polyoxotitanium cages and the relationship to metal-doped titania.

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    Lv, Yaokang; Cheng, Jun; Matthews, Peter D; Holgado, Juan Pedro; Willkomm, Janina; Leskes, Michal; Steiner, Alexander; Fenske, Dieter; King, Timothy C; Wood, Paul T; Gan, Lihua; Lambert, Richard M; Wright, Dominic S

    2014-06-21

    To what extent the presence of transition metal ions can affect the optical properties of structurally well-defined, metal-doped polyoxotitanium (POT) cages is a key question in respect to how closely these species model technologically important metal-doped TiO2. This also has direct implications to the potential applications of these organically-soluble inorganic cages as photocatalytic redox systems in chemical transformations. Measurement of the band gaps of the series of closely related polyoxotitanium cages [MnTi14(OEt)28O14(OH)2] (1), [FeTi14(OEt)28O14(OH)2] (2) and [GaTi14(OEt)28O15(OH)] (3), containing interstitial Mn(II), Fe(II) and Ga(III) dopant ions, shows that transition metal doping alone does not lower the band gaps below that of TiO2 or the corresponding metal-doped TiO2. Instead, the band gaps of these cages are within the range of values found previously for transition metal-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. The low band gaps previously reported for 1 and for a recently reported related Mn-doped POT cage appear to be the result of low band gap impurities (most likely amorphous Mn-doped TiO2). PMID:24763670

  11. Method of synthesizing metal doped diamond-like carbon films

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    Ueno, Mayumi (Inventor); Sunkara, Mahendra Kumar (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A method of synthesizing metal doped carbon films by placing a substrate in a chamber with a selected amount of a metalorganic compound. An electron cyclotron resonance is applied to the chamber in order to vaporize the metalorganic compound. The resonance is applied to the chamber until a metal doped carbon film is formed. The metalorganic compound is preferably selected from the group consisting of an organic salt of ruthenium, palladium, gold or platinum.

  12. N Doping to ZnO Nanorods for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting under Visible Light: Engineered Impurity Distribution and Terraced Band Structure

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    Wang, Meng; Ren, Feng; Zhou, Jigang; Cai, Guangxu; Cai, Li; Hu, Yongfeng; Wang, Dongniu; Liu, Yichao; Guo, Liejin; Shen, Shaohua

    2015-01-01

    Solution-based ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) were modified with controlled N doping by an advanced ion implantation method, and were subsequently utilized as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting under visible light irradiation. A gradient distribution of N dopants along the vertical direction of ZnO nanorods was realized. N doped ZnO NRAs displayed a markedly enhanced visible-light-driven PEC photocurrent density of ~160 μA/cm2 at 1.1 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE), which was about 2 orders of magnitude higher than pristine ZnO NRAs. The gradiently distributed N dopants not only extended the optical absorption edges to visible light region, but also introduced terraced band structure. As a consequence, N gradient-doped ZnO NRAs can not only utilize the visible light irradiation but also efficiently drive photo-induced electron and hole transfer via the terraced band structure. The superior potential of ion implantation technique for creating gradient dopants distribution in host semiconductors will provide novel insights into doped photoelectrode materials for solar water splitting. PMID:26262752

  13. N Doping to ZnO Nanorods for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting under Visible Light: Engineered Impurity Distribution and Terraced Band Structure.

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    Wang, Meng; Ren, Feng; Zhou, Jigang; Cai, Guangxu; Cai, Li; Hu, Yongfeng; Wang, Dongniu; Liu, Yichao; Guo, Liejin; Shen, Shaohua

    2015-01-01

    Solution-based ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) were modified with controlled N doping by an advanced ion implantation method, and were subsequently utilized as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting under visible light irradiation. A gradient distribution of N dopants along the vertical direction of ZnO nanorods was realized. N doped ZnO NRAs displayed a markedly enhanced visible-light-driven PEC photocurrent density of ~160 μA/cm(2) at 1.1 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE), which was about 2 orders of magnitude higher than pristine ZnO NRAs. The gradiently distributed N dopants not only extended the optical absorption edges to visible light region, but also introduced terraced band structure. As a consequence, N gradient-doped ZnO NRAs can not only utilize the visible light irradiation but also efficiently drive photo-induced electron and hole transfer via the terraced band structure. The superior potential of ion implantation technique for creating gradient dopants distribution in host semiconductors will provide novel insights into doped photoelectrode materials for solar water splitting. PMID:26262752

  14. Magnetism in transition-metal-doped silicon nanotubes.

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    Singh, Abhishek Kumar; Briere, Tina M; Kumar, Vijay; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2003-10-01

    Using first-principles density functional calculations, we show that hexagonal metallic silicon nanotubes can be stabilized by doping with 3d transition metal atoms. Finite nanotubes doped with Fe and Mn have high local magnetic moments, whereas Co-doped nanotubes have low values and Ni-doped nanotubes are mostly nonmagnetic. The infinite Si24Fe4 nanotube is found to be ferromagnetic with nearly the same local magnetic moment on each Fe atom as in bulk iron. Mn-doped nanotubes are antiferromagnetic, but a ferrromagnetic state lies only 0.03 eV higher in energy with a gap in the majority spin bands near the Fermi energy. These materials are interesting for silicon-based spintronic devices and other nanoscale magnetic applications.

  15. The effect of fe-dopant concentration on ethanol gas sensing properties of fe doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanorods

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    Khayatian, A.; Safa, S.; Azimirad, R.; Kashi, M. Almasi; Akhtarianfar, S. F.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, Fe-doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanostructures were synthesized through a simple two-step method and the effects of Fe dopant concentrations (between 0 and 9 at%) on the structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all of the samples are crystallized in the same wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure with (002) peak as the main orientation. Nevertheless, the morphology of shell/core nanorods remained stable with increasing of Fe dopant, but the crystallinity improved. The ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy analysis showed that the Fe ions have coordination number of 3+ in the ZnO shell layer. The participation of Fe3+ ions into ZnO layer was also confirmed by Current-Voltage (I-V) curves where the resistance of nanorods was reduced with Fe concentration. Moreover, the ethanol-sensing properties of the Fe-doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanorod sensors were systematically investigated. According to the results, optimum gas sensing was obtained by the addition of 0.5 at% Fe to ZnO shell layer which lead to significant enhancement in ethanol gas response.

  16. Three-dimensional nitrogen-doped graphene frameworks anchored with bamboo-like tungsten oxide nanorods as high performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Gu, Xinyuan; Wu, Feilong; Lei, Bingbing; Wang, Jing; Chen, Ziliang; Xie, Kai; Song, Yun; Sun, Dalin; Sun, Lixian; Zhou, Huaiying; Fang, Fang

    2016-07-01

    Bamboo-like WO3 nanorods were anchored on three-dimensional nitrogen-doped graphene frameworks (r-WO3/3DNGF) by a facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis plus heating processes. There is a strong dependence of the obtained r-WO3/3DNGF nanostructures on the content of 3DNGF. The composite with 20 wt% 3DNGF content shows the most favorable structure where bamboo-like WO3 nanorods lie flat on the surface of fungus-like 3DNGF, and exhibits a high discharge capacity of 828 mAh g-1 over 100 cycles at 80 mA g-1 with the largest capacity retention of 73.9% for WO3 and excellent rate capacities of 719, 665, 573, 453 and 313 mAh g-1 at 80, 160, 400, 800 and 1600 mA g-1, respectively. The electrochemical performance is better than most of reported WO3-based carbonaceous composites, which can be attributed to the synergistic effects of the following actions: i) WO3 nanorods effectively shorten the diffusion path of Li+; ii) mechanically strong 3DNGF alleviates the huge volume change of WO3 upon Li+ intercalation/extraction; and iii) nitrogen-doping in 3D graphene frameworks improves electronic conductivity and provides large numbers of lithium ion diffusion channels.

  17. Metal enhanced fluorescence improved protein and DNA detection by zigzag Ag nanorod arrays.

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    Ji, Xiaofan; Xiao, Chenyu; Lau, Wai-Fung; Li, Jianping; Fu, Junxue

    2016-08-15

    As metal nano-arrays show great potential on metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) than random nanostructures, MEF of Ag zigzag nanorod (ZNR) arrays made by oblique angle deposition has been studied for biomolecule-protein interaction and DNA hybridization. By changing the folding number and the deposition substrate temperature, a 14-fold enhancement factor (EF) is obtained for biotin-neutravidin detection. The optimal folding number is decided as Z=7, owing to the high scattering intensity of Ag ZNRs. The substrate temperature T=25°C and 0°C slightly alters the morphology of Ag ZNRs but has no big difference in EF. Further, Ag ZNRs deposited on a layer of Ag film have been introduced to the DNA hybridization and a significant signal enhancement has been observed through the fluorescence microscope. Through a detailed quantitative EF analysis, which excludes the enhancing effect from the increased surface area of ZNRs and only considers the contribution of MEF, an EF of 28 is achieved for the hybridization of two single-stranded oligonucleotides with 33 bases. Furthermore, a limit of detection is determined as 0.01pM. We believe that the Ag ZNR arrays can serve as a universal and sensitive bio-detection platform. PMID:27088369

  18. Metal-doped semiconductor nanoparticles and methods of synthesis thereof

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    Ren, Zhifeng (Inventor); Chen, Gang (Inventor); Poudel, Bed (Inventor); Kumar, Shankar (Inventor); Wang, Wenzhong (Inventor); Dresselhaus, Mildred (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention generally relates to binary or higher order semiconductor nanoparticles doped with a metallic element, and thermoelectric compositions incorporating such nanoparticles. In one aspect, the present invention provides a thermoelectric composition comprising a plurality of nanoparticles each of which includes an alloy matrix formed of a Group IV element and Group VI element and a metallic dopant distributed within the matrix.

  19. Metal-doped semiconductor nanoparticles and methods of synthesis thereof

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang; Poudel, Bed; Kumar, Shankar; Wang, Wenzhong; Dresselhaus, Mildred

    2009-09-08

    The present invention generally relates to binary or higher order semiconductor nanoparticles doped with a metallic element, and thermoelectric compositions incorporating such nanoparticles. In one aspect, the present invention provides a thermoelectric composition comprising a plurality of nanoparticles each of which includes an alloy matrix formed of a Group IV element and Group VI element and a metallic dopant distributed within the matrix.

  20. Studies on the structural and optical properties of zinc oxide nanobushes and Co-doped ZnO self-aggregated nanorods synthesized by simple thermal decomposition route

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    Freedsman, Joseph J.; Kennedy, L. John; Kumar, R. Thinesh; Sekaran, G.; Vijaya, J. Judith

    2010-10-15

    Pure and Co-doped zinc oxide nanomaterials were prepared by a simple low temperature synthesis and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution-transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. The results showed the formation of nanobushes that consists of several nanowires for pure ZnO and the nanorods formed by self-aggregation for Co-doped ZnO. The presence of Co{sup 2+} ions replacing some of the Zn{sup 2+} in the ZnO lattice was confirmed by EPR and DRS studies. The mechanism for the formation of self-aggregated and self-aligned ZnO rods after the incorporation of cobalt in the lattice by the building block units is discussed in this study. Morphological studies were carried out using SEM and HR-TEM, which supports the validity of the proposed mechanism for the formation of ZnO nanobushes and Co-doped ZnO nanorods. The synthesized nanomaterials were found to have good optoelectronic properties.

  1. Method of making metal-doped organic foam products

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    Rinde, James A.

    1981-01-01

    Organic foams having a low density and very small cell size and method for roducing same in either a metal-loaded or unloaded (nonmetal loaded) form are described. Metal-doped foams are produced by soaking a polymer gel in an aqueous solution of desired metal salt, soaking the gel successively in a solvent series of decreasing polarity to remove water from the gel and replace it with a solvent of lower polarity with each successive solvent in the series being miscible with the solvents on each side and being saturated with the desired metal salt, and removing the last of the solvents from the gel to produce the desired metal-doped foam having desired density cell size, and metal loading. The unloaded or metal-doped foams can be utilized in a variety of applications requiring low density, small cell size foam. For example, rubidium-doped foam made in accordance with the invention has utility in special applications, such as in x-ray lasers.

  2. High-performance aqueous asymmetric supercapacitor based on K0.3WO3 nanorods and nitrogen-doped porous carbon

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    Ma, Guofu; Zhang, Zhiguo; Sun, Kanjun; Feng, Enke; Peng, Hui; Zhou, Xiaozhong; Lei, Ziqiang

    2016-10-01

    A novel asymmetric supercapacitor device for energy storage is fabricated using K0.3WO3 nanorods as negative electrode and nitrogen-doped porous carbon (CBC-1) based on agricultural wastes corn bract as positive electrode. The K0.3WO3 nanorods are composed of some thinner needle-shaped nanorods which are parallel to each other, and the CBC-1 reveals rough surface of coral-like frameworks with abundant nanopores. The structures can provide high surface area, low diffusion paths and intercalation/de-intercalation of electrolyte ions between the electrode/electrolyte interfaces. Thus, the asymmetric supercapacitor exhibits high energy density about 26.3 Wh kg-1 at power density of 404.2 W kg-1 in the wide voltage region of 0-1.6 V, as well as a good electrochemical stability (80% capacitance retention after 1000 cycles). Such outstanding electrochemical behaviors imply the CBC-1//K0.3WO3 asymmetric supercapacitor is a promising practical energy-storage system.

  3. Polarization control of metal-enhanced fluorescence in hybrid assemblies of photosynthetic complexes and gold nanorods.

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    Bujak, Ł; Olejnik, M; Brotosudarmo, T H P; Schmidt, M K; Czechowski, N; Piatkowski, D; Aizpurua, J; Cogdell, R J; Heiss, W; Mackowski, S

    2014-05-21

    Fluorescence imaging of hybrid nanostructures composed of a bacterial light-harvesting complex LH2 and Au nanorods with controlled coupling strength is employed to study the spectral dependence of the plasmon-induced fluorescence enhancement. Perfect matching of the plasmon resonances in the nanorods with the absorption bands of the LH2 complexes facilitates a direct comparison of the enhancement factors for longitudinal and transverse plasmon frequencies of the nanorods. We find that the fluorescence enhancement due to excitation of longitudinal resonance can be up to five-fold stronger than for the transverse one. We attribute this result, which is important for designing plasmonic functional systems, to a very different distribution of the enhancement of the electric field due to the excitation of the two characteristic plasmon modes in nanorods.

  4. Polyethylenimine-assisted growth of high-aspect-ratio nitrogen-doped ZnO (NZO) nanorod arrays and their effect on performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Swain, Bhabani Sankar; Han, Gill-Sang; Kim, Byeong-Jo; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2014-07-01

    The realization of arrays of high-aspect-ratio nitrogen-doped ZnO (NZO) nanorod is critical to the development of high-quality nanostructure-based optoelectronic and electronic devices. In this study, we used a solution-based method to grow arrays of vertically aligned high-aspect-ratio NZO nanorods on ZnO seed layer covered fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates. We investigated whether the diameters and aspect ratios of the nanorods were affected by the addition of polyethylenimine (PEI) to the precursor solution used as well as by variations in the growth temperature and the concentration of the precursor solution. The performances of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) in which the synthesized high-aspect-ratio NZO nanorods were used as the photoanode material were also studied. That the dopant, nitrogen, was introduced into the ZnO lattice was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was seen that after the addition of PEI, the NZO and ZnO nanorod arrays increased in length and their diameters became smaller (i.e., their aspect ratios increased). This resulted in an increase in the amount of dye absorbed by them, leading to improvements in the DSSCs based on the nanorods. The structural, morphological, optical, and photovoltaic characteristics of ZnO and NZO nanorod arrays synthesized using different precursor concentrations and growth temperatures (160-190 °C) were also examined. We also investigated the effect of the use of PEI on these characteristics. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs fabricated using the NZO nanorod arrays was found to be significantly higher than that of DSSCs based on the pure ZnO nanorod arrays. This increase in efficiency could be attributed to the combined effects of the increase in the charge-carrier concentration, change in morphology, and increase in the Fermi energy levels of the nanorods, which resulted because of N doping. A PCE of 5.0% was obtained for a DSSC based

  5. Growth of metal-semiconductor core-multishell nanorods with optimized field confinement and nonlinear enhancement

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    Nan, Fan; Xie, Fang-Ming; Liang, Shan; Ma, Liang; Yang, Da-Jie; Liu, Xiao-Li; Wang, Jia-Hong; Cheng, Zi-Qiang; Yu, Xue-Feng; Zhou, Li; Wang, Qu-Quan; Zeng, Jie

    2016-06-01

    This paper describes a facile method for the synthesis of Au/AuAg/Ag2S/PbS core-multishell nanorods with double trapping layers. The synthesis, in sequence, involved deposition of Ag shells onto the surfaces of Au nanorod seeds, formation of AuAg shells by a galvanic replacement reaction, and overgrowth of the Ag2S shells and PbS shells. The resulting core-multishell nanorod possesses an air gap between the Au core and the AuAg shell. Together with the Ag2S shell, the air gap can efficiently trap light, causing strong field confinement and nonlinear enhancement. The as-prepared Au/AuAg/Ag2S/PbS core-multishell nanorods display distinct localized surface plasmon resonance and nonlinear optical properties, demonstrating an effective pathway for maneuvering the optical properties of nanocavities.This paper describes a facile method for the synthesis of Au/AuAg/Ag2S/PbS core-multishell nanorods with double trapping layers. The synthesis, in sequence, involved deposition of Ag shells onto the surfaces of Au nanorod seeds, formation of AuAg shells by a galvanic replacement reaction, and overgrowth of the Ag2S shells and PbS shells. The resulting core-multishell nanorod possesses an air gap between the Au core and the AuAg shell. Together with the Ag2S shell, the air gap can efficiently trap light, causing strong field confinement and nonlinear enhancement. The as-prepared Au/AuAg/Ag2S/PbS core-multishell nanorods display distinct localized surface plasmon resonance and nonlinear optical properties, demonstrating an effective pathway for maneuvering the optical properties of nanocavities. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09151a

  6. Half-metallicity in aluminum-doped zigzag silicene nanoribbons

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    Dong, Yao-Jun; Wang, Xue-Feng; Vasilopoulos, P.; Zhai, Ming-Xing; Wu, Xue-Mei

    2014-03-01

    The spin-dependent electronic structures of aluminum-(Al) doped zigzag silicene nanoribbons (ZSiNRs) are investigated by first-principles calculations. When ZSiNRs are substitutionally doped by a single Al atom on different sites in every three primitive cells, they become half-metallic in some cases, a property that can be used in spintronic devices. More interestingly, spin-down electrons can be transported at the Fermi energy when the Al atom is placed on the sub-edge site. In contrast, spin-up electrons can be transported at the Fermi energy when the ZSiNRs are doped on sites near their centre. The magnetic moment on the edge is considerably suppressed if the Al atom is doped on edge or near-edge sites. Similar results are obtained for a phosphorus-(P) and boron-(B) doped ZSiNR. When two or more Si atoms are replaced by Al atoms, in general the half-metallic behaviour is replaced by a metallic, spin gapless semiconducting or semiconducting one. When a line of six Si atoms, along the ribbon's width, are replaced by Al atoms, the spin resolution of the band structure is suppressed and the system becomes nonmagnetic.

  7. Incorporation of N-doped TiO2 nanorods in regenerated cellulose thin films fabricated from recycled newspaper as a green portable photocatalyst.

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    Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa; Salleh, W N W; Jaafar, Juhana; Ismail, A F; Abd Mutalib, Muhazri; Jamil, Siti Munira

    2015-11-20

    In this work, an environmental friendly RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film was designed as a green portable photocatalyst by utilizing recycled newspaper as sustainable cellulose resource. Investigations on the influence of N-doped TiO2 nanorods incorporation on the structural and morphological properties of RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film are presented. The resulting nanocomposite thin film was characterized by FESEM, AFM, FTIR, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and XPS analysis. The results suggested that there was a remarkable compatibility between cellulose and N-doped TiO2 nanorods anchored onto the surface of the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film. Under UV and visible irradiation, the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film showed remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue solution with degradation percentage of 96% and 78.8%, respectively. It is crucial to note that the resulting portable photocatalyst produced via an environmental and green technique in its fabrication process has good potential in the field of water and wastewater treatment application. PMID:26344299

  8. Incorporation of N-doped TiO2 nanorods in regenerated cellulose thin films fabricated from recycled newspaper as a green portable photocatalyst.

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    Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa; Salleh, W N W; Jaafar, Juhana; Ismail, A F; Abd Mutalib, Muhazri; Jamil, Siti Munira

    2015-11-20

    In this work, an environmental friendly RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film was designed as a green portable photocatalyst by utilizing recycled newspaper as sustainable cellulose resource. Investigations on the influence of N-doped TiO2 nanorods incorporation on the structural and morphological properties of RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film are presented. The resulting nanocomposite thin film was characterized by FESEM, AFM, FTIR, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and XPS analysis. The results suggested that there was a remarkable compatibility between cellulose and N-doped TiO2 nanorods anchored onto the surface of the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film. Under UV and visible irradiation, the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film showed remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue solution with degradation percentage of 96% and 78.8%, respectively. It is crucial to note that the resulting portable photocatalyst produced via an environmental and green technique in its fabrication process has good potential in the field of water and wastewater treatment application.

  9. Metal oxide charge transport material doped with organic molecules

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    Forrest, Stephen R.; Lassiter, Brian E.

    2016-08-30

    Doping metal oxide charge transport material with an organic molecule lowers electrical resistance while maintaining transparency and thus is optimal for use as charge transport materials in various organic optoelectronic devices such as organic photovoltaic devices and organic light emitting devices.

  10. High capacity nickel battery material doped with alkali metal cations

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    Jackovitz, John F.; Pantier, Earl A.

    1982-05-18

    A high capacity battery material is made, consisting essentially of hydrated Ni(II) hydroxide, and about 5 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of Ni(IV) hydrated oxide interlayer doped with alkali metal cations selected from potassium, sodium and lithium cations.

  11. Ultraviolet photodetectors based on ZnO nanorods-seed layer effect and metal oxide modifying layer effect

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    Zhou, Hai; Fang, Guojia; Liu, Nishuang; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2011-12-01

    Pt/ZnO nanorod (NR) and Pt/modified ZnO NR Schottky barrier ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors (PDs) were prepared with different seed layers and metal oxide modifying layer materials. In this paper, we discussed the effect of metal oxide modifying layer on the performance of UV PDs pre- and post-deposition annealing at 300°C, respectively. For Schottky barrier UV PDs with different seed layers, the MgZnO seed layer-PDs without metal oxide coating showed bigger responsivity and larger detectivity ( D λ*) than those of PDs with ZnO seed layer, and the reason was illustrated through energy band theory and the electron transport mechanism. Also the ratio of D 254* to D 546* was calculated above 8 × 102 for all PDs, which demonstrated that our PDs showed high selectivity for detecting UV light with less influence of light with long wavelength.

  12. Hydrothermally Grown In-doped ZnO Nanorods on p-GaN Films for Color-tunable Heterojunction Light-emitting-diodes

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    Park, Geun Chul; Hwang, Soo Min; Lee, Seung Muk; Choi, Jun Hyuk; Song, Keun Man; Kim, Hyun You; Kim, Hyun-Suk; Eum, Sung-Jin; Jung, Seung-Boo; Lim, Jun Hyung; Joo, Jinho

    2015-01-01

    The incorporation of doping elements in ZnO nanostructures plays an important role in adjusting the optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present study, we fabricated 1-D ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different In contents (0% ~ 5%) on p-GaN films using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the In doping on the morphology and electronic structure of the NRs and the electrical and optical performances of the n-ZnO NRs/p-GaN heterojunction light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the In content increased, the size (diameter and length) of the NRs increased, and the electrical performance of the LEDs improved. From the electroluminescence (EL) spectra, it was found that the broad green-yellow-orange emission band significantly increased with increasing In content due to the increased defect states (oxygen vacancies) in the ZnO NRs, and consequently, the superposition of the emission bands centered at 415 nm and 570 nm led to the generation of white-light. These results suggest that In doping is an effective way to tailor the morphology and the optical, electronic, and electrical properties of ZnO NRs, as well as the EL emission property of heterojunction LEDs. PMID:25988846

  13. Hydrothermally Grown In-doped ZnO Nanorods on p-GaN Films for Color-tunable Heterojunction Light-emitting-diodes.

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    Park, Geun Chul; Hwang, Soo Min; Lee, Seung Muk; Choi, Jun Hyuk; Song, Keun Man; Kim, Hyun You; Kim, Hyun-Suk; Eum, Sung-Jin; Jung, Seung-Boo; Lim, Jun Hyung; Joo, Jinho

    2015-01-01

    The incorporation of doping elements in ZnO nanostructures plays an important role in adjusting the optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present study, we fabricated 1-D ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different In contents (0% ~ 5%) on p-GaN films using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the In doping on the morphology and electronic structure of the NRs and the electrical and optical performances of the n-ZnO NRs/p-GaN heterojunction light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the In content increased, the size (diameter and length) of the NRs increased, and the electrical performance of the LEDs improved. From the electroluminescence (EL) spectra, it was found that the broad green-yellow-orange emission band significantly increased with increasing In content due to the increased defect states (oxygen vacancies) in the ZnO NRs, and consequently, the superposition of the emission bands centered at 415 nm and 570 nm led to the generation of white-light. These results suggest that In doping is an effective way to tailor the morphology and the optical, electronic, and electrical properties of ZnO NRs, as well as the EL emission property of heterojunction LEDs. PMID:25988846

  14. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal doped semiconducting nanowires

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    Kaszpurenko, Jason Michael

    The abundance of semiconductors in everyday life has exploded because of their cheapness, ability to do massive calculations, harvest energy and more. For all their utility semiconductors used in calculations suffer because they need an auxiliary way to store the data they've calculated. Magnetic storage has traditionally been the answer to this problem but suffers from slower speeds. Since the 1960's a class of materials known as dilute magnetic semiconductors has tried to combine the advantages of semiconductors with the non-volatile storage properties found in magnets. Often the easiest way to make these materials is by doping semiconductors with transition metal ions. In this study I worked with PbS and ZnSe to create transition metal doped semiconducting nanostructures. The initial studies focus on the synthesis and characterization of PbS nanowires doped with Mn. The wires revealed high quality nanowires with uniform doping concentrations, both axially and radially, with atomic concentrations of 0.18 and 0.01 atomic %. The Mn didn't create any secondary phases and was substitutionally introduced. Zn1-xMn xSe nanostructures were grown with the hopes of achieving a higher Mn doping concentration where we succeeded in achieving dopant levels of x~0.3. To increase carrier concentrations, estimated to be~1016cm -3 for pure ZnSe samples, Al was doped with ZnSe and co-doped with Mn. ZnAlSe nanowires showed carrier concentration ~1019cm -3. Optical studies revealed hole traps with a characteristic time on the order of 1ms in ZnAlSe nanowire samples

  15. Electronic structure, conductivity and superconductivity of metal doped C60

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    Haddon, R.C.

    1993-12-31

    The curvature and topology required for fullerene formation strongly enhances the electronegativity of the carbon clusters and as a result C60 readily accepts electrons. Solid C60 undergoes doping with a variety of metals to produce intercalation compounds which are conductors. In the case of the alkali metals the predominant phases present are: C60, A3C60, and A6C60. The A3C60 compounds are formed from C60 by occupancy of the interstitial sites of the fcc lattice. These phases constitute the first 3-dimensional organic conductors and for A=K, Rb the A3C60 compounds are superconductors with transition temperatures of Tc=19 and 28K, respectively. There is evidence to suggest that the superconductivity in these systems is driven by the intramolecular vibrations of the reduced C60 molecule. Recent experiments on a variety of metal doped C60 thin films will be presented.

  16. Metal-insulator transition in films of doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

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    Chen, Ting; Reich, K V; Kramer, Nicolaas J; Fu, Han; Kortshagen, Uwe R; Shklovskii, B I

    2016-03-01

    To fully deploy the potential of semiconductor nanocrystal films as low-cost electronic materials, a better understanding of the amount of dopants required to make their conductivity metallic is needed. In bulk semiconductors, the critical concentration of electrons at the metal-insulator transition is described by the Mott criterion. Here, we theoretically derive the critical concentration nc for films of heavily doped nanocrystals devoid of ligands at their surface and in direct contact with each other. In the accompanying experiments, we investigate the conduction mechanism in films of phosphorus-doped, ligand-free silicon nanocrystals. At the largest electron concentration achieved in our samples, which is half the predicted nc, we find that the localization length of hopping electrons is close to three times the nanocrystals diameter, indicating that the film approaches the metal-insulator transition.

  17. Zinc oxide nanorods

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    Chik, Hope Wuming

    Non-lithographic, bottom-up techniques have been developed to advance the state of the art and contribute to the development of new material structures, fabrication methods, devices, and applications using the Zinc Oxide material system as a demonstration vehicle. The novel low temperature catalytic vapour-liquid-solid growth process developed is technologically simple, inexpensive, and a robust fabrication technique offering complete control over the physical dimensions of the nanorod such as its diameter and length, and over the positioning of the nanorods for site-selective growth. By controlling the distribution of the Au catalysts with the use of a self-organized anodized aluminum oxide nanopore membrane as a template, we have been able to synthesize highly ordered, hexagonally packed, array of ZnO nanorods spanning a large area. These nanorods are single crystal, hexagonally shaped, indicative of the wurtzite structure, and are vertically aligned to the substrate. By pre-patterning the template, arbitrary nanorod patterns can be formed. We have also demonstrated the assembly of the nanorods into functional devices using controlled methods that are less resource intensive, easily scalable, and adaptable to other material systems, without resorting to the manipulation of each individual nanostructures. Examples of these devices include the random network device that exploits the common attributes of the nanorods, and those formed using an external field to control the nanorod orientation. Two and three terminal device measurements show that the as-grown nanorods are n-type doped, and that by controlling the external optical excitation and its test environment, the photoconductivity can be altered dramatically. Self assemble techniques such as the spontaneous formation of nanodendrites into complex networks of interconnects were studied. Controlled formation of interconnects achieved by controlling the placement of the catalyst is demonstrated by growing the

  18. CdS nanoparticles sensitization of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as an ITO/FTO-free photoanode for solar water splitting

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    2012-01-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment possesses the functions of transparent conducting oxide thin film and 1-D nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously. To enhance the absorption in the visible light region, it is sensitized by cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanoparticles which efficiently increase the absorption around 460 nm. The CdS nanoparticles-sensitized AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment exhibits significantly improved photoelectrochemical property. After further heat treatment, a maximum short current density of 5.03 mA cm−2 is obtained under illumination. They not only are much higher than those without CdS nanoparticles sensitization and those without Al-doping and/or hydrogen treatment, but also comparable and even slightly superior to some earlier works for the CdS-sensitized zinc oxide nanorod array thin films with indium tin oxide (ITO) or fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) as substrates. This demonstrated successfully that the AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment is quite suitable as an ITO/FTO-free photoanode and has great potentials in solar water splitting after sensitization by quantum dots capable of visible light absorption. PMID:23098050

  19. Photochemical synthesis of gold nanorods.

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    Kim, Franklin; Song, Jae Hee; Yang, Peidong

    2002-12-01

    Gold nanorods have been synthesized by photochemically reducing gold ions within a micellar solution. The aspect ratio of the rods can be controlled with the addition of silver ions. This process reported here is highly promising for producing uniform nanorods, and more importantly it will be useful in resolving the growth mechanism of anisotropic metal nanoparticles due to its simplicity and the relatively slow growth rate of the nanorods. PMID:12452700

  20. Spin tuning of electron-doped metal-phthalocyanine layers.

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    Stepanow, Sebastian; Lodi Rizzini, Alberto; Krull, Cornelius; Kavich, Jerald; Cezar, Julio C; Yakhou-Harris, Flora; Sheverdyaeva, Polina M; Moras, Paolo; Carbone, Carlo; Ceballos, Gustavo; Mugarza, Aitor; Gambardella, Pietro

    2014-04-01

    The spin state of organic-based magnets at interfaces is to a great extent determined by the organic environment and the nature of the spin-carrying metal center, which is further subject to modifications by the adsorbate-substrate coupling. Direct chemical doping offers an additional route for tailoring the electronic and magnetic characteristics of molecular magnets. Here we present a systematic investigation of the effects of alkali metal doping on the charge state and crystal field of 3d metal ions in Cu, Ni, Fe, and Mn phthalocyanine (Pc) monolayers adsorbed on Ag. Combined X-ray absorption spectroscopy and ligand field multiplet calculations show that Cu(II), Ni(II), and Fe(II) ions reduce to Cu(I), Ni(I), and Fe(I) upon alkali metal adsorption, whereas Mn maintains its formal oxidation state. The strength of the crystal field at the Ni, Fe, and Mn sites is strongly reduced upon doping. The combined effect of these changes is that the magnetic moment of high- and low-spin ions such as Cu and Ni can be entirely turned off or on, respectively, whereas the magnetic configuration of MnPc can be changed from intermediate (3/2) to high (5/2) spin. In the case of FePc a 10-fold increase of the orbital magnetic moment accompanies charge transfer and a transition to a high-spin state.

  1. Noble-metal-free plasmonic photocatalyst: hydrogen doped semiconductors

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    Ma, Xiangchao; Dai, Ying; Yu, Lin; Huang, Baibiao

    2014-01-01

    The unique capacity of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) offers a new opportunity to overcome the limited efficiency of semiconductor photocatalyst. Here we unravel that LSPR, which usually occurs in noble metal nanoparticles, can be realized by hydrogen doping in noble-metal-free semiconductor using TiO2 as a model photocatalyst. Moreover, its LSPR is located in infrared region, which supplements that of noble metal whose LSPR is generally in the visible region, making it possible to extend the light response of photocatalyst to infrared region. The near field enhancement is shown to be comparable with that of noble-metal nanoparticles, indicating that highly enhanced light absorption rate can be expected. The present work can provide a key guideline for the creation of highly efficient noble-metal-free plasmonic photocatalysts and have a much wider impact in infrared bioimaging and spectroscopy where infrared LSPR is essential. PMID:24496400

  2. Spinodal nanodecomposition in semiconductors doped with transition metals

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    Dietl, T.; Sato, K.; Fukushima, T.; Bonanni, A.; Jamet, M.; Barski, A.; Kuroda, S.; Tanaka, M.; Hai, Pham Nam; Katayama-Yoshida, H.

    2015-10-01

    This review presents the recent progress in computational materials design, experimental realization, and control methods of spinodal nanodecomposition under three- and two-dimensional crystal-growth conditions in spintronic materials, such as magnetically doped semiconductors. The computational description of nanodecomposition, performed by combining first-principles calculations with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, is discussed together with extensive electron microscopy, synchrotron radiation, scanning probe, and ion beam methods that have been employed to visualize binodal and spinodal nanodecomposition (chemical phase separation) as well as nanoprecipitation (crystallographic phase separation) in a range of semiconductor compounds with a concentration of transition metal (TM) impurities beyond the solubility limit. The role of growth conditions, codoping by shallow impurities, kinetic barriers, and surface reactions in controlling the aggregation of magnetic cations is highlighted. According to theoretical simulations and experimental results the TM-rich regions appear in the form of either nanodots (the dairiseki phase) or nanocolumns (the konbu phase) buried in the host semiconductor. Particular attention is paid to Mn-doped group III arsenides and antimonides, TM-doped group III nitrides, Mn- and Fe-doped Ge, and Cr-doped group II chalcogenides, in which ferromagnetic features persisting up to above room temperature correlate with the presence of nanodecomposition and account for the application-relevant magneto-optical and magnetotransport properties of these compounds. Finally, it is pointed out that spinodal nanodecomposition can be viewed as a new class of bottom-up approach to nanofabrication.

  3. Doping dependent plasmon dispersion in 2 H -transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Müller, Eric; Büchner, Bernd; Habenicht, Carsten; König, Andreas; Knupfer, Martin; Berger, Helmuth; Huotari, Simo

    2016-07-01

    We report the behavior of the charge carrier plasmon of 2 H -transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) as a function of intercalation with alkali metals. Intercalation and concurrent doping of the TMD layers have a substantial impact on plasmon energy and dispersion. While the plasmon energy shifts are related to the intercalation level as expected within a simple homogeneous electron gas picture, the plasmon dispersion changes in a peculiar manner independent of the intercalant and the TMD materials. Starting from a negative dispersion, the slope of the plasmon dispersion changes sign and grows monotonously upon doping. Quantitatively, the increase of this slope depends on the orbital character (4 d or 5 d ) of the conduction bands, which indicates a decisive role of band structure effects on the plasmon behavior.

  4. Magnetic and transport studies of core-shell nanorods based on metallic oxide ferromagnet SrRuO3

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    Zheng, M.; Li, X. Y.; Zhu, Q. X.; Li, H. R.; Shi, L.; Li, X. M.; Zheng, R. K.

    2016-01-01

    This study presents the synthesis of perovskite metal-semiconductor core-shell heterostructures by sputtering SrRuO3 (SRO) shell layer on vertically aligned hydrothermally produced ZnO nanorods. Compared to the two-dimensional SRO films, the magnetic behaviors of the SRO shells on ZnO nanorods are morphology and thickness dependent, as reflected by the magnetic isotropy effects and the appearance of double-step magnetic hysteresis loops caused by nanograin-induced disorder and uncompensated spin at the surface and interface. The appearance of low-temperature resistance minimum and the good fitting of the low-temperature resistance data to a theoretical model establish the emergence of weak localization effect in the SRO shells, whose strength can be reinforced by a magnetic field. In addition, an apparent low-resistance Ohmic contact was realized in the ZnO/SRO heterojunctions due to the lower work function of the SRO. This, together with the absence of the Schottky barrier at the interface, demonstrates that the ZnO/SRO nanostructures could hold great promise for applications in advanced electron field emitters.

  5. Strongly coupled metal oxide nanorod arrays with graphene nanoribbons and nanosheets enable novel solid-state hybrid cells

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    Xiao, Junwu; Xi, Jiangbo; Xu, Yangyang; Yang, Shihe; Jin, Yunxia; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Shuai

    2015-06-01

    Electrochemical capacitors and rechargeable batteries are still limited in applications by the low energy and power densities they can deliver, respectively, holding back their deployment in electric vehicles. Here we develop a type of solid-state hybrid cells (SHCs) composed of graphene nanoribbons and nanosheets-coated metal oxide nanorod arrays ((MOx/GNR)@GNS). GNR and GNS are deposited on the surface of MOx nanorod arrays to improve the electron transport characteristic, and thus enhance the energy storage performance. The (MOx/GNR)@GNS-based SHCs can achieve a maximum volumetric energy density of 0.9 mWh cm-3, and still retain 0.4 mWh cm-3 even at 0.1 W cm-3. The energy storage performance is much better than the electrochemical capacitors reported previously, and can even rival the commercial Li thin-film battery but with a significantly higher power density, lower cost and higher safety. Also demonstrated is the good long-term cycle life with only ∼17% loss after 2500 cycles. These salient features make the (MOx/GNR)@GNS composites-based SHCs a strong contender for electrochemical energy storage.

  6. Schottky diodes between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and metal nanoparticles in a polymer matrix as hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Pal, Amlan J.

    2015-07-07

    We report the use of metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions in a conjugated polymer matrix as solar cells. The Schottky diodes, which were formed between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and gold nanoparticles, efficiently dissociated photogenerated excitons. The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) devices based on such metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes in a polymer matrix therefore acted as an efficient solar cell as compared to the devices based on only the semiconductor nanorods in the polymer matrix or when gold nanoparticles were added separately to the BHJs. In the latter device, gold nanoparticles offered plasmonic enhancement due to an increased cross-section of optical absorption. We report growth and characteristics of the Schottky junctions formed through an intimate contact between Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and gold nanoparticles. We also report fabrication and characterization of BHJ solar cells based on such heterojunctions. We highlight the benefit of using metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes over only inorganic semiconductor nanorods or quantum dots in a polymer matrix in forming hybrid BHJ solar cells.

  7. Schottky diodes between Bi2S3 nanorods and metal nanoparticles in a polymer matrix as hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Pal, Amlan J.

    2015-07-01

    We report the use of metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions in a conjugated polymer matrix as solar cells. The Schottky diodes, which were formed between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles, efficiently dissociated photogenerated excitons. The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) devices based on such metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes in a polymer matrix therefore acted as an efficient solar cell as compared to the devices based on only the semiconductor nanorods in the polymer matrix or when gold nanoparticles were added separately to the BHJs. In the latter device, gold nanoparticles offered plasmonic enhancement due to an increased cross-section of optical absorption. We report growth and characteristics of the Schottky junctions formed through an intimate contact between Bi2S3 nanorods and gold nanoparticles. We also report fabrication and characterization of BHJ solar cells based on such heterojunctions. We highlight the benefit of using metal-semiconductor Schottky diodes over only inorganic semiconductor nanorods or quantum dots in a polymer matrix in forming hybrid BHJ solar cells.

  8. Metal-insulator transitions due to self-doping

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    Blawid, S.; Tuan, H.A.; Yanagisawa, T.; Fulde, P.

    1996-09-01

    We investigate the influence of an unoccupied band on the transport properties of a strongly correlated electron system. For that purpose, additional orbitals are coupled to a Hubbard model via hybridization. The filling is one electron per site. Depending on the position of the additional band, both a metal-to-insulator and an insulator-to-metal transition occur with increasing hybridization. The latter transition from a Mott insulator into a metal via {open_quote}{open_quote}self-doping{close_quote}{close_quote} was recently proposed to explain the low carrier concentration in Yb{sub 4}As{sub 3}. We suggest a restrictive parameter regime for this transition, making use of exact results in various limits. The predicted absence of the self-doping transition for nested Fermi surfaces is confirmed by means of an unrestricted Hartree-Fock approximation and an exact diagonalization study in one dimension. In the general case metal-insulator phase diagrams are obtained within the slave-boson mean-field and the alloy-analog approximations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  9. Growth of metal-catalyst-free nitrogen-doped metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Li, Jin-Cheng; Hou, Peng-Xiang; Zhang, Lili; Liu, Chang; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2014-10-21

    Nitrogen-doped (N-doped) single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition using SiOx nanoparticles as a catalyst and ethylenediamine as the source of both carbon and nitrogen. The N-doped SWCNTs have a mean diameter of 1.1 nm and a narrow diameter range, with 92% of them having diameters from 0.7 to 1.4 nm. Multi-wavelength laser Raman spectra and temperature-dependent electrical resistance indicate that the SWCNT sample is enriched with metallic nanotubes. These N-doped SWCNTs showed excellent electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction and highly selective and sensitive sensing ability for dopamine detection.

  10. Inclined angle-controlled growth of GaN nanorods on m-sapphire by metal organic chemical vapor deposition without a catalyst.

    PubMed

    Lee, Kyuseung; Chae, Sooryong; Jang, Jongjin; Min, Daehong; Kim, Jaehwan; Eom, Daeyong; Yoo, Yang-Seok; Cho, Yong-Hoon; Nam, Okhyun

    2015-08-21

    In this study, we have intentionally grown novel types of (11-22)- and (1-10-3)-oriented(3) and self-assembled inclined GaN nanorods (NRs) on (10-10) m-sapphire substrates using metal organic chemical vapor deposition without catalysts and ex situ patterning. Nitridation of the m-sapphire surface was observed to be crucial to the inclined angle as well as the growth direction of the GaN NRs. Polarity-selective KOH etching confirmed that both (11-22) and (1-10-3) GaN NRs are nitrogen-polar. Using pole figure measurements and selective area electron diffraction patterns, the epitaxial relationship between the inclined (11-22) and (1-10-3) GaN NRs and m-sapphire substrates was systematically demonstrated. Furthermore, it was verified that the GaN NRs were single-crystalline wurtzite structures. We observed that stacking fault-related defects were generated during the initial growth stage using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The blue-shift of the near band edge (NBE) peak in the inclined angle-controlled GaN NRs can be explained by a band filling effect through carrier saturation of the conduction band, resulting from a high Si-doping concentration; in addition, the decay time of NBE emission in (11-22)- and (1-10-3)-oriented NRs was much shorter than that of stacking fault-related emission. These results suggest that defect-free inclined GaN NRs can be grown on m-sapphire without ex situ treatment.

  11. Facile fabrication of visible light induced Bi2O3 nanorod using conventional heat treatment method

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    Raza, Waseem; Khan, Azam; Alam, Umair; Muneer, M.; Bahnemann, D.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a new Bi2O3 based photocatalyst doped with varying concentration of Nb and Mn metal ion was fabricated by conventional heat treatment method and their photocatalytic activity was investigated. The prepared material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Visible Spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) techniques. The XRD analysis of synthesized photocatalyst was found to exhibit characteristic peaks of well crystallized monoclinic α-Bi2O3. The XRD pattern of pure and metal doped Bi2O3 were found to more or less similar. The crystallite size of doped materials were smaller than pure Bi2O3 and size decreases with increasing dopant concentration from 0.5 to 2.0% for Nb & 1.0-3.0% for Mn and remains almost constant at higher dopant concentration. The SEM analysis clearly indicate the formation of nanorod like morphologies. The UV-Vis absorption spectra of synthesized nanorods revealed that the absorption edge shift towards longer wavelength on doping with Nb and Mn metal ions which is beneficial for absorbing more visible light in the solar spectrum. The prepared doped Bi2O3 nanorod showed the excellent photocatalytic activity for degradation of selected organic pollutants, such as Methylene Blue (MB) and Rodaamime B (RhB) under visible light source. The higher activity of doped Bi2O3 nanorod may be attributed to absorption of more visible light leading to generation of higher photogenerated electron hole pairs and efficient separation of photoinduced charge carrier to inhibit the recombination rate.

  12. Prediction of spin-dependent electronic structure in 3d-transition-metal doped antimonene

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    Yang, L. F.; Song, Y.; Mi, W. B.; Wang, X. C.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the geometric structure and electronic and magnetic properties of 3d-transition-metal atom doped antimonene using spin-polarized first-principles calculations. Strong orbital hybridization exhibits between 3d-transition-metal and Sb atoms, where covalent bonds form in antimonene. A spin-polarized semiconducting state appears in Cr-doped antimonene, while half-metallic states appear by doping Ti, V, and Mn. These findings indicate that once combined with doping states, the bands of antimonene systems offer a variety of features. Specific dopants lead to half-metallic characters with high spin polarization that has potential application in spintronics.

  13. Are Magnetically Doped Transition-metal Oxides Spin-glasses?

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    Lussier, A.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y. U.; Ogale, S. B.; Shinde, S. R.; Venkatesan, T.; Lofland, S. E.

    2004-03-01

    Many magnetic impurity doped transition-metal oxides exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature. Some also exhibit strange magnetic aging behavior. One such material is Co-doped SnO2 which displays a saturation magnetization decrease over time, as well as with successive field applications. From the theoretical perspective, there are two prerequisites for spin-glass behavior which are both satisfied for these samples: disorder and frustration. Disorder is readily satisfied because the dilute magnetic impurities are randomly scattered. Additionally, the suggested RKKY interaction between magnetic impurities, coupled with their random spacing, likely results in frustration. Magnetometry, XAS, and XMCD measurements, with temperature, measurement time, and history dependence help elucidate the magnetic order in these materials, and are consistent with spin-glass character. We would like to acknowledge the support of NSF (MSU), the Office of Naval Research (MSU), DARPA SpinS (UMD) and NSF-MRSEC (UMD).

  14. Density functional theory calculations for the oxygen dissociation on nitrogen and transition metal doped graphenes

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    Zheng, Yongping; Xiao, Wei; Cho, Maenghyo; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2013-10-01

    Oxygen adsorption and dissociation on a pristine graphene, nitrogen doped graphene (N-graphene), and transition metal doped graphene (M-graphene) are studied with density functional theory calculations coupled with nudged elastic band (NEB) method. Four 3d transition metals (Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) are selected as the doping atoms. The O binding energies on the Co-graphene and Ni-graphene have intermediate strength. The O2 dissociation barriers for these two types of doped graphenes are also lower than that on the pristine graphene and N-graphene. The Co and Ni doped graphenes are predicted to be promising ORR catalysts.

  15. Low-temperature growth and characterization of single crystalline ZnO nanorod arrays using a catalyst-free inductively coupled plasma-metal organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Jeong, Sang-Hun; Lee, Chang-Bae; Moon, Won-Jin; Song, Ho-Jun

    2008-10-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays have been synthesized on c-plane sapphires at a low temperature of 400 degrees C using catalyst-free inductively coupled plasma (ICP) metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique by varying the ICP powers. Diameters of the ZnO nanorods changed from 200 nm to 400 nm as the ICP power increased from 200 to 400 Watt. TEM and XRD investigations indicated that the ZnO nanorod arrays grown at ICP powers above 200 Watt had a homogeneous in-plane alignment and single crystalline nature. PL study at room temperature (RT) and 6 K confirmed that the ZnO nanorod arrays in the present study are of high optical quality as well as good crystalline quality, showing only exciton-related emission peaks without any trace of defect-related deep level emissions in visible range. The blueshift of exciton emission peak in RTPL spectra was also found as rod diameter decreased and it is deduced that this shift in emission energy may be due to the surface resonance effect resulted from the increased surface-to-volume ratio, based on the observation and behavior of the surface exciton (SX) emission in the high-resolution 6 K PL spectra. PMID:19198399

  16. Low-temperature growth and characterization of single crystalline ZnO nanorod arrays using a catalyst-free inductively coupled plasma-metal organic chemical vapor deposition.

    PubMed

    Jeong, Sang-Hun; Lee, Chang-Bae; Moon, Won-Jin; Song, Ho-Jun

    2008-10-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays have been synthesized on c-plane sapphires at a low temperature of 400 degrees C using catalyst-free inductively coupled plasma (ICP) metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique by varying the ICP powers. Diameters of the ZnO nanorods changed from 200 nm to 400 nm as the ICP power increased from 200 to 400 Watt. TEM and XRD investigations indicated that the ZnO nanorod arrays grown at ICP powers above 200 Watt had a homogeneous in-plane alignment and single crystalline nature. PL study at room temperature (RT) and 6 K confirmed that the ZnO nanorod arrays in the present study are of high optical quality as well as good crystalline quality, showing only exciton-related emission peaks without any trace of defect-related deep level emissions in visible range. The blueshift of exciton emission peak in RTPL spectra was also found as rod diameter decreased and it is deduced that this shift in emission energy may be due to the surface resonance effect resulted from the increased surface-to-volume ratio, based on the observation and behavior of the surface exciton (SX) emission in the high-resolution 6 K PL spectra.

  17. Growth of PbTe nanorods controlled by polymerized tellurium anions and metal(II) amides via composite-hydroxide-mediated approach

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    Wan Buyong; Hu Chenguo; Liu Hong; Xiong Yufeng; Li Feiyun; Xi Yi; He Xiaoshan

    2009-09-15

    The pure face-centered-cubic PbTe nanorods have been synthesized by the composite-hydroxide-mediated approach using hydrazine as a reducing agent. The method is based on reaction among reactants in the melts of potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide eutectic at 170-220 deg. C and normal atmosphere without using any organic dispersant or surface-capping agent. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize the structure, morphology and composition of the samples. The diameters of nanorods are almost fixed, while the lengths can be tunable under different growth time and temperatures. The growth mechanism of PbTe nanorods is investigated via UV-vis absorption, demonstrating that polymerized tellurium anions and metal(II) amides in the hydrazine hydroxide melts could control the crystallization and growth process of PbTe nanostructures. The band gap of as-synthesized PbTe nanorods has been calculated based on UV-vis-NIR optical diffuse reflectance spectra data.

  18. Dirac cones in transition metal doped boron nitride

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    Feng, Min; Cao, Xuewei; Shao, Bin; Zuo, Xu

    2015-05-07

    The transition metal (TM) doped zinc blende boron nitride (c-BN) is studied by using the first principle calculation. TM atoms fill in the interstitials in c-BN and form two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. The generalized gradient approximation and projector augmented wave method are used. The calculated density of states and band structures show that d electrons of TM atoms form impurity bands in the gap of c-BN. When the TM-BN system is in ferromagnetic or non-magnetic state, Dirac cones emerge at the K point in Brillouin zone. When TM is Ti and Co, the Dirac cones are spin polarized and very close to the Fermi level, which makes them promising candidates of Dirac half-metal [H. Ishizuka and Y. Motome, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237207 (2012)]. While TM is Ni and Cu, the system is non-magnetic and Dirac cones located above the Fermi level.

  19. Stability of ferromagnetism against doping in half-metallic alloys

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    Galanakis, I.; Şaşıoǧlu, E.

    2011-06-01

    We use a rigid band model to simulate doping in half-metallic NiMnSb and CoMnSb semi-Heusler alloys. Using first-principles calculations we calculate the intrasublattice exchange constants and the Curie temperature for these alloys as a function of the shift of the Fermi level and compare them also with the case of half-metallic CrAs and CrSe zinc-blende alloys. We show for all four compounds that the interactions between Cr-Cr(Mn-Mn) nearest neighbors are sufficient to explain the behavior of the Curie temperature. The interplay between the ferromagnetic RKKY-like and the antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions depends strongly on the details of the density of states around the minority-spin gap and thus it is found to be alloy-dependent.

  20. Dirac cones in transition metal doped boron nitride

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    Feng, Min; Shao, Bin; Cao, Xuewei; Zuo, Xu

    2015-05-01

    The transition metal (TM) doped zinc blende boron nitride (c-BN) is studied by using the first principle calculation. TM atoms fill in the interstitials in c-BN and form two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. The generalized gradient approximation and projector augmented wave method are used. The calculated density of states and band structures show that d electrons of TM atoms form impurity bands in the gap of c-BN. When the TM-BN system is in ferromagnetic or non-magnetic state, Dirac cones emerge at the K point in Brillouin zone. When TM is Ti and Co, the Dirac cones are spin polarized and very close to the Fermi level, which makes them promising candidates of Dirac half-metal [H. Ishizuka and Y. Motome, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237207 (2012)]. While TM is Ni and Cu, the system is non-magnetic and Dirac cones located above the Fermi level.

  1. Metal-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes and production thereof

    DOEpatents

    Dillon, Anne C.; Heben, Michael J.; Gennett, Thomas; Parilla, Philip A.

    2007-01-09

    Metal-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes and production thereof. The metal-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes may be produced according to one embodiment of the invention by combining single-walled carbon nanotube precursor material and metal in a solution, and mixing the solution to incorporate at least a portion of the metal with the single-walled carbon nanotube precursor material. Other embodiments may comprise sputter deposition, evaporation, and other mixing techniques.

  2. The alkali and alkaline earth metal doped ZnO nanotubes: DFT studies

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    Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Noei, Maziar

    2014-01-01

    Doping of several alkali and alkaline earth metals into sidewall of an armchair ZnO nanotube has been investigated by employing the density functional theory in terms of energetic, geometric, and electronic properties. It has been found that doping processes of the alkali and alkaline metals are endothermic and exothermic, respectively. Based on the results, contrary to the alkaline metal doping, the electronic properties of the tube are much more sensitive to alkali metal doping so that it is transformed from intrinsic semiconductor with HOMO-LUMO energy gap of 3.77 eV to an extrinsic semiconductor with the energy gap of ~1.11-1.95 eV. The doping of alkali and alkaline metals increases and decreases the work function of the tube, respectively, which may influence the electron emission from the tube surface.

  3. Growth of TiO2 nanorods on a Ta substrate by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Lee, Kang Suk; Hyun, Jae-Sung; Seo, Hyun Ook; Kim, Young Dok; Boo, Jin-Hyo

    2010-05-01

    TiO2 nanorods were successfully grown on Tantalum (Ta) substrates using titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a single precursor without any carriers or bubbling gases. For characterization of the TiO2 structures, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed. For substrate temperatures below 800 degrees C, a rough film structure without nanorods could be found. However, at a sample temperature of 800 degrees C, nanorod structures with a respective diameter and length of 0.1 approximately 0.2 microm and 0.7 approximately 1.5 microm, respectively, could be synthesized. The nanorods exhibited a rutile phase with a 2:1 stoichiometry of O:Ti, identified using XRD and XPS. When the growth temperature exceeded 800 degrees C, agglomeration of the nanorods was identified. PMID:20358953

  4. Ultra-low Doping on Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides using DNA Nanostructure Doped by a Combination of Lanthanide and Metal Ions

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    Kang, Dong-Ho; Dugasani, Sreekantha Reddy; Park, Hyung-Youl; Shim, Jaewoo; Gnapareddy, Bramaramba; Jeon, Jaeho; Lee, Sungjoo; Roh, Yonghan; Park, Sung Ha; Park, Jin-Hong

    2016-01-01

    Here, we propose a novel DNA-based doping method on MoS2 and WSe2 films, which enables ultra-low n- and p-doping control and allows for proper adjustments in device performance. This is achieved by selecting and/or combining different types of divalent metal and trivalent lanthanide (Ln) ions on DNA nanostructures, using the newly proposed concept of Co-DNA (DNA functionalized by both divalent metal and trivalent Ln ions). The available n-doping range on the MoS2 by Ln-DNA is between 6 × 109 and 2.6 × 1010 cm−2. The p-doping change on WSe2 by Ln-DNA is adjusted between −1.0 × 1010 and −2.4 × 1010 cm−2. In Eu3+ or Gd3+-Co-DNA doping, a light p-doping is observed on MoS2 and WSe2 (~1010 cm−2). However, in the devices doped by Tb3+ or Er3+-Co-DNA, a light n-doping (~1010 cm−2) occurs. A significant increase in on-current is also observed on the MoS2 and WSe2 devices, which are, respectively, doped by Tb3+- and Gd3+-Co-DNA, due to the reduction of effective barrier heights by the doping. In terms of optoelectronic device performance, the Tb3+ or Er3+-Co-DNA (n-doping) and the Eu3+ or Gd3+-Co-DNA (p-doping) improve the MoS2 and WSe2 photodetectors, respectively. We also show an excellent absorbing property by Tb3+ ions on the TMD photodetectors. PMID:26838524

  5. Ultra-low Doping on Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides using DNA Nanostructure Doped by a Combination of Lanthanide and Metal Ions

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    Kang, Dong-Ho; Dugasani, Sreekantha Reddy; Park, Hyung-Youl; Shim, Jaewoo; Gnapareddy, Bramaramba; Jeon, Jaeho; Lee, Sungjoo; Roh, Yonghan; Park, Sung Ha; Park, Jin-Hong

    2016-02-01

    Here, we propose a novel DNA-based doping method on MoS2 and WSe2 films, which enables ultra-low n- and p-doping control and allows for proper adjustments in device performance. This is achieved by selecting and/or combining different types of divalent metal and trivalent lanthanide (Ln) ions on DNA nanostructures, using the newly proposed concept of Co-DNA (DNA functionalized by both divalent metal and trivalent Ln ions). The available n-doping range on the MoS2 by Ln-DNA is between 6 × 109 and 2.6 × 1010 cm-2. The p-doping change on WSe2 by Ln-DNA is adjusted between -1.0 × 1010 and -2.4 × 1010 cm-2. In Eu3+ or Gd3+-Co-DNA doping, a light p-doping is observed on MoS2 and WSe2 (~1010 cm-2). However, in the devices doped by Tb3+ or Er3+-Co-DNA, a light n-doping (~1010 cm-2) occurs. A significant increase in on-current is also observed on the MoS2 and WSe2 devices, which are, respectively, doped by Tb3+- and Gd3+-Co-DNA, due to the reduction of effective barrier heights by the doping. In terms of optoelectronic device performance, the Tb3+ or Er3+-Co-DNA (n-doping) and the Eu3+ or Gd3+-Co-DNA (p-doping) improve the MoS2 and WSe2 photodetectors, respectively. We also show an excellent absorbing property by Tb3+ ions on the TMD photodetectors.

  6. Half metallicity and magnetic properties of CrO2 doped with Ti, Sn or Ru

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    Yuan, C.; Lu, Z.; Liu, S.; Gan, Z.; Guo, F.; Xiong, R.; Mei, X.; Liu, H.; Shi, J.

    2016-11-01

    It is possible to stabilize CrO2 internally by doping with element such as Ti, Sn or Ru which has stable rutile structured oxide. However, the half metallicity and magnetic properties of CrO2 may also change when doped with different elements. In this study, by using first principle method, the electronic structure and magnetic properties of CrO2 doped with different amounts and different types (Ti, Sn or Ru) of dopants were studied. It was found that when doped with Ti or Sn, the half metallicity of CrO2 will keep intact even at very high dopant concentration, while for Ru-doped CrO2, the half metallicity will only be maintained at low Ru concentration. Besides, the half metallicity of Ru-doped CrO2 also depends on the relative positions of Ru atoms - the half metallicity may be destroyed even at low Ru concentration if two Ru ions are very close to each other. The magnetic properties of doped CrO2 also show dependence on dopant concentration and dopant type. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MAC) of Ru-doped is found to be very sensitive to both Ru concentration and relative positions of Ru atoms. Large MAC may be induced by Ru doping.

  7. Piezoelectric and opto-electrical properties of silver-doped ZnO nanorods synthesized by low temperature aqueous chemical method

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    Nour, E. S. Echresh, A.; Willander, M.; Nur, O.; Liu, Xianjie; Broitman, E.

    2015-07-15

    In this paper, we have synthesized Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O (x = 0, 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09) nanorods (NRs) via the hydrothermal method at low temperature on silicon substrate. The characterization and comparison between the different Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O samples, indicated that an increasing Ag concentration from x = 0 to a maximum of x = 0.09; All samples show a preferred orientation of (002) direction with no observable change of morphology. As the quantity of the Ag dopant was changed, the transmittances, as well as the optical band gap were decreased. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data clearly indicate the presence of Ag in ZnO crystal lattice. A nanoindentation-based technique was used to measure the effective piezo-response of different concentrations of Ag for both direct and converse effects. The value of the piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33}) as well as the piezo potential generated from the ZnO NRs and Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O NRs was found to decrease with the increase of Ag fraction. The finding in this investigation reveals that Ag doped ZnO is not suitable for piezoelectric energy harvesting devices.

  8. Colloidal transition-metal-doped ZnO quantum dots.

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    Radovanovic, Pavle V; Norberg, Nick S; McNally, Kathryn E; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2002-12-25

    Methods for introducing new magnetic, optical, electronic, photophysical, or photochemical properties to semiconductor nanocrystals are attracting intense applications-oriented interest. In this communication, we report the preparation and electronic absorption spectroscopy of colloidal ZnO DMS-QDs. Our synthetic procedure involves modification of literature methods known to yield highly crystalline and relatively monodisperse nanocrystals of pure ZnO to allow introduction of transition-metal dopants. We use ligand-field electronic absorption spectroscopy as a dopant-specific optical probe to monitor dopant incorporation during nanocrystal growth and to verify internal substitutional doping in Co2+:ZnO and Ni2+:ZnO DMS-QDs. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first free-standing oxide DMS-QDs reported. The synthesis of colloidal oxide DMS-QDs introduces a new category of magnetic semiconductor materials available for detailed physical study and application in nanotechnology.

  9. Emission behavior of sudan red 7B on dogbone-shaped gold nanorods: Aspect ratio dependence of the metallic nanostructures

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    Rahman, Dewan S.; Sharma, Debdulal; Ghosh, Sujit Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide-stabilized 'dogbone-shaped' gold nanorods of aspect ratio varying from 1 to 6 have been synthesized by seed-mediated growth method in aqueous medium. Then, sudan red 7B, an alien molecular probe has been used as local probe to elucidate aspect ratio dependence of the nanorods on the photophysical properties of the dye molecules. It is seen that the relative intensity decreases exponentially with increasing aspect ratio and has been attributed to decrease in overall surface area for a particular concentration of the nanorods. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching has been ascribed to the electron and energy transfer processes in the gold-fluorophore hybrid nanostructures.

  10. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation. PMID:27030159

  11. A DFT investigation of CO adsorption on VIIIB transition metal-doped graphene sheets

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    Wanno, Banchob; Tabtimsai, Chanukorn

    2014-03-01

    Adsorptions of CO on pristine, Fe-, Ru-, Os-, Co-, Rh-, Ir-, Ni-, Pd-, and Pt-doped graphene were investigated, using density functional theory calculation at B3LYP/LanL2DZ theoretical level. This work revealed that the transition metal doped graphenes were more highly sensitive to CO adsorption than that of pristine graphene. The Os- and Fe-doped graphenes displayed the strongest interaction with C and O atoms of CO molecule, respectively.

  12. Tuning nucleation density of metal island with charge doping of graphene substrate

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    Ming, Wenmei; Liu, Feng

    2014-08-18

    We have demonstrated that the island nucleation in the initial stage of epitaxial thin film growth can be tuned by substrate surface charge doping. This charge effect was investigated using spin density functional theory calculation in Fe-deposition on graphene substrate as an example. It was found that hole-doping can noticeably increase both Fe-adatom diffusion barrier and Fe inter-adatom repulsion energy occurring at intermediate separation, whereas electron-doping can decrease Fe-adatom diffusion barrier but only slightly modify inter-adatom repulsion energy. Further kinetic Monte Carlo simulation showed that the nucleation island number density can be increased up to six times larger under hole-doping and can be decreased down to ten times smaller under electron doping than that without doping. Our findings indicate a route to tailor the growth morphology of magnetic metal nanostructure for spintronics and plasmonic applications via surface charge doping.

  13. Cobalt phosphate-modified barium-doped tantalum nitride nanorod photoanode with 1.5% solar energy conversion efficiency.

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    Li, Yanbo; Zhang, Li; Torres-Pardo, Almudena; González-Calbet, Jose M; Ma, Yanhang; Oleynikov, Peter; Terasaki, Osamu; Asahina, Shunsuke; Shima, Masahide; Cha, Dongkyu; Zhao, Lan; Takanabe, Kazuhiro; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari

    2013-01-01

    Spurred by the decreased availability of fossil fuels and global warming, the idea of converting solar energy into clean fuels has been widely recognized. Hydrogen produced by photoelectrochemical water splitting using sunlight could provide a carbon dioxide lean fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels. A major challenge in photoelectrochemical water splitting is to develop an efficient photoanode that can stably oxidize water into oxygen. Here we report an efficient and stable photoanode that couples an active barium-doped tantalum nitride nanostructure with a stable cobalt phosphate co-catalyst. The effect of barium doping on the photoelectrochemical activity of the photoanode is investigated. The photoanode yields a maximum solar energy conversion efficiency of 1.5%, which is more than three times higher than that of state-of-the-art single-photon photoanodes. Further, stoichiometric oxygen and hydrogen are stably produced on the photoanode and the counter electrode with Faraday efficiency of almost unity for 100 min.

  14. Dual acceptor doping and aging effect of p-ZnO:(Na, N) nanorod thin films by spray pyrolysis

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    Swapna, R. E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu; Amiruddin, R. E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu; Santhosh Kumar, M. C. E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu

    2014-01-28

    An attempt has been made to realize p-type ZnO by dual acceptor doping (Na-N) into ZnO thin films. Na and N doped ZnO thin films of different concentrations (0 to 8 at.%) have been grown by spray pyrolysis at 623 K. The grown films on glass substrate have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Hall measurement, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Photoluminescence (PL) and Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to validate the p-type conduction. The surface morphology and roughness of the ZnO:(Na, N) films are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. Hall measurement shows that all the films exhibit p-type conductivity except for 0 at.% Na-N doped ZnO film. The obtained resistivity (5.60×10{sup −2} Ω cm) and hole concentration (3.15×10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}) for the best dual acceptor doped film is 6 at.%. It has been predicted that (Na{sub Zn}−N{sub O}) acceptor complex is responsible for the p-type conduction. The p-type conductivity of the ZnO:(Na, N) films is stable even after 6 months. The crystallinity of the films has been studied by XRD. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) confirms the presence of Na and N in 6 at.% ZnO:(Na, N) film. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of ZnO:(Na, N) films show NBE and deep level emissions in the UV and visible regions, respectively. The ZnO:(Na, N) films exhibit a high transmittance about 90% in the visible region.

  15. Comparison between highly doped semiconductor and metal infrared antenna

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    Yang, Yanxiang; Lai, Jianjun; Li, Hongwei; Chen, Changhong

    2015-10-01

    Optical antenna can strongly enhance the interaction of light with matter by their ability to localize electromagnetic fields on nano-metric scale. This allows for the engineering of absorption capabilities to visible and infrared detectors with very small active areas. In this study, we focused on the study of metal and semiconductor infrared antennas for nano-bolometer application. The infrared antennas are applied for increasing the effective absorbing across section, enhancing the field intensity at the gap of the antennas and improving the absorbance of bolometer materials located at the gap. We perform numerical simulation of the characteristics of infrared antennas and analysis the influence of various parameters of antennas (length, wide, and material types) and optimized these parameters to achieve the maximum field enhancement for an optical antenna. We also highlight the comparisons of field enhancement of infrared antenna materials between metal and highly doped semiconductor and discuss some practical issues related to the application of infrared antenna for infrared detectors.

  16. Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Near-Ultraviolet (~380 nm) Photodetectors by Selective Area Growth of ZnO Nanorods and SiO2 Passivation

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    Lee, Soo Hyun; Kim, Sang Hun; Yu, Jae Su

    2016-07-01

    Metal-semiconductor-metal near-ultraviolet (NUV) photodetectors (PDs) based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs), operating at λ ~ 380 nm, were fabricated using conventional photolithography and hydrothermal synthesis processes. The vertically aligned ZnO NRs were selectively grown in the channel area of PDs. The performance of ZnO NR-based NUV PDs was optimized by varying the solution concentration and active channel width ( W ch). For the fabricated samples, their electrical and photoresponse properties were investigated under the dark state and the illumination at wavelength of ~380 nm, respectively. For the device ( W ch = 30 μm) with ZnO NRs at 25 mM, the highest photocurrent of 0.63 mA was obtained with the on/off ratio of 1720 at the bias of 5 V. The silicon dioxide passivation was also carried out to improve the photoresponse properties of PDs. The passivated devices exhibited faster rise and reset times rather than those of the unpassivated devices.

  17. Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Near-Ultraviolet (~380 nm) Photodetectors by Selective Area Growth of ZnO Nanorods and SiO2 Passivation.

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    Lee, Soo Hyun; Kim, Sang Hun; Yu, Jae Su

    2016-12-01

    Metal-semiconductor-metal near-ultraviolet (NUV) photodetectors (PDs) based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs), operating at λ ~ 380 nm, were fabricated using conventional photolithography and hydrothermal synthesis processes. The vertically aligned ZnO NRs were selectively grown in the channel area of PDs. The performance of ZnO NR-based NUV PDs was optimized by varying the solution concentration and active channel width (W ch). For the fabricated samples, their electrical and photoresponse properties were investigated under the dark state and the illumination at wavelength of ~380 nm, respectively. For the device (W ch = 30 μm) with ZnO NRs at 25 mM, the highest photocurrent of 0.63 mA was obtained with the on/off ratio of 1720 at the bias of 5 V. The silicon dioxide passivation was also carried out to improve the photoresponse properties of PDs. The passivated devices exhibited faster rise and reset times rather than those of the unpassivated devices. PMID:27422775

  18. Fabrication of novel gold nanorod/polymer nanocomposite fibers and their application in heavy metal ion sensing

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    Tang, Wenqiong

    Metallic nanoparticles (MNPs), which exhibit fascinating optical, electronic and catalytic properties, have been recognized as essential building blocks for the development of advanced nanodevices. Production of MNP assemblies on a pre-designed substrate is a crucial step towards the exploration of their ensemble properties as well as their potential applications. Despite the diverse assembly strategies reported in the literature, the lack of a generic MNP immobilization strategy with applicability to MNPs and substrates with various shapes and chemical compositions remains an unsolved problem. To this end, we proposed an electrostatic attraction-driven assembly strategy and applied it to the fabrication of a novel nanocomposite material composed of gold nanorod (AuNR) assemblies supported on electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) fibers. In order to utilize electrostatic attraction as the driving force, opposite surface charges on the AuNRs and the PCL fibrous substrate were developed via polyelectrolyte decoration. UV-Vis studies on the AuNR immobilization process revealed that the AuNR density on the fiber surface can be effectively tuned by changing the immersion time. The as-fabricated AuNR/PCL nanocomposite fibers were further employed as substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements and they exhibited high activity as well as excellent reproducibility for both chemisorbed and physisorbed analyte molecules. In addition, a comparison experiment on the SERS performance of the 3D AuNR/PCL fibrous substrate and its 2D counterpart---a AuNR/PCL film, demonstrated that the former provided superior SERS activity due to the enhanced surface area. With the demonstration on the high SERS efficacy, we moved one step further towards the development of a SERS-based environmental sensor targeting the detection of highly toxic heavy metal ions of Hg2+ and Cu 2+. The SERS detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ was achieved through the functionalization of Au

  19. Effects of variations in precursor concentration on the growth of rutile TiO2 nanorods on Si substrate with fabricated fast-response metal-semiconductor-metal UV detector

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    Selman, Abbas M.; Hassan, Z.

    2015-06-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of variations in precursor concentration (TiCl3 solution) on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of rutile titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods and fabricated metal-semiconductor-metal UV detector depending on the optimal sample. The nanorods were prepared from an aqueous solution of titanium (III) chloride (TiCl3) on p-type, (1 1 1)-oriented Si substrates at different concentrations of TiCl3 solutions (2, 3, 4, and 5 mM). The experimental results showed that the TiO2 nanorods grown at 4 mM concentration exhibited optimal structural properties. A fast-response metal-semiconductor-metal UV detector was fabricated by depositing Pt contacts on the front of the optimal sample via RF reactive magnetron sputtering. Upon exposure to 365 nm light (2.3 mW/cm2) at 5 V bias voltage, the device showed 44.4 sensitivity. In addition, the internal gain was 1.45, and the photoresponse peak was 70 mA/W. The response and the recovery times were calculated to be 7.8 ms upon illumination to a pulse UV light (365 nm) at 5 V bias voltage.

  20. Metal-Doped Silver Oxide Films as a Mask Layer for the Super-RENS Disk

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    Shima, Takayuki; Buechel, Dorothea; Mihalcea, Christophe; Kim, Jooho; Atoda, Nobufumi; Tominaga, Junji

    Various kinds of metal (Co, Pd, Pt and Au) were doped into Ag2O and AgO sputtered films to study its effect on the thermal decomposition process. The oxygen composition ratio was evaluated by the X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy method after annealing up to 260,oC. The optical transmittance change was measured during heating of the film to 600,oC. Noble metal doping was found to modify the AgO decomposition process, and the oxygen content decreased gradually compared to the undoped case. Super-RENS disks with a metal-doped AgO mask were prepared, and the laser power necessary for super-resolutional readout was evaluated. It slightly shifted to the higher-power side when the noble metal was doped, and this agrees with the modification of the decomposition process.Japan Science and Technology Corporation, Domestic Research Fellow

  1. Theoretical study on the adsorption of carbon dioxide on individual and alkali-metal doped MOF-5s

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    Ha, Nguyen Thi Thu; Lefedova, O. V.; Ha, Nguyen Ngoc

    2016-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to investigate the adsorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) on metal-organic framework (MOF-5) and alkali-metal (Li, K, Na) doped MOF-5s. The adsorption energy calculation showed that metal atom adsorption is exothermic in MOF-5 system. Moreover, alkali-metal doping can significantly improve the adsorption ability of carbon dioxide on MOF-5. The best influence is observed for Li-doping.

  2. Noble metal (Pd, Ru, Rh, Pt, Au, Ag) doped graphene hybrids for electrocatalysis

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    Giovanni, Marcella; Poh, Hwee Ling; Ambrosi, Adriano; Zhao, Guanjia; Sofer, Zdeněk; Šaněk, Filip; Khezri, Bahareh; Webster, Richard D.; Pumera, Martin

    2012-07-01

    Metal decorated graphene materials are highly important for catalysis. In this work, noble metal doped-graphene hybrids were prepared by a simple and scalable method. The thermal reductions of metal doped-graphite oxide precursors were carried out in nitrogen and hydrogen atmospheres and the effects of these atmospheres as well as the metal components on the characteristics and catalytic capabilities of the hybrid materials were studied. The hybrids exfoliated in nitrogen atmosphere contained a higher amount of oxygen-containing groups and lower density of defects on their surfaces than hybrids exfoliated in hydrogen atmosphere. The metals significantly affected the electrochemical behavior and catalysis of compounds that are important in energy production and storage and in electrochemical sensing. Research in the field of energy storage and production, electrochemical sensing and biosensing as well as biomedical devices can take advantage of the properties and catalytic capabilities of the metal doped graphene hybrids.

  3. Metallic conduction induced by direct anion site doping in layered SnSe2.

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    Kim, Sang Il; Hwang, Sungwoo; Kim, Se Yun; Lee, Woo-Jin; Jung, Doh Won; Moon, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Hee Jung; Cho, Young-Jin; Cho, Yong-Hee; Kim, Jung-Hwa; Yun, Dong-Jin; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Han, In-taek; Lee, Kimoon; Sohn, Yoonchul

    2016-01-01

    The emergence of metallic conduction in layered dichalcogenide semiconductor materials by chemical doping is one of key issues for two-dimensional (2D) materials engineering. At present, doping methods for layered dichalcogenide materials have been limited to an ion intercalation between layer units or electrostatic carrier doping by electrical bias owing to the absence of appropriate substitutional dopant for increasing the carrier concentration. Here, we report the occurrence of metallic conduction in the layered dichalcogenide of SnSe2 by the direct Se-site doping with Cl as a shallow electron donor. The total carrier concentration up to ~10(20) cm(-3) is achieved by Cl substitutional doping, resulting in the improved conductivity value of ~170 S · cm(-1) from ~1.7 S · cm(-1) for non-doped SnSe2. When the carrier concentration exceeds ~10(19) cm(-3), the conduction mechanism is changed from hopping to degenerate conduction, exhibiting metal-insulator transition behavior. Detailed band structure calculation reveals that the hybridized s-p orbital from Sn 5s and Se 4p states is responsible for the degenerate metallic conduction in electron-doped SnSe2. PMID:26792630

  4. Metallic conduction induced by direct anion site doping in layered SnSe2

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    Kim, Sang Il; Hwang, Sungwoo; Kim, Se Yun; Lee, Woo-Jin; Jung, Doh Won; Moon, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Hee Jung; Cho, Young-Jin; Cho, Yong-Hee; Kim, Jung-Hwa; Yun, Dong-Jin; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Han, In-Taek; Lee, Kimoon; Sohn, Yoonchul

    2016-01-01

    The emergence of metallic conduction in layered dichalcogenide semiconductor materials by chemical doping is one of key issues for two-dimensional (2D) materials engineering. At present, doping methods for layered dichalcogenide materials have been limited to an ion intercalation between layer units or electrostatic carrier doping by electrical bias owing to the absence of appropriate substitutional dopant for increasing the carrier concentration. Here, we report the occurrence of metallic conduction in the layered dichalcogenide of SnSe2 by the direct Se-site doping with Cl as a shallow electron donor. The total carrier concentration up to ~1020 cm‑3 is achieved by Cl substitutional doping, resulting in the improved conductivity value of ~170 S·cm‑1 from ~1.7 S·cm‑1 for non-doped SnSe2. When the carrier concentration exceeds ~1019 cm‑3, the conduction mechanism is changed from hopping to degenerate conduction, exhibiting metal-insulator transition behavior. Detailed band structure calculation reveals that the hybridized s-p orbital from Sn 5s and Se 4p states is responsible for the degenerate metallic conduction in electron-doped SnSe2.

  5. Metallic conduction induced by direct anion site doping in layered SnSe2

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    Kim, Sang Il; Hwang, Sungwoo; Kim, Se Yun; Lee, Woo-Jin; Jung, Doh Won; Moon, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Hee Jung; Cho, Young-Jin; Cho, Yong-Hee; Kim, Jung-Hwa; Yun, Dong-Jin; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Han, In-taek; Lee, Kimoon; Sohn, Yoonchul

    2016-01-01

    The emergence of metallic conduction in layered dichalcogenide semiconductor materials by chemical doping is one of key issues for two-dimensional (2D) materials engineering. At present, doping methods for layered dichalcogenide materials have been limited to an ion intercalation between layer units or electrostatic carrier doping by electrical bias owing to the absence of appropriate substitutional dopant for increasing the carrier concentration. Here, we report the occurrence of metallic conduction in the layered dichalcogenide of SnSe2 by the direct Se-site doping with Cl as a shallow electron donor. The total carrier concentration up to ~1020 cm−3 is achieved by Cl substitutional doping, resulting in the improved conductivity value of ~170 S·cm−1 from ~1.7 S·cm−1 for non-doped SnSe2. When the carrier concentration exceeds ~1019 cm−3, the conduction mechanism is changed from hopping to degenerate conduction, exhibiting metal-insulator transition behavior. Detailed band structure calculation reveals that the hybridized s-p orbital from Sn 5s and Se 4p states is responsible for the degenerate metallic conduction in electron-doped SnSe2. PMID:26792630

  6. Ultraviolet photoconductive devices with an n-GaN nanorod-graphene hybrid structure synthesized by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Kang, San; Mandal, Arjun; Chu, Jae Hwan; Park, Ji-Hyeon; Kwon, Soon-Yong; Lee, Cheul-Ro

    2015-01-01

    The superior photoconductive behavior of a simple, cost-effective n-GaN nanorod (NR)-graphene hybrid device structure is demonstrated for the first time. The proposed hybrid structure was synthesized on a Si (111) substrate using the high-quality graphene transfer method and the relatively low-temperature metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process with a high V/III ratio to protect the graphene layer from thermal damage during the growth of n-GaN nanorods. Defect-free n-GaN NRs were grown on a highly ordered graphene monolayer on Si without forming any metal-catalyst or droplet seeds. The prominent existence of the undamaged monolayer graphene even after the growth of highly dense n-GaN NRs, as determined using Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), facilitated the excellent transport of the generated charge carriers through the photoconductive channel. The highly matched n-GaN NR-graphene hybrid structure exhibited enhancement in the photocurrent along with increased sensitivity and photoresponsivity, which were attributed to the extremely low carrier trap density in the photoconductive channel. PMID:26028318

  7. Ultraviolet photoconductive devices with an n-GaN nanorod-graphene hybrid structure synthesized by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Kang, San; Mandal, Arjun; Chu, Jae Hwan; Park, Ji-Hyeon; Kwon, Soon-Yong; Lee, Cheul-Ro

    2015-06-01

    The superior photoconductive behavior of a simple, cost-effective n-GaN nanorod (NR)-graphene hybrid device structure is demonstrated for the first time. The proposed hybrid structure was synthesized on a Si (111) substrate using the high-quality graphene transfer method and the relatively low-temperature metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process with a high V/III ratio to protect the graphene layer from thermal damage during the growth of n-GaN nanorods. Defect-free n-GaN NRs were grown on a highly ordered graphene monolayer on Si without forming any metal-catalyst or droplet seeds. The prominent existence of the undamaged monolayer graphene even after the growth of highly dense n-GaN NRs, as determined using Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), facilitated the excellent transport of the generated charge carriers through the photoconductive channel. The highly matched n-GaN NR-graphene hybrid structure exhibited enhancement in the photocurrent along with increased sensitivity and photoresponsivity, which were attributed to the extremely low carrier trap density in the photoconductive channel.

  8. TOPICAL REVIEW: Zinc oxide nanorod based photonic devices: recent progress in growth, light emitting diodes and lasers

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    Willander, M.; Nur, O.; Zhao, Q. X.; Yang, L. L.; Lorenz, M.; Cao, B. Q.; Zúñiga Pérez, J.; Czekalla, C.; Zimmermann, G.; Grundmann, M.; Bakin, A.; Behrends, A.; Al-Suleiman, M.; El-Shaer, A.; Che Mofor, A.; Postels, B.; Waag, A.; Boukos, N.; Travlos, A.; Kwack, H. S.; Guinard, J.; LeSi Dang, D.

    2009-08-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO), with its excellent luminescent properties and the ease of growth of its nanostructures, holds promise for the development of photonic devices. The recent advances in growth of ZnO nanorods are discussed. Results from both low temperature and high temperature growth approaches are presented. The techniques which are presented include metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD), vapour phase epitaxy (VPE), pulse laser deposition (PLD), vapour-liquid-solid (VLS), aqueous chemical growth (ACG) and finally the electrodeposition technique as an example of a selective growth approach. Results from structural as well as optical properties of a variety of ZnO nanorods are shown and analysed using different techniques, including high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL), for both room temperature and for low temperature performance. These results indicate that the grown ZnO nanorods possess reproducible and interesting optical properties. Results on obtaining p-type doping in ZnO micro- and nanorods are also demonstrated using PLD. Three independent indications were found for p-type conducting, phosphorus-doped ZnO nanorods: first, acceptor-related CL peaks, second, opposite transfer characteristics of back-gate field effect transistors using undoped and phosphorus doped wire channels, and finally, rectifying I-V characteristics of ZnO:P nanowire/ZnO:Ga p-n junctions. Then light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on n-ZnO nanorods combined with different technologies (hybrid technologies) are suggested and the recent electrical, as well as electro-optical, characteristics of these LEDs are shown and discussed. The hybrid LEDs reviewed and discussed here are mainly presented for two groups: those based on n-ZnO nanorods and p-type crystalline substrates, and those based on n-ZnO nanorods and p-type amorphous substrates. Promising electroluminescence

  9. Dynamics of formation of Ru, Os, Ir and Au metal nanocrystals on doped graphitic surfaces.

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    Pitto-Barry, Anaïs; Sadler, Peter J; Barry, Nicolas P E

    2016-03-11

    The fabrication of precious metal (ruthenium, osmium, gold, and iridium) nanocrystals from single atoms has been studied in real-time. The dynamics of the first stage of the metal nanocrystallisation on a doped (B,S)-graphitic surface are identified, captured, and reported. PMID:26698913

  10. Active and Durable Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Catalyst Derived from Pd-Doped Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Chen, Jitang; Xia, Guoliang; Jiang, Peng; Yang, Yang; Li, Ren; Shi, Ruohong; Su, Jianwei; Chen, Qianwang

    2016-06-01

    The water electrolysis is of critical importance for sustainable hydrogen production. In this work, a highly efficient and stable PdCo alloy catalyst (PdCo@CN) was synthesized by direct annealing of Pd-doped metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) under N2 atmosphere. In 0.5 M H2SO4 solution, PdCo@CN displays remarkable electrocatalytic performance with overpotential of 80 mV, a Tafel slope of 31 mV dec(-1), and excellent stability of 10 000 cycles. Our studies reveal that noble metal doped MOFs are ideal precursors for preparing highly active alloy electrocatalysts with low content of noble metal.

  11. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy of metal clusters, metal-organic clusters, metal oxides, and metal-doped silicon clusters

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    Zheng, Weijun

    The techniques of time-of-flight mass spectrometry and negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy were utilized to study metal clusters (Mgn -, Znn-, Can -, Mnn-, CuAln -, LiAln-, and NmSn n-), metal-organic complexes (Tin(benzene) m-, Fn(benzene)m- , Nin(benzene)m-), metal oxides(AuO-, PtO-, TaOn -, HfO2-, and MnnO -), and metal-doped semiconductor clusters (CrSin -, GdmSin- and HoSi n-). The study of magnesium and zinc cluster anions shows that they have magic numbers at size 9, 19 and 34, and the closures and reopenings of the s-p band gap are related to the mass spectra magic numbers. The evolution of electronic structure in Can clusters resembles that of Mgn - and Znn- with band gap closure and reopening. However, the electronic structures Can- clusters are more complicated and the magic numbers are different from those of Mgn- and Znn -. That might due to the involvement of calcium's empty d orbitals. In Mn clusters, a dramatic change of electronic structure was observed at Mn5-. The transition of metallic and magnetic properties is strongly related to the s-d hybridization. The photoelectron study of LiAln- is consistent with theoretical predictions, which described LiAl13 as alkali-halide-like ionic entity, Li+(Al13)-. The results of CuAln- show that copper atom might occupy interior position in these clusters. The results of Nam Snn- implied that Na4Sn 4 and NaSn5- could be described as (Na +)4Sn44- and (Na +)Sn52-, respectively. The formation of these species indicates the existence of Zintl phase structure in the gas phase. Tin(Bz)n+1- clusters have multiple-decker sandwich structures with each titanium atom located between two parallel benzene rings. The structures of Fen(Bz)m - and Nin(Bz)m- are characterized with a metal cluster core caged by benzene molecules. The information for the electronic states of PtO, AuO, and TaOn (n = 1--3) were obtained from the photoelectron spectra of their corresponding negative ions. The coincidence between electron

  12. Functional metal-organic frameworks via ligand doping: influences of ligand charge and steric demand.

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    Wang, Cheng; Liu, Demin; Xie, Zhigang; Lin, Wenbin

    2014-02-01

    Doping a functional ligand into a known crystalline system built from ligands of similar shape and length provides a powerful strategy to construct functional metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with desired functionality and structural topology. This mix-and-match approach mimics the widely applied metal ion doping (or solid solution formation) in traditional inorganic materials, such as metal oxides, wherein maintaining charge balance of the doped lattice and ensuring size match between doped metal ions and the parent lattice are key to successful doping. In this work, we prepared three sterically demanding dicarboxylate ligands based on Ir/Ru-phosphors with similar structures and variable charges (-2 to 0), [Ir(ppy)3]-dicarboxylate (L1, ppy is 2-phenylpyridine), [Ir(bpy)(ppy)2](+)-dicarboxylate (L2, bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine), and Ru(bpy)3](2+)-dicarboxylate (L3), and successfully doped them into the known IRMOF-9/-10 structures by taking advantage of matching length between 4,4'-biphenyl dicarboxylate (BPDC) and L1-L3. We systematically investigated the effects of size and charge of the doping ligand on the MOF structures and the ligand doping levels in these MOFs. L1 carries a -2 charge to satisfy the charge requirement of the parent Zn4O(BPDC)3 framework and can be mixed into the IRMOF-9/-10 structure in the whole range of H2L1/H2BPDC ratios from 0 to 1. The steric bulk of L1 induces a phase transition from the interpenetrated IRMOF-9 structure to the non-interpenetrated IRMOF-10 counterpart. L2 and L3 do not match the dinegative charge of BPDC in order to maintain the charge balance for a neutral IRMOF-9/-10 framework and can only be doped into the IRMOF-9 structure to a certain degree. L2 and L3 form a charge-balanced new phase with a neutral framework structure at higher doping levels (>8% For L2 and >6% For L3). This systematic investigation reveals the influences of steric demand and charge balance on ligand doping in MOFs, a phenomenon that has been well

  13. Microtribological Performance of Metal-doped Molybdenum Disulfide Coatings

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    Stoyanov, Pantcho

    2011-07-01

    The mechanical and tribological properties of pure MoS2, pure Au, Au-MoS2 and Ti-MoS2 coatings were evaluated and examined at a microscopic scale. The metal doped MoS2 coatings had varying metal content, 5-10at% for Ti and 10-90% for Au. Reciprocating sliding wear tests were performed with a range of initial Hertzian contact pressures from 0.41 to 3.5 GPa and in air at two humidity levels (i.e. "low" being 3-5%RH and "high" being 30-40%RH). Titanium and gold were chosen for this study as metal additives due to their positive influence on the mechanical properties of the coating. The friction and wear behavior at the micro-scale were directly compared to tribological properties at the macro-scale, which were performed using an in situ tribometer. Reciprocating micro- and macro- wear tests were performed with spherical diamond tip (with 10 and 50 mum radii) and a sapphire tip (with a radius of 3.175 mm), respectively. The range of initial Hertzian contact pressures for macro-scale (i.e. between 0.41GPa and 1.2GPa) overlapped with that for micro-scale. However, the initial Hertzian contact diameters (2*a) were very different (i.e. 0.8-2.3 mum for micro-scale and 60-180 mum for macro-scale). It was observed that the small addition of Ti or Au to MoS2 improved the microtribological properties (i.e. lower friction and less wear) compared to pure MoS2 coatings. The improved microtribological properties with metal additions were attributed to an increase in the mechanical properties, decrease in adhesion, and a decrease in the interfacial shear strength. In terms of the different length scales, lower steady state friction was observed for macrotribology compared to microtribology. The higher friction at the micro- scale was explained by the greater adhesion effects and additional velocity accommodation modes (e.g. microplowing or plowing). The microplowing or plowing at the microscopic scale was attributed to the tip roughness and the inability to sustain a stable

  14. Metal doping effects on the skyrmion Cu2OSeO3

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    Chen, Da-Ye; Tseng, Kuo-Feng; Chou, Chih-Chieh; Mukherjee, Sudip; Her, Jim-Long; Berger, Helmuth; Yang, Hung-Duen

    2013-03-01

    There is a considerable research interest in skyrmion whose magnetic properties have a remarkable characteristic as a vortex-like spin orientation. Recently, neutron scattering and Lorentz transmission electron miscropy measurements showed that Cu2OSeO3 exists a skyrmion state. We have doped transition metals (Fe, Mn, V) in Cu2OSeO3 and measured dc magnetization and ac susceptibility by scaning magnetic field. The Fe and Mn doping effect on the A phase in T-H phase diagrams of Cu2OSeO3 has been studied. Interestingly, the doping with V is different from that with Fe and Mn. The physical significance for metal doping on the skyrmion Cu2OSeO3 will be discussed.

  15. First-principles study of d0 ferromagnetism in alkali-metal doped GaN

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    Zhang, Yong

    2016-08-01

    The d0 ferromagnetism in GaN has been studied based on density functional theory. Our results show that GaN with sufficient hole become spin-polarized. Alkali-metal doping can introduce holes in GaN. Among them, both of Li- and Na-doping induce ferromagnetism in GaN and Na-doped GaN behaves as half-metallic ferromagnet. Moreover, at a growth temperature of 2000 K under N-rich condition, both concentrations can exceed 18%, which is sufficient to produce detectable macroscopic magnetism in GaN. The Curie temperature of Li- and Na-doped GaN is estimated to be 304 and 740 K, respectively, which are well above room temperature.

  16. Metal-doped organic foam and method of making same. [Patent application

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    Rinde, J.A.

    Organic foams having a low density and very small cell size and method for producing same in either a metal-loaded or unloaded (nonmetal loaded) form are described. Metal-doped foams are produced by soaking a polymer gel in an aqueous solution of desired metal salt, soaking the gel successively in a solvent series of decreasing polarity to remove water from the gel and replace it with a solvent of lower polarity with each successive solvent in the series being miscible with the solvents on each side and being saturated with the desired metal salt, and removing the last of the solvents from the gel to produce the desired metal-doped foam having desired density cell size, and metal loading. The unloaded or metal-doped foams can be utilized in a variety of applications requiring low density, small cell size foam. For example, rubidium-doped foam made in accordance with the invention has utility in special applications, such as in x-ray lasers.

  17. Extended Moment Formation in Monolayer WS2 Doped with 3d Transition-Metals.

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    Singh, Nirpendra; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2016-09-14

    First-principles calculations with onsite Coulomb interaction and spin-orbit coupling are used to investigate the electronic structure of monolayer WS2 doped substitutionally with 3d transition-metals. While neither W vacancies nor strain induce spin polarization, we demonstrate an unprecedented tendency to extended moment formation under doping. The extended magnetic moments are characterized by dopant-specific spin density patterns with rich structural features involving the nearest neighbor W and S atoms. PMID:27571717

  18. GaN based nanorods for solid state lighting

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    Li Shunfeng; Waag, Andreas

    2012-04-01

    In recent years, GaN nanorods are emerging as a very promising novel route toward devices for nano-optoelectronics and nano-photonics. In particular, core-shell light emitting devices are thought to be a breakthrough development in solid state lighting, nanorod based LEDs have many potential advantages as compared to their 2 D thin film counterparts. In this paper, we review the recent developments of GaN nanorod growth, characterization, and related device applications based on GaN nanorods. The initial work on GaN nanorod growth focused on catalyst-assisted and catalyst-free statistical growth. The growth condition and growth mechanisms were extensively investigated and discussed. Doping of GaN nanorods, especially p-doping, was found to significantly influence the morphology of GaN nanorods. The large surface of 3 D GaN nanorods induces new optical and electrical properties, which normally can be neglected in layered structures. Recently, more controlled selective area growth of GaN nanorods was realized using patterned substrates both by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Advanced structures, for example, photonic crystals and DBRs are meanwhile integrated in GaN nanorod structures. Based on the work of growth and characterization of GaN nanorods, GaN nanoLEDs were reported by several groups with different growth and processing methods. Core/shell nanoLED structures were also demonstrated, which could be potentially useful for future high efficient LED structures. In this paper, we will discuss recent developments in GaN nanorod technology, focusing on the potential advantages, but also discussing problems and open questions, which may impose obstacles during the future development of a GaN nanorod based LED technology.

  19. Transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity under UV light.

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-09-15

    ZnO nanoparticles doped with transition metals (Mn and Co) were prepared by a co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-rays, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles were evaluated in the degradation of methyl orange under UV irradiation. ZnO nanoparticles doped with 12 at.% of Mn and Co ions exhibited the maximum photodegradation efficiency. The experiment also demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles was higher than that of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles. These results indicate that charge trapping states due to the doping were the decisive factor rather than the average particle size and energy gap. Moreover the effect of pH values on the degradation efficiency was discussed in the photocatalytic experiments using 12 at.% Mn- and Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  20. First Principles Study of HCN Adsorption on Graphene Doped with 5d Transition Metal

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    Dong, Hai-Kuan; Wang, Yong-Ping; Shi, Li Bin

    2016-11-01

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) adsorption on graphene doped with 5d transition metal (TM) is investigated by the first principles based on density functional theory. It is observed that Hg atom cannot be doped into graphene due to saturated valence electron configurations of 5d106s2. Three kinds of HCN adsorption configurations are investigated, in which H, C and N in HCN are close to the adsorption site, respectively. The most stable adsorption configuration is obtained by total energy optimization. HCN adsorption can be studied by adsorption energy and electron density difference. HCN can only be physisorbed on Ir, Pt and Au-doped graphenes, while chemisorption is observed for Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os-doped graphenes. The band structure is calculated by B3LYP and Generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals. It is observed from B3LYP method that the conductivity of Lu, Hf, Re and Os-doped graphenes does not obviously change before and after HCN adsorption. Ta and W-doped graphenes change from semiconductor to metal after adsorption of HCN molecule. The results indicate that Ta and W-doped graphenes may be a promising sensor for detecting HCN. This study provides a useful basis for understanding of a wide variety of physical properties on graphene.

  1. N-type carbon nanotube by alkaline-earth metal Sr doping

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    Kim, Byung Hoon; Park, Tae Hoi; Baek, Seung Jae; Lee, Dong Su; Park, Seung Joo; Kim, Jun Sung; Park, Yung Woo

    2008-05-01

    Alkaline-earth metal, Sr, was doped on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by vapor phase reaction method. The tunneling electron microscopy, energy dispersive x ray, and Raman spectroscopy were studied for verifying the Sr doping on MWNT. The temperature-dependent resistivity [ρ(T)] and thermoelectric power [S(T)] were also performed for both pristine MWNT and Sr-doped MWNT (Sr-MWNT). ρ(T ) of Sr-MWNT did not significantly change compared to pristine MWNT. However, S(T ) of Sr-MWNT considerably changes, i.e., it shows n-type behavior in contrast to pristine MWNT.

  2. Large-Scale Synthesis of Metal-Ion-Doped Manganese Dioxide for Enhanced Electrochemical Performance.

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    Peng, Ruichao; Wu, Nian; Zheng, Yu; Huang, Yangbo; Luo, Yunbai; Yu, Ping; Zhuang, Lin

    2016-04-01

    One-dimensional (1D) MnO2 was widely applied in areas of enzyme biosensors, industrial sieves, and energy storage materials owing to its excellent thermal, optical, magnetic, and chemical features. However, its practical application into energy storage devices is often hindered by the bad electronic conductivity (from 10(-5) to 10(-6) S cm(-1)). As is widely known, doping with hetero elements is an efficient way to enhance the electronic conductivity of metal oxides. Herein, a novel and simple molten-salt method is developed to achieve a large-scale preparation of 1D MnO2 nanowires. Such an approach also realizes the easy tuning of electrical properties through doping with different transition metal ions. On the basis of first-principle calculation as well as four-probe measurement, we determined that the conductivity of the doped MnO2 nanowires can be promoted efficiently by utilizing such protocol. Meanwhile, a possible doping route is discussed in detail. As a result, a superior electrochemical performance can be observed in such metal ions (M(+))-doped nanowires. Such high-quality M(+)-doped MnO2 nanowires can satisfy a broad range of application needs beyond the electrochemical capacitors. PMID:26996352

  3. Metal doped nanosized titania used for the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible-light.

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    Mahlambi, Mphilisi M; Mishra, Ajay K; Mishra, Shivani B; Krause, Rui W; Mamba, Bhekie B; Raichur, Ashok M

    2013-07-01

    Metal-doped anatase nanosized titania photocatalysts were successfully synthesized using a sol-gel process. Different amounts of the dopants (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0%) of the metals (Ag, Ni, Co and Pd) were utilized. The UV-Vis spectra (solid state diffuse reflectance spectra) of the doped nanoparticles exhibited a red shift in the absorption edge as a result of metal doping. The metal-doped nanoparticles were investigated for their photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation using Rhodamine B (Rh B) as a control pollutant. The results obtained indicate that the metal-doped titania had the highest activity at 0.4% metal loading. The kinetic models revealed that the photodegradation of Rh B followed a pseudo first order reaction. From ion chromatography (IC) analysis the degradation by-products Rhodamine B fragments were found to be acetate, chloride, nitrite, carbonate and nitrate ions.

  4. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube as a potential metal-free catalyst for CO oxidation.

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    Lin, I-Hsiang; Lu, Yu-Huan; Chen, Hsin-Tsung

    2016-04-28

    We elucidate the possibility of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube as a robust catalyst for CO oxidation. We have performed first-principles calculations considering the spin-polarization effect to demonstrate the reaction of CO oxidation catalyzed by the nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube. The calculations show that O2 species can be partially reduced with charge transfer from the nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube and directly chemisorbed on the C-N sites of the nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube. The partially reduced O2 species at the C-N sites can further directly react with a CO molecule via the Eley-Rideal mechanism with the barriers of 0.45-0.58 eV for the different diameter of nanotube. Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations were performed and showed that the oxidation of CO occurs by the Eley-Rideal mechanism. The relationship between the curvature and reactivity of the nitrogen doped carbon nanotube was also unraveled. It appears that the barrier height of the rate-limiting step depends on the curvature of the nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube in the trend of (3,3)-NCNT < (4,4)-NCNT < (5,5)-NCNT (decreases with increased curvature). Using this relationship, we can predict the barriers for other N-doped carbon nanotubes with different tube diameters. Our results reveal that the nitrogen doped carbon nanomaterials can be a good, low-cost, and metal-free catalyst for CO oxidation.

  5. Doping effects of transition metals on superconducting properties of (Ca,RE)FeAs2

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    Yakita, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Okada, Tomoyuki; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Kishio, Kohji; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Sala, Alberto

    2015-03-01

    At the previous March Meeting, we reported new iron based superconductors (Ca,RE)FeAs2 (Ca112) (RE = La-Nd, Sm-Gd)[ 1 , 2 ]. Superconducting transition was observed in all samples except for Ce-doped sample, and Tc of La-doped sample exceeded 30 K. In this study, we have synthesized transition metals (TM=Mn, Co, Ni) co-doped Ca112 samples. Mn co-doping suppressed superconductivity. On the contrary, enhancement of Tc with sharp superconducting transitions was observed in most of the Co or Ni co-doped samples. Tc of Co co-doped samples decreased with a decrease in ionic radii of RE3+ from 38 K for RE = La to 29 K for RE = Gd, though Eu doped sample showed exceptionally low Tc = 21 K. Jc value of La and Co co-doped sample estimated from magnetization measurement is approximately 2.0 x 104 Acm-2at 2 K suggesting bulk superconductivity.

  6. Sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free cathode catalyst for oxygen reduction.

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    Yang, Zhi; Yao, Zhen; Li, Guifa; Fang, Guoyong; Nie, Huagui; Liu, Zheng; Zhou, Xuemei; Chen, Xi'an; Huang, Shaoming

    2012-01-24

    Tailoring the electronic arrangement of graphene by doping is a practical strategy for producing significantly improved materials for the oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells (FCs). Recent studies have proven that the carbon materials doped with the elements, which have the larger (N) or smaller (P, B) electronegative atoms than carbon such as N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs), P-doped graphite layers and B-doped CNTs, have also shown pronounced catalytic activity. Herein, we find that the graphenes doped with the elements, which have the similar electronegativity with carbon such as sulfur and selenium, can also exhibit better catalytic activity than the commercial Pt/C in alkaline media, indicating that these doped graphenes hold great potential for a substitute for Pt-based catalysts in FCs. The experimental results are believed to be significant because they not only give further insight into the ORR mechanism of these metal-free doped carbon materials, but also open a way to fabricate other new low-cost NPMCs with high electrocatalytic activity by a simple, economical, and scalable approach for real FC applications. PMID:22201338

  7. Schottky barrier amorphous silicon solar cell with thin doped region adjacent metal Schottky barrier

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    Carlson, David E.; Wronski, Christopher R.

    1979-01-01

    A Schottky barrier amorphous silicon solar cell incorporating a thin highly doped p-type region of hydrogenated amorphous silicon disposed between a Schottky barrier high work function metal and the intrinsic region of hydrogenated amorphous silicon wherein said high work function metal and said thin highly doped p-type region forms a surface barrier junction with the intrinsic amorphous silicon layer. The thickness and concentration of p-type dopants in said p-type region are selected so that said p-type region is fully ionized by the Schottky barrier high work function metal. The thin highly doped p-type region has been found to increase the open circuit voltage and current of the photovoltaic device.

  8. First-principles study on transition metal-doped anatase TiO2.

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    Wang, Yaqin; Zhang, Ruirui; Li, Jianbao; Li, Liangliang; Lin, Shiwei

    2014-01-28

    The electronic structures, formation energies, and band edge positions of anatase TiO2 doped with transition metals have been analyzed by ab initio band calculations based on the density functional theory with the planewave ultrasoft pseudopotential method. The model structures of transition metal-doped TiO2 were constructed by using the 24-atom 2 × 1 × 1 supercell of anatase TiO2 with one Ti atom replaced by a transition metal atom. The results indicate that most transition metal doping can narrow the band gap of TiO2, lead to the improvement in the photoreactivity of TiO2, and simultaneously maintain strong redox potential. Under O-rich growth condition, the preparation of Co-, Cr-, and Ni-doped TiO2 becomes relatively easy in the experiment due to their negative impurity formation energies, which suggests that these doping systems are easy to obtain and with good stability. The theoretical calculations could provide meaningful guides to develop more active photocatalysts with visible light response.

  9. A simple metal-insulator criterion for the doped Mott-Hubbard materials

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    Gavrichkov, Vladimir A.

    2015-04-01

    A simple metal-insulator criterion for doped Mott-Hubbard materials has been derived. Its readings are closely related to the orbital and spin nature of the ground states of the unit cell. The available criterion readings (metal or insulator) in the paramagnetic phase reveal the possibility of the insulator state of doped materials with the forbidden first removal electron states. According to its physical meaning, the result is similar to the Wilson's criterion in itinerant electron systems. The application of the criterion to high-Tc cuprates is discussed.

  10. Metal enhanced fluorescence in rare earth doped plasmonic core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Derom, S; Berthelot, A; Pillonnet, A; Benamara, O; Jurdyc, A M; Girard, C; Colas des Francs, G

    2013-12-13

    We theoretically and numerically investigate metal enhanced fluorescence of plasmonic core-shell nanoparticles doped with rare earth (RE) ions. Particle shape and size are engineered to maximize the average enhancement factor (AEF) of the overall doped shell. We show that the highest enhancement (11 in the visible and 7 in the near-infrared) is achieved by tuning either the dipolar or the quadrupolar particle resonance to the rare earth ion's excitation wavelength. Additionally, the calculated AEFs are compared to experimental data reported in the literature, obtained in similar conditions (plasmon mediated enhancement) or when a metal-RE energy transfer mechanism is involved.

  11. Note: Novel diamond anvil cell for electrical measurements using boron-doped metallic diamond electrodes

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    Matsumoto, R.; Sasama, Y.; Fujioka, M.; Irifune, T.; Tanaka, M.; Yamaguchi, T.; Takeya, H.; Takano, Y.

    2016-07-01

    A novel diamond anvil cell suitable for electrical transport measurements under high pressure has been developed. A boron-doped metallic diamond film was deposited as an electrode on a nano-polycrystalline diamond anvil using a microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition technique combined with electron beam lithography. The maximum pressure that can be achieved by this assembly is above 30 GPa. We report electrical transport measurements of Pb up to 8 GPa. The boron-doped metallic diamond electrodes showed no signs of degradation after repeated compression.

  12. Note: Novel diamond anvil cell for electrical measurements using boron-doped metallic diamond electrodes.

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    Matsumoto, R; Sasama, Y; Fujioka, M; Irifune, T; Tanaka, M; Yamaguchi, T; Takeya, H; Takano, Y

    2016-07-01

    A novel diamond anvil cell suitable for electrical transport measurements under high pressure has been developed. A boron-doped metallic diamond film was deposited as an electrode on a nano-polycrystalline diamond anvil using a microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition technique combined with electron beam lithography. The maximum pressure that can be achieved by this assembly is above 30 GPa. We report electrical transport measurements of Pb up to 8 GPa. The boron-doped metallic diamond electrodes showed no signs of degradation after repeated compression. PMID:27475610

  13. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Metal Nanoparticles Supported on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon: Catalysis beyond Electrochemistry.

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    He, Lin; Weniger, Florian; Neumann, Helfried; Beller, Matthias

    2016-10-01

    Metal nanoparticles deposited on N-doped carbon materials have emerged as novel catalysts for various organic transformations. In this Minireview, strategies for the synthesis of metal composites on N-doped carbon supports and their state-of-the-art characterization are briefly described. The catalytic application of these fascinating materials in several industrially relevant reactions, including oxidations, hydrogenations, Fischer-Tropsch syntheses, and H2 generation, is also summarized. Furthermore, the effects of nitrogen incorporation on the different catalytic systems are highlighted. PMID:27601266

  14. Stability of alkali-metal hydrides: effects of n-type doping

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    Olea Amezcua, Monica Araceli; de La Peña Seaman, Omar; Rivas Silva, Juan Francisco; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    Metal hydrides could be considered ideal solid-state hydrogen storage systems, they have light weight and high hydrogen volumetric densities, but the hydrogen desorption process requires excessively high temperatures due to their high stability. Efforts have been performed to improve their dehydrogenation properties, based on the introduction of defects, impurities and doping. We present a systematic study of the n-type (electronic) doping effects on the stability of two alkali-metal hydrides: Na1-xMgxH and Li1-xBexH. These systems have been studied within the framework of density functional perturbation theory, using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method and the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation to model the doping. The full-phonon dispersions are analyzed for several doping content, paying special attention to the crystal stability. It is found a doping content threshold for each system, where they are close to dynamical instabilities, which are related to charge redistribution in interstitial zones. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation, the vibrational free energy, the linear thermal expansion and heat capacities are obtained for both hydrides systems and are analyzed as a function of the doping content. This work is partially supported by the VIEP-BUAP 2016 and CONACYT-México (No.221807) projects.

  15. Doping enhanced ferromagnetism and induced half-metallicity in CrI3 monolayer

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    Wang, Hongbo; Fan, Fengren; Zhu, Shasha; Wu, Hua

    2016-05-01

    Two-dimensional materials are of current great interest for their promising applications to postsilicon microelectronics. Here we study, using first-principles calculations and a Monte Carlo simulation, the electronic structure and magnetism of CrI3 monolayer, whose bulk material is an interesting layered ferromagnetic (FM) semiconductor. Our results show that CrI3 monolayer remains FM with T\\text{C}∼ 75 \\text{K} , and the FM order is due to a superexchange in the near-90° Cr-I-Cr bonds. Moreover, we find that an itinerant magnetism could be introduced by carriers doping. Both electron doping and hole doping would render CrI3 monolayer half-metallic, and steadily enhance the FM stability. In particular, hole doping is three times as fast as electron doping in increasing T C, and a room temperature FM half-metallicity could be achieved in CrI3 monolayer via a half-hole doping. Therefore, CrI3 monolayer would be an appealing two-dimensional spintronic material.

  16. Phase stabilisation of hexagonal barium titanate doped with transition metals: A computational study

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    Dawson, J.A.; Freeman, C.L.; Harding, J.H.; Sinclair, D.C.

    2013-04-15

    Interatomic potentials recently developed for the modelling of BaTiO{sub 3} have been used to explore the stabilisation of the hexagonal polymorph of BaTiO{sub 3} by doping with transition metals (namely Mn, Co, Fe and Ni) at the Ti-site. Classical simulations have been completed on both the cubic and hexagonal polymorphs to investigate the energetic consequences of transition metal doping on each polymorph. Ti-site charge compensation mechanisms have been used for the multi-valent transition metal ions and cluster binding energies have been considered. Simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti{sub 2} sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states and in the case of tri- and tetra-valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions as observed experimentally. Oxidation during incorporation of Ni{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions has also been considered. - Graphical abstract: The representation of the strongest binding energy clusters for tri-valent dopants—(a) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 1} cluster and (b) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 2} cluster. Highlights: ► Classical simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti2 sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. ► This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states. ► In the case of tri- and tetra- valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions.

  17. Charge Transfer-Induced Molecular Hole Doping into Thin Film of Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Lee, Deok Yeon; Kim, Eun-Kyung; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Boukhvalov, Danil W; Lee, Joong Kee; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2015-08-26

    Despite the highly porous nature with significantly large surface area, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be hardly used in electronic and optoelectronic devices due to their extremely poor electrical conductivity. Therefore, the study of MOF thin films that require electron transport or conductivity in combination with the everlasting porosity is highly desirable. In the present work, thin films of Co3(NDC)3DMF4 MOFs with improved electronic conductivity are synthesized using layer-by-layer and doctor blade coating techniques followed by iodine doping. The as-prepared and doped films are characterized using FE-SEM, EDX, UV/visible spectroscopy, XPS, current-voltage measurement, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and incident photon to current efficiency measurements. In addition, the electronic and semiconductor properties of the MOF films are characterized using Hall Effect measurement, which reveals that, in contrast to the insulator behavior of the as-prepared MOFs, the iodine doped MOFs behave as a p-type semiconductor. This is caused by charge transfer-induced hole doping into the frameworks. The observed charge transfer-induced hole doping phenomenon is also confirmed by calculating the densities of states of the as-prepared and iodine doped MOFs based on density functional theory. Photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrates an efficient interfacial charge transfer between TiO2 and iodine doped MOFs, which can be applied to harvest solar radiations.

  18. Tribological properties of metal doped a-C film by RF magnetron sputtering method

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    Park, Yong Seob; Jung, Tae-Hwan; Lim, Dong-Gun; Park, Young; Kim, Hyungchul; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-10-15

    We deposited various metal doped amorphous carbon (a-C:Me) films by radio frequency (RF) magnetron co-sputtering method. Tungsten (W), molybdenum (Mo), and chromium (Cr) were used as the doping metals in a-C film. The applied power on carbon and metal (W, Mo, and Cr) target were 150 W and 40 W, respectively. a-C:Me films exhibited smooth and uniform surface roughness and the hardness over 15 GPa. Specially, a-C:W film showed the maximum hardness of 18.5 GPa. The coefficient of friction of a-C:W film is relatively lower than that of other films and the critical load value of a-C:W film is higher. These results are related to the concentration of metal in the carbon matrix by the difference of sputtering yield and the change of the structure by the metal bonding. Consequently, W metal is good candidate as the doping metal for the improvement of tribological characteristics.

  19. On magnetism and the insulator-to-metal transition in p-doped GaAs

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    Chapler, Brian; Myers, R. C.; Mack, S.; Frenzel, A.; Pursley, B. C.; Burch, K. S.; Singley, E. J.; Dattelbaum, A. M.; Samarth, N.; Awschalom, D. D.; Basov, D. N.

    2011-03-01

    Although Ga 1-x Mn x As is often described as the prototypical ferromagnetic semiconductor, many aspects of the electronic structure and nature of mediating carriers remain open. A central question in this regard is whether the insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) in p -doped GaAs is significantly modified when dopants are magnetic. We address this through an infrared spectroscopic study of GaAs doped with either non-magnetic Be or magnetic Mn acceptors. Through our comparison, we are able to isolate effects of magnetic dopants in GaAs from those associated with disorder and proximity to the IMT. Here we show Mn-doped samples exhibit an unusual electronic transport regime, combining elements of both metallic and insulating behavior, at doping concentrations far beyond the onset of the IMT. Be-doped films however, reveal genuine metallicity just above the IMT boundary. These results underscore the pivotal role of magnetism in transport and optical phenomena of Ga 1-x Mn x As.

  20. Adsorption of molecular oxygen on VIIIB transition metal-doped graphene: A DFT study

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    Nasehnia, F.; Seifi, M.

    2014-12-01

    Adsorption of molecular oxygen with a triplet ground state on Fe-, Co-, Ni-, Ru-, Rh-, Pd-, OS-, Ir- and Pt-doped graphene is studied using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The calculations show that O2 molecule is chemisorbed on the doped graphene sheets with large adsorption energies ranging from -0.653 eV to -1.851 eV and the adsorption process is irreversible. Mulliken atomic charge analysis of the structure shows that charge transfer from doped graphene sheets to O2 molecule. The amounts of transferred charge are between 0.375e- to 0.650e-, indicating a considerable change in the structures conductance. These results imply that the effect of O2 adsorption on transition metal-doped graphene structures can alter the possibility of using these materials as a toxic-gas (carbon monoxide, hydrogen fluoride, etc.) sensor.

  1. High Light Absorption and Charge Separation Efficiency at Low Applied Voltage from Sb-Doped SnO2/BiVO4 Core/Shell Nanorod-Array Photoanodes.

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    Zhou, Lite; Zhao, Chenqi; Giri, Binod; Allen, Patrick; Xu, Xiaowei; Joshi, Hrushikesh; Fan, Yangyang; Titova, Lyubov V; Rao, Pratap M

    2016-06-01

    BiVO4 has become the top-performing semiconductor among photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. However, BiVO4 photoanodes are still limited to a fraction of the theoretically possible photocurrent at low applied voltages because of modest charge transport properties and a trade-off between light absorption and charge separation efficiencies. Here, we investigate photoanodes composed of thin layers of BiVO4 coated onto Sb-doped SnO2 (Sb:SnO2) nanorod-arrays (Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs) and demonstrate a high value for the product of light absorption and charge separation efficiencies (ηabs × ηsep) of ∼51% at an applied voltage of 0.6 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode, as determined by integration of the quantum efficiency over the standard AM 1.5G spectrum. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the highest ηabs × ηsep efficiencies achieved to date at this voltage for nanowire-core/BiVO4-shell photoanodes. Moreover, although WO3 has recently been extensively studied as a core nanowire material for core/shell BiVO4 photoanodes, the Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs generate larger photocurrents, especially at low applied voltages. In addition, we present control experiments on planar Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 and WO3/BiVO4 heterojunctions, which indicate that Sb:SnO2 is more favorable as a core material. These results indicate that integration of Sb:SnO2 nanorod cores with other successful strategies such as doping and coating with oxygen evolution catalysts can move the performance of BiVO4 and related semiconductors closer to their theoretical potential.

  2. Hallmarks of Metal Insulator transition in Doped Sr2IrO4

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Qiang; Dhaka, Rajendra; Waugh, Justin; Reber, Theodore; Li, Haoxiang; Parham, Stephen; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Park, Seung Ryong; Qi, Tongfei; Korneta, Oleksandr; Plumb, Nicholas; Bostwick, Aaron; Rotenberg, Eli; Denlinger, Jonathan; Hermele, Michael; Cao, Gang; Dessau, Daniel

    2014-03-01

    How Mott insulators acquire metallicity upon the introduction of extra carriers lies at the heart of correlated electron physics. The evolution of the electronic structure and low energy dynamics in the ultra-low doped region where the Mottness begins to break down is a critical place to study this physics. We report ARPES studies of the Rh and La doped Sr2IrO4 and show the appearance and evolution of a pseudogap and Fermi arcs. Further more we present evidence how the Mott gap breaks down with a profound change in the band structure. The experimental results in the doped iridates resemble those observed in the cuprate systems, which are prototype Mott insulators, and suggest we could establish a series of signatures that occur in the metal insulator transition. Now at Los Alamos National Lab.

  3. Efficient organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites and doped metal oxide heterojunction solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    Organic-Inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has recently attracted much attention for its high efficient solar energy conversion. This semiconducting pigment with a direct bandgap of 1.55 eV has made it an interesting optical and electronic material over the whole visible solar emission spectrum. The role of hole conducting has been found in this semiconductor that allows perovskite solar cell (PSC) to be formed by CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunctions that use TiO2 as scaffold, and carbon as a back contact. We will report a double layer metal doped TiO2/Al2O3 mesoporous scaffold covered by the p-type semiconducting pigment to form a high efficient PSC through solution method. TiO2 and Al2O3 are both large band gap semiconductors that affect conducting and recombination rate in solar cells. One improvement work is doping other metal elements in TiO2 to raise the mobility while extend the recombination time. It has suggested that optimal amounts of doped metals such as Cu, Co, Mn can suppress the reduction of Ti4 + resulting better transportation. TiO2 thin films doped with metals are subjected to the EPR analysis and the results will be correlated with measurements of electronic-optical properties.

  4. Hydrogen storage material and process using graphite additive with metal-doped complex hydrides

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    Zidan, Ragaiy; Ritter, James A.; Ebner, Armin D.; Wang, Jun; Holland, Charles E.

    2008-06-10

    A hydrogen storage material having improved hydrogen absorbtion and desorption kinetics is provided by adding graphite to a complex hydride such as a metal-doped alanate, i.e., NaAlH.sub.4. The incorporation of graphite into the complex hydride significantly enhances the rate of hydrogen absorbtion and desorption and lowers the desorption temperature needed to release stored hydrogen.

  5. First Principles Study of Effect of 3d Transition Metal-Doped Zinc Oxide on Gas Sensitivity

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    Qiu, Zhiyong; Murakami, Ri-Ichi

    Two series models were developed in order to investigate the gas sensitivity of 3d transition metal-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) materials. Software based on a discrete variation method (DVM) within the framework of density functional theory was used to calculate the electronic structures of the models. It was possible to determine gas sensitivity using the calculated results, from which a relationship between electronic properties and gas sensitivity was formed. The results showed that doping the transition metals greatly affected the gas sensitivity of ZnO-based materials. The main effect was attributed to the change in carrier concentration. On the contrary, the doping of transition metals had a negligible effect on the mobility of ZnO-based materials. Titanium or iron doped-ZnO is thus expected to have the best gas sensitivity of all of the 3d transition metal-doped ZnO materials.

  6. Enhancing σ/π-type copper(i)thiophene interactions by metal doping (metal = Li, Na, K, Ca, Sc).

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    Zhang, Xiayan; Li, Xiaoyan; Zeng, Yanli; Zheng, Shijun; Meng, Lingpeng

    2015-01-21

    The influence of metal doping on σ/π-type copper(i)thiophene interactions and the nature of Cuπ/S bonding have been investigated. Our calculated results show that Li, Na, K, Ca and Sc atom doping on thiophene enhances the copper(i)thiophene interactions. Enhancement factors are determined by the electrostatic potential of the thiophene molecular surface and the electronic configuration of the doping metal. The more negative the electrostatic potential, the stronger is the interaction. The influence of the d-block transition metal element (Sc) is larger than that of s-block main group metal elements. Both the σ and π type Cuthiophene interactions are of moderate strengths and display partial covalent characters. Linear relationships exist between the topological properties (ρ(rc), ∇(2)ρ(rc), δ(A, B) and Hc) at the BCP and the bond lengths d(Cuπ/S). When the Cuπ/S bond length became shorter, larger ∇(2)ρ(rc), δ(A, B) and smaller Hc values can be predicted, resulting in greater covalent character of Cuπ/S bonding. PMID:25418914

  7. Tailoring terahertz plasmons with silver nanorod arrays

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    Cao, Wei; Song, Chunyuan; Lanier, Thomas E.; Singh, Ranjan; O'Hara, John F.; Dennis, William M.; Zhao, Yiping; Zhang, Weili

    2013-01-01

    Plasmonic materials that strongly interact with light are ideal candidates for designing subwavelength photonic devices. We report on direct coupling of terahertz waves in metallic nanorods by observing the resonant transmission of surface plasmon polariton waves through lithographically patterned films of silver nanorod (100 nm in diameter) micro-hole arrays. The best enhancement in surface plasmon resonant transmission is obtained when the nanorods are perfectly aligned with the electric field direction of the linearly polarized terahertz wave. This unique polarization-dependent propagation of surface plasmons in structures fabricated from nanorod films offers promising device applications. We conclude that the anisotropy of nanoscale metallic rod arrays imparts a material anisotropy relevant at the microscale that may be utilized for the fabrication of plasmonic and metamaterial based devices for operation at terahertz frequencies.

  8. Magnetic properties of transition metal doped AlN nanosheet: First-principle studies

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    Shi, Changmin; Qin, Hongwei Zhang, Yongjia; Hu, Jifan; Ju, Lin

    2014-02-07

    We carry out our first-principles calculations within density functional theory to study the 3d transition metal (TM) doped AlN nanosheets. The calculated results indicate that a stoichiometric AlN nanosheet is graphene-like structure and nonmagnetic. The TM impurities can induce magnetic moments, localized mainly on the 3d TM atoms and neighboring N atoms. Our calculated results of TM-doped nanosheet systems indicate a strong interaction between 3d orbit of TM atom and the 2p orbit of N atoms. In addition, the Mn- and Ni-doped AlN nanosheet with half-metal characters seems to be good candidates for spintronic applications. When substituting two Al atoms, the relative energies of the states between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling are investigated sufficiently. The exchange coupling of Co- and Ni-doped AlN nanosheets exhibits a transformation with different distances of two TM atoms and that of Cr-, Mn-, and Fe-doped AlN nanosheets is not changed.

  9. Transition metal doped ZnO nanoclusters for carbon monoxide detection: DFT studies.

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    Aslanzadeh, Saeed

    2016-07-01

    Metal doped ZnO nanomaterials have attracted considerable attention as a chemical sensor for toxic gases. Here, the electronic sensitivity of pristine and Sc-, Ti-, V-, Cr-, Mn-, and Fe-doped Zn12O12 nanoclusters toward CO gas is investigated using density functional theory calculations. It is found that replacing a Zn atom by a Sc or Ti atom does not change the sensitivity of cluster but doping V and Cr atoms significantly increase the sensitivity. Also, Mn, or Fe doping slightly improves the sensitivity. It is predicted that among all, the Cr-doped ZnO cluster may be the most favorable sensor for CO detection because its electrical conductivity considerably changes after the CO adsorption, thereby, generating an electrical signal. The calculated Gibbs free energy change for the adsorption of CO molecule on the Cr-doped cluster is about -51.2 kcal mol(-1) at 298.15 K and 1 atm, and the HOMO-LUMO gap of the adsorbent is changed by about 117.8 %. PMID:27316701

  10. Structures and stability of metal-doped GenM (n = 9, 10) clusters

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    Qin, Wei; Lu, Wen-Cai; Xia, Lin-Hua; Zhao, Li-Zhen; Zang, Qing-Jun; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.

    2015-06-26

    The lowest-energy structures of neutral and cationic Ge nM (n = 9, 10; M = Si, Li, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Au, Ag, Yb, Pm and Dy) clusters were studied by genetic algorithm (GA) and first-principles calculations. The calculation results show that doping of the metal atoms and Si into Ge9 and Ge10 clusters is energetically favorable. Most of the metal-doped Ge cluster structures can be viewed as adding or substituting metal atom on the surface of the corresponding ground-state Gen clusters. However, the neutral and cationic FeGe9,10,MnGe9,10 and Ge10Al are cage-like with the metal atom encapsulated inside. Suchmore » cage-like transition metal doped Gen clusters are shown to have higher adsorption energy and thermal stability. Our calculation results suggest that Ge9,10Fe and Ge9Si would be used as building blocks in cluster-assembled nanomaterials because of their high stabilities.« less

  11. Structures and stability of metal-doped GenM (n = 9, 10) clusters

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    Qin, Wei; Lu, Wen-Cai; Xia, Lin-Hua; Zhao, Li-Zhen; Zang, Qing-Jun; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.

    2015-06-01

    The lowest-energy structures of neutral and cationic GenM (n = 9, 10; M = Si, Li, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Au, Ag, Yb, Pm and Dy) clusters were studied by genetic algorithm (GA) and first-principles calculations. The calculation results show that doping of the metal atoms and Si into Ge9 and Ge10 clusters is energetically favorable. Most of the metal-doped Ge cluster structures can be viewed as adding or substituting metal atom on the surface of the corresponding ground-state Gen clusters. However, the neutral and cationic FeGe9,10,MnGe9,10 and Ge10Al are cage-like with the metal atom encapsulated inside. Such cage-like transition metal doped Gen clusters are shown to have higher adsorption energy and thermal stability. Our calculation results suggest that Ge9,10Fe and Ge9Si would be used as building blocks in cluster-assembled nanomaterials because of their high stabilities.

  12. Local electronic structure and magnetic properties of 3d transition metal doped GaAs

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    Lin, He; Duan, Haiming

    2008-05-01

    The local electronic structure and magnetic properties of GaAs doped with 3d transition metal (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) were studied by using discrete variational method (DVM) based on density functional theory. The calculated result indicated that the magnetic moment of transition metal increases first and then decreases, and reaches the maximum value when Mn is doped into GaAs. In the case of Mn concentration of 1.4%, the magnetic moment of Mn is in good agreement with the experimental result. The coupling between impure atoms in the system with two impure atoms was found to have obvious variation. For different transition metal, the coupling between the impure atom and the nearest neighbor As also has different variation.

  13. Using x-ray diffraction to identify precipitates in transition metal doped semiconductors

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    Zhou, Shengqiang; Potzger, K.; Talut, G.; von Borany, J.; Skorupa, W.; Helm, M.; Fassbender, J.

    2008-04-01

    In the past decade, room temperature ferromagnetism was often observed in transition metal doped semiconductors, which were claimed as diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS). Nowadays intensive activities are devoted to clarify wether the observed ferromagnetism stems from carrier mediated magnetic impurities, ferromagnetic precipitates, or spinodal decomposition. In this paper, we have correlated the structural and magnetic properties of transition metal doped ZnO, TiO2, and Si, prepared by ion implantation. Crystalline precipitates, i.e., transition metal (Co, Ni) and Mn-silicide nanocrystals, are responsible for the magnetism. Additionally due to their orientation nature with respect to the host, these nanocrystals in some cases are not detectable by conventional x-ray diffraction (XRD). This nature results in the pitfall of using XRD to exclude magnetic precipitates in DMS materials.

  14. Experimental study of transition metal ion doping on TiO2 with photocatalytic behavior.

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    Siddhapara, K S; Shah, D V

    2014-08-01

    In this research, we have studied the doping behaviors of three transition metal ion dopants on the crystal phase, particle sizes, XRD patterns, EDAX spectra, and photoreactivity of TiO2 nanoparticles. Test metal ion concentrations ranged from 1% to 4 at.%, we report the growth of [Fe, Co and Mn]xTiO2 nanocrystals prepared by Sol-Gel technique, followed by freeze-drying treatment at -30 °C temperature for 12 hrs. The obtained Gel was thermally treated at different temperature like 200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C. Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) shows that dopant concentration affects thermal decomposition. The photoreactivities of transition metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles under UV irradiation were quantified by the degradation of formaldehyde.

  15. Determination of the Structures of Silicon and Metal Doped Silicon Clusters

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    Lyon, Jonathan T.; Fielicke, Andre; Janssens, Ewald; Lievens, Peter

    2014-06-01

    Strongly bound clusters are often used as convenient models for bulk material. Silicon clusters are particularly interesting due to their importance in the electronics industry. We perform experimental IR multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy in the gas-phase, which makes use of a free electron laser, and compare the results with that predicted by density functional and MP2 theory calculations. Comparison of the vibrational spectra with that predicted by theoretical calculations for several structural isomers for each cluster size leads to accurate structural assignments. Here, we present our results for silicon clusters, and compare the structures with those of select transition metal doped SinM clusters. Of particular interest is the transition from exohedral to endoheral metal doped silicon clusters and how the transition size changes for different metal dopant atoms. Journal of Chemical Physics 2012, 136, 064301 e.g., ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, 328.

  16. Active and Durable Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Catalyst Derived from Pd-Doped Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Chen, Jitang; Xia, Guoliang; Jiang, Peng; Yang, Yang; Li, Ren; Shi, Ruohong; Su, Jianwei; Chen, Qianwang

    2016-06-01

    The water electrolysis is of critical importance for sustainable hydrogen production. In this work, a highly efficient and stable PdCo alloy catalyst (PdCo@CN) was synthesized by direct annealing of Pd-doped metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) under N2 atmosphere. In 0.5 M H2SO4 solution, PdCo@CN displays remarkable electrocatalytic performance with overpotential of 80 mV, a Tafel slope of 31 mV dec(-1), and excellent stability of 10 000 cycles. Our studies reveal that noble metal doped MOFs are ideal precursors for preparing highly active alloy electrocatalysts with low content of noble metal. PMID:27112733

  17. Magnetic properties of ZnS doped with noble metals (X = Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag)

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    Tan, Zhiyun; Xiao, Wenzhi; Wang, Lingling; Yang, Youchang

    2012-12-01

    Density functional theory calculations are carried out to study the electronic structures and magnetic properties in zinc-blende structure ZnS doped with nonmagnetic noble metals (X = Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag). Results show robust magnetic ground states for X-doped ZnS. The total magnetic moments are about 2.0, 3.0, and 2.0 μB per supercell for the Ru-, Rh-, and Pd-doped ZnS, respectively. As the atomic number of X element increases, the local magnetic moment tends toward delocalize and the hybridization between X-4d and S-3p states become stronger. This trend is strongly related to the difference in electronegativity between the substitutional X and the cation in the ZnS host. For Ag-doped ZnS, both non-spin- and spin-polarized calculations yield nearly equal total energy. The substitution of Zn in ZnS parent material by the nonmagnetic 4d transition-metals may lead to half-metallic ferromagnetism which stems from the hybridization between X-4d and S-3p states and could be attributed to a double-exchange mechanism. Curie temperature values are estimated using mean-field approximation.

  18. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide as a novel oxygen storage material

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    Dong, Qiang; Yin, Shu; Yoshida, Mizuki; Wu, Xiaoyong; Liu, Bin; Miura, Akira; Takei, Takahiro; Kumada, Nobuhiro; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-09-15

    Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) hollow nanospheres with a diameter of 50 nm have been synthesized successfully via a facial solvothermal route in a very simple system composed of only ethanol, acetic acid, SnCl{sub 4}·5H{sub 2}O and A(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·xH{sub 2}O (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba). The synthesized undoped SnO{sub 2} and A-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres were characterized by the oxygen storage capacity (OSC), X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and the Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) technique. The OSC values of all samples were measured using thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis. The incorporation of alkaline earth metal ion into tin oxide greatly enhanced the thermal stability and OSC. Especially, Ba-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres calcined at 1000 °C for 20 h with a BET surface area of 61 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} exhibited the considerably high OSC of 457 μmol-O g{sup −1} and good thermal stability. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide has the potential to be a novel oxygen storage material.

  19. Density functional theory based study of chlorine doped WS2-metal interface

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    Chanana, Anuja; Mahapatra, Santanu

    2016-03-01

    Investigation of a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)-metal interface is essential for the effective functioning of monolayer TMD based field effect transistors. In this work, we employ the Density Functional Theory calculations to analyze the modulation of the electronic structure of monolayer WS2 with chlorine doping and the relative changes in the contact properties when interfaced with gold and palladium. We initially examine the atomic and electronic structures of pure and doped monolayer WS2 supercell and explore the formation of midgap states with band splitting near the conduction band edge. Further, we analyze the contact nature of the pure supercell with Au and Pd. We find that while Au is physiosorbed and forms n-type contact, Pd is chemisorped and forms p-type contact with a higher valence electron density. Next, we study the interface formed between the Cl-doped supercell and metals and observe a reduction in the Schottky barrier height (SBH) in comparison to the pure supercell. This reduction found is higher for Pd in comparison to Au, which is further validated by examining the charge transfer occurring at the interface. Our study confirms that Cl doping is an efficient mechanism to reduce the n-SBH for both Au and Pd, which form different types of contact with WS2.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of alkali metals doped tin dioxide

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    Benhebal, Hadj; Chaib, Messaoud; Léonard, Angélique; Lambert, Stéphanie D.; Crine, Michel

    2011-10-01

    In order to improve the photocatalytic properties of tin dioxide, crystallized powders of SnO 2 photocatalysts doped by alkali metals (Li, Na and K) were synthesized by sol-gel process. The physical properties of these materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Scanning electron microscopy and Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The photocatalytic tests under UV radiation conducted on four aromatic compounds (phenol, paranitrophenol, pentachlorophenol and benzoic acid) showed that tin dioxide modified by sodium possesses good photocatalytic activity; The Li-doped SnO 2 is moderately active, while modification by potassium does not improve this activity.

  1. Quantum spin liquids and the metal-insulator transition in doped semiconductors.

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    Potter, Andrew C; Barkeshli, Maissam; McGreevy, John; Senthil, T

    2012-08-17

    We describe a new possible route to the metal-insulator transition in doped semiconductors such as Si:P or Si:B. We explore the possibility that the loss of metallic transport occurs through Mott localization of electrons into a quantum spin liquid state with diffusive charge neutral "spinon" excitations. Such a quantum spin liquid state can appear as an intermediate phase between the metal and the Anderson-Mott insulator. An immediate testable consequence is the presence of metallic thermal conductivity at low temperature in the electrical insulator near the metal-insulator transition. Further, we show that though the transition is second order, the zero temperature residual electrical conductivity will jump as the transition is approached from the metallic side. However, the electrical conductivity will have a nonmonotonic temperature dependence that may complicate the extrapolation to zero temperature. Signatures in other experiments and some comparisons with existing data are made. PMID:23006401

  2. First-principles and angle-resolved photoemission study of lithium doped metallic black phosphorous

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    Sanna, A.; Fedorov, A. V.; Verbitskiy, N. I.; Fink, J.; Krellner, C.; Petaccia, L.; Chikina, A.; Usachov, D. Yu; Grüneis, A.; Profeta, G.

    2016-06-01

    First principles calculations demonstrate the metallization of phosphorene by means of Li doping filling the unoccupied antibonding p z states. The electron–phonon coupling in the metallic phase is strong enough to eventually lead to a superconducting phase at T c = 17 K for LiP8 stoichiometry. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy we confirm that the surface of black phosphorus can be chemically functionalized using Li atoms which donate their 2s electron to the conduction band. The combined theoretical and experimental study demonstrates the semiconductor-metal transition indicating a feasible way to induce a superconducting phase in phosphorene and few-layer black phosphorus.

  3. First-principles and angle-resolved photoemission study of lithium doped metallic black phosphorous

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    Sanna, A.; Fedorov, A. V.; Verbitskiy, N. I.; Fink, J.; Krellner, C.; Petaccia, L.; Chikina, A.; Usachov, D. Yu; Grüneis, A.; Profeta, G.

    2016-06-01

    First principles calculations demonstrate the metallization of phosphorene by means of Li doping filling the unoccupied antibonding p z states. The electron-phonon coupling in the metallic phase is strong enough to eventually lead to a superconducting phase at T c = 17 K for LiP8 stoichiometry. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy we confirm that the surface of black phosphorus can be chemically functionalized using Li atoms which donate their 2s electron to the conduction band. The combined theoretical and experimental study demonstrates the semiconductor-metal transition indicating a feasible way to induce a superconducting phase in phosphorene and few-layer black phosphorus.

  4. Magnetic and electrical properties of transition-metal-doped oxide thin films

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    Lam, Ching Yee

    In this research programme, the electrical and magnetic properties of PLD and room temperature grown TM-doped TiO2 and TM-doped Cu xO thin films have been investigated. We used Co and Fe as the TM dopants for the TiO2 based films. Mn was however used to dope the Cu xO materials systems. Among the various electrical properties, resistive switching of transition-metal oxide thin films and electrical rectifying property of an all-oxide p-n diode have been studied. The resistive switching of anatase phase TM-doped TiO 2 has been determined using two top-down configurations of Ag/TM-doped TiO2/Pt and In/TM-doped TiO2/TiN. Despite the fact that same transition-metal oxide was used, the switching characteristics of these two configurations were significantly different. For example, both the unipolar and bipolar switching were observed in pure TiO2 films. Heterostructures of Ag/TiO2/Pt have also been deposited on flexible PET substrates at room temperature by PLD. These oxide films on flexible substrate not only show resistive switching, but produce an average switching ratio as high as over 6 orders of magnitude. The resistive switching in In/CuxO/Pt and In/Mn-doped CuxO/Pt films have also been demonstrated in the present study. Our results indicate clearly that the switching stability of the In/CuxO/Pt systems is improved by the Mn-doping. Our ultimate goal is to produce a ferromagnetic all-oxide p-n junction diode. We obtained room-temperature ferromagnetism in the epitaxially grown anatase n-type Co-doped TiO2 and possible p-type Fe-doped TiO 2 thin films. At the same time, the 3.7 at.% Mn-doped Cu2O epitaxial films have been prepared. They are p-type conducting and have been properly utilized to form good rectifying all-oxide heterojunction with the n-type Nb-SrTiO3 substrates. The p-type Mn-doped Cu2O films that we have made so far, although exhibit ferromagnetism at low temperatures <50K, do not reveal any room temperature ferromagnetic characteristics. It is

  5. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon derived from metal-organic gel for electrochemical analysis of heavy-metal ion.

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    Cui, Lin; Wu, Jie; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-09-24

    A nitrogen-doped porous carbon material (N@MOG-C) was prepared by simple pyrolysis of polypyrrole-doped Al-based metal-organic gel (PPy@MOG) at 800 °C. The N@MOG-C possessed a uniform three-dimensional (3-D) interconnected mesoporous structure with a high surface area of 1542.6 m(2) g(-1) and a large pore volume of 0.76 cm(3) g(-1). By using an ionic liquid (IL) to immobilize N@MOG-C on electrode surface, the N@MOG-C was further used for sensitive detection of heavy metal ion. The doping of nitrogen-endowed N@MOG-C with faster electron transfer kinetics than other carbon materials such as MOG-C, multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and graphene. The N@MOG-C-modified electrode showed a high effective area, because of the porous structure. Under optimized conditions, the N@MOG-C-based sensor could detect Cd ions present in concentrations of 0.025-5 μM, with a detection limit of 2.2 nM. The mesoporous structure, fast electron transfer ability, and simple and green synthesis of N@MOG-C made it a promising electrode material for practical applications in heavy-metal-ion sensing.

  6. Nonaqueous synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles: Short review and doped titanium dioxide as case study for the preparation of transition metal-doped oxide nanoparticles

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    Djerdj, Igor Arcon, Denis; Jaglicic, Zvonko; Niederberger, Markus

    2008-07-15

    The liquid-phase synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles in organic solvents under exclusion of water is nowadays a well-established alternative to aqueous sol-gel chemistry. In this article, we highlight some of the advantages of these routes based on selected examples. The first part reviews some recent developments in the synthesis of ternary metal oxide nanoparticles by surfactant-free nonaqueous sol-gel routes, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the presentation of structural peculiarities of manganese oxide nanoparticles with an ordered Mn vacancy superstructure. These examples show that nonaqueous systems, on the one hand, allow the preparation of compositionally complex oxides, and, on the other hand, make use of the organic components (initially present or formed in situ) in the reaction mixture to tailor the morphology. Furthermore, obviously even the crystal structure can differ from the corresponding bulk material like in the case of MnO nanoparticles. In the second part of the paper we present original results regarding the synthesis of dilute magnetic semiconductor TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles doped with cobalt and iron. The structural characterization as well as the magnetic properties with special attention to the doping efficiency is discussed. - Graphical abstract: In the first part of this article, nonaqueous sol-gel routes to ternary metal oxide nanoparticles are briefly reviewed, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the appearance of an unprecedented superstructure in MnO nanoparticles. In the second part, doping experiments of TiO{sub 2} with Fe and Co are presented, along with their characterization including magnetic measurements.

  7. Phase engineering of monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide through coupled electron doping and lattice deformation

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    Ouyang, Bin; Lan, Guoqiang; Song, Jun; Guo, Yinsheng; Mi, Zetian

    2015-11-09

    First-principles calculations were performed to investigate the phase stability and transition within four monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) systems, i.e., MX{sub 2} (M = Mo or W and X = S or Se) under coupled electron doping and lattice deformation. With the lattice distortion and electron doping density treated as state variables, the energy surfaces of different phases were computed, and the diagrams of energetically preferred phases were constructed. These diagrams assess the competition between different phases and predict conditions of phase transitions for the TMDs considered. The interplay between lattice deformation and electron doping was identified as originating from the deformation induced band shifting and band bending. Based on our findings, a potential design strategy combining an efficient electrolytic gating and a lattice straining to achieve controllable phase engineering in TMD monolayers was demonstrated.

  8. Tunable magnetic properties of transition metal doped MoS2

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    Andriotis, Antonis N.; Menon, Madhu

    2014-09-01

    We report a detailed investigation of the electronic and magnetic properties of the transition metal (TM) doped two-dimensional (2D) MoS2 using ab initio calculations. The doping is achieved by substituting two or more Mo atoms by TM atoms of the 3d series. Additionally, the effect of codoping on the 2D MoS2 by cation-cation and cation-anion pairs is also investigated. Our results demonstrate that the TM doping of 2D MoS2 leads to a significant reduction of the energy gap and the appearance of magnetic features whose major characteristic is the ferromagnetic coupling of the TM dopants. The latter is found to be significantly enhanced by codoping as demonstrated by codoping with (Co,Cu), (Ni,Cu), (Mn,Cu), and (Mn,Sb) codopant pairs.

  9. Hydrogen Doped Metal Oxide Semiconductors with Exceptional and Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances.

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    Cheng, Hefeng; Wen, Meicheng; Ma, Xiangchao; Kuwahara, Yasutaka; Mori, Kohsuke; Dai, Ying; Huang, Baibiao; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2016-07-27

    Heavily doped semiconductors have recently emerged as a remarkable class of plasmonic alternative to conventional noble metals; however, controlled manipulation of their surface plasmon bands toward short wavelengths, especially in the visible light spectrum, still remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate that hydrogen doped given MoO3 and WO3 via a facile H-spillover approach, namely, hydrogen bronzes, exhibit strong localized surface plasmon resonances in the visible light region. Through variation of their stoichiometric compositions, tunable plasmon resonances could be observed in a wide range, which hinge upon the reduction temperatures, metal species, the nature and the size of metal oxide supports in the synthetic H2 reduction process as well as oxidation treatment in the postsynthetic process. Density functional theory calculations unravel that the intercalation of hydrogen atoms into the given host structures yields appreciable delocalized electrons, enabling their plasmonic properties. The plasmonic hybrids show potentials in heterogeneous catalysis, in which visible light irradiation enhanced catalytic performance toward p-nitrophenol reduction relative to dark condition. Our findings provide direct evidence for achieving plasmon resonances in hydrogen doped metal oxide semiconductors, and may allow large-scale applications with low-price and earth-abundant elements.

  10. Characteristics of ionic polymer-metal composite with chemically doped TiO2 particles

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    Jung, Youngsoo; Kim, Seong Jun; Kim, Kwang J.; Lee, Deuk Yong

    2011-12-01

    Many studies have investigated techniques to improve the bending performance of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuators, including 'doping' of metal particles in the polymer membrane usually by means of physical processes. This study is mainly focused on the characterization of the physical, electrochemical and electromechanical properties of TiO2-doped ionic polymer membranes and IPMCs prepared by the sol-gel method, which results in a uniform distribution of the particles inside the polymer membrane. X-ray and UV-visible spectra indicate the presence of anatase-TiO2 in the modified membranes. TiO2-doped membranes (0.16 wt%) exhibit the highest level of water uptake. The glass transition temperature of these membranes, measured using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), increases with the increase of the amount of TiO2 in the membrane. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) demonstrated that the storage modulus of dried TiO2-doped ionic polymer membranes increases as the amount of TiO2 in the membrane increases, whereas the storage modulus of hydrated samples is closely related to the level of water uptake. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shows that the conductivity of TiO2-doped membranes decreases with increasing TiO2 content in spite of an internal resistance drop in the samples. Above all, bending deflection of TiO2-doped IPMC decreased with higher TiO2 content in the membrane while the blocking force of each sample increased with the higher TiO2 content. Additionally, it was determined that the lifetime of IPMC is strongly dependent on the level of water uptake.

  11. Effects of transition metal doping on multiferroic ordering in nickel vanadate and iron orthovanadate

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    Kumarasiri, Akila

    We have studied the effects of doping both non-magnetic and magnetic ions on the phase transitions and multiferroic ordering in two multiferroic oxides; Ni3V2O8 and FeVO4. Magnetic, dielectric, specific heat, polarization and AC susceptibility measurements were used to track changes in phase transition temperatures. We found that the two higher temperature magnetic transitions in Ni3V2O 8; TH = 9.1 K and TL = 6.3 K are suppressed to lower temperatures with all transition metal dopants. For Zn doping, the rates of the suppression of both TH and TL with dopant fraction are consistent with simple site dilution for two-dimensional spin systems, with the suppression of TH consistent with Ising spins and the suppression of TL consistent with Heisenberg spins. However, samples remain multiferroic at least up to 15% Zn doping. Conversely, spin-1/2 Cu doping strongly suppresses both transitions, for which the multiferroic magnetic structure is completely suppressed at only 10% Cu doping. However, below 10% Cu doping, the samples show enhanced ferroelectric polarization, and a sizable net magnetization also develops. With spin-3/2 Co doping, suppression is very small, with the multiferroic transition persisting even at 30% doping and the material showing Ni 3V2O8 magnetic characteristics up to 80% doping. On the Co rich side of the composition, we find that the magnetic ordering temperatures for Co3V2O8 are suppressed rapidly with Ni doping. With higher spin dopants (e.g. spin-2 Fe and spin-5/2 Mn), suppression remains fairly low. We also present phase diagrams for (Ni 1-xMx)3V2O8 (M = Zn, Cu, Co, Fe and Mn). These studies suggest that the spin structures in Ni3V 2O8 responsible for the development of ferroelectric order are relatively robust against perturbations produced by both magnetic and non-magnetic dopants, with the most significant disruption of the magnetic structure developing for Cu doping. In the case of FeVO4, we find that the magnetoelectric coupling in FeVO4

  12. Use of MgO doped with a divalent or trivalent metal cation for removing arsenic from water

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    Moore, Robert C; Holt-Larese, Kathleen C; Bontchev, Ranko

    2013-08-13

    Systems and methods for use of magnesium hydroxide, either directly or through one or more precursors, doped with a divalent or trivalent metal cation, for removing arsenic from drinking water, including water distribution systems. In one embodiment, magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH).sub.2 (a strong adsorbent for arsenic) doped with a divalent or trivalent metal cation is used to adsorb arsenic. The complex consisting of arsenic adsorbed on Mg(OH).sub.2 doped with a divalent or trivalent metal cation is subsequently removed from the water by conventional means, including filtration, settling, skimming, vortexing, centrifugation, magnetic separation, or other well-known separation systems. In another embodiment, magnesium oxide, MgO, is employed, which reacts with water to form Mg(OH).sub.2. The resulting Mg(OH).sub.2 doped with a divalent or trivalent metal cation, then adsorbs arsenic, as set forth above. The method can also be used to treat human or animal poisoning with arsenic.

  13. Effects of the Electronic Doping In the Stability of the Metal Hydride NaH

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    Olea-Amezcua, Monica-Araceli; Rivas-Silva, Juan-Francisco; de La Peña-Seaman, Omar; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    2015-03-01

    Despite metal hydrides light weight and high hydrogen volumetric densities, the Hydrogen desorption process requires excessively high temperatures due to their high stability. Attempts for improvement the hydrogenation properties have been focus on the introduction of defects, impurities and doping on the metal hydride. We present a systematic study of the electronic doping effects on the stability of a model system, NaH doped with magnesium, forming the alloying system Na1-xMgxH. We use the density functional theory (DFT) and the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation (VCA) to model the doping of NaH with Mg. The evolution of the ground state structural and electronic properties is analyzed as a function of Mg-content. The full-phonon dispersion, calculated by the linear response theory (LRT) and density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), is analyzed for several Mg-concentrations, paying special attention to the crystal stability and the correlations with the electronic structure. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation (QHA), the free energy from zero-point motion is obtained, and its influence on the properties under study is analyzed. This work is partially supported by the VIEP-BUAP (OMPS-EXC14-I) and CONACYT-Mexico (No. 221807) projects.

  14. Bottom-Up Synthesis of Metal-Ion-Doped WS₂ Nanoflakes for Cancer Theranostics.

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    Cheng, Liang; Yuan, Chao; Shen, Sida; Yi, Xuan; Gong, Hua; Yang, Kai; Liu, Zhuang

    2015-11-24

    Recently, two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have received tremendous attention in many fields including biomedicine. Herein, we develop a general method to dope different types of metal ions into WS2 nanoflakes, a typical class of TMDCs, and choose Gd(3+)-doped WS2 (WS2:Gd(3+)) with polyethylene glycol (PEG) modification as a multifunctional agent for imaging-guided combination cancer treatment. While WS2 with strong near-infrared (NIR) absorbance and X-ray attenuation ability enables contrasts in photoacoustic (PA) imaging and computed tomography (CT), Gd(3+) doping offers the nanostructure a paramagnetic property for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. As revealed by trimodal PA/CT/MR imaging, WS2:Gd(3+)-PEG nanoflakes showed efficient tumor homing after intravenous injection. In vivo cancer treatment study further uncovered that WS2:Gd(3+)-PEG could not only convert NIR light into heat for photothermal therapy (PTT) but also enhance the ionizing irradiation-induced tumor damage to boost radiation therapy (RT). Owing to the improved tumor oxygenation after the mild PTT, the combination of PTT and RT induced by WS2:Gd(3+)-PEG resulted in a remarkable synergistic effect to destroy cancer. Our work highlights the promise of utilizing inherent physical properties of TMDC-based nanostructures, whose functions could be further enriched by elementary doping, for applications in multimodal bioimaging and synergistic cancer therapy.

  15. Manganese Doping of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Tailoring Surface Reactivity for a Regenerable Heavy Metal Sorbent

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    Warner, Cynthia L.; Chouyyok, Wilaiwan; Mackie, Katherine E.; Neiner, Doinita; Saraf, Laxmikant; Droubay, Timothy C.; Warner, Marvin G.; Addleman, Raymond S.

    2012-02-28

    A method for tuning the analyte affinity of magnetic, inorganic nanostructured sorbents for heavy metal contaminants is described. The manganese-doped iron oxide nanoparticle sorbents have a remarkably high affinity compared to the precursor material. Sorbent affinity can be tuned toward an analyte of interest simply by adjustment of the dopant quantity. The results show that following the Mn doping process there is a large increase in affinity and capacity for heavy metals (i.e., Co, Ni, Zn, As, Ag, Cd, Hg, and Tl). Capacity measurements were carried out for the removal of cadmium from river water and showed significantly higher loading than the relevant commercial sorbents tested for comparison. The reduction in Cd concentration from 100 ppb spiked river water to 1 ppb (less than the EPA drinking water limit of 5 ppb for Cd) was achieved following treatment with the Mn-doped iron oxide nanoparticles. The Mn-doped iron oxide nanoparticles were able to load 1 ppm of Cd followed by complete stripping and recovery of the Cd with a mild acid wash. The Cd loading and stripping is shown to be consistent through multiple cycles with no loss of sorbent performance.

  16. Half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cr-doped semiconducting Ge-chalcogenide: Density functional approach

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    Saini, Hardev S.; Singh, Mukhtiyar; Thakur, Jyoti; Kashyap, Manish K.

    2014-04-24

    A supercell approach has been used to calculate the electronic and magnetic properties of Cr-doped Ge chalcogenide, Ge{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}Te (x = 0.25 and 0.125). The calculations have been performed using full potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FPLAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) as exchange-correlation (XC) potential. The calculated results show that the doping of Cr induces the 100% spin polarization at Fermi level (EF) and showed the robust half metallic ferromagnetism in this compound. Thus, the compound at both dopant concentrations behave as dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) showing metallic property in majority and semiconducting for minority spin channels which is best suited for spintronic applications. The total magnetic moments of this compound are mainly due to Cr-d states present at E{sup F} with negligible contribution from electronic states of other atoms.

  17. Guided plasmonic modes in nanorod assemblies: strong electromagnetic coupling regime.

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    Wurtz, G A; Dickson, W; O'Connor, D; Atkinson, R; Hendren, W; Evans, P; Pollard, R; Zayats, A V

    2008-05-12

    We demonstrate that the coupling between plasmonic modes of oriented metallic nanorods results in the formation of an extended (guided) plasmonic mode of the nanorod array. The electromagnetic field distribution associated to this mode is found to be concentrated between the nanorods within the assembly and propagates normally to the nanorod long axes, similar to a photonic mode waveguided by an anisotropic slab. This collective plasmonic mode determines the optical properties of nanorod assemblies and can be tuned in a wide spectral range by changing the nanorod array geometry. This geometry represents a unique opportunity for light guiding applications and manipulation at the nanoscale as well as sensing applications and development of molecular plasmonic devices.

  18. Optimal filling factor of nanorod lenses for subwavelength imaging

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    Kosulnikov, Sergey Yu.; Yankovskaya, Elizaveta A.; Maslovski, Stanislav I.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2011-12-15

    We analyze the effect of the filling factor on the imaging performance of metallic nanorod lenses. We observe that thicker nanorods allow lower reflection in the canalization regime and we find optimal values of the filling factor to achieve a transfer function with the characteristics of a perfect lens in a wide range of spatial frequencies.

  19. Influence of doping with alkaline earth metals on the optical properties of thermochromic VO2

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    Dietrich, Marc K.; Kramm, Benedikt G.; Becker, Martin; Meyer, Bruno K.; Polity, Angelika; Klar, Peter J.

    2015-05-01

    Thin films of doped VO2 were deposited, analyzed, and optimized with regard to their solar energy transmittance (Tsol) and visible/luminous light transmittance (Tlum) which are important parameters in the context of smart window applications in buildings. The doping with alkaline earth metals (AEM) like Mg, Ca, Sr, or Ba increased both Tsol and Tlum due to a bandgap widening and an associated absorption edge blue-shift. Thereby, the brown-yellowish color impression of pure VO2 thin films, which is one major hindrance limiting the usage of VO2 as thermochromic window coating, was overcome. Transparent thin films with excellent switching behavior were prepared by sputtering. Highly doped V1-xMexO2 (Me = Ca, Sr, Ba) kept its excellent thermochromic switching behavior up to x(Me) = Me/(Me + V) = 10 at. % doping level, while the optical bandgap energy was increased from 1.64 eV for undoped VO2 to 2.38 eV for x(Mg) = 7.7 at. %, 1.85 eV for x(Ca) = 7.4 at. %, 1.84 eV for x(Sr) = 6.4 at. % and 1.70 eV for x(Ba) = 6.8 at. %, as well as the absorption edge is blue shifted by increasing AEM contents. Also, the critical temperature ϑc, at which the semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) occurs, was decreased by AEM doping, which amounted to about -0.5 K/at. % for all AEM on average. The critical temperature was determined by transmittance-temperature hysteresis measurements. Furthermore, Tsol and Tlum were calculated and were found to be significantly enhanced by AEM doping. Tlum increased from 32.0% in undoped VO2 to 43.4% in VO2 doped with 6.4 at. % Sr. Similar improvements were found for other AEM. The modulation of the solar energy transmittance ΔTsol, which is the difference of the Tsol values in the low and high temperature phase, was almost constant or even slightly increased when the doping level was increased up to about 10 at. % Ca, Sr, or Ba.

  20. Electronic and magnetic properties of 1T-HfS2 by doping transition-metal atoms

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    Zhao, Xu; Wang, Tianxing; Wang, Guangtao; Dai, Xianqi; Xia, Congxin; Yang, Lin

    2016-10-01

    We explored the electronic and magnetic properties of 1T-HfS2 doped by transition metal (TM) atom using the first-principles calculation. We doped the transition metal atoms from the IIIB to VIB groups in nonmagnetic 1T-HfS2. Numerical results show that the pristine 1T-HfS2 is a semiconductor with indirect gaps of 1.250 eV. Magnetism can be observed for V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Cu doping. The polarized charges mainly arise from the localized 3d electrons of the TM atom. The strong p-d hybridization was found between the 3d orbitals of TM and 3p orbitals of S. The substituted 1T-HfS2 can be a metal, semiconductor or half-metal. Analysis of the band structure and magnetic properties indicates that TM-doped HfS2 (TM = V, Fe, Cu) are promising systems to explore two-dimensional diluted magnetic semiconductors. The formation energy calculations also indicate that it is energetically favorable and relatively easier to incorporate transition metal atom into the HfS2 under S-rich experimental conditions. In contrast, V-doped HfS2 has relatively wide half-metallic gap and low formation energy. So V-doped 1T-HfS2 is ideal for spin injection, which is important for application in semiconductor spintronics.

  1. Half-metallicity in MnPSe₃ exfoliated nanosheet with carrier doping.

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    Li, Xingxing; Wu, Xiaojun; Yang, Jinlong

    2014-08-01

    Searching two-dimensional (2D) half-metallic crystals that are feasible in experiment is essential to develop next-generation nanospintronic devices. Here, a 2D exfoliated MnPSe3 nanosheet with novel magnetism is first proposed based on first-principles calculations. In particular, the evaluated low cleavage energy and high in-plane stiffness indicate that the free-standing MnPSe3 nanosheet can be exfoliated from its bulk structure in experiment. The MnPSe3 nanosheet is an antiferromagnetic semiconductor at its ground state, whereas both electron and hole doping induce its transition from antiferromagnetic semiconductor to ferromagnetic half-metal. Moreover, the spin-polarization directions of 2D half-metallic MnPSe3 are opposite for electron and hole doping, which can be controlled by applying an external voltage gate. The Monte Carlo simulation based on the Ising model suggests the Curie temperature of the doped 2D MnPSe3 crystal is up to 206 K. These advantages render the 2D MnPSe3 crystal with great potentials for application in electric-field controlled spintronic devices.

  2. Transition-metal doped sulfide, selenide, and telluride laser crystal and lasers

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    Krupke, W.F.; Page, R.H.; DeLoach, L.D.; Payne, S.A.

    1996-07-30

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed of transition metal doped sulfide, selenide, and telluride host crystals which have four fold coordinated substitutional sites. The host crystals include II-VI compounds. The host crystal is doped with a transition metal laser ion, e.g., chromium, cobalt or iron. In particular, Cr{sup 2+}-doped ZnS and ZnSe generate laser action near 2.3 {micro}m. Oxide, chloride, fluoride, bromide and iodide crystals with similar structures can also be used. Important aspects of these laser materials are the tetrahedral site symmetry of the host crystal, low excited state absorption losses and high luminescence efficiency, and the d{sup 4} and d{sup 6} electronic configurations of the transition metal ions. The same materials are also useful as saturable absorbers for passive Q-switching applications. The laser materials can be used as gain media in amplifiers and oscillators; these gain media can be incorporated into waveguides and semiconductor lasers. 18 figs.

  3. Transition-metal doped sulfide, selenide, and telluride laser crystal and lasers

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    Krupke, William F.; Page, Ralph H.; DeLoach, Laura D.; Payne, Stephen A.

    1996-01-01

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed of transition metal doped sulfide, selenide, and telluride host crystals which have four fold coordinated substitutional sites. The host crystals include II-VI compounds. The host crystal is doped with a transition metal laser ion, e.g., chromium, cobalt or iron. In particular, Cr.sup.2+ -doped ZnS and ZnSe generate laser action near 2.3 .mu.m. Oxide, chloride, fluoride, bromide and iodide crystals with similar structures can also be used. Important aspects of these laser materials are the tetrahedral site symmetry of the host crystal, low excited state absorption losses and high luminescence efficiency, and the d.sup.4 and d.sup.6 electronic configurations of the transition metal ions. The same materials are also useful as saturable absorbers for passive Q-switching applications. The laser materials can be used as gain media in amplifiers and oscillators; these gain media can be incorporated into waveguides and semiconductor lasers.

  4. Near-Infrared and Ultraviolet Photodetector Based on p-n Homojunction of Undoped and Phosphorus-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanorods.

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    Tuico, Anthony; Copa, Vernalyn; Ferrolino, John Paul; Vergara, Christopher Jude; Abrenica, Jefferson; Salvador, Arnel; Somintac, Armando

    2016-06-01

    The application of a p-n homojunction based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods as photodetector is presented in this study. The homojunctions were grown via chemical bath deposition for 6, 9, and 12 hours per layer of the junction. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron micrographs confirmed the material composition, structure, and morphology of the grown device. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements were done to verify the diode-like behavior of the ZnO p-n homojunction. Upon illumination, it is observed through I-V curves and through photocurrent measurements that the fabricated device is sensitive to ultraviolet and near-infrared light, respectively. The peak sensitivities in the photocurrent spectrum were found tunable based on the observed red shift as the length of the nanorods is increased. In addition to this, upon applying a positive voltage bias, the response of the device was observed to enhance by 5 orders of magnitude. In general, the device was successfully proven to have a great potential for applications in photodetection. PMID:27427690

  5. Lithium metal doped electrodes for lithium-ion rechargeable chemistry

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    Liu, Gao; Battaglia, Vince; Wang, Lei

    2016-09-13

    An embodiment of the invention combines the superior performance of a polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) or polyethyleneoxide (POE) binder, the strong binding force of a styrene-butadiene (SBR) binder, and a source of lithium ions in the form of solid lithium metal powder (SLMP) to form an electrode system that has improved performance as compared to PVDF/SBR binder based electrodes. This invention will provide a new way to achieve improved results at a much reduced cost.

  6. Ferroelectric-like metallic state in electron doped BaTiO3

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    Fujioka, J.; Doi, A.; Okuyama, D.; Morikawa, D.; Arima, T.; Okada, K. N.; Kaneko, Y.; Fukuda, T.; Uchiyama, H.; Ishikawa, D.; Baron, A. Q. R.; Kato, K.; Takata, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2015-01-01

    We report that a ferroelectric-like metallic state with reduced anisotropy of polarization is created by the doping of conduction electrons into BaTiO3, on the bases of x-ray/electron diffraction and infrared spectroscopic experiments. The crystal structure is heterogeneous in nanometer-scale, as enabled by the reduced polarization anisotropy. The enhanced infrared intensity of soft phonon along with the resistivity reduction suggests the presence of unusual electron-phonon coupling, which may be responsible for the emergent ferroelectric structure compatible with metallic state. PMID:26289749

  7. Heterogeneous Charge-Transfer Nanorods by Strained Melt-Molding Lithography.

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    Kim, Jueun; Chung, Jeyon; Hyon, Jinho; Seo, Chunhee; Nam, Jihye; Kang, Youngjong

    2016-03-01

    Hetero-nanorods consisting of two charge-transfer (CT) complexes were fabricated by the strained melt-molding lithography. Utilizing the lowered melting temperature by the formation of eutectic mixture, various well-defined CT complex nanorods can be easily fabricated by soft-lithography-assisted melt crystallization below 100 degrees C. Hetero-nanorods were fabricated by selective doping of the secondary CT complex at defects induced by applying the uniaxial strain. PMID:27455696

  8. Metal-to-insulator crossover in alkali doped zeolite.

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    Igarashi, Mutsuo; Jeglič, Peter; Krajnc, Andraž; Žitko, Rok; Nakano, Takehito; Nozue, Yasuo; Arčon, Denis

    2016-01-01

    We report a systematic nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of the (23)Na spin-lattice relaxation rate, 1/T1, in sodium loaded low-silica X (LSX) zeolite, Nan/Na12-LSX, for various loading levels of sodium atoms n across the metal-to-insulator crossover. For high loading levels of n ≥ 14.2, 1/T1T shows nearly temperature-independent behaviour between 10 K and 25 K consistent with the Korringa relaxation mechanism and the metallic ground state. As the loading levels decrease below n ≤ 11.6, the extracted density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level sharply decreases, although a residual DOS at Fermi level is still observed even in the samples that lack the metallic Drude-peak in the optical reflectance. The observed crossover is a result of a complex loading-level dependence of electric potential felt by the electrons confined to zeolite cages, where the electronic correlations and disorder both play an important role.

  9. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Sn0.95Ni0.05O2 nanorods.

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    Srinivas, K; Rao, S Manjunath; Reddy, P Venugopal

    2011-02-01

    With a view to investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Ni (5%) doped SnO(2) diluted magnetic semiconductor nanorods prepared by a PEG-6000 assisted wet chemical route, a systematic investigation has been carried out. The micro structural properties were investigated by Rietveld refinement of XRD data, AFM, TEM, EDS, SAED, FTIR, Raman scattering and XPS measurements. These studies revealed that Sn0.95Ni0.05O2 nanorods have a polycrystalline single phase tetragonal rutile structure without any detectable impurity phases and the aspect ratios of the nanorods are in the range 2.85-10.2. The deconvoluted XPS core level Ni 2p spectral studies determined the oxidation state of Ni as +2. The nanosize effects and local defects are found to influence the local electronic structure of materials. From M-H, M-T, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and ESR studies, all the samples are found to exhibit clear room temperature ferromagnetism without any metallic clusters. The magnetization behaviour is found to depend on the overlap of percolated bound magnetic polarons and their interactions with dopant induced defects. The magnetic exchange interactions are found to depend on the aggregation behaviour of nanorods, exchange media, the surface diffusion behaviour of randomly distributed Ni ions and the modification of electronic structure. PMID:21132172

  10. Screening of catalytic oxygen reduction reaction activity of metal-doped graphene by density functional theory

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    Chen, Xin; Chen, Shuangjing; Wang, Jinyu

    2016-08-01

    Graphene doping is a promising direction for developing effective oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts. In this paper, we computationally investigated the ORR performance of 10 kinds of metal-doped graphene (M-G) catalysts, namely, Al-, Si-, Mn-, Fe-, Co-, Ni-, Pd-, Ag-, Pt-, and Au-G. The results shown that the binding energies of the metal atoms incorporated into the graphene vacancy are higher than their bulk cohesive energies, indicating the formed M-G catalysts are even more stable than the corresponding bulk metal surfaces, and thus avoid the metals dissolution in the reaction environment. We demonstrated that the linear relation among the binding energies of the ORR intermediates that found on metal-based materials does not hold for the M-G catalysts, therefore a single binding energy of intermediate alone is not sufficient to evaluate the ORR activity of an arbitrary catalyst. By analysis of the detailed ORR processes, we predicted that the Au-, Co-, and Ag-G materials can be used as the ORR catalysts.

  11. Self-assembled growth and structural analysis of inclined GaN nanorods on nanoimprinted m-sapphire using catalyst-free metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Lee, Kyuseung; Chae, Sooryong; Jang, Jongjin; Min, Daehong; Kim, Jaehwan; Nam, Okhyun

    2016-04-01

    In this study, self-assembled inclined (1-10-3)-oriented GaN nanorods (NRs) were grown on nanoimprinted (10-10) m-sapphire substrates using catalyst-free metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. According to X-ray phi-scans, the inclined GaN NRs were tilted at an angle of ˜57.5° to the [10-10]sapp direction. Specifically, the GaN NRs grew in a single inclined direction to the [11-20]sapp. Uni-directionally inclined NRs were formed through the one-sided (10-11)-faceted growth of the interfacial a-GaN plane layer. It was confirmed that a thin layer of a-GaN was formed on r-facet nanogrooves of the m-sapphire substrate by nitridation. The interfacial a-GaN nucleation affected both the inclined angle and the growth direction of the inclined GaN NRs. Using X-ray diffraction and selective area electron diffraction, the epitaxial relationship between the inclined (1-10-3) GaN NRs and interfacial a-GaN layer on m-sapphire substrates was systematically investigated. Moreover, the inclined GaN NRs were observed to be mostly free of stacking fault-related defects using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

  12. Memristive switching of ZnO nanorod mesh

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    Yevgeniy, Puzyrev; Shen, Xiao; Ni, Kai; Zhang, Xuan; Hachtel, Jordan; Choi, Bo; Chisholm, Matthew; Fleetwood, Daniel; Schrimpf, Ronald; Pantelides, Sokrates

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of memristive switching in a self-assembled mesh of ZnO nanorods. A ZnO nanorod mesh spans the area between Ag contacts in a device that exhibits hysteresis with large ON/OFF ratio, reaching ION/IOFF values of 104. We show that switching behavior depends critically on the geometry of the nanorod mesh. We employ density functional theory (DFT) calculations to deduce the mechanism for resistive switching for the nanorod mesh. Redistribution of Ag atoms, driven by an electrical field, leads to the formation and evolution of a conducting path through nanorods. Field-induced migration of Ag atoms changes the doping level of nanorods and modulates their conductivity. Using static DFT and nudged-elastic-band calculations, we investigate the energy of interaction between Ag clusters and a ZnO surface, including migration barriers of Ag atoms. Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are modeled using percolation theory in a nanorod mesh. To describe the dynamics of SET/RESET phenomena, model parameters include the experimentally observed nanorod geometry and the energetics of Ag on ZnO surfaces, obtained from DFT calculations. This work was supported by NSF Grant DMR-1207241, DOE Grant DE-FG02-09ER46554, and the McMinn Endowment at Vanderbilt University. Computational support was provided by the NSF XSEDE under Grant #DMR TG-DMR130121.

  13. Determination of active doping in highly resistive boron doped silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiO2 by capacitance voltage measurement on inverted metal oxide semiconductor structure

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    Zhang, Tian; Puthen-Veettil, Binesh; Wu, Lingfeng; Jia, Xuguang; Lin, Ziyun; Yang, Terry Chien-Jen; Conibeer, Gavin; Perez-Wurfl, Ivan

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the Capacitance-Voltage (CV) measurement to study the electrically active boron doping in Si nanocrystals (ncSi) embedded in SiO2. The ncSi thin films with high resistivity (200-400 Ω cm) can be measured by using an inverted metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) structure (Al/ncSi (B)/SiO2/Si). This device structure eliminates the complications from the effects of lateral current flow and the high sheet resistance in standard lateral MOS structures. The characteristic MOS CV curves observed are consistent with the effective p-type doping. The CV modeling method is presented and used to evaluate the electrically active doping concentration. We find that the highly boron doped ncSi films have electrically active doping of 1018-1019 cm-3 despite their high resistivity. The saturation of doping at about 1.4 × 1019 cm-3 and the low doping efficiency less than 5% are observed and discussed. The calculated effective mobility is in the order of 10-3 cm2/V s, indicating strong impurity/defect scattering effect that hinders carriers transport.

  14. Determination of active doping in highly resistive boron doped silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiO{sub 2} by capacitance voltage measurement on inverted metal oxide semiconductor structure

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    Zhang, Tian Puthen-Veettil, Binesh; Wu, Lingfeng; Jia, Xuguang; Lin, Ziyun; Yang, Terry Chien-Jen; Conibeer, Gavin; Perez-Wurfl, Ivan

    2015-10-21

    We investigate the Capacitance-Voltage (CV) measurement to study the electrically active boron doping in Si nanocrystals (ncSi) embedded in SiO{sub 2}. The ncSi thin films with high resistivity (200–400 Ω cm) can be measured by using an inverted metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) structure (Al/ncSi (B)/SiO{sub 2}/Si). This device structure eliminates the complications from the effects of lateral current flow and the high sheet resistance in standard lateral MOS structures. The characteristic MOS CV curves observed are consistent with the effective p-type doping. The CV modeling method is presented and used to evaluate the electrically active doping concentration. We find that the highly boron doped ncSi films have electrically active doping of 10{sup 18}–10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} despite their high resistivity. The saturation of doping at about 1.4 × 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} and the low doping efficiency less than 5% are observed and discussed. The calculated effective mobility is in the order of 10{sup −3} cm{sup 2}/V s, indicating strong impurity/defect scattering effect that hinders carriers transport.

  15. Influence of transition metal atoms doping on structural, electronic and nonlinear optical properties of Mg12O12 nanoclusters: A DFT study

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    Shamlouei, Hamid Reza; Nouri, Amin; Mohammadi, Asghar; Tehrani, Abbas Dadkhah

    2016-03-01

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the effect of transition metal doping on structural, electronic, energetic, linear and nonlinear optical properties of Mg12O12 nanocluster. The result revealed that transition metal atoms doping lead to reduce the Eg and increase the dipole moment. The doping of transition metal atom on Mg12O12 nanocluster enhances its polarizability value. Also polarizability values for doped nanoclusters decrease as the atomic number of transition metal increase. The first hyperpolarizability value dramatically increases as substitute a magnesium atom with a transition metal atom. Among the transition metal atom doped nanocage, scandium has the largest first hyperpolarizability value (β◦≈47,872 au). The stability and remarkable values of β◦ (for Sc, Ti and V doped of nanocage) suggest that these compounds may be applicable as NLO material in industrial.

  16. Half Metallic Digital Ferromagnetic Heterostructure Composed of a (Delta)-doped Layer of Mn in Si

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    Qian, M C; Fong, C Y; Liu, K; Pickett, W E; Pask, J E; Yang, L H

    2006-05-30

    The authors propose and investigate the properties of a digital ferromagnetic heterostructure (DFH) consisting of a {delta}-doped layer of Mn in Si, using ab initio electronic-structure methods. They find that (1) ferromagnetic order of the Mn layer is energetically favorable relative to antiferromagnetic, and (2) the heterostructure is a two-dimensional half metallic system. The metallic behavior is contributed by three majority-spin bands originating from hybridized Mn-d and nearest-neighbor Si-p states, and the corresponding carriers are responsible for the ferromagnetic order in the Mn layer. The minority-spin channel has a calculated semiconducting gap of 0.25 eV. Analysis of the total and partial densities of states, band structure, Fermi surfaces and associated charge density reveals the marked two-dimensional nature of the half metallicity. The band lineup is found to be favorable for retaining the half metal character to near the Curie temperature (T{sub C}). Being Si based and possibly having a high T{sub C} as suggested by an experiment on dilutely doped Mn in Si, the heterostructure may be of special interest for integration into mature Si technologies for spintronic applications.

  17. Probing the Metal-Insulator Transition in BaTiO3 by Electrostatic Doping

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    Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; Shoron, Omor F.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-07-01

    The metal-to-insulator transition in BaTiO3 is investigated using electrostatic doping, which avoids effects from disorder and strain that would accompany chemical doping. SmTiO3/BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures are doped with a constant sheet carrier density of 3 ×1014 cm-2 that is introduced via the polar SmTiO3/BaTiO3 interface. Below a critical BaTiO3 thickness, the structures exhibit metallic behavior with high carrier mobilities at low temperatures, similar to SmTiO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. Above this thickness, data indicate that the BaTiO3 layer becomes ferroelectric. The BaTiO3 lattice parameters increase to a value consistent with a strained, tetragonal unit cell, the structures are insulating below ˜125 K , and the mobility drops by more than an order of magnitude, indicating self-trapping of carriers. The results shed light on the interplay between charge carriers and ferroelectricity.

  18. White light emission from GaN stack layers doped by different rare-earth metals

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    Zhang, Lei; Liu, Chang

    2015-02-01

    Experimental progress of electroluminescence devices (ELDs) employing GaN doped with rare-earth metals had been significantly made targeting RGB displays. However, reports on the theoretical models to design the devices and the applications were limited. Our previous paper proposed a device model using the quantum collision theory and Judd-Ofelt approximation to design the ELDs for white light illumination. In the present study, the model is modified by considering the light extraction efficiency and optical loss during propagating in the films. To improve the luminous efficiency, an ELD with three stack layers of GaN:Tm/GaN:Er/GaN:Eu is proposed and designed. The model predicts that the color of the integrated light can be controlled by applied voltage, thickness of each doping layer and doping concentrations of the rare earth metals. The luminous efficacy of white light emission at a bias of -100 V is calculated to be 274 lm/W, which is much higher than that of fluorescent lumps. The proposed ELD will open a door to efficient solid-state lighting.

  19. P-Doped Porous Carbon as Metal Free Catalysts for Selective Aerobic Oxidation with an Unexpected Mechanism.

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    Patel, Mehulkumar A; Luo, Feixiang; Khoshi, M Reza; Rabie, Emann; Zhang, Qing; Flach, Carol R; Mendelsohn, Richard; Garfunkel, Eric; Szostak, Michal; He, Huixin

    2016-02-23

    An extremely simple and rapid (seconds) approach is reported to directly synthesize gram quantities of P-doped graphitic porous carbon materials with controlled P bond configuration. For the first time, it is demonstrated that the P-doped carbon materials can be used as a selective metal free catalyst for aerobic oxidation reactions. The work function of P-doped carbon materials, its connectivity to the P bond configuration, and the correlation with its catalytic efficiency are studied and established. In direct contrast to N-doped graphene, the P-doped carbon materials with higher work function show high activity in catalytic aerobic oxidation. The selectivity trend for the electron donating and withdrawing properties of the functional groups attached to the aromatic ring of benzyl alcohols is also different from other metal free carbon based catalysts. A unique catalytic mechanism is demonstrated, which differs from both GO and N-doped graphene obtained by high temperature nitrification. The unique and unexpected catalytic pathway endows the P-doped materials with not only good catalytic efficiency but also recyclability. This, combined with a rapid, energy saving approach that permits fabrication on a large scale, suggests that the P-doped porous materials are promising materials for "green catalysis" due to their higher theoretical surface area, sustainability, environmental friendliness, and low cost.

  20. Physico-chemical characterization of metal-doped bone chars and their adsorption behavior for water defluoridation

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    Rojas-Mayorga, C. K.; Bonilla-Petriciolet, A.; Silvestre-Albero, J.; Aguayo-Villarreal, I. A.; Mendoza-Castillo, D. I.

    2015-11-01

    New bone chars for fluoride adsorption from drinking water have been synthetized via metallic doping using aluminum and iron salts. A detailed statistical analysis of the metal doping process using the signal-to-noise ratios from Taguchi's experimental designs and its impact on the fluoride adsorption properties of modified bone chars have been performed. The best conditions, including the proper metallic salt, for metal doping were identified to improve the fluoride uptakes of modified bone chars. Results showed that the fluoride adsorption properties of bone chars can be enhanced up to 600% using aluminum sulfate for the surface modification. This aluminum-based adsorbent showed an adsorption capacity of 31 mg/g, which outperformed the fluoride uptakes reported for several adsorbents. Surface interactions involved in the defluoridation process were established using FTIR, DRX and XPS analysis. Defluoridation using the metal-doped bone chars occurred via an ion exchange process between fluoride ions and the hydroxyl groups on the adsorbent surface, whereas the Al(OH)xFy, FexFy, and CaF2 interactions could play also an important role in the removal process. These metal-doped adsorbents anticipate a promising behavior in water treatment, especially in developing countries where the efficiency - cost tradeoff is crucial for implementing new defluoridation technologies.

  1. Nanorod niobium oxide as powerful catalysts for an all vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Li, Bin; Gu, Meng; Nie, Zimin; Wei, Xiaoliang; Wang, Chongmin; Sprenkle, Vincent; Wang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    A powerful low-cost electrocatalyst, nanorod Nb2O5, is synthesized using the hydrothermal method with monoclinic phases and simultaneously deposited on the surface of a graphite felt (GF) electrode in an all vanadium flow battery (VRB). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) study confirmed that Nb2O5 has catalytic effects toward redox couples of V(II)/V(III) at the negative side and V(IV)/V(V) at the positive side to facilitate the electrochemical kinetics of the vanadium redox reactions. Because of poor conductivity of Nb2O5, the performance of the Nb2O5 loaded electrodes is strongly dependent on the nanosize and uniform distribution of catalysts on GF surfaces. Accordingly, an optimal amount of W-doped Nb2O5 nanorods with minimum agglomeration and improved distribution on GF surfaces are established by adding water-soluble compounds containing tungsten (W) into the precursor solutions. The corresponding energy efficiency is enhanced by ∼10.7% at high current density (150 mA·cm(-2)) as compared with one without catalysts. Flow battery cyclic performance also demonstrates the excellent stability of the as prepared Nb2O5 catalyst enhanced electrode. These results suggest that Nb2O5-based nanorods, replacing expensive noble metals, uniformly decorating GFs holds great promise as high-performance electrodes for VRB applications.

  2. Nanorod niobium oxide as powerful catalysts for an all vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Li, Bin; Gu, Meng; Nie, Zimin; Wei, Xiaoliang; Wang, Chongmin; Sprenkle, Vincent; Wang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    A powerful low-cost electrocatalyst, nanorod Nb2O5, is synthesized using the hydrothermal method with monoclinic phases and simultaneously deposited on the surface of a graphite felt (GF) electrode in an all vanadium flow battery (VRB). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) study confirmed that Nb2O5 has catalytic effects toward redox couples of V(II)/V(III) at the negative side and V(IV)/V(V) at the positive side to facilitate the electrochemical kinetics of the vanadium redox reactions. Because of poor conductivity of Nb2O5, the performance of the Nb2O5 loaded electrodes is strongly dependent on the nanosize and uniform distribution of catalysts on GF surfaces. Accordingly, an optimal amount of W-doped Nb2O5 nanorods with minimum agglomeration and improved distribution on GF surfaces are established by adding water-soluble compounds containing tungsten (W) into the precursor solutions. The corresponding energy efficiency is enhanced by ∼10.7% at high current density (150 mA·cm(-2)) as compared with one without catalysts. Flow battery cyclic performance also demonstrates the excellent stability of the as prepared Nb2O5 catalyst enhanced electrode. These results suggest that Nb2O5-based nanorods, replacing expensive noble metals, uniformly decorating GFs holds great promise as high-performance electrodes for VRB applications. PMID:24279888

  3. Study of Electromagnetic Scattering From Material Object Doped Randomly With Thin Metallic Wires Using Finite Element Method

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    Deshpande, Manohar D.

    2005-01-01

    A new numerical simulation method using the finite element methodology (FEM) is presented to study electromagnetic scattering due to an arbitrarily shaped material body doped randomly with thin and short metallic wires. The FEM approach described in many standard text books is appropriately modified to account for the presence of thin and short metallic wires distributed randomly inside an arbitrarily shaped material body. Using this modified FEM approach, the electromagnetic scattering due to cylindrical, spherical material body doped randomly with thin metallic wires is studied.

  4. Gold nanorod in reverse micelles: a fitting fusion to catapult lipase activity.

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    Maiti, Subhabrata; Ghosh, Moumita; Das, Prasanta Kumar

    2011-09-21

    Lipase solubilized within gold nanorod doped CTAB reverse micelles exhibited remarkable improvement in its activity mainly due to the enhanced interfacial domain of newly developed self-assembled nanocomposites.

  5. Confinement transition to density wave order in metallic doped spin liquids

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    Patel, Aavishkar A.; Chowdhury, Debanjan; Allais, Andrea; Sachdev, Subir

    2016-04-01

    Insulating quantum spin liquids can undergo a confinement transition to a valence bond solid via the condensation of topological excitations of the associated gauge theory. We extend the theory of such transitions to fractionalized Fermi liquids (FL*): These are metallic doped spin liquids in which the Fermi surfaces only have gauge neutral quasiparticles. Using insights from a duality transform on a doped quantum dimer model for the U(1)-FL* state, we show that projective symmetry group of the theory of the topological excitations remains unmodified, but the Fermi surfaces can lead to additional frustrating interactions. We propose a theory for the confinement transition of Z2-FL* states via the condensation of visons. A variety of confining, incommensurate density wave states are possible, including some that are similar to the incommensurate d -form factor density wave order observed in several recent experiments on the cuprate superconductors.

  6. The catalytic pathways of hydrohalogenation over metal-free nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes.

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    Zhou, Kai; Li, Bo; Zhang, Qiang; Huang, Jia-Qi; Tian, Gui-Li; Jia, Jin-Chao; Zhao, Meng-Qiang; Luo, Guo-Hua; Su, Dang Sheng; Wei, Fei

    2014-03-01

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs) are found to be active as one novel heterogeneous catalyst for acetylene hydrochlorination reaction, possessing good activity (TOF=2.3×10(-3)  s(-1) ) and high selectivity (>98 %). Compared to toxic and energy-consuming conventional catalysts, such as HgCl2 , N-CNTs are more favorable in terms of sustainability, because of their thermo-stability, metal-free make up, and the wide availability of bulk CNT. Coupling X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory computations (DFT), the main active source and reaction pathway are shown. Good linearity between the quaternary nitrogen content and conversion is revealed. DFT study shows that the nitrogen doping enhanced the formation of the covalent bond between C2 H2 and NCNT compared with the undoped CNT, and therefore promoted the addition reaction of the C2 H2 and HCl into C2 H3 Cl.

  7. Enhancement of photocatalytic performance of plasmon-assisted metallic ion doped titania

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    Fan, Jimin; Zhao, Zhihuan; Gong, Chao; Cheng, Bin; Xue, Yongqiang; Yin, Shu

    2015-11-01

    Plasmonic assisted metallic ion doped titania was synthesized successfully by combining the hydrothermal and photoreduction methods. The chromium ion doping resulted to smaller particle size and preferable crystallinity than pure TiO2. Ag@AgI-TiO2-Cr showed the smallest band gap of 1.9 eV, corresponding to the wavelength range until 652 nm. The Ag-AgI plasmonic effect promoted electron transfer and accelerated photocatalytic reaction. Excellent visible light induced MO degradation was effectively realized. The sample Ag@AgI-TiO2-Cr exhibited the best photodegradation activity, which might be related to its smallest band gap, larger specific surface area of 178.3 m2 g-1 and the maximum equilibrium adsorption quantity of 18.0 mg/g.

  8. Magnetic property and possible half-metal behavior in Co-doped graphene

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    Li, Zhongyao Xie, Wenze; Liu, Xingen; Wu, Yong

    2015-02-28

    The magnetic property and band structures of Co-monolayer doped graphene were examined on the basis of density-functional theory. The magnetic moment of the system is closely related to the interfacial spacing. Magnetic-nonmagnetic transition would be produced by decreasing the layer distance. Although the magnetic moment can also be reduced by increasing the lattice constant, the ground states are magnetic states under tension. Besides, the increase of lattice constant greatly enlarges the direct and indirect gaps of spin-down bands near the Fermi level. With a little increase of the Fermi level or the electron density, half-metal behavior would be expectable in the Co-doped graphene under tension.

  9. Novel half-metal and spin gapless semiconductor properties in N-doped silicene nanoribbons

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    Zheng, Fu-bao; Zhang, Chang-wen; Wang, Pei-ji; Li, Sheng-shi

    2013-04-01

    We carry out a spin polarized first-principles study on the energetic and electronic properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbons (ZSiNRs) doped with N atoms, as well as N and Si vacancy (VSi) complexes. The formation energy analysis shows that the doped N atom and N-VSi complex prefer the edge sites in ZSiNRs. Due to breaking the degeneracy of the spin-polarization in ZSiNR, the substitution of N for Si atom exhibits a spin gapless semiconductor (SGS) property. When the N-VSi complex is introduced forming so called pyridine- and pyrrole-like structure in ZSiNR, they also exhibit half-metal or SGS behaviors with 100% spin-polarized currents in the Fermi level. These interesting properties may further stimulate potential applications of silicene-based nanostructures in nanoelectronics.

  10. Electrical Conductivity and ESR Studies in Iodine-Doped Polythiophene from Semiconductor to Metallic Regime

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    Hayashi, Shigenori; Kaneto, Keiichi; Yoshino, Katsumi; Matsushita, Rokuji; Matsuyama, Tomochika

    1986-06-01

    Dependences of electrical conductivity and ESR of iodine-doped polythiophene films, (C4H2SIy)x, on iodine concentrations which are precisely determined by a neutron activation technique (from a dilute level of y˜4× 10-4 to a deep level of y˜4× 10-1) are reported. A drastic increase of conductivity from 10-8 to 10-2 S/cm is observed at the fairly narrow dopant concentration region of 2× 10-3metal transition in iodine-doped polythiophene, taking polaron and bipolaron models into account.

  11. Electrochemical synthesis of elongated noble metal nanoparticles, such as nanowires and nanorods, on high-surface area carbon supports

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    Adzic, Radoslav; Blyznakov, Stoyan; Vukmirovic, Miomir

    2015-08-04

    Elongated noble-metal nanoparticles and methods for their manufacture are disclosed. The method involves the formation of a plurality of elongated noble-metal nanoparticles by electrochemical deposition of the noble metal on a high surface area carbon support, such as carbon nanoparticles. Prior to electrochemical deposition, the carbon support may be functionalized by oxidation, thus making the manufacturing process simple and cost-effective. The generated elongated nanoparticles are covalently bound to the carbon support and can be used directly in electrocatalysis. The process provides elongated noble-metal nanoparticles with high catalytic activities and improved durability in combination with high catalyst utilization since the nanoparticles are deposited and covalently bound to the carbon support in their final position and will not change in forming an electrode assembly.

  12. Effect of 3d-metal doping on magnetic properties of Fe3 Se4

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    Sabirianov, Renat; Al-Aqtash, Nabil; Sengupta, Debasis

    2015-03-01

    Fe3Se4 exhibits large magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MAE) and coercivity up 40kOe. The large anisotropy of Fe3Se4 should be accompanied by large magnetization for permanent magnet applications. The magnetization of Fe3Se4 suffers from antiferromagnetic (AFM) superexchange coupling of Fe across the Se planes. We present density functional theory study of the magnetic properties of Fe3Se4 doped with TM (Co, Cr, Ni and Mn), TM ions doped in Fe sites, Fe3-x(TM)xSe4 (x = 0.5), to examine a potential increase of the magnetization and Curie temperature of Fe3Se4. We performed screening of the exchange interactions and magnetization modifications upon the substitution of Fe by 3d-transition metals at various Fe sites in the Fe3Se4 We find that the doping of Fe3Se4 with 3d-elements does not remove AFM coupling across layers. The increase in the strength of exchange interactions on doping with Cr should increase the Curie temperature of the system. We compare the results of doped alloy with the ones for Cr3Te4. This compound is analogous to Fe3Se4 because Te has same electron configuration as Se, but Cr has only four d-electrons. We find that Cr3Te4 has ferromagnetic coupling and magnetization larger than one possible in Fe3Se4. Magnetization per unit cell is 18.24μB. MAE of this material is large (MAE =1.67 MJ/m3)

  13. Color-control of the persistent luminescence of cadmium silicate doped with transition metals

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    Abreu, Carolina M.; Silva, Ronaldo S.; Valerio, Mário E.G.; Macedo, Zélia S.

    2013-04-15

    The structural and optical characterization of cadmium silicate (CdSiO{sub 3}) doped with transition metals is reported. This crystalline system presents intrinsic luminescence and is usually studied as host matrix for rare earth ions. In this work, CdSiO{sub 3} was doped with Mn, Ni and Cr to produce multicolored luminescent materials. Single crystalline CdSiO{sub 3} was obtained via solid state synthesis at 1000 °C/8 h. The valence of the dopants inserted in the host matrix was determined via XANES as 3+ for Cr, 2+ for Ni and both 2+ and 3+ for Mn, according to XANES studies. The optical absorption spectra of the samples presented wide bands in the visible region that were associated with the internal transitions of the dopants. All the samples presented photoluminescent bands near 420 nm, 496 nm and 591 nm, with different relative intensities that yield characteristic luminescence colors ranging from blue to red. - Graphical abstract: Phosphorescence of cadmium silicate doped with transition metals: nature of defects and possible luminescent channels. Highlights: ► CdSiO{sub 3} was doped with Mn, Ni and Cr to produce multicolored phosphors. ► Valence of the dopants was determined as 3+ for Cr, 2+ for Ni and 2+ and 3+ for Mn. ► The presence of absorption bands in the visible region led to self-absorption. ► Self-absorption in some cases can decrease the light output. ► Luminescent channels were created and related to internal transitions of the dopants.

  14. Metal Doping Effect of the M-Co2P/Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes (M = Fe, Ni, Cu) Hydrogen Evolution Hybrid Catalysts.

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    Pan, Yuan; Liu, Yunqi; Lin, Yan; Liu, Chenguang

    2016-06-01

    The enhancement of catalytic performance of cobalt phosphide-based catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is still challenging. In this work, the doping effect of some transition metal (M = Fe, Ni, Cu) on the electrocatalytic performance of the M-Co2P/NCNTs (NCNTs, nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes) hybrid catalysts for the HER was studied systematically. The M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts were synthesized via a simple in situ thermal decomposition process. A series of techniques, including X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 sorption were used to characterize the as-synthesized M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts. Electrochemical measurements showed the catalytic performance according to the following order of Fe-Co2P/NCNTs > Ni-Co2P/NCNTs > Cu-Co2P/NCNTs, which can be ascribed to the difference of structure, morphology, and electronic property after doping. The doping of Fe atoms promote the growth of the [111] crystal plane, resulting in a large specific area and exposing more catalytic active sites. Meanwhile, the Fe(δ+) has the highest positive charge among all the M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts after doping. All these changes can be used to contribute the highest electrocatalytic activity of the Fe-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalyst for HER. Furthermore, an optimal HER electrocatalytic activity was obtained by adjusting the doping ratio of Fe atoms. Our current research indicates that the doping of metal is also an important strategy to improve the electrocatalytic activity for the HER.

  15. Metal Doping Effect of the M-Co2P/Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes (M = Fe, Ni, Cu) Hydrogen Evolution Hybrid Catalysts.

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    Pan, Yuan; Liu, Yunqi; Lin, Yan; Liu, Chenguang

    2016-06-01

    The enhancement of catalytic performance of cobalt phosphide-based catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is still challenging. In this work, the doping effect of some transition metal (M = Fe, Ni, Cu) on the electrocatalytic performance of the M-Co2P/NCNTs (NCNTs, nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes) hybrid catalysts for the HER was studied systematically. The M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts were synthesized via a simple in situ thermal decomposition process. A series of techniques, including X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 sorption were used to characterize the as-synthesized M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts. Electrochemical measurements showed the catalytic performance according to the following order of Fe-Co2P/NCNTs > Ni-Co2P/NCNTs > Cu-Co2P/NCNTs, which can be ascribed to the difference of structure, morphology, and electronic property after doping. The doping of Fe atoms promote the growth of the [111] crystal plane, resulting in a large specific area and exposing more catalytic active sites. Meanwhile, the Fe(δ+) has the highest positive charge among all the M-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalysts after doping. All these changes can be used to contribute the highest electrocatalytic activity of the Fe-Co2P/NCNTs hybrid catalyst for HER. Furthermore, an optimal HER electrocatalytic activity was obtained by adjusting the doping ratio of Fe atoms. Our current research indicates that the doping of metal is also an important strategy to improve the electrocatalytic activity for the HER. PMID:27197546

  16. Aligned growth of gold nanorods in PMMA channels: parallel preparation of nanogaps.

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    Jain, Titoo; Lara-Avila, Samuel; Kervennic, Yann-Vai; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper; Nørgaard, Kasper; Kubatkin, Sergey; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2012-05-22

    We demonstrate alignment and positional control of gold nanorods grown in situ on substrates using a seed-mediated synthetic approach. Alignment control is obtained by directing the growth of spherical nanoparticle seeds into nanorods in well-defined poly(methyl methacrylate) nanochannels. Substrates with prepatterned metallic electrodes provide an additional handle for the position of the gold nanorods and yield nanometer-sized gaps between the electrode and nanorod. The presented approach is a novel demonstration of bottom-up device fabrication of multiple nanogap junctions on a single chip mediated viain situ growth of gold nanorods acting as nanoelectrodes.

  17. Chemisorption of Transition-Metal Atoms on Boron- and Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes: Energetics and Geometric and Electronic Structures

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    An, Wei; Turner, C. H.

    2009-04-30

    The well-defined binding between transition-metals (TM) and the sidewall of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) plays a key role in the performance of CNT-based anoelectronics, as well as the stability of catalysts used in either heterogeneous catalysis or fuel-cell electrocatalysis. Spin-polarized density functional theory calculations demonstrate that either boron or nitrogen doping can increase the binding strength of TM atoms with singlewall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), and comparatively, boron doping is more effective. The binding nature can be identified as chemisorption, based on the magnitude of the binding energy and the formation of multiple bonds. The chemisorbed TM atoms can modify the electronic structure of the doped nanotubes in various ways, depending upon the TM and helicity of the CNT, rendering the TM/doped-SWCNT composite viable for a wide range of applications. A total of 11 technologically relevant TMs adsorbed on two distinct and stable doped-SWCNT models have been investigated in this study. The doping sites are arranged in either a locally concentrated or uniform fashion within semiconducting SWCNT(8,0) and metallic SWCNT(6,6). The results serve as a starting point for studying larger, more complex TM nanostructures anchored on the sidewall of boron- or nitrogen-doped CNTs.

  18. Effect of Annealing on the Optical Properties of Transition Metal Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Mathew, Jijoy P.; Varghese, George; Mathew, Jacob

    2015-02-01

    A group of transition metal (Co,Cu,Ni) doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a low cost dip coating method. To study the effect of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the grown films each film is subjected to three different annealing temperatures. From the calculation of structural parameters from the XRD spectrum, it was found that each film possesses a tensile strain and this tensile strain increases as the annealing temperature increases. This dominant behavior of tensile strain affects the optical properties of the grown film in a greater extent.

  19. Tunable Magnetism and Half-Metallicity in Hole-Doped Monolayer GaSe

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    Cao, Ting; Li, Zhenglu; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-06-01

    We find, through first-principles calculations, that hole doping induces a ferromagnetic phase transition in monolayer GaSe. Upon increasing hole density, the average spin magnetic moment per carrier increases and reaches a plateau near 1.0 μB per carrier in a range of 3 ×1013/cm2-1 ×1014/cm2 , with the system in a half-metal state before the moment starts to descend abruptly. The predicted itinerant magnetism originates from an exchange splitting of electronic states at the top of the valence band, where the density of states exhibits a sharp van Hove singularity in this quasi-two-dimensional system.

  20. Characteristic thermoluminescence of gamma-irradiated alumina ceramics doped with some alkali metals

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    Henaish, B. A.; El-Agrami, A. M.; Abdel-Fattah, W. I.; Osiris, W. G.

    1994-07-01

    Thermoluminescence properties of pure Al2O3-ceramic discs doped with some oxides of alkali metals and B were investigated. Two groups of samples were studied: one with a low concentration of B and alkali oxides and the other with higher concentration. The first group shows a relatively higher stability and better reproducibility for γ-radiation and neutron-induced TL, which could be utilized in mixed radiation field dosimetry. The main disadvantage of these TL-materials is the relatively high rate of signal fading. A simple course of post irradiation heat annealing is proposed to overcome this drawback.

  1. Surface plasmon spectroscopy study of electron exchange between single gold nanorods and metal oxide matrix during hydrogen gas sensing (Presentation Recording)

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    Cittadini, Michela; Collins, Sean; Mulvaney, Paul; Martucci, Alessandro

    2015-08-01

    The direct optical monitoring of electron exchange on single plasmonic nanoparticles, involved in chemical reactions with gas molecules, is one of the main challenges in the heterogeneous catalysis and gas sensing fields. Catalysts are substances that speed up reactions by providing an alternative pathway with lower activation energy than that required for the uncatalysed reaction. A lot of research, both fundamental and applied, has been carried out to investigate how catalysts work and to increase their efficiency. The present work shows how the use of Dark Field Microscopy (DFM) coupled with surface plasmon spectroscopy, enables the direct observation of the kinetics of H2 gas interaction with single gold nanorods (NR) coupled with Pt nanoparticles (NPs) and/or with metal oxide matrices. The plasmonic particles, gold NRs, act as optical probes, and enable the monitoring of the electron exchange through the measurement of their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band shift. To improve the redox reaction kinetics, the Au NRs have been coupled with Pt NPs and embedded also into a TiO2 or ZnO low scattering matrix. The Au NRs, the Pt, TiO2 and ZnO NPs have been synthetized by colloid chemistry. Several samples made of bare Au NRs, or Au NRs coupled with only Pt NPs or with Pt and TiO2 NPs or with Pt and TiO2 have been deposited by spin coating on silica substrates. The longitudinal Au SPR band shift has been monitored by DFM looking at the variation of the scattering spectrum of a single Au NRs in the presence of H2. Time-resolved measurements have been also conducted at fixed wavelength in order to monitor the kinetics of the H2 reaction. With such measurements it was possible to elucidate the importance of the adsorbed oxygen and the TiO2 matrix on the H2 reaction with the Pt NPs.

  2. Photocatalytic activity of transition-metal-ion-doped coordination polymer (CP): photoresponse region extension and quantum yields enhancement via doping of transition metal ions into the framework of CPs.

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    Xu, Xin-Xin; Cui, Zhong-Ping; Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiao-Xia

    2014-06-21

    To improve photocatalytic activity of a coordination polymer (CP) in the visible light region, five different transition metal ions (Fe(3+), Cr(3+), Ru(3+), Co(2+) and Ni(2+)) were introduced into its framework through an ion-exchange process. Among all the resulting transition metal ion doped coordination polymers (TMI/CPs), the one doped with Fe(3+) took on the most excellent photocatalytic activity and the highest quantum yields in the visible light region, decomposing 94% Rhodamine B (RhB) in 8 hours. It can be attributed to the doping of Fe(3+), which reduced the band gap (Eg) of the original CP, facilitating photocatalysis of the obtained polymer. Compared with the coordination polymer with Fe(3+) as a dopant, products doped with other metal ions presented weaker photocatalytic activities in the visible light region, while under the irradiation of ultraviolet light, they showed favorable photocatalytic properties. The results suggest that to dope transition metal ions into the framework of CPs would be an ideal option for enhancing the photocatalytic activity of coordination polymers.

  3. Effect of magnetic and nonmagnetic nano metal oxides doping on the critical temperature of a YBCO superconductor

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    Salama, A. H.; El-Hofy, M.; Rammah, Y. S.; Elkhatib, M.

    2015-12-01

    Bulk superconductor samples of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) doped with nano metal oxides of Mn3O4, Co3O4, Cr2O3, CuO and SnO2 respectively with 0.2 wt% are synthesized by a solid-state reaction route. The structural characterization of all samples has been carried out by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The XRD patterns indicate that the magnetic doping of nano metal oxides ≤ft({{{Mn}}}{{3}}{{{O}}}{{4}}, {{{Co}}}{{3}}{{{O}}}{{4}}, {{{Cr}}}{{2}}{{{O}}}{{3}}\\right) gives a high value of orthorhombicity of the YBCO samples which is the result of high oxygen content, and consequently could give better superconducting properties contrary to the non magnetic nano oxides (CuO, SnO2). The critical temperature (Tc) of the studied samples was found to improve by nano magnetic doping and lower with nano nonmagnetic doping. The superconducting transition temperature Tc determined from electrical resistivity measurements was found to increase for Mn3O4 (5.27 μB) doping and decrease for other metal oxides doping.

  4. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2.

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    Shi, H; Hussain, T; Ahuja, R; Kang, T W; Luo, W

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties. PMID:27554285

  5. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2

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    Shi, H.; Hussain, T.; Ahuja, R.; Kang, T. W.; Luo, W.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties. PMID:27554285

  6. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2.

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    Shi, H; Hussain, T; Ahuja, R; Kang, T W; Luo, W

    2016-08-24

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties.

  7. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2

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    Shi, H.; Hussain, T.; Ahuja, R.; Kang, T. W.; Luo, W.

    2016-08-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties.

  8. Application of alkali metal-doped carbons for hydrogen recovery and isotope separation.

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    Akuzawa, N; Okano, Y; Iwashita, T; Matsumoto, R; Soneda, Y

    2011-10-01

    Hydrogen-sorption isotherms of alkali metal-doped carbons at 77 K were determined for promoting application of these materials as hydrogen-recovery and isotope-separation agent. The hydrogen-sorption behavior of rubidium-doped Grafoil, with composition of RbC24, showed high sorption ability against hydrogen at low pressure. Taking into account the fact that sorption-desorption was fast and reversible, and the equilibrium pressure at half coverage was very low, i.e., 40 Pa, RbC24 prepared from Grafoil is promising as a recovery agent for hydrogen gas at low pressure. The hydrogen (H2)/deuterium(D2)-sorption isotherms of potassium-doped carbons with composition of KC10, prepared from multi wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and carbons derived from petroleum cokes with heat-treatment temperatures of 1000 and 1500 degrees C, were also determined. Isotope separation coefficient was estimated from those isotherms. A very large isotope effect was found for KC10 prepared from MWCNT, comparable to those prepared from carbons with heat-treatment temperatures of 1000 or 1500 degrees C. However, a severe problem was found for KC10 (MWCNT) that repetition of the sorption-desorption cycles resulted in the decrease of the sorbed amount of H2 and D2.

  9. Relationships between the surface electronic and chemical properties of doped 4d and 5d late transition metal dioxides.

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Kitchin, John R

    2015-03-14

    Density functional theory calculations were performed to elucidate the underlying physics describing the adsorption energies on doped late transition metal dioxide rutiles. Adsorption energies of atomic oxygen on doped rutiles M(D)-M(H)O2, where transition metal M(D) is doped into M(H)O2, were expressed in terms of a contribution from adsorption on the pure oxide of the dopant M(D) and perturbations to this adsorption energy caused by changing its neighboring metal cations and lattice parameters to that of the host oxide M(H)O2, which we call the ligand and strain effects, respectively. Our analysis of atom projected density of states revealed that the t2g-band center had the strongest correlation with adsorption energies. We show that charge transfer mediated shifts to the t2g-band center describe the ligand effect, and the radii of the atomic orbitals of metal cations can predict the magnitude and direction of this charge transfer. Strain produces systematic shifts to all features of the atom projected density of states, but correlations between the strain effect and the electronic structure were dependent on the chemical identity of the metal cation. The slope of these correlations can be related to the idealized d-band filling. This work elucidates the underlying physics describing adsorption on doped late transition metal oxides and establishes a foundation for models that use known chemical properties for the prediction of reactivity.

  10. Simulation of spectral properties of bundlelike gold nanorods

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    Ozaki, Ryotaro; Nagao, Yoshiki; Kadowaki, Kazunori; Kuwahara, Yutaka

    2016-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles have become increasingly important in fields such as electronics, photonics, and biotechnology. In particular, anisotropic gold nanoparticles, such as gold nanorods, exhibit unique properties owing to their anisotropy. Optical properties of isolated gold nanorods and dimers of gold nanorods have been investigated from both experimental and theoretical points of view. We have reported a method for three-dimensional assembly of anisotropic gold nanoparticles by two-phase transfer in which the morphologies of the assemblies can be controlled by the aspect ratio of nanorods. In this study, we numerically calculate extinction spectra to investigate the plasmonic properties of bundlelike assemblies by the finite-element method. Their plasmonic properties depend on not only the three orthogonal directions but also the alignment of the nanorod assembly.

  11. Quantum anomalous Hall effect and tunable topological states in 3d transition metals doped silicene.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Long; Liu, Lan-Feng; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2013-01-01

    Silicene is an intriguing 2D topological material which is closely analogous to graphene but with stronger spin orbit coupling effect and natural compatibility with current silicon-based electronics industry. Here we demonstrate that silicene decorated with certain 3d transition metals (Vanadium) can sustain a stable quantum anomalous Hall effect using both analytical model and first-principles Wannier interpolation. We also predict the quantum valley Hall effect and electrically tunable topological states could be realized in certain transition metal doped silicene where the energy band inversion occurs. Our findings provide new scheme for the realization of quantum anomalous Hall effect and platform for electrically controllable topological states which are highly desirable for future nanoelectronics and spintronics application. PMID:24105063

  12. Ultrasonic study on some borosilicate glasses doped with different transition metal oxides

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    Marzouk, S. Y.; Gaafar, M. S.

    2007-12-01

    Longitudinal and shear ultrasonic wave velocities were measured in borosilicate glasses doped with different transition metal oxides (TMOs) (where TMO=NiO, V 2O 5, Fe 2O 3, MnO 2, TiO 2, Cr 2O 3, CoO, CuO) using the pulse echo technique. Measurements were carried out at 4 MHz frequency and at room temperature. Elastic moduli and some other physical parameters such as acoustic impedance, softening temperature, Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient, and latent heat of melting have been calculated. Results indicated that these parameters depend upon the TMO modifier, i.e., the ionic radius of the transition metal cation. A quantitative analysis has been carried out, in order to obtain more information about the structure of these glasses, based on bond compression model, and the Makishima and Mackenzie model, i.e., the cation-anion bond of each TMO.

  13. Depolymerization of organosolv lignin using doped porous metal oxides in supercritical methanol.

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    Warner, Genoa; Hansen, Thomas S; Riisager, Anders; Beach, Evan S; Barta, Katalin; Anastas, Paul T

    2014-06-01

    An isolated, solvent-extracted lignin from candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) biomass was subjected to catalytic depolymerization in the presence of supercritical methanol, using a range of porous metal oxides derived from hydrotalcite-like precursors. The most effective catalysts in terms of lignin conversion to methanol-soluble products, without char formation, were based on copper in combination with other dopants based on relatively earth-abundant metals. Nearly complete conversion of lignin to bio-oil composed of monomers and low-mass oligomers with high aromatic content was obtained in 6h at 310°C using a catalyst based on a Cu- and La-doped hydrotalcite-like precursor. Product mixtures were characterized by NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, and GC-MS. PMID:24686374

  14. Effect of UV exposure on photochromic glasses doped with transition metal oxides

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    El-Zaiat, S. Y.; Medhat, M.; Omar, Mona F.; Shirif, Marwa A.

    2016-07-01

    Silver halide photochromic glasses doped with one of the transition metal oxides, (Ti O2), (CoO),(Cr2 O3) are prepared using the melt quench technique. Glass samples are exposed to a UV source for 20 min. Spectral reflectance and transmittance at normal incidence of the prepared glasses are recorded before and after UV exposure with a double beam spectrophotometer in the spectral range 200-2500 nm. Dispersion parameters such as: single oscillator energy, dispersion energy and Abbe's number are deduced and compared. Absorption dispersion parameters, like optical energy gap for direct and indirect transitions, Urbach energy and steepness parameter, are deduced for the different glass prepared. Reflection loss, molar refractivity and electronic polarizability are deduced and compared. The effect of UV light exposure of these glasses on transmittance, reflectance, the linear and the predicted nonlinear optical parameters are investigated and discussed for the three transition metals. Nonlinear parameters increase in the three glass samples after UV exposure.

  15. Metal-Free and Noble Metal-Free Heteroatom-Doped Nanostructured Carbons as Prospective Sustainable Electrocatalysts.

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    Asefa, Tewodros

    2016-09-20

    The large-scale deployment of many types of fuel cells and electrolyzers is currently constrained by the lack of sustainable and efficient catalysts that can replace the less earth-abundant, noble metal-based catalysts, which are commonly used in these renewable energy systems. This burgeoning issue has led to explosive research efforts worldwide to find alternative, metal-free and noble metal-free catalysts that are composed of inexpensive and earth-abundant elements. Hence, the recent discoveries that doping carbon nanomaterials with heteroatoms (such as N, S, B, etc.) can give sustainable materials with good electrocatalytic activity for reactions carried out in fuel cells and electrolyzers have been not only quite exciting but also very promising to address these challenging issues. Interestingly, even though they contain no metals or involve only the inexpensive, more earth-abundant ones, the catalytic activity of some of these materials fares well with those of the commercially used noble metal-based electrocatalysts, such as Pt/C. However, research efforts to improve the catalytic activity, selectivity, and stability of some of these materials for various reactions are still necessary and thus continuing. While some of these efforts have focused on finding synthetic methods that can tune the structures and compositions of already known materials and thereby improve their catalytic properties (activity, selectivity, stability, etc.), others have focused on developing entirely new materials that can exhibit better or superior catalytic properties. In these efforts, additional considerations are also being paid to find facile synthetic routes or renewable and inexpensive precursors that can lead to such types of catalysts in order to make the entire process highly sustainable and widely applicable. In this Account, notable heteroatom-doped carbon catalysts that have been developed for reactions in fuel cells and water electrolyzers, the various synthetic

  16. Metal-Free and Noble Metal-Free Heteroatom-Doped Nanostructured Carbons as Prospective Sustainable Electrocatalysts.

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    Asefa, Tewodros

    2016-09-20

    The large-scale deployment of many types of fuel cells and electrolyzers is currently constrained by the lack of sustainable and efficient catalysts that can replace the less earth-abundant, noble metal-based catalysts, which are commonly used in these renewable energy systems. This burgeoning issue has led to explosive research efforts worldwide to find alternative, metal-free and noble metal-free catalysts that are composed of inexpensive and earth-abundant elements. Hence, the recent discoveries that doping carbon nanomaterials with heteroatoms (such as N, S, B, etc.) can give sustainable materials with good electrocatalytic activity for reactions carried out in fuel cells and electrolyzers have been not only quite exciting but also very promising to address these challenging issues. Interestingly, even though they contain no metals or involve only the inexpensive, more earth-abundant ones, the catalytic activity of some of these materials fares well with those of the commercially used noble metal-based electrocatalysts, such as Pt/C. However, research efforts to improve the catalytic activity, selectivity, and stability of some of these materials for various reactions are still necessary and thus continuing. While some of these efforts have focused on finding synthetic methods that can tune the structures and compositions of already known materials and thereby improve their catalytic properties (activity, selectivity, stability, etc.), others have focused on developing entirely new materials that can exhibit better or superior catalytic properties. In these efforts, additional considerations are also being paid to find facile synthetic routes or renewable and inexpensive precursors that can lead to such types of catalysts in order to make the entire process highly sustainable and widely applicable. In this Account, notable heteroatom-doped carbon catalysts that have been developed for reactions in fuel cells and water electrolyzers, the various synthetic

  17. High valence transition metal doped strontium ferrites for electrode materials in symmetrical SOFCs

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    Fernández-Ropero, A. J.; Porras-Vázquez, J. M.; Cabeza, A.; Slater, P. R.; Marrero-López, D.; Losilla, E. R.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper we report the successful incorporation of high valence transition metals, i.e. Cr, Mo, W, V, Nb, Ti, Zr into SrFeO3-δ perovskite materials, for potential applications as symmetric electrode materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. It is observed that the doping leads to a change from an orthorhombic structure (with partial ordering of oxygen vacancies) to a cubic one (with the oxygen vacancies disordered). These electrodes are chemically compatibles with Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) and La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) electrolytes at least up to 1100 °C. Thermal annealing experiments in 5% H2-Ar at 800 °C also show the stability of the doped samples in reducing conditions, suggesting that they may be suitable for both cathode and anode applications. In contrast, reduction of undoped SrFeO3-δ leads to the observation of extra peaks indicating the formation of the brownmillerite structure with the associated oxygen vacancy ordering. The performance of these electrodes was examined on dense electrolyte pellets of CGO and LSGM in air and 5% H2-Ar. In both atmospheres an improvement in the area specific resistances (ASR) values is observed for the doped samples with respect to the parent compound. Thus, the results show that high valence transition metals can be incorporated into SrFeO3-δ-based materials and can have a beneficial effect on the electrochemical performance, making them potentially suitable for use as cathode and anode materials in symmetrical SOFC.

  18. Nitrogen-doped graphdiyne as a metal-free catalyst for high-performance oxygen reduction reactions.

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    Liu, Rongji; Liu, Huibiao; Li, Yuliang; Yi, Yuanping; Shang, Xinke; Zhang, Shuangshuang; Yu, Xuelian; Zhang, Suojiang; Cao, Hongbin; Zhang, Guangjin

    2014-10-01

    Fuel cells and metal-air batteries will only become widely available in everyday life when the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts used for the oxygen reduction reactions are replaced by other efficient, low-cost and stable catalysts. We report here the use of nitrogen-doped graphdiyne as a metal-free electrode with a comparable electrocatalytic activity to commercial Pt/C catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cells. Nitrogen-doped graphdiyne has a better stability and increased tolerance to the cross-over effect than conventional Pt/C catalysts. PMID:25141067

  19. Superconductivity in Potassium-Doped Metallic Polymorphs of MoS2.

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    Zhang, Renyan; Tsai, I-Ling; Chapman, James; Khestanova, Ekaterina; Waters, John; Grigorieva, Irina V

    2016-01-13

    Superconducting layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) stand out among other superconductors due to the tunable nature of the superconducting transition, coexistence with other collective electronic excitations (charge density waves), and strong intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is the most studied representative of this family of materials, especially since the recent demonstration of the possibility to tune its critical temperature, Tc, by electric-field doping. However, just one of its polymorphs, band-insulator 2H-MoS2, has so far been explored for its potential to host superconductivity. We have investigated the possibility to induce superconductivity in metallic polytypes, 1T- and 1T'-MoS2, by potassium (K) intercalation. We demonstrate that at doping levels significantly higher than that required to induce superconductivity in 2H-MoS2, both 1T and 1T' phases become superconducting with Tc = 2.8 and 4.6 K, respectively. Unusually, K intercalation in this case is responsible both for the structural and superconducting phase transitions. By adding new members to the family of superconducting TMDs, our findings open the way to further manipulate and enhance the electronic properties of these technologically important materials.

  20. Superconductivity in Potassium-Doped Metallic Polymorphs of MoS2.

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    Zhang, Renyan; Tsai, I-Ling; Chapman, James; Khestanova, Ekaterina; Waters, John; Grigorieva, Irina V

    2016-01-13

    Superconducting layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) stand out among other superconductors due to the tunable nature of the superconducting transition, coexistence with other collective electronic excitations (charge density waves), and strong intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is the most studied representative of this family of materials, especially since the recent demonstration of the possibility to tune its critical temperature, Tc, by electric-field doping. However, just one of its polymorphs, band-insulator 2H-MoS2, has so far been explored for its potential to host superconductivity. We have investigated the possibility to induce superconductivity in metallic polytypes, 1T- and 1T'-MoS2, by potassium (K) intercalation. We demonstrate that at doping levels significantly higher than that required to induce superconductivity in 2H-MoS2, both 1T and 1T' phases become superconducting with Tc = 2.8 and 4.6 K, respectively. Unusually, K intercalation in this case is responsible both for the structural and superconducting phase transitions. By adding new members to the family of superconducting TMDs, our findings open the way to further manipulate and enhance the electronic properties of these technologically important materials. PMID:26612060

  1. The influence of magnetic nano metal oxides doping on structure and electrical properties of YBCO superconductor

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    Salama, A. H.; El-Hofy, M.; Rammah, Y. S.; Elkhatib, M.

    2016-03-01

    Superconductor samples of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) + x where x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 wt% of nano metal oxides namely Cr2O3, Co3O4 and Mn3O4 namely are synthesized by the solid-state reaction route. Both x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy have been employed to study the phase identification and the microstructure of these samples. Transition temperature of the samples has been determined by four probe resistivity measurements. The x-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the gross structure of YBCO does not change with the substitution of three types of nano metal oxides with different doping level. The critical transition temperature (Tc) is found to decrease with the increases of doping level. Mn3O4 has highest Tc value which may be due to flux pinning from some defects and the rapid suppression in Tc with increasing concentration of Mn3O4 may be due to the cooper pair breaking and the hole filling in the CuO2 planes.

  2. Impact of thin metal layer on the optical and electrical properties of indium-doped-tin oxide and aluminum-doped-zinc oxide layers

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    Kumar, Melvin David; Park, Yun Chang; Kim, Joondong

    2015-06-01

    The distinguished transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layers like indium-doped-tin oxide (ITO) and aluminum-doped-zinc oxide (AZO) layers were prepared in different combinations with and without thin Ni metal layer. The optical and electrical properties of prepared samples were analyzed and compared with the objective to understand the role and influence of the Ni layer in each TCO combination. The highest transmittance value of 91.49% was exhibited by prepared AZO layers. Even though if the transmittance of Ni inserting TCO layers was marginally reduced than that of the ordinary TCO samples, they exhibited balanced optical properties with enhanced electrical properties. Carrier concentration of indium doped tin-oxide and aluminum doped zinc oxide (ITO/AZO) bilayer sample is increased more than double the times when the Ni layer was inserted between ITO and AZO. Thin layer of Ni in between TCO layers reduced sheet resistance and offered substantial transmittance, so that the figure of merit (FOM) value of Ni embedding TCOs was greater than that of TCOs without Ni layer. The ITO/Ni/AZO combination provided optimum results in all the electrical properties. As compared to other TCO/metal combinations, the overall performance of ITO/Ni/AZO tri-layer combination was appreciable. These results show that the optical and electrical properties of TCO layers could be enhanced by inserting a Ni layer with optimum thickness in between them.

  3. Metal/metal oxide doped oxide catalysts having high deNOx selectivity for lean NOx exhaust aftertreatment systems

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    Park, Paul W.

    2004-03-16

    A lean NOx catalyst and method of preparing the same is disclosed. The lean NOx catalyst includes a ceramic substrate, an oxide support material, preferably .gamma.-alumina, deposited on the substrate and a metal promoter or dopant introduced into the oxide support material. The metal promoters or dopants are selected from the group consisting of indium, gallium, tin, silver, germanium, gold, nickel, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, chromium, cerium, vanadium, oxides thereof, and combinations thereof. The .gamma.-alumina preferably has a pore volume of from about 0.5 to about 2.0 cc/g; a surface area of between about 80 to 350 m.sup.2 /g; an average pore size diameter of between about 3 to 30 nm; and an impurity level of less than or equal to 0.2 weight percent. In a preferred embodiment the .gamma.-alumina is prepared by a sol-gel method, with the metal doping of the .gamma.-alumina preferably accomplished using an incipient wetness impregnation technique.

  4. ZnO nanorods: growth mechanism and anisotropic functionalization

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    Pacholski, Claudia; Kornowski, Andreas; Weller, Horst

    2004-10-01

    We report on the wet-chemical synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles and their functionalization with metal colloids by photocatalytic reduction of metal ions. Different morphologies of ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by using different precursor concentrations and zinc sources such as zinc acetate, zinc propanoate and zinc decanoate. Spherical ZnO nanoparticles were produced at low concentrations and with zinc precursors having long alkylchains. The formation of elongated particles was achieved by using zinc acetate and high precursor concentrations. We found that ZnO nanorods were grown via oriented attachment of pre-formed quasi-spherical particles. This growth mechanism occurs at almost ambient temperature and in the first step, pearl chain like structures of 5 nm particles are formed, which coarse by condensation and finally grow - assisted by Ostwald ripening - to almost perfect single crystalline rods with length up to 300 nm. These nanorods were metallizied with silver and platinum by photocatalytic reduction of the appropriate metal ions on pre-formed ZnO nanorods. The deposition of metal took place at different locations of the ZnO nanorods and depended on the metal source. Positively charged silver ions were preferentially reduced to silver colloids at one end of the ZnO nanorods and led to anisotropic functionalized nanoparticles. Using a negatively charged platinum complex instead of silver ions generated a statistical coverage of the ZnO nanorods.

  5. Strongly enhanced flux pinning in the YBa2Cu3O7 -x films with the co-doping of BaTiO3 nanorod and Y2O3 nanoparticles at 65 K

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    Wang, Hong-Yan; Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Teng

    2015-09-01

    YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) films with co-doping BaTiO3 (BTO) and Y2O3 nanostructures were prepared by metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). The properties of the BTO/Y2O3 co-doped YBCO films with different excess yttrium have been systematically studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The optimized content of yttrium excess in the BTO/Y2O3 co-doped YBCO films is 10 mol.%, and the critical current density is as high as ˜17 mA/cm2 (self-field, 65 K) by the magnetic signal. In addition, the Y2Cu2O5 was formed when the content of yttrium excess increases to 24 mol.%, which may result in the deterioration of the superconducting properties and the microstructure. The unique combination of the different types of nanostructures of BTO and Y2O3 in the doped YBCO films, compared with the pure YBCO films and BTO doped YBCO films, enhances the critical current density (JC) not only at the self-magnetic field, but also in the applied magnetic field. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51272250), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00105), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA032702), and the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing, China (Grant No. 2152035).

  6. Effect of phosphorus incorporation on morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods

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    Fan, Donghua; Zhang, Rong; Wang, Xianghu

    2011-04-15

    Graphical abstract: XPS spectra of the P-doped ZnO nanorods: (a) Zn 2p, (b) O 1s, and (c) P 2p spectra. The red curve in c is the Gauss-fitting curve. (d) Raman spectra of P-doped (curve 1) and pure (curve 2) ZnO nanorods. Research highlights: {yields} P-doped ZnO nanorods have been prepared on Si substrates without any catalyst. {yields} The introduction of phosphorus leads to the growth of tapered tip in the nanorods. {yields} The formation of tapered tip is attributed to the relaxation of the lattice strain along the radial direction. {yields} The strong ultraviolet peak is connected with the phosphorus acceptor-related emissions. -- Abstract: Phosphorus-doped ZnO nanorods have been prepared on Si substrates by thermal evaporation process without any catalyst. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectra indicate that phosphorus entering into ZnO nanorods mainly occupies Zn site rather than O one. The introduction of phosphorus leads to the morphological changes of nanorods from hexagonal tip to tapered one, which should be attributed to the relaxation of the lattice strain caused by phosphorus occupying Zn site along the radial direction. Transmission electron microscopy shows that phosphorus-doped ZnO nanorods still are single crystal and grow along [0 0 0 1] direction. The effect of phosphorous dopant on optical properties of ZnO nanorods also is studied by the temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra, which indicates that the strong ultraviolet emission is connected with the phosphorus acceptor-related emissions.

  7. Rare-earth metal oxide doped transparent mesoporous silica plates under non-aqueous condition as a potential UV sensor.

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    Lee, Sang-Joon; Park, Sung Soo; Lee, Sang Hyun; Hong, Sang-Hyun; Ha, Chang-Sik

    2013-11-01

    Transparent mesoporous silica plates doped with rare-earth metal oxide were prepared using solvent-evaporation method based on the self-organization between structure-directing agent and silicate in a non-aqueous solvent. A triblock copolymer, Pluronic (F127 or P123), was used as the structure-directing agent, while tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was used as a silica source. The pore diameter and the surface area of the mesoporous silica plate prepared with the optimized conditions were ca 40 A and 600 m2 g(-1), respectively, for both structure-directing agent. Rare-earth metal oxides (Eu, Tb, Tm oxide) in mesochannel were formed via one-step synthetic route based on the preparation method of a silica plate. Optical properties of rare-earth metal oxide-doped mesoporous silica plates were investigated by UV irradiation and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Under the exitation wavelength of 254 nm, the doped mesoporous silica plates emitted red, green and blue for Eu, Tb and Tm oxides, respectively. Rare-earth metal oxide-doped mesoporous silica plates showed enhanced PL intensity compared to that of the bulk rare-earth metal oxide.

  8. Novel method for fabrication of metal- or oxide-nanoparticle doped silica-based specialty optical fibers

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    Lenardič, Borut; Kveder, Miha; Lisjak, Darja; Guillon, Herve; Bonnafous, Samuel

    2011-03-01

    Nanoparticle-doped optical fibers are causing significant scientific interest in different application fields. Nanoparticle-doping of silica glass layers during optical fiber preform fabrication was so far reported by sol-gel and solution doping processes, by flame hydrolysis spraying and by pulling hollow cylinders from nanoparticle suspensions. A new method for fabrication of high quality nanoparticle-doped fibers is suggested. Proposed method is based on "flash vaporization" deposition process, previously reported as method to fabricate rare earth- and metal ion-doped specialty optical fibers. Experiments were made where SiO2 layers were deposited using "flash vaporization"-equipped MCVD system, adding vapors carrying metal or oxide nanoparticles into deposition zone. Analysis of produced preforms confirms presence of nanoparticles in deposited layers, albeit with low deposition rate due to weak thermophoretic forces acting on very small particles or agglomerations. Based on results, a number of improvements were suggested and implemented in fabrication process, device design and choice of precursor materials. "Flash vaporization" method was demonstrated as suitable method for deposition of nanoparticles in silica layers, permitting in-situ fabrication of complete preforms, providing easy upgrade path for existing MCVD and OVD deposition systems and allowing simultaneous co-doping by a wide range of other co-dopants.

  9. Microscopic signature of insulator-to-metal transition in highly doped semicrystalline conducting polymers in ionic-liquid-gated transistors

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    Tanaka, Hisaaki Nishio, Satoshi; Ito, Hiroshi; Kuroda, Shin-ichi

    2015-12-14

    Electronic state of charge carriers, in particular, in highly doped regions, in thin-film transistors of a semicrystalline conducting polymer poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophene-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene), has been studied by using field-induced electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. By adopting an ionic-liquid gate insulator, a gate-controlled reversible electrochemical hole-doping of the polymer backbone is achieved, as confirmed from the change of the optical absorption spectra. The edge-on molecular orientation in the pristine film is maintained even after the electrochemical doping, which is clarified from the angular dependence of the g value. As the doping level increases, spin 1/2 polarons transform into spinless bipolarons, which is demonstrated from the spin-charge relation showing a spin concentration peak around 1%, contrasting to the monotonic increase in the charge concentration. At high doping levels, a drastic change in the linewidth anisotropy due to the generation of conduction electrons is observed, indicating the onset of metallic state, which is also supported by the temperature dependence of the spin susceptibility and the ESR linewidth. Our results suggest that semicrystalline conducting polymers become metallic with retaining their molecular orientational order, when appropriate doping methods are chosen.

  10. Microscopic signature of insulator-to-metal transition in highly doped semicrystalline conducting polymers in ionic-liquid-gated transistors

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    Tanaka, Hisaaki; Nishio, Satoshi; Ito, Hiroshi; Kuroda, Shin-ichi

    2015-12-01

    Electronic state of charge carriers, in particular, in highly doped regions, in thin-film transistors of a semicrystalline conducting polymer poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophene-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene), has been studied by using field-induced electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. By adopting an ionic-liquid gate insulator, a gate-controlled reversible electrochemical hole-doping of the polymer backbone is achieved, as confirmed from the change of the optical absorption spectra. The edge-on molecular orientation in the pristine film is maintained even after the electrochemical doping, which is clarified from the angular dependence of the g value. As the doping level increases, spin 1/2 polarons transform into spinless bipolarons, which is demonstrated from the spin-charge relation showing a spin concentration peak around 1%, contrasting to the monotonic increase in the charge concentration. At high doping levels, a drastic change in the linewidth anisotropy due to the generation of conduction electrons is observed, indicating the onset of metallic state, which is also supported by the temperature dependence of the spin susceptibility and the ESR linewidth. Our results suggest that semicrystalline conducting polymers become metallic with retaining their molecular orientational order, when appropriate doping methods are chosen.

  11. XPS studies and photocurrent applications of alkali-metals-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible illumination conditions

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    Saáedi, Abdolhossein; Yousefi, Ramin; Jamali-Sheini, Farid; Zak, Ali Khorsand; Cheraghizade, Mohsen; Mahmoudian, M. R.; Baghchesara, Mohammad Amin; Dezaki, Abbas Shirmardi

    2016-05-01

    The present work is a study about a relationship between X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) results and photocurrent intensity of alkali-metals-elements doped ZnO nanoparticles, which is carried out under visible illumination conditions. The nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple sol-gel method. Structure and morphology studies of the NPs were carried out by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of doping on the optical band-gap was investigated by using UV-visible spectrometer. The absorption peak of the doped ZnO NPs was red-shifted with respect to that of the undoped ZnO NPs. After that, the photocurrent application of the products was examined under a white light source at 2 V bias. The photocurrent results showed that, the current intensity of the ZnO NPs was increased by doping materials. However, K-doped ZnO NPs showed the highest photocurrent intensity. Finally, a discussion was carried out about the obtained photocurrent results by the O-1s spectra of the XPS of the samples. Our results suggest that the alkali-metals-doped ZnO NPs exhibit considerable promise for highly sensitive visible-light photodetectors.

  12. Porphyrin coordination polymer nanospheres and nanorods

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    Wang, Zhongchun; Shelnutt, John A.; Medforth, Craig J.

    2012-12-04

    A porphyrin coordination polymer nanostructure comprising a network of pyridyl porphyrin molecules and coordinating metal ions coordinatively bound through the pyridyl groups. In some embodiments, the porphyrins are metalloporphyrins. A variety of nanostructures are formed by the network polymer, including nanospheres, polygonal nanostructures, nanorods, and nanofibers, depending on a variety of factors including coordination metal ion, porphyrin type, metal of the metalloporphyrin, and degree of agitation during nanostructure formation. Reduction of coordinating metal ions may be used to form metal nanoparticles on the coordination polymer nanostructure.

  13. Porphyrin coordination polymer nanospheres and nanorods

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    Wang, Zhongchun; Shelnutt, John A.; Medforth, Craig J.

    2013-09-10

    A porphyrin coordination polymer nanostructure comprising a network of pyridyl porphyrin molecules and coordinating metal ions coordinatively bound through the pyridyl groups. In some embodiments, the porphyrins are metalloporphyrins. A variety of nanostructures are formed by the network polymer, including nanospheres, polygonal nanostructures, nanorods, and nanofibers, depending on a variety of factors including coordination metal ion, porphyrin type, metal of the metalloporphyrin, and degree of agitation during nanostructure formation. Reduction of coordinating metal ions may be used to form metal nanoparticles on the coordination polymer nanostructure.

  14. Anomalous magnetic behavior in the transition metal ions doped Cu{sub 2}O flower-like nanostructures

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    Ahmed, Asar; Gajbhiye, Namdeo S.

    2011-01-15

    Cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) flower-like nanostructures doped with various metal ions i.e. Fe, Co, Ni and Mn have been synthesized by an organic phase solution method. The powder X-ray diffraction study clearly reveals them as single phase simple cubic cuprite lattice. Study of their magnetic properties have shown that these doped samples are ferromagnetic in nature; however, no such property was observed for the undoped Cu{sub 2}O sample. The magnitude of the ferromagnetic behavior was found to be dependent on the dopant metal ions amount, which increased consistently with its increase. As total magnetic moment contribution of the doped metal ions calculated was insignificant, it is believed to have originated from the induced magnetic moments at cation deficiency sites in the material, created possibly due to the disturbance of the crystal lattice by the dopant ions. The existence of the defects has been supported by photoluminescence spectra of the doped samples. -- Graphical abstract: Room temperature ferromagnetic behavior was observed in the Cu{sub 2}O nanoflowers doped with Fe, Co, Ni and Mn ions. Cation deficiencies formed due to dopant ions were possibly responsible for ferromagnetism. Display Omitted

  15. Microstructural, wetting, and mechanical characteristics of Sn-57.6Bi-0.4Ag alloys doped with metal-organic compounds

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    Oh, Sung-Tag; Lee, Jong-Hyun

    2014-03-01

    The metallurgical and mechanical properties of the commercial low-temperature solder alloy, Sn-57.6Bi-0.4Ag (wt. %), were altered by doping with each of Pd, Co, Zn, and Ni, through reactive reflow processing by using the appropriate metal-organic compound. The use of metal-acetates resulted in appropriate doping concentrations, while the use of metal-acetylacetonates and -stearates resulted in insufficient doping concentrations. This indicates that the degree of doping is strongly dependent on the nature of the metal-organic compound used in the reactive reflow process. Notably, a concurrent decrease in the melting point and the degree of undercooling were observed only in the case of the Pd-doped alloy. In addition, the Pd-doped alloy exhibited an increase in the fraction of the primary β-Sn phase in its microstructure, and greater wettability as tested on a Cu plate. Meanwhile, the Co-doped alloy exhibited a notable increase in the size and spacing of its lamellar structure, and the Ni-doped alloy showed a refinement of its lamellar structure. Accordingly, doping with Pd and Co mitigated the brittleness of the parent Sn-57.6Bi-0.4Ag alloy, which thereby showed a pronounced increase in its plastic displacement during shear tests. Considering the increase in wettability and reduction in brittleness of the original alloy, Pd is considered to be the most suitable dopant, among all the different doping elements analyzed in this study.

  16. High reactivity of metal-free nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube for the C-H activation

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    Hu, Xingbang; Zhou, Zheng; Lin, Qiuxing; Wu, Youting; Zhang, Zhibing

    2011-02-01

    Generally speaking, metal is necessary to serve as the active center in C-H activation. Herein, we found that the N-C part of the metal-free nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube (NCNT) can be used as the active center in methane C-H activation. The NCNT can activate O 2 and further activate methane by the adsorbed oxygen atoms. The catalytic ability of this metal-free NCNT is comparable to these reported noble metal catalysts and enzymes. Another character being different from many previous catalysts is that both two O atoms of O 2 can be effectively used as oxidant in the catalytic cycle of NCNT.

  17. A comparative study of optical absorption and photocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline single-phase anatase and rutile TiO{sub 2} doped with transition metal cations

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    Kernazhitsky, L.; Shymanovska, V.; Gavrilko, T.; Naumov, V.; Kshnyakin, V.; Khalyavka, T.

    2013-02-15

    The effect of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} doping with transition metal cations (Cu{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+}, Co{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}) on their optical absorption and photocatalytic properties was investigated. The obtained metal-doped TiO{sub 2} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. It is shown that doping effect on anatase (A) and rutile (R) properties is quite different, being much stronger and complicated on A than on R. Contrary to doped R, doped A revealed a significant red shift of the absorption edge along with the band gap narrowing. Photocatalytic activity of anatase increases upon doping in the order: Adoping in the series R>R/Co>R/Cu>R/Fe>R/Cr, indicating the inhibitory effect of impurity cations. This fact correlates with the decrease in the UV absorption of the doped rutile in the region of the Hg-lamp irradiation at 4.88 eV. - Graphical abstract: A red shift of the absorption edge of nanocrystalline single-phase anatase after doping with transition metal cations. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single-phase anatase and rutile powders surface-doped with transition metal cations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Absorption edge and band gap of rutile do not change with surface doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Band gap of surface-doped anatase reduces being the lowest for A/Fe. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface-doping improves photocatalytic activity of anatase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface-doping inhibits photocatalytic activity of rutile.

  18. Kinetics-controlled growth of bimetallic RhAg on Au nanorods and their catalytic properties

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    Ye, Wei; Guo, Xia; Xie, Fang; Zhu, Rui; Zhao, Qing; Yang, Jian

    2014-03-01

    Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices.Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices. Electronic

  19. Structural and optical properties of dense vertically aligned ZnO nanorods grown onto silver and gold thin films by galvanic effect with iron contamination

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    Scarpellini, D.; Paoloni, S.; Medaglia, P.G.; Pizzoferrato, R.; Orsini, A.; Falconi, C.

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorods were grown on Au and Ag films in aqueous solution by galvanic effect. • The method is prone to metal contamination which can influence the ZnO properties. • Iron doping improves the lattice matching between ZnO and the substrate. • Energy levels of point defects are lowered and the light emission is red-shifted. • Galvanic-induced nucleation starts and proceeds continuously during the growth. - Abstract: Dense arrays of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods have been grown onto either silver or gold seedless substrates trough a simple hydrothermal method by exploiting the galvanic effect between the substrate and metallic parts. The nanorods exhibit larger bases and more defined hexagonal shapes, in comparison with standard non-galvanic wet-chemistry synthesis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the iron contamination, associated with the galvanic contact, significantly improves the in-plane compatibility of ZnO with the Au and Ag cubic lattice. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements indicate that the contamination does not affect the number density of localized defects, but lowers their energy levels uniformly; differently, the band-edge emission is not altered appreciably. Finally, we have found that the ZnO hetero-nucleation by galvanic effect initiates at different times in different sites of the substrate area. Our results can be useful for the fabrication of high performance piezonanodevices comprising high-density metal-to-ZnO nanoscaled junctions without intermediate polycrystalline layers.

  20. Spectroscopy and imaging of arrays of nanorods toward nanopolarimetry.

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    Lereu, A L; Passian, A; Farahi, R H; Abel-Tiberini, L; Tetard, L; Thundat, T

    2012-02-01

    The polarization dependence of the optical scattering properties of two-dimensional arrays of metal nanostructures with sub-wavelength dimensions (nanoantennas) has been investigated. Arrays of 500 nm × 100 nm gold nanorods covering a 100 × 100 µm(2) area were fabricated with varying orientations on an electrically conductive substrate. The experimental and computational analysis of the angularly organized nanorods suggest potential use toward the development of an integrated polarimeter. Using the gold nanorods on a transparent substrate as a preliminary system, we show that in the proper spectral range the scattering properties of the structures may be tuned for such an application. PMID:22214608

  1. Photon-pair source with controllable delay based on shaped inhomogeneous broadening of rare-earth-metal-doped solids

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    Sekatski, Pavel; Sangouard, Nicolas; Gisin, Nicolas; Afzelius, Mikael; Riedmatten, Hugues de

    2011-05-15

    Spontaneous Raman emission in atomic gases provides an attractive source of photon pairs with a controllable delay. We show how this technique can be implemented in solid state systems by appropriately shaping the inhomogeneous broadening. Our proposal is eminently feasible with current technology and provides a realistic solution to entangle remote rare-earth-metal-doped solids in a heralded way.

  2. Highly Active TiO2-Based Visible-Light Photocatalyst with Nonmetal Doping and Plasmonic Metal Decoration

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    Zhang, Qiao; Lima, Diana Q.; Chi, Miaofang; Yin, Yadong

    2011-01-01

    A sandwich-structured photocatalyst shows an excellent performance in degradation reactions of a number of organic compounds under UV, visible light, and direct sunlight (see picture). The catalyst was synthesized by a combination of nonmetal doping and plasmonic metal decoration of TiO2 nanocrystals, which improves visible-light activity and enhances light harvesting and charge separation, respectively.

  3. Nitrogen-doped graphdiyne as a metal-free catalyst for high-performance oxygen reduction reactions

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    Liu, Rongji; Liu, Huibiao; Li, Yuliang; Yi, Yuanping; Shang, Xinke; Zhang, Shuangshuang; Yu, Xuelian; Zhang, Suojiang; Cao, Hongbin; Zhang, Guangjin

    2014-09-01

    Fuel cells and metal-air batteries will only become widely available in everyday life when the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts used for the oxygen reduction reactions are replaced by other efficient, low-cost and stable catalysts. We report here the use of nitrogen-doped graphdiyne as a metal-free electrode with a comparable electrocatalytic activity to commercial Pt/C catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cells. Nitrogen-doped graphdiyne has a better stability and increased tolerance to the cross-over effect than conventional Pt/C catalysts.Fuel cells and metal-air batteries will only become widely available in everyday life when the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts used for the oxygen reduction reactions are replaced by other efficient, low-cost and stable catalysts. We report here the use of nitrogen-doped graphdiyne as a metal-free electrode with a comparable electrocatalytic activity to commercial Pt/C catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cells. Nitrogen-doped graphdiyne has a better stability and increased tolerance to the cross-over effect than conventional Pt/C catalysts. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed RDE and RRDE experiments, additional tables and figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03185g

  4. Praseodymium hydroxide and oxide nanorods and Au/Pr6O11 nanorod catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Huang, P X; Wu, F; Zhu, B L; Li, G R; Wang, Y L; Gao, X P; Zhu, H Y; Yan, T Y; Huang, W P; Zhang, S M; Song, D Y

    2006-02-01

    Praseodymium hydroxide nanorods were synthesized by a two-step approach: First, metallic praseodymium was used to form praseodymium chloride, which reacted subsequently with KOH solution to produce praseodymium hydroxide. In the second step the hydroxide was treated with a concentrated alkaline solution at 180 degrees C for 45 h, yielding nanorods as shown by the scanning and transmission electron microscopy images. The results of X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy experiments indicate that these nanorods are pure praseodymium hydroxide with a hexagonal structure, which can be converted into praseodymium oxide (Pr6O11) nanorods of a face-centered cubic structure after calcination at 600 degrees C for 2 h in air. Gold was loaded on the praseodymium oxide nanorods using HAuCl4 as the gold source, and NaBH4 was used to reduce the gold species to metallic nanoparticles with sizes of 8-12 nm on the nanorod surface. These Au/Pr6O11 nanorods exhibit superior catalytic activity for CO oxidation.

  5. Colloidal luminescent silicon nanorods.

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    Lu, Xiaotang; Hessel, Colin M; Yu, Yixuan; Bogart, Timothy D; Korgel, Brian A

    2013-07-10

    Silicon nanorods are grown by trisilane decomposition in hot squalane in the presence of tin (Sn) nanocrystals and dodecylamine. Sn induces solution-liquid-solid nanorod growth with dodecylamine serving as a stabilizing ligand. As-prepared nanorods do not luminesce, but etching with hydrofluoric acid to remove residual surface oxide followed by thermal hydrosilylation with 1-octadecene induces bright photoluminescence with quantum yields of 4-5%. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that the ligands prevent surface oxidation for months when stored in air. PMID:23731184

  6. Quantum dot-doped porous silicon metal-semiconductor metal photodetector.

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    Chou, Chia-Man; Cho, Hsing-Tzu; Hsiao, Vincent K S; Yong, Ken-Tye; Law, Wing-Cheung

    2012-06-06

    In this paper, we report on the enhancement of spectral photoresponsivity of porous silicon metal-semiconductor metal (PS-MSM) photodetector embedded with colloidal quantum dots (QDs) inside the pore layer. The detection efficiency of QDs/PS hybrid-MSM photodetector was enhanced by five times larger than that of the undoped PS-MSM photodetector. The bandgap alignment between PS (approximately 1.77 eV) and QDs (approximately 1.91 eV) facilitates the photoinduced electron transfer from QDs to PS whereby enhancing the photoresponsivity. We also showed that the photoresponsitivity of QD/PS hybrid-MSM photodetector depends on the number of layer coatings of QDs and the pore sizes of PS.

  7. Design of low work function materials using alkali metal-doped transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Lee, Man Young; Lee, Seong; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    Engineering the work function is a key issue in surface science. Particularly, discovering the materials that have work functions less than 1eV is essential for efficient thermionic energy conversion. The lowest work function of materials, reported so far, is in a range of about 1eV. To design low work function materials, we chose MX2 (M =Mo and W; X =S, Se and Te) as substrates and alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) as dopants, and studied their electronic structures, charge transfer, induced surface dipole moment, and work function using first-principles calculations. We found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MX2 substrates decreases as the atomic radius of alkali metals increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on WTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. Also, we found a correlation between the binding distance and the work function.

  8. Efficient selective catalytic reduction of NO by novel carbon-doped metal catalysts made from electroplating sludge.

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    Zhang, Jia; Zhang, Jingyi; Xu, Yunfeng; Su, Huimin; Li, Xiaoman; Zhou, Ji Zhi; Qian, Guangren; Li, Li; Xu, Zhi Ping

    2014-10-01

    Electroplating sludges, once regarded as industrial wastes, are precious resources of various transition metals. This research has thus investigated the recycling of an electroplating sludge as a novel carbon-doped metal (Fe, Ni, Mg, Cu, and Zn) catalyst, which was different from a traditional carbon-supported metal catalyst, for effective NO selective catalytic reduction (SCR). This catalyst removed >99.7% NO at a temperature as low as 300 °C. It also removed NO steadily (>99%) with a maximum specific accumulative reduced amount (MSARA) of 3.4 mmol/g. Gas species analyses showed that NO removal was accompanied by evolving N2 and CO2. Moreover, in a wide temperature window, the sludge catalyst showed a higher CO2 selectivity (>99%) than an activated carbon-supported metal catalyst. Structure characterizations revealed that carbon-doped metal was transformed to metal oxide in the sludge catalyst after the catalytic test, with most carbon (2.33 wt %) being consumed. These observations suggest that NO removal over the sludge catalyst is a typical SCR where metals/metal oxides act as the catalytic center and carbon as the reducing reagent. Therefore, our report probably provides an opportunity for high value-added utilizations of heavy-metal wastes in mitigating atmospheric pollutions.

  9. Universal scaling and Fano resonance in the plasmon coupling between gold nanorods.

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    Woo, Kat Choi; Shao, Lei; Chen, Huanjun; Liang, Yao; Wang, Jianfang; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2011-07-26

    The plasmon coupling between metal nanocrystals can lead to large plasmon shifts, enormous electric field enhancements, and new plasmon modes. Metal nanorods, unlike spherical ones, possess a transverse and a longitudinal plasmon mode owing to their geometrical anisotropy. Consequently, the plasmon coupling between metal nanorods is much more complicated than that between nanospheres. For the latter, experimental approaches, simple scaling relationships, and exact analytic solutions have been developed for describing the plasmon coupling. In this study, we have carried out extensive finite-difference time-domain simulations to understand the plasmon coupling in the dimers of Au nanorods that are aligned along their length axes. The effects of the gap distance, longitudinal plasmon energy, and end shape of the nanorod monomers on the plasmon coupling have been scrutinized. The coupling energy diagrams show a general anticrossing behavior. All of them can be rescaled into one simple and universal hyperbolic formula. A theoretical model based on two interacting mechanical oscillators has been developed to understand the plasmon coupling between two arbitrarily varying Au nanorods. This model, together with the universal equation, allows for the determination of the coupled plasmon energies of Au nanorod dimers with high accuracies. Furthermore, the Fano interference has been observed in the nanorod heterodimers, with its behavior being dependent on the gap distance and plasmon energies of the nanorod monomers. Our results will be useful for predicting the coupled plasmon energies of metal nanorod dimers in a variety of plasmonic applications and understanding the Fano resonance in plasmonic nanostructures. PMID:21702485

  10. Relative humidity sensing using dye-doped polymer thin-films on metal substrates

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    Kumari, Madhuri; Ding, Boyang; Blaikie, Richard

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate humidity sensors based on optical resonances sustained in sub-wavelength thick dye-doped polymer coatings on reflecting surfaces. As a result of coupling between dye molecular absorption and Fabry-Perot resonances in the air-coating-surface cavity, the absorption spectra of such thin-film structures show a strong resonant peak under certain illumination conditions. These resonances are sensitive to the structural and material properties of the thin-film, metal underlayer and ambient conditions and hence can be used for gas and vapor sensing applications. Specifically, we present our proof of principle experimental results for humidity sensing using a thin-film structure comprising Rhodamine6G-doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films on silver substrates. Depending on the PVA film thickness, dye-concertation and angle of incidence, the resonant absorption peak can undergo either red-shift or blue-shift as RH level increases in the range 20% to 60%. Also, the absorption magnitude at certain wavelengths near to resonance show almost linear reduction which can be used as the sensing signal. Our simulation studies show a very good agreement with the experimental data. The spectral and temporal sensitivity of this thin-film structure is attributed to the changes in the thickness of the PVA layer which swells by absorbing water molecules

  11. Rapid solid-state metathesis route to transition-metal doped titanias

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    Coleman, Nathaniel; Perera, Sujith; Gillan, Edward G.

    2015-12-01

    Rapid solid-state metathesis (SSM) reactions are often short-lived highly exothermic reactions that yield a molten alkali halide salt that aids in product growth and crystallization. SSM reactions may also produce kinetically stabilized structures due to the short (seconds) reaction times. This report describes the investigation of rapid SSM reactions in the synthesis of transition-metal doped titanias (M-TiO2). The dopant targeted compositions were ten mol percent and based on elemental analysis, many of the M-TiO2 samples were close to this targeted level. Based on surface analysis, some samples showed large enrichment in surface dopant content, particularly chromium and manganese doped samples. Due to the highly exothermic nature of these reactions, rutile structured TiO2 was observed in all cases. The M-TiO2 samples are visible colored and show magnetic and optical properties consistent with the dopant in an oxide environment. UV and visible photocatalytic experiments with these visibly colored rutile M-TiO2 powders showed that many of them are strongly absorbent for methylene blue dye and degrade the dye under both UV and visible light illumination. This work may open up SSM reactions as an alternate non-thermodynamic reaction strategy for dopant incorporation into a wide range of oxide and non-oxides.

  12. Waveguides and nonlinear index of refraction of borate glass doped with transition metals

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    Almeida, Juliana M. P.; Fonseca, Ruben D.; De Boni, Leonardo; Diniz, Andre Rosa S.; Hernandes, Antonio C.; Ferreira, Paulo H. D.; Mendonca, Cleber R.

    2015-04-01

    The ability to write 3D waveguides by femtosecond laser micromachining and the nonlinear refractive index (n2) spectrum of a new borate glass matrix, containing zinc and lead oxides - (BZP) have been investigated. The transparent matrix was doped with transition metals (CdCl2, Fe2O3, MnO2 and CoO) in order to introduce electronic transitions in visible spectrum, aiming to evaluate their influence on the waveguides and n2 spectrum. We observed that n2 is approximately constant from 600 to 1500 nm, exhibiting an average value of 4.5 × 10-20 m2/W, which is about twice larger than the one for fused silica. The waveguide profile is influenced by the self-focusing effect of the matrix owing to its positive nonlinear index of refraction in the wavelength used for micromachining. A decrease in the waveguide loss of approximately four times was observed for the sample doped with Fe in comparison to the other ones, which may be associated with the change in the optical gap energy.

  13. Unraveling metal-insulator transition mechanism of VO₂ triggered by tungsten doping.

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    Tan, Xiaogang; Yao, Tao; Long, Ran; Sun, Zhihu; Feng, Yajuan; Cheng, Hao; Yuan, Xun; Zhang, Wenqing; Liu, Qinghua; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi; Wei, Shiqiang

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the mechanism of W-doping induced reduction of critical temperature (T(C)) for VO(2) metal-insulator transition (MIT) is crucial for both fundamental study and technological application. Here, using synchrotron radiation X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculations, we unveil the atomic structure evolutions of W dopant and its role in tailoring the T(C) of VO(2) MIT. We find that the local structure around W atom is intrinsically symmetric with a tetragonal-like structure, exhibiting a concentration-dependent evolution involving the initial distortion, further repulsion, and final stabilization due to the strong interaction between doped W atoms and VO(2) lattices across the MIT. These results directly give the experimental evidence that the symmetric W core drives the detwisting of the nearby asymmetric monoclinic VO(2) lattice to form rutile-like VO(2) nuclei, and the propagations of these W-encampassed nuclei through the matrix lower the thermal energy barrier for phase transition.

  14. Magnetic properties and spin polarization of Ru doped half metallic CrO{sub 2}

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    West, Kevin G.; Dao, Nam N. H.; Lu, Jiwei; Osofsky, Michael; Mazin, I. I.; Wolf, Stuart A.

    2015-07-06

    Chromium dioxide (CrO{sub 2}) is a half metal that is of interest for spintronic devices. It has not been synthesized through traditional physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques because of its thermodynamic instability in low oxygen pressures. Epitaxial thin films of Ru doped tetragonal rutile CrO{sub 2} were synthesized by a PVD technique. The as-deposited Ru{sub x}Cr{sub 1−x}O{sub 2} was ferrimagnetic with the saturation magnetization moment showing a strong dependence on the Ru concentration. Curie temperature as high as 241 K has been obtained for ∼23 at. % Ru. The Ru substitution increased the electrical conductivity by increasing the minority spin concentration. The spin polarization was found to be as high as 70% for 9 at. % Ru and decreased to ∼60% with Ru concentrations up to ∼44 at. %, which is determined by the Fermi velocities of the majority and minority spins. First principle calculations were performed to understand the effect of Ru content on the properties of CrO{sub 2}. The PVD processes of Ru doped CrO{sub 2} could lead to the practical applications of the high spin polarization of CrO{sub 2} in spintronic devices.

  15. Strengthening TiN diffusion barriers for Cu metallization by lightly doping Al

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    Yang, L. C.; Hsu, C. S.; Chen, G. S.; Fu, C. C.; Zuo, J. M.; Lee, B. Q.

    2005-09-01

    Thin films of Ti1-xAlxN were deposited on (100) Si by ultrahigh-vacuum dual-target reactive sputtering, and the impact of lightly doping Al of x as small as 0.09 on altering the films's microstructure upon thermal annealing, and hence the performance of the films (40nm thick) as diffusion barriers for Cu metallization was evaluated. The results of transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction show that the TiN barrier layer gives the commonly observed voided, columnar grains composed of 5nm sized subgrains. Upon annealing, the subgrains tend to coalesce into 20nm sized equiaxed grains full of crystalline defects, initiating an inward penetration of Cu and a partial dissociation of TiN, transforming themselves, respectively, into pyramidal (or columnar) Cu3Si precipitates and a dendritic Ti5Si3 layer just after 550°C, 10min annealing. However, the lightly doped Al not only overrides the tendency to form intercolumnar voids inherent in sputter deposition by self-shadowing and statistical roughening, but also substantially enhances the microstructural and thermochemical stability, hence significantly improving barrier property, as evidenced from an annealing test at an elevated temperature (600°C) for a prolonged period of 30min.

  16. Iodine doped carbon nanotube cables exceeding specific electrical conductivity of metals

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    Zhao, Yao; Wei, Jinquan; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Barrera, Enrique V.

    2011-01-01

    Creating highly electrically conducting cables from macroscopic aggregates of carbon nanotubes, to replace metallic wires, is still a dream. Here we report the fabrication of iodine-doped, double-walled nanotube cables having electrical resistivity reaching ∼10−7 Ω.m. Due to the low density, their specific conductivity (conductivity/weight) is higher than copper and aluminum and is only just below that of the highest specific conductivity metal, sodium. The cables exhibit high current-carrying capacity of 104∼105 A/cm2 and can be joined together into arbitrary length and diameter, without degradation of their electrical properties. The application of such nanotube cables is demonstrated by partly replacing metal wires in a household light bulb circuit. The conductivity variation as a function of temperature for the cables is five times smaller than that for copper. The high conductivity nanotube cables could find a range of applications, from low dimensional interconnects to transmission lines. PMID:22355602

  17. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as a highly active metal-free catalyst for selective oxidation.

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    Chizari, Kambiz; Deneuve, Adrien; Ersen, Ovidiu; Florea, Ileana; Liu, Yu; Edouard, David; Janowska, Izabela; Begin, Dominique; Pham-Huu, Cuong

    2012-01-01

    Catalytic reactions are generally carried out on supported metals or oxides, which act as an active phase and require impregnation and thermal treatment steps. During tests, the metal or oxide nanoparticles could be further sintered, which would induces deactivation. Direct incorporation of the active phase into the matrix of a support could be an elegant alternative to prevent catalyst deactivation. Here, we report that nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs) can be efficiently employed as a metal-free catalyst for oxidative reactions that allow the selective transformation of the harmful, gaseous H(2)S into solid sulfur. The catalyst exhibits a high stability during the test at high space velocity. The macroscopic shaping of the catalyst on the silicon carbide foam also increases its catalytic activity by improving the contact between the reactants and the catalyst. Such macroscopic shaping allows the avoidance of problems linked with transport and handling of nanoscopic materials and also reduces the pressure drop across the catalyst bed to a large extent.

  18. From antiferromagnetic insulator to correlated metal in pressurized and doped LaMnPO.

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    Simonson, J W; Yin, Z P; Pezzoli, M; Guo, J; Liu, J; Post, K; Efimenko, A; Hollmann, N; Hu, Z; Lin, H-J; Chen, C-T; Marques, C; Leyva, V; Smith, G; Lynn, J W; Sun, L L; Kotliar, G; Basov, D N; Tjeng, L H; Aronson, M C

    2012-07-01

    Widespread adoption of superconducting technologies awaits the discovery of new materials with enhanced properties, especially higher superconducting transition temperatures T(c). The unexpected discovery of high T(c) superconductivity in cuprates suggests that the highest T(c)s occur when pressure or doping transform the localized and moment-bearing electrons in antiferromagnetic insulators into itinerant carriers in a metal, where magnetism is preserved in the form of strong correlations. The absence of this transition in Fe-based superconductors may limit their T(c)s, but even larger T(c)s may be possible in their isostructural Mn analogs, which are antiferromagnetic insulators like the cuprates. It is generally believed that prohibitively large pressures would be required to suppress the effects of the strong Hund's rule coupling in these Mn-based compounds, collapsing the insulating gap and enabling superconductivity. Indeed, no Mn-based compounds are known to be superconductors. The electronic structure calculations and X-ray diffraction measurements presented here challenge these long held beliefs, finding that only modest pressures are required to transform LaMnPO, isostructural to superconducting host LaFeAsO, from an antiferromagnetic insulator to a metallic antiferromagnet, where the Mn moment vanishes in a second pressure-driven transition. Proximity to these charge and moment delocalization transitions in LaMnPO results in a highly correlated metallic state, the familiar breeding ground of superconductivity.

  19. Nitrogen-doped Graphene-Supported Transition-metals Carbide Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Chen, Minghua; Liu, Jilei; Zhou, Weijiang; Lin, Jianyi; Shen, Zexiang

    2015-05-22

    A novel and facile two-step strategy has been designed to prepare high performance bi-transition-metals (Fe- and Mo-) carbide supported on nitrogen-doped graphene (FeMo-NG) as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR). The as-synthesized FeMo carbide -NG catalysts exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activities for ORR in alkaline solution, with high onset potential (-0.09 V vs. saturated KCl Ag/AgCl), nearly four electron transfer number (nearly 4) and high kinetic-limiting current density (up to 3.5 mA cm(-2) at -0.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Furthermore, FeMo carbide -NG composites show good cycle stability and much better toxicity tolerance durability than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, paving their application in high-performance fuel cell and lithium-air batteries.

  20. Syntheses and characterizations of transition metal-doped ZnO

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    Jung, Dongwoon

    2010-04-01

    The transition metal-doped zinc oxides, Zn 1- xM xO (M = Cu, Mn and Fe) were synthesized by using solid-state reaction method and co-precipitation method. Samples prepared by co-precipitation method showed exactly same structure and properties compared to those made by solid-state reaction method. XRD, XRF and mapping analyses showed that Zn was successfully substituted with Cu, Mn and Fe by co-precipitation method. Zn 1- xM xO samples exhibited new absorption shoulder in visible light region so that they showed photocatalytic activity in the visible light region. The highest photocatalytic activity under visible light was found in the Mn-substituted zinc oxide.

  1. DFT study of adsorption of CO2 on palladium cluster doped by transition metal

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    Saputro, A. G.; Agusta, M. K.; Wungu, T. D. K.; Suprijadi; Rusydi, F.; Dipojono, H. K.

    2016-08-01

    We report on a theoretical study of CO2 adsorption on Pd6-M (M: Ni, Cu, Pt, Rh) cluster using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that CO2 molecule is adsorbed with a bidendate configuration on Pd7 and on most of Pd6M clusters. The bidendate adsorption configuration is formed due to the filling of the unoccupied n* orbital of CO2 molecule upon its interaction with d-orbitals of the cluster. We find that transition metal doping could modify the adsorption energy, adsorption site and adsorption configuration of CO2 molecule on Pd7 cluster. We also predict that the usage of Pd6M clusters as CO2 hydrogenation catalysts might facilitate the formations of HCOO/COOH.

  2. Nitrogen-doped Graphene-Supported Transition-metals Carbide Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Chen, Minghua; Liu, Jilei; Zhou, Weijiang; Lin, Jianyi; Shen, Zexiang

    2015-01-01

    A novel and facile two-step strategy has been designed to prepare high performance bi-transition-metals (Fe- and Mo-) carbide supported on nitrogen-doped graphene (FeMo-NG) as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR). The as-synthesized FeMo carbide -NG catalysts exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activities for ORR in alkaline solution, with high onset potential (-0.09 V vs. saturated KCl Ag/AgCl), nearly four electron transfer number (nearly 4) and high kinetic-limiting current density (up to 3.5 mA cm(-2) at -0.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Furthermore, FeMo carbide -NG composites show good cycle stability and much better toxicity tolerance durability than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, paving their application in high-performance fuel cell and lithium-air batteries. PMID:25997590

  3. Dirac cones in artificial structures of 3d transitional-metals doped Mg-Al spinels

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    Lu, Yuan; Zuo, Xu; Feng, Min; Shao, Bin

    2014-05-07

    Motivated by recent theoretical predications for Dirac cone in two-dimensional (2D) triangular lattice [H. Ishizuka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237207 (2012)], first-principles studies are performed to predict Dirac cones in artificial structures of 3d transitional-metals (TM = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) doped Mg-Al spinels. In investigated artificial structures, TM dopants substitute specific positions of the B sub-lattice in Mg-Al spinel, and form a quasi-2D triangular lattice in the a-b plane. Calculated results illustrate the existence of the spin-polarized Dirac cones formed in d-wave bands at (around) the K-point in the momentum space. The study provides a promising route for engineering Dirac physics in condensed matters.

  4. Nitrogen-doped Graphene-Supported Transition-metals Carbide Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Chen, Minghua; Liu, Jilei; Zhou, Weijiang; Lin, Jianyi; Shen, Zexiang

    2015-01-01

    A novel and facile two-step strategy has been designed to prepare high performance bi-transition-metals (Fe- and Mo-) carbide supported on nitrogen-doped graphene (FeMo-NG) as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR). The as-synthesized FeMo carbide -NG catalysts exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activities for ORR in alkaline solution, with high onset potential (−0.09 V vs. saturated KCl Ag/AgCl), nearly four electron transfer number (nearly 4) and high kinetic-limiting current density (up to 3.5 mA cm−2 at −0.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Furthermore, FeMo carbide -NG composites show good cycle stability and much better toxicity tolerance durability than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, paving their application in high-performance fuel cell and lithium-air batteries. PMID:25997590

  5. Nitrogen-doped Graphene-Supported Transition-metals Carbide Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Chen, Minghua; Liu, Jilei; Zhou, Weijiang; Lin, Jianyi; Shen, Zexiang

    2015-05-01

    A novel and facile two-step strategy has been designed to prepare high performance bi-transition-metals (Fe- and Mo-) carbide supported on nitrogen-doped graphene (FeMo-NG) as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR). The as-synthesized FeMo carbide -NG catalysts exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activities for ORR in alkaline solution, with high onset potential (-0.09 V vs. saturated KCl Ag/AgCl), nearly four electron transfer number (nearly 4) and high kinetic-limiting current density (up to 3.5 mA cm-2 at -0.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Furthermore, FeMo carbide -NG composites show good cycle stability and much better toxicity tolerance durability than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, paving their application in high-performance fuel cell and lithium-air batteries.

  6. Spin relaxation in hole-doped transition metal dichalcogenides with the crystal defects

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    Habe, Tetsuro; Koshino, Mikito

    We theoretically investigate the electronic spin relaxation effect in the hole-doped monolayer and bilayer transition-metal dichalcogenides in the presence of the crystal defects. We simulate lattice vacancies in the multi-orbital tight-binding model obtained by the first-principle method and actually estimate the spin relaxation rate by using the tight-binding model. In the monolayer, the spin-relaxation time is found to be much longer than the momentum relaxation time, and this is attributed to the fact that the spin hybridization in the band structure is suppressed by the mirror reflection symmetry. The bilayer TMD has a much shorter spin relaxation time in contrast because of the stronger spin hybridization due to the absence of the mirror symmetry.

  7. Enhanced dual contrast agent, Co(2+)-doped NaYF4:Yb(3+),Tm(3+) nanorods, for near infrared-to-near infrared upconversion luminescence and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Xia, Ao; Zhang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Jun; Deng, Yunyun; Chen, Qiang; Wu, Shishan; Huang, Xiaohua; Shen, Jian

    2014-11-01

    Dual-modality imaging with magnetic resonance (MR) and upconversion luminescence (UCL) is a promising technique for molecular imaging in biomedical research. Multifunctional lanthanide-based nanoparticles have been widely investigated as agents for contrast enhanced MR and fluorescence imaging. However, the use of rare earth fluoride nanoparticles for dual-modality imaging of T2-weighted MR and UCL is rarely reported. We find that NaYF4:Yb(3+),Tm(3+),Co(2+) (MUC) nanorods can be applied as a high-performance dual contrast agent for both T2-weighted MR and UCL dual-modality imaging. After modification with 6-O-carboxymethyl chitosan (OCC), MUC nanorods can be endocytosed by cells without showing signs of cytotoxicity. High-quality UCL images of living cells incubated with MUC-OCC nanorods were acquired on a near-infrared (NIR) confocal microscopy under the excitation at 980 nm. Moreover, MUC-OCC nanorods display high transverse (r2) relaxivities in vitro. The application of low-dose MUC-OCC nanorods for NIR-to-NIR UCL and MR dual-modality in vivo imaging was also carried out successfully. In addition, the toxicity of MUC-OCC nanorods was evaluated by MTT assay, serological tests and histological analysis of visceral organs.

  8. Single nanorod devices for battery diagnostics: a case study on LiMn2O4.

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    Yang, Yuan; Xie, Chong; Ruffo, Riccardo; Peng, Hailin; Kim, Do Kyung; Cui, Yi

    2009-12-01

    This paper presents single nanostructure devices as a powerful new diagnostic tool for batteries with LiMn(2)O(4) nanorod materials as an example. LiMn(2)O(4) and Al-doped LiMn(2)O(4) nanorods were synthesized by a two-step method that combines hydrothermal synthesis of beta-MnO(2) nanorods and a solid state reaction to convert them to LiMn(2)O(4) nanorods. lambda-MnO(2) nanorods were also prepared by acid treatment of LiMn(2)O(4) nanorods. The effect of electrolyte etching on these LiMn(2)O(4)-related nanorods is investigated by both SEM and single-nanorod transport measurement, and this is the first time that the transport properties of this material have been studied at the level of an individual single-crystalline particle. Experiments show that Al dopants reduce the dissolution of Mn(3+) ions significantly and make the LiAl(0.1)Mn(1.9)O(4) nanorods much more stable than LiMn(2)O(4) against electrolyte etching, which is reflected by the magnification of both size shrinkage and conductance decrease. These results correlate well with the better cycling performance of Al-doped LiMn(2)O(4) in our Li-ion battery tests: LiAl(0.1)Mn(1.9)O(4) nanorods achieve 96% capacity retention after 100 cycles at 1C rate at room temperature, and 80% at 60 degrees C, whereas LiMn(2)O(4) shows worse retention of 91% at room temperature, and 69% at 60 degrees C. Moreover, temperature-dependent I-V measurements indicate that the sharp electronic resistance increase due to charge ordering transition at 290 K does not appear in our LiMn(2)O(4) nanorod samples, suggesting good battery performance at low temperature.

  9. Metal electrode dependent field effect transistors made of lanthanide ion-doped DNA crystals

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    Reddy Dugasani, Sreekantha; Hwang, Taehyun; Kim, Jang Ah; Gnapareddy, Bramaramba; Kim, Taesung; Park, Sung Ha

    2016-03-01

    We fabricated lanthanide ion (Ln3+, e.g. Dy3+, Er3+, Eu3+, and Gd3+)-doped self-assembled double-crossover (DX) DNA crystals grown on the surface of field effect transistors (FETs) containing either a Cr, Au, or Ni electrode. Here we demonstrate the metal electrode dependent FET characteristics as a function of various Ln3+. The drain-source current (I ds), controlled by the drain-source voltage (V ds) of Ln3+-doped DX DNA crystals with a Cr electrode on an FET, changed significantly under various gate voltages (V g) due to the relative closeness of the work function of Cr to the energy band gap of Ln3+-DNA crystals compared to those of Au and Ni. For Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with either a Cr or Ni electrode at a fixed V ds, I ds decreased with increasing V g ranging from  -2 to 0 V and from 0 to  +3 V in the positive and negative regions, respectively. By contrast, I ds for Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with Au decreased with increasing V g in only the positive region due to the greater electronegativity of Au. Furthermore, Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET exhibited behaviour sensitive to V g due to the appreciable charge carriers generated from Ln3+. Finally, we address the resistivity and the mobility of Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with different metal electrodes obtained from I ds-V ds and I ds-V g curves. The resistivities of Ln3+-DNA crystals on FETs with Cr and Au electrodes were smaller than those of pristine DNA crystals on an FET, and the mobility of Ln3+-DNA crystals on an FET with Cr was relatively higher than that associated with other electrodes.

  10. Engineering of the extraordinary optical transmission of metallic gratings via Er3+-doped tellurite glass

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    Silva, O. B.; Rivera, Victor A. G.; Marega, E.

    2015-03-01

    Although the properties of extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) due surface plasmon polariton (SPP), which are coupled in metallic slits have been widely studied in the last two decades, their influence on the absorption and transmission spectra from their dielectric substrates has not been deserved the same attention. The choice of a good substrate for implementation not just for gratings, but also for other devices, it is extremely important in order to achieve great applications of the EOT. Good candidates to replace the conventional semiconductor based substrates are the rare earth ions (REI) doped glasses. The specific case of Erbium ions and its implementation into glasses for the fabrication of fiber optics, as Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA). The transmission observed through the plasmonic nanostructures is elucidated considering the following effects: (i) white light absorption by the Er3+ ions, (ii) coupling between the light and the nanostructure via the creation of surface plasmon polariton where the wavelengths with minimums transmission corresponds to the 4I15/2 → [2H9/2, 4F3/2, 4F5/2, 4F7/2, 2H11/2, 4S3/2, 4F9/2] absorption levels the Er3+, which propagates through the slits, and, finally, (iii) the Er3+ transmission intensity and the spectral shape -symmetry depend on the nature of metallic film and the number of slits constituting the arrays, for which the resonant properties are strongly affected. Furthermore, in order to compare the influence of substrate in the transmission properties, we also performed the same measurements on slit arrays fabricated on the BK 7 glass.

  11. Metal-electrode-free Window-like Organic Solar Cells with p-Doped Carbon Nanotube Thin-film Electrodes

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    Jeon, Il; Delacou, Clement; Kaskela, Antti; Kauppinen, Esko I.; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsuo, Yutaka

    2016-01-01

    Organic solar cells are flexible and inexpensive, and expected to have a wide range of applications. Many transparent organic solar cells have been reported and their success hinges on full transparency and high power conversion efficiency. Recently, carbon nanotubes and graphene, which meet these criteria, have been used in transparent conductive electrodes. However, their use in top electrodes has been limited by mechanical difficulties in fabrication and doping. Here, expensive metal top electrodes were replaced with high-performance, easy-to-transfer, aerosol-synthesized carbon nanotubes to produce transparent organic solar cells. The carbon nanotubes were p-doped by two new methods: HNO3 doping via ‘sandwich transfer’, and MoOx thermal doping via ‘bridge transfer’. Although both of the doping methods improved the performance of the carbon nanotubes and the photovoltaic performance of devices, sandwich transfer, which gave a 4.1% power conversion efficiency, was slightly more effective than bridge transfer, which produced a power conversion efficiency of 3.4%. Applying a thinner carbon nanotube film with 90% transparency decreased the efficiency to 3.7%, which was still high. Overall, the transparent solar cells had an efficiency of around 50% that of non-transparent metal-based solar cells (7.8%). PMID:27527565

  12. Metal-electrode-free Window-like Organic Solar Cells with p-Doped Carbon Nanotube Thin-film Electrodes.

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    Jeon, Il; Delacou, Clement; Kaskela, Antti; Kauppinen, Esko I; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsuo, Yutaka

    2016-01-01

    Organic solar cells are flexible and inexpensive, and expected to have a wide range of applications. Many transparent organic solar cells have been reported and their success hinges on full transparency and high power conversion efficiency. Recently, carbon nanotubes and graphene, which meet these criteria, have been used in transparent conductive electrodes. However, their use in top electrodes has been limited by mechanical difficulties in fabrication and doping. Here, expensive metal top electrodes were replaced with high-performance, easy-to-transfer, aerosol-synthesized carbon nanotubes to produce transparent organic solar cells. The carbon nanotubes were p-doped by two new methods: HNO3 doping via 'sandwich transfer', and MoOx thermal doping via 'bridge transfer'. Although both of the doping methods improved the performance of the carbon nanotubes and the photovoltaic performance of devices, sandwich transfer, which gave a 4.1% power conversion efficiency, was slightly more effective than bridge transfer, which produced a power conversion efficiency of 3.4%. Applying a thinner carbon nanotube film with 90% transparency decreased the efficiency to 3.7%, which was still high. Overall, the transparent solar cells had an efficiency of around 50% that of non-transparent metal-based solar cells (7.8%). PMID:27527565

  13. Metal-electrode-free Window-like Organic Solar Cells with p-Doped Carbon Nanotube Thin-film Electrodes.

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    Jeon, Il; Delacou, Clement; Kaskela, Antti; Kauppinen, Esko I; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsuo, Yutaka

    2016-08-16

    Organic solar cells are flexible and inexpensive, and expected to have a wide range of applications. Many transparent organic solar cells have been reported and their success hinges on full transparency and high power conversion efficiency. Recently, carbon nanotubes and graphene, which meet these criteria, have been used in transparent conductive electrodes. However, their use in top electrodes has been limited by mechanical difficulties in fabrication and doping. Here, expensive metal top electrodes were replaced with high-performance, easy-to-transfer, aerosol-synthesized carbon nanotubes to produce transparent organic solar cells. The carbon nanotubes were p-doped by two new methods: HNO3 doping via 'sandwich transfer', and MoOx thermal doping via 'bridge transfer'. Although both of the doping methods improved the performance of the carbon nanotubes and the photovoltaic performance of devices, sandwich transfer, which gave a 4.1% power conversion efficiency, was slightly more effective than bridge transfer, which produced a power conversion efficiency of 3.4%. Applying a thinner carbon nanotube film with 90% transparency decreased the efficiency to 3.7%, which was still high. Overall, the transparent solar cells had an efficiency of around 50% that of non-transparent metal-based solar cells (7.8%).

  14. Metal-electrode-free Window-like Organic Solar Cells with p-Doped Carbon Nanotube Thin-film Electrodes

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    Jeon, Il; Delacou, Clement; Kaskela, Antti; Kauppinen, Esko I.; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsuo, Yutaka

    2016-08-01

    Organic solar cells are flexible and inexpensive, and expected to have a wide range of applications. Many transparent organic solar cells have been reported and their success hinges on full transparency and high power conversion efficiency. Recently, carbon nanotubes and graphene, which meet these criteria, have been used in transparent conductive electrodes. However, their use in top electrodes has been limited by mechanical difficulties in fabrication and doping. Here, expensive metal top electrodes were replaced with high-performance, easy-to-transfer, aerosol-synthesized carbon nanotubes to produce transparent organic solar cells. The carbon nanotubes were p-doped by two new methods: HNO3 doping via ‘sandwich transfer’, and MoOx thermal doping via ‘bridge transfer’. Although both of the doping methods improved the performance of the carbon nanotubes and the photovoltaic performance of devices, sandwich transfer, which gave a 4.1% power conversion efficiency, was slightly more effective than bridge transfer, which produced a power conversion efficiency of 3.4%. Applying a thinner carbon nanotube film with 90% transparency decreased the efficiency to 3.7%, which was still high. Overall, the transparent solar cells had an efficiency of around 50% that of non-transparent metal-based solar cells (7.8%).

  15. Modifying phase transitions and spin structure of Ni3V2O8 through transition metal doping

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    Kumarasiri, Akila; Kharel, Parashu; Dixit, Ambesh; Lawes, Gavin

    2010-04-01

    Ni3V2O8 is a Kagome staircase material which has attracted considerable interest in recent years as it provides an excellent platform for studying the spin structure in geometrically frustrated materials. We have studied the effects of transition metal doping on the magnetic phase transitions of powder Ni3V2O8 through dielectric, heat capacity and AC susceptibility measurements. (Ni1-xMx)3V2O8 (M = Zn, Cu and Co) powder samples were prepared using a standard metal-organic solution synthesis. We have mainly focused on the two phase transitions at TH = 9.2 K and TL = 6.3 K in undoped Ni3V2O8. On doping with non magnetic Zn, the system acts similar to spin dilution where the transition temperature is suppressed linearly with the Zn fraction. However, spin 1/2 Cu and spin 3/2 Co doping shows significant deviation from simple site dilution. The Co:Ni3V2O8 system has a crossover at moderate Co fraction where the system changes into a Co3V2O8 type spin structure. Cu doping completely suppresses at least one phase transition at a relatively low Cu fraction. We also find that the Ni3V2O8 spin structure is fairly robust and remains largely unaffected by introducing a few percent of a dopant, unlike the Co3V2O8 spin structure, which is very sensitive to doping.

  16. Spectroscopic and ultrasonic investigations on structural characterization of borate glass specimen doped with transition metal ions.

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    Sathish, K; Thirumaran, S

    2015-08-01

    The present work describes the glass samples of composition (x% V₂O₅-(80-x)% B₂O₃-20% Na₂CO₃) VBS glass system and (x%MnO₂-(80-x)% B₂O₃-20% Na₂CO₃) in MBS glass system with mol% ranging from x=3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 in steps of 3 mol% are prepared by melt quenching technique. For these prepared glass systems, sound velocity (longitudinal and shear velocities) and density have been measured. The sound velocity (longitudinal and shear) was measured by using pulse-echo technique at 5 MHz. The XRD study was carried to out to ascertain the amorphous nature of the glass specimen. Using these measured values, the elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, Debye temperature, acoustic impedance and thermal expansion coefficient of the two glass systems were evaluated. The elastic and mechanical properties of the prepared glass systems are analyzed from ultrasonic study and the structural characterization from spectroscopic study. The effects due to the doping of transition metal ions with borate have been discussed. In the V₂O₅ doped glass system,(VBS glass system) the sound velocity, density and elastic moduli, steeply increases after 12 mol% comparatively with MnO₂ doped glass system (VBS glass system). The present study critically observes the doping of V₂O₅ with borate enhances the strengthening of network linkage and hardening of the glassy network structure than MnO₂. The IR spectral analysis reveals depolymerization of the borate network and conversion of BO₃ or BO4 units with the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The FTIR spectral studies confirm the presence of various functional groups of the sample. FTIR spectrum of sample exhibits broad absorption bands indicating the wide distribution of borate structural units. The effect of Na₂CO₃, V₂O₅ and MnO₂ contents on the structures of borate glass is evaluated from the FTIR spectra. The topological aspects of the prepared glass samples are exhaustively reported from SEM micrographs

  17. Spectroscopic and ultrasonic investigations on structural characterization of borate glass specimen doped with transition metal ions

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    Sathish, K.; Thirumaran, S.

    2015-08-01

    The present work describes the glass samples of composition (x% V2O5-(80-x)% B2O3-20% Na2CO3) VBS glass system and (x% MnO2-(80-x)% B2O3-20% Na2CO3) in MBS glass system with mol% ranging from x = 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 in steps of 3 mol% are prepared by melt quenching technique. For these prepared glass systems, sound velocity (longitudinal and shear velocities) and density have been measured. The sound velocity (longitudinal and shear) was measured by using pulse-echo technique at 5 MHz. The XRD study was carried to out to ascertain the amorphous nature of the glass specimen. Using these measured values, the elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, Debye temperature, acoustic impedance and thermal expansion coefficient of the two glass systems were evaluated. The elastic and mechanical properties of the prepared glass systems are analyzed from ultrasonic study and the structural characterization from spectroscopic study. The effects due to the doping of transition metal ions with borate have been discussed. In the V2O5 doped glass system, (VBS glass system) the sound velocity, density and elastic moduli, steeply increases after 12 mol% comparatively with MnO2 doped glass system (VBS glass system). The present study critically observes the doping of V2O5 with borate enhances the strengthening of network linkage and hardening of the glassy network structure than MnO2. The IR spectral analysis reveals depolymerization of the borate network and conversion of BO3 or BO4 units with the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The FTIR spectral studies confirm the presence of various functional groups of the sample. FTIR spectrum of sample exhibits broad absorption bands indicating the wide distribution of borate structural units. The effect of Na2CO3, V2O5 and MnO2 contents on the structures of borate glass is evaluated from the FTIR spectra. The topological aspects of the prepared glass samples are exhaustively reported from SEM micrographs.

  18. Spectroscopic and ultrasonic investigations on structural characterization of borate glass specimen doped with transition metal ions.

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    Sathish, K; Thirumaran, S

    2015-08-01

    The present work describes the glass samples of composition (x% V₂O₅-(80-x)% B₂O₃-20% Na₂CO₃) VBS glass system and (x%MnO₂-(80-x)% B₂O₃-20% Na₂CO₃) in MBS glass system with mol% ranging from x=3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 in steps of 3 mol% are prepared by melt quenching technique. For these prepared glass systems, sound velocity (longitudinal and shear velocities) and density have been measured. The sound velocity (longitudinal and shear) was measured by using pulse-echo technique at 5 MHz. The XRD study was carried to out to ascertain the amorphous nature of the glass specimen. Using these measured values, the elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, Debye temperature, acoustic impedance and thermal expansion coefficient of the two glass systems were evaluated. The elastic and mechanical properties of the prepared glass systems are analyzed from ultrasonic study and the structural characterization from spectroscopic study. The effects due to the doping of transition metal ions with borate have been discussed. In the V₂O₅ doped glass system,(VBS glass system) the sound velocity, density and elastic moduli, steeply increases after 12 mol% comparatively with MnO₂ doped glass system (VBS glass system). The present study critically observes the doping of V₂O₅ with borate enhances the strengthening of network linkage and hardening of the glassy network structure than MnO₂. The IR spectral analysis reveals depolymerization of the borate network and conversion of BO₃ or BO4 units with the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The FTIR spectral studies confirm the presence of various functional groups of the sample. FTIR spectrum of sample exhibits broad absorption bands indicating the wide distribution of borate structural units. The effect of Na₂CO₃, V₂O₅ and MnO₂ contents on the structures of borate glass is evaluated from the FTIR spectra. The topological aspects of the prepared glass samples are exhaustively reported from SEM micrographs.

  19. Crystal growth, characterization and theoretical studies of alkaline earth metal-doped tetrakis(thiourea)nickel(II) chloride.

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    Agilandeshwari, R; Muthu, K; Meenatchi, V; Meena, K; Rajasekar, M; Aditya Prasad, A; Meenakshisundaram, S P

    2015-02-25

    The influence of Sr(II)-doping on the properties of tetrakis(thiourea)nickel(II) chloride (TTNC) has been described. The reduction in the intensity observed in powder X-ray diffraction of doped specimen and slight shifts in vibrational frequencies of doped specimens confirm the lattice stress as a result of doping. Surface morphological changes due to doping of the Sr(II) are observed by scanning electron microscopy. The incorporation of metal into the host crystal lattice was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Lattice parameters are determined by single crystal XRD analysis. The thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis studies reveal the purity of the materials and no decomposition is observed up to the melting point. The nonlinear optical properties of the doped and undoped specimens were studied. Theoretical calculations were performed using the Density functional theory (DFT) method with B3LYP/LANL2DZ as the basis set. The molecular geometry and vibrational frequencies of TTNC in the ground state were calculated and the observed structural parameters of TTNC are compared with parameters obtained from single crystal X-ray studies. The atomic charge distributions are obtained by Mulliken charge population analysis. The first-order molecular hyperpolarizability, polarizability and dipole moment were derived. PMID:25233030

  20. Structures and stability of metal-doped GenM (n = 9, 10) clusters

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    Qin, Wei; Lu, Wen-Cai; Xia, Lin-Hua; Zhao, Li-Zhen; Zang, Qing-Jun; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.

    2015-06-26

    The lowest-energy structures of neutral and cationic Ge nM (n = 9, 10; M = Si, Li, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Au, Ag, Yb, Pm and Dy) clusters were studied by genetic algorithm (GA) and first-principles calculations. The calculation results show that doping of the metal atoms and Si into Ge9 and Ge10 clusters is energetically favorable. Most of the metal-doped Ge cluster structures can be viewed as adding or substituting metal atom on the surface of the corresponding ground-state Gen clusters. However, the neutral and cationic FeGe9,10,MnGe9,10 and Ge10Al are cage-like with the metal atom encapsulated inside. Such cage-like transition metal doped Gen clusters are shown to have higher adsorption energy and thermal stability. Our calculation results suggest that Ge9,10Fe and Ge9Si would be used as building blocks in cluster-assembled nanomaterials because of their high stabilities.

  1. Structures and stability of metal-doped Ge{sub n}M (n = 9, 10) clusters

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    Qin, Wei Xia, Lin-Hua; Zhao, Li-Zhen; Zang, Qing-Jun; Lu, Wen-Cai; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.

    2015-06-15

    The lowest-energy structures of neutral and cationic Ge{sub n}M (n = 9, 10; M = Si, Li, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Au, Ag, Yb, Pm and Dy) clusters were studied by genetic algorithm (GA) and first-principles calculations. The calculation results show that doping of the metal atoms and Si into Ge{sub 9} and Ge{sub 10} clusters is energetically favorable. Most of the metal-doped Ge cluster structures can be viewed as adding or substituting metal atom on the surface of the corresponding ground-state Ge{sub n} clusters. However, the neutral and cationic FeGe{sub 9,10},MnGe{sub 9,10} and Ge{sub 10}Al are cage-like with the metal atom encapsulated inside. Such cage-like transition metal doped Ge{sub n} clusters are shown to have higher adsorption energy and thermal stability. Our calculation results suggest that Ge{sub 9,10}Fe and Ge{sub 9}Si would be used as building blocks in cluster-assembled nanomaterials because of their high stabilities.

  2. Strain-induced programmable half-metal and spin-gapless semiconductor in an edge-doped boron nitride nanoribbon

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    Zhu, Shuze; Li, Teng

    2016-03-01

    The search for half-metals and spin-gapless semiconductors has attracted extensive attention in material design for spintronics. Existing progress in such a search often requires peculiar atomistic lattice configuration and also lacks active control of the resulting electronic properties. Here we reveal that a boron nitride nanoribbon with a carbon-doped edge can be made a half-metal or a spin-gapless semiconductor in a programmable fashion. The mechanical strain serves as the on/off switches for functions of half-metal and spin-gapless semiconductor to occur. Our findings shed light on how the edge doping combined with strain engineering can affect electronic properties of two-dimensional materials.

  3. Gas-generated thermal oxidation of a coordination cluster for an anion-doped mesoporous metal oxide.

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    Hirai, Kenji; Isobe, Shigehito; Sada, Kazuki

    2015-01-01

    Central in material design of metal oxides is the increase of surface area and control of intrinsic electronic and optical properties, because of potential applications for energy storage, photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Here, we disclose a facile method, inspired by geochemical process, which gives rise to mesoporous anion-doped metal oxides. As a model system, we demonstrate that simple calcination of a multinuclear coordination cluster results in synchronic chemical reactions: thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 and generation of gases including amino-group fragments. The gas generation during the thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 creates mesoporosity in TiO2. Concurrently, nitrogen atoms contained in the gases are doped into TiO2, thus leading to the formation of mesoporous N-doped TiO2. The mesoporous N-doped TiO2 can be easily synthesized by calcination of the multinuclear coordination cluster, but shows better photocatalytic activity than the one prepared by a conventional sol-gel method. Owing to an intrinsic designability of coordination compounds, this facile synthetic will be applicable to a wide range of metal oxides and anion dopants. PMID:26681104

  4. Gas-generated thermal oxidation of a coordination cluster for an anion-doped mesoporous metal oxide

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    Hirai, Kenji; Isobe, Shigehito; Sada, Kazuki

    2015-12-01

    Central in material design of metal oxides is the increase of surface area and control of intrinsic electronic and optical properties, because of potential applications for energy storage, photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Here, we disclose a facile method, inspired by geochemical process, which gives rise to mesoporous anion-doped metal oxides. As a model system, we demonstrate that simple calcination of a multinuclear coordination cluster results in synchronic chemical reactions: thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 and generation of gases including amino-group fragments. The gas generation during the thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 creates mesoporosity in TiO2. Concurrently, nitrogen atoms contained in the gases are doped into TiO2, thus leading to the formation of mesoporous N-doped TiO2. The mesoporous N-doped TiO2 can be easily synthesized by calcination of the multinuclear coordination cluster, but shows better photocatalytic activity than the one prepared by a conventional sol-gel method. Owing to an intrinsic designability of coordination compounds, this facile synthetic will be applicable to a wide range of metal oxides and anion dopants.

  5. Gas-generated thermal oxidation of a coordination cluster for an anion-doped mesoporous metal oxide

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    Hirai, Kenji; Isobe, Shigehito; Sada, Kazuki

    2015-01-01

    Central in material design of metal oxides is the increase of surface area and control of intrinsic electronic and optical properties, because of potential applications for energy storage, photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Here, we disclose a facile method, inspired by geochemical process, which gives rise to mesoporous anion-doped metal oxides. As a model system, we demonstrate that simple calcination of a multinuclear coordination cluster results in synchronic chemical reactions: thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 and generation of gases including amino-group fragments. The gas generation during the thermal oxidation of Ti8O10(4-aminobenzoate)12 creates mesoporosity in TiO2. Concurrently, nitrogen atoms contained in the gases are doped into TiO2, thus leading to the formation of mesoporous N-doped TiO2. The mesoporous N-doped TiO2 can be easily synthesized by calcination of the multinuclear coordination cluster, but shows better photocatalytic activity than the one prepared by a conventional sol-gel method. Owing to an intrinsic designability of coordination compounds, this facile synthetic will be applicable to a wide range of metal oxides and anion dopants. PMID:26681104

  6. Low contact resistivity of metals on nitrogen-doped cuprous oxide (Cu2O) thin-films

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    Cheng Siah, Sin; Seog Lee, Yun; Segal, Yaron; Buonassisi, Tonio

    2012-10-01

    Forming low-resistivity contacts on cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is an essential step toward demonstrating its suitability as a candidate solar cell material. We measure the contact resistivity of three noble metals (Au, Ag, and Pd) on sputtered Cu2O thin-films with a range of nitrogen doping levels. Using the circular transmission line model, specific contact resistivity as low as 1.1 × 10-4 Ω . cm2 is measured for Pd contacts on heavily doped Cu2O films. Temperature-dependent current-voltage measurements and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy are used to determine the barrier heights formed at metal/Cu2O interfaces. Thermionic emission is observed to dominate for undoped films, whilst field emission dominates for heavily doped films, highlighting the importance of carrier concentration on contact resistivity. Finally, we demonstrate that low contact resistivity can be achieved on heavily doped Cu2O films using Earth-abundant metals, such as Cu and Ni.

  7. Chemical and physical adsorption of a H2O molecule on a metal doped Zr (0 0 0 1) surface

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    Nie, Yifan; Xiao, Wei

    2014-09-01

    Chemical and physical adsorption of a H2O molecule on a Zr (0 0 0 1) surface is studied by first principle calculations. A surface zirconium atom is substituted by a metal element atom in the 4th and 5th period of the periodic table to investigate the doping effect on the water adsorption. Doping elements Ge, Sn, Sb, Zn, Ga, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Nb, and Mo can increase the oxidation resistance. This strategy can be used to design high oxidation resistance cladding material for light water reactor.

  8. Intrinsic and metal-doped gallium oxide based high-temperature oxygen sensors for combustion processes

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    Rubio, Ernesto Javier

    Currently, there is enormous interest in research, development and optimization of the combustion processes for energy harvesting. Recent statistical and economic analyses estimated that by improving the coal-based firing/combustion processes in the power plants, savings up to $450-500 million yearly can be achieved. Advanced sensors and controls capable of withstanding extreme environments such as high temperatures, highly corrosive atmospheres, and high pressures are critical to such efficiency enhancement and cost savings. For instance, optimization of the combustion processes in power generation systems can be achieved by sensing, monitoring and control of oxygen, which is a measure of the completeness of the process and can lead to enhanced efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, despite the fact that there exists a very high demand for advanced sensors, the existing technologies suffer from poor 'response and recovery times' and 'long-term stability.' Motivated by the aforementioned technological challenges, the present work was focused on high-temperature (≥700 °C) oxygen sensors for application in power generation systems. The objective of the present work is to investigate nanostructured gallium oxide (2O3) based sensors for oxygen sensing, where we propose to conduct in-depth exploration of the role of refractory metal (tungsten, W, in this case) doping into 2O 3 to enhance the sensitivity, selectivity, stability ("3S" criteria) and reliability of such sensors while keeping cost economical. Tungsten (W) doped gallium oxide (2O3) thin films were deposited via rf-magnetron co-sputtering of W-metal and Ga2O3-ceramic targets. Films were produced by varying the sputtering power applied to the W-target in order to achieve variable W content into 2O3 films while substrate temperature was kept constant at 500 °C. Chemical composition, chemical valence states, microstructure and crystal structure of as-grown and post-annealed W-doped 2O3

  9. Evaluation of bimetal doped TiO2 in dye fragmentation and its comparison to mono-metal doped and bare catalysts

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    Malika, Manjakuppam; Rao, Ch. Venkatanarasimha; Das, Raj Kumar; Giri, Ardhendu Sekhar; Golder, Animes Kumar

    2016-04-01

    There are instances that bimetal doped semiconductor materials impart superior photocatalytic activity than bare and mono-metal doping. In this study, visible light responsive mono- (Cu/TiO2 and Ni/TiO2) and bi-metal doped (Cu-Ni/TiO2) TiO2 photocatalysts with wide band gap energy were synthesized via co-precipitation method with an equal mass ratio of Cu and Ni. The catalyst characterization was performed using Diffuse Reflectance UV-visible (DR-UV-vis) spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), zeta-potential and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analyzes. The charge balancing effect of Cu and Ni caused a notable reduction in the optical band gap of TiO2 to 2.91 eV with Cu-Ni/TiO2. The synthesis method increased the anatase phase significantly along with the crystallite size. Cu-Ni/TiO2 displayed a lesser destabilization tendency, and the absolute value of zeta-potentials increased much at pH > pHzpc resulted from the higher oxygen vacancies. The activity of Ni/TiO2, Cu/TiO2, and Cu-Ni/TiO2 was tested for the degradation dynamics and kinetics of Eriochrome Cyanine Red (ECR), an anionic dye. Cu doping exhibited a better dye decomposition because of the low recombination rate of electron/hole pair as a full 3d sub-level of Cu is energetically more favorable than a full 4s sub-level of Ni. The mechanism of dye decomposition releasing inorganic ions is also proposed and validated from the mass spectra.

  10. Relationships between the surface electronic and chemical properties of doped 4d and 5d late transition metal dioxides

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Kitchin, John R.

    2015-03-14

    Density functional theory calculations were performed to elucidate the underlying physics describing the adsorption energies on doped late transition metal dioxide rutiles. Adsorption energies of atomic oxygen on doped rutiles M{sup D}-M{sup H}O{sub 2}, where transition metal M{sup D} is doped into M{sup H}O{sub 2}, were expressed in terms of a contribution from adsorption on the pure oxide of the dopant M{sup D} and perturbations to this adsorption energy caused by changing its neighboring metal cations and lattice parameters to that of the host oxide M{sup H}O{sub 2}, which we call the ligand and strain effects, respectively. Our analysis of atom projected density of states revealed that the t{sub 2g}-band center had the strongest correlation with adsorption energies. We show that charge transfer mediated shifts to the t{sub 2g}-band center describe the ligand effect, and the radii of the atomic orbitals of metal cations can predict the magnitude and direction of this charge transfer. Strain produces systematic shifts to all features of the atom projected density of states, but correlations between the strain effect and the electronic structure were dependent on the chemical identity of the metal cation. The slope of these correlations can be related to the idealized d-band filling. This work elucidates the underlying physics describing adsorption on doped late transition metal oxides and establishes a foundation for models that use known chemical properties for the prediction of reactivity.

  11. Enhanced photocurrent and dynamic response in vertically aligned In₂S₃/Ag core/shell nanorod array photoconductive devices.

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    Cansizoglu, Hilal; Cansizoglu, Mehmet F; Watanabe, Fumiya; Karabacak, Tansel

    2014-06-11

    Enhanced photocurrent values were achieved through a semiconductor-core/metal-shell nanorod array photoconductive device geometry. Vertically aligned indium sulfide (In2S3) nanorods were formed as the core by using glancing angle deposition technique (GLAD). A thin silver (Ag) layer is conformally coated around nanorods as the metallic shell through a high pressure sputter deposition method. This was followed by capping the nanorods with a metallic blanket layer of Ag film by utilizing a new small angle deposition technique combined with GLAD. Radial interface that was formed by the core/shell geometry provided an efficient charge carrier collection by shortening carrier transit times, which led to a superior photocurrent and gain. Thin metal shells around nanorods acted as a passivation layer to decrease surface states that cause prolonged carrier lifetimes and slow recovery of the photocurrent in nanorods. A combination of efficient carrier collection with surface passivation resulted in enhanced photocurrent and dynamic response at the same time in one device structure. In2S3 nanorod devices without the metal shell and with relatively thicker metal shell were also fabricated and characterized for comparison. In2S3 nanorods with thin metal shell showed the highest photosensitivity (photocurrent/dark current) response compared to two other designs. Microstructural, morphological, and electronic properties of the core/shell nanorods were used to explain the results observed.

  12. Emergence of double-dome superconductivity in ammoniated metal-doped FeSe.

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    Izumi, Masanari; Zheng, Lu; Sakai, Yusuke; Goto, Hidenori; Sakata, Masafumi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Nguyen, Huyen L T; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Araki, Shingo; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C; Kambe, Takashi; Gu, Dachun; Guo, Jing; Liu, Jing; Li, Yanchun; Sun, Liling; Prassides, Kosmas; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2015-04-01

    The pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and unit cell metrics of tetragonal (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe were investigated in high pressures up to 41 GPa. The Tc decreases with increasing pressure up to 13 GPa, which can be clearly correlated with the pressure dependence of c (or FeSe layer spacing). The Tc vs. c plot is compared with those of various (NH3)yMxFeSe (M: metal atoms) materials exhibiting different Tc and c, showing that the Tc is universally related to c. This behaviour means that a decrease in two-dimensionality lowers the Tc. No superconductivity was observed down to 4.3 K in (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe at 11 and 13 GPa. Surprisingly, superconductivity re-appeared rapidly above 13 GPa, with the Tc reaching 49 K at 21 GPa. The appearance of a new superconducting phase is not accompanied by a structural transition, as evidenced by pressure-dependent XRD. Furthermore, Tc slowly decreased with increasing pressure above 21 GPa, and at 41 GPa superconductivity disappeared entirely at temperatures above 4.9 K. The observation of a double-dome superconducting phase may provide a hint for pursuing the superconducting coupling-mechanism of ammoniated/non-ammoniated metal-doped FeSe.

  13. Au ↔ N Synergy and N-Doping of Metal Oxide-Based Photocatalysts

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    Graciani,J.; Nambu, A.; Evans, J.; Rodruguez, J.; Sanz, J.

    2008-01-01

    N-doping of titania makes photocatalytic activity possible for the splitting of water, and other reactions, under visible light. Here, we show from both theory and experiment that Au preadsorption on TiO2 surfaces significantly increases the reachable amount of N implanted in the oxide. The stabilization of the embedded N is due to an electron transfer from the Au 6s levels toward the N 2p levels, which also increases the Au-surface adhesion energy. Theoretical calculations predict that Au can also stabilize embedded N in other metal oxides with photocatalytic activity, such as SrTiO3 and ZnO, producing new states above the valence band or below the conduction band of the oxide. In experiments, the Au/TiNxO2-y system was found to be more active for the dissociation of water than TiO2, Au/TiO2, or TiO2-y. Furthermore, the Au/TiNxO2-y surfaces were able to catalyze the production of hydrogen through the water-gas shift reaction (WGS) at elevated temperatures (575-625 K), displaying a catalytic activity superior to that of pure copper (the most active metal catalysts for the WGS) or Cu nanoparticles supported on ZnO.

  14. Emergence of double-dome superconductivity in ammoniated metal-doped FeSe

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    Izumi, Masanari; Zheng, Lu; Sakai, Yusuke; Goto, Hidenori; Sakata, Masafumi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Nguyen, Huyen L. T.; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Araki, Shingo; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C.; Kambe, Takashi; Gu, Dachun; Guo, Jing; Liu, Jing; Li, Yanchun; Sun, Liling; Prassides, Kosmas; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    The pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and unit cell metrics of tetragonal (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe were investigated in high pressures up to 41 GPa. The Tc decreases with increasing pressure up to 13 GPa, which can be clearly correlated with the pressure dependence of c (or FeSe layer spacing). The Tc vs. c plot is compared with those of various (NH3)yMxFeSe (M: metal atoms) materials exhibiting different Tc and c, showing that the Tc is universally related to c. This behaviour means that a decrease in two-dimensionality lowers the Tc. No superconductivity was observed down to 4.3 K in (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe at 11 and 13 GPa. Surprisingly, superconductivity re-appeared rapidly above 13 GPa, with the Tc reaching 49 K at 21 GPa. The appearance of a new superconducting phase is not accompanied by a structural transition, as evidenced by pressure-dependent XRD. Furthermore, Tc slowly decreased with increasing pressure above 21 GPa, and at 41 GPa superconductivity disappeared entirely at temperatures above 4.9 K. The observation of a double-dome superconducting phase may provide a hint for pursuing the superconducting coupling-mechanism of ammoniated/non-ammoniated metal-doped FeSe. PMID:25828620

  15. Gadolinium doped cerium oxide for soot oxidation: Influence of interfacial metal-support interactions

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    Durgasri, D. Naga; Vinodkumar, T.; Lin, Fangjian; Alxneit, Ivo; Reddy, Benjaram M.

    2014-09-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to ascertain the role of Al2O3, SiO2, and TiO2 supports in modulating the catalytic performance of ceria-based solid solutions. In this study, we prepared nanosized Ce-Gd/Al2O3, Ce-Gd/SiO2, and Ce-Gd/TiO2 catalysts by a deposition coprecipitation method and evaluated for soot oxidation. The synthesized catalysts were calcined at two different temperatures to assess their thermal stability and extensively characterized by various techniques, namely, XRD, Raman, BET surface area, TEM, H2-TPR, and UV-vis DRS. XRD and TEM results indicate that Ce-Gd-oxide nanoparticles are in highly dispersed form on the surface of the supports. Raman results show a prominent sharp peak and a broad peak corresponding to the F2g mode of ceria and the presence of oxygen vacancies, respectively. The presence of a significant number of oxygen vacancies in all samples is also confirmed from UV-vis DRS measurements. The H2-TPR results suggest that Gd-doping facilitates the reduction of the materials and decreases the onset temperature of reduction. Among the prepared samples, Ce-Gd/TiO2 catalyst exhibited the highest activity, suggesting the existence of strong interfacial metal support interaction between the active metal oxide and the support.

  16. Persistent Luminescence Hole-Type Materials by Design: Transition-Metal-Doped Carbon Allotrope and Carbides.

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    Qu, Bingyan; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Rulong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Li, Liang

    2016-03-01

    Electron traps play a crucial role in a wide variety of compounds of persistent luminescence (PL) materials. However, little attention has been placed on the hole-trap-type PL materials. In this study, a novel hole-dominated persistent luminescence (PL) mechanism is predicted. The mechanism is validated in the night pearl diamond (NPD) composed of lonsdaleite with ultralong persistent luminescence (PL) (more than 72 h). The computed band structures suggest that the Fe ion dopant in lonsdaleite is responsible for the luminescence of NPD due to the desired defect levels within the band gap for electronic transition. Other possible impurity defects in lonsdaleite, such as K, Ca, Mg, Zn, or Tl dopants, or C vacancy can also serve as the hole-trap centers to enhance the PL. Among other 3d transition-metal-ion dopants considered, Cr and Mn ions are predicted to give rise to PL property. The predicted PL mechanism via transition-metal doping of lonsdaleite offers an exciting opportunity for engineering new PL materials by design.

  17. Metal-insulator transitions in non-stoichiometric, chromium, and titanium doped vanadium oxide thin films

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    Metcalf, Patricia Ann

    The major focus of the research was on the preparation of vanadium oxide thin films with metal-insulator transitions equivalent to those found in single crystals. Thin films of VO2, V1-x M'xO 2 (M' = Cr, Ti, Mo, W), V3O5, V6O 13, V2O3, and (V1-xMx) 2O3 (M = Cr, Ti) were prepared by the reduction of sol-gel derived vanadium oxide films in inert atmospheres. Subsequent anneals of un-doped V2O3 films in controlled oxygen atmosphere conditions yielded non-stoichiometric V2-yO3 films. In addition, thick films of V2O3 were produced using laser lift-off and particle embedding techniques. Vanadium oxide nano-crystals and nano-powders were synthesized via hydrothermal techniques for use as the embedded particle materials. The effect of thickness and orientation on the structure was examined in the V2O3 films. The majority of the films were grown on (0001)-oriented sapphire substrates, in addition films were grown on (11 20)-oriented sapphire, x and z-oriented-LiTaO3, (101)-oriented SiO2, and ZnSe substrates. V2O3 films with thicknesses of less than 450 nm grown on (0001)-oriented sapphire were shown to consist of well oriented, 10--100 nm diameter columnar grains when examined by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Films deposited on (0001)-oriented sapphire were found to possess a preferred (0001) orientation and those deposited on (11 20)-oriented sapphire, a preferred (1120) orientation. The x-ray diffraction patterns indicated that other orientations were present for films thicker than 450 nm. The optical transmission and electrical conductivity measurements on films revealed metal-insulator transitions characteristic of single crystal V2O3, (V1-xCrx)2O 3, (V1-zTiz)2O3, V 2-yO3 and VO2. Upon cooling from room temperature, the V2O3 films displayed a reversible metal-insulator transition at about 150 K, with an increase in electrical resistivity of about 106 and a change in optical transmission of

  18. Sequestration of radionuclides and heavy metals by hydroxyapatite doped with Fe, Cu and Sn.

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    Neidel, Linnah L.; Moore, Robert Charles; Salas, Fred; Grouios, Fotini; Holt, Kathleen Caroline; Helean, Katheryn B.

    2005-04-01

    Apatite, Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}(F,OH,Cl)(P6{sub 3}/m, Z=2), is the most abundant phosphate mineral on Earth. The end-member hydroxyapatite, Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}OH(P2{sub 1}/b), is the primary mineral component in bones and teeth and tends to scavenge and sequester heavy metals in the human body. Hydroxyapatite has also been shown to be effective at sequestering radionuclides and heavy metals in certain natural systems (Dybowska et al., 2004). Hydroxyapatite has been the focus of many laboratory studies and is utilized for environmental remediation of contaminated sites (Moore et al., 2002). The crystal structure of apatite tolerates a great deal of distortion caused by extensive chemical substitutions. Metal cations (e.g. REE, actinides, K, Na, Mn, Ni, Cu, Co, Zn, Sr, Ba, Pb, Cd, Fe) substitute for Ca, and oxyanions (e.g. AsO{sub 4}{sup 3-}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}, CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}, SiO{sub 4}{sup 4-}, CrO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) replace PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} through a series of coupled substitutions that preserve electroneutrality. Owing to the ability of apatite to incorporate 'impurities'(including actinides) gives rise to its proposed use as a waste form for radionuclides. Recent work at Sandia National Laboratory demonstrated that hydroxyapatite has a strong affinity for U, Pu, Np, Sr and Tc reduced from pertechnetate (TcO{sub 4}{sup -}) by SnCl{sub 2} (Moore et al., 2002). Based on these earlier promising results, an investigation was initiated into the use of apatite-type materials doped with aliovalent cations including Fe, Cu and Sn as Tc-scavengers. Synthetic Fe and Cu-doped hydroxyapatite samples were prepared by precipitation of Ca, from Ca-acetate, and P, from ammonium phosphate. The Fe and Cu were introduced as chlorides into the Ca-acetate solution. Stannous chloride was used as a reducing agent and was apparently incorporated into the crystal structures of the hydroxyapatite samples in small, as yet undetermined quantities.

  19. Sequestration of Radionuclides and Heavy Metal by Hydroxyapatite Doped with Fe, Cu and Sn

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    K.B. Helean; R.C. Moore

    2005-01-28

    Apatite, Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}(F,OH,Cl) (P6{sub 3}/m, Z=2), is the most abundant phosphate mineral on Earth. The end-member hydroxyapatite, Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}OH (P2{sub 1}/b), is the primary mineral component in bones and teeth and tends to scavenge and sequester heavy metals in the human body. Hydroxyapatite has also been shown to be effective at sequestering radionuclides and heavy metals in certain natural systems (Dybowska et al., 2004). Hydroxyapatite has been the focus of many laboratory studies and is utilized for environmental remediation of contaminated sites (Moore et al., 2002). The crystal structure of apatite tolerates a great deal of distortion caused by extensive chemical substitutions. Metal cations (e.g. REE, actinides, K, Na, Mn, Ni, Cu, Co, Zn, Sr, Ba, Pb, Cd, Fe) substitute for Ca, and oxyanions (e.g. AsO{sub 4}{sup 3-}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}, CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}, SiO{sub 4}{sup 4-}, CrO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) replace PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} through a series of coupled substitutions that preserve electroneutrality. Owing to the ability of apatite to incorporate ''impurities'' (including actinides) gives rise to its proposed use as a waste form for radionuclides. Recent work at Sandia National Laboratory demonstrated that hydroxyapatite has a strong affinity for U, Pu, Np, Sr and Tc reduced from pertechnetate (TcO{sub 4}{sup -}) by SnCl{sub 2} (Moore et al., 2002). Based on these earlier promising results, an investigation was initiated into the use of apatite-type materials doped with aliovalent cations including Fe, Cu and Sn as Tc-scavengers. Synthetic Fe and Cu-doped hydroxyapatite samples were prepared by precipitation of Ca, from Ca-acetate, and P, from ammonium phosphate. The Fe and Cu were introduced as chlorides into the Ca-acetate solution. Stannous chloride was used as a reducing agent and was apparently incorporated into the crystal structures of the hydroxyapatite samples in small, as yet undetermined quantities.

  20. Watching single gold nanorods grow.

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    Wei, Zhongqing; Qi, Hua; Li, Min; Tang, Bochong; Zhang, Zhengzheng; Han, Ruiling; Wang, Jiaojiao; Zhao, Yuliang

    2012-05-01

    The consecutive evolution process of single gold nanorods is monitored using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The single-crystal gold nanorods investigated are grown directly on surfaces to which gold seed particles are covalently linked. The growth kinetics for single nanorods is derived from the 3D information recorded by AFM. A better understanding of the seed-mediated growth mechanism may ultimately lead to the direct growth of aligned nanorods on surfaces. PMID:22378704

  1. Non-metal doped TiO2 nanotube arrays for high efficiency photocatalytic decomposition of organic species in water

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    Szkoda, Mariusz; Siuzdak, Katarzyna; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna

    2016-10-01

    Titanium dioxide is a well-known photoactive semiconductor with a variety of possible applications. The procedure of pollutant degradation is mainly performed using TiO2 powder suspension. It can also be exploited an immobilized catalyst on a solid support. Morphology and chemical doping have a great influence on TiO2 activity under illumination. Here we compare photoactivity of titania nanotube arrays doped with non-metal atoms: nitrogen, iodine and boron applied for photodegradation of organic dye - methylene blue and terephtalic acid. The doped samples act as a much better photocatalyst in the degradation process of methylene blue and lead to the formation of much higher amount of hydroxyl radicals (•OH) than undoped TiO2 nanotube arrays. The use of a catalyst active under solar light illumination in the form of thin films on a stable substrate can be scaled up for an industrial application.

  2. Field effect controlled ferromagnetism in transition metal doped ZnO

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    Bellingeri, E.; Pellegrino, L.; Biasotti, M.; Pallecchi, I.; Canu, G.; Gerbi, A.; Vignolo, M.; Siri, A. S.; Marré, D.; Rusponi, S.; Lehnert, A.; Nolting, F.

    2008-02-01

    The ability to externally control the properties of magnetic materials would be highly desirable both from fundamental and technological point of views. In this respect, dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS), in which a fraction of atoms of the nonmagnetic semiconductor host is replaced by magnetic ions, have recently attracted broad interest for their potential application in spintronics. In this work, we focused on transition metal (TM) (Co, Mn and Cu) doped Zinc oxide (ZnO) because room temperature ferromagnetism was both theoretically predicted and experimentally observed. However, the origin of such ferromagnetism, in particular whether it is a signature of a true DMS behaviour (long range magnetic interaction between the doping ions) or it arises from the formation of secondary phases, segregation or clustering is still under debate. Measuring the dependence of the magnetic properties on the carrier concentration can clarify the underlying physics. The samples were characterized by resistivity, Hall effect, magnetoresistance, Seebeck effect, synchrotron X-ray adsorption spectra (XAS) and magnetic dichroism (XMD) while modulating the carrier density by electric field. The insulating-gate field-effect transistor structures are realized in ZnO/Strontium Titanate (SrTiO 3) heterostructures by pulsed laser deposition. These devices offers the capability to modulate the carrier density of a probe accessible (light, AFM tip, ...) channel, by more than 5 orders of magnitude (from ~10 15 to ~10 20 e -/cm 3, estimated by Hall effect measurements under FE). The Co and Mn films measured by DC SQUID magnetometer result ferromagnetic and anomalous Hall effect was observed at low temperature but nor ferromagnetic nor antiferromagnetic signal was detectable in the XMD spectra. Cu doped films are insulating and nonmagnetic. Photo Emission Electron Microscopy (x-PEEM) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM) showed that the sample are homogeneus and no clustering of TM were detected

  3. Metal-support interaction in platinum and palladium nanoparticles loaded on nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Perini, Lorenzo; Durante, Christian; Favaro, Marco; Perazzolo, Valentina; Agnoli, Stefano; Schneider, Oliver; Granozzi, Gaetano; Gennaro, Armando

    2015-01-21

    Mesoporous carbons are highly porous materials, which show large surface area, chemical inertness and electrochemical performances superior to traditional carbon material. In this study, we report the preparation of nitrogen-doped and undoped mesoporous carbons by an optimized hard template procedure employing silica as template, sucrose and ammonia as carbon and nitrogen source, respectively. Surface area measurements assert a value of 900 and 600 m(2) g(-1) for the best doped and undoped samples, respectively. Such supports were then thoroughly characterized by surface science and electron microscopy tools. Afterward, they were decorated with Pt and Pd nanoparticles, and it was found that the presence of nitrogen defects plays a significant role in improving the metal particles dimension and dispersion. In fact, when doped supports are used, the resulting metal nanoparticles are smaller (2-4 nm) and less prone to aggregation. Photoemission measurements give evidence of a binding energy shift, which is consistent with the presence of an electronic interaction between nitrogen atoms and the metal nanoparticles, especially in the case of Pd. The catalytic properties of electrodes decorated with such catalyst/support systems were investigated by linear sweep voltammetry and by rotating disk electrode measurements, revealing excellent stability and good activity toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In particular, although Pd nanoparticles always result in lower activity than Pt ones, both Pt and Pd electrodes based on the N-doped supports show an increased activity toward ORR with respect to the undoped ones. At the same mass loading, the Tafel slope and the stability test of the Pt@N-doped electrocatalysts indicate superior performances to that of a commercial Pt@C catalysts (30 wt % Pt on Vulcan XC-72, Johnson Matthey). PMID:25525718

  4. The Andreev reflection in a superconductor-normal metal junction of a doped correlated quantum spin Hall insulator

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    Chang, Yung-Yeh; Mou, Chung-Yu; Chung, Chung-Hou

    Andreev conductance across a normal metal-superconductor (N-S) junction of doped correlated quantum spin Hall insulator on honeycomb lattice is theoretically studied via Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk (BTK) formalism. The normal side is modeled by the doped Kane-Mele (KM) model. The superconducting side is a doped correlated KM t-J model, which has been shown to feature d+id'-wave spin singlet pairing. With increasing intrinsic spin-orbit coupling, the doped KM t-J system undergoes a topological phase transition from the chiral d-wave superconductivity to the Z2 spin-Chern superconducting phase with helical Majorana fermions at edges. We apply a local strain on the N-S interface to generate an effective Dirac-delta barrier and study the transport near the chiral-helical phase transition in the weak tunneling limit. We explore the Andreev conductance at the K and K' Dirac points, respectively and find the distinctive behaviors across the transition. Relevance of our results for the adatom-doped graphene is discussed. Reference: S.J. Sun, C.H. Chung, Y.Y. Chang, W.F. Tsai, and F.C. Zhang, arXiv:1506.02584.'' Y.Y. C. acknowledges the support from the MOST Grant No.104-2112-M-009-004-MY3 and the NCTS of Taiwan, R.O.C.

  5. Influence of the doping level on the porosity of silicon nanowires prepared by metal-assisted chemical etching.

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    Geyer, Nadine; Wollschläger, Nicole; Fuhrmann, Bodo; Tonkikh, Alexander; Berger, Andreas; Werner, Peter; Jungmann, Marco; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard; Leipner, Hartmut S

    2015-06-19

    A systematic method to control the porosity of silicon nanowires is presented. This method is based on metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) and takes advantage of an HF/H2O2 etching solution and a silver catalyst in the form of a thin patterned film deposited on a doped silicon wafer. It is found that the porosity of the etched nanowires can be controlled by the doping level of the wafer. For low doping concentrations, the wires are primarily crystalline and surrounded by only a very thin layer of porous silicon (pSi) layer, while for highly doped silicon, they are porous in their entire volume. We performed a series of controlled experiments to conclude that there exists a well-defined critical doping concentration separating the crystalline and porous regimes. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy investigations showed that the pSi has also a crystalline morphology on a length scale smaller than the pore size, determined from positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy to be mesoscopic. Based on the experimental evidence, we devise a theoretical model of the pSi formation during MACE and apply it for better control of the nanowire morphology.

  6. Modifying phase transitions and spin structure of Ni3V2O8 through transition metal doping

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    Kumarasiri, Akila; Kharel, Parashu; Dixit, Ambesh; Nowak, Mike; Lawes, Gavin

    2010-03-01

    Ni3V2O8 is a Kagome staircase material which has attracted considerable interest in recent years as it provides an excellent platform for studying the spin structure in geometrically frustrated materials. We have studied the effects of transition metal doping on the magnetic phase transitions of powder Ni3V2O8 through dielectric, heat capacity and AC susceptibility measurements. (Ni1-xMx)3V2O8 (M = Zn, Cu and Co) powder samples were synthesized using a standard metal-organic solution synthesis. We have mainly focused on the two phase transitions at TH = 9.2 K and TL = 6.3 K in undoped Ni3V2O8. On doping with non magnetic Zn, the system acts similar to spin dilution where the transition temperatures is suppressed linearly with the Zn fraction. However, spin 1/2 Cu and spin 3/2 Co doping shows significant deviation from simple site dilution. The Co:Ni3V2O8 system has a crossover at moderate Co fraction where the system changes into a Co3V2O8 type spin structure. Cu doping completely suppresses at least one phase transition at a relatively low Cu fraction.

  7. Effect of yttrium-doping on the microstructures and semiconductor-metal phase transition characteristics of polycrystalline VO2 thin films

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    Gu, Deen; Sun, Zhanhong; Zhou, Xin; Guo, Rui; Wang, Tao; Jiang, Yadong

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the effect of yttrium-doping on the microstructures and semiconductor-metal phase transition characteristics of polycrystalline VO2 thin films prepared by reactively co-sputtering process. XPS analyses indicate the existence of Y3+ in the Y-doped VO2 films, but Y-doping hardly influences the chemical states of V and O elements. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra reveal that both undoped and Y-doped VO2 thin films have a polycrystalline structure of monoclinic VO2. The introduction of Y greatly reduces the grain size of VO2 thin films as evidenced by scanning electron microscopy analyses. The relationship between the hysteresis width and doping level is not monotonic although the grain size is monotonically reduced with increasing the doping level. Y-doped VO2 films with optimal doping level (1.82 at%) have a notably narrower hysteresis width (4.6 °C) than undoped VO2 films (10.7 °C). This is ascribed to increased heterogeneous nucleation centers due to Y in the VO2 lattice. With the further increase of doping level, the size effect gradually plays a prominent role in SMPT, and the hysteresis width of Y-doped VO2 films increases instead. The SMPT temperature of Y-doped VO2 films obviously decreases compared with undoped VO2 films due to reduced grain size and deformation of local structure around Y atom.

  8. Egg derived nitrogen-self-doped carbon/carbon nanotube hybrids as noble-metal-free catalysts for oxygen reduction

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    Zhang, Jian; Wu, Siyu; Chen, Xu; Pan, Mu; Mu, Shichun

    2014-12-01

    Currently, the development of nitrogen (N) doped carbon based non-precious metal ORR catalysts has become one of the most attractive topics in low temperature fuel cells. Here, we demonstrate a green synthesis route of N-self-doped carbon materials by using eggs as N sources combining with iron sources and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CE-Fe-MWNT). After carbonized, such hybrid materials possess an outstanding electrocatalytic activity towards ORR comparable to the commercial Pt/C catalyst in alkaline media, and both superior stability and fuel (methanol and CO) tolerance than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, which provide a promising alternative to noble metal catalysts by using abundant natural biological resources.

  9. Metal-free Ketjenblack incorporated nitrogen-doped carbon sheets derived from gelatin as oxygen reduction catalysts.

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    Nam, Gyutae; Park, Joohyuk; Kim, Sun Tai; Shin, Dong-bin; Park, Noejung; Kim, Youngsik; Lee, Jang-Soo; Cho, Jaephil

    2014-01-01

    Electrocatalysts facilitating oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are vital components in advanced fuel cells and metal-air batteries. Here we report Ketjenblack incorporated nitrogen-doped carbon sheets derived from gelatin and apply these easily scalable materials as metal-free electrocatalysts for ORR. These carbon nanosheets demonstrate highly comparable catalytic activity for ORR as well as better durability than commercial Vulcan carbon supported Pt catalysts in alkaline media. Physico-chemical characterization and theoretical calculations suggest that proper combination of graphitic and pyridinic nitrogen species with more exposed edge sites effectively facilitates a formation of superoxide, [O2(ad)](-), via one-electron transfer, thus increasing catalytic activities for ORR. Our results demonstrate a novel strategy to expose more nitrogen doped edge sites by irregular stacked small sheets in developing better electrocatalysts for Zn-air batteries. These desirable architectures are embodied by an amphiphlilic gelatin mediated compatible synthetic strategy between hydrophobic carbon and aqueous water.

  10. Transition metal doping of Mg2FeH6--a DFT insight into synthesis and electronic structure.

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    Batalović, Katarina; Radaković, Jana; Belošević-Čavor, Jelena; Koteski, Vasil

    2014-06-28

    Mg2FeH6 is a promising hydrogen storage material with one of the highest volumetric hydrogen density among the known hydrogen storage materials. However, its complicated synthesis and high temperature of hydrogen desorption limit wider applications. In this paper we study the influence of transition metal (Ni, Co, Mn) doping on the structural, electronic and hydrogen sorption properties of Mg2FeH6, using first-principles density functional theory calculations. The thermodynamics of three different synthesis routes is addressed, and all of the mentioned transition metals are found to destabilize Mg2FeH6. In addition, a detailed study of electronic structure properties, including densities of states (DOS) and charge transfer analysis (AIM), reveals that the doping with Ni, Mn and Co leads to the reduction of the direct band gap of Mg2FeH6. PMID:24825440

  11. Metal-free Ketjenblack incorporated nitrogen-doped carbon sheets derived from gelatin as oxygen reduction catalysts.

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    Nam, Gyutae; Park, Joohyuk; Kim, Sun Tai; Shin, Dong-bin; Park, Noejung; Kim, Youngsik; Lee, Jang-Soo; Cho, Jaephil

    2014-01-01

    Electrocatalysts facilitating oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are vital components in advanced fuel cells and metal-air batteries. Here we report Ketjenblack incorporated nitrogen-doped carbon sheets derived from gelatin and apply these easily scalable materials as metal-free electrocatalysts for ORR. These carbon nanosheets demonstrate highly comparable catalytic activity for ORR as well as better durability than commercial Vulcan carbon supported Pt catalysts in alkaline media. Physico-chemical characterization and theoretical calculations suggest that proper combination of graphitic and pyridinic nitrogen species with more exposed edge sites effectively facilitates a formation of superoxide, [O2(ad)](-), via one-electron transfer, thus increasing catalytic activities for ORR. Our results demonstrate a novel strategy to expose more nitrogen doped edge sites by irregular stacked small sheets in developing better electrocatalysts for Zn-air batteries. These desirable architectures are embodied by an amphiphlilic gelatin mediated compatible synthetic strategy between hydrophobic carbon and aqueous water. PMID:24635744

  12. Photovoltaic properties of ZnO nanorods/p-type Si heterojunction structures

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    Witkowski, Bartlomiej Slawomir; Luka, Grzegorz; Wachnicki, Lukasz; Gieraltowska, Sylwia; Kopalko, Krzysztof; Zielony, Eunika; Bieganski, Piotr; Placzek-Popko, Ewa; Godlewski, Marek

    2014-01-01

    Summary Selected properties of photovoltaic (PV) structures based on n-type zinc oxide nanorods grown by a low temperature hydrothermal method on p-type silicon substrates (100) are investigated. PV structures were covered with thin films of Al doped ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition acting as transparent electrodes. The investigated PV structures differ in terms of the shapes and densities of their nanorods. The best response is observed for the structure containing closely-spaced nanorods, which show light conversion efficiency of 3.6%. PMID:24605282

  13. Order-Disorder Transition and Phase Separation in the MgB2 Metallic Sublattice Induced by Al Doping.

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    Brutti, S; Gigli, G

    2009-07-14

    MgB2 is a superconductor constituted by alternating Mg and B planar layers: doping of both the sublattices has been observed experimentally to destroy the outstanding superconductive properties of this simple material. In this study we present the investigation by first principles methods at atomistic scale of the phase separation induced by aluminum doping in the MgB2 lattice. The calculations were performed by Density Functional Theory in generalized gradient approximation and pseudopotentials. Orthorhombic oP36 supercells derived by the primitive hR3 MgB2 cell were built in order to simulate the aluminum-magnesium substitution in the 0-50% composition range. The computational results explained the occurrence of a phase separation in the Mg1-xAlxB2 system. The miscibility gap is predicted to be induced by an order-disorder transition in the metallic sublattice at high Al concentration. Indeed at 1000 K aluminum substitution takes place on random Mg sites for concentration up to 17% of the total metallic sites, whereas at Al content larger than 31% the substitution is energetically more favorable on alternated metallic layers (Mg undoped planes alternate with Mg-Al layers). The formation of this Al-rich phase lead at 50% doping to the formation of the double omega Mg1/2Al1/2B2 ordered lattice. From 17 to 31% the two phases, the disordered Mg1-xAlxB2 (x < 0.17) and the ordered Mg1/2+yAl1/2-yB2 (y < 0.19) lattices, coexist. This phase separation is driven by the balance of the enthalpy and entropy contributions to the Gibbs energy. Present DFT-GGA calculations indicate that this thermodynamically predicted suppression of the Al doping disorder in the metallic sublattice of MgB2 occurs in parallel with the collapse of the superconductive properties of the material.

  14. Metal-free selenium doped carbon nanotube/graphene networks as a synergistically improved cathode catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Jin, Zhiping; Nie, Huagui; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Zheng; Xu, Xiangju; Huang, Shaoming

    2012-09-01

    The ongoing search for new non-precious-metal catalysts (NPMCs) with excellent electrocatalytic performance to replace Pt-based catalysts has been viewed as an important strategy to promote the development of fuel cells. Recent studies have proven that carbon materials doped with atoms which have a relatively small atomic size (e.g. N, B, P or S), have also shown pronounced catalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate the successful fabrication of CNT/graphene doped with Se atoms, which has a relatively large atomic size, by a simple, economical, and scalable approach. The electrocatalytic performance of the resulting Se-doped CNT-graphene catalyst exhibits excellent catalytic activity, long-term stability, and a high methanol tolerance compared to commercial Pt/C catalysts. Our results confirmed that combining CNTs with graphene is an effective strategy to synergistically improve ORR activity. More importantly, it is also suggested that the development of graphite materials doped with Se or other heteroatoms of large size will open up a new route to obtain ideal NPMCs with realistic value for fuel cell applications.The ongoing search for new non-precious-metal catalysts (NPMCs) with excellent electrocatalytic performance to replace Pt-based catalysts has been viewed as an important strategy to promote the development of fuel cells. Recent studies have proven that carbon materials doped with atoms which have a relatively small atomic size (e.g. N, B, P or S), have also shown pronounced catalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate the successful fabrication of CNT/graphene doped with Se atoms, which has a relatively large atomic size, by a simple, economical, and scalable approach. The electrocatalytic performance of the resulting Se-doped CNT-graphene catalyst exhibits excellent catalytic activity, long-term stability, and a high methanol tolerance compared to commercial Pt/C catalysts. Our results confirmed that combining CNTs with graphene is an effective strategy to

  15. Effects of metallic nanoparticle doped flux on the interfacial intermetallic compounds between lead-free solder ball and copper substrate

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    Sujan, G.K. Haseeb, A.S.M.A. Afifi, A.B.M.

    2014-11-15

    Lead free solders currently in use are prone to develop thick interfacial intermetallic compound layers with rough morphology which are detrimental to the long term solder joint reliability. A novel method has been developed to control the morphology and growth of intermetallic compound layers between lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder ball and copper substrate by doping a water soluble flux with metallic nanoparticles. Four types of metallic nanoparticles (nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and titanium) were used to investigate their effects on the wetting behavior and interfacial microstructural evaluations after reflow. Nanoparticles were dispersed manually with a water soluble flux and the resulting nanoparticle doped flux was placed on copper substrate. Lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder balls of diameter 0.45 mm were placed on top of the flux and were reflowed at a peak temperature of 240 °C for 45 s. Angle of contact, wetting area and interfacial microstructure were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was observed that the angle of contact increased and wetting area decreased with the addition of cobalt, molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles to flux. On the other hand, wettability improved with the addition of nickel nanoparticles. Cross-sectional micrographs revealed that both nickel and cobalt nanoparticle doping transformed the morphology of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} from a typical scallop type to a planer one and reduced the intermetallic compound thickness under optimum condition. These effects were suggested to be related to in-situ interfacial alloying at the interface during reflow. The minimum amount of nanoparticles required to produce the planer morphology was found to be 0.1 wt.% for both nickel and cobalt. Molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles neither appear to undergo alloying during reflow nor have any influence at the solder/substrate interfacial reaction. Thus, doping

  16. Surface area-dependent second harmonic generation from silver nanorods.

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    Ngo, Hoang Minh; Luong, Thanh Tuyen; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle

    2016-08-17

    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of metallic nanoparticles strongly depend on their size and shape. Metallic gold nanorods have already been widely investigated, but other noble metals could also be used for nanorod fabrication towards applications in photonics. Here we report on the synthesis and NLO characterization of silver nanorods (AgNRs) with controllable localized surface plasmon resonance. We have implemented an original, one-step and seedless synthesis method, based on a spontaneous particle growth technique in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent. Colloidal solutions of AgNRs with various aspect ratios (5.0; 6.3; 7.5; 8.2 and 9.7) have been obtained and characterized using Harmonic light scattering (HLS) at 1064 nm, in order to investigate their quadratic NLO properties. From HLS experiments, we demonstrate that hyperpolarizability (β) values of AgNRs display a strong dependence on their surface area.

  17. Surface area-dependent second harmonic generation from silver nanorods.

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    Ngo, Hoang Minh; Luong, Thanh Tuyen; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle

    2016-08-17

    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of metallic nanoparticles strongly depend on their size and shape. Metallic gold nanorods have already been widely investigated, but other noble metals could also be used for nanorod fabrication towards applications in photonics. Here we report on the synthesis and NLO characterization of silver nanorods (AgNRs) with controllable localized surface plasmon resonance. We have implemented an original, one-step and seedless synthesis method, based on a spontaneous particle growth technique in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent. Colloidal solutions of AgNRs with various aspect ratios (5.0; 6.3; 7.5; 8.2 and 9.7) have been obtained and characterized using Harmonic light scattering (HLS) at 1064 nm, in order to investigate their quadratic NLO properties. From HLS experiments, we demonstrate that hyperpolarizability (β) values of AgNRs display a strong dependence on their surface area. PMID:27498825

  18. Thiourea-Modified TiO2 Nanorods with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Wu, Xiaofeng; Fang, Shun; Zheng, Yang; Sun, Jie; Lv, Kangle

    2016-02-01

    Semiconductor TiO2 photocatalysis has attracted much attention due to its potential application in solving the problems of environmental pollution. In this paper, thiourea (CH4N2S) modified anatase TiO2 nanorods were fabricated by calcination of the mixture of TiO2 nanorods and thiourea at 600 °C for 2 h. It was found that only N element was doped into the lattice of TiO2 nanorods. With increasing the weight ratio of thiourea to TiO2 (R) from 0 to 8, the light-harvesting ability of the photocatalyst steady increases. Both the crystallization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanorods increase first and then decrease with increase in R value, and R2 sample showed the highest crystallization and photocatalytic activity in degradation of Brilliant Red X3B (X3B) and Rhodamine B (RhB) dyes under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The increased visible-light photocatalytic activity of the prepared N-doped TiO2 nanorods is due to the synergistic effects of the enhanced crystallization, improved light-harvesting ability and reduced recombination rate of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. Note that the enhanced visible photocatalytic activity of N-doped nanorods is not based on the scarification of their UV photocatalytic activity.

  19. Effect of Catalytic Graphitization on the Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Isotropic Graphite Doped with Metallic Carbides

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    OrdA~¡s, N.; GarcA~­-Rosales, C.; Lindig, S.; Balden, M.; Wang, H.

    The influence of several graphitization parameters (temperature, dwell time, HIPing subsequent to graphitization) on the final properties of doped isotropic graphite has been investigated. The aim of this work is to obtain doped isotropic graphite with reduced chemical erosion by hydrogen bombardment, high thermal conductivity and large thermal shock resistance. As starting material, a self-sintering mesophase carbon powder and different metallic carbides (TiC, VC, ZrC and WC) as dopants has been used. Longer dwell time results in a remarkable increase of thermal conductivity, depending on the dopant and on the graphitization temperature. However, it leads also to carbide coarsening and local carbide agglomeration and thus to degradation of the mechanical properties. HIPing subsequent to graphitization leads to a significant reduction of porosity for the materials doped with VC and WC and thus to an improvement of their mechanical properties. A solid–liquid–solid model for metal catalysts can be applied to our experimental observations of graphitization in the presence of metallic carbides.

  20. Atomically Thin B doped g-C3N4 Nanosheets: High-Temperature Ferromagnetism and calculated Half-Metallicity

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    Gao, Daqiang; Liu, Yonggang; Liu, Peitao; Si, Mingsu; Xue, Desheng

    2016-01-01

    Since the graphitic carbon nitride (g-C4N3), which can be seen as C-doped graphitic-C3N4 (g-C3N4), was reported to display ferromagnetic ground state and intrinsic half-metallicity (Du et al., PRL,108,197207,2012), it has attracted numerous research interest to tune the electronic structure and magnetic properties of g-C3N4 due to their potential applications in spintronic devices. In this paper, we reported the experimentally achieving of high temperature ferromagnetism in metal-free ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets by introducing of B atoms. Further, first-principles calculation results revealed that the current flow in such a system was fully spin-polarized and the magnetic moment was mainly attributed to the p orbital of N atoms in B doped g-C3N4 monolayer, giving the theoretic evidence of the ferromagnetism and half-metallicity. Our finding provided a new perspective for B doped g-C3N4 spintronic devices in future. PMID:27762348

  1. Semi-emprical and ab initio study of lanthanide and transition metal ions doped in hexagonol beta-NaYF4

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    Yao, Ge

    Lanthanide and transition metal doped hexagonal beta-NaYF4 nanocrystals have a wide variety of applications in bioimaging, solar concentrators, display panel technology, photodynamic therapy, and security printing. This dissertation research employed two complementary approaches to characterizing the photoactive properties of lanthanides and transition metals doped in beta-NaYF 4. One approach was a semi-empirical method, based on Judd-Ofelt theory, used to calculate the optical transition intensity parameters for Er 3+ doped in beta-phase NaYF4:Yb3+ from measured emission intensity ratios and the diffuse reflectance spectrum. The second approach was based on first-principles density functional theory, investigating the effect of doping on the electronic structure of the materials of interest. In this latter approach, models of beta-NaYF4 with different numbers of atoms in supercells were built, where supercells were reproduced through translational symmetry creating periodic boundary conditions. The models were tested for convergence of local structure and energy as a function of supercell size. First, a converged model for the un-doped "parent" structure of the host material was developed using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional. Then, a systematic investigation of the optimized geometry and electronic structure of the doped beta-NaYF4: Ln3+ nanocrystals, was conducted using both spin-polarized DFT and non-collinear-spin DFT. For transition metal doping, the relationship between site symmetry and spin state with different doping concentrations was also demonstrated.

  2. General Preparation of Three-Dimensional Porous Metal Oxide Foams Coated with Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Enhanced Lithium Storage.

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    Lu, Ke; Xu, Jiantie; Zhang, Jintao; Song, Bin; Ma, Houyi

    2016-07-13

    Porous metal oxide architectures coated with a thin layer of carbon are attractive materials for energy storage applications. Here, a series of porous metal oxide (e.g., vanadium oxides, molybdenum oxides, manganese oxides) foams with/without nitrogen-doped carbon (N-C) coating have been synthesized via a general surfactant-assisted template method, involving the formation of porous metal oxides coated with 1-hexadecylamine (HDA) and a subsequent thermal treatment. The presence of HDA is of importance for the formation of a porous structure, and the successive pyrolysis of such a nitrogen-containing surfactant generates nitrogen-doped carbon (N-C) coated on the surface of metal oxides, which also provides a facile way to adjust the valence states of metal oxides via the carbothermal reduction reaction. When used as electrode materials, the highly porous metal oxides with N-C coating exhibited enhanced performance for lithium ion storage, thanks to the unique 3D structures associated with highly porous structure and thin N-C coating. Typically, the porous metal oxides (V2O5, MoO3, MnO2) exhibited discharge capacities of 286, 303, and 463 mAh g(-1) at current densities of 30 and 100 mA g(-1), respectively. In contrast, the metal oxides with low valences and carbon coating (VO2@N-C, MoO2@N-C, and MnO@N-C) exhibited improved capacities of 461, 613, and 892 mAh g(-1). The capacity retentions of about 87.5, 80.2, and 85.0% for VO2@N-C, MoO2@N-C, and MnO@N-C were achieved after 600 cycles, suggesting the acceptable cycling stability. The present strategy would provide general guidance for preparing porous metal oxide foams with enhanced lithium storage performances. PMID:27322176

  3. General Preparation of Three-Dimensional Porous Metal Oxide Foams Coated with Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Enhanced Lithium Storage.

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    Lu, Ke; Xu, Jiantie; Zhang, Jintao; Song, Bin; Ma, Houyi

    2016-07-13

    Porous metal oxide architectures coated with a thin layer of carbon are attractive materials for energy storage applications. Here, a series of porous metal oxide (e.g., vanadium oxides, molybdenum oxides, manganese oxides) foams with/without nitrogen-doped carbon (N-C) coating have been synthesized via a general surfactant-assisted template method, involving the formation of porous metal oxides coated with 1-hexadecylamine (HDA) and a subsequent thermal treatment. The presence of HDA is of importance for the formation of a porous structure, and the successive pyrolysis of such a nitrogen-containing surfactant generates nitrogen-doped carbon (N-C) coated on the surface of metal oxides, which also provides a facile way to adjust the valence states of metal oxides via the carbothermal reduction reaction. When used as electrode materials, the highly porous metal oxides with N-C coating exhibited enhanced performance for lithium ion storage, thanks to the unique 3D structures associated with highly porous structure and thin N-C coating. Typically, the porous metal oxides (V2O5, MoO3, MnO2) exhibited discharge capacities of 286, 303, and 463 mAh g(-1) at current densities of 30 and 100 mA g(-1), respectively. In contrast, the metal oxides with low valences and carbon coating (VO2@N-C, MoO2@N-C, and MnO@N-C) exhibited improved capacities of 461, 613, and 892 mAh g(-1). The capacity retentions of about 87.5, 80.2, and 85.0% for VO2@N-C, MoO2@N-C, and MnO@N-C were achieved after 600 cycles, suggesting the acceptable cycling stability. The present strategy would provide general guidance for preparing porous metal oxide foams with enhanced lithium storage performances.

  4. Method of CO and/or CO.sub.2 hydrogenation using doped mixed-metal oxides

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    Shekhawat, Dushyant; Berry, David A.; Haynes, Daniel J.; Abdelsayed, Victor; Smith, Mark W.; Spivey, James J.

    2015-10-06

    A method of hydrogenation utilizing a reactant gas mixture comprising a carbon oxide and a hydrogen agent, and a hydrogenation catalyst comprising a mixed-metal oxide containing metal sites supported and/or incorporated into the lattice. The mixed-metal oxide comprises a perovskite, a pyrochlore, a fluorite, a brownmillerite, or mixtures thereof doped at the A-site or the B-site. The metal site may comprise a deposited metal, where the deposited metal is a transition metal, an alkali metal, an alkaline earth metal, or mixtures thereof. Contact between the carbon oxide, hydrogen agent, and hydrogenation catalyst under appropriate conditions of temperature, pressure and gas flow rate generate a hydrogenation reaction and produce a hydrogenated product made up of carbon from the carbon oxide and some portion of the hydrogen agent. The carbon oxide may be CO, CO.sub.2, or mixtures thereof and the hydrogen agent may be H.sub.2. In a particular embodiment, the hydrogenated product comprises an alcohol, an olefin, an aldehyde, a ketone, an ester, an oxo-product, or mixtures thereof.

  5. Electrocatalytic oxidation of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine at metal oxide doped phthalocyanine/MWCNT composite sensor.

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    Mphuthi, Ntsoaki G; Adekunle, Abolanle S; Ebenso, Eno E

    2016-01-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with metal oxides (MO = Fe3O4, ZnO) nanoparticles doped phthalocyanine (Pc) and functionalized MWCNTs, and the electrocatalytic properties were studied. Successful synthesis of the metal oxide nanoparticles and the MO/Pc/MWCNT composite were confirmed using FTIR, Raman and SEM techniques. The electrodes were characterized using cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. The electrocatalytic behaviour of the electrode towards epinephrine (EP) and norepinephrine (NE) oxidation was investigated using CV and DPV. Result showed that GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/2,3-Nc, GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O429H,31H-Pc, GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/2,3-Nc and GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc electrodes gave enhanced EP and NE current response. Stability study indicated that the four GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc modified electrodes were stable against electrode fouling effect with the percentage NE current drop of 5.56-5.88% after 20 scans. GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (4.6 μM) towards EP while MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (1.7 μM) towards NE. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the electrodes compared well with literature. Electrocatalytic oxidation of EP and NE on GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc electrodes was diffusion controlled with some adsorption of electro-oxidation reaction intermediates products. The electrodes were found to be electrochemically stable, reusable and can be used for the analysis of EP and NE in real life samples. PMID:27245690

  6. Electrocatalytic oxidation of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine at metal oxide doped phthalocyanine/MWCNT composite sensor

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    Mphuthi, Ntsoaki G.; Adekunle, Abolanle S.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-01-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with metal oxides (MO = Fe3O4, ZnO) nanoparticles doped phthalocyanine (Pc) and functionalized MWCNTs, and the electrocatalytic properties were studied. Successful synthesis of the metal oxide nanoparticles and the MO/Pc/MWCNT composite were confirmed using FTIR, Raman and SEM techniques. The electrodes were characterized using cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. The electrocatalytic behaviour of the electrode towards epinephrine (EP) and norepinephrine (NE) oxidation was investigated using CV and DPV. Result showed that GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/2,3-Nc, GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O429H,31H-Pc, GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/2,3-Nc and GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc electrodes gave enhanced EP and NE current response. Stability study indicated that the four GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc modified electrodes were stable against electrode fouling effect with the percentage NE current drop of 5.56–5.88% after 20 scans. GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (4.6 μM) towards EP while MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (1.7 μM) towards NE. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the electrodes compared well with literature. Electrocatalytic oxidation of EP and NE on GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc electrodes was diffusion controlled with some adsorption of electro-oxidation reaction intermediates products. The electrodes were found to be electrochemically stable, reusable and can be used for the analysis of EP and NE in real life samples. PMID:27245690

  7. Thermoelectric material including a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure

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    Yang, Jihui; Shi, Xun; Bai, Shengqiang; Zhang, Wenqing; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jiong

    2012-01-17

    A thermoelectric material includes a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure having the formula A.sub.8TM.sub.y.sub.1.sup.1TM.sub.y.sub.2.sup.2 . . . TM.sub.y.sub.n.sup.nM.sub.zX.sub.46-y.sub.1.sub.-y.sub.2.sub.- . . . -y.sub.n.sub.-z. In the formula, A is selected from the group consisting of barium, strontium, and europium; X is selected from the group consisting of silicon, germanium, and tin; M is selected from the group consisting of aluminum, gallium, and indium; TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, and TM.sup.n are independently selected from the group consisting of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metals; and y.sub.1, y.sub.2, y.sub.n and Z are actual compositions of TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, TM.sup.n, and M, respectively. The actual compositions are based upon nominal compositions derived from the following equation: z=8q.sub.A-|.DELTA.q.sub.1|y.sub.1-|.DELTA.q.sub.2|y.sub.2- . . . -|.DELTA.q.sub.n|y.sub.n, wherein q.sub.A is a charge state of A, and wherein .DELTA.q.sub.1, .DELTA.q.sub.2, .DELTA.q.sub.n are, respectively, the nominal charge state of the first, second, and n-th TM.

  8. Electrocatalytic oxidation of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine at metal oxide doped phthalocyanine/MWCNT composite sensor

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    Mphuthi, Ntsoaki G.; Adekunle, Abolanle S.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-06-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with metal oxides (MO = Fe3O4, ZnO) nanoparticles doped phthalocyanine (Pc) and functionalized MWCNTs, and the electrocatalytic properties were studied. Successful synthesis of the metal oxide nanoparticles and the MO/Pc/MWCNT composite were confirmed using FTIR, Raman and SEM techniques. The electrodes were characterized using cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. The electrocatalytic behaviour of the electrode towards epinephrine (EP) and norepinephrine (NE) oxidation was investigated using CV and DPV. Result showed that GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/2,3-Nc, GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O429H,31H-Pc, GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/2,3-Nc and GCE-MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc electrodes gave enhanced EP and NE current response. Stability study indicated that the four GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc modified electrodes were stable against electrode fouling effect with the percentage NE current drop of 5.56–5.88% after 20 scans. GCE-MWCNT/Fe3O4/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (4.6 μM) towards EP while MWCNT/ZnO/29H,31H-Pc gave the lowest limit of detection (1.7 μM) towards NE. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the electrodes compared well with literature. Electrocatalytic oxidation of EP and NE on GCE-MWCNT/MO/Pc electrodes was diffusion controlled with some adsorption of electro-oxidation reaction intermediates products. The electrodes were found to be electrochemically stable, reusable and can be used for the analysis of EP and NE in real life samples.

  9. Photoelectrochemical and photosensing behaviors of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorods

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    Majumder, T.; Hmar, J. J. L.; Roy, J. N.; Mondal, S. P. E-mail: suvra.phy@nita.ac.in; Debnath, K.; Gogurla, N.; Ray, S. K.

    2014-07-21

    ZnO nanorods have been grown on indium-tin-oxide coated glass substrates by a low cost chemical process. Current-voltage characteristics have been studied using ZnO nanorods as photoanode in an electrochemical cell. The flat band voltage shift and depletion width of ZnO nanorods/electrolyte interface have been estimated from Mott-Schottky (MS) characteristics. The electrochemical impedance measurements have been carried out to study the charge transport mechanism at the semiconductor-electrolyte interface under dark and white light (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) illumination. The doping concentration of nanorods has been extracted from MS plot. Photoresponse behavior of ZnO nanorods is found to be enhanced than seed layers with the incident of white light. Spectral dependent photovoltage of ZnO nanorods has been carried out using monochromatic light of wavelength 250–600 nm. The photopotential recovery time has been estimated for nanorods and seed layers. The stability of ZnO nanorods as a photoanode has been investigated.

  10. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Xie, Yu; Li, Shaoyan; Zhang, Ting; Joshi, Prakash; Fong, Hao; Ropp, Mike; Galipeau, David; Qiao, Qiquan

    2008-08-01

    A series of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using ZnO nanorod arrays as the anode electrode. The ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on the fluorine doped tin dioxide (FTO) substrates by a hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicated that the ZnO nanorod arrays were highly oriented on FTO substrates with an average diameter of ~40 nm and an average length of ~1 μm. After sensitized by Z-907 dye via impregnation in solution, ZnO nanorod arrays changed the color from white to pink. This indicated that the dye had been successfully attached to ZnO nanorods. The high-aspect-ratio (~25) ZnO nanorod arrays are expected to improve charge transport through the formation of continuous channels along the nanorods. We fabricated photovoltaic cells based on these ZnO nanorod arrays and found the deposition time and effective area were two important factors affecting short circuit current densities and cell efficiencies. The device performance (Voc = 0.48 V, Jsc = 5.39 mA/cm2, η = 0.73 %) showed a great potential for solar energy conversion.

  11. Temperature dependent absorption measurement of various transition metal doped laser materials

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    Horackova, Lucie; Šulc, Jan; Jelinkova, Helena; Jambunathan, Venkatesan; Lucianetti, Antonio; Mocek, Tomás.

    2015-05-01

    In recent years, there has been a vast development of high energy class lasers of the order of 100 J to kJ level which have potential applications in the field of science and technology. Many such systems use the gain media cooled at cryogenic temperatures which will help in enhancing the spectroscopic and thermo-optical properties. Nevertheless, parasitic effects like amplified spontaneous emission enhance and affect the overall efficiency. The best way to suppress this effect is to use cladding element attached to the gain material. Based on these facts, this work was focused on the systematic investigation of temperature dependent absorption of several materials doped with transition metals, which can be used as cladding, as laser gain material, or as passive Q-switching element. The Ti:sapphire, Cr:YAG, V:YAG, and Co:MALO samples were measured in temperature range from 80 K to 330 K by step of 50 K. Using Beer-Lambert law we estimated the absorption coefficient of these materials.

  12. The electronic properties of noble metal doped silicon nanocrystals using hybrid density functional theory

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    Mayfield, Cedric Leon

    One of the most challenging issues in semiconductor physics is to engineer band structures for a particular device. Contemporary photovoltaic (PV) and photoelectrochemical (PEC) devices rely on defect energy levels and nano-scaling to customize their band structures. As the length scale of a material becomes comparable to the exciton Bohr radius the free particle behavior of charge carriers transition to bound states where energy levels are quantized. In this thesis, hybrid density functional theory has been used to study the electronic properties of silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) having 75, 150 and 300 silicon atoms. The atomic coordinates were defined by two geometries (diamond and wurtzite) of bulk phase silicon. The global minimum energy structures for both geometries at each size were found for particular variation on magnetic moments, dopant, dopant position, and surface passivation with hydrogen. We report our results on bond lengths, binding energies, formation energies, HOMO-LUMO gaps, and density of states. We also report results on electronic occupations derived from Mulliken population analysis. Our results show that the SiNCs have tunable HOMO-LUMO gaps with respect to size and that the inclusion of noble metals produces inter-gap defect levels. In addition, we have found that hydrogen passivation affected the doping behavior significantly. Contrary to the general expectation, hydrogen passivation contributed to the energy levels near the highest occupied orbital. Overall, our results suggest the SiNCs can be used to construct optimal photovoltaic applications or used individually as photocatalysts.

  13. The metal-insulator transition in trivalent-ion-doped tungsten bronzes.

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    Kasl, C; Hoch, M J R

    2014-02-12

    Electrical transport measurements have been made on a series of trivalent-ion-doped tungsten bronzes MxWO3, with M = Y (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.12) or La (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.19), over the temperature range 2-300 K. The results are consistent with a metal-insulator transition (MIT) at a critical concentration xC ≃ 0.06, which corresponds to an electron concentration nC ≃ 3.3 × 10(21) cm(-3). The appearance of small concentrations of non-cubic phases for x ∼ xC does not have a significant impact on the evolution of the electronic properties of the trivalent bronzes in the low x range. Analysis of the transport results, and a comparison of the findings with those obtained by other workers for the sodium tungsten bronzes, suggest that electron-electron interaction effects play a significant role in inducing the MIT in this type of disordered system.

  14. Structural and thermodynamic consideration of metal oxide doped GeO{sub 2} for gate stack formation on germanium

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    Lu, Cimang Lee, Choong Hyun; Zhang, Wenfeng; Nishimura, Tomonori; Nagashio, Kosuke; Toriumi, Akira

    2014-11-07

    A systematic investigation was carried out on the material and electrical properties of metal oxide doped germanium dioxide (M-GeO{sub 2}) on Ge. We propose two criteria on the selection of desirable M-GeO{sub 2} for gate stack formation on Ge. First, metal oxides with larger cation radii show stronger ability in modifying GeO{sub 2} network, benefiting the thermal stability and water resistance in M-GeO{sub 2}/Ge stacks. Second, metal oxides with a positive Gibbs free energy for germanidation are required for good interface properties of M-GeO{sub 2}/Ge stacks in terms of preventing the Ge-M metallic bond formation. Aggressive equivalent oxide thickness scaling to 0.5 nm is also demonstrated based on these understandings.

  15. Trends in non-metal doping of the SrTiO₃ surface: a hybrid density functional study.

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    Guo, Yating; Qiu, Xiaowei; Dong, Hao; Zhou, Xin

    2015-09-01

    Doping of the SrTiO3 surface with non-metal atoms (X = C, N, F, Si, P, S, Cl, Se, Br and I) has been considered in a systematic study by performing periodic density functional theory calculations using the hybrid HSE06 functional, with the objective of improving its photocatalytic activity for water splitting under visible light. Our results found that the doping in the top layer of the SrTiO3(001) surface is energetically favored. An X (X = C, N and F) atom with a relatively small atomic radius tends to substitute the O atom in the TiO2-terminated surface, while the preferential occupation of the X (X = P, S, Cl, Se and Br) atom with larger atomic radius takes place at the O position in the SrO-terminated surface. X-doped surfaces (X = C, Si and P) show the presence of discrete midgap states, which are detrimental to photocatalysis. Due to the appearance of surface O 2p states, the band gap of the pure TiO2-terminated surface is calculated to be 2.56 eV, which is much narrower than that of bulk SrTiO3 (3.4 eV). Our results indicate that the band alignments of N-doped, Br-doped and I-doped SrTiO3(001) surfaces are well positioned for the feasibility of photo-oxidation and photo-reduction of water, which are promising for water splitting in the visible light region. PMID:26224623

  16. Synthesis and catalytic activity of heteroatom doped metal-free single-wall carbon nanohorns.

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    Wu, Xiaohui; Cui, Longbin; Tang, Pei; Hu, Ziqi; Ma, Ding; Shi, Zujin

    2016-04-01

    Boron-, phosphorus-, nitrogen-doped and co-doped single-wall carbon nanohorns were produced using an arc-vaporization method. These as-prepared doped materials consist of uniform isolated nanohorns and exhibit greatly enhanced catalytic capabilities in the reduction reaction of nitrobenzene and a volcano-shape trend between their activities with a B dopant content is found. Moreover, the B-C3 and P-C3 species in doped nanohorns might act as the acidic and basic sites to promote this reaction. PMID:27006980

  17. Optical, laser spectroscopic, and electrical characterization of transion metal doped zinc selenide and zinc sulfide nano-and-microcrystals

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    Kim, Changsu

    Middle-infrared lasers operating over a "molecular fingerprint" 2-15 mum spectral range are in great demand for a variety of applications. One of the best choices for lasing in the 2-5 mum spectral range is direct oscillation from divalent transition metal ions (TM2+: Cr 2+, Fe2+, Co2+)-doped wide bandgap II-VI semiconductor crystals. There are three major objectives in this dissertation: (1) Realize and study middle-infrared electroluminescence of n and p-type, Cr doped bulk ZnSe crystals. We have demonstrated a method of ZnSe crystals thermal-diffusion doping with donor (In, Zn, and Al) and acceptor (Cu, Ag, and N through CrN) impurities resulting in n and p-type conductivity of Cr:ZnSe. We are the first to our knowledge to obtain mid-IR electroluminescence in nominally p-type Cr:Ag:ZnSe, which could prove valuable for developing of novel mid-IR laser diodes. (2) En route to low dimensional gain material, develop simple method for making microscopic laser active Cr doped ZnSe, ZnS and CdSe powders, realize and study their laser spectroscopic characteristics. We have demonstrated a simple physical method of Cr2+:ZnSe, ZnS and CdSe powder fabrication with average sizes below ˜ 10mum and ˜1mum (eliminating stage of bulk crystal growth) and demonstrated first ever mid-IR random lasing on these powders under optical excitation. In addition, we have examine suspensions and polymer films impregnated with Cr:II-VI powders for random lasing in the mid-IR. The powder, suspension and polymer samples are fabricated and characterized through the measurement of photoluminescence (PL) spectra, PL kinetics, and lasing threshold energy. (3) En route to low dimensional gain material, develop method for making laser active Cr, Co, and Fe doped ZnSe and ZnS quantum dots (QD), realize and study their laser spectroscopic characteristics. We have demonstrated a novel method of TM doped II-VI QDs fabrication based on laser ablation in liquid and Ar environment. TM doped II-VI QDs

  18. Defect energetics and magnetic properties of 3 d-transition-metal-doped topological crystalline insulator SnTe

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    Wang, Na; Wang, JianFeng; Si, Chen; Gu, Bing-Lin; Duan, WenHui

    2016-08-01

    The introduction of magnetism in SnTe-class topological crystalline insulators is a challenging subject with great importance in the quantum device applications. Based on the first-principles calculations, we have studied the defect energetics and magnetic properties of 3 d transition-metal (TM)-doped SnTe. We find that the doped TM atoms prefer to stay in the neutral states and have comparatively high formation energies, suggesting that the uniform TMdoping in SnTe with a higher concentration will be difficult unless clustering. In the dilute doping regime, all the magnetic TMatoms are in the high-spin states, indicating that the spin splitting energy of 3 d TM is stronger than the crystal splitting energy of the SnTe ligand. Importantly, Mn-doped SnTe has relatively low defect formation energy, largest local magnetic moment, and no defect levels in the bulk gap, suggesting that Mn is a promising magnetic dopant to realize the magnetic order for the theoretically-proposed large-Chern-number quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) in SnTe.

  19. Modulating electronic, magnetic and chemical properties of MoS2 monolayer sheets by substitutional doping with transition metals

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    Ma, Dongwei; Ju, Weiwei; Li, Tingxian; Zhang, Xiwei; He, Chaozheng; Ma, Benyuan; Tang, Yanan; Lu, Zhansheng; Yang, Zongxian

    2016-02-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, the effects of substitutional doping with transition-metal (TM) atoms (Co, Ni, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt and Au) were investigated on the electronic structure, magnetic property and chemical activity of the molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayer sheet. It is found that all the considered TM atoms are strongly bonded to the sulfur defects. The magnetic properties of MoS2 monolayer sheets can be modulated by embedding TM atoms. The introduced spin magnetic moments are 1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.99, and 2.00μB, respectively, for Ir, Rh, Co, Au and Ru doping. The electronic properties of MoS2 monolayer sheets are also significantly changed due to the induced impurity states in the band gap. The chemical activity of the TM-doped MoS2 monolayer sheet (TM-MoS2) is significantly enhanced compared with the undoped sheet. Most TM-MoS2 can strongly adsorb and thus effectively activate the adsorbed O2. It is proposed that the partially occupied d orbitals of the doped TM atoms localized in the vicinity of the Fermi level play a crucial role in adsorbing and activating the adsorbed O2. The adsorption of O2 can in turn modify the electronic structures and magnetic properties of TM-MoS2.

  20. Metal-free selenium doped carbon nanotube/graphene networks as a synergistically improved cathode catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Jin, Zhiping; Nie, Huagui; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Zheng; Xu, Xiangju; Huang, Shaoming

    2012-10-21

    The ongoing search for new non-precious-metal catalysts (NPMCs) with excellent electrocatalytic performance to replace Pt-based catalysts has been viewed as an important strategy to promote the development of fuel cells. Recent studies have proven that carbon materials doped with atoms which have a relatively small atomic size (e.g. N, B, P or S), have also shown pronounced catalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate the successful fabrication of CNT/graphene doped with Se atoms, which has a relatively large atomic size, by a simple, economical, and scalable approach. The electrocatalytic performance of the resulting Se-doped CNT-graphene catalyst exhibits excellent catalytic activity, long-term stability, and a high methanol tolerance compared to commercial Pt/C catalysts. Our results confirmed that combining CNTs with graphene is an effective strategy to synergistically improve ORR activity. More importantly, it is also suggested that the development of graphite materials doped with Se or other heteroatoms of large size will open up a new route to obtain ideal NPMCs with realistic value for fuel cell applications. PMID:22955444

  1. Stability of crystal facets in gold nanorods.

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    Katz-Boon, Hadas; Walsh, Michael; Dwyer, Christian; Mulvaney, Paul; Funston, Alison M; Etheridge, Joanne

    2015-03-11

    Metal nanocrystals can be grown in a variety of shapes through the modification of surface facet energies via surfactants. However, the surface facets are only a few atoms wide, making it extremely challenging to measure their geometries and energies. Here, we locate and count atoms in Au nanorods at successive time intervals using quantitative scanning transmission electron microscopy. This enables us to determine the atomic-level geometry and the relative stability of the facets and to expound their relationship to the overall three-dimensional nanocrystal shape and size. We reveal coexisting high- and low-index facets with comparable stability and dimensions and find the geometry of the nanorods is remarkably stable, despite significant atom movements. This information provides unique insights into the mechanisms that govern growth kinetics and nanocrystal morphology. PMID:25658226

  2. Modeling of cluster organization in metal-doped oxide glasses irradiated by a train of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Smetanina, Evgeniya; Chimier, Benoit; Petit, Yannick; Varkentina, Nadezda; Fargin, Evelyne; Hirsch, Lionel; Cardinal, Thierry; Canioni, Lionel; Duchateau, Guillaume

    2016-01-01

    The formation of silver cluster structures at submicrometer spatial scales under the irradiation by high-power femtosecond laser pulses with high repetition rate was observed in various glasses containing silver ions. In order to account for the formation of these structures in metal-doped glasses, we present a theoretical model for the organization of noble metallic clusters induced by a train of femtosecond laser pulses. The model includes photoionization and laser heating of the sample, diffusion, kinetic reactions, and dissociation of metallic species. This model was applied to reproduce the formation of cluster structures in silver-doped phosphate glass. The parameters of the silver structures were obtained numerically under various incident pulse intensities and number of pulses. Numerical modeling shows that the involved microscopic physical and chemical processes naturally lead to the emergence of a silver cluster organization, together with charge migration and subsequent trapping giving rise to a strong static electric field buried in the irradiated area as experimentally observed. Based on this modeling, a theoretical basis is provided for the design of new metallic cluster structures with nanoscale size.

  3. Non-degenerate n-type doping by hydrazine treatment in metal work function engineered WSe₂ field-effect transistor.

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    Lee, Inyeal; Rathi, Servin; Li, Lijun; Lim, Dongsuk; Khan, Muhammad Atif; Kannan, E S; Kim, Gil-Ho

    2015-11-13

    We report a facile and highly effective n-doping method using hydrazine solution to realize enhanced electron conduction in a WSe2 field-effect transistor (FET) with three different metal contacts of varying work functions-namely, Ti, Co, and Pt. Before hydrazine treatment, the Ti- and Co-contacted WSe2 FETs show weak ambipolar behaviour with electron dominant transport, whereas in the Pt-contacted WSe2 FETs, the p-type unipolar behaviour was observed with the transport dominated by holes. In the hydrazine treatment, a p-type WSe2 FET (Pt contacted) was converted to n-type with enhanced electron conduction, whereas highly n-doped properties were achieved for both Ti- and Co-contacted WSe2 FETs with on-current increasing by three orders of magnitude for Ti. All n-doped WSe2 FETs exhibited enhanced hysteresis in their transfer characteristics, which opens up the possibility of developing memories using transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:26486939

  4. First-principles theory of field-effect doping in transition-metal dichalcogenides: Structural properties, electronic structure, Hall coefficient, and electrical conductivity

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    Brumme, Thomas; Calandra, Matteo; Mauri, Francesco

    2015-04-01

    We investigate how field-effect doping affects the structural properties, the electronic structure, and the Hall coefficient of few-layers transition-metal dichalcogenides by using density-functional theory. We consider monolayers, bilayers, and trilayers of the H polytype of MoS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, WS2, and WSe2 and provide a full database of electronic structures and Hall coefficients for hole and electron doping. We find that, for both electron and hole doping, the electronic structure depends on the number of layers and cannot be described by a rigid band shift. Furthermore, it is important to relax the structure under the asymmetric electric field. Interestingly, while the width of the conducting channel depends on the doping, the number of occupied bands at each given k point is almost uncorrelated with the thickness of the doping-charge distribution. Finally, we calculate within the constant-relaxation-time approximation the electrical conductivity and the inverse Hall coefficient. We demonstrate that in some cases the charge determined by Hall-effect measurements can deviate from the real charge by up to 50%. For hole-doped MoTe2 the Hall charge has even the wrong polarity at low temperature. We provide the mapping between the doping charge and the Hall coefficient. We present more than 250 band structures for all doping levels of the transition-metal dichalcogenides considered within this work.

  5. Ordered silicon nanorod arrays with controllable geometry and robust hydrophobicity

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    Zi-Wen, Wang; Jia-Qi, Cai; Yi-Zhi, Wu; Hui-Jie, Wang; Xiao-Liang, Xu

    2015-01-01

    Highly ordered silicon nanorod (SiNR) arrays with controllable geometry are fabricated via nanosphere lithography and metal-assisted chemical etching. It is demonstrated that the key to achieving a high-quality metal mask is to construct a non-close-packed template that can be removed with negligible damage to the mask. Hydrophobicity of SiNR arrays of different geometries is also studied. It is shown that the nanorod structures are effectively quasi-hydrophobic with a contact angle as high as 142°, which would be useful in self-cleaning nanorod-based device applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51272246) and the Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Anhui Province, China (Grant No. 12010202035).

  6. Quantized Evolution of the Plasmonic Response in a Stretched Nanorod

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    Rossi, Tuomas P.; Zugarramurdi, Asier; Puska, Martti J.; Nieminen, Risto M.

    2015-12-01

    Quantum aspects, such as electron tunneling between closely separated metallic nanoparticles, are crucial for understanding the plasmonic response of nanoscale systems. We explore quantum effects on the response of the conductively coupled metallic nanoparticle dimer. This is realized by stretching a nanorod, which leads to the formation of a narrowing atomic contact between the two nanorod ends. Based on first-principles time-dependent density-functional-theory calculations, we find a discontinuous evolution of the plasmonic response as the nanorod is stretched. This is especially pronounced for the intensity of the main charge-transfer plasmon mode. We show the correlation between the observed discontinuities and the discrete nature of the conduction channels supported by the formed atomic-sized junction.

  7. Microstructural and Optical properties of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nano thin films fabricated by sol gel method

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    Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Tasci, A. Tolga; Arda, Lutfi; Demirozu Senol, Sevim; Celik, Sukru; Terzioglu, Cabir

    Undoped and Cu (Copper) doped ZnO (Zn1-xCuxO) semiconductor thin films were produced by using sol-gel method. Cu was doped 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5% ratio. Methanol and monoethanolamine (MEA) were used as solvent and stabilizer. In this study, the effect of Cu doping was investigated on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO DMS thin films. XRD, SEM, AFM and UV-VIS spectrometer measurements were performed for the microstructural and optical characterization. XRD, SEM and AFM results were showed that all of Cu doped ZnO based thin films have a hexagonal structure. The grain size of Cu doped ZnO thin films and morphology of surface were changed with increasing Cu doping. The optical transmittance of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO thin films were decreased with doping. Keywords:Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS), Thin Film, Cu-doping, Bandgap Energy, ZnO. This research has been supported by the Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KU-BAP-05/2015-12 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Project No. 114F259.

  8. Dynamics of the metal-insulator transition of donor-doped SrTi O3

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    Meyer, René; Zurhelle, Alexander F.; De Souza, Roger A.; Waser, Rainer; Gunkel, Felix

    2016-09-01

    The electrical properties of donor-doped SrTi O3 (n -STO) are profoundly affected by an oxidation-induced metal-insulator transition (MIT). Here we employ dynamical numerical simulations to examine the high-temperature MIT of n -STO over a large range of time and length scales. The simulations are based on the Nernst-Planck equations, the continuity equations, and the Poisson equation, in combination with surface lattice disorder equilibria serving as time-dependent boundary conditions. The simulations reveal that n -STO, upon oxidation, develops a kinetic space charge region (SCR) in the near-surface region. The surface concentrations of the variously mobile defects (electrons, Sr vacancies, and O vacancies) are found to vary over time and to differ considerably from the values of the new equilibrium. The formation of the SCR in which electrons are strongly depleted occurs within nanoseconds, i.e., it yields a fast MIT in the near-surface region during the oxidation process. As a result of charge (over-)compensation by Sr vacancies incorporated at the surface of n -STO, this SCR is much more pronounced than conventionally expected. In addition, we find an anomalous increase of O vacancy concentration at the surface upon oxidation caused by the SCR. Our simulations show that the SCR fades in the long term as a result of the slow in-diffusion of Sr vacancies. We discuss implications for the electrical conductivity of n -STO crystals used as substrates for epitaxial oxide thin films, of n -STO thin films and interfaces, and of polycrystalline n -STO with various functionalities.

  9. Photovoltaic response in pristine WSe{sub 2} layers modulated by metal-induced surface-charge-transfer doping

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    Wi, Sungjin; Chen, Mikai; Li, Da; Nam, Hongsuk; Meyhofer, Edgar; Liang, Xiaogan

    2015-08-10

    We obtained photovoltaic response in pristine multilayer WSe{sub 2} by sandwiching WSe{sub 2} between top and bottom metals. In this structure, the work-function difference between the top metal and WSe{sub 2} plays a critical role in generating built-in potentials and photovoltaic responses. Our devices with Zn as top metal exhibit photo-conversion efficiencies up to 6.7% under 532 nm illumination and external quantum efficiencies in the range of 40%–83% for visible light. This work provides a method for generating photovoltaic responses in layered semiconductors without detrimental doping or exquisite heterostructures, and also advances the physics for modulating the band structures of such emerging semiconductors.

  10. Half-metallic digital ferromagnetic heterostructure composed of a delta-doped layer of Mn in Si.

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    Qian, M C; Fong, C Y; Liu, Kai; Pickett, W E; Pask, J E; Yang, L H

    2006-01-20

    We propose and investigate the properties of a digital ferromagnetic heterostructure consisting of a delta-doped layer of Mn in Si, using ab initio electronic-structure methods. We find that (i) ferromagnetic order of the Mn layer is energetically favorable relative to antiferromagnetic, and (ii) the heterostructure is a two-dimensional half-metallic system. The metallic behavior is contributed by three majority-spin bands originating from hybridized Mn-d and nearest-neighbor Si-p states, and the corresponding carriers are responsible for the ferromagnetic order in the Mn layer. The minority-spin channel has a calculated semiconducting gap of 0.25 eV. The band lineup is found to be favorable for retaining the half-metal character to near the Curie temperature. This kind of heterostructure may be of special interest for integration into mature Si technologies for spintronic applications.

  11. Trap state passivation improved hot-carrier instability by zirconium-doping in hafnium oxide in a nanoscale n-metal-oxide semiconductor-field effect transistors with high-k/metal gate

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    Liu, Hsi-Wen; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Jyun-Yu; Chen, Ching-En; Liu, Kuan-Ju; Lu, Ying-Hsin; Lin, Chien-Yu; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen; Cheng, Osbert; Huang, Cheng-Tung; Ye, Yi-Han

    2016-04-01

    This work investigates the effect on hot carrier degradation (HCD) of doping zirconium into the hafnium oxide high-k layer in the nanoscale high-k/metal gate n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors. Previous n-metal-oxide semiconductor-field effect transistor studies demonstrated that zirconium-doped hafnium oxide reduces charge trapping and improves positive bias temperature instability. In this work, a clear reduction in HCD is observed with zirconium-doped hafnium oxide because channel hot electron (CHE) trapping in pre-existing high-k bulk defects is the main degradation mechanism. However, this reduced HCD became ineffective at ultra-low temperature, since CHE traps in the deeper bulk defects at ultra-low temperature, while zirconium-doping only passivates shallow bulk defects.

  12. High Performance Ceramic Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): Ca- and Transition Metal-doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-15

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at% Co, 4 at% Ni, and 1 at% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 degree C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 degree C is 57 S/cm in air and 11 S/cm in fuel (pO2=5×10^-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  13. High performance ceramic interconnect material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs): Ca- and transition metal-doped yttrium chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong; Stevenson, Jeffrey W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-01

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at.% Co, 4 at.% Ni, and 1 at.% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at.% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 °C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 °C is 57 S cm-1 in air and 11 S cm-1 in fuel (pO2 = 5 × 10-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  14. Ultrasonic synthesis and photocatalytic performance of metal-ions doped TiO{sub 2} catalysts under solar light irradiation

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    Feng, Huajun; Yu, Liya E.; Zhang, Min-Hong

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We synthesized eight metal-ions doped TiO{sub 2} catalysts by a unique ultrasonic method. ► Mg-doped TiO{sub 2} showed the highest photocatalytic performance under solar light. ► Surface area of catalyst dominates the photocatalytic efficiency under solar light. ► Crystal property and visible light activity are less important than surface area. -- Abstract: Eight metal-ions doped TiO{sub 2} (M-TiO{sub 2}) were successfully synthesized by an ultrasonic method, including Fe, Co, Ce, Cr, Mn, Mg, Ni and Ag ions. Among them, the 1% Mg–TiO{sub 2} shows the highest photocatalytic efficiency under solar light, which was determined by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) molecules in an aqueous solution. The synthesized M-TiO{sub 2} samples were characterized by XRD, BET Surface area, TEM, XPS and diffuse reflectance spectrum. Effects of synthesis conditions and characterized properties on photocatalytic efficiency of the M-TiO{sub 2} were investigated comprehensively. A positive correlation between specific surface area and photocatalytic efficiency of the M-TiO{sub 2} was found across different synthesis conditions. However, no clear correlation with photocatalytic efficiency was observed for crystal structure and radii of doping ions of the M-TiO{sub 2}. XPS study indicates the change of oxidation states of Mn ions in Mn–TiO{sub 2} during synthesis procedure from the initial Mn{sup 2+} to a mixture of Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} ions. Dye sensitization mechanism was observed during the photocatalytic procedure of the Mg–TiO{sub 2}, which enhanced the degradation efficiency of the Mg–TiO{sub 2} under solar light. Finally, no obvious loss of photocatalytic activity was observed for the Mg–TiO{sub 2} after five cycles of RhB degradation.

  15. Plasmon Modes Induced by Anisotropic Gap Opening in Au@Cu2 O Nanorods.

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    Zhang, Shouren; Jiang, Ruibin; Guo, Yanzhen; Yang, Baocheng; Chen, Xiao-Lan; Wang, Jianfang; Zhao, Yufen

    2016-08-01

    Integration of semiconductors with noble metals to form heteronanostructures can give rise to many interesting plasmonic and electronic properties. A number of such heteronanostructures have been demonstrated comprising noble metals and n-type semiconductors, such as TiO2 , ZnO, SnO2 , Fe3 O4 , and CuO. In contrast, reports on heteronanostructures made of noble metals and p-type semiconductors are scarce. Cu2 O is an unintentional p-type semiconductor with unique properties. Here, the uniform coating of Cu2 O on two types of Au nanorods and systematic studies of the plasmonic properties of the resultant core-shell heteronanostructures are reported. One type of Au nanorods is prepared by seed-mediated growth, and the other is obtained by oxidation of the as-prepared Au nanorods. The (Au nanorod)@Cu2 O nanostructures produced from the as-prepared nanorods exhibit two transverse plasmon peaks, whereas those derived from the oxidized nanorods display only one transverse plasmon peak. Through electrodynamic simulations the additional transverse plasmon peak is found to originate from a discontinuous gap formed at the side of the as-prepared nanorods. The existence of the gap is verified and its formation mechanism is unraveled with additional experiments. The results will be useful for designing metal-semiconductor heteronanostructures with desired plasmonic properties and therefore also for exploring plasmon-enhanced applications in photocatalysis, solar-energy harvesting, and biotechnologies.

  16. Plasmon Modes Induced by Anisotropic Gap Opening in Au@Cu2 O Nanorods.

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    Zhang, Shouren; Jiang, Ruibin; Guo, Yanzhen; Yang, Baocheng; Chen, Xiao-Lan; Wang, Jianfang; Zhao, Yufen

    2016-08-01

    Integration of semiconductors with noble metals to form heteronanostructures can give rise to many interesting plasmonic and electronic properties. A number of such heteronanostructures have been demonstrated comprising noble metals and n-type semiconductors, such as TiO2 , ZnO, SnO2 , Fe3 O4 , and CuO. In contrast, reports on heteronanostructures made of noble metals and p-type semiconductors are scarce. Cu2 O is an unintentional p-type semiconductor with unique properties. Here, the uniform coating of Cu2 O on two types of Au nanorods and systematic studies of the plasmonic properties of the resultant core-shell heteronanostructures are reported. One type of Au nanorods is prepared by seed-mediated growth, and the other is obtained by oxidation of the as-prepared Au nanorods. The (Au nanorod)@Cu2 O nanostructures produced from the as-prepared nanorods exhibit two transverse plasmon peaks, whereas those derived from the oxidized nanorods display only one transverse plasmon peak. Through electrodynamic simulations the additional transverse plasmon peak is found to originate from a discontinuous gap formed at the side of the as-prepared nanorods. The existence of the gap is verified and its formation mechanism is unraveled with additional experiments. The results will be useful for designing metal-semiconductor heteronanostructures with desired plasmonic properties and therefore also for exploring plasmon-enhanced applications in photocatalysis, solar-energy harvesting, and biotechnologies. PMID:27374920

  17. Synthesis, optical properties and ultrafast electronic relaxation of metal (silver, gold, platinum) and manganese(2+)-doped zinc sulfide nanoparticles

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    Smith, Brian Ampere

    Ultrafast transient absorption and time-dependent luminescence spectroscopy have been performed on metal (Ag, Au, Pt) and semiconductor (Mn2+ doped ZnS) nanoparticles respectively. In metal nanoparticles it was found that the decay dynamics exhibit a complex size and surface dependence. Specifically, the photoinduced dynamics show an exponential time constant that is longer than the same in bulk for particle sizes of 4-40 nm. When particle size is reduced further the plasmon band is drastically broadened and the relaxation time constant is similar to bulk. Upon reducing the size still further to only 13 atoms per cluster a much longer electronic relaxation is observed. These results are attributed to an intrinsic size dependent reduction in the electron-phonon coupling when particle size is reduced. This slows down the electronic relaxation compared to bulk. The increase in the number of surface collisions for very small particles increases the rate of electronic relaxation relative to larger particles. For particles on the order of 13 atoms the excitation is more singular in nature and the long relaxation is attributed to the fact that the excited species is a molecular as opposed to a fermi system. Also, the synthesis and luminescence decay kinetics of 1.2 nm Mn 2+ doped ZnS nanoclusters grown in reverse micelles are reported. The preparation method produces small particles with narrow size distribution and fluorescence bands near 400-450 nm and 585 nm. Time-dependent fluorescence decay measurements using picosecond, nanosecond and millisecond techniques reveal relaxation processes on all three time scales. In the doped sample, the red emission detected at 600 nm exhibits an 1-2 ms decay in addition to faster decays with time constants on the order of hundreds of ps, a few ns and tens of μs. While the slow decay is the same as that of bulk Mn 2+ doped ZnS, the fast decays are present for both doped and undoped samples and are unique to nanocluster ZnS, which are

  18. Room temperature ferromagnetic (Fe₁-xCox)₃BO₅ nanorods.

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    He, Shuli; Zhang, Hongwang; Xing, Hui; Li, Kai; Cui, Hongfei; Yang, Chenguang; Sun, Shouheng; Zeng, Hao

    2014-07-01

    Cobalt-doped ferroferriborate ((Fe1-xCox)3BO5) nanorods (NRs) are synthesized by a one-pot high-temperature organic-solution-phase method. The aspect ratios of the NRs are tuned by the heating rate. These NRs form via anisotropic growth along twin boundaries of the multiply twinned nuclei. Magnetic properties are dramatically modified by Co substitutional doping, changing from antiferromagnetic order at low temperatures to ferromagnetic above room temperature, with a greatly enhanced magnetic ordering temperature. These anisotropic ferromagnetic NRs with a high ordering temperature may provide a new platform for understanding nanomagnetism and for magnetic applications. PMID:24905634

  19. Doping-induced spectral shifts in two-dimensional metal oxides

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    Ylvisaker, E. R.; Pickett, W. E.

    2013-03-01

    Doping of strongly layered ionic oxides is an established paradigm for creating novel electronic behavior. This is nowhere more apparent than in superconductivity, where doping gives rise to high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates (hole doped) and to surprisingly high Tc in HfNCl (Tc = 25.5 K, electron doped). First-principles calculations of hole doping of the layered delafossite CuAlO2 reveal unexpectedly large doping-induced shifts in spectral density, strongly in opposition to the rigid-band picture that is widely used as an accepted guideline. These spectral shifts, of similar origin as the charge transfer used to produce negative electron affinity surfaces and adjust Schottky barrier heights, drastically alter the character of the Fermi level carriers, leading in this material to an O-Cu-O molecule-based carrier (or polaron, at low doping) rather than a nearly pure-Cu hole as in a rigid-band picture. First-principles linear response electron-phonon coupling (EPC) calculations reveal, as a consequence, net weak EPC and no superconductivity rather than the high Tc obtained previously using rigid-band expectations. These specifically two-dimensional dipole-layer-driven spectral shifts provide new insights into materials design in layered materials for functionalities besides superconductivity.

  20. Method and system for the combination of non-thermal plasma and metal/metal oxide doped .gamma.-alumina catalysts for diesel engine exhaust aftertreatment system

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    Aardahl, Christopher L.; Balmer-Miller, Mari Lou; Chanda, Ashok; Habeger, Craig F.; Koshkarian, Kent A.; Park, Paul W.

    2006-07-25

    The present disclosure pertains to a system and method for treatment of oxygen rich exhaust and more specifically to a method and system that combines non-thermal plasma with a metal doped .gamma.-alumina catalyst. Current catalyst systems for the treatment of oxygen rich exhaust are capable of achieving only approximately 7 to 12% NO.sub.x reduction as a passive system and only 25 40% reduction when a supplemental hydrocarbon reductant is injected into the exhaust stream. It has been found that treatment of an oxygen rich exhaust initially with a non-thermal plasma and followed by subsequent treatment with a metal doped .gamma.-alumina prepared by the sol gel method is capable of increasing the NO.sub.x reduction to a level of approximately 90% in the absence of SO.sub.2 and 80% in the presence of 20 ppm of SO.sub.2. Especially useful metals have been found to be indium, gallium, and tin.

  1. A nitrogen doped TiO2 layer on Ti metal for the enhanced formation of apatite.

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    Hashimoto, Masami; Kashiwagi, Kazumi; Kitaoka, Satoshi

    2011-09-01

    Biomedical titanium metals subjected to gas under precisely regulated oxygen partial pressures (P(O2)) from 10(-18) to 10(5) Pa at 973 K for 1 h were soaked in a simulated body fluid (SBF), whose ion concentrations were nearly equal to those of human blood plasma, at 36.5°C for up to 7 days. The effect of oxygen partial pressures on apatite formation was assessed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. After heating, the weight of the oxide layer (mainly TiO(2)) formed on the titanium metal was found to increase with increased oxygen partial pressure. Nitrogen (N)-doped TiO(2) (Interstitial N) was formed under a P(O2) of 10(-14) Pa. At lower P(O2) (10(-18) Pa), only a titanium nitride layer (TiN and Ti(2)N) was formed. After soaking in SBF, apatite was detected on heat-treated titanium metal samples. The most apatite was formed, based on the growth rate calculated from the apatite coverage ratio, on the titanium metal heated under a P(O2) of 10(-14) Pa, followed by the sample heated under a P(O2) of 10 and 10(4) Pa (in N(2)). The titanium metal heated under a P(O2) of 10(5) Pa (in O(2)) experienced far less apatite formation than the former three titanium samples. Similarly, very little weight change was observed for the titanium metal heated under a P(O2) of 10(-18) Pa (in N(2)). During the experimental observation period (5 days, 36.5°C, SBF), the following relationship held: The growth rate of apatite decreased in the order P(O2) of 10(-14) Pa > P(O2) of 10 Pa ≥ P(O2) of 10(4) Pa > P(O2) of 10(5) Pa > > P(O2) of 10(-18) Pa. These results suggest that N-doped TiO(2) (Interstitial N) strongly induces apatite formation but samples coated only with titanium nitride do not. Thus, controlling the formation of N-doped TiO(2) is expected to improve the bioactivity of biomedical titanium metal.

  2. High throughput fabrication of transition-metal-doped epitaxial ZnO thin films: A series of oxide-diluted magnetic semiconductors and their properties

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    Jin, Zhengwu; Fukumura, T.; Kawasaki, M.; Ando, K.; Saito, H.; Sekiguchi, T.; Yoo, Y. Z.; Murakami, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Hasegawa, T.

    2001-06-11

    Combinatorial laser molecular-beam epitaxy method was employed to fabricate epitaxial ZnO thin films doped with all the 3d transition metal (TM) ions in a high throughput fashion. The solubility behavior of TM ions was discussed from the viewpoints of the ionic radius and valence state. The magneto-optical responses coincident with absorption spectra were observed for Mn- and Co-doped samples. Cathodoluminescence spectra were studied for Cr-, Mn-, Fe-, and Co-doped samples, among which Cr-doped ZnO showed two sharp peaks at 2.97 eV and 3.71 eV, respectively, at the expense of the exciton emission peak of pure ZnO at 3.25 eV. Different magnetoresistance behavior was observed for the samples codoped with n-type carriers. Ferromagnetism was not observed for Cr- to Cu-doped samples down to 3 K. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  3. Electrostatic analysis of n-doped SrTiO{sub 3} metal-insulator-semiconductor systems

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    Kamerbeek, A. M. Banerjee, T.; Hueting, R. J. E.

    2015-12-14

    Electron doped SrTiO{sub 3}, a complex-oxide semiconductor, possesses novel electronic properties due to its strong temperature and electric-field dependent permittivity. Due to the high permittivity, metal/n-SrTiO{sub 3} systems show reasonably strong rectification even when SrTiO{sub 3} is degenerately doped. Our experiments show that the insertion of a sub nanometer layer of AlO{sub x} in between the metal and n-SrTiO{sub 3} interface leads to a dramatic reduction of the Schottky barrier height (from around 0.90 V to 0.25 V). This reduces the interface resistivity by 4 orders of magnitude. The derived electrostatic analysis of the metal-insulator-semiconductor (n-SrTiO{sub 3}) system is consistent with this trend. When compared with a Si based MIS system, the change is much larger and mainly governed by the high permittivity of SrTiO{sub 3}. The non-linear permittivity of n-SrTiO{sub 3} leads to unconventional properties such as a temperature dependent surface potential non-existent for semiconductors with linear permittivity such as Si. This allows tuning of the interfacial band alignment, and consequently the Schottky barrier height, in a much more drastic way than in conventional semiconductors.

  4. Photoreduction of metal nanostructures on periodically proton exchanged MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Balobaid, Laila; Craig Carville, N.; Collins, Liam; Rodriguez, Brian J.; Manzo, Michele; Gallo, Katia

    2013-10-28

    Local reactivity on periodically proton exchanged lithium niobate (PPE:LN) surfaces is a promising route for the fabrication of regularly spaced nanostructures. Here, using MgO-doped PPE:LN templates, we investigate the influence of the doping on the nanostructure formation as a function of the proton exchange (PE) depth. The deposition is found to occur preferentially along the boundary between MgO-doped LN and the PE region when the PE depth is at least 1.73 μm, however, for shallower depths, deposition occurs across the entire PE region. The results are found to be consistent with an increased photoconductivity of the MgO-doped LN.

  5. Double-exchange driven ferromagnetic metal-paramagnetic insulator transition in Mn-doped CuO

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    Filippetti, Alessio; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2006-12-01

    Employing ab initio self-interaction-corrected local-spin-density calculations, we explain the nature of the ferromagnetic, metallic phase of Mn-doped CuO (an antiferromagnetic insulator when undoped), and of its concurrent transitions to a paramagnetic, insulating phase. Mn-induced donor levels enable conduction through ferromagnetically aligned Mn centers and ferromagnetic CuO planes via double exchange. In the paramagnetic insulating phase, a polaron hopping mechanism consistent with the experiments is envisaged. Our results suggest the intriguing possibility of designing double-exchange driven ferromagnetic cuprates.

  6. Identification of metal s states in Sn-doped anatase by polarisation dependent hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Regoutz, A.; Oropeza, F. E.; Poll, C. G.; Payne, D. J.; Palgrave, R. G.; Panaccione, G.; Borgatti, F.; Agrestini, S.; Utsumi, Y.; Tsuei, K. D.; Liao, Y. F.; Watson, G. W.; Egdell, R. G.

    2016-03-01

    The contributions of Sn 5s and Ti 4s states to the valence band electronic structure of Sn-doped anatase have been identified by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The metal s state intensity is strongly enhanced relative to that of O 2p states at high photon energies due to matrix element effects when electrons are detected parallel to the direction of the polarisation vector of the synchrotron beam, but becomes negligible in the perpendicular direction. The experimental spectra in both polarisations are in good agreement with cross section and asymmetry parameter weighted partial densities of states derived from density functional theory calculations.

  7. Influence of a doping by Al stainless steel on kinetics and character of interaction with the metallic nuclear fuel

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    Nikitin, S. N.; Shornikov, D. P.; Tarasov, B. A.; Baranov, V. G.

    2016-04-01

    Metallic nuclear fuel is a perspective kind of fuel for fast reactors. In this paper we conducted a study of the interaction between uranium-molybdenum alloy and ferritic- martensitic steels with additions of aluminum at a temperature of 700 ° C for 25 hours. The rate constants of the interaction layer growth at 700 °C is about 2.8.10-14 m2/s. It is established that doping Al stainless steel leads to decrease in interaction with uranium-molybdenum alloys. The phase composition of the interaction layer is determined.

  8. Electrical parameters of metal doped n-CdO/p-Si heterojunction diodes

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    Umadevi, P.; Prithivikumaran, N.

    2016-11-01

    The CdO, Al doped CdO and Cu doped CdO thin films were coated on p-type silicon substrates by sol-gel spin coating method. The structural, surface morphological and electrical properties of undoped, Al and Cu doped CdO films on silicon substrate were studied. The Ag/CdO/p-Si, Ag/Al: CdO/p-Si and Ag/Cu: CdO/p-Si heterojunction diodes were fabricated and the diode parameters such as reverse saturation current, barrier height and ideality factor of the diodes were investigated by current-voltage (I-V)characteristics. The reverse current of the diode was found to increase strongly with the doping. The values of barrier height and ideality factor were decreased by doping with aluminium and copper. Photo response of the heterojunction diodes was studied and it was found that, the heterojunction diode constructed with the doped CdO has larger Photo response than the undoped heterojunction diode.

  9. Sensitive Room Temperature Photoluminescence-Based Sensing of H2S with Novel CuO-ZnO Nanorods.

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    Liu, Xiao; Du, Baosheng; Sun, Ye; Yu, Miao; Yin, Yongqi; Tang, Wei; Chen, Chong; Sun, Lei; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2016-06-29

    Novel CuO nanoparticle-capped ZnO nanorods have been produced using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These nanorods are shown to grow by a CuO-nanoparticle-assisted vapor-solid-solid (V-S-S) mechanism. The photoluminescence (PL) accompanying ultraviolet illumination of these capped nanorod samples shows large variations upon exposure to trace quantities of H2S gas. The present data suggest that both the Cu-doped ZnO stem and the CuO capping nanoparticle contribute to optical H2S sensing with these CuO-ZnO nanorods. This study represents the first demonstration of PL-based H2S gas sensing, at room temperature, with sub-ppm sensitivity. It also opens the way to producing CuO-ZnO nanorods by a V-S-S mechanism using gas-phase methods other than PLD. PMID:27258907

  10. Sensitive Room Temperature Photoluminescence-Based Sensing of H2S with Novel CuO-ZnO Nanorods.

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    Liu, Xiao; Du, Baosheng; Sun, Ye; Yu, Miao; Yin, Yongqi; Tang, Wei; Chen, Chong; Sun, Lei; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2016-06-29

    Novel CuO nanoparticle-capped ZnO nanorods have been produced using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These nanorods are shown to grow by a CuO-nanoparticle-assisted vapor-solid-solid (V-S-S) mechanism. The photoluminescence (PL) accompanying ultraviolet illumination of these capped nanorod samples shows large variations upon exposure to trace quantities of H2S gas. The present data suggest that both the Cu-doped ZnO stem and the CuO capping nanoparticle contribute to optical H2S sensing with these CuO-ZnO nanorods. This study represents the first demonstration of PL-based H2S gas sensing, at room temperature, with sub-ppm sensitivity. It also opens the way to producing CuO-ZnO nanorods by a V-S-S mechanism using gas-phase methods other than PLD.

  11. Controlled fabrication of Sn/TiO2 nanorods for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    2013-01-01

    In this work, we investigate the controlled fabrication of Sn-doped TiO2 nanorods (Sn/TiO2 NRs) for photoelectrochemical water splitting. Sn is incorporated into the rutile TiO2 nanorods with Sn/Ti molar ratios ranging from 0% to 3% by a simple solvothermal synthesis method. The obtained Sn/TiO2 NRs are single crystalline with a rutile structure. The concentration of Sn in the final nanorods can be well controlled by adjusting the molar ratio of the precursors. Photoelectrochemical experiments are conducted to explore the photocatalytic activity of Sn/TiO2 NRs with different doping levels. Under the illumination of solar simulator with the light intensity of 100 mW/cm2, our measurements reveal that the photocurrent increases with increasing doping level and reaches the maximum value of 1.01 mA/cm2 at −0.4 V versus Ag/AgCl, which corresponds to up to about 50% enhancement compared with the pristine TiO2 NRs. The Mott-Schottky plots indicate that incorporation of Sn into TiO2 nanorod can significantly increase the charge carrier density, leading to enhanced conductivity of the nanorod. Furthermore, we demonstrate that Sn/TiO2 NRs can be a promising candidate for photoanode in photoelectrochemical water splitting because of their excellent chemical stability. PMID:24191909

  12. CdS quantum dots sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanostructured thin films for solar cell applications

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    Poornima, K.; Gopala Krishnan, K.; Lalitha, B.; Raja, M.

    2015-07-01

    ZnO nanorods and Cu doped ZnO nanorods thin films have been prepared by simple hydrothermal method. CdS quantum dots are sensitized with Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin films using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that ZnO nanorods, and CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorods exhibit hexagonal structure. The scanning electron microscope image shows the presence of ZnO nanorods. The average diameter and length of the aligned nanorod is 300 nm and 1.5 μm respectively. The absorption spectra shows that the absorption edge of CdS quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorod thin film is shifted toward longer wavelength region when compared to the absorption edge of ZnO nanorods film. The conversion efficiency of the CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin film solar cell is 1.5%.

  13. Determination of scattering time and of valley occupation in transition-metal dichalcogenides doped by field effect

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    Brumme, Thomas; Calandra, Matteo; Mauri, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    The transition-metal dichalcogenides have attracted a lot of attention as a possible stepping-stone toward atomically thin and flexible field-effect transistors. One key parameter to describe the charge transport is the time between two successive scattering events—the transport scattering time. In a recent report, we have shown that it is possible to use density functional theory to obtain the band structure of two-dimensional semiconductors in the presence of field effect doping. Here, we report a simple method to extract the scattering time from the experimental conductivity and from the knowledge of the band structure. We apply our approach to monolayers and multilayers of MoS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, WS2, and WSe2 in the presence of a gate. In WS2, for which accurate measurements of mobility have been published, we find that the scattering time is inversely proportional to the density of states at the Fermi level. Finally, we show that it is possible to identify the critical doping at which different valleys start to be occupied from the doping dependence of the conductivity.

  14. Magnesiothermic synthesis of sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Ma, Ruguang; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are highly expected in future low-cost energy systems. We have successfully prepared crumpled, sheet-like, sulfur-doped graphene by magnesiothermic reduction of easily available, low-cost, nontoxic CO2 (in the form of Na2CO3) and Na2SO4 as the carbon and sulfur sources, respectively. At high temperature, Mg can reduce not only carbon in the oxidation state of +4 in CO32− to form graphene, but also sulfur in SO42− from its highest (+6) to lowest valence which was hybridized into the carbon sp2 framework. Various characterization results show that sulfur-doped graphene with only few layers has an appropriate sulfur content, hierarchically robust porous structure, large surface area/pore volume, and highly graphitized textures. The S-doped graphene samples exhibit not only a high activity for ORR with a four-electron pathway, but also superior durability and tolerance to MeOH crossover to 40% Pt/C. This is mainly ascribed to the combination of sulfur-related active sites and hierarchical porous textures, facilitating fast diffusion of oxygen molecules and electrolyte to catalytic sites and release of products from the sites. PMID:25790856

  15. Magnesiothermic synthesis of sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Ma, Ruguang; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Qian

    2015-03-01

    Efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are highly expected in future low-cost energy systems. We have successfully prepared crumpled, sheet-like, sulfur-doped graphene by magnesiothermic reduction of easily available, low-cost, nontoxic CO2 (in the form of Na2CO3) and Na2SO4 as the carbon and sulfur sources, respectively. At high temperature, Mg can reduce not only carbon in the oxidation state of +4 in CO32- to form graphene, but also sulfur in SO42- from its highest (+6) to lowest valence which was hybridized into the carbon sp2 framework. Various characterization results show that sulfur-doped graphene with only few layers has an appropriate sulfur content, hierarchically robust porous structure, large surface area/pore volume, and highly graphitized textures. The S-doped graphene samples exhibit not only a high activity for ORR with a four-electron pathway, but also superior durability and tolerance to MeOH crossover to 40% Pt/C. This is mainly ascribed to the combination of sulfur-related active sites and hierarchical porous textures, facilitating fast diffusion of oxygen molecules and electrolyte to catalytic sites and release of products from the sites.

  16. Si-doped graphene: an ideal sensor for NO- or NO2-detection and metal-free catalyst for N2O-reduction.

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    Chen, Ying; Gao, Bo; Zhao, Jing-Xiang; Cai, Qing-Hai; Fu, Hong-Gang

    2012-05-01

    Exploring and evaluating the potential applications of two-dimensional graphene is an increasingly hot topic in graphene research. In this paper, by studying the adsorption of NO, N(2)O, and NO(2) on pristine and silicon (Si)-doped graphene with density functional theory methods, we evaluated the possibility of using Si-doped graphene as a candidate to detect or reduce harmful nitrogen oxides. The results indicate that, while adsorption of the three molecules on pristine graphene is very weak, Si-doping enhances the interaction of these molecules with graphene sheet in various ways: (1) two NO molecules can be adsorbed on Si-doped graphene in a paired arrangement, while up to four NO(2) molecules attach to the doped graphene with an average adsorption energy of -0.329 eV; (2) the N(2)O molecule can be reduced easily to the N(2) molecule, leaving an O-atom on the Si-doped graphene. Moreover, we find that adsorption of NO and NO(2) leads to large changes in the electronic properties of Si-doped graphene. On the basis of these results, Si-doped graphene can be expected to be a good sensor for NO and NO(2) detection, as well as a metal-free catalyst for N(2)O reduction. PMID:21881853

  17. Nanorods of Various Oxides and Hierarchically Structured Mesoporous Silica by Sol-Gel Electrophoresis

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Hubler, Timothy L.; Cao, Guozhong

    2003-01-02

    In this paper, we report the template-based growth of nanorods of oxides and hierarchically structured mesoporous silica, formed by means of a combination of sol-gel processing and elecrophoretic deposition. Both single metal oxides (TiO2) and complex oxides (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) have been grown by this method. This method has also been applied to the growth of nanorods of mesoporous silica having an ordered pore structure, where the pores are aligned parallel to the long axis of the nanorod. Uniformly sized nanorods of about 125-200 nm in diameter and 10 um in length were grown over large areas with near unidirectional alignment. Appropriate sol preparation yielded the desired stoichiometric chemical composition and crystal structure of the oxide nanorods, with a heat treatment (500-700 C for 15-30 min) for crystallization, densification and any necessary pyrolysis.

  18. A Discussion on the Activity Origin in Metal-Free Nitrogen-Doped Carbons For Oxygen Reduction Reaction and their Mechanisms.

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    Wu, Kuang-Hsu; Wang, Da-Wei; Su, Dang-Sheng; Gentle, Ian R

    2015-09-01

    The origin of oxygen reduction reaction activity in metal-free N-doped carbons has been a stimulating, yet unsolved issue for the rational design of cost-effective electrocatalysts for fuel cells and metal-air batteries. At present, there are several inconsistent opinions on the materials chemistry and the mechanism of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performed on this type of materials. This article provides a brief review of the current understanding of ORR processes and the history of electrocatalyst development. With special attention, the focus of the discussion is on the major contentions of the current opinions towards metal-free N-doped carbon chemistry and the arguments for the probable ORR mechanisms. By clarifying the fundamental aspects of each opinion, a converging consensus on N-doped carbon electrocatalysts can be established and thus facilitate the substantial development of large-capacity energy devices.

  19. Photocatalytic direct conversion of ethanol to 1,1- diethoxyethane over noble-metal-loaded TiO2 nanotubes and nanorods.

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Wu, Yupeng; Li, Li; Zhu, Zhenping

    2015-04-13

    As one of the most important biomass platform molecules, ethanol needs to have its product chain chemically extended to meet future demands in renewable fuels and chemicals. Additionally, chemical conversion of ethanol under mild and green conditions is still a major challenge. In this work, ethanol is directly converted into 1,1-diethoxyethane (DEE) and H2 under mild photocatalytic conditions over platinum-loaded TiO2 nanotubes and nanorods. The reaction follows a tandem dehydrogenation-acetalization mechanism, in which ethanol is first dehydrogenated into acetaldehyde and H(+) ion by photogenerated holes, and then acetalization between acetaldehyde and ethanol proceeds through promotion by H(+) ions formed in real time. Excess H(+) ions are simultaneously reduced into H2 by photogenerated electrons. This photocatalytic process has a very high reaction rate over nanosized tubular and rod-like TiO2 photocatalysts, reaching 157.7 mmol g(-1)  h(-1) in relatively low photocatalyst feeding. More importantly, the reaction is highly selective, with a nearly stoichiometric conversion of reacted ethanol into DEE. This photocatalytic dehydrogenation CO coupling of ethanol is a new green approach to the direct efficient conversion of ethanol into DEE and provides a promising channel for sustainable bioethanol applications. PMID:25755072

  20. Synthesis of Metal Ion-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Using Two-Phase Method and Their Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Trinh; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, TiO2 and metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction of titanium butoxide precursor in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and vapor water and they were characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM and DRS. We also investigated the photocatalytic activity of these oxides for the decomposition of Rhodamine B. From XRD and Raman results, doping of the metal ion in the crystal lattice did not change the high crystallinity of the TiO2 structure, and all the metal ions were incorporated into the structures of titania as well as replaced titanium ion or located at interstitial site. The absorption band shifted to a higher wavelength on the metal ion-doped TiO2 samples compared to the pure TiO2 sample. The Ce ion- doped TiO2 catalysts showed the higher photocatalytic activity compared to the pure TiO2 and a commercial P-25 catalysts and 1% Ce-doped TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity.